We must always strive to have Faith, Hope and Charity. We have Christ as our Head – He leads us! We also have a true pope, Pope Benedict XVI who has not renounced the title of Vicar of Christ. Not many know and obey the true Roman Pontiff at this time!
Although the Chair of St Peter has an impostor on it, Pope Benedict still lives- and occasionally still speaks or writes. Occasionally his words reach us, outside his virtual prison of silence. He has left a legacy of writings over the years and even in more recent times, from which we can draw much information and wisdom. Sometimes he appears to give pointed messages such as, “The Lord wins in the end.”
Pope Benedict, in many speeches and encyclicals which share his wisdom, seeks to lead us. The article below holds much to encourage us. Look to him to be led, look to God and to the Saints. Remember, God knows what He is doing and we must trust in Him!
“Benedict XVI Warned Us Years Ago of Dangers Ahead
Several times during his pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI sounded the alarm about the direction society was taking, and told us what we must do in response.
Joseph Pronechen January 2, 2021
Like the seers and prophets of old, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI several times warned about the direction society was taking and where it was heading, and what we should do.
“In the Old and New Testaments, the Lord proclaims judgment on the unfaithful vineyard,” Benedict XVI said in his homily to bishops gathered together in October 2005.
“The threat of judgment also concerns us, the Church in Europe, Europe and the West in general. … The Lord is also crying out to our ears… ‘If you do not repent I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.’ Light can also be taken away from us and we do well to let this warning ring out with its full seriousness in our hearts, while crying to the Lord: ‘Help us to repent! Give all of us the grace of true renewal! Do not allow your light in our midst to blow out! Strengthen our faith, our hope and our love, so that we can bear good fruit!’”
During his 2010 Christmas greetings he warned, “The Book of Revelation (18:13) includes among the great sins of Babylon — … — the fact that it trades with bodies and souls and treats them as commodities. …”
Benedict warned that this “fatal misunderstanding of freedom… actually undermines man’s freedom and ultimately destroys it.”
Benedict put a spotlight on the “power of terroristic ideologies. Violent acts are apparently made in the name of God, … then the drugs “like a voracious beast clawing “all parts of the world ..;.Or even the way of living proclaimed by public opinion: today we must do things like this, marriage no longer counts, chastity is no longer a virtue, and so on.”
Earlier in 2010 Benedict also turned to the Book of Revelation. “Concerning this battle in which we find ourselves, of this taking power away from God, of this fall of false gods, that fall because they are not deities, but powers that can destroy the world, Chapter 12 of Revelations mentions these, …” He focused in on the river of water the dragon spews at the fleeing woman.
Benedict looked on the river as “the currents that dominate all and wish to make faith in the Church disappear, the Church that seems no longer to have a place in the face of the force of these currents that impose themselves as the only rationality, as the only way to live.”
On Pentecost 2012, in his homily Benedict reminded about Babel and its tower, “a kingdom in which men had concentrated so much power that they thought they no longer needed to rely on a distant God and that they were powerful enough to be able to build a way to heaven by themselves in order to open its gates and usurp God’s place.”
This biblical account holds “a perennial truth” we see in history and in our world. “The progress of science and technology have enabled us to dominate the forces of nature, to manipulate the elements and to reproduce living beings, almost to the point of manufacturing the very human being. In this situation praying to God seems obsolete or pointless, because we ourselves can construct and achieve whatever we like… Yet we do not realize that we are reliving the same experience as Babel….
Benedict (affirmed) that Sacred Scripture tells us unity can “only exist as a gift of God’s Spirit who will give us a new heart and a new language, a new ability to communicate. And this is what happened at Pentecost.”
In Caritas in Veritate he warned again, “A humanism which excludes God is an inhuman humanism. Only a humanism open to the Absolute can guide us in the promotion and building of forms of social and civic life.”
In 2010, during his Christmas greetings, Benedict echoed the prophets of old, saying, “Excita, Domine, potentiam tuam, et veni (Stir up, O Lord, your power and come).”
“Repeatedly during the season of Advent the Church’s liturgy prays in these or similar words. They are invocations that were probably formulated as the Roman Empire was in decline. … The sun was setting over an entire world. Frequent natural disasters further increased this sense of insecurity. There was no power in sight that could put a stop to this decline. All the more insistent, then, was the invocation of the power of God: the plea that he might come and protect his people from all these threats.”
… Benedict did not leave us without hope and without a way forward and out. For instance, he said in Light of the World, “The Church is always called upon to do what God asked of Abraham, which is to see to it that there are enough righteous men to repress evil and destruction.”
Hope and Action
When Benedict talked about Revelation 12 and the water spewed at the Woman and her Child, he emphasized something other than the possible harm. The Woman is not harmed because “the earth that absorbs these currents is the faith of the simple people, that does not allow itself to be overcome by these rivers and that saves the Mother and saves the Son.…”
Benedict added that Psalm 82 has a “final word” on a source of the problem and solution even after verse 5 laments that “the foundations of the earth are shaken. We see this today, with the climatic problems, how the foundations of the earth are shaken, how they are threatened by our behavior. The external foundations are shaken because the internal foundations are shaken, the moral and religious foundations, the faith that follows the right way of living. And we know that faith is the foundation, and, undoubtedly, the foundations of the earth cannot be shaken if they remain close to the faith, to true wisdom.”
But Benedict… asserted, “History, in fact, is not in the hands of the powers of darkness, chance or human decisions alone. When evil energy that we see is unleashed, when Satan vehemently bursts in, when a multitude of scourges and ills surface, the Lord, the supreme arbiter of historical events, arises. He leads history wisely towards the dawn of the new heavens and the new earth of which, in the image of the new Jerusalem, the last part of the Book of Revelation sings.”
And in the 2010 speech he directed us to hope and to a solution as he quoted Psalm 82:8: “Rise up, O God, judge the earth; for all the nations belong to you!”
Then he ended with this plea:
“Thus we say to the Lord:
‘Arise at this moment, take the world in your hands,
protect your Church,
protect the earth.’
And we once again entrust ourselves to the Mother of God, Mary, and pray:
‘You, the great believer, you who have opened the earth to the heavens, help us, open the doors today as well, that truth may win, the will of God, which is the true good, the true salvation of the world.’ Amen.” ‘
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Early in January, 2012, through The Book of Truth, we were given a prayer to pray for Pope Benedict; it was to keep him safe and enable him to lead us. Read the prayer below:
Crusade Prayer (23) for Pope Benedict’s safety
O My Eternal Father, on behalf of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, and the suffering He endured to save the world from sin, I pray now that You protect Your Holy Vicar, Pope Benedict, Head of Your Church on Earth, so that he too can help save Your children, and all Your sacred servants, from the scourge of Satan, and his dominion of fallen angels who walk the Earth, stealing souls.
O Father, protect Your Pope so that Your children can be guided on the True Path towards Your New Paradise on Earth.
A link to the message that came with the prayer is here: https://missionofsalvation.com/message-0320/
The first line of this message especially gives us hope:
“My child, Satan’s power is getting weaker by the day, as the Holy Spirit continues to spread His wings over all of God’s children.”