“Do what Our Mother says”
Your Eminence, esteemed bishops, dear friends of the Mother and Lady of All Nations!
Draw new hope
Faced with the news reports that we receive daily from around the world, more and more people look to the future with growing fear.
Yet today, at her Day of Prayer, the Mother of All Nations absolutely wants to take away all our fear of the future and give us the grace to draw new hope in spite of the threats. Wherever Our Lady has appeared, she has always come at the right time. She did not want just to warn us of imminent danger, but above all to reveal the means by which we can prevent the approaching disaster.
Simply do what she asks us
The deepest intention of my conference is to remind you how current and incomparably significant the ecclesiastically-approved message of the Lady of All Nations is for world peace. All of us absolutely have to understand more deeply how decisive it is to do, here and now, exactly what the Mother of All Nations wishes and to understand just how much the peace we long for depends upon whether we obey her words in a childlike manner or not! All of us are responsible!
Let us learn from Fatima so that we do not make the same mistake. Such unimaginably tragic consequences came to be because the message of Fatima was ignored for so long and Mary’s warnings were not taken seriously and therefore her wishes and pleas were not corresponded to.
She warned us at the right moment about the drama of a second World War, as well as about Russia and the worldwide diffusion of its militant atheistic ideology. As a mother she also simultaneously revealed the concrete means through which all of this could have been prevented. These means were so simple—the Rosary, communion of expiation on the first Saturday of the month and the consecration to her Immaculate Heart. Since the bishops and priests, Christian politicians and faithful, which is to say those who could have understood the message, did not want to listen, a catastrophe struck Europe and the world. I am sure you will allow me to ask a question at this point: If the call of Fatima was not taken seriously back then, in a time when Christianity was still Marian, how will our response to the pleas of the Lady of All Nations look in a time that is not nearly as Marian as it was in those days?
Prevention of a global catastrophe
Let us learn from Fatima. Then we will not make the same mistake with regard to the messages of Amsterdam! Here in Amsterdam, Our Lady appeared—again at the right time—not just to warn the nations about a war and an atheistic ideology, but rather, as she said, from a great global catastrophe. Once again—because she is indeed a mother—she gave the corresponding means to prevent disaster.
How did she do this? She revealed herself under a new title, “The Lady, the Mother of All Nations”, gave us a new image and a new prayer about which she said: “Under this title and through this prayer I may deliver the world from a great world catastrophe” (May 10, 1953). She asked us to spread her image and prayer among all nations and even gave a name to this worldwide spreading: “a Worldwide Action of redemption and peace.” She says this worldwide action is the requirement and direct preparation for a new Marian dogma, which is to say, for a solemn proclamation of the truth of faith that Mary is the Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate for all nations.
This final and greatest Marian dogma will give us a new Pentecost and lead all nations into a new time of peace.
…never too late for a miracle through prayer
In order to do that which the Lady of All Nations desires throughout the world, we are, honestly said, fairly late. If, however, at the beginning of the 3rd millennium, we finally do what our mother says here in Amsterdam, then it is still not too late. We will then experience the miracle that she promised. She said already in 1951: “Go with great ardor and zeal about this work of redemption and peace, and you will behold the miracle” (April 1, 1951).
To show that childlike obedience to God is rewarded in undreamed-of ways, I would like, by way of example, to make reference to the miracle of Austria’s liberation from Russian occupation which was attained in prayer through the Expiatory Rosary Crusade.
World War II left Europe in ash and ruins. Russia kept parts of Austria along with the capital, Vienna, occupied by 50,000 soldiers of the Red Army. In Fatima, the Queen of the Rosary had warned us exactly about this. It was, therefore, humanly speaking, already too late. Yet there were simple men and women with faith and also influential politicians who, nevertheless, trusted in the power of prayer.
Victory through the Expiatory Rosary Crusade
When, in 1946, the Franciscan priest, Fr. Peter Pavlicek, prayed for help for a bombed-out Austria before the altar in Mariazell, he heard Mary’s reply in his heart: “Do what I tell you and you will have peace!” And so the Expiatory Rosary Crusade came into being. For ten years, Fr. Peter went all throughout Austria with a statue of Our Lady of Fatima, and tens of thousands of good-willed Christians joined his prayer movement. And God granted the longed-for freedom.
