LOVE The messages remind us of our duties as Christians. "Child, do pass this on well: the peoples of this world should keep One Commandment before their eyes and that is LOVE. He who possesses Love, will serve the Lord and Master in His Creation. Keep in mind this one commandment - Love. If that is brought back among the people, the world will be saved...See that all...know how to bring the Charity of Jesus Christ to this world - this degenerate world (November 15, 1951). "Remember the First and Great Commandment - Love. That embraces everything." (October 5, 1952) Why does the Lady say "degenerate world" because as we know that is exactly what it is. As St. Paul foretold in 2Timothy 3:1-5: "...[in these] times of stress...men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, fierce haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God..." Constantly, Our Mother exhorts us to brotherly love, truth, justice and charity. She further adds, on May 31, 1955, that "degeneration breeds disaster; degeneration generates war.""The whole world is degenerating...What this world is lacking [is]: Love of God - Love of Neighbor" (July 2, 1951).
Throughout the course of these apparitions our Mother chides and admonishes us; She repeatedly directs and encourages us along the right path: the path of the cross, the path of humility, the path of love, the path of the True Spirit. "Christians, each one of you individually, take the Cross in your hands. With the cross in your hand, you shall possess the kingdom. With the cross in your hand, you shall meet your neighbor. With the cross in your hand, you shall vanquish your foe" (February 7, 1952). Our Lady constantly calls us to embrace the Cross; for in the Cross true love is born, our faith is truly formed and our souls are purified. The Lady of All Nations says "Christians band yourselves together. It is high time" (September 29, 1951)! In His sign, the Cross, we shall be united; united we shall conquer. In the Cross, we shall resemble Our Lord Jesus Christ and bring great glory and honor to Him; we shall really become adoptive children of Our Father for together we will truly form the body of Christ. In the Cross, we shall enoble the name of Christian; we shall be true "Christ bearers." In the Cross, Christ will be born within us for we will have "been crucified with Christ" (Gal 2:19,20). It is in the Cross that our natures will be made by grace "in the image and likeness" of Our Lord. But we can only imitate Christ through Mary, Our Mother, through whom we received the Cross. And She knows that in order for us to "possess the kingdom" and to meet Her Son, the Resurrected Christ in heaven, we must "die with Him" on that same Cross! "The Lady plants a crucifix upon the sacrificial altar and I see the whole world gathered around it...'Come, My faithful ones!' the voice now calls...She smiles, extends Her arms and calls invitingly. 'Come.'...The Lady urges them to follow Her, promising to guide them" (July 29, 1945).
"You seek and seek in para-this and para-that. But to this 'the Lady of All Nations' has a reply as well: it is the PARACLETE Who effects all this" (May 31, 1957). We live in a society which seeks answers in all the wrong places because we have mistakenly valued our positions, our technological advances, our material acquisitions, our successes and our scientific achievements. We are puffed up by possessions and power. In short, we have become self idolaters for we have attributed "all this" to ourselves and not to goodness of God (cf. Lk 1:78). We have become like "hollow men" living in a "speed mad" world on our way to nowhere, alienated from God and each other, who in the stillness of the night find no comfort for there is no satisfaction or meaning to this type of existence. Happiness eludes us or falls far short of our expectations.The Lady of All Nations directs our attention to the Holy Spirit Who is the Comforter and will guide us to true happiness! Pray to Our Mother, who is the Advocate and Spouse of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will come to those who asks; He will teach us the ways of the Lord. By the grace of the Holy Spirit we will have the humility to understand our fallen nature and total dependence on God; we will "acknowledge Our Creator and be grateful" (May 10, 1953). We shall become, like Mary, true disciples of Christ. In humility, our faith and our love will grow strong so that we prefer to embrace the Cross, obey God and renounce the world. We will no longer be like "sheep grazing without true peace or contentedness" (May 31, 1951). We will no longer seek self fulfillment and self aggrandisement, a fruitless goal. Rather we will seek His Love and become fulfilled; like Mary, we shall "proclaim the greatness of the Lord." The Lady of All Nations will bring "peace, true peace" to the world. She implores all apostles and nations:"Kneel down before your Lord and Creator and be thankful. Science today has made people forget to show gratitude. They no longer recognize their Creator. Nations be warned, bow down in deep humility before your Creator! Implore His mercy; He is merciful. Is He not giving you every proof of it in these times? The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be with you all the days of your lives" (May 31, 1954)!
