My dear children look deeply into yourselves and see to what depths you have fallen. By faith, prayer, penance, conversion and the sacraments you remove yourself, body and soul, from the abyss. I cannot impress upon you how love binds all together and cancels any debt.
But the time to cancel the debt shall soon be over and you have not responded to my invitation. Upon the world I come as Loving Mother, my Mantle wide to sweep you away from satan and shelter you till my Divine Son comes again.
Hurry! Hurry, my little ones. Your Mother calls. Leave behind the world and look only at my Son, whose Love is beyond measure. Come to Divine Mercy for I love you.
Thank you for responding to my Call!
I weep. Each tear shed is grace given to strengthen my little ones so persecuted by all the demons of hell.
I solemnly tell you the rise of your prayers is vital to my plans for Medjugorje. But before the moment of glory must come the dreadful reign of the antichrist. Have I not warned you of these times? O! Let all voices blend in petition to God because each heart-prayer melts His most merciful Heart and sends showers of Divine Mercy upon the world.
O! How I love my little ones who seek my Son, who desire only peace and joy--the reign of my Son.
But I stress you must be prepared. My little angels of Medjugorje know well the grievous times which are now unfolding rapidly. So many shall suffer and die for my Son, but each death shall cause countless souls to be saved.
Have firm, absolute faith. Do not despair no matter how it appears satan is winning. He shall not win. He shall be vanquished and driven into hell for all eternity.
I am Queen of Peace. I am the Sorrowful Mother. Sorrowful because many suffer bitter torments for my Son; sorrowful for all who have rejected my messages, who reject my Son.
Listen to me, my dear children, for what is happening now has been foretold for many years. Your tears mingle with my own, for I take them as cherished gems to the Triune Divinity, who bends lovingly to all.
The time of mercy has nearly run its course. Honor my Son at all times. Pray, do Penance. Sacrifice and receive Holy Communion as frequently as possible, for only in this way shall the chains of God's love and justice bind satan forever!
Late in the decade of the eighties an orthodox Dominican priest was drummed out of his order because he dared to blow the whistle on his own order, accusing them of blatant homosexuality in the seminaries. He wasn't whistling dixie but rather telling the sad truth for the infiltration, which had begun by the Free Masons in the forties and fifties reached its apex in the eighties when many of these maladjusted "bad seeds," having climbed the ecclesial ladder, had gained powerful positions within their order such as rectors of seminaries. Their curriculum became one of permissive allowance, playing down the ravages of sin and hell, and preaching a "feel-good" theology where God would not punish anyone. This permeated down through the seminaries and, once ordained, into the parishes they were assigned to, the damage continued. Though the claims of this exiled Dominican sound preposterous, we have seen with our own eyes much proof of this and readily believe his facts. We have met young priests who have told us of the horror stories in seminaries where the orthodox were looked upon as the enemy who must be weeded out, while the abnormal gay lifestyle was encouraged and rationalized as acceptable. Had it not been for their faith, their resolve to fulfill God's Will by clandestinely meeting in the evenings as small groups to study the true teachings of the Church in their effort to "survive" the seminary in order for them to go forth as good, holy priests with the truth for their flocks, we would have even a greater priest shortage today. There are many very good young priests who have withstood the slings and arrows of seminary life in the eighties who have eluded the scrutiny of modernist rectors and exposed the damage that was done in the seminaries in the seventies and eighties by these liberal, sinful leaders who caused great scandal. And scandal was one thing the media thrived on, pouncing on any story of mispropriety by a cleric. While our judicial system espouses innocent until proven guilty, the media holds another standard: guilty until proven innocent in the court of public opinion. When the false prophets of the secular media control the judge and jury, there's little hope for acquittal. When the false prophets of the Catholic media join them, any chance of a fair trial is nonexistent. It reminds us greatly of the trial of the Sanhedrin. But Jesus patiently and lovingly withstood all the barbs and lies thrown at Him. We too must not defend ourselves, but be willing to suffer for and with Him. Yet, we also must not stand idly by when He is attacked or His Church. We must stand up and fight. That's why we are called the "Church Militant" in the Communion of Saints. The battle is a never-ending one as the persecution intensifies. Next week, we will cover the onslaughts that continue into the nineties and to the present time as we continue to sound the clarion call to all Catholics alerting them to the false prophets in the American Church.
