Mark Mallett

AN UNAPOLOGETIC APOCALYPTIC VIEW

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…there is none more blind than he who does not want to see,
and despite the signs of the times foretold,
even those who have faith
refuse to look at what is happening. 
Our Lady to Gisella Cardia, October 26th, 2021 

 

I AM supposed to be embarrassed by this article’s title — ashamed to utter the phrase “end times” or quote the Book of Revelation much less dare to mention Marian apparitions. Such antiquities supposedly belong in the dust bin of medieval superstitions alongside archaic beliefs in “private revelation”, “prophecy” and those ignominious expressions of “the mark of the beast” or “Antichrist.” Yes, better to leave them to that garish era when Catholic churches billowed with incense as they churned out saints, priests evangelized pagans, and commoners actually believed that faith could drive away plagues and demons. In those days, statues and icons not only adorned churches but public buildings and homes. Imagine that. The “dark ages” — enlightened atheists call them.

But I’m not ashamed. In fact, I feel sorry for those who cower behind the hedges when apocalyptic themes stroll by; or those who quickly change the subject before breaking a sweat; or those who pretend in their homilies that we didn’t just hear Mass readings on the “end times” (a perfect time to focus on Old Testament yore, tell a joke — or just remind everyone that each day could be our “end time.”) However, after watching and praying in this apostolate for 17 years; after listening to pope after pope since the 1800’s declare that we are entering the apocalypse;[1] after weighing and testing over a century of Our Lady’s apparitions;[2] and after diligently studying the signs of the times in world events… I think it is utterly silly if not reckless to remain silent in the face of the evidence before us. 

The Signs of Our Hour

Twenty years ago, Pope St. John Paul II actually called the youth to a “stupendous task” to become watchmen who are to announce the coming of the risen Christ.[3] Ironically, the most significant and authoritative view on our times has come from the popes themselves. I’ve chronicled this already[4] and have cited them throughout hundreds of writings. In short, they believed that those passages of Scriptures that speak of “apostasy”, “the love of many growing cold”, of “wars and rumors of wars”, of the “dragon’s” attempt to eliminate the Faith, and the appearance of “Antichrist”… are now upon us. In summary: 

…the whole Christian people, sadly disheartened and disrupted, are continually in danger of falling away from the faith, or of suffering the most cruel death. These things in truth are so sad that you might say that such events foreshadow and portend the “beginning of sorrows,” that is to say of those that shall be brought by the man of sin, “who is lifted up above all that is called God or is worshipped” (2 Thes 2:4). —POPE ST. PIUS X, Miserentissimus RedemptorEncyclical Letter on Reparation to the Sacred Heart, May 8th, 1928 

And recently, the language of Heaven’s messages have markedly changed from future tense to the present. Seers and mystics around the world, unknown to each other, are saying that this is now “the time of sorrows” and the fulfillment of prophecy;[5] that “days of great mourning are coming”[6] and thus, it is time to enter the “Ark of the covenant”, [7] which, of course, is a symbol and sign of Our Lady.[8] Of course, all this apocalyptic chatter has drawn the cynics out from the behind hedges to cast a few stones — before they disappear again.

…what is this proverb you have in the land of Israel: “The days drag on, and every vision fails”? …Say to them instead: “The days are at hand and every vision fulfilled.” …In your days, rebellious house, whatever I speak I will bring about… The house of Israel is saying, “The vision he sees is a long time off; he prophesies for distant times!” Say to them therefore: “Thus says the Lord GOD: None of my words shall be delayed any longer. Whatever I say is final; it shall be done….” (Ezekiel 12:22-28)

Just as in Ezekiel’s time, so too, wrote Sts. Peter and Jude, there will be scoffers in ours:

You, beloved, remember the words spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, for they told you, “In [the] last time there will be scoffers who will live according to their own godless desires.” These are the ones who cause divisions; they live on the natural plane, devoid of the Spirit. (Jude 1:17-19)

Those with eyes to see and ears to hear recognize well the “signs of the times.” But the vast majority do not, especially within the Church itself. Like the Israelites of old, they rationalize away the evidence, ignore the obvious, smear the reputation of the prophets, ridicule the watchmen, and dismiss it all as “doom and gloom” (the Catholic version of “conspiracy theory”). This is why Jesus was careful to say that when these times would come, it would be “as in the days of Noah.” Even with the great sign of an enormous ark erected in their midst — a warning that the Flood was nearing — the people carried on “eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage up to the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.”[9]  Dear children, what more can I do for you…? I have been talking to you for so long: I have pleaded with you, prayed with you, suggested the words with which to pray to Jesus, but you have not listened to my words. Pay attention because it could really be too late for you… Convert, I say to you: the times are reaching their conclusion… I your Mother have always spoken to you with clarity: you will not be able to say “I did not understand”… Wake up, there is no more time for sleeping! Our Lady to Valeria Copponi, December 29th, 2021

The Great Signs

Likewise in our times, the great sign of the Ark of the Covenant is appearing in our midst — warning that the Storm is upon us:

Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple… A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth. Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon… [it] stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth. (Rev 11:19-12:4)

Pope John Paul II gives further exegesis of these duelling signs as applying precisely to our times:

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 the First Reading of this Mass [Rev 11:19-12:1-6]. 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.” 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”…. Today that struggle has become increasingly direct. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Text of Pope John Paul II’s remarks at Sunday Mass at Cherry Creek State Park, Denver Colorado, World Youth Day, 1993, August 15, 1993, Solemnity of the Assumption; ewtn.com

If you wondered what the “end times” would look like, now you know:

Powerful economic and political powers intent upon
reducing and controlling the population

versus

Those defending life, dignity and freedom.

Abortion and suicide are two of the chief cornerstones of this dragon’s game plan, claiming over 3.5 million lives worldwide each month.[10] A third cornerstone belongs to the violence that has exploded this past century through wars and violence. But now we see the fourth coming into view… 

“Final Solutions”

Before Christmas, I produced a webcast with a warning from the very inventor of the mRNA “vaccine” technology, Dr. Robert Malone, MD, that, indeed, the “innocents” are being directly attacked now [11] — babies as young as 6 months old. It’s utterly nonsensical and frankly evil to inject children who have a 99.9973% survival rate[12] with an experimental gene therapy —  especially as unprecedented permanent injuries and deaths are piling up globally, often occurring within 48 hours of inoculation.[13] As a father and grandfather, Dr. Malone begged parents not to inject their children — only to be banned by Twitter. In a follow-up to his short address, he recently stated:

It is starting to look to me like the largest experiment on human beings in recorded history has failed… Reiner Fuellmich’s “Crimes against Humanity” push for convening new Nuremberg trials starts to look a lot less quixotic and a lot more prophetic. —Dr. Robert Malone, MD, January 2nd, 2021; rwmalonemd.substack.com; see Reiner Fullmich in Following the Science?and Wait a Minute: Russian Roulette. See also “Fuellmich: New Findings Are Enough to Dismantle Entire VVV Industry” here; notes here.

This week, I republished data from the U.S. adverse events database (VAERS) showing that permanent heart damage has skyrocketed from being a rare occurrence to now over 22,000 cases of myo/pericardits (it was just over 10,000 when I initially published that in October 2020!) since the mass injections began. I cited a real-world study in Israel showing that the jabbed have a threefold increased risk of myocarditis.[14] For this apparent transgression, I, too, was blocked. As far as I’m concerned, Facebook and Twitter are guilty of “crimes against humanity” for censoring critical information the public has a right to evaluate. 

Now, with overwhelming evidence that these gene therapies are beginning to destroy people’s immunities and ability for DNA to be repaired,[15] the sad predictions of John Paul II are being fulfilled[16] on a whole new level. Three separate analyses, including a Columbian University study, show that approximately 300,000 – 400,000 Americans alone have been killed by the jab since its rollout.[17] What the mass media is covering up and refusing to discuss, brave nurse and doctor whistleblowers around the globe are exposing,[18] as well as funeral directors,[19] insurance executives,[20] and the occasional brave politician.[21] And one simply cannot ignore the growing mountain of direct testimonies of those who have been injured or witnessed their perfectly healthy loved ones die after the shot.[22]

All this is denied and suppressed by the mainstream media with such brilliant success that many have begun to believe that, even if there is “some truth” to the tragedies, the collateral damage is acceptable and that everyone must be injected at all costs. Hence, forced segregation and vilification of the “unvaccinated” is now as acceptable as was the demonization of the Jews. 

The “dragon” the “ruler of this world” and the “father of lies” relentlessly tries to eradicate from human hearts the sense of gratitude and respect for the original, extraordinary and fundamental gift of God: human life itself. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Ibid. World Youth Day, 1993, August 15, 1993; ewtn.com

mass psychosis has come over the world to not only facilitate but even celebrate as a “good” what John Paul II called the “final solutions” taking place in our times.[23]  

 
A New Religion

It is the rise of The Religion of Scientism — an excessive belief and trust in the power of scientific knowledge and techniques. This is not hyperbole. Catholic churches in some places closed their doors and forbade priests to give the sacraments, even to the sick — while at the same time opening their buildings to become vaccine centers — as though the injection were an eighth sacrament. At the beginning of the pandemic, we saw with breathtaking obedience how entire governments, institutions and leaders of all stripes, especially bishops, accepted with fundamentalist faith (or strange silence) every diktat descending from the unelected World Health Organization (whose chief funder is Bill Gates) and their appointed health officials — even when those mandates had little basis in science, were contradictory or were clearly trampling upon human dignity, freedom, and life.[24] As prestigious scientists from Harvard, Oxford, and elsewhere stepped forward to question the sanity of, for instance, locking down or masking healthy individuals, they were banned and deplatformed.[25]

This blatant censorship, however, was not only not condemned but was applauded and encouraged by the mass media and their transfixed followers. People were beginning to act with all the hallmark traits of belonging to a cult.[26] Prof. Mattias Desmet of the Department of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Consulting at Ghenet University underscores the powerful propaganda of the current COVID narrative and how this generation has reached a point of “mass formation psychosis.” 

In the beginning of the crisis I had been studying the statistics and the numbers and actually, I noticed that they were often blatantly wrong and at the same time people continue to believe in it and to go along with the mainstream narrative. That was why I started to study it rather from the perspective of mass psychology. Because I knew that mass formation has a huge, huge impact on individual’s intelligence and cognitive functioning. I had the feeling that this was the only thing that could explain why highly intelligent people started to believe the narrative and the numbers that were in many respects utterly absurd. —interview with Reiner Fuellmich and the Corona Investigative Committeezero-sum.org

Several scientists and doctors have echoed this alarming perspective — see footnote: [27] In fact, the Canadian military has admitted that they used “propaganda techniques similar to those employed during the Afghanistan war” on the unsuspecting population. The campaign called for “shaping” and “exploiting” information.[28] U.K. scientists likewise admitted to engaging in deliberate propaganda to manipulate the public. “The use of fear has definitely been ethically questionable. It’s been like a weird experiment… The way we have used fear is dystopian,” said a scientist from the Members of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviour (SPI-B), a sub-committee of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), the U.K. government’s chief scientific advisory group.[29]

Months before many scientists began speaking of a mass delusion, I had written an article called The Strong Delusion based on what St. Paul called a “strong delusion” that would accompany the appearance of the Antichrist.[30] 

The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false, so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thess 2:9-12)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church calls this “a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth.”[31]

How brilliant to use health crises as a pretext for saving the world.

The Satanic Long Game

All this is the fruit of a Masonic agenda that germinated over 400 years ago during the Enlightenment period and that has slowly displaced faith in God with faith in man. “Progress and science have given us the power to dominate the forces of nature,” warned Pope Benedict XVI. “We don’t realize we are reliving the same experience as Babel.”[32] He visited this general theme in his first encyclical letter:

This programmatic vision has determined the trajectory of modern times… Francis Bacon (1561—1626) and those who followed in the intellectual current of modernity that he inspired, were wrong to believe that man would be redeemed through science. Such an expectation asks too much of science; this kind of hope is deceptive. Science can contribute greatly to making the world and mankind more human. Yet it can also destroy mankind and the world unless it is steered by forces that lie outside it. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Encyclical Letter, Spe Salvi, n. 25

Yes, we are told all is being done “for the common good” —  mandatory rules, restrictions, impositions, masking, lockdowns… it’s all for the “common good” and we must simply believe and comply. But this is a deception; it is ultimately geared toward what the United Nations and global leaders are calling The Great ResetIt involves the near-complete collapse of the present order in order to “build back better” — but, this time, without the Judeo-Christian religion. Only a true fool — or true pawn — would continue to lockdown healthy populations causing mass inflation and the destruction of the supply chain. Again, this too is straight out of the Masonic playbook.

…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 GenusEncyclical on Freemasonry, n.10, Apri 20th, 1884

It is simply global Communism in a green hat.  

…as you can see, this is a time of great confusion, when evil is hiding behind false disguises; you will need to pay attention: walk together with Jesus and nourish yourselves with His Word for your salvation. Children, my little ones, they will try to make you believe that everything is being done for your good, but that is exactly where the temptation of the devil is hiding — discern. —Our Lady to Gisella Cardia, November 7th, 2020; countdowntothekingdom.com

In my book The Final Confrontation there is a section called “The Dragon Appears: Sophistry”. Under that heading, I quoted Our Lord who said:

He was a murderer from the beginning… he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

In the Book of Wisdom, we read:

By the envy of the devil, death came into the world: and they follow him that are of his side. (Wis 2:24-25; Douay-Rheims)

We have witnessed a profound season of sophistries, beginning with the ideology that science will save us: that we must blindly “follow the science”, “trust the data”, “flatten the curve”, “take the vaccine”, etc.  — without ever seeing the science, evidence, or data to support those claims. In that regard, the mass media has become an indispensable mouthpiece of this satanic programme.

