Let's pray in reparation for a sacrilege
Commenter Gigi reports on the sacrilege:
"I wanted to get the word out that St. Monica's beautiful statue of the BVM that stands on the corner was decapitated to the shoulders sometime after midnight when the church closed after the Easter Vigil and before 6:00 AM Easter when one of the priests saw Msgr. holding the pieces of her head in his hands in the rectory.
"This was the statue donated to the parishioners in gratitude for permitting the filming of 'Going My Way' at the church; she has been there almost 50 yrs. We are very upset, to say the least."
So I wrote Gigi to thank her for sending along the news, sad as it is. Our heartfelt sympathy to pastor Msgr. Lloyd Torgerson, his fellow priests and everyone at St. Monica Parish.
Below are two prayers we can say in reparation for the sacrilege. The first:
O Most Holy Virgin Mother, we listen with grief to the complaints of your Immaculate Heart surrounded with the thorns placed therein at every moment by the blasphemies and ingratitude of ungrateful humanity. We are moved by the ardent desire of loving you as Our Mother and of promoting a true devotion to your Immaculate Heart.
We therefore kneel before you to manifest the sorrow we feel for the grievances that people cause you, and to atone by our prayers and sacrifices for the offenses with which they return return your love. Obtain for them and for us the pardon of so many sins. Hasten the conversion of sinners that they may love Jesus and cease to offend the Lord, already so much offended. Turn your eyes of mercy toward us, that we may love God with all our heart on earth and enjoy Him forever in heaven. Amen.
O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners. Amen.