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THE COMING DESCENT OF THE DIVINE WILL

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ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH
OF SERVANT OF GOD LUISA PICCARRETA

HAVE you ever wondered why God continually sends the Virgin Mary to appear in the world? Why not the great preacher, St. Paul… or the great evangelist, St. John… or the first pontiff, St. Peter, the “rock”? The reason is because Our Lady is inseparably linked to the Church, both as her spiritual mother and as a “sign”:

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth. (Rev 12:1-2)

This Woman has come to us, in our times, to prepare and assist us for the birthing that is now underway. And who or what is to be born? In a word, it is Jesus, but in us, His Church—and in an all new manner. And it is to culminate through a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit. 

God himself had provided to bring about that “new and divine” holiness with which the Holy Spirit wishes to enrich Christians at the dawn of the third millennium, in order to “make Christ the heart of the world.” —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Address to the Rogationist Fathers, n. 6, www.vatican.va

Thus, it is a spiritual birth of the entire People of God so that the “Real Life” of Jesus may dwell within them. Another name for this is the “gift of Living in the Divine Will” as it appears in the revelations to Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta:

Throughout her writings Luisa presents the gift of Living in the Divine Will as a new and divine indwelling in the soul, which she refers to as the “Real Life” of Christ. The Real Life of Christ consists primarily of the soul’s continuous participation in the life of Jesus in the Eucharist. While God may become substantially present in an inanimate host, Luisa affirms that the same may be said of an animate subject, i.e., the human soul. —Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, The Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the Writings of Luisa Piccarreta (Kindle Locations 2740-2744); (with ecclesiastical approbation from the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome)

It is, in fact, a complete restoration of mankind in the image and likeness of the Creator—which the Virgin Mary was by virtue of her Immaculate Conception and Living in the Divine Will—by accomplishing in the Church what Jesus accomplished in His humanity.

“All creation,” said St. Paul, “groans and labors up till now,” awaiting Christ’s redemptive efforts to restore the proper relationship between God and his creation. But Christ’s redemptive act did not of itself restore all things, it simply made the work of redemption possible, it began our redemption. Just as all men share in the disobedience of Adam, so all men must share in the obedience of Christ to the Father’s will. Redemption will be complete only when all men share his obedience… —Servant of God Fr. Walter Ciszek, He Leadeth Me (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1995), pp. 116-117

MOTHER’S PRESENCE: AN IMMINENT SIGN

The other day, I tuned into an Evangelical webcast to hear their perspective on the “end times.” At one point, the host declared that Jesus was coming soon to end the world and that there would be no symbolic “thousand years” (ie. Era of Peace); that this was all just Jewish myth and fables. And I thought to myself not only how unbiblical his position was but, mostly, how sad. That after laboring for 2000 years, it would be the devil who triumphs in the world, not Christ (Rev 20:2-3). That no, the meek would not inherit the earth (Psalm 37:10-11; Matt 5:5). That the Gospel would not be preached among all the nations before the end (Matt 24:14). That the earth shall not be filled with knowledge of the Lord (Isaiah 11:9). That the nations would not beat their swords into plowshares (Isaiah 2:4). That creation would not be set free and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God (Rom 8:21). That the saints would not reign for a time while Satan is chained and the Antichrist (beast) is deposed (Rev 19:20, 20:1-6). And thus, no, Christ’s Kingdom would not reign “on earth as it is in Heaven” as we have prayed for two millennia (Matt 6:10). According to this pastor’s “eschatology of despair”, the world will just get worse and worse until Jesus cries “uncle!” and throws in the towel.

Oh, how sad! Oh, how wrong! No, my friends, missing from this Protestant perspective is The Marian Dimension of the StormThe Blessed Mother is the key to understanding the Church’s future because it is within her that is foreshadowed the destiny of the Body of Christ,[1] and through her maternity, that it is also accomplished. In the words of Pope. St. John XXIII:

We feel that we must disagree with those prophets of doom who are always forecasting disaster, as though the end of the world were at hand. In our times, divine Providence is leading us to a new order of human relations which, by human effort and even beyond all expectations, are directed to the fulfilment of God’s superior and inscrutable designs, in which everything, even human setbacks, leads to the greater good of the Church. —Address for the Opening of the Second Vatican Council, October 11th, 1962 

The “greater good” of the Church is to become immaculate like the Immaculata. And this is only possible if the Church, like Mary, is not just doing but Living in the Divine Will as she did (I explain that difference in The Single Will and True Sonship). Hence, Our Lady is now appearing throughout the world, calling her children into the Upper Room of family and group cenacles in order to prepare them for an outpouring of the Light of the Holy Spirit. This coming “illumination of conscience” or “Warning” will have a dual effect. One will be to liberate the People of God from the interior darkness and power of Satan over their lives — a process that should be well underway in the faithful remnant. The second is to fill them with the initial graces of the Kingdom of the Divine Will.

The Church of the Millennium must have an increased consciousness of being the Kingdom of God in its initial stage. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, L’Osservatore Romano, English Edition, April 25th, 1988

THE EXORCISM… AND DESCENT OF THE KINGDOM

When light comes, it scatters the darkness. The so-called “illumination of conscience” or Warning is just that: an exorcism of the evil that still lingers in the hearts of the faithful, and hopefully, the rest of mankind (though many will not accept this grace).[2] “Why, though…” one priest asked me, “would God grant this grace to only this generation?” Because the Church is in the final stages of her preparation for the Wedding Feast of the Lamb — and she may only attend with a “clean white garment”,[3] that is, she must resemble the prototype: the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory. For the wedding day of the Lamb has come, his bride has made herself ready. She was allowed to wear a bright, clean linen garment. (Rev 19;7-8)

But this should not be understood as a mere cleansing of the Church, as if she collectively goes to Confession on the same day. Rather, this interior purity, this “new and divine holiness” will be the result of the descent of the Kingdom of God that will have cosmic ramifications. The Church will not be made holy because it lives in an Era of Peace; there will be an Era of Peace precisely because the Church has been made holy.

…the Spirit of Pentecost will flood the earth with his power and a great miracle will gain the attention of all humanity. This will be the effect of grace of the Flame of Love… which is Jesus Christ himself… something like this has not happened since the Word became flesh. Satan’s blindness means the universal triumph of My divine Heart, the liberation of souls, and the opening of the way to salvation to its fullest extent. —Jesus to Elizabeth Kindelmann, The Flame of Love, p. 61, 38, 61; 233; from Elizabeth Kindelmann’s diary; 1962; Imprimatur Archbishop Charles Chaput

This new grace, also called “the Flame of Love”, will restore the balance and harmony that was lost in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve lost the grace of Living in the Divine Will — that source of divine power that sustained all creation in the Divine Life. 

