Your Imprisoned Brethren
Maria says: (Maria Mother and Teacher, Vol. 1) " My children, here I am amongst you. I am your Mother.
I am the guardian of prisoners and inmates, and I come to solicit help from you, so that my work for them may be more profitable and the help that you give me may also be advantageous for you.
Almost in every part of the world ferocious wars exist and when fighting is not between different nations, they are internal and fratricidal wars, which take peace away, sow hatred, desperation, misery and all those horrors that make the earth resemble a hell rather than a habitation for civil persons.
Wars bring prisoners into the prisons and into concentration camps. Even civil and fratricidal wars populate the prisons, and every misdeed, crime or offense in cities or countryside bring guilty and innocent to appear in judgment and live in prisons, for no other than the period of study of the cases which human justice gets ready to judge.
I am there in those places where my children, innocent or guilty, lie and suffer segregated from other men. This period of retreat could be advantageous for all since, in silence and recollection, they could ask pardon from God and make good intentions. But few are those to whom grace touches the heart and who can with a renewed life give themselves to God. In them, faith and hope is lacking and often the more evil ones can induce the good ones, the not guilty ones to become evil. In jail, many prisoners prepare the future crimes to be done at their release.
You understand, my children, how urgent prayer and assistance is to these people who too are your brethren, even if they are not part of your natural family. That's why I ask you to be a help to me, so that I may be able to speak to the hearts of all and of a place of punishment be able to make a place of conversion.
I know that you are helping them, sending, with garments and other kinds of primary needs, even these messages that are destined to touch the hearts of men, but your work must be strengthened and always be important to you.
If then you were unable to approach these unhappy children of mine, how much good you will do to include them in all your invocations and render them sharers of the merits of your good works!
I speak to you of the inmates today, who, by starting the novena in preparation for Holy Christmas, recall my divine prisoner to whom I could very well say with love, squeezing Him to my heart with the most heartfelt affections: "Jesus, free and loosen the chains of those who lie prisoners of sin and the demon."
Children, pray also in this way, when in your beautiful communions you hold your God to your heart.
Be good with all, learn to see in all the events, joyful or sad of life, the hand of God which, even if it strikes, always does it fir the good of his children."
"CENACOLO DELLA DIVINA MISERICORDIA", Viale Lunigiana 30, 20125 Milano, Italy Nihil Obstat: Reverend Gerard Diamond MA (Oxon), LSS, D. Theol, Diocesan Censor Imprimatur: Rev. Monsignor Les Tomlinson, Vicar General Date: 20th July 2007
Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne