Apparition of Our Lady in Rome

The love and mercy of the Blessed Virgin Mary are endless, of course through the goodness of Almighty God, who is the source of all grace.

Today, I visited the Grotta Della Madonna Della Tre Fontane (The Grott of Our Lady of the Three Fountains). This is such a beautiful and simple place. I visited here at the recommendation of St. Emanuella who I posted about yesterday.

There was a man by the name of Bruno Cornacchiola. Bruno was raised Catholic, but like many of our contemporaries, he left the faith. And, not only did he leave the Catholic Church, but he grew an intense hatred for it and the Blessed Virgin Mary, whom he often attacked and blasphemed.

Bruno pledged that he would do everything in his power to destroy the Catholic Church. He also made a vow to kill Pope Pius XII. Bruno was violent to his wife and children because they practiced the Catholic faith. He demanded that his wife leave the Church and become a Protestant and eventually an Adventist minister.

On a beautiful day, 12 April 1947, Bruno took his children to at little park across from the Trappist Monastery at Tre Fontane. Children loved to go there, since their parents would often purchase chocolate made by the Trappists. (I can attest to the goodness of the chocolate. Could have eaten the whole store!)

During their visit to the park, one of the children lost the ball they were playing with. The children began to search in the woods and when they came upon the grotto, they saw a beautiful woman and kept repeating the words: “Beautiful woman.” In fear that his children would be garment, Bruno went to see what was taking place and to remove them. However, without all his strength, Bruno could not move his children from the spots where they knelt. Suddenly, the Virgin Mary appeared to and spoke to Bruno.

Like St. Paul, the scales fell from the eyes of Bruno and his life was change forever. He was directed by Our Lady to seek the guidance of a priest (she promised that it would be confirmed by a sign) and she wanted him to meet with the Pope. Bruno and his family converted back to the Catholic Church. On 9 December 1949, just 2 – 1/2 years later, Bruno was able to talk with Pope Pius XII and ask his forgiveness. Bruno was used by Our Lady to confirm the Holy Father’s desire to proclaim the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary giving the Pope Our Lady’s message: “My body could not decay and did not decay, I was taken to heaven by my Son and His angels’.”

If you get to Rome, be sure you don’t miss this holy sanctuary!

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Divine Revelation

 

iPadre #312 – Mary, Ever Virgin

Advent is almost over and the celebration of Our Lord’s birth is near at hand. In this episode, we are going to talk about the Virginity of Mary, because it’s so important to know who He is and what He is really about. We have some feedback and a Mary Moment with Sarah Reinhard.

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Who’s looking over your shoulder?

On Wednesday, following Mass, I headed home for my day off. I decided to take my statue of Our Lady of Fatima home, to place in the room where I say Mass on my day off. I strapped here in the back seat and as I was ready to drive off, looked into the rear view mirror and I saw Our Lady looking over my shoulder.  It was the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. (You can also see my pooch riding shotgun)

What a comforting thought we should all have to know that Our Lady is watching over our shoulder!

iPadre #201 – The Assumption of Mary

Most Marian celebrations and dogmas are greatly misunderstood.  The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of those dogmas that people don’t understand in it’s proper context.  In this episode, I’ll share my homily for the Solemnity of the Assumption. We also go over some feedback.

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Consecration

In the past few days, we have seen our Holy Father, Pope Benedict on pilgrimage to Fatima.  It is in Fatima, that Our Lady requested consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart  She promised that through this consecration would come  it’s conversion and her eventual triumph.

Many Catholics, especially priests have become weary of the word “consecration” and would prefer to use the word “entrustment”.  When we began a Marian Cenacle in one of my former parishes, the priests were all upset with the word “consecration”, they wanted nothing to do with it and did not want anyone else to use the word.  “Those days are gone”, they said.  This is a Vatican II Church.

So what is consecration and why do we need it?  We must begin by saying, that consecration is not something we asked for, it was a direct request from the Mother of God.  She said that is is for the sake and for the world’s salvation.  Consecration is not an outdated theology in the life of the Catholic Church.  Bishops, priests and religious are still considered consecrated!

Let’s first look at entrustment.  Entrustment means that someone is to assigned a responsibility, they have something to do.  A parent will entrust, or assign one of the children to take out the trash, to mow the lawn, or to fulfill a certain task.  The act of consecration on the other hand is much different and does not even resemble entrustment.  Of course we can and should entrust ourselves to Our Lady’s care, but she has requested consecration!

The word consecration comes from the Latin consecrat, which means dedicated or devoted as sacred.  Marian consecration is in essence the renewal and deepening of Baptismal vows.  On the day of our baptism, we were set apart!  At the opening of a new church, the bishop will consecrate it.  Stone altars are consecrated.  Consecration sets a person, place or thing apart, it changes the purpose of for it’s being.  A church is consecrated, set apart for divine worship.  The altar is reserved for sacrifice.  A chalice is consecrated for a holy use.  Things that are consecrated, may not be used for the mundane.  A chalice may never be used for anything but the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass – it has been set apart for the blood of Jesus Christ.

At baptism, we were set apart for God.  We were changed forever and configured to Christ Himself.  Once something is consecrated, there is no turning back.  The consecrated soul belongs to God for all eternity.  Whether we are faithful or not, we belong to the Almighty.

Marian consecration helps us to deepen our baptismal consecration.  It is not consecration to Mary so that we are her’s alone. Consecration to Mary is Consecration to Christ.  When we are consecrated to Mary, we enter into her school, we become disciples, so that she may help to form us into the image of her Son.  As the perfect disciple of our Lord, Our Lady’s one desire for all of God’s children is for them to become perfect disciples of her Son.  Our Lady leads us to Christ, she helps us to overcome our sins and impels us to continue the new evangelization.

Today, consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is imperative.  Like in the times of Noah, we must enter into the Arc of the New Covenant, we must enter into the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  For she is our sure refuge in these times of trial.  Those who entered the arc with Noah were saved from the deluge.  We who enter into the safe refuge of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, will be saved from the deluge of sin and evil.  Lead by Our Lady, we will be formed according to the Heart of Christ, go forward with a forceful proclamation of the Gospel for the New Evangelization and enter into the time of peace she has promised and we all so long for.

Consider making the Total Consecration of St. Louis de Montfort.  You can find the written form here and you can find it in the form of a podcast here.

Let us daily cry out to our heavenly mother in the words of our late Holy Father: “Totus tuus, ego sum Maria!”  I am totally yours Oh Mary!