from the desk of Johnnette Benkovic...                                              johnnetteingrey


 
September 2017 
 
  

Even as I write these words, the precarious position of the world's situation worsens. A massive hurricane just struck the Caribbean, an earthquake devastated Mexico, fires burn out West, and terrorist activities are everyday fare in many parts of the world. In other places world leaders have begun to exercise their political muscle in potentially threatening ways. 

By all indications, we need a miracle and WE NEED IT NOW!!!

I am not writing to alarm you but to give you hope because God has given us a mighty weapon to battle against the evil and devastation that is rising in our world and that weapon is THE HOLY ROSARY. The rosary has proven throughout history to be "the weapon of our times."  Our Lady made a promise at Fatima when she pleaded that we, " Say the Rosary every day to obtain world peace and an end to war. " During this 100th Anniversary, I believe her message is more relevant than ever before and there is much at stake.  

What is at stake? Everything

War, terrorism, natural disasters and destruction seem to grow around us. And so, , I remind you: Trust your Mother. Pray the rosary. It's not a new message. But now is the time; don't delay!

Here at Living His Life Abundantly® / Women of Grace® we have been spreading the message of Fatima this year through our publications, programming, events, our pilgrimage, a once in a lifetime opportunity at the United Nations and more.  Now more than ever, the world needs the message of Fatima.  Now more than ever, the world needs the Rosary.  Now more than ever, the world needs to be transformation.   I truly believe that we have been raised up "for such a time as this" and that through your partnership, we can do much to "aid humanity in not falling."

You can help us in our mission to "transform the world one woman at a time" and reach hurting people through all of our outreaches.  In gratitude for your tax-deductible assistance today, I would like to offer one of the following premium gifts as a token of my appreciation for your support:  
  • For a sacrificial gift of $50 or more, I will send you a powerful DVD set that will inspire you and your loved ones to pray the Rosary more frequently and with greater fervency than ever before. Could you consider making a gift of $50 or more?
  • For your gift of $100 or more, I'll send you this inspiring DVD set along with an autographed copy of my newest book, "The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare" co-authored by my spiritual battle buddy, Thomas K. Sullivan.  This book is a special ops manual for victory over God's enemies who seek to destroy your family, the Church and our world.  Would a gift of $100 or more be possible for you?
  • For your gift of $150 or more, you will receive our inspiring DVD set, an autographed copy of "The Rosary" and our newest spiritual battle resource, the Fatima 100th Anniversary Paracord Warrior's Rosary.  This Rosary is constructed using nylon micro paracord with a 100-lb. minimum break strength. The beads are made of genuine olivewood, hand made by the Franciscan Sisters Immaculatine in Assisi Italy.  The medals feature Our Lady of Fatima, the Angel of Peace, the three visionaries, Lucia Santos, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, and the final apparitions, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and St. Joseph holding the child Jesus blessing the world. This rosary brings together the elements of "Military Combat" and "Spiritual Warfare" and places one of the most powerful weapons of spiritual warfare into your hands.  I know that this rosary will strengthen you for every battle that you may face and in turn, will strengthen the Church for all that we face together.  Are you able to make a gift of $150 or more
Please consider sending a sacrificial gift today. Our financial need is quite urgent, as the times are unprecedented and the work must continue.

If you can sacrifice more than the suggested minimum amount for the premium, please do so. We do need gifts of $500, $1,000 and more.

But if you cannot, give what you can. Your gift of $50, $100 or $150 is so necessary. I couldn't possibly continue this work without your support.  Donations of any amount are always appreciated and you can count on our prayers for you and your family.  

Below I have shared several stories of modern day miracles of Our Lady and the rosary intervening during critical times.  Please share this message with your friends and family. It is my firm hope that together we can stand strong in the battles that lie ahead, rosaries in hand, and with peace in our hearts. Remember the quote of Pope St. Pius IX, " Give me an army praying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

In His Service,
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Johnnette Benkovic



Modern Day Miracles of Our Lady and The Rosary

Almost everyone has heard of the famous Battle of Lepanto, that infamous day in 1571 when through the prayer of the rosary, Our Lady interceded to lead to victory a fledgling Christian navy over the far superior forces of the invading Moslem Turks.  But there have been equally stunning miracles of the rosary as recently as the 20th century.

Fatima

Attributed to Joshua Benoliel _Public domain__ via Wikimedia Commons
In 1917, the powerful prayer of the Rosary took on another urgent moment, The "Great War," World War I, was raging. It was the largest war in history. 

At this point, the Mother of God appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, with a warning and a request that was meant to save the world.  For six consecutive months, from May 13 to October 13, she appeared  to Lucia dos Santos, age nine, and her  cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, ages eight and six. 

Nearly three thousand people were gathered for the July 13th apparition, waiting for the young visionaries to arrive. When the Blessed Mother appeared to the children, she once again asked them to return the following month and reminded them to pray the rosary for peace. And then something remarkable occurred. Shafts of light flowed from Our Lady's hands through the children to the earth below them. Suddenly, the ground seemed to roll back and the three visionaries were staring into the pit of hell. Years later, Lucia wrote of what they saw: "A sea of fire; and plunged in this fire the demons and the souls, as if they were red-hot coals." Our Lady explained to the children:

"You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war (World War I) is going to end, but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given to you by God that He is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father.

To prevent this, I will come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world."

Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the Fatima seers, was later quoted as saying, " The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families...that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary."

Hiroshima

By Cuthbert_ Allan George _Public domain__ via Wikimedia Commons
Another breathtaking event occurred in Hiroshima, Japan on the morning of Aug. 6, 1945 at 8:15 a.m., when Fr. Hubert Schiffer and seven other Jesuits were just sitting down to breakfast.

"Suddenly, a terrific explosion filled the air with one bursting thunder stroke," Fr. Schiffer said in a public testimony of the event. "An invisible force lifted me from the chair, hurled me through the air, shook me, battered me, whirled me 'round and 'round like a leaf in a gust of autumn wind."

When next his eyes opened, he was laying outside on the ground. Dazed, he looked around and saw that except for the rectory behind him, not a single building on the block was left standing. 

Although they didn't realize it at the time, Fr. Schiffer and his fellow priests had just survived the blast of the world's first atomic bomb. 

Miraculously, the priests suffered only minor injuries, even though the rectory was a mere kilometer from the center of the blast and the initial explosion which sent out a shockwave of heat in excess of 20,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The wave traveled with a sonic velocity capable of blowing apart everything in its path, which is why no other building in sight of the rectory was left standing and all of the people in the vicinity died instantly, were severely burned, or would die within days of radiation poisoning. 

When they were finally able to comprehend the magnitude of the miracle that had just happened, Fr. Schiffer and his fellow priests knew at once why they were spared. 

" We believe that we survived because we were living the message of Fatima and we lived and prayed the rosary daily in that home," Fr. Schiffer said. 

As if in confirmation, he would later learn that the Franciscan Friary in Nagasaki, established by St. Maximilian Kolbe, was also unharmed in an atomic blast that destroyed the city a few days later. The Friars were also devoted to the  daily recitation of the rosary and felt that an act of Divine Providence led them to build their friary in a location where a hill protected them from the full force of the blast.

Austria

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Less than a decade later, in the wake of World War II, an army of the faithful in Austria, bearing only the rosary, decided to take on communism.

Their battle began when the war ended and a massive power struggle erupted in the country between the Allied forces who were occupying the nation and the communists who were in possession of the richest sector of the country in Lower Austria, which was rich in oil, agriculture and industry. 

Although the communists won only four seats in the freely elected Austrian government, they used their lucrative holdings to bully the people and try to topple the government. 

"Austrians had to persevere in apartments without heat, lacking sufficient food, and enduring many other privations," said an Austrian priest named Father Norbert Burmettler in 2005 to a group of students from Franciscan University of Steubenville. 

"People would go out into the countryside with backpacks begging for food. The black market flourished."

He went on to describe how, on February 2, 1946, a Franciscan priest named Petrus Pavlicek made a special pilgrimage to the famous Marian Shrine at Mariazell to beg Our Lady for help for occupied Austria. During his prayers, he heard the voice of Mary within his heart. 

"Do what I tell you, and there will be peace," she said. 

She went on to ask for a renewal of the requests she made to the three shepherd children at Fatima in 1917. 

Father Pavlicek responded by founding The Atonement Crusade of the Rosary, a national prayer crusade that dedicated itself to praying for the conversion of sinners, peace in the world and freedom for Austria. 

The centerpiece of the crusade was around-the-clock recitation of the rosary. Father Pavlicek asked for a "tithe" of rosaries from at least ten percent of the Austrian population who would  pledge to pray the Rosary daily until the Soviets left the country.

Crusaders staged processions and "assaults of prayer" in parishes which consisted of the Mass, sermons, confession, blessing of the sick and recitation of the Holy Rosary. These "sieges" of prayer could last up to five days.

The people of Austria responded generously. Within four years, more than 200,000 Austrians pledged to pray the rosary daily and by 1955, the number had grown to half a million.

Suddenly, on the eve of the Annunciation, March 24, 1955, the Russian Foreign minister invited an Austrian delegation to Moscow for the first of many conferences about a possible communist withdrawal from Austria. These talks eventually lead to a deal struck on a day that could only have been picked by Our Lady herself - May 13, 1955 - the anniversary of the first apparition at Fatima.  Two days later, the Austrian State Treaty was signed at the Belvedere Palace in Vienna and Austria was free. 

This event marks the only time in history that militant Marxist forces peacefully left a country in which they held power.

During a thanksgiving celebration on Sept. 10, 1955, Austrian Prime Minister Leopold Figi acknowledged this gift from heaven. 

" For eight years we prayed the Sorrowful Rosary and implored that heaven would grant us again, full and completely, our freedom and independence," he said. "Our prayer has been heard."

Our Lady of Fatima has given us her peace plan. Will we follow


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