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In a recent statement of Fr. Bucci, he made known that after Luisa’s death, in addition to beginning the spread of devotion to Luisa, and having read all of her Writings, Aunt Rosaria had an earnest devotion to the protection and sanctification of the unborn. To honor Rosaria Bucci in this earnest intention, and to thank her for her forty years of dedication and care of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, with the following Writing of Luisa from Volume 36, we echo this same desire, linked with Luisa in the Holy Divine Will, praying for the Salvation and Sanctification of all unborn babies, past, present and future. May this be for the Glory of God and the Good of all souls, and hasten the Establishment of the Kingdom of the Divine Will on earth as It is in Heaven.
V36 – 4.12.38 – “My Blessed daughter of My Will, how many Wonders My Will can make in the creature, as long as she gives It the First Place and All the Freedom to Operate. My Will takes the will, the word, the act that the creature wants to do, as part of Itself – Covers it with Its Creative Virtue, Pronounces Its Fiat in it, and Forms as many Lives for as many existing creatures. You were asking in My Will for the Baptism of All newborn babies that will come to the light of the day – and then, for Its Life to Reign in them. My Will did not hesitate for one instant; soon It Pronounced Its Fiat and Formed as many Lives from Itself for as many newborn babies coming to the Light – Baptizing them, as you wanted, with Its First Light, and then Giving each one of them Its Life…”
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Santo Aníbal e as Horas da Paixão
(Portuguese Text of article by Eliane Donaire, published in www.divinavontade.com, January 2020)
Pouco depois ter conhecido a serva de Deus Luísa Piccarreta, o então padre Aníbal Maria di Francia (1851-1927), fundador dos Padres Rogacionistas e das Filhas do Divino Zelo, tornou-se seu confessor extraordinário e revisor eclesiástico de seus escritos, chegando a publicar as quatro primeiras edições do livro “As 24 Horas da Paixão de Nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo”. Um dos acontecimentos que mais se recorda a respeito do empenho de Santo Aníbal em difundir esta obra, a qual acredita-se piedosamente ter sido ditada pelo próprio Jesus, é o daquela ocasião em que ele levou o livro das Horas da Paixão ao Santo Padre São Pio X e, enquanto lia em voz alta algumas páginas, o Papa o interrompeu dizendo: “Padre, assim não; este livro deve ler-se de joelhos, é Jesus Quem fala”.
A primeira publicação foi feita em 1915 e santo Aníbal planejava preparar ainda as edições em francês, português, espanhol, inglês e polaco.
No parágrafo seguinte, extraída de uma de suas cartas a Luísa Piccarreta, podemos ver o envolvimento do santo na missão que Deus mesmo lhe havia confiado: “Ontem ao escrever aos meus tipógrafos de Oria, que me diziam que para poderem andar mais depressa tinham necessidade de comprar na fábrica novos caracteres tipográficos, respondi-lhes que os comprassem. Oh, se eu me encontrasse com forças como na minha juventude, voaria até Oria, para ser eu próprio a fazer este trabalho divino! ”
Quando já estava com a saúde debilitada, Santo Aníbal escreveu a Luísa: “…Um irmão leigo, muito paciente, tem ficado todas as noites, velando junto da minha cama e reza-me as orações da Divina Vontade”.
Vê-se claramente que Santo Aníbal não somente dedicou-se em difundir as Horas da Paixão como também as meditou.
Ele sabia o bem que faria a toda humanidade as reflexões, a prática e as reparações contidas na meditação destas Horas, não só para aquela época.
Um século depois, as Horas da Paixão são meditadas em diversas partes do mundo, em vários idiomas e, claro, no Brasil, em português, como era o desejo de Aníbal, considerado o primeiro apóstolo da Divina Vontade.
Viva essa experiência!
St. Anibal and the Hours of the Passion (English translation)
(English translation of Portuguese Text of article by Eliane Donaire, published in www.divinavontade.com, January 2020)
Shortly after having met the servant of God Luísa Piccarreta, then Father Aníbal Maria di Francia (1851-1927), founder of the Rogationist Fathers and Daughters of the Divine Zeal, became her extraordinary confessor and ecclesiastical reviewer of her writings, publishing the first four editions of the book “The 24 Hours of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ”. One of the events that is most remembered about St. Anibal’s efforts to spread this work, which is piously believed to have been dictated by Jesus Himself, is that occasion when he took the book of the Hours of Passion to the Holy Father Saint Pius X and, while reading a few pages aloud, the Pope interrupted him saying: “Father, not like that; this book must be read on its knees, it is Jesus who speaks ”.
The first publication was made in 1915 and St. Aníbal planned to prepare the editions in French, Portuguese, Spanish, English and Polish.
In the following paragraph, extracted from one of his letters to Luísa Piccarreta, we can see the saint’s involvement in the mission that God himself had entrusted to him: “Yesterday when writing to my typographers from Oria, who told me that in order to be able to work faster they needed of buying new typefaces at the factory, I told them to buy them. Oh, if I found myself with strengths as in my youth, I would fly to Oria, to do this divine work myself! ”
When he was in poor health, St. Aníbal wrote to Luísa: “… A lay brother, very patient, has stayed every night, watching over my bed and praying the prayers of the Divine Will”.
It is clear that St. Aníbal not only devoted himself to spreading the Hours of the Passion but also meditated on them.
He knew the good that the reflections, the practice and the reparations contained in the meditation of these Hours would do to all humanity, not only for that time.
A century later, the Hours of Passion are meditated in different parts of the world, in several languages and, of course, in Brazil, in Portuguese, as was the wish of Anibal, considered the first apostle of the Divine Will.
Live this experience!
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We pray each and every day that the Bishops Process Our Lady of America into Basilica in Washington DC
We pray each and every day that the Bishops Process Our Lady of America into the Basilica in Washington, DC
On September 26, 1956, Our Lady appeared to Sister Mary Ephrem and called her children in America to dedicate their lives to her purity. She said:
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 Mildred said 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 her visit was a response to the longing, conscious or unconscious, in the hearts of her children in America.
She entrusted Sister, as she said, with “this message that you must make known to my children in America.” to “further the cause of faith and purity among people and nations, especially through its youth.”
“The devotion to Our Lady of America,” according to Patrick Archbold …
“has its source in private revelations to Sister Mary Ephrem (baptized Mildred) Neuzil, who was born in 1916 and was professed, in 1933, in the Congregation of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, which has its generalate in Dayton, Ohio. She had a number of mystical experiences culminating in vision of Our Lady under the title of Our Lady of America in the late 1950’s.
Our Lady’s messages to Sister Mary Ephrem Neuzil have been approved by and promoted by several bishops. For further information, none other than Raymond Cardinal Burke has investigated these apparitions and submitted a positive written report on the matter to his fellow bishops in 2007.
In her messages to Sister, Our Lady called for all of us to exercise the virtue of purity, particularly within the family. She asked that a statue be created of her likeness under the title of Our Lady of America. Further, she asked that the Bishops of the United States solemnly process her statue into the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. as she wishes to be honored there in a special way as Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin.
Our Lady promised that if the Bishops did so, great graces would pour forth and that greater miracles than those granted at Lourdes and Fatima, miracles not of the body but of the soul, would be granted here in America, the United States in particular, if we would do as she desires. These graces would help bring about the era of peace that she promised at Fatima. However, failure to do so would lead us to terrible suffering and punishment for the world.”
Below is the 2007 letter from Cardinal (then Archbishop) Raymond Burke to the USSCB, stating that the way is left open to heed Our Lady’s request to process Our Lady of America into the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.
Now, over 11 years later, our bishops have ignored this call. This is received by many, including me, that they believe this is nothing more than “crazy superstitious nonsense” from those rigid Catholics. Do many of these bishops believe, any more, in the supernatural?
What an incredible act of humility this would be, in leu of the present “bishops scandal,” to act now. It would be a sign that these bishops still actually believe in the supernatural power of God … many wonder about that.
I propose that they get on buses from Baltimore, at their USCCB Fall General Assembly in November, and fulfill Our Lady’s request.
Cardinal Burke’s Letter
In a letter to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Burke, then the Ordinary of St. Louis, Missouri, now Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, revealed the results of his review of the history and canonical status of devotion to Our Lady of America. See the original letter.
May 31, 2007 — Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
To the Bishops of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
Dear brothers in Christ,
During the November meeting of our Conference of Bishops, you may have had occasion to view the statue of Our Lady of America, which was displayed in one of the meeting rooms; and to receive one of the Our Lady of America prayer cards or other information about Our Lady of America, which was available, thanks to the devout lay faithful who made the arrangements for the display of the statue. The faithful involved in the promotion of the devotion to Our Lady of America have asked me, some months ago, to review the history and present state of the devotion to Our Lady of America, in what pertains to its canonical status. Finally, I am able to give them a report of the results of my study, which I want also to communicate to you.
The devotion to Our Lady of America has its source in private revelations to Sister Mary Ephrem (baptized Mildred) Neuzil, who was born in 1916 and was professed, in 1933, in the Congregation of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, which has its generalate in Dayton, Ohio. She later became part of a contemplative branch of the same congregation. The contemplative branch was located at Our Lady of the Nativity Convent at New Riegel, Ohio. After the suppression of the contemplative branch in 1979, the Sisters who were members took up residence in Seneca County, Ohio. From the time of the suppression, Sister Mary Ephrem used her baptismal name, Sister Mary Mildred Neuzil. Sister Mary Ephrem (Mary Mildred) died in 2000. One of the Sisters survives and continues to live in Seneca County, Ohio.
Having reviewed the correspondence between Sister Mary Ephrem and her spiritual director of many years, Monsignor Paul F. Leibold, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, who later became the Bishop of Evansville and, then, Archbishop of Cincinnati, it is clear that the devotion, as proposed by Sister Mary Ephrem, received his approbation. In addition to the correspondence by which Monsignor Leibold declared the approval of the devotion, he also carried out the first of Our Lady of America’s requests, made through Sister Mary Ephrem, namely, he had a medal struck with the image of Our Lady of America on one side and the coat of arms of the Christian family on the other.
The coat of arms symbolically represents the substance of the private revelation received by Sister Mary Ephrem, namely, the Indwelling of the Holy Trinity in the Christian home, which is the source of life and unity in the family. The coat of arms points to the purity and selflessness of love in the family, because of the Indwelling of the Holy Trinity, the model of which is the Mother of God, under her title of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of our nation. In a particular way, Our Lady of America expressed her desire that the United States of America, through her intercession, be devoted to the purity of love. She identified herself to Sister Mary Ephrem as “Our Lady of America, The Immaculate Virgin.” In the consecration of our nation to our Blessed Mother, made in 1959 at the National Shrine and renewed, in our name, by Bishop David Ricken on November 11, 2006, the Saturday before the November meeting of our Conference of Bishops, our Blessed Mother is addressed as “Immaculate Virgin.”
The contents of the private revelation received by Sister Mary Ephrem were published in a booklet, first in 1960, and, again, in 1971. Both of these editions were published with the Imprimatur of Archbishop Leibold. A final edition, with some new contents, was published in 1989. The new contents were added at the direction of Father Edmund Morman, S.V.D., the last chaplain of Our Lady of the Nativity Convent at New Riegel. Father Morman was sadly killed in an automobile accident on February 17, 1986.
As Archbishop of Cincinnati, Archbishop Leibold commissioned a wooden plaque with the image of Our Lady of America, which he gave to the cloister at New Riegel, at which it was displayed for many years in a public area. He had the wooden plaque created for the specific purpose of its use in processions at the New Riegel convent.
Archbishop Leibold also authorized the Weberding Woodcarving Shop at Batesville, Indiana, to carve a statue of Our Lady of America. The statue was carved for Our Lady of the Nativity Convent at New Riegel, Ohio, at which public devotions to Our Lady of America were regularly celebrated.
Other bishops have permitted the public display of a statue of Our Lady of America for devotion. For instance, the late Bishop William G. Connare of Greensburg permitted a statue to be displayed at the Carmel of the Assumption at Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Also, a statue of Our Lady of America was carried in procession in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on several occasions by the Apostolatus Uniti and other groups. On May 31, 2006, a statue of Our Lady of America was enthroned at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama, by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. The statue which was enthroned at Hanceville is the very same statue which Bishop Connare authorized for public devotion at Latrobe.
A specific request of Our Lady of America was that her statue be placed in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. There is a providential connection between Sister Mary Ephrem and the late Archbishop Bishop John Francis Noll of the Diocese of Fort Wayne, who is celebrated as the Apostle of the National Shrine. The principal apparitions of Our Lady of America to Sister Mary Ephrem took place in the chapel of the Precious Blood Sisters Convent in Kneipp Springs Sanitorium, near Rome City, Indiana. Archbishop Bishop Noll, who died in 1956, maintained a summer residence at the Sanitorium, within a few hundred feet of the place of the apparitions. While the National Shrine is the largest shrine in the world at which there was not a previous apparition, the private revelation to Sister Mary Ephrem very much confirms the mission of the National Shrine.
The prayer attached to the devotion also received the imprimatur of the then Monsignor Leibold, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Archbishop Leibold was Sister Mary Ephrem’s spiritual director from the time that he was Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati until he died in1972. Archbishop Leibold was always clear that the approved devotion had its origin in private revelation received by Sister Mary Ephrem over many years.
What can be concluded canonically is that the devotion was both approved by Archbishop Leibold and, what is more, was actively promoted by him. In addition, over the years, other Bishops have approved the devotion and have participated in public devotion to the Mother of God, under the title of Our Lady of America.
