Our Lady Defends Truth
By Richard Salbato
"And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars."† Rev. 12:1 And this is just how Our Lady came in Her first major apparition at Guadalupe.† "And there was a great battle in heaven - " Rev. 12:7† "And the dragon was angry against the woman: and the rest of Her seed, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Rev. 12:17.††
We are in a war and have been for many years now and even if we do not see it, Our Lady does and She is fighting this war.† It is a war to corrupt the commandments and testimony of Her Son.† We see it in the governments who want to replace the moral teachings of Christ with the religion of secularism.† We see it the cafeteria Catholics who think we can believe in some things Christ taught and not in others.† We see it in the far left liberal Catholics who think we are the judge of right and wrong and not God.† We see it in the far right, where Traditional Catholics hold that they are holier than the Pope.† We see it in non-Catholic Christians, who hold to 2,500 different faiths, from a future millennium on earth to no one in heaven until the end of the earth.† Over what is the truth of Christ people have been fighting for over 1000 years and these wars are stimulated by the great dragon of Revelation, Satan.††
Errors in faith, which is called "heresy" (if persisted in) is very important to our salvation.† Since not all our faith is easy to grasp with simple logic, Christ backed up His teaching with miracles.† "If you do not believe my words, believe because of my works."† The Apostles did the same thing, they backed up their words with miracles as St. Paul said, I come to you, not with fancy words, but with the power of God.† Whenever truth is hard to hold on to, God backs that truth with miracles.† And that is why the Church teaches, "Miracles bear witness to the truth."
The object of this newsletter is to show that the great war between Our Lady and Satan has been going on from the Annunciation but in great furry for the last 500 years.† It is a war for the faith of Christ.†
In each of Our Lady's major apparitions, She came to verify some truth of faith and to support the teachings of the Church and thereby to protect its unity which is based on having the same faith.
We are in a war with anti-God governments and we must unite in faith to win this war.† There are many countries both Communist and Moslem where the faith is simple illegal. But there are others that call themselves democratic that simply make laws that little by little take away the freedom to believe and teach that faith.† "Silence the faith", is the hidden agenda of these governments.† What we need today is a Cardinal Sin Movement, and this is not a play on words.†
In a short time Catholics and Orthodox† will dialogue on the two most important of all our Doctrines:
"What Does Church Mean in Reality?" and "the primacy of the Petrine ministry."
Words of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI on Truth of Faith
We as Catholics are not obliged to believe in any apparition, so let us first look at what our two Popes say about the importance of truth in faith.†
Pope Benedict XVI:† "Dear brothers and sisters, how necessary it is today at the dawn of the third millennium for the entire Catholic community to proclaim, teach and witness to the entire truth of Catholic faith, doctrine and morals in a unanimous and harmonious manner!"
John Paul II:† "It is sometimes reported that a large number of Catholics today do not adhere to the teaching of the Catholic Church on a number of questions, notably sexual and conjugal morality, divorce and remarriage.† It is sometimes claimed that dissent from the magisterium is totally compatible with being a 'good Catholic,' and poses no obstacle to the reception of the Sacraments. This is a grave error - "
Catholic Doctrine teaches that there are three conditions for membership in the Church: Baptism, Full profession of faith, and participation in the Communion of the Church.† So as we can see the total doctrine of Christ is important to salvation for salvation is through the Church.
The two great heresies of today are "the secularization of salvation and religious relativism," the first leads to commitment in favor of man, but a man that is reduced unilaterally to a horizontal dimension.† Religious relativism leads to the abolishment of the truth of Christianity, as it is maintained that one religion is as good as another.† Pluralism!
Doctrine Our Lady Came To Defend
The greatest example of Our Lady defending Doctrine but doing it in a loving and kind way, took place in 1531 on the other side of the world from a slaughter of people and Doctrine.† In 1531 a man born with the name "Luder" which in German means "beast', celebrated the slaughter of the peasants at his command by marrying a nun, and becoming the author of the "State Church" because as he said,
"He who owns the country owns the Church. He who makes the laws for you, has the right to make the religion for you. No finer government in the world is there than that of the Turks, who have neither a secular nor spiritual code of law, but only the Koran."
He said that the Abbeys belonged to the princes, and that monasteries were dens of iniquity that the kings should root out and destroy. If the kings did this, he said, then God would bless them.
So began all state-controlled religions. Eventually some governments would go so far as to outlaw all religions, as in the case of the "French Revolution" and "Communism". By 1984 Communism would outlaw religion in 74% of the entire world.
The main theological argument of Luder was that man has no free will to choose good or evil, and therefore cannot be blamed for any sin whatsoever.
