9DAYS for Life

Day Two:
January 22, 2020
Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children
Did You Know?
In the Catholic Church in the United States, January 22nd is designated as a particular day of prayer and penance, called the “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.” As Catholics, we are called to observe this day through the penitential practices of prayer, fasting, and/or giving alms.
Intercession
May all unborn children be protected in law and welcomed in love.
Prayers
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Reflection
Today, on this 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we mourn the many children’s lives ended by abortion and remember in prayer those who suffer the aftermath. The Church comes together today to pray for the protection of all unborn children and to make reparation for abortion, trusting that the Lord hears our prayers.
Pope Saint John Paul II wrote, “A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator and lover of life, from every Christian community, from every group and association, from every family and from the heart of every believer” (Evangelium vitae, 100). May that prayer arise in our hearts today and each day forward until every human being is protected in law and welcomed in love.
Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)
  • Fast from one meal today.
  • Offer this brief “Prayer for Life” for all unborn children whose lives are at risk.
Father and maker of all,
you adorn all creation
with splendor and beauty,
and fashion human lives
in your image and likeness.
Awaken in every heart
reverence for the work of your hands,
and renew among your people
a readiness to nurture and sustain
your precious gift of life.
Grant this through our Lord
Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in
the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever.
Amen.
  • Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.
One Step Further
More women and girls consider abortion than we may realize. They are our relatives and friends, people who work with us or for us. Even if someone identifies as being pro-life, the shock of an unexpected pregnancy, the devastation of a difficult prenatal diagnosis, shame, pressures, or fears may influence her to consider abortion.
If someone shared with you that she was pregnant and hadn’t ruled out having an abortion, would you know how to respond in a loving way that is life-affirming for both her and her baby? Learn about the four steps of the L.O.V.E. Approach™*: Listen and Learn, Open Options, Vision and Value, and Extend and Empower.
*The L.O.V.E. Approach™ is trademarked by Heartbeat International, Inc. and may not be adapted or modified. The L.O.V.E. Approach™ is used in “What to Do When a Friend Is Considering Abortion” with permission from Heartbeat International, Inc.
Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life), no. 100 © 1995, Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Models used for illustrative purposes only. iStock.com / monkeybusinessimages. All rights reserved. Copyright © 2019, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC. All rights reserved.
USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities

 

Mark Mallett

 

WHEN COMMUNISM RETURNS

 

Communism, then, is coming back again on the Western world,
because something died in the Western world—namely,
the strong faith of men in the God that made them.
—Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen, “Communism in America”, cf. youtube.com

 

WHEN Our Lady allegedly spoke with the seers in Garabandal, Spain in the 1960’s, she left a specific marker as to when major events would begin to unravel in the world:

When Communism comes again everything will happen. —Conchita Gonzalez, Garabandal – Der Zeigefinger Gottes (Garabandal – The Finger of God), Albrecht Weber, n. 2; excerpt from www.motherofallpeoples.com

In a stunning interview this week, Spanish Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera of Valencia warned that his country is now on the verge of a communist revival.

Marxist communism, which seemed destroyed with the fall of the Berlin Wall, has been reborn and is certain to govern Spain. The sense of democracy is substituted for the imposition of a single way of thinking and by authoritarianism and absolutism incompatible with democracy… With much pain, I have to tell you and warn you that I have perceived an attempt to make Spain stop being Spain. —January 17th, 2020, cruxnow.com

Oh, how this should ring a warning in my American friends (I am a Canadian) where socialist/communist candidates are gaining serious traction, especially among the young who are practically being taught to despise their country—to make America stop being America. And not just there. In other Western nations, the young are being successfully indoctrinated in the tactics and solutions of Communism, hidden beneath seemingly benign concepts such as “equality,” tolerance”, and “environmentalism,”[1] which are nothing short of massive psychological shovels to overturn the present order. One father wrote me to say that a student where he teaches high school said that, “Communism looks good!” The propaganda, obviously, is working. A new poll of 28 countries found 56% of those surveyed agreed that “capitalism, as it exists today, does more harm than good in the world.”[2]

The point here is not that capitalism “as it exists today” is beyond reproach—it’s not. The number of wars fought over oil, the widening gap between the rich and poor, the rising cost of living, the abuse of land and resources, and the coming “robot” job apocalypse, among other things, only confirms the last three pope’s sharp criticism of a profit-over-people market system. The question is what are people willing to replace capitalism with, especially as the West’s rejection of Christianity is exponentially rising?

According to Our Lady, it will be global Communism…

 

The following was first published on May 15th, 2018… 

 

THERE is a mysterious passage in the Book of Revelation where St. John envisions a future “beast” that would command the obedience and reverence of the entire world. To this beast, Satan gives his power, throne, and great authority. But one of its “seven heads” is wounded:

I saw that one of its heads seemed to have been mortally wounded, but this mortal wound was healed. Fascinated, the whole world followed after the beast. (Rev 13:3)

In order to offer a fresh perspective on this “wound,” we have to first understand who the “beast” is.

 

THE BEAST

The Early Church Fathers held that the beast was essentially the Roman Empire. But while that empire as it was known collapsed, it did not disappear altogether:

I grant that as Rome, according to the prophet Daniel’s vision, succeeded Greece, so Antichrist succeeds Rome, and our Savior Christ succeeds Antichrist. But it does not hence follow that Antichrist is come; for I do not grant that the Roman empire is gone. Far from it: the Roman empire remains even to this day… And as the horns, or kingdoms, still exist, as a matter of fact, consequently we have not yet seen the end of the Roman empire. —St. John Henry Newman (1801-1890), The Times of Antichrist, Sermon 1

But far more important than understanding the geographic sense of the beast is realizing what role it plays. St. John actually gives us hint.

I saw a woman seated on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names, with seven heads and ten horns. The woman was wearing purple and scarlet and adorned with gold, precious stones, and pearls… On her forehead was written a name, which is a mystery, “Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and of the abominations of the earth.” (Rev 17:4-5)

The word “mystery” here comes from the Greek mustērion, which means:

…a secret or “mystery” (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites.) —Greek dictionary of the New Testament, The Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible, Spiros Zodhiates and AMG Publishers

Vine’s expository on biblical words adds:

Among the ancient Greeks, ‘the mysteries’ were religious rites and ceremonies practiced by secret societies into which any one who so desired might be received. Those who were initiated into these mysteries became possessors of certain knowledge, which was not imparted to the uninitiated, and were called ‘the perfected.’ —Vines Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, W.E. Vine, Merrill F. Unger, William White, Jr., p. 424

This is to say that the “Roman Empire” has not disappeared but has been controlled by “secret societies”, most especially “Freemasons” in order to achieve their end: global domination.

