The Lady of All Nations

A movement continues to stir within the Church. For years, it has been welcomed for the hope rooted in its promises and, at the same time, it has been opposed in the face of misunderstanding. As I continue to contemplate what we have been through, where we now find ourselves and where we are headed, the apparitions of Our Lady to Ida Peerdeman in Amsterdam, Holland, continue to surface in the silence and in the news. In these series of apparitions, Blessed Mother makes known that she is the Lady of All Nations, or, Mother of All Peoples. Ida began to receive the messages on the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25, 1945, the same year in which WWII came to an end.

Before considering what our Mother requested from Amsterdam, let us recall that Our Lady of Fatima appeared for the last time to the three shepherd children on October 13, 1917, when the Miracle of the Sun was witnessed by thousands. On that very same day, Our Lady silently appeared to another child, Ida, twelve years old at the time, on a street near this child’s home in Amsterdam. The convergence of Fatima and Amsterdam extends to Akita, Japan, but for this discussion, we’ll focus on Amsterdam.

The 56 Marian messages were given in apparitions which took place between 1945 and 1969. On May 31, 2002, Bishop Jozeph M. Punt declared: “In light and virtue of all the recommendations, testimonies and developments, and in pondering all this in prayer and theological reflection, I have come to the conclusion that the apparitions of the Lady of All Nations in Amsterdam consist of a supernatural origin.” More detailed information can be found at the website.

The Lady of All Nations tells us she will bring peace to the world with a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit and that, through the declaration of the Fifth Marian Dogma, she can proceed to open floodgates of grace. She urged us to often pray a special prayer and to venerate her image as this would hasten the declaration of the new dogma.

Another site rich with resources is Mother of All Peoples. There, you will discover an invitation to write Pope Francis, requesting the declaration of the dogma. You will also find writings explicating theological foundations and understandings concerning the Fifth Marian Dogma which would declare Blessed Mother: “Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate.” Perhaps the greatest hurdle has been overcoming the misinterpretation of the “Coredemptrix” title. The prefix “co” comes from the Latin word “cum” so we can remember Our Lady is NOT equal to her Son who is the ONLY Redeemer. Rather, Blessed Mother is the preeminent coredeemer and we, her children, are called to follow in her footsteps as coredeemers.

“Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.” (Colossians 1:24)

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)

In highlighting these apparitions, I invite each of us to consider praying the prayer, daily, and venerating the image so we may have a direct role in hastening the declaration of the Fifth Marian Dogma, thereby actively bringing us closer to a world where peace abounds with a new outpouring of Holy Spirit. No phylacteries needed at TNRS. Just a simple prayer with reverent veneration for an image of our Mother who never ceases to intercede for us as she prays with us. We will continue to strive to live the ordinary way and kindle the flame which burns as reminder to do the little we can, right before us, even while chaos, confusion and division abound. As we cling to the hope of Rescue with a New Beginning, it is heartening to remember,  “The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more.” (Romans 5:20)

Not only our country, but our entire world is so deeply troubled. Always trusting God and His Plan, it must be said, we live in very dangerous times. Oi! Let us welcome the Lady of All Nations and her promises as a sign of hope in the Storm.

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97 Responses to The Lady of All Nations

  1. Ed Haren says:

    My wife and I have been to the chapel and went to Mass there. The priest of course gave the homily in Dutch but a little nun sat behind us and whispered a translation to us… it was beautiful

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  2. Thank you, Beckita, for this thoughtful post. Thanks for the tidbit about Our Lady visiting Ida in 1917! It’s like Our Mother is elegantly weaving a tapestry through time.

    I hope you are having a fruitful Lent, my dear friend. Please pray for me.

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  3. I have the picture of Our Lady of all nations in my home which has given me great comfort. Also individuals are once again passing out the prayer in my parish. Praise Jesus! On Relevant Radio, Commentator Drew M. Prays this pray often. Thank you for your insight and information on Our Lady of all nations.

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  4. elongo2015 says:

    Thank you Beckita! YES The entire world is in dire need of Our Lady! What a beautiful posting you just gave us, and what a timely prayer. Our entire world is in such dire need, and in such hurt and sin. Our Lady of All Nations, Pray for Us!

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  5. Annie W says:

    I am so happy to see this devotion written about, Beckita! The prayer is one I have said for years, including after each decade of the rosary. I believe we will see this dogma proclaimed soon, and that it will help bring about Mama’s triumph. Just my own 2 cents :).

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  6. Diane says:

    This is one I’ve read about years ago. I haven’t actively backed and or spread this whole 5th dogma issue. It confused me as with Bernadette, Mary “The Immaculate Conception” came to confirm this dogma 4 years after the church proclaimed it, she didn’t come to request a dogma for herself. That Mary then came, to request and demand a dogma for herself seems odd to me. Yes, she requests for all to Pray to her for intercession, to Consecrate ourselves and others to her, to repent, to honor her Son, but I didn’t think she had ever requested a dogma from the church. It doesn’t speak to me, nor for whatever reason Dr. Miraville and his books. To each his own, I go where the Holy Spirit leads me.

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    • Beckita says:

      It’s true, Diane, that we each are called in various ways to pray. I will say the support for the declaration of the new dogma goes far beyond the support and work of Dr. Miravalle. There has been growing support from theologians and Church authorities in the last fifteen years. Knowing these apparitions have Church approval and surveying the state of the world, I’m grateful for the opportunity to pray the prayer given by OUr Lady and to venerate her image. God bless you.

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    • I concur in your hesitancy, Diane. Ever since I came to know God around 35 years ago, through the One and only Saviour of mankind, the Lord Jesus, I have never once found it necessary to pray to anyone but Him. He was the one who pulled me out of the miry clay, and put my feet on the rock to stay.

      As I’ve grown older, my relationship with my Heavenly Father has become so much clearer. He loves and comforts me in prayer whenever I seek Him. My relationship with Him has become one of a Father to a son. It was, of course, Jesus who opened that door to Him, a door that was closed shut until He showed me that He had already done everything for me, on my behalf. Jesus had already payed the price for my sins, the ones that kept from knowing God as my heavenly Father – all I needed to do was accept the freely given gift that He had provided through His blood on the cross at Calvary.

      ‘Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight; everything is uncovered and exposed before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Therefore, since we have such a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who was tempted in every way that we are, yet was without sin.…”

      And … “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.…”

      What comfort I find, day-by-day, knowing that He has promised never to leave or forsake me!

      Dave

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      • Phillip Frank says:

        Yes Dave, Jesus does it all. But the very scriptures you are quoting from were written but His Apostles not Him!
        So don’t underestimate how and by whom He uses His hands and feet.
        One scripture passage about Mary is the Magnificate. In it, Our Lady tells us “my soul magnifies the Lord”. And with your biblical quote from our God Jesus,-

        “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight; everything is uncovered and exposed before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. ”

        This same bible tells us Mary helps to show US the Lord better by her magnification of Him through her soul. No astronomer without a telescope would ever claim to have a better vision of the stars than another astronomer with one.
        You see, God uses who he wants to glorify Himself. Didn’t He in the scriptures claim to Moses that he would glorify Himself with Pharaoh and His charioteers? How much more glory will He get by using Our Lady who WANTS to glorify Him?

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        • zeniazenia says:

          The New and Eternal Covenant is a family. All of God’s Covenants increased family. ‘Me and Jesus’ never has and never will be part of that Covenant. That is called ‘Americanism’ sadly. The family is the reason Jesus gave authority to His Mother, over world peace, and over the angels who act out the spiritual warfare, He will continue to send her until the hearers and responders hit a tipping point.😊We are waiting but not patiently.

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          • zeniazenia says:

            We are at a ‘covenantal’ tipping point, and please God, we would like to be tipped in the right direction. Come on board, doctordave, we could use all hands.:)

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  7. nanannda2 says:

    Thank you Beckita for this next right step. Every day I am grateful for all that God has provided for us to pray and do as we move deeper and deeper into the chaos of this Storm. Every day I try to do those things right in front of me more faithfully and sincerely, with more love and hope. Knowing that we have here a brotherhood, a family, I never feel alone anymore. I find so much wisdom here. The stories people share about there own struggles, sorrows, joys and victories give me new insights and encouragement every day. Thank you for keeping this site open for us, and thank you for all that you have given us through your prayers and your work, along with your excellent team. May God bless us all with His constant Presence and help, instill in our hearts that peace that passes all understanding to keep us calm when the seas are raging, and bind us together with the unbreakable bonds of Divine Love. May our Lady keep us safe and secure in her Flame of Love, and may we never hesitate to answer her call. Come Holy Spirit, fill our hearts and all hearts who are longing for that Kingdom we pray for, the Kingdom of the Divine Will. Thy Will be done, Lord, on earth, just as it is in Heaven. Amen and amen.

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  8. Karen says:

    Thank you so much for promoting what I call the OLOAN Messages Beckita? Pope Francis and his 2 immediate predecessors have received letters from me (along with hundreds of thousands of others I am hoping) requesting that The Fifth Marian Dogma be proclaimed because Our Lady has said that when She has been acknowledged in this way She will be empowered to act more freely for the good of all peoples. For the past few months I have included the prayer you ended your article with after each decade of the Rosary, in place of another prayer to the Holy Spirit that MMP members would be familiar with. This Prayer is a key response to Blessed Mother’s request in the same way that the Flame of Love inclusion to the Hail Mary is. It convinces Mother (and Heaven) that we really are sImple children who honour and depend upon Her to prepare us for the desired spiritual transformation – and I believe that this act of obedience on our part contains within it a power we are not yet aware of – that’s just my personal feeling.

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  9. Thank you Beckita for this article on Our Lady of All Nations.! I had just found my Our Lady of All Nations prayer card the day before yesterday, that I have been looking for
    for quite some in my other Bible. I received it from Mother Angelica in the 1990’sand gave one to everyone in my family. She had on as a guest on Mother Angelica Live the priest involved with the study of the apparitions and explained the picture, the prayer and the dogma along with an overview of the apparition. I did not know about Ida’s experience with Our Lady on October 13th, 1917. So awesome how all 3 apparition are linked!
    Thank you so much again!

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  10. Merf says:

    Beckita, I know there are many, many more people like myself who look forward to each TNRS messages who have not (until this point for me) commented. Thank you for continuing this mission for all of us faithful readers.

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    • Beckita says:

      So great to hear from you, Merf. I appreciate your thoughts. As many in the northern hemisphere experience the transition from the winter season to the budding spring, I hope this phase of God’s Plan unfolding will be fruit-filled with souls returning to Him via our prayers. God bless you.

