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Bishop declares French Catholic nun’s cure a Lourdes miracle

Pilgrims pray in front of Lourdes grotto during the plenary congress of France's bishops in Lourdes, southwestern France. The grotto is the site where the Roman Catholic tradition says St. Bernadette saw visions of Mary in 1858. Photo by Regis Duvignau/Reuters

PARIS (AP) — A French bishop has declared as a miracle the cure of a Roman Catholic nun who was an invalid for nearly four decades and recovered after making a pilgrimage to Lourdes.

It was the 70th miraculous recovery attributed to divine intervention in Lourdes.

Bishop Jacque Benoit-Gonin of the Beauvais diocese north of Paris proclaimed the miracle Sunday (Feb. 11), 10 years after Bernadette Moriau, now 79, went to Lourdes.

The shrine in southern France where 150 years ago apparitions of Mary, the mother of Jesus, reportedly appeared to a peasant girl, Bernadette Soubirous, is recognized by the church as a site of miraculous cures.

Moriau says on the diocese website that after returning home she heard a voice telling her to remove her leg braces and suddenly she could walk.

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  • First of all, Mary wouldn’t have been there. She is either asleep in the Lord, or with the Lord.
    Christ has no need to send a human back as explained in Luke 16. 27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— 28 for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”

  • This article and the following scriptures confirm two things for me: One, Goddess Mary did and continues to perform miraculous signs & wonder at Lourdes. Two, not only God & Jesus can do those things. But their enemies can, too!

    (1) “False Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, lead astray, if possible, even the elect.” (Matthew 24:24 and Mark 13:22)

    (2) “That lawless one will be revealed … whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:8-12)

    (3) “[The second] beast … exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed. He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life. And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed.” (Revelation 13:11-15)

    (4) “Coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, [were] three unclean spirits like frogs; for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty.” (Revelation 16:13-14)

  • My fellow christians, may I remind you of what Jesus said:

    Matt 12
    22 Then one was brought to Him who was
    demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind
    and the mute man both saw and spoke. 23 And all the multitudes were amazed and said, “Could this be the Son of David?” 24 Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”

    25 But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said,
    “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and
    every city or house divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.

    Christians are so sure that this is evil, when it actually demonstrates that people do not know their bible. You are so deceived that Jesus’ mother is so insignificant, that the woman who said yes to God and brought forth His Son and our Savior would be relegated to the end of the line, behind Apostles, saints, martyrs. For a moment, do you REALLY believe that Jesus has cast aside His own mother? That if you really knew Jesus He would honor and place His mother above the Apostles, saints, martyrs because she was most faithful to God and her Son. As much as anyone loves their own mother, so too does Jesus infinitely loves His.

  • For those who question the powerful intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Word made Flesh, the second Person of the Most Holy Trinity who came to dwell amongst us, taking His flesh from her Immaculate flesh, one need only read the scriptures to see that Our Lord performed His first public Miracle at His mother’s request.

    At the wedding Feast of Cana, the couple was embarrassed to run out of wine and the Blessed Virgin Mary appealed to her Son, Who seemed at first to decline her request, saying it was not His concern.

    But then Mary made an act of perfect Faith: “Do whatever He tells you,” moved by her love and compassion and her trust in the goodness of God in the person of Jesus.

    Whereupon Our Lord changed water into the most perfect wine.

    Our Lord gave us this first of his public miracles as an example for the ages . She who loved Him with a perfect love obtains from Him favors for us poor sinners.

    Yes, it is her perfect faith and love, her compassion for us, and her power of intercession that obtains from God Miracles like these…

  • She is not a deity Hp0. Mary is not a Goddess.
    Only God can heal.

    Deuteronomy 32:39 ESV
    “‘See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.

    James 5:15 ESV And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

  • Ave:

    Colossians 2:8English Standard Version (ESV)
    8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.Mary is no longer alive my friend. Christ is our advocate and intercessor.
    Romans 8:34 ESV
    Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.

    Hebrews 7:25 ESV

    Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
    1 Timothy 2:5 ESV

    For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

    Romans 8:26 ESV
    Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

    1 John 2:1 ESV
    My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

  • Don’t quote scripture unless you can also read scripture. I quoted from the miracle of Cana in Galilee where Our Lord only performed a miracle because Our Lady, His most beloved mother, requested it.