"It is either God or the Devil that rules. Man has no freedom to choose and is absolutely devoid of responsibility. Having lost free will, man cannot observe the precepts of the ten commandments. He cannot master his passions. He must sin as long as he lives. Good works are useless. They are sin. And in fact, impossible. It is more important to guard against good works than to guard against sin."
Now listen very carefully to the following writings of Luder and you will see where we are going with all of this.
"If men believe in Christ and accept Him as their personal Savior, His justice will be imputed to them and they will go straight to Heaven. It does not matter what evil they have done during their lives. It does not matter whether they are, or not, repentful of their sins. It does not matter at the moment of their death whether they have contrition or not, or if they are in the state of grace. If they have accepted Christ as their personal Savior they will be saved."
He is Luder, the beast, but he changed his name to Martin Luther, the founder of the Protestant Reformation. Today there are 27,000 Christian sects, and there are 400 new ones created every week.
At the same time that Martin Luder was crushing the peasants in 1531, and celebrating this by marrying a nun; at the same time that priests and nuns were being murdered; at the same time that Monasteries and Abbeys were being destroyed, and as Luder brought two million out of the Catholic Church, there was something else going on. On the same day, in the same year, on the other side of the world, atop a small hill in Guadalupe, Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego and, because of Her, ten million people were converted to the Faith and brought into the Kingdom within a year. Ten million before Luder died. Ten million in one year, between 1531 and 1532. God will not be mocked. Let us learn from Our Lady how to answer Martin Luther's heresy.
On the other side of the world in Mexico were Aztecs.† The Aztecs were afraid of nature, and out of nature they made their gods. They were afraid of the sun, the moon, the stars, the rain, the wind, fire, and so on, and they made these their personalized gods and goddesses. They built idols of these, and they worshipped them in the pyramid temples. They offered human sacrifices to these gods. They regarded themselves as "The People of the Sun", since the sun was their primary god. For fear that the sun might not rise again, they offered human sacrifices to the sun god. Victims of these sacrifices were often prisoners, slaves, children, or unwanted babies.
While still alive, a black-robed, long-haired priest tore out their heart and held it in his hand offering it to his sun god as he watched the heartless victim die. In some rituals they mutilated and ate their victims alive. They would kill thousands of humans on any one of their feast days. On the inauguration day of their temple pyramid in 1487 they killed over 20,000 people on their altars in one day.
The mightiest of their gods was the feathered or stoned serpent to whom many thousands were sacrificed every year. Another of their gods was the mother god, whose temple stood on a small hill that would later become Guadalupe. Her head was a combination of snakes heads and her clothes a mass of living serpents.
To fight the heresy of Martin Luther and the People of the Sun, Our Lady appeared to an Indian and said"
"Know for certain that I am the perfect and perpetual Virgin Mary, Mother of the True God through Whom everything lives - the Lord of all things, who is the master of heaven and earth. ..."
"Do not fear† ... Am I not here, who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not your fountain of life? Are you not in the folds of My Mantle, in the crossings of My Arms? Is there anything else you need?
And then Our Lady left Her image on the Indian's Tilma, a Lady Clothed in the Sun, with the Moon at her feet and surrounded by 12 stars, and yet praying to God, more powerful than Her.† This was Our Lady of Chapter 12 of Revelation.† This was God sending His Mother into the world to answer the heresies of Martin Luther and the "People of the Sun."
Using a copy of this Tilma Picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Don Juan defeated the Moslems in the great sea battle known today as the Battle of Lipano.† From this battle came the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
Before Guadalupe there was two other apparitions of Our Lady that played a great role in fighting for truth.† One was to help Saint Dominic and his war with the Albigensians.† The Albigensians believed that all physical things were evil and they were considered holier than the Church.† They thought all sex was sinful and that the true path to heaven was not in marriage.† They held other extreme ideas based on the body being the enemy of the soul.† Dominic fought against this heresy with sound Church teachings and logic, but his progress was slow until Our Lady came to him and said"
"With this you will convert these people (Albigensians)." †She handed him a Rosary.†
Not only did the Rosary defeat the Albigensians but it also helped in winning the war with the Moslems by the crusader Simon de Montfort.† And so came for the first time the title of Our Lady of the Rosary.
ST. SIMON STOCK
In the same century† (1251) Simon Stock was forced out of Carmel in the holy land and founded a new Carmel in England where Our Lady appeared to him with the brown scapular of Carmel in Her hand.
"This shall be the privilege for you and for all the Carmelites, that anyone dying in this habit shall be saved."†
The Moslems drove the Carmelites out of the Holy Land, saying that they should be killed if they did not accept the Moslem faith, but Our Lady rewarded the Carmelites with a way to guaranteed salvation.† And this spread throughout the world.
OUR LADY OF SILUVA, LITHUANIA
When the Protestant Reformation swept over Europe in 1532, the local governor became a zealous Calvinist as did many nobility and intellectuals and they in turn forced their will upon the people. The Catholics of Siluva were helpless to resist the repression of their Faith by the powerful gentry. Property owned by the Church was confiscated and the land turned over to the Calvinists.† A parish priest of the Siluva Church hid in the ground under a rock a treasured painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Child, liturgical vestments, and documents so that the Calvinists, who had no love for Our Lady or Icons, would not destroy them.
Eighty years later,† with no active Catholic faith left,† in 1608, a number of children had an apparition of Our Lady standing on that same rock holding the baby, Jesus, in her arms and weeping bitterly.† Again She appeared †in front of the Calvinist pastor and a large group of people weeping in the same way.†† The Calvinist pastor asked, ďWhy are you weeping?Ē In a voice filled with sorrowful emotion, she replied,
ďThere was a time when my beloved Son was worshipped by my people on this very spot. But now they have given this sacred soil over to the plowman and the tiller and to the animals for grazing.Ē
On that spot under the rock they found the Icon and documents.† The belief that the Mother of God had appeared in person to chide them for their neglect of the Catholic Faith quickly grew among the people. Most of them heeded her message and began to return to the One True Church founded by her Divine Son, Jesus Christ. So complete was this return that a decade later, on the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, more than 11,000 people received Holy Communion during a mass offered at the scene of the apparitions.† Miracles continue to this day because of this Icon.
Going throughout Europe was the heresy of Martin Luther, which can now be called "Fundamentalism" or the fundamental principals of the Bible and that all other laws and teachings of Christ did not really matter.† To counter this heresy God entered into a dialogue with a monk named Thomas Kempis on the meaning of Scripture and the laws of God.† When Kempis died† this dialogue was found in his room, published under the name of IMITATION OF CHRIST, and has become the second largest selling book in the history of the world.† Here God teaches how to use His words in our daily lives, our works.††
BLESSED MARY OF AGREDA
†"The Mystical City" is the account of special revelations which revealed to her profound mysteries. Most important being that Chapter 21 of Revelation, the Heavenly Jerusalem or new city of God coming down out of heaven was the Virgin Mary.† This was to counter the heresy of "Millennism" by Protestants.
ANNE CATHERINE EMMERICH†
Catherine, from 1774 to 1824 had revelations all her life. She foresaw the downfall of Napoleon twelve years in advance, and counseled the future Pope. She had the visible stigmata and after death an un-corrupt body.† She lived at a time of political revolutions and religious impiety, where the truth of the bible was being challenged by the new enlightenment thinkers.† Her revelations gave such proof of the Scriptures that no thinking person could deny them even giving exact locations of where to find cities and buildings mentioned in the Bible.†
At a time when revolution triumphed, impiety flourished, and proof of God was being questioned, her revelations answered the† most difficult of† theological questions.†† When God sent the famous poet, Klemens Brentano, to write her revelations, he said that he found more holiness in Protestants than with Catholics but at the promptings of her angel she answered:
"If the Catholic Church was reduced to only one man, the Pope, it would still be the one and only Church of God."
With the help of Klemens Brentano, the famous poet, her revelations were published into many books, first† "The Dolorous Passion" and then "The Life of The Blessed Virgin Mary", and later the four volumes of "The Life of Our Lord", and much later the two volumes of her own life story.††† After her death her body was found fresh, without any sign of corruption.
Of the truth of Our Lady's Immaculate Conception and Her role in our salvation, God sent Her to France to reveal and prove these difficult doctrines.† In 1830 with a twenty four year old novice in the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity, on the Rue due Bac in Paris. That novice was St. Catherine Labourť,
The Lady spoke, "My child, the good God wishes to entrust to you a mission."
"The times are evil. Sorrows will come upon France; the throne will be overthrown. The Cross will be thrown down and trampled. The Archbishop will be stripped of his clothes. Blood will flow in the streets. The side of Our Lord will be pierced anew. The whole world will be afflicted with tribulations."
"Come to the foot of the altar. Here graces will be shed on all who ask for them. Graces will be shed especially on those who ask for them."
"There will be victims in other Religious Communities and among the clergy. The Archbishop of Paris will be killed. The whole world will be in sadness."
Our Ladyís predictions came true. The following week, on July 27, 1830, a revolution broke out in Paris. The King, Charles X, was dethroned. The mobs desecrated churches, destroyed statues and threw down crucifixes and trampled them. Bishops and Priests were imprisoned, beaten and killed.† In another revolution, that of 1848, King Louis Philippe was dethroned and went into exile. Archbishop Affre of Paris was shot while trying to plead for peace at the barricades.
Then forty years later, in September of 1870, yet another French Monarch was toppled, Emperor Louis Napoleon III, through the Franco-Prussian War. Six months later a revolution broke out in Paris. It lasted only two months; but before it was over, the sorrows and tribulations that had been predicted by Our Lady would be a matter of history. Many churches in Paris were desecrated, including the venerable church of Our Lady of Victories. Sacred things were publicly profaned. Even the graves and bodies of the dead were not spared. Many priests, both Diocesan and Religious were arrested; and finally thirty of them were executed, including Archbishop Darboy.
November 27, 1830 was the answer to these heresies, the revelation of the Immaculate Conception, and the Miraculous Medal.
The doctrine shown here is that Mary takes all our prayers and presents them to God, and that she takes all the grace from God and gives them to the world.† This was also Her defense against the heresies of secularism.
On 19 September, 1846, two children, Mťlanie and Maximin saw a "beautiful lady" and this Lady told them that because people were violating the laws of God, most especially the law of keeping holy the Lord's Day, two great chastisements were coming to the world.† This happened as predicted and the great potato famine pasted threw all of Europe and England.† You can say that this was Our Lady's defense against the heresy of modern "cafeteria Catholics" who think they do not have to obey all the laws of God.
In 1850 a fourteen-year-old girl, Bernadette Soubiroux was presented with the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception and backed that claim with thousands of cures of the sick.
"I am the Immaculate Conception"† Said Our Lady. Not just I am immaculately conceived by but I am The IC.
It is estimated that about 4000 cures were obtained at Lourdes within the first fifty years.† Miracles bear witness to truth.
Four children saw Our Lady with a blue frame with four candles formed around the Virgin and a red cross appeared over her heart. She began to grow in size as the stars multiplied and became part of her dress. As various Marian devotions were recited, messages began to appear in the sky on a broad banner under the Virgin's feet. She smiled the entire time until a large red crucifix appeared before her. A white veil slowly rose as the crucifix vanished and the apparition ended. The War ended within weeks and the Basilica of Our Lady of Hope was built.†
The fervent prayer of deliverance of the villagers was answered as the Prussian army withdrew from their area. History records the defeat of a superior French army by a smaller Prussian force two days later, prompting the surrender of Paris On January 28. In March, an armistice was signed and the war ended.
In the early evening of August 21, 1879, Margaret and Mary
Beirne saw a saw an unusual brightness coming from the local church which they
soon discovered was a living tableau on the gabled wall.
Mary, recognized as Queen of Angels was praying with uplifted arms with St. Joseph to her right and St. John the Evangelist to her left (in Bishop's garb seemingly preaching). Further to the left of St. John was an altar with the Lamb and a cross surrounded by angels. The vision lasted two hours and was completely silent. Those gathered prayed the Rosary.
As word spread of the apparition, miraculous healings began to occur with some who visited the church (the parish priest recorded 300 in the first three years). Today, over one million pilgrims visit the Shrine of Knock each year and experience the emphasis on traditional Catholic practices and devotions, particularly Confession, making the Shrine a "journey through the basic elements of our faith."
The symbols in the tableau summarize the Catholic Faith:
Mary Crowned and praying: doing herself what she has urged in all of her apparitions. A golden rose above her forehead recalls the Rosary, the greatest of all prayers.
St. Joseph: the Patron of the Universal Church and workers clothed in the white of purity and reverencing the Blessed Virgin.
St. John: preaching from an open book (likely the Bible) and clothed as a Bishop, symbolizing the Apostolic Church and it foremost mission of preaching the Gospel.
The Lamb: the Lamb and Cross on an Altar, an unmistakable symbol of the sacrifice of the Mass.
The Date: the date of the event foreshadowed Pope Pius XII's declaration of August 23 as the Feast of Immaculate Heart of Mary, making the date of the apparition the Vigil night.
Again an apparition supporting Church Doctrine.
FATIMA and victory of Her IMMACULATE HEART,
The amount of Doctrine shown at Fatima is countless:† The Holy Mass, the presence of the body, blood, soul and divinity in both the host and the blood, the reverence and worship do God in the Eucharist, the truth of Hell, the truth of Purgatory, the truth of going to Heaven after death and not waiting until the end of the world as many Orthodox believe, that all saving grace comes from the Cross of Christ through the Mass, that Mary cooperates in our salvation and prays for us, that all who are in Heaven or Purgatory can pray for us, that the Rosary is the Second most powerful prayer in the world, that Mary is the instrument God chose to fight Satan,† that all sin offends God, that the Pope is God's authority on earth, that we must make amends for sin and that we can make amends for other people's sins, and that God wants us to spread devotion to Her Immaculate Heart.† All these are doctrines.
But most of all Mary came to Fatima to fight against the heresies of secularism, modernism and the offsprings of secularism, communism and atheism.† The total faith, Doctrine, is very important to Our Lady of Fatima.
June 12, 1973, when Sr. Agnes saw brilliant mysterious rays emanate suddenly from the tabernacle. The same thing happened on each of the two days that followed.
