Our Lady of Pontmain

September 6, 2011

Our Lady of Hope

Our Lady of PontmainJesus loves His Mother so much.  She, on the other hand, loves us so much; she always comes to us, to help us, to guide us, to plead with us, to plead for us.

We have one complaint, however.  She picks the most out of the way places to visit us.  If it’s not a high mountain place, like La Salette, where you take your life in your hands to get up there, it’s a village in the middle of nowhere, where there are no decent roads as in the instance of Fatima, and no directions, as at Pontmain, France.

Pontmain is not even a town, but a village.  It’s not on the map.  No one in the United States talks about it, because no one knows where it is.  Yet, it’s a very special place, very out of the way, but so wonderfully out of the way that it remains untouched.  In those days before Google Maps and GPS systems, there was no reason why we were able to find this place, except that Our Lady had determined that she wanted us to go there, so that we could spread her message at Pontmain to the world.

Pontmain is a small village on the borderline between the Normandy and Brittany sections of France.  It is very small, situated between Fougeres and Mont St. Michel, which is on the Normandy Coast. In the winter, there are cold, howling winds, bringing icy weather to the entire area.

The winter of 1871 was such a time.  January was an especially brutal time for man and beast.  Those who could avoid it did not venture out into the weather.   But unfortunately, not everybody could stay at home.

France was engaged in a war with the infamous Bismarck, and his mighty Prussian troops.  The little people, the common folk, flocked to their churches, to the shrines of the Rue du Bac, La Salette, and Lourdes.  They prayed, fearful that it was too little too late, but hopeful, knowing that Our Lady was a merciful Mother, that their prayers would not fall on deaf ears.  Rosaries, Stations of the Cross, confessions, fasting, communions, all were offered up to their Heavenly Mother in a desperate plea for help.

We can just picture in our mind’s eye, millions of angels carrying all these prayers and offerings up from the earth and laying them at the feet of their Queen.  They had to run out of room in Heaven for all the prayers and petitions offered up.  At one point, Mary’s beautiful eyes might have looked out over the land she had tried so hard to protect, that she had loved so much.  We can imagine a sadness coming over her sparkling eyes.  Perhaps a tear slipped down her velvety cheek, and descended to the earth; when it landed, an explosion of energy lit up the entire sky.  It happened on January 11, 1871.  Scientists called it an Aurora Borealis.  The faithful called it Mary to the Rescue.

Many of the young men of Pontmain had answered the call to duty.  They were somewhere in the war zone, but no one knew where, or how they were.  Stories of the massacres the French were suffering at the hands of their enemies, found their way back to the town.  In addition, the Prussian troops had gotten to Laval, a town extremely close to Pontmain.

On the evening of January 17, the men of the Barbedette family were working in their barn.  Dinner would be ready soon, but they wanted to get finished with their chores before going inside.  It had begun to snow lightly, not like the other days.  The winds had died down.  The pure white powder fell gently, as if it had come directly from Heaven.  Monsieur Barbedette, known as Bierot, his sons Eugene 12 years old, and Joseph, aged 10, were all working side by side.  It was about 6 in the evening.  In the recesses of their minds was concern over the third Barbedette son, Auguste, who was away fighting the war.  The father felt that by working, he could take his mind off his fears; but it was not happening.  Not an especially religious man, he found himself praying his rosary under his breath.  A neighbor woman, Jean Detais, came by with rumors about the war situation, and possible news about the son Auguste.

Eugene could not get over how gently the snow had fallen outside.  He couldn’t hear a sound.  There was not the slightest breeze blowing, much less the Gail storm winds that had buffeted the area earlier that day.  He walked to the door of the barn.  He didn’t want to hear any bad news about Auguste.  He thought that by walking away from it, by not listening to Jean Detais, he could prevent it from happening. The night cold air was refreshing.  He looked outside.  The snow had stopped.  He remarked to himself how unusual it was that the sky was so full of stars, though there was no moon that night.  He looked around him.  He was immediately frozen to the spot.

Above neighbor Augustin Guidecog’s house, about twenty five feet in the air, a beautiful lady was suspended in the air, her arms outstretched.  She was looking at him, and smiling.  He had never seen anything like her in his life.  Her eyes gleamed like stars.  Her teeth were pearl white.  They sparkled as she smiled at him.  To the 12 year old Eugene, she was a lady, but she appeared to be about 18 to 20 years old.  She wore blue, but dark blue, darker than the sky.  Her dress was long and loose;  her sleeves flowed, and on her collar was a band of gold.  There was a black veil on her head, topped by a gold cap which resembled a crown.  A thin red band ran across the cap.  She wore blue slippers tied with gold ribbons.

The neighbor woman noticed the boy standing in a daze at the door.  He was staring up into the sky.  She went over to him to see what the matter was.  He asked her to look up in the sky and tell him what she saw.

“I see nothing.” she answered.

Eugene looked at her incredulously.  How could she not see a lady suspended in air.  It was the most unusual sight he had ever seen, and she couldn’t see it.  He called his father and brother to look up at the sky.  Bierot could not see anything, but young Joseph’s expression turned to joy as he looked up above Guidecog’s barn.

“I see a beautiful lady”. he exclaimed.  He proceeded to describe the scene in detail, just as Eugene had seen it.

The father, Bierot, ordered the boys back into the barn to finish their work.  He told Jean Detais, the neighbor, not to mention what they had said to anyone.  She promised that she would not.  The boys returned to the barn.  Bierot took one last look before he closed the barn door.  What could it be that they had seen?  There was nothing unusual in the sky.  The stars were brighter than he remembered seeing them before, but that was probably because the wind had blown all the clouds away.

The spark of a thought kept gnawing away at the back of his mind.  He had been working with the boys all day. Their behavior had been normal.  They hadn’t acted silly.  As a matter of fact, there had been a serious tone to the day.  They were all worried about the well-being of Auguste.  It would have been out of character for them to take a sudden turn to silliness, as he had first attributed their claim about a lady  in the sky.  Then, he thought, they didn’t see the lady at the same time.  First Eugene saw her, and then Joseph.  They both described her in the same way.  Bierot took one last look in the sky, shrugged his shoulder, and went back to work.

The boys could not get the beautiful lady out of their minds.  Her gaze warmed them, as if she had covered them with her mantle.  The eyes, those cobalt blue eyes that pierced them, the sparkling teeth, the delicate features of her face, formed an indelible impression on their mind.  They worked quickly, which was not like them at all.  When they had finished their work, they raced each other to the barn door.  They pushed it open, and looked out.  She was still there.  She was still smiling at them.  She was radiant.

Bierot called his wife;  maybe she would see something.  This was driving him crazy.  Mrs. Barbedette came to the barn door.  She looked up, but saw nothing.  Her husband was somewhat relieved.  However, as a precaution, just in case it was a vision from Heaven, they all knelt down to say five Pater Nosters and five Ave Marias.  Then they went into the house for supper.

The boys wolfed their food down, so that they could run back outside to see if the Lady was still there.  As soon as the last mouthful had been finished, they ran outside the door again.  She was still there.  The mother asked them to describe how tall she was.

“She’s about the same size as Sister Vitaline.”

This gave the mother an inspiration.  She called the nun, asked her to look up into the sky, to see if she could see anything.  Sr. Vitaline could not.  The boys were becoming frustrated.

“How can you not see it?”  Eugene cried out. “She is so brilliant.  Can you see a triangle of bright stars?”

Everyone agreed that they could see three bright stars, which they had never seen before, and never saw again, except for that night.

“Well, the top of the triangle is where her head is, and the two stars at the bottom are at a level with her shoulders.  Can you see that?”

No one but Eugene and Joseph could see the lady.

Mrs. Barbedette had heard the stories which had made their way up from the south of France about the two children from La Salette, and the little girl at Lourdes, who had claimed to have seen the Blessed Virgin.  Perhaps this was the same, and only children could see the apparition.  She took the nun with her, and together, they went back to Sr. Vitaline’s school.

There were three children there. The nun asked them to come along with her and Mrs. Barbedette, to see if they could make out anything unusual in the sky.  As they walked towards the home of the Barbedette’s, one of the children, Francoise Richer, age 11, pointed up into the sky.

“There’s something very bright above Monsieur Guidecog’s barn”, she exclaimed.  Mrs. Barbedette and the nun looked at each other.

As they got closer, both Francoise and a younger girl, Jean-Marie Lebosse, age 9, cried out, “Oh, the beautiful lady, with the blue dress and the golden stars”.  No one had said anything to these two.  They had no idea of what they were supposed to be looking for.  They had not spoken to the Barbedette boys as yet.  But they saw the same thing that Eugene and Joseph had seen.  The third child, however, saw nothing.

Word of the event spread through the little village rapidly.  Soon, just about every resident of Pontmain was at the Barbedette barn, looking up into the clear winter sky, praying for a glimpse of the Lady.

She became enclosed in a blue, almond shaped frame, from which protruded four candles, two at the level of her neck, and two at the level of her knees.  On her heart, a tiny red cross appeared.

The gathering took on the semblance of organization as the local priest, Fr. Guerin came upon the scene.  The children reported that the expression on the face of the Lady had fallen into sadness.  The priest ordered everyone on their knees in prayer.  They began to recite the Rosary, the favorite prayer of Mary.  The first of 5 changes began to take place.

As she listened to the earnest prayers of the people for peace, and for the safe return of their children, the visionaries saw her begin to swell in size.  She grew to almost double her original size.  The triangle of stars grew with her, but the rest of the stars made way for the magnificent visitor, queen of all the stars in the heavens.  Some of the stars became enmeshed in her gown, while others positioned themselves at her feet.

A Sister Marie-Edouard, who was well known as a leader, began to lead the people in singing the Magnificat.  The children shouted out as a new development took place.  A banner formed at the feet of the Lady, between her and the top of the barn.  It was about the size of the roof of the barn, and as they sang, a word was formed on the top of the banner.  It was MAIS, which means “BUT”.  As the hymn came to the end, the sentence was formed.

MAIS, PRIEZ MES ENFANTS – BUT PRAY, MY CHIILDREN

The children called out the sentence as it appeared.  A shout of joy was sounded among the people.  They began to pray the Litany of Mary.  Another sentence appeared.

