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THE SIGNS OF OUR TIMES

Notre Dame on Fire, Thomas Samson/Agence France-Presse

 

IT was the coldest day on our visit to Jerusalem last month. The breeze was merciless as the sun fought against the clouds for dominion. It was here on the Mount of Olives that Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Our pilgrim group entered the chapel there, rising above the Garden of Gethsemane, to say Mass.

As soon as the Liturgy started, the unexpected sound of what seemed to be a shofar resonated and continued to be blown intermittently. The shofar is a ram’s horn or trumpet blown in the Old Testament to herald both the sunset and Day of Judgment (Rosh Hashanah). Unbeknownst to us, at the very same time this was happening, my friend Kitty Cleveland and her pilgrim group from America were on the outside of the chapel. All of them were witnessing the miracle of the sunit’s disc moving, dancing, glimmering, giving off shoots of light, all visible to the bare eye without harm or difficulty. Then, just as Mass ended, so too did this shofar sound, not to be heard again.

The next day, Kitty related her story to me, and realizing it was happening during our Mass, I asked if she also heard the shofar, and she did. I thought she was going to tell me it was someone in her group because it was so close, almost as if someone were standing on the chapel blowing it. But she replied to my astonishment, “I don’t know where the sound came from either.”

 

THE SIGNS OF OUR TIMES

There were unmistakable prophecies and signs that foretold the coming of Jesus to earth the first time. Save for three wise men from the East, everyone missed them. Now, two thousand years later, we live in a generation that has been immersed in countless signs. From the incorruptible bodies of saints visible in glass coffins scattered throughout Europe, to Eucharist miracles, to Marian apparitions, to inexplicable healings “in the name of Jesus”, we are a generation of SIGNS. And all of it, all of it, accessible through a search engine.

And yet, somehow, unbelievably, we are missing the signs of the times again. In that place nestled in the mountains of Bosnia-Hercegovina where the Vatican now permits official pilgrimages; that place that the Vatican’s Ruini Commission, according to a leaked report, has affirmed the supernatural origin of the first apparitions there… Our Lady of Medjugorje allegedly stated not too long ago:

My children, do you not recognize the signs of the times? Do you not speak of them?—April 2nd, 2006, quoted in My Heart Will Triumph by Mirjana Soldo, p. 299

And again,

Only with total interior renunciation will you recognize God’s love and the signs of the time in which you live. You will be witnesses of these signs and will begin to speak about them. —March 18th, 2006, Ibid.

I think this is why Our Lady has appeared almost exclusively to children throughout the centuries: they are already predisposed to being little and humble—not yet possessed by the spirit of rationalism that has eroded the discernment of the “adults” of our time.

Once again this week, another remarkable sign unfolded, or at least one could say, the symbolism of it all is unmistakable. Last week, both Cardinal Robert Sarah and Pope Benedict XVIaddressed the utter collapse of faith in the Western world that has fomented a spiritual crisis that is now worldwide. And then, just days later, the roof of the greatest symbol of Christianity outside of Rome collapsed, as a fire tore through Notre Dame’s beams. It reminds me of what I wrote a few weeks ago about “apostasy” in the hierarchy, the falling down of clerical stars (see When the Stars Fall). Cardinal Sarah framed this apostasy precisely in the context of the Church’s own Passion:

Yes, there are unfaithful priests, bishops, and even cardinals who fail to observe chastity. But also, and this is also very grave, they fail to hold fast to doctrinal truth! They disorient the Christian faithful by their confusing and ambiguous language. They adulterate and falsify the Word of God, willing to twist and bend it to gain the world’s approval. They are the Judas Iscariots of our time. Catholic HeraldApril 5th, 2019

And then another sign: a priest, Father Jean-Marc Fournier, had run into that burning cathedral and saved the relic of the Crown of Thorns. Notre Dame had long ago, at least for the majority of the people of France, become little more than a museum. Indeed, as churches close across the Western World and the remaining ones stay open, propped up by immigration, it is clear that the Church must now wear those Thorns herself. I am reminded of the words of John Paul II to a group of German pilgrims.

We must be prepared to undergo great trials in the not-too-distant future; trials that will require us to give up even our lives, and a total gift of self to Christ and for Christ. Through your prayers and mine, it is possible to alleviate this tribulation, but it is no longer possible to avert it, because it is only in this way that the Church can be effectively renewed. How many times, indeed, has the renewal of the Church been effected in blood? This time, again, it will not be otherwise. —POPE ST. JOHN JOHN PAUL II, Fr. Regis Scanlon, cited in Flood and Fire, Homiletic & Pastoral Review, April 1994

Yesterday, as I pondered these things… the burning Cathedral, the preservation of the Crown of Thorns, the coming Passion of the Church, etc. I decided not to write anything just yet. Then, but an hour later as I drove through the small town near where we live, I noticed smoke. Within minutes, I was running into the burning house of a neighbour, saving whatever we could before fire consumed its frame. Another startling exclamation point to this week’s events.

 

SIGNS ABOUND

Yes, for thirteen years now, I have been compelled to speak about the Passion of the Church. At first, it sounds like a gloomy subject. But it’s not. What’s coming is a resurrection of the Bride of Christ that will restore the primordial interior beauty once possessed in Eden. But before I conclude on that note, we must consider the “Good Friday” of the Church.

