of Our Lady - Rosa Mystica
at Montichiari and Fontanelle
Introduction of Booklet by: Franz
Speckbacher, Author of Booklet (1)
Dear Readers, Our dear Mother of God has been appearing in
Montichiari-Fontanelle (Italy) since 1947, at a time when Faith is
diminishing more and more, and sins are on the increase at a most
If you ever visited one of the great places of pilgrimage, you will no
doubt have returned from it firmly convinced that you visited a place
where Heaven touches Earth. The many obvious favours received in answer
to one's prayers are an indirect proof that the apparitions and
revelations are genuine.
Perach, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady, Mary the
Mother of God, December 8, 1983.
Apparitions of Our Lady at Montichiari
In the little town of Montichiari, not far from the picturesque Lake
Garda, which sit surrounded by mountains live 14,000 people. The town
is situated at the edge of these clear
mountains from which it drives
its name, and close to the City of Brescia in the province of Lombardy,
Northern Italy. It is from this podium that our Heavenly Mother
requested on December 8, 1947, that H.H. Pius XII be notified of Her
request that an Hour of Grace be observed every December 8th henceforth.
First Apparition in Spring of 1947
In the Spring of 1947, whilst praying
in the chapel of the local
hospital in Montichiari, nurse Pierina Gilli had an unforgettable
experience. Mary, the Mother of God, appeared to her in a wonderful
vision and magnificent light, as the exalted Lady, dressed in mauve,
very sad and with tears in Her eyes. Pierina noticed that Her heart was
pierced by three swords. The first sword means: the unworthy
celebration of Holy Mass and Communion unworthily received. The meaning
of the second sword is: being unfaithful to, and giving up, the
vocation as a priest or a religious. And the third sword means:
betrayal of the Faith. Our Lady asked for
SACRIFICE and PENANCE"
These were Her only words.
Second Apparition on 13th July, 1947
Our Lady appeared to Pierina in a white
dress. She was adorned with
three beautiful roses: white, red and yellow, which Pierina was allowed
to see in place of the three swords. The white rose represented the
spirit of prayer, the red one represented the spirit of sacrifice, and
the yellow rose the spirit of penance and conversion. Pierina had not
yet recognized the Mother of God, and she asked the apparition
therefore: "Please tell me, who are you?" In reply to this question She
smiled and said:
the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of all of you.
Our Lord sends me to bring a new Marian Devotion to all religious
orders and institutes, male and female, and to the priests of this
world. I promise to protect those religious orders and institutes who
will venerate me in this special way, increase their vocations, and
achieve a greater striving for saintliness among the servants of God."
"I wish that the 13th of each month
be celebrated as a Marian Day.
Special prayers are to be said during the proceeding twelve days." -
an expression of great joy, She continued: - "On this day I shall pour out
vocational holiness and abundant graces on those religious orders and
spiritual institutes who have honoured me especially."
"I wish that the 13th July be
celebrated each year in honour of the
Mystica' (the Mystical Rose)"
Pierina asked whether a miracle would follow. Our Lady replied:
most evident miracle will be this: Those who have given their souls to
God - the religious who, for a long time now, have become indifferent
thus betraying their vocation and as a result of their offenses have
brought about the punishments and persecutions which are raging against
the Church at the present time - will stop to offend Our Lord. They
will again lead a life according to the original spirit of their
The seer, Pierina, interpreted the words "Mystical
Rose" as follows: "Mary is
master teacher of the innermost, mystical
life and the Mother of the mystical body of Christ; in other words: She
is the Mother of the Church."
This interpretation by Pierina was magnificently confirmed by Pope Paul
VI in his final speech during the third meeting of the council, on 21st
November, l964. Irrespective of the presence of observers from the
separated Churches, he declared Mary as the Mother of the Church;
finally, he let his heart speak out and said: "We want that, in the
future, the Most Blessed Virgin is still more honoured under this
title, and called by this lovely title by the christian people." This
short, yet spiritually deep declaration, by the supreme office of our
Church guarantees that we cannot go wrong, but can only feel once more
re-assured when we venerate Mary calling Her by the title ROSA MYSTICA.
Third Apparition on 22nd October, 1947
Pierina saw Our Lady again in the
chapel of the hospital, in the
presence of many staff members, doctors, and people from the town. This
time, Our Lady requested that the desired devotion be realized, and
have placed myself as the mediatrix between my Divine son and
mankind, especially for the soul consecrated to God. Tired of the
continuous offenses, He already wanted to dispense His justice."
Pierina thanked Our Lady in the name of all present. Our Lady finished
Her dialogue with the words:
out of love!"
Fourth Apparition on 16th November,
Our Lady appeared in the Basilica of
Montichiari in the presence of
some people. Among them were several priests. Pierina heard the words:
Lord can no longer watch the many grievous sins against purity. He
wants to send a flood of punishments. I have interceded that He may be
merciful once more! Therefore, I ask for prayer and penance to atone
for these sins."