On June 28, 1973, a cross-shaped wound appeared on the inside left hand of Sr. Agnes. It bled profusely and caused her much pain. On July 6, Sr. Agnes heard a voice coming from the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the chapel where she was praying. The statue was carved from a single block of wood from a Katsura tree and is three feet tall. On the same day, a few of the sisters noticed drops of blood flowing from the statue's right hand. On four occasions, this act of blood flow repeated itself. The wound in the statue's hand remained until September 29, when it disappeared. On September 29, the day the wound on the statue disappeared, the sisters noticed the statue had now begun to "sweat", especially on the forehead and neck.
On August 3, Sr. Agnes received a second message. On October 13, she received a final third message.
Two years later on January 4, 1975, the statue of the Blessed Virgin began to weep. It continued to weep at intervals for the next 6 years and eight months. It wept on 101 occasions.
Our Lady of Akita to Sr. Agnes:
"Pray very much for the Pope, Bishops, and Priests. Since your Baptism you have always prayed faithfully for them. Continue to pray very much...very much. Tell your superior all that passed today and obey him in everything that he will tell you. He has asked that you pray with fervor."
"My daughter, my novice, do you love the Lord? If you love the Lord, listen to what I have to say to you. It is very important...You will convey it to your superior."
"Many men in this world afflict the Lord. I desire souls to console Him to soften the anger of the Heavenly Father. I wish, with my Son, for souls who will repair by their suffering and their poverty for the sinners and ingrates."
"In order that the world might know His anger, the Heavenly Father is preparing to inflict a great chastisement on all mankind. With my Son I have intervened so many times to appease the wrath of the Father. I have prevented the coming of calamities by offering Him the sufferings of the Son on the Cross, His Precious Blood, and beloved souls who console Him forming a cohort of victim souls. Prayer, penance and courageous sacrifices can soften the Father's anger. I desire this also from your community...that it love poverty, that it sanctify itself and pray in reparation for the ingratitude and outrages of so many men."
"Recite the prayer of the Handmaids of the Eucharist with awareness of its meaning; put it into practice; offer in reparation (whatever God may send) for sins. Let each one endeavor, according to capacity and position, to offer herself entirely to the Lord."
"Even in a secular institute prayer is necessary. Already souls who wish to pray are on the way to being gathered together. Without attaching to much attention to the form, be faithful and fervent in prayer to console the Master."
After a silence:
"Is what you think in your heart true? Are you truly decided to become the rejected stone? My novice, you who wish to belong without reserve to the Lord, to become the spouse worthy of the Spouse, make your vows knowing that you must be fastened to the Cross with three nails. These three nails are poverty, chastity, and obedience. Of the three, obedience is the foundation. In total abandon, let yourself be led by your superior. He will know how to understand you and to direct you."
OCTOBER 13, 1973
"My dear daughter, listen well to what I have to say to you. You will inform your superior."
After a short silence:
"As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as no one has ever seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only consolation which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and priests."
"The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres...churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.
"The demon will be
especially implacable against souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss
of so many souls is the cause of my sadness. If mankind's sins increase in
number and gravity, there will be no longer pardon for them."
"With courage, speak to your superior. He will know how to encourage each one of you to pray and to accomplish works of reparation."
"It is Bishop Ito, who directs your community."
She smiled and then said:
"You have still something to ask? Today is the last time that I will speak to you in living voice. From now on you will obey the one sent to you and your superior."
"Pray very much the
prayers of the Rosary. I alone am able still to save you from the calamities
which approach. Those who place their confidence in me will be saved."
OUR LADY OF NICARAGUA
Never will anything touch you as deeply with grace as the story of Our Lady of Nicaragua as told by Bishop Vega. The right of private devotion and the dissemination of information is totally approved. The message of the Virgin Mary is simple: pray the Rosary properly (especially in the family), make peace with each other (especially in the family), and renew the First Saturday Devotion as often as you can, (especially as a family).
On May 8, 1988, Bernardo saw Our Lady just like at Fatima, and like Fatima preceded by two flashes of lightning, and like Fatima she came in a globe of light.
"I am Mary.† I come from Heaven. I am the Mother of Jesus.í ... "I want the Rosary to be prayed everyday.í
ĎI donít want it prayed only in the month of May. I want it to be prayed permanently, within the family, including the children old enough to understand; to be prayed at a set hour when there are no problems with the work in the home.í
She said that the Lord does not like prayers we make in a rush or mechanically. Because of that She recommended praying of the Rosary with the reading of bible citations and that we put into practice the Word of God.
