Our Lady the Immaculate Virgin
“In cases which concern private revelations, it is better to believe than not to believe, for if you believe and it is proven true, you will be happy that you believed, because our Holy Mother asked it of you. If you believed and it should be proven false, you will receive all the blessings as if it has been true, because you believed it to be true.” Pope Urban VIII
"What can be concluded canonically is that the devotion was both approved by Archbishop Leibold and, what is more, was actively promoted by him. In addition, over the years, other Bishops have approved the devotion and have participated in public devotion to the Mother of God, under the title of Our Lady of America." The Most Reverend Raymond L. Burke, Archbishop of Saint Louis May 31, 2007
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Report of Healing from November 7th Day of Prayer
Randy Albright came to Rome City, IN on November 7, 2009 to perform his songs of Marian devotion for those who had assembled in the Our Lady Mother of Mercy Chapel for a Day of Prayer and Healing. It was a beautiful musical presentation that was very moving. Little did anyone in attendance know that Randy had also come seeking a healing for his own medical condition he was facing...the possibility of a diagnosis of prostate cancer from his doctors.
As Randy performed, a woman in attendance snapped some photos and decided to send them along for all to see. Notice the placement and prominence of the large blue orb.
Randy recently informed us that 2 weeks after this performance, his doctors gave him the news. He was given a clean bill of health.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Sylvan Springs and Our Lady of America in Rome City, IN
Thank you to producer/director Jeff Mahoney for putting this presentation together.
Jeff has promised to put more of the interviews from this special day on YouTube real soon. Please send these to your friends and anyone interested in Our Lady of America.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Notre Dame's Jenkins Would Do it Again – Calls Obama Visit “Successful”
By Kathleen Gilbert
SOUTH BEND, Indiana, January 6, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) -
The unprecedented controversy that rent the U.S. Catholic community over President Obama's abortion-themed commencement speech and his reception of an honorary law degree at the University of Notre Dame last May has apparently not fazed the school's president, who called the climax of the scandal "a successful" day that he does not regret.
When asked in a South Bend Tribune interview published December 27 whether he would do it all over again, Notre Dame president Fr. John Jenkins answered, "Yes, I would."
"He is the president of the United States, and there was a tradition of Notre Dame inviting presidents to be commencement speakers and receive honorary degrees, and we continue that tradition," he said. Jenkins went on to point out the historicity of Obama as the nation's first black president, saying it was "an honor for us to welcome him to campus."
"For all the controversy, I think it was a successful day," he said.
The decision to host the President at the Catholic university sparked an immense outpouring of criticism in the weeks leading up to the speech, with 80 active U.S. bishops and over 360,000 petitioners opposed to the decision.
"It’s important not to be afraid of controversies. If the issues are addressed with reason and respect, that’s the best you can do. And universities, particularly, should be places where controversy can be addressed with reason and mutual respect," Jenkins said. He insisted that "there were things in [Obama's] life and his leadership that we could affirm." Regarding areas of disagreement, especially the President’s enthusiastic support for abortion, the day allowed an opportunity to "speak about those differences openly."
"I thought he said things that he’d never said before on the issue of abortion — such as seeking a reasonable conscience clause, such as reducing the number of abortions — and I think it was a day when there was genuine dialogue among people who differed. And that’s really what a university is about," he said.
However, there is a group of individuals who have reason not to be completely satisfied by Jenkins’ words about the need for “genuine dialogue": the 88 pro-life individuals who were arrested on campus May 17 while protesting President Obama are still facing up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine on charges of trespassing. While witnesses say pro-Obama protesters were allowed to roam free, the arrested individuals were singled out for displaying any pro-life message - including slogans on the sanctity of life, a large wooden cross, and images of Mary.
Fr. Jenkins has denied pleas from several corners to request that the charges be dropped - a request lawyers say the St. Joseph county prosecutor would likely heed. Fr. Weslin, one of the 88 arrested, called on his fellow priest in June to dialogue over the scandal - a request Jenkins ignored.
Notre Dame law professor emeritus Charles Rice called Jenkins' pursuit of token pro-life initiatives a "mockery" while he allowed the protesters to continue facing charges.
"It would be a mockery for you to present yourself now at the March, even at the invitation of Notre Dame students, as a pro-life advocate while, in practical effect, you continue to be the jailer, as common criminals, of those persons who were authentic pro-life witnesses at Notre Dame," wrote Rice in a September letter to Fr. Jenkins.
In the Tribune interview, Jenkins also touched upon his relationship with the local ordinary, Fort Wayne-South Bend bishop John D'Arcy, who took the unusual step of boycotting the commencment exercises, and instead showed up at a smaller ceremony held by Notre Dame graduates protesting the invitation elsewhere on campus. The Notre Dame president has met with D’Arcy several times since the event, he said, and they remain at loggerheads. He says he has not discussed the issue with Bishop Kevin Rhoades, who will take over for the retiring Bishop D'Arcy in January.
Upon learning of the invitation, about which he had not been consulted, D'Arcy stated last March that "the diocesan bishop must ask whether a Catholic institution compromises its obligation to give public witness by placing prestige over truth," and condemned the appearance of "surrender to a culture opposed to the truth about life and love."
Meeting in June, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approved a resolution expressing solidarity with Bishop D'Arcy and his "solicitude for [Notre Dame's] Catholic identity."