The woman who saw souls from Purgatory

This article was written by Father Marcello Stanzione on the experiences of Mrs. Natuzza Evolo, now deceased, but who was a mystic of Paravati, Italy. The experiences of Mrs. Evolo were many and varied, but one thing that happened was that souls who had died and were suffering in Purgatory came to her to ask for relief in the form of prayers and Masses for their deliverance from Purgatory to Heaven.
Father Marcello Stanzione explains: Many years ago I was talking with a well-known charismatic priest who had founded an ecclesial group recognized by some Bishops. We started talking about Natuzza Evolo and, to my great surprise, the priest claimed that, in his opinion, Natuzza was a cheap ‘medium’. I was very upset by his opinion, and in respect, I did not argue with the priest, but, in my heart, I immediately thought that this serious allegation was born from a non-noble form of envy towards a poor illiterate woman to whom thousands of souls were asking relief from suffering in Purgatory. Over the years I tried to study the relationship of Natuzza with the poor souls and I realized that the Calabrian mystic should not be considered as a ‘medium’. In fact, Natuzza did not invoke the dead nor ask them to come to her… the souls of the dead appeared to her not by her own desire and will, but only by the divine permission of God.
When people came to her to ask her if the souls of their loved ones were suffering, Natuzza always replied that the answers to their questions depend only on God’s permission and invited them to pray to the Lord so that they questions would be answered.
In the history of Catholic spirituality, appearances of souls from Paradise, Purgatory and sometimes also from Hell, have occurred in the lives of numerous mystics and canonized saints.
As for Purgatory, we can mention very many mystics who have had this experience: St. Gregory the Great, from whom the practice of Masses celebrated for a month, called “Gregorian Masses” derived; Saint Gertrude, Saint Teresa of Avila, Saint Margaret of Cortona, Saint Bridget, Saint Veronica Giuliani and, closer to our time, also Saint Gemma Galgani, Saint Faustina Kowalska, Teresa Neumann, Teresa Musco, Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, Edwige Carboni, Maria Simma and many others. It is interesting to note that for these mystics the apparitions of the souls in Purgatory had the objective of increasing their own faith and encouraging them to pray more in reparation and penance, so as to hasten their entry into Paradise, in the case of Natuzza, instead, apart from all this, this charisma was granted to her by God for ample consolation of the Catholic people in a historical period in which, in catechesis and homiletics, the theme of Purgatory is almost completely absent. These mystical experiences reinforce in Christians, the belief that after death, the soul remains to go to the appropriate state of Heaven, Purgatory or Hell.
The deceased reaffirmed to Natuzza the existence of Purgatory, Paradise and Hell, to which they were sent after death, as a reward or punishment for the conduct of their lives. Natuzza, with her visions, confirmed the teaching of Catholicism, that is that immediately after death, the soul of the deceased is led by their guardian angel, to the presence of God and is perfectly judged in every detail of their existence. Those who were sent to Purgatory always required prayers, alms, penances and above all holy Masses so that their time in Purgatory would be shortened.
The sufferings of Purgatory, although relieved by the presence of the guardian angel, can be very harsh. As a testimony to this, Natuzza experienced a painful episode: She once saw a deceased and asked him where he was. The dead man told her that he was in the flames of Purgatory, but Natuzza, seeing him serene and calm, judged by his appearance, this could not be true. The purgative soul reiterated to her that the flames of Purgatory were surrounding him. As he spoke these words she saw him enveloped in flames. Believing that it was a hallucination, Natuzza approached him, but was hit by the heat of the flames that caused her an annoying throat and mouth burn that prevented her from eating normally for forty days. Natuzza sought out the care of Dr. Giuseppe Domenico Valente, the town medical doctor during this time.

Natuzza met numerous souls both illustrious and unknown. Natuzza, who was largely unschooled, also met Dante Alighieri(1265-1321), who told her that he had served three hundred years in Purgatory, before he could enter Paradise. He said this was because even though he had composed The Divine Comedy under divine inspiration, unfortunately in his writing, he had assigned some rewards and punishments according to his own personal likes and dislikes rather than those inspired by God: hence the punishment of three hundred years of Purgatory. Yet, Dante told her these years were spent in the least suffering level of Purgatory known as the Green Meadow, an antechamber of Paradise whose suffering is the absence of the Beatific Vision.

Many testimonies have been gathered about the meetings between Natuzza and the Purgatorial souls of the suffering Church.
Professor Pia Mandarino, from Cosenza, recalls: “Following the death of my brother Nicola on 25 January 1968, I fell into a state of depression and lost my faith. I sent word to Padre Pio, whom I had known some time before: “Father, I want my faith back!” For reasons unknown to me I did not immediately receive Father’s reply and, in August, I visited Natuzza for the first time. I said to her: “I don’t go to church, I don’t do Communion anymore …”. Natuzza chuckled and said, “Don’t worry, the day will soon come when you can’t do without Mass. Your brother is safe and has died a martyr’s death. Now he needs prayers and is before the Madonna, kneeling, praying. He suffers because he is on his knees “. Natuzza’s words calmed me and, some time later, I received, through Father Pellegrino, the reply of Padre Pio: “Your brother was saved, but he needs suffrages ( Intercessory prayers, especially those for the dead).” Natuzza’s same answer! As Natuzza had predicted, I returned to the faith, the Mass and the sacraments. About four years ago I learned from Natuzza that Nicola went to Heaven, immediately after the First Communion of his three grandchildren who, in San Giovanni Rotondo, offered their First Communion for Nicola”.

Miss Antonietta Polito di Briatico on Natuzza’s relationship with the afterlife bears the following testimony: “I had a fight with a relative of mine. Shortly afterwards, going to Natuzza, she put her hand on my shoulder and said to me: “Have you fought with someone?” “And how do you know?” “That person’s (deceased) brother told me. He sends you to say that he tries to avoid these quarrels because he suffers “. I had not spoken to Natuzza about this at all and she could not have known it from anyone. Natuzza told me exactly the person I had quarreled with. Another time Natuzza told me about this same deceased that he was happy because his sister had ordered Gregorian Masses. “But who told you that?”, I asked her, and she said: “The deceased”. A long time ago I asked Natuzza about my father, Vincenzo Polito, who died in 1916. Natuzza asked me if I had a picture of him, but I said no, because at that time it was unavailable. The next time I went to her she informed me that my father had been in heaven for a long time, because during his life he made visits to the church in the morning and evening. I didn’t know about his habit because when my father died, I was just two years old. Independently, I asked my mother and she confirmed that my father had made daily visits to the church.”

Mrs. Teresa Romeo di Melito Portosalvo said: “On September 5, 1980, an aunt of mine died. On the same day as the funeral, a friend of mine went to Natuzza and asked her about the deceased. “She is safe!” Natuzza replied. When forty days had passed, I went to Natuzza, but I had forgotten about my aunt and I hadn’t brought her picture with me, to show it to Natuzza. But Natuzza, as soon as she saw me, said to me: “O Teresa, do you know who I saw yesterday? Your aunt, that old lady who died last month (Natuzza had never known her in life) and she told me, “I am Teresa’s aunt. Tell her that I am happy with her and what she did for me, that I receive all the suffrages (Intercessory prayers) she sends me and that I pray for her. I have purified myself on earth. ” This aunt of mine, when she died, was blind and paralyzed in bed “.

Mrs. Anna Maiolo residing in Gallico Superiore narrates: “When I went to Natuzza for the first time, after the death of my son, she told me:” Your son is in a place of penitence, as will happen to all of us. Blessed are those who can go to Purgatory, because there are those who go to Hell. He needs suffrages (intercessory prayers), he receives them, but he needs many prayers! “. I then had various things done for my son: I had many Masses celebrated, I had a statue of Our Lady Help of Christians made and donated to the Sisters, I bought a chalice and a monstrance in my son’s memory. Then I returned to visit Natuzza, she said to me: “Your child needs nothing!” “But how, Natuzza, you told me last time that he needed so many prayers!” Natuzza replied, “All you have done is enough!” But I had not informed Natuzza of what I had done for him. Mrs Maiolo also testifies: “On 7 December 1981, the eve of the Immaculate Conception, after the Novena, I returned to my home, accompanied by a friend of mine, Mrs Anna Giordano. In church I had prayed to Jesus and to Our Lady, telling them: “My Jesus, my Lady, give me a sign when my son enters heaven”. Arriving near my house, while I was about to greet my friend, I suddenly saw in the sky, above the house, a luminous globe, of the size of the moon, which moved, and in a few seconds disappeared. It seemed to me that it had a blue trail. “Mamma mia, what is it?” exclaimed Signora Giordano, scared like me. I ran inside to call my daughter but the phenomenon had already ceased. The next day I called the Reggio Calabria Geophysical Observatory, asking if the night before there had been some atmospheric phenomenon, or some large shooting star, but they told me that they had not observed anything. “You saw an airplane,” they told me, but what my friend and I had seen had nothing to do with planes: it was a luminous sphere similar to the moon. The following December 30th I went to see Natuzza with my daughter, I told her about the globe, and she explained to me: “It was a manifestation of your child entering paradise”. My son had died on 1 November 1977 and on 7 December 1981 he had therefore entered heaven. Natuzza, before this episode, had always assured me that he was fine, so much so that, if I had seen him where he was, I would certainly have said to him: “My son, stay there too” and always prayed for my resignation . When I said to Natuzza: “But he had not yet done confirmation”, she approached me, and speaking to me with her face, as she does, with the brilliance of her eyes, answered me: “But he was pure of heart!”.

