The Crown of Sanctity: On the Revelations of Jesus to Luisa Piccarreta

On the Attacks

Dear friends in Christ,

Please forgive me for writing a post about myself, but as you will shortly see, my goal here is actually to be rid of the need to bother you with such a post ever again! For it has now come to the point where scarcely a day goes by without new attacks on me being published somewhere. Less and less often do these articles even attempt to engage my philosophical or theological arguments; they now almost invariably prefer to simply throw calumnies at me, focus on canonical minutiae that the critics themselves prove they do not understand, or twist what I’m saying with out of context quotes. I’ve also become aware that my critics are now even calling the president’s office at the college where I teach. (I should really go into politics if I ever manage to complete the task God has given me in promoting private revelation… I’d be attacked in that realm, too, but the attacks I’d receive in politics would be just, charitable, and honest in comparison to what I receive from the lips of these “good Catholics.”!)

None of this surprises me. I knew that in striving to give Heaven’s messages a greater voice in the Church I would be persecuted. So I am not complaining. Rather, I give thanks to God that, though I am a miserable and unworthy sinner, He has allowed me to suffer for Him. Yes, to suffer for the sake of Christ is what the angels envy us for. 

I have a wife and 4 kids aged 6 and under, a job, and my PhD studies to focus on. Beyond that I wish to devote myself to proclaiming the Divine Mercy and the Divine Will. So I am afraid I do not even have time to read, much less respond to, most of the critics. But I will occasionally respond, and even in those cases I do not want to pester my blog followers with a new email each time, so I’m creating a page on this site (dsdoconnor.com/critics) which I’ll update, when necessary, with further responses. Feel free to go to this page and “refresh” it in the future if you’d like to know if I’m responding to the latest attack. (Again, usually I will just let the critics talk). 

I will note that a particular website popular in certain liberal Catholic circles — a website dedicated, it seems, to defending and promoting every problematic statement of Pope Francis — has lately become obsessed with attacking me and CTTK. I take this as a a badge of honor, coming as it does from a website that also attacks In Sinu Jesu and the holy priest who received the locutions therein, a website that promotes the heretical interpretation of Amoris Laetitia, a website that attacks even the perfectly valid points that Archbishop Vigano makes, a website that attacks LifeSiteNews, a website that attacks Cardinal Burke and Bishop Strickland, a website that attacks the wonderful work done by TFP, a website that attacks EWTN, a website that has repeatedly defended and promoted last year’s Pachamama Paganism (even saying “Pachamama is the reality of the Incarnation”), a website that explicitly regards St. Louis de Montfort’s prophecies and Our Lady of Fatima’s prophecies as something that could legitimately be (I quote the site verbatim): “...simply brushed aside as private revelation or speculation that we should not worry ourselves too much about.

While I only expect my critics to grow both in number and in vitriol in the coming times, I will conclude by saying this much: I’m evidently ticking off all the right people. So I guess I’m doing something right. :-)

Pray for me, my dear brethren in Christ, and be assured of my prayers for you! I know that so many of you are being likewise attacked in various ways — even if not publicly, at least by circumstances, by relatives, friends, and coworkers, and last but not least by the Devil himself. As Padre Pio said, it is only the Devil’s silence and complacency with what we are doing that should trouble us. The Time of Peace is coming, but it is not here yet. More trials await us, and now is the time for battle. Put on the full armor of God and proceed with courage. Your reward will be great in Heaven, wherein the worst sufferings of this world will seem like nothing compared to the glory to be revealed. Let each trial you must suffer only redouble your resolve to more boldly than ever Proclaim God’s Mercy and God’s Will while there is still time left in the Time of Mercy, which is quickly drawing to a close. 

In Christ, through Mary,

Daniel

 

 

The Mark of the Beast

Dear friends, do you trust in Jesus and strive to live in His Will? Then be absolutely at peace and have no fear at all about what is coming upon the world. (I’ll remind you of why at the bottom of this post.)

Yes, the Mark of the Beast is coming. It’s real. It’s guaranteed by Scripture. The prophetic consensus of trustworthy private revelation insists it is imminent. It is dead serious. Receiving this Mark will constitute selling your soul to the devil. You must prefer the shedding of all of your blood to accepting this Mark.

That all being said and remaining absolutely true, I wish, in this post, to give — not a comprehensive overview of the matter — but just a few miscellaneous thoughts which I hope will put your mind at ease and give you peace. I am writing this post because of the large number of emails I’ve been receiving asking about the Mark; emails which I cannot keep up with. (In general, please accept my apologies if you’ve emailed me and I haven’t responded. Lately it unfortunately has not been possible for me to respond to all emails. Please do not take offense! The problem is not with you or your email. The problem is just that there are only 24 hours in a day. But even if I haven’t responded, know that you have my gratitude for sharing whatever thoughts you’ve sent me and you have my prayers for you and for any intentions you’ve asked me to pray for!)

First: The Devil primarily wants your soul, not your body

Therefore, you do not need to stay up late at night agonizing over the thought of the Mark of the Beast being forced upon you against your will by some state-sent minion who breaks into your house and jabs you with a needle, thus condemning you. Receiving the Mark will be a mortal sin. Consider what you, dear catechized Catholic, know about the requirements for a mortal sin: it must be an objectively serious matter undertaken with full knowledge and consent.

The devil — who controls the Beast and is the ultimate architect of the Mark — is, of course, well aware of these facts and he hasn’t the slightest power to change them. He knows much better than you or I that we are all absolutely subject to the constraints God Himself has created. The Devil, therefore, is going to orchestrate everything to strongly tempt you into receiving the Mark (as we know from the Book of Revelation it will, for example, become a prerequisite for “buying and selling” — not at all a difficult scenario to imagine given the present technological and financial situation). But the devil has no use physically forcing the Mark upon you without the consent of your will and without you knowing full well that you’re committing a grave sin by receiving it. Such forcing would, at best, give him your body — which is not ultimately what he wants.

Second: the Mark will most likely come after the Warning, which will drastically enhance our discernment

The Warning, of course, is primarily about giving the world a last chance to repent before the Great Chastisements come full force, as no human efforts to evangelize will suffice for this task. But the Warning will doubtless also bring many other beneficial effects along with it. One of these effects will be to wake up drowsy Christian souls to the diabolical ploys going on in the world today, to which they have hitherto turned a blind eye due to the convenience of pretending the world will continue on in a more or less stable manner for decades upon decades (if not centuries) to come. I am sure that the Faithful will have their discernment radically clarified by the Warning, which will enable them to be well prepared to know what the Mark is when it comes, and avoid receiving it.

Third: Beware outlandish claims regarding technology (And, I do not think the vaccine will be The Mark)

I am aware of the various arguments out there that the forthcoming Covid vaccine will somehow turn you into an automaton, sublimate the powers of your soul to some nefarious agenda, and change your species from human into quasi-human (although there is no such thing), and on the list goes.

Now, let me preface what follows by saying that I am not at all naive regarding the capabilities of modern technology. My first job as an engineer was working at the international research headquarters of one of the most technologically advanced corporations in the world (GE Global Research), engaged in cutting edge quantum electron beam research which, even now, I cannot disclose the details of. That being said, so many conspiracy theories are swirling about today that are completely illogical (and unfaithful to an authentic Catholic philosophical anthropology — i.e. a proper understanding of human nature) as they pertain to what technology can do, entirely ignorant of the fundamental laws of science (which no piece of technology, no matter how advanced, can so much as budge), and ascribe to mere men powers that not even the demons themselves have.

(I’m going to have to lay out a bit of a philosophical argument here — if you’re not interested in that, just consider the red text below for the take-away points)

Let me make this clear: thought alone (which involves the interplay of Intellect, Memory, and Will) is, as Jesus tells Luisa, the “king of the soul, the dwelling, the throne in which the soul carries out her activity, her life, her regimen.Thought, therefore, is a spiritual power, proper to the soul, not the body. Certainly, your brain is involved in thought, since we are incarnate beings and both our soul and body unified form the human person.  Certainly, the practical ability of intellect, memory, and will to properly operate can be inhibited by physical phenomena (just look at what happens when one has foolishly chosen to abuse drugs). However, it does not logically follow from this premise that neurochemical action is itself capable of reversing the causal dynamic here observed. Which is to say: thought’s physical manifestations can indeed be frustrated by physical things, but physical things cannot themselves control thoughts. Thought is higher on the causal chain than the various nuerological phenomena that accompany it. Therefore, these causally inferior things cannot ever themselves dominate that which is intrinsically superior to them.

I will use an imperfect analogy: when driving your car, your decisions of how to control the steering wheel and gas pedal determine where your car goes and, in relation to this navigation, is ontologically superior (and causally prior) to the motions of the car itself. Problems with these mechanics of your car can inhibit your ability to drive it well, but they cannot force you to arrive at some destination other than where you intend to drive to.  If your car is very beat up — or, even, if you suspect the brake lines have been tampered with — you still do not get into your car in the morning to drive to work and fret “boy, I sure hope I don’t wind up driving to my favorite bar instead of driving to work.” (Or, if you do so worry, it has nothing to do with your brake lines, but with your susceptibility to temptation!) Like all analogies, push this one too much and it fails; my only purpose in using it is to illustrate — not prove — my point.

In other words, it does not follow that something done to, or injected into, your brain (or anywhere in your body) can “control your mind,” know your thoughts, or determine your will. Not even the devil himself has direct access to your thought. Not even the Devil himself can control your mind/intellect/memory/will. Not even the devil himself can mimic well the incredible Divinely-designed actions of the human nature. If the devil himself cannot manage to do something, you can rest fully assured that human technology never will be able to.

(Demonic possession, far from refuting my point here, actually proves it perfectly. When a demon acts through a possessed person, the demon is not thereby controlling the person’s mind or will. Case in point, a demonically possessed person can be entirely free of any moral fault in what transpires during an episode of possession, notwithstanding the blasphemous things the demon caused the person’s body to do. )

One who is convinced that our minds, our thoughts, our memories, and our decisions, can be controlled by any technology (no matter how advanced), present or forthcoming, has implicitly fallen victim to materialism — which is only one small step from outright atheism. For the unstated premise in these worries is that our mind is nothing but our brain, and it is precisely this premise that feeds the fear that a technology which has access to our brain likewise has equal access to our mind.

This does not mean you can go ahead and spiritually safely get a chip implanted into you! DO NOT get a chip implanted into you. I am just saying that we need to stop this endless fretting over this or that new initiative (and there are dozens of new ones each day) that reaches the news is going to suddenly start controlling our minds.

Now, when it comes to the vaccine itself, that may very well be extremely unwise to get. If you are healthy, Coronavirus has a tiny chance of killing you. Why, to theoretically avoid this tiny risk, would you get a vaccine that has had no where near enough time to be sufficiently tested and therefore give confidence in its safety? On the other hand, if many good, faithful, devout Catholic doctors who know very well all about the vaccine (whenever it does come out) from the very onset of its development  assure us that it has been ethically developed, is physically safe, and is prudent to get, then the vaccine may well be fine to receive. I do not know. We’ll have to cross that bridge when we get to it. In any event — and this is just my fallible opinion — I do not think that the vaccine itself will wind up being the Mark of the Beast.

The Mark of the Beast will need to be something that, as the Book of Revelation says, controls buying and selling. From the standpoint of modern technology, successfully achieving this would require a certain degree of circuitry that is completely infeasible to fit into a hypodermic needle. Vaccines are administered with needles between 23 and 25 gauge, which relates to, at most, an inner diameter of 337 micrometers (.337 millimeters). Presently economically viable and technologically practical circuitry that contains the necessary elements to actually successfully allow tracking/data storage/wireless communication/etc. are over 30 times that size. I do not see much of a cause for concern that a microchip will be snuck into us through a hypodermic needle used to administer a vaccine.

(Remember, as well, that just because one can dig up a story on some sci-tech news site claiming that some technological feat is possible, or that researchers have broached some frontier, or that we can expect a certain technology within X number of years…. this should not necessarily carry any weight. These are clickbait headlines and the research they draw from is from scientists begging for more funding and hoping to secure it through sensationalism. Likely, what they promise will never come to pass. Even if it does, it is nowhere near economically feasible at present or near future for mass distribution, whereas the Mark of the Beast, by definition, will need to quickly be ramped up to production rates in the order of billions, so that all in the world are offered it. From that fact alone we can safely conclude that the Mark of the Beast will need to be based on technology that is not cutting edge, but rather, is established and inexpensive — which, in fact, is already the case with microchips capable of wireless communication and data storage, small enough to be easily implanted into the hand or forehead — but is nowhere near the case with any technology theoretically small enough to be injected through a hypodermic needle.)

That being said, I do not doubt that the vaccine might be associated with the Mark of the Beast. Perhaps the Mark itself will be a chip — implanted into the right hand or forehead — that will serve as the requisite means to buy and sell anything along with being an “immunity passport” allegedly to show that you are “Covid Free.” Of course, with these details, I am speculating, and anyone is free to disagree. It’s certainly possible that I’m wrong, and the vaccine itself will wind up being the Mark — but what I am certain of is that God will not leave us orphans, and if the vaccine winds up being the Mark, He will tell us that clearly — or at least, He will do so clearly enough for those who do not plug their ears to calls of Heaven by labeling any such things as “distracting private revelations” that are too “scary” and preach “doom and gloom,” thus “can and should be ignored or even opposed.”

Fourth: Concern yourself more with, even now, ensuring you are not spiritually “Marked”

How absurd it is to spend endless hours fretting over the Mark of the Beast when we are spending our days blatantly choosing to be spiritually marked for the dark side even now! Let us, therefore, above all ensure that our lives are completely free of that which inundates modern society and yet constitutes a spiritual marking of our souls for the devil. If we are free of these things now, we are much more likely to remain free of the literal Mark itself when it comes:

  • Failing to remain always in a state of grace (by repenting of all mortal sin, confessing any such sins to a priest, and ridding our lives entirely of it)
  • Failing to pray much each day
  • Indiscriminately watching today’s mainstream television and streaming broadcasting, 99% of which is impure, worldly, consumeristic, occult, vain, immoderate, or otherwise immoral and damaging to the soul…. if not blatantly demonic.
  • Letting worldly values — which only grow more blatantly diabolical by the day — to seep into our homes and families through errant curricula, evil media, keeping bad company, violent or occult video games/books, pagan practices, uncalled for compromises with friends who do not share our values on how we run our own families , etc.
  • Spending our time on Social Media platforms growing ever more vain, angry, selfish, gossipy, and obsessive.
  • Getting sucked in to the utter vitriol and hatred that dominates the modern political and cultural scene.
  • Siding 100% with any existing political party (I have one in mind especially), which — in America today, at least — necessarily entails siding with serious error
  • Voting for pro-abortion politicians
  • Failing to stay on the razor-thin straight-and-narrow way of Our Lord as we are already in the beginnings of the Great Apostasy, with most Catholics either falling to the left (siding with heretical interpretations of Pope Francis’ Magisterium) or to the right (succumbing to attitudes towards this same Pope that are so un-Catholic as to border on de-facto schism).
  • Caring more about preserving our physical safety — e.g. going to ridiculous lengths to avoid Coronavirus under the erroneous pretense that doing so is mandated by “prudence” — than about caring for our souls and the souls of other through frequenting the Sacraments, performing works of mercy, etc.
  • Joining hands and hearts with certain popular cultural movements of the day which, even if they have a little truth mixed in, are fundamentally Marxist, Godless, and Anarchist in their origins, inspirations, and actions.

Can you see how successful the Devil is today, marking his own children through the above listed practices and so many like them? He’ll have very little work to do convincing the majority of the world to receive the literal Mark when its time soon comes.

So let’s now do our best to be spiritually Marked for God, not for the devil, and to help our brethren throughout the world likewise choose wisely.

And while you are ensuring that you are not being marked for the devil, it is even more important to ensure that you are being Marked for Our Lady by consecrating yourself to her, praying the Rosary daily, loving her, and striving after the Gift that she most desires for you: the Gift of Living in the Will of her Divine Son. Jesus tells Luisa:

You must know that I always love my children, my beloved creatures, I would turn Myself inside out so as not to see them struck; so much so, that in the gloomy times that are coming, I have placed them all in the hands of my Celestial Mother—to Her have I entrusted them, that She may keep them for Me under Her safe mantle. I will give Her all those whom She will want; even death will have no power over those who will be in the custody of my Mother.”

Now, while He was saying this, my dear Jesus showed me, with facts, how the Sovereign Queen descended from Heaven with an unspeakable majesty, and a tenderness fully maternal; and She went around in the midst of creatures, throughout all nations, and She marked Her dear children and those who were not to be touched by the scourges. Whomever my Celestial Mother touched, the scourges had no power to touch those creatures. Sweet Jesus gave to His Mother the right to bring to safety whomever She pleased.

-June 6, 1935

…And then, there is the Queen of Heaven who, with Her Empire, continuously prays that the Kingdom of the Divine Will come on earth, and when have We ever denied Her anything? For Us, Her Prayers are impetuous winds such that We cannot resist Her. And the same Strength that She possesses of Our Will is for Us Empire, Command. She has all right to impetrate It, because She possessed It on earth, and She possesses It in Heaven. Therefore as Possessor She can give what is Hers, so much so that this Kingdom will be called the Kingdom of the Celestial Empress. She will act as Queen in the midst of Her children on earth. She will place at their disposition Her Seas of Graces, of Sanctity, of Power. She will put to flight all the enemies. She will raise them in Her Womb. She will hide them in Her Light, covering them with Her Love, nourishing them with Her own hands with the food of the Divine Will. What will this Mother and Queen not do in the midst of this, Her Kingdom, for Her children and for Her people? She will give Unheard-of Graces, Surprises never seen, Miracles that will shake Heaven and earth. We give Her the whole field free so that She will form for Us the Kingdom of Our Will on earth. She will be the Guide, the True Model, It will also be the Kingdom of the Celestial Sovereign. Therefore, you also pray together with Her, and at Its time you will obtain the intent.

-July 14, 1935 (The context of this quote is equally astounding. See The Crown of Sanctity page 479.)



Some Announcements:

  • I’ve added more material to www.ProclaimTheKingdom.com, including a free mp3 file of the entire audiobook of The Crown of History. I’ll be adding more, as well, in the coming days
  • While this is basically the last thing I want to spend more time doing, nevertheless circumstances have required and justice has demanded posting yet another article addressing the latest development in the saga of Fr. Michel and Bishop Lemay (who, we now know, is not actually Fr. Michel’s Bishop and, even if he were, still has not formally condemned Fr. Michel’s messages). If you haven’t been following the drama, you needn’t bother reading this; but if you’re interested in it, then you can find the post here.

Proclaim the Kingdom!

After many struggles to get the domain to work properly, I think that I finally have www.ProclaimTheKingdom.com reliably up and running. My goal with this website is to compile, in one un-cluttered and easy to use website, all of the most important materials related to the revelations on the Divine Will given to the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, and to not include anything tangential. Please promote that website and feel free to consult it any time you are in need of anything related to the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta!

Speaking of Kings, a certain blogger who opposes the Era of Peace (erroneously referring to it as Millenarianism) has just published a nearly 3,000 word tirade against Mark Mallett and myself for allegedly “ignoring” the prophecies of the Great Catholic Monarch (despite the fact that we explicitly acknowledged them in our last webcast, which this blogger himself links to). Remember that the various attacks against the Era — promoted by this blogger and a few others — are completely refuted in Part Three of the free eBook, The Crown of Sanctity and, more recently, in the video I mentioned in my last post on CountdownToTheKingdom, embedded again below. 

[On Amillennialism: While I address this point in the video and the book, I’d like to here briefly draw attention to the fact that the Kingdom on Earth — the Reign of the Divine Will — the Imminent Glorious Era of Universal Peace — need not have anything to do with Millennial beliefs at all, one way or the other. Augustine’s Amillennialism certainly has much truth and wisdom in it (happy feast of St. Augustine, by the way!). And although I do not think Amillenialism has the whole truth, nevertheless you can, if you really must, side 100% with Augustine and his Amillennialism — which he presented as a mere opinion that anyone is free to disagree with while still maintaining orthodoxy — and still 100% believe in this Glorious Era of Peace on account the unanimous consensus of private revelation, papal Magisterium, and above all, the Our Father prayer itself. The teachings of most of the other Fathers of the Church on the Millennial Era in accordance with Revelation 20 are certainly a nice reminder of the truth of the Era, but are by no means necessary to be 100% certain of the coming of the Era.]

