Testimonies from the Laity
All the testimonies copied here are extracts from the originals.
Reading the messages of True Life in God my life and conversion changed most profoundly. If I may add that I fell in love with the Catholic Church and all it represented to the Christian world. My faith has deepened to levels I did not believe was possible. Especially my love for the Blessed Trinity and Our Lady. Furthermore just as was experienced by Vassula via her son, one early morning at 01:00hours Jesus asked me three times via my then toddler son Roberto who somehow sleep walked to me whilst I was reading the TLIG messages asking me if I loved Him. This happened three times in succession every time I took my toddler son back to bed. This event only dawned on me as to what transpired that early morning many weeks later. I thank the Blessed Trinity for that.
(M. V., Johannesburg South Africa, 1990)
After reading TLIG in 1991, I realized the beauty, love and elegance of the words of God towards us, and experienced a deepening of conversion because of TLIG. After reading I was more aware of God in His sweetness, gentleness, and how forgiving He is towards us. I am now vibrant and alive, because of my awareness of His personal Love for me in my life. My love for God has grown, and TLIG is a love Hymn from heaven.
(A M., Australia, 1991)
Since 1991 I have read all the books of TLIG. I have found them very beautiful. I am trying very hard to follow what Jesus wants from us. Despite my many misfortunes and feelings of isolation I have found the strength to trust in Jesus. I know that there is a reason for everything that happens in life. Through TLIG I know Jesus is in control. And that he gives us strength. Trust has been my big improvement.
(F. W., Australia, 1991)
As a Christian I have been Baptised in the Holy Spirit. My husband left me, as he could not stand my religion and Christianity. Praying brought him back after seven years and we remarried. Vassula's TLIG books came into my hands soon afterwards, in 1992 by a miracle. From the start of reading the books, I felt Jesus was speaking to me personally. Only after reading the first book, did I read that Jesus said to put our name in the place of Vassula's. TLIG has taken away all my confusion. I know where I'm standing with God. I read my bible nearly everyday, and my husband is now reading Vassula's books, and has become more soft towards me now, so I have the freedom to express my spiritual life without the former limitations.
(V. H., Australia, 1992)
Since reading TLIG books, although already converted, I have a gradual improvement in my prayer life and above all, a much better understanding and love of the Triune God. Also I have a more loving relationship with the father and the Holy Spirit. When Vassula was in Sydney Australia in 1992 and standing close to me, I perceived Jesus talking to us through her.
(J.C. K., Australia, 1992)
Aproximadamente há 10 anos atrás, me encontrava em Portugal, e através de um padre, Pe. Joaquim Milheiros, conheci os livros 'A Verdadeira Vida em Deus'. Após ter lido os três primeiros volumes, senti um chamado muito forte que deveria transmitir às pessoas a experiência maravilhosa que eu estava vivendo com Deus, a intimidade com Jesus. Mesmo sem ter condições financeiras, ou qualquer tipo de experiência no campo de Editora ou livraria, comecei a editar tais livros. Para minha surpresa, hoje, após quase 10 anos, não mais consegui parar. Já são mais de 330 mil livros editados e distribuídos em todo o Brasil. O testemunho de conversão são incalculáveis. Pessoas que haviam abandonado a fé católica, ou a fé cristã, após a leitura voltam-se para Deus.
Eu passei a viver em nossa família uma vida de oração, nos esforçando a viver as 24 horas do dia em oração.
(J.B. R., Brazil, 1989)
Comecei a ler a 'A Verdadeira Vida em Deus', de Vassula, para descobrir erros na fé. As mensagens que se referiam àquele que é 'Pedro hoje', eliminaram meus preconceitos. Passaram a fazer-me um bem espiritual imenso. A leitura se tornou uma oração. Uma dimensão mais funda do Amor do Senhor nosso Deus Uno e Trino. Uma abertura maior para os outros e para o mistério da Comunhão dos Santos.
(E. D. C., Brazil, 1990)
Eu vinha num caminho de busca de um lugar mais próximo de Deus. Isso só foi encontrado definitivamente em 1990 quando eu conheci as mensagens de Jesus a Vassula. Minha vida se transformou e eu fui aderindo aos grupos de oração, freqüência maior à Santa Missa e uma vida dedicada a fazer inteiramente e aceitar a vontade de Deus. As palavras inspiradas de 'A Verdadeira Vida Em Deus' transformaram minha vida. Tenho uma certeza profunda de que é Jesus quem fala naquelas mensagens.
(A. V., Brazil, 1990)
On the Sunday before Pentecost I was reading your first book of diaries. The book was given to me by a good friend who is exceptionally faithful to Jesus and Our Lady. Ron believes in and keeps track avidly of many Marion apparitions and spiritual movements in the world. My friend Phil also had become very excited and joyful about your book. As for me, I only took their gift of the book out of respect for their friendship - I never intended to read it. But, true friendship is a powerful thing, so I eventually decided to try reading some of it, and tried have an open mind. On that Sunday, as I read through one of the earlier pages, I began to wonder if I too could have a more intimate relationship with my Lord. So, I turned to him and asked in a simple prayer "would you make yourself even more known to me?"
