266- Amazing Shrine for Our Lady of La Vang

The apparition of the Virgin Mary known as Our Lady of La Vang occurred in Viet Nam in 1798 and this apparition has exciting things happening stateside today!

Shrine in Viet Nam today where Our Lady of La Vang appeared
Apparition spot in Viet Nam where Our Lady of La Vang appeared in 1798- pix by Phong Nhg Explorer.com
New Shrine of Our Lady of La Vang at Christ Cathedral in Orange County, CA
New Shrine to Our Lady of La Vang in Orange County California dedicated in July 2021! pix from Christ Cathedral California .org in Orange County, CA

Links to Primary Sources for this weeks Podcast:

Kelly Mantoan’s post about Our Lady of La Vang on her Blog- This Ain’t the Lyceum.org

(Also check out her NEW BOOK- Better Than OK- Finding Joy as a Special Needs Parent)

Christ Cathedral California- New Shrine information

LA Times Article from July 2021 about the new shrine

Phong Nha Explorer- (Great Photos, text in Vietnamese)

The Smart Local: Vietnam

Marypages.com

Michael O’Neill- The Miracle Hunter.com

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265- On the Road with The Virgin Mary

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.

Photo taken at the 100 Year Celebration of the Appartions of the Virgin Mary at Fatima in 2017, when Jacinta and Francisco Marto became Saints.
Unusual photo of 3 seers of fatima
Jacinta (left) and her brother Francisco Marto (right) now Saints in the Roman Catholic Church
Photo of rustic canal warehouse
Rustic Canalside warehouse from times past- This year’s summer tour of “places outside”– Finger Lakes, NY state
Photo- Sunset on the Finger Lakes
Summer 2021 Tour “places outside,” Keuka Lake, one of the Finger Lakes of New York State

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264- St. Winebald, 6th (of 6) family members to be a saint!

The final saint from this family is St. Winebald. The older brother to St. Willibald and sister St Valpurga.

Color illustration of St. Winebald
St Winebald credit- http://catholicsaints.info/saint-winebald-of-heidenheim/

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.

Graffiti of the family of saints from wiki commons
St Wuna is on the right along with her husband Richard, then Winebald, St Valpurga and St Williebald from Wikicommons

Here are several photos that offer additional background about early Christianity in Germany:

Wurzburg, Germany settled in 6th century and Chrisitanized in 686
This is a screen grab from a YouTube video about the Main River.
An infographic about Kapple, a church where the Virgin Mary appeared
Another screen grab from the same video that mentions a church the Virgin Mary visited in Germany.

For more about St. Winebald here are links to my primary sources:

AnaStPaul.com

NewAdvent.org

Wikipedia.com

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263- St. Valpurga, 5th (of 6) family members to be a saint!

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.

Icon of St Valpurga
St Winebald credit- http://catholicsaints.info/saint-winebald-of-heidenheim/

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.

Graffiti of the family of saints from wiki commons
St Wuna is on the right along with her husband Richard, then Winebald, St Valpurga and St Williebald from Wikicommons

For more about St. Valpurga here are my primary sources for this podcast:

St. Gregory Orthodox Church.org (they call her St Walburga)

Prayers for Reparation.org

Colorado’s Abbey of St Walburga- Walburga.org

St Walburga and Healing Oil story- ABlessedCallToLove.org

Diocese of Eichstätt

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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.

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262- St Willibald, 4th (of 6) family members to be a saint!

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.

Color Illustration of St. Willibald
St. Willibald credit- https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/332070172528292473/

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.

Graffiti of the family of saints from wiki commons
St Wuna is on the right along with her husband Richard, then Winebald, St Valpurga and St Williebald from Wikicommons

For more about St Willibald, here are my primary sources:

The Heavy Anglo Orthodox.blogspot.com

Cor Marie.com

Encyclopedia.com

New Advent.org

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261- Ss Wuna & Richard; 2 & 3 (of 6) family members to be saints!

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.

