Rev. Albert J. Hebert, S.M. • January 1, 1996
Every wise person seeks to grow in virtue and with the grace of God to work toward spiritual perfection. Ordinary and convenient means for this growth abound in the daily teachings of the Church, through the Mass and the sacraments, and by the good example of others, especially holy persons and the saints. Indeed, if anyone consistently tried to live simply by the two Great Commandments, love of God and neighbor, one could easily become a saint.
A merciful and generous God gives us extra helps. One way is through what is called "private revelation". This term is not the happiest one, because many such revelations are aimed by God at the entire Catholic Church and the whole world. Some examples are Lourdes, Fatima, and the Divine Mercy of God revelations through Sr. Faustina Kowalska. Some revelations involve extensive instructions and messages, such as the ongoing ones at Medjugorje and some other places.
The primary focus should be on the messages and not the messenger. What is important is to read the messages, act on them, and see if the results "bear good fruit." Are they worthwhile, helpful, leading one to a holier life? This is especially important in these times when faith and morals are being attacked on all sides and in insidious or even brutal ways.
The contributor of this Foreword draws on long experience with many visionaries, and also has known this particular messenger for some years. He believes, in his own personal and private opinion, that these messages constitute an authentic private revelation. But again, the important thing is to read the messages, grasp the truth of their teachings, and observe one's own reactions.
If a person stranded ashore on some deserted island came across a map sticking out of the sand, and found that the map pointed to a hidden reassure, that person would scarcely just look at the map, throw it away, or pay no attention to the instructions. Most people would immediately read and follow the instructions and so find the treasure.
If a very important document arrived via fax machine or was typed on a typewriter, no one would just stand in admiration of the fax machine or want to go contemplate the typewriter on which the message was written - they grasp the message and act on it!
So be it with these messages, perhaps better called "teachings". They are perfectly in accord with Catholic faith and morals, and indeed, with living a high spiritual life. Other priests have also evaluated them as good.
The teachings in these messages offer a sure path to perfection. They enlighten us concerning many virtues. They often offer new insights and present shining spiritual facets for dealing with our times. They prepare and strengthen us in faith and love, and in loyalty to and trust in our Eucharistic Christ for the difficult times ahead. They assure us that Mary is Our Loving Mother, Our Protectress and Refuge.
These messages stress Holy Love, Holy Humility, and indeed everything consecrated as HOLY according to God's Will.
"God's Will for you is always Holy Love. And so, all your actions must be based on the two Great Commandments - love God above all things and love your neighbor as yourself. You cannot be holy unless you live by these commandments." (10/12/93)
We are encouraged to live a reparational prayer life, to be convinced of the importance of grace and our responding to it, and to eliminate pride. Many other good counsels are given to effect our closer union with God, especially through love and Eucharistic Adoration.
We are urged to make a decision now for allegiance to Christ alone, to beware of the insidious enticements and snares of Satan, and to embrace the Cross with love.
In these messages, the highest type of spiritual living and perfection is unfolded before us. There are messages for priests. We are urged to pray for all priests, especially for the dissenting ones and those who reject in their hearts, if not openly, the great encyclical "The Splendor of Truth" by our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II. Mary begs us to pray for all sinners, all unbelievers and for all those in darkness. There are hints that their souls will be eternally lost if they do not soon repent and convert.
Among the special gifts connected with these revelations are "Our Lady's Blessing Point", where She opens Her heart to all, and "Maranatha Spring".
It is impossible in a mere foreword to mention all of the many other good things and topics enclosed in these pages. This book is a storehouse of treasure. Search it, roam through it, enrich yourselves! Through it you can find your safe Refuge among the remnant to be saved from apostasy in the coming great tribulations, namely the Refuge of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Those followers loyal to their loving Eucharistic Lord and His Immaculate Mother will be able to look forward to the coming Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Reign of the Eucharistic Heart of Christ. Blessings on all!
BOOKS AUTHORED BY REV. ALBERT J. HEBERT, S.M.
THE DISCERNMENT OF VISIONARIES AND APPARITIONS TODAY (The name of Maureen Sweeney-Kyle is not revealed because she was to remain anonymous at the time this book was written.)
PROPHECIES! THE CHASTISEMENT AND THE PURIFICATION
THE THREE DAYS OF DARKNESS
MEDUGORJE: AN AFFIRMATION AND DEFENSE
SIGNS, WONDERS AND RESPONSE
RAISED FROM THE DEAD
THE TEARS OF MARY AND FATIMA, WHY?
MARY, WHY DO YOU CRY?
A PRAYERBOOK OF FAVORITE LITANIES
THE WOMAN AND THE WORD
THE VISIONARIES - USA - TODAY!
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