Pierina replied to Our Lady's request with a willing
"Yes". The Blessed Virgin added:
lovingly ask the priest to express
their great love and stop the people from committing those sins.
Whoever will atone for those sins, will receive my blessing and graces."
In reply the seer's question whether we may hope for forgiveness, Our
as long as these sins are no longer committed."
these words She went away.
Fifth Apparition on 22nd November, 1947
Our Lady appeared once more to Pierina
in the Basilica of Montichiari
in the presence of several people, and demanded that the seer make four
times the Sign of the Cross with her tongue on the tiles in the center
of the church. Our Lady then descended onto the spot and said:
descend on this place, for many great conversions will happen here. -
in a sad voice She continued: - The
Christians of your Italian nation
belong to those who offend most my Divine Son Jesus through their sins
of unchastity. Our Lord demands, therefore, PRAYER, GENEROUS
SACRIFICES, AND PENANCE."
Pierina asked: "What do we have to do to fulfill your demands for
prayer and penance?" Our Lady replied full of tenderness: "Prayer". After
a short, silent pause, She explained:
means to accept every day
all the little crosses and the duties too, in the spirit of penance."
Thereupon She promised solemnly:
the 8th December, at noon, I shall
appear again here in the Basilica. IT WILL BE THE HOUR OF GRACE."
Pierina asked: "Please explain to me the meaning of Hour of Grace".
Hour of Grace will produce great and numerous conversions.
Hardened and cold hearts resembling this marble will be touched by
divine Grace, and they will become faithful to Our Lord in loyal love."
This was the only time that Our Lady announced Her next appearance. All
other apparitions came unannounced.
Sixth Apparition on 7th December, 1947
Our Blessed Virgin appeared once more
at the Basilica of Montichiari.
Three people were present including the father confessor of the seer.
Our Lady, the "Mystical Rose", wore a white cloak which was held by a
at the right-hand side, and by a girl on the left-hand side. Our Lady
shall show my heart tomorrow of which the people know so little. In Fatima I asked that the
devotion to my heart be spread. - And with an ever
sweeter voice She went on: - I
wanted to bring my heart into
Christian families in Bonate (near Bergamo, Italy) - and after
pause She added: - Here, in
Montichiari, I wish to be venerated as the"
already indicated so often, together with the devotion to my heart
which must be specially practiced in religious institutes so that they
may obtain more graces through my motherly heart."
Our Lady then confided a secret to Pierina with the promise that She
would tell her the time for the secret to be made public. Pierina also
wanted to know who the children were. Our Lady replied:
Francisco; they will help you in your trials and suffering. They too,
suffered. I wish from you the simplicity and goodness of these two
Our Lady then spread out Her arms as a sign of Her protection, lifted
Her eyes to Heaven and disappeared with the words:
be the Lord!"
on 8th December,
On this great feast countless priests
were present. It was only with a
great deal of effort that Pierina was able to get into the Basilica.
She knelt in the center of the church, just where the other apparitions
had taken place. During the recitation of the Holy Rosary, Pierina
called out: "O, Our Lady!" Great silence ensued! Our Lady appeared on a
large white staircase,
decorated with a white, red and yellow roses. She said with a smile:
am the Immaculate Conception." - And descending several steps
majesty She continued: - "I am Mary,
full of grace, Mother of My Divine
Son Jesus Christ". - Descending even more, She said: - "Through my coming to
Montichiari, I which to be known as the"
"It is my wish that every year, on
8th December, at noon, the"
OF GRACE FOR THE WORLD"
"be celebrated. Many divine and
bodily graces will be received through
"Our Lord, my Divine Son Jesus, will
send His overflowing mercy if good
people will pray continuously for their sinful brothers."
should very soon notify the Holy Father of the Church, Pope Pius
XII, that it is my wish that the HOUR OF GRACE FOR THE WORLD be made
known and spread throughout the world. If anyone is unable to visit his
church, yet will pray at noon at home, he will also receive graces
through me. Whoever prays on these tiles and weeps tears of penance,
will find a secure heavenly ladder and receive protection and grace
through my motherly heart."
Then Our Lady showed Pierina her heart
and said: - "Look
at this heart
which loves mankind so very much, but most people only shower offenses
upon it. If the good and the bad unite in prayer they will obtain mercy
and peace through this heart. The Lord is still protecting the good and
is holding back a great punishment because of my intercession." -
smiled again and went on: - "Soon one
will recognize the greatness of this
Hour of Grace."
