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The Unknown Miracle Posted November 26, 2002
The Imprimatur to "The Miracle of Damascus November 26, 2002
Copy Right: JMJ Publishing (Rick Salbato)
ISBN # 094142704=9
Photographs from "The Miracle of Damascus"
THE FOLLOWING INTRODUCTION TO THE MIRACLE OF DAMASCUS
EXPLAINS WHY MEDJUGORJE CENTERS ATTACKED IT. JUDGE FREELY WHAT IS TRUE.
It is a paradox that I wrote this book.
I have made it my avocation to write against apparitions, mystics, cults, and new
religious movements. I have no fear in writing against these things, as it is easy to spot
the false with simple discernment from the Bible and the teachings of the Church.
Moreover, true saints throughout the ages have warned against such things and have given
great guidelines to follow. Padre Pio often saw the devil in the form of: Christ
Crucified, his Spiritual Director, St. Francis, and the Virgin Mary. He was never fooled.
Padre Pio warned Raffaelina Cerase
How many lovers of Mary know that Lucia
of Fatima is still receiving visits from Our Lord? How many lovers of Mary are still
promoting the messages of Fatima? How many are promoting other apparitions and think
Fatima is old hat? Diffusion!
Another man, in this same monastery,
wouldn't even sit with me. I don't believe in the mystic mentioned above. He does; and so,
I must be bad, Satanic, an adversary of God. He will soon become a priest. God help us.
PRAYER OF THE
I stand full of confusion and doubt,
asking the Most High Lord from the bottom of my soul, to transfer my pen to the hands of
an angel, in order that no injustice may be done to the subject of this discourse; or that
He Himself, the most powerful and wise God, speak for me, enlighten my faculties, so that
governed by His divine light, they may be fit instruments of His will and truth and be
free from the human frailty of an ignorant man.
Imprimatur, Catholic Bishop of Damascus
THE MIRACLE OF
On November 22, 1982, in the old city of
Damascus, within walking distance of the House of Ananias (where Paul became the light of
Christ to the gentiles), a strange new light began to shine, dim at first, but [with the
grace of God] a beacon to re-light the world.
On November 25 Myrna's mother was cured
in the same manner. But this was only a flicker of light. The true miracle of Damascus was
about to start. These bizarre happenings were only paving the way for what would come that
OPEN THE DOORS
November 27 is the anniversary of
the apparition of the Virgin Mary to St. Catherine Laboure and the Miraculous Medal. It is
also known as the start of the Age of Mary. This will become more and more relevant as
this story unfolds. At any rate, on November 27, 1982, a
three-inch tall picture of the Virgin Mary and Christ Child in a cheap plastic frame began
to exude oil. The oil flowed out from the bottom of the Icon and onto the
floor next to Nicolas and Mirna's bed. Oil again appeared on Mirna's hands.
OPEN THE DOORS AND DO NOT DEPRIVE ANYONE FROM SEEING ME.
LIGHT A CANDLE FOR ME.
"As you wish, Father."
On the night of December
15, 1982, while large numbers of the faithful were praying in front of the
Icon, suddenly Myrna felt something pulling on her arm. The odd thing about this was that
it happened at exactly the same time of night that the angel
had led Catherine Laboure to the chapel to see the Virgin Mary [11:37
P.M.]. Myrna had never heard of Catherine Laboure, though, and she was now being pulled
upstairs to the roof terrace of the house.
On the night of December
18, 1982 [again at exactly the same hour,
11:37 p.m., that Catherine Laboure talked to the Virgin Mary], Mirna was
drawn (or gently pulled from the back of the arm) to the open terrace of the house. About
ten people followed her to the roof including her husband and her father.
As the halves opened, a bow of light
appeared over the top, and inside was the same beautiful lady. As the ball disappeared,
the lady seemed to be standing on the branch of the tree. She had a white veil that
covered all Her hair. The veil was a part of Her dress. Over Her right shoulder was a
sky-blue cape that wrapped around Her back and over Her left side. The white dress covered
her feet, and only Her hands could be seen. The dress and cape seemed to be made of white
and blue light. From Her right hand, between the second and third fingers, hung a long
This time Mirna didn't run away. She
thought everyone was seeing the same vision. The Holy Mother spoke gently and slowly in
YOU KNOW EVERYTHING AND YET YOU KNOW NOTHING. YOUR KNOWLEDGE IS AN IMPERFECT KNOWLEDGE, BUT ONE DAY YOU WILL KNOW EVERYTHING AS GOD KNOWS ME.
DO GOOD TO
EVILDOERS. DO NOT TREAT ANYONE BADLY.
ANNOUNCE MY SON, EMMANUEL. HE WHO ANNOUNCES HIM IS SAVED. HE WHO DOES NOT...HIS FAITH IS IN VAIN.
LOVE ONE ANOTHER. I AM NOT ASKING FOR MONEY TO BE GIVEN TO THE CHURCHES, NOR TO BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE POOR. I ASK FOR LOVE.
THOSE WHO DISTRIBUTE THEIR MONEY TO THE CHURCHES AND THE POOR, BUT DO NOT HAVE LOVE, ARE NOTHING.
