231- Attending Church Enhances A Civil Society

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Attending church services can quench the lack of civility in the world today.

I have heard it said when one goes to church, it is to talk to God. And when one reads from the Bible, God talks to you.

And as we come close to one year of isolation, I’ve been reflecting one what the hustle-bustle of the work-a-day world once felt like.

Plus here are words a modern Saint, Mother Teresa tried to live by:

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.


The origin of these podcasts began with my book The Constant Procession.
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230- A Tower, ‘Tall as a Prayer’

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A miraculous statue of the Virgin Mary appeared in 636 AD in Boulogne sur mer and though destroyed along with the cathedral that housed it, ‘Our Lady of the Sea’ came back thanks to a priest, Fr. Benoit Haffreingue.

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Check out these links to earlier installments mentioned in this installment:

The Tower “Tall As A Prayer”

About the origins in 636AD check out Installment 104 here

About the son of Napoleon III when ill as a boy Installment 102 here

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229- Jesus in the House Days!

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The 12 Days of Sunshine or Jesus in the House! Always keep in mind Christmas Day is just the ‘first day’ of this truly Great Tiding!

1-December 25 – Celebration of Birth of Christ

2-December 26 –  St Stephens first Martyr of Christianity

3- December 27- St John the Evangelist

4-December 28- Holy Innocents/Holy Family

5-December 29- St Thomas Becket – 12th century/Holy Innocents

6 December 30 – Feast- Holy Family/St Egwin of Worcester-protector orphans/widows

7 December 31- St Sylvester New Years Eve

8 January 01 – Mary, Mother of God

9 January 02 – St Basil & St Gregory -4th century Christian Bishops

10 January 3- Holy Name of Jesus –Day Jesus was named in the Temple

11 January 4 –St Simeon Stylites 37 years on platform on pillar at Aleppo

12-January 5 – Epiphany Eve (visit of Magi)

January 6 -Epiphany visit of Maji, singing, winter swimming

Xmas tree
The Star of David added on Christmas Day to enjoy for the rest of the 12 Days
Newspaper ad for Dec 26 as after Xmas
But December 26 is only the 2nd Day of Christmas
Xmas cookies on counter
Xmas cookies intended to be enjoyed beyond Christmas day
Manger scene
The Manger gets completed near the end of the 12 days when the Magi arrive
Xmas C3PO & R2 decoration
Neighborhoods remain colorful reminders of the 12 Days of Xmas

More information about the 7th Day of Christmas

More information about the 8th Day ( Solemnity of the Virgin Mary)

More information about the 9 Day

More information about the 10 Day

More information about the 11 Day

More information about the 12 Day

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228- ‘Tis the Christmas Special!

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It’s the Christmas Special!

Merry Christmas time! Enjoy the color lights inside, cheery lighting displays outside, even Jupiter and Saturn become a Christmas Star! Let’s celebrate Christ coming down from heaven to the earth!

THE ‘CHRISTMAS STAR’ never seen by contemporary humanity before today!

Saturn & Jupiter on Dec 14, 2020
Saturn & Jupiter ‘together’ on Dec 21, 2020 closest point

Rumors that Christmas tree lots have been sold out way early this year, indicates that our inside isolation opened more homes to the smell of evergreens. This year it would seem more elaborately decorated trees bring Jesus into our homes

May GOD BLESS YOU as we celebrate the Birth of Christ coming into our world through the Blessed Virgin Mary!

Merry 12 Days of Christmas, let the celebration begin!

CHRISTMAS DAY – JANUARY 5th EVE!

Best Wishes to You and Yours and Thank-you for listening to Constant Procession!

