An amazing personal testimony on Esperanza:
Paul Miller gives testimony to authenticity of Maria Esperanza and the change in his and his friend' life:
-Businessman Miller invited to see famous mystic, Maria Esperanza
-Miller (most likely) saved from heart attack by  Esperanza on the day he would have died
-Miller healed of 30 year old injury that gave pain daily
-His mother healed thru Esperanza
-Esperanza reveals secrets she could not have known
-Esperanza speaks to Miller's dead father and Miller's skeptical agnostic friend sees him
-After incredible physical, emotional, and spiritual "sealing" Miller receives the gift of healing
-Miller's skeptical non-practicing Protestant friend converts to a practicing Catholic....... Click here to read it all

An interesting testimony to the truth of Maria's messages:
Mark Mallett Esperanza


From Sadie Jaramillo:
For the many new subscribers and people who continue to email me for the following remedy I am sending it out again.  This is in regards to the remedy that was given to MARIA ESPERANZA OF BETANIA VENEZUELA. 


I have typed it the exact way the copy was given to Wendy Benedick by Maria Esperanza.  Wendy worked with Maria for 14 plus years.


"I am going to give you a remedy for the illness of infants (and small children} You must take the leaves from the hawthorn plant and steep them into a tea for 8 minutes. Then administer the tea orally to the infant {or child} 1/4 cup at a time, continually throughout the day and night, until the ravages of the illness subside.   The symptoms will be flu-like, with a high fever, purple-blackened color to the lips, jerking and flailing like convulsions."              


This remedy was given to MARIA ESPERANZA, for the times we are living. This (plague) will come to small children and babies. There will be no ordinary remedy, or medicine that will work. This was given to Maria by JESUS.

Maria Esperanza of Betania told Wendy that this plague would take many babies and children....and I'm sure many adults too.


Pray, TRUST, and God WILL do what He has promised.


Thanks to several brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, I was sent the following links where you CAN find just the Hawthorne leaves.


One is:


The other is:


Thanks to those who shared this with us!


Please use your own discernment!  I only share in this newsletter what I myself have believed and am prepared to do.  I recognize that there are other remedies that have been given, but for me, Maria Esperanza was probably the greatest mystic since St. Padre Pio (who for a time was her spiritual director by the way) and I will believe in the words given to her.


To each soul, one must discern and then believe and act.  May it be that way always.   Sadie
Latest from Michael Brown on Esperanza:

Maria Esperanza with Mother Teresa of Calcutta in 1982

In the revised version of a book based on her visions, seer Maria Esperanza Bianchini of Caracas, Venezuela, claims that Jesus is on the verge of a major appearance or manifestation. The assertion is made in The Bridge To Heaven, a collection of interviews originally published in 1993 and set for re-release this week with updated interviews and information.

A manifestation or the Final Coming? We are leaving this for your own determination and make this distinction because there have been a myriad of similar prophecies since the first century -- when indeed even Christ's disciples expected Him to return within their lifetimes. Similar expectations have been held since, especially during a major chastisement during the Middle Ages, when apocalyptic prophecies reached a special fervor as Europe and Asia suffered through tremendous upheavals in weather and bubonic plague. Speculation has surged in the years following 1981 -- when word came of seers granted secrets by the Blessed Virgin at Medjugorje in Bosnia-Hercegovina, secrets that have not yet been revealed but that some believe have apocalyptic elements.

It was five years before Medjugorje -- in 1976 -- that apparitions began at a smaller spot called Betania (for "Bethany") near Caracas in Venezuela. Those apparitions were followed in 1984 by a major appearance of the Blessed Mother that was witnessed not only by Esperanza (the main seer at Betania) but also at least 490 who wrote declarations for the local bishop, Most Reverend Pio Bello Ricardo, a trained psychologist who personally interviewed the witnesses, consulted the Vatican, and formally declared the apparitions authentic in 1987.

The bishop, who has himself testified to witnessing other forms of phenomena around Esperanza, took the additional extraordinary measure of formally declaring Betania to be "sacred ground."

The site thus became one of only a handful of Church-approved apparitions during the 20th century and for that reason many take the prophecies of Esperanza, whose phenomena have been documented by scientists, into special consideration. Those phenomena include stigmata, visions, apparitions, "reading" souls, healing, bilocation, and other gifts similar to those of Pio, whom Esperanza knew when she was a young woman living in Italy with husband Geo, a native of that country.

