It’s the Great Apostasy, let’s stop the denial

It is becoming more and more evident – but there are people who still don’t see and jump to the defence of the false prophet. It is important to recognize his anti-faith and derogatory statements and not make excuses for him. He , who speaks like this, is not a true shepherd. We also need to know what Scripture teaches us.

https://fromrome.info/2020/07/27/fr-altman-silence-in-the-face-of-apostasy-is-also-apostasy/

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e2701435aeaef9c741b2750dcf18d00e A Medieval Illumination, showing the Adoration of the Beast by the false Catholics of the end times.

By Br. Alexis Bugnolo

The beloved disciple and faithful son of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Apostle Saint John warned us a little less than 2000 years ago: In the end, a Great Apostasy would sweep away many Christians.

Saint John tells of the Great Apostasy in the Twelfth Chapter of his Book of the Apocalypse, also known as the Book of Revelations. I will put in red text the interpretation of this chapter given by Franciscan Saints* and I will use the English text of the Douay Reims Bible for the scriptural citation:

12 And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars: (Heaven here refers to the Catholic Church, which is Heaven…

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For these (end) Times: Prophecies from Our Lady and the Saints through the Ages.

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God gave us the prophets for the tough times to come.

I have always wondered why  Catholics don’t look at the prophecies of Our Lady and other saints whom God has sent to warn us against danger – just as He always did in the Old Testament through His prophets? We are generally ignorant of prophecies: I am in my late sixties – I remember being taught about Fatima, but never have I been taught about other saints or other apparitions of Our Lady. Through the years I seem to have been drawn to seeking them out. I remember when Garabandal happened. It was all over the news for a few months, then suddenly disappeared. My children are now in their forties and even though they went to Catholic schools, they were never taught about prophecies. Prophecies are never mentioned by priests, except these days, if you have a good traditionally-minded priest, he might mention Fatima, or as recently happened, Akita. Most priests are too afraid to read prophecy in case they are misled. What are they afraid of? Do they not pray for discernment? Are they not well-trained in the reading and understanding of the Church and its Teachings? Prophecies are a special gift from God to His children in need.

So when I speak to people who don’t understand what is going on, and who can’t bear to think that Francis is not a good pope – I tell them of the age-old prophecies from approved apparitions of Our Lady, and of course, the Saints! Who would doubt Our Lady and the Saints? I put a little booklet together (with a little more detail than in this article) and hand them out – with instant results. Those who truly love their Faith accept these prophecies and then their whole way of thinking is transformed.

A brief selection of Prophecies from Our Lady and the Saints follows – in date order

Saint Francis of Assisi (1226 A.D.)

St Francis was a visionary (saw Jesus Christ), had the stigmata and shortly before his death in October 3, 1226, he called his followers and left them his prediction of the coming of a Destroyer who is a pope and a great schism in the Holy Roman Catholic Church.

” 2. The devils will have unusual power, the immaculate purity of our Order, and of others, will be so much obscured that there will be very few Christians who will obey the true Sovereign Pontiff and the Roman Church with loyal hearts and perfect charity. At the time of this tribulation a man, not canonically elected, will be raised to the Pontificate, who, by his cunning, will endeavour to draw many into error and death.

“7. Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it under foot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor, but a destroyer.”

(Except for breaking up the narrative into numbered paragraphs and adding bold print for emphasis, the prophecy is presented without any alteration, as given in the Works of the Seraphic Father St. Francis of Assisi, Washbourne, 1882, pp. 248-250.)

Mother Mariana De Jesus Torres (17th Century) – Our Lady of Good Success, Quito, Ecuador

 “As for the Sacrament of Matrimony, which symbolizes the union of Christ with His Church, it will be attacked and deeply profaned. Freemasonry, which will then be in power, will enact iniquitous laws with the aim of doing away with this Sacrament, making it easy for everyone to live in sin and encouraging the procreation of illegitimate children born without the blessing of the Church. The Catholic spirit will rapidly decay; the precious light of Faith will gradually be extinguished until there will be an almost total and general corruption of customs. Added to this will be the effects of secular education, which will be one reason for the dearth of priestly and religious vocations.”

(This is perfectly clear as we watched the Synods of 2014 and 2015, culminating in the catastrophe called Amoris Laetitia. And, according to modernist Cardinal Kasper, is only the beginning! Freemasonry is clearly in power, and at the summit of the Church, not to mention well entrenched in the Vatican.)

