Our Lady of the Snows

On 8th September, the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (nine months after the Immaculate Conception), Calgary, Alberta, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, was covered with snow, causing Fr. Lee Kenyon to write:

“Today we have snow! Well, snow flurries, really. But it’s still the white stuff! Who would have thought it? Snow on the feast of Our Lady’s Nativity! Perhaps it was divinely intended to demonstrate the snow white purity of the Virgin Mother, spotless and immaculate from the time of her conception in the womb of her mother St Anne. Or it could just be the weather(!)”

Then two days later he wrote:

“Calgary has been enduring (or should I say suffering?) from some fairly heavy summer snowfall (never before did I think I’d use those words in conjunction with one another) which resulted in some 30,000 homes losing their power last night and today. One 90-year-old parishioner, in a senior’s home, told me that the power was out for 8 hours in her block and she had to do her daily walk in the hall… On Sunday past people were in shorts…! It hardly seems like September.”

St John Calgary in snow 20140908

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