    No one said that Mary was equal to God or had the powers of God, but that she had perfect faith and perfect fidelity and saying “Yes” to his Plan of Redemption which required her perfect cooperation. It is her perfect Faith which obtains miracles from God.

    If we can’t perform the same Miracles it’s because we don’t have such faith and merit with God.

    Do you not also read in Scripture: 23 Amen I say to you, that whosoever shall say to this mountain, Be thou removed and be cast into the sea, and shall not stagger in his heart, but believe, that whatsoever he saith shall be done; it shall be done unto him. 24 Therefore I say unto you, all things, whatsoever you ask when ye pray, believe that you shall receive; and they shall come unto you.

    The explanation to Mary’s power with God is right there if you’re willing to hear it.

  • Exactly. The Lord performed the miracle. Not Mary.
    Mary is not perfect. Please, cite scripture that indicates this.
    No hon. Mary is dead.

  • NO ONE is dead. We all have immortal souls and will either go to heaven or hell. If to heaven, we will continue to pray to God to obtain favors for those on Earth until the number of the elect will be complete.

    Now that Mary is in heaven beside her Son she continues to obtain favors for us from God.

  • Mary is dead.
    How can you say that Mary is beside her son, when Christ taught that position was only for God to give?
    There is only one mediator between God and man, Christ;

  • So you continue to ignore selectively the passages where Christ tells us to “…move mountains” by our faith and prayer and other such teachings which show us that we are to intercede with God for His favors.

    That is precisely what Mary does in heaven beside her Son, Who honors her precisely because one of the Ten Commandments is “Honor thy father and thy mother”.

    And that is precisely with Christ does: honors His mother.

    He doesn’t treat His mother like some kind of pregnancy machine which just gave him his Humanity. He loves and honors His Mother with far more love and honor that you do yours, that’s for sure.

    Even as He was dying in unutterable agony on the Cross, He provided for her protection and safety by confiding her to St John the Evangelist: “Son, behold your mother. Woman behold your son.”

    It was one of His last thoughts: her well being. In all His tenderness, He made sure to provide for her after His death. Even more so does He attend to her in His Heavenly Glory.

    The problem with you and other Protestants is that you selectively twist the scriptures instead of taking them exactly as Christ stated them.

    You want to ignore the ones which uphold Catholic teaching and only pay attention to the ones which give a twisted, incomplete view of Christianity.

    Sorry, you are not being honest with yourself or others.

  • Alas, you once again demonstrate your biblical illiteracy.
    As Jesus Himself said –
    “Have you not read what was said to you by God? ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?’ He is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”
    Perhaps if you ever get around to reading the last book of Scripture, you’ll discover that in Rev 7:9-11, it says –
    “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:
    “Salvation belongs to our God,
    who sits on the throne,
    and to the Lamb.”

    The saints are not dead at all. Orthodox Christians know that. Sorry you don’t.

  • PRECISELY….they carve up the scriptures with the perverse purpose of foisting on humanity a false Christanity, a twisted Christianity that would have Christ treat His own mother as disposable and listen to everyone’s prayers but hers.

    And that’s only part of it – they leave out the very heart of Christianity: the Sacraments, the Communion of Saints, the Sacrifice of the True Mass.

    How sad….

  • Miracles do not happen except through a mental desire or faith to be cured since miracles violate Nature’s gift of natural law. If God were involved in our daily lives, cures would not be needed. You cannot have it both ways.

    Regarding the Cana “miracle” (John 2: 1-11): it fails rigorous historic testing and therefore was an invention of John. e.g. http://www.faithfutures.org/JDB/jdb349.html

    An excerpt:

    While (Professor Gerd) Luedemann [Jesus After 2000 Years, 433ff] attributes the story to the Evangelist, he notes the following ancient parallels:

    ‘When one struck the rock with the thyrsos, immediately a cool spring arose, and on striking the narthex on the ground, the god’s sweet wine flowed out ‘ (Euripdes, The Maenads, 704-7). ‘… The priests bring three vessels to the count and set them down empty (viz. in a building) … The next day … they find the vessels filled with wine’ (Pausanias, Description of Greece, VI 26, 1-2). However, in the Old Testament there are narratives about the transformation of water into some other matter; cf. Ex. 7.19-22 (Moses turns water into blood); Ex 15.23-25 and II Kings 2,19-22 (each time undrinkable water is transformed into drinkable water). Moreover, it should be noted that according to many Old Testament texts the time of salvation will be marked not least by an inexhaustible supply of wine (cf. e.g. Amos 9.13f; Hos. 2.24; Zech. 8.12; see also Mark 14.25).”

