The COVID situation in New South Wales is an important topic discussed on every TV network, Newspaper, and Social Media. Not a single day is gone by without reports on fatalities caused by COVID. Since Friday, 3 September 21, the headlines were on an autistic and non-verbal boy aged three years who had gone missing in his Hunter Valley property. A task force consisting of NSW Police, Rural Fire Service, State Emergency Service, other Volunteer Service Organisations, and volunteers were on a hot trail for the missing boy for almost four days. His parents suspected that evil people abducted the toddler, but on Monday, 6 September 21, the Police rescue helicopter spotted the boy alive near a creek on their property. He was drinking contaminated water with both hands. His relieved family shouted, sang, and danced with joy.
It is a miracle that the little boy survived four days by drinking only contaminated water. Ant bites bruised his body, and he stayed without food, which was remarkable for a toddler. After an examination at the hospital, the doctors sent him home. As onlookers, we were happy to see the “Little Australian Survivor’s” smiling face on TV.
Miracles are God’s way of communicating with us of his presence. That reminds me of the Christian shrine in Mulgoa close to Penrith, an hour’s drive from Sydney. It is a replica of the original Church Schoenstatt founded by Joseph Kentenich in Germany. Mother Mary adorns the centre with Jesus Christ; the title “ Mother Thrice Admirable” had been given to the Blessed Mother- Mother of God, Mother of Redeemer, and Mother of the redeemed. This shrine dedicated to Mother Mary was opened on 19 May 1968 by Cardinal Gilroy.
People of various religious faith visit this church regularly to get the blessings of Mother Mary. It is the second home for many who are looking for peace and harmony. The tranquility and serenity of the place, coupled with the surrounding area’s natural beauty, make this place a heaven. Compared to other traditional Churches, it is a tiny chapel and can accommodate a maximum of 15-20 people inside. However, once you are inside the church, you feel the divinity, the human minds praising the Universal mother’s glory in unison.
I visited this church once a few years ago with my sister’s family. The belief is that if you go to this church every week for nine weeks and continually pray to Mary for her blessings, your prayer is answered. It is an oasis of bliss and serenity for those in the desert of despair and frustration.
Your burdens are lifted, and your inner-self strengthened. We met a guy who said that he had a health problem cured without surgery after visiting this church continually every Sunday for a few months. To show his gratitude to Mother Mary, he had not missed a single Sunday ever since.
Mulgoa Road leading to the church is a long and wide two-way track. Cars travel at deafening speed, and you have to maintain the momentum to travel smoothly. From Mulgoa Road, you turn right into Fairlight Road to reach the church. There are a few orchards on either side of Fairlight. You could see the native Kangaroos in their natural habitat, moving freely and looking at you enquiringly; why are you stepping into our territory? There are many other native animals and birds which we didn’t see that day.
The grounds are green, air fresh, and the walk in the gardens and bushland is thoroughly enjoyable. It is ideal for families to enjoy a picnic in this quiet, tranquil environment overlooking the woods.