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During the bitterly cold winter of 1777 at Valley Forge, Washington has such an unusual and profound spiritual experience that on many occasions he told good friends and fellow patriots of the occurrence.
The first-hand observations of one Anthony Sherman George relate that Washington was alone in his tent when a beautiful lady appeared to him. According to Sherman, Washington gave this account of the apparition and the story is attributed to Robert H. Goldsmith which we reprint here: The account contains highly spiritual and prophetic undertones that give some credence to the purported apparition of the Blessed Mother to the Father of our country. We do not propose that this is true, only that we do know Our Lady cares very deeply for her children in America and even back in 1700's was trying to warn us through the most famous man in U.S. history.]
"This afternoon as I was sitting at this table engaged in preparing a dispatch...I beheld standing opposite me a singularly beautiful female. So astonished was I, for I had given strict orders not to be disturbed, that it was some moments before I found language to inquire the cause of her presence. A second, a third and even a fourth time did I repeat my question, but received no answer.
"By this time I felt strange sensations spreading through me. I would have risen but the riveted gaze of the being before me rendered volition impossible...my tongue had become useless."
In his own words, the Father described the atmosphere around him, the words of the Lady and his reactions. The Lady, who many believed was the Mother of God, addressed Washington as the "Son of the Republic" as she presented him an overview of all the world and several separate visions of America at war. She told Washington to "Look and learn" and he related how he "heard the smothered groans and cries of the American people." He was shown the future growth of towns and cities "springing up one after another until the whole land from Atlantic to Pacific was dotted with them." He was also shown a vision of the Civil War and of the World Wars and their outcomes.
The final vision shown to the first president of the United States was of an event yet to come. According to Washington, "I heard the mysterious voice saying, 'Son of the Republic, look and learn.' At this a dark, shadowy angel placed a trumpet to his mouth and blew three distinct blasts; and taking water from the ocean, he sprinkled it upon Europe, Asia and Africa. Then my eyes beheld a fearful scene: from each of these continents arose thick, black clouds that were soon joined into one. Throughout this mass there gleamed a dark red light by which I saw hordes of armed men, who, moving with the cloud, marched by land and sailed by sea to America. Our country was enveloped in this volume of cloud and I saw vast armies devastate the whole country and burn the villages, towns and cities that I beheld springing up. As my ears listened to the thundering clashing and cries of millions in mortal combat, I heard again the mysterious voice saying, 'Son of the Republic, look and learn.' The dark shadowy angel placed his trumpet once more to his mouth and blew a long fearful blast."
Washington's narration continued: "Instantly a light as a thousand suns shown down from above me, and pierced and broke into fragments the dark cloud which enveloped America. At the same moment, the angel whose head still shone the word Union, and who bore our national flag in one hand and a sword in the other, descended from the Heavens attended by legions of white spirits. These immediately joined the inhabitants of America, who I perceived were well nigh overcome, but who immediately taking courage again, closed up their broken ranks and renewed the battle."
Then the Lady of the apparition showed Washington "the dark cloud rolled back, together with the armies it had brought leaving the inhabitants of the land victorious." According to Wshington, the visions were then interpreted for him by Our Lady: 'My child, these great perils will come upon the Republic. The most fearful is the third, but in this greatest conflict the whole world united shall not prevail against her. Let every child of the Republic learn to live for God, His land and the Union.' With these words, the apparition vanished, and I...felt that I seen a vision wherein had been shown to me the birth, progress, and destiny of the United States."
Let's fast-forward to today. Near what once was Babylon now stands the city of Baghdad on the ancient Euphrates and Tigris Rivers near where the Garden of Eden was said to exist. We all know Saddam Hussein is a puppet of the antichrist - a puppet of the one who tempted our first parents in the earliest times. On the other side of the coin, by his actions and "culture of death" policies, couldn't the same term "puppet of the antichrist" be true of Bill Clinton? It looks like a stalemate. Let's look at the people and soldiers. In Iraq most are God-fearing citizens with families who have been greatly impoverished both by Hussein and the United States embargo. They know nothing of politics, but have been stirred to a frenzy by rhetoric against America. Though there are many Catholics of the Eastern Latin Rite loyal to Rome, it is true the majority are Moslems whose outlook on life can be different than the Christian perspective; nevertheless they are God's children. Now, let's look at the people and soldiers of America. Most are God-fearing citizens with families who have been greatly impoverished morally by the corrupt values foisted on them by the media and the current administration, diminishing God and His Laws. Few are lacking in want. We can't forget Christ's Beatitudes as well as the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. So often, though, we do. We think that excess poverty and famine cannot effect us, that what happened in Bosnia, Iraq, China, Russia, Northern Ireland, Africa and many countries in South America can never touch the mighty U.S. of A! What a proud and arrogant nation we have become. Haven't we gone to school on the lessons of history? Remember the fall of Rome? We are not invincible or infallible. We, as a nation and a people, have made many mistakes. George Washington himself admitted this and strove to do all in his power to better it. But our biggest mistakes have been happening in this decade as we head for the "Final Crusade."
