Toward the Storm

 

ON THE NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

 

IT is time to share with you what happened to me this summer when a sudden storm assailed our farm. I feel certain that God allowed this “micro-storm,” in part, to prepare us for what is coming upon the whole world. Everything I experienced this summer is symbolic of what I have spent nearly 13 years writing about in order to prepare you for these times.

And maybe that is the first point: you were born for these times. Do not pine, then, for the past. Do not try to escape into a false reality either. Rather, immerse yourself in the present moment, living for God and one another with each breath, as if it were your last. While I am about to speak of what is to come, ultimately, I do not know if I will live beyond tonight. So today, I want to be a vessel of love, joy, and peace to those around me. Nothing is stopping me… but fear. But I will speak about that another time…

 

THE DAY OF THE STORM

Without restating what I have already explained in greater detail in writings such as Rethinking the End Times and Is the Eastern Gate Openingor in my book The Final Confrontationwe are approaching the “Day of the Lord.” Our Lord and St. Paul spoke about how it will come “like a thief in the night.”

The day that stormwind swept over our farm was a parable of what is happening right now. There were signs earlier in the day that the storm was coming, especially with other things happening around me (see The Morning After). Earlier in the day, there was a strong, hot wind as darkness gathered on the horizon. Later, we could see clouds roiling in the distance, slowly approaching. And yet, we stood there talking, laughing, and discussing various things. And then, without notice, it struck: a hurricane force wind that, within seconds, tore down large trees, fence lines, and telephone poles. Watch:

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I cried out to my family, “Get in the house!” …but it was too late. Within moments, we were in the middle of the storm with nowhere to hide… except in God’s protection. And protect us, He did. Even now, I marvel that none of the nine of us who were home that day recall hearing a single tree snap—though over a hundred did. In fact, I don’t even recall feeling the wind or dust in my eyes. My son, who was on the road, was standing beneath the only power pole that did not snap like others did for a quarter mile. It was like we were all in a hidden ark as the storm passed over us.

The point is this: there will be no time to enter the Ark when this Great Storm, that is now here and coming, passes over the world (and do not think of “time” in human terms). You have to be in the Ark beforehand. Today, all of us can see the Storm clouds of persecution, economic collapse, war, and great divisions coming….[1] but is the Church in a state of denial, complacency, or hardness of heart? Are we preoccupied with meaningless things, seduced by passions, pleasure, or the material?

…they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark. They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away. So will it be [also] at the coming of the Son of Man. (Matt 24:38-39)

Yes, Jesus is coming! But not in the flesh to end human history (see the links below in Related Reading). Rather, He is coming as a Judge to both purify the world and vindicate His Word, thereby ushering in the last age of salvation history.

Secretary of My mercy, write, tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice, is near. —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, n. 965

(At the end of this writing, I’ll briefly explain what the “Ark” is.)

 

LIKE BOXCARS

This was only the beginning of the storm for my family, so to speak. In the days, then weeks ahead, one day after another presented a new crisis and a new challenge. Everything from our vehicles to computers to farm machinery began to break down. Only in hindsight could I see that the events were designed to be a perfect storm for me. Because what the Father began to do was reveal the idols, dysfunction, and brokenness in my life through these events. I thought I was stronger… but it was a mask. I thought I was more holy… but it was a false image. I thought I was detached… but watched as God smashed my idols one by one. It seemed as if I had been thrown into a well without a ladder, and each time I came up for a breath, I was pushed back down. I was truly beginning to drown
in my own realities, for not only was I beginning to see myself as I truly was, but this was accompanied by a sense of utter helplessness to change myself.

This reminded me of the warnings God has given to Jennifer, an American wife and mother whose messages a Vatican official encouraged to be spread to the world:[2] Jesus spoke of events coming one after another, like the boxcars of a train…

My people, this time of confusion will only multiply. When the signs begin to come forth like boxcars, know that the confusion will only multiply with it. Pray! Pray dear children. Prayer is what will keep you strong and will allow you the grace to defend the truth and persevere in these times of trials and sufferings. —Jesus to Jennifer, November 3rd, 2005

These events will come like boxcars on the tracks and will ripple all across this world. The seas are no longer calm and the mountains will awaken and the division will multiply. —April 4th, 2005

My children, the conscience is no longer aware of the soul’s destiny for too many souls are sleeping. The eyes of your body may be open but your soul is no longer seeing the light for it is too covered in the darkness of sin. Changes are coming and as I have told you before they will come as boxcars one after another. —September 27th, 2011

Indeed, my eyes were open, but I could not see… changes had to come.

