Saturday, 6 January 2018

What Happened in Walsingham?

1465 AD

The Pynson Ballad

The Story of Our Lady of Walsingham

“All who are in any way distressed or in need, let them seek me there in that little house you have made in Walsingham. To all that seek me there shall be given help.”

Our Lady to Richeldis de Feverches in 1061.

“When England returns to Walsingham Our Lady will return to England.”

Pope Leo XIII. 1893

This chapel was founded in the year 1061, during the reign of Saint Edward, King of our land.

All you spiritual people devoted to this place, coming to ask Our Lady’s help in all kinds of trouble and need, you can learn how this chapel came into existence by reading the story of a miracle as recounted below.

A noble widow, sometime lady of this place, a woman of virtuous life whose name was Richeldis, asked Our Lady if she could honour her in some special way. The Blessed Virgin granted this prayer in the manner I shall describe, asking her to build this chapel in her memory.

Our Lady led Richeldis in spirit to Nazareth and showed her the house where the angel had greeted her. “Look, daughter,” said Our Lady. “Take the measurements of this house and erect another one like it in Walsingham, dedicated to praising and honouring me. All who come there shall find help in their need.

It shall be a perpetual memorial to the great joy of the Annunciation, ground and origin of all my joys and the root of humanity’s gracious Redemption. This came about through Gabriel’s message that I would be a mother through my humility, and conceive God’s Son in virginity.”

The devout woman saw this vision three times. She gladly took note of the measurements of the building, thanking our Lady for the grace that never deserts the needy. That very same hour she called workmen together to build the chapel Our Lady asked for.

That night a meadow was soaked with heavenly dew sent down by Mary. Only two places were marked as her choice, for on them no dew had fallen. They remained dry. This was the first intimation of where our new Nazareth should stand, built like the first in the Holy Land.

When everything was ready Richeldis remained in a quandary. Which of the two places shown by Our Lady should be chosen for her house since both areas were equal in circumference? For there were two miraculous dry places in the dew, as Gideon’s fleece had likewise remained dry.

The widow thought that the best choice would be to erect Our Lady’s house where the chapel of St Lawrence now stands by the twin wells. Visitors to the place know it well.

The carpenters set to work, digging the foundations on which the holy house would rise. But they were soon baffled by the fact that nothing seemed to fit together properly despite all their carful reckoning. They felt very discouraged at this failure for they could not account for it naturally.

At last they laid down their tools and Richeldis told them to go off and rest. She was confident that Our Lady, who was the initiator of the work in hand, would bring it to completion in her own way. For this Richeldis prayed earnestly.

All night the widow remained in prayer; while our Blessed Lady, the chief architect, raised the house by the hands of angels and set it two hundred feet or more from the original site. Books mention this.

When the builders returned in the morning to continue their work, they found every part of the building faultlessly joined, far better than anything they could have done themselves. So each man returned to his own home, and the holy woman thanked Our Lady for the great favour she had shown her.

Since then Our Lady has performed many miracles here, too many to recount in a short space. For more than four hundred years chronicles bear witness that those who visit Mary’s house on pilgrimage are, as it were, daily showered with grace. Many sick have been cured by Our Lady’s power, the dead revived, the lame made whole, the blind have had their sight restored. Sailors have been brought safely to port through tempest and storm. Deaf-mutes, lunatics and lepers have all been made well through Our Lady’s intercession.

People troubled by evil spirits have experienced deliverance. Also souls suffering from inner problems have found comfort. Every human suffering, bodily or spiritual, can find a remedy here by devoutly calling upon Our Lady.

Therefore, pilgrims all, strive to serve Our Lady with humble love. Apply yourself to doing as she would wish, remembering the great joy of her Annunciation. This brief ballad, though lacking in rhythm and eloquence, has been written in her honour.

Educated folk with greater intelligence can learn more about the founding of this chapel by consulting learned books. Chronicles about it can help you understand the whole history and circumstances surrounding this place, for they bear witness to it.

O England, you have every reason to be glad that you are compared to the promised land of Sion. This glorious Lady’s grace and favour attest that you can be called everywhere the holy land, Our Lady’s Dowry, a name given to you from of old.

This title is due to the fact that here is built the house of new Nazareth in honour of our heavenly Queen and her glorious Salutation. As Gabriel hailed her with an ‘Ave’ in old Nazareth, so here that is daily remembered with joy. O gracious Lady, glory of Jerusalem, cypress of Sion and Joy of Israel, Rose of Jericho and Star of Bethlehem, O glorious Lady, do not deny our requests for you are the most merciful of all women. Therefore, Blessed Lady, grant your great grace to all who devoutly visit this place.

This account of the founding of Walsingham is the only medieval document we have telling of the Shrine’s beginnings. It was printed by Richard Pynson in 1493, but most likely dates from around 1465. The documents and books referred to in the ballad have now all been lost.

This is a modern and slightly adapted rendering of the story. Found on a board in Walsingham.

