PREPARE

Part IV of a 9 Part Series

PREPARE

 Preparation and the Clergy

(Compiled by Michael T. Sullivan, MD)

 

“Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord!”

(Isaiah 40:3)

 

“You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”

(Ps 110: 4)

“I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your seed and hers.”

(Gen 3:15)

“Hail, full of grace!  The Lord is with you….The Holy Spirit will come upon you,

 and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.”

((Lk  1: 28,35)

“Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”

(Lk 1:42)

“And the Word was made Flesh.”

(Jn 1:14)

“You are Peter, and upon this Rock I will build My Church,

and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

(Mt 16:18)

“Go, therefore, and makes disciples of all nations,

baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. 

And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” 

(Mt. 28: 19-20)

“Watch out for yourselves.  They will hand you over to the courts. 

You will be beaten in synagogues. 

You will be arraigned before governors and kings because of Me,…

But the Gospel must first be preached to all nations.”

(Mk 13:9-10)

“Take and eat; this is My Body….Drink from it all of you,

for this is My Blood of the covenant

which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.” 

(Mt. 26:26-27) 

“Do this in memory of Me.” 

 (Lk 22:19’ 1 Cor. 11:24-25)

“Woman, behold your son….Behold your Mother.”

(Jn: 19:26-27)

“Receive the Holy Spirit.  Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,

and whose sins you retain are retained.”

(Jn 20:22-23)

“But in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit….

You will receive the power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,

and you will be witnesses….to the ends of the earth.”

(Acts 1: 5, 8)

“And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind,

and it filled the entire house in which they were. 

Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,

which parted and came to rest on each of them. 

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit”

(Acts 2: 2-3)

“You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”

(Heb 5:6)

“For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin, it will destroy itself. 

But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them;

you may even find yourselves fighting against God.”

(Acts 5:38-39)

“Then I saw the heavens opened, and there was a white horse;

its rider called ‘Faithful and True.’….

He has a name written on His cloak and on his thigh,

‘King of kings and Lord of lords.’”

(Rev. 11: 11, 16)

“But when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?”

(Lk 18:8)

“So also at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace.”

(Rom 11:5)

“I saw also the souls of those who had been beheaded

for their witness to Jesus and for the Word of God,

and of those who had not worshiped the beast or its image

nor had accepted its mark on their foreheads and hands. 

They came to life and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years.”

(Rev 20: 4)

 

“But in the end, my Immaculate Heart will Triumph….

and a time of peace will be conceded to the world.”

(Our Lady of Fatima, July 13 1917)

 

“I have been waiting for 2000 years to fulfill the plan God the Father has commissioned me to bear the fruits of my Son’s redemption.  Through My Immaculate Heart I will obtain for you from my Blessed Son every grace, justice, charity and peace.  What commenced in Fatima with my three little children will continue now

and come to fruition here at the Center of my Immaculate Heart.” 

(Our Lady of Emmitsburg, May 11, 2000)

 

 

The Church, the Body of Christ, was instituted, was spread throughout the world, was severely persecuted, was severely wounded by its oppressors from within and without, but will victoriously triumph in the end.  Very early in the mystical events involving Gianna Sullivan, as the 20th century was coming to a close, Our Lord Himself put things into perspective when He said to the world in His Lessons:

 

“The time is at hand when there are signs of My coming in glory—the time when My Church is being scorned and scrutinized; and there are signs of confusion, lack of discipline and division in My Church:  Confusion where theological debates mutilate My Church…There is not discipline in taking heed of the enlightened words of My Mother’s most beloved Pope who knows the Truth of My Light. And all seem to desire their freedom of choice, instead of being obedient to Our chosen Pope of this age….Because of this he suffers My tears and My Mother’s sorrow from the interior division of My Church of Peter.”  (JOM, Vol III, #21. Jan 9, 1991)  “Even My many who love My Father and are committed to following the rules of the Church, follow them centered around their own lives and spiritual journeys, which must be filled with consolation and the fullness of joy.”  (JOM, Vol III, Lesson 20, Dec 26, 1990)  “It is necessary for My people to know that My Church consists of the imperfections of its beings!  These are the people in need of joy and peace.  First, for them to recognize they are powerless and cannot control, they must accept the sin and not place guilt on themselves.  The rest is a grace I give to them for healing.”  (JOM, Vol IV, #2, Oct. 3, 1991)  “I take delight in my religious who dedicate their lives to proclaiming My Truth of Love.  My priests and My religious suffer tremendously as they refuse to follow deception but remain loyal to My current Vicar your Pope and My Church, regardless of any pressure to do otherwise.  I find joy in all who are dedicated to My Truth at all costs and who are consecrated to My Most Sacred Heart and My Mother’s Immaculate Heart.”  (JOM, Vol V, #12, May 31, 1995)

