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Monastery of St. Melania the Roman

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Monastery of St. Melania the Roman
Monastery information
Full nameМанастир Свете Меланије
OrderSerbian Orthodox
Established1935[1]
Dedicated toMelania the Younger (the Roman)
DioceseEparchy of Banat
People
Founder(s)Bishop Georgije Letić[1]
Site
LocationZrenjanin, Serbia
Coordinates45°23'37"N 20°24'53"E

The Monastery of St. Melania the Roman (Serbian: Манастир Свете Меланије Римљанке, Manastir Svete Melanije Rimljanke) is a Serbian Orthodox monastery located in the northeastern part of the city of Zrenjanin, in northern Serbia. It was founded in 1935 by the Bishop of Banat, Georgije Letić, built in the Byzantine ecclesiastical style. It was the first female monastery in Banat. The current bishop is Nikanor.

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  • ✪ Welcome to the New Order of the Mother of God!
  • ✪ Holy Mass before procession of Padre Pio and St. Leopold Mandic to the Vatican 5 February 2016
  • ✪ Mary’s Apparitions for the World: Amsterdam

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May Jesus and Mary be loved by all hearts! Amen! That’s the salutation with which the Blessed Mother wants the members of her new religious Order to greet one another. Actually, She only said “May Jesus be loved by all hearts!” She was too humble to mention herself, but we know how much it would please her Son to add his Mother’s name, so we decided to include Mary in the salutation. Are you gathered here because I invited you, or because a friend invited you, or because you heard about it and came of your own accord? I rather suspect that the real reason you are here right now is because Mary called you. She wants you to know about her Order. Perhaps She wants you to pray for it, or She wants you to be her instrument to tell others about it, or maybe She wants you to join the core team, the little bedrock of the House of Mary. About three years ago several women, and a few men, began gathering together on Tuesday nights to pray together, to reflect on Mary’s messages, and on the state of the world. They were meeting in the home of one of the members until they heard about the Order of the Mother of God and my calling to get it started. They immediately wanted to learn more and to become involved. From the day the House of Mary opened they’ve been behind me and around me, as we’ve been meditating together on Mary’s ideals for this new religious congregation. And now, nine months later, the idea is beginning to emerge with a form, a structure. But it’s just a baby that needs to grow taller before it can stand up and walk. It’s time to invite more people to be a part of this adventure. Scripture says that when Mary heard about something that needed to be done She “made haste.” Now that her Order is finally getting started, I am certain that She will make haste to call many persons so that the apostolate can expand rapidly. As we are in the octave of Pentecost you might prefer that I trust in the Holy Spirit and speak to you from my heart, rather than from a prepared paper. I assure you that my heart is very much in this presentation, but this Order isn’t coming from my heart. It’s coming to you, to the Church, to the world, from the Heart of Mary. I want to convey to you her desires for her Order, in an orderly manner. That’s where I easily fail. I get excited about one aspect or another and I’ll go off on this or that tangent. Ask anyone who knows me. Believe me, you’ll be glad that I’m using a carefully prepared presentation. Besides, I am thinking of the people who would like to be here, but are prohibited by other duties, so they are depending on our efforts to record this talk. I’ve been doing audios for months with a webcam microphone, but now we’re adding another microphone that will hopefully give decent sound for a video recording. So this talk is meant to introduce you to the Rule that Mary dictated to a young visionary in 1846 during an apparition at LaSalette in France. This vision was officially approved. We just celebrated the feastday of the great visionary, St. Joan of Arc who famously rescued the besieged city of Orleans in the Middle Ages. At the end of a modern war, the 137th Kansas infantry regiment helped deliver Orleans from the Nazi occupation in 1944. Subsequently, Orleans expressed their gratitude by making Wichita their sister city and gifting this city with an impressive sculpture of St. Joan, who now stands proudly in Wichita’s downtown area, in front of the library on Main Street. Joan was a prayerful but ordinary French girl, not much older than Melanie Calvat. What did they knew of politics and battles? It was through heavenly voices of St. Margaret and St. Catherine and a great vision of the Blessed Virgin that they received directions on how to get involved. Christians have been receiving help from heaven from the day Jesus ascended there. The Apostles were still gazing into heaven when two angels appeared to urge them to get going on their mission. Intervention from heaven is not the exception, for Christians, but the norm. Although most of us don’t see visions or hear voices, we all have guardian angels and patron saints who are watching out for us and inspiring us. But note carefully, these kinds of inspiration ordinarily concern some personal