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Our Lady of Pontmain - January 17

Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Pontmain. Ora pro nobis. “But pray, my children. God will answer you very soon. My Son lets His Heart by touched.” By 1871, France had been devastated by the …More
Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Pontmain. Ora pro nobis.
“But pray, my children. God will answer you very soon. My Son lets His Heart by touched.”
By 1871, France had been devastated by the Franco-Prussian War. Fully three quarters of France lay under the heel of Prussian occupation.
On the starry night of January 17th, in the tiny village of Pontmain, Brittany, Cesar Barbadette and his two sons Joseph and Eugène, aged ten and twelve were finishing up their tasks in the barn. Eugene looked out the window and saw an area free of stars over their neighbor’s house. Suddenly, he saw Our Lady smiling at him. Joseph also saw Our Lady; later as a priest he would recount what he had seen:
She was young and tall of stature, clad in a garment of deep blue, … Her dress was covered with brilliant gold stars. The sleeves were ample and long. She wore slippers of the same blue as the dress, ornamented with gold bows. On the head was a black veil half covering the forehead, concealing the …More