  • I’m wondering if he can provide documentary evidence including medical records to ensure the claim is accurate and that the malady was not psychosomatic.

  • TRANSLATION: “If your opinion about what this old book REALLY says differ from mine,” you must be in error. I could never be wrong.”

  • Where does He say that Mary is alive?
    1 Thessalonians 4:16 – English Standard Version
    For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

    Matthew 7:52 English Standard Version
    The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised,

  • “It was the 70th miraculous recovery attributed to divine intervention in Lourdes.”

    “Divine intervention”, not “Mary is … a Goddess”.

    Catholics believe only God can achieve miracles.

  • No one who died in Christ is dead, if the Christian religion means anything at all.

    The “communion of saints” would otherwise be a quiet experience indeed.

    As to the Lord performing the miracle “It was the 70th miraculous recovery attributed to divine intervention in Lourdes.”

  • This Mary of Lourdes IS a goddess. One of the principalities and powers. Neither flesh nor blood. She has quite a following among Catholics and Orthodoxes.

    The Mary mother of Jesus is NOT. Just flesh and blood. No one follows her.

  • What “divine intervention” is there on behalf of principalities and powers? Would God & Jesus “intervene” on behalf of their enemies? NEVER.

  • Whatever.

    The Mary of Lourdes is a goddess among principalities & powers. Mel Gibson’s The Passion captures that phenomenon rather graphically well.

    The Mary mother of Jesus couldn’t even turn water into wine. She was a nobody-nothing whose glorification was that of a slave of God for bringing flesh & blood to the Messiah of Israel.

  • … yeah but she’s very, very, very real

    deep down they all recognize she’s a goddess among principalities & powers

    i do too

    miracles at lourdes are very, very, very real too

    you know how many goddesses there are nowadays?

    very, very, very, very real each one of them

    maybe that’s why i love horror films since they demonstrated such principalities & powers at work

  • The Lourdes lady ain’t nobody’s mom but as a principality and power this goddess is very, very, very real

  • An estimated 200 million people have visited the shrine since 1860,[7] and the Roman Catholic Church has officially recognized 70 healings considered miraculous.

    0.000035% success rate!!!!!

    You know something I am sure that we would get better successes from visiting a clown show or a zoo. Hell, even visiting a local trained medical DOCTOR will get a better success rate.

  • No point name-dropping, my friend. Because I had committed myself to partake in the inner discussion circle of Catholics where I am. For 4 years. I’ve found out that it’s the Catholics who’re too cowardly to admit their Mother Mary is the goddess that she is, as taught in their Catechism of the Catholic Church.

    I’ve made many friends with these Catholics and considered them fellow Christians. Something “Jack Chick” or that “end-times-prophe…” web-group would never do.

    The feeling’s never mutual, however, with these Catholics, toward me.

  • Wait. What? Isn’t Lourdes like just northwest of Georgetown, Washington DC, bearing left? Then what was Goddess Mary doing there, where blood was smeared all over her? … Wait, what?

  • I believe what you meant to writ was “Catholics are too intelligent to discuss my belief that Mother Mary is a goddess, familiar as they are with the Catechism of the Catholic Church.”

    I am very familiar with the Catholic teaching on the saints and on Mary, and can state with total assurance that your assertion is 100% poppycock.

  • In what sense a “100% poppycock”, though, my son, to be sure? In the sense of, let me see,

    nonsense?
    rubbish?
    claptrap?
    balderdash?
    blather?
    moonshine?
    garbage?
    rot?
    tripe?
    jive?
    hogwash?
    baloney?
    drivel?
    bilge?
    bunk?
    eyewash?
    piffle?
    phooey?
    twaddle?
    bushwa?
    malarkey?
    gobbledygook?
    mumbo jumbo?
    bunkum?
    tommyrot?
    vulgar?
    crapola?
    verbal diarrhea?

  • Going by all her descriptions and M.O. on record, who else can she really be but GODDESS MARY who shows up in Lourdes from time to time?

    Maybe to you the following are now all “fiction”, but, according to The Catechism of the Catholic Church:

    (1) “495 The [Catholic] Church confesses that [she] is truly ‘Mother of God’ (Theotokos). … 971 From the most ancient times [she] has been honored with the title of ‘Mother of God,’ to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs”.

    (2) “494 [She was] …without a single sin to restrain her … [and] became the cause of salvation for herself and for the whole human race. … Death [came] through Eve, life through Mary. … 966 Preserved free from all stain of original sin, … [she] was taken up … into heavenly glory, and exalted … as Queen over all things … [in] an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians … [She] conceived the living God and … will deliver our souls from death. … 969 [She] continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation”.

    (3) “501 Her spiritual motherhood extends to all men … 507 [She] is the symbol and the most perfect realization of the [Catholic] Church: the [Catholic] Church indeed … becomes herself a mother … [and] brings forth sons … to a new and immortal life. … 726 [She] became … the new Eve (mother of the living) … 972 [She]is the image and beginning of the Church as it is to be perfected in the world to come. … 2618 It is at the hour of the New Covenant, at the foot of the cross, that [she] is heard as the Woman, the new Eve, the true ‘Mother of all the living.’ … 2679 We welcome [her] into our homes, for she has become the mother of all the living.”

    (4) “721 [She] is the masterwork of … mission … [and] the Seat of Wisdom. … 724 She is the burning bush of the definitive theophany. … 2674 She ‘shows the way’ (hodigitria), and is herself ‘the Sign’ of the way’ … 2677 May she welcome us as our mother at the hour of our passing to lead us to … paradise.”

  • FYI: The following from The Catechism of the Catholic Church makes our Person of Interest a goddess, in my view:

    (1) “495 The [Catholic] Church confesses that [she] is truly ‘Mother of God’ (Theotokos). … 971 From the most ancient times [she] has been honored with the title of ‘Mother of God,’ to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs”.

    (2) “494 [She was] …without a single sin to restrain her … [and] became the cause of salvation for herself and for the whole human race. … Death [came] through Eve, life through Mary. … 966 Preserved free from all stain of original sin, … [she] was taken up … into heavenly glory, and exalted … as Queen over all things … [in] an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians … [She] conceived the living God and … will deliver our souls from death. … 969 [She] continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation”.

    (3) “501 Her spiritual motherhood extends to all men … 507 [She] is the symbol and the most perfect realization of the [Catholic] Church: the [Catholic] Church indeed … becomes herself a mother … [and] brings forth sons … to a new and immortal life. … 726 [She] became … the new Eve (mother of the living) … 972 [She]is the image and beginning of the Church as it is to be perfected in the world to come. … 2618 It is at the hour of the New Covenant, at the foot of the cross, that [she] is heard as the Woman, the new Eve, the true ‘Mother of all the living.’ … 2679 We welcome [her] into our homes, for she has become the mother of all the living.”

    (4) “721 [She] is the masterwork of … mission … [and] the Seat of Wisdom. … 724 She is the burning bush of the definitive theophany. … 2674 She ‘shows the way’ (hodigitria), and is herself ‘the Sign’ of the way’ … 2677 May she welcome us as our mother at the hour of our passing to lead us to … paradise.”

  • Catholics, Orthodox, Assyrians, Oriental Orthodox, Lutherans, many Anglicans, and a myriad of smaller Christian denominations belief that Mary is truly ‘Mother of God’ (Theotokos – which means God-bearer). No goddess there, just the Incarnation and the Creed.

    Catholics and some Anglicans believe Mary was born without sin in anticipation of Jesus’ sacrifice. Orthodox, Assyrians, Oriental Orthodox, some Lutherans and some Anglicans believe she was cleansed of all sin (Mary, “Full of Grace” the angel called her).

    All believe she is in Heaven, still the Mother of Jesus, who is now King in the New Jerusalem, and thus she is the Queen Mother.

    Catholics, Orthodox, Assyrians, and Oriental Orthodox believe because she was either born without Original Sin or cleansed of Original Sin after she was born she is currently in Heaven in the same sort of glorified body all the saints will have after the Second Coming, the first inhabitant of the New Jerusalem, the new Eve.

    Catholics refer to this as the Assumption, Orthodox and others as the Dormition.

    Because she is mother of Jesus, and because Jesus is the bridegroom of the Church, she is the mother of all Christians.

    She is still a creature, still body and flesh, and like any saint – and in fact like any of us – has no power of her own. She can only ask her son on our behalf, she can do nothing by her own power.

