Bishops of France To Open Cause For Sister of King Louis XVI – Madame Elisabeth

The Beheading Of A Martyr

“She was repeating the Psalm De Profundis as she awaited her turn in line.

She went up the scaffold steps with a firm step and looking up to heaven, she allowed the executioner to seize and bind her.

As she did so a little silver medal of the Immaculate Conception was revealed.

As the executioners assistant tried to take this away from her she said:  “In your Mother’s name, monsieur … cover me”  These were her last words.  Immediately the pure soul of Elisabeth de France passed on to its’ reward.

No other execution, it is said, caused so much emotion among the bystanders:  No one cried ‘Viva La Republique!

Everyone went sorrowfully away.

All the accounts and all the memoirs of the time agree in saying that when Madame Elisabeth received the fatal blow an odour of roses was diffused over the Place Louis XV …

And her gentle life has left a fragrant memory in the hearts of her countrymen, and, throughout the world.”

Madame Elisabeth de France  1764-1784    Mary Monica Maxwell Scott    p284-285                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Joseph_Ducreux,_Madame_Élisabeth_(1768) 2.jpg

Holy Madame Elisabeth!  Pray For Us!  Viva La France!  Viva Cristo Rex!

Flash Floods Force Closure of Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes *(Prophesied)*

A tire floats past the flooded grotto of Lourdes  (AP)  Flash flooding caused by heavy rains has forced officials to close the Shrine of Our lady of Lourdes.

Authorities evacuated about 200 people , most of them from campking grounds near the shrine, after water levels rose quickly following heavy rain and unseasonal snowfall in the area yesterday.

The Lourdes grotto, where St. Bernadette Soubirous witnessed an apparition of Our Lady in 1858, was under as much as five feet of water.  Matthias Terrier, who is in charge of communications told the AFP.

*this was prophesied at one time, among many other prophesies, by Marie Julie Jahenny, the Breton Stigmatist.  Her messages were approved by the Bishop at the time and her painful stigmata of longevity was testified to be of supernatural cause by her Doctor. *

Here is her prophesy:

“The faithful will not have Lourdes to take away their ills for a time, but the Lord will work more miracles than any time in the world”

The nearby Gave de Pau River was flowing about 11 feet above its normal level., Mr. Terrier said.

In another apparition, little known, in 1947, Our Lady appeared to five little school girls in L’ll Bouchard, France.  Her message was to PRAY FOR FRANCE.  This apparition has just been approved on Dec. 8, 2001 by the Archbishop of Tours, Andre Vingt-Trois.  He authorized ppilgrimages, and the public cult to be celebrated in the church of St. Gilles of L’Lle Bouchard, to invoke Our Lady of Prayer.

 

This apparition will be detailed in a later account .

Marie Julie Jahenny will also  be detailed later, and, her many prophesies which have             come true already…. about France which figures heavily in the history of salvation.

 

St. Joseph’s Little-Known Appearance in Provence Where Christianity was First Brought to France

This is not the only appearance Joseph and Mary made in a single place in Europe at different times.    There were lesser known apparitions nearly 5– years earlier.

But … on different occasions Joseph and Mary visited the little village of Costignac, France.   Mary had prophesied the birth of King Louis XIV to his Father and Mother King Louis XIII and Queen Anne, who had been so worried about an heir to the throne.  Nine months later King Louis XIV was born.  But, this is St. Joseph appearing in the same place!

Here is how it all happened.

Cotignac is in the heart of Provence, yet few have heard of this rural area so close to the beatuiful Mediterranean, Marseille, the soaring snow topped Alps and Saint Tropez.

The summer of 1660 was hot and humid  in Cotignac, and, on June 7, a young shepherd named Gaspard Ricard was searching for fresh grass on Mount Besillon.  He became so hot and thirsty that he had to lay down.  He closed his eyes for a few moments, but, felt there was someone there.  So he looked up.

A tall man stood there.  “I am Joseph”, he said and pointed to a large boulder nearby.”Lift it and you will drink.  The boulder was huge.  Gaspard decided to obey the man and make the attempt to lift it.  To his surprise, it was light as a feather.  Underneath it, a cool spring of crystal clear water bubbled.  Gaspard looked up to thank the stranger, but he was gone.

The shepherd dashed to tell the village what had happened full of excitement, … which made the villagers believe him.  They all rushed to see the newly revealed spring and the surprisingly abundant water supply in a place where no water had ever been.

