Bob Lord had this to say about Our Lady of Lourdes

February 10, 2017



Bob Lord’s favorite Shrine was Lourdes.

There is a quotation in Sacred Scripture regarding Jerusalem that
There are many holy places that this passage would apply to including
Jerusalem. But for us, when we hear this passage, our minds race to
that magical place where honor is given to Our Lord Jesus through
His Mother Mary, her shrine at Lourdes in France.
Lourdes is such a tribute to, and affirmation of, the love and care,
the concern, patience, and attention that is showered on us by our
Heavenly Family. It is also a magnificent prayer of faith the world
has been given in the the desire of Our Sweet Mary, Bernadette’s
Aquero (Dear One), to take care of our physical and spiritual
needs. The natural question we are asked after we have visited
Praise you, Jelourdes1sus, we have seen so many miracles, so many gifts
from Son to Mother, and Mother to children. Lourdes is the Wedding
Feast of Cana, multiplied a thousand fold. We can just picture Jesus
and Mary up in heaven. “Mother, it’s not my problem”, and Mary,
just smiling, saying to us “Do whatever He tells you”. Miracles
abound in Lourdes.
We have SEEN MIRACLES in Lourdes. We have seen CURES
in Lourdes. In order for us to witness to the physical cures the Lord
has given us at Lourdes, we have a man in our little Parish church
who was cured of terminal lung cancer in the baths in Lourdes.

There is also a doctor in our village, who was a very unhappy man.
He found early in his career that he didn’t like dealing with people.
He gave up his general practice to become an anesthesiologist, so
that he wouldn’t be required to have personal contact with patients.
He had a son who was a member of our Junior Legion of Mary. The
father did everything to block the boy from coming to our meetings.
Either he would not bring him to our home on the evenings of the
meetings, or he would bring him late, and pick him up early. The
doctor was very angry with the Church.
The children of the Legion grew up. Many of them moved away.
Our Junior Legion of Mary was disbanded. But one day, some years
later, the doctor’s son called us on the telephone, and asked us to
pray for his father, who had a brain tumor. He said to us “Jesus and
Mary listen to your prayers.” We told the boy we were on our way
to Lourdes; we would pray at the shrine, and go into the Baths for
his father’s cure.
At Lourdes, Penny went into the Baths for this doctor. Normally,
the women only sit down in the baths, while the men are completely
submerged. Without Penny saying a word to the volunteers, they
submerged her, so that the back of her head was in the water, the
same place where the doctor had the tumor.
Our daughter, Sister Clare, called us the following day, to ask what
we had done the previous day. She said the doctor had called, to
say he had experienced a burning sensation in the back of his head,
followed by a renewal of energy.
That was in 1981. The doctor still has the tumor, but it has been in
remission since that day Penny went into the Baths. He has made
a pilgrimage of Thanksgiving to Lourdes, as well as to Knock. He
has had a complete conversion. Today, he embraces the Church
passionately. He said to us on one occasion, “I’m thankful for my
cure. But if I should lose my new relationship with Jesus and Mary,
I would rather die.”