Here are some links from other sites to give you ideas and history for the 12 Days of Christmas in an effort to extend and SLOW DOWN the CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SEASON…

IDEAS for celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas (U.S. Catholic.org)

The Saints the Roman Catholic community celebrations on the 12 Days (The Sun)

Christmastide which includes various Christian observations (wikipedia)

The words in white over an out of focus starlight evening that says 'Merry Christmas, celebrate his birth'
Yes, let’s be sure we Celebrate the Birth of Jesus coming to World

Think beyond today’s way of viewing Christmas, Start daily celebrations! Remember, Christmas Day is just DAY 1!


Gift package with the words 'Jesus is the Gift' writtn on it.

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227- White noise or a White Chrismas?

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Are the words to the holiday songs simply a backdrop for my concerns of life on these final days of 2020? How well am I prepared for the upcoming miracle of Christmas?

These unusual final days of 2020 call to my mind the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a minister who gave his life in a Concentration Camp just a few weeks before the end of WW2 and also thoughts from Frances Reck’s 1992 Christmas recollections from her ‘Blue Letter’ inspired by the Medjugorje Apparitions.

Black and White photo of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (photo from Wikipedia page)
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (photo from Wikipedia page)

Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

“No priest, no theologian stood at the manger of Bethlehem.  And yet all Christian theology has its origin in the wonder of all wonders: that God became human.

Holy theology arises from knees bent before the mystery of the divine child in the stable. Without the holy night there is no theology.

 ‘God revealed in flesh,’ the God-human Jesus Christ- That is the holy mystery that theology came into being to protect and preserve.

How can we fail to understand when we think that theology is to solve the mystery of God, to drag it down to the flat, ordinary wisdom of human experience and reason!

Its sole office is to preserve the miracle as miracle, to comprehend, defend, and glorify God’s mystery precisely as mystery.”

For More about Dietrich Bonhoeffer via Wikipedia

Photo of front page of December 1992 edition of 'Blue Letter'
December 1992 edition of ‘Blue Letter’

Apparition of the Virgin Mary at Medjugorje on December 25, 1992 as reported in ‘The Blue Letter’ with editorial by Frances Reck:

“Dear Children, Today I wish to place you all under my mantle to protect you from every satanic attack. Today is the day of Peace, but throughout the whole world there is much lack of peace. Therefore, I call you to build up a new world of Peace together with me, by means of prayer.

Without you, I cannot do that, and, therefore, I call all of you with my motherly love, and God will do the rest.

Therefore, open yourselves to God’s plans and purposes for you to be able to cooperate with Him for peace and for good.

And do not forget that your life does not belong to you, but is a gift with which you must bring joy to others and lead them to Eternal Life.

May the tenderness of my little Jesus always accompany you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Francis Reck adds- “Our Lady’s message this month confirms the greatest of God’s Commandments: Love God, and love your neighbor as yourself.

She tells us to: ‘bring joy to others and lead them to Eternal Life.’

She reminds us that our purpose for being on earth is to love God, love our neighbor and gain Eternal Life in heaven.

Our Lady’s words are filled with wisdom and the love of God.”

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226- A Spirited Journey Towards Christmas

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Slowing down the Christmas pace by spending time in the preseason with the ‘Forefeast for the Theotokos’ and in the Roman Catholic church for the ‘Feast of the Immaculate Conception,’ ‘Our Lady of Guadalupe,’ ‘St Juan Diego’ and a homework assignment for St. Nicholas the ‘Christmas Saint.’

As we try to reach for normalcy given the limitations in our lives during these first weeks of December 2020, it’s the strengths of the Apostolic churches that affords us the luxury of a rich history with many great traditions gleaned from the Christian communities for almost 2000 years, as well as our personal past Christmas times.

Beautiful Christmas card in red with Christmas tree bulbs and snow.

And during the burdens of the world in isolation, it’s Advent and the Nativity Fast that keeps us moving along on our wintry journey.

Follow this link to the video I mentioned that documents the key locations at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City

Several video views I shot during my visit to Tepeyac Hill (Our Lady of Guadalupe – Mexico City a few years back)

Tepeyac Hill, I believe this is the side Juan Diego was passing by when he heard then saw the Virgin Mary calling him from the top of this hill.