At this period, however, the partisans of evil seems to be combining together, and to be struggling with united vehemence, led on or assisted by that strongly organized and widespread association called the Freemasons. No longer making any secret of their purposes, they are now boldly rising up against God Himself …that which is their ultimate purpose forces itself into view—namely, the utter overthrow of that whole religious and political order of the world which the Christian teaching has produced, and the substitution of a new state of things in accordance with their ideas, of which the foundations and laws shall be drawn from mere naturalism. —POPE LEO XIII, Humanum Genus, Encyclical on Freemasonry, n.10, Apri 20thl, 1884

On Freemasonry, particularly at its highest levels where satanic covenants are made, Catholic author Ted Flynn writes:

…few people are aware how deep the roots of this sect actually reach. Freemasonry is perhaps the single greatest secular organized power on earth today and battles head to head with the things of God on a daily basis. It is a controlling power in the world, operating behind the scenes in banking and politics, and it has effectively infiltrated all religions. Masonry is a worldwide secret sect undermining the authority of the Catholic Church with a hidden agenda at the upper levels to destroy the papacy. —Ted Flynn, Hope of the Wicked: The Master Plan to Rule the World, p. 154

What has just been said also finds its support in the revelations given to Fr. Stefano Gobbi, which bear the Imprimatur. Our Lady allegedly gives a vivid description of who this beast is:

The seven heads indicate the various masonic lodges, which act everywhere in a subtle and dangerous way. This Black Beast has ten horns and, on the horns, ten crowns, which are signs of dominion and royalty. Masonry rules and governs throughout the whole world by means of the ten horns—message to Fr. Stefano,To the Priest, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons, n. 405.d-e

So, what does all this have to do with the title of this writing on Communism?

RUSSIA… SATAN’S EXPERIMENT

In 1917, Our Lady of Fatima appeared to ask for the “consecration of Russia” to her Immaculate Heart. This was her warning:

I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peaceIf not, [Russia] will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated—Message of Fatima, www.vatican.va

A month later, as predicted, the “Communist revolution” began. Vladimir Lenin began to implement the principles of Marxism upon a nation soon to fall into the grips of terror. But few realize that Lenin, Joseph Stalin, and Karl Marx, who wrote the Communist Manifesto, were on the payroll of the Illuminati, a secret society that branched from Freemasonry.[3] A German poet, journalist and friend of Marx, Heinrich Heine, wrote in the year 1840—seventy-seven years before Lenin stormed Moscow— ‘The shadowy creatures, the nameless monsters to whom the future belongs, Communism is the secret name of this tremendous adversary.’

Thus Communism, which so many believed to be an invention of Marx, had been fully hatched in the mind of the Illuminists long before he was put on the payroll. —Stephen Mahowald, She Shall Crush Thy Head, p. 101

As Pope Pius XI pointed out in his powerful and prophetic encyclical, Divine Redemptoris, Russia and its people were usurped by those…

…authors and abettors who considered Russia the best-prepared field for experimenting with a plan elaborated decades ago, and who from there continue to spread it from one end of the world to the other… Our words are now receiving sorry confirmation from the spectacle of the bitter fruits of subversive ideas, which We foresaw and foretold, and which are in fact multiplying fearfully in the countries already stricken, or threatening every other country of the world. —POPE PIUS XI, Divini Redemptoris, n. 24, 6

The organization of the Secret Societies was needed to transform the theorizings of the philosophers into a concrete and formidable system for the destruction of civilization.—Nesta Webster, World Revolution, p. 4 (emphasis mine)

Of course, the consecration and reparation requested by Heaven was intended to thwart the “dragon’s” diabolical plans to dominate the world. But we did not listen. As Fatima seer, the late Sr. Lucia, explained:

Since we did not heed this appeal of the Message, we see that it has been fulfilled, Russia has invaded the world with her errors. And if we have not yet seen the complete fulfilment of the final part of this prophecy, we are going towards it little by little with great strides.—Fatima seer, Sr. Lucia, Message of Fatimawww.vatican.va

But wait a minute. Didn’t Communism collapse with the Berlin Wall?

COMMUNISM IN HIDING

There is no question that Pope St. John Paul II and Our Lady had a hand in liberating millions of people enslaved by Communism in the Eastern Bloc countries. When the Berlin Wall came down, so too did decades of brutal oppression, control, and poverty. However, Communism has not disappeared. It has simply restructured itself.

Anatoliy Golitsyn, a KGB defector from the U.S.S.R., revealed in 1984 the events that would follow the “collapse” in 1989: changes to the Communist Bloc, the reunification of Germany, etc. with the aim of a “New World Social Order” that would be controlled by Russia and China. The changes were touted by Michel Gorbachev, then leader of the Soviet Union, as a “perestroika”, which means “restructuring.”

Golitsyn provides irrefutable proof that perestroika or restructuring is not a 1985 Gorbachev invention, but the final phase of a plan formulated during 1958-1960. —”Communism Alive and Menacing, KGB Defector Claims”, a commentary by Cornelia R. Ferreira on Golitsyn’s book, The Perestroika Deception

Indeed, Gorbachev himself is on record speaking before the Soviet Politburo (policy-making committee of the Communist party) in 1987 saying:

Gentlemen, comrades, do not be concerned about all you hear about Glasnost and Perestroika and democracy in the coming years. They are primarily for outward consumption. There will be no significant internal changes in the Soviet Union, other than for cosmetic purposes. Our purpose is to disarm the Americans and let them fall asleep. —from Agenda: the Grinding Down of America, documentary by Idaho Legislator Curtis Bowers; www.vimeo.com

They would “disarm the Americans” in two ways. The first was by embracing the “Green” environmental movement in order to damn “capitalism”, demonize man as the enemy of nature, and back the United Nations’ slow march toward eliminating “private property” (see The New Paganism: Part III and IV). The second was by essentially infiltrating Western society with corruption. Or, as Joseph Stalin reportedly said:

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

That may in fact be a twist on words that Lenin himself wrote:

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

On May 14th, 2018, The Washington Post reported that China’s navy is set to surpass America’s by 2030.[4]

But the most devastating “disarming” of America is in the disintegration of its moral foundations. Former FBI agent, Cleon Skousen, revealed in detail forty-five Communist goals to this end in his 1958 book, The Naked Communist. I listed several of them in The Fall of Mystery BabylonIt is stunning to read. In the 1950’s, it would have seemed impossible, for example, for goal #28 to be accomplished:

#28 Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”

Or goals #25 and 26:

#25 Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

#26 Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

But Pope Pius XI had foreseen and warned that it was coming:

When religion is banished from the school, from education and from public life, when the representatives of Christianity and its sacred rites are held up to ridicule, are we not really fostering the materialism which is the fertile soil of Communism? —Divinis Redemptoris, n. 78

WHEN COMMUNISM RETURNS

Our Lady has not been silent about Communism since her first warnings at Fatima. In 1961, she allegedly appeared to four girls in Garabandal, Spain in apparitions which the Church, at present, maintains a position of neutrality. The apparitions are most widely known for announcing a coming “warning” to humanity—an “illumination of conscience,” which other seers and saints have also spoken of. But when? The seer, Conchita Gonzalez, responded in an interview:

“When Communism comes again everything will happen.”

The author responded: “What do you mean by comes again?”

“Yes, when it newly comes again,” [Conchita] replied.

“Does that mean that Communism will go away before that?”

“I don’t know,” she said in reply, “the Blessed Virgin simply said ‘when Communism comes again’.” —Garabandal – Der Zeigefinger Gottes (Garabandal – The Finger of God), Albrecht Weber, n. 2; excerpt from www.motherofallpeoples.com

This, of course, was an extraordinary prediction since, at that time in the 1960’s, Communism looked anything but on the verge of collapse.

