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Everyone Loves Virgins!

Poll #544435 Everyone Loves Virgins

Which is your favorite Virgin?

Fatima
2(33.3%)
Guadalupe
1(16.7%)
Lourdes
3(50.0%)

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alleahna
Aug. 2nd, 2005 04:50 pm (UTC)
What are the differences between them? Aside from physical location, naturally.
junglemonkee
Aug. 2nd, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC)
Virgins in a Nutshell
Our Lady of Fatima:
  • Appeared to 3 shepard children in Fatima, Portugal in 1917.

  • Promised that the whole world would be in peace, and that many souls would go to Heaven if Her requests were listened to and obeyed.

  • Said that war is a punishment for sin; that God would punish the world for its sins in our time by means of war, hunger, persecution of the Church and persecution of the Holy Father, the Pope, unless we listened to and obeyed the command of God.

  • On 10/13/1917 a miracle occured where 70,000 people watched the sun "dance," becoming larger and smaller and appearing to rotate. Everyone present saw the same phenomenon and were able to stare at the sun without harm or discomfort.

  • Water from a spring which appeared near the site of the apparition is said to cure people in ill health.


  • Our Lady of Lourdes:
  • Appeared only to Bernadette, who never claimed that the apparition was the Virgin Mary.

  • Did not promise to make Bernadette happy, and asked her to do acts of penance and admonish others to do the same.

  • Within two weeks, three thousand people were accompanying Bernadette to the grotto where she carried out her rituals of penitence, even though the apparition was visible to her alone.

  • Asked the priests to build a chapel on the site. The priests responded by saying that "the lady" must name herself and make a rosebush bloom at the site. "The lady" named herself as "the Immaculate Conception," although she did not deign to make the rose bush bloom.

  • Water from a spring which appeared near the site of the apparition is said to cure people in ill health.


  • Our Lady of Guadalupe:
  • In the mid-16th century, shortly after Mexico was conquered and settled by the Spanish, a poor Indian named Juan Diego saw the Virgin.

  • She says that she is the mother of God, and tells him to tell the bishop to build a temple to her.

  • Juan Diego twice carried the Virgin's message to the bishop, who did not believe him.

  • Sent signs to Juan Diego and the bishop, including the assurance that Juan Diego's sick uncle would not die of his illness so that Juan Diego could continue his work for her.

  • Ordered Juan Diego to cut flowers that were blooming out of season and bring them to her. She said that the roses bloomed as a sign of her holiness.

  • Upon the cloth in which he gathered the roses to take to the bishop, there appeared the now-famous picture of the Virgin, causing the bishop to believe.
  • alleahna
    Aug. 2nd, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC)
    Re: Virgins in a Nutshell
    Thank you. You'll see by my answer that I did not take this as seriously as I could have. On a more serious note I liked the fact that Our Lady of Lourdes didn't feel like she had to show herself to folks and I liked the fact that Bernadette performed her penances even though no one else could see the Virgin. That strikes me as true faith.
    whirlybirdgirl
    Aug. 2nd, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC)
    Clearly, I'm not Catholic -- given my response.
    junglemonkee
    Aug. 2nd, 2005 06:44 pm (UTC)
    Neither am I. And have you seen that poor kid? She's got her father's good looks and her mother's sense of modesty and restraint.
    whirlybirdgirl
    Aug. 2nd, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC)
    heheheheheheee...
    layer
    Aug. 2nd, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC)
    what about our lady of medjugorje? she was pretty darned cool and i actually have a rosary from there given to me by my friend MM (which, yes, did turn from silver to gold). though i also have jewelry from lourdes... poor bernadette...
    blythe025
    Aug. 2nd, 2005 09:37 pm (UTC)
    I'm a dork. You meant the Virgin Guadalupe. I should have spotted that. Anyway, I change my answer. I love the virgin Guadalupe. On my class trip to Mexico we went to the church where the original cloth was presented, and where it resides. But we didn't get to see it, because there was a church service going on and we didn't want to interupt.
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