crucifix made according to instructions given by the Holy
Archangel Raphael during the fifth appearance to Wim Holtschlag
Used with permission.
Webmaster note: I was reading
about Wim Holtschlag a simple carpenter and father of two who St.
Raphael the Archangel visited for total of about 28 apparitions
spanning from 1984 to 2000. The events took place at his home in
Haaksbergen The Netherlands. I wrote Herb Van Dam the webmaster
The Archangel.com and asked him if this crucifix was truly miraculous.
Herb was very kind and forward my question to Wim Holtschlag's spiritual
director. See below his response.
Dear Robin below
is the answer to your question given by the spiritual director of
the seer, Wim Holtslag.
Wat ik over
het kruis in Haaksbergen weet is dat het in opdracht van de engel
geplaatst is. Onder het kruis moest de Moeder van zijn Heer en meester
staan met de geliefde leerling. De
kruisbroeders is gevraagd om zoveel mogelijk mensen naar het kruis
te brengen omdat men daar genaden ontvangt. In die zin is het kruis
wel myraculeus te noemen. Mensen envaren er vrede en gaan verkwikt
verder maar dat kan men zeggen van iedere godsontmoeting. Met vriendelijke
groeten, L.Buyens pr. K
I know about the cross in Haaksbergen is, that it was made
and placed at the request of the Holy Archangel Raphael,
(as described in the "Messages").
Below the cross was to be placed the Mother of his Master
and His beloved disciple, (John).
Brothers of the Cross have been asked to bring as many people
as possible to the cross because of graces going out from
it. Because of that, the cross can be called miraculous.
People who come experience peace and leave spiritually lifted
up, but that can be said from every encounter with God.
Fr. L. Buyens.
a personal note. This is true because My wife and I visited the
cross in 2001 and came away spiritually refreshed. Herb Van Dam.
Here is the
message from the Fourth appearance of the Holy Archangel Raphael
to Wim Holtslag.
[At he end of
the message there it is mentioned where Holy Archangel Raphael is
holding the crucifix]
In the night
of 15-16 August 1985 I was awakened at 2 oclock and saw St.
Raphael standing at the foot-end of my bed. He was dressed, the
same as last time, in a snow-white garment. Everything was even
clearer than before. A shaft of light surrounded him. He motioned
to me that I should come to him. I got up. Pray with me!
he said, kneeling down before a small mission cross on the wall.
I followed his example. He said: In honour of the five Holy
Wounds of my master we pray his prayer. He started with: In
the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
He bowed deeply
praying this. Obviously I went along with him. Together we prayed
slowly and solemnly five times the Our Father and five times Glory
be. Again he crossed himself, bowed deeply and stood up.
Next he said:
See me as the angel of God, my Creator and Master, third in
rank. Call me Raphael. Again he spoke saying: Bringing
peace to this home and household. Thereby I thought of the
children and he gestured to me to follow him. We were at once in
the bedroom of my daughter. The angel Raphael pointed with his right
hand to the bed and said: See, an angel of God protects her.
Thereby I saw an angel completely clothed in white, stand by her
bed, his hands crossed over his chest and the eyes cast downward.
The angel stood in a protective posture. Next we went to the bedroom
of my son. The same scene repeated itself. Here Raphael said: So
you can see that the children are under the protection of Gods
angels. They dont have to be afraid for the future when they
walk in Gods ways. Teach them to lay their lives in the hands
of my Master.
refers to the questions of a priest of whom a letter, in closed
envelope, lay in a drawer of my nightstand. St. Raphael said: The
anointed of God, who has questions regarding his life, must call
on St. Bernard, a servant of my Lord and Master, and contemplate
his life. Doing that, he will receive answers to his questions.
There upon he
said: Dress yourself in the next few minutes. I dressed
myself and realized that he was no longer present. Still, a hazy
light stayed behind. About five minutes later, just when I was done
dressing, the angel Raphael stood, dressed in purple, at the foot-end
of our bed and said: This is my penitential garment. Now you
shall see the atrocities of the world. He then put out his
hand, which I grasped and so we left the house. Some people ask
me if I really went with the angel.
About the happenings
of that night I can give the following report. In the evening when
I went to bed, all the buttons were on my shirt. I tore a button
of my left sleeve during my hasty dressing, which I put in the breast
pocket and went away with St Raphael. I came back, undressed and
went back to bed.
the next morning I told my wife: A button became undone last
night but I saved it. I removed the button from my breast
pocket. My wife was flabbergasted when I soberly stated: I
have been away with St. Raphael!
There was light
outside and we went in an easterly direction. Below me I saw different
countries, races and peoples. I saw the abominations of the world
and the people who, through their actions, are the reason for the
suffering of Christ. This suffering is caused by: abortions, fornications,
homosexuality, sacrilege, war, murder, violence, swearing, slander,
child molestation, etc. I saw thereby the image of Jesus with a
Heart radiating love, which was not accepted by the people. Christ
cried; heavy tears fell down His cheeks.
