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The Life of the Servant of God, Gemma Galgani: an Italian Maiden of Lucca Imprimatur December 3, 1913 Published by St. Gemma’s Passionist spiritual director, VENERABLE FATHER GERMANUS (see final pages for his portrait)
“I have to be crucified with Jesus. He has said to me that His CHILDREN have to be crucified.”
- St. Gemma Galgani
March 12, 1878 - April 11, 1903
For the MOST HOLY TRINITY and Our Mother of Grace, who have benevolently besought humanity to heed the heralding of final, abounding graces preceding the DAY OF JUSTICE.
You are now living the DAYS OF THE APOCALYPSE. Everything shall unfold; even the Scroll (Apoc. 6:6-10) that lay hidden shall unfold.... Much has been made known in the past by My Mother. Review for your knowledge her counsel of the past. For STEP BY STEP all will happen as My Mother counseled…. I ask that you all read and re-read the messages given from Heaven from 1970 up.... Many of you will wait until it is too late, and then what will you say? As in Noe’s time, the Ark was closed and the waters descended upon the earth. So it will be in the end days, my children: the Ark of graces, the Ark of knowledge, the Ark of your God, will † close upon those who will be Saved.... - OUR LORD †
† Jesus †
issued this counsel via VERONICA OF THE CROSS, who also received the disclosure about St. Gemma being the young, Eucharistic devoted saint whose Feast was originally to align with the Holy Thursday planned for Garabandal’s MIRACLE date. For a comprehensive daily-reading book of the divinely dispensed messages, please visit www.1God.info to acquire HEAVEN’S DAILY REIGN , and www.SHRIN .info for the entirety HRINE EAVEN S AILY EIGN HRIN of the messages that spanned across four decades.
ST. GEMMA — GOD’ S JEWEL OF MANY FACETS
CHAPTER I Gemma’s Birth and Early Education .................... 1 CHAPTER II First Communion ............................................... 10 CHAPTER III Gemma’s Character and Virtues ......................... 18 CHAPTER IV Heroic Patience in Great Trials .......................... 27 CHAPTER V Illness and Miraculous Recovery ....................... 34 CHAPTER VI Rejection from the Convent ............................... 43 CHAPTER VII Reception of the Stigmata .................................. 52 CHAPTER VIII Participation in Passion Sufferings .................... 61 CHAPTER IX First meeting with the Passionist Fathers ........... 70
CHAPTER X The Giannini Family receives Gemma ................... 88 CHAPTER XI Gemma’s Mode of Life in her New Home ............. 94 CHAPTER XII A New Spiritual Director .........................................103 CHAPTER XIII Characteristic Virtue ...............................................112 CHAPTER XIV Detachment unto attaining Perfection .....................121 CHAPTER XV Perfect Obedience ....................................................129 CHAPTER XVI Profound Humility ...................................................137 CHAPTER XVII Heroic Mortification ................................................ 158 CHAPTER XVIII Patience amidst Great Trials ....................................171 CHAPTER XIX Ascent to Sanctity .................................................... 181 CHAPTER XX A Guardian Angel of Assistance .............................. 190 CHAPTER XXI Gemma’s Gift of Supernatural Prayer .....................199
CHAPTER XXII On Wings of Contemplation ................................... 213 CHAPTER XXIII Degrees of Supernatural Light ............................... 225 CHAPTER XXIV Ecstasies and Apparitions ....................................... 238 CHAPTER XXV Eucharistic Devotion .............................................. 255 CHAPTER XXVI Zeal for the Salvation of Souls ............................... 272 CHAPTER XXVII Lucca’s New Convent ............................................ 286 CHAPTER XXVIII Gemma’s Last Sickness ......................................... 295 CHAPTER XXIX Final Sufferings and Heroic Virtues ....................... 302 CHAPTER XXX Gemma’s Death and Burial .................................... 312 CHAPTER XXXI Extraordinary Devotion of the Faithful to Gemma and Fruits Thereof ................................ 321 CHAPTER XXXII Gemma’s Bestowed Graces & Miracles ................. 333 PICTURES & ST. GEMMA’S PRAYERS ................ 342
ST. GEMMA — GOD’S JEWEL OF MANY FACETS
Throughout the world, people of various languages and nationalities have spiritually benefited from the astounding appeals and beautiful graces bestowed through the divinely ordained use of the four visionary children of Garabandal, Spain, between the years of 1961 and 1965. Included among the heavenly dispensed messages to these young visionaries of the Virgin Mary was a stern admonition about the mystical CUP, presented as filling with abominations and prevailing sin (Apoc. 18:5-6). Held upon a mystical scale of balance, the abominations had amounted to meriting a chastisement planned by God. At the time of the final message of June 18, 1965, the Blessed Mother revealed how the cup was already overflowing: “Previously, the Cup was filling; now, it is brimming over.” Although the level of lifestyle iniquity and modern technological abuses in the 1960s would only reach their summit in subsequent decades, the sacrileges and slights of the “faithful” had still already grown exponentially since Jesus lamented as follows to St. Gemma, at the turn of the twentieth century: “My Heart is always in sadness; I am left almost alone in My churches; if many assemble there it is for other motives than worship, and I have to suffer the pain of seeing My House become a theater of amusement. Many through hypocrisy betray Me by sacrilegious Communions.” Jesus had expressed the need for victim souls to stay the chastising Hand of the Father, poised to descend upon the world in His plan for cleansing and restoration. This plan was expressed to be in stages. I
Among the most recognized associations with Garabandal are prophecies about the future Warning: a global, cataclysmic precursor of intense impact and “admonition”— intended to prompt personal reformation among all earth’s peoples. In 1920, Our Lady had already imparted the news of this coming admonition event to Blessed Jacinta Marto of Fatima, shortly after St. Gemma received her messages from Jesus about a coming chastisement. The heavenly messages given in Garabandal, however, furthered with unprecedented detail the understanding of what would become known as the “Warning.” More distinctively, the Garabandal messages heralded how a spectacular Miracle would also occur within one year of this worldwide Warning. Garabandal’s young visionaries were enabled to proclaim how the promised Miracle would last about fifteen minutes on a Thursday night. They further specified how a permanent SIGN of the Miracle would follow and remain by the pine trees of the nearby meadow, where Our Lady had appeared.
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The renowned cluster of pine trees on the hilly meadow overlooking Spain’s mountain village of Garabandal. Here the promised miracle—already witnessed by Father Luis Andreu before he died—will eventually manifest before the crowds of people gathered in Garabandal, following the worldwide cataclysm, known as the “Warning.”
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Conchita Gonzalez, the eldest Garabandal visionary, said the permanent Sign would be capable of being photographed, but not touched. This lasting Sign — intended as a beacon in spiritually darkened times — was prophesied to immediately trail the spectacular Miracle, foretold to last approximately fifteen minutes. The visionaries were neither able to describe nor convey the exact form of Garabandal’s future Miracle or its subsequent Sign. However, through the blessed apparitions of the Virgin Mary, Jesus, and many saints to VERONICA OF THE CROSS, a housewife from New York who arose as the United State’s preeminent visionary (see www.Shrine.info), the Warning and the Miracle’s permanent SIGN would gain greater clarity via remarkably detailed visions and disclosures from Heaven’s prescient visitors. The blessed visitations took place between 1968 and 1995, when Veronica was finally taken to her heavenly reward. Up until then, she had spent excruciating years as a victim soul. Inadvertently, Veronica found herself joining the ranks of St. Gemma and countless other sacrificial victims gathered in God’s salvific plan during these spiritually catastrophic times. Jesus had divulged this insight already at the beginning of the twentieth century to St. Gemma: My child, I have need of victims, and strong victims. In order to appease the just wrath of My Divine Father, I need souls who by their sufferings, tribulations, and difficulties make amends for sinners and for their ingratitude. Oh, that I could make all understand how incensed My heavenly Father is by the impious world! There is nothing to stay His Hand, and He is now preparing a great chastisement for all the world. In Japan, during the 1970s, the Blessed Mother also issued similar reflection upon the spiritual scale being balanced by application of suffering and penance to offset the heavily displaced spiritual equilibrium of the world. I have prevented the coming of calamities by offering Him the suffering of the Son on the Cross, His Precious Blood, and BELOVED SOULS who console Him forming a LEGION OF VICTIM SOULS. — Our Lady of Akita (August 3, 1973)
In God’s design for the nation known as the SUPER-POWER WORLD, the United States would benefit from the unparalleled visions and revelations permitted to Veronica of the Cross, who took her place in the “Legion of Victim Souls” following Our Lord’s example of sacrificing for the salvation of many souls who were otherwise Hell-bound. Accordingly, Our Lady of Fatima had even terrified the child visionaries in 1917 by permitting a glimpse of the ghastly abode of the damned. Our Lady presented this spectacle to shock the “sophisticated” world into recognition of how human “reasoning” and scientific advancements had failed to negate the spiritual world and final realms awaiting one’s soul. Veronica of the Cross likewise was given visions of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory for the edification of humanity. Besides being recognized as “Veronica of the Cross”, Heaven also recognized her as a “CHAMPION” while she valiantly strove forward in the latter day battle for saving souls, amidst a world enshrouded by darkness and pervaded by sinful indoctrination — especially of susceptible children. For this reason, the Blessed Mother had asked that her Shrine be referred to as Our Lady of the Roses (souls in God’s Garden of individuals upon earth) Mary, HELP OF MOTHERS. During 1995, in recognition of Veronica’s twenty-seven years of heroic battle (during which she twice made the choice — similarly offered by Our Lady in 1919 to Bl. Jacinta Marto — to stay longer on earth in suffering for souls) Our Mother of Grace lovingly guided Veronica to Heaven on the same date on which she had proclaimed in Akita, Japan (foregoing quote) the vital necessity in these times for such a “Legion of victim souls”: August 3. Our Lady had repeatedly addressed the truth of Garabandal in her New York messages dispensed through Veronica. The renowned Garabandal advocate, Joey Lomangino — who had even given Veronica a crucifix associated with St. Padre Pio’s blessing — was in contact with Veronica starting in 1970. As many believers know, the Blessed Mother’s promise to restore Joey’s eyesight (as St. Pio even did for a girl lacking pupils) never occurred since Garabandal’s Miracle was delayed.
