News coverage you can't avoid ...
I never watch Fox News but because of the attacks in Paris one channel in Minneapolis was streaming the coverage. First time I ever saw 'Shep' the news anchor. I heard of him before, and noted his name occasionally mentioned online before, but never saw him in action. I got the impression he and Michael Voris may have gone to the same broadcasting school. Now I know why people do not like Fox news - such drama. Even when Megan Kelly came on the air, she started to really work the drama and emotional tone of what she was reporting.
I know media distorts and sensationalizes the news - but I have never witnessed such blatant manipulation as I did last night during Fox coverage. I also do not listen to talk radio - ever, but some people in a place I once worked always had the radio tuned to Rush Limbaugh and other talk shows - the language and emotionally charged reporting/discussions were very similar to Fox. I'm convinced that explains why people are so nuts - they get their engines revved up by these media personalities and go online and freak out on their blogs and in the com boxes.
O Mary, Conceived without sin, pray for us
who have recourse to thee,
and for those who do not,
especially the enemies of the Church,
and those recommended to thee.
Signs - looking for signs ...
It's not a bad thing to do, it's very human, and in time of crisis, it helps one make sense of what is going on. Just don't get too attached to the signs - or read to much into them. I think I can do that a lot.
That said, I searched for something significant in the date of November 13. (I don't believe in bad luck or the Friday 13 superstitions.) I was looking for something associated with Our Lady. France is beloved by heaven - obviously singled out for many graces and favors throughout history by Our Lord and the Blessed Virgin. I especially wondered if the revelations of the Miraculous Medal played a significant role. However, the date November 13 did not appear to be significant. All I could find is that the last alleged apparition of Our Lady at Garabandal, Spain took place on that date in 1965.
Otherwise, November 13 is the memorial of Our Lady of Nanteuil, one of the earliest French shrines dedicated to the Virgin known for miraculous healing and as a designated pilgrimage site. A statue was found there and shortly before the French Revolution, the smile on the Virgin's face changed into a look of sadness. Otherwise I found no connection to the date related to Islam or an earlier victory over the Turks, such as at Lepanto and the Battle of Vienna - which is what I was hoping to find.
What I did discover however, is that the feast of the Miraculous Medal, which I know is the anniversary of Our Lady's apparition to Catherine Laboure at Paris in November 27, 1830, just might be significant in another sense. Kind of. The Parisian apparitions to Catherine are considered by many Mariologists to have initiated what has been known as the Marian Era in the Catholic Church, consisting of prodigies, apparitions, studies, definitions of Our Lady's prerogatives, as well as dogmatic declarations, and so on.
Curiously, in my online search, I re-discovered that Urban II launched the First Crusade on 27 November 1095 - I know!
I know nothing - but it seemed significant last night.
Have a nice day ...
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