A NOTE TO THE READER
This is a true story: it is about love albeit tough love at times, but love nonetheless. It is about the love a mother feels for her children. She laughs with them, cries with them and often pleads with them whenever she sees them going astray.
She teaches them about life and love, and its boundaries. She tells them about the future and cautions them about the consequences if they do not heed her advice.
This manuscript was written for all people, young and old, believer and unbeliever, and especially those who neither know nor understand the extraordinary love the Mother of God has for each one of us.
It may be a difficult read for some because it tells us about ourselves and our present day world in a clear and concise manner: what we did yesterday, where we are today, and what awaits us in the near future.
Once you begin to comprehend her mission it may profoundly change your life: how you see the world, yourself, and the people around you. Unfortunately, many will not accept her words because, to do so, one may be required to change a part of their life, perhaps even give up some of the attachments to the things one has accumulated.
Here, we would do well to reflect on the words of Christ: “No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [money]” (Mt 6:24).
We are driven by two distinct forces throughout our lifetime: we know them as good and evil. They begin in our childhood as like and dislike [pleasure and pain]; then, as we mature, they become better understood as love and hate.
We choose which path we wish to follow in our youth and, eventually, find that choice follows us throughout this life, on into the next one: eternity.
None are immune to this great struggle: “…I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the Lord, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to him. For that will mean life for you…” (Dt 30:19:20).
“The eyes of God see all he has made; he understands man’s every deed. No man does he command to sin, to none does he give strength for lies” (Sir 15:15-20).
Psychiatry today generally acknowledges that the average person attains what is termed spiritual maturity by the time one reaches 30 to 35 years of age. Christ was just 30 years old when His public ministry began. What happens, then, to those who have not reached that spiritually mature age, those who have neither found nor developed a love for their Creator?
St. Paul exhorts us to: “…work out your salvation in fear and trembling” (Ph 2:12). Scripture teaches us: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Ps 111:10). This holy fear is understood as the fear of the loss of a relationship with God and is one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit (CCC 1831).
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you” (1 Cor 6:19) Thus, we are admonished: “…Beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of flesh and spirit, making holiness perfect in the fear of the Lord” (2 Cor 7:1).
This story is also about difficult times that lie ahead consisting of an immense conflict between those forces of good and evil. “The eyes of the Lord roam over the whole earth, to encourage those who are devoted to him wholeheartedly. You have acted foolishly…and from now on you will have wars” (2 Chron 16:9).
That trial is directed against Christianity itself, resulting in a worldwide apostasy by entities who, perhaps unknowingly, have enjoined the trial Pope St. Leo XIII foresaw in 1884. Then, on June 30, 1972, Pope Paul VI cautioned: “The smoke of Satan has entered the very heart of the Church!”
That conflict was further clarified on December 2, 1983, in a letter sent to Pope John Paul II from the pastor in Medjugorje, concerning an apparition wherein Our Lady told Mirjana: ”You must realize that Satan exists…he appeared before the throne of God and asked permission to submit the Church to a period of trial. God gave him permission to try the Church for one century.”
Earlier, in September 19, 1846, Our Lady of La Salette had admonished us: “No matter how well you pray in the future, no matter how well you act, you will never be able to make up to me what I have endured for your sake.”
Sr. Lúcia, who saw Our Lady numerous times since leaving Fatima, advised us over the years that many changes are in the offing: “…good for some; bad for others!”
Then, on April 25, 1983, in Medjugorje, Our Lady said: “Be converted! It will be too late when the sign comes. Beforehand, several warnings will be given to the world. Have people become converted. I need your prayers and your penance.”
After the third secret in Medjugorje is fulfilled and the sign is seen by all, we will be “either for God or against Him.“ There will be no more straddling fences. She added, “The only weapons that will remain will be the rosary and the sign that the Eternal Father will leave.”
As you turn the pages of this manuscript, let each chapter become a story in itself. Try to appreciate the more assertive manner in which she approaches her children over time, much as any good mother would do today.
You who are parents will more readily understand how she feels, why she is so concerned and why she cries at times, anxious because her children are not listening to her.
Obviously, if we bide our time to wait and hear what Our Lady has to say tomorrow, then we have misunderstood her. She has already told us what must be done. It is through understanding Mary during the times to come that we will learn to fully appreciate her words and be drawn inexorably closer to her Son.
We have Mary’s encouraging words, given in 1981: “I have come to tell the world that God exists, He is the fullness of life and, to enjoy that fullness, you must return to God…I am the Blessed Virgin Mary…I am your Mother…God has chosen each one of you to use you in a great plan for the salvation of mankind. I wish to be with you to reconcile the world through prayer, fasting, faith, conversion and peace.”
We also have Mary’s promise: “…in the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph…the world will be granted an era of peace.”
Finally, on May 2, 1982, Our Lady appeared in Medjugorje to inform us: “I have come to call the world to conversion for the last time. Later, I will not appear any more on this earth [in this way].”
The salvation of souls is rightfully Christ’s mission! Mary, the Mother of God, assists her Son in this work by her prayers and, in difficult times, by her direct intervention into our present day lives as she attempts to save our world from destruction, salvaging many souls in the process.
By the mid-1950s, Sr. Lúcia of Fátima noted quite eloquently that Our Lady was engaged “in a decisive battle with Satan for the salvation of the world.” This will be clarified in the ensuing chapters.
If one were to read a mystery novel and find the last chapter missing, how is it possible to understand the entire story, especially after the author went to great lengths to convince the reader that the butler didn’t actually do it?
In a similar manner one would have a difficult time understanding Christ if all they knew were the Beatitudes from His Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5;2-11), but never knew that Jesus said: “I know your works…So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth” (Rv 3:15-16).
Much like assembling a large jigsaw puzzle, wherein each piece provides only a glimpse of the picture, it is only after all the pieces are in place that one is able to gaze upon the beauty of the entire panorama. In a similar manner, when each apparition is seen in its proper context, one begins to comprehend the totality of her mission: her plan for the salvation of the world.
Then, when one finally grasps the overall meaning, one will also understand why the Mother of God spends such extraordinarily longer times at each site, even shedding tears for us.
The author wishes to convey to the reader a deeper understanding of Our Lady’s mission over these last 185 years, not by concentrating on any specific apparition site, albeit each one is demonstrably meaningful in itself, but rather, to emphasize their cumulative effect as the dates for the fulfillment of the final events of her mission grow ever nearer.
This total cumulative meaning of the unspoken message of all the sites appears to have been generally overlooked in the past. Oftentimes, too, the correct interpretation of the original language, and its translation into English, make it difficult to phrase their exact meaning.
Therefore, I intend to be as explicit as possible regarding the wording of the messages, neither adding to, nor subtracting from, what was actually said or implied.
Insofar as changing the meaning of words, surely most of you are acutely aware of the recent changes in the translation of a number of prayers recited by the laity during the Mass, for the better I believe. I well remember that time when they were originally changed.
In the late 1960s, shortly after the closing of Vatican II, ICEL began reinterpreting the biblical words and phrases used in the Liturgy, subjecting many of them to what is called a dynamic translation; as a result, much of their poetic beauty and true meaning was consigned to the dustbin of history, fortunately, to return in recent years!
The 1960s and 1970s were also a time of dissent and rebellion. Many of the university campuses were in absolute chaos, reaching a peak on May 4, 1970 when thirteen students at Kent State University were shot by the National Guard who were summoned in an attempt to squelch the riots. Four students died, nine others were wounded, and one was paralyzed.
Earlier, during the summer of 1969, over 500,000 counterculture flower children attended a three-day concert at Woodstock, New York. Kumbaya was one of the favorite songs of the guitar genre. The so called sexual revolution was in full swing: If it feels good, do it.
Make love, not war was another of the infamous slogans. Sex was confused with love, becoming one and the same. It’s no wonder so many of the clergy and laity were perplexed!