This apparent triumph of Satan will bring enormous sufferings to the good Pastors of the Church, the many good priests, and the Supreme Pastor and Vicar of Christ on Earth, who, a prisoner in the Vatican, will shed secret and bitter tears in the presence of his God and Lord, beseeching light, sanctity, and perfection for all the clergy of the world, of whom he is King and Father.”

“The sacred sacrament of Holy Orders will be ridiculed, oppressed and despised, for in doing this, one scorns and defiles the Church of God, and even God Himself, represented by His priests. The Demon will try to persecute the Ministers of the Lord in every possible way.”

“During this unfortunate epoch, injustice will even enter here [into the Church], my closed garden. Disguised under the name of false charity, it will wreak havoc in souls. The spiteful demon will try to sow discord, making use of putrid members, who, masked by the appearance of virtue, will be like decaying sepulchers emanating the pestilence of putrefaction, causing moral deaths in some and lukewarmness in others. … How the Church will suffer on that occasion the dark night of the lack of a Prelate and Father to watch over them with paternal love, gentleness, strength, and prudence!

Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich: 1820

May 13, 1820

 “I saw also the relationship between the two popes. . .

I saw how baleful (harmful) would be the consequences of this false church. I saw it increase in size; heretics of every kind came into the city (of Rome). The local clergy grew lukewarm, and I saw a great darkness…”

Once more I saw that the Church of Peter was undermined by a plan evolved by the secret sect, while storms were damaging it. But I saw also that help was coming when distress had reached its peak. I saw again the Blessed Virgin ascend on the Church and spread her mantle [over it].”

July, 1820

“I saw the Holy Father surrounded by traitors and in great distress about the Church. He had visions and apparitions in his hour of greatest need. I saw many good pious Bishops; but they were weak and wavering, their cowardice often got the upper hand…Then I saw darkness spreading around and people no longer seeking the true Church.”  

August 10, 1820

“I see the Holy Father in great anguish. He lives in a palace other than before and he admits only a limited number of friends near him. I fear that the Holy Father will suffer many more trials before he dies. I see that the false Church of darkness is making progress and I see the dreadful influence it has on the people. The Holy Father and the Church are verily in so great a distress that one must implore God night and day…”

“I have been told to pray much for the Church and the Pope…The people must pray earnestly for the extirpation (rooting out) of the dark church.”

“Last night I was taken to Rome where the Holy Father immersed in his sorrow, is still hiding to elude dangerous demands (made upon him). He is still very weak, and exhausted by sorrows, cares and prayers. He can now trust but few people. That is mainly why he is hiding. But he still has with him an aged priest who has much simplicity and godliness. He is his friend and because of his simplicity they did not think it would be worth removing him. But this man receives many graces from God. He sees and notices a great many things which he faithfully reports to the Holy Father. It was required of me to inform him while he was praying, of the traitors and evil doers who were to be found among the high ranking servants living close to him, so that he might be made aware of it.”

October 1, 1820

“The Church is in great danger. We must pray so that the Pope may not leave Rome; countless evils would result if he did. They are now demanding something from him. The Protestant doctrine and that of the schismatic Greeks are to spread everywhere. I now see that in this place (Rome) the (Catholic) Church is being so cleverly undermined, that there hardly remain a hundred or so priests who have not been deceived. They all work for destruction, even the clergy. A great devastation is now near at hand.”

“In those days Faith will fall very low and it will be preserved in some places only.”

“The Little Black Man in Rome, whom I see so often, has many working for him without their clearly knowing for what end. He has his agents in the New Black Church also. If the Pope leaves Rome, the enemies of the Church will get the upper hand. …”

(N.b. The Jesuits wear black. The head of the Jesuits is referred to as the ”black pope”. Pope Francis is a Jesuit).

“I saw many pastors cherishing dangerous ideas against the Church. . . . I saw among other things. . . the Church under N___________. In all the rooms lay his children (that is, his plans), a full collection of his views. . . . He had set fire to the house, and I with others had to save the goods and convey them to the sheepfold. They built a large, singular, extravagant church which was “to embrace all creeds with equal rights; Evangelicals, Catholics and all denominations, a true communion of the unholy with one shepherd and one flock.….”

La Salette: 1846

 ‘Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the antichrist.’

‘The Church will be eclipsed, the world will be in consternation..” [Abbé Combe, the editor of the 1904 edition, adds the following note after this paragraph. ‘I have from Melanie that the Church will be eclipsed in this sense, that 1) one will not know which is the true pope; 2) for a time: the holy Sacrifice will cease to be offered in churches, and also in houses: so there will be no more public worship. But she saw that yet the holy Sacrifice would not cease: it would be offered in caves, in tunnels, in barns and in alcoves.’]

