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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Our Lady of America - The Time Has Come


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Regular readers of this blog know 'The Catholic Knight' is an American patriot, but at the same time I am (like so many others) frustrated with the things going on in our government, and the nation in general. In previous articles I have been highly critical of our nation's government and the emerging culture of death across the United States. Were I not a patriot, these things wouldn't bother me so much.

Statue of Our Lady of America
Because of our collective national sins (greed, sexual immorality, divorce, abortion, euthanasia and homosexuality), the United States of America is about to endure it's greatest trial since the Civil War (1861-1865). This trial will be economic in nature, but will likely have both political and social fallout. As an American, I cannot remain silent at this time, nor is criticism of my nation's problems enough to satisfy the needs of my country. I must point to a solution, and now more than ever, the time has come for Our Lady of America.

I am calling upon all Catholic Americans first, but secondly I am calling upon our Protestant friends of good will. Our time of division is quickly coming to an end. Our nation is falling, and the divisions between us have only aided it's destruction. In ancient times, according to the Old Testament, Jewish kings always placed their mothers at their sides as their queens. They may have had one wife or more, but none of these were placed beside them as queen. That honor was always reserved for the Jewish king's mother. Jesus Christ is Jewish, and the New Testament tells us he is not only the King of the Jews but also the King of kings. Therefore, if you believe in the Bible, regardless if you are Catholic or Protestant, you have to acknowledge one thing about Mary. According to Jewish tradition, she is the Queen alongside King Jesus, and that makes her not only Queen of the Jewish people, but Queen of every nation in the world. Jesus is the King of kings, and so that makes her the Queen of kings. If Jesus Christ is the King of America than Mary is the Queen of America. To deny Mary's queenship is to either deny the kingship of Jesus Christ or else deny his Jewish heritage. I assert again, citing Biblical precedence, Mary is the Queen of the United States of America, and of the whole world, and I defy anyone to prove me wrong using the Bible.

Sister Mildred Mary Neuzil
This one thing Catholic and Protestant Americans should be able to agree on, if indeed pride does not get in our way, and after all is said and done, it is both personal and national pride that has brought our nation to the economic brink. In the midsts of the political and social upheaval that shall soon follow the complete and total economic collapse, this one thing we must remember. Jesus is our King and Mary is our Queen. This is the Royal Family of the United States of America. Our government is to be subservient to "We The People" and "We The People" are to be subservient to our King and Queen.

The time has come for Our Lady of America to take center stage in the drama of our national history. In 1956 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared in a vision to Sister Mildred Mary Neuzil in Rome City, Indiana. She appeared as Our Lady of Lourdes, drawing Sister Mildred's attention to that 19th century apparition in France wherein Our Lady revealed herself as the Immaculate Conception. (The United States was dedicated to the patronage of the Immaculate Conception in 1847, a full eight years before that doctrine was defined as infallible Catholic dogma by Pope Pius IX). In Sister Mildred's vision Our Lady said...
"I am pleased, my child, with the love and honor my children in America give to me, especially through my glorious and unique privilege of the Immaculate Conception. I promise to reward their love by working through the power of my Son's Heart and my Immaculate Heart miracles of grace among them. I do not promise miracles of the body, but of the soul. For it is mainly through these miracles of grace that the Holy Trinity is glorified among men and nations. Let America continue and grow in its love for me, and I in return, in union with the Heart of my Son, promise to work wonders in her. My child, I desire that this be known."
Of course with any Marian apparition there is almost always a message. What does Our Lady want of us? Why did she come? What is the message she's carrying to us from God? For the people of the United States, for all Catholic Americans, and for all Christian Americans in general, her message is one that cannot be argued, as it is in perfect alignment with the gospels. Our Lady calls us to live lives of purity and trust. Sister Mildred related the message given to her for our benefit as follows....
"I am Our Lady of America. I desire that my children honor me, especially by the purity of their lives."

“My child, I entrust you with this message that you must make known to my children in America. I wish it to be the country dedicated to my purity. The wonders I will work will be the wonders of the Soul. They must have faith and believe firmly in my love for them. I desire that they be the children of my Pure Heart. I desire, through my children of America, to further the cause of faith and purity among peoples and nations. Let them come to me with confidence and simplicity, and I, their Mother, will teach them to become pure like to my Heart that their own hearts may be more pleasing to the Heart of my Son.
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In this visitation the Blessed Virgin Mary asked for no shrines to be built in her honor as Our Lady of America, but instead that a statue of her image be placed in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC, where she may be venerated as Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin. As she told Sister Mildred: "I desire to make the whole of America my shrine by making every heart accessible to the love of my Son." She continued....
"Behold, O my children, the tears of your Mother! Shall I weep in vain? Assuage the sorrow of my Heart over the ingratitude of sinful men by the love and chasteness of your lives. Will you do this for me, beloved children, or will you allow your Mother to weep in vain? I come to you, O children of America, as a last resort. I plead with you to listen to my voice. Cleanse your souls in the Precious Blood of My Son. Live in His Heart, and take me in that I may teach you to live in great purity of heart which is so pleasing to God. Be my army of chaste soldiers, ready to fight to the death to preserve the purity of your souls. I am the Immaculate One, Patroness of your land. Be my faithful children as I have been your faithful Mother."
Sister Mildred's Drawing
of Our Lady of America
Of course much more was said to the visionary Sister Mildred, not only by Our Lady, but by St. Joseph, St. Michael and Our Lord himself. Now we have heard of similar types of visions coming to other approved seers in the Church, such as Sister Faustina Kowalska, now a canonized saint and promoter of the popular devotion to the Divine Mercy. Likewise, the vision of Sister Mildred Mary Neuzil has received very high recognition and local approval in the Catholic Church. The devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of "Our Lady of America" enjoys complete canonical approval through former Archbishop of Cincinnati Ohio, the late Paul Francis Leibold. This approval of the late Archbishop Leibold was confirmed by Cardinal Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, while he was the Archbishop of St. Louis Missouri. The text of his review can be read here. Sadly, the message of the vision has come under attack in recent years, and controversy has erupted among different parties promoting the devotion, but in spite of that, Cardinal Burke reminds us it is a very beautiful devotion and especially fitting for our time.  We must remember that such controversies are often spawned by devils in a vain attempt to frustrate the work of our Lord and Lady.  Therefore, we should not let such petty controversies inhibit our devotion to the message of Our Lady given to Sister Mildred Mary Neuzil.

The following interview with Cardinal Burke, from "Inside the Vatican," will help shed some light on the matter....
Cardinal Raymond Burke
Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura

"I think it is a very beautiful devotion and
especially fitting for our time."
Question: Some devotees of Our Lady of America, are rather critical of the letter you wrote when you were Archbishop of St. Louis, claiming that the devotion had now been approved. They say that because Sister Mary Ephrem Neuzil (the seer who initiated and encouraged this devotion until her death in the year 2000) came from Ohio, it was not within your authority to write the letter?

Burke: I was simply asked to give a canonical opinion as to whether the devotion had ever been properly recognized. It was perfectly proper to ask me to write the letter because I have a certain knowledge of canon law and was provided all of the necessary documentation to reach a conclusion about the question of the approval of the devotion. After studying the documentation, I was able to write the letter. The letter was sent to my brother Bishops in the United States; it was not written to a wide audience. Before sending the letter, I sent a draft of it to the Archbishop of Cincinnati and the Bishop of Toledo, in whose jurisdiction Sister Mary Ephrem lived a good part of her religious life.

So what the letter simply says is that, yes, Archbishop Paul Leibold [a previous archbishop of Cincinnati] knew of this devotion from its beginning, when he was a priest, and eventually approved it.

I am sad there are these divisions in regard to the devotion, because I think it is a very beautiful devotion and especially fitting for our time. Our Lady’s message on the living of the Holy Trinity within us, and its manifestation in the purity of the young is so much needed in our culture, today.

I was not in a position to approve anything. You can criticize me for many things, but what I did in writing the letter was correct.

Question: Well because of the position you have now in Rome, can you expedite Mary’s request to have the statue of Our Lady of America enshrined at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC?

Burke: No, there is nothing I can do here. That decision entirely rests with the competent bishops in the United States.

source
The apparition came to Sister Mildred at a time when America still exhibited social inhibitions against sexual impurity. Little did Sister Mildred know that in just ten years time, the United States of America would be completely transformed by the "sexual revolution" into a nation that glorifies and celebrates impurity and sexual license.

Statue of
Our Lady of America
Much of what we know today as the "sexual revolution" was spawned by communist infiltrators into the Western world. The writings of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels demonstrate this, as it was Engels in particular who theorized that sexual license, the "liberation" of women from marriage, and the destruction of the traditional family, would help to usher in the socialist utopia of the communist state. Certainly it is reasonable to theorize that Soviet moles into Western colleges and the entertainment industry likely played a role in bringing about the "sexual revolution" in the Western world. The United States was in no way immune from this, but quite to the contrary, we succumbed to it easily. Just as Engels theorized, with rampant impurity came calls for greater socialist entitlement programs, big government, and massive federal spending. All of this was the precursor to our current economic woes.

The message of Our Lady of America is just as relevant today as it was in 1956, if not a thousand times more so. The source of America's greatest sins is our sexual impurity. It leads to everything from fornication, to adultery, to divorce, to artificial contraception, to abortion, to homosexuality, to child molestation, to socialism, to massive government debt and economic insecurity. Everything Our Lady of America said was true, and now we are about to pay the worst price our nation has paid in a hundred and fifty years.

However, all is not lost. As frustrated as I am with our current government, and as much as I believe every state retains to right to secede and become it's own country, I am absolutely convicted that the United States of America MUST be saved and preserved in it's current borders! Catholic Americans should learn and adhere to the message of Our Lady of America, and each of us must challenge our bishops to bring the message of this devotion to the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Washington DC, fulfilling Our Lady's request to Sister Mildred. With this our nation will see the BEGINNING of healing.

Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Washington DC, USA
For our Protestant brethren who may be reading this I only wish to say the following. I know that you have difficulty understanding Catholic devotion to Mary, and as a former Protestant myself I do not fault you for this. While I would like to encourage you to try to research and understand the nature of this devotion, I will not ask you to accept it at this time. Rather, I will ask you to consider the message of this devotion for sexual purity and total dedication to Jesus Christ. This is what Our Lady requested of us in the vision to Sister Mildred. That request for sexual purity in Jesus Christ is something that I know you cannot argue with. So in this one thing we can be unified. This is one thing you can support in our devotion to Mary, though you may disagree with the object of our devotion herself. Our nation is dying, along with our current way of life, and we all know the reason why. Let us unite together in Christ for it's renewal and rebirth by trusting Jesus Christ and living lives of sexual purity.

To my Catholic brethren, the time for waiting is over. The message of Our Lady of America MUST be heard, and it MUST be heeded. You can learn more about this vision here: OurLadyOfAmerica.com

4 comments:

Siobhan said...

Our Dear Queen and Mother! Please make this happen. We are in desperate straights. Personally I've been saying the prayer to Our Lady of America for many years. I know that our country has been consecrated to Her a couple of times, so I have hope that this will eventually be accomplished. Unfortunately, most our Bishops are still dragging their feet.

Anonymous said...

