DAILY CATHOLIC    ASH WEDNESDAY     February 17, 1999     vol. 10, no. 33


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          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 seven

Messages containing Visions and insights into the life of Christ.

          Amparo Cuevas, a visionary and victim soul chosen by Our Lord, was permitted to have visions during a number of the apparitions. She saw what Our Lady presented to her and Amparo would make some brief observations, which oftentimes limited themselves to the use of descriptive words. She had a vision of the Transfiguration of Christ and asked questions of Our Lady concerning the names of the persons she was not sure about. Amparo also enjoyed a vision of the Blessed Trinity which left her confused and perplexed especially since she could not see clearly God the Father. The visionary also viewed hundreds of angels carrying Our Blessed Mother into the mansions of the Father. Also familiar to her were the activities and function of some of the archangels, which she was able to observe.

          She described the vision of Purgatory, which appeared to her as a dark planet with very little light. She stated that she saw persons like us but they lacked the light of God. Amparo indicated that "the punishment is in proportion to the sin which has been committed. The greatest sinners will suffer most, and the sufferings will also be felt with greater intensity in the part of the body with which more sins have been committed. For example, a very talkative person will suffer in the mouth." Once the sinners are purified, they will pass on to the celestial mansion, which will correspond to them according to their merits which they recorded on earth during their life.

          Amparo also had a partial vision of hell, which she described as "horrible" and "terrible." She saw grotesque creatures that were constantly cursing God. She saw flames coming out of it. Our Lady explained that this was due to the false doctrines that were being preached by some people. Amparo saw bodies burning like red hot iron, and Our Lady explained that every member of the body, which commits sin, is tormented. The souls were constantly saying: "Cursed mouth," "cursed arms," and "may my whole body be cursed for it has served me only for damnation." Our Lady indicated that there were many hells, each hell would be according to one's sin. God the Father will give each one according t one's sin. Got the Father will give each one according to the punishment which he deserves.

          The Spanish visionary was also permitted to see Heaven. However, the description here was more detailed because she spoke of mansions of different colors and what each of these colors meant. She also saw, with other persons who were in attendance, the image of Our Blessed Mother and her Son in the sun. The sun was spinning with beautiful colors among which the most prominent were blue, rose, yellow and green.

          Amparo was also privileged with another vision in which she saw four angels whose mission it was to destroy the earth. She was also given to see how the apostles of the last times will be dressed. It was a very graphic description, which dealt with the different items of clothing from shoes to what they were going to wear on their head.

          Amparo was also permitted to have a vision of the Assumption and how Our Blessed Mother was carried to Heaven by angles. Our Lady stated during the same apparition: "My body was not dead; it was asleep. They carried me to Heaven after being on earth. I also suffered very much, my child." The visionary continues to have visions.

          Amparo also received Messages presenting episodes with insights into the life of Jesus and His Blessed Mother. These messages are those which contain many details with respect to different aspects of the life of Jesus and Mary. They are different from the preceding classification in that they are longer, sometimes 9, 10, and 11 pages in length.

          At the beginning of the apparition, the Blessed Mother states that she is going to share a "mystery" of her life with Amparo. The she asks the visionary to narrate or describe what she sees. Amparo provides us with many details about a particular event or episode. Our Lady asks Amparo to narrate what she sees. Amparo provides details on the birth of Christ: The Child is on straw in a poor anger; it is very cold. Saint Michael goes to Limbo to inform Joachim and Ann, the Holy Fathers and the prophets that the King of Heaven is born. All in Limbo sing a song of praise to God: "Glory to God who has been born incarnate in a virgin and became man as King of Heaven and earth."

          Another angel visits Elizabeth to inform her of the news. Elizabeth sends clothing and money to Mary and Joseph. Another example of an episode in the life of Jesus and Mary is recorded in the message of January 5, 1985. The event is the adoration of the Child Jesus by the Magi as narrated by Amparo. The Holy Family is ready to leave the cave because it is very cold and humid: A voice tells them not to leave because the Magi from the Orient are coming to adore the Child. Angels wake up the Magi and tell them to go to Bethlehem to adore the King of Heaven and earth. They arrive, enter the cave, and kneel with their heads to the ground in adoration. The Magi purchase blankets, clothing, and toys for the Christ Child. One of them offers a necklace and some diamond rings to the Blessed Mother. She does not accept stating the she has never worn jewelry. Jesus converses with His Mother expressing love and gratitude for having brought Him into the world.

          Finally, in the message of August 15, 1986, Our Lady asks Amparo to narrate what she sees. She described the events leading to the Assumption of Our Blessed Mother into Heaven. Informed by God the Father that she is to leave this earth, Our Lady sends her angels to Rome to inform the apostles about it. They come and gather around her. She asks each of the apostles to give her their blessing. She shows a light in her breast that looks like a tabernacle. She has carried this tabernacle throughout her life. She names Good Friday as the day of her sleep. Jesus says that He is taking her to the Valley of Josaphat. "She will rise on the third day because she is the Mother of God." Jesus said that, "her soul will be taken to Paradise, and her body will remain three days in this same place." In Heaven, she is crowned and all the angels render homage to her.


    Next Installment: Messages which explain a theme.

February 17, 1999       volume 10, no. 33


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