Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Nancy gathered with friends to pray the rosary. As soon as she started, she saw a heart with Jesus and the Cross in the middle. A priest was present. When he expressed his desire to lay hands on Nancy to pray for her healing, she saw the image of Christ appear momentarily to show his pleasure, for the blessing the priest gives is always the blessing of Jesus Himself.
Nancy asked Jesus if she was going to suffer the pain that she suffered when John Paul appeared to her in her bedroom after his death (Here Nancy is referring to an experience she had back in April of 2005. Shortly after his death, the late Pope John Paul II appeared to her life-size in the middle of the night in her bedroom. When the vision was over and she looked away, she felt excruciating pain in her spine as if someone had grabbed her spine. The pain persisted through the night which suffered for the salvation of souls.
Nancy said to Jesus, “But I am not close to sainthood. I have a difficult time with suffering.” Jesus appeared again and without saying anything simply looked at her tenderly. Our human nature rebels against suffering; it is natural. Jesus experienced it in the Garden of Gethsemane when at the prospect of the Passion he said, “Father, if it be your will, let this cup pass from Me. Yet, not My Will, but Your Will be done.”
Nancy was reminded of Jesus’ words to her years ago back in the 90s when He stated that His words are life and to fail to write His words is a sin against life. This made an impression on her, renewing in her heart her commitment to put down in writing her spiritual experiences for the benefits of souls.
A person in the room said, “Nancy, I really believe that if you dedicate time each and every day to writing and catch up, perhaps God will heal you and restore to you the gift of perfect recall (Note: Here the person is referring to an extraordinary gift Nancy had before the public apparition of our Lady began back on Oct. 13, 1990. It was termed the gift of perfect recall, that is, the ability to recall with incredible accuracy and precision verbatim all the messages she had received from her heavenly experiences no matter how many and how long they were. Credible witnesses at the time attested to this extraordinary memory, but it was temporarily withdrawn by the Lord Himself when the visionary failed to put down in writing all that the Lord was showing and telling in her in mystic vision.. Yet, the Lord is full of mercy. He did promise her to restore the gift when she had caught up on her writing).
Nancy felt so unworthy of God’s grace and said, “I am no saint.” Again, she saw the face of Christ looking upon her with love. Nancy asked the person in the room who spoke about the importance of writing, “Did God speak through you about this?”
Her friend answered, “I call it an inspiration. Writing is very important. The Lord has plans for you.”
Nancy said, “But the Doctor say my condition is serious”.
Her Friend said, “You are different. You are set apart. The Lord has chosen you. He can heal you. Your mission on earth is to receive heavenly experiences and commit them to writing for the Church.”
The priest present from another country and who has believed in the Conyers’ extraordinary events for years asked permission to place his hands upon the Corpus of Jesus on the Cross in the apparition room to touch the Light of Christ. Nancy said that he could do that. When the priest touched the crucifix in the area of the heart, he was amazed! He could feel a heart beat. The heart was pulsating and he could feel it with his hands. He then took his hands off the corpus, but Nancy could see the light remaining on his hands, for he was carrying the light of
Christ. The light remained in front of him and followed him to where Nancy was sitting. As soon as the priest touched Nancy, she saw herself all in light. How beautiful the hands of the priest are! This is the year of the Priesthood declared by Pope Benedict XVI. In a time when the image of the priest is so attacked, we would do well to reflect on the greatness of the dignity of the priest:
We need them in life’s early morning,
We need them again at its close;
We feel their warm clasp of true friendship, We seek it while tasting life’s woes.
When we come to this world we are sinful,
The greatest as well as the least.
And the hands that make us pure as angels
Are the beautiful hands of a priest.
At the altar each day we behold them,
And the hands of a king on his throne
Are not equal to them in their greatness
Their dignity stands alone.
For there in the stillness of morning
Ere the sun has emerged from the east,
There God rests between the pure fingers
Of the beautiful hands of a priest.
When we are tempted and wander
To pathways of shame and sin
‘Tis the hand of a priest that absolve us.
Not once but again and again.
And when we are taking life’s partner
Other hands may prepare us a feast
But the hands that will bless and unite us,
Are the beautiful hands of a priest.
God bless them and keep them all holy,
For the Host which their fingers caress,
What can a poor sinner do better
Than to ask Him who chose them to bless
When the death dews on our lids are falling,
May our courage and strength be increased
By seeing raised o’er us in blessing
The beautiful hands of a priest.
(source: http://www.frtommylane.com/stories/priesthood/hands_of_a_priest.htm )
The priest invited all present to pray over Nancy. As they all did this in earnest prayer, some people present heard the sound of cracking, something like popping your knuckles, but louder and deeper and it was coming from Nancy’s body as everyone prayed. Days later Nancy went to have an X ray done on her just to see if God had done anything. Although her overall condition had not improved and the current X ray shows no change from the previous one, nonetheless, the Doctor noticed that her ribs were back to normal. (Note: Back in May, Nancy had a major accident involving an 18 wheeler. Her car was totaled, but she managed to survive it without a single fracture in her entire body. Doctors thought it was no short of a miracle she came out unscathed. It was certainly Divine Intervention).
Today’s experience was powerful. What really was a shocker was feeling the heartbeat from the crucifix which Nancy so often has seen come alive in glorious light. She reminisced about her childhood days saying, “My first experience ever of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was at the age of 111⁄2 when my mom died. I was sad by her death and while being sad, I saw the Sacred Heart of Jesus come to me as a special presence in my room. I was angry that I had lost my mother. I said to God, ‘why did you take my mom away?’ Yet, there was an unusual silence and peace in my little unfinished attic room. Peace when the Sacred Heart of Jesus showed himself to me in a special way.”
It must not be forgotten to add that at some point during today’s encounter with Christ, Nancy also saw the silhouette of the Blessed Mother Mary standing in prayer by the cross in the apparition room always prayerful, always silent. Note: This is the extent of Nancy’s visions of the Virgin Mary: seeing her silhouette.. After her last apparition of our Loving Mother Mary on Oct. 13, 1998, Nancy was told that she would not see our Lady again until her death). She would have glimpse of her presences though, such as seeing her silhouette here and there. It is our Lady’s way of saying that she is always there for us. She never abandons us.