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.
Ten years after Hernando Cortez conquered Mexico for the world, Our Lady began her conquest of Mexico and all of the Americas for her Divine Son's world when she chose a simple peasant to convey one of the greatest miracles in the history of apparitions. On a frosty December morning in 1531 Juan Diego, a 51-year-old Aztec peasant. Juan and his wife, whose name is not recorded, were recent converts to Catholicism due to the influence of the Spanish evangelization which Cortez brought with him from Spain.
Spain had been one of the few countries in Europe who had been protected from the onslaught of "enlightenment" which ushered in the Protestant Revolt in the early 16th Century. Thanks to the safeguards taken by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella and the steady hand of the Spanish Inquisition which prevented revolt by strict vigilance, the True Faith was preserved and spread to the New World in waves of Spanish priests who accompanied the Conquistadors. These Franciscan, Dominican and Carmelite Orders, as well as the Jesuits, played a pivotal role in the conversion of Central and South America. It was Isabella who financed Christopher Columbus's historic journey to the New Indies in 1492 and oversaw the activities of Cortez throughout the early 1500's as the Spanish Conqueror overcame the forces of Montezuma, toppling the pagan Aztec and Mayan nations and subsequently their over-riding culture, as they gradually faded into the archives of history and artifacts, replaced by the strength of the Church and the inculturation of Spain from her language to her customs.
Catholicism had taken root in Mexico, especially around Mexico City, yet the Aztecs did not go quietly. For years they had offered human sacrifice to their gods; Quetzocoetl - the bird and serpent god being the main one. This pagan practice had taken its toll in the hundreds and hundreds of thousands reaching into the millions. This was one of the main reasons Our Blessed Mother came in 1531, to stop the human sacrifice; both with the pagan Aztec traditions and the senseless slaughter of the Conquistadors who had cut a swath of blood across Mexico on Cortez' march to Mexico City from the Gulf. By exemplifying a gentler, Christ-like nature, not only would the native peoples understand what the missionaries were conveying, but also remind the Spanish soldiers of their roots and prompt them to repent of their warring ways.
Into this atmosphere Our Lady chose Juan Diego to impart her message and give to him the on-going miracle of the miraculous tilma worn by Juan on the day of the apparition. In the nature of replacing the ridiculous with the sublime, Blessed Mary asked Juan to have a chapel or church built on the site where there had been an Aztec shrine. This site was the hill of Tepeyac. She asked him to go to the local bishop with this request. One can imagine the bishop's first reaction when he encountered this poor Indian approaching him...and then telling him why he was there. No one should be surprised at the Bishop's response. Bishop Zumarraga demanded a sign that this message Juan brought was truly Heaven-sent. Needless to say, Juan was intimidated and disheartened. He didn't even want to go back to the hill, but through the grace of the Holy Spirit there he was again the next day - December 12th, trembling on Tepeyac Hill both from the winter chill and in trepidation of what he would tell the Blessed Virgin and what, in turn, she would ask him to do. In the custom of the people of his day, Juan was dressed in simple pants and a shirt, sandals, a straw short-visored sombrero and a tilma, which was a scapular-like garment made from a versatile and strong-fibred cactus plant indigenous to this region. Shivering as he waited, he almost did not notice the light and the gentle whisp of wind as Our Lady hovered near the top of the hill. He moved closer and Our Lady sought to allay his fears, bidding him come closer and tell her the Bishop's reaction though she already knew. Juan related his encounter and the need for an outward sign. Our Lady responded with the request that he pick the roses growing out of the rough, semi-frozen tundra of Tepeyac. Juan was aghast to find rich red roses in full bloom and he quickly stooped to pick as many of these rich beauties as he could, gathering them in the full of his front tilma, then pulling it up against his chest to protect them in a pouch-like fashion; then scurrying off to present this "sign" to the Monsignor Zumarraga. Panting and nearly out of breath, he reached the Episcopo alerting the guards outside. His insistance to see the Bishop brought rebuffs from those in the outer circle who thought it odd that an Aztec peasant should be so bold, yet through the grace of God Juan was admitted to the Bishop's chambers and there excitedly exclaimed, "I have the sign, your Excellency!" Impatient, doubting and yet curious, Zumarraga beckoned Juan to approach him. Blessed Diego came near the foot of the Bishop and knelt in reverence as he unrolled his tilma. Juan's eyes were fixed on the fresh petals that tumbled to the floor and did not see the shock and amazement on the Bishop's face as his vision was transfixed on the image he beheld emblazoned on Juan's poor, fragmented tilma. To this day one can see at the Shrine an mega-sized enlargement of Our Lady's eye on the tilma. In the eye, one can see the reflection of the Bishop and his entourage as they stared in disbelief. While transfixed in this incredibility, Juan straightened up and, at once, realized the true miracle Our Lady had endowed. There on his tilma was an image of how she had appeared to him just hours before, in full color.