We just observed the memorial of St. Elizabeth Anne Seton. It is hard not to recall her vision in the 1800’s when she saw “in every American home a black box through which the devil would enter.” Several decades ago, many thought she was referring to television sets. But back then, televisions were wooden boxes with gray screens. Today, every home, if not every room, has a true “black box”—a computer, “smart” phone, or “smart” TV through which Satan has gained a foothold to sow this “strong delusion” — using the “pretended signs and wonders” of technology.

Those people watching television now, they are brainwashed every day — that the vaccine is necessary, that COVID-19 is a very dangerous pandemic; they are brainwashed by the newspapers, by the media. And if they are not critically searching the internet for alternative information, they believe what they are told. Even if they have a doubt, their colleagues at work say, “You are not vaccinated??” —Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, PhD, “Planet Lockdown”, rumble.com. (On December 1, 2020, former VP of Pfizer Dr. Mike Yeadon and Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg filed an application with the European Medicine Agency responsible for EU-wide drug approval, calling for the immediate suspension of all SARS CoV 2 vaccine studies. They cited “significant safety concerns expressed by an increasing number of renowned scientists against the vaccine and the study design.”)

Years ago, the Lord was warning me about “vaccines.”[33] I knew something was terribly wrong when I observed the fanatical blowback to anyone who dared question the safety of these cocktails being injected into the bloodstream of infants and adults alike. That culminated in my article The Pandemic of Control that exposes the lies and tears that have trailed this industry. In other words, the preparation for this present satanic hour has been long in the making, over a century, since the Rockefeller family’s wealth was used to flip great portions of mankind from using naturopathic to allopathic medicine — from using God’s creation to heal bodies… to chemicals to treat symptoms.

The Lord created medicines from the earth, and a sensible man will not despise them. (Sirach 38:4 RSV)

After World War II, the very scientists who once worked in Hitler’s labs and concentration camps,[34] and who worked under Rockefeller’s merger Standard I.G. Farben,[35] became integrated into U.S. government programs to advance, in part, pharmaceutical “medicines” and the giant corporations who would sell them.[36] Of note is the occultism in the Nazi party[37] that drove, in part, the horrific “scientific” experiments on humans that involved testing vaccines and drugs [38]— experiments that have clearly not ended (and nor have the “camps” — see here). 

What has been the fruit of humanity’s wholesale rejection of the Lord’s medicines in nature?[39] According to a Harvard study:

About 128,000 people die from drugs prescribed to them. This makes prescription drugs a major health risk, ranking 4th with stroke as a leading cause of death. The European Commission estimates that adverse reactions from prescription drugs cause 200,000 deaths; so together, about 328,000 patients in the U.S. and Europe die from prescription drugs each year. — “New Prescription Drugs: A Major Health Risk With Few Offsetting Advantages”, Donald W. Light, June 27th, 2014; ethics.harvard.edu

He was a murderer from the beginning… he is a liar and the father of lies. Given all the papal and Marian warnings of the past century, it is not without warrant to consider that the “final solution” being carried out in our era is precisely what St. John said in the Book of Revelation:

…your merchants were the great men of the earth, all nations were led astray by your magic potion. (Rev 18:23)

The Greek for “magic potion”: φαρμακείᾳ (pharmakeia) — is the use of medicine, drugs or spells. It is the word from which we derive the term pharmaceuticals. 2000 years ago, St. John foresaw that drugs and medicines would be used to enslave mankind under a powerful group of men — “ten kings” who would rule for “one hour, together with the beast.”[40]

The Mark

It forced all the people, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to be given a stamped image on their right hands or their foreheads, so that no one could buy or sell except one who had the stamped image of the beast’s name or the number that stood for its name. (Rev 13:16-17)

Never in the history of mankind has the infrastructure and consequent technology existed for this “mark” to be possible, until now. Already, many countries are barring their citizens from fully participating in the economy, and even buying food,[41] without a “vaccine passport.” In Austria, it is mandatory for all eligible citizens to be injected or face fines or prison;[42] Italy just announced mandatory injections for those over 50 — or risk a fine of €600 to €1,500;[43] and Australia has begun confining non-compliant individuals in “COVID camps”.[44]

But nothing is more ominous than the spectre of “digital ID passports.” In countries like Sweden, 6000 people have already been microchipped as vaccine passports are being rolled out (cf. aa.com.tr and rte.ie.). In fact, The World Economic Forum — the ones engineering the “Great Reset” — has promoted the microchip as a “Passport for everything”.[45] In April 2021, the Pentagon revealed that scientists have developed a chip to monitor health and disease. Tech startup, Epicenter, who is developing a chip to scan for vaccines, says, “Right now it is very convenient to have a COVID passport always accessible on your implant.” And scientists at MIT have already started clinical trials of a vaccine delivery system that can be stamped onto the skin.[46]

…they’ve created an ink that can be safely embedded in the skin alongside the vaccine itself, and it’s only visible using a special smartphone camera app and filter. —FuturismDecember 19th, 2019

Ironically, the invisible “ink” employed is called “Luciferase,” a bioluminescent chemical delivered through “quantum dots” that will leave an invisible “mark” of your immunization and record of information.[47] Indeed, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are working with the United Nations program ID2020 that seeks to give every citizen on earth a digital ID tied to a vaccine. Gates’ GAVI, “The Vaccine Alliance” is teaming up with the UN to integrate vaccines with some kind of biometric. But several scientists, including Dr. Wolgang Wogard, PhD, former chair of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Health Committee, has warned against the illusion that such passports will grant freedom to anyone: 

It seems a “mark” (whatever form it takes) by which alone one will be able to “buy and sell” is no longer so-called Christian mythology but an increasingly present reality.

The Watchman’s Responsibility

As Our Lady allegedly said to Italian seer Gisella Cardia, “…there is none more blind than he who does not want to see, and despite the signs of the times foretold, even those who have faith refuse to look at what is happening.” 

While the point of this article is truly to awaken souls still caught in the mass hypnosis and to also further bolster and sharpen you who are already on the same page, I admittedly write this self-motivated by a certain trepidation. On the very day the Lord called me to become a watchman in response to John Paul II, I opened my Bible to this Scripture:

The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them, If I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their watchman; and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people; then if any one who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head… But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes, and takes any one of them; that man is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand. (Ezekiel 33:1-6)

Moreover, when St. John Paul II called the youth to the watchman’s wall, he said:

The young have shown themselves to be for Rome and for the Church a special gift of the Spirit of God… 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

That is, the entire vision of the “end times” — the present and coming tribulations, the following Era of Peace, and then the final eschatological events, are not my own.[48] To “be for Rome and for the Church” is to be faithful and loyal to her teachings and to Sacred Tradition.

In that regard, after warning his readers of the coming of Antichrist and the strong delusion, St. Paul gave the Thessalonians the antidote, which I repeat to you, my dear readers:

So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. (2 Thessalonians 2:15-17)

The Church now charges you before the Living God;
she declares to you the things concerning Antichrist before they arrive.
Whether they will happen in your time we know not,
or whether they will happen after you we know not;
but it is well that, knowing these things,
you should make yourself secure beforehand. 
—St. Cyril of Jerusalem (c. 315-386) Doctor of the Church, 
Catechetical Lectures, 
Lecture XV, n.9

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Footnotes
↑1cf. Why Aren’t the Popes Shouting?
↑2cf. Countdown to the Kingdom
↑3cf. Dear Holy Father… He is Coming!
↑4cf. Why Aren’t the Popes Shouting?
↑5see here and here and here
↑6see here and here
↑7see here and here
↑8“Ark of the Covenant” has been a title of Our Lady since the early centuries of the Church. It is arguably a type of Noah’s ark, as it carried the promise of a new heavens and earth after the Flood. See this homily of Benedict XVI on August 15, 2011: vatican.va Also, from the Catechism of the Catholic Church: ‘Mary is full of grace because the Lord is with her. The grace with which she is filled is the presence of Him who is the source of all grace. “Rejoice . . . O Daughter of Jerusalem . . . the Lord your God is in your midst.” Mary, in whom the Lord himself has just made His dwelling, is the daughter of Zion in person, the ark of the covenant, the place where the glory of the Lord dwells. She is “the dwelling of God . . . with men.” Full of grace, Mary is wholly given over to Him who has come to dwell in her and whom she is about to give to the world.’ (n. 2676).
↑9Luke 17:27
↑10cf. worldometer.com
↑11“Massacre of the innocents: VAERS database shows teen deaths from Pfizer jab”, January 3rd, 2021, lifesitenews.com; “UK sees 44% increase in child deaths after jab rollout for young teens, data shows”, November 29th, 2021, lifesitenews.com; “93 Israeli doctors: Do not use Covid-19 vaccine on children”, israelnationalnews.com
↑12Here 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 99.31%)https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.07.08.21260210v1
↑13For the global adverse events, see The Tolls; ‘“We know that 50 percent of deaths due to the vaccine occur within two days, 80 percent within a week. They found that in 86 percent of the cases there was no other explanation” than the vaccine.’ —Dr. Peter McCullough, MD; World TribuneNovember 2nd, 2021
↑14August 25th, 2020, medpagetoday.com
↑15see here and here and here and here and here.
↑16“Life Insurance CEO Says Deaths Up 40% Among Those Aged 18-64”, zerohedge.com
↑17see the section under America in The Tolls
↑18see here, hereherehereherehere, and here.
↑19see hereherehere, and here
↑20“Indiana life insurance CEO says deaths are up 40% among people ages 18-64”: ‘Most of the claims for deaths being filed are not classified as COVID-19 deaths’, says Scott Davison. See herehere and here.
↑21cf. here
↑22see hereherehereherehere and here
↑23cf. The Strong Delusionand Dr. Mattias Desmet et. al.: rumble.com
↑24cf. When I was Hungry
↑25Tens of thousands of scientists and doctors have signed numerous declarations over the past year denouncing the grotesque overreach of governments and medical associations ‘forbidding physicians from questioning or debating any or all of the official measures imposed in response to COVID-19’, such as the:Declaration of Canadian Physicians for Science and Truth” against the 1) Denial of the Scientific Method; 2) Violation of our Pledge to use Evidence-Based Medicine for our patients; and 3) Violation of Duty of Informed Consent.Physicians Declaration – Global Covid Summit signed by over 12,700 doctors and scientists since September 2021 denouncing many imposed medical policies as ‘crimes against humanity’.The Great Barrington Declaration signed by over 44,000 medical practitioners and 15,000 medical and public health scientists demanding that ‘Those who are not vulnerable should immediately be allowed to resume life as normal.’
↑26“Characteristics Associated with Cults” from cultresearch.org:• The group displays an excessively zealous and unquestioning commitment to its leader and belief system.• Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished.• The leadership dictates, sometimes in great detail, how members should think, act, and feel.• The group is elitist, claiming a special, exalted status for itself.• The group has a polarized, us-versus-them mentality, which may cause conflict with the wider society.• The leader is not accountable to any authorities.• The group teaches or implies that its supposedly exalted ends justify whatever means it deems necessary. This may result in members participating in behaviors or activities they would have considered reprehensible or unethical before joining the group.• The leadership induces feelings of shame and/or guilt in order to influence and control members. Often this is done through peer pressure and subtle forms of persuasion.• Subservience to the leader or group requires members to cut ties with family and friends.• The group is preoccupied with bringing in new members.• Members are encouraged or required to live and/or socialize only with other group members; cf. When Face to Face With Evil
↑27“There’s a mass psychosis. It’s akin to what happened in German society before and during World War II where normal, decent people were turned into aides and “just following orders” type of mentality that led to genocide. I see now that same paradigm happening.” (Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, MD, August 14th, 2021; 35:53, Stew Peters Show). “It’s a disturbia. It’s maybe a group neurosis. It is something that’s come over the minds of people all over the world. Whatever is going on is going on in the tiniest island in the Philippines and Indonesia, the smallest little village in Africa and South America. It’s all the same — it’s come over the entire world.” (Dr. Peter McCullough, MD, MPH, August 14th, 2021; 40:44, Perspectives on the Pandemic, Episode 19). “What the last year has really shocked me to the core about is that in the face of an invisible, apparently serious threat, rational discussion went out of the window… When we look back on the COVID era, I think it will be seen as other human responses to invisible threats in the past have been seen, as a time of mass hysteria.” (Dr. John Lee, Pathologist; Unlocked video; 41:00). “Mass formation psychosis… this is like hypnosis… This is what happened to the German people.” (Dr. Robert Malone, MD, inventor of mRNA vaccine technology Kristi Leigh TV; 4:54).  “I don’t normally use phrases like this, but I think we are standing at the very gates of Hell.” (Dr. Mike Yeadon, former Vice President and Chief Scientist of Respiratory and Allergies at Pfizer; 1:01:54, Following the Science?)
↑28September 27th, 2021, ottawacitizen.com
↑29January 3rd, 2022, summitnews.com
↑302 Thess 2:11
↑31n. 675
↑32Pentecost Homily, May 27th, 2012
↑33cf. A Prophetic Webcast?
↑34listverse.com
↑35opednews.com
↑36cf. The Pandemic of Control and The Caduceus Key
↑37wikipedia.org
↑38encyclopedia.ushmm.org
↑39cf. The Real Witchcraft
↑40Rev 17:12
↑41China barring the healthy from buying food: epochtimes.com; France video: rumble.com; Columbia: August 2nd, 2021; france24.com
↑42theguardian.com
↑43rte.ie
↑44cf. Wait a Minute – Russian Roulette
↑45cf. weforum.org
↑46ucdavis.edu
↑47Pfizer whistleblower says Luciferase is already in use; see: lifesitenews.com. This journalist was fired for publishing public documentation on this bioluminescent chemical: emeralddb3.substack.com
↑48cf. The Timeline and A Response to Jimmy Akins
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A NIGHT OF HOPE

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JESUS was born at night. Born at a time when tension filled the air. Born at a time very much like our own. How can this not fill us with hope?

A census had been called. Suddenly, everyone’s lives were up-ended, required to travel into a village, like Bethlehem, to be counted. What were the Romans up to? Why were they counting and tracking their populace? It was for the “common good”, right? Yet, we learn in the Old Testament that God is displeased with a census — but permits this as a chastisement of His people.[1]

Then Satan stood against Israel and incited David to number Israel. (1 Chron 21:1)

And then there was King Herod, alarmed by the reports of the birth of another king, one who could potentially displace him. Like the Egyptians, disturbed by the swelling presence and growth of the Israelites, Herod’s solution was not dissimilar: 

The Pharaoh of old, haunted by the presence and increase of the children of Israel, submitted them to every kind of oppression and ordered that every male child born of the Hebrew women was to be killed (cf. Ex 1:7-22). Today not a few of the powerful of the earth act in the same way. They too are haunted by the current demographic growth… Consequently, rather than wishing to face and solve these serious problems with respect for the dignity of individuals and families and for every person’s inviolable right to life, they prefer to promote and impose by whatever means a massive programme of birth control. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Evangelium Vitae, “The Gospel of Life”, n. 16

A massive programme of population control. (Watch: Protecting Your Holy Innocents). 

In the midst of such uncertainty and danger, Jesus was born to Mary and Joseph, born to all of us. In the midst of this night, the angels cried out a word of hope to those trying to be faithful, trying to live in God’s will and who were longing to see the Messiah’s face:

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased! (Luke 2:14)

Other translations say “on whom His favor rests” or “peace to men of good will.” Jesus came to bring everyone peace… but it only falls upon those of “good will,” those who want true peace — not the false “peace and security” that the Roman Empire (or the current empire) is offering (by way of “green passports”).[2] Rather, in our times, we hear Our Lord and Lady proclaiming all over the earth that an Era of Peace is coming after this night — a “new dawn,” the popes call it.[3] It is the ultimate fulfillment of the words spoken over John the Baptist who would herald this “morning star” about to rise in the world:

…through the tender mercy of our God… the day shall dawn upon us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. (Luke 1:78-79)

This “way of peace” is the “gift of living in the Divine Will”,[4] as revealed to Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta.

The time in which these writings will be made known is relative to and dependent on the disposition of souls who wish to receive so great a good, as well as on the effort of those who must apply themselves in being its trumpet-bearers by offering up the sacrifice of heralding in the new era of peace… —Jesus to Luisa, The Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the Writings of Luisa Piccarreta, n. 1.11.6, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi

Listen! Your watchmen raise a cry, together they shout for joy, for they see directly, before their eyes, the LORD’s return to Zion. (Isaiah 52:8)

…watchmen who proclaim to the world a new dawn of hope, brotherhood and peace. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Address to the Guanelli Youth Movement, April 20th, 2002, www.vatican.va

watchmen of the morning who announce the coming of the sun who is the Risen Christ! —POPE 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)

The night, then, is not the moment of despair but anticipation. It is the hour of vigil, of watching and waiting for the coming of the Sun, who is the Risen Christ. The “signs of the times” are all around us for those with eyes to see, for those with ears willing to listen. The “woman clothed with the [rising] sun” is laboring to give birth again (Rev 12:1-2), this time to the whole Body of Christ[5] so that what Jesus accomplished in Himself may, at last, be accomplished in us, His Bride.[6] 

This Christmas night, some of my readers are locked down;[7] others are banned from Christmas Eve Mass[8] while others have seen their  Masses cancelled altogether.[9] But if the Son of God was excluded from the inn, then who is more in solidarity with you right now than Jesus Himself, who will come to you in a special way… to those of you of “good will” with “whom He is pleased”? Open your heart, then, as though it were another stable,[10] and welcome Jesus. Warm Him with your love, with your adoration, with taking a moment to look into His eyes and thanking Him for being your Savior. 

He has never left you, in fact.

Thanks to My Readers

This past year, two years actually, have been unlike any other in this ministry. My readership grew substantially, and with that, a multiplication of letters and correspondence. I am so sorry that I have not been able to respond to everyone. In fact, my son Levi (see photo) sat down to help us reply to those who sent letters and donations. And I have tried to do my best to respond to the thousands of emails I’ve received this past year… but of course, that has been an impossible task. And that is painful, because each of you are as important as the next person, and I don’t want you to think I am ignoring you. I read everything even though I physically cannot respond to everyone. How many times this month have I said to my family: if only there were three of me! (but I know one is enough for them!).

So I want to take this moment to thank all of you who have supported, prayed for, and encouraged this ministry. I want to thank those of you who stuck with me through the difficult task of exposing the lies behind this pandemic that is leading us into the “final confrontation.” It’s as exhausting to write about as I’m sure it is to read. But as Our Lady said,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, p. 299And again,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.

So I want to thank my assistant researcher, Wayne Labelle, who came on board this past year to manage “The Now Word – Signs” website at MeWe and “COVID “Vaccine” Victims and Research.” He has done a fabulous job weeding through “fake news” as we help keep readers abreast of world events — a trykt  exhausting job. Thanks to our Office Manager, Colette, for her tireless handling of inquiries, book and music sales, and everything else. And above all, my thanks to my wife, Lea, and my children for their patience and sacrifice. 

May God’s peace fall upon each of you and your families, to console and strengthen you in this Christmas Vigil as we await the coming of the Risen Sun. 

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Footnotes
↑1cf. Not Herod’s Way
↑21 Thessalonians 5:3: “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.”
↑3cf. The Popes and the Dawning Era
↑4True peace is “rest” in the Lord; cf. The Coming Sabbath Rest
↑5cf. Rom 11:25-26
↑6“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
↑7“Austria plans to lift lockdown, but not for the unvaccinated”, ctvnews.com
↑8“Faith-based communities prepare for New Brunswick proof of vaccination policy”, cf. globalnews.ca
↑9“Archdiocese of Quebec City cancels all Christmas Masses in order to ‘fight against’ COVID-19”, cf. lifesitenews.com
↑10cf. O Humble VisitorAn Ox and an Ass

Mark Mallett

PROTECTING YOUR HOLY INNOCENTS

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Renaissance Fresco depicting the Massacre of the Innocents
in the Collegiata of San Gimignano, Italy

SOMETHING has gone terribly wrong when the very inventor of a technology, now in world-wide distribution, is calling for its immediate halt. In this sobering webcast, Mark Mallett and Christine Watkins share why doctors and scientists are warning, based on the newest data and studies, that injecting babies with an experimental gene therapy could leave them with severe disease in years to come… It amounts to one of the most crucial warnings we’ve given this year. The parallel to Herod’s attack on the Holy Innocents during this Christmas season is unmistakable.

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Dr. Robert Malone, MD’s, statement:

My name is Robert Malone, and I am speaking to you as a parent, grandparent, physician and scientist. I don’t usually read from a prepared speech, but this is so important that I wanted to make sure that I get every single word and scientific fact correct.

I stand by this statement with a career dedicated to vaccine research and development. I’m vaccinated for COVID and I’m generally pro-vaccination. I have devoted my entire career to developing safe and effective ways to prevent and treat infectious diseases.

Before you inject your child – a decision that is irreversible – I wanted to let you know the scientific facts about this genetic vaccine, which is based on the mRNA vaccine technology I created:

There are three issues parents need to understand:

● The first is that a viral gene will be injected into your children’s cells. This gene forces your child’s body to make toxic spike proteins. These proteins often cause permanent damage in children’s critical organs, including

○ Their brain and nervous system

○ Their heart and blood vessels, including blood clots

○ Their reproductive system

○ And this vaccine can trigger fundamental changes to their immune system

● The most alarming point about this is that once these damages have occurred, they are irreparable

○ You can’t fix the lesions within their brain

○ You can’t repair heart tissue scarring

○ You can’t repair a genetically reset immune system, and

○ This vaccine can cause reproductive damage that could affect future generations of your family

● The second thing you need to know about is the fact that this novel technology has not been adequately tested.

○ We need at least 5 years of testing/research before we can really understand the risks

○ Harms and risks from new medicines often become revealed many years later

● Ask yourself if you want your own child to be part of the most radical medical experiment in human history

● One final point: the reason they’re giving you to vaccinate your child is a lie.

○ Your children represent no danger to their parents or grandparents

○ It’s actually the opposite. Their immunity, after getting COVID, is critical to save your family if not the world from this disease

In summary: there is no benefit for your children or your family to be vaccinating your children against the small risks of the virus, given the known health risks of the vaccine that as a parent, you and your children may have to live with for the rest of their lives.

The risk/benefit analysis isn’t even close.

As a parent and grandparent, my recommendation to you is to resist and fight to protect your children.

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Come LORD Jesus

Invitatory Psalm
Psalm 99 (100)

“The Lord calls all those he has redeemed to sing a hymn of victory” (St Athanasius).

The Lord is close at hand: come, let us worship him.

The Lord is close at hand: come, let us worship him.

Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing for joy.

The Lord is close at hand: come, let us worship him.

Know that he, the Lord, is God.
He made us, we belong to him,
we are his people, the sheep of his flock.

The Lord is close at hand: come, let us worship him.

Go within his gates, giving thanks.
Enter his courts with songs of praise.
Give thanks to him and bless his name.

The Lord is close at hand: come, let us worship him.

Indeed, how good is the Lord,
eternal his merciful love.
He is faithful from age to age.

The Lord is close at hand: come, let us worship him.

Glory to the Father and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

The Lord is close at hand: come, let us worship him.


Hymn

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

O come, now Wisdom from on high,
Who orders all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

O come, O come, now Lord of might,
Who to your tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times you gave the law,
In cloud, and majesty, and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!


Psalm 100 (101)
The declaration of a just ruler

“If you love me, keep my commandments” (Jn 14:15).

The Lord will come from his holy place to save his people.

My song is of mercy and justice;
I sing to you, O Lord.
I will walk in the way of perfection.
O when, Lord, will you come?

I will walk with blameless heart
within my house;
I will not set before my eyes
whatever is base.

I will hate the ways of the crooked;
they shall not be my friends.
The false-hearted must keep far away;
the wicked I disown.

The man who slanders his neighbour in secret
I will bring to silence.
The man of proud looks and haughty heart
I will never endure.

I look to the faithful in the land
that they may dwell with me.
He who walks in the way of perfection
shall be my friend.

No man who practises deceit
shall live within my house.
No man who utters lies shall stand
before my eyes.

Morning by morning I will silence
all the wicked in the land,
uprooting from the city of the Lord
all who do evil.

Glory to the Father and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

The Lord will come from his holy place to save his people.

Psalm-prayer

So that your people might walk in innocence, you came to us, Lord Jesus, and told us to be holy as your Father is holy. Help your children to love what is truly perfect, so that we may neither speak what is evil nor do what is wrong. Let us stand in your sight and celebrate with you the Father’s love and justice.


Canticle
Daniel 3
Azariah’s prayer in the furnace

“Repent and turn to God, that your sins may be wiped out” (Acts 3:19).

Zion is our mighty citadel, our saving Lord its wall and its defense; throw open the gates, for the Lord is here among us, alleluia.

Blessed are you, and praiseworthy,
O Lord, the God of our fathers,
and glorious forever is your name.

For you are just in all you have done;
all your deeds are faultless, all your ways right,
and all your judgments proper.

For we have sinned and transgressed
by departing from you,
and we have done every kind of evil.

For your name’s sake, do not deliver us up forever,
or make void your covenant.

Do not take away your mercy from us,
for the sake of Abraham, your beloved,
Isaac your servant, and Israel your holy one,

To whom you promised to multiply their offspring
like the stars of heaven,
or the sand on the shore of the sea.

For we are reduced, O Lord, beyond any other nation,
brought low everywhere in the world this day
because of our sins.

We have in our day no prince, prophet, or leader,
no holocaust, sacrifice, oblation, or incense,
no place to offer first fruits, to find favor with you.

But with contrite heart and humble spirit
let us be received;
as though it were holocausts of rams and bullocks,
or thousands of fat lambs,
so let our sacrifice be in your presence today
as we follow you unreservedly;
for those who trust in you cannot be put to shame.

And now we follow you with our whole heart,
we fear you and we pray to you.

Glory to the Father and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

Zion is our mighty citadel, our saving Lord its wall and its defense; throw open the gates, for the Lord is here among us, alleluia.