(J. O., Missouri, USA, 1992)
Since reading TLIG books, in 1992, since then, my life has changed as I have learnt many things. I want to go to Mass, and go to make visits to be with Jesus in The Tabernacle, and I want to pray for hours and go to Reconciliation each month at least. It seems to me that I cannot go on without prayer. It has become my strength, even though I have finished all the TLIG books, I read parts of the books over and over again, and every time I do, it seems brand new again.
(P. W., Australia, 1992)
... Passei a levar uma vida sadia espiritualmente, me sacramentando regularmente! Jesus deu-me a conhecer claramente o que é pecado. Passei também a viver uma vida serena, sentindo a presença forte de Jesus nas mais pequenas e simples coisas, e conversar todo tipo de assuntos com ele! Sem falar da grandíssima afeição que passei a sentir pela virgem SS. Nossa mamãezinha! Aprendi a rezar orações tão simples com Jesus e tão poderosas que me faz sentir tão perto, até parece dentro do céu, tão íntima com o Papai, e nossa Mamãezinha do Céu! E o que mais aprendi a amar e respeitar, é a Santa Missa, em especial Jesus Eucarístico.
(T. S. A., Brazil, 1992)
... achava que Jesus nunca mais fosse me olhar, quanto mais me querer. Através destes escritos percebi que não tenho motivo para sofrer, pois Jesus quer ser nosso amigo de todas as horas.
Assim, minha vida mudou e sou feliz em todos os momentos, até nas horas tristes, porque Deus está presente na minha vontade de melhorar agora e para sempre.
(S. G. F., Brazil, 1992)
On January 11, 1992, at the St. Francis convent in Independence Missouri, Vassula Ryden, chosen handmaiden of the Lord was the guest speaker. Immediately concluding her speech, Sr. Mary Lucille Sterbenz directed my daughter, Janie & four year old grandson Curt to Vassula. It was there that my grandson was immediately & miraculously healed of crippling Junior Rheumatoid Arthritis. He had been diagnosed at Children's Mercy Hospital in KCMO at the age of two. On this day, as on many others he was unable to walk, or to even wear shoes. He was feverish & in great pain. Vassula, asked `What is the problem'. Vassula then prayed to God, Jesus & the Blessed Mother for healing. Through her prayers Curt was healed. He is drug free and all health problems related to the arthritis have vanished.
(J. Mika, USA, January 1992)
The writings between you (Vassula) and Jesus have moved my relationship with Jesus in the Tabernacle to a depth which I cannot put into words. Thank you. ... When Fr. "X" visited Little Rock, we visited over tea at Marylake and I shared with him this story: In 1988 with my family, I visited Italy on the way from Medjugorje. I saw a statue in Florence. It was a life-size wooden carving of Mary Magdalene. Last year, in 1991 I attended the conference with Fr. Henry in Pittsburg when you spoke. When you walked to the microphone and began to pray with us, I saw this statue in your place and repeatedly heard (inside), `the Magdalene, the Magdalene'. During your talk I experienced God in a way which I attempted to tell Fr. "X" but I became overwhelmed and could not speak further. I saw in Fr. "X"'s eyes that I did not need to speak - he understood.
(S. G., USA, April 1992)
Vassula, through you we have been able to 'hear Him', and my relationship with Jesus is now alive with intimacy and passion for His love. Thank you for being His instrument in this life. Thank you for allowing us to hear His song of love.
(Y. B, USA, July 1992)
J'étais allée me promener, sans but précis et c'est ‘par hasard’ que je suis tombée sur vos livres. J'en ai parcouru un et il a tellement retenu mon attention que je l'ai acheté.. Vous comprendrez ce que cet achat a d'insolite quand je vous aurai précisé que j'ai 54 ans, que j'étais alors athée et marxiste depuis l'âge d'environ 15, 16 ans, époque à laquelle j'ai quitté l'Eglise catholique pour ne plus y remettre les pieds. Il m'est presque impossible de vous décrire l'effet que ce premier livre a fait sur moi ; il est des transformations profondes de l'âme que le langage a du mal à rendre. Après avoir lu ce livre, j'ai éprouvé le besoin impérieux d'acheter tous les autres. Tout mon hiver a été occupé par la lecture de vos messages et l'honnêteté m'oblige à avouer qu'ils m'ont ramenée à Dieu avec une force telle qu'au mois d'avril, je suis allée faire une retraite religieuse d'une semaine dans un des foyers de charité de Marthe Robin. J'ai eu l'impression que des passages entiers de ces livres avaient été écrits pour moi, tant l'appel était immense et profond.