 

As Our Lord’s Lessons to the world drew to a close in 1995, He chose to set the record straight as to how the Church, both clergy and laity, have responded to His efforts:

 

“Those who wish to believe My words may be at peace, and those who wish to scrutinize and scandalize My words by looking at the messenger instead of the message may also do so.  But I tell you, no one is superior, more righteous and favored, or in a more grace-filled position who cannot love unconditionally.  How can you say you love Me with all your heart and desire to be Me and even study My Way and My Word, and then turn around and criticize and condemn with a sense of authority? The more you humble yourself and become meek of heart will you gain authority in that which is Divine…. What is needed is Love at all levels for all My people regardless of title, position or authority, even in My Church.  Love is what is needed.  Mercy!”  (JOM, Vol V, #27, Oct. 30, 1995)

 

Over the many years (1993-2000) of the weekly Marian Prayer Group at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Emmitsburg, Maryland, most often several priests concelebrated the Holy Mass during each evening session.  It was very frequently that Our Lady of Emmitsburg would state that She gives a “special blessing to her priests.”

 

“I ask you to unite with me in prayer for my beloved priests who are loyal to my Son and who suffer tremendously…Pray for them especially during these times of uncertainty and troubles.  I love my priests(Public OLOE, March 10, 1994)  The sword is soon to pierce their hearts.  Pray for your priests, Bishops and Cardinals.  Pray for unity and peaceful resolutions between priests, Bishops and Cardinals.  (Public OLOE, June 9, 1994)  The apostasy of the Church is at hand, because of the many who have neglected the holy mysteries and Sacraments.  There are many priests who have not been reverent and pious in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  Many have lost their dedication to God due to their love of honor and pleasures.  (Public OLOE, Aug. 31, 1995)  There is tremendous confusion arising in God’s Church.  Many priests will be misled without your prayers for obedience and for the support of my beloved Pope.  Distortions of God’s Word and new formations of religion will arise from lack of prayer and obedience.  The greatest example of love you can witness for your priests is a fervent love for God through prayer and fidelity to Him and through obedience to His Word expressed by my beloved Pope.”  (Public OLOE, May 30, 1996)

 

Our Lady of Emmitsburg goes on to speak of not only the value of priests and their necessity for our own sanctification, but also of the shortfalls of our priests, both in quantity and quality:

 

“Pray for your priests….Without my beloved priests, there would not be Holy Eucharist; and without Holy Eucharist, there would not be a holy priesthood.  It would be humanly impossible.  Jesus in Holy Eucharist offers Himself for your sanctification.  My beloved priests are as selfless and humble as their lives are centered on Jesus in Holy Eucharist.  (Public OLOE, April 17, 1997)  The Church is being attacked by Satan at every level.  There is great indifference which has caused her to be persecuted.  Because of the lack of family prayer, vocations to priestly and religious life are few.  Many youth are no longer taught of the tremendous importance, power and blessing to be a servant of God…..Many priests today are overwhelmed with administrative duties, and as a result their prayer life has been jeopardized.  The Church does not need priests and religious who do not pray.”  (Public OLOE, July 3, 1997) People today wonder why the numbers of vocations to the priesthood are falling.  It is because of the lack of Eucharistic Adoration, the lack of prayer, and the lack of priests making themselves available to my children through their own holiness and through hearing confessions….It is not the appearance of any building that matters, it is the Love and generosity that is within the building that does.  The priesthood is holy; but if priests shove people away, then what a grave sin it is for not allowing people to grow spiritually and to know Jesus.” (Private OLOE, July 1, 2006)

 

The weekly Marian Prayer Group in Emmitsburg went on almost uncontested with local support and without diocesan interference until early 2000.  Up until that time, the majority of Our Lady of Emmitsburg’s messages were in keeping with general areas of orthodox Christian spiritual formation.  However, in March, 2000, they took a more specific turn in a more challenging and prophetic way, directed not only to the faithful in general, but to the local community and to the Church itself.  By this time, Our Lady had already described the Emmitsburg area as the Center of her Immaculate Heart and had begun explaining what that actually meant:

