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The Traveling Mary’s — 40 years of wandering through California and Texas

Statues of the Virgin Mary crushing a serpent and of The Assumption were returned to Villanova Preparatory School in Ojai after four decades in the care of a former faculty member... PHOTOS BY ANTHONY PLASCENCIA, VENTURA COUNTY STAR

SUPERNATURAL HINT OF THE DAY: Never underestimate the powerful prayers of a devout Catholic mother who “pals around” with the Blessed Virgin Mother of God….

After more than 40 years of wandering through California and Texas, two plaster statues of the Virgin Mary were returned Thursday to Villanova Preparatory School in Ojai during a ceremony for students and invited guests.

The statues were removed from the Catholic school’s chapel more than 40 years ago.

“In the late ’60s, after the Second Vatican Council, many churches and schools went through a renovation,” the Rev. Gregory Heidenblut, school president, told those in the school gym. “Mary lost her home in our chapel.”

How appropriate, crushing the serpent (spirit of renovation), and the Assumption, (a restoration of heavenly realities on earth) A caption might read,"This is MY house baby! 40 years on the road eh? Well, I got your spirit of renovation well under foot..."

Vic LeBreton, who at the time supervised the boarding students, taught classes and produced student plays, said he couldn’t bear to see the statues thrown out.

A priest at the school helped him load the statues into his car. LeBreton brought them to his room on campus for a while and then happened to mention them to his mother, a devout Catholic living in El Paso, Texas.

“And she said, ‘Oh, I want the Blessed Virgin.’ So (the statue) went shotgun with me when I drove to Texas,” LeBreton said.

From the 1970s until his mother died about six years ago at age 96, the larger statue stayed in the living room of LeBreton’s mother’s house as an aid to prayer and worship, he said. LeBreton kept the smaller statue in his office.

“For me, the statue was a reminder of my mother, because she and Mary were kind of like pals,” he said.

A few years after he married and moved off campus, he transferred to a high school in Burbank. While teaching full time and raising a family, he didn’t think much about moving the statues.

After his mother’s death, with his own retirement on the horizon, LeBreton wanted to find a permanent home for the statues. He contacted a Catholic nursing home, which expressed interest in acquiring them, but it didn’t work out.

Then, at a Los Angeles event honoring outstanding students from Catholic schools in Southern California, he happened to run into Carol Hoffer — the headmistress at Villanova and an old friend.

“Vic was all excited,” Hoffer said. “He said to me, ‘I have to talk to you about something that belongs to you.’ ”

When Hoffer heard the story of the traveling Marys, she readily agreed to take back the statues.

The statues will have a prominent place on campus, where students can see them, Heidenblut said.

“Hopefully, as Mary looks upon these kids, some of whom came to the school as little snot-nosed kids and left as mature, educated young adults, she will continue to pray for them,” he said in his speech Thursday.

Jeanne Brown, Villanova’s director of development, said a final decision hasn’t been made, but the statues may end up in a display case in the administrative building, near the president’s office.

“I think it’s perfect,” LeBreton said. “I just feel like I was a caretaker for a while. They were here since probably the early ’40s, so they’ve been around probably 80 years. And now we’re talking about, who knows, maybe another 80 years.”

Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/sep/15/Villanova_Statues/#ixzz1YAAUu29K
– vcstar.com

Our Lady of Good Help — Wisconsin: First American apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary approved by church

The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for… ccc 27

 

“ ‘But how shall I teach them who know so little myself?’

Today’s annoucement from the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wisconsin, confirms that great spiritual souls are found in all stations of life, yet, God shows a special affinity for using the poor and ignorant among us to confound the wise of this world in teaching the way to heaven.

From the Diocese of Green Bay — Worthy of Belief

Bishop Ricken approves Marian apparitions at Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help

GREEN BAY, Wis. (December 8, 2010) — Bishop David Ricken announced today that he officially approves the Marian apparitions at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help at Champion.

The announcement was made during a special Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help at Champion.

Declared with moral certainty

Reading from his decree, the Bishop stated, “I declare with moral certainty and in accord with the norms of the Church that the events, apparitions and locutions given to Adele Brise in October of 1859 do exhibit the substance of supernatural character, and I do hereby approve these apparitions as worthy of belief (although not obligatory) by the Christian faithful.”

