Around 61 years ago I was 13 years old. My mother had attempted suicide and was taken to a St. Elizabeth Mental Hospital in Washington D.C. . She had taken car of my grandmother day and night for a year, it cause her to loose her mind. We were not Catholic at the time. The Nuns ran the hospital and took care of my mother. My mother was catatonic and did not talk of move. One day she saw Mary and began to talk. She painted a statue of Mary and brought it home to me. That statue of Mary was in my room until I left home. I do not know what happened to it. When I was around 5 years old I walked to school and always passed a Catholic Church on the way. One day I went inside and there were Nuns teaching children and the gave me cards to take home. When I went home I told my father that I wanted to be Catholic. My father had a fit and said no. I think that it was so interesting that later my mother was healed at a Catholic Hospital. I became Catholic when I married my husband, who was Catholic and Baptist. I said I wanted to be Catholic. Shortly after my husbands mother got cancer and was sick. She had tubes down her throat and it caused damage to her asophagus. No food would go down and she was starving. It was the last attempt to put the string down her throat when we brought her a statue of Mary and the string went down, another miracle. I never made a big deal about all these miracles. I just took them for granted. It took many years for the to be in awe of Mary as my Mother. I was around 25 years old when I was sitting in church and heard the priest say that Mary was my mother. I had a very sick mother and she could not be there for me and I took Mary as my mother that day.
St. Joachim and St. Anne were Mary’s parents Their feast day is July 26th. They prayed for many years to have a child and when the were old they conceived Mary. As so many other wonderful miracles God does them after many many years of prayer. St. Joachim fasted for 40 days and nights in hopes of having a child. Mary’s birth was announce by an angel, and St. Joachim and St. Anne rejoiced. Mary was born and raised by her parents. She was taught her faith. The story of tradition says that she was consecrated to the Lord and went to live in the temple at age 3.
MARY YOUR MOTHER
Mary from the beginning surrendered with us in mind. It was a cause that had been promised for a long time that a messiah would come to save us all. Mary knew this when she accepted the angels announcement and completely surrendered to the Holy Spirit. Her surrender and trust delivered not just the jews but us all. She brought us Jesus through her womb in a stable filled with animals. Jesus was nursed by her, taught his faith, fed and clothed and all his physical needs were met by her service. His first miracle was at a wedding where he turned water into wine, because of his mothers request. A good son honors his mother. Jesus listened and honored her wishes even though it did not concern him. Her Motherly concern for the needs of the bride and groom inspired the first miracle of Jesus. We must never underestimate the power of a mother’s influence. Only a mother cares about the details of our lives. Only a mother would be there through good times and bad times. Mary cares for all our adversities. Mary accepted the calling of the Father to bring the Holy Spirit and Jesus into the world. Jesus called her Woman and we women have a new roll model to follow. If we love her son Jesus, she will come to us and guide our path. Let her light your path with Jesus her son. she is YOUR MOTHER.
My soul magnifies the Lord
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;
Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid;
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed;
Because He who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is His name;
And His mercy is from generation to generation
on those who fear Him.
He has shown might with His arm,
He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and has exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich He has sent away empty.
He has given help to Israel, his servant, mindful of His mercy
Even as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity forever.
The Magnificat was spoken by a 16 year old, lowly teen, with no formidable degree, however totally filled with the Holy Spirit, the highest of educations. What a prayer of wisdom from a teenager. She was only 16 years older than Jesus, and a great Mother. How was their relationship? He called her My Mother. I called my mother MA, and that was special to me and only mine. Yet Jesus and Mary’s relationship was for us all. I know that Jesus term for his mother was special also but his message was more important to us all, of God’s love for us. Mary’s motherly love carried Jesus to the cross. Our Ladies motherly love is personal for me as MY MOTHER.
