Many of you will recall that during my recent podcast conversation with Immaculée Ilibagiza, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, Immaculee invited us to celebrate this year in a special way the Feast of Our Lady of Kibeho on November 28. I wanted to invite you during this beginning of the month to learn more about the apparitions at Kibeho and to perhaps speak with your pastor about a special obseverance of this feast day. One great way to learn about Our Lady of Kibeho is to read Immaculee’s latest book, Our Lady of Kibeho: Mary Speaks to the World from the Heart of Africa.
We will have additional information for you on Our Lady of Kibeho during the month of November. The following is a lovely prayer, shared by our friend Brian Kravec of the Immaculee Committee at St. Patrick’s Parish in Merced.
Prayer to Our Lady of Kibeho
Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Word,
Mother of all those who believe in Him
and who welcome Him into their life,
we are here before you to contemplate You.
We believe that you are amongst us,
like a mother in the midst of her children,
even though we do not see You with our bodily eyes.
We bless You, the Sure Way that leads us to Jesus the Saviour,
for all the favours which You endlessly pour out upon us,
especially, that, in your meekness, You were gracious enough
to appear miraculously in Kibeho, just when our world needed it most.
Grant us always the light and the strength necessary to accept,
with all seriousness, Your call to us to be converted,
to repent, and to live according to your Son’s Gospel.
Teach us how to pray with sincerity,
and to love one another as He loved us,
so that, just as You have requested,
we may always be beautiful flowers
diffusing their pleasant fragrance everywhere and upon everyone.
Holy Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows,
teach us to understand the value of the cross in our lives,
so that whatever is still lacking to the sufferings of Christ
we may fill up in our own bodies for His mystical Body,
which is the Church.
And, when our pilgrimage on this earth comes to an end,
may we live eternally with You in the kingdom of Heaven.
* Gikongoro, the 25th of March, 2006-05-29
* + Augustin Misago – Bishop of Gikongoro