These apparitions continued until March 3, 1990. Patricia, twenty-seven today, was sixteen years old when the Blessed Mother chose her as an instrument to spread her messages to all Her people. Patricia was a model, a student, and throughout the apparitions, she continued with her studies. She has since married Andres Vega and they live in Cuenca. Here Patricia continues to strive to fulfill the particular mission the Blessed Mother gave her-service to the poor.
The apparitions began in Patricia's bedroom and continued in various churches, chapels, and her home until June of 1989 when they were moved to a Garden spot in El Cajas, high in the Andes Mountains. When moved to the Garden Spot in El Cajas, the Mother of God's visits normally occurred on Thursdays and Saturdays, often accompanied by phenomena such as bright lights in the sky, the sun "dancing", and on more than one occasion people's hands and faces sparkled with a golden glow, as if from glitter, which could not be rubbed off. Yet here, as in Medjugorje and in other reported apparition sites around the world, the importance was not the supernatural phenomena, but the interior conversion of heart and the abundant graces God was offering to His people, through His Most Holy Mother.
The messages of the Mother of God are very similar in content to those of Medjugorje, i.e., consecration to the Immaculate Heart and Merciful Heart of Jesus; the Rosary, the Scapular, penance and fasting with prayer, Holy Mass and visits to the Blessed Sacrament; uniting all suffering and penances with Jesus, and Peace…God's peace! With these as the platform of her messages, Our Lady also gave Patricia words of warning, coming catastrophes, both natural and man-made, possible world war, suffering in our Church and in the world.
The importance here, as in all other reported messages from the Mother of God is to live the Gospel, to be one with God, united to the Passion of Jesus. We should not focus on the sequence of events, which are to unfold in our world, but to prepare ourselves diligently for the reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Patricia Talbot was not particularly religious, being a typical young woman interested in how she looked. A very attractive young woman, she was especially engaged in modeling, i.e., promoting her country by modeling modern clothing made after the traditional clothing of the country of Ecuador. This involved many shows throughout the world, which excited Patricia who loved to travel.
The apparitions were not confined to Patricia's bedroom or her immediate community. In October of 1988, Patricia traveled to Mexico City via Costa Rica. Once in Mexico City Patricia and her friend Bernardita Jerves made a visit to the Cathedral in Zocalo Square. Patricia separated from her group and knelt to pray before Our Lady of Guadalupe. Later, having left the church, Bernardita caught up with Patricia and found the latter crying. Patricia had seen the Virgin again, only now even more beautifully, and the Blessed Mother said to her:
"My little one, I am happy to see you. Don't be afraid."
Our Lady tenderly held Patricia's hands in Her own. Again, she spoke:
"Pray much for the peace of the world, because it is now that it needs it more than ever. My little child, I am detaining the hand of my Son. Change and convert. I love you very much. Adios, my little daughter."
Already Patricia began to experience dramatic changes within herself. Normally she'd have spent her free time shopping for new clothes. Now she spend her time in church, in prayer. Three days after seeing Our Lady in the Cathedral, Patricia went to the church on Tepeyac Hill as Our Lady had requested of her. Again the Blessed Mother appeared to her and said:
"My little daughter, you do not know how much it gladdens me that you are here. Now, daughter now I will reveal to you my great secret, which corresponds to the one, revealed to the other visionaries. This secret you cannot write nor tell to anyone until I permit you."
Thus was given to Patricia Talbott the great secret and afterwards Our Lady continued:
"I put into your hands the great mission of the conversion and turn about of the world. I am now holding back the hand of my Son with the message that I have given you and if my children convert, the Heart of My Son will soften and the intensity can be diminished or be lost forever; if not, the great trial will come."
Patricia at this time discovered that miraculously she had received the Sacred Host upon her tongue. With this great Love poured into her and the Blessed Virgin's promise to be with her, Patricia had to bear the knowledge of the great secret.
Next installment: Getting the Message out
On October 23, 1949 Pope Pius XII named him to be ordained to the bishopric being assigned Bishop of Ambato on December 4, 1949. During this time he was voted as Secretary of the Equadorian Institute for Studies of the Amazon Region and became a member of the International Academy and appointed Rector of the Brotherhood of Quito and then Provincial Secretary and Minister of the Friars Minor. On April 10, 1969 Pope Paul VI elevated him to Archbishop of Guayaquil, a post he faithfully held for twenty years until Pope John Paul II tabbed him as Apostolic Administrator of Ibarra where he served until 1995 when he officially retired at the age of 83.
It was at the age of 82 that the Holy Father named him in the Consistory of November 26, 1994 bestowing on him the cardinalate and the titular church of Saints Nereus and Achilleus. Now retired from all active duty, Cardinal Echeverria was the first and only cardinal from Ecuador, a country boasting nearly a ninety-four percent Catholic population. Its first diocese was established in 1545 and one of the first synods in America was held here in 1570. The influence of the Franciscan missionaries over the centuries has born great fruit producing many religious vocations and providing the country with their favorite son in Cardinal Echeverria.
O! Little children of my Immaculate Heart, have you understood so little from all I have conveyed to you these many years? Do you not see how easily you are bored, for when I ask for prayer you discard my plea.
Little children, the world is at the abyss. So few heed the signs God gives. So few properly discern Sacred Scripture and the messages given to my chosen messengers. I solemnly tell you all that keeps the Father's Justice from striking is the Divine Mercy of Jesus Christ. The Father beholds the Son's most bitter agony suffered joyfully to satisfy Divine Justice, and the angel cannot sound the trumpet call. The Chalice of Divine Mercy, so little loved and even less asked for, fills to the top and overflows. Who will catch these infinite drops of Divine Mercy? Who will not horde them but, offering them back to the Father in reparation and expiation, will trust the whole world to Divine Mercy?
In the midst of the terrible darkness this shall be one of the places of supernatural light, for here my little ones will learn that Mercy and Love are inseparable, and Mercy cannot exist where any trace of pride or self-will exist. Mercy annihilates the lower human ego and allows the soul's higher ego to soar to celestial knowledge. Therefore, I solemnly beseech you. Pray! Pray! Pray! At the Hour of Great Mercy ask for the fulfillment of this Community of Divine Mercy. Soon, my children, all that you believe to hold your world secure will collapse. Do not wait! Soon your money will be of no value, except to the antichrist. That which God asks now must be done now while my little ones are able to procure their meager needs.
Therefore, let the cry from your heart be: "My Jesus, I trust in Thee" as you recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy every day. Then begin to practice and live Mercy, for then you will advance rapidly toward holiness.
I love and bless all of my children. Come and drink from the Font of Divine Mercy! Pray! Pray! Pray! Thank you for responding to my Call!
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