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!
November 8 – Our Lady of the Pond (France, 1531) – Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity
One of the oldest Marian pilgrimages in France
The church of Our Lady of Marillais, on the outskirts of Saint-Florent-le-Vieil (France) is a popular, long-time pilgrimage site, a highly spiritual place, and one of the oldest Marian shrines in the country.
This region along the Loire River was evangelized by Saint Maurille (d.453), one of Saint Martin’s followers. During one of Maurille’s visits to Saint-Florent-le-Vieil in 430, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to him and asked, on behalf of her Son, that her birth be celebrated there on September 8th.
Our Lady’s apparition was the prelude to the decision made the following year by the Council of Ephesus (431), under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to recognize that the Virgin Mary was also the Mother of God.
Thus the feast of the Nativity of Mary emanated from a direct request from heaven. As for the pilgrimage of Our Lady of Marillais, it is one of the oldest Marian pilgrimages in France.