Natuzza Evolo
Professor Antonio Granata, a professor at the University of Cosenza, brings his other experience with Calabrian mysticism: “On Tuesday 8 June 1982, during an interview, I showed Natuzza the photographs of two of my aunts, named Fortunata and Flora, both had been dead for a couple of years and of whom I was very fond. I asked Natuzza: “These are my two aunts who died a few years ago. Where are they? “One (pointing to Aunt Fortunata) is at the Green Pasture and the other (pointing to Aunt Flora) is on her knees before the painting of the Madonna. However, both are safe. ” “Do they need prayers?” “You can help them shorten their waiting period” and, anticipating my further question, Natuzza added: “And how can you help them? Here it is: reciting the Rosary, saying some prayers during the day, receiving Holy Communion, or if you do some good work, dedicate it to them “. Professor Granata continues in his story: “In the first days of the following July, I made a pilgrimage to Assisi with some Franciscan friars and I came back after receiving the Portiuncula Indulgence that I had known about superficially for years (in fact already many times I had visited the Portiuncula) but to which I did not attribute any particular meaning as I had not regained my faith. But now a plenary indulgence seemed to me an amazing thing, “from the other world”, and I immediately decide to make it for my aunts. Strangely, I couldn’t get clear information on the correct practice to follow to gain the indulgence: First, I thought it could be made every day of the year and so, during that pilgrimage, I asked for both my aunts. Fortunately, a few weeks later, in my parish, I found the correct practice in the Sunday Mass bulletin. It said it had to be carried out between 1 and 2 August and in favor of one person. On 1 August 1982, after various setbacks (it is not easy to confess and receive Holy Communion in August!), I asked for the indulgence for Aunt Fortunata. On Wednesday, 1 September 1982, I was back visiting with Natuzza and showed her the photos of my aunts. I reminded Natuzza of the answers she gave me previously and my request for the indulgence of the Portiuncula. Natuzza repeat to herself: “The indulgence of the Portiuncula” and looking at the photos she immediately replied without hesitation: “She (pointing to Aunt Fortunata) is already in Paradise; she (pointing to Aunt Flora) not yet “. I was very surprised and happy and I ask for confirmation: “But was it just for the indulgence?” Natuzza replied: “Yes, yes, the indulgence of the Portiuncula”. I want to add that I was very amazed and comforted by this visit: I was amazed how such a great grace was granted with very little effort on my part; comforted and happy that a prayer said by a poor man like me has been heard. I feel like my recent return to the Church has been sealed with this grace. With regard to Aunt Flora, I asked for the plenary indulgence the following November 1 (All Saints Day) and on Thursday, November 18, 1982 I received from Natuzza the following answer: “Now (Flora) is in Paradise; she went there for the prayers and indulgences received ”.

Dr. Franco Stilo recounts: “In 1985 or 1984 I went to Natuzza and showed her photos of my aunt and my grandfather who are dead. I showed her my aunt’s photo first. Natuzza, immediately, with an impressive rapidity, without even thinking about it at all, her face lit up and, very happily, said: “She is holy, she is in heaven with the Madonna”. When he took the photo of my grandfather, her expression changed, and said: “He has much need of prayers.” I was amazed by the speed and confidence with which she gave the answers. The aunt, Antonietta Stilo, born on 3.3.1932 and died on 8.12.1980 in Nicotera, ever since she was a child she was very religious and at 19 she went to Naples to become a nun, but soon after she fell ill and could not continue, but she always prayed, she was very good and kind to everyone, and she always offered her illness to the Lord; My grandfather Giuseppe Stilo, on the other hand, the father of my aunt, born on 5.4.1890 and died on 10.6.1973 never prayed, never went to Mass, sometimes cursed and perhaps did not believe in God, while his daughter was just the opposite. Of course, Natuzza could not have known any of this and I repeat, I was very surprised by the exceptional speed with which Natuzza gave me the answers “.

Professor Valerio Marinelli, a scientist and author of several books on Natuzza Evolo, once asked her: “Do the souls in Purgatory also suffer from cold?” She answered: “Yes, even the wind and the frost, according to the sins of the soul are a particular punishment. For example to the proud and to the vain, the soul is purged in the mud, but it is not a normal mud, it is a mud of rot. The weather in the afterlife is like this here, but it seems slower due to suffering. No one knows the mysteries of the beyond, and scientists know only the thousandth part of what is here in the earthly world ”.

Dr. Ercole Versace of Reggio Calabria recalls: “One morning many years ago, while I, my wife and Natuzza prayed together in the little chapel in Paravati, and there was no one else with us, at a certain point Natuzza became bright in the face and she said to me: “Doctor, did you have a brother who died when he was little?” And I: “Yes, why?” “Because he is here with us!” “Yes, and where is he?” “In a green meadow, beautiful”. It was my brother Alberto, who died at fifteen, on May 21, 1940, of an appendix attack, while he was studying in Florence at the Collegio della Quercia. Natuzza added nothing else.”

Sister Bianca Cordiano of the Missionaries of the Catechism, declares: “I have asked Natuzza many times about my deceased relatives. When I asked her about my mother she told me immediately, with an expression of joy: “She is in heaven! She was a holy woman! ” When I asked about my father, she said to me: “The next time you come I will give you the answer.” When I saw her again, Natuzza said to me: “On October 7th have a Mass celebrated for your father, because he will go up to heaven!” I was deeply struck by these words of his, because October 7 is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and my father was called Rosario. Natuzza didn’t know my father’s name.”

It is now opportune to bring back a part of the 1984 interview granted by Natuzza to the well-known professor Luigi Maria Lombardi Satriani, a professor of anthropology who, however, has always praised Natuzza Evolo, together with the journalist Maricla Boggio.
Question: Natuzza, thousands of people have come to you and continue to come. What are they for, what needs do they tell you, what demands do they make?
Response: People request prayers for healing. They ask for the dead, if they are in heaven, if they are in purgatory, if they need prayers or not, they ask for advice.
Question: And how do you answer them? For example, when they ask you for the dead.
Response: – For the dead I may recognize them from a photograph if I have seen them recently for example 2 or 3 months before; if I saw them a year before, I don’t remember them, but if I saw them recently I remember them, through photographs I recognize them.
Question: – So they show you the photograph and can you also tell where they are?
Response: – Yes, I can tell where they are, if they are in heaven, in purgatory, and what they need or if they send a message to tell their relatives.
Question: – Can you also give the dead messages of the living, of the family members?
Response: – Yes.
Question: – But a person, when he dies, can you see the soul right away or not?
Response: – No, I am only allowed to see them after forty days.
Question: – And where are the souls during these forty days?
Response: – They do not say where, they have never talked about this.
Question: – And can they be in purgatory or heaven or hell?
Response: – Yes, any of the three.
Question: – Or somewhere else?
Response: – The souls say that they do their purgatory where they lived on earth, where they committed sins.
Question – You sometimes talk about the Green Meadow. What is the Green Meadow?
Response: – The souls have said that the Green Meadow is the lightest level in Purgatory. They say it is the antechamber of Paradise.
Question: – And how do you distinguish, when you see people, if they are alive or if they are dead. Because you see them simultaneously.

Response: – I don’t always distinguish them, because so many times I happened to offer a chair to a dead man because I can’t tell if he’s alive or if he’s dead. I distinguish only the souls of paradise because they are raised from the ground. The others, on the other hand, are not. In fact how many times I have offered them a chair and they tell me: “I don’t need that because I am a soul of the other world”. Also when a living person comes to me and asks me about their deceased relative, I sometimes see the dead relative along side the living person asking me questions. The poor soul tells me so many things to suggest to their living relative.
Question: Do you only hear these voices of the dead? Don’t the others in the room hear them?
Response: –No, just me, I repeat what I hear.

