DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     October 7, 1998     vol. 9, no. 196


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          In the lush South American country of Venezuela that the Blessed Virgin Mary calls her "land of grace," which is bordered by the Carribean Sea to the north, the Andes Mountains to the southwest and the Amazon Jungle in the south, Our Lady has been appearing for centuries. And ever since 1976, she has been coming to a tiny, remote, tropical farm in Betania, Venezuela to establish a special Refuge for all her children as the New Ark of Salvation under the special title "Mary, Virgin and Mother of Reconciliation for all people and nations." She calls Betania the "New Lourdes" offering the same healing waters to all who will take refuge in her Immaculate Heart. God has chosen Maria Esperanza de Bianchini as His special visionary with many mystical graces to convey His Mother's messages to all His children as she beckons us all to become her "Ambassadors of Reconciliation."

          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 New Lourdes: Betania - Refuge of Reconciliation
part one

          Our Blessed Mother's appearances as "Mary, Virgin and Mother of Reconciliation of All People" on a small farm or finca in Betania, Venezuela are truly the will of Almighty God, as expressed through the apparitions and messages to visionary Maria Esperanza de Bianchini. These apparitions, approved by the Church in 1987, follow in the same vein as Guadalupe, LaSalette, Lourdes, Knock, Fatima, Beauraing, and Banneaux. However, the Apparitions in Betania are the first ever to be approved while Our Lady's visits are still on-going.

          If ever an apparition was destined to occur, it was Betania, Venezuela. From the visionary Maria Esperanza to the name of the Apparition site which means "Bethany", God has carefully prepared His children for this special mission of Mercy He is bestowing on the entire world be sending His Blessed Mother with the message of Reconciliation.

          Just as Jesus took refuge at the home of Martha, Mary and Lazarus in Bethany, so also Betania serves as a modern-day "refuge" for sinners to come and be cleansed of their sins through the intercession of Mary, Virgin and Mother of Reconciliation of All People and Nations, who leads us all back to her Divine Son by means of the messages, Sacred Scripture and the Sacraments - primarily the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist and Baptism.

          Our Lady has said that all who come to Betania receive the fullness of grace as at the moment of their Baptism and this grace extends to all members of their families on both sides regardless of where they reside. What they do with that grace is up to them for man has a free-will, but God, in His Mercy, is providing all the necessary blessings to bring them back to His Light through those intercessors who go to Betania in sincere, continuous prayer for family members. Maria has reiterated numerous times the importance of family and God does hear our prayers. The results may not be manifested in our time, but always in "God's time."

          Our Lady is said to appear on weekends and her major feast days which are the feasts of the Presentation on February 2, the Annunciation on March 25, Our Lady of Fatima on May 13, Our Lady of Mount Carmel on July 16, the Assumption on August 15, Our Lady of Pilar in Zaragoza, Spain on October 12, and the Immaculate Conception on December 8. While these are beautiful times to go, it is recommended one goes also when it is not as crowded in order to capture the serenity of this special place God has chosen from all eternity.

          Our Blessed Mother's messages in Betania incorporate the messages of LaSalette, Rue de Bac, Lourdes, Fatima, San Giovanni, Beauraing, Banneaux, Garabandal, San Damiano, Akita, El Escorial in Spain, Medjugorje, San Nicholas, Naju, Hrushiv, Ecuador, Ireland, and here in the United States and Canada, as well as what the Vicar of Christ is exhorting. That is that the messages are becoming ever more urgent. As a loving Mother she begs and pleads and Maria, as a true mystic, knows only too well the seriousness of her supplication.

          In the next installment we shall meet Maria Bianchini Esperanza, the special visionary with many mystical graces who God has chosen to convey His Mother's vital messages to all His children as she beckons us to become her "Ambassadors of Reconciliation" part two Chosen and Destined by God.

October 7, 1998       volume 9, no. 196


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