Fortunately, Heaven’s messages through Veronica were gifts to further Joey’s understanding and that of Conchita; for she divulged that Our Lady had imparted both the originally planned Miracle date and year to her. To Conchita’s surprise, the original schedule would totally change as Heaven’s appeals for prayer, penance and victim souls were instrumental in averting further degradation of the Church and preventing world catastrophes, including those associated with continued spreading of atheistic communism. Due to the upset of the former schedule — in keeping with messages about ALL prophecy being conditional to human response — Heaven’s messages through Veronica would lend themselves to being insightful for both Conchita and Joey on understanding what had “gone wrong” from a human viewpoint, with the original Miracle date passed and Conchita receiving no other year for the event. This lack of knowing would become Conchita’s greatest secret, as she would be left wondering when both the Warning and Miracle would occur, along with believers around the world, similarly left waiting in expectation a half century past the 1961 onset of prophecies Our Lady delivered in Garabandal. In 1987, Jesus issued a message through Veronica about how the Chastisement would have occurred in 1986 without response to His Mother’s selfless intercession: namely, placing herself willingly as a victim of sacrifice by reaching out to the world’s souls, in order to thwart the just chastisements the Garabandal message predicted to manifest without faithful efforts in restraining the Eternal Father’s “Hand” of discipline. The proof of the foregoing fact — beyond the Warning and Miracle not happening — was the diversion from the confines of Conchita’s original prophecy, given after Pope John XXIII died. Conchita had then announced the message God permitted her: a revelation concerning how only three more popes were remaining. This prophecy similarly did not manifest as accurate, as the faithful changed the Warning time and many other events. Pope Benedict XVI thereby became the fourth Pope to follow in the time span from Conchita’s original prophecy about papal succession being limited to only three more popes. V
The valiant and prolonged efforts for restoring the Church to former Eucharistic reverence and veneration of sacred truths by John Paul II and his successor Pope Benedict XVI are inestimable in their force of positively shifting the course from one of further degradation. Among the greatest of external evidences has been Pope Benedict XVI’s reinstitution of receiving Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament only on the tongue, while also kneeling. This is mandated for all people coming to Benedict XVI for Communion at his Masses. The re-establishment of this type of Eucharistic veneration for Our Lord was at the epicenter of Heaven’s resounding appeals for restoration through Veronica of the Cross. Within her visions in New York, the “balance” on mystical scales was repeatedly shown as a reminder of the human response to Heaven’s messages governing the future’s course and the severity of punishments therein. Penance and prayer of faithful souls ultimately aided in the effort to better align this “balance” and avert chastisements, just as St. Faustina had also seen such a scale with an angel waiting to carry out God’s justice, only to be thwarted by holy contributions that offset iniquity. Starting in 1970, the Blessed Mother requested prayer vigils of penance and reparation for graces to rescue wayward souls, as well as Sunday holy hours to pray for priests. The continued Rosary vigils of reparation — commencing on the eves of the Church’s great Feasts — were to be held on the grounds of St. Robert Bellarmine Church, in New York City’s borough of Queens. After her first message at the church on June 18, 1970 (sharing the anniversary date of St. Michael’s first appearance to the children in Garabandal), Our Lady gave this message to Veronica two days later: “Many Rosaries must be said. “There must be vigils kept on feast days at the Shrine (i.e., statue of Mary outside the church). The first Vigil will take place on July 1, 1970 at 9 p.m. [The Feast of the most Precious Blood of Jesus and the eve of the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lady to Saint Elizabeth.] VI
“Candles must be carried at all vigils, to be lighted at the time of twelve to herald the new day of the Feast. As candles are lighted, this prayer is to be said: Mary, LIGHT OF THE WORLD, pray for us! OUR LADY OF THE ROSES, pray for us! Mary, HELP OF M OTHERS, pray for us!… Over and over again. Besides marking the day of Our Lady’s requested prayer vigil, July 1st also became a historically sad date for the state of New York, inhabited by Veronica, Joey, Conchita and other Garabandal visionaries. Regrettably, the date marked the beginning of the abortion holocaust in New York, with the enactment of the new law permitting it. As explained in the messages given in the early 1970s, this abomination of murder in the millions would quickly lead to the Chastisement in great measure if the spiritual balance of virtue in the world was not leveled with acts of penance, sacrificial prayer, and endeavors initiated for the conversion of drifting souls, rapidly falling into societal humanism and its smog of spiritual darkness. The Warning was prophesied to precede the Chastisement, and Veronica received many additional prophecies and visions of the event in the early 1970s. With retrospective analysis, many of these now verify the authenticity of Veronica’s many heavenly encounters. One such example missed by millions lies within a clue given Our Lady delivered during the prayer vigil falling on the four month anniversary of the onset of prayer vigils at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. During that prayer vigil of November 1, 1970, Veronica was given a cryptic vision of the darkness imposed by the heavenly Warning, which Conchita had once described as comparable to a “starburst”. Veronica, during visions of it, also described in detail this nova-like explosive force that first turns the sky “white as snow” as foretold by Bl. Jacinta, who received the message from Our Lady before she died in 1920. VII
Similar to Fatima’s secret vision finally disclosed in 2000, Veronica had seen an angel — during the November 1970 prayer vigil — appointed to carry out punishment. The angel first placed his hand upon the earth. Then Veronica perceived darkness and confusion, with terrible fear in the faces of many people. The darkness over the entire earth pertains to the outcome of the Warning, first seen by Veronica as a giant flash of light induced by cosmic explosion. The white sky’s transformation with vibrant streaks of color — similar to an aurora borealis as magnetic particles interact with the earth’s atmosphere — was also described by Veronica for the sake of historical account of all being foretold by the Lord. As Scripture says, God does nothing without first revealing it through his servants, the prophets (Amos 3:7). Besides the Warning’s inducement of colors through the molecular interaction with earth’s atmosphere, the explosion of magnetic particles will stop electrical grids, as other solar storms have done. The molecular storm of particles will also knock out the functioning of orbiting satellites, as evidenced in some of the most robust solar storms witnessed during the first decade of the 21st century. Unlike the previous storms such as the one of 2003, the prophesied Warning “cataclysm” will induce the hardship of electrical blackout and satellite outage upon all the world’s people. Below is an excerpt of the historically monumental message of November 1, 1970. The discourse had immediately followed Veronica’s previously mentioned description of the angel and the darkness imposed by the coming Warning: OUR LAD Y — “I do not send you, my children, the SIGNS UR AD Y without reason. “Remember the 8 — the 4 — the OCTAVE ; through grace and in the Will of the Father, exactness will come in time. “I cannot admonish you enough to heed the signs. I give you the HOURGLASS. The sand is going down! Pray — Pray, my children, for your priests and all those of high positions in My Son's Holy Church, for the greatest attacks from Satan VIII
will come to them. Turn not away from them, but pray! And show the example of a Living Christ. This example must be brought to the children by their parents. “Birds in the air die; fish in the sea ... Man cannot understand, but I give you the grace to see.” In the year of 1996, the Holy Spirit gifted this writer with the grace to “see” the meaning of Our Lady’s foregoing numerical indications, which precisely forecasted the Warning’s originally scheduled date. The clue’s relevancy had previously been lost to recognition, even among those who most faithfully promoted Heaven’s messages. Amidst the reasons for its continued importance lies the clue’s inherent proof of the authenticity of Veronica’s visionary role and Heaven’s messages. This is especially true in relation to how other visionaries such as Rosa Quatrini of Italy—guided by Padre Pio before he died — also affirmed how God had granted a reprieve from the originally scheduled Warning of 1973. The authentication of the New York message lies in how comet Kohoutek — assigned to induce the explosive Warning in the sky—was not discovered until March 7, 1973. However, Our Lady’s message clue to Veronica about the “8 — the 4 — the Octave” was given in 1971, more than two years before the comet discovery. As the reader will soon discern, this thereby affirms the truth of Heaven’s messages given through Veronica for twenty-five years, and underscores what she exposed as the averted Warning date of December 28, 1973. Veronica, during the prayer vigil on the next day, revealed how this originally planned date for fulfillment was suspended by a merciful reprieve from the Father, due to the diligence of the thousands of faithful people heeding Heaven’s appeals and working to promote the message throughout the world. It is a message that rose to the very halls of global power, even culminating in expressed recognition by former President Ronald Reagan. Giants of the Catholic community, such as the priestly author Malachi Martin, would also attest to their belief in the New York series of divinely dispensed messages. VIX
Comet Kohoutek had made its closest approach to the sun —called a perihelion —on December 26, 1973. Earth was thereby situated to receive the explosive, nova-like ejection as Kohoutek rounded the sun. Despite the Warning’s delay, Our Lady’s timing clue of 1971 — preceding comet Kohoutek’s discovery two years later — still serves as a stellar affirmation of the authenticity of Heaven’s messages, as Veronica herself could have never precisely predicted the perihelion week for a yet undiscovered comet! The 1971 riddle had pertained to the Octave of Christmas. The Octave in the Church spans from one Feast to another, across eight days. In the case of the Christmas Octave, it extends unto New Year’s Day and the Solemnity of Mary. Accordingly, the “4” of Our Lady’s clue represented December 28: the fourth day of the Octave (Feast of the Holy Innocents), on which the Warning — around the time of Kohoutek’s perihelion — would have occurred in 1973 without the suspension of the earth shaking event; a catastrophe strongly foretold in Garabandal and other places around the world, including San Damiano in Italy, where Sister Lucia’s cousins from Portugal had been the first foreign visitors sent by the former Fatima visionary to visit the newly unveiled graces in 1964. As previously mentioned, Padre Pio also endorsed and guided these blessed events of the visionary Rosa Quatrini, as he had with Garabandal’s series of supernatural interventions. In both cases, St. Pio was personally involved in dialogue with the visionaries. For those aware of the astounding gifts of St. Pio, this alone is an irrefutable validation of the authenticity of both series of apparitions. Because of pride, other priests — not as soundly rooted — rejected the message. For instance, one bishop serving over the diocese in which Garabandal resides had testified on video about his inability to believe due to the message wherein Our Lady said that many priests were on the road to perdition (Hell) and taking others with them. Such was the pride that similarly intercepted the clergy and Bishop of the Brooklyn diocese from even meeting with Veronica, despite her showing up for an appointment made for discussion with the bishop. X
Following this paragraph is an excerpt of one message given by Our Lady to Veronica on March 18, 1983. This was ten years after the originally scheduled year for the Warning, and the message specifies how MUCH still would occur prior to the Warning and final events, delayed due to the response of the faithful in averting certain calamities and degradation in the Church, as well as in the world. With spiritual benefit to thousands of souls, the worldwide response to Heaven’s appeals had indeed shifted the timeline for the “minor chastisement” of admonition—as Heaven’s messages in New York referred to the final Warning—while the many minor warnings in weather disasters and disease were being permitted as the final vials of the Apocalypse, poured out to induce expiation for the globally spreading inundation of sin.
Our Mother of Grace
March 18, 1983 “My child (Veronica), many times I have heard you calling to me in supplication for your leaders of your country, and the leaders of all nations throughout the world. What can we say of them at this time? That very few have received the grace to turn back from their ways that have offended the Eternal Father, and we have now reached the point of history, the end days, and soon the great Chastisement will be set upon your country and every nation that has succumbed to Satan. “My child, there is much to be done before the WARNING, and then the great Chastisement. In between this shall come forth the Third World War. “You will see carnage, and killings, and blood running in your streets, my children. For a NATION that has received much, this nation — the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA — has become DEPRAVED through its medias: the newspapers, the motion pictures, the televisions…. “My Son’s teachings have been removed from the schools. Only those that call themselves Catholic shall receive if but a glimmer of light of the true Faith. “There are many nations now that promote the greatest of sacrileges. Through their medias and their permissiveness,
they have brought forth Satanism — the worship of Satan, the adversary — to the debauchery of young children…. “O my child, how many years in earth’s time have I gone about choosing from the world seers to bring forth the Message from Heaven; I am tireless, my child — as I know you will be tireless — until the return of my Son.” After the foregoing message of 1983, Jesus issued the one below on October 1, 1988, in order to further stipulate the role the faithful would play in the fight for restoration, as well as holding the Warning in abeyance. JESU S — “The Warning will soon be upon mankind. You ask ESU S Me my child, Can it be stopped? Only by prayers and sacrifice shall it be held back, but the time is long overdue. “If it was not for My Mother Who steadily holds Her hand upon mine in sorrow, I would let My hand fall and the Warning come upon mankind. It is not to be asked for, because you know it is coming, My children. It is to be prayed against, for there will be those who will die in this Warning…. “My children, We have gone throughout the world, in various places for many earth-years, trying to warn mankind that unless he changed his ways great chastisements shall fall upon all mankind. There have been wars and rumors of war going now throughout the world. There will be a great war, but first you will receive the Warning, the great Warning. Many hearts shall stop with fear (Lk. 21:25-26). “Those who do not listen to Our pleading voices now throughout the world, your time is growing short … according to Heaven’s estimate only a handful have accepted the messages from Heaven. “My child and My children, My Mother has been going throughout the world. She is crying tears of pity upon mankind, for she knows the whole program ahead.”
OUR MOTHER OF GRACE “I have come to earth as a MEDIATRIX between God and man. This was allowed of me by the Father, for you are now in the days which are fast approaching the change of your era.
“Soon your world will face a complete change. Many will be taken out of the world. Your country and the world will be cleansed by the Father. When this cleansing is complete in stages, those who remain will set up the Kingdom with my Son. You have hastened with your sinfulness a great disaster to come.” (9/7/73) Heaven’s messages specified how if wayward people refused to bend their knees in adoration, they would be forced back to their knees for renewed recognition of God through hardship and trial. During her vision of December 24, 1979, Veronica saw Our Lady with her hands extended in prayer and “tears glistening upon her face.” In the background stood Jesus with a heavenly host of angels, whom Veronica heard repeating a message of truth about the trials of the Apocalypse being upon the world’s errant population: And so falls the nation, By trial and tribulation. The Hand of God upon an errant nation. VERONIC A — And they’re repeating it, over and over. The ERONIC A [angels’] voices are becoming very far, like in the distance, as though the voices are being repeated elsewhere, too. Scripture conveys how God as a loving father disciplines His children out of true love. Below is an excerpt of Jesus’ discourse about the minor chastisements and warnings being leveled upon a rebellious generation, in accordance with the Father’s plan of cleansing “in stages”. JESU S — “My child and My children, do not take My words ESU S lightly. I do not speak to frighten you but to try to jar you from your complacency. “There will be many minor warnings given to the world: more floods, accidents that are not accidents. There will be more murders upon earth; father against son, mother against daughter, homes torn asunder — for Satan is loosed upon the earth. He has been given a time, a short time now for him to gather his souls (Apoc. 17:8 — see the upcoming section with the “Engaging Battle” header for clarification). XIII
“But I assure you, My children, We in Heaven have great faith that you — Our children, who hear Our words — will act upon them and help to recover as many of your brothers and sisters as you can throughout the world. You will keep the Rosary, the beads of prayer, going throughout the world, bead for bead. For every bead, there shall be a soul. That is how important the Rosary is to the world today. “My child and My children, you will now go on with your prayers of atonement. They are sorely needed. We need more who are willing to become victim souls. They are not easy to find, My child. The choice is always given…. “My children, I come once more with an urgent and pleading message to the hierarchy in the Church, My Church upon earth. I want you to know now that We look upon you and find many that do not fall into grace. They are falling out of grace and misleading many of Our sheep…. “You will return My Church to its former glory, and in that manner you will have more vocations and more entering the seminaries, and not fleeing from them as they hear the heresies and all other innovations that are going on within My Church. This is My last and final word to My clergy: Change now or suffer a just punishment and banishment.” (6/18/86)
June 18, 1980
…“The world has received countless warnings from Heaven. These warnings have been sent to every nation of the world. There is little time left now for mankind to restore itself, to be pleasurable and a joy to the heart of the Eternal Father. “Instead, mankind, your generation, has become perverse, degenerate, self seeking, proud, arrogant; and science, man of science, now seeks to create life and fly above the Creator! You do not learn from the past, but over and over again you repeat yourselves…. “My mother has set herself to hold off a just chastisement upon mankind for many years, but your time has run out. Her warnings have gone by unaccepted, unnoticed, and rejected, even by My clergy. XIV
“Her tears fall upon your generation. The saints in Heaven, sacrificed upon earth, have cried out now for reprisal upon this degenerate generation. ‘How long, O Lord,’ do they cry, ‘shall you permit this perverse generation to exist?’ (Apoc. 6:10) “And I say unto you now: Your TIME is running out!... “Your nation, the United States of America…has been plucked by Satan; and as such shall be cleansed by trial and suffering and war. Humanism and modernism has set you on the road to satanism! Your country and many countries of the world now have adopted the worship of false idols. “Satan, the master of deceit, has poisoned many minds. Satan, the ruler of the world of darkness has now entered into the highest places of governments, and even within My House, My Church upon earth. But I shall cleanse them, as I have cleansed them in the past. “My voice cries out to you all not to be prepared, for the tribulation is at hand. All who have listened to My Mother’s counsel and are of well spirit—have no fear. My words to you are consolation. I do not seek to place fear into your hearts. I console you with the knowledge that you will be saved. Remember in the days ahead, remember My words of consolation to you all: you will say, MY JESUS, MY CONFIDENCE!”
