YOU know her for her roses and the simplicity of her spirituality. But fewer know her for the utter darkness she walked in before her death. Suffering from tuberculosis, St. Thérèse de Lisieux admitted that, if she didn’t have faith, she would have committed suicide. She said to her bedside nurse:
I am surprised that there aren’t more suicides among atheists.—as reported by Sister Marie of the Trinity;CatholicHousehold.com
At one point, St. Thérèse seemed to prophesy the temptations that would come that we are now experiencing in our generation—that of a “new atheism”:
If you only knew what frightful thoughts obsess me. Pray very much for me so that I do not listen to the Devil who wants to persuade me about so many lies. It is the reasoning of the worst materialists that is imposed upon my mind. Later, unceasingly making new advances, science will explain everything naturally. We shall have the absolute reason for everything that exists and that still remains a problem, because there remain very many things to be discovered, etc. etc.—St. Therese of Lisieux: Her Last Conversations, Fr. John Clarke, quoted atcatholictothemax.com
Many of the new atheists today point toward St. Thérèse, Mother Teresa, etc. as proof that these were no great saints, but merely atheists in disguise. But they are missing the point (aside from having no comprehension of mystical theology): these saints did not commit suicide in their darkness, but, in fact, became icons of peace and joy, despite the purification they were going through. In fact, Thérèse testified:
Although Jesus is giving me no consolation, he is giving me a peace so great that it is doing me more good!—General Correspondence,Vol I, Fr. John Clarke; cf.Magnificat, September 2014, p. 34
God deprives the soul of feeling His presence so that the soul detaches itself more and more from itself and creatures, preparing it for union with Him while sustaining the soul with an interior peace “that surpasses all understanding.”
Should he come near me, I see him not; should he pass by, I am not aware of him. (Job 9:11)
This seeming “abandonment” by God is really not abandonment at all since the Lord never, ever leaves His Bride. But it remains nonetheless a painful “dark night of the soul.” 
Why, O LORD, do you reject me; why hide from me your face? (Psalm 88:15)
At the beginning of my writing apostolate, as the Lord began to teach me about what was coming, I understood that the Church must now, as a body, pass through the “dark night of the soul”. That we are collectively going to enter a period of purgation in which, like Jesus on the Cross, we will feel as though the Father has abandoned us.
But [the “dark night”] leads, in various possible ways, to the ineffable joy experienced by the mystics as “nuptial union.” —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Novo Millennio Ineunte, Apostolic Letter, n.30
So what shall we do?
The answer is to lose yourself. It is to continue following the will of God in everything. When Archbishop Francis Xavier Nguyễn Văn Thuận was locked away for thirteen years in Communist prisons, he learned the “secret” of walking in the darkness of suffering and seeming abandonment.
Forgetting ourselves, we cast our whole being into what God asks of us in the present moment, in the neighbour he places before us, motivated only by love. Then, very often we will see our sufferings vanish as if by some magic, and only love remains in the soul.—Testimony of Hope,p. 93
Yes, this is what St. Thérèse meant by being “little.” But being little does not mean being a spiritual wimp. As Jesus says, we need, in fact, to be resolute:
No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God. (Luke 9:62)
No less than ordinary individual Catholics can survive, so ordinary Catholic families cannot survive. They have no choice. They must either be holy—which means sanctified—or they will disappear. The only Catholic families that will remain alive and thriving in the twenty-first century are the families of martyrs.—The Blessed Virgin and the Sanctification of the Family, Servant of God Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
The terminology “dark night of the soul” was used by John of the Cross. Though he refers to it as an intense interior purification that precedes union with God, the phrase is often used loosely to refer to those difficult nights of suffering that we all experience.
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SEVERAL Catholic churches were burned to the ground and dozens more vandalized last year in Canada as allegations surfaced that “mass graves” were discovered at former residential schools there. These were institutions, established by the Canadian government and run in part with the assistance of the Church, to “assimilate” indigenous peoples into Western society. The allegations of mass graves, as it turns out, have never been proven and further evidence suggests that they are patently false. What is not untrue is that many individuals were separated by their families, forced to abandon their native tongue, and in some cases, abused by those running the schools. And thus, Francis has flown to Canada this week to issue an apology to the indigenous people who were wronged by members of the Church.
A Tragic Irony
It’s a moment of deep self-reflection for both the Church and the country. But sadly, it is also a moment of deep self-deception. For while the Prime Minister and the Pope lament the injustices that took place, they are completely ignoring new injustices taking place right under their noses — and caused by them. And that is the continued segregation, persecution, and vilification of individuals who have decided against being forced to take an experimental gene therapy dubbed a “COVID vaccine”. The irony is absolutely stunning and tragic. How can Justin Trudeau, for example, even dare to suggest that the Pope’s apology doesn’t go far enough as he continues to wage a senseless war against fellow Canadians exercising their rightful bodily autonomy?
This week alone, I was contacted by a mother whose athletic son has been barred from Team Canada because he is not injected with a COVID jab that he does not need. The mother, keenly aware that athletic youth are being hospitalized and even dying from myocarditis in many places due to the jab, refuses to put her son at risk when he has a 99.9973% chance of surviving the virus if he gets it.  The University of Toronto now says they will ban students from campus this Fall if they do not have at least two shots, thereby destroying the dreams and opportunities of many young people. Another friend wrote this week saying he has been barred from his PhD program for refusing the jab. I have been contacted by nurses, doctors, pilots and many other professionals — all who have been fired for declaring that they will not participate in this experiment, which is still in human trials until at least late 2023. In my own extended family, six have lost their jobs — from a design engineer to government worker to gas fitter to aircraft technician to IT technologist to school teacher; most of them are in their fifties and are now having to start over. And even though I have had COVID and have natural immunity, which according to numerous studies, is robust and durable for years, I was kicked out of restaurants, barred from the theater, sporting events, and even from boarding a plane, train or bus to conduct business. Nothing like this has happened in this generation, evoking the dark spirits of the past of cultural cleansing, eugenics, and segregation.
Finally, tens of thousands of Canadians of all walks of life, religions, backgrounds and races raised their voices last winter to say enough is enough as they stood behind one of the world’s largest truck convoys to denounce forced injections and unscientific mandates. In response, the very same Prime Minister who is pontificating about Church segregation and wrongs, himself slandered, vilified and used brute force against the peaceful and legal protesters — with the help of a conscienceless mainstream media — falsely calling them “extremists who don’t believe in science/progress and are very often misogynistic and racist.” He went so far as to even freeze bank accounts (a move which drew international condemnation) of those who donated to help the truckers with food and fuel.
And yet, this Prime Minister has the audacity to stand beside the Pope this week and call for reconciliation for the very kind of wounds he is personally responsible for creating anew. And while I applaud the Holy Father for a necessary apology, there is a gaping wound that one cannot overlook. And that is his very statement at the beginning of the “pandemic” that has now contributed in a large part to the ongoing medical persecution of Catholics, including clergy, all over the world:
I believe that morally everyone must take the vaccine. It is the moral choice because it is about your life but also the lives of others. I do not understand why some say that this could be a dangerous vaccine. If the doctors are presenting this to you as a thing that will go well and doesn’t have any special dangers, why not take it? There is a suicidal denialism that I would not know how to explain, but today, people must take the vaccine. —POPE FRANCIS, interview for Italy’s TG5 news program, January 19th, 2021; ncronline.com
That young athlete who wanted to join Team Canada? They ignored his plea for a religious exemption stating that “the Pope said you must take it.” This story has been repeated tens of thousands of times — and I have received the letters and tears of many who have been on the receiving end of this discrimination saying that the Pope’s words virtually ended their career, dashed their hopes and shattered their dreams. What makes this irony even more bitter is that the Pope’s own words actually contradict the Church’s official document which clearly states:
Of course, we knew almost immediately that this was one of the most dangerous drug rollouts in history — at least those of who were following the science. In just the last two weeks alone, Europe has added another 58 thousand more reports of injuries by the jab to their database for a total of over 4.6 million reportedly injured and nearly 47,000 deaths to date. Earlier this month, a Swedish study revealed that the Pfizer jab can indeed alter the human genome, meaning a change to one’s DNA and that of future generations.
The Pfizer vaccine, in fact, reverse transcribes and installs DNA into the human genome… The finding that the code is found in the human somatic cell nucleus within a few hours of exposure opens up brand new revelations concerning permanent change, passage to progeny, and more.” —Dr. Peter McCullough, MD, MPH; cf. twitter.com
In the words of Christine Anderson, Member of the European Parliament:
This vaccine campaign — it will go down as the biggest scandal in medical history. And moreover, it will be known as the biggest crime ever committed on humanity. —posted on Twitter
Nonetheless, both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Pope have a direct hand in people being forced to choose between their careers or possibly damaging their health for a gene therapy that does not stop transmission of the virus, does not stop one from getting it, nor does it stop the injected from getting sick. The new divisions this has caused in society, in families and relationships are devastating; the stigmatization of the “unvaccinated” is horrifying; and the persecution resulting in job losses, destitution and despair has only just begun as governments, on board with the “Great Reset”, are intent on forcing absolutely everyone, including babies, to be injected henceforth. How ironic that, just as we forced children from their homes into residential schools, we are now forcing children into inoculation clinics, likewise, against their will and, already, to the harm and even death of many.
The apology to the Indigenous, necessary as it is, not only rings hollow then, but is an indictment of those very leaders who have turned a blind eye to the new discriminations they have a direct hand in causing. It is conceivable that, in the future, another pope will apologize for the wounds caused by our present-day shepherds who have gone along with the greatest experiment ever undertaken upon mankind.
—Mark Mallett is a former award-winning journalist with CTV News Edmonton and is now an independent writer and webcaster.
Here are the age-stratified statistics of the Infection Fatality Rate (IFR) for the COVID-19 disease, recently compiled by John I. A. Ioannides, one of the most prestigious bio-statisticians in the world.0-19: .0027% (or a survival rate of 99.9973%) 20-29 .014% (or a survival rate of 99,986%) 30-39 .031% (or a survival rate of 99,969%) 40-49 .082% (or a survival rate of 99,918%) 50-59 .27% (or a survival rate of 99.73%) 60-69 .59% (or a survival rate of 99.41%)https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.07.08.21260210v1
IT’S time to address some of the emails and messages questioning the orthodoxy of the writings of Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta. Some of you have said that your priests have gone so far as to declare her a heretic. It’s perhaps necessary, then, to restore your confidence in Luisa’s writings which, I assure you, are approved by the Church.
WHO IS LUISA?
Luisa was born on April 23rd, 1865 (a Sunday which St. John Paul II later declared as the Feast Day of Divine Mercy Sunday, according to the Lord’s request in the writings of St. Faustina). She was one of five daughters who lived in the small city of Corato, Italy. 
From her earliest years, Luisa was afflicted by the devil who appeared to her in frightful dreams. As a result, she spent long hours praying the Rosary and invoking the protection of the saints. It wasn’t until she became a “Daughter of Mary” that the nightmares finally ceased at the age of eleven. In the following year, Jesus began to speak interiorly to her especially after receiving Holy Communion. When she was thirteen, He appeared to her in a vision that she witnessed from the balcony of her home. There, in the street below, she saw a crowd and armed soldiers leading three prisoners; she recognized Jesus as one of them. When He arrived beneath her balcony, He raised his head and cried out: “Soul, help Me!” Deeply moved, Luisa offered herself from that day on as a victim soul in expiation for the sins of mankind.
Around the age of fourteen, Luisa began to experience visions and apparitions of Jesus and Mary along with physical sufferings. On one occasion, Jesus placed the crown of thorns upon her head causing her to lose consciousness and the ability to eat for two or three days. That developed into the mystical phenomenon whereby Luisa began to live on the Eucharist alone as her “daily bread.” Whenever she was forced under obedience by her confessor to eat, she was never able to digest the food, which came out minutes later, intact and fresh, as if it had never been eaten.
On account of her embarrassment before her family, who did not understand the cause of her sufferings, Luisa asked the Lord to conceal these trials from others. Jesus immediately granted her request by allowing her body to assume an immobile, rigid-like state that appeared almost as if she were dead. It was only when a priest made the sign of the Cross over her body that Luisa regained her faculties. This remarkable mystical state persisted until her death in 1947—followed by a funeral that was no little affair. During that period in her life, she suffered no physical illness (until she succumbed to pneumonia at the end) and she never experienced bedsores, despite being confined to her little bed for sixty-four years.
During those times when she was not in ecstasy, Luisa would write down what Jesus or Our Lady dictated to her. Those revelations comprise two smaller works called The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will and The Hours of the Passion, as well as 36 volumes on the three Fiats in salvation history. On August 31, 1938, specific editions of the two smaller works and another of Luisa’s volumes were placed on the Church’s Index of Prohibited Books beside those of Faustina Kowalksa and Antonia Rosmini—all of which were eventually rehabilitated by the Church. Today, those works of Luisa now bear the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur and, in fact, the “condemned” editions are not even available or in print anymore, and haven’t been for a long time. Theologian Stephen Patton notes,
Every book of Luisa’s writings that is currently in print, at least in English and by the Center for the Divine Will, has been translated only from versions fully approved by the Church. —”What the Catholic Church says about Luisa Piccarreta”, luisapiccarreta.co
Thus, in 1994, when Cardinal Ratzinger formally nullified the previous condemnations of Luisa’s writings, any Catholic in the world was free to licitly read, distribute, and quote them.
The former Archbishop of Trani, under whom discernment of the writings of Luisa falls, clearly stated in his 2012 Communication that Luisa’s writings are not heterodox:
I wish to address all those who claim that these writings contain doctrinal errors. This, to date, has never been endorsed by any pronouncement by the Holy See, nor personally by myself… these persons cause scandal to the faithful who are spiritually nourished by said writings, originating also suspicion of those of us who are zealous in the pursuit of the Cause. —Archbishop Giovanni Battista Pichierri, November 12th, 20112; danieloconnor.files.wordpress.com
In fact, Luisa’s writings—short of a declaration by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith—have as solid an approval as one could hope for. The following is a timeline of recent developments in both Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta’s Cause for Beatification as well as the developments on her writings (the following is drawn from Daniel O’Connor’s The Crown of Sanctity — On the Revelations of Jesus to Luisa Piccarreta):
● November 20th, 1994: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger nullifies the previous condemnations of Luisa’s writings, allowing Archbishop Carmelo Cassati to formally open Luisa’s cause. ● February 2nd, 1996: Pope St. John Paul II permits the copying of Luisa’s original volumes, which up until then had been strictly reserved in the Vatican Archives. ● October 7th, 1997: Pope St. John Paul II beatifies Hannibal Di Francia (Luisa’s spiritual director and devoted promoter and censor of Luisa’s revelations) ● June 2nd & December 18th, 1997: Rev Antonio Resta and Rev. Cosimo Reho—two Church appointed theologians—submit their evaluations of Luisa’s writings to the Diocesan tribunal, affirming nothing contrary to Catholic Faith or Morals is contained therein. ● December 15th, 2001: with the permission of the diocese, a primary school is opened in Corato named after, and dedicated to, Luisa. ● May 16th, 2004: Pope St. John Paul II canonizes Hannibal Di Francia. ● October 29th, 2005, the diocesan tribunal and the Archbishop of Trani, Giovanni Battista Pichierri, render a positive judgment on Luisa after carefully examining all of her writings and testimony on her heroic virtue. ● July 24th, 2010, both Theological Censors (whose identities are secret) appointed by the Holy See give their approval to Luisa’s writings, asserting that nothing contained therein is opposed to Faith or Morals (in addition to the 1997 Diocesan theologians’ approval). ● April 12th, 2011, His Excellency Bishop Luigi Negri officially approves the Benedictine Daughters of the Divine Will. ● November 1st, 2012, the Archbishop of Trani writes a formal notice containing a rebuke of those who ‘claim [Luisa’s] writings contain doctrinal errors,’ stating that such people scandalize the faithful and preempt judgment reserved to the Holy See. This notice, furthermore, encourages the spread of the knowledge of Luisa and her writings. ● November 22nd, 2012, the faculty of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome who reviewed Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi’s Doctoral Dissertation defending and explaining Luisa’s revelations [in the context of Sacred Tradition] give it unanimous approval, thereby granting its contents ecclesiastical approval authorized by the Holy See. ● 2013, the Imprimatur is granted to Stephen Patton’s book, A Guide to the Book of Heaven, which defends and promotes Luisa’s revelations. ● 2013-14, Fr. Iannuzzi’s dissertation received the accolades of almost fifty Catholic Bishops, including Cardinal Tagle. ● 2014: Fr Edward O’Connor, theologian and long-time professor of theology at Notre Dame University, publishes his book: Living in the Divine Will: the Grace of Luisa Piccarreta, strongly endorsing her revelations. ● April 2015: Maria Margarita Chavez reveals that she was miraculously healed through the intercession of Luisa eight years earlier. The Bishop of Miami (where the healing took place) responds by approving investigation into its miraculous nature. ● April 27th, 2015, the Archbishop of Trani writes that “the Cause of Beatification is proceeding positively… I have recommended to all that they deepen the life and the teachings of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta…” ● January 2016, Sun of My Will, the official biography of Luisa Piccarreta, is published by the Vatican’s own official publishing house (Libraria Editrice Vaticana). Authored by Maria Rosario Del Genio, it contains a preface by Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, strongly endorsing Luisa and her revelations from Jesus. ● November 2016, the Vatican publishes the Dictionary of Mysticism, a 2,246-page volume edited by Fr. Luiggi Borriello, an Italian Carmelite, professor of theology in Rome, and “consultant to several Vatican congregations.” Luisa was given her own entry in this authoritative document. ● June 2017: The newly appointed Postulator for Luisa’s cause, Monsignor Paolo Rizzi, writes: “I appreciated the work [carried out thus far]… all this constitutes a solid base as a strong guarantee for a positive outcome… the Cause is now at a decisive stage along the path.” ● November 2018: An official Diocesan inquiry is initiated by Bishop Marchiori in Brazil into a miraculous healing of Laudir Floriano Waloski, thanks to Luisa’s intercession.
RIGHTS… AND WRONGS
Without question, Luisa has approval from every direction—save for those critics who are either unaware of what the Church says, or ignore it. However, there exists some genuine confusion as to what can and cannot be published at this time. As you’ll see, it has nothing to do with reservations over Luisa’s theology.
In 2012, Archbishop Giovanni Picherri of Trani stated:
…it is my desire, after having heard the opinion of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, to present a typical and critical edition of the writings in order to provide the faithful with a trustworthy text of the writings of Luisa Piccarreta. So I repeat, the said writings are exclusively the property of the Archdiocese. (Letter to Bishops of October 14, 2006)
However, in late 2019, the Publishing House Gamba issued a statement on their website regarding the already published volumes of Luisa’s writings:
We declare that the content of the 36 books is perfectly in line with the original Writings by Luisa Piccarreta, and thanks to the philological method used in its transcription and interpretation, it is to be considered a Typical and Critical Edition.
The Publishing House grants that the editing of the complete Work is faithful to the one made in the year 2000 by Andrea Magnifico – founder of the Association of the Divine Will in Sesto S. Giovanni (Milan) and holder of the right of ownership of all the Writings by Luisa Piccarreta – whose last will, handwritten, was that the Publishing House Gamba should be the House entitled “to publish and more widely diffuse the Writings by Luisa Piccarreta”. Such titles were directly inherited by sisters Taratini from Corato, Luisa’s heirs, on September 30th 1972.
Only the Publishing House Gamba is authorized to publish the Books containing the Original Writings by Luisa Piccarreta, without modifying or interpreting their contents, because only the Church can evaluate them or give explanations. —from Association of the Divine Will
It is not entirely clear, then, how the Archdiocese has asserted property rights over Luisa’s apparent heirs who claim the right (by civil law) to publish her volumes. What the Church has full rights over, of course, is the theological evaluation of the orthodoxy of Luisa’s writings and where they can be quoted (ie. in a formal ecclesial setting or not). In that regard, the need for a trustworthy edition is imperative, and arguably, already exists (according to Publishing House Gamba). Also, in 1926, the first 19 volumes of Luisa’s spiritual diary were published with the Imprimatur of Archbishop Joseph Leo and the Nihil Obstat of St. Hannibal Di Francia, the officially appointed censor of her writings.
Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, vice-postulator for St. Faustina’s canonization, explained to me that, had he not intervened to clarify a bad translation of St. Faustina’s works, they might have remained condemned. So the Archbishop of Trani has been rightly concerned that nothing interfere with the Cause that has been opened for Luisa, such as bad translations or erroneous interpretations. In a letter in 2012, he stated:
I must mention the growing and unchecked flood of transcriptions, translations and publications both through print and the internet. At any rate, “seeing the delicacy of the current phase of the proceedings, any and every publication of the writings is absolutely forbidden at this time. Anyone who acts against this is disobedient and greatly harms the cause of the Servant of God” (Communication of May 30, 2008). All effort must be invested in avoiding all “leaks” of publications of any kind. —Archbishop Giovanni Battista Pichierri, November 12th, 2012; danieloconnor.files.wordpress.com
However, in a subsequent letter of April 26th, 2015, addressed to an international conference on Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, the late Archbishop Pichierri stated that he “received with joy the commitment that the participants declared solemnly they would take upon themselves to be more faithful to the Charism of ‘living in the Divine Will’” and that he “recommended to all that they deepen the life and the teachings of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta in light of Holy Scripture, the Tradition, and of the Magisterium of the Church under the guidance and in obedience to their Bishops and priests” and that Bishops ought to “welcome and support such groups, assisting them to put into practice concretely the spirituality of the Divine Will.”
Clearly, in order to live ‘the Charism’ and ‘deepen’ oneself in ‘the life and the teachings’ of Luisa and ‘practice concretely the spirituality of the Divine Will,’ one must have access to the messages communicated to Luisa. The very conference the Archbishop attended employed existing publications in order to instruct attendees in the Divine Will. The Diocesan sponsored Official Association of Luisa Piccarreta is regularly quoting from the volumes as are the ecclesiastically approved Benedictine Daughters of the Divine Will who cite English translations of the volumes in their public newsletters. How, then, are the faithful to square away seemingly contradictory statements from the late Archbishop, especially in light of Publishing House Gamba’s legal claims?
The obvious conclusion is that one can acquire, read and share already existing faithful texts while no further “transcriptions, translations and publications” are to be produced until the Archdiocese’s “typical and critical” edition is released. That, and one must pursue these teachings “in light of Holy Scripture, the Tradition and of the Magisterium of the Church,” as Archbishop Pichierri wisely advised.
WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING
I had a good chuckle when Daniel O’Connor took to the podium recently at a Divine Will conference where we spoke in Texas. He offered anyone $500 if they could provide evidence of any Church mystic who has been 1) declared a Servant of God, 2) borne such mystical phenomena, and 3) whose writings had such extensive approval, as Luisa Piccarreta does, and yet, 4) was later declared “false” by the Church. The room fell silent—and Daniel kept his $500. That’s because no such example exists. Those who declare this victim soul and her writings to constitute heresy are, I hope, speaking in ignorance. For they are simply wrong and in contradiction with the ecclesiastical authorities in this regard.
Aside from the authors already mentioned above, I would highly recommend that skeptics begin with a work such as The Crown of Sanctity — On the Revelations of Jesus to Luisa Piccarreta by Daniel O’Connor, which can be downloaded for free on Kindle or in PDF form at this link. In his usual accessible but theologically sound reasoning, Daniel provides a broad introduction to Luisa’s writings and the coming Era of Peace, as understood in Sacred Tradition, and reflected in the writings of other 20th century mystics.
I also highly recommend the works of Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi Ph.B., STB, M. Div., STL, STD, whose theology has guided and continues to guide my own writings on these subjects. The Splendor of Creation is an acclaimed theological work that beautifully summarizes the Gift of Living in the Divine Will and its future triumph and fulfillment foreshadowed by the Early Church Fathers. Many also enjoy the podcasts of Fr. Robert Young O.F.M. which you can listen to here. The great lay Bible scholar, Frances Hogan, is also posting audio commentaries on the writings of Luisa here.
…no new public revelation is to be expected before the glorious manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ. Yet even if Revelation is already complete, it has not been made completely explicit; it remains for Christian faith gradually to grasp its full significance over the course of the centuries. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 66
Decades ago, when I first read the works of St. Louis de Montfort on the Blessed Virgin Mary, I used to underline certain passages while murmuring to myself, “That’s a heresy… there’s an error… and that’s got to be a heresy.” However, after forming myself in the Church’s teaching on Our Lady, those passages make perfect theological sense to me today. I now see some well-known Catholic apologists making the same mistake with Luisa’s writings.
