In 1830 the secret of the Immaculate Conception medal was unveiled to the world by our Blessed Mother in Paris France.
In 1846 Our Lady appeared in France again. This time in LaSallete to give Melanie a Secret, a warning to the church, and the definition of a new Order in that church. The new Order is to be a help to Christians through the darkness of our present times.
On the 18th of September , the eve of the holy apparition of the Holy Virgin, I was alone, as usual, watching over my master’s cows. Around eleven o’clock in the morning, I saw a small boy walking towards me. I took fright at this, for it seemed to me that everyone ought to know that I avoided company of all kinds. This boy came to me and said: “Little girl, I’m coming with you. I’m from Corps, too.”Melanie of LaSalette
The two seers of LaSalette are a young boy, Maximin, and a young lady, Melanie. From the description above you can tell that Melanie is somewhat of an introvert and liked to be alone. A life long friendship started that day and the apparition that happened the following day would change their lives forever.
Renew your consecration to my Immaculate Heart. You are mine; you belong to me. At every moment you must be just as I would have you be; at every moment you must do just what I would have you do. Do not be afraid. I will always be near you! I am now preparing you for great things, but little by little as a mother does with her child… Look at neither the newspapers nor television; remain ever close to my Heart in prayer. Nothing else should be of interest or importance to you save living with me, and for me. The Marian Movement of Priests is now born, but it is so frail and small that, in order to grow, it has need of much prayer. You must live only for this. You will find relish and consolation in nothing else.Marian Movement of Priests, Messages 1-2, July 7-8, 1973
Those were the words that Father Stefano Gobbi recorded when given the mission to start the Marian Movement of Priests. That movement still exists today and continues with a primary focus on the Prayer Cenacles Our Mother asked that all priests, and all families participate in during these final years of the battle of this present darkness.
This battle is not between flesh and blood “but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness.” Ephesians 6:12
“Come Holy Spirit, come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, your wellbeloved Spouse.” (3x)
May is the month of Mary and our Catholic Study Session this week takes us into two organizations that our Blessed Mother has asked to be prepared for the final days. It is not the final days of the Earth but a transition between one Church age and another. The next church age will be peaceful, prosperous, and more will be living the Will of God in their lives than at any other time in the past 2,000 years. Clearly to get to that point from where we are today could possibly take a divine intervention, but either way, these organizations were destined to be a part of these times.
We start our research today with a study of what happened in LaSalette France during the 1840s. The full account can be found at https://houseofmaryomd.org. When the lady first appeared she said to Maximin and Melanie, “Come, my children, fear not, I am here to proclaim to you great news!” Melanie recounts that the soft and sweet words encouraged her get closer to the Lady, in front of her and to the right. The Lady began to speak, and from her beautiful eyes tears also started to flow and She continued to weep all the time that She spoke: “If my people do not wish to submit themselves, I will be compelled to let go of the hand of my Son. It is so heavy and weighs me down so much I can no longer keep hold of it. For how long a time I have suffered for the rest of you? If I do not wish my Son to abandon you, I must take it upon myself to entreat Him incessantly. And the rest of you, you think little of this. No matter how much you pray, how much you do, you will never be able to repay the suffering I have taken on for you. Those who drive carts cannot speak without putting the name of my Son in the middle. If the harvest is spoiled, it is because of the rest of you. I made you see this last year with the potatoes. You took little account of this. On the contrary, when you found spoiled potatoes, you cursed, and you included the name of my Son. They will continue to go bad; by Christmas there will be none left. If you have wheat, don’t sow it. Whatever you sow, the beasts will eat it, and whatever comes up will fall to dust when you thresh it. A great famine will come. Before the famine comes, children under the age of seven will begin to tremble, and will die in the arms of those who hold them; others will do penance through hunger. The nuts will go bad; the grapes will rot.” Melanie records in her diary, “At this point I was enthralled with the Lady’s beauty, I ceased to hear her for a time: nevertheless, I saw that she continued to move her lovely lips, as though speaking. Maximin was receiving his Secret.”
In the secret to Maximin the Lady says, “France has corrupted the universe; one day she will be punished. The Faith will die out in France: three quarters of France will not practice religion anymore, or almost none, the other part will practice it without really practicing it. Then, after [that], nations will convert; the Faith will be rekindled everywhere. A great nation, north of Europe, now Protestant, will be converted; by the support of this nation all the other nations of the world will be converted. Before all that happens, great troubles will arise in the Church, and everywhere. Then, after, our Holy Father the Pope will be persecuted. His successor will be a pontiff that nobody expects. Then, after, a great peace will come, but it will not last long. A beast will come to disturb it.”