Then, in what are perhaps the most famous locutions of our times, Our Lady spoke about the infiltration of Communism (and Freemasonry) into the priesthood. In one of her first messages, she allegedly said in 1973:

These priest-sons of mine, who have betrayed the Gospel in order to second the great satanic error of Marxism… It is especially because of them that the chastisement of Communism will soon come and will deprive everyone of all they possess. Times of great tribulation will unfold. Then it will be these poor sons of mine who will begin the great apostasy. Watch and pray, all of you, priests who are faithful to me!  —To the Priests Our Lady’s Beloved Sons, n. 8; Imprimatur by Bishop Donald W. Montrose of Stockton (1998) and Archbishop Emeritus Francesco Cuccarese of Pescara-Penne (2007); 18th Edition

Luz de Maria is one of the few seers, still conveying messages, who has been given an explicit endorsement by the bishop.[5] He granted the Imprimatur on March 19, 2017 to her writings from 2009 onward…

…coming to the conclusion that they are an exhortation to Humanity so that the latter would return to the Way that leads to Eternal Life, these Messages being an explanation from Heaven in these moments in which man must remain alert and not stray from the Divine Word. —Bishop Juan Abelardo Mata Guevara; from a letter containing the Imprimatur

Recently, Christ reportedly said to her:

Communism has not left Humanity, but has disguised itself in order to continue against My People. —April 27, 2018

Communism has not waned, it resurfaces in the midst of this great confusion on Earth and great spiritual distress. —April 20, 2018

And in March, Our Lady said:

Communism is not diminishing but expands and takes power, do not be confused when you are told otherwise. —March 2, 2018

Indeed, Communism has “disguised” itself most especially in China. While economically capitalistic, the government’s control over the lives of the Chinese is demonstrated in strict birth control policies, human rights violations, mass “re-education” camps, and an escalating clampdown on Christianity—all the while the general population has been weaned on practical atheism. In fact, Open Doors, an organization that tracks persecution in the world, said recently:

China is creating a ‘blueprint system of persecution for the future’ that could be sold to persecute people across the globe. “It is like a puzzle. The pieces are there but it is not until you put it together that you see it clearly. When you see it clearly, it is frightening.” —David Curry, CEO Open Doors; January 17th, 2020; christianpost.com

In the West, the “new atheism” is also swallowing younger generations. “Democracy” is taking the form of totalitarianism as ideological judges, intolerant educators, politically correct politicians and increasingly autocratic corporations continue to erode freedom of speech. For example, in Canada, any business or entity that does not sign an “attestation” that they agree with abortion and transgender “rights” will not be able to receive grants for summer students.[6] Already, this is beginning to have a crippling effect on several institutions. In America, CitizenGo reports that Amazon will no longer align its charitable arm with “pro-family” groups who don’t agree with the mega-corporation’s “progressive” views. [7] Britain is proposing seven-year jail terms for those who “criticize a religious group in public or on social media” — such as, of course, Islam.[8]

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, lucidly describes the current situation as it pertains to the idea of “homophobia.”

Homophobia simply does not exist. It is clearly an invention and an instrument of the totalitarian dominance over the thoughts of others. The homo-movement is lacking scientific arguments, that is why it created an ideology which wants to dominate by creating its own reality. It is the Marxist pattern according to which reality does not create thinking, but thinking creates its own reality. He who does not accept this created reality is to be considered as being sick. It is as if one could influence an illness with the help of the police or with the help of courts. In the Soviet Union, Christians were put into psychiatric clinics. These are the methods of totalitarian regimes, of National Socialism and of Communism. The same happens in North Korea to those who do not accept the reigning way of thinking. —interview with Italian journalist, Costanza Miriano; cf. onepeterfive.com

THE NEW COMMUNISM

These are just a fraction of the examples of how the “New Communism” is emerging around the world. I say “new” because Communism is only hiding behind its old errors of atheism, materialism, and relativism, as well as Socialism, which advances similar principals. The packaging is different, but the contents are the same.

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

Remarkably, many youth are big supporters of openly socialist Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders, who made a run for the American presidency in 2016, and is again in 2020. In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau likewise enjoys the support of younger generations who are lockstep with his politically correct agenda as he leads a real persecution against the Church. It won’t be long before these younger generations will simply outnumber their more conservative forebearers.

Thus the Communist ideal wins over many of the better minded members of the community. These in turn become the apostles of the movement among the younger intelligentsia who are still too immature to recognize the intrinsic errors of the system. —POPE PIUS XI, Divini Redemptoris, n. 15

Last, one cannot forget North Korea where Communism there is as brutal and unrelenting as it was in the Soviet Union or Mao’s China. As I write this, the “peace deal” arranged by President Donald Trump between North and South Korea is starting to unravel, [9] which could very well be part of the undoing of fragile capitalistic structures as we know them. According to American seer, Jennifer, whose messages received high level endorsement from within the Vatican,[10] Jesus allegedly said:

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

St. Paul’s perennial warning comes to mind:

For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night. When people are saying, “Peace and security,” then sudden disaster comes upon them, like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (1 Thess 2:5-3)

True peace is not the absence of war, but the establishment of true justice. Thus, The Instruction on Christian Freedom and Liberation signed off by, then, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, carries a stern warning for us:

Thus it is that our age has seen the birth of totalitarian systems and forms of tyranny which would not have been possible in the time before the technological leap forward. On the one hand, technical expertise has been applied to acts of genocide. On the other, various minorities try to hold in thrall whole nations by the practice of terrorism.

Today control can penetrate into the innermost life of individuals, and even the forms of dependence created by the early-warning systems can represent potential threats of oppression… A false liberation from the constraints of society is sought in recourse to drugs which have led many young people from all over the world to the point of self-destruction and brought whole families to sorrow and anguish…. —n. 14; vatican.va

When Cardinal Ratzinger became pope, he gave an apocalyptic interpretation to that document:

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; http://www.vatican.va/

 

ANTICHRIST FOLLOWS…?

According to the Scriptures and many prophets, it is then, when humanity seems on the verge of destroying itself, that a “saviour” arises. A false saviour.[11]

Turning again to that “wound” spoken of in Revelation, we see that a “head” dies, but then is healed again, and the world is “fascinated.” Some thought this may be a reference to the popular legend that the Roman Christian persecutor, Nero, would come back to life and rule again after his death (which occurred in A.D. 68 from a self-inflicted stab wound in the throat). Or could this be a reference to Communism or its previous forms that seemingly collapsed… but is poised to rise again?

Strangely enough, more and more people are willing to give up their personal rights in order that the “government” would secure and protect them; more and more people are becoming hostile or ambivalent toward the Catholic Church and any kind of moral absolutes; and last, there is a growing revolt against the “old order” dominated by career politicians and wealthy bureaucrats. We are indeed in the midst of a global revolution… a Communist revolution. 

This revolt or falling off is generally understood, by the ancient Fathers, of a revolt from the Roman empire, which was first to be destroyed, before the coming of Antichrist. It may, perhaps, be understood also of a revolt of many nations from the Catholic Church which has, in part, happened already, by the means of Mahomet, Luther, etc. and it may be supposed, will be more general in the days of the Antichrist. —footnote on 2 Thess 2:3, Douay-Rheims Holy Bible, Baronius Press Limited, 2003; p. 235

When we have cast ourselves upon the world and depend for protection upon it, and have given up our independence and our strength, then [Antichrist] may burst upon us in fury as far as God allows him. Then suddenly the Roman Empire may break up, and Antichrist appear as a persecutor, and the barbarous nations around break in. —Blessed John Henry Newman, Sermon IV: The Persecution of Antichrist

In closing, it is no surprise, then, that the aforementioned seers who have spoken of the return of Communism have also mentioned a coming antichrist…

The world economy will be that of the antichrist, health will be subject to adherence to the antichrist, everyone will be free if they surrender to the antichrist, food will be given to them if they surrender to the antichrist… THIS IS THE FREEDOM TO WHICH THIS GENERATION IS SURRENDERING: SUBJECTION TO THE ANTICHRIST. —Luz de Maria, March 2, 2018

In one of the visions at Fatima, the children saw the pope ‘on his knees at the foot of the big Cross, he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions.

