About Mount La Verna Communications
Mount La Verna Communications is a group of men dedicated to helping bring forth the Traditions of the Catholic Faith because of a profound revelation of God that has directly affected our lives. Though we are now all Catholic, there have been several spiritual conversions (and reversions) and miraculous physical healings connected with this revelation, just as our dear Lord Christ Jesus stated in Holy Scripture, “So that you know the Son Man has the power to do these things, I not only say your sins are forgiven but get up and walk” (Luke chapter 5).
As with all revelations, God has the power to do whatever He Wills and with the falling away (apostasy) from the True Catholic Faith that has progressively swept throughout the world over the past 50 years, it has had a sorrowful affect upon many, many souls, leading them away from Holy Mother Church. Thus, God comes again through private revelation, when it is most needed, not to bring forth new teachings but to bring to light the traditional teachings of the Catholic Church, which are necessary for salvation.
The world has entered into a time of great confusion and relativism. This allows for a person to mistakenly decide for themselves what truth is and what it is not; thus many believe that they shall receive the same rewards of Heaven just as those who live the Faith that God Himself, in the person of Jesus Christ, established 2000 years ago. How could this be, when in fact there are so many teachings that contradict one another? Thus, God in His great Mercy has once again sent revelation from Heaven, to lead His people back to the truths of Christ Jesus.
This revelation consists of apparitions of the Holy Mother of God, the Blessed Virgin Mary and dreams and locutions from Saint Francis of Assisi, coming over the course of several years, to a simple man living in the United States. “And it shall come to pass after this, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy: your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Moreover upon my servants and handmaids in those days I will pour forth my spirit.” (Joel 2:28-29).
Through these visitations have come numerous messages of in-depth traditional teachings of the Catholic Faith. The messages have been given to this man, who had no desire to be placed in this situation; for how does one convince the world that they are receiving heavenly visitations? Though the one who received these visitations desires to remain anonymous, and no longer participates in their distribution, the teachings were collected and presented to Bishop Roman Danylak, of Toronto, Canada.
In 2009, Bishop Roman Danylak, seeing the importance of these messages, took it upon himself to have them published in book form. The first publication was, “For the Love of the Sinner”, which is a profound reflection on the Passion of Christ dictated by Saint Francis to this man in one dream in one night. The book is 239 pages. It took a year for him to get it out of his head and typed out; for this man is able to remember every word spoken by Saint Francis until he puts it down in writing, and then he no longer remembers it word for word. Since then other books that have been given in the same extraordinary way and are now available to you through Mount La Verna Communications.
“As it Was in the Beginning”, “Como Era el en Principio” (Spanish version), “A Journey to God: Through the Eyes of Creation”, “The Essentials of Prayer: The Key to Salvation”, “The Sacrament of Marriage: A Covenant with God”, and “Stories from the Heart: to Rekindle the Soul” all contain an abundance of teachings on several different aspects of the Catholic Faith. See the “Books” section of this website for book descriptions.
The focus of these books is not so much their source but their content. They are simple yet direct, containing mostly teachings given by Saint Francis of Assisi to rekindle the heart to return to God.
Could it be, Saint Francis of Assisi, who was given the commission by God in the year 1206 to, “rebuild My Church”, has now returned 800 years later and continues that directive? Many have come to believe he has, and we have both heard and seen the fruit from letters explaining how these works have profoundly changed their lives. It is something to seriously contemplate upon if one seeks the truth.
When the Son of Man returns will He find any True Faith? We at Mount La Verna Communications seek to fulfill our Lord’s commission, as laymen, to help spread the True Faith as His disciples. We have been drawn to this revelation as God has called us to it, and He has converted hearts and set ablaze the fire of Faith in lukewarm Catholics, so that the desire to labor and reap the harvest through this revelation has been placed in our hearts.
We hope that all who read these books will benefit greatly from them, just as so many already have.
Where our name comes from:
Mount La Verna is an isolated mountain in Italy in the center of the Tuscan Appenines, rising about 4000 feet above the valley of the Casentino. Its name is said to come from the Italian verb vernare, which means to make cold or freeze. Saint Francis withdrew in August, 1224, to keep a forty days fast in preparation for Michaelmas (the Feast of St. Michael, September 29), and it was while praying on that Mount he received (on or about September 14) the stigmata. Thenceforth La Verna became sacred ground, and Pope Alexander IV took it under his protection.