Psalm 143 (144):1-10
For victory and peace

“I can do all things with the help of the One who gives me strength” (Phil 4:13).

Lord, make known your will throughout the earth; proclaim your salvation to every nation.

Blessed be the Lord, my rock,
who trains my arms for battle,
who prepares my hands for war.

He is my love, my fortress;
he is my stronghold, my saviour
my shield, my place of refuge.
He brings peoples under my rule.

Lord, what is man that you care for him,
mortal man, that you keep him in mind;
man, who is merely a breath
whose life fades like a shadow?

Lower your heavens and come down;
touch the mountains; wreathe them in smoke.
Flash your lightnings; rout the foe,
shoot your arrows and put them to flight.

Reach down from heaven and save me;
draw me out from the mighty waters,
from the hands of alien foes
whose mouths are filled with lies,
whose hands are raised in perjury.

To you, O God, will I sing a new song;
I will play on the ten-stringed harp
to you who give kings their victory,
who set David your servant free.

Glory to the Father and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

Lord, make known your will throughout the earth; proclaim your salvation to every nation.

Psalm-prayer

Lord, God of strength, you gave your Son victory over death. Direct your Church’s fight against evil in the world. Clothe us with the weapons of light and unite us under the one banner of love, that we may receive our eternal reward after the battle of earthly life.


Short Reading
Isaiah 7:14-15

The maiden is with child and will soon give birth to a son whom she will call Immanuel. On curds and honey will he feed until he knows how to refuse evil and choose good.


Short Responsory

The glory of the Lord will shine on you, Jerusalem. Like the sun he will rise over you.
– The glory of the Lord will shine on you, Jerusalem. Like the sun he will rise over you.
His glory will appear in your midst.
– The glory of the Lord will shine on you, Jerusalem. Like the sun he will rise over you.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
– The glory of the Lord will shine on you, Jerusalem. Like the sun he will rise over you.


Canticle
Benedictus
The Messiah and the one who was sent before him

There is no need to be afraid; in five days our Lord will come to us.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old,
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham,
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

There is no need to be afraid; in five days our Lord will come to us.


Prayers and intercessions

To Jesus Christ our Lord, who came among us in his mercy, let us constantly cry out with joy:
– Come, Lord Jesus!

You came from the Father to take on our human nature,
now set free what was harmed in us by sin.
– Come, Lord Jesus!

One day you will come again in glory to your chosen people,
come to us today and help us sinners to recognize your mercy and tender love.
– Come, Lord Jesus!

We glory in praising you, Lord Jesus,
come and bring us your salvation.
– Come, Lord Jesus!

Through faith you lead us into light,
may we reveal your justice through our deeds.
– Come, Lord Jesus!


Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.


Lord,
hear the prayers of your people.
May we who celebrate the birth of your Son as man
rejoice in the gift of eternal life when he comes in glory,
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.
Amen.


May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

Thought for the day

Conversation with Christ:

Lord, your birth this Christmas is the center and culmination of human history. I thank you for the gift of life, for the mission you have entrusted to me, for granting me the possibility of recovering my dignity, and for adopting me as your child. I know my weakness and the mire I am capable of descending into—but for the help of your grace. I offer you this day and every day of my life as a gift of love to you. May this gift be always pleasing in your sight.

Resolution:

Today I will examine my conscience and prepare my soul to make a good confession, so that my heart might be a worthy dwelling for the baby Jesus who is coming.

Advent

DECEMBER 16, 2021 X YOU’LL NEVER LOSE MY LOVE

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It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that when God could have done anything (or nothing at all), he chose to use the most helpless of things to save us: a baby. God used a purely human baby and would have to live a purely human life before dying an awful death for us. Like we saw in yesterday’s message, God is in the business of using the ordinary. The things we so readily discount. God has done miraculous things, but this way of coming to save us seems pretty common when you strip it down to bare bones. And I think that’s the point. I think God wanted to let us know that he was willing to jump through hoops and hurdles for us, even if we wouldn’t do the same for him. When the angel arrives at the shepherds, he first tells them a most important command: do not be afraid. I need this message so often in my own life. Even when I know God is good and good to me, I still find myself overly fearful of things I cannot control. I risk not being present in the moment because I am so afraid of what might happen next.But the angel goes on to tell them there was good news coming for all people. Not some people. Not selective people. Not the people who did it all right. But all people. And that good news was that God was changing the story. You see, he initially worked through Moses to deliver the Law to the people. And the Law functioned as the old covenant. Jesus comes down to earth in human form, and he redefines this covenant. The Law still exists, but the terms change suddenly. What was once a rigid law-based covenant becomes something different: a covenant built on grace. God uses Jesus to establish a covenant with us, his people. He’s the middle man. He’s the missing piece from the Old Testament. Now, if you study a covenant, you will realize it does not function as a contract. A covenant is a promise made by one party, and it still stands no matter how the other party manages to mess it up. It does not expire. God binds himself into this agreement, and there are no contingency plans associated with it. By saying yes to Jesus (and yes, that’s all it takes), we thrust ourselves into a right relationship with God, and nothing we can do or say can ever break that. Growing up and grappling with my faith, I found this hard to believe. Because we are so used to human contracts over eternal covenants, it’s understandable why we might think we could fall out of right-standing with God. That we could be do something to mess it up or make it all go south. That our choices could make God walk away from us. But this is why the angel calls it “good news” for all people. Because it’s different from what anyone had ever known, and it meant to fill people with hope and peace and promise. Jesus is not a rigid contract that we need to follow line by line. He is a grace-filled promise that guarantees we will mess up the terms, and he will still want us. This is the very essence of Christmas. Christmas symbolizes the beginning of a better story– a chance to live in a relationship with God for the first time since Eden, all because of a baby crying out in the middle of the night. It seems so ordinary.I’m tempted to add rules and regulations.But I know that’s not the point for you and me.We need to grab and hold tight to the real thing God is trying to show all of us: You cannot lose my love.You cannot fall away from me and make me want you less.You cannot do or say a single thing that will make me turn my back on you.I am after you.I am searching for you always.I am rejoicing in you and all the ways you are made. You are more than enough for me. You are more than enough for this story I placed you in.You are not an accident, sweet thing. I am so pleased with you, and there’s not a single thing you could ever do to change that. This is my promise– to never turn away from you. READING Luke 2:8-10 STEAL THIS PRAYER Dear God, you never turn your back on me. I don’t deserve it but thank you, thank you, thank you.   

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A Response to Jimmy Akin

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Mark Mallett

The popular Catholic apologetics website known as “Catholic Answers” has published an article by Jimmy Akin that examines the content of Countdown to the Kingdom. Readers have asked us to respond to his critique that questions our claims that the “Timeline” on this website is based on four principal sources: (1) the Church Fathers, (2) magisterial teachings of popes, (3) the apparitions at Fatima, and (4) a “prophetic consensus” of credible seers. On the Church Fathers, Mr. Akin claims that “Countdown to the Kingdom has selected its preferred points of interpretation while ignoring others”; that the “Magisterial teachings on prophecy are minimal, and the popes have not provided teachings supporting the Countdown timeline”; that the interpretation of Fatima “offered by the Magisterium holds that it dealt with events in the twentieth century, not events in our future”; and that the seers providing a “prophetic consensus” of the aforementioned are not “approved” and therefore are unreliable. “In view of these facts,” says Mr. Akin, “I consider Countdown to the Kingdom to be a website that presents a highly sensationalistic, speculative, and unlikely prophetic scenario that is put together from scattered pieces of information and interpretations that the authors favor.”

While I have never personally dialogued with Jimmy Akin, I have the highest regard for his work in apologetics and have nothing but praise overall for Catholic Answers. I spent several days in Rome with their Senior Apologist, Tim Staples, as we discussed everything from the Pope to private revelation. If you are new to the Catholic Faith, I wholly encourage you to explore their website and seek answers to your questions on Catholic fundamentals.Please read the article below for a full response to Mr. Akin’s article. Some of its main points, however, can be summarized as follows:

  • A recurring theme — if not the predominant exhortation — of this website is that the faithful should have no fear of the times ahead. Whoever contacted Mr. Akin expressing fear as a result of this website must have read very little of its contents. We addressed this false assertion in A Response to Patrick Madridanother contributor to Catholic Answers. 
  • Neither Countdown to the Kingdom (CTTK) nor any of its current or past contributors have ever said or implied that the end of the world is imminent. Each, on the contrary, has repeatedly and specifically said the opposite.
  • The “prophetic consensus” of private revelation — on impending Chastisements and a glorious Era of Peace to follow — is testified to repeatedly throughout over a century of Papal Magisterium. For Mr. Akin to refer to this Magisterium as “scant” or as “not supporting the Countdown Timeline” is simply untrue.
  • There is a strong consensus among the Church Fathers on the timeline of events, contrary to what Mr. Akin asserts.
  • Fr. Michel Rodrigue’s messages, as well as those of Fr. Stefano Gobbi, are not condemned by the Church; these are facts, not “implausible” assertions. 

The Timeline

At issue in much of Mr. Akin’s article is the Timeline posted on CTTK. Contrary to his assumption that it is “put together from scattered pieces of information and interpretations”, it is directly lifted from a straightforward reading of Chapters 19 – 20 of Revelation and precisely how several Church Fathers explained it. This same Timeline is laid out in my book The Final Confrontationwhich received the Nihil Obstat in 2020. 

The Timeline is also self-evident that the “end of the world” is not imminent, as Mr. Akin seems to think we are saying. No one or any message here has said as much in our videos, books, and a multitude of posts. However, Heaven has repeatedly told us that we have been living in a “time of mercy” and that “time is short” as we approach the end of this era. Take the approved messages to St. Faustina, for example: 

Speak to the world about My mercy; let all mankind recognize My unfathomable mercy. It is a sign for the end times; after it will come the day of justice. While there is still time, let them have recourse to the fount of My mercy.  —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 848 

And again,

You will prepare the world for My final coming. —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 429

…hear the voice of the Spirit speaking to the whole Church of our time, which is the time of mercy—POPE FRANCIS, Vatican City, March 6th, 2014, www.vatican.va

Pope Benedict puts Faustina’s message into perspective:

If one took this statement in a chronological sense, as an injunction to get ready, as it were, immediately for the Second Coming, it would be false. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Light of the World, A Conversation with Peter Seewald, p. 180-181

As the successor to Peter explains in the same interview as well as other statements, there is yet to come, for example, the “Triumph of the Immaculate Heart.” In fact, contrary to Mr. Akin’s assertion in his article that the events of Fatima are confined to the past century, Benedict XVI stated:

…we would be mistaken to think that the prophetic mission of Fatima is complete. —Homily, May 13th, 2010, Fatima, Portugal; Catholic News Agency

But what does the “Triumph of the Immaculate Heart” mean? According to Benedict (who then went on to pray for the hastening of “the fulfillment of the prophecy of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary”), it 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

Eight years before, the Marian pope, St. John Paul II, prayed for the same:

This is our great hope and our invocation, ‘Your Kingdom come!’—a Kingdom of peace, justice and serenity, which will re-establish the original harmony of creation. —ST. POPE JOHN PAUL II, General Audience, November 6th, 2002, Zenit

Herein lies the hermeneutical key to understanding the Timeline, indeed, the Scriptures themselves: the coming of the Kingdom as understood here is not the end of the world, as many evangelical preachers presume and even some Catholic authors have proposed. Rather, it is the fulfillment of the “Our Father” in which the Divine Will is to reign “on earth as it is in Heaven.”[1] In some circles of Catholic theology, this is known as an “Era of Peace”. Cardinal Mario Luigi Ciappi, papal theologian for Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, and John Paul II stated:

Yes, a miracle was promised at Fatima, the greatest miracle in the history of the world, second only to the Resurrection. And that miracle will be an era of peace, which has never really been granted before to the world. —October 9th, 1994, The Apostolate’s Family Catechism, p. 35

Cardinal Raymond Burke explains why:

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

When Christ’s perfect obedience becomes ours, then the Our Father will be fulfilled on earth:

…every day in the prayer of the Our Father we ask the Lord: “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:10)…. we recognize that “heaven” is where the will of God is done, and that “earth” becomes “heaven”—i.e., the place of the presence of love, of goodness, of truth and of divine beauty—only if on earth the will of God is done. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, General Audience, February 1st, 2012, Vatican City

The Messages and Messengers

Mr. Akin states,

The [Countdown] website does not show evidence that the authors have conducted detailed investigations of the seers they recommend or, if they have, that they properly applied critical thinking to their cases and objectively weighed the evidence.

On the contrary, our translator Peter Bannister, MTh, MPhil has studied hundreds of seers throughout the world, interviewed some, and read thousands of pages of prophetic revelations. He is perhaps one of the most versed theologians on private revelation in our times. I have also personally interviewed some the seers on this website, often positing difficult questions. We have also published numerous articles here or linked to our own websites explaining how the Church discerns prophecy and teaches us to approach it: for example, see Prophecy in Perspective. I can also testify that there are often vigorous and rich theological debates behind the scenes and frequent discussions on the best wording chosen in a translation, as languages do not always commute perfectly between each other. We have also provided a biographical page of each seer providing their ecclesiastical status and other pertinent information. In other words, we take St. Paul’s admonitions to “test prophecy” seriously rather than “despise” it (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21).

Mr. Akin further asserts that we have chosen seers who are not approved by the Church. On the contrary, nearly every seer here has some form of ecclesiastical approval to one degree or another: the seers of Heede, Germany (approved); Luz de Maria (writings approved); Alicja Lenczewska (Imprimatur); Jennifer (endorsed by the late Fr. Seraphim Michaelenko and after submission to John Paul II, a Vatican representative told her to “Spread the messages to the world any way you can”); St. Faustina (approved); Pedro Regis (broad support from his bishop); Simona and Angela (active theological commission); seers of Medjugorje (first seven apparitions approved by the Ruini Commission; awaiting final word from the Pope); Marco Ferrari (met with several popes; still under a theological commission); Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta (full approval); Fr. Stefano Gobbi (Imprimatur); Elizabeth Kindelmann (approved by Cardinal Péter Erdő); Valeria Copponi (supported by the late Fr. Gabriel Amorth; no official declaration); Fr. Ottavio Michelini was a priest and mystic (member of the Papal Court of Pope St. Paul VI); Servant of God Cora Evans (approved)… and there are more.  

However, Mr. Akin’s argument that a seer should only be considered believable if they are “approved” is not supported by either Scripture or Church teaching. For one, the Magisterium can sometimes take decades if not centuries to make any formal judgment on private revelation – if at all. Second, St. Paul’s instructions to the Christian community on prophecy were not that complex:

Two or three prophets should speak, and the others discern. But if a revelation is given to another person sitting there, the first one should be silent. For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged. Indeed, the spirits of prophets are under the prophets’ control, since he is not the God of disorder but of peace. (1 Cor 14:29-33)

While this can often be practiced on the spot regarding the regular exercise of prophecy in a community, when supernatural phenomena are accompanied, a deeper investigation by the Church into the supernatural character of such revelations may be necessary. This may or may not take some time.

Today, more than in the past, news of these apparitions is diffused rapidly among the faithful thanks to the means of information (mass media). Moreover, the ease of going from one place to another fosters frequent pilgrimages, so that Ecclesiastical Authority should discern quickly about the merits of such matters.

On the other hand, modern mentality and the requirements of critical scientific investigation render it more difficult, if not almost impossible, to achieve with the required speed the judgments that in the past concluded the investigation of such matters (constat de supernaturalitatenon constat de supernaturalitate) and that offered to the Ordinaries the possibility of authorizing or prohibiting public cult or other forms of devotion among the faithful. — Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “Norms Regarding the Manner of Proceeding in the Discernment of Presumed Apparitions or Revelations” n. 2, vatican.va

It is also clear that Heaven doesn’t wait for canonical investigations. Usually, God provides sufficient evidence for belief in messages that are especially intended for a larger audience. Hence, Pope Benedict XIV said:

Are they to whom a revelation is made, and who are certain it comes from God, bound to give a firm assent thereto? The answer is in the affirmative… —Heroic Virtue, Vol III, p.390

As for the rest of the Body of Christ, he goes on to say:

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

Regarding two seers specifically, Mr. Akin states:

Fr. Rodrigue also predicted that a series of dramatic, apocalyptic events—including a Third World War, the martyrdom of Pope Francis, and an ecumenical council being called by Pope Emeritus Benedict—would begin in October 2020.

There have been many erroneous statements on websites, including in a letter from his bishop, that Fr. Michel made such claims. On the contrary, in a letter to his supporters dated March 26, 2020, Fr. Michel simply wrote the following:

My dear people of God, we are now passing a test. The great events of purification will begin this fall. Be ready with the Rosary to disarm Satan and to protect our people. Make sure that you are in the state of grace by having made your general confession to a Catholic priest. The spiritual battle will begin. Remember these words: The month of the Rosary will see great things. www.countdowntothekingdom.com/new-video-the-truth-about-fr-michel-rodrigue-is-fr-michel-rodrigue-authenticIn the case of Fr. Michel Rodrigue, there has been no formal commission, decree or directive — only a public distancing of the bishop from the messages (see On Bishop Lemay’s Open Letter of September 3rd). Mr. Akin feels we are contradicting our website’s statement to follow the Church’s “formal declarations” on private revelation by continuing to leave Fr. Michel on our website. We take very seriously the careful procedures and guidelines bishops are to follow in the discernment of prophecy. If there is not a formal declaration against a credible alleged apparition or locution, then the faithful are still permitted to cautiously and prudently approach said revelations — and especially so when we see the kinds of overwhelmingly positive fruits we have seen and heard in those who have watched Fr. Michel’s videos. A negative opinion is simply not the same as a negative decree. For instance, in the case of Medjugorje, the Vatican made clear that the local bishop’s negative ruling at one point was to be considered his “personal opinion”, as the jurisdiction over the apparitions had shifted to Rome.[2] Regarding the late Fr. Stefano Gobbi, Mr. Akin writes: “Fr. Gobbi had a track record of false predictions. In 1995, he predicted that Christ would return in glory in the year 2000 to establish the new heavens and the new earth.” Here is what Fr. Gobbi wrote:

I confirm to you that, by the great Jubilee of the year two thousand, there will take place the triumph of my Immaculate Heart, of which I foretold you at Fatima, and this will come to pass with the return of Jesus in glory, to establish his Reign in the world. Thus you will at last be able to see with your own eyes the new heavens and the new earth. To The Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons, U.S. National Headquarters of the MMP [1995], n. 532

And again in message 389 given in 1988:

In this period of ten years there will come to completion that fullness of time which was pointed out to you by me… In this period of ten years there will come to completion the time of the great tribulation, which has been foretold to you in Holy Scripture, before the second coming of Jesus. In this period of ten years the mystery of iniquity, prepared for by the ever-increasing spread of apostasy, will become manifest. In this period of ten years all the secrets which I have revealed to some of my children will come to pass and all the events which have been foretold to you by me will take place.

Mr. Akin then links to an article on Catholic Answers that wrongly and grievously casts Fr. Gobbi’s writings into heresy. We direct you to a letter by the former Director of the MMP that accurately explains the theology of Fr. Gobbi’s writings that are consistent with the Church Fathers and their theological development. See: “In Defense of the Orthodoxy of The Marian Movement of Priests”

As for Fr. Gobbi’s predictions above, have these prophecies, which continue to reflect what is unfolding in our times, simply been delayed as we have seen occur even in the Scriptures (eg. Jonah 3:10)? Or did Fr. Gobbi interject his own thoughts somehow and simply get it wrong? 

Such occasional occurrences of flawed prophetic habit should not lead to the condemnation of the entire body of the supernatural knowledge communicated by the prophet, if it is properly discerned to constitute authentic prophecy. —Dr. Mark Miravalle, Private Revelation: Discerning With the Church, page 21

Indeed, the spiritual director to both Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta and the seer of La Salette, Melanie Calvat, warned:

Conforming to prudence and sacred accuracy, people cannot deal with private revelations as if they were canonical books or decrees of the Holy See… For example, who could ratify in full all the visions of Catherine Emmerich and St. Brigitte, which show evident discrepancies? —St. Hannibal, in a letter to Fr. Peter Bergamaschi who had published all the unedited writings of Benedictine mystic, St. M. Cecilia 

However, perhaps Our Lady herself offered an explanation in Fr. Gobbi’s messages:

This is what I want to tell you. Do not, therefore, limit yourselves to the predictions which I give you, seeking to understand the times you are living in. As a Mother, I am telling you about the dangers you are facing, the threats which are hanging over you, the evils which could befall you, only because this evil can still be avoided by you, the dangers can be escaped, the design of God’s Justice, can still be changed by the power of His merciful Love. Even when I foretell punishment to you, remember that everything can be changed in a moment by the power of your prayer and of your penance, which makes reparation. So do not say “What you foretold to us did not come true!”, but thank the Heavenly Father with me because, through the response of prayer and consecration, through your suffering, through the immense suffering of so many of my poor children, He has again put off the time of Justice, to allow the time of great Mercy to flower. —January 21st, 1984; To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons

Here again, there has been no formal decree against Fr. Gobbi’s writings. A secretary from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), in a “personal and unofficial letter”, advised Fr. Gobbi that the CDF considered his writings to be “private meditations.”[3] However, to this day, there is no formal documentation to verify any such decision by the Congregation.

On the Church Fathers

Mr. Akin asserts that…

…the Church Fathers did not inherit a single interpretation of the book of Revelation. There were very few commentaries written on it in the patristic period, views on the book diverged widely, and Countdown to the Kingdom has selected its preferred points of interpretation while ignoring others.

The evidence is quite the opposite, actually. The Church Fathers most affirmatively did not “diverge widely” on their view of the proper interpretation of the Book of Revelation. Almost all of them believed firmly that it promised “the times of the kingdom” on earth, within history, during its final “millennium” – before Christ’s final coming in the flesh. It is precisely through this interim “coming of the Kingdom” that the Church will be sanctified and prepared so that Our Lord Jesus “might present to himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish” (Eph 5:27). Another term for this Era of Peace[4] is a “middle coming” of Christ in Spirit:

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

This is what St. Bernard said:

Because this [middle] coming lies between the other two, it is like a road on which we travel from the first coming to the last. In the first, Christ was our redemption; in the last, he will appear as our life; in this middle coming, he is our rest and consolation.…. In his first coming Our Lord came in our flesh and in our weakness; in this middle coming he comes in spirit and power; in the final coming he will be seen in glory and majesty… —St. Bernard, Liturgy of the Hours, Vol I, p. 169

Indeed, the Early Church Fathers frequently spoke of a coming “sabbath rest” for the Church.[5] In fact, they claimed that this period of rest for the Church, the “times of the kingdom”, as Irenaeus called them,[6] were precisely the “thousand years” spoken of by St. John after the death of the Antichrist or “beast”.

Scripture says: ‘And God rested upon the seventh day from all His works’… And in six days created things were completed; it is evident, therefore, that they will come to an end at the sixth thousand year [after Adam]… But when The Antichrist shall have devastated all things in this world, he will reign for three years and six months, and sit in the temple at Jerusalem; and then the Lord will come from Heaven in the clouds… sending this man and those who follow him into the lake of fire; but bringing in for the righteous the times of the kingdom, that is, the rest, the hallowed seventh day… These are to take place in the times of the kingdom, that is, upon the seventh day… the true Sabbath of the righteous… Those who saw John, the Lord’s disciple, [tell us] that they heard from him how the Lord taught and spoke about these times…  —St. Irenaeus of Lyons, Church Father (140–202 A.D.); Adversus Haereses, Irenaeus of Lyons, V.33.3.4, The Fathers of the Church, CIMA Publishing Co.; (St. Irenaeus was a student of St. Polycarp, who knew and learned from the Apostle John and was later consecrated bishop of Smyrna by John.)

Irenaeus is referring to Church Father Papias, who was a disciple of St. John according to the Vatican’s own documentation:

Papias by name, of Herapolis, a disciple dear to John… copied the Gospel faithfully under John’s dictation. —Codex Vaticanus Alexandrinus, Nr. 14 Bibl. Lat. Opp. I., Romae, 1747, p.344

And St. Justin Martyr wrote:

A man among us named John, one of Christ’s Apostles, received and foretold that the followers of Christ would dwell in Jerusalem for a thousand years, and that afterwards the universal and, in short, everlasting resurrection and judgment would take place…. Now… we understand that a period of one thousand years is indicated in symbolic language. —St. Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho, Ch. 81, The Fathers of the Church, Christian Heritage

This “seventh day” is not eternity but this interim “coming of the Kingdom” before the eternal “eighth day”:

…when His Son will come and destroy the time of the lawless one and judge the godless, and change the sun and the moon and the stars—then He shall indeed rest on the seventh day… after giving rest to all things, I will make the beginning of the eighth day, that is, the beginning of another world. —Letter of Barnabas (70-79 A.D.), written by a second century Apostolic Father

Again, Mr. Akin suggests that we are cherry-picking the Fathers in this regard. He is no doubt referring to the oft-cited quotation of St. Augustine who claimed that the “thousand years” in Revelation 20 is “an equivalent for the whole duration of this world.” However, Augustine was explicit that this was his personal opinion “…so far as occurs to me…”.[7] In fact, Augustine gave three interpretations to this passage, including one that was fully consonant with previous Church Fathers while avoiding the heresy of millenarianism,[8] which taught that Jesus would return in the flesh to reign on earth during these “times of the kingdom.” Instead, said both Tertullian[9] and Augustine, this would be a period of “spiritual blessings”:

…as if it were a fit thing that the saints should thus enjoy a kind of Sabbath-rest during that period, a holy leisure after the labors of six thousand years since man was created… (and) there should follow on the completion of six thousand years, as of six days, a kind of seventh-day Sabbath in the succeeding thousand years… And this opinion would not be objectionable, if it were believed that the joys of the saints, in that Sabbath, shall be spiritual, and consequent on the presence of God… —St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430 A.D.; Church Doctor), De Civitate Dei, Bk. XX, Ch. 7, Catholic University of America Press

Neither does this fulfillment of the “Our Father”, which Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta calls “the gift of living in the Divine Will”, constitute the definitive fulfillment of the Kingdom of God…

…since the idea of a definitive intra-historical fulfillment fails to take into account the permanent openness of history and of human freedom, for which failure is always a possibility. —Cardinal Ratzinger (POPE BENEDICT XVI) Eschatology: Death and Eternal Life, Catholic University of America Press, p. 213

Indeed, as the Scriptures indicate, after this “thousand years”, which the Church Fathers also called “the Day of the Lord”,[10] there is one last final revolt (Rev 20:7-10) — Gog and Magog, who are a type of the Beast and False Prophet who assaulted the Church before the Era of Peace.