Our Lady of Walsingham. Image:

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Important Catholic Books: The Diary of Sister Faustina
The Diary of Sister Faustina is a very precious book giving a deep insight into the soul of a saint. The main theme of Faustyna's mission, which the Lord Himself gave her, was to spread the devotion of His divine mercy. Jesus emphasises, that His mercy towards sinners who repent, is many times bigger, than all the greatest sins of humans put together.

Saint Pope John Paul II. declared the first Sunday after Easter as the Feast of the Divine Mercy, according to instructions given by the Lord to saint Faustyna.

The diary is made up of six note books in which Faustyna wrote down some of her spiritual experiences and dialogues with Jesus. She offered all her sufferings for sinners and dying people. She was also often visited by the souls of the dying or poor souls in purgatory and prayed for their salvation.

The diary is not a book you read in one night, but it will help the reader make great progress in their religious understanding.

View the book in the UK

View the book in the USA

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Important Catholic Books: My Heart Will Triumph

Mirjana Soldo: My Heart Will TriumphMirjana Soldo-Dragicevic is one of six seers who claim to have visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Hercegovinian village of Medjugoje. The apparitions started back in 1981 and are lasting till today.

My Heart Will Triumph is the first book written by a visionary from the Medjugorje apparitions, and therefore gives us a direct and lively report of what happened. The reader experiences the apparitions through the eyes of the author.

In her book, Mirjana imparts the reader hope and joy through faith, and also adds bits of humour. She talks about the ten secrets, without revealing them assures us, that there is no need for fear. Her account reminds us of what really matters in life and how much God and Mary love us.

Mirjana also tells the reader about her difficult times and sufferings which she went through during the early and middle years of the apparitions, when both the communist state of Yugoslavia and the local Bishop made her life and those of her fellow seers anything else than easy. At the same these reports make the Marian apparitions even more credible.

I highly recommend this book because it gives a close account of what Medjugorje is all about, and how important faith is for humanity.

My Heart Will Triumph is available as a paperback on Amazon.
Download a free e-book of My Heart Will Triumph

The Holy Guardian Angels

On the 2nd of October, the Church reminds us of our guardian angel. God has given each one of us a guardian angel to accompany and protect us throughout our whole life. Don't forget to make use of this special "service" and pray to your guardian angel! He is waiting to help, for love of God and of you.

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Jesus, Who because of Your burning love for us willed to be crucified and to shed Your Most Precious Blood for the redemption and salvation of our souls, look down upon us and grant the petition we ask for ... ( mention here)

We trust completely in Your Mercy. Cleanse us from sin by Your Grace, sanctify our work, give us and all those who are dear to us our daily bread, lighten the burden of our sufferings, bless our families, and grant to the nations, so sorely afflicted, Your Peace, which is the only true peace, so that by obeying Your Commandments we may come at last to the glory of Heaven.

 (Prayer from EWTN)

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

A beautiful prayer in honour of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

In Honour of the Assumption O Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God and Mother of men. We believe with all the fervour of our faith in your triumphal Assumption, both in body and soul, into heaven, where you are acclaimed as Queen by all the choirs of angels and all the legions of saints; and we unite with them to praise and bless the Lord who has exalted you above all other pure creatures, and to offer you the tribute of our devotion and our love.

We know that your gaze, which on earth watched over the humble and suffering humanity of Jesus, is filled in heaven with the vision of that Humanity glorified, and with the vision of Uncreated Wisdom; and that the joy of your soul in the direct contemplation of the adorable Trinity causes your heart to throb with overwhelming tenderness.

And we, poor sinners, whose body weighs down the flight of the soul, beg you to purify our hearts, so that, while we remain here below, we may learn to see God, and God alone, in the beauties of His creatures.

We trust that your merciful eyes may deign to glance down upon our miseries and our sorrows, upon our struggles and our weaknesses; that your countenance may smile upon our joys and our victories; that you may hear the voice of Jesus saying to you of each one of us, as He once said to you of His beloved disciple: behold thy son.

And we who call upon you as our Mother, like John, take you as the guide, strength, and consolation of our mortal life.

We are inspired by the certainty that your eyes which wept over the earth, watered by the Blood of Jesus, are yet turned toward this world, held in the clutch of wars, persecutions, and oppression of the just and the weak.

And from the shadows of this vale of tears, we seek in your heavenly assistance and tender mercy comfort for our aching hearts and help in the trials of the Church and of our fatherland.

We believe, finally, that in the glory where you reign, clothed with the sun and crowned with the stars, you are, after Jesus, the joy and gladness of all the angels and of all the saints.

And from this earth, over which we tread as pilgrims, comforted by our faith in the future resurrection, we look to you, our life, our sweetness, and our hope; draw us onward with the sweetness of your voice, that one day, after our exile, you may show us Jesus, the blessed Fruit of your womb, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
Composed by Pope Pius XII. 

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Transfiguration of Jesus

The Transfiguration of Jesus happened when Jesus and three of his apostles, Peter, James, John, went to a mountain to pray. Jesus was transfigured and became radiant in glory upon a mountain. He began to shine with bright rays of light. The prophets Moses and Elijah appeared next to him and he spoke with them. A voice calling Jesus "Son" from the sky was heard.

Transfiguration of Jesus

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