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Christmas 2014 

 Online Issue #20

                                               
In Memory of Penny Lord

 

From My Pew

Brother Joseph's Article

Heroes - New Book Release

People of God Speak Out

Saint Boniface

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Bob and Penny Lord

From My Pew

Bob and Penny Lord

Family, Penny’s birthday is September 23.  It’s also the Anniversary of the day we met in 1957.  I’m including in this article a Love Letter I wrote to Penny for her birthday.  You may think it’s sad, but it’s really glorious, knowing that she is in Heaven.  Anyway, read the letter and then we’ll continue with the article.

Happy Birthday in Heaven – September 23, 2014

My Precious Penny – This is one of the most special love letters I will ever write to you.

It is your first birthday in Heaven.  I’m not with you physically.  That’s not good.  But I can envision the magnificent celebration which will be given in your honor today.

I can’t hold your hand the way I always have for 57 years.  But this year, our son Richard can hold your hand, or your best friend, St. Anthony can hold your hand.  Or better yet, maybe Our Lord Jesus will hold your hand.  That would be awesome.

I don’t know for sure if they use banquet tables in Heaven. But let’s assume they do.  I can just picture the guests who will be there.  Of course there will be your Mother and Father, and your beloved grandmother.  Hopefully your brothers will be there.  Our dear friends in Christ, Msgr. Tommy O’Connell will be there as well as John and Annabelle Joyce, and Nina Amoroso, your best friend and Mother Raphael and Mother Victoria. 

And then as a special surprise, there will be all the Saints we have written about, and made television programs about.  You have showed them during your life how very much you loved them when you made the programs on their lives.  There will be Pope John Paul II, and Pius XII who you defended so courageously.  There will be Benedict XV who I defended so courageously.  I’m thinking the table has to accommodate over 200 people.  I wonder how they will do that in Heaven.  I’ll let them figure that out.  And then there’s language.  I’m sure everybody in Heaven speaks the same language.  At least I hope so.

At the very head, at the special seat for the special person, you will be sitting there, smiling, the way only you can smile.  Your eyes will be gleaming.  It will be the very best birthday party you ever had. 

The only one who won’t be there physically is me.  I will have to wait for another time to hold your hand, and put my arm around you.  Spiritually, I’ll be part of the party, so I’ll be with you nevertheless.  I am always with you every day, from September 23, 1957 to January 21 2014, and then continuing on to now and, to quote Buzz Lightyear, “to Eternity and beyond.”  I will always be with you my girl.  I’m trying very hard to go right up, the way I know you did.  I can hear you in my mind saying, “Be good boy Daddy.”  I’m trying, Honey.  I don’t want to be separated from you for one second.

But for now, I just want to wish you the best Happy Birthday in Heaven, your first.  I love you.  I will always love you.

In the meantime, my precious girl, we had a birthday party in your honor today.  We had balloons, and birthday cards which we read to you at the crypt after we prayed the Rosary and Divine Mercy, after which we went to Mass celebrated in your honor.  To top it off, we went to a restaurant which was one of your favorites and had a birthday dinner.  We didn’t have any cake, but one of our dear friends, Donna McCall, brought over a German chocolate cake, which is one of my favorites.  And we had a birthday cake.

So, although I know that our birthday party was not anywhere as beautiful and star-studded as yours, we gave it our all for you.  And so we come to the end of the first birthday of yours in 57 years that we have not celebrated together physically.  But spiritually we were holding hands as we have always done.  I love you, my girl, more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.  That never ends. 

 

Your Daddy, Bobby Lord

 

Merry Christmas in Heaven, My Love

Family, this year has been the first that we’ve missed occasions that we had always celebrated together.  Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and both our birthdays so far.  We’re looking forward to a Thanksgiving and Christmas without each other.   It won’t be easy.  We’ve done all these things for so many years. 

But there is always a ray of sunshine.  A woman whom we knew shared about how Penny was “bigger than life!”  She said when you lose someone who is bigger than life; the hole in your heart is much bigger.  It’s harder to get over the loss of someone who is bigger than life.  I’ve heard many descriptions of Penny over the years, all of them true.  There was the man who said she was born beautiful.  That was a high point, and he said it right in front of her. 

But this expression, “bigger than life” is one of the most beautiful I have ever heard.  And it’s also the most accurate description I have ever heard.  In our whole life together, our whole 57 years, in every instance I can think of, she has been bigger than life.  I always knew she was above and beyond the human experience.  She has been called a Saint, especially since she left us to be bigger than life in Heaven.  But when I think back on any and every great thing she has done in our lives, that expression fits perfectly.  She has been “bigger than life.”

And I’ve been blessed to be there, all that time, holding her hand, right behind her, as she was “bigger than life” for the whole world.

I thought I would be very sad this Christmas, and I’m sure that’s going to be true to a degree.  I won’t have my life partner with me this year physically.  But I have a Christmas present coming to me this year.  My gift is having had the most dynamic person, the most lovable person, the most outgoing person, a woman “bigger than life” by my side then, now and into Eternity.

I thank You Jesus, Mother Mary, for the most precious Christmas Gift I could ask for.

And to you, Family, I wish you the best, most blessed Christmas to you and yours.

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Called to Serve by Brother Joseph

These certainly are different times.

If you had told me when I was in high school that one day I would be concerned about a worldwide plague and beheading, I would have laughed it off.  And here we are, with both of these coming at us at once.


The question on a lot of us is what can we do about it.
Possibly the bigger question is, what is God trying to tell us, or better yet what does God want us to do.

I for one think that He does not want us to turn the other cheek and let it all happen. It seems that God is trying to reach us in and bring us back to Him.

The Old and New Testaments are rich with accounts over and over about the people of God disobeying him and then God makes decisions to get them to come back to Him and most of the time, when God has to act to bring His people back, there is some pain and suffering involved.

I have been thinking about all the messages from Our Lady from Guadalupe up until now. The theme of her messages has been, "Pray and Sacrifice."

Could that be what God wants us to do now?

For certain, praying and sacrificing is good for us, at any time, and especially now.

Besides we are approaching, Advent and will be preparing for the Celebration of the Birth of Jesus. What better way is there to prepare by doing some extras praying and sacrificing.

We all know that if enough people pray and sacrifice, God will listen and do what is best for us.

So there you have it, we must pray and sacrifice more.

We all know that in our hearts, now we must get out bodies to move.

May this be a Blessed Christmas to you and your families.

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The People of God Speak Out

Dearest Bob Luz Elena, Brother Joseph, and Community, 

You are all in my prayers today. I cherish the memories of our association, and pray for God's continued blessings upon you. My heart was broken to hear of Penny's passing into the Loving Arms of Our Lord. Eternal Rest grant to her, O Lord, and may her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in Your Peace. Amen, and Amen! ...

