Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Our Lady of America

In January of 1957, Our Lady of America asked, "Will my children in America listen to my pleadings and console my Immaculate Heart?"

Our Lady further pleaded: "Will my loyal sons (the Bishops) carry out my desires and thus help me bring the peace of Christ once again to mankind?" (Diary, pg. 15)

Our Lady expressed an urgency about her message, saying, "The hour grows late. My Son's patience will not last forever….Tell the Bishops of the United States, my loyal sons, of my desires and how I wish them to be carried out." (Diary, pg. 15)

Still, many have not heard the message.

Many are unaware of the urgency of this message for our nation, our families, the CHURCH IN America and throughout the world. Too few have embraced Our Lady's call for a reform of life, for a renewed interior life, focused on the contemplation of the Divine-humanity of her Son. Too few have accepted the challenge of the invitation she has given to her children in America. On February 11, 1958, Our Lady told Sr. Mildred Mary Neuzil that "America, the United States in particular, is being given the tremendous, yet privileged, opportunity to lead all nations in a spiritual renewal never before so necessary, so important, so vital."

It was on the eve of the feast of the North American martyrs, September 24, 1956, that Our Lady appeared to Sr. Mildred, coming first as Our Lady of Lourdes, that place where she had identified herself to Bernadette as "I am the Immaculate Conception." On the feast of the martyrs itself, Our Lady came again to thank her children in America for the honor they have shown her, especially through the unique privilege of her Immaculate Conception, in their efforts to complete the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Our Lady stated, "I am pleased, my child, with the love and honor my children in America give to me, especially through my glorious and unique privilege of the Immaculate Conception. I promise to reward their love by working through the power of my Son's heart and my Immaculate Heart miracles of grace among them. I do not promise miracles of the body, but of the soul." (Diary, pg. 1)

On the afternoon of that same day, the feast of the North American martyrs, Our Lady again spoke to Sister: "My child, I entrust you with this message that you must make known to my children in America I wish it to be the country dedicated to my purity. The wonders I will work will be the wonders of the soul. They must have faith and believe firmly in my love for them. I desire that they be the children of my Pure Heart. I desire, through my children in America to further the cause of faith and purity among peoples and nations. Let them come with confidence and simplicity, and I, their Mother, will teach them to become pure like to my Heart that their own hearts may be more pleasing to the Heart of my Son." Sister declared that Our Lady called herself Our Lady of America in response to the love and desire that reached out for this special title in the hearts of her children in America. This title is a sign of Our Lady's pleasure in the devotion of her children of America towards her, and this visit is a response to the longing, conscious or unconscious, in the hearts of her children in merica. (Diary, pg. 11)

It is a kind of reprimand Our Lady gives to parents to renew their families and to teach their children spiritual values; and to children, to respect their parents and parental authority, which comes from God. There are equally strong exhortations to priests and religious to renew their holy consecration, to live lives of prayer and penance, to lead the faithful to holiness by way of example. To the young she gives an olympian challenge to turn away from the ways of our death-laden culture to embrace the cross of Jesus, to become "Torchbearers of the Queen," an army of lovers to work with her, her Son and the Holy Spirit, to renew the face of the earth. The young are called to lead!

For the protection of the Pope, the Church and the Family, Our Lady brought to our aid her holy Spouse, St. Joseph. It was on the eve of his own feast, March 19, 1958, that St. Joseph made his own appearance and proclaimed the unique privilege that was bestowed on him as the Virgin-Father of Jesus, saying all fatherhood is blest in his. He asked that our family life be modeled on that of the Holy Family, with Jesus at the center of all its activity. On March 30, that same month, St. Joseph again appeared and declared himself the protector of the Church and the home. He stated that Jesus and Mary desired that his pure heart, so long hidden and unknown, be now honored in a special way. He asked that we honor him on the First Wednesday of every month and pray the Joyful mysteries of the rosary in memory of his life with Jesus and Mary. St. Joseph confirmed his enormous role in God's plan of salvation, shared with his holy Spouse, the Mother of Jesus. (Diary, pgs. 26-31) It is that same Mother who weeps for her children and begs us to heed her voice and make every effort to withdraw the sword that pierces her heart. She begs us to be the nation dedicated to her purity, a purity that can only be gained through the purification of suffering, penance willingly embraced out of love, in atonement for sin

Our Lady of America has herself pledged to be our safeguard. Her statue or image in the home will be a protection for the family. Her statue in our National Shrine will be a safeguard for our Nation, for she has warned that, because of her special calling to the people of America, the United States in particular, the forces of evil will be focused on our land, and the threat of chastisement for the many transgressions hangs heavily over us.

Therefore, 1) pray the rosary as a family, binding your family to Mary's Immaculate Heart. 2) We ask that you help spread the word in every way possible. 3) Obtain copies of the Diary and give them as gifts. 4) Pray the prayers to the Immaculate Conception and The Indwelling Most Holy Trinity daily. 5) Wear the medal with great faith. 6) Place her picture or statue in your home and ask for Our Lady's protection, and that of her holy spouse, St. Joseph. Repeat often the little prayer Our Lady, herself, requested to be placed on her medal, "By thy Holy and Immaculate Conception, O Mary, deliver us from evil."

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