By Bob and Penny Lord
Morrilton, AR, U.S.A.
joseph at bobandpennylord com
Copyright © 2010 Bob and Penny Lord's Site
Why another story on Our Lady?
Why another story on Mother Mary? Our question is, Why not another story on Mary? Where is our greatest hope? Where have been our greatest victories?
Who really loves you? Who will take care of you if you but reach out and ask for help? If you want to know how much Our Lady loves you, and is there for you, read the chapters of this book. Meditate on them. Think about what your needs are. Ask for them. Don't just think about them;
get down on your knees and plead for them! Mother Mary is there for you.
She listens to you. She has great Friends in high places. If anyone can do it, She can. If anyone will do it, She will.
What this story and our first story on Mother Mary have been saying is simply, when Her children are in danger, Mother Mary, great and loving Mother that She is, comes to give us hope, to protect us from the enemy,
to save us. Read the Apparitions in our first book on Mary; you will see Mother Mary comes at the most crucial times in our lives.
For example in Mexico City (Tepeyac Hill), in 1531, Our Lady of Guadalupe came, averted holocaust, stopped the merciless sacrifices of innocents to a blood-thirsty pagan god, and created Family.
In Paris, in 1830, She came to a little postulant and gave her and us hope for the world - "Come to the foot of the Altar, great graces will be poured out to those who ask for them."
In La Salette, in 1846, She wept and prophesied what disaster would come to pass if we did not convert.
In Lourdes, in 1858, Mother Mary came and introduced Herself as the Immaculate Conception, affirming Her son - Blessed Pope Pius IX - and his dogma of the Immaculate Conception, which dispelled the heresy of Pantheism.
In Pontmain, in 1871, She came and ended the Franco-Prussian War; She gave us hope.
In Knock, in 1879, although She said nothing, She spoke volumes: Protect the Eucharist. If you destroy the Eucharist; you destroy the Church. Protect the Word, which is in danger. If you destroy the Word, you destroy the Church. Protect the family; if you destroy the family, you destroy the Church, you destroy the world.
In Fatima, in 1917, Our Lady warned that unless we convert, Russia would take over the world. And but for Her precious son, Pope John Paul II,
this growling bear would have done just that. In Fatima, She warned us that unless we change, many souls would be lost; and that unless we pray and sacrifice many would go to hell. Did we listen?
Our Lady, 16 years after Fatima, appeared in Belgium and again warned us. Did we listen? Do we listen?
Mother Mary went to Belgium and warned us; and in less than a month, the path to total world domination was paved. The world had not listened to Mother Mary and the table of contents of the devil's book to hell was getting near full. Hitler became chancellor to Germany and began his conquest or scorch campaign. World War I was supposed to be the war to end all wars, and here it was, and another World War was on the horizon. World War II was upon us, before we knew it. Everything moved so fast. People were not praying, not yet. They thought the answer was accommodation and compromise. Powerful countries compromised smaller nations. After all,
it was not them. The enemy was not threatening them. All of a sudden,
it was their turn. Did we then go down on our knees?
When the Lord comes, people will be so busy running to the malls, trying to buy up happiness, they will miss Him and His salvation completely.
Is that why Mother Mary keeps on appearing? In our last book on Mary,
we traced these circumstances that weave a pattern of salvation if heeded or destruction if not. We didn't listen!
In this story, we are tracing, once again, the many times Our Lady has always come in dire times. We have come close to holocaust once again.
My father was a student of ancient history. He told his children that sadly no one learns from history and keeps on repeating it - the ancient becoming the modern. Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.
Our Lady has been appearing and appearing, begging us to return to Jesus and His Church. Are we listening?
What can we do?
More than anyone on earth, our Pope understands the seriousness and gravity of the crisis in the world. Having lived through one of the most tragic World Wars in the history of mankind, and then domination by a godless despot, our Pope knows the only way to peace is on our knees, pleading with Our Lord to intervene with the Father.
There is no doubt that the enemy of God is lining up all his troops in a last desperate attempt to drag all God's children to hell, to burn with him through all eternity. But he has powerful adversaries to stop him from accomplishing his deadly plan: Mother Mary and Her Pope John Paul II.
Knowing more than he dare disclose, a Pope has once more come to the front line and asked the world to pray the Rosary. And if we do what he says,
victory will be ours, war will be averted and violence will cease. Then,
perhaps, at long last, all who inhabit the earth,
".... shall beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks; One nation shall not raise its sword against another,
nor shall they train for war again." And only then, "....the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; The calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to lead them."
Why did the Pope declare 2003 the Year of the Rosary? It is time for us to get down on our knees and, as they did in the Philippines in 1987,
fight fire with the Rosary and petitions to the Mother of God, Mary Most Holy.
Mothers don't want war! Mary is foremost our Mother and the Mother of all mankind. Jesus gave Her to us all, at the foot of the Cross. She weeps when She sees Her children slaughtered.
Can change come about? There has been more than one holocaust threatening God's children - the slaughter of the innocents. More Americans have been killed in the abortion clinics than in all the wars we have fought, combined!
At a given point early in 1993, it seemed as if the plight of the unborn was a lost cause. How would we explain this to our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren? Would they be able to make any sense out of not invaders, but mothers killing their own flesh and blood? What would we say?
But then, when all reason had failed, and it seemed as if the senseless,
horrible murder of the unborn would never end, a few people went and prayed the Rosary outside of abortion clinics, and slowly but surely, change came about. The Pro-choice contingency has complained bitterly that there are fewer and fewer abortions being performed each year. What did we do?
We turned to Mother Mary. What can we do now? Turn to Mary.
So we come back to the question we posed at the very beginning of this chapter. Why another story on Mary? After reading what we have just said to you, it should be very obvious. Remember Who you're appealing to. Mary has been with us, since the time of Genesis, when God planned our redemption through the Fiat of a Woman. Even as one woman was sinning, causing God to close the Gates of Heaven, God had in His Mind the Woman He would use to open them once again. In God's Eye, She was there for us then; She's here for us now; She will always be for us.
Read on and learn what Mother Mary is saying to you. Pick up your Rosary and meditate on the Life of Jesus and Mary. All the Saints read holy books and then made decisions. Our Popes have all done the same. Tolle Lege (St. Augustine).- Take and read! The Lord will speak to your hearts through His Mother.
Listen to Her! We love you.
Bob and Penny Lord are renowned Catholic authors and television hosts on EWTN, Global Catholic television. They are prolific writers about the Catholic faith, especially the Saints for which they have been dubbed "experts on the Catholic Faith." For more information about the Many Faces of Mary go to http://www.bobandpennylord.com/mfom.htm
Published in March 2010.
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