Thursday, January 31, 2008

Special Devotions and Processions

Ever since the initial prayers which guided the meetings between John Noll (later, Archbishop Noll) and Dr. Geiermann to lay the groundwork for a healing center with deep Catholic roots back in 1895, the "springs" have played host to hundreds of prayer services and devotional processions on its majestic grounds.

These processions would begin at the Our Lady Mother of Mercy Chapel or in front of the brick house altar area and move down to the south lawn via slender cinder paths. With hundreds of parishioners and guests behind them, the sisters and priests of The Precious Blood would lead the procession down to the Lourdes Grotto which had been erected at the base of the Indian mound (Holy Family Hill). From there, depending upon the season, the group would celebrate Benediction or follow the stations of the cross which were erected around the perimeter of the mound (these have long since been destroyed by the interim owner from 1977-1999).

The procession would then make its way back up another cinder path to the front of the brick house and then back to the main chapel for final prayers. It was truly a sight and event to behold.

These events were supported, and often attended, by Archbishop John Noll himself as he was a frequent visitor to the "springs" (his summer home was on the lake across the road and he said frequent Mass in the main chapel). As spiritual director for the sisters who ran the healing center up until his death in 1956, there wasn't much that he was not aware of when it came to the spiritual activities centered around this bustling community.

It has been said before on this space that one of the reasons we feel The Blessed Mother chose Rome City to announce Herself as Our Lady of America to Sr. Millie was because of the special devotion Archbishop Noll had to Our Lady, his push for the National Basilica, his defense of the faith on a national level, and the accumulated graces won by the sisters and priests in taking care of Her children. These processions and prayerful events played a key role in maintaining and reinforcing the sanctity Our Lord required for His Mother's own work.

This work has not ended, rather it has been passed on to all of us who seek the intercession of Our Lady through this canonically-approved special devotion. Our work is still ahead of us as we strive to maintain the sanctity of this Holy Ground for what is yet to come. The Friday Night prayer group, as we all do, plays an important role in this effort in preserving the sanctity of these grounds as a place of prayer. Please remember us, and our Bishops and priests, in your prayers from home.

Thanks again to Dr. John Willke and his wife Barbara for sending us these great photos from their family album.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Brick House Masses

The old brick house served as the living quarters of the resident physician of Kneipp Springs and his family. When Dr. GT Willke was here, this house probably saw as much activity as any place on the entire property...and we're not just referring to excited children running in and out of the house.

There used to be a larger porch on this house and it was used quite frequently for outdoor Mass and Benediction as part of celebratory processions to the Grotto area at the base of what we now call Holy Family Hill. A beautiful altar area was set up on this porch and it is in this exact location where an old concrete statue of The Sacred Heart of Jesus began exhibiting a strange coloration around the heart and down the front of Christ's tunic. This happened on January 7, 2008 (Feast of Mother of Mercy). This is the same name on the cornerstone of the main chapel dated 1916 The Our Lady Mother of Mercy Chapel.




We would like to thank Dr. John Willke and his wife Barbara for sharing photos from their private archives.


More to come...



Sunday, January 27, 2008

Dr. John Willke and Rome City, IN

Dr. John Willke, often referred to as The Father Of The Pro-Life Movement, served for 10 years as President Of The National Right To Life Committee and helped found the organization. A physician by trade, Dr. Willke serves as President of the Life Issues Institute, Inc., and President of the International Right to Life Federation. Dr. Willke had a daily radio program that was carried on over 300 radio stations for 20 years. His one-minute radio comments, entitled "Life Jewels," were carried on over 750 stations in English and 300 more in Spanish. Dr. Willke has written eleven books, is a lecturer and a frequent television and radio show guest. His works have been published in 32 languages, and he and his wife Barbara have lectured in 76 countries.


Did you know....?


As a young boy, John (Jack) Willke lived in the brick Victorian house of his father Dr. Gerard T. Willke who was the resident physician of Kneipp Springs (1930-35). He and his four siblings (three sisters, one brother...a fourth sister, Bonita, was born after the family moved to Cincinnati) were schooled by Sister Bede of the Precious Blood in one of the upstairs bedrooms. John served as an altar boy for the many Masses celebrated in the Our Lady Mother of Mercy Chapel. Our guess is that is young John in the middle of "the chorus of angels".


