Mother Mary

Mother Mary

John 2:1-12

 

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine."

 

"Dear woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied, "My time has not yet come." His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."

 

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet."

 

They did so,and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now."

 

This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.

 

After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples. There they stayed for a few days.

 

Some famous apparitions reported of Mother Mary

 

Banneux

 

The Virgin Mary appeared to a young girl of Banneux on eight separate occasions in the winter of 1933. Over the course of these apparitions, the Blessed Virgin spoke only briefly, but led young Mariette to a spring that came to have healing powers. More...

 

Beauraing

 

On November 29, 1932, the Blessed Virgin Mary made her first of thirty-three historic visits to Beauraing, a village of two thousand people in the French speaking corner of Belgium. She spoke to five children, all but one entering their teens. More...

 

Fatima

 

The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, appeared six times to three shepherd children ("the Three Seers") near the town of Fatima, Portugal between May 13 and October 13, 1917. Appearing to the children, the Blessed Virgin told them that She had been sent by God with a message for every man, woman and child living in our century. Coming at a time when civilization was torn asunder by war and bloody violence, She promised that Heaven would grant peace to all the world if Her requests for prayer, reparation and consecration were heard and obeyed. More...

 

Guadalupe

 

A young Aztec Indian named Juan Diego was making his way to a Christian church at Tlateloco to study his catechism on December 9, 1531. He was a recent convert to Catholicism, and the church was a few miles from his uncle's home, where the boy lived following the death of his parents.While taking a shortcut over the hill of Tepeyac, he heard his name called. He also heard music and the songs of birds. He followed the sounds and was confronted by a beautiful Indian girl about 19 years old, dressed in the robes the boy had seen adorning saints in the church. She declared herself to be "the eternal Virgin, holy Mother of the true God" and "merciful Mother" of men. She told the boy to go to the bishop of Mexico, the Spaniard Fray Juan de Zumarraga, and tell him that she wished to have a church built on the hill of Tepeyac. More...

 

Knock

 

The apparition at Knock took place on the evening of August 21, 1879. Two women were walking back to their home in the rain when they passed by the back of the town church. There against the wall of the church stood Mary, St. Joseph, St. John the Evangelist, and an altar with a lamb and a cross on it. Flying around the altar were several angels. The women called several other people to the church. They too saw the apparition. All told, 15 people saw the figures that night. Another five saw a bright light around the church from their houses. The apparition lasted a little over two hours. During the entire time, none of the figures uttered a word. In the days after the apparition, Knock gained a reputation for being a place where miraculous cures occurred. More...

 

La salette

 

On September 19, 1846, about 3:00 in the afternoon, two children beheld a vision of the Virgin Mary.A shepherdess of 15 named Mélanie and a shepherd boy of 11 named Maximin were tending cows on a mountain about three miles distant from the village of La Salette when both of them beheld in a resplendent light a "beautiful lady" seated and crying.The children described the lady as wearing a long white dress, slippers decorated with gold buckles and roses, and a headdress capped with roses. Speaking alternately in French and in their native dialect, she gave them a message which they were "to deliver to all her people." More...

Lourdes

 

Our Blessed Mother appeared to a poor and sick fourteen year old girl who lived in the Pyrenees at a time of turmoil in France. On Thursday, February 11th 1858, Bernadette Soubirous, her sister Marie and another friend had gone to a nearby river to gather firewood. While Marie and her friend crossed the river to search the other side, Bernadette stayed on dry land. While searching for wood she heard a loud noise like the sound of a storm coming from a nearby grotto known as Massabielle. At the mouth of the grotto was a rosebush which was moving as if it were windy, which it was not. From the interior of the grotto she saw a golden-colored cloud, and soon after a Lady, young and beautiful who came and placed herself at the entrance of the opening above the rosebush. The Lady smiled at Bernadette and motioned for her to advance. Bernadette lost any fear she may have had and fell to her knees to pray the Rosary. After both she and the Lady completed these prayers (with the Lady only said the Lord's prayer and the Gloria), the Lady slowly withdrew to the interior of the grotto and disappeared. More...

 

Paris

 

St. Catherine Labouré (born Zoe Labouré) was born to a middle-class farming family in Burgundy on May 2, 1806. She felt a call to the monastic life early, and once had a dream of St. Vincent-de-Paul telling her "God has plans for you."

 

On April 21, 1830, at the age of 24, Zoe entered the Daughters of Charity Mother House on the Rue du Bac in Paris. Shortly thereafter, she changed her name to Catherine. St. Catherine soon reported three apparitions of Mary that would lead to a popular new devotion throughout the Catholic Church. The apparitions began on the night of July 18, 1830, just a few months into her monastic life. More...

Pellevoisin

 

In 1876 the Blessed Virgin appeared, only seven years after her apparition at Pontmain, France, to a sickly servant in Pellevoisin, France. Estelle Faguette, the visionary, was born in 1843. At the beginning of the year 1876, she lay dying at the age of 33 of pulmonary tuberculosis. She was also suffering peritonitis and an abdominal tumor. On 10 February, 1876, her doctor told her she had only a few hours to live. She then gave up. She was going to die & that was that.

 

But not if the Blessed Mother could help it.The first apparition of Mary occurred during the night of 14 February, 1876, Estelle was awakened to see the horrible black shape of a demon at the foot of her bed. Frightened, she screamed, but was astonished to see Our Lady standing next to her bed. Our Lady angrily asked the demon what he was doing there, & immediatly it left. Our Lady then lovingly looked upon Estelle and told her to fear nothing, for she was the Queen of Heaven. Our Lady then asked if she was willing to suffer for five more days in honor of Our Lord's five Holy Wounds. On Saturday, she would either be dead or cured. The next night, Estelle was once more awakened by the horrible demon, but Our Lady once again rebuked him. She spoke, saying," Be not afraid, for I am here. My Son is showing His mercy to you. He will let you live, and you will be cured on Saturday." More...

 

Pontmain

 

On January 17, Joseph and Eùgene (ages 10 and 12) were helping their father in a barn in France, then engaged in the Franco-Prussian War. Looking into the sky, a golden-crowned lady wearing a dark blue dress covered with stars appeared. The parents were unable to see anything but on faith suggested it might be the Blessed Virgin and prayers were offered. Later, two girls from a local school (Francoise Richer age 11 and Jeanne Marie LeBosse age 9) were brought and could also see the vision, while a growing crowd of sixty adults, who had begun to pray the Rosary at the suggest of the local priest, could not. A blue frame with four candles formed around the Virgin and a red cross appeared over her heart. She began to grow in size as the stars multiplied and became part of her dress. As various Marian devotions were recited, messages began to appear in the sky on a broad banner under the Virgin's feet. She smiled the entire time until a large red crucifix appeared before her. A white veil slowly rose as the crucifix vanished and the appartion ended. The War ended within weeks and the Basilica of Our Lady of Hope was built. More...

 

Rome

 

In the city of Rome, during the night of August 4th-5th, in the year 352, an apparition appeared to a nobleman, Johannes (John), and at the same time to the reigning Pope, Liberius. Previously, the childless nobleman and his wife had dedicated their worldly goods to the Virgin Mary, discussing the matter with the Pope, who advised them to commend this intention to the Blessed Virgin Mary. They prayed fervently for her to show them a sign of her desire, and during that night in question, she appeared to John and his wife, and also to Pope Liberius. She told them to build a church in her honor on the crest of the Esquiline Hill. More...

 

Syracuse

 

On the morning of Saturday 29 August, the octave day of the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the time, 22 August, Antonina was in bed, suffering due to the effects of a difficult pregnancy, and also from some mysterious sickness something like epilepsy, when, to her amazement, she noticed that the eyes of the figure were shedding tears. Her sister-in-law, Grazia, also saw this happening, as did an increasingly large number of neighbors who gathered. More...

 

Velankanni

 

Sometime during the sixteenth century, Our Lady with her infant son appeared to a Hindu boy carrying milk to a customer’s home. While he rested under a Banyan tree near a tank (pond), Our Lady appeared to him and asked for milk for her Son and the boy gave her some. On reaching the customer’s home, the boy apologized for his lateness and the reduced amount of milk by relating the incident that occurred on his way. On inspection, the man found the milk pot to be full and realized that something miraculous had happened. That man, also a Hindu, wanting to see the place where the apparition occurred, accompanied the boy. When they reached the tank, Our Lady appeared once again. On learning that it was Our Lady who appeared to the boy, the residents of the local Catholic community became ecstatic. The tank where the apparition took place is called "Matha Kulam" or Our Lady’s tank. More...

 

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