ITS A MIR­A­CLE!

The BVM ap­pears to In­dian school­girls and gets a grand­fa­ther back on his feet

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STAND UP FOR MARY

Des Fitzger­ald, 82, a for­mer butcher and bookmaker, claims he could walk prop­erly for the first time in years soon af­ter ob­tain­ing a 4ft (1.2m) tall statue of theVir­gin Mary. The grand­fa­ther, from Grey­stones in Lim­er­ick City, re­cently pur­chased the BVM statue for 400 eu­ros to mark the cen­te­nary of the first apparitions in Fa­tima, Por­tu­gal. Af­ter al­ter­nat­ing be­tween us­ing a wheel­chair and walk­ing aid for a decade, he said his prayers had been an­swered. “I hadn’t the statue 10 min­utes when I was able to walk fully,” he said. “It was a mir­a­cle straight away. To prove it to my­self, I walked out of the house, down to the gate and back up again. Be­fore, I was barely able to stand up for a minute on my own.” He said he was afraid to wake up each morn­ing in case he sud­denly found that his mo­bil­ity has been im­paired again. A shrine, un­der con­struc­tion at the time of the news re­port, was blessed by a num­ber of priests, while a decade of the Rosary was to be said at the site. Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent, 13 Oct 2017.

KER­ALA APPARITIONS

Both Hindu and Catholic school­child­ren in In­dia claim to have wit­nessed an ap­pari­tion of Christ and sev­eral ap­pear­ances of theVir­gin Mary ac­com­pa­nied by the scent of jas­mine. Mat­ters

In­dia re­counted the apparitions based on a note on the parish bill­board by parish pri­est Fa­ther Mathew D’Cunha. The phe­nom­ena – which un­folded at St Am­brose Church and Lower Pri­mary School in Eda­vanakkad in Ker­ala, 16 miles (26km) north of Kochi – re­port­edly be­gan on 28 Septem­ber when a stu­dent at the school, a Hindu girl named Krist­naveda, went to the church to pray for her (un­spec­i­fied) ear prob­lem to be healed. She put some holy wa­ter on her ear, and told fel­low stu­dents that this had “helped” her ear. When the chil­dren left the school to pray in the church, they looked up and saw in the sky a vi­sion of Christ be­ing scourged. They re­cited the name of Je­sus and went into the church to thank God for heal­ing the girl’s ear.

The only Catholic girl among them, Am­brosiya, vol­un­teered to lead the group in pray­ing the rosary, but she “did not know the Lu­mi­nous Mys­ter­ies re­cited on a Thurs­day and sought a teacher’s help.” The chil­dren were pray­ing when the teacher reached them at about 1.45pm. One of the girls, Anus­ree, told the teacher that the Blessed Vir­gin was stand­ing un­der the al­tar. They re­ported the smell of jas­mine. The ap­pari­tion told the chil­dren to come closer, which fright­ened a girl named Si­vanya, who said she wanted to leave. While the teacher was lead­ing the chil­dren out of the church, the girls said the ap­pari­tion fol­lowed them and pleaded with them not to leave. Some of the chil­dren then went to see Fa­ther Mer­ton D’Silva, the as­sis­tant pri­est, who took them back to the church to pray, where they again said theVir­gin Mary was stand­ing un­der the al­tar. D’Silva couldn’t see any­thing. The BVM promised the chil­dren help with their stud­ies and “promised to send them the Holy Spirit” and to take them to Heaven.

On 3 Oc­to­ber a large crowd gath­ered and prayed the rosary in the church with the re­puted vi­sion­ar­ies. Af­ter a time, ev­ery­one per­ceived the scent of jas­mine and the chil­dren said they saw the BVM again. Fa­ther D’Cunha asked the chil­dren to point out the ex­act spot. The con­gre­ga­tion saw a bright light and the pri­est said he felt some­one pat­ting his head. Many said they re­ceived the gift of con­tri­tion as they prayed. Catholic Times, 20 Oct 2017.

TOP: Des Fitzger­ald, walk­ing tall. ABOVE: Some of the school­girl vi­sion­ar­ies in Ker­ala.

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