The Apparitions of the Blessed Mother of Christ
Her Secrets and Her Plan
Her Secrets and Her Plan
Proof that God Still Cares about His Children
Many people in the Catholic World know of the major apparitions of Mary, the Blessed Mother of Jesus.
- She appeared in 1531 to Juan Diego in Guadalupe, Mexico. As proof of Her visit, there
remains a tilma (cloak) with the miraculous image of the Blessed Mother, with precise
images in the eyes of Her image showing the astonishment of the Bishop, and which has
not decomposed in all these 500 years.
- She appeared in 1858 to Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes, France - and a miracle was
granted, there appeared a spring of water with amazing healing powers.
- She appeared in 1917 to three young children (Lucia, Jacinta and Fancisco) in Fatima
Portugal. She made three prophesies at that time - and at least two have come true (the
first prophesy was that World War I was soon to end, but another greater war would
begin if man did not turn from his sinful ways. The second prophesy concerned the
atheistic, military nature of Russia and called upon the Consecration of Russia to Her
Immaculate Heart for a period of peace. The third prophesy was to be released by the
Pope in 1960. It allegedly regarded the apostasy of the church beginning at the highest
levels and/or the assassination of the Pope. The third secret has never been fully revealed
by the Vatican. In addition to the prophesies, the Blessed Mother promised a miracle
that would happen on October 13, 1917. On that day some 70,000 people came to
Fatima to witness the miracle and saw for themselves the "Miracle of the Sun" and the
accompanying miracles of nature and physical healings. This was reported in
newspapers around the world, and it was even reported that the Pope saw the miracle of
the sun from the gardens in the Vatican itself.
- In 1961 the Blessed Mother appeared in a series of messages to four young girls, Mari
Loli Mazón, Jacinta González, Mari Cruz González, and Maria "Conchita" Concepción González
in Garabandal Spain, and presented them with "secrets" to be released for the world one day.
- In 1973 the Blessed Mother appeared in Akita Japan to Sister Agnes Sasagawa, and shared
a number of earth changing catastrophies if man does not turn back from his sinful ways
and return to God.
- And in 1981 the Blessed Mother began appearing to six children in Medjugorje, Bosnia-
Herzegovina with many messages and also - ten "secrets" that are to be shared to the
world. The daily apparitions in Medjugore are continuing to this day, and so far some 40
million pilgrims have traveled there and many have witnessed personal healings,
conversions and other miracles.
In the book “The Last Secret” (Charis Books, 1998) author Michael H. Brown states that there have been over 6,000 documented apparitions of Our Blessed Mother to individuals, families and groups over these last 2,000 years. There have been over 530 documented apparitions of Our Blessed Mother in over 200 countries across the entire world just since 1925. Mariologists point to the increasing frequency of Her visits and the fact that she is giving messages on every continent in the world as a sign that both God cares about us, and also that we may be approaching a period of serious - even catastrophic occurrences for which we had better be ready..
These religious experts are saying that apparitions are happening at such a frequency that we can no longer neglect or ignore the fact... or the messages. Air, print and television media have documented stories of these apparitions across these last few hundred years, and many are saying that mankind has to wake up and start listening to these messages from heaven.
