Sep 19, 2009

Video: The Miracle of Damascus (church approved)

Video links: for part one click  here or type

Video links: for part two click here or type

Video links: for part 3 click here or type

From video description by Mary Ann Button
May we all be one on Earth as Christ is One with the Father in Heaven. This begins with forgiving and loving one another.

Catholic Digital Studio has been given permission from Rick Salbato of Unity Publishing to re-produce and re-cut this 5 1/2 hour documentary series, The Miracle of Damascus, about a church-approved Marian apparition and a Syrian mystic named Myrna Nazzour. She has stigmata, experiences visions of both the Blessed Mother and Jesus, and exudes Olive Oil with healing properties, from her face, hands and eyes.

The Icon of Soufanieh also exudes the same oil, which has healed and blessed a vast multitude.

Myrna is from the Byzantine Rite of the Catholic Church, specifically Melkite. A Rite represents a church tradition about how the sacraments are to be celebrated. The Catholic Church has four major Rites: Roman, Antiochean, Alexandrian and Byzantine. defines the Byzantine Catholic Church and its history, "... As the disciples brought the Gospel to different parts of the world, they adapted ceremonies of the Liturgy to the customs and music of that people. In the end, four great centers of Christianity emerged with distinctive Christian customs, but the same faith. These centers were located in the great cities of Jerusalem, Antioch, Rome and Alexandria. A couple of centuries later when the capital of the Roman empire was moved to the Eastern city of Byzantium and renamed Constantinople, an adaptation of the Antioch way of celebrating Liturgy was made. Thus a new center of Christianity arose in Constantinople and her ritual became known as the Byzantine Rite. From Constantinople the Slavic peoples of Eastern Europe were converted by Sts. Cyril and Methodius and naturally followed the Byzantine Rite. Today the Byzantine Rite is subdivided into ecclesiastical jurisdictions based on ethnic groupings, such as Greek, Ukrainian, Ruthenian, Russian, etc."

The film has an Imprimatur and the messages have a Nihil Obstat (no error).

This story is very touching and is pertinent to the unity of all Christians. God wants Christians united under one flock, one visible shepherd, most especially Catholicism and Orthodoxy. The video teaches about love, prayer and forgiveness, living out the Gospel Message through a love-willed and love-centered life.

To learn more about Myrna Nazzour see

The last site, Catholic Digital Studio, has a free Online Catholic Library, Myrna's videos and other Catholic Videos, apologetics resources, catechisms and Online Bible Catholic studies. Come and check us out.

Video: Death is not Dying by Rachel Barkey

Click on link Death is not Dying from Rachel Barkey on Vimeo.

After four and a half years of vigilantly fighting breast cancer, the 37 year old wife and mother of two was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

But for Rachel the essence of life is found in her relationship with God through Jesus. And that's why Rachel is convinced that death is not dying.

On March 4, 2009, what started out as a small talk to a women's group at her church grew into an event attended by 600 women from around Vancouver, giving Rachel an opportunity to share about her hope in the midst of terminal cancer.

Rachel’s honest and thought-provoking talk touched women of all ages and left a hunger for discovering more about Rachel’s journey and the faith that has so deeply affected her life.

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