The thorn has been kept in a reliquary in Andria’s cathedral since 1308.
A commission who observed the miracle confirmed the formation of three spherical formations or “gems” on the thorn and that “on the base of the thorn is the residue of the preceding miracle of 2005, renewing.”
The last time the miracle of the bleeding thorn took place was in 2005, and it is not expected to do so again until 2157. The occurrence has been recorded since 1633.
Bishop Calabro thanked God “for what he is doing, as the miracle is a gift from the love of God and is a sign of his love for this community.”
At Kibeho in Rwanda, the Blessed Mother, known there as the “Virgin of the Word,” used the term “forewarning” in relation to what was occurring and would occur there.
That’s interesting language: not a formal “warning” (as long awaited in prophetic circles), but, perhaps, a precursor to a larger warning or warnings.
If so, it will be intense indeed when actual, full-throated, fleshed-out warnings (most likely it will be plural) come.
We have often referred, when speaking of prophecy, and precursors, to the genocide that was predicted by Mary in 1982 in Rwanda — the 800,000 to a million who, twelve years later, were killed in ten short months of incredible bloodletting (a daily rate that even exceeds the Nazi holocaust).
Twelve years before the horrible 1994 killings, the Virgin of the Word had shown the seers piles of decapitated bodies and explained that a “river of blood” would course through Rwanda if that nation headed toward materialism and sensuality.
The apparitions occurred within sight of a church where thousands of Tutsis would later be massacred by Hutus. Blood in fact flowed in small rivulets down church aisles and bodies — decapitated by machete — clogged the River Kagera (Rwanda’s largest waterway).
It is a prophecy that was documented and one reason why the Church ended up sanctioning this apparition (in 2001).
But more to the point — beyond the Dark Continent — the messages, said Mary, were aimed not just there but at the whole world.
It is sobering to think that such a genocide was simply a “forewarning.”
This is all discussed in The Final Hour and Fear of Fire (Kibeho warned of coming religious wars and a great fire).
But the genocide may not have been the only forewarning.
Importantly, a major theme of the messages from Mary at Kibeho had to do with purity, specifically sexual purity.
This was a part of Africa where there was widespread prostitution, especially along truck routes such as the Kinshasa Highway. And here it gets very interesting.
For many believe that the HIV virus may have originated from this very region of Africa — perhaps jumping to humans from monkeys which were eaten as bushmeat near Lake Victoria (as well as traded to nations, such as Belgium, that soon experienced the epidemic) and spread by harlots who plied their trade among the truckers.
During the Kibeho apparitions — and the message on genocide — the Blessed Mother had shown the young seers not only decapitated bodies but strangely abandoned hamlets: huts and homes vacated; desolate areas. And sure enough, during the subsequent outbreak of AIDS — which afflicted mainly heterosexuals in Africa — entire villages were in fact abandoned: ghost towns.
Moreover, the major wave of HIV infection took place in 1994 — the same year as the genocide! In fact, an estimate 250,000 to 500,000 Rwandan women were raped during the mayhem, and seventy percent were infected with HIV. It was one of the truest and most precise prophecies in 2,000 years of recorded Marian appearances — perhaps the most specific.
“Women must stop treating their bodies as instruments of pleasure,” said the Virgin of the Word. “So many are using any means they can to find love and be loved by others. They have forgotten that true love comes from God. Instead of serving Him, they live to serve money.
“Woman must use their bodies in a way that glorifies Him, not serve as objects of pleasure for the lust of men. Men must learn to feed the hunger of their spirits, not the desires of their flesh.” Jesus supposedly added (for He was claimed too as appearing): “Tell them all to pray to My mother to intercede on their behalf. The wrong way of living can weigh heavily on your future.” Again: it was an admonition to the world.
As for miracles, the Virgin said:
“Why do you insist on miracles? There are miracles every day, but you do not believe in them. Rather, ask for the light because you are blind. Learn to interpret the signs, wherever they are written, because signs are given to you every day. Happy is he who believes without waiting for miracles, since those who wait for miracles will have difficulty in believing when miracles no longer take place. Their faith will disappear.”
