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"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."
A few months ago in these pages, in our series on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS, we covered briefly the hints of this dogma in Our Lady's appearances at Beauraing, Banneux, to German visionary Barbara Ruess, and the devotion to Our Lady of All Nations in which Amsterdam visionary Ida Perleman was told by the Blessed Mother that she was "Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate." The latter visionary also claimed that Mary also foretold Pope Pius XII's death in October 1958, the Second Vatican Council, and that Our Lady's official title of Co-Redemptrix, Advocate, and Mediatrix of all graces would be formally acknowledged by all - and it would occur on May 31. The Blessed Mother did not give Ida a year, but since it has not happened yet, we can start to deduce once more. First of all, if we are in agreement on her message to Father Don Stefano Gobbi that her Immaculate Heart will triumph before the year 2000, then we have two "May thirty firsts" left before that time. Most would think we are at least a year away from such a dogmatic proclamation since the feelers were put out last year and there was a backlash of negativity from the liberals and even some conservatives to this final dogma for, in their opinion, it would set back ecumenical progress. Their reasoning is totally temporal for they forget God can do anything and anything promoting His Blessed Mother that leads to a greater reverence for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit can be nothing but beneficial. Yet despite this media setback, we suspect his holiness has been praying and preparing this final dogma. Now consider that this year - just over two months away May 31, formally the feast of the Queenship of Mary and, in some countries, the date assigned to celebrate Mary as Mediatarix of all graces. Today it is the usual liturgical celebration for commemorating the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth, but it will not be celebrated as such this year because it falls on the Solemnity of the Feast of Pentecost, considered the birthday of Holy Mother Church. What more fitting occasion than these two events to proclaim this long-awaited dogma? Consider that Our Lady conveyed to Ida on May 13, 1955 that apostasy would come from within Holy Mother Church (just as she warned at La Salette) when her Divine Son would be diminished - "Be on guard against false doctrines, especially in what concerns the Eucharist." Is it not true that every year more Catholics do not believe in the True Presence of Christ in the Eucharist? Is it true the liberal modernists have infiltrated the Church with "ecumenical talk" that compromises the teachings and traditions of the Church in favor of "unity?" Also consider that in this trilogy of years leading to the Jubilee 1998 has been proclaimed the Year of the Holy Spirit and Mary is, of course, the Spouse of the Holy Spirit.
Now consider what Our Lady imparted to Ida on May 31, 1954 - nearly forty-four years ago: "When the dogma - the last dogma in Marian history - has been proclaimed, the Lady of All Nations would procure peace, genuine peace, for the world. But nations must say my prayer in union with the Church. Then they will experience that the Lady has come as they will experience that the Lady has come as Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate." This prayer Mary asks for is on our front page today under PRAYERS & DEVOTION. After these messages to Ida, Our Lady continued this theme in San Damiano, Italy in Akita, to the Italian stigmatist Mother Elena Leonardi, to Escorial, Spain visionary Luz Amparo Cuevas, to Julka a Yugoslavian visionary (not to be confused with the Medjugorje visionaries), to the Austrian Jesuit mystic Father Albert Drexel, to Betania visionary Maria Esperanza Bianchini, to Syrian stigmatist Mirna Nazour, to Hungarian locutionist Sister Natalie, to Father Don Stefano Gobbi, to Korean visionary Julia Kim, to San Nicholas visionary Gladys Quiroga de Motta in Argentina, to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, to the messenger who received the messages for Jesus, King of All Nations, to Phoenix visionary Estela Ruiz, to countless others around the world, and especially to the visionaries at Medjugorje over the years. The Blessed Virgin reiterated one or more of these three titles to each of the preceding messengers. No two men have studied and promoted this "Final Dogma" more than Bishop Paolo Hnilica, S.J. a personal confidant of the Holy Father's who co-consecrated Russia in 1984 in the bowels of the Kremlin while the Pope was simultaneously doing the same in the Vatican, and Dr. Mark Miravalle, S.T.D. who has written a book on it, and heads up the movement for bringing this dogma to reality Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrix. He was personally called to the Vatican to meet with the Holy Father last year around this time. Wouldn't you have loved to be a fly on the wall? Better yet, wouldn't you like to be an angel on the wall of Heaven (if they have walls, that is) to get a better bearing on when all this will come to fruition? As long as we're still members of the Church Militant that is impossible, so the next best thing is to pray. Pray for discernment in not being led astray and in being prepared.
