DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     December 2, 1998     vol. 9, no. 234


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          In the lush South American country of Venezuela that the Blessed Virgin Mary calls her "land of grace," which is bordered by the Carribean Sea to the north, the Andes Mountains to the southwest and the Amazon Jungle in the south, Our Lady has been appearing for centuries. And ever since 1976, she has been coming to a tiny, remote, tropical farm in Betania, Venezuela to establish a special Refuge for all her children as the New Ark of Salvation under the special title "Mary, Virgin and Mother of Reconciliation for all people and nations." She calls Betania the "New Lourdes" offering the same healing waters to all who will take refuge in her Immaculate Heart. God has chosen Maria Esperanza de Bianchini as His special visionary with many mystical graces to convey His Mother's messages to all His children as she beckons us all to become her "Ambassadors of Reconciliation" while effecting a very special Eucharistic Miracle intricately linked with Betania. We continue with our in-depth story of this modern Lourdes from a first-hand perspective in the aftermath of our pilgrimage to this "Land of Grace."

          No matter the age, Our Lady has been imparting the same message: "Pray! Pray! Pray!" It is only through constant prayer, taken as a bouquet in loving, motherly intercession before the Throne of God, that the hearts of mankind will eventually be softened and all her little ones brought into accord with the Will of God. This continuing in-depth series on the grace-filled mystical phenomena of Our Lady's appearances through the ages and the meaning of her messages will open eyes and hearts because she is the mother of us all and her words of wisdom and warnings must be taken seriously...very seriously!

The New Lourdes: Betania - Refuge of Reconciliation
part nine

A Message of Unity and Reconciliation

          Our Lady is always drawing us closer to her Son Jesus. On our Betania experience she was successful in doing just that…focusing a deeper reverence and love for Jesus through His Mother's - our Heavenly Mother's intercession and guidance. Her first message to the Betania visionary Maria de Bianchini Esperanza reaffirms this:

            "I will be your refuge, my daughter, I have given you my heart. I give it to you and will always give it…I am the Reconciler of all people, my child, I am giving you a piece of heaven…Lourdes…Betania in Venezuela…it is a place for all, not only Catholics…it is for all because there is no class distinction of nations and religions. This land is for the gathering of all those that wish to enter here.

            "This is your Mother who gives herself, as in Lourdes, Fatima, El Pilar in Zaragoza, Guanare…as in so many other places where I still offer myself. But remember: Here will be the Light of the east.

            "This place will be a place of belief, of prayer, of faith, love, and charity. It will be for the ennoblement of the hearts of whoever draws near…a renewal of the city of God. I wish to create here, in this place, a replica of my holy fountain. Lourdes does not need more said for it, there I live, that is the truth. Thus I will live in Venezuela, in the Betania of a more powerful day. The maternal water that I bring is the water of life; it is the water of health, of baptism. It is the origin of your life in Christ; it will be the water for pardon that will wash away your faults and will renew you. Even more will you praise my name with the Hail Mary, which is a simple salutation. Our encounter will be more alive, more moving, and again you will be able to rekindle again the faith in the hearts of your brothers and sisters.

            "Little sons and daughters, here you have me among you, so that you experience me and contemplate me among bushes and trees of this little wood that I have chosen. Here all of you will find health, peace, and love of this Mother, who, with the spring of water, desires to renew you. Because of the love of my Heavenly Father, that of my Divine Son and Holy Spirit, the Consoler, burns eternally in your hearts. They inflame you with the holy fire that the supernatural life communicates to you, the life of grace, the Divine Life. May there be participation in the Divine Love, in the Divinity. Do you understand me well? Do you know what it is that I want to point out to you?

            "It is for this, that, as Mother, as the Immaculate Mother, Mediatrix of all graces, that I call you to this place…so that my union with you may be more intimate and vital, through the Holy Spirit, permitting you to live deeply the spirit of the Gospel. Yes, children, I am your Mother; furthermore, I am the refuge of sinners and the help of all Christians.

            "It is for this that I invite you to come frequently to tell me what you feel, your preoccupations, your troubles, your complaints, in short, all the hopes you have, the doubts or anxieties. I invite you especially to consecrate your hearts to me, so that I may renew them.

            "Give yourselves over unconditionally into my maternal arms, live as in infancy, as little children, so that I may hold you in my protection. With my Immaculate glance hidden within you as in the little home of Nazareth, you can begin your apostolic preparation, being able, little by little, to overcome many things, being able to receive each day the Eucharist, as the food of souls and so be strengthened by my Divine Son."

          In the next installment we will discuss what Our Lady means when she asks us all at Betania to pray for Reconciliation.

December 2, 1998       volume 9, no. 234


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