…it is shown [in the vision] there is the need for the Passion of the Church, which naturally reflects itself on the person of the Pope, but the Pope is in the Church and therefore what is announced is the suffering for the Church… —POPE BENEDICT XVI, interview with reporters on his flight to Portugal; translated from Italian: “Le parole del papa: «Nonostante la famosa nuvola siamo qui…»” Corriere della Sera, May 11, 2010

When the antichrist comes to power you will be tested. All who truly believe in Me will be brought closer to Me through these times. All who truly believe in My will have to suffer. The antichrist will tempt you for he will promise you things that will seem to make the road easier. Do not be deceived, My people, for this is a trap to bring you under his control. —Jesus allegedly to Jennifer, June 23rd, 2005; wordsfromjesus.com

For this reason, I entrust you to the powerful protection of these archangels and of your guardian angels, so that you may be guided and defended in the struggle which is now being waged between heaven and earth, between paradise and hell, between Saint Michael the Archangel and Lucifer himself, who will appear very soon with all the power of the Antichrist. —Our Lady allegedly to Fr. Gobbi, September 29th, 1995

Of course, while we cannot change everything through prayer at this late stage, we can delay or even mitigate some things. As this Easter season draws to a close, may we resume our fasting and prayer for the world and renew our hope in the Day that will follow this night…

…turning our eyes to the future, we confidently await the dawn of a new Day… “Watchmen, what of the night?” (Is. 21:11), and we hear the answer: “Hark, your watchmen lift up their voice, together they sing for joy: for eye to eye they see the return of the Lord to Zion”…. “As the third millennium of the Redemption draws near, God is preparing a great springtime for Christianity, and we can already see its first signs.” May Mary, the Morning Star, help us to say with ever new ardor our “yes” to the Father’s plan for salvation that all nations and tongues may see his glory. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Message for World Mission Sunday, n.9, October 24th, 1999; www.vatican.va

 

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The Beast Beyond Compare

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The Winter of Our Chastisement

The New Beast Rising

 

 

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9Days for Life

 

Day One:
January 21, 2020
Intercession
May the tragic practice of abortion end.
Prayers
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Reflection
At every stage and in every circumstance, we are held in existence by God’s love. The presence of an illness, disability, or other challenging situation never diminishes the value of a human life. God does not call us to perfection of appearance or abilities, but to perfection in love. Christ invites us to embrace our own lives and the lives of others as true gifts.
Abortion tragically rejects the truth that every life is a good and perfect gift, deserving protection. This violent practice ends the life of a human being at its very beginning and horribly wounds all those involved. But Christ came that we “might have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10), taking on human flesh for the sake of our redemption. May our culture experience the power of God’s transforming love, that all eyes may be opened to the incredible beauty of every human life.
Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)
  • Take a break from television and movies today. Consider spending some of that time praying with today’s reflection.
Heavenly Father, thank you
for the precious gift of life.
Help us to cherish and protect
this gift, even in the midst of fear,
pain, and suffering.
Give us love for all people,
especially the most vulnerable,
and help us bear witness to the
truth that every life is worth living.
Grant us the humility to accept
help when we are in need,
and teach us to be merciful to all.
Through our words and actions,
may others encounter the
outstretched hands
of Your mercy.
We ask this through
Christ, our Lord.
Amen.
  • Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.
One Step Further
Abortion is frequently a topic in the news, political debates, and everyday conversations with family or friends. Because abortion can be a controversial and emotional issue in any arena, many of us may feel intimidated when the topic arises, not knowing what to say. “Another Look at Abortion” provides a basic overview and summarizes key points. This article will help you be better prepared to witness to the sanctity of human life.
NABRE © 2010 CCD. Used with permission. Copyright © 2019, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC. All rights reserved.

Mark Mallett

 

TRUE SONSHIP

 

WHAT does it mean that Jesus desires to restore to mankind the “Gift of Living in the Divine Will”? Among other things, it is the restoration of true sonship. Let me explain…

 

THE NATURAL SONS

I was blessed to marry into a farm family. I have wonderful memories working alongside my father-in-law, whether it was feeding the cattle or fixing a fenceline. Always eager to help him, I dug right in doing whatever he asked—but often with a lot of help and guidance.

When it came to my brothers-in-law, however, it was a different story. I was amazed how they could practically read their dad’s mind to solve a problem, come up with a fix, or innovate on the spot with often few words spoken between them. Even after being part of the family for years and learning some of the routines, I was never able to acquire the intuition they had as natural sons of their father. They were like extensions of his will who simply took over his thoughts and put them into action… while I was left standing there wondering what this seemingly secret communication was!

Moreover, as natural-born sons, they have rights and privileges with their father that I do not. They are the heirs to his inheritance. They possess a memory of his heritage. As his progeny, they also enjoy a certain filial intimacy (even though I often steal more hugs from my father-in-law than anyone else). I am, more or less, an adopted son…

 

THE ADOPTED SONS

If through marriage I became an “adopted” son, so to speak, it is through Baptism that we become adopted sons and daughters of the Most High.

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, Father!”… [who] has bestowed on us the precious and very great promises, so that through them you may come to share in the divine nature… (Romans 8:15, 2 Peter 1:4)

However, in these last times, what God has begun in Baptism He now wishes to bring to completion on earth as part of the fullness of His plan by giving the Church the “Gift” of full sonship.  As theologian Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi explains:

…despite Christ’s Redemption, the redeemed do not necessarily possess the rights of the Father and reign with him. Though Jesus became man to give all who receive him the power to become sons of God and became the firstborn of many brothers, whereby they may call him God their Father, the redeemed do not by Baptism fully possess the rights of the Father as Jesus and Mary did. Jesus and Mary enjoyed all the rights of a natural sonship, i.e., perfect and uninterrupted cooperation with the Divine Will… —The Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the Writings of Luisa Piccarreta, (Kindle Locations 1458-1463), Kindle Edition.

St. John Eudes affirms this reality:

For the mysteries of Jesus are not yet completely perfected and fulfilled. They are complete, indeed, in the person of Jesus, but not in us, who are his members, nor in the Church, which is his mystical body.—St. John Eudes, treatise “On the Kingdom of Jesus”, Liturgy of the Hours, Vol IV, p 559

What was “completely perfected and fulfilled” in Jesus was the “hypostatic union” of his human will with the Divine Will. In this way, Jesus always and everywhere shared in the interior life of the Father and thus all the rights and blessings this entailed. In fact, prelapsarian Adam also shared in the interior life of the Trinity because he possessed the Divine Will within the void of his human will such that he fully participated in the power, light, and life of his Creator, administering these blessings throughout creation as though he were “king of creation.” [1]

However, after the fall, Adam lost this possession; he was still able to do the will of God but he was no longer capable of possessing it (and thus all the rights that gave him) in his wounded human nature.

