God is always speaking to us.
If we have ears to listen.
Sometimes that message comes to us in the way circumstances play out in our lives. Sometimes the message comes through an ordinary conversation. Sometimes that message comes from hearing a preacher, praying through passages in the bible or while reading a book. Sometimes the message comes as a deep heartfelt conviction. These are the ordinary ways.
But when God wants to send a message to the world, to a nation or to a culture, He raises up a prophet. The holier that prophet, the more open to doing God’s will that prophet is, the more effective that prophet will be in transmitting God’s message and only God’s message. We know that the mother of Jesus surpasses everyone else in holiness because she alone was found worthy enough to carry the Son of God in her womb. We know that the mother of Jesus surpasses everyone else in doing God’s will because she gave her assent to the crucifixion and death of her only son and stood humbly and valiantly in loving submission to God’s will at the foot of the Cross of Jesus. Therefore it should come as no surprise that when God wants to send a message of the utmost importance to the world that He uses Mary as His messenger.
Since 1830 there has been an increased frequency of Marian apparitions throughout the world, and in the last 50 years her reported appearances have been even more numerous. The Church in wisdom and prudence takes a long time to make an official judgment on the authenticity of any Marian apparitions, and in the meantime allows people to undertake their own personal discernment. Even when a positive judgment has been made by the Church, and a series of apparitions has been declared worthy of belief, no one is compelled to believe in them. However if the judgment is negative, then no one should give them any credence whatsoever.
Most people have heard of the well-known pilgrimage places of Guadalupe, Lourdes and Fatima. However, relatively few people know of the more recent Marian apparitions and locutions. This book is intended to be like a tasting plate in a restaurant, providing an introduction to some of those more recent messages and directions to where more information can be found. To permit readers to compare the consistency of the messages coming from sources all over the globe, this selection of messages has been put together under the theme of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The book starts with examples of Australian holiness, to show what lives fuelled by devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary can accomplish.
Then the messages are grouped according to the person or place they were given, including Matthew Kelly, Australia; Nancy Fowler, USA; Sr Lucia of Fatima; Medjugorje; Litmanova; Fr Stefano Gobbi, Italy; Carmela Carabelli, Italy; Geraldine, Australia; Elizabeth Kindelmann, Europe; ‘Mariamante’, USA; Catalina Rivas, South America; Rwanda, and others.
Following them are some reflections on how to make devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary part of your lifestyle and a collection of prayers.
If God has been trying to get the same message to people of different continents and cultures, to people of different genders, ages and states of life, then that message has to be of the utmost importance. If that is the case, then to not investigate the messages for your self would be folly.
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There are big things brewing in our world, a battle between good and evil the likes of which has never been seen before. The battles of Lepanto 1571 and of Vienna 1683 were victorious for Christianity largely because people prayed and entrusted themselves and the battle outcome to the intercession of the mother of Jesus. Today the forces of evil are powerful and well organised. The same cannot be said for the forces of good, because so many who should be united with the forces of good don’t have a lot of room for the things of God in their lives. Lepanto and Vienna remind us that the intercession of the mother of Jesus is God’s answer to how our world can be saved with our co-operation. Because God respects the gift of free will that He has given us so much, that He cannot save us without our consent and co-operation. The modern messages of Mary, the mother of Jesus, constitute God’s battle plan. But so few people know about them, let alone put them into practice. This little book may, please God, help to reverse that situation.
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Excerpt from Our Lady’s conversation with Sister Lucia of Fatima on 1 May 1987, just prior to the start of the Marian Year, and a few days before the 70th anniversary of the first apparition at Fatima:
‘With a weary heart you have often asked Me when My Immaculate Heart will triumph in the world….Don’t you see, My daughter, that it is not I who hasten the triumph of My Immaculate Heart, but rather all My dear children who believe in My Son, Jesus? It is they, and indeed, every single believer, who must make it happen and bring closer the hour in which My Heart will triumph in this present world….how can the triumph come if they do not pray the Rosary and meditate upon the mysteries of Redemption, if they do not live the consecration which they made to My Heart? How is the triumph possible if they do not pray and make reparation for their own sins and the sins of others?…Everyone, beginning with himself, should pray My Rosary better, live the consecration which he has already frequently given to My Heart, and fulfil the practices which I have encouraged for the First Saturday of every month!’
Without the intercession of the mother of Jesus, many times my life would have taken a turn for the worse. Without her intercession I would not have the wonderful husband and extraordinary son I have been blessed with. Without her intercession I would not have had the power to avoid bad decisions in my life. I owe her big time, for these and for the many other helps I have received along the way.
‘For Love of Mary’ is a little way of giving back to her.
I have been fortunate, since I was old enough to understand, to have access to the stories of Lourdes, Fatima, Rue du Bac, La Salette, Loretto, Guadalupe and other interventions of the mother of Jesus in human history. I have also been close to many people, who by their example, have helped me develop a deeper love and appreciation for this woman whom ‘every generation will call blessed.’
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