…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

But as Jesus said to Elizabeth Kindelmann, Satan must first be blinded. In The Great Day of Light, we see how the “illumination of conscience” is not the end of Satan’s reign, but a certain breaking of his power in millions if not billions of souls. It is the Prodigal Hour when many will return home. As such, this Divine Light of the Holy Spirit will expel much darkness; the Flame of Love will blind Satan; it will be a mass exorcism of the “dragon” unlike anything the world has known such that it will already be the beginning of the reign of the Kingdom of the Divine Will in the hearts of many of His saints. If the “sixth seal” in Revelation 6:12-17 seems to describe the physical realm during the Warning,[4] Revelation 12 appears to reveal the spiritual.

Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven…[5] Now have salvation and power come, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed. For the accuser of our brothers is cast out… But woe to you, earth and sea, for the Devil has come down to you in great fury, for he knows he has but a short time…(Rev 12:7-12)

Even though Satan will then focus what’s left of his power in the “beast” or Antichrist in the “short time” he has left (ie. “forty-two months”),[6] St. John nonetheless hears the faithful crying out that “the kingdom of our God” has come. How can that be? Because it is an interior manifestation of the Kingdom of the Divine Will—at least in those who were properly disposed for it.[7] As a sidenote, St. John indicates that the souls who accept the graces of the Warning may be led to a refuge of some kind during the Antichrist’s reign.[8] 

The woman was given the two wings of the great eagle, so that she could fly to her place in the desert, where, far from the serpent, she was taken care of for a year, two years, and a half-year. (Revelation 12:14)

Modern visionaries have alluded to this sequence of events as well. In the following locution, the late Fr. Stefano Gobbi is given a compressed vision of the Warning and its fruits.

The Holy Spirit will come to establish the glorious reign of Christ and it will be a reign of grace, of holiness, of love, of justice and of peace. 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. And then Jesus Christ will bring His glorious reign in the world. —Our Lady to Fr. Stefano Gobbi , May 22nd, 1988:

The Canadian mystic, Fr. Michel Rodrigue, explains what he saw in a vision after the Warning, alluding to the infusion of the Gift of Living in the Divine Will within the faithful:

After the time allowed by God for people to return to Jesus, they will have to make a decision: to come back to Him of their free will, or to reject Him. If others reject Him, you will be strengthened in the Holy Spirit. When the angel shows you the flame to follow to the refuge where he wants you to be, you will be strengthened in the Holy Spirit, and your emotions will be neutralized. Why? Because you will be purified from all the entrance of the darkness. You will have the strength of the Holy Spirit. Your heart will be according to the will of the Father. You will know the will of the Father, and you will know they have chosen the wrong way. You will follow the way that is yours under the guidance of the Lord and the angel of the Lord because He is the way, the life, and the truth. Your heart will be according to the Holy Spirit, Who is the love of Christ, Himself, and the Father, Himself. He will drive you. He will conduct you. You will have no fear. You will just watch them. I saw it. I passed through it… following the Illumination of Conscience, a great gift will be given all of us. The Lord will calm our passions and appease our desires. He will heal us from the distortion of our senses, so after this Pentecost, we will feel that our entire body is in harmony with Him. Standing guard at every refuge will be a holy angel of the Lord who will block anyone from entering who does not have a sign of the cross on their forehead (Rev 7:3). — “The Time of the Refuges”, countdowntothekingdom.com

Jesus explained to Luisa how this “neutralization” of the passions is a fruit of Living in the Divine Will:

Then my Will becomes the life of this soul, in such a way that whatever thing It may dispose over her as well as over others, she is content with everything. Anything seems to be suitable for her; death, life, cross, poverty, etc. — she looks at all of these as her own things, which serve to maintain her life. She reaches such an extent, that not even chastisements frighten her any more, but she is content with the Divine Will in everything… —Book of Heaven, Volume 9, Nov. 1st, 1920

In a word, the coming Illumination will be, at the very least, the final stages of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart when Our Lady will gather the most possible number of souls to her Son before the world is purified. After all, said Pope Benedict, praying for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart…

…is equivalent in meaning to our praying for the coming of God’s Kingdom… Light of the World, p. 166, A Conversation With Peter Seewald

And that is the equivalent of praying for the Holy Spirit to descend and bring to completion the union of the human with the Divine Will, or in other words, the “Real Life” of Jesus in the saints. 

That is the way Jesus is always conceived. That is the way He is reproduced in souls. He is always the fruit of heaven and earth. Two artisans must concur in the work that is at once God’s masterpiece and humanity’s supreme product: the Holy Spirit and the most Holy Virgin Mary… for they are the only ones who can reproduce Christ. —Arch. Luis M. Martinez, The Sanctifier, p. 6 

Open your hearts and let the Holy Spirit enter, who will transform you and unite you in a single heart with Jesus. —Our Lady to Gisella Cardia, March 3rd, 2021; countdowntothekingdom.com

We are given reason to believe that, towards the end of time and perhaps sooner than we expect, God will raise up people filled with the Holy Spirit and imbued with the spirit of Mary. Through them Mary, Queen most powerful, will work great wonders in the world, destroying sin and setting up the kingdom of Jesus her Son upon the RUINS of the corrupt kingdom, which is this great earthly Babylon(Rev.18:20) —St. Louis de Montfort, Treatise on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin,n. 58-59

THE KINGDOM IS ETERNAL

This Kingdom of the Divine Will that will be granted to the latter day saints is an eternal kingship, as the prophet Daniel testifies:

They shall be handed over to him [the Antichrist] for a time, two times, and half a time. But when the court is convened, and his dominion is taken away to be abolished and completely destroyed, then the kingship and dominion and majesty of all the kingdoms under the heavens shall be given to the people of the holy ones of the Most High, whose kingship shall be an everlasting kingship, whom all dominions shall serve and obey. (Daniel 7:25-27)

Perhaps this passage, in part, is why the perennial mistake among both Protestant and Catholic scholars has been to claim that the “laweless one”, therefore, must come at the very end of the world (see Antichrist Before the Era of Peace?). But neither the Scriptures nor the Early Church Fathers taught this. Rather, St. John, echoing Daniel, gives borders to this “kingship” within time and history:

Then I saw thrones; those who sat on them were entrusted with judgment. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, and who had not worshiped the beast or its image nor had accepted its mark on their foreheads or hands. They came to life and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were over. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over these; they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for [the] thousand years. (Rev 20:4-6)

Those who are “beheaded” may be understood in both a literal and a spiritual sense, but ultimately, it refers to those who have died to their human will for the Divine Will. Pope Pius XII describes it as an end of mortal sin in the Church within the boundaries of time:

A new resurrection of Jesus is necessary: a true resurrection, which admits no more lordship of death… In individuals, Christ must destroy the night of mortal sin with the dawn of grace regained. In families, the night of indifference and coolness must give way to the sun of love. In factories, in cities, in nations, in lands of misunderstanding and hatred the night must grow bright as the day, nox sicut dies illuminabitur, and strife will cease and there will be peace. — Urbi et Orbi address,March 2nd, 1957; vatican.va 

Jesus echoes this resurrection in His revelations to Luisa:[9]

If I came to earth, it was to enable each and every soul to possess My Resurrection as their own — to give them life and make them resurrect in My own Resurrection. And do you wish to know when the real resurrection of the soul occurs? Not in the end of days, but while it is still alive on earth. One who lives in My Will resurrects to the light and says: ‘My night is over… My will is no longer mine, for it has resurrected in God’s Fiat.’ Book of Heaven, Volume 36, April 20, 1938

Hence, these souls will not experience the “second death”:

The soul who lives in my Will is not subject to death and receives no Judgment; his life is eternal. All that death had to do, love did in advance, and my Will reordered him completely in Me, so that I have nothing for which to judge him. —Book of Heaven, Volume 11, June 9, 1912

IN SACRED TRADITION

Again, several Church Fathers, based on St. John’s personal testimony, attested to the coming of this Kingdom of the Divine Will after the death of the Antichrist or “lawless one” to inaugurate a kind of “sabbath rest” for the Church. 

…His Son will come and destroy the time of the lawless one and judge the godless, and change the sun and the moon and the stars—then He shall indeed rest on the seventh day… after giving rest to all things, I will make the beginning of the eighth day, that is, the beginning of another world. —Letter of Barnabas (70-79 A.D.), written by a second century Apostolic Father

So, the blessing foretold undoubtedly refers to the time of His Kingdom, when the just will rule on rising from the dead; when creation, reborn and freed from bondage, will yield an abundance of foods of all kinds from the heaven’s dew and the fertility of the earth, just as the seniors recall. Those who saw John, the Lord’s disciple , [tell us] that they heard from him how the Lord taught and spoke about these times… —St. Irenaeus of Lyons, Church Father (140–202 A.D.); Adversus Haereses, Irenaeus of Lyons, V.33.3.4, The Fathers of the Church, CIMA Publishing Co.; (St. Irenaeus was a student of St. Polycarp, who knew and learned from the Apostle John and was later consecrated bishop of Smyrna by John.)

We do confess that a kingdom is promised to us upon the earth, although before heaven, only in another state of existence; inasmuch as it will be after the resurrection for a thousand years in the divinely-built city of Jerusalem…  —Tertullian (155–240 A.D.), Nicene Church Father; Adversus Marcion, Ante-Nicene Fathers, Henrickson Publishers, 1995, Vol. 3, pp. 342-343)

Since God, having finished His works, rested on the seventh day and blessed it, at the end of the six thousandth year all wickedness must be abolished from the earth, and righteousness reign for a thousand years… —Caecilius Firmianus Lactantius (250-317 A.D.; Ecclesiastical writer), The Divine Institutes, Vol 7.

And According to Jesus, we have now arrived at the time when the earth must be purified — “there is really very little time left,” Our Lady said recently.[10]

Every two thousand years I have renewed the world. In the first two thousand years I renewed it with the Deluge; in the second two thousand I renewed it with my coming upon earth when I manifested my Humanity, from which, as if from many fissures, my Divinity shone forth. The good ones and the very Saints of the following two thousand years have lived from the fruits of my Humanity and, in drops, they have enjoyed my Divinity. Now we are around the third two thousand years, and there will be a third renewal. This is the reason for the general confusion: it is nothing other than the preparation of the third renewal. If in the second renewal I manifested what my Humanity did and suffered, and very little of what my Divinity was operating, now, in this third renewal, after the earth will be purged and a great part of the current generation destroyed, I will be even more generous with creatures, and I will accomplish the renewal by manifesting what my Divinity did within my Humanity… —Jesus to Luisa Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Vol. 12, Jan. 29th, 1919 

In closing then, I would have to agree with St. Louis de Montfort as opposed to our Protestant friends. The Word of God will be vindicated. Christ will triumph. Creation will be liberated. And the Church will become holy and without blemish — all before Christ returns at the very end of time

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

What is left for you and I, then, is to prepare with all our hearts for it, and take as many souls with us as we can…

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It is prayer that will bring joy into your lives and help you to overcome the obstacles of Christian living… When you go to Jesus in prayer–and through Him to the Father–you will always find inspiration in Mary, His mother. With every generation of disciples you will learn to prayer with her, and with her to await the action of the Holy Spirit in your lives.

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THE CHAIR OF ROCK

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ON THE FEAST OF THE CHAIR OF ST. PETER THE APOSTLE

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was passing through a trade fair when I came across a “Christian Cowboy” booth. Sitting on a ledge were a stack of NIV bibles with a snapshot of horses on the cover. I picked one up, then looked at the three men in front of me grinning proudly beneath the brim of their Stetsons.

“Thank you for spreading the Word, brothers,” I said, returning their smiles. “I’m a Catholic evangelist myself.” And with that, their faces dropped, their smiles now forced. The oldest of the three cowboys, a man I venture in his sixties, suddenly blurted out, “Huh. What’s that?”

I knew exactly what I was in for.

“A Catholic evangelist is someone who preaches the Gospel, that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

“Well, then you better stop worshipping Mary…”

And with that, the man launched into a tirade on how the Catholic Church is not the real Church, a mere invention about 1500 years ago; that she is fomenting a “new world order”, and Pope Francis is calling for a “one world religion”… [1] I tried to respond to his accusations, but he would always cut me off mid-sentence. After 10 minutes of an uncomfortable exchange, I finally said to him, “Sir, if you think I’m lost, then perhaps you ought to try winning my soul rather than an argument.”

At that, one of the young cowboys piped up. “Can I buy ya a coffee?” And with that, we escaped to the food court.

He was a pleasant fellow—a stark contrast to his haughty colleague. He began to ask me questions on my Catholic faith. Clearly, he had been studying the arguments against Catholicism, but with an open mind. Quickly, Peter became the center of our discussion. [2]

He began, “When Jesus said, ‘You are Peter and on this rock I will build my church,’ the Greek manuscript says, ‘You are Petros and on this petra I will build my church.’ Petros means “little stone” as where petra means “big rock.” What Jesus was really saying was “Peter, you are a little stone, but on Me, “the big rock”, I will build my Church.”

