Today seems to be a very busy day for Mary, Jesus’ mother. It is the feast day of Catherine Labouré, a French nun who had visions of Mary in the 1830’s in which Mary requested the minting of miraculous medals. This medal is worn today by millions of devout people around the world.
In Rwanda a group of schoolchildren in Kibeho began on this day in 1981, to witness apparitions of Mary warning of Rwanda descending into violence. The teenage visionaries reported that the Virgin Mary asked everyone to pray to prevent a terrible war. In the vision of 19 August 1982, they all reported seeing violence, dismembered corpses and destruction. During the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Kibeho itself was the scene of two massacres whose victims included some of the visionaries.
Not to be outdone, today also marks the ascension upon his death in 1921 of Abdu’l-Bahá, the second leader of the Bahai faith.
– Posted by Douglas Racionzer (serendipiday.blogspot.com)