DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     February 10, 1999     vol. 10, no. 28

THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS

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    INTRODUCTION
          Southwest of Lourdes in El Escorial, Spain north of Madrid is another lesser-known apparition site which began at shortly after the Betania apparitions had commenced and just prior to the Medjugorje apparitions. The parallels of El Escorial to Lourdes and Betania are astounding. Today we continue a multi-part series on these visions brought to you by Juan Gonzalez, a linguist and confidant of the visionary Amparo Cuevas. Juan has dedicated his life to translating many works and messages in five languages into English. He has over 2000 pages on the messages to Amparo and has translated many of noted French Mariologist Father Rene Laurentin's books on Medjugojre, Marian Apparitions and San Nicholas. The focus on El Escorial is spreading the need for Prayer, Penance and Sacrifice as Our Lady repeats over and over to her children, not only in Spain but throughout the world as we await the dawn of a new, glorious spiritual age promised by Jesus and His Blessed Mother

          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 Apparitions at El Escorial, Spain - Sacrifice leads to Salvation
part six

Come to Jesus in humility and you will be rewarded.

          The visionary at El Escorial Amparo Cuevasherself suffers very much. She suffers from calumnies, ridicule, false accusations, trials sent to her by God, including the stigmata whichcauses her to bleed from forehead, hands, knees, back and side, as well as from the drops which she drinks from the chalice of suffering. Occasionally, the Blessed Mother will reward her for this suffering by asking her to write from one to six names in the Book of Life.

          Humility is a virtue, which Our Lady preaches in her messages to Amparo. The visionary is told to seek situations in which she can be humiliated because through humility one can attain heaven. Our Lady tells her to kiss the ground "for consecrated souls.", "for the conversion of sinners," for the sick." Jesus also tells Amparo to kiss the ground as a sign of humility. Our Lady explains how her Son used to do it many times a day in praying to His Heavenly Father. She reminds Amparo that those who will humble themselves will be exalted. Amparo is to seek the last place always. It is this humility that is tied in very closely with suffering. With humility and suffering which are indispensable to enter Heaven according to Our Lady comes the virtues of obedience and charity. She and her Son are the models of all virtues and this is often stressed by Our Blessed Mother, in order to enter Heaven, we must imitate Jesus, and the example of His Blessed Mother.

          Confession and Holy Communion are frequent themes in the messages. The Blessed Mother advises her children to receive Holy Communion when they attend Mass. However, she sates that they must go to confession first because there are many sins being committed by persons who receive Holy Communion without going to confession. Amparo explains to the multitude that confession has to be made to a priest and not to God the Father and that suffices. Our Lady stresses that is has to be done before a priest, who has been given the power to absolve sins.

          Devotions recommended by Our Lady to Amparo and her children are also themes of the messages. First and foremost is attendance at Mass, daily if possible. This is followed by confession and Holy Communion. Our Lady emphasizes the many graces and blessings derived from these spiritual exercises. She then encourages the recitation of at least five decades of the rosary daily, and, if possible, the entire rosary. "My Son is sad and lonely in the tabernacle" observes the Blessed Mother on several occasions. Therefore, she requests that her children visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament as often as they can so that they may console Him and make reparation for sins. The stations of the cross are strongly recommended.

          In her message of October 12, 1983, Our Lady said: "I also ask you, my children, to observe with devotion all the first Saturdays of the month. He who observes the first Saturdays of the month, confesses his sins and receives the Holy Eucharist, and prays the Holy Rosary daily, my Immaculate Heart promises to shed graces over all humanity, my children, over all those who have fulfilled what I have asked them, my children. I also promise to assist them at the hour of their death and to preserve them from the fires of hell."

          In her message of December 3, 1983, she affirmed: "My children, I am going to promise something else. All those who will observe all of these things will also pass through Purgatory, but only see the pains from which they have been freed by complying with these things. But that is why without suffering such pains, they will enter into the Heavenly mansions."

          The end times and the chastisement appear in a number of messages to Amparo. Our Lady warns of their coming but tells her children to prepare for them through prayer, penance, and sacrifice. She speaks of overwhelming destruction to come about, the disappearance of certain countries, the collision of Heavenly bodies, the millions of people who will die. In one of the messages, she states the during the chastisement those who are in the state of divine grace will be in ecstasy for a few moments and will not suffer pain. But she emphasizes prayer and sacrifice as a form of preparation for the event. In several messages, Our Lady has stated that she wants to save all of humanity, but not everyone wants to be saved. By her role as Mother of God, with Her Divine Son, she wants to save souls through the Infinite Merits of her Divine Son.

    Next Installment: Messages containing Visions


February 10, 1999       volume 10, no. 28
THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS

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