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That is what all this killing is throughout the world: senseless! On every continent there are reports of killings and massacres, plundering and rape. We are no better than the Huns of the fifth century who were called barbarians. Are we not barbarians as well? In Chiapas the senseless slaughter by the rebels continues as it does in Rwanda, and Burundi, and India, not to mention the killings in Northern Ireland and the mideast. Then there are the killings in so-called "civilized" countries such as throughout Europe, in the far east and, yes, right here in America where a confessed killer of over one hundred is exalted. We're speaking of Jack Kervorkian, the "suicide doctor" who is allowed to continue his maniacal ways hiding behind loop-holes in the law while harmless women, converted to Christ, and having paid their debt to society, are offered up on the altar of public execution. What's wrong with this picture? Have we lost all sense of sanity? Are we no different than the time of Christ when the people first hailed Him but then offered Him up as the sacrificial victim because He was not complying to what they wanted?
With Holy Week fast approaching it is a time to do some serious soul searching, to ask what each one of us can do to stop the senseless slaughters and to help turn this topsy-turvy world around. We can't do it by ourselves. Only through and with God. Many years ago, there was a powerful book by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, we believe, called "You Can Change the World" and it had so much truth and common sense spirituality to it. It had no grandiose plans, no great overnight conversions, no miracle cure-all remedies. The main message was to do your part, little by little each day in unison with God's Will and slowly, but surely you can change the world. That is our charge today, to go back to the basics and make prayer our focal point, to latch on to one of the greatest weapons we have - the Rosary, and to stay the course no matter what obstacles stand in our way. If we can do that, we can be assured God will stand with us, just as He stood with Pope Saint Leo the Great at the gates of Rome when the Scourge of Christians, Atilla the Hun threatened to crush the eternal city and Christ's Holy Church. Through the Almighty's intervention and Leo's obedience millions of souls were saved, including, we pray, Attila's. Our mission today is to employ prayer and the tenets of our faith to the task at hand and enlist Heaven for Mercy on His children who refuse to acknowledge His laws, His natural and sacred order of life. As we begin this assault on Heaven, let us pray that the beating embryos of the unborn and the wrinkled brows of the aged will mean more to people than a whale. If they don't realize this, if they don't acknowledge God's power and mastery over the entire human race and all creation, then they will have become no better than the followers of Attila. They will have become the modern barbarians at the gate!
Every insult, every blow, every drop of blood, every outrage was done to my Divine Son. I alone saw all as I knelt in prayer, while My own soul was scourged and around it the thorns formed a cruel crown that pierced me through.
Dear children, behold your Savior, Who had endured more than any man, and who yet had must to endure.
Learn from Him that it is obedience to the Divine Will which wrought your redemption. Divine Love offered Itself to Divine Love to repair for each offense given by man from Adam and Eve, down to the last person on earth.
Divine Love was so overflowing in Its desire to repair the damage done by menís sins, and to form for all time an eternal bridge that reached from Heaven to Earth.
That bridge was the obedience of the Son of God in all things to the Divine Will. Love suffered willingly to make amends to Divine Justice, which is perfect.
By all that my Son endured He gave you His merits that henceforth by your union with Him you might overcome all temptations and no longer offend the Divine Will by the sins of the flesh, the sins of thought, word, deed, omission. The sins you permit with your senses, and the sins you commit by your laziness.
Dear little children, Jesus has suffered all for you and when men learn to live as He lived, then shall my Heart triumph.
Please contemplate this part of my Divine Sonís Passion. Each piece of Divine Flesh that was ripped from His Sacred Body was to rip from you all lust and carnal desires. His muteness in the face of such agony was to seal your lips against the least uncharitable word. The silence of His Being was to prevent your senses from sinning against Godís perfect order in all of creation.
The thorns which pierced into His Holy Brain were to keep from your minds any evil thought, and the binding of His Hands was to keep you from acting upon any unholy thought. His Sacred Eyes, swollen and blood-filled, were to keep your eyes from the evils of the world and only upon Him, the Spotless Lamb, the Savior.
Each of you was a lash, a scourge, a biting of bone against bone. Each of you was a thorn, an insult, a rebuff. Each of you was there, my children, and for all who would believe and accept my Divine Son, and follow His way of the Cross, each was washed by a single drop of His Sacred Blood until you have been purified and tested in your own Calvary!
Little children, do penance. Fast. Make endless sacrifices and learn to pray from your hearts. For the world has reached Calvary. It suffers already its scourging. Will you be the ones who propel the whip, implant the thorns? Or, by your humility and obedience will you cause the lashes to lessen? Will there be one less thorn?
O! How I wept because of my Divine Sonís great agony and I, His Mother, could not even be near Him. My Divine Son and I are with you and you will not lack faith nor fail in courage if you are one with my Son in His Passion. O! I love you. I bless you. I intercede for you. Join me, Little Ones, and pray! Pray! Pray!
NEXT INSTALLMENT: Part One of Lesson 13: THE JUDGMENT BY PILATE
"And it shall come to pass in the last days, says the Lord, that I will pour forth My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men dream dreams. And moreover upon My servants and upon My handmaids in those days will I pour forth of My Spirit and they shall prophesy."
