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MARY MOTHER OF JESUS, MOTHER OF GOD Part Seven: VIIc Apparitions and Messages of Mary “Blessed are those who have not seen but believed. ” (John 20: 29)
. APPARITIONS OF MARY OUR LADY OF LAUS, France (1664) .
Laus, France (1664) Title: Our Lady appeared as the Reconciler and Refuge of Sinners. Investigated: By the Bishop of Embrun in 1712. First Apparition: The apparitions began in May, 1664, when Benoîte Rencurel, an unschooled 16 -year-old-shepherdess saw “a dazzling lady” standing on a rock, holding a no less beautiful child in her arms. Approved: Sunday, May 4, 2008, in the Basilica of Notre Dame in Laus, the Bishop of Gap and Embrun, Monsignor Jean-Michel di Falco Léandri, announced the official approval of the Church. Last Apparition: Christmas Day, 1718. Visionaries: Sister Benoite Rencurel; declared venerable in 1871 and beatified in 1984. Number of Apparitions: Four months of daily apparitions. Miracles & Signs: Over whelming fragrance of flowers; Cures of all kinds abounded and sinners were converted in great numbers. Summary: Marian apparitions given to a young shepherdess, Benoîte (Benedicta) Rencurel, an event that took place in Laus, close to Avançon, in the Hautes-Alpes south of France, between 1664 and 1718.
Benoite Rencurel was born in 1647 into a life of poverty. Her father died when she was seven and her mother struggled to make ends meet. She worked as a shepherdess and was devoted to the rosary. At the age of seventeen, Our lady appeared to her for the first time, holding a beautiful child in her arms. Our Lady appeared as the reconciler and refuge of sinners. Benoite was chosen to pray for sinners and assist in their conversion. For this task she was granted many graces including the ability to read hearts. Mary encouraged her to speak to those with grave sins, that they might change their ways. She asked Benoite to admonish girls and women who were living lives of scandal, especially those who commit abortion. Benoite was able to see which souls were in darkness or light, and would discourage those about to receive the Eucharist in sin, from doing so. Her task, under Mary's direction, was also to approach priests in error, and advise them to correct their faults, especially in carrying out their ministries. For several years, Benoite experienced the passion of Christ in her body; having at one point been shown a crown of roses and a crown of thorns, she chose thorns.
Her mission was tested by those who refused to believe her authenticity. Our Lady asked for a chapel to be built at Laus where many sinners would come and be converted. She told Benoite she had been granted this by Our Lord for the conversion of sinners, "I asked my Son for Laus for the conversion of sinners, and He granted it to me. " When the first stones of the chapel were laid on October 7 th, 1666, the Dominican Fathers attended, and Benoite soon after became a Dominican Tertiary. From then on she wore the tertiary veil and cape, and people began calling her "Sister Benoite. " One of the key signatures of these apparitions was the over whelming fragrance of flowers which manifested when Our Lady was present. On occasion this scent would fill the valley. On March 18, 1700, Benoite's Guardian Angel had told her, "The Laus devotion is the work of God which neither man nor the devil can destroy. It will continue until the end of the world, flourishing more and bearing great fruit everywhere. " Benoite was seventy-one years old when she died in the odor of sanctity. Sister Benoite Rencurel was declared Venerable in 1871 and beatified in 1984. The church in Laus was raised to the rank of a minor basilica in 1893. The apparition of Laus was declared genuine and is the first of the 21 st century to be approved.
Message of Our Lady of Laus "I asked my Son for Laus for the conversion of sinners, and He granted it to me. " "Tell the girls of St. Stephen's to sing the Litany of the Blessed Virgin in the church every evening, with the permission of the Prior, and you will see that they will do it. " “I am Mary, the Mother of Jesus. You will not see Me here any more, nor for some time. " "No, . . . soon nothing will be lacking here--neither vestments nor altar linens nor candles. I want a large church built on this spot, along with a building for a few resident priests. The church will be built in honor of my dear Son and Myself. Here many sinners will be converted. I will appear to you often here. “ "Pray continually for sinners. "
APPARITIONS OF MARY OUR LADY OF LA SALETTE, France (1846) Pierre-Maximin Giraud (11) and Françoise -Mélanie Calvat-Mathieu (15)
Lasalette, France (1846) Title: Our Lady of La. Salette Investigated: Bishop of Grenoble, Mgr de Bruillard. First Apparition: Saturday, September 19, 1846. Approved: The Bishop of Genoble approved the apparition and message in 1851. Last Apparition: July 28, 1903. Visionaries: Melanie (15) Calvat, and Maximin (11) Giraud. Number of Apparitions: 1 Miracles & Signs: Miraculous cures. Summary: Neither of the child visionaries led particularly saintly or religious lives after the apparitions. Maximin Giraud fell under the spell of unscrupulous people who used him for his notoriety. He led an unhappy and wandering life, taking a variety of odd jobs. He died on March 1, 1875, at the age of 39. Mélanie Calvat attempted to live as a Carmelite nun a few times, but eventually returned to the secular world. She began to espouse her own prophecies and mystical dogmas and unsuccessfully tried to develop a personal following. She died at Altamura, Italy, on December 15, 1904.