“Well, in the Greek,” I replied, “the word for “rock” is indeed petra. But the masculine form of that is petros. So in naming Peter, the masculine form would have been used. It’s grammatically incorrect to use petra when referring to a male. Besides, you are referring to an ancient form of Greek, which was used from the eighth to fourth century B.C., and even then, largely confined to Greek poetry. The language of the New Testament writers was that of Koine Greek where no distinction in definition is made between petros and petra.”

Unlike his senior, the young cowboy listened intently.

“But none of this really matters, and the reason is that Jesus did not speak Greek, but Aramaic. There is no “feminine” or “masculine” word for “rock” in His native tongue. So Jesus would have said, “You are Kepha, and on this kepha I will build my Church.” Even some Protestant scholars agree on this point.

The underlying Aramaic is in this case unquestionable; at most probably kepha was used in both clauses (“you are kepha” and “on this kepha” ), since the word was used both for a name and for a “rock.” —Baptist scholar D. A. Carson; The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, vol. 8, Zondervan, 368

“Still,” the young cowboy protested, “Jesus is the rock. Peter is just a man. If anything, Jesus was just saying that He would build His Church on Peter’s faith.”

I looked him in the eye and smiled. It was so refreshing to meet an Evangelical Christian who was open to debate without the hostility I experienced moments before.

“Well, the first thing I’d note in the text is that Jesus wasn’t just complimenting Peter’s faith. In fact, so significant was the moment that He changed his name! “Blessed are you Simon Bar-Jona!… and I tell you, you are Peter…” [3] This hardly suggests that Jesus was belittling him as a “little stone” but, in fact, was raising up his status. This name-change calls to mind another biblical character whom God sets apart from other men: Abraham. The Lord pronounces a blessing on him and changes his name too, based also, notably, on his faith. What is interesting is that the blessing of Abraham comes by way of the high priest Melchizedek. And Jesus, said St. Paul, prefigured and fulfills his role “becoming high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” [4]

[Melchizedek] blessed Abram with these words: “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, the creator of heaven and earth”… No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I am making you the father of a multitude of nations. (Gen 14:19)

“Did you know,” I asked him, “that the word “pope” comes from the Latin “papa”, which means father?” He nodded. “In the Old Covenant, God set Abraham as the father of a multitude of nations. In the New Covenant, Peter is set as a father over the nations as well, albeit in a new mode. The word “catholic”, in fact, means “universal.” Peter is head of the universal Church.”

“I just don’t see it that way,” he protested. “Jesus is the head of the Church.”

“But Jesus is no longer physically present on earth,” I said (except in the Blessed Sacrament). “Another title for the Pope is “Vicar of Christ”, which simply means His representative. What company doesn’t have a CEO, or an organization a president, or a team a coach? Isn’t it common sense that the Church would also have a visible head?”

“I suppose…”

“Well, it was only to Peter that Jesus said, ‘I will give you the keys of the Kingdom.’ This is pretty significant, no? Jesus then tells Peter that ‘Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.’ In fact, Jesus knew exactly what he was doing when He spoke those words—He was drawing straight from Isaiah 22.”

The cowboy’s eyes narrowed out of curiosity. I grabbed my phone, which has a digital Bible on it, and turned to Isaiah 22.

“Now, before I read this, it’s important to understand that in the Old Testament, it was common for kings in the Near East to place a “prime minister” of sorts over their kingdom. He would be bestowed with the king’s own authority over the territory. In Isaiah, we read precisely this: the servant Eliakim being bestowed with the Davidic king’s authority:

I will clothe him with your robe, gird him with your sash, confer on him your authority. He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah. I will place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; what he opens, no one will shut, what he shuts, no one will open. I will fix him as a peg in a firm place, a seat of honor for his ancestral house. (Isaiah 22:20-23)

As I read the passage, I paused at certain points. “Notice the reference to robes and sashes still worn today?… Notice the “father” reference?… notice the “key”?… notice the “binding and loosing” parallel to “opening and shutting”?… see how his office is “fixed”?”

The cowboy didn’t say much, but I could see his wagon wheels turning.

“The point is this: Jesus created on office, which Peter alone holds. In fact, all the Twelve Apostles hold an office.”

He shifted uncomfortably in his chair, but uncommonly, continued to listen.

“Have you noticed in the description of the City of God in the Book of Revelation that there are twelve foundation stones beneath the city wall?”

The wall of the city had twelve courses of stones as its foundation, on which were inscribed the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. (Rev 21:14)

“How can that be,” I continued, “if Judas betrayed Jesus and then committed suicide? Could Judas be a foundation stone??”

“Hm… no.”

“If you turn to the first chapter of Acts, you see that they elect Matthias to replace Judas. But why? Why, when there are dozens of Christians gathered together, would they feel they needed to replace Judas? Because they were filling an office.”

‘May another take his office.’ (Acts 1:20)

“Here, you see the beginning of “Apostolic succession.” That is why today we have 266 popes. We know most of them by name, including roughly when they reigned. Jesus promised that the “gates of Hades” would not prevail against the Church, and my friend, it has not—despite the fact that we’ve had some pretty awful and corrupt popes at times.”

“Look,” he said, “The bottom line for me is that it’s not men, but the Bible that is the standard for truth.”

“Gee,” I said, “that’s not what the Bible says. Could I have your copy?” He handed me his Cowboy Bible where I turned to 1 Timothy 3:15:

…God’s household […] is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. (1 Tim 3:15, NIV)

“Let me see that,” he said. I handed him his Bible, and continued.

“So it is the Church, not the Bible, that is the “standard” for determining what is true, and what is not. The Bible came from the Church, not the other way around. [5] In fact, there was no Bible for the first four centuries of the Church, and even then, it was not readily available until centuries later with the printing press. The point is this: when Jesus commissioned the Apostles, He didn’t hand them a goodie bag with a granola bar, maps, a flashlight, and their own copy of the Bible. He simply said:

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations… teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age. (Matt 28:19-20)

All they had was the memory of what Jesus told them, and more importantly, His promise that the Holy Spirit would “guide them into all truth.” [6] Thus, the infallible standard of the truth would be the Apostles themselves, and their successors after them. This is why Jesus said to the Twelve:

Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me. (Luke 10:16)

“As for Peter, the first Pope, his role would be a visible sign of the Church’s unity and the guarantor of obedience to the truth. For it was to him that Jesus said three times, “Feed my sheep.” [7] I can tell you this, no doctrine of the Catholic Church was “invented” at some point over the centuries. Every single teaching of the Church stems from the “deposit of faith” that Jesus left the Apostles. It’s a miracle in itself that the truth has been preserved after 2000 years. And I guess it should be. Because if the ‘truth sets us free’, we better know what the truth is. If it’s a matter of each of us interpreting the Bible, then, well, you have what we do today: tens of thousands of denominations claiming that they have the truth. The Catholic Church is simply proof that Jesus meant what He said. The Spirit has indeed guided her ‘into all truth’. And this is easily proven today. We have this thing called Google.” [8]

With that, we stood up and shook hands. “While I disagree with you,” the cowboy said, “I will certainly go home and think about 1 Timothy 3:15 and the church as the pillar of truth. Very interesting…”

“Yes, it is,” I replied. “It’s what the Bible says, doesn’t it?”

