Mark Mallett

 

CHINA AND THE STORM

 

If the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet,
so that the people are not warned,
and the sword comes, and takes any one of them;
that man is taken away in his iniquity,
but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.
(Ezekiel 33:6)

 

AT a conference I spoke at recently, someone said to me, “I didn’t know you were so funny. I thought you would be kind of a somber and serious person.” I share this little anecdote with you because I think it might be helpful to some readers to know that I am not some dark figure crouched over a computer screen, looking for the worst in humanity as I weave together conspiracies of dread and doom. I’m a father of eight children and a grandfather of three (with one on the way). I think about fishing and football, camping and giving concerts. Our home is a temple of laughter. We love to suck the marrow of life from the present moment.

And so, I find writings like this one very difficult to publish. I’d rather write about horses and honey. But I also know that the truth sets us free, whether it is sweet to the ears or not. I also know that the “signs of the times” are so obvious, so alarming, that to remain silent is cowardice. To pretend that it is business as usual is reckless. To kowtow to the naysayers who accuse me of scaremongering would, for me, be disobedience. As I have said time and again, it’s not Heaven’s warnings that scare me; it’s mankind’s rebellion that is truly terrifying since we, not God, are the authors of our own miseries.

Before beginning this article, I sensed the Lord say in prayer:

My child, do not be afraid for the things which must come upon the earth. My chastisements are also an expression of My love (cf. Heb 12:5-8). Why, then, do you fear love? If Love allows these things, then why are you afraid?

And then I stumbled on these words of Jesus to Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta:

All that has happened until now can be called a game, compared to the chastisements which are coming. I do not show all of them to you so as not to oppress you too much; and I, in seeing the obstinancy of man, remain as though hiding within you. —May 10th, 1919; Volume 12 [“hiding within you”, ie. accepting Luisa’s reparative prayers and sacrifices]

Yes, I do not dwell much on these things for the same reason: so as not to depress my readers. But it’s time for us Christians to put on our big boy pants and face these times with courage and boldness, sacrifice and intercession as…

…God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7)

For many of the things I wrote about years ago are beginning to unfold before our eyes, among them, the role of China in this present Storm

 

THE RED DRAGON

On the Feast of the Assumption in 2007, Pope Benedict spoke about the battle in the Book of Revelation between the “woman clothed in the sun,” whom he said represents both Mary and the Church, and the “red dragon.”

…there is the immensely strong, red dragon with a striking and disturbing manifestation of power without grace, without love, of absolute selfishness, terror and violence. At the time when St John wrote the Book of Revelation, this dragon represented for him the power of the anti-Christian Roman Emperors, from Nero to Domitian. This power seemed boundless; the military, political and propagandist power of the Roman Empire was such that before it, faith, the Church, appeared as a defenseless woman with no chance of survival and even less of victory. Who could stand up to this omnipresent force that seemed capable of achieving everything? …Thus, not only does this dragon suggest the anti-Christian power of the persecutors of the Church of that time, but alsoanti-Christian dictatorships of all periods. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Homily, August 15th, 2007;vatican.va

Once again, in 2020, the Church, as though in her own Gethsemane, is watching “anti-Christian dictatorships” gather against her. There are the soft totalitarian dictators who are increasingly imposing their opinion on others while slowly suffocating freedom of speech and religion. In the West, they include anyone influencing policy-making, from educators to Prime Ministers to media outlets and ideological judges. And then there are the more overt political dictatorships, such as North Korea’s or China’s where freedom is either eradicated or tightly controlled. While most of the world rejects the kind of oppression North Korea imposes on its own people, not so with China. That’s because the world’s largest nation with a population of 1.435 billion is not financially “closed” to the rest of the world. Though it is governed by the Communist Party of China, it’s government is more socialist in function as it is not opposed to trade with the free markets.

What is Communist about China is that the economy trumps human rights; theoretical and practical atheism are the state “religion.” To that end, the People’s Republic of China is known for its increasingly brutal campaign against religion, both Christian and Muslim, that recently has seen disturbing signs of oppression (Christian churches, crosses, bibles and shrines are being destroyed while Muslims are being rounded up in “re-education camps“). Here, the words of Our Lady to the late Fr. Stefano Gobbi, in messages that bear the Church’s Imprimatur, come to mind:

I am gazing today with eyes of mercy on this great nation of China, where my Adversary is reigning, the Red Dragon who has set up his kingdom here, enjoining all, by force, to repeat the satanic act of denial and rebellion against God. —Our Lady, Taipei (Taiwan), October 9th, 1987; To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons, #365

Moreover, China’s control, surveillance, and censorship of the population and media have become utterly Orwellian. It’s brutal enforcement of a one child per family policy (now two,  since 2016) has drawn much criticism from other nations.

THE DRAGON’S LAIR

But as it turns out, those criticisms are just empty truisms. Despite China’s human rights abuses, Western leaders and corporations, seeing an opportunity for huge profits on the backs of cheap laborers, have set aside their grievances and virtually shaken hands with the devil. As a result, China’s gross domestic product value (GDP) grew from $150 billion in 1978 to $13.5 trillion by 2018.[1] Since 2010, China has been the world’s second-largest economy by nominal GDP, and since 2014, the largest economy in the world by purchasing power. China is a recognized nuclear weapons state and has the world’s largest standing army. Since 2019, China has the highest number of rich people in the world and is the second-largest importer and world’s largest exporter of goods[2]

It is that last fact that is presently emerging as a much greater threat than The People’s Liberation Army.

The coronavirus “Covid-19”, originating in China and presently spreading throughout the world, seems less and less to be another “false alarm.” What we know is that the Chinese government has placed several cities under martial law. Tens of millions of people are confined in their homes. Witnesses describe the streets of these cities as though they were ghost towns. Due to the Communist regime’s tight grip on information leaving the country, it is hard to know exactly how many people are actually infected or dying.

Aside from the direct human tragedy, there is another story emerging that may prove to be even more catastrophic than the virus itself. As I wrote in The Great Transitionit may only be a matter of weeks before we begin to see an economictsunami resulting from China’s manufacturing sector grinding to a sudden halt. Some readers might recall my article in 2008 called Made in China in which I warned about the monopoly that country has over “nearly everything we buy, even food and pharmaceuticals.” Many nations virtually shuttered their manufacturing sectors in lieu of getting cheaper goods from China. But this is proving to be a short term gain for what may be a very long term pain.

Case in point, “an estimated 97 percent of all antibiotics and 80 percent of the active pharmaceutical ingredients needed for [U.S.] domestic drug production” come from China with only a 3-6 month buffer in existing supplies.[3] In other words, interrupting that supply chain could soon have catastrophic effects on healthcare systems in the West. And we are already beginning to see the economic impact elsewhere as corporations and manufacturers all over the world are facing a shortage of parts that are “made in China.”

The economic damage will be massive. It will cause financial pain, impact financial asset prices, and will trigger central bank reaction. Get ready. —Tyler Durden; Feb 17th, 2020; zerohedge.com

Over the weekend, my wife discovered that the factory in China that she was ordering parts from (because they’re the only ones that make them now) informed her that they have temporarily closed doors due to the coronavirus. Then a friend in Calgary, Alberta sent a note saying that he went to buy a men’s t-shirt in a Walmart but there were none. When he inquired as to why, the staff told him, “We aren’t receiving any new shipments from China.” Indeed, Reuters reports that “Nearly half of the U.S. companies in China say their global operations are already seeing an impact from business shutdowns due to the coronavirus epidemic.”[4] That includes the automotive industry, as China exports about $70 billion worth of car parts and accessories globally. Already, Nissan, Toyota, Hyundai, BMW and Volkswagen have reduced production and face significant financial losses as the buffer for car parts is only between 2-12 weeks.[5] And Apple announced that it does not expect to meet its second-quarter forecast for revenue due to a shortage of parts “made in China” and a lower Chinese demand for the iPhone because of the cornavirus. The “tsunami” has already come ashore.