In other words, if the Church declares a certain teaching or private revelation to be true that we, in turn, struggle to comprehend at the time, our response should be that of Our Lady and St. Joseph:
And they did not understand the saying which [Jesus] spoke to them… and his mother kept all these things in her heart. (Luke 2:50-51)
In that kind of humility, we create the space for Wisdom and Understanding to bring us to true Knowledge—that truth which sets us free. And Luisa’s writings carry that Word which promises to set all of creation free…
Who could ever destroy the truth — that Father [St.] Di Francia has been the pioneer in making known the Kingdom of My Will — and that only death kept him from bringing the publication to completion? Indeed, when this great work becomes known, his name and his memory will be full of glory and splendor, and he will be recognized as the prime mover in this work, which is so great in Heaven and on earth. Indeed, why is there a battle going on? And why is almost everyone yearning for victory — the victory of holding back the writings on My Divine Fiat? —Jesus to Luisa, “Nine Choirs of the Children of the Divine Will”, from newsletter of the Center for the Divine Will (January 2020)
SOMETIMES the sense of my insignificance is overwhelming. I see how expansive the universe is and how planet Earth is but a grain of sand amidst it all. Moreover, on this cosmic speck, I am but one of nearly 8 billion people. And soon, like the billions before me, I will be buried in the ground and all but forgotten, save perhaps for those who are closest to me. It is a humbling reality. And in the face of this truth, I sometimes struggle with the idea that God could possibly concern Himself with me in the intense, personal, and profound way that both modern evangelicalism and the writings of the Saints suggest. And yet, if we enter into this personal relationship with Jesus, as I and many of you have, it is true: the love we can experience at times is intense, real, and literally “out of this world” — to the point that an authentic relationship with God is truly The Greatest Revolution.
Still, I feel my littleness no more intensely at times than when I read the writings of Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta and the profound invitation to live in the Divine Will…
THE LITTLE STONE
Those of you familiar with Luisa’s writings know well how one can shrink before the immensity of what God is about to accomplish in our times — that is, the fulfillment of the “Our Father” we have prayed for 2000 years: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” In How to Live in the Divine Will, I summarized both what it means, and how to begin living in the Divine Will, as Adam once did before the Fall and original sin. I included the Morning (Prevenient) Prayer that is recommended to the faithful to begin each day. Yet, sometimes when I am praying this, I feel as though I am making little or no difference at all. But Jesus does not see it this way.
Many years ago, I was walking alongside a pond and cast a stone into it. The stone caused ripples to extend to the very edges of the entire pond. I knew in that moment that God had something important to teach me, and over the years, I continue to unpackage it. Only recently have I discovered that Jesus uses this very image to explain aspects of the Divine Will. (As a sidenote, I just recently learned that the very place where that pond is has a new retreat center being built where, apparently, the writings on the Divine Will are to be taught.)
One day, Luisa was feeling the same sense of futility that I have described above, and she complained to Jesus: “What is the benefit of praying in this manner? On the contrary, it seems to me that this is nonsense, rather than prayer.” And Jesus responded:
My daughter, do you want to know what the good and the effect of it is? When the creature comes to cast the little stone of her will into the immense sea of my Divinity, as she casts it, if her will wants to love, the infinite sea of the waters of my love ripple, are agitated, and I feel the waves of my love giving off their celestial fragrance, and I feel the pleasure, the joys of my love being agitated by the little stone of the will of the creature. If she adores my sanctity, the little stone of the human will agitates the sea of my sanctity. In sum, whatever the human will wants to do in Mine, it flings itself like a little stone into each sea of my attributes, and as it agitates them and ripples them, I feel I am given my own things, and the honors, the glory, the love which the creature can give Me in a divine manner. —July 1st, 1923; Volume 15
I can’t tell you what joy this word brings me because lately I have really struggled to believe that my dry prayers were touching the Heart of the Savior. Of course, I know well that the fecundity of prayer is not based on our feelings but faith, and especially, on the love with which we pray them. In fact, the dryer our prayers the more they delight the Lord because then we are saying to Him, “I am loving and adoring you now out of faith because it is your due, not because of feelings.” Indeed, this is a “big deal” to Jesus:
This is what it means to enter into my Will: to stir — to move my Being and to say to Me: “Do You see how good, lovable, loving, holy, immense, powerful You are? You are Everything, and I want to move the whole of You in order to love You and to give You pleasure”. And do you think this is trivial? —ibid.
THE SACRIFICE OF PRAISE
The Scriptures remind us:
…without faith it is impossible to please him, for anyone who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Heb 11:6)
…let us continually offer God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. (Hebrews 13:15)
I can testify that prayer, although there can be periods of dryness, is rarely that way forever. God always knows when to “reward those who seek him” with the graces we need, when we need them. But our goal as Christians is to mature into the “full stature of Christ.” And so, the sense of our nothingness, our awareness of sin and need for purification is essential to remaining humble before our God and dependent upon Him.
You have been told, O man, what is good, and what the LORD requires of you: Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)
So the next time you feel that your prayers are futile… know that this may simply be pride or even a temptation to abandon prayer through discouragement. Jesus said He is the Vine and we are the branches. If Satan can get you to stop praying then he effectively has cut you off from the sap of the Holy Spirit. Do you see or feel the sap flowing in a fruit tree? No, and yet, the fruit comes in the summer when it is time.
Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. (John 15:4)
So don’t give up. Continue to praise God, always and everywhere, despite your feelings. Continue to persevere and know that it does make a difference — especially to Jesus — who feels the ripples of the little stone of love that is cast into the sea of His Divinity.
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I KNOW that I have not written much about the “times” in which we are living for several months. The chaos of our recent move to the province of Alberta has been a major upheaval. But the other reason is that a certain hard-heartedness has set in the Church, particularly among educated Catholics who have displayed a shocking lack of discernment and even willingness to see what is unfolding all around them. Even Jesus eventually fell silent when the people became stiff-necked. Ironically, it is vulgar comedians like Bill Maher or honest feminists like Naomi Wolfe, who have become the unwitting “prophets” of our times. They seem to see more clearly these days than a vast majority of the Church! Once the icons of leftwing political correctness, they are now the ones warning that a dangerous ideology is sweeping across the world, eradicating freedom and trampling upon common sense — even if they express themselves imperfectly. As Jesus said to the Pharisees, “I tell you, if these [ie. the Church] were silent, the very stones would cry out.”
During my time of prayer this morning, nearly every word in the following reflection that I wrote some two years ago, passed through my heart. For whatever reason, it was sitting open in my browser and I knew immediately that I needed to republish this. And so I send it to you now and pray that the right people will read this — especially those who continue to run from the reality before us. It’s not that we should become obsessed with prophecy or live hiding under a rock for fear of what is coming. Rather, it is matter of becoming balanced, wise, and courageous Christians who see clearly and become shining beacons of hope and direction. Because there is nothing more damaging than when the blind lead the blind.
I will add one comment, however. In this reflection, I said that there were expectations in the Fall of 2020 for many serious events to begin unfolding. For those with eyes to see and ears to hear, there is no question that this has happened, most especially through public health mandates — unprecedented controls put in place over nearly the entire global population. What we saw through 2021 was the beginning of forced injections that, to date, have now killed and maimed more people than all other vaccines combined before COVID, according to official government data around the globe. For those of you who find this unbelievable, I encourage you to explore the footnote which contains all the data and the experts capable of qualifying it. The warnings I and many others shouted went unheeded, frequently cast aside under a startling derision for daring to question the health establishment. Many, to this day, still cannot believe that the health industry would dare mislead us. But it’s worse than that, as John Paul II himself predicted:
A unique responsibility belongs to health-care personnel: doctors, pharmacists, nurses, chaplains, men and women religious, administrators and volunteers. Their profession calls for them to be guardians and servants of human life. In today’s cultural and social context, in which science and the practice of medicine risk losing sight of their inherent ethical dimension, health-care professionals can be strongly tempted at times to become manipulators of life, or even agents of death. —Evangelium Vitae, n. 89
Furthermore, even though each day brings startling new headlines (see The Now Word – Signs), what is unfolding will not be obvious to those who do not watch and pray. Satan is a master liar; he has rehearsed the art of deception for millennia, and Christians are his favorite target. How effective is the present deception? Read the first five quotes here from doctors and scientists… and then please reread this reflection from 2020:
First published September 12th, 202o…
I TOOK some time off with my wife the past ten days to just get away to the mountains, ride our horses, and leave the chaos of the past six months behind. It was a beautiful reprieve, immersed in God’s creation and the simplicity He intended for humanity. Life is not meant to be a torrent of chaos, speed, and complexity. Nor did God create us for death, division, and destruction. Somehow, on the back of that horse, looking over the Canadian Rockies, I tasted the original harmony in creation that was disrupted in Eden—and that the Father now wants to restore so that His Divine will may reign “on earth as it is in Heaven.” Yes, it’s coming, an Era of Peace and the Kingdom of the Divine Will; we’ve been praying for it in the Our Father for 2000 years:
Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; the calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them. The cow and the bear shall be neighbors, together their young shall rest; the lion shall eat hay like the ox. The baby shall play by the cobra’s den, and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair. There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD, as water covers the sea. (Isaiah 11:6-9)
All the animals who use the products of the soil will be at peace and in harmony with one another, completely at man’s beck and call. — St. Irenaeus of Lyons, Church Father (140–202 A.D.); Adversus Haereses
Thus is the full action of the original plan of the Creator delineated: a creation in which God and man, man and woman, humanity and nature are in harmony, in dialogue, in communion. This plan, upset by sin, was taken up in a more wondrous way by Christ, Who is carrying it out mysteriously but effectively in the present reality, in the expectation of bringing it to fulfillment…—POPE JOHN PAUL II, General Audience, February 14, 2001
THE HARD LABOR PAINS
But before we arrive at this incredible triumph of the Word of God, the earth has to be purified. The rejection of God has become universal; the effects of this apostasy are catastrophic. The Church herself is in disarray, its leadership mostly absent, the flock scattered and confused. All this, as a global Communist revolution is spreading with an ease that would have seemed impossible only a few months ago. These are the labor pains preparing for a new birth, a new springtime in Christian life. But what a labor this is going to be.
We think of the great powers of the present day, of the anonymous financial interests which turn men into slaves, which are no longer human things, but are an anonymous power which men serve, by which men are tormented and even slaughtered. They are a destructive power, a power that menaces the world. —BENEDICT XVI, Reflection after the reading of the office for the Third Hour, Vatican City, October 11, 2010
Yet, I think there is another “sign” that is far more indicative that we are living in the “end times.” And that is the prediction made by Our Lord himself:
…because of the increase of evildoing, the love of many will grow cold. (Matt 24:12)
This, to me, is the Greatest Sign of the Times: the increase of evildoing in our world is smothering the embers of love. Now, with “social distancing” and mandatory masks becoming the accepted “norm”, fear is the new virtue. It is the final assault on our dignity, freedom and life itself as part of a stratagem outlined in Revelation 12:
This marvelous world—so loved by the Father that he sent his only Son for its salvation—is the theater of a never-ending battle being waged for our dignity and identity as free, spiritual beings. This struggle parallels the apocalyptic combat described in [Revelation 12]. Death battles against Life: a “culture of death” seeks to impose itself on our desire to live, and live to the full. There are those who reject the light of life, preferring “the fruitless works of darkness” (Eph 5:11). Their harvest is injustice, discrimination, exploitation, deceit, violence. In every age, a measure of their apparent success is the death of the Innocents. In our own century, as at no other time in history, the “culture of death” has assumed a social and institutional form of legality to justify the most horrible crimes against humanity: genocide, “final solutions”, “ethnic cleansings”, and the massive “taking of lives of human beings even before they are born, or before they reach the natural point of death”… —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Homily, Cherry Creek State Park Homily, Denver, Colorado, August 15th, 1993; vatican.va
When I returned to my desk this week, I was faced with numerous controversies and attacks on this ministry and Countdown to the Kingdom and the seers there. It seems, in part, that some bishops and laity feel that any prophecies that speak of purification, chastisement or divine correction are false, simply because they are fearful. If so, then we ought to disavow Jesus Christ for the “doom and gloom” of Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21, the Book of Revelation, and so on. Most anything these seers are saying has already been said first by Our Lord anyway. He told us in advance, precisely to prepare us for the dreadful hour when a great portion of the world will abandon the Gospel resulting in nation rising against nation, kingdom against kingdom with man-made (at first) upheaval spreading across the planet. In this way, we would not be afraid but recognize the “signs of the times,” and so prepare ourselves in advance. God’s warnings are a great mercy, not a threat.
Yet, the Church barely has the capacity to hear these words of Christ any longer, much less prepare. The absolute deficit of teaching in the Church over the past five decades on mysticism and private revelation has come home to roost: we are paying the price for a profound lack of catechesis as prophecy is not only mostly ignored but even silenced. New priests have barely a clue how to handle prophecy, and so they simply don’t. Older priests were trained to mock the mystical, and many do. And the laity, left largely unchallenged from the pulpit over the past five decades, have fallen asleep.
