Our Lady of Good Help
Hi readers, I am excited to share with you a beautiful Shrine to Our Lady. How I never heard of this holy place until recently, I cannot understand! I want to encourage you all to take a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, WI. It is the only approved Marian apparition in the United States. The peaceful presence of Mary is truly tangible.
Our Lady appeared to Adele Brise in 1859, identifying herself as the "Queen of Heaven who prays for the conversion of sinners." Adele asked the Lady, "what more can I do, dear Lady?" Her message was to make a general confession, offer Holy Communion for the conversion of sinners, teach the children catechism, making the sign of the cross, preparing for the Sacraments, and the truths of salvation.
The Shrine has a beautiful chapel upstairs with the Presence of the Blessed Sacrament, and in the crypt is a statue of Our Lady surrounded by candles and relics. There is a place to put prayer intentions that they keep in the altar for one year. One of the relics is from the trees between which Our Lady appeared to Adele. The Shrine resides within beautiful Wisconsin farmland, a place of quiet and recollection.
The biggest takeaway for me from this pilgrimage was how much Our Lady desires us to be with her in heaven. She wants our sanctity, our salvation, our union with God with an intense desire to lead us to Him. I hope that all of you have the chance to visit this holy place, where Our Lady came to earth. Her loving maternal presence is a gift in all our lives.