Fr. Ron Mathews
(Padrecito)

I want to thank you Mr lord for continuing making Super Saints. I know it must not be easy for you. Iknow how you feel I lost my mom dec 6 2013 to terminal cancer. I miss her so much, I look at her picture and ashes all the time. when I saw the new Super Saints that came on i was glad. and then when they show you talking it looked like a angel was behind you looking after you, I think it was your wife, take a look at the new one you made and see what I saw when you spoke Mr  bob lord. thank you and god bless

I absolutely love you guys, You are the reason I decided to become catholic. I hope Bob is doing okay, May you be ever blessed!!!

Bob, The Super Saints program you and Penny had on EWTN has helped me grow so much in my spiritual life. Penny was always so wonderful and loving and I wanted to send both my love and prayers. I know she will be with you always and I pray that brings you comfort.


Saint Boniface

Apostle of Germany

St. Boniface, Apostle of Germany

Hello, Family and welcome.  We’re Bob and Penny Lord, although Penny is working with me from Heaven.  We want to share with you today, St. Boniface, Apostle of Germany, who may not be well known in the United States, but is greatly admired in Germany and other European countries.  He is venerated not only by the Catholic Church, but by the Lutherans, as well as the Anglicans and the Eastern Orthodox.  If we could term a new category, St. Boniface would have to be called a Super Super Saint.  He had one goal in life, to bring God to the people of Germany.  He spent his whole life doing it.

We’ve said this before, but when there is a crisis in God’s Church, he raises up a powerful Saint to do the task.  In this instance, He chose a young man filled with the Spirit, from what is today known as Great Britain.  He sent him to what is today Germany to evangelize and convert the Old Saxons, the people of Germany who were Catholic but had lost their way.  And that was just the beginning.  Before his life was over, he had evangelized all of Germany, and had become Primate of Germany.  If that wasn’t enough, when that was done, he went over to France to convert and bring back to the Faith those who had left.  But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.  Let’s start at the beginning. 

Boniface was born in Crediton in Devonshire, England in 675-680 and baptized Winfrid. His was a noble family.  He was given an early training in our Faith.  He felt a calling to the religious life at 5 years old.  His spirituality attracted the attention of various religious men, who suggested he study under the brothers and priests.  At 7 years old, he went to a monastery where he excelled in learning scripture, Latin and lecturing.  At 14 years old, he graduated to the next level, a Benedictine Abbey. 

This is where his father tried to put a stop to all this education in religion.  He had plans for the young man that did not include becoming a Benedictine monk.  But between Winfrid’s pleading, and the convincing of some Benedictines who visited their home, the father was persuaded to let the young man enter the abbey.

The abbot, aware that this was a chosen young man, took him under his wing.  Young Winfrid went on to become a very popular instructor, a lecturer and ultimately director of the school.  If that’s not enough, he also wrote a Latin grammar, the first to be written in the history of England.

Winfrid lived an austere life in the Benedictine community.  It was as if God was grooming him for the great task He had planned for him.  During his time at the Abbey he advanced in his knowledge of scripture, history and public speaking.  This would do him well in the labor he would find in the field the Lord had chosen, Germany.  After having made his profession as a Benedictine monk, and been ordained a priest at age 30, he became well-known as a preacher.

His talents were brought to the attention of ecclesiastical figures in the Church. He was being groomed for great things within the Benedictine community.  But the Lord was grooming him for something else.  He had a longing to go to the area of Northern Europe, Germany, where the Faith was not well accepted.  His dream was to regenerate the Frankish Church in Friesland which had become a combination of Catholicism and paganism. 

Winfrid went to Friesland, where there had been some groundwork at evangelizing the pagans by previous evangelists, most especially St. Killian and the missionaries from Ireland.  He thought he would do well in his efforts to bring about conversion and continue to bring more people into the Church.  It didn’t turn out that way.  He found it necessary to abandon his evangelization work in Germany and return to England.  This was to be a temporary measure because he felt sure that the Lord was calling him to convert the Old Saxon Church there in Friesland. 

He returned to his Abbey in England.  He was so well regarded by the Abbot that he wanted him to take his place as the Abbot was getting old.  Winfrid never wanted to be burdened down with a position such as Abbot.  He had a calling and it was to evangelize.  But when the Abbot died and he was unanimously elected to become the new Abbot, he knew had to move.  He was able to get the Bishop of the Diocese to convince the monks to elect another to be Abbot, so that Winfrid could follow his dream.  There was no question in Winfrid’s mind that his work had to be commissioned by the Pope.  He went to Rome to plead his case to Pope Gregory II towards the end of 718.  He stayed in Rome for a few months while His Holiness considered his proposal, and got to know who Winfrid was.  The Pope gave him his commission to preach the word of God to the heathen in Germany, to the right of the Rhine River.  He renamed him Boniface. 

Winfrid set out in the spring of 719 on his appointed task to assess the situation in Germany.  He saw a great deal of progress had been made by his predecessors in bringing the Word of God to Bavaria.  He worked his way up to the center of the country, Thuringia, which was supposed to be Christian.  He found that not to be the case. St. Killian, the Irish evangelist, had toiled in this land unsuccessfully.  He was followed by two other zealots who were murdered for their attempt to spread the faith.  What St. Boniface found was a mixture of heathens, or a combination of Christianity and idolatry.   He tried to rekindle the flame of faith of some of the priests of the area, without much success.

He headed towards the court of Charles Martel, who had been defeating despots and opening up the Catholic Churches for people to worship.  Boniface was advised of the death of a despot, who had persecuted the Christians in Friesland terribly during his lifetime.  Boniface enlisted the aid of a young monk from an abbey nearby and went into that area.  They labored tirelessly in the Lord’s vineyards for three years with great success.  Heathens were taught the faith; fallen-away were brought back by the thousands.  Some of the converts embraced the life of the Benedictines.  Boniface felt it was time to advise the Pope of his progress.  He sent one of his disciples to Rome with letters to His Holiness, outlining the successes of the past three or four years.  Pope Gregory II asked for him to come to Rome personally.  Boniface traveled to the Vatican, more pleased with his accomplishment than the last time he had visited.

Pope Gregory received him warmly.  Boniface explained the progress which had been made in the Church of Germany.  He explained to His Holiness that he followed in the path of Charles Martel to the various areas of the country, where the local dictator had been deposed, and a free people and a free Church were left to be evangelized by Boniface and his followers.  The Pope consecrated Boniface Bishop, and gave him letters to the Dioceses of Thuringia and Hessia, acknowledging Boniface as the Bishop, and demanding respect and obedience.  He was also given a letter to Charles Martel, the powerful leader who was to stop the advance of the Turks at Tours, and turn them back from their approach into France. 