He is now the unofficial doctor for our local seminary. He begs for
free medicine, lab work, and x-rays for the seminarians. The rector
of the seminary told us recently that Dr. Bill has saved the seminary
nearly a million dollars in medical expense over the last 6 years. So
we can say with certainty that cures and miracles occur at Lourdes.
But physical healings are not the greatest miracle of Lourdes. What
is the Miracle there? Is it solely in the fact that the Mother of God
came here to visit a young, uneducated girl? Is the Miracle the many
cures that have taken place here? Is it the Spring, the miraculous
waters that have poured out for the last 130 years, and show no signs
of letting up?
Indeed, all these things are miracles, gifts from Our Lord Jesus
through His Mother, His loving, giving Mother. But I believe that
these were just the beginnings of a greater miracle, a catalyst of
the real miracle, the ongoing miracle, the miracle of Church. The
word Catholic stands out like a neon light in Lourdes. At any given
time, tens of thousands of Catholics from hundreds of points on the
earth can be found here, praising God, loving His beautiful Mother,
We’re told that in France, the eldest daughter of the Church, less
than 5% of the Catholic population go to Church and receive the
Sacraments. We’re not about to argue these statistics, but if they’re
true, all these people must be at Lourdes each time we visit there.
We have seen Faith in Lourdes, that if, spread over the entire world,
would be strong enough to give us peace forever.
Why did Mary come? What was so important at this time in history,
in this country? It’s easy in retrospect to understand the need for
divine intervention in 1858. The Church had gone through one of
its worst periods possible in Europe. It had not quite recovered from the French Revolution. New governments, new revolutions attacked
the Church and the people. In 1848, the Archbishop of Paris was
murdered when yet another revolution took place in France. It then
spread itself to Rome. The Pope’s Prime Minister was murdered.
The Papal Palace was attacked. Many were wounded or killed. It
became violent to the point of driving Pope Pius IX out of the Vatican
State. Belief and trust in the promise of Jesus waned badly. It seemed
as if the Church was tolling its death knell. Louis Napoleon brought
his French troops to the aid of the Church temporarily, and the Pope
was able to return to Rome. But the calm was shortlived. The war
clouds loomed over the horizon again. Satan poised his troops in
preparation for the final destruction of the Church.

In 1854, in the midst of this, and in the face of massive opposition,
one of Mary’s staunchest supporters, Pope Pius IX proclaimed to the
world what had been believed down through the centuries, but had
never been made a Dogma of the Church. THE IMMACULATE
CONCEPTION was declared fact, and all Catholics were required
to believe this. There had been a popular heresy spreading throughout
Europe at this time, Pantheism, which claimed that man was equal
with God. By this proclamation, Our Lord Jesus through the Pope
declared that with the exception of Jesus, only Mary was conceived
without Original Sin. The rest of the human race are heirs of Adam
and Eve, and all that goes with it.
This proclamation caused more problems than it meant to solve.
Rumbling went on inside the Church, and outsidein Protestant
circles. It was outrageous, they said, to give this singular honor to
a woman. Read more here

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Read about Our Lady of Lourdes in Many Faces of Mary book


Saint Teresa of Avila

February 7, 2017

St. Teresa of Avila
“At last, at last, a daughter of the Church”