Woven into the messages are the constant Motherly exhortations to come back to the sacraments, to persevere to the end in saying the Rosary and to remember the daily Sacrifice of Her Son. "Remember your Sacraments; they still exist! You , Christian people, by your example bring others to Him, to the daily Miracle, to the daily Sacrifice" (May 31, 1955). "He gave you the great Mystery, the great Miracle of every day, every hour, every minute. He gave you Himself. No, nations, ('She shook Her head vehemently as She said this') not merely a remembrance; no, nations, listen to what He said: not just an idea, but Himself, under the appearance of a little piece of bread, under the appearance of wine. This is how the Lord wants to come among you, day after day. Do accept it. Do act on it. He gives you the foretaste, - the foretaste of eternal life" (May 31, 1957). "Before the Lord Jesus Christ returned to the Father - before the Sacrifice of the Cross began - the Lord Jesus Christ gave to the nations of the whole world the Daily Miracle." Then the Lady glanced over the whole world and asked: "How many are there...(pause) who experience this Great Wonder? They pass this Great Miracle by. The daily Sacrifice has to have its place again at the center of this degenerate world" (March 20, 1953).
On February 7, 1946 Ida was shown a vision of Our Lord surrounded by children similar to the depiction in the gospel of Matthew 19:13-15. At the same time, she heard Our Lord say: "Suffer little children to come to Me." And then Ida saw the following words appear: "The children must receive a thorough Christian upbringing!" On April 1, 1951, the Lady of All Nations instructed the "grown-ups of this world, do teach your children to return to the Cross."
In a society where the most dangerous place to be for a child is the mother's womb, what can one say except that it is indeed a very sad and dangerous world, both physically and spiritually, for the children today. Look around the world and what do you notice but children suffering? In Eastern bloc nations, children are institutionalized from birth because of minor defects and left there to die - another form of eugenics. In North Korea, children are abducted by adults for the purpose of cannabilism. In Egypt, Christian children are kidnapped and they are either placed with Moslem families or tortured and killed. In Africa, children are disfigured by chemical warfare just as they were in the Vietnam war of the sixtys and seventys. In many of the poor nations children are prostituted at an early age as a means of income and support. And, of course, we are all aware of the prolific exploitation of children for pornagraphy! And, lest we forget, there is the devastating proliferation of drugs and their availability, especially to the young; their destructive effects transcend all class distinctions from the poorest to the wealthiest! Indeed, this is truly a "culture of death!" All over the world the children are malevolently treated, discarded or abandonded. It is such a loveless world for children!
In the West, a good number of children come from single family homes and most children have grown up in some kind of daycare or after school program, not the normal and nurturing environment of a family setting. The first five years of a child's life are the most formative and yet parents willingly hand over their infants and preschool children to complete strangers at daycare institutions! (Call to mind the infamous words of the late Communist leader, Vladimir Lenin: "Give me a child until he is five years old and I will own him for life.") There are always the less fortunate families where, out of financial necessity, both parents must work or as in the case of some single family units, the only parent must work; but this is truly the extreme. And, in any case, even these families are not providing for their children's spiritual growth. In the majority of families throughout the free world, the attainment of wealth is the priority not the children. In addition to this, the children live in a world where they are constantly subject to immorality, whether it be in the liberal educations of the schools, on the internet, or in the milieu of the entertainment industry (music, films and television), or in environs of their neighborhood or even in their own families. Often children are not only neglected but abused. At an early age they lose their innocence and become demoralized. They know neither right from wrong nor do they care, for no effort was made on their behalf to develop their consciences. And, as St. Alphonsus Liguori relates, "from [their] ignorance proceed[s] the misconduct and the damnation of many. [And] the same is true of negligent parents...Children have not been given to parents as a present, which they may dispose of as they please, but as a trust, for which, if lost through their negligence, they [the parents] must render an account to God."