When Pierina saw that Our Lady was going to depart, she said: "Dear
Lady, I thank you! Bless my homeland Italy and the whole world, but
especially the Holy Father, the priests, the religious, and the
sinners." Our Lady replied:
have already prepared a flood of graces for all the
children who listen to my words and keep them in their hearts."
assured Pierina that she would return at a suitable time when the
Secret entrusted to her, would be made public through the
Ecclesiastical authority. Our Lady then said 'good-bye'. Pierina
withdrew to a convent where, hidden from the world, she served in the
kitchen and where she waited in silence for the hour which, as
promised, came after 19 years, on White Sunday (Sunday after Easter),
17th April, 1966, in Fontanelle, a settlement of only a few houses
spread around and situated about 2-3 km outside Montichiari. Our
Blessed Lady kept her promise.
Apparitions of Our Lady at Fontanelle
First Apparition: White Sunday, 17th
The Most Blessed Virgin said:
Divine Son is total love, and he is sending me to give miraculous
powers to this spring. ... As a sign of penance and purification kiss
top step." - Steps made of stone led down from the path to the
"Then descend a few steps and kiss
stone again." - Our Lady followed
the seer. - "Now, for a third time,
kiss the bottom step and have a
crucifix placed there." - With Her left hand Our Lady indicated
the spot. - "The
sick and all my children must kiss the crucifix and ask my Divine
Son for forgiveness before they take the water, or drink from it."
Our Lady approached the spring and said:
mud into your hands. Wash
yourself with water! This is to teach the sinners that sin makes the
soul dirty, yet the soul will be cleansed again through the water of
grace. Thus, the sinner will once more be pleasing to God." -
What a clear
symbol of the sacramental grace of God!
Our Lady bowed down and touched the water of the spring in two places.
She added the following words:
wishes expressed by my Son Jesus in
1947, are to made known to all my children. Then I gave you His
messages and mine in the Basilica (Montichiari). It is my wish, and I
repeat: the sick should come to this miraculous spring and many of my
children should come with them."
Second Apparition: 13th May, 1966
On 13th May, Our Lady's anniversary of
Her apparition at Fatima, Our
Lady brought great joy to Pierina when She appeared once again at the
spring, in the presence of about 20 people. It was 11:40 a.m. Our Lady
said amongst other things:
should make known my appearance at this spring. My Divine Son is
all love. The world is walking the road to perdition. Once again I have
been able to obtain mercy, and Jesus has sent me, therefore, again to
Montichiari to bring you the grace of His love... It requires PRAYER,
SACRIFICE AND PENANCE in order to save mankind."
Our Lady, pointing to the water at Her right-hand side which She had
touched on 17th April, 1966, said:
is my wish that a comfortable
basin is built here, in order to immerse the sick in the water... The
other part of the spring" - (She pointed to Her left-hand side)
- "is to be
used for drinking."
Pierina wanted to know from the Blessed Virgin what to call the spring.
Thereupon Our Lady replied:
SPRING OF GRACE"
And in reply to a further question: "What is your name?", Pierina was
At these words, the Mother of God spread out Her arms, spread open Her
wide cloak, and said with a smile:
have come to bring love, unity and
peace to the souls of my children. I ask you, do not throw any mud on
the love for your fellow-man."
The seer questioned the meaning
of the wide cloak. Our lady answered:
is the meaning of my love which embraces the whole of mankind."
Pierina asked: "What would you like us to do here at Fontanelle? Our
acts of charity for the sick who will come here."
Third Apparition: The Feast of Corpus
Christi, 9th June, 1966
About 100 people were present at the
spring on this Day of Obligation.
Pierina came to the Shrine after 3 p.m. and asked all those present to
recite the Holy Rosary. Suddenly, in the middle of the recitation,
Pierina called out: "Look up to the sky!" This time, Our Lady appeared
five to six metres above the spring over a wheat field. Those present
noticed that, in the direction of the seer's eyes, Our Lady seemed to
touch the ears of the wheat with Her feet. Our Lady said:
Jesus Christ has sent me here today, on the Feast of the Body of Our
Lord, on the Feast of Unity and Love." - Spreading out Her hand
continued: - "I
should like very much that this wheat be transformed into
the Eucharistic bread, into countless penitential communions."
Majestically, lifting Her eyes to Heaven, Our Lady went on:
wish that the Hosts made of this wheat, be taken to Rome, and to Fatima
for the 13th October."
Pierina asked: "Should all this wheat be used for it?" Our Lady replied:
noble hearts fulfill my wish. ... I wish that a
chapel be built here with a statue facing the spring."
Pierina said: "Dear Blessed Virgin, I do not understand." Our Lady
showed her an image and said:
statue is to be carried here
in a procession on 13th October, but prior to it, it is my wish that
the people of Montichiari consecrate themselves to my heart.
Montichiari is the place which my Divine Son has chosen for me to
distribute His graces."
