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October 7, 1998
SECTION ONE vol 9, no. 196
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Be Reconciled in the Refuge of Reconciliation!
After just finishing our multi-part series on Lourdes, we begin today a similar multi-part series on the "New Lourdes" which is, of course, the Apparitions in Betania to visionary Maria Esperanza de Bianchini on a small farm south of Caracas, Venezuela where the Mother of God has come to announce to the world that this is truly her "land of grace" and that she wants all her children to become "Ambassadors of Reconciliation." For the first part on The New Lourdes: Betania - Refuge of Reconciliation , click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.
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
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
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
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.
Turn off the TV's, put down the newspapers and magazines for they mislead
Those are not our words but rather from the Blessed Mother Mary who warns us how clever satan is and how his time is so short in her messages to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. Our Lady also points out that the schism within the Church is coming and that from it her Divine Son Jesus' Church will emerge victorious as those who espouse heresy and apostasy will be weeded out and thrashed. She reminds us the only way to stay loyal to God is through prayer and dismissing the trappings and temptations of the world. For messages number 220 and 221, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Messages Two Hundred Twenty and Two Hundred Twenty-One
Message Two Hundred-Twenty, August 25, 1992
(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
Beloved Hidden Flower, I bless you. I have come to thank all of my little ones who have said 'yes,' who have given their hearts to God. I beseech all of my little ones to come beneath my Immaculate Mantle for the time of great tribulation dawns and the Glorious return of my Divine Son is at hand.
I come to call you yet again to prayer, fasting, faith, reconciliation and conversion of heart, saying that without these spiritual weapons you shall not persevere in the darkness.
I solemnly tell you that even as fire and wind and rain ravage your land, so has satan ravaged your souls. As the sparks fly from the harsh fire; as the destruction remains after the winds abate, so shall the debris of dead souls lie upon the face of the earth when the Justice of your Heavenly Father comes.
I ask you to come to me, your Mother. I ask you to beseech God to permit the moment of my Heart's Triumph now and to be mercifully swift with His Justice. I solemnly tell you that as the times grow ever more critical, I come to you. I shall be seen by many and countless little ones shall hear me in their hearts. I speak to you of God, of He who Loves You so that you might convert your hearts and persevere in the time of darkness.
Yes, my little ones, there is darkness. Now is the heart and mind darkened! Now does satan seep into every aspect of life. O! If you could only see how he has poisoned your lives until its very meaning is denigrated. That is why I beseech you to turn off your televisions. Do not read your papers or magazines, but turn your whole beings over to God through prayer.
At the moment when all of my little ones with one voice, coming from one mind and one heart, beseech God to be their only ruler shall the face of the world change. I come to prepare you for that change by means of my Heart's Triumph. Be alert! Wait! Pray for discernment for even in my Divine Son's Church does the evil smoke of lies exist. Listen to and be obedient to your Holy Father, my beloved child Pope John Paul II, my true martyr of peace. Heed his words, but discern wisely if you are being given his words or those that the evil one dilutes and twists to his evil purposes.
I am your Mother. I love you. I desire all to be with God for all eternity. The moment is at hand. The seventh seal is unbound. The trumpet sounds. Heed my words, dear children, and pray! pray! pray!
I love and bless you. Thank you for responding to my Call!
Message Two Hundred-Twenty-One, August 28, 1992
(Feast of Saint Augustine)
(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
Beloved Hidden Flower, I love and bless you. I ask you to tell my children that the great apostasy will come. Like a mighty executioner's blow it will appear to sever the very vine of my Divine Son's Mystical Body. No, it will be hacked, leaving only a few who shall remain faithful, while many are swept along by the overwhelming lies of the evil one.
It shall appear that all is forsaken, for great shall be the persecution of my little ones. It will appear that the true vine is dead, its little leaves withered and dead, while the false church thrives, deceives and grows in strength.
Do not be deceived. I tell you now that my Divine Son shall not permit His Church, His Mystical Body to die. It's roots are in Him and of Him and from this cruel split shall come the great cleansing of all the world, the supernatural unity which I ask all my little ones to pray for.
I solemnly tell you that I have come to my children to ignite in their hearts a flame of Divine Love. This flame shall take life from the flame of my Immaculate Love which comes from and is one with the Infinite Love of my Divine Son. I shall feed this Immaculate Flame because I lead each one of my little ones into the Eternal Furnace of Love, the Sacred Heart of my Son.