After Christ’s act of Redemption, the gates of Heaven were opened; mankind’s sins could be forgiven and the Sacraments would enable believers to become members of the Father’s family. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, souls could conquer their flesh, conform their will to God’s, and abide in Him in such a way as to come to a certain interior perfection and union, even on earth. In our analogy, this would be comparable to me doing my father-in-law’s wishes perfectly and with complete love. However, even this would still not grant the same rights and privileges or blessings and share in his fatherhood like his own natural-born sons.

 

A NEW GRACE FOR THE LAST TIMES

Now, as the mystics of the 20th century such as Blessed Dina Belanger, St. Pio, Venerable Conchita, Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta etc. have revealed, the Father indeed wishes to restore to the Church on earth  this “gift of Living in the Divine Will” as the final stage of her preparation. This Gift would be akin to my father-in-law giving to me by favour (the Greek word charis means favour or “grace”) and infused knowledge what his own sons received by nature. 

If the Old Testament bestowed upon the soul the sonship of “slavery” to the law, and Baptism the sonship of “adoption” in Jesus Christ, with the gift of Living in the Divine Will God bestows upon the soul the sonship of “possession” that admits it to “concur in all that God does”, and to partake in the rights to all of his blessings. To the soul that freely and lovingly desires to live in the Divine Will by faithfully obeying it with a “firm and resolute act”, God bestows upon it the sonship of possession. —The Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the Writings of Luisa Piccarreta, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, (Kindle Locations 3077-3088), Kindle Edition

This is to fulfill the words of the “Our Father” in which we have been imploring that His “Kingdom come and will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” It is to enter into God’s “eternal mode” through possession of the Divine Will, and thus enjoy by grace the very rights and privileges, power and life that are Christ’s by nature.

On that day you will ask in my name, and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you. (John 16:26)

As St. Faustina testified after receiving the Gift:

I came to understand the inconceivable favors that God has been bestowing on me… I felt that everything the heavenly Father possessed was equally mine…  “My whole being is plunged in You, and I live Your divine life as do the elect in heaven…” —Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 1279, 1395

Indeed, it is also to realize on earth the interior union that the blessed in Heaven now enjoy (ie. all the rights and blessings of true sonship) yet without the beatific vision. As Jesus said to Luisa:

My daughter, living in My Will is the life that most closely resembles the [life of the] blessed in heaven. It is so distant from one who is simply conformed to My Will and does it, faithfully executing its orders. The distance between the two is as far as that of heaven from earth, as far as that of a son from a servant, and a king from his subject. —The Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the Writings of Luisa Piccarreta, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, (Kindle Locations 1739-1743), Kindle Edition

Or, perhaps, the difference between a son-in-law and a son:

To live in My Will is to reign in it and with it, while to do My Will is to be submitted to My orders. The first state is to possess; the second is to receive dispositions and execute commands. To live in My Will is to make My Will one’s own, as one’s own property, and for them to administer it as they intend. —Jesus to Luisa, The Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the Writings of Luisa Piccarreta, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, 4.1.2.1.4

Of this great dignity that the Father wishes to restore to us, Jesus said to Blessed Dina that He wanted to deify her “in the same way as I united My humanity with My divinity… You will not possess me any more completely in heaven… because I have absorbed you totally.” [2] After receiving the Gift, she wrote:

This morning, I received a special grace that I find difficult to describe. I felt taken up into God, as if in the “eternal mode,” that is in a permanent, unchanging state… I feel I am continually in the presence of the adorable Trinity… my soul can dwell in heaven, live there without any backward glance toward earth, and yet continue to animate my material being.” —The Crown of Sanctity: On the Revelations of Jesus to Luisa Piccarreta (pp. 160-161), Daniel O’Connor, Kindle Edition

 

WHY NOW?

Jesus explains the purpose of this Gift reserved for these “end times”:

The soul must transform itself into Me and become one likeness with Me; it must make My life its own; My prayers, My groans of love, My pains, My fiery heartbeats its own… I desire therefore that My children enter into My humanity and reenact what the soul of My humanity did in the Divine Will… Rising above all creatures, they will restore the rightful claims of creation — My own [rightful claims] as well as those of creatures. They will bring all things to the prime origin of creation and to the purpose for which creation came to be… Thus I shall have the army of souls who will live in My Will, and in them creation shall be reintegrated, as beautiful and fair as when it came forth from My hands. —The Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the Writings of Luisa Piccarreta, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, (Kindle Locations 3100-3107), Kindle Edition.

Yes, this is the work of Our Lady’s Little Rabbleto lead the way by first reclaiming our true sonship via the Gift heaven offers us now according to Christ’s own prayer.

I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one… (John 17:22-23)

If creation fell into disorder through Adam’s disobedience, it is by the restoration of the Divine Will in “Adam” that creation will be re-ordered. This bears repeating:

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

Through the reclamation of true sonship, these sons and daughters will help to restore the original harmony of Eden by “assuming our humanity through a union which is the image of the Hypostatic Union.” [3]

Hence it follows that to restore all things in Christ and to lead men back to submission to God is one and the same aim. —POPE ST. PIUS X, E Supremin. 8

As Cardinal Raymond Burke summarized so beautifully:

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

Thus, it is through sharing in His obedience that we regain true sonship, with cosmological ramifications such as true “peace and justice”:

…is the full action of the original plan of the Creator delineated: a creation in which God and man, man and woman, humanity and nature are in harmony, in dialogue, in communion. This plan, upset by sin, was taken up in a more wondrous way by Christ, Who is carrying it out mysteriously but effectively in the present reality, in the expectation of bringing it to fulfillment…  —POPE JOHN PAUL II, General Audience, February 14, 2001

When? At the end of time in Heaven? No. In the “present reality” within time, but particularly during a coming “era of peace” when the Kingdom of Christ will reign “on earth as it is in heaven” through His latter-day saints

…they reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (Rev 20:4; “thousand” is symbolic language for a period of time)

We do confess that a kingdom is promised to us upon the earth, although before heaven, only in another state of existence… —Tertullian (155–240 A.D.), Nicene Church Father; Adversus Marcion, Ante-Nicene Fathers, Henrickson Publishers, 1995, Vol. 3, pp. 342-343)

Is it not true that your will must be done on earth as it is in heaven? Is it not true that your kingdom must come? Did you not give to some souls, dear to you, a vision of the future renewal of the Church? —St. Louis de Montfort, Prayer for Missionaries, n. 5; www.ewtn.com

A renewal that will come when the Church Militant claims her true sonship.

 

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THE SEA OF DISQUIET

 

WHY does the world remain in pain? Because it is the human, not Divine Will, that continues to govern mankind’s affairs. On a personal level, when we assert our human will over the Divine, the heart loses its equilibrium and plunges it into disorder and unrest—even in the smallest assertion over God’s will (for just one flat note can make an otherwise perfectly tuned symphony sound disagreeable). The Divine Will is the anchor of the human heart, but when untethered to it, the soul is carried away upon the currents of sadness into a sea of disquiet.

