Every Catholic Should Know these facts about the Holy Mass and the Holy Eucharist.
1. When the Eucharistic is being celebrated, the Sanctuary is filled with countless angels who adore the divine victim immolated on the altar. ~St. John Chrysostom
2. The angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating Mass. ~St. Augustine
3. If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy. ~St. Jean Vianney
4. The celebration of Holy Mass is as valuable as the death of Jesus on the cross. ~St. Thomas Aquinas
Image of Our Lady of Kibeho
Bishop Augustin Misago of Gikongoro, Rwanda
DECLARATION OF THE BISHOP OF GIKONGORO, RWANDA
On Monday 2 July, the Holy See released the declaration of Bishop Augustin Misago of Gikongoro, on the apparitions that took place in 1982-83 in Kibeho, Rwanda. The text we offer is a translated summary from the original 23-page French report on the apparitions of Our Lady in Kibeho and on the work of the two commissions (medical and theological) that studied them for the past twenty years.
Twenty years have already passed since the beginning of the study of the dossier on the apparitions of Kibeho. These unusual phenomena began on 28 November 1981, in the college of Kibeho.
Beautiful Reasons for Praying the Rosary Even More Often…
“Realize the power in your hand with the Rosary, for in your hands you hold the power of God. If you do not recognize the Rosary, can you expect to be recognized by My Son? How much can you expect? Why do you hide My Rosary? It was with a Mother’s loving heart that I chose to give you these pearls of Heaven that you reject.
“Woe to all dedicated who seek to remove these from the little ones’ hands, for their punishment will be metered in accordance to it!
“Why has sophisticated man cast aside these tokens of My love? Those who remain true to My Rosary will not be touched by the fires. Gather these treasures, My children, for the time will come that you will not find them on the counters of your stores.”
~Our Lady of the Roses, October 6, 1970
Feast Day: October 12th
The First Marian Apparition in Church History: Our Lady of the Pillar
October 12th, in addition to being Columbus Day, is also the feast day of Our Lady of the Pillar, patroness of all Hispanic peoples. While not one of the most widely known titles of Our Lady, it is the oldest, and has a most fascinating story that you will be delighted to read.
Tradition has it that the Blessed Virgin Mary, sometime before her bodily Assumption into heaven, appeared to the Apostle St. James the Elder while he was living and preaching in Spain.
The Story of Our Lady of the Pillar
After Pentecost, the 12 Apostles dispersed to preach the Gospel all over the world. St. James the Greater, on one of his apostolic journeys, preached in the Iberian Peninsula in modern-day Spain.
St. James was discouraged that the pagans of that land were not responding to the Gospel and converting to Christianity. He had only a handful of converts to show for his labors. In the face of what he thought was failure in his mission, he prayed with his disciples by the Ebro river in modern day Zaragoza.
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These prayers are to be recited each day after the Novena.
Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen Continue reading
Our Lady of Garabandal
October 18, 1961- We must make many sacrifices, perform much penance, and visit the Blessed Sacrament frequently. But first, we must lead good lives. If we do not, a chastisement will befall us. The cup is already filling up, and if we do not change, a very great chastisement will come upon us.
June 18, 1965- As my message of October 18, has not been complied with and has not been made known to the world, I am advising you that this is the last one. Before, the cup was filling up. Now it is flowing over. Many cardinals, many bishops and many priests are on the road to perdition and are taking many souls with them. Less and less importance is being given to the Eucharist.
You should turn the wrath of God away from yourselves by your efforts. If you ask His forgiveness with sincere hearts, He will pardon you. I, your mother, through the intercession of Saint Michael the Archangel, ask you to amend your lives. You are now receiving the last warnings. I love you very much and do not want your condemnation. Pray to us with sincerity and we will grant your requests. You should make more sacrifices. Think about the passion of Jesus.
In February 1858 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a 14-year-old girl called Bernadette Soubirous (now St. Bernadette) in the remote Grotto of Massabielle.
Our Lady of Lourdes Image
On 11 February 1858, Bernadette Soubirous was out gathering firewood with her sister and another friend at the grotto of Massabielle outside Lourdes, Bernadette saw the first of 18 visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The other girls saw nothing. The apparition did not identify herself until the 17th vision, and until then Bernadette called her simply ‘Aquero’ (‘she’ in the local dialect).
On the ninth vision, the lady told Bernadette to drink from the spring that flowed under the rock.
Although there was no known spring there, and the ground was hard and dry, Bernadette assumed the lady meant that the spring was underground. She did as she was told and dug into the dirt, and a spring appeared which continues flowing to this day. The water of the spring pocesses miraculous healing properties; in the 145 years since then, about 70 cures have been verified by the Lourdes Bureau as “inexplicable”, but only after extremely rigorous scientific and medical examinations failed to find any other explanations.
Our Lady of Fatima Image
On 13 May 1917, ten year old Lúcia dos Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto were herding sheep at a location known as the Cova da Iria near their home village of Fátima in Portugal.
Lúcia described seeing a woman “brighter than the sun, shedding rays of light clearer and stronger than a crystal ball filled with the most sparkling water and pierced by the burning rays of the sun.”
Further appearances were reported to have taken place on the thirteenth day of the month in June, July, September and October. In these, the woman exhorted the children to do penance and Acts of Reparation, and to make sacrifices to save sinners.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
SIMON was born in the county of Kent, England, and left his home when he was but twelve years of age, to live as a hermit in the hollow trunk of a tree, whence he was known as Simon of the Stock. Here he passed twenty years in penance and prayer, and learned from Our Lady that he was to join an Order not then known in England.
He waited in patience till the White Friars came, and then entered the Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. His great holiness moved his brethren in the general chapter held at Aylesford, near Rochester, in 1245, to choose him superior general of the Order.
In the many persecutions raised against the new religious, Simon went with filial confidence to the Blessed Mother of God. As he knelt in prayer in the White Friars’ convent at Cambridge, on July 16, 1251, she appeared before him and presented him with the scapular, in assurance of her protection.
The early Carmelites, who dwelt on Mount Carmel where Elijah the Tishbite did great things for God, imitated his (Elijah) spirit of prayerful contemplation and austere manner of life.
This group of early Carmelites later migrated into Western Europe. This migration was necessitated among other reasons by the fall in the amount of alms they were receiving from the pilgrims coming on pilgrimage to the Holy Land who were being persecuted by the Muslims. As these brothers must survive, they had to go in search of greener pastures.
While in Western Europe, the order was besieged/faced with a mirage of oppositions. One of such oppositions was simply the face that, the Carmelites were accused and criticized greatly of not being true sons of Carmel. This was so because they have put aside their contemplative tradition and austere manner of life for active apostolate.
It was amidst all these oppositions that, St. Simon Stock an Englishman, who was the incumbent superior general of the Order prayed to Our Lady to intervene in the problems of her Order and thus after much prayer, the Blessed Virgin appeared to him, holding in one hand the brown scapular and carrying the infant Jesus on the other side.
She said: Continue reading