Jerry asked me to tell how Our Lady has worked in my life and in my priesthood. As I thought about that question, it occured to me that, when I was with some of my friends from junior high and high school, they told me that I talked about being a priest from early youth. I don't remember that. What I do remember is the visit of the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima to my home parish when I was about sixteen years old. The story of Our Lady of Fatima, and the book that I read about her, written by Mr. William T. Walsh, changed my life. That night, looking at the beautiful image of the Lady, I felt as if She might almost reach out and touch me. She did, actually, I just didn't know it. Later on that year, I read that that same statue, now in New Orleans, was shedding tears. It was the grace and faithfulness of Our Lady, through many years, that led to my ordination to the sacred Priesthood. She Who is 'full of Grace' is always faithful. Imagine, how touched I was when Jerry and Regina came to my first parish with their music and message - the last song with the last image showed a picture of the Lady of Fatima, weeping. Let us do all we can, with our prayers, sacrifices, and with our love of one another, to dry the tears of Jesus and Mary.

Fr. Scott, Iowa-USA


Fr. Scott Lemaster