A Flaming Sword: Nuclear-capable missile fired over California in November, 2015 Caters News Agency, (Abe Blair)
…at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!’—Sr. Lucia of Fatima, July 13th, 1917
I saw the Lord Jesus, like a king in great majesty, looking down upon our earth with great severity; but because of His Mother’s intercession He prolonged the time of His mercy…the Lord answered me, “I am prolonging the time of mercy for the sake of [sinners]. But woe to them if they do not recognize this time of My visitation.” —St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 126I, 1160
Although the world of today has a very vivid awareness of its unity and of how one man depends on another in needful solidarity, it is most grievously torn into opposing camps by conflicting forces. For political, social, economic, racial and ideological disputes still continue bitterly, and with them the peril of a war which would reduce everything to ashes. —Second Vatican Council, Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes; vatican.va
The angel with the flaming sword on the left of the Mother of God recalls similar images in the Book of Revelation. This represents the threat of judgment which looms over the world. Today the prospect that the world might be reduced to ashes by a sea of fire no longer seems pure fantasy: man himself, with his inventions, has forged the flaming sword.—Cardinal Ratzinger (POPE BENEDICT XVI) The Message of Fatima, from www.vatican.va
Today I willingly entrust to the power of this prayer [the Rosary]… the cause of peace in the world and the cause of the family. —POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, n. 39;
There will be no peace on earth while the oppression of peoples, injustices, and economic imbalances, which still exist, endure. —POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II, Ash Wednesday Mass, 2003
…the threat of judgment also concerns us, the Church in Europe, Europe and the West in general… Light can also be taken away from us and we do well to let this warning ring out with its full seriousness in our hearts… —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Opening Homily, Synod of Bishops,October 2nd, 2005, Rome.
…the danger of an increase in the number of countries possessing nuclear weapons causes well-founded apprehension in every responsible person. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, December 11th, 2007; USA Today
Weapons and violence do not lead to peace, war leads to more war. —POPE FRANCIS, September 1, 2013; france24.com
War is madness… even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a Third War, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction… Humanity needs to weep, and this is the time to weep. —POPE FRANCIS, September 13th, 2015; BBC.com
Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy. —Jesus to St. Faustina; Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 300
…before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy. He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice… —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 1146
The winds of war are blowing in our world and an outdated model of development continues to produce human, societal and environmental decline. —POPE FRANCIS, Urbi et Orbi, December 25th, 2017; Yahoo.com
…no war is just. The only just thing is peace. —POPE FRANCIS, from Politique et Société, an interview with Dominique Wolton; cf. catholicherald.com
I think we are at the very limit. I am really afraid of this. One accident is enough to precipitate things. —POPE FRANCIS, aboard flight to Chile and Peru, Reuters, January 15th, 2018; yahoo.com
“War brings only death and destruction…” there is a “terrible air of tension… I call upon all parties to fan the flame of dialogue and self-control, and to banish the shadow of enmity.” —POPE FRANCIS, Angelus, Vatican City, January 5th, 2020; vaticannews.va
We need to break with the present climate of distrust. At present, we are witnessing an erosion of multilateralism, which is all the more serious in light of the development of new forms of military technology, such as lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) which irreversibly alter the nature of warfare, detaching it further from human agency… —POPE FRANCIS, Address to the United Nations, September 25th, 2020; catholicnewsagency.com
I would like to appeal to those with political responsibility to examine their consciences seriously before God, who is the God of peace and not of war; who is the Father of all, not just of some, who wants us to be brothers and not enemies… May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war. —POPE FRANCIS, General Audience, February 23rd, 2022; vatican.va
The madness is on all sides because war is madness …some are thinking of nuclear weapons — which is madness. —POPE FRANCIS, General Audience, August 24th; General Audience, Sept. 21st
Syria, April 13th, 2018; AP Photo/Hassan Ammar
My dearly children beloved, my heart is torn by grief and my tears bathe the earth. Children, again blood and pain will tear my poor heart; the rumbling of wars that were distant are now at the gates. Everything that I had been announcing for a long time will come to pass; now the time has come. Children, pray and do not fall into the temptation of thinking that God has forgotten you; each one of you is precious in His eyes. Children, each of you has been paid for dearly, my son Jesus died for each one of you and loves you immensely, but unfortunately man, more and more, wants to take His place. Dearly beloved children (Mother was crying as she was speaking), you will experience momentous times, you will live in lament and pain; pray, children, make your life a continuous prayer. My children, the weapon for facing these moments of darkness and pain and for ensuring that all of this is mitigated, is prayer, and staying before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament: it is there that you will draw the greatest strength! —Our Lady of Zaro allegedly to Angela; Ischia, Italy; April 8th, 2017 (translation by Peter Bannister)
THIS past week, a “now word” from 2006 has been in the forefront of my mind. It is the meshing of many global systems into one, overwhelmingly powerful new order. It is what St. John called a “beast”. Of this global system, which seeks to control every aspect of people’s lives — their commerce, their movement, their health, etc. — St. John hears the people cry out in his vision…
Who can compare with the beast or who can fight against it? (Rev 13:4)
Of this beast, the prophet Daniel recorded:
…in the visions of the night I saw a fourth beast, terrifying, horrible, and of extraordinary strength; it had great iron teeth with which it devoured and crushed, and it trampled with its feet what was left. (Dan 7:7)
We are so close now to the final step: a digital currency in which your paper money and coins will become useless. In this new system, you will have a Digital ID. Tied to this ID will be your bank accounts, memberships, social credit score, and most significantly, health status. If you want to buy groceries from the local store, go to a pharmacy, or buy gasoline, you will require this digital access. However, if your “vaccine” status is not up to date, or your social score is low (ie. you have spoken out against gender ideology or abortion, for example), you may find that access to your accounts is blocked until you comply. Everything is in place now for this system. It’s brilliant. It’s inevitable. It’s diabolical.
In messages to Italian seer Gisella Cardia this week, Our Lady says: “Everything is ready,” and “Now the time of battle has come: you have given birth to a humanity without God, you have allowed an idol to enter in place of God in the Church and have worshipped it in His place.”
What is this idol? Some might say it is Pachamama and the adoration of mounds of dirt — “Mother Earth” — that took place in the Vatican gardens… others may say it is the cancellation of the Eucharist while churches became vaccine centers (the “eighth sacrament“)… and yet others may believe it is the spirit of apostasy that has now infected a portion of the hierarchy who are advancing a perverse agenda… It is “an idol” Our Lady says, which is a precursor to the Antichrist himself:
Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come, unless the rebellion [apostasy] comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)
How far away is this moment? We do not know except that we see the Great Gears of this beast are now interlocked. All that is left is for this diabolical machine to be beginning turning through the right set of crises…
The following was published on December 10th, 2006…
“IT is nearly complete.”
Those are the words that rang in my heart this weekend as I pondered the tremendous shift away from the Gospel in North America during the past few weeks. Those words were accompanied by the image of several machines with gears. These machines—political, economical, and social, operating throughout the world—have been running independently for several decades, if not centuries.
But I could see in my heart their convergence: the machines are all in place, about to mesh into one Global machine called “Totalitarianism.” The meshing will be seamless, quiet, barely noticed. Deceptive.
At the same time, the Lord began to reveal to me the counter-plan: The Woman Clothed with the Sun (Rev 12). I was so full of joy by the time the Lord was finished speaking, that the plans of the enemy seemed minuscule in comparison. My feelings of discouragement and a sense of hopelessness vanished like fog on a summer morning.
Yes, Christ is coming… and the Heel of the Woman hovers (Gen 3:15).
Do not be provoked by evildoers; do not envy those who do wrong. Like grass they wither quickly; like green plants they wilt away. Trust in the LORD and do good that you may dwell in the land and live secure… Commit your way to the LORD; trust that God will act and make your integrity shine like the dawn, your vindication like noonday.
Be still before the LORD; wait for God. Do not be provoked by the prosperous, nor by malicious schemers. Those who do evil will be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD will possess the land.
The wicked draw their swords; they string their bows to fell the poor and oppressed, to slaughter those whose way is honest. Their swords will pierce their own hearts; their bows will be broken.
I have seen ruthless scoundrels, strong as flourishing cedars. When I passed by again, they were gone; though I searched, they could not be found… The salvation of the just is from the LORD, their refuge in time of distress. The LORD helps and rescues them, rescues and saves them from the wicked, because in God they take refuge. (Psalm 37)
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Years ago at the height of his preaching ministry and before a tragic relapse, Fr. John Corapi came to a conference I was attending. In his deep throaty voice, he took to the stage, looked out upon the intent crowd with a grimace and exclaimed: “I’m angry. I’m angry at you. I’m angry at me.” He then went on to explain in his usual boldness that his righteous anger was due to a Church sitting on its hands in the face of a world in need of the Gospel.
With that, I am republishing this article from October 31st, 2019. I have updated it with a section called “Globalism Spark”.