DIEU VOUS EXAUCERA EN PEU DE TEMPS – GOD WILL SOON ANSWER YOUR PRAYERS

Our Lady of Pontmain

Basilica of Our Lady of Pontmain

As the children read out this sentence, the people began to weep tears of joy.  It is Mary.  She’s there to help them.  Praise Jesus!  He allowed her to come again.  As the assemblage wept and praised God and His magnificent mother, the Lady began laughing.  The children shouted, “Look, she’s laughing…..Look, she’s laughing!!”  Soon, the people were affected by the laughter of the Lady.  Everyone laughed with her.

They began to sing another hymn to Our Lady.  Under the first sentence, a much larger letter began to be formed.  It came to them in three stages.  The first was

MON FILS – MY SON

It stayed like this until they began to sing the Salve Regina, at which point the next two words were formed.

SE LAISSE – ALLOWS HIMSELF

At the very end of the Salve Regina, the last word of the sentence was formed.

TOUCHER – TO BE TOUCHED

The entire sentence was

Mon Fils Se Laisse Toucher – My Son Allows Himself To Be Touched

Another translation of

the sentence is

MY SON IS WILLING TO HEAR YOU

In a small village in the middle of nowhere, at the very darkest hour, Mary, the giving Mary, the loving Mary, began a precedent which has stayed with us from that time until this.  We can change His mind through His Mother.  Tribulation and chastisement can be lessened, minimized, and very possibly done away with, through the intercession of the beautiful Lady who was given to us at the foot of the Cross.

At a given point, the group began to pray the evening prayers.  It was about 8:30 at night.  A large white veil appeared at the feet of Our Lady.  Slowly, it ascended, covering her as it climbed up.  Within a short time, it covered all of her except her face.  It stopped for a beat, as she looked down at her children with so much love.  Then it moved up over her face. to her crown, where it stopped.  The crown could be seen for a moment, and then, it, too, vanished.  It was 9 o’clock.  She had been with them for three hours.

There was an entry made in the log of the Prussian Army for January 18, 1871.  They had entered Laval, a short distance from Pontmain.  The army was ordered to stop their advance, turn around and return to Paris.  There was no reason

given; the order was executed.  The troops left the area.  Within ten days, the war was over.  An armistice was signed.  All the soldiers from the little village of Pontmain were returned unharmed.  The swift action of the Lord in honor of the request of His Mother, was realized.

Of all Our Lady’s apparitions, this one is our favorite, in that the Message is one of Great Hope, of Mercy.  This is the Mary we know, the Mary of Hope.  This is the Jesus we know, the One who wants to be touched, who wants to change His mind.  My Son Allows Himself To Be Touched

[What you have read is a condensed version of the Chapter on Our Lady of Pontmain in Bob and Penny Lord’s book, The Many Faces of Mary Book I.  For ordering information go to http://www.bobandpennylord.com/many-faces-of-mary/index.htm


The Visitation – May 31

May 31, 2011

“My Soul magnifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior”


