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A True Testimony: The Kansas Town The Blessed Virgin Mary Spared From War II, Through The Rosary 

A True Testimony: The Kansas Town The Blessed Virgin Mary Spared From War II, Through The Rosary 


I was 5 years old when World War II started,” Lilian said. “The priest said, ‘Let’s pray outside at the grotto …'”

St. Benedict, Kansas, will be remembering their war dead on Memorial Day. But they won’t remember any from World War II, Korea, or Desert Storm.

The town has sent many young men to war, but none were lost — and local Catholics credit the Rosary.

Larry Buessing remembers St. Mary’s Church in the tiny town of St. Benedict as the church his grandfather helped build in 1893. “He was a little boy and he led the mule that raised the rock to put in place for the church,” he said.

The church, built by the Benedictines of Atchison, Kansas, is plain on the outside, but breathtakingly beautiful inside, such that it was a finalist for one of the “8 Wonders of Kansas” in a recent statewide contest.

“Faith was not extraordinary for those German farmers,” said Buessing. “It was a faith-filled community.”

That faith included the Rosary, whose 15 original mysteries are referenced in art on the church walls. Outside, the church added a grotto in 1936, using rocks from nearby farms.

Lilian Engelken, a parish secretary at St. Mary’s for 28 years, heard stories about how the grotto was built.

“The young men of the parish helped bring the rocks,” she said. They were the same young men who would later be sent to Europe and the Pacific to fight the Axis Powers.

When war broke out, said Lilian, the parish pastor told us, “We’re going to say the Rosary for our servicemen.”

And that they did, every night at 7:30, “after chores were done” – weather permitting. In inclement weather they prayed in the church instead.

Engelken remembers more than 50 young men headed off to war. Every single one came back.

Others suffered heavy losses. The town of Frankfort, also in Northeast Kansas, lost 32 young men in World War II.

“Based on records from local county newspapers of that time, it is concluded that the Frankfort community lost more men in World War II than any other town of similar size,” said Sen. Pat Roberts, upon entering all 32 names into the Congressional Record in 2005.

The miracle of the Rosary is remembered by parishioners to this day.

“Some of us do remember going and we were quite little. I was 5 years old when World War II started,” Lilian said. “The priest said, ‘Let’s pray outside at the grotto on our knees and ask for them to come back.’ And they all did.”

When the Korean War broke out, the town sent more men overseas, and prayed more rosaries. Again, no casualties were lost. The practice was remembered in 1991 when Desert Storm brought troops to Kuwait. Again, the town gathered for prayers. Again, “St. Benedict boys” were spared.

“We had three neighbor boys who went to war, and two or three who lived half a mile the other direction. I was young but I knew them because of older brothers and sisters,” Lilian said. “They all came back. Our Lady was good to us.”

There are other more dramatic miracles of the Rosary from World War II — there were the eight German missionaries who prayed the Rosary daily in Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II, and walked away unscathed after the atomic bomb destroyed everything around them on August 6, 1945. There were also Austria’s daily rosaries to fend off communist takeover after the war was over.

But the miracle of the Rosary at St. Benedict, Kansas, reminds us how Our Lady takes cares of the humble, the dedicated and the devout who pray for peace, war after war.

‘St. Charbel Cured My Blindness’ – Phoenix Mother 

‘St. Charbel Cured My Blindness’ – Phoenix Mother 

After praying before the relics, confession and being blessed with holy oil, Dafne Gutierrez experienced profound healing.

Phoenix Mother: St. Charbel Cured My Blindness

PHOENIX — After a Phoenix mother lost her eyesight due to a rare medical condition, she feared she would never be able to see her four children again. But then St. Charbel came to her rescue.

Dafne Gutierrez suffered from benign intracranial hypertension (BIH), a condition that causes increased pressure in the brain. In 2012, the increased pressure caused her to lose vision in her right eye. Three years later, in November 2015, the Catholic mother lost sight in her left eye, as well.

Phoenix’s local CBS affiliate, KPHO, quoted Gutierrez’s plea to God:

“For me, I was like, ‘Please God, let me see those faces again. Let me be their mother again.’ Because I feel like [my kids] were watching me, taking care of me 24/7.”

For more than a year, Gutierrez struggled to adjust to her disability, which now included occasional seizures, as well as blindness. Then, in January 2016, when Phoenix’s St. Joseph Maronite Church announced that the relics of St. Charbel Makhlouf (also spelled “Sharbel”) would be visiting the church, Gutierrez’s sister encouraged her to visit and to pray for the saint’s intercession.