Both Maximin and Melanie received secrets from the Lady. When the secret was given to Melanie it contained a stipulation: “Melanie, what I am about to tell you now will not always be secret. You can publish it in 58. The priests, ministers of my Son, the priests by their wicked manner of life, by their irreverence and impiety in celebrating the Holy Mysteries, by their love of money, love of honor and pleasures, priests have become cesspools of impurity. Yes, the sins of priests cry out for vengeance, and vengeance looms over their heads. Woe to those priests and persons consecrated to God, who by their infidelity and wicked lives, are crucifying my Son again!”
It is not certain whether the Lady is referring to priests at that time or in a future generation. Either way, this secret was not well received and many scoffed as if it was just made up by this simple shepherd girl. The Lady does refer to something that rings true today “God will permit the old serpent to cause strife among the rulers, among all social bodies, and in every family. There will be physical and moral suffering. God will leave people to themselves and will send chastisements that will succeed one after another for more than thirty-five years. Italy will be punished for her ambition in wanting to shake off the yoke of the Lord of lords; hence she will be handed over to war; blood will flow on all sides, churches will be closed or desecrated; priests and religious will be driven out; they will be put to death, and to a cruel death. Some will abandon the Faith, and the number of priests and religious who will separate from the true religion will be enormous; among these there will even be bishops. Let the Pope beware of those who perform marvels, for the time will come when the most astounding prodigies will take place on the ground and in the air. Woe to the princes of the Church who will be busy only to pile riches upon riches, to preserve their authority and to dominate with pride. The Vicar of my Son will have much to suffer, because for a time the Church will be severely persecuted; this will be the time of darkness; the Church will undergo a harrowing crisis. Civil rulers will all have the same design, which will be to abolish and eliminate all religious principles, so as to make room for materialism, atheism, spiritism, and all kinds of vices. At the first stroke of his lightening sword, the mountains and all of nature will tremble with terror, because the lawlessness and the crimes of men will have pierced the vault of heaven. Paris will be burned and Marseilles engulfed; several great cities will be shaken and engulfed by earthquakes; it will be believed that all is lost; only homicides will be seen, only the sound of weapons and blasphemy will be heard. The righteous will suffer much; their prayers, their penance, and their tears will mount to heaven, and all the people of God will ask pardon and mercy, and will ask for my help and intercession. Then Jesus Christ by an act of his justice and his great mercy for the righteous, will command his Angels to put all his enemies to death. Suddenly, all the persecutors of the Church of Jesus Christ and all men given to sin will perish, and the earth will become like a desert. Then there will be peace, reconciliation between God and men; Jesus Christ will be served, adored and glorified; charity will blossom everywhere. The new kings will be the right arm of the Holy Church, which will be strong, humble, pious, poor, zealous, imitating the virtues of Jesus Christ. The Gospel will be preached everywhere, and mankind will make great progress in the Faith, because there will be unity among the workers of Jesus Christ, and men will live in the fear of God.“
Put yourself in the shoes of these two shepherd children. What would you be thinking now? I’ve only included a snippet of what the Lady said, and the full account can be found at https://houseofmaryomd.org.
After giving Melanie the secret, the Lady continues with “Melanie, what I am going to say to you now will not be a secret. This is the Rule that you will make my daughters, who will be here when the Rule will be approved by the superiors, follow exactly. My Missionaries will follow the same Rule. The members of this Order of the Mother of God will love God above all things and their neighbor as themselves for the pure love of God…“
And so the Rule is described in great detail and the religious included in this order are required to be humble, subservient, unbounded charity, and bear the suffering of everyone. After Melanie receives the Rule she records these thoughts: “While the Most Holy Virgin was giving me the Rules and speaking about the Apostles of the Last Times, I saw an immense plain, dotted with small hills. My eyes could see everything. I do not know if I saw with my bodily eyes. But it would be closer to the truth if I said that I saw the world beneath me, so that I saw the whole universe and its inhabitants, going about their business, each according to his or her state (not always out of justice, but mainly out of ambition. And by a just chastisement from God, they were at war with themselves). I saw the Apostles of the Last Times in their habit. They had a [black] cassock, not very fine, with fasteners instead of buttons, on the [hooded, pilgrim] cape as well as the cassock. Their hats were rather rough, with [three] well-formed corners. In other places, I saw Disciples of the Apostles of the Last Times. I understood quite clearly that these gentlemen, that I have called the Disciples, were part of the Order. These were unattached men, young people who did not feel themselves called to the priesthood, yet wanted to embrace a Christian life, achieve their salvation by accompanying the Fathers on some of their missions and working with all their might for their own sanctification and for the salvation of souls. They were very holy and very zealous for the glory of God. These Disciples were at the side of the sick who did not wish to confess their sins; and at the side of the poor, the wounded, in attendance at meetings, in prisons, with sects, etc., etc. I even saw some of them eating and drinking with the impious and those who did not wish to hear about God or priests. And these terrestrial angels endeavored, by all imaginable means, to speak to them and lead them to God, and save these poor souls, each one of whom has been redeemed by the Blood of Jesus Christ, who is madly in love with us. Oh! If I could die not once, but a thousand times a day, to win souls for our good Lord! Oh, love, love. I saw that the Sisters were fully occupied in all sorts of spiritual and corporal works, and, like the Missionaries, spread across the earth. With them there were women and girls filled with zeal, who helped the religious carry out their works. These widows and girls were persons who did not wish to bind themselves by religious vows, but desired to serve the Good God, to work out their salvation, and to lead a life apart from the world.”
This Rule will include both religious “Apostles” and laity “Disciples”.
Thus is the goal of Sister Anne, “To Promote the Rule of Mary.”
Sister Anne has lay members, Theotokans, who help promote the Rule by recording the messages received from various credible and approved apparitions. Their introduction for what happened in Milan Italy is
For twenty-five years, from 1973-1997, an Italian priest named Father Stefano Gobbi said that he received locutions from the Blessed Mother. In these messages She spoke of our times and reiterated the requests she made at Fatima. Although her messages are for everyone, in these messages She particularly asks priests for greater holiness, and to be more active in promoting consecration to her Immaculate Heart. Fr. Gobbi’s spiritual director urged him to write down the messages that came to him. In due time they were published with multiple imprimaturs as thousands of priests, bishops and cardinals eagerly asked for translations in many languages.
The worldwide membership of the M.M.P. now numbers at least 400 cardinals and bishops, more than 100,000 priests, and millions of religious and faithful around the world. They hold weekly prayer cenacles that include praying the Rosary and reading an applicable passage from the Book inspired by the Lady and Fr. Gobbi’s Spiritual Director.
In the early messages, Mother Mary makes it clear the Marian Movement of Priests are the Apostles of the last times and are there to “pray without ceasing.” Above all, though, Mother Mary wants to explain the Word made Flesh in her maternal womb.
Do not let your heart be troubled. Have confidence in Jesus, risen and ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He has already prepared a place for each one of you.
Beloved sons, have confidence also in your heavenly Mother. My plan is enclosed within the Heart of the Blessed Trinity.
I am the Virgin of Revelation. In me, the masterpiece of the Father is realized in such a perfect manner, that He can shed on me the light of his predilection. The Word assumes his human nature in my virginal womb, and thus can come to you by means of my true function as Mother. The Holy Spirit draws me, like a magnet, into the depths of the life of love between the Father and the Son, and I become interiorly transformed and so assimilated to Him as to be his Spouse.
Through me, the great plan hidden in the very mystery of God is made manifest. My Son Jesus is the manifestation of this mystery. In Him alone dwells the fullness of the divinity. Through Him, all humanity is led back to full communion with the divine nature itself. Only with Him, can the great plan of the Father be accomplished. Have confidence, beloved sons! In these present times, so dense with darkness and threats, look to your heavenly Mother. I will reveal to your souls the secret of the Word, become flesh in my maternal womb.
I will bring you to the full understanding of Sacred Scripture. Above all, I will read to you the pages of its last book, which you are living. In it, everything is already predicted, even that which must still come to pass. The battle to which I am calling you is clearly described, and my great victory is foretold. For this reason, I repeat: do not fear; have confidence! In my Immaculate Heart, you will experience the joy and the peace that, even today, my risen Son gives to all of you.MMP Message 198: Have Confidence – April 24, 1980
Mother Mary is preparing the priests to understand the full extent of the Book of Revelation so that they can see and interpret for the rest of God’s people the events unfolding in the world today. But, the real thrust for families that have a heart for the Lord, is to engage in the battle through prayer cenacles.
