Our Lady of Hollywood

Rosa Lopez welcomes the Virgin Mary to her home every month. Hallelujah!

Mary had asked that the Mass be said in Latin, rather than in the common tongue that the church allowed post Vatican II in the 1960s, Lopez explained. She implored husbands and wives to stay married. And she spoke out adamantly against abortion. Later, Lopez said that Mary arrived holding baby Jesus in her arms to show the importance of motherhood. "The apparition of your mother in different parts of the world is very important," Mary said through Lopez, "because the end of time is coming soon for humanity and the world. But don't be afraid; the world will not end. What will end is apostasy; the generation that lives in promiscuity and in disobedience to the church will end."


Martinez's divine cure didn't last through the night. Perhaps it was just an adrenaline rush of the moment, mind over matter for a few pain-free hours. At 11 p.m. that Sunday, the pain returned. She was in more agony than ever before, if that was possible. Frightened, Martinez rushed to the emergency room. If she had waited, a doctor said, she might have died. This time, the ultrasound showed a huge clot in her leg. If it had traveled to her lungs, it would have killed her.

Colby Katz
Clockwise from top: Rosa Lopez lays her hands on Gloria Martinez's forehead to channel Mary's healing powers; a man prays before an image of the Virgin; Lopez daubs Martinez's leg with holy water; after the healing, Martinez is overcome with joy because the pain from the clot in her leg is gone
Colby Katz
Clockwise from top: Rosa Lopez lays her hands on Gloria Martinez's forehead to channel Mary's healing powers; a man prays before an image of the Virgin; Lopez daubs Martinez's leg with holy water; after the healing, Martinez is overcome with joy because the pain from the clot in her leg is gone

Martinez spent five days in the hospital. Now back home and back at work, she injects herself with an anticoagulant medication twice a day.

Because the miracle wore off, you might think Martinez would question whether Lopez is an authentic messenger. But her faith has remained unshaken. "I kept going to the hospital, and they couldn't figure out what was wrong," she says. "They couldn't diagnose me. I believe that [Mary] did help to guide them to know what was wrong.

"One of the doctors even said that someone up there must be watching out for me."

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