Can you feel the gradual shift towards Christmas by the activities of people around you?
Also in this podcast is the story of the apparition of “Our Lady of Guadalupe” from my book, “The Constant Procession.”
This week also reminds me of December 7, 1941, when paradise was attacked in Hawaii at Pearl Harbor. Can you imagine how that day of Infamy thrust the USA into war with Japan and also Germany during WW2?
Fortunately for humanity this first week in December also includes the “Conception of the Virgin Mary” and December 9-12 also celebrates when St Juan Diego had an apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1531.
Ultimately throughout history, Christ’s Birthday season always continues.
The story of Our Lady Victorious, as the name implies, has differing Marian roots from two churches with similar names. One from last weeks’ podcast Episode (274) while I was in Paris and the other from an early fall podcast (Episode 269) when I was in Upstate New York.
As for the people of Prague, there is a special connection that dovetails with a miraculous statue known as “Infant Jesus of Prague” which is at home in the Our Lady Victorious church.
Podcast sources & more about Our Lady Victorious, Infant Jesus of Prague and the Nativity Fast:
As promised, I explore Notre-Dame des Victoires in Paris. This is the Basilica where Venerable Father Nelson Baker (his story is in Episode 269) found his devotion to the Virgin Mary as well as the story of the Basilica’s history.
A history that includes Father Charles Degenelles who also was inspired by the Madonna back in 1836.
Oh yes, there are over 37,000 ex voto offerings from other pilgrims found covering the walls of this storied place of worship.
Part 2- Our Lady of Fatima, Spanish Influenza & The Farm in Conyers, GA
A poignant reminder of the Spanish Influenza pandemic is the effect it had on the youngest seers, Francisco and his sister Jacinta Marto, who recently became saints at the 100 year commemoration in Fatima on May 13, 2017.
Both died from the effects of the Spanish Influenza before turning 12.
Our Loving Mother’s Children held a commemorative Fatima prayer service at “The Farm” on May 13, 2021. It included the crowning of a statue of the Virgin Mary with a wreath followed by a day of activities. Conyers.org
Part 1- This week’s podcast celebrates the Fatima Apparitions from 1917. The October 13th apparition was the final of the 6 visitations of the Virgin Mary to the three little children in Portugal back in 1917.
Links for more information about The Apparitions of The Virgin Mary in Fatima in 1917:
“She Did It All” Venerable Nelson Baker would say in regards to “Our Lady of Victory” whenever something had been achieved for the needy. “Father Baker” as he preferred to be called, is now in the process of consideration for Sainthood.
For more information about Our Lady of Victory Shrine & Basilica and Father Baker:
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.
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:
For more about St. Winebald here are links to my primary sources:
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.
For more about St. Valpurga here are my primary sources for this podcast:
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.
For more about St Willibald, here are my primary sources:
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: