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Religion When the miracle occurred, in 708, the whole area, which is now a bay, was a forest. Two rocky peaks broke the massive forest. One was and is still called Tombelaine and the other was known as Mont Tombe. Mont Tombe, or as it is now called Mont St. Michel, was once a Shrine to Belen, the Celtic god of Light. It later became a Shrine to the Roman Mercury. It did not become a Christian place of worship until the 5th century, when it was occupied by hermits from the other side of the channel (somewhere in the British Isles, as it is now known, probably from Ireland). They set up two oratories under the protection of Saints Stephen and Symphorien. In 708 A.D. the Archangel appeared to St. Aubert who was then Bishop of Avranches. Michael commanded that a Sanctuary be built on Mont Tombe, in his honor. And so, the Sanctuary was built on the very mount where the pagans worshiped. This is not unusual in the history of our Church. In Assisi, for example, there is a church called Santa Maria Sopra Minerva (Saint Mary over the temple of Minerva). It is fitting for the Church to do this. Did not Saint Paul go to the pagan Gentiles and bring the Good News of Jesus to them, very often using their pagan beliefs to help them understand that the god, they believed in, was no match for the One and Only God. When you visit the Shrine, you have to stop and wonder how they were able to do it, first to fight the strong pagan influence that still prevailed and then the physical difficulty? But when God is in charge "cannot a child, with the Angel’s aid, cause the monuments of a pagan cult to tremble?" Saint Aubert sent representatives to Monte Sant Angelo (Cave of Saint Michael) in the Gargano, Italy, to retrieve a relic from the mountain. When the emissaries returned with the precious stones from the Holy Cave, what did they find, where there formerly had been a forest, but, waves smacking upon the shores of a sea-swept bay. The forest had become an island! Do you find that hard to believe? Well, how do you explain this? This is not only the tradition of the Shrine, but geologists have confirmed that in the eighth century, a sudden encroachment of the sea did take place around the new Christian Sanctuary that was there. Phenomenon, or as we would rather believe, miracle? About the Author: Bob and Penny Lord are renowned Catholic authors and television hosts on EWTN, Global Catholic television. They are prolific writers about the Catholic faith, especially the Saints for which they have been dubbed "experts on the Saints." For more information about Saint Michael appearances go to:http://www.bobandpennylord.com/St_Michael.htm Article Published On: http://www.articlesnatch.com – Religion By: KenSapp – Balloons are enjoyed not only by children and youth, but by people of all ages. We see them at birthdays and celebrations throughout the year. And like many things we enjoy in the world around us, they can be metaphors for sp … By: KenSapp – A clothespin is used to attach clothes to a clothesline. It can also serve as a reminder that we need to cling to our lifeline – we need to cling to God (Deuteronomy 13:4). And clothes aren’t the only thing that needs washing … By: KenSapp – A key is almost a universal symbol around the world. Keys promise access, freedom, transport, protection, and safety. A key is used to represent access to something of value just as a physical key opens up a door or something … By: KenSapp – This popular icebreaker game is a great discussion starter for Valentines Day and introducing the concept of God’s unmerited love for us. By: KenSapp – If you follow American Football, it’s going to be Superbowl Sunday in the United States this weekend. It’s one of the most watched sports events on television. Why not make it an opportunity to share something about how the … By: KenSapp – The Superbowl is just around the corner. Use this game with youth as an introduction to the idea of the game of football as a metaphor for living the victorious Christian life. By: KenSapp – Popcorn is a seed that is hard and tasteless, until placed in the fire. And then the white goodness on the inside comes out for us to not only smell the aroma, but also to taste. Its a powerful object lesson and metaphor f … By: KenSapp – "Thanksgiving is an American Holiday when people come together, treasure the relationships with those close to them, and thank God for his blessings over the past year. While the New Year celebrates new opportunities and a ch … By: david grow – Everyone talks about the name of God. But can the name of God be pronounced by mouth? No. It is the Word which is indivisible, eternal and vibrates within the life force. By: david grow – We know from history that the culture of India is both ancient and eternal. The meaning of eternal is that which has no end. All our religious festivals give the same message: Understand the value of your life! Ganga … 相关的主题文章: