your eyes open!...
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Week of December 8, 2013
(Rev 12:1) And
a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the
moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
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PAPAL ENCYCLICALS: THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION Ineffabilis Deus Apostolic Constitution issued by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1854
"We declare, pronounce and define that the doctrine which holds that
the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the first instant of her conception, by a
singular privilege and grace of the Omnipotent God, in virtue of the
merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of mankind, was preserved immaculate
from all stain of original sin, has been revealed by God, and therefore
should firmly and constantly be believed by all the faithful...."
CNA ARCHIVE EXCERPT: Historian reveals how Pius IX decided to proclaim dogma of Immaculate Conception
French historian and professor Louis Baunard said that while gazing
upon the Mediterranean from the city, “the Pope mediated on remarks
made to him by Cardinal Luigi Lambruschini: Holy Father, you will not
be able to heal the world unless you proclaim the dogma of the
Immaculate Conception. Only this dogmatic definition will reestablish
the meaning of the Christian truths and bring minds back from the paths
of naturalism upon which they have become lost.”
According to Guglietta, naturalism, which rejected all supernatural
truth, could be considered the “backdrop” for the Pope’s proclamation
of the dogma. “The affirmation of the Immaculate Conception of the
Virgin laid a strong foundation for affirming and strengthening the
certainty of the primacy of grace and the work of Providence in the
lives of men.”
GUADALUPE: Our Lady of Guadalupe 'completely beyond' scientific explanation
MORE: Science Sees What Mary Saw From Juan Diego’s Tilma
Engineer José Aste Tonsmann of the Mexican Center of Guadalupan Studies
began his study in 1979. He magnified the iris of the Virgin's eyes
2,500 times and, through mathematical and optical procedures, was able
to identify all the people imprinted in the eyes.
The eyes reflect the witnesses of the Guadalupan miracle the moment
Juan Diego unfurled his tilma before the bishop, according to Tonsmann.
In the eyes, Tonsmann believes, it is possible to discern a seated
Indian, who is looking up to the heavens; the profile of a balding,
elderly man with a white beard, much like the portrait of Bishop
Zumárraga painted by Miguel Cabrera to depict the miracle; and a
younger man, in all probability interpreter Juan González.
Also present is an Indian, likely Juan Diego, of striking features with
a beard and mustache, who unfolds his own tilma before the bishop; a
woman of dark complexion, possibly a Negro slave who was in the
bishop's service; and a man with Spanish features who looks on
pensively, stroking his beard with his hand.
In summary, the Virgin's eyes bear a kind of instant picture of what
occurred at the moment the image was unveiled in front of the bishop,
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