Reflecting on the Second Joyful Mystery of the Rosary, the little virgin from
Nazareth begins to grow overwhelmingly in our eyes. We see the obedience of
Mary!
At the Annunciation, recognizing the Angel as a messenger of God, she
had said yes to bearing the Son of God. When the Angel Gabriel told her that
her cousin Elizabeth was with child, she trusted in his word knowing he was from
God. Because she, like the other people of Israel, had been preparing for the
Messiah, and had studied the Word, she knew the Lord would have wanted her to go
and serve her cousin; and so she obeyed, once more. As we walk through the rose
petals that make up the Rosary, we will encounter the many times Mary obeyed.
As we learn more about Jesus, we realize that His Life was our path to Heaven.
As you walk with Mary, you will discover she knows the way.
We see the selflessness of Mary in action. Her choice to be for her cousin
Elizabeth during her pregnancy shows an unconditional caring for others, that
we’ve only seen in One other Person in the history of the world, her Son Jesus.
But, there was something else. Although there was a familial bond between
Mary and her cousin Elizabeth, we believe there was another bond, which had
been molded in Heaven. The plan to have the Angel tell Mary of her cousin’s
pregnancy had to begin in Heaven. Can we not see God formulating His plan? The
son of Elizabeth would be the one who would herald the Messiah, the Son of Mary,
into the world.
Neither of these women should have been pregnant. Mary was a virgin; Elizabeth
was barren. There had to be a Heavenly connection between them. Is this
why the Angel told Mary about her cousin being “with child”? Did the Lord
want her to go and serve her cousin Elizabeth? Were she and Elizabeth part
of a particular plan of the Father’s? Had an Angel told Elizabeth, when she
conceived, that her child would be special, too? Were these things going
through Mary’s mind, as she proceeded on her appointed mission?
When we see statues or paintings of Mary, for the most part, they depict a very
delicate, almost Dresden-like Mary. And I am sure, she had all those qualities.
But Mother Mary was also strong! We will see, as we journey in faith with her
and her Son through the Rosary, how very strong she was. The trip from Nazareth
to Ein Karem, where Elizabeth and Zechariah lived, was long and dangerous. Mary
had to travel through the mountains of Judea, past Jerusalem. Today, it is a
challenge. In the time of Jesus and Mary, with dirt roads, cut out by people
traveling by donkey or by foot, it had to be hazardous for someone with child.
But Mary did not think, for one moment, about her comfort. The Angel had told
her of her cousin’s need and she said yes, one more time.
There was a radiance about Mary as she traveled to her cousin’s house. The
words of the Angel echoed in her soul:
“Do not fear, Mary. You have found favor with God. You shall conceive and
bear a Son and give Him the name Jesus…..He will rule over the house of Jacob
forever, and His reign will have no end….The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the Power of the Most High will overshadow you; hence, the holy offspring to
be born will be called Son of God.” (Luke 1:30)
Mary proceeded, in haste, to fulfill the Angel’s command, never once looking
back. The Angel had told her not to be afraid. And she trusted his message,
knowing it was from the Lord. Mary believed, the Lord would take care of her
and her unborn Child. She knew that the Child she was carrying had the special
protection of the Father’s “Heavenly Army of Angels.” What then was there to
fear?
Son of God! She couldn’t get these words out of her mind. Her senses reeled at
the thought. She was to be the mother of the Son of God. It was incredible!
She was carrying God inside her body. What would He be like? How would their
life together, be?
As soon as Elizabeth saw her, “the baby leapt in her womb. She was filled with
the Holy Spirit.” This was to fulfill the prophecy the Angel Gabriel gave to
Zechariah,
“…and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit from his mother’s womb.”
Tradition tells us that, at this meeting with Jesus, while both were still in
their mothers’ wombs, John was freed from original sin. While he was conceived
with sin, we are told he was born without sin.
There was immediate recognition between the two unborn babies, John and
Jesus. A bond between the two children, conceived in Heaven before the dawn
of creation, was affirmed at this meeting, and further confirmed at the Jordan
River some thirty years later. Thus did Jesus say of John, “In truth I tell
you, of all the children born to women, there has never been anyone greater than
John the Baptist.”
A similar bond was forged between Mary and Elizabeth. The skies opened; the
brilliance of the Holy Spirit descended on both women. It was as if Mary and
Elizabeth were given total knowledge of God’s plan, through the movement of the
Spirit. Whatever had not been revealed to them before, suddenly became crystal
clear.

Elizabeth cried out in a loud voice:
“Blest are you among women and blest is the fruit of your womb. But who am I
that the mother of my Lord should come to me? The moment your greeting sounded
in my ears, the baby leapt in my womb for joy. Blest is she who trusted that
the Lord’s words to her would be fulfilled.”
There is so much in this statement of Elizabeth’s. Scripture scholars tell us
that Elizabeth’s meaning in her first sentence was: “Blest are you among women”
because “blest is the Fruit of your womb”. With this declaration, Elizabeth
prophesied Mary’s future role in the world, and in the Church, that Mary would
be blessed among all women. It is true that Mary said yes to the Angel Gabriel.
But, it was by the Fruit of her womb, she was blessed among all women. Mother
Mary will tell you that, of herself, she is nothing. She always points to her
Son. She is the intercessor to her Son; she is not the One Who brings about
miracles, Who heals, Who forgives, Who gives us life. She points to her Son.
A priest once said, “What did Mother Mary do? She stood there and allowed the
Holy Spirit to fill her. And because of this, the world will never be the
same.” One name that our Mother appeared under, was “Our Lady of Hope”. She
is our Mother who turns to her Son Jesus, and through His love for her, we have
hope that He will give us another chance. Like Abraham and Moses, she is always
asking for another chance for her children, you and me.

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Our Lady of Laus – Refuge of Sinners

April 30, 2011
Family, we have traveled thousands of miles across the seas to beloved France, “eldest daughter of the Church.” Our Lady has called us to bring you the best kept secret for 400 years, a Sanctuary, a Shrine to Our Lady Refuge of Sinners,  a place to come to shed everything which separates you from Our Lord, which we pray will touch your heart as it has ours.  Pray and listen to your heart, for this, her gift is just for you.

We’re at a small village in southernFranceat the foot of theAlps, southeast of Gap, called Laus, where Our Lady appeared to a young girl almost 400 years ago.  It has only been approved byMotherChurchin 2008, and yet it has been an ongoing place of pilgrimage for the French these last 400 years!  Noteworthy is the fact that this is the longest period Our Lady has appeared to anyone, in the history of her apparitions – 54 years!  Also interesting is the fact that the cause for the Beatification of the visionary, Benoite Rencurel, which had become dormant almost a hundred years ago, has now become very active, due to the efforts of the Bishop of the Diocese, Jean-Michel di Falco Leandri, who has a great devotion to Our Lady of Laus.