(F. H., France, July 1992)
I cannot begin to express my personal gratitude for you and for the Lord's work in you. Your books are the clearest expression of God's boundless fire of love for all of us, that I have ever seen. It's also very important that we don't have to be perfect first! it is a powerful testimony! ...
I wanted you to know how far and wide your work is reaching. We are in a small town in very poor, very rural, southeast Louisiana. Your work and the Lord's words are known here and are spreading every day. Our worlds are far apart but we are united in Christ's love and with the power of the Holy Spirit!
(J. V., USA, July 1992)
The first time I heard about the six volumes of `True Life in God' was through a friend of mine who sells them. Immediately, I felt that I should have them. I went to her house and bought them. No sooner did I begin to read the first book - I had the feeling as if He was speaking to me directly and the messages have made me aware that I need to improve spiritually.
(A. M., USA, September 1992)
Vassula, I first heard of you and of the messages that Jesus dictated to you in May of the present year, and from that very first moment my heart filled with joy because I recognised Jesus way of speaking and loving in your writings. The first thing that came to my mind was: "it's Him!"
(A lady from New Mexico, 1993)
I was baptized in Catholic Church when I was 10 years old. During recent years after experiencing baptism in Holy Spirit in a prayer group and renewed my commitment to Christ, I was influenced by the teaching from Pentacostal/Evengelical Charismatic church. For several years I doubt the Catholic church and I ask God which church is His true Church which I should follow and God gave me an answer and convinced me when I read True Life in God book-1 written by Vassula where our Lord stated that The Catholic Church is His True Church , the Pope is the apostolic successors of Peter and Mother Mary in Mother of God and Mother of Church.
(J. G., Indonesia, 1993)
Conheci os livros de 'A Verdadeira Vida em Deus' em 1993. O que mais me comove nessas mensagens é a experiência de intimidade com Jesus. Nas duas visitas de Vassula a Porto Alegre (Out/1997 e Mar/1999) eu vi o Rosto de Maria Santíssima e a Face de Jesus em lugar do rosto de Vassula. Na última vez vi o Sagrado Coração na face de Vassula, e o Seu Manto. Nas fitas de vídeo aconteceu o mesmo. Jesus aparece muitas vezes. Jesus está vivo no mais lindo Hino de Amor para toda a Humanidade.
(T. C. D. M., Brazil 1993)
After the talk I had the chance to tell Mrs. Aquino that I saw her rubbing her eyes during Vassula's talk. Mrs. Aquino told me that she saw Vassula's face look like the face of Jesus with a beard, which is exactly the way I saw her too. Mrs Aquino said she could not believe what she saw so she kept on rubbing her eyes. The lady beside her had told her that she also saw Vassula's face change and it was only then that she found out that she really saw what she did.
(M. T., Philippines, 1993)
Em 1993 comecei a ler as mensagens de 'A Verdadeira Vida em Deus', e senti logo que Jesus é quem falava, pois sentia muitas coisas serem ditas para mim, levando-me a uma conversão diária, conversão do dia-a-dia. Quando da vinda de Vassula a Porto Alegre em 26.03.1999 vi o Rosto de Jesus no lugar do rosto dela.
(M. E. C. M., Brazil, 1993)
Comecei a ler os livro em 1.993, participei de duas conferências com a Vassula em Brasília. Senti nos livros um forte apelo de um Deus que ama muito as suas criaturas, mesmo sendo odiado pela não aceitação dos livros, como um Deus que fala e que é vivo. Eu vejo que estes livros são o próprio catecismo que a Igreja sempre ensinou quando eu era criança. Foi um alerta para a minha vida deste Deus vivo e que não nos abandona hora nenhuma.
(C. M. B. B., Brazil, 1993)
... quando comecei a falar sobre Vassula e a ler alguns trechos do livro, ela demonstrou interesse em tomar conhecimento dos mesmos. Conforme se aprofundava na leitura, minha filha mais encantada ficava, dizendo-me, afinal: - mãe, estou apaixonada por Jesus Cristo!
Em 1994, em Joinville, o que me chamou muito a atenção foi a sensação sentida pela maioria das pessoas um pouco antes da entrada da Vassula na sala. Deu a impressão de que alguém, que imaginamos ser Jesus Cristo, ter entrado antes dela, pois lágrimas corriam dos olhos de diversas pessoas, inclusive dos meus.
(I. L. F. Santos, Brazil, 1993)
Recebi os livros de presente de uma amiga que mora em Brasília, em 1993. 'Devorei' os livros durante a sua leitura. Ajudei na divulgação em minha paróquia e inclusive passei a vender os livros. Com a 'A Verdadeira Vida em Deus' obtive um enriquecimento espiritual muito importante.
(M. T. Burile, Brazil 1993)
The conversion of our daughter Lisa (Milligan) was an answer to our prayers. She had so many problems and we never lost our faith that she would return to Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother. It will be a month in two days that she attended your lecture. Thank you for being so kind to her and for you taking time to talk to her in private. You should see her now! She is radiant with happiness and joy! She went to confession and now she is going to Mass (which she had stopped going) and most important receiving the Blessed Sacrament Our Lord. Praise be Jesus!
(E. V. L., USA, February 1993)
I saw Jesus Christ in person of Vassula Ryden when she and the group pray `Our Father'. Her face change to a man and this is Jesus Christ our Lord. I'm so happy and I'm praising the Lord.
(M. L. B., Philippines, June 1993)
The first time I saw and heard Vassula speak was last Thursday 18.6.93 at the Stella Maris Chapel, Cubao, Philippines from 9 o'clock - 11.30 a.m. Vassula transformed before my eyes (I was sitting at the first row) into Jesus' Mother Mary and other spirits who I am not sure who they were.
Especially the part where in Jesus talks to Vassula about the 'REBEL' I saw Vassula transform (even her clothes)into a man in a silver metal warrior's consume. I saw different beings, queens, Jesus at 10 year old; Jesus at around 13 years old - different ages - different women I think one was Mary Magdalene w/long clothes. There was constant light around her, engulfed in clouds also. Vassula's height stayed the same.
(M. A. R., Philippines, June 1993)
Le 7 septembre 1990, une amie, très pieuse, lui fit prendre contact avec Vassula. Après entretiens, prières avec cette dernière qui, subitement tomba en extase en souffrant douloureusement la passion du Christ, notre fille, bouleversée à la vue de ce fait surnaturel, a immédiatement retrouvé la Foi en Dieu. Sur place, elle se confessa auprès du directeur spirituel de Vassula, le Père Fr. "X" et reçu l'Eucharistie avec ferveur. Depuis ce jour de résurrection dans la Lumière, sa montée vers Dieu fut extraordinaire et édifiante jusqu'à sa mort, 7 mois plus tard (cancer généralisé). Malgré notre grande douleur, car elle était notre unique enfant, nous sommes infiniment reconnaissants au Sacré Coeur de Jésus pour cette grâce, c'est-à-dire d'avoir ramené notre fille dans une Foi très vive, par son instrument Vassula, et ceci quelques mois avant son départ pour l'Eternité.
(A. B., France, August 1993)
J'ai assisté à une conférence de Vassula en Bretagne. J'avais lu ses livres auparavant et cela m'avait donné fort envie de la rencontrer et c'est loin d'une rencontre qu'il s'est agi. Cette dame a comblé et dépassé mon attente et celle de mes amis. Son courage tranquille, son humilité révélatrice de la Vérité, c'est tout le contraire de la recherche du sensationnel. Oui, les gens étaient tellement ‘pris’, attentifs et silencieux, qu'on ne pouvait pas ne pas penser à cette soif qui les habite.
(D. S, France, September 1993)
We thank you (Vassula) for this wonderful meeting with you (Copenhagen 3 September 1993). I can tell you that there was 2 persons, who were healed; a lady, who was going to be operated for cancer and the following day she was cured, which the doctors confirmed. Another man was mentally ill but now he is healed.
(H. and R. A, Denmark, October 1993)
J'ai lu, émerveillé, les 4 tomes et les 4 suppléments de la Vraie Vie en Dieu en juillet dernier. J'y ai trouvé tout ce que j'espérais. Prenant pour moi (entre autres) le message du jeudi 7 avril 1988 (t. 2 p. 125), le 14 août, je me confessais et le 15 août, je communiais pour la première fois depuis 40 ans. Pourtant ma conversion est loin d'être complète.
(L. de Bénazé, France, October 1993)
Permettez-moi de vous dire que je suis complètement convaincu de tout ce qui vous arrive. J'ai complètement confiance en tout ce que vous dites. Je vous ai vue et écoutée sur plusieurs vidéocassettes. J'ai 48 ans, mais je peux vous dire que je pleurais de joie en buvant vos paroles très réconfortantes. J'avoue que vous m'aidez beaucoup. Continuez votre Oeuvre dans le monde.
(J.-F. F, France, 6 December 1993)
Ao percorrer os vários canais, vi uma entrevista feita com Vassula Ryden. Para mim, aquilo causou um choque - fiquei estarrecida, mas eufórica, muito feliz e entusiasmada por saber que ela ouvia a Jesus, falava com Jesus, via a Jesus! Isso, para mim, 'católica de carteirinha', era uma completa novidade, nunca tinha ouvido falar de tal coisa, não possuía qualquer conhecimento de mística cristã, da vida de santos que haviam tido experiências semelhantes. Jesus, para mim, situava-Se 'naquele tempo'... morto, crucificado, e só. Era um Jesus histórico, que não possuía poder, pelo menos não em minha vida. Meus pais também ficaram entusiasmadíssimos, e o resto da família começou a achar que tínhamos ficado fanáticos, que só falávamos de religião. Isso dura até hoje, graças a Deus!... Vassula foi a nossa ponte - minha e de minha família - para Jesus.
