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
Thursday, April 30, 2015
A statuette of the Madonna placed between three branches of an elm - A Moment with Mary
April 30 – Our Lady of Africa (Algiers, Algeria, 1876) - Saint Joseph Benedict Cottolengo
A statuette of the Madonna placed between three branches of an elm
Louis Pavy was named bishop of Algiers, Algeria, in 1846, both Miss
Berger and Miss Cinquin, who had served him since he was an assistant
parish priest in Lyons, France, asked for permission to follow him to
Africa. The two women worked in the minor seminary opened by the new
prelate after his arrival in Algiers, one as a nurse and the other as a
was a dirt path just outside the seminary leading down to the sea
through a narrow ravine where, under abundant vegetation, flowed a
stream. Between three branches of an elm, with a canopy of ivy, the
women put a small statue of the Madonna, a replica of the one venerated
in the Fourvière chapel in Lyons. They often went there to pray.
later, giving in to their respectful insistence, Bishop Pavy built a
grotto for them made of rocks and seashells to house "Our Lady of the
Ravine," and he solemnly inaugurated the modest oratory.
little shrine became a place of pilgrimage, decorated with candles and
votive offerings, military medals, and crutches, left by the people in
gratitude to the Virgin. It stayed pretty much the same after the great
Basilica of Our Lady of Africa was built above it. This basilica was
recently renovated and still stands as a protective presence for Algiers