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WEDNESDAY      November 4, 1998      SECTION ONE       vol 9, no. 216

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For the first time ever, an apparition is approved in the first stage while still on-going at Betania

      Because of the fruits, Bishop Pio Ricardo Bello who had just been appointed head of the Diocese of Los Teques in Venezuela and who had known the Betania visionary Maria Esperanza de Bianchini for well over forty years, surprised everyone with an official letter of approval of the Betania Apparitions at the Diocesan level on November 21, 1987. It was the first time an apparition had been approved while the visions were still happening. He based his findings on all the evidence he had poured over. He would be rewarded for his faith and belief on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception four years later when the Sacred Host would bleed in the hands of Maria's Spiritual Director after consecrating the Host at Holy Mass in front of thousands. For the chapter, Approval of the Apparitions and the Universal Meaning of the Messages, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.

The New Lourdes: Betania - Refuge of Reconciliation
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Approval of the Apparitions and the Universal Meaning of the Messages

      These testimonies were instrumental in the apparition being approved one day before Maria Esperanza de Bianchini's 59th birthday on November 22, 1987. The new bishop of Los Teques, Bishop Pio Ricardo Bello, who first met Maria in 1944, was the perfect instrument in God's plan. Though admitting to having an "interior attitude of doubt and skepticism," prayer and his expertise as a professor at the Catholic University in Caracas in theological and psychological training benefited him in deciphering over 381 written declarations and interviewing over 200 principles over a 500 hour span, which included a special trip to Rome to consult with the Holy See. Finally, convinced of the authenticity of the Apparition, he officially issued the Church's approval on November 21, 1987 with the following statement:

      Bishop Pio Bello stated to us in a private audience that, "Ricardo is actually my mother's maiden name and therefore I am not really Bishop Pio Bello Ricardo but rather Bishop Pio Ricardo Bello." He goes on in his Pastoral Letter to clarify the Church's position concerning private revelation:

      His Pastoral Letter is of some length, and it is not possible to copy it in its entirety in this article. However, for those who wish to read it, you may write the Bishop care of: Monsignor Pio Bellow, Curia Diocesana, Calle Junin. 19 Los Teques, State of Miranda, VENEZUELA. It is recommended you include a donation of two to five dollars and be sure to request the English translation.

      Our Blessed Mother's messages in Betania incorporate the messages of LaSalette, Rue de Bac, Lourdes, Fatima, San Giovanni, Beauraing, Banneaux, Garabandal, San Damiano, Akita, El Escorial in Spain, Medjugorje, San Nicholas, Naju, Hrushiv, Ecuador, Ireland, and here in the United States and Canada, as well as what the Vicar of Christ is exhorting; that is that the messages are becoming ever more urgent. As a loving Mother she begs and pleads and Maria, as a true mystic, knows only too well the seriousness of her supplication.

      A few months before the approval Our Lady delivered a very powerful message on August 11, 1987: "Man is actually abusing the received graces and is going towards perdition; if a change does not come and improve his living he will succumb under the fire, war and death."

      Earlier in 1973, Maria received the following on March 23 regarding the end times and the Reign of the Sacred Heart: "It is the difficult hour for all humanity and it is necessary to detain the misunderstanding between brothers; the nations must be united. My Jesus' love will be the door that will open hearts to give passage to a beautiful age that must resuscitate the nations to a glorious teaching of unity. Take advantage of time because the hour is coming in which my Son will present Himself before all as Judge and Savior; you must be in the necessary conditions to live together with Him that Great Day; do not believe this is far."

      On April 27 of the same year, Our Lady imparted, "The Great Day in which my Son will come is approaching. Pray very much so the horrible clash that is coming and that could end with so many innocents (being hurt) can be detained." This confirms the recent messages of many visionaries and locutionists here in the United States that God's Justice is near.

