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What is the Black Madonna?

The Black Madonna is a painting, or icon, that depicts the Blessed Virgin holding the child Jesus. Enshrined at Czestochowa, Poland, it draws pilgrims from all over the country. It is held in tremendous reverence by the people of Poland and is an important national symbol.

It is called the Black Madonna because the colors of the painting have been darkened by age and by smoke damage from a fire in 1690.

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Monday, February 25, 2013
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Maria Goretti: One of the largest crowds ever assembled for a canonization—250,000—symbolized the reaction of millions touched by the simple story of Maria Goretti. 
<p>She was the daughter of a poor Italian tenant farmer, had no chance to go to school, never learned to read or write. When she made her First Communion not long before her death at age 12, she was one of the larger and somewhat backward members of the class. </p><p>On a hot afternoon in July, Maria was sitting at the top of the stairs of her house, mending a shirt. She was not quite 12 years old, but physically mature. A cart stopped outside, and a neighbor, Alessandro, 18 years old, ran up the stairs. He seized her and pulled her into a bedroom. She struggled and tried to call for help. “No, God does not wish it," she cried out. "It is a sin. You would go to hell for it.” Alessandro began striking at her blindly with a long dagger. </p><p>She was taken to a hospital. Her last hours were marked by the usual simple compassion of the good—concern about where her mother would sleep, forgiveness of her murderer (she had been in fear of him, but did not say anything lest she cause trouble to his family) and her devout welcoming of Viaticum, her last Holy Communion. She died about 24 hours after the attack. </p><p>Her murderer was sentenced to 30 years in prison. For a long time he was unrepentant and surly. One night he had a dream or vision of Maria, gathering flowers and offering them to him. His life changed. When he was released after 27 years, his first act was to go to beg the forgiveness of Maria’s mother. </p><p>Devotion to the young martyr grew, miracles were worked, and in less than half a century she was canonized. At her beatification in 1947, her mother (then 82), two sisters and a brother appeared with Pope Pius XII on the balcony of St. Peter’s. Three years later, at her canonization, a 66-year-old Alessandro Serenelli knelt among the quarter-million people and cried tears of joy.</p> American Catholic Blog Lord, may the medals we wear be constant reminders of the lives they depict. While wearing them, may we be blessed through the saints’ intercession and protected from harm. Help us to continue to spread the messages of Jesus and Mary and the saints and angels.

The Spirit of Saint Francis

 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Birthday
May God grant you good health, good cheer and all good things today and all the days of the coming year.

Second Sunday in Lent
Lent invites us to open our hearts, minds and bodies to the grace of rebirth.

St. Margaret of Cortona
Celebrate the struggles and triumphs of single parents with an e-card of their patron saint.

Chair of St. Peter
We also honor our current pope by acknowledging that Christ chose Peter to sit in his place as the servant-authority for the people of God.

Sympathy
Grace gives us the courage to accept what we cannot change.




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