In other words, Western nations have been drawn into the dragon’s lair and are now beginning to pay the price for what Pope Francis rightly calls “unfettered capitalism” that has put profit above people and wealth at the expense of creation itself. This is no more evident than in China itself, which has the world’s second highest number of pollution-related deaths after India as its factories belch out cheap products for Western consumers who are, at the same time, plunging into tremendous debt to feed the monster of materialism.[6] As Pope Benedict keenly adds:

We see this power, the force of the Red Dragon… in new and different ways. It exists in the form of materialistic ideologies that tell us it is absurd to think of God; it is absurd to observe God’s commandments: they are a leftover from a time past. Life is only worth living for its own sake. Take everything we can get in this brief moment of life. Consumerism, selfishness, and entertainment alone are worthwhile. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Homily, August 15th, 2007; vatican.va

A new tyranny is thus born, invisible and often virtual, which unilaterally and relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules. Debt and the accumulation of interest also make it difficult for countries to realize the potential of their own economies and keep citizens from enjoying their real purchasing power… In this system, which tends to devoureverything which stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenceless before the interests of a deified market, which become the only rule. —POPE FRANCIS, Evangelii Gaudium, n. 56

Russian Communist dictator, Vladimir Lenin allegedly said:

The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.

But that may be a twist on words that Lenin did in fact pen, which take on a sobering new light today:

The [capitalists] will furnish credits which will serve us for the support of the Communist Party in their countries and, by supplying us materials and technical equipment which we lack, will restore our military industry necessary for our furore attacks against our suppliers. —BNET,www.findarticles.com

 

THE WARNINGS

There are some in the media suggesting that the cornavirus could bring the downfall of the Chinese Communist regime. On the other hand, this, or another pandemic or even a mere freeze in exports by China through a trade war, could quickly bring down the rest of the world. I doubt that the Chinese empire is going away anytime soon, and according to several credible prophecies, is poised to emerge as a superpower.

China is a country I have been quietly keeping my eye on for a number of years. It began in 2008 when I drove past a Chinese businessman walking down the sidewalk. I looked into his eyes, dark and empty. There was an aggression about him that disturbed me. In that moment (and it’s hard to explain), I was given what seemed a “word of knowledge” that China was going to “invade” the West. That is, that man seemed to represent the ideology or (Communist) spirit behind China (not the Chinese people themselves, many who are faithful Christians in the underground Church there).

One of the chilling “words” I sensed the Lord speak to me several years ago was:

Your land will be given to another’s if there is not repentance for the sin of abortion. 

That was underscored in a rare and unforgettable experience I had while on a North American concert tour (see 3 Cities… and a Warning for Canada). As with nearly everything I write here, the Lord would later confirm it, this time with no less than a Church Father:

Then the sword will traverse the world, mowing down everything, and laying low all things as a crop. And— my mind dreads to relate it, but I will relate it, because it is about to happen— the cause of this desolation and confusion will be this; because the Roman name, by which the world is now ruled, will be taken away from the earth, and the government return to Asia; and the East will again bear rule, and the West be reduced to servitude. —Lactantius, Fathers of the Church: The Divine Institutes, Book VII, Chapter 15, Catholic Encyclopedia; www.newadvent.org

An American war veteran said to a friend, “China will invade America, and they will do it without firing a single bullet.” It’s fascinating and disturbing all at the same time that Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, who is an open Socialist with strong Communist ties, is filling stadiums this week in his bid to become the next President of the United States. Indeed, Communism is already being accepted without a single bullet being fired. Though, this is not to discount the possible enforcement of Chinese rule under its military. In the apparitions to Ida Peerdeman of Amersterdam, Our Lady said:

“I will set my foot down in the midst of the world and show you: that is America, ” and then, [Our Lady] immediately points to another part, saying, “Manchuria—there will be tremendous insurrections.” I see Chinese marching, and a line which they are crossing—Twenty Fifth Apparition, 10th December, 1950; The Messages of The Lady of All Nations, pg. 35. (Devotion to Our Lady of All Nations has been ecclesiastically approved.)

Those words evoke the Book of Revelation where it describes the advance of Eastern armies:

The sixth angel emptied his bowl on the great river Euphrates. Its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings of the East. (Rev 16:12)

Several mystics, such as the late Stan Rutherford, conveyed to me visions he had of boatloads of Asian soldiers invading the shores of North America. Maria Valtorta’s writings on the end times, which are consistent with the Early Church Fathers, wrote these words allegedly from Jesus:

You will go on falling. You will go on with your coalitions of evil, paving the way for the ‘Kings of the East,’ in other words the helpers of the Son of Evil. —Jesus to Maria Valtorta, August 22nd, 1943; The End Times, p. 50, Édition Paulines, 1994

I first quoted that here. However, I went back just now to read that message in context… and was surprised to see that this is the following sentence:

It seems as though My angels are the ones bringing the plagues. In reality, you are the ones. You want them, and you shall get them. —Ibid.

Written in 1943, that last sentence is almost a non-sequitor that makes no sense—unless read today. 

We have to understand the point of Heaven’s warnings to us in this regard. They are not given to terrorize or instill fear but rather warn and call humanity back to the Father. In other words, we are the source of our own terror when we remain unrepentant. We are the ones creating our own nightmare scenarios by departing from the laws of God. Such as when our scientists begin to tinker with our DNA and create biological weapons in their laboratories. In that same message to Maria Valtorta, perhaps Jesus hinted as much when He said:

…if a new animal could be made by crossing monkeys with snakes and with swine, it would still be less unclean than certain people, whose appearances are human but whose inner selves are more indecent and more repulsive than the filthiest animals… When the time of wrath has come, mankind will have reached the ultimate in vice. —ibid.

Pretty strong words. And they echo what Jesus has said to American seer, Jennifer, who after presenting her messages to St. John Paul II was encouraged by the Vatican’s Polish Secretariat of State, Monsignor Pawel Ptasznik,  to “spread the messages to the world any way you can.” Consider these warnings in light of the cornavirus and man’s recent unethical genetic modification of creation:

This is a time of preparation, for your storms and earthquakes, disease and famine are on the horizon because man has continued to reject My pleas. Your advances in science to alter My ways is causing your souls to become in danger. Your willingness to take away life no matter what stage it may be is causing your chastisement to be the greatest punishment man has seen since the beginning of creation… May 20th, 2004; wordsfromjesus.com

In the following messages, Jesus signals that these events are a harbinger of a coming Warning that will be given to mankind when every person on earth will see themselves as though it were a judgment in miniature:

As disease plagues areas where a great number culminate, know that your Master is near. —September 18th, 2005

At the same time that the cornavirus is spreading, an incredibly devastating plague of locusts is devouring parts of Africa and now the Middle East, including China, putting food security at risk and creating a condition for massive famine.

The days are coming for you will see how the earth will respond according to the depth of man’s sins. You will be plagued by disease and insects that will annihilate many areas. —November 18th, 2004

CHINA IN THE STORM

Indeed, as I’ve said repeatedly, the first half of this Storm that is coming upon the world—like the first half of a hurricane before the eye of the storm (the Warning)—is mostly man-made. The Seven Seals of Revolution that St. John describes in the Book of Revelation are essentially man reaping what he has sown—including plagues (see also Matt 24:6; Luke 21:10-11):

When he broke open the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature cry out, “Come forward.” I looked, and there was a pale green horse. Its rider was named Death, and Hades accompanied him. They were given authority over a quarter of the earth, to kill with sword, famine, and plague, and by means of the wild beasts of the earth. (Rev 6:7-8)

While it’s believed that Covid-19 came from wild bats, a new paper from South China’s University of Technology claims ‘the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.’[7] In early February 2020, Dr. Francis Boyle, who drafted the U.S. “Biological Weapons Act”, gave a detailed statement admitting that the 2019 Wuhan Coronavirus is an offensive Biological Warfare Weapon and that the World Health Organization (WHO) already knows about it.[8] An Israeli biological warfare analyst said much the same.[9] Suddenly the question arises: is this virus a planned event to bring down the world economy?

Communism, which is still the foundation of China’s system, was the brainchild of the Freemasons. Few people know that Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky and Joseph Stalin (names that are all aliases) had been on the Illuminati payroll for several years.[10] Communism, and its accompanying revolutions, was hatched when Marx was only 11 years old. It was to be an instrument to overthrow the West, indeed, the whole order of things.

It is of the greatest interest that the term,Communism, was formulated long before Marx became a part of the program – for the very concept (a result of his Satanic “inspiration”) had been formulated in the fertile mind of Spartacus Weishaupt himself (a Freemason) years before. In every way but one, the French Revolution had come off as planned. There remained but one great hurdle for the Illuminati, that being the Church, for the Church – and there is only one True Church – formed the very foundation of Western civilization. —Stephen, Mahowald, She Shall Crush Thy Head, MMR Publishing Company, p. 103

You are aware indeed, that the goal of this most iniquitous plot is to drive people to overthrow the entire order of human affairs and to draw them over to the wicked theories of this Socialism and Communism… —POPE PIUS IX, Nostis et Nobiscum, Encyclical, n. 18, DECEMBER 8, 1849

I am thinking right now of a powerful prophetic word that St. Thérèse de Liseux spoke to an American priest I know in 2008—first in a dream, and then audibly during the consecration at Mass:

Just as my country [France], which was the eldest daughter of the Church, killed her priests and faithful, so will the persecution of the Church take place in your own country. In a short time, the clergy will go into exile and will be unable to enter the churches openly. They will minister to the faithful in clandestine places. The faithful will be deprived of the “kiss of Jesus” [Holy Communion]. The laity will bring Jesus to them in the absence of the priests.

If true, perhaps this will come about in ways we do not expect. According to Associated Press, because of the coronavirus, “Buddhist temples, Christian churches and Muslim mosques have been ordered closed since January 29th in mainland China”;[11] in the Philippines, Mass attendance is down in some churches by half; in Malaysia and South Korea, some places of worship have closed; and the Japanese government has warned people to “avoid crowds and ‘non-essential gatherings’, including notoriously packed commuter trains.”[12] In the blink of an eye, the faithful in those cities have been deprived of the Sacraments.

Finally, this message from Gisella Cardi in Trevignano Romano near Rome. Her messages recently received the Nihil Obstat in Poland. This one came before the Covid-19 outbreak:

Beloved children, thank you for having listened to my call in your hearts. Pray, pray, pray for peace and for what awaits you. Pray for China because new diseases will come from there, all now ready to affect the air with unknown bacteria. Pray for Russia because war is near. Pray for America, it is now in great decline. Pray for the Church, because the combatants are coming and the attack will be disastrous; do not be deceived by wolves dressed as lambs, everything will take a major turn soon. Look at the sky, you will see the signs of the end of times. I will be with you until the end of the prayer. Now I bless you in the name of the Father, of the Son of the Holy Spirit, Amen. —Our Lady to Gisella, September 28th, 2019
That, too, is an echo of a message from eight years ago:

Before mankind is able to change the calendar of this time you will have witnessed the financial collapse. It is only those who heed to My warnings that will be prepared. The North will attack the South as the two Koreas become at war with each other. Jerusalem will shake, America will fall and Russia will unite with China to become Dictators of the new world. I plead in warnings of love and mercy for I am Jesus, and the hand of justice is soon to prevail. —Jesus allegedly to Jennifer, May 22nd, 2012; wordsfromjesus.com

THE VICTOR IS THE ONE WITH FAITH

At the beginning of this writing apostolate, the Lord gave me several prophetic dreams to serve as sort of milestones for future events, such as this recurring dream some fifteen years ago. I would see

…stars in the sky begin to spin into the shape of a circle. Then the stars began to fall… turning suddenly into strange military aircraft.

Sitting at the edge of the bed one morning after having this dream again, I asked the Lord what it meant. I immediately heard in my heart:  “Look at the flag of China.” I couldn’t remember what it looked like beyond its red and yellow colors, so I looked it up on the web… and there it was, a flag with stars in a circle.

In another vivid dream, those military aircraft utterly filled the skies in all kinds of strange shapes. It’s only in the last few years that I now recognize what they were: drones—which I’d never seen back then. Moreover, this past year has seen the release of dozens of new satellites into space that are now filing by in the night sky in eerie rows. When I saw them a couple of months ago, I was shaken; it was like I was seeing something from that first dream. What does it all mean? Are satellites and drones combining to create a massive world-wide surveillance of mankind?

Dramatic advances in satellite imaging technology in the last 10 years have privacy advocates worried about 24-hour surveillance… “The risks arise not only from the satellite images themselves but the fusion of Earth observation data with other sources of data.” —Peter Martinez of the space advocacy group Secure World Foundation; August 1st, 2019; CNET.com

It all seems surreal, doesn’t it? But it’s not a dream. It’s unfolding in real time in front of our eyes. Even if all of this blows over and turns out not to be “the big one,” it is assuredly another “small sign.” So, how should we respond?

Put your spiritual life in order. Writings like this one today are actually a gift to wake up those of us who are sleeping. They are God’s way of saying:

I love you so much that I want to prepare you. I love you so much that I want nothing to take you by surprise. I love you so much, that I continue to stretch these days of Mercy to allow you time to come back to Me, to repent from your sin and all that separates you from Me. But Mercy is like an elastic band that man stretches by His sin. If you, mankind, insist on stretching it to the point of breaking, then realize that the “snap” and “reverberation” is my Justice—and your choice. Oh, poor mankind, if only you would return to Me so that I could show you My love and assuage the sorrows you continue to heap upon yourselves…

In that regard, the Great Storm that is here is not the end of the world, but the purification of it. Evil, ultimately, will not win the day. Returning to Benedict’s words, remember the outcome after these days of sorrow are over…

Even now, this dragon appears invincible, but it is still true today that God is stronger than the dragon, that it is love which conquers rather than selfishness… Mary [the woman clothed in the sun] has left death behind her; she is totally clothed in life, she is taken up body and soul into God’s glory and thus, placed in glory after overcoming death, she says to us: “Take heart, it is love that wins in the end! The message of my life was: I am the handmaid of God, my life has been a gift of myself to God and my neighbour. And this life of service now arrives in real life. May you too have trust and have the courage to live like this, countering all the threats of the dragon.” This is the first meaning of the woman whom Mary succeeded in being. The “woman clothed with the sun” is the great sign of the victory of love, of the victory of goodness, of the victory of God; a great sign of consolation. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Homily, August 15th, 2007; vatican.va

 

RELATED READING

Made in China

China Rising

Of China

When Communism Returns

Capitalism and the Beast

The New Beast Rising

The Great Corralling

 

Your financial support and prayers are why
you are reading this today.
Bless you and thank you. 

To journey with Mark in The Now Word,
click on the banner below to subscribe.
Your email will not be shared with anyone.

Mark Mallett

 

QUESTIONS ON DELIVERANCE

 

DO you want to be free? Do you want to breathe the air of joy, peace, and that rest that Christ promised? Sometimes, part of the reason we are robbed of these graces is because we have not engaged a spiritual battle that is being waged around our souls by what the Scriptures call “unclean spirits.” Are these spirits real beings? Do we have authority over them? How do we address them so as to be free of them? Practical answers to your questions from Our Lady of the Storm

 

REAL EVIL, REAL ANGELS

Let us be absolutely clear: when we speak of evil spirits we are talking about fallen angels—real spiritual beings. They are not “symbols” or “metaphors” for evil or badness, as some misguided theologians have suggested.

Satan or the devil and the other demons are fallen angels who have freely refused to serve God and his plan. Their choice against God is definitive. They try to associate man in their revolt against God… The devil and the other demons were indeed created naturally good by God, but they became evil by their own doing. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 414, 319

I had to chuckle at a recent article that only somewhat veiled its bemusement at Pope Francis’ frequent mention of the devil. Affirming the constant teaching of the Church on the personhood of Satan, Francis said:

He is evil, he’s not like mist. He’s not a diffuse thing, he is a person. I’m convinced that one must never converse with Satan—if you do that, you’ll be lost. —POPE FRANCIS, television interview; December 13th, 2017; telegraph.co.uk

This was chalked up as a kind of “Jesuit” thing. It’s not. It’s not even a Christian thing per se. It’s the reality of the entire human race that we are all at the center of a cosmic battle against evil principalities and powers who seek to eternally separate humans from their Creator—whether we know it or not.

 

REAL AUTHORITY

As Christians, we have real authority, given to us by Christ, to repel these evil spirits who are intelligent, cunning, and relentless.[1]

Behold, I have given you the power to tread upon serpents and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven. (Luke 10:19-20)

However, to what degree do each of us have authority?