Published : Sunday, 13th September 2009 here : http://www.catholicvoice.ie/features/2009/09/13/our_lady_of_prayer_lile_bouchard_france
Europe in 1945 was politically unstable; in fact it was in a mess. Many countries were badly damaged by World War II and military forces from the US, the UK and others were spread all over the place trying to bring back law and order. In Central and Easter Europe there was even a bigger threat from Bolshevik Communists who were under the command of Josef Stalin. He was a despot as bad as Hitler if not worse, and historians seem to think that he killed more than Hitler. The figure for the number of dead in World War II could be as high as 200 million people, of which 100 million died in the slave camps of the Soviet Union, another 30 million died in Europe during the war, and many more died immediately or soon afterwards, due to starvation and health problems.
By 1947 the evil Soviet Empire began to expand and to have influence not only in the East but among the fascists in France. The Communists here were poised to take over, and they were the most organised political force, and on the verge of revolutionary success. They were not only obedient to Stalin, but were following his instructions to the letter, and were in constant contact with Moscow. They were involved in acts of sabotage all over France, trains were being derailed, food shortages were becoming more severe than during the war, and a general apprehension and fear continued to shake the entire country. Weapons and military arsenals were seized, as blood thirsty communists looked for opportunities to create chaos. There was also a long drawn out general strike, and the economy was on the verge of collapse. It seemed that events were out of control and the elected leaders were powerless to avert what seemed to be a hopeless situation. There were even rumours of a civil war in France; such was the hatred between French men. There were evidently two sides of the new republic, those who supported the Vichy government and the Nazi’s during the war, and those who were on the side of General De Gaulle. The French government were so worried that they had called up over 100,000 reservists to help defend France in case of total collapse, anarchy or of an invasion, but everyone was prepared for the worst.
There was a holy woman called Marthe Robin who was a victim soul and the founder of the Foyers of Charity. She was speaking to Father George Finet, her spiritual director, on December 8th, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, in 1947, after the private mass in her bedroom where she was confined to bed all her life. Father Finet stated that everyone felt that France was collapsing toward a civil war within days, and that the communists were poised to take over France and united themselves somehow with Soviet Russia. The plan was to take over the entire Western Europe and place it under communism. Marthe Robin however told him not to worry that France was going to be saved by the prayers of little children.
In a small village in the heart of France there is a church called the church of Saint Gilles. There was nothing unusual about this small parish church, except the plaque onthe wall that stated that on the 6th of March in 1429, Saint Joan of Arc stopped there to pray on her way to Chinon, where King Charles III of France would give her an army to liberate France from the English. Saint Joan spent several hours in prayer on that Saturday morning, prostrated in front of the Altar of Our Lady. The Church is dedicated to Saint Gilles, who is the patron of crippled people, (today we would say “handicapped”) and France was definitely crippled in 1947 and on the point of disaster. However heaven was about to intervene to save her, the “First Daughter of the Church,” as France is known historically.
The small town of L’Ile-Bouchard (Bouchard Island) in north-western France is in the Archdiocese of Tours, it had a small population of about 1,500 people, with one Church, one school run by nuns and almost one of everything else. In the school were some 50 children of various ages including four young girls, Jacqueline Aubry (12 years old) and her sister Jeannette Aubry (7 years old), their cousin Nicole Robin (10 years old) and their next door neighbour Laura Croizon (8 years old). These children were quite normal and well know in the town; in fact the oldest girl, Jacqueline, had eye problems. She was not only cross-eyed but had chronic infections in both eyes and required daily medications; she also had to wear very thick glasses in order to see, but despite that she was quite happy. Her parents owned the local pastry shop, while the parents of the other children were farmers. Both families were Catholic but non-practicing and both households were anti-clerical.
All the girls had gone to school as usual but this day the 8th of December 1947 was to be very special indeed. However one of the nuns asked the girls to pray for France, for peace and protection, because the sister told the children that France was in terrible danger. In response the four girls went next door to the Church to say some prayers to Our Lady, during their lunch break. They made their way inside the Church to the left where the side altar of Our Lady can be seen. They decided to say one decade of the Holy Rosary and started with blessing themselves. Having recited 4 of the Hail Mary’s a sudden light appeared, in which they saw Our Lady, whose hands were joined in prayer and she had rosary beads draped over Her right arm. An Angel was kneeling next to her and he was holding a flower in his hand. On seeing this apparition they cried our “O la belle Dame-O le bel ange,” (“O beautiful Lady-O the beautiful Angel”). The Lady smiled at them as She looked intensely at Jeannette. Some time had gone by and the girls were lost in admiration at what they were seeing, although they did not know who the persons were in the vision yet.