direction, or some local situation, or even a national crisis, as in the case of Catholic France being wrongfully occupied by Catholic England in the 1400s. The vision at LaSalette was “for the world.” You and I living in a new era of Church history which began precisely in 1830, the date on your Miraculous Medal. From that year the Mother of God began appearing in different countries all over the world with instructions for the world. As She told the little shepherds at LaSalette: “You will make this know to all the people.” Most of us grew up with the story of St. Bernadette seeing our Lady in the grotto at Lourdes or the children of Fatima seeing Mary above a small tree in Portugal. These stories are as familiar as “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” When we hear of a new apparition of Mary, it doesn’t strike us as unusual. By the way, did you hear that we can add Mary’s apparitions at Medjugorje to the list of approved apparition sites? On May 25, 2017, the Vatican-based Ruini Commission, named for Cardinal Camillo Ruini, released their report with the approval of St. Francis. They decided to split the apparitions into two time periods. They just approved the first-time period, namely the first seven apparitions at Medjugorje. The six visionaries are recognized as worthy of trust and their apparitions are approved as truly supernatural. The second time-period is still in progress since some of the visionaries, receive daily or monthly or annual messages for the world. The Church probably won’t make a decision on these apparitions until they come to an end. The point I am making, is that Marian apparitions “to the world” are so familiar to us today, that we tend to take it for granted as something quite normal, as if Mary has always done this, and always will. Not so! France received guidance through a series of heavenly messages given to St. Joan of Arc. Those messages came to an end months before Joan died, because the purpose was to guide France safely through a crisis. France obeyed and France was saved. The same thing is happening now. Mary, as Mother of the Church—and also as the New Eve, the Mother of the World—is trying to guide us safely through a world crisis. Sometimes parents will cajole their children with rewards and candy to get them to pay attention. But sometimes the parent will feel obliged to turn a child over the knee and use a few spanks to effect a reform in behavior. The apparition of LaSalette was a spank. It was a painful reproof that called out the sins of Catholics. Ouch! If you are not familiar with the apparition of LaSalette, it’s because we like to remember the candy and forget the spanks. Mary reproved the Church and the world in 1846 through the testimony of two uneducated children living 8,000 feet in the clouds of the French Alps. Although the apparitions to St. Catherine Labouré in 1830 were actually quite political in content, the main thing that trickled down to the public was the candy, the medal of the Immaculate Conception which caused so many extraordinary healings and conversions that it was dubbed the Miraculous Medal. The candy had a good effect, leading to an upswing in piety, and to deeper reflection on this privilege of Mary. Within two decades the faithful would urge the bishops to petition the Pope to make it a dogma of the Church. But serious conversion was far from satisfactory. Enough candy. Mary returned within two decades. The harsh reproofs at LaSalette stunned Europe. The Mother of God threatened famine if people kept profaning the Lord’s day and using God’s holy name in vain. Pilgrims responded by ascending the mountain on mule and on foot, carrying heavy stones in penance to build a basilica. Priests received them as they confessed their sins. The local bishop consulted the opinion of Rome. Within five years LaSalette became an approved apparition. Farmers bravely refrained from planting or harvesting on Sundays, no matter how threatening the weather or how urgent it seemed. In the big cities it became a point of honor not to shop or enter a restaurant on the Lord’s Day. St. Therese’s father, St. Louis Martin, was very attentive to LaSalette. He and his wife named one of their daughters, Melanie. In that household Sunday was so special that it was the children’s favorite day of the week. After attending Mass together, Louis led the family on long walks and, when weather was fine, their mother prepared a picnic lunch. In the evening they would read aloud from lives of the saints. During their Sunday walks they could windowshop, but Louis would not permit anyone to enter a store. If they saw something they wanted to purchase, they would return on a weekday. Lax Catholics stopped finding excuses to skip Mass on Sundays. The apparition at LaSalette was a very big deal in 19th century Europe, and everyone waited for the revelation of the secrets, because it was well-known that the Melanie and Maximin each received secrets that would be released later on. Twelve years later, in the appointed year, Melanie could not find a bishop in France who was brave enough to publish her secret. It was a wild text, full of apocalyptic imagery and bitter condemnations of the sins of priests, religious and the leaders of the world. But two exceptionally holy bishops in Italy bravely published the text, and they did so with the approval of Pope Leo XIII himself. The