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In This Issue

A Fiat to the Fiat: Defining Mary’s Motherhood

March 25 liturgically commemorates the fiat of a young woman which would forever change the world. Her consent permitted God the Father, in the order of human freedom, to bring us our Redeemer.

One hundred years ago, on March 25, 1915, the renowned Belgian cardinal and World War I hero, Desire` Cardinal Mercier, began a petition movement in the Catholic Church for the solemn definition of the Blessed Virgin Mary as the “Spiritual Mother” of all humanity.

Mercier’s reasons were simple. If the pope were to infallibly define that Mary is the world’s Spiritual Mother, then torrents of grace, to a historic proportion, would rain down upon the Church. Why? Because, historically, every dogmatic definition of a Marian truth has brought down great and extraordinary graces upon the Church and the world.

For example, after defining the first Marian dogma that Mary is the “Mother of God,” devotion to Our Lady exploded…


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The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows

During her visitations at Kibeho, the Holy Virgin revealed that this Rosary of the Seven Sorrows possesses immense spiritual power for those who say it sincerely. She promised that when prayed with an open and repentant heart, this Rosary would win us the Lord’s forgiveness for our sins and free souls from guilt and remorse. She also promised over time, this Rosary would develop within us a deep understanding of why we sin, and that knowledge would give us the wisdom and strength to change or remove any internal flaws, weaknesses of character, or personality faults causing unhappiness and keeping us from enjoying the joyous life God intended for us to live.

The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows contains all the power you need to change your life for the better, obtain peace and happiness, realize your full potential, fulfill all your dreams, and grow closer to God’s light.

Immaculée Ilibagiza,…


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“Consecrate Yourself to My Most Chaste Heart”

The Church Approved Messages of St. Joseph

from Itapiranga, Brazil

Two elements immediately captured my attention when first hearing about the recent Marian Apparitions in Itapiranga, Brazil.

First: the apparitions have received official Church approval by the local bishop, Bishop Carillo Gritti (Prelate of Itacoatiara, Amazonas, Brazil, May 31, 2009 Statement), stating that the apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary and of Peace consist of “ a supernatural origin” ( constat de supernaturalitate). The same bishop also issued an official decree of devotion (decreto de culto), which established the apparition site of Itapiranga, Brazil as an ecclesiastically approved sanctuary of devotion for the Christian faithful (Jan. 31, 2010).

Second: Along with powerful and sublime messages from Our Lady of the Rosary and of Peace which renew the imperative for praying the daily Rosary among many other spiritual pearls, these apparitions also call for a new worldwide and grace-filled…


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The Promises of the Seven Sorrows

So much does the Crucified Lord desire humanity to ponder, along with His own saving Redemption, the coredemption of his Mother, that He has attached to the prayerful meditation of the seven principal historical events of Our Lady’s sufferings promises of grace and mercy that are nothing short of extraordinary and miraculous.

To St. Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373), Our Lady directly reveals the amazing graces granted by her Son for all those who daily pray seven Hail Mary’s while meditating on her seven dolors and tears:

1. “I will grant peace to their families.”

2. “They will be enlightened about the Divine Mysteries.”

3. “I will console them in their pains and…


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Fasting Is Necessary

The following article is an excerpt from the writings of the late Fr. Slavko Barbaric, parish priest from St. James parish, Medjugorje, in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Fr. Slavko’s treatment which articulates the “necessity of fasting” seems particularly appropriate and helpful as we begin our Lenten season. – Ed

Time and time again, the Evangelists speak about fasting and report that Jesus recommended fasting to make progress in the spiritual life. What Jesus has said about fasting can be summed up in this way:

– Fasting is as necessary as prayer (cf. Mt 6:16).

– The resolution to fast (or to pray) ought to be a pure intention, free from all self-righteousness or pride. Consider the case of the Pharisee who used His prayer to show off his piety and to express his contempt for the publican, a truly humble man (cf. Lk 18:9-14).

– Jesus declared that His disciples…


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The Channel Through Whom the Divine Wellspring Flows

On March 25, 2006, at the Mass during which he conferred the cardinalatial ring on each of the 15 new cardinals, our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, offered a truly magnificent homily on the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the life of Christ and the Church. Referring to her as the “channel” through whom “the divine wellspring flows,” our Holy Father points to St. Bernard’s image of Our Lady as the “aqueduct,” aquaeductus, the conduit from which the divine wellspring reaches humanity. He mentions that “full of grace” is the “divine name” of Mary and also underscores the fact that the “Marian principle” of the Church is more fundamental than even the “Petrine principle.” We invite you to take the time to appreciate this extraordinary Marian homily by our Holy Father. – Ed.

For me it is a source of great joy to preside at this concelebration with…


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Our Lady of Medjugorje Feb. 25, 2015 Message

“Dear children! In this time of grace I call all of you: pray more and speak less. In prayer seek the will of God and live it according to the commandments to which God calls you. I am with you and am praying with you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”


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“I Have Come To Cleanse Souls” – Message of Jesus, September 4, 2003

I have come to cleanse souls. Much as a mother cleans her house, My child, I am cleaning and organizing your soul. If you have been away from Me, we must be busy. Events in your life, from your past, must be looked at now in a different way. This is an important task, and that is why I am spending time on it with you. Events can leave marks on your heart when you are not praying. Hence, My goal. To clean these marks and leave a heart that gives and receives love freely. When you pray, My child, I help you to sift through the experiences occurring in your life.

Perhaps you have a disappointment today. Taken alone, without My assistance, you might feel down, sad and discouraged. If pride is a problem for you, and many suffer from pride, you might not share your sadness and disappointment…


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URGENT NEED FOR PRAYER FOR SISTERS IN NORTHERN IRAQ!

Dear Friends,

We just received this urgent request from a religious congregation of Sisters from Northern Iraq. URGENT PRAYER is needed for these heroic and endangered Sisters. Please pray!

-Ed., February 24, 2015

SISTERS, OBLATES OF THE EUCHARIST, SEND US THIS DRAMATIC REQUEST FOR PRAYERS

URGENT REQUEST FOR PRAYERS

We have lost the town of Queragosh (Quaragosh) N. Iraq. It fell to ISIS who decapitated the children wholesale. We had stored smuggled food there. ISIS repelled the Peshmergas (Kurdish forces) and is now less than 10 minutes from where our team is struggling to survive. Last night thousands fled to Erbil. The UN has evacuated its team
from Erbil but our team is still here and will remain. Prayers for our protection are vital. Please pray without ceasing for the liberation of the people of N Iraq from this terrible, terrifying onslaught of ISIS and its extremists whose objective is mass conversion or death for…


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A Much Contested Dogma: Message of Our Lady of All Nations, April 1, 1951

All Nations

I see a bright light and I hear a voice say, “Child, last time I came only to let you know that it was I.”

And now all of a sudden I see the Lady emerging from that bright light. She says to me, “Now I am here to give you further explanation. Watch closely and listen carefully to what I am going to say. I am standing here, and I wish to be: The Lady of All Nations—not of one nation in particular, but of all.”

At that the Lady extends her hands, and I see many different people, even sorts of people whom I never knew existed.

The Final Marian Dogma

The Lady continues,

Now I will explain something to you again; listen carefully. Try to understand what this message means. I am standing before the Cross with my head, hands and feet as…


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