In the original version of The Bridge to Heaven, Esperanza had said, "Jesus is coming. His coming is near. Perhaps I will not live to see this, but the Lord is coming. Little time will pass. It will be in a way never before imagined by man, because the Light of His New Rising will be evident to everyone. Jesus will be felt very clearly in our hearts and you will see Him just as on that great day of His resurrection into Heaven." 

While, as we have often emphasized, Scripture itself warns that no prophecy (save that of Jesus) is perfect [1 Corinthians 13:8], and while predictions are often conditional, Esperanza has had some impressive "hits" -- including predictions related to September 11. When asked during interviews last autumn and winter for the new book if she believes He is really coming and if so how it might be, Esperanza, who often sees things in ethereal symbolism, elaborated on what seems at the least like a major manifestation. We offer it for your own interpretation.

"It will be very different than what people think," she told writer Michael H. Brown. "He’s going to come in silence. People will realize He is among us little by little. I’m seeing Him right now. He has His mantle covering His hair. He has a robe like white and black. His first presentation will be like this, because in those days an innocent person whom He loves a lot will die, an innocent person. This will shock the world, will move the world. Many people will believe. He will disappear for some days and appear again.

"And when He disappears, people will go back again to the mess, to the disordered things. He will bilocate, He will multiply Himself, to assist everyone, in their homes, because this will be a definite thing. He will come and knock on every door. And then people will realize it is truly Him. He will let Himself be seen for a little while and then will disappear until God decrees what has to be done. And then people will understand what is happening and begin preparing themselves. There is not much time for that. I will say from ten to twenty years. Everything is already in place, in motion. I see palm trees, and they will say again, 'Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord.' We are being prepared right now. I know what I am saying sounds crazy, but I have to say what I have to say. Sometimes I am like St. Thomas, who has to put his finger in His side."

The distinction is made between a "manifestation" and the actual, formal Second Coming because the Church teaches that the Second or at least Final Coming of Christ will be followed by the end of the world. When asked: "Are you speaking of visions, or maybe dreams? That Christ will return in visions? We look at Matthew 24 and Luke 21 and it says when He comes again it will be in glory on a cloud. So you’re speaking of a manifestation – not the Second Coming?" Maria replied:

"The same way He resurrected, that is how God is going to appear to you, to me, in that way, the same way as He resurrected, as an apparition. That’s the way He is going to appear, to you, to me, to everyone in that way. He is going to start appearing. He already is among us but is not letting us see Him. With our brains, in this physical reality, we can only see what God wants us to see, but it only needs a little touch from God to open another little door in our brains to see Jesus whenever He wants us to see Him. That’s why I have been saying to be ready, because things are starting to happen.

"The Catechism says the Second Coming is followed by the end of the world. How do you respond to that?" she was asked, at which point her husband Geo, who often speaks for her because an illness prevents her answering questions in depth, said:

 "It is an interpretation. Read Psalm 71. When He comes in glory is the Final Judgment, it is the end of this world. If He comes now, the ones who will receive Him will be the Pope and all the faithful souls in the world, no one else, because they are expecting Him and waiting for Him. We are also waiting."

The years before such a manifestation will include a special light from Heaven, says Esperanza, and many natural and geopolitical events meant as purification and preparation.

[later this week: what Esperanza has to say about souls in purgatory]

[resources: The Bridge to Heaven,  The Day Will Come,  The Final Hour,  Betania Video: Land of Grace]

An overview of Esperanza's life at the bottom.  But first an article detailing the amazing phenomena surrounding this stigmatist:

from Spirit Daily

Phenomena Around Mystic Found To Be More Extensive Than Previously Thought

 By Michael H. Brown

Last week we put to bed an updated edition of a book about Venezuelan visionary Maria Esperanza de Bianchini of Caracas, and in conducting new interviews -- with both Maria and members of her family -- it has become apparent that her gifts, already known to be among the most variegated of any modern mystic, are more extensive than previously thought.

Such are the claims that they challenge the credulity of even the most ardent believers, yet have been witnessed by hundreds of competent observers -- hearkening to phenomena reported around many historic seers and saints.

We still urge caution. Each new claim must be discerned. But so detailed are the accounts from reliable witnesses -- in some cases scientists -- that they sail into the realm of historic manifestations. Not since Padre Pio has a modern visionary combined so wide a range of alleged mystical experiences.

