WHY THE MARIAN SIGNS?
Statue of Our Lady with the Baby Jesus
St. Francis Church in Kowloon, Hong Kong
1. WHY DOES GOD SEND US SUPERNATURAL
SIGNS? God conferred on humans the supernatural
destiny of participating in His Eternal Life and Happiness. To that end,
we are to seek, know, love and serve God, Who alone is the absolute Truth
and infinite Goodness. As His children, we are also to love and help one
another, forming Gods family. Humans have failed, however, by seeking
their own will and disobeying Gods Commandment. To deliver us from
eternal perdition, God sent His Only Son as our Savior. Christ redeemed us
by His Death on the Cross and established His Church to make salvation
available to all.
Despite all that, humans have continued wandering away
from Gods Teaching and Commandment. This is why God is sending us more
messages and signs, warning us about the consequences of unrepented sins
and urging us to return to Him and to His Teaching and Sacraments in the
2. HOW CAN WE TELL TRUE SIGNS FROM
HEAVEN FROM FALSE ONES? Christ Himself warned us
about false prophets. The devil was a great angel before his fall and
still is capable of false messages and apparitions and is anxious to lead
more people to hell. This is why we must not blindly accept the reported
supernatural phenomena but discern them carefully. The following criteria
may be helpful:
a. Do the reported messages, apparitions, and miracles
conform to the authentic teachings of the Church? For example, if they
deny or equivocate Christs true divinity or his true humanity, they
cannot be from God. True messages and signs cannot alter or improve the
truth already revealed by God. Instead, they draw us powerfully to Gods
teachings and Sacraments in the Church. For correct discernment, we need
to be firmly grounded in the Church teachings.
b. In addition to being in conformity with the Church
teachings, are the messages and the people who are directly involved
respectful of and obedient to the proper authority in the Church? If not,
they cannot be from God.
c. Are there physical supernatural signs? The absence of
physical signs does not necessarily mean that the messages are false. The
presence of genuine miracles, however, can be strong marks of true
revelations from God. Our Lord Himself performed many miracles to confirm
His teachings. The physical signs also need to be discerned.
d. Are the fruits good? Are the messages and miracles
leading people to a stronger faith in God and His teachings and to a more
faithful adherence to the authentic devotions in the Church? If they lead
people to pride, materialism, pursuit of fame, deviation from the
teachings and devotions of the Church, and defiance against the proper
authority in the Church, they cannot be from God.
Thus, true messages and signs from God are always
focused on Gods Incarnation and Redemptive Work, which is a reality
continuing through the Church until the end of the world.
3. WHY IS GOD SENDING MARY TO US?
God the Son took human flesh through the Virgin
Mary. When Mary said "Fiat" to the Annunciation by St.
Gabriel the Archangel, the Savior was conceived in her womb by the power
of the Holy Spirit. It was the beginning of Gods Incarnation among us
and of His Redemptive Work for us. Thus, Mary became the Mother of the God
Marys participation in Christs Redemptive Work
continued throughout His life on earth, culminating at the time of His
Crucifixion. Together with St. John and several holy women, the Mother of
the Savior was standing at the foot of the Cross, offering up her
sufferings to God the Father in union with her Divine Son. Her essential
role as the Helper to the Savior is continuing even after her Assumption
into Heaven. Because Mary is the Mother of Christ, she is also the Mother
of the Church, which is the Mystical Body of Christ, and of everyone who
belongs to the Church. She is eternally and truly our Mother, who loves
and cares about us. God, Who willed that Mary be the Mother of His Son,
also assigned to her the role of a mother for all of us. That is why He is
sending her to us so that she may help us repent our sins and return to
Him and His Church as His children.
4. WHAT ARE THE ERRORS OF OUR AGE?
a. Being self-centered and human-centered
instead of God-centered. Perceiving and living our life on earth outside
the context of our eternal destiny. If we devote our lives to pursuing
worldly goals instead of seeking God and doing His Will, we are going to
perish eventually, because we are not the source of the truth, power,
goodness, or life. We really cannot overcome the burden of our sins or the
limits of the physical world by ourselves regardless of any temporary
successes on earth. Life is vain without God, because He alone is the true
origin of everything that is good.
b. Ignoring the reality of Gods Incarnation in our
world. Thus, denying the existence of (1) the absolute and full truth for
our salvation, (2) the objective moral laws, and (3) the adequate means of
salvation available through the Church.
c. Refusing to accept that the Catholic Church was
established by Christ and is being sustained by the Holy Spirit to
continue the reality of Christs Real Presence and Redemptive Work. We
often look at only the human aspects of the Church members and fail to
recognize the supernatural reality in the Church that flows from the
infinite merits of Christs suffering on the Cross.
d. Having forgotten the value of sacrifices. We often
ignore the fact that self-denial and sacrifices are the only true signs of
love. Because of this, we may fail to appreciate the meaning of Christs
Sacrifice on the Cross and the continuing reality of His Sacrifice through
the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We may also fail to understand the Blessed
Mothers suffering and weeping. We may fail to respond to Our Lords
call to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him, which is the
essence of the Christian life.
OUR LADYS MESSAGES
Courageously and adhering to the Heritage of the Faith
that has been entrusted to you, unite with the Pope more humbly, following
the messages of my burning love. (January 18, 1997)
Do not refuse the cross that has been given to you or
complain about it. If you do not squander the small and large pains but
offer them up gracefully and follow me, you will receive a royal crown in
the next world because of the sufferings in this world. (January 23, 1997)
My beloved children! As I have been chosen to be the
Lords Helper, you have been chosen to be my helpers. Therefore, Heaven
is truly yours. (April 1, 1997)
The cup of Gods wrath is overflowing, because the
world has reached a saturation point with sins and great degradation.
Increase your efforts, remembering that the time of judgment is being
delayed because of the little souls despite their small number. When the
number of the little souls increases, Gods voice of wrath and breath of
anger will turn into blessing and this world will become the Kingdom of
the Lord. (June 12, 1997)
Consecrate your souls to the cause that is precious to
me and become dissolved in the divine virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity.
As I will always be with you who are following me, do not have fear of
anything but spread my messages. (June 12, 1997)
In this dangerous, extremely dangerous age, you will
surely see new buds sprouting even on the burnt ground, when you realize
that this Mother is needed for all of you and follow me. (June 30, 1997)
The crisis manifests itself in the Church as a deepening
division and apostasy, which is found even among priests. Numerous clergy
and children are not only refusing to accept my invitation but are
displaying an outright defiance to it, cruelly nailing my Son Jesus to the
Cross again. (June 30, 1997)
The signs that I am giving you in this small country,
Korea, are for the Church in the whole world. (July 13, 1997)
Ah! I am sad. The number of the children who understand
the Mystery of the Holy Eucharist, truly accept it, and make the Real
Presence in the Holy Eucharist known is extremely small. (August 27, 1997)
If you do not pass on to others what you have received,
you will be responsible, too. (February 2, 1998)