Teresa of Avila, lovingly referred to as Teresa la Grande, is a radical sign in our Church. She is so grand, yet so simple in her walk toward the Lord. We believe the reason we shied away from her for so many years is that we were intimidated by her biographers. We were afraid she was high above us, intellectually and spiritually.
We tried to bypass her Shrines at Avila and Alba de Tormes. But the more we attempted to go round her, the more she drew us to her. We planned a pilgrimage to the Shrines of Europe. A beautiful lady, Sister Jane, was celebrating her 25th anniversary as a Religious. She and another Sister also celebrating her 25th anniversary, were given the money to go with us. When we met Sister Jane, she bowled us over with her excitement. We were going to the Holy Land, Rome, Assisi, Siena, Lourdes, Fatima, and as an aside, Avila. When she heard Avila, she almost went into ecstasy. This was her greatest dream, to walk where Teresa, had walked. Because of her, we too became excited.
Teresa touched us again on that pilgrimage, in Lourdes. We were honored to meet up with our Archbishop, the late Timothy Cardinal Manning. He was on a private pilgrimage of Lourdes and the Holy Land (Ireland), with another Priest. He asked us our itinerary. When we neglected to mention Alba de Tormes, he looked us in the eye, and suggested, no, commanded, “If you don’t visit any other Shrine, you must go to Alba de Tormes.” Cardinal Manning had the ability to burrow through to your soul with his eyes and his voice.
The Shrines were beautiful. The tribute given this great Saint by the Church was awe-inspiring. But we got to know Teresa through her Carmelite Priests, at the Shrines. At her birthplace in Avila, a young Priest explained who Teresa was and is. In Alba de Tormes, Fray Hernandez, spoke of her with such simplicity and love, we hungered to learn more.
Teresa, is that when you became a part of our lives? Was it the day we discovered you were reachable, so touchable, when the Priest spoke of you so lovingly that tears came to his and our eyes? We never knew. When our daughter had spoken of castles; when we started to realize what castle she meant, the Interior Castle1, we became intimidated. We tried to read about the different mansions in the Castle; we felt we would never be able to go beyond the first mansion (room), if we had the courage to enter it, in the first place. But after sharing you with those beautiful Carmelites, we fell in love with you. We knew you were reaching out to us; we gulped a few times, and said Yes!
We knew it couldn’t be our design, to write about Teresa, instead of a Saint we judged easier. As we studied her life and her spirituality, we discovered a woman for all seasons. Rather than a Saint, too spiritual and too deep to understand, we found a woman, with practical, good common sense, someone not superior to the simple mind nor too simple for the superior mind. We found a warm, loving mother with an ear and a heart always open to her sisters.
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Although Teresa was and is truly Catholic, we found her to be a model for non-Catholics as well. Crashaw, the English Protestant poet, who converted to Catholicism and later became a Priest, was just one of the many whose lives were changed as a result of her writings.
Blessed Edith Stein, went from being born a Jewess, to a life of science with the exclusion of God, to conversion to the Roman Catholic Church after reading Saint Teresa’s autobiography. She died a Carmelite Nun and Martyr in the gas chambers of Auschwitz.
Macauley, a historian, said Teresa did more to block the spread of Protestantism, by her life and writings, than even St. Ignatius Loyola. “If St. Ignatius Loyola is the brain of the Catholic reaction, Teresa is its heart; if Ignatius is the head of a great band, Teresa of Jesus belongs to its humanity.”Defenders of the Faith Super Saints book 3
Saints like Francis de Sales and Alphonsus Liguori, both Doctors of the Church, not only greatly admired her, but turned to her works for enlightenment and inspiration. Her autobiography, written reluctantly out of obedience to her Spiritual Director, has become known as one of the most important books on the Christian Way of Life.
Popes, over the centuries, have extolled St. Teresa and her writings. Pope St. Pius X said one need go no farther than her books to discover how to live a truly holy life; that in her works she very clearly directs one, from the very ordinary, everyday living of the Christian life, to the highest peaks of holiness. Very simply, she teaches that true progress in prayer is achieved by the faithful fulfilling of our daily duties with Christ as the center, and the living out of our belief in a holy and obedient manner.
Teresa was born into a time of upheaval, with protesters ( Protestants) calling rebellion “Reformation.” The fight to restore Christianity had not ended with the expulsion of the Moors. Not even the thick walls of Avila, raised between 1090 and 1097, forty feet high and thirteen feet thick, could keep out the conflict and confusion. Only now, it was between Christians and Jews, as well as with conversos, Jews who had converted to Christianity in name only. Some of these conversos were Priests, Bishops, and Cardinals and they were teaching heresy to the unsuspecting faithful. Much of this was to lead to the Inquisition1, which would affect Teresa later on in life.
Teresa’s family claimed they were of pure blood, that is, no mixture of Moorish or Jewish blood (reflecting the prejudice of the time instilled by the hundreds of years of Moor domination); but there are those authors who say that Teresa’s grandfather was a converso. He was brought before the Inquisition, forced to accuse himself of judaizing1 and, as punishment, had to process in the streets, seven Fridays in a row, wearing the humiliating sanbenito3. Reconciling with the Inquisition, out of expediency, Teresa’s grandfather moved, with his family, to Avila.
In 1514, the year before Teresa was born, Pope Leo X granted an indulgence to those donating money toward the building of a new Basilica in Rome, St. Peter’s. Although the indulgence called for the usual conditions of penance and contrition, it became highly controversial.
The year Teresa was born, 1515, Martin Luther was to attack the very Foundations of the womensaintsbookCatholic Church using the selling of indulgences as a tool. As a result of this act, not only would the Catholic world never be the same, but the very essence of Christianity would change for all time. Opening the door to more conflicts to this very day, this one act of disobedience was to lead to the scandal of over 3000 splinters of the Cross of Jesus. What with disobedience building on disobedience, and dissension building on dissension, the unity Jesus commanded, “as I am one with the Father,” has instead become Christian against Christian, brother against brother. And how our Beloved Lord weeps.
Again, we come to Christ and how He defends His Church. We would be foolish to believe it was merely a coincidence that Teresa was born the very year Martin Luther came out with his dogma of salvation through grace alone. Whereas Luther, troubled by the conflict between the flesh and the Spirit, addressed his dilemma by embracing the good things of the world, Teresa was to live a radical life of obedience, often under the worst of conditions, choosing the Lord of all, rather than the all. Teresa, always calling herself a sinner, was to do penance throughout her life in reparation for what she considered this evil brought about by Luther. Read More

