Definition: Site (in southeast France) of a Vatican-approved apparition of the “Virgin Mary” to two children in 1846. “Mary” was seated on a stone, weeping because the people were profaning the Sabbath and taking the Lord’s name in vain. As a result of these sins, she would be “forced to let fall the arm of my Son” which she had been holding back through her suffering. She told them of a terrible famine that would result unless the people repented. The visionaries also received secrets which were communicated to Pope Pius IX. A popular destination for pilgrims, a basilica was constructed on the site. Miraculous healings have been attributed to “holy water” from a spring near where the apparition took place.
Discussion: Satan is a deceiver and accuser (Rev. 12:9-10), the father of lies (Jn. 8:44), who is able to disguise himself as an “angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14), and display miraculous signs in order to lead astray (Mk. 13:22). He is the source of these miraculous events. The Marian apparitions usurp the authority of the one Mediator, the loving and kind Savior, Jesus – turning Him into an instrument of punishment that must be appeased. The poor Catholic is taught to avoid this Tyrant and flee to Mary for succor and eternal life.
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