26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman,[a] here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
“Women behold your son” then he said “John behold your mother” John immediately accepted Mary as his mother and Mary saw her son in John and mothered him. Any mother knows how hard it would have been for Mary to loose her only child in such a horrific way. How hard it would be to mother no more and be a widow. Jesus knew the bigger picture how his mother would be needed to help John and all the apostles in their grief. Only a mother would know how to comfort their fears and share wisdom. Jesus knew that Mary would keep them all together with her care until the Holy Spirit fell on them with tongues of fire. It is good to accept Mary as your mother. My Mother Mary has my acceptance and I am grateful for all her prayers and patient love in my life.
MARY OUR MOTHER
27 As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.”
28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
“Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” What a compliment to Mary that she listens and lives the word. Her pure heart is open to us always. A pure heart that never closes. She is always listening to God and caring for our needs. Mary’s example on listening and acting on Gods word teaches us humility. Our Mother Mary teaches us how to be attentive to her son Jesus. We must say the prayer she gave us, the rosary, as often as possible. A prayer that reminds us of her sons beginning… his ministry… his victory and her own. Our Mother Mary intercedes for us is ongoing, even when we are far away from God. Mary is with us always and never gives up on us. It is good to keep in-touch with our Mother Mary as she wants to hear everything, even our secret needs.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Saints on Mary
God has placed in the hands of Mary all the treasures of the goods which he wishes to dispense to men. -St Bernard
It is impossible for him to be lost who recommends himself to Mary, and is regarded by her with love. -St Anselm
The devotions we practice in honor of the glorious Virgin Mary, however trifling they be, are very pleasing to her divine Son, and He rewards them with eternal glory. -St Teresa
Our Lady of Fatima
“Tell everybody that God gives graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Tell them to ask graces from her, and that the Heart of Jesus wishes to be venerated together with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the Lord has confided the peace of the world to her.”
A now-obscure feast day reminds us of the importance of knowing the truth of ourselves and God.
Though not widely celebrated, July 17 is dedicated to Our Lady of Humility.m
Our Blessed Mother, the Mother of God, Queen of the Universe, was chosen as the one to bring the Savior of us all into this world. Yet, among the very first words she speaks are “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy word.” From the beginning she placed herself last.
This woman who prevailed upon the Incarnate God to perform his first miracle shows us what humility truly is — how it is not to be confused with self-deprecation, but rather, how it is a firm rooting in truth.
Our Lady of Humility has a rich tradition in art. She is generally depicted sitting on the floor or on a low cushion, often with her little Son in her arms.
One such image, from 1383, is associated with a miracle; witnesses saw drops of sweat pour from the Virgin’s face as they were taking refuge nearby to escape civil strife.
Pope St. John Paul II, in a homily given on November 1, 2000, while celebrating Mass on the 50th anniversary of Pope Pius XII’s pronouncement of the dogma of the Assumption, helps us all to understand how profound this feast day truly is. He calls humility the foundation of Mary’s holiness.
Here, an excerpt:
The depth of the Blessed Virgin’s faith in God’s word appears clearly in the song of the Magnificat: “My soul magnifies the Lord, / and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, / for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden” (Lk 1:46-48).
In this song Mary shows what constituted the foundation of her holiness: deep humility. We might ask ourselves in what did her humility consist? Much is said to us by the “trouble” she felt at the Angel’s greeting: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you” (Lk 1:28). Before the mystery of grace, the experience of a particular presence of God who has rested his gaze upon her, Mary feels a natural impulse of humility (literally, of “abasement”). It is the reaction of someone who is fully aware of her own littleness before the greatness of God. In this truth Mary beholds herself, others and the world.
MARY’S LIFE MENTIONED IN SCRIPTURE
Conception and Birth of Jesus
18 Now the birth of Jesus [a]Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been [b]betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. 19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned [c]to send her away secretly. 20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for [d]the Child who has been [e]conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for [f]He will save His people from their sins.” 22 Now all this [g]took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name [h]Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”
27 to a virgin [a]engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the [b]descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was [c]Mary. 28 And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, [d]favored one! The Lord [e]is with you.” 29 But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. 30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” 34 Mary said to the angel, “How [f]can this be, since I [g]am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the [h]holy Child shall be called the Son of God.