What we are seeing in this degenerative world is the culmination of an insidious agenda over a long period of time to create a Godless society. As a result, we have now come full circle where the ideas and ideologies of the West and of the East have been assimilated and conjoined to form one and the same corrupt society. The only difference is the route by which these two hemispheres met. In Eastern bloc nations, God was taken away from them; in Western cultures, for the most part, God was displaced by materialism and the lack of good shepherds. In the end, the result is the same: the destruction of life, the loss of souls, and the glory and love that belongs to God, the very reason for our existence, has been denied Him or greatly diminished. Perhaps looking at the suffering children and the devastating effects of our choices on them will awaken our consciences and stir us to repent and change the course we are now on.
Children are the future heirs to this world and the kingdom of God but we leave them nothing to inherit, neither here nor in heaven, but misery and damnation if we do not give to them the deposit of God's love and ours! We must remember that from the health and spiritual well being of the family comes the health and well being of the child's soul and of the society (brotherhood) of all God's children. The family is to emulate the love of the most Blessed Trinity; through this imitation of Divine Love, the love of the family grows. From the love of the mother and father comes forth the fruit of that love, a third love - the child. So it is, therefore, that the family is meant to reflect or mirror the love of God - the most Blessed Trinity; for from the love of the Father and the Son proceeds the love of the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life (cf. The Nicene Creed). Let us cherish that gift of God's love - the child!
Bring back the children to the faith, to the family of God (cf. December 8, 1952). Imitate the Holy Family. Take an active part in the religous education of your child. And above all let us not be a people who "sacrifice their sons and daughters to the demons" (Ps 106:37). In reference to these days Jesus said: "children will turn against their parents and have them put to death" (Mk 13:12). It is no wonder Our Lord also said: "...weep not for Me. Weep for yourselves and for your children" (Lk 23:28). Listen to the Lady of All Nations who is a parent, too: "Parents take care of the young" (December 8, 1952). "You must lead your children to the Lord Jesus Christ; you must teach them again how to pray, just as 'the Lady of All Nations' teaches you to say Her prayer...Bring your children back to the Sacrifice" (May 31, 1955).
False ecumenism, disasters of nature, chemical and germ warfare, an economic deadend, meteors, wars, false prophets, a universal calamity and a new world movement which is a combination of Nazism and Communism, a strange war - another great catastrophe for the world, and a great disaster in the Balkans are the warnings given to us by our Mother, the Lady of All Nations, since 1945! Does it not sound exactly like the present day scenario we are living through? Of course, it does! In the past ten to fifteen years, at least, records have been broken across the world because of the phenomenally peculiar and unpredictable weather patterns. The destructive force of the weather and other catastrophes of nature, such as floods, earthquakes and tornadoes has left an indelible impression of God's anger across the world. It is only more recently that we are hearing more and more on the manufacture of missles in Iraq, in collaboration with Russia, that contain warheads encapsulated with either bacteria or chemical agents. On October 7, 1945 the Lady of All Nations said to Ida, possibly referring to the strange war - another great catastrophe for the world: "There He walks, alone in this world. It will get even worse, until the moment when something dreadful will happen and at once the Cross of Christ will stand at the center of the world. Now they must look, whether they like it or not." Then Ida sees "all sorts of strange figures. Then stars...sickles and hammers - everything falls beneath that Cross." Then the Lady says, "All lift up their gaze; they are ready to look up all of a sudden, but at what a cost!"
As far as the economic woes of this world, just about everyone is now aware of the precarious and unstable outlook for the financial markets of the world due to the recent tragedy of the September 11 attack on America. Incidentally, this war with Afghanistan and the ongoing situation in the Balkans and the Middle East could very well be the mechanisms by which there will be a "univeral calamity" (May 10, 1953) and "the new world movement" (January 3, 1946) that Our Lady speaks of. That is why She says this is not a "politico-economic struggle but a politico-Christian one." Let us remember though that "'the Lady of All Nations' has been sent especially at the present time to overcome spiritual decline and degeneration" (October 5, 1952). That is why She tells us "The powers of hell will break loose. But they will not prevail against 'the Lady of All Nations'" (December 3, 1953). "She will save the world under this title" (March 20, 1953). But first we must say the Prayer, petition for Her dogma under Her title, and heed Her requests now!!!
