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.
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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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…?
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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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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Mary had been consecrated to the Temple, as a child. Her ongoing prayer was that the Messiah would come in her lifetime and free the people she loved so much. She spent much of her time in the Temple; but since her father’s death, she spent a great deal of time caring for her aging mother, Anne. Mary prayed constantly, even while doing her chores at home. There was a saying: “What good can come out of Nazareth.” Nazareth, through the will of God would give us Mother Mary, Saint Joseph and Jesus.
It was late afternoon. March was filled with promise of new beginnings. Mary had a spring to her step, as she walked home from the well, from which she drew water each day. But somehow, this day felt different. Was she remembering the ancient prayer said at the Seder (the meal celebrating the Passover): “Why is this night different from any other night?” At the Seder, there was always an extra place set at the table in expectation of Elijah’s return. But, this night, the place set was beneath Mary’s heart, and it would be filled by the Messiah!
Let us try to envision how the events might have taken place. The sun went down, and dusk began to dim the sky; a chill crept into the air. Mary was kneeling in her home, lost in prayer. She began to wonder how it would be, when the Messiah arrived. We can see her praying, a cool breeze brushing past her. Was it the winds blowing off the sea, cooling the house? There was a tingling electricity in the air, a fluttering sound, like that of birds’ wings. She looked around. There was nothing. Suddenly a great calm came over her. The wind stopped. There was a hush, a stillness, as if time had stopped. A figure of a beautiful young man entered through the window. There was a brightness about him, as if he were translucent. He looked at her. His eyes were brilliant. At first, she was frightened; then a rush of warmth and peace came over her whole body. She couldn’t take her eyes from him.
The Angel said to her, “Hail, most favored one. The Lord is with you.”
She was startled by his words.
“Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with the Lord. You will conceive in your womb, and bear a Child, and you will call Him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to Him the throne of David His father, and He will reign over the House of Jacob forever, and His Kingdom will have no end.”
What was he talking about? How could she conceive and bear a child? She was a virgin. She wasn’t married! She was engaged to Joseph the carpenter, but they had vowed to live a celibate life when they became husband and wife. Yet while she wondered, she never doubted. She asked him with excitement and awe. It was the way a trusting child might ask her daddy how an impossible task would be accomplished.
“How can this be, since I am a virgin?”
The Angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you and for that reason the Holy Child to be born will be called the Son of God”.
She gasped. It was as if she was almost afraid to breathe. She didn’t understand, at that moment, what the messenger meant by the Holy Spirit coming upon her. The key word in her mind, in her entire being, was “The Son of God”. Is this Angel speaking of the Messiah? Is he telling me I am to be the mother of the Messiah, the Son of God? Am I the one, I’ve been praying for, the one to be the vessel to bring salvation into the world? Is that what he’s saying? Mary knew that the Messiah would be born of a virgin. It was part of Holy Scripture. But, she never dared to think she would be the one. Her prayer had been that the Messiah would be born in her generation and she might serve the mother of the Messiah.
The Angel further affirmed the power of God. He added:
“And behold, your cousin Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; she is in her sixth month, and everyone thought she was barren. You see, with God, nothing is impossible.”
Mary silently prayed: “Oh, my Lord, it is You! Is this really possible? Would You give this honor to me? I’m not worthy.” But the words of the Angel pierced her senses, opening her heart and mind: “You see, with God, nothing is impossible.” She responded, in her heart: “I trust You, my Lord and my God. I know You would never hurt me. And I would give up my life for You.”
She looked up at the Angel before her. He was waiting for something, what? Was this messenger of God waiting for an answer from her? She looked at him, again. He was waiting for her yes! Tears streamed down her face. He looked at her with so much love. His gaze filled her with a profound warmth. She gave her answer:
“I am the handmaiden of the Lord. Let it be done unto me according to your word.” And as the tears cascaded down her cheeks, she cried out in her heart, “Yes! I say Yes!”
Could she hear the choirs of Angels singing praises to the Lord, at these words of their future Queen? The Angel before her, whom we know to be Gabriel, looked at her with blinding joy in his eyes. A brilliant light filled the room, and surrounded her. She felt a surge of energy go through her. She looked up at the Angel. He looked at her. He smiled. It was done.
The Angel slowly disappeared, and the room became dark. The girl, now woman, sat in the darkness, her heart beating, her mind racing. She repeated silently, the words of the Angel. She was to be the Mother of God. She could feel His Presence inside her. It was true. Now she understood!
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Our Lady of Guadalupe – Queen of Peace – Patron of the Americas
We have a Lady of Peace who is with us, here in our very own continent. She is called our Lady of the Americas, or our Lady of Guadalupe. Although she may not be known as our Lady Queen of Peace, that is very clearly why she came. And she not only came, she stayed. I really believe we, in the Americas need to know and remember that.
When our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego, a poor Indian who had recently converted to the faith, Mexico was on the verge of a bloodbath massacre. When we think of Mexico, we think of all the land south of our border. When our Lady appeared, Mexico included much of what is the United States, today. On the eve of Mother Mary’s appearance, the Indians were planning to attack and wipe out every vestige of Europeans in their land.
The Indians had greeted Cortez with open arms. He reminded them of the blonde prophet Quetzelcoatl, who had appeared in Chouala in 700 A.D. (Aside: It is believed that possibly this was St. Brendon of Ireland.) It is believed that he taught them a religion very much like Christianity. But not all those who came with him had his focus.
The Indians trusted the Spaniards. The Spaniards wanted their gold and the Indians gladly gave it to them. But gold can be like any obsession, there is never enough, never too much. Once, you taste of it you desire more. It is said, the single greatest cause of break up of Marriages is over finances. When someone dies, families break up over guess what? Right money (gold).
Things went from bad to worse. The Spaniards were afraid of the Indians. They had human sacrifices. The first born of a specially chosen family was raised to be sacrificed to their god. This child was treated specially as he or she was growing up, someone set aside. And then, to appease their god, they offered up this virgin, what they considered spotless sacrifice to the god, so he would not punish them. Sounds like a distortion of the Spotless Lamb, our Lord Who died for the remission of our sins, doesn’t it? Now, let us suppose that their blonde god was St. Brendon. And suppose he had taught them about Jesus, how he had been born to die for our sins. Maybe, after he died, the truth got lost and became misinterpreted.
In any event, the Spaniards did not understand; they were afraid. And what do we do when we are afraid? Kill before you are killed. And so, they massacred the Indians. Now, it was the Indians’ turn! Annihilate every European in their land. The only problem, our Lady had another idea. After all, they were all her children! And so, on the eve of destruction, she came to an Indian, to Juan Diego. When he questioned her, why she did not pick someone else, a Spaniard, She replied it had to be him!
Our Lady came to the Americas to save her children. Although, I am sure, She was most unhappy the way they (the Europeans) had treated Her in Europe and now how they were treating her poor Indian children, she loved them, and they were about to die horribly! And so, she came! And she not only saved the Europeans, She brought her Indian children into the family of God. We had pentecost every day, over 8 million conversions in 7 years. Never in the history of the Church have we had anything to equal it (up until now)! Because of this one act, a culture developed, a mixture of noble Spanish and Indian blood to form the Mexican family. A people who would be faithful to their Guadalupana from 1531 to today. Ninety-five percent of the Mexican people are Catholic, but 98% are guadalupanos (Pope John Paul II).