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 THE TWO MIRACLES of 1871
the eucharist and the rosary - signs of hope for today


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NATURAL DISASTERS
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TWO MIRACLES
RDPF - PESHTIGO FIRE
(natural disaster series)
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THE PESHTIGO FIRE WAS THE LARGEST FIRE DISASTER OUR NATION HAS EVER KNOWN. READ BELOW THE HISTORY OF THEIS FORGOTTEN FIRE AND WHAT IS BELIEVED TO H AVE CAUSED IT.
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THE TWO MIRACLES OF 1871
 We have heard beautiful witnesses regarding the power of the rosary throughout the centuries. It is good to know that the rosary was again a powerful prayer during the terrible fire of October 8, 1871 that destroyed Chicago, Peshtigo WI and many other towns in its path including a small town we know today as Champion WI. 
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CONTROLLED CAMP FIRE - Peshtigo WI - October 2011
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WORTHY OF BELIEF
FIRST VATICAN APPROVED APPARITION 
OF MARY HERE IN THE UNITED STATES.
Remembering that Mary warned Sister Adele 12 years to the day (Oct 8 1869) that people must repent their ways or suffer the consequences.  Today this Vatican approved apparition is the first 'worthy of belief' and is here in the United States.
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The rosary above was inspired by the miracle of the tabernacle. (read more below). This was our pleasure. But the most important thing anyone can do is to pray your rosary daily. Remembering the rosary is the telling of Gods love story. If you do not have a rosary, you may also use your fingers!
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ISAIAH 56:1-2
 1 Thus says the Lord: Observe what is right, do what is just, for my salvation is about to come, my justice about to be revealed. 2  Happy is the one who does this, whoever holds fast to it: Keeping the sabbath without profaning it, keeping ones hand from doing evil.
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BEING PREPARED
May these words above along with those given in the messages of our Lady of Good Help from her son, touch our hearts and that we are called to repentance, forgivenesss and to seek salvation for not only ourselves but for all we know by also praying the rosary. We know not the time or the hour.

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 TABERNACLE UNTOUCHED    +   FENCE IN ROBINSONVILLE
  FATHER PERNIN VISITS SR ADELE   +   A PERSONAL WITNESS
Adn I bet you didnt know this! 
THE NUMBER 12   -   ABOUT A JESUIT CHURCH
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~ PESHTIGO FIRE 1871 ~
THE TABERNACLE OF ST MARY'S
'Come quickly then, and see.  Oh! Father it is a great miracle'
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SMOKE TO HEAVY TO LEAVE
Father Peter Pernin was assigned to several new parishes in the area. St. Mary's church in Peshtigo (WI) was being completed at the time of the fire as was Lourdes in  Marinette / Menakaune.  In Michigan, across the river, Cedar River and Birch Creek were also being served by Father Pernin. (Our church would not be established until 1879.)  During the fire, Father was in Peshtigo. He was unable to get to Cedar River by boat for services because of heavy smoke from the 1000s of small fires created by the poor logging practices of 'slash and burn'.
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HE PUSHED THE CART HOLDING 
THE TABERNACLE TOWARDS THE RIVER
Father wrote in his witness (pg 3) about his concern for the tabernacle in the new church of St. Mary's as the fires seemed to be getting out of control around him. He dug a trench and tossed in books, church ornaments and vestments to protect them while a parishoner grabbed rosaries, crosses and medals in a basket. He put the tabernacle on his wagon and pulled it towards the river, thinking it would be safe in Marinette. But the fire was so intense, he pushed the cart holding the tabernacle into the Peshtigo river and turned his thoughts to saving lives by pulling people to safety in the water.
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ST MARY'S TABERNACLE
TABERNACLE - click icon for museum info
PESHTIGO FIRE MUSEUM
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FATHER
COME SEE - A MIRACLE!
Several days later a parishioner cried out to Father to come and see a miracle and led him to the river. there in the midst of the blackened and charred debris, was the white tabernacle floating on top of a log.  Untouched and as white as before!
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"I FOUND THE CONSECRATED HOST INTACT"
In his haste to leave, the key to the tabernacle had been lost so he had to force the door open.  To his amazement after all that rough ride, he wrote that he found the consecrated Host (the body of Christ) in tact in the monstrance.  And the ciborium lid had not been forced off, spilling its contents. Water had not penetrated the tabernacle and the heat "Had respected the interior as well as the exterior." He said that even the silky tissue lining the sides of the tabernacle was in perfect condition. 
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GOD'S EXCEEDING MERCY
Several years later Father Pernin commented on the tabernacle.  Since St. Mary's was destroyed in the fire, he moved it to the small restored chapel at Our Lady of Lourdes chapel in Marinette WI. (now known St Thomas Aquinas Academy on Main Street where the sanctuary serves as a chapel.)  He said the same Monstrance and ciborium were being used daily in the holy sacrifice of the Mass.  He said, "I use them with a species of religious triumph as trophies of God's exceeding mercy snatched so marvelously from destruction"

PSALM 102:2-4
  2 LORD, hear my prayer; let my cry come to you.  3 Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly. 4  For my days vanish like smoke; my bones burn away as in a furnace.
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CHILLING, PROPHETIC WORD
Today, the tabernacle may be seen at the Peshtigo Fire Museum, (The original site of St. Mary's Catholic Church).  Museum is open from Memorial day to October 8th.
Also note the charred bible found opened to Psalm 106-107.  And just before, a chilling and prophetic word above.




~ ROBINSONVILLE FIRE - 1871 ~
A FIRE IN ROBINSONVILLE
Pray your rosary daily for peace - (RDPF.21172)
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AVE BEADS:

On sunday, October 8th 1871 a fire in Robinsonville WI (Champion) near New Frankin,  fell from the sky - 12 years to the day after the first Apparition of Our Lady to Sister Adele. The profound thing was that this would happen the same day and at the same time as the Peshtigo and Chicago fires happening on Sunday evening around 9p. 
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THEY PROCESSED ON 
THEIR KNEES PRAYING THE ROSARY
It started quickly giving the people little time to respond but those nearby ran to the chapel for cover bringing their animals with them to the area inside the picket fence. Fr. Pernin, shared that Sister Adele told him later, "that they processed on their knees, praying the rosary" carrying a statue of Our Lady.   As the firestorm became too much to bear, they entered the chapel and prayed before the Eucharist. It would be the Eucharist again, as in the Tabernacle that was saved in Peshtigo. protected by Merciful Grace of our Eucharistic Lord.
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OUTSIDE THE FENCE
THERE WAS NOTHING LEFT
After the fire, on Sunday, October 9th, the 12th anniversary of Our Lady's messages to Sr Adele, they discovered everything around them had burned.  There was nothing left. The flames had arched over and around the little chapel and the school. Williamsonville to the north had been destroyed (est loss of life, 60) and in New Frankin to the East (est loss of life 14). The town of Brussels was gone.
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INSIDE THE FENCE HAD
BEEN CONSECRATED TO OUR LADY
Remember the little white picket fence that was built to surround the chapel, on about 5 - 6 acres of land?  That land had been consecrated to the Blessed Virgin years before. The land outside the fence including the fence was burned black on the outside.  On the inside, facing the chapel the picket fence was still white and the grass was still green! Father Pernin wrote, "it shone out like an emerald island amid a sea of ashes."
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HER MESSAGE 
BECAME CLEARER THAN EVER
Even the animals inside the fence were alive. Remember the words from our Lady to Sister Adele? Remember the first apparition was 12 years to the day Saturday, Oct 8,1859 from the day of the fire, and on Sunday October 9, 1871 the day after the fire and the day of the actual message in 1859, these words below never were more clear.
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OUR LADY TO SR ADELE 
"I am the Queen of Heaven, who prays for the conversion of sinners, and I wish you to do the same.  You received Holy Communion this morning, and that is well. But you must do more. 
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Make a general confession and offer Communion for the conversion of sinners.  If they do not convert and do penance, my son will be obliged to punish them."
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A SUMMARY
The 1870 census recorded 1744 people in Peshtigo. It was believed with an influx of over a 1000 more workers, sometimes 50 to 100 arriving daily, many were unaccounted for, remembering many were simply burned to ashes. The death toll in Chicago was about 250, and in Peshtigo over 2400+.  In Robinsonville, the loss of life outside of the fenced in area was unknown and probably added to the toll under Peshtigo. The Peshtigo fire covered over 2,400 square miles which included surrounding areas. This would be the largest overall deadliest fire in American history, before or since. 
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Prayers were answered as the heavens spilled down a quiet rain putting out the fires in Robinsonville and Peshtigo.



 FATHER PERNIN 
VISITS SISTER ADELE
Shortly after the fire, Father Peter visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help and spoke to Sister Adele Brise in Robinsonville. Father was looked upon as a hero for his efforts to save lives before, during and after the Peshtigo fire. When he left he wrote that there was strong evidence of a Marian apparition but since there had been no "official ecclesiastical judgment" he could only encourage others to visit. 
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Father Peter Pernin
Sr Adele Brise
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FATHER PETER WROTE
“I have no intention either of passing judgment on the apparition of the Blessed Virgin and the pious pilgrimages which have resulted from it. Ecclesiastical authority has not yet spoken on the subject; it silently allows the good work to advance, awaiting perhaps some proof more striking and irrefutable before pronouncing its fiat. Far from me be the thought of forestalling ecclesiastical judgment.
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I EARNESTLY ENCOURAGE THEM TO GO
“I have but another word to add. If it lay within the power of any of my readers to proceed to the spot and visit this humble place of pilgrimage, as yet in its infancy, and the only one, I believe, of its nature in the United States, I earnestly counsel them to go. There, they can see and question Adele Brise, who, without having sought it, is the soul and heroine of a good work, progressing with rapid strides from day to day; and I feel assured that, like myself, all those who have gone thither with an upright intention, they will return edified and happy at heart, if not convinced, of the reality of Our Lady's apparition.”
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FIRST APPROVED 
APPARITION IN U.S.
Locally, a few considered the apparition an urban legend but many others took Mary's visitation seriously and pilgrimages began.  On December 8th 2010, during the feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Apparition was approved by the church, Bishop David Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay presiding.  Our Lady of Good Help / Queen of Heaven, is the first approved Apparition in the US and ranks with the other 11 in the world. (ie: Guadalupe, Lourdes, Fatima)
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Pray your rosary daily for peace - (RDPF.21171)
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BISHOP RIKENS: 
"WORTHY OF BELIEF'
  "I declare with moral certainty and in accord with the norms of the church that the events, apparitions and locutions given to Adele Brise in October of 1859 do exhibit the substance of supernatural character, and I do hereby approve these apparitions as worthy of belief (although not obligatory) by the Christian faithful."
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Bishop Ricken added of Sister Brise, "She really had an evangelistic spirit … and lived that out, not just immediately after the message, but her whole life long."



