July 13

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Rosa Mistica, Montichiari, Brescia, Lombardy, Italy

At the hospital where she worked as a nurse aide, early on Sunday, July 13, 1947, Pierina Gilli, 35, saw a woman with white, red, and yellow roses on her breast, who said, "I am the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of all of you. ... I wish that July 13 be celebrated each year in honor of the Rosa Mystica." There were several such apparitions, some critical of the clergy, some requesting special observances, some promising blessings through a holy spring. The title "Mystical Rose" first appeared in the Litany of Loreto, probably written in the 1500s. The new devotion given through Pierina Gilli was aimed primarily at consecrated religious -- sisters, brothers, and priests. The seer had wanted to join an order, but ill health prevented her. Although the Catholic Church has not recognized the apparitions of Montichiari, and has sometimes discouraged their propagation, devotion to Our Lady as Rosa Mystica has spread around the world, fueled partly by reports of weeping statues modeled on Pierina Gilli's description. (Information from Maria Rosa Mistica - Sito Cattolico, www.rosamistica.135.it, "Apparitions of Our Lady - Rosa Mystica - at Montichiari-Fontanelle," The M+G+R Foundation, www.mgr.org/rosamystica.html, and other sources. Picture from JennD.'J.M.J.', "My Musing: Our Lady and the Hour of Grace..." whitewave39.blogspot.com/2007/12/our-lady-and-hour-of-grace.html.)

Also celebrated this date:

Madonna delle Lacrime, Milan, Italy. Fresco wept during plague epidemic, 1620.
Beata Vergine del Carmine, Sorbara, Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Church blessed, 1865.
Madonna del Soccorso, Castellammare del Golfo, Trapani, Sicily, Italy. As the entire town prayed to Our Lady of Help, her apparition scared off an attacking English fleet, July 13, 1718; annual reenactment. Festa August 21.


Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly