20130603 Our Lady rebuilt faith 聖母修建教會

In the nineteenth century, while the Church was being rebuilt in France, a number of Marian apparitions there helped to shape the spiritual life of the faithful.

Miraculous medal

St. Catherine Laboure was a religious at Paris. On the night of July 18, 1830 a “shining child” woke her up, and led her to the chapel. Our Lady appeared and talked with her for two hours. St. Catherine was told about her future mission and the difficult times to come.

On November 27, Our Lady appeared again in the same chapel, standing on a globe with shafts of light streaming from her hands towards it, surrounded by the words: “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!” Then the vision turned about, and St. Catherine saw a capital “M” with a cross above it and two hearts beneath it. One heart was thorn-crowned and the other pierced with a sword.

St. Catherine heard a voice telling her to have a medal struck according to the visions and promising great graces to those who would wear it with devotion. The medal was called “Miraculous medal”. Numerous graces, including healing and conversion, have been obtained through the wearing of the medal.

Green Scapular

            On September 8, 1840, Our Lady appeared to Sister Justine Bisqueyburo, a religious who belonged to the same convent of St. Catherine Labourse. Mary appeared holding in her right hand her Immaculate Heart and holding in her left hand a scapular.

The scapular consisted of a simple piece of green cloth, rectangular in shape, hanging from a green string. On one side was an image of Our Lady holding her heart in her hands, on the other side was the Immaculate Heart of Mary with the inscription: “Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us, now and at the hour of our death.”

An interior voice revealed to Sister Justine that Mary wanted copies of the scapular made as soon as possible and distributed with great confidence.

On September 8, 1846, Our Lady appeared again, and let Sister Justine knew that the green scapular is not like others (it is not the clothing-habit of a confraternity) but merely two holy pictures on a single piece of material. It is to be blessed by a priest and worn by the one whom we desire to benefit by Our Lady’s intercession. If a person is unable or even unwilling to wear or carry it, it may even be slipped, unknown to the person, into his clothes, bed, room, or possessions.

A prayer should be said at least once a day: “Immaculate heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.” If the person who is the intended beneficiary of the scapular’s use does not say it, then someone else can say it in his place. The graces obtained through the green scapular are more or less great in proportion to the degree of confidence of the person praying.

Numerous miracles of healing and conversion have occurred by means of the Green Scapular.

Immaculate Conception

            In 1854, Pope Pius IX defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Four years later in 1858, Our Lady appeared eighteen times to St. Bernadette Soubirous in the recess of the Massabielle cliff near Lourdes from February 11 to July 16.

Our Lady instructed Bernadette to drink and wash at the spring of the cave. She also requested prayers for sinners, penance, processions, and a chapel built.

On March 25, 1858 Our Lady said, “I am the Immaculate Conception”. Miraculous cures occurred in Lourdes, but the blessings there are mainly spiritual. Our Lady said to Bernadette, “I do not promise to make you happy in this life but in the next.”

十九世紀,在法國的聖教會正重新站起來的時候,幾次聖母的顯現,對塑造信眾的靈益,予以莫大的幫助。

 

 

顯靈聖牌

 

聖女加大利納.拉蒲來是法國巴黎的修女。一八三零年七月十八日的晚上,加大利納在睡夢中被一位「發光的小孩」喚醒,引她到修院內的小堂。聖母在那裡顯現給她,和她作了兩小時的談話,告訴她將擔任的使命及將來世局的困難。

 

同年十一月二十七日,聖母在同一地點給聖女以圖案再顯現:只見聖母站在地球上,雙手有異光射出,四週有字句寫著「吁,瑪利亞,無原罪始胎者,我等奔爾台前,為我等祈。」接著那異像轉過去,呈現一個大寫的字母M,上面有一個十字架,下面有兩顆心,一顆心有茨冠覆蓋,另一顆心被利劍穿透。加大利納同時聽見聲音對她說:「照這圖案製成聖牌,聖母將厚賜配戴這聖牌的人。」這聖牌名為「聖母顯靈聖牌」,曾有配戴的人得賞奇異的治癒和皈化。

 

 

綠色聖衣

 

儒詩蒂.碧寶容與聖加大利納同屬一女修院。一八四零年九月八日,聖母顯現給儒詩蒂,右手拿著無玷聖心,左手執著綠色聖衣。

 

聖衣呈小長方形,用綠色布料製成,懸在一根綠線的末端。聖牌一邊印上聖母雙手拿無玷聖心,另邊是聖母無玷聖心像,上面字句寫著「瑪利亞無玷之心,請為我們現在和在臨終時祈求。」

 

儒詩蒂內心有聲音說要盡早複製這聖衣,並懷着大信心去廣傳分發。

 

一八四六年九月八日,聖母再給儒詩蒂顯現,告訴這綠色聖衣跟一般穿著聖衣不一樣(綠色聖衣並不屬於任何個別修會),是一片布料兩面印上聖相,由神父祝聖,欲得聖母轉禱的人均可配戴;亦可放置在那些不願配戴的人,他的枕下、衣服內、房間內等,熱切為他祈禱,仍能得到聖母的轉禱。

 

禱文「瑪利亞無玷之心,請為我們現在和在臨終時祈求。」至少每日誦唸一次,或有人代唸;恩寵的多寡,只看誦唸者內心虔敬的程度。

 

藉綠色聖母聖衣而得奇癒的病者不少,皈依者為數亦眾。

 

 

始胎無玷

 

一八五四年,教宗庇約九世宣告「童貞瑪利亞始胎無染原罪」為當信道理。

 

四年後,聖母在法國露德顯現給聖女伯爾納德:從二月十一日至七月十六日,凡十八次之多。聖母指示伯爾納德飲用巖洞流出的水,並以水洗濯;她要聖女為罪人祈禱、做補贖和出遊敬禮,且要求在原地蓋建聖堂。

 

一八五八年三月二十五日,聖母親自向聖伯爾納德確定:「我是始胎無玷。」

在露德發生了病癒的奇蹟,但主要是靈性上的恩賜。正如聖母向聖女伯爾納德說:「我不許下妳今生的福樂,而是來世。」

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