Today’s declaration makes Our Lady of Good Help at Champion the first and only site in the United States of an approved apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Three apparitions in 1859

In October 1859, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared on three occasions to Adele Brise, a young Belgian immigrant. Brise stated that a lady dressed in dazzling white appeared to her and claimed to be the “Queen of Heaven who prays for the conversion of sinners.”

The Lady asked Brise to pray for sinners, as well as to gather the children and teach them what they should know for salvation. The Blessed Virgin followed the commands with these words of assurance to Adele Brise, “Go and fear nothing, I will help you.”

Since 1859, countless faithful have made the pilgrimage to Champion, Wisconsin to offer prayers of thanksgiving and petition to Jesus and to ask for intercession from Our Lady of Good Help.

Fulfilling obligations

After receiving the apparitions, Adele Brise immediately began to fulfill the obligations the Blessed Virgin entrusted to her. She gathered local children and taught them how to pray, make the sign of the cross, and to give love, thanks, and praise to the Lord.

As part of her commitment to the Blessed Virgin, Brise set up a Catholic school and began a community of Third Order Franciscan women. Eventually, a school and convent were built on the grounds to further the mission entrusted to Brise.

Spared during Peshtigo fire

The 151-year history of the Shrine is rich with written and oral accounts of prayers that have been answered at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help. The sources document physical healings and conversions that have taken place as a result of pilgrimages to the Shrine.

In addition, as the Peshtigo fire of 1871 engulfed the surrounding area, the entire five acres of land consecrated to the Blessed Virgin remained unscathed. It is believed that the land was spared after Brise organized a prayer vigil that circled the area.

•Decree approving the Authenticity of the Apparitions of 1859 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion

•Decree approving the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion as a Diocesan Shrine in the Diocese of Green Bay

•Basic information on apparitions at Champion

•Brief history of the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion

•Web site for the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion

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YouTube: Pull “The Pope Song”

Insulting to Pope Benedict XVI, Jesus Christ, and the Mother of God,  Tim Minchin’s “The Pope Song” is not simply a case of extreme vulgarity which Catholics find offensive, but can only be considered pure hate speech directed towards the religion of millions of American Christians.

According to policy, YouTube  declares that they don’t permit  Hate Speech:  “Speech which attacks or demeans a group based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, and sexual orientation/gender identity”.

Good. We hope they honor their policy.

Notwithstanding any credible allegations by media, charges filed by law enforcement officials, or for that matter arraignment and justice in a court of law, logical and unbiased persons could easily presume that Pope Benedict XVI is an innocent man. And this being the case, there is no reasonable excuse considering the derogatory content of the “The Pope Song” that it shouldn’t be quickly yanked by UTube.  

To Contact YouTube and file your courteous objections: CLICK HERE 

WARNING: OBSCENE MATERIAL

THE VIDEO: On Milk and Cookies /Tim Minchin official UTube Channel

THE LYRICS: On Milk and Cookies

To Contact YouTube and file your courteous objections: CLICK HERE 

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Icon of Our Lady Weeping in France – Is it any wonder?

I tend to believe this one…

 

Considering the following numbers and recent troubles in France, is it any wonder Our Lady is weeping?

The IFOP Institute has just made a survey on Catholicism in France for the daily La Croix. The result is mind-blowing:

  • Whilst, in 1965, 81% of the French declared themselves as Catholics, they were no more than 64% in 2009.
  • More serious: whilst 27% of the French went to Mass once a week or more in 1965, they are no more than 4.5% in 2009.
  • At a doctrinal level, generally, it’s a catastrophe: 63% of practicing Catholics think all religions are the same; 75% ask for an “aggiornamento” of the Church on contraception and even 68% for abortion.
  • As for communion with the Roman Pontiff, the situation is no better: only 27% of practicing Catholics consider that Benedict XVI “rather well” defends “the values of Catholicism” (personally, I don’t even understand the question, but that doesn’t matter) when 34% think he defends them “rather badly”.

The story follows:

HUNDREDS of people are flocking to see a painting of the Virgin Mary which its owner claims is crying tears of oil.

Esat Altindagoglu has been inundated with more than 50 visitors a day hoping to see the “miracle” at his house near Paris, France.

