Friday, April 17, 2015

Rosa Mystica - A Moment with Mary

-- A Moment with Mary --
Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Association Mary of Nazareth 

April 17 – Our Lady of Miracles (Italy, 1555)

“The Lord sent me to promote a more effective Marian devotion”

On November 24, 1946, Pierina Gilli, a nurse from Montichiari (diocese of Brescia, Italy) saw a beautiful, transparent lady, dressed in purple and wearing a white veil. The lady did not utter a word. Pierina was awe-struck, and also wondered what this apparition meant.

On April 17, 1966, the Virgin appeared to her again, saying: “My Divine Son, who is all Love, sends me to make this spring miraculous, as a sign of purification and penance.” On June 1, 1947, the lady came back, uttering just three words: “Prayer, sacrifice, penance.”

During another apparition, on July 13, 1947, Our Lady said: “I am the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of all of you. The Lord sent me to promote a more effective Marian devotion in religious institutes and congregations. I promise to all those who honor me, protection, renewal of vocations, and a decrease in apostasy.”

In spite of the bishop’s reservations, the pilgrimage continues to this day, unostentatious and fervent, supported by those who have found grace in this place. Pierina was presented to Pope Pius XII, at the audience of August 9, 1951... The Pope placed his hand on her and said: “Courage my daughter, try to better respond to such a great and wonderful grace.”

Adapted from Ren̩ Laurentin, Chr̩tiens Magazine issue #142 РJune 2001