My brothers and sisters in Christ, we are at a pivotal point
in our Church and our world. We are approaching the third
millennium, the twenty-first century, and we need help. The
world has gotten away from us; we don’t know how to handle it.
In every country we visit, we see a resurgence of tradition and
values. We’ve been on a roller-coaster plummeting downward,
completely out of control. We have called a halt! People want
to go back to all they cherished and somehow lost through the
deadly influence of the secular Media. In our country in particular,
we see a return to this healthy traditional trend strongly in books,
films and merchandise. We want our country back, the land
founded under God. We want our freedoms, guaranteed under
our Constitution and Bill of Rights, back. We are sending out a
message, loud and strong! We are no longer the silent minority;
we are the vocal majority.
We need our Holy Family; we need Mama Mary. The family
of God is fragmented, divided by the enemy. Mama! Whenever
we have been in trouble we have called on our earthly mothers
or our Heavenly Mother. It’s time for Mother Mary. We have a
great urgency to know our Heavenly Family hears us; we want
to hear them. We need Signs and Wonders. We are rushing from
one reported visionary or mystic or inner Locutionary to the
Visionaries, Mystics and Stigmatists.next, trying desperately to grab onto Our Lord Jesus, Our Lady,
the Angels and Saints.
We want to see them, even if in a haze, a
translucent presence, something. We want a whisper, a breeze,
a word, anything. And in the midst of all this, Bob and Penny
bring you a book on Visionaries, Mystics, and Stigmatists.
Why do we need another book on Visionaries, Mystics, and
Stigmatists? One very important reason is, we feel an urgency to
share with you some of the Blesseds and Saints whose messages
have been affirmed by Mother Church as coming to the Faithful
through Divine intervention. The Visionaries, Mystics and
Stigmatists we will be presenting to you have passed the test of
time; much of what they have prophesied has been fulfilled or
is coming to pass.
A more important reason for this book is a danger to which
we the people of God have been exposed. We are in the days of
many alleged Visionaries, Mystics and Stigmatists. We cannot
go to a church, a village, or a city that we are not asked to visit
this local Mystic, or someone does not have a message for us
from that Visionary. We are not saying that Our Lord and Our
Lady are not appearing and speaking to Their children; the dire
condition of our Church and of the world would most certainly
prompt Them to do so. But holy prudence would dictate we
carefully wait upon the word of the Church.
What are we to do? What and whom are we to believe? In
many instances there are Signs and Wonders, even Miracles that
are hard to ignore. This gives us even more reason to be prudent
in whom and what we believe. We are in serious times, very
serious times! Our Lord, in His Word warns us:
“...there will be great tribulation, such as has not been
from the beginning of the world until now, no and never
will be. And if those days had not been shortened, no
human being would be saved; but for the sake of the elect
those days will be shortened. Then if anyone says to you
‘Lo here is the Christ!’ or ‘There He is!’ do not believe it.
For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show
great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible,
even the elect.” (Matt 24:24, Mark 13:22)
Our Church is being torn asunder by two forces: One is
obvious in that it is spawning a heresy encompassing many
seriously destructive heresies from the past, which Mother Church
dispelled through her Popes and Bishops calling Councils down
through the centuries. But sadly they’re back, and they are now
collectively attacking all we hold dear. This force is dangerous
because often what is being taught is so close to what we have
learned in the past, almost a mirror image. This has always been
the work of the enemy, taking the Truth and distorting it for the
demise of the Church he so fiercely hates. Down through the
centuries, we have not realized these are errors and we have
been led astray.
Another subtle but no less deadly action of this
force is the intentional manipulation and elimination of parts of
the Bible, thereby changing its meaning. The most apparent of
this trend is the attempt by an influential minority to rewrite the
Bible, using inclusive language. One of the reasons there are so
many splinters of the True Cross is due to the first changing and
elimination of parts of the Bible by Martin Luther, a former priest.
Another focus of this destructive movement, sometimes
composed of forces within our Church, is the blatant fostering of
disobedience to the Pope by word and example and the ridiculing
of the Magisterium (the teaching authority of the Church - See
Catholic Catechism # 889-892).