We shall indeed be able to interpret the words, “The priest of God and of Christ shall reign with Him a thousand years; and when the thousand years shall be finished, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison;” for thus they signify that the reign of the saints and the bondage of the devil shall cease simultaneously… so in the end they shall go out who do not belong to Christ, but to that last Antichrist… —St. Augustine, The Anti-Nicene Fathers, City of God, Book XX, Chap. 13, 19

The kingdom will be fulfilled, then, not by a historic triumph of the Church through a progressive ascendancy, but only by God’s victory over the final unleashing of evil, which will cause his Bride to come down from heaven. God’s triumph over the revolt of evil will take the form of the Last Judgment after the final cosmic upheaval of this passing world. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 677

Hence, the website Countdown to the Kingdom exists to exhort souls to pray for and prepare for these final eschatological events, which may or may not culminate completely within in our lifetimes.

Why not ask him to send us new witnesses of his presence today, in whom he himself will come to us? And this prayer, while it is not directly focused on the end of the world, is nevertheless a real prayer for his coming; it contains the full breadth of the prayer that he himself taught us: “Your kingdom come!” Come, Lord Jesus! —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Jesus of Nazareth, Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection, p. 292, Ignatius Press

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)

On Magisterial Authority

Mr. Akin claims in his article that:

Magisterial teachings on prophecy are minimal, and the popes have not provided teachings supporting the Countdown timeline. They only provide teachings about points common to every orthodox Catholic view of prophecy (e.g., there will be a Second Coming).

The evidence couldn’t be more contrary. First, consider the words of John Paul II shortly before being raised to the seat of Peter:

We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through… We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel, of Christ versus the anti-Christ… It is a trial… of 2,000 years of culture and Christian civilization, with all of its consequences for human dignity, individual rights, human rights and the rights of nations. —Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (JOHN PAUL II ), at the Eucharistic Congress, Philadelphia, PA; August 13, 1976; cf. Catholic Online (confirmed by Deacon Keith Fournier who was in attendance)

In none of John Paul II’s teachings does he ever suggest the “end of the world” is at hand. He, too, anticipated the coming of the Kingdom in a new modality, what he called a “coming new and divine holiness”,[11] a “new Springtime” or “new Pentecost”.[12] Summarizing Sacred Tradition, nineteenth-century writer Fr. Charles Arminjon (1824-1885) stated:

…if we study but a moment the signs of the present time, the menacing symptoms of our political situation and revolutions, as well as the progress of civilization and the increasing advance of evil, corresponding to the progress of civilization and the discoveries in the material order, we cannot fail to foresee the proximity of the coming of the man of sin, and of the days of desolation foretold by Christ… The most authoritative view, and the one that appears to be most in harmony with Holy Scripture, is that, after the fall of the Antichrist, the Catholic Church will once again enter upon a period of prosperity and triumph.   The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life, Fr. Charles Arminjon (1824-1885), p. 56-58; Sophia Institute Press

From Leo XIII to the present Pope, they have consistently spoken in terms that indeed indicate both the coming trials as well as triumph. 

There is a great uneasiness at this time in the world and in the Church, and that which is in question is the faith. It so happens now that I repeat to myself the obscure phrase of Jesus in the Gospel of St. Luke: ‘When the Son of Man returns, will He still find faith on the earth?’…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.

…he who resists the truth through malice and turns away from it, sins most grievously against the Holy Ghost. In our days this sin has become so frequent that those dark times seem to have come which were foretold by St. Paul, in which men, blinded by the just judgment of God, should take falsehood for truth, and should believe in “the prince of this world,” who is a liar and the father thereof, as a teacher of truth: “God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying (2 Thess. ii., 10). In the last times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to spirits of error and the doctrines of devils” (1 Tim. iv., 1). —POPE LEO XIII, Divinum Illud Munus, n. 10

When all this is considered there is good reason to fear lest this great perversity may be as it were a foretaste, and perhaps the beginning of those evils which are reserved for the last days; and that there may be already in the world the “Son of Perdition” of whom the Apostle speaks. —POPE ST. PIUS X, E Supremi, Encyclical On the Restoration of All Things in Christ, n. 3, 5; October 4th, 1903

Certainly, those days would seem to have come upon us of which Christ Our Lord foretold: “You shall hear of wars and rumours of wars—for nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom (Matt 24:6-7). —POPE BENEDICT XV, Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum, November 1, 1914

And thus, even against our will, the thought rises in the mind that now those days draw near of which Our Lord prophesied: “And because iniquity hath abounded, the charity of many shall grow cold” (Matt. 24:12). —POPE PIUS XI, Miserentissimus Redemptor, Encyclical on Reparation to the Sacred Heart, n. 17 

Like Pius X, he too foresaw, particularly in the spread of Communism, foreshadowings of the coming of Antichrist:[13]

These things in truth are so sad that you might say that such events foreshadow and portend the “beginning of sorrows,” that is to say of those that shall be brought by the man of sin,  “who is lifted up above all that is called God or is worshiped” (2 Thes 2:4). —Miserentissimus Redemptor, Encyclical Letter on Reparation to the Sacred Heart, May 8th, 1928

Here, we are providing a fraction of the magisterial statements on our present times: see Why Aren’t the Popes Shouting?

On the coming Triumph, magisterial and ecclesiastical teaching are not lacking either. 

…a hope in some mighty triumph of Christ here on earth before the final consummation of all things. Such an occurrence is not excluded, is not impossible, it is not all certain that there will not be a prolonged period of triumphant Christianity before the end… If before that final end there is to be a period, more or less prolonged, of triumphant sanctity, such a result will be brought about not by the apparition of the person of Christ in Majesty but by the operation of those powers of sanctification which are now at work, the Holy Ghost and the Sacraments of the Church. —The Teaching of the Catholic Church: A Summary of Catholic Doctrine [London: Burns Oates & Washbourne, 1952] p. 1140

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; ewtn.com

Out from the mournful groans of sorrow, from the very depths of the heart-rending anguish of oppressed individuals and countries there arises an aura of hope. To an ever-increasing number of noble souls there comes the thought, the will, ever clearer and stronger, to make of this world, this universal upheaval, a starting point for a new era of far-reaching renovation, the complete reorganization of the world. —POPE PIUS XII, Christmas Radio Message, 1944

[John Paul II] does indeed cherish a great expectation that the millennium of divisions will be followed by a millennium of unifications… that all the catastrophes of our century, all its tears, as the Pope says, will be caught up at the end and turned into a new beginning.  —Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (POPE BENEDICT XVI), Salt of the Earth, An Interview With Peter Seewald, p. 237

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

God loves all men and women on earth and gives them the hope of a new era, an era of peace… The Great Jubilee is inseparably linked to this message of love and reconciliation, a message which gives voice to the truest aspirations of humanity today.  —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Message of Pope John Paul II for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace, January 1, 2000

But even this night in the world shows clear signs of a dawn that will come, of a new day receiving the kiss of a new and more resplendent sun… A new resurrection of Jesus is necessary: a true resurrection, which admits no more lordship of death… In individuals, Christ must destroy the night of mortal sin with the dawn of grace regained. In families, the night of indifference and coolness must give way to the sun of love. In factories, in cities, in nations, in lands of misunderstanding and hatred the night must grow bright as the day, nox sicut dies illuminabitur, and strife will cease and there will be peace. —POPE PIUX XII, Urbi et Orbi address,March 2nd, 1957; vatican.va

May there dawn for everyone the time of peace and freedom, the time of truth, of justice and of hope. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Radio message, Vatican City, 1981

“And they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.” May God… shortly bring to fulfillment His prophecy for transforming this consoling vision of the future into a present reality… It is God’s task to bring about this happy hour and to make it known to all… 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. We pray most fervently, and ask others likewise to pray for this much-desired pacification of society. —POPE PIUS XI, Ubi Arcani dei Consilioi “On the Peace of Christ in his Kingdom”, December 23, 1922

Oh! when in every city and village the law of the Lord is faithfully observed, when respect is shown for sacred things, when the Sacraments are frequented, and the ordinances of Christian life fulfilled, there will certainly be no more need for us to labor further to see all things restored in Christ… And then? Then, at last, it will be clear to all that the Church, such as it was instituted by Christ, must enjoy full and entire liberty and independence from all foreign dominion…  “He shall break the heads of his enemies,” that all may know “that God is the king of all the earth,” “that the Gentiles may know themselves to be men.” All this, Venerable Brethren, We believe and expect with unshakable faith. —POPE PIUS X, E Supremi, Encyclical “On the Restoration of All Things”, n.14, 6-7

Again, these are just a fraction of the statements made by the Magisterium. See The Popes, and the Dawning Era and Dear Holy Father… He is Coming!. 

We hope this response will continue the cordial dialogue between us and Jimmy Akin, especially as the Catholic world is shrinking and unity in the Body of Christ is more threatened than ever.

Do not despise the words of prophets,
but test everything;
hold fast to what is good…

(1 Thessalonians 5:20-21)

Footnotes

↑1cf. The Coming Descent of the Divine Will
↑2In a letter of clarification to Bishop Gilbert Aubry, Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith wrote: “What Bishop Peric said in his letter to the Secretary General of “Famille Chretienne”, declaring: “My conviction and my position is not only ‘non constat de supernaturalitate,’ but likewise, ‘constat de non supernaturalitate‘ [not supernatural] of the apparitions or revelations in Medjugorje”, should be considered the expression of the personal conviction of the Bishop of Mostar which he has the right to express as Ordinary of the place, but which is and remains his personal opinion.” —May 26, 1998; ewtn.com
↑3See: “In Defense of the Orthodoxy of The Marian Movement of Priests”
↑4cf. The Era of Peace: Snippets from Private Revelation
↑5cf. The Coming Sabbath Rest
↑6Adversus Haereses, Irenaeus of Lyons, V.33.3.4, The Fathers of the Church, CIMA Publishing Co.
↑7De Civitate Dei “City of God”, Book 20, Ch. 7
↑8see Millenarianism – What it is and is Not
↑9Adversus Marcion, Ante-Nicene Fathers, Henrickson Publishers, 1995, Vol. 3, pp. 342-343
↑10cf. Scripture – The Day of the Lord
↑11‘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.”’ —Address to the Rogationist Fathers, n. 6
↑12“As the third millennium of the Redemption draws near, God is preparing a great springtime for Christianity and we can already see its first signs.” May Mary, the Morning Star, help us to say with ever new ardor our “yes” to the Father’s plan for salvation that all nations and tongues may see his glory.” —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Message for World Mission Sunday, n.9, October 24th, 1999; www.vatican.va
↑13see Antichrist… Before the Era of Peace?

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GOD has reserved, for our times, the “gift of living in the Divine Will” that once was Adam’s birthright but was lost through original sin. Now it is being restored as the final stage of the People of God’s long journey back to the Father’s heart, to make of them a Bride “without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish” (Eph 5:27).

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

It is more than simply doing the will of God, even perfectly; rather, it is possessing above all the rights and privileges to affect and rule all creation that Adam once possessed, but forfeited. 

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

Think of a pebble thrown into the middle of a pond. All of the ripples proceed from that center point to the edges of the entire pond — a result of that single act. So too, with a single word — Fiat (“let it be”) — all of creation has proceeded from that single point of eternity, rippling throughout the centuries.[1] The ripples themselves are movements through time, but the center point is eternity since God is in eternity.

Another analogy is to think of the Divine Will as the fount of a great waterfall that breaks into millions of tributaries. Until now, all the greatest saints could do in the past is step into one of those tributaries and even remain perfectly within it according to its force, direction, and flow. But now God is restoring to man his original capacity to enter into the very Source of those tributaries — the Fount — the single point in eternity from which the Divine Will emerges. Hence, the soul who lives in the Divine Will is able to make all his acts done, as it were, in that single point, thus influencing at once all the tributaries downstream (ie. throughout all human history). Thus my thinking, breathing, moving, acting, speaking, and even sleeping in the Divine Will continues the restoration of the bond and communion of man with the Creator and creation itself. In mystical theology, this is called “bilocation” (not in the sense of St. Pio appearing in two places at once, but as follows): 

Because the eternal operation of God’s Will operated in Adam’s soul as the principle of human activity, his soul was empowered by God to transcend time and space through the grace of bilocation; his soul bilocated in all created things to establish itself as their head and to unify the acts of all creatures. —Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, The Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the Writings of Luisa Piccarreta, 2.1.2.1, p. 41

As the last stage of the Church’s journey, her sanctification consists in God admitting her into the very center of His Divine Will so that all her actions, thoughts, and words enter the “eternal mode” that can thereby influence, as Adam once did, all of creation, releasing it from corruption, and bringing it to perfection. 

Creation is the foundation of “all God’s saving plans,”… God envisaged the glory of the new creation in Christ… God thus enables men to be intelligent and free causes in order to complete the work of creation, to perfect its harmony for their own good and that of their neighbors. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, 280, 307

And thus,

…creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God… in hope that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now… (Rom 8:19-22)

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

This “gift”, then, proceeds entirely from the merits of Christ Jesus who wishes to make us brothers and sisters who share in the restoration of all things (see True Sonship).  

The Means to Live in the Divine Will

Jesus asked Luisa to name her writings “The Book of Heaven”, including the subtitle: “The call of the soul to the order, place and purpose for which God created it.”  Far from reserving this call or Gift for a select few, God wishes to bestow it upon all. Alas, “Many are invited, but few are chosen.”[2] But I believe with all my heart that you, the readers of The Now Word who have said “yes” (ie. fiat!) to being part of Our Lady’s Little Rabbleare being extended this Gift right now. You don’t have to understand everything written above or below; you don’t have to fully grasp all the concepts laid out in the 36 volumes of Luisa’s writings. All that is necessary for receiving this Gift and beginning to live in the Divine Will was summarized by Jesus in the Gospels:

Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven… Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. (Matthew 18:30, John 14:23)

I. Desire

The first step, then, is to simply desire this Gift. To say, “My Lord, I know you suffered, died and rose again in order to resurrect in us all that was lost in Eden. I give you my “yes”, then: “May it be done to me according to your Word” (Luke 1:38). 

While I was thinking about the Holy Divine Will, my sweet Jesus said to me: “My daughter, to enter into My Will… the creature does nothing other than remove the pebble of her will… This is because the pebble of her will impedes My Will from flowing in her… But if the soul removes the pebble of her will, in that same instant she flows in Me, and I in her. She discovers all of My goods at her disposition: light, strength, help and all that she desires… It is enough that she desires it, and everything is done!” —Jesus to Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, Volume 12, February 16th, 1921

For years, books on the Divine Will were landing on my desk. I knew intuitively that they were important… but it wasn’t until I was alone one day that, out of the blue, I sensed Our Lady say, “It’s time.” And with that, I picked up the writings of Our Lady in the Kingdom of the Divine Will and began to drink. For several months thereafter, whenever I began to read these sublime revelations, I was moved to tears. I cannot explain why, except, that it was time. Maybe it is time for you to dive into this Gift, too. You will know because the knocking on your heart will be clear and unmistakable.[3] All you need to begin to receive it is to desire it. 

II. Knowledge

To grow in this Gift, and for it to grow in you, it is important to immerse oneself in Jesus’ teachings on the Divine Will.

Every time I speak to you about my Will and you acquire new understanding and knowledge, your act in my Will receives more value and you acquire more immense riches. It happens as to a man who possesses a gem, and knows that this gem is worth a penny: he is rich one penny. Now, it happens that he shows his gem to a skilled expert, who tells him that his gem has a value of five thousand liras. That man no longer possesses one penny, but he is rich five thousand liras. Now, after some time he has the opportunity to show his gem to another expert, even more experienced, who assures him that his gem contains the value of one hundred thousand liras, and is ready to buy it if he wants to sell. Now that man is rich one hundred thousand liras. According to his knowledge of the value of his gem, he becomes richer, and feels greater love and appreciation for the gem… Now, the same happens with my Will, as well as with virtues. According to how the soul understands their value and acquires knowledge of them, she comes to acquire new values and new riches in her acts. Therefore, the more you know my Will, the more your act will acquire value. Oh, if you knew what seas of graces I open between you and Me every time I speak to you about the effects of my Will, you would die of joy and would make feast, as if you had acquired new reigns to dominate! Volume 13August 25th, 1921

For my part, I read maybe 2-3 messages each day from the volumes of Luisa. On the recommendation of a friend, I began with Volume Eleven. But if you are new to the spiritual life, you can start with Volume One, reading a little bit at a time. You can find the writings online hereAlso, the entire set is available in one printed book hereYour questions about Luisa, her writings, and the Church’s approval of them can be read here: On Luisa and Her Writings.

III. Virtue

How can one live in this Gift if one continues to live in his own will? This is to say that one can begin his or her day in the Divine Will — in the “eternal mode” of being with God — and quickly fall out of that single point through dissipation, inattentiveness, and of course, sin. It is necessary that we grow in virtue. The Gift of Living in the Divine Will does not do away with the patrimony of spirituality developed, lived, and passed on to us by the Saints, but presumes it. This Gift is leading the Bride of Christ toward perfection, and hence, we have to strive for it. 

So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:48)

It is a matter, first and foremost, of smashing our idols and setting out with firm resolution to live in Simple ObedienceLuisa Piccarreta’s spiritual director, St. Hannibal di Francia, wrote:

In order to form, with this new science, saints who may surpass those of the past, the new Saints must also have all the virtues, and in heroic degree, of ancient Saints — of the Confessors, of the Penitents, of the Martyrs, of the Anachorists, of the Virgins, etc. —Letters of St. Hannibal to Luisa Piccarreta, Collection of Letters Sent by St. Hannibal Di Francia to the Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta (Jacksonville, Center for the Divine Will: 1997), letter n. 2.

If Jesus is calling us to receive this Gift now in these times, won’t He all the more give us the graces to be disposed to it? It was several years before Luisa finally lived continuously in the Divine Will. So do not be discouraged by your weakness and faults. With God, all things are possible. We simply need to say “yes” to Him — and how and when He brings us to perfection is His business so long as we are sincere in our desire and efforts. The Sacraments, then, become indispensable in healing and strengthing us.  

IV. Life

Jesus wants to live His life in us, and for us to live our lives in Him — perpetually. This is the “life” He calls us to; this is His glory and joy, and it will be our glory and joy, too. (I think the Lord is truly crazy for loving humanity like this — but hey — I’ll take it! I’ll ask again and again for His promises to be fulfilled in me, like that pesky widow in Luke 18:1-8). 

His divine power has bestowed on us everything that makes for life and devotion, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and power. Through these, he has bestowed on us the precious and very great promises, so that through them you may come to share in the divine nature… (2 Pet 1:3-4)

The heart of Luisa’s writings is that the words Jesus taught us in the Our Father would be fulfilled:

My very prayer to the heavenly Father, ‘May it come, may your kingdom come and your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven,’ meant that with My coming to earth the Kingdom of My Will was not established among creatures, otherwise I would have said, ‘My Father, may Our kingdom that I have already established on earth be confirmed, and let Our Will dominate and reign.’ Instead I said, ‘May it come.’ This means that it must come and souls must await it with the same certainty with which they awaited the future Redeemer. For My Divine Will is bound and committed to the words of the ‘Our Father.’ —Jesus to Luisa, The Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the Writings of Luisa Piccarreta (Kindle Location 1551), Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi

The goal of Redemption is to transform our finite corporeal actions into divine acts, to bring them from the temporal into the eternal “prime motion” of the Divine Will. To put it crudely, Jesus is fixing in us what became broken in Adam. 

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

The Holy Trinity wants us to live suspended with them in a Single Will such that Their interior life becomes our own. “Living in My Will is the apex of sanctity, and it bestows continuous growth in Grace,” Jesus said to Luisa.[4] It is to transform even the act of breathing into a divine act of praise, adoration, and reparation. 

Sanctity in the Divine Will grows in every instant — there is nothing that can escape from growing, and that the soul cannot let flow in the infinite sea of my Will. The most indifferent things — sleep, food, work, etc. — can enter into my Will and take their place of honor as agents of my Will. If only the soul wants it so, all things, from the greatest to the smallest, can be opportunities to enter my Will… —Volume 13, September 14th, 1921

Thus, it is essentially the “habit” of living continuously in the Divine Will.

The grace of the Kingdom is “the union of the entire holy and royal Trinity… with the whole human spirit.” Thus, the life of prayer is the habit of being in the presence of the thrice-holy God and in communion with him. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2565

If one is living not just in the ripples or tributaries but from the singular point or Fount of the Divine Will, then the soul is able to participate with Jesus not only in the renewal of the world but in the life of the Blessed in Heaven. 

To Live in the Divine Will is to live eternity on earth, it is to mystically traverse the present laws of time and space, it is the human soul’s ability to simultaneously trilocate into the past, the present and the future, while influencing every act of every creature and fusing them in God’s eternal embrace! Initially most souls will often enter and exit the Divine Will until they arrive at stability in virtue. Yet it is this stability in divine virtue that will help them to participate continuously in the Divine Will, which defines Living in the Divine Will. —Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, The Splendor of Creation: The Triumph of the Divine Will on Earth and the Era of Peace in the Writings of the Church Fathers, Doctors and Mystics, St. Andrew’s Productions, p. 193

…every day in the prayer of the Our Father we ask the Lord: “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:10)…. we recognize that “heaven” is where the will of God is done, and that “earth” becomes “heaven”—i.e., the place of the presence of love, of goodness, of truth and of divine beauty—only if on earth the will of God is done. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, General Audience, February 1st, 2012, Vatican City

Seek First the Kingdom

Jesus taught Luisa to begin each day with a deliberate act to enter into the Divine Will. By the soul being placed in immediate relation to God in eternity in that single point, the soul is then placed in immediate relation with all creation — all the tributaries running through time. We can then give praise, thanks, adoration and reparation to God on behalf of all creation as though present in that moment of time (bilocation), since all of time is present to God in the eternal moment.[5] In this way, our soul is taking the “order, place and purpose for which God created it”; we are applying the fruits of Redemption that intend to unite all things in Christ.[6]

When I came to earth I reunited the Divine Will with the human will. If a soul does not reject this bond, but rather surrenders itself to the mercy of my Divine Will and allows my Divine Will to precede it, accompany it, and follow it; if it allows its acts to be encompassed by my Will, then what happened to Me happens to that soul. —Piccarreta, Manuscripts, June 15, 1922

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

The following is what is called the “Prevenient Act” or “Morning Offering in the Divine Will” that Jesus recommended we begin each day with. [7] As you pray it, pray from the heart. Truly love, praise, thank and adore Jesus as you pray each sentence, trusting that your desire is enough to begin living in the Divine Will and letting Jesus accomplish in you the fullness of His plan of salvation. This is something we can renew in some fashion throughout the day with the same prayer, or other versions of uniting to Jesus, in order to recollect our hearts and develop the habit of staying in the presence of God, indeed, remaining in the Divine Will. For my part, I decided that, rather than try to read 36 volumes, study hundreds of hours of commentaries, and figure it all out first, I would just pray this each day — and let the Lord teach me the rest along the way. 

The Morning Offering Prayer in the Divine Will
(The “Prevenient Act”)

O Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother and Queen of the Divine Will, I entreat you, by the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and by the graces God has granted to you since your Immaculate Conception, the grace of never going astray.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I am a poor and unworthy sinner, and I beg of You the grace to allow our mother Mary and Luisa to form in me the divine acts You purchased for me and for everyone. These acts are the most precious of all, for they carry the Eternal Power of your Fiat and they await my “Yes, your Will be done” (Fiat Voluntas Tua). So I implore you, Jesus, Mary and Luisa to accompany me as I now pray:

I am nothing and God is all, come Divine Will. Come Heavenly Father to beat in my heart and move in my Will; come beloved Son to flow in my Blood and think in my intellect; come Holy Spirit to breathe in my lungs and recall in my memory.

I fuse myself in the Divine Will and place my I love You, I adore You and I bless You God in the Fiats of creation. With my I love You my soul bilocates in the creations of the heavens and the earth: I love You in the stars, in the sun, in the moon and in the skies; I love You in the earth, in the waters and in every living creature my Father created out of love for me, so that I may return love for love.

I now enter into Jesus’ Most Holy Humanity that embraces all acts. I place my I adore You Jesus in your every breath, heartbeat, thought, word and step. I adore You in the sermons of your public life, in the miracles You performed, in the Sacraments You instituted and in the most intimate fibres of your Heart.

I bless You Jesus in your every tear, blow, wound, thorn and in each drop of Blood that unleashed light for the life of every human. I bless You in all your prayers, reparations, offerings, and in each of the interior acts and sorrows You suffered up to your last breath on the Cross. I enclose your life and all your acts, Jesus, within my I love You, I adore You and I bless You.

I now enter into the acts of my mother Mary and of Luisa. I place my I thank you in Mary and Luisa’s every thought, word and action. I thank you in the embraced joys and sorrows in the work of Redemption and Sanctification. Fused in your acts I make my I thank You and I bless You God flow in the relations of every creature to fill their acts with light and life: To fill the acts of Adam and Eve; of the patriarchs and prophets; of souls of the past, present and future; of the holy souls in purgatory; of the holy angels and saints.

I now make these acts my own, and I offer them to You, my tender and loving Father. May they increase the glory of your children, and may they glorify, satisfy and honour You on their behalf.

Let us now begin our day with our divine acts fused together. Thank You Most Holy Trinity for enabling me to enter into union with You by means of prayer. May your Kingdom come, and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Fiat!

The Single Will

True Sonship

The Gift

The Resurrection of the Church

See On Luisa and Her Writings for a list of scholars and resources that go deeper into explaining these beautiful mysteries. 

