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ST. LAWRENCE

Life

St Lawrence is thought to have been born in Huesca, a town in the Aragon region that was once part of the Roman province of Hispania Tarraconensis. Here he encountered the future Pope Sixtus II, who was of Greek origin, one of the most famous and highly esteemed teachers in Caesaraugusta (today Zaragoza), which was one of the empire's most renowned centers of learning. Eventually, both left Spain for Rome. When Sixtus became the Pope in 257, he ordained St Lawrence as a deacon, and though still young appointed him first among the seven deacons who served in the patriarchal church. He is therefore called "archdeacon of Rome", a position of great trust that included the care of the treasury and riches of the church and the distribution of alms among the poor.

After the death of Sixtus, the prefect of Rome demanded that St. Lawrence turn over the riches of the Church. Saint Ambrose is the earliest source for the tale that St Lawrence asked for three days to gather together the wealth. He worked swiftly to distribute as much Church property to the poor as possible, so as to prevent its being seized by the prefect. On the third day, at the head of a small delegation, he presented himself to the prefect, and when ordered to give up the treasures of the Church he presented the poor, the crippled, the blind and the suffering, and said these were the true treasures of the Church. One account records him declaring to the prefect, "The Church is truly rich, far richer than your emperor." This act of defiance led directly to his martyrdom and can be compared to the parallel Roman tale of the jewels of Cornelia.

Holy Chalice

According to lore, St Lawrence was able to spirit away the chalice used during Christ's Last Supper to Huesca, in present-day Spain, with a letter and a supposed inventory, where it lay hidden and unregarded for centuries. When St. Augustine connects St Lawrence with a chalice, it is the chalice of the Mass.

For in that Church, you see, as you have regularly been told, he performed the office of deacon; it was there that he administered the sacred chalice of Christ’s blood. 

According to Catholic tradition the Holy Grail is a relic sent by St Lawrence to his parents in northern Aragon. He entrusted this sacred chalice to a friend who he knew would travel back to Huesca. While the chalice's exact journey through the centuries is disputed, it is accepted by many Catholics that it was sent by his family to this monastery for preservation and veneration. Historical records indicate the chalice has been venerated and preserved by a number of monks and monasteries through the ages. Today the Holy Grail is venerated in a special chapel in the Catholic Cathedral of Valencia, Spain.

Martyrdom

A well-known legend has persisted from earliest times. As deacon in Rome, St Lawrence was charged with the responsibility for the material goods of the Church and the distribution of alms to the poor. St Ambrose of Milan relates that when St Lawrence was asked for the treasures of the Church he brought forward the poor, among whom he had divided the treasure as alms. "Behold in these poor persons the treasures which I promised to show you; to which I will add pearls and precious stones, those widows and consecrated virgins, which are the church’s crown." The prefect was so angry that he had a great gridiron prepared, with coals beneath it, and had Lawrence’s body placed on it (hence St Lawrence's association with the gridiron). After the martyr had suffered the pain for a long time, the legend concludes, he made his famous cheerful remark, "I'm well done. Turn me over!" From this derives his patronage of cooks and chefs, and also of comedians.

Miracles

The life and miracles of St Lawrence were collected in The Acts of St Lawrence, but this is now lost. The earliest existing documentation of miracles associated with him is in the writings of St Gregory of Tours (538–594), who mentions the following:

A priest named Fr. Sanctulus was rebuilding a church of St. Lawrence, which had been attacked and burnt, and hired many workmen to accomplish the job. At one point during the construction, he found himself with nothing to feed them. He prayed to St. Lawrence for help, and looking in his basket he found a fresh, white loaf of bread. It seemed to him too small to feed the workmen, but in faith he began to serve it to the men. While he broke the bread, it so multiplied that that his workmen fed from it for ten days.

Veneration

Due to his conspiring to hide and protect the written documents of the Church, St Lawrence is known as the patron saint of archivists and librarians.

St Lawrence is one of the most widely venerated saints of the Roman Catholic Church. Legendary details of his death were known to Damasus, Prudentius, Ambrose and Augustine. The church built over his tomb, San Lorenzo fuori le Mura, became one of the seven principal churches in Rome and a favorite place for Roman pilgrimages. Devotion to him was widespread by the fourth century.

St Lawrence is especially honored in the city of Rome, where he is one of the city's patrons. There are several churches in Rome dedicated to him, including San Lorenzo in Panisperna, traditionally identified as the place of his execution; the area near the San Lorenzo basilica is called Quartiere San Lorenzo. He is invoked by librarians, archivists, cooks, and tanners as their patron. His celebration on 10 August has the rank of feast throughout the Catholic world. On this day, the reliquary containing his burnt head is displayed in the Vatican for veneration.