Although she is not a member of the Maronite rite, Gutierrez visited the church Jan. 16, prayed before the relics, went to confession and was blessed with holy oil by the pastor, Father Wissam Akiki. Gutierrez recalled that, immediately afterward, her body felt “different.”

The following morning, she rose and returned to the church for Sunday Mass. Again, she experienced a different sensation.

And early in the morning Jan. 18, Gutierrez awoke with a searing pain in her eyes. She remembers how much they burned. And when her husband turned on the lights, she said the brightness hurt her eyes. She claimed, at 4am, that she could see shadows; but her husband insisted that was impossible because she was blind. He later described what he called “an odor of burned meat” coming from her nostrils.

According to The Maronite Voice, the newsletter of the Maronite Eparchies of the U.S., “That morning she called her ophthalmologist, and she was evaluated the next day. Her exam showed that she was still legally blind, with abnormal optic nerves. Two days later, she saw a different ophthalmologist, and her vision was a perfect 20/20, with completely normal optic nerves. Subsequently, she saw her original ophthalmologist one week later, and her vision was documented to be normal, with completely normal exam.”

No Medical Explanation

Dr. Anne Borik, a board-certified internal medicine physician who later testified regarding Gutierrez’s healing, was called in by the Church to review the case. Earlier this month, Borik — a member of St. Timothy’s Roman Catholic parish nearby, but who attends St. Joseph Maronite frequently — talked by phone with the Catholic Register about her findings. She explained that the brain condition Gutierrez suffered from causes the optic nerve to constrict. Once the optic disc — the spot at which the optic nerve enters the eyeball — is damaged, it’s too late to fix. Because, when the pressure in the brain reaches high levels, as it did in Gutierrez’s case, the optic nerves become strangulated.

“Unfortunately, once the blindness occurs,” said Borik, “it’s irreversible.”

Images of Gutierrez’s optic disc revealed significant damage: “We have pictures,” said Borik, “to confirm that the optic disc was chronically atrophied. There was significant swelling, or papilledema.”

But after Gutierrez’s vision returned, Borik reported, there was no evidence of the aberrations that were evident on earlier images. “In the post-healing pictures,” Borik said, “her optic disc is back to normal. Her vision is completely restored. She has no more seizures. That is why I, as a medical doctor, have no explanation.”

A medical committee, led by Borik, undertook a thorough review of Gutierrez’s medical records, as well as repeated examinations. The committee wrote, “After a thorough physical exam, extensive literature search and review of all medical records, we have no medical explanation and therefore believe this to be a miraculous healing through the intercession of St. Charbel.”

Unexpected Healing Strengthens Faith.

Borik is enthusiastic about the healing, telling the Register, “It has changed my practice! It has changed how I relate to patients. Now,” she said, referring to her relationship with those entrusted to her care, “prayer is such an important part of what we do.”

Father Wissam Akiki, pastor of St. Joseph Maronite Church, had a devotion to St. Charbel, and he installed a large picture of the saint in the parish shortly after his arrival in 2014. Then, in 2016, he arranged to bring St. Charbel’s relics to his parish as part of a U.S. tour.

Father Akiki remembers when Gutierrez showed up to venerate the relics. Father Akiki approached her. “I heard her confession,” he told the Register. “We prayed together, and I said to her daughter, ‘Take care of your mom, and your mom is going to see you soon.’ Then, in only three days, she called the church to report that she could see.”

Father Akiki acknowledged that Gutierrez’s healing has strengthened the faith and changed the face of St. Joseph Maronite Church. “People are coming here to pray, traveling from Germany, Bolivia, Canada, Australia, Jerusalem.”

Following the healing, Father Akiki planned to erect a shrine to St. Charbel at his parish, with a two-ton sculpture of the saint cut from a single stone and imported from Lebanon. The shrine will be open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Father Akiki expected that the dedication of the shrine March 26, 2016, would draw crowds, including Maronite Bishop A. Elias Zaidan, Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted and many local dignitaries.

Bishop Zaidan attributed Gutierrez’s recovery to the intercession of St. Charbel. “May this healing of the sight of Dafne,” he wrote in The Maronite Voice, “be an inspiration for all of us to seek the spiritual sight, in order to recognize the will of God in our lives and to act accordingly.”

