Saturday, March 28, 2009

Hillary asks, "Who painted this."



The Secretary of State made an unscheduled visit to Guadalupe.
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Catholic News Agency must have crashed covering this story, since I can't get in to read the coverage that everyone else seems to have picked up. As most Catholics probably know by now, on Thursday Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented flowers to the Virgin of Guadalupe on behalf of the American people, while the Madonna's image had been lowered for her to view. After a few moments of silence she asked, "Who painted this?" The Rector of the Basilica replied, "God!" I hope he explained what that means, although some have speculated Madame Secretary must have known the story from a prior visit several years ago. The report stated Mrs. Clinton also lit a votive light while at the shrine.
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I'm very impressed by the story, and most impressed by the Secretary's gesture; presenting flowers to the Madonna, looking at her face to face, and then lighting a candle - all clear evidence of prayer. People of faith ought to recognize that - people without faith can think what they like. (And Catholics who criticize Mrs. Clinton for her question should not be so damn smug. We ought not to be so quick to congratulate ourselves that the world hates us for being followers of Christ, sometimes they just hate us because we can be rather sanctimonious and arrogant about our faith.)
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Mrs. Clinton spoke with the Madonna... Our Lady, the Mother of God. The Blessed Virgin knows how to change hearts, even if it takes some time.

11 comments:

  1. She and her husband, who believes that fertilized eggs from a woman's womb are OK to experiment because there is no life there, make a great pair.

    They try so hard to be loved. And they are so secular they embarrass themselves when they try to show how knowledgeable they are with respect to spiritual things.

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  2. I was so happy to see that Mrs. Clinton visited Our Lady---May God bless her!

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  3. Susan - I knew you would get it.

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  4. Amen, Terry.

    I just look at where I came from....

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  5. Ray

    THEY are loved. By God. And God requires us to love them. This does not mean approve of their errors, but to love them, and to react to them in love. Not smugness.

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  6. +JMJ+

    The Anchoress has pointed out that soon Obama will have his own Marian encounter when he goes to Notre Dame. Let us pray for both of them that Mary may take them into her heart.

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  7. michael r.7:25 AM

    Yes, Amen to what you are saying here. Whenever I see something like this, I think of Fr. Groeschel who suggested on one of his programs that everyone should start praying for Madonna (the performer) that he might have her as a guest on his program someday. Now that is the right attitude.

    Is that the original image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, or a copy?

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  8. Enbrethiliel - I never thought of it that way - I have to keep thinking of things this way and avoid all the negative commentary. Thanks.

    Michael, yes, that is the original.

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  10. The image of our mother looks like the one at the entrance to the Basilica gift shop... I do not believe there is a mechanism to lower it. The gift shop picture with frame is available for purchase.
    When the Holy Father is at the image it is turned around on the wall. The back side of the picture as it hangs is the Monsignor's office.

    It would desecrate the true image to have it lowered for someone that is considered 'important'. The Dali llama desecrated the altar with his 'prayers' at Fatima.

    The image of our mother has been copied by laser copier and these images are available without a frame for about 100 us dollars. The true image is about as big as a door normally used in homes. It is not small. The quality is excellent.

    With the conquest of the American Church and much of that of Mexico,
    Hillary and company are not going to Tepeyac to pay their respects, they are going there to view their spoils of war.

    The children of darkness are far more intelligent and work far more diligently for evil than the children of Light work for our Lord; who claim to love our Lord. Hillary and company must have had a big laugh when they gathered at the Masonic lodge to discuss her visit.

    Here is a message for Monsignor Diego Monroy:
    His Holiness Pope John Paul II placed eight Exorcists at the Basilica to fight evil, not to roll out the red carpet to it.

    Seventeen Popes have condemned Freemasonry and Mirare Vos condemns Americanism. Do you think they were just being 'negative' or maybe it was a slow day, so they issued the condemnations?

    Bring these people in as converts and repentant sinners, not as 'friends' of our Lord.

    We as Catholics need to stop being duped by any dog and pony show that rolls into town.

    All the Strength of Satan's Reign is due to the easy-going weakness of Catholics.
    The Prophet Zachary asked the Divine Redeemer: What are those wounds in the midst of Thy hands?
    "With these was I wounded in the house of them that loved Me. I was wounded by My friends, who did
    nothing to defend Me, and who, on every occasion, made themselves the accomplices of My adversaries".

    May God our Lord in his infinite and supreme goodness be pleased to give us his abundant grace, that we may know his most holy will, and entirely fulfill it.

    The best time to fight evil is during Lent; pray for our Priests that are suffering as they try to serve the Lord. Pray for our Priests who have submitted their holy ministry to Satan, and go about working hard for his kingdom.

    Pray that the Holy Father consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

    Viva Cristo Rey!

    pablo

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  11. Pablo - the news report I read indicated the miraculous image was lowered for the Secretary.

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