As I said in the webcast, I do not focus on prophecies of the Great Catholic Monarch simply because my goal in writing on eschatological matters is not to arbitrarily speculate about what is coming, but rather to spiritually prepare my readers for what is coming and encourage them to participate in bringing about its arrival. It just so happens that there is little or nothing that you need to do to prepare for the Great Catholic Monarch or bring about his emergence. (There is much, on the other hand, that you must do to prepare for the Warning, Chastisements, and Era of Peace.) 

I do believe in the prophecies of the Great Catholic Monarch.

However, as a number of contradictions exist between these prophecies, I have not bothered to delve deeply into them in order to present a coherent picture; it simply hasn’t appeared to me to be worth the time. The Monarch may arise any day now, and help prepare the Church and the World for the reign of the Antichrist and cause a sort of a mini-Era of Peace to occur beforehand (though I prefer to refer to it as a “reprieve” or, as Mark Mallett puts it well, an “eye of the storm”), that is, before the Great Chastisements and Glorious Era of Peace. Though some seers have referred to this reprieve as being quite short — perhaps only several weeks long — that is by no means so lofty a prophecy as to be considered an inseparable element of the “prophetic consensus,” and I see no reason to outright dismiss the notion that it could be much longer. Another popular Catholic Eschatological Timeline now making the rounds is extremely similar to the one we have up at CountdownToTheKingdom, with the only major difference being that, instead of a “reprieve,” it refers to a “minor Era of Peace.” If that floats your boat, go with it — though I personally continue to prefer how we have it shown on CTTK.

Indeed, the world and the Church are now in desolation, and I see no reason to despair of hoping that a great Catholic Monarch would arise to help facilitate the explosion of the graces associated with the Warning throughout the world, an explosion that itself will look like an Era of Peace compared to what we see now. But it will most likely not be The Glorious Era of Peace — the universally promised Reign of the Divine Will on Earth as in heaven. That will require a coming of Christ in grace to establish His Kingdom, which, as Christ Himself said in the Gospel, “is not of this world” and which, therefore, cannot be instituted by any human person, no matter how Great of a Catholic Monarch he may be.

Indeed, it is that Coming of Christ in Grace that we pray for when we ask “Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!”

For in doing so, we are obviously not merely begging Him for His Second Coming in the flesh to put an end to the world and commence the Last Judgment!! That would be a rather strange prayer to offer, given how much still needs to happen before The End. No, first, Christ must have His Kingdom on earth! Only upon so having His Kingdom on earth may He, as Scripture says, hand the kingdom over to His Father at the end of time. 

“For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.” 1 Corinthians 15 22-25. 

Or, the Great Catholic Monarch may arise during the reign of the Antichrist to fight against him. Or he may arise towards the end of the reign of the Antichrist or immediately after Christ Himself destroys the Antichrist (by a Heaven-sent miracle, not by His physical coming). It matters little to me, as whichever of these scenarios winds up playing out makes no difference to what you and I must do here and now by:

  1. Repenting of all of our sins
  2. Making a general confession if we have not yet done so
  3. Going to confession at least once a month moving forward
  4. Praying the Rosary every day
  5. Receiving the Eucharist as often as possible — preferably every day, if you can
  6. Praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet
  7. Imploring and Proclaiming the Divine Mercy
  8. Striving to Live in the Divine Will 
  9. Proclaiming the Kingdom — the Divine Will
  10. Consecrating ourselves and our families and homes to the Holy Family and being deeply devoted to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph together

Please do not delay these things any longer. Here we stand, a mere few days away from the long awaited Fall 2020.

(Meteorologically, Fall begins September 1st. In terms of the Equinox, it begins September 22nd). It is not just Fr. Michel saying that the purification will really begin this Fall. It is not just Fr. Michel saying have 3 months of food on hand now. A number of other alleged seers are saying the same thing.

I admit: I hope that Fr. Michel and the other seers saying this are wrong.

There is so much more I want to accomplish to proclaim the Divine Mercy and the Divine Will before the long-prophesied events hit. As I’ve said a million times, I’m still very much discerning Fr. Michel along with you all and I am by no means convicted of his prophecies (even though, in the meantime, I’ll gladly defend him against unjust criticism), notwithstanding the fact that I do find his prophecies worth sharing. His prophecies may wind up being proven false; we’ll see. But I’m not going to be so foolish as to just arrogantly assume he’s wrong, as so many are doing now on account of gossip or unfounded accusations. No, I’m going to consider that he may very well be right, and I’m going to ensure that I have, in my own soul, the sense of urgency that corresponds to the possibility that we might very well right now be living in the very final days of the Time of Mercy. I encourage you all, dear friends, to harbor a similar sense of urgency in your hearts.

 


Addendum. The aforementioned blogger also makes an erroneous point about the conversion of the Jews, which I also addressed in the Crown of Sanctity, page 376:

Fr. Goring Interview, Era of Peace Video (and some other items)

I’d like to post here a couple videos that recently went up, but not on my own YouTube channel, so my subscribers would not have been alerted: an interview with Fr. Mark Goring and a defense of the Era of Peace against those who attack it, erroneously claiming it is the heresy of Millenarianism. You can click those links or you can see the videos embedded at the bottom of this post.

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Other Announcements:

A certain priest I’ve often quoted has just had published a lengthy two-part criticism of Fr. Michel Rodrigue (in addition to the emails against Fr. Michel that he sent out months ago). I’d like to preempt the inevitable flood of emails I’ll get forwarding this article to me by saying right now that I am aware of this article and I can’t say I’m planning on responding to it. As I said in my last post on this matter, I really cannot afford to devote more time to defending/explaining Fr. Michel or responding to the various issues that surround him.

As I’ve said so many times already; I’m not at all certain of the authenticity of Fr. Michel’s prophecies, nor am I even convicted of their authenticity. I simply think they’re worth noting, discerning, and alerting others to just in case. While I share many of the same concerns regarding Fr. Michel’s prophecies that readers have emailed to me, I still simply have not been able to honestly consider any of these concerns as sufficiently grave — nor any of the criticisms of him that are out there as sufficiently grave — to dismiss Fr. Michel’s prophecies out of hand. And I am, frankly, rather dumbfounded that so many Catholics are so dead set on opposing Fr. Michel. For the umpteenth time: He is NOT telling us to go and build refuges (he’s saying they already exist), and he is NOT telling us to abandon our lives after the Warning (he’s just saying follow your Guardian Angel – pretty good advice!). Rather, he’s telling us to go to confession, consecrate ourselves to the holy family, and pray the Rosary every day.

  • If his prophecies are authentic, that’s darn good advice.

  • If his prophecies are inauthentic, that’s darn good advice.

  • If his prophecies are authentic, we’ll know that within the next couple months.

  • If his prophecies are inauthentic, we’ll know that within the next couple months. 

So, as I said in my response to Dr. Miravalle’s 10 Points (10 Points I still consider erroneous even in light of this most recent article here mentioned), why not just “wait and see”? (And, in the meantime, take Fr. Michel’s clearly solid advice?)

Oh, and, get 3 months of food. Now. Seriously. (And Gisella Cardia just said the same thing)

Divine Will Consecration Tomorrow (August 15th – The Feast of the Assumption)

Frances Hogan, whom you may know from her beautiful and edifying teachings on Sacred Scripture that are often featured on EWTN, has been rallying souls in Ireland — and, indeed, around the whole world — to consecrate themselves to the Divine Will tomorrow, on the Feast of the Assumption (August 15th). I encourage all to join in this consecration!! You can listen to Frances’ excellent teachings on the Divine Will at her website, www.FrancesHogan.com

Here is a simple consecration to the Divine Will (if I recall correctly, this one was composed by Luisa at the request of St. Hannibal), formatted beautifully courtesy Barbara Martin. Here is the specific consecration prayer and sheet that people around the world will be using in the powerful initiative being led by Frances Hogan. 

I also want to thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for promoting the short video ( https://youtu.be/Gtwz0mIukLQ ) I made on Luisa! It is indeed really getting the Divine Will message out there as I had hoped and prayed. I can tell from YouTube analytics that the majority of the exposure is coming from people simply spreading the message through email/social media/forums/etc., but I can also tell that the paid promotion definitely helped. So my deepest gratitude, as well, to all those who so generously donated to help with that! I want to especially thank C.P. (who I am keeping anonymous for now in case she wishes to remain that way) for her incredible generosity. May God reward her and all of you working so hard to proclaim the Kingdom!!! And I know that He will.

But as the purpose of this post was to promote tomorrow’s consecration, I’d like to conclude by sharing with you what Jesus said to Luisa on the Feast of the Assumption in the year 1925:

The true name of this Feast should be Feast of the Divine Will.  It was the human will that closed Heaven, broke the bonds with its Creator, made miseries and sorrow enter the field, and put an end to the feast that the creature was to enjoy in Heaven.  Now, this creature, Queen of all, by doing the Will of the Eternal One always and in everything – even more, it can be said that Her life was Divine Will alone – opened the Heavens, bound Herself to the Eternal One, and restored in Heaven the feasts with the creature.  Every act She did in the Supreme Will was a feast that She started in Heaven, it was suns that She formed to adorn this feast, it was melodies that She sent to delight the Celestial Jerusalem.  So, the true cause of this feast is the Eternal Will operating and fulfilled in my Celestial Mother.  It operated such prodigies in Her as to astonish Heaven and earth, chain the Eternal One with indissoluble bonds of love, and capture the Word even into Her womb.  The very Angels, enraptured, repeated among themselves:  ‘From where comes so much glory, so much honor, such greatness and prodigies never before seen, in this excelling Creature?  Yet, it is from the exile that She is coming.’  Astonished, they recognized the Will of their Creator as Life operating in Her; and, trembling, they said:  ‘Holy, Holy, Holy – honor and glory to the Will of Our Sovereign Lord.  And glory, and trice Holy – She who let this Supreme Will operate.’

So, it is my Will that, more than anything, was and is celebrated on the day of the Assumption into Heaven of my Most Holy Mother.  It was my Will alone that made Her ascend so high as to distinguish Her among all.  Everything else would have been as nothing, had She not possessed the prodigy of my Will.  It was my Will that gave Her divine fecundity and made Her the Mother of the Word.  It was my Will that made Her see and embrace all creatures together, becoming the Mother of all, and loving all with a love of Divine Maternity.  And making Her the Queen of all, It made Her rule and dominate.  On that day, my Will received the first honors, the glory and the abundant fruit of Its work in Creation, and It began Its feast, which It never interrupts, for the glorification of Its operating in my beloved Mother.  And even though Heaven was opened by Me, and many Saints were already in possession of the Celestial Fatherland when the Celestial Queen was assumed into Heaven, however, She Herself was the primary cause, having fulfilled the Supreme Will in everything, and therefore we waited for She who had honored It so much and contained the true prodigy of the Most Holy Will, to make the first feast for the Supreme Volition.  Oh! how the whole of Heaven magnified, blessed and praised the Eternal Will, upon seeing this sublime Queen enter the Empyreum, in the midst of the Celestial Court, all circumfused by the Eternal Sun of the Supreme Volition!  They saw Her all studded with the power of the Supreme Fiat; there had been not even a heartbeat in Her which did not have this Fiat impressed on it.  And, astonished, they looked at Her and said to Her:  ‘Ascend, ascend higher.  It is right that She who so much honored the Supreme Fiat, and through whom we find ourselves in the Celestial Fatherland, have the highest throne and be our Queen.’  And the greatest honor that my Mother received, was to see the Divine Will glorified.”

Have more amazing words about Our Lady ever been spoken? And yet, that is scarcely the tip of the iceberg of the glories of Our Lady you will learn about if you dive into Luisa’s Revelations. I’ll give my usual reminders that you can do so with a free audiobook here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf2hTqJx7dg  a free eBook (as a kindle here https://amazon.com/dp/B07P9M3R63 and as a free PDF here https://danieloconnor.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/the-crown-of-sanctity.pdf ). All of the revelations themselves are linked to on the right hand sidebar on this blog. 

I would, however, be remiss to not share what Jesus told Luisa earlier within that same diary entry on August 15, 1925; though I will paraphrase it here for the sake of brevity. After giving an astounding exposition on how the Divine Will operates in all created things; especially how all of material creation is created for man and is, as it were, honored to serve man, particularly a soul who lives in the Divine Will…. He goes on to say how, when man sins so gravely (as he does today more than ever before in history), he casts himself down so low that the elements themselves, in a certain sense, become “superior” to man and chastise man (obviously, this is not because anything in creation can ever surpass man in its own dignity; it is merely because natural things below man lack reason and free will, thus they cannot possibly sin and thereby detach themselves from God as man can). And it is precisely these Chastisements of which the world now stands on the very brink. Mark Mallett and I discussed that in our most recent webcast:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8Lom9JTDQA

Universal Restoration

Here at last is the long awaited project!! https://youtu.be/Gtwz0mIukLQ. It is my ardent desire that this video, with your help, will reach many millions of souls, as I’ve finally managed to produce something short enough to have a chance of “going viral.” 

Today is the Feast of the Portiuncula; the day on which St. Francis of Assisi received his command from God to rebuild the Church. That command, God speaks to you today… now that the time for the Restoration of the Church through the Reign of the Divine Will is at hand.

As I always say, and I hope you trust me that I mean it (I do) — I have no desire to promote myself; I am certainly the least worthy person in the world to be a bearer of this earth-shattering message of the Divine Will, and if there was any video already out there promoting it that was 1) Under 10 minutes, 2) Geared towards introducing people who know nothing about it, 3) At least somewhat professional and engaging, 4) Up-to-date with the most important recent information (e.g. the publication of The Sun of My Will), 5) Focusing on what is most inspiring and fundamental in the message ….  then, instead of making my own video, I’d just be promoting that one. (I sure didn’t want to have to make this: it was an enormous labor of love for me to learn and undertake the video editing, get the software, compile the countless clips,acquire the stock footage and audio, film other footage, etc.) But since I know of no such video in existence, I figured I had to make it myself.

Please remember: all of the calls of Heaven are utterly urgent, but the ultimate key to them all is precisely these revelations on the Divine Will entrusted to The Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta. It is the Divine Will that gives infinite power to the various devotions and practices that Heaven is asking of us (e.g. the Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Fasting, Consecration to and Devotion to the Holy Family). It is only these revelations to Luisa on the Divine Will that not only speak of the coming Era, but, moreso, through the very power of the proclamation of the revelations themselves, bring about that Era – first in the hearts of individual believers, and soon over the whole world. 

If you want the Chastisements to be mitigated as much as possible and the Era of Peace to come as quickly as possible (and, along with it, the Salvation and Sanctification of souls — which of course is always our ultimate goal), then the single thing you can do to most powerfully and rapidly ensure that these goals are attained is to proclaim the Divine Will. With this video, I hope, there is finally something that has a shot at this very proclamation “going viral.” If this the proclamation of the Divine Will does reach the whole world — and it’s up to you to make that happen — then I assure you, you can just watch God operate in the world more astoundingly than you ever thought possible. Today. 

What you can do to help:

  • Please click on the link above (or again here) to open the video within YouTube itself so that you can give it a “thumbs up” (that is, a “like”) and perhaps make a comment as well. This will help YouTube’s algorithms promote it more
  • Post it to social media!! I have no Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc., so I’m relying on you guys to get this “trending” on these platforms!
  • Email it out to people
  • Please don’t feel pressured to do this, but if you like, you can donate. The Divine Will shall primarily spread not by money, but by souls filled with love and zeal proclaiming it. That being said, paid promotion doesn’t hurt, and thanks to some donations I received recently (a special thanks to Janette, Joanne, and Teresa!) I was able to afford some stock footage and I’m finally able to afford to do a little paid promotion. If you’d like to contribute to that promotion, I’ll assume that any donations made via the link above for the next few days are earmarked for the promotion of this video (unless otherwise noted). Note: the donation will say it’s going to “St Joseph Mechanical Solutions LLC” or perhaps to my wife, Regina’s, email address. But that’s actually just my paypal account and I’ll indeed use the donation to promote this video. Again, here’s the link to donate if you’d like to do that

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Perhaps a few people who are already well acquainted with Luisa and who watch this video may be tempted to take issue with what it leaves out. Indeed, in this video I do not focus on the Chastisements, or on the more difficult aspects of Living in the Divine Will. Please understand that we must proclaim the Divine Will with what is especially inspiring about it. I have not been at all quiet about all the other aspects of the message: just see my free eBook, The Crown of Sanctity, if you need to be reassured of that. But consider, for example, the matter of proclaiming even the Faith itself: no wise evangelist proclaims the Gospel by first delineating a detailed and rigorous explanation of all the virtues one must have to fully live the Gospel, nor does he lead by quoting the many strong condemnations of various vices one finds throughout the New Testament, or the apocalyptic discourses of Our Lord in the Gospel of Luke that prophesy the great trials. Rather, any wise evangelist begins his proclamation with the kerygma — that is, announcing the saving power of Jesus Christ in His Incarnation and Redemption. So too, in proclaiming the Divine Will, we must lead with the most exciting and inspiring fundamentals of the message: the fact that the greatest sanctity possible — which brings along with it perfect and uninterrupted love, joy, and peace — is now available for the asking, and that the universal reign of this very sanctity, which is none other than the fulfillment of the Our Father prayer itself, is about to dawn upon the whole world… as soon as enough people want it and ask for it. 

This is the most astounding message one can comprehend; it is the greatest possible news imaginable, and it just so happens to be completely and irrefutably true. In proclaiming it, Jesus wants us to take advantage of how groundbreaking and earth shattering this message is. TAKE HIM UP ON THAT OFFER!

Let’s make sure that every person on the planet has seen this video.

 

PS: Although creating it cost me dearly (in money, time, and effort), I don’t make a penny off of this video being watched. I’ve completely disabled YouTube’s “Monetization” feature for my channel, so no ads should ever appear with it. If they do, they were put there by YouTube without my approval (they sometimes find ways to sneak ads in there unfortunately). 

PSS: Yes, although there is much stock footage, my own 4 kids also had their acting debut in this video ;-)

 

Clarifications (Dr. Miravalle, Fr. Michel, Fall 2020, My Credentials)

On Dr. Miravalle

I want to, first of all, thank everyone for the outpouring of support after my last post. I wrote it with much trepidation, for I did not relish the thought of having to write an article against an author I greatly respect (indeed, I would like to reiterate my respect for Dr. Miravalle). But at the end of the day I must follow my conscience and never succumb to the vice of respect of persons, and Dr. Miravalle’s article contained serious problems that simply, in justice, had to be publicly and quickly addressed, and Providence seemed to have placed me in the position to do that.

Note: My own Fifth Point (in response to Dr. Miravalle’s Fifth Point), was not clear: please see the addendum now posted at the bottom of my post if you are interested in a clarification. 

On Fr. Michel

Unfortunately, some headlines that linked to my last post did so by referring to me as a “promoter” of Fr. Michel or a “strong defender” of him, or something of the sort. This isn’t really true. Yes, I’ve mentioned his prophecies as being worthy of consideration in a couple posts here. Yes, I wholeheartedly contribute to and endorse CTTK, which hosts several of his talks. Yes, I defended him against the 10 unjust accusations levied against him by Dr. Mark Miravalle (I will gladly defend anyone against unjust accusations — whether or not that person happens to be an authentic prophet). 

