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Posted on 08/11/2004 5:25:21 AM PDT by Convert from ECUSA
" We sat in class 'alphabetically,' that is, according to our last names. My last name, 'Arthur' consigned me to the first row of old wooden desks that ran parallel to the hot water radiators along the windowed wall.
The Blessed Mother stood approximately 5 feet from my face. She was a statue, of course, and she regally stood on top of the metal radiator cover. As 'Queen of Heaven and Earth,' a gold crown lay on her lovely head.
For the next nine months, I looked at her, and she looked at me. That is when I first fell in love. The Blessed Mother captured my heart."
(Excerpt) Read more at renewamerica.us ...
The vision of St. John Bosco is true. The Most Blessed Sacrament and Our Most Blessed Mother are the two pillars which, when we are anchored to them, keep us safe from the demon and his minions.
Thank you for that excellent post.
It is a stretch for this Irish Catholic at times, but I know that when England was Our Lady's Dowry, She loved England then and never stopped loving the English people or their decedents even after the Reformation. Her gentle hand guided generations who have found their way back into the Catholic Church, and you are one of those souls cherished by her and guided to safety. Perhaps because of her love for Walsingham, but clearly because of her love for you.
There is another thing I must say. Your post and your witness to your love of your Mother Mary, our Mother Mary, makes me weep tears of profound joy and love. Thank you for telling your story. It renews my heart.
aahhhhh, The Glories of Mary, I have not read that book in some 15 years but it left an everlasting impression on me.
Can you imagine St. Alphonsus' reward?
Please, consider this as "getting you started" if you wish.
I'm sure that when it was time for St. Alphonsus to pass from this earth, Mary came herself, escorted by Gabriel and Michael, to personally take that wonderful saint's soul into the presence of Jesus, where I'm even more certain he heard his Master say "Alphonsus, well done good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your master."
I have believed strongly for some time that anyone who is devoted to Mary and loves her will be welcomed into Heaven by Jesus with open arms. None of her children are ever lost.
In Walsingham there are also an Eastern Orthodox Shrine to Our Lady of Walsingham and the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. It is the only Marian apparition site in the world where these three come together to honor the Mother of God and her Divine Son, to honor the Annunciation, to honor the Holy Family of the Holy House. Awesome.
Should I visit the Carmelites?
If you can, they are a powerhouse of prayer. They prayed for a seemingly impossible intention of mine that came to pass fourfold (my children!). Of course, nothing is impossible with God. But we who believe in the Lord need Him to help our unbelief. And when we need the prayers of others, there are the Carmelites - the Praying Heart of the Church.
The Carmelites in Walsingham prayed for you, or several different Carmels?
The ones near Walsingham. My husband was stationed in England and we went to Walsingham to beg Our Lady's help. The Carmelites are a just a tiny bit from Little Walsingham (in Langham I think), but they can tell you at the Slipper Chapel how to find them.
Your writing about our Blessed Mother is very beautiful. Thanks.
Thanks! I have personal reasons for having a special affection for her. She is my momma, given to me by Jesus when He was on the Cross.
At least this posting did not bring out all the Mary-hating, Catholic-hating fundies like the one I posted earlier today (the article on the assumption taken from Christ or Chaos). Shoot on that one, the carpetbaggers have come out faster than Jackson going after Pope at Second Manassas! At least for once it isn't Catholics going after each other with hammer and tongs on a thread. Maybe I did a good deed after all in posting it.
At any rate, thanks for your kind words, and as is sometimes said in the really deep South - God bless y'all real good.
BTTT of the Feast of the Assumption, 08-15-04!
Thanks. Yesterday was a wonderful day of remembering that she has gone before us not only to model perfect discipleship, but to show us what awaits us when we come Home.
BTTT, Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15, 2005!
|THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY: A BELIEF SINCE APOSTOLIC TIMES|
|Father Clifford Stevens
|The Assumption is the oldest feast day of Our Lady, but we don't know how it first came to be celebrated.
