Is This Marian Apparition a Bridge Between Lourdes and Fatima?

These lesser-known apparitions of Gietrzwald in Poland have striking echoes of Our Lady's visits to Lourdes and Fatima.

09/26/2016 Comments (4)
Photos: Sanktuarium Matki Bożej Gietrzwałdzkiej (http://sanktuariummaryjne.pl)

– Photos: Sanktuarium Matki Bożej Gietrzwałdzkiej (http://sanktuariummaryjne.pl)

Fatima and Lourdes are household names when it comes to approved apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. But how many outside Poland have heard of the Gietrzwald Apparitions? Maybe a few more than before since pilgrims to this year’s World Youth Day were invited to visit the shrine of this approved apparition.

As Fatima heads to its 100th anniversary, Gietrzwald heads to its 140th which takes place a month earlier. When we look at the Gietrzwald apparitions, an immediate burning question is this: did it act as a heavenly bridge joining Lourdes and Fatima? And prepare the world for Fatima?

At Lourdes in 1858, our Blessed Mother appeared to one person, St. Bernadette. At Gietrzwald in 1877,...READ MORE

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Unmasking Saul Alinsky, a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

A brilliant new EWTN film unmasks the man behind community organizing and what has greatly contributed to today's chaotic culture.

09/24/2016 Comments (19)

Do you want an understanding of where so much of society’s problems originated and how things went radically wrong in everything from culture to family life to politics?

You’ll find out from A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, set to air on EWTN television on Saturday evening, Sept. 24, at 6 pm Eastern time (check schedule for other time zones).

The film is no less than riveting. By the brilliant team of Richard and Stephen Payne, the father-son filmmakers who head Arcadia Films, it explores the life and beliefs of one Saul Alinsky, often called the father of community organizing.

Sure, he said he wanted to help the poor, but we see how his tactics were no less than wrong and anti-Christian. He...READ MORE

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Keep Your Eyes on Heaven, Not on Sodom and Gomorrah

Our culture seems to be heading off to Sodom and Gomorrah, but take heart! As Bob and Penny Lord said: “We can change the world. We will change world!”

09/14/2016 Comment

Pieter Schoubroeck (circa 1570–1607), “The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah”

In 1999 Bob & Penny Lord saw us catching up to Sodom and Gomorrah and looking determined to win the contest. Watching the downhill race, the Lords wrote Beyond Sodom and Gomorrah — Prophecies and Promises. It’s still a current reminder.

With morality already short-circuiting and going haywire, the Lords said the situation “makes Sodom and Gomorrah look like a high school prom which got out of hand.” This in 1999.

Knowing what Genesis tells us happened as a result, the Lords were trying to open our eyes to what can we can expect if we don’t change our hearts.

“We’re not doomsday people, brothers and sisters,” Penny and Bob assure. But they certainly weren’t shirking reality either....READ MORE

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Join the EWTN Family Celebration Next Week

09/08/2016 Comments (1)

EWTN’s Family Celebration is just around the corner and is sure to draw great attention in a special way as it will feature events celebrating “The Life and Legacy of Mother Angelica.”

The annual Family Celebration has always uplifted EWTN fans and newcomers and filled them with joy. This annual event for this 36th anniversary of EWTN will surely do the same during the two days it runs — Sept. 17-18 — in the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex in downtown Birmingham, Ala.

“This year’s EWTN Family Celebration is our first since the death of Mother Angelica and provides us with an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the extraordinary life of Mother and what she meant to her EWTN...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke Speaks on Attendance Drops, Liturgy, Ad Orientem and Islam

09/06/2016 Comments (32)

When Cardinal Raymond Burke held a teleconference at the end of August connected with Hope For the World: To Unite All Things in Christ (Ignatius Press), a new book-length interview, he spoke about some of today’s critical issues. Yet even with the turmoil in the world and Church, he noted the book’s title to emphasize his desire to encourage everyone so they “will find cause for new hope and new energy in their daily lives.”

Here mostly in his own words, are some critical areas he addressed.

He emphasized, “[W]e know that the only answer to the very serious challenges we face today is Jesus Christ and his gospel, his teaching, his life given to us in the Church.  And so those of us who...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke Remembers Mother Teresa

09/04/2016 Comment

Cardinal Raymond Burke held a teleconference recently that revolved around Hope for the World (Ignatius), a new book-length interview with him. With Mother Teresa’s canonization right around the corner, he took the opportunity to share a few thoughts about her.

He started by saying he “couldn’t be happier that we’ve come to this point, where Mother Teresa will be canonized a saint, because she’s been an inspiration to me from my years in the seminary, when I first came to know her,” then school as a young priest teaching Catholic moral teaching in high school, he had the students read as a standard, “a book which she wrote in conjunction with Malcolm Muggeridge, Something Beautiful for God...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke Speaks on Attendance Drops, iturgy, Ad Orientem, and Islam

09/02/2016 Comment

When Cardinal Raymond Burke held a teleconference at the end of August connected with Hope For the World: To Unite All Things in Christ (Ignatius Press), (Ignatius), a new book-length interview, he spoke about some of today’s critical issues. Yet even with the turmoil in the world and Church, he noted the book’s title to emphasize his desire to encourage everyone so they “will find cause for new hope and new energy in their daily lives.”

Here mostly in his own words, are some critical areas he addressed.

He emphasized, “[W]e know that the only answer to the very serious challenges we face today is Jesus Christ and his gospel, his teaching, his life given to us in the Church.  And so those...READ MORE

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How to Pray Mother Teresa’s Famous “Flying Novena” to Our Lady

Mother Teresa found this a never-fail quick novena to turn to our Blessed Mother for speedy assistance.

08/30/2016 Comments (7)

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905), “The Virgin of the Lilies”

What of those times when you are in need of an answer but time doesn’t permit for prayers in petition for a day or more? Mother Teresa of Calcutta knew what to do. She turned to our Mother, and prayed her “Flying Novena.”

Msgr. Leo Maasburg, her friend and spiritual advisor, explained in his book Mother Teresa of Calcutta: A Personal Portrait that it was “Mother Teresa’s spiritual rapid-fire weapon. It consisted of ten Memorares — not nine, as you might expect from the word novena. Novenas lasting nine days were quite common among the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity. But given the host of problems that were brought to Mother Teresa’s attention, not to mention the pace at which...READ MORE

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Joseph Pronechen is staff writer with the National Catholic Register since 2005. His articles have appeared regularly in a number of national publications including Columbia magazine, Faith and Family, Catholic Digest, and Marian Helper. His religion features have also appeared in Fairfield County Catholic and in one of Connecticut’s largest news dailies. He holds BS and MS degrees and formerly taught English and courses in film study that he developed at a Catholic high school in Connecticut. Joseph and his wife Mary reside in Connecticut.