03 July 2012

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 fact, Our Lady of the Atonement is known in Rome as the "American Madonna" for a variety of reasons.

First, this title had its origins in this country, at Graymoor, New York. Also, her colors are our national colors: red, white, and blue. Additionally, the birthday of our country always falls within the Novena to Our Lady of the Atonement, reminding us to pray for our nation, so that all may know that our hope and strength come from what is represented in this image of the Blessed Virgin: namely, 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.