DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     February 24, 1999     vol. 10, no. 38


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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 eight

Messages which explain a theme.

          These messages to El Escorial visionary Amparo Cuevas are somewhat different from the messages of the two previous classifications in that the Blessed Mother presents a topic and discusses it in detail. Consequently, she will give an abundance of information on a particular theme. Some of the themes which she has expounded are: impurity, the justice of God, the mystery of the Immaculate Conception, the mystery of the maternity of Mary, consecrated souls, suffering, and others.

          In the message of December 8, 1984, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Our Lady shared this mystery of the Immaculate Conception with Amparo. She stated: "Defend my purity, my children. When the mystery of God the Father became flesh in my womb, there was no stain. It was purer and lighter than the lily...Remember that your mother was pure before and after, my child. The ray of the sun entered my womb and there my Son was formed. It was the mystery of His divine majesty, my children. My purity is a special gift which God, my Creator, granted to me, my children... Only the angels know the mystery of the Incarnation. of my purity, of my humility on earth, and of my charity toward human beings."

          By way of summary, it is appropriate to say that the messages, which the visionary Amparo Cuevas has received from our Blessed Mother for the past 17 plus years, are unique in their simplicity and complexity. They discuss or relate the major concerns, which the Queen of Heaven and earth has with respect to the spiritual decadence, which afflicts our society and is gradually gnawing at its moral fiber. The messages provide us with a wealth of information Marian spirituality as well as episodes on the lives of Jesus and Mary with numerous details not found in the Bible.

          Finally, the messages present us with the challenges of conversion and a spiritual rebirth which will enable us to establish the basis of a spiritual life designed to prepare us to meet our Creator.

          As with all the messages and apparitions, they are still on-going and Amparo continues to offer her suffering as a victim soul as her small part in fulfilling Our Lord and Our Lady's request for sacrifice, penance and prayer.

          Therefore as we experience this Lenten season, first let us all concentrate through a thorough examination of conscience how much do we really want to be transformed through a total conversion of heart by the grace of the Holy Spirit. Just how much are we willing to give back to God who has given All to us?

          After this examination of conscience, a good, holy Confession should follow, which disposes the soul to follow Jesus and ask Him: "What do you want me to do, Lord?" "Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth" (1 Kings 3:9). In the silence of our being, Jesus will fill us with that supernatural knowledge of what He wishes of each one of us at that moment. Where and how do each one of us make sacrifice for Him? In what spirit of sacrifice do we commence? our journey home to God? We know now that it's a life-long process, not just something we "have to do" during a mere 40 days of Lent. Now, when we prepare properly, we understand in our soul that "sacrifice" which incorporates prayer and penance, is absolutely necessary every single day our lives.

          The true spirit of sacrifice is to desire with our whole being to subdue the human ego, passions, desires, intellect, and senses. Only then can we permit the Holy Spirit to bring alive the intellect of the soul, which then predominates and keeps under control all the human weaknesses of which we are subject to due to Original Sin.

          Over and over in Holy Scripture, in the messages of Our Lord and His Blessed Mother to messengers and visionaries throughout the ages, the repeated phrase from Heaven is: "Pray, Pray, Pray!" Prayer is the link to God which keeps us focused, helps us to willingly submit to God's Perfect Will, to dismiss our will as nothing.

          For each on their journey to God, the manner and degree of sacrifice will vary according to God' plan of life for that person. That is why one must, through prayer, Confession and Holy Communion, seek to discern properly that which God seeks of each one of us. Into each person's life, God sends help through holy people, priests and lay, who, by God's grace, help to point out the way we are to proceed. Who could be a better teacher than our very own Holy Father Pope John Paul II? We don't really realize how blessed we are in this day and age.

          When his Holiness and others come into our life, do we listen, learn, and go forward? Or do we dismiss them, seeking the easy way out, the comfortable way of lukewarmness? Remember what God says in the Apocalypse/ Revelation 3:16: "But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to vomit thee out of My mouth." Do we reject these holy persons because they tweak our conscience and make us realize that change is demanded of us by God if we are going to be with Him for all Eternity? We've all failed at one time or another. We've misused God's graces, ignored them, and rebuked the holy people He sent our way...and we've gone on our merry way, oblivious of whom we've hurt especially ourselves. But at every moment, Jesus knocks at the door of our heart, no matter how much we may have hurt Him. That's Love! Do we answer the knock, or slam the door even tighter, and slip a dead-bolt lock on it?

          Lent is the perfect time to unlock the bolt and open the door. Even if we just crack it enough for Jesus to get His toe in. If we give Him some daylight, He'll shed His Light. Once we see His foot with the nail wound, we'll want to see His hands and His side at Saint Thomas the Apostle sought, and, hopefully from there to see His face - the loving, kind and merciful eyes of Our Savior and feel the warmth of His Sacred Heart. Once we experience this, we will have an "open door" policy. Guaranteed. We will willingly seek out ways to make sacrifices every single day and we can do so in so many ways that will please God and cause Him to shower down His graces on us, our family, friends and all who are in need of His graces. That basically covers everyone!

    Next Installment: Conclusion

February 24, 1999       volume 10, no. 38


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