First published February 22nd, 2017.

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Footnotes
↑1cf. Did Francis Promote a One World Religion?
↑2The discussion went forward along these lines, though I have added some important historical information here to round out the theology.
↑3cf. Matt 16:17-18
↑4Heb 6:20
↑5The “canon” or books of the Bible were determined by the Catholic bishops at the councils of Carthage (393, 397, 419 AD) and Hippo (393 AD). cf. The Fundamental Problem
↑6cf. John 16:13
↑7cf. John 15:18-21
↑8However, I recommended that he go to Catholic.com and type in his questions there to find excellent, scholarly, and logical answers as to why Catholics believe what we do on everything from Mary to Purgatory.
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Men must look for the peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ.
—POPE PIUS XI, Quas Primas, n. 1; Dec. 11th, 1925

Holy Mary, Mother of God, our Mother,
teach us to believe, to hope, to love with you.
Show us the way to his Kingdom!
Star of the Sea, shine upon us and guide us on our way!
—POPE BENEDICT XVI, Spe Salvin. 50

WHAT essentially is the “Era of Peace” that is coming after these days of darkness? Why did the papal theologian for five popes, including St. John Paul II, say it will be “the greatest miracle in the history of the world, second only to the Resurrection?”[1] Why did Heaven say to Elizabeth Kindelmann of Hungary…

…the Spirit of Pentecost will flood the earth with his power and a great miracle will gain the attention of all humanity. This will be the effect of grace of the Flame of Love… which is Jesus Christ himself… something like this has not happened since the Word became flesh. Satan’s blindness means the universal triumph of My divine Heart, the liberation of souls, and the opening of the way to salvation to its fullest extent. —Jesus to Elizabeth Kindelmann, The Flame of Love, p. 61, 38, 61; 233; from Elizabeth Kindelmann’s diary; 1962; Imprimatur Archbishop Charles Chaput

All this sounds rather extraordinary, epochal in fact. And it will be, because what God is about to do will, at last, bring to fulfillment the words we have been praying for 2000 years:

Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. (Matt 6:10)

When Jesus says that this will open “the way to salvation to its fullest extent,” He means that a new grace is coming, a final “Gift” to the Church in order to sanctify and prepare her as a Bride for the final coming of the Groom at the end of time. What is this Gift? It is the Kingdom of the Divine Will or “Gift of living in the Divine Will.”

Have you seen what living in My Will is?… It is to enjoy, while remaining on earth, all the Divine qualities… It is the Sanctity not yet known, and which I will make known, which will set in place the last ornament, the most beautiful and most brilliant among all the other sanctities, and that will be the crown and completion of all other sanctities. —Servant of God Luisa Picarretta, The Gift of Living in the Divine Will, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi; n. 4.1.2.1.1 A

As I wrote in True Sonshipthis is much more than simply doing God’s will, but actually uniting to it and possessing it as one single willthus regaining the rights of divine sonship that were lost in the Garden of Eden. These include the “preternatural” gifts once enjoyed by Adam and Eve. 

Our first parents’ “rightful claims”… include, but are not limited to the preternatural gifts of immortality, infused knowledge, immunity from concupiscence and their mastery over all creation. Indeed, after Original Sin, Adam and Eve who enjoyed the rightful claims of kingship and queenship over all creation, lost this rightful claim, whence creation turned against them. —Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, theologian, The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will, footnote n. 33 in Divine Will Prayer Book, p. 105

In the 36 volumes that Jesus and Our Lady dictated to Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta,[2] they repeatedly explain how the restoration of the Divine Will in man will be the pinnacle of salvation history. Jesus is almost beside Himself in anticipation of this final crowning, which is the glory of His Passion.

In Creation, My ideal was to form the Kingdom of My Will in My creature’s soul. My primary purpose was to make each man the image of the Divine Trinity by virtue of the fulfilment of My Will in him. But by man’s withdrawl from My Will, I lost My Kingdom in him, and for 6000 long years I have had to battle. —from Luisa’s diaries, Vol. XIV, November 6th, 1922; Saints in the Divine Will by Fr. Sergio Pellegrini, with the approval of the Archbishop of Trani, Giovan Battista Pichierri, p. 35

So now we come to it: The Clash of the Kingdomsis underway. But in this darkness, God has given us a Star to follow: Mary, she who literally shows us the path we are to take in order to prepare for the descent of this Kingdom. 

It is to her as Mother and Model that the Church must look in order to understand in its completeness the meaning of her own mission.  —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Redemptoris Mater, n. 37

OUR LADY, THE KEY

In the apparitions of Our Lady around the world, she often announces herself under a title such as: “Our Lady Queen of Peace,” “The Immaculate Conception” or “Our Lady of Sorrows”, etc. These are not boasts or mere descriptions: they are prophetic reflections of who and what the Church herself is to become within the boundaries of time.

Among all believers she is like a “mirror” in which are reflected in the most profound and limpid way “the mighty works of God.”  —POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II, Redemptoris Mater, n. 25

When either [Mary or the Church] is spoken of, the meaning can be understood of both, almost without qualification. —Blessed Isaac of Stella, Liturgy of the Hours, Vol. I, pg. 252

Hence, the Church is going to become Immaculate;[3] she too is going to become the mother of universal peace; and thus, she too Church must also pass by way of sorrows in order to realize this coming Resurrection. In fact, this purity is a necessary precursor in order for the Kingdom of the Divine Will to descend and for Jesus to reign within it, that is, within the Church in a new modality (cf. Rev 20:6). 

Only a pure soul can boldly say: “Thy kingdom come.” One who has heard Paul say, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies,” and has purified himself in action, thought and word will say to God: “Thy kingdom come!”Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2819

Our Lady explained to Luisa how she was conceived without sin, but that it was still necessary for her throughout her young life to expand the Kingdom of the Divine Will within in her heart in order to prepare for the descent of Jesus into her womb.[4] In fact, it was not until the Annunciation that she became aware of the Divine Plan, thus giving her complete “fiat” at that moment.