    As John describes in Revelation 5:8, the saints in heaven offer our prayers to God as “golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.” As Paul describes in 1 Timothy 2:1-5 prayers for others is a Christian duty.

    A goddess cannot be a creature. Mary is a creature. A goddess would have power. Mary has no power. A goddess could not be in Heaven. Mary, like the other saints is in Heaven.

    Therefore Mary cannot be a goddess.

  • AGREED. Finally! According to The Catechism of the Catholic Church, and like you said, Bobby, my son, “a goddess would have power” to:

    – “[966] deliver our souls from death”;

    – “[969] to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation”;

    – “[507] [to become the One who] brings forth sons … to a new and immortal life”;

    – “[721] [to become] the Seat of Wisdom”;

    – “[724] the burning bush of the definitive theophany”;

    – “[2674] the Sign of the way”;

    – “[2677] [and] to lead us to … paradise.”

  • Help “[966] deliver our souls from death” by interceding (praying for us);

    Wishing to “[969] to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation”, as every Christian should do;

    The Church “[507] brings forth sons … to a new and immortal life”;

    Mary is acclaimed and represented in the liturgy as”[721] [to become] the Seat of Wisdom”;

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seat_of_Wisdom

    The Holy Spirit showed to the world the the Son of the Father through Mary, making her “[724] the burning bush of the definitive theophany”;

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epiphany_%28holiday%29

    Jesus, the only mediator, is the way of our prayer; Mary, his mother and ours, is wholly transparent to him: she “shows the way” (hodigitria), and is herself “[2674] the Sign of the way”;

    May she welcome us as our mother at the hour of our passing to lead us to her son, Jesus, in paradise. “[2677] [and] to lead us to … paradise.”

    Many of these citations, butchered beyond recognition and out of context, are heavily footnoted with scriptural references in the original.

    http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc.htm

  • Well, you have to decide.

    Either it’s true that the same Mary is “a goddess [with] power”.

    Or it’s a false teaching that the same Mary can:

    – “[966] deliver our souls from death”;

    – “[969] bring us the gifts of eternal salvation”;

    – “[507] [become the One who] brings forth sons … to a new and immortal life”;

    – “[721] [become] the Seat of Wisdom”;

    – “[724] the burning bush of the definitive theophany”;

    – “[2674] the Sign of the way”;

    – “[2677] [and] lead us to … paradise.”

  • Well, you have to decide, do want to keep posting carefully edited and embellished excerpts which present a false and misleading impression, or do you want to be truthful and present them as they were written?

    – You conceived the living God and, by your prayers, will”[966] deliver our souls from death” – God, not Mary.

    – Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to “[969] bring us the gifts of eternal salvation”. . . . – God, not Mary.

    – At once virgin and mother, Mary is the symbol and the most perfect realization of the Church: “the Church indeed. . . by receiving the word of God in faith becomes herself a mother. By preaching and Baptism she “[507] [become the One who] brings forth sons … to a new and immortal life” brings forth sons, who are conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of God, to a new and immortal life.”

    The words “become the One who” are not in the original and change the meaning from a reference to the Church to Mary. It is the Church who brings forth sons. Or do you deny that?

    – Mary is acclaimed and represented in the liturgy as “”[721] [become] the Seat of Wisdom”’.”

    The word “becomes” is not in the original and changes the meaning from a reference to a title for Mary to claiming Mary herself is Wisdom. The reference is to particular ancient representation and title of Mary:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seat_of_Wisdom

    from the Greek Chora tou Achoretou (“Container of the Uncontainable”). Christ, of course, is Wisdom.

    – “[724] the burning bush of the definitive theophany”;

    The theophany being the birth of Our Lord – his showing forth, and Mary being his human mother through whom he shone forth. Or do you deny that Jesus was born of Mary?

    – Jesus, the only mediator, is the way of our prayer; Mary, his mother and ours, is wholly transparent to him: she “shows the way” (hodigitria), and is herself “[2674] the Sign of the way”, according to the traditional iconography of East and West.

    Or do you deny Jesus is the ONLY mediator?

    – May she welcome us as our mother at the hour of our passing to lead us to her son, Jesus, in paradise. Your: “[2677] [and] lead us to … paradise.” was purposely butchered to change the meaning.

    Now that we know your source is not honest and not competent, here is where anyone can read the entries in context:

    http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc.htm

    and confirm for him or herself that Catholics do not claim Mary is “a goddess [with] power”.

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