 

THE INCREDIBLE NOBILITY

When God created the universe and all it contains, He spoke a single and eternal word: Fiat “let it be done.” This Fiat was the expression of God’s Will, and thus, this “Divine Will” carries within it the very life and power of the Creator himself. For no reason other than a boundless love and supreme generosity, God wanted to share this creative power and love with another “made in his image and likeness.” [1] And so, He created Adam and gave him three gifts by which he could ascend to God, and the Trinity could descend to him: the intellect, memory, and will. Jesus said to Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta that “Our love in creating man was so great that only when We communicated Our likeness to him, only then was Our love content.” [2]

…you have made [man] little less than a god, crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him rule over the works of your hands, put all things at his feet… (Psalm 8:6-8)

With each breath, thought, word and action, Adam administered the very light and life of God throughout the universe such that Adam was rightly called the “king of creation.” By remaining united to the Divine Will, writes theologian Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, “God’s love resounded and abided in him and, through him, in creation.”[3] Jesus explains to Luisa:

I endowed man with a will, an intellect and a memory. In his will shone My heavenly Father who… vested it with his own power, sanctity, power and nobility, while sustaining the free exchange of all the currents [of love] between the divine and human will, so that it might be enriched with the ever-increasing treasures of My divinity. —The Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the Writings of Luisa Piccarreta, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, (Kindle Locations 946-949), Kindle Edition; with Ecclesiastical Approbation

In other words, by remaining united to God through the faculty of his will, God gave all of humanity the potential to “live and move and have our being” [4] within His creative and eternal power.

 

IN THE BEGINNING

But when Adam and Eve were put to a test in order to prove their love and thus expand their souls to receive even more treasures of the Divinity… they rebelled. Suddenly, the dominion Adam enjoyed over all of creation was forfeited; the beautiful “day” of the Divine Will operating in his soul gave way to the “night” of the human will, now left to itself. Into this night entered the phantoms of fear, anxiety, and loneliness which in turn produced lust, anger, greed, and all manner of dysfunction. Adam and Eve were exiled into a Sea of Disquiet—where much of the human race continues adrift to this hour. Yes, today’s headlines are essentially a “parable” of the human will reaching its eschatological pinnacle of rebellion, and therefore, are also the requiem of this age. The Antichrist is essentially the incarnation of the human will reigning completely without God…

…the one doomed to perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god and object of worship, so as to seat himself in the temple of God, claiming that he is a god… (2 Thess 2:3-4)

On the other hand, Jesus was the Incarnation of the Divine Will. Through and in Him, the human and Divine wills were reunited again making him the “new Adam.”[5] And thus, by grace through faith,[6] we can be reconciled again to the Father, and through the power of the Holy Spirit we can conquer our wounded human will that is so inclined to sin. [7]

But now, our amazing God wants to do more; He wants to give back to humanity what Adam first had (and what Jesus has): a single united will such that redeemed man may not just conform to, but operate in the “eternal mode” of the Divine Will. This Gift of living in the Divine Will is what will restore man’s true sonship and thus his rights over all of creation, placing it again under the dominion of the Kingdom of the Divine Will. This coming of the Kingdom “on earth as it is in heaven” is what must take place before the end of time.

For creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God… Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. (Romans 8:19; 1 Cor 15:24)

That is the remarkable Gift being offered to you and I, at the same time that the spirit of Antichrist (the “anti-will”) spreads throughout the world. So, before we can receive so great a Gift, we must first recognize within ourselves the great evil it is to do our own will.

 

THE SEA OF DISQUIET

At one point in the sublime teachings of Our Lady to Luisa, she says:

Child most dear to Me, listen to your Mama; place your hand upon your heart and tell Me your secrets: how many times have you been unhappy, tortured, embittered, because you have done your will? Know that you have cast the Divine Will out, and have fallen into the maze of evils. The Divine Will wanted to render you pure and holy, happy and beautiful of an enchanting beauty; and you, by doing your own will, have waged war against It, and, in sorrow, you have cast It out of Its dear dwelling, which is your soul. —The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will, Day 2, p. 6; benedictinesofthedivinewill.org

Do this with me now, dear reader, as Our Mother speaks to us at this moment:

Place your hand upon your heart, and observe how many voids of love are in it. Now reflect [on what you observe]: That secret self-esteem; disturbance at the slightest adversity; those tiny attachments you feel to things and to people; tardiness in doing good; the restlessness you feel when things do not go your way — all of these are equivalent to many voids of love in you heart. These are voids which, like little fevers, zap you of the strength and [holy ] desire that one must have if they are to be filled with the Divine Will. Oh, if only you were to fill these voids with love, you too would feel the refreshing and conquering virtue in your sacrifices. My child, lend me your hand and follow me… —The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi; Meditation 1, p. 248

Over and over again, Our Lady urges us never to do a single thing in our own will. “The human will is what disturbs the soul,” she says, “and endangers God’s most
beautiful works, even the holiest things.”
 [8] Of course, on this Sea of Disquiet, we are subject to so many storms from both within and without. But that’s why Jesus has given us Mary—or Maria—which means “sea” (from mare).  She, who is full of grace, is a Sea of Grace where the Kingdom of the Divine Will reigns in its fullness. In the school of her heart and the furnace of her blessed womb, there we find refuge by constantly having recourse to her, our Mother.

Therefore, dearest child of mine, if a gust of wind seeks to render you inconstant, immerse yourself in the sea of the Divine Will and come and hide in the womb of your mother so that I may defend you from the winds of the human will. —The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi; Day 9, p. 124

Thus will begin, and quite quickly, the formation of the Kingdom of the Divine Will in your soul—and the inauguration into true sonship and the Union of unions that has been reserved for these, the last times of the Church and the world.

 

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The Lord’s gift remains constant to the devout
  and his goodwill means a good journey for ever.
Persevere at your duty, take pleasure in doing it,
  and grow old at your work.
Do not be astonished at the sinner’s achievements;
  trust the Lord and keep to your duty;
since it is a trifle in the eyes of the Lord,
The devout man receives the Lord’s blessing as his reward,
  in a moment God brings his blessing to flower.
Do not say, ‘What are my needs,
  what will be my profits in future?’
And do not say, ‘I am self-supporting,
  what losses can I suffer in future?’
In a time of profit, losses are forgotten,
  and in a time of loss, no one remembers profits.

Mark Mallett

 

WHY THE WORLD REMAINS IN PAIN

 

…BECAUSE we have not listened. We have not heeded a consistent warning from Heaven that the world is creating a future without God.

To my surprise, I sensed the Lord ask me to set aside writing on the Divine Will this morning because it is necessary to rebuke the cynicism, hard-heartedness and unwarranted skepticism of believers. People have no idea what awaits this world that is like a house of cards on fire; many are simply Sleeping as the House BurnsThe Lord sees into the hearts of my readers better than I. This is His apostolate; He knows what must be said. And so, the words of John the Baptist from today’s Gospel are my own:

…[he] rejoices greatly at the Bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made complete. He must increase; I must decrease. (John 3:30)

 

IGNORING HEAVEN

I want to speak to my brothers and sisters in the Church who hold the following position: “I do not have to believe in private revelation because it is not necessary for salvation.” This is only partially true. In the words of Pope Benedict XIV:

One may refuse assent to “private revelation” without direct injury to Catholic Faith, as long as he does so, “modestly, not without reason, and without contempt.” —POPE BENEDICT XIV, Heroic Virtue, Vol. III, p. 397; Private Revelation: Discerning with the Church, page 38

That is to say, that if we have “reason” to believe that God himself is speaking to us, we actually have an obligation to assent to it, particularly when it involves directives according to His Divine Will:

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

Thus, this commonly stated notion that one can simply dismiss “private revelation” out of hand is inaccurate. Moreover, it is a false notion that God has ceased speaking to the Church since the death of the last Apostle. Rather, what has ceased is the “Public Revelation” of Christ pertaining to all that is necessary for salvation. That’s all. It doesn’t mean that the Lord has nothing more to say about how that salvation unfolds, how the fruits of Redemption are applied, or how they will triumph in the Church and the world.