One of the chief “signs of that times” is what I have been speaking of all week: apostasy, a massive falling away from the faith, which we are witnessing in real time. The Catechism speaks of this:

The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in the place of God and his Messiah who has come in the flesh. The Antichrist’s deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope that can only be realized beyond history through the eschatological judgment. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism, especially the “intrinsically perverse” political form of a secular messianism. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 675-676

Catholic speaker, author, professor, and dear friend, Michael D. O’Brien, echoed what Cardinal Sarah and Benedict XVI highlighted this Lent:

Gazing about at the contemporary world, even our “democratic” world, could we not say that we are living in the midst of precisely this spirit of secular messianism? And is this spirit not manifested especially in its political form, which the Catechism calls in the strongest language, “intrinsically perverse”? How many people in our times now believe that the triumph of good over evil in the world will be achieved through social revolution or social evolution? How many have succumbed to the belief that man will save himself when sufficient knowledge and energy are applied to the human condition? I would suggest that this intrinsic perversity now dominates the entire Western world. —talk at St. Patrick’s basilica in Ottawa, Canada, September 20th, 2005;studiobrien.com

This week, I received several comments from readers struggling with these warnings. They felt that I should be more focused on the positive. “Look at the blessings and response of the people in France! Look at the shining cross and relics that were saved! Look at the damage that did not occur!” From a heritage viewpoint, I agree. Even from a spiritual standpoint, it is a witness… but in the same vein as the “daughters of Jerusalem” who stood weeping as Jesus passed them by. The West has abandoned Jesus. Let us not pretend it is the Resurrection already! Those faithful singing Ave Maria before Notre Dame’s plumes of smoke were a courageous and inspiring witness in contrast to those Catholics who, today, are ashamed of Jesus.

At the canonization of that great French saint, Joan of Arc, Pope St. Pius X observed:

In our time more than ever before the greatest asset of the evilly disposed is the cowardice and weakness of good men, and all the vigor of Satan’s reign is due to the easygoing weakness of Catholics. O, if I might ask the divine redeemer, as the prophet Zachary did in spirit, ‘What are these wounds in your hands?’ the answer would not be doubtful. ‘With these I was wounded in the house of those who loved me. I was wounded by my friends who did nothing to defend me and who, on every occasion, made themselves the accomplices of my adversaries.’ This reproach can be leveled at the weak and timid Catholics of all countries. —Publication of the Decree of the Heroic Virtues of St. Joan of Arc, etc., December 13th, 1908; vatican.va

Thus Jesus said to those daughters of Jerusalem: “if these things are done when the wood is green what will happen when it is dry?” [1] In other words, if after seeing all these miracles and signs and hearing My Words, you still crucify Me, what will happen two thousand years from now after my Gospel is known and a multitude of signs and wonders has spread throughout the world… and they still reject Me?
As Paul VI said:
There is a great uneasiness, at this time, in the world and in the Church, and that which is in question is the faith… I sometimes read the Gospel passage of the end times and I attest that, at this time, some signs of this end are emerging… What strikes me, when I think of the Catholic world, is that within Catholicism, there seems sometimes to pre-dominate a non-Catholic way of thinking, and it can happen that tomorrow this non-Catholic thought within Catholicism, will tomorrow become the stronger. But it will never represent the thought of the Church. It is necessary that a small flock subsist, no matter how small it might be. —POPE PAUL VI, The Secret Paul VI, Jean Guitton, p. 152-153, Reference (7), p. ix.
Do not despair, was Benedict XVI’s message recently. Do not think of the Church as a political institution we must fix, but as the Bride of Christ who must be restored.
Today, the accusation against God is, above all, about characterizing His Church as entirely bad, and thus dissuading us from it. The idea of a better Church, created by ourselves, is in fact a proposal of the devil, with which he wants to lead us away from the living God, through a deceitful logic by which we are too easily duped. No, even today the Church is not just made up of bad fish and weeds. The Church of God also exists today, and today it is the very instrument through which God saves us. —EMERITUS POPE BENEDICT XVI, April 10th, 2019, Catholic News Agency
THE COMING RESURRECTION

In my Forward to Daniel O’Connor’s remarkable new book The Crown of Sanctity: On the Revelations of Jesus to Luisa PiccarretaI noted that the word “apocalypse” means “unveiling,” which is a reference, in part, to the unveiling of a bride. Just as a bride’s face is partially hidden beneath her veil, as it begins to lift, her beauty comes more into focus. St. John’s Apocalypse (Revelation) is not so much about the persecution of the Church
by her infernal enemy, the “red dragon,” whose instrument is a beast. Rather, it is about the purification and unveiling of a new and divine internal beauty and holiness of the Bride of Christ, who is the Church.

Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to be clothed with fine linen, bright and pure. (Revelation 19:7-8)

This affirms the teaching of St. Paul who compared Christ and the Church to a husband and wife, that he might present the Church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be
holy and without blemish”
 (Ephesians 5:27). But when? According to St. John Paul II, in this third millennium:

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 ST. JOHN PAUL II, Address to the Rogationist Fathers, n. 6,www.vatican.va

This is not a novel teaching of the late pope who, in fact, called the youth to become “watchmen of the morning who announce the coming of the sun who is the Risen Christ!”[2] Indeed, the Early Church Fathers taught this as the final stage of the Church’s journey before the Second Coming of Jesus in the flesh:

The Church, which comprises the elect, is fittingly styled daybreak or dawn… It will be fully day for her when she shines with the perfect brilliance of interior light. —St. Gregory the Great, Pope;Liturgy of the Hours, Vol III, p. 308

The Passion of Christ saves us. The Passion of the Church sanctifies us. That is why Notre Dame’s fire is not a moment to despair—but nor is it a moment for false expectations. It is a call to raise our eyes far beyond that smoldering horizon to a new era and a new Fire that is coming to renew the Church, indeed, renew the face of the earth (cf. The Resurrection of the Church).