From UK Catholic
As the Mother of Jesus the Eternal High priest Our Lady is the Mother of the Church, and has a special maternity for the priesthood. Prayer to Our Lady for the priesthood is vital and I quote now from a letter sent by the Congregation to promote Eucharistic adoration for the sanctification of priests and spiritual maternity 2007:
“In today’s world a great many things are necessary for the good of the Clergy and the fruitfulness of pastoral ministry. With a firm determination to face such challenges ...... it is our intention for the departure point to be a spiritual endeavour....... in order to recognize the special maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary for each Priest, it is our intention to bring about a connection between perpetual Eucharistic adoration for the sanctification of priests and the initiation of a commitment on the part of consecrated feminine souls —following the typology of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Eternal High Priest, and Helper in his work of Redemption—who might wish to spiritually adopt priests in order to help them with their self-offering, prayer, and penance. Adoration always involves an act of reparation for sins. With that in mind, we suggest a particular intention in this regard........
According to the constant content of Sacred Tradition, the mystery and reality of the Church cannot be reduced to the hierarchical structure, the liturgy, the sacraments, and juridical ordinances. In fact, the intimate nature of the Church and the origin of its sanctifying efficacy must be found first in a mystical union with Christ........ such a union cannot be conceived separately from the Mother of the Word Incarnate—the one whom Jesus desired to be intimately united with Himself for the salvation of all humanity............Without adding or detracting from the singular mediation of Christ Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary is acknowledged and invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix. She is the model of maternal love who must inspire all those who cooperate—through the apostolic mission of the Church—in the regeneration of all humanity ....... the faithful are called to turn their eyes to Mary—shining example of every virtue —and imitate her as the first disciple. It is she to whom every other disciple was entrusted by Christ as she stood at the foot of the cross (cfr. Jn 19:25-27). By becoming her children, we learn the true meaning of life in Christ. Thereby—and precisely because of the place occupied and the role served by the Most Blessed Virgin in salvation history—we intend in a very particular way to entrust all priests to Mary, the Mother of the High and Eternal Priest, bringing about in the Church a movement of prayer, placing 24 hour continuous Eucharistic adoration at the centre, so that a prayer of adoration, thanksgiving, praise, petition, and reparation, will be raised to God, incessantly and from every corner of the earth, with the primary intention of awakening a sufficient number of holy vocations to the priestly state and, at the same time, spiritually uniting with a certain spiritual maternity—at the level of the Mystical Body—.....

See more on http://www.clerus.org/clerus/dati/2008-01/25-13/Adoration.html

CK - Devotions to Our Lady and the Eucharist will renew the Church, and the USA could play a pivotol role in this. Our Lady of America is all about this spiritual motherhood of priests – The answer to the problems in the USA is not POLITICS in Washington it is PRAYER and Eucharistic adoration in Washington....... CK can you find out if the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Washington DC, USA is doing any such devotions. If not then a gentle polite blog about how to actually achieve this might be a start to THE GREATEST SERVICE YOU CAN DO FOR BOTH YOUR COUNTRY AND YOUR CHURCH. Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration for the Sanctification of priests in Washinton DC.....go for it!!!

The Catholic Knight said...

Okay Anonymous. You just got my attention.

Anonymous said...

At the crucifiction Jesus made Mary Mother of the Church and Mother to the Priesthood (his disciple). John 19 25-27 “But standing beside the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mothers sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother."Woman beholds your son!”Then he said to his disciple "Behold your mother!”And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.” Our Lady of American has to be taken care of by the church in America .Just as the disciple took her to his own home, Catholic USA must put Our Lady in the best room in the house (in Washington) and make sure she is looked after - so that she weeps no more. All the various camps of opinion in the US church must stop fighting and unite to do SPIRITUAL works. America has been given an important SPIRITUAL task by Our Lady. You must be her “spiritual army”. (The battlefield is spiritual Sir Knight). Go into training for this - pilgrimage TOGETHER to Guadalupe or other Marian shrines – do the Eucharistic adoration of her son TOGETHER as suggested above. If you can’t afford pilgrimages do what is possible – pray the rosary together - do the Eucharistic adoration for whatever time you can sustain as a parish. Strengthen your spiritual muscles. Your parish will unite for Our Lady. Form an intimate relationship in prayer and adoration with her beloved Son Our Lord Jesus Christ. You will not find a tangible glory in this for yourself .Its hard, often lonely work, but you will find that a miracle will eventually happen in the church of America and indeed the whole society. Pray like the women at the foot of the cross – alone and in the darkest hour don’t give up. With God all things are possible. With only ourselves we can see what happens......There is no need for a child to be chastised if he/she obeys their Mother.”Be not afraid”.
Our Lady of America has specifically asked for no shrines - just a statue in Washington. Keep nagging about it - but don’t upset anyone. Be gentle. Press on with trying to get the perpetual adoration in Washington. She will love that. Our Lady has focussed on spiritual work for the USA. This is a new a “battlefield” for the Knight and his trusty band of bloggers. He must get out his special sword of diplomacy and tact..........shine it up and don’t forget to use it when you are tempted to use your worldly sword of logic and reason! Put Our Lady top of your blog not so far down the list (right at the top!) and see what happens........