Cristofer Pereyra, director of the Hispanic Office of the Phoenix Diocese, told Fox News that Bishop Olmsted spoke with the doctors and reviewed the case. “The bishop wanted to make sure there was no scientific explanation for the miraculous recovery of Dafne’s sight,” Pereyra reported.

The greatest change, of course, has been for Gutierrez and her children. Since her eyesight was restored, Dafne’s life has changed dramatically: She can once again check her children’s homework, watch them at play with friends, and manage her household chores without extra assistance.

Her prayer was answered.

Who Was St. Charbel?

Born Youssef Antoun Makhlouf in the high mountains of northern Lebanon in 1828, St. Charbel (also spelled Sharbel) was the youngest of five children in a poor but religious family. His baptismal name was Joseph; only when he entered a monastery at the age of 23 was he given the name Charbel, after an early martyr. He studied in seminary and was ordained a priest in 1858. For 16 years, Father Charbel lived with his brother priests; theirs was a communal life of prayer and devotion to God.

St. Charbel

In 1875, Father Charbel was granted permission to live a hermit’s life. In his rugged cabin, for the next 23 years, he practiced mortification and sacrifice — often wearing a hair shirt, sleeping on the ground, and eating only one meal a day. The Eucharist was the focus of his life. The holy priest celebrated daily Mass at 11am, spending the morning in preparation and the rest of the day in thanksgiving.

Father Charbel was 70 years old when he suffered a seizure while celebrating Mass. A priest assisting him was forced to pry the Eucharist out of his rigid hands. He never regained consciousness; and eight days later, on Christmas Eve in 1898, Father Charbel died. His body was interred in the ground without a coffin and without embalming, according to the monks’ custom, dressed in the full habit of the order.

For the next 45 nights, a most unusual event occurred: According to many local townspeople, an extraordinarily bright light appeared above his tomb, lighting the night sky. Finally, after the mysterious light persisted, officials at the monastery petitioned the ecclesiastical authorities for permission to exhume Charbel’s body. When the grave was opened four months after Charbel’s death, his body was found to be incorrupt. Twenty-eight years after his death, in 1928, and again in 1950, the grave was reopened, and his body was also found to be without decay.

Numerous medical researchers were permitted to examine the remains, and all confirmed that the saint’s body was preserved from decay. For 67 years, the body remained intact, even when left outdoors unprotected for an entire summer — although it consistently gave off a liquid that had the odor of blood. Finally, though, Charbel’s body followed the natural course. When the tomb was again opened at the time of his beatification in 1965, it was found to be decayed, except for the skeleton, which was deep red in color.

The inexplicable restoration of Dafne Gutierrez’s eyesight is not the first healing credited to St. Charbel. Dr. Anne Borik reported that there have been hundreds — perhaps thousands — of miracles attributed to the saint.

Pope Francis is said to have a deep devotion to St. Charbel. On the Christmas of 2016, Borik reported, the Holy Father asked to have a relic of St. Charbel sewn into the hem of his vestments.


National Catholic Register 

Blood Of Christ On The Host? Priest In Mexico Receives Instructions From Mysterious Voice At 3pm – The Hour Of Mercy

Blood Of Christ On The Host? Priest In Mexico Receives Instructions From Mysterious Voice At 3pm – The Hour Of Mercy

For a while now, the commission established by Cardinal Jose Francisco Robles Ortega and presided by Monsignor Ramiro Valdez Sanchez have been investigating the presumed Eucharistic Miracle occurred in Guadalajara (Mexico) in the parish of Santa Maria Madre della Chiesa in front of the dismayed eyes of the Reverend Jose Dolores Castellanos Gudino and his parishioners on July 24, 2014. 

The priest claims to have received instructions from a mysterious voice to open the tabernacle at 3 pm and, after having gathered the parishioners, opening it he found the hosts covered in blood.

Although this is an inexplicable phenomenon, the Mexican diocese has waited before declaring that it was a miracle, since in these cases, for practice imposed by the Vatican, all the tests necessary to exclude natural and scientifically provable causes must first be carried out. Once the exams have been concluded, it will finally be possible to dissolve any doubt and declare that it has indeed been a miracle.

The story of Father Gudino on the probable Eucharistic Miracle The story of Father Gudino on the probable Eucharistic Miracle

As reported by Father Gudino to the commission on 24 July 2014 while he was doing a solitary prayer, the priest was distracted by a mysterious voice that told him: “Ring the bells to make everyone come here. will pour my graces on those present and throughout the day. Put your little tabernacle on the church altar that you use for private worship, and put the big monstrance near the little tabernacle. You will open the tabernacle only at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, not before”.

