August 20-22, 2001
volume 12, no. 144
"My soul is restless, Lord, till it rests in Thee."
The Feast of two Holy Crusaders and the Queenship of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
This issue covers Monday's Feast of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, the holy Abbot and Doctor of the Church who preached the crusades; Tuesday's Feast of the crusader of the Holy Eucharist, Pope Saint Pius X; and Wednesday's Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and her Coronation as Queen of Heaven and earth. For profiles of these feasts and vignettes on the saints, see LITURGY OF THE SAINTS.
Memorare to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
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 by this confidence we fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins our Mother. To thee do we come, before thee do we stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer us. Amen.
The Memorare was composed by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
Evil in the heart can greatly stain the soul!
"It is the things that we like that make our character; life is stained only because the heart is impure. Thoughts are the eggs of words, and when the will gives motive power to evil thought, they become actual transgressions. No man would be believed who, holding a bucket of muddy water in his hand, said that he drew it from a spring that was crystal clear."
Pope's Intentions for August
The Pope's General Intention for August 2001 is Legislators and leaders whose decisions are guided by God. How timely considering the stone-walling by the American bishops in calling legislators and leaders to task and the impending decision by President George W. Bush on whether to sign the death warrant for America by allowing federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, or to do the right thing which the Pope urged him to do during his face to face meeting last week. The Holy Father's Missionary intention is Use of China's own great tradtion to enrich the spirituality of the Church in China. On this intention we must pray for China shows little signs of permitting religious freedom despite the rhetoric.
The Message, Meaning & Medals of Rue de Bac
Our Lady foretold of these times over a century and a half ago!
The Age of Marian Apparitions began in 1830 at Rue de Bac. Now this time of Our Lady's visits are coming to a close. Godincidentally her messages all tie in with the visions to Saint Catherine Laboure and the completion of the Medal of the Virgin of the Globe per Mary's request for a medal to be cast depicting her offering a golden globe to the Heavenly Father from all her children as the Advocate, Mediatrix and CoRedemptrix. For more on this, see Medal of the Virgin Most Powerful
Why was the Blessed Virgin Mary weeping so when she appeared to visionaries Maximim and Melanie on September 19, 1846? Read her words and you too will weep as you better understand 155 years later how Our Lady foretold of these times we are in when "Rome would lose the faith and become the seat of the antichrist." Blessed Pope Pius IX realized this and declared, "Unless you do penance, you shall all perish." Both the Mother of God and previous Roman Pontiffs have warned us and yet we have not listened. We reap what we sow and, as Pope Pius XII said on the Centenary in 1946, "The Madonna in Tears came to abjure her children to enter resolutely the path of conversion to her Divine Son, and of reparation for so many sins that offend the August and Eternal Majesty." With sin having become the rule and conversion the exception, do you think the direction the Church has taken since Vatican II is the right path? Read what Our Lady says in these approved apparitions in Messages of LaSalette
"In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph"
Since Our Lady's Heart has not yet triumphed, the Fatima mission and message continues. Read the messages conveyed to the three visionaries Blessed Francisco and Blessed Jacinta and Sister Lucia. We will not make an opinion here as to the Third Message compared to the First and Second. We leave that to you as you read the contents of all. For these messages, see Messages of Fatima
Is Medjugorje the final piece of the puzzle?
The Last 200 Years: The Age of Marian Apparitions
Since the Feast of Saint John the Baptist on June 24, 1981 the Mother of God is purported to be appearing to visionaries in the Bosnian village of Medjugorje. As with all private revelation not officially recognized yet by the Church, we respectfully recognize and accept the final authority regarding apparitions, locutions and prophecies presently being reported around the world rests with the Holy See of Rome and the perennial Magisterium of Holy Mother Church to whose judjment we humbly and obediently submit. To learn more about the messages and meaning of Medjugorje, see MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
From Rue de Bac to Lourdes through Medjugorje and Betania, Our Lady has been pleading with her children. She has consistently affirmed Church doctrine, warning of dire consequences if we did not repent, convert our hearts, turn back to her Divine Son Jesus, do penance, and stay in the state of sanctifying grace through the sacraments. For other messages, see Other Marian Apparitions