Twenty years after Austria was freed, the founder of the Expiatory Rosary Crusade, Fr. Peter Pavlicek, whose process for beatification has already begun, gave a homily during a pilgrimage of thanksgiving to Mariazell. He exact word there were:
“Many, many Austrians think nowadays that this freedom was a matter of course and that this just came about so easily. Here I have to tell the truth. It took ten years of struggling hard to achieve this freedom.
“We needed 268 meetings. When the Austrian Chancellor, Figl, returned to Vienna after the 268th meeting in Berlin, he said to me, ‘Fr. Peter, I have never come back from a meeting so sad. Mr. Molotov said straight to my face, “Mr. Figl do not get your hopes up; once we Russians have something, we never give it back again.”’ ‘Fr. Peter,’ said Figl, ‘There is only one hope left: God! We have to pray more, pray more to God and to Mary for freedom!’
“And after that I did everything possible to force prayer among the Austrian people. This exhortation of the Chancellor was followed by innumerable days and nights of adoration in the Franciscan church in Vienna. Lo and behold, half a year later this same Mr. Molotov also had to sign the State Treaty on May 15, 1955 in Belvedere. Incredible! All of a sudden it became possible that Russia let go of an occupied territory. Was it just the politicians who brought this about? Or was it not grace, grace that had been obtained by prayer?
“I also will not forget how we organized the first procession for freedom in Vienna in the year 1950. Back then, there was a lot of ridicule and scorn, a lot of doubt. It was thought that 500 little old ladies would go along. We certainly can’t go too. Then Chancellor Figl said to me, ‘Peter, for my fatherland, it is worth it for me that we pray even if only you and I make the circuit and plead. We will not be freed otherwise!’ At that first procession, people came crawling out of the woodwork; 15,000 came the first time. And there were more at each procession after that, up to 80,000.
“Do you see my dear brothers and sisters: praying is power! One only has to believe in that power, one has to believe that God takes praying seriously! And therefore also we have to take praying seriously!”
Pope John Paul II and the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
An even more impressive example of how graceful the effects of obedience to Our Lady’s wishes are, is the collapse of the entire Russian Soviet Union through the consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It was put off for decades and sometimes the consecration was not understood and even blocked, by the best of the best in the Church. Even the normally very reserved Sr. Lucia, who we see here in Fatima together with Pope Paul IV and a still-young Bishop Hnilica, said regarding this: “The Lord did not just complain about the great sins but rather also about our lack of enthusiasm and negligence regarding His wishes.”
Even our deeply Marian Pope became fully aware of the importance of the still-relevant message of Fatima only after the painful assassination attempt on May 13, 1981. The Universal Church had not yet fulfilled the wishes of Our Lady.
The Pope, through the dramatic content of the 3rd secret of Fatima which he had brought to him in the Gemelli Clinic, recognized more clearly how important it is to finally fulfill God’s wishes so as to avert threatening danger from the Church and the world.
On March 25, 1984, three years after the assassination attempt, he prayed the consecration for the world in St. Peters Square. For this occasion he had the original statue of Fatima brought to Rome for this, to make it clear to the whole world that he wanted to correspond with Mary’s directions.
The effect of this act of complete entrustment to Mary was immense and exceeded all, truly all, expectations! Only a few years after the consecration of the world and immediately after the Marian Year in 1988, the unimaginable occurred: the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain, the break-up of the Eastern Block and even the Soviet Union. This great upheaval had already been predicted in the messages of Amsterdam in 1951, 38 years before it happened (cf. December 31, 1951).
Not a single politician would have expected that! Even Pope John Paul II said that “Those events remain surprising … for the speed with which they occurred” (Tertio Millennio Adveniente).
Dear friends, I am only reminding you of all this in order to show you how important it is to put faith in the ecclesiastically-approved messages of Amsterdam and to invite you, purely and simply, to do what the Mother of All Nations wishes: to spread her prayer and her image. But I ask you, do we really believe that the spreading of her prayer card can be a “worldwide action of redemption and peace” which helps to prevent a global catastrophe? Does it not seem to be far too easy to be able to have an effective contribution towards global peace?
