My wife, daughter and I did along with a family friend. Nothing was planned by the local parish, and there was no evidence of other visitors.
Perhaps readers can make a spiritual visit.
The posted article on Father's life was in a book written by an Orangeman, but as the author stated, this gives an unbiased account. Given the numerous miracles described, I wonder how many more a Catholic might have described.
Just think: and Orangeman would have omitted them ALL if he
thought he could get away with it! The fact he included some
is proof that he was afraid those were the BARE MINIMUM of
what he could have mentioned.
I can't help but wonder how long it's been since they had to
refill the grave because of people taking 3rd class relics by
samples of the dirt that covers him? And every time they add
more, it's like holy water, so long as there is at least that much
dirt already there, the extra dirt you add becomes equally blessed.
Interesting, no? I hope you took home a jar or two for yourself!!
Interesting also that the local Bishop asked him to stop the miracles so as not to offend Protestants, and when Father continued, he was re-assigned to a more remote parish - sound familiar?
Father had a reputation for sticking to spiritual matters and avoiding much of earthly pleasures. Human respect was not a failing of his.
He did cure Protestants, but sometimes did assign a penance of joining the Church.
If he were alive today, I think the Resistance would have another priest.
Stop the miracles so as not to offend Protestants!
I just read a bunch of comments on a dictionary website
atheists are saying that when someone says "God bless you!" to
them, they are OFFENDED! And a California teacher is telling her
class that no one is allowed to say "God bless you" in her classroom.
Other comments actually applaud that nonsense.
So this idiocy started 100 years ago in Canada -- probably before
that, and in England or Germany. Speaking of Germany, the
linked website above is for "gesundheit"
and what it means.
Apparently atheists prefer it because all it means is "health to you"
and implies NOTHING religious or about God or blessing. All those
wild comments could be a whole thread here on CI. But our
members would never say those things. Sometimes it's good just
to keep track of the heresies and how to respond to them.
Heretics hate it when you make light of their false gods, or of their
hatred of anything to do with God.