Keep your eyes
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August 21, 2017
(Gen 1:14-15) And
God said: Let there be lights made in the firmament of heaven, to
divide the day and the night, and let them be for signs, and for
seasons, and for days and years: To shine in the firmament of heaven,
and to give light upon the earth, and it was so done.
SOLAR ECLIPSE LINKS
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CATHOLIC EXCHANGE: Mary and the Great American Solar Eclipse
FR RICHARD HEILMAN: Striking Phenomena During this Centennial Year of Fatima
EXCERPT ALETEIA: The Surprising Liturgical Coincidence of the Solar Eclipse
While the upcoming solar eclipse may not be a sign of the “end times,”
it does occur on a significant day and year of the Church’s liturgical
The eclipse will occur on August 21. The primary feast for this day is
Saint Pius X, a pope who chose the motto “to renew all things in
Christ.” He is most well known for lowering the age of Holy Communion
and said, “Holy Communion is the shortest and safest way to Heaven.”
Another celebration on August 21 in the Church’s calendar is Our Lady
of Knock. It was on August 21, 1879 that the Virgin Mary appeared to 15
people in a small parish church in Ireland. Three figures appeared,
that of the Blessed Virgin, St. Joseph and St. John. Furthermore, a
witness described, “Above the altar and resting on it was a lamb and
around it I saw golden stars, or small brilliant lights, glittering
like jets or glass balls, reflecting the light of some luminous body.”
Additionally, “a farmer in the distance, about half a mile away from
the scene, went out to have a look at his land. He saw something that
attracted his attention; he described what he saw as a large globe of
What’s interesting is that Our Lady of Knock spoke no words as at other
of her appearances. Soon after, cures were reported at the site of the
apparition and Our Lady of Knock is still strengthening the faith of
the Irish and other devotees from around the world.
Last of all the solar eclipse occurs during the year of the 100th
anniversary of Fatima. The famous apparitions of Mary ended with one
last “Miracle of the Sun” that occurred on October 13, 1917. People
describe what they saw that day as the sun “dancing” in the sky; they
were able to gaze at the sun without hurting their eyes. It was a
miracle witnessed by thousands of people.
In Christian symbolism the moon is often seen as a symbol of the Virgin
Mary, since it reflects the light of the sun just as she reflects the
light of the Son of God. At the same time, in Revelation she is
described as, “clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet”
All of these events and symbolism can come to mind on Aug. 21 as we
enjoy the eclipse (take the needed precautions to protect your eyes!),
remembering Mary’s role in Salvation History. She is the one in whom we
find refuge in times of trial and who intercedes on our behalf.
A MOMENT WITH MARY: In Knock, the Virgin appeared with Saint Joseph and Saint John
On the rainy Thursday evening of August 21, 1879, at about 9 o'clock in
the evening, at Knock Mhuire (County Mayo, Ireland), Mary McLoughlin,
45, and Mary Byrne, 29, saw a vision of the Virgin at the south gable
of Knock Parish Church. Surprised, the women alerted several others in
the village. Sixteen more people ran to the place and all of them saw
the Virgin for nearly two hours. Those who left and later returned
continued to witness the apparition.
The Virgin stood about two feet from the ground. She was clothed in
white robes with a brilliant crown on her head. She was in an attitude
of prayer. Saint Joseph and Saint John the Evangelist stood at her
side. The witnesses also saw an "altar" with a lamb and a cross.
Although the witnesses standing before the gable were drenched, no rain
fell in the direction of the gable. The apparition was fully silent,
and physical cures followed it.
On the altar, the sacrificial Lamb evokes the sacrifice of Calvary,
made present every day during Mass. Saint John the Evangelist appeared
as a priest, designating Mary present at the foot of the Cross given by
Christ as his Mother to the disciple by the words: "Woman, behold, your
Son." Each one of us is called to become a member of Christ, and to
participate with him and Mary in the mystery of Redemption.
of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 15- "On incorruptible purity
A fox pretends to be asleep, and the body and
demons pretend to be chaste; the former in order to deceive a bird, and
the latter in order to destroy a soul.
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