By July 25 “the city council mentions that the source pointed out by St. Josepph has abudndant healing qualities and attracts people from all over the region who come to wash, drink and find healing remedies.”

The wonderful documentary ‘Shrine of the Holy Family’  Provence, France includes this event.  It is too bad that ‘Amazon’ once had it for sale but now “don’t know if they will ever get it again”

The healings began.  And they continued.  In 1662 Father Allard of the Oratory that was built on the site wrote:  “The waters of St. Joseph bring miracles.  Since I reured, a man whom we knew from Avignon, born lame, went to the spring and came back cured, having left his crutches there.  Everyone drinks and carries away the water.

The King, Louis XIII had already consecrated himself, his throne and France to the Virgin Mary.  He surely was moved to do so because he and the Queen knew of the apparition of Mary at the site of the new Chapel of Our Lady of Graces … in Cotigne … only two miles from where St. Joseph appeared

On January 31 of that year of 1661, the local Bishop of Frejus combined the sites of both apparitions so near to each other … under the title ‘Sanctuary of the Holy Family.  He declared:

“God, by the graces he wished to grant in honor of Saint Joseph, wished not to separate the devotion of the faithful, the two holy persons (Mary and Joseph) whom He had joined on earth, for the mystery of our salvation.

” From National Catholic Register  March 20, 2017  Joseph Pronechen

 

“A Splash of Light appearing among the dark woods surrounding it.”  Here is the story from the Monastery of St. Joseph:

In 1663 when the chapel of Saint Joseph of Besillon was ready, the same Bishop of Frejus delegated the Oratorian Fathers to be its guardians.  The priests were already down the road at the chapel of Our Lady of Grace..

https:saintjosephdubessilon.org/english-version/history/

“It is like a splash of light appearing among the dark woods surrounding it.  It stands there on the slopes of the Besillon Mountain in a place that is twice blessed.

Firstly it is in Provence that  Christianity was first brought to France.

Secondly it is at Cotignzc, a place of prayer, a chosen land visited by the two greatest saints in the history of Christendom … the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, the adoptive father of Jesus Christ.”

 

Our Lady of Hope: 1870 Pontmain, France in the Diocese of Laval Which Was the*First Diocese to Consecrate Itself to the Sacred Heart after the Messages of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque

fb94b3b39471c078d85757f2c4d69a57 2.jpgFrance was at war.  On July 18,  1870,  Emperor Napoleon III of France declared war against Prussia.  From the first days of the war, defeat followed defeat.  By January 1871, Paris was under siege.  Two thirds of the country was in the power of the Prussians, and they were advancing towards the west of France.  By January 17, 1871 they were just across the river from Laval, which was very close to the home of the Barbadette Family, who could hear the guns and the roar of the canons.

The parents of Eugene 12, and, Joseph 10, were busy in the kitchen of their home fixing dinner when Eugene decided to go out into the barn and feed the horses.  It was not as dark as usual, so he walked over to the window in the barn and looked up.  The sky was filled with stars.  More stars than he had ever seen, and, he kept gazing.  The thirty or so young men in the town of Pontmain who had been conscripted into military service was very much on his mind. He was filled with worry for some of his friends.

As he leaned on his elbows looking in to the sky, he thought he saw a lady.  But no,  that could not be … he continued to watch.  Yes, it was.  She was real.  And in the sky!

Eugene called to his brother to come out.  Joseph saw her too.  The Barbadette parents came rushing out to the cold barn.  They could see nothing unusual except for the star studded sky.  It was almost like day.  The parents decided to call someone else.  Of course their first thought was of the Sisters in the nearby school who came quickly and brought two little girls with them, Frances Richer, 11, and Jeanne Marie Lebosse, 9.  They both saw the lady and dropped down on their knees in the hard cold snow.

What does she look like, Eugene?  Tell us!  Some neighbors heard the voices and joined the family and the nuns with the other children.  “She is dressed in a flowing robe of deep radiant blue studded with gold stars.  The sleeves were full, extending up to the hands.  She was wearing blue slippers, tied with goldenribbon in the shape of a rosette.  Her hair was completely covered with a black veil thrown over her shoulders reaching down to the level of her elbow.  On her head, a gold crown rose slightly to a peak.  It had no ornament in front except a red band circling the centre.  Her hands were extended …”like the Miraculous Medal” … but without the rays of light.”

