Lipa City Apparitions of Our Mary Mediatrix Of All Grace

Much dissention has surrounded the apparitions of Our Lady to Teresita Castello a Carmelite Nun.  The latest approval by Bishop Ramon Arguelles that the apparitions were “worthy of belief” (September 2015) has been overturned by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith signed by Cardinal Gerhard Muller and Archbishop Luis Ladaria.

Their decision was based on a letter written by Pope Pius XII in 1951 that the apparitions lacked supernatural character. This letter is highly questionable as coming from Pius XII.

The book ‘Lipa’ by June Keithley, a prominent broadcast journalist and television personality … states that when Pius XII saw this letter he said: “that is not my signature”

Notwithstanding any of the other twists and turns of this story and the persecution of the nuns by various priests and a papal nuncio, … I offer you the following pictures of one of the phenomenons of Lipa.

Rose Petals Fell from the Sky in “showers”.  Many of them had holy images on them.

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Many of the Rose Petals had to be burned by the Sisters along with important documents and the diary of Sister Teresing Castillo.  Sister was forcibly imprisoned in another convent from which she suffered great pains and her tears fell every day. There was nothing wrong with her.   She subsequently left the order of Carmel under heavy persecution.   A ‘Silence’ was imposed on the convent.   They were told to never discuss things about the apparition even among themselves.  

Hmm Sister Lucy of Fatima also had a ‘silence’ imposed on her …

The book, ‘Lipa’ by June Keitbley can be obtained from Amazon. It is thoroughly documented with copious footnotes and includes the results of diligent research in the Vatican archives.

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It seems that Our Lady would like to have the title ‘Mary Mediatrix of All Grace’ DEFINED … What is holding Rome back?  Pope Francis himself venerated the statue.

 

 

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My Dear Mother

Eric L. Harris

Sometimes I wish that I were back at home

In the loving arms that held me strong.

To reassure my safety, my peace, my soul;

To let me know that everything was okay, that you were in control.

But reality has set in, my course is now set;

Guided by your love, making no move that I would regret.

You hath raised me, raised a man, a man of values indeed.

Your instructions on life I live by and have learned to take heed.

Obedience is therefore greater than any sacrifice I can make,

And I’d rather die horrifically, than your heart at any time I break.

Love you, yes indeed, far greater than any other.

A lady of profound beauty and wisdom, but above all MY MOTHER

 

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When Pope Pius IX Defined Infallibility Lightning Flashed on The Words: “Thou Art Peter and Upon this Rock I shall build My Church” The People were in awe!

On July 18, 1870, despite the overwhelming, hysterical and desperate protest in the press all over the world, the Dogmatic Constitution Pastor Aeternus,  defining the infallibility of the Pope, was adopted.  On that day, the Holy Father, Pope Pius IX, solemnly defined with the words of infallibility, which are explained in the following:

“Faithfully adhering to the tradition received from the beginning of the Christian faith, for the glory of God our Saviour, the exaltation of the Catholic religion, and the salvation of the Christian people … the sacred Council approving … we teach and define that it is a dogma divinely revealed: that the Roman Pontiff, when he speaks ex cathedra – that is, when in the discharge of the office of pastor and teacher of all Christians, by virtue of his supreme Apostolic authority, he defines a doctrine regarding faith or morals to be held by the Universal Church – is, by the divine assistance promised him in Blessed Peter, possessed of that infallibility with which the Divine Redeemer willed that His Church should be endowed for defining doctrine regarding faith or morals;  and that, therefore, such definitions of the Roman Pontiff are ireformable of themselves and not from the consent of the Church.

A violent thunderstorm, threatening since early morning, broke over Rome just as the voting on the doctrine began.  For an hour and a half, peals of thunder shook the vast basilica, and flashes of lightning lit up the faces of the Fathers as each rose, in his turn, to give his assent. The altar appeared out of the pitch darkness as the lightning lingered on it.

download 17.jpg  The people were filled with awe as Our Lord’s words to Saint Peter,  ” Thou art Peter, and upon this Rock I shall build My Church” … which were inscribed on the dome … suddenly stood out clearly for all to read.  To many present it recalled the thunders which rolled and the lightnings which flashed around Sinai, while Moses within the storm cloud on the mountain top received the law from the eternal God.

 

 

 

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Freemasonry in the Life and Times of Pope Pius IX                                                                        Father Leonard Feeney

 

The Immaculate Conception Defined by Pope Pius IX

On December 8, 1854, having spent all of his holy life – his boyhood, his priesthood, as Bishop, Cardinal and Pope – at the feet of the Mother of God, John Mary Mastai Ferretti,  Pope Pius IX,  having deeply considered also in his exile at Gaeta the earnest petitions of Catholics all over the world in its behalf,  defined ex cathedra the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Under a blue Roman sky, before one hundred and seventy Bishops and numerous pilgrims from the ends of the earth, he proclaimed the defining words.

The voice of the Sovereign Pontiff broke and tears filled his eyes as he paused before uttering the infallible words:download 3.jpg

We declare, pronounce and define that the doctrine which holds that the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the first instant of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace of the Omnipotent God, in virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of mankind, was preserved immaculate from all stain of original sin. This has been revealed by God.   Therefore it should firmly and constantly be believed by all the faithful. ”           images 9.jpg                         

As the Holy Father finished speaking, the cannon of the Castle of Sant’Angelo boomed and the bells of the basillicas and churches of Rome rang out proclaiming the glorious news which ushered in ‘The Age of Mary’9f9fe53b034b017fc62ed2705c325a74.jpg

 

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.”         .

Pope Leo XIII Sings Ave Maria in a Vintage Audio – And He Gives Us A Blessing Too! 1896

 

Amazing the way Pope Leo looks right into the camera and gives us a blessing!                       https://youtu.be/vzLduvnW-FA

This is the oldest known footage of a Pope in existence.  This film of Pope Leo XIII was created in 1896. He is chanting the Ave Maria.

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Many names were given to children in 1810 when Pope Leo XIII was born.  His name was Vincenzo Giacchino Raffaele Luigi Pecci

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Pope Francis Is A False Prophet by an American Priest Using a Pseudonym

Today I present to you a post from Fr. Jerome entitled:  Why Pope Francis is A False-Prophet.  Fr. Jerome is a pseudonym.  Due to the times in which we live, this has become necessary.  The subject matter is difficult, but he has handled it in a very careful manner and it needs to be read.

By Father Jerome 10/15/2016

After Jesus’ resurrection, Our Lord said: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.”  Mt: 28:19  To the contrary, Pope Francis said this week:  “It is not right to convince someone of your faith.”  This means Pope Francis is now directly opposing Jesus Christ, and it is time for me to speak up.

I am an American diocesan priest who does not belong to any congregation.  To write what I am about to write would normally be tantamount to forfeiting my soul in most centuries of Church history.  I realize that.  But I am so convinced that we hae a false prophet on the throne of Peter that I have reached the point that silence on Pope Francis is now tantamount to a grave sin of omission.

First of all, we need to understand terms and history.  Material Heresy  is simply theological error against Divine Revelation (Scripture and the Magisterium)

Formal Heresy is when the person in question has been actually tried and found guilty before an ecclesiastical tribunal of superiors in the Catholic Church.  But none is higher than the Pope, so what to do if the worst is elected?

Great minds of the 16th century (like Suarez and St. Robert Bellarmine) hold that the only way to transfer a materially heretical Pope to the charge of formal heresy would be to convene and imperfect council.

What is an imperfect council?  It consists of all Cardinals minus the Pope, convened specifically for the removal of at least one anti Pope or Pope-in-possible-error.  Of course, today, the most courageous of clerics can only muster enough strength to request “a clarification” for the erroneous doctrines coming out of Rome.  (outlined below)

Thankfully, we have only had a few Popes in history who spoke heresy from the chair of Peter.  In the 14th century, Pope John XXII taught that a saved soul does not enjoy the beatific vision until Christ’s return at the final judgment.  Of course, the Church teaches a saved soul need only wait until the end of his purification.  Although John XXII’s error was a ‘minor’ heresy, he still knew he had to recant on his deathbed.  Still, everybody knew back then:  Not everything the Pope says is infallible.  How we ended up forgetting this as Catholics of the 21st century is beyond me.

But what is different today is that Pope Francis is speaking error (or at least scandalous ambiguities) almost every week.  The magnitude is stunning, both in quantity, and quality.  Quantitavely, Pope Francis speaks so frequently against the Bible and Tradition that even the traditional websites have stopped making lists.  Qualitatively, it is remarkable that theological error has finally made it into an apostolic exhortation, namely, Amoris Laetitia.

Among other errors, he essentially says that those in mortal sin may receive Holy communion with the permission of their spiritual director.  This is not a confusing aspect that needs “clarification.”  It is a material heresy.

What Right Do I Have to Make Such an Accusation?

St. Thomas Aquinas Writes:  “It must be observed, however, that if the faith were endangered, a subject ought to rebuke his prelate even publicly.  Hence Paul, who was Peter’s subject, rebuked him in public, on account of the imminent danger of scandal concerning faith, and, as the gloss of Augustine says on Galations 2:11, ‘Peter gave an example to superiors, that if at any time they should happen to stray from the straight path, they should not disdain to be reproved by their subjects.”  Summa Theologica  II-II,  Q. 33, Art 4, reply to objection 2

But we must remember that there are theological facets to Pope Francis’ heresy that are more disturbing than even Amoris Laetitia, for they strike at the very nature and divinity of Jesus Christ.

For example, when Pope francis preached at the Domus Santae Martae in May 2013, he said in a homily:  “We must meet one another doing good.  ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I’m an atheist!’ “But do good and we will meet one another there.”  By “there” he meant heaven.  In other words, atheists can go to heaven by doing good works.  This is clearly error.  Now some theologians defend this statement, claiming it is in concert with the Catholic Church’s teaching on the potential salvation of those who remain in invincible ignorance of the Gospel yet follow their conscience.

However, the problem with such a defense is this:  No one who is listening to the Pope is invincibly ignorant of the Catholic Church.

Even if a person were ignorant of the Gospel and the Church, Pope Francis has still promoted the ancient heresy of Pelagianism.  Pelagianism is the teaching that good works without faith can save a man’s soul.  To say that an atheist can go to heaven by “doing good” is so clearly heresy that even Protestant readers on this blog will quickly identify it as an overturning of a common theology of grace.

The material heresy against the Divinity of Christ goes deeper.  Regarding the young Jesus being in the temple, he said in his 2016 Epiphany homily in Italian:  “Instead of returning home with his family, He stayed in Jerusalem in the Temple provoking great suffering to Joseph and Mary, who were unable to find Him.  For this little “escapade” Jesus probably had to ask forgiveness of his parents.”  (questa ‘scappatella dovette chiedere scusa)  I believe that to call the temple-based worship of God “a little escapade” is a blasphemy that would get any youth minister fired from the parish of even my more moderate priest friends.  Why can’t these friends of mine recognize the error of the Pope?  It is a false understanding of authority, namely that the Pope is not under the Gospel or the Magisterium.

His epiphany homily is erroneous or even heretical because we don’t have to guess what Jesus said to his parents after being found in the Temple.  Jesus said to Mary and Joseph: “Why were you looking for Me?” Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”  Luke 2:49  Thirdly, Jesus never “asked forgiveness”  I know that even semi-orthodox theologians will defend this by saying that subjectively Joseph and Mary needed emotional comfort.  I wonder:  How are they blind to the fact that for a Pope to say that the Son of God “probably had to ask forgiveness ” is still a clear denial of the Divinity of jesus Christ?  This is a heresy, even if we translate the Italian scusa roughly as “excuse me” which is etymologically similar.  To me, the Bishops silence on these Christological errors are as condemning as the child abuse scandals.

The Silence of Lukewarm-but-Orthodox Bishops and Cardinals prove that Pope francis is the greatest false-prophet in the history of the Church.  Why?  Because a false prophet deceives even the elect, for Jesus Himself said:  “False Christs and False prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect?  Matthew 24:22

I am not above “the elect” but I do know how to read the Bible and the Catechism, and the teaching of Pope Francis is obvious error.  He now speaks boldly against the Bible and the Catholic Faith almost every without anyone to stop him!  Why don’t the Bishops recognize it?  I personally believe that the orthodox ones do recognize the error.  But they are hand-shackled by the snowballing of their silence form day-one, a snowball that has become a veritable mountain of sinful omission.  And now it is out of control.  The first day of this cowardly and silent mayhem began in 2013 during the Papal conclave.  No on blew the whistle on the fact that the last Papal Conclave used six ballots in one day, even though only five are allowed.

