7th August : Our Lady Of Schiedam

Our Lady Of Schiedam

Country : Netherlands (Holland)

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Our Lady of Schiedam is in Holland.  The chronicle relates that a merchant, who had stolen this image, having embarked with the intention of selling it at a fair at Antwerp, could never get away from the port.  Alarmed at this prodigy, he restored the image which he had taken away, and it was solemnly transported to the Church of St. John the Baptist.

It was at the shrine of Our Lady of Schiedam that the mystic, St. Lidwina spent whole nights in prayer.  Early in her life Lidwina was drawn toward the Mother of God and prayed a great deal before this miraculous image.  The Mother of God revealed to her the extent of suffering Christ would ask her to endure, but likewise assured her that she, Mary, would sustain her through her grace and intercessory power.  Mary was true to her word, as was St. Lidwina in accepting the will of God in imitation to Our Lady’s Fiat.

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