September 15, 2022 – Feast Day of Our Lady of Sorrows

Dear Pope Francis,

I humbly plead with you not to permit your Bishops to take away the Traditional Latin Mass from dioceses throughout our country. I am not what you would consider a Rad Trad. I grew up under the Novus Ordo Mass and know many beloved Priests who celebrate this Mass.  My father and mother who are married over 61 years continue to attend a local Novus Ordo Church in our diocese and we respect each others desires to attend either the Traditional Latin Mass or the Novus Ordo Mass. 

Part of my desire to serve Holy Mother Church is in the choir.  About 4 years ago our Priest had to hire a new Choir Director because the current director needed to move. When the position opened up he hired a person who was rather famously known for training choirs in the art of solfège. Volunteering in this choir I noted a beauty in our singing that I had not noticed before. Being a first-timer of this new way of singing it was a bit difficult to learn at first but I continued the journey and I gradually fell in love with singing solfège and learning Latin. I cannot tell you the joy and peace I sense within myself learning this new language, and new way of singing.

Prior to and during this process something unexpected happened. Within my heart grew a longing to wear a veil at Mass. I have to tell you that I fought this desire for some time. But the desire kept growing within me and so I checked with my husband and I asked him how he would feel if I wore a veil at Mass. After a few moments of consideration he said that he would be fine with this. As the desire did not go away I decided the next Sunday to wear a veil and from that moment on I always wear one for Liturgy. Dear Pope Francis I share with you that I do not in any way see myself as better than those women who choose not to wear a veil but for myself, my worship at Holy Mass has become richer and deeper.

Pope Francis you are in our family’s daily prayers. I hope to share with you a photograph that was taken next to an outdoor altar on June 6th 2021 during the Diocese of Phoenix Eucharistic Procession on the Feast of Corpus Christi. The photograph is of myself holding our families Pope Leo XIII Holy Face Relic. The way our family became guardians of this Relic came by way of a rather miraculous set of circumstances which I am happy to share with you, but I will leave a link here:  should you like to learn how our family was introduced to the Holy Face Devotion.

Later in the day when I had an opportunity to look at the photograph I thought there was a smudge on the Face of Our Lord but when I zoomed in on the Image I was taken back, because what I thought was a smudge is clearly seen and appears to be a beautiful Veil wiping the Face of our beloved Lord! What might this sign mean? In all sincerity Holy Father I’m not sure, but I do have some prayerful thoughts on it. For now I will leave it for you to pray and discern. 

Humbly, in His Holy Name,

Dawn Marie Roeder

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