Dr. John and Mrs. Barbara Willke toured the property recently and were kind enough to share photos from their family albums of life at the "Springs". More to come....

Friday, January 25, 2008

Laus Deo!

On the aluminum cap, atop the Washington Monument in Washington , D.C. , are displayed two words: 'Laus Deo'. No one can see these words. In fact, most visitors to the monument are totally unaware they are even there and for that matter, probably couldn't care less.


Once you know Laus Deo's history, you will want to share this with everyone you know. These words have been there for many years; they are 555 feet, 5.125 inches high, perched atop the monument, facing skyward to the Father of our nation, overlooking the 69 square miles which comprise the District of Columbia, capital of the United States of America. Laus Deo!


So, what do those two words, in Latin, composed of just four syllables and only seven letters, possibly mean? Very simply, they say 'Praise be to God!'


Though construction of this giant obelisk began in 1848, when James Polk was President of the United States, it was not until 1888 that the monument was inaugurated and opened to the public. It took twenty-five years to finally cap the memorial with a tribute to the Father of our nation, Laus Deo 'Praise be to God!' From atop this magnificent granite and marble structure, visitors may take in the beautiful panoramic view of the city with its division into four major segments. From that vantage point, one can also easily see the original plan of the designer, Pierre Charles l'Enfant ..a perfect cross imposed upon the landscape, with the White House to the north. The Jefferson Memorial is to the south, the Capitol to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west.

On the 12th Landing is a prayer offered by the City of Baltimore;
on the 20th is a memorial presented by some Chinese Christians;
on the 24th a presentation made by Sunday School children from New York and Philadelphia quoting Proverbs 10:7, Luke 18:16 and Proverbs 22:6. Praise be to God!


When the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid on July 4th, 1848 deposited within it were many items including the Holy Bible presented by the Bible Society. Praise be to God! Such was the discipline, the moral direction, and the spiritual mood given by the founder and first President of our unique democracy 'One Nation, Under God.'



Washington's prayer for America:


'Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.' Laus Deo!


When one stops to observe the inscriptions found in public places all over our nation's capitol, he or she will easily find the signature of God, as it is unmistakably inscribed everywhere you look. You may forget the width and height of 'Laus Deo ', its location, or the architects but no one who reads this will be able to forget its meaning, or these words: 'Unless the Lord builds the house its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.' (Psalm 127: 1)

It is time for Our Lady of America to be enthroned as She requested on October 13, 1956 in the Our Lady Mother of Mercy Chapel in Rome City, IN.



Wednesday, January 23, 2008

One of Your Photos


We were sent this very touching photo taken of the Our Lady of Lourdes statue which stands where Our Lady first appeared to Sr. Neuzil in 1956 while praying in the Our Lady Mother of Mercy Chapel at Rome City, IN.


Thank you, Mother, for sharing with us. All of us!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A Statement From OLTIV

Due to the rapidly declining spirit of commentary being expressed on this website by those who are apparently new to this forum and have shown a deep lack of respect for others in their comments, a "free" exchange is no longer possible. It is a sad day when a few anonymous people choose to destroy something that has been so fruitful in creating awareness of OLA.

As moderators, we have enjoyed over a year of pleasant and enlightening exchanges on this site with very little need for deletion, editing or commentary. We will attempt to bring the community back in line with the intended purpose of this blog---to foster the devotion to Our Lady of America and create awareness of the Holy Ground in Rome City, IN chosen by Our Most Blessed Mother to reveal Herself as Our Lady of America and where She Herself gave birth to this special devotion.

Hopefully, those who visit this site will continue to grow in their knowledge and love for OLA and the healing legacy of this special place in Our Lady's heart without the stream of poisonous commentary being steadily fed into it by special interests unsupportive of OLTIV's mission. If you feel you cannot comment without attacking others or slandering those who have worked hard to bring about this special devotion, either in the last 40 years or the last 8 years, may we suggest you publish your comments elsewhere?

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Your Photos

Some photos submitted by visitors to Sylvan Springs. Enjoy the wonders!














Friday, January 18, 2008

Oil Continues Exuding From Walls in Blue Room

Many of you will remember a report on this site shortly after Holy Week 2007 when photos of the oil running down the walls of the "Blue Room" at Sylvan Springs were first shown. This phenomenon began on Tuesday of Holy Week. It has been a "must see" for all visitors on the free tours every Friday. No explanation of how this is occurring has yet been established. It is definitely oil and not water.