A BLAZING FIRE has been stoked in my soul on two particular occasions this year. It is a fire of justice springing from a desire to defend Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
The first time was on my journey to Israel and the Holy Land. I spent several days contemplating the incredible humility of God to have come to this remote place on earth and walk among us, clothed in our humanity. From Christ’s birth to His Passion, I followed along His trail of miracles, teachings and tears. One day in Bethlehem, we celebrated Mass. During the homily, I heard the priest say, “We don’t need to convert the Muslims, Jews, or others. Convert yourself and let God convert them.” I sat there stunned, trying to process what I’d just heard. Then the words of St. Paul flooded my mind:
But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring [the] good news!” (Rom 10:14-15)
Since then, a “mother bear” like instinct has arisen in my soul. Jesus Christ did not suffer and die and send the Holy Spirit upon His Church so that we could hold hands with unbelievers and feel good about ourselves. It is our duty and truly our privilege to share the Gospel with the nations who are waiting, searching and even longing to hear the Good News:
The Church respects and esteems these non Christian religions because they are the living expression of the soul of vast groups of people. They carry within them the echo of thousands of years of searching for God, a quest which is incomplete but often made with great sincerity and righteousness of heart. They possess an impressive patrimony of deeply religious texts. They have taught generations of people how to pray. They are all impregnated with innumerable “seeds of the Word” and can constitute a true “preparation for the Gospel,”… [But] neither respect and esteem for these religions nor the complexity of the questions raised is an invitation to the Church to withhold from these non-Christians the proclamation of Jesus Christ. On the contrary the Church holds that these multitudes have the right to know the riches of the mystery of Christ—riches in which we believe that the whole of humanity can find, in unsuspected fullness, everything that it is gropingly searching for concerning God, man and his destiny, life and death, and truth. —POPE ST. PAUL VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, n. 53; vatican.va
I consider that day in Bethlehem a great grace, because the fire to defend Jesus has been burning ever since…
The second time this fire billowed in my soul was when I watched the tree-planting ceremony in the Vatican Gardens and the accompanying rituals and prostrations before indigenous wooden carvings. I waited several days before commenting; I wanted to know what these people were doing and to whom they were bowing. Then answers started coming. While one woman is heard on video calling one of the figures “Our Lady of the Amazon,” which Pope Francis blessed, three Vatican spokesmen vigorously rejected the idea that the carvings represented Our Lady.
“It is not the Virgin Mary, who said it is the Virgin Mary? …It is an indigenous woman who represents life” …and is “neither pagan nor sacred.” —Fr. Giacomo Costa, communications official for the Amazonian synod; California Catholic Daily, October 16th, 2019
[It is] an effigy of maternity and the sacredness of life… —Andrea Tornielli, editorial director for the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communications. —reuters.com
[It] represented life, fertility, mother earth. —Dr. Paolo Ruffini, Prefect of the Dicastery for Communications, vaticannews.va
Then the Pope himself referred to the statue under the South American title of ‘pachamama,’ which means “Mother Earth.” Indeed, the Italian Bishops’ publication arm produced a pamphlet for the Synod that included a “prayer to Mother Earth of the Inca peoples.” It read in part:
“Pachamama of these places, drink and eat this offering at will, so that this earth may be fruitful.” —Catholic World News, October 29th, 2019
Dr. Robert Moynihan of Inside the Vatican noted that, during the final Mass of the Synod, an Amazon woman presented a flower pot, which was then placed on the altar where it remained during the Consecration and thereafter. Moynihan notes that “a bowl of soil with plants in it is often connected with ceremonial rituals involving Pachamana” where “food and drinks are poured [into it] for the enjoyment of Pachamama” and then covered “with dirt and flowers.” It is recommended, the ritual states, “to do it with your hands to connect with the energy of the ritual.”
What can be said here regarding the absolutely tragic scandal of the Vatican — and nearly the entire episcopate — promoting and even pushing an experimental gene therapy upon the entire world? I wrote the bishops regarding the genocidal path they were endorsing, but it was met with complete silence. And neither have the death and injury tolls ceased to stop. In fact, they are increasing exponentially the past few months as “booster” shots are decimating people’s health. A Facebook group dedicated to family members and friends testifying to the absolute destruction of these mRNA gene shots has bloomed to over 157k members and is adding thousands by the day (shockingly, Facebook has not yet censored them; we are also posting them here). The stories they tell should be read by every bishop, and above all, the Pope — who continue to present themselves as Big Pharma’s global salesmen. It is outrageous. And yet, it is the very ones crying out in the wilderness against brutal and reckless government lockdowns, forced injections, masking, and other harmful measures — which did nothing to stop the virus, but everything to destroy businesses, livelihoods, and drive many to suicide — who are deemed the dangerous ones.
With some exceptions, governments have made great efforts to put the well-being of their people first, acting decisively to protect health and to save lives… most governments acted responsibly, imposing strict measures to contain the outbreak. Yet some groups protested, refusing to keep their distance, marching against travel restrictions—as if measures that governments must impose for the good of their people constitute some kind of political assault on autonomy or personal freedom!… We spoke earlier of narcissism, of armor-plated selves, of people who live off grievance, thinking only of themselves… they are incapable of moving outside of their own little world of interests. —POPE FRANCIS, Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future (pp. 26-28), Simon & Schuster (Kindle Edition)
But it doesn’t stop there. The Vatican is continuing its newfound role as prophets of the “Great Reset” — now promoting man-made “global warming” as a fact — this despite the Pontiff’s recent encyclical stating:
There are certain environmental issues where it is not easy to achieve a broad consensus. Here I would state once more that the Church does not presume to settle scientific questions or to replace politics. But I am concerned to encourage an honest and open debate so that particular interests or ideologies will not prejudice the common good. —Laudato si’, n. 188
However, there is no entity on the planet, outside of the climate change profit-makers and grant-seeking scientists, who have endorsed “climate change” more than the Vatican. Here too, the idea of an “honest and open debate” is being crushed:
…not taking care of the climate is a sin against the gift of God that is creation. In my opinion, this is a form of paganism: it is using those things that the Lord has given us for his glory and praise as if they were idols. —lifesitnews.com, April 14th, 2022
Here again, the faithful are left grappling with a statement that is so ironic, not only in face of the Pachamama scandal, but the fact the entire climate change movement was invented by globalists and integrated into the United Nations’ godless goals by the likes of the Marxist Maurice Strong and the late Michel Gorbachev.
In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself. —Alexander King & Bertrand Schneider. The First Global Revolution, p. 75, 1993
There you have in a nutshell the entire plan unfolding now in real time under the banner of the “Great Reset”: to manufacture global crises of water shortages, famine, and global warming — and then blame the little working guy just trying to feed his family for the problems. The globalists are lighting fires, and then blaming the ones who point out the smoke. In this way, these elite masters can justify their agenda to depopulate the world.
And thus at this hour, the prophetic voices of Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI warning against an anti-life agenda that seeks to control and impose itself upon the world, have been all but forgotten.
This marvelous world—so loved by the Father that he sent his only Son for its salvation—is the theater of a never-ending battle being waged for our dignity and identity as free, spiritual beings. This struggle parallels the apocalyptic combat described in [Revelation 12]. Death battles against Life: a “culture of death” seeks to impose itself on our desire to live, and live to the full. There are those who reject the light of life, preferring “the fruitless works of darkness” (Eph 5:11). Their harvest is injustice, discrimination, exploitation, deceit, violence. In every age, a measure of their apparent success is the death of the Innocents. In our own century, as at no other time in history, the “culture of death” has assumed a social and institutional form of legality to justify the most horrible crimes against humanity: genocide, “final solutions”, “ethnic cleansings”, and the massive “taking of lives of human beings even before they are born, or before they reach the natural point of death”… —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Homily, Cherry Creek State Park Homily, Denver, Colorado, August 15th, 1993; vatican.va
It is no longer the Gospel of Life that the Vatican is shouting from the rooftops; it is not the need for repentance from sin and a return to the Father; it is not the importance of prayer, the Sacraments, and virtue… but getting injected and buying solar panels that are the priorities of the hierarchy. It is not the 10 commandments but the UN’s 17 “sustainable development” goals that are the beating heart of Rome, so it seems.
As I’ve noted before, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and thus Francis, are basing their conclusions off of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is not a scientific body. Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, the Bishop-Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy stated:
There is now a growing consensus that human activities are having a discernible effect on the Earth’s climate (IPCC, 1996). An enormous amount of effort has gone into the scientific research that forms the basis for this judgment. —cf. Catholic.org
That’s troubling since the IPCC has been discredited on several occasions. Dr. Frederick Seitz, a world-famous physicist and former president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, criticized the 1996 IPCC report that used selective data and doctored graphs: “I have never witnessed a more disturbing corruption of the peer review process than events that led to this IPCC report,” he lamented. In 2007, the IPCC had to correct a report that exaggerated the pace of melt of the Himalayan glaciers and that wrongly claimed they could all vanish by 2035.The IPCC was caught again exaggerating global warming data in a report rushed through precisely in order to influence The Paris Agreement the Vatican is now cheerleading. That report fudged data in order to suggest no ‘pause‘ in global warming has occurred since the turn of this millennium.
This is a shameful and dark moment in the history of Catholicism. Taking care of the planet and providing health care to individuals are, to be clear, part of the “social” Gospel. But promoting the instruments of the culture of death are not. Catholics now find their leadership cheerleading the agenda of the culture of death rather than the life-saving message of Jesus Christ, who is Savior of the world. And “I’m angry.”
WHAT ARE WE DOING?
