The Feast of the Nativity of Mary & The Feast of Our Lady of Charity

Birth of Mary by Giotto
Church Tradition celebrates the birthday of Mary on September 8 ... nine months following the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

My youngest son, Noah, shares a birthday with Mary.
Pozzuoli, Italy ~ September 8, 1996

Our Lady of Charity
 September 8 also honors Our Lady of Charity (also known as Our Lady of Cobre).  In the 1600s, three men were caught in a violent storm in the Bay of Nipe in Cuba.  They prayed to Mary for help and the storm began to settle.  The men then noticed something floating not too far off in the water and went to retrieve it.  It was a statue of Mary, with the words, "I am the Virgin of Charity" inscribed on a board attached to the statue.  They brought the statue ashore, and the people in town immediately felt it was a gift from heaven.  A shrine was built and Our Lady of Charity became the Patroness of Cuba. 

When Ernest Hemingway won the Nobel Prize for his book, The Old Man and the Sea in 1954, he brought his prize to the Basilica of Our Lady of Charity to dedicate it to the Blessed Mother.

Our Sunday Visitor - Sept., 18, 2011