“In this time the anti-Christ…will perform false miracles and subsist only on vitiating (i.e. contaminating) faith”

“There will be a series of wars until the last war which will then be fought by the kings of the anti-Christ, all of whom will have one and the same plan and will be the only rulers of the world...All civil governments will have one and the same plan: abolish and do away with every religious principal to make way for materialism, atheism, spiritualism and vice of all kinds”.

“The Holy Father will suffer a great deal because for a while the Church will yield to large persecution, a time of darkness and the Church will witness a frightful crisis”

Several religious institutions will lose all faith and will lose many souls…A great number of priests and members of religious orders will break away from the true religion. Among these people, there will even be bishops”

“Italy will be punished for her ambition in wanting to shake off the yoke of the Lord of lords”

Pope Leo XIII 1886

“These most crafty enemies [the devils] have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the Immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on Her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be scattered.”

Pope Pius X (1909)

Here is the prophecy of Pope Pius X, where he states that the “forced to flee” pope-martyr (also described by Sister Lucia of Fatima as the pope in white who will be killed)   will have his name… Giuseppe = Joseph.  This could only be Joseph Ratzinger, Benedict XVI:

” In 1909, during an audience for the general chapter of the Franciscan Order, Pope Pius X suddenly fell into a trance. The audience waited in reverent silence. When he awoke, the Pope cried out:

“What I see is terrifying! Will it be myself? Will it be my successor? What is certain is that the Pope will quit Rome, and in leaving the Vatican he will have to walk over the dead bodies of his priests.  [This was precisely the vision sister Lucia received of the martyr pope dressed in white!] “Do not tell anyone this while I am alive.”

Just prior to his death (August 20, 1914), Pope Pius X had another vision:

“I have seen one of my successors, of the same name, who was fleeing over the bodies of his brethren. He will take refuge in some hiding place; but after a brief respite he will die a cruel death.

Fatima 1917

In the Third Secret [of Fatima] it is foretold, among other things, that the great apostasy in the Church will begin at the top.”  —Mario L. Ciappi, Cardinal and household theologian to John Paul II; quoted in The Devil’s Final Battle, p. 33

Satan rules even in the highest positions and determines the direction of things. He will succeed in worming his way even into the highest summits of the Church…”  

“But this will be a time of great trials for the Church. Cardinals will oppose cardinals. Bishops will oppose bishops. Satan will walk in their ranks. In Rome, there will be great changes. What is rotten will fall and what will fall will never rise again. Darkness will envelope the Church and the world will be thrown into a panic.”

The quote given above is taken from a German periodical published in 1963, Neues Europa, and received unofficial approbation in the 1960’s by several Church officials who had read the original 3rd Secret text hand written by Sister Lucia. Among these Church officials was the respected Cardinal Ottovani. (Taken from:  http://marienfried.com/catholic%20teachings/prophecy%20of%20apostasy.html

At an interview of (Jesuit) Fr Malachi Martin in 1998, who was present at the reading of the Third Secret in 1960 by Pope John XXIII, Art Bell asked him if the statement that “The last pope will be under the control of satan” is true and really part of the Third Secret,– he replies “Yes. That is correct”. See the whole interview at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn–7GTffn8. See especially: 1h:46m:30s to 1h:47m:20s

The world will be afflicted with wars, famine, the martyrdom of the good, persecution of the Church and the Holy Father, the annihilation of nations, and apostasy from the one true Faith.

Ven. Archbishop Fulton Sheen (1950)

 “The mystical body on earth today will have its Judas Iscariot and he will be the false prophet. Satan will recruit him from among our bishops.”

“We are living in the days of the Apocalypse–the last days of our era…. The two great forces of the Mystical Body of Christ and the Mystical Body of Antichrist are beginning to draw up the battle lines for the catastrophic contest.” (Flynn T & L. The Thunder of Justice. Maxkol Communications, Sterling, VA, 1993, p. 20)

He also said:

“The False Prophet will have a religion without a cross. A religion without a world to come. A religion to destroy religions. There will be a counterfeit church. Christ’s Church [the Catholic Church] will be one. And the False Prophet will create the other. The false church will be worldly, ecumenical, and global. It will be a loose federation of churches. And religions forming some type of global association. A world parliament of churches. It will be emptied of all divine content and will be the mystical body of the Antichrist.

