GOD IS WITH US
Posted on by Mark
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow.
The same loving Father who cares for you today will
care for you tomorrow and everyday.
Either he will shield you from suffering
or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings.
—St. Francis de Sales, 17th century bishop,
Letter to a Lady (LXXI), January 16th, 1619,
from the Spiritual Letters of S. Francis de Sales,
Rivingtons, 1871, p 185
Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,
which means “God is with us.”
LAST week’s content, I’m sure, has been as difficult for my faithful readers as it has been for me. The subject matter is heavy; I am aware of the ever-lingering temptation to despair at the seemingly unstoppable spectre that is spreading across the globe. In truth, I am longing for those days of ministry when I would sit in the sanctuary and just lead people into God’s presence through music. I find myself frequently crying out in the words of Jeremiah:
I have become a laughingstock all the day; every one mocks me. For whenever I speak, I cry out, I shout, “Violence and destruction!” For the word of the LORD has become for me a reproach and derision all day long. If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot. (Jer 20:7-9)
No, I cannot hold back the “now word”; it is not mine to keep. For the Lord cries out,
My people perish for want of knowledge! (Hosea 4:6)
I have often said that Our Lady is not coming to earth to have tea with her children but to prepare us. Recently, she said it herself:
Tell everyone that I have not come from Heaven in jest. Listen to the Lord’s Voice and let Him transform your lives. In these difficult times, seek strength in the Gospel and in the Eucharist. —Our Lady to Pedro Regis, December 17, 2022
It Must Be This Way
Authentic hope is born, not in false assurances, but in the truth of God’s eternal Word. As such, there is actually hope in simply knowing that what is unfolding has already been foretold, which is to say: God is in complete control.
Be watchful! I have told it all to you beforehand. (Mark 13:23)
The Final Revolution reveals a large part of the overall plan of the powers of darkness, which is ultimately the long-foretold fruit of human rebellion begun in Eden. As such, the Church’s path is intrinsically tied to Our Lord’s as we necessarily follow in His footsteps in this final confrontation between the Kingdom of Heaven and the kingdom of Satan.
Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers… The Church will enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover, when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, 675, 677
In other words, the Bride of Christ herself must enter the tomb. She must be that grain of wheat that falls into the ground:
…unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. (John 12:24)
If we know that, then the diabolical disorientation around us makes sense; the present confusion has a purpose; the public rot we see in Rome and parts of the hierarchy are not the victory but merely the weeds coming to head before the harvest.
Do you think that things will always be as they are today? Ah, no! My Will will overwhelm everything; It will cause confusion everywhere — all things will be turned upside down. Many new phenomena will occur, such as to confuse the pride of man; wars, revolutions, mortalities of every kind will not be spared, in order to floor man, and to dispose him to receive the regeneration of the Divine Will in the human will. —Jesus to Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, June 18th, 2025
The fact that Judases are appearing among us is not cause to despair (as awful as these betrayals are) but to set our faces like flint toward Jerusalem, toward Calvary. For the purification is at hand in order that the Church may rise again and become like her Lord in every way: “to receive the regeneration of the Divine Will in the human will.” It is The Resurrection of the Church when she will be clothed in the garment of perfection with a new and divine holiness, and when each of us giving our fiat will take our place in the order and purpose for which we were created — namely, to “live in the Divine Will” as Adam and Eve once did before the Fall. However, if we do not accept or understand that the Church must pass through her own Passion, then we risk being caught unawares like the Apostles in Gethsemane who, rather than watching and praying with the Lord, either fell asleep, reached for the sword of mere human intervention, or in confusion and fear, fled altogether. And so, our good Mother gently reminds us:
When all seems lost, the Great Victory of God will come for you. Be not afraid. —Our Lady to Pedro Regis, February 16th, 2021
The Case for Refuges
The question I left off with in The Final Revolution was how can any of us survive outside the “beast” system that is rapidly being put in place between now and 2030? The answer is that God knows. We are being called in these days to An Invincible Faith in Jesus. This does not exclude the ingenuity that will be needed in terms of an underground network of believers; we simply need to trust and pray for Divine Wisdom to reveal how. In fact, did you know that Our Lady of Medjugorje apparently requested that, on each Thursday, we read this Gospel passage in our families?
…I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day. —Matt 6:24-34
In light of all that is happening right now, this request to read this passage should make perfect sense. As that Prophecy at Rome in 1976 said: “…when you have nothing but me, you will have everything.” 