On January 7, 2008 (Mother of Mercy), it began flowing again. This time, the flow was even more dynamic and with much greater volume. It is continuing, even though the ambient temperature is 40 degrees. The flow runs all the way down the wall and pools along the baseboard in honey-like beads.




No other rooms in the entire building are experiencing this same phenomena.

As if this wasn't enough, a concrete statue of The Sacred Heart of Jesus developed a rather striking coloration this same day that speaks for itself. The air temperature is around 25 degrees and the statue is frozen solid and completely dry.






Anyone interested in conducting a proper investigation is welcome to contact us at info@oltiv.org. These mystical events need to be examined without prejudice.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

A Mother's Story

We received word today that Greg Fean's mother will be sharing her family's personal story of trials and faith in the coming weeks. She tells us it is time to tell their story and we are very happy that she has chosen to tell the full story, for the first time, right here.

We suggest you stay tuned for this incredibly awesome account of God's healing mercy and Our Lady's love for all of her children.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

A Story Of Faith and Hope

Here's a beautiful little book written by a young boy with a direct connection to the healing graces of OLA and Rome City. He has faced the evil of cancer and wants you to know there is hope. Great for children and adults.

If You Have Cancer, Do Not Be Afraid…
GOD LOVES YOU.

Don’t Wait…Order This Special Book Today!

Visit Us At: www.GodHealedTheLittleBoy.com

Phone: (260) 482-2659


God Healed The Little Boy, by Greg Fean was written with the intention of helping children who face cancer. Greg was five years old when diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia in 2001. Greg is a survivor. After more than three years of chemotherapy, at the age of nine Greg wrote this book “so other children would know what happens and wouldn’t be afraid.” Readers (children and even adults) who are fighting the battle against cancer are sure to be both educated and comforted by the content of this beautifully written and colorfully illustrated book of hope. Surely, the faith of a child is something to behold!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Received Poem

THE RECIPIENT OF THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE (1/07/08) WAS SHOWN GOD THE FATHER SEATED ON HIS THRONE, WITH HIS ARM STRETCHED OVER THE EARTH BELOW, HOLDING A FLAMING SWORD.


FROM NOW UNTIL THEN
GOD GAVE YOU, DEAR CHILDREN, THE GIFT OF FREE WILL,
YET YOUR CHOICES CONTINUE THE UNBORN TO KILL.
IT IS NOT MOTHER NATURE BUT THE SWORD IN GOD’S HAND
THAT WILL BEGIN NOW TO CLEANSE ALL THE SINS FROM THIS LAND.


THE CLEANSING, DEAR CHILDREN, THAT GOD IS NOW SENDING
IS NOW IMMINENT AND NO LONGER JUST PENDING.
AS GOD’S SWORD NEARS THE EARTH, EACH EVENT WILL INCREASE
UNTIL MANKIND ONCE AGAIN IS BROUGHT DOWN TO ITS KNEES.


THE MOUNTAINS WILL CRUMBLE; THE SEAS OVERFLOW;
THE LANDSCAPE WILL NOT BE AS ONCE YOU DID KNOW.
VOLCANOES IN SUCCESSION WILL BEGIN TO ERUPT
SPEWING MOLTEN LAVA OVER ALL THAT’S CORRUPT.


A GREAT WAR WILL BREAK OUT; COUNTLESS LIVES WILL BE LOST;
THIS EVENT WILL RESEMBLE A WORLD-WIDE HOLOCAUST.
WHEN THE COMET, DEAR CHILDREN, WITH THE EARTH DOES COLLIDE,
ONLY THE ROAD THAT IS NARROW WILL REMAIN, NOT THE WIDE.


ALL THIS MUST FIRST COME BEFORE GOD CAN PREPARE
THE NEW EDEN HE PROMISED WITH HIS REMNANT TO SHARE.
THE RAINBOW, DEAR CHILDREN, IS ALREADY IN PLACE,
BUT YOU MUST CARRY YOUR CROSSES TO FINISH THE RACE.


MAKE SURE, MY DEAR CHILDREN, THAT YOU’RE ON THE RIGHT TRACK;
IF YOU’RE NOT, THERE’LL BE NO TIME LEFT TO TURN BACK.
THOSE WHO WERE GIVEN TIME BUT FAILED TO REPENT
WILL NOT BE A PART OF GOD’S CHOSEN REMNANT.