The scientist Valerio Marinelli who, for a long time, studied the paranormal phenomena of Natuzza has collected various testimonies,and states: “In 1985, Mrs. Jolanda Cuscianna, from Bari, asked me to ask Natuzza about her mother Carmela Tritto, who died in September 1984. This lady had been a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses and her daughter was worried about her salvation. Natuzza told me that that soul was safe, but that she needed suffrages. Signora Cuscianna prayed a lot for her mother and also had Gregorian Masses said in her memory. When she asked Natuzza, a year later, she said she had gone to heaven.”
Professor Marinelli: “Father Michael asked her about this issue later, and Natuzza reiterated that the sufferings of Purgatory can be very acute, so much so that we talk about flames of Purgatory, to make us understand the intensity of their pain. The souls in Purgatory can be supported by living men, but not by the souls of the dead, not even those of paradise; only the Virgin Mary, among the souls of heaven, can help them. And during the celebration of the Mass, Natuzza told Father Michael, many souls crowd inside the churches, waiting as beggars for the priest’s prayer for their benefit. On 1 October 1997 I had the opportunity to meet Natuzza at the Casa Anziani, in the presence of Father Michael, and I returned to this topic. I asked her if it was true that the sufferings of the earth are little compared to those of Purgatory, and she replied that the penalties of Purgatory are always commensurate with the sins committed by the single soul; that earthly sufferings, if accepted patiently and offered to God, are of great value, and can greatly shorten one’s Purgatory: a month of earthly suffering could avoid, for example, a year of purgatory. Natuzza told me that, as happened to my mother, who with her illness before dying was spared a part of Purgatory and went almost immediately to the Green Meadow, where she did not suffer even though she did not yet have the beatific vision. The sufferings of Purgatory, Natuzza added, can sometimes be extremely bitter, but souls willingly bear it because they know that sooner or later, they will have the eternal vision of God and are encouraged by this certainty. Sometimes they have the comfort of the guardian angel. However to one soul that had gravely sinned, Natuzza said, it happened that their soul had to remained for a long time standing on a precipice from where on one side there was darkness, from another the sea, and on the other the fire, and the soul did not know if it was in Purgatory or in Hell. Only after forty years he learned that he had been saved, and he was very happy. ”
The testimonies on the visions of Natuzza on Purgatory are in agreement with the teachings of the Church, moreover they constitute a precious confirmation of professed faith. Natuzza helped us understand what God’s infinite mercy and infinite justice means, that they are not at odds with each other, but harmonize admirably without detracting from either mercy or justice. Natuzza often emphasized the importance of prayers and suffrages for the souls in Purgatory and above all the request for celebrations of holy Masses and in this underlines the infinite value of the Blood of Christ the Redeemer. The lesson of Natuzza Evolo is extremely precious today in a historical period in which relativist weak thought and nihilism are everywhere. Natuzza’s message is a strong reminder of reality and common sense. In particular Natuzza invites us to have a profound sense of sin. One of the great misfortunes of today is precisely the complete loss of the sense of sin. There are a large number of souls in Purgatory. This makes us understand both God’s mercy, which saves as much as possible, and that even the best souls have defects and deficiencies.
The life of Natuzza served not only to help the suffering souls in Purgatory, but to reinvigorate the conscience of all those who turned to her to set up a much more rigorous and morally committed Christian life. Natuzza often spoke of Purgatory and this too is a great teaching because, unfortunately, even the theme of Purgatory has almost completely disappeared from the preaching and teaching of many Catholic theologians. The reason is constituted by the fact that today we all believe ourselves so good that we cannot deserve anything but Paradise! Here there is certainly the responsibility of contemporary culture which tends to deny the very concept of sin, that is, of that reality of Hell and Purgatory. In conclusion, the teaching of Natuzza on Purgatory can be extremely useful for the salvation of the soul of the 21st century Catholics who want to hear it.

Open your hearts

Messages about praying to enable our hearts to open to the graces which God wants to give us just as flowers open.

January 25, 1995
“Dear children! I invite you to open the door of your heart to Jesus as the flower opens itself to the sun. Jesus desires to fill your hearts with peace and joy. You cannot, little children, realize peace if you are not at peace with Jesus. Therefore, I invite you to confession so Jesus may be your truth and peace. So, little children, pray to have the strength to realize what I am telling you. I am with you and I love you. Thank you for having responded to my call. ”

April 25, 1998,
“Dear children! Today I call you, through prayer, to open yourselves to God as a flower opens itself to the rays of the morning sun. Little children, do not be afraid. I am with you and I intercede before God for each of you so that your heart receives the gift of conversion. Only in this way, little children, will you comprehend the importance of grace in these times and God will become nearer to you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
April 25, 2013
“Dear children! Pray, pray, keep praying until your heart opens in faith as a flower opens to the warm rays of the sun. This is a time of grace which God gives you through my presence but you are far from my heart, therefore, I call you to personal conversion and to family prayer. May Sacred Scripture always be an incentive for you. I bless you all with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

May 2, 2019

Every month for 32 years, Our heavenly mother, the Blessed Mother of Jesus, gives us a message through a woman named Mirjana Soldo.  The second of the month messages started in about 1987.  They are geared for people who have yet to experience the love of God and acknowledge Him.  In other words these messages are for people who do not know or believe in God to contemplate Him, His Goodness, His Love, His protection, and His desire for us to be with Him in heaven forever.

If you have ever seen a video of Mirjana Soldo during the second of the month apparition, they are filled with a range of emotions.  I have viewed dozens of these videos.  I would describe them as follows:  Mirjana is a 54 year old woman.  She suffers from lower back pain at this point in her life.  She prays before the second of the month apparition and frequently she is in some bit of pain as she kneels in prayer.  The prayer she is reciting with many other people is the Rosary.  She has an indication that the Blessed Mother will soon appear as only she sees a flash of light and then the veil is lifted to the supernatural appearance of the Blessed Mother to Mirjana.  In that instance, Mirjana’s back pain/spasms completely disappear.  The look of joy on her face completely transforms her facial appearance.

It could be described as looking upon someone that you love so much and haven’t seen in a long time and then suddenly they appear to overwhelm you with love and radiance.  The Blessed Mother soon starts to communicate with Mirjana.  Although Mirjana uses all the muscles and all the parts of her voice to respond audibly to the Virgin Mary, her voice is inaudible to anyone close to her.  Scientists have tested Mirjana and the other five Medjugorje visionaries.  Scientists have concluded in reports that their brain functions show that while in ecstasy, they visualize someone of great importance and while they communicate in normal physiological ways, those around them are unable to hear the sounds they are producing.  Mirjana frequently nods her head in understanding of what the Virgin is telling her.  Sometimes it seems to an observer that Mirjana is being questioned by the Virgin.  Mirjana will sometimes shrug her shoulders and kind of shake her head as if she is being questioned.  One could make an analogy that Mirjana is being called to the Principal’s office and questioned about the unruly behavior of the class (us).


Mirjana has said so many things of great interest and importance that I will try to write about in the future.  But to conclude this post,  I want to post the message she received today, May 2, 2019.  I also want to write to readers from India that may be affected by the cyclone that I am praying for your safety and protection.  God bless you.

Dear children, with a motherly love I am calling you to respond to the great love of my Son, with pure and open hearts, with complete trust. I know the greatness of His love. I carried Him within me, the Host in the heart, the light and the love of the world. My children, also my addressing you is a sign of the love and tenderness of the Heavenly Father—a big smile filled with the love of my Son, a call to eternal life.
Out of love, the Blood of my Son was shed for you. That Precious Blood is for your salvation, for eternal life. The Heavenly Father created man for eternal happiness. It is not possible—for you who know the love of my Son and who follow Him—to die. Life triumphed; my Son is alive. Therefore, my children, apostles of my love, may prayer show you the way and the means of spreading the love of my Son—prayer in the most exalted form.
My children, also when you strive to live the words of my Son, you are praying. When you love the people whom you meet, you are spreading the love of my Son. It is love that opens the doors of Paradise. My children, from the beginning, I prayed for the Church. Therefore, I am also calling you, apostles of my love, to pray for the Church and her servants—for those whom my Son called. Thank you.

Divine Mercy Sunday April 28, 2019

The two rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls…

These two rays issued forth from the very depths of My tender mercy when My agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross.

These rays shield souls from the wrath of My Father. Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him. I desire that the first Sunday after Easter be the Feast of Mercy.

Litany of the Divine Mercy

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Divine Mercy, greatest attribute of God, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, unfathomable love of the Sanctifier, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, incomprehensible mystery of the Most Blessed Trinity, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, expression of the greatest might of God, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, in creation of heavenly spirits, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, in calling us forth from nothingness to existence, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, encompassing the whole universe, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, endowing us with immortal life, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, shielding us from deserved punishment, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, lifting us from the misery of sin, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, justifying us through the Person of the Incarnate Word, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, which flowed out from the wounds of Christ, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, gushing forth from the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, giving us the Blessed Virgin Mary as Mother of Mercy, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, in revealing the mysteries of God, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, in the founding of the Holy Church, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, in instituting the Holy Sacraments, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, first of all in the sacraments of Baptism and Penance, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, in the Holy Eucharist and the sacrament of Holy Orders, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, in calling us to the holy faith, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, in the conversion of sinners, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, in sanctifying the just, we trust in You.

Divine Mercy, in perfecting of the pious, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, fount of help for the sick and the suffering, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, sweet relief for anguished hearts, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, only hope of despairing souls, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, accompanying us in every moment of our life, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, anticipating our needs with graces, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, repose of the dying, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, heavenly delight of the saved, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, respite and relief of the souls in Purgatory, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, crown of All Saints, we trust in You.
Divine Mercy, inexhaustible source of miracles, we trust in You.

Lamb of God, who revealed the greatest mercy in redeeming the world by dying on the cross, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who mercifully offers Yourself for our sake in every holy Mass, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away our sins with inexhaustible compassion, have mercy on us.

V: The Mercy of God is above all His works.
 Hence, we will praise The Divine Mercy forever and ever. 

Let us pray:

Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, King of mercy, who with You and the Holy Spirit shows us mercy now and forever. Amen.

