Published with imprimatur, the messages below of Our Lady were given to Don Stefano Gobbi, an Italian priest. Compiled in the book, “Our Lady Speaks to Her Beloved Priests,” it gave birth to the worldwide Marian Movement of Priests. Guided by this book, cenacles of the laity have also been organized and continue to be held throughout the world.
“Recollect yourself with me, in silence and expectation. Forget every other preoccupation and enter into the quiet of prayer. Live together with me this precious moment which precedes the birth of my Divine Child.
“This is the night of love and of light.
“Share in the joy of your heavenly Mother, who feels that the moment of her virginal motherhood has now come.
“For me, it is as though everything that surrounds me is far away: the fatigue of the journey to Bethlehem; the noise of the crowded caravan; the anxious search to find a place to spend the night; the sad surprise before each door as it is closed; the trusting confidence before a poor little cave which opens itself to us.
“The gentle and loving assistance of my most chaste spouse, Joseph, surrounds me like a caress. It is he who seeks to make the place more hospitable; who prepares the crib in a warmer manger; who looks about for a shield against the rigor of the cold; who stays close to me and joins in my great prayer; who sees the heavens open; who contemplates in wonder the prodigy, hears the song of the angels, and is conscious of the peace which comes down from heaven; who opens the door to the poor and the little ones and graciously accepts the simple gifts of the shepherds.
“As for myself, I am absorbed in a profound rapture: the face of the Father is revealed to me and I contemplate the divine mystery of His merciful love; the Word, who has taken human form in my virginal womb, becomes present in my motherly arms as a newborn Babe, and I cover Him with kisses and tears; the Holy Spirit looks with pleasure on the fruit (of His overshadowing).
“After nearly two thousand years since the first announcing of the Gospel, humanity has again become pagan. I am the Mother of the second evangelization. Mine is the task of forming the apostles of the second evangelization. During these years, I have formed you with particular care and through the gift of my words, to be the apostles of these last times.
“Apostles of the last times, because you must announce to all, to the very ends of the earth, the Gospel of Jesus, in these days of the great apostasy. In the great darkness which has descended upon the world, spread the Light of Christ and of His divine truth.
“Apostles of the last times, because you are being called to bring down the dew of the merciful love of Jesus upon a world parched by the inability to love and menaced more and more with hatred, violence and war.
“Apostles of the last times, because you must announce the closely approaching return of Jesus in glory, who will lead humanity into the new times, when at last there will be seen new heavens and a new earth.
“Proclaim to all His forthcoming return: ‘Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!’”
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