If you want to get Our Lady’s attention, I have found it most effective to call upon her using one of her beautiful, yet lesser known, titles. Today is the feast day of Our Lady of the Atonement, a unique title, which has its origins outside the Catholic Church, and a most appropriate title for these times, because of its ties to Christian unity. Devotion to Our Lady of the Atonement began with Fr. Paul of Graymoor and Mother Lurana, the Anglo-Catholic founders of the Society of the Atonement, the first to call upon Our Lady by this title. When they, along with the members of the Society were received into the Church in 1909, it was an historic day: the first time a group of converts had been received corporately into the Church since the reformation. Fr. Paul and Mother Lurana sought to heal the wound in Christ’s Mystical Body which had been caused by Henry VIII’s schism, and Our Lady of the Atonement, who seeks to make all people At-One with her Son, was their greatest weapon and their greatest advocate in bringing souls back to Christ’s Church. And she is still our greatest intercessor today, at a time when Christians need more than anything to be at-one, need to be unified, in order to fight the culture of death that works so hard to quench the light of truth. The only way we can truly be united is when we are united in truth. Our Lady always leads us to her Son, Who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Today let us ask Our Lady of the Atonement to keep our hearts ever open to truth, and ever willing to root out from our hearts and souls those things which keep us from being united with Jesus.
If you want to learn more about this beautiful title of Our Lady, click here to listen to last week’s episode of A Good Habit. Fr. Christopher Phillips was with us to talk about Our Lady of the Atonement, Fr. Paul and Mother Lurana, and Our Lady’s role in his own conversion. If you frequent Fr. Phillips’ blog you are probably already well versed in all things Atonement, since he blogs about her frequently – do an image search on Our Lady of the Atonement, and most images relating to her come from his blog.