…‘the sleepiness’ is ours, of those of us who do not want to see the full force of evil and do not want to enter into his Passion. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Catholic News Agency, Vatican City, Apr 20, 2011, General Audience
Already, a rude awakening has come with this so-called “pandemic.” Many people, not just Christians, are stunned by the mountain of contradictions, random impositions, manipulation of statistics, destruction of the economy, and rising technocracy of a handful of unelected men who are calling the shots for the entire world. But this is no surprise for the honest student of prophecy who has carefully followed the consistent warnings of popes that span over a hundred years about the formation of secret societies working behind the scenes to overturn the present order.
You are aware indeed, that the goal of this most iniquitous plot is to drive people to overthrow the entire order of human affairs and to draw them over to the wicked theories of this Socialism and Communism… —POPE PIUS IX, Nostis et Nobiscum, Encyclical, n. 18, DECEMBER 8, 1849
A priest described to me the scene outside a Canadian cathedral recently. Four thousand people gathered in front of the church, including Catholics he knew, who then turned their backs to it and raised clenched fists in the air. It was a stunning scene as naive throngs used a communist symbol that ultimately resulted in the deaths of tens of millions in the past century. Nor is it just a symbol, as rioters in the United States and elsewhere cry out for the end of capitalism and demand Marxism in its place as they burn and loot. It is stunning to watch this global revolution unfolding in real time, even though the Lord warned me in 2009 that it was coming. The lessons of the past are being completely ignored (or rewritten). Lori Kalner, who lived during Hitler’s regime, writes:
We are living “as at no other time in history,” said St. John Paul II, where “horrible crimes against humanity: genocide, “final solutions”… and the massive taking of lives of human beings” is accelerating all over the world. This is Our 1942, as I wrote back in May. Those of you who read that and The Pandemic of Controlunderstand the gravity of what is happening right now. We are being corralled through a global agenda that aims at a “final solution” to reduce the world’s population. It’s already well underway with 115,000 abortions daily across the planet; with contraception preventing countless more lives; with tens of thousands committing legalized suicide; with many more being eliminated through toxins in their food, poisons in the environment and chemicals in their pharmaceutical drugs. And let’s not forget man-made viruses like the coronavirus released either intentionally or accidentally from laboratories.
All this is just the beginning of the woes humanity has brought upon itself by abandoning God (though He has not abandoned us).
LUKEWARM AND COLD
But be damned if you say that out loud. For it is not the present swath of destruction, violation of freedoms, and uncontested trampling of human dignity that is frightening to our hierarchy. No, it is these obscure seers and visionaries receiving messages from Heaven who must be challenged if not silenced; it is they who frighten us—not the maniacal agents of the culture of death lining us up to literally be marked and injected with their chemicals for the “common good.” Catholics must only speak of hope and happiness, tolerance and respect, kindness and unity. Don’t speak of sin, conversion or repentance. Don’t dare mention God’s justice. Don’t you dare rock the boat.
Ironically, this week’s Sunday Mass readings began with this:
You, son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel; when you hear me say anything, you shall warn them for me. If I tell the wicked, “O wicked one, you shall surely die, ” and you do not speak out to dissuade the wicked from his way, the wicked shall die for his guilt, but I will hold you responsible for his death. But if you warn the wicked, trying to turn him from his way, and he refuses to turn from his way, he shall die for his guilt, but you shall save yourself. —Ezekiel 33
Indeed, one of the greatest signs of the times is how the love of the Church has grown stone cold; how we do not love the sinner enough to call him back from the brink of destruction for fear that we might “offend” him. This lack of direction has left this generation virtually fatherless… and the love of many has grown cold. But please do not take my word for it:
And thus, even against our will, the thought rises in the mind that now those days draw near of which Our Lord prophesied: “And because iniquity hath abounded, the charity of many shall grow cold” (Matt. 24:12). —POPE PIUS XI, Miserentissimus Redemptor, Encyclical on Reparation to the Sacred Heart, n. 17
Jesus rephrased this for the Church in the letter to Laodicea:
I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. (Rev 3:15-16)
Other versions say “spew” or “vomit.” That time has come. The Bride of Christ is filthy and she must be purified. This is ultimately a cause for great joy, even though it will be painful. According to several seers and visionaries all over the world, this autumn will be pivotal with major events beginning soon. We shall see. But this is not an idle watching; it cannot be. This is the time to “watch and pray” as Our Lord commanded.
Before his Ascension Christ affirmed that the hour had not yet come for the glorious establishment of the messianic kingdom awaited by Israel which, according to the prophets, was to bring all men the definitive order of justice, love and peace. According to the Lord, the present time is the time of the Spirit and of witness, but also a time still marked by “distress” and the trial of evil which does not spare the Church and ushers in the struggles of the last days. It is a time of waiting and watching. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 672
Seers have been saying recently in a unanimous voice that the Rosary ought to be prayed everyday as though it were forming the steps into the ark and refuge of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.
My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God. —Our Lady of Fatima, June 13, 1917, The Revelation of the Two Hearts in Modern Times, www.ewtn.com
At times when Christianity itself seemed under threat, its deliverance was attributed to the power of this prayer, and Our Lady of the Rosary was acclaimed as the one whose intercession brought salvation. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, n. 39
This is but one simple way that you and your families can prepare for the hard labor pains, which have already begun. Our Lady keeps promising that those who give themselves to her care will be looked after by her. So stop fretting; stop being afraid; be proactive; be on God’s side. Consecrate yourselves to Our Lady. Partake of the Sacraments of Confession and the Eucharist while you still can. Read the Scriptures in your home. Fast and pray. These are the simple but powerful ways in which we remain firmly attached to the Vine, who is Jesus our only Savior.
In the meantime, I will continue this apostolate here and on Countdown to the Kingdom to “warn the wicked” and prepare the faithful. If the seers are right, it may not be long before my voice will hardly be necessary.
Those who have fallen into this worldliness look on from above and afar, they reject the prophecy of their brothers and sisters… —POPE FRANCIS, Evangelii Gaudium, n. 97
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“Few people know that new prescription drugs have a 1 in 5 chance of causing serious reactions after they have been approved… Few know that systematic reviews of hospital charts found that even properly prescribed drugs (aside from mis-prescribing, overdosing, or self-prescribing) cause about 1.9 million hospitalizations a year. Another 840,000 hospitalized patients are given drugs that cause serious adverse reactions for a total of 2.74 million serious adverse drug reactions. About 128,000 people die from drugs prescribed to them. This makes prescription drugs a major health risk, ranking 4th with stroke as a leading cause of death. The European Commission estimates that adverse reactions from prescription drugs cause 200,000 deaths; so together, about 328,000 patients in the U.S. and Europe die from prescription drugs each year.” — “New Prescription Drugs: A Major Health Risk With Few Offsetting Advantages”, Donald W. Light, June 27th, 2014; ethics.harvard.edu
The evidence, according to scientists, continues to mount that COVID-19 was possibly manipulated in a laboratory before it was accidentally or intentionally released into the populace. While some scientists in the UK assert that COVID-19 came from natural origins alone,(nature.com) a paper from South China’s University of Technology claims ‘the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.'(Feb. 16th, 2020; dailymail.co.uk) In early February 2020, Dr. Francis Boyle, who drafted the U.S. “Biological Weapons Act”, gave a detailed statement admitting that the 2019 Wuhan Coronavirus is an offensive Biological Warfare Weapon and that the World Health Organization (WHO) already knows about it.(cf. zerohedge.com) An Israeli biological warfare analyst said much the same.(Jan. 26th, 2020; washingtontimes.com) Dr. Peter Chumakov of the Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology and Russian Academy of Sciences claims that “while the Wuhan scientists’ goal in creating the coronavirus was not malicious—instead, they were trying to study the pathogenicity of the virus… They did absolutely crazy things… For example, inserts in the genome, which gave the virus the ability to infect human cells.”(zerohedge.com) Professor Luc Montagnier, 2008 Nobel Prize winner for Medicine and the man who discovered the HIV virus in 1983, claims that SARS-CoV-2 is a manipulated virus that was accidentally released from a laboratory in Wuhan, China.(cf. mercola.com) A new documentary, quoting several scientists, points toward COVID-19 as an engineered virus.(mercola.com) A team of Australian scientists has produced new evidence the novel coronavirus shows signs “of human intervention.”(lifesitenews.com; washingtontimes.com) Former head of the British intelligence agency M16, Sir Richard Dearlove, said he believes the COVID-19 virus was created in a lab and spread accidentally.(jpost.com) A joint British-Norwegian study alleges that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is a “chimera” constructed in a Chinese lab.(Taiwannews.com) Professor Giuseppe Tritto, an internationally known expert in biotechnology and nanotechnology and president of the World Academy of Biomedical Sciences and Technologies (WABT) says that “It was genetically engineered in the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s P4 (high-containment) lab in a program supervised by the Chinese military.”(lifesitnews.com) And respected Chinese virologist Dr. Li-Meng Yan, who fled Hong Kong after exposing Bejing’s knowledge of the coronavirus well before reports of it emerged, stated that “the meat market in Wuhan is a smoke screen and this virus is not from nature… It comes from the lab in Wuhan.”(dailymail.co.uk)
THE world is ready for a great revolution. After thousands of years of so-called progress, we are no less barbaric than Cain. We think we are advanced, but many are clueless how to plant a garden. We claim to be civilized, yet we are more divided and in peril of mass self-destruction than any previous generation. It is no little thing that Our Lady has said through several prophets that “You are living in a time worse than the time of the Flood,” but she adds, “…and the moment has come for your return.” But return to what? To religion? To “traditional Masses”? To pre-Vatican II…?
THE RETURN TO INTIMACY
The very heart of what God is calling us to is a return to intimacy with Him. It says in Genesis after the fall of Adam and Eve:
When they heard the sound of the LORD God walking about in the garden at the breezy time of the day, the man and his wife hid themselves from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. (Genesis 3:8)
God was walking among them, and no doubt, frequently with them. And till that point, Adam and Eve walked with their God. Living completely in the Divine Will, Adam shared in the interior life and harmony of the Holy Trinity in such a way that every breath, every thought, and every action was like a slow-dance with the Creator. After all, Adam and Eve were created in God’s image precisely so they could partake in the divine life, intimately and unceasingly. Indeed, the sexual union of Adam and Eve was but a mere reflection of the oneness God desires with us in the heart of our being.
The entire history of salvation is really a patient chronicle of God the Father wooing us back to Himself. Once we grasp this, everything else gains a crucial perspective: the purpose and beauty of creation, the purpose of life, the purpose of Jesus’ death and resurrection… it all makes sense when you realize that God has not given up on humanity and, in fact, wants to restore us to intimacy with Him. Herein lies, in fact, the secret to true happiness on earth: it is not what we possess but Whom we possess that makes all the difference. And how sad and long the line of those who do not possess their Creator.
INTIMACY WITH GOD
What does intimacy with God look like? How can I be intimate friends with someone I cannot see? I’m sure you have thought to yourself, “Lord, why don’t you just appear to me, to all of us, so we could behold You and love You?” But that question actually betrays a fatal misunderstanding of who you are.
You aren’t another highly evolved spec of dust, a mere creature “equal” among millions of species. Rather, you too, are created in the image of God. What does that mean? It means your memory, will, and intellect form the capacity to love in such a way as to be in communion with God and others. As high as the mountains are above a grain of sand, so too, is the human capacity for the divine. Our dogs, cats, and horses can seemingly “love”, but they scarcely understand it because they lack the memory, will and intellect that God has instilled in mankind alone. Hence, pets can be loyal by instinct; but humans are loyal by choice. It is this free will we have to choose to love that opens a universe of joy to the human spirit that will find its ultimate fulfillment in eternity.
And this is why it is not so simple for God to simply “appear” to us to solve our existential questions. For He already did appear to us. He walked on earth for three years, loving, performing miracles, raising the dead… and we crucified Him. This reveals how profound the human heart is. We have the capacity to not only impact others’ lives for centuries, indeed, eternity (see the Saints)… but we also have the capacity to revolt against our Creator and cause untold suffering. This isn’t a flaw in God’s design; it is actually what sets humans apart from the animal kingdom. We have the capacity to be like God… and to destroy as though we are gods. This is why I do not take my salvation for granted. The older I get, the more I beg the Lord to keep me from falling away from Him. I believe it was St. Teresa of Calcutta who once said the capacity for war lies in every human heart.
This is why it is not seeing but believing God that is the gateway to intimacy with Him.
…for, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
For I could see Him — and crucify Him too. The primordial wound of Adam was not eating forbidden fruit; it was failing to trust in his Creator in the first place. And since then, every human being has struggled to trust God — that His Word is best; that His laws are best; that His ways are best. And so we spend our lives tasting, growing, and harvesting forbidden fruit… and reaping a world of sadness, anxiety, and unrest. If sin disappeared, so would the need for therapists.
THE TWO YOKES
So faith is the gateway to intimacy with God who beckons a humanity snared in the whirlwinds of suffering:
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light. (Matt 11:28-30)
What god in the history of the world has ever spoken this way to his subjects? Our God. The one true and only God, revealed in Jesus Christ. He is inviting us to intimacy with Him. Not only that but He offers freedom, authentic freedom:
For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery. (Gal 5:1)
So you see, there are two yokes to choose from: Christ’s yoke and the yoke of sin. Or put another way, the yoke of God’s will or the yoke of the human will.
No servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. (Luke 16:13)
And since the order, place, and purpose for which we were created is to live in the Divine Will, anything else puts us on a collision course with sadness. Do I need to tell you that? We know it by experience.
It is your will that robs you of the freshness of grace, of the beauty that enraptures your Creator, of the strength that conquers and endures everything and of the love that impacts everything. —Our Lady to Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will, Day 1
So our faith in Jesus, which is the beginning of intimacy with Him, must be real. Jesus says “Come to me” but then adds “take my yoke and learn from me”. How can you have intimacy with your spouse if you are in bed with someone else? So too, if we are in bed constantly with the passions of our flesh, it is we — not God — who are destroying intimacy with Him. Hence, “just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.”
Last, a word on prayer. There is no true intimacy between lovers if they do not communicate. The breakdown in communication in society, whether between spouses, family members, or even within entire communities, is the great dampener of intimacy. St. John wrote:
…if we walk in the light as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 5:7)
A lack of communication is not necessarily a lack of words. Rather, it is a lack of honesty. Once we have entered through the gateway of Faith, we must find the path of Truth. To walk in the light means to be transparent and honest; it means being humble and small; it means forgiving and being forgiven. All this happens through open and clear communication.
With God, this is achieved through “prayer”.
…to desire Him is always the beginning of love… By words, mental or vocal, our prayer takes flesh. Yet it is most important that the heart should be present to him to whom we are speaking in prayer: “Whether or not our prayer is heard depends not on the number of words, but on the fervor of our souls.” —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2709
In fact, the Catechism goes further teaching that “prayer is the life of the new heart.”  In other words, if I am not praying, my spiritual heart is dying and thus, so too, is intimacy with God. A bishop once said to me that he knows of no priest who left the priesthood who didn’t first leave his prayer life.
I have given an entire Lenten retreat on prayer  and so won’t repeat that in this small space. But it is enough to say:
Prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for him… prayer is the living relationship of the children of God with their Father… —CCC, n. 2560, 2565
Prayer is simply an honest, transparent, and humble conversation from the heart with God. Just as your spouse doesn’t want you to read theological treatises on love, so too, God doesn’t need eloquent discourses. He wants us to simply pray from the heart in all its clumsy rawness. And in His Word, the Holy Scriptures, God will pour His heart out to you. So then, listen and learn from Him through daily prayer.
Thus, it is through faith and the desire to love and know Jesus through humble prayer, that you will come to experience God in a truly intimate and life-changing way. You will experience the greatest revolution possible to the human soul: the embrace of the Heavenly Father when you thought you were anything but lovable.
As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you… (Isaiah 66:13)
O LORD, my heart is not lifted up, my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a child quieted at its mother’s breast; like a child that is quieted is my soul. (Psalm 131:1-2)
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WORLD leaders call Roe vs. Wades’ overturning “horrific” and “appalling”. What is horrific and appalling is that as early as 11 weeks, babies begin developing pain receptors. So when they are burned to death by saline solution or dismembered alive (never with anesthetic), they are subjected to the most brutal tortures. Abortion is barbaric. Women have been lied to. Now the truth comes into the light… and the Final Confrontation between the Culture of Life and the culture of death comes to a head…
First published December 15th, 2006…
TOLERANT, Humane, Equal—the new Trinity of the modern world, the image in which we have recreated ourselves. As such in this emerging New World Order, animals have been given the same rights as humans… if not more.
Take for example:
The CrustaStun, billed as a more humane way to kill lobsters, was originally launched with a home and restaurant version in 1999 by British inventor Simon Buckhaven. Buckhaven says the shock makes lobsters insensible for pain-free boiling… “There were pressures on them from upscale dining room and grocery chains in the U.K. and London to humanely process seafood.”—CBC News, December 14th, 2006
ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL
Nothing wrong with treating animals more humanely: in fact, abuse of creation is incompatible with Christianity. But if we are to be Tolerant, Humane, and Equal, then shouldn’t all animals be treated the same way?
In some cases, the unborn baby is not recognized as a human being with rights until the moment of birth, even in some “advanced” countries such as Canada (at which point Tinkerbell enters the womb and waves her wand, magically bestowing personhood). But we know these unborn “fetuses” are alive. So at the very least, should they not be treated with the same accord as animals?
It is contradictory to insist that future generations respect the natural environment when our educational systems and laws do not help them to respect themselves. The book of nature is one and indivisible: it takes in not only the environment but also life, sexuality, marriage, the family, social relations: in a word, integral human development. Our duties towards the environment are linked to our duties towards the human person, considered in himself and in relation to others. It would be wrong to uphold one set of duties while trampling on the other. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Caritas in Veritate, n. 51
Indeed, the daily destruction of the unborn remains a glaring contradiction. It seems that pain is the pivotal issue here in so far as “rights”—that issue which tugs so profoundly at the sensitive modern heart.
If we demand that lobsters feel little to no pain while killing them, shouldn’t this also be the case when we kill the unborn? But do the unborn feel any pain at all?
Medical facts we know today of fetal development:
21 days: heart begins beating.
4 or 5 weeks: pain receptors appear around the mouth.
7 weeks: Lip tactile response may be evoked in a fetus.
11 weeks: the face and all parts of the upper and lower extremities are sensitive to touch.
13 to 14 weeks, the entire body surface, except for the back and the top of the head, are sensitive to pain.
18 weeks: stress hormones are released by an unborn child injected by a needle, just as they are when adults feel pain.
20 weeks: the fetal brain has the full complement of brain cells present in adulthood, ready and waiting to receive pain signals from the body.
20-30 weeks: an unborn child has more pain receptors per square inch than at any other time, before or after birth, with only a very thin layer of skin for protection.
30-32 weeks: mechanisms that inhibit or moderate the experience of pain do not begin to develop until weeks 30-32. Any pain the unborn child experiences before these mechanisms form is likely worse than the pain an older child or adult experiences.* To see some extraordinary photos of living unborn babies at various stages of development, click here.
(Sources for the above include: Dr. Paul Ranalli, neurologist, University of Toronto; S. Reinis & J. Goldman, The Development of the Brain C. Thomas Pub., 1980; Willke, J & B, Abortion: Questions & Answers, Hayes, 1991, Chpt. 10; Expert Report of Kanwaljeet S. Anand, MBBS, D.Phil.” Northern District of the US District Court in California. 15 Jan 2004; http://www.abortionfacts.com)
Baby at 11 Weeks
THE HARD TRUTH
In a livestock slaughterhouse, a method of slaughter is deemed legally humane in the U.S. only if…
…all animals are rendered insensible to pain by a single blow or gunshot or an electrical, chemical, or other means that is rapid and effective before being shackled, hoisted, thrown, cast, or cut. —Section 2 of the Humane Slaughter Act, 7 USC 1902
By contrast, D&E abortions (Dilation and Evacuation) performed as late as 24 weeks—well after the child begins to feel pain—involve the dismemberment of the unborn child by a pair of sharp metal forceps. See here for an illustration. Also, view the video Silent Scream to see an actual D&E procedure and the 12-week-old baby’s response on ultrasound.
Instillation methods of abortion (performed even after 30-32 weeks) involve the replacement of up to one cup of amniotic fluid with a concentrated salt solution. The unborn child inhales the solution as the salt burns the baby’s skin. The child lives in this condition for up to an hour. See the results of such an abortion here.
In neither of these techniques is the unborn child provided with any form of anesthetic. 
An unborn child at 20 weeks gestation “is fully capable of experiencing pain… Without question, [abortion] is a dreadfully painful experience for any infant subjected to such a surgical procedure.” —Robert J. White, MD., Ph.D. professor of neurosurgery, Case Western Reserve University
46 million abortions are performed worldwide each year. —The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform
The hard truth is that—just like the many who talked louder or turned up their radios as the trains, filled with panic-stricken Jews on their way to Auschwitz, passed by their neighbourhoods—we are turning up the volume in our modern world to drown out the pain-filled cries of the unborn… and perhaps the cries of our conscience.
How can we be surprised by the indifference shown towards situations of human degradation, when such indifference extends even to our attitude towards what is and is not human? What is astonishing is the arbitrary and selective determination of what to put forward today as worthy of respect. Insignificant matters are considered shocking, yet unprecedented injustices seem to be widely tolerated. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Caritas in Veritate, n. 51
For those who haven’t read the other Hard Truths, it should be understood that I believe the personhood, dignity, and life of the unborn child must be respected from conception until natural death. Anesthesia is not an option to make the pain of our conscience go away. Ending abortion is the only option. It is coming… whether we end it — or God ends it — the end of it is coming.
EVER since beginning this writing apostolate some 17 years ago, I have seen numerous attempts to predict the date of the so-called “Warning” or Illumination of Conscience. Every prediction has failed. God’s ways continue to prove that they are so much different than our own.
That said, I don’t believe we are without key markers as to the nearness of the Warning. What I am about to share here is not about dates but signs that may suggest the proximity of the Warning, which several seers, some of whom we have posted on Countdown to the Kingdom, have claimed is near, according to Our Lord’s and Our Lady’s messages.
The following is a personal “word” I believe the Lord gave me many years ago, one that is proving to be true by the hour. In fact, it is precisely this word that has guided me, especially in recent times, regarding any expectations of the Warning. That is to say, I have not been expecting the Illumination at all — until very recent signs have emerged…
THE GREAT STORM — SEVEN SEALS
Long-time readers have heard me share this before. That some 16 years ago, when I felt moved to watch a storm rolling across the prairies, among the first “now words” came to me that stormy afternoon:
There is a Great Storm coming upon the earth like a hurricane.
Several days later, I was drawn to the sixth chapter of the Book of Revelation. As I began to read, I unexpectedly heard again in my heart another word:
This IS the Great Storm.
What unfolds in St. John’s vision are a series of seemingly connected “events” that lead to a complete collapse of society until the “eye of the Storm” — the sixth seal — which sounds an awful lot like the so-called “illumination of conscience” or Warning. In my reflection Brace For Impact, I went into detail regarding these seals and the accompanying “signs of the times.”
I have always been reticent to read this sixth chapter as applying to only future events. Maybe the seals span decades or centuries. But more and more, I am beginning to believe that St. John witnessed in his vision a massive global revolutionof primarily man-made events after the first seal is broken. What follows is war (second seal); inflation (third seal); new plagues, famine, and violence (fourth seal); persecution (fifth seal); followed by the sixth seal — what I call the “Eye of the Storm” of this cosmic hurricane. Over a decade later, I received a confirmation of sorts that the sixth seal is indeed the “Warning” when I read a message from Jesus to the Orthodox seer, Vassula Ryden:
…when I will break the sixth seal, there will be a violent earthquake and the sun will go as black as coarse sackcloth; the moon will turn red as blood all over, and the stars of the sky will fall on to the earth like figs dropping from a fig-tree when a high wind shakes it; the sky will disappear like a scroll rolling up and all the mountains and islands will shake from their places… they will say to the mountains and the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us away from the One who sits on the Throne and from the anger of the Lamb;’ for the Great Day of My Purification is soon upon you and who will be able to survive it? Everyone on this earth will have to be purified, everyone will hear My Voice and recognise Me as the Lamb; all races and all religions will see Me in their interior darkness; this will be given to everyone like a secret revelation to reveal the obscurity of your soul; when you will see your insides in this state of grace you will indeed ask the mountains and the rocks to fall on you; the darkness of your soul will appear as such that you would think the sun lost its light and that the moon too turned into blood; this is how your soul will appear to you, but in the end you will only praise Me. —Jesus to Vassula, March 3rd, 1992; ww3.tlig.org
It seems to me that the second seal is well underway, particularly with the launch of bio-weapons and a man-made pandemic that has already begun the collapse of modern civilization. War in the 21st century does not have to look like its counterparts in the 20th century.
