Those who visit the St. Nicholas Prayer Garden return home smiling. St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta often said, ‘Let no one come to, going away, not feeling, better and happier.’ Your willingness to lovingly support this place of prayer makes other pilgrims feel better and happier. May the words that Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe, spoke to Juan Diego also be the words you hear in the garden: ‘Am I not here, I who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection?’ Welcome to ‘God’s City set on the hill.’
Pope Saint John XIII said, “Vox Populis, Vox Deus…Voice of the People is Voice of God.”
The Prayer Garden is exactly this–people’s hands and help, desire and devotion coming together, marrying each other. No doubt, we carried many Crosses, faced obstacles of weather, struggled to find resources, etc. Just like St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, irrespective of her internal turmoil, she always had a smiling face. May Mary Our Mother, and our Patron Saint Nicholas intercede so we always keep our smiles alive as St. Mother Teresa did with the help of God. Today, as we see a smile on all your faces, that is the purpose of our St. Nicholas Prayer Garden. It is to put a smile on all of our faces and thus we can live the words of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta: ‘A smiling person is the sunshine in the eyes of God.’ It is great that the passion and love Fr. Magnus Mayr, the first pastor of St. Nicholas, and the people at that time had is the same passion we still have after 147 years. How else would you describe it except by calling it a miracle?