Our Lady touched the heart of the Bishop of the Diocese of Gap and Embrun, Jean-Michel di Falco Leandri, who pushed for the official approval of the devotion to Our Lady of Laus.  He had always had a great devotion to Our Lady of Laus.  When we interviewed him for our television program for EWTN, he explained that because the Shrine was frequented by the faithful for so many years, his predecessors did not see the need to ask for official approval byMotherChurch.  When he was consecrated Bishop of the diocese in 2004, he immediately began the work needed to open the Cause for the Beatification of Benoite Rencurel.  The officials inRometold him that before that could be considered, he, as Bishop of the Diocese, should have the apparitions at the Shrine approved by the Church.  There was no reason why this Shrine, which had been a place of pilgrimage for so many, including St. Peter Julian Eymard and other Saints, had not received the official blessing ofMotherChurch.  He immediately put the paperwork into the works, and on May 4, 2008, the 344th anniversary of the Apparition by Our Lady to Benoite Rencurel, the Shrine was officially approved byMotherChurch.

The Bishop proclaimed that this is the first apparition of Our Lady approved by the Church in the 21st Century, and the first approved by the Church inFrancesince the 19th Century.

What first aroused our interest in this shrine began during our research of St. Peter Julian Eymard, founder of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers inParis. We found a deep love of our Mother Mary manifested in his devotion to Our Lady of Laus, a shrine we knew little about.  St. Peter Julian was born near Laus, actually between Laus and La Salette, and made many pilgrimages to both these shrines during his lifetime.  He was given a great deal of comfort and solace by Our Lady during times of stress.  When he was a mere eleven years old, through repeated pleading, St. Peter Julian received permission from his father to make a 50 kilometer (around 30 miles) pilgrimage to Laus on foot, his only nourishment what little bread he received begging.  When he arrived at the Shrine, he immediately entered the church to pour out his heart to His Heavenly Mother.  He found comfort in Our Lady at this Shrine all his life.  Whenever he had to face difficulties in his life and his vocation, he would make the trip to Our Lady here at her Shrine in Laus.

At the end of his life, literally days before he died, he returned to his favorite Marian Shrines.  The plan had been to visit La Salette first, and then his Lady at Laus.  He wrote his sisters to that effect.  But after having made the trip to La Salette, his strength gave out.  The rector of the Shrine at La Salette brought him back to his home in La Mure, where he died, not having accomplished his wish to go to Laus one last time.
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Marian Apparitions – What Do They Mean To Us?

January 26, 2011

Marian  Apparitions
Why we need to know about Marian Apparitions!

“As we have said, many times before, when Our Church is in crisis, God sends us special graces. This grace may come from Eucharistic Miracles, Marian Apparitions by Our Lady, and Saints and other Powerful Men and Women in the Church. It may come in the form of Angelic intercession. It will come from anywhere the Lord deems necessary. There is only one thing of which we can be assured; it will come. He will use whatever or whoever it takes, whenever it is needed, to protect us from anything or anyone, who would bring us anywhere near the brink of hell. Very often, even if it means protecting us from ourselves.”

Review of some Marian Apparitions:

For example in Mexico City (Tepeyac Hill), in 1531, Our Lady of Guadalupe came, averted holocaust, stopped the merciless sacrifices of innocents to a blood-thirsty pagan god, and created Family.

In Paris, in 1830, She came to a little postulant and gave her and us hope for the world – “Come to the foot of the Altar, great graces will be poured out to those who ask for them.”

In La Salette, in 1846, She wept and prophesied what disaster would come to pass if we did not convert.

In Lourdes, in 1858, Mother Mary came and introduced Herself as the Immaculate Conception, affirming Her son – Blessed Pope Pius IX – and his dogma of the Immaculate Conception, which dispelled the heresy of Pantheism.

In Pontmain, in 1871, She came and ended the Franco-Prussian War; She gave us hope.In Knock, in 1879, although She said nothing, She spoke volumes: Protect the Eucharist. If you destroy the Eucharist; you destroy the Church. Protect the Word, which is in danger. If you destroy the Word, you destroy the Church. Protect the family; if you destroy the family, you destroy the Church, you destroy the world.

In Fatima, in 1917, Our Lady warned that unless we convert, Russia would take over the world. And but for Her precious son, Pope John Paul II, this growling bear would have done just that. In Fatima, She warned us that unless we change, many souls would be lost; and that unless we pray and sacrifice many would go to hell. Did we listen?

In Beauraing, Belgium, in 1932, Mary asked the children, “Do you love my Son?” To which they responded “Yes!” She then asked, “Do you love Me?” Again they responded “Yes!” She turned to them and said, “Then sacrifice yourself for Me.” Our Lady was telling us to sacrifice, because She knew that it is only through prayer, fasting and sacrifice can we overcome the onslaught of the devil and his cohorts. Twelve days after Our Lady said good-bye to the children in Beauraing, Our Lady came to Banneux, fifty miles from where She appeared to the children in Beauraing. Our Lady came and pleaded: “Believe in Me and I will believe in you.” Our Lady, 16 years after Fatima, appeared in Belgium and again warned us. Did we listen? Do we listen?

Mother Mary went to Belgium and warned us; and in less than a month, the path to total world domination was paved. The world had not listened to Mother Mary and the table of contents of the devil’s book to hell was getting near full. Hitler became chancellor to Germany and began his conquest or scorch campaign. World War I was supposed to be the war to end all wars, and here it was, and another World War was on the horizon. World War II was upon us, before we knew it. Everything moved so fast. People were not praying, not yet. They thought the answer was accommodation and compromise. Powerful countries compromised smaller nations. After all, it was not them. The enemy was not threatening them. All of a sudden, it was their turn. Did we then go down on our knees?