Second, nearly every person on the planet now is beginning to feel the affects of inflation. Incredible what St. John wrote 2000 years ago:
When he broke open the third seal, I heard the third living creature cry out, “Come forward.” I looked, and there was a black horse, and its rider held a scale in his hand. I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures. It said, “A ration of wheat costs a day’s pay, and three rations of barley cost a day’s pay. But do not damage the olive oil or the wine.” (Rev 6:5-6)
It just so happens that wheat is at the center of a growing food shortage. Again, I believe the entire food and supply chain shortages are man-made and intentional. You’d have to be a complete idiot to think you can lockdown your entire population and believe it won’t destroy jobs, businesses, and local economies and literally lives. I appealed several times in personal letters to my own bishop and to the bishops at large  to please denounce these immoral and reckless lockdowns, but not a single prelate acknowledged that they even received my letter. A new peer-reviewed study shows that as many as 911,026 additional deaths among children alone under five years old occurred by these destructive policies of Bill Gates, the World Health Organization, and those paid to do their bidding.
With Monkeypox and now Polio apparently re-emerging, food shortages looming, and the inevitable consequences of civil unrest and looting, the fourth seal begins to take shape.
When he broke open the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature cry out, “Come forward.” I looked, and there was a pale green horse. Its rider was named Death, and Hades accompanied him. They were given authority over a quarter of the earth, to kill with sword, famine, and plague, and by means of the beasts of the earth. (Revelation 6:7-8)
The fifth seal is the voice of the martyrs crying out from beneath the altar for justice. “…they were told to be patient a little while longer until the number was filled of their fellow servants and brothers who were going to be killed as they had been.”  One cannot help but think of the thousands of Christians presently being persecuted and slaughtered in the middle east by radical Islamic groups like Boko Haram. Or priests being violently attacked in places around the world, not to mention churches and shrines. Note: this is the seal that precedes the Warning, or sixth seal. While I think this fifth seal is already unfolding, it’s my personal feeling that we are going to see a shocking outburst of violence against the Church — especially in the United States if Roe vs. Wade and abortion laws are upended. Pro-abortion advocates have already proven violent and are promising a “night of rage” should the high court overturn the landmark ruling as anticipated. Last summer in Canada, over two dozen churches were vandalized or burned to the ground on mere rumours that unmarked gravesites at residential schools were alleged “mass graves” of indigenous children. None of this has been proven — but it goes to show how emotions toward the Church are a tinderbox right now, especially as allegations of sexual malfeasance in the priesthood continue to emerge.
It is the assault upon the priesthood and Christ’s Bride that appears to provoke Divine Justice with a global earthquake, perhaps some kind of celestial event, accompanied by a global Illumination of Conscience (see Fatima and the Great Shaking). Yes, when the Church is under a violent and widespread assault, we will have reason to believe that the Warning is very, very near. At the same time, it is clear that not every region will see the same signs in the same intensity, so we “watch and pray” remaining vigilant and ready to meet the Lord in any case.
The term the “Warning” appears to have been coined in Garabandal, Spain where several children allegedly received apparitions from Our Lady. One of the things she told the children is that:
When Communism comes again everything will happen. —Conchita Gonzalez, Garabandal – Der Zeigefinger Gottes (Garabandal – The Finger of God), Albrecht Weber, n. 2; excerpt from www.motherofallpeoples.com
“Everything” includes the “Warning”, which Our Lady revealed to the Spanish seers. Oddly, Communism hadn’t even left yet at that time. But now it’s clear that global Communism is well underway — not in its previous forms but, this time, wearing a green hat under the guise of “environmentalism” and “healthcare.”
Marxist communism, which seemed destroyed with the fall of the Berlin Wall, has been reborn and is certain to govern Spain. The sense of democracy is substituted for the imposition of a single way of thinking and by authoritarianism and absolutism incompatible with democracy… With much pain, I have to tell you and warn you that I have perceived an attempt to make Spain stop being Spain. —Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera of Valencia, January 17th, 2020, cruxnow.com
The same can be said for Canada, France, Australia, America, Ireland and a host of other countries where the “Great Reset” is well underway.
Another intriguing aspect of those apparitions is the testimony of a Mother Superior who had been told thirdhand from a priest that the Warning would come after a “synod”. As I was preparing this article, Spirit Daily was right on cue with this subject.
María de la Nieves García, head of a school in Burgos, where the seer [Conchita Gonzales] studied in 1966 and 1967. The nun derived the information from two priests. Stated the superior (reportedly): “During the apparition, the Virgin told [the visionary, Conchita Gonzales] that before the future events occur, a synod will take place, an important synod.”
“Do you mean a Council?” the aunt allegedly asked (it was the time of Vatican II).
“No, the Virgin didn’t say Council,” the seer purportedly responded. “She said ‘Synod,’ and I think Synod is a small council.”
…“It is impossible,” the superior is quoted as stating, “for a 12-year-old girl without any knowledge and culture to talk about a Synod that didn’t exist.” —spiritdaily.org
A half-century later, the ecclesial term “synod” would suddenly become commonplace in the Church. Of note is the recent German synod where several bishops are propagating heretical positions, particularly on human sexuality. But the Church, in general, is in a synodal process from 2021 to 2023. About what, exactly, is not entirely clear. It seems to be a synod on synodality on “how to move forward on the path towards being a more synodal Church in the long-term.” If turning the Church into one big ongoing Synod is the goal — especially if it’s about transforming the Church into a democracy rather than the monarchy it is — then we may very well have another key sign of the nearness of the Warning.
THE WARNING …AND YOU
The final sign I want to highlight is what is happening within my own soul and many others whom I have been in contact with. There seems to be deep cleansing and purification taking in place in people who are watching, praying, and seeking the Lord. In my own heart, God is revealing little by little the depth of my brokenness, self-centeredness, and need for healing and liberation. It’s been a very painful illumination.
If the Warning is like the sun breaking the horizon at dawn, then we are presently in the hours before the sunrise. Already, the night is giving way to the first light of dawn; and the closer we get to the Warning, the more the Sun of Justice will illuminate the landscape of our hearts. It’s as though we are getting small doses of the Illumination already, which will increase, until the moment of the Warning when the Sun of Justice breaks across the world. For those who have already “awoken” before dawn, the Illumination will not be as painful. But for those who have been living in the dark, it will be a shocking awakening.
They cried out to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, because the great day of their wrath has come and who can withstand it?” (Rev 6:16-17)
With His divine love, He will open the doors of hearts and illuminate all consciences. Every person will see himself in the burning fire of divine truth. It will be like a judgment in miniature. —Fr. Stefano Gobbi, To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons, May 22nd, 1988 (with Imprimatur)
To overcome the tremendous effects of generations of sin, I must send the power to break through and transform the world. But this surge of power will be uncomfortable, even painful for some. This will cause the contrast between darkness and light to become even greater. —God the Father allegedly to Barbara Rose Centilli, from the four volumes Seeing With the Eyes of the Soul, November 15th, 1996; as quoted in The Miracle of the Illumination of Conscience by Dr. Thomas W. Petrisko, p. 53
The consciences of this beloved people must be violently shaken so that they may “put their house in order”… A great moment is approaching, a great day of light… it is the hour of decision for mankind. —Servant of God Maria Esperanza, Antichrist and the End Times, Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi, P. 37 (Volume 15-n.2, Featured Article from http://www.sign.org)
As we appear to be living in the Seven Seals of Revolution, the best way to prepare is to remain always in a state of grace: run from sin! Second, stay close to the Sacraments where Jesus has made Himself available to us in an extraordinary way: through His Real Presence in the Eucharist and His Divine Mercy in the confessional. Weekly confession is a powerful way to conquer sin, remain accountable, and attain the grace we need in these times to persevere and remain faithful. And encircle it all with the chain of the Rosary.
When will the Warning come? I don’t know. But if what I heard in my heart 16 years ago was authentic, I believe that when we see the signs above intensifying to the point of civil unrest and widespread suppression and violent persecution of the Church, that the dawning Illumination will be at the very threshold. In the moment of greatest chaos, when the winds of change are fiercest, the Eye of the Storm will break out briefly upon wounded mankind… a last chance for the prodigal sons and daughters to return Home before the final half of the Storm.
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I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!… Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three…
So a division occurred in the crowd because of him. (John 7:43)
I LOVE that word from Jesus: “I have come to set the earth on fire and how I wish it were already blazing!” Our Lord wants a People who are on fire with love. A People whose life and presence ignites others to repent and seek their Savior, thereby expanding the mystical Body of Christ.
And yet, Jesus follows this word with a warning that this Divine Fire will actually divide. It doesn’t take a theologian to understand why. Jesus said, “I am the truth” and we see daily how His truth divides us. Even Christians who love the truth can recoil when that sword of truth pierces their own heart. We can become proud, defensive, and argumentative when faced with the truth of ourselves. And is it not true that today we see the Body of Christ being broken and divided again in a most egregious way as bishop opposes bishop, cardinal stands against cardinal — just as Our Lady predicted at Akita?
The Great Purification
The past two months whilst driving back and forth numerous times between Canadian provinces to move my family, I have had a lot of hours to reflect on my ministry, what is happening in the world, what is happening in my own heart. In summary, we are passing through one of the greatest purifications of humanity since the Flood. That means we are also being sifted like wheat — everyone, from pauper to pope.
Simon, Simon, behold Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat… (Luke 22:31)
The reason is that Jesus is preparing for himself a People who will set the earth on fire — a Bride who is without spot or blemish; a Bride who will regain her inheritance and the lost gifts of Adam and Eve, namely, to live again in the Divine Will with all its rights of divine sonship. And what a Fire it will be when the Kingdom descends upon this People so that His will be done “on earth as it is in heaven”!
And it’s not just for His children’s sake; it is for God’s delight too.
The will, the intellect, the memory — how many harmonies and happinesses do they not contain? It is enough to say that they are part of the happiness and harmony of the Eternal One. God created His own personal Eden in the soul and the body of man — an Eden all celestial; and then He gave him the terrestial Eden as residence. —Jesus to Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, Volume 15, May 29th, 1923
Thus, it is a beautiful and terrifying moment — much like the hard labor pains that usher in a new birth. There is great suffering here and coming due to rampant apostasy, and yet, great joy is to follow. And just as a baby “divides” the mother as it passes through the birth canal, so too, we are witnessing the painful division of humanity, a sifting of cosmic proportions.
The Great Division
The divisions among us are one of the key signs of the times — far more than earthquakes, weather events, man-made plagues or even the manufactured “famine” that is now following upon its heels (caused, in large part, by reckless and immoral lockdowns). What has been most shocking to many laymen, scientists, and health care workers is how quickly the masses handed their bodies over to the government to be experimented on in the name of “safety” and the “common good” in what has been described as a “mass formation psychosis” or “strong delusion“. But this was a lie from the start since the common good is never served by injustice; the common good is never advanced by control and coercion. The result could only be a massive rupture in the social fabric and actually great harm to the common good. I say this not to scorn my “vaccinated” readers but to warn all of us of the precipice on which we now stand.
The battlefield is still warm, following Canada’s war on the unvaccinated. The mandates have let up, and both sides stumble back into something that looks like the old normal — except that there is a fresh and present injury done to the people we tried to break. And no one wants to talk about it.
Only weeks ago, it was the admitted goal of our own leaders to make life unlivable for the unvaccinated. And as a deputized collective, we force-multiplied that pain, taking the fight into our families, friendships, and workplaces. Today, we face the hard truth that none of it was justified — and, in doing that, uncover a precious lesson.
It was a quick slide from righteousness to cruelty, and however much we might blame our leaders for the push, we’re accountable for stepping into the trap despite better judgement.
We knew that waning immunity put vast numbers of the fully vaccinated on par with the shrinking minority of unvaccinated, yet we marked them for special persecution. We said they hadn’t “done the right thing” by turning their bodies over to state care — even though we knew that principled opposition to such a thing is priceless in any circumstance. And we truly let ourselves believe that going into another ineffectual lockdown would be their fault, not the fault of toxic policy.
And so it was by the wilful ignorance of science, civics, and politics that we squeezed the unvaccinated to the degree that we did.
We invented a new rubric for the good citizen and — failing to be one ourselves — took pleasure in scapegoating anyone who didn’t measure up. After months of engineered lockdowns, having someone to blame and to burn simply felt good.
So we cannot hold our heads high, as if believing we had logic, love, or truth on our side while we viciously wished death upon the unvaccinated. The best we can do is sit in the awareness of our rabid inhumanity for having cast so many aside. —Susan Dunham, What We Learned From Hating the Unvaccinated
Many capitulated to the “narrative” out of fear for their reputation, fear of losing their lifestyle, fear of being “cancelled”, or fear of being ridiculed and not belonging. This has been a global phenomenon and one that has revealed the vulnerabilities and dependence of billions upon just a handful of powerful billionaires and mega-corporations. St. John warned that, someday, powerful men with massive wealth would use “sorcery” or pharmakeia (“the use of medicine, drugs or spells”) to deceive and control the nations.