Mary found favor with God. A virgin, pregnant with a child. I know that was not easy for Mary to understand. Right from the start persecution was her plight. How can she be favored with her reputation shattered. Yet she was obedient. What a wonderful Godly man Joseph was to accept what the angel told him in a dream. Notice they both were told not to fear. What a courageous man to accept the humiliation of a child that was not his own. Surrender to the will of God for all of us and accept misunderstanding and ridicule. I am in awe of grace that was present in both of their lives. Talk about pure hearts. Mary’s purity is what made this possible for Joseph to accept his roll in being the father of God’s Son.
LUKE 2: 19-51
19 And Mary kept all these things reflecting them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds, returned, gloryfying and praising God for al lthey had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.
21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.
22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses,h Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”b),i 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”c j
25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout.k He was waiting for the consolation of Israel,l and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required,m 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,n
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,p
31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”q
33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother:r“This child is destined to cause the fallings and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
36 There was also a prophet,t Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four.e u She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.v 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.w
39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.x 40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.y
The Boy Jesus at the Temple
41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover.z 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazeda at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His motherb said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your fatherc and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
In the catechism it says this;
1806 Prudence is the virtue that disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving it; “the prudent man looks where he is going.”65 “Keep sane and sober for your prayers.”66 Prudence is “right reason in action,” writes St. Thomas Aquinas, following Aristotle.67 It is not to be confused with timidity or fear, nor with duplicity or dissimulation. It is called auriga virtutum (the charioteer of the virtues); it guides the other virtues by setting rule and measure. It is prudence that immediately guides the judgment of conscience. The prudent man determines and directs his conduct in accordance with this judgment. With the help of this virtue we apply moral principles to particular cases without error and overcome doubts about the good to achieve and the evil to avoid.
If Mary was told Jesus was the Son of God, then why did she need to follow Jewish rules in her life. I believe it is obedience that protected them all from all evil. Jesus was dedicated, prophesied over by a Prophet and Prophetess. Mary and Joseph were astonished by the words said over Jesus. What humility they had. They were just like anyone else in the Jewish world that followed their religion. Their actions were just doing how they had been taught by their faith. Not because of guilt or superstition but out of love for God and his word. Holiness does not stand out it just does the right thing. Prudence of Mary and Joseph had no doubts as to what was to be done and they avoided evil with obedience.
for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed,
God who knows all and chose Mary to be Jesus mother. The Holy Spirit declares through Mary the Magnificat. Some would say that is not very humble. However the humility is speaking the truth. During prayer time this morning I had a vision of something being put on my head like a mantilla veil. It occured to me that many are beginning to wear the veil again at Mass. Mary wore a veil as was the custom at the time. The world tells us that we as women do not need to cover our heads, yet maybe God wants me to humble myself. Because God showed me this in a vision I will do it. For me this is humble and also a protection for me.
I am sure that we would not have recognized Mary as special. My guess is that she was unassuming. She was not overly educated, had no notoriety, and would be found very normal by worldly standards. Normal is a word that says you are the same as the majority. Mary wasa normal 16 year old. However God chooses her to be the Mother of us all. At 16 Mary knew who was calling her and surrendered to God’s will, nothing more humble then her acceptance and surrender to the will of God.
The moral virtue that keeps a person from reaching beyond himself. It is the virtue that restrains the unruly desire for personal greatness and leads people to an orderly love of themselves based on a true appreciation of their position with respect to God and their neighbors. Religious humility recognizes one’s total dependence on God; moral humility recognizes one’s creaturely equality with others. Yet humility is not only opposed to pride; it is also opposed to immoderate self-abjection, which would fail to recognize God’s gifts and use them according to his will.
