-Man and wife see vision of Mary at Medjugorje. Vision corroborated by independent witness
-He receives “message from Jesus” asking him to be a victim soul, suffering blindness
in a wheelchair, and to give away his wealth. He gives his consent and within a year he
is confined to a wheelchair and is blind.
-He has given away his wealth.
-attacks of the devil
-and the power of the rosary and holy water against the devil
-the fact that September 11th is the beginning of the punishment for our killing of the innocent (abortion, cloning and euthanasia.)
MILLIONAIRE GIVES IT ALL AWAY AFTER SEEING THE BLESSED
VIRGIN AT MEDJUGORJE
His name is Ferdinand Roccanti. He used to be a multimillionaire.
He used to be in trouble with the law. He is now an evangelist and the story he has
to recount is incredible. It was in 1992 that he traveled for the first time to the
apparition site of Medjugorje and there witnessed what he describes as a huge
manifestation of the Virgin Mary.
Once a car dealer in New England and then Florida, where he
amassed a small fortune of $5 million, Roccanti and his wife Barbara
were going up Apparition Hill on September 12, where one of the
seers, Ivan Dragicevic, was to receive a message. "Barbara had
some candles and we climbed Apparition Hill and I knelt by this
pile of rocks where they said Mother Mary first appeared -- not to
think that she was going to appear, but just because it seemed
like the place to kneel -- and at nine o'clock we started to pray," he
says. "It was dark and I prayed this prayer, I don't even know
where it came from: 'God, God of Abraham and Jacob and Isaac
and Moses, do You know I'm here?'
"I had my head bowed and my hands folded together in prayer.
I didn't see this hand but I felt a hand come under my chin and
lift my head up and the heavens opened and He sent His mother.
When I say the heavens opened up, it was daytime to my eyes.
She was all white and as big as the heavens. I went to point my
finger up and say, 'Look!' but my hand froze halfway and now I
couldn't talk. I couldn't move my hand, I couldn't talk, and I
couldn't take my eyes off her, so I touched my wife with my left
hand and I could only whisper. When I touched her she looked and
in a whisper I said, 'Look up and tell me what you see,' and she
said, 'I see her!' Mother Mary didn't talk to either one of us, but
there was something that happened deep in our hearts and souls
that would change our lives forever. I really believe that once you
see the Mother of God -- I don't know how someone could
describe something so incredible."
When Ferdinand told a priest, the priest later heard the exact
same testimony from another pilgrim.
Flying back, Ferdinand was sitting on the end of the fifth seat on
the middle row of a plane when a woman, another pilgrim, came
and sat on the arm of his seat as the flight attendant was wheeling
a cart in the area, reached in her purse, pulled out a Pieta book,
and put it in front of his eyes, asking, "Have you seen her?"
The question was a shock. It had come out of the blue and was a
confirmation to Ferdinand, who says the Virgin he saw on Apparition
Hill did look "a little bit" like the picture [see below], "but she was
as big as the heavens, enormous. And when she left there were
these shooting stars. I thought everyone had to have seen it,
but nobody did but Barbara and one other person. It was a white
or light-blue sky like heaven's light. And it was just her face."
For Barbara, it was similar. "The sky was pitch dark, we could
hardly find our way up the mountain, but when the vision appeared,
I saw her face and it looked all white and she was up
in the sky and it was just huge and when I looked down and
looked back she was still there," Barbara recalls. "She was sort
of transparent and all white and all bright. It was very clear."
In 1993, Christ allegedly spoke asking Ferdinand to be a victim
soul. "There were three things Jesus said to me," claims the former
businessman. "My mom, my wife, and my sister were there. He
said, 'Ferdinand, would you be blind for me?' Immediately I
closed my eyes really tight like a little kid and started crying.
I couldn't talk. I was choking. I thought, no way, I'm not saying
yes. Then He said, 'Ferdinand, would you be in a wheelchair?
' I'm crying and choking and my poor mom, she thought I was
going to die. And then He said, 'Would you give away all your
"Now my mind is racing. This is the worst news I've ever heard,
so I cried more. I'm choking, crying. I could not say yes.
Everyone laughs when I say it, but I wasn't laughing. I was
crying like a person who just lost his whole family. My mother
was really upset. I was crying and choking. She thought I'd die.
But Mother Mary came and said, 'Take a tear and touch your
mother's arm.' My mother became calm, and she had been
really hysterical. I touched my sister and wife also and they
became calm and relaxed like on a sunny day. Mother Mary
said, 'Little Ferdinand, I'm giving you my heart,' and I felt this
incredible infusion of power and I said, 'Jesus, do with me
what You want.'"
It was then that the former car dealer developed ailments that
indeed temporarily took away his sight and sent him into a
wheelchair. It was a neuromuscular disease called myasthenia
gravis. He went blind on September 16, 1994, and a month
later -- on October 13, 1994 -- experienced another vision, this
time of Mary as Our Lady of Fatima. She also appeared to
him during 1993 in St. Peter's and Paul's Church in Chicago.
As for the money, by now this businessman who had once
sold BMWs and Volvos had about $1.4 million left and began
to give this away "to whoever Mother Mary lead me to" –
individuals, churches. He bought new cars for people. He kept
only enough to pay a fine he owed over a financial transaction
(which had sent him seeking refuge at Medjugorje to begin with),
buy a small house, and pay legal fees. For a long period he
and his wife traveled, living out of the trunk of their car.
Today he relies on selling inspirational paintings. This was
another miracle for a man who didn't previously know how to paint!
Before a talk at St. Michael's College in Vermont, dozens of
evil spirits attacked, Roccanti told Spirit Daily. "I was punched,
threatened, and bounced around the room," he says. "I would
spray them with Holy Water and you could hear it like a sizzle."
And in this too is a message.
"Every time you pray a mystery of the Rosary, you hit the devil
right between the eyes, and in these times that we're living in,
you need to hit him 15 times," urges Ferdinand. "Because if
you whack him in the forehead with those mysteries, by the
end of the day he's dazed and he can't get you. But he'll
start again tomorrow if you don't pray."
Now a resident of Grange, Indiana, Roccanti feels the United
States will suffer for next four years. On September 11,
while in church, he says Jesus spoke to him, repeating a
sentence three times. "He said, 'This is the beginning of the
punishment against the killing of the innocent,'" recalls
Ferdinand. "'This is the beginning of the punishment against
the killing of the innocent.' He said it three times. Some people
don't want to hear it -- you know, 'God wouldn't do this.' And
I say, well, the God Who sent the serpents into the desert to
kill the Israelites because they were disobedient is the same God."
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