…even if Revelation is already complete, it has not been made completely explicit; it remains for Christian faith gradually to grasp its full significance over the course of the centuries. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 66

Jesus taught this himself!

I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. (John 16:12)

How can we say, then, that this “more” that God has yet to say is not important? How can we simply ignore him as He speaks through His prophets? Doesn’t this sound absurd? It’s not only absurd, it’s dangerous. Humanity rests on a precipice precisely because we have lost the child-like capacity to hear His voice and obey. The cries of Our Lord in Gethsemane were not because He was afraid to suffer; it was because He saw clearly into the future that, despite His Passion, many souls would reject Him—and be lost forever.

 

A CUP OF TEA WITH MOTHER?

Why is God sending His mother to earth to speak to us if it is not important? Has she come to have a cup of tea with her children or assure little old ladies with rosary beads how nice their devotion is? I have heard this kind of condescension for years.

No, Our Lady has been sent by the Holy Trinity to tell the world that God exists, and that without Him, there is no future. As Our Mother, she comes to prepare us for not only the catastrophes we are blindly walking into and which we have created by our own hands, but the triumphs that await us if we but surrender ourselves into her hands. I will give two examples of why disregarding such “private revelation” is not only foolish, but reckless.

You have heard of Fatima, but listen more carefully again to what Our Lady said:

You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war [World War I] is going to end: but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the Pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. —from the “Third Memoir” of Sr. Lucia, August 31st, 1941, for the Bishop of Leiria-Fatima in a message from Our Lady in 1917; “The Message of Fatima”, vatican.va

Despite the “miracle of the sun” to confirm Our Lady’s words, the Church took thirteen years to approve the apparitions, and then several more decades after that before the “consecration of Russia” was made (and even then, some dispute whether it was done properly since Russia was not explicitly mentioned in John Paul II’s “Act of Entrustment.”[1]) The point is this: our delay or non-response objectively resulted in World War II and the spread of Russia’s “errors”—Communism—that has not only claimed tens of millions of lives all over the world, but is poised to drag us into a third World War as the nations point their weapons at each other (see The Hour of the Sword).

The second example is in Rwanda. In the approved apparitions to the seers of Kibeho, they saw visions in graphic detail of the coming genocide—some 12 years before it occurred. They conveyed Our Lady’s message calling the nations to repentance so as to avert catastrophe… but the message was not heeded. Most ominously, the seers reported that Mary’s appeal…

…is not directed to only one person nor does it concern only the current time; it is directed to everyone in the entire world. —www.kibeho.org

DOOM AND GLOOM?

This is all to say that our refusal to listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd—whether it is through Our Lady, or through His prophets positioned throughout the world—is done at our own peril. You see, many dismiss these men and women as “prophets of doom and gloom.” The truth is this: it is we, not they, who determines what kind of prophets they are. If we listen to them, then they are prophets of hope, peace and justice. But if we ignore them, if we dismiss them out of hand, then they are indeed prophets of doom and gloom.

We decide.

Moreover, I repeat: what do you think is more “doom and gloom”—that Our Lord comes to put an end to this present suffering and bring about peace and justice… or that we continue to live under the beating of war drums? That abortionists continue to tear apart our babies and thus our future? That politicians promote infanticide and assisted suicide? That the scourge of pornography continue to destroy our sons and daughters? That scientists continue to play with our genetics while industrialists poison our earth? That the rich continue to grow richer while the rest grow more in debt just to surivive? That the powerful continue to experiment with the sexuality and minds of our children? That entire nations remain malnutritioned while Westerners grow obese? That Christians continue to be slaughtered, marginalized, and forgotten around the world? That clergy continue to remain silent or betray our trust while souls remain on the path to perdition? What is more gloom and doom—Our Lady’s warnings or the false prophets of this culture of death??

PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD

Over Christmas, we were accustomed to hearing the Gospel proclaimed:

A voice of one crying out in the desert, ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.’ (Matt 3:3)

If you travel through the Rocky Mountains of Canada, there are several ways through. The southern route is very windy, steep and slow. The central route is more straight and level. So it is with the future of this world. It is we—the “free will” response of humanity—who will determine whether we are to pass through the straight and level roads of peace and accord, or through the valley of the shadow of death. Our Lady of Fatima promised, “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.” But she made no guarantees of which road we would take to get there, because that is up to us.

…prophecy in the biblical sense does not mean to predict the future but to explain the will of God for the present, and therefore show the right path to take for the future. —Cardinal Ratzinger (POPE BENEDICT XVI), “Message of Fatima”, Theological Commentary, www.vatican.va

Right now, in various parts of the world, Our Lady continues to speak to the Church with specific instructions on what we are to do at this hour. And right now, it is to prepare ourselves to receive the incredible Gift of Living in the Divine Will. But who is listening? Are we continuing to rationalize away if not ridicule her voice, which is both the “rod” and “staff” by which the Good Shepherd is guiding His sheep? It would seem so, as her messages, while continuing to offer hope, also warn now of great spiritual dangers here and coming. As such, we are preparing to launch (in 2020) a new website where people can find the trusted voice of Our Lady. For she has begun to warn that the world is entering into a phase that, while ultimately, will see the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart, it will come through the arduous, winding, and painful roads that we have refused to straighten.

Everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. (Matthew 7:26)

Picking a photo for this article was hard. Seeing the tears of fathers, mothers and children all over the world was heartbreaking. The headlines today read like a dirge, a painful lamentation of a world that it is either too stubborn, too proud, or too blind to see how, after thousands of years of civilization, despite our “knowledge” and “advances”, we are less human than ever. Heaven weeps with us, most of all, because the possibility of joy and peace is always within our grasp—but never in our hands.

Oh, how the free will of mankind is at once a marvelous and yet terrifying thing! It has the potential to unite itself to God, through Jesus Christ, and divinize the soul… or to reject the Divine Will and remain wandering in a waterless spiritual desert with only false oases to tempt its thirst.

Children, be on your guard against idols. (Today’s first reading)

In the Related Reading below are further links to challenge those in the Church who falsely and overconfidently believe we can ignore Heaven’s voice—including this one:

Dear children, I am the Immaculate Conception. I come from heaven to encourage you and make you men and women of faith. Open your hearts to the Lord and make of Him the little ark where the truth will be preserved. In this time of great spiritual confusion only those who remain in the truth will be saved from the great threat of the shipwreck of faith. I am your Sorrowful Mother and I suffer for what comes to you. Listen to Jesus and His Gospel. Do not forget the lessons of the past. I ask you everywhere to seek to witness to the love of My Son Jesus. Announce to all without fear the truth announced by My Jesus and the true Magisterium of His Church. Do not retreat. You will yet see horrors everywhere. Many chosen to defend the truth will retreat out of fear. You will be persecuted for your faith, but stand fast in the truth. Your reward will come from the Lord. Bend your knees in prayer and seek strength in the Eucharist. Do not be discouraged by the trials that will come. I will be with you.—Our Lady “Queen of Peace” to Pedro Regis of Brazil; his bishop continues to discern his messages, but has expressed, from a pastoral point of view, his satisfaction of the very positive fruits from the apparitions there. [2]

I sense a bitterness in the Lord’s voice as I write this; an anguish echoing from Gethsemane that after so many appeals of His love and mercy, so many wonders and works throughout the centuries, so many proofs and miracles beyond explanation (that are but a Google search away), we remain closed, unmoved, obstinate.

