Today is the feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. This ancient Byzantine image is one of the most venerated icons in the Catholic Church and devotion to it is especially promoted by the Redemptorists in whose church the original miraculous image rests.
Last year, I was privileged to visit the magnificent Basilica of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Boston. It is located several blocks from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in the Roxbury district. To this very day, it serves as a beacon of hope for hundreds and millions of Catholics around the United States.
Indeed, the Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help at the Basilica is a beautiful testimony to the hundreds of faithful who go there to pray every year. Beautiful votive lamps are lit in front of the image. On either side of the votive lamps, one can see hundreds of crutches climbing up the ceiling. All of these were left by those that were healed there. It was at this very place that I prayed to know my vocation. Therefore, this church will have a special place in my heart.
Below are some photographs:
The Shrine inside the Basilica