THE ENGAGING BATTLE
The BEAST which you saw was, and is not, and shall come up out of the bottomless pit [again] and go into destruction: and the inhabitants on the earth (whose names are not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world) shall wonder, seeing the beast that was, and [currently] is not. — Apoc. 17:8 At the time of Our Lord’s crucifixion, God cast Satan back into Hell to be bound and no longer prevailing on earth. This is why Jesus said before his crucifixion that the time for the “ruler of this world” — who had tried to offer him the world during his fast in the desert — had finally arrived with XV
the “hour” for his sacrificial crucifixion, which would enable the redemption of the fallen world. Heaven’s messages have even included visions of an empty cross atop the world to exemplify what was verbally explained through Veronica; namely, that this time Jesus’ blood would not be shed in bloody crucifixion for the newly needed redemption of humanity from its fallen state to unification with God’s holy will. Accordingly, Heaven’s messages refer to the great Chastisement’s cleansing comet as the BALL OF REDEMPTION (Lk. 21:28 — “When you see these things come to pass, look up, for your REDEMPTION is at hand.” Cf. 2 Peter 3:10). During the famed “nights of screams” in Garabandal, the child visionaries had shrieked with terror as they even suffered seeing people on fire, only becoming more inflamed when trying to put themselves out in outdoor waters which were also polluted with flammable compounds from the comet. Many additional and equally horrific visions of great detail concerning the passage of St. Peter’s prediction of the imminent days preceding Our Lord’s return were received by Veronica of the Cross. Below is the applicable biblical passage authored by St. Peter: The Lord delayeth not his promise [of His return], as some imagine, but dealeth patiently for your sake, not willing that any should perish, but that all should return to penance. But the DAY OF THE LORD shall come as a thief, in which the heavens shall pass away with great violence, and the elements shall be melted with heat, and the earth and the works which are in it, shall be burnt up. Seeing then that all these things are to be dissolved, what manner of people ought you to be in holy conversation and godliness? Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of the Lord, by which the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with the burning heat? XVI
But we look for new heavens and a new earth according to his promises, in which justice dwelleth. Wherefore, dearly beloved, waiting for these things, be diligent that YOU may be found before him unspotted and blameless in peace. (2 P ETER 3:9-14) The following passages are from Our Lady’s messages to Veronica of the Cross; both illuminate Heaven’s words about Satan’s release from Hell and St. John’s chapters of the Apocalypse (9 & 17) that foretold the rising anew of the great Beast of Hell, with his army of demons for the final Armageddon battle, waged for seizing souls from God. Remember as you read that Jesus is quoted in Scripture as saying the “hour” for the casting out of the “ruler of this world” (Satan) had come with his crucifixion. However, due to the balance upon a mystical scale falling out of alignment with the increased level of sin and people not heeding Heaven’s supernatural outreaches for restoration, Satan was released in 1940 according to Our Lady’s messages: “I repeat: SATAN — not the lesser demons of Hell, but Satan himself — now walks your earth. Earth year of 1940 was his beginning. (11/1/77) “In the past your world has had in its midst demons of lesser nature. However, because of your wickedness, because of your corruption, because of your debaseness, because of your evilness now, the GATES OF HELL were opened wide (Apoc. 9) and the SPIRIT OF DARKNESS entered upon your earth. (9/13/77) “There are many agents of Hell loosed upon earth now. They have entered into the House of God, and they possess the bodies of many men to do the will of Satan. You must not abandon the sacramentals that I have given you through the Father for your protection and your salvation…. The forces of evil are gathering fast for the FINAL BATTLE. Satan knows that his time is short. XVII
“Prayer, atonement and sacrifice; is this too much to ask of you in the face of the reality of what lies ahead for your country and the world?” (8/14/73) AS IN GARABANDAL, St. Michael also made multiple appearances to Veronica, during which he issued messages of commentary on our times. Among them was the following example, further emphasizing how Jesus would not be the one to die again for the newly needed REDEMPTION of the world’s fallen populace, at the time of Our Lord’s Second Coming. ST. M ICHAEL — “The BLOOD of the SON OF MAN shall not T ICHAEL be shed again for an unrepentant generation. Man shall shed his blood and be slain for the Lamb. “Many martyrs shall rise in the conflagration. Woe to the inhabitants of earth! Woe to mankind that has allowed sin to become a way of life! All manners of abominations are being committed in the House of your God throughout your world!... “How many warnings shall go out to mankind before he acknowledges his sin and does penance before His God. A God most Merciful and Just Whose heart is torn asunder by an ungrateful generation which has given itself to all manner of depravity and defilement of his soul!” (12/27/75) Bishop Sheen wrote the following analogy of Our Lord’s first coming to redeem humanity from its fallen state; it is humanity’s lapse into this fallen condition again that will now reap what Heaven calls a “baptism of fire” with the chastisement before the coming renewal: Imagine a great orchestra on a stage. The conductor is before his musicians, and every one of the musicians has music before him, well scored. They are all skilled, but free. One of the musicians decides to strike a sour note. In the face of that discord the director might strike his baton and say, “Play it over.” But it makes no difference because that sound is traveling out into space at XVIII
the rate of about twelve hundred feet a second — and on and on that discord goes. So long as the universe endures there is disharmony. Is there any way to stop it? Not in time, for time is irreversible. It could, however, be stopped if someone reached out from eternity and grabbed that wild note in its mad flight. Then it would no longer be a disharmony, or rather it would be stopped from spoiling the harmony of the universe. But would it still be a discord? Yes, except on one condition. Suppose that he who stopped it wrote a new symphony and made that sour note the first note in the new melody. Then it would be a sweet note. That is what happened to mankind. Man was free. He struck a sour note, and that sour note infected all humanity. How could we ever have harmony in the universe again? God reached out and raised up a man who was untouched by that sour note— thanks to the Immaculate Conception and the virgin birth — and He started a new humanity.
During the 1930s, the Blessed Mother dispensed the following counsel to St. Faustina:
I gave the Savior to the world. As for you, you have to speak to the world about His great mercy and prepare the world for the Second Coming of Him who will come, not as a merciful Savior, but as a just Judge. Oh how terrible is that day! Determined is the DAY OF JUSTICE, the day of divine wrath. The angels tremble before it. Speak to souls about this great mercy while it is still time for granting mercy. (635) XIX
In Garabandal, Our Lady’s message conveyed how the Warning would be followed by the Miracle’s manifestation within a year afterwards. The latter spectacle was to occur on a Thursday night around 8:30PM. If comet Kohoutek would have induced the Warning in 1973, the Miracle would have transpired in 1974, on the date secretly given to Conchita. Although not widely known, Conchita would later explain that she did not know the Warning date. She therefore feared thousands of people might camp in the primitive—electricity and hotel devoid—mountain community of Garabandal for months (e.g., If the Warning had happened in July, Conchita feared people would overtake the village for nine months, due to their lack of knowing the Miracle would not occur until the next Spring.) Conchita admitted that in her fear of the foregoing situation she had created a “problem” by devising a date range and span of months from March to May; that is, Conchita announced these, saying the date would be on or between the 8th and 16th of one of the months. The truth in Conchita’s rarely recognized discourse about this self-created “problem” can easily be discerned by realizing that the coinciding Feast Day of the saint—said to be a martyr of the Eucharist—could not span three months or multiple dates. Furthermore, Conchita’s latter statements made after her marriage also eliminated March and May as possibilities. In addition to the Garabandal message specifying a Thursday (the Church’s dedicated day of the Eucharist, on which the first smaller miracle of the Eucharist appearing on Conchita’s tongue also occurred in 1962), a message Veronica received from St. Michael before the public prayer vigils also offered a veiled clue to the reason for the Miracle’s timing being foretold to occur at approximately 8:30PM on a Thursday night. Although not said in the Garabandal messages, the Miracle scheduled for 1974 was to occur on Holy Thursday, commemorating the day on which Jesus instituted the gift of Himself in the Holy Eucharist. In writings about contents of private notebooks between 1968 and 1970, Veronica shared the following passages: XX
JESU S — “Courageous will be My chosen souls in battle. ESU S Then I will bring down the Kingdom to all the elect.” VERONIC A — Saint Michael, on the next page [of my docuERONIC A mentation], referred to Jesus as the PRINCE OF MARTYRS. And then he stated, “Holy Thursday feast day, 8:30” — and then he stated, Saint Michael, “Little Prince of Martyrs, make us unto Thee.” In 1974, the Miracle would have originally occurred on Holy Thursday, which aligned with April 11. The timing of 8:30PM was associated with Our Lord’s bestowal of the Eucharist as the Blessed Sacrament during the last supper, which began after sundown, according to Jewish custom. The eight o’clock hour was traditionally believed to correspond to the institution of the Eucharist. And remarkably, St. Gemma would receive the stigmata and passion wounds every Thursday night during this hour, and they would last until the next day’s three o’clock hour, in commemoration of Good Friday. In regard to the Church’s sacred dedication of Thursday as the day of the Eucharist, the faithful should also consider how the apparition that occurred in Knock, Ireland, in 1879 also commenced on a Thursday evening. Thereupon, spanning several hours, people from age five to seventy-five saw the holy vision of Jesus depicted as the Lamb of God upon the Altar, as cited twenty-eight times in the Apocalypse. St. John was seen standing with the Bible opened to the Apocalypse — authored by him — amidst the scene of the Paschal Lamb of the Eucharist. The Virgin Mary stood between him and St. Joseph in this joyous spectacle that rejuvenated the Irish people so ravaged by trials of recent years. The deeply Eucharistic theme conveyed would again be renewed for Garabandal’s great Miracle, intended to redirect many to the sacred Bread of Life. For, as Bishop Sheen often taught, Jesus did not only come to show us the Way, but offered Himself to strengthen us with graces for the journey. Just as He veiled His identity to those closest to Him on the road to Emmaus — following the ResurXXI
rection — Jesus would offer His loving and veiled presence in the Eucharist to those who draw near Him, along their life’s path. Even with the Holy Thursday date having been hinted at via Veronica’s mystical episodes, a question still remained about the identity of a “martyr of the Eucharist” whose “feast” was in unison with the Miracle date. As people proceeded to interject far-reaching attempts to connect a saint’s death (martyrdom) with the Eucharist, the answer was altogether different from the often cited deaths endured for faith in the Blessed Sacrament. For this reason, throughout the years, various confidants of Conchita and Garabandal promoters publicly clarified the former “martyr of the Eucharist” statement by saying the date would correspond with a feast of a young saint, who was very “devoted” to the Eucharist. For decades, people had erroneously speculated because they failed to realize the true Greek meaning of martyr is “witness.” And indeed there was a “true witness” to the Eucharist whose feast aligned with the date of April 11. This “martyr” to the Eucharistic presence of Our Lord is St. Gemma, whose feast day corresponds with the anniversary of her passing on April 11, during Holy Week of 1903. Incidentally, Gemma would make history as the first saint canonized in the 20th century who had lived during it. Pope Pius XII presided over her canonization on May 2, 1940. As a child, St. Gemma had strongly insisted on going to daily Mass and receiving the Eucharist, even though this was not a common practice of anyone until after St. Pope Pius X’s pronouncements, which invited the faithful to more frequent Eucharistic Communion with Our Lord. St. Gemma’s father had first resisted, but Gemma’s demands for daily Mass and Communion eventually were granted. In addition to her unwavering “witness” to the Eucharistic Jesus, she had obtained her final conversion—gained through sacrifice for the soul of a wayward man —on Holy Thursday, as her Passionist spiritual director Venerable Father Germanus relates in his account of her life. Two days later, XXII
on the Eve of Easter, St. Gemma was taken to her heavenly reward on April 11. Certainly Gemma’s Eucharistic devotion was distinctive enough for describing her as a young martyr / “witness” to the Eucharist. Besides the stigmata initially induced upon the young girl by Jesus — while the Blessed Mother lovingly held her — Gemma had another unique experience; one not even shared by the visionaries of Fatima and Garabandal, where the children received the Eucharist from angels. In St. Gemma’s divinely authored story, Jesus appeared and granted her Communion on three occasions, wherein she extended her tongue like the Garabandal visionaries in ecstasy. St. Gemma was thereby a truly unique martyr of the Eucharist, witnessing to the boundless mercy of our Savior through such rare reception of the Blessed Sacrament from Jesus. With heavenly grace for wisdom to be applied to prior knowledge, the truth about Veronica knowing the date for the Miracle already in 1971 is seemingly revealed. At the end of the printed message flyer for February 28, 1971, Veronica’s “Rose note” addendum of her own words had surreptitiously revealed the answer to the question about the identity of the saint whose feast was to coincide with the Miracle date. Below is Veronica’s text: Intellectual pride is objectively a more formidable barrier to God's graces than is pagan licentiousness. Once this barrier of pride is removed—only through complete self-reversal and great pain—God will plant the seeds, not only of conversion but [also] of sanctity. GEMMA GALGANI — A young martyr of the Blessed Sacrament, Gemma Galgani was given the stigmata. She led her life as one long Lent, to restore the balance, as it were, for other Lents now being abused or neglected by less worthy men. In her life there is a diverse warning that He is not too well pleased by the manner in which others, who XXIII
sign themselves as His faithful, help expiate for their own sins, especially during the forty-day period so sacredly set aside for this purpose. Modern man has forgotten, or more precisely, would prefer not to remember her, Gemma, because they would resent her tragic, all too real intrusion into his escapist world of papier-mâché made delights (i.e., fleeting and volatile materialism) and irresponsible flings. Gemma, as a victim soul, made up for the many who had cast aside the Lenten season from their hearts and lives. Veronica’s foregoing commentary is well accented by Jesus’ own lamentations to St. Gemma about the Church in peril, as He imparted after she had just received the Holy Eucharist: I cease not to dispense heavenly graces and favors to all my creatures: LIFE and LIGHT to my Church; VIRTUE and STRENGTH to him who rules it; WISDOM to those who direct souls that are in darkness; CONST ANCY and FORTITUDE to those who have to follow Me; GRACES of every kind to all the just; I send My light into the dark dens of sinners, and even there soften their hearts, doing all I can to convert them. But notwithstanding all that, what do I ever gain? What correspondence do I ever find in my creatures whom I have loved so much? No one any longer cares for My Heart and for My Love. I am forgotten as though I had never loved them and as though I had never suffered for them. My Heart is always in sadness; I am left almost alone in my churches; if many assemble there it is for other motives than worship, and I have to suffer the pain of seeing My House become a theater of amusement. Many through hypocrisy betray Me by sacrilegious Communions. I can bear no more. XXIV
The reality of St. Gemma serving as a victim soul is undeniable, based on her spiritual director’s account of Jesus’ own words to the young saintly woman. Her life well epitomizes Our Lord’s desire and need for victim souls, as similarly expressed during the first New York prayer vigil on the eve of a Feast, which commenced on July 1, 1970. Below is an excerpt of that message given through Veronica during the historic, first apparition of Our Lady at St. Robert Bellarmine church: “Victim souls are needed. Souls who will accept out of love the Cross in loving union with Jesus for world atonement. I have come to warn you, my children, the hour grows short. I roam the nations, crying for souls, for the Chastisement is imminent— repent!… “Stay under My mantle, my children, and you will find peace. Reject me or my Son, and the end of life as you know it will be hastened [with the Chastisement]. “Retire from the things of the world. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you and you will be saved. Each soul has a covenant with the Lord.”
In addition to Veronica’s “Rose Notes” comment about St. Gemma being a martyr to the Eucharist, Heaven’s message given through visitation at St. Robert Bellarmine church would also disclose the secreted truth of the Miracle date, only discerned by wisdom from the Holy Spirit. Below are excerpts of the message of October 2, 1971. OUR LAD Y — “Soon you will be witness to a great spectacle UR AD Y from Heaven. Heed this and learn by it. When it comes upon you (i.e., the Warning), it will leave no doubt in your mind on who governs the world about you. “You will know the God that, in your greed and avarice, you have forgotten — you have chosen to forget — for your love of money. Yes, you will all prepare yourself for this event. For it will not be long in coming.” XXV
Following discourse from Jesus and a vision of the desired Shrine, Veronica related the upcoming description; it was a supernaturally delivered clue for discerning the Miracle’s date. First, one must understand that “8” was said to symbolize in miraculous photographs and visions the Eucharist and priesthood, since the eight follows “7 ” — the number of Jesus (also biblically used in the Apocalypse to numerically denote His strength, as it is the highest prime integer in the span from 1 to 9 that cannot evenly be divided by another). Since the implementation of the Eucharist and priesthood “followed” Jesus (7) the number “8” was assigned the foregoing meaning by Heaven and conveyed through Veronica. Such transmittal of numerical recognition in Heaven can also be gleaned from review of the apparitions that transpired in Akita, Japan. There the guardian angel explained to Sister Agnes why the statue had cried tears on 101 occasions, indicative of the ultimate redemption of humanity through the Virgin Mary’s submission to God’s plan. Below is Veronica’s description of the supernaturally delivered clue to the Miracle date, given in October of 1971. Having been missed in meaning, it was never again discussed thereafter in relation to the Miracle date, which was mysteriously indicated therein for the sake of history and future Church examiners of the astounding events through Veronica of the Cross. Yet, as the Holy Spirit revealed, the vision was another sign pointing to St. Gemma’s feast that was to coincide with Holy Thursday in the year 1974. VERONIC A — I see the Rosary. It has been strung in the sky. ERONIC A It covers the whole sky, and it’s in the form of the figure 8 — eight. And at the bottom are the figures, “4-11”. And then across the whole sky is written: “IN GOD'S WILL.” In God’s will the Miracle did not occur on 4-11 of the year 1974, since the Warning of 1973 was averted due to the Eternal Father’s granted reprieve. Interestingly, if the Miracle had occurred in 1974, it would have transpired on the 101st day of the year, giving even more credence to the message about Our XXVI
Lady as given by the angel of Akita, in explanation of the statue’s number of crying episodes, which had in symbolism eventually totaled 101. On September 28, 1981, Sister Agnes felt the presence of her angel by her side while adoring the Blessed Sacrament. A Bible then appeared before her, and she received instruction to read the passage of Genesis 3:15. The angel simultaneously was explaining that the passage had a context with regard to the tears of Mary’s statue. Afterwards, the angel continued as follows: There is meaning to the figure one hundred and one. This signifies that sin came into the world by a woman, and it is also by a woman that salvation came to the world. The ZERO between the two [1s] signifies the Eternal God, who is from all eternity until eternity. The first ONE represents Eve; and the last ONE the Virgin Mary. On the anniversary of Fatima’s Miracle of the Sun—during the year originally planned for the Warning, 1973—Our Lady issued the following message to Sister Agnes in Japan, in affirmation of the great demonic battle ensuing and the testimony of St. Peter in Scripture about the elements being burnt with heat before the Day of the Lord: As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and priests. XXVII
The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishop against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres...churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord. The demon will be especially implacable against souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of my sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will be no longer pardon for them. During her message of December 7, 1977, given to Veronica of the Cross, Our Lady would again affirm how the future course of humanity and the chastisements depended on human response. “In the name of humanism and modernism the Mystical Body of My Son, Jesus, is now in great crisis. Only YOU as a generation shall determine the OUTCOME of this battle. Pray a constant vigilance of prayer in your homes—private prayer [and] public prayer.” Holy Thursday’s alignment with April 11th is extremely infrequent. In fact, only nine such conjunctions occur on the Easter schedules spanning from 1875 to 2124. The year of 1974 was the final year of April 11 coinciding with Holy Thursday in the 20th century. The next such alignment is not scheduled until 2047. It remains to be seen, therefore, what year God will designate for the Miracle, trailing the Warning, which He will send out of necessity, due to an acceleration of global socialism and threats against the Church’s authority and authentic doctrines—opposed to the world’s modes of politically correct acceptance of sin. XXVIII
JESU S — “The Faith is being attacked in My House upon ESU S earth—My Church—and many of My clergy are falling into the plan with the Octopus: the great world powers that seek to gather all nations into a rule of a one-world government and a one-world religion, based on humanism and modernism. “However, this shall not be set in motion to a conclusion with the loss of souls. This shall not be set in motion because the Eternal Father will send a Warning to mankind—a great Warning of such magnitude that very few will doubt that it comes from the Eternal Father and is not man-made.” (7/25/78) In the late 1970s, as the post-Vatican II Church continued to weather a heretical storm, our Mediatrix of Grace once again affirmed how the leadership of the Church would affect the imminence of the Warning occurring. On August 19, 1978, for instance, Our Lady said this about the coming conclave: “My children, you will continue now with your prayers of atonement. Pray constantly for your cardinals in Rome. The outcome of the council (conclave) will be the deciding focal point for the coming of the Warning and great Chastisement to mankind.” The history altering events of 1978 and Pope John Paul II’s third-longest papal reign resounded changes not only to the global Warning and Miracle schedule, but also the stalling of the Chastisement that was to previously occur before the end of the twentieth century. Although the Warning and Miracle are yet to occur, the story of St. Gemma’s steadfast and loving sacrifice — radiated for saving other souls for God—is an account to be treasured and propagated throughout the world. St. Gemma’s life truly was a resplendent example of the sacrificial, prayerful, and Eucharistic centered life the Holy Trinity desires for souls to emulate. Moreover, Jesus words to Gemma in the early part of the twentieth century about the coming chastisement, help frame those that would be given in Garabandal, Akita, New York, and countless other places in loving admonition, intended to induce reformation. XXIX
Besides the rousing life recounted in her spiritual director’s words, St. Gemma’s blessed appearances at St. Robert Bellarmine church to Veronica still serve as a beautiful reminder of what St. Therese shared about all the saints joining in for the great battle on earth for souls — amidst a world Jesus described as saturated by depraved anti-Christ ideologies. In 1972—the year after the Octave Warning date clue and Veronica’s mentioning of St. Gemma — a prayer vigil was held at St. Robert’s parish on April 10. This would never again be replicated as a usual practice, outside of Lenten dates corresponding with the date during certain years. Therefore it is especially noteworthy to realize that despite the feast day celebrated and put on the messages as the Eve of St. Leo the Great, St. Gemma had appeared, since it was truly the eve of her feast of April 11: the date of her original Holy Week passing, and intended to become one of the most revered dates on the calendar with the coming Miracle date, originally designated for 1974. Below are excerpts from the message of April 10, 1972, wherein St. Gemma appears with the “Passionist” heart, as similarly worn by her spiritual director, Father Germanus Ruoppolo (see the photograph section at the end of this book). OUR LADY— “Harken now and heed my words. You are being UR ADY blindly led into the darkness…. Your country will be cleansed by trial. Your country is now turning back to pagan practices, my children…. “Your young people are being seduced. We place the greatest responsibility for their falling on the parents and the teachers. Rank in My Son's House will not guarantee your entrance into the Kingdom. All who trade in My Son's House will be judged among the least. You will not bargain My Son for the things of your earth.” VERONIC A — With Our Lady there is a young girl who has on ERONIC A a long black dress, tied with a string around the waist. But she has a black cape over the dress, and she is showing me a flame XXX
and a heart on the left side of her dress. And she is saying, “Passionata! Passionata!” Oh! And her name is Gemma. ST. G EMM A — “I won my crown in Heaven through suffering T EMM A and sacrifice. Every soul can earn his entrance into Heaven by following my road.” • On June 8, 1972, Veronica saw Saint Gemma again with St. Joan of Arc. OUR LAD Y — “All who remain steadfast will come through in UR AD Y the days ahead to receive their crowns in Heaven. We promise that all who will light their candles and recover a soul shall be rewarded greatly in the days that lie ahead.” VERONIC A — Oh! Over to the right side of the flagpole I see a ERONIC A beautiful gray horse, and it has silver armor. It's armor—it fits right over the back of the horse. And there is a girl sitting on the horse, and she has blond hair. I think that she's about seventeen or eighteen, and she's holding a flag. But there's a large cross on the flag. The flag is made like a triangle, and there's a cross on the flag. Oh, and she is saying... ST. JOAN — “Avec moi! Avec moi! With me! With me!” T OAN VERONICA — Oh-h… ERONICA ST. JOAN — “Be with me in the fight and battle ahead. We are T OAN watching well. The ultimate victory will be with those of Heaven. Do not be afeared, for Satan will only capture those who turn completely from the Father. You will not walk upon earth without trial. I accepted my trial to win my crown in Heaven.” VERONIC A — Ah! Over to the left side of the flagpole is a ERONIC A young girl (St. Gemma). She is dressed in black, and she is holding up a cross in her right hand. And she's got something written on her robe. But...it looks like a red heart. And she has a small golden crown on her head. Oh… Everybody kneel, please. Jesus is coming down. Oh, and Jesus now is standing over by Our Lady. Our Lady isn't crying anymore. She looks much more happy than before. And Jesus has placed His arm around His Mother, and He says: XXXI
JESU S — “I grant, through the Father, the TIME for reparation. ESU S I do not wish to bring suffering to the world. What will happen will be of YOUR decision. And what will happen [with your prayers and penance], my children, will be used to bring many souls back to Us.” • The final appearance of St. Gemma in the messages through Veronica occurred on October 2, 1976 — the eve of St. Therese’s feast. OUR LAD Y — “I give you this great encouragement and hope UR AD Y in the days ahead, my children: that ALL who believe, that ALL who will hold their candles of light and search through the darkness to bring the knowledge from the Eternal Father in Heaven to the straying sheep, THEY will be saved.” VERONIC A — Our Lady now is extending Her Rosary out ERONIC A with the crucifix, and making the sign of the cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Now Theresa is reaching to her waist, and she's also extending her Rosary out and holding it, and she's bowing to Our Lady. And Our Lady is smiling now. And Our Lady is going over to see Celine, and I see [St. Therese’s] other sister. And there is a whole group now of men in long cassocks coming down. Oh, they look like beautiful souls — priests. Oh, they do make you feel so wonderful to look upon them…they all have their Rosaries. These men have these large black Rosaries hanging about their waist on belts, like cord — like belts at their waists. And two of them have a PASSIONIST FATHER'S sign upon their chest, over on their left side of their chest. Oh, it's beautiful. And now down behind Theresa, I see Saint Gemma Galgani, Oh, I know her. Oh, Gemma Galgani. Oh! Now Our Lady is extending Her crucifix from Her Rosary out, and making the sign of the cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Now everyone is turning to their left, our right, and they're crossing across the sky; they're following Our Lady, behind Our Lady. XXXII
And Michael now is coming out from the sky right over Our Lady's statue, high in the sky. Michael is coming forward. He's carrying a golden BALANCE (i.e. scale) in his right hand, and this very long and menacing-looking sword he has in his left hand. And it's very bright. I can't see Michael's face because of the light. It's a tremendous white light. And Our Lady now is coming over…. And She's now leaning over, bending forward, and making the sign of the cross with Her Rosary: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. OUR LAD Y — “I bless you all, my children, as the Eternal FaUR AD Y ther and My Son, and the light — We send the LIGHT among you, my children. Be consoled that the LIGHT shall never be lost among you!”
