DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     February 3, 1999     vol. 10, no. 23


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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 five

Characteristics of the Messages.

          The language of the messages to visionary Amparo Cuevas in El Escorial, Spain is very simple and direct. After all, the visionary is a simple, formally uneducated person. Certain phrases or sentences are repeated more to stress a point or a theme. As Our Lord pointed out to another visionary in this country, "I am not bound by the rules of grammar." What is important is that He touches souls so that they repent and change their lives.

          The length of the message varies. A very small number limit themselves to two to three paragraphs. In a couple of instances, the Blessed Mother simply comes to emphasize her request for sacrifice, penance and prayer, gives her blessing, and disappears. Normally, however, the English translation of the messages results in from two to seven pages. There are some ten or twelve messages that contained between nine and twelve pages of translation. The difference lies in the fact that in the apparitions which reflected these messages, Amparo was asked to narrate what she saw.

          Usually, the speakers in the apparitions are our Blessed Mother and the visionary Amparo. In a number of the messages, however, Jesus appeared after His Mother had spoken, and at the end of the messages, Jesus blessed the multitude, and His Mother blesses the multitude. There are no other speakers.

          Because of the complexity, repetition of themes and variety of topics presented in the messages to Amparo during the past 18 years, it is somewhat difficult to categorize or classify the messages. Therefore, this writer has chosen the messages. Therefore, this writer has chosen a rather arbitrary way of classification. The four classes are: (1) Messages of General Concern; (2) Messages containing visions; (3) Messages presenting episodes with insights into the Life of Jesus and His Blessed Mother; and (4) Messages which explain a Theme.

          The Messages of General Concern are those in which the Blessed Mother requests sacrifice, penance and prayer for the conversion of sinners and the salvation of souls. She encourages all her children to recite her "favorite prayer" the Holy Rosary. She advises everyone to pray the rosary daily and not to go to bed without reciting it. Our Lady asks Amparo and those in attendance to recite all fifteen decades of the rosary, if possible, every day as she asks at Medjugorje. When Our Lord appears, He too emphasizes the recitation of the rosary as "My Mother's favorite prayer." (Editor's note: The Rosary is the Blessed Mother's "favorite prayer" outside of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass).

          Consecrated souls are a popular topic with both Our Lord and Our Lady. Both are critical of the behavior of those consecrated souls who are leading the faithful into the abyss. Jesus accuses them of having abandoned their clerical responsibilities and of having given in to material things and to the pleasures of the world. He condemns the relaxation in religious discipline and calls for prayer and sacrifice to bring them back into their rightful role as shepherds of the flock of Christ, very of Christ, very similar to the messages of LaSalette over a century and a half ago. This theme has appeared many times and in at least two messages, they devote almost an entire message to a discussion of it.

          Satan and his work of destruction are another theme, which appears with great frequency. Our Blessed Mother warns against the power of satan as the great deceiver who causes division and disunity, chaos, confusion, and destruction of families. Concerned over the infiltration of satan into the Church, she asks for much prayer and sacrifice to thwart his efforts in destroying it. Our Lady requests prayers said with the heart for "the Vicar of her Son." She stated in one apparition: "How my heart loves Him!"

          Satan also uses his power to destroy the youth and lead them to hell. The Blessed Virgin admonishes young people to stay away from discotheques and other places of sin and observes that many youth are going to hell because of sins of impurity. To bring the youth back to God and to fight the devil, she advises us to use the most powerful weapon: the rosary. This is to be reinforced with penance and sacrifice.

          Sacrifice is stated so many times in the messages that it reinforces what our lives should be especially since we live in a culture which does not promote sacrifice as something that is socially acceptable. Many times Our Lady points out that her life was a life of sacrifice through constant suffering from the moment she gave her Fiat to the day when God the Father called her to her eternal reward. Even on that day, at age 73, the visionary described her as being very frail.

          Jesus also set Himself as a model of suffering and sacrifice. He reminds us that He suffered His Passion, shed His sacred Blood, and died for us. He further states that even in His glorified state He suffers continuously because of the sins of mankind, particularly those of consecrated souls, namely, those whom He has called to be His shepherds to tend His flock. Both Jesus and Mary point out that many people think they do not suffer because they are already in Heaven. Our Lord and Our Mother respond that they continue to suffer because of the sins, which are, committed daily against them. (Editor's note: Of course Jesus and His Mother cannot suffer in Heaven, but they express their sorrow for sins in human terms so that we might understand how offensive our actions, or lack thereof, are to the Most Blessed Trinity). Our Savior emphasizes that God the Father is merciful to those who repent and return to Him, but He is also just and His justice is severe. Because of this justice, God the Father holds all of His creatures accountable for their actions.

    Next installment: Virtues and Devotions asked in the Messages .

February 3, 1999       volume 10, no. 23


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