Many believe that this dogma will be the catalyst for the great schism Our Lady has warned of, for so many have embraced the false doctrine of "unity" at the expense of the true faith, opting instead to placate the Protestant mentality and, as one e-mailer wrote us, this will be an "apostasy led by all the psuedo ecumentical fanatics who want to reduce Catholicism to something more palatable for every non-denominational Christian. I suspect that it is this faction which will drive John Paul II from Rome and perhaps even 'declare him dead' so as to elect an antipope." Everything this person said has been foretold by Our Lady and everything foretold by Our Lady has come to pass or will before her Immaculate Heart triumphs and she herself said this will happen within two years! In John Bosco's vision he saw this happening as Father Eugene Brown describes in his book Prophecies of Don Bosco in which he quotes the saint as saying, "Very grave trials await the Church. What we suffered so far is almost nothing compared to what is going to happen. The enemies of the Church are symbolized by the ships which strive their utmost to sink the flagship (the Pope). Only two things can save us in such a grave hour: devotion to Mary and frequent Communion. Let us do our very best to use these two means and have others use them everywhere." Further corroboration of all this is that Ida Perleman was also told by Our Lady that the Pope who would steer the Church's flagship to the safe mooring of the twin pillars will be John Paul II. Further, it has been revealed that Ida conveyed directly to him a special message from Our Lady in December, 1979 that read in part, "Turn your helm to the right and hold it firmly. Keep your course straight and you will safely reach the shore." This ties in with the painting and the vision imparted to St. Bosco. Our Lady, through Ida, revealed even more on January 6, 1980 as the Lay Apostolate Foundation reports, "John Paul II was sitting with cardinals and other high-ranking ecclesiastics. The door opened. Several bishops came in. One of them walked in front. Most were wearing masks. Our Lady said: 'Behind the masks they hide their real faces.' Finally two bishops entered without masks. To these the Holy Father whispered: 'My sons, persevere, make a firm stand.' Then the vision changed to St. Peter's Square. Pope John Paul II was seen in the Square and a great Voice said: 'You are My Supreme Pastor. I shall open your eyes and ears still more. You will be the master-builder of the present time and the coming generation.'"
Our Vicar of Christ has been the master-builder of the present time and the Heavenly revelation of bishops wearing masks makes sense in light of the undercurrent disobedience to what the Holy Father asks. By the way, the messages of Amsterdam to Ida Perleman were approved by the Church in the first stage (local level) on May 31, 1996. In the next installment we will delve further into efforts to remove John Paul II by his enemies and the foes of Holy Mother Church, and consequently enemies of Christ and His Blessed Mother and relate how John Bosco's vision confirms this.
Judas, after his betrayal of my Divine Son, was permitted by God to see the hideousness of his deed. Satan laughed and mocked as Judas saw himself as God saw him. But also, at that same time, the Father, preventing Lucifer from absolute control, allowed Judasí soul and mind to hear the prayers, the pleas of Jesus and of me, His Holy Mother.
Because of this Judas, by a single act of will, could yet have broken satanís bonds and run instead to the condemned Lamb and received forgiveness. But his pride was so entrenched, so totally under Luciferís control that the prayers of my Divine Son became for him a burning, torturing fire that shut out Godís Light and enclosed him in the eternal darkness of Lucifer.
He truly was driven mad by the demon. He had willed to let satan enter him, use him, and when he rejected the last chance of divine forgiveness, he was easy prey for satan to drive to despair, to suicide.
Little children of my Immaculate Heart, all men sin. All men are in need of forgiveness which strengthens by making the soul contrite, the heart repentant and the human will surrender to God. When you reject Godís Sacrament of Penance, when you listen to the evil oneís lies that hell doesnít exist and, therefore, sin does not exist, you are headed in the same direction as Judas.
