Marian Pentecost Novena: Day 3

Today is May 23, and in just eight days we will celebrate Pentecost.

So you might be wondering what my new book “Mary at the Crossroads of History” is all about. To get a free copy, just sign up at  But I’ll give you a sneak preview on this third day of our novena leading up to Pentecost Sunday.

Back on December 31, 1999, I was in a van with teenage boys driving from Colorado to Chicago. To pass the time, we played the Millennium Game.  Everyone agreed that the most important event in human history during the first millennium was the birth of Christ. But for the second millennium someone suggested the most important event in human history was the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico, because that sparked the conversion of ten million Mexicans in no time. In the year 1000 A.D. there were no Christians in the Western Hemisphere, and a thousand years later almost everyone in the Western Hemisphere is a Christian. And it all started with Our Lady’s appearance at Guadalupe.  And that got me thinking!  Mary is present at the crossroads of history!

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.  Amen.

Rev. Francis J. Hoffman, "Fr. Rocky" is the Executive Director/CEO of Relevant Radio and a priest of Opus Dei.