When the Lord comes, people will be so busy running to the malls, trying to buy up happiness, they will miss Him and His salvation completely. Is that why Mother Mary keeps on appearing? In our last book on Mary, we traced these circumstances that weave a pattern of salvation if heeded or destruction if not. We didn’t listen!

What can we do? What do these Marian Apparitions mean to us today?

More than anyone on earth, our Pope understands the seriousness and gravity of the crisis in the world. Having lived through one of the most tragic World Wars in the history of mankind, and then domination by a godless despot, our Pope knows the only way to peace is on our knees, pleading with Our Lord to intervene with the Father.

There is no doubt that the enemy of God is lining up all his troops in a last desperate attempt to drag all God’s children to hell, to burn with him through all eternity. But he has powerful adversaries to stop him from accomplishing his deadly plan: Mother Mary and Her Pope John Paul II.

Learn what Mother Mary is saying to you. Pick up your Rosary and meditate on the Life of Jesus and Mary. All the Saints read holy books and then made decisions. Our Popes have all done the same. Tolle Lege7 – Take and read! The Lord will speak to your hearts through His Mother.

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Saint Juan Diego Meets Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 9, 2010

Our Lady of Guadalupe minibook

In the early morning hours of December 9, 1531, the frost was still on the ground. All living things, such as flowers and grass, and leaves on the trees, had died for the winter, waiting for the warmth of Spring to breathe life back into them. Juan Diego was a simple Indian. He had been converted just recently to the Catholic Faith. He and his wife were baptized in the Church of Santiago, built out of the rubble of the destruction of the Aztec temple of Huitzilpochtli.

 

 

Juan had risen from bed before dawn on this Saturday morning to attend Mass in honor of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. After Mass, he was to take lessons at the Indian school, run by the Franciscans, for those newly converted to the faith.

 

As he passed Tepeyac hill, a blanket of warmth and peace overtook him. He could hear the sound of sweet angelic voices singing above him, coming from the top of the hill. He had never heard anything like it before. He listened intently. They stopped. Then their voices echoed from a great distance. They began again. He was overcome by the angelic melody. After a short while there was silence again. Then one single voice rang out to him like a bell.

 

“Little Juan, Juan Dieguito”.

 

This should have been unusual to Juan, because the voice was so young and sweet that it had to come from someone much younger than his 57 years, and yet she spoke to him as if he were her child. That didn’t concern him, however. He darted up the hill as quickly as his legs could carry him. The sight he beheld filled his heart with such joy, he thought it would burst. But the dazzling beauty of what he saw before him made him freeze on the spot. He couldn’t catch his breath.

 

There before him was the most beautiful lady he had ever seen. She was young; she was regal. She did not look of this world. He had never imagined anything that even closely resembled the vision before his eyes. He had no idea of who she might be, but he didn’t care. He wanted to be swallowed up by the elegance of the lady. Everything around her sparkled like the finest diamonds. Gold reflected from her garments. She wore the most exquisite gown he had ever seen. Even the rocks and bushes glistened from the reflection of her. She spoke to him.

 

“Juanito, the smallest of my children, where are you going?”

 

“My Lady and my child, I must go to your church in Mexico Tlatiloco, to continue the study of the divine mysteries taught us by our priests, who are missionaries of Our Lord.”

The eyes, those piercing eyes, looked deep into his soul.

 

“Be it known and understood by you, the smallest of my children, that I am the ever Virgin Mary, Mother of the True God from whom all life has come; of the Creator, close to whom is everything, the Lord of Heaven and Earth.

 

I ardently desire a temple built for me here, where I can show and offer all my love, compassion, help and protection, for I am you  Merciful Mother, wishing to hear and help you, and all those others who, loving me, invoke and place their confidence in me; therein to hear your complaints and remedy all your sorrows, hardships, and suffering.

And in order to carry out what my mercy seeks, you must go to the bishop’s palace in Mexico and tell him that I sent you to make it clear how very much I desire that he build a temple for me here on this place. You shall tell him exactly all you have seen and marvelled at, and what you have heard.

 

Be assured that I shall be very grateful and reward you, for I shall make you happy and you shall greatly merit my compensation for the work and trouble that the mission I entrust you with will cause you. Now you have heard my command, my son, the smallest of all. Go now and give it your best effort.”

 

Juan Diego did not know how to behave in front of this heavenly creature. He bowed as low as he could, and said,

 

“My Lady, I am going now to carry out your command. For the present, your humble servant takes leave of you.”

 

He attempted to back down the hill, so as not to turn his back on the radiant lady. But he found himself slipping, and so he bowed again, turned his back and left. He kept turning around as he went down the hill. She was so beautiful, he didn’t want to take his eyes off her. He couldn’t get enough of her. She remained there until he was too low to see her anymore. He immediately set out for the Bishop’s palace in Mexico City to tell him what Our Lady had commanded.

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Did you know…? United States was consecrated to the Immaculate Conception in 1847?

December 6, 2010

Did you know…?

The Immaculate Conception refers to Mary’s Immaculate Conception, and not Jesus?

The United States was consecrated to the Immaculate Conception in 1847?