The children of those times are coming of age now, assuming the reins of industry, education, and government. Unlike those of previous generations, many were denied contact with religion for the most part of their lives.
They are the first generation in memory raised without the Ten Commandments or a prayer in their classrooms. To this day, it is illegal to say a prayer or bring a Bible into the public schools.
At the same time, many of the Catholic schools either shuttered their windows or denied religious instruction to the pupils, many under the mistaken guise they would receive government funds for books and public transportation if they didn’t teach religion. The religious principal of the Catholic school where my children were enrolled told me that they would teach religion after receiving the grants!
We didn’t have the luxury of waiting so we enrolled them in public school the following year. Sadly, CCD was of little help so we turned to the famous old Baltimore Catechism which, fortunately, reinforces their faith to this day.
I can further attest to that same time when devotions to the Mother of God fell out of vogue. The rosary, her scapular and statues, as well as many of those of the angels and saints, were often discarded as being from a superstitious era, no longer relevant. They were literally thrown out of many of the churches.
It was at this time that a stalwart of the Catholic Church, Patrick Cardinal O’Boyle, the archbishop of Washington, D.C., championed the teaching of Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae. Unfortunately, however, so many of his own priests publicly objected to his insistence on its values – which merely reaffirmed the traditional teaching of the Catholic Church regarding married love and responsible parenthood – that the Cardinal had to warn the dissident priests against false ideas.
He eventually placed sanctions against the rebelling priests; some were not allowed to hear confessions, others were forbidden to preach or teach.
At the semi-annual USCCB conference held in Washington in 1968, 235 bishops became the target of a bizarre series of demonstrations by 3,500 dissident laymen who rallied at the Mayflower hotel in support of the 41 local priests who were being disciplined by the Cardinal for their public criticism of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical.
Later, 130 priests burst into another meeting held at Washington’s Hilton hotel. A number of priests affixed their signatures to an advertisement in the local newspaper in a public show of support for the dissident priests. Eventually, most recanted their objections but, sadly, 25 actually left the priesthood!
Inasmuch as the USCCB meeting was held in Washington that year, the Archdiocese of Baltimore was fortunately spared such notoriety. Baltimore, the largest city in Maryland, is known in America as the Cradle of Catholicism. There, the old Baltimore Cathedral, the first metropolitan Cathedral constructed in America after the adoption of the Constitution, still proudly stands; it is now a Basilica.
The Baltimore Catechism was promulgated there. Baltimore is also the home of St. Mary’s Seminary, and now University; it is the first major seminary established for priests in the United States. It is not to be confused with Mount St. Mary’s Seminary located in a mountainous area 50 miles to the west.
The National Anthem
Baltimore achieved international fame during the War of 1812. After pillaging the city of Washington the British fleet began bombarding Fort McHenry early on the morning of September 13, 1814. By dawn the following morning, despite sustaining a twenty-five hour continuous bombardment, the British fleet had to abandon the battle and was forced to withdraw.
A lawyer, trapped on board a vessel near the British fleet, noticed that flying over the fort, “the flag was still there.” Inspired, he immediately composed a poem on an envelope he had retrieved from his pocket. That poem was later entitled The Star Spangled Banner and, in 1931, it became our National Anthem. The lawyer’s name was Francis Scott Key.
In the summer of 1949, I was privileged to serve in the Naval Reserve at Ft. McHenry and was discharged after several years. Ten years later, on July 2, 1961 – shortly before the global dissension of the 1960s was in full swing – Our Lady began a series of appearances to four children in San Sebastian de Garabandal, a very remote village in Spain. Her appearances there started about a year prior to the opening of Vatican II and ended one month before its closing.
Unfortunately, many of the reformists and the secular media, who misunderstood the true meaning and intent of Vatican II, gave impetus to a rampant rebellion within the Church. It became known as the Spirit of Vatican II.
Many of its adherents had not even taken the time to read all sixteen documents promulgated by the council, especially the longest document which extolled the role of Mary in the Church.