A wonderful collection of the prayers, “rounds”, 24 Hours of the Passion, etc. are here: Divine Will Prayer Book

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Footnotes
↑1cf. Gen 1
↑2Matthew 22:14
↑3Rev 3:20
↑4The Splendor of Creation: The Triumph of the Divine Will on Earth and the Era of Peace in the Writings of the Church Fathers, Doctors and Mystics, Rev. Joseph. Iannuzzi, p. 168
↑5If God’s Divine Will bilocates itself in the soul’s acts and places the soul in immediate relation with him, the grace of the soul’s bilocation places the soul in immediate relation with all creation, and in such a way that it administers («bilocates») to all humans the blessings God grants it. Accordingly, the soul disposes all humans to receive the «life of the Son» of God in order that they might possess him. The soul also increases («redoubles») God’s happiness who grants to it the merit of having obtained as many «divine lives» for as many times it gives itself to God and to all humans through the grace of bilocation. This grace that was once conferred to Adam enables the soul to penetrate material and spiritual realities at will, so as to bilocate in creation God’s one eternal operation, and give God the continuous requital for all the love he had placed in it.” —The Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the Writings of Luisa Piccarreta (Kindle Locations 2343-2359)
↑6cf. Eph 1:10
↑7Read the introduction to this prayer on Page 65 of the Divine Will Prayer Book

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Mark Mallett

THE GREATEST LIE

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THIS morning after prayer, I felt moved to re-read a crucial meditation I wrote some seven years ago called Hell UnleashedI was tempted to simply resend that article to you today, as there is so much in it that was prophetic and critical for what has now unfolded over the past year and a half. How true those words have become! 

However, I will just summarize some key points and then move on to a new “now word” that came to me during prayer today…

The Storm of Fear

As I explained several years ago in The Seven Seals of Revolution and Hell Unleashed, what we were to prepare for was a Great Storm, a spiritual hurricane. And that as we get closer to the “eye of the Storm,” events would happen quickly, more fiercely, one on top of the other — like the winds of a hurricane as one nears the center. The nature of these winds is the “labour pains” that Jesus described in Matthew 24 and in today’s Gospel, Luke 21, and that St. John foresaw in more detail in Revelation Chapter 6. These “winds” would be a wicked blend of mostly man-made crises: intentional and consequential disasters, weaponized viruses and disruptions, avoidable famines, wars, and revolutions.

When they sow the wind, they will reap the whirlwind. (Hos 8:7)

In a word, man himself would unleash Hell on earth. Now, it’s important to understand why that warning was so crucial (aside from the fact that we appear to be dealing with a weaponized virus). I quoted, in particular, a priest I know in Missouri who not only has the gift to read souls but has seen angels, demons, and souls from purgatory since he was a child. He confided that he has begun seeing demons that he has never seen before. He described them as being “ancient” and very powerful. Then there was that daughter of a long-time reader who shared what is arguably now a fulfilled prophecy:

My older daughter sees many beings good and bad [angels] in battle. She has spoken many times about how its an all out war and its only getting bigger and the different kinds of beings. Our Lady appeared to her in a dream last year (2013) as our Lady of Guadalupe. She told her that the demon coming is larger and fiercer than all the others. That she is not to engage this demon nor listen to it. It was going to try to take over the world. This is a demon of fear. It was a fear that my daughter said was going to envelop everyone and everything. Staying close to the Sacraments and Jesus and Mary are of the utmost importance.

I went on to explain in Hell Unleashed that it was critical, then, that we close the “spiritual cracks” in our lives. That if we didn’t, these would be exploited by the principalities[1] who are being given the power to sift souls.[2]

And now we see how the demon of fear has swept through the world like a Spiritual Tsunami, taking common sense and wisdom with it! We see how governments have responded in unmeasured ways; how Church leaders have reacted in fear and not faith; how many neighbours and family members have fallen for the propaganda and outrageous lies peddled by the bought-and-paid-for media as “science.” 

There never was a power so geat as the power of the Press. There never was a belief so superstitious as the universal belief in the Press. It may be that future centuries will call these the Dark Ages, and see a vast mystical delusion spreading its black bats’ wings over all our cities. —G. K. Chesterton, Common Sense, Ignatius Press, p. 71; from Daily News, May 28th, 1904

In Hell UnleashedI quoted St. Paul’s warning that the coming of the Antichrist would be accompanied by a “strong delusion” upon unbelievers “to make them believe what is false, so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thess 2:9-12). In November 2020, just two months before the World Health Organization declared a “pandemic,” I was compelled to warn how the “winds of change” would come rapidly multiplying “confusion” and “division.”[3] Then this past year, scientists began using these very terms calling the global delusion a “mass psychosis”,[4] “a disturbia… a group neurosis [that has] come over the whole world”,[5] a “mass hysteria”,[6] that has brought us to “the very gates of Hell.”[7] Not your typical language from the scientific community by any stretch. But their warnings are an echo of what we are hearing in the prophetic words from credible Catholic seers around the world, including Gisella Cardia, whose message from Our Lady recently left little doubt as to the times we are entering (if this indeed constitutes an authentic private revelation):

Just as the construction of a house must first be seen on paper and the beauty of the house admired afterwards, so it is that God’s plan will have its fulfillment once various things have occurred. This is the time of the Antichrist, who will soon appear. —November 22nd, 2021; countdowntothekingdom.com

And so, I ended that article seven years ago repeating the warning on my heart:

Hell has been unleashed upon the earth. Those who do not recognize the battle risk being overwhelmed by it. Those who want to compromise and play with sin today are putting themselves in grave danger. I cannot repeat this enough. Take your spiritual life seriously — not by becoming morose and paranoid — but by becoming a spiritual child who trusts every word of the Father, obeys every word of the Father, and does everything for the sake of the Father. —Hell UnleashedSeptember 26th, 2014

The Greatest Lie

In that regard then, I want to reflect upon the “now word” that came to me in prayer today: The Greatest Lie. 

It is true that, on a global scale, we are living out the greatest fraud perpetrated upon the human race by our infernal enemy, Satan. Of him, Jesus said:

He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks in character, because he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

Simply put, Satan lies in order to destroy, to literally murder, if possible — such is his hatred and envy of the human race who are made “in the image of God.”[8] What began in the Garden of Eden has simply been played out on larger and larger scales gradually morphing this past century into Communism. The lie we are seeing unfold at present is the pinnacle of Satan’s long-game: to bring the world under a transhumanist-Marxist-communist-fascist like system in which man is being tempted again with that perennial lie: “your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods…” (Gen 3:5). It is fascinating that in the first reading today, Daniel’s vision of a final world kingdom is seen as a statue as having “iron mixed with clay tile, and the toes partly iron and partly tile, the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile.” Today, the fusion of technology with the human body under what’s called “The Fourth Industrial Revolution” — the interface of a totalitarian global surveillance system with the fragility of human nature — might be the ultimate fulfillment of that vision.[9] Daniel describes it as a “divided kingdom”… but Satan is attempting to merge the two in a final deception that is embodied in the Antichrist…

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

https://www.youtube.com/embed/7xUk1F7dyvI
“This revolution will come like a brace-taking speed; actually, it will come like a tsunami.”

“It is the fusion of these technologies and their interaction across the
physical, digital and biological domains that make the fourth industrial
revolution fundamentally different from previous revolutions.”
—Prof. Klaus Schwab, founder World Economic Forum
“The Fourth Industrial Revolution”, p. 12

Nonetheless, even this is not the greatest lie. Rather, the greatest lie is precisely that compromise that each of us makes in our personal lives that leaves us lingering in our human will. It is those sins or attachments that we constantly accommodate with other, smaller, lies: “It’s not so bad”, “I’m not so bad”, “It’s my little vice”, “It’s not like I’m hurting anybody”, “I’m lonely”, “I’m tired”, “I deserve this”… and so on.

Venial sin weakens charity; it manifests a disordered affection for created goods; it impedes the soul’s progress in the exercise of the virtues and the practice of the moral good; it merits temporal punishment. Deliberate and unrepented venial sin disposes us little by little to commit mortal sin. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 1863

But Our Lady explains to Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta how simply remaining in the human rather than the Divine Will leaves us as though stumbling through the darkness:

Every time you do your own will you create a night for yourself. If you knew how much this night harms you, you would cry with me. For this night makes you lose the light of the day of God’s Holy Will, it turns your life upside down, it paralyzes your ability to do any good and it destroys in you true love, whereby you remain like a poor and feeble child who lacks the means to be healed. Oh, dear child, listen closely to what your tender mother wishes to tell you. Never do your will. Give me your word that you will [never do your will and] make your little mother happy. —The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine WillDay 10

In the message to Gisella recently, Our Lady speaks of “the beauty of the house admired afterwards” — after the short reign of Antichrist. This “house” is the Kingdom of the Divine Will that will reign in the hearts of the “small company” (or Little Rabble) that has prepared their hearts for it.[10] But this night of the human will must come to an end, which is what this Clash of the Kingdoms is really about. 

The one who is the “great sign” (Rev 12:1) and symbol of this coming triumph over the “kingdom of the anti-will” is the Blessed Virgin Mary, whom Luisa describes as “the dawn and bearer of the Divine Fiat on earth [to] scatter the gloomy night of the human will… from the face of the earth.”[11] In case anyone thinks this glorious triumph is not coming, consider the prophetic teaching of Pope Pius XII:

But even this night in the world shows clear signs of a dawn that will come, of a new day receiving the kiss of a new and more resplendent sun… A new resurrection of Jesus is necessary: a true resurrection, which admits no more lordship of death… In individuals, Christ must destroy the night of mortal sin with the dawn of grace regained. In families, the night of indifference and coolness must give way to the sun of love. In factories, in cities, in nations, in lands of misunderstanding and hatred the night must grow bright as the day, nox sicut dies illuminabitur, and strife will cease and there will be peace. —POPE PIUX XII, Urbi et Orbi address, March 2nd, 1957; vatican.va

Unless there are factories in Heaven, clearly, this is a vision for our times that awaits its fulfillment. In Daniel’s vision, the statue is destroyed by a “stone” that “became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.”[12] 

…some Fathers interpret the mountain from which the stone comes as being the Blessed Virgin… —The Navarre Bible, footnote on Daniel 3:36-45

Indeed, it is through Our Lady that Jesus the Savior entered the world; and it is still through her that she labours to give birth to the entire Body of Christ, the Church — whom she mirrors[13] so that it may indeed “fill the whole earth.”

She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod… To the victor, who keeps to my ways until the end, I will give authority over the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. (Rev 12:5; 2:26-27)

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

And just as Jesus came to earth “not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me” (John 6:38), so too…

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

This is The Gift that Jesus wishes to bestow upon His Bride. And thus, this Advent — perhaps like no other — is the time for us to renounce the greatest lie in each of our lives. To truly examine our consciences and repent of living in our will instead of the Divine. Yes, this can be a struggle, a great battle against the flesh. But as Jesus said, “the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and men of violence take it by force.” [14] There needs to be a “violence” against our human will: a definitive “no” to the flesh and a firm “yes” to the Spirit. It is to enter into a true reformation of our lives so that, through the power of the Holy Spirit and Our Lady’s motherhood,[15] a real transformation can occur. I feel that we are being given these last days including the coming Warning, which is the “eye of the Storm”,[16] to renounce ourselves, to close these spiritual cracks once and for all and prepare for rain — that is, the reign of Jesus within His Church to the ends of the earth… after the collapse and destruction of Babylon.[17]

We are given reason to believe that, towards the end of time and perhaps sooner than we expect, God will raise up great men filled with the Holy Spirit and imbued with the spirit of Mary. Through them Mary, Queen most powerful, will work great wonders in the world, destroying sin and setting up the kingdom of Jesus her Son upon the ruins of the corrupt kingdom of the world. —St. Louis de Montfort, Secret of Maryn. 59

Simple Obedience

The Middle Coming

Fr. Dolindo’s Incredible Prophecy

Dear Holy Father… He is Coming! 

The Resurrection of the Church

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Footnotes
↑1cf. Eph 6:12
↑2cf. Luke 22:31
↑3cf. The Strong Delusionthese were words from Jesus given to the American seer, Jennifer
↑4Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, MD, August 14th, 2021;35:53, Stew Peters Show
↑5Dr. Peter McCullough, MD, MPH, August 14th, 2021; 40:44, Perspectives on the Pandemic, Episode 19
↑6Dr. John Lee, Pathologist; Unlocked video; 41:00
↑7Dr. Mike Yeadon, former Vice President and Chief Scientist of Respiratory and Allergies at Pfizer; 1:01:54, Following the Science?. All the aforementioned quotes are summarized in The Strong Delusion.
↑8Genesis 1:27
↑9Scholars give Daniel’s vision a historical interpretation, which of course, is not opposed to the text. However, it is clearly that Daniel’s visions were given for a future “time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time”; cf. Dan 12:1
↑10Jesus says that Luisa is the first creature, after Mary, to receive the gift of living in the Divine Will. “And from you will come the small company of the other creatures. The generations will not pass away if I do not obtain this intent.” —November 29th, 1926; Volume 13
↑11Luisa to Our Lady, The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will, Day 10; cf. http://preghiereagesuemaria.it/
↑12“On this universal level, if victory comes it will be brought by Mary. Christ will conquer through her because He wants the Church’s victories now and in the future to be linked to her…” —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, p. 221
↑13cf. Rev 12:2; “Holy Mary… you became the image of the Church to come….” —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Spe Salvi, n.50
↑14Matt 11:12
↑15“That is the way Jesus is always conceived. That is the way He is reproduced in souls. He is always the fruit of heaven and earth. Two artisans must concur in the work that is at once God’s masterpiece and humanity’s supreme product: the Holy Spirit and the most Holy Virgin Mary… for they are the only ones who can reproduce Christ.” —Servant of God Arch. Luis M. Martinez, The Sanctifier, p. 6
↑16cf. The Great Day of Light
↑17cf. Mystery Babylon and The Coming Collapse of America
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