The evil of the 2013 Conclave goes even deeper! A group of northern European Cardinals (extremely influential in the gay agenda) called the ‘St. Gallen group’ admitted to forcing Pope Benedict out of his office and lobbying their own man with evil designs into the Conclave in 2013.  This man was Bergoglio and became Pope Francis.  This is not a conspiracy theory. It is thoroughly covered in Austen Iverleigh’s book ‘The Great Reformer pgs. 257- 262-263,  280-285, 313-314- 353  (The Saint Gallens Group) and elsewhere.  This means that Pope Benedict XVI may not have resigned in a valid manner.

The code of  Canon Law says that “a resignation made out of grave fear that is inflicted unjustly or out of malice, substantial error, or simony is invalid by the law itself – CIC 188.  Again, put these three things together.  Certain Cardinals say they vorced pope Benedict out.  The same Cardinals say they got bergoglio in.  Canon Law says that any resignation made under “substantial error” is invalid.  This means that Pope Benedict may still be the Pope, even though he apparently denies descending from the throne in duress.

If Bergoglio is the Pope, then his ascension to the throne was valid but not licit, to use sacramental language for a non-sacramental act.  The goal of the faithful remains the same.  Follow Jesus Christ and the traditional Magisterium of the Catholic Church.  Avoid the wolf in sheep’s clothing.  I am without a doubt that this is the most dangerous moment in Church history, for even Orthodox Catholics are being deceived by this False  Prophet.

A bad Pope can not be “sent packing” as someone suggested.  An imperfect council would require courageous Bishops, but the Bishops now back the False Prophet because of their silence.  For this they may tet a false prophet’s reward )cf. Matthew 10:14) for their grave sin of omission. 

Every one of the with the internet and a decent education stands by Pope Francis’ error in their cowardice to speak out against a deceitfully brilliant Pope now openly saying “It is not right to convince someone of your faith.  Proselytism is the strongest venom against the path of ecumenism” (upon which we are being led)

Thus There Remain Only Two Options for You To Look For In The Future:

  1. The two Popes in Rome be given courage and repentance to work things out and then lead the Church to holiness. This is not possible for God.  Consider the influence of Saul and how he became the chosen vessel and standard bearer of Christ crucified … the Apostle Paul.  Less certain is the coming enlightenment of all consciences.  If this happens, both could become great Saints.
  2. If such a converson does not happen, we have still been promised a future prelate who will restore the spirit of her priests” in the 16th centure apparitions of Our Lady of Good success.  The future Pope will do great good, but he will have to posthumously condemn all the works of Pope Francis – even the less harmful teachings.  Why?  because when a Pope (or anti-Pope) has been found posthumously guilty of heresy (like Pope Formosus at the Cadaver Synod at the end of the 9th century) 100% of the erroneous Pope’s works must be condemned by the next Pope.  This is not out of spite, but because it is too dangerous for future Popes, Bishops, Priests and all people to maneuver through the dead Pope’s waters, considered to be at once brackish and clear.

We can not love our flocks if we do not warn them of heresies and those who promulgate them, even if it is uncomfortable to point out that a false-prophet has temporarily hijacked the Seat of Peter.  

Faced with a false-prophet such as Pope Francis, we Catholics must always remember that non of this is a deal-breaker against Christ’s promise of the indefectibility of the Church, for the articulated faith and morals of the Catholic Church remain untouched by wicked men … even wicked Popes.

Traditional Catholic Priest                www.traditionalcatholicpriest.com/2016/10/14/why-pope-francis-is-a-false-prophet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There is A Clear Strong Message In The Knock Apparition About the Mass: It is Not a Silent Apparition!

Photo: https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g55    One day long ago, St. Patrick stood on Cruach Padraig (Mountain of St. Patrick today) and prophesied that the little hill (Cnoc Mhuire Hill of Mary) he could see in the distance would one day be a holy site drawing multitudes.  This prophecy has been fulfilled for the ‘Hill of Mary’ is Knoc

I believe that the Apparition of Our Lady of Knock is integrally connected to the Book of Revelation … from my research reading of ‘The Book of Destiny’ by Rev. Bernard H. Kramer 1950 … I explain as I go along …

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Knock, in 1879, was a remote tiny hamlet in what is now known as County Mayo, Ireland.  On a lonely plain, it was a place of forgotten fields and forlorn farmhouses.  The times were hard.  Cruel landlords from another country had caused  poverty,  famine, and  disease.  Around the time of the apparitions eighteen eviction notices were enacted and the families were destitute.  Few Irish counties had suffered as hard as had County Mayo.