Medjugorje: Fulfillment of Fatima

The title that I have chosen for this last post may not make sense to those unfamiliar with apparitions of the Virgin Mary.  The Virgin Mary, being the mother of all humanity, has been solicitous for our salvation since Jesus was crucified.  In this last month of posting on this blog, I have tried to show how the Virgin Mary has appeared to some with messages urging us to draw closer to God for our own sake of salvation and the salvation of others.  Today, it is no different.  We have apparitions of the Virgin Mary occurring today and every day since June 24, 1981 to six children who have grown into adulthood and now middle age from east of Italy in what used to be Yugoslavia which is now in the modern day country of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Thirty-eight years of daily apparitions is a long time.   Our Lady has told the visionaries that what she started at Fatima, she will complete through Medjugorje which is the Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart. In Fatima our Lady came under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary which is the second to last invocations in the prayer of the Litany of Loreto.  In Medjugorje, she has called herself the Queen of Peace, the last invocation of the Holy Virgin in the Litany of Loreto. The apparitions and messages coming from Our Lady of Peace are under the control of the Vatican at this time. In 2017, the Vatican commission announced that they had approved as supernatural the first seven apparitions.  There have been hundreds of books written about Medjugorje. One estimate puts the number of people visiting Medjugorje since June 24, 1981 as 40 million. Spiritual wonders, dramatic healings and miracles occur at Medjugorje so that pilgrims experience the peace and love of God and then carry their belief home to their communities to enrich the lives of everyone around them.

Our Lady has given thousands of messages and she repeatedly describes the times we are living in as ‘a time of grace.”  She doesn’t tire of appealing to us to use this time of grace wisely.  She first used the words “time of grace” in a message in 1989 and since then has used the terminology about 70 times in the messages. Our Lady mentioned time of grace a few times a year and has spoken of it with greater frequency (especially during this last year when She used it eight times in Her messages).

In the message of February 25, 2018 she explains clearly what her expectations are for us during this time of grace.
February 25, 2018
Dear children! In this time of grace I am calling all of you to open yourselves and to live the commandments which God has given you, that they may lead you through the Sacraments on the way of conversion. The world and worldly temptations are testing you, but you, little children, look at God’s creatures which He has given to you in beauty and humility and, little children, love God above everything and He will lead you on the way of salvation. Thank you for having responded to my call.

In other messages she says, “do not forget that you live in a time of grace…little children make good use of this time of grace and come closer to my heart so that I can lead you to my Son Jesus…Wake up from the sleep of unbelief and sin, because this is a time of grace which God gives you…In this time of grace, when God has permitted me to be with you, little children, I call you anew to conversion….”
With a little more insistence Our Lady said on October 25, 2006, “Dear children! Today the Lord permitted me to tell you again that you live in a time of grace. You are not conscious, little children, that God is giving you a great opportunity to convert and to live in peace and love. You are so blind and attached to earthly things and think of earthly life. God sent me to lead you toward eternal life. I, little children, am not tired, although I see that your hearts are heavy and tired for everything that is a grace and a gift. Thank you for having responded to my call.

Time of grace implies that there is a certain window of opportunity for us to turn to the Lord with all our hearts just as a flower opens to the warmth of the sun. Once our mortal body dies, we will face God and it will be too late to make changes. Now it is our time of grace to know, love, and serve God and in the process attract others to know, love, and serve God. As this beautiful love story between God and us manifests, peace will reign in our lives. This is what the Queen of Peace has been telling us.
Sister Mildred Mary Neuzil who was the seer for the Our Lady of America devotion tells in her diary how Saint Michael spoke of the time of grace on May 8, 1957. Saint Michael the Archangel said, “Write! I am Michael, Angel Captain of the Lord God of Hosts. I come to announce the coming of the kingdom, the kingdom of peace. The time is at hand. Repent, bestir yourselves, O sons of men, repent and make ready your hearts that the King may establish His Kingdom within you. Do not delay, or THE TIME OF GRACE will pass and with it the peace you seek.
So it appears that the time of grace is tied to achieving a time of peace, the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which may be why Our Lady has visited us for 38 years as the Queen of Peace. The message of August 25, 2015 was, “…The world is in a moment of trial, because it forgot and abandoned God. Therefore, you, little children, be those who seek and love God above all….”
In talks that the seer Mirjana has given, she has said “that Our Lady has been preparing us for something. I can tell you something the way I understand it. We live in this time that we live in, it is the way it is…we are waiting for the Triumph of Mother’s Heart.”
The Virgin Mary gave us a tantalizing ideal to work toward at Fatima when she said, “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.” Mirjana has told pilgrims, “… you have to know what our Lady said, what she started in Fatima she will accomplish in Medjugorje. She said ‘My Immaculate Heart will triumph’ ” Our Lady has talked about the triumph of her Immaculate Heart in several Medjugorje messages. Two are given:

Message September 25,1991 via Marija
Dear children! Today in a special way I invite you all to prayer and renunciation. For now, as never before Satan wants to show the world his shameful face by which he wants to seduce as many people as possible onto the way of death and sin. Therefore, dear children, help my Immaculate Heart to triumph in the sinful world. I beseech all of you to offer prayers and sacrifices for my intentions so I can present them to God for what is most necessary. Forget your desires, dear children, and pray for what God desires, and not for what you desire. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Message June 2, 2007 via Mirjana
Dear children! Also in this difficult time God’s love sends me to you. My children, do not be afraid. I am with you. With complete trust give me your hearts, that I may help you recognize the signs of the time in which you live. I will help you to come to know the love of my Son. I will triumph through you. Thank you.
Comment from Mirjana: Our Lady blessed everyone present. Once again She reminded us to pray for priests and that a priest’s blessing is a blessing from Her Son, Jesus.

Our Lady of America to Sister Mildred Neuzil August 22, 1957 “My heart, my Immaculate Heart, is the channel through which the graces of the Sacred Heart are given to men.” In a different message on the eve of February 11, 1958 Our Lady of America said, “My Immaculate Heart will win in the end, and the Spirit of Christ will dwell in the hearts of men. Those in whom this Spirit is not found will be condemned to eternal hell-fire.” This message certainly explains the urgency of conversion during the time of grace.
The 5 essentials that Our Lady has asked us to do are 1. attend Mass on Sundays, Holy Days, and more often if possible 2. pray the rosary daily 3. read the Bible daily, 4. confess sins monthly, and 5. fast on bread and water on Wednesdays and Fridays.  She has said that with these ‘5 stones’ we will defeat our ‘Goliath.’

What more can be said of these unprecedented apparitions and messages?  Quite a lot!  At the conclusion of her daily apparitions, the visionary, Mirjana, was given a heavenly scroll which is described as follows:  Beige in color, the scroll is made of a material like parchment- not quite paper and not quite fabric, but something in between.  The scroll can be unrolled to reveal 10 events, written in elegant, cursive script.  There are no illustrations or decorations on the scroll.  Each event is described in simple, clear words similar to how the Virgin Mary described them to Mirjana. The events are not numbered, but they appear in order, one after another, with the first secret at the top and the tenth at the bottom including the dates of when the event will take place.   Along with the events, a date is also given.  These events are known as secret.  The visionaries know the events but they are not permitted to talk about them, except for the third event which they say will manifest as a sign on the hill where the Virgin Mary originally appeared to the children.  Here is what Mirjana has said about the sign:  “After the events contained in the first two secrets come to pass, Our Lady will leave a permanent sign on Apparition Hill where she first appeared.  Everyone will be able to see that human hands could not have made it.  People will be able to photograph and film the sign, but in order to truly comprehend it -to experience it with the heart- they will need to come to Medjugorje.  Seeing it live, with the eyes, will be far more beautiful.

After the events take place as announced three days before each secret, it will be difficult for even the staunchest skeptics to doubt the existence of God and the authenticity of the apparitions.

So let’s go back to the title of this post:  Medjugorje, the fulfillment of Fatima.  Mirjana has said that Our Lady confirmed to her that the third part of the secret of Fatima is connected to the triumph of her heart.  The image of the third part of the secret of Fatima was revealed by the Vatican in June 2000.  Here it is in writing and after I will show an illustration of the image.

Then Sister Lucia was given the strength to write the Third Secret.  Here is the letter of Sr. Lucia:

I write in obedience to you, my God, who command me to do so through his Excellency the Bishop of Leiria and through your Most Holy Mother and mine.
After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendor that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!’. And we saw in an immense light that is God: ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it’ a Bishop dressed in White ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father’. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God.
Tuy, Spain-3-1-1944

Now I will show you a photograph of a pilgrimage site in Medjugorje called Mount Krizevac.

Do you notice any similarities between the image of the Third part of the Secret of Fatima as shown to the three shepherd children on July 13, 1917 and this photograph of Krizevac which means “Mount of the Cross?”   My speculation is that yes, Medjugorje will be the fulfillment of Fatima.  It will involve persecution and martyrdom of priests and the faithful by secular authorities.  For so many years, Our Lady has pleaded us to pray for the conversion of people who do not believe in God.  She has said that ‘when we pray for unbelievers, we pray for ourselves and for our future.’    Let’s just imagine that the second secret will be the world-wide illumination of conscience when each of us will experience in our soul and mind the revelation of how we appear to God.   For some, it will be a wonderful grace to see that we have been living according to the Will of God.  For others who disregard God’s commandments and have little love in their hearts, this revelation will be frightening!  After the shock of seeing their souls as God sees them, they may want to punish the messengers!   Who are the messengers of the saving grace of God?  First and foremost are the Pope, the priests, and religious.  Then are the faithful Catholics and Christians who try to do the Holy Will of God by prayer, Sacraments, and following the ten Commandments.  We are not to focus on the tough aspects of being a Christian, but on this Good Friday, we remember how our LORD gave up His life to redeem us from our sins.  As Christians, we may be called to do the same.  We must pray for the faith to walk closely with the LORD each day to fulfill our role as His followers.

