The Conversion of Alphonse Ratisbonne

Born in 1814, Alphonse Ratisbonne was from a family of wealthy, well-known Jewish bankers in Strasbourg, France. In 1827, Alphonse’s older brother, Thèodore, converted to Catholicism and entered the priesthood, thus breaking with his anti-Catholic family whose hopes now lay in the young Alphonse. At 27, Alphonse was intelligent and well mannered. He had already … Continue reading The Conversion of Alphonse Ratisbonne

Who are You, Immaculate Conception? (St. Maximilian Kolbe)

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION: These words fell from the lips of the Immaculata herself. Hence, they must tell, us in the most precise and essential manner, who she really is. Since human words are incapable of expressing Divine realities, it follows that these words, "Immaculate" and "Conception", must be understood in a much more profound, much more … Continue reading Who are You, Immaculate Conception? (St. Maximilian Kolbe)

Our Lady of La Salette

Our Lady of La Salette On 19 September 1851, Pope Pius IX formally approved the public devotion and prayers to Our Lady of La Salette, referring to its messages of apparition as "secrets". On 24 August 1852, Pope Pius IX once again mentioned the construction of the altar to La Salette. The same papal bull granted the … Continue reading Our Lady of La Salette