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

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. But first, a few Forenotes:

  • I’ve posted the talks I gave last month at the Divine Will International Unity Conference in Arlington, Texas here
    • The Crown of Sanctity is 562 pages. With The Crown of History I tried to squeeze that into 108 pages. With these talks, I try to squeeze that into 45 minute packages. (In the upcoming months, I hope to continue this process)
  • As I mentioned in those talks, I just created a new website: www.SunOfMyWill.com, in order to draw attention to the Vatican’s recently published amazing biography of Luisa. It’s a downright tragedy that this hasn’t received more attention! If you’d like to tell a priest or a bishop about the Divine Will (or any Catholic at all whom you know to be extremely careful and cautious with such matters), then I highly recommend that you send this person to that website. 
  • A French and a Spanish translation of The Crown of History are in the works; I will let you know when they become available! 
  • I’ve posted a page (dsdoconnor.com/speaking) pertaining to speaking engagement requests; please take a look at that page if we have discussed the possibility of me coming to speak or if you might be interested in that.
  • I will tirelessly reiterate that prophetic timelines are not set in stone at this point, and so much still depends upon our response. I will also tirelessly reiterate that we ought not be distracted by spending too much time wondering exactly what is coming and when. But I would be remiss to not share with my readers that there seems to be a large amount of trustworthy, Catholic prophetic anticipation regarding the upcoming few months. Remember that the speculation I offered last year regarding the long-awaited events potentially coming in 2022 was just that: a mere speculation — not even a prediction, much less any sort of personal prophecy or firm conviction. These events could easily come before 2022 (or well after!).
    • Please repent, go to confession, love all and forgive all, pray the Rosary, trust in the Divine Mercy and proclaim the Divine Mercy, ask God for the Gift of His Will and proclaim His Kingdom. Do not put these things off any longer. 

Now, on to the post



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.