THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL
LORD JESUS CHRIST,
In large letters Ida now sees the word ‘LOVE’ written, and with encouraging words Mary turns toward the weak and little ones of this world: “if you practice Love among yourselves in all its refinement, even the great ones will not have a chance. …The fight no longer concerns races and peoples; the fight concerns the spirit. Understand this well.” “Then the Lady folds her hands,” and again Ida sees the Holy Father with the cardinals and bishops.
“Then the Lady says, as if speaking to the Pope, ‘You can save this world. I have said more than once: Rome has its chance. Seize the present moment. No church in the world is built-up like yours’” (February 11, 1951).
At that time nobody in the world—probably least of all the visionary herself—could even imagine that this impressive scene stood for the Second Vatican Council. Ida herself describes what happened more than ten years later:
“It says in the messages, ‘I see the Vatican, and right in the middle of it is standing the Pope.’ Actually, though, I described this inadequately. I saw the Vatican, and then I entered St. Peter’s together with the Lady. We walked through the nave, halting approximately in the middle of the Basilica. On either side I saw stands, benches, mounted up in tiers as in a stadium. I saw bishops with white miters sitting on all these benches. I can still recall the scene very clearly. To me it was such a comic sight, all those white miters, that I started laughing to myself. I found the view nice, somehow festive. The Lady saw this, and therefore said to me, ‘Look well!’ as if to say, ‘Watch carefully what I show you.’ ... ‘Look well, these are the bishops of all countries.’
“Of course, it had to be so, for there were lots of bishops sitting there. I also saw the Pope sitting there, with the tiara on his head. I knew it was a tiara, because the Lady had already shown me this in previous messages. He held a scepter in one hand, and raised two fingers in the other. The Pope sat at the far end of the nave, where the Lady and I were standing. A few priests were standing about him. The bishops and cardinals, however, were all seated along the side. I even saw some clerics seated on the floor in front of the benches. I then saw that the Pope had a large, bulky book before him. Of course I didn’t know what sort of book it was.
Later on I saw this whole scene on television. I found it delightful. I called out enthusiastically, ‘There you have the scene which I saw. So this is what it meant!’ What a pity that I did not describe it in the messages. But at that time I did tell it immediately to Fr. Frehe and my sisters and brother. And so they all know that I saw it like that.”