This concludes my blog posts for the Holy Name blog.  Thank you for reading and above all stay close to the LORD and may He bless you and all of us.  Amen.


Father Gobbi

Marian Movement of Priests
We have seen in the flower accounts from the apparition sites of Montichiari, Italy and Lipa, Philippines that Our Lady asked us to pray especially for priests and religious. In northern Italy in the region of Lake Como, not far from Montichiari and Ghiaie di Bonate Our Lady chose the Italian Priest, Father Stefano Gobbi, to convey messages specifically geared for her “beloved sons,” the priests of the world.

Back in 1972 when Father Gobbi was on a pilgrimage to Fatima, he prayed in the Chapel of Apparitions for some priests that he knew who were in danger of losing their vocation. Interiorly he was inspired to be hopeful that the Immaculate Heart of Mary would intercede before Jesus for these prayer intentions. As more and more priests were abandoning the priesthood in the 1970’s, Father Gobbi felt called to form an apostolate of priests consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary who would be unwaveringly obedient to the teachings of the Church and loyal to the Pope. Father Gobbi imagined that an apostolate of Priests and laity would generate holiness in the Church and the solidarity of priests obedient to the Magisterium of the Church could lead to the long promised Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. Father Gobbi asked the Virgin for a sign confirming her desire to start a movement of Marian priests. Within the month he experienced the confirming sign.
In October 1972 Father Gobbi hosted three priests at an inaugural prayer meeting marking the beginning of the Marian Movement of Priests. By March of the next year the number of priests had grown to forty. Today the apostolate known as the Marian Movement of Priests (MMP) has spread throughout five continents and has millions of participating clergy and laity.
Members consecrate their lives to Jesus through Mary. They gather in prayer cenacles modeled after the first Pentecost for prayer, specifically prayer of the rosary and fraternal sharing. Father Gobbi made hundreds of trips to all parts of the world to participate in prayer cenacles, explaining the charism of the Marian Movement of Priests to priests and laity, and to disseminate the messages the Virgin has given to “her beloved sons.”
For almost twenty-five years Father Gobbi was given messages from the Virgin in the form of interior locutions. The messages are meant primarily for priests. They have been compiled chronologically into the book To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons. Among the many messages the Virgin gave on various topics and attitudes within the contemporary Catholic Church, she spoke extensively about the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart. For decades we have heard about that hopeful promise, but Our Lady delves into the spiritual meaning of the triumph in several messages all throughout the book. When Our Lady told Jacinta, Francesco and Lucia that her Immaculate Heart would triumph she spoke in simple terms as a mother to a young child. However, Our Lady expounds on these matters in her messages to the priests. The lengthy explanations are meant for priests because they are our teachers of the faith and our shepherds. Priests will most easily understand the theological importance of the points Our Lady makes. Their consecrated lives compel them to transmit the hope of triumph to their flock. Our Lady explains these mysteries in an eloquent and motherly way.
Of the many interior locutions that Father Gobbi received, several evoke the imagery of flowers to explain theological mysteries. A few flower messages are given as points of contemplation.  The Virgin requested that we offer her our flowers of prayer, flowers of trust, and flowers of love during the month of May. She said, “Let the month of May, especially consecrated to me, be a precious occasion for you to entrust yourselves to me with the offering of your little flowers of mortification, the frequent recitation of the holy rosary, and a more intense living of the consecration to my Heart.

Father Gobbi traveled extensively all over the world holding prayer cenacles and Mass with hundreds of priests and thousands of lay people. Thousands and thousands of priests and faithful Catholics consecrated themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as the march to the triumph continues. The Virgin Mary explained to Father Gobbi on November 12, 1985, “Then all my little children who, from every part of the world, have answered me with a yes and who have consecrated themselves to me and whom I am now cultivating in silence and in hiddenness, will open up like fragrant flowers to announce the new season of the triumph of my Immaculate Heart. I bless you all with love and joy.

In a very early message given December 19, 1973, Our Lady describes the state of the world when the triumph will take place. She said, “…at the very moment when satan will be enthroned as lord of the world and will think himself now the sure victor, I myself will snatch the prey from his hands. In a trice he will find himself empty-handed and in the end the victory will be exclusively my Son’s and mine. This will be the triumph of the Immaculate Heat in the world. If all the priests of my Movement only knew with what care they have been chosen and molded by me to prepare them for this great task.

What will be the consequences of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary? We aren’t given to know, but some of the messages offer us some clues. Our Lady said, “…the reunion of all Christians in the Catholic Church will coincide with the triumph of my Immaculate Heart in the world. This reunited Church, in the splendor of a new Pentecost, will have the power to renew all the people of the earth. The world will believe in Him whom the Father has sent, and will be completely renewed in His Spirit of Love.” Also in the message of October 16, 1991 the Virgin told Father Gobbi, “I confirm to you that, after the triumph of my Immaculate Heart, there will remain in these countries of yours, solely this one and only true Church.” The final message given to Father Gobbi on December 31, 1997 says, in part, “…In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph. This will come about in the greatest triumph of Jesus, who will bring into the world His glorious reign of love, of justice and of peace, and will make all things new. Open your hearts to hope. Throw open the doors to Christ who comes to you in glory. Live the trembling hour of this second Advent.

Father Gobbi died on June 29, 2011, the Feast of Saint Peter and Paul, after suffering a heart attack earlier that month. Upon learning of his death, Pope Benedict XVI said, “He went straight to Heaven.”

Reconciler of peoples and nations

Maria Esperanza, Messenger of Reconciliation (November 22, 1928 – August 7, 2004)
Many wonders with flowers have occurred to a woman from Venezuela named Maria Esperanza Bianchini. She led a life of mystical experiences that began at an early age.  At the age of five Maria Esperanza saw an apparition of Saint Thérèse of Lisiuex smiling at her and holding a rose in her hand that she tossed to little Maria. The rose was remarkable in its beauty, which led her mother to conclude that her daughter had received a preferential heavenly grace. In 1954, Maria again experienced a visit from Saint Thérèse at a time when she was discerning a vocation to become a religious. Maria had a strong desire to be a nun since childhood and was living in a convent when Saint Thérèse appeared after Mass. The Little Flower tossed another rose to Maria, which left a cut on her hand when she caught it. Thérèse told Maria that instead of becoming a nun, her vocation was to be a ‘wife and mother.’ Like the wound left by the rose, Maria suffered a temporary disappointment and it was with some anxiety that she left the convent and followed the inspirations of the Holy Spirit to leave Venezuela for Italy. She traveled to Rome and soon met Geo, her future husband. They married on December 8, 1956.

Maria and Geo started their family, which grew to be seven children: six daughters and a son.

Maria had known for some time that they were supposed to buy land in Venezuela for a special reason. She had seen the land in her mind’s eye and when they bought a farm about ninety minutes away from Caracas in 1974, it was just the place foreseen by Maria. The land became known as ‘Betania’ and Maria was told it would be the setting of a great spiritual renewal.
Maria’s mission commenced when Our Lady appeared to Maria on March 25, 1976. She came as Mary, Virgin and Mother, Reconciler of People and Nations. She received this message: “Daughter, here you have me with my hands enriched with graces and covered with splendors of light, to call all my children to conversion; this is the seed of glory I offer as ‘MARY RECONCILER OF PEOPLE AND NATIONS’, for I come to reconcile all of you. Reconciliation is the inheritance of divine brotherhood of My Divine Son! Daughter, tell my message to all. I will keep you here in my heart from today on and forever!” Many people started to make pilgrimages to Betania as word spread that the Mother of God was appearing and urging reconciliation. On April 19, 1979 Maria established a foundation to make known the messages of Mary, Virgin and Mother Reconciler of all People and Nations.
On March 25, 1984, one hundred fifty people from all walks of life, old and young, saw the Virgin Mary distinctly as she appeared to all those who were there. Our Lady manifested herself under the title: “Mary, Virgin and Mother, Reconciler of all Peoples and Nations.” The eyewitness accounts led the Bishop of the Diocese, Monsignor Pio Bello, to conclude that the apparitions at Betania were authentic and of a supernatural character. He allowed pilgrimages, prayer, and the Mass to be celebrated there.
The apparitions were approved in 1987 by Bishop Bello, in consultation with then Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith who was elected Pope Benedict XVI on April 19, 2005.

Many people came and their faith was deepened. A small sampling of the flower graces from her apostolate were that some pilgrims experienced the beautiful odor of sanctity, others received rose petals from Maria that appeared to never lose their fresh appearance. A daughter of Maria related how rose petals appeared and multiplied out of nowhere in the pocket of their mother’s jacket when she borrowed it to wear. Another daughter opened the washing machine to find rose petals covering her mother’s clothing.
One gift Maria Esperanza was given that seems to be unique to her was the experience of having a little rose burst forth out of her physical self, out of her chest. The rose appeared vibrant and fresh with dewdrops on it as if just cut. This miraculous event occurred sixteen different times and was painful, humbling, and quite astounding. A Venezuelan journalist who was reporting from Betania witnessed the rose burst and has a video recording of the phenomenon.
Maria was a friend of both Padre Pio and Pope John Paul II. Maria made accurate prophetic statements predicting the September 11th attacks and warned against going to war over the attacks. She credited the United States for pressuring South America against trending toward socialism and urged the U.S. to remain a force for goodness in the world.
Maria also foretold that Venezuela would undergo strife. She prophesied, “We will live days of darkness, shadows, light , strength of the spirit, and awareness. Yet in all this, Venezuela will succeed. We must prepare ourselves with much prayer.”   As we know, Venezuelans are going through terrible deprivation of food, water, medicine and all necessities. Let us keep our brothers and sister in our prayers.
Before she died, Maria encouraged the formation of communities dedicated to prayer for the reconciliation of people and nations. Besides the Betania community in Venezuela, Mrs. Bianchini confirmed a site for the Betania II community in New Jersey which is a place of refuge for bringing souls to God. Maria Esperanza asserted “There will be Betanias all over the world.” True to her prophecy, Betania Communities and prayer fellowships have come into existence. To date there are 18 Betania Prayer Communities around the world and growing.