Again, I invite all to seek God, the source of life, of All-Good. I beseech you, heed my words for you do not comprehend what shall befall your world. Be not unbelieving, but believe.
I love and bless you. Thank you for responding to my Call!
Contrasts that we've contracted!
Fittingly, on this Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary we bring you some serious appeteasers that will make one even more dedicated to praying the Rosary for we need a victory over vice and immorality more than ever. The special morsels of meditation we present today are truly food for thought about the "Answers in Antitheses" in which the real question is: Are we praying enough? Once you've read these contrasting situations you'll agree the answer is: No! But it's not too late to begin and what better way to make the Holy Rosary a daily habit than on Our Lady's special feast? For Answers in Antitheses, click on OKTOBERFEST FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS.
Today's morsel of morality comes from EJB and BK via e-mail that tells the long and short of things in today's society and why we are in so much trouble as we near the millennium. It's an ideal food for thought appeteaser to bring you on this Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary:
Answers in Antitheses
We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but
narrower viewpoints; we spend more, but have less; we buy more, but
enjoy it less.
We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but
less time; we have more degrees, but less common sense; more
knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, but more problems; more
medicine, but less wellness.
We spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too
angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too
seldom, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk
too much, love too seldom and lie too often.
We've learned how to make a living, but not a life; we've added
years to life, not life to years.
We've been all the way to the moon and back; but have trouble
crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.
We've conquered outer space, but not inner peace; we've done larger
things, but not better things; we've cleaned up the air, but polluted
the soul; we've split the atom, but not our prejudice; we write
more, but learn less; plan more, but accomplish less.
We've learned to rush, but not to wait; we have higher incomes; but
lower morals; more food but less appeasement; more acquaintances, but
fewer friends; more effort but less success.
We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more
copies than ever, but have less communication; we've become long on
quantity; but short on quality.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; tall men and
short character; steep profits, and shallow relationships.
These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more
leisure and less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition.
These are the days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier
houses but broken homes.
These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway
morality, one-night stands; overweight bodies, and pills that do
everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill.
It is a time when there is much in the show window, and nothing in
Indeed it's all true. And the only way to change it is
through prayer - especially the Rosary, for, as Father Patrick Peyton
first coined, "The family that prays together, stays together!"
LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Tomorrow we return to the regular liturgy with the 27th Thursday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies and meditations, and story on today's great feast, click on LITURGY
Wednesday, October 7, 1998
First Reading: Galatians 2: 1-2, 7-14
Psalms: Psalm 117: 1-2 and Mark 16: 15
Gospel Reading: Luke 11: 1-4
FEAST OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY
As a result of the miraculous victory of the Christians over the superior Turk fleet in the landmark Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571 produced through Our Lady's intercession from the reverently praying her Holy Rosary, Pope Pius V proclaimed the date as the feast of Our Lady of Victory. The Rosary had been promulgated since Saint Dominic was given the Rosary in a vision in the early 14th Century. A century and a half later Pius V, a Dominican, realized intuitively that this was a manifestation of the power of the Rosary and declared it a great feast. His successor Pope Gregory XIII in 1573 made it obligatory for Rome and for the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary. Pope Clement XI established the feast in the Roman Calendar earmarking it for the first Sunday in October as the Dominicans had been celebrating it. In 1960, Pope John XXIII officially proclaimed October 7 as the set day and changed the name from to Our Lady of the Rosary which it has remained as to this day. Over the past two centuries the Rosary has been emphasized in the Mother of God's many, many apparitions - especially at Fatima and Medjugorje where Mary has stressed the vital importance of praying her Holy Rosary for Peace. She reiterates how it is the most powerful weapon we have, that each bead is a rose forming a beautiful bouquet she presents to God on our behalf and that each bead becomes a firm link in the chain that will bind satan forever. Outside of the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, the Rosary is the most important devotion we have in Holy Mother Church.
Thursday, October 8, 1998
First Reading: Galatians 3: 1-5
Psalms: Luke 1: 69-75
Gospel Reading: Luke 11: 5-13
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's Preface of the Mass is taken from the Dominican Missal in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary:
On this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary we praise, bless and proclaim your name. Consenting to the Divine Word, Mary became the Mother of God; embracing Your saving will, she became the handmaid of the Lord; devoting herself to the life and work of Your Son. Mary cooperated in the mystery of redemption. Because of this she stands before us, Mother and model of the Church.