…your merchants were the great men of the earth, all nations were led astray by your sorcery. (Rev 18:23; NAB version says “magic potion”; cf. The Caduceus Key)
Here again, the words of St. John Newman are becoming more relevant by the hour, especially as new “waves” and even new viruses become the obsession of governments who have aligned themselves with the World Economic Forum.
Satan may adopt the more alarming weapons of deceit — he may hide himself — he may attempt to seduce us in little things, and so to move the Church, not all at once, but by little and little from her true position. I do believe he has done much in this way in the course of the last few centuries… It is his policy to split us up and divide us, to dislodge us gradually from our rock of strength. And if there is to be a persecution, perhaps it will be then; then, perhaps, when we are all of us in all parts of Christendom so divided, and so reduced, so full of schism, so close upon heresy. When we have cast ourselves upon the world and depend for protection upon it, and have given up our independence and our strength, then [Antichrist] will burst upon us in fury as far as God allows him. Then suddenly the Roman Empire may break up, and Antichrist appear as a persecutor, and the barbarous nations around break in. —Blessed John Henry Newman, Sermon IV: The Persecution of Antichrist
I have mixed emotions as I walk through the new town where we live. On the one hand, I see beautiful smiles again — but they are tentative smiles. Many people are still afraid to shake hands, to exchange the “sign of peace”, to even be near each other. We have been drilled for two years to view the other as an existential threat (even though the survival rate is on par with and even higher than seasonal flu ). And we know that this present reprieve is soon going to vanish since it is established now that billions can be corralled and controlled with the mere wave of a presidential hand. It has become the perfect Storm to dismantle this present order so as to “build back better” — so the globalists tell us in one harmonious, acrid voice. Indeed, Canadian and U.K. authorities both admitted to pushing boundaries to see how far people can be manipulated. The answer is very far. And this has set the stage for the Great Divide…
The Great Dividers
Jesus did not come to bring peace but division. In other words, the truth of the Gospel would divide families, communities, and nations — even though it would set them free.
But there is another who divides and that is the Antichrist. Paradoxically, he will claim to bring peace not division. But precisely because his reign is predicated on lies and not truth, it will be a false peace. It will divide, nonetheless. For Jesus demands that we renounce the inclinations of our fallen nature — the inordinate attachment to property, family, and even one’s own life — in order to be His disciple. In return, He offers a share in His eternal Kingdom in communion with the saints. The Antichrist, on the other hand, demands that you hand over your property, family rights and freedom in order to participate in his kingdom — in a cold, sterile “equality” with everyone else. We have already experienced a foretaste of this, of how tempting it is to just “go along” with the programme. This is why I believe the times of the Antichrist are not far off: a great portion of humanity has already proven they are willing to exchange their autonomy for a false peace and security. And the infrastructure for such a system is almost completely now in place as we transition to a digital currency.
When people are saying, “Peace and security,” then sudden disaster comes upon them, like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (1 Thessalonians 5:3)
Ultimately, however, it will not be just our freedom but the Church and her teachings that will be cancelled. In fact, when the Lord spoke in my heart years ago that a Great Storm was going to pass over the earth, He pointed to Revelation Chapter Six — the seven “seals” — as being that Storm.My Lord, how we are seeing this literally unfold now with war, inflation, food shortages, new plagues, and soon, a minor persecution of the Church that will break out (keep on eye on America, especially if the Supreme Court in the United States overturns Roe vs. Wade) before the sixth seal — the Warning. The violence, church burnings, and hatred we have seen to this point will pale in comparison. Moreover, we are already beginning to witness the fracturing of the Body of Christ as wayward bishops and priests openly and boldy foster a false Gospel and Anti-mercy. However, this has to happen; the Great Divide must come as the final stage in the purification of the obstinate and rebellious from the face of the earth.
The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false, so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thess 9:5-12)
So, dear Christian, you must prepare yourself — not by stockpiling weapons — but by casting your fears and anxiety completely upon the Lord. By increasing in love, not withholding it. But striving for unity and fellowship with one another, not withdrawing it.
If there is any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing. Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but [also] everyone for those of others. (Phil 2:1-4)
In other words, light the fires of love now. For those who remain faithful, a new era of peace — true peace — will dawn. And a Divine Fire will rage from coast to coast…
To the victor, who keeps to my ways until the end, I will give authority over the nations. (Rev 2:26)
The victor will thus be dressed in white, and I will never erase his name from the book of life but will acknowledge his name in the presence of my Father and of his angels. (Rev 3:5)
The victor I will make into a pillar in the temple of my God, and he will never leave it again. On him I will inscribe the name of my God and the name of the city of my God… (Rev 3:12)
I will give the victor the right to sit with me on my throne… (Rev 3:20)
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“There’s a mass psychosis. It’s akin to what happened in German society before and during World War II where normal, decent people were turned into aides and “just following orders” type of mentality that led to genocide. I see now that same paradigm happening.” (Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, MD, August 14th, 2021; 35:53, Stew Peters Show).“It’s a disturbia. It’s maybe a group neurosis. It is something that’s come over the minds of people all over the world. Whatever is going on is going on in the tiniest island in the Philippines and Indonesia, the smallest little village in Africa and South America. It’s all the same — it’s come over the entire world.” (Dr. Peter McCullough, MD, MPH, August 14th, 2021; 40:44, Perspectives on the Pandemic, Episode 19).“What the last year has really shocked me to the core about is that in the face of an invisible, apparently serious threat, rational discussion went out of the window… When we look back on the COVID era, I think it will be seen as other human responses to invisible threats in the past have been seen, as a time of mass hysteria.” (Dr. John Lee, Pathologist; Unlocked video; 41:00).“Mass formation psychosis… this is like hypnosis… This is what happened to the German people.” (Dr. Robert Malone, MD, inventor of mRNA vaccine technology Kristi Leigh TV; 4:54). “I don’t normally use phrases like this, but I think we are standing at the very gates of Hell.” (Dr. Mike Yeadon, former Vice President and Chief Scientist of Respiratory and Allergies at Pfizer; 1:01:54, Following the Science?)
Here are the age-stratified statistics of the Infection Fatality Rate (IFR) for the COVID-19 disease, recently compiled by John I. A. Ioannides, one of the most prestigious bio-statisticians in the world. 0-19: .0027% (or a survival rate of 99.9973%) 20-29 .014% (or a survival rate of 99,986%) 30-39 .031% (or a survival rate of 99,969%) 40-49 .082% (or a survival rate of 99,918%) 50-59 .27% (or a survival rate of 99.73%) 60-69 .59% (or a survival rate of 99.31%)https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.07.08.21260210v1
WE are nearing the end of our family and ministry’s move to another province. It’s been quite an upheaval… but I’ve managed to keep one eye out for what is rapidly taking place in the world as self-appointed global “elites” wrestle power, sovereignty, supplies and food from the world’s population through manufactured crises.
Church Father Lactantius called it “one common robbery”. This is the sum of what all the headlines today are pointing to: The Great Robbery at the end of this age — a neo-Communist take over under the auspices of “environmentalism” and “health”. Of course, these are lies and Satan is the “father of lies”. All of this was prophesied some 2700 years ago and you and I are alive to see it. The victory will be Christ’s after this great tribulation…
First published in July 2020…
WRITTEN over 2700 years ago, Isaiah is the preeminent prophet of the coming Era of Peace. The Early Church Fathers often cited his works when speaking of a coming “period of peace” on earth—prior to the end of the world—and as also prophesied by Our Lady of Fatima.
Yes, a miracle was promised at Fatima, the greatest miracle in the history of the world, second only to the Resurrection. And that miracle will be an era of peace which has never really been granted before to the world. —Cardinal Mario Luigi Ciappi, October 9th, 1994 (papal theologian for Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, and John Paul II); Family Catechism, (Sept. 9th, 1993), p. 35
The Church Fathers also understood this period Isaiah spoke of to be one and the same as that of the “millennium” that St. John foretold in the 20th chapter of Revelation—what the Fathers also called the “Day of the Lord” or “Sabbath rest” for the Church:
Behold, the Day of the Lord shall be a thousand years. —Letter of Barnabas, The Fathers of the Church, Ch. 15
They interpreted both Isaiah’s and St. John’s symbolic language to refer to the end of a wicked global reign, after the “beast” and “false prophet” are cast into Hell (Rev 19:20), and a Judgment of the Living takes place. Then, the Scriptures will be vindicated, peace will reign for a time, and as Our Lord said:
This gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matt 24:14)
Most significantly, the words of the “Our Father” will be fulfilled at last when Christ’s Kingdom will come in a new modality, and the Father’s “will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” This hope was beautifully expressed by St. Louis de Montfort who said the saints during that time “will surpass in holiness most other saints as much as the cedars of Lebanon tower above little shrubs.”
Your divine commandments are broken, your Gospel is thrown aside, torrents of iniquity flood the whole earth carrying away even your servants… Will everything come to the same end as Sodom and Gomorrah? Will you never break your silence? Will you tolerate all this for ever? Is it not true that your will must be done on earth as it is in heaven? Is it not true that your kingdom must come? Did you not give to some souls, dear to you, a vision of the future renewal of the Church? —St. Louis de Montfort, Prayer for Missionaries, n. 5; www.ewtn.com
This renewal, Isaiah foretells, involves a certain restoration of creation through a triumph over evil, sickness, and division, for a time.
These are the words of Isaiah concerning the millennium: ‘For there will be a new heaven and a new earth, and the former will not be remembered nor come into their heart, but they will be glad and rejoice in these things, which I create… There shall no more be an infant of days there, nor an old man that shall not fill up his days; for the child shall die a hundred years old… For as the days of the tree of life, so shall be the days of My people, and the works of their hands shall be multiplied. My elect shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth children for a curse; for they shall be a righteous seed blessed by the Lord, and their posterity with them. —St. Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho, Ch. 81, The Fathers of the Church, Christian Heritage; cf. Is 54:1
So, what is coming then is the chaining of Satan (Rev 20:4). But then that also means…
We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through… We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel, of Christ versus the anti-Christ… It is a trial… of 2,000 years of culture and Christian civilization, with all of its consequences for human dignity, individual rights, human rights and the rights of nations. —Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (JOHN PAUL II ), at the Eucharistic Congress, Philadelphia, PA; August 13, 1976; cf. Catholic Online (confirmed by Deacon Keith Fournier who was in attendance)
This final battle is steadily progressing toward its peak—a Clash of Kingdoms. Indeed, just as St. John foretold the rise of global totalitarianism under a “beast” before an Era of Peace (Rev 13:5), so too did Isaiah. And just as St. John emphasized how the beast would dominate through the economy by controlling who could “buy or sell” (Rev 13:17), Isaiah reveals how this Antichrist will likewise dominate over the world’s wealth.
A PROPHECY OF GLOBAL COMMUNISM
In this past Wednesday’s first Mass reading, Isaiah warns a stubborn and unrepentant Israel (which is a type of the Church who is the “new Israel”; cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 877) how a king will come from Assyria to purify their nation.
Woe to Assyria! My rod in anger, my staff in wrath. Against an impious nation I send him, and against a people under my wrath I order him to seize plunder, carry off loot, and tread them down like the mud of the streets. But this is not what he intends, nor does he have this in mind; Rather, it is in his heart to destroy, to make an end of nations not a few. For he says: “By my own power I have done it, and by my wisdom, for I am shrewd. I have moved the boundaries of peoples, their treasures I have pillaged, and, like a giant, I have put down the enthroned. My hand has seized like a nest the riches of nations; as one takes eggs left alone, so I took in all the earth; no one fluttered a wing, or opened a mouth, or chirped!”
According to some Early Church Fathers such as Hippolytus, Victorinus and Lactantius, the Antichrist may originate from present day Syria (Iraq), which was ancient Assyria.
Another king shall arise out of Syria, born from an evil spirit… and he will constitute and call himself God, and will order himself to be worshipped as the Son of God, and power will be given him to do signs and wonders…Then he will attempt to destroy the Temple of God, and persecute the righteous people; and there will be distress and tribulation such as there never has been since the beginning of the world. —Lactantius (c. 250-330 AD), Divine Institutes, Book 7, ch. 17
To be certain, the Antichrist is an actual person, but he also comes to reign through a global empire—a “beast with seven heads”. What is most notable in Isaiah’s passage is what this “him” whom God sends to chastise the nations does: he seizes plunder, carries off loot, moves boundaries, and snatches the riches of the nations. In other words, this is precisely what Communism does: it seizes private property, confiscates wealth, stifles private enterprise, and annihilates the boundaries of nations.
