Many impressions touched my heart when I visited the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Atlanta, Georgia on my Marian Pilgrimage. It will take me a while to sort through all the impressions that touched my heart. But the one that lingers with me now is the story of a brave Irish priest named Fr. Thomas O’ Reilly.
I’ve been to many, many Marian shrines in my work and personal life, and I’ve loved every single one of them. I have to say, however, that La Negrita in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels in Cartago, Costa Rica, is the most unusual one I’ve been to so far.