FishEaters Traditional Catholic Forums

Full Version: Marian Apparitions in Malta
You're currently viewing a stripped down version of our content. View the full version with proper formatting.
Pages: 1 2 3
Since 2006 there's been reports of apparitions in Malta, in a place called Borg in-Nadur. I'd heard about these for a while, but have always been wary.... recently though, I've become intrigued enough to do a little research. I'm posting this here because there are so many of you with a discerning interest in Marian apparitions. Generally, the Maltese population has been sceptical and the local Church isn't championing this. Most television shows that have dealt with it have been less than flattering, some openly hostile. Whether that's justified or not, I don't know. I've never attended their Wednesday meetings, so can't verify the reports.

A Wikipedia article about it all existed but has since been deleted, here's some information taken from that article (NB I don't know how accurate the info is):

Alleged Apparitions
“Borg in-Nadur”: “Borg” refers to a group of stones, or buildings, in archaic Maltese; “Nadur” refers to a hill in the same ancient dialect. Borg in-Nadur has now become associated with the alleged marian apparitions to the visionary and stigmatist Angelik Caruana who is being closely followed by Fr Hayden Williams OFMCap.

Angelik, visionary and stigmatist from the island of Malta, was born on 19 April 1966. He is married to Catherine and had four children. He works as a care worker with disabled children. The whole story started when Angelik's wife, Catherine, bought a statue of the Immaculate Conception on 17 January 2006 from which tears of blood started to flow on 23 January 2007. Other supernatural phenomena followed. This event started to change Angelik's life.

Angelik has been favourved by heaven with the gift of apparitions of Jesus Christ, frequent apparitions of the Mother of God, the stigmata, visible and direct contact with the guardian angel, apparitions of souls from purgatory, attacks by the devil and receiving Holy Communion by the angel.

On 21 April 2006 Angelik had the first apparition of the Mother of God whom she asked him to refer to her as "The Lady". Angelik has given witness of the first appariton of the Lady: "One Friday evening, the 21st April 2006, at about 7.00pm, some people visited us at home. Through the media they had heard about the event of the statue of Our Lady in our house. When they came up, in the hallway, I went to show them the framed picture of the statue with tears of blood.

All of a sudden, I fell back with the picture in my hand and felt my head hit the ground. I cannot explain how I fell or how I did not hit anything. Something which amazed me was the fact that I did not open or move my hand as I was going to fall, and how I did not try to hold on to anything. When I fell I did not remain conscious of who there was around me or of what was happening. I could see and hear nothing else.

A one point I saw a very strong light which would blind you if you were to look at it. The light was like sunlight but very strong. I don’t know how I could look at it without blinding my eyes. In the middle of this light I saw for the first time a woman that I now know is The Lady.

The Lady stared at me continuously without moving. At one point, she moved her lips and started groaning these words several times: “Pray! Pray the rosary and get others to say the rosary”. Her voice was a groan, that of someone who is asking something of you. She was like a girl who wants something of her mother which her mother won’t gve her. The voice was beautiful, sweet, gentle and soft. Yet at the same time I felt that this woman was obliging me to encourage others to pray the rosary. I felt her burdening me with this responsibility.

During this scene, I felt an extraordinary happiness and I wished to remain there on the ground. I did not want this woman to leave. Yet at one point, just as though someone switched off a searchlight, the light started fading away slowly and the woman started to fade along with the light. The last part of her to disappear was her face and her eyes were slightly open. She had the face of someone begging.

As soon as the woman faded away I once again started hearing the others around me telling me to get up.

Although this woman did not tell me who she was, I felt that she was Our Lady. Her recollection, honesty and simplicity were amazing. Her conversation pierced my heart like someone spearing you with a lance. Confronted with all this, I felt I couldn’t do anything."

***
Concerning the Rosary

Angelik has described what happens when the Mother of God asks him to go to pray the rosary at Borg in-Nadur: "On the 26th of May, 2007, the Lady asked to go to Borg in-Nadur every Wednesday as from the 13th June, 2007, onwards. Whenever the Lady asks me to go to pray the rosary in her presence on the hill of Borg in-Nadur, I always go. She is the one who chooses place and time. There were times when Fr Hadyen asked me not to go. I obeyed him, as the Lady always insists that I obey him and the Church.

The moment I arrive, I wait for the angel to come for me. He asks me to remove my sandals because it is a holy place. Sometimes, just as the angel arrives, he gives me communion either on my hands or on my tongue. It is not up to me where. I then go up to where the cross is.

Souls from purgatory have at times come to the open space there is in front of the cross. They come for us to pray for them. Some of them tell me their name, the cause of their death and when they died.

