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The Age of Marian Apparitions
INTRODUCTION:     No matter the age, the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart have been imparting the same message: "Pray! Pray! Pray!" A return to God is the priority and why God has sent His messenger - the Mother of God in a special way to convey God's Will, reinforcing Divine Revelation and His Holy Church. 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!
How to Clear up the static: "Do whatever He tells you."
installment fifty-one
      Today our world has "instant" communication via telephone, fax, satellite, TV, radio and now cyberspace. We are inundated with "news" that constantly occupies our minds. While it's natural for us to wish to e well-informed, we have a great tendency to concentrate on the least important aspect of communication, which is our daily, constant communication with Almighty God.

      However, we've become so immune to the real need and reason for communication that we aren't aware God does speak to us...to everyone of us. It is the Divine Will of God that He speaks to us, and we, in turn should not only speak to Him, our Father, but also listen! And by listening, we learn! But are we really listening and learning?

     Perhaps this is where we've all gone astray in the development of our faith-filled lives. Perhaps we've forgotten the essential element of listening, clearly with an unclouded heart, to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, and the Voice of God which speaks to our hearts as Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. keeps hammering home weekly in his column at this site - "Hearts to Heart Talk. If we are not truly praying with and from the heart, and most of us have not mastered this special "art" yet because of all the static, then we have not truly "listened" to the messages given to us through Sacred Scripture; we have not truly "listened" to the Dogmas and Doctrines of Holy Mother Church; we have not truly "listened" to the messages Our Lady has imparted down through the ages, even to the present moment. She - the Ark of the Covenant is calling. She's trying to communicate with her little children everywhere in this special "Age of Marian Apparitions." Where she corresponds she is repeating Scripture - "Do whatever He tells you." In this short sentence from the wedding feast at Cana is contained a marvelous, even miraculous prescription for clearing up the static, for being in tune with the Trinity, and in fulfilling God's Divine and Perfect Will.

     Yet so man of us forget that God talks to us. We complain, "I pray, I ask, but God doesn't answer. I don't hear anything." Is it perhaps because w're looking for something outstanding, a thundering voice, a flash of lightning, a spectacular vision or apparition? Could it be because somewhere deep within our hearts when we pray, we do all the talking and then, because we're afraid God's not going to give us what we want, we unconsciously don't listen because we don't want to hear the answer? In the next installment we will discuss this in "God does answer every prayer!".

To review all past installments of this on-going series, go to Archives beginning with the inaugural A CALL TO PEACE internet issue in January 1996. volume 7, no. 1.

January 7, 1998     volume 9, no. 5
The Age of Marian Apparitions

January 1998