The tiny Church was built by the people and they had put their “best” into God’s home.  It seated thirty,  had a ‘flagged floor’, and a few windows to let the light in.  It was dedicated to John the Baptist.

An inscription on the west wall read ‘My house shall be called the house of prayer to all nations.  This is the gate of the Lord:  the just shall enter into it.”

Archdeacon Father Cavanaugh, the Pastor had just finished saying a one hundred day Novena of Masses for the Souls in Purgatory.  He was known to be a saintly man, deeply devoted to Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception.  He often referred to Mary as “the ever Immaculate Mother of God..”

The inhabitants of Knock that day were busy bringing home turf from the bog and stacking it for winter fuel when the clouds began to roll in from the Atlantic.  The peak of ‘Patrick’s Mountain’ could no longer be seen, and, a fine mist had settled in.  It soon turned to a driving rain.

Mary McLoughlin, housekeeper to Father Cavanaugh, had just set a turf fire to blazing in the living room of the rectory for the Pastor, who was drenched and shivering from the rain outside.  She then left to visit a sick friend.

As she passed the Church she noticed “strange figures” outside the Church.  The fact that there was an altar too, made her think the Archdeacon had purchased “more statues” and if so, “why did he leave them out in the rain?”

Mrs. McCarty, passing by the Church an hour before, had seen the statues and thought:  ‘Another collection!  God help us!’  She too went on her way.

Margaret Beirne, sixteen, daughter of the woman whom Mary McLoughlin was to visit, went to the Church to lock it for her brother, Dominick, the Sacristan.  She noticed “something luminous” at the south gable but “it never entered my mind to see what it was.

She hurried home and never mentioned “the light at the Church”

There was a total of fourteen witnesses who gave witness to the Diocesan Commission used by the Church in approving this night.  Their testimony now rests in the Knock Museum.

A group had gathered at the home of a sick neighbor, Mrs. Campbell, and decided to go back to the Church when they compared notes.

What did they see?

As they got nearer they noticed an extraordinarily brilliant light surrounding the gable wall of the Church and the figures standing there.  “They are not statues.  They are moving”  said Mary Beirne.

Both of the girls stood motionless … looking … “at such a sight as you never saw in your life”

Between the wall enclosing the meadow, three persons were seemingly standing on top of the tall grass, about a foot or two from the snow-white gable wall.  They could not be statues, as their feet did not press down the meadow grass which supported them.  The south wind that rustled the rain-laden  leaves and swished through the meadow did not, Mary McLoughlin noted, wet the gable or the ground beneath it.

The girls at once identified the central figure as Our Lady, that on her right as St. Joseph.  The third figure so greatly resembled a statue of St. John the Evangelist which Mary and others had seen in Lecanvey Church – except that he now wore a miter.  It was shorter than that of a Bishop. The statue had been bare headed.  She at once recognized him.search 3.jpg

Mary rushed home and told her Mother, Brother Dominick, and little Catherine to hurry to the Church.  Dominick told her not to make a “fool of herself.”

Soon there was a crowd of eighteen.  Some others stopped on their journey along the Knock Road.

Exactly what they saw!

“They saw the south gable of Knock Church suffused and covered with a brilliant golden light, a light that sparkled, making the night as bright as noonday, a changing light that sometimes mounted, lighting the sky above and beyond the gable.  Sometimes it subsided and got whiter and more brilliant, so that the gable seemed like a wall of snow.

Within this luminous area – made all the brighter because of the rainy leaden skies and the night shadows closing in – everyone who came saw the apparition.

They stood there, praying, taking in the details which in the first moment of amazed delight, had escaped them.

To the rear of the three figures they saw an altar with a large cross in front of which a young lamb stood …   “face to the west”   I believe this is the “little lamb” of the Book of Revelation, upon the altar of Sacrifice before a Cross.  The same Little Lamb who was found “worthy to open the seals on the Scroll”  Why?

Because He represents the Eucharistic Christ who will be our endurance, our only endurance, during the sad times about to come.  He is “as it were” a Lamb who had been and is being, sacrificed.  He is “facing west” Read on about this …..

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The three figures were clothed in dazzling white rainment that shone like silver.  Our Lady’s robe, strikingly white, was covered by a large white cloak that fastened at the throat and fell in ample folds to her ankles.

She held her hands extended, apart and upward, in a position that ” none of the witnesses could have seen in a statue or a picture. ”

” In the same position as a Priest holds his hands when praying at Holy Mass”   (Testimony)

This part of the vision, when added to that of the Altar, the Cross, and the Little Lamb, the Sacrifice, draws our attention to Mass.