The above is an excerpt from Bob and Penny Lord’s book about Saint Teresa of Avila
We encourage you to join us on our Pilgrimage to Fatima Spain and Lourdes
 on the 100th Anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions. Click the image on the right and read the details about this Pilgrimage.



Miracle of Lanciano Italy

February 5, 2017

Lanciano is a small, medieval town , nestled in from the coast of the Adriatic Sea in Italy, halfway between San Giovanni Rotondo and Loreto. Everything about Lanciano smacks of the Eucharistic Miracle. Even the name of the town was changed from Anxanum (in ancient times), to Lanciano, meaning “THE LANCE”. Tradition has it that the centurion, named Longinus, who thrust the Lance into the side of Jesus, striking Him in the Tip of His Heart from which He shed blood and water, (in the Gospel account of the Crucifixion (Mk 15:29)) was from this town. After seeing the events which followed the piercing of Jesus’ heart, the darkening of the sun, and the earthquake, he believed that Christ was the Savior. A more physical sign, however, was that Longinus had had poor eyesight, and after having touched his eyes with the water and blood from the side of Jesus, his eyesight was restored. What a perfect parallel the actions of the Centurion were to the Eucharistic Miracle. He touched the Heart of Jesus, was healed, and converted. He gave up the Army, went to Cappadocia, and was martyred for the faith. He is known now as Saint Longinus. His feast day is celebrated on March 15.

The church of the Eucharistic Miracle is located in the center of the town. But what is the center of the town today was the outskirts of the town back in the Eighth Century, when the Eucharistic Miracle occurred. At the time, it was called the Church of St. Legontian and St. Domitian, and was under the custody of the Basilian Monks, of the Greek Orthodox Rite. This was prior to the Great Schism of 1054.

A Basilian monk, wise in the ways of the world, but not in the ways of faith, was having a trying time with his belief in the real presence of Our Lord Jesus in the Eucharist. He prayed constantly for relief from his doubts, and the fear that he was losing his vocation. He suffered through the routine of his priesthood day after day, with these doubts gnawing at him.
The situation in the world did not help strengthen his faith. There were many heresies cropping up all the time, which kept chipping away at his faith. They were not all from outside the church either. Brother priests and bishops were victims of these heresies, and they were being spread throughout the church. This priest, being a very intelligent person, couldn’t help but be more and more convinced by the logic of these heresies, especially the one concerning his particular problem, the physical presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Human logic has always been a great enemy of the soul, when we try to understand the Divine.
One morning, while he was having a strong attack of doubt, he began the Consecration of the Mass for the people of the town. He used the same size host which is used in the Latin Rite masses today. What he beheld as he consecrated the bread and wine caused his hands to shake, indeed his whole body. He stood for a long time with his back to the people, and then slowly turned around to them.
He said: “O fortunate witnesses to whom the Blessed God, to confound my disbelief, has wished to reveal Himself in this Most Blessed Sacrament and to render Himself visible to our eyes. Come, brethren, and marvel at our God so close to us. Behold the Flesh and Blood of our most beloved Christ.”


