A Memorial of Gratitude to the Mother of GodBasilian Fathers Monastery Weston Ontario The Memorial of Gratitude since its erection in 2005 keeps drawing ever more visitors. People of diverse ethnic origin, of various nationalities, races and cultures come to visit from morning to late evening.
Coming here, people feel as though they were entering their own home where they are welcomed with the love and the open arms of their mother. Here, deep in their soul, the visitors experience a renewed faith, and in their hearts the hope for motherly help is born. O Most Holy and Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of our Saviour! We are aware of our sinfulness, but we are your children, so please help us in our needs. Heal the illnesses of our souls and bodies. Help us to do what your Son Jesus teaches us in the Gospels. (Cf. "Do whatever he tells you," John 2: 1-11). Some of the visitors fall on their knees with faith, others stand and raise their eyes and arms to the Immaculate Mother of God, revealing their wounded hearts and souls to her. No one here feels to be a stranger, or distant or unwanted. By the will of her Son, she became the Mother of all people. "Standing near the cross of Jesus was his mother...When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom He loved standing beside her, He said to His mother, 'Woman, here is your son.' Then He said to the disciple, 'Here is your mother.' And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home" (John 19: 25-27).The Memorial of Gratitude to the Mother of God has become a place of prayer, peace and quiet. Some come here to say at least a brief prayer, others to implore the Mother of God for her protection and blessing for themselves, their families, friends or acquaintances. Still others come to open their wounded hearts to the Mother of God following diverse spiritual and corporal experiences, concerns, family problems, or seeking healing. Many bring flowers in thanksgiving to the Mother of God for graces or healing received through her intercession. Whoever comes to this blessed place, regardless of his ancestry, race, colour of skin or culture, feels as though in the home of his own mother. The Mother of God embraces all her children, rejoices in their presence, and sends no one away empty-handed, disappointed or without hope. People leave strengthened in spirit, with the desire to return, but not alone: they bring along their family members, friends or acquaintances.