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INTRODUCTION: In the inspiring book "The Significance of Lourdes, Fatima, and Medjugorje as explained in Scripture" the author Wilmott G. Brown masterfully reveals the Holy Trinity's plan in these latter times as outlined in Sacred Scripture and the role the Blessed Virgin Mary plays in this scenario. Wilmott's writings provide new insight on Biblical revelation that cannot help but inspire the reader. As the Preface explains, the work "delves into the meaning behind the many apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary during the last two centuries." Mr. Brown covers both Old Testament and New Testament passages to better reveal the necessary tableau unfolding as we near the end of the second millennium. It is an excellent reference which pinpoints Scriptural passages that confirm Our Lady's vital role in preparing all God's children for the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart which will usher in the glorious Reign of her Divine Son's Sacred Heart. Wilmott has chosen the masterful 15th century painting of the Transfiguration by Raphael Sanzio which capsulizes the ultimate meaning of Mary's messages and how these events relate to Scripture. In this twenty seventh and final installment, we present the second part of chapter seven on "An Angel's View" - the Conclusion.
by Wilmott G. Brown
Chapter Seven: An Angel's View - part two: Conclusion

      Mary's Seven Sorrows or Dolors are traditionally the prophecy of Simeon (Presentation of Jesus in the Temple), the flight into Egypt, the loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple, the meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross, the Crucifixion, the taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross (including the piercing of the side of Jesus), and the burial of Jesus. If Mary saw the world today as Mother, she might experience the following seven sorrows of mankind which this author offers: Abortion, AIDS, drugs, not believing in her messages, not praying, not spreading the Kingdom of God, and hypocrisy. These are the tragedies of today's world and you can think of them when you meditate on the sword that pierces Mary's heart.

      The Rosary is a great and powerful prayer and should be prayed daily. The Rosary in its present and traditional form consists of five Joyful Mysteries, five Sorrowful Mysteries, and five Glorious Mysteries. It concentrates on the essential aspects of our Faith: the Incarnation, the Passion, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the Descent of the Holy Spirit. One thought of this author is that since we are in the latter times, an additional five mysteries could be contemplated on which I call the "Triumphant Mysteries", corresponding to the second coming of Jesus Christ in power and glory. These five, in the opinion of this author, might consist of the declaration of the Immaculate Conception from Heaven (Lourdes), Warnings from Heaven (Fatima), the restoration of the nation of Israel, the spirit and power of Elijah (Medjugorje), and the second coming of Jesus Christ in all His glory and mystery. Since the Church has not authorized these additional mysteries it is left for private prayer, but remember, the Rosary is a weapon against evil as Saint Louis De Montfort asserts in his work "The Secret of The Rosary."

      But most important, one should have a vision of these future events, and be instructed by Mary to a life of prayer and mortification. This should include, if possible, daily Mass and Communion, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, daily Rosary, other meditation, praying from the heart, study of Sacred Scripture, and fasting (in various forms, food being only one form). Become a saint today; love God with your whole heart, mind and soul. Know and love Jesus Christ. Remember that your goal is to go to Heaven, where you will see GOD. In concluding, prayer makes a big difference. Consequently, never neglect prayer. Please pray the following prayer when needed:

    "Remember, O most compassionate Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I come unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my mother. To you do I come, before you do we kneel, sinful and sorrowful. O mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your goodness hear and answer them. Amen."

December 24, 1997   volume 8, no. 59    
The Significance of Lourdes, Fatima, and Medjugorje as explained in Scripture

December 1997