On the Feast Day of the Apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes
My dear readers,
Today is the Feast Day of the Apparition of Our Lady at Lourdes to St Bernadette Soubirous! (February 11)
Above, a beautiful rendition of the Ave Maria by Perry Como, with background video taken from the beautiful movie, Song of Bernadette, a 1943 film starring Jennifer Jones as our dearest Saint Bernadette. Here is a picture of the real St. Bernadette Soubirous:
Taken mostly from: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1757
On 11th February 1858, 155 years ago, St Bernadette was granted a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary in a cave on the banks of the Gave River near Lourdes.
She was placed in consider able jeopardy when she reported the vision, and crowds gathered when she had futher visits from the Virgin, from February 18 of that year through March 4.
The civil authorities tried to frighten Bernadette into recanting her accounts, but she remained faithful to the vision. On February 25, a spring emerged from the cave and the waters were discovered to be of a miraculous nature, capable of healing the sick and lame.
On March 25, Bernadette announced that the vision stated that she was the Immaculate Conception, and that a church should be erected on the site. Many authorities tried to shut down the spring and delay the construction of the chapel, but the influence and fame of the visions reached Empress Eugenie of France, wife of Napoleon Ill, and construction went forward.
Crowds gathered, free of harassment from the anticlerical and antireligious officials. In 1866, Bernadette was sent to the Sisters of Notre Dame in Nevers. There she became a member of the community, and faced some rather harsh treatment from the mistress of novices. This oppression ended when it was discovered that she suffered from a painful, incurable illness.
She died in Nevers on April 16,1879, still giving the same account of her visions. Lourdes became one of the major pilgrimage destinations in the world, and the spring has produced 27,000 gallons of water each week since emerging during Bernadette's visions. She was not involved in the building of the shrine, as she remained hidden at Nevers. Bernadette was beatified in 1925 and canonized in 1933 by Pope Pius XI.
I would like to end this post, with videos I found on YouTube compiled by one veryfinelady.
Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum; benedictatu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.
St Bernadette, Pray for Us.
Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Anne, Therese, I love You; Save Souls!
Deus propitius esto mihi peccatori.
Jesu mitis et humilis corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum. (ter)
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What is love? Pilate asked Quid est veritas? What is truth? The answer to that question lies in pondering what really love is. There’s an old saying that love makes the world go round. Yes it does I will say right from the start. It is the very essence of the human spirit. Divine love takes this love a notch higher. It uplifts the soul. When you find this love, you comprehend a little what truth is. I can’t explain what truth is but when you find out the truth, when you ask questions and you get the correct answers, you will find, in your heart, that Veritas liberabit vos (John 8:32). Yes, the truth will set you free. It is a kind of liberation, when the knowledge sets in and knowledge then will bring understanding, then the love comes in and unites everything. So love is always the end product.
...You must wonder why I'm suddenly blogging on such a topic - on making Decisions.
... As I was walking ... to the exam hall for my most recently over CA ... , and after saying the Angelus, it came to me that our lives are also based on the decisions that we make...
...“Behold the Lord, the Ruler is come; and a Kingdom is in his hand and power and dominion.”(Introit of Epiphany). His heart, as shown to St. Margaret Mary in her apparition, with the symbols of love (the flames and the cross), and the symbols of sorrow (the wound and the crown of thorns), tell us that Christ desires to rule over families and societies through love...
..."Indeed,” says St. Augustine, “Jesus is not a King who levies tribute, marshals mighty armies, or puts his enemies to the sword; He is a King who reigns in the hearts, who promises eternal goods, who will lead into the Kingdom of heaven all those who believe, who hope, who love.”...
...My King gave me His Heart ... My King gave me His Life ... My King gave me His All ... what more do I want? Nothing, except Him and Him alone! Fiat voluntas tua!
...the point is just to present to you, the dear blog reader, with the facts, evidence etc. that I've read or am studying about or thinking about, from a variety of sources ... about the facts and scientific experiments and explanations that will show things against evolution, things that many of us lack the knowledge of. As Pope Pius XII said...
...Immutability of species, like a mysterious angel with flaming sword, stands barring the way to the evolutionist Garden of Eden...
Prayer for the Pope
+Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum ejus.
+V. Tu es Petrus
+R. Et super hanc petram aedificabo Ecclesiam meam.
+Deus, omnium fidelium pastor et rector, famulum tuum Benedictus,
quem pastorem Ecclesiae tuae praeesse voluisti,
propitius respice: da ei,
quaesumus, verbo et exemplo,
quibus praeest, proficere;
ut ad vitam, una cum grege sibi credito,
+Per Christum Dominum nostrum.
Historia Magistra Vitae - The Past is a great teacher
Gloria in Altissime Deus!
"God is a Lamb that avails yon not, my Christian,
If you become not also a lamb of God.
The cross on Golgotha redeems not from evil,
If it is not also erected in thee;
The dear Christ's death aids you not, my Christian,
Until in Him and for Him you also have died:"
- Angelus Silesius
Lex orandi, Lex credendi - The Law of Prayer, is the Law of Belief
If you wish to labor with fruit in the conversion of souls,
you must pour the balsam of sweetness upon the wine of your zeal,
that it may not be too fiery, but mild, soothing, patient, and full of compassion.
For the human soul is so constituted that by rigor it becomes harder,
but mildness completely softens it.
Besides, we ought to remember that Jesus Christ came to bless good intentions,
and if we leave them to His control,
little by little He will make them fruitful.
- Saint Francis de Sales
"For the word of God is living and effectual
and more piercing than any two edged sword and reaching unto
the division of the soul and the spirit, of the joints also and the marrow:
and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Neither is there any creature invisible in his sight:
but all things are naked and open to his eyes, to whom our speech is.
Having therefore a great high priest that hath passed into the heavens,
Jesus the Son of God: let us hold fast our confession.
For we have not a high priest who cannot have compassion on our infirmities:
but one tempted in all things like as we are, without sin.
Let us go therefore with confidence to the throne of grace:
that we may obtain mercy and find grace in seasonable aid."
- Heb 4:12-16
In te, Domine, speravi, non confundar in aeternum. - Psalm 30:2
In Thee, O Lord, I have hoped, let me never be confounded.