The host had turned into Flesh. The wine had turned into Blood.
The people, having witnessed the miracle for themselves, began to wail, asking for forgiveness, crying for mercy. Others began beating their breasts, confessing their sins, declaring themselves unworthy to witness such a miracle. Still others went down on their knees in respect, and thanksgiving for the gift the Lord had bestowed on them. All spread the story throughout the town, and surrounding villages.
Jesus even allowed Himself to be crucified again. After the miracle, the Host was pinned down to a wooden board, so that when it dried, it would not curl up, as scabbed flesh does. So here He was again, with nails in His Body, nailed to a piece of wood.
The miracle that occurred in 700 was just the beginning. That was 1250 years ago. Had that miracle taken place, and then the flesh and blood disintegrated, as would have been normal, the miracle would have been none the less a lanciano1miracle. The priest’s faith had been renewed. The entire town, the whole country for that matter, became aware of the miracle. Pilgrims flocked to Lanciano to venerate the Host turned flesh. Belief in the Eucharist had been reborn. The gift from the Lord was complete.

But that’s not all. The Miracle is ongoing. The Host-turned- Flesh, and the wine-turned-Blood, without the use of any form of preservative, is still present in the reliquary. In 1574, testing was done on the Flesh and Blood.

Read more about the results of that test and more importantly the recent tests.


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The Cave of Saint Michael in Italy

