Thought of the day…

 

I have no taste for corruptible food nor for the pleasures of this life. I desire the break of God, which is the flesh of Jesus Christ, who was of the seed of David; and for drink I desire his blood, which is love incorruptible.

—St. Ignatius of Antioch
from The Bible and The Sacraments

Mark Mallett

 

THE GREAT REFUGE AND SAFE HARBOUR

 

WHENEVER I write of “chastisements” or “divine justice,” I always cringe, because so often these terms are misunderstood. Because of our own woundedness, and thus distorted views of  “justice”, we project our misconceptions on God. We see justice as “hitting back” or others getting “what they deserve.” But what we often don’t understand is that the “chastisements” of God, the “punishments” of the Father, are rooted always, always, always, in love.

He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him takes care to chastise him… For whom the Lord loves, he disciplines; he scourges every son he acknowledges.  (Proverbs 13:24, Hebrews 12:6)

Yes, perhaps we do deserve our “just desserts” as they say. But that’s precisely why Jesus has come: literally, to take the punishment due humanity upon Himself, something only God could do.

He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you had gone astray like sheep, but you have now returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls. (1 Peter 2:24-25)

O, the love of Jesus for you is the greatest love story ever told. If you have seriously messed up your life, He awaits to heal you, to be your Shepherd and the Guardian of your soul. That is why we call the gospels “good news.”

Scripture does not say that God is loving, but that He is loveHe is the very “substance” of that which every human heart longs for. And love sometimes must act in a way to save us from ourselves. So when we speak of chastisements befalling the earth, really, we are speaking of his His merciful justice.

I do not want to punish aching mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My Merciful Heart. I use punishment when they themselves force Me to do so; My hand is reluctant to take hold of the sword of justice. Before the Day of Justice I am sending the Day of Mercy.  —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 1588

For some, that impetus to repent may only come in the very midst of coming chastisements, even moments before they take their last breath (see Mercy in Chaos). But what terrible risks souls take in staying out upon the sea of sin as this Great Hurricane in our times approaches! It is time to find true shelter in this coming Storm. I am speaking most especially to you who feel as though you are damned and beyond hope.

You are not, unless you wish to be.

God does not want to crush abortionists, pornographers, adulterers, drunkards, liars, slanderers, and souls consumed in self-love, riches, and greed. He wants to turn them back to His Heart. He wants all of us to recognize that He is our true pole. He, the “Substance” called Love, is the true longing of our hearts; He is the true Refuge and Safe Harbour in the present and coming Storm beginning to shake the world… and He welcomes every single sinner upon the face of the earth to find shelter there. That is to say, His Mercy is our refuge.

The flames of mercy are burning Me—clamoring to be spent; I want to keep pouring them out upon souls; souls just don’t want to believe in My goodness.  —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 177

In fact, dear reader, He is urgently begging us to enter into this Refuge before it is too late.

Determined is the day of justice, the day of divine wrath. The angels tremble before it. Speak to souls about this great mercy while it is still the time for [granting] mercy.  —Mother of God to St. Faustina,Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 635

COME, O DOUBTING SINNER…

To you who believe God is merciful, but doubt His goodness and love for you[1] who feel that He has forgotten and abandoned you, He says…

…the Lord comforts his people and shows mercy to his afflicted. But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me.” Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you. (Isaiah 49:13-15)

He looks upon you now, as He did upon His Apostles who feared and doubted because of the waves of a storm[2] — even though Jesus was with them in the boat —and He says:

My child, all your sins have not wounded My Heart as painfully as your present lack of trust does that after so many efforts of My love and mercy, you should still doubt My goodness.  —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 1486

You think that your sins are an obstacle to God. But it is precisely because of your sins that He rushes to open up His Heart to you.

The sinner who feels within himself a total deprivation of all that is holy, pure, and solemn because of sin, the sinner who in his own eyes is in utter darkness, severed from the hope of salvation, from the light of life, and from the communion of saints, is himself the friend whom Jesus invited to dinner, the one who was asked to come out from behind the hedges, the one asked to be a partner in His wedding and an heir to God… Whoever is poor, hungry, sinful, fallen or ignorant is the guest of Christ. —Matthew the Poor, The Communion of Love, p.93

Through confession of your faults[3] and trusting in His goodness, an ocean of gracesbecomes available to you. No, your sins are not a stumbling block for God; they are a stumbling block for you when you do not trust in His Mercy.

The graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is—trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive. Souls that trust boundlessly are a great comfort to Me, because I pour all the treasures of My graces into them. I rejoice that they ask for much, because it is My desire to give much, very much. On the other hand, I am sad when souls ask for little, when they narrow their hearts.  —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 1578

The Lord listens to the needy and does not spurn his servants in their chains. (Psalm 69:3)

COME, O DISCOURAGED SINNER…

To you who are striving to be good, and yet fall and fall, denying Him as Peter denied Him,[4] He says:

Do not be absorbed in your misery—you are still too weak to speak of it—but, rather, gaze on My Heart filled with goodness, and be imbued with My sentiments.  —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 1486

With the same mercy and confidence He showed in Peter after his denial, Jesus says to you now:

My child, know that the greatest obstacles to holiness are discouragement and an exaggerated anxiety. These will deprive you of the ability to practice virtue. All temptations united together ought not disturb your interior peace, not even momentarily. Sensitiveness and discouragement are the fruits of self-love. You should not become discouraged, but strive to make My love reign in place of your self-love. Have confidence, My child. Do not lose heart in coming for pardon, for I am always ready to forgive you. As often as you beg for it, you glorify My mercy.  —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 1488

He cries,

See how little you are! Be humbled by your weakness and inability to do much good. See, you are like a little child… a child who needs his Papa. So come to Me…

As for me in my poverty and pain, let your help, O God, lift me up. (Psalm 69:3)

COME, O FEARFUL SINNER…

To you who feel that your sinfulness has depleted the mercies of God,[5] He says…

The cause of your falls is that you rely too much upon yourself and too little on Me. But let this not sadden you so much. You are dealing with the God of mercy, which your misery cannot exhaust. Remember, I did not allot only a certain number of pardons.  —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 1485

To you who are afraid to approach Him yet again with the same sins, the same weaknesses, He replies:

Have confidence, My child. Do not lose heart in coming for pardon, for I am always ready to forgive you. As often as you beg for it, you glorify My mercy… fear not, because you are not alone. I am always supporting you, so lean on Me as you struggle, fearing nothing. —Jesus to St. Faustina,Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 1488

This is the one whom I approve: the lowly and broken man who trembles at my word. (Isaiah 66:2)

My Heart overflows with great mercy for souls, and especially for poor sinners. If only they could understand that I am the best of Fathers to them and that it is for them that the Blood and Water flowed from My Heart as from a fount overflowing with mercy. —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 367

COME, O STRIVING SINNER

To the one who trusts, and yet fails, who tries, but does not succeed, who desires, but never attains, He says:

If you do not succeed in taking advantage of an opportunity, do not lose your peace, but humble yourself profoundly before Me and, with great trust, immerse yourself completely in My mercy. In this way, you gain more than you have lost, because more favor is granted to a humble soul than the soul itself asks for…  —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 1361

…a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn. (Psalm 51:19)

To you, He says, become even smaller—more and more dependent upon Him for everything… [6]

Come, then, with trust to draw graces from this fountain. I never reject a contrite heart. Your misery has disappeared in the depths of My mercy. Do not argue with Me about your wretchedness. You will give me pleasure if you hand over to me all your troubles and griefs. I shall heap upon you the treasures of My grace. —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 1485

Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. (Matt 10:8)

COME, O HARDENED SINNER…

I hear Jesus reaching across the internet, across the gulf between Him and you today, you whose sins are so black such that you feel God could not possibly want you… that it is too late.[7] And He says…

…between Me and you there is a bottomless abyss, an abyss which separates the Creator from the creature. But this abyss is filled with My mercy.  —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 1576

What seems then to be an impossible breach between you and God [8] has now been restored through the death and resurrection of Jesus. You need only cross over this bridge to His Heart, over the Bridge of Mercy…

O soul steeped in darkness, do not despair. All is not yet lost. Come and confide in your God, who is love and mercy… Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet… I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy. —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 1486, 699, 1146

My heart is overwhelmed, my pity is stirred. I will not give vent to my blazing anger… (Hosea 11:8-9)

To you, so weakened and hardened by addiction to sin, [9] He says:

Be not afraid of your Savior, O sinful soul. I make the first move to come to you, for I know that by yourself you are unable to lift yourself to me. Child, do not run away from your Father; be willing to talk openly with your God of mercy who wants to speak words of pardon and lavish his graces on you. How dear your soul is to Me! I have inscribed your name upon My hand; you are engraved as a deep wound in My Heart.  —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 1485

See, upon the palms of my hands I have engraved you… (Isaiah 49:16)

If He could turn to a thief in his dying moments upon the cross beside Him and welcome him into paradise, [10]will not Jesus, who died for you, not also grant the same mercy to you who ask? As a dear priest I know often says, “The good thief stole paradise. So, then, steal it! Jesus wants you to steal paradise!” Christ didn’t die for the righteous, but precisely for sinners, yes, even the most hardened sinner.

A soul’s greatest wretchedness does not enkindle Me with wrath; but rather, My Heart is moved towards it with great mercy.  —Jesus to St. Faustina,Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 1739

Let the words of the good thief, then, become your own:

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. (Luke 23:42)

On high I dwell, and in holiness, and with the crushed and dejected in spirit. (Isaiah 57:15)

THE SAFE HARBOUR

Who, then, is excluded from the safety of this Great Harbour during the purification that must come?[11] No soul! No soul! …no soul—except the one who refuses to receive and trust in His great Mercy and forgiveness.

Can you not perceive all around you the Great Storm into which humanity has entered?[12] As the earth shakes, can you not see that our present conditions of discouragement, fear, doubt and hard-heartedness need to be shaken as well? Can you see that your life is like a blade of grass that is here today but gone tomorrow? Then quickly enter into this safe refuge, the Great Refuge of His Mercy, where you will be safe from the most dangerous of waves that are going to come in this Storm: a tsunami of deception[13] that will sweep away all those who have fallen in love with the world and their sin and who would rather worship their possessions and bellies than the God who loves them, those “who have not believed the truth but have approved wrongdoing” (2 Thess 2:12).  Let nothing—nothing—stop you this day from crying out from the bottom of your heart: “Jesus, I trust in you!

The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the coming of the great and splendid day of the Lord, and it shall be thateveryone shall be saved who calls on the name of the Lord.   (Acts 2:20-21)

Open the sails of trust, then, and let the winds of His Mercy carry you home to His Father… your Father who loves you with an everlasting love. As one friend wrote recently in a letter, “I think we have forgotten that we don’t have to search for happiness; we just need to crawl up into His lap and let Him love us.”

For Love has already sought us out…

 

 

Mark Mallett

 

WHEN THE EARTH CRIES OUT

 

I HAVE resisted writing this article for months now. So many of you are going through such intense trials that what is needed most is encouragement and consolation, hope and assurance. I promise you, this article contains that—though perhaps not in the way you will expect. Whatever you and I are going through now is a preparation for what is coming: the birth of an era of peace on the other side of the hard labour pains the earth is beginning to undergo…

It is not my place to edit God. What follows are the words being given to us at this time from Heaven. Our role, rather, is to discern them with the Church:

Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophetic utterances. Test everything; retain what is good. (1 Thess 5:19-21)

 

WHEN SIN CALLS FOR JUSTICE

What pushed me over the edge today was an article I reread from the CBC, Canada’s taxpayer-funded television network. It’s called  “7 Tips for Having a Happy Pride with Your Kids” who attend gay “Pride” parades. The article stated:

Your kids will probably see boobs and penises. There will bodies of all shapes, sizes and in all states of undress. For parents like Ian Duncan, dad to 3-year-old Carson, this is all part of the appeal. “We’re not body shamers,” he says. “It all feeds into my son’s emotional intelligence and sexual development. And it’s never too early to think about that.” Consider the experience as a great opportunity for some interesting discussion. —June 30th, 2016, cbc.ca

Since I first published that quote here, the CBC has edited out the first sentence. It doesn’t matter. To take children to a parade to see naked adults is child abuse. For an adult to expose himself to a child is, so we thought, a criminal offence. But once again, the month of June marked Pride parades all over the world in which innocent children were exposed in many places to sexual perversity. One reader noted on Facebook a sad and true reality, one that we are painfully experiencing in the Church:

I have heard many people express sadness about the first time they were exposed to too much information about something sexual as a child (including me.) It became the unfortunate end to the era of innocence and carefree childhood. Something burdensome happens to a child’s mind and a dark cloud of worry enters when one can remember. Even if there is no physical abuse that accompanies that moment of increased knowledge, we wish we could go back for a longer period of time. What is happening now is wrong and abusive, not enlightening nor good at all! We are adding pressure and emotional struggles on children that they are not equipped to handle. The Bible has a definition for this and it is called being spiritually blind and deceived. —Diane Kay Brossette

And we wonder why this generation, exposed to every kind of depravity and violence in social media, music, and visual “entertainment” are now turning en masse to drugs to manage their anxiety and depression whilst recording the highest rates of suicide ever? [1] It’s noteworthy how Jesus reserves His greatest warning for sins against the innocent:

Things that cause sin will inevitably occur, but woe to the person through whom they occur. It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck and he be thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. (Luke 17:1-2)

The next time we hear of a millstone in the Scriptures is in a vision of St. John’s of a chastisement upon “Babylon.”

A mighty angel picked up a stone like a huge millstone and threw it into the sea and said: “With such force will Babylon the great city be thrown down, and will never be found again.” (Rev 18:21)

The Book of Revelation includes among the great sins of Babylon – the symbol of the world’s great irreligious cities – the fact that it trades with bodies and souls and treats them as commodities (cf.Rev 18:13). In this context, the problem of drugs also rears its head, and with increasing force extends its octopus tentacles around the entire world – an eloquent expression of the tyranny of mammon which perverts mankind. No pleasure is ever enough, and the excess of deceiving intoxication becomes a violence that tears whole regions apart – and all this in the name of a fatal misunderstanding of freedom which actually undermines man’s freedom and ultimately destroys it. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, On the occasion of Christmas Greetings, December 20th, 2010;vatican.va

When one reads St. John’s description of Babylon, it is hard to imagine it suiting any generation more than ours, not only as licentiousness and pornography continue to explode all over the world, but as the demand for exorcists increases exponentially:[2]

[Babylon] has become a haunt for demons. She is a cage for every unclean spirit, a cage for every unclean bird, a cage for every unclean and disgusting beast. For all the nations have drunk the wine of her licentious passion. (Rev 18:2-3)

It would seem a “great shaking” of this generation is needed if there is to be any realistic hope for the future…

The consciences of this beloved people must be violently shaken so that they may “put their house in order”… A great moment is approaching, a great day of light… it is the hour of decision for mankind. —Servant of God Maria Esperanza, Antichrist and the End Times, P. 37 (Volumne 15-n.2, Featured Article from http://www.sign.org)

THE EARTH IS CRYING OUT

The signs of this shaking are all around us—literally. Volcanoes and earthquakes are ramping up worldwide. Scientists, utilizing the best technology at hand, have failed thus far to predict earthquakes or volcanoes. But a housewife in America has not.

