Around 1997, a man and a woman in California, who were living together in a life of sin, had a profound conversion through Divine Mercy. The wife had been prompted interiorly to start a rosary group after experiencing her first Divine Mercy novena. Seven months later, a statue of Our Lady of the Immaculate Heart in their home began to weep oil profusely (later, other sacred statues and images began oozing fragrant oil while a crucifix and statue of St. Pio bled. One of those images is now hanging in the Marian Center located at the Divine Mercy Shrine in Massachusetts. Because these images began to attract many people to their home in the beginning, their spiritual director agreed that they remain anonymous). This miracle led them to repent of their living situation and enter a sacramental marriage.
About six years later, the man began audibly hearing the voice of Jesus (what are called “locutions”). He had next to no catechesis or understanding of the Catholic Faith, so the voice of Jesus both alarmed and entranced him. Even though some of the Lord’s words were of warning, he described Jesus’ voice as always beautiful and gentle. He also received a visitation from St. Pio and locutions from St. Thérèse de Lisieux, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Michael the Archangel and dozens of locutions from Our Lady while in front of the Blessed Sacrament. After conveying two years of messages and secrets (known only to this man and to be announced at a future time known only to the Lord) the locutions stopped. Jesus told the man, “I will cease speaking to you now, but My Mother will continue to lead you.” The couple felt called to start a cenacle of the Marian Movement of Priests where they would meditate on the messages of Our Lady to Fr. Stefano Gobbi . It was two years into these cenacles that the words of Jesus came true: Our Lady began to lead him, but in the most remarkable way. During the cenacles, and on other occasions, this man would see “in the air” in front of him the numbers of messages from the so-called “Blue Book,” the collection of the revelations Our Lady gave to Fr. Stefano Gobbi , “To the Priests Our Lady’s Beloved Sons.” Both the husband and wife suffer greatly for their ministry, but continually offer it to the Lord for the salvation of souls. It is noteworthy that this man does not read the Blue Book to this day (as his education is very limited and he has a reading disability). Over the years, these numbers that materialized would confirm on countless occasions the spontaneous conversations in their cenacles, and now today, the events taking place around the world. Fr. Gobbi’s messages did not fail but are now finding their fulfillment in real-time.
On December 13th, 2020, this Californian soul “saw” the number 308 from the Blue Book in the three o’clock hour as they prayed the Tenth Station of the Cross (“The Stripping of the Garments”).* This message was originally given to Fr. Stefano Gobbi on April 5th, 1985 by Our Lady on Good Friday:
Your Sorrowful Passion
The Cross for you, oh My son, is the Will of the Father, which is fulfilled well — only if you co-operate at every moment in the plan of my Immaculate Heart. Bear your Cross every day and never depart from the Divine Will. Your wounds are the misunderstandings, the doubts, the perplexities, the numerous abandonments. These are real wounds of the soul which no one sees, more precious than gold, the blood from which I am always gathering to water the garden of arid and thirsty souls of your brother Priests.
Your ascent to Calvary is the journey which you must make for Me, advancing alone and full of trust, in the midst of all your fears and the proud skepticism of those who surround you and do not believe. The immense weariness which you feel, that sense of exhaustion which prostrates you, is your thirst. The scourges and the blows are the snares and painful temptations of my Adversary. The cries of condemnation are the poisonous serpents which obstruct your path and the thorns which pierce your frail body of a child, which has been struck so often. The abandonment to which I am calling you is the bitter taste of feeling yourself to be ever more alone, far from friends and disciples, sometimes rejected even by your most fervent followers.
But At your side there is the sorrowful Mother; live together with Her, with love and trust, your sorrowful passion, which no one is able to see, but which consumes you every day, as a victim immolated by Me for all your brother Priests. Your death is the very great silence, the hiddenness, the humiliation and rejection which I am always asking of you. The virginal womb of your Mother is the new sepulchre for this Pasch of yours, which has now become perpetuated in the depths of my Immaculate Heart, My littlest and most loved among the sons of predilection.
* See also The Great Stripping by Mark Mallett at The Now Word.