January 5

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Nossa Senhora Medianeira de Todas as Graças, Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Desiré Cardinal Mercier of Belgium (d. 1926) promoted devotion to Mary as Mediator of All Graces, and in 1921 the Pope proclaimed May 31 her feast day. In 1928, Father Inácio Valle, 25, a newly ordained Jesuit priest, came to serve as spiritual director at the seminary in Santa Maria in southern Brazil. Using a Belgian holy card of Marie Médiatrice, he inspired such faith in her that two years later she was credited with saving the city from armed conflict. Young Ida Stefani, later a Franciscan sister, copied the sacred image onto canvas, along with the quotation from St. Bernard, "God's will is that we receive everything through Mary." On May 31, 1930, the seminary celebrated the feast of Nossa Senhora Medianeira de Todas as Graças. A sanctuary was begun in 1935 and consecrated in 1985, two years after Fr. Valle's death. On January 5, 1987, the Vatican proclaimed the modern shrine a "Minor Basilica," an honor accorded to a few important churches worldwide.  For the annual Romaria on the second Sunday of November, pilgrims come from all over the state. (Information and image from www.diocesesantamaria.org.br.)  

Also celebrated this date:
Mary Will Find Favor with God, Belogorsky Monastery, Perm Krai, Russia. Copy of icon lost at destruction of monastery in 1918 installed in St. Spyridon's Church there, 2014. Feast Dec. 23 Julian, Jan. 5 Gregorian.
Virgen de los Reyes, La Frontera, El Hierro, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain (Virgin of the Kings). Image arrived in storm, 1546.
Our Lady of Sorrows, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Church dedicated, 1902. Feast Sunday after September 15.


Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly