Meetings with Mary
Meetings with Mary  -     By: Janice T. Connell
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: 1996
Dimensions: 8.08 X 5.27 X 0.89 (inches)
ISBN: 0345397053
ISBN-13: 9780345397058

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Through the centuries and across the world, the Virgin Mary has appeared to ordinary people of every race and culture, from scholars to illiterates, from the devout to the unbelieving, from young children to the dying. In this exquisite and inspiring volume, Janice T. Connell chronicles authenticated Marian apparitions and messages Mary has brought from God--as mother, comforter, Queen of Angels, and Prophet of the Apocalypse.
Drawn from scripture, legend, and never-before-published eyewitness accounts, these are personal stories--the author's own, and her interviews with other visionaries--filled with beauty, wonder, and joy. Meetings with Mary ranges from Elijah's vision of Mary eight hundred years before her birth to the world-famous children of Medjugorje in Bosnia, whose encounters with her began in 1981 and continue daily. Here also are lesser-known, deeply touching encounters with the Mother, from an office worker in Holland to a Japanese nun, from a Jewish banker in Rome to an awestruck crowd of visionaries, few of them Christians or of any other faith, in Egypt.
Meetings with Mary asks also: as the millennium draws near, shadowed by disasters, disease, and brutal civil warfare, are Mary's frequent appearances a signal to the faithful? Perhaps she is calling us all to join her now on a voyage toward the eternal shores of peace, joy, and abiding love. . . .
"[Connell is] passionate about prayer and sharing her love of Jesus'
mother. . . . She has a way of simplifying complex theology."
--Rocky Mountain News

Author Bio

Janice T. Connell acts as a consultant to clearinghouses for Marian information throughout the world. She is the host of a nationally syndicated radio program called The Power of Love and the founder of the Pittsburgh Center for Peace (a Marian organization) and the international Queen of Peace newsletter. Connell is also a practicing attorney in ethics and international law. She lives in Florida.

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    Informative overview, Apparitions of the Virgin Mary
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    If you want a comprehensive overview of the Marian apparitional phenomena and the meaningfulness in Salvation History of the Virgin Mary, this is it. The account begins with an Old Testament vision of her by the prophet Elijah, runs through some major visions over many centuries, and ends with the supernatural messages received by a 19-year-old man named Matthew Kelly beginning in 1993. Among other messages through Matthew is that we are living in the END TIMES and that THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS IS NEAR.

    Most of these visions of Mary following New Testament times have been experienced by Roman Catholic persons, some of whom were children. There are outstanding exceptions to this rule in the appearance of the Virgin Mary apparently seen by many persons, a figure that came to be identified as Mary who was walking on the roof of the Coptic Church at Zeitoun in Cairo. There are also the Virgin's appearances to a non-Catholic, a Byzantine Melkite woman in Damascus.

    Readers should note that the Roman Catholic Church defines apparitions, visions, and locutions as private revelations and does not consider them as belonging to the public revelation of the Deposit of Faith. Among the multitude of Marian apparitions that have been reported, the Catholic Church has put a stamp of approval upon only a few thus far. Approval means that the apparitions have been carefully examined as to their likely authenticity and their adherence to accepted principles of Christian/Catholic faith.

    Author Janice Connell writes: Reports continue that the Blessed Mother is appearing throughout the world now to people of all faiths, all races, all nationalities. Her messages have a profound urgency for everyone. She requests all people to form prayer groups, to pray much, and to fast with love on Wednesdays and Fridays. She asks all people on earth to begin immediately to read the sacred texts (Holy Bible) to discover truth.

    In some visions, Mary points toward the basic Roman Catholic means of efficacious grace and the Roman Catholic means of working out of salvation including, for instance, praying the rosary, receiving Confession and Communion frequently, and reading books about Roman Catholic doctrine. Readers who are anti-Catholic may not like the book.

    Mary proclaims: Peace is God's way. Peace is the only way....[She] warns, especially in the twentieth century, that those who do not forgive, as God has commanded us to do, forfeit peace, joy, and love....God's ways bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth for those who hear and obey His voice.... Mary instructs that: The purpose of human life is to become aware of truth. Enlightenment is the awakening and integration of the entire human personality into the reality of the world within and beyond the five senses. Death is unconsciousness of the human personality that eventually claims the human body also.

    The Melkite Byzantine Christian of Damascus, named Myrna, reported in 1982 Mary's words about the importance of unity among Christians. She reported that Mary said rejoicing in division is sin and that Mary calls people to come together and pray together. Mary says: How beautiful my children are when they are humbly on their knees. Do not be afraid. I am with you. Do not be divided. Teach these words to all generations: UNITY. LOVE. FAITH.... So this is not a book that will please those who wish to war over doctrinal differences nor will it please readers who are put off by Roman Catholicism, most especially because Mary tells Myrna that the Roman Catholic church is destined to become the one true church. Many miracles have been associated with this visionary Myrna, and she sometimes manifests the stigmata. Because of her visions, she and others formed an association for religious Unity. In her and her husband's home, leaders and people of Orthodox, Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim churches pray together as one body.

    Other persons who have experienced visions report other subjects in their messages. The book contains a lot of information. It is a good book to own as a handy reference guide about some of the major apparitions of Mary.
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