Oil dedicated to Our Lady of Joy on prayer cloth
Our Lady of Joy has much to be concerned about with all of God’s children, but she also makes time for joy. Mary can enter into any situation in our lives and make things better. We can tap into her influence to bring us the happiness God wants us to receive. Although many people are familiar with the sorrows of Our Blessed Mother, let us not overlook her joyful side.
A young Muslim princess took an interest in the Knights and became converted through their prayers. She helped them escape and joined them on their journey. The knights brought the statue with them and, thirty-five miles northwest of Rheims, they founded a church as a resting place for the statue.
Notre Dame de Liesse came to refer to both the devotion and the church. During the French Revolution, the statue was destroyed but the devotion continued. A new statue was installed and crowned there in 1857.
On May 13, 1883, the ten-year-old St Therese of Lisieux was in bed, sick with a fever. Her sisters Celine, Leonie, and Marie prayed by her bedside. Her father Louis prayed in his study, struggling to accept God’s will since he had already lost his wife Pauline and four other children.
St. Therese in a moment of consciousness from her raging fever, looked up at a statue of the Virgin on a table near her bed. She saw the Blessed Mother smile and felt love radiating from her. The little Therese became instantly healed. The statue has since been called “Our Lady of the Smile.”
Our Lady smiles upon us and can help us to heal also. If we look to her for help, she prays for the Lord to make his face shine upon us and to fill us with graciousness.