Charles Martel set about the establishment of social order and endeavored to restore the right of the Catholic hierarchy.  This explains the protection which in 723 was accorded to St. Boniface, a protection all the more important as the Saint himself explained to a friend that without it he could neither administer his church, defend his clergy, nor prevent idolatry.  Hence, Charles Martel, who is considered the hero who united Germany, shares, to a certain degree, the glory and merit of Boniface’s great work of civilization and evangelization in Germany.

Armed with this guarantee of protection, Boniface decided to strike an unthinkable blow against the pagan beliefs of the people of Hesse, a stronghold of paganism.  He went to a mountain where an oak tree, which was sacred to the local people, stood.  It was called Donar’s Oak or Thor’s Oak.  Prior to arriving on the mountain, he sent word out to all the people in the area that he would strike down the pagan’s sacred tree.  The place was packed with onlookers, who were sure that he would be struck dead if he touched the tree.  This tree and this belief of the pagans of Hesse was very important to them.  Boniface was taking his life in his hands.

Now this was a huge oak tree.  It was reported by reliable sources that he did a lot of praying before he attempted to take down the tree.  On the day designated, Boniface went to the mountain, as did his disciples.  The pagans were there in full force.  He took the axe, prayed for all he was worth, and with only a few strokes, the huge oak came down, split in four pieces.  There were reports that as he struck the massive tree for the first time, a great gust of wind of the Holy Spirit blew across the area, helping to down the tree.  It came down in four equal parts, huge trunks.  Boniface took the wood of the tree and made it into built a little Chapel dedicated to St. Peter the Apostle on the spot.  This point of Boniface’s evangelization marked the fall of Heathenism in the area of Lower Hessia.

Spurred on by this success, St. Boniface spread his wings to other areas of Germany where the faith was either weak or non-existent.  He went back to Upper Hessia, where the people had lapsed back into paganism.  Let us take moment and explain what Hesse is.  It is a state of Germany, where today, the capital city is Wiesbaden, and the largest city is Frankfurt.  We are in the state of Hesse now.  Fulda would have been considered Lower Hessia.

Boniface was blessed mightily by the Lord. It was if the floodgates of the Holy Spirit had opened up in Germany.  He did so well in bringing people into the Faith that he had to ask for help to handle all the new converts that were coming into the fold.  He appealed to various abbeys and convents in England, and for many years, they poured into the area, helping to build convents and abbeys, and teaching the faith to the converts. He was aided by many missionaries and monks from his native land.  Every abbey that he built or convent was put under the charge of one of these English colleagues.   It was a glorious time for the Church in Germany.

His good friend and mentor, Pope Gregory the second died, and Boniface wrote to the new Pope, Gregory the third, who sent him the palium and conferred on him the title of Metropolitan of all Germany, beyond the Rhine River.  He also gave Boniface the power to institute dioceses and archdioceses wherever he felt it was in the best interests of the Church.  He went on to become the Apostolic See of the Church and Papal Legate.  He also traveled to the Benedictine abbey at Monte Cassino in Italy, which had been built by St. Benedict, and was considered the most magnificent Benedictine Abbey in the world.

Boniface brought with him some of his German disciples, so that they could see the grandeur of Monte Cassino.  He also enlisted one of their monks to join him in Germany to build an Abbey in Germany.  Boniface eventually built a bishopric in Fulda, where he proceeded to build the Abbey with the help of St. Sturmi, the young disciple, whom he recruited from Monte Cassino.  That abbey, the Abbey of Fulda, was to become the German equivalent of the great Abbey at Monte Cassino. 

While the Church in Germany flourished, the church in France was in constant decline.  Charles Martel, while considering himself a supporter of the Church, let the church suffer in favor of his military campaigns.  However, he was still the hero of the age, defending Christianity against the Muslims.  There were many abuses to the Church in France under his reign.  Ecclesiastical offices were being sold.  Priests were living abusive lives, were ignorant, heretical, living in sin.  Add to this that no Church Council had been held for 84 years.

But when Charles Martel died, Boniface saw a great opportunity to go into France and bring the Church back into the fold.  He had the support of the reigning pontiff, Pope Zachary, and the two sons of Charles Martel, Pepin and Carloman who had taken over Charles Martel’s empire.  With their help, he was able to convene two councils and then a general council to rebuild the Church of France.  After a time, Pepin decided to give up his throne and live in a monastery.  His brother Carolman, took over as leader of the Franks, and “Mayor of the Palace”, a term coined by Charles Martel.  Carolman’s son and Martel’s grandson was Charlemagne.

St. Boniface was very blessed in that he was able to accomplish a great deal in actually organizing not only the Church of Germany but the country itself.  He was getting older, but he didn’t feel old.  He just felt it was time to turn to turn the controls of his huge fold to a younger man and so he named St. Lull to be his replacement.

But that did not mean he was ready to lay down his bible and go into seclusion.  Like many of our bishops and archbishops who retire, they go back into active duty, so to speak.  With all of his success evangelizing Germany and France, there was still one area that he had never been able to turn to the Church, and that was Frisia, a strip of land at the northern tip of Germany in the North Sea.  He had begun there some forty years before unsuccessfully, and it always bothered him, that the people of that area were still not converted.  With that in mind, he put together a team of missionaries to accompany him into that area.

Their evangelization effort proved to be very successful.  Boniface and his missionaries had converted many to the Faith.  There had been a great many Baptisms.  Boniface planned a mass Confirmation service in an open field.  All the converts were to assemble there for the great event.  He sat reading a book, thought to be the Bible, when he and his missionaries were attacked by a group of bandits who thought there were great riches to be had by robbing the foreign missionaries.  Boniface pleaded with his people not to fight against the attackers.  He was among the first to be killed, holding his book up in the air as he was being killed, to protect it from the onslaught of the enemy.

The body of St. Boniface was brought back to his beloved Fulda, where he was interred in the Abbey Church.  About a thousand years after his death, a great cathedral was designed and built in 8 years.  It is the Cathedral of Fulda which is here today.  In addition to his tomb, the book he was holding up when he was attacked is encased at his shrine.  The sword marks can be seen, as well as blood stains from our Saint.  He was immediately proclaimed a Saint by the people of Germany, but it was not until 1874 that Blessed Pope Pius IX formally canonized him for the Universal Church.  His Feast Day is June 5.  It is also celebrated in England on that day.