I have been careful not to impugn anyone’s motives or intentions, whether it is the Pope’s or the participants. The reason is that the motives at this point are irrelevant. What took place in the Vatican Gardens, by all exterior appearances, is a scandal. It resembled nothing short of a pagan ritual, whether it was or not. Some have tried to downplay the incident by insisting (against the Vatican’s official response) that the images were “Our Lady of the Amazon.” Again, that’s irrelevant. Catholics do not bow prostrate to the ground before statues of even Our Lady or the saints much less indigenous artifacts and symbols or mounds of dirt. Furthermore, the Pope did not himself venerate those images as such, and at the final Mass of the Synod, appeared to have brought in and properly venerated a typical image of Our Lady (which says a lot). Nonetheless, the damage has been done. Someone recounted to me how their Episcopalian friend has now accused us Catholics of worshipping Mary and/or statues.
Others I have spoken with insist that the prostrations before the objects were ultimately directed to God—and anyone who suggests otherwise is racist, intolerant, judgmental and antipapal. However, even if that was the intention of the worshippers, what the world witnessed did not look anything like a Catholic prayer service but a pagan ceremony. Indeed, several clergymen have stated this very point:
It is not understandable to an observer that the publicly displayed veneration of Pachamama at the Amazon Synod is not meant to be idolatry. —Bishop Marian Eleganti of Chur, Switzerland; October 26th, 2019;lifesitenews.com
After weeks of silence we are told by the Pope that this was not idolatry and there was no idolatrous intention. But then why did people, including priests, prostrate before it? Why was the statue carried in procession into churches like St. Peter’s Basilica and placed before altars at Santa Maria in Traspontina? And if it isn’t an idol of Pachamama (an earth/mother goddess from the Andes), why did the Pope call the image “Pachamama?” What am I to think? —Msgr. Charles Pope, October 28th, 2019; National Catholic Register
The syncretism evident in the ritual celebrated around an immense floor covering, directed by an Amazonian woman and in front of several ambiguous and unidentified images in the Vatican gardens this past October 4, should be avoided… the reason for the criticism is precisely because of the primitive nature and pagan appearance of the ceremony and the absence of openly Catholic symbols, gestures and prayers during the various gestures, dances and prostrations of that surprising ritual. —Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, archbishop emeritus of Caracas, Venezuela; October 21, 2019; lifesitenews.com
Herein lies the fire that has been stoked: where is our zeal to defend Jesus Christ and respect the First Commandment that forbids “strange gods” among us? Why are some Catholics trying to split hairs at this point to make a blatantly compromising activity look acceptable?
Put it this way. Imagine my wife and children walking into the bedroom and finding me holding another woman in our marital bed. The other woman and I then climb out as I explain, “There were no adulterous intentions here. I was just holding her because she does not know Christ and needs to know that she is loved, welcomed and that we are ready to accompany her in her faith.” Of course, my wife and children would be angry and scandalized, even if I insist that they are just being intolerant and judgmental.
The point is that our witness, the example we give to others, is essential, especially to the “little ones.”
Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. (Matthew 18:6)
The invocation of the statues before which even some religious bowed at the Vatican… is an invocation of a mythical power, of Mother Earth, from which they ask blessings or make gestures of gratitude. These are scandalous demonic sacrileges, especially for the little ones who are not able to discern. —Bishop Emeritus José Luis Azcona Hermoso of Marajó, Brazil; October 30th, 2019, lifesitenews.com
That, at least, is the take of a prelate more familiar with the pagan worship of Mother Earth in those regions. The main point, however, is that what we say, what we do, how we behave, must always lead others to Christ. St. Paul went so far as to say that “it is right not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that makes your brother stumble.” How much more, then, ought we to be careful never to give a witness to others that money, possessions, power, our career, our image—much less secular or pagan images—are the object of our love.
Pachamama is not and never will be the Virgin Mary. To say that this statue represents the Virgin is a lie. She is not Our Lady of the Amazon because the only Lady of the Amazon is Mary of Nazareth. Let’s not create syncretistic mixtures. All of that is impossible: the Mother of God is the Queen of Heaven and earth. —Bishop Emeritus José Luis Azcona Hermoso of Marajó, Brazil; October 30th, 2019, lifesitenews.com
As I wrote recently On Vatican Funkiness, even if a pope were to deny Jesus Christ (as Peter did after he was promised the Keys of the Kingdom and declared “the rock”), we ought to hold fast to Sacred Tradition and remain faithful to Jesus unto death. St. John did not “blindly follow” the first pope into his denial but turned in the opposite direction, walked to Golgotha, and remained steadfast beneath the Cross at the risk of His life. I am not suggesting in any way that Pope Francis has denied Christ. Rather, I am making the point that our shepherds are human, including Peter’s successor, and we are not required to defend their personal follies. Our faithfulness to them is obedience to their authentic magisterium, bestowed on them by Christ, regarding “faith and morals.” When they depart from that, either by non-binding statements or personal sin, there is no obligation to support their words or behaviour. But there is, however, an obligation to defend the truth—to defend Jesus Christ, who is Truth. And this must be done in charity.
Do not accept anything as the truth if it lacks love. And do not accept anything as love which lacks truth! One without the other becomes a destructive lie. —St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein), quoted at her canonization by St. John Paul II, October 11th, 1998; vatican.va
We have completely lost the narrative of why the Church exists, what our mission is, and what our purpose is if we fail to love God, first, and our neighbour as ourselves.
The whole concern of doctrine and its teaching must be directed to the love that never ends. Whether something is proposed for belief, for hope or for action, the love of our Lord must always be made accessible, so that anyone can see that all the works of perfect Christian virtue spring from love and have no other objective than to arrive at love. —Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), n. 25
It’s absolutely horrific how Christians have begun to tear one another apart today, especially “conservative” Christians. Here, St. John’s example is so powerful.
At the Last Supper, while the Apostles were busy trying to lay blame on who would betray Christ, and Judas was quietly dipping his hands in the same bowl as Jesus… St. John simply lay against the breast of Christ. He silently contemplated His Lord. He loved Him. He adored Him. He clung to Him. He worshipped Him. Therein lies the secret of how to pass through the Great Trial that is now upon us. It is absolute fidelity to Christ. It is abandonment to the Heavenly Father. It is An Invincible Faith in Jesus. It is not compromising our beliefs for fear of conflict or not being politically correct. It is not focusing on the storm and the waves but the Master in the boat. It is prayer. As Our Lady has been telling the Church for nearly forty years now: pray, pray, pray. Fast and pray. Only in this way will we have the grace and strength not to cave into our flesh and the principalities and powers that, in this hour, have been given sway to test the Church.
Prayer attends to the grace we need for meritorious actions. —(CCC, 2010)
Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Mark 14:38-39)
What are we to watch? We are to watch the signs of the times but to pray for the wisdom to interpret them. This was the key that led John alone among the Apostles to stand steadily beneath the Cross and to remain faithful to Jesus, despite the storm that raged around him. His eyes observed the signs around him, but he did not dwell on the terror and dysfunction. Rather, his heart was fixed on Jesus, even when everything seemed utterly lost.
Brothers and sisters, the trials that surround us are just the beginning. We have scarcely begun the hard labor pains. These days, I often hear in my heart the Scripture: “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
The answer is yes: in those who follow in the footsteps of St. John.
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I WANT to say it as clear and loud and boldly as I possibly can: Jesus is coming! Did you think that Pope John Paul II was just being poetic when he said:
Dear young people, it is up to you to be the watchmen of the morning who announce the coming of the sun who is the Risen Christ! —ST. JOHN PAUL II, Message of the Holy Father to the Youth of the World, XVII World Youth Day, n. 3; (cf. Is 21:11-12)
Would you say that, if this is true, it constitutes a stupendous task for these watchmen?
I did not hesitate to ask them to make a radical choice of faith and life and present them with a stupendous task: to become “morning watchmen” at the dawn of the new millennium. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Novo Millennio Inuente, n.9
I have, as best I can, made radical choices of faith and life in order to answer this call, made to me as well, as I stood in the driving rain at World Youth Day in 2002 in the presence of that great Saint. Was not the rain and stormy clouds that day symbolic of the cry of the great Marian saint, Louis de Montfort (who would influence the course of John Paul II’s life and pontificate, whose motto was Totus Tuus “totally yours”, as in totally Mary’s in order to be totally Christ’s)?
Your divine commandments are broken, your Gospel is thrown aside, torrents of iniquity flood the whole earth carrying away even your servants… Will everything come to the same end as Sodom and Gomorrah? Will you never break your silence? Will you tolerate all this for ever? Is it not true that your will must be done on earth as it is in heaven? Is it not true that your kingdom must come? Did you not give to some souls, dear to you, a vision of the future renewal of the Church? —St. Louis de Montfort, Prayer for Missionaries, n. 5; www.ewtn.com
For nearly fifteen years, I have dedicated myself to these writings here, building upon the foundation of the Scriptures, Early Church Fathers, Popes, mystics and seers, and then the works of theologians like Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi, the late Fr. George Kosicki, Benedict XVI, John Paul II, and others. The foundation is strong; the message nearly indisputable, especially as it is confirmed by the “signs of the times” that themselves act, daily, as heralds that Jesus Christ is coming.
For years, I trembled in my boots, wondering if I was somehow misleading my readers, afraid of presumption, terrified of tumbling over the treacherous cliffs of prophecy. But as time went on, supported by my spiritual director (who appointed one of the most brilliant and prophetic minds in the Church to oversee my writings for a time, Michael D. O’Brien), I began to realize that there is no need to speculate, to draw rash conclusions. God has been speaking through the centuries steadily and clearly through the Magisterium and Our Lady, preparing the Church for the great hour of her own “passion, death, and resurrection” that would see the return of Jesus. But not in the flesh! No! Jesus already came in the flesh. He is returning, rather, to establish His Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven. As my dear friend Daniel O’Connor says so beautifully, “Two thousand years later, the greatest prayer will not go unanswered!”
Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.—from the Pater Noster (Matt 6:10)
It’s funny how we pray this every day and yet do not really consider what we are praying! The coming of the Kingdom of Christ is equivalent to His will being done “on earth as it is in heaven.” What does this mean? It means that Jesus has come, not only to save us, but to sanctify us by reestablishing in man what was lost in the Garden of Eden: the union of Adam’s will with the Divine Will. By this, I do not mean a mere perfect conformation of one’s will to God’s. Rather, it is the fusion of God’s will in our own so that there is only a single will remaining. In this way, the Bride of Christ will be divinized fully into Christ’s likeness such that she will truly become Immaculate…
…that He might present to himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. (Ephesians 5:27)
For the wedding day of the Lamb has come, his bride has made herself ready. She was allowed to wear a bright, clean linen garment. (Rev 19:7-8)
And this grace, brothers and sisters, has never been given to the Church until now. It is a Gift that God has reserved for the last times:
God himself had provided to bring about that “new and divine” holiness with which the Holy Spirit wishes to enrich Christians at the dawn of the third millennium, in order to “make Christ the heart of the world.” —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Address to the Rogationist Fathers, n. 6, www.vatican.va
It will be the reign of Christ with His saints that is spoken of in Revelation 20—a spiritual resurrection of what was lost in Eden.
They came to life and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were over. This is the first resurrection. (Rev 20:4-5)
This reign is nothing other than the New Pentecost prophesied by the popes, that “new springtime” and “Triumph of the Immaculate Heart” because…
Holy Mary… you became the image of the Church to come… —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Spe Salvi, n.50
At last, Our Lady will see within her own children a perfect and immaculate reflection of herself as they take up her own Fiat in order to live in the Divine Will as she did. This is why it is called the “Triumph of her Immaculate Heart” because the Kingdom of the Divine Will that reigned in her own soul will now reign in the Church as the climax of salvation history. Thus, said Benedict, praying for this Triumph…
…is equivalent in meaning to our praying for the coming of God’s Kingdom. —Light of the World, p. 166, A Conversation With Peter Seewald
And the Kingdom of Christ is found on earth in His Church, which is His mystical Body.
The Church “is the Reign of Christ already present in mystery…” At the end of time, the Kingdom of God will come in its fullness. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 763
It is in these “end times” in which we are living that Our Lady and the Popes have announced the coming of the Risen Sun, Jesus Christ, to bring a new dawn in the world—the Day of the Lord, which is the fullness of the Kingdom of the Divine Will. It is a coming in order to restore in the Bride of Christ what the new Adam, Jesus, is in Himself:
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
Christ enables us to live in him all that he himself lived, and he lives it in us. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 521
Thus, the coming we speak of here is not that return of Jesus in glory at the very end of the world, but the Church’s “Easter Sunday” after the “Good Friday” that she is now passing through.
Whereas people had previously spoken only of a twofold coming of Christ—once in Bethlehem and again at the end of time—Saint Bernard of Clairvaux spoke of an adventus medius, an intermediate coming, thanks to which he periodically renews His intervention in history. I believe that Bernard’s distinction strikes just the right note… —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Light of the World, p.182-183, A Conversation With Peter Seewald
It is the fulfillment of the “Our Father” not only within the Church but to the ends of the earth as Our Lord Himself said would happen:
This gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14)
The Catholic Church, which is the kingdom of Christ on earth, [is] destined to be spread among all men and all nations… —POPE PIUS XI, Quas Primas, Encyclical, n. 12, Dec. 11th, 1925; cf. Matt 24:14
In my series on The New Paganism and the epilogue The Popes and the New World Order, I detailed how the Kingdom of the Anti-will is now climaxing in our times. It is a kingdom that, at its very core, is a rebellion against God’s will. But now, in the remaining days of Advent, I want to turn toward the coming of the Kingdom of the Divine Will that will overthrow Satan’s long night over mankind. This is the “new dawn” prophesied by Pius XII, Benedict XVI and John Paul II.
After purification through trial and suffering, the dawn of a new era is about to break. —POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II, General Audience, September 10, 2003
This is the “restoration of all things in Christ” that St. Pius X prophesied:
When it does arrive, it will turn out to be a solemn hour, one big with consequences not only for the restoration of the Kingdom of Christ, but for the pacification of… the world. —POPE PIUS XI, Ubi Arcani dei Consilioi “On the Peace of Christ in his Kingdom”, December 23, 1922
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. —Fr. Walter Ciszek, He Leadeth Me, pg. 116-117
This is the “period of peace”, the Era of Peace, the “Sabbath Rest” foretold by the Early Church Fathers and echoed by Our Lady in which the Bride of Christ will reach the pinnacle of her sanctity, united interiorly in the same kind of union as the saints in heaven, but without the beatific vision.
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)
It is the Kingdom of the Divine Will, which will reign “on earth as it is in heaven” in such a way as to transform the remnant Church into a beautiful Bride and release creation from its agonizing groans as it eagerly awaits the “revelation of the children of God.”
It is the Sanctity not yet know, and which I will make known, which will set in place the last ornament, the most beautiful and brilliant among all the other sanctities, and will be the crown and completion of all the other sanctities.—Jesus to Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta, Manuscripts, Feb 8th, 1921; excerpt from The Splendor of Creation, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, p. 118
Jesus is Coming, He is coming! Don’t you think you should prepare? I will try, with Our Lady’s assistance, to help you in the days ahead to understand and prepare for this great Gift…
ARE you feeling overwhelmed by the “signs of the times”? Tired of reading prophecies that speak of dire events? Feeling a bit cynical about it all, like this reader?
I know the Catholic Church and the Eucharist are true. And I know that private revelations — such as on your Countdown to the Kingdom site — are real and important. It’s very disheartening to prepare for these prophecies, gather food and supplies, and then they don’t come to pass. It seems that God lets the 99 drown while he waits for the 1 to come back. Your thoughts appreciated.
Another reader commented on my last reflection: Creation’s “I Love You” and remarked, “This is the first non-negative article we have received in a LONG time. What a refreshing blessing!” I have also heard friends and family members speak of people they know saying they simply “can’t read that stuff” and that they need to “live their lives.”
Well, I get it. I, too, took the past few months and the occasion of moving our family to another province to step back from it all to a certain degree. I had just spent the last two years putting in thousands of hours of research, writing and producing webcasts and a documentary on one of the most divisive and damaging developments in our generation. At the same time, we launched Countdown to the Kingdom (CTTK) where suddenly I was responsible, in part, for posting messages from around the world from Our Lord and Our Lady. The news was dark and laden with propaganda; the heavenly messages were at times foreboding. It was hard for me, too, to not let it “get to my head.” The antidote I found, however, was not turning it off. I couldn’t. Rather, the answer was prayer — daily prayer, rooted in God’s Word, and just loving the Lord and letting Him love me. For me, prayer is the “great reset” that restores my relationship and harmony with the Lord.
Still, when this past summer came, I found myself not wanting to look at the headlines nor wanting to read many of the prophecies that my colleagues continued to post on Countdown. I needed this summer to decompress, to reconnect with nature (I took the photo on the left while standing in the river near our farm; I was actually crying I was so happy to finally be living in nature again), to interact with unmasked faces, to go sit in a restaurant for the first time in two years, to play a game of golf with my sons, sit on a beach and just breathe.
I recently reposted on CTTK an important article called Prophecy in Perspective. It’s really a crucial read on how to approach prophecy, how to respond to it, and what our obligations are. There are literally thousands of messages from seers from around the world. Who could read them all? Are we supposed to read them all? The answer is no. What St. Paul commands us is “do not despise prophetic utterances.” In other words, if one is compelled to read prophetic revelations then do so in a spirit of prayer and discernment as the Lord leads you. But are you required to check CTTK every hour on the hour? Of course not. In fact, if reading that website makes you anxious, I recommend you take a break, take a walk, smell a flower, go on a date, go fishing, watch an inspiring film, read a book, and above all, pray. It’s a matter of balance, and even holy things, when they are not properly ordered, are not so holy for you.
The Signs of Our Times
That said, I want to address my reader’s comment that she is disheartened that the prophecies she has read have not “come to pass.” I beg to differ, and in spades. We are continuing the very hard and heavy work of documenting the “signs of the times” on my MeWe group called “The Now Word – Signs” here. My assistant researcher, Wayne Labelle, is doing an awesome and very arduous job scanning the headlines along with me. In truth, we are both amazed at the daily developments we are witnessing. The seeming opening of the seals of Revelation are happening before our very eyes; it is the unfolding Great Storm I have written about for years. No, not all at once, but never have I seen things moving so quickly and all the pieces for a “perfect storm” coming together.
Nobody, or few people, see everything that is happening on earth; heaven is sending you signs to pray more,but many continue in their blindness. —given on August 20th, 2022
And from 2006:
My children, do you not recognize the signs of the times? Do you not speak of them? —April 2nd, 2006, quoted in My Heart Will Triumph by Mirjana Soldo, a seer of Medjugorje, p. 299
And here again is why — if you are going to follow the signs of the times — that you must also be a person of prayer and in a process of conversion:
Only with total interior renunciation will you recognize God’s love and the signs of the time in which you live. You will be witnesses of these signs and will begin to speak about them.—March 18th, 2006, Ibid.