The First Council of Baltimore in 1846 proclaimed Our Mother Mary:

“Mary in her Immaculate Conception Principal Patron of the United States.”

The Bishops of the United States on February 7, 1847 affirmed it by: “…unanimously placing the Catholic Church under the special patronage of the Blessed Virgin.”

 

Our Lady has been trying to get the message of Her Immaculate Conception across in many of her apparitions to the people of God?

 

In our book, The Many Faces of Mary, Book I, we tracked the many references to Her Immaculate Conception.

 

In Paris in 1830, she gave us the Miraculous Medal.  But it wasn’t supposed to be the Miraculous Medal.  It was originally called the Medal of the Immaculate Conception.  If you read the prayer that circles the edges of the medal, it reads

“Oh Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.”

The first time Our Lady appeared to Catherine Labouré, she said to her:

“The times are evil. Misfortunes will fall upon France. The king will be overthrown. The entire world will be overcome by evils of all kinds,…..But come to the foot of this altar. Here, great graces will be poured upon all those who ask for them with confidence and fervor.”

Our Lady appeared to Catherine again on Saturday, November 27, 1830. There was none of the intimacy, none of the special closeness they shared in July. Mary did not even look at Catherine during this apparition, nor did she speak to her directly. Catherine received the message through inner locution. Our Lady had a definite purpose for this visit. She went directly to the heart of the matter.

Catherine was in the chapel for evening meditation. All the sisters of the community were there also. It was quiet time. A reading had been given, and the sisters were now meditating about how this insight affected their lives. Catherine’s reflections were interrupted by a familiar sound. It was the rustling of the silk dress of her Heavenly friend. Catherine thought her heart would burst. 13

She immediately opened her eyes and looked in the direction of the sound. To the right of the altar stood Our Lady, more resplendent than Catherine could remember. When she wrote of the apparition years later, she recalled in detail how Our Lady was dressed. The vision was indelibly etched on her soul. Mary stood on a globe, and held a golden ball at arm’s length, as if she were offering it up to God, her eyes directed towards heaven.

In an instant, brilliant lights radiated from her hands downward. Catherine could see that the lights came from rings Mary wore, three on each finger. They were of various sizes. Catherine noticed that rays did not shine forth from each ring. Mary explained the reason as she spoke to Catherine’s heart. The Lady said,

“The ball which you see represents the whole world, especially France, and each person in particular. These rays symbolize the graces I shed upon those who ask for them. The gems from which rays do not fall are the graces for which souls forget to ask.”

Catherine was in a state of ecstasy, completely swallowed up in the joy of the vision. The golden ball vanished from Our Lady’s hands. Her arms went down, hands pointing outward, in an attitude of welcoming. The rays focused themselves down to the globe on which the Lady stood. An oval frame formed around Mary, with the following words written on it:

O Marie, concue sans peche, priez pour nous qui avon recours a vous.

Oh Mary conceived wihtout sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.

The voice of Mary spoke to the heart of the young postulant again.

“Have a Medal struck after this model. All who wear it will receive great graces; they should wear it around the neck. Graces will abound for persons who wear it with confidence.”

The image turned. Our Lady disappeared, to be replaced by a large M. A bar went through the M, from which extended a cross in the middle. Underneath the M were two hearts, one surrounded by thorns, symbolizing the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and one pierced by a knife, with droplets of blood dripping from it, symbolizing the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Twelve stars surrounded this image in the shape of an oval.

Slowly the image faded, and disappeared.

The medal which was struck in 1832 was not originally called, nor was it meant to be a “Miraculous Medal”. It was called the Medal of the Immaculate Conception. Our Lady had promised “abundant graces”, and she kept her promise, more than anyone could have imagined in their wildest dreams. Reports by wearers of the new medal flooded the little convent of the Sisters of Charity on the Rue du Bac. Physical cures, conversions, miracles of every sort were reported.

In 1854, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception.

This proclamation caused more problems than it meant to solve.  Rumbling went on inside the Church, and outside in Protestant circles.  It was outrageous, they said, to give this singular honor to a woman.

 

In 1858, The Immaculate Conception of Mary was affirmed by Our Lady Herself to Bernadette Soubirous in the Grotto at Lourdes, France.

Under the chapter, Our Lady of Lourdes we read:

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 25, The Feast of the Annunciation.

Bernadette wakes up like a shot, in the middle of the night.  Her body is raised out of the bed to a sitting position.  Her heart pounds so loudly she is sure it will explode.  She knows; she can feel the call of the Lady, her “Aquero”.  The girl’s entire body tingles with anticipation.  She has to go to the Grotto.  Before 5 in the morning, she can wait no longer.  She tells her parents, bundles up as best she can, and leaves.

As she walks out of the “Cell”, the Cachot, a blast of winter wind hits her full force.  The powers of darkness are screeching, calling in all the evil spirits available, to make it difficult, even impossible, for this moment to happen, for the young girl to keep her rendezvous with the Lady.  This has to be an important meeting; satan has pulled out all the stops.  He lashes out at her with torrents of cold wind.  As she walks the distance to the Grotto, a small crowd builds behind her.  It’s as if there’s a radar screen, a network, something uncanny, that the people of Lourdes know her movements so early in the morning.  They follow behind her.  She is oblivious to everything but the direction in which she walks.