      Our Lady also followed up with the message Pope John Paul II has been expounding when she stated to Maria: "When you are asked what Messages have been given to you, answer textually: Our Mother has come as Mary, Virgin and Mother - Reconciler of Nations, and her Message is to commit oneself to a better service to the Catholic Church. And we have to do this service reconciling ourselves more and more, all the Christians, since reconcilement encourages human rights, social justice, renovation, and charisma. And furthermore, Reconcilement supposes Truth, Love, Reparation and Liberty of Conscience, to live in consonance with the doctrine that Jesus Christ bequeathed us." This is the essence of the Holy Father'' most recent encyclical, Veritatis Splendor. She relayed to Maria in 1988: "Sons and daughters, I beg you to take advantage of the days, hours, minutes, seconds to prepare yourselves. Evangelization is the representation of the New Golden Age of a New World, where Peace and the ways of Love will take all to reach rectitude and the knowledge of God's sons and daughters. All are God's sons and daughters. His Nation. I keep you in My Heart. Love, love with no limits."

      In the next installment we will treat Our Lady's words in which she urges all her children to Take Refuge in My Immaculate Heart.

"This Chastisement is My Mercy."

     Those are the powerful words from Our Lord in message 264 and prefaced in message 263 by His Blessed Mother as imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. Our Lady prepares us for her Divine Son's Coming, reminding us the time is very, very near and Jesus confirms everything she has conveyed by expounding on the fact that the sorrows we will experience are all part of the cleansing - His Mercy at work in preparing us for the Age of the Divine Will and He reemphasizes the importance of the Lord's Prayer, particularly the passage "Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven." For messages number 263 and 264, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages Two Hundred Sixty-three and Two Hundred Sixty-four

Message Two Hundred Sixty-three, December 10, 1992

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

Message Two Hundred Sixty-four, December 13, 1992

(Third Sunday of Advent - Gaudete Sunday)
(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred Heart of Jesus)

Biblically speaking, Noah was way ahead of his time and so are the kids!

     Today we bring you two short vignettes on biblical events structured around misconceptions of what really happened or what the words really meant in one entitled "The Bible According to Kids" and the other regarding the Genesis account of Noah and his ark from a modern perspective for application today. For these two vignettes, click on A NOVEMBER CORNUCOPIA OF FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
      Today's biblicologys come from EJB and NH via e-mail and should prompt us to go back and check the Good Book because the light-hearted bit below in no way resembles the Word, but it is clever. The first - "The Bible According to Kids" gives us a new take on looking at things from an innocent, naieve perspective. The second looks at the story of Noah's Ark from a unique viewpoint in providing all the basics necessary for knowledge in "All I ever need to know I learned from Noah's Ark."

The Bible According to Kids

All I ever need to know I learned from Noah's Ark


      Today is the Feast of the Bishop Saint Charles Borromeo while tomorrow we return to Ordinary Time with the Thirty-first Thursday. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on St. Charles, click on LITURGY

Wednesday, November 4, 1998

Feast of Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop

Thursday, November 5, 1998


     Today's Prayer is taken from the Ambrosian Missal for the Preface celebrating the feast of Saint Charles Borromeo:

Today we wish to praise You as we recall our saintly bishop Charles, who glorified You by his eminent virtues. You gave him to the Church as a solicitous shepherd who was a shining light in the darkness of the world and, inflamed with ardent charity, was for Your flock a mirror of life and a model of justice. He led to You the people entrusted to his care and in moments of difficulty he was able to sustain his people with dedicated love.

October 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   Dear children! Today I call you to come closer to my Immaculate Heart. I call you to renew in your families the fervor of the first days when I called you to fasting, prayer and conversion. Little children, you accepted my messages with open hearts, although you did not know what prayer was. Today, I call you to open yourselves completely to me so that I may transform you and lead you to the heart of my Son Jesus, so that He can fill you with His love. Only in this way, little children, will you find true peace - the peace that only God gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call.

For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

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November 4, 1998 volume 9, no. 216   DAILY CATHOLIC