(M. C. F. Almeida, Brazil, 1994)
Depois que comecei a ler a 'A Verdadeira Vida em Deus' tudo mudou em minha vida. Comecei a participar mais dos serviços na minha paróquia. Cada vez que leio, amo mais a Deus e a Santíssima Trindade. Tenho mais facilidade para perdoar, de compreender, na medida que descobri o quanto somos pequenos diante do Amor de Deus. Admiro a Vassula pois ela é uma pessoa muito especial, está nos mostrando o quanto podemos trabalhar e oferecermos nossa vida para divulgar o Amor que Deus tem por nós. Eu só tenho a agradecer a tudo o que a 'A Verdadeira Vida em Deus' fez para mim e para todos que conheço que também leram.
(A. V. S. A., Brazil, 1994)
What I saw through the camera was her face with a suffering expression, with a very intense and profound gaze in her eyes. I did not see, but immediately recalled, the face of Jesus in the photo of the Shroud of Turin. The look in her eyes moved me to sadness, as when you see an injustice being done to someone. I asked myself, I wonder if it hurts her that I film her. Immediately, the thought came to my mind that she was asking: "What have I done to you that you hurt me so much?". After that I was hesitant to film any more from a close distance because I thought it hurt her. Later, however, I was given to understand that it was not she who was asking the question. It was a question that came from Jesus. And I was also given to understand that my sins hurt Him.
(L. B., Puerto Rico, 1994)
She began watching the first tape and shortly after the tape began Vassula's head was replaced by the head and face of our Lord Jesus. There was no aura or halo about or around our Lord's Head. It was as if our Lord simply replaced Vassula. During the tape, Doloras got up quietly and went into the bathroom to freshen up. She said she was atraid she was becoming "obsessive" by seeing this vision and thought that a break from the tape might get things back to "normal". When she returned to her place, Jesus was still there so she decided to just sit through the tapes and figure it out later. When the tapes were finished, she said to her friends that she thought that the "special effect" of Jesus's head replacing Vassula's was a nice touch. Everyone looked at her. No one else in the group had seen the apparition except Doloras.
(S. C., USA, 1994)
Em 1994, Entrei num grupo de orações em casa de família que rezavam o terço, e liam as mensagens de Vassula, o Evangelho, testemunhos...
A minha conversão melhorou muito, me aproximei mais dos sacramentos. Procuro rezar o terço e assistir a Santa Missa todos os dias. Sei que tenho muitas coisas a mudar, mas as mensagens de Vassula, que é o Evangelho de Jesus Cristo me enche de "esperança"… do arrependimento e perdão dos meus pecados, e ver Jesus, Maria e José face a face.
(V. M. F., Brazil, 1994)
She again took the position of the cross. She tried again to stand up and laid her head on my arm (I was kneeling beside her). Her head was down and I caressed her face and her hair and said "Jesus I love you". She opened her eyes, showing a light blue color (Vassula's eyes are brown) with a sweet and loving look that I will never forget. Her weight was so heavy that I could not hold her and she had the Third Fall. I was so shaken with emotion since I felt and truly believed that I had Jesus in my arms. I asked for help to accomodate her on the floor. She called me with her eyes and I approached her. She then made the sign of the cross on my forehead with the two fingers that were maintained erect and which felt like two bars of ice. It was impossible to bend the fingers.
(Dr. G. M., Puerto Rico, 1994)
... Depois de 6 anos de reuniões de oração, tivemos o nosso primeiro contato com os Livros "A Verdadeira Vida em Deus" e grande foi nossa alegria ao percebermos, as semelhanças com as nossas mensagens. Não conhecíamos nada de Vassula, absolutamente nada. Depois, ao lermos as Mensagens dadas a Vassula, imediatamente O reconhecemos: era a mesma Voz, isto é, é O mesmo que fala ao nosso coração quando estamos em oração em Sua Presença Eucarística. É Ele mesmo. Jesus!
(M. R., Brazil, 1994)
Durante a Palestra de Vassula eu e minha comadre reparamos que o semblante de Vassula era parecidíssimo com o semblante da Sagrada Face de Jesus, que estava ali sobre o palco. Presenciamos a união mística. Sobre os livros "A Verdadeira Vida em Deus", eu, minha filha e outras pessoas temos a experiência com Jesus de termos respostas concretas das nossas orações, através desses livros.
