Part 15- The Madonna offers concrete ways to help people that she shares with the Medjugorje seers during the first days of her appearances. Meanwhile a Pope and a President find renewed clarity of purpose as they recover from the attempts on their lives.
I am often asked; “What did the Virgin Mary say?” In this 15th episode covering Chapter 26, we find her actual words as attested by the teenage seers.
The apparition identifies herself as the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Queen of Peace. During her first contact with the young teenagers in Medjugorje, Mary shares very specific things that are on her mind.
Mary tells the visionaries she has an urgent message for mankind to return to God, saying “I have come to tell the world that God exists. He is fullness of life, and to enjoy the fullness and obtain peace, you must return to God.”
During the apparitions, the visionaries do not react to light or sound; they do not react to being touched. They feel apart from time and space.
Our Lady presents herself as a servant messenger from God. The visionaries relate the words of the Madonna.
PEACE. On the third day, Our Lady stresses peace as the first of her messages: “Peace, peace, peace and only peace!” Then she says twice, “Peace must reign between God and man and between people.”
FAITH is her second message, and she repeats this message many times. Without faith we cannot arrive at peace!
Another frequent message is to PURIFY or cleanse the heart, because a corrupt or ‘deteriorated’ heart is the root of bad relations, social disorder and unjust laws. Without a radical change of heart—without the conversion of the heart—there is no peace.
PRAYER. Mary encourages us to pray every day. She asks everyone to “pray without ceasing,” just as Christ himself taught. Pray, and give Him thanks for His gifts to us. Prayer aids us in our “ordered relationship with God.” Without prayer, it is impossible to maintain peace either with God or with our neighbor.
FASTING. On the sixth day of the apparitions, the Madonna recommends fasting because it helps faith. The practice of fasting aids and ensures control over oneself. “Only the person who can dominate the self is truly free.”
These first messages she brings do not convey new teachings. They simply reinforce the Gospels and teachings of the traditional Churches. These messages begin to appear around the world, reaching millions of people.
This episode also includes Chapter 27, entitled “The Pointy Edge of the Sword.” This military term used by the Marines accurately conveys the curious surroundings and circumstances that are frequently overlooked when this apparition at Medjugorje comes to mind.
The apparition in the early 1980s takes place at yet another remote location in the world, where the area is preparing for the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. It is a time of great excitement and pride for the communist country of Yugoslavia.
In 1981, the Madonna chose this spot to appear during those heady times, and remained through the horrific challenges that followed.
Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.
Installments since Podcast 50 are an extended series of additional stories about the history of the Virgin Mary that are not found in the book.
Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.
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I’ve read the entire book from cover to cover (Installments 1-49.) Each installment runs about 7 minutes in length.