 If one then adds the fact that the Lamb  is”facing west”,  in the vision, which appears to be a Mass,  one can easily conclude that Our Lady is drawing our attention to the Mass of today in which the positions are reversed and the Priest is facing west, looking at the people, the Lamb (Eucharist) before him on a table, rather than an altar.   The Protestant Reformers of the Novus Ordo Mass preferred to have us think of the Mass as a simple meal rather than as a sacrificial participation in the glories of heaven.

Liturgical East was also the direction of the rising sun, and, brought to ones thoughts an anticipation of the glory of Christ’s return to earth.  Facing this way, the Priest would appear to be leading the people.

Cardinal Sarah had recently set forth a valid suggestion that the Priest resume the traditional stance – that of facing East during the consecration of the Eucharist (Little Lamb).  Pope Francis rejected this.

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Her gaze was fixed on the heavens.  Is she giving an example to Priests?

She did not look at any time toward the group gathered near the gable;  nor at thirteen year old Patrick, nor, the child John Curry, nor at Judith  Campbell.  She appeared to be praying.

Three of those present noticed her bare feet.  An old Gaelic speaking woman, Bridget Trench, who had been on her knees exclaiming over and over:  “a hundred thousand thanks to God and to the glorious Virgin for showing us this sigh! ”  She was so entranced.  She went toward the gable to embrace the Virgin’s feet.  Her arms closed on empty air.

“I felt nothing in the embrace but the wall, yet the figures appeared so full and so lifelike that I could not understand it and wondered why my hands could not feel what was so plain and distinct to my sight”  Like Mary McLoughlin, Bridget remarked how heavily the rain was then falling.  “I felt the ground carefully with my hands and it was perfectly dry.

The young Sacristan, Dominick, was filled with wonder, and, so overcome that he shed tears.

St. Joseph stood on Our Lady’s right, his head bowed toward her as though bowed in respect and devotion.  He had more color in his face than the other figures.  His hair and beard were grey.

St. John, who was lightly to the right of the gable was standing at an angle to Our Lady and at the Gospel side of the altar.  He was dressed as a Bishop, but wore a short miter, rather than the usual high Bishop’s miter.  He held a large open book in his left hand while he kept the index and fore fingers  of his right hand extended as though teaching.  Patrick Hill went so close that he saw lines and letters in the book.  He thought the Evangelist appeared to be preaching but he heard no voice.

At this time it was teeming rain and some left.  After eleven o’clock everyone had gone home, thinking that the brilliant scene would still be there the next day.

Domenick and Mary Beirne returned to the Church at about a quarter past eleven.  There was nothing to be seen.  Only the driving rain lashing the ground and the gable that had been so dry before.

After Mass next morning, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Father Cavanaugh heard about the wonder.  Mary McLoughlin had rushed back to tell him of it, but for reasons known only to him, and the fact that he was worn out and freezing from returning home soaking wet and freezing the evening before upon walking home in the rain.  “We were lost (chagrined) that you were not there to see what we saw,  your Reverence.” was what he heard on all sides.

“As he said the Office of the Octave of the Assumption, not then superseded by the Office for the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, he must have been on the one hand torn by distractions, on the other strangely exultant, the Antiphons, Psalms, Hymns, and Lessons taking on a fresher and more vivid meaning for the man who recited them as he walked up the road between cottage and gable wall.

 

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I believe the vision of St. John the Evangelist in the Knock Apparition to be that of the St. John of  the Book of Revelations, the book he was holding in his left hand the Bible … open to the Book of Revelations or The Apocalypse.  His right hand was held out  in an attitude of preaching.  We could easily understand it as a prelude to the bad times we now experience in the Church, or, as an ushering in of the Apocalypse for our times.

He wore a Bishop’s miter, but, it was shorter.  He was not a Bishop.  He was a Priest,  having been ordained by Christ himself at the Last Supper.

It was about forty some odd years since the Crucifixion when St. John received the Apocalypse on the Isle of Patmos , to where he had been banished ,  during the time of Roman persecution.

From:                                                                                                                                              Official Testimonies of the Fifteen Witnesses to the Knock Apparition on 21 August 1879     A Woman Clothed  With the Sun    John J. Delaney, Editor                                                          Our Lady of Silence    Mary Purcell