Our Lady at the Life Center

Our Blessed Mother was invited to the Life Center in Graz for the night.  The center is also located in the heart of the city.  The feretory with the Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa was carefully carried in a procession through the neighboring streets.  She stopped at the chapel, inside the Life Center, where the overjoyed center volunteers venerated Her all through the night.  One of the priests placed a monstrance with Our Blessed Lord right in front of the Icon.  Thus, Our Blessed Mother united with Her Son at the Life Center.

The Life Center has perpetual adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in this chapel.  The Life Center offers counseling and assistance for pregnant women in most difficult life situations.  Oftentimes, these are women who are talked out of the intended abortion at the last minute and turn away from the abortion clinic right at the entrance.  These are not easy conversations, but the patience and love joined with prayer and practical help are bringing forth abundant fruit.  Because of this, many children's lives have been saved.  The Life Center programs also include psychological and spiritual help for women suffering the consequences abortion.  Yet, every time a professional counselor conducts these difficult consultations, another person - a volunteer - begs God in the Blessed Sacrament on their knees for mercy and help.  They have an astounding record of success!

More information about the Life Centers in Graz and other Austrian cities can be found on the site www.hli.at , tel. 0043-676-492-3446, the address:  LEBENSZENTRUM GRAZ, Jakoministraße 21, 8010 Graz.

The next morning, on Monday, the 1st of October and the Feast of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Our Blessed Mother participated in the Holy Liturgy of the Mass celebrated by six priests on the fifteenth commemoration of the dedication of the perpetual adoration chapel in the Life Center.  Among them was also Fr. Ubald from Rwanda, who wholeheartedly invited Our Lady to visit his homeland.

Our Lady in the Czestochowa Icon boarded the "Life Mobile" in the afternoon.  There were some difficulties because the Life Center is located on a main, but narrow street, which is occupied by a tram line.  This street can be accessed by car only for a brief moment, for about an hour at noon.  This short window of time was coming to a close, hence the boarding and packing of the Icon and related items into the "Life Mobile" occurred "under pressure" of the approaching tram and caused a great excitement among the passersby, of whom many came up to ask questions.

Only later that night, it was discovered that the Austrian flags were missing from the "Life Mobile."  Did someone really need them that much?  Of course, the Austrians did not give up and immediately decorated the traveling glass shrine with an even bigger national flag.  Our Blessed Mother departed for Vienna.

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