By living in the Divine Will, I formed the heavens and its Divine Kingdom within my soul. Had I not formed this Kingdom within me, the Word would never have descended from heaven to earth. The only reason He descended was because He was able to descend into his own Kingdom, which the Divine Will had established within me… Indeed, the Word would never have descended into a foreign kingdom – not at all. For this reason he first wanted to form his Kingdom within me, and then descend into it as a conqueror. —The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will, Day 18

There is the key to understanding what you and I must do in the days ahead in order to prepare for the coming of Christ to reign within us in this “new and divine holiness.” We have to cease giving life to our human will and embrace the Divine Will in all things. Hence, Our Lady becomes the “sign” that has appeared in our times, a “Woman clothed in the sun” of the Divine Will who is thus able to elude the dragon. If we then are to defeat Satan in this hour of apostasy (which is really the futile crowning of the human will), then we must imitate this Woman with all our being.

Do you know what renders us dissimilar? 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. In a word, your will is not the Will which animates your Heavenly Mother. I knew my human will only to keep it sacrificed in homage to my Creator. —Our Lady to Luisa, Ibid. Day 1

If we too keep our human will sacrificed, whilst asking each day for God to give us the Gift of Living in the Divine Will, then we will slowly begin to observe how interior discord, restlessness, anxiety, fear, and malaise—in a word, the effects of the human will—begin to melt before the rising Sun within. I can tell you that since I said “yes” to Our Lady over a year ago to live in the Divine Will,[5] she has crushed beneath her heel so much in me that has stolen away peace—even though I am only at the very beginning of this new journey. It has filled me with so much hope. For authentic hope is not born by whipping oneself into a state of wishful thinking, but when one actually exercises faith in not only repenting but doing what God asks of it. As Our Lady said to Luisa… 

The light of the sun of the Divine Will that enveloped me was so great that, embellishing and investing my humanity, it continuously produced heavenly flowers in my soul. I felt the heavens lower themselves to me as the earth of my humanity arose within it. So [in me] heaven and earth embraced, were reconciled and exchanged the kiss of peace and love. —Ibid. Day 18

TRUE PEACE

Hence, one can better understand now the foundation of the Era of Peace: the reunion of the will of man with the Will of God, to the very ends of the earth. In this Single Willthe fruits of justice and peace will manifest in a way so miraculously as to have not had their equal since the Incarnation and Resurrection of Jesus Himself. 

Here it is foretold that his kingdom will have no limits, and will be enriched with justice and peace: “in his days shall justice spring up, and abundance of peace…And he shall rule from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth”… When once men recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony… for with the spread and the universal extent of the kingdom of Christ men will become more and more conscious of the link that binds them together, and thus many conflicts will be either prevented entirely or at least their bitterness will be diminished. —POPE PIUS XI, Quas Primas, n. 8, 19; Dec. 11th, 1925

That “link” is the Divine Will. 

Peace is not merely the absence of war… Peace is “the tranquillity of order.” Peace is the work of justice and the effect of charity.CCC, n. 2304

…in Christ is realized the right order of all things, the union of heaven and earth, as God the Father intended from the beginning. It is the obedience of God the Son Incarnate which reestablishes, restores, the original communion of man with God and, therefore, peace in the world. His obedience unites once again all things, ‘things in heaven and things on earth.’ —Cardinal Raymond Burke, speech in Rome; May 18th, 2018, lifesitnews.com

“All creation,” said St. Paul, “groans and labors up till now,” awaiting Christ’s redemptive efforts to restore the proper relationship between God and his creation. But Christ’s redemptive act did not of itself restore all things, it simply made the work of redemption possible, it began our redemption. Just as all men share in the disobedience of Adam, so all men must share in the obedience of Christ to the Father’s will. Redemption will be complete only when all men share his obedience… —Servant of God Fr. Walter Ciszek, He Leadeth Me (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1995), pp. 116-117

This is our great hope and our invocation, ‘Your Kingdom come!’—a Kingdom of peace, justice and serenity, which will re-establish the original harmony of creation. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, General Audience, November 6th, 2002, Zenit

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Introductory Prayer:

Lord, I know you have worked in my life, and yet I take so little account of it. Just knowing the truth of your presence in my past would be enough to convert my heart totally to a future of commitment to you. Knowing your history will make me long for you. I hunger for goodness that will make this day fruitful in ways that will last, that will not deceive me. I intend not to let my mundane passions leave me blind and crippled before the opportunity to be your apostle today.

Petition: Lord, grant me the grace to commit myself more to your will through a deeper trust in you.

  1. Missing the Foundation: “Is it because we have no bread?” We can see how easy it is to miss the messages God wishes to send us in prayer, because we are preoccupied only with what is immediate. We can be hungry for success, want a friend or family member to make peace with us, or we become obsessed over the finances. The insecure heart is pulled away from a healthy vision of life because it is not founded on rock. The soul that lives from the true foundation knows that as long as it has Christ and is doing his will, all is well.
  2. Remembering the Works of God: “And do you not remember?” One of the worst sins of the people of Israel was to have forgotten God’s great works on their behalf. It is important to reflect often and with gratitude on the many benefits we have received from Our Lord. Each of us should remember: It is God who created us and who has begun the work of our holiness. If he has brought us this far with only a modest amount of cooperation on our part, how much further could we go if we were to give him our total dedication? How much more good would flourish in our lives? How many problems would find God’s hand shaping them for our benefit?
  3. Wishing to See Again: On any given day, every follower of Christ should have a healthy mistrust of what he thinks is the absolute need for his life. Oftentimes, a spiritual “detox” is in order to free us from becoming obsessed over secondary goals. This detox is found in the school of prayer. St. Augustine notes prayer is where we exercise desire, where we let our heart purify itself from its distractions, and where we let affection and devotion for the Beloved expand. The fire of divine love can heal many divisions and complexes in our psychology, if we consistently open ourselves up to it.

Conversation with Christ: Lord, keep me from that spiritual anorexia that makes me lose the hunger for your presence in my life. I can let daily pressures and disordered passions block my ability to love you as I should. How I endanger myself; how I destroy my happiness in this world of illusion. Free me, Jesus, from my own folly! Give me back the hunger to love you again, as I promise never again to let myself be carried away by activism and pride.

Resolution: Today I will write down the things I have been seeking that could take me away from Christ. I will honestly renounce them in an attitude of holy indifference, wanting them only in as much as Jesus wants them in my life.

Thoughts for the day

Introductory PrayerLord, I truly sense your love in my heart. I hope in you, for you have won my confidence by revealing your sacrificial love to me. I love you, Lord, and I wish to be a witness of your love to all.

PetitionLord, open my heart to your love so I may be a convincing witness to the world that your love exists.

  1. Who Would I Be if I Did Not Have the Faith? We can be so familiar with and immersed in our Catholic heritage that we take for granted the truths we have received from our Catholic Church, much like most of us take for granted our ability to hear or speak. Today’s Gospel gives us an opportunity to contemplate a man who from birth did not enjoy either of these common faculties. There are people who cannot embrace Jesus’ revelation not because it isn’t given, but because they are not prepared to receive it. Let us rejoice in the grace we have received and honor it with our fidelity. What type of person would I be (or soon become) if I didn’t have the gift of faith to support, guide or mold my values?
  2. Christ Is the Revelation of the Father and His Love: Christ revealed himself to this man, and his power gave him hearing and good speech. “Christ … by the revelation of the mystery of the Father and his love, fully reveals man to man himself and makes his supreme calling clear” (Gaudium et Spes, no. 22). Inasmuch as we are deaf to divine revelation, we are like this man. Unable to speak the message of the meaning of our lives, unable to give ourselves to God and others, life just passes us by. But if God touches our ears and tongue, if he cures and empowers us with his grace, our lives take on a whole new direction and significance. God does touch our ears and tongue, but we must embrace his grace and purpose in our lives.
  3. We Are Witnesses to the World that Love Exists: Our Lord restored to this man the health of his ears and tongue. Christ thus revealed to him his real identity: “He, who is ‘the image of the invisible God’ (Colossians 1:15), is himself the perfect man” (Redemptor Hominis, no. 10). How difficult his life must have been before this revelation! How hard must it have been for him to believe and love! Man cannot live without love. He remains a being that is incomprehensible for himself, his life is senseless, if love is not revealed to him, if he does not encounter love, if he does not experience it and make it his own, if he does not participate intimately in it” (Ibid). With his health restored, the man became an agent of God’s redemption. Who could keep him silent now about this wonderful experience of his Savior he has had? How loved by God this man must have felt that day when Christ restored his health! This man believed and so he speaks! Why am I silent? Do I not know that as a Catholic I am to be a witness to the world that love exists?

Conversation with Christ

Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you!
You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you.
In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things, which you created.
You were with me, but I was not with you.
Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you, they would not have been at all.
You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness.
You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness.
You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you.
I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more.
You touched me, and I burned for your peace. (The Confessions of St. Augustine)

Resolution: Today, I will share an aspect of my faith with a friend or family member.

Mark Mallett

OUR LADY’S WARTIME

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ON THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES

THERE are two ways to approach the times now unfolding: as victims or protagonists, as bystanders or leaders. We have to choose. Because there is no more middle ground. There is no more place for the lukewarm. There is no more waffling on the project of our holiness or of our witness. Either we are all in for Christ — or we will be taken in by the spirit of the world.

A TIME TO WEEP

Is it not true that, already, vast portions of humanity have been drawn into at least the first stages of The Strong Delusion that St. Paul spoke of? Brainwashed by a politically correct culture, lulled into a false sense of security by a mostly silent clergy, and breathlessly corralled into a system that is daily purging the truth, rewriting history, and evacuating freedom of speech, religion, thought and movement by the hour. And yet, who is resisting? Who is sounding the alarm? Who are the shepherds rising to defend their flocks, the Sacraments and the freedom to not only worship Christ in the public square but to proclaim His Gospel to the nations?

My Lord and my God… I saw all this so clearly about eight years ago as I drove to meet a priest for the Sacrament of Confession. Suddenly, I saw in my heart how everything would be “lost” and driven into the silence of the tomb. When I got back home, I wrote it down:[1]

Weep, O children of men! Weep for all that is good, and true, and beautiful. Weep for all that must go down to the tomb, your icons and chants, your walls and steeples.

Weep, O children of men! For all that is good, and true, and beautiful. Weep for all that must go down to the Sepulcher, your teachings and truths, your salt and your light.

Weep, O children of men! For all that is good, and true, and beautiful. Weep for all who must enter the night, your priests and bishops, your popes and princes.

Weep, O children of men! For all that is good, and true, and beautiful. Weep for all who must enter the trial, the test of faith, the refiner’s fire.

…but weep not forever!

For dawn will come, light will conquer, a new Sun will rise.

And all that was good, and true, and beautiful

Will breathe new breath, and be given to sons again.

Now we see how the axiom that “history repeats itself” is so true. We have looked back upon previous generations with a kind of detached condemnation: how could the Germans have voted Hitler to power? How did the Russians allow Stalin and Lenin to unfurl their Marxist project? How did Frenchmen permit the revolution that crumbled statues, whitewashed icons, and unleashed a river of blood into their cobblestone streets? 

I have come to understand the average German living under Nazism and the average Russian living under communism for another reason: the power of the media to brainwash. As a student of totalitarianism since my graduate studies at the Russian Institute of Columbia University’s School of International Affairs (as it was then known), I have always believed that only in a dictatorship could a society be brainwashed. I was wrong. I now understand that mass brainwashing can take place in a nominally free society… That’s why I no longer judge the average German as easily as I used to. Apathy in the face of tyranny turns out not to be a German or Russian characteristic. I just never thought it could happen in America. —Dennis Prager, columist, “I Now Better Understand the ‘Good German’”, January 8th, 2021, theepochtimes.com

And yet, many who describe themselves as Christians are mostly oblivious, or indeed, simply apathetic. Just as most of Jerusalem was celebrating the feast of Passover while Jesus wept in Gethsemane, so too, many are also unaware that Judas and his mob are at the very gates of Our Gethsemane

Beloved children, pray for the Church, because now the struggle is at the gates, she [the Church] will live her Passion. —Our Lady to Gisella Cardia, February 3rd, 2021; cf. countdowntothekingdom.com

Those who are awake, who are watching and praying are so few that it must startle even the angels as they recount the words of their Lord:

When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth? (Luke 18:8)

A TIME FOR WAR

While it may seem that we are helpless in the face of this totalitarianism, we are not. Our Lady has already promised that she will Triumph, meaning that her Son’s victory on the Cross is going to crush the head of the serpent. But not without a battle, not without this “final confrontation” between the Woman and the dragon (Rev 12). Our Lady, The New Gideon, is telling her Rabble exactly what to do: be proactive agents of “chaos” against the forces of darkness. 