A Revolution with the Rosary
In order to be strengthened in our faith of the unfailing power of prayer, I would also like to turn your attention to the dramatic days of the first Filipino Rosary Revolution. It should show us how safely and peacefully Mary guides her children to victory when they place themselves under her protection and her guidance and do that which she wishes.
Much was written in the papers regarding the fall from power of the dictator Marcos, but little about the true background. In 1985, the Filipino bishops had already requested their own Marian Year from Rome. It became a year of conversion and expiation that prepared the hearts of many for the events of the Rosary Revolution.
In 1986, Cardinal Sin called the people to a peaceful protest against the corrupt regime. Within a few hours, 3 to 4 million Filipinos were in the streets of Manila praying the Rosary together. Day and night priests celebrated the Holy Mass in the city squares of Manila. Even children urged heavily armed soldiers to pray and gave bouquets of flowers to the tank drivers who had come to disperse the people. Many soldiers climbed down from the tanks and joined those praying.
Mary demonstrated herself to be the mother of her people in a wonderful way. Even the commander of a helicopter squadron, who was ordered to throw grenades into the huge crowd of people, recounted: “In the moment I was ready to fulfill Marcos’s command, I discovered to my horror that my wife and children were among those praying. Shaken, I gave the command to fly back to our staging point. I immediately drove home and found, to my very great surprise, my wife and kids in the apartment. I asked my wife reprovingly why she went into the city in such danger. But she assured me, ‘I was at home the whole day.’”
It was the feast of Our Lady of Victories, February 25, 1986, when Marcos gave in and went into exile.
The Second Rosary Revolution
Dear friends, the moving things we have just experienced were incredibly repeated again 15 years later in January of 2001, just three years ago!
Following the term of office of President Corazon Aquino, who we have just seen in the film, a former actor and playboy Joseph Estrada succeeded in winning the 1998 presidential elections. Becuase he plundered the Federal Treasury during his term of office, the average Filipino became even more impoverished. It was impossible to remove him from office through premature elections, though, because Estrada had bribed the Senate. It was a hopeless situation. Once again it was days of prayer by millions that helped the incredible to occur. The commander in chief of the army and leading generals finally changed their minds, detached themselves from the President and supported the people. On the same day the opposing politician and firm Catholic Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was sworn into office as the new President. A few days later, Cardinal Sin wrote in his pastoral letter, “Trusting prayer is more powerful than weapons. Fasting and sacrifices are more effective than strategic planning. The silent power of the nation that holds night vigils is more powerful than military force.”
Humble prayer and trusting self-offering
Dear friends, the historical fact of these two peaceful revolutions in Southeast Asia should strengthen our conviction that also today, in every country and in every moment, it would be possible through an assault of prayer to bring about a change, not just politically but also spiritually.
We certainly understand better now the “worldwide action of redemption and peace” given by Our Lady. Of course, Rosary beads by themselves are useless! But, as we have seen, praying the Rosary full of trust has great power. This is also true for the Worldwide Action. Having a prayer card in our hands is not enough. But humble prayer with trust and self-offering for the coming of the Holy Spirit into the hearts of everyone has power. Mother Ida saw this. She saw how Our Lady pointed to her own heart and then to the hearts of the nations while saying, “Just as the snow melts into the ground, so the fruit, the Spirit will come into the hearts of all people who pray this prayer every day” (April 1, 1951). “You do not know how great and how important this prayer is before God” (May 31, 1955).
The world has no solution
Everything we have heard until now should help us so that, with our eyes fixed on our mother, we may not become discouraged when faced with the current world situation.
Humanly seen, the situation in the world today is so intricate, complicated, and threatening that there is no way out. Allow me, please, to briefly show you a shocking comparison to illustrate this: on the right are American soldiers who mockingly provoke Iraqi’s and on the left Shiite soldiers in Kerbala during the feast of Ashura who are ready for any form of suicide attack.
Laying on the ground here we see Iraqi civilians who were tortured by American soldiers. In answer, Iraqi freedom fighters beheaded an American businessman. Horrors are being committed throughout the world. Are we already prisoners in an inescapably vicious circle of violence?
Regarding this apparently hopeless situation of today, the Lady of All Nations said already 50 years ago: “The world no longer knows where to turn. Very well then, peoples, trust in your Mother, for she has never forsaken her children” (May 31, 1955). “For the world is not saved by force, the world will be saved by the Spirit” (April 29, 1951). In fact, looking at the Israel and Palestine question, at Iraq or at Islamic Fundamentalism is already enough to confirm these words of Mary. Then there is the war of terrorism which has now reached Europe with the terrible attack in Madrid. Terrorism’s incalculable and gruesome nature has set people throughout the world in a state of tension, fear, and helplessness. It appears that the unstoppable escalation of international terrorism and the fight against it are to become the world war of the 21st century.
The most recent opinion poll in Germany from a month ago stated that of the 82 million citizens there, three-fourths were afraid of terror attacks, which comes as a surprise to no one. Already two years ago, fundamentalist Muslims at a demonstration in Berlin showed that if things get serious they would be ready even in Germany to use their children as suicide bombers.
One year ago, a former Secretary of Defense from the United States was convinced enough by reliable information that he went so far as to suggest that the next terror attack against America would take place not with fully fueled jumbo jets like in New York, but rather with nuclear weapons.
This conviction of his is not so bizarre if you know what the Egyptian diplomat Mohammed el-Baradei said in January this year. He is the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency and chief weapons inspector for the United Nations. In an interview, he showed himself to be seriously concerned about the nuclear black market. He said: “The number of nations now believed to be capable of creating nuclear weapons is estimated at 35 or 40.” And later, “I worry that atomic weapons will fall into the hands of unscrupulous dictators or terrorists. … Never was the danger as great as today. … An atomic war draws nearer…” And those are the words of the world’s foremost expert in this field.
Peoples be warned
Dear brothers and sisters, does not the third secret of Fatima come to mind or the words of the Lady of All Nations in Akita, where, in tears, she spoke of fire falling from heaven if we do not convert and do what she has told us? We have the choice whether we listen to her or not. She knows the plans of Satan and is capable of stopping them. What do we know? Nothing! And what are we able to do without her?
May I ask you something? Was it really thanks only to the Jordanian security forces that six weeks ago in the capital, Amman, a terrorist attack that planned on using twenty tons of chemical weapons was discovered at the last second?
The poisonous cloud that would have been produced over the city would have taken more lives than all previous Al-Qaida attacks, including the attack on the twin towers in New York. As I heard of this, I involuntarily thought of a message of the Lady of All Nations from 1947 in which the visionary, Ida Peerdeman, had to painfully experience in her own body the effects of a much more terrible attack, namely, a bacteriological attack.
I do not want to go into details about that, however, because each of you can read this motherly warning for yourselves. This message ends with the pleading words: “Peoples, be warned!” (December 26, 1947).
Such serious predictions of attacks with weapons of mass destruction were not given to make us afraid, but rather only so that through conversion and prayer they can be prevented.
The American Secretary of State, Collin Powell, describes here to the US Senate how easily bacteriological attacks can be carried out. Only a minimal amount of bacteria is needed to cause devastating effects. Because they are hard to detect, this type of weapon is easily smuggled anywhere.
Back to the true source of peace
Who can offer us a solution? Church diplomats? Politicians or maybe the United Nations Security Council? Businessmen or financial experts? Officers, philosophers or psychologists? As important as they are, in the end, they can still provide only a temporary solution.
A lasting solution can only be found in God. Yet God gives his solution for our times through Mary, because as mother she leads all people back to him, the true source of peace. She herself says after all: “Now I speak to the nations of the entire world: … kneel down before your Lord and Creator and be grateful. This world’s science has made people forget gratitude. They no longer know their Creator. Nations, be warned. Kneel down humbly before your Creator. Implore His mercy and He is merciful” (May 31, 1954). “Listen carefully to my words. I am coming to warn the nations. … Nations, be warned of false prophets. … Satan is not yet expelled. The Lady of All Nations may now come in order to expel Satan. She comes to announce the Holy Spirit. … You, however, shall pray my prayer which I gave to the world. Every day and every moment you shall think of the prayer which the Lady of All Nations gave to this world in this time. How strongly Satan is ruling, God alone knows. He now sends His Mother, the Lady of All Nations, to you, to all nations. She will defeat Satan, as has been foretold. She will place her feet upon Satan’s head” (May 31, 1955).