Just as the Church has a hierarchy—the Pope, bishops, priests, and then laity—so too, the angels have a hierarchy: Cherubim, Seraphim, Archangels, etc. Likewise, this hierarchy was maintained among the fallen angels: Satan, then “principalities… powers… world rulers of this present darkness… evil spirits in the heavens”, “dominions”, and so forth.[2] The experience of the Church shows that, depending on the type of spiritual affliction (oppression, obsession, possession), the authority over those evil spirits can vary. As well, authority can vary according to territory.[3] For instance, an exorcist I know said that his bishop would not permit him to say the Rite of Exorcism in another diocese unless he had the permission of the bishop there. Why? Because Satan is legalistic and will play that card whenever he can.

For example, a woman shared with me how they were part of a deliverance team with a priest in Mexico. While praying over an afflicted individual, he commanded an evil spirit to “depart in the name of Jesus.” But the demon replied, “Which Jesus is that?” You see, Jesus is a common name in that country. So the exorcist, without arguing with the spirit, responded, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I command you to depart.” And the spirit did.

So what authority do you have over demonic spirits?

 

YOUR AUTHORITY

As I said in Our Lady of the Storm, Christians have been given the authority to bind and rebuke spirits in essentially four categories: our personal lives; as fathers, over our homes and children; as priests, over our parishes and parishioners; and as bishops, over their dioceses and when the enemy has taken possession of a soul.

The reason is that exorcists warn that, while we have authority to cast out spirits in our personal lives, rebuking the evil one in others is another matter—unless we have that authority.

Let every person be subordinate to the higher authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been established by God. (Romans 13:1)

There are varying schools of thought on this, mind you. But it is pretty much unanimous in the Church’s experience that when it comes to the rare cases where a person is “possessed” by evil spirits (not just oppressed by, but inhabited by), only a bishop has the authority to either cast out or delegate that authority to an “exorcist.” This authority comes directly from Christ himself who first gave it to the Twelve Apostles, who then pass on this authority according to Christ’s Word through apostolic succession:

And he appointed twelve, to be with him, and to be sent out to preach and have authority to cast out demons… Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (Mark 3:14-15; Matthew 18:18)

The hierarchy of authority is essentially based on priestly authority. The Catechism teaches that every believer shares in the “priestly, prophetic, and kingly office of Christ, and have their own part to play in the mission of the whole Christian people in the Church and in the World.”[4] Since you are the “temple of the Holy Spirit”, every believer, sharing in the priesthood of Christ over their bodies, has authority to bind and rebuke evil spirits who are oppressing them.

Second, is the authority of the father in the “domestic church”, the family, of which he is the head.

Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. (Eph 5:21-23)

Fathers, you have authority to cast out demons from your home, property and family members. I have experienced this authority myself several times over the years. Using holy water, blessed by a priest, I have “felt” the presence of evil depart when sprinkled around the home while commanding any evil spirits to depart. Other times, I have been awoken in the middle of the night by a child who is suddenly writhing in stomach pain or a head ache. Of course, one assumes it may be a virus or something they ate, but other times, the Holy Spirit has imparted a word of knowledge that it’s a spiritual attack. After praying over the child, I’ve seen these sometimes violent symptoms just suddenly vanish.

Next, is the parish priest. His authority comes directly from the bishop who through the laying on of hands has conferred the sacramental priesthood upon him. The parish priest has general authority over all his parishioners within his parish territory. Through the Sacraments of Baptism and Reconciliation, the blessing of homes, and prayers of deliverance, the parish priest is a powerful instrument of binding and dispelling the presence of evil. (Again, in some cases of demonic possession or an obstinate established presence in a home through the occult or a past violent act, for example, an exorcist may be required who may use the Rite of Exorcism.)

And last is the bishop, who has spiritual authority over his diocese. In the case of the Bishop of Rome, who is also the Vicar of Christ, the Pope enjoys supreme authority over the entire universal Church.

It must be said that God is not limited by the hierarchical structure He himself has ordained. The Lord can cast out spirits when and however He pleases. For instance, some Evangelical Christians have active ministries of deliverance that seem to fall outside the above guidelines (though in cases of possession, ironically, they often seek out a Catholic priest). But then, that’s the point: these are guidelines given to guide so as to not only maintain order, but to protect the faithful. We would do well to humbly remain beneath the protective mantle of the Church’s 2000 year old wisdom and experience.

 

HOW TO PRAY FOR DELIVERANCE

The experience of the Church through her various apostolates of deliverance ministry would essentially agree on three basic elements necessary for the deliverance from evil spirits to remain effective.

 

I. REPENTANCE

Sin is what gives Satan a certain “legal” access to the Christian. The Cross is what dissolves that legal claim:

[Jesus] brought you to life along with him, having forgiven us all our transgressions; obliterating the bond against us, with its legal claims, which was opposed to us, he also removed it from our midst, nailing it to the cross; despoiling the principalities and the powers, he made a public spectacle of them, leading them away in triumph by it. (Col 2:13-15)

Yes, the Cross! I remember the story a Lutheran woman once told me. They were praying for a woman in their parish community who was afflicted by an evil spirit. Suddenly, the woman growled and leapt up toward the woman praying for her deliverance. Shocked and afraid, all she could think to do in that moment was make the “sign of the cross” in the air—something she once saw a Catholic do. When she did, the possessed woman flew backwards. The Cross is the symbol of Satan’s defeat.

But if we willfully choose not only to sin, but to adore the idols of our appetites, no matter how small, we are handing ourselves over in degrees, so to speak, to the influence of the devil (oppression). In the case of grave sin, unforgiveness, loss of faith, or involvement in the occult, a person may be  permitting the evil one a stronghold (obsession). Depending upon the nature of the sin and the soul’s disposition or other serious factors, this can result in evil spirits actually inhabiting the person (possession).

What the soul must do, through a thorough examination of conscience, is sincerely repent of all participation in the works of darkness. This dissolves the legal claim Satan has on the soul—and why one exorcist said to me that “One good confession is more powerful than one hundred exorcisms.”

 

II. RENOUNCE

True repentance also means renouncing our former deeds and way of life.

For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world… (Titus 2:11-12)

When you recognize sins or patterns in your life that are contrary to the Gospel, it is good practice to say aloud, for example: “In the name of Jesus Christ, I renounce having used Tarot cards and seeking out fortune tellers”, or “I renounce lust,” or “I renounce anger”, or “I renounce the abuse of alcohol”, or “I renounce watching horror films in my home and playing violent video games”, or “I renounce heavy death metal music,” etc. This declaration puts the spirits behind these activities on notice. And then…

 

III. REBUKE

If this is a sin in your personal life, then you have the authority to bind and rebuke (cast out) the demon behind that temptation. You can simply say:

In the name of Jesus Christ, I bind the spirit of _________ and command you to depart.

Here, you can name the spirit: “spirit of the Occult”, “Lust” , “Anger”, “Alcoholism”, “Curiosity”, “Violence”, or what have you. Another prayer that I use is similar:

In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I bind the spirit of _________ with the chain of Mary to the foot of the Cross. I command you to depart and forbid you to return.

If you don’t know the name of the spirit(s), you can also pray:

In the Name of Jesus Christ, I take authority over each and every spirit coming against_________ and I bind them and command them to depart. 

And then Jesus tells us this:

When an unclean spirit goes out of a person it roams through arid regions searching for rest but finds none. Then it says, ‘I will return to my home from which I came.’ But upon returning, it finds it empty, swept clean, and put in order. Then it goes and brings back with itself seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they move in and dwell there; and the last condition of that person is worse than the first. (Matt 12:43-45)

That is to say, if we do not repent; if we return to old patterns, habits, and temptations, then the evil one will simply and legally reclaim what it has temporarily lost to the degree that we leave the door open.

One priest in deliverance ministry taught me that, after rebuking evil spirits, one can pray: “Lord, come now and fill the empty places in my heart with your Spirit and presence. Come Lord Jesus with your angels and close the gaps in my life.”

The above prayers while intended for individual use can be adapted by those who have authority over others, while the Rite of Exorcism is reserved to bishops and those whom he grants authority to use it.

 

BE NOT AFRAID!

Pope Francis is right: don’t argue with Satan. Jesus never argued with evil spirits or debated with Satan. Rather, He simply rebuked them or quoted the Scriptures—which is the Word of God. And God’s Word is power itself, because Jesus is “the Word made flesh.” [5]

You don’t need to jump up and down and scream at the devil, no more than a judge, when passing a sentence over a criminal, stands up and shouts while flailing his arms. Rather, the judge simply stands on his authority and calmly delivers the sentence. So too, stand on your authority as a baptized son or daughter of God, and deliver the sentence.

Let the faithful rejoice in their glory, cry out for joy on their couches, with the praise of God in their mouths, and a two-edged sword in their hands… to bind their kings in shackles, their nobles in chains of iron, to execute the judgments decreed for them—such is the glory of all God’s faithful. Hallelujah! (Psalm 149:5-9)

There is more that could be said here, such as the power of praise, which fills demons with disgust and terror; the necessity of prayer and fasting when spirits have deep strongholds; and as I wrote in Our Lady of the Stormthe powerful effect of the Blessed Mother through her presence and her Rosary, when she is invited into the believer’s midst.

The most important thing is that you have a real and personal relationship with Jesus, a consistent prayer life, regular participation in the Sacraments, and are striving to be faithful and obedient to the Lord. Otherwise, there will be chinks in your armour and serious vulnerabilities in the battle.

The bottom line is that you, Christian, are victorious through faith in Jesus and His Holy Name. For freedom, Christ set you free.[6] So take it back. Take back your freedom, purchased for you in Blood.

For whoever is begotten by God conquers the world. And the victory that conquers the world is our faith… Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven. (1 John 5:4; Luke 10:20)

 

 

Thanks for your support of this full-time ministry.

To journey with Mark in the The Now Word,
click on the banner below to subscribe.
Your email will not be shared with anyone.

Mark Mallett

THE SPIRIT OF JUDGMENT

 

ALMOST six years ago, I wrote about a spirit of fear that would begin to assail the world; a fear that would begin to grip nations, families, and marriages, children and adults alike. One of my readers, a very smart and devout woman, has a daughter who for many years has been given a window into the spiritual realm. In 2013, she had a prophetic dream:

My older daughter sees many beings good and bad [angels] in battle. She has spoken many times about how its an all out war and its only getting bigger and the different kinds of beings. Our Lady appeared to her in a dream last year as our Lady of Guadalupe. She told her that the demon coming is larger and fiercer than all the others. That she is not to engage this demon nor listen to it. It was going to try to take over the world. This is a demon of fear. It was a fear that my daughter said was going to envelop everyone and everything. Staying close to the Sacraments and Jesus and Mary are of the utmost importance.

How true that insight was! Just ponder for a moment the fear that has engulfed so many since then in the Church, with the resignation of Benedict XVI and subsequent election and style of Pope Francis. Consider the fear generated by mass shootings and the brutal terrorism spreading from the Middle East into the West. Think of women’s fear to walk alone on the street or how most people now lock their doors at night. Consider the fear presently gripping hundreds of millions of youth as Greta Thunberg terrorizes them with false doomsday predictions. Observe the fear gripping nations as a pandemic threatens to change life as we know it. Think of the fear growing through polarizing politics, hostile exchanges between friends and family on social media, the mind-numbing speed of technological change and the capabilities of weapons of mass destruction. Then there is the fear of financial ruin through growing debt, both personal and national, and the exponential increase in serious diseases and so forth. Fear! It is “enveloping everyone and everything”!

So, before I give you the antidote to this fear at the end of this article, it is time to address the arrival of another demon in our times that is using this soil of fear to put nations, families and marriages on the edge of destruction: it is a powerful demon of judgments.

 

THE POWER OF THE WORD

Words, whether thought or spoken, contain power. Consider that before the creation of the universe, God thought of us and then spoke that thought:

Let there be light… (Genesis 3:1)

God’s “fiat”, a simple “let it be done”, was all that was needed to bring the entire cosmos into existence. That Word eventually became flesh in the person of Jesus, who won for us our salvation and began the restoration of creation to the Father.

We are made in God’s image. As such, He imparted to our intellect, memory and will the capacity to share in His divine power. Hence, our words have the ability to bring life or death.

Consider how small a fire can set a huge forest ablaze. The tongue is also a fire… It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings who are made in the likeness of God. (cf. James 3:5-9)

No one sins without first embracing a word that comes as a temptation: “Take, look, lust, eat…” etc. If we acquiesce, then we give flesh to that word and sin (death) is conceived. Likewise, when we obey the voice of God in our conscience: “Give, love, serve, surrender…” etc. then that word takes on flesh in our actions, and love (life) is begotten around us.

This is why St. Paul tells us that the first battlefront is the thought-life.

For, although we are in the flesh, we do not battle according to the flesh, for the weapons of our battle are not of flesh but are enormously powerful, capable of destroying fortresses. We destroy arguments and every pretension raising itself against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive in obedience to Christ… (2 Cor 10:3-5)

Just as Satan was able to influence the thoughts of Eve, so too, the “father of lies” continues to deceive her progeny through convincing arguments and pretensions.

 

THE POWER OF JUDGMENTS

It should be apparent how ill-informed thoughts about others—what are called judgments (assumptions about another person’s motives and intentions)—can quickly become destructive. And they can wreak special havoc when we put them into words, what the Catechism calls: “slander… false witness… perjury…. rash judgment… detraction… and calumny.”[1] Our words have power.

I tell you, on the day of judgment people will render an account for every careless word they speak.(Matthew 12:36)

We could even say that the fall of Adam and Eve was rooted in a judgment against God: that He was withholding something from them. This judgment of God’s heart and true intentions has brought a literal world of misery upon dozens of generations since. For Satan knows that lies contain poison—the power of death to destroy relationships and, if possible, the soul. Perhaps this is why Jesus was never more blunt with an admonition than He was with this:

Stop judging… (Luke 6:37)

Wars have been fought over false judgments that were cast upon entire nations and peoples. How much more, then, have judgments been the catalyst to destroy families, friendships, and marriages.

 

ANATOMY OF JUDGMENTS

Judgments most often begin by external analysis of another’s appearance, words, or actions (or even lack thereof) and then applying a motive to them that is not immediately apparent.

Years ago during one of my concerts, I noticed a man sitting near the front who had a scowl on his face the entire evening. He kept catching my eye and eventually I said to myself, “What’s his problem? Why did he even bother coming?” Usually when my concerts end, a number of people come up to talk or ask me to sign a book or CD. But this time, no one approached me—except this man. He smiled and said, “Thank you so much. I was deeply moved by your words and music tonight.” Boy, did I get that wrong.

Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment. (John 7:24)

A judgment begins as a thought. I have a choice at that point whether to take it captive and make it obedient to Christ… or to let it take captive of me. If the latter, it is akin to allowing the enemy to begin constructing a fortress in my heart in which I keep another person imprisoned (and ultimately, myself). Make no mistake: such a fortress can quickly become a stronghold in which the enemy wastes no time in sending his emissaries of suspicion, mistrust, bitterness, competition, and fear. I have seen how beautiful Christian families have begun to fracture as they allow these judgments to reach the height of a skyscraper; how Christian marriages are collapsing under the weight of falsehoods; and how entire nations are ripping apart as they makes caricatures of one another rather than listen to the other.

On the other hand, we have powerful weapons to demolish these fortresses. When they are still small, still in seed form, it is easy to defuse these judgments by making them obedient to Christ, that is, making our thoughts conform to the mind of Christ:

Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you… Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful… Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you… Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye… Do not repay anyone evil for evil; be concerned for what is noble in the sight of all… Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good. (Rom 12:17, 21)

However, when these fortresses take on a life of their own, embed themselves deeply into our family tree, and do real damage to our relationships, they require sacrifice: prayer, the rosary, fasting, repentance, continual acts of forgiveness, patience, fortitude, the Sacrament of Confession, etc. They may also necessitate spiritual warfare to bind and rebuke evil spirits operating against us (see Questions on Deliverance). Another “enormously powerful” weapon that is often underestimated is the power of humility. When we bring pain, hurt, and misunderstanding into the light, owning our mistakes and asking for forgiveness (even if the other party has not), often these strongholds just crumble to the ground. The devil works in the darkness, so when we bring things into the light of truth, he flees.

