Miraculous Waters at Lourdes

Today marks the anniversary that St. Bernadette was asked to bath in the fountain of water requested by Our Lady.  Bernadette of course was very confused but obeyed what she was asked to do. Miracles beyond our understanding, this is what Bernadette experience especially during the 9th apparition at Lourdes. In all of history God the Father has asked his children to believe in that which is difficult to understand, trust in the one that is unseen.

“Bernadette Soubirous was from a poor family in Lourdes, France, at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains. On the evening of Thursday, February 11, 1858, at the age of 14, she went to gather firewood with her sister and a friend, and stopped at a grotto by a stream. Fearful because of her asthma, she hesitated while the others crossed the chilly waters to the other side. She described in her own words what happened then:

“I had just begun to take off my first stocking when suddenly I heard a great noise like the sound of a storm. I looked to the right and to the left, under the trees of the river, but nothing moved; I thought I was mistaken. I went on taking off my shoes and stockings, when I heard a fresh noise like the first. Then I was frightened and stood straight up. I lost all power of speech and thought when, turning my head toward the grotto, I saw at one of the openings of the rock a bush – only one – moving as if it were very windy.

Almost at the same time, there came out of the interior of the grotto a golden coloured cloud, and soon after a Lady, young and beautiful, exceedingly beautiful, the like of whom I had never seen before, came and placed herself at the entrance of the opening, above the rose bush. She looked at me immediately, smiled at me and signed to me to advance, as if She had been my Mother. All fear had left me, but I seemed to know no longer where I was. I rubbed my eyes, I shut them, I opened them; but the Lady was still there continuing to smile at me and making me understand that I was not mistaken. Without thinking of what I was doing I took my Rosary in my hands and went on my knees.

The Lady made with Her head a sign of approval and Herself took into Her hands a Rosary which hung on Her right arm. When I attempted to begin the Rosary and tried to lift my hand to my forehead, my arm remained paralysed, and it was only after the Lady had signed Herself that I could do the same. The Lady left me to pray all alone; She passed the beads of Her Rosary between Her fingers but She said nothing; only at the end of each decade did She say the Gloria with me. When the recitation of the Rosary was finished, the Lady returned to the interior of the rock and the golden coloured cloud disappeared with Her.”

Bernadette met ridicule when the word spread about the episode. At first forbidden to return to the grotto, her mother gave in 3 days later, and she received a second visit from the Lady at the nearby grotto of Massabieille. She returned Thursday February 18 for a third apparition, and the Lady asked her if she would return daily for fifteen days. In all Bernadette received 18 visits from the Lady, from Thursday, February 11 to Friday July 16, 1858.

During the sixth apparition on Sunday February 21, 1858, the Lady asked her to pray for sinners, and on the eighth apparition on Wednesday February 24, Bernadette appeared sad and cried out her first public message, Penitence, penitence, penitence. It was during the ninth apparition on Thursday, February 25, 1858, that she was directed to “Drink from the fountain and bathe in it.” This was puzzling, for there was no fountain there at Massabieille. But she began digging, and a small pool began forming. By the next day, the pool was overflowing, and the water was forming a stream over the rocks.”

Source: http://www.maryourmother.net/Lourdes.html

Feast of the Annunciation

 

Dear Little hearts,

Today is the transferred feast of the Annunciation. A Happy Feast to you all.

The readings for the feast of the Annunciation, known in England in times past as the, “Salutation” are in our Sunday Missal, so today we will look , with Mary at the WORD.

Mary lived ‘Lectio Divine‘ she pondered on God’s Word as no other has ever done, He was her total love, her total focus… her will was in perfect harmony with Gods, her will merged into His, and so there by making her life fruitful in abundance.                                               

In today’s readings we can see how much God desires the gift, the offering, the surrender of our will , our free will to Him, thus choosing HIM above all other things.

God does not want, external worship without the involving of the heart, he’s not interested in sacrifices that are to placate Him or merely trying to win his approval, he wants our hearts, our wills to be HIS.

And in today’s readings we see this shining through all the readings.

Choose a line from todays readings and  really ponder upon it, dwell upon it, absorb it for the essence of our  Christian life is here… to respond to His Sweet will and surrender ours to HIS, this in itself is an act of supreme trust in our Beloved.

The entrance antiphon sets the whole tone , it is taken from the letter to the Hebrews.

 

“The Lord said as he entered the world: Behold O Lord I come to do your will“     ….. IN HIS WILL IS OUR PEACE!.

(Below are the readings from Our Sunday Missal)

First reading

Isaiah 7:10-14,8:10 ©

The Lord spoke to Ahaz and said, ‘Ask the Lord your God for a sign for yourself coming either from the depths of Sheol or from the heights above.’ ‘No,’ Ahaz answered ‘I will not put the Lord to the test.’

Then he said:

Listen now, House of David:

are you not satisfied with trying the patience of men

without trying the patience of my God, too?

The Lord himself, therefore,

will give you a sign.

It is this: the maiden is with child

and will soon give birth to a son

whom she will call Immanuel,

a name which means ‘God is with us.’


Psalm

Psalm 39:7-11 ©

Here I am, Lord! I come to do your will.

You do not ask for sacrifice and offerings,

but an open ear.

You do not ask for holocaust and victim.

Instead, here am I.

Here I am, Lord! I come to do your will.

In the scroll of the book it stands written

that I should do your will.

My God, I delight in your law

in the depth of my heart.

Here I am, Lord! I come to do your will.

Your justice I have proclaimed

in the great assembly.

My lips I have not sealed;

you know it, O Lord.

Here I am, Lord! I come to do your will.

I have not hidden your justice in my heart

but declared your faithful help.

I have not hidden your love and your truth

from the great assembly.

Here I am, Lord! I come to do your will.


