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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
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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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Immaculate Conception Day: 15 Catholic Senators vote for taxpayer funded abortions

16 Catholic Senators voted to force taxpayers to fund abortion on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception…

H/T Jack Smith  The Catholic Key Twitter.. 

15 Dems 1 Rep:

Menendez (D-NJ)

Gillibrand (D-NY)

Reed (D-RI)

Leahy (D-VT)

Murray (D-WA)

Cantwell (D-WA)

Landrieu (D-LA)

Collins (R-ME)

Mikulski (D-MD)

Kerry (D-MA)

Kirk (D-MA)

McCaskill (D-MO)

Begich (D-AK)

Dodd (D-CN)

Durbin (D-IL)

Harkin (D-IA)

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