Graffiti of the family of saints from wiki commons
St Wuna on far right, St Richard next, then St Winebald, St Valpurga and St Willibald– photo by Meggasimonn on Wikimedia Commons
Statue of St Wuna from Wikicommons
St Wuna- photo by Mattis on Wikimedia Commons
Image of St Richard of Wessex or the Pilgrim
St Richard of Wessex aka “the Pilgrim” from SaintsCatholic.blogspot.com

Here’s why this English Saint is venerated in Italy- from Franciscan Spirit blog

More information about Saints Wuna and Richard of Wessex

From NewmanConnections.com

From ReginaMag.com

From FindAGrave.com

From Wikipedia.com

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260- A Family of 6 Saints! St Boniface (#1)

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.

Illustration of St. Boniface from short youtube video
Saint Boniface from a video by: apostleshipofprayer.org

St. Boniface Parish, Germantown, WI- blog; “St. Boniface, the Man

More about St. Boniface- Wikipedia

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259- Lady of Good Tidings

An apparition of the Virgin Mary on the Greek island of Tino’s offered up an icon known as “All Holy Lady of Good Tidings” and it is one of the most visited apparition sites in the world.

The Icon Pangagia-Evaggelistria of Tinos (with some pearls, but basically original in look)

August 15 is the Dormition (Orthodox) or Assumption (Roman Catholic) of the Virgin Mary. This year it falls on a Sunday!

More About this Apparition can be found through these sites:

Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

Panagia of Tinos (Greece) “She is of Great Grace”OrthodoxMedjugorje.com

Greeka Community- Tinos but also check out their new photos from Greek Isles

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258- A Society Without God

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.

Information about the 2nd Secret of Our Lady of Fatima’s apparition- Catholic.org

“Today, according to Archbishop Kondrusiewicz, who is now the Archbishop of Minsk, Belarus, every church in his country has a statue of Our Lady of Fatima.”

More about Mikhail Kulakov and also ‘Religion’ in the USSR

Though the Heavens Fall, the book quoted in this podcast– RussianBible.org

More about Mikhail Kulakov– Wikipedia.com

More about Religion under the Communists in the USSR– Wikipedia.com

Russian Orthodox Cathedral destroyed by Stalin in 1930's
Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Baku destroyed in 1930’s by Stalin- Wikimedia Commons

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…

TV story of the history of Christ the Savior in Moscow w/ recent assault on the Virgin Mary
Old time perhaps news reel footage from the actual time period?

Below is a complete history of Christ the Savior in Moscow w/ rare photos:

Finally: A Very Detailed Blog by Irena Domingo with great links should you still want more info Russiable.com

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257- Places Closer to Heaven

I believe the work by humanity at an apparition site where the Virgin Mary once appeared are frequently overlooked.

From Lourdes, France to Tapica Hill overlooking Mexico City there are a number of impressive sanctuaries, places of contemplation, places to give thanks and places to seek guidance.

This Episode is about reflections of what happens at an apparition site after an apparition has occurred.

View of domes of the Basilica of Santa Maria de Guadalupe, Spain
The Basilica of Santa Maria de Guadalupe, Spain in the early morning with more mountains behind.
Vista of Guadalupe, Spain in mountains
Looking (South-East) to see Guadalupe, Spain as I leave Guadalupe in the Extremadura Mountain Range.
Tinos in Greece- Pilgrims following the pathway up to the icon from the dock.
Photo of a long, long line of people. The candlelight processions start at dusk and are a very personal time, though you are with so many other seekers.
Lourdes, FR.- Candlelight processions start at dusk and are a very personal time, though you are with so many other seekers.
Picture of St. Mary's Well shrine and vista view of the Rhonda's
St. Mary’s Well shrine & vista view of the Rhondda’s in Wales
Sign says The Farm in front of the Conyers Georgia apparition site
The Farm- Conyers, Georgia

St Mary’s Well-Pilgrim Pace.wordpress.com

Tinos- oca.org

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256- The Knock Apparition of the Virgin Mary

One apparition that has been approved at the highest level of credibility in the Roman Catholic church is ‘Our Lady of Knock.’ This famous meeting of humanity with the Madonna occurred in 1879.

This famous apparition of the Virgin Mary also includes the appearance of St. Joseph, St. John, the Lamb and a Cross all together at the Vatican approved apparition “Our Lady of Knock.”

Illustration of the appartion at Knock
Illustration of the appartion at Knock- Divine Mysteries and Miracles Blog
Inside of Knock the glass enclosed apparition location today
The wall and images placed as to where they were located (at Knock today- photo thinplacestour.com
Knock apparition site mosaic of The Virgin Mary, St John and St. Joseph
Mosaic inside the Basilica, close-up impression of the Knock apparition experience- photo by NativityBurke.org.
Modern Basilica in back, original church in front, the chapel shrine attachment is on the right side of the old church
Modern Basilica in back, original church in front, the modern chapel shrine attach, that has the original apparition wall (left of the glass panels) is on the right side of the old church- IrishAmerica.com
Side view of the apparition wall at Knock, Ireland
Apparition site at back wall of the old church- photo thinplacestour.com

Sources for this podcast and MORE INFO can be found at the following links:

Official Knock Shrine website

Knock Apparition & Church Recognition at MiracleHunter.com

John Carpenter’s Divine Mysteries and Miracles Blog

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255- Our Lady in the Rhondda

The Madonna finds herself high above the famous ‘Rhondda’ at Our Lady of Penrhys and Ffynnon Mair (St Mary’s Well.) These are two time honored sites in South Wales.

Picture of view with statue and Penrhys vista
Penrhys vista
Picture of St. Mary's Well shrine and vista view of the Rhonda's
St. Mary’s Well shrine and vista view of the Rhonda’s
Picture peeking inside St. Mary's Well doorway
View of interior of St. Mary’s Well
Photo of Statue with partial wall from ruins of Our Lady of Penrhys
Statue with partial wall from ruins of Our Lady of Penrhys
Our Lady of Penrhys statue close up holding Jesus
Our Lady of Penrhys statue holding baby Jesus
Our Lady of Penrhys stone statue on the site today
Our Lady of Penrhys stone statue on the site today
The stone building St. Mary's Well (Ffynnon Mair or Ffynnon Fair)
St. Mary’s Well (Ffynnon Mair or Ffynnon Fair)
Cistern with waters at St. Mary's Well (Ffynnon Mair)
Cistern with waters at St. Mary’s Well (Ffynnon Mair)
Photo of people walking on the Pilgrimage Way includes "Claire" discusses (in the linked video) why she dresses as a medieval pilgrim and supports Penrhys Pilgrimage Way
“Claire” discusses (in the linked video) why she dresses as a medieval pilgrim and supports Penrhys Pilgrimage Way

Link to Claire’s video

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)

Additional sources for this podcast and for more information:

Ciscercian Way.Wales

Our Lady of Penrhys-my rhondda bucket list

St Mary’s Well-Pilgrim Pace

Information about the Penrhys Pilgrimage from the area

Old and the restoration history and background about Penrhys-Wikipedia.com

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254- Our Lady of Good Success

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.

Wooden statue of Our Lady of Success was formerly Our Lady of Aberdeen now in Brussels
Our Lady of Success was formerly Our Lady of Aberdeen now in Brussels… Photo by Ron Smith
Photo of bridge currently where original 7 arch bridge over river Dee in Aberdeen, Scotland
The site of the original 7 arch bridge, this current bridge has been rebuilt many times. Photo by Peter Ward
A photo Unclear if this is the original statue, it is labeled as Our Lady of Good Luck...researching if this is a mis-translation
Notre-Dame-du-Finistere
Portrait of Archdutchess Isabella and her husband
Archdutchess Isabella and her husband Albert
Portrait of Archdutchess Isabella and her husband
The Archdutchess after the death of her husband became a nun.
Photo of the Tower of the church where the statue is today called Notra Dame du Finistere (near Brussels)
Tower of the church where the statue is today called Notra Dame du Finisterr (near Brussels)

Sources for this podcast and for more information:

William J Walsh’s book: Heaven’s Bright Queen

Notre Dame du Bon Succès

MiracleHunter.com

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253- The Madonna during the Lockdown in England

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.