Maria spent the last years of her life suffering from a Parkinson’s disease-like illness. Maria died on August 7, 2004 at Southern Ocean County Hospital near the New Jersey shore. The report was that after her death, the room was filled with a strong fragrance of roses. Maria Esperanza led a life with many amazing rose accounts lovingly sent by Our Lord so that we may truly believe that all things are possible with Him. The cause for the sainthood of Maria Esperanza has been opened by the Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey on January 31, 2010. At present she is known as Servant of God Maria Esperanza Medrano de Bianchini.

Our Lady of America

Our Lady of America
It is with great joy that I am able to include an entry on the Blessed Mother appearing as a Queen with flowers to a nun in the heartland of America starting in the 1950’s.  It is helpful to remember that the Blessed Mother has been patroness of the United States since its foundation.  At the time when George Washington was deciding on a site for the nation’s capital, he wanted the federal city to be established on land near his family estate of Mount Vernon and to be near the river port cities of Alexandria, Virginia and Georgetown, Maryland. Land on either side of the Potomac River had to be ceded to make the District of Colombia. Ultimately land from Virginia (Virgin) on the west side of the Potomac River on December 3, 1789 and Maryland from the east side of the Potomac River, Maryland (Mary) (Land) on December 23, 1788 to comprise an area “ten miles square” grafted of Virgin Mary Land. So the seat of government in the USA sits on Virgin Mary Land.
The first bishop of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, John Carroll had a tender devotion to the Virgin Mary and it was a blessing that he was consecrated bishop on the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, August 15, 1790. Bishop Carroll convened the first national synod in November, 1791 in Baltimore, Maryland. There he and the priests formulated regulations for sacramental preparation and administration in their diocese that encompassed what is now Washington D.C. Among other things, they advised that ‘before Mass, the litany of the Blessed Virgin, to whom the diocese had been specifically dedicated, was to be said.’ In his first Pastoral Letter dated May 28, 1792, Bishop Carroll exhorted the faithful to devotion to the Virgin Mary. It reads in part: “I shall only add this my earnest request, that to the exercise of the sublimest virtues, faith, hope and charity, you will join a fervent and well-regulated devotion to the Holy Mother of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; that you will place great confidence in her in all your necessities. Having chosen her the special patroness of this Diocese, you are placed, of course, under her powerful protection; and it becomes your duty to be careful to deserve its continuance by a zealous imitation of her virtues and a reliance on her motherly superintendence.”
Archbishop Samuel Eccleston of Baltimore, Maryland convened the Sixth Provincial Council of the Church in America with twenty-two bishops in 1846. Among the many important points of business that were discussed, the bishops made several petitions to the Pope to honor the sinless conception of the Virgin Mary. The United States Bishops were leaders at this time of history in promoting the Immaculate Conception of Mary. At their meeting on May 13, 1846, the U.S. bishops petitioned the Holy See to make Mary Immaculate the Patroness of the United States and to make the Conception of the Blessed Virgin a solemn feast day. In their meeting on May 15, 1846 the same bishops further petitioned the Pope to be able to add the word “Immaculate” before Conception to prayers in the Office of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin, and the Preface of the Mass commemorating the Conception of Mary. Finally, they petitioned the Holy Father to be able to add the invocation “Queen conceived without sin, pray for us” to the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Within a year, all the petitions were granted “in perpetuity” by the Holy See and the word Immaculate Conception was added to prayers and masses in honor of her feast day in all the Catholic congregations throughout the United States.
The final portion of a pastoral letter resulting from the Council dated May 17, 1846, the Bishops wrote, “We take this occasion, brethren, to communicate to you the determination, unanimously adopted by us, to place ourselves and all entrusted to our charge throughout the United States, under the special patronage of the holy Mother of God, whose Immaculate Conception is venerated by the piety of the faithful throughout the Catholic Church. By the aid of her prayers, we entertain the confident hope that we will be strengthened to perform the arduous duties of our ministry, and that you will be enabled to practice the sublime virtues, of which her life presents the most perfect example.”
The next year, 1847, came news from the Sacred Congregation of the Propagation of the Faith that “our Holy Father Pius IX most willingly confirmed the wishes of the Council that has selected the Blessed Virgin, conceived without sin, as the patroness of the Church in the United States of America.” This pronouncement was made even before the dogma of the Immaculate Conception was formally defined by the Holy Father and probably worked in part to hasten the declaration of the Immaculate Conception in 1854.
Moving along to the twentieth century, Cardinal Gibbons announced that a National Shrine dedicated to the Immaculate Conception would be built in Washington D.C. He laid a cornerstone for the Church on September 23, 1920. Delays because of wars and the depression caused the construction of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to be ongoing for decades. The joy of the completed exterior of this most magnificent Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception was celebrated November 20, 1959.
In mid-nineteenth century America, Father Xavier Donald MacLeod wrote that of more than eight hundred churches in North America which were dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, 145 were named for the Immaculate Conception. Cardinal Richard Cushing, Archbishop of Boston wrote in the mid-twentieth century, “A priest (Father MacLeod) who wrote in 1866 counted hundreds of churches dedicated to the Blessed Virgin. Today there must be tens of thousands of churches and chapels bearing her name and titles. In my own Archdiocese (Boston) there are eighty-six parishes and ninety-one institutions dedicated to her, and thirty religious orders working in her name and pledged to her service; also as in every diocese, Sodalities, Rosary Societies, Legions of Mary, Holy Family Associations, vocation groups, Catholic Youth Organizations…everywhere…Hail Mary, full of grace…pray for us now and at the hour of our death.”
Establishing the Blessed Mother as patroness of our country may be the wisest move the American Bishops have made. Yet, Americans also have a church-approved Marian apparition that goes further to reveal just how pleased the Virgin Mary was with America and how high her hopes were for this country to provide leaders who would advance purity in America and around the world. The revelations came to a sister in Ohio, Sister Mildred Mary Neuzil who was consecrated to the religious life in 1933 as a Sister in the Congregation of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus
Sister Mildred had mystical experiences starting in the 1940’s that she thought were common to all religious. She heard Our Lord talking to her with clarity and authority inside of her soul, an experience known as interior locution. On the advice of her confessor, Sister began to write down the words that she received from Our Lord. Sister Millie worked simply, in whatever capacity she was called to, but she especially enjoyed the years she taught kindergarten during the 1950’s. She loved working with the little ones and no doubt prayed intensely for her students to have the love of Christ in their hearts. Sister Mildred was also experiencing the beginning of a mission that she didn’t initiate or seek, but was asked to undertake.
Our Lord told Sister Mildred in July, 1954 how He wished children to be raised in the homes of Christian families. He said that parents have tremendous responsibility to raise their children in the faith, they have to give good example and they need to prepare their children for heaven foremost rather than for earthly gain.
In the fall of 1954, an angel dressed in white appeared to Sister Mildred. This was the first time Sister encountered a spiritual entity that she saw and heard. The angel described himself as the Angel of Peace, whom Sister later realized was Saint Michael the Archangel. He asked her if she would accept the cross and Sister Mildred responded, “Yes, I will accept the cross.” Just as in the apparitions to the Fatima children, Saint Michael appeared to Sister Mildred before Our Lady came with an important mission for America that even today, remains partly unaccomplished.
On September 26, 1956 Our Lady appeared to Sister Millie as a Queen. She held a lily scepter in her right hand. Her left hand held slightly the upper part of her white mantle so that her Immaculate Heart was visible. The Immaculate Heart was ringed with red roses and flames issued forth from her heart. The Virgin Mary’s appearance was similar to the Walsingham Virgin in that she appeared with a golden crown, a lily scepter and ina this case, her Immaculate Heart had a wreath of roses around it.
Sister Mildred described her appearance as follows: “What I noticed was the smile on Our Lady’s beautiful countenance and the lily she held in her right hand. She wore a white veil reaching almost to the waist and a mantle and robe of pure white with not a single decoration of any kind. An oblong-shaped clasp or brooch held the ends of the mantle together at the top. It was all gold, as was the high and brilliant crown which she wore. Her hair and eyes seemed of medium brown. Her feet were bare, but these I did not always see, as they were sometimes covered by the moving clouds on which Our Lady stood. She continued to smile. Then I saw her heart appear, encircled with red roses, the symbol of suffering as it was revealed to me, and sending forth flames of fire. With her left hand Our Lady seemed to be holding up slightly the upper part of the mantle, so that her Immaculate Heart could be seen.”
Our Lady said to Sister Mildred, “I am Our Lady of America. I desire that my children honor me, especially by the purity of their lives.” Our Lady said that she was very happy for all the ways she is honored by her children in the United States. Our Lady wanted America to be the country dedicated to her purity and to spread the cause of faith and purity among peoples and nations, saying, in part, “Be my army of chaste soldiers, ready to fight to the death to preserve the purity of your souls. I am the Immaculate One, Patroness of your land. Be my faithful children as I have been your faithful Mother.” Her messages to Sister Mildred in 1956 were targeted for the youth of America, the Baby Boomers, if you will. She wanted to give the special title of ‘Torchbearers of the Queen’ to those who would wholeheartedly join her in decisively defeating the works of evil, sin, and impurity first in their lives, their communities, our country and throughout the world. Yet, this synopsis oversimplifies her tremendous invitation, and if this is the first time you’ve read about Our Lady of America, please read the messages and join her efforts. It is definitely not too late to pray for purity for our country. You may lament after reading the messages that a lot of precious time has slipped by without enough action on our part to combat the forces of darkness that are intent on defeating us spiritually. We may still be able to take back some aspects of music, entertainment, media, fashion and education that have become severely perverted in this country.
Our Lady appeared on two occasions to Sister Millie as Our Lady of the Divine Indwelling. The description of Our Lady of the Divine Indwelling corresponds in several ways to the Woman Clothed with the Sun and the moon under her feet that wages war with the dragon (Revelation, Chapter 12). Sister Mildred wrote: “Our Lady was standing (with) her right foot resting on a crescent or quarter moon, the left (foot) on the snout of a rather small and very ugly looking dragon. I saw fire come out of his huge jaws, but not very much, as he could not open them wide enough because of Our Lady’s foot…Our Lady was all in white… Sometimes the veil appeared so transparent that Our Lady’s hair could be seen through it, and the hair seemed to be sparkling with the light of many glittering stars. At times the edges of the veil, sleeves, and garments seemed to be outlined in light. The veil was held about her head by a wreath of white roses. On her breast, as though through a veil, the Triangle and the Eye, which is often depicted as the symbol of the Divine Indwelling, could be visibly seen…Our Lady’s feet were bare, that is, devoid of any kind of footwear, but on each foot was a large white rose. The roses, both on the feet and on the crown, were of such dazzling whiteness that the outlines of the petals could barely be seen, sometimes not at all… Then halfway around the figure of Our Lady above her head appeared a scroll on which were written in letters of gold the words: ‘All the glory of the King’s daughter is within.’ ”
The American faithful need to imbue ourselves, our children, and this country with the purity that Our Lady requested. On October 7, 1957 Our Lady said that “there will be peace, as has been promised, but not until my children are purified and cleansed from defilement, and…are made ready to receive this peace, so long promised and so long held back because of the sins of men.” She promised peace in Fatima (1917), peace in America (1957) and here we are sixty-two years later with more problems and impurity spewing out of America than ever. Like errant children, we truly don’t listen and don’t do what the good Mother advises. One part of the last message Sister Millie received during the height of the Cold War (January 3, 1984) from Our Lady is, “What happens to the world depends upon those who live in it. There must be much more good than evil prevailing in order to prevent the holocaust that is so near approaching.”
On October 13, 1956 Our Lady appeared with a small model of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in her hand. She indicated that she was very pleased with the effort to build the Church. This Shrine, dedicated to Our Lady, was a work in progress at the time of the October 13, 1956 message to Sister Mildred. Our Lady said that anyone who would support the building of the Shrine by prayers, labor, or donations would be blessed.

