On July 11 and 12, 2017 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, we visited the shrine of Our Lady of All Nations and had Mass at the Chapel of Our Lady of All Nations. The first apparition of Mary here was on March 25, 1945, the Feast of the Annunciation.
The Annunciation that year coincided with Palm Sunday, and World War II was still going on in the Netherlands; Amsterdam with a horrible period of its history. Ida Peerdeman and her three sisters sat around a pot-bellied stove with the family priest-friend who stopped by for a visit.
While in a lively conversation, Ida, the youngest of the four sisters, noticed something in the adjoining room. Getting up, she saw an immense light appearing, and her surroundings seemed to fade away. Then she saw a female figure dressed in white who spoke to her. It was the Virgin Mary presenting images, warnings and prophecies which clearly predict the political and spiritual turbulence to come in the second half of the twentieth century.
This was the first of the series of fifty-six apparitions which have become known as “The Messages of Our Lady of All Nations.” The last message, a majestic farewell-vision, would be received fourteen years later on May 31, 1959.
We had a tour of the Maria Clara cheese farm, the wooden clog-making factory, the Royal Coster Diamonds display center, the Dam Square, the national monument, the Mint Tower, Amsterdam Flower Market, Volendam with its colorful wooden houses, and the old fishing harbor lined up with seafood vendors.
We delved into the beautiful -countryside of Netherlands, world-famous for tulips. We took selfies and group pictures of the eye-catching windmills galore in the Dutch shore. Our taste buds indulged in the cheese shops selling world class variety of quality cheese products, offering customers a delectable cheese-tasting.
Our tour was capped with an exciting canal boat cruise around the seascape of the city of Amsterdam. It was truly a great sojourn in this lovely city, with delightful and rich experiences and fun all through. Hotel accommodation at Grand Amstelveen was superb.
On the flip side, someone said that sometimes miracles are just good people with kind hearts. Don’t compare your life to others. There’s no comparison between the Sun and the Moon. They shine when it’s their time. “The truth is like a lion. You don’t have to defend it. Let it loose and it will defend itself,” said St. Augustine.
How rightly, one said, that being angry robs you of happiness. A great relationship doesn’t happen because of the love you had in the beginning, but how well you continue building love till the end.
Never stop believing in hope because miracles happen every day. Someone is changed by your example, not by your opinion. It’s not how big your house is, but how happy your home is.
The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. Letting go means carrying a scar, but not a permanent wound. “Everything starts from prayer,” said Mother Teresa. “Mary’s life shows that God accomplishes great deeds through those who are most humble,” said Pope Francis. Amen on that folks.
Big thanks to those who attended the Divine Mercy Symposium at San Vicente Church last Saturday, August 26, 2017. May God bless you.
Pray the Divine Mercy every 3 p.m. Daily recite the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy for peace in the world.
In her Diary No. 320, St. Faustina wrote Jesus’ words; “The prayer disarms the anger of My Father.”