The prophetess spoke: "Women of the United States awaken, come before me and bow your heads reverently and ask for your country to be saved. Embolden your tongue before your God and man. Be as astute as Esther was, and long for freedom. Freedom from all the capital vices of this country. Freedom from the winnowing cry of your people in the darkened room of fear. Freedom from the tyrannical rule upon which the course is being set. I love you and want to see you free to love and honor me. You must first gird yourself with prayer and fasting. Then it is time, as holy women to step forth and save your country. Do not read these words and turn away. Do not read and forget them. Stand up and be women who will save your race. Man times I have called you to pray for your country and many times you have prayed. But woe, woe to you who do not heed my voice and awaken your sleeping land. You are about to see the slaughter and I your God would like to protect you from it. You who are willing and able, I give you hope. But hope is useless without faith. Do you have faith that I will stop the terrible dirge from coming? If you have hope women, begin to call. Now I beg you, begin to keen in my ear that which I want to hear, which I need to hear, for I so want to save you. Oh Esthers of the New World! Esthers, who can save their land. Oh Esthers! whom I am calling. The time is now. Do not hesitate. Save your land. I am waiting for your call. I am waiting for your keening. I am waiting for your love. Oh where are you Esthers of this present earth? Are you there? Show yourselves. Speak loudly. I am a Lord of specifics and I specifically tell you, I am listening. Are you calling? Cry out in a loud voice for land, for your people, for your children. Pray to your Blessed Mother. She will help. She has helped beyond reason, but you are condemning yourselves. Where are you now? Where are you when you are needed to stem this tide of filth and decay? Where are you? Oh my children, how I love you! Awaken to my cry."
Spoken at an Anne Marie Schmidt retreat at the Marist House, Framingham, MA.
Today at Mass, the celebrant told an interesting story. I can't verify it, though. The gospel was the one about Lazarus coming out of the tomb. The priest was talking about Martha's faith. Jesus asked her, "Dost thou believe?" Then the priest tied "faith" to people's beliefs about death. Martha believed all shall be "resurrected, on the last day." Well, it turns out, that many believe this, no matter what they say.
Father said that in 1982, Leonid Brezhnev died. He was the leader of atheistic, communist, Russia. At his funeral, full of military accolades, accouterments, etc., with his coffin surrounded by soldiers, Leonid's wife, Viktoria, trace the sign of the cross on his chest, just before the lid of the coffin was closed.
Remember, this an atheist, communist country. She did this in public. How's that for witnessing?
Here I am in Ireland with a bunch of religiously impaired people. And today is Sunday. From the plans they were devising I knew Mass wasn't on the schedule. I mentioned going to Mass but they said "We're going to the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock Wednesday. You will have all the church you want then.
So, We were planning on going shopping in Claddagh. We parked along the harbor and we're walking to the shopping district when I saw a Dominican friar at the entrance of a church greeting people!
Suddenly, words came out of my mouth.
"Hey! Look. I'm going to Mass, come back in an hour.