But I haven’t even had time to watch most of Fr. Michel’s videos. I haven’t had the time to deeply study his messages. Dr. Miravalle’s 10 Points were so deeply flawed that they were rather straightforward to answer, but I do not have the answers to the multitude of other questions I get regarding Fr. Michel. I would recommend that, if you have an urgent question or concern regarding Fr. Michel, you contact Christine Watkins, who is the CTTK contributor who knows the most about him and who has posted the material on CTTK that pertains to him. As for me, Fr. Michel is just one of countless living prophets; one whom (like so many others) I have only had time to briefly look into and who appears authentic based on what I’ve seen so far. As I mentioned in my last post, I am not claiming certainty in his authenticity, and I am not even claiming conviction in his prophecies. He seems authentic to me and I believe he should be listened to and taken seriously. That is all I really have to say about that matter. I really cannot devote much more time to the matter than to say that; my mission is the revelations on the Divine Will given to the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, and that is what I must focus on. 

However, I’d like to quickly clarify one Fr. Michel issue right now:

Fr. Michel does not say the Warning will be this Fall. 

Fr. Michel hasn’t said the Warning won’t be Fall 2020, either. He simply hasn’t said when it will be (to my knowledge, at least). He’s only saying that the Purification (i.e. the Chastisements) will pick up by this Fall. I’m guessing that the Chastisements will need to be in full swing for a while before the Warning itself comes, as God’s Permissive Will in this case is to bring humanity to its knees in order to be best disposed for the grace of the Warning. In pain, we are much more receptive to grace than in comfort. 

Indeed, Fr. Michel said that “the month of the Rosary [October] will see great things,” but it shouldn’t be assumed that this is a reference to the Warning.

Remember what I constantly say: when it comes to your zeal for Salvation and Sanctification, have the sense of urgency that comes from assuming these timetables are correct. When it comes to continuing to undertake well the duties of your state in life, assume that the Time of Mercy will be extended yet again and that Fr. Michel’s prophetic timetable will not transpire. That advice never fails; and, indeed, the only point of prophecy is to help us to better respond to what Heaven is asking of us (proclaim the Divine Mercy, Live in the Divine Will, pray the Rosary, frequent the Sacraments, consecrate yourself/family/home to the Holy Family, etc.). Prophecy doesn’t exist to just arbitrarily give us knowledge of the future and it certainly doesn’t exist to fuel aimless speculation. 

On my Credentials

[The following will be very boring and ought only be read by those who, for some reason, care about this issue!]

I have become aware that a few busybodies have been spreading slander about me online, accusing me of making up being a professor of philosophy and a PhD student. Indeed, this is nothing but calumny, and I suppose I should be glad to see their antics descend so low, since resorting to such low-blows shows they have no good arguments for their erroneous conclusions against the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta and the Prophetic Consensus in general, thus their employment of baseless ad-hominem attacks. 

I am a professor of philosophy and religion, and a PhD student. Luckily for these busybodies, I have no desire for money, and I have no time! (Because if I wanted money and had time I could sue them for defamation.) 

I have never been at all quiet or secretive about the details of my credentials: I am very proud to be very close to the bottom of the Totem pole of higher education (I like it there!):

I am adjunct faculty  at a community college (HVCC) that itself is part of the State University of New York (SUNY).

(Where I teach, even many full time professors who already have their PhDs are also — along with adjuncts — referred to as “Instructors,” which, in this context, does not mean that the instructor is not also a “professor.” Here, “instructor” is simply a broader category akin to “teacher,” a category that includes “professor” within it. Yes, I am in some HVCC documentation referred to as “Instructor.” This does not mean that I am not a professor!)

Adjunct ProfessorHVCC Twitter

Daniel O'Connor at Hudson Valley Community College _ Coursicle HVCC

Unfortunately, there have apparently been some blurbs about me on some materials — blurbs not written by me — that may not have always been the clearest about my credentials (For example, unfortunately, due to an evident miscommunication, the blurb about me on The Warning book — a blurb I am only really taking note of now — simply says “Professor of Philosophy, State University, New York.” This indeed is confusing and inaccurate — for one, there is no “State University, New York,” and I am a professor of philosophy at a State University of New York college, not at “the” “State University, New York.” I have never described myself to anyone, either in public or in private, as “Professor of Philosophy, State University, New York” so please feel free to correct anyone who refers to me as this and, if you like, direct them to this post.) But I have never contradicted these facts or knowingly cooperated with anyone else contradicting them; and I have always been completely open about the facts themselves: I have long promoted http://www.DOCphilosophy.com, where I make the details of my credentials clear. I have mentioned in past posts on this very blog that I am an adjunct. My public LinkedIn profile, which I’ve had for my entire time as a professor, makes it very clear that I am an adjunct (and where I am an adjunct) and that I am only a doctoral student (and where I am a doctoral student).

I have never said or implied that I am an assistant, associate, or full professor. I have never said or implied I am tenure or tenure track. I have never said or implied that I have a PhD. I have never said or implied that I am “Dr. O’Connor.” It is worth noting that, despite the fact that I am an adjunct on paper (that is, “part timer”), I nevertheless teach more courses than most “full-time” tenure professors. The courses I teach are in the subject areas of philosophy and religion. I have taught hundreds upon hundreds of students now in these matters and am in my fourth continuous year of doing so:

Yes, I am a professor of philosophy and religion. That is a fact. A community college is a college. An adjunct professor is a professor.

If, in your view, dear busybodies mentioned above, you believe that the word “professor” may only be used for a tenured professor at a 4-year-plus College or University; then you are entitled to that opinion, but I disagree with it and I will not be bound in my speech by your opinion.

[Long, boring remarks on the “PhD Candidate” question!]:  I occasionally allow myself to be referred to as “PhD Candidate.” I am aware that some people use the phrase “PhD Candidate” to refer to a PhD student who is in the ABD (“All But Dissertation”) phase of studies (which I am not yet in, as I still have coursework remaining). But I am not aware of any strict rules only allowing the phrase “PhD Candidate” to be referred to someone in such a position. If any such strict rules exist, please alert me to them and direct me to an authoritative academic source regulating the phrase as such, and moving forward I’ll do my best to try to make sure that websites are not referring to me as “PhD Candidate.” Personally, I generally simply refer to myself as a “PhD Student” if asked. I tolerate the “Candidate” phrase being used, however, as I’m not exactly “just” a PhD student. I already have my Master’s degree (in Philosophical Theology), which I received over 7 years ago, and I am now entering my third year of PhD studies (a program I was explicitly accepted into, with a scholarship, as being solely directed toward a PhD). Notwithstanding the fact that I still have coursework left, I am, in fact — looking at the definitions of the words in question — a candidate for a PhD. A PhD is the expected result of the program that I, 1) Was accepted into, 2) Have been continually active in since, and 3) Now have years behind me in. Therefore I do not see any inaccuracy in referring to me as a “PhD Candidate.” 

In general, however — as anyone who has read this blog knows (feel free to peruse its pages now if you have not) — I don’t like titles and credentials at all. I don’t want people to believe what I say “because a professor says so,” or “because someone with a Master’s in Theology says so,” rather, I want people to believe what I say because of the force of the arguments themselves. I prefer to simply go by “Daniel” (or, if you prefer, “Dan” or “Danny”); although I do not make a fuss if those I collaborate with prefer to refer to me as “Professor” or to add my credentials after my name. I only ask to go by anything other than my simple first name with my students, in class, during which time I go by “Mr. O’Connor.” So, please know that you can simply call me “Daniel,” and, in fact, I’d prefer that!

A Response to Dr. Mark Miravalle’s Article on Fr. Michel Rodrigue

On July 13, 2020, Dr. Mark Miravalle published an article in which he expresses his own negative judgment regarding the authenticity of Fr. Michel Rodrigue. As a contributor to Countdown to the Kingdom (which has posted several of Fr. Michel’s talks), a member of Dr. Miravalle’s International Marian Association, and an author who has quoted Fr. Michel approvingly, I feel a duty to respond.

As any reader of my books knows, I deeply respect Dr. Miravalle and generally highly regard his discernment. My respect for him remains, and I write this post in a spirit of fraternal charity. At this point, it would be helpful to repeat the first point in the Disclaimer on Countdown to the Kingdom regarding any of the seers published on our website:

We are not the final arbiters of what constitutes an authentic revelation—the Church is—and we will always submit to whatever she definitively decides. It is with the Church, then, that we “test” prophecy: ‘Guided by the Magisterium of the Church, the sensus fidelium knows how to discern and welcome in these revelations whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to the Church.’Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 67)

In that regard, we at CTTK welcome Dr. Miravalle’s discernment, though we wish that he would have shared his concerns with us prior in a truth-seeking spirit, for we believe Dr. Miravalle has reached a mistaken conclusion and has employed a number of serious methodological fallacies in arriving at it.

I have never met Fr. Michel nor have I had the opportunity to study all his talks (though others on our team at CTTK have, of course, scrutinized all his material before publishing it), but I would add that we have received countless letters and comments from all over the world, from clergy and laity alike who have been deeply moved by Fr. Michel’s presentations. Many have said that these teachings have filled them with hope and joy, that they have returned to their faith as a result or that they have begun anew in more earnestness regarding their prayer lives, the Sacraments, conversion and even consideration of religious vocations. These fruits are but one factor we consider noteworthy to which Dr. Miravalle was not privy. Indeed, the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith considers such fruits relevant. It specifically refers to the importance that such a phenomenon of locutions, visions, etc., which Fr. Michel claims…

…bear fruits by which the Church herself might later discern the true nature of the facts… —”Norms Regarding the Manner of Proceeding in the Discernment of Presumed Apparitions or Revelations” n. 2, vatican.va

But if Fr. Michel does, at some point, wind up being condemned or objectively proven false, then I will lose no sleep: I have never claimed (nor do I now) certainty in his authenticity, and Countdown to the Kingdom does not exist for the sake of presenting this or that seer as one who “has it all figured out”: it exists to heed the call of Heaven to the whole Church. Fr. Michel is just one of countless seers alive today (or who have recently passed) giving essentially the same message — that is, part of the “prophetic consensus” (although any more specific details Fr. Michel provides can only be considered as “wait and see”.) It is for the sake of announcing the prophetic consensus that Countdown to the Kingdom exists, and this consensus neither rises nor falls on the authenticity of one or two seers.

I would also like to note that Christine Watkins’ book, The Warning: Testimonies and Prophecies of the Illumination of Conscience — containing within its pages many of Fr. Michel’s prophetic messages (including some of those which Miravalle considers problematic) — now bears the Imprimatur of the Church, and will soon be published with this support.

Now, on to the response to Dr. Miravalle’s theological evaluation.

First

Dr. Miravalle has stated that Fr. Michel’s bishop has rendered a “negative discernment and decision” regarding the supernatural authenticity of Fr. Michel’s messages. This is misleading. In fact, no formal decision whatsoever has been rendered, and the bishop has merely informally stated his own lack of personal support for Fr. Michel’s messages. This quite simply indicates that Fr. Michel is not an officially approved seer; thus he has an “unapproved” status shared by many seers that Miravalle himself (rightly, I believe) promotes.

There has been no diocesan commission initiated to render judgment on Fr. Michel, nor has there been even so much as an investigation undertaken. Indeed, Bishop Lemay informally wrote, “I did not and I do not approve [Fr. Michel’s] teaching with regard to his locutions and visions,” which is reasonable to say if one has not yet studied them. This is neither a formal condemnation nor a canonical decree of any sort. Miravalle admits that he did not have access to the actual letter from Bishop Lemay. Unfortunately, Dr. Miravalle did not contact either myself or any of the CTTK contributors to attain a copy of this letter.

It is also worth noting that Bishop Lemay has phrased his lack of support for Fr. Michel’s messages as concomitant with his general lack of support for the Warning, the Era of Peace, and other teachings that are fully supported by countless authentic seerseven approved ones. It should not be surprising, therefore, that this bishop “does not support” Fr. Michel’s prophecies.

Second

Dr. Miravalle issues what can only fairly be called a quibble regarding the mystical phenomena Fr. Michel experienced in youth, taking issue with the allegedly “unusual nature and degree of these alleged diabolical attacks [against Fr. Michel].” The truth, however, is that the only unusual thing would be if such attacks were lacking in the life story of an extraordinary mystic—which Fr. Michel certainly is, if indeed he is authentic. This second objection of Miravalle’s, therefore, is little more than a question-begging conclusion; assuming that Fr. Michel is inauthentic in an effort to prove precisely that.

Anyone will quickly realize that the demonic attacks undertaken against Fr. Michel (along with the latter’s efforts to thwart them) are anything but “unusual,” if one simply takes a few minutes to read what transpired in the demonic attacks against St. Padre Pio, St. Gemma, St. Faustina, the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, Blessed Alexandrina da Costa, Venerable Marthe Robin, or so many others. In fact, Fr. Michel’s mortifications undertaken as an element of his spiritual combat look mild compared to what one will come across while reading the lives of many saints, blessed, and venerables.

Dr. Miravalle cites an instance from Fr. Michel’s childhood where the family felt forced to burn their home down, which was demonically infested, as grounds to merit “theological and psychological concern.” I would note here the “rest of the story”: clergy, including the bishop, were either too frightened or simply ineffective in providing deliverance for the family. What admittedly sounds radical to us was evidently liberating and forward-moving for the Rodrigue family.

Third

Dr. Miravalle raises a phrase where Fr. Michel says of God the Father: “He and I are one.” This objection appears to be an unfortunate misunderstanding. Fr. Michel did not say that he [Fr. Michel] and the Father are one. Fr. Michel received a message from God the Father Who said that He [capital “H,” that is, Jesus] and the Father are one. Dr. Miravalle’s statement that Fr. Michel Rodrigue says that the Father does whatever he, Fr. Michel, asks of the Father, is therefore, also false and untenable. The message states that the Father does what the Son, Jesus, asks of Him. Fr. Michel is an official exorcist in the Church, with proven spiritual gifts not unlike the great saints, a seminary professor, a pastor, and priest in good standing, and the Religious Superior and founder of the Fraternity of St. Joseph Benedict Labre in Quebec, Canada. He would not have been able to operate in the Church with such an abundance of God’s grace and power, if he had such outlandish beliefs and vocal statements.

Fourth

Dr. Miravalle implies that Fr. Michel’s teaching that the Antichrist is somewhere in the hierarchy of the Church is at odds with “the patristic, mystical, and prophetic traditions of the Church.” Miravalle provides no details to support this argument other than linking to an old Catholic Encyclopedia article on the Antichrist. This article does not support Miravalle’s position, but does in fact support Fr. Michel’sfor example, the article cites St. Bernard’s teaching that the Antichrist will also be an antipope. It is also worth noting that there is hardly a consensus as to the lineage, background, etc. of the Antichrist among the sources Miravalle cites.

Dr. Miravalle even goes so far as to imply that Fr. Michel’s position is similar to the Papal-Antichrist theory of the Protestant reformers who identified the legitimate Papacy itself with the Antichrist — an entirely unjust association which is light years away from anything Fr. Michel has ever asserted. Fr. Michel is a faithful Catholic and a faithful son of the Pope including whoever happens to truly hold that office at a given time, an office which Fr. Michel unabashedly asserts is presently held by Pope Francis.

Fr. Michel’s teaching that the Antichrist is somewhere within the Ecclesial hierarchy right now may be proven inaccurate only time will tell but it is certainly not a reason to reach a negative discernment on Fr. Michel at present. (Note: the first “son of perdition”, Judas, was one of the “hierarchy” of the Twelve Apostles.)*

Fifth

Dr. Miravalle claims that it is a “substantial theological error” to assert that Benedict XVI may in the future convene a new council to elect a pope after Pope Francis dies.

This fifth argument falls victim to the general logical fallacy of judging the superior by the inferior; in this case, seeking to judge a theological reality by the standard of canonical minutiae. How exactly a conclave is convoked in order to elect a new pope is not a “substantial theological” question at all, therefore even if one were to fall into error regarding it, it could not possibly amount to a “substantial theological error.” Throughout the history of the Church, there has been a great number of ways in which the details of Papal Election have transpired. Even if what Fr. Michel describes is not the canonically ordinary way to convoke a new conclave, we are not exactly living in canonically ordinary times, and entertaining the possibility that a genuine prophecy could speak of a Pope Emeritus being the one to even informally call the Cardinals together to elect a new Pope should not even be considered such a stumbling block, much less considered as heretical.

Furthermore, Miravalle seems to be neglecting the teaching of Pope St. John Paul II, who wrote, in Universi Dominici Gregis, “…theologians and canonists of all times agree that this institution [viz., the Conclave] is not of its nature necessary for the valid election of the Roman Pontiff…” If even a conclave itself is not of its nature a theological necessity, then how can Miravalle be justified in claiming that one particular way of calling a conclave together (by a Pope Emeritus, no less!) can amount to a “substantial theological error”?

(Note: Please see Addendum 1)

Sixth

Unfortunately, Dr. Miravalle’s sixth objection is itself subject to grave errors. First, Miravalle refers to “the concept that devils exist permanently in Purgatory.” This is an intrinsically contradictory statement, as Purgatory is essentially temporary (it is Church dogma that Purgatory ceases to exist upon the General Judgment), and therefore referring to anything having a “permanent” position in Purgatory is meaningless. More problematic, however, is Dr. Miravalle’s implicit assertion that it is heresy to refer to demons having a role to play in Purgatory, as such an assertion condemns no less an authority than St. Faustina herself as a heretic.

In §412 of her fully approved revelations, St. Faustina writes of one of her own visions of Purgatory, saying:

I saw the souls who were doing penance in purgatory. They appeared like shadows, and among them I saw many demons.Divine Mercy in My Soul, diary

Shortly after, in §426, Faustina describes the Purgatory of a certain soul who had been particularly mired in sin, and goes on to say, “I can find no words or comparisons to express such terrible things. And although it seems to me that this soul is not damned, nevertheless its torments are in no way different from the torments of hell; there is only this difference: that they will someday come to an end.” Obviously, if the only difference between Purgatory and Hell in a given poor soul’s sufferings is the merely temporary nature of the former, then one can conclude that the demons do have some role to play in at least some levels of Purgatory.

Indeed, in Purgatory there is Faith, Hope, and Charity. There is even great joy, I would argueas all souls there are dearly beloved to God and know they are saved! Furthermore, there is no more sin and no more temptation in Purgatory. But there is little Church Dogma on the nature of the details of the experience in Purgatory, and there certainly are no theological grounds to rule out the possibility that, at least in Purgatory’s lower levels, the demons themselves could be allowed to carry out a purifyingnot a temptingrole. Fr. Michel clearly said that the demons were only allowed this purifying role in Purgatorynot the tempting role they so often play on earth.

Dr. Miravalle’s willingness to condemn Fr. Michel as a heretic (claiming that Fr. Michel’s teaching here is “substantially incompatible with authentic Catholic doctrine” is tantamount to an accusation of heresy) for asserting the exact same thing that St. Faustina asserted, and to encourage his readers to trust this condemnation on account of his own subjective take on the “overall tone and tenor of the Church’s Mystical Tradition,” is a serious overstep. Indeed, throughout his article, Miravalle cites no actual Church Teachings to bolster his claims that Fr. Michel’s messages allegedly violate them, but only requests his readers to trust his own subjective take on the “general mystical tradition.”

Seventh

Here, Dr. Miravalle claims that Fr. Michel must be regarded as unreliable due to a personal story he shared about an encounter with Pope John Paul II allegedly being impossible to have transpired. But Miravalle’s entire seventh point is based on the notion that anyone who is “familiar with the daily Vatican protocol of Pope St. John Paul II” can be absolutely certain that John Paul II never had any room anywhere in St. Peter’s Basilica (the largest Church in the world) that he could have possibly used as an office and that John Paul II could not possibly have ever done anything in the Vatican that was not directly observed by his private secretaries or Swiss guards, and that, consequently, Fr. Michel’s story about an encounter with John Paul II “could not have been based in reality.”

The strangeness of Miravalle’s point here, I think, refutes itself. The idea of a pope finding refuge in obscure places within the Vatican to be in solitude does not require much imagination. Moreover, to suggest that Fr. Michel invented this story puts into question this priest’s integrity and constitutes an accusation with grounds not proportional to its evidence and gravity. There are an infinite number of potential scenarios under which Fr. Michel’s account is perfectly plausible, so I will not bother to enumerate them here.

Eighth

As with his third point, this point, too, is based on a misunderstanding. Note: Fr. Michel’s English is rather broken and, as such, he sometimes uses the wrong words in his self-translation. Furthermore, he has written little about his prophecy, but primarily has spoken about it, adding to the difficulties.

Dr. Miravalle writes, “The irrationality of this claim, i.e., that Pope St. John Paul II used another person as an imposter to impersonate him during public audiences… requires no commentary.” Indeed, it requires no commentary, as such a claim would be absurd; but it is evidently not what Fr. Michel said.

Christine Watkins, who has met privately with Fr. Michel and interviewed him, explains:

Yes, that would be completely irrational, but that is not what Fr. Michel said. I wrote this down down from memory based on Fr. Michel sharing this story with a few of us at a dinner table…. I would like to clarify Fr. Michel’s words: ‘Yes, I am here because I’m too short to get close to see you. But how is it you’re here when you pope vehicle [your car] is pulling up right now where all the crowds are?’ Here Fr. Michel did not mean the popemobile, where the pope is clearly visible, as that would be ridiculous. During public audiences, obviously it was he, the pope, who spoke to the audiences. Dr. Miravalle seems to have read this to suggest that an imposter was standing in place of the pope during his public audiences. This is not what Fr. Michel was saying. Fr. Michel was surprised to learn that in order for the pope to arrive in a car for his public appearance and not be trapped or delayed by crowds, a similar “pope” car pulls up [most likely with dark windows], so that John Paul II could come and go. This would be wise and understandable.”

I would add that it is not uncommon among dignitaries, as a matter of security, that decoy cars, etc. are used.

Ninth

The assumptions guiding Dr. Miravalle’s ninth assertion are radically at odds with Fr. Michel’s entire message. Here, Miravalle objects to Fr. Michel’s teaching that the Warning will cause all to “recognize Christ” and will remove the ability to say that “God does not exist.” Miravalle writes: “This assertion seems to deny the possibility of a free act of the free will by over seven billion people, whereby some of whom … could immediately deny the proposed grace [of the Warning].

Fr. Michel is well aware that many will deny the grace of the Warning. His entire message is that, after the Warning, a Great Apostasy will commence with many joining sides with it and with the Antichrist who initiates it! Obviously, any statement from Fr. Michel that might seem (wrongly) to dispute the reality of free will allowing many to deny the grace of the Warning must be understood in the light of Fr. Michel’s own clear and repeated teachings on what will come after the Warning and which contradict such a mistaken interpretation.

Indeed, these are Fr. Michel’s words in black and white on this website that clearly indicate that not all will accept this grace:

“After the illumination of conscience, humanity will be granted an unparalleled gift: a period of repentance lasting about six and a half weeks when the devil will not have the power to act. This means all human beings will have their complete free will to make a decision for or against the Lord. The devil will not bind our will and fight against us. The first two and a half weeks, in particular, will be extremely important, for the devil will not return at that time, but our habits will, and people will be harder to convert. And all who have received the desire for him, the sense that they need His salvation, will be marked on their forehead with a luminous cross by their guardian angel.”

Fr. Michel is simply teaching that the Warning will foist itself, without invitation and without seeking permission, upon all souls on the face of the planet, showing them that God exists, that Christ exists, and revealing to them the state of their souls. How souls respond, after the Warning, will be up to them.

Tenth

Dr. Miravalle’s final objection takes issue with Fr. Michel’s assertion that there will be about a six or six and a half-week reprieve after the Warning and that sometime after this point, faithful souls will be lead by their Guardian Angels to refuges where they will be protected during the reign of the Antichrist. Now, whether or not these prophecies from Fr. Michel are true or wind up being fulfilled, there is nothing intrinsically wrong with them and they constitute no grounds for rejecting his authenticity.

Miravalle writes “…the alleged directive for families to immediately leave their homes, properties, possessions, etc. after the Illumination of Conscience has absolutely no precedent within Church approved private revelation.” But this objection is a straw man, for Fr. Michel never said that we are simply to abandon our lives after the Warning on account of his own admonitions. Rather, Fr. Michel teaches that we are to follow our Guardian Angel, who will miraculously appear to some in the form of a flame, and lead them to temporary or permanent refuges. It is particularly strange to take issue with a simple admonition to follow one’s Guardian Angel if the latter miraculously appears. I would like to know what exactly Dr. Miravalle would advise his readers to do if their Guardian Angel appears to them telling them to do something. Furthermore, Fr. Michel’s accountas he explains hereof the Guardian Angel appearing miraculously as a flame is not unprecedented.

Dr. Miravalle writes that some of Fr. Michel’s prophecies have “... absolutely no precedent within Church approved private revelation.” We would note that another credible seer on Countdown to the Kingdom, Jennifer, has been given similar messages from Jesus:

My people, My angels will come and guide you to your places of refuge where you will be sheltered from the storms and the forces of the antichrist and this one world government. —July 14th, 2004

And again,

Take heed to My words, for as the time begins to close in, the attacks that will be unleashed by Satan will be at unprecedented proportions. Diseases will come forth and culminate, My people, and your homes will be a safe haven until My angels guide you to your place of refuge. —February 23rd, 2007

But even if no such similar messages existed, engaging in an a priori rejection of any prophetic increase in specificity (which, far from being ruled out, should be affirmatively expected the closer we get to the long-prophesied events) is essentially tantamount to a categorical rejection of prophecy itself. Prophecy is never mere repetition, while the unstated premise in Miravalle’s tenth objection here is precisely that prophecy may only be mere repetition. The fact that prophecy must stand in harmony with and never contradict Scripture, Tradition, and Magisteriumas well, I would add, as the general prophetic consensusmustn’t be erroneously conflated with the patently false notion that prophecy may not be new (so long as it does not correct or change Sacred Tradition).

Conclusion

Dr. Miravalle begins his concluding remarks by stating “the alleged messages of Fr. Rodrigue contain significant and repeated examples of theological and factor error.” As I hope I have made clear in this post, no such errors existat least, not in what Miravalle has here presenteda reality testified to by the fact that there are no Magisterial texts cited in Miravalle’s article (beyond one brief mention of the CDF’s 1978 norms for discernment; norms which, in fact, seem to strongly favor Fr. Michel’s authenticity).

I am grateful, on the one hand, for the opportunity to clarify several clear misunderstandings and theological misconstructions regarding Fr. Michel. On the other hand, I hope this public response is an invitation to others in such positions as Dr. Miravalle to engage us in dialogue before making public declarations that ultimately serve to only further confuse and divide the Body of Christ at a time when we need each other most.

Please remember that I am not at all claiming certainty in the authenticity of Fr. Michel’s messages, thus I continue to welcome further information relevant to proper Church-sanctioned norms of discernment. I am simply saying that I do think they are authentic, and I still have seen no worthy reason to doubt their authenticity. Fr. Michel seems to be a good, holy, orthodox, and learned priest, not to mention a good Catholic, an Abbot, and a psychologically stable individual (a conclusion I have arrived at even based on my own correspondence with him). This does not mean he is infallible, of course, but it does mean that we should take what he says seriously.

If Fr. Michel is actually hearing from God, carrying messages to be announced to the faithful, then he is an important voice that should not go unheeded. Now is a critical time in the Church and the world when things are rapidly changing, and people need direction and assurance.

And what is Fr. Michel saying? He’s not saying store up years of food (he only says to have a few months’ worth if possiblenatural reason observing the state of the world today arrives at the same conclusion); he’s not saying go build a refuge (he’s saying that those are already built for the most part or that those who are to build them are only those clearly called by God to do so); he’s not saying be afraid; he’s not saying neglect the duties of your state in life.

His message is simple: go to Confession, pray the Rosary, consecrate yourself to the Holy Family. He’s saying repent. He’s saying be a good Catholic.

Even if you cannot bring yourself to regard Fr. Michel’s visions as authentic private revelation, I nevertheless conclude by asking: What, dear friends, is so wrong with that message?

Acts 5:34-39

 

*It is interesting to note that Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen said in his book, Communism and the Conscience of the West:

“The False Church will be worldly, ecumenical, and global. It will be a loose federation of churches and religions, forming some type of global association. A world parliament of Churches. It will be emptied of all Divine content, it will be the mystical body of the anti-christ. The Mystical Body on earth today will have its Judas Iscariot, and he will be the false prophet. Satan will recruit him from our Bishops.”
Addendum 1: I apologize for my lack of clarity in the Fifth point, wherein I only addressed the “conclave” issue (although I did inadvertently use the word “council” in the opening paragraph). While I stand by my remarks as they pertain to the question of convoking a conclave, Dr. Miravalle’s own fifth point focused more specifically on the question of convoking a council. Nevertheless, my argument as it pertains to a conclave applies as well to the question of convoking a council. Councils, too, have been convoked in a variety of ways throughout Church History. What lends legitimacy to a council is not the manner in which it was convoked — even if there is a canonically ordinary way of doing so — but, rather, its status (measured by the substance of its execution and, ultimately, promulgation) as genuinely Ecumenical in nature. In any event, pondering the most fitting mode of a council’s convocation is certainly not a substantial theological question, therefore even if one were to succumb to error regarding it, such an error could not be accurately and fairly construed as a “substantial theological error.” — Daniel O’Connor. July 15, 2020

Some announcements

Within the next few weeks I hope to publish something very important; something I have been working hard on for months now, and I will need all of your help when that time comes! So please, stay tuned; and be sure to subscribe (top of the right hand sidebar) to this blog if you’d like to be kept in the loop. In the meantime, I have a few announcements:

  • It has been my absolute honor and joy to begin a series of webcasts with Mark Mallett. We’ve done several so far, and you can find them posted under the videos at CountdownToTheKingdom.com (CTTK.org) and at Mark’s blog TheNowWord.com. Our most important webcast so far is probably the one on the Time of Mercy, which you can see here. 
  • CountdownToTheKingdom.com is going strong; I hope you are able to check it out regularly! Heaven’s ongoing messages are being posted there almost daily, and listening to Heaven has never been so urgent as today. 
  • Please do bear in mind that I am just one of four contributors to CountdownToTheKingdom. As with all endeavors that have multiple contributors, it is a team effort! This said, I must express to my readers that I don’t necessarily stand behind 100% of every single thing posted on (or linked to on) CTTK. Do read CTTK, but please refer to this blog (DSDOConnor.com) to see specifically what I am personally standing behind. Mark, Christine, and Peter are way better and holier people than myself — but I don’t suppose any two people on earth are exactly on the same page with everything! And our team is, of course, no exception to that rule. But I think it makes CTTK stronger;you can rest assured that it is not just another website pushing one particular ideological approach to the issues of the day. Rather, it is a cooperative effort undertaken by four people coming from different perspectives but nevertheless deeply unified on what is important, pooling our efforts to give the Prophetic Consensus a voice in order to hasten the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary; the Coming of the Kingdom of God! 

I suppose, however, that I should mention some specifics instead of leaving my readers guessing as to why I’m saying this — but please know that I won’t be making a habit of mentioning specifics; in the future, just kindly bear in mind my general exhortation to not make any assumptions regarding my own take on things.

    • When it comes to matters related to essential oils(see footnote), the “Young Living” company (which I have no connection with or even knowledge of), alternative medicine, “blessed grapes,” etc., please know that I am not involved in contributing to those posts, nor am I in any way associated with these matters, nor are these the types of matters that I expect to delve into publicly in the future. (PS: I love essential oils — I’ve got frankincense in my beard right now because I love the smell — I’m simply pointing out that I’m not at all involved in promoting their medicinal or therapeutic use. But I’m not condemning such use either; I’m just not at all involved in that matter either way and I have nothing to say about it. Please seek out better voices than my own if you want guidance on that question!)
    • Finally, although my webcasts with Mark are posted on the Queen of Peace Media YouTube channel, I am not associated with Queen of Peace Media, so please know that I do not necessarily endorse a video just because it also appears on that YouTube channel. 

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Let me again address the big pink elephant in the living room: Fr. Michel’s timetable. Yes, it really does seem that he is saying that the chain of long-prophesied events (economic collapse, societal breakdown, World War III, a much worse pandemic, then The Warning, the Reprieve, the reign of the Antichrist, the refuges, the 3 Days of darkness, followed by the Glorious Era of Peace) will begin by Autumn of this year.

Will they indeed begin so soon? Perhaps. He may well be right; there is such an incredible convergence of both signs of the times and prophetic messages right now that it’s looking like this summer may well be a “last chance” of sorts. So repent, get to confession, and live in the Divine Will! But it also might not be so soon. I find Fr. Michel authentic, not infallible. Even if his prophecies regarding this year were valid when given, it is always possible that the Time of Mercy will be extended again. So please, go by that never-failing advice whenever these conundrums arise: when it comes to your zeal for salvation and sanctification — proclaiming the Divine Mercy and the Divine Will — assume his prophecies are accurate. When it comes to your continuing to undertake well the duties of your state in life (doing your job, paying your bills, educating your children, etc.), assume that the time of mercy will be extended yet again. I know I said, in the Time of Mercy webcast, that I think we are out of extensions — I don’t take that back. I think we are out of them. But I don’t know we’re out of them, and more importantly I don’t know exactly when our present Time-of-Mercy-Extension is valid until! Fr. Michel is essentially saying that it’s valid until this Autumn. Maybe it’s actually valid until later. Maybe not. Mark Mallett just wrote an excellent post on this. (But, also, after you repent, get to confession, consecrate yourself to the holy family…. buy a few 50 pound bags of white rice. Seriously.)

That’s all for now. But do stay tuned!

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Footnote: I am aware that some of the messages of Luz de Maria occasionally refer to essential oils and other alternative medicine or “conspiracy theory” related themes. While I do believe that Luz de Maria is an authentic mystic, I also do not think that her messages are infallible and, though I may be wrong, I am inclined to hypothesize that (as with many authentic mystics) her messages are at least sometimes a combination of both genuine supernatural insight and some admixture of human subjectivity on the part of the recipient. The more one thinks about a certain theme, the more likely it is to pop up in one’s imagination even during an otherwise supernaturally received locution. As far as I know (and I could be wrong), Luz has still, to date, not ever disclosed the mode in which she receives her messages. This leads me to guess that the messages are in the interior, meditative, non-sensible locution category [as mystics who clearly hear and/or see Jesus (or Our Lady) are usually quick to indicate that their messages were received audibly]. And this category of mystical revelations is particularly prone to bearing an admixture of some pious human imaginings innocently mistaken for Heaven’s voice. Therefore, what I see as particularly powerful from Luz de Maria’s messages is not so much the occasional details about specific events/ remedies/”conspiracy theories,” but rather their main theme over the years, which itself is not susceptible to being a product of mere imagination. And while I have not read all her messages, I gather that their main theme is this: The Great Chastisements are at the very doorstep. Unprecedented natural disasters, plagues, persecutions, societal collapse, wars, etc., are around the corner. The Warning will occur in the midst of these. The reign of the Antichrist is imminent. But we must not be afraid: repent, confess, consecrate yourself to Our Lady, pray the Rosary, strive to Live in the Divine Will, evangelize, and you are more than ready for the coming times. The Chastisements will be followed by a Glorious Era of Peace unlike any in history; the fulfillment of the Our Father prayer — the Coming of the Kingdom. Be excited.

Do contrast, however, the aforementioned item of confusion with Luz de Maria to the revelations to the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta: you see throughout the thousands of pages of her diary, Luisa always indicating whether she was describing something she saw, describing a subjective understanding of a theme that the Lord gave her, or transcribing an audible message from Jesus. This brings up another important point. Please do not suppose that, because Luisa is just one of many seers featured on CTTK, I regard her as just “one among many.” I feel at least fairly confident in the authenticity of all the seers on CTTK; at the minimum, I find them all deeply worthy of consideration. But I am certain of the authenticity of Luisa’s revelations. Not only am I certain of their authenticity, but I regard them as light years above the website’s other seers in terms of importance. This is no mark against the other seers; it just so happens that Luisa alone was given the mission to be this era’s earthly secretary of the fulfillment of the Our Father prayer!

The Devil’s Dress Rehearsal and The Infrastructure of the Antichrist

I will not in this post ask you to subscribe to any particular conspiracy theory regarding the present distress. Instead, I’m only asking you to consider what you, as a Christian, already know and what you, as a person with common sense and two eyes, can easily observe openly regarding the undisputed facts of the matter.

Fact 1: This world will end.

Fact 2: Before this world ends, the definitive events spoken of in Scripture, the Catechism, and the unanimous consensus of private revelation must transpire.

Fact 3: Among these events — guaranteed, with dogmatic certainty, to transpire and in no way merely conditional — is the rise and reign of the Antichrist.

Fact 4: The Antichrist, though he will have given himself over entirely to Satan and will work apparent wonders, is still a mere man with no supernatural powers. Nevertheless, he will acquire historically unprecedented worldwide dominion and exert total control over “buying and selling” of all people, requiring all to have his diabolical “mark” in order to legally do so.

Corollary 1:

The Antichrist will need to acquire this dominion by making sure, before he makes his public entrance, that what I refer to as “The Infrastructure of the Antichrist” is firmly in place. (And even if the Antichrist himself does not personally orchestrate all of this — admittedly, it would not be credible to assert that all of today’s chaos can be traced back to one man — the devil who is working behind the scenes to pave the way for the Antichrist does orchestrate it, hence the title of this post.) 

Corollary 2:

This Infrastructure of the Antichrist will require (in 2018 I speculated that he is waiting for just a few more developments before making his public entrance; as you will see, I think this Coronavirus crisis is going to allow for them):

A. Massive surveillance.

B. Technological control of all purchases, and a general extreme degree of control of the people

C. The ability to quickly and universally promulgate a certain physical thing — the Mark of the Beast — getting it into the hands (or, rather, injected into/implanted within/imprinted upon the right hand or forehead) of every single person on the face of the planet

D. The persecution of the Church — especially by way of the suppression of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

E. The blind submission of the masses to unsubstantiated “official” claims and the repression of any information that dares contradict these claims.

F. The wiping out, as much as possible, of economic subsidiarity and social solidarity, in order to ensure that the masses are dependent upon centralized government and/or corporate intervention, which in turn can easily be subsumed into his diabolical one world pseudo messianic ploy.

Likelihood 1:

What we have seen, just during the last couple of months, is — almost to the letter — a practice dry run, a veritable dress rehearsal, of all of the above: A through F. It has furthermore proved a great (demonic) success for the Infrastructure of the Antichrist.

A. We have seen the sudden worldwide explosion of both implementation of, and wide acceptance of, surveillance to a degree scarcely imagined in the science fiction of even recent times

B. “Control” is the name of the game of the present crisis. People, governments have concluded, are not to be trusted; individuals do not matter as far as they are concerned — all that matters is the Utilitarian calculation of what effect they may have on the “Community” (that is, the established elite who benefit off of affairs operating in a certain matter). Is a soul on his deathbed and in need of company? Who cares! Letting him be ministered to may adversely effect “flattening the curve.” Has an individual family concluded that heeding some absurd restriction will be infinitely more damaging to them than risking possible exposure to a disease with a tiny mortality rate? Who cares! Families don’t matter — all that matters is the government’s concern that trusting individual families may have a negative “cumulative effect on the curve.” Does an individual who has been placed on government-mandated quarantine realize that the importance of some task he must accomplish far outweighs the importance of him avoiding possibly contributing incrementally to the spread of Coronavirus? Who cares? All that matters is that the government has decided it would be better to have him stay completely isolated for weeks — with fewer rights than a convicted prisoner in a maximum security prison — even if it will cause his life, and perhaps his family, to fall apart.  These examples could be multiplied, but you get the picture: Because, ostensibly, of how much modern government values “people” (yeah right), actual real individual people must be thrown under the bus.

C. Bill Gates himself — who, also, doubtless will be a leader in the imminent New World Order — has insisted that we must vaccinate every single one of the 7 billion people on the planet. Now, I am most definitely not anti-vaccine; but what he is saying is manifest madness. He is claiming that humanity has “never before” faced a more urgent task than this new conquest for which he advocates (has he ever opened a history book?), even while admitting that what he is insisting upon is unprecedented, saying “We’ve never delivered something to every corner of the world before.” If this isn’t a dry run for the Mark of the Beast, then nothing is. Bill Gates isn’t dumb; but he must think his readers are if he thinks they really will take what he is saying at face value and fail to realize that there is some other, much darker, plan only thinly veiled by this task he is insisting upon.

D. As never before in the 2,000 year history of the Church, the public Mass has been eradicated — and, by and large, our shepherds have simply rolled over to this and played rag doll in the hands of civil officials in the name of “safety.” Only a relatively small number of Bishops have protested (thank God for Cardinal Muller and Cardinal Sarah, and for today’s  “appeal for the Church and the world” , which I have signed), pointing out how absurd and contrary to Divine Law it is to tell priests they cannot administer the Sacraments and how easily the Faithful could adhere to legitimate prudential social distancing guidelines while still going to Mass, Confession, etc. (like they are even now in Poland, which nevertheless has maintained a tiny Coronavirus death rate proportional to its population) So, today, public Catholicism has essentially been temporarily outlawed — yes, outlawed; people are even being arrested for attending Mass — with the cooperation of the Bishops, in the name of “safety.” In the name of what will Catholicism be outlawed tomorrow?

E. Censorship of “unapproved” information has reached a fever pitch recently. Suddenly, anything that dares to deviate from the official narrative (which itself is constantly changing and thus has already demonstrated itself untrustworthy) is deemed “fake news,” and deleted, by faceless employees answerable to no one, from what has increasingly become people’s sole source of information: social media. 

Incidentally, this is one of the reasons I prefer a blog over social media (I still have no facebook/twitter/etc.). If they censor me — and doubtless they soon will — I can still reach my subscribers by email, and I know how to get around any attempt they may make to prevent me from emailing subscribers.

F. I don’t suppose there are many left still in need of convincing that economies throughout the world have crashed like never before in history; at this point, only the most obstinate head-in-sand folk are denying that. While in earlier crises the nation and the world has faced, people usually responded by helping each other, what are we being told today? We have been told — often, required — not to help each other, but to avoid each other. We have been told to leave helping people to the government. We have been told not to worry about making a living — the government will support us; perhaps even with a “Universal Basic Income.” Unemployment benefits now pay most workers who receive them significantly more than does actual work. People like me, who are plowing ahead with work despite the fact that they are making much less than they would be making on unemployment — in my case, bending over backwards to transition all of my instruction to online and undertaking intensive trainings so I can continue teaching my students remotely instead of saying “sorry, I can’t; get back to me when we’re back on campus” — are essentially thereby punished for not just sitting back and going on the dole. It is not an overreaction to call such a scenario essentially a punishment of those who work: money is purely relative, and when trillions of dollars are printed, the money that workers earn becomes drastically mitigated in substance even if not nominally. (Let’s not waste our time with an economics debate on inflation when common sense and logic suffice.)

Socialism, categorically condemned by the Church’s Magisterium, is now entering the scene strongly and outright Communism will likely soon replace it (which, incidentally, is exactly what the Garabandal visionaries were told would immediately precede The Warning).  [I am not at all against aid to those in need; what I am against is the government stepping in, with Communist undertones, to the point of overriding subsidiarity.]

(Note: I am NOT saying that this whole Pandemic response is some fabricated conspiracy. I am well aware of the seriousness of this virus and I do support significant measures being taken to combat it. Nor am I asserting that every item I’ve linked to is intrinsically malicious. My point is only that many things have been taken far too far, and that within this dynamic is seen clearly the laying of the foundations of the Infrastructure of the Antichrist)

Likelihood 2: A dress rehearsal means that the real thing is close at hand.

Now, you cannot doubt the 4 Facts listed above. You would be hard pressed to doubt the 2 Corollaries listed above. 

And, with each passing day, the “2 Likelihoods” listed above are looking less and less like mere likelihoods and more and more like veritable objective descriptions of the present time.  

Reject those 2 Likelihoods if you will — maybe because you prefer mindless “positive thinking” to even considering anything painful … or, maybe because you just can’t handle the truth…(or, for a few readers, maybe because the imminent rise of the Antichrist doesn’t fit in with your own personal eschatological speculations that you developed by only reading a few authors who systematically ignore the entire unanimous consensus of post-Fatima trustworthy private revelation and impose their own opinions upon the older prophecies, pretending they contain conclusions that they simply do not (see The Crown of Sanctity pages 356-396 )

But, regardless of your eschatological opinions, favorite end-times authors, or personal dispositional preferences, know this for certain, for I solemnly assure you of it: the present sad Era will soon come to an end. It will be replaced by a glorious Era of Peace unlike anything the world has ever seen. But that transition is going to hurt, and pretending otherwise will not spare you the pain. 

And although pretending otherwise is futile and harmful, waking up and recognizing the Signs of the Times is incredibly beneficial; not because it gives you clear knowledge of all future events (not even the greatest of prophets have that — we have all eternity to be certain of things; only now can we merit by Faith and Trust), and certainly not because it encourages you to engage in survivalism or harbor a refuge mentality (see note on that below), but because it gives you the inspiration you need to heed the Battle Orders for the Church Militant that Heaven has long been begging of us before these events hit

The Moral of the Story — All that Matters, in Fact:

  • Repent of your sins. There is no more time to delay this. Do not be easy on yourself; examine your conscience carefully. Stop sinning, make an act of perfect contrition, and get to confession as soon as it is again made available.
  • Live in and Proclaim the Divine Will. The imminent Chastisements will be proportional in severity, scope, and duration, to the deficiency of knowledge of the Divine Will among the people — yes, boldly proclaiming the Divine Will really will drastically lessen the Chastisements.
  • Incessantly beg God for the Coming of the Kingdom, for it is now at hand, and the events that must precede it are about to commence; if, however, we fail to incessantly beg God for the Coming of the Kingdom, then these sorrowful events which come before may linger much longer.
  • Trust in the Divine Mercy and Proclaim the Divine Mercy. Evangelize like never before — even if, for a time, you must do so primarily remotely.
  • Pray the Rosary every day
  • Frequent daily Mass and monthly Confession as soon as it is possible to return to these
  • Love all and forgive all
  • Pray and Sacrifice (especially by fasting) for the salvation and sanctification of souls, the conversion of sinners, the deliverance of the Holy Souls in Purgatory (their intercession, too, will greatly aid us in the coming days), the mitigation of the Chastisements, and the Hastening of the Era of Peace
  • Consecrate yourself, your family, and your home to the Holy Family and live your family life in imitation of their virtues
  • Set your face like flint, right now, to make absolutely no compromises in The Faith, even in the face of death, and especially regarding those tenets thereof that are most despised by modern society: The fact that there is only one God in exactly Three Divine Persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and that He alone can ever be worshiped — and that any worship of any other person or thing is idolatrous. The fact that the Bible really is the infallible Word of God and the Magisterium of the Church really is its authoritative interpreter. The literal truth of the Divinity, Incarnation, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus. The objective necessity of the Catholic Church — wherein alone resides the Fullness of the Truth — and her Sacraments. The literal Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. The literal reality of the Second Coming, Judgment, Purgatory, Heaven, and Hell. The intrinsically evil nature of any sexual activity of any sort outside of the marriage (which is indissoluble) of one (actual – biological) man and one (actual – biological) woman. The intrinsically evil nature of abortion, euthanasia, suicide….
    • Any denial — or any formal cooperation in any such denial — of any of these truths is itself intrinsically evil and never permissible — not even if it were considered necessary to prevent the destruction of the entire world. Make an absolutely solid and permanent act of the will right now to never do such a thing. 
  • And, yes, be prudent: If you reasonably can, keep a few months of food/supplies on hand. 

Announcements:

    • Baby #4 was born and all is well; thank you for the prayers! Her name is Luisa Marie.
    • I would appreciate prayers for the repose of the soul of my grandmother, Elaine. I hope to do a post on her incredible life at some point. Upon her death, last Friday, she had a total of 240 descendants (she had 14 children, I am one of her 89 grandchildren, and from us proceed, so far, 149 great-grandchildren and from them proceed, so far, 2 great-great grandchildren). She was an extremely devout Catholic and an ardent pro lifer; I still know people who fondly recall singing hymns in jail with her after she engaged in peaceful rescues at abortion mills. Don’t hesitate to pray for her intercession, either!
    • www.CountdownToTheKingdom.com (or http://www.CTTK.org) is up and running! It’s only been just over a month now, but the impact has already been enormous. Many more articles are coming soon to this site in addition to the  many that already exist. No one who peruses that site with an open heart will be able to deny any longer the prophetic consensus: the Chastisements, the Warning, the Antichrist, and then, the Glorious Era of Peace (the veritable Coming of the Kingdom in fulfillment of the Our Father prayer) are now at hand.  This website is not about the opinions of its contributors; it is about presenting what Heaven itself is unanimously declaring to trustworthy prophets, seers, and mystics throughout the entire world. We ignore this consensus at our peril.
  • On Fr. Michel, Prudence, and Refuges:
    • On the last point of the list above: No, I do not see this particular admonition to having a few months of food/supplies permeating Heaven’s messages — but neither do I see thus permeating the admonition to brush one’s teeth, or use a directional before changing lanes on the highway. Nevertheless, prudence advises it. In this context, Survivalism is the “vice of excess,” a sin indeed, but Providentialism — a perversion of trust in Providence and indeed a heresy — is the “vice of defect,” wherein prudent preparedness is the Golden Mean Virtue. 
    • Fr. Michel is not admonishing us to go and build refuges; he’s merely saying that they exist and faithful souls will be miraculously lead to them when the time comes. Do not go wasting your time building a “refuge” unless you are confident that God has specifically asked you to do so. (And if He has, then you better not delay!!).
    • As anyone who has spent so much as a few moments perusing my blog at any point in the last 11 years knows, advocating for a “refuge mentality” is about the last thing I am guilty of, and it will be difficult to find anyone out there who is as insistent as I am upon our duty to go out into the world and fearlessly proclaim the Gospel, no matter what, and to remain ever cognizant of the fact that our only real refuge is in the hearts of Jesus and Mary. So, please ignore those who have recently slandered me and CTTK.org, erroneously accusing us of this.
  • Fr Michel Rodrigue is NOT condemned. Nothing has changed other than the fact that we are now aware that his Bishop “does not agree” with the idea of the Warning, the Chastisements, the Era of Peace, etc., and thus “does not support” his messages, for they speak of these things. This makes absolutely no difference to me — nor, I wager, should it to you. If Fr. Michel’s bishop were to actually condemn his messages, then that would be another matter — but that has not happened, despite the predictable false rumors now circulating to the contrary, egged on by those Catholics who pretend that a given private revelation not having the support of the Bishop of the diocese in which they transpired is equivalent to the same Bishop condemning them. 
  • But it should not be surprising to anyone that many in the Hierarchy today “do not agree” with the unanimous consensus of trustworthy private revelation. Soon, that will change. We must obey the hierarchy’s formal, authoritative actions, indeed. Obedience is a great virtue. But we needn’t agree with their personal erroneous opinions, even when they voice them publicly.
  • In the meantime, stay strong in heeding this prophetic consensus; it is a consensus that neither rises nor falls on the authenticity of one or two seers, Fr. Michel included (if he were to be condemned or proven false, that would do nothing at all to this prophetic consensus — although I still do very much think he is authentic).

 

This is Only the Beginning of the Birth Pangs. Are We Listening Now?

“I was alive during World War II, and it wasn’t this bad even back then.”

This I overheard one man say to another last week as I was out and about my daily endeavors — back when things were nowhere near as bad as they are today as I write this post … under government mandated lockdown in New York and deprived of what has been the anchor of my daily life for the last 12 years — Mass and Holy Communion.

But I do not write this post to reiterate sentiments akin to the one above: almost every article generated every day in the mainstream media is doing precisely that:

Apocalyptic.” “The Sky is Falling.” “This is not a recession: it’s an ice age.” “This is without precedent.” “Life will never be the same again.“The world will never be the same again.”

These are the types of headlines one is constantly seeing even in the very mainstream media outlets that are regarded for their cool-headedness. And I will not dispute the validity of these headlines.

But there is one headline I recently saw, which I do indeed want to dispute:

This is the thing that this generation will remember.”

No, it is not.

Surely, this is a thing that will be remembered, but not the thing; not by a long shot. Though indeed tragic and unprecedented, the present trial is — in terms of temporal disarray — a mere inconvenience compared to what is coming soon. (I give an important qualification on this point later in this post)

It is with absolutely no flippancy or glibness that I chose the title for this article: my wife will be delivering our fourth child any day now, and I know full well that the first birth pang, while it will be quite painful for her, will be only a preview of what is to come thereafter. 

But it is also with no sense of  “doom and gloom” or “fear mongering” that I chose the title for this article, either: despite all the pain of labor and delivery, it is itself nothing compared to the glory and the beauty of what follows: a new life emerging visibly into the world.

This, of course, is why Our Lord chose precisely this analogy in prophetically describing the days that, it seems, we have now officially embarked upon:

“All these things are merely the beginning of the birth pangs” – Matthew 24:8

Yes, unprecedented Chastisements are about to inundate the world. But so is a glorious Era of Peace beyond anything the world has ever seen — wherein God’s Kingdom will arrive more fully than ever before, and His Will shall be done on earth as it is done in Heaven. 

But I have been proclaiming this message for a long time; so why this post now? 

Because it is now long overdue for the scoffers to cease and desist their scoffing, and get on their knees and beg God’s forgiveness for opposing Heaven’s messages for so long, now that the truth of these messages is stunningly displayed for all the world to see. (And most of the “scoffers,” by the way, are not the worldly; the worldly generally know nothing of these prophecies — a sorry state of affairs I largely dedicate myself to trying to change. The scoffers, rather, are usually “orthodox Catholic” lay people who have appointed themselves the judges of private revelation or who flippantly denounce it merely because it is not a constituent of the Deposit of Faith or because it does not align with their own personal eschatological speculations)

  • In recent years, trustworthy private revelation has been saying that, very soon, the Eucharist would be very difficult to find. The scoffers scoffed. Now it is a reality — more so than ever before in the entire history of the Church, as far as I can tell (Yes, there were Mass cancellations during the 1918 pandemic as well, and other pandemics, but it seems that those cancellations were nowhere near as universal as what we are now experiencing; in better days, our shepherds did not compete to see who could cancel public Masses more quickly in the face of danger). 
  • In recent years, trustworthy private revelation has been saying that a new disease would inundate the world. The scoffers scoffed. Now it is a reality.
  • In 2019, Fr. Michel Rodrigue announced that he was told that, come February 2020, he was not to travel outside the country any longer. The scoffers scoffed. This admonition could not have been more prophetic.
  • In 2019, Fr. Michel begged Catholics to make sure they got to Confession before 2020. The scoffers scoffed. Now they can’t get to confession at all.
  • In 2019, Fr. Michel said to have several months of food and supplies on hand. The scoffers scoffed. Now they must wish they listened.
  • In recent years, trustworthy private revelation has been foretelling an imminent financial collapse (to be followed by economic collapse, then total societal collapse). The scoffers scoffed. Now the market has plunged more drastically than ever before in American history, already eclipsing the Great Depression itself. And the collapse seems to still only be in its initial stages.

[For now, I am going to spare you a long list of the details of and quotes from these fulfilled prophecies; I am contributing towards a website that will be public on the Feast of the Annunciation, www.CountDownToTheKingdom.com, that will have much of this]

Update: More about Fr. Michel can be found here: https://www.countdowntothekingdom.com/why-fr-michel-rodrigue/

This isn’t an “I told you so” blog post. I am the last one worthy of saying that, for God knows how many things I should be doing which I am not doing, and what I plead for is His Mercy on my soul, not the vindication of myself before others.

No, rather, this is an “I beg you to now begin listening before it truly is too late” post

For a mere ounce of common sense should cause even the most arrogant of scoffers to now pause and consider:

Hmm. These prophecies have already proven true, so perhaps it is high time I consider what else is contained within them.”

Well, let me make a long story short. Here is what is contained in their consensus (much of these processes have begun already; but in the coming times, they will increase exponentially):

The warnings before THE Warning:

(in no particular order)

  • God will bring man to his knees — or, rather, God will allow the natural consequences of modern man’s sinfulness and apostasy to be experienced throughout the world.
  • There will be enormous earthquakes and volcanoes; including in places that rarely see them. There will be tsunamis.
  • There will be “new phenomena” to stun mankind; phenomena that we likely do not even have names for at present, and perhaps only speculate about. (Including celestial/cosmic phenomena)
  • There will be enormous storms; hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, hail, etc.: the likes of which the world cannot remember.
  • There will be enormous fires.
  • There will be war: probably a Third World War; possibly a nuclear war
  • The financial meltdown will be followed by a total economic collapse, which in turn will be followed by a total societal collapse. Famine will precipitate the collapse. “First world” developed nations will begin to look more like Venezuela has for the last few years. 
  • Communism will suddenly re-explode onto the world scene: probably through the machinations of China and Russia. 
  • There will be increasing apostasy within the Church — only that which is directly Divinely Protected (e.g. the actual Papal Magisterium itself) will be safeguarded from the corruption of heresy and blasphemy.
  • There will be a severe persecution of the faithful; what is already happening in many countries (the infallible and immutable Christian — and natural — Moral Law being declared “hate speech”) will explode in severity and scope. 

With each event that comes, it will become increasingly clear that their confluence is no mere coincidence, but is rather none other than the fulfillment of the prophecies and the initiation of the days spoken of in the Book of Revelation

In the midst of these warnings, THE Warning will come.

Miraculously, everyone throughout the entire world will be shown the state of their souls before God. Most will be horrified. But this, the greatest act of mercy in the history of the world, will give souls a chance to repent. (We do not know when, in the list of chastisements above, the Warning will come; but the prophecies seem to indicate that at least a couple more of these chastisements will occur before The Warning hits)

A brief time of peace will follow it.

For the world will be dazzled by the experience. This is the chance for the faithful to evangelize like never before. But the “experts” — secularists in science, media, government, and even many in the Church hierarchy — will write it off as a purely material phenomenon not to be taken seriously (I speculate that they will chalk it up to a cosmic influx of some sort of gamma radiation that triggered a release of a certain hormone at the same time in all people), and those who have not genuinely repented and converted will soon forget it and go back to their old sinful ways; or, rather, they will become even worse in their rebellion against God.

Then, the Antichrist enters. 

…to gather up his own, institute the Mark of the Beast, and pretend to have claimed for himself the Throne of Peter. This indeed will be the Abomination of Desolation. It will be time to, as Our Lord says in the Gospel, “flee to the mountains” (Matthew 24:16). 

Much of the faithful remnant will be miraculously lead to refuges.

…where they will be Divinely protected from the Antichrist and the even greater scourges that will  occur on earth during his 3 year reign.

Through the Three Days of Darkness at the end of his reign, the Antichrist will be defeated

and all those who sided with him will be destroyed. The world will be radically transformed through this unprecedented upheaval, and left ready to be made as God intended it to be.

Christ will come, in grace (not physically) to institute His Kingdom on earth

…even more fully than ever before, and the Divine Will shall reign. The glory of this Era of history can scarcely be described; although I have tried my best in pages 463-483 of The Crown of Sanctity and pages 3-9 of The Crown of History]

After an unknown amount of time of this Era of Peace, the definitive events of the End of Time will commence

(Gog and Magog, The Final Coming of Jesus in the Flesh, the Eternal Resurrection, the Last Judgment).

[Again, much more detail on the above will soon be available at www.CountdownToTheKingdom.com Also note that some refer to what I have called “the warnings” as “the minor chastisement/minor tribulation” and the time of the Antichrist/3 Days of Darkness as “the major chastisement/major tribulation; and the post-Warning peace as the “minor Era of peace” and the post-Antichrist peace as the “Major Era of Peace.” That is fine; although I prefer the terminology I’ve used above.