From the earth
arose a terrible stench. This was similar to sulphur and manure,
an indescribable stench. Thereby I saw a beastlike figure with a
head as from a goat, with horns. His hands were claws with which
he held a sack with gold pieces. St. Raphael pointed to this figure
and said: This is the angel of perdition. The people
received their gold pieces as reward for their wicked works. I saw
innocent children beaten and being sexually misused by grownups.
In the Netherlands I saw five children who were being murdered through
abortion. In Japan was this tenfold and in America still more. Over
the whole world I saw man as well as woman, who slept with people
of the same gender, getting pleasure from each others bodies.
I also saw Gods anointed men and woman, in priestly clothing
or habit, who were unfaithful to their promise or vow and who during
the day fulfilled their priestly or religious assignments but gave
themselves over at night to sex-lives. Again I saw the weeping Christ
as previously described.
all these actions, unworthy of man came the same stench up. The
angel of perdition stood laughing on the side let go of a howl like
a crying wolf. Then the angel of perdition changed and also became
a priest. He appeared completely normal. While he went amongst the
unsuspecting people he encouraged them to do evil under the guise
that it was good. I heard people swear and slander God. Also I saw
people with a head cover like a sort of turban, trample on the Cross
of Christ, breaking it. I saw woman in mans clothing (long
pants). I also saw a woman in a coverall at a construction site.
Hereof said the angel full of abhorrence: The place of a woman
in Gods creation, as He meant it, is to be mother in the household
and to look after her children, full of humility and co-operating
in Gods creation. Hereby I saw a mother with her children.
She told them of the love of Jesus Christ.
Suddenly I could
no longer look at the suffering done onto Christ. The angel then
held his hand before my eyes and comforted me saying: You
will also see the good that still lives in this world. Upon
this I received a picture of a group of people (mostly women) dressed
in half-length skirts and their head covered with a cloth. They
were busy praying the rosary. A light shaft went from this to the
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and he laughed. Then St. Raphael said:
Let this be an example for your community, encourage many
people to prayer. Prayer and sacrifice can be the deliverance for
this condemned world. Go often on a pilgrimage. Again I saw
people, and among them priests pointed out by St. Raphael, who where
of good will and who had consecrated their lives to God.
Further, I saw
people totally naked, who truly owned nothing and who suffered terribly
from hunger. This was compared with my own riches like
my home, my furniture, the rich food and drink, money, clothing
etc. Hereupon the angel said: Do like my Master did and share
with your brothers, like the one who stands naked beside you: clothe
him. Then I saw a man who was terribly hungry. Feed
him. This is the wish of my Master and the creator of heaven and
earth; Share your earthly belongings with your brothers, the creatures
of Gods hand.
Next I saw Jesus
Christ sitting on a throne with His hands stretched out to a procession
of uncountable children clothed in white. Directly upon their arriving
they rallied around His throne like little angels. I remembered
their faces. They were the aborted children. After this we returned
the same way we came, to my bedroom. Raphael then said: Put
down in writing everything you have seen and heard. You can expect
me four times yet and the last time shall be when the end-time is
He spoke further:
Before the end-time a decree shall be given by the holder
of St. Peters Chair, John-Paul the second. A writing made
by you, and the anointed who leads you in the language of the Holy
Church, what for you is a dead language.
(Personally I thought hereby about Latin).
It will be a
writing concerning the seal of the living God. Look for it in the
Holy Bible, under the name of St. John. This contains that the holder
of St. Peters Chair shall call for a forty day fast, after
the example of my Master. After that, all who remain faithful, shall
receive the sacrament of repentance, shall renew their baptismal
promise and thereby receive the laying on of hands by a priest.
The first one to do this must be the occupier of St. Peters
Chair, John-Paul the second. By this action shall the one named
here, receive the seal from the Holy Spirit. He passes this on in
the same way to the
cardinals, bishops and priests. Then also shall the faithful receive
the seal of the living God. You shall be further and extensively
informed about what must happen.
At the end of
the appearance St. Raphael took in his hands the procession cross,
that is meant for the pilgrimage to Heede (a small village in
northern Germany). This cross stands in the corner of my bedroom.
He said: The work that you do is good and brings happiness
to my Master. Keep praying and lay your life in His hands.
Suddenly I thought about the pain in my leg and he said: Offer
it up for the suffering that my Master carried. After that
he put the procession cross back in its place. Then I thanked
St. Raphael for everything I had heard and seen and he laughed happily,
bent very deep to the mission cross on the wall and said: Angelorum
Domine. Hereafter he blurred and as gone. I looked at the
alarm clock. It was exactly five oclock. I undressed and went
may contact the family Holtschlag. The cross can be found
with the same family: Buurserstraat
127 7481 EH HaaksbergenThe
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