Same side, note shrine at top of Tepeyac Hill, note Roses and greenery that is maintained along with water falls.

View from one side of Tepeyac Hill where St. Juan Diego saw Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City

1/2 way up climb to top of Tepeyac Hill. Note the gardens and roses.

Front view of the modern Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Older Basilica is at left (note it leaning)

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225- Pt 2-‘Do Christmas’ 2020 Style

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This 2nd installment explores ways to take advantage of the hiatus from the usual holiday gatherings and shopping as we move into the 2020 Christmas season.

For me the empty chairs around the dining room table during Thanksgiving is an advance glance at how the upcoming Christmas Day of 2020 could look, without our thinking of how to ‘Do-Christmas’ 2020.

Even during this pandemic, those empty chairs made me reflect on the prayers that were answered this year. It made me really appreciate what God has done for my family and friends.

Let’s now turn our focus away from the world of getting ‘Christmas presents’. Turning instead towards the Virgin Mary and Joseph as they prepared for the Nativity it will fill the lack of socializing that the world in the year 2020 has been giving us.

Listen to Part 1: Take Advantage of this Unique Time

For more info on Metropolitan Gregory’s Nativity Fast Prayer website page:

Image of Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus with Nativity Fast Prayer Challenge- Praying for Peace
Metropolitan Gregory’s 2020 Nativity Fast prayer challenge (American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA)
1st candle being lit by a small child on Advent Wreath
1st candle on Advent Wreath.  Photo: frontierdreams.blogspot.com

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224- Take Advantage of this Unique Time!

Part 1 of a mini-series on how to extend the Christmas Season (start now)

Let’s take advantage of the unique opportunity ‘Covina’ isolation offers as we head into the Christmas season. Participate in daily Advent meditations or the Nativity Fast . Shake off this doubt in our world!

As preparations for their trek to Bethlehem began for the Virgin Mary and Joseph, we too have the opportunity to celebrate life by preparing for the joy Christmas brings to our world.

Photo with text that reads as follows;Let us journey towards the Feast of the Nativity with joyous hearts! Fast no only from food, but also from hatred and fear. Bring forth goodness and kindness to all. Forgive, Be generous, In all thints, give glory to God.
Image from: Nativity fast from acatholiclife.blogspot.com

If the Christmas Spirit was lacking in last year’s holiday season, why not try something different? Why not go beyond “Santa’s Big Day?” Why not start the season earlier (like today) and end the Christmas season later? (12 days of Xmas ends January 6)

Take a moment and consider partaking in the pre-Christmas activities during  Advent or the Nativity Fast… You’ll be glad you did.

The sources & quotes from this Podcast can be found:

The Virgin Mary’s Role in Advent– Fr. Roger J. Landry

Nativity Fast (It’s never too late to start)- Wikipedia

More information on the daily prayers with Advent Wreath

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223- Young Virgin Mary & the Color Purple

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Apparently the young Virgin Mary knew how to weave pretty well and one of the items she made will surprise you.

Have you ever wondered what was meant during the passion of Christ in the moments after he breathed his last breath, when it says these words:

And the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom.’

Well I have, but never have I gone to the point of researching what it meant, until recently while preparing this final installment of the history of the young Virgin Mary in the temple.

Links for more information:

‘The Compass’ article date; 8.30.12

Aberti’s Window, An Art History Blog

PDF: Lawrence Cross: “St Mary in the Christian East” written March 2007
See specific quotes from Gospel of James

A quote from the New World Encyclopedia- Mary the Mother of Jesus:

There, she is selected for the honor of sewing a new curtain for the temple at the same time that Zechariah receives his vision from the angel Gabriel concerning the birth of John the Baptist. Mary presents her sewing to the high priest after the Annunciation, before continuing on to Zechariah’s house.