God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say, “We have fellowship with him,” while we continue to walk in darkness, we lie and do not act in truth. But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:5-7)

 

STAY SOBER AND ALERT

Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for [someone] to devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your fellow believers throughout the world undergo the same sufferings. (1 Pet 5:8-9)

Many of you have written telling me how your families are inexplicably coming apart and how divisions between your friends and relatives are widening. These are only compounding exponentially through social media, which is the perfect environment for judgments to foment since we cannot hear or see the person speaking. This leaves room for a world of misinterpretation to another’s comments. In other words, if you want to begin healing in your relationships that are being pounded by false judgments, stop using social media, texting, and email to communicate your feelings whenever possible.

We have to get back to communicating in our families. I ask myself if you, in your family, know how to communicate or are you like those kids at meal tables where everyone is chatting on their mobile phone… where there is silence like at a Mass but they don’t communicate? —POPE FRANCIS, December 29th, 2019; bbc.com

Of course, just quoting Pope Francis will cause some to withdraw into a fortress of judgment. But let’s just pause for a moment here because the Pope is the head of the Catholic family and, it too, is seemingly breaking apart. Case in point: how many people judged that the Holy Father was going to change the rules on celibacy and then took to social media to proclaim that Francis is “going to destroy the Church”? And yet, today, he has upheld the Church’s long-standing discipline on priestly celibacy. Or how many have condemned Francis for intentionally selling out the Chinese Church without having all the facts? Yesterday, Chinese Cardinal Zen threw a new light on the Pope’s knowledge of what’s going on there:

The situation is very bad. And the source is not the pope. The pope doesn’t know much about China… The Holy Father Francis shows special affection to me. I’m fighting [Cardinal Pietro] Parolin. Because the bad things come from him. —Cardinal Joseph Zen, Feb. 11th, 2020, Catholic News Agency

So, while the Pope is not beyond criticism and has, in fact, made mistakes, and even publicly apologized for some of them, there is no question that a lot of the destruction, fear, and division I read is the result of certain individuals and media outlets creating it out of thin air. They have produced a false narrative that the Pope is intentionally destroying the Church; everything he says or does, then, is filtered through a hermeneutic of suspicion while a vast amount of orthodox teaching is virtually ignored. They have built a fortress of judgment that, ironically, is starting to become a parallel church of sorts, pushing her closer to schism. It’s fair to say that both the Pope and the flock have a part to play in what amounts to dysfunctional communication in the family of God.

I’m writing this in a small town café; the news is playing in the background. I can hear one judgment after another as the mainstream media no longer tries to hide their bias; as identity politics and virtue-signaling have now replaced justice and moral absolutes. People are being wholesale judged for how they vote, the color of their skin (white is the new black), and whether they accept the dogmas of “global warming”, “reproductive rights” and “tolerance.” Politics has become an absolute minefield for relationships today as it is becoming more and more driven by ideology rather than mere praxis. And Satan stands on both the left and the right—either subltly dragging souls into the far-left agenda of Communism or, on the other hand, into the far-right empty promises of unfettered capitalism, thus setting father against son, mother against daughter, and brother against brother.

Yes, the winds of the Global Revolution I’ve been warning you about for years are being fanned into a hurricane, a Great Storm, by the wings of those fallen angels of fear and judgment. These are real demons intent on doing real destruction. The antidote to their lies involves deliberately taking our thoughts captive and making them obedient to Christ. It’s actually very simple: become like a little child and reveal your faith in Christ by absolute obedience to His word:

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. (John 14:15)

And that means rejecting…

…every attitude and word likely to cause [another] unjust injury… [of] even tacitly, [assuming] as true, without sufficient foundation, the moral fault of a neighbor… [of not disclosing] another’s faults and failings to persons who did not know them… [avoiding] remarks contrary to the truth, [that] harms the reputation of others and gives occasion for false judgments concerning them… [and interpreting] insofar as possible his neighbor’s thoughts, words, and deeds in a favorable way. —Catechism of the Catholic Churchn. 2477-2478

In this way—the way of love—we can exorcise the demons of both fear and judgment… at least, from our own hearts.

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. (1 John 4:18)

 

Your financial support and prayers are why
you are reading this today.
Bless you and thank you. 

To journey with Mark in The Now Word,
click on the banner below to subscribe.
Your email will not be shared with anyone.

Mark Mallett

 

THE GREAT TRANSITION

 

THE world is in a period of great transition: the end of this present era and beginning of the next. This is no mere turning of the calendar. It is an epochal change of biblical proportions. Nearly everyone can sense it to one degree or another. The world is disturbed. The planet is groaning. Divisions are multiplying. The Barque of Peter is listing. The moral order is overturning. A great shaking of everything has begun. In the words of Russian Patriarch Kirill:

…we are entering a critical period in the course of human civilization. This can already be seen with the naked eye. You have to be blind not to notice the approaching awe-inspiring moments in history that the apostle and evangelist John was talking about in the Book of Revelation. Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, Christ the Savior Cathedral, Moscow; November 20th, 2017; rt.com

It is, said Pope Leo XIII…

…the spirit of revolutionary change which has long been disturbing the nations of the world… The elements of the conflict now raging are unmistakable… The momentous gravity of the state of things now involved fills every mind with painful apprehension… —Encyclical Letter Rerum Novarum, n. 1, May 15th, 1851

Now, this revolution that both the popes and Our Lady warned was being driven by “secret societies” (ie. Freemasonry), is on the brink of fulfilling its Masonic motto “ordo ab chaos” — order out of chaos — as the present order begins to buckle under “change.”

In our time humanity is experiencing a turning-point in its history… A number of diseases are spreading. The hearts of many people are gripped by fear and desperation, even in the so- called rich countries. The joy of living frequently fades, lack of respect for others and violence are on the rise, and inequality is increasingly evident. It is a struggle to live and, often, to live with precious little dignity. This epochal change has been set in motion by the enormous qualitative, quantitative, rapid and cumulative advances occurring in the sciences and in technology, and by their instant application in different areas of nature and of life. We are in an age of knowledge and information, which has led to new and often anonymous kinds of power. —POPE FRANCIS, Evangelii Gaudium, n. 52

There are many analogies one could draw upon for this present time: it is the twilight hour; the calm before the “eye of the Storm“; or as Gandalf from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings put it:

It’s the deep breath before the plunge… This will be the end of Gondar as we know it… We come to it at last, the great battle of our time.

We are hearing similar things from seers all over the world:

Our Lady told me many things that I cannot yet reveal. For now, I can only hint at what our future holds, but I do see indications that the events are already in motion. Things are slowly starting to develop. As Our Lady says, look at the signs of the times, and pray—Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo, Medjugorje seer, My Heart Will Triumph, p. 369;  Catholic Shop Publishing, 2016

The Bible’s analogy is that it is a transition into the hard labor pains…

 

THE HARD LABOR PAINS

In her blog about natural birthing and what is called the period of “transition” —when an expectant mother is about to start pushing her baby out— author Catherine Beier writes:

It is by far the hardest part of birthing, but also the shortest.  It is here that a mother’s focus might falter.  This is the stage where women may doubt their ability to birth the baby and request medications. They may worry about how long labor will last and how much more intense it will become.  Mothers become suggestible at this time and are the most vulnerable to accepting interventions they previously did not want.  It is at this stage that the birth companion must be vigilant to her emotional needs and be her voice of reason should a cascade of interventions be suggested. —givingbirthnaturally.com

Catherine unwittingly gave an analysis of all the challenges, fears, and realities that the Church now faces. For Jesus himself described what must come as “labor pains.” [1]

Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky…. all this is but the beginning of the birth-pangs… And then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. (Luke 21:10-11, Matt 24:8, 10-11)

To the naysayers, St. John Newman responds:

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… 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. —St. John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890 A.D.), sermon at opening of St. Bernard’s Seminary, October 2, 1873, The Infidelity of the Future

Moreover, when have the nations of the world ever had weapons of mass destruction pointed at each other as they do now? When have we witnessed the explosion of mass genocides like we have in the past century? When have we seen earthquakes and volcanoes (which have always been with us) now capable of destroying so many people and lives? When we have seen so many millions around the globe starving and in poverty while Westerners grow fat? When has the world been poised, with international travel, for the possibility of not one but several pandemics (at the end of the antibiotic era)? When have we seen nearly the entire globe polarizing around politics and religion resulting in acrid divisions: neighbor against neighbor, family against family, brother against brother? When, since the birth of Christ, have we seen so many false prophets and agents of an anti-gospel multiplying exponentially on a worldwide platform? When have we seen so many Christians martyred as we have in the past century?[2] When have we ever had the technology to peer into the night sky and see signs and wonders, including recent strings of satellites now coursing across the horizon—something never before seen by anyone in human history?