Its origin is lost in those days when Jerusalem was restored as a sacred city, at the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (c. 285-337). By then it had been a pagan city for two centuries, ever since Emperor Hadrian (76-138) had leveled it around the year 135 and rebuilt it as <Aelia Capitolina> in honor of Jupiter.
For 200 years, every memory of Jesus was obliterated from the city, and the sites made holy by His life, death and Resurrection became pagan temples.
After the building of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 336, the sacred sites began to be restored and memories of the life of Our Lord began to be celebrated by the people of Jerusalem. One of the memories about his mother centered around the "Tomb of Mary," close to Mount Zion, where the early Christian community had lived.
On the hill itself was the "Place of Dormition," the spot of Mary's "falling asleep," where she had died. The "Tomb of Mary" was where she was buried.
At this time, the "Memory of Mary" was being celebrated. Later it was to become our feast of the Assumption.
For a time, the "Memory of Mary" was marked only in Palestine, but then it was extended by the emperor to all the churches of the East. In the seventh century, it began to be celebrated in Rome under the title of the "Falling Asleep" ("Dormitio") of the Mother of God.
Soon the name was changed to the "Assumption of Mary," since there was more to the feast than her dying. It also proclaimed that she had been taken up, body and soul, into heaven.
That belief was ancient, dating back to the apostles themselves. What was clear from the beginning was that there were no relics of Mary to be venerated, and that an empty tomb stood on the edge of Jerusalem near the site of her death. That location also soon became a place of pilgrimage. (Today, the Benedictine Abbey of the Dormition of Mary stands on the spot.)
At the Council of Chalcedon in 451, when bishops from throughout the Mediterranean world gathered in Constantinople, Emperor Marcian asked the Patriarch of Jerusalem to bring the relics of Mary to Constantinople to be enshrined in the capitol. The patriarch explained to the emperor that there were no relics of Mary in Jerusalem, that "Mary had died in the presence of the apostles; but her tomb, when opened later . . . was found empty and so the apostles concluded that the body was taken up into heaven."
In the eighth century, St. John Damascene was known for giving sermons at the holy places in Jerusalem. At the Tomb of Mary, he expressed the belief of the Church on the meaning of the feast: "Although the body was duly buried, it did not remain in the state of death, neither was it dissolved by decay. . . . You were transferred to your heavenly home, O Lady, Queen and Mother of God in truth."
All the feast days of Mary mark the great mysteries of her life and her part in the work of redemption. The central mystery of her life and person is her divine motherhood, celebrated both at Christmas and a week later (Jan. 1) on the feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. The Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8) marks the preparation for that motherhood, so that she had the fullness of grace from the first moment of her existence, completely untouched by sin. Her whole being throbbed with divine life from the very beginning, readying her for the exalted role of mother of the Savior.
The Assumption completes God's work in her since it was not fitting that the flesh that had given life to God himself should ever undergo corruption. The Assumption is God's crowning of His work as Mary ends her earthly life and enters eternity. The feast turns our eyes in that direction, where we will follow when our earthly life is over.
The feast days of the Church are not just the commemoration of historical events; they do not look only to the past. They look to the present and to the future and give us an insight into our own relationship with God. The Assumption looks to eternity and gives us hope that we, too, will follow Our Lady when our life is ended.
The prayer for the feast reads: "All-powerful and ever-living God: You raised the sinless Virgin Mary, mother of your Son, body and soul, to the glory of heaven. May we see heaven as our final goal and come to share her glory."
In 1950, in the Apostolic Constitution <Munificentissimus Deus>, Pope Pius XII proclaimed the Assumption of Mary a dogma of the Catholic Church in these words: "The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heaven."
With that, an ancient belief became Catholic doctrine and the Assumption was declared a truth revealed by God.
Father Clifford Stevens writes from Tintern Monastery in Oakdale, Neb.
This article was taken from the July-August 1996 issue of "Catholic Heritage".
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Salvation, you're going to get me started! :)))) Although I'm not around the FR Catholic forum much, it seems you've remembered me! Thanks, and may today be especially blessed for you!
BTTT on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15, 2006!