Over 1/2 million people viewed according to The Catholic News Report- March 30, 2020

Video from Walsingham.org.ul of the Rededication- 28 minutes

Interesting insights from John Paul Meenan, Editor @ Catholic Insight- March 28, 2020

Podcast from Father Dylan James on this rededication by ‘Going Deeper’ Feb 2020

Painting of the visitation of Mary to Richeldis de Faverches in the Church of St. Mary of Charity Faversham, Kent painted on a column in 1306ad
Painting of the visitation of Mary to Richeldis de Faverches in the Church of St. Mary of Charity Faversham, Kent c 1306

More info and pictures at Archdiocese of Southwark website

An illustration of Walsingham
Walsingham complex b4 destruction

T.E. Bridgett: Our Lady’s Dowry: How England Gained That Title (1890)

Fr. Matthew Pittam. Aug 25, 2017 – A priest at Our Lady of Walsingham

Christianity to Roman Britian starts w/ Apostle Peter

See Apparitions of Mary in England from MiracleHunter.com

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252- The Virgin Mary visits Walsingham

In the year 1061 there was an apparition of the Virgin Mary in England. For centuries “Our Lady of Walsingham,” was known as the “Nazareth of England.”

Did you know Henry the Eighth visited there many times in his life before ordering it’s destruction in 1538?

Though relegated to obscurity for the following centuries, nowadays the site welcomes pilgrims once again.

Color drawing of Walsingham at its peak
Walsingham at its peak
Photo of Slipper Chapel at Walsingham England
Slipper Chapel – Once again where people stop before taking the walk to the ruins of the Walsingham Shrine and former Abbey structures

For more information about the Slipper Chapel

Photo of Walsingham Abbey ruins
Walsingham Abbey ruins

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.

Holy House location plaque
Where the original Holy House was located…
Statue of Our Lady of Walsingham
Our Lady of Walsingham

Sources for this program and additional information:

Nice YouTube presentation about the history of Wilsingham

St Seraphim’s chapel- the Orthodox Shrine at Wilsingham

Roman Catholic National Shrine and Basilica at Wilsingham

Anglican Shrine to Our Lady of Walsingham

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251- The Kurst-Root Icon (Part 2)

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)

Kurst-Root icon-original
The Kurst-Root Icon (original)

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:

More history about this icon can be found at Orthodoxwiki.org

The icon over the last 200 years- St. Justin the Martyr Orthodox Church

The InterFaithMaryPage views the icon from a slightly different facet

The Cathedral of the Sign website

Kurst-Root Hermitage
Kurst-Root Hermitage- Considered to some the Russian “Our Lady of Lourdes”

The Kursk-Root Hermitage- Orthodoxwiki.org

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250- The Virgin Mary & “The Sign” (Part 1)

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)

Miraculous Icon of the Virgin and Child
The origin of this icon is unknown, and it was touched up many years ago.
Image of treeline on berm outside city
May be the area where the icon had been placed during the battle.

Some information for this podcast and for more about the history:

Novgorod Republic – Wikipedia

Veliky Novgorod | Russia | Britannica.com

Znamenie ikona Novgorod – Our Lady of the Sign (Novgorod) – Wikipedia

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Sign (NOTE: click through several times)

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249- Lady of the Golden Fountain

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.

Leo I (from Wikipedia)

Church of St Mary (Leo I built, not in the story)

Christ Has Risen! Indeed He Has!

Thank you for listening as Christians from East and West continue to celebrate the Risen Lord Jesus Christ!

So great it is to be alive on this day as Spring continues to extend light into our days and colors into the world around us!

The buds on trees are giving way to leafy forests of green.

Colorful flowers continue to blossom as chirping birds zip around seeking food for new hatchlings. The newly born can be heard crying for more to eat!

Welcome to Spring 2021!

May is the Month of the Virgin Mary!

Endless horizons
Something greater beyond life’s horizons

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248- The Month of Mary

This is a replay from a 2017 event. Every year on October 13 the final apparition of the Virgin Mary at Fatima is celebrated around the world.

Four year’s ago, while attending a local celebration by Our Loving Mothers pilgrims at “The Farm” in Conyers Georgia, I witnessed a remarkable event there.

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Overcast before wreath placement 11:17am EST
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Cloudy b4 adding wreath 11:17am EST
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Suddenly sun breaks thru clouds 12:05pm EST
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Sun breaks thru clouds 12:05pm EST
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Installment 95 read from my book Constant Procession about Conyers, GA

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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.

