Yet Another Apparition where the Brilliance and the Beauty of Our Lady was Undescribable

 The Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the MM

Recently, I have been writing about how both Our Lady of Lourdes and I believe, Our Lady of Fatima, initially appeared to the Seers looking quite different than the usual depictions of the Blessed Mother Mary. Especially in the case of Our Lady of Lourdes, where rather than sculpting the statue according to the description given by St. Bernadette, the artist portrayed her in the manner of similar long-standing iconic images of Our Lady. Now, I find that it was the same with Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, aka Our Lady of Grace.

A mysterious child was at the foot of her bed and asked her to get up. “The Blessed Virgin is waiting for you.” Catherine dressed and followed the child who was “bringing rays of brightness wherever he passed.”

Having arrived in the chapel, St. Catherine stopped near the chair used by the priest in the sanctuary (current location of the statue of Saint Joseph).  She then heard a sound “like the rustle of a silk dress.”  Her little guide said, “Here is the Blessed Virgin.” She hesitated. But the child repeated in a stronger tone of voice, “Here is the Blessed Virgin.” In a single bound, Catherine was at the feet of the Blessed Virgin, seated on a chair and rested her hands on the knees of the Mother of God. The Chapel in France

When St. Catherine Laboure was asked if it was the Virgin who had appeared to her, she replied that she wasn’t sure. She said it didn’t look like the Virgin. 

Later, She would say to her priest, “I am not able to say why, but it still seems to me that it was not she whom I saw. “The apparition so defied the young nun’s pious expectations of who Mary was, or ought to be, that she had to be told three times by the angelic figure who accompanied the apparition that this, indeed, was what the Virgin really looked like.” (1)  She described Our Lady as radiant as a sunrise in all Her perfect beauty. (Which reminds me of some of the visions of Holy Sophia.)

St. Catherine, to my knowledge, is the only seer who has ever touched Our Lady during a Visitation. During the first Visit, Our Lady was seated in a chapel. St. Catherine knelt next to her and rested her hands on the lap of Our Lady. It is said that they spoke for almost two hours.

 St. Catherine Laboure’

During the second visit, Our Lady was holding a golden globe which She said represented the world, but especially France. (This took place in 1830.) Catherine heard (Our Lady say), This globe represents the entire world, including France, and every person”. Chapel in France

In, I believe it was in Her third appearance, that She appeared to St. Catherine showing the medal that she wanted to be cast. On the medal, She holds Her Mantle out wide, as if encompassing all Her children beneath Her Mantle of Protection. The Mantle of the Blessed Mother has always symbolized the protection, love and mercy that Blessed Mary has shown for Her children through-out the ages.

When I was a young child in Catholic elementary school, we would often notice, during recess, the clouds above giving way to blue skies. We would point up and say, “there’s Our Lady’s Mantle!”

In the vision for the design of the medal, She stands on a globe because She is the Queen of Heaven and Earth. The crescent moon is at Her feet. The rings on Her hands emit dazzling, colored rays of Light which signify the graces She sends to Her children.  At that same moment St. Catherine heard a voice saying, These rays are a symbol of the graces that I pour out on those who ask them of me.” When asked why some of the rings were dark, She responded those were the graces for which people forgot to ask. (2)

Circling the oval of the medal were the words, O, Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee. The dogma of the Immaculate Conception would not be proclaimed until decades later.

Our Lady said to St. Catherine:

 When Mary spoke to St. Catherine, she said, “Have a medal made according to this model. For those who wear it with confidence, there will be abundant graces.” 

 Originally, it was the medal of the Immaculate Conception, but so many miracles began occurring that it began to be known as the Miraculous Medal, by which it is still known, today.

Prior to the heretical devastation of Vatican II, there was hardly a devout Catholic who did not wear the medal of Our Lady, the one She, the Queen of Heaven and Earth, gave to us. Wearing Her medal and carrying our rosaries with us, we always felt protected by Her. We were aware that She covered us with Her Presence every single moment of every single day. 

In the month of December 1830, during meditation, Catherine again heard the rustling sound, this time behind the altar. The same image of the medal appeared near the tabernacle, slightly behind it. “These rays are the symbol of the graces that the Blessed Virgin obtains for those who ask them of her…You will not see me anymore.” 

  Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in France

St. Catherine initially did not receive the needed cooperation to have the medal of Our Lady cast, but by the Fall of 1834, there were already 500,000 medals in existence. Within a year, a million. Within five years, ten million. By now….literally billions. 

St. Catherine wished to remain anonymous during her life. It was not till she was near death that she revealed that she was the visionary of the medal of miracles.

(A medal/religious pendant should always be blessed. They are not allowed to be sold already having been blessed. That is considered simony, the selling of blessings, blessed objects, sacramentals (and by extension, the sacraments).

 

1) The Way of the Rose

2) miraculousmedal.org

There’s Something About Eve

 

(Zoe-Eve was birthed through a Drop of Light onto the Water. Name of painting possibly connected to the Soul of the Universe.)

    What did the Madrians/Filianists know about Eve? Back in the 1970’s, I’m not sure how much was known about the Nag Hamadi texts or if the original Madrians could have known about the Divine or Spiritual Eve (Zoe-Eve), the Daughter of Holy Sophia. Perhaps they did.

    While Filianism briefly touched upon the possibility that Earthly Eve might have been a Divine Creatrix, the Madrians used the Name of Eve, Havah, in a very powerful way. They used the part of the Tetragrammaton which means Havah, Iot ‘E Voh, as a powerful blessing during both the Rite of Sacrifice and in the Great Rite, the Madrian liturgy. And words/phrases related to Eve/Havah were used by the priestess during the most miraculous part of the Communion Rite. I don’t know if they ever wrote anything further about Her and if not, it only creates a deeper puzzle as to why they would use Her Name in this most spiritually efficacious and quite astonishing manner.

No one knows for sure exactly how the Gnostics came to be, although evidence suggests that they were a highly educated Jewish sect strongly influenced by Platonism. They shared a suspicion of orthodoxy, a love of wisdom, and a faith in finding one’s own way to the divine.  Eve Reconsidered.

Unfortunately, early Gnostic Christians overlayed or completely rewrote some of the original Gnostic Texts. (The Wisdom Goddess, Rose Horman Arthur). Early Christians were known to hate women and say terrible things about the female race. While, in Gnosticism, women were treated in a more equal fashion, they simply could not leave Sophia and Eve alone. Early Gnostics enslaved Sophia and raped Eve. The demotion of Female Goddesses never ends. But Who does Eve say that She was?

   And I spoke thus….. “I am the foreknowledge of pure light; I am the thought of the undefiled spirit…Arise and remember…and beware of the deep sleep.” From the Secret Book of John. (Meaning do not forget who you are, why we are here or where you are going. The Hymn of the Pearl.)

In the article, Another Eve, the author clearly delineates the contrast between how the early Church ‘Fathers’ viewed Eve compared with how the Gnostics, in several of their gospels, understood Eve.

For thousands of years, women were made to feel inferior because Eve, our Fore-Mother, committed the act that would cause intense suffering for humanity for thousands upon thousands upon thousands of years, including, very specifically, the pain of childbirth. These stories were never meant to be taken literally. While there is some truth to the beginnings of them, these are stories that were written by men. And as time went along, the more they ranted and raved against Eve, the more you have to wonder, why? Who was She, really?  What were they afraid of?

Though Gnosticism is very far from perfect, perhaps the original Jewish writers gave us a glimpse of the Truth. The Creatrix, Sophia, had a Daughter and Her Name was Zoe-Eve. This Higher, Spiritual Eve, out of sheer Love, descended down through the Seven Realms and brought Life and the Light of Her Mother to all of humanity through Adam. She is our Divine Fore-mother. She is Our Ancestral Divinity. She is Saviouress. And in the very beginnings of the Madrian Faith, She was there and is with us still, in our Rite of Sacrifice, in our liturgy, in our blessings.

    Zoe-Eve brought the Life and Light of Her Mother to all the children of the Earth through Adam. Gaia Sophia resides with us as the World Soul, the Soul of Nature and the Wisdom of Nature (Sophia Natura). Mother Sophia, Lady Wisdom, dwells within our hearts as Divine Love.

   Dea surrounds us, envelops us, spiritually nourishes us and has never left us despite all the machinations of those who despised Her, raped Her, demoted Her and tried to make Her male. In several schools of Gnostic thought, the male came from the Divine Feminine and look how they treated their Mother.

For I am the first and the last.
I am the honored and the scorned,
I am the harlot and the holy one. 

                                                                                                      Thunder, Perfect Mind.