(I. S. T., Brazil 1994)
... Desde a primeira vez que li as mensagens escritas por Vassula Ryden não tive dúvidas que era o próprio Jesus falando através dela. Inúmeras vezes abri os seus livros em busca de uma resposta e as obtive de forma claríssima. Isso não era uma simples coincidência. As suas mensagens tiveram o poder de reais transformações em minha vida. Percebia a doçura e o amor do Senhor em cada uma de suas palavras.
(R. S. T., Brazil, 1994)
Bien que de famille catholique romaine et ayant fait toutes mes études dans un collège diocésain, je continuais à pratiquer mais sans grande conviction avec le sentiment d'avoir en face de moi une certaine absence. On m'avait transmis un message mais pas de réelles convictions. Tes livres ont été pour moi une véritable révélation. Tout à coup, le Christ n'était plus une idée, une personne abstraite mais Il devenait vivant et très proche de moi, Il devenait notre Saint Compagnon. L'expérience que tu m'as fait vivre, je suis persuadé que, grâce à toi, beaucoup de gens l'ont faite également et que tu peux être convaincue du bien que tu nous apportes dans ce monde par ces messages. Avec toute ma gratitude pour ce que tu nous as transmis.
(Y. C., Bruxelles, Belgique, January 1994)
... pedi à Jesus que me mostrasse um sinal de que a Vassula era realmente a Sua profeta, pois depois de ter lido os seus livros eu acreditava que sim. Quando Vassula chegou, olhei para ela e achei-a muito tranquila e serena. Ela logo começou a rezar o Terço. Eu acompanhei prestando atenção nela, e reparei que ela usava o cabelo repartido ao meio como Jesus, com a testa à mostra, quando vejo em sua testa um sinal da cruz bem visível. A parte dos braços da cruz ia de fronte à fronte da testa, e a parte vertical da cruz vinha da raiz dos cabelos até onde começava o nariz. Mas aquela cruz era tão singela, que parecia pintada, como um sinal de fé.
(V. M. C. P., Brazil, January 1994)
At the time I was introduced to her, her face faded out and changed to look like Jesus face. At that moment I realized I was in front of her but also and as well in front of Him, this was for about thirty seconds. I looked around and again at Vassula's face and still His face was there looking at me with the greatest kindness I have ever seen, and a crown of thorns was on His head. Despite smiling at me He was in some sort
of deep pain; I wanted to kneel. Then a soft voice coming from Vassula said something to me but I could hardly answer. Again I saw His face. By this time the group noticed something was happening; I was speechless. Now, as Thomas, I also repeat "because I have seen, I believe".
(Dr. N. E. A. M., Puerto Rico, February 1994)
I closed my eyes and started to cry and to pray. I could not believe in that moment what I was experiencing. When I opened my eyes I saw Vassula levitating, holding all her body just with the tip of her feet and the top of her head. She had both arms stretched. She was some 4 inches from the floor for about 4 to 5 minutes. She gave a message and it was written.
(R. A. Arroyo, Puerto Rico, February, 1994)
On Vassula's talk, the 12 of February, 1994 at Manates, Puerto Rico, she was explaining and reading the messages she receive from Jesus. As I was sitting on the front seat close to the podium, I could see her better than the rest of the people sitting far away.
All of a sudden, when I look at her, I didn't see her face, I saw the face of Jesus, a very clean cut face with his hair in a pony tail. ... I looked around seeing other faces but then I looked at Vassula again I kept seeing Jesus face. I shivered and was filled of deep emotion. ... After this, at one point, of the Conference instead of Vassula's face I saw her head covered with the mantle of the Blessed Virgin. I didn't see her face or any face, just the mantle, the way some sculptures make her statue in heavy thick layers of clay showing the folds of the mantle.
(A. F. F., Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, February, 1994)
The graces which Jesus bestowed upon me occurred during your prayer of the Rosary began during the first mystery when I started feeling inner currents of electricity over my body. At the end of the mystery I began to see a constant and pulsing aureola of white light around your head, Vassula. Then, to my amazement and joy began to see that your whole face and figure was becoming that of Jesus.
(N. H., Puerto Rico, February 1994)
At this point she looked at me, to my eyes - but she was not Vassula anymore. Those were not her eyes, they were the most pure, sad, clear and tender eyes I have ever seen. I could say that the closest to it has been when contemplating Jesus in a beautiful statue or a painting. Those eyes looked at me directly into my eyes profoundly and smiled at me with the most beautiful, loving, tender and pure smile I have ever experienced. I started to feel that I was such a sinner and such an unworthy person and yet that smile told me that I was loved and I was called. Then I grieved for all my continued offenses and my imperfections. Again, I lowered my eyes and tears came into my eyes before this Powerful Presence I felt there.
(M. S., Puerto Rico, February 11, 1994)
Your interview is making many conversions, even among the clergy. I know a priest, here in Brasilia, that does not believe in Heaven, In Purgatory, in Hell, in Lourdes, in Fatima, in Medjugorje and in you. After he saw your interview, he became another man (at least about you). He phoned to many friends of his saying that he now believes in you. And he cried: `It's wonderful! I believe, it's Jesus really that's talking to her! She's not lying I'm sure! I saw her, it's truth!