January 24, 2017

St. Michael’s Cave and Mountain
In our first book, This is My Body, This Is My Blood, Miracles of the Eucharist, we talked about Holy Clusters. We asked you to consider the concept of God as a Pilot flying high above the earth. From His vantage point, He can see great distances, and occurrences that are about to happen, and have already happened. Aboard His plane, we can see the pattern, He has created. We see clusters of holy places and events that seem to have no connection, other than that they were all instituted by Our Lord, and they are located geographically close to each other. The chronological sequence may be centuries apart. But time is a limitation put on man, not on God.
An example of clusters of holy places would be the area around Loreto, Italy, where the Holy House of Nazareth is located. Down the Adriatic coast, a short distance from Loreto, is a town called Macerata, site of a Miracle of the Eucharist, as well as a very special Shrine to our Lady.
If we continue farther down the Adriatic coast, we come to Lanciano, site of the oldest known Miracle of the Eucharist in the history of our Church. Lanciano is also the scene of a second Miracle of the Eucharist.saintmichael
At the very heel of the boot of Italy, also on the Adriatic coast, is San Giovanni Rotondo, home of Padre Pio for over fifty years of his priesthood. Here, he received the visible Stigmata and bore the wounds of Jesus for fifty years. San Giovanni Rotondo is about twenty miles from Monte St. Angelo, where the Archangel Michael appeared towards the end of the Fourth Century.
Michael-Angel of God
St. Michael is a powerful Angel of God. He is our symbol of strength, power, courage and hope. Mentioned by name in three places in the Bible, Daniel 10:13-12:1, Revelation 12:7, and Jude 1:9, in each of these instances, he is doing battle with Satan. His name is actually Mica-El, which means “Who is like God?” That was his battle cry as he fought the battle against Lucifer and the fallen angels.
Michael is referred to in many other passages, when not by name, by rank and title. In Exodus, when Moses is leading his people out of Egypt, it is Michael, under the title of “The Angel of the Lord” who guards and protects them. It is implied that it was Michael who released Peter from his chains, and led him out of prison, as described in the Acts of the Apostles. It is also held by many that the Angel who wrestled with Jacob was Michael.
In our own Church History, Michael has always been highly visible. Prior to Vatican II, the prayer to St. Michael was recited at the end of each Mass, with the prayers at the foot of the altar. At funeral Masses, we pray that Michael will bring the soul of the deceased to the Father. “Deliver them from the lion’s mouth, that hell engulf them not, that they fall not into darkness; but let Michael, the holy standard-bearer, bring them into the Holy Light.”
From this prayer, we believe that Michael is responsible for bringing souls up from Purgatory to Heaven. There is an inspired belief that most souls are released from Purgatory on Christmas Day, that our sweet Mother Mary, Queen of the Angels, personally goes to Purgatory, to bring those who are ready to meet her dear Son Jesus to Heaven. Part of that tradition is that Michael accompanies our Lady to Purgatory to accomplish this joyful task.
Michael is always connected with Mary.
In all the paintings of the Holy House of Nazareth being carried to Loreto, Italy, by the Angels, St. Michael is always pictured in the lead, his red cloak flowing in the wind, guiding the house on its path.
In 1916, the year prior to our Lady’s extraordinary appearance to the three children at Fatima, an Angel, the Angel of Peace, came to them, and prepared them for her visit. He gave them the Eucharist. One of Michael’s titles is “Angel of Peace.” It is generally accepted that it was Michael who visited the children.
While the Angel who accompanied St. Catherine Labour‚ into the chapel in Paris, appeared to be a child, it is believed that he was St. Michael. It was in this chapel that our Lady gave St. Catherine the image of the Miraculous Medal.
Michael is known and venerated over all the world.
Michael is Patron Saint of Belgium. His image can be seen on the national currency. In Brussels, Belgium, there is a huge church named after him, with a large statue of Michael on top of the steeple.
Constantine the Great had a vision of St. Michael, and had a great Shrine built in honor of the event in a town outside of Constantinople. He named the town Michaelion. It is located in Sosthenion, about fifty miles south of Constantinople. It has been the scene of many physical cures and conversions. Today, that whole area is part of Turkey, largely inhabited by Muslims. But pilgrims continue to go there to pray, and miracles are still happening.
In Paris, in the midst of sinful Montmartre, the Basilica of the Sacre Coeur, (Sacred Heart) stands tall, with a huge statue of St. Michael on top, defeating Satan with his sword.
St. Joan of Arc, co-patroness of France, and a very powerful woman in our Church, testified that one of the voices she heard was St. Michael the Archangel. He gave her the battle plans she carried out to save France.
In the northwestern sector of France, in the early eighth century, St. Michael appeared to the Bishop of Avranches, France, and claimed a mountain, which has become known as Mont St. Michel (the Mountain of St. Michael). In this chapter, we will be sharing the Cave of St. Michael in Gargano, in southern Italy, and the Mountain of St. Michael, Mt. St. Michel, in northwestern France.
Michael – Defender of the Church
The sound of the battle cry, “Mica-El” (who is like God?) can be heard echoing through the galaxies, bouncing from star to star, down through the ages, ricocheting off every corner of the earth. He is still warring, as he did when Satan and the fallen angels rebelled against God. His cry, “Who is like God? now attacks those heresies that would have us believe we are gods. The names are different, but the enemies are the same; as Paul said…
“Put on the armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against Principalities and Powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness on high.”(Eph 6:11-12)
Michael the Archangel is Defender of the Church, Angel of God, Angel of Peace, Protector of the faithful, Archenemy of Satan and all the evil powers roaming the earth seeking the ruination of souls. Michael is famous for rallying the forces of the good Angels against those of the fallen angels. We see paintings of St. Michael hurling them down into the fiery pits of hell. And this great battle that took place before the earth was formed, is still going on.
Michael is someone we can call on when we feel the modern-day world of Lucifer swallowing up so many good and unsuspecting brothers and sisters. There are times when we feel as if we are walking through a holocaust; chaos and destruction all around us, threatening to envelope us, when suddenly we feel covered by a warm, protective shield. To us, that shield is our St. Michael, given to us by the Lord, to turn to, when things get rough.
We share all this with you to get you ready for the Shrine we are about to visit, one of the most famous of the Shrines to St. Michael, the Cave of St. Michael in the Gargano, at the boot of Italy. But it’s also to give you a little background on this most important, most powerful Saint of our Church. As you can see, we have a great love and devotion to St. Michael, the Archangel. Our grandson Rob took the name of Michael as his confirmation name, as his grandfather, Bob, proudly stood by, as his sponsor.
There is a prayer our Ministry says before we travel, regardless of the distance. When we are on Pilgrimage, before we take off to visit the Shrines, we ask our Pilgrims on the bus to join us in this prayer. You might like to join us right now, as we pray:
Dear Lord Jesus, we ask you to send all the Guardian Angels to form a protective circle around this (car, plane, boat), with St. Michael the Archangel in charge. St. Michael in front of us, St. Michael in back of us, St. Michael to the left of us, St. Michael to the right of us, St. Michael above us, St. Michael below us. We ask for our Lady of Guadalupe to cover us with her Mantilla, and our Lady of Loreto (Patroness of Air Travelers) to sit on top of the (plane, car, boat) with the Holy House and the Infant Jesus. We ask that anything that would harm us physically, spiritually, emotionally or mentally be kept away from us, and that we be brought to our final destination to glorify Your Son’s Name.