This is all to say that Our Lord and Our Lady want us to be awake. That’s all. You don’t have to read every headline and newstory; you don’t need to. What is crucial is that you are praying and discerning; in this way, you will see with your soul what cannot be seen with the eyes.
The Labor Pains
So, what of my reader’s perception that prophecy is not coming to pass (and she’s not the only one who has said this to me)?
When an expectant mother begins her labor pains and the birthing process, she discovers quickly that the contractions are not ongoing but spaced apart. But because a labor pain has ceased for the moment does not mean the labor has! So, too, we just experienced a massive labor pain with COVID-19. The divisions and damage to both the social and economic fabric of nations is deep and lasting. What this “pandemic” did was put into place the infrastructure for global surveillance and monitoring while, at the same time, dealing death blows to the economy, beginning a “mass psychosis”, and successfully convincing the hierarchy of the Church to cooperate with the new health technocracy. It’s a Masonic coup if there ever was one. But now, we’ve had this little lull this past summer. It does not mean that prophecy has failed, not at all. It means that we have been given this opportunity to rest, to catch our breath, and prepare for the next contraction, the next labor pains, which every sign tells us are approaching quickly.
In that regard, the Scripture comes to mind:
The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard “delay,” but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
So, if you are feeling a little fatigued by both the news and prophecy, the balanced response is not to outright ignore them; not to pretend that this present dysfunction in our world will work itself out and that life will continue as we know it. It already isn’t. Rather, it is to continue living in the present moment, working, playing, and praying while calmly reflecting and listening to the Lord speaking to your heart. And He is. But how few are listening any longer…
I know you’re tired, but don’t give up. Persevere.
Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4)
You don’t need to be an expert in prophecy but an expert in love. On this, you will be judged. And if you love the Lord, then you will also listen to Him through His prophets too, right?
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“WHERE is God? Why is He so silent? Where is He?” Nearly every person, at some point in their lives, utters these words. We do most often in suffering, sickness, loneliness, intense trials, and probably most frequently, in dryness in our spiritual lives. Yet, we really have to answer those questions with an honest rhetorical question: “Where can God go?” He is ever-present, always there, always with and among us — even if the sense of His presence is intangible. In some ways, God is simply and almost always in disguise.
And that disguise is creation itself. No, God is not the flower, not the mountain, not the river as pantheists would claim. Rather, God’s Wisdom, Providence, and Love are expressed in His works.
Now if out of joy in beauty [fire, or the wind, or the swift air, or the circle of the stars, or the great water, or the sun and moon] they thought them gods, let them know how far more excellent is the Lord than these; for the original source of beauty fashioned them… (Wisdom 13:1)
Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made. (Romans 1:20)
There is perhaps no greater sign of the constancy of God’s love, mercy, providence, goodness and graciousness than our solar Sun. One day, Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta was reflecting on this cosmic body that gives life to the earth and all its creatures:
I was thinking of how all things rotate around the Sun: the earth, ourselves, all creatures, the sea, the plants – in sum, everything; we all rotate around the Sun. And because we rotate around the Sun, we are illuminated and we receive its heat. So, it pours its burning rays upon all, and by rotating around it, we and the whole creation enjoy its light and receive part of the effects and goods that the Sun contains. Now, how many beings do not rotate around the Divine Sun? Everyone does: all the Angels, the Saints, men, and all created things; even the Queen Mama – does she perhaps not have the first round, in which, rapidly spinning around it, she absorbs all the reflections of the Eternal Sun? Now, while I was thinking about this, my Divine Jesus moved in my interior, and squeezing me all to Himself, told me:
My daughter, this was exactly the purpose for which I created man: that he would always rotate around Me, and I, being at the center of his rotation like a sun, was to reflect in him my Light, my Love, my Likeness and all my happiness. At every round of his, I was to give him ever new contentments, new beauty, burning arrows. Before man sinned, my Divinity was not hidden, because by rotating around Me, he was my reflection, and therefore he was the little Light. So, it was as though natural that, I being the great Sun, the little light could receive the reflections of my Light. But, as soon as he sinned, he stop spinning around Me; his little light became dark, he became blind and lost the light to be able to see my Divinity in his mortal flesh, as much as a creature is capable of. (September 14th, 1923; Vol. 16)
Of course, more can be said about returning to our primordial condition, to “Live in the Divine Will“, etc.. But the present purpose is to say… look up. See how the Sun is impartial; how it gives its life-giving rays to every single person on the planet, good and bad alike. It faithfully rises each morning, as if to announce that all the sin, all the wars, all the dysfunction of mankind are not enough to dissuade its course.
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Of course, you can hide from the Sun. You can withdraw into the darkness of sin. But the Sun remains nonetheless, burning, fixed on its course, intent upon giving you its Life — if you would not seek the shade of other gods instead.
As I write you, sunlight is streaming into my office. With every ray, God is saying, I love you. With its warmth, it is God saying I embrace you. With its light, it is God saying I am present to you. And I am so happy because, not deserving this love, it is offered anyway — like the Sun, relentlessly pouring out its life and power. And so it is with the rest of creation.
My daughter, place your head upon my Heart and rest, for you are very tired. Then, we will wander around together in order to show you my “I love you’s”, spread over the whole of creation for you. … Look at the blue Heaven: there is not one point in it without the seal of my “I love you” for the creature. Every star and the glittering that forms its crown, is studded with my “I love you’s”. Each ray of the sun, stretching toward the earth to bring Light, and every drop of Light, carry my “I love you”. And since the Light invades the earth, and man sees it, and walks over it, my “I love you” reaches him in his eyes, in his mouth, in his hands, and lays itself under his feet. The murmuring of the sea murmurs, “I love you, I love you, I love you”, and the drops of water are as many keys that, murmuring among themselves, form the most beautiful harmonies of my infinite “I love you”. The plants, the leaves, the flowers, the fruits, have my “I love you” impressed in them. The whole of Creation brings to man my repeated “I love you’s”. And man — how many of my “I love you’s” does he not have impressed in his whole being? His thoughts are sealed by my “I love you”; the beating of his heart, that beats in his chest with that mysterious “Tic, tic, tic…”, is my “I love you”, never interrupted, that says to him: “I love you, I love you, I love you…” His words are followed by my “I love you”; his movements, his steps and all the rest, contain my “I love you”…Yet, in the midst of so many waves of Love, he is unable to rise to return my Love. What ingratitude! How grieved does my Love remain! (August 1st, 1923, Vol. 16)
Hence, we have ‘no excuse’, says St. Paul, to pretend that God does not exist or that He has abandoned us. It would be as foolish as saying the Sun did not rise today.
As a result, they have no excuse; for although they knew God they did not accord him glory as God or give him thanks. Instead, they became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless minds were darkened. (Rom 1:20-21)
Therefore, no matter the suffering we are enduring today, no matter what our “feelings” say, let us turn our faces toward the Sun — or the stars, or the ocean, or the leaves flickering in the wind… and return God’s “I love you” with our own “I love you, too.” And let this “I love you” on your lips, if necessary, be the moment of beginning again, of returning to God; of tears of sorrow for having left Him, followed by tears of peace, knowing, He has never left you.
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YOU know her for her roses and the simplicity of her spirituality. But fewer know her for the utter darkness she walked in before her death. Suffering from tuberculosis, St. Thérèse de Lisieux admitted that, if she didn’t have faith, she would have committed suicide. She said to her bedside nurse:
I am surprised that there aren’t more suicides among atheists.—as reported by Sister Marie of the Trinity;CatholicHousehold.com
At one point, St. Thérèse seemed to prophesy the temptations that would come that we are now experiencing in our generation—that of a “new atheism”:
If you only knew what frightful thoughts obsess me. Pray very much for me so that I do not listen to the Devil who wants to persuade me about so many lies. It is the reasoning of the worst materialists that is imposed upon my mind. Later, unceasingly making new advances, science will explain everything naturally. We shall have the absolute reason for everything that exists and that still remains a problem, because there remain very many things to be discovered, etc. etc.—St. Therese of Lisieux: Her Last Conversations, Fr. John Clarke, quoted atcatholictothemax.com
Many of the new atheists today point toward St. Thérèse, Mother Teresa, etc. as proof that these were no great saints, but merely atheists in disguise. But they are missing the point (aside from having no comprehension of mystical theology): these saints did not commit suicide in their darkness, but, in fact, became icons of peace and joy, despite the purification they were going through. In fact, Thérèse testified:
Although Jesus is giving me no consolation, he is giving me a peace so great that it is doing me more good!—General Correspondence,Vol I, Fr. John Clarke; cf.Magnificat, September 2014, p. 34
God deprives the soul of feeling His presence so that the soul detaches itself more and more from itself and creatures, preparing it for union with Him while sustaining the soul with an interior peace “that surpasses all understanding.”
Should he come near me, I see him not; should he pass by, I am not aware of him. (Job 9:11)
This seeming “abandonment” by God is really not abandonment at all since the Lord never, ever leaves His Bride. But it remains nonetheless a painful “dark night of the soul.” 
Why, O LORD, do you reject me; why hide from me your face? (Psalm 88:15)
At the beginning of my writing apostolate, as the Lord began to teach me about what was coming, I understood that the Church must now, as a body, pass through the “dark night of the soul”. That we are collectively going to enter a period of purgation in which, like Jesus on the Cross, we will feel as though the Father has abandoned us.