ĎLove each other. Fulfill your obligations. Make peace. Donít ask our Lord for peace because if you do not make it there will be no peace. Renew the Five First Saturdays. You received many graces when all of you did this.í
"Nicaragua has suffered much since the earthquake. She is threatened with even more suffering. She will continue to suffer if you donít change. --- Pray! Pray, my son, the Rosary for all the world. Tell believers and non-believers that the world is threatened by grave dangers. I ask the Lord to appease His Justice, but if you donít change, you will hasten the arrival of a Third World War.í
On June 8th Our Lady appeared to him again. She showed him four visions like a movie in the sky. He saw a large group of people dressed in white, their bodies radiating light, singing and marching towards heaven. These were the first Christians. In a second vision he saw another large group of people, dressed in white with large luminous Rosaries in their hands. One of them carried a very large book. He read, then everyone silently meditated on the words. Then they all prayed the Our Father and ten Hail Marys.
"They are the first ones to whom I gave the Rosary. That is the way that I want all of you to pray the Rosary."
Bernardo then saw a third group all dressed in brown robes. These were the Franciscans.
"These received the Rosary from the hands of the first ones."
Dominicans and Franciscans!
Then he saw a fourth very large group all dressed in normal street clothes and all carrying Rosaries. They were normal except that they radiated light from their bodies, and their bodies were all beautiful. "Lady, I am going with these because they are dressed as I am." Said Bernardo.
On September 8th, 1980, Mary appeared to Bernardo as a child of six or seven years old. She had the same message as the first time. Bernardo asked Her if She wanted a church built in Her honor. One man had already given him C80.00 Cordoba for this purpose.
"No! The Lord does not want material churches, He wants living temples which are yourselves. Restore the sacred temple of the Lord. In you is the gratification for the Lord. Love each other. Love one another. Forgive each other. Make peace. Donít just ask for it, make peace. From this day on do not accept even one cent for anything. Always continue firmly in the catechism. Little by little you will comprehend all that the catechism signifies. As a community group meditate on the beatitudes, away from all the noise. I am not going to return on the 8th of October, but on the 13th."
On October 13th, 1980 [the feast of the Fatima Miracle] This time She appeared as Our Lady of Sorrows, and She cried:
"It saddens me to see the hardness of those personsí hearts. But you will have to pray for them so that they will change. Pray the Rosary. Meditate on the mysteries. Listen to the Word of God spoken in them. Love one another. Love each other. Forgive each other. Make peace. Donít ask for peace without making peace, because if you donít make it, it does no good to ask for it.
"Fulfill your obligations. Put into practice the word of God. Seek ways to please God. Serve your neighbor as that way you will please Him.
"They ask of me things that are unimportant. Ask for Faith in order to have the strength so that each can carry his own cross.
"The suffering of this world cannot be removed. That is the way life is. There are problems with the husband, with the wife, with the children, with the brothers. Talk, converse, so that problems will be resolved in peace. Do not turn to violence. Never turn to violence. Pray for faith in order that you will have patience.
"You will no longer see me in this place."
Bernardo began to shout: "Donít leave us, my Mother! Donít leave us, my Mother! Donít leave us, my Mother."
"Do not be grieved. I am with all of you even though you do not see me. I am the Mother of All you sinners.
"Love one another. Forgive each other. Make peace, because if you donít make it, there will be no peace. Do not turn to violence. Never turn to violence.
"Nicaragua has suffered a great deal since the earthquake, and will continue to suffer if all of you donít change. If you donít change you will hasten the coming of the Third World War.
"Pray, pray, my son, for all the world. Grave dangers threaten the world. The Mother never forgets Her children, and I have not forgotten what you suffer. I am the Mother of all of you sinners. Invoke me with these words.
ĎHoly Virgin, You are my Mother, the Mother to all of us sinners.í"
The idea of peace might seem strange in a country that was taken over by communists; in a country where the government was trying to undermine the faith of the little ones. But the same was the case in Rome with the early Christians, but they defeated the Romans without resorting to war. In the Philippines, Marcos was defeated without resorting to violence. Violence is only justified in self-defense or in defending others, as in the case of the Christian Crusades.
What was the result of Our Lady asking the Nicaraguan people to make peace in their families, in their hearts, and to never resort to violence? A woman defeated the communists without war. A woman, who even the United States government said had no chance. A woman beat the communists at an election that the communists only agreed to because they felt she had no chance. She didnít have a chance from an earthly perspective.
Bruno Cornacchiola was a communist and a Protestant. He hated the Catholic Church, the Pope, and the Virgin Mary. From the a Lutheran teacher he was told him that the Pope was the beast of Apocalypse. In time, as these ideas corrupted his brain he vowed to destroy the Catholic Church and to kill the Pope.
By 1947 he had plotted to kill the Pope and had gotten a job in the train system as the best way to do it. On April 12, 1947 he took his children to the park at Three Fountains behind the Basilica of Saint Paul's Outside The Wall. Although originally a holy place it became a meeting place for Italians to commit adultery and other sex crimes. As the children played he sat down to write a document against the Virgin Mary.
