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Our Lady of Guadalupe

A short summary of the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe (who appeared in the 16th century) from Franciscan Media:

A poor Indian named Cuauhtlatohuac was baptized and given the name Juan Diego. He was a 57-year-old widower, and lived in a small village near Mexico City. On Saturday morning December 9, 1531, he was on his way to a nearby barrio to attend Mass in honor of Our Lady.

Juan was walking by a hill called Tepeyac when he heard beautiful music like the warbling of birds. A radiant cloud appeared, and within it stood an Indian maiden dressed like an Aztec princess. The lady spoke to him in his own language and sent him to the bishop of Mexico, a Franciscan named Juan de Zumarraga. The bishop was to build a chapel in the place where the lady appeared.

Eventually the bishop told Juan to have the lady give him a sign. About this same time Juan’s uncle became seriously ill. This led poor Juan to try to avoid the lady. Nevertheless the lady found Juan, assured him that his uncle would recover, and provided roses for Juan to carry to the bishop in his cape or tilma.

On December 12, when Juan Diego opened his tilma in the bishop’s presence, the roses fell to the ground, and the bishop sank to his knees. On the tilma where the roses had been appeared an image of Mary exactly as she had appeared at the hill of Tepeyac.

Franciscan Media

This miracle precipitated the greatest flood of conversions in the whole history of Christianity. In the seven years following this miracle, approximately eight million Aztecs converted to Christianity. . .

Bryan Cross, Called to Communion

Numerous people failed to convert the Aztecs, who at that time were performing thousands of children sacrifices. Finally, Mary’s miracle ended this and helped to nearly convert the entire country which spread Christianity across Central and South America.

There are many interesting features in the actual miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, including:

  • The moon under her feet, which for the Aztecs represented the devil. Mary is crushing the head of the serpent, which corresponds to Revelation 12.
  • Mary is pregnant in the image and there is a four-petal flower resting on her womb, which in Nahualt culture is a symbol of pregnancy.
  • The position of the stars around the image can mathematically be arranged into music notes that play a beautiful sounding song. Normally if this is done with a random pattern of dots, it will just sound like noise.

In the series “Explaining the Faith”, Father Alar has a full lesson and explanation about all the details of Our Lady of Guadalupe:

Join Fr. Chris Alar as he discusses Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of Life, the history and the image.
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The Miracle of the Sun

Three children, Lucia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto, were in the center of thousands of believers and skeptics who flooded Cova da Iria fields outside the small settlement of Aljustrel near Fatima, Portugal. The day was the 13th of October, 1917, and word had got around that Mary was going to appear at this location at noon.

After noon had passed, Mary appeared and spoke to Lucia:
“I wish to tell you that I want a chapel built here in my honor. I want you to continue saying the Rosary every day. The war will end soon, and the soldiers will return to their homes.. I am the Lady of the Rosary.. Some I shall grant, and others I must deny. People must amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins. They must not offend our Lord any more, for He is already too much offended.. There is nothing more.”

The sun, at one moment surrounded with scarlet flame, at another aureoled in yellow and deep purple, seemed to be in an exceedingly fast and whirling movement, at times appearing to be loosened from the sky and to be approaching the earth, strongly radiating heat.

Dr. Domingos Coelho (reported in the newspaper Ordem)

According to Lucia, the Lady opened her hands, “made them reflect on the sun, and as she ascended, the reflection of her own light continued to be projected on the sun itself.”

Lucia then called for people to look at the sun, and an event called “the miracle of the sun” occurred. Although not everyone claimed to see the phenomenon, numerous individuals reported that the sun appeared to change colors, spin, and “dance” in the sky.

In the wake of this event, the children reported visions of St. Joseph, the Child Jesus, and our Lady in various guises, including Our Lady of Dolors and Our Lady of Carmel, as had been promised.

Jimmy Akin – Catholic.com

The sun appeared with its circumference well defined. It came down as if to the height of the clouds and began to whirl giddily upon itself like a captive ball of fire. With some interruptions, this lasted about eight minutes. The atmosphere darkened and the features of each became yellow. Everyone knelt even in the mud….