The spindle is apparent here in Mary's left hand.
The spindle is apparent here in Mary’s left hand.
Modern Icon of the Annunciation. The Virgin Mary has the yarn in both hands.
The Virgin Mary has the yarn in both hands.
Icon of the Annunciation. The Yarn is in the Virgin Mary's right hand.
The Yarn is in the Virgin Mary’s right hand

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222- The Madonna Learns at the Temple

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The young Virgin Mary grew up inside the Temple complex. Her upbringing during those years created a humble and pioneering personality.

The painting entitled Fifth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary offers a glimpse of young Mary learning at the Temple
“Fifth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary” portrays the young Virgin Mary learning at the Temple

An Icon of Mary studying
An Icon of Mary studying

The Archbishop of Toledo, St. Ildefonsus wrote: “The Virgin Mary was described as the glorious fruit of a sacred promise, who it truly revealed to the world as higher than all creation, was piously led into the house of God, where she fulfilled the vow of her parents and was preserved by the Holy Spirit .”

Mosaic of The Virgin Mary receiving "food" Angel in the Temple
The Virgin Mary receiving “food” from an Angel in the Temple
Mary in the Temple by Pinacoteca di Brera
Mary in the Temple by Pinacoteca di Brera

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221- Young Mary Enters the Temple

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The parents of the Young Virgin Mary honor their pledge to God and bring her to the Temple where she is welcomed and given special privileges.

Painting by Fredi diBartolo of maiden Mary on the steps of the temple
Presentation of Mary in the Temple, by Fredi diBartolo
Image of The entrance of the Virgin Mary into the temple by Sano di Pietro
The entrance of the Virgin Mary into the temple by Sano di Pietro

Follow these links for more about the Apparition of the Virgin Mary to Andrew of Constantinople known as The Protection of the Theotokis:

St Michael’s Orthodox Church, Jermyn, PA.

PRAYING WITH MY FEET blog

St Steven’s Serbian Orthodox Cathedral.org

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220- The Parents of the Virgin Mary

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220- The young Virgin Mary’s Parents are Graced by God.

Joachim and Anna find their way back together at the Golden Gate. They share the apparitions each experienced with the Archangel Gabriel and his message about the gift God will graced on them. They pledge to each other to build on a foundation of bedrock a place to raise the Mother of God worthy of her special future.

Check out this article by Chesterton Wilde on Hubpages.com

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219- The Life of the ‘young’ Virgin Mary!

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This is the first installment about the history of the Young Virgin Mary.

Have you ever thought back about the life of the Blessed Mother before the life of Jesus? Back when his mother was a baby? How about back even before she was born?

I have uncovered the story of Joachim and Anna. The parents of the Mother of God.

This icon and more info about Joachim and Anna (Ann) are from orthodoxwiki.org

Icon of Joachim and Anna with the Baby Mary

The Virgin Mary’s father, Joachim owned vast herds of sheep and had other shepherds to tend to them. Due to good stewardship, Joachim chose to offer some of the treasure he received from his work to the poor and those close to the temple.

His wife Anna was the daughter of a priest, from the house of Levi.  When Joachim was around twenty he married Anna. They were unable to have children.

People almost ostracized them, in spite of the fact that they were worthy of praise due to their constant practicing of faith in God, temple laws and all they did to help others.

They always prayed to God for help.

I hope you enjoy their story in this installment of Constant Procession.

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218- Part 18, Epilogue & Updates

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Pt 18- Epilogue & Summer of 2020 Update

Update on the Madonna’s work during this year’s ‘Reconsecration of North America to the Virgin Mary’ plus final thoughts about the 17-part release of my book Constant Procession and also what I learned about producing a weekly podcast.

Here are some final thoughts following the completion of the summer re-release of my book Constant Procession and the accompanying podcast. Today I reflect on where we’ve been, giving me a chance to introduce the theme for Season Eight, the next installments of Constant Procession- the podcast.

