There is plenty to see outside the Maria Stein Center which houses the Shrine of the Holy Relics. Enough so that this post hardly covers it all.
Pictured here is the Lourdes Grotto located between the Chapel and the Courtyard.
The tribute refers to the Marian apparition that is reported to have appeared before various individuals on separate occasions around Lourdes, France in a grotto in the late 1850's.
The Sacred Heart grotto offers an outdoor setting for prayer and contemplation. Though I would think that only the truly brave would do so in this winter snow.
Nestled in the Statue Garden is a new monument in memory of all children who have died. Called the Angel Garden, the 9 foot granite stoned memorial was dedicated in October 2007.
I have taken several pictures on numerous visits of this wonderful monument and feel that I have yet to capture it properly. I hope someday to feature it in its own post when I do.