Friday, November 12, 2010

Pax Sinica Article (2010年11月15日): Lessons on prayer and peace from Our Lady of Nicaragua 尼加拉瓜聖母對祈禱與和平的指引

In the last two weeks we looked at two approved Marian apparitions. This week we are going to Central America, where Our Lady appeared to a humble and poor man, Bernardo Martinex, in Nicaragua in 1980.


Pray Rosary well


   The first apparition took place on May 8. Our Lady told Bernardo that she wanted the Rosary to be prayed every day. She recommended praying the Rosary with the reading of Bible citations, and told us not to pray in a rush. Our Lady also asked us to renew the Five First Saturdays devotion. She told Bernardo to spread the message.


   On May 16 Our Lady appeared again to encourage Bernardo to spread the message and to tell the priest.


   Our Lady appeared the third time on June 8. Bernardo saw visions of four groups of people. The first group was early Christians.


   People from the second group were dressed in white (probably Dominicans). When they prayed the Rosary, one of them first read from the Bible, and then everyone meditated silently on the words. Then they prayed the Our Father and 10 Hail Marys.


   The third group was Franciscans, and they received the Rosary from the second group. People from the fourth group were in normal street clothes and carried rosaries.


   On July 8 an angel appeared to Bernardo. The angel made a number of prophesies which all came to pass. He foretold the release of a boy from jail, the abatement of the drinking problem of a man, and the killing of Bernardo's cousin.


   Peace and patience


   The fourth apparition of Our Lady was on Sept. 8. A man had given Bernardo some money for the building of a church, and so he asked Our Lady if she wanted a church built in her honour.


   She said, "No! The Lord does not want material churches, He wants living temples, which are yourselves. Restore the sacred temple of the Lord. In you is the gratification for the Lord. Love each other. Love one another. Forgive each other. Make peace. Don't just ask for it, make peace.


   "From this day on do not accept even one cent for anything. Always continue firmly in the catechism. Little by little you will comprehend all that the catechism signifies. As a community group meditate on the beatitudes, away from all the noise. I am not going to return on the 8th of October, but on the 13th."


   On Oct. 13 everyone saw a big luminous circle on the ground. Our Lady appeared as Our Lady of Sorrows and gave the following messages: "Pray the Rosary. Meditate on the mysteries. Listen to the Word of God spoken in them."


   "They ask of me things that are unimportant. Ask for faith in order to have the strength so that each can carry his own cross. The suffering of this world cannot be removed. That is the way life is.


   "There are problems with the husband, with the wife, with the children, with the brothers. Talk, converse, so that problems will be resolved in peace. Do not turn to violence. Never turn to violence. Pray for faith in order that you will have patience."


   "Nicaragua has suffered a great deal since the earthquake, and will continue to suffer if all of you don't change. If you don't change you will hasten the coming of the Third World War.


   "Pray, pray, my son, for all the world. Grave dangers threaten the world. The mother never forgets her children, and I have not forgotten what you suffer. I am the mother of all of you sinners."

過去兩週,我們談及教會確認兩宗真實的聖母顯現。本週我們來到中美洲,看看聖母在尼加拉瓜,顯現給謙遜和貧窮的納鐸.馬天力Bernardo Martinex的個案。

唸好玫瑰經

一九八零年五月八日的首次顯現,聖母告訴納鐸: 她希望人們每天誦唸玫瑰經,並勸勉在唸玫瑰經時誦讀當中奧蹟有關的聖經章節,切勿趕急馬虎地唸。聖母重申要求履行連續五個首瞻禮七(星期六)對她的敬禮。她告訴納鐸去傳揚信息。

五月十六日,聖母第二次顯現給納鐸,鼓勵他如實告訴神父,把她的訊息發佈。

第三次顯現在六月八日。當時聖母給納鐸看到有四群人:第一群是早期的基督徒;第二群是穿白袍的人(道明會會士),有一人首先道出玫瑰經一端的奧蹟,隨即朗誦一些聖經章節,其他人則靜靜地默想這些聖言,然後他們齊口誦唸一遍天主經和十遍聖母經;第三群是方濟會會士,他們從道明會會士接受了玫瑰經的敬禮;第四群的人,穿著一般衣物,手裡拿著玫瑰唸珠。

七月八日,有天使給納鐸作了一些預言:有一名孩童從監獄中被釋放、兩名酗酒者有所改進,和納鐸一個表親被殺。這些預言後來全部應驗。

和平與容忍

有人奉上金錢,請納鐸建造一座聖堂,納鐸請示聖母。九月八日,聖母第四次顯現,囑咐納鐸別為恭敬她而建堂,相反,指出天主不要人手建造的聖殿,而要人重修內心的聖殿;天主能臨在人心的聖殿於願已足。聖母續說:「你們要互愛互諒,不要只祈求和平,而要締造和平。從今天起,不要接受任何金錢。謹隨教理,你自會漸漸體會教理的指引。要在一個靜寂的環境,一同默想真福八端。下月的顯現不會在第八天,而是十月十三日。」

如期的顯現,在場人士都看見地上有一個大光環。聖母以痛苦聖母的形像顯現給納鐸,說明要誦唸玫瑰經、默想玫瑰經奧蹟,聆聽奧蹟中的天主聖言。聖母道:「告知他們,他們所要求的並非重要。祈求堅強的信德罷!信德能賦予背十字架的力量。塵世旅途間的痛苦不能免去。人生就是這樣。夫婦、子女、兄弟間會有困難。要以對話和溝通,才能和諧地解決,切勿演變成暴力。為自己的信德祈禱,旨能增進內心的容忍。」

「尼加拉瓜自地震以來承受了極大苦痛;你們如果不悔改,苦痛將會持續。世人如果不悔改,終會速成第三次世界大戰。我兒,為世界多多祈禱罷!世界正面臨莫大的危機!母親永不會忘記自己的兒女。我不會忘記你們的痛苦。我是你們眾罪人之母!」