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•  Dispelling the theory of the alleged brothers of Jesus in a few lines
•  Sr. Marie de Mandat-Gracey and the Home of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus
•  Conversion of sinners does not mean they have to become Roman Catholics

May 18th, 2022

Dispelling the theory of the alleged brothers of Jesus in a few lines

FROM OUR FILES:  February 24th, 2009

From miguel de Portugal

Do you ever wonder why... every other illuminated, researcher, historian and/or enemy of the Faith ascribe full and/or half brothers and sisters to Jesus, yet, from the Cross He said (in reference to Mary and John): "Woman, behold thy son." After that, He said to the disciple: "Behold thy Mother". And from that hour, the disciple took Her to his own." [John 19:26-27]

Obviously if Jesus had had full or half sisters and brothers, according their custom, Mary would have stayed with them and not be with John henceforth - even all the way to Ephesus.

May 18th, 2022

Sr. Marie de Mandat-Gracey and the Home of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus

FROM OUR FILES:  February 4th, 2008

From L @ Worldwide - Published on February 4th, 2008

Good Day!
In your article The Home of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus (1) you neglect to mention the valiant efforts and critical contribution of Sr. Marie DeMandat-Grancey.

Sr. Marie de Mandat-Grancey, Foundress of Mary's House, in the French nun who gave up wealth, power and position to serve the poor, the sick, and the orphaned with the Daughters of Charity. Sr. Marie's zeal to find Mary's House,.... resulted in the expedition that would locate Mary's House in 1891.

Not only did Sr. Marie provide the financial means to acquire the entire area of Panagia Copouli (2), but she tirelessly labored for 12 years to restore, preserve and protect Mary's House and now for the past 100+ years pilgrims of all faiths, including Muslims and Christians, pray peacefully side by side there.


A. We thank you for sharing with us this information. We will give due credit to Sr. Marie in the referenced page. (1)

We tend to play down the instruments used by God to fulfill His Will for, as He said:

Amen, amen I say to you: The servant is not greater than his lord; neither is the apostle greater than he that sent him. [John 13:16]

We rather keep the eyes focused on God and not on His instruments, beyond acknowledging their "Yes!" to God and assisting them - should they still be alive - in the discharging of her/his duties.

Sadly the Catholic Faith has been turned into a glorified Santería Religion - a reality God complained about through the Prophet Mohammed. (3) To wit:

"They take their priests and their anchorites to be their lords in derogation of God..." [S IX 31]


"O ye who believe! There are indeed many among the priests and anchorites, who in falsehood devour the substance of men and hinder (them) from the Way of God. And there are those who bury silver and spend it not in the Way of God: announce unto them a most grievous penalty". [S IX 34]

A complain that miguel de Portugal does not cease to make - from even before he had read it in the Qur'an.

Regarding footnote (2): There cannot be a "grave of the Blessed Virgin". Mary was indeed Assumed into Heaven for She could not die as we know death - death is the consequence of sin and She was truly sinless. Jesus died because He assumed OUR sins and expiated for them - an expiation that only becomes active on an individual basis once we choose - out of our free will and not coerced as Escrivites and other sectarians are (4) - to take up our cross and follow Him. (5)

Once again, thank you for writing.

(1) The Home of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus [The credit to Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey is now in the note 4 of that document]
(2) Panaghia Capouli or “The Door of the Holiest,” is a term that has come to refer not only to the Holy Virgin’s House, Meryem Ana Evi, but also many surrounding areas of Ephesus including the grave of the Blessed Virgin, the Chapel built and rebuilt in this place by devotees over the years, and the Way of the Cross carved into the hill where Our Lady once walked and prayed.
(3) The Only Foundation of the Faith is God
(4) About the "Evangelization" methods of Opus Dei
(5) Take up your cross and follow Him - the ONLY Way

May 18th, 2022

Conversion of sinners does not mean they have to become Roman Catholics

FROM OUR FILES:  March 11, 2005

From BMF @ USA

Does 'Pray for the conversion of sinners' mean that sinners (namely non-believers) should convert and become a Roman Catholic or just a
conversion of the heart to Our Lord Jesus Christ, is meant? Does it really matter if a conversion does not lead one to become a member of
the catholic church?
Thank you in advance and God bless,

A.  The best way for us to explain the meaning of 'Pray for the conversion of sinners' is utilizing the Parable of the Prodigal Son as it was further explained in our Document "Do Not Despair - Do Not Give Up!" (1)

When we pray for the conversion of sinners, we are presenting God the "ransom" justly demanded by Divine Justice so that He may utilize said ransom, in the manner that we have explained in yet another document (2). As the result of said magnificent Divine mechanism, the sinner - the Prodigal Son - becomes aware of his situation, turns around and begins his journey back to the Father through Jesus Christ.

No, it does not mean that the individual must become a member of the Catholic Church. However, as we have explained (3), the Roman Catholic Church contains the greatest concentration of truths revealed by God to man, and, as with the Orthodox Church, it has a treasure trove of Sacraments which are truly supernatural assistance in our journey back to the Father. Nonetheless, that still does not mean that one has to be a Roman Catholic to be saved as it is implied in far too many cases (4).

Yes - Jesus Christ is an absolute requirement for Salvation, however, those who do not know Him as the result of the failure of the Roman Catholic Administrators (5) will be given an opportunity by God before the final body-soul separation is completed. We are aware of the spiritual mechanism and are awed by the Unfathomable Mercy of God but, how it works, it is not for us to reveal at this point. It is not necessary. Just believe in the Infinite Mercy of God!

(1) Do Not Despair - Do Not Give Up!
(2) Suffering : Mankind's Participation in Its Own Redemption
(3) The M+G+R Foundation position regarding the Catholic Faith
(4) There is Salvation outside the Catholic Church
(5) What Went Wrong with Christianity? - Part 2

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