This force, by its dissent and disobedience to the Pope, whose authority was given to him
and all our Popes by Jesus Himself, leads to confusion and
division. “A house divided against itself will fall and crumble.”
In every house there is a father, a head, an authority whom the
other members of the family obey. Even Martin Luther wrote
of the wisdom of Jesus to leave us a father in our Pope whom
the members of The Mystical Body of Christ obey and follow,
to whom all obedience and allegiance we must render. Was the
Lord speaking of this time?
“There were also false prophets among the people, just as
there will be false teachers among you, who will introduce
destructive heresies and even deny the Master Who
ransomed them, bringing swift destruction on themselves.”
(2 Peter 2)
Some know the enemy on the far left side of our path to the
Kingdom. But there can be an even more perilous force attacking
the Church by those who appear to love Mother Church. Now
we’re not saying that they are necessarily, knowingly, deceiving
the Faithful. Possibly, some of these alleged Mystics, Seers and
Visionaries really believe they are seeing the Mother of God or
are receiving inner locutions. Have they, perhaps, been tempted
by the enemy? Did he promise them fame if they would use this
sure-fire attention-getter which would draw tens of thousands
of innocent people, seeking Our Lord and Our Mother in this
troubled world, to come to them, and use them erroneously as
spiritual fortune-tellers? Another great fear is that this can lead to
confusion among the Faithful and an eventual attack on Mother
Mary and apparitions accepted by the Church.
Mother Mary came and brought warnings to her children.
Some alleged visionaries are claiming they are receiving messages
that closely resemble those of accepted visionaries of the past.
We have to beware; remember Satan is the great copycat with
not an original idea. Will important messages left by Mother
Mary become a mockery, if and when the revelations of these
self-proclaimed present day prophets are judged human and not
Divine? Our Lord is speaking to us through His Word, as we read:
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s
clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves” (Matt. 7:15)
The saddest problem we have is, if someone today was really
receiving messages from Mother Mary and Jesus, would we
believe them? We must depend on the wisdom and timetable of
Mother Church. With this book, we will try to help you discern,
through the words, lives and examples of the Visionaries, Mystics
and Stigmatists, who have been accepted by Mother Church, who
to believe and what to believe, that you will not fall victim to the...
“Many false prophets (who) will arise and deceive many;” (Matt 24:11) How will we know who are authentic and who have agendas of their own? With these prophets we write about, you will hear faithfulness to the Word of God and to the Magisterium. You will see them point to Our Lord and His Mother, not to themselves, often reluctantly writing of their revelations only out of obedience to their Spiritual Directors, always seeking anonymity.
As an example, Saint Mary Alacoque and Saint Catherine Labouré were Visionaries whose holy experiences were virtually unknown to those around them, with the exception of their Spiritual Directors or Superiors who ordered them to write them down. You will see obedience to their immediate Superiors, Spiritual Directors, Bishops, and to Mother Church. What are we trying to do with this book?
We want to give you a definition of a Mystic, a Visionary, a Stigmatist, a Locutionary, anyone who has had a very special relationship with Jesus and Mary, not from Webster’s dictionary, or from the Catholic Encyclopedia, but from how they lived their lives. You will never hear them promoting themselves. You will never hear them using the “I” word. If anything, they will always take the attention away from themselves and focus it in on Jesus. This may be the whole reason why the Lord wanted us to write this book, so that you, the people of God, will be able to discern what is a true Mystic, what is a true Visionary, what is a true Stigmatist, from those who are claiming to be. We hope to give you a basis for comparison. When Padre Pio1 was given the gift of the Stigmata, he begged Our Lord Jesus to take it away, and the Lord gave him an Invisible Stigmata, in which Padre Pio suffered all the pains of the wounds of Christ, without actually showing the outward signs. This went on for ten years, until the Lord decided it was time for Padre Pio to be a visible sign. What is the point here?
