"Mary (Stands) Under the Cross" (Ron Rolheiser),
Mary ponders, Please click here
Please click here for official page Our Lady of The Snow Belleville IL
Please click here for the Official Page of the Shrine of Our Lady of Pontmain
Mary, Evangelist and Ecumenist
When one looks at the New Testament, St. Paul is the outstanding missionary. But a story told by Cardinal Leo Suenens (1904-96) shows that Mary has a vital role too. Suenens reminds us that the Three Wise Men found Jesus in the arms of His Mother. Then Suenens asks "Who are the Three Wise Men Today?" He responded: "Let one be the Bishop of Rome, another the Patriarch of Constantinople, and the third, the Archbishop of Canterbury, representing the Anglican and Protestant Churches. Where will they find the Christ whom they seek together? Still in the arms of His Mother."
On this page we will do two things. First is a message of Mary at one of the many places she has appeared. This will change about every six months.
Second are ongoing developments in Mary's role in Evangelization and Ecumenism.
for the video which explains how
our lady of the snows journeyed from Rome to Belleville
Click here for the video which explains how our lady of the snows journeyed from Rome to Belleville Illinois.
The message of Mary at Pontmain, France, on Jan. 17, 1871, is that of Hope as she shows a blood-red crucifix. Oblates of Mary are especially interested in this apparition because one of the children to whom Mary appeared, Joseph Barbedette, OMI, (1860-1930), became an Oblate. The Oblates administered the shrine for many years. We still have a retreat center next to the shrine.
The website of Our Lady of Pontmain (www.sanctuaire-pontmain.com) has a very developed section in English because English Catholics discovered the shrine, which is close to the English channel, and now visit it in large numbers. Click here for the website.
There are two very interesting signs that Mary is bringing Christians together, to make us better evangelists. First is the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the second, the statement of "Evangelicals and Catholics Together" on Mary.
Founded in 1967, the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary-USA (there is also one in the United Kingdom) has done much to bring main-line Protestant Churches, and the Catholic Church closer together on Mary's place in Christian Unity. See the website www.esbvm.org/usa.
The movement "Evangelicals and Catholics Together" has done more in the area of joint evangelization with Evangelical Protestants. Their statement "Do Whatever He Tells You" (2009) agrees that Mary is "the first to give faith's assent" to Jesus, and that she "is powerfully pertinent to our time." The entire statement may be googled.