Lukewarm.

I give You, my Lord Jesus, the last word, since I, too, am an unworthy sinner.

I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, ‘I am rich and affluent and have no need of anything,’ and yet do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich, and white garments to put on so that your shameful nakedness may not be exposed, and buy ointment to smear on your eyes so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and chastise. Be earnest, therefore, and repent. (Rev 3:15-19)

 

Originally published December 11th, 2017; updated today.

 

 

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THE DIVINE FOOTNOTES

Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta & St. Faustina Kowalska

 

IT has been reserved for these days, at the end of our era, for God to add two divine footnotes to the Sacred Scriptures.

 

THE BLESSED BEATS

In a powerful vision, St. Gertrude the Great (d. 1302) was allowed to rest her head near the wound in Jesus’ breast. As she listened to His beating Heart, she asked St. John the Beloved Apostle how it was that he, whose head had reposed on the breast of the Savior at the Last Supper, kept complete silence in his writings about the throbbing of the adorable Heart of his Master. She expressed regret to him that he had said nothing about it for our instruction. But the saint replied:

My mission was to write for the Church, still in its infancy, something about the uncreated Word of God the Father, something which of itself alone would give exercise to every human intellect to the end of time, something that no one would ever succeed in fully understanding. As for the language of these blessed beats of the Heart of Jesus, it is reserved for the last ages when the world, grown old and become cold in the love of God, will need to be warmed again by the revelation of these mysteries. —Legatus divinae pietatis, IV, 305; “Revelationes Gertrudianae”, ed. Poitiers and Paris, 1877

Consider for a moment that the human heart is composed of “two sides.” The one side draws blood into the heart from all the tissues of the body and pushes that blood into the lungs; the other side draws that replenished (oxygenated) blood from the lungs back into the heart, which is then pumped again into the body’s tissues and organs to bring new life, as it were.

Likewise, one could say that there are “two sides” to Divine Revelation, which was incarnated in the Word made flesh. As a fulfilment of the Old Covenant, God draws all of human history into the Heart of Christ, who transforms it through the breath of the Holy Spirit; this new life is then “pushed” into the present moment and future to “restore all things” in the New Covenant. The “drawing in” is Christ’s act of taking our sins upon Himself; the “sending out” is Christ making all things new.

Thus, just as the human heart’s function is to pump blood to the entire body so that it grows into full adulthood, so too, the Heart of Christ functions to bring the entire Body of Christ into full stature, that is, perfection.

And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the extent of the full stature of Christ… (Eph 4:11-13; cf. Col 1:28)

What I’ve explained above is already known to us in the Public Revelation of the Church. By putting our ear to the Heart of Christ, however, we learn the details and minutiae of how all this will be accomplished. That is the role of so-called “private revelation” or prophecy.

It is not their role to improve or complete Christ’s definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history. Guided by the Magisterium of the Church, the sensus fidelium knows how to discern and welcome in these revelations whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to the Church. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 67

 

THE DIVINE FOOTNOTES

In the Gospels, we are given two passages in particular that reveal the two sides of Christ’s Heart. The first passage reveals the function of that Blessed Side that draws all things to Himself through Divine Mercy:

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. (John 3:16)

The second passage reveals the goal of that second Side, which is to restore all things in Christ in the Divine Will:

This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as in heaven. (Matt 6:9-10)

Thus, the revelations of Jesus to St. Faustina on the Divine Mercy are simply a footnote to John 3:16. They are the “language of the blessed beats” of the Sacred Heart that take the word “love” from that Scripture passage and, as though passing it through the prism of Faustina, break it into an array of sublime truths about His love.

So too, the revelations to Luisa on the Divine Will merely fractionate the words “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” into the how and why their fulfillment is the ultimate perfection and “full stature” of man that Christ merited for us on the Cross. They are, in a word, the restoration of what Adam lost in the Garden of Eden.

He lost the beautiful day of the Divine Will, and degraded himself so much as to arouse pity… [Jesus] prepared for him the bath to wash him of all his sins, to fortify Him, to embellish him, in such a way as to render him worthy to receive again that Divine Will he had rejected, which formed his sanctity and his happiness. Child, there was not one work or pain that He suffered, which did not seek to reorder again the Divine Will in the creatures. —Our Lady to Luisa, The Virgin in the Kingdom of the Divine Will, Day Twenty-three (a)[5], benedictinesofthedivinewill.com

Hence it follows that to restore all things in Christ and to lead men back to submission to God is one and the same aim. —POPE ST. PIUS X, E Supremin. 8

This “submission” is not mere subservience, but it is to possess and reign in, as Christ did, the Kingdom of the Divine Will.

Just as all men share in the disobedience of Adam, so all men must share in the obedience of Christ to the Father’s will. Redemption will be complete only when all men share his obedience… —Servant of God Fr. Walter Ciszek, He Leadeth Me (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1995), pp. 116-117

The gift of Living in the Divine Will restores to the redeemed the gift that prelapsarian Adam possessed and that generated divine light, life and sanctity in creation… —Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, The Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the Writings of Luisa Piccarreta (Kindle Locations 3180-3182)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that “The universe was created ‘in a state of journeying’ (in statu viae) toward an ultimate perfection yet to be attained, to which God has destined it.”[1] That perfection is intrinsically linked to man, who is not only part of creation but its pinnacle. As Jesus revealed to Servant of God Luisa Piccaretta:

I desire, therefore, that My children enter My Humanity and copy what the Soul of My Humanity did in the Divine Will… Rising above every creature, they will restore the rights of Creation— My own as well as those of creatures. They will bring all things to the prime origin of Creation and to the purpose for which Creation came to be… —Rev. Joseph. Iannuzzi, The Splendor of Creation: The Triumph of the Divine Will on Earth and the Era of Peace in the Writings of the Church Fathers, Doctors and Mystics (Kindle Location 240)

This is also to say that the revelations presented to Luisa are nothing new and are contained implicitly in the Public Revelation of Christ. They are, simply, its footnote:

It would not be inconsistent with the truth to understand the words, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” to mean: “in the Church as in our Lord Jesus Christ himself”; or “in the Bride who has been betrothed, just as in the Bridegroom who has accomplished the will of the Father.” —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2827

 

THE TRIUMPH OF THE SACRED HEART

The sublime language of the Divine Mercy and Divine Will revelations constitute the prophetic Voice of the “blessed beats” of the Sacred Heart. The Divine Mercy is that pulsation that draws the sins of mankind into the refulgence of God’s love symbolized by the soldier’s lance; the Divine Will is the pulsation of new life that God intends for His Church symbolized by the Blood and Water which gushed forth from His Heart. These revelations are timed precisely “for the last ages when the world, grown old and become cold in the love of God, will need to be warmed again by the revelation of these mysteries.”

Thus, the Sacred Heart of Jesus will Triumph when, through the graces of His Divine Mercy, man has divested himself of his human will and allowed the Divine Will to reign in him.

My kingdom on earth is My life in the human soul. —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 1784

…for…

The Church “is the Reign of Christ already present in mystery.” —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 763

In other words, when the Heart of Jesus reigns uninhibited in His Church, then this fulfilment of the ‘Our Father’ will bring Christ’s other prophecy to fulfilment:

This gospel of the kingdom [of the Divine will] will be preached throughout the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14)

All because of two little footnotes in salvation history.