And yet, what follows all of this, according to the popesOur Lady, and mystics in the Church, is not the end of the world, but the birthing of a “period of peace” unlike anything the world has ever known.

Yes, a miracle was promised at Fatima, the greatest miracle in the history of the world, second only to the Resurrection. And that miracle will be an era of peace, which has never really been granted before to the world. —Cardinal Mario Luigi Ciappi, papal theologian for Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, and John Paul II, October 9th, 1994, The Apostolate’s Family Catechism, p. 35

That’s because it will also be concomitant with the coming of the Kingdom of the Divine Will so as to bring the Church into her final stage of purification and holiness, thereby fulfilling the words of the Our Father: “thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Thus, for the purposes of encouragement and warning, Catherine’s blog is worth dissecting sentence by sentence.

 

THE GREAT TRANSITION

I. “It is by far the hardest part of birthing, but also the shortest.”

Indeed, relative to human history, the period humanity is entering is going to be short.

If the Lord had not shortened those days, no one would be saved; but for the sake of the elect whom he chose, he did shorten the days. (Mark 13:20)

At the pinnacle of the hardest labor when the persecutions will be most painful, both the prophets Daniel and St. John indicate through symbolic (and possibly literal) language that the time will be short:

And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months; it opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them… (Rev 12:5-7; cf. Daniel 7:25)

Moreover, the Antichrist’s reign is not indefinite nor is it unlimited in power:

Even the demons are checked by good angels lest they harm as much as they would. In like manner, Antichrist will not do as much harm as he would wish. —St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Part I, Q.113, Art. 4

 

II. “It is here that a mother’s focus might falter. This is the stage where women may doubt their ability to birth the baby and request medications.”

The apostles struggled to be focused as the transition into the Passion began in Gethsemane.

So you could not keep watch with me for one hour? Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. (Matt 26:40)

Likewise, as we transition into the Church’s own passion, many Christians are feeling overcome with anxiety by what is taking place in the Church and the world, if not their own families. As such, the temptation to medicate oneself with distractions, mindless entertainment or surfing the web; with food, alcohol or tobacco, is intensifying. But this is often because the soul has neither cultivated a prayer life or left it untended—it could not “keep watch.” Thus, in dissipation, the soul is gradually desensitized through sin. 

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.”…such a disposition leads to “a certain callousness of the soul towards the power of evil”… ‘the sleepiness’ is ours, of those of us who do not want to see the full force of evil and do not want to enter into his Passion.” —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Catholic News Agency, Vatican City, Apr 20, 2011, General Audience

Through a return to daily prayer, regular Confession and frequent reception of the Eucharist, God will help us keep our eyes focused on Him. Here, consecration to Our Lady is utterly invaluable as she alone has been given the role to mother each of us, and as such, becomes a true refuge. 

My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God. —Our Lady of Fatima, Second apparition, June 13, 1917, The Revelation of the Two Hearts in Modern Times, www.ewtn.com

My Mother is Noah’s Ark. —Jesus to Elizabeth Kindelmann, The Flame of Love, p. 109. Imprimatur Archbishop Charles Chaput

 

III. “They may worry about how long labor will last and how much more intense it will become.”

Discouragement and anxiety are the evil twins who snatch away Christian peace. They are relentless adversaries, constantly knocking upon the Christian heart: “Let us in! Let us dwell with you, because obsessing over what you cannot control lets you at least control what you obsess!” Crazy but true, no? We do it all the time. Rather, one should remain constant in all one’s trials, trusting in faith that nothing happens that God does not permit. I know it’s hard… but the degree to which we react in our human will is the degree to which we have not yet abandoned to the Divine Will.

For a constant soul everything is peace; mere constancy itself already keeps everything in its place; passions already feel they are dying, and who is the one who, nearing death, thinks about waging war against anyone? Constancy is the sword that puts everything to flight, it is the chain that binds all virtues, in such a way as to feel caressed by them continuously; and the fire of Purgatory will have no work to do, because constancy has ordered everything and has made the ways of the soul similar to those of the Creator. —Book of Heaven by Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, Volume 7, January 30, 1906

I once again wholeheartedly recommend the Novena of Abandonment for those of you going through particular trials right now. It is a beautiful, consoling way to surrender your life to God and let Jesus take care of everything.

 

IV. “Mothers become suggestible at this time and are the most vulnerable to accepting interventions they previously did not want.”

This is a warning. Because as these labor pains become more intense, people will become more vulnerable and their faith sorely tested. As civil order breaks down, chaos will ensue (even now, the economic effects of the Coronavirus spreading from China could arrive like a tsunami to our shores in just a matter of weeks). As international and familial relations disintegrate, division and suspicion will prevail. As people close their hearts more and more to God and fall into mortal sin, evil will gain new strongholds and manifestations of the demonic will exponentially increase. What do you think these weekly mass shootings and terrorists attacks are? And, as persecution increases, more and more Christians will become “suggestible” to false prophets of compromise. Already, many are falling away from the faith, including bishops.

Case in point are some of the German bishops who are openly dissenting from the faith. Or this high ranking Italian archbishop who indicated on Italian State television that ‘that the time has come for the Church to become more open to homosexuality and same-sex civil unions’:

I am convinced that it is time for Christians to open themselves to diversity… —Archbishop Benvenuto Castellani, RAI interview, March 13th, 2014, LifeSiteNews.com

We “cannot simply say that homosexuality is unnatural,” said Bishop Stephan Ackermanm of Trier, Germany, adding that it is not “tenable” to consider all kinds of pre-marital sex as seriously sinful:

We can not completely change the Catholic doctrine, but [we must] develop criteria by which we say: In this and this particular case it is conscionable. It’s not that there is only the ideal on the one hand and the condemnation on the other side. —LifeSiteNews.com, March 13th, 2014

Uncatechized Christians or those fearful of not being accepted or persecuted become “suggestible” to such blatant casuistries and heretical “interventions”, which if accepted, lead to apostasy.

At that period when Antichrist shall be born, there will be many wars and right order shall be destroyed on earth. Heresy will be rampant and the heretics will preach their errors openly without restraint. Even among Christians doubt and skepticism will be entertained concerning the beliefs of Catholicism. —St. Hildegard, Details concering the Antichrist, According to Holy Scriptures, Tradition and Private Revelation, Prof. Franz Spirago

American Catholic seer, Jennifer (her last name is withheld to respect her family’s privacy), allegedly hears Jesus speak to her in an audible voice. She is a simple, joyful but suffering soul whom I have spoken with on numerous occasions. In 2005, the month that Benedict XVI was elected, Jesus gave what, in hindsight, is a stunningly accurate prediction:

This is the hour of great transition. With the coming of the new leader of My Church will come forth great change, change that will weed out those who have chosen the path of darkness; those who choose to alter the true teachings of My Church. —April 22, 2005

Indeed, with the papacy of Francis that followed, “change” has been rapidly coming forth that is both exposing the “weeds” in the Church—those who want to change her teachings and sifting the wheat from the weeds in this present testing (see When the Weeds Begin to Head).

My people, this will be a time of much transition. It will be a time you will see great division of those who are walking in My light and those who are not. —Jesus to Jennifer, August 31st, 2004

This “falling away” and those “leading astray” the flock are what Jesus and St. Paul predicted:

Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come, unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition… (2 Thessalonians 2:3)

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

The greatest apostasy since the birth of the Church is clearly far advanced all around us. —Dr. Ralph Martin, Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization; The Catholic Church at the End of Age: What is the Spirit Saying? p. 292

Read The Great Antidote.

