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Holy Doors: Preparing for the Year of Mercy

Holy-DoorWomen touch the Holy Door at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. The Holy Doors of Rome’s four papal basilicas will be opened during the Holy Year of Mercy, which begins Dec. 8. In the Diocese of Brooklyn, the Holy Year will officially open on Sunday, Dec. 13, with the “opening” of Holy Doors at six different sites.

The Holy Doors will be located at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. James, Downtown Brooklyn; St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral, Prospect Heights; Regina Pacis Basilica, Bensonhurst; St. Thomas Aquinas, Flatlands; Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Astoria; and St. Gerard Majella, Hollis. Full details of the celebrations will be printed in next week’s edition of The Tablet.




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  1. Over two (2) months ago, I lost my prescription eye Glasses.I unsuccessfully searched everywhere for them. On Saturday the twelve of December 2015, my wife, my daughter and I went to Church for the opening of the Holy Door at Saint Agnes in Rockville Center. During that mass, I used an old pair of eye glasses that I have to replace my lost one which cost me about five ($500) hundred dollars. After the mass, we went to dine out.

    When we got home, the old pair of glasses fell on the ground from my vest pocket and I did not notice that. Fortunately my daughter saw that and picked it up and handed them to me. At that instant, I told her about about a dream that I had the previous night. I said: “Cass, I dreamed last night that I found me prescription glasses.” She responded: “Daddy, send me your prescription for the lost glasses and I will send you few to choose from.” I said “okay”

    Then she went upstairs to her bedroom and my wife went to our bedroom. and I went into my study room, as I am studying for the upcoming New York Bar Exam. To make a long story short , few minutes later that night I walked into my bedroom and to my great surprise, the long lost eye glasses was right on the lamp table by my bed looking at me. I pick them up and tried them on to verify whether they were my glasses, and they are.

    Next day, Sunday morning I asked my wife is she is the one who found and put my long lost glasses on my lamp table and she said “no, I didn’t see any eyeglasses on the lamp table. What happens, did you find them?” I said “yes I found them on the lamp table.” She then replied: “maybe it’s Cass who found them and put them on the lamp table:” Immediately thereafter, I called Cass who was traveling back Pennsylvania where she goes to medical school. I asked her if she she remember what I told her the previous night and said “yeah, you told me that you dreamed last night that you found your eye glasses. Did you find them?” and I said yeah I found them on my bedside lamp table. You mother told me to ask you if you are the one who put them there.” She replied: “no Daddy, I was praying in your bible that”s on your bedside lamp table and I did not see any glasses there.” Perplexed, I said: Are you sure?” She the said Daddy, it is God who is communicating with you.” I exclaimed I know, that’s the reason I want to make sure. God is with me and when I pray for you as I do every day I always tell God that you are his faithful witness. Now He is making you my witness because if I did not tell you about my dream, people, even you might not have belied me.” She said: “it is a miracle Daddy, I had dreams like that and the day before I took my second medical board exam I was under a lot of stress, and dreamed that a man approached me and told me not to worry because God is with me, everything will be fine, and in the morning, I was more confident. I took the second board exam and I was successful.” She then advised me to keep praying God because He acts in mysterious ways. Following that conversation with my daughter, my wife told me: ” do you know why you found your glasses?” It is’s because yesterday you walked through the Holy Door at Saint Agnes. When this door is opened, they say miracles happen.” I believe so.