Jennifer is a young American mother (her last name is withheld at her spiritual director’s request in order to respect the privacy of her husband and family.) She was perhaps what one would have called a typical Sunday-going Catholic who knew little about her faith and even less about the Bible. She thought at one time that “Sodom and Gomorrah” were two people and that “the beatitudes” were the name of a rock band. Then, during Communion one Mass, Jesus began to audibly speak to her giving messages of love and warning telling her, “My child, you are the extension of My message of Divine Mercy.” Since these messages focus more on the justice that must come to an unrepentant world, they do indeed fill in the latter part of St. Faustina’s message:

…before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy. He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice…  Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary of St. Faustina, n. 1146

After presenting her messages to John Paul II, Monsignor Pawel Ptasznik, a close friend and collaborator of the Pope and the Polish Secretariat of State for the Vatican, said she was to “spread the messages to the world any way you can.”

Several times, Jesus tells Jennifer that the earth is responding to the sins of mankind. As such, He warns:

…a great shaking is about to come forth for the earth has begun to show mankind the depth of his sins, and yet, your signs will multiply. —July 20th, 2005; wordsfromjesus.com

Her messages echo those of many seers throughout the world, many who have their bishop’s endorsement. Jesus warns of a coming financial collapse, war, and remarkably, what we are beginning to read now in the headlines.

My people, the time has come, the hour is now and the mountains that have been sleeping will soon be awakened. Even those that have been sleeping in the depths of the seas will awaken with enormous might. —May 30th, 2004

Last month, Newsweek reported a previously “extinct” volcano has suddenly awoken in Russia.[3]  In May, Science Magazine reported an underwater volcanic eruption that created an 800-meter high mountain rising from the Indian Ocean floor, “the largest such underwater event ever witnessed.”[4] California just experienced its greatest shaking since the previous century—and this has scientists now watching strange activity at the “supervolcano” stirring in Yellowstone National Park.[5] That evokes a rather direct prophetic word from Costa Rican seer, Luz de María, who has the approval of her bishop:

Children, humanity will be surprised by the fury of volcanoes still unknown. Man will again live without the Sun’s heat. Pray… the Yellowstone volcano will mercilessly scourge all of humanity. —October 6th, 2017; nowprophecy.com;  cf. The Winter of Our Chastisement.

Again, such prophetic words are not infallible. At the same time, another expert is warning that one hundred “massive” volcanoes are now on the cusp of eruption.

There’s quite a lot of them — but we don’t really yet have the science to suggest which of the hundred is more likely than any other. —Professor Steven Sparks, University of Bristol; December 30th, 2018, Express.co.uk

Coast to coast you will see a ripple effect of the earth shaking and you will see massive interruptions all over this earth. For as I have shown you in this vision, parts of this earth will disintegrate like ashes in a fire. —Jesus to Jennifer, February 4th, 2004

Perhaps one is tempted to dismiss this warning as sheer “doom and gloom.” Except that, what Jesus is allegedly saying to Jennifer, He and Our Lady are saying to seers all over the world. Again, Luz de María:

Pray, My children, volcanoes are purification for the nations. —September 28, 2017
Our Lady also said:
The volcanoes will roar, awakening man from sleep, in one place and another; they will make man invoke the Creator. —September 5, 2017

To the Brazilian seer Pedro Regis, who also enjoys his bishop’s support, similar messages have been given:

Humanity is heading towards a sorrowful future. The earth will shake and abysses will appear. My poor children will carry a heavy cross. The earth will lose its equilibrium and frightening phenomena will appear.—March 23rd, 2010

And again,

The earth will shake and immense rivers of fire will rise from the depths. Sleeping giants will awake and there will be great suffering for many nations. The axis of the earth will change and My poor children will live moments of great tribulations… Return to Jesus. Only in Him will you find strength to support the weight of the trials that must come. Courage… —Pedro Regis, April 24th, 2010

In Fatima, and the Great Shaking, Sr. Lucia of Portugal recounts how she saw a chastisement that “touches the axis of the earth.”  Decades later, a notable evangelical prophet, the late John Paul Jackson, revealed that:

The Lord spoke to me and told me that the tilt of the earth was going to change. He didn’t say how much, He just said it was going to change. And He said that earthquakes would be the beginning, precipitous of that. —TruNews, Tuesday, Sept 9th, 2014, 18:04 into the broadcast

Such an event was also conveyed to me personally by a priest in Missouri who has received mystical revelations since he was a child. He too saw visions of massive earthquakes that left hardly anything standing while tilting the earth on its axis. Jesus explains to Jennifer why such a chastisement has now become necessary:

My people, it is My little ones, My little children that are in great danger. It is My little ones that are being shown images that begins to disintegrate their soul. It is the fall of the family that is one by one destroying the heart of humanity. —December 22nd, 2004

The future of the world and of the Church passes through the family. —POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II,Familiaris Consortio, n. 75

Of special note, says Jesus, is the sin of abortion, the killing of the unborn. Chillingly, recent polls show support for abortion in the United States is now at an all-time high.[6]

And the nation is beginning to shake.

It would seem all of God’s chosen messengers are saying the same thing: such unrepented sin will not go unanswered.

I believe a great shaking is going to come to this land and to the world that will involve the collapsing of the American economy … and the removal of its blessings and prosperity…  —Pastor Jonathan Cahn, “The Shemitah Unraveled: What 2015-2016 Could Bring”, March 10th, 2015;charismanews.com

Servant of God Maria Esperanza stated that not only the spiritual, but the physical core of the earth “is out of balance… There will be problems and certain natural calamities.”[7] Servant of God Luisa Piccaretta also foresaw this trembling of the earth as a response to mankind’s unrepented sin:

I was outside of myself and I could see nothing but fire. It seemed that the earth would open and threaten to swallow cities, mountains and men. It seemed that the Lord would want to destroy the earth, but in a special way three different places, distant from one another, and some of them also in Italy. They seemed to be three mouths of volcanoes—some were sending out fire which flooded the cities, and in some places the earth was opening and horrible quakes would occur. I could not understand very well whether these things were happening or will have to happen. How many ruins! Yet, the cause of this is only sin, and man does not want to surrender; it seems that man has placed himself against God, and God will arm the elements against man—water, fire, wind and many other things, which will cause many upon many to die. —The Crown of Sanctity: On the Revelations of Jesus to Luisa Piccarreta by Daniel O’Connor, p. 108,  Kindle Edition

Humanity has become spiritually poor because people have withdrawn from their Creator. Pray. Pray. Pray. Something frightening will happen in Europe and three countries will be struck at the same time. —Our Lady of Peace allegedly to Pedro Regis, November 28th, 2009;apelosurgentes.com

But as I have written elsewhere, this “great shaking” leads to a merciful intervention, a “simplification” intended to awaken and bring the prodigal sons home. It would appear to involve the great earthquake of Revelation Chapter 6—the “sixth seal” that, when opened, causes a kind of “judgment in miniature” to take place. It is The Great Day of Light before the culmination of the “day of justice” that will cleanse the earth of the those who persist in wickedness. This “illumination of conscience” has also been spoken of by many of the seers mentioned here and other holy souls including St. Edmund Campion, Blessed Anna Marie Taigi and others.

My people, grab hold of your families and cleanse your soul for the mountains will be divided and the seas will no longer be calm. You will feel this earth begin to rock and tremble and mankind will be awakened. Each and every soul will know that I exist. Each and every soul will see the wounds he has added to My Most Sacred Heart, and yet so many will continue to reject Me. —Jesus allegedly to Jennifer, February 27th, 2004

It is because of this continued rejection, this division, that God will ultimately remove the wicked from the face of the earth while preserving holy souls through refuges

 

A REMNANT WILL BE PRESERVED

All of this may seem too surreal to imagine and thus one is tempted to believe that life on earth is not going to be disrupted, that things will simply continue as they are for the most part, for better or worse, as they always have. And yet, the earth is stirring at this hour in ways that scientists did not predict nor expect. Moreover, nations are rising against nation, false prophets are emerging in the Church, and the love of many is growing cold—all at the same time, just as Our Lord predicted in Matthew 24:7-12. And these, He said, are but the labor pains.

In the end, both Scripture and the prophetic revelations we are hearing from all over the world speak of a remnant of believers being preserved for the birth of an “era of peace.” In the highly regarded revelations to Sr. Mildred Mary Ephrem Neuzil, Our Lady of America (whose devotion was officially approved) stated quite candidly:

What happens to the world depends upon those who are living in it. There must be much more good than evil prevailing in order to prevent the holocaust that is so near approaching. Yet I tell you, My daughter, that even should such a destruction happen because there were not enough souls who took My Warnings seriously, there will remain a remnant untouched by the chaos who, having been faithful in following Me and spreading My Warnings, will gradually inhabit the earth again with their dedicated and holy lives. These souls will renew the earth in the Power and Light of the Holy Spirit, and these faithful children of Mine will be under My Protection, and that of the Holy Angels, and they will partake of the Life of the Divine Trinity in a most remarkable Way. Let My dear children know this, precious daughter, so that they will have no excuse if they fail to heed My Warnings. —winter of 1984, mysticsofthechurch.com

The messages to Jennifer also speak of this remnant preserved through “refuges,” but first and foremost the spiritual refuge, which presages all others.

Many seek out their places of refuge, I say to you, your refuge is in My Most Sacred Heart. Your refuge is in the Eucharist. Your refuge is in Me, in My Most Divine Mercy. —January 20th, 2010

Those who are in that spiritual refuge will be led to physical refuges at the appropriate time, unless the Lord calls them home before then. According to Jennifer’s messages, that time will come when an antichrist appears on earth after a great shaking.

