Friday, August 14, 2009
Pay Attention This Time
We have lots of new readers these days! Welcome to our little convent of three and sometimes four and then three again. Some new folks have asked how to leave a question. Just ask in the comments section. Be sure and check back there too, because sometimes other readers beat me to the answer. And save me a lot of time!
I was really surprised today to find a new question on an entry from long ago, particularly since the entry was all about this subject:
Hi Sister, I'm searching to find the Matrix Medal. Do you know where I can buy them? I absolutely love the literature on this amazing sacramental and my family is need of much spiritual help right now. My brother has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and is scheduled in Houston, TX to have the surgery on the 27th. My mom found this sacramental and feels like he truly needs to have it in his possession.
I can tell you where to get the medal.
But...did you read at all what I wrote about this subject? This time, don't plug up your ears and hum.
Let's start with that.
But you don't have to take my word for it. You can have a look at this visionary in her stigmata gown. She's posted it online.
Remember Padre Pio? He always wore gloves. St. Rita had to be locked in a room all by herself from her stigmata wound.
Let me digress a moment and explain that when you actually have the stigmata, they are not symbolic wounds. They are actual wounds. Big bleeding holes. They hurt, they bleed and they make you very, very sick. Imagine if you took a big old railroad tie and pounded it through your hand or your foot, or both hands or both feet and then pulled it back out and walked around like that and the wounds never closed up. That's how ill you'd feel with the stigmata. The reason St. Rita had to be locked away in a room all by herself was because her stigmata wound festered and smelled so terrible, no one could stand to be around her. (Until she died, then her room smelled of roses. I think I read somewhere that it still does and they don't even use a Glade plug in or anything.)
I'm sorry to sound to cynical. It smells fishy. I'm not alone.
As I've said, the Church has not approved this apparition.
Every time Mary appears to someone, she brings something new. A new devotion and a prayer, a revelation, a medal, a healing spring.
So here comes this lady with a new devotion and a prayer and some healing water (that you can buy in the gift shop of her chapel), a medal and some revelations and hey, you don't believe me yet? How about some stigmata? That always works.
I know I must sound like that nun in "The Song of Bernadette" who was jealous of the fact that Bernadette was just a dumb bunny little girl who couldn't remember her catechism and here was this nun who had devoted her life to Christ and who does Mary visit?
Maybe someday I'll find myself carrying Christina Gallagher around in my arms the way that woman ended up carrying Bernadette (but only in the movie; in real life that woman never stopped hating Bernadette it would seem).
I somehow doubt it.
I can tell you where to get the medal. I don't want to upset your mother, who has so much to deal with at present.
You can get one for $2 here:
St. Andrew's Bookstore
I feel terrible telling you that. I don't want to be part of spreading this 'devotion'.
We'll be praying for you all and so will all my readers, because that's what they do. Here in our little convent of three, we'll be turning to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
At least, it's still the same Mary.