Although the devotion to Our Lady of America has remained constant over the years, in recent years the devotion has spread very much and has been embraced by many with special fervor. Seemingly, as has been suggested by Father Peter Damian Mary Fehlner, F.I., in his homily of August 5, 2006, at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, the moral crisis of our time, which demands a new teaching and living of the virtue of purity, has found an especially fitting response of loving care from the Mother of God in her message to Sister Mary Ephrem.
Some have raised with me the canonical question regarding the status of Our Lady of the Nativity Convent in Seneca County, Ohio, which has been the residence of any remaining member of the suppressed contemplative branch of the Congregation of Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus. In response, I observe that the canonical question has no bearing on the devotion or its approbation.
As one deeply devoted to fostering the devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe in our nation, I have wondered about the relationship of the devotion to Our Lady of America to the devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Archbishop Leibold, in fact, raised the question with Sister Mary Ephrem. Sister Mary Ephrem responded that Our Lady of Guadalupe is Empress of all the Americas, whereas “Our Lady of America, The Immaculate Virgin,” is the patroness of our nation, the United States of America. The two devotions are, in fact, completely harmonious. As our late and most beloved Pope John Paul II reminded us, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America and Star of the New Evangelization, draws all of the nations of America into unity in carrying out the new evangelization. Our Lady of America calls the people of our nation to the new evangelization through a renewed dedication to purity in love.
I hope that the above may be of some help to you in responding to questions regarding the devotion to Our Lady of America.
May the Immaculate Virgin intercede for the intentions of our dioceses and our nation. With fraternal gratitude and esteem, I remain
Yours devotedly in Christ,
(Most Rev.) Raymond L. Burke Archbishop of Saint Louis
Many believe it is “high time” for our bishops to heed the call of Our Lady of America, and process her image into the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Our Lady of America, pray for us!
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Our Lady of Beauraing
|Our Lady of Beauraing|
Statue of the Virgin of the Golden Heart.
|Date||29 November 1932 – 3 January 1933|
|Approval||July 2, 1949
Bishop André-Marie Charue
Diocese of Namur
Our Lady of Beauraing (also known as the Virgin of the Golden Heart) is the title of 33 Marian apparitions reported in Beauraing, Belgium, between November 1932 and January 1933 by five children whose ages ranged between 9 and 15. For several years after the apparitions, pilgrims flocked to the small town of Beauraing, province of Namur (Belgium), and many cures were claimed. She is celebrated under this title on 29 November.
The young people who claimed to have seen the apparitions were Fernande (15), Gilberte (13), and Albert (11), children of Hector and Marie-Louise Perpète Voisin. Hector Voisin was a railway clerk. With them were Andrée (14) and Gilberte (9) Degeimbre, daughters of Degeimbre, a farmer’s widow.
On the evening of 29 November 1932, four of the children walked to a school conducted by the Sisters of Christian Doctrine to meet Gilberte Voisin and walk home with her. When they reached the school, Albert pointed out a lady dressed in a long white robe, near a railroad viaduct just past the school. The other children reported seeing her as well. Over the next several weeks, they saw the lady thirty-two more times, generally in the garden of the convent-school. The final apparition was on 3 January 1933.
The children reported that the lady requested that a chapel be built at the site and stated thatImmaculate Virgin”. She also desired for pilgrims to come to the site and asked the children (and everyone) to “pray, pray, pray” and, in one of the last visions, revealed her “Golden Heart”.
In the final vision, the Lady reportedly asked one of the children, Fernande, “Do you love My Son?” and she replied, “Yes”. She then asked her “Do you love Me?” and Fernande again answered, “Yes”. The Lady then stated, “Then sacrifice yourself for me” and bade them farewell before the child could reply.
In 1935, the Bishop of Namur, Thomas-Louis Heylen, appointed an Episcopal Commission to investigate the events. The work continued under his successor, Bishop André-Marie Charue. On 2 February 1943, he published a decree authorizing public devotions to Our Lady of Beauraing.
In 1949 in Lowell, Massachusetts, the Pro Maria Committee was founded by Joseph Debergh, O.M.I. to disseminate the story of Our Lady’s thirty-three appearances in Beauraing. The committee created an archive of photographs of the history and activities relating to the apparitions, now housed at The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute.
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On the FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING,
The Cause of the Beautification of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta began on November 20, 1994…in the Mother Church of Corato, Italy, Mons. Carmelo Cassati, Archbishop of Trani-Barletta-Bisceglie, having received the “non obstare” from the Holy See, blessed the opening of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, secular third order Dominican. With the Archbishop himself as president of the Ecclesiastical Tribunal, joined by enthusiastic faithful from southern Italy and from around the world, Luisa began her triumphal journey toward the Honors of the Altar.
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“May God bless you and all the groups that operate in America.
We hope that the grace of God and the Divine Will may have primacy in your lives.
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
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