It has been said that St. Boniface had a greater influence on the formation of the history of Europe than any Englishman.  He was a holy man, a reformer, a missionary, a martyr, and yet, we’re told he was a very simple man.

Family, we thank you for being with us as we traveled the life of this Super Saint.  We depended a great deal on direction and inspiration from Penny Lord from Heaven above for the telling of St. Boniface’s life. 

God bless you. We love you!! 

  

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The Birth of
Our Lord Jesus

3rd Joyful Mystery

           

The excitement builds, as we approach the birth of the Savior.  Three kings have left their countries, following the brightest star in the east.  In far-off Rome, Caesar Augustus is issuing a decree: The entire Roman Empire must be counted.  Each person had to return to his birthplace. 

And then, there is Joseph and Mary.  Under normal conditions, this would not seem like a great burden to go from Nazareth to Bethlehem, less than a week's journey by foot.  But these were not normal times.  How could he possibly subject Mary to such a trip, now?  She was heavy with Child.  She should not be traveling anywhere, no less on rough roads, over high mountains.  She was extremely healthy, but she was entering her ninth month!  Did these fears run through Joseph's mind, as he read the notice posted on the door of the synagogue?

When Joseph shared this news with Mary, what was her reaction?  We believe, her heart jumped for joy.  Was it not another powerful affirmation that she was carrying the Son of God?  She knew well the Scripture passages: The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.  Had she wondered how the Lord was going to arrange that? 

Was this her answer?  She must have been so excited.  It was beginning!  You can bet, Joseph's and Mary's attitudes were at opposite ends of the spectrum.  He was most likely worried about many things; she probably wanted to get on the road.  He didn't know where they would stay, how Mary would manage the trip; she knew God would provide.  She was carrying His Son inside her.  She had to know that Legions of Angels would surround and protect them and the precious unborn Babe, as they traveled to Bethlehem, that Gabriel would be covering Mary with his wings, protecting her from the elements, while Michael was clearing the road of anyone who might threaten their safe passage.

Bethlehem is the city of David.  Joseph was from the lineage of David.  He came from Bethlehem.  He had many relatives there; but he hadn't visited them in some time.  Add to that, everyone else who was born in Bethlehem was returning to be counted in the census.  When Joseph and Mary arrived in Bethlehem, it was even worse than he had suspected.  The town was jammed with people.  He tried the inns first; there was no room.  He tried his relatives; most didn't even remember him; and those who did, had no room.  It was impossible.  Desperate, he went back to the inns, again.  He was willing to pay whatever they wanted, even though he was not a rich man.  No amount of money would do it.  No one had a room for them.  Now, after the fact, we all would die to welcome Jesus, Mary and Joseph into our homes, offering them the finest room in our home.  But no one knew them, and they were not welcome anywhere.

Joseph found a cave on the outskirts of town, whose only other tenant was an ox.  Joseph led Mary inside.  He carefully arranged hay for her to lie down on.  She was exhausted from the journey, but she was calm and joyful; nothing ruffled her; she was anticipating what she knew was to come at any time.  Joseph felt the same way, but he manifested his exhilaration by taking charge, and doing things.  He asked Mary to try to sleep.  He went over to the opening of the cave to keep guard. 

It is true that no one knows exactly what happened that night that God came to the face of the earth.  But, please forgive us if we dream.  Mary felt the Lord calling her.  She got up, and looked up into the sky.  The moon was so bright!  The curtains of Heaven parted.  Angels poured out, gently making their way down to earth, taking their positions for the great event which was about to take place.  The gaze of the Holy Spirit beamed down on her, enveloping her, in the form of a brilliant light.  The light was so intense; she could feel it was feeding life into her, not human life, but Heavenly life.  Her entire body trembled from the power that was encompassing her.  Her heart beat so vigorously, she thought it would jump out of her body.  It was happening!  It was now!  She felt a great burning of love in her heart for God.  It was done.  He was here!

Gloria in Excelsis Deo! 

The sound of Angels chanting, praising God for the gift, He was giving the world at this moment, reverberated throughout the valley, ricocheting off the hills and mountains, shaking the very earth with its power.  The vibration of the Angels' voices and the excited fluttering of their wings wakened shepherds, sleeping in the nearby fields.  They rushed out of their caves to see what the commotion was.  There, before them, was a Legion of Angels!

In another place, a distance away, the eyes of the three kings darted sharply in the direction of the tremor that shook them out of a deep sleep.  They had been following the bright star.  It stopped moving over Bethlehem.  Now they knew the direction to follow. 

Back in Jerusalem, Herod angrily ripped open the curtains of his palace.  He glared out at the bright sky, suspiciously studying each gleaming star.  He had been rudely awakened from his deep sleep.  He had felt a terrifying rumble, like the very earth trembling beneath his feet.  He didn't know what it was, but he didn't like it. 

Did You cry, Jesus as You entered the world?  The gentle sound of the Baby reached out to Joseph.  He looked around the room, aware for the first time of the brilliant light within.  The first thing he saw was Mary's face.  She was radiant.  Tears were streaming down her beautiful cheeks.  Her eyes were looking beyond him, to the heavens above, focused on the source of the light streaming in.  Joseph followed the light to Mary's arms.  She held the softest, whitest, most delicate Child, Joseph had ever seen.  The King, the Messiah, was born!  The Word was made Flesh!

At first, Joseph didn't know what to do.  How do you behave in the presence of God?  He was awkward.  But the gentle Mary, who had turned from girl into woman in nine short months, encouraged him with her eyes, and motioned for him to come closer.  It was awesome!  He would be responsible for this Child's welfare for many years.  It was time to begin.  The Holy couple wrapped the Baby in swaddling clothes.  They arranged Him comfortably on a bed of hay.  Mary lay close to Him, with Joseph kneeling at her side.  The light dimmed.  The Angels stationed themselves around the cave, keeping out those who should not enter, and allowing in those whom the Lord wanted in.

Joseph and Mary were exhausted from the excitement of the evening.  They had just begun to doze, when they heard feet shuffling outside the cave.  Joseph shot up.  To his amazement, he saw simple shepherds standing outside the cave, peering within.  They entered the cave slowly, a look of both fear and anticipation on their faces.  They recounted how Angels had been in the fields, singing praises to God, and how they told them to come to this cave, where they would see the King of the World. 

Joseph was speechless; he couldn't fully take in all that was happening before his very eyes.  Mary raised herself, so that the shepherds could get a better look at the Child in her arms.  They knelt and paid homage to Him.  Joseph and Mary listened, as the shepherds told them that the Angel said:  "You have nothing to fear!  I come to proclaim good news to you - tidings of great joy to be shared by the whole people.  This day in David's city a Savior has been born to you, the Messiah and Lord.  Let this be a sign to you: in a manger you will find an Infant wrapped in swaddling clothes.'"