 

V. “It is at this stage that the birth companion must be vigilant to her emotional needs and be her voice of reason should a cascade of interventions be suggested.”

It is also during this stage of transition that souls must be most vigilant to the Holy Spirit and Our Lady, given to be our help and companions. We must “watch and pray.” In this way, the “voice of reason,” that is, divine Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding will be given to us. In fact, when I pray the Rosary these days, I change the intentions of the first three beads from praying for “faith, hope and love” to asking for “Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding.”

…the future of the world stands in peril unless wiser people are forthcoming. —POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II, Familiaris Consortio, n. 8

Moreover, through prayer, fasting and vigilance against temptation, God will protect us from the false voices that present themselves as “reason” including the false prophets of “tolerance” who preach love without truth; from the false prophets of Socialism/Communism who promise “equality” without authentic freedom; from the false prophets of “environmentalism” who inspire love for creation but deny the Creator. Reject them! Be courageous! Resist the “cascade of interventions” that the spirit of antichrist has already begun to impose upon unsuspecting souls in order to create an earthly utopia and false sense of “peace and security.”

When people are saying, “Peace and security,” then sudden disaster comes upon them, like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape… Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do, but let us stay alert and sober. (1 Thessalonians 5:3, 6)

 

A NEW DAY IS COMING

In closing, my dear brothers and sisters, the exhortation in today’s “now word” is to not only be faithful, but to be not afraid. Just as the time of birth of a child is ultimately a joyful one, despite the real and painful moments to come, so too, the new birth that is coming in the Church is a cause for hope, not despair. Remember our dear St. John Paul II’s words that we are “crossing the threshold of hope.”

God loves all men and women on earth and gives them the hope of a new era, an era of peace. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Message of Pope John Paul II for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace, January 1, 2000

It is telling, for instance, that the seers of Medjugorje—who have been given painful “secrets” that are coming to humanity—repeatedly say: “If you listen to Our Lady and do what she says, you have nothing to fear.” Jesus has said the same:

Now is the time for mankind has come into a period of much transition and for some it will bring peace in their hearts and for others it will be a time of doubt and confusion. My people, this is a time you will need to place your full trust in Me. Do not fear this time for if you are walking in My light you have nothing to fear. Now go forth and be at peace for I am Jesus who was and is and is to come. —Jesus to Jennifer, August 26th, 2004

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. I am coming quickly. Hold fast to what you have, so that no one may take your crown. (Rev 3:10-11)

As Our Lady’s Little Rabble, then, this is also a time of intense preparation for you who have joined her cohort:

Everything I have said about my Will is nothing other than preparing the way, forming the army, gathering the chosen people, preparing the royal palace, disposing the ground on which the Kingdom of my Will must be formed, and so rule and dominate. Therefore, the task I am entrusting to you is great. I will guide you. I will be near you, so that everything may be done according to my Will. —Jesus to Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, August 18, 1926, Vol. 19

With God’s grace, I hope to continue writing to encourage and strengthen you in the days ahead. Thank you to those who, thus far, have clicked that donation button at the bottom as we continue our appeal for this new year. I have to be able to support my family and this ministry to continue devoting the hours, prayer, research and expenses that go into The Now Word and the rest of my ministry. Thank you for your generosity, and God bless you…

 

When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived;
but when she has given birth to a child,
she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy
that a child has been born into the world.
So you also are now in anguish. But I will see you again,
and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take
your joy away from you.
(John 16:21-22)

 

 

Your financial support and prayers are why
you are reading this today.
Bless you and thank you. 

To journey with Mark in The Now Word,
click on the banner below to subscribe.
Your email will not be shared with anyone.

Today’s Meditation

Second Reading
From a homily by a spiritual writer of the fourth century
May you be filled to the complete fullness of Christ

Those who have been found worthy to become children of God and also to be born again through the Holy Spirit, those who carry Christ within them, shining within them and renewing them – these people are guided by the Spirit in various ways and led forward by grace working invisibly in the inner peace of their hearts.

Sometimes they are, as it were, in mourning and lamentation for the whole human race. They utter prayers for all mankind and fall back in tears and lamentation. They are on fire with spiritual love for all humanity.

Sometimes they burn, through the Spirit, with such love and exultation that they would embrace all mankind if they could, without discrimination, good and bad alike.

Sometimes they are cast down by humility, down below the least of men, as they consider themselves to be in the lowest, the most abject of conditions.

Sometimes the Spirit keeps them in a state of inextinguishable and unspeakable gladness.

Sometimes they are like some champion who puts on a full suit of royal armour and plunges into battle, combats his enemies fiercely and at length vanquishes them. For in the same way the spiritual champion, wearing the heavenly armour of the Spirit, attacks his enemies and, winning the battle, treads them underfoot.

Sometimes their soul is in the deepest silence, stillness and peace, experiencing nothing but spiritual delight and ineffable power: the best of all possible states.

Sometimes their soul is in a state of understanding and boundless wisdom and attention to the inscrutable Spirit, taught by grace things that neither tongue nor lips can describe.

And sometimes their soul is in a state just like anyone else’s.
Thus grace is poured into them in different ways, and by different paths it leads the soul, renewing it according to God’s will. It guides it by various paths until it is made whole, sinless and stainless before the heavenly Father.

Therefore let us pray to God, pray with great love and hope, that he may give us the heavenly grace of the Spirit. Let us pray that the Spirit may guide us and lead us, following God’s will in every way, and may re-make us in stillness and in quiet. Thanks to his guidance and spiritual strengthening, may we be found worthy to attain the perfection and fullness of Christ. As St Paul says: that you may be filled to the complete fullness of Christ.

 

Psalm 142 A prayer in time of trouble

 

Psalm 142 (143)
A prayer in time of trouble
“A man is made righteous not by obedience to the Law, but by faith in Jesus Christ” (Gal 2:16).

At daybreak, be merciful to me, O Lord.

Lord, listen to my prayer:
turn your ear to my appeal.
You are faithful, you are just; give answer.
Do not call your servant to judgement
for no one is just in your sight.

The enemy pursues my soul;
he has crushed my life to the ground;
he has made me dwell in darkness
like the dead, long forgotten.
Therefore my spirit fails;
my heart is numb within me.

I remember the days that are past:
I ponder all your works.
I muse on what your hand has wrought
and to you I stretch out my hands.
Like a parched land my soul thirsts for you.

Lord, make haste and answer;
for my spirit fails within me.
Do not hide your face
lest I become like those in the grave.

In the morning let me know your love
for I put my trust in you.
Make me know the way I should walk:
to you I lift up my soul.

Rescue me, Lord, from my enemies;
I have fled to you for refuge.
Teach me to do your will
for you, O Lord, are my God.
Let your good spirit guide me
in ways that are level and smooth.

For your name’s sake, Lord, save my life;
in your justice save my soul from distress.

Glory to the Father and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

At daybreak, be merciful to me, O Lord.

A thought for the day…

First Reading

2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
Greetings and thanksgiving

From Paul, Silvanus and Timothy, to the Church in Thessalonika which is in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ; wishing you grace and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
We feel we must be continually thanking God for you, brothers; quite rightly, because your faith is growing so wonderfully and the love that you have for one another never stops increasing; and among the churches of God we can take special pride in you for your constancy and faith under all the persecutions and troubles you have to bear. It all shows that God’s judgement is just, and the purpose of it is that you may be found worthy of the kingdom of God; it is for the sake of this that you are suffering now.
God will very rightly repay with injury those who are injuring you, and reward you, who are suffering now, with the same peace as he will give us, when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven with the angels of his power. He will come in flaming fire to impose the penalty on all who do not acknowledge God and refuse to accept the Good News of our Lord Jesus. It will be their punishment to be lost eternally, excluded from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his strength on that day when he comes to be glorified among his saints and seen in his glory by all who believe in him; and you are believers, through our witness.
Knowing this, we pray continually that our God will make you worthy of his call, and by his power fulfil all your desires for goodness and complete all that you have been doing through faith; because in this way the name of our Lord Jesus Christ will be glorified in you and you in him, by the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.