The second series, which winds up in this issue this weekend after running for several years, is "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU...". It is the compendium containing 632 Messages from Our Lord and His Blessed Mother to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart which Cyndi received from September 22, 1990 to the Solemnity of Corpus Christi on June 18, 1995. There are quite a few God-incidences to the timing of these final messages and the timing of completing them this weekend on the web.
First of all, Our Lady's final message - 631 - came on June 14, 1995 in which she conveyed, in part: "On this day I speak to all of my children through you, my little hidden flower, for the last time." It was appropriate that the Blessed Virgin Mary's last message to the world came on the fourteenth of June for Mary was fourteen when she was conceived by the Holy Spirit and it was fourteen years and ten days from the date of her first apparition at Medjugorje. Our Lady's first words to the Hidden Flower on September 22, 1990 were, "I am your Heavenly Mother, Mary. I am Queen of Peace, Mother of Almighty God, and these words are delivered to you, my beloved children, through one of my children - my beloved hidden flower whom I have chosen to be my voice to my people. I ask that, in total faith and abandonment to the Will of the Eternal Father, you believe as if you each had individually heard my Heavenly voice within your heart." For the next five years Our Lady and her Divine Son conveyed words of wisdom, love and reminders that we all need to do more for the sake of our own souls and others. Everything imparted proved to be in total harmony with Sacred Scripture and Church Doctrine and every message was discerned by her spiritual director Father Al Svobodny, OMI before being published and each message printed was submitted to the Bishop of the Diocese she was living in at the time.
Our Lord's final words to the Hidden Flower - Message 632 - came on June 18, 1995 - the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ - quite appropriate since the Eucharist was at the core of all the messages given to her. It was also five years to the date that Jesus first asked Cyndi to take up a journal and begin writing the messages she was receiving through interior locution. From that Sunday to September 20, 1990 she received various messages from both Jesus and Mary for Cyndi's own spirituality and the family's in preparing all for the ministry that God had planned for us. That is why it is no God-incidence that nine years to the day that Our Lady commissioned the ministry of MIR-A-CALL Center to begin on the Solemnity of the Assumption in 1990, we complete our long run of carrying all the messages on the internet, having featured at least two a day for the last several years.
We had no idea what Our Lady had in mind when she first began speaking to Cyndi, nor did we have a clue how to disseminate what she asked. But, through total trust in God and His Providence we have persevered, we have fought the good fight. Not that it has been a fight, but rather truly a "labor of love." This editor gave up a lucrative position in advertising and promotion as the decade dawned in order to commit ourselves totally to our fiat to Jesus and Mary after our conversion experience in Medjugorje in May, 1990. Little did we know what God had in store for us. But we trusted. Even to this day we have no idea where the next dollar is going to come from in order to continue this ministry. But God has provided for the past nine years and we have never doubted. When things look the darkest, there is always the light for God is the Light and He has never left us stranded.
We truly believe it is this blind faith and trust that has made this ministry so successful in spite of our own blunders. We are merely the utensils, if you will, setting the table so God can provide the nourishment and appetisers. The main meal has already been prepared through Sacred Scripture and the Doctrines, Dogmas and Teachings of His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Private revelation is merely the spices and herbs that enhance the main entree, reinforcing Public Revelation and giving us a taste of something we might not have considered totally palatable in the past. That is a main reason Our Lord and Our Lady chose so many messengers to impart Their messages in order to reach such a wide variety of people, from all walks of life, from every belief and unbelief. The Almighty doesn't want one of His children to go astray. God realizes not everyone has been able to grasp the truths of the True Faith, and so He has sent His Mother to intercede for us and, like a loving mother, she entreats all to return to the Truth, the Way and the Life, reaching as many as she can in as many languages, dialects, cultures and ways of life as possible. This is why there are so many messengers, so many different styles. But one thing among true prophets always remains constant - the message itself in which Mary asks us to live our faith through a total conversion of heart, prayer, penance, a return to the Sacraments and total compliance with and obedience to the Magisterium of the Church. Her messages are always Christ-centered as any light reflecting on her beams back to her Divine Son.
It is also a God-incidence that shortly after the completion of the 100 Meditative Lessons on Church Teaching compiled in THE HIDDEN WAY, and shortly before the completion of all the messages of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." both books became available and can be ordered, as well as the Trilogy of the Mysteries of the Rosary by clicking on Books. Presently, because of crowded server space in archives, we cannot place all the messages in a file like we have with many of our features, columns and lists. Therefore, until we can expand, the only way to read the messages on line is by going back issue by issue in archives for both THE HIDDEN WAY and "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU...". It is much easier to order the books and have them at your disposal daily. Both are colorful, sturdy coffee-table type books that have been published in fullfilment of Our Lady's wish that these messages be available in the times when we need them most.