The analogy the Lord has given me of what is coming is that of a hurricane. The closer we get to the “eye of the Storm”, the more fierce the “winds, waves, and debris” will be. Just as it was impossible for me to keep up with everything happening to us, so too, as we near the Eye of this Great Storm, it will be humanly impossible to pass through it. But as we hear in today’s First Mass reading:

We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. (Rom 8:28)

What is the “Eye of the Storm”? It is, according to several mystics and saints, a moment coming when everyone on earth will see themselves in the light of Truth, as if they were standing before God in judgment (see: The Eye of the Storm). We read of such an event in Revelation 6:12-17 when everyone on earth feels as though the Final Judgment has come. St. Faustina experienced such an illumination herself:

Suddenly I saw the complete condition of my soul as God sees it. I could clearly see all that is displeasing to God. I did not know that even the smallest transgressions will have to be accounted for. What a moment! Who can describe it? To stand before the Thrice-Holy-God! —St. Faustina; Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 36 

This “illumination of conscience” or “warning” is a final grace that will be given to humanity to either turn back to God and pass through the “door of Mercy” or proceed through the “door of justice.”

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

Thus, this coming “light” will also serve to separate the weeds from the wheat.

To overcome the tremendous effects of generations of sin, I must send the power to break through and transform the world. But this surge of power will be uncomfortable, even painful for some. This will cause the contrast between darkness and light to become even greaterThe day of the Lord approaches. All must be prepared. Ready yourselves in body, mind, and soul. Purify yourselves.  —God the Father allegedly to Barbara Rose Centilli, whose purported messages are under diocesan examination; from the four volumes Seeing With the Eyes of the Soul, November 15th, 1996; as quoted in The Miracle of the Illumination of Conscience by Dr. Thomas W. Petrisko, p. 53

Indeed, while the crises that unfolded around me served to gradually illuminate my brokenness, it was on a single day that the Lord finally revealed the root of my dysfunction that went decades ago to the day my sister died in a car accident. The light of truth suddenly spilled into my heart and mind, and I clearly saw what needed to change in me. It was hard to face the truth, and how I had affected those around me. At the same time, there is something incredibly comforting about the double-edged sword of truth. At once it pierces and burns, but also relieves and heals. The truth sets us free, no matter how painful it is. As St. Paul wrote:

At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it. (Hebrews 12:11)

Suddenly, there I was in the “eye of the storm.” The winds stopped buffeting, the sun broke through, and the waves began to calm. I was now enveloped in the peace of the Father’s love as tears rushed down my face. Yes, I suddenly realized how much He loved me—that He was not punishing so much as correcting me because…

…whom the Lord loves, he disciplines; he scourges every son he acknowledges. (Heb 12:6)

The real crisis was not the material disasters happening around me, but the state of my heart. So too, the Lord is going to allow mankind to reap what he has sown—like the prodigal son—but in hopes that we too will return home like that wayward boy.

One day several years ago, I felt led to read the sixth chapter of the Book of Revelation. I sensed the Lord saying that these are the “boxcars” or “winds” that will comprise the first half of the Storm leading up to the Eye. You can read that here: The Seven Seals of RevolutionIn a word,

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

 

PREPARE YOUR HEARTS

…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 5:4-6)

I have written these things, brothers and sisters, so that this “Day” may not overtake you like a thief in the night. I sense that some event, or events, are going to come so swiftly on the world that from one day to the next our lives will change in the blink of an eye. I don’t say this to make you afraid (but perhaps to shake you awake if you have fallen asleep). Rather, to prepare your hearts for the victory that is coming through the interventions of Heaven. The only time you should be afraid is if you are deliberately living in sin. As the psalmist writes:

Those who hope in you shall not be disappointed, but only those who wantonly break faith. (Ps 25:3)

Make a thorough and honest examination of your conscience. Be blunt, bold, and truthful. Go back to Confession. Let the Father love you into wholeness while Jesus strengthens you through the Eucharist. And then remain, with all your heart, soul, and strength, in a state of grace. God will help you through a daily life of prayer.