The Lady was beautiful and they later described Her as wearing a brilliantly white dress with gold trim at the neck and wrists and She wore a blue sash. On Her head was a veil of but its white colour was different to that of the dress. On close inspection the girls noticed that it was decorated along the edges with the motifs of the “Touraine” region of France, that this town was in. A few curls of blonde hair could be seen as well as Her teeth when She smiled. She stood with Her hands together in the traditional way as one in prayer and radiated a strong but not blinding golden light. They also noted that Her eyes were blue and they put Her age at 16 or 17 years old. Beneath the Lady’s feet, written in gold were the words “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.” We know that this is the same message from Rue Du Bac in Paris in 1830, when Our Lady asked for the miraculous medal to be printed, and distributed. The Angel who was also there in the apparition was described as one who was kneeling on his right knee; he also wore a robe which was rose-white coloured. He too had blue eyes and long blonde curly hair. He seemed to be in profound contemplation of Our Lady. The area of the Church was lit up by light and glittered entrancingly with colours that the girls had never seen before. Eventually the apparition disappeared into what they could only describe as a cloud of silvery dust.
The girls returned to school and expressed great delight at what they had seen in the church, and the word spread very quickly, not only in the school but in the town itself. Jacqueline Aubry then realised that she had actually seen the Blessed Virgin Mary and decided to report it to the nuns who advised her to be quiet about it, and not to mention it again, even the parish priest Father Clovis Segelle would not believe the excited girls. He thought that because Jacqueline had chronic conjunctivitis and very thick glasses that she was seeing things and had convinced the others they too were seeing things. However each girl was questioned separately and each gave her own account, and to both the priest and the nuns the accounts where exacting in everydetail, even when cross examined.
Later that same afternoon (December 8th) the same girls decided to go back to visit the church and to pray again, except this time the Lady was waiting for them and she had a beautiful smile for them. As they knelt down in front of Her and the Angel, Her expression became very sad and She slowly began to speak “Tell the children to pray for France, for her need is great.” Jeannette the youngest, at the behest of her sister asked the Lady “Are you the Maman du Ciel?” (The Mother from Heaven), to which the Lady replied “But of course I am your Maman du Ciel.” Jacqueline then asked about the Angel, at which time Our Lady looked toward him and he, looking at the girls, responded “I am the Archangel Gabriel.”(The girls were looking at what happened at the “Annunciation” when Mary gave her eternal “Fiat” to God, but they did not realise it.
Our Lady then asked the girls “Give me your hands to kiss.” Jacqueline was the first to respond, presenting her hand with the palm up. Our Lady took the hand and turned it around to the back of the hand and kissed it. Jacqueline, because she was oldest and tallest, lifted up the other girls with no difficulty, although Our Lady had to bend down a little more to kiss the hand of Jeannette. The girls later were to say that the lips of the Lady were soft and warm and they felt a human solidarity with Her after that. Our Lady asked them to return later again that afternoon at 5pm and again during the lunch time the next day at one o’clock.
When the girls went back to school the Sisters asked them to write an account of what had happened and all that was said. The accounts were given to the parish priest who was preparing for the rosary and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the church that evening. By 5pm the girls were back in the church as commanded, and began to pray the rosary. The Virgin appeared to them and still had the most beautiful smile that one can imagine, and signalled them toapproach even closer to Her. Some of the nuns were now watching every movement along with the priest, Father Clovis. During the benediction, the Virgin disappeared and the focus of the girls and all in the church was on the Blessed Sacrament.
After the benediction, Father Clovis prayed “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for France,” and with that prayer the Virgin re-appeared to the 4 girls, who spent the time in silent prayer and contemplating the beauty of the Blessed Virgin, and the Archangel.
The next day, December 9th, the second day of the apparitions, the girls were keen to keep the appointment with Our Lady at one o’clock as She had suggested. They knelt at the altar while several other girls from the school were looking into the church from the main door. Once the girls began to pray, a “golden globe” appeared shining brightly; it seemed to have come out of the wall and it opened out and seemed to deploy itself between the glass window depicting the image of Our Lady of Lourdes, and the tabernacle on the altar. The Virgin Mary looked intensely more beautiful and the Archangel Gabriel still knelt in veneration before Her. The golden inscription this time read “I am the Immaculate Conception.” Jacqueline asked Our Lady if she could bring in her friends, to which the answer was “Yes, but they will not see me.” Then Our Lady changed Her expression which then became serious. In the palm of Her right hand She held out a golden crucifix and with an air of sadness asked the girls to “kiss the cross of my rosary.”
The girls kissed the crucifix, some were again lifted up by Jacqueline, which was extraordinary as she was a frail girl and sickly. After this apparition she tried to lift the smaller girls again and she was unable. In the church during the apparition was a Madame Trinson, who could not see the apparition, but who was astonished to see Jacqueline lifting the others and how they all kissed the exact same point in the air.
Our Lady then spoke to them “I am going to tell you a secret which you can tell in three days.” Then again looking intensely at the 4 girls and stressing every word, she said again “Pray for France which in these days is in great danger.” After a short pause the Virgin said “Go tell the priest to come here at 2 o’clock. He should bring the children and a crowd to pray.” And finally She made the last statement of the morning “Tell the priest to build a grotto as soon as possible here where I am and to put my statue and that of the Angel in it.”
As the Virgin requested, some 20 children and 30 adults had assembled in the Church by 2pm and the Virgin who appeared and smiled at the 4 seers asked them to sing the Hail Mary “ Sing je vous salue Marie the canticle I love so well.” When the song was finished, the girls repeated the invocation 3 times “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” Then the Virgin asked the girls to “tell the crowd to approach and recite 10 Hail Mary’s.” When the prayers were finished Jacqueline asked if they should come back, to which they received this reply “Yes come every day at 1pm. I will tell you when it will all be over.”
The Archbishop was informed by phone and he was delighted to hear of it, and immediately informed the priest in Saint Gilles that the Communists had called off the general strike and had gone back to work and that all hostility within France had suddenly disappeared. The Archbishop stated that it was all a miracle, and as he had prepared for the worst, even death, but now, miraculously the cloud of despair and danger had vanished with such an immediate effect.
Wednesday the 10th of December was the third day of the apparitions and the word was out that something extraordinary was taking place in this small parish church, and in such a way that all of France was being affected positively by it. When the girls arrived, there were 150 people waiting to see what was happening. Once they had blessed themselves the Virgin appeared and smiled at them and asked “Sing je vous salue Marie” (Hail Mary), then the decade of the rosary was said, and at the end of it the Virgin asked “Kiss my hand.” To the amazement of all in the church again, they saw Jacqueline lift up the others and they also saw the girl kiss the same spot in the air exactly. Jacqueline asked the Virgin for a miracle so that people might believe, to which she received the reply “I have not come here to perform miracles but to tell you to pray for France, but tomorrow you will see clearly and you will not need to wear glasses anymore.” The Virgin then asked if they would come again the next day at the same time to which they agreed. After the apparition the parish priest asked the nature of the message and recorded the details. Jacqueline told him that the Lady promised work a miracle and that she would be cured of her eye infections and that she would not need to wear glasses anymore.
Nobody wanted to believe Jacqueline, as her eyes were in a dreadful condition, but the following morning, the fourth day of the apparitions, when she woke up, her eyes were in perfect condition. Her father and mother, who never went to church, ran there in tears to give thanks and to inform the parish priest of what happened. That same day, when 1pm came along, the church was full to overflowing and onto the street outside. The Virgin appeared and asked again for the girls to sing the “Hail Mary,” because this is what pleases Her very much. Jacqueline thanked Our Lady for the cure and told her that she now had a list of questions from the parish priest, one of these was why did the Virgin Mary choose this little parish church and why were they so honoured with Her presence? “Because there are pious people and because Jeanne Delanoue came here” was the response. (Jeanne was known in religious life as Jean of the Cross. She was born on June 18th 1666 and died on August 17th 1736 at the age of 70 from natural causes. She was the founder of the Congregation of Saint Anne of Providence. She was beatified by Pope Pius XII on November 8th 1947 and Canonized on October 31st 1983 by Pope John Paul II). As one can see Jeanne Delanoue was beatified just a month before these apparitions; as at Lourdes, the Mother of the Church confirms the Church’s teachings.