Most Notable Apparitions:
Some of the more famous of the Marian apparition sites throughout the world, include:
1531 - Guadalupe, Mexico (She appeared to Juan Diego);
1634 - Quito, Ecuador (to Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres);
1830 - Rue de Bac, Paris (to Catherine Laboure);
1846 - LaSalette, France (to Melanie Calvat and Maximin Guiraud);
1858 - Lourdes, France (to Bernadette Soubirous);
1879 - Knock, Ireland (to fifteen people);
1904 - Poland (to Father Maximilian Kolbe);
1917 - Fatima, Portugal (to 3 children - Lucia, Francesco, and Jacinta);
1937 - Poland (to Sister Faustina);
1953 - Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico (to 3 children);
1961 - Garabandal Spain (to 4 children);
1963 - Vietnam (to Rosa Maria);
1968 - Italy (to Mama Carmela Carabelli);
1968 - Zeitoun, Egypt (to Hundreds of Thousands who saw the Blessed Mother);
1973 - Akita Japan (to Sister Agnes Sasagawa);
1974 - Binh Loi, Vietnam (to Stephen Ho-Ngoc-Anh);
1976 - Betania, Venezuela (to Marie Esperanza and others);
1981 - Kibeho/Rwanda, Africa (to 6 children);
1981 - Medjugorje (to 6 children);
1982 - Damascus, Syria (to Mirna Nazzour);
1983 - Penablanca, Chile (to Miguel Angel Poblete);
1983 - San Nicolas, Argentina (to Gladas Quiroga de Motta)
1985 - Oliveto Citra, Italy (to several children);
1985 - Naju, Korea (to Julia Kim);
1986 - Shoubra, Egypt (o thousands of people);
1986 - Manila, Phillipines (to solidiers);
1987 - Hrushiv, Ukraine (to Marina Kizyn);
1987 - Conyers, Georgia USA (to Nancy Fowler);
1988 - Cortnadreha, Ireland (to Christina Gallagher);
1988 - Phoenix, Arizona (to Estela Ruiz);
1990 - Denver Colorado (to Theresa Lopez);
1990 - Litmanova, Slovakia (to Ivetka Korcakova and Katka Ceselkova)
1992 - Steubenville, Ohio (to Tony Fernwalt);
1992 - 1997 Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil (to Raymundo Lopes);
1993 - New South Wales, Australia (to Matthew Kelly);
1994 - Rome, Italy (to Marisa Rossi)
1994 - Hollywood, Florida (to Rosa Lopez);
1994 - present Conchabamba, Bolivia (to Catalina Rivas - a stigmatist);
1995 - Enugu State, Nigeria;
1995 - present Phoenix, Arizona USA (to Pat Mundorf);
1996 - Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A.
1999 - Marpingen, Germany (to 3 women).
Are all of these apparitions true and real? Perhaps not. But he Vatican has a process to review and approve apparitions as either public or personal revelation. The important fact is that so many people - who have been tested and found neither suffering mental illness, lying or deceitful, or prone to exaggeration or hallucination - have been witness or recipients of these visits tht one cannot summarily dismiss these apparitions as a trick or fraud.
Our Blessed Mother is not just appearing to little children, or to one or two people here and there, but She appears to people of many different ages, nationalities and religious persuasions. In Russia, she appeared in the Ukraine over a five year period and hundreds of thousands of people saw Her. In Egypt She appeared over two years to fifteen million people of every faith. In Venezuela (which is one of the Church approved Marian Apparition sites) she appeared on one day to 108 people, and in Italy She appeared to dozens of visitors.
Here, in America, She also has appeared all over this country.
Dire Warnings: As an aside, in several instances the Blessed Mother showed the visionaries scenes from Heaven, from Purgatory, and from Hell. The scenes of those in purgatory were very distressing because of the suffering of the souls there. But the terrible sight of hell and the souls in horror and pain and torment shocked Lucia so much that it caused her to cry out during the vision and this was overheard by onlookers. The vision that the three children saw deeply affected them for the rest of their lives. The Blessed Mother told them that "Souls are falling into hell like snowflakes." She told them that “You saw hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them God wishes to establish in the world the devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If they do what I will tell you, many souls will be saved, and there will be peace…"
Is there any Hope?
Many of the visionaries throughout the world received both prophesies of catastrophic events, of wars and persecution, of natural and supernatural calamities. But they were also given the formula for peace and morality: pray, fast, love, follow the 10 commandments, go to Confession, go to Mass, and return to faith in God through faith in Christ. This is the formula for saving mankind.
The question is "Why haven't more people heard of these visitations from Heaven?" And perhaps even more importantly, why aren't people turning away
Some of the Messages:
Message from Our lady of the Americas: My Dear Children, I come to the world during these times to call you out of your affliction, out of your despair, out of the turmoil that you find yourselves in. I come to call you to God. I want you to know that you hav a loving and merciful God. It is from His hand that you, all His children came to be, yet now humanity rejects His love and His greatness. Can you, my beloved children not see that the world as it exists at the present time is an offense to your Creator? He did not create you so that you might allow evil to destroy you. He did not create you so that you might turn your backs to Him, Who has loved you throughout the ages. Yet, in these times even those who profess to love Him are disobedient to His commandments and laws...You can blame others for your behavior, but if each one looks into his or her soul, you will see that it is you, your will, that rejects your God...I come to tell you that God, Our Father in Heaven, sent His only Son, My Son Jesus, to show you the way. But the way of My Son goes against worldly ways and it is difficult to commit yourselves to His ways...As your Heavenly Mother, I cannot bear to see you lost. Please my little ones, open your hearts
and souls to the Spirit of God and allow Him to bring you to salvation. God waits for you,
My Children. Listen to my voice and go to Him. I love you My children.”
To Estela Ruiz, Phoenix, Arizona: "My Dear Children, I come to be with you during these hard times for the world. There is much destruction, turbulence and confusion as mankind lashes out against each other. Our God knows your need for Him and in His great love for you sends the court of Heaven to call you back to Him. I, your heavenly Mother have been sent by Him who loves you, that through my love for Him and for you...you might understand God and His love. The world has lost the knowledge, understanding and belief of, and in, God. The world no longer knows this God of love and hope. The gifts that God has given to mankind, man has used to glorify himnself. Man put himself on a throne and each man considers himself a
God so that each person in the world does his own will and not the will of their Creator. God did not put you in this world to destroy, but to build, to love each other, not to hate, to be men and women of honor, not dishonor, to treat each other with kindness and love, not with jealousy and hatred. Yet man has turned against God and treats each other with all the things He is not. Yet, God, even in this disobedience that is so prevalent among all His children, continues to love you! That is why I am with you, making myself known throughout the world. That is why the court of Heaven has descended upon mankind that you may know God’s love for you, that the Heavens may help all of you, My Children, to be saved from destruction of your bodies and more importantly your souls. Open your Hearts, my beloved, and let God come in. I love you and
thank you for listening to My words.”
Messages from Our Blessed Mother to an Anonymous Visionary: “The wickedness of men would destroy my plan if possible, but my power given to me by God is infinitely greater than all the wickedness in the world. Good always triumphs over evil...Satan and his legions cannot prevent my Triumph as hard as they may try, because God Himself has preordained that this should occur in this time. You are fortunate to be living in this time, this era of mercy and love. Not all have been given so great a chance to repent from so much evil...You must do all that I tell you now. It is very important that you follow my instructions, as this will be an aid to many in softening their hearts in order to be receptive to such grace... God has given me the power to touch the hardest of hearts.”
To Mafalda in Oliveto Citra, Italy: "My Dear Children, God sends me on Earth to come and save all because the whole world is in danger. I come among you to bring peace into your hearts. God wants that peace to reign in the hearts of all mankind, and He wants the conversion of all peoples... Therefore, my dear children, pray, pray, pray; if you do not pray, you will receive nothing... I will pray that God will not punish you. God says, save yourselves, pray much, and do penance, and be converted, with prayer you can obtain everything...Mankind is full of serious sins that offend the love of God. Peace on earth is about to end, the world cannot be saved without peace, but the world will find peace only if mankind returns to God. My children, I beg you to pray for the conversion of all peoples; do penance and save yourselves from hell. I will engage in the final struggle against Satan which will conclude with the triumph of my Immaculate Heart and with the coming of the kingdom of God in the world. Those who refuse God today will go far from Him tomorrow into hell.”
A Message from Our Mother to an Anonymous Visionary in Cold Spring, Kentucky: “Dear Children, I ask again that you convert your lives and return to God. He speaks to you through nature and is doing so now, not only through its beauty, but also through its calamities... There are no accidents with God. All that happens has a reason. Through prayer and fasting the weather can be changed. Prayer can change any circumstance. Fasting, as discipline for the spirit, can open closed hearts. In search for answers, you have forgotten this. Pray and fast, my children, so that your hearts can be changed and opened to love. I plead with each and every one of you to dissolve the hatred in your hearts and forgive each other. Live in peace with one another and love one another as brothers and sisters, for all of you are God’s children, and mine as well.”
“A great struggle is about to unfold. A struggle between my Son and Satan. Human Souls are at Stake; If you would be strong in the faith, Satan would not be able to do anything against you. Begin to walk the path of my messages. Be converted, be converted, be converted.”
"Satan is continually trying to thwart my plans. Pray with your heart and in your prayer give yourselves entirely to Jesus.”
“My Dear Children, Satan is strong. He wishes with all his strength to destroy my plans. Pray only, and do not stop doing it.”
“I ask you to conquer Satan. The arms to conquer him are fasting and prayers. Pray for peace, because Satan wants to destroy the little peace you have.”
“Satan is strong and wishes not only to destroy human life, but also nature and the planet on which you live.”
In Medjugorje, Satan appeared unexpectedly to Mirjana in 1982 in her house, trying to convince her to give up and renounce the apparitions of Our Blessed Mother and promising her all the treasures of the world if she would. Mirjana rejected Satan, and took Holy Water and made the Sign of the Cross. Immediately Satan disappeared, and the Blessed Mother arrived.
Then the Blessed Mother gave her the following message: “Excuse me for this, but you must realize that Satan exists. One day he appeared before the throne of God and asked permission to submit the Church to a period of trial. God gave him permission to try the Church for one century. This century is under the power of the devil, but when the secrets confided to you come to pass, his power will be destroyed. Even now he is beginning to lose his power and has become aggressive. He is destroying marriages, creating divisions among priests, and is responsible for obsessions and murder. You must protect yourselves against these things through fasting and prayer, especially community prayer. Carry blessed objects with you. Put them in your house, and restore the use of holy water.”
Heaven, Purgatory, Hell
The existence of heaven, purgatory and hell are attested to by the visionaries at Medjugorje. The six visionaries have all seen heaven. They saw another world and everyone there was in joy. The visionaries say it is a place of incredible peace and happiness, with colors unlike any colors on earth, and songs unlike any on earth. “You could see by their faces that they all had the same peace,” stated Mirjana, “you could see that these faces have everything.” It was so beautiful that “your heart stands still when you look at it.”
Our Lady said that their happiness was because God was with them. “It was really a very happy place, I could feel joy there. Our Lady told us that all of these people had tried to live God’s will in their lives, had tried to live as He would want them, and now their reward was that they were with Him forever. They were full of joy, and I felt my own heart full of happiness as I looked at them.”
The visionaries who did not ask to be spared the experience, were also shown purgatory and
hell. When they saw purgatory, a place of purification obscured by an ash-gray mist, the Blessed Mother said, “Those people are waiting for your prayers and sacrifices.” While the visionaries saw no one there, they could hear crying and moaning in the fog, and knocking as if to get out.
Mirjana was asked whether many people go to hell in this day and age. Mirjana responded, “I asked Her about that, and She said that today, most people go to purgatory, the next greatest go to hell, and only a few go directly to heaven.”
Mirjana describes purgatory as having different levels, some closer to hell and others higher and closer to heaven. Maria did not see any people in Purgatory, but could hear them crying and asking us to pray for them. “Our Lady said that the suffering of these people was because they wanted to go to Heaven, but could not unless they had our prayers to assist them. She said that when we pray for them, we helped them toward Heaven. “I felt great sadness in Purgatory. They want to be with God, but it is not possible for them to be with Him because their sins are still on their souls. Their cries are not because they are in physical pain, but because they are in spiritual pain, wishing to be with God. Every day they spend in Purgatory they understand more the situation they are in and the result of their own sins. And they learn the way to love God. Our Lady told me a very beautiful thing too, that every Saturday she goes to Purgatory to take many
souls into Heaven, and there is great joy in Heaven when these souls meet with God.”
At Medjugorje the young visionaries were also shown hell. They claim it was a horrible great sea of fire and suffering and despair, “like an ocean of raging flames,” Vicka recounted. “We could see people before they went into the fire. Before they went in, they looked like normal people. The more they are against God’s will, the deeper they enter into the fire, and the deeper they go, the more they rage against Him. When they come out of the fire, they don’t have human shape anymore; they are like grotesque animals, but unlike anything on earth.” This vision of hell is very similar to that given to the Fatima visionaries in 1917, and in visions given to popes and saints throughout history. The visionaries said that there are more people in Heaven than in Hell, but Our Lady told the visionaries, “Souls are falling into Hell like snowflakes.”
Maria says that Hell is a frightening place to see. “Our Lady explained that the people in Hell were those who wanted to go there, who choose Hell because they decided against God in their lives. They decided for bad rather than for good.” It is not God who sends us to Hell, she explained, it is a decision we reach for ourselves. Those people who go to Hell are those who choose to go there.