Others argue that the Antichrist can only come at the very end of the world, and any Era of Peace must precede him. Others predict several different Chastisements and several different yet-to-come temporal Eras of Peace. Still others argue that there will be absolutely no Era of Peace, and that the end of the world itself is imminent. All these mistaken positions are refuted in pages 356-396 of The Crown of Sanctity

Another note to the scoffers:

Now, lest any scoffers insist upon maintaining their scoffing, allow me to refute their attempted last bastion of defense: “well, these alleged prophets issue so many prophecies, like grape shot, they are bound to be right sometimes!

No, they are not. Every “psychic” out there experienced in the craft of his fraud knows full well that the grape shot approach is one doomed to failure. There are far too many possibilities that the future may hold to even bother attempting this approach  — for it will always be revealed as fraudulent. Allow me to draw an analogy: the future is like an extremely strong password. If you have an extremely strong password and someone still breaks into your account, you can rest assured that this person somehow acquired your password, and did not merely “brute force” (i.e. “grape shot” approach) generate it with a hacking program. Similarly, it is a mathematical fact that the world’s most powerful supercomputer is utterly powerless against a simple 128 bit encryption key. Indeed, these scammers know that, instead, they must simply stick with asserting generalities that can seem to be fulfilled no matter what actually happens. But we are not dealing with generalities that can be molded to fit any scenario with these prophecies; we are dealing with specific messages regarding specific events to come in the future that are being perfectly fulfilled before our very eyes and should confound even the most incredulous skeptics and jaded cynics who haunt the pews of Catholic Churches today. 

Now, of all the private revelations given throughout history, the one that has the most fulfilled prophecies is the revelation of Jesus to the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta. I described just a few of the fulfilled prophecies on pages 98-110 of The Crown of Sanctity and pages 28-34 of The Crown of History, but most of what Jesus told her regards what is yet to come; and most of that, in turn, regards the coming of the Kingdom of God on earth. But much of it also regards the Chastisements that must precede the Coming of the Kingdom. 

While I advise you to simply check out www.CountdownToTheKingdom.com in a few days for more private revelations on what is to come, I do want to include in this post just a few insights from Luisa’s revelations. So here are a few miscellaneous excerpts (these are just snippets; you can easily find the contexts and the dates by searching for the quotes you are interested in on the PDF of Luisa’s volumes — link on the right-hand sidebar.)

Jesus tells Luisa:

There is much more I could quote from Luisa’s revelations on the Chastisements, but instead I want to now turn to a much more important message:

I know; much of this may be quite frightening to hear. But we must not allow ourselves to become frightened. None of the Chastisements are arbitrary. They will all serve to prepare the ground for the Reign of the Divine Will; the Coming of the Kingdom. Jesus tells Luisa:

My daughter, everything you saw [Chastisements] will serve to purify and prepare the human family. The turmoils will serve to reorder, and the destructions to build more beautiful things. If a collapsing building is not torn down, a new and more beautiful one cannot be formed upon those very ruins. I will stir everything for the fulfillment of my Divine Will. … when We decree, all is done; in Us, it is enough to decree in order to accomplish what We want. This is why what seems difficult to you will all be made easy by Our Power. (April 30th, 1928)

The Chastisements are far more difficult for Jesus than for anyone else; for in Chastising – or allowing Chastisements – He is Chastising His own Mystical Body. He can only tolerate this because He sees what is to come on earth after the Chastisements. Jesus tells Luisa:

And if there was not in Us the Certainty that Our Will would Reign in the creature, in order to form Our Life in her, Our Love would Burn Creation completely, and would reduce it to nothing; and if it supports and tolerates so much, it is because We see the times to come, Our Purpose Realized. (May 30, 1932)

In a word: the Chastisements are not primarily punitive; they are preparatory and, indeed, salvific.

Why are they salvific? Because most souls will indeed turn to God in times trial. God loves His children so much that He will try everything else before resorting to Chastisements – but, ultimately, even the worst temporal Chastisement is infinitely better than eternal damnation. Within a passage already quoted earlier, Jesus also tells Luisa:

“My daughter, courage, everything will serve for the Triumph of My Will. If I strike, it is because I want to heal.  My Love is so much, that when I cannot conquer by way of Love and of Graces, I seek to conquer by way of terror and fright.  The human weakness is so much that many times he does not care about My Graces, he is deaf to My Voice, he laughs at My Love.  But it is enough to touch his skin, to remove the things necessary to natural life, that it abases his haughtiness.  He feels so humiliated that he makes himself a rag, and I do what I want with him.  Especially if they do not have a perfidious and obstinate will, one chastisement is enough-to see himself at the brink of the grave-that he returns to Me into My arms.” (June 6, 1935)

God is love. Therefore, God’s Chastisements – whether willed directly by Him or only willed permissively – are also acts of love. A soul in God’s grace should have no fear of the Chastisements, for even at their most terrible, he approaches them like a person with dirt on his body approaches a shower. Jesus tells Luisa:

Courage, my daughter—courage is of souls resolute to do good. They are imperturbable under any storm; and while they hear the roaring of the thunders and lightnings to the point of trembling, and remain under the pouring rain that pours over them, they use the water to be washed and come out more beautiful; and heedless of the storm, they are more than ever resolute and courageous in not moving from the good they have started. Discouragement is of irresolute souls, which never arrive at accomplishing a good. Courage sets the way, courage puts to flight any storm, courage is the bread of the strong, courage is the warlike one that knows how to win any battle. (April 16, 1931)

What a beautiful teaching! Without ever succumbing to any form of flippancy regarding the looming Chastisements, we can nevertheless await them with a type of holy excitement; for we can use them, as Jesus here asks us to, in order to cleanse ourselves of what we know is filthy but which we have not yet found the strength to be rid of.

And remember, there is great protection from Chastisements through devotion to Our Lady. As I always quote, and will continue to quote:

[Luisa:] “But who knows who will see when this Kingdom of the Divine Fiat will come? O! how difficult it seems.” … [Jesus:] “My daughter, and yet It will come. You measure the human, the sad times that involve the present generations, and therefore it seems difficult to you. … what is impossible for human nature, is easy for Us…And then, there is the Queen of Heaven who, with Her Empire, continuously prays that the Kingdom of the Divine Will come on earth, and when have We ever denied Her anything? For Us, Her Prayers are impetuous winds such that We cannot resist Her… She will give Unheard-of Graces, Surprises never seen, Miracles that will shake Heaven and earth. We give Her the whole field free so that She will form for Us the Kingdom of Our Will on earth. She will be the Guide, the True Model, It will also be the Kingdom of the Celestial Sovereign. Therefore, you also pray together with Her, and at Its time you will obtain the intent. (July 14, 1935)

You must know that I always love my children, my beloved creatures, I would turn Myself inside out so as not to see them struck; so much so, that in the gloomy times that are coming, I have placed them all in the hands of my Celestial Mother—to Her have I entrusted them, that She may keep them for Me under Her safe mantle. I will give Her all those whom She will want; even death will have no power over those who will be in the custody of my Mother.” Now, while He was saying this, my dear Jesus showed me, with facts, how the Sovereign Queen descended from Heaven with an unspeakable majesty, and a tenderness fully maternal; and She went around in the midst of creatures, throughout all nations, and She marked Her dear children and those who were not to be touched by the scourges. Whomever my Celestial Mother touched, the scourges had no power to touch those creatures. Sweet Jesus gave to His Mother the right to bring to safety whomever She pleased. (June 6, 1935)

Your Heavenly Mother is going to be so close to you in all that is coming upon the world and upon your own life. Trust her. Love her. Consecrate yourself to her. Pray her Rosary every day. And know that you have absolutely nothing to be afraid of.

But there is simply no longer any avoiding it; no possibility of ignoring the fact that…

Coronavirus and everything that is going along with it — the suspension of the public sacrifice of the Mass, the financial and economic collapse — is one of two things. Either it is…

My sense is that this present trial is not the initial event, but is indeed rather “the warning before the warnings before THE warning.” I know of no prophecy indicating this; it is merely my fallible sense of things. It seems likely that society will, after some months of this trial, return more or less to its normal operation — briefly. This will be our last chance. Get to confession. Center your life on the Eucharist (preferably by receiving every single day, if at all possible). Have several months of food and supplies on hand.

Because all of long-prophesied events listed above are at the very doorstep:

  • Above all, the veritable prophetic consensus insists upon this; as you will soon see at www.CountdownToTheKingdom.com
  • Coronavirus itself, unprecedented and game changing as it is, is a clear fulfillment of many prophecies already.
  • As followers of Medjugorje know, the Time of the Secrets begins (i.e. The Chastisements, Miracles, Era of Peace) when the Apparitions end. Well, we just took a major step in that direction last week when Mirjana announced that the Blessed Virgin told her that her monthly apparitions are now over. And here we are, on the cusp of the 40th anniversary of the Apparitions there beginning… a major milestone that many have speculated will mark their cessation (as I mentioned in this post from 2018)
  • The entire world rests upon the Holy Mass, and its historically unprecedented nearly universal suppression cannot possibly not have eschatological and immediate repercussions
  • We will likely never climb our way out of the financial and economic collapse that has now begun. The House of Cards that is modern society has now been revealed; how utterly precarious the present order is. The Man Behind the Curtain has been seen, and his revelation cannot merely be forgotten once things “calm down.” The world’s reserve currency is likely about to super-inflate into oblivion, and the West’s exploding debts are about to destroy the economic order.
  • The time of weakness now being endured by the West will likely embolden its enemies to pounce with Communism reemerging through China and Russia

A Note on the Absence of the Mass

I do wish to clarify something I said above. I am not claiming that this Coronavirus Pandemic actually is a mere “inconvenience;” my point is only that, compared to what is coming soon, that’s what it will look like. But, of course, each death is a tragedy and I pray every day for those affected. 

But, as I said, there is at least one aspect of this Pandemic that certainly is universally tragic beyond words: the cessation of the public sacrifice of the Mass. If that is not eschatological, then nothing is. And so many prophets today have been told it is coming soon.

But I wish to offer a few words to individual souls suffering from the absence of the Mass.

As I wrote in page 255 of the Crown of Sanctity:

I could probably count on my fingers alone the number of times I missed daily Mass, during the entire 12 years that preceded last week. It has, that entire time, been the anchor and the foundation of my life. I say this only so that no one dares to accuse me of any sort of Quietism or Laxity as I admonish all to not lose their peace over circumstances that they cannot control. For, quite the contrary, I do not think you are likely to find a more zealous advocate for daily Mass than myself — but, notwithstanding the glory of the Eucharist and the glory of the Mass, the fact remains that nothing can thwart God’s Will; and God’s Will is your sanctification. Not sometimes. Not most of the time. Not almost all of the time. But all of the time

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification” – 1 Thessalonians 4:3

Nothing can stand in the way of your sanctification if only you say, and believe, and act in accordance with, the greatest prayer: “Thy Will be Done.”  

Use this painful time without the Eucharist to grow ever deeper into that which is the source of the Eucharist itself: the Will of God. 

Pray the Our Father at noon (Rome Time, which is 7am Eastern US Time), as the Holy Father requested, on the Feast of the Annunciation (March 25th).

Receive the new and historically unprecedented Plenary Indulgence every day — simply by reciting the Divine Mercy Chaplet for an end to Coronavirus and with the will to get to Confession and Communion as soon as you can (if, like me, you cannot make it to either due to government mandated quarantines).

  • Above all, remain a good Catholic. As soon as you can, confess your sins, and remain always in a state of grace. As much as possible, live life centered on the Sacraments. Keep doing everything you are doing as a Catholic striving after sanctity (and stay away from any follower of Luisa who pretends, in stark contrast to what Jesus actually said to Luisa, that Luisa’s revelations allow one to “move on” from these things).
  • Pray the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet every day.
  • Wear one or more of the following: a blessed Crucifix, the Brown Scapular, the Miraculous Medal, the St. Benedict Medal.
  • Read Scripture and other spiritual reading every day (especially Luisa’s writings), and meditate each day
  • Proclaim the Divine Mercy and encourage all to trust in the mercy of Jesus.
  • Fast, and otherwise offer sacrifices, for the salvation and sanctification of souls, the deliverance of the holy souls in Purgatory, the mitigation of the Chastisements, and the hastening of the Coming of the Kingdom.
  • Consecrate yourself, your family, and your home to the Holy Family
  • Ask God every day for the Gift of Living in the Divine Will: “Jesus, I Trust in You. Thy Will be done. I give you my will; please give me Yours in return.” Consecrations to the Divine Will and “Prevenient and Present Acts” in the Divine Will can also easily be found online.
  • Pray the Hours of the Passion. Jesus promises the Salvation of a Soul for each word of it read, in His Will, and protection for an entire city from Chastisements if even one soul in it continuously unites to His passion through these Hours.
  • Do all your acts in the Divine Will – asking Jesus to do in you whatever you are doing at the moment – to mitigate the Chastisements and prepare the ground for the universal reign of the Divine Will.
  • Proclaim the Kingdom – the Divine Will. Promulgate the truths you have here learned!
  • Grow in virtue every day
  • Do not neglect a prudent degree of sober minded physical preparedness (several months’ worth of food/supplies)

Fear nothing.

God is completely in control.

(And He’s about to make that overwhelmingly clear for all the world to see.)

 

The Subtler Admonition in the Parable of the Prodigal Son

Screenshot 2020-03-14 at 7.54.06 PMUpon hearing today’s Gospel proclaimed at Mass this morning, an understanding of its meaning that I have never before considered flew into my mind without invitation.

Doubtless, we have all heard more homilies and read more articles than we can count expounding upon this parable as an exhortation to trust in God’s Mercy; and that is a good thing, as Divine Mercy is certainly the main theme of the parable.

But a deeper exhortation lies within the juxtaposition of two simple and overlooked statements made by the elder brother and the father:

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Notwithstanding how heroic the father in the parable indeed is, we must not be too afraid to admit that it is rather sad that this elder brother, who apparently always served his father and never once disobeyed him, was never given so much as a young goat to feast on with his friends (we must always assume, unless the parable itself indicates otherwise, that the words spoken by the characters within it are true). I suspect that most who first hear this parable do feel some sympathy for the elder brother precisely because of this feast-absence in his life, but quickly shrug it off, fearing it may be an impious sympathy.

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But let us now consider: Why wasn’t the elder brother ever provided with such a feast? Well, since the father assured him that everything he had was already his, we must conclude that if only the elder brother had ever asked for such a feast, it would have immediately been his. So we are forced to conclude that the reason for the absence simple: 

Because the elder brother never asked. 

“How many gifts do We want to give! But because they are not asked for, We retain them within Ourselves, waiting to give them when they are asked for.”

—Jesus to Luisa. March 20th, 1932

Longtime readers of my blog, no doubt, already can guess exactly what I’m going to do next: issue yet another exhortation to ask God for the Gift of Living in the Divine Will. And if that’s what you guessed, you’re right.

ASK!!!

Simply say, with sincerity, and so repeatedly that God can no longer listen to your plea without granting it: 

“Jesus, I trust in You. Thy Will be done. I give you my will, please give me Yours in return.”

But, in fact, I want to leave Luisa’s revelations aside for a moment and simply issue an exhortation to all the Faithful — whether they have heard of Luisa or not, whether they believe in her revelations or not — to pause and ponder why they have not asked God for union with Him in the highest possible degree.

Why, dear soul, would you possibly not ask for that?

Such a soul reminds me of a cowardly young man who, year after year, fails to propose to the young lady he is courting even when that is clearly the called-for course of action.

What is he afraid of?  

That she’ll say no? She would have dumped him long ago if she was going to say no. 

That he’ll have to give up his “freedom” to do things he did in his single days? He already gave up those pathetic “freedoms” by entering into courtship anyway, and those “freedoms” aren’t worth batting an eyelash over losing.

That he might be able to find someone “better” down the line? There’s no such thing as a “better” plan than God’s plan — and if God has made His will clear in the courtship then it is absurd to wait for something “better” down the road. 

Someone needs to come along and strongly admonish this young man to fish or cut bait (or perhaps so admonish using an even more pointed expression regarding the need to not linger in the bathroom… a phrase I will refrain from writing here for the sake of keeping it clean!)

What is more, none of these concerns are valid when we step out of the analogy and consider God Himself. 

God will not say no. He wants union with you even more than you — in your best moments — want union with Him. 

God will never diminish your authentic freedom union with Him only ever increases it and causes you to be a more flourishing and fully alive individual than you ever would have been without union with Him (or with a lesser degree of union with Him). If you’re already following the Commandments, believing the Dogmas, etc. — in a word, doing what you must do to be in a state of grace –, then you are already in the “courtship” phase with God anyway, and you already have lost the  “freedoms” one must lose (that is, the “freedoms” to sin) in order to be prepared to receive the highest union with Him (and if you’re not in a state of grace, I am not addressing this post to you — I’d instead ask you to go to www.PrepareToSeeHim.org)

God’s very life as your own life will never be eclipsed by some still-better offer out there waiting to be discovered. What exactly, pray tell, could possibly come down the line in the future for you that, in having union with God, you will have to reject? A moment’s reflection will make you realize that it is only things that you have no moral right desiring in the first place, and sealing your life off to ever fulfilling these lowly desires is nothing to lament. 

God has been begging us, for over a century now, to ask Him for His life as our own life. He has revealed to so many authentic mystics that this is indeed His Will for us — in this age where “sin abounds,” so that “grace may abound all the more” (cf. Romans 5:20), for He “saves the best wine for last” (cf. John 2:10). In this age where the foundation for the Crown of Sanctity has finally been fully laid through the teachings (see pages 115-145 of The Crown of Sanctity or, more briefly, pages 68-73 of The Crown of History) of the Fathers of the Church on Divinization, the Doctors of the Church on Mystical Marriage, the Spiritual Masters of Sacred Tradition on the Union of Wills, and the great Marian Saints on Marian Consecration. In this age when, after 2,000 years of praying the Our Father, its central and greatest petition is almost ready to be fulfilled — Thy Will be done on earth as It is in Heaven.

In this age where God has explicitly made the request through prophet after prophet:

  • St. Faustina was clearly told by Jesus of His Will that we become “living Hosts” through the “cancellation” of our self-wills and living “solely” by His — receiving this “unprecedented” grace that has not been received by “holier and better souls” before us, wherein we are “fused with God” and “transconsecrated.”
  • St. Maxamilian Kolbe taught that Marian Consecration now must be directed towards a “transubstantiation of the self into the Immaculata” (not, of course, literal in the same sense the bread is transubstantiated — but a real change nevertheless), exceeding the merely moral union of Marian Consecration before the 20th century.Screenshot 2020-03-14 at 8.13.20 PM
  • St. Elizabeth of the Trinity taught a “personal possession of the Trinity” wherein the Holy Spirit transforms the soul “into another humanity of Jesus” and into a “living host.”
  • Blessed Conchita was told by Jesus of a new “mystical incarnation,” available for the asking, by virtue of which we are united with Jesus in a degree “much more than spiritual marriage” (the highest holiest possible in days gone by), the “grace of graces” that gives the soul, even on earth, the very same manner of holiness as elect in Heaven; the only difference being that the veil here still remains.
  • Blessed Dina Bélanger, whom John Paul II praised as desiring to “fully correspond to the Divine Will,” speaks of a participation in the Divine Life the same as the “state of the elect in Heaven,” wherein we are Deified in a similar manner “in which the Humanity [of Jesus] united to the Divinity in the Incarnation.”

(References for all the teachings above can be found in pages 148-168 of The Crown of Sanctity or, more briefly, pages 76-80 of The Crown of History)

There simply is no longer any doubt about it. So why aren’t we asking Him? Why do we Catholics incessantly insist upon Protestantizing ourselves; pretending that “a personal relationship with Jesus” is enough — as if our union with Him need not be fundamentally different than our union with close friends — when He wants infinitely more of us than a mere relationship (no matter how “personal”)? Why do we dabble in sanctity while resisting the very crown that sanctity itself has always been intrinsically ordered towards, even when it is freely offered to us?

Why are we being like that cowardly young man who is wasting away his life on mere courtship?

