Our Lady of Soufanieh appeals for unity of Christians 索菲尼聖母呼籲基督徒合一
Over the last three weeks we have been looking at different approved apparitions. This time we are looking at the apparitions of Our Lady of Soufanieh in Damascus, Syria. This private revelation has been approved by both Catholic and Orthodox bishops.
On Nov. 22, 1982, Mirna, a newly wedded young lady, prayed for her sick sister-in-law, Layla. Oil exuded from Mirna's hands, and Layla was cured. On Nov. 27, oil started to exude from an icon of Our Lady at Mirna's home.
Apparitions of Our Lady
Our Lady appeared five times to Mirna. The first apparition was on Dec. 15, 1982. Mirna was frightened by the apparition. A priest encouraged Mirna to prepare for the return of Our Lady with fervent prayers.
Our Lady appeared again on Dec. 18, 1982, and gave the following messages:
"My children, remember God, because God is with us."
"Do good to those who do evil, and do not harm anyone."
"Repent and have faith, and remember me in your joy. Announce my Son the Emmanuel. He who announces Him is saved, and he who does not announce Him, his faith is vain."
"Love one another. I am not asking for money to give to churches, nor for money to distribute to the poor. I am asking for love. Those who distribute their money to the poor and to churches, but have no love, those are nothing."
The third apparition was on Jan. 8, 1983. The Virgin Mary was crying. She appeared again on Feb. 21 with the following messages:
"Do not insult the haughty who are devoid of humility. The humble person craves other people's remarks to correct his shortcomings, while the corrupt and haughty neglects, rebels, becomes hostile. Forgiveness is the best thing."
"He who pretends to be pure and loving before people is impure before God."
"I would like to request something from you, a word that you will engrave in your memory, that you shall always repeat: God saves me, Jesus enlightens me, the Holy Spirit is my life, thus I fear nothing."
"Forbear and forgive."
The fifth and final apparition was on March 24, 1983. Our Lady gave this message on unity:
"The Church that Jesus adopted is one Church, because Jesus is one. The Church is the kingdom of heaven on earth. He who has divided it has sinned. And he who has rejoiced from its division has also sinned. Jesus built it. It was small. And when it grew, it became divided. He who divided it has no love in him."
"Gather! I tell you: 'Pray, pray, and pray again!' How beautiful are my children when they kneel down, imploring. Do not fear, I am with you. Do not be divided as the great ones are. You, yourselves, will teach the generations the word of unity, love, and faith."
Ecstasies and stigmata
Mirna experienced ecstasies 37 times from 1983-2004. During ecstasies she saw Jesus or Mary. The messages she received during ecstasies summed up important Christian messages like Trinity, Incarnation, repentance to the Lord, mediation of Mary, prayer and fasting, sanctity of marriage, and unity of the Church.
As a sign of unity, Mirna had stigmata when Easter for the Western Church and the Eastern Church landed on the same day.