She had appeared to Juan not as Our Lady of Grace, or as a European-kind of visage, but as an Aztec woman standing on the moon, dressed in a finely detailed full-flowing dress or garment that symbolized many of the Aztec traditions. It was an image that would be accepted by the native Indians of this land moreso than the European icons of the Virgin the Spanish had brought with them. As always the Mother of God has a method to her message and the message conveyed stirred the Bishop to a reconversion and a rededication to evangelizing and serving the Indians while preaching the reason for Our Lady's visit. The results, guided by God, spread faster than the December wind blowing across the Mexican terrain. Within a short time, countless native Indians had been brought into Holy Mother Church's fold. To top that, almost instantly the people realized the error of their ways in the ancient Aztec ways of human sacrifice and abandoned the practice. The population flourished and as the Church dwindled in the Old World due to the erosion of the Protestant Reformation, the pendulum of plentitude swung to the New World in graces and conversions. It was the beginning of a reverence and veneration that would be carried through every generation up through today that sometimes even borders on the extreme. This is said in light of two visits to Mexico City in December by this author when he beheld thousands of devout Mexican people making their annual pilgrimage to the shrine on their knees, no matter the weather conditions. In contrast, the cab drivers and merchants festooned their vehicles and places of business with mardi gras-like decorations honoring La Virgen de Guadalupe. Always, the reverence and love for Mary is prevalent south of the border. It is a veneration that we would hope would permeate north of the border and bring back the reverence and respect for the Mother of God's role in our Church and daily lives. In recent years Our Lady has brought her mission ever more in focus as she asks all to help her in ending the abominal human sacrifice of abortion, a sin far worse than the human sacrifice offered to the pagan gods by the ancient Aztecs. But, as in the early 1500's and that century known as the "Century of Saints" it took great sacrifice on the part of all God's faithful ones to stop the sacrifice of God's children...so also today, we need, more than ever to offer sacrifice through penance, redemptive suffering, fasting and prayer to end the horrible sin of abortion. We have the formula. We have the forces of good on our side. We just need to act and human sacrifice will end as it did in the sixteenth century.
The on-going miracle of the tilma is a direct manifestation of supernatural intervention and for well over four centuries the image has remained ever brilliant even though it is on such a coarse cactus fiber that it would have faded within a few years had it not been from Heaven. The tilma was placed in a small church built at the top of Tepeyac Hill as Bishop Zumarraga obediently carried out Mary's wishes. This same church is still there today above the shrine at Guadalupe. In 1709 a larger basilica was built to house and venerate the image and word of this miracle spread throughout the world. Earthquakes and shifting soil caused great concern in the mid twentieth century and plans were drawn up for a newer, modern basilica which was consecrated in 1976 and today houses the famed image behind glass high above and behind the main altar. Visitors and pilgrims can see it closer by way of a conveyor belt walkway below and behind the main altar. No shrine has been more visited in the world than Guadalupe. In 1910, Pope Saint Pius X declared Our Lady of Guadalupe the patroness of Latin America and in 1945 Pope Pius XII expanded this declaration by designating her patroness of all the Americas. Our present pontiff, Pope John Paul II has endorsed this and brought with him a deep reverence for Our Lady of Guadalupe.