But [the “dark night”] leads, in various possible ways, to the ineffable joy experienced by the mystics as “nuptial union.” —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Novo Millennio Ineunte, Apostolic Letter, n.30
So what shall we do?
The answer is to lose yourself. It is to continue following the will of God in everything. When Archbishop Francis Xavier Nguyễn Văn Thuận was locked away for thirteen years in Communist prisons, he learned the “secret” of walking in the darkness of suffering and seeming abandonment.
Forgetting ourselves, we cast our whole being into what God asks of us in the present moment, in the neighbour he places before us, motivated only by love. Then, very often we will see our sufferings vanish as if by some magic, and only love remains in the soul.—Testimony of Hope,p. 93
Yes, this is what St. Thérèse meant by being “little.” But being little does not mean being a spiritual wimp. As Jesus says, we need, in fact, to be resolute:
No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God. (Luke 9:62)
No less than ordinary individual Catholics can survive, so ordinary Catholic families cannot survive. They have no choice. They must either be holy—which means sanctified—or they will disappear. The only Catholic families that will remain alive and thriving in the twenty-first century are the families of martyrs.—The Blessed Virgin and the Sanctification of the Family, Servant of God Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
The terminology “dark night of the soul” was used by John of the Cross. Though he refers to it as an intense interior purification that precedes union with God, the phrase is often used loosely to refer to those difficult nights of suffering that we all experience.
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SEVERAL Catholic churches were burned to the ground and dozens more vandalized last year in Canada as allegations surfaced that “mass graves” were discovered at former residential schools there. These were institutions, established by the Canadian government and run in part with the assistance of the Church, to “assimilate” indigenous peoples into Western society. The allegations of mass graves, as it turns out, have never been proven and further evidence suggests that they are patently false. What is not untrue is that many individuals were separated by their families, forced to abandon their native tongue, and in some cases, abused by those running the schools. And thus, Francis has flown to Canada this week to issue an apology to the indigenous people who were wronged by members of the Church.
A Tragic Irony
It’s a moment of deep self-reflection for both the Church and the country. But sadly, it is also a moment of deep self-deception. For while the Prime Minister and the Pope lament the injustices that took place, they are completely ignoring new injustices taking place right under their noses — and caused by them. And that is the continued segregation, persecution, and vilification of individuals who have decided against being forced to take an experimental gene therapy dubbed a “COVID vaccine”. The irony is absolutely stunning and tragic. How can Justin Trudeau, for example, even dare to suggest that the Pope’s apology doesn’t go far enough as he continues to wage a senseless war against fellow Canadians exercising their rightful bodily autonomy?
This week alone, I was contacted by a mother whose athletic son has been barred from Team Canada because he is not injected with a COVID jab that he does not need. The mother, keenly aware that athletic youth are being hospitalized and even dying from myocarditis in many places due to the jab, refuses to put her son at risk when he has a 99.9973% chance of surviving the virus if he gets it.  The University of Toronto now says they will ban students from campus this Fall if they do not have at least two shots, thereby destroying the dreams and opportunities of many young people. Another friend wrote this week saying he has been barred from his PhD program for refusing the jab. I have been contacted by nurses, doctors, pilots and many other professionals — all who have been fired for declaring that they will not participate in this experiment, which is still in human trials until at least late 2023. In my own extended family, six have lost their jobs — from a design engineer to government worker to gas fitter to aircraft technician to IT technologist to school teacher; most of them are in their fifties and are now having to start over. And even though I have had COVID and have natural immunity, which according to numerous studies, is robust and durable for years, I was kicked out of restaurants, barred from the theater, sporting events, and even from boarding a plane, train or bus to conduct business. Nothing like this has happened in this generation, evoking the dark spirits of the past of cultural cleansing, eugenics, and segregation.
Finally, tens of thousands of Canadians of all walks of life, religions, backgrounds and races raised their voices last winter to say enough is enough as they stood behind one of the world’s largest truck convoys to denounce forced injections and unscientific mandates. In response, the very same Prime Minister who is pontificating about Church segregation and wrongs, himself slandered, vilified and used brute force against the peaceful and legal protesters — with the help of a conscienceless mainstream media — falsely calling them “extremists who don’t believe in science/progress and are very often misogynistic and racist.” He went so far as to even freeze bank accounts (a move which drew international condemnation) of those who donated to help the truckers with food and fuel.
And yet, this Prime Minister has the audacity to stand beside the Pope this week and call for reconciliation for the very kind of wounds he is personally responsible for creating anew. And while I applaud the Holy Father for a necessary apology, there is a gaping wound that one cannot overlook. And that is his very statement at the beginning of the “pandemic” that has now contributed in a large part to the ongoing medical persecution of Catholics, including clergy, all over the world:
I believe that morally everyone must take the vaccine. It is the moral choice because it is about your life but also the lives of others. I do not understand why some say that this could be a dangerous vaccine. If the doctors are presenting this to you as a thing that will go well and doesn’t have any special dangers, why not take it? There is a suicidal denialism that I would not know how to explain, but today, people must take the vaccine. —POPE FRANCIS, interview for Italy’s TG5 news program, January 19th, 2021; ncronline.com
That young athlete who wanted to join Team Canada? They ignored his plea for a religious exemption stating that “the Pope said you must take it.” This story has been repeated tens of thousands of times — and I have received the letters and tears of many who have been on the receiving end of this discrimination saying that the Pope’s words virtually ended their career, dashed their hopes and shattered their dreams. What makes this irony even more bitter is that the Pope’s own words actually contradict the Church’s official document which clearly states:
Of course, we knew almost immediately that this was one of the most dangerous drug rollouts in history — at least those of who were following the science. In just the last two weeks alone, Europe has added another 58 thousand more reports of injuries by the jab to their database for a total of over 4.6 million reportedly injured and nearly 47,000 deaths to date. Earlier this month, a Swedish study revealed that the Pfizer jab can indeed alter the human genome, meaning a change to one’s DNA and that of future generations.
The Pfizer vaccine, in fact, reverse transcribes and installs DNA into the human genome… The finding that the code is found in the human somatic cell nucleus within a few hours of exposure opens up brand new revelations concerning permanent change, passage to progeny, and more.” —Dr. Peter McCullough, MD, MPH; cf. twitter.com
In the words of Christine Anderson, Member of the European Parliament:
This vaccine campaign — it will go down as the biggest scandal in medical history. And moreover, it will be known as the biggest crime ever committed on humanity. —posted on Twitter
Nonetheless, both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Pope have a direct hand in people being forced to choose between their careers or possibly damaging their health for a gene therapy that does not stop transmission of the virus, does not stop one from getting it, nor does it stop the injected from getting sick. The new divisions this has caused in society, in families and relationships are devastating; the stigmatization of the “unvaccinated” is horrifying; and the persecution resulting in job losses, destitution and despair has only just begun as governments, on board with the “Great Reset”, are intent on forcing absolutely everyone, including babies, to be injected henceforth. How ironic that, just as we forced children from their homes into residential schools, we are now forcing children into inoculation clinics, likewise, against their will and, already, to the harm and even death of many.
The apology to the Indigenous, necessary as it is, not only rings hollow then, but is an indictment of those very leaders who have turned a blind eye to the new discriminations they have a direct hand in causing. It is conceivable that, in the future, another pope will apologize for the wounds caused by our present-day shepherds who have gone along with the greatest experiment ever undertaken upon mankind.
—Mark Mallett is a former award-winning journalist with CTV News Edmonton and is now an independent writer and webcaster.
Here are the age-stratified statistics of the Infection Fatality Rate (IFR) for the COVID-19 disease, recently compiled by John I. A. Ioannides, one of the most prestigious bio-statisticians in the world.0-19: .0027% (or a survival rate of 99.9973%) 20-29 .014% (or a survival rate of 99,986%) 30-39 .031% (or a survival rate of 99,969%) 40-49 .082% (or a survival rate of 99,918%) 50-59 .27% (or a survival rate of 99.73%) 60-69 .59% (or a survival rate of 99.41%)https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.07.08.21260210v1
IT’S time to address some of the emails and messages questioning the orthodoxy of the writings of Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta. Some of you have said that your priests have gone so far as to declare her a heretic. It’s perhaps necessary, then, to restore your confidence in Luisa’s writings which, I assure you, are approved by the Church.
WHO IS LUISA?
Luisa was born on April 23rd, 1865 (a Sunday which St. John Paul II later declared as the Feast Day of Divine Mercy Sunday, according to the Lord’s request in the writings of St. Faustina). She was one of five daughters who lived in the small city of Corato, Italy. 
From her earliest years, Luisa was afflicted by the devil who appeared to her in frightful dreams. As a result, she spent long hours praying the Rosary and invoking the protection of the saints. It wasn’t until she became a “Daughter of Mary” that the nightmares finally ceased at the age of eleven. In the following year, Jesus began to speak interiorly to her especially after receiving Holy Communion. When she was thirteen, He appeared to her in a vision that she witnessed from the balcony of her home. There, in the street below, she saw a crowd and armed soldiers leading three prisoners; she recognized Jesus as one of them. When He arrived beneath her balcony, He raised his head and cried out: “Soul, help Me!” Deeply moved, Luisa offered herself from that day on as a victim soul in expiation for the sins of mankind.
