This being First Friday, we were Blest to have a tour, given by a wonderful Redemptorist priest, Rev. Matthew Allman. He gave such a heartfelt history of the order, from St Alphonsis to St John Neumann.
St John Neumann had such a heart for simple people, and there are many miracles attributed to him.
One of the really beautiful stories that Father Matt told was about a young boy who had been in a coma from a brain aneurism and had woken up asking for his friend "John", a boy of about his age that he said he had been playing with. His family didn't know of a John, that he had ever played with. After he recovered the family visited the shrine and saw a picture of the young John Neumann. The little boy looked at the picture and said "That's my friend, John!" The young boy, Julio, made a complete recovery.
|St Alphonsis Liguori|
|St John Neumann|
|The Upper Church looking to the back....|
|Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help|
|Mosaic Of St. John Neumann|
|St John Neumann lies in the lower church.|
After the Shrine we headed up to the Franklin Institute to let the boys do Science!
|Ben and the Boys|
|A Shocking Experience|
|Getting to the heart of the matter...|
|A heart attack looking to happen|