Statue wept when she kissed it: CNY woman remembered for ‘miracle’ that drew thousands
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Thousands of people flocked to a home on Hawley Avenue in Syracuse in 1949 to witness what some called a miracle.
An 11-year-old girl found a broken head of a religious statue in her yard and as she kissed the head, tears appeared to form in the eyes of the plaster statue of Saint Ann, the mother of the Virgin Mary.
“I have no powers. I’m a little girl,” Shirley Anne Martin said in 1949 and repeated in 1999 to The Post-Standard.
Martin – who married and became Shirley Hamlin and lived in Oswego County – passed away Monday at 79 years old.
The event, which was called a “phenomenon” by her childhood Catholic church in Syracuse, was recalled in Hamlin’s obituary.
“At the age of 11, something amazing happened; Shirley kissed a statue of Saint Ann, tears flowed from the statue’s eyes and this continued for years,” the obituary reads.
In 1999, 50 years after, Hamlin recalled what the media called “the statue that cried.”More IN FO.
One problem about prophecies is that most people believe them only after they come true. Not much use at that point, except to lament one’s unbelief.
Take Noah. No one listened to his warning of a great flood until people watched his ark sail away while rising waters engulfed them.
That happened not just in biblical times, but in our time, too. As recounted in past articles, Our Lady of Fatima, whose apparitions in the Portuguese village to three shepherd children turn 100 on May 13, warned of World War II and the global spread of communism from Russia.
Visionaries Lucia dos Santos and her cousins Francisco and Jacintha Marto relayed the warning to Church authorities, along with God’s instruction for the Pope in communion with all other bishops to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart.
One would think the Vicar of Christ and all his fellow prelates would promptly carry out God’s express instruction delivered by His Blessed Mother in a Vatican-affirmed apparition, buttressed by miraculous gyrations of the sun on the final visitation, before tens of thousands of witnesses.
But the Pope and the prelates didn’t heed our Lord and our Lady, even after communist Bolsheviks took over Russia in the months after the last apparition on October 13, 1917.
Jesus Himself followed up His instruction, so to speak. Appearing to Sister Lucia in Rianjo, Spain, in 1931, He admonished: “Make it known to My ministers, given that they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My command, they will follow him into misfortune.”
Just like the popes, King Louis XIV and his successors failed to obey a divine command, told by our Lord Himself to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque on June 17, 1689, to consecrate France to His Sacred Heart and place the icon on the national tricolor.
On June 17, 1789, exactly one hundred years since the day Jesus told St. Margaret Mary to convey His instruction to Louis XIV, the French elite formed themselves into the National Assembly and took power away from Louis XVI.
Two months later, the French Revolution raged, executing the royal family and countless others, shutting down churches and convents, persecuting and killing clergy and laity, and even banning Christianity for a time in a nation once called “the first daughter of the Church.”
Consecrating the world to Mary
It is now a century since Fatima. Will we see chastisements from heaven? Let’s recall some telling events.
On October 13, 1884, exactly 33 years — Jesus’s lifespan — before the last apparition of Our Lady of Fatima and the Miracle of the Sun accompanying it, Pope Leo XIII had a vision of Christ granting Satan’s request to be loosed upon the world for a century, as the devil claimed, “I can destroy your Church.”
On July 13, 1917, Our Lady asks the Fatima visionaries to convey our Lord’s instruction for the Holy Father to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart, for the nation’s conversion, blocking the spread of its errors and preventing a worse conflict than World War I.
At a concelebrated mass in Fatima on May 13, 1982, exactly one year after he survived an assassin’s bullet in St. Peter’s Square, Saint Pope John Paul II consecrated all individuals and all nations to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
He repeated it the next two years. In the March 25, 1984 consecration on the Feast of the Annunciation, almost a century after Leo XIII’s vision of Satan being loosed for 100 years, St. John Paul II did the rite “in spiritual union with all the bishops of the world.”
Fatima devotees wondered why Russia was never named. Whether or not that compromised the consecrations, in 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev became president of Soviet Russia. He instituted his glasnost reforms, which led to the empire’s breakup and the global decline of communism.
So is this the triumph of Our Lady of Fatima? Not so fast.
When prophecies come true
A sweeping review of major prophecies about coming chastisements needs more space than we have left. But here are a few passages and developments seeming to fulfill them.
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Perhaps the most widely reported prophesied event was the aurora borealis or northern lights seen across North America and Europe on January 25, 1938. Leading newspapers like The New York Times reported the illumination and the widespread fear it provoked.