45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
We know that Mary was a strong believer of God’s word. Yet her faith is such a good example for us. It is evident that Mary knew God before the immaculate conception. Her surrender to the angel’s message. Faith comes from hearing God’s word and listening to the stories of her ancesters. We read these scriptures over and over again and they begin to be common and we even accept them. But do we really hear how Mary never faultered in her trust. She knew that her son would do as she ask. We mothers know that our sons will do as we ask. Yet not without comment back. I love that Jesus gave a comment back to her. Jesus was a regular son to Mary and also the son of God. Mary’s faith encouraged the first miracle before the time. Jesus honored his mother’s request. It takes faith to cause God to give us miracles.
“Charity is not the sentiment which makes us give a piece of bread or a few cents to the needy…but charity urges us to give God to souls, to inspire them with faith, love; to make known to them all the treasures to be found in virtue” – Charity was a perfect example of the Blessed Virgin. (Feast of the Holy Rosary – October 5, 1884)
Following your reflection on the reading, take a few moments to bring your prayer intentions before Mary, the Mother of God, then end with the Memorare Prayer:
REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.
There is a difference in going to Mom and going to Dad. Mothers are deeply concerned and caring. Will help no matter how long and how much time it takes. Dads are more protecting and not as concerned with the little details. Mary prays for us like a mother.
Acts 1: 13 – 14
The First Community in Jerusalem.
When they entered the city they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.
All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.l
Luke 1 : 46 – 47
And Mary said:*
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
Mary starts everything with a prayer. Holy Spirit inspired prayer. Her devotion is to God, Her Son Jesus and to all who follow her son. Mary continues praying, even now for the Body of Christ. She will not rest until Jesus returns. No complacency only perseverance with love for us all to be of one accord.
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
Luke 2: 21-22 27
The Circumcision and Naming of Jesus.
When eight days were completed for his circumcision,* he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
The Presentation in the Temple.
* When the days were completed for their purification* according to the law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem
He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him,
LUCIA REVEALS THE THIRD SECRET OF FATIMA
You may be inspired by this message and perhaps inspire others to change.
LUCIA REVEALS THE THIRD SECRET OF FATIMA
Regardless of whatever Creed or Religion, it is better to be prepared and be in good terms with GOD, who created us; for we never know when we will be leaving this world…..
LAST SECRET OF FATIMA
The Church has given permission to reveal to the people the last part of the message. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three children in Fatima , Portugal in 1917, this is a proven fact; one of these children was Lucia, (died 2-13-2005). She was a cloistered nun, and lived in a monastery in Portugal . Lucia disclosed the message for the first time to Pope Pius Xll, who, after reading, sealed it and stored it away without making it public. Later Pope John XXIII read it and, in the same manner as his predecessor, he kept it out of the public eye because he knew that once revealed; it would bring desperation and panic to mankind.
But now the time has come, and permission has been granted from Pope John Paul II to reveal it to the children of God; not to create panic, but to make God’s people aware of this important message and be prepared.
The Virgin told Lucia:
‘Go, my child, and tell the world what will come to pass during the 1950’s – 2000’s. Men are not practicing the Commandments that God has given us. Evil is governing the world and is harvesting hate and resentment all over. Men will fabricate mortal weapons that will destroy the world in minutes where half of the human race will be destroyed!
The war will begin against Rome and there will be conflicts amongst religious orders. God will allow all natural phenomena like smoke, hail, cold, water, fire, floods, earthquakes, winds and inclement weather to slowly batter the planet. These happenings will come to pass before the year 2012!!!!
“For those who don’t/won’t believe, this is the time. Your beloved mother told you: those lacking charity towards others, in words & deeds and those who do not love their neighbour like my beloved Son has loved you all cannot survive! They will wish to have died. God will punish severely those who do not believe in him, those who despise him and those who did not have time for him.”
‘I call upon all of you to come to my son Jesus Christ. God will help the world, but all of those who do not show fidelity and loyalty will be destroyed!’
Father Agustin, who lives in Fatima , said that Pope Paul VI gave him permission to visit Sister Lucia,a cloistered nun (she did not leave the monastery nor was allowed to receive any visitors). Father Agustin said that she received him greatly overwhelmed and told him:
‘Father, Our Lady is very sad because nobody is interested in her prophecy of 1917, though the righteous are walking through a narrow path, the evil ones are walking through an ample road that is leading them straight to their destruction! Believe me, Father, the punishment will come very soon. ‘Many souls will be lost and many nations will disappear from the earth.
