“Dear My children, even today I’m coming to bring My Son Jesus’s Word, Who allows Me to come among you, so that I may bring more souls towards Him by My coming. He allowed Me to live these grace moments among you and I, as a mother, I wish to help you to make you known His love. Come to Me, children, so that your sadness may turn into joy! Don’t be afraid to donate your lives to Him, because He’s the true Salvation; those who will lose it because of Him will find it again! For this, My children, by My coming, you can savour peace on this earth. Dear children, more than ever, today I’m exhorting you to renounce sin. Many of you, who have long known His scriptures, can’t live as if you’d never savoured His forgiveness and His love. How can grace abound if there’s no new life in you? For this, My children, souls are needed to be Light of the world and you, who have the desire of walking in His footsteps, I’m exhorting you to renew your “Yes”. You can’t serve two masters: just one is Life! I need you, My children, I need some new Apostles to be the truth witnesses and to you, children, who have been suffering for a long time, I’m exhorting you not to abandon prayer in the times of pain, because this is a passing suffering. You aren’t alone, but I’m near you and I wipe away your tears. My Son promised you that He’ll heal all your wounds and, from the Cross, He already took all your pains upon Himself. He didn’t leave you orphans, but He donated you Me from the Cross, as your Mother. Pray, pray, pray! Pray for all those who strayed from the true faith, living like reeds broken by the wind. To those who fell, I’m inviting you to get up again. He’s there waiting for your return! Pray one another, without ever getting tired. I’m blessing you all.”
A – Mary is placed in Her place as a creature. She does not come by Herself. She is sent by Her Son; She is His spokesman.
B – It is not a question of prophecies as a prediction of the future. This text makes the seer Raffaele Ferrara a prophet in the sense of 1 Co 14/3: “He who prophesies speaks to men for edification, exhortation and comfort”.
C – Once again, Mary presents Herself to us as a mother, tender, sweet and insistent.
D – Again, the Holy Virgin asks for conversion to everyone with very evangelical expressions.
“Don’t be afraid to donate your lives to Him, because He’s the true Salvation; those who will lose it because of Him will find it again!”
This energetic language is drawn from the Gospel … just like the promise made to the stubborn faithful of
“savour(ing) peace on this earth” in and between the Cross.
“Dear children, more than ever, today I’m exhorting you to renounce sin.”. This sentence hints at us that, even in fervent groups, some do not live in the state of grace.
“Many of you, who have long known His scriptures, can’t live as if you’d never savoured His forgiveness and His love.”
Mary’s visits have been now lasting for 32 years. Doesn’ t Our Heaven Mother get tired if we continue to be mediocre? If the fruits are insufficient, the charism may cease, neglect or be granted to others (Mt 21, 41).
“How can grace abound if there’s no life in you?” Here we see a probable allusion to the ascetic way that almost always precedes the blossoming of graces. Where are we about respect for the uniqueness of marriage, the daily rosary, the abstinence from bread and water twice a week? If we do not progress in the spiritual life we seriously have to ask ourselves about the authenticity of the grace that is entrusted to us or on our place in this spiritual family.
“Mary’s Pilgrims” are not a club for amateurs, a consumer union but a rough school of holiness. People who would be interested in the charism out of curiosity, spiritual lust and spiritual greed should perhaps leave the groups rather than being some dead-weights.
“I’m exhorting you to renew your “Yes”. You can’t serve two masters: just one is Life!”
Evangelical radicality! Medjugorje: “You haven’t put God in the first place yet!”
“I need you, My children, I need some new Apostles..” …
…. for the new times? … for the fights of the end of a time? … to prepare Mary’s Triumph?
“..to be the truth witnesses and to you, children, who have been suffering for a long time, I’m exhorting you to not abandon prayer in the times of pain, because this is a passing suffering.”
The Carmel of Coimbra recently published a beautiful biography about Lucia of Fatima. In the innumerable difficulties of her existence, Lucia was always consoled by the promise of 13 June 1917: “I’ll never abandon you!”
“You aren’t alone, but I’m near you and I wipe away your tears. My Son….didn’t leave you orphans, but He donated you Me from the Cross, as your Mother.”
It is a well-known thing … the children, who have had a firm mum and able to give tenderness, have confidence in themselves and they advance with confidence in life. In Oliveto Citra (Sa) as in Passatempo (An), the Virgin Mary presents Herself as “the Virgin of Consolation”. She knows that group members are men of good will. But here as elsewhere the problem is that of perseverance during dozens of years, among incomprehensible trials. Before entering the Promised Land, God assures that He will never abandon it: “Be strong, be brave! Because you’ll lead the children of Israel into the land that I’ve promised them by oath. I’ll be with you ” (Dt 31, 23.)
“Pray for all those who strayed from the true faith…To those who fell, I’m inviting you to get up again. He’s there waiting for your return! Pray one another, without ever getting tired.”. We are a community of sinners called to support one another, without a spirit of superiority. It is up to us to find the means of a supernatural, warm and fraternal solidarity. (By Father M.F.)