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New Updates for the

Reconsecration of North America

to the Madonna

A New Film Release!

Title to movie 'Pray, the story of Patrick Peyton
PraytheFILM.com
Clipping about Fr Peyton 'Hollywoods Gift to Our Lady'
Article by Actor Loretta Young from the Documentary

Photo of James Dean in his 1st role was for Fr. Peyton!
James Dean in his 1st film role was for Fr. Peyton!

Take the Pledge of Fr Patrick Peyton’s Pray as a Family

NEW BOOKS ON THE VIRGIN MARY!

ON THE INTERNATIONAL FRONT

(There’s more overseas!)

FRANCE:

2 carriages process across France 2020
Enjoy this inspirational video celebrating the meeting of the wagons with stature of Our Lady of France at Pellevoisin

AUSTRALIA:

Webpage about theSpiritual Rosary Pilgrimage

ITALY:

AP article Pope Think Tank to Liberate Mary from Mafia

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217- ‘Constant Procession’ Part 17

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My 17th installment: The last chapters. Ukrainian churches were under siege throughout the times of the USSR. Immigrants to North America kept them going during this suppression.

The last chapter is about how Apparition sites where the Virgin Mary has appeared offer hope for a timeless mode of being for those in the constant procession…

ALSO- More exciting news about the Re-Consecration of North America to the Virgin Mary… A NEW MOVIE PREMIERES OCTOBER 9th 2020!

Movie Poster for PRAY- The Story of Patrick Peyton

I just saw the trailer for PRAY: THE STORY OF PATRICK PEYTON, and urge all of you to head bravely to theaters the weekend of Oct 9!

This is the true story of the man behind the famous phrase,

“The Family That Prays Together Stays Together.”

Born into a poor family in Ireland, Patrick Peyton came to America to seek riches…

But instead rediscovered his priestly vocation…

After Our Lady miraculously saved his life!

From then on Father Peyton went on a mission to promote the Rosary and Family Prayer to crowds as large as 2 million at a time!

He worked with many of Hollywood’s biggest stars in the 50’s – 70’s.

He gave James Dean his first movie role!

He traveled the globe with his inspiring message of Prayer and Praying the Rosary!

I assure you this story will amaze, inspire, and humble you!

Ticket and theater info can be found at PrayTheFilm.com.

Also, join the exciting new prayer movement at PrayTogetherNow.com.

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216- ‘Constant Procession’ Part 16

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My 16th installment- Tourism industry travelogues typically feature romantic locations, historic sites as well as get-away destinations. When considering where to go in the world of travel, Medjugorje, a village located in Bosnia and Herzegovina typically does not come to mind. Why did the Madonna come to Medjugorje? In this podcast installment taken from my book Constant Procession, I explore possible answers.

Medjugorje is the spot where a contemporary visit by the Virgin Mary occurred and some of the seers report she still visits them there.

For young people, who have not lived more that thirty years, this area of the world is typically not on their radar. For those who have lived a bit longer, there remains a dark mental imprint. A remembrance that recalls brutality inflicted on people within this region as they experienced civil war in the 1990’s. Fighting caused by the breaking up of Yugoslavia.

For me, the news reporting during that period of the civil war did little to help explain the confusing jumble of puzzling information that ominously included atrocities, genocide and war crimes.

Yet this area is where the Madonna appeared. She offered to the world a surprising counterpoint to humanities struggling. It’s amazing to me that even during the civil war violence, pilgrims from around the world continued to converge on Medjugorje, which seemed to be located in the middle of the warfare.

ARTICLE FROM CRUXNOW.COM

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Photo and Article link from CRUXNOW.COM with more about Medjugorje!

And today on the world stage, Medjugorje increasingly continues to finds itself in the center of humanities continued need for help in our modern world.  

At one point during the Virgin Mary’s early apparitions, the seers mentioned that she would provide a dramatic sign for all. This sign is intended for those who believe in apparitions as well as non-believers.