On November 15, 1956 Our Lady asked Sister Mildred to draw a rendition of her as she appeared in her first apparition as Our Lady of America. She wanted a statue to be made according to the image, to be carried in solemn procession and to be permanently placed in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (in Washington D.C. on ‘Virgin Mary Land’) that was under construction. She promised spiritual wonders greater than Lourdes if this request was carried out. It came to pass that the exterior of the Shrine was completed three years later in 1959. The Great Upper Church was dedicated on November 20, 1959. Any visitor to the Basilica is amazed at the beauty and ornamentation of this very holy shrine. There are many, many splendorous features regarding this church that you may want to read about online or in print. It is a complete wonder and located only a couple of miles away from the nation’s capitol. Masses and the sacrament of reconciliation are offered daily to the millions of people who visit every year.
During Pope Benedict XVI’s first visit to America as Pope, he paid an apostolic visit to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to preside over Vespers with many Cardinals, Bishops, priests, and the faithful in attendance. In his remarks, Pope Benedict said, “Dear Brother Bishops, it gives me great joy to greet you today at the start of my visit to this country in this Basilica dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a shrine of special significance to American Catholics, right in the heart of your capital city. Gathered in prayer with Mary, Mother of Jesus, we lovingly commend to our Heavenly Father the people of God in every part of the United States.” He concluded his talk with the blessing, “I commend the Church in your country most particularly to the maternal care and intercession of Mary Immaculate, Patroness of the United States. May she, who carried within her womb the hope of all nations, intercede for the people of this country, so that all may be made new in Jesus Christ her Son. To all of you, and to your clergy, religious and lay faithful, I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of joy and peace in the Risen Lord.” Then among gifts that were exchanged, the Holy Father bestowed “a Golden Rose for our Mother Mary” upon the Shrine. The visit to the Shrine concluded with the Bishops singing Happy Birthday to the Pontiff on the occasion of his eighty-first birthday, April 16, 2008.
There are seventy Marian chapels and four oratories within the Shrine dedicated to Our Lady under various titles, however there is not one dedicated to Our Lady of America as she requested to Sister Mildred, yet. A stunningly beautiful statue of Our Lady of America was on display in Washington D.C. near the Basilica at the John Paul II Cultural Center, but believe it or not litigation caused it to be taken down because of an extensive legal battle over the ‘rights to the Our Lady of America devotion.’ By the glory of God, the appeals court decided in favor of letting the devotion be unconstrained by copyright. The decision was handed down December 18, 2015. The degree of contention over Our Lady of America clues us into how very important it is. The more important the devotion, the more the devil tries to derail the Virgin’s plans. Battles over devotion to the Virgin Mary have happened literally over and over and over and over since Jesus died on the cross. Now, Americans can jump for joy that Our Lady of America visited us and is for us. Learn about the devotion. Our Lady loves us, though we are depraved and pompous. She will lead us to purity.
The Queen conceived without sin visited America bearing a scepter of lilies and a wreath of red roses around her Immaculate Heart! Let us be made worthy of the confidence she placed in Americans to strive for purity and faithfulness to the Triune God. Sister Mildred’s local Bishop, Paul F. Leibold (now deceased) approved Sister Mildred’s messages for publication. Sister Mildred passed away January 3, 2000. Our Lady of America is becoming better known with time. The book of messages and prayers of Our Lady of America may be obtained from B.V.M. Our Lady of America and corresponding website. Most recent approval of this devotion came in the form of a letter Archbishop Raymond Burke sent to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops dated May 31, 2007 where he reaffirmed ecclesiastical approval for devotion to Our Lady of America.

The roller coaster of approval and disapproval of the Lipa, Philippines apparitions

