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NUN WARNED IN APPARITION THAT 'FORCES OF EVIL' WOULD FOCUS HATRED ON U.S. AND CAUSE 'PUNISHMENTS HITHERTO UNKNOWN'
By Michael H. Brown
In a series of apparitions between 1954 and 1980 angels and the Virgin Mary warned U.S. seer Sister Mildred Neuzil of Fostoria, Ohio, that Americans were on the verge of "punishments hitherto unknown to them" and specifically mentioned "the fires of untold punishment" -- a prediction that may have related to nuclear conflict but has been made all the more stark by the fires that consumed the World Trade Center and Pentagon a week ago. The cause, said the nun, would be impurity and materialism. The apparitions, which had the support of the Cincinnati archbishop, warned that America was to lead the world to purity and peace or face divine chastisement. "Repent, bestir yourselves, O sons of men, repent and make ready your hearts that the King may establish His kingdom within you," said the apparition as far back as 1957. "Do not delay, or the time of grace will pass and with it the peace you seek.
"Oh, if you knew the punishments I am holding back from you by my pleading and intercession on your behalf!" Mary had said. "Will you do as I wish at last, my children? 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."
The latter message was in 1980 and it isn't known if it pertains to current happenings or to the threat of nuclear confrontations with Russia. But the general tenor leaves no doubt that the warnings pertained to the entire period and it is also apparent that the U.S. has anything but led the world to purity.
"The prayer to the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of the United States, should be prayed once a day and perhaps more than once if this can be done," Mary told the cloistered nun. "It is evident that the Forces of Evil are enveloping the world. Their hatred, however, is now particularly focused on the United States because of the Divine Mandate given to it to lead the world to peace."
In apparitions that lasted until the nun's death on January 10, 2000, the Virgin -- calling herself "Our Lady of America" -- explained that the U.S. was being given "the tremendous, yet privileged, opportunity to lead all nations in a spiritual renewal never before so necessary, so important, so vital." These were messages assembled in a book composed with the aid of the nun's spiritual director, Cincinnati Archbishop Paul F. Leibold, who also had a medal struck for the apparitions, a plaque made, and granted his imprimatur to a prayer derived from the apparition -- in effect making the apparitions the first in the U.S. to attain that level of ecclesiastical approval.
The Virgin said the Archangel Michael and the angels would be there to give assistance and pleaded for the family Rosary. "I ask that all families strive to do so," said Mary. "They who are found in the circle of my Rosary will never be lost."
"Will you do as I wish, my children?" she asked nearly plaintively after requesting dedication of a statue to Our Lady of America and installment of it by the bishops in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. -- another request that has not yet been heeded. "Tell the bishops of the United States, my loyal sons, of my desires and how I wish them to be carried out... The hour grows late. My Son's patience will not last forever. Help me hold back His anger, which is about to descend on sinful and ungrateful men. Suffering and anguish, such as never before experienced, is about to overtake mankind. It is the darkest hour. But if men come to me, my Immaculate Heart will make it bright again with the mercy which my Son will rain down through my hands. Help me save those who will not save themselves. Help me bring once again the sunshine of God's peace upon the world."
In relentlessly stark and yet at the same time gentle language the Lord told Sister Mildred that He was especially concerned about parents and how they were teaching their children how to gain materially and neglecting to prepare them for the afterlife.
The messages fit in an almost eerie way with recent claims that angels are preparing for a great battle. "My beloved daughter," Sister Neuzil quoted Mary as saying, "what I am about to tell you concerns 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. My children, either you will do as I desire and reform 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 mercy."
Next: Sister Neuzil's vision of hell
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