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Friday, December 05, 2008

December-dedicated to the Immaculate Conception

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The history of St Bernadette

Then on the Feast of the Annunciation, 25 March, Bernadette again experienced the 'irresistible urge' to go to the grotto. When she came with relatives, there were over a thousand people gathered there. The beautiful lady was already in the niche and waiting for her. The rosary and prayers were said, and during her ecstasy, the little visionary plucked up her courage and asked the beautiful visitor, once, twice, and then a third time:"Madame, will you be so kind as to tell me who you are?"

At the third entreaty, the Lady opened her arms and lowered them,letting the rosary slip down to her wrist, then she rejoined her hands, raised her eyes and delivered her secret:

"I am the Immaculate Conception"

As she went from the grotto, Bernadette kept repeating these words which she did not understand; they were but sounds to her. And when she came before the Abbé Peyramale, she burst out without any formality:

"I am the Immaculate Conception".

"What's that you say, you conceited little thing?"
"It is the Lady who has just said these words to me."
"Do you know what that means?"
"No, monsieur le Curé."
"I see you are still being deceived. How can you say things that you
don't understand?"
"All the way from the grotto, I have been repeating,

'I am the Immaculate Conception'."

The Abbé sent her away with no sign of emotion. Mme Ribette, owner of the grocery store, recalls that M. Peyramale came in that morning for some goods, and said to her: "Listen to what Bernadette Soubirous has just told me the Lady said to her

'I am the Immaculate Conception'.

I was so amazed that I felt myself stagger and I was on the point of falling."

The Bishop of Tarbes approved the Apparitions in 1862 after exhaustive investigations as to their authenticity:

"We judge that Mary the Immaculate, Mother of God, did truly appear to Bernadette Soubirous on 11 February 1858, and on subsequent days, to the number of 18 times in all, in the grotto of Massabielle, near the town of Lourdes."

Passionist closings

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only sadness and regrets here.

Thirty or 40 years ago there were 600 men who were Passionists, he said. Now there are 155. Their average age is 75.Thirty or 40 years ago there were 600 men who were Passionists, he said. Now there are 155. Their average age is 75.


Blessed Dominic Barberi said if the Passionists ever stopped wearing the habit and started wearing shoes, he would not pray for them when he attained heaven.

Fridays- dedicated to the Passion of Christ

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Dominican saints at the Passion.

The natural law matters- not personalism

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and certainly not any conflation of the two! Times are changing!

Getting ready for female bishops

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St Nicholas of the Diocese of Linz.

Feast of St Nicholas Tavelic

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The long history of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land includes many martyrs, the first among whom are St. Nicholas Tavelic and companions. In 1335 the Friars Minor were at the 'coenaculum' and in 1342 Clement VI formally instituted the Custody of the Holy Land. The friars soon were officiating the 'coenaculum', the Holy Sepulchre and Bethlehem. In 1391 four friars died as martyrs, as Gerald Calvet of Aquitaine, Guardian of Mt. Zion, wrote and confirmed in a letter. Their names were Nicholas Tavelic, Adeodat of Rodez, Peter of Narbonne and Stephen of Cuneo. Tavelic was of Croatian origin, the son of a noble family of Dalmatia. He was probably born in 1340. After a period in the missions of Bosnia, as a Friar Minor, he was sent to the Holy Land Custody in 1383. After learning the Arab language, together with his companions, he decided to preach the Gospel to the Moslems of the holy city of Jerusalem. On 11 November 1391 the friars went to the temple mount, which was, and still is, a holy place to the Moslems. That day happened to be the Islamic festival of Bairam. The friars were expelled from the mosque, and taken to the house of the cadi or magistrate, where they preached the Gospel. After being mercilessly beaten they were thrown into prison. On 14 November they were taken out of prison to their place of execution, where they were massacred by the mob and their remains thrown into the fire.

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More prayerful bishops required.

Archbishop accuses Cardinal who could have been Pope of heresy

Schism among schismatics

Covering up rape- all in a days work at an abortion clinic.

Patriarch of All Russia, Alexy II dies

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of your charity, pray for the repose of his soul.

Holy Smoke commentary