CARIDAD DEL COBRE
the traditional story of this virgin says that around the year 1620two indians and a black slave went to the bay if nipe near the mining province of cobre to look for salt . as they were rowing in their canoe , they noticed a strange object among the waves , as they approached , they saw that what had attracted their attention was an image of the virgin mary that was floating on a piece of wood . the image was approximately 15 inches long , carved in wood . in one arm the virgin held the infant jesus and on the other a cross of gold . the legend at her feet read ; yo soy la virgen de la caridad [ i am the virgin of charity ] . the three men picked up the image and brought it to santiago where a samll chapel was built in her honor . in 1916 she was declared patron of cuba. the many miracles of la caridad are counted in the millions SEPT 8 TODAY IS HER DAY.
PRAYER FOR THE VIRGIN OF CHARITY
oh , unique spirit , without beginning or end, ever present , ever powerful , in whose ocean of life am but a drop , let me feel the presence of your power , let me know more clearly what you are and what i mean to you . make the consciousness of your spiritual reality penetrate my whole being and occupy all the parts of my soul. may your spiritual power which is in my soul penetrate the body of this other being in my own body who wants to be cured , infusing it with health , vigor , & vitality , so that it can become a better temple of the holy spirit . give this body the peace , strength , and life that belong to you by virtue of your being . this i ask of you , oh ever presebt spiri , because i am your son and because of your promise of eternal knowledge AMEN