When I climb up to the cross, from the side of the East I see the sky open and a ray of bright light come in the direction of the cross. Then a bright glow appears and the Lady come and the sky closes once more. From that moment on I am unable to see or hear anything except the Lady and whatever else she permits. Sometimes the Lady comes smiling and at other times she comes weeping, smiling more frequently than weeping. She comes with the palms of her hands together and with rosary-beads.

When she arrives I sing “Ave Maria” and then say: “Praised be Jesus Christ!” It was Fr Hayden who asked me to begin to say these words. Before other things she often gives me a message. She then makes the sign of the cross. In this way I understand that I am to start the rosary. During the rosary, the Lady only prays the Glory be.”

During the Salve Regina, the Lady goes round over all those present. I imagine that she would be praying for us at that time. Before going round, she asks me to stretch out my arms and immediately I see a strong light emerge from her hands and going into the marks of the wounds and passing out onto the people. She had asked me to tell Fr Hayden to explain all of this to me. He told me that one could comprehend this sign in the following manner. Our Lady is the mediatrix of all grace. She wants to use me as an instrument in her hands so as to give the graces that she wants to impart from her Son Jesus to us. This same light, at times, also went through the rosary-beads of Fr Hayden. Our Lady explained to me: “Just as you observe the ray of light enter and pass through your hands, in the same way this light is passing through Fr Hayden’s rosary-beads and he is to pass it on to others.” (26th December, 2006)

After going around above the people she gives me a message. Sometimes these messages were of a private nature for some persons who would be there. Whenever the messages would be for the public, she asks me to pass them on to Fr Hayden. After this, the Lady often asked me to mingle with the people present so as to convey a message. At that moment my angel comes with me, as I am very shy. At time he tells me what to say while leading me and at other times it would have been the Lady who would have told me what to say.

The Lady leaves in a very bright light. This light leaves in the same way it came, that is, it recedes towards the East and the sky opens until she leaves.

The Lady deeply desires that people would go to say the rosary on Borg in-Nadur and offer it in a special way for conversions in families, for conversion in Malta and in the world and for souls in purgatory. The Lady asks us to pray all the rosary every day, i.e., the four rosaries daily."
***
Vision of Hell

On 13 July 2008, at Borg in-Nadur Angelik received this particular message:

My dear children and my children – the ones of my heart. Tell the following to Fr Hayden for him to convey to the people. I urgently want you to pray for the five countries that I used to mention before (Iran, Australia, America, Russia and China). Pray much for them. Pray for the Church, for the Pope, for diocesan priests and religious priests and nuns. I urgently want conversion, because many are going to be lost in the fires of hell. Angelik, you are now going to see hell.

Just as the Lady said this, she opened her hands and her rosary-beads vanished. From her hands very powerful rays of light emerged penetrating into the gap between the cross and the bronze-age wall. All of a sudden, out of this light, raging fires came into view. Within these fires was a great crowd of huddled people, the flames reaching to their waist.

Both the people and the devils were uttering foul blasphemies against God, Our Lady, the Eucharist and the Church.

Angelik could not stand to look at this infernal vision any longer and shut his eyes, but the Lady insisted that he continue to look. Angelik began to weep because of what he felt for these tormented souls and with tears in his eyes asked the Lady to give a powerful sign to the people, for them to believe in her apparitions and messages at Borg in-Nadur and thus to be converted. He also asked to endure sickness for the conversion of the world. He begged her to free us from the fire of hell. The Lady replied that she first wants conversion and subsequently would give a sign.

Angelik, if you are not careful, you too could go there!

I want a great conversion to come about! I urgently want conversion from the whole world! Angelik, tell the people what you saw.

I want fasting, penance and sacrifices for the urgent conversion of the world, and, in a special way, in the five countries.

You know full well what happens when countries turn against the Church.

Pray that natural disasters, plagues, sickness, famine and wars will not come about. Pray for peace in the world.

Only the prayer of the rosary, only the prayer of the rosary, only the prayer of the rosary halts these things. It is a common prayer, a simple prayer, the prayer of little children, a repetitious prayer – and yet it has a great stength and power.

***
Investigations

Fr Hayden has sought the advice of the president of the Diocesan Commision on Occult and Satanism in Malta, the exorcist Fr Elias Vella OFMConv. Up to now, Fr Elias excludes that there is fraud and deceit involved in these apparitions and finds nothing contrary to catholic faith and morals in the messages.

At the same time, Fr Hayden has also asked Dr Mark Xuereb, psychiatrist, to investigate the apparitions from a scientific perspective. Up to now, Dr Xuereb excludes fraud, deciet and mental illness.

The local Church Authorities are following what is happening at Borg in-Nadur but to date they have not given any decisive judgement on the apparitions.

http://www.borgin-nadur.org/site/mainmt.html Main site, in Maltese
http://www.frhayden.blogspot.com/ Fr Hayden's blog
http://www.borgin-nadur.blogspot.com/ The alleged messages
Iffy on that, do some digging........
Well, is this purported seer making any money off the visions?

Has the statue been examined yet

Mary has a lot to say through Angelik, it would seem. That right there makes me a little dubious, but who knows.
The messages in the article here should be heeded, regardless of the authenticity of them.

Nothing described in the article is objectionable, and it makes perfect sense.
(07-20-2009, 10:43 AM)Rosarium Wrote: [ -> ]The messages in the article here should be heeded, regardless of the authenticity of them.

Nothing described in the article is objectionable, and it makes perfect sense.

On its face, it is consistenet with previous messages. I see nothing harmful in praying extra Rosaries, Fasting, etc.
Angelik isn't making money off this, that I'm aware of: there was a tv 'expose' addressing that.... much to the chagrin of cynics. I might attend one of the meetings and just see what's going on for myself and have a clearer idea of what it's all really about.
Hello all and greetings,

What can be made out of this from a traditionalist perspective?

Quote:Sometimes, just as the angel arrives, he gives me communion either on my hands or on my tongue. It is not up to me where.
Could this mean it might be ok to receive communion on the hand?
Quote:The Lady asks us to pray all the rosary every day, i.e., the four rosaries daily.
Is it including the "luminous misteries" of the rosary?

Well, it is not up to me to judge this, I'll keep my devotion to get closer to the One and Triune God and to pray for unity in true worship ... (but certainly these details draw some attention).

Pax Christi.

(07-20-2009, 06:47 PM)ComingHome Wrote: [ -> ]Hello all and greetings,

What can be made out of this from a traditionalist perspective?

Quote:Sometimes, just as the angel arrives, he gives me communion either on my hands or on my tongue. It is not up to me where.
Could this mean it might be ok to receive communion on the hand?
Well, one can accept the angel's decision and care on the matter, as the issue is about people not receiving it and saving it for something else, and particles falling. Receiving on the hand is "ok", but in this context, only when an angel does it.


Quote:
Quote:The Lady asks us to pray all the rosary every day, i.e., the four rosaries daily.
Is it including the "luminous misteries" of the rosary?

Well, it is not up to me to judge this, I'll keep my devotion to get closer to the One and Triune God and to pray for unity in true worship ... (but certainly these details draw some attention).

Pax Christi.

It may be a translation issue, as there is only one Rosary. Also, the article says that, not Our Lady. Our Lady "asks us to pray all the rosary every day", and the "ie" part explains it, but not Our Lady. Whoever is passing on the message is interpretting it in their way. Even if our Lady accepts the Luminious Mysters, the Rosary has 15 mysteries, and the Luminious were always optional and personal (ie, not part of the Rosary).

Anyone can interpret an apparition in a non-traditional way. One could say that Our Lady of Fatima said to pray "one third of the rosary, ie, 6.66 decades a day", but that doesn't say anything about Fatima.

I'm not judging the apparition, it isn't my place, but the message and overall theme is worth following, and one can use Fatima (or others) as the primary source. This could be true, false or a trick.
The bit where it says "She then makes the sign of the cross. In this way I understand that I am to start the rosary. During the rosary, the Lady only prays the Glory be" made me wonder too. I'm interested to know exactly what goes on there, but don't want to get involved in anything bizarre.

Re. The Luminous Mysteries... I don't know whether any of you are aware of this, but it was St George Preca (Maltese saint) who actually "came up" with them as a devotional tool (not mandatory part of the Rosary) in the 1950s (http://www.vatican.va/news_services/litu...ca_en.html) which was later adopted by Pope JP II. St Preca was very traditional in his views, and founded an organisation dedicated to instilling sound doctrine (the M.U.S.E.U.M., "Magister Utinam Sequatur Evangelium Universus Mundus") in the Maltese and to foreigners on the island.
(07-20-2009, 07:55 PM)Melita Wrote: [ -> ]The bit where it says "She then makes the sign of the cross. In this way I understand that I am to start the rosary. During the rosary, the Lady only prays the Glory be" made me wonder too. I'm interested to know exactly what goes on there, but don't want to get involved in anything bizarre.
In all apparitions Church approved where she prays the Rosary, she only says the Glorias (this is one of the "small details" of Garabandal which show it to be false, she prayers the Paters).


Pages: 1 2 3