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.