Mary searched their faces.  There was such joy and hope in their eyes.  She recalled the Angel's words to her: "He will be great, and He will be called Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give Him the throne of His ancestor David; he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end."

Now as the world was about to receive her King, in Jerusalem a king of the world was plotting to kill that King. Three kings from the East had stopped at the palace of King Herod inquiring: "`where is the King of the Jews?  We observed His star rising and have come to pay Him homage.'  At this news King Herod became greatly disturbed, and with him all Jerusalem."  Herod asked his chief priest and scribes where this King was to be born.  When they told him, the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem, he bid the kings go there, and report back to him, so that he could go and pay Him homage.  The three kings set out toward Bethlehem.  They followed the star they had first seen, to this place. 

Now, they peered inside, awe-struck by the Heavenly Sight before them - the Infant Child with His Mother Mary.  They knelt and paid homage to Jesus.  Then they presented the Babe "with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh."  When they were warned in a dream to not return to Herod, they took a different route back to their country, bypassing Jerusalem altogether.

Mary kept a mental record of these events all the days of her life.  A time would come when she would need to draw on these memories for strength. 

As you share this Mystery, set your heart on the true gift of Christmas, the gift of Jesus.  The enemy tries his hardest, each year, to cloud the real issue of Christmas, the birth of the Savior.  He tries to mask it with tinsel and artificial snow and stockings hung from the chimney with care.  He tries to make the hero of Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, or Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, or even Santa Claus.  Santa Claus, or more properly Saint Nicholas, would be the first to tell you that the gift he brings you on Christmas, the only gift that counts, is the helpless little Baby Who was born to die for the salvation of the world.

Our minds and hearts go back to Mount Tabor in the Holy Land.  Four mosaics surround the main Altar.  The one that touched us deeply was that of the Baby Jesus.  The Angels were hovering over Him, their eyes heavenward, glorifying their Lord.  You are so filled with joy and rejoicing; then your eyes travel to the Babe in the manger below the Angels.  He is so beautiful, so precious as you look at His Baby Cheeks.  You want to reach out and fondly hold those chubby Cheeks in your hands, close to your face.  But suddenly, your joy turns to sorrow; you feel like crying.  His Eyes!  My God, His Eyes are like those of an old Man, like those of Someone Who has seen all the sorrows of the world; and those sorrows are in These Eyes.  When you look in the Eyes of this Babe, you can see why our Lord was born.  Did you see any of this in your newborn Son, Mother Mary?

One year, our Junior Legion of Mary put on an Easter play.  The children played all the parts, including Jesus.  On Good Friday, our Pastor Monsignor O'Connell used the play as a meditation on the seven last words of Jesus.  I think the most poignant time in the play was when the lights dimly came up on a young boy (our grandson - ten years old at the time), bleeding on the Cross, and in the corner a scene of Joseph and Mary with the Baby Jesus in her arms.  We have never forgotten that moment in our lives.  When Jesus asked us to give up everything and follow Him, we remembered that scene, and we said yes!

One of the happiest Christmas seasons I can remember in my life was, when I was eleven or twelve.  I decided to go to the 6 a.m. Mass every morning from the beginning of Advent to Christmas day.  I don't know why I did it.  At the time, I thought that the Lord wanted me to give Him that gift; but the gift was for me.  Through rain and snow and bitter-cold weather, I went to a little Dominican Monastery about four blocks from my home, every day from Thanksgiving to Christmas.  Many years have passed; I can still smell the candles burning in that Chapel; I can still hear the nuns singing their morning prayers.  That time, that gift, will be with me for the rest of my life.  My memories bring it out, dust it off, and play it for me every Advent season. 

            Meditate with Mother Mary on the Miracle of Christmas, on the Incarnation, the Word made Flesh, God among us.  Relive the true story of Christmas in your mind and heart, in your home, with your family.  Go to Mass every morning.  Give that gift to the Baby Jesus.  See what He gives you in return.  Get ready for the Savior to be born in your heart, as you receive Him in Holy Communion.  Are you ready?  Here He comes!

 

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Every story of ours could open with us going on Pilgrimage and not really knowing what God is asking of us through the journey.  This is one such story.  We had been going to the Holy Land and Europe for many years, when we had a thought!  There are beautiful Shrines to Our Lady and Our Lord and Our Heavenly Family right here on the North American continent.  How about journeying in faith to Canada! 

No sooner had we had this thought, than a beautiful couple invited us to come to Canada and give Retreats at their retreat house in Ontario and at churches in Canada.  Well, it was so close to what the Lord seemed to be saying, we said a hasty Yes!  And what a treasure we discovered! 

The Journey of Faith begins.

We began our Journey of Faith in Montreal, visiting the Shrine of St. Brother Andre at St. Joseph's Oratory and Kateri Tekakwitha.  The next day, we left Montreal and headed towards QuebecMid-way between Montreal and Quebec, we stopped at Cap-de-la-Madeleine.  Little did we expect to see the magnificent sight that was nestled between the St. Maurice and St. Lawrence rivers.  As your eyes drink in the breathtaking view before you, at the sweeping hills covered by a green carpet, lovingly sculpted, at the trees God planted, complementing the landscape, and the resplendent array of flowers gracing the grounds, it is hard to remember that this place was once referred to as "a sandy mount not fit for man or beast." 

The miracle, before you, came to be because of faith and the hard work behind that faith.  The early settlers to the New World, with hope and determination, laid the foundation of what you see, when you visit the awesome Cap-de-la-Madeleine. 

But let us begin at the beginning.  The French government sent missionaries and explorers to the New World.  In 1534, Jacques Cartier took possession of territory and called it New France in the name of the King of France.  However, the founding of a permanent colony was not to come about until 1608, when Samuel de Champlain opened a relay station in Québec. 

Now, Cap-de-la-Madeleine, at that time, was just a sandy strip of land.  But to the Jesuits who received it from a fellow Jesuit, the Pastor of Sainte Marie Madeleine in France, it was a little bit of heaven.  He only made one provision, the land would be used for evangelization.  No sooner done, on September 8, 1635, Cap-de-la-Madeleine was to receive its first missionary, Father Jacques Buteux, a Jesuit.  The tiny handful of settlers and the American Indians were to hear the Gospel of our Lord preached by Father, until a few years later, when he was martyred by the Iroquois Indians, on May 10, 1652.