Rose Petals Showers (Lipa, Phillipines 1948)
Seventy-one years ago, a Carmelite Monastery in the Philippines was the site of amazing rose petal showers that even today generate great interest. A young postulant, Teresita Castillo, was in the process of discerning a vocation as a Carmelite nun. She had encountered considerable resistance from her family who wanted her to marry and was experiencing some demonic persecution prior to a visitation from the Virgin Mary in August 1948. On August 18th Teresita returned to her cell to sense a wonderful fragrance and a very beautiful woman dressed in white. The Woman was reassuring and consoling. She asked Teresita for simplicity, humility and to be obedient to the Mother Prioress of the Carmel. Two days later after completing an act of obedience Teresita was making her bed in her room when she experienced the first of many rose petal showers. First she heard something like flapping and then saw a shower of rose petals that landed to make the shape of a cross on the floor of her room.
Teresita then experienced short-term blindness and other sufferings, which she was to offer for the deepening of faith for priests and religious. The blindness ended as suddenly as it had started on September 7th a number of days before the formal events of heavenly visitation commenced.
On September 12th (the feast of the Holy Name of Mary) while walking outside in the Carmel garden Teresita saw a vine shaking hard although there was no wind. Then she heard a woman’s voice in locution tell her not to fear, to kiss the ground and to return to the same spot every day for the next fifteen days. The next day she saw a lady dressed in white and holding a golden rosary. The lady said, “I am your mother, and I am the mother of my Son, Jesus.” The Blessed Mother asked Teresita to pray for priests and sisters who had lost or were losing their vocation which, by the way, was part of the central theme for the apparitions. The next day the Holy Mother asked Teresita to have the apparition site formally blessed in front of the whole Carmelite community.
The chaplain to the Carmel happened to be the Auxiliary Bishop of the diocese, Bishop Alfredo Obviar. He obliged the Virgin’s request and during the afternoon of September 15th blessed the site near the vine in the Carmelite garden. Teresita went into ecstasy during the blessing ceremony. This was the first indication to the other nuns that she was having religious experiences. Bishop Obviar witnessed Teresita’s ecstasy and the miraculous petal shower that occurred at that time. The next day Mary asked Teresita to have a statue made ‘…as you see me.’ The Virgin asked Teresita in the remaining apparitions for Saturday Marian devotions to be prayed and she wanted all the Carmelites to consecrate themselves to her Immaculate Heart. On the last day of the series of apparitions (September 26th) the Virgin announced that she was Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace.
A statue was promptly fashioned and displayed as the Virgin requested. For the entire years of 1949 and 1950 until April 1951, Teresita and the Carmelite community adhered to every word the Virgin asked them to do. They did the Saturday Marian devotions, they consecrated themselves using the 33 day formula according to Saint Louis de Montfort and they experienced the wonders of rose petal showers. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims came to the holy site. Many who witnessed the falling petals noticed they fell straight down even with a strong wind blowing. Skeptics thought the sisters hooked up a blower to disperse the petals, but at that time the monastery had no electricity. Not only were the rose petals dispersed divinely, they were found to be instrumental in some incredible healings.
The newborn daughter of a doctor and his wife had a congenital hole in her skull that exposed a large part of her brain to only her scalp. A month after her birth, the baby’s brain was starting to protrude out of that hole. Action would have to be taken. For the best medical help she would have to be flown out of the country to be cared for by a specialist. The infant’s health soon worsened and she became unconscious with possible meningitis. In desperation, a family member placed a Lipa rose petal in her tiny hand. Soon the child revived and a follow-up X-ray showed her brain had receded and hole in her skull was now hard bone.
So many thousands of people were requesting rose petals that the nuns started to dip rose petals in water and distribute the water in lieu of a precious petal. Some people that had picked up a rose petal noticed beautiful holy images imprinted on them that defied explanation. The scenes were varied, no two were alike, and they showed images of the Holy Family, the Last Supper, Mary holding a rosary, Saint Joseph, or Jesus on the cross. Each scene was intricately detailed and displayed on the space of about one and a half inch by one and a quarter inch rose petal area. The image appeared in white against the red background of the petal. Scientists noted that the veins of the petal were unbroken despite the delicately embossed sacred image.  Here are some images of the miraculous rose petals
The statue of Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace was the subject of reported miracles. It was kept in an enclosure but people said they saw the eyes of the statue move and the golden rosary pass through the hands of the Virgin to appear as praying.
The euphoria of the purported phenomena was ended abruptly after an ecclesiastical report found that “there was no supernatural intervention in the events that occurred at the Carmel of Lipa.” Church hierarchy reassigned Bishop Obviar and the Mother Prioress of Lipa to other places. Teresita was ordered to the University to undergo psychological testing and evaluation. Finally the new Mother Prioress advised Teresita to leave the Carmel. Broken hearted Teresita returned to live with her parents and went on to live a quiet life as the foster mother to an abandoned child; she never married.
The nuns at Lipa Carmel were ordered to destroy all materials related to Teresita’s apparitions and to withdraw the statue from public viewing. They burned diaries, messages the Virgin gave and devotions related to the messages. They burned the rose petals and they hid and covered the statue, but it was the only thing that remained. Additionally, the nuns were not to discuss the events that had occurred under penalty of sin. If that wasn’t painful enough, for the most part, the nation now scorned the Lipa Carmelites as hucksters of a religious sham.
The situation remained that way for forty years and most of the witnesses have died from old age. In 1991 the Archbishop of Lipa convened a new commission to study the events at Lipa. The next year he allowed the Carmelite nuns to once more display the statue of Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace and in 1993 he declared that “the events at Lipa are worthy of belief.” To commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the apparitions, a Mass was celebrated at Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace parish ending with consecration of the Philippines to Jesus through Mary. Many Bishops, Archbishops and a Cardinal were in attendance as was Gloria Arroyo, the President of the Philippines. She led the prayer of consecration for the country. She knelt before the statue of Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace and prayed: “We consecrate to you all that we have, all that we do, all that we are, we consecrate to you our homes and loved ones.” She prayed that the nation would “promote respect for the value of human life.” The Catholic hierarchy and the president appear to be watching out spiritually for the population of 84 million people, more than 81% of which identify themselves as Catholic.
Teresita Castillo was interviewed in 2014 and appeared to be bed-ridden as she was 87 years old. She said that young people face great temptations. Teresita said in part, “I know Mama Mary is hurt, VERY HURT. That is why we need penance. You don’t need to do big things to make penance, even simple things, little things. Just keep close to her. I’m sure She will protect you. I’m sure She will make you good souls, good boys. She will guide you to where She wants you to be. Now that you know Her, I know you will, day by day, pray to Her, and doing so, your love for Her will increase. She will guide you, She will guard you. She will protect you from dangers of body (and soul). I know all of you here who came to visit me, all of you will be blessed by Mama Mary.”

In September of 2015, the Bishop of Lipa released a decree stating that the events and apparitions of Our Lady as Mediatrix of all Grace exhibit supernatural character and they are ‘worthy of belief.’ The document was very thorough with twenty-five supporting statements made with the final declaration which is given below:

One of the statements of Archbishop Arguelles’s decree was: “Whereas the Catholic Bishops of China consecrated in 1942 the Church in China to Mary Mediatrix of all grace assuring the fidelity of Catholics to the Church even in the most trying moments thus rendering the Church in China strong and faithful;” There is a reason why the Bishop included this statement in his decree. A prophecy that Teresita received in 1948 was that China (where the communist party had just taken absolute power in 1949 after the Chinese Civil War) would convert only after much suffering. She said, “Pray hard; for (it is) China’s dream to invade the whole world. The Philippines is one of its favorites. Money is the evil force that will lead the people of the world to destruction.” Yet, Our Lady said, “Prayers, sacrifices, self-denials and the daily recitation of the Holy Rosary will soften the heart of my Son.” My comment is that once again, our Holy Mother visited the earth to warn us of danger, this time of atheistic communism. Notice how Chinese Catholic Bishops consecrated their country to Mary Mediatrix of All Grace in 1942 and just six years later Our Loving Mother appears in the nearby Philippines as Mary Mediatrix of All Grace.

Ready for the roller coaster?  After Archbishop Arguelles decree was proclaimed, just eight months later, in May 2016, the Sacred Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) under Cardinal Gerhard Mueller overruled Archbishop Arguelles and rejected his decree declaring that the alleged Marian apparitions in Batangas in 1948 were authentic. Arguelles announced the ruling by the CDF in an archdiocesan letter on May 31. In its decree, the Congregation stated that Pope Pius XII had made a definitive confirmation in 1951 declaring that the apparitions “were not of supernatural origin,” which the local authority had no authority to overrule.

Just six months later on November 16, 2016, Teresita died at the age of 89 years old.  Archbishop Ramon Arguelles officiated a Mass at the Carmelite Monastery in Lipa City for Teresita, also known as Sister Teresing. Castillo’s remains were buried at the monastery grounds.  My comment is this: I do not think we have heard the last of this apparition!!


Rosa Mystica

In the spring of 1947, the Virgin Mary appeared to Pierina Gilli, a thirty-five-year-old nurse, in the room of a hospital in Montichiari, Italy (again in northern Italy 40 miles from where the Holy Family appeared to Adelaide Roncalli three years earlier) to begin a series of apparitions with a sweeping theme for prayer and atonement for priests and religious. The Virgin was clothed in a violet dress with a white veil. The Virgin’s appearance was striking because she had tears in her eyes and her heart was pierced with three swords. The only words she spoke at this apparition were “Prayer! Sacrifice! Atonement!” In the next apparition Our Lady stated that the swords in Her heart represents three immense pains She suffers from 1. the loss of priestly vocations, 2. Priests, monks and nuns who live in mortal sin, and 3. Priests, monks and nuns who give up their faith and then become enemies of the Church.
The Virgin Mary appeared again July 13, 1947 and spoke at length to Pierina. Mary was clothed in white and instead of swords piercing her, three roses of different colors took their place. A white rose represented prayer, a red rose meant sacrifice and a gold rose symbolized the treasure of penance. The Virgin asked Pierina to tell all, that she wanted this day, July 13th, to be celebrated in honor of Rosa Mystica, a devotion to be especially dear to all religious, monks and nuns and to priests of the world. She said, “On this day I shall pour out vocational holiness and abundant graces on those religious orders and priests who honor me as the Rosa Mystica.” It seems more than coincidence that this revelation was thirty years to the day of the famous Fatima apparition when the children were told the secret including the vision of hell, ‘where the souls of poor sinners go.’ The December 8, 1947 apparition that Pierina received furthered the mission of Rosa Mystica. Here the Virgin asked that the hour of noon on every December 8th be celebrated as an hour of grace. She said, “I am the Immaculate Conception. I am ‘Mary full of grace,’ Mother of my divine Son, Jesus Christ. I wish to celebrate on this day at Noon, every year, the Hour of Grace for the whole world. With this exercise one will receive numerous spiritual and bodily graces.” We are to pray during this hour without interruption in a church, if possible or at home for hardened sinners. An appropriate prayer during the hour of grace is to pray Psalm 51, The Miserere three times for mercy for sinners.
The successive Bishops of the Monichiari diocese have privately shown interest in the devotion of Rosa Mystica but have not lent their public approval to the apparitions. The Rosa Mystica devotion and pilgrim statues showing the white, red, and gold rose on the cloak of the Virgin have spread throughout the world. Now there are tens of thousands of the statues worldwide. There are reports that as many as one hundred of the Rosa Mystica statues have supernaturally shed natural tears and some have shed tears of blood.