Pierina saw that Our Lady was going to leave, so she asked Her to stay
a little longer. Our Lady lingered, and Pierina was allowed to commend
several petitions and to request Our Lady's blessing for the priests,
the faithful, and the sick.
Fourth Apparition: The Feast of the
Transfiguration of Our Lord, 6th
Pierina came to the spring at about
2:30 p.m. About 200 people had
gathered there. At 3p.m. the seer asked all to recite the Holy Rosary.
During the fourth mystery she stopped, and called out: "Our Lady is
here." Everyone was silent, and they all listened with emotion to the
dialogue with Heaven. The Mother of God said:
Divine Son Jesus has sent me again, in order
to request the"
LEAGUE OF PENITENTIAL COMMUNION"
this is to be done on 13th October. This Day of Penitential
Communion should be spread throughout the world. It is to be held first
in 1966, and them to be repeated every year. Those priests and faithful
who will spread this devotion, will be given the wealth of my graces."
Pierina inquired again about the wheat. Our Lady instructed her:
should take this wheat to my beloved Son Pope Paul VI with the
instruction that it has been blessed by Our Presence. It is the wheat
of his homeland, of Brescia, of Montichiari. Tell him the wishes of my
Divine Son... also those concerning Fatima."
Pierina wanted to know what to do with the remaining wheat. Our Lady
small bread rolls baked of the remaining wheat.
These rolls are to be distributed here at Fontanelle on certain days in
memory of my coming. This is to be the sign of gratitude of my sons,
who till the soil. After my ascension into Heaven I have always acted
as Mediatrix between my Son Jesus and the whole of mankind. How many
graces I have been able to obtain in all these centuries! How may
graces were shown. How much punishment was prevented. How many
dialogues did I hold with souls. How often have I visited earth to
bring my messages to the people, but people continue to offend Our
Lord. I have chosen this place of Montichiari because there is still
the humility of poor Bethlehem among my sons who till the soil.
Furthermore, this place, where so many prayers are said continuously,
will be transformed into a source of rich blessings."
After the Fourth Apparition
After these revelations of Our Lady, Pierina withdrew once more into a
life of peaceful retirement. In addition, the bishop ordered her to
remain absolutely silent. Pierina obeyed the bishop's order.
The things that are forbidden are very tempting, and very soon the
message of the apparition of Our Lady spread around the world drawing
floods of pilgrims to Montichiari.
On February 18th, 2002, we received an e-mail regarding the veracity of
the Message of La Salette. We deem the issue serious enough as to
address it through this Note posted within The M+G+R Foundation Domain.
The key portions of the e-mail follow:
message is forwarded to
you as you have a file or files on your site which promotes or supports
the false message that the Blessed Virgin Mary spoke at La Salette the
words to Melanie Calvat: «ROME WILL LOOSE THE FAITH AND BECOME
THE SEAT OF ANTICHRIST.»
I urge you to seriously
ponder the measures you ought take to mitigate the damage caused by
your stand on this matter.
The M+G+R Foundation Responded
We are quite familiar with the concerted effort being made to discredit
the Message of La Salette (2),
the Messages of Rosa Mystica (3) through
Montechiari and Fontanelle and, by some individuals, the Messages of
All three contain severe, and very accurate (5), criticism of
the members of the Clergy and Hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church.
What other behavior should we expect from men, and the supporters of
those men, who have placed their ecclesiastical position and related
comforts and benefits ahead of the well being of the flock - most
specially the most vulnerable members of the flock: the children?
Who, in his right mind would expect, say, Cardinal Law or Cardinal
Egan, to endorse a Message from God, through the Mother of His Son,
criticizing the debauchery of the clergy and their cover-up by the
Hierarchy? Even the late Cardinal Spellman tried to torpedo the efforts
of the Blue Army of Fatima but could not.
The M+G+R Foundation will not
dignify such allegations against the
Message of La Salette (2)
with an open debate. This issue will be laid to
rest, once and for all, by the following statement from miguel de
Melanie Calvat would rise from
the dead and
state that she invented the statement: «ROME WILL LOOSE THE FAITH
AND BECOME THE SEAT OF ANTICHRIST», I, Miguel de Portugal,
Grace of God and in His Name, proclaim from, and to, the four corners
of the world that
«ROME HAS LOST THE FAITH AND WILL SOON BECOME
THE SEAT OF ANTICHRIST.» (7)
In addition, regarding the
statement about the
mitigation of "...the damage caused by The M+G+R
Foundation's stand on
this matter." I pronounce, once more, that, compared with the
Canonization of Mr. Escriva (8),
any error that may inadvertently appear in
the Domain of The M+G+R
is minor when compared with the
blasphemy of such perverted canonization (9).
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En Español: Apariciones de Nuestra Señora - Rosa
Mística en Montichiari y Fontanelle
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