"...for my house will be called a house of prayer for all peoples." Isaiah 56:7

"O Lord,...you have been pleased to bless this house of your servant, so that it will always remain. It is you, O Lord, who blessed it, and it will be blessed forever." 1 Chr 17: 26-27

Sr. Marie De Mandat-Grancey Foundation
P.O.Box 275
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724 USA

" I am not a priest and cannot bless them, but all that the heart of a mother can ask of God for her children, I ask of Him and will never cease to ask Him." ~ Sister Marie

“The grace of our Lord be with us forever.” ~ Sr. Marie

Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Cause for Sister Marie

by Louis Guido

A cause, by definition, is a project or movement in which many people are interested and to which they give their support. In the case of Sr. Marie de Mandat-Grancey, a cause has been initiated to examine her life, make it widely known and encourage devotion to this extraordinary French nun of the 19th and 20th centuries. The main objective of this initial effort is to encourage people to pray to Sr. Marie. We believe that she has a particular mission to accomplish for God on our time, in our troubled and terrorized world! This mission is to bring all of us, spiritually to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and our mother, regardless of our religion and beliefs. Every time we pray to Sr. Marie our hearts and minds are united and placed inside the home of Mary by Sr. Marie, the Foundress of Mary’s House. We hope to foster a formal movement within the Catholic Church toward eventual beatification of Sr. Marie. This is predicated on the condition that it is God’s will, which must be discerned through fervent prayer and unselfish motives and actions.

By promulgating the fascinating life and services of this many-talented French nun, a genuine love and respect among the faithful as well as the skeptical may be engendered. With this basic foundation in mind, progress can be made toward gathering documented stories of pertinent favors granted, faith bolstered or restored and difficulties overcome.
A fledgling organization has been inaugurated, The Sr. Marie de Mandat-Grancey Foundation, (see address below) to promote devotion to her and to coordinate all efforts in her regard. Numerous faithful, both clergy and lay persons have become involved and are actively promoting this project.

There are strong indications that the movement is worthwhile and has merit. Sr. Marie’s persistence in looking for the house, putting together the expedition and funding the project earned her the title of Foundress of Maryem Ana Evi, Mary’s house at Ephesus. She was then and is now the heart, soul and inspiration of this work of God. Her dedication has already reaped rich rewards. This house is a common meeting ground for Christian and Muslim pilgrims where these major faiths meet and pray together in peace. This House of Mary has enjoyed the interest and devotion of several popes such as Benedict XIV, Leo XIII, Pius X, Benedict XV, Pius XII, John XXXIII and the visits of three, Paul VI, John Paul II and most recently, Benedict XVI. Could all this have been accomplished without the devotion and sacrifices of our beloved Sr. Marie?

What can the faithful do now? The most important task is prayer; prayer with faith can move mountains. Write to us and request a prayer card. Pray for discernment; pray for God’s will to be accomplished. We can educate ourselves by learning about Sr. Marie and the many reported stories that tell of her powerful intercession in the lives and struggles of the faithful. Pray with us and tell of your own Sr. Marie story. Here, below, is the starting place:

Sr. Marie de Mandat-Grancey Foundation
P.O. Box #275
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724