Harry Eckert aka Spud Martin
18 Bradford Street
West Seneca, New York 14224 USA
Phone - 716 824 1385
e-mail - email@example.com
"A Little About Me!"
In my heyday I had a country band. We played just for the fun of it and due to a walk down the isle and other commitments we disbanded and went our separate ways.
Later I found great delight collaborating with selected songwriters and artists, and involved in all facets of the music industry.
My song catalog is vast and ever changing with new songs in all genres. My music connections to the Major and Indy markets are well received.
I take great pleasure working with A&R Representatives, artists and music media, always searching for, "That Perfect Song For That Very Special Project"!
This Website is dedicated to Mary and Jesus, my inspiration in the day to day hurdles along life's difficult journey!
---------------------------Virgin Mary Testimonial My True Experience--------------------------------------------------Revised January 1, 2013
Ive written this article in honor and thanks to Virgin Mary for taking my prayer requests to her Son, Jesus Christ, for his consideration & the legions of Virgin Mary admirers who understand their close relationship. The extrovert in me wants to tell the whole world; the introvert in me tells me to say nothing. My conscious & love of Virgin Mary tells me to follow my heart in relaying this true story. Shes been my lifes counselor, and the following is a happening when my life wasnt going very well. I never expected the following.
Virgin Mary Testimonial
Without due diligence, back in the sixties, I bought an expensive self-service Laundromat franchise, guaranteeing the loan by my signature. It was doomed before it opened with inherent problems beyond my control, and I could not undo the deal. I struggled with this Laundromat for well over a year. My finances and other extra loans were depleted trying to keep it afloat. Operational expenses out shadowed income by hundreds of dollars per month. There were no quick solutions, without further infusion of money that I didnt have. Legal action, foreclosure and bankruptcy were just around the corner.
During this time I devotedly prayed to an attractive statue of Virgin Mary in this church that was built and dedicated to her. A prayer of her, the Memorare, was one of my lifelong favorites. It goes:
REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to 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.
Trusting her and the Memorare, I made Novenas, Stations Of the Crosses, Daily Masses, and countless Rosarys, in desperation of her help. I awoke praying to her in the morning and during many sleepless nights.
Then this one Sunday during mass, her demeanor was different. When I looked up at her, she seemed to be alive looking at me with a very real-life smile and her eyes looked so alive. I didnt expect this, and looked away several times to see her gone, but she appeared that way during the entire Mass and well after.
I was overwhelmed at what I was seeing, telling myself, Im really not seeing this. I wondered if anyone else saw her but lacked the courage to ask. My eyes were not deceiving me because I could read the VDB letters on a 1909 wheat cent penny without a magnifying glass. It looked like she was acknowledging my pleas and telling me everything was going to be okay, but that seemed impossible knowing my situation. But, I couldnt help trusting her in what I was seeing and left with a
comforting feeling she was in charge. I told no one. Two days later, I received an encouraging phone call from a most unlikely person, eventually leading to a resolution to the whole thing. Finally after over a year and a half the monster was gone. I know how bizarre this sounds, but thats exactly what happened.
Through the years Ive been very reluctant to talk about it for obvious reasons. Im not particularly adept at this sort of thing and a very knowledgeable scholar I confided in gave me this well-meaning advice:
Enjoy these experiences of faith, and that you have no obligation to share those publicly; that you have indeed struggled through many years of your life, and that it is wonderful to know that your faith has been very real and close to you. People might consider this a kooky experience, and sharing those personal expressions of faith can be very difficult and even embarrassing; that sometimes these personal experiences create even further harm to others and to ourselves".
I understand the kooky thing, the absurdity of it all, and his advice, and said nothing for many years. But saying nothing, my conscious bothered me and that maybe she would like this to be told. Virgin Mary is known for her interventions through her son, Jesus, and I feel this is one more and only strengthens my appreciation and love for her and her son, Jesus.
There are some things Ill always remember from this experience; that I really saw this apparition of Virgin Mary, and that Ive tried many times unsuccessfully the many years to see it again, and that Jesus always listens to his mother.
Ive taken great care to present this in a most accurate truthful manner.
18 Bradford Street
West Seneca, New York 14224
This statue of Virgin Mary resides at:
Blessed John XXlll Parish
Harlem Rd. & Arcade St.,
West Seneca, New York 14224
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