Message of Our Lady of La Salette “If my people do not wish to submit themselves, I am forced to let go of the hand of my Son. It is so heavy and weighs me down so much I can no longer keep hold of it. “I have suffered all of the time for the rest of you! If I do not wish my Son to abandon you, I must take it upon myself to pray for this continually. And the rest of you think little of this. In vain you will pray, in vain you will act, and you will never be able to make up for the trouble I have taken over for the rest of you. “I gave you six days to work; I kept the seventh for myself, and no one wishes to grant it to me. This is what weighs down the arm of my Son so much. Then Our Mother asked them, " Do you say your prayers well, my children? " "Not very well, Madam. " They answered. She continued, "You must be sure to say them well, morning and evening. When you cannot do better, say at least an Our Father and a Hail Mary. But when you have time, say more.
"Those who drive carts cannot swear without adding My Son’s name. These are the two things which weigh down the arm of My Son so much. "If the harvest is spoiled, it is only because of you others. I made you see this last year with the potatoes; you took little account of this. It was quite the opposite when you found bad potatoes; you swore oaths, and you included the name of My Son. They will continue to go bad; at Christmas there will be none left. ”
APPARITIONS OF MARY OUR LADY OF BEAURAING Belgium (1932) Fernande Voisin (15), Andree (9) and Gilberte (14) Degeinbre, and Albert Voisin (11)
Beauraing, Belgium (1932) Title: The Virgin with the Golden Heart Investigated: 1949 First Apparition: November 29, 1932 Approved: July 2, 1949 by the Bishop of Namur Last Apparition: January 3, 1933 Visionaries: Fernande Voisin (15), Andree Degeimbre (14), Gilberte Voisin (11), Gilberte Degeimbre (9) Number of Apparitions: 33 times in 1932 Miracles & Signs: Miraculous cures, fireball. Summary: Mary is believed to have come 33 times to the playground of a convent school to five children. Identifying herself as "the Immaculate Virgin" and "Mother of God, Queen of Heaven, " she called for prayer for the conversion of sinners.
Messages of Our Lady of Beauraing The Virgin Mary urged the children to pray and sacrifice. She asked, "that people pray much, " "that a chapel be built" (December 17, 1932), "that people come here in pilgrimage" (December 23). She promised the conversion of sinners. During the five last apparitions, she showed a heart of gold, surrounded by rays, on her chest. During the fourth apparition (December 4) and the seventh (December 21), she declared herself to be "the Immaculate Virgin“ During the last apparition (January 3, 1933), she added: "I will convert sinners. I am the Mother of God, the Queen of heaven. " Twenty thousand persons were present that day. She urged the children (and everyone) to “pray, pray. ”
APPARITIONS OF MARY THE LADY OF ALL NATIONS, Amsterdam, Netherlands (1945) Chapel of The Lady of All Nations Diepenbrockstraat 3 in Amsterdam South
Amsterdam, Holland (1945 -1959) Title: Our Lady of All Nations Investigated: May 7, 1956; Bishop of Haarlem finds no evidence of the supernatural nature of the apparitions, and prohibits public veneration. First Apparition: March 25, 1945 Approved: On 31 May 2002, Bishop Jozef Marianus Punt of Haarlem, having concluded a period of investigation, declared the apparitions to the Ida Peerdeman of Amsterdam, Holland, approved. Last Apparition: May 31, 1959 Visionaries: Ida Peederman Number of Apparitions: 56 apparitions, lasting 14 years Miracles & Signs: Mary’s words
Messages from the Lady of All Nations The revelations to Ida Peerdeman by the Lady of All Nations emphasize the importance of the Eucharist and portray in detail the events that precede and that will bring about the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart, most importantly the declaration of the final Marian dogma of Mary as The Lady of All Nations: Coredemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocatrix. The Virgin said that she would give no signs other than her words to validate her appearance: “You are as yet unable to appreciate my words. My signs are inherent in my words" (May 31, 1955). "Now I will give a reply to those who have asked for a sign. To all of them I say: my signs are contained in my words. O you of little faith! You are like children who insist on fireworks, whereas they have no eyes for the true light and for the true fire" (May 31, 1957).