The crowd grew, and, Father Guerin, the parish Priest joined them.  The Lady remained and from time to time would look sad because some of the people were ‘rowdy’ but the crowd changed that with Marian prayers and and hymns led by Father Guerin, who believed immediately when he saw the children.  He led several Rosaries and as he did, stars could be seen gathering two by two under the Lady’s feet as if representing the Hail Marys of the Rosary.  Then a white banner, about a yard wide, unrolled beneath the Lady’s feet, thus forming a perfect rectangle.  It was on this that she spelled her message:

“OH DO PRAY MY CHILDREN, GOD WILL ANSWER YOU VERY SOON.  MY SON ALLOWS HIMSELF TO BE MOVED”

Our Lady then raised her hands to the height of her shoulder, arms out and bent slightly backwards and elbows close to her body.  Then a large red cross appeared in the hands of the Blessed Virgin.  The figure of the crucified Christ was a darker red hue but no blood was flowing from the wounds.  The community prayed their night prayers together and a large white veil began to cover the figure of the Virgin, slowly rising to her face, as she gave a last smile.  The apparition ended .  It was nine o’clock.  It had lasted three hours.

Only the little ones had seen Our Lady, yet, the crowd believed because of the faces of the children and their mannerisms and prayers … and tears of joy at times.  All this in the bitter cold and snow.

After some time, late that night of January 17, General Von Schmidt of the Prussian Army who was about to run over Laval towards Pontmain, received orders from his Commander not to take the city.  The invasion of the Catholic West part of France never occurred.  General Schmidt is reported to have said on the morning of the 18th:  “We cannot go further.  Yonder, in the direction of Brittany, there is an invisible ‘Madonna’ barring the way.”

On January 23, 1871, the longed for armistice was signed in the hall of mirrors in the palace of Versailles.  The Treaty of Versailles was the treaty which was hated by Adolph Hitler as it annexed, in his opinion, too much of Germany.

 

 

download 6.jpg

The promise of Our Lady “God will soon grant your request” had been fulfilled. Source  Michael Journal  January 91, 2013

 

Our Lady is prominent in the affairs of France.  The pages of History are alight with her apparitions in that country.  To mention a few  … The Miraculous Medal and St. Catherine Laboure, The dogma of the Immaculate Conception affirmed to St. Bernadett Soubirouis,  The Devotion and Badge of the Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary, and, the Sacred Heart/Mother of Mercy Scapular to Estelle Faguette at Pellevoisin.   So many! They will all be covered here.

Our Lady is very interested in France, her eldest daughter of the Church.  Yes, it is true.  France is that.  The proof is there and will be shown. One thing stands out in that aspect and it is this:  God does not like it if the French Monarchy is broken.  It is an uncanny ‘thing’.  Keep reading!

And here is why I write  these little ‘extras’.  The little village of Pontmain, France is in the diocese of Laval.  * The Diocese of Laval was the first to be consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus after the beatification of Marguerite-Marie in 1865.  France and the Cult of the Sacred Heart  Raymond Jonas  page152    (Hence … the special protection from God in time of peril occurred)

Yet it is simple when examined closely.  Note how Mary appeared at Cotignac, with a baby in her arms,  to announce that King Louis XIII and Queen Anne  would have a male heir.  He was born 9 months later.  That heir was Louis XIV who was supposed to receive the Sacred Heart messages.  King Louis XIII later decreed solemnly decreed a national act of thanksgiving to the Blessed Virgin Mary, named her Special Protectress of “our land” and consecrated France to the very ” holy Virgin and Glorious Mary”  He had a Church built in her honor and called it ‘Our Lady of Victories’ in honor of his victory over the Hugenots (Protestants) at Larochelle.  National Catholic Register ‘Mary’s Little Known Apparitions in France’  March 2017

On the Feast of the Purification, February 2, 1872, the Most Rev.  Wicart, bishop of Laval, issued a pastoral letter giving a canonical judgment on the apparition of Pontmain, France.  Thus the veneration of Our Lady of Hope of Pontmain was given official Church recognition and approval.  The Basilica was built and consecrated on October 15, 1900

The Basilica of Our Lady of Pontmain: Basilique Notre-Dame de Pontmain

Basilica of Notre Dame de Pontmain

 

The Sacred Heart Stopped the Bubonic Plague in Marseille, France, 1720

Belsunce2.jpg

Hero of the Marseilles Plague, Bishop Henri Francois-Xavier de Belsunce de Castelmoron, the Bishop of Marseilles tends the sick in the featured color photo..

