Vandalized Statue of St. Junípero Serra, Courtesy KCAL9.com
SEVERAL years ago when I wrote about a coming Global Revolution, particularly in America, one man scoffed: “There is no revolution in America, and there won’t be!” But as violence, anarchy and hatred are beginning to reach a feverish pitch in the United States and elsewhere in the world, we are seeing the first signs of that violent persecution that has been brewing beneath the surface that Our Lady of Fatima predicted, and which will bring about the “passion” of the Church, but also her “resurrection.”
AS IT WAS IN FRANCE…
First, I want to quote in part from my writing Revolution! of March 6th, 2009, back when hardly anyone was using that word…
I have already introduced you to a priest-friend in New Boston, Michigan where the Divine Mercy message first began to spread in North America from his very parish. He receives visits from the Holy Souls in Purgatory each night in vivid dreams. I recounted this past December what he heard when the late Fr. John Hardon appeared to him in a special dream:
Persecution is near. Unless we are willing to die for our faith and be martyrs, we will not persevere in our faith. (See Persecution is Near )
This humble priest has also received recent visits from the Little Flower, St. Thérèse de Liseux, who has given a message, which I believe is for the whole Church. Fr. does not publicize these things, but confided them to me personally. With his permission, I am publishing them here.
In April, 2008, the French saint appeared in a dream wearing a dress for her first Communion and led him toward the church. However, upon reaching the door, he was barred from entering. She turned to him and said:
Just as my country [France], which was the eldest daughter of the Church, killed her priests and faithful, so will the persecution of the Church take place in your own country. In a short time, the clergy will go into exile and will be unable to enter the churches openly. They will minister to the faithful in clandestine places. The faithful will be deprived of the “kiss of Jesus” [Holy Communion]. The laity will bring Jesus to them in the absence of the priests.
Immediately, Fr. understood that she was referring to the French Revolution and the sudden persecution of the Church, which burst out. He saw in his heart that priests will be forced into offering secret Masses in homes, barns, and remote areas. Fr. also understood that several clergy were going to compromise their faith and form a “pseudo-church” (see In the Name of Jesus — Part II ).
Be careful to preserve your faith, because in the future the Church in the U.S.A will be separated from Rome. —St. Leopold Mandic (1866-1942 A.D.), Antichrist and the End Times, Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi, p.27
And then recently, in January 2009, Fr. audibly heard St. Therese repeat her message with more urgency:
In a short time, what took place in my native country, will take place in yours. The persecution of the Church is imminent. Prepare yourself.
“It will happen so fast,” he told me, “that no one will really be prepared. People think this can’t happen in America. But it will, and soon.”
OVERTHROWING THE OLD ORDER
Lest we forget, it was Jesus who predicted that, in the “end times”, there would be societal upheaval.
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom… (Matt 24:7)
I sometimes read the Gospel passage of the end times and I attest that, at this time, some signs of this end are emerging. —POPE PAUL VI, The Secret Paul VI, Jean Guitton, p. 152-153, Reference (7), p. ix.
Kingdom against kingdom denotes strife within a nation: civil discord… revolution. In the French Revolution, people rose up against what they perceived to be a corrupt system of governance. At the same time, that revolutionary spirit sought to overthrow any perceived corruption in authority, including the Catholic Church. Thousands of priests and nuns were dragged into the streets and massacred. The State was abruptly “separated” from the Church and all vestiges of the “old order” were literally white-washed from the walls. Even today, some of the cathedrals of France bear the scars of those bloody days.
But the popes did not see that upheaval as the end, but merely another birth pang that is leading up to a global revolution. They did not hesitate to point out those plottings of “secret societies” who, behind the scenes, were influencing the finances and politics of nations. Their odious plan was to use “enlightened democracies” to eventually obliterate Christianity and the political order.
You are aware indeed, that the goal of this most iniquitous plot is to drive people to overthrow the entire order of human affairs and to draw them over to the wicked theories of this Socialism and Communism… —POPE PIUS IX, Nostis et Nobiscum, Encyclical, n. 18, DECEMBER 8, 1849
Pope Leo XIII seemed to foresee the revolution we are now living through in real time:
…that which is their ultimate purpose forces itself into view—namely, the utter overthrow of that whole religious and political order of the world which the Christian teaching has produced, and the substitution of a new state of things in accordance with their ideas, of which the foundations and laws shall be drawn from mere naturalism. —POPE LEO XIII, Humanum Genus,Encyclical on Freemasonry, n.10, Apri 20thl, 1884
At the heart of every political revolution is an ideology that always seeks to replace another. It is really the stirring up of peoples to find earthly solutions to recurring spiritual problems.
Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers.The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 675
That’s why Communism and Socialism have taken hold in several nations: their “dear leader” always promises a pseudo-utopia and security in exchange for freedom. Today, one need only look at North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, etc. where there is or was a warped fear and reverence for their dictators.
Alas, the first whisps of this kind of idolatry were seen in America with the election of Marxist-bred Barack Obama whom some compared to Jesus, Moses, and “a messiah who will capture the youth.”  His party has led the march of political correctness that is being imitated if not forced upon other nations in what Pope Francis calls “ideological colonization.”  One could readily apply to this situation the words of Pope Benedict regarding a “new intolerance” that is spreading, a revolution whereby…
…an abstract religion is being made into a tyrannical standard that everyone must follow. That is then seemingly freedom—for the sole reason that it is liberation from the previous situation. —Light of the World, A Conversation with Peter Seewald, p. 52
The problem is that those who oppose this new “freedom” are literally being called “terrorists.”