I SHALL VISIT HOMES MORE OFTEN, BECAUSE THOSE WHO GO TO CHURCH, SOMETIMES THEY DO NOT GO TO PRAY.
I AM NOT ASKING YOU TO BUILD A CHURCH FOR ME BUT A SHRINE.
GIVE. DO NOT
DEPRIVE ANYONE WHO ASKS FOR HELP.
Again Mirna heard the voice in the same
manner. This time it was a secret message for Father E. Zahlaoui. All I know about the
secret is that something very miraculous happened to Father E. Zahlaoui in his past by the
intercession of the Mother of God. She reminded him of it.
MY SON CAN WALK
The oil from the picture didn't stop.
The oil from her hands didn't stop. The crowds became larger and larger. Sometimes the oil
appeared on the glass of the image like bubbles. It would blow up, then break, making a
perceptible noise. Mirna's husband didn't understand nor appreciate any of what was
happening -- until the day following the apparition.
me some shoes. Give me some shoes. My son can walk. He will need shoes."
So much joy came to Nicolas in seeing this boy, he never again wanted the miracle to go away. This didn't take away his crosses, which were many, but he began to carry them without complaint. The crosses were many. That same day six other people came on crutches and went away without them. Father Zahlaoui thought about the message, "I shall give you something much stronger than oil."
HOME OF THE ICON
Mirna is a Catholic of the Melkite
Byzantine Rite. Her husband, Nicolas, is Greek Byzantine Orthodox. And so, on December 30,
1982, His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim interviewed Nicolas and Mirna in his
office. After the interview, the Patriarch promised an official declaration for the
following day. The next day the official paper was read to all the Greek Orthodox Churches
in Damascus. It gave recognition to that was happening. The Patriarch ordered the Icon
moved in procession to the Church of the Holy Cross, which is very near to Nicolas' house.
FORGIVE WITH HUMILITY
Around 9:20 p.m. Mirna left the room.
She said nothing. She went upstairs to the terrace. Her brother-in-law saw her and told
Father Malouli. He followed, as did the other members of the household and the visitors.
At 10:30 p.m. on February 21, 1983, she had
I CAME BACK HERE... DO NOT INSULT THE PROUD PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO HUMILITY. THE HUMBLE IS THIRSTY FOR THE REMARKS OF OTHERS TO CORRECT HIS FAULTS, WHEREAS THE CORRUPT AND ARROGANT NEGLECTS, REVOLTS, AND BECOMES HOSTILE.
FORGIVENESS IS THE MOST PREFERABLE THING. HE WHO PRETENDS TO BE PURE AND CHARITABLE BEFORE MEN, IS IMPURE BEFORE GOD.
I HAVE A REQUEST TO ASK OF YOU. ENGRAVE THESE WORDS IN YOUR MINDS AND ALWAYS REPEAT THEM.
"GOD SAVES ME. JESUS ENLIGHTENS ME. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS MY LIFE. I AM NOT AFRAID."
IS THAT NOT SO,
MY SON, JOSEPH? ENDURE AND FORGIVE. ENDURE MUCH LESS THAN WHAT THE FATHER ENDURED.
A DIVIDED KINGDOM
1983: Mirna had another apparition. It was 9:30 p.m. on the feast of the
Annunciation, the entrance of Christ into Her womb and into the world for the first time.
The Virgin appeared again in blue and white with the Rosary in Her right hand. She came
and left the same way as in the second apparition, in a ball of light on the tree. Twelve
people followed Mirna to the roof. They could see nothing. The Virgin came close to Mirna
IN THIS NIGHT THE ANGEL TOLD ME: "BLESSED ARE YOU AMONG WOMEN."
I COULD SAY NOTHING EXCEPT: "I AM THE HANDMAID OF THE LORD."
I AM HAPPY. I
AM NOT WORTHY TO SAY: "YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN", BUT MY LORD HAS SAID IT.
THE CHURCH WHICH JESUS ADOPTED IS ONE CHURCH, BECAUSE JESUS IS ONE. THE CHURCH IS GOD'S KINGDOM ON EARTH.
HE WHO DIVIDED IT HAS SINNED. HE WHO IS HAPPY IN THESE DIVISIONS HAS ALSO SINNED.
ESTABLISHED IT. IT WAS VERY SMALL. WHEN IT GREW IT BECAME DIVIDED. WHOEVER DIVIDED IT HAS
NO LOVE. BE UNITED.
DO NOT BE AFRAID. I AM WITH YOU.
DO NOT BE FRAGMENTED LIKE THE ELDERS. YOU SHALL TEACH GENERATIONS UNITY, LOVE AND FAITH.
PRAY FOR THE
INHABITANTS OF (SAMMA) AND EARTH.
DO NOT BE
AFRAID. THROUGH YOUR EXAMPLE I WILL EDUCATE MY GENERATION.
NOT ALL MY
On the 7th of November she started
receiving pain at the "bend of her foot". Oil continued from the Icon and the
pain continued. She had the feeling of the presence of nails in the palms of her hands and
feet. She prayed all that time.
WIFE OR NUN?
The Miracle of Damascus was a year old.
No one who lived the miracle had any doubts. Hundreds of priests and nuns had become
involved. Five bishops were watching closely. No condemnations were given. Documents were
being sent to the Vatican. Mirna was beginning to suffer not only from her body [which was
taking on the five wounds of Christ] but also from the people around her and her own
But the family is the main building
block of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. It is the miniature Kingdom, or the atoms of the
Church. Without babies there are no souls for us priests to serve."
It was a great argument, but the good
priest needed help. He got the help from the greatest of all sources. On November 25,
1983, Mirna was starting to show signs of the stigmata. Her small home was packed with
priests from every different kind of church: Syrian Catholics, Roman Catholics, Romanian
Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Assyrians, etc. Oil continued pouring from her hands and the
Icon. Blood came from her side leaving a blood stain on her shirt. By 5:00 P.M. blood was
flowing from her hands and her feet. After six hours the blood stopped and the wounds
closed all by themselves.
WOULD YOU LIKE
TO COME TO ME? ... COME IT SUFFICES THAT YOU ARE WILLING TO COME.
The miracle of oil continued, not only
from the original Icon, but from other Icons, in other houses and in other countries. The
blind were being cured, the lame were walking, the deaf hearing, the sinners repenting.
But most important of all, people and even priests from all the different Orthodox,
Catholic, and Moslem Churches were praying together as one body.
OR NO ONE
This didn't make some of the Greek
Orthodox priests happy, especially to see fellow Orthodox priests praying with Catholics.
Some Catholics had the same problem. But since Nicolas was Greek Orthodox and head of the
household, they felt only Greek Orthodox should lead in the prayers. Father Joseph
Malouli, a Catholic priest had been doing it. In spite of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch's
approval of the miracle, these priests tried to close down the house by bringing in the
The wounds were larger than the ones in
1983. Six hours later the wounds closed without any care. The pain lasted a few days and
On Holy Friday the pain in her side and
head was severe. At 3:30 in the afternoon she went into ecstasy. Father Malouli asked her
to ask the Virgin what he should do.
THE TRUE PEACE
On May 31, 1984, the Feast of the
Ascension, Mirna expressed her wish to see Christ to Father Malouli.
LET NOT YOUR PEACE DEPEND ON PEOPLE'S TONGUES, WHETHER GOOD OR BAD; AND CONSIDER YOURSELF LOWLY. HE WHO DOES NOT SEEK SATISFACTION FROM MANKIND, AND DOES NOT FEAR THEIR WRATH, ENJOYS THE TRUE PEACE, AND THAT WILL ONLY BE THROUGH ME.
LIVE YOUR LIFE JOYFULLY AND INDEPENDENTLY. LET NOT THE HARDSHIPS YOU HAVE UNDERTAKEN FOR MY SAKE DESTROY YOU BUT REJOICE. I AM ABLE TO REWARD YOU.
YOUR HARDSHIPS WILL NOT LAST; YOUR SUFFERING WILL NOT ENDURE. PRAY WITH ADORATION FOR EVERLASTING LIFE DESERVES THESE SUFFERINGS.
PRAY THAT THE
WILL OF GOD MAY BE COMPLETED WITHIN YOU AND SAY:
On Friday, September 7, 1984, another
ecstasy started at 7:47 P.M. Dr. Samia Barsa tested her reactions during the ecstasy. The
Virgin Mary confided a secret to her and told her:
I WILL TAKE
FATHER IS IN
March 3, 1985: Nicole, Mirna,
Father Zahlaoui, Father Malouli, and some other people went to see the Catholic Bishop,
Paul Bourkhoch, of Hauran. After leaving, Father E. Zahlaoui went to the cemetery to pray
with a group of priests and nuns over the grave of Msgr. Naaman. Father Naaman was the
founder and builder of the mission. He was also the teacher of Father Zahlaoui, and father
had a great love for him.
Nicolas, Mirna and Father Malouli left him and headed
back home. Mirna fell into an ecstasy in the car on the way home. They had to go back to
the Mission. They placed her in the bed of one of the nuns.
Mirna had a vision. She saw the Virgin Mary standing
with a very short man. After the vision, she told them about the man. They showed her
pictures of Msgr. Naaman, but the ones where he had on a hat she didn't recognize. When
she saw him without a hat she said that it was the man she saw. It was the deceased Msgr.
Naaman. Everyone who knew this bishop rejoiced, for Mary was telling them that he was in
Heaven. Mirna had never met him.
On May 1, 1985, the feast of St. Joseph,
the Worker, (Latin calendar.) oil flowed from Mirna's hands and face. Again she saw the
Virgin Mary. The Virgin spoke to her:
DO NOT ALLOW MY HEART TO BE DIVIDED BECAUSE OF YOUR DIVISIONS.
MY DAUGHTER, I
WILL GRANT YOU A GIFT FOR YOUR FATIGUES.
THE KINGDOM OF
Nicolas and Mirna went to the city of Al
Hassake which is about 600 miles from Damascus. It has one of the largest churches in
Syria. The people of Al Hassake had been asking Mirna to come for a long time. They went
to the Syrian Orthodox Archbishop and asked to have a Unity Mass. They wanted all the
different churches to join together and pray for unity. They received his permission, but
Mirna wanted to have Wadih Al-Safi, the greatest singer in the Arab world, sing at the
HE WHO DIVIDED IT HAS SINNED.
HE WHO IS HAPPY WITH THESE DIVISIONS HAS ALSO SINNED.
EXAMPLE I WILL EDUCATE MY GENERATION.
On Wednesday, August 14, 1985, the
anticipation was very high. This is one of the feast days that something always happens.
Five hundred people packed like sardines into the small house. They were on the stair case
to the patio. They were on the stairs to the roof. The roof was packed. The living room
was packed. Outside in the street were hundreds more. During the prayers there was an
attempt to rotate the people. Mirna stood next to the water fountain and prayed and sang
with the people.
YOUR PRAYER IS
MY FEAST. YOUR FAITH IS MY FEAST. THE UNITY OF YOUR HEARTS IS MY FEAST.
THE BIRTH OF
September 7, 1985, the eve of the birth
of Mary, the crowds were again big in the little house of Soufanieh because of the feast
day. During the prayer, oil started in her hands and then just burst out on her face. It
came out of her eyes. Her eyes were on fire. She tried to dig at her eyes. She was taken
to the bedroom, and they held onto her hands to keep her from clawing at her eyes. Her
mother held on to her with the help of others. (As in almost all the ecstasies, everything
was filmed. See film.)
I CREATED HER TO CREATE ME.
REJOICE FOR HEAVEN IS REJOICING BECAUSE THE DAUGHTER OF THE FATHER, THE MOTHER OF GOD AND THE BRIDE OF THE SPIRIT IS BORN.
REJOICE, FOR THE
EARTH IS REJOICING BECAUSE YOUR SALVATION HAS BEEN REALIZED.
SAVED BY THE
On October 10, 1985, Mirna attended Mass
in Lebanon. The crowd was so large Mirna hardly had air to breathe. Oil started coming out
of her hands. The people became crazed. They wanted to touch her, take hair from her, a
piece of her clothing. Her life was in danger. Nicolas and the other men couldn't stop the
people. Suddenly oil began coming out of the huge crucifix on the wall. Everyone saw it.
They ran to the crucifix taking oil off the legs of Christ. Mirna was able to get away.
Nicolas took her out of the church to safety. (See film.) The oil from the Cross had saved
On the third anniversary of the
phenomenon, November 26, 1985, Mirna fell into another ecstasy. Oil poured from her face,
eyes, neck, hands, and feet. There were six Catholic priests, one Greek Orthodox, a Deacon
lawyer, a writer-theologian, and the family watching. The doctor separated the flesh from
the nail of her finger, which angered Nicolas. After she came out of the ecstasy, her
finger hurt for a long time. During the ecstasy she had no reaction at all. The trance
lasted for one and one half hours. Christ spoke to her:
MY DAUGHTER, WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE CRUCIFIED OR HONORED?
Mirna answered honestly,
PREFER TO BE HONORED BY THE CREATURES OR BY THE CREATOR?
MY DAUGHTER, I WANT YOU TO PRAY FERVENTLY AND DESPISE YOURSELF, FOR HE [WHO DESPISES HIMSELF] GAINS STRENGTH AND DIGNITY FROM GOD.
I WAS CRUCIFIED FOR YOUR LOVE'S SAKE. I WANT ALL OF YOU TO ACCEPT AND CARRY YOUR CROSS FOR MY SAKE WITH OBEDIENCE, LOVE, AND PATIENCE, AND AWAIT MY ARRIVAL, FOR HE WHO SHARES IN MY PAIN, WILL SHARE IN MY GLORY. THERE IS NO SALVATION FOR THE SOUL EXCEPT THROUGH THE CROSS.
DO NOT BE AFRAID, MY DAUGHTER. I SHALL GIVE YOU FROM MY WOUNDS ENOUGH TO PAY THE DEBT OF SINNERS, BECAUSE THIS IS THE SOURCE FROM WHICH EVERY SOUL SHALL QUENCH ITS THIRST.
IF MY ABSENCE ENDURES, AND THE LIGHT IS CONCEALED FROM YOU, DO NOT BE AFRAID, BECAUSE THIS IS FOR MY GLORIFICATION.
GO TO THE LAND
IN WHICH CORRUPTION HAS PREVAILED, AND BE IN GOD'S PEACE.
THE DEATH OF
During the year of silence from God and
from all miracles, Mirna was pregnant with her first child, Myriam. She was born on
October 15, 1986. Forty-one days later, on the feast of the apparitions, Mirna had her
first vision in over a year. Forty-one days are the exact amount of days of purification
for women who have babies, and this purification period is still observed in the Eastern
Father saw Mirna sitting on a chair near
the Icon. She was pale. Father asked her what happened.
"Father, please forgive me. I feel
pain in my knees. Please, Father, what is happening?"
"Virgin Mary of Soufanieh - We
gather every night - For peace we pray - and for Christian Unity."
"VIRGIN MARY, OPEN YOUR DOORS TO
AWAD, YOUR MOST VALUABLE BELOVER."