Last, during the course of those three months after the storm here, I kept crying out to Our Lady to help me. I felt as though she had abandoned me…. One day recently, as I stood before the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, I saw in my heart that she was standing beside the Father’s throne. She was pleading with Him to come to my aid, but the Father was telling her to wait a bit longer. And then, when it was time, she fled to me. Tears of joy ran down my face as I realized that she had been interceding for me the whole time. But like the best of fathers, Abba had to deliver His discipline first. And like the best of mothers (as mothers always do), she stood by in tears and waiting, knowing that the Father’s discipline was just and necessary.

My hope is that you will prepare your hearts to see yourselves as you truly are. Don’t be afraid. God is purifying His Church so that we may enter into a profound union with Him that will resonate from coast to coast.

This gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14)

We are to become the Gospel incarnate so that the world will know that the Divine Will is our life.

 

ENTER THE ARK… AND STAY

Thus, God offers to the Church and the world today an Ark. What is the Ark? It is one reality with two dimensions: the motherhood of both Mary and the Church, who are mirror images of each other. In the approved revelations to Elizabeth Kindelmann, Jesus often said:

My Mother is Noah’s Ark…The Flame of Love, p. 109; Imprimatur Archbishop Charles Chaput

And again:

The grace from the Flame of Love of My Mother’s Immaculate Heart will be to your generation what Noah’s Ark was to his generation. —Our Lord to Elizabeth Kindelmann; The Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, The Spiritual Diary, p. 294

What Mary is on a personal level, the Church is on a corporate level:

The Church is “the world reconciled.” She is that bark which “in the full sail of the Lord’s cross, by the breath of the Holy Spirit, navigates safely in this world.” According to another image dear to the Church Fathers, she is prefigured by Noah’s ark, which alone saves from the flood.CCC, n. 845

Both Mary and the Church have one purpose: to bring you into the safe refuge of God’s saving mercy. The Ark does not exist to randomly sail upon the seas of human history building cathedrals and playing with temporal power. Rather, she is given precisely in order to sail souls into The Great Refuge and Safe Harbour of Christ’s mercy. Jesus Christ alone is the Savior of the world. There is no true refuge apart from Him. He is our Good Shepherd, and through the Blessed Mother and the Church, He shepherds and guides us “through the valley of the shadow of death” to “green pastures.” As mothers, Mary and the Church, then, are also refuges because Our Lord willed them to be. Are not our earthly mothers most often a refuge for the family?

THE BEGINNING OF THE CRISES

The Church’s witness and unity are a mess, torn apart as she is by scandal. And it’s only going to get worse from here until all the rot and corruption are exposed. And yet, the heart of the Church—her Sacraments and teachings—remain unscathed (even though they’ve been abused by certain clergymen). It would be a terrible mistake for you to separate yourself from Mother Church, which is and always has been marked by the unifying presence of the office of Peter.

The Pope, Bishop of Rome and Peter’s successor, “is the perpetual and visible source and foundation of the unity both of the bishops and of the whole company of the faithful.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 882

Let us pray, then, for the Pope today, engulfed as he is in endless controversies. Pray for all our shepherds, not only that those who are faithful will have strength and perseverance through this coming Storm, but also for the wayward shepherds that they may, like Peter of old, turn their hearts back to Christ.

So then, brothers and sisters, with the faith we have been given, the surety of the Truth, and the aid of our Mothers… onward, toward the Storm.

All are invited to join my special fighting force. The coming of my Kingdom must be your only purpose in life… Do not be cowards. Do not wait. Confront the Storm to save souls. —Jesus to Elizabeth Kindelmann, The Flame of Love, pg. 34, published by Children of the Father Foundation; imprimatur Archbishop Charles Chaput

 

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Faustina, and the Day of the Lord

The Great Ark

After the Illumination

 

 

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