Now is the time of the true battle, and with the weapons of fasting and the Holy Rosary in your hands, fight together with me for the Triumph of My Immaculate Heart. Beloved children, the times that will come will be terrible, but do not fear, because I and my Son will be close to you in the tribulation. Jesus will make the Holy Spirit descend upon you, just as He did with his apostles. —Our Lady to Gisella Cardia, November 14th, 2020; cf. countdowntothekingdom.com

Dear children, you are heading towards the future of a Great Battle between Good and evil. The enemies will increasingly act to keep you from the truth. In this Great Battle, your weapon of defense is love for the truth. In your hands, the Holy Rosary and Sacred Scripture; in your hearts, the love of truth. Do not allow the devil to win. You are the Lord’s Possession. —Our Lady to Pedro Regis, October 27th, 2020; cf. countdowntothekingdom.com

Fight, dearest children, my apostles in these last times of yours. This is the hour of my battle. This is the hour of my great victory. With you in the combat are also the Angels of the Lord who, at my orders, are carrying out the task which I have entrusted to them. Our Lady to a Californian Soul, February 8th, 2021; cf. countdowntothekingdom.com

My children, true faith is not something that is lost: it is like a fire — it can have a dull flame that flickers or it can be a burning fire: this depends on you. In order to be a burning fire, faith must be nourished with prayer, love, Eucharistic adoration. My children, I come to gather my army, ready with true faith and weapon in hand, ready to fight with love. My children, I have been leaving you my messages for some time now, but alas, you often do not listen, you harden your hearts. —Our Lady to Simona, February 8th, 2021; cf. countdowntothekingdom.com

Fasting, prayer, the Rosary, Eucharistic adoration, An Invincible Faith in Jesusand love for the truth, which is the Sword of the Spirit[2] — these are our weapons. They have the power to shake principalities, disrupt princes, exorcise evil, reunite families, stop wars, mitigate chastisements, and draw down mercy to save souls. Hence, even you, dear retired grandparents, are called to the front lines of Our Lady’s army (cf. You Be Noah). 

FIX YOUR EYES ON HEAVEN

There is much talk these days of “the Warning”, “refuges” and the coming “Era of Peace.” Yes, these are all aspects of both Our Lady’s Triumph and maternal intercession that find their support in Sacred Scripture and Tradition. But here’s a secret. Set your desire not upon those things but upon Heaven. Long for Heaven. Long to see the face of Jesus, to feel the arms of Mary, to know the love of billions of brothers and sisters who, even now, surround you as a “cloud of witnesses.”[3] The only way to persevere through these coming days is to detach from this world, from the nagging voice of self-preservation, and abandon everything to Jesus. This is wartime. Heaven’s air sirens are sounding. It is the call for the entire Church to martyrdom — whether it be “white” or “red.”

The only Catholic families that will remain alive and thriving in the twenty-first century are the families of martyrs. —Servant of God, Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J., The Blessed Virgin and the Sanctification of the Family

In other words, those families that refuse to bow down to the gods of Political Correctness, of Fear, and False Peace and Security; the families who will cry out to the little dictators of our times that “Jesus is Essential!”; the families who will defend the truth in season and out. Yes, this will “offend” many. But then, you will be more like your Master than ever:

They took offense at him… He was amazed at their lack of faith. (Matt 6:3, 6)

Those who challenge this new paganism are faced with a difficult option. Either they conform to this philosophy or they are faced with the prospect of martyrdom. —Servant of God Fr. John Hardon (1914-2000), How to Be a Loyal Catholic Today? By Being Loyal to the Bishop of Romewww.therealpresence.org

Does this make you afraid? The saints of yesterday longed for these days so that they could prove their love, defend their Lord, and earn a glory in eternity that would only increase into infinity. This is what I mean by setting your eyes upon the horizon of Heaven. This world, even should you live in the Era of Peace, is still but a blink compared to eternity.

I wish to invite young people to open their hearts to the Gospel and become Christ’s witnesses; if necessary, His martyr-witnesses, at the threshold of the Third Millennium. —ST. JOHN PAUL II to the youth, Spain, 1989

Yes, this is the hour most especially for our priests and bishops to renew their “fiat” to Our Lord, their vows to lay down their life for their sheep. This is no longer a mere analogy. Soon, very soon, priests are going to face whether or not to bar their churches or face fines and even imprisonment in the face of indefinite lockdowns, or other mandatory state restrictions.

Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. (John 15:20)

This is why Our Lady has been begging us to pray for our shepherds, because they are also key to her Triumph.[4]

And yet, Our Lord is also going to preserve many Christian families and priests for the last and final Era of Peace, a new dawn that will scatter this darkness, chain the enemy, and fill to the ends of the earth the Triumph of the Gospel. Hence, this is also the time for Our Lady’s Little Rabble to begin entering fully into the Divine Will, to prepare your hearts for the coming descent of the Kingdom of Christ that we have been invoking for 2000 years in the “Our Father.”[5] Who shall see that Era, who will go on to Heaven? We don’t know, and neither should it concern us—only to do the Will of God.

For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. (Romans 14:8)

THE LAST STRETCH

In closing, I am obligated to make my annual appeal to readers to help this full-time apostolate while there is still time. We are watching daily as the voices of truth are being silenced. It seems as if we are on the last stretch of being able to communicate so freely. Still, it is one day at a time. And today, like you, I have bills to pay, staff to fund, expenses to manage. As I look over to the right hand column, I see that the number of posts has exceeded 1600! How did that happen?! Yet, instead of putting these writings into books to sell, I have wanted from the beginning to make these words and our videos, etc. as freely available as possible. As Jesus said, “Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.” [6] And yet, says St. Paul:

In the same way, the Lord ordered that those who preach the gospel should live by the gospel. (1 Corinthians 9:14)

I have received countless letters from many of you deeply grateful for the videos my colleague Prof. Daniel O’Connor and I have been doing. Thank you for that encouragement — we’re trying our best. Moreover, I hope to start some kind of a regular podcast soon, to share more frequently the “little now words” that are on my heart. It’s a matter of time as I have been pretty overwhelmed this past year. So, I am trying to approach this carefully and prudently, though I do have my spiritual director and wife’s blessing for this. So thank you, to those who are able to, for clicking that little red donation button below. But I am most grateful for the currency of your prayers, without which I am certain I would not be able to continue. 

I have to say that the letters we are receiving from around the world on how the content on Countdown to the Kingdom, or here on The Now Word, is leading people into deep conversion, are astounding. Thanks be to God! It is a blessing to have tasted some of the fruits of the Holy Spirit’s work in your lives.

Finally, I occasionally post writings on Countdown to the Kingdom that are relevant to the content there. I recently posted two writings on the questions surrounding Fatima and Sr. Lucia:

Did the Consecration of Russia Happen?

Did the “period of peace” already happen?

Thanks for your love and support and patience with me. You are always in my heart and prayers. Your brother in Jesus,

Mark

As for me and my household,
we will serve the Lord.
(Joshua 24:15)

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