text caused a firestorm of protests throughout Europe. People exclaimed that Mary would never speak so harshly. “Melanie made it up. Melanie is a sick woman looking for attention.” Melanie was banished from every diocese in France which was rife with bishops who were secret Masons. She couldn’t even receive Communion in France when she went there to visit her family. She was only able to return to LaSalette, almost incognito, a couple more times in her long life, to venerate the site of the apparitions. If you think fake news is a new phenomenon in the media, then you should visit France in the 1800s. A torrent of invented lies and calumnies were published about this heroic woman who had been prepared from early childhood with visions of Jesus and Mary who groomed her, as it were, for a life of humiliation and reparation. Few people realized that she had received the stigmata at the age of ten, four years before the public apparition of the Blessed Virgin. Soon afterward Melanie was sent a cloistered Carmelite convent in England. She lived as a nun until the bishop released her so that she could make known the secret part of Mary’s message. Melanie was never concerned about her personal reputation, but very concerned to relay Mary’s message accurately to the public. She spent decades writing letters and testifying against the subsequent distortions of her original publication. The text wasn’t just being skewed by the acrimony of priests and prelates who denied the authenticity of the message because they personally didn’t want to reform their lives, it was also skewed by the indiscreet enthusiasm of Catholics published their commentaries and explanations of the symbolic aspects of the Secret. Some did not hesitate to take liberties with the text to make it suit their political interpretations. The messages of Mary at LaSalette began to drown in the deluge of sheer confusion. After all, who could be sure of what? To keep the conversation of conversion going, Mary appeared at Lourdes in 1858, causing Bernadette to call out “Penance! penance! penance!” and letting the people see the young girl in ecstasy walk back and forth on her knees in the mud and chew on nasty-tasting weeds. But who really thinks of the message of Lourdes as a call to acts of reparation for the sins of the world? Most people think of the candy, the healing waters. Very quickly, the basilica of LaSalette in the hard-to-reach Alps, was forgotten because Catholics built a nice new Marian sanctuary over the dump heap of Massabielle. The new railroad brought pilgrims and sick people from all over Europe. It’s so beautiful now that few people think about the fact that Mary was trying to tell us that heaven sees the world as a stinking garbage heap of burning trash. Do we remember that Jesus’ metaphor for hell and its “the unquenchable fire” was Gehenna, the garbage dump in the valley of Hinna outside Jerusalem where a perpetual fire burned the city’s trash? This rather lengthy introduction was to help you understand why you probably only have a vague knowledge of the apparition of LaSalette compared to other more popular sites. But I’m only going to speak right now of one segment of Mary’s message “to the world.” We have booklets on the table with a good English translation of the story and the Secrets. I’ve uploaded these texts to the website so they can either be read free online or downloaded as a PDF. Almost everything on the apparition in English is out of print, so please let your friends know these new resources. So let’s begin. The Rule of Mary for the Order of the Mother of God originates in LaSalette, but it is not the Order of LaSalette. There are already congregations of LaSalette that have been promoting the initial part of the message for over a century. But please be aware, that, until recently, these priests and Sisters rejected the Secrets of the children, saying that both Melanie and Maximin invented or altered the text because they succumbed to the temptation of sensationalizing the Secrets so as to remain in the limelight. It was one very long apparition on that long ago Saturday afternoon in September, as the bells were ringing for First Vespers of the Feast of the Sorrows of Mary. Mary spoke awhile in their native dialect about keeping the Lord’s Day holy and keeping holy the Name of the Lord. Then she began to speak in French, which neither child understood. Ten year old Maximin began to play, while “the Lady” dictated to fourteen-year Melanie a new Rule “for the latter times.” While “the Lady” spoke, Melanie saw in vision many groups of men and women, of all races, wearing the same habit and engaging in a variety of ministries. She understood that this was for a future era, not hers. The documents of the Secret were sent to Rome right away, during the tumultuous pontificate of Blessed Pope Pius IX. He told the local bishop that it would be fine for him to officially approve the apparition. When Melanie released the Secret she did not release the text of the Rule, but merely wrote that Mary had dictated a new Rule for the “Apostles of the Last Times.” When the reigning Pope, Leo XIII, read the newly released Secret, he went to archives to look for the original text. He enthusiastically called Melanie to Rome to ask her to draft Constitutions for this new Rule so as to begin a congregation for the new Order. Melanie did her best to obey, but she kept telling her confessors that it would never get off the ground in her lifetime. It was prophetic. Several groups tried to start it, but something always caused it to fall apart. Melanie died in 1904 and the Rule was forgotten by most of the world, except for sporadic curiosity among conservative French Catholics. Pope St. John Paul II urged the organization of the Vatican archives to make the documents more accessible to scholars. About the year 2000 two French priests searched through the documents of the pontificates of Popes Pius IX and Leo XIII. After ten days they opened an envelope dated 1851 which contained the original documents of LaSalette. Their publication in 2002 caused a momentary, albeit minor, sensation in France. The non-French speaking world didn’t even notice I heard nothing about it in Carmel, until the locution I experienced during Holy Week in 2010. I obtained the text from an anonymous website, which offered a Google-generated English translation. It required a nearly miraculous trip to France in 2016 to obtain an accurate translation. I met a devout elderly couple who had spent their careers teaching English and they generously and meticulously refined every sentence. There was one phrase from the 1800s that younger French Catholics would not have understood, but this couple remembered the phrase which was employed in prayers when they were children. I now own the copyright to the world’s best English translation of the Rule of the Mother of God. It’s not a long Rule, but it’s a Major Rule. A Major Rule is always a major event for the Church. History shows us that each Rule with a new religious Order was the response of the Holy Spirit to a new situation or a new crisis and it brought solutions in the form of new graces, fresh insights and a deluge of vocations to form new congregations. Who of us can doubt that the Church is undergoing a crisis today? Mary saw it coming. She’s been appearing for nearly two hundred years because Satan began bitterly attacking the Faith, the Church and the family with a long-ranged plan and the help of dedicated Freemasons. I don’t need to give you an overview. You understand very well that we’re all caught up in a cosmic conflict. Society is divided on the most basic definitions of right and wrong, truth and falsehood. Some people insist that everything is relative, that it’s all a matter of opinion and expediency. But others insist that some laws are written in nature itself and must be respected. This is a global struggle, present in every nation in the world. In the LaSalette Secret, Mary said that patriotism would die, countries would split against themselves. She predicted the rise of churches of Satan, and natural disasters throughout the earth because it would be stained with so many crimes. Then She called upon a particular group of people: I call the Apostles of the Last Times, the faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, who have lived in contempt for the world and of themselves, in poverty and humility, in contempt and in silence, in prayer and in mortification, in chastity and in union with God, in suffering and unknown to the world. It is time that they come forth and illumine the earth. Go, and show yourselves as my beloved children. I am with you and in you, provided that the Faith be the light which illuminates you in these days of woe. Let your zeal make you as if starved for the glory and honor of Jesus Christ . . . Fight, children of the light! This group of people are not new to a life of virtue. They have been praying for the conversion of the world, of their families and offering sacrifices of reparation. They consider themselves nobody special, but they stand out in Mary’s eyes because care so much. They burn with interior zeal, and Mary has had her eye on them for a long time. Thousands, indeed millions, of Catholics have consecrated themselves to her Immaculate Heart to contribute their prayers and sacrifices to Mary’s battle with Satan. Surely She has been preparing many members for her new Order. I’m already fifty-seven, with thirty-five years of religious life under my belt. If I’ve truly heard a call to get this Order off and running, forming a religious community and guiding the lay associates, it’s not going to happen forty years from now when I’m ninety-seven. It’s going to develop quickly. Circumstances brought me to Wichita after an absence of more than three decades. New friends have introduced me to their friends and now many of you are my friends. Who has drawn us together? Repeatedly in the Rule Mary designates members of the new Order of the Mother of God as “Apostles of the Last Times.” She use the plural because it is not the end of time, but rather the transition of one time (or era) to a new era. She’s referring to the end of a time when the ideals of Satan are dominating the world and the transition to a new time (a long and beautiful era) when the ideals of Jesus and Mary will dominate the world. This idea is found in many approved private revelations, in expressions like “the reign of the Immaculate Heart of Mary” or the “return of Jesus in glory” or “the Eucharistic reign of Jesus Christ.” More particularly the Apostles refers especially to priests in the Order. During the vision, Melanie saw “disciples” of the Apostles who assist the priests. She also saw laywomen who helped the Sisters of the Order