But, in the middle of all these, if men reflect, pray and practice sincerity, good deeds, kindness and respect, the world can be saved. However, if men persist with evil ways, greed, hatred, selfish acts, rivalry, and rif, the world will be lost forever!
The time has come for all to pass on the message of our Blessed Lady to their families, friends, and to the entire world. Continue praying, make penitence and sacrifices. We are close to the last minute of the last day and the catastrophes are near. Due to this, many that were far from the Church will return to the open arms of the Church of Jesus Christ.
The joining of the churches will result in one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church ; England , Russia , China , Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Protestants, etc. All will return believing and worshipping God our Creator, in his beloved Son and in Blessed Mother Virgin Mary.’
WHAT AWAITS US ???
Everywhere there will be ‘Peace Talks’, but punishment will come.
A MAN IN A VERY IMPORTANT POSITION WILL BE ASSASSINATED AND THIS WILL PROVOKE THE WAR. A POWERFUL ARMY WILL DOMINATE ALL THROUGH EUROPE AND THE NUCLEAR WAR WILL COMMENCE.
This war will destroy everything; darkness will fall over us for 72 hours (3 days) and the one third of humanity that survives this obscurity and sacrifice, will commence to live a new era; they will be good people.
On a very cold night, 10 minutes before midnight, A GREAT QUAKE will shake the earth for 8 hours. This will be the third signal that God Is, who governs the earth. The righteous and those who propagate the faith and the message of the Lady of Fatima is :
‘ONE SHOULD NOT FEAR, DO NOT BE AFRAID’.
WHAT TO DO???: Bow your heads, kneel down and ask God for forgiveness. Because, only what is good and is not under the power of evil will survive the catastrophe. In order for you to prepare and remain alive and safe, I will give you the following signs:
ANGUISH AND IN A SHORT PERIOD THE EARTHQUAKE WILL COMMENCE. THE EARTH WILL SHAKE. The shake will be so violent that will move the earth 23 degrees and then it will return it to its normal position. Then, total and absolute darkness will cover the entire planet. All the evil spirits will be mingling around and free, doing harm to all those souls that did not want to listen to this message and those who did not want to repent. To the faithful souls, remember to light the blessed candles, prepare a sacred altar with a crucifix in order to communicate with GOD and implore for His infinite mercy. All will be dark; and IN THE SKY A GREAT MYSTIC CROSS will appear to remind us the price that his beloved Son had to pay for our redemption.
In the house the only thing that can give light will be the HOLY CANDLES. Once lit, nothing will put them off until the three days of darkness are over. Also, you should have holy water that should be sprinkled abundantly on windows and doors. The Lord will protect the property of the chosen ones. .Kneel down before the powerful cross of my beloved Son, pray the Rosary and after each Hail Mary you must pray the following:
‘Oh God forgive us our sins, preserve us from the fires of hell, take all souls to heaven, especially those who are in more need of thy mercy. Blessed Virgin Mary, protect us, we love you, save us and save the world’.
Pray 5 Creeds and the Rosary which is the secret to my immaculate Heart. All those who believe in my words go and take the message to everyone, DO NOT FEAR! FEAR NOTHING DURING THE LORD’S GREAT DAY. Talk to all, now that there is time. Those who keep quiet will be responsible for all those souls who will perish in ignorance. All those who pray humbly the rosary will have the protection of heaven. Those who are bound to die, I will help them die in peace, and they will be holy when they enter the other world.
I wish all my children to attend mass every first Friday and every first Saturday of each month; to confess and receive Holy Communion; and in doing so, save the world from its TOTAL DESTRUCTION!! When the earth shakes no more, those who still do not believe in our Lord will perish in a horrible way:- The wind will bring gas and it will disperse it everywhere, then the sun will rise. Maybe you will survive this catastrophe. Do not forget that God’s punishment is holy and ONCE IT HAS STARTED YOU SHOULD NOT LOOK OUTSIDE, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE!!!! GOD DOES NOT WANT ANY OF HIS GOOD CHILDREN TO SEE WHEN HE PUNISHES THE SINNERS.