Why don’t we love God enough to believe what He is saying and take Him up on this unbeatable offer?

Don’t be like the elder brother who went about his whole life failing to ask for what his father would have readily given if he had just asked. Don’t go your whole life living so far below your calling (I solemnly assure you that you are called to the highest union with God possible) because of fears, or trifles, or quibbles, or sloth, or attachments, or whatever else. 

ASK

(And you shall receive.)Line

I’m placing today’s announcements at the bottom of the post:

  1. Dear devoted children of the Divine Will and fellow followers of Luisa: within your hands is the greatest power on the face of the planet, and with it comes enormous responsibility. For it is the power either to be the greatest instruments in hastening the Coming of the Kingdom, or the greatest stumbling blocks to its coming. Unfortunately, a few are choosing the latter. Hence, now in order is another strong admonition directed to those few followers of Luisa who are promoting bogus interpretations of Jesus’ revelations to her because they have somehow deluded themselves into believing that they are the recipients of directly infused knowledge from Jesus on how to understand His words to Luisa — “infused knowledge” which stands in direct contrast to what Heaven has already clearly said to the Church. I implore such people to read and heed this post I have written here. If, however, you are like 99% of Luisa’s followers I have met thus far (which is thousands of souls across three countries), then this admonition is not directed at you: for you understand full well that Luisa’s revelations are fully orthodox and must always be understood to be 100% in accord with both Catholic teaching — which is itself the lens through which we must always view Luisa’s writings, not vice versa — and the general calls of Heaven to the Church today through the consensus of trustworthy private revelation.
  2. I’ve put a poll up on www.DivineWill247.com soliciting input from listeners on whether or not they want background music on the stream. If you have an opinion on that, please go there and take the poll.
  3. I’ve added a video to www.SunOfMyWill.com, promoting the book and highlighting some important points within it.

 

Coronavirus and Modern Prophecy

Many years ago I gave up on that rather lame habit of incessantly checking the news to see what was stirring in the world that might be of prophetic import; for I have since then been of the opinion that the long-prophesied events (and the imminent Chastisements that will precede them) will burst onto the world scene suddenly and unexpectedly — so much so that, when I hear of the worldly fretting about some looming threat, I usually think to myself “ah, well, this isn’t it. Not yet.” But I decided to deviate from my norm today, now that I have been relentlessly hearing about Coronavirus from every corner of my purview and its effects are even beginning to influence life here in New York. I was confirmed in this decision to so deviate when I saw the following as today’s top stories on Google News:

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Seeing that Italy is now seriously involved in this potential pandemic immediately inspired me to see what Luisa’s writings had to say, if anything, about this. And indeed they did have things to say.

On December 29, 2019, the first cases of Coronavirus were officially identified. Two days later, the outbreak in Wuhan was formally announced.  But exactly 93 years earlier (to the day), we read the following in that day’s entry in the diary of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta:

…[Jesus said:] “This Sun is my Will – hold It tightly, never let It escape you, for It has the power to convert you and all your acts – everything, into light, in such a way as to incorporate you completely into It, forming one single Sun.” Then, afterwards, I was thinking about everything that my sweet Jesus had done in His coming upon earth for the Redemption, so as to unite myself to His acts and ask Him, for love of His own acts, to make His Will known in order to let It reign. … [and Jesus said:] “See then, how much this Kingdom of my Will cost; with how much love I developed It within Me.  Therefore, this Kingdom exists – there is nothing left but to make It known, so as to let all the goods It contains go out into the field. …” After this, my sweet Jesus escaped me like a flash, and I wanted to follow Him, but, to my highest bitterness, in that flash I saw that contagious diseases were to come, which will spread almost in all nations, not excluding our Italy.  It seemed that many were dying of it, to the extent of depopulating homes. In several nations the scourge would rage more strongly, but almost all of them will be touched.  It seems that they hold hands in offending the Lord, and Our Lord touches everyone with the same scourges…

—December 29, 1926. Luisa’s Volumes.

I included more context from the quote than just the prophecy of contagious diseases because I am not a preacher of doom and gloom, as some “Eschatologists of Despair” are today who reject the imminent Era of Peace — I will always strive to remind all souls that the coming storm is a prelude to clear skies, therefore when we see the storm approaching ever closer, we should not grow afraid, but excited. This is not flippancy; it is faithfulness to Our Lord’s own words:  

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Contagious disease, in particular — though a frightening scourge indeed — is closely associated in prophecy with the renewal of the world. Jesus also told Luisa:

“There will be a general uproar – confusion everywhere. I will renew the world with the sword, with fire and with water, with sudden deaths, and with contagious diseases. I will make new things. … All will be humiliated, and peace will come only from Me. And if you hear them say ‘peace’, that will not be true, but apparent. Once I have purged everything, I will place my finger in a surprising way, and I will give the true Peace. Then, all those who are humiliated will return to Me…There will be great triumph and union among peoples. Therefore, pray…”

—October 16, 1918

On June 21, 1923, Luisa described a vision she had as follows: ”I saw as if contagious diseases were to come, and many people were carried to leper hospitals. A general fright was reigning, and many other maladies of new kinds.”

While we do not speak any longer today of literal “leper hospitals,” they are nevertheless essentially the same things as what we have seen repeatedly over the last month: entire cities (or cruise ships!) turned into quarantined quasi “leper hospitals,” with great human rights violations occurring within them (above all, in China). Interestingly, a recent NPR article made exactly this point. One also thinks of the huge hospitals built practically overnight earlier this month in China, specifically for the sake of this disease. 
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There are many other prophecies of contagious diseases in Luisa’s writings, but let me turn to other prophetic sources. 

Many people may remember that Fr. Michel Rodrigue — whom I think is indeed an authentic prophet; scroll down on my post from  last year to see his prophecies –said in 2019 that God told him that, come February 2020, he was not permitted to travel outside North America. That seemed strange to hear. Suddenly, it makes perfect sense and, I think, should be taken as a further argument in support of his authenticity. 

Luz de Maria — a seer who has both approval and a strong endorsement from Bishop Mata of Esteril — reported the following message on February 16, 2020. Although this message cannot yet be considered “prophetic,” as it was given after the outbreak of the disease, future events may well change that:

“You look with a little concern at what is threatening humanity: AN ILLNESS THAT HAS MUTATED, YET SOON YOU WILL FORGET IT without attaching any importance to it, and forgetting the preventions, the disease will spread everywhere. Most of the children of Our King and Lord Jesus Christ live moment by moment, they do not persevere, they soon forget, and this is what leads them to fall into the clutches of evil.”

Pedro Regis, a seer who enjoys the support of his Bishop, has many prophecies of impending epidemics. In 2005, he was told that a “famous city will be deserted. An epidemic will cause many of its residents to flee, and the rest will die,” “Mankind will carry a heavy cross because of an epidemic,” “Man has prepared his ruin by his own hands. Clever men have gotten together and prepared destruction in a laboratory. Man will see death in that which exists to give life,” “A mysterious disease will arise. From the sand it comes,” and, in 2006, was told “Mankind will carry a heavy cross. A disease will come, worse than all those that already existed. Men will be contaminated and millions of cadavers will be spread everywhere.”

In an excellent recent post, Mark Mallett quotes another seer who appears credible and posts messages on the website “wordsfromjesus.com.” This seer has prophesied not just disease in general, but has prophesied specifics that seem perhaps to refer to the present Coronavirus outbreak. I present Mark’s quotation and commentary here, although I recommend reading his whole post:

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There are so many other relevant prophecies, but instead of presenting them, I would prefer to end this post now, because I think I have said enough to justify my inspiration in writing it: namely, to encourage you to immediately go out and buy thousands of face masks and buckets of hand sanitizer and then lock yourself in your room!!!

Kidding.

My inspiration in writing it is, of course, as usual, to be the broken record that I am: the long-prophesied events are coming very soon. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and love your neighbor as yourself. Forgive and seek forgiveness. Frequent the Sacraments. Pray the Rosary. Remain always in a State of Grace. Proclaim the Divine Mercy to all those souls less spiritually fortunate than yourself. Live in and proclaim the Divine Will. Do these things, and you haven’t the slightest thing to fear — continue going about the duties of your state in life well.  

 

This is No Time for Retreat: Dare not Underestimate the Power of Your Witness

(The announcements that were posted previously can be found here)

Eight years ago I wrote “the unfathomable worth of your knowledge,” and today’s post issues a similar, updated, exhortation.

As the long-prophesied events grow ever closer and the prophetic expectation reaches a veritable fever pitch (I keep hearing of more and more people predicting The Warning for this year), a temptation may exist among some of the faithful to react to the imminence of the Chastisements by retreating into realms of apparently safety. (I say apparent because, indeed, there is absolutely no safety of any sort outside of the Will of God — and God’s Will is not that any of us retreat.) Such souls, if they succumb to the temptation, may proceed to retreat by, among other things:

  • Dedicating themselves to survivalism — stockpiling freeze dried food, weapons, and gas masks — which will do nothing (this is not to repudiate a sober and moderate degree of prudent preparedness)
  • Dedicating themselves to preserving their “privacy,” online or otherwise (sorry, there’s no such thing: everything will be known by all on Judgment Day) as, in this effort, they pass up opportunity after opportunity to be more powerful evangelists and reach more souls. 
  • Backing down on the boldness of their public witness, if not neglecting it entirely, for fear of being more easily caught up in the no doubt imminent persecution that the faithful will have to endure.
  • Becoming “spiritually orthorexic” busy-bodies, dedicating all their concerns to striving — in vain — to ensure that each member of their little cliques are fully on-board with their own personal opinions on every single event that transpires in the Church.
  • Becoming ever more caustic in their demeanor — which is tantamount to giving up on evangelization (for we all know that caustic attitudes convert no one) — because of how very “sick and tired” they are of how bad things are. And, indeed, things are more horrible today in the Church and the world than ever before in history. But the results of our efforts are up to God. We only answer for our faithfulness in doing what He has called us to do. Allowing ourselves to grow caustic because of how “sick and tired” we are with the apparent lack of temporal results, therefore, is rebellion against God’s Will and retreating from the battle He has called us to.
  • Giving up on their apostolates — even if they are convicted God has called them to these apostolates — because they aren’t seeing the immediate and visible fruits that they would have liked to see, and they foolishly say to themselves “considering how messed up the Church is today, what’s the point anymore?” as if Jesus has somehow forgotten the promise He made in Matthew 16:18. Thus they continue to go to Mass and undertake the bare-bones basics of the Faith, but they revert to being “normal”: they reserve their zeal and dedication for career advancement, possessions, financial security, etc., and, in a word, “abandon the love they had at first” (Revelation 2:4)
  • Growing ever more restrictive in their social circles: supposing that even reaching out to, much less genuinely conversing with, anyone outside of their tiny unwritten list of “approved Catholics” risks dirtying their hands by contact with someone they deem inferior to themselves in orthodoxy.
  • Doubling down on their own flimsy personal opinions (and the personal opinions of their favorite Catholic pundits), instead of doubling down on the fundamentals, in these times of confusion. (Bear in mind that I am not here advocating for flexibility in dogma — rather, I strongly encourage doubling down on those teachings contained in the Catechism, especially — but in times of confusion we should not react by doubling down on our personal opinions on this or that Church discipline, liturgical style, prudential response to a delicate situation, political stance, etc.)

(If particular sternness towards some circles of  “right wing” Catholics is detected in the admonitions above, that should not be regarded as any sort of endorsement of the opposite wing’s errors, to whose adherents I do not here even bother offering an exhortation, for one ought not cast pearls before swine. For many so-called “left wing” Catholics today have not merely retreated, but have actively joined ranks with the enemy by their promotion of behaviors that are intrinsically and gravely contrary to the moral law; and that they retain the name “Catholic” and even claim to be allies of the Pope will be of no help to them on Judgment Day.

Retreating into realms of apparent safety when the going gets tough is for the cowardly (including the cowardly who parade themselves online as courageous so as to receive the praise of men); it is for the deserters and the effeminate (no matter how superficially masculine) who care more about preserving their own delicate flesh than about their dedication to the King. Retreat is not for those who form the front lines of the most elite fighting force in history — which is exactly what you are if you are a devout, sacrament-frequenting Catholic dedicated to proclaiming the Divine Mercy and the Divine Will. 

Divine Mercy Image at the base of my driveway

For the very opposite of the aforementioned temptation is true: the power of your witness only grows ever stronger with each passing moment that brings us closer to the long-prophesied Great Events, and each new day presents an ever more urgent call to boldly proclaim the Faith. I am genuinely convinced of this, and I implore you to test out my thesis yourself. You will find it vindicated.

I’d like to share just a few experiences I’ve recently had with God’s utterly gratuitous outpouring of grace through my own meager efforts — efforts that all the faithful are easily capable of — in hopes of inspiring you to do likewise. 

A couple of them have to do with my driveway; or, rather, the statue of Mary and the large Divine Mercy image we have at the base of the driveway, which, in turn, is on a busy road.

As our driveway is long and I cannot even see the base of it from my home’s windows I find myself most often near, I do not usually know what is transpiring down there. But the few times I do find myself at that spot (checking the mail, etc.), have often been encouraging when there happen to be passersby around. Just recently, as I was checking the mail, an elderly woman was walking by with her dog. She stopped to thank me profusely for the statue and the image; saying that pausing at them has become part of her daily prayer routine and has given her great hope. (She is Catholic but only just moved to the area and was greatly encouraged right away)

But it’s not just about edifying and encouraging the Faithful; it’s also about reaching out to the lost sheep. Some time before running into that elderly woman, a young woman was passing by when I was checking the mail and also thanked me effusively for the image and statue. I could easily tell she was very “new agey” and probably very spiritually confused, but the Divine Mercy image and the statue of Our Lady nevertheless spoke deeply to her, she said, and she very much appreciated being able to gaze upon them, which, she also shared with me, gave her great peace.

Earlier still, I started finding pots of flowers devotionally placed, anonymously, under the statue of Our Lady. 

And these are just a few of the effects that I know of, that these simple channels of grace have provided. On Judgment Day, I am sure, I will discover exponentially more. 

Statue at the base of my driveway

Mind you, I live in New York’s Capital Region: consistently ranked as one of the most, if not the most, post-Christian, “least Biblically minded” urban areas in the entire country. And even here, the Gospel can be proclaimed with great success. Not only do I live in this “post Christian” area, but I teach at a secular, public, New York community college. There, too,  I will not be silent about my faith. Below is a picture of my desk, in my office, where any student who comes to my office hours is treated to an opportunity to exercise devotion:

Recently a student of mine was so taken in by the picture of Jesus and Mary that she asked if she could have one of those cards. Obviously I happily obliged and offered her as many as she would like. Some time after she reached out to me (after she was not only no longer my student, but also had graduated — so this was no effort to receive extra credit points!) and thanked me profusely for the cards and said she wanted to try and be more religious now.

These are just a few small examples of fruits I have seen from very tiny efforts I have made to evangelize; efforts anyone can easily make. Even if you aren’t feeling ready to walk through the ghetto proclaiming the Divine Mercy (I still try to regularly do my Divine Will Missionary of Mercy walks — www.DWMoM.org) or stand in front of a class lecturing on God’s existence, these small steps and others like them are so easy for anyone to do. And, mark my words, God will work marvels through your efforts. Lives will change. Wounds will be healed. Faith and Hope will be restored. Charity will flourish again. And, above all, salvation will be secured. All because of a bit of willingness on your part.

I know I constantly harp on the need to proclaim the Divine Will — and, if you’re tired of hearing me insist upon that… well… too bad, because I’ll never stop insisting upon it! But, remember, the indispensable foundation for proclaiming the Divine Will is the Gospel. And the Divine Mercy is at the heart of the Gospel. So we must never allow our proclamation of the Divine Will to dampen our zeal in proclaiming the Divine Mercy; we must, rather, grow in our zeal for proclaiming the Divine Mercy now that we know its crown — the Divine Will — is available for the asking! 

My office at work

 

So, a few ideas:

  • Be a Divine Will Missionary of Mercy in whatever way and to whatever degree you discern God calls you to be. www.DWMoM.org
  • Pray and sidewalk counsel outside of a Planned Parenthood (perhaps by participating in a local 40 Days for Life campaign)
  • Hand out Divine Mercy cards or any other evangelizing material you feel drawn to
  • Have a Divine Mercy card displayed on your desk at work
  • Have some evangelizing materials on your lawn. Here’s the statue I have at the base of my driveway. And I made the Divine Mercy image next to my driveway using GotPrint.com’s aluminum sign tool
  • If you have social  media of any sort, boldly proclaim your Faith in Christ there
    • If you don’t have social media wherein you can have an online outlet to boldly proclaim your faith, then start a blog in which you do so, in order that you may stand up and be counted. Blogs are free and very easy to start. Simply refusing to fear a “Google-ing” of your name revealing the depth of your devotion can itself be a great witness. You don’t need to be a blogger simply to have a blog on which you post just a brief few items/links/resources.
  • Encourage souls in need of evangelization to visit www.PrepareToSeeHim.org, or any other website of your choosing that you think will effectively evangelize them
  • Have a Divine Mercy/Guadalupe bumper sticker. You could also use GotPrint for this, or buy a premade one. I prefer, however, simply printing out an image, laminating it, and using clear packing tape to affix it to the back of my car. A little cheesy, maybe; but I, for one, have better things to worry about than the perfection of my car’s appearance.
  • Gently, gracefully, and naturally evangelize in every conversation you have; even if it is only very subtle. Pray each night for these seeds you have sown to be given growth by God. Do not underestimate what these tiny seeds sown can do.
  • Bid the cashier farewell with “God bless you”
  • Wear a visible crucifix or something similar. A miraculous medal or a brown scapular, though more subtle, can also be very powerful: people will ask you what it is, to which you may respond, even if you only have a moment to spare, “It’s a brown scapular. Google it! It will change your life.”
The back of my car

As usual, my lists are intended just to get the ball rolling. Ponder, yourself, how you can best witness the Faith; be both innocent as a dove and wise as a serpent! Don’t let the worldly outdo us zeal. For we actually have something worth being zealous about. 

No special skills are needed for any of this. No theology degrees are needed for any of this. No mandate or permission from your bishop or pastor is needed for any of this. No apologetics training certificates are needed for any of this. In fact, nothing special at all is needed for any of this. Sufficient, indeed, is a bit of good will, a bit of desire to be an instrument in God’s hands for the salvation of souls, and a bit of detachment from the various goals of this low world that you may think you “risk damaging” by being bold in proclaiming the Faith.

So, stand up and be counted.

Do not retreat.

Your efforts will not go unrewarded.

In the twinkling of an eye, all the glories of this passing world shall seem scarcely worth remembering; but the opportunities you used, in this world, to build up treasures in the next — that shall never be forgotten.

Till the End of Time: Catholic First, Catholic Always.

I’d like to expound upon an essential point covered many times in The Crown of Sanctity and The Crown of History and which I really emphasized during a talk I gave at the Conference in Texas. 

I was recently contacted by a reader who has not read my books but wanted to know how Luisa’s revelations square with Catholicism. Although the answer to that question pervades both of my books, I suppose I should make it clear here, on a post, as well! (And I should also note that I certainly take no offense at one not wishing to read my books. Quite the contrary, I eagerly look forward to the day when my books will simply collect dust: that is, the day when each person throughout the world has already devoured the knowledges of the Divine Will directly from Luisa’s revelations, at which point my own unworthy introductions to the same will be unnecessary. For as I always say and truly mean: my mission is merely to invite people into the Divine Will and give very basic introductions to It.)