and these women wore a distinctive, but smaller crucifix designating them as members even though they remain in the lay vocation that God called them to. I can’t tell you how astonished I was when I read this Rule for the first time. This is the seventh Major Rule. There are thousands of religious congregations and most of them are under the umbrella charism of the Rule of St. Albert, or that St. Basil, or St. Augustine, or St. Benedict, or St. Francis or St. Ignatius. Not one of these saints mentions lay people in their Rule. In fact, not one of them mentions nuns! The Carmelite hermits had a really hard time when women said they felt called to be Carmelites. It took the guidance of a very holy prior, Bl. John Soreth, to help the Order transition in the 1400s to include a branch of nuns. The preaching of St. Francis inspired such an appreciation of poverty that so many lay people said they wanted to live a more radical lifestyle that it basically invented the idea of a Third Order. But in the Rule of Mary, Sisters, Brothers and laity are mentioned as integral and essential to the apostolate. This text was given in 1846, but I felt like I was reading a document from Vatican II because the Council strongly proclaims that the baptized have a duty to help evangelize the world and to strive for perfection I keep using the technical expression “Major Rule” because in common language we use “rule” in a very broad sense. Religious take vows to live a regular life, unlike secular priests and laity who pronounce different kinds of vows. The Latin word regula means “rule.” You can’t even think of a Brother or a Sister unless they have promised to live according to a rule, but in point of fact nobody makes vows to live according to a Major Rule. In a few cases the very first community of followers tried to do so, but very quickly, even in the Lawgiver’s own lifetime, a more practical document was required to express the ideals of the Rule. This type of document, called constitutions, is subject to adjustment and updating as time marches through the centuries because it deals with a practical expression of the broad, great Rule. In the 1900s the Carmelite Order went through four sets of Constitutions. The seven Rules are stable, timeless documents, but so vast in scope, that it requires many different congregations to gradually unpack the graces for the Church. Melanie saw that there would be many congregations springing forth from the Order of the Mother of God. I’ve made some charts which I uploaded to our website, that offer a quick comparison of the seven Major Rules. It’s not really the apostolate that distinguishes Franciscans from Augustinians, or Carmelites from Benedictines. All the Rules have congregations that specialize in ministries to the poor or the sick or to teaching and preaching the Faith. But these congregations bring to their work the special gift peculiar to their Rule. Charism is from the Greek word meaning gift. The Franciscans steep themselves in meditation on Christ’s passion and they give to us their over-the-top example of detachment from the goods of this world. The Augustinians steep themselves in meditation on the divine wisdom, and they are able to articulate for us with special precision the teachings of Christ. St. Dominic was an Augustinian monk when he felt called to start a new congregation to deal especially with heresies that were corrupting the Faith. Certainly all religious take vows of poverty and meditate on the Passion and meditate on Scripture, but the Holy Spirit endows the congregations of one Major Rule to focus on it more precisely so that they will be a great light of example, even to the other religious Orders. When the early Lawgivers felt inspired to write a Rule and their comrades joined them, they weren’t thinking in terms of a writing a Major Rule or imagining that eventually women and lay members would be part of a great Order. The Church needed eight centuries before it could look back and notice a pattern. For awhile the Church thought it had this figured out, when St. Francis shows up in the 1200s with a totally new charism. He didn’t fit under the other four umbrellas so he was sent to the Pope who vets his inspiration as a new Major Rule. Three centuries later, the Church is torn apart by Protestantism in Europe, but suddenly discovers new lands in America and Africa and Asia that haven’t heard the Gospel. The Holy Spirit filled the heart of St. Ignatius with a new way to meet these new times. He traveled from monastery to monastery humbly trying to submit his ideal into an established mold, but his special charism also gets vetted by the reigning Pope. So by the 16th century the Church had six Rules and hundreds, or is it thousands, of congregations. For example, St. Faustina’s community and Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity are new congregations that felt inspired by Ignatius new sixth Rule. So when I read the Rule of Mary, I was overwhelmed with the obvious fact that this is a historic gift for the Church. We now have two millennia of history as our guide. The Rule of Mary offers a new charism for a new era. The initial congregation is destined to be like a “stem cell” containing the full DNA of the Rule’s charism. In due time it will acquire members who will develop it into distinct branches which specialize in particular ministries. The first obvious fresh charism of this Rule is that it’s all Mary’s. Although the Rule of St. Albert received the Brown Scapular, the Rule doesn’t mention Mary. Carmelites like to meditate on Mary of Nazareth (not Mary the Disciple), but the three great mystical doctors (Saints Teresa, John and Therese) scarcely mention her. The Order of the Mother of God will be the Marian Rule par excellence. It’s like the mystical body of Mary. It will carry her presence into the world. It will be the custodian and promulgator of Mary’s messages. And, as the only Rule to emerge from an apparition, it will have the gift and the duty to offer special guidance on how to discern between true and false revelations, of which there is a plethora in our day. After all, Jesus predicted that in the latter times there would be many false prophets. This is Rule is for the “latter times.” I want to be clear. We are now in the time dominated by Satan, but this will give way to a long and beautiful time in which the whole earth will be dominated by Jesus and Mary, and it will last until the end of the world. All winter I have been digitally collating and organizing Mary’s messages. I have been presenting these as talks. My Tuesday team has helped me refine the style. They taught me how to set up a website. I’ve been recording them and uploading to the internet as audios and YouTube. Sometimes I have to scan in old books that are long out of print. But many of her messages are only available on websites that promote some particular apparition. No one is in charge of all this. The Vatican doesn’t have a dicastery for private revelations. It’s a new phenomenon, and it’s a passing phenomenon. Mary will not go on appearing til the end of time with messages for the world. No, She is only helping us through a crisis. There is an obvious parallel with the Old Testament prophets. Almost of them were active during one brief era of Israel’s long history. They were commissioned by Yahweh to warn Israel to reform their lives lest God destroy his profaned Temple. The threats also contained a joyful promise, namely, that if there was insufficient conversion by the majority, then--after the chastisement purged his people of evildoers--God would bless a faithful remnant who would rebuild the Temple to receive the Messiah. How do you think the good Jews endured that horrible chastisement when it looked like their entire religion was decimated, the golden temple destroyed, the capital city almost burned to the ground, their leaders executed, most of their educated class deliberately liquidated by the conquering government, and the rest of the people marched off to be forced residents in a country that worshiped pagan deities and teachers their children a foreign language? It looked like the end of everything. Mary tells us in her messages that if there isn’t a dramatic conversion, the punishment will be so severe that it’s going to look like the Church is conquered and Satan is the winner. She says that it’s going to so bad that we can even imagine it. But her messages are also full of hope. We must do what the Jews did in Babylon. We must hold on to the hope during the dark times. We need to study her prophecies. The Jews could validate the prophets because the chastisements came true. Therefore they could put their trust in the good things that these same prophets promised about a restoration and a Messiah. As soon as the opportunity comes, they would be ready to go back to their demolished land and build it back it from scratch to be ready to welcome the Messiah who would save the world. How can we give people these words of hope when things get tough, unless we’ve got her words at our fingertips and on the tips of our tongues? We need to teach our friends and families so that they can teach others. Mary has said a lot over the years. But we have digital search engines. We can look up a theme, or a word and find the passage if someone says to us “you are telling me that, but did She really say that? When? Where? In what context?” Many of these Marian apparitions were published and popular for a time, but the books are out of print. They are in the public domain. We don’t have to raise money to print and distribute books. We just need to share the digital collection. But the truth is that Satan has been undermining our school system for decades. Many adults were not properly taught phonics. Reading is very challenging for them. That’s why I’ve been recording talks on Mary’s apparitions. The Order needs laypeople who know about these tools and resources and can pass them on. And Mary needs as many Catholics as possible to be knowledgeable about false prophets. Many Catholics spend money on books and waste time reading John Leary or the blogger Charlie 373 or the visionary Barnabas of Nigeria. We have to be alert to these traps of Satan which these seers have fallen into, lest others fall into the trap of false hopes and a dangerous passivity as they recite prayers dictated by fallen angels who promise to rescue them and take them to caves Furthermore Mary asks us to become very knowledgeable about the Book of Revelation and take the trouble to study her explanation of many symbols. She tells us point blank that the Apocalypse was written for this era. You and are called to live during a Biblical era. How many of our bishops or pastors were trained in the seminary to expound the Apocalypse? Virtually zero. The Church has been waiting for someone to enlighten us at the right moment. Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich was told that God would send a man to enlighten the Church about this great book of the Bible. Did we ever imagine that it would be the Blessed Virgin herself who would speak to a very, simple Italian priest in the last two decades of the twentieth century? All winter I’ve been recording and uploading a seminar called: Mary Unveils the Apocalypse. In Carmel, I had years to meditate on Fr. Gobbi’s locutions, and I received insights on the structure of the Book of Revelation as seven sets of seven. It carries the theme of a new creation week, and the seven weeks and seven years that precede the great Jubilee and the Feast of Tabernacles. This will be one of the gifts of the Order of the Mother of God, to expound for people the words of the Mother of God that will guide us through a crisis and chastisement into an unimaginably glorious era. And this Order will obey Mary who has asked in her approved apparitions, for the fifth and final Dogma. Why do we need this dogma to overcome Satan? What is it about? Are you informed? Are you working to get this theology developed and better understood? After the apparitions to St. Catherine Labouré and the Miraculous Medal of Mary conceived without sin, the laity urged the bishops and the bishops urged the pope to declare the third Dogma of the Immaculate Conception. The Church had believed in the Assumption for centuries, but it suddenly seemed important to settle this as a dogma that Catholics should believe. In 1950 Pope Pius XII declared the fourth Marian dogma. That seemed final. What else was there to day? Immediately Mary appeared in Amsterdam and began calling for a fifth dogma. The first four form a strong pedestal to uphold the massively important and theologically rich threefold Fifth Dogma. The Church has been understandably slow to declare Mary as Mediatrix of All Graces, because the theology of grace is itself so entangled. And it’s been slow to call Mary a unique Co-Redemptrix when St. Paul refers to all the baptized as “co-workers.” But the greatest hurdle for theologians is the title of Advocate-Paraclete, which has always been the prerogative of the Third Person of the Trinity. We cannot defeat Satan and bring in the new era without this dogma. This new Order will make it a priority to make this dogma understood. In the longterm the Order will use it to enrich the spiritual maturity of the People of God. But in the short term, we need to understand that this dogma will authorize Mary as the New Eve. Only then can She join her voice to the New Adam and do what the first couple failed to do in the Garden. At last, we will have a New Adam and a New Eve who will definitively cast Satan and all the evil spirits out of the earth. They will have to return to hell and not be allowed to tempt or disturb mankind. The earth will know a peace it’s never, ever known. And the cloud of obscurity that covers the truth will be lifted. Millions will want to become Christian. Mary calls this new Order a missionary Order because its members will help instruct millions of people. How much work there is to do! How many hands are needed! Society has to be permeated by holiness in all strata, in the priesthood, in the religious life and in the lay state. Mary needs her workers everywhere. Ultimately this Order will challenge every baptized person to live to perfection his vocation, reaching the highest level of union with God so that the earth will be filled with saints who emulate the holiness of Mary and her dear spouse St. Joseph. Are you starting to feel excited? Do you understand that when thousands of lay people followed St. Francis, the lazy and materialistic and corrupt Christianity that was dominating the Middle Ages, was permeated with a new spirit of holiness that made it embarrassing not to be holy? Do you know the history of the fall of the Roman empire when the Italian peninsula was reverting to chaos and unrest and confusion, and God raised up the quiet and measured Rule of Benedict to infuse all of Europe, much of which was still pagan, with a model of Gospel living that transformed the continent into Christendom, and from Christendom the light spread through the world? Do you understand that this Rule of Mary is destined to be a new leaven in the world to raise it up when Satan is beating it down to horrible degradation? If you feel enkindled, then it is Mary who is inflaming you, She who is the Spouse of the fiery Holy Spirit. Let yourself be heated up and lighted up so that She can use you to bring Jesus’ desire finally to fruition. Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required; and of him to whom men commit much they will demand the more. I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled! [Lk 12:48-9] We have received much. We are rich in Faith. We have an obligation to share the joy of the Gospel. God bless you!

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  1. ^ a b Sava 1996, Srpski jerarsi: od devetog do dvadesetog veka, p. 121:

    Својим личним сред- ствима подигао је у Петровграду (данас Зрењанин) женски манастир Свете Меланије. Од свога оца, српског православног вероисповедног учитеља, епископ Георгије наследио је љубав према школи и ...

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