When will it happen, this fiery deluge of pure love with which you are to set the whole world ablaze and which is to come, so gently yet so forcefully, that all nations…. will be caught up in its flames and be converted? …When you breathe your Spirit into them, they are restored and the face of the earth is renewed. Send this all-consuming Spirit upon the earth to create priests who burn with this same fire and whose ministry will renew the face of the earth and reform your Church. —St. Louis de Montfort, From God Alone: The Collected Writings of St. Louis Marie de Montfort; April 2014, Magnificat, p. 331

 

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Good Friday – Word from John of the Cross

 

Fr. George Mangiaracina, O.C.D

REFLECTION

When Jesus had died on the Cross his dark night came to an end. When did his dark night began is hard to say. Certainly, it was apparent at the Garden of Gethsemene. There was his betrayal by Judas; but even before then Jesus was persecuted by his own after he healed the man who could not make it to the pool because others got in front of him (Jn 5:1-16 ).

Whenever this dark night for Jesus began, it affected him in his most intimate center. When this happens to us, it feels as though death would be a relief from the constant torment, a torment that cannot be reasoned away nor consoled by a dear friend or counselor. This was something like Jesus underwent in his dark night.

From an empirical point of view, Jesus suffering and death were no different from that of any other person’s suffering and death. His death may have been provoked by him, the crowds, or just simply a mistake. In any case, it was just another human being’s suffering and death.

From the point of view of faith, Jesus’ suffering and death is the fulfillment of scripture, of God’s plan for his Son and the human race. For John the Evangelist, Jesus’ death was not a simple dcath of a man, but a triumph of the Son of God planned by God. For John of the Cross, Jesus’ death achieved the reconciliation between God and the human race.

Whether you see in Jesus’ death a victory over the world planned by God the Father; or, the reconciliation and union of the human race with God through grace, you are seeing the event of Jesus’ death through the eyes of faith. This faith comes co us at Baptism and grows stronger or weaker as we invest our life in the reality of Jesus in deeds such as prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and accepting the crosses our own life hands us with faith, hope and love. God has given us the grace to see Jesus’ death as salvific but he does not force it upon us to develop that grace. That he leaves to our freedom and our desire to be renewed in being born anew as children of God as John in his Gospel says: But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision but of God”[ Jn 1:12 ].

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, to merit our return to communion with God, our Father, you accepted being emptied for our sake at your Incarnation and again at your Crucifixion. Grant, we ask, that we too may accept those crosses of our self-emptying in imitation of you and in order to participate in the divine life you have merited for us. We ask this in your name. Amen.

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Mark Mallett

 

CAN YOU IGNORE PRIVATE REVELATION?

 

WITH the events of the past few days in France, there has been a flurry of so-called “private” or prophetic revelation in the Catholic sphere. This has led to some reasserting the notion that one does not have to believe in private revelations. Is that true? While I’ve covered this topic before, I’m going to respond authoritatively and to the point so that you can pass this on to those who are confused on this issue.  

 

THE SKINNY ON PROPHECY

Can you ignore so-called “private” revelation? No. Ignoring God, if He is indeed speaking, is unwise, to say the least. St. Paul was clear:

Do not despise prophetic utterances. Test everything; retain what is good. (1 Thess 5:20)

Is private revelation necessary for salvation? No—strictly speaking. All that is necessary has already been revealed in Public Revelation (ie. the “deposit of faith”):

Throughout the ages, there have been so-called “private” revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do not belong, however, to the deposit of faith. It is not their role to improve or complete Christ’s definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history. Guided by the Magisterium of the Church, the sensus fidelium knows how to discern and welcome in these revelations whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to the Church. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 67

Doesn’t that mean I can simply “pass” on all this apparition, mystical seer stuff? No. One cannot simply flick private revelation away like a fly on a window sill. From the popes themselves:

We urge you to listen with simplicity of heart and sincerity of mind to the salutary warnings of the Mother of God… The Roman Pontiffs… If they are instituted the guardians and interpreters of divine Revelation, contained in Holy Scripture and Tradition, they also take it as their duty to recommend to the attention of the faithful—when, after responsible examination, they judge it for the common good—the supernatural lights which it has pleased God to dispense freely to certain privileged souls, not for proposing new doctrines, but to guide us in our conduct. —POPE ST. JOHN XXIII, Papal Radio Message, February 18th, 1959; L’Osservatore Romano

Of the individual recipient of divine revelation, Pope Benedict XIV said:

Are they to whom a revelation is made, and who are certain it comes from God, bound to give a firm assent thereto? The answer is in the affirmative… —Heroic Virtue, Vol III, p.390

As for the rest of us, he goes on to say:

He to whom that private revelation is proposed and announced, ought to believe and obey the command or message of God, if it be proposed to him on sufficient evidence… For God speaks to him, at least by means of another, and therefore requires him to believe; hence it is, that he is bound to believe God, Who requires him to do so. —Ibid. p. 394

Regarding that which is uncertain, however, he adds:

One may refuse assent to “private revelation” without direct injury to Catholic Faith, as long as he does so, “modestly, not without reason, and without contempt.” —Ibid. p. 397; Private Revelation: Discerning with the Church, Dr. Mark Miravalle, pg. 38

 

THE BOTTOM LINE

Can anything God say be unimportant? In the words of Theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar:

One can therefore simply ask why God provides [revelations] continuously [in the first place if] they hardly need to be heeded by the Church. —Mistica oggettiva, n. 35

“Prophecy,” said Cardinal Ratzinger shortly before becoming pope, “does not mean to predict the future but to explain the will of God for the present, and therefore show the right path to take for the future.”[1] In other words, it should interest everybody what path we as a Church and individuals should be taking—particularly at this dark hour in the world in which Jesus (in an approved revelation) said: we are living in a “time of mercy.” [2] If Public Revelation is a car, private revelation is the headlights.

Driving in the dark is not recommended.

In every age the Church has received the charism of prophecy, which must be scrutinized but not scorned. —Cardinal Ratzinger (BENEDICT XVI), Message of Fatima, Theological Commentary,www.vatican.va

 

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Turning On the Headlights

On Private Revelation

Of Seers and Visionaries

Stoning the Prophets

Prophetic Perspective — Part I and Part II

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SLEEPING WHILE THE HOUSE BURNS

 

THERE is a scene from the 1980’s comedy series The Naked Gun where a car chase ends with a fireworks factory blowing up, people running in every direction, and general mayhem. The main cop played by Leslie Nielsen makes his way through the crowd of gawkers and, with explosions going off behind him, states calmly, “Nothing to see here, please disperse. Nothing to see here, please.”

With fire engulfing the Cathedral of Notre Dame, many of us saw the collapse of the roof as an apt symbol of the collapse of Christianity in the Western World (see Christianity Burns). But others saw this as a complete overreaction and attempt to fear-monger—such as this poster on Facebook:

I’m sure you speak with sincerity and concern for the Church…but you have used this “accident” to highlight your belief of the downfall of Christianity from within and enemies on the outside. You directly and indirectly have spread fear…instead of speaking of the true message of Jesus…. There has always been persecution, I dare say there existed more persecution in the early Church than what we face today… Don’t use this Loss of a beautiful and Iconic Cathedral to spread, fear, uncertainty, and delusion. Instead speak of the beauty of the Church, speak of the great works, the moments of grace and the work of Christ found in the hands of the members. What is stupid is thinking Heaven’s signs pertain to the burning of a building… when Heaven’s message and signs are simply those spoken by Jesus, “Love”.

In today’s Gospel, Peter exudes a misguided self-confidence, oblivious to what both he and the Lord are about to face. “I will lay down my life for you,” he boasts. But Jesus simply replies that, before the cock crows, he will have denied Him three times. A simple rooster crowing, a normal act within nature, becomes a messenger of God’s Word. It doesn’t matter whether the fire at Notre Dame was started by accident, intentionally, naturally, or supernaturally—it has become an instant icon of what is happening in the West and elsewhere: the betrayal of Jesus Christ by the most blessed nations in post-Christendom.

 

I PREFER TO SLEEP, THANK YOU

But the truth is, there are many who do not want to hear this, do not want to see, do not want to face the reality that is everywhere. Like the Apostles of old in the Garden of Gethsemane, it is easier to sleep than face reality. I could not say it better than Pope Benedict XVI:

It’s our very sleepiness to the presence of God that renders us insensitive to evil: we don’t hear God because we don’t want to be disturbed, and so we remain indifferent to evil... the disciples’ sleepiness is not problem of that one moment, rather of the whole of history, ‘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, General Audience, Vatican City, Apr 20, 2011, Catholic News Agency

The fact is that Christianity has never been persecuted as much as at this present moment. There have been more martyrs in the past century than the previous 20 centuries combined.

I will tell you something: today’s martyrs are greater in number than those of the first centuries… there is the same cruelty towards Christians today, and in greater number. —POPE FRANCIS, December 26th, 2016; Zenit

 Open Doors is an organization that tracks Christian persecution around the world. They noted that 2015 was “the most violent and sustained attack on Christian faith in modern history” [1] and that in 2019, eleven Christians are being killed every daysomewhere in the world.[2]

In the West, martyrdom is rare, for now. It was not during the French Revolution, by the way, in which thousands of Catholics were beheaded and churches like Notre Dame vandalized. The scars of that revolution are still evident throughout the countryside of Europe as we speak. No, what is occurring in the West is the precursorto the kinds of totalitarianism that we see manifesting elsewhere.

When natural law and the responsibility it entails are denied, this dramatically paves the way to ethical relativism at the individual level and to totalitarianism of the State at the political level. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, General Audience, June 16th, 2010, L’Osservatore Romano, English Edition, June 23, 2010

How is the way being paved? I pointed out in All the Difference the startling statistics from all over the world that reveal a rapid decline in belief in God and Catholicism, such as the fact that the number of those claiming no religion in America is the same now as Catholics and Protestants combined. Or that in Australia, a recent census reveals that the number of people indicating they had ‘No Religion’ has increased by a staggering 5o% from just 2011 to 2016. Or that in Ireland, only 18% of Catholics were attending Mass regularly by 2011 and that Europeans have abandoned Christianity such that only 2% of Belgian youth say they go to Mass every week; in Hungary, 3%; Austria, 3%; Lithuania, 5%; and Germany, 6%.

 

NOTHING TO SEE?

Still, we hear (but now, with wonderment) the voices saying: “Nothing to see here, please disperse. Nothing to see here, please.” The Facebook commenter goes on to say:

Throughout History: Every Generation has been the generation seeing the end of days, Every Generation saw the signs from heaven… Every single generation from the early Church back when Rome was truly persecuting Christians, hanging them on crosses, feeding them to lions… every generation since then was the generation “that knew the truth, that were able to see the signs”, and they were all wrong.” What makes us so special?