Other revelations predicted the deaths of three popes. Prophecies dated: February 19, 1958 - the death of Pope Pius XII in October of the same year; June 11, 1978 - the death of Pope Paul VI, less than two months later; September 28, 1978 - the death of Pope John Paul I, the following day. In addition to these revelations, Ida also was also made aware of the identity of two future Popes on two separate occasions, namely: Pope Paul VI "Montini" on May 31, 1963; and Pope John Paul II on October 15, 1978.
The messages of Our Lady of all Nations contains many prophecies including: the convening of the Second Vatican Council II, the preparations of bacteriological weapons (prophecy dated December 26, 1947), "another great catastrophe for the world" against the West and oming from the East (June 9, 1946), war in the Balkans (May 7, 1949, October 1, 1949, May 27, 1950, August 15, 1950, August 27, 1977), a "terrible pain coming over India" (February 14, 1950), a "struggle in Rome against the Pope" (June 9, 1946), the Chenobyl nuclear plant meltdown (December 10, 1950), the dissent regarding celibacy (May 31, 1956 and May 31, 1957), the 1949 Communist takeover of China (October 7, 1945), the division of Korea into North and South (August 15, 1950 and December 10, 1950), the changing of the fasting requirement to receive the Holy Eucharist January 25, 1951), the construction of the Berlin Wall (February 14, 1950, Augugust 15, 1950, December 10, 1950), the turmoil and battles within Jerusalem. (December 26, 1947, March 28, 1948), troubled times for Taiwan (August 15, 1950, December 10, 1950).
APPARITIONS OF MARY OUR LADY OF EUCHARIST AND GRACE Philippines, (1991)
San Francisco Del Monte in Quezon City, Philippines (1991) Title: Mother of the Eucharist and Grace Investigated: First Apparition: August 15, 1991 Approved: The Most Rev. Rolando Tria Tirona OCD, DD, Bishop of Malolos, with the Most Rev. Cirilo Almario Jr. , Bishop/Emeritus of the Diocese, officiated the ground-breaking; consecrated by the Most Rev. Jose Oliveros, DD; Bishop of Malolos with Most Rev. Cirilo Almario Jr. DD, Bishop/Emeritus of the Diocese of Malolos, and Most Rev. Ruben Profugo , Bishop/Emeritus of the Diocese of Lucena Last Apparition: On-going Visionaries: Carmelo Cortez Number of Apparitions: 100+, apparitions and inner locutions; Miracles & Signs: Rose petals and rose oil, numerous healings; Summary: June 12, 2007 Diocesan Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist and Grace, the House of Prayer, was elevated to a Diocesan Shrine by Most Reverend Jose F. Oliveros, DD, joining him were; Bishop Almario, Bishop Deo Yniguez , Bishop Profugo and the clergy from different Dioceses.
Message of Our Lady, Mother of the Eucharist and Grace “Pray the Rosary everyday; go to confession; go to Mass and receive Holy Communion. ” “I shall give you the gift of healing. Visit the sick, especially those soon to follow me to my Son's kingdom. ” “I ask you again, pray the rosary and offer sacrifices everyday. ” “Love the priests who will help you. Never get angry with them. ” “Pray, pray the Holy Rosary, so that any forthcoming calamity in your country can be stopped. Many people pray but they pray not from the heart and without faith in the Lord. Return to the Catholic Church though the Body of my Son. Love and pray for the priests and the Church. ” “Continue to pray and continue to heal all kinds of illnesses. I bless your hands as a sign of the gift of healing. ”
Rose Petals and Oil “He [Cortez] took a flower from a vase of fresh white roses which we had brought. He then took the petals from the stalk by removing the sepal. One by one, Carmelo placed a petal on our shoulders as we said our prayers. . . After a few moments, we were asked to take a look at the petals. To our astonishment, what were originally plain white rose petals had now on them the image of the crucified Christ. ” Others present “cried in exultation” as images of the Madonna, the Sacred Heart, Mother and Child, St Joseph and Child, St Francis of Assisi, and many others, appeared on their petals. Mary has also caused a well in the ground to spring up and produce rose oil which is used as an anointing oil for the sick. Scientific analysis has verified that the oil is a high density, pure form of rose oil that was pressed from a large source of rose petals.
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