Monday of the Sixth week of Easter
Madonna dello Scoglio / Madonna of the Rock, Placanica, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy (mid 1900s) – 11 May:
Fratel Cosimo Fragomeni was born in 1950 in Santa Domenica di Placanica, a village of Calabria, one of the poorest regions in Italy. From an early age he was a committed Roman Catholic and when he was 18, he reported to the village priest, Don Rocco Gregorace, having had four visions in which the Mother of God, standing on a rock (scoglio), appeared to him. The first of these visions took place on the 11th May 1968. The Virgin Mary asked Cosimo to transform the valley into a Shrine in order to bring people closer to God.
For that reason, on the rock of the apparition, Cosimo built a little Chapel,and called the Shrine “Madonna dello Scoglio” (Our Lady of The Rock) because the Virgin Mary appeared to him on the top of the rock. He also placed a marble Statue of Our Lady on the rock of the apparitions. Pilgrims come from all over the world to pray and touch the sacred rock, through the metal fencing that circumscribes it, testifying great miracles and conversions.
Shortly after the apparitions of the Virgin Mary, Cosimo began to lead prayer devotions for pilgrims and many people were cured from diseases. Although he had received little formal education, he was admitted to the lay order of the Franciscan brothers with the name of “Fratel Cosimo.” He led a mystical life, living in solitude in a house near the apparition rock, fasting and praying and avoiding any sense of celebrity.
Fratel Cosimo was a man of God, appreciated by his Bishop for his obedience and humility to the Catholic Church. He emphasised prayer as the primary vehicle for opening oneself to God and for receiving spiritual and physical renewal through the Divine Physician and His Holy Mother.
Thanks to the donations of the pilgrims, the Shrine grounds and facilities have been expanded. A foundation and a rosary prayer group have been established and on the 8th December 2007, the local Bishop Mnsgr Morosini, declared the “Scoglio” an official Catholic shrine.
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