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    Do not rely on friends and neighbours, and do not delay the salvation
    of your soul to some future date, for men will forget you sooner than
    you think. It is better to make timely provision and to acquire merit
    in this life, than to depend on the help of others. And if you have no
    care for your own soul, who will have care for you in time to come?
    The present time is most precious; now is the accepted time, now is
    the day of salvation.(2Cor.6:2) It is sad that you do not employ your
    time better, when you may win eternal life hereafter. The time will
    come when you will long for one day or one hour in which to amend; and
    who knows whether it will be granted?
    --Thomas à Kempis --Imitation of Christ Bk 1, Ch 23

    March 2: - Our Lady of Banneux: The Final Apparition

    “The poor today – and there are many ways of being poor! – feel at
    home in Banneux. They come here to find comfort, courage, hope, union
    with God in their affliction. I encourage the pilgrims who come here
    to pray to her, who, always and everywhere in the Church, reflects the
    face of the Mercy of God.”

    Pope John Paul II proclaimed these words during his visit to Banneux,
    in reference to Our Blessed Mother, the Virgin of the Poor. Today,
    March 2, marks the anniversary of the eighth and final apparition of
    Mary at Banneux, Belgium, to 11 year old Mariette Beco in 1933. The
    first 7 apparitions occurred on January 15, January 18, January 19,
    January 20, February 11, February 15, and February 20. During these
    encounters, Mariette saw a woman “made of light” smiling at her
    through her kitchen window, eventually following the Blessed Virgin,
    praying with her, and obeying her instructions to claim a small stream
    of water for her. The Blessed Mother said to Mariette, “I am the
    Virgin of the Poor” and leading her to a small stream, “This spring is reserved for all nations- to relieve the sick.” The Virgin of the Poor requested that a small chapel be built. She further told Mariette, “I
    have come to relieve suffering.” Following Mariette’s request for a
    sign as to who she was, Our Blessed Mother replied, “Believe in me-
    and I will believe in you.” Finally, in the seventh visitation, the
    Blessed Virgin implored Marriette to “Pray hard.”

    Ten days after the seventh apparition, Mariette was visited by the
    Virgin of the Poor for the last time. Despite pouring rain, Mariette
    knelt to pray in her garden as dusk was falling. She was praying her
    third Rosary when the rain stopped without warning. Mariette was
    observed to remain silent, but stretched out her arms, stood up, took
    a single step forward, and then knelt back down.

    The Blessed Virgin spoke to her, saying, “I am the Mother of the
    Savior, Mother of God. Pray much." Mariette said, “yes, yes,” and
    bowed her head. The Virgin of the Poor laid her hands upon her head,
    blessing her, and said, "Adieu" (Good bye). Mariette wept, knowing
    this was her last visit, as on all previous occasions, Mary had ended
    their time together by saying “Au revoir” (Until we meet again).

    Our Lady of Banneux, the Virgin of the Poor, blessed the world by
    appearing to a humble girl. Her message was simple, and of few words:
    Pray diligently, have faith, and through her intercession, worldly
    suffering would be relieved. We humbly implore the Blessed Virgin of
    the Poor to watch over us, intercede for us with the Lord, and relieve
    our suffering on earth.

    The apparitions at Banneux were investigated by an Episcopal
    delegation from 1935 to 1937, with their findings submitted to the
    Vatican for approval. Preliminary approval of the veracity of the
    apparitions was granted in 1947, with the visitation of Mary ruled as definitive in 1949. By that time, Mariette Beco had married and had
    several children. Despite being sought out by the thousands of
    pilgrims visiting Banneux, she remained humble and quiet, content to
    have the attention of visitors focused on the “Lady made of light,”
    rather than herself.
    by Jacob

    Saint Quote:
    "A soul truly resigned to God has no affection for any created thing,
    for it sees clearly that all its possessions, except God, are vain and
    nullity. So its single object and aim is to die to itself, and resign
    itself actually and always in all things."
    --Bl. Henry Suso

    Bible Quote:
    Without wood the fire dies out;
    without a talebearer strife subsides.
    Charcoal for coals, wood for fire—
    such are the quarrelsome, enkindling strife.  [Prv 26:20–21.]

    James 3:14-15 what does James characterize as
    human or "fleshly" wisdom?

    St. James' list of fleshly wisdom:
    1. Bitter jealousy
    2. ambition
    3. boastfulness
    4. deceit

    St. Paul's list of works of the flesh:
    1. sexual immorality
    2. impurity
    3. sexuality (licentiousness/ immodesty)
    4. idolatry
    5. sorcery
    6. hatreds
    7. rivalry
    8. jealousy
    9. outbursts of anger
    10. quarrels
    11. disagreements/ acts of selfishness
    12. factions
    13. malice/envy
    14. drunkenness
    15. orgies
    16. and the like
    St. Paul concludes his list with the dire warning: "people who behave
    in these ways will not inherit the kingdom of God

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