The Incorruptible Prophets of the End-Times

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It is interesting how our angels prepare us to realize things… I had been reading about incorrupt Catholic saints a few weeks ago, and was reminded of a few key ones on the same afternoon that I sat down to read mum’s booklet on Prophecies about the End Times: from Our Lady, the Saints and from the Bible.

In the previous weeks, I had read about little St. Jacinta’s body remaining incorrupt and I had wondered how any Catholic can reject the prophesies and events of Fatima, or declare that they ‘don’t have to believe’, which while being true, does not benefit their soul, and when God Himself testifies as to the authenticity. Rather, I would be afraid ‘not to believe!’

Additionally, while reading about the variety of saints whose bodies are incorrupt, it crossed my mind (fleetingly) that these were, many of them, saints whom I knew and loved: whose messages and devotions I/we have always held dear. What beautiful confirmation from God as to their authenticity, their sincerity, their purity of heart, I thought!

Sometimes people don’t want to accept or listen to the prophecies about the end times. They especially get scared when they consider that the events prophesied are coming true. I think that they even think that some of the saints were liars! Well, it suddenly occurred to me,  when I read mum’s booklet, in close proximity to my other readings: that many of the end-times saints she referenced, have a miraculous incorrupt body or had received the stigmata!

So how then can you ignore what God makes clear, even to this very day?

And why is this sign given to so many of the saints who were given prophecies and visions about the End-times?

Let’s have a look at the actual list and marvel at God’s miracle. And then, if you are not already familiar with them, read the actual prophecies which God gave them to speak; do so with awe and reverence, thanking Him that He has deigned to enlighten us at this time.

The Saints and the Signs:

St Francis of Assisi:             stigmata

Francis of Assisi

Mother Mariana De Jesus Torres (c.17th ) Our Lady of Good Success: incorrupt body

Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres

Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich 1820: not incorrupt, but received the stigmata, formally investigated by the Church & and declared an authentic sign

Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich

Blessed Anna-Maria Taigi: incorrupt body

Blessed Anna Maria Taigi

St. John Bosco 1800’s: incorrupt body

St John Bosco

Pope Pius IX 1878 (whose reign and particulars were prophesied by Our Lady of Good Success): incorrupt body

Pope Pius IX

Pope Pius X: incorrupt body

Pope Pius X

St Jacinta Marto (1910- 1920): Our Lady of Fatima: incorrupt body

St Jacinta

St Padre Pio (died 1968): incorrupt body and stigmata

St Padre Pio

A summary of their important and relevant prophecies of these incorruptible and holy saints, can be found in “Handbook of the End Times: Prophecies of Our Lady and the Saints.” which is a downloadable booklet, posted on the “Tools for Evangelization” page. (See the menu on the Home page or click on the link:  https://remnantdisciples.wordpress.com/tools-for-evangelization/

Read these prophecies then, with a sense of awe and awareness of their credibility; because God Himself seems to testify to their importance, authenticity and supernatural  nature, by suspending the physical laws of nature.

The website (http://overcomeproblems.com/incorruptables.htm) that I was reading today when looking for further evidence, also observes a similar thing. It notes that:

“It is also interesting to note that while only a small number of devout Catholics have been given the gift of incorruptibility, it does appear that some Saints have been specifically chosen to have this miraculous phenomena so as to help confirm significant events involved with them.

For example, the supernatural preservation of Jacinta Marto helps confirm the authenticity of the Miracle at Fatima, the incorrupt state of Saint Bernadette Soubirous gives credence to the Miracles at Lourdes, and the incorruptibility of Venerable Mary of Agreda gives credence to her revelations she wrote in the “Mystical City of God”. Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque’s revelations about the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is also given credence along with Saint Catherine Laboure’s apparitions of the Virgin Mary, and Pope St. Pius X’s fight against modernism.”

The bodies of these saints remain with us as silent witnesses until the time of the  Resurrection of the Dead. The timing and circumstance are no accident.

Are you paying attention?

Pilgrimage Part 5: San Giovanni Rotundo

Pilgrimage Part 5: San Giovanni Rotundo

The centre of Spirituality at San Giovanni Rotundo  and the new Church (5th July).

Our hotel:
This is a beautiful place to stay. It is called “Centro di Spiritualita Pade Pio”. There is a Crucifix in every bedroom above the beds.

Statue of Mary in foyer
Statue of Mary in foyer

A beautiful statue of Our Lady welcomes us in the foyer. A picture of St. Michael is over the breakfast table.
A statue of St. Joseph and the Child Jesus is in the dining room.St. Joseph and Baby Jesus The chapel is dedicated to Padre Pio.

We went exploring as soon as we arrived (after we checked in). There were lots of aids for prayer and meditation for sale at the Padre Pio Spiritual Centre and we all stocked up. There is a giant cross at the front of the new centre.

Stained glass from chapel in hotel (In San Giovanni Centre of Spirituality)
Stained glass from chapel in hotel (In San Giovanni Centre of Spirituality)

Two of us stayed longer and continued exploring.  We had to go up a lift to the new modern church at San Giovanni. On the way we passed a picture of Our Lady that seemed to be painted like an icon. We have never seen it before, but we all thought it was highly inappropriate for Our Lady.

When we got there, we stayed for Mass, even though we had already been at Lanciano in the morning.