 

“I do invite you as your Mother to join me in preparation for the unveiling of my Son’s Mercy.  Prepare your hearts by allowing God to replace any vices with virtues and nurture them with His Grace and Love.  The more this community gives, the more it will receive.  The more resistant it becomes, the more struggle it will be faced with.  But know, children, my Son is not leaving!  I am not leaving!  (Public OLOE, Marcy 30, 2000)  Do not be overwhelmed with feelings of negativism or rebellion.  As people begin to come here, simply be open to receive the graciousness of their love and their gratitude for being able to receive the blessings of your community….Begin now with preparations and plans for the accommodation of the many people of God so that your private lives are not interrupted….The more preparation you have in place now will make for less inconvenience later for your own lives.  (Public OLOE, April 13, 2000In this time of preparation, pastoral care must be at the forefront of the unveiling of My Son’s Mercy.  It is the priests who speak as the voice of my Son and must first gather the flock together.  It is necessary for them to educate and disseminate my words granted from Heaven to those people in your community….After this, other forms of preparation can unfold with ease based upon the cooperation and willingness of your community members….I invite you, my priests, my Daughters and all my ministers, to join me in preparation for the glorious unveiling of my Son’s Mercy.”  (Public OLOE, April 27, 2000)

 

Unfortunately, but yet in the permissive Will of God the Father, Our Lady of Emmitsburg got the response she had requested from neither the local community nor the local clergy.  She expressed her concern in mid-summer, 2000: 

 

“There is no longer a spiritual battle, but a war directed towards the entire human race by Satan himself.  I am now on Satan’s turf to slay his evil works and to rescue my precious Son’s children by directing them to his Most Sacred and Pure Heart.  For sometime there have been lukewarm, indifferent, and unfaithful people who have gravely offended my Son.  Even many of my priests have betrayed their vocations; but through the unveiling of my Son’s Mercy, the original spirit of all holy founders will rekindle the hope and spiritual fervor of their faithful through the eyes of faith(Public OLOE, July 13, 2000)  As your Mother, my heart anguishes for all those who do not believe.  My suffering comes from my beloved priests who should be unifying and forming together with strong faith all the people in all the communities, instead of pursuing disbelief.”  (Public OLOE, July 2, 2006)

 

“I need leaders.  Those leaders need to lead, not mislead, but lead.  Lead those who are indifferent, those who are righteous, those who are spiritual, those who think they know where they are, those who have lack of communication skills and those who cannot discern.  Although many of them are in love with my Son, they need a leader and need to be directed what to do and what not to do.  I cannot rest this in the laps of my priests, because even my priests do not know.”  (Private OLOE, Feb 19, 2003)

 

Our Lady of Emmitsburg then throughout 2003 began to describe the current situation in the Church and some of the reasons it has come to this point:

 

“My Son loves the Church.  He established the Church, but the Church now has become a powerful tool seeking other measures and enticements.  It has turned to administration instead of prayer.  There are many good priests, many good Bishops, and many good Cardinals; but there are many more priests, Bishops and Cardinals who are walking away from God and who are truly deceiving those who are faithful.”  (Private OLOE, May 12, 2003

 

“The Church is in tremendous turmoil; for I have told all my children in the world that the Church was about to embark upon a great test.  So now we are in a time when this test of faith is most assuredly underway and is affecting not only the priests but also the laity.  Those who are faithful continue to remain faithful.  Those who are lukewarm are not quite so certain….If you do not want to be confused, you need to pray, pray, pray, so that when the time of test and trial is about to unfold, you will be able to discern.  Some have paid attention to my words, but most did not.  Because they did not, now many are confused; just as I had warned in the past.”  (Private OLOE, June 28, 2003)

 

No one could question the fact that the Church has thrown many obstacles in the way of Our Lady’s work here in Emmitsburg, obstacles including some restrictions of activities in only the Archdiocese of Baltimore, a commission of inquiry, a decree, a pastoral advisory, and much bad sentiment and misrepresentation of Our Lady’s words which have resulted in what some would call slander, calumny and defamation.  But in spite of this all, and without ever crossing the line of disobedience to legitimate Church authority, Our Lady continued to instruct and encourage those commissioned with assisting her in this mission:

 

“I am telling you that it is so important now that my message gets out to the world, because it is the message of my Son….My Son’s people must know the Truth.  They must know exactly what has been disseminated to my Cardinals and my Bishops.  All the faithful of the world must also receive and understand the entire focus of the words which have been given to you regarding not only this Commission, but also regarding what has happened in the world.

 

“You are on the brink of an economic collapse.  This economic collapse is being brought about by the most powerful beings in this country, not by those who are of God, but those which are of the world.”  (Private OLOE, Pentecost Sunday, June 7, 2003)

 

From time to time since its inception in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1989, Our Lady expands on one of the key elements of Her mission here, namely with the Church:

 

“There is a tremendous blessing on this mission—this mission which my Son has given to me and which is about to unfold with the hierarchy of the Church…What is needed now is pointed discernment, prayer and action.  Those people who surround many of my priests who are suffering, people who can make a change, must be careful and wise; for now within the Church there is trouble, some deception and misguided leadership, persuasiveness and enticements toward things other than what my most beloved Pope would have my priests follow. (Private OLOE, Sept 3, 2003)  This is why my Church is in such turmoil today.  My Cardinals, my Bishops, many of my priests, and even the laity are so deeply involved politically; so focused on relationships, administrative and political issues, and career stepping stones; and so intent on being recognized in many ways other than spiritually.  The effects of all this have rolled down through the hierarchy of the Church to the local parishes, where many people are suffering because my children desire to be fed the Truth; and what they are receiving is only what is desired within the ‘self’ of each of those in charge, rather than what my Son desires to give them.  (Public OLOE, Our Lady of Sorrows, Sept. 15, 2003)  I must tell you that my sorrow in what the Church has allowed to unfold here at the Center of my Immaculate Heart is only one that shall be turned against them for not responding to God, because God must remain faithful to Himself.  As He remains faithful in upholding the Truth, those who tried to belittle Him and tried to desecrate my most Immaculate Heart and His Most Sacred Heart will have a price to pay.  Only God can judge what that punishment will be.  In the meantime, you must remain faithful servants as you have committed yourselves devoutly to my most Immaculate Heart.”  (Private OLOE, June 29, 2003)

 

There was great anticipation for decades concerning the 3rd Secret of Fatima; and since it was finally released on May 13, 2001, at the beatification ceremonies of Blessed Francesco and Jacinta in Fatima, there has been some controversy as to whether it was released in its complete form.  But more important than that is the UNOFFICIAL interpretation of that secret which Church officials soon after released and which was neither infallible nor dogmatic.  It was this incomplete understanding of the message that Our Lady of Emmitsburg took issue with:

 

“I need priests who want to give of themselves and live as did the First Apostle, the first Pope, who lived his life for the Truth….He lived for humanity, not for dignitaries and diplomats, nor for political issues.  He lived for the depth and breadth and Life of my Son.  He even sacrificed his life as did my Son for the Truth.  The Church is in jeopardy today because its vision is being focused in a different direction.  The Church will always stand because of my Son, but what is in jeopardy are the souls of many of my priests, my Bishops and my Cardinals who will have to atone and who will be held accountable for misleading the flock.

 

“That is why the 3rd Secret that I gave at Fatima told of my most beloved Pope climbing a mountain followed by wolves.  It told of the future and what will happen in my Church.  It did not end with the Millennium, but is beginning now because of the lack of commitment of many priests, Bishops and Cardinals who have been invited to speak the Truth….Do not be misled.  Pray for the Truth.  Support your priests in prayer.  Be active, giving yourselves so that my priests can give spiritually and fully to my Son’s people and not be caught up in political issues.”  (Public OLOE, Sept 15, 2003)

 

Our Lady of Emmitsburg had previously used this image of “wolves” to warn those who were working with her about the danger which surrounds them:

 

