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" 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

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Panaya Kapula

Recall that Sr. Marie was the inspiration and driving force behind the finding of Mary's House in Ephesus, Turkey. Once found she unquestionably demonstrated her great charity and generosity in insisting on purchasing not only Mary's House but the entire area of the mountain that I had always known by it's Greek Christian name of Panaghia Capouli, the translation of which is The Door to the Holiest. Yesterday I read this new name, Panaya Kapula. I believe this is Turkish and the translation of this term is Doorway to the Virgin. Both of these names are filled with meaning and they remind me of another name for Mary; Holy of Holies or Arc of the Covenant. But to me, the name Doorway to the Virgin shows us the way. The way to Jesus. We can always find our way to Jesus through Mary. Mary's House is a symbol of Her Heart. If we enter the safety of Mary's Heart, she will show us the way to Jesus. The symbolism is rich and worthy of much meditation.

In my heart, I have always imagined Sr. Marie holding open the door of Mary's House for us all. I have spoken and written of it often. It would seem that the image of Sr. Marie holding open wide the door to Mary's House, a symbol of Mary's Heart, is confirmed in this name of the entire area of purchase, Panaya Kapula, Doorway to the Virgin.

God chose Sr. Marie to be the one to give the world the Doorway to the Virgin! Please enter and find refuge in the Heart of Our Mother Mary. Let us pray the prayer on the prayer card ( find the prayer card on the left toolbar), and in so doing, spiritually enter Mary's House through the intercession of the one who opens the door... Sister Marie.

Mary our Mother is waiting inside! Come in!
Thank you, Sister Marie.

Photo courtesy of Jarek at http://www.sumiephotography.net/ This is a photo of a door in the Chateau de Mandat-Grancey where the Stones from Mary's House are kept and cherished in a small Chapel. These Stones were given by the Church as a gift to the de Mandat-Grancey family in gratitude for the generosity of Sister Marie.

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