The new church was very modern and not to our liking. I think the inside was meant to look like the vault of the heavens but there were no holy pictures, or statues, or Stations of the Cross on the walls. There was, however, a big cross at the side (in front) of the altar. But it was in the wrong place. You tended to look at the priest behind the altar, who was saying the Mass. It should have been behind  the altar so you could see it at all times.

Modern church altar at San GV
Modern church altar at San GV

Instead, behind the altar was a huge glass wall covered with weird drawings.
They were blinds which had been printed. I won’t comment. Picture is attached.

The good news was that a majority of people received Holy Communion on the tongue.

On the other side of the altar was a huge construction which I think was the baptismal font. And at the back, beside the altar, was a lifesize statue of Padre Pio.

The Mass was okay except, once again, there were no kneelers, and people stood right throughout – from after the “Holy, holy, holy” to Holy Communion. They did not kneel, or even genuflect at the Consecration, and (as in many places nowadays), they did not ring bells at the Consecration.

Also, at the Nicene Creed, they did not genuflect at the appropriate time.

By this time it was late, so we returned for dinner.

Inside the modern church
Inside the modern church
The artwork on blinds in the modern church
The artwork on blinds in the modern church
Statues in corridor
Statues in corridor
Tile icon Padre Pio
Tile icon Padre Pio
Tiled icon of Padre Pio with Face of Jesus
Tiled icon of Padre Pio with Face of Jesus

Monday 6th July:
After a tour of Monte Sant Angelo in the morning, we headed off again to the new Padre Pio complex. This time we searched for the new place of his tomb.

The Incorrupt Body of Padre Pio
The incorrupt body of Padre Pio in coffin

To get to it, we had to go through the new church. We followed a long, winding corridor with (modern) paintings of his life and of St Francis. It led to a big room with a small altar. Behind the altar, St. Pio is laid out on a stone behind glass.

The room was ornate and extravagant and covered in gold (walls and ceilings).
We were told that it was meant to symbolize heaven. We left there after praying to Padre Pio and presenting our petitions.

The Old Church, and Friary.

We headed off looking for this. We didn’t really see a sign (or maybe we didn’t understand) that at the end of the huge complex there was a Pilgrim Information Centre. It was just around the corner.

Padre Pio Old Church
The oldest church of Padre Pio

First, we entered the old church where Padre Pio had spent most of his life saying Masses and hearing confessions.  We prayed and touched our handkerchiefs to the altar rails which he must have touched thousands of times.

Beautiful mural in old church
Padre’s newer church -for the last eight years of his life

Then we moved to the church next door where he had said Mass for the last 8 years of his life.  It was much bigger than the original church. The images behind the altar, I understand, had been done by Vatican artists.

We headed down the stairs to where his tomb had originally been; in the crypt of this church. This led on to a walk through the many rooms of the Friary which were a monument to Padre Pio and his life.

There were his vestments, chalices, ciboriums, altar book, hundreds of pictures of him. There were some cane chairs where he sat and talked to a fellow priest in his younger years (and a photo of this) and much, much more. The highlight was the cell where he lived and slept and where he died, and the Crucifix from which he received the stigmata.

We were reluctant to leave. This was a holy place. Thus was the REAL Padre Pio. It’s a shame they moved his body. This is where the spirit of Padre Pio lives on.

Padre Pios confessional
Padre Pios confessional
Padres room
Padre’s Room
Benedict 16th in 2010 when he prayed at the tomb of Padre Pio
Pope Benedict 16th in 2010 – when he prayed at the coffin of Padre Pio

Mass in the Hotel Chapel:

Yesterday, there also arrived at our hotel, about 40 priests and their bishop. We saw them at dinner.

Today we (some of us) were just going to sleep in and have a late breakfast as we are all exhausted. But the good Lord had other plans.

2 of our group (early risers) decided to go to breakfast at 7am. In the lift there was an itinerary for the visiting priests. It included Mass in the chapel at 7.30 am.

Well, these 2 good people came back to tell us. We had 5 mins to get ready but we only had missed a couple of minutes of Mass. There were 4 of us from our group and 3 other men at Mass.

The Mass was being said by the Bishop.  (We recognized him by his red skull cap).
What a privilege that our Divine Lord wanted us to attend this Mass!

Needless to say, we prayed especially for this bishop and his priests – that they would have courage to proclaim the Truth in the difficult times to come.

All the priests joined in with full voice the various hymns they sang during Mass. They were in Italian of course, so we couldn’t join in.

At the end of Mass, after the final blessing, they all turned to the image of our Blesssed Mother and sang “Salve Regina” – a traditional old Latin hymn that most Catholics know.

We all joined in with full voice.
Thank you Jesus!!!

We are now ready for our last journey on a train back to Rome later today.

Altar-view in hotel chapel
Altar-view in hotel chapel

*This is the chapel at centre of Spirituality at San Giovanni Rotundo. – our hotel at Padre Pio. Yes, it is new and modern, but it is nice. All windows are stained glass of Padre Pio.

View of chapel
View of chapel
9th Station of the Cross
9th Station of the Cross
Stained glass Padre hearing confession
Stained glass Padre hearing confession
Stained glass Padre blessing girl
Stained glass Padre blessing girl
Beautiful stained glass of Padre Pio in hotel chapel
Beautiful stained glass of Padre Pio in hotel chapel