Apparition to Bl. Mariam Baouardy - Abellin, Palestine

Commemorated on September 18
Apparition to Bl. Mariam Baouardy - Abellin, Palestine
On 13 November 1983, Pope John Paul II beatified, in a sign of ecumenical hope and peace in the Middle East, "Mirijam, the little Arab." She was born January 5, 1846 at Abellin (between Haifa and Nazareth) as the thirteenth child of the couple and Giries Banardy and Mirijam Schahyn. After the death of her parents she was adopted by an uncle and went to live in Egypt. At the age of thirteen years she was betrothed. The night before the wedding day, she heard the voice of Jesus come from the depths of her heart that whispered these words clearly: "All things pass. If you give me your heart, I will always be with you. " After receiving this message, the small Arab wished to remain forever the mystical bride of the Redeemer and did not want to get married. Since then she was treated like a slave, and suffered all kinds of abuse. She was a daughter of the Roman Catholic Apostolic Church, and when she had the courage to say this was nearly slaughtered by her brother, with whom she had sought refuge. She lay unconscious and was believed dead. The night of the 18th of September 1858, she was thrown into an alley in Alexandria. Mirijam was about to die when a beautiful lady appeared wrapped in a blue dress that woke up, bringing her to life in a miraculous way. When she opened his eyes and saw the Holy Virgin she heard these words: "Be happy even if you suffer and suffer for God, He sends you only what you need, accept always good." After having warned about the temptations of the devil and encouraged to engage in love of neighbor, she prophesied that she would live in a convent in France and would die in the guise of Caramel in Bethlehem. Then she disappeared.
 
All that the Holy Virgin had predicted happened: Mirijam entered the Carmelite Order in 1875 and then founded the Caramel of Bethlehem, where he died August 26, 1878, after living a life full of mystical graces, penance, atonement and suffering .
 
Source: HIerzenberger 1997 pp 206-207

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