Of false ecumenism, Our Lady says on May 31, 1958: "Warn the clergy against heretical doctrines, particularly in the domain of the Eucharist... I repeat: pray much for priests, for an increase of good priests." On January 6, 1980 the Voice of God instructs Pope John Paul II: "My Cephas...listen. Remove that side-branch from the tree, for you will find that there already was destruction in the roots of this branch. It has been infested by the worms of death...And look...they (referring to some bishops) wear masks, and behind the masks they hide their real faces...My Peter, I warn you. Keep the staff in your hands. Start building up again." In Isaiah 10:33 Our Lord declares: "Behold the Lord, the Lord of hosts will lop the boughs with terrifying power, the great in height will be hewn down, and the lofty will be brought low." And in Isaiah 11:1,2: " There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him...!"
Often Mary is referred to as the "Tree of Life" which bears the "Fruit of Life," Our Lord Jesus Christ. Those who seek to destroy the Church, the apostates who have created the "side branch" through false ecumenism, will first remove any reminder of Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, who brings forth Her Son at the Sacrifice of the Mass, through Her mediation and advocacy by the Will and Grace of Her Lord and Creator. This is usually followed by the removal of the Crucifix from the center of the Church above the altar. And, of course, the tabernacle is also set aside so that a Roman Catholic Church resembles a Protestant house of worship. Even if this is not done, one will always notice in Catholic parishes where false ecumenism is espoused that Mary is ignored and Her Motherhood over the Church and all the people of God is denied or denigrated. Wherever Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is absent or downplayed so too will you find heretical doctrines against the True Presence of Our Lord in the Most Holy Eucharist. This is why Our Lord commanded "take Her back into your Churches and among the nations and you will witness the revival" (March 25, 1973)! Those who do not will become "infested" by heretics and schismatics, "the worms of death," and they will be destroyed!
True ecumenism affirms all the doctrines of the One, True Universal Church including the sacraments and the True Presence of Our Lord in the Most Holy Eucharist. It also asserts that Mary is an integral part of the Church. It emphasizes allegiance and obedience to the Vicar of Christ on earth, presently Pope John Paul II. Simultaneous to this attestation of truth, true ecumenism seeks, with a sincere love for God and neighbor, to unite all of God's children by inviting all denominations and all nations to join the One, True Catholic Church for the greater glory of God and the salvation of souls! True ecumenism is a responsibility, a mission for all Catholics as Pope John Paul II stated in his encyclical, Redemptoris Missio: "The Church is sent on a mission to the whole world, to be its light and its salt. Since salvation is offered to all, it must be made available to all...The number of those awaiting Christ is immense, requiring us to unite all the Church's resources. The missionary task must remain foremost for it concerns the destiny of humanity...Missionaries are the 'universal brothers/sisters' proclaiming...God loves all...Missionaries love the Church; this love is a focal point for them...Today the Church has the opportunity to bring the Gospel to the world as never before. We must gather in the Upper Room as the apostles did, 'together with Mary, the Mother of Jesus' (Acts 1:14) to be guided by the Holy Spirit. On the eve of the third millennium the whole Church is invited to cooperate in Christ's work of salvation."
The Lady of All Nations, "like a loving Mother, comes to warn the apostles of the Church against false prophets, against the wrong spirit" (October 5, 1952). As St. Paul says in 1 Timothy 4: "Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by giving heed to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, through the pretensions of liars whose consciences are seared..." "Seek and ask only for the true Holy Spirit," the Lady of All Nations warns (February 11, 1951). "People are being bewildered and led in the wrong direction" (June 15, 1952). Repeatedly over and over and over again Our Mother warns us! Gently but firmly Our Mother, with great concern, is telling Her children not to test God but to Trust Him "for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light" (2Cor 11:14). "The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved..."(2Thes 2:9-10). "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is in the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit" (Jer 17:7,8). In the same vein Our Mother says: "Nobody knows which way to turn? Now then, get back to your simple faith and the world will regain peace" (April 15, 1951). "So then, brethern, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught..." (2Thes 2:15). Above all, make sacrifices, holy offerings, to God of your sufferings. Do not be so quick to look for healings from those who claim to perform such wonders! "Put your trust in your Mother, who has never yet forsaken Her children" (May 31, 1955). "Let them come with all their needs - spiritual and bodily alike - the Lady is here, in readiness. She will bring them back and will help them" (April 4, 1954).