“You must be as sly as wolves, even though you are sheep. (Private OLOE, May 15, 2003My Son will vindicate you, but He must first reveal those who are proud and those who on the surface seem committed and sincere, but are really wolves only waiting to destroy and devour the innocent. (Private OLOE, June 29, 2003As my beloved Pope (JPII) grows older, he is no longer able to speak in the voice he would choose because there are many wolves that surround him and who would like to silence him.  (Private OLOE, July 17, 2003The wolves that surround His Holiness in the Vatican are like the wolves that surround you.  They are like thieves watching in the night for any error on your part.  The only way you can be victorious over them is to be wiser than them.  To be wiser is to be kind and loving, because these people do not know what kindness and love is.  So if you are kind and loving, you will be shrewd and will be able to discern what God wants.  (Private OLOE, Sept 20 2003)  You are encapsulated in the Love of God to protect you against evil and the wolves that also desired to devour my beloved Pope.  Receive the gift of Wisdom and know how loved you are in your giving to my Son the glory and honor by following in His footsteps and by living the Truth.  (Private OLOE, April 8, 2005)  It is not much longer.  You are meeting the faces of wolves; and this is good, even though at this time it looks very bad to you. (Private OLOE, March 20, 2006)  Know that this world is suffering.  Many people close to you are suffering.  God desires tremendous love and care and freedom for all.  But you must be very wise and prudent in your actions for there are many wolves surrounding the lambs.  Pray to the Holy Spirit, and know that as you pray and ask for protection, you are covered with the Precious Blood of Jesus and comforted within my mantle.”  (Private OLOE, June, 25, 2008)

 

One of the areas of confusion and misrepresentation on the part of Church officials has been that of the spiritual Eucharistic Reign of the Child Jesus, and the intermediate coming, not the Final Coming of  Our Lord as the Just Judge at the end of the world.  Our Lady has tried to explain this, but her explanations seem to have most often fallen on deaf ears and hardened hearts:

 

“There is no way there can be Peace in the new springtime of grace, with the hope for the new tomorrow and an era of peace without first the coming of the Child Jesus; because humanity must first return to humility, simplicity, dependency and innocence….If all were walking the right way, there would be no need for messages from Heaven above or mystics or my prophets.  You can see that there is always an invitation, because God has always allowed, through free will, human history to unfold.  With every invitation there is a choice.  So too with the hierarchy of the Church….No one likes an outsider….But now in order to save so many precious souls, the challenge must be again presented; and there is no mistake about it, that in order for the springtime of grace to unfold, the intermediate coming of my Son must occur, and He must reign in the hearts of all people so that humanity can return back to what it was created to be.” (Private OLOE, Sept. 28, 2003)

 

Certainly those close to Our Lady of Emmitsburg have been frustrated by the indifference and often hostility which their attempts to follow Our Lady’s desires have brought them.  There has always been concern about maintaining obedience to the legitimate authority of the Church which would be within the Divine Will versus bowing to the ecclesiastical preference of the Church officials, which may very well not be within the Divine Will.  This question has always been put to the test of experienced priest spiritual directors and advisors. Our Lady has tried to reassure us:

 

“Because they lack in their own lives the commitment to prayer, they do not know how to address something that they are afraid may be true.  Knowing also that they have a moral responsibility to God, they cannot condemn it; yet they try to divert to other people the task of taking the necessary steps to speak on their behalf.  But God Almighty continues to place it back on them.  Because of this, they must respond; and thus far they have only responded with both a lack of confidence and a lack of knowledge.  So at this point, there is no response yet from them.  (Private OLOE, Dec. 1, 2003I am not saying that my appearances to you (Gianna) will be approved, because as long as you are living in the world it is very difficult for that to be done….However, it does not mean that the Church would not allow my appearances to continue and my words to be disseminated.  So too, my people would once again come to the Center of my Immaculate Heart.  Then with this intermediate coming of my Son, the graces to be received would abound in all glory.”  (Private OLOE, Jan. 21, 2004)

 

So many people, including Catholics, view Our Lady as someone who is trying to draw attention to herself or who is at least a distraction from her Son. Often the Church’s response or even lack of response further fosters this misconception.  However, Our Lady of Emmitsburg has emphasized that just the opposite is true:

 

“I am not asking you to follow me.  I am asking you to follow my Son.  If you follow my Son, thinking that you do not need my assistance as a Mother, and if you are a priest, then I would suggest to you that every day you do the sacrificial offering of the Holy Mass, you should do it as if it were your last….It is not about what you may think is right or wrong.  It is not about what you believe or what you do not believe.  It is about what is the Truth, and the Truth has been established for you over the last fourteen years of my appearances to my child.   You should be grateful that as a Mother I am here, blessed and graced from God above, and that I proclaim to be His humble servant and invite each of you to be one also.  (Public OLOE, Jan. 1, 2004) The Church, founded on the Rock of Peter, is desperately in need of holy priests, priests who desire to grow in the knowledge and wisdom of Jesus through me their Mother.  However, there are many priests who have even asked me to leave.  Priests can get close to my Son; but through my intercession there is a special place in His Heart for them where they can grow to better know Him and to live with Him and in Him, with all the blessings there attached.”  (Public OLOE, Feb. 5, 2005) 