Early in the morning of the 14th September (on or about), 1224, on the Feast of the Exaltation of Holy Cross, the day had not yet dawned, Francis Bernardone, at that time the foremost Standard-bearer of Christ in all Christendom, received the marks of his Lord's Passion while keeping the Lent of St. Michael the Archangel on the solitary rugged heights of Mount La Verna in Tuscany. The wild mountain has ever since been one of the chief objects of interest in the Kingdom of God upon earth, but fewer of the faithful go there than might be supposed.
What is Divine Tradition?
Not all the truths revealed for us by God are found in the Bible: some are found only in Divine Tradition.
The Bible itself states that it does not contain all that God revealed: “There are however, many other things that Jesus did; but if every one of these should be written, not even the world itself, I think could hold the books that would have to be written” (John 21:25).
Divine Tradition is the revealed truths taught by Christ and His Apostles, which were given to the Church only by word of mouth and not through the Bible, though they were put in writing by the Fathers of the Church.
In a wide sense, Tradition embraces the whole teaching of the Church, including the Bible, since it is only from the Church that we have the Bible. In a stricter sense, Tradition includes only what was handed down orally from the Apostles.
The Apostles themselves say that there is much that they have delivered to the faithful by word of mouth (2 John 12; 1 Cor. 11:2). Among many examples of truths in Tradition, not clearly manifested in Holy Scriptures, are: the exact number of sacraments, the time of institution of some sacraments, the books that make up the Bible, the Baptism of infants, and Sunday observance.
All the truths of Divine Tradition now have found their way into books. From the first Christian centuries the practices and doctrines of Tradition were preserved by saintly teachers who we call Fathers of the Church. A number of them were disciples of the Apostles, contemporaries of those disciples, or disciples of the disciples. Among the Church Fathers, include Saints (year):
- Clement of Rome (99)
- Ignatius of Antioch (107)
- Polycarp of Smyrna (155)
- Justin of Palestine (165)
- Irenaeus of Lyons (202)
- Cyprian of Carthage (258)
- Dionysius of Alexandria (265)
- Gregory Thaumaturgus (270)
- Hilary of Poitiers (368)
- Optatus of Mileve (372)
- Athanasius of Alexandria (373)
- Ephraem of Syria (378)
- Basil the Great (379)
- Cyril of Jerusalem (386)
- Gregory Nazianzen (389)
- Ambrose (397)
- Martin of Tours (397)
- Gregory of Nyssa (398)
- Epiphanius of Salamis (403)
- John Chrysostom (407)
- Jerome (420)
- Augustine (430)
- Celestine I (432)
- Cyril of Alexandria (444)
- Peter Chrysologus (450)
- Vincent of Lerins (450)
- Leo the Great (461)
- Caesarius of Arles (542)
- Gregory the Great (604)
Many of the Church Fathers are also called “Doctor” for their personal sanctity as well as theological learning.
Besides the writings of the Fathers, the truths of Divine Tradition may be found chiefly in: writings of the Doctors of the Church; decrees of Popes and Church councils; and the liturgy of the Church as found in the Missal and rituals.
Divine Tradition must be believed as firmly as the Bible because it also contains the word of God.
Several Years passed before the Gospels were written down. In the meantime, Christians had to depend on Tradition solely: Tradition is older than the New Testament.
If the Church teaches any doctrine that cannot be found in Holy Scripture, it will be found in Tradition, and therefore traceable to the Apostles.
Divine Tradition teaches us all the doctrines that were taught by the Apostles. It comes to us from the Apostles. Every single doctrine the Church teaches comes direct from the Apostles. The Church does not issue new doctrines.
Tradition teaches us what books belong to the Bible. By tradition the Church kept intact all the books of the bible for fifteen hundred years before the existence of denominations that nevertheless assert the Church does not care for the Bible.
Protestant denominations reject tradition. Consequently, they cannot agree about which books to include in the Bible. One denomination omits one part, other denominations omit other parts according to the respective private interpretations.
Having rejected Tradition, Protestants cannot be certain that the books that they have accepted are genuine. On whose authority have they accepted what the have? Protestant Bibles, the most popular of which is called the “King James version” omit all or parts of the Books of Tobias, Judith, Wisdom, Eccliesiasticus, Baruch, Machabees (I and II) and parts of Esther and Daniel.
Luther rejected the Epistle of St. James, because the Apostle said that faith without works is dead. Luther and followers omitted the Apocalypse, the Epistle of Hebrews, and the Epistle of St. Jude.
(My Catholic Faith – Bishop Louis LaRavoire Morrow)
How You Can Help
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Revealed truths taught by Christ and His Apostles.
Divine Tradition embraces the whole teaching of the Church, including the bible. Tradition teaches us what books belong to the bible.