DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     March 31, 1999     vol. 10, no. 63

THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS

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    INTRODUCTION
          The following account of the purported apparitions to Patricia "Paci" Talbot is taken mainly from the book "I am the Guardian of Faith" by Sister Isabel Bettwy, (Franciscan University Press) and reprinted with permission from A Call To Peace. The events in Ecuador are yet another example of how Our Lady reaches her children even in the most remote regions of the world and El Cajas, high in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador is truly remote. God, in His Wisdom and Mercy, has taken a former fashion model and fashioned her to be His Messenger through the Guardian He has sent - His very Own 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!

Ecstasy in Ecuador
part two

          In November of 1988, back in her town of Cuenca, the Blessed Mother revealed to the visionary Patricia "Paci" Talbot the date of the great chastisement, telling her that again she could not reveal this to anyone.

          Something of this magnitude could not help escape the attention of the media, and church officials. Patricia, obedient to the Church, went to the Curia on the fifth of December to seek the authorization of the Bishop that the people might gather in an open place to pray the Rosary as Mary had requested.

          The Bishop's help came in a way Patricia had not expected, for he told her that he would not sanction such a gathering, and would recommend that all priests and nuns in the diocese not attend. However, the "lay" people were free to come and pray without sanction of the Church. This was difficult for Patricia, but obedient to the Bishop, she followed his instructions.

          In December of 1988, those family and close friends who were with her noted during an apparition something different. This time, Patricia began to speak, but without her, Cuencano accent. Later, to their amazement, they realized that it was not strictly Patricia speaking, but the Blessed Mother through her. When her ecstasy ended, Patricia was totally unaware of what had happened, and did not remember the words she had spoken.

          From the beginning Patricia had made a small altar or shrine in her bedroom where she arranged pictures and statues. In January 1989, these pictures and statues began exuding oil, and droplets of blood formed on the crucifix. Regarding this phenomena, Our Lady told Patricia on February 1, 1989:

      "The Father has allowed the grace of the holy oil, and my tears have been shed for the ingratitude of my little children due to the lack of unity, lack of love, and because each nation opens its doors to evil and to its own destruction. Love one another, children and do not hurt the Father. I am the Guardian of the Faith."

          In 1989, Patricia and Bernardita Jerves de Ugalde, an older model who had been entrusted by Paci's mother to take her under her wing, began to look yet again for the place pleasing to the Blessed Mother where her little ones might gather. They traveled to El Cajas, high in the Andes Mountains at an elevation of 11,000 feet. Finding a place where there was a rock, they knelt in prayer, seeking a confirmation that this would be the place where Our Lady wanted the people to come. In prayer, Patricia felt the wind on her face, and looking up beheld the Blessed Virgin and was immediately in ecstasy. Our Lady said to Patricia:

      "My daughter, you have sought long enough and you have finally found the place. In this holy place, I will pour forth my blessings on all the pilgrims who come to me…"

          Our Lady asked that the area be fenced off and that "the Garden" be reserved as a holy place, a sanctuary. She said the garden would be a little piece of Heaven, and only those she invited should come into it. On August 5th, Jesus appeared to Patricia, which was not the first time. He said:

      "She is My mother. Love the Father more than anything else. Love My mother because she will take you to My heart. Tell all of them that I love them. Tell them all to convert faithfully, humbly, with simple hearts…I want you to pray the Way of the Cross and the Rosary by foot..."

          All of the Blessed Mother's messages to Patricia exhort us to prayer and to conversion of heart. Over and over, Our Lady tells us that the secrets, the great chastisement which is set to befall the world, can be mitigated, part of it even stopped, but that this depends completely on our response to Her messages. God will never overstep our free will. Are we then willing to respond? Are we willing to review in our hearts where we stand? Are we willing to stand for the truth, to be true followers of Jesus Christ, or are we going to stand by mocking the apparitions and the messages, thus causing great sorrow to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary?

          The many messages given through Patricia by the Blessed Mother are a clear, concise account of the sinfulness of our world, and the sure remedy to off-set satan's rule. They are the same messages as given to the visionaries in Medjugorje and to others throughout the world. Pray, fast, sacrifice and do penance. Convert our hearts. Receive the sacraments. Pray the rosary.

          The messages are straightforward examples of the infinite Love of God for all of His children, and the love of His Mother for all mankind and of Her desire that we be united to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Her Son. Over and over she pleads for us to return to the right path, and she weeps because we reject Her messages, scoff at the apparitions and at the chosen instruments of her words to all her children. Many signs have been given to authenticate the apparitions such as the scent of incense and roses, and the particularly striking change in Patricia's voice as the Blessed Mother speaks through her. The apparitions in Ecuador are particularly striking for the content of the messages, the "thoroughness" of Our Lady's words conveyed through Patricia to all her children.

          While Patricia has signed a"vow of silence" as asked for by the Bishop, and is therefore unable to speak publicly about any of the messages, she is a living example of the very presence of Our Blessed Mother among us, and of the infinite Love and Mercy of God, for this beautiful young woman with a successful worldly career clearly awaiting her, has given her life to marriage, and to the service of the poor. Her life has changed completely. She is intensely spiritual and devoted to living the messages in her own life, being therefore an example to all of what Our Lady is asking and why.

          The state of our world is such that those who are open to the Holy Spirit can surely see those grave dangers, which threaten us, and the growing evil, which spreads upon the earth. We must put aside the transitory things of this earthly life and concentrate on our souls, on eternal life with God in Heaven. Mary, our Mother, has come to lead us back into the Light, that we might be saved. Yet as Our Blessed Mother has said so often, "the choice is ours."

          We recommend you read "I AM THE GUARDIAN OF THE FAITH" by Sister Isabel Bettwy from Franciscan University Press (from where the photos in the graphics version of today's front page were taken) and then make your choice once again, for this superbly written book clearly sets forth the urgency of our times and the need we all have to convert our hearts.


March 31, 1999       volume 10, no. 63
THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS

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