He jotted down his first sentences which denied, first of all, the privileges granted by God to Mary, His mother. Bruno wrote, "Our Lady is not a virgin, is not immaculate, is not the "Lady of the Assumption." Meanwhile some voices distracted him. It was his children shouting:
"Beautiful Lady! ... Beautiful Lady! ..."
Bruno saw the vision of a young woman, sweet and still, wrapped within a golden light.
"I am She who is with the Holy Trinity. I am Virgin of the Revelation. You have persecuted me, enough now. Enter into the heavenly fold, which is the Heavenly Court On Earth. God's' promise is and remains unchanged: you are saved for having observed the First Nine Fridays dedicated to the Sacred Heart. You observed them prompted by your faithful loving spouse before you started on your erring ways."
"I want to give you absolute proof of the divine realty which you are experiencing, so that you will exclude any other motive for this encounter, evil motivation included. This is the sign: Every time you meet a priest in church or in the street, approach him and address him with these words: 'Father I must talk to you.' If he answers: 'Ave Maria! - My son, what do you want?', beg him to stop because he is the chosen one. Tell him what your heart dictates and obey him.
"In fact, he will direct you to another priest by saying, 'He is the one for you.' Afterwards you will go to the Holy Father, the Supreme shepherd of all Christians, and give him My message personally. The one that I will point out to you will take you to the Pope. Some people to whom you relate this vision will not believe, but let that not disturb you,"
"YOU PERSECUTE ME. ENOUGH NOW!
ENTER INTO THE HEAVENLY FOLD, THE HEAVENLY COURT ON EARTH."
"ALWAYS PRAY AND RECITE THE ROSARY DAILY FOR THE CONVERSION OF SINNERS AND THE NON-BELIEVERS AND FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY. THE HAIL MARYS THAT YOU SAY WITH FAITH AND LOVE ARE AS MANY GOLDEN ARROWS THAT PIERCE THE HEART OF JESUS."
The Mother of the Catholic Church, the hope and anchor of salvation for the entire world, emphasizes the special intention of prayer with her words: "For the conversion of sinners and non-believers and for Christian Unity."
As a reward for those who listen to Her maternal message, the Virgin promises heavenly favors:
"WITH THIS SOIL OF SIN I SHALL WORK POWERFUL MIRACLES FOR THE CONVERSION OF UNBELIEVERS."
In her benevolence she also wanted to reveal her Son in the mysteries of her intimate life linked with the adorable Trinity:
"MY BODY COULD NOT PERISH AND DID NOT PERISH. MY SON AND THE ANGLES CAME TO CLAIM ME AT THE MOMENT OF MY DEATH."
In 1982 on February 23rd Our Lady again appeared to Bruno:
"Here I want a home-sanctuary dedicated to Me with My new title of Virgin of the Revelation, Mother of the Church. My home will be open to all so they all may enter into the house of salvation and be converted. Here the thirsty and the lost will come to pray. Here they will find love, understanding and consolation, the true meaning of life. Here, in this grotto, where I have appeared several times, will be a sanctuary for expiation, like a purgatory on earth.
"It will have a gate, with the significant name" Gate of Peace". All will have to enter through it and greet each other with the greeting of peace and unity. "May God bless us and the Virgin protect us."
On April 12, 1982 almost ten thousand people were present at the Concelebrated Mass in the new sanctuary and witnessed the sky and sun change colors and a large white ball came down to the grotto. Even the Vatican's Secretary of State was there and saw it. Our Lady came to give a message to Bruno for the Holy Father. Part of the message said that an attempt on the Pope's life would be made but Our Lady would protect him. The following month the Pope was shot but the bullet changed direction in mid air and missed his heart.
At the request of the Virgin, Bruno founded SACRI to evangelize non-Catholics and ex-Catholics.
Many miracles have occurred at Three Fountains to support the messages and the work of Bruno. Our Lady called a man who hated the Church back to that same Catholic Church, which She called, the Heavenly Court On Earth.
She called a man who hated the Pope back to unity with that same Pope, whom She called the Supreme shepherd of all Christians.
She did all this at Three Fountains, the place where Saint Paul was martyred, another man who was persecuting the Church before God called him.
