In 1858, Our Lady chose a cold rainy day in the dumping grounds of a town in France to show to our world that the Kingdom of God has come upon us! Something started almost invisibly … yet since then, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes has been a very visible sign of the Kingdom of God.
A while back, I went for a retreat with the Sisters of Bethlehem in Livingston Manor in Upper New York state. These sisters are cloistered, living in hermitages. The hermitage is a place where these sisters live in seclusion from the world for religious reasons. They have hardly any interaction with the outside world … but I would say they are the center of the world through the power of prayer!
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Shakespeare’s Hamlet says, "the time is out of joint" (Act I, scene 5) expressing his idea that his world is not sane and that things are not as they should be. And he continues with “I was born to set it right!"
There’s a great new film out called Fatima that is a beautiful retelling of the events of the apparitions in Portugal in 1917. It is very realistic and brings alive the historical and social context in which Our Lady appeared to the three shepherd children.
Jesus was saying some things that were so amazing, the group was left speechless. Maybe they couldn’t believe they were hearing words that would have been so blasphemous to their ears!