MARIAN apparitions and messages have no significance if they do not lead to conversion. They call for response from all, but especially from Catholics who now have on their shoulders the heavy responsibility of working for the conversion of as many as possible -- including even pagans -- as we reach the brink of the end times, or "the end of the world as we know it."
Why do I say this? Because in her apparitions, the Blessed Mother has always stressed the importance of praying the rosary as a powerful means to seek favor from Heaven and, needless to say, the rosary is a Catholic devotion. But while Catholics bear huge responsibility for the world, at their disposal are nonpareil graces that could be obtained through various means, including the rosary of course, on top of novenas and sacramentals, just to name some.
Amid rising supernatural calls for conversion, Catholic mystics are now saying that in our times, at least two of the three Garabandal prophecies will happen: the Warning and the Great Miracle. It is urgency that I have often repeated these prophecies in this column quite often..
Praying for the humility of being in the ranks of end-time buglers, I was glad to receive a letter from reader Hank Earl. I am convinced that Mr. Earl was called by the Blessed Mother herself to be among her apostles in these times facing the Warning and the Miracle and, eventually, the Chastisement. For the inspiration of others, I am sharing his letter, which manifests true and admirable conversion. He wrote:
"Just to keep you updated because of your writing in the Sun Star Pampanga, 1) I have now finally received holy confession with a priest; 2) I have been going to mass at least once sometimes twice a week; 3) I also pray and do the rosary daily and have dedicated myself to the Immaculate Conception of Mary; 4) I make sure I read the Bible daily in the morning.
"I believe because of all of this and my faith and belief in Jesus Christ as my Lord king and saviour I'm more spiritually ready for the chastisement and the end of days and I'm also getting my family and brother back into the Catholic Church. I thank you for your articles on Mother Mary and they do have an impact and help others, don't ever think that your writings don't help or change people because they do help and it's helped changed me, God bless you and thanks."
God and the Blessed Mother be praised as the world winds up towards the end of this era.
I am reminded of what our Blessed Mother told mystic Pedro Regis on Feb. 6, 2021 on her call for all to be reconciled with God and how those who pray would be able to better bear the tribulations to come. Let me repeat the message to Pedro:
"Dear children, be meek and humble of heart. Repent and be reconciled to God. Seek His Mercy through the Sacrament of Confession. My Lord is waiting for you. Open your hearts and accept God’s Will for your lives. Do not allow the devil to enslave you. You are the Lord’s Possession and He awaits you with Open Arms.
"Accept My Appeals. I have come from Heaven to help you. Listen to Me. You are in the world, but not of the world. Take care of your spiritual life. Live out the Gospel of My Jesus and also the teachings of the true Magisterium of His Church. Difficult times will come and only those who pray will be able to bear the weight of the cross. Do not fold your arms. The enemies will act to confuse you and lead you away from the truth. Stay with Jesus. In Him is your victory. Courage! I love you and will always be with you!" (End of quote.)
Mystic Fr. Michel Rodrique has prophesied that the time of tribulation was to start in the fall of 2020. There were indications the tribulations came, starting with lots of confusion in the Catholic Church (this was tackled in one of my past columns). This brought to mind what the late Rev. Fulton Sheen, now a candidate for sainthood, has revealed.
In the 1930s, Sheen converted a woman named Bella Dodd who worked for the communist party. He also convinced her to testify to the US congress that she assisted the communist party in infiltrating the Catholic Church. In Congress, Dodd testified that she assisted with over a thousand men entering the Catholic Church as priests but were really entering "to subvert the priesthood with homosexuality and communist ideology." In our days, the truth of her testimony is becoming more and more evident.
Now, more of the recent messages from the Blessed Mother, also conveyed through Pedro Regis last March 2. She said:
"Dear children, the road to holiness is full of obstacles, but do not be discouraged. My Jesus is walking with you. Trust in Him and you will be victorious. There is no victory without a cross. Take care of your spiritual life. Repent and be reconciled to God through the Sacrament of Confession. Do not depart from the truth.
"Seek My Jesus in the Eucharist, because only thus can you bear the weight of the trials that are to come. Everything that I have announced to you in the past will be fulfilled. Pray. When all seems lost, the Lord will come to your aid. He will wipe away your tears. Stand firm on the path that I have pointed out to you. Onward in defense of the truth! This is the message that I give you today in the name of the Most Holy Trinity. Thank you for having allowed Me to gather you here once more. I bless you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Be at peace."
And then to finish the last column on the Antichrist in the words of Jesus Christ to mystic Maria Valtorta, Our Lord tells of the eventual victory of the Church over the forces of evil thus:
"My Church, before the hour of the world comes to an end, will have its glittering triumph. Nothing differs in the Mystical Body's life from that which was in Christ's life. There will be the hosanna on the eve of Passion, the hosanna when the nations, seized by the fascination of the Divinity, bend the knee before the Lord. Then the Passion of My Church militant will come, and finally the glory of eternal Resurrection in Heaven."