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Daughter cured of spina bifida, husband converted to the Catholic Faith: "I give all the credit to Our Lady of the Roses, for She has given my family and I graces in such abundance. I cannot withhold this testimony"

The astounding case of Margie Van Aken

     In a world of confusion, women's rights, and downright selfishness, I found myself discontented, anxious, and wanting a change in my life. I did not realize or care that, after many years of not going to church or the sacraments, I was truly falling out of God's grace. A few years of true discontentment brought me to confront my husband with a separation. After putting his fist through the wall, he said, "Do what you want," and walked out the door. I was surprised at his answer and began to realize what I had done. Falling on my knees, I begged God to help me.

   As a working mother, I was soon to find out that I was to have another child.

     "God, I asked You for help ... I wanted to straighten out my life, my marriage ... and You send me another child! How will we ever manage? I'll have to quit my job. We won't be able to afford extras. Our marriage will never make it through all this." Needless to say I was truly unhappy with the thought of another child. After a few months, seeing my children and husband so happy about the baby, I began to share their happiness.

    I quit my job as a bank teller and started to prepare for the months ahead. Having two children asleep, my husband and I decided to take Lamaz classes so we could be together and bring our new little baby into this world. The Lamaz classes and home preparation brought my husband I closer together. I began to see: God really does know what is good for us.

     Our baby was due October 30, 1976. Early in October, I don't remember the day, I had an alarming dream. While in my sleep, my grandmother Margaret and my aunt Clare appeared to me. With a sad smile, my grandmother said to me: "Everything will be O.K." (Both were very special women who suffered much physical pain here on earth.) When I awoke I knew that something was wrong with our child.

   On the morning of October 17, 1976, a Sunday, our new little girl Margaret Clare was born with spina bifida.

   One year later I found out this day is also St. Margaret Mary Alacoque's feast (a nun who received revelations from Our Lord on the Sacred Heart). I would also like to add that before I left the house to go to the hospital, the first thing I thought of was my rosary. It had been laying in my drawer unused for a very long time. I clutched it in my hand through the whole delivery.

   The doctor told my husband that Margie would have to be rushed .by ambulance to the Albany Medical Center for an immediate operation as she was in very serious condition; that if she didn't get emergency care she could die of spinal meningitis. They also warned that she might not survive the operation.

   Spina bifida is a defect in the spinal column, an opening in the spine which usually does damage to the nervous system, and in turn may damage many other bodily functions such as the bladder and bowels.

   Margie's opening was at her waist, so the nerves to her bladder, bowels, legs, etc. were damaged. Two weeks later Margie developed hydrocephalus [a buildup of water around the brain causing the head to well up enormously like a balloon]. Because of the hydrocephalus, the doctors warned that there would be brain damage; that I was not to compare Margie with my other children, because she would be slow mentally.

   At 10 months old she needed another operation because her kidneys were being destroyed, as her bladder did not void the urine from it. He, the doctor, explained that she will have to have an appliance. It would act like a bladder on the outside of her body.

   Margie's feet were very badly deformed, and the feeling and movement in her legs and feet was slight. Cast and braces would have to become a part of her life.

   Our Lady of the Roses was brought to my attention by a good friend, and on November 17, 1977, I went to the Shrine for the first time. I saw the flight of three doves overhead. They were huge and not like doves of this world. It's hard for me to explain, but, at this time, my spirits were lifted and a tremendous burden was taken away from me. On December 5th, my birthday, I was back to the Sacraments and Church. This was the first miracle.

   On February 11, 1978, I convinced my husband, a member of the Dutch Reformed Church, to go with me to Our Lady at Bayside. The following year he converted to the Catholic Faith. This was the second miracle.

   On August 15, 1978, I brought our little Margie to Our Lady to be healed. In a very slow but noticeable way, Our Lady of the Roses has been doing just that. I feel it is being done in stages for my own benefit. My attitude has changed tremendously because of Margaret! It was like a blessing that Margaret was born to us. She helped tremendously in getting my life in order. [Here is some lesson to all who believe in eugenics!]

   Margie's shunt, an apparatus in her head, stopped working. This little pump keeps her head from filling with fluid, thus preventing damage to the brain. But ... no damage was done even after it stopped. This is the third miracle.

   Margie had worn braces and casts from the time she was born. She couldn't move her feet. The lower half of her legs were very deformed. She was like walking on her ankles. This December, Christmas Eve, she received her first pair of shoes without braces. This is the fourth miracle.

   She will be going to a regular school this September at age 4. I'm sure that her new friends will never believe all that she has gone through since her birth!

   Margie often plays with her friend Kelly, but unlike other children, they find pleasure in pretending they are Mary and Joseph with their doll Jesus, instead of doctor and nurse.

   She has also developed a very definite prayer life, and calls on Our Lady often. She says the rosary and many other prayers, unusual for a child of her age.

   I give all the credit to Our Lady of the Roses, for She has given my family and I graces in such abundance. I cannot withhold this testimony.


Pat Van Aken

Kerhonkson, New York


Sister Mary's sight returns after she blessed her eyes with a Miraculous Rose Petal blessed by Jesus and Mary at Bayside

Dear Gary,

A happy and blessed New Year to you and your loved ones as well as all who help you in your tremendous task.