“I am still, by the grace of God, on my feet among the dead and dying.  Everyone at my side has been stricken, and of the many ministers of the Lord who have accompanied me, I have only one remaining.  My household itself has fallen ;  eleven have died and five are still ill, though out of danger…the plague has been in Marselleises for three months and still shows no sign of abating.

What horrors have I not seen or heard?  For eight whole days two hundred corpses rotted around my house and under my windows. I was obliged to walk in streets flanked on both sides of half rotten, dog-chewed bodies, with so much plague-ridden debris and filth underfoot that it was impossible to know where to tread.

I was forced, with a vinegar soaked sponge over my nose and my soutane hitched up, to clamber among the corpses to seek out, and offer confession and consolation to the dying who had been thrown out of their houses on mattresses among the dead

The piles of dogs and cats that had been killed and left to rot added to the unbearable stench.  An! Monseigneur, what moments of biterness and despair have I no suffered?  How terrible it is to be in such a situation! From a letter of Mgr. de Belsunce, bishop of Marseilles, to the Bishop of Toulon, 1720

 Case Study:  Infectious Diseases at the Edward Worth Library 1720:  (Fair Use Disclaimer)

“This Mortal Distemper, the Plague, wherewith this City has been thus visited, was unhappily brought among us by a Ship From Sydon  (a noted Town near Tyre, in Asia, as mentioned in the New Testament) which came into our Road the 15th of June last:  The Porters first employ’d in opening her cargo were immediately seized with violent Pains in the Head, reaching to vomit, and a general Faintness all over their limbs and bodies;  and in 6 or 8 hours time Bubo’s and Plague sores began to rise, of which they died in three days.

Those that succeeded them were taken and died in the same manner.  Upon this all the the noted Physicians and Chyrugeons were summoned together by the Magistrates, to consult the Nature of the distemper, who all agreed that it was really the plague.  How , proper care was not immediately taken;  instead of burning the said Ship and Goods (which ought to have been done) the goods only were removed to a desert Island, called Jarre, 2 Leagues off, where all those that went to air them died suddenly of the same distemper. Several officers belonging to the ship were admitted to come into the City, and the Sailors brought abundance of goods on shoar by stealth, by which means a considerable mortality soon began to spread in that part of theTown where they had lodged.  Notwithstanding all this,  proper Care and Remedies to prevent its fatal consequences, were still neglected ’till the beginning of August, by which time the number of the Infected was too great for the hospitals to contain and they began to die a thousand in a day. The infection now being spread into other parts of the City, runs from one Family to another like Wild Fire, so that 20 liked often dead at once in a House:  And the worst of all is, that they cannot be buried, but lie in the Houses or Streets many days, which are full of dead bodies and beddign.  27 carts appointed to carry them out , not being sufficient.

The Magistrates have been assisted with 500 Galley slaves to clear the streets of the dead, they there are still above 3000 dead bodies that lie about the streets unburied, which cause an untolerable stench.  And it is computed that in all about 80,000 are dead of the Plague, 2 Thirds of which are observed to be women, most of them with Child, whose died of the Infection after Miscarriages or Lying in, purely for want of help.  In short, the Calamity is so bad, that the poor can hardly even get Water, because no on will go near them.  The rich and able are gone into the Country with all manner of Provisions, and there is no a Church or Shop left open.  So that we, we were but 4 Months ago in flourishing a condition, are now overwhelm’d with Misery.

 

The Consecration of Marseile to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

It was decided by Bishop Belsunce that Marseille would be consecated to the Sacred Heart. King Louis XV was now reigning and the national consecration had not been made. He wanted a celebration on the Feast of the Sacred Heart in June 1921, and sent a letter to all the dioceses.  Men and Women worked to make a beautiful outside altar for the monstrance to rest on which would be holding the Holy Eucharist.  It was built at a spot where Marseille meets the sea.  When finisished, it was wrapped in expensive fabric and covered with beautiful flowers.

Jean Pierre Moustier, the Chief Executive of Marseilles accepted the logic of Bishop Belsunce and agreed to read the consecration.

In the following month, the officers of the town dressed in their official red robes and began the procession to Notre Dame of Marseilles where Belsunce met them and they all went down on their knees before the altar.  The Church bell rang as a signal to begin and all the citizens of Marseilles joined in a prayer of consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

“AS Belsunce raised the gleaming monstrance containing the Eucharist, the air of Marseille was filled with prayer and the tumult of the guns and cannons as if to drive out the plague.

By September, the remaining cases of the plague had passed

Drawn from the excellent book by Raymond Jonas:  France and the cult of the Sacred Heart (available from Amazon)