Father Gudino did not understand what he was hearing and was even more surprised when the same voice added: “I will perform a miracle in the Eucharist. The miracle will be called ‘Miracle of the Eucharist in the incarnation of Love together with our Mother and Lady’. Copy the image that I will give you now and show it to the people”. Surprised but convinced that the voice was just that of God, he waited for three and when he opened the pyx he saw the hosts completely covered in blood.

The priest also told the confreres that the voice asked him to erect a chapel for adoration once all the scientific examinations had been completed. All that remains is to wait for the results, in the meantime the pyx with the consecrated hosts covered by the blood must be kept closed and can not be shown to the faithful by order of Cardinal Ortega.

‘Tears’ Of Jesus Cures Boy In Medjugorje. Shocked Doctor: ‘I’ve Never Seen This In All My Life’

‘Tears’ Of Jesus Cures Boy In Medjugorje. Shocked Doctor: ‘I’ve Never Seen This In All My Life’

Gabrijel Puljic is an Eight-year-old boy who was miraculously cured of rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease in which the joints, usually the joints of the arms and legs, are attacked at the same time by inflammation, causing tumors, pains and often injuring the pulses. His grandmother Mirjana Aničić, with living faith, witnessed this miraculous God. That is, he delivered this serious illness into the hands of God and experienced a wonderful miracle!

“When my husband came to Medjugorje with Gabriel, he went with him to the statue of Christ to pour water. He raised him by the feet and told him that Jesus was now healing him. ” Then they went to the hill of the apparitions [Monte Podbrdo] where their grandfather told his grandson that they should pray to the Gospa [Our Lady of Medjugorje] for his cure. “The boy replied that Jesus had already healed him,” said his Grandmother. 

“Rheumatoid arthritis in little Gabriel was diagnosed at the age of four after visiting a doctor because of” frequent “colds. After the diagnosis was followed by treatment. The child was constantly taking strong pills and felt excruciating pain. He would remain invalid or end up in a wheelchair. “The idea of ​​a wheelchair was impossible, because I knew that with God anything is possible,” said Gabriel’s grandmother.

The disease worsened and the tests were not good. Grandmother Mirjana decided to surrender her grandson to the Hands of God. She knew that God healed all diseases and that He was the only one who could heal him. She decided to pray for Gabriel’s healing.

Going to the charismatic meeting “Cristophern”

Last year [2017] they went to the charismatic meeting in Zadar [city of croatia] in which American charismatics would be present.

“In the seminary I came with prayers on my lips for my sick grandchild. I saw a lady in a wheelchair who prayed for the people and decided to ask her for prayers. When I was in line, I took the picture of my grandson and with tears in his eyes I told her about his illness. She took the picture and cried with me. And then she told me, “Go to Medjugorje, the boy will be healed, his parents will go through a conversion,” Grandmother Mirjana told us, adding that at that moment she was especially touched and understood that her grandson would be completely healed.

The path of healing in Medjugorje

“I felt great joy when my son-in-law told us to take Gabriel to Medjugorje. I knew this was related to prayer in the seminary. I made my prayers to Our Lady of Medjugorje and felt a strong connection with my husband and grandson who would be in that moment in Medjugorje. ”

“When my husband came to Medjugorje with Gabriel, he went with him to the statue of Christ to pour water. He raised him by the feet and told him that Jesus was now healing him.” Then they went to the hill of the apparitions [Monte Podbrdo] where their grandfather told his grandson that they should pray to the Gospa [Our Lady of Medjugorje] for his cure. “The boy replied that Jesus had already healed him,” said his grandmother.

Completely cured

After they returned from Medjugorje, the parents took the child to a regular inspection, which found that the child had completely recovered.

“The doctor was visibly surprised to see the exams showing complete cure. Gabriel then told the doctor that Jesus had healed him”, said the grandmother, adding that the boy’s mother was skeptical of the cure.

“When the boy told the doctor that Jesus healed him, his mother was skeptical, she did not believe in total healing. The doctor invited her into the office and told her that healing was a great miracle and that he believed in miracles. The doctor explained to his mother that he had never seen a cure like this in all his medical practice,” said Gabriel’s grandmother.

Today, a year after the cure, little Gabriel lives in Germany with his parents who have not yet experienced full conversion, but, as our grandmother says, he left the grace of God and handed them over to God and believes that God has a plan to draw them to His Embrace.

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