What are we trying to tell you? These are important times in the battle for our Church. The Lord is sending powerful messages to us through His people. But the messages can be blocked and discredited by false prophets, and possibly even good people who have too much of a need to be known, recognized and adulated, who are willing to sell their souls for the attention that is given to Visionaries, Mystics and Stigmatists. In order for you to be able to hear and act on the word of the Lord, the din, the great roar of noise emanating from the world and from all those who would give you misinformation, has to be recognized and muffled. We pray that by sharing with you these brothers and sisters who have passed the test of time and been given the approval of the Church, you will be able to discern the real from the false. Finally and most importantly, pray to our Heavenly Family for guidance. We love you!
Read about these Powerful Saints!
Saint Catherine of Bologna Incorrupt body Battles with the Devil - "Be sure, evil spirit, you will not tempt me so openly nor so stealthily without my knowing it" - Page 15
Saint Gemma Galgani Bore the Wounds of Jesus Mystic Levitated to embrace Jesus on the Cross "Look at My Wounds, and learn how to love. Look at this Cross, these Wounds, these Nails - See to what extent I have loved you." Page 332
Saint Martin de Porres Saint of the Slaves - Bi-location - He bi-located from Peru to Turkey to minister to prisoners there - Page 110
Multiplication of food - Raising the dead - A twelve year old boy was miraculously healed by St. Martin's intercession -
Saint Veronica Giuliani Stigmatist - Mystic - Levitated - She was mystically married to Jesus
She suffered for the Redemption of Sinners
"One occasion, when I was dry and desolate and longing for the Lord, I called for Him out loud...At times I seemed to hear Him, but in a way I cannot explain...I felt I was on fire." Page 265
Prophet of the last days
Wrote "True Devotion to Mary" Pope John Paul II's favorite meditation Page 232
Walked from Poitier, France to Rome, Italy, by way of the Holy House of Loreto, barefooted. The Pope gave him the title "Apostolic Missionary and power to grant Plenary Indulgences to the dying. Page 241-243
Saint Rose of Lima - First Saint of the Americas
Mystic - Visions from Hell attacked her day and night. Martin de Porres gave her relief from the visions - He told her "God wills it; that is all." Page 85
She was accused by the Inquisition of witchcraft - Page 89
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque Jesus gave her the promises of the Sacred Heart
She made a vow of perpetual virginity at four-and-a-half years old
Jesus appeared to her during the consecration of the Mass, exposing His Sacred Heart.
"I belong forever to my Beloved; I am forever His slave, His servant, and His creature." Pg 205
Jesus gave her the Devotion to the First Fridays
Jesus gave her the Devotion to the Sacred Heart
Flying Saint - Patron of Students
He levitated 12 miles to the Holy House of Loreto
He could feel the Presence of Jesus - Page 141
He exorcised demons - Page 142
He could read men's hearts Page 149
Jesus reveals Purgatory & Hell - Page 49
She has a conversion - she cries out "No more world; no more sin." - Page 39
She fasted on the Eucharist and water each Advent and Lent - Page 44
Saint Sister Faustina
Jesus gave her the vision of Divine Mercy
Jesus dictated the Devotion to Divine Mercy - Page 429
Jesus dictated the Chaplet of Divine Mercy - Page 438
She had a burning desire for Jesus in the Eucharist - Page 354
Jesus spoke to her in Inner Locutions - Pg 357
"Death rather than defilement" Page 357
"I am giving you the grace of feeling My Presence within you." Page 373
Miracle worker of Montreal
He healed thousands of people in Montreal. He gave full credit to St. Joseph Page 391
He built the Oratory of St. Joseph in Montreal Page 410
He healed hundreds at the College door-Pg 401
Blessed Anna Maria Taigi Mystic-Wife-Mother-Counsel to Popes
She had visions and prophecies from the Seat of Wisdom- Page 299
She prophesied the death of Napoleon to the date - Page 316
She saw in a vision, the imprisonment of Pope Pius VI - Page 295
Lily of the Mohawks
First Native American to be Beatified and then Canonized!
She was miraculously hidden from the Indians on her escape to Montreal from New York - Page 179
She was accused of having an affair with an Indian brave - Page 185
Miracles began as soon as she died - Page 188