How surprised I was to read Anne’s comment last night. She found a book of fiction entitled, Storm and Grace. The very topic I’ve been pondering, from several perspectives, for this post! For more than twenty-five years, I’ve enjoyed the privilege of studying Marian apparitions with some learned, wise ones. In my own reading, I have noticed this era of prolific Marian activity is often referenced as an “Age of Mary” which, many say, began with Blessed Mother’s apparitions to St. Catherine Labouré on the Rue du Bac, Paris, France. It’s a story of faith to be remembered as the Storm rages on.
This story begins with the first apparition on the night of July 18-19, 1830. A child (perhaps her guardian angel) awakened Sister Catherine Labouré, a novice in the community of the Daughters of Charity, and summoned her to the chapel. There, she met with the Virgin Mary and spoke with her for several hours and Our Lady informed St. Catherine she would entrust this novice with a mission.
Mary revealed the mission to St. Catherine in a vision during evening meditation on November 27, 1830. St. Catherine saw Mary standing on what seemed to be half a globe and holding a golden globe in her hands as if offering it to heaven. On the globe was the word, “France,” and our Lady explained that the globe represented the whole world, but especially France. The times were difficult in France, especially for the poor who were unemployed and often refugees from the many wars of the time. France was first to experience many of those troubles which ultimately reached other parts of the world and are present today. Streaming from rings on Mary’s fingers as she held the globe were many rays of light. Mary explained that the rays symbolize the graces she obtains for those who ask for them. Now here’s where the story connects, personally, to each of us for all our days and, especially, these days of the Storm. Some of the gems on the rings were dark, and Mary explained that the rays and graces were available but did not come because no one had asked for them.
No one had asked for the graces! You may already know this story or perhaps you are newly discovering this lesson from our Mother. As we walk through the Storm and live the core message fostered here, let us remember to ask for the graces we need each day. The golden globe which Mary holds in this image now carries new meaning for me based on a comment SteveBC made yesterday when he said:
“…I suggest that you let go of your desire to fix the current world and leave that to God. When I see a mass of people so heavily invested in and attached to the Old System of the World as the Left is showing itself to be, I want to plead with everyone else not to get sucked into that same attachment. Of all of history, it seems to me that this time is a time to be ‘in the world but not of it.’ If you or I or anyone else gets so wrapped up in the ups and downs and triumphs and disappointments, we will perhaps miss how God is moving in the world on everyone’s behalf, for everyone’s good. If we are submerged in disappointment and anger and fear, we will not reflect the new world to come but instead reflect and become cogs in the old world that is dying.
“I think it is time for each of us to choose to be of the coming world, to live as if we are already in that world. If we never live faith and generosity and kindness, that new world cannot arrive, for it is our conduct and thoughts and faith which proclaim our Choice. God is asking us to choose which world we want. The Left is choosing the old. Let’s not choose the old with them and get caught in the same net of delusions. Let’s choose the new world and let the old world go. And then it becomes our duty to take as many other people with us as we possibly can, through kindness, a firm grasp of what’s going on, a willingness to defend those in need of our protection, and prayer. That’s what sherpas do. 🙂”
A true blessing it is to have a Mother waiting for us to ask for the graces as we continue this transition from the old ways of this world to the New Ways God has prepared for us. We do so in the responsibility we each bear to choose God, acknowledge Him, take our next right steps and allow Him to make of us a sign of His hope.
This story ends with the third apparition of Our Lady to St. Catherine. In it, the vision changed to show Our Lady standing on a globe with her arms outstretched and with the dazzling rays of light still streaming from her fingers. Framing the figure was an inscription: O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
Throughout the centuries since these apparitions occurred, countless people have experienced fruitful intercession from Our Lady via devotion to Her Immaculate Conception. While saying the Prayer of Miraculous Trust, the PMT, we invoke Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception. In Charlie’s own words: “Right around the turn of the millennium, the archangel, Gabriel, gave me a prayer and told me the time would come when we would need miracles – and many miracles would be wrought through the faithful use of the prayer. Right now, many things are collapsing before our very eyes.” The full explanation: PMT. Holy cards with this prayer can be ordered through Full of Grace Supply House which can be accessed via the link on the side of this page.
May we ever remember to ask for the graces!