The foot-high statue was given to his wife Sevin by a Lebanese priest on her birthday in 2006, the Turkish-born salesman said.

It began weeping oil on February 12 this year, and had been crying every day since, he claims.

He said: “As word spread, people started arriving from France, then from all over Europe.

“I’ve been having between 50 and 60 people a day turning up for more than three weeks now.”

An Orthodox priest had now agreed to say mass at his home in Garges-les-Gonesse this week to thank the Virgin Mary, Mr Altindagoglu said.

He added: “Apparently the next step is to have the weeping witnessed by a bishop so the miracle can be officially recognised by the church.”

Over the centuries there have been hundreds of incidents of statues said to have weeped blood, oil or water.

But the only one ever approved as a miracle by the Pope was Our Lady of Akita in Japan in 1973, with all the others ruled out as hoaxes.

THE SOURCE: Mary painting ‘weeping oil’ | The Sun |News

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(pics/video) Traditional Easter Egg Mosaic of Our Lady — Ukrainian artist Oksana Mas

 

St. Sophia Cathedral, Kiev: 15,000 painted Easter eggs…

A mosaic of the Virgin Mary is displayed during its unveiling ceremony in Kiev January 13, 2010. The artwork, created by Ukrainian artist Oksana Mas, is made from 15,000 painted Easter eggs…

An East European tradition, Beeswax is used to create the patterns. A metal stylus (looks like a pen) is dipped into the hot wax, and the design is etched on the egg shell. For each color, a separate design is etched, then the egg is dipped into dye. So if you have 5 colors, you have to etch, dip, and dye separately for each color. Here’s a First place close-up photo in 2009 Easter contest of A Year of Holidays

Here’s a foreign language newscast on the story with great closeups of the beautiful work…

 

More pics…

PIC CREDIT: AP/ONE WEEK AGO

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Sunday Angelus — Pope: Creation is temporal, Jesus’ words eternal 11.15.09

82164066With thousands of faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus, Pope Benedict XVI focused his address on Sunday’s Mass reading from the Gospel of St. Mark. While creation is “destined to end,” he said, Jesus’ words are “eternal.”

On the second-to-last Sunday of the liturgical year, Pope Benedict expressed his thanks to God for another year in “the great family of the Church” almost complete: “It is an inestimable gift, which permits us to live in history the mystery of Christ, welcoming in the paths of our personal and communal existence the seed of the Word of God, an eternal seed that from the inside transforms this world and opens it to the Kingdom of Heaven.”

St. Mark, he added, today presents us a part of the discourse of Jesus on the end times: “In this discourse, there is a sentence that is striking for its clear synthesis: ‘Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.’”

The expression “Heaven and earth,” Benedict XVI explained, appears frequently in the Bible to indicate all the universe, the entire cosmos. “Jesus,” he added, “declares that all that is destined to pass away, not only earth, but Heaven, which is included here in the cosmic sense, not as synonymous of God.”

“Sacred Scripture is unambiguous. All creation is destined to end, including elements divinized by ancient mythology. There is no confusion between creation and the Creator, but a clear difference.”

“With such clear distinction, Jesus affirms his words ‘will not pass away,’ which stand by the part of God and accordingly, are eternal,” the Pope expounded. “Pronounced with the concreteness of his early existence, these are prophetic words par excellence, as Jesus affirms (in the Gospel of St. John) when he turns to the heavenly Father: ‘the words you gave to me I have given to them, and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you, and they have believed that you sent me.’”

In a well-known parable in the Gospel of St. Matthew, Jesus compares himself to a sower and explains that the seed is the Word. “The ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit” are part of the Kingdom of God, the Holy Father said.

“That is, they live under his rule, remaining in the world, but no longer part of the world. They bear in themselves…a principle of transformation that already now manifests itself in a good life, animated by love, and in the end, will produce the resurrection of the body. Behold the power of the Word of God.”

The Pontiff concluded by explaining that the Blessed Virgin Mary is the living sign of this truth: “Her heart was “good earth” that welcomed with complete openness the Word of God, such that all her existence, transformed according to the image of the Son, was introduced to eternity, soul and body, anticipating the eternal vocation of each human being.”

“Now, in prayer, let us make our own her response to the Angel ‘may it be done to me according to your word,’ so that following Christ along the way of the cross, we too can reach the glory of the resurrection.”