At the Grotto, there is already a small crowd of believers assembled.  Word has gone quickly from door to door in the small village.  Soon lights go on in the homes, and people file out, half dressed, rushing to the Grotto.  Bernadette sees, as she arrives, that Our Lady is waiting for her.  She runs to her special spot, where she kneels.  Her aunt passes her a candle, which she takes unconsciously.  The winds stop suddenly.  She is blanketed by the warmth of the vision.  Bernadette goes into a trance.  This is the deepest ecstasy she will ever experience.  As in previous apparitions, she gets up at times and walks deep within the grotto, talks very seriously with the Lady, and returns to her spot.  This happens a few times.

Bernadette tells us that in this apparition, she asks the Lady to identify herself three times.  The Lady smiles.  The child pictures Cure Peyramale, her parish priest, shouting out his demand that the Lady tell Bernadette who she is.

Bernadette tries a fourth time.  In her own words,

 

“Aquero (the Lady) drew apart her clasped hands, and let both her arms hang down.  Then she put her hands together again at the level of her breast, lifted her eyes towards Heaven, and said

I AM THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION’

 

The sky opened up.  The clouds disappeared, and the Heavenly Hosts of Angels shone as they had on that Blessed Day in Bethlehem.  Choirs of Angels sang in praise of the Glory of God.  A beam of light shot down from Heaven to the alcove, surrounding the magnificent creation God had made.  Cherubim and Seraphim floated down and positioned themselves around Mary.  A soft breeze enveloped the child and the Lady.  Bernadette could feel the tingly flush of warmth that emanated from Our Lady.

The Cycle was complete.  A Miracle that had occurred before the beginning of time, the Immaculate Conception of Mary, passed down through the years as tradition, proclaimed on earth by Pope Pius IX in 1854, was confirmed by Heaven in 1858 in this little grotto nestled deep in the Pyrenees, in a hamlet of no consequence, to this chosen saint, who had no idea what the words of the Lady meant.

 

She is a special Lady.  Wednesday is a special day.  Give Her the honor She deserves.  And do as she told Catherine Labouré, “But come to the foot of the altar.  Great graces will be poured out on those who ask for them.”

 

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Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Rosary

December 6, 2010

We are not alone! We are never alone!  We have never been alone!

On Wednesday, the 8th of December, we and Mother Church, celebrate the

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Looking for what Our Lord and His Mother are trying to say to us, today, their children in the United States of America we went to our book, “The Rosary, The life of Jesus and Mary and turned to the chapter, History of the Rosary and we found the following:

Our Popes all had a devotion to the Holy Rosary:

On September 17, 1569, Pope St. Pius V promulgated devotion to the Rosary, and because of the Christians’ victory in Lepanto over the Muslims, he inaugurated an annual commemoration to Our Lady of the Victory. Speaking of the Rosary, he wrote:

“It is the Psalter of Mary, in which the Blessed Mother of God is greeted 150 times with the Angelical salutation (Hail Mary), corresponding to the Psalms of the Psalter of David, together with one Our Father for every ten Hail Marys, and also certain mediations that present the entire life of Jesus Christ.”

When the Muslims were once again defeated, on the feast of Our Lady of the Snow, August 5, 1716, Pope Clement XI attributed the victory to the Rosary.  In gratitude to Our Lady, he placed the Feast of the Holy Rosary on the Universal Calendar.

The First Council of Baltimore in 1846 proclaimed Our Mother Mary:

“Mary in her Immaculate Conception Principal Patron of the United States.” The Bishops of the United States on February 7, 1847 affirmed it by: “…unanimously placing the Catholic Church under the special patronage of the Blessed Virgin.”

What was Our Lord trying to tell us?  Was He not trying to tell us we are not alone! – Turn to Our Blessed Mother!  The Popes before us turned to Mother Mary and the Rosary!

Pope Leo XIII declared on October 2, 1898: “The true form of the Rosary is to be preserved, in reference to the beads by making them up into five, ten, or fifteen decades: likewise that other beads, of whatever form, are not to be known by the name of Rosary.

Pope Pius XII on October 31, 1942, consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. On November 1, 1950, on the “Holy Year”, he declared the Dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin into Heaven.

Pope Pius XII in his Encyclical Letter on the Rosary, September 15, 1951, declares: “It is above all, in the bosom of the family that we desire the custom of the Holy Rosary to be everywhere adopted, religiously preserved and ever more intensely practiced.  While running your fingers over the beads of the Rosary, do not forget those who languish miserably in prison camps, jails and concentration camps.  “We do not hesitate to affirm again publicly that we put great confidence in the Holy Rosary for the healing of the evils which afflict our times.”

On October 11, 1954, Pope Pius XII proclaimed the universal Feast of the Queenship of Mary, to be celebrated every year in the whole world on May 31.

What is the Lord and His Mother trying to tell us?  He is in charge!

We are not alone!  For more on the Rosary and through it, the life of Jesus and Mary, you can find it in Bob and Penny Lord’s book: The Rosary, the Life of Jesus and Mary.  We love you!…..

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