The Holy Rosary
This is the prayer given to Saint Dominic to be promulgated to the whole world and to generations to come as a bouquet of roses Our Lady can take before the Triune Throne of God. It is a means, a devotion to bring us closer to her Divine Son by meditating on the Mysteries of the Rosary which parallel Jesus' life in three phases - the Joyful Mysteries comprising the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Nativity, the Purification, and the Finding of the Child Jesus in the temple; the Sorrowful Mysteries - those dealing with the Passion and Death of Our Lord: the Agony in the Garden, the Scourging at the Pillar, the Crowning of Thorns, Taking up the Cross, and the Crucifixion and Death of Jesus Christ; and finally, the Glorious Mysteries which treat the time of His Glorious Resurrection on: the Resurrection, the Ascension, the Descent of the Holy Spirits upon the Apostles and the Blessed Mother, the Assumption of Mary into Heaven, and the Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and earth. We are asked to meditate on these mysteries as we recite, either aloud or silently, each bead. We begin this devotion with the Apostles' Creed wherein we profess our belief in all the Roman Catholic Church teaches and all that God asks of us. This is followed by the Our Father, the most perfect prayer composed by Jesus Himself. It is recommended to offer this first Pater Noster for the intentions of our father on earth - the Holy Father John Paul II whose pontificate is totally dedicated to Our Lady (Totus Tuus) and who is satan's greatest obstacle today. Then three Hail Mary's on the three beads, offered for an increase in the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity and in honor of the Trinity. In preparation to meditate better on the Holy Rosary, it is recommended that we beseech the Blessed Mother to help us to prepare and pray with our heart: O Mary, daughter of the Father, teach us how to pray with Faith, O Mary, Mother of the Son, teach us how to pray with Love, and O Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, teach us how to pray with Hope. Then the Glory Be and it is recommended, in petition for all Our Lady asked at Fatima, that we pray the Fatima Prayer: "O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy Mercy." Then pray the five decades composed of the larger Our Father bead and an acknowledgment of the particular Mystery and then ten Hail Mary's, one Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer, then repeat on the next ten beads until the end of the Rosary where we say the Salve Regina, better known as the Hail Holy Queen prayer:
Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry poor banished children of eve, to thee do we send up our sighs mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy Womb Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary, pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.
At Medjugorje, the Gospa - Our Lady - asks us, if possible to pray all fifteen decades for every Hail Mary prayed from the heart is another link in the strong chain that will bind satan forever. It is because of the miracle of the Rosary that the Iron Curtain fell and it is only through the Rosary that we can mitigate what lies ahead.
Each year at this time an appeal is made by the coordinators of the Pilgrim Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe to as many people as possible to assist in a week-long Rosary for the intention of ending abortion - ending the culture of death and promoting the celebration of life. We are all asked to pray the Fifteen Decade Rosary for one hour during this week between October 4 (Respect Life Sunday) and October 13 (the Anniversary of the Final Apparition at Fatima). Though one full Fifteen Mystery Rosary is all you're asked during this week, you are encouraged to offer even more Rosaries for each Hail Mary prayed from the heart is a rose forming an awesome bouquet of Rosaries which Our Lady takes to her Divine Son. The Rosary is the ONLY ANSWER to halting the culture of death! God knows each person's heart so it is not necessary to tell anyone when or where you pray...just that you pray! That is vital!
Fifteen Promises of Mary to those who pray the Rosary
as given to Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan
1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.
2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish.
6. Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of Eternal Life.
7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.
8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plentitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.
9. I shall deliver from Purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.
11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.
12. All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
14. All who recite the Rosary are my sons, and brothers of my only Son Jesus Christ.
15. Devotion of my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.
September 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! Today, I call you to become my witnesses by living
the faith of your fathers. Little children, you seek signs and
messages and do not see that, with every morning sunrise, God
calls you to convert and to return to the way of truth and salvation.
You speak much, little children, but you work little on your
conversion. That is why, convert and start to live my messages, not
with your words but with your life. In this way, little children, you
will have the strength to decide for the true conversion of the heart.
Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
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