First of all, let us not forget Pope Paul VI's dying words when he lamented over what the results of the Second Vatican Council had wrought, "We had intended to open a window of fresh air, but instead a tempest blew in and satan is now in the sanctuary." To further his omen let us deal with a prophecy given by Our Lady during our present time which has been confirmed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger regarding Mary's words at Akita in Japan: "The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against other bishops...the Church will be full of those who accept compromises." Is this not happening with many openly lobbying against the Pope? At Fatima Sister Lucia was given a vision in which she recalls, "I saw the Holy Father in a very big house kneeling by a table with his head buried in his hands, and he was weeping. Outside the house there were many people. Some of them were throwing stones, others were cursing him and using bad language. Poor Holy Father! We must pray very hard for him." It is interesting to note that when fellow visionary Jacinta asked Lucia if she could relate further what she saw, the latter emphatically declined, stating "No, don't you see that is part of the secret." Ah, the famous "Third Secret of Fatima" which so many deduct is apostasy within the Church. God has given us so many signs when will we see the light? Sr. Lucia told Cardinal Anthony Padiyara from India on October 11, 1992 that "He that is not with the Pope is not with God, and he that wants to be with God must be with the Pope." Many think the schism or apostasy will erupt when Pope John Paul II declares the Dogma of Mar as Co-Redemptrix, Advocate and Mediatrix of all graces. There is a plan afoot to gather petitions against this dogma, crying that it will greatly hurt ecumenism, but we find that hard to believe in light of the fact the liberal factions Call To Action and We Are Church announced they would collect over a million signatures against the Pope within a year and two years after that news, were only able to muster 35,000 signatures, many of those suspect. In contrast to that, a group calling themselves We Are Catholic rallied to the Holy Father's side, accruing over 95,000 signatures in a matter of months. Proof the loyal movement is not dead. The tactics of the liberals are to attack through the media, using that medium to insinuate without having to provide proof or sources. This is evident with the constant barrage of news anchors and reporters always referring to the Pope as "feeble" or "frail," thereby subliminally influencing the reader or viewer into believing he has served his purpose and should be put out to pasture. But the pasture our great Polish pontiff is looking to tend is the one where he can continue to shepherd the countless flock of sheep who seem so lost and whom he calls to his bosom, offering truth and protection from the ravaging wolves if only they will listen and heed his call. There have been attempts on his life, first in 1981 on the feast of Fatima at St. Peter's Square, but God would not allow His adversary to claim this crusader for the faith. God has more work for John Paul II to do and will keep him with us as long as we are faithful to Him and to His worthy Vicar on earth. There have been many within the curia and prelates around the world openly and secretly lobbying for John Paul II's removal, foisting such liberals as Cardinal Carlo Martini from Milan as their "savior." But, throughout history, few times has a cardinal, who openly sought the papacy, been elected. And throughout the history of Holy Mother Church there have been many attempts to overthrow the Church, to discredit and remove a pope. In the next installment we shall treat this and relate various messages from Heaven to the saints and how, through God's intervention, His Holy Church survived and grew stronger.
I have come to tell you this must not be, my dear children. Allow my Divine Son to dwell in you every moment of every day. O! What joy you would experience if you would seek this. Do you doubt that God will help you? Do you doubt that I shall not intercede for you and lead you to my Son?
Let your faith be renewed, strengthened and aflame with trust and love.
Do you desire peace--abiding peace? Put aside the world. Guard well all your thoughts and actions and do not engage in any activity which my Divine Son would refuse to do. Look to the Holy Family as the sure guide for all families. Family must be renewed, and I have come to assist all my children to do this in a most holy way through God's grace and the unity of the Holy Spirit.
Throughout this new year ponder well the role of family as God intended it. Then, through prayer, begin to renew your own family, for God asks this of all his children.
I solemnly tell you the family that is united in prayer, faith, hope and love shall receive abundant graces and blessings from God, which shall be your strength.
Very dark days lie ahead. They have already begun to unfold and shall increase rapidly as the evil one seeks full dominion over God's children.
Pray! Pray for the Triumph of my Immaculate Heart. Pray to discern the signs of the times, for God is with you and guides you. That is why I have come.
Hasten your conversion through prayer! Receive the Sacraments. I love and bless you. Thank you for responding to my Call!
Dear children, I tell you all the world, every nation wears a mask. The people are blinded to this mask by satan's pomp which make the lower ego, the human ego, proud, tying one's affections and emotions into a patriotic fervor.
Do not be deceived! There is no nation upon earth without stain of sin. Rather it is the degree of sin which separates one from the other. Leave this to God to judge.
I tell this to you so that you may, through prayer, more readily understand my words. Your country, of which I am patroness, recognizes certain "new" nations but disregards others. It is a deception, a "game", the rule by which nations play, seeking only power and glory.
I solemnly tell you that communism is not yet dead. It has merely put on a mask, and satan clouds your eyes, your mind until you perceive this hideous monster as extinct.
No, my dear children. Much, much prayer is required still before this reign which denies God shall forever be banished from the earth. Pray! Pray for all nations, especially your own, that its government, its people may belong to God above all else. If you do not pray as I have asked you will see the rapid decline of your nation, because the offenses against God are severe and cry out for justice.
Dear children, pray to the Holy Spirit. Be humble, faithful, obedient servants. This new year will reveal to my children that you are in the time of the great false peace. Watch, wait, pray! I love and bless you. Thank you for responding to my Call!