Second reading

Hebrews 10:4-10 ©

Bulls’ blood and goats’ blood are useless for taking away sins, and this is what Christ said, on coming into the world:

You who wanted no sacrifice or oblation,

prepared a body for me.

You took no pleasure in holocausts or sacrifices for sin;

then I said,

just as I was commanded in the scroll of the book,

‘God, here I am! I am coming to obey your will.’

Notice that he says first: You did not want what the Law lays down as the things to be offered, that is: the sacrifices, the oblations, the holocausts and the sacrifices for sin, and you took no pleasure in them; and then he says: Here I am! I am coming to obey your will. He is abolishing the first sort to replace it with the second. And this will was for us to be made holy by the offering of his body made once and for all by Jesus Christ.


Gospel Acclamation

Jn1:14

Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory!

The Word became flesh,

he lived among us,

and we saw his glory.

Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory!


Gospel

Luke 1:26-38 ©

The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, so highly favored! The Lord is with you.’ She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favor. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?’ ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you’ the angel answered ‘and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this too: your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God’ ‘I am the handmaid of the Lord,’ said Mary ‘let what you have said be done to me.’ And the angel left her.

 Poor Clare Colettines, TMD.

Complete Trust..

The life of Mother Maria Luisa Josefa of the Most Blessed Sacrament is no ordinary story. It is a story filled with that complete trust in God which makes life a daring adventure, the kind of adventure one encounters when one dares to love God above all things and to place one’s life completely in His hands. It is a story where trust in God and obedience to His manifest designs bursts forth into great sanctity.

Maria Luisa de la Pena
Blind Obedience..

At the age of fifteen in obedience to her parents, she married Doctor Pascual Rojas, a prominent physician who was twice her age. 


Doctor Pascual Rojas

Their life together was happy, a mutual growing in love of God and neighbor. God did not grant them children. They trusted and decided together that the poor would be their children. They built the little Hospital of the Sacred Heart to serve those less fortunate. After fourteen years of married life Maria Luisa was left a widow. On his deathbed, Doctor Rojas told her that he had no doubt what she would do after he had died – she would serve God as a religious. 

Mother Maria Luisita
Holy Endurance…
Mother Luisita is a model of holiness in the single, married, widowed and religious state.

Catherine Laboure and My Story of Healing

Saint Catherine Laboure is remembered on various calendars, the old calendar of the Church was remembered on November 25, and the new calendar she is celebrated on November 28th. No matter what day she is remembered, we should never forget the vision she was given of Our Lady and the Miraculous Medal. This medal can be a treasure to help you in moments of struggle for we are to wear this medal with faith, and also a heart of prayer. My thoughts of St. Catherine Laboure, bring me a sence of joy as she has become someone very close to my heart. As Saint Catherine received the vision of the Miraculous Medal, which is powerful and miraculous as I can personally attest to.

Why is she so special to me you ask?

Well I’ll tell you, three years ago on this Thanksgiving day, November 27, which is also a day in memory of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. I experienced a healing which I will never forget! For about one month I endured an episode which took half of my vision. My left eye wondered away from focus, so in that sense all I was seeing was double vision. I wondered throughout my home and life with one good eye and a pirates patch over the other. I had to rely on everyone for help, as I was unable to drive myself anywhere. This was a challenge for such an independent soul.

I had many people praying for me (whom I thank so very much still) and with each new day, I kept hearing a prompting from the Lord to begin a Novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, which I continued until the day I was healed, November 27, 2005. This event would change my whole life as well as my husband’s, as he was the one that told me that my eye was back and focused… this was our personal miracle as he was by my side each day supporting me in my struggle.

As I was prompted to pray this novena a few years ago, I am now feeling that same prompting to share this story with you all. I must tell you in the grief of loosing your physical vision, the worst possible thing that can ever happen to a soul is loosing the vision of faith, hope and love. No, matter what you may be struggling with today, please give thanks to the Lord and seek Him in every way possible. As I struggled through this time and continued to pray, the Lord showed me through prayer and silence that He would use everything for His good! and He has and still is today.

This experience has taught me that God himself has a vision for each one of us, for He loves us as individuals. You are precious in His sight! Never forget that!!! He did not lie to me, his gift to me was to restore my sight on the feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. I continue to praise Him for this gift and I feel this is also a gift that I must share with you all. Please continue to seek the Lord, even if life seems dry and barren. This is when He is closest to you! Remember in your sufferings, you are not alone!!!

If any of you have a personal story to share with us about the Miraculous Medal, please feel free to share it with us in the comments section of this post. We look forward to hearing from you.

Please continue to place your trust in Him who is our all! I feel this event is what has truly brought the vision of Hannah’s Tears, for the Lord has a plan in each of our lives, and it is unfolding with each new day. Remember the power of prayer works wonders!!!
God bless you,
Hannah’s Tears

Intercessor and Founder

Happy Thanksgiving!

O Mary Conceived Without Sin Pray for Us Who Have Recourse to Thee.

Meditations:

The Miraculous Medal shows Mary with arms outstretched and open. In many ways this image shows what Mary said to the Angel Gabriel – “Behold the handmaid of the Lord”. This could be another image of her great openness to God, her great “Fiat” – “Let it be done to me according to your word.”

Prayer of St. Catherine Laboure

Whenever I go to the chapel, I put myself in the

presence of our good Lord, and I say to him
“Lord, I am here.Tell me what you would have me do.”
If he gives me some task, I am content and I thank him.
If he gives me nothing,
I still thank himsince I do not deserve to
receive anything more than that.
And then, I tell God everything that is in my heart.
I tell him about my pains and my joys,and then I listen.
If you listen, God will also speak to you,
for with the good Lord, you have to both speak and listen.
God always speaks to you
when you approach him plainly and simply.