Happy Mother’s Day!
On this Mother’s Day, My tribute to the greatest Mother of all – The Mother Of God.
And a special thanks to all mothers everywhere…
May 13 is the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of The Blessed Mother to the three children in Fatima.
This short video tells the story…
This video is in honor of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima to the three little shepherd children.
It is to tell the whole story to promote her message and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
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I have loved this movie since I was a small child. I thought it would be appropriate today, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Here is the movie “The Song of Bernadette” (1943) about the apparition of Our Lady to St. Bernadette Soubirous. The film won four Academy Awards and was nominated for another eight. – From Regina Magazine
“Why do you Catholics worship Mary?”
“We don’t ‘worship’ Mary. We HONOR Mary. And no matter how much we honor Mary, we cannot ever honor her as much as God honored her by making her His mother.”
“That’s ridiculous! Mary is not God’s mother! She was only an incubator for Jesus – a vessel for getting Him to earth. Other than that, she’s just like any other woman who ever lived. She was a sinner. She was just a woman who happened to come along and agree to bear Jesus. She had, nor has, no influence on Jesus whatsoever. She’s dead and cannot hear you anyway. Praying to her is worthless. She was nothing special.”
“Can you do me a favor?”
“What is it?”
“Can you please remind me to not be standing next to you when you explain that to Jesus?“
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
My maternal grandmother was devoted to Jesus through Mary. Every night at 7:00, the Rosary Hour was broadcast over the radio, and the entire household suddenly hit their knees in the living room and prayed the Rosary.
That included any visitors present. No matter what was going on or who was there, ALL activity stopped and you were on your knees for the next fifteen minutes praying the Rosary. Everybody. Nobody escaped. If you were Jewish, you were on your knees praying the rosary.
I spent a LOT of time at my grandparents’ house when I was growing up. A LOT of time. I learned to pray the Rosary before I was in kindergarten. And, maybe even more importantly, I learned to love Mary, the Mother of God. And, through her, Jesus, the only begotten Son of God – the second person of the Holy Trinity. And the Father. And the Holy Spirit.
There was a period of time when I got away from saying the Rosary – years, in fact. While I didn’t realize it was happening, I slowly became far too involved in secular life, concerned mainly with the things of the world. But even in times when I was far from being the person God made me to be, I still felt a deep love for Mary.
Because of that love, I eventually started praying the rosary again and came back around years ago.
Thank you, Lord, for giving me my Grandma Harrigan…
Thank you, Grandma, for leading me to our Mother, Mary, and through her to The Father, Son and Holy Spirit…
And thank you, Mary, for agreeing to be the Mother of Jesus… And for being the Mother of me…
Many Protestants and quasi-Christian denominations believe that the Catholic Church changed the Ten Commandments in order to try to “justify” certain Catholic practices (praying to Mary and the Saints, having religious statues and other art, percieved idolatry etc.). However, a close look at the differences between the two lists of commandments and the reasons they exist will reveal this perception as being false.
Basically, the Protestant version of the commandments splits the First Commandment into two separate commandments. In doing so, in order to keep the number of commandments at ten, they are forced to combine the Ninth and Tenth commandments into one, resulting in the reduction of the status of your “neighbor’s wife” to that of your “neighbor’s property.” I’m pretty sure that God didn’t intend for that to be the case…
Despite appearances, we know Exodus 20 is not a prohibition against making “any likeness of anything” in a strict sense because we clearly see God either commanding or praising the making of images and statues in multiple biblical texts (see Exodus 25:18; Numbers 21:8-9; I Kings 6:23-28, 9:3). Just five chapters after this so-called prohibition against statues, for example, God commands Moses to make statues representing two angels to be placed over the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant:
And you shall make two cherubim of gold… The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, their faces one to another…. And you shall put the mercy seat on the top of the ark… There I will meet with you (Ex. 25:18-22).