And also a development occurred when in May of 2018, Pope Francis installed a retired archbishop to Medjugorje in order to help guide the daily pastoral care for the millions of pilgrims who go to Medjugorje annually.

Also my book Constant Procession, explores how the early pilgrims spilled out from Medjugorje and brought back to their own communities renewed spiritual energies and in doing so they too benefit humanity on local scale.

And the constant procession continues…

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215- ‘Constant Procession’ Part 15

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My 15th installment- It’s the early 1980’s and the Madonna apperates at Medjugorje, then in the Communist country known as Yugoslavia. The Virgin Mary offers words of clarity on how a person can ‘return to God’ and enjoy the ‘fullness of life.’

Meanwhile in Chapter 27;  a Pope and a President find renewed clarity of purpose as they recover from assassination attempts on their lives.

I am often asked; “What did the Virgin Mary say?” In this 15th episode covering Chapter 26 we find her actual words as testified to by the six teenage seers.

Starting with the first of her contacts with the young teenagers in Medjugorje she told them very specific things that were on her mind.  Firstly the apparition identified herself as the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Queen of Peace.  

She told the visionaries that she had an urgent message for humanity to return to God.

She said to the seers: “I have come to tell the world that God exists. He is fullness of life, and to enjoy the fullness and obtain peace, you must return to God.”

During the apparitions, the visionaries did not react to light or sound; they did not react to being touched. They felt they were outside of time and space.

Our Lady presented herself as a servant messenger from God. The visionaries told of what the Madonna said to them.

PEACE – Already on the third day, Our Lady stressed peace as the first part of her messages: “Peace, peace, peace and only peace!” after which she said twice, “Peace must reign between God and man and between people.”

FAITH her second message and she repeated this message many times. Without faith we cannot arrive at peace!  Another frequent message is to PURIFY or cleanse the heart, because a corrupt or ‘deteriorated’ heart is the basis of bad relations, which in turn brings social disorder, even unjust laws. Without a radical change of heart, without the conversion of the heart, there is no peace.

PRAYER, to pray every day, she requests everyone to “pray without ceasing” just as Christ himself taught.  Pray, Give Him thanks for His gifts to us. Prayer aids us in our “ordered relationship with God.” Without which it is impossible to maintain peace either with God or with our neighbor.

FASTING – Already on the sixth day of the apparitions, The Madonna often recommended fasting because it helps faith. That is, the practice of fasting aids and ensures control over oneself. “Only the person who can dominate them-self is truly free.”

These first messages she brought did not convey new teachings, but reinforced the Gospels and teachings of the traditional Churches. These messages began to appear around the world reaching millions of people.

Also found in this episode is Chapter 27 entitled “The Pointy Edge of the Sword.” This military term used by the Marine’s accurately portrays the curious surroundings and circumstances that are frequently overlooked when this apparition at Medjugorje come to mind.

The location in the early 1980’s took place at a similarly remote location in the world as found with earlier apparitions. And during the early 80’s the area was experiencing excitement in preparing for the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.

It was a time of great pride for the Communist country of Yugoslavia.

The Madonna first appeared there in those heady times. Her efforts were in part to warn of unspeakable changes that could occur in this region of the world without a return to God.

Photo of war torn Olympic stadium in Sarajevo.
Photo credit and Article with more information link is from Gizmodo.com

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.) Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.

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From Time Magazine’s  pronouncement in 1966 that ‘God is Dead’ to riots across the USA over the Viet Nam War, this assertion by the powers that be about the status of God gives a reminder about the world in the 1960’s.

A remembrance that indeed it was a time of great social upheaval. Three years before, in 1963, John F. Kennedy the sitting American President was assassinated. Three days later the assassination of his alleged killer was witnessed live on TV by millions.

And their prediction about God was reinforced just one year later by the 1967 “Six Day War” between the countries of Israel and Egypt. This traditional all out war between these surrogate countries of the USSR (Egypt) and USA (Israel) shattered notions of the possibilities of a peaceful world.

