Cause of Our Joy

By Ben Broussard

We are well aware that Our Lady is constantly working and spreading her graces as we travel to homes with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima.

On a recent visit in southern Texas, we were surprised to see Our Lady’s visit to one household as the culmination of a beautiful story of grace, nine months in the making.

Our hosts had gathered friends and neighbors from their small town on a sunny afternoon to welcome the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. As the program progressed, the lady of the house asked to tell a story about a certain grace she had received. Two years ago, her daughter had suffered a miscarriage in her first pregnancy, which had a devastating effect on the family.

Ben Broussard crowning statue of Our Lady of Fatima
Fatima Custodian - Ben Broussard

This past year, the same daughter again became pregnant. However, rather than rejoicing, the family was apprehensive due to what had happened previously. Our hostess then explained how she and her husband vowed to take a dozen roses at the beginning of each month of the pregnancy to Our Lady’s shrine at the local parish, asking the Queen of Heaven for a safe delivery.

Upon hearing the story, the town florist took great care to make an extra-beautiful bouquet in honor of Our Blessed Mother.

For nine months, the couple was faithful in bringing the flowers and asking Our Lady’s powerful help. To their great surprise, the final time coincided with our visit with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima.

Our hostess cried tears of joy in telling the story, honored to have such a clear sign of the intercession of the Mother of God. She then said that the doctors all reported a healthy pregnancy, and the child was due any day. The last bouquet of roses was placed at the feet of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in thanksgiving for a healthy pregnancy and their soon-to-be-born grandchild.

We later learned that a healthy boy was born two days after the visit. Not only did Our Lady grant new life to a family who was so eager to welcome it, but she also restored the hope and strengthened the faith of this family and all who were gathered to share their joy.

This easily brought to mind one of the beautiful titles of Our Lady from the Litany of Loreto: Causa Nostrae Letitiae, Cause of Our Joy.

May Our Lady bring to the fullness of joy all who invoke her with confidence.

From Crusade Magazine: May / June 2013

Header Image: The Author, Ben Broussard with the Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima.