Connections with Our Lady of America, Our Lady of All Nations and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
On December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in the apostolic constitution Ineffabilis Deus. A little more than three years later, on February 11, 1858, a young Lady appeared to Bernadette Soubirous. This began a series of visions. During the apparition on March 25, the Lady identified Herself with the words: “I am the Immaculate Conception.”
Quoting Pope Saint John Paul II: “After my election as Pope, as I became more involved in the problems of the Universal Church, I came to have a similar conviction: On this universal level, if victory comes it will be brought by the Blessed Virgin Mary. Christ will Conquer through Her, because He wants the Church’s victories now, and in the future, to be Linked to Her.” (Crossing the Threshold of Hope, pp. 220-221)
From the OUR LADY OF AMERICA booklet (link below) – the 1st of 12 Ways Our Lady Appeared:
1. Our Lady of Lourdes – September 25, 1956 in Rome City, Indiana – On the Eve of the Feast of the North American Martyrs:
“I am Pleased, My child, with the love and honor My children in America give to Me, especially through My Glorious and Unique Privilege of the Immaculate Conception. I Promise to reward their love by Working through the Power of My Son’s Heart and My Immaculate Heart, Miracles of Grace among men. I do not Promise Miracles of the body, but of the soul.”
(Letter of Sister Mary Ephrem to her confessor Archbishop Paul Leibold, dated 2/2/60)
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Our Lady of America to Sister Mary Ephrem on February 11, 1958
(less than two years after the first Apparitions) On the eve of February 11, 1958:
“My Immaculate Heart will win in the end, and the Spirit of Christ will Dwell in the hearts of men. Those in whom this Spirit is not found will be condemned to Eternal hell-fire.”
The next day Our Lady Spoke again:
“My child, nothing is accomplished without pain. Prepare to suffer much. You see the Sword in the Heart of your Mother. Suffering completed the work of Divine Grace in My soul. He who refuses to suffer will never abide in the Spirit of Christ, will never be formed into His Image.
“My sweet child, the Father will never recognize a soul as His own unless He sees in it the Likeness of His Beloved Son. Souls must attain to the perfection of the Father through the Spirit of the Son.
“Beloved daughter, you wonder at the Sword and the deep Wound it has made in My Heart. It is the Sword of the grief plunged therein by My children who refuse to let Me Teach them the True Way. There is only One True Way to the Father, My child, only One Way to Eternal Union. It is the Way of Divine humanity. It is through My Son, the Only-Begotten of the Father, that souls attain perfect union with the Divinity, as perfect as human nature is capable of, aided by the Divine Grace.
“But My children will not heed; they will not listen. Every other way they will take, but not this one. I ask greater sacrifice of the most favored and beloved of My children. I ask in the Name and for the love of My Son, Who so desires this. If I ask for reform of life, it is first from the chosen that I look for it. They must be the example of a sacrificial life [to] lead the way for souls in union with Christ, honoring the Father by putting on His Spirit and His Likeness in all things.
“O My small one, beloved of My Son’s Heart, prepare yourself by prayer, penance, and suffering for what is to come. Your Mother has many more things to tell you, but this is enough for now. Take your rest now. I wish it. Good night, sweet child.”
Towards evening of February 11, I heard these words addressed to me by Our Lady:
“I am the Mother of the sacred humanity, and it is My Special Work as Co-Redemptrix of the human race to help souls reach the sanctity of the Father in Eternal Union by showing them how to put on Christ, to imbibe His Spirit, and thus become One with Him.” (Sister Mary Ephrem letter dated 2/2/60)
Sister Mary Ephrem later wrote of the procession Our Lady of America Requested and of Her desire to have Her image in every home:
“Our Lady has asked that a statue be made as she Appeared on the Sept. 26th, 1956 (Pictured on cover – Our Lady of America) after being solemnly carried in procession in the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Wash. D.C., She desires that there it be enshrined in the place of honor and to be venerated there, in a special way as ‘Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin’. It is at this Shrine She has Promised to Work Wonders. She Desires also that a small statue or picture of this same likeness be honored in every home.” (Sister Mary Ephrem to Archbishop Alter March 3, 1960)
Our Lady of America’s Request of over 65 years ago remains, to have Her Bishops process Her statue into Her Basilica in Washington D.C. and give Her a place of honor there. “I come to you, O children of America, as a last resort. I Plead with you to listen to My Voice.” (Sister to Rev. Leibold 11/15/56)
On February 11, 1951 – Our Lady of All Nations to Ida Peerdeman
The “Lady of All Nations” apparitions took place from 1945 to 1959 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, to the visionary Ida Peerdeman. On May 31, 2002, the apparitions received local Church approval when Bishop Josef Punt of Haarlem-Amsterdam officially declared the essence of the apparitions and messages “to consist of a supernatural origin.”
On February 11, 1951, the Lady of All Nations dictates to the seer a new prayer directed to Jesus, beseeching him to for a New Pentecost through the Advocacy of Mary, in order to prevent “degeneration, disasters and war.”
Lord, Jesus Christ,
Son of the Father,
Send now your spirit over the earth.
Let the Holy Spirit live in the hearts of all nations,
That they may be preserved from degeneration, disasters, and war.
May the Lady of All Nations, the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Be our Advocate. Amen.
Further instructions from Our Lady direct that this “Prayer of the Lady of All Nations” should be spread throughout the world in preparation for the new dogma.
“I stand here and come to tell you that I wish to be Mary, the Lady of All Nations. Look carefully. I am standing before the Cross of the Redeemer. My head, hands and feet as of a human being, as of the Son of Man; the body as of the Spirit. I have firmly placed my feet upon the globe, for in this time the Father and the Son wants to bring me into this world as Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate. This will be the new and final Marian dogma. This image will precede. This dogma will be much disputed, yet it will be carried through…”
The single most significant message of the entire Amsterdam apparitions concerning the dogma occurs on May 31, 1954, at that time, the feast of Mary, Mediatrix of all Graces. Our Lady will invoke theologians and bishops (apostles) to work and ask for the dogma, instructing them that “you must petition the Holy Father for this Dogma.” Our Lady will grant a vision which explains the three titles in one whole; a further vision of the Holy Father in St. Peter’s Basilica pronouncing the dogma; as well as the promise that once the dogma is declared, the Lady of All Nations will bring peace, true peace, to the world.