But the Word of the Lord would not be silenced.  More Jesuit Priests came, and in 1651 they were given a residence in which they would found a mission.  Fourteen settlers came, and they were given land on which they could farm.  Eight years later, in 1659, the Jesuits granted the Boucher family, one of the Cape's first settlers, a small parcel of land, where they could build a Chapel.  The Bouchers did indeed build a Chapel and the settlers of the Cape had their first parish church in the Cap-de-la-Madeleine.  It was a small wooden building, measuring a mere 30 X 16 ft.  But that didn't matter.  It was theirs; they had a church.  Overjoyed, the small group of worshippers flocked to their new church, which they lovingly called, "The Church of Sainte-Marie Madeleine."  In 1662, it was moved to the spot it occupies till today, with parishioners still worshipping there.

Cap-de-la-Madeleine receives their first Pastor.

Cap-de-la-Madeleine was recognized as a parish in 1678, by Bishop de Laval, the Bishop of New France.  Twenty-five years of dedicated evangelizing came to an end for the Jesuits.  It was no longer a mission; it was now part of the diocese.  In 1680, they left their dream, their mission to the French Recollects.  They would continue God's work!  They could accept this was God's Will, but the people pondered, where was their Priest?  The parish was without a Pastor.  Determined to make a life in this new land, they were just as determined to have the gift of the Sacraments in their little church.  And so they prayed!  And on October 14th, 1685, Father Paul Vachon arrived.

Nine years later, in 1694, Our Lady and the Rosary would pave a path into the hearts of the faithful.  The young parish Pastor, who had only been ordained a mere five years, before settling in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, would prove to be a powerful moving force, obtaining permission to establish a Confraternity of the Holy Rosary.  He contacted Rome and on May 11, 1694, the first Confraternity of the Rosary of New France was officially recognized by Mother Church.  As you cannot hide a light under a bushel basket, this good news spread to all of French Quebec and soon Confraternities of the Holy Rosary were cropping up all over the French colony.

His next action, as Pastor, would be to set up a Chapel, in the little church, dedicated to the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary.  He placed a silver statue of His Queen, Our Lady, on the small Altar in the Chapel.  Now, the little church built by Monsieur Boucher was over fifty years old and seriously in need of repair.  If Father's dream for the parish was to grow, he would need a new, larger church to accommodate more parishioners.  But how to make this come about?  He invited the superior of his order to visit the parish.  Upon seeing the enormity of trying to repair the old church, his superior granted him permission to build! 

It was decided on May 13th, 1714, a new church would be erected, out of stone, to replace the wooden one.  Well, he received permission.  Now what?  There were only sixteen families in his tiny parish, and out of the sixteen, only eleven were supporting the church.  Father Vachon went to beyond the borders of the Cape to beg for money to build a new church.  Impressed by the sad condition of the old church, even the Bishop donated some of his own money toward the project.  Work began on the new stone church in 1717, with everyone pitching in their resources and labor, and was opened in 1720. 

Father Vachon dies and the parish is left without a Pastor.

He had seen his dream come to pass; his parishioners had grown to almost one thousand.  In 1729, Father Vachon went to his reward.  Once more the parish was without a Pastor, only this time for over one hundred years!  Oh, neighboring Priests took turns celebrating Mass and distributing the Sacraments but, without a Pastor, the heart of the church was missing and many families moved to Montreal.  It would not be until 1844 that the Cape would have a new Pastor - Father Léandre Tourigny.  He would re-establish the Confraternity of the Rosary in 1845. 

Nine years later, in 1854, the proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception was declared.  One of the parishioners donated a beautiful statue of the Blessed Virgin, to be placed on the Altar in the Chapel of the Confraternity of the Rosary, which would later be called, "Our Lady of the Cape."

Four successive Pastors would serve in the parish of the Cape from 1850 to 1860; and then Father Désilets came in 1864, as their Pastor.  But sadly, when Father Désilets came to the Cape, as was prevalent of the times, attendance at Holy Mass was at its lowest.  Had they been too long without a Pastor?  Only three men showed up for Mass!  Father Désilets was down-hearted!  On the eve of the Feast of the Ascension, Father walked over to the sacristy to hear confessions.  He waited hours; no one showed up.  There was nothing he could do, but walk over to the church and pray!  It was the eve of a Feast day; surely there would be parishioners there praying.  The door of the church ajar, he entered, only to find to his utter dismay, it appeared, there was no one there!  But then, he heard some noises.  He went deeper into the church; only to find a small pig, in front of Our Lady's Altar, chewing on a Rosary.  He wept!  He cried, "The rosary falls from men's hands to be picked up by the swine." 

But then, wiping his tears, he knelt in front of Our Lady's Altar and consecrated himself, once again, to his Lady, making a solemn promise that from that day on, he would promote the Rosary.  Backing up his promise, he worked zealously to bring this devotion to his parishioners.  He began by instructing them how to recite the Rosary, and then told them the story behind the Rosary - how it was the life of Jesus and Mary.  There was not a great reception, at first.  But the numbers grew, as more and more passed on what they learned.  It began slowly with women and children, and then, one by one, the men followed.  Word got out and people came from neighboring parishes.  It became such a success, the Confraternity of the Rosary was revived, and a few years after Father had begun his Rosary Crusade, three hundred people belonged to the Confraternity.  More and more families flocked to the church to pray the Rosary and before you knew it, the church was filled on Sunday, with parishioners participating in the Holy Mass.  Soon the church became too small to accommodate all the worshippers.  Our Lady had done it again!

Build a new church!

What could Father Désilets do?  In 1873, the villagers of Cap-de-la-Madeleine swelled to 1300!  Through the Mother of God, there was a new, deeper awareness of Church and its treasures.  Word spread past their borders to neighboring parishes.  In 1878, hearing of this success, the Bishop sent Father Désilets an associate, Father Louis Eugène Duquay.  Well, now all he had to do was build a larger church! 

As his parishioners were poor and the soil was sandy, the only solution was to demolish the old church and use its stones, and transport additional stones from the south shore of the St. Lawrence River in Sainte Angèle.  Parishioners prepared the stone for transportation the following winter.  In those days, boats did not travel in the winter on the St. Lawrence; but they would be able to cross the river, and transport the stones on horse-drawn sleighs, if it was solidly frozen.  It had always worked in the past.  This was man's plan!  But it seems God had something else in mind.  Things were not going to be that easy.  The winter of 1878-79 was very mild.  The weather was so unusually balmy, the river had not frozen over, nor was it showing any promise of doing so.