 

A controversy arose in February, 2006, about whether a letter from Cardinal Ratzinger to Cardinal Keeler in 2003 had relayed a Vatican concurrent position in regards to Our Lady’s apparitions in Emmitsburg to Gianna or whether it just confirmed what no one questioned, that being that any decision rested in the hands of the local Ordinary, who in this case was Cardinal Keeler.  Concerns heightened due to the duplicity and inaccuracies in the two versions of the letter released by the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Our Lady of Emmitsburg, through Gianna, clearly challenged the way this was portrayed by Baltimore Archdiocesan officials when she said:

 

“That fact is that I do uphold my priests.  I do support this Church, the Church of my Son.  I do support everything in obedience to the hierarchy of the Church; but when there is error and when the ‘truth’ is not the ‘Truth,’ then all must be revealed.  I am not concerned about what anyone would say to you against my most Immaculate Heart, because I belong to God, just as you belong to God.  I am not God, so I cannot judge.  Justice rests between their own souls and God when they meet their Creator….There are many of my beloved Christian children who are so afraid, afraid because they are confused and afraid because they fear disobedience; but there has also been a tremendous sin of omission on the part of some in the Church hierarchy. Because this is the Center of my most Immaculate Heart, it is important that all of my children must be able to look to their Mother.  See how I not only defended my Son, but how I also will defend the Truth, as I will defend you.  (Private OLOE, Feb. 6, 2006As for those priests and others who are trying to totally destroy a small child’s reputation, identity and good name, along with destroying my Plan to give God the Father great glory, they will have to deal with God Himself.”  (Private OLOE, Feb, 18, 2006)

 

In April, 2002, Gianna’s husband, Dr. Michael Sullivan, experienced a life-threatening, and usually life-taking extensive aortic dissection.  In the efforts to surgically repair this severe problem under induced hypothermia, he was taken off all perfusion, including to his brain, for 53 minutes.  Not only was he not expected to survive the surgery, but when he did, the medical team feared severe brain damage. On his birthday in 2006, Our Lady of Emmitsburg through his wife Gianna explained this:

 

“The reason you returned to the soil of this earth, once again to walk and to serve the poor, is only to draw more people into my most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart and to expose the Truth, the Truth of the tremendous sin which afflicts my Church.  The Church is made up of people who should be holy and prayerful.  It should not be made up of priests who desire power.  My Church has become a vessel focused on monetary means.  So you protect the Truth, my son; and you protect those whom you love, the first being my most beloved daughter (Gianna) whom you will help fulfill the mission for which she was asked by God Himself.”  (Private OLOE, Mar 4, 2006)

 

Even though Our Lady of Emmitsburg has spoken with very somber and sorrowful words in discussing the state of her Church and her priests, she remains a Mother of hope and encouragement:

 

“There are so many priests today who suffer in purgatory because of their lack of prayer and laxity in teaching the humble and true ways of God….Today in the Church there is pain and agony in so many priests who began ‘holy’ and then turned away because of their self-righteousness.  There are also many priests who suffer needlessly and have had pain inflicted upon them by others….but I continue to have hope, and my Son continues to allow me to be here to invite all the Church in all countries to return its focus to His Truth.  (Private OLOE, Aug. 30, 2004Always support my beloved priests; and never, never speak ill of any priests, even if they are wrong.  Instead, pray with all your heart for them.”  (Private OLOE, Nov. 6, 2004)

 

The reception that Our Lady has received here in Emmitsburg is not unlike the reception she has received at most if not all of her apparition sites throughout the world, those approved and those yet to be approved, if not by the Church because of the time left, by God Himself.  She recalls:

 

“Currently my Church is not interested in the beauty of the words of my Son (The Hidden Life of Our Lord) and in my so many appearances around the world.  This influx is in preparation for the purification of those who will uphold the Truth and be among the chosen.”  (Private OLOE, Jan 31, 2006)

 