 THE NUMBER 12
GOVERNMENTAL PERFECTION
The number 12 in Judaic numerology symbolizes GOVERNMENTAL PERFECTIONin heaven and on earth. Completion.
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The decree of the first council of Baltimore (1846) elected Mary in her Immaculate Conception. principal patron of the United States was confirmed on
Feb 7th 1847

add 12 years
Three apparitions of our lady to Sister Brise from Our Lady of good Help, 'Queen of Heaven 
October 8 & 9, 1859
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add 12 years to the day
 Great Peshtigo Fire - Great Chicago Fire, Champion / Robinson Fire  (MI, WI, IL)
October 8, 1871
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ON THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
 December 8, 2010
Bishop David Rickin of the Green Bay Diocese officially declares the apparitions of 1859 as "WORTHY OF BELIEF" making these the first approved apparitions of our Lady in the U. S.  (rating them with Lourdes, Fatima and Guadalupe by the Vatican)
 'QUEEN OF HEAVEN'
REVELATION 12 - THE WOMAN AND THE DRAGON
 A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. 
SISTER LUCY 
ON OUR LADYS PRAYER 
O my Jesus, pardon us, and save us from the fire of Hell; draw all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need.’” (Our Lady requested we pray during the rosary Sister Lucy wrote from apparition of 13 July)



 ABOUT A JESUIT CHURCH
While in Virginia recently I had a chance to share our new site dedicated to Our Lady of Good Help with Father James Gould. He asked if I knew about the first Jesuit church in Chicago that had also escaped the fire in 1871, Holy Family. 
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He shared that when the Chicago fire of 1871 was spreading toward the church, the pastor, Fr Damen, (who was in Brooklyn preaching a parish mission) on notification, invoked Our Lady of Perpetual Help to protect and save the church. He promised to light 7 candles before her statue if the church was spared. 
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The wind shifted and the church was spared, and the 7 candles were lit. To this day 7 electric lights burn in Our Lady’s shrine in the east transept of the church. And another Tabernacle holding the Eucharistic Christ was saved!
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It turned out that this church was the church that Patrick and Catherine O’Leary, owners of the worlds most famous cow, were parishioners and lived just a few blocks away at 137 DeKoven Street!  Father Gould added, ‘I have ancestors that lived across the way from the O’Learys!’
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NEVER THOUGHT OF 'TILL NOW
ABOUT HEALING ROSARIES
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THE UNKNOWN 
ROSARY YOU PRAY
It is sobering to realize that where we make rosaries today was part of the Peshtigo fire area. It is humbling to believe - in some small way - these rosaries that travel all over the earth from this very spot on the map, could not only help heal the land of this terrible tragedy but in some small mystical way - touch the thousands of souls of those who never had a chance. All through the prayers of an unknown rosary. 
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THE ROSARY SEARCHES OUT
The unknown rosary each of you pray. The rosary that searches out the eternal heavens, where God knows all - that has happened, is happening and will happen. Is it possible that not only do our prayers - in some small,  unknown way - today - help illuminate - become a  healing part of Mary's timeless visit in 1859 and the fire victims 12 years later?  There are no words to explain the mysteries of God but some day we will know, but today we are asked to reach out in prayer for all.
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TRUSTING GOD'S WISDOM
For years I wondered why of all places 'did I end up in the UP of MI' - and 'why would someone who never prayed the rosary be called to make them.'  And as a convert to the faith - regarding Catholics and Mary, I just didn't 'get it' - but trusted God's wisdom! 
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GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME
Now I am at peace with those questions and yes, this goes for the guild.  All four of us live on the same fire scorched, healing land, and we all pray the rosary, now 'especially remembering those in most need of God's mercy through intercessory prayer.'  God is good!  All the time + RAW



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FATHER PERNIN'S WITNESS
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