Part 1 of the story of St. Marianne Cope from America who led an expedition to another country that was in medical crisis. Putting her faith totally in God, she wrote “I am not afraid of any disease.” She lived to age 80.
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From traveling this summer to places where few people will be around to remembering the events leading up to the Fatima apparitions of the Virgin Mary from May 13th to October 13th 1917.
On September 8th she is remembered during the celebration of the Nativity of the Theotokos. In the Western Church; the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. September 9th is the remembrance of her parents SS. Joachim and Anna, which is celebrated in the Eastern Church.
Also September 13 is a reminder of when the Madonna appeared for the 5th time to the young seers 104 years ago in Fatima, Portugal.
Links for more information about the Nativity of the Theotokos and sites about the Nativity of the Blessed Mother of God:
The final saint from this family is St. Winebald. The older brother to St. Willibald and sister St Valpurga.
He studied to become a monk while in Rome and returned to England to recruit others back to Rome to dedicate their lives to God. But he eventually found himself in Germania helping his uncle St. Boniface, brother and sister with their mission there.
Here are several photos that offer additional background about early Christianity in Germany:
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St Valpurga is the 5th of 6 saints from an English family who lived in the 700’s. Daughter of Ss. Wuna and Richard of Wessex, niece of St. Boniface and sister of Ss. Winebald and Willibald.
St Valpurga due to the depth of her learning is credited by some as the first female writer from England AND Germany! She wrote what has been called the first ‘travel log’ which consisted of the travels of her older brother St WillIebald on a pilgrimage of Christian shrines.
St Valpurga helped her brother St Williebald found a double monastery, a community for both monks and nuns at Heidenheim. She headed the nuns there at the monastery and her eldest brother St Winebald became the head of the monks.
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St. Willibald is the 4th of 6 saints from an English family who lived in the 700’s. Son of Ss. Wuna and Richard of Wessex, nephew of St. Boniface and brother of Ss. Winebald and Valpurga.
It was St. Willibald who miraculously recovered from the near-death experience at the age of 3. As a part of their prayers to God, his parents pledged to place the child into Divine service as a monk should he survive.
St Willibald really did not want to become a bishop, but his diplomatic nature in the way he could handle situations between various challenges from the different pressures of a pilgrim church in Germania made him the perfect candidate for his role. The church thrived.
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St. Wuna and husband St. Richard of Wessex are the 2nd & 3rd members in a family who had 6 saints at the same time!
Back in episode 260, I told you the story of their 1st relative, Saint Boniface, who after his death was called ‘Apostle to the Germans.’ In this podcast we now introduce his sister, St. Wuna and her husband, St. Richard.
Two families merged by marriage near Wessex, England had 6 members who became Saints! My focus this week is St. Boniface. They all lived at the same time period during the 700’s. I believe you’ll find their stories intriguing.
A former Russian Orthodox Cathedral spotted on a contemporary Russian citizen’s video brings up the Fatima Apparition warning by the Virgin Mary in 1917 and an excerpt from my book.
Here is a bit more from my book The Constant Procession that is the focus of this weeks podcast:
In Chapter 22, entitled “Unheeded Prayers,” the remaining Fatima Seer, Sister Lucia, brings the Pope requests made to her by the Virgin Mary during the apparition she experienced in Portugal in 1917. Recalling what the Madonna told Sister Lucia: “If you pay heed to my requests, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not, Russia will spread her errors through the world, causing wars and persecutions against the Church. Many will suffer martyrdom, and the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and several nations will disappear.”
Unfortunately, little action was taken to honor this prayer request, and the possibility for peace became a lost opportunity. Consequently, Stalin and his Communist Party became the new power on the ground in Europe.
These armed victors moved quickly into the political vacuum across the war-torn lands. Their efforts gained ground, especially in Eastern Europe, as they aggressively encouraged civil wars, after which they installed puppet governments under the shadow of Communist influence.
Before long, fear and intimidation overcame peaceful transitions, and the liberties found in more open societies vanished.
Chapter 23, A Society Without God, reflects on the environment in the sphere of Soviet influence, where people lived in a world without social liberty and Bibles were banished. The experience of a Seventh-Day Adventist reveals the level of suppression people of faith endured in those times.
Chapter 24, Hot Pursuit in a Cold War, explains how the Communists, with increasing confidence, took down religion. With huge armies still deployed in Europe and the newly acquired power of atomic weapons, the victors squared off using new battle techniques. The “Great Return” found fierce resistance in France as the communists gained control of the political machine. In Hungary, however, the procession yielded fruit until it, too, was run aground.
Here are some images and videos that show the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow being blown up and various takes on it’s history including relatively recent events into present day…including a modern protest…
Below is a complete history of Christ the Savior in Moscow w/ rare photos:
Additional note not in podcast: “In the early 20th century a Catholic convert, Ms. M. Davies of Llantrisant underwrote the building of a memorial church in Ferndale (nearby) and also had a wooden replica of the statue Our Lady of Penryus carved, which is in the church today.” (from wikipedia)
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In the early 1500’s in Scotland the Roman Catholic Bishop of Aberdeen was praying in a chapel that housed a miraculous statue of the Virgin Mary. Today this statue is known as Our Lady of Good Success.
The Bishop heard the voice of the Virgin Mary. She informed him that he would be the last Roman Catholic Bishop in Scotland.
The great calamity of the Reformation during those times brought about terrible suffering by all the people during the turmoil of those times which included the renunciation of religion by many.
There is an irony that those troubled times of great upset coincides with the start of troubled times that began last year at the beginning of the spread of the Corona virus.
The irony to me is that the timing of last year’s re-consecration of Britain to the Virgin Mary occurred just as the Corona Lockdowns began…
An apparition of the Virgin Mary to Gavin Dunbar of Scotland in the 1500’s and the travels of its’ miraculous statue come from the times around the reformation in the British Isles.
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There has been a resurgence of interest in the Virgin Mary in England. This was especially amazing when a long-planned rededication by the Roman Catholic community to her took place during the lockdown when she was in eye of the pandemic storm.
The pilgrimage site Our Lady of Walsingham is known as England’s
Nazareth and it became a wonderful place where for five centuries people
went on pilgrimages. Now, after a 400 year pause, people once again are
able to go on pilgrimages thanks to the Virgin Mary’s visit in England.
It all came about thanks to a pious woman, Richeldis de Faverches,
who experienced an apparition of the Virgin Mary in the year 1061, in
the village of Walsingham, near Norfolk, just a few miles from the sea.
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Part 2 continues from the apparition once known as “Our Lady of the Sign” moving forward a century later to this story about the “Kurst-Root Icon.”
The place where the miraculous “Kurst-Root” icon was found is for pilgrims in this region known as the Russian “Lady of Lourdes.” Even though the original icon currently resides elsewhere. (Part 2 of 2)
Some of the story information comes from the following Blogs and websites where A LOT MORE details about this icon’s miracles can be found:
This is the first of a two-part story focused on “Our Lady of the Sign.” Part one uncovers an apparition of the Virgin Mary in a time of great duress in the medieval Republic of Novgorod. (Part 1 of 2)
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St. Leo the Great met the Virgin Mary while attempting to save the life of an old man who was about to die of thirst.
This apparition of the Virgin Mary came about at a place called “The Life-Giving Spring.” A church was eventually built there and dedicated to the Most Holy Theotokos in the countryside outlying Constantinople.
This weeks episode got off to a rocky start. My house got hit by lightning and recording studio in basement flooded on Monday late afternoon.
My computer system, internet router and hard drive with podcast information went down and currently in repair shop for evaluation.
So if you received a podcast labeled 169 Constant Procession instead of this weeks expected 247 Constant Procession, the mix-up was my attempt to get at least a section of this weeks podcast to you in a timely manner.
Either number tells the beautiful story about Saint Aldegone and the Virgin Mary.
Saint Aldegonde was born into a royal bloodline and to be wed to a noblemen, however she believed in Jesus’s unconditional love and his incomprehensible nobility that none other could be compared with.
Missing elements for this weeks podcast will be added to next weeks installment.
Wish me luck as I attempt to piece together the computer system and basement studio!
From stories about the Madonna’s intercessions for seafarers to a bit about the story of Captain Leonard LaRue (aka Brother Marinus), skipper of the Meredith Victory.
His bravery with this freighter in 1950 earned the Guinness Book of Records award for rescuing the most people (14,000!) during a single voyage. Now in the works is a cause for possible sainthood for him.
Also here’s a shout out to the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church’s around the world who’s Pascha (Easter) services culminate on May 2, 2021.
The Virgin Mary was on the march recently in Paris, plus a story about a miraculous precursor to this recent Paris procession and in my hometown, a mission that is run by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.
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This earlier story tells about a priest turned amateur architect to rebuild a cathedral housing a miraculous statue of the Madonna in Boulogne sur mer, a coastal city in France. Father Haffreingue built the bell tower “tall as a prayer” to house the relic of “Our Lady of the Sea.”