Maria says that she does not fear death. “Death is not a tragedy. It’s a joy to go to meet God. Who could be afraid of spending eternity with the person who loves us more than anybody has ever loved us?”
Dear Children, God wants to make you Holy. And therefore, through me He is inviting you to surrender. Let HOLY MASS BE YOUR LIFE! Understand that the Church is God’s Palace in which I gather you and want to show you the way to God. Come and Pray...Churches deserve respect and are set apart as Holy because God, who became man, dwells in them day and night.
At Mass we offer the highest worship to God, we change into loving persons, and through Mass, we change our world into a world of love. We meet and commune with God and build a relationship of friendship with Him. But Our Lady recommends that we have countless encounters with Him - at many, many Masses. Our Lady at Medjugorje recommended that we go to Mass daily if possible. Daily Mass has changed the lives of the people and the village of Medjugorje, and it can do the same for us and our communities! Mary says “Let Holy Mass be your life...it is the greatest prayer of God. You will never be able to understand its greatness. That is why you must be perfect and humble at Mass, and you should prepare yourselves there.”
Our Blessed Mother said, “Love your enemies and bless them.” She said that we should become an image of Jesus, not of Satan, that conversion is easy for all who desire it, and that we can obtain victory over every sin with love. The great dragon, Satan, will be defeated with love, the love of men for God, Jesus and Mary - the same love that They have for us. The Blessed Mother said, “I am burning with love for you. Obtain victory against every sin, overcome with love all the difficulties that come to you. By love, turn everything into good that Satan wants to destroy and possess. With love, one obtains everything... love first your own household members. I want you to love all men with My love, both the good and the bad. Clean with love every part of your heart. Little children, bear everything bitter and difficult for the sake of Jesus Who is love.”
Our Lady states again and again that prayer is the most powerful weapon we have. “Pray as much as possible and fast! You must persevere in prayer and fasting. I wish that the new year will be spent in prayer and penance. Persevere in prayer and sacrifice and I will protect you and hear your prayers.” Dear Children, I again ask you to pray for all the young people of the world because they find themselves in a difficult situation. You can help them with your love and
prayers of the heart.” (1989); “Pray because you are in great temptation and danger because the world and material goods lead you into slavery. Satan is active in this plan. I want to help each of you in prayer. I am interceding to my Son for you.” “I urge you to ask everyone to pray the Rosary. With the Rosary you will overcome all the troubles which Satan is trying to inflict on the Catholic Church. Let all priests pray the Rosary. Give time to the Rosary.”
“Dear Children, I rejoice because of all of you who are on the way of holiness and I beseech you,
by your own testimony help those who do not know how to live in holiness. Therefore, dear children, let your family be a place where holiness is born. Help everyone to live in holiness, but especially your own family.”
“Dear Children, in this time I call you to pray the Rosary in your family. Pray more and pray the Rosary. Offer the Rosary for peace.”
Dear Children, tonight especially I would like to invite all the parents in the world to find time for their children and family. May they offer love to their children. May this love that they offer be parental and motherly love. Once again, dear children, I call you to family prayer. During one of the previous encounters your Mother asked you to renew family prayer. I ask that again tonight.”
“May all families consecrate themselves to the Sacred Heart each day. I am very happy when the entire family meets to pray each morning for half an hour.”
Mary's Plan: World Peace
In Medjugorje, our Mother said that She will appear if necessary “in every single household.” Her love and concern for Her children - for all of us - is that great in these troubled times!
Her plan is to bring people back to God the Father through Her Son, Jesus Christ. She wants to save Her children - all of US from the wickedness and snares of satan and his demons. She does noit want ot lose one single soul to the fires of hell. She wants us to achieve and enjoy the promises of God on Earth as well as the glory of Heaven, and She is doing battle with satan and his forces right now in an effort to win the souls of humanity back to God. But She needs OUR help!
So is there a chance for world peace - for peace in the family, in your community, in your life? Mary, the Blessed Mother of Jesus says yes, but first, turn back to God and follow His commandments - pray, fast, love, and practice the sacraments. God loves you and wants you to join Him in Heaven.
It is written that in the end, Her Immaculate Heart Will Triumph. The only question is, how many of our brothers and sisters will fail to hear and abide by Her wishes - by Her advice? How many will lose their souls for all eternity?