Pope Pius XII – 1950’s

 “I am worried by the Blessed Virgin’s messages to Lucy of Fatima. This persistence of Mary about the dangers which menace the Church is a Divine warning against the suicide of altering the Faith, in Her liturgy, Her theology and Her soul. … I hear all around me innovators who wish to dismantle the Sacred Chapel, destroy the universal flame of the true Faith of the Church, reject Her ornaments and make Her feel remorse for Her historical past.”

“A day will come when the civilized world will deny its God, when the Church will doubt as Peter doubted. She will be tempted to believe that man has become God. In our churches, Christians will search in vain for the red lamp where God awaits them. Like Mary Magdalene, weeping before the empty tomb, they will ask, ‘Where have they taken Him?’

Our Lady of Akita: 1973

The third message on October 13, 1973, (the actual anniversary of the final visions and miracle of Fatima) is as follows:

.. . Each day, recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and the priests.

“The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, and bishops against other bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their Confreres. The Church and altars will be vandalized. The Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord”.

“The demon will rage especially against souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of my sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will no longer be pardon for them.”

Our Lady to Fr. Gobbi 

Message #406, June 13 1989

 “This masonic infiltration, in the interior of the Church, was already foretold to you by Me at Fatima, when I announced to you that Satan would enter in even to the summit of the Church.”

Message #485, December 31, 1992

“I have announced to you many times that the end of the times and the coming of Jesus in glory is very near. Now, I want to help you understand the signs described in the Holy Scriptures, which indicate that his glorious return is now close.”

The first sign is the spread of errors, which lead to the loss of faith and to apostasy. These errors are being propagated by false teachers, by renowned theologians who are no longer teaching the truths of the gospel, but pernicious heresies based on errors and on human reasoning. It is because of the teaching of these errors that the true faith is being lost and that the great apostasy is spreading everywhere.”

Message # 383, May 22, 1988, Feast of the Pentecost

“…Even now, that which I predicted at Fatima and that which I have revealed here in the third message confided to a little daughter of mine is in the process of being accomplished. And so, even for the Church the moment of its great trial has come, because the man of iniquity will establish himself within it and the abomination of desolation will enter into the holy temple of God.”  

“First of all, a great apostasy is spreading in every part of the Church, through the lack of faith which is flooding even among its very pastors. Satan has succeeded in spreading everywhere the great apostasy, by means of his subtle work of seduction, which has brought many to be alienated from the truth of the Gospel to follow the fables of the new theological theories and to take delight in evil and in sin, sought after as an actual good”

“This great apostasy is spreading more and more, even through the interior of the Catholic Church. Errors are being taught and spread about, while the fundamental truths of the faith, which the authentic Magisterium of the Church has always taught and energetically defended against any heretical deviation whatsoever, are being denied with impunity.

Pope Benedict XVI at His Inaugural Address (2013)

“Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves”. 

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This is just a taste. I have not included prophecies about the Warning (Illumination of Consciences) and the 3 days of darkness for the sake of brevity. I have also omitted saints such as St Bridget of Sweden (1300’s), St Nicholas of Flue (15th century), St Nilos-Gusher of Mount Athos (1600’s), St John Bosco, Pope Pius IX (1909), St Faustina, St Padre Pio, and many others. They all complement and affirm each other and are included in our booklet. This can be downloaded: see menu item (on front page): “Tools for Evangelization.”

Our non-Catholic Christian friends prefer Biblical references. These include St Matthew’s Gospel Chapter 24,;Deureronomy 13:1-4; Thessalonians 2: 1-12 ; Revelation 13: 13-15; Daniel 7:25; Daniel 8;25; Daniel 11:36-37; Revelation 13: 17; Matthew 25:31-34; 2 Peter 3: 3-13

God never abandons us. He has been warning us against these days since Jesus walked this earth. But we ignore all the signs and all the prophets He has sent us – even His own Mother. The messages are to prepare us. Any trial is easier when we are prepared. These messages tell us what to expect and how to fight it. They give us Hope and keep us from despair.

JtM Crusade Prayer Meeting Fri. 15th March 2019

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Prayer Theme: Faith, Family, Nations

Prayers are Groups A & F: (See https://remnantdisciplesjtm.com/crusade-prayer-group-format/ for details).

Reading from Book of Truth

I will come in the clouds surrounded by all the angels and the saints in Heaven

18 March 2012 @ 4:00pm

My dearly beloved daughter, My children must know that the reason the world is spiritually empty is because they no longer know the difference between right and wrong. If it were not for My Light, which fills each soul, including sinners, the world would cease to exist. It is My Light, which keeps the world alive.

Many of My followers, who consecrate themselves to suffer in union with Me, also help keep this Light alive.

Just before I return, My Light will disappear in the world, for a period of three days.

This will happen at the very end and must not be confused with The Warning.

It will be during these three days, that there will weeping and gnashing of teeth and people will scramble looking for My Light, even though they rejected Me.

This will be the time for the Truth.

My followers must not fear these three days, for while you may not be aware of My Presence, I will be with you.

Then after the three days, I will return to Earth, exactly the way in which I ascended into Heaven.

I will come in the clouds, surrounded by all the angels and saints in Heaven in Great Glory.

How beautiful and joyful will that Day be when I come to Reign over the Earth according to My Father’s Will.

No man will be in any doubt that it is I.

Nor will they have any doubts about their future.

This will be the Day I come to Judge.

I will divide My people into those who love Me and those who hate Me.

Those, who rejected Me and paid homage to all things evil, will be banished in the eternal fires of Hell.

The rest will come and live with Me, in Paradise, along with the resurrected righteous.

This is the goal, which every soul must look forward to, when I come again as I promised you.

To Christians, I say this. Know that this Great and Glorious Event will take place soon. Your generation will witness My Glorious Return.

I will never reveal the Day, for only My Father knows this, but I can assure you that the time for My Second Coming is close.

To My sacred servants I tell you that it is your duty to prepare My people, those souls for whom you are responsible, so that they are included in the Book of the Living.

I plead with you to work hard, through the power of communications and prayer, to prepare the world for My Second Coming.

Your loving Saviour

Jesus Christ

Redeemer of all Mankind

JtM Crusade Prayer Meeting on Fri. 27th April, 2018

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Prayer Group Theme: Salvation of Souls

Prayers are Groups A & B: (See https://remnantdisciples.wordpress.com/crusade-prayer-group-format/ for details).

Reading from the Book of Truth

 November 2011 @ 10:40am

Virgin Mary: Time for my Son to deliver His Gift of Divine Mercy

2 Nov. 2011

My child, the time for my Son to deliver His Gift of Divine Mercy is drawing close. As such, you must concentrate on your Mission to save souls. You must not allow distractions, which take your eye off the most important task of spreading conversion.

The Heavens rejoice, as this divine Gift will soon be presented with the pure Love that my Son holds in His Heart for all souls. My child, as this work escalates in its intensity, the evil one will continue to torment you through different people at every opportunity. You have been instructed to keep silent and focus only on my Son.

You, my child, are the appointed one to convey in great detail the desire of my Son to speak with mankind in these times. Be brave and courageous, for this Holy Mission will succeed. It has been foretold so very long ago and you have been accorded every kind of direction from the Heavens. The saints all guide you, for they have been gathered in full force to ensure that this Mission will not fail. Nor can it. You must stop worrying when things seem hopeless, for that is the deceit you will be confronted with through the work of the deceiver.

I, your beloved Mother, work with you all the time. It was through me that you were prepared to come before my Precious Son. The graces granted were to enable your soul to be purified, so that you were fit to work for the Saviour of mankind.

It was through my precious Son that you have been brought before the Blessed Trinity. This is one of the most important Missions since my Son was sent to redeem the world from sin.

Never allow yourself to deviate from this Mission. Nor must you give in to the temptation to walk away. Pray to me, your Mother, at all times, for protection.

Your beloved Mother
Queen of Heaven
Mother of Mercy

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 7: Rome

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Rome: Wed 8th July

Today was a hectic day. Yesterday we travelled from San Giovanni Rotundo via car and then 3 hours by train. Needless to say it was a hot day (about 38°C). The train was an hour late arriving so we waited in the heat. More for us to offer up. This time, however, there was food that we could buy on the station platform.

Our poor driver was waiting at Rome for us for an hour, all dressed up in a suit. He must have been so hot. However we had a great time talking with him on the way to the hotel. It was so pleasant to be able to converse and he gave us a wonderful introduction to Rome- like a mini tour – explaining all the landmarks as we went. So you see, Jesus is good to us – with every downside there is an upside.

The next morning we were picked up for our tour by our official driver and our guide. His name was Vincenzo.

The Colosseum:

The Colosseum
The Colosseum

First stop was the Colosseum. This really put us in touch with our Christian roots, with the guide explaining the pagan society and the entertainment with gladiators, lions and Christians. He told us how St. Ignatius of Loyola died this way.

