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Our Lady of Knock Colouring Book


Our Lady of Knock Catholic Story Colouring Book

Text by Mary Fabyan Windeatt
Illustrations by Gedge Harmon

As Mrs. McLaughlin and 26-year-old Mary Beirne hurried along in the rain on the night of 21st August, 1879, in the village of Knock, Ireland, they were astonished to see a silvery light and three beautiful figures outside the south gable of the parish church; next to the figures was an altar with a lamb on it. Mary Beirne recognised the three as St. Joseph, Our Lady and St. John the Evangelist; she ran home to tell her mother and family. Word spread, and soon there were fourteen adults and children gazing at the marvel. After more than an hour, the vision faded away.

When the witnesses told their story, there were many scoffers. But soon there was a remarkable cure of a twelve-year-old girl who had been stone deaf for four years, and before long there were more cures - most of them after prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary and after touching a piece of cement from the south gable of the church.

Some people were puzzled because Our Lady had not requested prayer and penance at Knock, as she had done at other apparitions. But the parish priest suggested that this may have been because the Irish had never lost the spirit of prayer and penance, having suffered so much from poverty, famine and terrible persecution for the Faith - often because they would not deny the Mass, the Sacraments, Our Lady and the Saints. Perhaps, he suggested, the remarkable apparition at Knock was a silent blessing and a reward for the centuries-long faithfulness of Catholic Ireland.

With hindsight, we can now easily understand that the apparition at Knock was a warning of things to come, with the parish church serving as a symbol of the 'official' structures of the Church - the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass would no longer (with relatively rare exceptions) be found inside the official structures but forced outside to the periphery.

Paperback. 32pp.

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