Sr. Mary Ephrem (Mildred) Neuzil received messages from Heaven under the title of Our Lady of America. These messages enjoy complete canonical approval through the former Archbishop of Cincinnati, OH, the late Paul Francis Leibold. Through his written correspondence and public actions, he approved for public devotion this private Apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Sister Mary Ephrem. Most Rev. Raymond L. Burke, then Archbishop of Saint Louis and canon lawyer, issued a letter of opinion on Our Lady of America dated May 31, 2007.
The following are excerpts taken from the messages of St. Joseph given to Sr. Mary Ephrem on March 18, 19 & 30, 1958.
Our Lady said to me: “St. Joseph will come on the eve of his feast. Prepare yourself well. There will be a special message. My holy spouse has an important part to play in bringing peace to the world.”
St. Joseph came as was promised, and these are the words he spoke at this time:
“Kneel down, my daughter, for what you will hear and what you will write will bring countless souls to a new way of life.
“Through you, small one, the Trinity desires to make known to souls It’s desire to be adored, honored, and loved within the kingdom, the interior kingdom of their hearts.
“I bring to souls the purity of my life and the obedience that crowned it.
“All fatherhood is blest in me whom the Eternal Father chose as His representative on earth, the Virgin-Father of His own Divine Son. Through me the Heavenly Father has blessed all fatherhood, and through me He continues and will continue to do so till the end of time.
“My spiritual fatherhood extends to all God’s children, and together with my Virgin Spouse, I watch over them with great love and solicitude.
“Fathers must come to me, small one, to learn obedience to authority: to the Church always, as the mouthpiece of God, to the laws of the country in which they live, insofar as these do not go against God and their neighbor.
“Mine was perfect obedience to the Divine Will, as it was shown and made known to me by the Jewish law and religion. To be careless in this is most displeasing to God and will be severely punished in the next world.
“Let fathers also imitate my great purity of life and the deep respect I held for my Immaculate Spouse. Let them be an example to their children and fellowmen, never willfully doing anything that would cause scandal among God’s people.
“Fatherhood is from God, and it must take once again its rightful place among men.”
As St. Joseph ceased speaking, I saw his most pure heart. It seemed to be lying on a cross which was of brown color. It appeared to me that at the top of the heart, in the midst of the flames pouring out, was a pure white lily. Then I heard these words:
“Behold this pure heart so pleasing to Him Who made it.” St. Joseph then continued:
“The cross, my little one, upon which my heart rests is the cross of the Passion, which was ever present before me, causing me intense suffering.
“I desire souls to come to my heart that they may learn true union with the Divine Will.
“It is enough, my child; I will come again tomorrow. Then I will make known to you how God wishes me to be honored in union with Jesus and Mary to obtain peace among men and nations. Good night, my little one.”
On the evening of the next day, March 19, 1958, St. Joseph again appeared to me as he had promised and addressed me in these words:
“My child, I desire a day to be set aside to honor my fatherhood.
“The privilege of being chosen by God to be the Virgin-Father of His Son was mine alone, and no honor, excluding that bestowed upon my Holy Spouse, was ever, or will ever be, as sublime or as high as this.
“The Holy Trinity desires thus to honor me that in my unique fatherhood all fatherhood might be blessed.
“Dear child, I was king in the little home of Nazareth, for I sheltered within it the Prince of Peace and the Queen of Heaven. To me they looked for protection and sustenance, and I did not fail them.
“I received from them the deepest love and reverence, for in me they saw Him Whose place I took over them.
“So the head of the family must be loved, obeyed, and respected, and in return be a true father and protector to those under his care.
“In honoring in a special way my fatherhood, you also honor Jesus and Mary. The Divine Trinity has placed into our keeping the peace of the world.
“The imitation of the Holy Family, my child, of the virtues we practiced in our little home at Nazareth, is the way for all souls to that peace which comes from God alone and which none other can give.”
Then suddenly, as he ceased speaking, I was favored with a unique and marvelous vision of the glorious St. Joseph. (...)
Then I heard these words:
“Thus should he be honored whom the King desires to honor. (...)
“Lovely child, precious to the heart of your spiritual father, I will come again on the last Sunday of this month. Jesus and Mary will come also in a special visit. Receive my blessing.”
As I knelt down to receive it, I felt his hands on my head and heard the words: “May Jesus and Mary, through my hands, bestow upon you eternal peace.”
...St. Joseph came again on March 30. His requests were similar to those of Our Lady and the First Saturday. The Sacred Hearts of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph have been chosen by the Most Holy Trinity to bring peace to the world; hence their request for special love and honor, also in particular, reparation and imitation.
These are the words of St. Joseph as recorded on March 30:
“I am the protector of the Church and the home, as I was the protector of Christ and His Mother while I lived upon earth. Jesus and Mary desire that my pure heart, so long hidden and unknown, be now honored in a special way. Let my children honor my most pure heart in a special manner on the First Wednesday of the month by reciting the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary in memory of my life with Jesus and Mary and the love I bore them, the sorrow I suffered with them. Let them receive Holy Communion in union with the love with which I received the Savior for the first time and each time I held Him in my arms.
“Those who honor me in this way will be consoled by my presence at their death, and I myself will conduct them safely into the presence of Jesus and Mary.
“I will come again, little child of my most pure heart. Until then, continue in patience and humility, which is so pleasing to God.”
(...) Jesus and Mary also came on March 30. Jesus had the appearance of a boy about fifteen or sixteen year old. He spoke to me first. It was about the sanctification of the family and other matters. He said it would not be required of me to write it at this time, as He would ask this of me at a later date. Our Lady and St. Joseph also spoke to me concerning the same subject and also about the Divine Indwelling.
On May 8, , I was visited by the Archangel Michael, who spoke in these forceful words:
“Write! I am Michael, Angel Captain of the Lord God of Hosts. I come to announce the coming of the kingdom, the kingdom of peace. The time is at hand. Repent, bestir yourselves, O sons of men, repent and make ready your hearts that the King may establish His Kingdom within you. Do not delay, or the time of grace will pass and with it the peace you seek.
“Behold, the Queen of angels and of men comes beforehand to make all things ready for her King-Son.
“My little sister, the message is a clear one, there is no doubt. Make it known, do not hesitate. I, Michael, have spoken.” — Sr. Mary Ephrem Neuzil