He told us how each Good Friday, the popes throughout history would always say 4 Stations of the Cross there. Also, how there is a little altar in one of the arches in which a priest says Mass every day, for all those martyred. He also mentioned Pope Innocent VIII in the 15th Century who commemorated the passion of Christians in the Colosseum and Pope Clement X who dedicated the Colosseum to God. We said a little prayer for all those who had died.

St. John Lateran:

This churcP1010385h is actually the church (seat) of the Bishop of Rome. There is a depiction of the Last Supper and behind this picture are relics from the Last Supper table.The main altar is built within an apse which holds (at the top) the heads of Saints Peter and Paul. We prayed through these saints for the Church and its bishops, priests and cardinals and also the Church remnant. We presented our petitions so that they would pray for us. Reverently, we got our handkerchiefs out and touched the base of the apse which housed these precious relics.

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St Mary Major:

This church haP1010397s relics of the manger in which Jesus was laid.  It is in a silver frame and surrounded by glass. You can see the wooden slats through the glass.

There was a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Snows. The chapel has a painting which shows the pope (Liberius) drawing the line in the snow to outline where the chapel should be built. Our guide told us how the pope had dreamed of snow falling and that he was to build a basilica there. Our Lady gave him the sign. Snow fell on August 5th, 352 AD – in the middle of Summer!

Around the walls were 3 rows of paintings which depicted the prophets, and people of Old Testament such as Moses, Jacob and Joshua and God’s promise of a Saviour.

St John Lateran Church with frescoe

St. Paul (outside the Walls)

Here we saw the actual chains that bound St Paul in prison, as well as his bones which are in Inside Churchthe sarcophagus. Inside we saw a huge Paschal Candle stand from the 12th century.

The guide tells us that when Paul was beheaded, his head bounced 3 times and that where it bounced, 3 springs of water sprung up. (I hadn’t heard this before).

Goodbye Vincenzo.

This was where our English speaking guide left us. We were very grateful. He taught us and showed us so much about our Faith. We promised to pray for him.

The Catacombs: 8th July
This afternoon we did a tour of St. Sebastien catacombs. There was a church where we could pray and light candles before Our Lady for our Prayer Group intentions.

Prayers and Petitions Virgin and Child
Prayers and Petitions Virgin and Child

We had to wait for an English tour guide. It was very touching to see these places where the early Christians lived and gathered and prayed and were buried. It was moving to touch the walls that these early persecuted Christians had touched and to say a prayer for them.

Catacomb walls
Catacomb walls

There were many young children and babies who died. We could see the names and Christian symbols on their graves. St Sebastian was buried there and his place was marked but his body was later moved to the Church (at the catacombs site). His relics are part of the altar.

St Sebastien relics and altar
St Sebastien relics and altar

9th July: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

This morning 4 of us went on a pre-booked tour of the Vatican Museum/ Sistine chapel. We were split up among a number of guides – each with a smaller group of about 20.

At first he seemed ok. He was very animated and enthusiastic in his descriptions of objects and history of various things. He seemed to waste a lot of time talking about trivial things.

Tapestry of the AscensionThe huge tapestries were amazing. He proceeded to take us to see various objects in the Museum. A lot were pagan gods such as Apollo, Atlas etc. He pointed out how some of these provided the basis for certain paintings and carvings of holy things. I began to be not impressed.

We came to a reconstruction in miniature of the pantheon with all the various gods in each archway. He said in his usual jovial voice (and I don’t know if it’s true) that there was Mass held there every Sunday at a certain time. I called out “What? Here? In the Pantheon?” He said “yes”. There was no sign of any kind of altar – only a huge sort of shallow bowl.

Window view
View of Vatican gardens and Pope Benedict’s residence

By this time I was really mad and sad and couldn’t wait to get out of there. Finally, at the end of the tour – after a whole hour- we came to the Sistine Chapel- which is why we came.  He (the tour guide) didn’t enter the chapel. The chapel was big and the paintings beautiful. We stayed a while to ponder.

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When we returned to our hotel, we spoke to others in the group who had been 20 years previously. They said that the Vatican Museum had lots of beautiful, holy things but all we saw were the tapestries and a view of the Vatican gardens and Pope Benedict’s residence.
Our Hotel in Rome:

Once again, we felt so blessed. Our hotel rooms each had a holy picture on top of our beds and a Bible (but in Italian). And there was a chapel with an altar and the Blessed Sacrament present, where we could pray as a group, and attend Mass when there was a Mass being offered.

Picture in Rome hotel rooms
Picture in hotel room