What you must love about Our Lady of Soufanieh is that not only is She calling all Christians back to unity but She also addresses in a loving way all the heresies that caused the separation of unity starting with the claim of the Orthodox from 700 AD to 1054 AD that the Holy Spirit does not proceed from the Father AND the Son. This heresy is called, "filoque".†
On November 27, 1982, the anniversary of the apparition of the Virgin Mary to St. Catherine Laboure and the Miraculous Medal, from a three-inch tall picture of the Virgin Mary and Christ Child oil flowed out from the hand of Christ.† Oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit proceeding from the hand of Christ.† First heresy refuted by this apparition.† It refuted another heresy by the mere fact of it happening on the feast of the Miraculous Medal, that of Iconoclasm held by both the Orthodox and Protestants.††
On the night of December 18, 1982 [again at exactly the same hour, 11:37 p.m., that Catherine Laboure talked to the Virgin Mary], Mirna saw a large, luminous, white globe like a large diamond ball sitting on a tree limb. As she watched, the ball opened, splitting from the top and dividing in two half- moons. Just like Fatima.†
In this apparition Mirna reached out and touched the
Virgin's foot through the long, white dress. She could actually
feel the softness of the top of Her foot.
It was real flesh. †This refutes another heresy held by the
Orthodox that no one will go to heaven before the end of the world and by the
Protestants that Our Lady is not in Heaven body and soul.
On the feast of the Annunciation,† Our Lady said:
Establish Church. I did not say 'build a Church'.
The Church which Jesus Adopted is one Church, because Jesus is one..† The Church is the God's Kingdom on Earth.
He who divided it has sinned.† He who is happy in these divisions has also sinned.† Jesus established it.† It was very small.† When it grew it became divided.† Whoever divided it has no love.† Be united.† Jesus established it. It was very small.† When it grew it became divided.† Whoever divided it has no love.† Be united.
I say to you, 'Pray, pray, pray.' How beautiful are my children when they kneel and implore.† Do not be fragmented like the elders.† You shall teach generations unity, love and faith.† Pray for the inhabitants of (samma) and earth."
In this statement Our Lady refutes all heresies at once by stating the truth:† Jesus established the Church from the shadow of the Jewish Church (adopted) and it was not many but one.† It is the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth as said in Matthew over and over again.† This refutes the Orthodox belief in Plurus Unum (first among many) and the Orthodox belief that we are already united because doctrine does not matter.† It also refutes the heresy that divisions are not sinful as many claim (pluralism) and that we must be united.† It also refutes the heresy that we must stand in prayer as stated by the Orthodox from a false interpretation of the Council of Nicea.†
March 3, 1985: Myrna saw a vision of the deceased Msgr. Naaman. Everyone who
knew this bishop rejoiced, for Mary was telling them that he was in Heaven.
Mirna had never met him.† Again refuting
a Orthodox heresy that people will not go to heaven until the end of the world.
On May 1, 1985, the feast of St. Joseph, the Worker, Our Lady said:
My Children, be united, my heart is wounded.† Do not allow my heart to be divided because of your divisions.
This verifies a feast day that was done by Pope Pius XII and that divisions are not in God or Mary's wills.
September 7, 1985, the eve of the birth of Mary,
I am the Creator.† I created Her to Create Me.† Rejoice for Heaven is rejoicing because the daughter of the Father, The mother of God and the Bride of the Holy Spirit has been realized.
And again on the same subject:
My Daughter,† She is My Mother from whom I was born.† He who honors Her honors me.† He who denies Her denies Me.† And he, who asks from Her, receives, because She is my Motther.
And again on the same subject:
Pray for those sinners who forgive sins in my name, and yet, renounce My Mother.
All these statements refute heresies that have divided the Church: that Mary is the Mother of God, that She was predestined to be the Mother of God, that She is the Bride of the Holy Spirit, that She must be honored and that She prays better for us than we pray for ourselves.† The fact that those in heaven can pray for us is not held by non-Catholics. We, Catholics, ask of Mary because She in turn asks Her Son for us.†
And to you and I She said:
Tell my children, it is from them I ask unity.† I will not accept it from those who are only acting, pretending that they are working for unity.
I have been working with followers of Our Lady of Soufanieh for 20 years and to this day I do not find anyone who is truly working for unity.† Almost all without exception are using Our Lady to promote themselves or their own ideas of unity.† Almost none really will give in to anything they hold to be true (no matter what the facts) for the sake of unity.
On the feast of the apparitions, November 26, 1989:
My children, Jesus said to Peter, 'You are the rock, and on it I shall build my Church'
On the last major apparition Our Lady gave to Myrna the answer to the number one dogma that separates all Christians. This is what must be accepted for there to be unity between Catholics and Orthodox and between Catholics and Protestants.† When this is accepted all other heresies fall to the ground.†
Orthodox believe that the Pope of Rome is the first but not the final authority.† Protestants do not believe in the Pope of Rome at all.† But here is Our Lady saying what must be said for unity, that the Pope of Rome is the rock that holds all Christians together and without him† there can never be unity.
When the different Religions meet together in the next few weeks, pray that they listen to the words of Our Lady over the last 500 years and then there will be unity of all Christians, but if they do not listen to Her, God help us because God will bring about this unity His own way and we will not like how He does it.