Jacqueline had another question, “Madame, would you cure the people who suffer from rheumatisms and nervous disorders and who suffer physically and morally?” The Virgin answered “There will be happiness in families, now would you sing the Hail Mary.” Then the Virgin asked yet again “Is the priest going to build the Grotto?” The children said in one voice, “Yes Madame, we promise.”
On the fifth day of the apparitions the Virgin appeared again but this time She wore a crown of shining rays, each a foot long, of beautiful intense colours, blue, red, yellow, green, pink; on Her breast were the words written in gold “Magnificat.” During this day, the Virgin asked them to sing the Hail Mary three times and eventually asked the seers to “Kiss my hand.” She also asked “Do you pray for sinners?” to which the answer was “yes Madame.” Our Lady then said “Good, above all pray a lot for sinners.”
The sixth day was a Saturday, December 13th, and again the church was full of people anxious to be healed. The girls were given pieces of paper with prayer intentions to pray for this one or that one, who was sick, and when Our Lady is asked, She never refuses. They were asked to sing again and each time they did so, the Virgin looked toward Heaven and as She did so She seemed to become ever more beautiful, which seemed to reflect her joy. On this occasion the girls were told that “I will come tomorrow for the last time.”
The seventh and last day of the apparitions was on Sunday December 14th 1947. Because this was a Sunday, many were already in town for the mass and decided to stay on to see what was happening, others who had known the children involved were already in church along with the nuns. Many prayed who had not done so in years and there was a demand for confession. This apparition lasted 35 minutes and began with the sung French version of the Hail Mary. This day the Virgin looked down at the girls with radiant sweetness and kindness. The graces which emanated from Her, the elegance of Her stance, Her charm, inspired their admiration ever more profoundly.
Our Lady then asked if they would “pray and make sacrifices” and to “continue to pray the rosary” and for the girls to ask the people present to “sing the Magnificat.” Again they were asked if they were going to build the grotto in Her honour. And the children cried many time “yes-yes.” Jacqueline asked for proof of her presence so that all might come to believe that she was really there with them. The Virgin promised that “before I go I will send a bright ray of sunlight.” Two thousand people were later to swear that a marvellous phenomenon occurred – a ray of sunlight penetrated the church through a certain pane in the window of the choir. It grew progressively stronger and curved around the south eastern pillar and, fanning out, illuminated the north east corner of the church exactly where the girls were looking, becoming stronger and stronger as it went along, all who saw became believers that day.
Monsieur Piquot, the Secretary General of the Interior Ministry, having heard of the events in L’Ile Bouchard in Paris, immediately came to meet the girls and the parish priest and in front of the whole community declared “France was saved by the prayers of these 4 children and by the people here who prayed at the feet of the Virgin Mary.”
In many ways one could say that Our Lady taught the children how to pray, and they in turn taught others, especially their parents. In many ways also it can be said that the prayers of holy and innocent children are much more powerful that those of sinful men. Archbishop Honore, who was the Archbishop of Tours at the time, gave full recognition to this shrine in 1988 and ordered that the grotto which Our Lady had requested, be built. He also sanctioned the veneration of Our Lady under the title of “Our Lady of Prayer.”
Subsequent theological investigations followed and all proved favourable, including the most recent headed by French theologian Father Vernet in 1992. On December 8th 2001 in a publicdecree the then Archbishop of Tours, now Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, Cardinal Archbishop of Paris, authorized pilgrimages and the public veneration of Our Lady of Prayer in the parish church of Saint Gilles, where there are a stream of cures, miracles and conversions.
For those who would like to know more see www.ilebouchard.com, the nearest airport is Tours Airport.
William A. Thomas (c)
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This book narrates the harrowing and life-changing experiences of former abortion clinic workers, including those of the author, who once directed abortion services at a large Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas. These individuals, whose names have been changed to protect their identities, left their jobs in the abortion industry after experiencing a change of heart. They have come forward with their stories, not for fame or notoriety, but to shed light on the reality of abortion. They want their stories to change the lives of others for the better.
These stories are difficult to read, because an abortion is an act of violence, harming not only the obvious victim—the unborn child– but also the mother, the father, the doctor, and everyone else involved. But these stories also offer hope, for they show that anyone, no matter what part the person has played in an abortion, can start anew, can make amends for past mistakes. They demonstrate that the first step on that journey is telling the truth, as these courageous individuals do in these pages.
“Those of us that have worked in the abortion industry all live with a constant burden. We can’t let our burden slide off of our shoulders; it is what keeps us on fire. It reminds us of why we fight so hard. We have seen death and evil in a way that most haven’t—and we participated. But we are forgiven. He who has been forgiven much, loves much. And we love a lot. I am eagerly awaiting the day when we can call all abortionists and clinic workers former and repentant abortion providers.” — Abby Johnson, author
Abby Johnson holds a B.S. in psychology from Texas A&M University and an M.A. in counseling from Sam Houston State University. She was hired by Planned Parenthood in 2005 and progressed to the position of community services director and health educator, where she served as liason between the community and Planned Parenthood as media correspondent. Later promoted to heath center director, Johnson ran both the family planning and abortion programs. In 2009 she left Planned Parenthood and joined the local Coalition for Life as a volunteer. She continues her volunteer activities and now works on projects with the national 40 Days for Life campaign. She and her husband, Doug, have a young daughter and live in Texas.
Praise for The Walls Are Talking: Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Stories:
“Abby Johnson has done a phenomenal job of gathering the experiences of those who have worked in the abortion industry. The movement of grace that brings them out of the industry is profound. The wounds that they carry remind us that the abortion debate is not a moral and philosophical discussion, but a heart issue! The walking wounded are everywhere and, as Abby concludes, it is love and respect that heals the heart.” — Vicki Thorn, Founder, Project Rachel
“In this riveting, compelling book, Abby Johnson tenderly holds out a loving hand of compassion to those millions of Americans who’ve participated in an abortion and takes a giant step toward healing our abortion-wounded nation.” — Sue Ellen Browder, Author, Subverted: How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement
“I’ve seen Abby’s transformational story inspire people around the world, and I’ve witnessed the experiences of many other workers who are also now abandoning the abortion industry. Read and share the testimonies in this important book. It’s time to let the world know what really goes on behind the closed doors of the abortion industry.” — David Bereit, Founder, 40 Days for Life
“This is such an important book right now. At a time when Planned Parenthood is under so much scrutiny and pressure, these stories of former abortion clinic workers could make a huge difference when it comes to shutting down abortion providers and ending abortion all together. ” — Teresa Tomeo, Radio Host, Author, Extreme Makeover
“It is not a trivial thing to heed the call of one’s conscience, especially when the cost is one’s livelihood. I know. Years ago, I walked away from a Stanford Ph.D. and an academic position when I told the truth about forced abortions in China. The women in this book did the same thing. They walked away from the security of their jobs in the abortion industry when they realized the murderous truth about what actually goes on there. Read their stories, and pray that hundreds more abortion clinic workers will follow them out the door, with the last one turning out the lights as she leaves.” — Steven Mosher, President, Population Research Institute
“The Walls Are Talking, and they’re urging us to listen. The voices of Abby Johnson and other former abortion workers are loud and clear. Their real life accounts describing the inner workings of the abortion industry can no longer be ignored. And despite the stark madness of this gruesome environment, these stories of grace remind us that no one is beyond the reach of Christ.” — Ramona Trevino, Author, Redeemed by Grace: A Catholic Woman’s Journey to Planned Parenthood and Back
“Abby Johnson is one of the bravest women I know. Once she realized the truth about abortion, Abby had the courage to leave the abortion industry and become a powerful voice for the defenseless. She challenges us to face the truth about the abortion industry and its many victims.” — Lila Rose, President, Live Action
“My friend, Abby Johnson, has been teaching us for several years what it means to leave the abortion industry and feel free of the murder, the heartache and the misery that accompany abortion.
Abby’s latest book, The Walls Are Talking, is another remarkable journey down the path that she, and so many others, have travelled on their way out the torment of the abortion industry and into the light of truth.
I encourage everyone to read The Walls Are Talking and share it with family and friends. Heroic women like Abby inspire all of us.” — Judie Brown, President, American Life League
On 8 June 1925, the following news item appeared in the Irish Independent:
Unknown Man’s Death
An elderly man collapsed in Granby Lane [Dublin] yesterday, and being taken to Jervis Street Hospital he was found to be dead. He was wearing a tweed suit, but there was nothing to indicate who he was.
