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“I MAKE THIS STATEMENT ON MY DEATHBED, KNOWING I AM ABOUT TO GO BEFORE GOD”

“I MAKE THIS STATEMENT ON MY DEATHBED, KNOWING I AM ABOUT TO GO BEFORE GOD”

MANY REMARKABLE CURES TAKE PLACE AT THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF KNOCK, COUNTY MAYO, IRELAND 

The Church has not yet pronounced upon the apparition at Knock. The facts… are from purely human testimony. The testimony seems most convincing. The fact that the Knock devotion is still growing after a century is a fair indication that it is not based on a delusion. So is the fact that many remarkable cures have taken place at the shrine and are still taking place.

THE TESTIMONY IS TRUSTWORTHY AND SATISFACTORY 

Within seven weeks of the apparition, the Archbishop of Tuam, the Most Reverend John MacHale, appointed a commission of three priests to investigate. They questioned the witnesses separately and found that their stories agreed in practically all details. The witnesses ranged in age from six-year-old John Curry to seventy-five-year-old Bridget Trench, the lady who had tried to kiss the feet of the Virgin. All were known to be of good character and not the kind who would manufacture such a story. The commission reported that “the testimony of all, taken as a whole, was trustworthy and satisfactory.”

ANOTHER COMMISSION WAS APPOINTED TO INVESTIGATE 

Despite this favourable report, the Archbishop decided to wait. In 1936, Archbishop Gilmartin appointed another commission. Evidence was taken from the two surviving witnesses as well as from persons claiming to have been cured at the shrine. A full statement was forwarded to Rome, but as yet there has been no formal sanction of the shrine.

A FORMAL STATEMENT 

One of the witnesses who lived long enough to testify before both commissions was Mrs. O’Connell, the former Mary Beirne. She was always ready to talk to any visitors and was interviewed numerous times through the years. She talked to newspaper correspondents, archbishops, bishops, and ordinary pilgrims. All were impressed by her candour and her sincerity. In 1936, in a sworn statement, she confirmed her story of 1879. She was grievously ill at the time. After her statement was read to her, she made this addition: “I make this statement on my deathbed, knowing I am about to go before God.” She died six weeks later, on October 19, 1936.

EVERY POSSIBLE NATURAL EXPLANATION HAS BEEN INVESTIGATED 

Every possible natural explanation of the figures has been investigated. It was thought that perhaps someone had projected them with a magic lantern. A commission tried this out but could find no possible way of projecting the images into the air. It will be remembered that they stood out a short distance from the gable.

Newspaper correspondents from England also tried out the magic-lantern idea. They were fair enough to admit that “in the situation a magic lantern was not possible.”

It was suggested that the figures might have been the work of an artist who used phosphorescent paint. When the vision was first seen, however, it was still daylight, and phosphorus would not have been visible.

A story that gained wide circulation was that one of the witnesses was addicted to drink. This was proved to be false. It would not have explained anything anyway. There were fifteen witnesses to the apparition, and no one has suggested that all fifteen were under the influence of alcohol.

… There were thousands of cures at Knock, but they were not scientifically investigated until 1936, when the Medical Bureau was established.

– From: “The Woman Shall Conquer” by Don Sharkey, Prow Books/Franciscan Marytown Press, Libertyville, IL, 1954

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2019 in Words of Wisdom

 

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ST WILLIAM, ABBOT

ST WILLIAM, ABBOT

ST WILLIAM OF VERCELLI, ABBOT – MEMORIAL: JUNE 25

William, born of noble parents at Vercelli, had scarcely completed his fourteenth year when, with a wonderful spirit of penance and an ardour of piety, he undertook a pilgrimage to Compostella. Then, after attempting in vain another pilgrimage to the sepulchre of Christ the Lord, he remained two years on a lonely hill in constant prayer, vigils and fasts.

HE BUILT A MONASTERY 

When he restored sight to a blind man, fleeing the praises of men, he built a monastery in a rugged and inaccessible spot on Monte Virgiliano, which thereafter was called Monte Vergine. He there admitted companions and molded them by certain rules, taken for the most part from the institutes of St Benedict, and by his words and by the example of his most holy life.

A MOST HOLY LIFE

When other monasteries were built later on, the holiness of William became more famous day by day and attracted men from all parts to him. They were also drawn by the fame of his frequent miracles. Finally, after predicting his death, he fell asleep in the Lord in the year of salvation 1142.