In her 1921 book exposing the plot for a Communist “world revolution,” author Nesta H. Webster tackled the underlying root philosophy of the secret societies of Freemasonry and Illuminatism who are driving today’s present upheaval. It is the notion that “Civilization is all wrong” and that salvation for the human race lies in a “return to nature.” Not only is this clearly nuanced in the United Nations’ 17 “sustainable development” goals, but it was also highlighted—and condemned—by Pope St. Leo XIII:
At this period, however, the partisans of evil seems to be combining together, and to be struggling with united vehemence, led on or assisted by that strongly organized and widespread association called the Freemasons. No longer making any secret of their purposes, they are now boldly rising up against God Himself …that which is their ultimate purpose forces itself into view—namely, the utter overthrow of that whole religious and political order of the world which the Christian teaching has produced, and the substitution of a new state of things in accordance with their ideas, of which the foundations and laws shall be drawn from mere naturalism. —POPE LEO XIII, Humanum Genus, Encyclical on Freemasonry, n.10, Apri 20th, 1884
The philosopher François-Marie Arouet, known as Voltaire, was one of the most powerful French Masons whom one man described as “The most perfect incarnation of Satan that the world ever saw.” Voltaire supplies the vision and reason why so many popes condemned and warned about their plot for a global revolution… which, clearly, is well underway:
…when conditions are right, a reign will spread across the whole earth to wipe out all Christians, and then establish a universal brotherhood without marriage, family, property, law or God. —Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire, Stephen Mahowald, She Shall Crush Thy Head (Kindle Edition)
Former USSR president, Michael Gorbachev, who founded Green Cross International to promote the UN’s initiatives and who remains an avowed atheist and communist, stated on the PBS Charlie Rose Show:
We are part of the Cosmos… Cosmos is my God. Nature is my God… l believe that the 21st century will be the century of the environment, the century when all of us will have to find an answer to how to harmonize relations between man and the rest of Nature… We are part of Nature… —October 23, 1996, Canada Free Press
Webster emphasizes how the elimination (ie. plundering) of private property is key to a new world order. Quoting French philosopher and Freemason Jean-Jacques Rousseau, she summarizes how the philosophy behind these secret societies is the idea that private possession is the root of discord.
“The first man who bethought himself of saying ‘This is mine,’ and found people simple enough to believe him was the real founder of civil society. What crimes, what wars, what murders, what miseries and horrors would he have spared the human race who, snatching away the spades and filling the ditches, had cried out to his fellows: ‘Beware of listening to this imposter; you are lost if you forget that the fruits of the earth belong to all and the earth to no one.’” In these words [of Rousseau] the whole principle of Communism is to be found. —World Revolution, The Plot Against Civilization, pp. 1-2
Of course, the best deceptions always have a kernel of truth, if not a lot of truth. This is why the young today are being so easily drawn into Marxist principles once again. But Webster exposes the insanity of this sophistry for what it is:
Destroy civilization in its entirety and the human race sinks to the level of the jungle in which the only law is that of the strong over the weak, the only incentive the struggle for material needs. For although Rousseau’s injunction, “Go back into the woods and become men!” may be excellent advice if interpreted as a temporary measure, “go back into the woods and remain there” is a counsel for anthropoid apes… As to the distribution of the “fruits of the earth” one has only to watch two thrushes on the lawn disputing over a worm to see how the question of food supply is settled in primitive society. —Ibid. pp. 2-3
Which is why Our Lady appeared at Fatima to beg for the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart, lest the errors of Russia (Communism) about to take hold there through the Bolshevik revolution, would begin to spread throughout the entire world. Our Lady was not heeded. As Pope Pius XI pointed out in his powerful and prophetic encyclical, Divine Redemptoris, Russia and its people were usurped by those…
…authors and abettors who considered Russia the best-prepared field for experimenting with a plan elaborated decades ago, and who from there continue to spread it from one end of the world to the other… Our words are now receiving sorry confirmation from the spectacle of the bitter fruits of subversive ideas, which We foresaw and foretold, and which are… threatening every other country of the world. —POPE PIUS XI, Divini Redemptoris, n. 24, 6
THE PLAN IN REAL TIME
Indeed, this radical agenda for “the utter overthrow of that whole religious and political order of the world” is proceeding as planned. A proposed United Nations blueprint called Agenda 21, pushed by radical but influential environmentalist Maurice Strong and signed onto by 178 member nations, has been absorbed and retooled under the current plan: Agenda 2030. Its predecessor called for the abolition of “national sovereignty” and the dissolution of property rights.
Agenda 21: “Land… cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes.” — “Alabama Bans U.N. Agenda 21 Sovereignty Surrender”, June 7th, 2012; investors.com
I’m sure the prophet Isaiah would be blowing a very large trumpet were he alive today. Especially when you consider what is happening in plain sight under the cover of COVID-19 and radical quarantine measures for the “common good”: one of the greatest wealth transfers in history. Market analyst, Jim Cramer, notes that corporations and the stock market are suspiciously thriving while small businesses are “dropping like flies.” The reason is that the Federal Reserve and other central banks are “printing money” in order to buy up government and corporate debt thus hiding what is really happening—the collapse of the global economy and a steady flow of assets to the Reserve. In April, Bloomberg reported that the Fed is “buying $41 Billion of assets daily”; Morgan Stanley analysts estimate that the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, Bank of Japan and Bank of England will expand their balance sheets by a cumulative $6.8 trillion when all is said and done. And stock analyst Greg Mannarino of Traders Choice claims:
We have not seen anything yet. In order for the Federal Reserve to finish it’s plan [to own the planet], which we’re in the heart of it right now, they’re funnelling trillions of dollars around the world to other central banks to buy assets. —July 16th, 2020; shtfplan.com
Woe to those who plan iniquity, and work out evil on their couches; in the morning light [ie. “broad daylight”] they accomplish it when it lies within their power. They covet fields, and seize them; houses, and they take them; they cheat an owner of his house, a man of his inheritance… (Micah 2:1-2)
That will be the time in which righteousness shall be cast out, and innocence be hated; in which the wicked shall prey upon the good as enemies; neither law, nor order, nor military discipline shall be preserved… all things shall be confounded and mixed together against right, and against the laws of nature. Thus the earth shall be laid waste, as though by one common robbery. When these things shall so happen, then the righteous and the followers of truth shall separate themselves from the wicked, and flee into solitudes. —Lactantius, Church Father, The Divine Institutes, Book VII, Ch. 17
Perhaps this is the saddest tragedy of the present hour as we watch rioters burning buildings, looting, toppling statues, attacking police officers, calling openly for Marxist rule to reign: they are essentially handing power over to a banking cartel who are increasingly calling the shots. The irony of this revolution was not lost on Benedict XVI:
A new intolerance is spreading, that is quite obvious… a negative religion is being made into a tyrannical standard that everyone must follow. That is then seemingly freedom—for the sole reason that it is liberation from the previous situation. —Light of the World, A Conversation with Peter Seewald, p. 52
As I have written before, war and division are from the playbook of Freemasonry: stoking international tensions, funding both sides of a war, fomenting racial and gender divisions, breaking everything down in order to eventually build it up again… Ordo ab chaos (order out of chaos”) is the secret society’s modus operandi. Thomas Jefferson wrote to John Wayles Eppes Monticello:
[T]he spirit of war and indictment… since the modern theory of the perpetuation of debt, has drenched the earth with blood, and crushed its inhabitants under burdens ever accumulating. —June 24, 1813; let.rug.nl
We think of the great powers of the present day, of the anonymous financial interests which turn men into slaves, which are no longer human things, but are an anonymous power which men serve, by which men are tormented and even slaughtered. They [i.e., anonymous financial interests] are a destructive power, a power that menaces the world. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Reflection after the reading of the office for the Third Hour this morning in the Synod Aula, Vatican City, October 11, 2010
THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
One could not end this meditation on Isaiah’s prescient words without noting one other key aspect by which Communism is spreading again throughout the world: “Green” politics. As an official on the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) quite candidly admitted:
…one has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. Instead, climate change policy is about how we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth… —Ottmar Edenhofer, dailysignal.com, November 19th, 2011
This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years—since the industrial revolution. —Chief Climate Change official of the United Nations, Christine Figueres, November 30th, 2015; unric.org
Just listen to one of the architects of the “new world order” (whose mission is to promote precisely what Isaiah prophesied: “open” borders of nations):
This is the crisis of my lifetime. Even before the pandemic hit, I realized that we were in a revolutionary moment where what would be impossible or even inconceivable in normal times had become not only possible, but probably absolutely necessary. And then came Covid-19, which has totally disrupted people’s lives and required very different behaviour. It is an unprecedented event that probably has never occurred in this combination. And it really endangers the survival of our civilization… we must find a way to cooperate on fighting climate change and the novel coronavirus. —George Soros, May 13th, 2020; independent.co.uk.
This is the same Soros openly funding these violent revolutionaries, according to an undercover exposé by Project Veritas.
Indeed, we are entering what the United Nations-backed World Economic Forum calls the “Great Reset” and “Fourth Industrial Revolution.” According to their website, it is…
…a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society. —January 14th, 2016; weforum.org
But did we ask or vote for this? Here, the latter part of Isaiah’s prophecy is also remarkably coming to fruition; over “all the earth… no one fluttered a wing, or opened a mouth, or chirped!” No, this revolution is happening with our full co-operation as we all connect to the “internet of things”—and surrender our privacy and freedom at the same time. Yes, it’s remarkable how quickly countries, one by one, confined their healthy populations to virtual house arrest with barely any resistance. How no one has asked how those trillions in free government cheques are going to be paid back. And what a strange silence from the hierarchy of the Church as they closed parishes without a peep. The narrative on social media is tightly controlled as tech giants go into hyper-censorship mode. Even mayors and governors have been strangely quiet as rioters occupy and destroy their streets in the name of fighting “racism.” And rather than denounce their Marxist tactics, many have quietly joined them out of cowardice, fear, or ignorance. Indeed, people are increasingly afraid to “flutter a wing” or “open a mouth” for fear of being banned, shamed, or even fired. Isaiah seemingly foresaw this in stunning accuracy.
But so too have several popes and members of the hierarchy. The Vatican’s study on the New Age called “Jesus Christ, The Bearer of the Water of Life” is a critical prophetic work that explains in more detail the warnings a century earlier of previous popes: of a “global vision”—minus Christianity—based on a blend of environmentalism, technology, and playing with the DNA of life altogether.
Deep ecology’s emphasis on biocentrism denies the anthropological vision of the Bible, in which human beings are at the centre of the world… It is very prominent in legislation and education today… in the ideological theory underlying population control policies and experiments in genetic engineering, which seem to express a dream human beings have of creating themselves afresh. How do people hope to do this? By deciphering the genetic code, altering the natural rules of sexuality, defying the limits of death. —Jesus Christ, The Bearer of the Water of Life, n. 22.214.171.124
In other words, it is a revolution that will culminate exactly in how Isaiah, St. John, Our Lord and St. Paul said it would: in man putting himself in the place of God.
…that day [the Day of the Lord] will not come, unless the rebellion [revolution] comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. (2 Thess 3-4)
But it will be a short reign. The Lord will break the wicked, says Isaiah, and for a time, there will be a period of peace and justice:
He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked. Justice shall be the band around his waist, and faithfulness a belt upon his hips. Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb… In days to come, The mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest mountain and raised above the hills. All nations shall stream toward it… For from Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and set terms for many peoples. They shall beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again… for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah 11:4-6, 2:2-5, 11:9)
Oh! when in every city and village the law of the Lord is faithfully observed, when respect is shown for sacred things, when the Sacraments are frequented, and the ordinances of Christian life fulfilled, there will certainly be no more need for us to labor further to see all things restored in Christ… And then? Then, at last, it will be clear to all that the Church, such as it was instituted by Christ, must enjoy full and entire liberty and independence from all foreign dominion… “He shall break the heads of his enemies,” that all may know “that God is the king of all the earth,” “that the Gentiles may know themselves to be men.” All this, Venerable Brethren, We believe and expect with unshakable faith. —POPE PIUS X, E Supremi, Encyclical “On the Restoration of All Things”, n.14, 6-7
“…lo, the Lord brings up upon you the water of the river, strong and full, even the king of Assyria. By the king he means metaphorically Antichrist…” — “On Christ and the Antichrist”, n. 57; newadvent.org
“…that Antichrist is one individual man, not a power—not a mere ethical spirit, or a political system, not a dynasty, or succession of rulers—was the universal tradition of the early Church.” —St. John Henry Newman, “The Times of Antichrist”, Lecture 1