That is why, in these end times, I implore you to pray from the heart because from the heart satan cannot speak to you h is lies. I ask you to meditate upon Judas, upon his own will, which, so filled with pride, led him to deicide, to despair, and suicide. Meditate upon the continual prayers raised to Heaven for Judas by my tortured Son, and realize that had the Father permitted, my Divine Son would have suffered over and over if Judas would have converted his heart.
Judasí heart was rotten flesh, maggot-eaten and filled with filth. This Judas wanted and allowed.
Do not, my Little Ones, ever consider yourselves strong, fully-prepared. Rather be humble and meek, seeking only God and His holy will. Then in these end times, my Dear Children, you shall not be driven into the abyss, but be with me at the foot of my Sonís Cross where His Sacred Heart was pierced, opened for all the world.
Pray that in these end times you shall not be counted among the Judases, but be gathered beneath my Immaculate Mantle, secure in the refuge of my Sonís Heart.
You must pray! You must do penance. You must root out all pride, for pride is the sure path to hell!
NEXT INSTALLMENT: Part One of Lesson 10: THE SCOURGING AND THE CROWNING WITH THORNS
That same issue of discrimination and non-profit religious organizations swung in favor of the Church yesterday when, on the 364th anniversary of the founding of Maryland, a federal judge in Baltimore overturned a lower court ruling that had tied the hands of Catholic administrators at St. John's Literary Institution at Prospect Hall in Frederick, Maryland. Authorities at the school had expelled star basketball player Gerald Wilkens and a girlfriend, both black, because of illicit sexual behavior on the school grounds. The earlier decision, forcing the school to reinstate them, had weakened any chance for enforcing discipline and morals at this prestigious Catholic high school in a well-to-do Baltimore suburb. Discrimination was claimed by the expelled students because they were black, and clout was leveled by the student's parents - influential in the media where Wilkins' dad plays in the NBA and his mother is a White House correspondent. But, again, finally a semblance of order was restored because the higher court determined they were not dismissed because they were black, but rather because they had violated the agreement they made when they enrolled at this Catholic school: to obey the laws of the school and God's laws as well as respect for the Catholic Church. Though the students' lawyers claimed the school had broken their contractual agreement with them because of the dismissal, they failed to realize they had broken their contractual agreement with the school, the Church, and God by abusing the privileges they were given. Because it is a money school where mostly affluent parents send their offspring, often times pressure can come to bear that compromises the principals of Catholicism for fear of losing the almighty dollar. Thankfully, the administrators here stood strong and tall, upholding morals and necessary discipline. Thankfully, the courts saw the insanity of the students' case and threw it out.
Speaking of "throwing something out," that whoop of happy yells you heard came from the camp of loyal Catholics the other day when the annoucement was made that ABC Television network - along with their parent company the Disney Corporation - both stubborn to the end, finally faced the music and pulled the plug on Nothing Sacred, that sad excuse for the liberals' platform to flaunt their portrait of what "they think" the Church in America should be. Gone are the likes of Father Ray and his ilk who haunted the nether regions of the Nielsens for months as the consistently lowest-rated network show of the new season. Those liberal prelates and religious, who spent a wad on a full page ad to petition people to watch and encourage Disney and ABC to "keep up the good work and keep it on the air" by signing their names to the ad which ran in major newspapers throughout the country and which praised this dud, while degrading Touched by an Angel, must be crying in their beer today, just as Call To Action did when they mustered only 35,000 signatures against the Pope after a ballyhooed campaign touting that they would raise over a million signatures and "wake the Pope up!" To rub salt in the modernists' wounds, a group of conservative, loyal Seton Hall Catholic High School students, backed by Human Life International, raised 95,000 in only a few months and presented it personally to the Holy Father last November as a show of their support for him. What it all comes down to is that "Nothing Sacred" was just another failed campaign by the liberals who are trying to foist their minority opinions on the the majority in the Church, trying to forge their agenda in the face of God's Will. Maybe the people are finally waking up to these frauds, maybe they're hep to the lies and self-agendas of the radical rabble-rousers within the Church, maybe the courts are also opening their eyes to what is really going on and maybe, just maybe they're going to help put the inmates back in their proper cells within the asylum of modernism and political correctness. We can only hope, pray, and give thanks that, at least this past week, sanity has returned and the sacred has been restored with the death of Nothing Sacred!