PRAYER:

O God, who made your saints an example and a help for our weakness; grant us, as we walk the path of salvation, so to venerate the virtues of the blessed Abbot William that we may obtain his intercession and follow his footsteps. Through our Lord…

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964 [bold titles added]

 

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WHEN THOU DOST PRAY THY MIGHTY PRAYER (HYMN)

WHEN THOU DOST PRAY THY MIGHTY PRAYER (HYMN)

When thou dost pray thy mighty prayer,

Disorders flee, and plagues abate,

And bodies, wasting in disease,

Regain at once their healthful state.

 

When phthisis, fevers, ulcers dire,

Have brought men to their latest breath,

When they are mourned as victims doomed,

Thou tak’st them from the jaws of death.

 

Thou pray’st; and goods, which down the stream

Are hurried on at headlong pace,

Drown by the mighty hand of God,

Float upwards, and their source retrace.

 

Do thou, who canst such wonders work,

Now from thy throne in heaven deign

To listen to our suppliant prayers,

That we may answering help obtain.

 

O Trinity forever One,

O Unity forever Trine,

That we may gain eternal joys,

To Cantius’ prayer thine ear incline.

Amen.

 

From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 
 

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THE FAMOUS ROSES OF STOCKPORT

THE FAMOUS ROSES OF STOCKPORT

From the England of today there also comes the story of the famous roses of Stockport. 

MAY CROWNING 

On the first Sunday of May, 1947, five-year-old Pauline Byrne placed a crown of roses on the statue of our Lady in St Mary’s Church, Stockport, England. The incident was similar to hundreds of May crownings taking place throughout the world.

YELLOW TEA ROSES

Rev. James Turner, D. D., pastor of St Mary’s, says that 1947 was the golden jubilee of his church. When ordering the crown for the statue, he asked the florist to choose yellow tea roses, as being the colour nearest to gold.

LOVELY, BUT TERRIBLY FRAIL

“When I received the crown on Saturday evening,” Father Turner says, “it looked lovely but terribly frail. I did not think it would remain presentable till the next day.

“Towards the middle of May I was surprised to see the roses in the crown still intact and beautiful; in all previous years the roses had fallen out after a week or ten days.

“At the end of the month I always took the statue back to my bedroom, although the people always begged me to leave the statue in the sanctuary because they loved it so much. But I was always adamant and said that June is the month of the Sacred Heart and our Blessed Mother must give in to her divine Son.

“At the end of May the roses were still intact and beautiful. I said to my parishioners: ‘Well, you have always asked me to leave the statue in the sanctuary. I will do so as long as the roses remain intact.’ Half jokingly, I added, ‘If our Lady wants to stay in her place of honour, well, it’s up to her to keep the roses as they are.’

I DO BELIEVE THAT OUR BLESSED MOTHER TOOK UP THE CHALLENGE 

“Really, I do believe that our Blessed Mother took up the challenge, because month succeeded month, and there was still no change in the roses.”

In October, a reporter heard about the roses, and the story went all over the world. Visitors came by the hundreds.

The following year, the same May queen deposited a second crown of 17 golden ophelias on top of the first. This crown also failed to fade. In May, 1949, seven-year-old Anne Carley placed a third crown on the statue.

“To this day,” says Father Turner, “there has not fallen a single petal from any one of the 50 roses.

HIS BELOVED DAUGHTER, HIS CHERISHED MOTHER, HIS CHASTE SPOUSE

“Personally I look upon the three crowns as being beautifully symbolic of our Blessed Mother being crowned by the Eternal Father as His Beloved Daughter, by the Eternal Son as His cherished Mother, and by the Holy Ghost as His chaste spouse. Again I look upon the 50 roses as symbolising the 50 Hail Marys of the Rosary.

THE FIFTY HAIL MARYS OF THE ROSARY 

“For these reasons I did not wish to superimpose a fourth crown on our Lady of the Roses, and so I decided to place a crown on Our Lady of Lourdes. To our amazement, this crown is following the example of the crowns on Our Lady of Roses.

A MIRACLE? 

A woman reporter examined this fourth crown in June, 1950, when it was more than six weeks old. She rubbed the petals and the delicate ferns between her fingers. They were completely dry, completely dehydrated; but they retained their original shape and form and virtually their original colour. They looked like living roses and living ferns, but they were not. From their dryness, one would have expected them to fall to the floor, but they did not.

The reporter could not feel the first three crowns, because they were too high. From their appearance, however, she judged them to be in the same condition.