Fr. Manuel Pereira da Silva (in a letter to a friend)

According to various accounts, a crowd of some 70,000 people – believers and skeptics alike – gathered to see the miracle that Mary had promised. After appearing and speaking to the children for some time, Mary then “cast her own light upon the sun.”

The previously rainy sky cleared up, the clouds dispersed and the ground, which had been wet and muddy from the rain, was dried. A transparent veil came over the sun, making it easy to look at, and multi-colored lights were strewn across the landscape.

The sun then began to spin, twirling in the sky, and at one point appeared to veer toward earth before jumping back to its place in the sky.

Elise Harris – Catholic News Agency

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What Miracles Point to

Mark A. McNeil – Catholic Answers Article –

With today’s celebration of the centenary of Pope St. John Paul II’s birth, some are revisiting the miracles that led to his canonization. A passionate champion of the Blessed Mother and the miracles attributed to Our Lady of Lourdes, the Polish pope would no doubt have been pleased that a seventieth miracle at Lourdes was officially recognized by the Catholic Church in 2018.

Jesus’ miracles revealed truths that were life-changing to those who saw or heard about them. The lame man lowered through the roof into Jesus’ presence is a great example (Mark 2:1-12). Jesus asked his critics, “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven’, or to say, ‘Rise, take up your pallet and walk?’” It is harder to say “take up your pallet and walk” since observers will quickly know whether one really has the power to heal another person’s ailments. It is hard to stand before a crowd of people and declare, “I can lift 5,000 pounds with my bare hands!” My audience might actually expect me to do it! If Jesus can do the thing that is harder to say, it follows that we are on good ground believing that he is able to do the thing that is easier to say.

“But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins, I say to you, Rise, take up your pallet, and go home.” This healing highlighted Jesus’ authority to forgive sins. Those who saw the miracle were challenged to recognize Jesus as the divine source of forgiveness.

… If God heals you, give him thanks and praise. If he doesn’t, worship him anyway. Soon enough, God will bring total healing when the redemption for which all creation groans finally appears (Romans 8:22-24).

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Are Marian Apparitions Real?

Franciscan Friar, Father Casey broke down the reasons of how and what we should believe when it comes to Marian Apparitions. In the last 120 years, according to the International Marian Institute at the University of Dayton, 386 apparent cases of visions from all over the world have been submitted.

In 1978, the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith created a process for evaluating and approving claims. The three steps are:

  1. Investigate the facts
  2. Observe devotional practices
  3. Render Judgement

To date, 13 apparitions have been approved for local veneration, and 6 apparitions have been approved for widespread liturgical veneration:

  • Guadalupe
  • Miraculous Medal
  • La Salette
  • Lourdes
  • Knock
  • Fatima

Referring to DEI VERBUM on Divine Revelation by Vatican Council II, it is important to note that nothing new from heaven can be revealed to us. However, better understanding of what has already been taught before can certainly be revealed to greater fullness. Therefore, private revelations can be approved but it is not their role to improve or complete Christ’s definitive Revelation. Anything we hear about that is not revealed in sacred scripture can only be valued as words of encouragement and inspiration to trust in God and to grow more deeply in our commitments to the mission given to us by Jesus.

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The Gift of Miracles

Tim Staples – Catholic Answers Article

As a Pentecostal before I became Catholic, I believed God still performs miracles, but I never saw anything close to what Catholics too often take for granted in both the number and kind of miracles God pours out upon his one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church in every generation.

Everything from the raising of the dead to restorative miracles of the body have been experienced in the Church for 2,000 years, fulfilling the words of Mark 16:17-20: “’These signs will accompany those who believe.’ . . . And they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it.”

And yet these miracles may be the best-kept secret in Catholicism. I am convinced that untold millions of souls would come to Christ in his Church if we as Catholics would simply inform them of these incredible gifts.

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