Therefore, I will do so in this post — immediately below these words, as a huge pasted image, so that no one can miss it:

Because — as Scripture admonishes, as has always been the teaching of the Church, and as has always been the insistence of the Saints — our aim above all aims is to become holy; to attain sanctity. Our goal is not merely to be saved (that is just the beginning of the adventure of Christianity), our goal is not merely to do good things (that is simple activism), our goal is not merely to be rid of sin (that should occur in the preliminary stages of our pursuit of holiness), and no, our goal is not even the Sacraments themselves (necessary and holy as they are — they are means to the end of sanctity, not sanctity itself — consider that they will not exist in Heaven and that there are plenty of people now in Hell who, while on earth, had received the Sacraments); our goal, rather, is to fulfill as much as possible the central petition of the only prayer that Jesus Himself taught us to pray. Our goal is to do the will of God here on earth just as it is done in Heaven above

I focus so heavily on this idea of the Gift of Living in the Divine Will as the Crown because, first of all, that is Jesus’ own teaching in His words to Luisa; but also because it emphasizes the very thing we must be most careful about regarding Jesus’ revelation to Luisa: Like any good crown, it fits perfectly and beautifully upon the head on which it is placed. That is, it fits perfectly and beautifully with Scripture, Magisterium, and Sacred Tradition.

And, even more so: The Gift of Living in the Divine Will is the very thing Scripture, Tradition, and Magisterium have always been leading us towards; step by step, and it leaves none of these things — which are its very foundations — behind, much less does it contradict them. In fact, it impels us to value all these things even more! 

I did my lowly best to trace out this dynamic in clarity in my books, so within this post I will not repeat all of that (see pages 115-193 in the Crown of Sanctity or pages 64-91 in the Crown of History for it), instead I will reiterate what this entails:

It entails no contradictions whatsoever with what we already have and believe as Catholics:

  • No dispensation from the Sacraments.
  • No dispensation from the Hierarchy.
  • No dispensation from the moral law.
  • No new dispensation at all.
  • No new public revelation.
  • No changing of doctrines.
  • No “evolution of dogmas.”
  • Period

As I said in my talk, 99% of Luisa’s followers already fully recognize this dynamic: they are completely orthodox and devout Catholics who would never dream of entertaining a heresy, even if they (wrongly) thought that Luisa’s writings taught one.

But, sadly, the remaining 1% seem to neglect this absolutely essential nature of Luisa’s revelations — and they do so at the risk of great damage to their souls and great damage to those they influence. For Luisa’s revelations are private revelations with no right to correct, surpass, or complete public revelation.

Now, nowhere do Luisa’s writings make any attempt to do any of those things; so, in a sense, this entire point I here make is superfluous. For the problem is not within the writings themselves; the problem is that, if a Catholic who does not fully understand Church Teaching and what Jesus is telling Luisa (that is, every Catholic alive; for we all have a very imperfect grasp of the enormous depth of our Holy Faith) approaches Luisa’s writings thinking them to be a new public revelation, he may in turn fail to correctly resolve any apparent contradictions between Luisa’s writings and Church teaching (as with any mysticism, one is likely to encounter situations in Luisa’s writings that appear to him to be examples of such contradictions, even though there are, in fact, no actual contradictions — as indeed the authority of the Church has repeatedly affirmed — see The Crown of Sanctity pages 72-75).

For one who realizes that there will be no new public revelation, the resolution is simple: when one’s mind presents an apparent (because there are no actual) contradiction between Church teaching and Luisa’s revelations, he must always favor Church Teaching.

The 1% attempts to wiggle out of this fact by claiming that the Catechism’s teaching, in §66, “no new public revelation is to be expected before the glorious manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ,” does not apply here precisely because Jesus’ revelations to Luisa are the “glorious manifestation” there referenced.

But by that logic, any private revelation in the history of the Church (considering how gloriously each and every one of them manifests Our Lord Jesus Christ) could have simply claimed to be an aspect of Christ’s manifestation in glory, and thus the distinction between Public and Private revelation would be eliminated. But that distinction is dogma; consequently, anything that seeks to eradicate it is heresy. 

Clearly, this teaching of the Catechism refers to Christ’s final coming at the end of time; not to any of the various comings in grace that the Church has experienced and will experience before then. Not even the greatest coming in grace that will institute His kingdom on earth will change this; for remember — we reject Millenarianism! As I wrote in The Crown of History (and went into much more detail on in The Crown of Sanctity pages 351-455):

I understand the temptation that this 1% experiences: they read those passages in Luisa’s writings that refer to this Gift of Living in the Divine Will (now in a small number of souls; soon over the whole earth in the Glorious Era of Peace) as the “Third Fiat of Sanctification,” (The First being Creation, the Second being Redemption) and they think to themselves (erroneously):

Hmm. Well, just as Christianity basically replaced Judaism, then this Fiat of Sanctification must, at least in some senses, replace Catholicism.Wrong.

Remember: Judaism was not one of the Three Fiats of God. It was a temporary Covenant that God made with Israel in order to prepare for the coming of Christ. It was designed by God to be replaced. It was made to eventually give way to a new dispensation. That is radically unlike what we have with our Faith (Catholicism): we have the new and eternal Covenant. It will never be replaced — neither in its totality nor in any parts of the Deposit of Faith of which it is constituted.

Furthermore, this new and eternal covenant we have is itself one of the Three Fiats of the Almighty!! It is the Fiat of Redemption. And answer me this:

Did the Fiat of Redemption replace the Fiat of Creation?

Of course not!

It took place entirely within the context of the Fiat of Creation.  Christians live in the same world, eat the same food, have the same bodies, etc., as the Jews before them did.

So it is (and will be until the end of time) with the Fiat of Sanctification. It is taking place — and always will take place — entirely within the Fiat of Redemption: and all of the Sacraments, Doctrines, and Hierarchies that necessarily, by Divine Constitution, come with it. We are never dispensed from these things. Even in Heaven, we will still be Catholic (though we will be in the Church Triumphant then, not the Church Militant); although at that point the veils will be completely removed and hence the Sacraments will no longer exist.

Above all, it is Luisa’s revelations that make this dynamic clear and obvious. Jesus even goes so far as to tell Luisa that these two Fiats — Redemption and Sanctification — hold hands and are really just two acts of the same Eternal Decree.

I traced out a portion of this dynamic on page 515 of The Crown of Sanctity:

I’ll conclude this post with a few more relevant points from The Crown of History’s appendices:

 

Today, The Pope Explicitly Taught that The Crown of History is Truly Coming

Yes, he really did. And I’ll get to that in a moment; first, a few forenotes. I finally finished the audiobook for The Crown of History; I’ve posted it for free on YouTube here, and it will soon be available through Audible on the book’s page on Amazon. Also, just a reminder that I’ll be speaking this weekend at the Divine Will International Unity Conference in Arlington, Texas; along with Mark Mallett, Fr. Elijah, and others. I believe there may still be some spots available. Finally, bulk discounted orders of the paperback of the Crown of History can now be ordered directly here.

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Here we stand at penultimate Sunday of Ordinary Time before embarking upon the great season of Advent, in which we await with eager expectation the imminent Coming of Christ.

And, quite fittingly, the Holy Father chose this day to announce, with no ambiguity, that the Kingdom of God will soon come upon earth; that this Kingdom is indeed the Crown of History:

The destruction of the Temple pre-announced by Jesus is the figure not so much of the end [i.e. chronological cessation] of history, as of the end of history [i.e. purpose of history itself]….This is the eloquent sign that the Kingdom of God is coming to us, namely, that the realization of the world as God wills it is approaching. It is He who leads our existence and who knows the ultimate end of things and of events.The Lord calls us to collaborate in the construction of history becoming, together with Him, agents of peace and witnesses of hope in a future of salvation and resurrection. Faith makes us walk with Jesus on the torturous ways of this world, in the certainty that the force of His Spirit will subdue the forces of evil…

—Pope Francis. Angelus Address. November 17, 2019.

This, indeed, is the entire purpose of Jesus’ revelations to Luisa: that, after 6,000 years of arduous preparations, the time is finally ripe to renew the world to be fully in accordance with God’s Will, so that the Will of God may indeed be done on Earth as it is done in Heaven.

The realization of the greatest petition of the greatest prayer in history; the only prayer taught by the Son of God Himself — Thy Will be Done on Earth as It Is in Heaven — is no pipe dream. It is the very definition of certain, and 2+2 is more likely to stop being 4 than is history to end without seeing the fulfillment of The Our Father prayer.

Dear brethren in Christ, never forget that, and never doubt it. Instead, dedicate yourself to hastening its arrival.

Thy Kingdom Come!

 

When Royalty Speaks, Idols are Cast Out, and the Long-Prophesied Events Approach

If you are a Catholic and a shiver of joy does not run down your spine when you hear of pagan idols being grabbed out of the sanctuary of a Catholic Church and cast into a river, then you might want check and see if your head is screwed on just right (Or, at least, check if your shoes are on too tight). (Some background from NCRegister for those who do not know what I am talking about:

Of course, the usual suspects immediately took to twitter to express their feigned outrage at this “sin of theft” (stealing is generally wrong, but not an intrinsic evil — as for example, adultery is indeed an intrinsic evil — there are a few times when stealing is called for, and a Pagan Idol in a Catholic Sanctuary is obviously one such time), “desecration” (that which is not sacred in the first place cannot be desecrated), and “disrespect of the indigenous” (the most disrespectful thing you could possibly do to a Pagan is condone his Paganism).

And boy do I feel bad for them if their outrage was more than just a show; I will not bother listing here all the biographies of saints they ought not read, and Scriptural passages they ought to rip from their Bibles, in order to protect their delicate feelings from further harm (many have already provided these lists). But they were also quick to justify their outrage with certain flimsy attempts at arguments which were almost all of the form: “There exist legitimate Catholic symbols in Churches (e.g. the Pelican, the Lamb), some of which even trace their origin to Pagan roots, therefore there is no such thing as an illegitimate symbol that even now truly does amount to Paganism or Idolatry.” 

I will not bother refuting these arguments here (again, plenty others have already done this), for all this sophistry ignores one fact: even if the arguments were valid, they would still be completely irrelevant. 

For, even if the statues were not idols in actuality, they were idols by all appearances — from an ordinary layman’s perspective (which, of course, is what matters in an ordinary layman’s determination of what he must do), the statues sure seemed to be carvings of the Pagan “goddess” Pachamama. This is obvious to anyone who does any basic research into the Andean “goddess” of fertility/earth, called Pachamama. See, for example, the image to the right of one of many pagan Pachamama statues currently existing in South America.

Complaining of their being cast into the Tiber under the premise that they “weren’t actually idols” reminds me of those who call out for a police officer’s blood after he shoots someone who was pointing a BB-gun at him that, by all appearances, seemed to be a real gun. How on earth was the police officer supposed to know it wasn’t real? Can police officers not defend themselves?

Furthermore, these “statues” (idols) loitered around the Synod for over 2 weeks without any solid refutation coming from the Vatican (everything that was said, in fact — that the statues were “symbols of life, fertility, and time” which is exactly what the Pagan goddess is — seemed to lend credit to the conclusion that the statues were indeed of Pachamama), and anyone with an ounce of honesty is, therefore, obliged to assume the appearance is true. 

Another example: suppose one were to put a statue of a goat with a human torso and a pentagram in the middle of a prayer circle and bow down before it in a Catholic Church. By all appearances, such a goat seems to be the main idol in Satanism, Baphomet, and, absent an absolutely solid indication to the contrary, one must assume the appearance is correct. The organizers of the event would completely fail in their attempts to justify themselves if, after some courageous man grabbed the statue and destroyed it, they complained,“hold on. This was just a symbol of how delicious goat cheese is; the pentagram emblazoned upon it was, likewise, to glorify how beautiful Geometry is, and the human torso was to symbolize how much we humans gain from goats!!

But there is the deeper problem. Pachamama isn’t just any idol. Considering how significant this Synod is (many have pointed out this may well be the Synod that was prophesied at Garabandal to immediately precede the Warning), it would be wise to keep a close eye on what transpires during it. For while the Church is indeed indefectible, the devil will nevertheless be busy at work squeezing as much sin and error as possible in to the Church’s various non-Magisterial acts in these days wherein the Great Apostasy approaches its summit (rest assured, however, that any actual teachings on Faith or Morals contained in a formal act of the Magisterium promulgated by the Pope are heresy-free). [note: previous remarks posted here have been removed in accordance with news stories posted 10/25. update will follow]

Anyway, I decided to dig a little deeper.

I’ve got quite a library here for my philosophy and religion research, and decided to look up Pachamama in the massive “Encyclopedia of Religion” (edited by Lindsay Jones). Within it’s over 10,000 pages are the following fascinating insights into Pachamama:

In brief: for Amazonian Pagans, Pachamama worship is essential for bringing back their false secular messiah, Athahuallpa, to institute a false Messianic Age, in which the “conquerors” (i.e. Europeans and Westerners, and the associated genuine Catholicism) are themselves conquered; an age which superficially acknowledges some Christian aspects but really places that all secondary to the Paganism which, apparently, many South American “Catholics” never actually left when they became Catholic. Is this reminding you of anything? If not, let me jog your memory:

Now, I’m not some crazed conspiracy theorist trying to argue that these silly wooden carvings at this synod are actually a demonic plan to enthrone the Antichrist. I’m guessing those who brought them are, like many Catholics today, good people who are simply clueless and do not realize that syncretism is a heresy and a sin, and do not realize what demons they are inviting in by their actions. (It has long been observed that many indigenous South American Catholics have not left their Paganism to become Catholic, but have simply mixed the two together). My point here is only to say that this is a major sign of the times, not merely by accident brought into light publicly — but inspired by God Himself, who I believe called those men to throw the idols into the Tiber — with which God wishes to draw our attention to what is soon coming in a much larger and much more serious way. For discerning Catholics would do well to pay close attention when naked Paganism (pun intended) pierces its way into the very heart of Christendom.

For those enamored with the world and with “dialogue,” (which the casting out of the idols was apparently also a “sin against”) may I kindly remind them that idolatry is incredibly serious. Hopefully we all remember the First Commandment. But let me share here what the Blessed Virgin revealed to the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta about the Holy Family’s arrival in Egypt:

And a similar thing was revealed to Venerable Agreda. Jesus — as a mere tiny child — would not so much as tolerate the presence of an Idol in His proximity; rather, with an immense exercise of His Omnipotence, which was in no way dimmed despite His small stature at that time, He literally destroyed these Pagan idols (and this, before Christianity’s existence, back when Paganism was nowhere near as guilty as it is today) and cast them into the abyss.

So we don’t need to rhetorically ask “what would Jesus do?” We know what He did do. He destroyed the idols.

As for dialogue, which we also apparently “sin against” by removing idols from Catholic Sanctuaries, Jesus is equally un-condoning of the modern approach wherein the truth is conveniently pushed aside for the sake of endless petty conversations about pleasantries that save and sanctify no one. Here’s what Jesus told Luisa about that:

Yes, dialogue is important. But truth is more important. And I, for one, will not tolerate being lectured on “dialogue” by the likes of Fr. James Martin and company. He (and those like him), while endlessly harping on dialogue, do almost none of it. They travel around the country and the world attending posh events while giving talks to groups of people that already agree with them and fawn over them. By Fr. Jim’s own open admission, any persecution he may have received in this process has been scarcely more than a small bump in the road with no effect on how very pleasant, easy, and fun his “dialogue adventures” have been.

So why won’t I tolerate hearing lectures from him on the need for dialogue?

Because my job is to dialogue. I teach philosophy and religion at a secular, public, New York college. Every day I have to stand in front of dozens of 20 year old college students, most of whom are coming from the ideological perspective one would expect from that demographic, and discuss with them life’s deepest and most important questions. I know what genuine dialogue is, and I know what phony dialogue is; Fr Jim and company are entirely in the latter category. Genuine dialogue is not endlessly ignoring the very truths that people need to hear to change their lives for the better. Genuine dialogue is not refusing to answer direct questions with the full, naked truth. Genuine dialogue is not employing sophistry so as to evade having to ever say the unpopular truths. And genuine dialogue is certainly not inviting pagan Idols into our Church. 

But, when it is precisely this that happens at the very highest levels of the Church, then it becomes impossible to not realize…

That these are the long-prophesied times. We have arrived. The battle has started, and there is no safety any more. So don’t pretend that there is any, and instead, join the battleon the right side.

As is becoming ever more clear (notwithstanding the increasingly shrill insistence of a few self-proclaimed eschatologists who will apparently never abandon their erroneous view that the Antichrist can only possibly come immediately before the end of time, after an only somewhat nice era of peace, ), we now live on the very cusp of the emergence of the Antichrist. Deluding one’s self into believing that this is not so (or, worse, could not possibly be so) only makes one more likely to succumb to his seduction.

Ponder this: Of all the people alive in the world today, who do you suppose might be uniquely qualified to give a sober and insightful analysis of the nature of the day in which we live, informed by knowledge gained at the very highest levels of society?

What about royalty? What about not just any royalty, but a devout Catholic royalty from one of the most powerful royal families in history?

Enter His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Rudolf of Austria, of the House of Habsburg (sometimes spelled “Hapsburg”) — “one of the most influential and distinguished royal houses of Europe,” which “dominated European politics for nearly five centuries.”

Are you, oh skeptic, willing to believe that such a man as he might just not be a mere wild-eyed conspiracy theorist?

Well, Archduke Rudolf just gave a rare interview to the National Catholic Register; published the same day the idols were cast into the Tiber. Here is part of what he said:

“What are the dangers facing us today?”

Today? This is my own feeling. I read a lot. I pray a lot. I discuss a lot. Basically, we must be close to the years of the anti-Christ, because everything is in a horrible state. Look at how the population and the people live: The materialism, which is one of the main dangers, has become the master of most of the souls of the world. This is a terrible thing!

Basically, I have the feeling that the devil is working now, if I can say it, like hell on the world, to destroy the Church.  And, obviously, he is helped by some people in the Church, also, which is very sad. We have to pray a lot and help the priests and the Church to change now and to become really Christian, in a way. And I think this Pope is doing his best to move the whole thing in the right direction, but I would hate to be in his place because it must be so tough.

You read that right. and I’ll include it to the side as a subtitled image so that even the skimmers won’t miss it. He also shared some beautiful advice on raising Catholic children, which I cannot help but share here even though it is not exactly the purpose of this post:

“Please give our readers some examples of how you and your wife bolstered the children in faith.”   

We took them to Mass often, even during the week. We made sure they went to holy confession. …We made pilgrimages with them, for example, to Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina and to Częstochowa in Poland….We gave them the right books to read. When they were smaller especially, we took care to introduce them to good books that would elevate their souls and their spirits and keep their consciences straight. In the evening, it was important to review these readings at home. We were also very attentive to how our children were choosing their friends. And we tried to avoid the internet, explaining how it could destroy them. Things like that. This is very big work.

But it is about time I bring this post to a close, so I will wrap it up with a few more things:

  • We also see more people waking up to Fulton Sheen’s insistence that we live in the age of the Antichrist: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/joseph-pronechen/did-fulton-sheen-prophecy-about-these-times .
  • And speaking of the Antichrist and those who prophesy his imminent arrival, I’d like to again recommend Fr. Michel Rodrigue, whom I wrote about in my last post. Since writing that last post, I have watched two videos of his preaching: here and here; and I am now even more confident in his authenticity. A friend of mine reviewed dozens of CDs of Fr. Michel’s talks and shared with me, also, that Fr. Michel has said — with some sadness — that the Father’s next message to him will simply be to announce the arrival of the tribulations.
  • If you are looking for a trustworthy guide through the confusion of the times, look no further than Cardinal Sarah. His latest book, The Day is Now Far Spent, is excellent.
  • Christine Watkins has published a book on the Warning — that glorious, unprecedented event about to occur — which I highly recommend.

Pedro Regis, a seer from South America who has the support of his Bishop, was in Italy this past week. Here are some excerpts from his messages:

And, in case any of that sounds “over the top” or “doom and gloom,” or whatever other pejorative the Modernists would like to hurl at it, I will close this post with the words of our Blessed Lord Himself in Today’s Gospel reading:

 

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The Mission

Live in the Divine Will

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Proclaim the Divine Mercy

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Eucharist, Rosary, Chaplet, Scripture, Fasting, Confession, Works of Mercy

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Pray, pray, pray

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love

May

Jesus, I Trust in You.

Thy Will Be Done.

Be ever on your mind, heart, and lips.