ONLY THOSE, MY DEAR CHILDREN, WHO WERE FAITHFUL AND PRAYED
WILL SURVIVE THE CHASTISEMENT AND WILL BE UNSCATHED.
A SEAT AT THE BANQUET WILL BE FOR THOSE RESERVED
WHO TRUSTED IN GOD AND NOT SATAN SERVED.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

OLA and Rome City...The Heart of The United States

If you MapQuest Rome City, IN and widen the view, Rome City, IN is, literally, right in the middle of The United States of America. Is this just coincidence or is this a consequence of Our Lady's own desire for Her children to come to her in Rome City, IN?





Tuesday, January 8, 2008

More Signs and Warnings?

Jesus said: “My people, in today’s Gospel you are hearing the descriptions of how it will be in the end days with the famine, earthquakes, and pestilence. The apostles were curious, as the men of today, to know when and how I will return. I have given you some descriptions of that time, but you will not know the hour or day because it is only for God the Father to know. It is enough for you to be constantly prepared for your judgment with a pure soul. In the vision you see Me welcoming you as I am preparing a place for all who are worthy of heaven. The bull’s-eye is to indicate that being with Me in heaven for all eternity should be everyone’s goal, and that is why I should be your first priority in life. Encourage people to be always prepared for the end times because many of the signs for My coming are all around you.”

Jesus said: “My people, you have seen a lot of violent weather causing tornadoes and rain causing floods. Now you are seeing even your droughts cause the dry conditions that are causing your fires. This violent weather is like the mirror in the vision that reflects man’s violence in his sins of war, abortion, and drug related killings. Man needs to repent of his sins, and this peace could bring about a peace even in your weather.”

Jesus said: “My people, as you visit some refuges, you can still see people racing to build more buildings to house the refugees. The time for building refuge buildings is approaching a climax before the coming tribulation will begin. Once martial law is declared, your building will cease, but I will still be multiplying your dwellings to provide shelter for My people.”

Ominous Signs Surround Us

The following messages were forwarded to us from another website with no connection to OLTIV. Or, is there?

These messages strike close to the heart of the sentiments around here. Personal revelation and mystical phenomena reported in Rome City, for several years now, could be precisely what these messages are alluding to. You can just feel it building. Everyone needs to be prepared.

Jesus said:
I give you many readings of how to be wise in your preparations, even as I talked about the five foolish virgins and the five wise virgins who had enough oil in their lamps for the Wedding Feast. Take a lesson from these parables and see to your own preparations for a day when I will come that you do not know.” Jesus said: “My people, Noah had great faith in following My wishes to build a huge boat that would house his family and the animals from the great flood. At times what I ask you to do may not seem humanly possible to do, but with the faith of Noah, you must follow My plan. When you follow your mission, you will be rewarded greatly for having faith in Me, regardless of your human judgment. Trust in where I am sending you, and work to evangelize souls for My greater glory.”

Jesus said: “My people, many faithful will be led by their guardian angels to the nearest refuge during the tribulation. Once they arrive there, they will see miraculous springs of water for drinking and bathing.

The real miracles will occur when people will drink or wash with this water, and they would be healed of all of their medical problems. Those, who look on the luminous cross in the sky over the refuges, would also be healed of any sicknesses. These refuges will be places of protection from the evil ones who will be trying to kill you. You will see an angel at each refuge given authority to protect all who come there. Food, water, and shelters will also be multiplied in miracles to provide for all of your necessities. Give praise and glory to your Lord who will see to your needs and protection during the coming tribulation.”








Saturday, January 5, 2008

Only The Best For Our Lady

Another Christmas season has come and gone. With it, this blog passed the 1 year anniversary mark with little fanfare except for the brief moment the neighbor kid ran over to our doorstep proudly carrying a small cake, lit with a single candle, blew one of those curly noisemakers in my face and screamed "Happy Birthday Our Lady The Immaculate Virgin Blog".


I thanked her kindly and told her it was very lovely that she would, so eloquently, display her excitement for a blog's birthday, to which she replied "Only the best for Our Lady!" and ran away giggling.

Somehow, I think we'll survive.

Bring Me My Children. Bring Me ALL Of My Children!!