Written by Bob and Penny Lord from their book Heavenly Army of Angels

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Fatima celebrates 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions of Mother Mary Part 1 of 4

January 16, 2017

fatima2A bolt of bright light shot out. With St. Michael the Archangel in the lead, his red cloak flowing behind him, a choir of angels on either side of him, and completely surrounded by the angels and the brilliant light, the Queen of Heaven and Earth, of all the Angels and the Saints, my Mary, made her way back to earth one more time.
The children saw what they thought was a flash of lightning streak across the sky. They were sure it meant that rain was coming. But it was followed by complete silence. No wind, not even a breeze broke the calm and quiet of the moment. They were confused. There were no clouds in the sky. But it must have been lightning. They had better get the flock to safety. Another burst of light flew by them. They couldn’t move.
Then, gently, quietly, what seemed like a bubble of light rested on top of the holmoak tree in front of them, and Mary was there. The most powerful message Mary had ever given the world was beginning. Years later, Lucia described the scene,
“It was a lady, clothed in white, brighter than the sun, radiating a light more clear and intense than a crystal cup filled with sparkling water, lit by burning sunlight.”
To anyone analyzing the visits of Our Lady to earth, it becomes immediately obvious that she had an urgency this time that we’ve never seen before. On that first day, she gave these little children, who could not possibly understand, HER KEYNOTE MESSAGE OF FATIMA. Everything she wanted to communicate to the people on earth was touched on in that first apparition.
Mary opened the conversation. “Do not be afraid. I will not harm you.”

Lucia asked her “Where do you come from?”
Our Lady answered “I come from Heaven”. Then she pointed to the blue skies above.
Lucia asked her “What to do you want of me?”
The Lady responded “I have come to ask you to come here for six months on the 13th day of each month, at this same hour. Later I shall tell you who I am and what I want. And I shall return here yet a seventh time.”
Lucia asked “Will I go to Heaven?”
Mary smiled at her and answered “Yes, you will.”
“And Jacinta?”
“She will go too.”
“And Franciso?”
“Francisco too, but he will have to say many Rosaries first.”
Lucia then asked about two girls who had died recently in her village. One was in heaven, and the other in Purgatory, Our Lady told her.
Mary got back to the point of her visit quickly. “Will you offer yourselves to God, and bear all the sufferings which He sends you, in reparation for the sins which offend Him, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners?”
Lucia answered “Yes, we will.”
Our Lady continued “Then you will have much to suffer, but the grace of God will be your strength.”

Lucia described what happened next.fatima3
“As she pronounced these words, she opened her hands and bathed us in a very intense light; it was like a reflection coming from her hands, which penetrated our hearts to the depths of our souls, so that we saw ourselves in God, who was this light, more clearly than in a mirror. Then by an impulse which came from our hearts, we fell on our knees in unison, and repeated inwardly: “O Holy Trinity, I adore You. My God, My God, I love You in the Blessed Sacrament.”
Then Mary said, “Say the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world and the end of the war.”
Enough! Our Lady wanted to tell them all that she would share with them over the next six months, but knew that she had better stop now. After all, this trio consisted of a 10 year old, an 8 year old, and a 7 year old. How much could their little minds absorb?
The Lady from Heaven slowly ascended. The bubble of light enveloped her; she moved slowly to the east, back to from where she had come, and finally out of sight. The children watched until there was not a sign of her left in the sky.
On their way back to their homes, they made a pact that they would tell no one about what they had seen. There was no way that this would happen, however. They were so filled with joy, they were about to burst. Lucia was able to maintain the discipline they had vowed to keep. Francisco went off by himself to try to sort out what had happened. Keep in mind that on this first apparition, he did not see the Lady. He saw the light, and knew that something important was happening. fatima1On the way home, he heard Lucia and Jacinta talking about the most beautiful lady, but he had not seen anything.
Jacinta, for her part, might just as well not have made any promise. First off, she looked for her mother, who had not as yet returned home. Determined to tell her as soon as she saw her, Jacinta waited became the brunt of very cruel jokes. Adults, whom they had looked up to, yelled at them, and cursed them. The locals were annoyed with the visitors from all over Portugal, who were descending on their quiet village, and creating such a commotion over these “little brats”.