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  11. zeniazenia says:

    Good morning, Let us honor the requests of our Lady of all nations.
    We know there is a very fluid interaction between the role of our Lady and our role in her Son’s Church. At times we ask her, pray to her, at the request of her Son. At other times, she asks us to do the Will of Jesus’s Kingdom.
    We should and do worship God alone. These days especially, it is very PC for Christians other than Catholics to reject our high veneration of our Lady because those Christians have lost / rejected the Truth / Tradition, that we ‘worship’ when we ‘offer Sacrifice’. We do not offer the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass to Jesus’s Mother. We offer the New and everlasting Covenant of the Mass, with Jesus our High Priest, to Our Father in heaven, where the Church Triumphant adores Him without ceasing.
    Mary’s ‘yes’ facilitated this Everlasting Covenant. Because Catholics are among the remnants, since ancient times, of people in the world who still offer sacrifice to God, our relationship with Jesus’s Mother is not understood. We will not be one, happy, fractured family in heaven. We will be one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. This is our responsibility. ‘To whom much is given, much is expected.’
    The requests go back and forth from heaven to the Church Militant. The Church has made many requests with the authority given by Jesus. On May 5, 1917, Pope Benedict XVI, published a letter which enclosed a Prayer to our Lady, for peace in the world. Eight days after that letter published the prayer for peace, marked the first apparition of our Lady in Fatima. On May 13, 1917 our Lady asked the Church to consider what Heaven requested regarding Consecration of Russia — to her Immaculate Heart. She speaks for her Son, for the Kingdom.
    On June 13, 1917 she requested ‘Devotion to my Immaculate Heart’. She gave them / the Church, this prayer: ‘Oh my Jesus I offer this for love of You, for the conversion of poor sinners and in reparation for all the sins committed against– the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’
    Not for the sins committed against God. Why? Is the important? Yes, it is the Church. Jesus’s beloved. This is not a prideful request on Mary’s part. It is a request from our King to His Church, for the health of His Bride, His Body in the world. Our Lady is the messenger because ‘His Queen Mother’ has committed her that authority over Peace in the world. She is the Church. Great Kingdom authority has been given in ‘The Keys’ and to the Queen Mother.
    On October 13, 1917, she told them, ‘I am the Lady of the Rosary.’ When she gave the children the prayer, ‘Oh my Jesus forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven.’, the Church agreed to this rosary prayer on January 18, 1918, but included ‘especially those in most need of Thy Mercy.’ Our Lady shows deference to the Church, the children complied, agreed to pray this and then the Church approved this prayer. Her requests are humble.
    We are a team. Intercession is our function because we were given ‘The Keys’. Requests go back and forth. Let us take to heart or Lady’s requests. We know there is a very fluid interaction between the role of our Lady and our role in her Son’s Church.😊

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    • Beckita says:

      You bring us good reminders, ZJ. I would add that the reparation made for offenses against Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart is about who she is as a person in relation to the Holy Trinity. To offend her, the highest honor of our race, created full of grace by Abba, overshadowed by her Spouse, the Holy Spirit, and, thus, becoming the Mother of Jesus our Redeemer, makes offenses against Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart very serious.

      The question has been raised concerning why five first Saturdays were requested by Our Lady. Our Lord answered that question when He appeared to Sr. Lucy May 29, 1930: “My daughter, the reason is simple. There are five types of offenses and blasphemies committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary:
      1. Blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception;
      2. Blasphemies against her virginity;
      3. Blasphemies against her divine maternity, in refusing at the same time to recognize her as the Mother of men;
      4. Blasphemies of those who publicly seek to sow in the hearts of children, indifference or scorn or even hatred of this Immaculate Mother;
      5. Offenses of those who outrage her directly in her holy images.”

      I was a little confused in this segment of what you wrote: “Not for the sins committed against God. Why? Is the important? Yes, it is the Church. Jesus’s beloved. This is not a prideful request on Mary’s part. It is a request from our King to His Church, for the health of His Bride, His Body in the world. Our Lady is the messenger because ‘His Queen Mother’ has committed her that authority over Peace in the world. She is the Church. Great Kingdom authority has been given in ‘The Keys’ and to the Queen Mother.” It seems, in the italicized sentence, you are saying Blessed Mother is the Church. Perhaps I’m reading this incorrectly.

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      • zeniazenia says:

        Blizzard snow day today– I’m glad I had a chance to catch your question.😊Sorry, not clear at all that I was referring to ‘… a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars;… (if you can’t tell, I live in Revelation and Fatima) and trying to speak of her merit was much too simply stated.
        The following is taken from the footnotes in the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, second Catholic edition , RSV
        Revelation 12 “The woman of Revelation 12 is both an individual person and a collective symbol. She is Mary the Mother of the Messiah and the spiritual mother of His disciples. But she also represents the faithful of Israel crying out for the Messiah, as well as the Church, attacked by the devil for witnessing to Jesus. The depiction of the woman is rich in biblical symbolism. Antagonism between the woman and the dragon, the ancient serpent, recalls Gen. 3:15, the first prophecy in Scripture to foretell the demise of the devil, through the offspring of a woman… The pangs and anguish of childbirth recalls Isaiahs description of Daughter Zion, a maternal figure that represents the holy remnant of Israel, groaning for redemption… The woman is clearly the Church, endowed with the Word of the Father, whose brightness outshines the sun… She has nothing in common with this world and its evils, but is exalted and is worthy of heaven, despite her descent from our mortal nature. ” Thanks Beckita.–ZJ

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        • Beckita says:

          Thank you, ZJ.

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        • zeniazenia says:

          More from the Rev. 12 footnotes. From the Catechism of the Catholic Church
          CCC 507 At once virgin and mother, Mary is the symbol and the most perfect realization of the Church: “the Church indeed. . . by receiving the word of God in faith becomes herself a mother.
          CCC 1138 “Recapitulated in Christ,” these are the ones who take part in the service of the praise of God and the fulfillment of his plan: the heavenly powers, all creation (the four living beings), the servants of the Old and New Covenants (the twenty-four elders), the new People of God (the one hundred and forty-four thousand), especially the martyrs “slain for the word of God,” and the all-holy Mother of God (the Woman), the Bride of the Lamb, and finally “a great multitude which no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes, and peoples and tongues.” 😊Thanks be to God!

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  13. ftsohsp says:

    Do we all realize what a grace-inspired website this is, all through Charlie’s saying “Fiat”, and being obedient to what God requested of him.
    We’ve got Jesus, the Church, the Bible, Fatima, Our Lady of All Nations, Faustina, Luisa Piccarreta,
    Sts Padte Pio, Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa, Louis de Montfort, St Joseph, St Michael, the Doctors of the church, the church Fathers and on into infinity.

    Ps. Mother Teresa also was for the Fifth Dogma.

    O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore You.
    Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me.
    Tell me what I should do; give me Your orders.
    I promise to submit myself to all that You desire of me
    and to accept all that You permit to happen to me.
    Let me only know Your Will.

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  14. CrewDog says:

    So much everywhere!!! …. seems to have become a Mass Confusion Event. I decided to Net Search: “Jesus, End Times, Confusion” and below was one of the first results. Stedman wrote the below piece in 1970 and he died in 92. He was an Evangelical CA Pastor well known at the time and as near is I can tell was not of the anti-Catholic sort. I think his piece is worth reading and his ending prayer worth reciting as The Times are more confusing and dangerous then those of 1970 and the Cold War/Vietnam Era!

    “The Age of Confusion” – Rev. Ray Stedman

    https://www.raystedman.org/new-testament/matthew/the-age-of-confusion

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • A good article, CrewDog. Thanks for posting it. I especially liked the conclusion’

      “In the light of this clear revelation of the character of the age, the exhortation of Jesus takes on new impact. “Watch,” he said, “for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.” The question he leaves with us is: What is there in your life that is different than another’s? Do not prate about outward religious differences. They do not count. They can all too easily be a part of the “broad way that leads to destruction.” Have you stood at the narrow way and done business with the One who says truly, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” Is his life in you? Has he come to indwell you, to strengthen and keep you every day by a continual impartation of his life through you, in terms of your personality? This alone will make the difference. The test of reality is endurance, and only those who thus stand have every really known him.”

      We all see the signs in the world that Jesus warned us about becoming clearer everyday. Another one is the move toward biometric identification, a system where we’ll be able to buy or sell through the scanning of our hand or face. It’s being rapidly introduced in US hospitals and healthcare locations;

      http://www.dallasnews.com/business/business/2013/01/26/texas-health-hospital-system-uses-palm-scans-to-id-patients

      And here is another example of its usage in Chicago coffee shops; https://keyo.co/

      Although there is nothing inherently wrong in a believer using biometrics to identify oneself, the problem is that these systems may well be a precursor to a universal requirement prophesied in Rev 13:16-17;

      “…. it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark.”

      Dave

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  15. Boots On says:

    Yesterday I read in “Under the Mantle” by Fr. Donald Calloway, a quote from Blessed Isaac of Stella, (page 75) :
    In the inspired Scriptures, what is said in a universal sense of the virgin mother, the Church, is understood in an individual sense of the Virgin Mary, and what is said in a particular sense of the virgin mother Mary is rightly understood in a general sense of the virgin mother, the Church. When either is spoken of, the meaning can be understood of both, almost without qualification.

    And a quote from Pope Benedict XVI:
    Everything said of the Ecclesia in the Bible is true of her (Mary), and vise versa: the Church learns concretely what she is and is meant to be by looking at Mary. Mary is her mirror, the pure measure of her being, because Mary is wholly within the measure of Christ and of God.

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  16. theresa323 says:

    For many years, a group, and I was a participant, we prayed this novena for this dogma to be proclaimed. It kind of fell by the wayside.. however I do consider Mary our Mother the Mediatrix of all graces… She is the women in the book of Revelation that crushes the head of Satan…\
    For it has been said, there are many graces that are bestowed, but are refused….. I beg,Mary for all graces that are refused, I am willing to accept for me all that I Pray for. I especially ask at this moment to bestow graces upon all on this website. Amen

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Hi theresa323, I asked for those graces too, multiple times a day. Keep asking!!

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      • theresa323 says:

        ZeniaZenia, I do believe I originally heard Mother Angelica, say she always asked Mary for graces that were refused. Once in a while I do catch some of her reruns.. My brother who never knew or cared to know who Mother Angelica was, and now he watches… She is and was a great teacher. Speaks to the common man.

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        • zeniazenia says:

          Mother was always a breath of fresh air if you like humility and honesty. She knew herself and she knew Jesus. So refreshing …and her trust did more than move mountains. Some of her broadcast communications setups defied physical laws.
          She would have large groups of people waiting on Jesus’ assistance till the last possible moment on the calendar. Mother would go to the Adoration Chapel to tell Jesus His crew was waiting on Him. She would mark out the properties so Jesus could see the layout for His requests.
          Mother told her priests to pray the Liturgical prayers in Latin, so critics would stop complaining about inclusive language changes in the ’90s. They never knew.
          For a person who had no patience, her stomach took the beating. She had no problem asking. You and I have happily learned that too from her example. 😊 Keep asking!
          Apr 23, 2012 – “But a dodo doesn’t know it can’t be done. God uses dodoes: people who are willing to look ridiculous so God can do the miraculous.”

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Amen Theresa, this is truly wonderful! And especially to then give them back to Mary for the Holy Souls, who cannot ask it for themselves! Nothing is ever wasted with God! What a gift!

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  17. Snowy Owl says:

    I would love to share something special with all of you that the Lord did for my husband. He took me to Mass last weekend and it’s very rare that he does this and so you can imagine how happy I was! Anyway, during Mass he leaned over and told me he felt very peaceful and happy being there- he was beaming. I just smiled and thanked God. After Mass ended, we walked out alone because everyone else was staying for a movie and my husband needed to get home. As we walked out the door I heard him gasp, he grabbed my arm and stopped and I looked over at him and he was staring straight ahead.. when I looked I also gasped!
    There was a perfect huge cross in the sky in front of us made out of pure light- but we could clearly see the two separate beams of the cross as if they were made of wood and put together!! It was 100’s of feet tall- maybe even taller, reaching way up into the sky. As I looked at it, I started giggling and thanking God for this as I knew who it was for… my husband, who kept grabbing my arm telling me he had goosebumps all over! The colors of the clouds under the cross were colors I could not duplicate in a painting… they were a deep purple red mixed with a blood red- orange color, and even a vibrant turquoise color. The colors had a depth and hue I have never seen before. The setting sun seemed to radiate these incredible colors into the sky with beams going up to Heaven… and I have never seen anything like this in my life.
    As we drove home, my husband told me he felt so happy and wanted to start bringing me to Mass every weekend, if possible. (I, of course, almost fainted) He told me he wanted the peace he felt in his heart. I smiled and continued praying!
    Later, that night he became fearful… apparently seeing this shook him up a bit, so he decided to convince himself it was just a normal sunset and started arguing and yelling about it with himself (hahaha). I smiled and walked over and poked him above his heart and said, trust this and remember the Peace you experienced, you know it was a gift from God! He laughed and ..well.. please pray for him. I think he knows he is being called back home! God is so wonderful and what an artist He is!! Only He could have an effect like this on my husband- ONLY Him!
    Oh and forgive me, Beckita- this is so long..wow, I typed it on wordpad and didn’t realise..yikes! 🙂

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Snowy I am overjoyed for you and Bill! All Glory to God! ❤

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    • Beckita says:

      What a beautiful story, Snowy! No need to apologize for length. How lovely.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Amen, thank you, Jen- Yes, ALL Glory to God! 💖one of the first things I did was thank God for intervening…I’m completely spent- I feel like just exactly like road-kill.haha

        Beckita, thank you 🙂 You know Bill reads almost all of my comments and when he read this one he was walking around singing about what he saw…he lost the argument with himself…lol! He’s not denying what he saw anymore..such😏 a ham. We’ll see…

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    • dianebelvs says:

      what a wonderful gift from God for you and your husband, Snowy. God Bless You Both.

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    • Long? That’s just a snippet by my posting standards, Snowy.

      Happily, I just got back from a 20 mile prayer hike, and that was the perfect punctuation to the day. Joy! I’m happy for you and hubby.

      I’ll spare you the blow-by-blow of the hike (for now). I’ll say this though… thought it was a good day for the river, but the whole area has been devastated by flooding. What a mess. All my favorite spots are unrecognizable (for now). Squirrel Island… gone. Fishing hole 1, 2 and 3… submerged. Swampy, stagnant areas everywhere. No critters. I finally followed some raccoon tracks through the mud to a small game trail that went up a bluff. Discovered a meadow up top with the herds. Normally that’s all dusty desert. Kept moving West to the higher elevations, away from the river. A long haul later, I popped out on this meadow:

      That’s normally dusty desert too. It’s the greenest I’ve ever seen this area…heck, anywhere in AZ. A week or two more and the wildflower displays are going to be epic.

      God is Awesome!

      MP

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    • Karen says:

      Thank you for sharing that particular (and beautiful) story Snowy, it gives me great hope – and now, just as I am typing this it reminds me what a silly moo I am. I can’t believe that I had forgotten my own God-moment in relation to my husband’s conversion! Might as well share it here too:

      It must have been about 13 years ago. During the night I had one of those visions where you think you are awake. It was a noise that ‘woke’ me, the sound of someone walking on our gravel driveway. I sat up in bed to listen more intently and turned around to wake my soundly sleeping husband so he could check on the intruder (yes, some kind of warrior I am – I speak tough!!). What I saw was highlighted by a ray of light ‘coming’ from the outside street light shining through the curtain gap, right onto my husband’s head resting on the pillow. His hand was also on the pillow and ‘in it’ was a tiny white surrender flag and a miniature bible! That’s when I realised it was a vision – Heaven helping me in sticking to my prayers for my husband’s conversion and removing worry – replacing it with confidence. Praise God for His Goodness and Mercy!

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Good morning Snowy. If people didn’t use words to express their experiences, God wouldn’t have given us books. He is nothing if not abundant.😊 There surely is grace for us. Keep asking. ‘ o Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

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    • Mick says:

      Snowy, this is so awesome to hear! I am thanking and praising God along with you, and I will pray that your husband will “come home.” 🙂

      P.S. Remember how you and I did the 33 Days to Morning Glory together last year? Well, my son and I are going to start the 33 Days to Merciful Love on March 21 so that we can do the consecration on Divine Mercy Sunday. You want to join us? I am making this invitation to everybody here in the TNRS family as well as to Snowy. 🙂

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      • Beckita says:

        Great idea, Mick! I’m IN.

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        • Mick says:

          Beckita, I wish I could take credit for the idea, but I can’t…. This past Friday I had the opportunity to hear Fr. Michael Gaitley speak in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I was there with 850 other women, all of whom received a free copy of his book; and he asked all of us to consider starting on March 21 and making the consecration on Divine Mercy Sunday. Glad you’ll be joining in. 🙂

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Mick, I love the Consecration to Merciful Love- I’m in as well! 🙂

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      • Luke Michael says:

        Moi aussi!

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      • zeniazenia says:

        Thank you Mick. What a brilliant idea. I am overdue for the renewal. I will do that consecration too. 😊
        If there still might be confusion about the Mercy Promise for Divine Mercy Sunday I will attach the link again. It is called — Divine Mercy 101 –by Fr Michael Gaitley, 33 days to morning glory author. He makes it abundantly clear that the Divine Mercy Sunday blessing for remission of temporal punishment due to sin is NOT a Plenary Indulgence. It is more than that. He even goes so far as to quote another expert, (Pope St. JPII’s un-named theologian who investigated St. Faustina’s diary), who describes the gift of mercy, the great grace, on Divine Mercy Sunday, as a grace more than a plenary indulgence but less than a ‘second baptism’. Fr. Michael Gaitley teaches us on this 15 minute sound cloud teaching that Jesus promised the total remission of sin and temporal punishment if we go to Confession and receive Holy Communion and have no mortal sin on Divine Mercy Sunday and then we simply ask for His Mercy. It is an extraordinary grace and NOT even contingent upon our being detached from venial sin or praying for the Holy Father, or the novena, etc, though those prayers are nice and good to do! -ZJ
        http://www.thedivinemercy.org/popups/soundcloud.php?id=138104595

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    • singingjuls says:

      Snowy I am so happy for you and your husband. I’m reading this as the sun is just setting here. You have made my day. May God bless your journey and keep you both in His loving arms.

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    • janet333 says:

      What a beautiful gift! Thank you for sharing this with us Snowy. 🙂

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    • Doug says:

      Hi Snowy,

      Just catching up and read this. How heart warming. Jacki and I continue to offer decade for you.

      How wonderful is our God!

      Doug

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  18. Mary Ann Parks says:

    Please don’t use the site to promote devotions that the CDF has disapproved of, as have all the concerned bishops until the last. There is much questionable about this devotion. Joseph cardinal Ratzinger confirmed explicitly the validity of the declaration of May 1974 (that the devotion was not supernatural) and declared that the ‘declaration’ of the Congregation dated May 25 1974 concerning the so-called apparitions of Amsterdam has not been revoked or modified and therefore remains completely in force (including the prohibition of dissemination of messages). You can find more here:

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    • Mary Ann Parks says:

      Also, the 2002 declaration by the local bishop was accompanied by requests for review by theologians and psychologists, all of which had been done before. I always thought the “who once was Mary” bit was a giveaway to a non-historical anti-incarnational faux Mary, and the explanation seemed to be that Christians know her as Mary but all peoples will know her as Lady, which is odd itself. I don’t like that she stands in front of the cross, and I don’t like that the alleged seer endorsed a false mystic who claimed to be the incarnation of Mary.

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      • Mary Ann Parks says:

        And the messages! Oh, my, no wonder they were called not Catholic at all. http://www.de-vrouwe.info/en/messages

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        • Beckita says:

          OK Mary Ann. You have expressed your dislike. This will be the last comment I’ll clear concerning your dislike of these apparitions/messages. We can be sure the local ordinary, well trained in Catholic theology, has duly considered the messages given by the Lady of All Nations. Again, in his own words, the one responsible for the official declaration of the authenticity of the messages, Bishop of Amsterdam, Jozef M. Punt, has said: “In light and virtue of all the recommendations, testimonies, and developments, and in pondering all this in prayer and theological reflection, I have come to the conclusion that the apparitions of the Lady of All Nations in Amsterdam consist of a supernatural origin.” The Church has officially spoken.

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      • Beckita says:

        Please take note that the prayer posted above has honored the ONE concern about ONE particular aspect of the devotion to the Lady of All Nations, officially expressed by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. We may like it. We may not like it. The Church has spoken.

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    • Beckita says:

      Mary Ann, there are two problems with the information you provide:
      1. The resource you reference (I removed the link.) is known for its inaccurate and accusative positions. For example, one of its current featured articles is entitled “Satanic Origins of Medjugorje.” Really? Then why would Pope Francis have recently appointed a special envoy to Medjugorje “to acquire a profound understanding of the pastoral situation” with special concern for the “needs of the faithful who come on pilgrimage”?

      2. The May 25, 1974 declaration is NOT the final word on the status of these apparitions. An up-to-date and definitely accurate resource is: http://www.miraclehunter.com/marian_apparitions/statements/index.html
      Here one can find the sequence of official documents which reveal the history of how the Church has spoken over time concerning these apparitions..
      **June 27, 1974 – A Notification from the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in the June 27, 1974 issue of L’Osservatore Romano
      **May 31, 1996 – Notification from Henry Bomers, Bishop of Haarlem.
      **December 3, 1997 – Letter (HB-97-403) from Henry Bomers, Bishop of Haarlem. commending the “Action of The Lady of All Nations” and the work of Fr. Paul Maria Sigl.
      **May 31, 2002 — THE DECLARATION BY BISHOP JOSEPH PUNT REGARDING THE SUPERNATURAL AUTHENTICITY OF THE APPARITIONS OF THE LADY OF ALL NATIONS
      **August 8, 2005 – Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Letter to Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines

      The Church has spoken. These apparitions have been officially declared authentic by the local ordinary. This IS how the Church works. We, the faithful, are free to believe or not believe.

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      • madkatmomma says:

        Beckita – you go girl! 🙂

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      • Matthew says:

        Beckita:
        You do not address the claim of Mons Charles Scicluna, Promoter of Justice for the CDF. At the 22nd Mariological Congress in Lourdes, he stated that once the CDF has confirmed the decision of the local ordinary that decision is irreformable. This would mean that the original decision of Bishop Huibers (non constat de supernaturalitate) stands. It seems to me a significant red flag that the Vatican had to step in and alter the primary prayer associated with this event in order to bring it into line with Catholic thought.
        Pax,
        Matthew

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        • Beckita says:

          Matthew, I actually was not aware that Msgr. Scicluna had registered his opinion at the conference. On the heels of this assertion, the CDF made no official statements incorporating Msgr’s opinion. Please, also consider reading some of the theological writings here which address some of the objections.

          I provide care for an elderly, Marian priest who is a canon lawyer, steeped in studies of both mystical and Marian theology. As we discussed this issue of the statement given by Msgr. Scicluna, Father reaffirmed that each bishop, independent of his predecessors, has the right to re-evaluate mystical phenomenon, in this case Marian apparitions, and when prompted by conscience to do so, has the responsibility to issue a new decree. I immediately thought of the condemnation of the Divine Mercy private revelation to St. Faustina. Thank God Pope St. John Paul II was stirred in conscience to re-evaluate these mystical experiences and messages.

          I also thought of Medjugorje’s history of conflict amongst the prelates, so much so that the Holy See has stepped in to take the role of declaring the final decision concerning its authenticity. Until it is declared *not* of supernatural origin, we, the faithful, are free to believe or not believe. With the recent appointment of the special envoy there, a former bishop has spoken publicly to state his opinion there is nothing supernatural there. He, as does each of us, has the right to his disbelief. At the same time, he has no juridical power to make his belief a formal declaration.

          Finally, we need to pray very much for Msgr. Scicluna as he is one of the Maltese Bishops who declared in January this year that divorced and remarried Catholics who are “at peace with God” may receive communion.

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    • nanannda2 says:

      Mary Ann, I would like very much to have a conversation with you. I would like to “talk” via e mail if you Are okay with giving me your address here. I’d appreciate it very much.

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  19. zeniazenia says:

    This is an informative link to an hour long radio show by Dr. Mark Miravalle “Medjugorje and Lent”. Dr. Mark Miravalle is a professor of Theology and Mariology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He gives us a lot to examin using data and timelines about the Church’s documents, statements, Church positions, commissions, reports and conferences on Medjugorje. He tells us to focus on Holy Father Francis 😊 What a Church!!
    http://motherofallpeoples.podbean.com/e/medjugorje-and-lent/

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    • Mary Ann Parks says:

      Lady of all peoples, yes, perhaps, because she is Queen of the Universe. Not mother. She is the Mother of the Body of Christ, the Church, of all baptized Christians. Only potentially is she the mother of all. These things may seem like nitpicking, but they guard the doctrine of salvation.

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      • Beckita says:

        Ah but it *is* nitpicking, Mary Ann. Blessed Mother is the New Eve of the whole human race while Her Son is the New Adam. Jesus came to save ALL peoples and, at the foot of the Cross, He gave His Mother to ALL peoples. Your comment registers as a not so subtle complaint, again, concerning the Church approved apparitions at Amsterdam. This time, you go after the titles: “Lady of All Nations” or “Mother of All Peoples.” I will no longer clear, from you, even indirect complaints about these apparitions/messages/titles.

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  20. nanannda2 says:

    Due to this exchange regarding the devotion to the Lady of All Nations, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I should approach others when I have the opportunity to share approved writings, messages, apparitions, etc., which are so enriching to our faith and so helpful in guiding us as we walk through these dark days together.

    The first important thing to me was Beckita’s comment, “We, the faithful, are free to believe or not believe” in these matters. That says to me that my part is to present what I know about it by my own investigation and, if I have any, my personal experience. Leaving it with the other, I invite them to “see for yourself” so that they too can come to the place of acceptance or not. I need to leave it to their discernment because we each are responsible for that part.

    Secondly, I need to make sure I have myself used all the means given to us by the Church to discern the validity of the writings, messages, apparitions, etc. We know that the approval given to them at various levels of authority express various degrees and levels of authenticity, and since we are also “free to believe or disbelieve” it’s important for us to add the element of our own assent to its validity or not. That’s what makes it my own if I embrace it and want to incorporate it into my faith life. I’m not required to embrace it, even though the Church might encourage me to do so. It doesn’t affect my salvation or the salvation of anyone I also might encourage to embrace it.

    In the same way, I think, I ought not discourage someone else from discerning for themselves the validity of these things, since I might then be guilty of turning someone away from something I could, of course, be wrong about. I am not infallible! I can share my concerns for the sake of cautioning someone to look carefully, because caution is always important anyway, and it might help them to be more alert and more serious about their process of discernment. Since the Church leaves us free (while calling us to responsibility) I must do the same.

    I would surely like some feedback from all you fellow pilgrims at TNRS out there. It seems to me that in these dangerous times, when the satan wishes to deceive and confuse us by every means possible, we need to address this particular problem because we confront it in so many ways and places these days. How extremely careful we must be to protect ourselves from being led where we ought not go!

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    • Beckita says:

      God bless you, nanannda2. The respect extended to others to believe or not believe is important. Equally important in discernment of private revelation is to realize how the Church works for approving it. Please take a look at the reply I just made to Matthew. The commission appointed by a local bishop is charged with gathering evidence to seek truth so, honestly, there cannot be levels of authenticity. Authenticity means what has happened is true and, in private revelation, it means it is of supernatural origin. While there may be contention involved, the most recent decision made by a bishop or the Holy See is the current final word. The Church works very slowly for good reason and I appreciate the constant reminders from prelates to focus on the ordinary means to salvation.

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      • nanannda2 says:

        I have read Matthew’s comment and your response. I also revisited the rest of this exchange, and it simply illustrates to me the very thing that is happening all around us: conflict of interests and opinions, the citing of conflicting quotes, statements, sources, information, etc. In the secular world this has resulted in growing and serious confusion, uncertainty, strained communication and even strained or broken relationships. Who do we know is behind all that? What is useful about engaging in it? Is it bringing us together, promoting harmony, strengthening the bonds of love between us? Most important of all, is it essential to our salvation?
        TNRS is all about helping each other get through this Storm with as much clarity and confidence as we can possibly muster. We need solid things to hang onto – – immovable, trustworthy things – – basic and essential things. We need to keep always before us those things we can know with certainty, because the whole world is awash with lies, and many have already been led astray, wandering around in a fog.
        We are children of the day, or at least we ought to be. We have the light, but what will happen to it if we don’t guard it with our life and keep it pure?
        This is not the time to be distracted or to be busy with any other thing than what is necessary for life and godliness. We have *everything* we need encapsulated within the one, holy, catholic and apostolic faith – its dogmas, doctrines, and teachings. We have the sublime wisdom of our Sacred Tradition and the lives of the Saints. If we lived ten lifetimes we couldn’t assimilate and put into practice all the Truth contained in all this provision God has given us to form, transform and guide us. So why would we spend the little time we have on earth on any kind of conflict or contention whatsoever? The world is thoroughly involved in that pursuit, and it is plunging into darkness ever more rapidly and deeply than we have ever seen before. Let’s not go with it. We must resist the evil day.