Father called all the parishioners into the church and asked them to plead with Our Lady to form a bridge of ice for the sleighs, carrying the stones, to cross over.  Every Sunday, after Mass, they prayed the Rosary, petitioning Our Lady to intercede, with the Lord.  Each day, Father Duquay prayed the Rosary at the Altar of the Confraternity of the Rosary.  Father Désilets promised Our Lady, if She would grant them this favor, they would dedicate the small church to Her.

Months slowly passed by, with no hope in sight.  Before they knew it, it was March; and with March - Spring!  Spring, and no ice in sight!  But suddenly a high wind began to break up ice blocking the mouth of the St. Maurice River to the south and the north shore of the St. Lawrence River.  The ice began to drift downstream to the Cap-de-la-Madeleine, covering the river several hundred feet from the church.

On March the 17th, Father Duquay asked parishioners to attend the High Mass he would be celebrating in honor of St. Joseph, on his Feast Day, March 19th.  They would petition him, as foster father, to intercede with his Son Jesus, to form a bridge of ice for the stones to cross over.  Then he invited some of the men to survey the situation.  At the river's edge, they saw the river covered by a thin layer of ice floating among drifts of snow.  They went from place to place, with no success, covering one thousand feet.  Then they spotted two guides heading upriver to the south shore.  Only Fathers Désilets and Duquay dared join the guides, the ice was so dangerously thin.

Having arrived at the south shore, one of the guides crawled forward, feeling his way along the icy water for a piece of ice that could carry his weight.  Some men joined him and together they formed 1600 feet of ice along the river, wide enough to allow two carts, carrying stones, to pass one another.  The men returned to the sacristy.  It was 11 p.m.  They considered the possibilities, slim as they were, and decided the best course was to pour water on the thin bridge of ice that had formed.  As it continued to freeze, they would pour more water on it, with the hope it would result in the ice becoming thicker and thicker.  Then when the ice bridge was thick enough for carts carrying stones to cross it, the transport of the stones would begin.

March 18th, day before St. Joseph's Feast Day, the men were walking on the thin ice bridge, throwing water on it.  Now, considering it was March and the very balmy weather they were facing, it was a miracle in itself that the men could walk on the thin ice.  They kept pouring water, until a layer of six inches formed on the ice.  Seeing that, they continued pouring water, with the holy stubbornness of the French Canadians that helped them survive, over the centuries.

March 19th, the first cart crossed over, carrying stones.  Other carts followed, until by Sunday 175 carts had crossed, carrying enough stones to build the new church.  Father Duquay ordered the work to cease.  It was Sunday!  The Lord had answered their prayers.  It was time for them to offer thanksgiving to the Lord for, indeed, He had performed a miracle on their behalf.  All were of one mind and one spirit in proclaiming this was indeed through the intercession of the Blessed Mother.  That day, the bridge was dedicated with the name it carries till this day - The Bridge of the Rosary.  Fifteen days later Father Désilets received a letter from his Bishop: "The Good Lord really made possible the transportation of the stone for your church.  It shows once again what faith can do, even provide a way to carry 300 meters of stone from one side of the St. Lawrence River to the other." (Each meter measures 39.37 inches.  Consequently he is talking about approximately 1000 feet of stone.)

The following summer the work began and the new Sainte Marie-Madeleine Church was consecrated by the Bishop October, 1880.  The parishioners had not taken stones from the old church; as they had promised Our Lady, they would dedicate the old church to Her.  Our Blessed Mother had a plan, but they would not know how far it would reach. 

 

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Origin of the True Cross

St. Anthony uses the History of the Greeks from the Apocryphal Gospel to recount the story of the origin of the Cross.  In his Opus for the Feast of The Discovery of the Cross St. Anthony tells the story of the tree from which the Cross came.  This sermon became so popular that two hundred years later, the story was still being passed on; and subsequently inspired the well-known artist Piero della Francesca in the year 1435 to paint the story in breathtaking scenes.

St. Anthony began his Opus with Joel (2:22):

"The tree that bears its fruit, the fig tree and the vine give their yield."  This tree is further mentioned in the book of Wisdom:

"When because of him (the unjust man) the earth was flooded, it was Wisdom again who saved it, directing the course of the just by contemptible wood  This contemptible wood is the Cross of Christ; contemptible because `accursed is anyone who is hanged on a tree,' where Christ, the Wisdom of God the Father, was scorned and derided: `So you would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days!  Then save yourself!  If you are God's Son, come down from the Cross !'" (Mt. 27:40)

On this contemptible tree, Christ saved the world.

The Origin of the Cross

The Origin of the Cross goes back to Adam.  When Adam became ill, he sent his son Seth to find some medicine to heal him.  Seth went to an area near the Garden of Eden.  There he approached an Angel guarding the gate to Paradise.  Seth told him his father was dying and pleaded with the Angel to help him.  The Angel broke off a limb from the tree from which Adam had eaten of the forbidden fruit, even after God the Father had forbidden him and Eve to do so.  The Angel handed the branch to Seth and with that he said, Your father will be healed when this branch bears fruit.  Saint Anthony writes that the preface of the Mass of  the Feast of the Discovery of the Cross, made a reference to this occurrence:

"The tree of man's defeat became his tree of victory.  Where life was lost, there life has been restored."

Seth rushed home, only to find that his father Adam had died and had already been buried.  He planted the branch on Adam's grave.  This branch later grew into a great  tree!  It appears the Queen of Sheba saw the tree in "the house made of wood," as the Palace of King Solomon was called.  She had a Vision, where the tree's origin and the circumstances involving the tree were revealed to her.  Not daring to tell the king what she had learned, she instead wrote to him when she arrived home that she had seen a person hanging from the tree; and it was He who would bring about the downfall of the entire nation.  Did he remember something from Scripture foretelling the One who was yet to come?  Did he see in the queen's Vision a fulfillment of an ominous prophecy?  All we know is that it is written, Solomon, fear overtaking him, buried the tree in the deepest bowels of the earth - the place that would later be called the sheep pool.  

You may recall that we read in John's Gospel that the sick would come to the sheep pool in search of healing:

"...there were crowds of sick people - blind, lame, paralyzed - waiting for the water to move; for at intervals the Angel of the Lord came down into the pool, and the water was disturbed, and the first person to enter the water after this disturbance was cured of any ailment he suffered from.

"When the time of the coming of Christ was approaching, the tree began to grow over the water, and it is then that `the Angel would come to stir the water.'  On Good Friday, when they looked for a tree on which  to crucify Our Lord, they found this tree.  They cut it down, and brought it to the place where Jesus stood ready to carry it to His crucifixion.  And so it was on Calvary that the Angel's word to Seth was fulfilled.  "Thus, the tree bore its fruit, saving Adam and restoring him to health." 