Such victorious words from the mouth of our mother certainly give us new hope and allow us to look to the future with trust.
So that all people may be consoled by her motherly words, it is our missionary task to bring the image and the prayer of the Lady also to those who do not yet know them. It is in accepting the prayer card that they will discover Mary as their mother.
This motherhood of hers is so clearly visible in the image from Amsterdam: before the cross, Mary is our mother because as the Coredemptrix she has suffered for us. She is our mother because as the Mediatrix she transmits all grace.
She is our mother because as the Advocate she answers for us before God and defends us against Satan. Her motherhood for all mankind cannot be pictorially better described!
For those of you who are here for the first time before this image, allow me to point out a peculiarity. The snake representing evil is no longer visible on the globe. This is because the victory over Satan took place on Calvary – through the Redeemer united with the Coredemptrix, as one heart.
She is the Mother for each and every one
Let us not hesitate then to give her image to all! “They all have a right to it” (April 29, 1951) the Lady said. The knowledge alone that she is the mother of every single person must encourage us to correspond to her wish!
Yes, she is the mother of our beloved Holy Father who needs her motherly protection more than ever now.
But she is also the mother of this young person who burned an effigy of the Pope to protest his impending visit.
She is the mother of Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, the Archbishop of Vienna, and yet also the mother of this unbelieving caricaturist, who makes fun of the life of Jesus and the faith with his blasphemous cartoons.
She is the mother not only for the seminarians, priests, and nuns seen here at a solemn liturgy in St. Peter’s Square, but also the mother of these students at a school for Buddhist monks in Tibet who have never yet heard of Mary. She wishes that also these Asian boys may find Christ and become holy.
She is the mother of this Israeli who, after an attack, fought off thoughts of revenge through prayer. Yet she is also the mother of these Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip who have never known a time of peace in their homeland. “…Your Mother knows life, your Mother knows sorrow, your Mother knows the Cross. Everything you go through in this life is a passage that your Mother … went before you” (May 31, 1955).
As a mother, Mary feels for both sides: for the US soldier who obeys a military command just as for imprisoned Iraqis who cast themselves to the ground in fear.
She is mother for the conquerors and for the conquered. She wants to prevent both sides from degeneration, disaster, and war.
Is she not also a mother for movie stars, models, and pop stars? Do they not also have a right to come to know Mary as their very personal mother through the image from Amsterdam?
Mary wants also their conversion at any price, a price which she paid together with Jesus, her divine son, on Calvary. We give this far too little consideration! Every soul has been bought at the high price of the blood of Christ and the sufferings of the Coredemptrix and is therefore of infinite value. Every soul is therefore worthy of respect and true love.
Is not the mother also full of compassion for prostitutes and drug addicts? She loves everyone so personally and full of understanding as if they were her only care. Just as Jesus loves not the sin but the sinner, so too Mary loves not the sin, but rather, with all her motherly love, the sinner.
Our Mother looks with love even upon Satanists who promise happiness to the youth with their suggestive music but in reality only bring death to the soul. She wants to help her children all the more as a mother because they are falling victim to this seduction in droves. My God what a shame! Precisely in that age they would be so formable for that which is good!
I am convinced that if we would give the image of the Lady of All Nations to them, the majority would accept it gratefully.
It is obvious that she is the mother of this girl who spontaneously and with genuine affection kisses her statue!
Yet Mary looks in that same motherly way at this couple in love who perhaps never even think about Mary. Oh how Our Lady would like to do all for the happy success of their marriage.
We do not in any way know this Asian man who bears such burden, and we do not know about his life. Mary, however, is his attentive mother who knows and helps to carry all of his worries for his family and job.
We are perhaps indifferent towards this man that we occasionally see selling ice cream. Mary, however, would like it very much if someone would give him her prayer card so that he may know that in her he has a spiritual mother who is always there for him.
