Healing of Georg Mitterer
We would like to begin with a story about the healing power of the Mother of All Nations and how she gave someone another ten years of life.
Mr. Mitterer was born with hemophilia. In March of 1998, at the age of 74, he had an operation on his bladder, but since they were unable to halt the bleeding afterward, he received 35 transfusions in the following weeks. The bleeding finally stopped, but his doctor informed him, “Due to the excessive number of plasma transfusions, your body is no longer able to purify the blood.” It was unthinkable to discharge him from the hospital because Mr. Mitterer could only be kept alive through coagulant injections.
On June 24, 1998, after three months in the hospital, he was taking a walk and passed by the main entrance. The taxi drivers always wait there for passengers and Mr. Mitterer wanted to converse with them a bit. He wrote last year in his testimony:
At that point, Georg Mitterer returned to his room, where he took a closer look at the picture that he had received. It turns out that it was a prayer card of the Lady of All Nations. He wrote in his testimony:
Indeed, the following ten years Mr. Mitterer enjoyed good health which he always attributed to the Lady of All Nations. He was doing so well, that at the age of eighty he was still helping daily in his daughters company! He and his wife also had the privilege of celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary together.
Everyone has his own way to take part in the spreading of the prayer of the Lady of All Nations. The important thing is certainly that we have the prayer cards within reach, so that when we feel that we should give one, we actually can do so.
No one refuses
While we were visiting a friend in a hospital in Alkmaar, in northern Holland, we saw a postcard of the Lady of All Nations on his nightstand. He happily told us that nurses and visitors alike ask him about the picture of Our Lady. This gives him the opportunity to offer each one of them the prayer card. No one refuses.
The prayer card for the parish feasts
In 2001, Chona Montinola from the Philippines and her husband Tony organized a beautiful Day of Prayer in honor of the Lady of All Nations in Manila which was attended by bishops and cardinals. Here we can see Tony during the offertory bringing a picture of the Lady of All Nations. She recently wrote us:
“Use your modern means”
Emiliano, a young father from Rimini, Italy, uses also more modern means to help him distribute the prayer and image. Using the internet, he shows the importance of the prayer from Amsterdam and sends thousands of prayer cards to those who are interested. About a month ago we mistakenly sent him 2,000 prayer cards instead of 1,000. Four days after receiving them, Emiliano Paoletti wrote us that it was certainly Divine Providence since in that short time he had already given out 1,300!
The prayer card for Palm Sunday and Mother’s Day in Chile
Fr. Cornelio Fouchier is a Dutch missionary who has been working for almost 50 years in Chile. Last April he had a very original idea; he wrote the following to us after Easter: “This year we attached the prayer cards to the palm branches on Palm Sunday, and then gave them out individually to all the children of the parish so that they would end up in every family.
In another parish they gave out a prayer card of the Mother of all mothers, the Mother of all Nations, to all of the mothers on Mother’s Day. The four or five hundred mothers were delighted.
More families than you think suffer from not being able to have children. However, precisely the prayer for a child is one that the Lady of All Nations has repeatedly heard. Ursula Yanguez-Feiss, from Switzerland, and her husband Eduardo, from Panama, are witnesses to this.
On May 9, a young man came up to me before Mass with a candle in his hand and said to me, “I want to give this to the Mother of All Nations because she heard my prayer.” After Holy Mass we spoke again with Peter Sledecek from the Czech Republic and he joyfully told us the reason for his long pilgrimage. I asked him to write his story down and send it to us with some pictures so that others might share in his joy. He writes:
A roadside chapel to the Lady of All Nations
More and more chapels are being built in honor of the Lady of All Nations. One example is close to Regensburg, the hometown of Sr. Judith from our community, who just returned from a city mission there. She made her solemn profession to become a sister last year on September 20th with four other novices. Cardinal Meisner presided over the ceremony in Gratzen, Czech Republic.
“It all started when I asked my two brothers at home if they would pray the prayer of the Lady of All Nations every day to help me prepare for my solemn profession. They agreed and my brother Joseph even thought of asking some others to pray with them.
An enthusiastic guardian of a pilgrim image
Mrs. Anni Broekhoven from Stein in southern Holland has been accompanying a pilgrim image of the Lady of All Nations for over a year and a half. She does it with heart and soul.
“Bring and picking-up the pilgrim image is always a special feast for me. The graces are so tangible when I’m driving there that I really rejoice when the time comes to bring the image to the next house. As I’m driving there in the car I’ll pray, sing and speak very personally to Our Lady and I always pray for the people to whom I am bringing the image.