All this encompasses with the writings of the Holy Scriptures. Read on the New Testament: Lucas 21 – 5:121, 12:19, 20:20, 29:33 Letters of St Paul 3 – 8 – 14 Isaiah 40, 1:5:9.
You must understand that God allows all this to happen. The Pope and Bishops are now awaiting another message that speaks about repentance and prayer. Please remember that God’s words are not a threat, but good news. Please reproduce these pages and send them to all you know so we all can have the opportunity to repent and be saved. We do not know if those receiving this message believe or not in GOD, but just think that, if you are receiving this message it is for a good reason from God who created us and loves us so much! Our Creator is giving us the chance to be saved, no matter what religion or creed we may be.
The Miraculous Medal and Claude Newman
Claude Newman was a twenty-year-old African-American who, in 1943, awaited execution in a prison in Mississippi. His crime was that of ambushing and shooting a man named Sid Cook, his beloved grandmother’s abusive second husband. One day, noticing a medal hanging around the neck of a fellow prisoner, Claude asked the young man what it was. The latter responded by casting the medal to the ground with a curse saying, “Take it.”
The medal was a Miraculous Medal of Our Lady of Graces, and though knowing nothing about it or who it represented, Claude picked up the oval trinket and hung it around his neck.
The Miraculous Medal
of Our Lady of Graces
During the night, Claude was awakened by a touch on his wrist to behold a glowing vision whom he later described as “the most beautiful woman that God ever created.”
The lady calmed the frightened man and said, “If you would like me to be your mother, and you my child, send for a Priest of the Catholic Church.” And she disappeared.
“A ghost, a ghost!” screamed Claude, at the same time clamoring for a Catholic Priest.
The next morning Father Robert O’Leary, SVD, (who later wrote the story) was summoned. After listening to the extraordinary account, he found that Claude was illiterate, and knew nearly nothing about religion. So he proceeded to carefully catechize not only him but four other inmates who were deeply impressed by Claude’s account. Occasionally, two sisters from Father O’Leary’s church joined the catechetical team. Several weeks later, when Father introduced the sacrament of confession, Claude volunteered, “Oh, I know about that! The Lady told me that when we go to confession we are kneeling down not before a priest, but before the cross of her Son. And that when we are truly sorry for our sins, and we confess our sins, the Blood He shed flows down over us and washes us free from all sins.”
The priest and nuns were stunned at this new revelation. Seeing their surprise, Claude heartily apologized, “O, don’t be angry, don’t be angry. I didn’t mean to blurt it out!”
“The Lady told me that when we go to confession we are kneeling down not before a priest, but before the cross of her Son.”
But assuring him that he was far from angry, Father O’Leary asked Claude if he had seen the Lady again. Taking the priest aside, the young man said, “She told me that if you doubted me or showed hesitancy, I was to remind you that lying in a ditch in Holland in 1940, you made a vow to her which she’s still waiting for you to keep.”
This revelation convinced Father of Claude’s claim. In fact, during the war, O’Leary had promised to build a church in honor of the Immaculate Conception, a promise he fulfilled in 1947. This church stands to this day in Clarksdale, Mississippi. As Father and Claude returned to the class on confession, Claude told his classmates, “You should not be afraid of confession. You’re really telling God your sins, not the priest. You know, the Lady said that confession is something like a telephone. We talk through the priest to God, and God talks back to us through the priest.”
When about a week later Father O’Leary and the sisters were preparing to teach on the Blessed Sacrament, Claude asked if he could share what the Lady had told him about the Eucharist. The catechist joyfully acquiesced, and Claude related, “The Lady told me that in Communion, I will only see what looks like a piece of bread. But she told me that It is really and truly her Son, and that He will be with me just as He was with her Father O’Leary testified: “I’ve never seen anyone go to his death as joyfully and as happily.”
