Mary – One Billion Stories https://onebillionstories.com Hope Lives Mon, 01 Jan 2018 17:26:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Iron Lung and Mother Mary https://onebillionstories.com/iron-lung-mother-mary/ https://onebillionstories.com/iron-lung-mother-mary/#comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:31:02 +0000 https://onebillionstories.com/?p=24754 It was 1949, in Denver Colorado, during the Polio epidemic when Mary Jane was stricken with bulbar polio, at that time a deadly disease. She was placed in a large machine called an “iron lung” that helped her to breathe and stay alive. Despite the doctors best efforts, the iron lung was shut off on […]

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It was 1949, in Denver Colorado, during the Polio epidemic when Mary Jane was stricken with bulbar polio, at that time a deadly disease. She was placed in a large machine called an “iron lung” that helped her to breathe and stay alive. Despite the doctors best efforts, the iron lung was shut off on August the 15th, 1949. Mary Jane was pronounced dead.

That same morning, Mary Jane’s parents attended Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption, during which, they placed a dozen white roses at the altar of the Blessed Mother. Upon returning to the hospital and hearing the news of Mary Jane’s death, Mary’s mother Cleva, replied, “No, she isn’t.” Cleva bent down over Mary Jane, kissed her on the forehead, and said, “Mary, open your pretty blue eyes, I haven’t seen them yet this morning.” Mary Jane heard the words of her mother Cleva, and opened her eyes.

During the time of Mary Jane’s death experience, she encountered our Lord and His Blessed Mother. She felt the warmth of their love all around, and humbly offered herself to them and committed to pray the rosary everyday of her life in thanksgiving for the many gifts God had given her. A commitment she has upheld since that very day.

Several years later, Mary Jane would meet the “perfect partner,” and together they have cherished the gift of their Catholic faith by praying the rosary together everyday.

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Devotions: Our Lady of Guadalupe https://onebillionstories.com/devotions-lady-guadalupe/ https://onebillionstories.com/devotions-lady-guadalupe/#respond Fri, 09 Jan 2015 21:11:40 +0000 http://onebillionstories.com/?p=23613 In Denver Colorado, inspiring stories of faith continue to emerge from the neighborhoods of this great city. The joyful witness and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary continues to spread in the 21st century, especially among the youth. The devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe has deep roots in Mexico, which has spread to Colorado and around […]

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In Denver Colorado, inspiring stories of faith continue to emerge from the neighborhoods of this great city. The joyful witness and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary continues to spread in the 21st century, especially among the youth. The devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe has deep roots in Mexico, which has spread to Colorado and around the world. Rocio discusses how the Blessed Virgin Mary’s presence in her faith journey guides many key decision making moments, including college. How has Our Lady of Guadalupe impacted your faith? Share below in the comment section.

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Devotions: Immaculate Heart of Mary https://onebillionstories.com/devotions-immaculate-heart-of-mary/ https://onebillionstories.com/devotions-immaculate-heart-of-mary/#respond Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:02:47 +0000 http://onebillionstories.com/?p=23604 Filipino Catholics have always been characterized as “Pueblo Amante de Maria” – a people in love with Mary. In this installment of the global “Devotions” series we take a look at how close the Devotion to Mary is in relation to the history and culture of the Filipino people. The faith that radiates from the 7,107 islands […]

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Filipino Catholics have always been characterized as “Pueblo Amante de Maria” – a people in love with Mary. In this installment of the global “Devotions” series we take a look at how close the Devotion to Mary is in relation to the history and culture of the Filipino people. The faith that radiates from the 7,107 islands of faith is very inspiring for other cultures around the world. We wonder, ‘where does the faith come from, who invokes the joy in these Filipino people?’ Certainly, their devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary plays a key role in their faith, that sends forth many souls toward her son, Jesus Christ. “Mama Mary”, pray for us!

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Bring The World to the Eucharist https://onebillionstories.com/bring-the-world-to-the-eucharist/ https://onebillionstories.com/bring-the-world-to-the-eucharist/#comments Tue, 13 Dec 2011 11:08:15 +0000 http://onebillionstories.com/?p=8514 This ancient path of many early Christian is deeply rooted in the history of the Catholic Church. From the beginning, Saints have laid down their lives for their faith. But has 'Irish Steve' found another martyr in the 21st century? For this it is the Holy Spirit's task to decide, but Steve has encountered a story from a man that will make one think twice about what it means to be Catholic in the third millenium.

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