We use the term "Crusade" for this is what it will become if we go to war. Islamism is thicker than blood. They proved this during the crusades where most crusaders met with total disaster. Only a few of the crusades were victorious and the loss of lives was staggering in the middle ages. The difference is the Christians marching to war then were going for a cause. We have no cause in a war that is built on assumptions, ill will, and greed for oil. If we attack an arab country as expected, do you think Syria, Arabia and the rest of the Islamic cartel will sit idly by? Not on your life because Our Lady has said so. Read Daniel, read Samuel, read John's words in Apocalypse/Revelation to see the results. Israel is the target and everyone knows it. This is a perfect excuse for the modern Saracen empire to unite and launch an all-out attack on their most hated enemy dating back millenniums - Israel, not the United States. What we fail to realize is that the United States is a prophetic player in all of this. The script, thus far, is going according to form. Read the purported vision the "Father of our country" received in Washington the Visionary in today's issue. Pray that America will be preserved for Russia, the beast from the north, is making overtures of retaliation if America attacks Iraq. Syria lies in wait. Don't count out Iran as an unlikely Iraqui ally either. Even China can't be discounted as the "hordes coming over the mountains." Let us hope and pray that this game of "international chess" is merely a game, and not the real thing. We are nearing the millennium, the era of the promised "purification of the earth and God's people" that will be brought about by the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart which will usher in the glorious Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Second Advent, the Era of Peace as prophesied in Sacred Scripture. But before all this there must be the chastisement, the suffering of both just and unjust. Such a war that in Iraq purports to this. By voicing our support of this strike of force by Clinton and his cronies, we are saying "Our country, right or wrong!" That is wrong, totally wrong! God and His laws must come first and if our country is wrong, we all should and must speak out. The Holy Father has called for further talks that calmer hearts and minds might rule. We echo this for peace cannot be obtained by force but only from a communication of hearts as Father Stephen Valenta emphasizes in his column today. To attack now is premature, senseless and poor military strategy. Why is it every military man we have heard interviewed cautions that we should wait? Yet, the man, who is pushing to do it now and who is making the decisions to send young men and women to their death, hasn't a clue about military strategy or the commitment to being a soldier? Maybe Clinton should take a cue from Washington and advise caution and compassion...and start telling the truth! Short of this, let's spare the innocent young men and women of both sides and let Saddam and Slick Willy mount steeds on opposite sides of the Euphrates or Tigris. Can't you just see Clinton leading a cavalry of White House staffers across this fabled river? It's not the Potomac and it's not going to claim the senseless slaughter of millions. It just might be hazardous for the multitude of media hounds who can't swim! How appropriate: Clinton swimming with sharks!
Personally, what does this mean for each of us? With the help of grace it is vital that each of us strive to establish unity within ourselves. There is to be an internal order of things. The mind must be subject to the heart; the heart must be subject to the Divine Will.
What does this mean to each one of us as children of the One Father? It means that as Jesus commanded, we must love our neighbor as we love ourselves, in fact, that we are to love our enemy even if our enemy does not love us.
What does this mean to each of those consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary? It means that each one must reach out to others by way of the heart. It means that if there is a wish to be effective in carrying out Our Lady's pleas, especially to help her to win her battle against satan, each of her little ones must be bonded to all others in love. Anytime the mind is allowed to divide members of her family, there is a tilt in favor of satan and our Heavenly Mother's position is weakened.
It is sad that there are those of Mary's children who belittle each other, criticize each other, look down upon each other, mistrust each other, compete with each other, judge each other, snub each other, ridicule each other, hamper each other, slander each other, are hostile towards each other, treat each other with a lack of love and the litany goes on.
In unity there is strength. There can be no strength if we do not live in our hearts. We know that all would go better and we would be of greater help to Mary if, as she asks of us, we would pray with the heart. We cannot however pray with the heart if we do not live IN the heart! We do not live in the heart if we do not do hearty things. If we wish to be a source of strength in Mary's cohort of little people, it must be that each of us must make a decision to be generous in doing hearty things for each other. Let's make Valentines Day every day! Not in the same manner as we're prone to celebrate such as this past weekend, but in God's Way for it is the Holy Spirit Who is the Chief Unifier! In addition to our consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, there is an additional need to enter into a consecration to the Holy Spirit. Mary, herself, extends an invitation to each of her children to lean more on her Spouse so that her Immaculate Heart may triumph sooner.
In my next installment I will begin to touch on listening to Jesus for when we do, we are listening to our heart.
To review Father Valenta's previous columns in this series, go to Archives beginning with the August 18, 1997 issue of A CALL TO PEACE: volume 8, no. 16.
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