As a result of the unwillingness of many of the laity and hierarchy in the Church to unanimously adhere to the teaching of Humanae Vitae – and, here, we must admit we have not been completely honest about its implementation – we are paying the price for that folly today!
It was indeed unfortunate that so few could foresee those impending evils of abortion and euthanasia that would soon be unleashed upon the world: two of the most atrocious misdeeds ever committed by mankind.
Pope Paul VI was truly a prophet for our times when on June 30, 1972 – seven years after the false implementation of the true wishes and teaching of Vatican II – he remarked: “The smoke of Satan has entered the very heart of the Church!”
History teaches us much about who we are and what is expected of us; by studying who we were, we can deduce what works and what leads to failure. Winston Churchill said it well: ‘Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.’
The Bible is the most famous of all the history books; however, the secular world does not readily accept sacred scripture. Professional genealogists will not accept printed scripture; yet, they will generally accept that which progenitors wrote on pages reserved for family information.
The Bible contains lessons for the rule of life and, if people harken to those lessons, God bestows numerous blessings upon them and their descendants. It is beyond dispute that over a long period of time, when men forgot and turned away from these teachings in order to pursue their own fashions – indulging instead in ideas that are offensive to Him – the wrath of their heavenly Father eventually falls upon them.
We learn from history that God is a “jealous” God who wants no one to take His place. We are often reminded of this love God has for us and, especially over the last 45 years, it seems to have been all about love: how much we must love God and love our neighbor; yet, what are the consequences if we aren’t able to do that?
Holy Scripture reminds us that: “The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord” (Pr 9:10); we are also told: “This is the one whom I approve: the lowly and afflicted man who trembles at my word” (Is 66:2).
During a previous meeting of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, one of the bishops rose to declare: “I apologize for the fact that we taught about love, but we neglected to teach the other side [of the equation].”
This would not be acceptable in mathematics or science: both sides of an equation must contain equal values; it must be balanced. Unfortunately, no one took up his challenge!
As we read on, we will learn that Our Lady does not hesitate to point out what needs to be done. There is no timidity as she presents us with both sides of the equation. Our Lady comes from Heaven to assist her children in these perilous times,
She does so without apology; rather, with genuine concern for all while at the same time showing her sincere love for each one of her children. She does not hesitate to remind us of the consequences if we fail.
Mary tells us in her Magnificat, “His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him” (Lk 1:50); yet, Jesus cautions us: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in Heaven” (Mt 7:21).
“Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ Then I will declare to them solemnly, I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers” (Mt 7:22-23).
The Church and Holy Scripture clearly instruct us that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. St. Paul tells us, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body” (1 Cor 6:19-20).
“If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for the temple of God which you are, is holy” (1 Cor 3:17). As temples of the Holy Spirit we must keep ourselves holy and pure for Him. We do that by obeying His Commandments and Statutes. That includes loving our neighbor and doing good to those who harm us!
The Bible reminds us, the Israelites were a “…stiff necked…people” (Ex 32:9). Quite literally, God had it with them. Now, Mirjana, a visionary in Medjugorje, informs us: “God has had it with us!” Obviously, then, the burden is upon us.
As Christ was dying on the cross, “…he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son” (Jn 19:26). In uttering these words, Jesus established a relationship of love between Mary, the disciples and, ultimately, all of us.
In 1997, John Paul II stated: “The universal motherhood of Mary, the ‘Woman’ of the wedding at Cana and of Calvary, recalls, ‘The man called his wife Eve, because she became the mother of all the living’” (Gn 3:20). However, while the first [Eve] helped to bring sin into the world, the new Eve, Mary, co-operates in the saving event of Redemption.
On November 11, 2013, Archbishop Carlo Vigano, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, addressed the opening session of the USCCB Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, Maryland with the following statement:
“At this point, I would like to call your attention to the words the then [Karol] Cardinal Wojtyla is reported to have given in an address during the Eucharistic Congress [in Philadelphia] in 1976, for the Bicentennial celebration of the signing of the Declaration of independence. It seems to be so profoundly prophetic:
‘We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. I do not think that the wide circle of the American Society, or the whole wide circle of the Christian Community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the anti-Christ. The confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence. It is, therefore, in God’s Plan and it must be a trial which the Church must take up and face courageously.”