Collectively these actions of violence became high water marks of an epoch that shook the foundations of Western society to its core. In counter-point to all these actions of man, new reports about apparitions of the Virgin Mary and her messages to humanity surfaced once again. 

Photo from video about Cairo Egypt with link to YouTube

In Chapter 25 entitled “Apparition for All,” a series of nightly appearances by the Virgin Mary took place high atop a Christian church in Egypt between the years 1968 through 1971.

During this four-year period well over one-quarter of a million people from many different religious and non-religious backgrounds witnessed her there. The president of the country spoke of these appearances, which were also witnessed by non-Christians

In Chapter 26 entitled “Keepers of the Light” a new Pope, John Paul II makes a landmark return to the country of his birth. This trip encourages the desires of the Polish people in their early efforts to retake control of their country from the repressive post-war Communist regime.

Also during the time period a secret memorandum by the USSR secret police is sent to teachers across the Soviet Union to warn that the Pope is their enemy.

Meanwhile in the USA, the new president is a man who makes no bones about his belief in God and to the horror of the established Washington, DC elite, he takes a decidedly different tack from the mainstream’s established way of doing things.  

These two world leaders efforts for change spawned dramatic changes for the Soviet Communists’ hold on Eastern Europe as well as it’s own internal politics.

Rewards for these leaders efforts were the same, each suffer assassination attempts on their lives. The second secret of the Fatima apparition comes true for Pope John Paul II. However, he believes it was the Virgin Mary who saved him from death.

Meanwhile, as both men recover from their wounds, in a remote part of the Eastern Bloc, dramatic eye witness accounts of a new appearance of the Virgin Mary occur to several teenagers as they are returning home after sneaking off to smoke cigarettes.

Three thousand people return to the place three days later and so begin the on-going accounts of apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Medjugorje.

More links to the Egyptian Apparition:

Zeitun-eg.org

Catholic Exchange.com

Update for the Virgin Mary around the world today:

Some information on the Spiritual Rosary Events!

email about week 2 of Spiritual Rosary Pilgrimage with a link to the Keynote about Pope John Paul II & the Luminous Mysteries by Jason Evert

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.

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Though the Great Return brought relief in helping France keep from the Communist fold, Eastern Block countries were less fortunate. The Soviet’s robbed them of their freedoms and religious liberties and so the roots of the Cold War evolved.

The Spiritual Rosary Pilgrimage
The SPIRITUAL ROSARY PILGRIMAGE is HAPPEN NOW! ParousiaMedia.com

The allied victors quickly became enemies. Concerns by the victors as to how to rebuild the defeated countries from both physical destruction and governing approaches quickly shifted to diverging philosophical ways to replace the Nazi Parties political control of the lands it had conquered in Europe.

In Chapter 22 entitled “Unheeded Prayers” the remaining Fatima Seer; Sister Lucia, brings forward to 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 no actions were taken to honor this prayer request and the prediction for peace lost an opportunity. The consequence found the dominance of Stalin and his Communists Party becoming 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 encouraging civil wars and then help position puppet governments under the shadow of Communist influence.

Before long fear and intimidation overcame peaceful transitions and the liberties found in more open societies.

Chapter 23, A Society Without God reflects on the environment in the sphere of Soviet influence for people living in a world without social liberty and when Bibles were banished.  The experience of a 7th day Adventist reveals the level of suppression people of faith had to endure in those times.

Chapter 24- Hot Pursuit in a Cold War brings out how with increasing confidence, the Communists took religion down. And with huge armies still deployed in Europe and the newly aquired 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.

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.

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Part 12 from the reading of my book Constant Procession.

World events are influenced by the Fatima apparition following WWI. The remaining seer pleaded for the world to re-consecrate itself to the Virgin Mary. The backstory begins in 636AD during an apparition known as Our Lady of Boulogne.