Over the five years Cyndi received the messages, she willingly accepted all that God had chosen for her and her family, giving her total fiat out of total love for God and His Blessed Mother. During that time she gave over fifty talks in 38 states but since the messages ceased, she has remained truly hidden as requested by God. In between her duties as a loving wife and mother, she spends most of her day in prayer and offering up her sufferings as a victim soul, while yours truly carries the bulk of the ministry through this growing publication known as the DAILY CATHOLIC which has reached a phenomenal number of people since going on line on All Saints Day in 1997. We are well over four and a half million since that time and fast approaching three million visitors for this year alone. Cyndi thanks all for their prayers and begs forgiveness for not being able to correspond yet with all who have written her. She has a very difficult time using her hand to write or type on the computer keyboard for any length of time. She assures all that she holds each and everyone who has written in prayerful remembrance to Our Lady before the Throne of God as her day has become a continuous prayer of offering all for His greater honor and glory, offering her pain in constant petition for Christ's Divine Mercy upon all and in praying for the swift arrival of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart which will usher in the glorious Reign of the Sacred Heart. This, Cyndi has been given to understand through interior vision, will be Heaven on earth and a time when all will truly believe and mystically see in the Blessed Sacrament the Eucharist Christ, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity!
And so we begin a week of rest and relaxation. In deference to the first summer hiatus week taken in July, this editor won't be spending as much time at the keyboard. There are a few projects to complete such as the archives for the first 24 installments of THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH which Tom Curtin of Illinois so wisely kept and forwarded the files to us so we don't have to retype them all. It only entails adding HTML scripts for these early installments and all 105 installments to date will be available for review. We hope to do the same with our on-going series AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS which Tom also saved, but we're not going to rush that if it takes time away from the family. This second summer hiatus will be more family time - a day at the beach, a day at Balboa Park and the Museums, possibly a day at Disneyland, a ball game, and an old-fashioned summer picnic. In short, we plan to spend a week enjoying the crazy, hazy, lazy days of summer before the boys head back to school in late August and we resume our regular features in September. We couldn't think of a better week to take this time than the week that sandwiches two of Our Lady's fabulous feasts - the Assumption and the Queenship of Mary. The latter is superseded by the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time but, in recalling our lives to date and thinking back how her call has completely changed our lives, even though we are in Ordinary Time, we can assure you there is nothing ordinary about Our Lady!
There is a difference between the ASCENSION and the ASSUMPTION. “Ascension” means that Jesus ascended into Heaven. That is, He did so by His Own power. “Assumption” means that Our Lady was ASSUMED into Heaven. That is, she was taken up into Heaven. She was brought there by the power of God. She did not ASCEND by her own power, but was ASSUMED there by the power of God.
Catholic theology teaches us that Mary comes after God in holiness and greatness. She is greater than all of the saints and angels. She is above the angels by a special grace given to her by God. But Mary is not God or equal to God. She cannot work any miracle by her own power. God Alone works every miracle that has ever taken place or will take place. Because God gave Mary so many extraordinary graces and privileges, she is especially beloved by Him and her every wish is granted by the Almighty.
In paragraph 966 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church we read what Pope Pius XII wrote in Munificentissimus Deus (1950) “Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into Heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death." The Catechism continues: “The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son’s Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians.”
In the Byzantine Liturgy for the Feast of the Assumption, August 15th, we read: “In giving birth you kept your virginity; in your Dormition you did not leave the world, O Mother of God, but were joined to the source of Life. You conceived the living God and, by your prayers, will deliver our souls from death.”
One may ask: “Did Our Blessed Mother actually die before being taken to Heaven or did she just fall asleep?”
Having had an excellent Catholic education, I can say that I was taught that we really do not know for sure if Our Lady did actually die or not. I have a personal opinion about that. I think Our Lady did die, though her body never suffered any corruption. Why do I think that? Because Our Lord died. And I think that Our Blessed Mother would have wanted to go through those “gates” since her Son did.
We do know, however, that at a certain moment, Our Blessed Mother’s body and soul were taken into Heaven. They were ASSUMED into Heaven where they are now.
The corruption of the human body is the result of original sin. As Our Blessed Mother was preserved from all stain of sin throughout her life, it would follow that her pure and sinless body would be free of any of the side effects of sin.
Have a Happy Feast of the Assumption and God bless you!
When a well known psychologist was 'exposed' as having done something she now councils against, she was vilified, mocked, ridiculed, etc. The notion of forgiveness and understanding was not forthcoming. In fact, no one seemed upset when Hustler publisher Larry Flynt offered a one million reward for any who could dig up some dirt on any politician. It didn't even matter when it happened, just as long as it happened. No, this was seen as 'pay back'. So much for the tolerance and understanding we keep hearing about.
