I haven’t felt up to the task — but today begins the Novena to Our Lady of America for our nation, so I felt called to try to finish this post in order to be able to share it as along with the Novena.
This novena is asking for Mary’s protection and help during these final days before the mid-term elections…
Please, also ask in this novena that our U.S. Bishops fulfill Our Lady of America’s request for her statue to be processed and placed in honor in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. soon.
(For more information on this, please see and share: We Need Divine Intervention to Save Our Church and Our Nation!
See also: Open Letter to the U.S. Bishops: In this Time of Unequaled Sin and Corruption)
So, again, I feel called today to try to write what Our Lady most wants known from her messages regarding purity – praying that the Holy Spirit enlivens and fills my words and inspires me
and each one of us to pray and fast and live as Our Lady of America asks…
From the very beginning Our Mother asked our country to be dedicated to purity. Within the vast apparitions and messages of Our Lady of America – spanning three decades, which include messages from Jesus, St. Joseph, the archangels, guardian angels of our country and most prominently, from Our Blessed Mother — she repeated this message again and again – stating that our strength and calling, as well as the peace of our nation, is conditional to our purity.
Much of this article will be direct quotations of Mary and Jesus according to Sister Mildred’s diary. But, before reading directly from the diary, I think it’s important to consider Mary’s call to purity so we can better understand and know what Mary is asking of us.
In a world saturated with impurity it is hard to fathom a nation dedicated to purity – imagine how different our nation would be if we had embraced this call when she first asked!
These evils include:
- · contraception – enabling “free sex” and the separation of commitment and faithfulness from the marital act
- · divorce
- · single parent (and parentless) homes
- · abortion
- · pornography
- · homosexuality
- · (even in the priesthood – and is increasingly promoted by certain members of the Church)
- · sexual abuse and sex trafficking
- · ‘gay’ marriage and
- · ‘gender fluidity’ — all of which has become increasingly pervasive and damaging to our society.
Imagine a world,
our own families
and ourselves where these ills don’t exist!
What an incredible world this would be!!!
Imagine a world where people are pure
and thus free to love as God intended
– free from the chains of impurity
– never having succumbed to seeing or treating themselves or others as objects
– each cherishing and accepting their own and others’ God given dignity beginning at the first moment of conception
– every family comprised of fathers and mothers pure of heart
– faithfully committed for life – loving one another and all the children God blessed them with-
– in an environment where God’s love is known and embraced and He is loved in return.
This and so much more is what God wants for us!
“For God came so that we might have life and have it to the full!” – Jn 10:10
He longs for us to live in purity of life, of intention, of thought, of will, of heart…
This is what Our Lady is calling us to!
Living this way, I’m convinced, will be a part of the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart that she has promised.
This is an excerpt from today’s Mass readings, in which St. Paul tells us:
Immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be mentioned among you, as is fitting among holy ones, no obscenity or silly or suggestive talk, which is out of place, but instead, thanksgiving. Be sure of this, that no immoral or impure or greedy person, that is, an idolater, has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God.
Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for because of these thingsthe wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient. So do not be associated with them… Ephesians 4:32 – 5: 8
When is the last time we were warned about the dangers of impurity from the pulpit?
When was the last time we were warned impurity would keep us from heaven?
The Holy Spirit concludes Scripture, including it as part of the Good News, this warning to the unchaste (lumping them together with murderers and sorcerers and more), saying:
“the sorcerers, the unchaste, the murderers, the idol-worshipers, and all who love and practice deceit [will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven]. – Rev. 22: 15
In contrast to these Words of Scripture,
we live in a time when men call evil good and good evil.
Yet, we are not called to live in this deception,
but are called to live in Truth.
We are called to infinitely more than what the world offers.
We are called to LOVE,
A Fully Divine and Fully Human Person,
The One True God,
Who is so much greater than what we settle for.
We are called to the very Love and Truth of Christ
and to love as Christ loves …
in part, by speaking the Truth.
It is not loving to never speak about the harm that comes through impurity
It is a tragedy to never speak of it’s devastating effects both in the natural order,
but ever more importantly, in the supernatural one:
“For the wages of sin is death.” – Romans 6:23
The Truth is: Impurity will lead us to hell if we don’t repent.
As little Jacinta, the youngest seer at Fatima stated:
“More souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.”
Yet, God is a God of mercy.
So, neither is it loving to stop at this fact without giving hope.
Jesus is ever ready to forgive us if we repent.
He longs to not only forgive us, but also to fill us with his very self
through His Divine Indwelling Presence
(this incredibly beautiful and profound teaching is also found in the messages of Our Lady of America and will be the topic of another upcoming article)
He gives us his very self in order to free and empower us from sin and it’s slavery
BY LIVING WITHIN US … if we receive Him…
in order for us, in return,
to live in Him, for Him, through Him, with Him —
which is actually an incredible definition of purity —
if we recognize that to be pure is to live fully as one is intended to live!
Jesus himself prefaced Our Lady of America’s messages with His own profound and powerful calls to repentance and holiness two years before Our Mother began appearing to Sister Mildred. You can read these beautiful messages here: “Write these instructions for the sanctification of My people”.
However, the first direct mention of purity in the messages of Our Lady of America takes place on November 20, 1955, with words from the Angel Gabriel:
“…go to [Jesus’] Mother and learn great purity of heart.”
How fitting it is for Jesus to send Mary to us
to teach us!
For Jesus knows firsthand what an exemplary teacher she is,
for (amazingly) it was Mary who taught Our Lord.
How wonderful it is to be in the School of Mary!
She is the most powerful intercessor — who knows what we need —
even before we ourselves know!!! (think of the miracle of Cana)
So, when she asks us to pray and fast, it is because she knows we need to…
In all her messages, she calls us to prayer and fasting, as well as the Holy Mass and the Sacraments, for these are the greatest means of conquering impurity
-in every area of our lives –
including our body, mind, spirit and heart.
Jesus told us that certain demons can only be cast out by prayer and fasting.
Heaven alone know how terrible are the demons of impurity that we are fighting against –
and the great need we have for fasting!
That is why she calls us to fasting again and again.
The greatest fast we can make is fasting from sin in our lives.
Other ways to fast are:
to fast from food,
from bad habits, etc.
Have you ever attempted to fast?
If not, I hope now is the time you begin.
It is hard to put into words what a powerful means it has been in my life in conquering my passions, and of strengthening and purifying my will, so that I am able to live more freely, more wholeheartedly and more joyfully in God.
So instead of ignoring and ignoring heaven’s calls for us to fast, remember Jesus and Mary only ask us to do what is best for us!
Following are portions of the diary pertaining to purity — note: the emphases are mine.
While we read these messages, let us pray and ask the Holy Spirit to inspire us and help us take these words to heart and seek to live them as we are being called:
“On the eve of the feast of the North American Martyrs,
September 25, 1956, as I was making the Holy Hour from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, I was conscious of the distinct and special feeling
of the presence of Our Lady. She stood by my side and spoke to me. I felt,
rather than saw her, though I did see a part of her white gown and a small
portion of her blue sash. I was under the impression that She came as Our Lady
of Lourdes, and She herself confirmed this. Our Lady promised that greater
miracles than those granted at Lourdes and Fatima would be granted here in
America, the United Stares in particular, if we would do as She desires.
America. I desire that my children honor me, especially by the purity of their
make known to my children in America. I wish it to be the country dedicated to
my purity. The wonders I will work will be the wonders of the Soul. They must
have faith and believe firmly in my love for them. I desire that they be the
children of my Pure Heart. I desire, through my children of America, to further
the cause of faith and purity among peoples and nations. Let them come to me
with confidence and simplicity, and I, their Mother, will teach them to become
pure like to my Heart that their own hearts may be more pleasing to the Heart
of my Son.”
appeared to me while I was at prayer. She held the world in her hands. From her
eyes tears were lowing upon it, as though She longed to cleanse it from its
guilt. It was then that I heard these words filled with sorrow and longing:
weep in vain? Assuage the sorrow of my Heart over the ingratitude of sinful men
by the love and chasteness of your lives. will you do this for me, beloved
children, or will you allow your Mother to weep in vain? I come to you, O
children of America, as a last resort. I plead with you to listen to my voice.
Cleanse your souls in the Precious Blood of my Son. Live in his Heart, and take
me in that I may teach you to live in great purity of heart which is so
pleasing to God. Be my army of chaste soldiers, ready to fight to the death to
preserve the purity of your souls. I am the Immaculate One, Patroness of your
land. Be my faithful children as I have been your faithful Mother.
reformation of life. There must be sanctification from within. I will work my
miracles of grace only in those who ask for them and empty their souls of the love and attachment to sin and all that
is displeasing to my Son. Souls who cling to sin cannot have their hands free
to receive the treasures of grace that I hold out to them.
September 26, 1956, these words are to be engraved:
devotion to Our Lady will receive the grace of intense purity of heart and the
particular love of the Holy Virgin and her divine Son. Sinners will receive the
grace of repentance and the spiritual strength to live as true children of
Mary. As in life, so in death, this blessed medal will be as a shield to
protect them against the evil spirits, and St. Michael himself will be at their
side to allay their fears at the final hour.
Dear one, the medal itself will not work miracles, but the stronger the faith in
what the medal signifies the greater the potential for the miracles that are
being prayed for.)
On March 19, 1958:
“I bring to souls the purity of my life and the obedience
that crowned it….
deep respect I held for my Immaculate Spouse. Let them be an example to their
children and fellowmen, never willfully doing anything that would cause
scandal among God’s people.
daughter, the United States is a small one among nations, yet has it not been
said that ‘a little child shall lead them’? It is the United States that is to
lead the world to peace, the peace of Christ, the peace that He brought with
Him from heaven in his birth as man in the little town of Bethlehem. The
Savior did not come to enter this world in a big city but a small town, again,
a little one among many. Dear child, unless the United States accepts and
carries out faithfully the mandate given to it by heaven to lead the world to
peace, there will come upon it and all nations a great havoc of war and
incredible suffering. If, however, the United States is faithful to this
mandate from heaven and yet fails in the pursuit of peace because the rest of
the world will not accept or cooperate then the United States will not be
burdened with the punishment about to fall.
great for the United States without some special help from heaven. Our Lady
assured me that Michael and the whole army of Blessed Spirits will give their
assistance at all times. As the Queen of Angels She has loving command over
them and they accomplish whatever She wishes. This made me feel better and the
fears that I had left me.
years 1982 and 1983:
daughter, sweet child, there are those in high places in the Church who disobey
and refuse respect to my Son’s Vicar on earth. These betray the teachings
inspired by the divine Spirit sent by my Son to be with the Church ‘til the end
are those who teach false doctrines, and those who repudiate the Holy
Sacraments. They are filled with intellectual pride. And so refusing to follow
my humble Son, they are being destroyed together with those who misguidedly
follow them down the path of error and falsehood. Pray for these poor ones who
do not realize the misery and wretchedness they are in and to which they have
and are leading others.
daughter, there is no true love unless there is sacrifice. A selfish heart
cannot love because it is filled with self and so has no room for love. My
precious one, if self-love be true, it contains within itself the love of all
and ignores no one.
love then becomes God-love because it embraces and contains the love of
everyone. Heed this, sweet child, then you will despise no one, no matter what
their conduct might be. The Heart of my Son is open to anyone who wishes to
enter and is closed to none.
peace, my daughter, I am always with you.
sacrifice itself for the One loved. Man fears
place themselves into my keeping, I would teach them the way of true love.
children’s love for me. God looks at the heart, and if it resembles the Heart
of his divine Son, it is with the greatest pleasure He regards it.
Heart of the Son, you must go to the Mother, whose heart is most like his. From
this Pure and Immaculate Heart you will learn all that will make you more
pleasing to the divine Heart of the Son of God. The Holy Trinity looks down
with infinite delight upon such souls and makes them Its heaven upon earth.
“Come to me, my children, come to me and learn. There
is much I would teach you. It is for your own happiness and eternal salvation.
Do not disregard the voice of your Mother. It is the voice of love trying to
save you from eternal ruin.”
daughter, there is so much untruth in the truth that is sought. Truth comes
from Him who has been sent by my Son, the Spirit who is Truth. Pray
continuously to be guided by this Spirit who is the true enlightenment.
are those who seek truth from spirits who are false and lead only to a greater
ignorance and a worse destruction. The divine Spirit abides in my Son Jesus and
is sent by Him. All other spirits are only true in Him, the Third Person of the
of any spirit which does not abide in the Holy Spirit and does not receive
power and light from Him. Meditate on this often, dear child, so that only the
Spirit of Truth may abide in you and be the light of your journey to the
confidence, dear one, I am your Mother and will never leave you.
There are many messages foretelling the great punishments that will befall America if we do not heed Our Lady’s messages. Here are just a few of them:
lives, or God Himself will need to cleanse you in the fires of untold
pleading and intercession on your behalf!
children understand it! They give me many words, but sacrifice themselves they
will not. It is not me they love but themselves. Oh, what blindness, sweet
child, what blindness! How it pierces my heart!
Intercede with me before the throne of mercy, for sin is overwhelming the world
and punishment is not far away.”
“Hurry, my son, [addressed to Sister Mildred’s spiritual director] for the time is short but the punishment will be long, and for many, forever.
words contained this warning:
will suffer great persecution. If man himself will not take upon himself the
penance necessary to atone for his sins and those of others, God in his justice
will have to send upon him the punishment necessary to atone for his
in a particular way my children in America. Unless they do penance by
mortification and self-denial and thus reform their lives, God will visit them
with punishments hitherto unknown to them.
your lives, or God Himself will need to cleanse you in the fires of untold
punishment. You must be prepared to receive his great gift of peace. If you will
not prepare yourselves, God will Himself be forced to do so in his justice and
Regarding the Bishops Processing and Honoring the Statue in the Basilica:
“Pray and do penance, my sweet child, that this may come to pass. Trust me and love me; I so desire it. Do not forget your poor Mother, who weeps over the loss of so many of her children.”
“I promise to reward their love by working through the power of my Son’s Heart and my Immaculate Heart miracles of grace among them. I do not promise miracles of the body, but of the soul.”
Previously quoted above:
Our Lady promised that greater miracles than those granted at Lourdes and Fatima would be granted here in America, the United Stares in particular, if we would do as She desires.
Mary’s Ultimate Triumph – according to Our Personal Choice:
“My Immaculate Heart will win in the end, and the Spirit of Christ will dwell in the hearts of men. Those in whom this Spirit is not found will be condemned to eternal hell-fire.”
I pray that by reading more and more of the messages of Our Lady of America, we come to recognize how great a gift they are for us.
I hope they pierce our hearts and that we come to believe they are messages
for a time such as this.
I pray each of us responds to the Calls of heaven:
Calls to repentance and to purity
Calls to prayer and to peace
Calls to obedience and fulfillment of Our Lady’s messages.
God has called each of us to live in this time
of ever increasing hatred and violence …
when our nation and Church is plagued with ever growing corruption and scandals …
Because each of us have an expressed purpose from God for being here.
The Holy Spirit will enlighten us to the particulars, but regardless of who we are:
Each of us is called to convert ourselves,
And to aid in the conversion of our families and our nation
through prayer and fasting and
by deciding to live in Christ
and in the power of the Cross
To witness to the world that we who “were once darkness are now light in the Lord.”
Isn’t that amazing?!
How much hope and beauty is in God and in giving our lives to Him!
We are called to “Live as children of light”
in this world of darkness and sin —
as beacons of hope, life, holiness and joy to those desperately in need! (cf. Ephesians 5: 8)
Acknowledging this, is there a better time for us to heed Our Lady’s calls?
Will we decide today to do so?
With the help of their grace, may we pledge to live Our Mother’s call by reforming our own lives through purity, penance and sacrifice.
Praying as she asked the prayers she gave us, particularly praying often the prayer:
Cardinal Burke affirmed the Church’s approval of Our Lady of America in a letter written to the U.S. Catholic Bishops in 2007.