What causes wonderment in such a society is the fact that someone fails to observe political correctness and, thereby, seems to be disruptive of the so-called peace of society. —Archbishop (Cardinal) Raymond L. Burke, then Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, Reflections on the Struggle to Advance the Culture of Life, InsideCatholic Partnership Dinner, Washington, September 18th, 2009
In a chilling assessment, holocaust survivor Lori Kalner said:
…I have experienced the signs of the politics of Death in my youth. I see them again now…. —wicatholicmusings.blogspot.com
This modern revolution, it may be said, has actually broken out or threatens everywhere, and it exceeds in amplitude and violence anything yet experienced in the preceding persecutions launched against the Church. —POPE PIUS XI, Divini Redemptoris, Encyclical on Atheistic Communism, n. 2; March 19th, 1937; www.vatican.va
The rise of white supremacists—the so-called “alt-right” in many areas of the world—is likewise a troubling sign that there is a Great Vacuum waiting to be filled. And hence, we see the clash of ideologies and growing chaos. But that too is part of the plan of those “secret societies”. The motto of the Freemasons is ordo ab chaos—order out of chaos.
And now it comes.
AND NOW IT COMES…
This past week, the world has observed scenes in America similar to those witnessed in Communist and Arab countries, where statues of former leaders have been toppled. What is most significant is not so much the actions of the mob, but the spirit behind them…
…the spirit of revolutionary change which has long been disturbing the nations of the world… there are not a few who are imbued with evil principles and eager for revolutionary change, whose main purpose is to stir up disorder and incite their fellows to acts of violence. —POPE LEO XIII, Encyclical Letter Rerum Novarum, n. 1, 38; vatican.va
When I watched the Confederate statues begin to fall in several American states (and it must be said that the slavery that took place in America’s past was a great evil), I immediately sensed the Lord say that, soon, the Church’s statues would be next. Indeed, this week a statue of St. Junípero Serra was spray-painted red and emblazoned with the word “MURDER”.
Ironically, St. Junípero established missions during the same period as the French Revolution, except his work was along south-western California. His life was not without controversy, though, as some have accused him of suppressing Native American culture. Hence, the reason a statue of him has been vandalized along with calls for its removal. It seems that anything and anyone with a mixed past, even if they are saints, is fair game.
Suddenly, we can see where this is going.
And it is far more significant than people realize. For when will bishop’s residences and cathedrals be vandalized for having harboured pedophiles? When will ordinary churches be desecrated for the child abuse that took place in their coves? When will priests themselves be barred from their doors and forced into hiding as violent mobs seek to eradicate an institution they deem corrupt—and any authority associated with it?
As is the case in any revolution, there is often an admixture of truth with falsehood. But the problem, again, lies in the revolutionary spirit behind it, one that, today, is ultimately anti-human in many respects. Once again, we see the footprints of those “secret societies” at work, such as the men who belong to the Club of Rome, a global “thinktank” concerned with population growth and dwindling resources. This, from their report in 1993:
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.
…the new ideologies have led to a sort of cruelty and contempt for mankind that was hitherto unthinkable, because there was still respect for God’s image, whereas without this respect, man makes himself absolute and is allowed to do anything—and then really becomes a destroyer. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Light of the World, A Conversation with Peter Seewald, p. 52
For those Christians who live in the Middle East, a violent persecution is already upon them—North America is just catching up. How ironic that both ISIS and the progressive “left” are aligning against the Church, and soon, may be smashing statues alongside one another.
God will send two punishments: one will be in the form of wars, revolutions, and other evils; it shall originate on earth. The other will be sent from Heaven. —Blessed Anna Maria Taigi, Catholic Prophecy, P. 76
It’s all fine and good for me to write about this, and for you to read it. But we must do more. This is the time for intense prayer as events around the world unfold at break-neck speed. It is the time for sober reflection and preparation of the heart. It is the time to close the door firmly to sin, leaving no room for the devil, and making frequent use of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. For Satan is now working toward the apostasy of a great number of the faithful, exploiting every possible crack in our lives.  At the same time, we must remain at peace and in the joy of the Lord, watching and praying and being the face of Christ to everyone we meet.
In closing, I leave you to reflect upon a recent message that Jesus allegedly gave to Valeria Copponi, whom the late exorcist of Rome, Fr. Gabriel Amorth, encouraged to share the locutions she has been receiving since 2010.
My children, I am at the door, and are you ready to open [it] to allow me to come in? The angels of heaven are already with you to prepare you for my second coming and My Mother will finally free you by her love from the ties of the ancient serpent. Be prepared; you do not need to make stocks of food, but you need to prepare yourselves spiritually. If you want to pay me homage with your prayers I will do for you what I have promised you. You do not need any kind of stocks, I repeat, but I want open hearts in order to fill them with My Spirit. You should only have a good supply of my Holy Spirit because you will need Him a great deal. Your hearts will finally be able to rejoice, your ears will be able to hear my voice and your eyes will see the glory of God. Prepare yourselves so as not to fall into the coming temptations that will be the strongest of all times. Satan does not lose a moment’s time, he is by your side day and night in order to make as many souls fall as possible. That is why I recommend that you have a supply of my Spirit; only with Him can you feel safe. My Mother is striving for each one of you; be aware, obey her calls, receive me in the Eucharist daily—only thus will you be safe. The darkness of the shadows will never manage to cover my Light—do not be afraid, I tell you, for I am the Lord and no other. My Mother knows what you need to deal with these times, and I am sending her to you so that you do not feel alone. You urgently need her presence. I am with you all the days of your life and no one will be able to harm you next to Me. I bless you. —August 10th, 2017; cf. keepwatchwithme.orgFor you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night. When people are saying, “Peace and security,” then sudden disaster comes upon them, like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers, are not in darkness, for that day to overtake you like a thief. For all of you are children of the light and children of the day. We are not of the night or of darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do, but let us stay alert and sober. (1 Thess 5:2-6)