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The Bridge to Heaven: Interviews with Maria Esperanza of Betania, Revised and Updated Edition Paperback – 2003
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Maria Esperanza de Bianchini (November 22, 1928 – July 8, 2004), also known as Servant of God Maria Esperanze, was a Venezuelan mystic, born on the feast of Saint Cecilia in Barrancas in the State of Monagas near the Orinoco River. On January 31, 2010 in the (Catholic) Cathedral of St Francis of Assisi in Metuchen, New Jersey the cause for the beatification and canonization of Maria Esperanza was opened by the Bishop Paul Bootkoski of the Diocese of Metuchen, which act gave her the title Servant of God. Maria's Marian Apparitions were approved at the local level by the bishop, but not by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which has only approved 12 apparitions to date.
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This book was originally written in 1993, but then an extra chapter with a Q&A session with Maria and other family
members conducted at or prior to 2003 has been added.
Maria Esperanza is one of the Great Catholic Mystics of the Catholic Church in the 20th century. She is credited with clearly prophesying 9/11 and has so much more for our times.
Maria was told by the Virgin that we are living the "hour of decision for humanity." The world will face a "very serious moment" soon. "A great moment is approaching," the Virgin told Esperanza, "A great day of light!" Maria Esperanza does not foresee the end of the world. She sees a coming purification. "The moment has arrived in which mankind must awaken", says Esperanza, "we must awaken to the love of God. In the coming years a new light from heaven will illuminate hearts, but before it does there will be hardship". She forsees war, societal problems, and natural disasters. But she also sees a cleansing that will restore humankind.
As for America, the U.S. Maria states:
"I feel the United States has to save the world. There is nothing else that can be done. All of America, the whole world has to unite in a block to join the U.S. to save the world, because
if we seperate from them a little war will come right away. War is waiting. Its waiting already to come upon us, especially in Venezuela. They want Venezuela to be like the hook or the lure
for all of this to begin"
One thing I noticed about the book is how many times Maria Esperanza mentions the word 'unity', many many times. Different peoples , different faiths must overcome their dissension in unity for these and upcoming times. Also Maria mentions that in 2004, things will start happening, great graces. I cant' think of anything prominent about 2004, and there doesnt have to be in the public realm or in the news! But Maria Esperanza died in the year 2004, so some or much of what she expected in 2004 may be muddled from her inability to distinguish general messages that in reality pertained to perhaps her personally with her death for that year. In addition, Maria's husband Geo also mentions in the book a belief in Medjugorje, something Maria wouldn't say. Connect the dots!
As regards 9/11 she predicted it. Read the book for more details or search the internet.
As regards the World Trade Center and rebuilding it:
Maria Esperanza de Bianchini, the famous Catholic mystic from Venezuela, was calling for twin churches to be established at Ground Zero -- that somehow those planning to replace the World Trade Center should include spiritual plans. "What God wants to be revealed in that place are twin churches," she told Spirit Daily. "Two churches that resemble the towers but are churches, built there. That's what God really wants. I know it's impossible, and it's a shame, but you never know. God wants two churches, twin churches, to be built there to save the world, because if they do that, if they built them, there would be many souls saved and the world would be saved - if they built two churches in that place."
Maria has asked that we add an important detail: that the churches be open to all faiths. She emphasizes that God wants all men to worship Him and His Son as one -- not as a New Age global religion, but as a resurgence of Christian unity. Thus, the churches should be ecumenical. Such is in keeping with the messages from Betania, the Church-sanctioned apparition site with which she is associated. At Betania the Mother of God came as "Mary, Reconciler of Peoples and Nations."
If we look at Isaiah 9:8-10
"...those who say in arrogance and pride of heart, Bricks have fallen, but we will build with cut stone;
Sycamores are felled , but we will replace them with cedars" But the Lord raises up their foes against them
and stirs up their enemies to action: ...'
So the connection is that two churches werent' built at the World Trade Center site and the people in arrogance and pride of heart erected another 'cedar of Lebanon'.
Plans are for some 5 building to replace the 7 that were there. Nothing different. Except it is reasonable to assume, within the context of God, that what is being built will not stand.
The New&Revised Edition has an error or typo on pg.165(this edition has 172 pgs.).
Q & A's: Geo: "See Psalm 71. It is very clear there." (Psalm 71 is mentioned twice on the page and clearly is a mistake;
more appropriate would have been Psalm 91 instead)
I recommend a prayer booklet from her website -FREE- ('MariaEsperanza' org website) called 'The Column of Light'
I might be able to put a link to it in the comments.