The Church has not pronounced upon the roses of Stockport, so we do not know whether they can be considered miraculous. If the Church does declare that a miracle has taken place, England, and the entire world, will have cause for great rejoicing.

– From: “The Woman Shall Conquer” by Don Sharkey, Prow Books/Franciscan Marytown Press, Libertyville, IL, 1954

 
 

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LORD, IF THOU WILT, THOU CANST MAKE ME WHOLE

LORD, IF THOU WILT, THOU CANST MAKE ME WHOLE

THE FOLLOWING INVOCATIONS ARE THOSE USUALLY SAID AT LOURDES DURING THE BLESSING OF THE SICK:

We adore thee, O Lord. We hope in thee, O Lord. We love thee, O Lord.

Health of the Sick, pray for us. Mother of our Saviour, pray for us. Mother most pure, pray for us. Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

Let us adore for ever the Most Holy Sacrament.

Blessed be He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God.

Thou art my Lord and my God.

Hosanna! Hosanna to the Son of David.

Mother of Jesus, pray for us. Mother of the Author of grace, pray for us. Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us.

“Show thyself a mother:

May the Word Divine,

Born for us thine Infant,

Hear our prayers through thine.”

Lord, we believe, do thou increase our faith.

Thou art the Resurrection and the Life.

Jesus, save us, we perish.

Jesus, Son of Mary, have pity on us.

Virgin most powerful with God, pray for us. Virgin most merciful, pray for us. Gate of Heaven, pray for us.

O God, come to our assistance, make haste to help us.

Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me whole.

Jesus, Who hast so loved us, have mercy on us.

Jesus, meek and humble of Heart, have mercy on us.

Jesus, our Refuge, have mercy on us.

Mother of our Saviour, pray for us.

“Show thyself a Mother” etc. (thrice) 

Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on us.

Jesus, Father of the poor, have mercy on us.

Jesus, Comforter of the afflicted, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us. Refuge of sinners, pray for us. Help of Christians, pray for us.

“Spare, O Lord, spare thy people;

Be not angry with us for ever.”

Lord, he whom thou lovest is sick. Lord, let me but see.

Lord, let me hear. Lord, let me rise and walk.

Lord, say but the word, and I shall be healed.

Queen of the most Holy Rosary, pray for us.

Blessed be the Holy and Immaculate Conception.

“Let us adore,” etc. (thrice) 

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2019 in Devotions

 

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SI QUAERIS

SI QUAERIS

THE MIRACULOUS RESPONSORY IN HONOUR OF ST ANTHONY – “SI QUAERIS”

(This prayer of praise in honour of St Anthony was composed by St Bonaventure. It is sung frequently in the Basilica of St Anthony in Padua and every Tuesday throughout the world.)

If then you ask for miracles,
death, error, all calamities,
leprosy and demons fly,
and health succeeds infirmities.
The sea obeys and fetters break,
and lifeless limbs do you restore;
while treasures lost are found again,
when young and old your aid implore.

All dangers vanish at your prayer,
and direst need does quickly flee;
let those who know your power proclaim,
let Paduans say: these are of thee.

To Father, Son, may glory be
and Holy Spirit, eternally.

Pray for us, blessed Anthony.
Make us worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:
Lord God, may the votive commemoration of blessed Anthony, your Confessor and Doctor, be a source of joy for your people. May they always be strengthened with his spiritual assistance and deserve eternal rewards.
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

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WHAT WAS DONE IN THE FLESH IS ACCOMPLISHED DAILY IN THE CONVERSION OF BELIEVERS (LK 11:14-23)

Homily of St Bede the Venerable on Luke 11:14-23

This man possessed with a devil was, according to Matthew, not only dumb but also blind; and he was cured by the Lord, we are told, so that he both spoke and saw.

Three miracles

Three miracles, therefore, were wrought upon this one man at one and the same time: blind, he saw; dumb, he spoke; possessed, he was delivered from the devil.

What was done according to the flesh is accomplished daily in the conversion of believers; in the first place, the devil is driven out and they behold the light of faith; then their mouths, which before were dumb, are set free to sing the praises of God.

But some of them said: “He casts out devils by Beelzebub, the prince of devils.” This was not said by any among the multitude, but it was the Scribes and Pharisees who maligned him, as the other Evangelists bear witness.

– St Bede the Venerable, Bk. 4. Ch. 48, on Luke, Ch. 11, from: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 
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