This decisive time of the purification and the great tribulation is the time of the Holy Spirit. And so I renew again today my invitation to multiply the cenacles of prayer, which I have asked for, with such motherly insistence. Let these cenacles be spread among the priests, my beloved sons. Surrender to me your concerns and your many occupations. Do not give in to the easy seductions of the world. Return to the spirit of simplicity, of humility, of littleness. Recollect yourselves in prayer in the cenacle of my Immaculate Heart, and then you will be able to see, with your own eyes, the wonder of the second Pentecost.
Let children come together in cenacles, because their innocent prayer, united to mine, has today a great power of intercession and reparation. From how many evils you have already been spared, because of the prayer of these little children of mine!
I want to gather young people together in cenacles, so that they may experience my motherly presence, the presence of a Mother who loves them, protects them from the great dangers to which they are exposed, and who leads them with gentle firmness, along the road of goodness, of love, of purity and of holiness.
The cenacles which I have asked of families are a precious gift to them, so that in them they may experience the joy of my presence, the comfort of my assistance, and the help offered against the grave evils which threaten their very existence. In these cenacles, the Holy Spirit will come down to lead you to the second Pentecost.
It is necessary, above all in these last times, that the Church and all humanity be transformed into a continuous cenacle of prayer, made with me and through me. Then the Holy Spirit will come down as a comfort upon the mourning of your days, in which the great trial has already come.
Amidst the mourning of a humanity without God, there will come down the comfort of the Holy Spirit, who will lead the whole world to the perfect glorification of the Heavenly Father, bringing about a new marriage of love between a renewed humanity and its Lord who has created, redeemed and saved it.
Amidst the mourning of a divided, darkened and wounded Church, there will be felt the comfort of the Holy Spirit, who will clothe it with fortitude and wisdom, with grace and holiness, and with love and light, in such a way that it may give its full witness to Jesus, living in it until the end of the world.
Amidst the mourning of souls, made slaves of Satan, immersed in the shadow of sin and death, there will alight the comfort of the Holy Spirit, who will give the light of the presence of God, the life of divine grace, and the fire of love, so that in them the Most Holy and Divine Trinity will be able to take up its permanent dwelling.
Amidst the mourning of the great trial, there will come down the comfort of the divine presence of the Spirit of the Lord, who will lead you to live — with confidence, courage, hope, serenity and love — through the events, which are awaiting you.
Then, in the midst of fire, you will feel his refreshment; in the cold, his heat; in the darkness, his light; in mourning, his comfort; in fear, his courage; in weakness, his strength; in great suffering, his divine solace. And so today, I invite you to unite your prayer to mine, so that the Spirit of the Lord may come down upon you, with all his gifts.
Come, O Holy Spirit.Come, and change the face of the earth. Come, quickly. Come, in these last times. Come, now that the great trial has arrived. Come, and bring us your second Pentecost, so that our eyes may see your greatest miracle, that of the new heavens and new earth.MMP Message 496: Comfort Amidst Mourning – May 30, 1993
The international director of the organization releases yearly letters. The one released just a few days ago includes this:
“The glorious reign of Christ will coincide with the triumph of the Eucharistic reign of Jesus, because in a purified and sanctified world, completely renewed by love, Jesus will be made manifest, above all, in the mystery of his Eucharistic presence. The Eucharist will be the source from which will burst forth all his divine power, and it will become the new sun, which will shed its bright rays in hearts and souls and then in the life of individuals, families and nations, making of all one single flock, docile and meek, whose sole shepherd will be Jesus. Your heavenly Mother is leading you on toward these new heavens and this new earth, the Mother who is gathering you today from every part of the world, to prepare you to receive the Lord who is coming”505 j-l, November 21, 1993
The Eucharistic reign is also discussed in message 421:
Thus the Eucharist becomes a sign of Jesus who, still today, loves you to the end, because He is leading you to the end of these times of yours, to introduce you into the new era of holiness and of grace, toward which you are all journeying and which will begin at the moment when Jesus will have restored his glorious reign in your midst.MMP messge 421: He Loved Them to the End – April 12, 1990
To make it through this present crisis into the glorious Eucharistic reign of Christ, His Mother requests prayer cenacles. She is a loving mother and She has been shown the truth through Her wellbeloved Spouse, the Holy Spirit. She has been appointed the General to lead us through this battle with the evil one and bring the renewed church into the Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart and the Eucharistic Reign of Jesus.