Deadline Filmreview of movie Fatima
Good review by Pete Hammond at Deadline Hollywood.

THE CONSTANT PROCESSION CONTINUES:

The above photo is from the M de Marie fb page

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.

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This is the 11th installment from the reading of my book, Constant Procession. The Virgin Mary’s apparitions in Fatima, Portugal in 1917. Her first two secrets and even by-standers saw strange things. The Madonna also said, ‘Men must mend their ways.’ Plus, the lost leaders for a world that did not hear.  

Celebrate the Fatima apparitions with the

August 28 premiere:

FATIMA’ the movie

in THEATRES & ON DEMAND !

Fatima at the 100th Anniversary with Pope Francis and the formal Sainthood for the 2 younger seers, St. Francisco and St. Jacinta

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.

Special Update- Cool Summer Events for The Virgin Mary

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Fatima the Movie in theatres and on demand August 28.

M de Marie continues across France thru Sept 13 (East statue in Paris)

Interactive Map of both routes across France linked inside this photo

The Spiritual Rosary Pilgrimage begins on the Virgin Mary’s Birthday (Sept 8-Oct 7) It is my understanding that the events are FREE!


Also celebrate  The Passion of John the Baptist on August 29!

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Hi this is Nikos Steves with a special report.

The Re-consecration of the United States of America to the Virgin Mary is yielding fruit as the summer comes to an end. This brief update is to highlight things you won’t want to miss. And please tell a friend!

First up is to remind you of the new movie premiering August 28 in theatres and, wait for it, YES ON DEMAND. The Feature film with actor Harvey Keitel is about the Fatima apparitions of the Virgin Mary.

It’s been endorsed by the shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima as well.

Here’s a brief summary of the movie from the official Fatima the Movie website: “Fatima is an uplifting drama based on historical events, a 10-year-old shepherd and her two younger cousins in Fátima, Portugal, report visions of the Virgin Mary, inspiring thousands of believers and angering officials in the secularist government, who try to force them to recant their story.”

Next up is an update on the M de Marie, or M for the Virgin Mary pilgrimage:

This journey is a procession across France tracing the letter M for the Madonna by two horse drawn wagons with matching statues of the Virgin Mary known as Our Lady of France has processed away from Paris. It is heading to Orleans for events over the last week of the month. I’ve linked to a great interactive map that will guide you to the remaining location as they travel through September 13 when both carriages meet up at a large conference at Pellevoisin, France

And I recently learned of a fantastic series of events starting on the Virgin Mary’s birthday, September 8. It is called the Spiritual Rosary Pilgrimage. It is my understanding that this is a Free internet event that is emanating from Australia and runs from September 8 for 4 weeks until October 7.

It features over 20 Catholic speakers and much focus is on the Virgin Mary and the Holy Rosary. It looks to be a massive 4-week series of free online activities. Go to their website for more information at parousiamedia.com or search on line for: Spiritual Rosary Pilgrimage.

So there are wonderful, uplifting events revolving around the Virgin Mary this day and with many prayerful ways to reach out to her as her birthday on September 8 approaches.

Speaking of which, The Passion of St John the Baptist takes place on August 29, a Saturday this year. Take a moment to reflect on his role in our Christian history as well.

That’s it for this special edition of Constant Procession. I hope these events and activities are helpful for your spiritual renewal and growth.

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The 10th installment from my book Constant Procession

The story of the Virgin Mary’s apparitions to Bernadette Soubirous. The events took place in the year 1858. Though the history of Our Lady of Lourdes is well known, the miraculous importance during WW II is overlooked and of course her influence there continues today.

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Early and 70's book covers of The Song of Bernadette
Early & ’70 versions of Book covers reflects various cultural aspects of the time period when books were printed.
Bernadette's Family photo
Bernadette’s Family photo, (she is in white, may have been her first communion celebration)

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book Constant Procession.
(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.