The Tree, now the Cross of Salvation, was once again buried deep in the bowels of the earth.  Were they hoping it would rot and go away?  But the tree and the message of the tree would not be stilled.  Three centuries later, Saint Helena - Constantine's mother would discover the tree.  This is why we have a Feast called The Discovery of the Cross.

Allow us to have Saint Anthony speak to your hearts:

"The Eyes of Our Beloved are now closed in death.

The Face, `upon Which the Angels desired to look'

has turned pallid and pale.

The Lips, Which once uttered words of eternal life,

have now turned blue.

The Head, Whose sight made Angels tremble,

now hangs lifeless.

The Hands, Whose touch cured leprosy,

brought back life, restored sight,

put demons to flight and multiplied bread,

are now, alas, transfixed by nails

and stained with Blood."

Constantine and Miracle of the Cross at the Milvian Bridge

While preparing for battle at the Milvian Bridge, Christ appeared to Constantine in a dream.  He told Constantine to paint an inverted X with what appears to be a P running through it on his army's shields.  At noon, the day of the battle, while praying to the pagan god of his father, Constantine saw a cross over the sun with the inscription, "In this sign conquer."  That evening Jesus appeared to Constantine and told  him to paint a cross on his soldier's shields.  Eusebius describes the sign as the Labarum. Constantine did as the Lord dictated and was victorious over his enemies.  He gave full credit to the Vision he had of the Cross at the Milvian Bridge. 

When Constantine arrived in Rome, he accepted the honors bestowed upon him by  the senate, but refused to participate in a pagan religious ceremony in the temple.  In addition, to everyone's amazement, he gave the order that all persecution of Christians was to cease.  He went further and gave a palace at the Lateran to Pope Militades to be used as a papal residence.  Then he erected a Christian church at the Lateran.  Imagine the reaction in the senate when he published a decree granting religious freedom to all Christians in his realm, and then when he ordered all property returned to the Christians in Africa. 

Constantine had a statue of himself erected in the Forum, with him holding a vexilium, decorated with the Chi-Rho.  Under the statue was an inscription which read: "Through this salutary sign (referring to the Chi-Rho)...I have freed your city from the yoke of the tyrant."  Silver coins were struck with his helmet inscribed with the Chi-Rho.  Slowly but surely, pagan signs were replaced by Christian ones, until in 321, when they (pagan signs) disappeared all together.  Although he did not enroll in the Catechumenate, believing himself divinely converted, he did read Holy Scripture.  Pope Sylvester baptized Constantine in the baths of the Lateran, curing him of leprosy. 

His mother Queen Helena, hearing of her son's fascination with the God of the Christians, came to Rome to dissuade him.  Instead she converted!  Constantine became a Defender of the Faith, fighting the heresies of his time that had cropped up, that of Arianism.  He opened the Council of Nicea, and on and on. 

And how did this switch come about, him exchanging the comfortable life he had with fellow pagans to face controversy inside and outside the newly legitimized Church?  In a letter to the Orient, Constantine wrote of his divine experience, giving full credit to God's Grace that he had converted. 

Now Constantine had this deep desire to venerate the holy places, where Jesus had walked: He wanted to follow the Savior's steps: in Nazareth, where the Incarnation had taken place, in Bethlehem where Jesus was born, on Mount Tabor where He was transfigured, Calvary where He died on the Cross and on and on.  He began by building an extraordinary church in Jerusalem, because he believed that it was the place most honored by Jesus' Presence and Passion.  Some say Constantine sent his mother to the Holy Land to find the One True Cross upon which Jesus died.

 

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FOOTNOTES:

[1]in medieval Germany, the title of certain German Princes.

[2]Thuringia was a large part of central Germany.  It was a strategic location for anyone who wanted to get or maintain a strong position in the area.

[3]Butler's Lives of the Saints

[4]Butler's Lives of the Saints

[5]Catholic-forum.com

[6]Saints and Other Powerful Women in the Church - Bob & Penny Lord

[7]James Montanus of Spire, an early biographer of St. Elizabeth

[8]Harmony Media copyright 1997

[9]Whit Sunday is Pentecost Sunday.  The origin is unclear.  There are those who believe it comes from Old English, whit, meaning Spirit, or from the word white because those are the vestments for that day.

 

 

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Any Many Faces of Mary DVD
Retail Value $51.85 - Christmas Special Price $39.95

 

Divino Nino Statue
Miracles of the Child Jesus - Divino Nino DVD
Retail Value $59.95 - Christmas Special Price $44.95

 

Santo Nino de Atocha Statue 8 inch
Miracles of the Child Jesus - Santo Nino de Atocha DVD
Retail Value $69.95 - Christmas Special Price $54.94

 

Infant of Prague Statue  - 9 inch
Infant of Prague DVD
Retail Value $64.95 - Christmas Special Price $49.95

 

Miracles of the Eucharist Book 1
Miracles of the Eucharist Book II
This Is My Body, This Is My Blood DVD
Retail Value $50.85 - Christmas Special Price $39.00

 

Youth Package
Holy Innocence Book
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St. Philomena - St. Maria Goretti - St. Dominic Savio - St. Gabriel
Retail Value $33.90 - Christmas Special Price $26.00

 

 

Choose any one of our books plus any one DVD
Retail Value $36.90 - Christmas Special Price $28.95

 

Miracles
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Miracles of the Child Jesus
Santo Nino de Atocha minibook
 

Miracles of the Cross

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Family, Pope Benedict XVI has pleaded with us to do whatever we can to insure that the Christian Culture not disappear.
He is asking us to spread the Christian Culture in our case, the Catholic Culture far and wide.
This being the season of giving, is a perfect opportunity to follow the mandate the Pope is giving us.
As a part of this, he has asked us, the Mystical Body of Christ,  these last two years, to get to know the Saints.  The Catholic Saints are our ancestors, our brothers and sisters who have gone before us, and have passed the test of time.
The Catholic Saints are Role Models.  We have received many requests from non-Catholic Christians for books and videos on the Saints because they are much-needed Role Models for their children.  Their comments were Thank God for real role models.  Our children have no role models, other than what comes out of MTV and Hollywood.
We have been able to do what we do because of your support.  The way for us to continue bringing you Role Models, the Saints, is by giving our books and videos for Christmas.  In order for us to continue to add to the long roster of Saints and Apparitions of Our Lady, and Miracles of the Eucharist, we need you to evangelize with us by giving our books and DVDs to your friends and family for Christmas.
We have tried to give you some specials in the form of discounts and free books for this season.
Please take advantage of this opportunity.  Listen to our Pope and spread the Christian Culture. 
Together, we can change the world.  We love you
Bob and Penny


 

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