Mary loves this old, dying grandmother so fervently. She knows her entire past. As a mother she wants to be near her also in death. At the same time, though, Mary also looks with tender love upon this little child whose whole life is still before him. As his mother she knows his future.
Does not all of this give us an inkling of the limitless, all-encompassing breadth of the love of this heavenly mother?
A mission done with conviction for Our Mother
Let us have no fear then to fulfill the wishes of Our Lady and to spread out her image to everyone!
At this point, will you allow me to show you an impressive photo that says so much? It will perhaps surprise you, but when I saw this photo, I spontaneously thought about the spreading out of the image of Amsterdam.
This barefooted Iraqi freedom fighter in Baghdad, who was just barely able to save his own life, carries the picture of his idol, the radical Shiite leader Muktada al Sadr. The face of this young man betrays his extreme decisiveness, even his readiness for martyrdom.
This young man thought about one thing in the greatest of danger: to save the picture of his leader to be able to convince his people that the solution of their problems is to be found in his role model al Sadr. If we only had a similarly deep conviction in regards to the peaceful Worldwide Action: that the solution to all problems lays in prayer and in trust in our mother, the Mother of All Nations!
The Shrine of Mary’s Motherhood for all people of all times
So let us also not hesitate to lead our friends to the Chapel of the Lady of All Nations!
Has it ever happily occurred to you that the chapel in Amsterdam is the shrine of motherhood, the shrine of Mary’s motherhood for all people of all times? Whoever we are and whatever we feel, she awaits us always with her loving arms wide open and she stands before us as our mother who never accuses us. On the contrary, she calls out to us all, “No matter who or what you are, I may be for you: the Mother…” (May 31, 1954). Then the visionary, Ida Peerdeman, wrote: “Then the Lady gazes far into the distance, as if she were looking for people. It is as if she really wants to draw all people towards her, people who belong to our Church, people who do not belong to our Church and even people who do not belong to any church at all.” Then the Lady said: “See to it, nations, that those who are in need––and by this I also mean spiritual need––are brought to the Lady. Work among the others with my prayer” (May 31, 1954).
A New Blossoming
Why does the Lady want all people to come to know her as their mother?
The voice of the Lord explains the “why” with incomparably beautiful words in the Eucharistic messages: “A church and a people without a mother is like a body without a soul” (May 31, 1965). “The bride was not sent upon the earth for no reason. Bring her among the peoples. Understand this well: also the Lord needed his mother to come to life. Through the mother comes life. Therefore, she must be brought back into your church and among the peoples and you will experience the blossoming!” (March 25, 1973).
“She must be brought back into our church and among the peoples and we will experience the blossoming.” Is that not an incredibly beautiful promise? I firmly believe that then, in a time of spiritual blossoming, the Holy Father will be able to proclaim the longed-for dogma of Coredemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate. Through that, a new Pentecost will be given us that will guide the Church into a new era.
In this time of renewal of the Church and the world, that wonderful church that Mother Ida was allowed to see in her visions will also be built through the cooperation of all peoples. Imagine, she saw the Church of the Lady of All Nations built just across from this hall where we are celebrating the day of prayer today!
This basilica, according to how it was shown, will be round with three cupolas.
But, let us be well aware that a condition and prerequisite for this blossoming is our effort to bring Mary as our mother back among the nations, as for example here in India or at a national day of prayer in South Korea.
So, according to her words, let us then cooperate with a new vigor in the Worldwide Action of Redemption and Peace as bishops are already doing throughout the world in their own diocese, whether it is in Slovakia or like here in Australia, or in America, Indonesia or Uruguay, in the Ivory Coast or the Philippines. Yes, when we do what our mother wants of us, then we can also rejoice about this new time that is promised!
I thank you, dear friends, for your attentive listening and I ask you: let us now prayer her prayer together, each one in his mother language, as the Lady of All Nations expressly desired.
Lord Jesus Christ,
Son of the Father,
send now Your Spirit over the earth.
Let the Holy Spirit live
in the hearts of all nations,
that they may be preserved
from degeneration, disaster and war.
May the Lady of All Nations,
who once was Mary,
be our Advocate.
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