What was not reported was the unusual discovery when he was taken to hospital. He was wearing heavy chains: some wrapped around his legs, others on his body. Mortuary staff puzzled over not just who he was but, also, the meaning of the chains.
The newspaper report had appeared on a Monday morning. Later that night, police ushered a woman into the mortuary. She identified the body as that of her brother: Matt Talbot. A nursing nun present asked about the chains. The dead man’s sister replied simply that it was something he wore, and with that, they were placed in the coffin and the lid closed.
That was not the whole story though; the chains were part of the mystery of the man who had died. They were as symbolic as they were real. The man’s life having been a ‘crossing over’ from the servitude of vice to the freedom of those in chains for Christ.
Christian Today reports that Benjamin Rogovy, from Seattle, created the for-profit company Christian Prayer Center (CPC) which sold prayers to 125,000 customers for $9-$35 per prayer.
Rogovy created a fake pastor named John Carlson who allegedly ran the website. Rogovy even created a LinkedIn profile for Carlson, describing him as “Senior Pastor, Christian Prayer Center, January 2009-present.”
Rogovy also used the name Eric Johnston as a supposed leader of the company.
The website included “fictitious testimonials from consumers using stock photos that claimed they successfully prayed to avoid home foreclosure, deliver a healthy baby, win the lottery, obtain negative results of an HIV test and put cancer into remission.”
Rogovy is being forced to pay back all the money he took under false pretenses to the victims of the scam.
During the course of researching a topic for an updated version of my book, I stumbled across the official coat of arms of Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands, which shows the Archangel Michael standing with a lance over a volcano situated in the sea. This image is highly evocative of the vision seen by Sr. Lucia when she was instructed to commit the Third Secret to writing in 1944:
‘I felt my spirit flooded by a light-filled mystery which is God and in Him I saw and heard: the point of the flame-like lance which detaches, touches the axis of the earth and it [the earth] shakes: mountains, cities, towns and villages with their inhabitants are buried. The sea, rivers and clouds leave their bounds, they overflow, flood and drag with them into a whirlpool, houses and people in a number unable to be counted; it is the purification of the world from the sin it is immersed in.
In this new version of my book, which will soon be published under the title Unveiling the Apocalypse: The Final Passover of the Church, just one of the many new subjects being covered is the how the Canary Islands figured in ancient Greek mythology as the location of Elysium and the Isles of the Blessed, which were said to lie in the far west of the known world at the entrance to Hades, which also was also where the Titans were said to have been bound in the depths of Tartarus. In this updated version of Unveiling the Apocalypse, I will show in extended detail how the Book of Enoch directly bases its story of the Watchers on the Titans of Greek mythology, which in turn forms the basis of several prophecies found in the epistles of St. Peter and St. Jude, and even the Apocalypse itself. The Book of Enoch, which details how seven “burning mountains” stand at the entrance to Tartarus, can thus be used to establish that these are one and the same as the seven volcanic islands of the Canary archipelago. Given that it has already been established that the Apocalypse frequently alludes to the Book of Enoch, we can be almost certain that the “great mountain, burning with fire” being thrown into the sea in Rev 8:8 is one of the seven burning mountains described throughout the Enochian literature.
He said that “devil worship” stemmed from the so-called cult of Santa Muerte, depicted as a human corpse with all the flesh picked off the bones, and dressed like a bride for her wedding.The name means “Holy Death” – and it harks back to the days when to be sacrificed to the Aztec gods was considered the greatest honor.
“The vampire fad is something that’s very close to Satanism,” Father Fortea stated.
Edwin Juarez Palma, a 24-year-old restaurant worker, was beaten, strangled and had his neck slashed with a broken bottle by the proponents of the vampire cult during a ceremony intended to turn him into a vampire, the Sun wrote.
Police said that the young man was killed after being fooled into taking part in an initiation ceremony to become part of a satanic cult called the Sons of Baphomet 1.
Instead he was tortured after having his hands tied behind his back after one of the alleged killers persuaded the others that their victim should be sacrificed so he could return to life as a vampire. Two men and one woman, later arrested in connection with the killing, admitted that they belonged to the Sons of Bahomet 1 cult.
Police Chief Pablo Rocha said: “This crime took place during an initiation ceremony led by a satanic sect called Sons of Baphomet 1 during which the victim was supposed to become a vampire.”