You know I had awful fear of losing my right eye because after the cataract removal surgery last year.  I was blind in my eye!  For 6 months or more I had an inch long deep red blotch in my eye that blemished my sight.  Besides a white rolling bright stream above and below was going back and forth all the time.  Reading became difficult and the recognition of faces and items was faulty.  I saw numbers and letters, not correct in format.  My heart sank.  I knew I must read and write but with disturbed vision but it wasn’t possible.  

When you sent me the packet of Directives from Heaven and the Rose Petals, I said to the Blessed Mother, if you want me to read all this precious material, help me see at least to know what you wish me and those to whom I send your guidance.  Help me to regain my vision injured by the operation.

So I blessed my eyes and put the blest Rose Petal on and tried to read the pamphlet.  Slowly I felt the sight was clearing slowly but surely.  After some reading I blessed my eyes and went to bed.  

The following morning when I put the light on in my room I saw all things clearly.  I picked up the messages and could read them well.  When I went through the entrance of the Chapel I saw I could recognize everyone and all items before me.

I thank Our Lady of the Roses, Her Son and the Trinity for this significant grace.  I already read all the directives and passed them on to everyone I felt should receive them.  Thank you!  I also sent Rose Petals to very sick relatives and friends.  God bless you for this great grace I received through your kindly help.

May this New Year shower you with an unending chain of graces and Divine love from the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, through Our Precious Heavenly Mother!

With love and prayers,

Sister Mary

Our Lady of the Roses Bayside messages: 
These messages came from Jesus, Mary, and the saints to Veronica Lueken at Bayside, NY, from 1968 to 1995

"I hear all the entreaties of your hearts, My children. Some I will cure, others must carry their crosses. Do not misunderstand My words, My children. Those who will carry their crosses will be doubly blessed. We have asked for victim souls in these dark days. Carry your crosses, My children, with purpose. Offer your sufferings with My Son, Who suffered much for you." - Our Lady, March 25, 1972 

"Many manifestations are given to you. It is in the merciful heart of the Eternal Father that many miracles shall be wrought for you. But blessed is he who does not see and still will believe. Believe and you shall be given the way." - Our Lady, October 6, 1975

"Many miracles and cures, cures of the body and cures of the spirit shall be given. Much shall be rejected, for so deep is the evil." - Jesus, August 21, 1976

"Priests in the houses of My Son, why do you waste your time trying to disprove My warnings to the world? You are rationalizing My supernatural manifestations. Pride and arrogance have set many onto the road to destruction, soul destruction." - Our Lady, December 24, 1974

"Many miracles in photographs, My children, shall be given. They will encourage you in the battle ahead." - Our Lady, September 28, 1977

"I bless you all, My children, as My Son blesses you in the Father and in the Holy Spirit. He will send among you the Spirit of light. Many miracles in cures and conversions shall come upon you to bear witness to the Message from Heaven." - Our Lady, June 4, 1977

"You must keep a constant vigilance of prayer going throughout your world. You will meet with great opposition in this struggle; the Message from Heaven will meet with great opposition. My children, We ask of you obedience to your God; We ask of you obedience to the Message from Heaven.
   "Many miracles, cures, and conversions shall be given in the name of the Eternal Father for the promotion of the mission upon earth." - Our Lady, May 30, 1977

"We are permitting at this time manifestations and evidence of miracles, more abundant than ever in the past history of your world. This is a means We shall use to fight the armies of satan. I promise, as the Mother of God and Queen of Heaven, to bestow upon all who come to My sacred grounds, powers within their sacramentals for cure and conversion." - Our Lady, March 18, 1973

"The Father sends many graces upon you. He has chosen this center of atonement with great purpose. Many will be saved. Many miracles of cures and conversions will go forth through the world from these hallowed grounds. The cause of Heaven shall not be stopped. The well of curing will arise, and man will not stop the waters from flowing.
   "Know well, man, that you cannot defy the Father, for it is in the will of the Father that this land be claimed for the salvation of souls. All who come to these hallowed grounds, My child, will receive graces in abundance, graces of cure and conversion. The crippled shall walk, the blind shall see. Those in darkness shall come forward into the light." - Our Lady, February 1, 1974

"No man shall stand as judge upon these grounds. No man shall set himself above the Father, for what takes place in sacredness upon the grounds shall be directly from the Father and His merciful heart. Cures, conversions, and many manifestations, miracles in the eyes of mankind, shall take place. Many shall be rejected. But know, My child, the weakness of mankind. Many will reject them because they do not want to face up to the knowledge that they offend their God." - Our Lady, September 28, 1974

"Many manifestations will be given to bear witness to the reality of My visit to your grounds. Many instruments of Heaven have been chosen to bring the word in this battle of the spirits. The word of God shall be forever. The Kingdom of God will be triumphant over the darkness. However, these are the Days of days, and the battle rages." - Our Lady, March 18, 1974 

"If the amount of cures that are claimed were true, Lourdes and Fatima are nothing, compared to Bayside" - Msgr. Otto Garcia, Chancellor, Diocese of Brooklyn 


Directives from Heaven ../directives/directives.htm

D6 - Sacred Grounds   PDF
D51 - Cure and Conversion 
D116 - The Supernatural   PDF
- Miracles 

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