October 10

Mary Our Queen, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

A cigar spark in a dry goods store ignited the Baltimore fire of 1904, which destroyed over a thousand buildings in its 30-hour rampage. Early on, firefighters realized they couldn't stop the conflagration by the usual means, so they tried dynamiting buildings in its path. As the flames headed for another dry goods store, owner Thomas O'Neill refused to have his premises blown up. The story goes that he went for divine help to a Carmelite convent, and after the nuns prayed, the wind turned just as the flames licked the south wall of his store. His business was saved. Meanwhile the dynamite only made the situation worse, setting more buildings ablaze while the fire raged on. When O'Neill died a wealthy man in 1919, he left most of his fortune to the Catholic Diocese of Baltimore for construction of a new cathedral. But ground wasn't broken for it until October 10, 1954 – one day before Pope Pius XII instituted the new feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen. On that feast day, May 31, 1955, Archbishop Francis Keough presided over the laying of the Cathedral's cornerstone. The new Cathedral of Mary Our Queen was finally dedicated in 1959. (Information from the Cathedral's website, www.cathedralofmary.org. Photo of carving over main entrance from Wikimedia Commons, commons.wikimedia.org).   

Also commemorated this date:

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Notre-Dame du Pont, Bredon, Cantal, Auvergne, France (Our Lady of the Bridge). Chapel founded, 1623.
Mariä Himmelfahrt, Sankt Märgen, Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (Mary's Assumption). Miraculous statue dating from 1100 returned to monastery church in Black Forest Oct. 10, 1723. Pilgrimage second Sunday in October.
Koratty Muthy, Koratty, Mambra, Thrissur District, Kerala, India. Annual feast, weekend after October 10 and weekend following.
Goa Maria Kaliori, Kaliori, Kalibagor, Banyumas, Central Java, Indonesia (Mary Grotto). Pope John Paul II blessed statue, 1989.
Madonna della Stella, Ivrea, Torino, Piedmont, Italy. Fresco crowned, 1954. Festa last Sunday in August.
Beata Vergine Maria, Gallivaggio, Sondrio, Como, Lombardy, Italy. Apparition, 1492.
Madonna della Scala, Rome, Italy. Fresco crowned, 1647.
Selvrouw, Sterre der Zee, Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands (Our Lady, Star of the Sea). Feast day of 1400s image, moved to Assumption Church October 10, 1837. Procession Easter Monday.
Virgen de la Soterraña, Olmedo, Valladolid, Castile and Léon, Spain (Virgin of the Underground). Statue crowned, 1933.
Virgen de las Injurias, Callosa d'en Sarrià, Marina Baixa, Alicante, Valencia, Spain. Statue crowned, 1954.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly