Mother Mary said at Fatima: "My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the sure way which will lead you to God." St. Thomas Aquinas said: "The things we love tell us who we are!" With that in mind, I will try to post each day something about Our Blessed Lady, items about the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and public domain Catholic books too! I pray you enjoy my ministry!
Below are two albums of pictures that I created:
1. Our grand daughter Adrianna.
2. Tears of Mary!
MARY, OUR MOTHER
Friday, September 18, 2015
The image of Our Lady had vanished
* September 18 – Our Lady of Meritxell (Andorra)
* The image of Our Lady had vanished
Shrine of Meritxell, in the hamlet of the same name in Andorra, is
dedicated to the Madonna of Meritxell, patron saint of the Principality.
The origin of the devotion to Our Lady of Meritxell is based on the following story:
Around the 12th
century, on the feast of the Epiphany, some Meritxell residents
traveling on foot to the village of Canillo to attend Mass unexpectedly
found a wild rosebush in blossom although it was mid-January. Intrigued
by the sight, they approached and discovered a painting of the Madonna
beneath it. They shared their discovery with the priest, who after Mass
brought the sacred image to the church of Canillo, accompanied by the
The next day,
when the church was opened, the image of Our Lady was nowhere to be
seen. A traveler passing by the church told the priest that he had
discovered a painting of the Madonna beneath a blossoming rosebush. So
the villagers went back to the original place and found the image of the
Virgin Mary at the foot of the same wild rosebush that, despite the
heavy snowfall of the night, was in bloom, the snow having melted around
It was then
decided to build a church at that very place to protect and venerate the
image of the Virgin Mary, now known as Our Lady of Meritxell, patron
saint of Andorra.