At the same time, the all-encompassing and seemingly unstoppable agenda of the Great Reset is arguably building a strong case for refuges. Now, it must be said:
The refuge, first of all, is you. Before it is a place, it is a person, a person living with the Holy Spirit, in a state of grace. A refuge begins with the person who has committed her soul, her body, her being, her morality, according to the Word of the Lord, the teachings of the Church, and the law of the Ten Commandments. —Dom Michel Rodrigue, Founder and Superior General of The Apostolic Fraternity of Saint Benedict Joseph Labre (founded in 2012); cf. The Time of the Refuges
God cares for His flock wherever they are. As I have oft repeated, the safest place to be is in God’s will, and if that means being in central Manhattan, that’s the safest place to be. Still, several Doctors of the Church confirm that there will come a time when physical refuges of some kind will be necessary:
That will be the time in which righteousness shall be cast out, and innocence be hated; in which the wicked shall prey upon the good as enemies; neither law, nor order, nor military discipline shall be preserved… all things shall be confounded and mixed together against right, and against the laws of nature. Thus the earth shall be laid waste, as though by one common robbery. When these things shall so happen, then the righteous and the followers of truth shall separate themselves from the wicked, and flee into solitudes. —Lactantius, The Divine Institutes, Book VII, Ch. 17
The revolt [revolution] and separation must come…the Sacrifice shall cease and…the Son of Man shall hardly find faith on earth… All these passages are understood of the affliction which Antichrist shall cause in the Church… But the Church… shall not fail, and shall be fed and preserved amidst the deserts and solitudes to which She shall retire, as the Scripture says, (Apoc. Ch. 12). —St. Francis de Sales, The Mission of the Church, ch. X, n.5
In other words,
It is necessary that a small flock subsist, no matter how small it might be. —POPE PAUL VI, The Secret Paul VI, Jean Guitton p. 152-153, Reference (7), p. ix.
In that regard, I share again with you an interior vision I had in 2005 while praying before the Blessed Sacrament at the very beginning of this writing apostolate. If you have read The Final Revolution, then this will start to make perfect sense to you. Included in brackets are my rudimentary understanding at the time of what I saw…
I saw that, in the midst of the virtual collapse of society due to cataclysmic events, a “world leader” would present an impeccable solution to the economic chaos. This solution would seemingly cure at the same time economic strains, as well as the deep social need of society, that is, the need for community. [I immediately perceived that technology and the rapid pace of life have created an environment of isolation and loneliness — perfect soil for a new concept of community to emerge.] In essence, I saw what would be “parallel communities” to the Christian communities. The Christian communities would already have been established through “the illumination” or “warning” or perhaps sooner [they would be cemented by the supernatural graces of the Holy Spirit, and protected beneath the mantle of the Blessed Mother.]
The “parallel communities,” on the other hand, would reflect many of the values of the Christian communities — fair sharing of resources, a form of spirituality and prayer, like-mindedness, and social interaction made possible (or forced into being) by the preceding purifications, which would compel people to draw together. The difference would be this: the parallel communities would be based on a new religious idealism, built on the footings of moral relativism and structured by New Age and Gnostic philosophies. AND, these communities would also have food and the means for comfortable survival.
The temptation for Christians to cross-over will be so great, that we will see families split, fathers turned against sons, daughters against mothers, families against families (cf. Mark 13:12). Many will be deceived because the new communities will contain many of the ideals of Christian community (cf. Acts 2:44-45), and yet, they will be empty, godless structures, shining in a false light, held together by fear more than by love, and fortified with easy access to the necessities of life. People will be seduced by the ideal — but swallowed by the falsehood. [Such wlll be the tactic of Satan, to mirror true Christian communities, and in this sense, create an anti-church].
As hunger and incrimination escalate, people will face a choice: they can continue to live in insecurity (humanly speaking) trusting in the Lord alone, or they can choose to eat well in a welcoming and seemingly secure community. [Perhaps a certain “mark” will be required to belong to these communities—an obvious but plausible speculation (cf. Rev 13:16-17)].
Those who refuse these parallel communities will be deemed not only outcasts, but obstacles to what many will be deceived into believing is the “enlightenment” of human existence—the solution to a humanity in crisis and gone astray. [And here again, terrorism is another key element of the enemy’s present plan. These new communities will appease the terrorists through this new world religion thereby bringing about a false “peace and security”, and hence, Christian’s will become the “new terrorists” because they oppose the “peace” established by the world leader.]
Even though people will have by now heard the revelation in Scripture regarding the dangers of a coming world religion (cf. Rev 13:13-15), the deception will be so convincing that many will believe Catholicism to be that “evil” world religion instead. Putting to death Christians will become a justifiable “act of self-defence” in the name of “peace and security”.
Confusion will be present; all will be tested; but the faithful remnant will prevail. —from The Trumpets of Warning – Part V
We Are Not Helpless
That said, we are Our Lady’s Little Rabble — the New Gideon’s army. This is not the hour to flee into refuges, but the time of witnessing, the time of war.
I wish to invite young people to open their hearts to the Gospel and become Christ’s witnesses; if necessary, His martyr-witnesses, at the threshold of the Third Millennium. —ST. JOHN PAUL II to the youth, Spain, 1989
The call is not to self-preservation – that time may come — but to self-sacrifice, whatever that entails. For as Our Lady said to Pedro Regis on December 13th, 2022: “the silence of the righteous strengthens the enemies of God.”  This is why I have been writing so extensively on current affairs: to expose to readers the utter lies that are dragging humanity into a new form of slavery under the guise of “health care” and the “environment.” For as Jesus said, Satan is the “father of lies” and “a murderer from the beginning.” There you have the entire master plan of the prince of darkness — literally unfolding. Those with eyes to see can see how the lies are literally leading to murder.
But we are not helpless, even though the Church must collectively pass through this Great Purification, her Passion. As Daniel O’Connor and I underscored recently in our latest webcast, one of the greatest weapons to hasten the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart and crush the head of Satan is the Rosary. 
People must recite the Rosary every day. Our Lady repeated this in all her apparitions, as if to arm us in advance against these times of diabolical disorientation, so that we would not let ourselves be fooled by false doctrines, and that through prayer, the elevation of our soul to God would not be diminished…. This is a diabolical disorientation invading the world and misleading souls! It is necessary to stand up to it… —Sister Lucia of Fatima, to her friend Dona Maria Teresa da Cunha
But the ultimate weapon to cast out fear and anxiety in your life is entering anew into a personal relationship with Jesus. It does not matter how angry, betrayed, bitter, fearful, despairing or sinful you were yesterday…
The LORD’s acts of mercy are not exhausted, his compassion is not spent; they are renewed each morning — great is your faithfulness! (Lam 3:22-23)
Courage! Nothing is lost. —Our Lady to Pedro Regis, December 17, 2022
Hence, evicting sin from one’s life is essential. The deeper you commit yourself to Jesus, depart from Babylon, and love Him with your whole heart, soul, and strength, the more the Prince of Peace is able to enter your heart and cast out fear. For…
…perfect love drives out fear. (1 John 4:18)
And no, the idea of a “personal relationship with Jesus” is not a Baptist or Pentecostal one, it is thoroughly Catholic! It is at the center of the mystery of our Faith!
This mystery, then, requires that the faithful believe in it, that they celebrate it, and that they live from it in a vital and personal relationship with the living and true God. —Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), 2558
Sometimes even Catholics have lost or never had the chance to experience Christ personally: not Christ as a mere ‘paradigm’ or ‘value’, but as the living Lord, ‘the way, and the truth, and the life’. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, L’Osservatore Romano (English Edition of the Vatican Newspaper), March 24, 1993, p.3.
So, while it is tempting to allow the depressing headlines to consume us, we must return again and again — against all temptations — to “prayer of the heart”, which is speaking to, loving, and listening to Jesus with the heart and not only the head. In this way, you will encounter Him, not as a dogma, not as a concept, but as a Person.
...we can be witnesses only if we know Christ first hand, and not only through others—from our own life, from our personal encounter with Christ. Finding him really in our life of faith, we become witnesses and can contribute to the novelty of the world, to eternal life. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Vatican City, January 20th, 2010, Zenit
Many parents have come up to me and stated that they prayed the Rosary every day with their children, took them to Mass, etc. but that their children have all left the Faith. The question I have (and I know it may be an oversimplification) is, do your children have a personal relationship with Jesus or have they learned to just go through the rote motions? The Saints were head over heels in love with Jesus. And because they fell in love with Love itself, they were able to overcome the greatest trials, including martyrdom.
