November 24, 2014
The first letter is from Georgia.
This letter has been a long time coming, but I felt it was better coming late than not at all. I had a Votive candle burning for the better part of the last year for my son. He was serving in Iraq, and I was praying for his safe return. He and his brigade returned home just before Christmas last year. All came home safe and just in time to celebrate Christmas with their families. It was a blessed Christmas for all of us. Thank you, Mary, for keeping him safe, and I apologize for the delay in sending this letter.
The second letter is from Missouri.
When my 21-year-old son was diagnosed with stomach cancer last December, I was devastated. I contacted the Shrine with a request to burn a Votive Light for his recovery, and to place him under the protection of the Blessed Mother. My son is now home and eating well, trying to gain his strength back. According to his doctor, my son is now cancer free. This has both of us smiling now. He has been anything but disagreeable throughout this whole process. He has an inner strength I never knew of until now.