Bl. Solanus is holding the broom.
The 20th Century has given many saints to the Church.
I'm so happy the beatification of Ven. Solanus Casey has been confirmed today:
He led a deeply mystical life while actively ministering to the faithful who came to the monastery for help and advice. His devotion to Our Lady was edifying and authentic - it is said he read the Life of the Blessed Virgin as told by Ven. Maria Agreda on his knees. I may be mistaken, but I think he also recited the Little Office of the BVM along with his regular Office (Liturgy of the Hours).
For some unknown reason to me, the announcement of the beatification(s) today, brings with it the grace of compunction and hope. It is good to know we are surrounded by this 'cloud of witnesses' and to realize anew that the traditional way of sanctity remains the sure way to heaven. That our Lord has raised up these witnesses to show us the way and to help us - to rouse us.
One person declared venerable today is an Italian laywoman - Edvige Carboni. An extraordinary mystic, marked by the stigmata, she was a victim soul who died in Rome in 1952. Here story is here. May she pray for us - especially me - to renew my fervor and devotion and faith. I sometimes make light of victim souls like Ven. Edvige, yet these souls are chosen by Christ and deserve our deepest respect and veneration. May they pray for us when they pray for the conversion of sinners and those most in need of mercy.