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Catholic Word of the Day: OUR LADY OF MADHU, 12-30-11 ^ | 12-30-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary

Posted on 12/30/2011 9:17:00 AM PST by Salvation

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Best known shrine of Ceylon (Sri Lanka). When the Dutch conquered Ceylon and began to stamp out Catholicism, a small band of native Catholics converted by the Portuguese took to the jungle, carrying a statue of the Madonna with them. Eventually a church was built to house it. As no one can live in the jungle during the wet season, Mary is alone for months, but when the rains pass, Moslems and Hindus as well as Catholics journey to Madhu. The pilgrimage is planned to take a month. They sing hymns, chant the Rosary as they trudge through the deep tangled growth. The statue is of Our Lady of the Rosary. There is a custom that the sick must remain outside the church and chant their entreaties loud enough for Mary to hear them. The dust outside the little church is a proven cure for poisonous snakebites. During World War II daily prayers were effectively offered at Madhu that Ceylon would be saved from a Japanese invasion.

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TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
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Interesting tidbit about Sri Lanka. Anyone heard of this before?
1 posted on 12/30/2011 9:17:08 AM PST by Salvation
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2 posted on 12/30/2011 9:19:24 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Learn something new every day.

Thanks for posting!

3 posted on 12/30/2011 9:24:48 AM PST by AnneM62
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Sounds close to the Islamic “Mahdi” or the “Expected One.” and to some degree “Messiah” which to the ear sounds like “MAssiah.”

No connections of course but I'm thinking the, since infancy, early human vocalizations and now global variations of “Ma” as in “Mama” “Ma” or “Mom” that the human race as a whole share lends instinctual subliminal mental power to anything that begins with “Ma.”
Even “Imam” has an effect because ‘ma” is bookended by “I (a)M” the first words of God to Moses—a prophet of Islam as well though such blessed beginnings don't excuse the evil and cursed by God faith. "MAry and MAdhu"couldn't be more enticing subconscious labels to the sanguine faithful.

4 posted on 12/30/2011 9:39:36 AM PST by Happy Rain ('The GOP establishment thinks a conservative can't win--Liberal Democrats KNOW conservatives win.)
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5 posted on 12/30/2011 9:51:02 AM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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6 posted on 12/30/2011 9:57:45 AM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Salvation

what’s with the Dutch?

7 posted on 12/30/2011 5:23:56 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (Ignorance is no excuse.)
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