Through the pandemic and during the extensive time of quarantine, we have come to realize that we are like Elizabeth, Mary’s cousin, who needs a loved one to share her joy, hope, pain, and fear. Mary, our blessed Mother, heard our cry and loneliness. She went hastily from house to house bringing Christ to her children and nourishing them with spiritual gifts.
On May 31st, 2021, the feast day of Visitation, two Mary statues were sent to visit families among the Chinese Community in Toronto (ON, Canada) and Phoenix (AZ, USA). Each family received Mary at their home for a month. Along with the statue they were given a book called My Ideal, Jesus, Son of Mary, to help them grow in love with Jesus through the help of Mary.
Since the project started, Mary has brought a lot of fruit to the families and the community. The volunteers and participants in Toronto reported that with her presence many families have made a special place for prayer in their homes, and their children became more aware of her presence and greeted her more frequently. Sr. Po-Yee, who is in charge of the project, has also witnessed a good change in the Chinese Catholic Community in Phoenix. For instance, a priest visited the Chinese community and nourished them with spiritual food in their native language (retreat, confession, Mass); the frequency of their gathering increased from one year to once every 2 months, and more new members were brought to the gathering. Last but not least, Mary has given a gift to all the Chinese Catholics. She invited her beloved children to offer their gifts and talents and made it happen within six months a new Chinese translation of the classic Marian book: My Ideal, Jesus, Son of Mary, by Rev. Fr. Emil Neubert.*
Our Marian pilgrim project, Th e Visitation, continues to travel among the Chinese people in North America. With a lot of hope and joy that families continue to welcome our beautiful lady, our mama Mary, into their home and let her be the guide and the perfect way to embrace her son, Jesus into their life.
*If you are interested in supporting our ministry, you may buy this new translation through us (Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org). It is available in Lima (Peru), Toronto (Canada), and Phoenix (U.S.A).