Now in her mid-seventies, Esperanza is associated with Church-sanctioned apparition site of Betania ("Bethany") near Caracas and is widely known for the apparitions, visions, locutions, prophecies, healings, bilocations, words of knowledge, stigmata, reading souls, and Eucharistic miracles. But there are a number of incidents that go beyond those phenomena, and one was described by husband Geo -- a native Italian who met Maria during one of her many journeys to Rome.

It was what he calls one of the most significant events in her life and occurred in 1954 while Maria was with a group of friends.

"She was seated praying the Rosary and suddenly they heard a noise, a loud sound, and saw a light from the ceiling," recalls her husband, a Caracas businessman. "A ray of light came from the ceiling and hit Maria hard, struck her chest. At that moment she had a very sharp pain and lost consciousness. She was two or three days in bed, like immobilized. Later she started to recover. What struck her heart appeared days later, materialized in the form of an object like the point of an arrow or sword, a very strange metal. It came out of her chest. On the sharp object was something written. It said, 'Heaven, earth, new life,' and it had a little dry blood on it. She kept it wrapped in cotton."

Daughter Maria Coromoto recalls an equally phenomenal incident when, watching as her mother was praying over another group, Esperanza apparently levitated a foot or two off the floor -- something that has been witnessed on other occasions while she is in ecstasy during Mass and has been reported among historic saints such as Joseph of Cupertino.

This incident took place in the home. "She used to have the Rosary every Friday," recalls Coromoto. "When she gave the blessing -- to all the people who were there -- she was lifted. I five years old or so and looking up and it was, 'Whoa, my mother is floating!"

While that occurred when Coromoto was only a child, more recently the daughter, now in her forties, experienced an extraordinary event in Florida. "We were invited to a conference in Tampa in February of 1994 and were getting ready to go when I asked my mother for a jacket," she relates. "We left, and when we got to the conference, my mother started to give her speech. I had the jacket on, and a nametag with my name written. While my mother was talking, I felt something [moving] inside the jacket. At first I thought it might be an insect. It felt like it was pulsating, or tickling, like popcorn was popping. I saw a rose petal caught in the nameplate. It was stuck. And while I was feeling this sensation of movement in the pocket, I put my hand in the pocket and I saw the petals coming out and out and out – multiplying inside the pocket. I was just amazed, and everyone started seeing it – dozens and dozens of petals. This went on for about five minutes."

Maria's sons-in-laws, mainly businessmen, testify to other such materializations: weeping images in the home, oil coming from Maria's skin, and Hosts appearing on her tongue. Most incredible are claims that on 15 occasions between January 18, 1986, and August 15, 1995, an actual rose, stem and all, has pushed through the skin of her bosom -- unfolding from a bud and witnessed by friends, doctors, a broadcaster, pilgrims, and even a Caracas television journalist who filmed it, in addition to members of the family. This takes stigmata to a new level, rare even in the annals of canonized mystics. So far the only comparable phenomenon we can find was a saint who experienced flowers that came out of his mouth.

Yet such assertions continue almost without end, with everyone around Maria relating a special story, including a son-in-law trained as a biologist. All show tremendous dedication because of what they have witnessed.

Visions. Stigmata. "Another time, when we opened the washing machine, there were all these petals all over my mother’s clothes," says another daughter, Maria Gracie. "It was so amazing!"

"We are accustomed to this now," notes son-in-law Carlos Marrero Bornn, a Caracas businessman who serves as an interpreter.

Coromoto is his wife, and she adds: "My mother is always giving us a new surprise. The supernatural became like natural."

[For articles on her life, click here]

    In the lush South American country of Venezuela that the
Blessed Virgin Mary calls her "land of grace," which is bordered by
the Carribean Sea to the north, the Andes Mountains to the southwest
and the Amazon Jungle in the south, Our Lady has been appearing for
centuries. And ever since 1976, she has been coming to a tiny, remote,
 tropical farm in Betania, Venezuela to establish a special Refuge
for all her children as the New Ark of Salvation under the special
title "Mary, Virgin and Mother of Reconciliation for all people and
nations." She calls Betania the "New Lourdes" offering the same
healing waters to all who will take refuge in her Immaculate Heart.
God has chosen Maria Esperanza de Bianchini as His special visionary
with many mystical graces to convey His Mother's messages to all His
children as she beckons us all to become her "Ambassadors of

 The New Lourdes: Betania - Refuge of Reconciliation part two

Chosen and destined by God

      A chronological background of the visionary Maria Bianchini
Esperanza's life is imperative to realize why this humble, but
vibrant lady was chosen to present God's message to the world in
these latter days of the twentieth century. Born November 22, 1928 in
the border city of Barrancas in the far southeastern corner of the
State or Province of Managas, Venezuela (just northeast of the
world's highest waterfalls - the famous Angel Falls), the traditional
Catholic values were instilled upon Maria and her four brothers. At
two years old her father died and the family moved to Cuidad Bolivar
on Venezuela's Orinoco River.

      From an early age Maria Esperanza, whose maiden name means
"hope" in Spanish, realized she had been chosen for a very special
mission. When she was five she experienced her first mystical
encounter. Bidding adieu as her mother was embarking on a journey,
Maria witnessed the Little Flower of Jesus, Saint Therese who
surfaced from the Orinoco River and tossed her a rose which
miraculously materialized in Maria's hand.

      Our Blessed Mother first appeared to Maria seven years later
while Maria lay ill with bronchial pneumonia in Caracas where her
family had moved when she was ten. At 14, Maria encountered heart
problems and all expected she would not live. Even at this age, her
faith sustained her as she asked Jesus to give her a happy death or
completely hear her if it was the Father's Will. Immediately the
Sacred Heart of Jesus appeared to her, assuring her she would be
healed instantly. This miraculous cure astonished her physicians.

      It's interesting to note here that this little heart, which was
so in love with Jesus, His Blessed Mother and the saints, was not
only healed but has become a special source of grace and miraculous
phenomena - for fifteen times or more an actual rose has emerged from
Maria's heart through her chest and entwined around her, emitting a
fragrance that is not of this earth. The rose petals have been
documented to have produced cures.

      The rose proved to be pivotal in her life when St. Therese
again appeared to Maria two days after the Little Flower's feast day
on October 3, 1954. This time Maria, then 26, had been in deep prayer
hopeful of discernment as to her calling in life, having entered the
convent of the Franciscan Sisters of Maid in Los Andes in the western
section of Venezuela. Again, the little saint tossed her a rose,
which materialized before Maria. As she reached out to clutch it, one
of the thorns caught her hand and bled a little. This was a sign to
Maria not only that she was to become wife and mother rather than a
religious, but also would suffer much as a victim soul and had also
been chosen for the stigmata, which she undergoes every Good Friday.

      After leaving the convent, Maria was instructed to go to Rome
where she would receive the blessings of Pope Pius XII. On the feast
of Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7th, 1954) Our Lady appeared with
the message: "Besides the daily communion, fasting, prayer, and
penance, you must remain in great seclusion, because I will come back
on the twelfth of October (feast of Our Lady of Pilar in Zaragoza) to
prepare your heart as spiritual mother of souls, which will remain
sealed forever as such. Besides you will be mother of seven children:
six roses and one bud."

      Shortly after that, she moved to Rome in 1955. There in front
of the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Rome which had been
built by Saint John Bosco, a prophecy was fulfilled which St. John
Bosco himself had related to Maria four years earlier in a vision.
The message he conveyed to her was that on the feast of All Saints
she would meet her husband-to-be and he would have a sword. It was
here she met her fiancé Geo Bianchini Giani, who had been employed in
the Vatican and was, at the time of their rendezvous, a member of the
President of the Republic's Guard who, as was their custom, carried
swords. Since that time Geo has been her strongest ally through all
of the suffering and blessings. As a further cementing of their love
and total commitment to the Roman Catholic Church they were
privileged to be wed inside St. Peter's Basilica on the feast of the
Immaculate Conception in 1956 in the very Chapel of the same name
where Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception
one hundred and two years earlier. Fittingly, it was the very first
nuptial mass to be said in the chapel!

      Their marriage has been most fruitful, producing one son
Giovanni (one bud), and six daughters (six roses) - Maria Immaculada,
Maria Esperanza, Maria Gracia, Maria Coromoto, Maria Auxiliadora, and
Maria del Carmen. All are now married providing Maria and Geo many,
many grandchildren and many fruits of joy!

      Under the musical direction of Maria's daughter Maria
Auxiliadora, an accomplished musician, the families have gathered
friends to form a choir that numbers close to 40 as part of
Foundation Betania so that they could present concerts in Venezuela
and around the world bringing the message of Love, Peace and
Reconciliation in song to all.

From DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     October 14, 1998     vol. 9, no. 201

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