The ‘shepherd’ in question is the wise, humble and holy Cardinal Raymond Burke! I was absolutely mesmerised by this beautiful story below – a true one – related by Sister Ancilla, and I challenge anyone reading it through to the end to remain dry-eyed. (A H/T to Fr. Z who links to the story on his blog.)
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For Peter and Theresa Martin’s second son, life has not always been easy. Louis (pronounced loo-ee) was born with a rare disease (from a genetic mutation) that left his doctors confused and parents helpless for many years. For the first five years of his life, he suffered tremendously. He was on the couch surviving more than he was playing with his brothers and friends. Yet, instead of bitterness, his heart deepened in love and compassion through it all.
One Good Friday…
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Ten years before the Blessed Virgin Mary, Patroness of the Americas*, appeared to Juan Diego in Mexico, Martin Luther’s rebellion had initiated the Protestant Reformation in Europe, a revolution which drew many millions away from the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. In contrast, the marvellous apparitions of Our Lady in Mexico, her messages, and the following amazing miracle of her image engraved on the tilma of Juan Diego, started off a conversion to the Catholic Faith (that before this had been ongoing but slow) of countless millions of Mexicans, and there afterwards to all the rest of the central and southern American continent.
* Pope Pius XII was the first to grant the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe the title Patroness of the Americas on 12th October 1945.
At dawn one early December day of the year 1531 Juan Diego, a humble Mexican…
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