I’ve read the entire book from cover to cover (Installments 93-110)

To listen from Installment 93

247- er, podcast 169

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!

God Bless!

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246 Seafarers, Brother Marinus & the Virgin Mary

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.

Photo of the Sculpture of stone sails at Our Lady of Guadalupe appariton site
This stone sail sculpture located at the apparition site of Our Lady of Guadalupe by sailors who prayed to the Madonna and were rescue at sea
Photo of the Korean Refugees aboard the SS Meredith Victory (US Navy)
The Ship of Miracles, Christmas 1950 aboard the SS Meredith Victory (US Navy)

Captain Leonard LaRue (Brother Marinus) and the Meredith Victory

Links to the documentary trailer and book both entitled ‘Miracle of the Sea’

Guided By God’s Own Hand– Story by Ned Forney, Writer

President of South Korea about the Meredith Victory- blog by Lawrence B. Brennan

Korean War Memorial Foundation article about the “Ship of Miracles”

Information about the Apostleship of the Sea of the United States of America

Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea in the United Kingdom)

Poem & the quote in the podcast are by Meg Matenaer- Catholicmom.com

From my book The Constant Procession– overlooked aspects of the voyages of Christopher Columbus

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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.

(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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245- Selfless Service Yesterday and Today

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.

Links are throughout this page as mentioned in the podcast:

From my first book: The Constant Procession– A miracle for the son of Napoleon III (Episode 102)

More About: Our Lady of the Sea:

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.”

Lady of Grand Return tfp.org

Our Lady of the Sea; The Grand Return- By James R. Bascom in The American TFP (tfp.org)

From my first book: The Constant Procession – The mysterious appearance of “Our Lady of the Sea” back in 636AD (Episode 104)

The Virgin Mary’s Paris Procession:

(Started at the apparition site of the Miraculous Medal (aka Rue de Bac) to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame on April 18, 2021)

Poster from the April 18 Paris Procession
Statue of the Madonna with child being carried as it leads the procession in Paris on April 18, 2021
More of the pilgrims behind banners of various saints honored in the Paris Procession on April 18, 2021
The Choir and orchestra perform at on the plaza for the Paris Procession

The orchestra rehearsal video is 25 seconds long, but then offers other highlights of the Virgin Mary’s Paris Procession- Enjoy!

More About: Mother Teresa’s Mission in Atlanta:

The Sisters from Missionaries of Charity and one of their other outreach projects.

The Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity visit to the Mission.

Gift of Grace House in Atlanta, Georgia
Volunteers supporting the mission during my visit

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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.

(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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244- Christ & Forgiving Others + Lady of Pilar

This installment looks at the celebration beyond Easter Day, plus an apparition of the Virgin Mary before she passed on! The Virgin Mary was living in the region near Jerusalem but suddenly appeared to St. James the Apostle while he was in Spain! This apparition is known as Our Lady of Pilar or Our Lady of the Pillar in present day Zaragoza, Spain on the Ebro River.

Michael O'Neill 'the Miracle Hunter'
On tour in Zaragoza, Spain at the Our Lady of Pilar apparition site with Michael O’Neill, the Miracle Hunter.
Ancient wall from the Roman outpost of Caesaraugusta just beyond the river bank where the Basilica is located.
Photo includes the Cathedral on the Elba River, the place where Our Lady of Pilar is housed in this Cathedral, that was bombed during the Spanish Revolution
The Basilica Neustra Senora del Pilar in Zaragoza, Spain is on the Ebro River, where Our Lady of Pilar appeared, pillar is inside.
Wider view of the wall…the actual forum is still intact in a museum several blocks from where the Madonna appeared to St John.
2 Bombs hit the Basilica Neustra Senora del Pilar during the Spanish Revolution, miraculously neither detonated.

Insightful Looks at Our Lady of Pilar and Zaragoza, Spain:

Spiritual Travels– blog article by L. Erickson

Zaragoza, Spain– blog article by ‘Grace in the World’

Walking Without A Donkey– Blog article by T. Grainger

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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.

(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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