“I have come to so many of my children, and yet I have been smothered because of the many Bishops who do not want me in their territories, and who do not desire for me to assist in guiding them in the desires of God’s Divine Providence.  But here, at the Center of my Immaculate Heart, I am not leaving!  It does not matter how many do not desire me.  I look to what God desires; and I am so honored and humbled that if there is even just one soul here who desires me, I would never leave; and there are more than one soul….For this is a Center of Hope, a Center of Joy, and a Center for the people to rejoice in their Saints, their priests and their God.  (Private OLOE, Feb. 5, 2005) 

 

“Be the mouthpiece and set the example of Truth.  You have been blessed from Heaven above to be able to do this.  There are many people who are confused, including many priests.  Your confidence in God, your leadership and your ambience will speak to them as you guide them.”  (Private OLOE, May 1, 2005)

 

Over the last couple years, Our Lady of Emmitsburg, in both her private and public messages to the world, has been restating and explaining much of what she has previously foretold as it has and is now unfolding.  The issues of life and sexuality, the loss of confidence among the faithful in many of the Church hierarchy which has been greatly influenced by both the sex scandals in the priesthood and the manner in which Our Lady has been treated in her appearances in Emmitsburg and throughout the world—these have all contributed to what appears to many to be a dilution of Catholic doctrine and of the importance of teaching it effectively to the faithful, especially the youth.

 

Mother Church is in tremendous turmoil and in danger….Cardinals are against Cardinals, Bishops against Bishops.  What is happening is a falling from the grace of God!  Power and materialism are becoming the mainstream, and administrative ways have taken the place of the holiness and the humility that are needed in the hierarchy in order for them to discern and to make use of God’s graces.  Today, more bishops than ever before in the history of my Son’s Church are losing their faith and souls because their agenda is one that they desire, not one that God has invited them to listen and respond to.  Only those who are of their same esteem, prestige, power and wealth are able to speak on a level to which they will listen; and only a few blessed souls among them will respond to my invitation.”  (Private OLOE, Nov 12, 2006)

 

So in this environment within the Church, and in a world in which we today can look around us and see the loss of freedoms that are now so plausible and possible, and the grip that sin has on our culture, what are we to do?  Our Lady’s answer to that question is:

 

“Stand firm, and move forward when the Holy Spirit prompts you.  Do not doubt!  You can change the way, and this way right now has to deal with Mother Church; because there are so may people involved—both priests and those who are secular—who do not want to hear the words of Truth.  But that cannot be!  The Church of Peter is the Church of my Son, and it must stand for the Truth!  All will be revealed with your help.  (Private OLOE, Feb 13, 2007Pray for all those who persecute both you and others.  Know that this very serious matter will sooner rather than later be before them.  Each one will be held accountable, when they meet God face to face and when you meet God face to face, for how each has loved.  ‘Forgive them, Father, for they do not know what they do. (Lk 23:24) And you must defend the Truth, for Justice must meet face to face with God’s Mercy where holiness and faith abound in eternal glory.” (Private OLOE, Feb. 15, 2007)

 

Has there been any good effects from the perseverance and endurance of those who have remained so loyal to all of Our Lady of Emmitsburg’s requests?  Since the inception of the Foundation of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary in late 2005, and the propagation of its weekly e-newsletter, there have been over 8 ½ million hits from people in over 180 different countries  around the world, from every continent,  and  in all 50 states here in the USA, who have tapped into the Center of the Immaculate Heart website http://www.centeroftheimmaculateheart.org and e-newsletters and will be hopefully reading this!  This may be what Our Lord meant back in 1990 when He said to Gianna:  “Begin small to sow the seed of love firmly planted by loving and restoring dignity to those in your community.  Then your love will expand to great lengths and metastasize across the world.”  (Our Lord to Gianna, Dec. 14, 1990).  Thus, Our Lady of Emmitsburg continues to reassure us:

 

“Already many people are realizing the Truth here at the Center of my Immaculate Heart.  Many priests are discerning, looking for and reading all the documents that have been made public; and they are realizing the lack of restrictions in them.  So they too are turning to support my words and coming to receive the blessings from Heaven so that they may also be holy, to the height and breadth of where God desires them to rise.”  (Private OLOE, June 9, 2007)

 

As a loving but stern Mother, Our Lady talks directly to her priests:

 