THE SWORD OF JUSTICE
The foregoing facts and occasions of special graces extended to instill fortitude have presented a foundation to understand the marvelous way Heaven revealed the originally planned Warning and Miracle dates. Beyond the fantastic array of clues, prophecies, and St. Gemma’s appearances there was yet another unique and explicit revelation given through Veronica regarding the final chronology of events. The referenced enlightenment concerns the nature of the SIGN of the Miracle to remain until the end of our era. Our Lady said, “Believe what you see in Garabandal.” Never was this more clearly applicable than in her alluding to the great Sign to come: “A GLORIOUS MYSTERY will be sent upon earth through the merciful love of a forgiving Father for His errant children. However, this will be the final act to bring you back before the cleansing with fire. “We do not intend to completely destroy earth as in the past, but we shall cleanse the earth by steps. SUFFERING shall be your vessel for cleansing. Man has allowed demons to diXXXII
rect his actions. Man has desecrated the temple of the Holy Spirit by succumbing to the wiles of Satan. Man offends his God with his way of life.” (4/14/73) The form of the permanent Sign —destined to truly emerge as a “glorious mystery”—was never revealed by the visionary children of Garabandal. However, Our Lady issued the grace of this knowledge through Veronica, who in turn inserted the description within the printed message flyer of March 24, 1973. Therein Veronica conveyed what Our Lady imparted: The hill on the meadow is a holy place. 'C' (Conchita) will be there with the holy light: a FLAMING CROSS in SWORD-like formation. The ethereal cross — capable of being photographed, but not touched as Conchita conveyed — will truly be a glorious mystery. Our Lady told Veronica that scientists would lead the march of skeptics trying to disprove the miraculous Sign. Regardless of their atheistic efforts, it will remain present as a glowing beacon to guide people back to the harbor of Our Lord’s mercy, unto the end of our era. The form of the Sign in a “flaming cross in sword-like formation” is a reminder of the “SWORD OF JUSTICE ” that St. Faustina had seen Jesus holding and mentioning as poised for the final retribution. Through St. Faustina, Our Lord explained he was “reluctant to take hold of the Sword of Justice” which will level itself upon the world through the great Chastisement. Jesus, therefore, implemented the Image of Himself and the Feast of Mercy for its veneration, along with a plenary indulgence novena. Jesus pointedly specified how He was mercifully “opening wide the door” of His mercy for all responsive souls to pass through. The others, he further explained, would have to accept His justice, as they denied the period of mercy extended to the world. XXXIII
Garabandal’s SIGN of the “cross in sword-like formation” will truly be a major message, signaling how the hour of Chastisement draws nearer with the Sword of Justice “poised.” Our Lady said the Warning would begin the “sorrow of sorrows”. Garabandal’s Sign, therefore, will truly become a reminder of the future “Day of Justice”— the scripturally described DAY OF THE LORD, which Our Lady explicitly referenced in Akita, Japan, as within her many occasions of counsel in New York, such as the one below: “A glorious mystery will be sent upon earth through the merciful love of a forgiving Father for His errant children. However, this will be the final act to bring you back before the cleansing with fire.” (4/14/73)
THE SIGN OF THE SWORD
The following passages given by Our Lady to Veronica, further illuminate the Eternal Father’s reasoning for the future Sign of the “flaming cross in sword-like formation” to manifest in Garabandal: “My Son shall come with the SWORD (Apoc. 19:15). The world will go through great trial but there will be peace. “I cannot promise you an early peace as I did in Fatima. For all was conditional and man did not respond….” (6/24/76) “The SWORD will soon come upon you. O ye who stand as unrepentant in the eyes of your God, the bow is poised — it quivers. It will soon be upon you!” (3/24/72) The sword of Garabandal’s permanent Sign is rooted in more than just the modern messages of Jesus and His Mother through St. Faustina and Veronica of the Cross. For instance, Holy Scripture states the following as an underlying premise for the great beacon of the final days: “Flee from the Sword, it is the avenger of iniquity.” (Job 19:29) Interestingly, one can find an archetype of the Garabandal Sign of a flaming cross in sword-like formation in the Book of Genesis. After God’s expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden for disobedience, Genesis says that He “placed before XXXIV
the paradise of pleasure Cherubims, and a FLAMING SWORD, turning every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”
Through the New Covenant, Jesus literally became the WAY. In this and the Genesis account, the flaming cross and sword Sign designated for Garabandal — to bring people back to the Way of everlasting life in God — is further rooted in meaning. St. John’s book of the Apocalypse contains the revelations about the world’s great iniquities and chastisements to be dispensed in retribution before the great DAY OF THE LORD. The Apocalypse passages also forward the reason for Jesus and His mother mentioning the Sword of Justice, as Jesus is depicted as returning with the sharp, two-edged SWORD for retribution: And I saw Heaven opened: and behold a white horse, and He that sat upon him was called FAITHFUL AND AITHFUL AND TRUE. And with justice doth he judge and fight. And His RUE eyes were as a flame of fire. And on his head were many diadems. And He had a name written, which no man knows but himself. And he was clothed with a garment sprinkled with blood. And his name is called: THE WORD OF GOD. And the armies that are in heaven followed him on white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth proceeded a sharp two -edged SWORD, that twoWORD with it he may strike the nations. — APOC. 19:11-15 The reader should also note that in addition to a basis for sword symbolism, the foregoing passage presents a reason for the Eternal Father’s decree for the faithful to go forward as warriors—in this latter day battle for souls—under the banner of His Son’s Name, given therein as “Faithful and True.” The following excerpts from messages given to Veronica are reminders of this other symbolic application, divinely assigned. XXXV
OUR MOTHER OF GRACE
“You are not alone in the BATTLE ahead.... The Father has allowed me the time to gather many little ARMIES throughout the world.” (6/15/74) “I have come to you under many names in the past, but I want you to acknowledge me as the MOTHER OF GRACE. Because that is why I come to you now, my children, to give you the GRACES necessary to remain upon earth in a State of Purity and Perseverance, and knowledgeable to the Truth, that will lead you and keep you on the narrow road to Heaven. (9/14/85) “I promise you, I will be with you to the Second Coming: the return of my Son in glorious triumph over the great forces of evil now rampant in your world. (5/30/77) “The Father has chosen the words Faithful and True for reason: It will be the BANNER for all CHILDREN OF GOD who remain in the light. (10/6/74) “I WISH ALL OF YOU TO GO FORWARD AS SAINTS of the latter days — disciples of my Son — and bring the Message from Heaven to all. Do not become discouraged along the Way by those who scoff at you or reject this Message. Believe me, my children, when I say to you that my own will know me. (9/7/78) “My children, if you have been given the grace to be now in the light, we beg you to share this grace, and try from your heart to rescue those who are drifting toward the abyss of Hell. Yes, your prayers and sacrifices are needed for those who do not have the power of grace to help themselves.(5/30/71) “Gather your graces, my children, not as counted in worldly goods, but graces that can be gathered in abundance free for the asking. “It is a mission of love. Gather these graces and store them in Heaven. For it will be on this measure that you shall gain your eternal reward.... VERONIC A — Now she’s pointing up…and there are letters ERONIC A XXXVI
now forming in the sky. They’re brilliant...made of like stars, tiny diamonds set into beautifully stenciled letters!
Faithful an d True aithful and
“No matter what the struggle to keep the light in your country and the world, you will go forward as soldiers of light, carrying your banner FAITHFUL AND TRUE, in the face of adversity.... “You will go forth as soldiers for Christ, my Son.... “Carry the banner called FAITHFUL AND TRUE! (10/6/92) “You cannot realize at this time the numbers of Souls that will not fall into the abyss because of the LEGIONS OF THE LIGHT that the Eternal Father has gathered upon earth in His heart felt, fatherly efforts — accounting with the free will of mankind to restore the earth and mankind AS IT WAS in the beginning.... “The world will understand — in time — the Mission from Heaven. To all who follow Our legions throughout the world, the legions of light, you will unite under a common banner called FAITHFUL AND TRUE (Apoc. 19:11) and you will then prove to the world what a true soul can do!” (10/6/80) JESU S — “The world, when it is renewed and restored, shall ESU S remember the battle fought by those who have worn the colors from Heaven. The armies from Heaven led by My Mother shall vanquish the head of the serpent. “It is a test for all mankind; the good and the evil shall test all mankind as metals in the fire (Zach. 13:8-9). “The sheep shall be separated from the goats in the days ahead (Mt. 25:32)…. The road to Heaven is a narrow one, and it is a constant struggle with the cross to remain on it. “Accept all trial and suffering, knowing that the road in this way will lead directly to the Kingdom of Heaven. (11/20/79) “My children, you will pray and pray again, making your life a constant time of prayer. “There is no time to seek worldly pursuits and glory and power and riches. They will all be nothing soon. Your greatest strength shall be your Faith. (5/30/78) XXXVII
“You have, in your armies to bring you across the veil, not only your relations, friends, and well-wishers upon earth but you have the ARMIES OF HEAVEN now joining with you in this final battle. Go forward, My children, with the banners of FAITHFUL AND TRUE. (6/24/76) “I promise you, My children, your labors shall bear great fruit for the eternal Kingdom of your God. You shall all gather one day with Me and We shall reminisce of the days upon earth and the glory that your efforts and your struggles through this mission have brought to the Eternal Father, and the many souls that you have rescued from the abyss. (3/18/76) “My child and my children, I send to all who come to this sacred ground the grace of perseverance in the days ahead. “I want you to remember, my children, always, that when the thorns come among the roses you will say: MY JESUS, MY CONFIDENCE!… “My children, it is most urgent that you read and live the messages given by my Mother from the Eternal Father in the Holy Ghost, and from Me, her Son. “She gave to you her heart for all the past years of earth’s time. I want you now, my children, to understand and listen to my words. For soon they will be few, and actions will start.” (8/14/84)
THE ACADEMY OF PARADISE
Enlivened by the fire of Garabandal’s miraculous Sign of a “flaming cross in sword-like formation”, millions of faithful spectators will be able to better appreciate Saint Gemma’s superb witness to the Blessed Sacrament, as they find their way back unto the narrow Way toward Heaven. Remember, St. Gemma’s own weekly reception of the stigmata was repeated on the very day and hour designated for the future Miracle; an hour corresponding with the Last Supper and Our Lord’s implementation of the Eucharistic BREAD OF LIFE. He therein became the Lamb of God consumed for strength in the new exodus—departure—from sin. XXXVIII
St. Gemma’s spiritual director documented what occurred after she first received the stigmata on June 8, 1899, at the mere age of twenty-one years old: “From that day forward, periodically, it continued to repeat itself on the same day every week; namely on Thursday evening about eight o’clock and continued until three o’clock on Friday afternoon.” In Chapter 15, about St. Gemma’s witness to the Eucharist, Father Germanus cited how the young saint he oversaw was seemingly raised by God to reaffirm the belief in Our Lord’s true Eucharistic presence: “Here also I have to relate great things; things so singular as to lead us to believe that God by a special providence raised up this child of heaven at a time of so much falling away in piety, as an example and stimulus to Christians to venerate and love the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. The Blessed Eucharist is by excellence the Mystery of Faith; Mysterium fidei.” In chapter 25, Father Germanus added another example of how St. Gemma’s spirituality revolved around the Eucharistic Presence of Our Lord: “It seemed almost that she made no difference between the delights of Heaven and those of the “paradise of Jesus” that are tasted on earth at the Holy Table. At other times, speaking likewise in ecstasy, she called the Eucharist the ‘ACADEMY OF PARADISE, where one learns how to love;’ and explaining this thought she added: ‘The school is the supper-room, Jesus is the Master, the doctrines are His Flesh and Blood.’ “From these words and others like them it is easy to gather some idea of how many treasures of celestial wisdom she discovered in the mystery of the Blessed Eucharist. As we go on we shall find, at every step, fresh proofs of the sublime idea that Gemma had of this Divine Sacrament.” XXXIX
With resplendent appeal, the account of St. Gemma’s life rises as a monument of beauty to behold. Jesus first presented her spiritual director as a gift for Gemma. Now his laborious documentation of her sublime love, supernatural encounters, and witness to the Eucharist are left as a gift for all the faithful to read in this book. May you joyfully spread St. Gemma’s message of virtue and Eucharistic unity with a hopeful heart of the final signs soon to manifest, in keeping with the Eternal Father’s plan to redirect the world’s wayward back unto the Narrow Way; that which St. Gemma faithfully followed, while strengthened by love for Jesus in the Eucharist. May St. Gemma’s sparkling “witness” continually inspire your own!