The children returned home unexpectedly
Mrs. Broekhoven continued: “A widow to whom I brought the pilgrim image suffered very much because three of her five children had had no contact with her for several years because she did not take sides in their fights. Precisely during the days when the pilgrim image was at her house two of the three showed up unexpectedly. She was overjoyed!”
The American paratrooper in World War II
The next example shows so beautifully how Our Lady also takes care of the seemingly unimportant things. For years, a woman in Margraten, Holland has voluntarily cared for the grave of an American soldier in World War II cemetery.
“She wanted to know more about this young American soldier but only knew his name: Roy Kirkpatrick. Was he married and did he have children? Where was he from? And so on. Once in a while she tried to find out more, but to no avail. So I encouraged her: ‘Talk to the Lady of All Nations about it, who knows?’ And sure enough, while the pilgrim image was at her house she got a call from the Dutch Military Institute. A lady had called the Institute after recently finding out that the graves of the casualties of war were still cared for by locals. She was wondering if there was someone taking care of the grave of none other than Roy Kirkpatrick. That was no coincidence for the lady hosting the pilgrim image. Not only did she get a picture of the 20-year-old parachuter, Roy, from Barrington, Washington, but she even got the address of his family. She was able to send the family pictures from his grave, but most of all she thanked the Lady of All Nations for this obvious ‘coincidence’.”
“There are many other stories, even though most are small, simple graces, joys and answers to prayers. Something that I always think of: People feel the presence of Our Lady whenever she comes somewhere. Above all, they feel the love and the peace in this hectic time and that they can pray and rest with their Mother.”
Thirty-five pilgrim images for host families in Amsterdam parishes
Sylvia Hetharion has had a pilgrim image for a year. She is a catechist in Blessed Trinity, the English speaking parish in Amsterdam, with parishioners from over 40 different nations. The pilgrim image has been in families from Burundi, Ivory Coast, Eritrea, Ghana, Ireland, Indonesia, Jamaica, Cameroon, and Nigeria. Sylvia often hears how host families almost do not what to give it back. Some families have been so happy with the image of the Lady of All Nations that they asked to have two copies for their house. Sylvia has already taken 35 poster-size images of the Lady of All Nations for host families.
A catechism class in the Netherlands cares for a pilgrim image
Last fall, on October 22, 2008, more than 25 eight and nine-year-olds from a fishing town named Volendam made a pilgrimage to the Lady of All Nations with Father Nars Beemster. It was more than just a fun trip and Holy Mass, because, as Fr. Beemster desired, a framed picture of the Lady of All Nations returned with them to Volendam.
“Every month,” Fr. Beemster told us, “we draw lots in the catechism class to choose which child will be allowed to take the pilgrim image for the coming month. There is always a great shout for joy by the lucky one that is chosen. I then bring the pilgrim image personally to each family and return to pick it up. It would not be so easy if I were to bring a picture or a statue of Jesus, but, interestingly, people are always open to Mary even when they are not really practicing their Faith. Behind the Lady of All Nations, the cross is visible, so Our Lady always comes with Jesus into each house. Before saying goodbye to the family, I make a small sign of the cross on the foreheads of each of the children and take the opportunity to also personally bless the parents.”
Reconciliation through the Mother of All Nations
Nadine Girimana originally comes from Africa, after having to flee from Burundi. For about half a year she has been a guardian for a pilgrim image of the Lady of All Nations, mainly to African families living in the Netherlands.
“I’ll need to discuss that with my wife!”
In connection with the organization for the Day of Prayer in Cologne, Mrs. Rutte, a woman living on the North Sea, told us in early May:
Venezuela needs the Mother of All Nations
Miguel Vierma, a seminarian from Venezuela, wrote an email to us last August that he would like to spread devotion to the Lady of All Nations in his country. It took three months for the image to get from Europe to Venezuela. In anticipation of the image, Miguel had already had several Masses said. He wrote:
A special procession in Colombia
Our next story comes to us from Estrella, Columbia, where for some years now a festival in honor of the Lady of All Nations is celebrated on May 31. Orlando wrote us about May 31, 2008:
“It was a wonderful day. There were just a few of us at the start of the procession with the ‘Madre de todos los Pueblos’ the Lady of All Nations. But then we were joined by a group of students from the Police Academy and a school class, and the procession just kept getting longer. At the end, the Police Academy welcomed the Lady of All Nations and honored her with a Holy Mass. Then, the Mother of All Nations was received with great delight in the neighboring parishes.”