My people, I have told you that places of refuge are being prepared all around this world. It is important that you take heed to My words and trust in Me when My angels come and assist you. It is important that you remain on guard, for if you are not remaining vigilant in your prayers you may be guided in the wrong way, for My refuges will not only protect you from the storms, but also from the forces of the antichrist. Now is the time to continue to prepare for many changes are on the horizon and it is important that you respond to My pleas for so many will not know what to do when this earth begins to tremble. —June 22nd, 2004

Confirming this is another seer who was given permission to publish her messages: “Anne, a Lay Apostle” whose real name is Kathryn Ann Clarke (as of 2013, Rev. Leo O’Reilly, Bishop of the Diocese of Kilmore, Ireland, has granted Anne’s writings the Imprimatur. Her writings have been referred to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for review). In Volume Five, published in 2013, Jesus allegedly says:

I am going to share another piece of information with you so that you will be able to recognize the times. When the moon glows red, after the earth shifts, there will come a false saviour… —May 29th, 2004

Compare those words to Church Father Lactantius, who wrote in the fourth century:

…the moon will now fail, not for three hours only, but overspread with perpetual blood, will go through extraordinary movements, so that it will not be easy for man to ascertain the courses of the heavenly bodies or the system of the times; for there will either be summer in the winter, or winter in the summer. Then the year will be shortened, and the month diminished, and the day contracted into a short space; and stars shall fall in great numbers, so that all the heaven will appear dark without any lights. The loftiest mountains also will fall, and be levelled with the plains; the sea will be rendered unnavigable. —Divine Institutes, Book VII, Ch. 16

Another seer from the American coastal states, known to me, but who remains anonymous at the request of his spiritual director (Fr. Seraphim Michaelenko, who was also vice-postulator of St. Faustina’s canonization), has been given many powerful messages and signs. In his home, statues of Our Lady, Jesus and the saints have wept or bled as well as an image of the Divine Mercy, which now hangs at the Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. To this simple, hidden soul, Jesus allegedly said:

Many signs and warnings have already been given to an unrepentant mankind but you continue to turn away from me, your hope, your salvation… The just hand of your Father in heaven must now sweep across the world… Now upon the earth shall fall such tribulations. It will be as never before. The hand of divine justice will reach into every corner of humanity touching everything created by God. It will unfold one step at a time as it is already unfolding… there will be HUGE EARTHQUAKES. In the days to come, not a building will be left standing. After a period of darkness, the earth will quake and all that is not of me will perish except for a few who will be allowed to remain by the will of my Father. The antichrist will be among these. He will bide his time until the moment when all will be proper for him to appear. This will signal the stage to be set for my coming. At that time you will know that I am very near. —April 16th, 2006

The “few who will be allowed to remain” refers to those preserved in refuges. Indeed, Church Father Lactantius confirms the reality of physical refuges or “solitudes” in Tradition:

That will be the time in which righteousness shall be cast out, and innocence be hated; in which the wicked shall prey upon the good as enemies; neither law, nor order, nor military discipline shall be preserved… all things shall be confounded and mixed together against right, and against the laws of nature. Thus the earth shall be laid waste, as though by one common robbery. When these things shall so happen, then the righteous and the followers of truth shall separate themselves from the wicked, and flee into solitudes. —The Divine Institutes, Book VII, Ch. 17

These refuges are created for the express purpose of preserving a people for God who will experience a “new and divine holiness“, the final jewel in the crown of sanctity that the Bride of Christ will wear in order to prepare her for the final return of Jesus in glory.

Towards the end of the world… Almighty God and His Holy Mother are to raise up great saints who will surpass in holiness most other saints as much as the cedars of Lebanon tower above little shrubs. —St. Louis de Montfort, True Devotion to Mary, Art. 47

Whether you or I live to see that new era is dependent upon both our faithfulness and God’s will. As Jesus promises:

Because you have kept my message of endurance, I will keep you safe in the time of trial that is going to come to the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. (Revelation 3:10)

Going back to that anonymous seer, Our Lord continues His message providing key advice on how to remain in a “state of grace” so that the day of the Lord will not take any of us “like a thief in the night”:

As the light dims, you will need to remain even closer to the light of Christ in order to see the truth and live it… Time has run out for all delays of My Father’s plan. Please spend what time is left with Me. My children, the day of the Lord is here for all to behold.  I speak these words to you to calm your heart so that when events begin, you will be strong and calm in the face of much chaos. Please confess your sins each week. Stay recollected in Our presence with the angels and saints… The prayers and great works of My chosen ones will work miracles in the lives and hearts of my poor, weak, lost, lonely children. It will be a time of redemptive prayer and suffering for all of you,  for all of them. Know that we shall be victorious when the day of the Lord arrives!—April 16th, 2006

Yes, fight fire with fire!

