AFTER years of absence from SunStar Pampanga, I am back and rather Marian.
Yes, I intend to devote much (as against all) of this space to supernatural matters, mostly Marian apparitions, nay, the messages of the Blessed Mother in various parts of the world, prominently in our times, as conveyed to visionaries and other mystics.
This, among other beyond-mundane events of significant importance in our lives.
Onset, I declare no plan to trigger debates, neither is there mind to lending ear to objections or criticisms. Our times are so urgent as to trust more in prayers than in argumentation for winning over those with predilection for carping.
Every now and then, there will also be quotes from the Persons in one God. Yes, our Lord Jesus has also been appearing to some mystics in modern days, as any devotee familiar with the case of St. Faustina Kowalska would know, and so has God the Father.
To put critics to the backburner, however, is not to totally ignore them.
Some of their sentiments have the flavor of legitimacy and deserve foreword now, especially because my past Marian articles (in other publications) warning of terrible chastisements had turned off a few readers, including parents fearing for the future their children are to face. Some said reading about such warnings were traumatic and better left unwritten for the sake of painting bright futures to slave for.
But then, why would the Blessed Mother or even Jesus Himself traumatize us?
I invite readers to seriously take in the implications of “life everlasting” in the Credo. We humans are for eternity, and any terror that befalls us on earth is worth the shake and trauma if only to get to the bliss of non-ending paradise.
Indeed, it is worth reminding ourselves of what happened in the Fatima apparitions in 1917.
There, or we might have forgotten, the Blessed Mother showed children, call them minors, Francisco de Jesus Marto (11 June 1908–4 April 1919), his sister Saint Jacinta de Jesus Marto (11 March 1910–20 February 1920) and their cousin Lúcia dos Santos (1907–2005), hell itself.
Let Lucia recall that event as follows.
“As Our Lady spoke these last words, she opened her hands once more, as she had done during the two previous months. The rays of light seemed to penetrate the earth, and we saw as it were a sea of fire.
“Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke now falling back on every side like sparks in huge fires, without weight or equilibrium, amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. (It must have been this sight which caused me to cry out, as people say they heard me).
“The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, black and transparent like burning coals. Terrified and as if to plead for succour, we looked up at Our Lady, who said to us, so kindly and so sadly: You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.”
If the vision of hell were shown to minors in our days, some people from the social welfare agency might just suggest arresting the Blessed Mother for traumatizing kids in violation of the law on children.
But from a perspective that’s supernatural, beyond the scope of the huge mountain of human laws, the primacy of the eternal is nonpareil and this seems to be the paramount message in the terrifying vision.
It is in this light that I intend to share with readers my significant dossiers on Marian and other supernatural events, mostly occurring in our days. For non-supporters, no regrets.
And so we begin.