I’ll let Blessed (soon to be “Saint”) Cardinal Newman answer:

I know that all times are perilous, and that in every time serious and anxious minds, alive to the honor of God and the needs of man, are apt to consider no times so perilous as their own. At all times the enemy of souls assaults with fury the Church which is their true Mother, and at least threatens and frightens when he fails in doing mischief. And all times have their special trials which others have not… Doubtless, but still admitting this, still I think… ours has a darkness different in kind from any that has been before it. The special peril of the time before us is the spread of that plague of infidelity, that the Apostles and our Lord Himself have predicted as the worst calamity of the last times of the Church. And at least a shadow, a typical image of the last times is coming over the world. —Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890 A.D.), sermon at opening of St. Bernard’s Seminary, October 2, 1873, The Infidelity of the Future

Those statistics above? They are nothing less than factual documentation of what could rightly be called the “great apostasy” spoken of by St. Paul (2 Thess 2:3), a massive falling away from the faith.

Never before have we seen such a falling away from the faith in the past 19 centuries as we have this last century. We are certainly a candidate for the “Great Apostasy.” —Dr. Ralph Martin, author ofThe Catholic Church at the End of the Age, from the documentary What In The World Is Going On, 1997

No, I do not believe we’re going through another little historical bump. Case in point. Quebec, Canada used to be one of the strongest Catholic regions in North America, following in the footsteps of her mother, France. In the 1950’s, ninety-five percent of the Catholic population attended Mass. Today, it’s less than five[3]

When the massive bells of Notre-Dame de Grace rang out the Resurrection twice on Easter Sunday, it seemed there were more people walking their dogs on its great sloped lawns than there were worshippers inside. —Antonia Aerbisias, Toronto Star, April 21, 1992; cited in The Catholic Church at the End of the Age (Ignatius Press), Ralph Martin,  p. 41

Other historic churches there have been less fortunate, turned into “temples of cheese, fitness, and eroticism.” [4] But is pointing all this out just the histrionics of well-meaning laymen? On the contrary, these warnings are being issued from the highest levels of the Church and Heaven itself through countless Marian apparitions:

Who can fail to see that society is at the present time, more than in any past age, suffering from a terrible and deep-rooted malady which, developing every day and eating into its inmost being, is dragging it to destruction? You understand, Venerable Brethren, what this disease is—apostasy from God… When all this is considered there is good reason to fear lest this great perversity may be as it were a foretaste, and perhaps the beginning of those evils which are reserved for the last days; and that there may be already in the world the “Son of Perdition” of whom the Apostle speaks.—POPE ST. PIUS X, E Supremi, Encyclical On the Restoration of All Things in Christ, n. 3, 5; October 4th, 1903

Apostasy, the loss of the faith, is spreading throughout the world and into the highest levels within the Church. —POPE ST. PAUL VI, Address on the Sixtieth Anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions, October 13, 1977

Those are but two popes—words spoken decades, even over a century ago. What would they say now? In Why Aren’t the Popes Shouting?, you can read what nearly every pope of the past century up until the present has said about these times. This isn’t fear-mongering; it’s faith-measuring! It’s taking stock of where we are and where we’re going. It’s preparing ourselves and our families to be careful with our Faith so we, too, do not fall away. It’s preparing ourselves and our families to be courageous witnesses and “if necessary” said St. John Paul II, “His martyr-witnesses, at the threshold of the Third Millennium.”[5] It’s listening to the messages of Our Lady sent to us all over the world to heed her call to conversion and become part of God’s plan.

 

THE REAL DOOM AND GLOOM

But these Facebook comments? They are a denial of reality. In fact, they are reckless. Such an attitude not only ignores the problem but becomes a part of it. Jesus did not just command us to “love.” He also told us to “watch and pray” [6] and scolded the religious leaders and even the crowds for not understanding the “signs of the times.” [7] He rebuked Peter when the apostle tried to insist that Jesus should not suffer: “Get behind me Satan!” He warned.[8] Whew. That was Christ’s response to those who want to ignore the Passion that is an inevitable part of both the Lord’s and His follower’s journey.

Indeed, I think only a comfortable Westerner could have penned those Facebook comments. For the persecution that is roiling on the horizon of our continent has already started in the Middle East. Christians there are not only being slaughtered on a daily basis but facing cultural extinction, leading Metropolitan Jean-Clément Jeanbart, of the Melkite Archdiocese of Aleppo, Syria to declare it an “apocalyptic and fatal” development.[9] But still… in France? 1,063 attacks on Christian churches or symbols (crucifixes, icons, statues) were registered there in 2018. This represents a 17% increase compared to the previous year (2017).[10] The persecution is already here.

This is a call, then, not to build cement bunkers and hide under the bed, but to purify our hearts and…

…be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like lights in the world, as you hold on to the word of life… (Phil 2:14-15)

No, my message is not one of doom of gloom. But what is happening around us most certainly is. Again I ask, what do you think is more “doom and gloom”—that Our Lord comes to put an end to this present suffering and bring about peace and justice… or that we continue to live under the beating of war drums? That abortionists continue to tear apart our babies and thus our future? That politicians promote infanticide? That the scourge of pornography continue to destroy our sons and daughters? That scientists continue to play with our genetics while industrialists poison our earth? That the rich continue to grow richer while the rest of us grow more in debt? That the powerful continue to experiment with the sexuality and minds of our children? That entire nations remain malnutritioned while Westerners grow obese? That Christians continue to be slaughtered, marginalized, and forgotten around the world? That clergy continue to remain silent or betray our trust while souls remain on the path to perdition? What is more gloom and doom—Our Lady’s warnings or the false prophets of this culture of death?

If your husband, wife, children, grandchildren, friends or acquaintances still think that you are a messenger of doom and gloom, then remain silent. The only thing that will convince them may be what is happening in once oil-rich and comfortable Venezuela. As the Washington Post reports, that country, now collapsing under failed Socialism, is finding itself literally on its knees (like the Prodigal Son) and has thus turned inward: “Short of electricity, food and water, Venezuelans return to religion” declared the headline. [11]

It doesn’t have to be this way. God doesn’t want us to suffer. He doesn’t want to punish mankind. That is not my desire nor prayer either. But if, like the Prodigal Son, we insist on going our own way resulting in the destruction of not only the planet, but most especially souls… it may take a pigpen for the naysayers to finally wake up.

…I am prolonging the time of mercy for the sake of [sinners]… Speak to the world about My mercy; let all mankind recognize My unfathomable mercy. It is a sign for the end times; after it will come the day of justice. While there is still time, let them have recourse to the fount of My mercy; let them profit from the Blood and Water which gushed forth for them.. —Divine Mercy in My Soul,Diary, Jesus to St. Faustina, n. 1160, 848

 

 

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CHRISTIANITY BURNS

A poster image cut from a magazine published after the French Revolution

Cathedral of Notre Dame… 200 years to build…

… 2 hours to burn, April 15th, 2019

 

Because I love you, I want to show you what I am doing in the world today.
want to prepare you for what is to come.
Days of darkness are coming on the world, days of tribulation…
Buildings that are now standing will not be standing.
Supports that are there for my people now will not be there.
I want you to be prepared, my people, to know only me and to cleave to me
and to have me in a way deeper than ever before…
Prophecy given in Rome on Pentecost Monday of May, 1975
in the presence of Pope Paul VI in St. Peter’s Square, Italy;
spoken by Dr. Ralph Martin

A West that denies its faith, its history, its roots, and its identity
is destined for contempt, for death, and disappearance.
—Cardinal Sarah, ten days before the fire; Catholic HeraldApril 5th, 2019

It is the loss of the symbol of Christianity in Europe.
—CBSN news commentator during the fire, April 15th, 2019

Western society is a society in which God is absent 
in the public sphere and has nothing left to offer it. 
And that is why it is a society in which the measure of humanity 
is increasingly lost. 
—EMERITUS POPE BENEDICT XVI, April 10th, 2019, Catholic News Agency

God will take away our churches if that’s what’s necessary
in order to purify His Bride and restore His Church. Christianity isn’t
about our buildings, but our witness to Jesus.

—Mark Mallett, spontaneous remark to a teacher’s retreat on
April 12th, 2019

France will be the starting point for the world-wide chastisements, 
as France was Catholic before other nations and
was granted more graces than other countries.

It (France) has been given the mission to defend the Church 
and the True Faith through times of persecution and heresy. 
Because of its failures and its rejection of its heaven-blessed monarchy, 
it would be struck first, but then the punishments 
would spread throughout the world.
—from E.A. Bucchianeri’s summary of the prophecies of Marie-Julie Jahenny in 
We Are Warned, The Prophecies of Marie-Julie Jahenny
, French mystic, b. 1850;
from Mystics of the Church

…Apocalyptic… —Rector of Notre Dame on the fire, Paris, April 15th, 2019

 

IT doesn’t take a prophet to see what is unfolding at this hour. In fact, in all the news coverage on this fire, little is being said about other churches that are being intentionally burned, vandalized or desecrated in France since the beginning of 2019—at least ten incidences, according to some news outlets.

The Church of St. Sulpice in Paris on March 17th, 2019 was set on fire:

At St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Houilles, a 19th century statue of the Virgin Mary was destroyed:

Other churches reported altars being scorched, crosses being broken, human feces marking a wall with a cross, and an incidence of Eucharistic hosts being scattered on the floor. 


Compare the above photo of the Cross to the one’s in this writing: Sorrow of Sorrows.




[These acts] are the sad reflection of a sick civilization that gets carried away in the nets of evil. Bishops, priests, the faithful must keep strength and courage. —Cardinal Robert Sarah, Tweet, February 10th, 2019

Global Revolution has begun, and standing in the path of its “progress” is the Catholic Church. The prophet Isaiah, who foretold the coming of a worldwide purification before an “era of peace”, seems to describe what is happening now in the West as Christianity is being purified and persecuted from enemies, both within and without.

Your country is waste, your cities burnt with fire; your land — before your eyes strangers devour it, a waste, like the devastation of Sodom. (Isaiah 1:7)

God doesn’t care so much about our buildings—not if the living stones of the Church themselves are collapsing. Even now, as I write, I am hearing everyone from news commentators to Catholic prelates speaking about “rebuilding” — the typical, knee-jerk reaction when we lose something. Rather than rebuilding, however, this is a moment of relearning and listening to what the Spirit is saying to the Church. Everything must come to nothing, must enter the tomb, so that the Church will find again her “first love” and rise again humbler, purer, and true to her Lord (cf. Resurrection—Not Reform).

I will strip you of everything that you are depending on now, so you depend just on me. A time ofdarkness is coming on the world, but a time of glory is coming for my Church, a time of glory is coming for my people. I will pour out on you all the gifts of my Spirit. I will prepare you for spiritual combat; I will prepare you for a time of evangelism that the world has never seen…. And when you have nothing but me, you will have everything… —Prophecy given in Rome on Pentecost Monday of May, 1975, St. Peter’s Square, Rome, Italy

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… I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich, and white garments to put on so that your shameful nakedness may not be exposed, and buy ointment to smear on your eyes so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and chastise. Be earnest, therefore, and repent. (Rev 3:15-19)

In the words of my good friend, professor and author Daniel O’Connor:

The symbolism will be all the more relevant if indeed this fire was started by the very renovations themselves. Such is exactly what so many in the Church are doing today. In striving to fight “clericalism,” resolve the sex abuse crisis, make the Church more “relevant”—all ostensibly in their efforts to “renovate” the Church—many are striving to change her very doctrines, which will only hasten the destruction… —private email, April 15th, 2019

This is all but the beginning of the sorrows that must come to the Church as she enters her own passion. Indeed, Passion Week begins in the ashes of Notre Dame. And let us not forget what “Notre Dame” means in English: “Our Lady”. May she come to our assistance, drawing for us through her intercession: courage, faith, and a true spirit of conversion. May this Passion Week be like none other as each of us comes to terms with our relationship with God—and who we love and serve.

These are some of the latest messages allegedly to the seer Pedro Regis of Brazil who enjoys the support of his bishop. While we continue to discern prophecies like this with the Church, I will say that the crux of these messages are consistent with what the Spirit is saying all over the world to attentive and chosen souls:

Dear children, the day will come when many will seek direction in the House of God and will find it in few places. Disorder will spread everywhere and few consecrated will remain faithful to My Son Jesus. I suffer for what comes to you. Tell everyone that God is making haste and that this is the opportune time for the Great Return. The Great Shipwreck of Faith will occur because of the bad shepherds who prefer to please the world. You who are listening to Me, do not forget: in everything, God first. Onward in the defense of truth. Be men and women of courage… —Message of Our Lady Queen of Peace to Pedro Regis, April 9, 2019

…You are living in a time of sorrows and the moment has come for your sincere and courageous “Yes”. Bend your knees in prayer. Humanity has turned away from God because men have turned away from prayer and made commitments to the things of the world. Do not forget: in everything, God first. You have freedom, but do not allow your freedom to take you away from My Son Jesus. You are free in order to be of the Lord. Do not depart from the truth. When the Truth of God does not occupy a privileged place in your lives, the enemy wins. You are heading for a painful future. Days will come when you will seek the Precious Food in the House of God and in many places the table will be empty. I suffer for what comes to you. I ask you to keep the flame of your faith alight. When all seems lost, the Victory of God will come for the righteous… —April 6, 2019

And last, an account of the 19th century French seer, Marie-Julie Jahenny:

The Immaculate Mother (was) at the end of bitter tears, inconsolable at the thought of so many lost souls, whose ransom had cost so much. (i.e., those who die in a state of mortal sin during the punishments, will be damned.) “My dear Mother,” said Her Son, “there must be an end to evil. If I put it off again, (i.e. the chastisements) all souls would be lost. (That is, if He did not cleanse the earth of hardened sinners, evil would grow so much on earth that eventually all the just souls would weaken and also fall into sin.) It is necessary that My Holy Church triumphs. How many times have you not warned France, your beloved daughter! Why did it always choke your voice?”We Are Warned, The Prophecies of Marie-Jule Jahenny, E.A. Bucchianerip. 60

 

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Holy Week

 

If we attend to the witnesses with listening hearts and open ourselves to the signs by which the Lord again and again authenticates both them and himself, then we know that he is truly risen. He is alive. Let us entrust ourselves to him, knowing that we are on the right path. With Thomas let us place our hands into Jesus’ pierced side and confess: ‘My Lord and my God!’

—Pope Benedict XVI

from Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week

Mark Mallett

 

ASHAMED OF JESUS

Photo from The Passion of the Christ

 

SINCE my trip to the Holy Land, something deep within has been stirring, a holy fire, a holy desire to make Jesus loved and known again. I say “again” because, not only has the Holy Land barely retained a Christian presence, but the entire Western world is in a rapid collapse of Christian belief and values,[1] and hence, the destruction of its moral compass.

Western society is a society in which God is absent in the public sphere and has nothing left to offer it. And that is why it is a society in which the measure of humanity is increasingly lost. At individual points it becomes suddenly apparent that what is evil and destroys man has become a matter of course. —EMERITUS POPE BENEDICT XVI, Essay: ‘The Church and the scandal of sexual abuse’; Catholic News AgencyApril 10th, 2019

Why has this happened? The first thought that comes to mind is that it is because of our wealth. It’s harder for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle. The West, blessed beyond imagining, glimpsed herself in the mirror of success and fell in love with her own image. Instead of humbly thanking and glorifying the One who exalted her, the Christian West grew fat and complacent, selfish and narcissistic, lazy and lukewarm, thus losing her first love. In the void that Truth was to fill, a revolution has now risen.

This revolt is spiritual at root. It is the revolt of Satan against the gift of grace. Fundamentally, I believe that Western man refuses to be saved by God’s mercy. He refuses to receive salvation, wanting to build it for himself. The “fundamental values” promoted by the UN are based on a rejection of God that I compare with the rich young man in the Gospel. God has looked upon the West and has loved it because it has done wonderful things. He invited it to go further, but the West turned back. It preferred the kind of riches that it owed only to itself.  —Cardinal Sarah,Catholic HeraldApril 5th, 2019

I look around and find myself asking the question over and over again: “Where are the Christians? Where are the men and women who speak passionately about Jesus? Where are the elders who share their wisdom and devotion to the Faith? Where are the youth with their energy and zeal? Where are those who are not ashamed of the Gospel?” Yes, they are out there, but so few in number, that the Church in the West has factually and literally become a remnant.

As the narrative of the Passion was read at Mass throughout Christendom today, we heard one instance after another how the path to Calvary was paved with cowards. Who was left among the throngs standing beneath the Cross but one Apostle and a handful of faithful women? So too, we see the cobblestones of the Church’s own persecution being laid daily now by “Catholic” politicians who are voting for infanticide, by “Catholic” judges who are rewriting the natural law, by “Catholic” Prime Ministers who are promoting homosexuality, by “Catholic” voters who are putting them into power, and by Catholic clergy who say little or nothing about it. Cowards. We are a Church of cowards! We have become ashamed of the name and message of Jesus Christ! He suffered and died to set us free from the power of sin, and not only do we not share this good news for fear of being disapproved, but we enable wicked men to institutionalize their evil ideas. After 2000 years of overwhelming proof of God’s existence, what in the hell, literally, has gotten into the Body of Christ? Judas has. That’s what.

We must be realistic and concrete. Yes, there are sinners. Yes, there are unfaithful priests, bishops, and even cardinals who fail to observe chastity. But also, and this is also very grave, they fail to hold fast to doctrinal truth! They disorient the Christian faithful by their confusing and ambiguous language. They adulterate and falsify the Word of God, willing to twist and bend it to gain the world’s approval. They are the Judas Iscariots of our time. —Cardinal Sarah, Catholic HeraldApril 5th, 2019

But we laymen, perhaps most especially we laymen, are cowards too. When do we ever speak about Jesus at work, college, or in our streets? When do we ever take those obvious opportunities to share the Good News and message of the Gospel? Do we mistake criticizing the Pope, bashing the “Novus Ordo”, holding Pro-Life signs, praying the Rosary before Mass, baking cookies at the CWL, singing songs, writing blogs, and donating clothing as somehow fulfilling our responsibility as baptized Christians?

…the finest witness will prove ineffective in the long run if it is not explained, justified… and made explicit by a clear and unequivocal proclamation of the Lord Jesus. The Good News proclaimed by the witness of life sooner or later has to be proclaimed by the word of life. There is no true evangelization if the name, the teaching, the life, the promises, the kingdom and the mystery of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God are not proclaimed. —POPE ST. PAUL VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, n. 22; vatican.va

Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this faithless and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels. (Mark 8:38)

I wish I could sit here feeling good about myself. I don’t. Those sins of omission are a long list: those moments I hesitated to speak the truth; the times I could have made the sign of the Cross, but didn’t; the times I could have spoken up, but “kept the peace”; the ways in which I buried myself in my own world of comfort and noise drowning out the promptings of the Spirit… As I meditated on the Passion today, I wept. I found myself asking Jesus to help me to not be afraid. And part of me is. I stand on the front lines in this ministry against a growing tide of hatred toward the Catholic Church. I’m a father and now a grandfather. I don’t want to go to prison. I don’t want them to bind my hands and take me places I don’t want to go. This is becoming more of a possibility by the day.

But then, in the midst of these emotions, deep within my heart, is rising a holy fire, a cry that is still hidden, still waiting, still pregnant with the power of the Holy Spirit. It is the shout of the Resurrection, the cry of Pentecost:

JESUS CHRIST IS NOT DEAD. HE IS ALIVE! HE IS RISEN! BELIEVE IN HIM AND BE SAVED!

I think it was there in the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem last month where the seed of this cry was conceived. Because when I walked out of the Tomb, I found myself saying to whomever would listen to me: “The tomb is empty! It’s empty! He’s alive! He’s risen!”

If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it! (1 Corinthians 9:16)

I do not know where we go from here, brothers and sisters. All I know is that someday I will be judged, not on how well I was liked on Facebook or how many bought my CD’s, but on whether or not I brought Jesus to those in my midst. Whether I buried my talent in the ground or invested it wherever and whenever I could. Christ Jesus my Lord, You are my judge. It is You whom I ought to fear—not the mob beating at our doors.

Am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still pleasing men, I should not be a servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10)

And so, today, Jesus, I give you my voice once more. I give you my very life. I give you my tears—both those of my sorrow for having been silent, and those that fall now for those who do not yet know you. Jesus… can you extend this “time of mercy”? Jesus, can you ask the Father to, once more, pour out His Spirit upon those who love You that we may become true apostles of Your Word? That we too may have the opportunity to give our lives for the sake of the Gospel? Jesus, send us into the Harvest. Jesus, send us into the darkness. Jesus, send us into the vineyard and let us bring home a bounty of souls, stealing them from the clutches of that infernal dragon.

Jesus, hear our cry. Father hear your Son. And come Holy Spirit. COME HOLY SPIRIT!

There are values which must never be abandoned for a greater value and even surpass the preservation of physical life. There is martyrdom. God is (about) more than mere physical survival. A life that would be bought by the denial of God, a life that is based on a final lie, is a non-life. Martyrdom is a basic category of Christian existence. The fact that martyrdom is no longer morally necessary in the theory advocated by Böckle and many others shows that the very essence of Christianity is at stake here… Today’s Church is more than ever a “Church of the Martyrs” and thus a witness to the living God. —EMERITUS POPE BENEDICT XVI, Essay: ‘The Church and the scandal of sexual abuse’; Catholic News AgencyApril 10th, 2019

This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel. It is the time to preach it from the rooftops. —POPE SAINT JOHN PAUL II, Homily, Cherry Creek State Park Homily, Denver, Colorado, August 15th, 1993; vatican.va

 

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