The following inscription was placed over St. Gemma’s Tomb The following inscription was placed over St. Gemma’s Tomb
GEMMA GALGANI of Lucca — a most innocent virgin, who in her twenty-fifth year, consumed rather by the fire of Divine Love than by the violence of disease, flew into the arms of her Heavenly Spouse on Holy Saturday the eleventh of April, 1903. Peace be to thee, O sweet soul, in company with the angels.
HEAVEN’S R ESOUNDING M ESSAGE
Excerpt of Our Lady’s final Garabandal message — June 18, 1965
As my Message of the 18th of October has not been complied with, and as it has not been made known to the world, I am telling you that this is the last one. Previously, the Cup was filling; now, it is brimming over. Many priests are following the road to perdition, and with them they are taking many more souls. Ever less importance is being given to the Holy Eucharist.
OUR MOTHER OF GRACE
June 18, 1982 “My child, Veronica, you understand it is the will of the Eternal Father that you be among those who have been chosen as victims — victims for the repatriation of souls of the world. “The world, your world, my child and my children, is steeped in deep darkness created by sin. There shall be a most terrible, heartrending, crushing punishment, CHASTISEMENT sent upon the world soon. “I have come to you as your Mother: a Mother who loves you, a Mother who cares, a Mother who cries tears of pity for you ! For you do not know what you are doing. I ask you, as your Mother — I appeal to you, as your Mother, to listen to me. “I have cried for you. I have wandered throughout your world, through countless earth-years, begging with you, begging you to listen, even to a small measure of my MESSAGE to the world: to turn NOW from the ways that are offensive to your GOD, the Eternal Father in Heaven. For you bring upon yourself a just punishment if you do not mend your ways now and turn from your sin. XLI
“All manner of abominations are being committed in the world, and even has entered onto the clergy. Many clergy shall stand before my Son and have to give account for what they have done, and what measure they have taken to destroy souls upon earth. Many are on the road to perdition and taking others with them…. “It appears, my children and my child, that most are looking for prosperity, and not true peace. For the only true peace shall be found through my Son, Jesus in the BLESSED S ACRAMENT , the HOLY EUCHARIST , through the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost…. “In the schools the word of God has been taken out; in the schools, prayer has been forbidden by many. Therefore, the major responsibility for saving the souls of your children is in your homes now. “Mothers and fathers, where are you? You are running to and fro making money, seeking pleasures. But you are not the only ones. “You turn to your pastors, you turn to my Son’s representative, the priest, and other ministers in the congregations of the world, and where are they? Their heads are in the sand. Their heads are in the clouds, clouds of darkness. They, too, are running to and fro seeking riches and pleasures. How many are holy, and how many are unholy? My children, they could be sorted very easily. There are so few who are holy (i.e., united with the Will of God). “We do not say this to judge my children, but We say this to bring it out as a fact. How many are holy? How many can stand before my Son and say that their teaching has been pure in His sight? What will become of these poor priests who have forgotten their mission, who have forgotten their vows? What will become of them?... You must do penance for them, and pray for them, for they are misled. They do not have courage, the courage of their own convictions to stand up and fight…. XLII
“Vocations are needed for the priesthood, and also for the nunneries. Are there not any who care to come forward and dedicate their lives to save our young children? Please, my children, surely among you, those who hear my voice or will read this written word, can you not give your life to win your reward forever in Heaven, and perhaps also, those you love you can bring with you? “So many little souls are crying. They thirst for the knowledge of Jesus and all of Heaven. Will you not solace them and comfort them in their loneliness? They are like sheep out in the wilderness — astray with no leaders. They are wandering. And what do they feast upon but weeds. No good nourishment is being given them…. “You know the TRUTH; keep it in your heart. And always remember: keep the Faith, my children. We depend on you, because you are our LITTLE ARMIES spread throughout the world — little in means, little in worldly goods, but GREAT in Faith and GREAT in Graces!”
ST. FAUSTINA’S Vision Balance amidst the SWORD OF JUSTICE
The following excerpts are from Jesus’ counsel to St. Faustina; they further emphasize the already cited symbolism of the Sword formation of Garabandal’s future Sign of the Miracle: JESU S — “Speak to the world about My mercy ... It is a sign ESU S for the end times. After it will come the Day of Justice. While there is still time, let them have recourse to the fountain of My mercy. (848) “Tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice is near. (965) “I am prolonging the time of mercy for the sake of sinners. But woe to them if they do NOT recognize this time of My visitation. (1160) “In the Old Covenant I sent prophets wielding thunderbolts to My people. Today I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world. I do not want to punish aching XLIII
mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My Merciful Heart. “I use punishment when they themselves force Me to do so; My hand is reluctant to take hold of the SWORD OF JUSTICE. Before the Day of Justice I am sending the Day of Mercy. (1588) “He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the DOOR OF MY JUSTICE.” (1146) ST. F AUSTINA — “During the renewal of the vows, I saw the T AUSTINA Lord Jesus on the Epistle side [of the altar] wearing a white garment with a golden belt and holding a terrible SWORD in His hand. This lasted until the moment when the sisters began to renew their vows. “Then I saw a resplendence beyond compare and, in front of this brilliance, a white cloud in the shape of a SCALE. Then Jesus approached and put the sword on one side of the scale, and it fell heavily towards the ground until it was about to touch it. Just then, the sisters finished renewing their vows. “Then I saw Angels who took something from each of the sisters and placed it in a golden vessel somewhat in the shape of a thurible. When they had collected it from all the sisters and placed the vessel on the other side of the scale, it immediately outweighed and raised up the side on which the SWORD had been laid. At that moment, a flame issued forth from the thurible, and it reached all the way to the brilliance. “Then I heard a voice coming from the brilliance: Put the SWORD back in its place; the sacrifice is greater. Then Jesus gave us His blessing, and all I had seen vanished. “The sisters had already begun to receive Holy Communion. When I received Holy Communion, my soul was filled with such great joy that I am unable to describe it.” (394)
JESUS — “Accept your cross, my children, and go forward searching as candles in the darkness. “As disciples of the Eternal Father, you will truly be the light of the world. I give you, my children, the simple honor of following Me as lights in the world. “MY HEART will shine in your darkened world; my Blood shall be your salvation.... “You are now true disciples of the Eternal Father. “We hold you close to Our Hearts and we shall comfort you as you go along Our WAY. “You will use the expression, my children:
Let us hold back the darkness.
We are living the days of the Apocalypse—the last days of our era.... The two great forces of the MYSTICAL BODY of CHRIST and the MYSTICAL BODY of the ANTICHRIST are beginning to draw up their battle lines for the catastrophic contest.... The effectiveness of our apostolate depends to a great extent upon denial of self and the search to be one with Christ in KNOWLEDGE and in WILL. Then, after a while, we reach a point where NOTHING in all the world is worth a moment of time except to know more of Him!
— A RCHBISHOP F ULTON J. S HEEN (1895-1979) ,
former director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith
ST. GEMMA’S testimonial, burnt by the Devil (see pg. 156)
The Giannini home’s Child Jesus shrine, where Gemma placed letters to her spiritual director and her guardian angel picked them up for delivery.
LEF T: Pope Pius XII’s canonization of Gemma Galgani, May 2, 1940, in St. Peter’s Basilica.
BELOW: The Giannini family, St. Gemma's adopted family
Venerable Father Germanus (Germano) Ruoppolo CP — St. Gemma’s spiritual director and biographer
A prayer composed by St. Gemma to obtain a desired grace:
Behold me at Your most holy feet, O dear Jesus, to manifest to you my gratitude for the continual favors which You have bestowed upon me, and still wish to bestow upon me. As many times as I have invoked You, O Jesus, You have made me content; I have often had recourse to You and You have always consoled me. How shall I express myself to You, dear Jesus? I thank you! Yet one more grace I desire of you, O my God, if it would be pleasing to You. (mention your request here) If you were not omnipotent, I would not make this request. O Jesus, have pity on me. May your most holy will be done in all things.
An excerpt of St. Gemma’s prayer for greater sanctity:
Assist me, my Jesus, for I desire to become good whatsoever it may cost; take away, destroy, utterly root out all that You find in me contrary to Your holy will. At the same time, I pray You, Lord Jesus, to enlighten me that I may be able to walk in Your holy light. Amen.
See file #2 on SCRIBD.com, accessible from www.1GOD.info, for the continuing biography of St. Gemma