Tuesday, 25 February 2014

A Note to Readers

From now on, for the next two months I will be posting articles on Lent and on Easter specially on their "Spiritual Significance".

There will be just 1 post on Catholic Classics that will be most probably next week. It will be a "Catholic Classics Special" for Lent.


Monday, 10 February 2014

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes 11th February 2014 World Day of the Sick

The Grotto of Massabielle is the heart of Lourdes. In the town, the road signs do not indicate "the Sanctuary" rather "The Grotto". Until recently, "The Grotto" was the name of the organisation  which managed the sanctuary.

The vault of the Grotto has been preserved in its original state, as we can see from the oldest photographs available. The engravings are less accurate as they present the area as a theatrical scene. The Grotto faces north and the sun never penetrates within. It is the Blessed Virgin herself who illuminates it with her presence, her smile, and her beauty. The symbolism speaks for itself.

In  Lourdes, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous 18 times from 11th February to 16th July 1858 that year at a little niche and delivered messages through her to the world.

Bernadette obedient to Our Lady's command scratched the ground near the grotto and Lo and Behold a trickle of water issued forth from the ground she had scratched. This is the source of the miraculous waters of Lourdes.

Many Miraculous cures have been attributed to the waters from this spring which continues to flow to this day. Doctors have had no explanations for these scientifically inexplicable cures. One can see crutches hanging around the grotto left by pilgrims who were cured.

All in all Lourdes in France is a "Must Visit Destination" for anyone or everyone specially those who are sick with terminal illnesses or incurable diseases.

Check out the Sanctuary in Lourdes

http://en.lourdes-france.org/


Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Tallest Statue of Divine Mercy installed in India


.- On Sept. 30, Cardinal George Alencherry unveiled and blessed a shrine featuring a statue of the Divine Mercy of Jesus, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

“The statue is 43-feet tall and it proclaims that the Lord is ever merciful to all those who seek him,” Bishop Anthony Chirayath of the Syro-Malabarese Diocese of Sagar told CNA Sept. 28.
The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is an Eastern Catholic Church in full communion with the Bishop of Rome. It is of the East Syrian rite, and is headed by Cardinal Alencherry, who is Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly. Nearly all 3.8 million Syro-Malabarese Catholics are in India, though there is an eparchy located in the U.S.

Some 20 bishops attended the blessing, as well as around 100 priests and religious. When he spoke to CNA, Bishop Chirayath said that “a presence of about 3,000 Catholic devotees of the Divine Mercy is expected, including pilgrims from the U.S., Canada, France, Germany and Italy,” adding that “a great participation of staunch devotees, even of other faiths, is to be witnessed.”

Read more here http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/divine-mercy-statue-in-india-receives-cardinals-blessing/

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