Perhaps reading Matthew 24, 4-14 at this point will sound familiar? "And Jesus answered them, 'Take heed that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name saying, 'I am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places...and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake...many will fall away...many false prophets will arise and lead men astray. And because wickedness is multiplied, most men's love will grow cold.'" And here is the good news, the hope of our faith, that: "he who endures to the end will be saved." And this brings us to Our Mother's mission as the Lady of All Nations that: "this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all nations..." "The 'Lady of All Nations' will bring them back into one fold" (February 17, 1952). "The Lord and Master wants to give the people of this world Spiritual Oneness. For this reason He sends 'Miriam' or 'Mary' as the 'Lady of All Nations'" (September 20, 1951).
Was it not through a woman, Eve, that we, as a race, fell? And is it not through the Woman who crushes the serpents head (Gen 3:15) that we have been lifted up? It is through the Woman, the Immaculate Conception, "redeemed from the moment of Her conception...by the merits of Jesus Christ" that we can recover what has been lost by sin! (cf.Col 1:15-20.) Or as St. Alphonsus Liguori puts it: "If we wish to recover lost grace, let us seek Mary, by whom this grace has been found." For this Woman, the Virgin of Emmanuel (Isaiah 7:14), is Our Mother, the Mother of All Nations. She is the Mother of Grace through whom "the Lord Almighty has foiled them by the hand of a woman" (Judith 16)! And so it is and always will be! Let us have confidence in Our Mother, the Lady of All Nations, when She promises "I assure you that the world will change" (April 29, 1951). She is the hope of our salvation! "She will vanquish Satan, as has been foretold. She shall place Her foot upon Satan's head" ( May 31, 1955). All we have to do is say the Prayer, petition for Her dogma, and heed Her requests!
If only the world knew what a Treasure we have in such a Mother! If we did we would bow down and give everlasting thanks and glory to God for we would realize He created Her just for us!!! If only the world realized the great love and devotion She has for each one of us, Her children, we would be filled with the warmth of Her tenderness and touched so deeply by Her affection that we would want to put our heads on Her lap just as St. Catherine Laboure did. We would yearn to be as close to Her as possible. We would understand as all the saints did that the prayers of Mary for Her children would never be rejected. As St. Alphonsus Liguori said: "Jesus loves His Mother so tenderly that Her requests are regarded in a certain manner as commands."
So Our Mother has come to us now in these times out of Love to bring Love. She comes to us as the Mother, the Lady of All Nations, to give us the grace of the Father, the redemption of the Son, and the peace of the Holy Spirit. Why? Because God in His great love and unfathomable mercy for us has willed it so. This is the time when the world will know Christ but through Mary. As St Louis Marie de Montfort wrote: "Up until now Mary has not been known. And that is one of the reasons why Jesus Christ is not as known as He should be. If it follows, and this is certain, that the world will recognize Jesus Christ and will accept His kingdom, then it will necessarily be a consequence of recognizing the kingdom of the Mother of God, Mary. She who gave Christ to the world the first time and will reveal Him to the world a second time as well." "In the same way, the Lady will come to Her apostles and all the nations, in order to bring them the Holy Spirit anew" (May 31, 1954). This is why the Lady of All Nations said: "This time is our time; Marian thought must become more pronounced" (May 10, 1953). It is only through Her, Our Mother, the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, that the Holy Spirit will act in pouring out His grace upon the world (cf. Joel 2:28-29 and Isaiah 44:3) and thus we will have the Victory of Her Immaculate Heart and the "era of peace" or the "thousand year reign" referred to in the book of Revelations, chapter 20 verses1-6! All we have to do is say the Prayer, petition for Her dogma under Her title, and heed the Lady of All Nations' requests!
Proverbs 8: 32
"So now, O children, listen to me;
instruction and wisdom do not reject!"
Say the Prayer and
Heed your Mother's requests!
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