Our Lady of Tears

I was blessed this past summer to visit a very special and blessed Basilica and Shrine. This shrine was in Syracuse, Italy on the island of Sicily. Something special happened in 1953. That not many people know about. Let me share this with you.

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The image you see above is a print of a plaster sculpture or plaque, of the Immaculate Heart of Mary; the plaque was mass-produced in Tuscany, Italy and shipped to Syracuse for retail.
THE PHENOMENON OF TEARS
One of the plaques was given as a wedding gift, to Antonina and Angelo Iannuso who were married on March 21, 1953. At the time they were tepid and neglectful christians, they said, but they hung the image with some devotion on the wall behind their bed.
Angelo was a laborer who had taken his bride to live in the home of his brother on Via Degli Orti 11, Syracuse, Sicily. When Antonina discovered she was with child, she was unfortunately afflicted with toxemia that caused her to convulse at times and experience some blindness. At three in the morning on Saturday, August 29, 1953, Antonina suffered a seizure that left her blind. By 8:30 that morning her sight was restored; when she was able to see, her eyes were on the Madonna, which, to Antonina’s amazement was weeping effusive tears. At first the others thought she was hallucinating due to her illness, but Antonina insisted she wasn’t. her family looked again and they could see the tears run down the Madonna’s cheeks and onto the bed. The neighbors were brought in and they confirmed the tears.  Below is Antonina in her room.
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The veneration placed this plaque in a church built especially for its exhibition and was approved by three popes, but only after an ecclesiastical tribunal scrupulously studied the miracle and had the tears scientifically analyzed. It has been said by authorities that never was a miracle so thoroughly tested or so quickly approved.
The history of the image begins with its sculptor, Amilcare Santini, who modeled it in only three days “under artistic inspiration.” It was made of plaster that had been dissolved in water and poured into a mold before it was turned out to dry in the sun. It was then sprayed with nitrocellulose varnish that made it shiny and suitable for painting. After it was colored, varnished and polished, ordinary screws were used to attach the image to a panel of black opaline. The panel measures 39 by 33 centimeters, the figure 29 by 22 centimeters. ~ SOURCE: http://www.visionsofjesuschrist.com/weeping1262.html
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Above is the plaque in the Shrine which I visited. It was a very powerful place. As I sat in the pew, I felt the presence. I felt the love of Our Lady.
My grandmother whose family is from Sicily actually had purchased the same plaque, which I have in my home now. I never knew the full story of it, as a child I just always liked this plaque. Now it means so much more to me. Below is the plaque my grandmother left to me.
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The question is:

Why did the Madonna weep? Many theories have been offered which remind us of the tears Mary shed at the foot of the Cross and of those shed by her during the vision of La Salette. During one of the visions of St. Catherine Labouré on July 18, 1830, St. Catherine noticed that the Virgin looked sad and had tears in her eyes. Perhaps we should pray the words engraved on the base of the reliquary, “Weeping Madonna, take from the hardness of our hearts tears of penitence.” And we wonder with Pope Pius XII, “Will men understand the mysterious language of those tears?

 

“Our Lady’s pain can be seen on her face. Every muscle trembles with pain… she cries because our sins make her suffer.”..”Without a leg or hand you can go to Heaven, but without a soul you can not.” ~ Mirjana, visionary of Our Lady of Medjugorje

Let us pray our rosary for Our Lady’s intentions, may we see the pain which we cause by our sins. May Our Lord forgive us and have mercy on us.

I have a special offer for you, but I only have a couple of these special rosaries, one pink and one blue. I brought these back from the shrine in Syracuse. They both have beautiful glass beads with a centerpiece which includes a cloth which touched the miraculous image.  Along with the rosary, you will receive a piece of cloth touched to the miraculous image with a Prayer to Our Lady of Tears.

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Our Lady’s message of Sept 2, 2018 to Mirjana … “my words are simple”

Dear children, my words are simple but are filled with motherly love and care.
My children, all the more the shadows of darkness and deception are being cast over you, and I am calling you to the light and truth-I am calling you to my Son. Only He can transform despair and suffering into peace and clarity; only He can give hope in the deepest pain.

My Son is the life of the world.

The more that you come to know Him-the more that you come close to Him-all the more you will love Him, because my Son is love. Love changes everything; it makes most beautiful also that which, without love, seems insignificant to you.That is why, anew, I am saying to you that you must love a lot if you desire to grow spiritually.

I know, apostles of my love, that it is not always easy, but, my children, also the painful paths are paths which lead to spiritual growth, to faith, and to my Son. My children, pray-think of my Son.