Sister Lucia said it was the sign of coming punishments, of which Our Lady of Fatima said: “… you shall see a night illuminated by an unknown light.”
Several weeks later, on March 11-13, 1938, Hitler’s forces entered and annexed Austria without a fight — the first of many sovereign nations Nazi Germany invaded.
In another Vatican-approved vision, Our Lady of La Salette appeared as a beautiful weeping woman to two children, Mélanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud, at La Salette-Fallavaux, France, in September 1846.
Many La Salette prophecies were unimaginable at the time. Despite the adherence of governments in Europe and the Americas to Christian precepts, the Blessed Virgin warned, as it has since come to pass: “All civil governments will have one and the same plan, which would be to abolish and do away with every religious principle, to make way for materialism, atheism, spiritualism and vice of all kinds.”
Closer to our time, Our Lady of Akita in Japan, seen as a weeping statue of Mary, spoke to Sister Agnes Sasagawa on October 13, 1973, the anniversary of the last Fatima apparition.
Our Blessed Mother warned: “The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way you will see Cardinals opposing Cardinals, Bishops against other Bishops.”
That now sounds prophetic to Catholics following the escalating controversy over Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation on marriage and the family, “Amoris Laetitia.” In the intensifying debate among the hierarchy, Francis remarked just before Christmas: “It is not to be excluded that I will enter history as the one who split the Catholic Church.”
Just posted to YouTube yesterday, Father Giacomo Capoverdi shares a fascinating story of his encounter with the Hermit of Loreto (the author of the Pieta Prayer Book), at the site of the Holy House of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Exterior and interior shown in this article’s photo). In this video, Father Capoverdi shares an amazing premonition this Hermit of Loreto had all the way back in the 1980s about Donald J. Trump. Please watch as Father shares this incredible story.
Terrifying Footage Shows ‘Possessed’ Man In Hospital After Being Shot In The Face
BY : TOM PERCIVAL
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Frightening footage of a man who’d reportedly been shot in the face proclaiming his loyalty to Lucifer and acting like he’s possessed has emerged online.
According to Russia Today the creepy video was filmed this Monday at Miguel Couto Municipal Hospital, a public hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
They report the man had suffered a bullet wound to his cheek and the eerie video shows his body contorted in pain as he wanders the hospital corridors screaming that he is working for Lucifer.
Check out the creepy footage here…
Just off camera a man can be heard chanting the Lord’s Prayer as he attempts to keep the ‘possesed man’ at bay.
Statement from Denver Archdiocese ‘on false claim regarding Charlie Johnston’s messages’
Mrs. Beckie Hesse, using the online profile “Beckita,” stated in a Feb. 7, 2017 blog post titled “The RESCUE Has Begun” that the messages of the alleged visionary Mr. Charlie Johnston, who resides in the Archdiocese of Denver, “have been fully approved by the Church.” In order to ensure that the faithful are correctly informed, it is necessary to publicly state that Mrs. Hesse’s claim is false.
In fact, Mr. Johnston’s alleged messages were reviewed by an archdiocesan theological commission and Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila determined that the faithful should be warned to be prudent and cautious about Mr. Johnston’s predictions. In addition, Mr. Johnston is not permitted to speak in Church-owned venues in the Archdiocese of Denver. Read Archbishop Aquila’s message, here.
The events of 2016/17 have shown that Mr. Johnston’s alleged visions were not accurate and the Archdiocese urges the faithful not to condone or support further attempts to reinterpret them as valid.
“During my time with Fr. Hardon, I always knew I was in the presence of a saint.”
Fr. John Hardon (1914-2000) was an erudite and orthodox Jesuit of the old school. Although he often found himself at odds with many in his own order, Father was in great demand as a retreat master and conference leader, and his voluminous writings developed a huge following, even among popes and cardinals.
Father was a diminutive man with a soft voice, but nonetheless possessed a gifted intellect nourished by a devout prayer life. He was a tireless worker who devoted his talents to promoting authentic Catholic catechesis, Eucharistic adoration and renewal of religious life in a post-Vatican II era of confusion in the Church and a significant decline of many established religious communities, including his own.
Cardinal Raymond Burke, who served as national director for Fr. Hardon’s Marian Catechist Apostolate, initiated the priest’s cause for canonization in 2005. Hence, Father has received the title “Servant of God.” As the 16th anniversary of the death of Fr. Hardon passed on December 30, I spoke with several Catholics who knew Fr. Hardon personally, who shared their experiences and offered their thoughts as to why he is a good candidate for sainthood.