For more than five years I held onto a heartfelt wish: to revisit Our Lady of Consolation in Vattmann, TX. Only I had no idea where the town was other than off Highway 77, which we travel to and from Brownsville with regularity.
Our Lady of Consolation
On one of our trips south to the valley, I asked Steven if he would treat me to lunch at King’s Inn. And he agreed.
From the road I spotted a red brick structure. “Is that Our Lady of Consolation Church?”
“It must be. I’m surprised it’s on the way to King’s Inn.”
Happy day! What a perfect opportunity to take photos after lunch.
And the best part about stopping at church? We met Maria, a sweet, soulful woman with connections to Sr. Maxie at Mother Julia’s Chapel and Museum in Kingsville. Absolutely amazing, considering that we had no idea then that we’d take an unexpected detour to Kingsville (where I took more photos) on our way home three days later.
Consecration to the Blessed Virgin… My Queen and my Mother, I give myself entirely to you; and, in proof of my affection, I give you my eyes, my ears, my tongue, my heart, my whole being without reserve. Since I am your own, keep me and guard me as your property and possession. Amen.
Morning offering… O Jesus, through the immaculate heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of your sacred heart in union with the holy sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world; in thanksgiving for your favors; in reparation for my sins; for the intentions of all my relatives and friends; and, in particular, for the intentions of the Holy Father. Amen.
May 24, 2016
“As a mother feels no disgust in dressing the sores of her child, so Mary, the heavenly infirmarian, never refuses to care for sinners who have recourse to her” (St. Alphonsus).
June 4, 2016
Dearest Mother, please look on your people who confidently honor you as their mother [and long] for your help and consolation. Bless us in your heart, comfort us in our pains, stand by us in all distress, show us Jesus after our death (St. Hildegard of Bingen).
June 10, 2016
“Let us ask Our Lady’s help today in living our own dedication to the full, in whatever state God has placed us, in accordance with the specific vocation we have received from the Lord” (Fr. Francis Fernandez Carvajal).
Links of interest… Annual Thanksgiving fundraiser: 100th dinner / 2014 / giving thanks / holiday tradition / King country / picnic (about) / special report (KIII; more)… Father Edward J. Vattmann: about / chaplain (more) / more / photos: 1 / 2… King’s Inn Restaurant: food / fried & true / website (contact / events)… Manual for spiritual warfare… Kleberg County (roots web)… Our Lady: feast / icon (more) / litany / novena / prayers / shrine (about)… Our Lady of Consolation Church: diocesan map / facebook / one-room school house / photo / website (contact – events – history)… TX Tropical Trail Region… US Genealogy Web Project… Vattmann: about / cemetery
(find a grave – location – photos) / history / photos: wedding (c. 1910) & “where I grew up”… The visitation & Mary, the walking tabernacle… What does God want? A practical guide to making decisions…