Lucia went through a particularly bad time. Her Parish Priest had a meeting with her. He all but convinced her that it was not Our Lady from Heaven who was visiting her, but the devil. For a ten year old, whatever a Parish Priest said was akin to Gospel Truth. This little girl didn’t have the inner strength of Bernadette at this time in her life; but keep in mind that Bernadette was older than Lucia at the time of the Apparitions in Lourdes. Also, these little ones were being given a series of the most serious messages Our Lady had ever given the world; therefore, it was understandable that the attacks would be greater.
As the time for the July 13 meeting approached, Lucia had decided not to go back to the Cova da Iria. She was convinced she was being assaulted by the devil himself in the form of this beautiful lady. The other two couldn’t understand Lucia’s logic. For them it was impossible that it was anyone other than the Queen of Heaven. So much good was going on at the Cova. It was a contradiction of what satan would have wanted. But they couldn’t budge Lucia. Brave little Jacinta said that if Lucy didn’t go, she would speak to the Lady, though she was frightened out of her mind.

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Saint Clare of Assisi and the Miracle of the Eucharist

August 10, 2016

Miracle of the Eucharist of Assisi

She was firm in the face of adversity. The famous incident, which we call the Miracle of the Eucharist of Assisi, took place at San Damiano in 1241, twelve years before Clare died. The catalyst that the Lord used to bring about this miracle was a German prince, Frederick II of Swabia. There is a tradition that Frederick was born in Assisi at the same time as Francis, and was baptized on the same day in the church of San Ruffino. The Pope had treated this Frederick very well, being sure he was brought up comfortably, affording him every courtesy. The young German repaid his kindness by turning on the Pope and the Church, waging a war against them, and the people of the Umbria. He had visions of an empire that would spread itself from Assisi down to Sicily. To this end, he recruited a band of Saracen (Arab) mercenaries to be his army. Reinforced by his band of merciless cutthroats, Frederick proceeded to march against Assisi.clare3

The convent of San Damiano stood between the troops of Frederick II and the city of Assisi. The fact that there was a group of virgin nuns in the convent was particularly appealing to the Saracens, who hated Christians, and had a lusty appetite for Caucasian women. They proceeded to attack the Convent. Clare was sick in bed at this time. Her ladies rushed to her, crying, in a state of panic. What would they do? Could she protect them from the attacking soldiers? One of the Sisters ran into the room to report that she had seen soldiers in the fields close to the convent. A general state of alarm broke out.

Clare had two Sisters help her up out of bed. She went to their little Chapel, and removed a Monstrance containing the Blessed Sacrament. She held it in her hands, pressed her head against it, and prayed to the Lord. She walked to the large open window facing the courtyard below. She spoke to the Lord, and He answered her. She implored, “Protect, Lord, these your servants, that I now, by myself, cannot protect.”

A very sweet voice, that of a young child, answered her, “I will take care of you always.”

Clare added another prayer. “My Lord, protect also, as it pleases you, this city that by your love supports us.”

The reply she received was, “It will have to go through suffering, but it will be defended by my protection.”

Strengthened by these words, Clare turned to her Sisters, who were terrified by the prospects of the attack of the feared Saracens. “I guarantee you, my daughters, that you will not suffer any evil. Only have faith in Christ.” She took the monstrance and held it high in the air.


The advancing Saracens froze in their tracks at the courtyard of the Convent. They looked up at Clare, at the Monstrance in her hand. Petrified with fear, as if they could recognize the God Who was there, they turned and ran, fleeing from the convent of San Damiano, leaving Clare and her Sisters in peace. The next day, the people of Assisi were pleased, but astonished that the Saracens had not attacked their city. Survival not conquest, uppermost in their minds, the invaders had left without ever setting foot in the town

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