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Consecrate America Now: Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Guadalupe…

“I am the Mother of all who seek me and place their trust in me…”

Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe

SIGN PETITION NOW

Petition to His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. Archbishop of Chicago, President of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archdiocese of Chicago

From Catholic Citizens of the United States of America

We Request a Consecration of the United States of America to the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Guadalupe

“For I am truly your compassionate Mother: your Mother and the Mother to all who dwell in this land and to all other nations and peoples who love me and call and entreat me. I am the Mother of all who seek me and place their trust in me.”

~ Our Lady of Guadalupe

Your Eminence,

Canon 212, subsections 2 and 3, provides for Catholics the liberty to make known their needs, especially their spiritual needs, and their wishes to the Pastors of the Church. In addition, it affords them the right, indeed at times the duty, in keeping with their knowledge, competence and position, to manifest to the sacred Pastors their views on matters which concern the good of the Church.

We, the undersigned Catholics of the United States of America, respectfully request Your Eminence to consecrate our beloved country to the Blessed Virgin Mary, under her glorious title of the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas.

As Catholic citizens of this great country which our Heavenly Father has deigned to richly bless, our concern for our spiritual welfare has increased dramatically since President Barack Obama has taken office and rapidly begun to foist upon our nation, with the assistance of numerous anti-Catholic politicians, a virulent Culture of Death and perverse agenda which, if not rapidly defeated, will destroy our nation. No citizen can be assured of God-given liberties in a nation which so aggressively legislates in favor of death and perverse lifestyles.

During his first one hundred days in office, President Barack Obama has “fulfilled ten of fifteen agenda items outlined in a December report from over 50 abortion-rights organizations submitted to the Obama-Biden transition team” (Susan B. Anthony List):

Reverse pro-life Mexico City Policy – Restore funding to UNFPA – Increase Title X Funding (Planned Parenthood Funding Stream) to $700M – Rescinding Conscience Protections for Medical Providers – Strike Abortion Budgetary Restrictions – Provide $1B for International Family Planning – Select Pro-Abortion Judicial Nominees – Choose Pro-Abortion Federal Appointees – Review Policies that Restrict Access to Emergency Contraception – Reduce Cost of Birth Control at College Health Centers

In addition to these aforementioned actions which are rabid attacks against Holy Mother Church, Her faithful shepherds and laity, the Hate Crimes Acts (S. 909) is set for a vote. If it passes, Catholics will be severely hindered from sharing pro-life information in public and, thus, saving babies from abortion; pro-lifers may especially be at risk of arrest and censorship under such “hate crimes” provisions, making these bills a serious threat to freedom of speech. It is multi-faceted and will result in persecution of Catholics who endeavor to uphold their Faith and Morals in a public forum. Catholics are experiencing systematic silencing as they witness President Barack Obama’s intentions for our nation, including the penetration of Catholic institutions.

At this most critical period in our nation’s history we look to you, Your Eminence, as our shepherd to utilize your God-given authority to call down upon our nation the powerful aid of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mediatrix of all graces, that she may grant us an abundance of graces to defend our Catholic Faith in this present battle with the powers of darkness, even to our death if necessary; and if it be the will of God, mitigate incidences of persecution which will surely befall us if the current Administration is not promptly halted from proceeding full force with its perverse and deadly agenda. As Catholics continue to accomplish everything in their human power to avert morally destructive legislation, they recognize that our nation’s deep spiritual crisis has reached a level beyond their human abilities alone to fully correct. We, therefore, entreat you to lay our petition before the feet of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Confident as we are in the illustrious history of Our Lady’s maternal protection of her devoted ones in times of dire need, we seek her graces through your act of Consecration. As a token of our immense gratitude for your courageous pastoral leadership in this regard, we shall offer you during the month of June (the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) a spiritual bouquet of all our Masses, Rosaries, and sacrifices.

“Know for certain that I am the perfect and perpetual Virgin Mary, Mother of the True God…I am your merciful Mother, the Mother of all those who have confidence in me…. Listen and let it penetrate into your heart…. Do not be troubled or weighed down with grief. Do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain. Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not your fountain of life? Are you not in the folds of my mantle? In the crossing of my arms? What else do you need?”

~ Our Lady of Guadalupe

SIGN PETITION NOW