Before He was born in Bethlehem. She told me that I should spend my time like she did during her lifetime with Him, in loving Him, adoring Him, thanking Him, praising Him, and asking Him for blessings. I shouldn’t be distracted or bothered by anybody else or anything else, but I should spend those few minutes in my thoughts alone with Him.”
Finally, the catechumens were received into the Church. The baptismal records of St. Mary’s parish (Vicksburg) record Claude’s baptismal day as January 16, 1944. He was scheduled for execution on January 20th.
As Sheriff Williamson asked Claude if he had a last request, he couldn’t believe the answer:
“Well, all my friends are all shook up. The jailer is all shook up. But you don’t understand. I’m not going to die; only this body is. I’m going to be with Her. So, then, I would like to have a party.”
And so, he had his party with cake and ice cream and his fellow inmates were allowed to attend. On the morning of execution, Claude was full of joy. As he prepared with Father O’Leary, Sheriff Williamson rushed in shouting that the governor had granted a two-week reprieve. To his amazement, Claude broke down in sobs, inconsolable, crying:
“But you don’t understand! If you ever saw her face, and looked into her eyes, you wouldn’t want to live another day! What have I done wrong these past weeks that God would refuse me my going home? Why, Father? Why must I still remain here for two weeks?”
Then Father O’Leary had an inspiration. There was a prisoner, James Hughs, who, despite having been raised Catholic, had led a horribly immoral life, and was also on death row for murder. James had a particular hatred for Claude, and all priests as well. Father O’Leary then proposed that Claude offer his disappointment on not being executed that day for Hughs’ conversion, which Claude did, generously offering his prayers and last two weeks for the salvation of his fellow inmate.
Finally, Claude was executed on February 4, 1944.
Father O’Leary testified: “I’ve never seen anyone go to his death as joyfully and as happily. Even the official witnesses and the newspaper reporters were amazed. They said they couldn’t understand how anyone could sit in the electric chair beaming with happiness.”
Claude had obtained from Our Lady that James have a glimpse of his place in hell. This glimpse had horrified him and, full of fear of God, he had asked to go to Confession. When the time came for James Hughs to be executed, he violently refused all spiritual assistance, cursing and blaspheming even while seated on the electric chair. He was asked if he had a last word.
Suddenly, looking to a corner of the room, there was a surprised, then horrified, look on his face, and he shouted, “Get me a priest!”
Father O’Leary, who was in the room, approached and heard the man’s full confession.
Then Sheriff Williamson, who could not bear his curiosity, asked the condemned man what was in the corner. James explained that he had seen Claude Newman and the Blessed Virgin behind him, her hands on his shoulders. Then, Claude had obtained from Our Lady that he, James, have a glimpse of his place in hell. That’s when, filled with horror, he demanded a priest. Once again the simple wearing of the Miraculous Medal of Our Lady of Graces called down Our Lady’s maternal gaze, and saved not only one, but many souls in that Mississippi prison.
Mother Mary:…You receive in Communion the all-holy God, yet you yourself are far from holy.
A single Communion should be enough to fill you with all the fervor of the saints, yet all your Communions leave you as cold as you were before You are always to some degree reserved in dealing with Jesus, though He does not hold back at all in heaping His blessings upon you.
His presence when you have received Him indeed inspires in you great desires of virtue, and you promise Him much. But the desires and the promises soon fade.
You would certainly not deal in this way with an important man of this world if he honored you with a visit.
How aware you are of the gifts a friend gives you! How ready to thank him! Love cannot rest until it has found a way of expressing its gratitude.
Can it be, my child, that you lack occasions for practicing virtue, such as the saints made use of after Communion when they wanted to show Jesus how sensible they were of the graces they received?
What He asks for more than anything else is that you keep careful watch over your affections so that they are directed too Him.
If you were to keep careful watch over yourself after receiving Communion, you would retain the devotion you had at the time of Communion. Such watchfulness after every Communion is the best means you have of preparing for the next.