        We are called to higher things, and we are called to take as many souls with us to that higher place as we can, by being a sign of HOPE in this hopeless world. We’ve got work to do and a mission to fulfill. There is no more time for anything else. If we do not unite with Jesus and go about our Father’s business, who will?
        Blessed be God in His Angels and His Saints. Come Lord Jesus, come.

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        • Beckita says:

          Amen to what you say, Nanannda2. At the same time, confusion does abound. One of my favorite Charlie sayings was the advice to strive to be true rather than right. This is wisdom.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Oh I love this.. being true rather than right. Humility or pride. If we stay little and humble, if we dare to trust, stay true, and later find we were mistaken, we have lost nothing but have gained everything because we dared to love.

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          • Doug says:

            So true Beckita! Love and faithfulness wins every time!

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  21. Karen says:

    In light of Charlie’s previous encouragement to hold Eucharistic and Marian Processions, I thought I would add the following for anyone in the vicinity – it is coming up in Amsterdam this Saturday, the Saturday after the anniversary of the Eucharistic miracle:
    http://www.stille-omgang.nl/index_eng.htm

    While the above webpage does not mention the Lady of All Nations apparitions in Amsterdam, Blessed Mother (as the Lady of All Nations) certainly does mention the procession in her messages to Ida Peerdeman:
    http://www.de-vrouwe.info/en/the-apparitions

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    • moreen67 says:

      Karen – thanks for sharing these links – I wish I could beam myself up and over to Amsterdam from New Jersey to join you. God bless. Maureen

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      • Karen says:

        I’d love to be there too Moreen, it sounds so serene at that hour of the night but I haven’t departed these Aussie shores for 38 years! We have a classic saying here from the movie ‘The Castle’ which I can apply to myself “Tell ‘im he’s dreamin’! ”

        The Dutch will still be celebrating the results of this week’s election – I pray that nation will be leading the people of all nations in celebrating the announcement of the Fifth Marian Dogma – whenever it comes!

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  22. jj says:

    So many people seem to have lost the forest in the trees of all the Apparitions. It is, I guess, human nature to stake out a position and then defend it, in this case it is this apparition is good or that apparition is bad and on and on, ad nauseum…

    Frankly, and I am no theologian, but I think that the folks here who are true believers, trusting that God has a plan and His Will shall be done, need not worry so much about this or that apparition is good or bad, real or false, except as it relates to the drawing of unbelievers to the faith. All the petty battles everywhere regarding the various apparitions is, in my view (for what little it is worth), a waste of energy because it advances nothing. The true believer who is rooted in The Blessed Mother at the Foot of the Cross and the Wedding at Cana and the Visitation and the Magnificat is safe under Her Mantle.

    Since we are free to believe the private revelation or not until the Church issues guidance and there doesn’t appear to be anything contrary to the Faith in the Apparitions under scrutiny, let it be. Stick to the Mary at the Foot of the Cross and let God worry about the details. There are so many various apparitions, visions, etc…it is not humanly possible to attach ourselves to all of them, and the attacks on this or that apparition where no clear Church position is established is counterproductive and only serves to drive people away or irritate them.

    That’s my view anyway…But whatever you do Beckita, I’m with you!!

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    • Beckita says:

      Thanks, jj. This is good, solid wisdom you have presented.

      The discussion of the Lady of All Nations has been a tough one. Knowing the controversy surrounding them, I still took the risk of presenting the information because it is fully approved by the Church and Our Lady has asked those who are so inclined to take action for the fruit of what Our Lady has promised will have a profound effect on the whole human race, both believers and non-believers. If among the many silent readers, more people have been moved to respond to Our Lady’s requests through these messages, good has been gained despite the difficulties. Nevertheless, I know even with approval people are free not to believe. I totally respect that, yet in the face of calling this not Catholic, I obviously felt compelled to defend the way the Church works. I really don’t have to be right. Was I too strong? Perhaps some think so, yet my goal was to be true and I could not skip over comments which placed unfair doubts on Bishop Punt’s legitimate authority exercised to declare these apparitions and messages of supernatural origin.

      God bless you, jj, and all here. I pray we move forward in peace.

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      • jj says:

        Your legitimate defense of the Ordinaries approval is good and necessary since there are many here who may not be able to determine this on there own. I’m really commenting on the ongoing “discussion” with Mary Ann, no disrespect to her, she is entitled to her viewpoint, but you will NEVER change her mind.

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    • SteveBC says:

      JJ, I would have to say that apparitions are part of what has been bringing me back toward the Church after many years away. I’m happy they exist. 🙂

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      • jj says:

        SteveBC,
        I agree with you 100%, personally, I love Our Lady of Fatima. However, we humans tend to become overly attached to ideas and our own personal interpretation of things and we lose the forest in the trees. When division starts occurring around an apparition of Our Lady, it is no longer about Our Lady, it is then about us. It’s simple, Our Lady doesn’t bring division, She brings Unity. I am as guilty of this as anyone else, it’s hard to get around human nature. To be frank, it’s easier to see this in other people than in myself. Funny how that works.

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