04 July 2010

The American Madonna

The title of Our Lady of the Atonement is tied intimately to our own country in a way which cannot be said of any other title of the Blessed Virgin. In Rome, Our Lady of the Atonement is known as the “American Madonna,” first of all because this title had its origins in this country, at Graymoor, New York; also, her colors are our national colors: red, white, and blue. It is no coincidence that the birthday of our country always falls within the Novena to Our Lady of the Atonement, reminding us to pray for our nation, that all may know our hope and strength come from what is represented in this image of the Blessed Virgin: the loving Mother of God, offering to us her Divine Son, who holds in His hands the holy Cross as the means of our salvation.