Around the age of fourteen, Luisa began to experience visions and apparitions of Jesus and Mary along with physical sufferings. On one occasion, Jesus placed the crown of thorns upon her head causing her to lose consciousness and the ability to eat for two or three days. That developed into the mystical phenomenon whereby Luisa began to live on the Eucharist alone as her “daily bread.” Whenever she was forced under obedience by her confessor to eat, she was never able to digest the food, which came out minutes later, intact and fresh, as if it had never been eaten.
On account of her embarrassment before her family, who did not understand the cause of her sufferings, Luisa asked the Lord to conceal these trials from others. Jesus immediately granted her request by allowing her body to assume an immobile, rigid-like state that appeared almost as if she were dead. It was only when a priest made the sign of the Cross over her body that Luisa regained her faculties. This remarkable mystical state persisted until her death in 1947—followed by a funeral that was no little affair. During that period in her life, she suffered no physical illness (until she succumbed to pneumonia at the end) and she never experienced bedsores, despite being confined to her little bed for sixty-four years.
During those times when she was not in ecstasy, Luisa would write down what Jesus or Our Lady dictated to her. Those revelations comprise two smaller works called The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will and The Hours of the Passion, as well as 36 volumes on the three Fiats in salvation history. On August 31, 1938, specific editions of the two smaller works and another of Luisa’s volumes were placed on the Church’s Index of Prohibited Books beside those of Faustina Kowalksa and Antonia Rosmini—all of which were eventually rehabilitated by the Church. Today, those works of Luisa now bear the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur and, in fact, the “condemned” editions are not even available or in print anymore, and haven’t been for a long time. Theologian Stephen Patton notes,
Every book of Luisa’s writings that is currently in print, at least in English and by the Center for the Divine Will, has been translated only from versions fully approved by the Church. —”What the Catholic Church says about Luisa Piccarreta”, luisapiccarreta.co
Thus, in 1994, when Cardinal Ratzinger formally nullified the previous condemnations of Luisa’s writings, any Catholic in the world was free to licitly read, distribute, and quote them.
The former Archbishop of Trani, under whom discernment of the writings of Luisa falls, clearly stated in his 2012 Communication that Luisa’s writings are not heterodox:
I wish to address all those who claim that these writings contain doctrinal errors. This, to date, has never been endorsed by any pronouncement by the Holy See, nor personally by myself… these persons cause scandal to the faithful who are spiritually nourished by said writings, originating also suspicion of those of us who are zealous in the pursuit of the Cause. —Archbishop Giovanni Battista Pichierri, November 12th, 20112; danieloconnor.files.wordpress.com
In fact, Luisa’s writings—short of a declaration by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith—have as solid an approval as one could hope for. The following is a timeline of recent developments in both Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta’s Cause for Beatification as well as the developments on her writings (the following is drawn from Daniel O’Connor’s The Crown of Sanctity — On the Revelations of Jesus to Luisa Piccarreta):
● November 20th, 1994: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger nullifies the previous condemnations of Luisa’s writings, allowing Archbishop Carmelo Cassati to formally open Luisa’s cause. ● February 2nd, 1996: Pope St. John Paul II permits the copying of Luisa’s original volumes, which up until then had been strictly reserved in the Vatican Archives. ● October 7th, 1997: Pope St. John Paul II beatifies Hannibal Di Francia (Luisa’s spiritual director and devoted promoter and censor of Luisa’s revelations) ● June 2nd & December 18th, 1997: Rev Antonio Resta and Rev. Cosimo Reho—two Church appointed theologians—submit their evaluations of Luisa’s writings to the Diocesan tribunal, affirming nothing contrary to Catholic Faith or Morals is contained therein. ● December 15th, 2001: with the permission of the diocese, a primary school is opened in Corato named after, and dedicated to, Luisa. ● May 16th, 2004: Pope St. John Paul II canonizes Hannibal Di Francia. ● October 29th, 2005, the diocesan tribunal and the Archbishop of Trani, Giovanni Battista Pichierri, render a positive judgment on Luisa after carefully examining all of her writings and testimony on her heroic virtue. ● July 24th, 2010, both Theological Censors (whose identities are secret) appointed by the Holy See give their approval to Luisa’s writings, asserting that nothing contained therein is opposed to Faith or Morals (in addition to the 1997 Diocesan theologians’ approval). ● April 12th, 2011, His Excellency Bishop Luigi Negri officially approves the Benedictine Daughters of the Divine Will. ● November 1st, 2012, the Archbishop of Trani writes a formal notice containing a rebuke of those who ‘claim [Luisa’s] writings contain doctrinal errors,’ stating that such people scandalize the faithful and preempt judgment reserved to the Holy See. This notice, furthermore, encourages the spread of the knowledge of Luisa and her writings. ● November 22nd, 2012, the faculty of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome who reviewed Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi’s Doctoral Dissertation defending and explaining Luisa’s revelations [in the context of Sacred Tradition] give it unanimous approval, thereby granting its contents ecclesiastical approval authorized by the Holy See. ● 2013, the Imprimatur is granted to Stephen Patton’s book, A Guide to the Book of Heaven, which defends and promotes Luisa’s revelations. ● 2013-14, Fr. Iannuzzi’s dissertation received the accolades of almost fifty Catholic Bishops, including Cardinal Tagle. ● 2014: Fr Edward O’Connor, theologian and long-time professor of theology at Notre Dame University, publishes his book: Living in the Divine Will: the Grace of Luisa Piccarreta, strongly endorsing her revelations. ● April 2015: Maria Margarita Chavez reveals that she was miraculously healed through the intercession of Luisa eight years earlier. The Bishop of Miami (where the healing took place) responds by approving investigation into its miraculous nature. ● April 27th, 2015, the Archbishop of Trani writes that “the Cause of Beatification is proceeding positively… I have recommended to all that they deepen the life and the teachings of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta…” ● January 2016, Sun of My Will, the official biography of Luisa Piccarreta, is published by the Vatican’s own official publishing house (Libraria Editrice Vaticana). Authored by Maria Rosario Del Genio, it contains a preface by Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, strongly endorsing Luisa and her revelations from Jesus. ● November 2016, the Vatican publishes the Dictionary of Mysticism, a 2,246-page volume edited by Fr. Luiggi Borriello, an Italian Carmelite, professor of theology in Rome, and “consultant to several Vatican congregations.” Luisa was given her own entry in this authoritative document. ● June 2017: The newly appointed Postulator for Luisa’s cause, Monsignor Paolo Rizzi, writes: “I appreciated the work [carried out thus far]… all this constitutes a solid base as a strong guarantee for a positive outcome… the Cause is now at a decisive stage along the path.” ● November 2018: An official Diocesan inquiry is initiated by Bishop Marchiori in Brazil into a miraculous healing of Laudir Floriano Waloski, thanks to Luisa’s intercession.
RIGHTS… AND WRONGS
Without question, Luisa has approval from every direction—save for those critics who are either unaware of what the Church says, or ignore it. However, there exists some genuine confusion as to what can and cannot be published at this time. As you’ll see, it has nothing to do with reservations over Luisa’s theology.
In 2012, Archbishop Giovanni Picherri of Trani stated:
…it is my desire, after having heard the opinion of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, to present a typical and critical edition of the writings in order to provide the faithful with a trustworthy text of the writings of Luisa Piccarreta. So I repeat, the said writings are exclusively the property of the Archdiocese. (Letter to Bishops of October 14, 2006)
However, in late 2019, the Publishing House Gamba issued a statement on their website regarding the already published volumes of Luisa’s writings:
We declare that the content of the 36 books is perfectly in line with the original Writings by Luisa Piccarreta, and thanks to the philological method used in its transcription and interpretation, it is to be considered a Typical and Critical Edition.
The Publishing House grants that the editing of the complete Work is faithful to the one made in the year 2000 by Andrea Magnifico – founder of the Association of the Divine Will in Sesto S. Giovanni (Milan) and holder of the right of ownership of all the Writings by Luisa Piccarreta – whose last will, handwritten, was that the Publishing House Gamba should be the House entitled “to publish and more widely diffuse the Writings by Luisa Piccarreta”. Such titles were directly inherited by sisters Taratini from Corato, Luisa’s heirs, on September 30th 1972.
Only the Publishing House Gamba is authorized to publish the Books containing the Original Writings by Luisa Piccarreta, without modifying or interpreting their contents, because only the Church can evaluate them or give explanations. —from Association of the Divine Will
It is not entirely clear, then, how the Archdiocese has asserted property rights over Luisa’s apparent heirs who claim the right (by civil law) to publish her volumes. What the Church has full rights over, of course, is the theological evaluation of the orthodoxy of Luisa’s writings and where they can be quoted (ie. in a formal ecclesial setting or not). In that regard, the need for a trustworthy edition is imperative, and arguably, already exists (according to Publishing House Gamba). Also, in 1926, the first 19 volumes of Luisa’s spiritual diary were published with the Imprimatur of Archbishop Joseph Leo and the Nihil Obstat of St. Hannibal Di Francia, the officially appointed censor of her writings.
Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, vice-postulator for St. Faustina’s canonization, explained to me that, had he not intervened to clarify a bad translation of St. Faustina’s works, they might have remained condemned. So the Archbishop of Trani has been rightly concerned that nothing interfere with the Cause that has been opened for Luisa, such as bad translations or erroneous interpretations. In a letter in 2012, he stated:
I must mention the growing and unchecked flood of transcriptions, translations and publications both through print and the internet. At any rate, “seeing the delicacy of the current phase of the proceedings, any and every publication of the writings is absolutely forbidden at this time. Anyone who acts against this is disobedient and greatly harms the cause of the Servant of God” (Communication of May 30, 2008). All effort must be invested in avoiding all “leaks” of publications of any kind. —Archbishop Giovanni Battista Pichierri, November 12th, 2012; danieloconnor.files.wordpress.com
However, in a subsequent letter of April 26th, 2015, addressed to an international conference on Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, the late Archbishop Pichierri stated that he “received with joy the commitment that the participants declared solemnly they would take upon themselves to be more faithful to the Charism of ‘living in the Divine Will’” and that he “recommended to all that they deepen the life and the teachings of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta in light of Holy Scripture, the Tradition, and of the Magisterium of the Church under the guidance and in obedience to their Bishops and priests” and that Bishops ought to “welcome and support such groups, assisting them to put into practice concretely the spirituality of the Divine Will.”
Clearly, in order to live ‘the Charism’ and ‘deepen’ oneself in ‘the life and the teachings’ of Luisa and ‘practice concretely the spirituality of the Divine Will,’ one must have access to the messages communicated to Luisa. The very conference the Archbishop attended employed existing publications in order to instruct attendees in the Divine Will. The Diocesan sponsored Official Association of Luisa Piccarreta is regularly quoting from the volumes as are the ecclesiastically approved Benedictine Daughters of the Divine Will who cite English translations of the volumes in their public newsletters. How, then, are the faithful to square away seemingly contradictory statements from the late Archbishop, especially in light of Publishing House Gamba’s legal claims?
The obvious conclusion is that one can acquire, read and share already existing faithful texts while no further “transcriptions, translations and publications” are to be produced until the Archdiocese’s “typical and critical” edition is released. That, and one must pursue these teachings “in light of Holy Scripture, the Tradition and of the Magisterium of the Church,” as Archbishop Pichierri wisely advised.
WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING
I had a good chuckle when Daniel O’Connor took to the podium recently at a Divine Will conference where we spoke in Texas. He offered anyone $500 if they could provide evidence of any Church mystic who has been 1) declared a Servant of God, 2) borne such mystical phenomena, and 3) whose writings had such extensive approval, as Luisa Piccarreta does, and yet, 4) was later declared “false” by the Church. The room fell silent—and Daniel kept his $500. That’s because no such example exists. Those who declare this victim soul and her writings to constitute heresy are, I hope, speaking in ignorance. For they are simply wrong and in contradiction with the ecclesiastical authorities in this regard.
Aside from the authors already mentioned above, I would highly recommend that skeptics begin with a work such as The Crown of Sanctity — On the Revelations of Jesus to Luisa Piccarreta by Daniel O’Connor, which can be downloaded for free on Kindle or in PDF form at this link. In his usual accessible but theologically sound reasoning, Daniel provides a broad introduction to Luisa’s writings and the coming Era of Peace, as understood in Sacred Tradition, and reflected in the writings of other 20th century mystics.
I also highly recommend the works of Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi Ph.B., STB, M. Div., STL, STD, whose theology has guided and continues to guide my own writings on these subjects. The Splendor of Creation is an acclaimed theological work that beautifully summarizes the Gift of Living in the Divine Will and its future triumph and fulfillment foreshadowed by the Early Church Fathers. Many also enjoy the podcasts of Fr. Robert Young O.F.M. which you can listen to here. The great lay Bible scholar, Frances Hogan, is also posting audio commentaries on the writings of Luisa here.
…no new public revelation is to be expected before the glorious manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ. Yet 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
Decades ago, when I first read the works of St. Louis de Montfort on the Blessed Virgin Mary, I used to underline certain passages while murmuring to myself, “That’s a heresy… there’s an error… and that’s got to be a heresy.” However, after forming myself in the Church’s teaching on Our Lady, those passages make perfect theological sense to me today. I now see some well-known Catholic apologists making the same mistake with Luisa’s writings.
In other words, if the Church declares a certain teaching or private revelation to be true that we, in turn, struggle to comprehend at the time, our response should be that of Our Lady and St. Joseph:
And they did not understand the saying which [Jesus] spoke to them… and his mother kept all these things in her heart. (Luke 2:50-51)
In that kind of humility, we create the space for Wisdom and Understanding to bring us to true Knowledge—that truth which sets us free. And Luisa’s writings carry that Word which promises to set all of creation free…
Who could ever destroy the truth — that Father [St.] Di Francia has been the pioneer in making known the Kingdom of My Will — and that only death kept him from bringing the publication to completion? Indeed, when this great work becomes known, his name and his memory will be full of glory and splendor, and he will be recognized as the prime mover in this work, which is so great in Heaven and on earth. Indeed, why is there a battle going on? And why is almost everyone yearning for victory — the victory of holding back the writings on My Divine Fiat? —Jesus to Luisa, “Nine Choirs of the Children of the Divine Will”, from newsletter of the Center for the Divine Will (January 2020)
SOMETIMES the sense of my insignificance is overwhelming. I see how expansive the universe is and how planet Earth is but a grain of sand amidst it all. Moreover, on this cosmic speck, I am but one of nearly 8 billion people. And soon, like the billions before me, I will be buried in the ground and all but forgotten, save perhaps for those who are closest to me. It is a humbling reality. And in the face of this truth, I sometimes struggle with the idea that God could possibly concern Himself with me in the intense, personal, and profound way that both modern evangelicalism and the writings of the Saints suggest. And yet, if we enter into this personal relationship with Jesus, as I and many of you have, it is true: the love we can experience at times is intense, real, and literally “out of this world” — to the point that an authentic relationship with God is truly The Greatest Revolution.
Still, I feel my littleness no more intensely at times than when I read the writings of Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta and the profound invitation to live in the Divine Will…
THE LITTLE STONE
Those of you familiar with Luisa’s writings know well how one can shrink before the immensity of what God is about to accomplish in our times — that is, the fulfillment of the “Our Father” we have prayed for 2000 years: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” In How to Live in the Divine Will, I summarized both what it means, and how to begin living in the Divine Will, as Adam once did before the Fall and original sin. I included the Morning (Prevenient) Prayer that is recommended to the faithful to begin each day. Yet, sometimes when I am praying this, I feel as though I am making little or no difference at all. But Jesus does not see it this way.
Many years ago, I was walking alongside a pond and cast a stone into it. The stone caused ripples to extend to the very edges of the entire pond. I knew in that moment that God had something important to teach me, and over the years, I continue to unpackage it. Only recently have I discovered that Jesus uses this very image to explain aspects of the Divine Will. (As a sidenote, I just recently learned that the very place where that pond is has a new retreat center being built where, apparently, the writings on the Divine Will are to be taught.)
One day, Luisa was feeling the same sense of futility that I have described above, and she complained to Jesus: “What is the benefit of praying in this manner? On the contrary, it seems to me that this is nonsense, rather than prayer.” And Jesus responded:
My daughter, do you want to know what the good and the effect of it is? When the creature comes to cast the little stone of her will into the immense sea of my Divinity, as she casts it, if her will wants to love, the infinite sea of the waters of my love ripple, are agitated, and I feel the waves of my love giving off their celestial fragrance, and I feel the pleasure, the joys of my love being agitated by the little stone of the will of the creature. If she adores my sanctity, the little stone of the human will agitates the sea of my sanctity. In sum, whatever the human will wants to do in Mine, it flings itself like a little stone into each sea of my attributes, and as it agitates them and ripples them, I feel I am given my own things, and the honors, the glory, the love which the creature can give Me in a divine manner. —July 1st, 1923; Volume 15
I can’t tell you what joy this word brings me because lately I have really struggled to believe that my dry prayers were touching the Heart of the Savior. Of course, I know well that the fecundity of prayer is not based on our feelings but faith, and especially, on the love with which we pray them. In fact, the dryer our prayers the more they delight the Lord because then we are saying to Him, “I am loving and adoring you now out of faith because it is your due, not because of feelings.” Indeed, this is a “big deal” to Jesus:
This is what it means to enter into my Will: to stir — to move my Being and to say to Me: “Do You see how good, lovable, loving, holy, immense, powerful You are? You are Everything, and I want to move the whole of You in order to love You and to give You pleasure”. And do you think this is trivial? —ibid.
THE SACRIFICE OF PRAISE
The Scriptures remind us:
…without faith it is impossible to please him, for anyone who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Heb 11:6)
…let us continually offer God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. (Hebrews 13:15)
I can testify that prayer, although there can be periods of dryness, is rarely that way forever. God always knows when to “reward those who seek him” with the graces we need, when we need them. But our goal as Christians is to mature into the “full stature of Christ.” And so, the sense of our nothingness, our awareness of sin and need for purification is essential to remaining humble before our God and dependent upon Him.
You have been told, O man, what is good, and what the LORD requires of you: Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)
So the next time you feel that your prayers are futile… know that this may simply be pride or even a temptation to abandon prayer through discouragement. Jesus said He is the Vine and we are the branches. If Satan can get you to stop praying then he effectively has cut you off from the sap of the Holy Spirit. Do you see or feel the sap flowing in a fruit tree? No, and yet, the fruit comes in the summer when it is time.
Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. (John 15:4)
So don’t give up. Continue to praise God, always and everywhere, despite your feelings. Continue to persevere and know that it does make a difference — especially to Jesus — who feels the ripples of the little stone of love that is cast into the sea of His Divinity.
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