Do Not be Afraid!
If you are frozen in fear, enter the blazing Sacred Heart of Jesus and you will find victory, whether you are called to the glory of martyrdom or to live in the Era of Peace. And be faithful.
For the love of God is this, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome, for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world. And the victory that conquers the world is our faith. (1 John 5:3-4)
In closing, I want to share some beautiful and powerful confirmations attributed to Our Lady that came in while I was writing this:
Behold, children, I come to gather my army: an army to fight against evil. Beloved children, say your “yes” loudly, say it with love and determination, without looking back, without ifs or buts: say it with a heart filled with love. My children, let the Holy Spirit inundate you, let Him mold you into new creatures. My children, these are hard times, times for silence and prayer. My children, I am beside you, I listen to your sighs and wipe your tears; in times of sorrow, of trial, of weeping, clasp the Holy Rosary with greater force and pray. My children, in moments of sorrow, run to church: there my Son awaits you, alive and true, and He will give you strength. My children, I love you; pray children, pray. —Our Lady of Zaro di Ischia to Simona, December 8th, 2022
Dearly beloved children, I love you, I love you immensely. Today I spread my mantle over all of you as a sign of protection. I wrap you in my mantle, just as a mother does with her children. My beloved children, hard times await you, times of trial and pain. Dark times, but do not fear. I am beside you and hold you close to me. My dearly beloved children, everything bad that happens is not a chastisement from God. God is not sending chastisements. Everything bad that is happening is caused by human wickedness. God loves you, God is Father and each one of you is precious in His eyes. God is love, God is peace, God is joy. Please, children, bend your knees and pray! Do not blame God. God is the Father of all and loves everyone.
—Our Lady of Zaro di Ischia to Simona, December 8th, 2022
There is no time better than the present season to enter into the reality that Jesus is Emmanuel — which means, “God is with us.”
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age. (Matt 28:20)
The Coming Refuges and Solitudes
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|↑1||cf. Clash of the Kingdoms|
|↑2||cf. When the Weeds Begin to Head|
|↑3||Thursday, March 1, 1984 – To Jelena: “Each Thursday, read again the passage of Matthew 6: 24-34, before the most Blessed Sacrament, or if it is not possible to come to church, do it with your family.” cf. marytv.tv|
|↑4||cf. The Prophecy at Rome|
|↑5||Another reader shared a similar dream she had with me recently on May 21, 2021: “There was a major news announcement. I am not sure if this dream was before the Running, or if it was after. The government of Oman had just announced the new rules and regulations for the vaccinated to receive their weekly ‘rations’ from the grocery stores. Each family was allowed only a certain amount of each item that fell within a specific value each month. If they opted for the more expensive items, then they would receive fewer items for the week. It was curtailed and rationed. But made to look as though they had a choice and that this choice depended on them (the people).“The Numbers I saw were not publicly announced. They were accidentally shared on a site that was supposed to be a secret or private government file. It was a government site. In the dream, I was telling Mark and Wayne [Mark’s assistant researcher] to copy the link and have screenshots of the site before they hide the documents from the public. They wouldn’t want anyone to see their agenda.“I labeled this section Numbers because it had a long list of numbers. The number of whole garlic you can have per week, carrots per week, and rice portions per week was numbered because the devil uses numbers, not names. Already the items run by numbers. Each SKU or Stock-keeping unit is a number; Barcodes are numbers. And numbers (IDs) will come to pick up numbers. The list also had a statistical sheet that charted the allotted units of food per person against the previous purchasing amounts. This whole sheet was numbers and percentages… and it clearly showed even the drop in allowances. One specific item that comes to mind is Gold. According to the chart, the gold allowance per person dropped because the people did not need gold anymore, apparently, when the government was looking after them. So they could have only a 2.6% of what an average gold consumer would possess.The people were not allowed to buy anything that was beyond the allocated food amount for the family, with specific emphasis that they are not to support any unvaccinated person. Also, they have to report any unvaccinated person to the authorities, as the unvaccinated are now declared a danger to society and labeled terrorists of biowarfare.”|
|↑6||cf. The Silence of the Righteous|
|↑7||cf. Evil Will Have Its Day; cf. The Tolls|
|↑8||cf. The Powerhouse|
|↑9||cf. The Thousand Years|
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