In all the moments of the day, raise your soul to Him, and I will gather your prayers as flowers from the most beautiful garden and give them as a gift to my Son.  Be true apostles of my love; spread the love of my Son to everyone. Be gardens of the most beautiful flowers.
With your prayers help your shepherds that they may be spiritual fathers filled with love for all people. Thank you.

Medjugorje Pilgrimage, a retreat for your soul! Nov 6-15, 2018

medjJoin us this November for a quiet retreat pilgrimage. We will be arriving into Medjugorje on Nov 7th, right at the end of the pilgrim season. This pilgrimage will allow you quiet time to invite Our Lady into your heart, to let her guide you to her Son and to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit.

We will begin our days with morning prayer time, music and messages from Our Lady, These reflections will carry us through our day. A day which will also include, daily Mass, Rosary and Adoration at the Church. While walking up Apparition Hill and Cross Mountain you will add your prayers with the many who have walked before you. On this journey for your soul, you will have plenty of free time to enjoy for your very own personal spiritual experience. 

Our Lady has called you to this Holy place and our joy is to help you find the peace and quiet needed to grow closer to Jesus. 

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Our Lady’s August 2, 2018 message to Mirjana

August 02, 2018 Message to Mirjana
“Dear children, with a motherly love I am calling you to open hearts to peace; to open hearts to my Son, so that in your hearts love for my Son may sing, because only out of that love peace comes in the soul. My children, I know that you have goodness, I know that you have love – a merciful love, but many of my children still have a closed heart. They think that they can do it without directing their thoughts towards the Heavenly Father who illuminates-towards my Son who is always with you anew in the Eucharist and who desires to listen to you. My children, why do you not speak to Him? The life of each of you is important and precious, because it is a gift from the Heavenly Father for eternity. Therefore, do not ever forget to keep on thanking Him: speak to Him. I know, my children, that what is to come afterwards is unknown to you, but when your hereafter comes you will receive all the answers. My motherly love desires that you be ready. My children, by your life keep putting good feelings in the hearts of the people whom you meet, feelings of peace, goodness, love and forgiveness. Through prayer, hearken to what My Son is saying and act accordingly. Anew, I am calling you to prayer for your shepherds, for those whom my Son has called. Remember that they need prayers and love. Thank you.”
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Are you being called?

IMG_0049Join us on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje, walk where Heaven touches Earth! Embark on this pilgrimage and allow Our Lord to open your heart. Discover something new about yourself. A pilgrimage is not a choice you make, it is a response to a call. When you step outside your comfort zone and say YES to Our Lord, He will show you a new way of seeing yourself! A new beautiful you!

This journey is different, its a pilgrimage not a tour. We will be blessed to spend a week in one spot. We won’t be spending each night in a different city and then moving on. We won’t be rushing from site to site to get it all in. We will make our home in Medjugorje for this time. Our host family will make you feel at home with their home cooked meals and hospitality, you won’t want to leave them.

So please pray and discern about this pilgrimage. Listen and wait, if you hear the call just respond! Respond with a big YES!

37th Anniversary Pilgrimage: June 23-July 3, 2018
Celebrate the 37th anniversary of Our Lady in Medjugorje. Be present at Mirjana’s apparition at the Blue Cross on July 2, 2018.
Quiet Fall Retreat Pilgrimage: Nov 6 – 10, 2018
Join us for this quiet time in the village. Perfect time for reflection and quiet time with Our Lady and her Son Jesus!
$799 plus airfare, 
Single supplement $200

Airfare is not included in this price, we can book your airfare or you can do it on your own.
We will discuss this when you call.
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Join us and walk where “heaven touches earth”.  If you would rather speak to me, please call Mary at 706-835-7994.

 

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Our Lady’s message of Jan 2, 2018 to Mirjana

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“Dear children, when love is beginning to disappear on earth, when the way of salvation is not being found, I, the mother, am coming to help you to come to know true faith – living and profound – so as to help you to truly love. As a mother, I am longing for your mutual love, goodness, and purity. My desire is that you be just and that you love each other. My children, be joyful in your soul, be pure, be children. My Son used to say that he loves to be among pure hearts, because pure hearts are always young and joyful. My Son said to you to forgive and to love each other. I know that this is not always easy. Suffering makes you grow in spirit. For you to spiritually grow all the more, you must sincerely and truly forgive and love. Many of my children on earth do not know my Son, they do not love Him; but you who do love my Son, you who carry Him in your heart, pray, pray and in praying feel my Son beside you. May your soul breathe in His spirit. I am among you and am speaking about little and great things. I will not grow tired speaking to you about my Son – the true love. Therefore, my children, open your hearts to me. Permit me to lead you as a mother. Be apostles of the love of my Son and of me. As a mother I implore you not to forget those whom my Son has called to lead you. Carry them in your heart and pray for them. Thank you.”