PERPETUAL VIRGINITY

MARIAN CORNER

The expression perpetual virginity, ever-virgin, or simply "Mary the Virgin" refers primarily to the conception and birth of Jesus. From the first formulations of faith, especially in baptismal formulas or professions of faith, the Church professed that Jesus Christ was conceived without human seed by the power of the Holy Spirit only. Here lies the decisive meaning of expressions such as “conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary,” “Mary's virginal conception,” or “virgin birth.” The early baptismal formula (since the 3rd century) state Mary's virginity without further explaining it, but there is no doubt about its physical meaning. Later statements are more explicit. Mary conceived “without any detriment to her virginity, which remained inviolate even after his birth” (Council of the Lateran, 649).

Although never explicated in detail, the Catholic Church holds as dogma that Mary was and is Virgin before, in and after Christ's birth. It stresses thus the radical novelty of the Incarnation and Mary's no less radical and exclusive dedication to her mission as mother of her Son, Jesus Christ. Vatican II reiterated the teaching about Mary, the Ever-Virgin, by stating that Christ's birth did not diminish Mary's virginal integrity but sanctified it. The Catechism of the Catholic Church ponders the deeper meaning of the virgin bride and perpetual virginity (499-507). It also maintains that Jesus Christ was Mary's only child. The so-called “brothers and sisters” are close relatives only.

OUR LADY OF DIVINE SHEPHERED

MARIAN CORNER

ഫ്രാന്‍സിലെ ആമിന്ന്സ് രൂപതയില്‍പ്പെട്ട ആല്‍ബേര്‍ട്‌ എന്ന ചെറു പട്ടണത്തിലാണു "Our lady of divine shepherd"  സ്ഥിതി ചെയ്യുന്നതു.

പന്ത്രണ്ടാം നൂറ്റാണ്ടില്‍ Brebieres എന്ന സ്ഥലത്ത് ആട്‌ മെയിക്കാന്‍ പോയ ഒരു ആട്ടിടയാനണ്‌ മാതാവിന്റെ തിരുസ്‌വരുപം ലഭിച്ചത്‌. അസ്വഭാവികമായ രീതിയില്‍ ആടുകള്‍ ഒരു സ്ഥലത്ത് ഒരുമിച്ചുകൂടുകയും അവിടെയുള്ള പുല്ലു വേരോടെ പിഴുത്തെടുക്കുന്നതും ആട്ടിടയന്റെ കണ്ടു. ഇതു കണ്ട ആട്ടിടയന് ആ സ്ഥലം കുഴിക്കുകയും അവിടെ നിന്ന് ഒറ്റ കല്ലില്‍ തീര്‍ത്ത മാതാവിന്റെ ഒരു രൂപം ലഭകുകയും ചെയ്തു.

   തിരുക്കുമരനേയും എടുത്തുകൊണ്ടുള്ള മാതാവിന്റെ ഈ തിരുസ്‌വറുപത്തിഞ്ഞ് 4 അടി നീളം ഉണ്ടായിരുന്നു. മാതാവിന്റെ കാല്‍പ്പാതതതിന്റെ ആരികെ നില്‍ക്കുന്ന ഒരു കുഞ്ഞാടിനെയും ഈ രൂപത്തില്‍ കാണാം.

    മാതാവിന്റെ ആ തിരുസ്‌വരുപം ലഭിച്ച സ്ഥലത്ത് ഒരു ചാപ്പല്‍ പണിയുകയും പിന്നീടു ഒരു തീര്‍ഥതാടന കേന്ത്രം ആവുകയും ചെയ്തു. Divine shepherd മാതാവിന്റെ തിരുന്നാള്‍ പല സ്ഥലങ്ങളിലായി പല ധിവസങ്ങളില്‍ കൊണ്ടാടി വരുന്നു.

Our Lady of the Divine Shepherd is located in the small town of Albert in the diocese of Amiens, France.  A shepherd got the holy statue of Mother Mary form a place called Brebieres while he was grazing his sheep. Shepherded found that all the sheep were crowded in one place trying to pullout the grasses.

The shepherd felt it odd and started to dig in the spot by himself. In a short time he uncovered a statue of the Blessed Virgin sculpted from a single piece of solid stone. The statue was nearly four feet tall, and represented the Blessed Mother holding the Divine Child in her arm.

 Later on a chapel was built at the place where the shepherd got statue and it turned to be a pilgrim center.

DIVINE MOTHERHOOD

MARIAN CORNER

Mary's divine motherhood   was proclaimed at the Council of Ephesus in 431.

Various names are used to describe Mary's role as mother of Jesus. She is called "Mother of God" which translates the more accurately stated Greek term “Theotokos” or “Birth giver of God.”

The Council of Ephesus (431) attributed to Mary the title, Mother of God. This needs to be read against the Council's declaration that in Christ there are two natures, one divine and one human, but only one person. Indeed, according to the Council the holy virgin is the Mother of God since she begot according to the flesh the Word of God made flesh. This decision was further explained by the Council of Chalcedon (451) which says with regard to Mary's divine motherhood:

“...begotten from the Father before the ages as regards his godhead, and in the last days, the same, because of us and because of our salvation begotten from the Virgin Mary, the Theotokos, as regards his manhood; one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, only-begotten...”

Mary's Divine Motherhood was not the object of an independent or exclusive dogmatic declaration. The statement is embedded in texts defining the person and natures of Jesus Christ. Thus, the dogma of Divine Motherhood becomes an integral part of the Christological dogma. This does not diminish its definitive and binding character. The dogma of Divine Motherhood is generally accepted by all Christian denominations.

2015 October

1 thursday

Akamalavaram St.Antony's Church

Alanallur St.joseph Church

2 friday

Anakkallu  St.Joseph Church

Arappara  St.Sebastian Church

Arogyapuram St.Mary'sChurch

3 satuday

Alangad St.Mary's Church

Baleswaram Infant Jesus Church

Cheenikapara St.Thomas Church

Cherupalassery St.Mary's Church

Chittady St.Mary's Church

Elavampadam St.Thomas Church

Kulakattukurssi St.James Church

4 sunday

Akathethara  St.Thoms Aquinas Church

Chittady  St. Joseph Church

5 monday

Chulliyamkulam  Holy Family Church

Chittilamchery Japamala rani Curch

Dhoni St.James The Grate Church

Edathanattukara St.Villiams Church

6 tuesday

Dhonigund St.Therasas Church

Irumpakachola St.Sebastisn's Church

Jelippara St.Peter's Church

7 wednesday

Kadappara St.Mary's Church

Kairady  Bl.Mother Theresa Church

Kaithachira Christhu Jyothi Church

Kallada St.Paul's Church

8 thursday

kalladikode St.Marymatha Church

sKalleppully St.Mary's Church

Kandamangalam christhuraja Church

Ganeshgiri St.Joseph Church

9 friday

Kanjirapuzha St.Thomas Church

Kanjirapuzha Dam St.Joseph Church

Kannambra St.Joseph Church

Karakursy St.Mary's Church

10 saturday

Chandranagar Divine Providance Church

Karara St.Joseph Church

Karimba Littile Flower Church

Karinkayam St.Mary's Church

Kadambazhipuram St.Joseph Church

Kadampur St.Francis Assissi Church

Kongad loured matha church

11 sunday

Kodunthirippulli Vimala Hridaya Church

Koduvayur St.Thomas Church

Koonathara St.Ignatias Church

Panamkutty  Christ the king church

12 monday

Kollankode St.Joseph Church

Kottappuram St.John The Baptist Church

Kottai St.Antony's Church

Kozhinjampara St.Antony's Church

13 tuesday

Kuruvampadi St.Sebastian Church

Puliyara St.George Church

Unnimala Infant Jesus Church

Malampuzha St.Jude Church

Kallekkad church

14 wednesday

Mangalamdam St.Xavier's Church

 Malampuzha South St.Thomas Church

Mankursi  St.Peter's Church

Mannarkad Holy Spirit Church

15 thursday

Melarkode St.Antony's Church

Malampuzha Mariyanagar St.Mary's Church

Muchamkund St.Joseph Church

Mundur St.Alphonsa Church

Pombra St.Antony's Church

16 friday

Mailamully St.Mary's Church

Neethipuram St.Joseph Church

Nenmara Christ The King Church

Nirav Holy Family Church

  Palakayam St.Mary's Church

17 Saturday

Nelliyampathi Our Lady of Mound Carmel Church

Malayakam St.Mary's Church

Njarakkad St.Sebastian Church

Odamthodu St.Jude's Church

Olavakode St.Joseph Church

Olippara St.Pius church

Ottappalam St.Joseph Church

18 sunday

Padur Holy Cross Church

Palakkad town Nithyasahaya Matha Church

Vachanagiri st.george church

19 Monday

Thachampara st. mary’s church

Palakuzhi St.Thomas Church

Panamkutti Christ The King Church

Palapuram St.Mary's Church

20 tuesday

Anamooly St.Teresa of Avila Church

Panthalampadam Nithyasahaya Matha Church

Paruthikkad St.Antony's Church

Pattambi St.Pauls Church

Pazhambalakode Santhinatha Church

Ponnamkode St.Antony's Church

21 wednesday

Ponkandam St.Joseph Church

Poonchola Little Flower Church

Pothundi Good Shepherd Church

Pulapatta Holy Cross Church

22 thursday

Palliyara St.Mary's Church

Pullissery St.Mary's Church

Puttanikkad Deva Matha Church

Rajagiri Sacred Heart Church

Shornur St.Agnas Church

23 friday

Santhithadam Santhi Natha Church

Seetharkund St.Mary's Church

Sholayur St.Antony's Church

Sreekrishnapuram St.Joseph Church

24 Saturday

Agali fathima matha church

Thachanadi Christ The King Church

Thathamangalam St.Mary's Church

Thiruvizhamkunnu Sacred Heart Church

Thrithwamala Holy Trinity Church

25 sunday

Mezhukumpara St.Joseph Church

Valkulambu St.Antony's Church

Valuparambu Divyakarunnya Church

26 monday

Thavalam Holy Trinity ChurchVachanagiri St.George Church

Valuparamp Divyakarunya Church

27 tuesday

Vattappara St.Benedict Church

Vayalur Infant Jesus Church

Vadakanchery Lourde  Matha Church

Valayar St.Antony's Church

28 wednesday

Vazhikadav Infant Jesus Church

Vimalagiri St.Mary's Church

Yakkara Holy Trinity Church

29 thursday

Chittur Holy Family Church

Kanjikode Good Shepherd Church

Karappadam St.Joseph Church

30 Friday

Alathur Little Flower Church

Chittur (attappadi)St.Thomas Church

Josgiri St.joseph Church

Keralassery Immaculate Heart Of Mary Church

St.Raphel's Cathedral Church

Abbo of Fleury

Abbo of Fleury (Abbo Floriacensis, c. 945 – 13 November 1004), also known as Saint Abbon was a monk, and later abbot, of Fleury Abbey in present day France.

Abbo was born near Orleans and brought up in the Benedictine abbey of Fleury. He was educated at Paris and Reims, devoting himself to philosophy, mathematics, and astronomy. He spent two years (985-987) in England, mostly in the newly founded monastery of Ramsey, assisting Archbishop Oswald of York in restoring the monastic system. He was also abbot and director of the school of this newly founded monastery from 986 to 987.

Abbo returned to Fleury in 988, where he was selected abbot of Fleury after the death of the Abbot Oilbold. But another monk, who had secured the support of the King and the Bishop of Orleans, contested the choice, and the matter assumed national importance. It was finally settled in favour of Abbo by Gerbert of Aurillac (later Pope Sylvester II). The new abbot was active in contemporary politics. He was present at the Synod of St. Basle, near Reims, at which Arnulf, Archbishop of Reims was tried for treason and deposed, to make way for Gerbert.

In 996 King Robert II sent him to Rome to ward off a threatened papal interdict over Robert's marriage to Bertha. On the way to Rome he met Pope Gregory V, who was a fugitive from the city from which the Antipope John XVI had expelled him. Between the Pontiff and the Abbot the greatest esteem and affection existed. The royal petition for a dispensation was rejected. Abbo succeeded in bringing about the restoration of Arnulf to the see of Reims. He was influential in calming the excitement and fear about the end of the world which was widespread in Europe in 1000.

In 1004 he attempted to restore discipline in the monastery of La Reole, in Gascony, by transferring some of the monks of Fleury into that community. But the trouble increased; fighting began between the two parties and when St. Abbo endeavored to separate them he was pierced in the side by a lance. He concealed the wound and reached his cell, where he died in the arms of his faithful disciple Aimoin, who has left an account of his labours and virtues. The miracles wrought at his tomb soon caused him to be regarded in the Church of Gaul as a saint and martyr, although he does not seem to have been officially canonized by Rome. His feast is kept on 13 November.

Works

When in England Abbo learned of the martyrdom of Saint Edmund, and wrote a passion in Latin on it. He also wrote a Latin grammar for his English students and three poems to St Dunstan. Among his other works are a simplification of the computus, the computation of the date of Easter, a Collectio Canonum, with clarifications about topics of Canon Law, and other treatises on controversial topics and letters. Around 980 to 985, he wrote a commentary on the “Calculus”of Victorius of Aquitaine, before the introduction of Arabic numerals, when calculations were often quite complex. The wide range of Abbo's thought is reflected in the commentary, covering the nature of wisdom, the philosophy of number, the relationship of unity and plurality, and the arithmetic of the Calculus. Abbo drew on his knowledge of grammar, logic and cosmology to illustrate his arguments, and set it all in the broader context of his theology of Creation. Most of Abbo's works can be found in the Patrologia Latina. 

Eucharistic Miracle-Bolsena-Orvieto, Italy

This miracle occured in 1236, a time when a heresy in the Church called Berengarianism was rampant in Europe and which denied the True Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist.

A priest was on pilgrimage to Rome to ask for strength in his vocation and to remove his doubts about tthe presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. On his way he stopped at Bolsena, a small town north of Rome.

During Mass in Bolsena at the consecration as the priest said “This is My Body,” the Host began to bleed profusely. The priest took the Corporal and wrapped up the bleeding Host, although blood fell on the marble floor in front of the altar. He immediately took it to Pope Urban IV who was in nearby Orvieto at the time. The Holy Father declared that a Eucharistic Miracle had occured which dispelled the heresy of Berengarianism.

The Holy Father also created a new feast, the Feast of Corpus Christi, to commemorate the Miracle of Bolsena. St. Thomas Aquinas wrote two hymns, O Salutaris and Tantum Ergo, which are still sung today.

The bloodstained marble tiles are kept in Bolsena and the bloodstained Corporal in Orvieto.

The Power of Rosary

Fr Gabriele Amorth is very well known throughout the church and is the chief Exorcist of the Vatican.  He writes regularly for Zenit. The power of the Holy Rosary. Beautiful Reasons for Praying the Rosary Even More Often.Father Gabriel Amorth writes: One day a colleague of mine heard the devil say during an exorcism:"Every Hail Mary is like a blow on my head. If Christians knew how powerful the Rosary was, it would be my end." The secret that makes this prayer so effective is that the Rosary is both prayer and meditation. It is addressed to the Father, to the Blessed Virgin, and to the Holy Trinity, and is a meditation centered on Christ. I write in addition to the above: Please enunciate each word of the Rosary clearly and distinctly. Do not trample on the heels of the words of anyone with your words. Do not speak over the leader if you are following or the respondent if you are leading the Rosary. Remember that they also are having a conversation with Mary Our Mother and it is not polite to speak when someone else is speaking. In the case of the public Rosary there are only two people speaking: the Leader and the respondents. Each is speaking to the Blessed Mother and listening carefully to her response within their hearts as they meditate on the scene before them in their consideration of the mystery being spoken of and interpreted and translated into their lives. Spread this powerful prayer of exorcism, the Rosary, which contains the Our Father, the Perfect Prayer, prayed five times in the recitation of each set of the Rosary's Mysteries, backed up by the powerful prayers of Our Mother who prays with us as we pray 53 Hail Mary's. 

The Eternal Father described to a group of us, through a Visionary Friend of mine, what happens when we pray the Rosary, saying, "When you pray Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now....., the Blessed Mother comes instantly to your side to pray with you. And she does not come alone. She brings angels with her. And not just one or two for she is the Queen of Angels, so choirs of angels come with her. And she and Jesus are joined at the heart and cannot be separated so she brings Jesus with her. And Jesus cannot be separated from the Trinity so He brings the Father and the Holy Spirit with Him. And where the Holy Trinity is, all of creation is, and you are surrounded by such beauty and light as you cannot imagine in this life. 

Your Mother comes as Our Lady of Grace with her hands outstretched. Rays of light emit from her hands piercing your body, healing you and filling you with graces. This is your inheritance which was poured out from the heart of Jesus on the Cross, when the centurion pierced His Heart with the spear, into the only pure vessel ready to receive such graces at that time, Your Mother. Now as you pray the Rosary, or even just recite one Hail Mary, you receive your portion of these graces. He also said at this time, "Anyone who goes to Mary and prays the Rosary cannot be touched by Satan.” Is it any wonder that anyone who prays the Rosary from the heart is so blessed and protected and powerful in their prayers for others? 

Holy rosary should be with you forever. A good Christian should wear spiritual weapons. (St. John Maria Viyani)

Dear youth I invite you to make rosary as your daily prayer. (Pope Benedict XVI)

Rosary is the bible hanged in a thread. All the mysteries of the holy rosary are biblical events. (St. Chavara)

Those who pray rosary every day will not go astray. I am happy to write and undersign this fact by my blood. (St. Mont Fort)

If I get time to say rosary before confronting a sinner, I have never seen the sinner left unconverted. (St. Clement Hoff Bovver)

ജപമാല സദാ നിങ്ങളുടെ കയ്യില ഉണ്ടായിരിക്കട്ടെ . ഒരു നല്ല ക്രിസ്ത്യാനി ഇപ്പോഴും ആയുധധാരി  ആയിരിക്കും. (വി. ജോണ്‍ മരിയ വിയാനി )

പ്രിയ യുവജനങ്ങളെ ജപമാല നിങ്ങളുടെ അനുദിന പ്രാർത്തനയാക്കാൻ ഞാൻ നിങ്ങളെ ക്ഷണിക്കുന്നു .(ബെനെഡിക്റ്റ് പാപ്പ )

ജപമാല ഒരു ചരടിൽ തുക്കിയ ബൈബിൾ . ജപമാല രഹസ്യങ്ങൾ എല്ലാം ബൈബിൾ വിഷയങ്ങളാണ് .(വി. ചാവറയച്ചൻ)

ദിനംപ്രതി ജപമാല ചൊല്ലുന്നവർ വഴിതെറ്റി പോവുകയില്ല. ഇത് എന്റെ രക്തംകൊണ്ടു എഴുതി ഒപ്പിടാൻ എനിക്ക് സന്തോഷമേയുള്ളൂ. (വി. മോണ്ട്ട് ഫോർട്ട്‌ )

ഒരു പാപിയെ അഭിമുഖികരിക്കുന്നതിനു മുൻപ് ജപമാല ചൊല്ലാൻ എനിക്ക് സമയം ലഭിക്കുകയാണെങ്കിൽ ആ പാപി മാനസന്തരപ്പെടാതിരുന്നതായി ഞാൻ കണ്ടിട്ടില്ല. (വി. ക്ലെമെന്റ് ഹോഫ് ബോവർ ) ജപമാല സദാ നിങ്ങളുടെ കയ്യില ഉണ്ടായിരിക്കട്ടെ . ഒരു നല്ല ക്രിസ്ത്യാനി ഇപ്പോഴും ആയുധധാരി  ആയിരിക്കും. (വി. ജോണ്‍ മരിയ വിയാനി )

പ്രിയ യുവജനങ്ങളെ ജപമാല നിങ്ങളുടെ അനുദിന പ്രാർത്തനയാക്കാൻ ഞാൻ നിങ്ങളെ ക്ഷണിക്കുന്നു .(ബെനെഡിക്റ്റ് പാപ്പ )

ജപമാല ഒരു ചരടിൽ തുക്കിയ ബൈബിൾ . ജപമാല രഹസ്യങ്ങൾ എല്ലാം ബൈബിൾ വിഷയങ്ങളാണ് .(വി. ചാവറയച്ചൻ)

ദിനംപ്രതി ജപമാല ചൊല്ലുന്നവർ വഴിതെറ്റി പോവുകയില്ല. ഇത് എന്റെ രക്തംകൊണ്ടു എഴുതി ഒപ്പിടാൻ എനിക്ക് സന്തോഷമേയുള്ളൂ. (വി. മോണ്ട്ട് ഫോർട്ട്‌ )

ഒരു പാപിയെ അഭിമുഖികരിക്കുന്നതിനു മുൻപ് ജപമാല ചൊല്ലാൻ എനിക്ക് സമയം ലഭിക്കുകയാണെങ്കിൽ ആ പാപി മാനസന്തരപ്പെടാതിരുന്നതായി ഞാൻ കണ്ടിട്ടില്ല. (വി. ക്ലെമെന്റ് ഹോഫ് ബോവർ ) ജപമാല സദാ നിങ്ങളുടെ കയ്യില ഉണ്ടായിരിക്കട്ടെ . ഒരു നല്ല ക്രിസ്ത്യാനി ഇപ്പോഴും ആയുധധാരി  ആയിരിക്കും. (വി. ജോണ്‍ മരിയ വിയാനി )

പ്രിയ യുവജനങ്ങളെ ജപമാല നിങ്ങളുടെ അനുദിന പ്രാർത്തനയാക്കാൻ ഞാൻ നിങ്ങളെ ക്ഷണിക്കുന്നു .(ബെനെഡിക്റ്റ് പാപ്പ )

ജപമാല ഒരു ചരടിൽ തുക്കിയ ബൈബിൾ . ജപമാല രഹസ്യങ്ങൾ എല്ലാം ബൈബിൾ വിഷയങ്ങളാണ് .(വി. ചാവറയച്ചൻ)

ദിനംപ്രതി ജപമാല ചൊല്ലുന്നവർ വഴിതെറ്റി പോവുകയില്ല. ഇത് എന്റെ രക്തംകൊണ്ടു എഴുതി ഒപ്പിടാൻ എനിക്ക് സന്തോഷമേയുള്ളൂ. (വി. മോണ്ട്ട് ഫോർട്ട്‌ )

ഒരു പാപിയെ അഭിമുഖികരിക്കുന്നതിനു മുൻപ് ജപമാല ചൊല്ലാൻ എനിക്ക് സമയം ലഭിക്കുകയാണെങ്കിൽ ആ പാപി മാനസന്തരപ്പെടാതിരുന്നതായി ഞാൻ കണ്ടിട്ടില്ല. (വി. ക്ലെമെന്റ് ഹോഫ് ബോവർ )

Our Lady of Good Remedy

MARIAN CORNER

800 years ago Christians were being captured and sold into slavery by the thousands, and nobody knew what to do about it. Then, in the year 1198, a man had an idea. St. John of Matha founded the Trinitarians to go to the slave markets, buy the Christian slaves and set them free. To carry out this plan, the Trinitarians needed large amounts of money. So, they placed their fund-raising efforts under the patronage of Mary. They were so successful at that, over the centuries, the Trinitarians were able to free thousands and thousands of people and to return them safely home. In gratitude for her miraculous assistance, St. John of Matha honored Mary with the title of "Our Lady of Good Remedy." Devotion to Mary under this ancient title is widely known in Europe and Latin America, and the Church celebrates her feast day on October 8. Our Lady of Good Remedy is often depicted as the Virgin Mary handing a bag of money to St. John of Matha. When in need - for whatever reason, but especially where you have had difficulty obtaining help - invoke the aid of Our Lady of Good Remedy, and you will surely experience the power of her intercession.

800 വര്ഷങ്ങക്ക് മുൻപ് ക്രിസ്ത്യാനികളെ പിടിച്ചു കൊണ്ടുപോവുകയും അടിമകളായി വിലക്കുകയും ചെയുന്നത് ക്രമാതിതമായ രീതിയിൽ വര്ധിച്ചിരുന്നു . ഇതിനെ ചെറുത്തു നില്ക്കാൻ എന്ത് ചെയ്യണമെന്നറിയാതെ സഭ മുഴുവൻ പകച്ചു നില്ക്കുമ്പോഴാണ് St. John of Matha പുതിയ ഒരു ആശയവുമായി വന്നത്. ഈ ആശയമനുസരിച്ച്‌ ത്രിത്വത്തിന്റെ നാമത്തിലുള്ള ഒരു സങ്കടനക്ക് രൂപംകൊടുക്കുകയും അവർ അടിമകളായ ക്രിസ്ത്യാനികളെ വാങി മോചിപ്പികുകയും ചെയ്തിരുന്നു . പണത്തിന്റെ ആവശ്യം ഏറി വന്നപ്പോൾ അവർ മാറിയതിന്റെ ആശിര്വാദത്തിന്റെ കീഴിൽ  ധനസമാഹരണ ശ്രമങ്ങൾ നടത്തി . ഇവരുടെ ഈ ശ്രമം വിജയം കാണുകയും ആയിര കണക്കിന് ക്രിസ്ത്യനിക്കൾ രക്ഷപ്പെടുകയും ചെയ്തു.

മാതാവിന്റെ ഈ സഹായത്തിനു നന്ദി സൂചകമായി  St. John of Matha ,  "Our Lady of Good Remedy." എന്ന് അഭിസംബോദന ചെയ്തു .ഈ പുരാതന തലക്കെട്ടിൽ മേരി ഭക്തിയുടെ വ്യാപകമായി യൂറോപ്പ്, ലാറ്റിൻ അമേരിക്ക എന്നിവിടങ്ങളിൽ പ്രശസ്തി  ആർജിക്കുകയും October 8 മാതാവിന്റെ തിരുന്നലായി ആഘോഷികുകയും   ചെയ്യുന്നു .  

OUR LADY OF LOURD

MARIAN CORNER

In 1983 Bernadette along with her sister Claret and friend Jiyanna went to forest to collect the woods. Being suffered from asthma Bernadette refused to cross a river. Meanwhile the other two crossed the river and went into deep forest. While Bernadette was alone she became conscious of a ravishing beautiful Lady, standing in the hollow of the rock, looking at her. Bernadette fell involuntarily upon her knees, gazing enraptured at the lovely Lady, who smiled lovingly at Bernadette and then disappeared.

The mysterious Lady from heaven appeared in all, eighteen times to the little girl and among other things told her to drink the water from a mysterious fountain which was not yet observed. Bernadette scratched in the sand at a spot indicated, and water began to trickle through the earth; after a few days there gushed forth every day 27,000 gallons of pure, clear spring water, and this water flows still.

Bernadette was asked by Our Lady of Lourdes, who always showed her a sweet heavenly courtesy, to request the priest to have a church built on the spot, that processions should be made to the grotto, that people should drink of the water. The main emphasis of her message was that the faithful should visit the grotto in order to do penance for their sins and for those of the whole world.

Four years after, the Bishop declared upon an exhaustive and scrupulous investigation, to the faithful, that they are “justified in believing the reality of the apparitions.”

In 1873, a basilica was built on top of the rock and in 1883 another church was built below and in front of the rock. Bernadette died in 1879 at the age of 35, and was later canonized. The body of the blessed Saint can still be seen in its glass coffin, intact and incorrupt, looking as its photographs show, like a young woman asleep. 

1858 ഫെബ്രുഅര്യ്11 ബർണടിതയും അനുജത്തി ക്ലാരറ്റും   കൂട്ടുകാരി  ജിയന്നയും   കൂടി വിറകു ശേഖരിക്കാനായി വീടിനു സമീപത്തുള്ള മസബിയൽ വനത്തിലേക്ക് പോകുകയായിരുന്നു.

ചെറുപ്പം മുതലേ ആസ്മ രോഗിയായിരുന്ന ബർണടിതക്ക്  വഴി മദ്ധ്യേ  ഉള്ള പുഴ കുറുകെ കടക്കാൻ കഴിയാത്തതിനാൽ അവൾ മറുകരയിൽ തന്നെ നിന്നു.മറ്റു രണ്ടു പേരും വനത്തിലേക്ക് മറഞ്ഞപ്പോൾ ചെറിയ ഒരു ഇളം കാറ്റ് അവിടെ വീശി.പാറയിടുക്കുകൾ നിറഞ്ഞിരുന്ന അവിടുത്തെ ഒരു പാറക്കെട്ടിൽ അപ്പോൾ ഒരു വലിയ പ്രകാശം നിറഞ്ഞു നിന്നു .വെന്ന്മയുള്ളതും   പ്രകാശിതവുമായ  വെള്ള വസ്ത്രമണിഞ്ഞ നീല അരക്കെട്ടും ചുറ്റി ഒരു വലിയ സ്വർണക്കൊന്തയും പിടിച്ചു  മാതാവ് പ്രത്യക്ഷയായി.ജപമാല ചൊല്ലി ഭക്തിയോടെ നിന്നിരുന്ന ബർണടിതക്കൊപ്പം അമ്മയും പങ്കു ചേർന്നു.നീ പതിനഞ്ചു ദിവസം ഇവിടെ വരണമെന്നും അനേകം കാര്യങ്ങൾ നീ വഴി നാട്ടിൽ ഞാൻ ചെയ്യുമെന്നും അമ്മ അറിയിച്ചു.പിറ്റേന്നും സ്ഥലത്ത് വെച്ച് അമ്മ ബർണടിതക്കു ദർശനമേകി .മുന്നാമത്തെ ദർശനത്തിൽ ലോകത്തിൽ നിന്നെ ഞാൻ സൌഭാഗ്യവതിയാക്കില്ലെന്നും  അടുത്ത ലോകത്തിൽ നീ ഏറെ ഭഗ്യവതിയാകുമെന്നും  അമ്മ പറഞ്ഞു.അമ്മയുടെ കാൽക്കിഴിൽ  മഞ്ഞ റോസാപ്പൂക്കൾ നിറഞ്ഞിരുന്നു.ബര്നട്ടെത ഇത് വളരെ രഹസ്യമായി വെച്ചിരുന്നെങ്കിലും അനിയത്തി വഴി വീട്ടിലും ഗ്രാമത്തിലും ഇത് പ്രചരിച്ചു.പിന്നീട് 18 തവണ അമ്മ അവൾക്കു ദർശനമേകി.ഒൻപതാമത്തെ ദർശനത്തിൽ അമ്മ  ഒരു സ്ഥലംബർണടിതക്കു കാണിച്ചു കൊടുത്തു.അവിടെ ഒരു കുഴിയുണ്ടാക്കുവാനും കുഴിയിൽ നിന്ന് വരുന്ന വെള്ളം കുടിക്കുവാനും അമ്മ പറഞ്ഞു.അമ്മ പറഞ്ഞതുപോലെ ബർണടിത ചെയ്യുകയും അവിടെ  ഉറവ ഉണ്ടാകുകയും അത്  പതുക്കെ ഒഴുകി തുടങ്ങുകയും  ചെയ്തു.പിന്നീട് ജനങ്ങൾ അവിടെ തടിച്ചുകൂടുകയും ഇതിൽ നിന്ന് വെള്ളം കുടിക്കുകയും രോഗസൌഖ്യം  നേടുകയും ചെയ്തു.

മാർച് 25  മംഗളവാർത്ത തിരുനാൾ ദിവസം   അമ്മ ബർണടിതക്കു പ്രത്യക്ഷപ്പെട്ടു ഞാൻ അമലോല്ഭവ  ആണെന്ന്  പറഞ്ഞു.പിന്നീട് അനേകം ജനങ്ങൾ  സ്ഥലത്ത് ഒന്നിച്ചു കൂടുകയും ജപമാല  ചൊല്ലി അമ്മയോട് പ്രാർത്ഥിക്കുകയും ചെയ്തു.1862 ജനുവരി18 നു  ടാര്ബസിലെ മെത്രാൻ ബർണടിതക്കു ലഭിച്ച ദർശനം  ശെരിയാണെന്ന്  ഔദ്യോഗികമായി  പ്രഖ്യാപിച്ചു .1870 ഇൽ  ഒൻപതാം പീയുസ് മാർപ്പാപ്പ അമ്മയോടുള്ള ബഹുമാനാർത്ഥം ലൂർദിൽ ഒരു ബസലിക്ക പണിയുകയും  ഭക്തിയെ പ്രോത്സാഹിപ്പിക്കുകയും ചെയ്തു.