DO NOT SELL MY
During the year of silence from God and
all miracles, Mirna had her first child, Myriam [October 15, 1986]. Forty-one days later,
on the feast of the apparitions, November 26, 1986 oil started again to flow from the Icon
for the first time in a year.
I SHALL GIVE YOU MY HEART, IN ORDER TO HAVE YOURS.
YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN BECAUSE YOU ARE LOOKING FOR ME, AND HE WHO LOOKS FOR ME, I SHALL IMPRINT MY IMAGE IN HIM.
WOE TO HIM WHO REPRESENTS MY IMAGE AND SELLS MY BLOOD.
PRAY FOR THE SAKE OF
SINNERS. IN EACH WORD OF PRAYER I POOR A DROP OF MY BLOOD ON A SINNER.
I WANT YOU TO ACCOMPLISH YOUR MISSION BECAUSE YOU CANNOT ENTER HEAVEN UNLESS YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED YOUR MISSION ON EARTH.
GO IN PEACE TELL MY
CHILDREN TO COME TO ME AT ALL TIMES, AND NOT ONLY WHEN I RENEW THE FEAST OF MY MOTHER FOR
I AM WITH THEM AT ALL TIMES.
Holy Thursday, April 16, 1987, was
another year where Easter for the Western Church and the Eastern Church landed on the same
day. Everyone expected the same phenomenon of the stigmata to happen to Mirna again as a
sign that God wanted unity between the churches. What they didn't expect was the change.
The first time she received the wounds of Christ, they were very small. The second time
they were larger. This time they were much larger. In fact, this time she even received
one of the wounds in the head from the crown of thorns.
Words were said in a very loud voice, like if it
wasn't Him who said them,
Saturday, April 18, 1987 [Holy
Saturday]: Nicolas called Father E. Zahlaoui late at night. It was 9:45 P.M. Oil was
flowing abundantly from the four-inch Icon. Five minutes later he was there. The marble
container was already full of oil. The house was full of people. Everyone was praying.
Crowds came from everywhere.
On the Feast of the Ascension, May 28,
1987, oil began to flow again from the Icon of Mary and the Christ child. By 10:30 P.M.
the marble container was half full. The oil was coming at the rate of one drop per second.
The house was filled with people. All the usual priests were there. They sang songs and
prayed the Rosary together. Mirna was in the back of the room. Suddenly oil flowed from
her hands. She saw it but didn't want anyone else to see it. She wanted them to continue
the prayers. She tried to go to her room, but she fell down. The priests carried her and
put her on the bed. The oil was flowing from her face, her hands. She had pain in her
eyes. She entered into an ecstasy.
CHRIST, NOT ME
On July 22, 1987, in Harissa, Lebanon,
Nicole and Mirna went to Tony Hanna's house. Many people prayed at the foot of the statue
of Our Lady of Lebanon in the house. During the prayer, oil flowed from Mirna's hands,
face, and eyes. She went into an ecstasy. She saw a bright light, so bright it was as if
light came from inside her eyes. She couldn't see anything except the light. She heard a
voice. It was a strong voice. It had the sound of a voice from a tunnel or (as she says)
as "if you put a seashell over your ear".
FATHER, THROUGH THE WOUNDS OF YOUR BELOVED SON, DELIVER US."
MY DAUGHTER IS
On the eve of the feast of Mary's
Assumption into Heaven, August 14, 1987, and into the morning, Mirna had a vision of
Christ. They were at their home in Damascus, a home that now belongs to the Mother of God.
We now call it the House of Soufanieh. As on every feast day of Our Lady, thousands came.
They were packed into the little home, on the stairs, on the roof, in all the rooms, in
the street and in the park across from the house.
SHE IS MY MOTHER FROM WHOM I WAS BORN.
HE WHO HONORS HER HONORS ME.
HE WHO DENIES HER DENIES ME,
AND HE, WHO ASKS FROM HER, RECEIVES,
BECAUSE SHE IS
On September 7, 1987, the evening of the
birth of the Virgin Mary, a large number of people were at Nicoles and Mirna's house
for prayer. Mirna asked Father Malouli if she could leave. "I'll go to my room to
pray because I feel everyone is looking at me. I don't want them to think about me instead
of thinking about the prayers."
"I don't want anyone in the room.
Leave me. I don't want anyone." She cried.
IT APPEARS TO ME THAT YOU CANNOT ENDURE ANYTHING FOR MY SAKE.
I SHALL GIVE YOU TIME TO CHOOSE. BE CERTAIN THAT IF YOU LOSE ME, YOU WILL LOSE THE PRAYERS OF THOSE WHO ARE AROUND YOU.
AND KNOW THAT
THE BEARING OF THE CROSS IS INEVITABLE.
Nineteen days later, on the fifth
anniversary of the start of the apparitions, Mirna asked Father Malouli to come and pray
with her. He brought Father Paul Fadel and Father Michel Farah. Father René Laurentin was
there. Dr. Jamil Margi arrived. At 4:30 P.M. oil came from her hands, face, eyes, and
wrists. She fell into an ecstasy. Dr. Jamil Marge tested her pulse, her reactions,
breathing, etc. He cut her hand. She felt nothing. When she recovered, the cut hurt her
I WANT YOU TO JOIN MY HEART TO YOUR SOFT HEART SO OUR HEARTS WILL BE UNITED. LIKE THIS YOU WILL SAVE MANY SUFFERING SOULS.
DO NOT HATE ANYONE, OTHERWISE YOUR HEART WILL BE BLINDED TO MY LOVE. LOVE EVERYONE JUST AS YOU HAVE LOVED ME, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO HATE AND SPREAD RUMORS ABOUT YOU.
IT IS THROUGH THEM THAT YOU WILL EARN GLORY.
GO ABOUT YOUR LIFE AS A
WIFE, MOTHER, SISTER.
ALLOW NEITHER DIFFICULTIES NOR SUFFERINGS TO BURDEN YOU. DEFEAT IT. I AM WITH YOU. OTHERWISE YOU SHALL LOSE MY HEART.
GO AND PREACH TO ALL NATIONS, AND TELL THEM WITHOUT FEAR THAT THEY HAVE TO WORK FOR UNITY.
IT IS NOT SO MUCH THE FRUITS OF THE HANDS THAT ARE CONSIDERED SHAMEFUL IN A MAN BUT THOSE OF HIS HEART.
MY PEACE IN YOUR HEART, SHALL BE A BLESSING TO YOU AND TO THOSE WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED WITH YOU.
UNITY AND MY MOTHER
YOU ARE MY CHURCH, AND YOUR HEART BELONGS TO ME, UNLESS THAT HEART HAS CHOSEN TO FOLLOW ANOTHER GOD.
I HAVE SAID: "THE CHURCH IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN ON EARTH. HE WHO DIVIDES IT HAS SINNED. HE WHO IS HAPPY IN ITS DIVISIONS HAS ALSO SINNED."
IT IS EASIER FOR ME THAT AN INFIDEL BELIEVES IN MY NAME, THAN THOSE WHO CLAIM TO HAVE FAITH AND LOVE, AND SWEAR (take an oath) IN MY NAME. YOU OUGHT TO BOAST IN GOD ALONE.
PRAY FOR THOSE SINNERS WHO FORGIVE SINS IN MY NAME, AND YET, RENOUNCE MY MOTHER.
MY CHILDREN, I
GIVE YOU ALL MY TIME. GIVE ME A PART OF YOURS.
On September 6, 1988, Mirna and Nicole
arrived in Damascus from the United States. The following day [September 7, 1988], they
prayed before the Icon with a large group of followers. Mirna fell into an ecstasy and had
to be carried to bed. She saw Christ bathed in light. He was pure light also. He stood
still as she left her body and moved closer to Him. He spoke:
TELL MY CHILDREN, IT IS FROM THEM I ASK UNITY.
I WILL NOT ACCEPT IT FROM THOSE WHO ARE ONLY ACTING; PRETENDING THEY ARE WORKING FOR UNITY.
GO FORTH AND
ANNOUNCE THIS MESSAGE. WHEREVER YOU ARE I WILL BE WITH YOU.
MIRNA AND THE MASS
Mirna and Nicole went to Lebanon at the
invitation of their friend, Tony Hanna. Together they went to the Maronite Bishop and
asked him to organize a Mass for all the different churches to pray together for unity. He
did as they requested and called all the different churches. At the last minute he could
not come himself. However, more than 500 people showed up, and it couldn't be held inside
the church. They organized it in the school yard.
oil is from Him up there on the altar, NOT from me."
The large crowd of people came into the
church following her. A TV cameraman came taking pictures. They all stared at Mirna in
awe. There she was kneeling in a chair with her head and hands laying on the table
directly beneath the crucifix. Oil was pouring down the legs and feet of Christ and onto
her right cheek. Her face was only five inches below the feet of Christ. (See Video.) As
the people and the camera watched the oil go from Christ's feet to Mirna's face, she was
having a vision of Christ. She saw Him as pure light, bathed in light. He gave her the
I WILL GIVE YOU FROM MY WOUNDS TO MAKE YOU FORGET THE SUFFERINGS PEOPLE CAUSE YOU.
YOUR OWN PATH, BECAUSE I HAVE ALREADY CHOSEN IT FOR YOU.
Those who think they are doing the Will
of God and do not attend Mass, should reflect on Mirna's love for Christ's Body and Blood,
for this is what makes a Church into God's Kingdom.
DIDNT I FEEL YOU?
On November 26, 1988, at 6:30 P.M. at
Soufanieh, the sixth anniversary of the Miracle of Damascus, hundreds of people came to
the evening prayer session. Most of the people could not get into the house, so they
prayed outside in the street. Mirna had another vision of Christ.
ADOPT FASTING AND PRAYER, BECAUSE BY PRAYER YOU FACE MY TRUTH AND BEAR ALL THE BLOWS.
PRAY FOR THOSE WHO FORGOT THE PROMISE THEY MADE TO ME, BECAUSE, THEY WILL SAY: "WHY DIDN'T I FEEL YOUR PRESENCE, LORD, WHEN YOU WERE WITH ME?"
ALL I WANT IS TO GATHER TOGETHER ALL OF YOU IN ME AS I AM IN EACH ONE OF YOU.
AS FOR YOU, MY DAUGHTER, I SHALL LEAVE YOU.
DO NOT BE AFRAID IF
YOU DO NOT HEAR MY VOICE FOR A LONG TIME. BE STRONG AND MAY YOUR TONGUE BE A SWORD WHICH
SPEAKS IN MY NAME. BE SURE I AM WITH YOU AND WITH ALL OF YOU.
FINAL MESSAGE FOR
OVER TWELVE YEARS
On the feast of the apparitions,
November 26, 1989, Mirna received the following message from Our Blessed Mother:
AND I SAY TO YOU NOW. YOU ARE THE HEART IN WHICH JESUS WILL BULD HIS ONENESS.
I WANT YOU TO
DEDICATE YOUR PRAYERS FOR PEACE FROM NOW UNTIL THE REMEMBRANCE OF THE RESURRECTION.
I AM WITH YOU. BUT, MY DAUGHTER, YOU WILL NOT HEAR MY VOICE AGAIN, UNITL THE FEAST HAS BEEN UNIFIED.
STARTS AGAIN IN 2001
On the last day before printing of the first edition of this book, Mirna received her last message from Our Lord, November 26, 1989, who said that He would not see her again until the two Easters would be celebrated again together, meaning the Orthodox and the Catholics would celebrate Easter on the same day. We use two different calendars. I was able to get this message into the book as a supplement, and it has been twelve years since Mirna has had a message.
Pope Visits Damascus
Because of the two calendars the two Easters would not fall on the same day until 2001 and everyone, including me, knew that she would again receive the stigmata and have a message from Our Lord. It just so happened that Pope John Paul II planed to visit Damascus almost at the same time. His reason for going to Damascus was the unity of all Christians. I cannot say that the Pope visited Mirna or even talked to her, but I do know that they were side by side during the Mass. I also know that he used the chalice my friend Vatche gave to Mirna and it was returned to her after the Mass. There are two other indications that he talked with her, which can be understood below in the news of Father Fox and Archbishop Luigi Accogli. These things make me believe that he is taking direct control of this apparition.
Stigmata of 2001
As predicted Mirna received the stigmata of Our Lord on Good Friday of Easter Week, 2001. She suffered in the presence of her two children, her husband, priests, and many friends. There is nothing I can say about this that the pictures and videos will not reveal except "Why?" The best answer to that comes from Father Mariani, who once witnessed the same stigmata but with another woman. In his heart, but not with words he said, "Why would God do this to this woman?" The woman lifted her head and said to him, "So that you will never forget what happens when you say the Mass."
Message of Our Lord
At predicted Our Lord visited Mirna at 14:50, Holy Saturday of 2001. See pictures of her ecstasy. The following is that message. I will comment below.
Message of Our Lord Jesus Christ
To Myrna at Soufanieh
Holy Saturday April 2001 at 14:50.
Continue on your way and I am with you, or I will shut the gates
of heaven before you.
But here there is a Mother who suffers, who prays and who says to
Me: "Lord, Thou art all love."
And I say: "Do not despair, O Gate of heaven, because I love
My children, apply yourselves to knowing yourselves as you are
and to measuring the degree of your fidelity in the accomplishment of unity of hearts
among you. Adorn yourselves with patience and wisdom and do not be afraid if you fail.
Persevere in hope.
Have confidence in Me, for I will not abandon those who
accomplish My will.
As for you My daughter, be circumspect and arm yourself with My
grace. Be patient, wise and humble.
Offer your sufferings with joy, for I have already told you:
"Your trials will not be prolonged."
Direct your regard toward Me, you will find peace and rest. For
it is I who strengthen you. It is I who throw you into the melee and it is I who remove
you from it to lead you to the joy of heaven.
Apply yourself to prayer and that your fast be accompanied with
meditation and recollection; then you will hear My voice in your inmost interior.
Have confidence in Me, for I will abandon neither you nor your
family, nor any of those who have collaborated with you in My honor and only for Me.
My comments on this message are for two groups: one group is those Catholics and Orthodox who do not want any ecumenical movement at all and do not want to even dialogue let alone compromise; the other group is those who want all Christians to be one without any change whatsoever in doctrine, canons, or moral practice, this is called "pluralism" and is a heresy.
The primary message of Damascus is: "The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth is the Church. Those who have divided it have sinned. Those who are happy with these divisions are still sinning."
"I have given you a sign for My glorification." The sign is the stigmata of Mirna.
"Continue on your way and I am with you, or I will shut the gates of heaven before
you." Our way is the way to unity and if we stand in the way of this, the gates of
heaven will be closed to us.
"But here there is a Mother who suffers, who prays and who says to Me: 'Lord, Thou
art all love.' And I say: "Do not despair, O Gate of heaven, because I love them and
I want them to return to Me, by their gift, love for love." The Gate of heaven is
Mary, Our Mother, who suffers because of our sins, but never stops praying for us night
and day in Heaven.
"My children, apply yourselves to knowing yourselves as you are and to measuring
the degree of your fidelity in the accomplishment of unity of hearts among you. Adorn
yourselves with patience and wisdom and do not be afraid if you fail."
"Persevere in hope." The word here means "Trust", or
"Confidence" that God will not leave us if we do His will.
"Have confidence in Me, for I will not abandon those who accomplish My will."
The trick here takes wisdom to know what God's will is for us. The rest of the message is
for Mirna personally and need no comment.
Father Robert Fox
After the message of April, 2001 Nichol Nazzour (Mirna's husband) called Father Robert Fox in America and invited him to Damascus. Father Fox is the founder of a youth Apostolate of Fatima, publishes a magazine on the family, writes many good books on religion, and conducts yearly conferences for the family. Ten years ago he was attacked bitterly by Medjugorje and Vassula promoters for publishing a front-page book review on my book, "The Miracle of Damascus".
What is strange about this call by Nichol to Father Fox is that Nichol almost never calls anyone as he has very little money and cannot afford phone calls to America. Father Fox was recently asked by the Holy Father to concentrate his Apostolate towards saving the family unit. It is my theory that the Pope, himself, asked Mirna to get Father Fox's help is spreading the message of unity. Anyway Father Fox went to Damascus.
He had a very good time in Damascus, he celebrated Mass in Mirna's home every day, and
on the last day oil exuded while he was telling people the origin of his Apostolate of
going to Fatima, and being called by Our Lady to start a youth Apostolate.
Archbishop Luigi Accogli
Archbishop Luigi Accogli was Papal Nuncio to the Vatican in Damascus when I was there. He helped me a great deal in my investigation and later reported to the Holy Father all the happenings regarding Mirna. He was helpful to me in getting the Imprimatur for my book. He personally presented a copy of the Icon of Our Lady of Soufanieh to the Holy Father. Archbishop Luigi Accogli is the advocate for the beatification of Padre Pio. He has been assigned to travel with Mirna no mater where she goes and is opening an ecumenical center in Rome that will focus on the Eucharist. Again I see the hand of the Holy Father taking control of these messages and their promotion. At least now, they will not be mixed up with un-approved apparitions.
Pope Orders Unified Easter for Syria
Right after Pope John Paul's visit to Damascus he ordered that all Catholics in Syria could celebrate Holy Week, and therefor Easter on the same day as the Orthodox, no mater what year it was. Christ said to Mirna in 1989: "You will not hear my voice again, unitl the feast has been unified." God knows the future and therefor He appeared to her, but unifying Easter is only symbolic of unitying the two Churches. Can we possibly say that the Pope does not know and believe the messages of Our Lady of Soufanieh?
Mirna and Fatima
I have contacted Mirna and told her of my plans here in Portugal, and have received help from the sisters at the convent of Lucia in Coimbra. I was unable to promote the message of unity in the United States because of the false apparitions; however, I do not have that problem in Portugal. The Portuguese people do not fall for apparitions that have no Bishop's approval. I am having my book translated into Portuguese and making a small video also in Portuguese. With the help of Roberto Leal, one of the most famous singers in this country, and His Royal Highness, Dom Duarte, we hope to get this message all over the country. When we have had sufficient success, I will bring Archbishop Luigi Accogli, Mirna and her family to Portugal. The King, the singer, and Mirna will travel from one end of the country to the other spreading the message of unity of all Christians. Pray that this time I will not fail to do God's will.
Message of Our Lord to Mirna in Damascus
Feast Day of Our Lady of Soufanieh, November 26, 2001
I offer Myself to you.
The act of adoration, meditation, thanksgiving and spiritual companionship makes Me happy, but you will only find perfection by your union around the altar.
I offer you My Body and Blood as proof of My fidelity and My love. Accept from Me this Sacrament with trust and faith. This Sacrament consoles you and gives you strength and wisdom and makes you grow in grace.
Difficult days await you: disturbances in the interior of the Church. Division constitutes a danger for he who does not have true peace.
Don't let yourself be defeated. Don't pay attention to the judgment against you by others. Do not defend yourself and do not ask what I have prepared for you. It is I who look after your problems because you are the work of My hands.
Show Me your love because through love I walk by your side, and through the Sacrament I unite Myself to you.
Do not forget that I am the cause of your existence on earth and the reason for your happiness in heaven.
THOUGHTS OF THE AUTHOR
THERE IS NO GRACE IN A MIRACLE.
Miracles are signs given by God to
draw attention to what God is trying to tell us. If we don't ACT on His appeal [and in
this case the appeal is for the unity of the Churches], we have gained nothing.
So the light goes on.
Each day it shines brighter and brighter.
Each day more and more of the children of the Kingdom
are seeing the need for unity.
Each day more and more are hearing the prayer of
"Here we are, Lord. We came to do your will.
We came to build up The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth
We came to bring back those who have left
We came to unite the Kingdom
Block by block we will build it up.
Stone by stone we will mend the walls.
Soul by soul we will make it whole.
We will light a candle for Mary and
Light by light we will
light the world.
When the non-Christians, the Moslems, the Jews see
this light, they will know and be converted.