Author: Shirley Aaron

The First Girl With Down Syndrome To Compete In Miss Minnesota USA Beauty Pagent

The First Girl With Down Syndrome To Compete In Miss Minnesota USA Beauty Pagent

Mikayla Holmgren

The First Girl with Down syndrome To competed in Miss Minnesota USA

“I want to be a light shining for acceptance.”

When Mikayla Holmgren, a 22-year-old student at Bethel University, received her invitation to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA Pageant, she knew she had to accept. Having been dancing since the age of six, Mikayla was crowned Minnesota Junior Miss Amazing in 2015, and now she’s making headlines as the first woman with Down Syndrome to compete in Miss Minnesota USA.

Mikayla was awarded the Spirit of Miss USA Award and the Director’s Award at the pageant. She told CBS, “I’m just really excited it’s out in the world, and people are going to know about it.”

But Mikayla is far from finished yet. In the future she hopes to continue dancing, to teach young children, and to use her voice to advocate for others. On her Facebook page in October she wrote:

“I hope to continue dancing. I want to teach art to young children. And would love to model. I want to live independently and continue to be an advocate for inclusion. I want to be a light shining for acceptance.”

May that light reach every corner of the world.

Archeologists Discover How Old The Burial Tomb Of Christ Really Is

Archeologists Discover How Old The Burial Tomb Of Christ Really Is

Archaeologists discover how old the Holy Sepulchre really is.

The dates align with historical records regarding Constantine’s efforts to claim the site.

The Tomb of the Holy Spulchre, also called the Edicule, was opened for the first time in centuries in 2016 and underwent extensive renovations. During that time, samples of mortar were extracted for dating. The results give credence to the belief that this is, in fact, the site where Jesus was lain after being taken down from the cross.

National Geographic has the story:

During their year-long restoration of the Edicule, the scientists were also able to determine that a significant amount of the burial cave remains enclosed within the walls of the shrine. Mortar samples taken from remains of the southern wall of the cave were dated to 335 and 1570, which provide additional evidence for construction works from the Roman period, as well as a documented 16th-century restoration. Mortar taken from the tomb entrance has been dated to the 11th century and is consistent with the reconstruction of the Edicule following its destruction in 1009.

The mortar was tested and found to be from around the year 345, which falls in line with our historical records of Constantine’s efforts.

We know that Constantine, the first Christian Roman emperor, set out to discover the location of Jesus’s tomb in 325. His representatives were directed to a Roman temple, dedicated to Venus, which was built over the site. Constantine had the temple razed and further excavations revealed a small tomb dug into the limestone. Constantine built the Church of the Holy Sepulchre over it, and his architects removed the top of the tomb so they could build the beautiful Edicule.

Another piece of this historical puzzle comes from the most defining aspect of the tomb, the “burial bed.” Burial beds are long shelves or tables where the body of the deceased would be laid. The “burial bed” in the Tomb of the Holy Sepulcre was covered with a marble cap, which is believed to have been installed between 1300 and 1555. This cap was lifted during the restoration and an older broken marble slab was revealed.

These new tests have shown that this older slab was most likely mortared in place during the 4th century, under the orders of Emperor Constantine.




How A Satanic Girl Tried To Steal The Eucharist

How A Satanic Girl Tried To Steal The Eucharist



The most important document that describes the miracle is the “Protocol of Justice”. This was compiled on July 16, 1447 by Hermann von Russeg, Lord of Buron. Its translation reads:

“On Wednesday, May 23,1447, the Blessed Sacrament was stolen from the parish Church of Ettiswil, and soon after it was found by Margaret Schulmeister, a young Lady who had a swineherd. The Holy Eucharist was not far from the parish church, close to the fence and thrown on the ground among nettles, and looked like a bright flower.”

After close investigation, the police arrested a young lady, Anna Vögtli from Bischoffingen, who soon of her own accord, confessed everything:

“Having slipped my hand in the narrow iron gate, I got hold of the large Host. But as soon as I went beyond the cemetery wall, the Host became so heavy that I was unable to carry the Sacred Host any longer. Being unable to go forward or to go backward, I threw away the Host, close to a fence in the nettles”.

The Sacred Host was discovered by Fraulein Margaret Schulmeister, a swineherd. She stated that:

“Once I arrived with my pigs close to the place where the Blessed Sacrament had been thrown, my animals did not want to go further. I asked the help of two men who were passing by on their horses. The two men saw in the grass the stolen Host divided in seven sections. Six of the Sections formed a flower similar to a rose and a great light was surrounding them.” The local parish priest was informed. He at once, together with all the parishioners, went there to pick up the Host and to bring the Sacred Host back to the church. He picked up the six Sections, but when he wanted to pick up the main central Section, this stuck to the ground before everybody’s eyes. This partition was interpreted as a sign, and it was decided to build a chapel precisely at that place where the Host had disappeared. The six Sections were kept in the church of Ettiswil and became a Sacred Object of great veneration by the inhabitants of the village and of foreigners. God performed many miracles there. The chapel and the altar were consecrated on December 28, 1448: a year and half after the events.



‘They Open for Us The Way to Heaven’ – Pope Francis On World Day Of The Poor

‘They Open for Us The Way to Heaven’ – Pope Francis On World Day Of The Poor

Pope on World Day of the Poor: They open for us the way to heaven.

Pope Francis is offered bread as he leads a special Mass to mark the new World Day of the Poor in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, November 19, 2017 – REUTERS.


Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Sunday – the XXXIII Sunday in Ordinary Time and the first-ever World Day of the Poor – in St. Peter’s Basilica. The Holy Father announced the World Day of the Poor during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, and entrusted its organization and promotion to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.

There were some 4 thousand needy people in the congregation for the Mass, after which Pope Francis offered Sunday lunch in the Paul VI Hall.

Speaking off the cuff to guests at the luncheon, the Holy Father said, “We pray that the Lord bless us, bless this meal, bless those who have prepared it, bless us all, bless our hearts, our families, our desires, our lives and give us health and strength.” The Holy Father went on to ask God’s blessing on all those eating and serving in soup kitchens throughout the city. “Rome,” he said, “is full of this [charity and good will] today.”

The World Day of the Poor is to be marked annually, on the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

In the homily he prepared for the occasion and delivered in St. Peter’s Basilica following the Gospel reading, Pope Francis said, “In the poor, Jesus knocks on the doors of our heart, thirsting for our love.” He went on to say, “When we overcome our indifference and, in the name of Jesus, we give of ourselves for the least of his brethren, we are his good and faithful friends, with whom he loves to dwell.”

Reminding the faithful that it is precisely in the poor, we find the presence of Jesus, who, though rich, became poor (cf. 2 Cor 8:9), and that there is therefore in each and every poor person, a “saving power” present, Pope Francis said, “[I]f in the eyes of the world they have little value, they are the ones who open to us the way to heaven.”

“For us,” the Pope continued, “it is an evangelical duty to care for them, as our real riches, and to do so not only by giving them bread, but also by breaking with them the bread of God’s word, which is addressed first to them.

“To love the poor,” Pope Francis said, “means to combat all forms of poverty, spiritual and material: and it will also do us good. Drawing near to the poor in our midst will touch our lives. It will remind us of what really counts: to love God and our neighbour. Only this lasts forever, everything else passes away.


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