(A lady, Brasilia, Brazil, February, 1994)
... fazia mais de 25 anos que não entrava naquela capela perto de casa: durante a comunhão rezei para que Deus me acompanhasse e iluminasse o meu discernimento para aquela leitura específica. No final da Missa, no momento de agradecer a presença dos fiéis e encerrar a cerimônia, o padre começa assim: "Nós, cristãos, não devemos nos sentir menos amados por Deus se um irmão nosso possui um dom ou carisma especial, que não tenhamos. Estas pessoas recebem junto com o dom ou carisma também uma cruz, uma missão (...). Uma moça grega, hoje morando na Suíça (...)" : o padre falou por mais de 5 minutos sobre Vassula! Qual padre, nos dias de hoje, fala em Medjugorje na Missa, quanto mais falar em Vassula Ryden! E eu acabara de deixar o I volume na minha mesa de cabeceira!
(J. I. L. W., Brazil, May 1994)
I saw Vassula Ryden for the first time at a home in Fairfield. I was seated in the audience about 50 feet away from her as she spoke. After she had been speaking about a half hour, I began to see the face of Jesus in Vassula. Her face changed to the face of Christ similar to one that she has painted. He had a beard and long hair, and there seemed to be a mist surrounding him. I should point out that at this time I had not seen the face she painted. It was not until the next day someone showed it to me, and I realized the similarity. ... Then, several minutes before her talk ended, I saw Christ's face again, but this time He had a crown of thorns, and I could actually see blood dripping down the sides of His face. ... Vassula's face returned as she was ending her talk.
(S. A. P., Orange, USA, June 1994)
Seulement pour vous dire que lorsqu'en 1990, vous êtes venue à Châteaugay pour une conférence, à deux reprises, notre Doux Seigneur a permis que je voie Son Visage (Suaire de Turin) comme en transparence sur le vôtre. Et Il le confirme dans le dernier supplément, ce qui renforce davantage encore ma foi et mon amour envers Lui.
(M. G., Québec, 27 July 1994)
In October, 1994 during Vassula's conference in New York at `Pray, pray, pray activity' while I was looking at Vassula on the screen, her face suddenly seemed to fade out slowly and the face of a man was appearing. I recognized the features of Jesus Christ with beard, moustache and His hair darker than Vassula's. While Vassula was speaking Jesus was moving his lips too as though he was speaking as well. At first I did not believe what I was seeing, so I picked up my glasses to see whether I was mistaken. When I wore them I still saw Jesus and this time I recognised the face of the Shroud. The one that is on the covers of True Life in God. I noticed His fine long nose while he was still moving His lips. After a few seconds, He faded away so that I could see Vassula's feminine face again on the screen. Then again He appeared and so forth, back and forth several times and finally Vassula's face reappeared till the end. I was so happy ad I bless God for this grace.
(G. B., Monaco, October, 1994)
The group that had gathered to attend Mass and Vassula's presentation were lined up outside praying the rosary. While on the the 4th decade, around 20 - 15 minutes before they allowed us to enter the cathedral, a collective gasp went through the entire group. People began to look up and point to the sky, and so I glanced up too and saw a rainbow. But it was not your usual rainbow which is fully arched and extended (and comes after rain - which there was not a single drop that day). This seemed just a section of one.
Now I would like to explain the pictures. ... I took the second picture not really expecting it to reveal anything more that what's seen in the first picture (profile of Jesus in cloud formation). Then the profile began to emerge. I say emerge, because I wasn't expecting to see the formed image on the picture because it was so much clearer than I had seen it on the day I took it. Also, although at Stockton I believed the formation to be the profile of Jesus, the picture resembles more the way the Eternal Father is portrayed. For a while I couldn't figure out who's profile it was, until I realised that the message that Vassula received for the Stockton assembly that afternoon was from the Eternal Father. For me, all this was, and is, just another confirmation of Our Lord's presence, and His attempt to give evidence of the veracity of His messages through Vassula . . .
(J. V. C., USA, October 1994)
During Vassula's Conference in New York at Pray, Pray, Pray activity, I saw Jesus' face instead Vassula face for several seconds. This happened in different occasions during her talk. I saw Jesus' face and what really struck me was the fact that in the left screen I had Jesus' face with clear and beautiful blue eyes with no microphone and in the screen to the right side was Vassula's face, very clear with the microphone in front of her. I tried to avoid to look at the left screen but I had to look. I also saw the face of Our Lady in the right screen. What a beautiful face with her veil.
