Hey Cloë, I've heard of Our Lady of Fatima,
and Our Lady of Lourdes
and Our Lady of Guadalupe
but who is Our Lady of Sheshan?
As you know Tallulah, Mary has many special titles and you have named three of the most well-known ones. Our Lady of Sheshan is another of those titles.
Cloë, Mary looks like she is from China in this picture.
You are absolutely right. Mary was born in the Middle East, but she is everybody's mother, no matter where they are from. So it's important that everyone be able to see Mary as their mother.
It can be very hard to be a Catholic in China, because so many people do not know who God is. As you know Tallulah, we Shar-Pei dogs are originally from China, so I have a special place in my heart for Chinese Catholics!
I bet we should be praying for Chinese Catholics, right Cloë!
That's right Tallulah. Here is a special prayer that Pope Benedict gave us. Today is a good day to pray it, since May 24th is the day that Pope Benedict asked us to remember the Catholic Church in China in a special way.
Virgin, Most Holy Mother of the Incarnate Word and our Mother,
venerated in the Shrine of Sheshan under the title ”Help of Christians”,
the entire Church in China looks to you with devout affection.
Our Lady of Sheshan, sustain all those in China,
who amid their daily trials, continue to believe, to hope, to love.
May they never be afraid to speak of Jesus to the world, and of the world to Jesus.
Mother of Christ and all Asia, pray for us, now and for ever.
Here is a picture of the basilica of Our Lady of Sheshan.
Wow is that very big Cloë!!
再見 - Woof!
Cloë and Tallulah