Today Christians Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Pillar

Our Lady of the PillarOur Lady of the Pillar — Pray For Us –Image: Catholic News Agency

(CNA) The first Marian apparition in history appeared to St. James the Apostle, the Brother of St. John the Evangelist on the bank of the river Ebro in Spain Saragossa — Unlike every other recorded apparition, this one took place during the earthly life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.

According to tradition, Mary promised St. James, that when he needed it most during his difficult mission to what is now Spain, that the Blessed Virgin Mary would appear to him and encourage him.

In the year 40 AD while St James was praying one night, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared with the ‘Child Jesus’ standing on a pillar and asked St. James together with his eight disciples to construct a Church on the site, promising him that “it will stand that moment until the end of time in order that God may work miracles and wonders through my intercession for all those who place themselves under my patronage.”

The Church of Our Lady of the Pillar (photo gallery) in Spain, Zaragoza, is the very first Church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary in history and is standing to this day, having survived invasions and wars. — During the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 three bombs were dropped on the Church and not one of them exploded.

Our Blessed Lady is also said to have given the small wooden statue of the apparition to St. James which now stands on a pillar in the Church.

Nuestra Senora Del Pilar (Our Lady of the Pillar) is the Patron Saint of Spain and all Latino people — On this day in 1492 the ‘Feast of the Virgin Pillar’ is the day Christopher Columbus first sighted American land and when the first Holy Mass was first celebrated in America.

More here on Spain’s Natl Holiday & the Feast of the Virgin of Pillar

Happy Columbus Day 2015

Happy Columbus DayHappy Columbus Day –Image Courtesy: Seton Catholic Central

(KOFC) What You May Not Know About Christopher Columbus…

When the Knights of Columbus was founded in New Haven, CT in 1882 by Fr. Michael J. McGivney, its namesake ‘Christopher Columbus’ was a symbol of the idea that there is no contradiction in being Catholic and an American. In recent decades however (thanks in large measure to the PC crowd, I digress) Columbus has become a figure of controversy leaving conflicting opinions about his legacy.

Carol Delaney, a Cultural Anthropologist and long-time Professor at Stanford Univ had little knowledge or interest in Columbus that is, until she was teaching a course called ‘Millennial Fever’ in 1999 and came across a reference to the Explorer Columbus apocalyptic beliefs. Delaney was intrigued and set out to research ‘Christopher Columbus’ at Brown Univ in the Summer of 2003

Two years later Delaney retired from Stanford to devote herself to research which launched a remarkable journey into the footsteps of Columbus

Columbia Online spoke to Delaney about the fruits of her research published in her book, ‘Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem’ available at what Delaney’s research uncovered was indeed fascinating and may not be what you learned in school about Christopher Columbus but may so now…

Rest here from Columbia Online

Rediscovering Columbus, Not ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Indigenous PeoplesHappy Columbus Indigenous Peoples Day –Image: AJ Stream@Twitter

(CNS News) Pandering to his Loony Liberal Lefty political base, President Obama on Friday, proclaimed the 13 October as Columbus Day noting that a “new history” launched by Italian explorer Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the new world included the history of American Indians which Obama said, is “marred with a long and shameful chapters of violence, disease and deprivation.”

In 2008 Myrna Blyth in the National Review wrote about the true history of Columbus Day that the Loony Liberal Kool-Aid drinking political left would rather not Americans to remember about Columbus Day–once a day of pride, a time for school children to honor a great explorer.

For years, history books portrayed Columbus heroically, as a great visionary and adventurer. In 1892 the 400th anniversary of Columbus voyage was such a big deal that there were festivities in every state, planned years in advance but by 1992 it was practically ignored–in fact, the Natl Conference of Churches declared the anniversary was “not a time for celebration” but one for “reflection and repentance”  in which whites must acknowledge a continuing history of “oppression, degradation and genocide.”

One thing most of us don’t know is that the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’ (something else that the Loony Liberal Left loves to hate too–I digress) was originally written for schoolchildren to recite as part of the 1892 Columbus Day celebration.

Twelve million children put their hands on their hearts and spoke 23 words and school children have been reciting it ever since with slight modification–those children pledged allegiance to “My Flag.” With so many immigrants coming into America in the 19th and 20th centuries, the wording was changed to make it crystal clear that everyone pledged allegiance to the same flag, “the flag of the United States of America.”

Nowadays, Columbus isn’t PC, his skills as a seaman are ignored and even his determination as an entrepreneur is forgotten…

Rest here by Myrna Blyth@National Review

Barrycades Back Up at WW II Memorial; Closed Except for 1st Amendment Activities???

WW II Memorial

Hmm…Except for 1st Amendment Activities??? Isn’t Anytime Americans Visit a Natl Park, Go to a Memorial, Travel To & Fro, an Exercise of Ones 1st Amendment Activities? –Image: Jordan Sekulow@Twitter

Related: Snit Fit Redux: Barrycades Ordered Back Up at WW II Memorial

Rediscovering Columbus Day

There are a scant few good articles on Christopher Columbus and I am the first to admit when I was asked about Columbus Day, how was I going to respond to the question of a three year old who looks up to me to know all the answers to her questions? I had to do some research today and this is what I learned.

President Obama’s Proclamation for Columbus Day–Washington Examiner

What Columbus Day Really Means –William J Connell, PhD The American Scholar

Discovering Columbus Day–National Review Online

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