In the end, whether I live in that “period of peace” promised at Fatima or whether I enter eternity, does not matter. For Jesus is with me here and now. He is my refuge here and now. The Kingdom of God is within me here and now. What is most important is that I respond to His grace in the present so as to fulfill my mission and purpose for this time, which might very well be to help others to board the Ark that they may be the ones to sail safely to that other side…

At the time of Noah, immediately before the flood, those whom the Lord had destined to survive his terrible chastisement entered into the ark. In these your times, I am inviting all my beloved children to enter into the Ark of the New Covenant which I have built in my Immaculate Heart for you, that they may be assisted by me to carry the bloody burden of the great trial, which precedes the coming of the day of the Lord. Do not look anywhere else. There is happening today what happened in the days of the flood, and no one is giving a thought to what is awaiting them. Everyone is much occupied in thinking only of themselves, of their own earthly interests, of pleasures and of satisfying in every sort of way, their own disordinate passions. Even in the Church, how few there are who concern themselves with my motherly and most sorrowful admonitions! You at least, my beloved ones, must listen to me and follow me. And then, through you, I will be able to call everyone to enter as quickly as possible into the Ark of the New Covenant and of salvation, which my Immaculate Heart has prepared for you, in view of these times of chastisement. Here you will be in peace, and you will be able to become signs of my peace and of my motherly consolation for all my poor children. —Our Lady to Fr. Stefano Gobbi, n. 328 in the “Blue Book”;  Imprimatur Bishop Donald W. Montrose, Archbishop Francesco Cuccarese

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FIGHTING FIRE WITH FIRE

DURING one Mass, I was attacked by the “accuser of the brethren” (Rev 12:10). The entire Liturgy rolled by and I had barely been able to absorb a word as I wrestled against the discouragement of the enemy. I began my morning prayer, and the (convincing) lies intensified, so much so, I could do nothing but pray aloud, my mind completely under siege.

In between reading the Psalms, I cried out to God to help me, when suddenly a burst of Understanding pierced the darkness:

You are suffering the mental anguish of the Passion.

Along with this Understanding came Counsel:

Unite this suffering with Christ’s for the sake of sinners who are on their way to damnation.

And so I prayed, “I offer up the suffering of these attacks and temptations for the sake of those about to lose their eternal souls to the fires of hell. Every fiery dart thrown at me, I in turn offer that a soul may be saved!”

Immediately, I could tangibly feel the attacks stop; and there was an instant peace like the rays of the sun breaking through a rainy day. A few minutes later, the temptations returned, so I eagerly offered them up again. That’s when the temptations finally ceased.

When I came home, this email was awaiting me, sent in by a reader:

Upon waking one morning I was subjected to a pornographic thought. Knowing where it came from I did not rebel, but I offered this temptation from the evil one as reparation for my sins and the sins of the world. Instantly the temptation disappeared, for the evil one will not be used for reparation for sins. 

 

FIGHT FIRE WITH HOLY FIRE

Are you beset with discouragement? Then wield it like a sword. Are you tortured in conscience? Then swing it like a club. Are you burning with passions, lusts, and fiery cravings? Then send them like arrows into the enemy’s camp. When you are assailed, plunge yourself deep into the wounds of Christ, and let Him transform your weakness into strength.

St. Jean Vianney (1786-1859) was attacked frequently by demons for over 35 years.

One night when he was disturbed more than usual, the priest said, “My God, I willingly make to You the sacrifice of a few hours’ sleep for the conversion of sinners.” Immediately, the demons vanished, and everything fell silent. —Manual for Spiritual Warfare, Paul Thigpen, p. 198; Tan Books

Suffering is a secret weapon. When united to Christ, it is a blade which severs the cords of slavery binding unknown brothers; it is a light sent to expose the darkness in the soul of a lost sister; it is a tidal wave of grace washing over some soul in the desert of sin… carrying that one away into a sea of Safety, an ocean of Mercy.

Oh how precious our suffering is! How often we waste it…

Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

In my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the Church. (Col 1:24)

Christ has taught man to do good by his suffering and to do good to those who suffer… This is the meaning of suffering, which is truly supernatural and at the same time human. It is supernaturalbecause it is rooted in the divine mystery of the Redemption of the world, and it is likewise deeplyhuman, because in it the person discovers himself, his own humanity, his own dignity, his own mission. We ask precisely you who are weak to become a source of strength for the Church and humanity. In the terrible battle between the forces of good and evil, revealed to our eyes by our modern world, may your suffering in union with the Cross of Christ be victorious! POPE JOHN PAUL II, Salvifici Doloros; Apostolic Letter, February 11th, 1984

 

Mark Mallett

 

WHEN WE DOUBT

 

SHE looked at me like I was crazy. As I spoke at a recent conference about the Church’s mission to evangelize and the power of the Gospel, a woman seated near the back had a contorted look on her face. She would occasionally whisper mockingly to her sister sitting beside her and then return to me with a stupefied gaze. It was hard not to notice. But then, it was hard not to notice her sister’s expression, which was markedly different; her eyes spoke of a soul searching, processing, and yet, not certain.

Sure enough, in an afternoon Question and Answer period, the searching sister raised her hand. “What do we do if we have doubts about God, about whether He exists and whether these things are real?” The following are some of things I shared with her…

 

THE ORIGINAL WOUND

It’s normal to doubt, of course (insofar as this is the common lot of fallen human nature). Even the Apostles who witnessed, walked, and worked with Jesus doubted His Word; when the women testified that the tomb was empty, they doubted; when Thomas was told that Jesus appeared to the other Apostles, he doubted (see today’s Gospel). Not until he put his fingers into the wounds of Christ did Thomas also believe.

So, I asked her, “Why doesn’t Jesus just appear again on earth so that everyone can see Him? Then we can all believe, right? The answer is because He’s already done that. He walked among us, healed the sick, opened the eyes of the blind, the ears of the deaf, calmed their storms, multiplied their food, and raised the dead—and then we crucified Him. And if Jesus were to walk among us today, we would crucify Him all over again. Why? Because of the wound of original sinin the human heart. The first sin was not eating a fruit from a tree; no, before that, it was the sin of distrust. That after all God had done, Adam and Eve distrusted His Word and believed the lie that perhaps, they too, could be gods.”

“So,” I continued, “that’s why we are saved ‘through faith’ (Eph 2:8). Only faith can restore us again to God, and this, too, is a gift of His grace and love. If you want to know just how deep the wound of original sin is in the human heart, look at the Cross. There you’ll see that God Himself had to suffer and die in order to repair this existential wound and reconcile us to Himself. In other words, this state of mistrust in our hearts, this wound, is a rather big deal.”

 

BLESSED, WHO DO NOT SEE

Yes, from time to time, God does reveal himself to others, as He did to St. Thomas, so that they might believe. And these “signs and wonders” also become signs for us. While in prison, John the Baptist sent a message to Jesus asking, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” Jesus said in reply:

Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them. And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me. (Matt 11:3-6)

Those are such insightful words. For how many people today do indeed take offence at the notion of the miraculous? Even Catholics, intoxicated as it were by a spirit of rationalism, struggle to accept the multitude of “signs and wonders” that belong to our Catholic heritage. These are given to remind us that God exists. “For example,” I said to her, “the many Eucharistic miracles around the world, which cannot be explained. They are clear evidence that Jesus meant what He said: ‘I am the bread of life… my flesh is true food and blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.’ [1]

“Take for instance the Argentinian miracle where the Host suddenly turned into flesh. When studied by three scientists, one who was an atheist, they discovered that it was heart tissue—the left ventricle, to be precise—the part of the heart that pumps blood to the rest of the body giving it life. Second, their forensics determined that the individual was a male who underwent extreme torture and asphyxiation (which is the common result of crucifixion). Last, they found that the blood type (A-B) matched other Eucharistic miracles that happened centuries earlier and that, in fact, the blood cells were inexplicably still living when the sample was taken.”[2]

“Then,” I added, “there are the bodies of incorruptible saints all through Europe. Some of them appear as though they have just fallen asleep. But if you leave milk or hamburger on the counter for a few days, what happens?” A chuckle arose from the crowd. “Well, to be honest, the Communist atheists had their ‘incorruptible’ as well: Stalin. They would wheel him out in a glass coffin so that the masses could venerate his body in Moscow Square. But, of course, they’d have to wheel him back in after a short period of time because his flesh would start to thaw despite the preservatives and chemicals pumped into him. The Catholic incorruptible saints, on the other hand—such as St. Bernadette—are not artificially preserved. It’s simply a miracle for which science has no explanation… and yet, we still disbelieve?”

She looked at me intently.

 

ENCOUNTERING JESUS

“Nonetheless,” I added, “Jesus said that, after His ascension into Heaven, we would not see Him any longer.[3] So, the God we worship, first of all, tells us that we won’t see Him as we see each other in the ordinary course of life. But, He does tell us how we can know Him. And this is so important. Because if we want to know that God exists, if we want to experience His presence and love, then we have to come to Him on His terms, not our own. He’s God, after all, and we’re not. And what are His terms? Turn to the book of Wisdom:

…seek him in integrity of heart; because he is found by those who do not test him, and manifests himself to those who do not disbelieve him. (Wisdom of Solomon 1:1-2)

“God manifests Himself to those who come to Him in faith. And I stand before you as a witness that it is true; that even in the darkest times in my life, when I thought God was a million miles away, a little act of faith, a motion toward Him… has opened the
way to powerful and unexpected encounters of His presence.” Indeed, what does Jesus say of those who believe in Him without actually seeing Him?

Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed. (John 20:29)

“But we ought not test Him, that is, act in pride. ‘Unless you turn and become like children,’ Jesus said, ‘you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.’ [4] Rather, the Psalm says, ‘a contrite, humbled heart, O God, you will not scorn.’ [5] Asking God to reproduce Himself like bacteria in a petri dish, or yelling at Him to show himself like a ghost hiding behind a tree is asking Him to act out of character. If you want proof of the God of the Bible, then don’t ask for proof of the God who is not in the Bible. But come to Him in trust saying, “Okay God, I will follow your word in faith, even though I feel nothing…” That is the first step toward an Encounter with Him. The feelings will come, the experiences will come—they always do, and have for hundreds of millions of people—but in God’s time and in His way, as He sees fit.

“In the meantime, we can use our reason to deduce that the origin of the universe had to come from Someone outside of it; that there are extraordinary signs, such as miracles and incorruptible saints, which defy any explanation; and that those who live according to what Jesus taught are, statistically, the happiest people on earth.”

With that, I looked her in the eyes and said, “Above all, don’t doubt that you are loved.”

 

My child,
all your sins have not wounded My Heart as painfully
as your present lack of trust does,
that after so many efforts of My love and mercy,
you should still doubt My goodness.

—Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 1486

 

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