Last year I wrote a post on Halloween, All Saints and All Souls Day.
Since it’s that time of year again — can you believe it?! — I’d like to share an updated and improved version of that post.
I’ll explain the connection between these three days and their meaning for Catholics.
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In my previous post, I gave descriptions of the first nine apparitions in Lourdes.
In that post, there was an issue with the photos and they weren’t visible at first! The issue was fixed later and the photos are now visible.
If you weren’t able to view the photos when you initially read the post,
(I recommend doing this because the photos illustrate the connections.) please click here to revisit it.
In this post, I’ll present the last nine apparitions and the connections between the past and the present.
Image of the 16th Apparition, Musée Sainte-Bernadette, Lourdes
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On June 16, 1675 Jesus appeared to Sister Margaret Mary Alacoque (now a saint) and asked for the creation of a new feast.
He requested for the Feast of the Sacred Heart to be celebrated on the Friday after the Feast of Corpus Christi, nineteen days after Pentecost.
In 1856, Pope Pius IX extended the feast to the Universal Church. This year, the
Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated on June 28th.
The devotion to the Sacred Heart is very popular and one you may already know and/or practice. If not, I recommend learning about it.
Rather than explain the devotion, I’ll share a recent experience that connects to the Sacred Heart.
While cleaning out my room recently, I came across an essay I wrote in sixth grade!
The sixth grade students of my school participated in a Diocesan wide essay contest. Each student was asked to research a saint or prominent Catholic of African ancestry and compare the person’s values with someone we knew.
Below is my article. I’ll explain why I’m sharing it with you at the end of the post.