"And it shall come to pass in the last days, says the Lord, that I will pour forth My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men dream dreams. And moreover upon My servants and upon My handmaids in those days will I pour forth of My Spirit and they shall prophesy."
A few months ago in these pages, in our series on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS, we covered briefly the hints of this dogma in Our Lady's appearances at Beauraing, Banneux, to German visionary Barbara Ruess, and the devotion to Our Lady of All Nations in which Amsterdam visionary Ida Perleman was told by the Blessed Mother that she was "Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate." The latter visionary also claimed that Mary also foretold Pope Pius XII's death in October 1958, the Second Vatican Council, and that Our Lady's official title of Co-Redemptrix, Advocate, and Mediatrix of all graces would be formally acknowledged by all - and it would occur on May 31. The Blessed Mother did not give Ida a year, but since it has not happened yet, we can start to deduce once more. First of all, if we are in agreement on her message to Father Don Stefano Gobbi that her Immaculate Heart will triumph before the year 2000, then we have two "May thirty firsts" left before that time. Most would think we are at least a year away from such a dogmatic proclamation since the feelers were put out last year and there was a backlash of negativity from the liberals and even some conservatives to this final dogma for, in their opinion, it would set back ecumenical progress. Their reasoning is totally temporal for they forget God can do anything and anything promoting His Blessed Mother that leads to a greater reverence for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit can be nothing but beneficial. Yet despite this media setback, we suspect his holiness has been praying and preparing this final dogma. Now consider that this year - just over two months away May 31, formally the feast of the Queenship of Mary and, in some countries, the date assigned to celebrate Mary as Mediatarix of all graces. Today it is the usual liturgical celebration for commemorating the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth, but it will not be celebrated as such this year because it falls on the Solemnity of the Feast of Pentecost, considered the birthday of Holy Mother Church. What more fitting occasion than these two events to proclaim this long-awaited dogma? Consider that Our Lady conveyed to Ida on May 13, 1955 that apostasy would come from within Holy Mother Church (just as she warned at La Salette) when her Divine Son would be diminished - "Be on guard against false doctrines, especially in what concerns the Eucharist." Is it not true that every year more Catholics do not believe in the True Presence of Christ in the Eucharist? Is it true the liberal modernists have infiltrated the Church with "ecumenical talk" that compromises the teachings and traditions of the Church in favor of "unity?" Also consider that in this trilogy of years leading to the Jubilee 1998 has been proclaimed the Year of the Holy Spirit and Mary is, of course, the Spouse of the Holy Spirit.
Now consider what Our Lady imparted to Ida on May 31, 1954 - nearly forty-four years ago: "When the dogma - the last dogma in Marian history - has been proclaimed, the Lady of All Nations would procure peace, genuine peace, for the world. But nations must say my prayer in union with the Church. Then they will experience that the Lady has come as they will experience that the Lady has come as Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate." This prayer Mary asks for is on our front page today under PRAYERS & DEVOTION. After these messages to Ida, Our Lady continued this theme in San Damiano, Italy in Akita, to the Italian stigmatist Mother Elena Leonardi, to Escorial, Spain visionary Luz Amparo Cuevas, to Julka a Yugoslavian visionary (not to be confused with the Medjugorje visionaries), to the Austrian Jesuit mystic Father Albert Drexel, to Betania visionary Maria Esperanza Bianchini, to Syrian stigmatist Mirna Nazour, to Hungarian locutionist Sister Natalie, to Father Don Stefano Gobbi, to Korean visionary Julia Kim, to San Nicholas visionary Gladys Quiroga de Motta in Argentina, to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, to the messenger who received the messages for Jesus, King of All Nations, to Phoenix visionary Estela Ruiz, to countless others around the world, and especially to the visionaries at Medjugorje over the years. The Blessed Virgin reiterated one or more of these three titles to each of the preceding messengers. No two men have studied and promoted this "Final Dogma" more than Bishop Paolo Hnilica, S.J. a personal confidant of the Holy Father's who co-consecrated Russia in 1984 in the bowels of the Kremlin while the Pope was simultaneously doing the same in the Vatican, and Dr. Mark Miravalle, S.T.D. who has written a book on it, and heads up the movement for bringing this dogma to reality Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrix. He was personally called to the Vatican to meet with the Holy Father last year around this time. Wouldn't you have loved to be a fly on the wall? Better yet, wouldn't you like to be an angel on the wall of Heaven (if they have walls, that is) to get a better bearing on when all this will come to fruition? As long as we're still members of the Church Militant that is impossible, so the next best thing is to pray. Pray for discernment in not being led astray and in being prepared.
Many believe that this dogma will be the catalyst for the great schism Our Lady has warned of, for so many have embraced the false doctrine of "unity" at the expense of the true faith, opting instead to placate the Protestant mentality and, as one e-mailer wrote us, this will be an "apostasy led by all the psuedo ecumentical fanatics who want to reduce Catholicism to something more palatable for every non-denominational Christian. I suspect that it is this faction which will drive John Paul II from Rome and perhaps even 'declare him dead' so as to elect an antipope." Everything this person said has been foretold by Our Lady and everything foretold by Our Lady has come to pass or will before her Immaculate Heart triumphs and she herself said this will happen within two years! In John Bosco's vision he saw this happening as Father Eugene Brown describes in his book Prophecies of Don Bosco in which he quotes the saint as saying, "Very grave trials await the Church. What we suffered so far is almost nothing compared to what is going to happen. The enemies of the Church are symbolized by the ships which strive their utmost to sink the flagship (the Pope). Only two things can save us in such a grave hour: devotion to Mary and frequent Communion. Let us do our very best to use these two means and have others use them everywhere." Further corroboration of all this is that Ida Perleman was also told by Our Lady that the Pope who would steer the Church's flagship to the safe mooring of the twin pillars will be John Paul II. Further, it has been revealed that Ida conveyed directly to him a special message from Our Lady in December, 1979 that read in part, "Turn your helm to the right and hold it firmly. Keep your course straight and you will safely reach the shore." This ties in with the painting and the vision imparted to St. Bosco. Our Lady, through Ida, revealed even more on January 6, 1980 as the Lay Apostolate Foundation reports, "John Paul II was sitting with cardinals and other high-ranking ecclesiastics. The door opened. Several bishops came in. One of them walked in front. Most were wearing masks. Our Lady said: 'Behind the masks they hide their real faces.' Finally two bishops entered without masks. To these the Holy Father whispered: 'My sons, persevere, make a firm stand.' Then the vision changed to St. Peter's Square. Pope John Paul II was seen in the Square and a great Voice said: 'You are My Supreme Pastor. I shall open your eyes and ears still more. You will be the master-builder of the present time and the coming generation.'"
Our Vicar of Christ has been the master-builder of the present time and the Heavenly revelation of bishops wearing masks makes sense in light of the undercurrent disobedience to what the Holy Father asks. By the way, the messages of Amsterdam to Ida Perleman were approved by the Church in the first stage (local level) on May 31, 1996. In the next installment we will delve further into efforts to remove John Paul II by his enemies and the foes of Holy Mother Church, and consequently enemies of Christ and His Blessed Mother and relate how John Bosco's vision confirms this.
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.