Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Zietun, Vailankanni and Lourdes...Pray for Us O' Holy Mother of God
Three apparitions: Zietun, Vailankanni and Lourdes. What do they show us? What is similar?
For information on Zietun see my post from January 16 (link). In brief, Mary appeared and was seen by Christians and Muslims alike. As a lasting sign, many have been healed. People of all faiths have been healed.
At Lourdes, Mary appeared to St. Bernadette. To this day, many are healed there. People of all faiths or no faith, have been healed. As a further sign of unity, the best book on Lourdes has been written by Ruth Cranston. She is a Protestant, and wrote the best and most moving work on what is considered a Catholic place.
At Vailankanni Mary appeared to a shepherd boy and then a lame boy. The people built a church for the Holy Mother. The crew of a Portugese ship prayed to be saved from a storm, and were amazed to already find a church when they landed. The sailors began the process that transformed the small church into the "Lourdes of the east." It is called the shrine of Our Lady of Good Health. Thousands go there, and people are healed...again, no matter what their faith.
These healings lead people to Christ through Mary. All of the different denomonations of the Christian faith are welcomed. And Christ, through His mother, heals the One Body.
In the West, the Mid-East and Far East...Christ has sent His mother. I am asked, "Why do Catholic pay such attention to Mary?" Because it is her Son, who sends her. Her soul magnifies the Lord and her spirit rejoices in God her savior.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus and The Immaculate Heart of Mary, they shower love upon the world. That love, with Scripture and Tradition... will heal the beating heart of the One Body in Christ the Lord.
Posted by DavidNic at 9:51 AM