(F. F-B., USA, October 1994)
The experience happened one afternoon as I was playing with my 3 year old granddaughter Krystal, who at the time was reciting names of family members from pictures hanging on my living room walls. Among these portraits was a picture of Jesus. She pointed to Jesus, said his name, turned to me looking directly into my eyes said `Vassula', for a moment I was stunned, I had to ask her what she had said and looking still in my eyes, the name `Vassula' was stated. Knowing that my granddaughter had never heard this word or would have been able to pronounce it in such clarity as she had done. I called my spiritual priest (Rev. Paul NM. Williams, OF) and told him what has happened, with great understanding, the priest explained that it was a message of confirmation from our Lord to him. He said he was asking God to give him a sign, `and He gave me it through a baby'.
(M. K., USA, October 1994)
When Vassula was speaking it was more easy to me to look at the screen instead than to her. On the screen her face was half Jesus and half hers. I did not want to say it, but when I heard another person saying it to Fr. O'Carroll, I thought I should say it too.
(G. M., October 1994)
I hereby declare that I saw, on the 9th day of October, the face of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. The face of Jesus was one with Vassula Ryden as she spoke during the Marian Conference. I saw the face of Jesus throughout her talk. I did not expect it, I did not look for it, I did not ask for it. I completely surrender it for God's Glory.
(E. U, Germany, October 1994)
Lors de la réunion de Vassula à Varsovie en 1994, j'ai vu le Visage du Christ en lieu et place de celui de Vassula.
(G. O., Poland, November 1994)
The Jesus that I knew for most of my life was not the Jesus that Vassula as talking to and as I read each page of her first book I became entranced with this new God that I had never understood or known at all, and yet He was always there! I felt my heart responding powerfully to Jesus' words through Vassula and I devoured each page as if I were a starving man - you could say that I had been searching for this understanding all my life because I was never content with my faith as it then stood. Suddenly, I wanted more, a sincere love that would truly change me and lead me along the road I'm travelling now.
(G. B., UK, December 1994)
A Varsovie pendant votre témoignage, elle a vu la lumière à votre place et dans cette lumière l'image du Sacré-Coeur. Son mari (notre fidèle chauffeur) qui était à côté de vous, aussi à Katowice, témoigne de votre poids incroyable pendant la Passion que vous avez vécue.
(E. B., Poland, December 1994)
After a moment on the conference I was sure Vassula's face had disappeared and in its place I could see Our Lady of Narek. Later just when the conference was about to end, I saw God the Father's Face. I say so because His beard and moustache were greyish. This testimony refers to what I myself saw, not knowing what other persons saw.
(M.I., Tucuman, Argentina, December 1994)
I certainly have become more detached from all material things - I believe it is no coincidence that my friend Maria (who I pray with according to True Life in God guidelines) and myself both independently of each other chose to give up television - this has created a were peaceful environment in our homes creating an atmosphere more conductive to prayer. Many years ago I had a vision of the Sacred Heart - I did not know why or what it meant - I also had a second vision of the Heart of Jesus not long after I began to read True Life in God messages - March 1994.
(B. O'S, UK, December 1994)
After Father O'Carroll's presentation and when Vassula came to the messages transmitted by Jesus, I began to feel a strange force which made me drowsy and clouded my intellect. I wasn't able to control it. I was almost unable to open my eyes and look then I began to see a change in Vassula's face: it changed to the one of a man with a moustache and short brown hair, his complexion was tanned and I noticed brown curl locks on both sides, his lips thinned and he stared towards us frequently. `It is Jesus', I thought. ... And it was then, during the praying of the rosary that I, as driven by that interior force which made me drowsy; saw, over Vassula's face, the appearance of another face; the one of an old man with white hair, white moustache and white, straight, short hair. This image was full of light and it forced you to close your eyes. He also looked towards us - I, bewildered, asked myself, `What am I seeing?'
(A lady, Argentina, December 1994)
I was blessed to see Vassula, on the eve of my departure from South Africa to New Zealand, for me it was a meaningful experience. A while back Vassula requested we prayed for her, so that God's message could not be spoilt by the devil, who was actively messing up things for her. At the time, my personal ignorance and arrogance highlighted my total lack of understanding of what she was going through. I believed then, that if you turned to Ephisians chapter 6 and prayed the 'Armour of God' nothing bad would ever come your way. Well let me witness to whoever wants to read that, like Jonah and Job, I was tried (and I am still under trial, I think) in the harshest of manners and was brought back to the Lord in submission, as for the first time in my 50 years, I understood the Power & Supremacy of the Almighty! Today I fully understand Vassula's plea from us and I formally apologise for being so insensitive to her needs from us. I thank her for praying for all of us, for deliverance and I give thanks to God for having had the honour to witness her caring & loving mannerism, which reflected, in some sort of way, what we should all be like as Christian Brothers & Sisters. I ask God in Jesus name, to bless you, protect you & allow you to keep on giving your loving messages for many years to come, Vassula!
Your friend in Christ.
Diana I Perez, 2008