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John and Elaine are proud to join with the Marians in proclaiming their respect for human life. The couple had their names inscribed on the “protectors of the Sanctity of Life” register in the Marians’ Shrine of the Holy Innocents on Eden Hill.
'I Quietly Pray the Chaplet' for the Dying
By Mary Kathryn Volpone (Jul 10, 2012)
"Our faith has increased dramatically since we learned about the Marian Fathers," say John and Elaine, who are especially drawn by the Marians' commitment to spreading devotion to the Blessed Mother and protecting the sanctity of human life.
"I was educated at a Catholic university, but I wandered away from my faith, because the priests who were instructing me were not faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church," John says. "Eventually, I returned to the Church. Then, my faith really deepened after listening to the Marian Fathers' homilies, attending their conferences, and speaking to them one-on-one."
John and Elaine are proud to join with the Marians in proclaiming their respect for human life. As a sign of their commitment, they had their names inscribed on the "Protectors of the Sanctity of Life" register in the Marians' Shrine of the Holy Innocents — a shrine on Eden Hill in Stockbridge, Mass., where such protectors of life are recognized and where those who are hurting from the death of a child can receive healing. "Too often the leaders in our Church do not speak out enough against abortion," says John. "The Marians, however, are not afraid to speak out."
Interestingly, John and Elaine's approaches to advancing the right-to-life cause, though different, complement one another. "I feel laypeople must take a more active role," says John. Having served as an elected official for eight years, he is accustomed to standing up for his beliefs. He says, "I'm more vocal on the issue." Elaine, on the other hand, prefers to pray for those involved.
For seven years, Elaine has shown her commitment to protecting life until natural death by ministering as a hospice volunteer. "I meet lots of people," she says, "some believers and some not, but I quietly pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for all of them. I am so grateful that God has put them in my life. It is so beautiful watching their transition from this world into the next."
John and Elaine share a strong faith based on their love for the Blessed Virgin Mary. Elaine is also devoted to praying for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, while John wants to teach everyone about The Divine Mercy message and devotion. "We learned about purgatory from Divine Mercy," John says.
Since the early 1990s, John and Elaine have visited the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass., several times a year. "Our visits always reinvigorate my spirit," says John. "It is very calming to spend time on the grounds, walking through or praying at the many shrines on Eden Hill."
Several years ago, John's sister gave birth to a stillborn baby girl. So when John and Elaine learned that the Shrine of the Holy Innocents was being constructed, they had their niece Leah memorialized on a tile there to provide a place of healing and comfort for their family.
Since they want the Marians' vital ministries to continue, John and Elaine have faithfully supported the Marian seminarians for almost 15 years. "The Marian Fathers are top-of-the-rung of all religious orders! We need priests who are faithful to the Church's teaching, spread devotion to Our Lady, and pray for the souls in purgatory," says John.
Learn more about memorial opportunities by visiting memorialsonedenhill.org.