That timely prophesy of John Paul II is being fulfilled throughout the world these days. Our Lady advises us what needs to be done now and in the future. As you read through this manuscript you will understand that, since the death of John Paul II in 2005, we are now living in a new era, albeit a tumultuous one, that era disclosed by Our Lady in 1961.
In the early 1960s, Our Lady advised Conchita in Garabandal, that: “…after Pope Paul VI there would be two more popes and that would be the end of an era, but not the end of the world!” On October 16, 1978, John Paul II became that second pope.
Over the last 185 years, Mary, the Mother of God, has been appearing at various places throughout the world to help us understand that God is again very angry with us. She tells us what we must do in order to restore His trust in us. The history of the events she prophesied during those past apparitions was for us, fortunately or not, quite accurate.
It follows then that whatever else she has predicted may well come to fruition. What happens next will depend largely upon our responses to her. Yet, this must not be the old cliché about gloom and doom because we have a choice. Sure, we may have to endure some difficult times and many a hardship, maybe a bruise here and there; yet, to a great extent, which way we go now depends on us.
That choice is truly ours! And, regardless of what we do, we must understand Christ’s words to Sr. Lúcia of Fátima about the conversion of Russia: “…it will be late.” Therefore, we must have hope and trust in Our Lady while relying on the infinite mercy of God.
As was stated earlier, this is a true story! It is about hope for the salvation of the world. It is a story that looks forward to the time when we will see the fulfillment of that promise given by Our Lady of Fátima, words that echo down from almost one-hundred years ago, “…In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.”
This is also a love story about Mary, your mother, who is doing all she can to be of help to you. She loves you very much and is truly concerned about what you are doing. She cares about you even more than your own mother for, truly, she is our heavenly mother, our spiritual mother!
What she has to say to you is very, very important. As proof of this, I will note what she has done for you in the past, what she is doing now, and what she is doing about your future! Then, in consideration of her love and concern for our welfare, I will try to help you understand what must be done in gratitude to her, for our future and for our salvation.
Will we turn away from her pleas, continually ignoring her, or will we finally begin to heed her advice? Perhaps recalling one of the basic tenants of the Baltimore Catechism will help: “God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in the next!”
This story actually has its beginning in Rome, then centers on France, the latter often referred to as the Eldest Daughter of the Church. Inasmuch as France had originally been so favored, that nation was especially chosen by Our Lady in 1830 for the beginning of her mission for the salvation of the world.
However, when Mary’s requests went unheeded over the next forty-nine years, she expanded her mission, turning instead to include other nations throughout much of Europe. Her favors graced Ireland, Portugal, Belgium, Spain and finally, the former Yugoslavia, a nation behind the iron curtain upon whom atheistic Communism had been imposed by its dictatorial followers.
By late 1936, Our Lord told Sister Lúcia of Fatima that: “…the salvation…has been entrusted to Mary, and she alone can save it!” Years later in Fatima, on May 13, 2000 – mindful of the angel’s actions as Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden – Pope John Paul II revealed the long-awaited third and final secret of Fatima:
“An angel, with a flaming sword in his left hand…” threatened to destroy a large part of the earth by casting fire upon it from Heaven; however, Our Lady intervened and he paused what he was about to do. We do not know how long the angel will delay this chastisement!
We do know the angel then pointed to the earth with his right hand and cried out in a loud voice: ”Penance, Penance, Penance.” Will we heed the angel’s warning and perform that penance? We might! We might not!
Why would God tell us: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Ps 111:10). This holy fear is understood as the fear of the loss of a relationship with God. Is this love? And why does Mary shed tears during so many of her appearances?
What does it mean to us: the end of the world as we know it? It might, after all heaven has warned us so many times in the past.