“As your Mother, I call all people to come to my Son.  My Church knows my Son through the writings of Sacred Scripture.  However, after my Son died for you, little is known about me and how the Holy Spirit worked through me in the Church.  My Love lived prayer completely….I want the world to know my Son more intimately and how my Love became the strength of my Church, the Church which was founded by my most beloved priests and headed by my beloved Pope who steers and balances the ship.”  (Private OLOE, Oct 16, 2006)

 

 “So please stop!  Stop in the many areas that cause confusion and ruin reputations.  Stop with the slanderous words and telling lies in order to prove yourselves right.  Be humble, and accept that you could be wrong.  My clergy should beware, please, even you holy priests, that if you lie in order to prove a point and slander a child’s reputation, your God of Justice will be forthright with you.  Be very cautious! (Private OLOE, Sept. 2, 2007Do not complain and do not be selfish.  Do not allow your pride to overtake you.  My words are clear.  Whether you are secular, laity, religious, or a holy priest, do not judge and do not be righteous.  Be careful of your anger and do not allow yourself to taint my words.  For when you find out they are real, then only you are accountable to God.”  (Private OLOE, March 31, 2008)

 

In 2008 Our Lady went on to make a very startling comparison with the Pharisees who lived in her Son’s time on earth:

 

“My Son gave His Life, and He is your salvation.  However, He also invites you to live in Him, and to be Him.  To be Him, you must be humble.  You cannot be filled with pride, all-knowing and righteous; for that was the way of the Pharisees.  They believed they knew the truth, but they did not believe in the Truth.  (Public OLOE, Feb 3, 2008)  The Pharisees did not bear fruit through their repeated sins.  They desired to persecute, to conquer, to dominate and to distort the goodness of my Son and the Truth of His Word.  Is it not the same today—with ‘pharisees’ living with hardness of heart, desiring to tear down, persecute and dominate?  Is there not lust, gluttony, hatred and selfishness?  So today, I can tell you that true Charity will be precisely gifted upon those who are scorned, mocked, persecuted and laughed at.  Little ones, when something is real, you cannot stop God!  No judgment from men can impair or influence the Judgment of God.  You would only be fighting God.”  {ACTS 5:38-39}  (Public OLOE, July 13, 2008)

 

In response to Bishop Edwin O’Brien’s “Pastoral Advisory” of October 12, 2008, to the Christian faithful of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Gianna responded on the following day:

 

“…My dear friends, it has been a privilege for me to have shared in so many confidential matters and to pray on your behalf to Our Blessed Mother….I now beg all of you to heed the Bishop’s cautions….Obedience is the utmost act of authenticity, humility and love….Please remain faithful to our Mother Church by living the Gospel message, receiving the Sacraments with a fervent love and attending Mass as well as Eucharistic adoration.  When or if God deems fit, all could change because the Truth is the Truth. For now be at peace.” (Response to “Pastoral Advisory,” Gianna Sullivan)

 

In closing, Our Lady of Emmitsburg sends loving words to her beloved priests, to those truly committed to her Son’s Most Sacred Heart and her most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart:

 

“A special blessing from Heaven is upon my priests—holy and humble, committed, faithful, childlike and totally dependent on Him Who has given you your every breath.  May you be a Light for Christ, and know tomorrow will bring a change that gives hope and true meaning to life.”  (Private OLOE, May 27, 2009)

 

As is always the case, Our Lady of Emmitsburg is here as She is in many places throughout the world only because the Almighty Father so wills it.  It is fitting that God the Father Himself in His “Words” through Gianna to the world should have the final say on the value of the counsel given to the priests of His Son’s Church by His most precious daughter, His Son’s most precious Mother, and the most precious Spouse of His Spirit:

 

“Children of humanity, do you think you really know who She is?  Do you really believe that you know her as I do?  If you knew her, then My Church would know her; and yet, She is willing to die for you to save you, present you and protect you.  You may think you know a person.  You may read and learn about the history of a person.  What have you read about her?  Do you know her, or do you only know about her?  I know her as She knows you.  There is no other purer being, besides my Son, who loves you so unconditionally that she would give her life for you.  Be on guard against those who desire to celebrate the death of someone so Immaculate!”  (GTF, March 8, 2006)

 

 

“You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek!”

(Heb 5:6)

 

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. 

To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”

(St. Thomas Aquinas)

 

“Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord!”

(Mt 3:3, Mk 1:3, Lk 3:4)