In our faith, we're often told not to speak of sin, repentance or conversion. But rather to emphasize the "Good News" that God loves us, that God is love. If we do, we may have our 'mistakes' shoved back in our face. "Well you did (fill in the blank)." Or maybe it's just an assumption, "You must be a (fill in the blank)." This is love? If this is the 'Good News', it's only a part of it. An important pat of it is missing.
But here is the "Good News", that regardless of how stupid we are, what mistakes we make, what errors we commit, God loves us and is waiting to forgive our sins. What a terrible thing never to know or understand that. How terrible to let the guilt of sin eat away at us until we remove it by rationalizing it away, and attacking anyone, or anything, that reminds us of what we owe to God.
Imagine a parent who loves their child but never forgives them their mistakes. Or even worse, never tries to correct their mistakes. Imagine every time that the child tries to improve their mistake is thrown back in their face. Wouldn't we call that abuse and not love?
But the parent who forgets the mistakes and rejoices at their child learning and becoming a better person is a parent who loves. The child will learn from their mistakes and not dwell on them.
Consider the parable Christ gave us. "A man had two sons; and he went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work in the vineyard today.' And he answered, 'I will not'; but afterward he repented and went. And he went to the second and said the same; and he answered, 'I go, sir,' but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?" (Matthew 21:28-31).
Imagine if the father refused to acknowledge what his first son did? He made a mistake, repented of it, and did the will of his father. And what of the second? Yes, his father still loves him, however…..
Consider the parable of the Prodigal son! Here we have a son who abuses and takes advantage of his father's love. But when he realizes what he has done, returns humble and repentant. Offering to be his father's servant and not his son. Yet his father rejoices and treats him like a prince. "It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found" (Luke 15:32).
What of all the 'dead' and 'lost' in our world today? Do we tell them it's ok to remain with the swine, eating their leftovers? Or do we remind them that they have a loving Father (God) and mother (the Church), waiting for their return? "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.' Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance" (Luke 15:4-7).
The psalmist sang of God's Divine mercy even before Sister Faustina.
"O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good,
for His mercy endures for ever.
O give thanks to the God of gods,
for His mercy endures for ever.
O give thanks to the Lord of lords,
for His mercy endures for ever; to Him
who alone does great wonders,
for His mercy endures for ever;
to Him who by understanding made the Heavens,
for His mercy endures for
We seem to forget that some our greatest saints were among the greatest sinners. What would our reaction be if we saw St. Francis of Assisi attacked for once being declared the 'king of the revels', or how St. Augustine didn't want to convert too fast since he was enjoying his revels with the gnostics. What if we refused to listen to St. Paul since we were reminded that he once persecuted the Church, or St. Peter once denied Christ?
There is a song which states "He whom I have forgiven much, he loves me the most." "One of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him, and He went into the Pharisee's house, and took His place at table. And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that He was at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head, and kissed His feet, and anointed them with the ointment" (Luke 7: 36-38).
The Pharisee could not see beyond her past mistakes, her sin, to see her redemption in her sorrow and repentance. Today, such as she would be ridiculed if she went praising God for His mercy and exhorting sinners to repent and find the love and peace she was given. Nor did Christ say her act of repentance and conversion was unnecessary. Instead, He said her sins were forgiven because of her great love for Him seen in her act of repentance.
It seems to be the way of the world to use past mistakes, present weaknesses, and errors in judgement as a weapon against those who are trying to repent and grow in God's mercy and love. But also to gloss over and even turn a blind eye to those who relish in their sins, or continue, in ignorance of their errors, in them.
It seems that we have forgotten, in favor of a false sense of compassion and love, that the Church teaches us to "Council the doubtful, instruct the ignorant, and admonish the sinner (among other things). These are the Spiritual Works of Mercy based on Christ's teachings and Christian practice since the Apostles.
So, when we hear someone chastise the Church for not emphasizing "the Good News", remind them that the "Good News" is that "For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life….. And this is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than Light, because their deeds were evil. For every one who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light, lest his deeds should be exposed" (John 3: 16 & 19-20).
The Good News is that we can repent and return to God and be forgiven. Not just once or twice, but "seventy times seven times." And unlike a world which relishes in exposing and harping on past mistakes, we are called to follow Christ. Not in condoning error and sin, but in forgiving it. "Forgive us our trespasses (sins) as we forgive those who trespass against us" (Our Father).
"Take heed to yourselves; if your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him; and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, and says, 'I repent,' you must forgive him" (Luke 17:3-4).
This is the Good News, that God loves us so that He forgives our past errors and sins when we ask Him to in true repentance.