DAILY CATHOLIC - THURSDAY, March 5, 1998 volume 9, no. 46
WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
INTRODUCTION:The Feature Article, begun in the inaugural issue two years ago, deals with the state of the Church. We continue probing the question that has perplexed the Magisterium and the laity for the past 30 years as the liberal element has left its mark, effecting changes that have seemingly watered down the "Roman Catholic" traditions. Yet, God in His Infinite Wisdom, has allowed this to happen for a specific purpose. He has been preparing us in a special way by sending His very Own Blessed Mother to guide us and remind us of our roots. Through perseverance, prayer and loyalty to Holy Mother Church headed by the Holy Father John Paul II and adhered to by the faithful who will not compromise, the pendulum is beginning to swing back toward the conservative side. In the sixty-first installment of this on-going feature series, we continue to sound the clarion as a wake-up call to all Catholics, especially bringing to the attention of all Catholics the inherent dangers of many heresies being spewed about and given silent consent by some bishops, archbishops and even cardinals who fail to speak out against these aberrations and the way these heresies are rubber-stamped by the media. If we allow the modernists, liberals and some cafeteria Catholics to dictate what our faith should or shouldn't be we're going to be in big trouble when the third millennium dawns. In this ninth chapter for 1998 we continue to alert the reader to what is happening and sound the call to arms, to enlist in Mary's army and take up the battle cry: Enough! God said it, we believe it, that settles it! Too many Catholics are going their own way with little regard to what their spiritual shepherd - the Vicar of Christ says. Sin is whitewashed. If we're not careful there will be a tremendous backwash and who among us wants to get caught in the vortex of that swirling whirlpool of Justice? With this chapter we continue our multi-installments on the vision to Saint John Bosco and its meaning today, outlining its significance and affirming much of what has been foretold for these times...times of peril for the faithful. That is the crux of our retort for this series is a set blueprint for Catholics everywhere to take up the banner of truth in defending Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
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"Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build My Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
Matthew 16: 18
In this series on Saint John Bosco's vision there have been some questions as to whether the vision was intended for the end of the nineteenth century for that was the one he lived in, or for our century. We received an e-mail from a concerned Salesian Sister regarding this. She claims everyone has assumed that Don Bosco was referring to end of his century, "since he died in 1888." This might make sense had Pope Leo XIII, the pontiff over the turn of the century, securely anchored the Barque of Peter to the pillars of the Holy Eucharist and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Not that he didn't try, but the events of the twentieth century would prove that the Barque of Peter drifted away from the pillars and is still being pummeled by attacking maurauders of the Church. Thus, if John Bosco's vision had pertained to the end of the nineteenth century, then that would have made the vision he received wrong. That doesn't make sense since he is a saint today and it doesn't make sense doubly because neither God or His special emissary - the Blessed Virgin Mary - can be wrong. Therefore, we have to assume the vision was meant for our century when the second millennium comes to a close. We base our assumption not only on the events, but also on the following sources - "The Living Presence" video by the Mercy Foundation out of St. Louis, Missouri and the book "Tragedy and Triumph" by Father Georges de Jesus, an avid student of the works of John Bosco and the visions he received. Add to this what Our Lady conveyed at Rue de Bac, Lourdes, and La Salette and all she foretold extended well into the twentieth century. Remember, these, too, took place in the nineteenth century. Add to that the apparitions at Fatima, Garabandal, Akita, Medjugorje, Betania and countless others as well as messages to her messengers in every corner of the globe during this, the twentieth century, and it all points to the fact John Bosco's vision definitely pertains to the end of the millennium. Finally, add the messages to Father Don Stefano Gobbi, the respected and renowned Italian locutionist who received detailed messages from Our Lady for nearly thirty years. They ended on the last day of last year. One of the most pertinent and last ones he received in 1997 was that her Immaculate Heart would triumph before the Millennium. Folks, we have 666 days left! Oh, yes, we hate to harp on that number but it's true! Time is growing short and God has given us a blueprint of what is to come. Not specifics, but enough that we can hone in on the era without pinpointing an exact date. But we shouldn't worry about dates. Didn't Our Lord say, "No one knows the day nor the hour except the Father"? Hasn't He and His Holy Mother said it will happen when we least expect it? And the mood of America as well as the rest of the world indicates people least expect it. They talk about a thriving economy, about world peace, about the glories of hi-technology, about the freedom to do what one wants which, translated, means we are on a spiritual decline heading for the immoral abyss of hell. Most folks haven't got a clue what's ahead, but few will agree it has anything to do with God. How sad. Oh, there are many who adhere to the fact that God will cleanse the earth and His peoples as He has done repeatedly throughout the history of mankind, His creation. But there are too many who think it's all poppycock and "doom and gloom." It could be doom and gloom if we were talking about the "end of the world." But we're not talking about the "end times" as the end of the world as in the great apocalypse but rather as a reawakening, a purification that will usher in a time of great peace and unity. Many refer to it as the "thousand years of peace" foretold in Sacred Scripture. As for the time frame of a "thousand years" we must remember that to God time is irrelevant. To Him one day could be a thousand years. We need only realize that in God's time it will happen. But as for the "end times" we are living in it means the end of civilization as we know it - disunity, blatant disregard for God's laws, and an embrace of satan's agenda.
There's that culprit again. Satan has been given this final century to do whatever he can before he is bound and chained and thrust into hell as the great Prayer to St. Michael, composed by Leo XIII, attests. In place of all the division, disobedience and hate will come an era of peace - the New Advent - the time that will be referred to as the glorious Reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in which we will see Jesus again; not in the sense where He will walk the earth as He did 2000 years ago, but in a mystical Eucharistic sense where all will know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Christ is Truly Present in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar - Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity! How we will see this is beyond man's finite comprehension, but in God's infinite mind and heart all things are possible and we will know. What seems impossible now, but will come to pass is that there will be one faith - the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church will be recognized as the one, true Church and all will flock to receive and be with Jesus. Being a cradle Catholic, that might seem presumptious and proud to say, "Told you so!" but too many signs and prophecies have been manifested themselves and been proven that we have confidence God will follow through on His promise. Call it faith! The messages and apparitions at Garabandal, which we are presently featuring in our on-going mega series on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS, bear this out. If God can make it possible that we will see, at the time of the Warning, the state of our soul as God truly sees us via the "illumination of our souls", then why can't He effect the great Miracle which is also promised at Garabandal - a miracle that could possibly reveal to our eyes the True Presence that hitherto now has remained a mystery we believe on faith! To conjecture on what and when the Warning and Miracle will be does no good for most often human predictions fall far short, but we have heavenly predictions to go on and because of that we hold to the principal that John Bosco's vision was meant for this century.
The good, holy Salesian nun wrote, "The question of the end of times, instead, was raised at the time in which Don Bosco was overseeing the construction of the great Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin, Italy. That we know of, he desired to place the date of the victory of the battle of Lepanto on the base of one pillar of the structure, and the date of 'another victory of Our Lady' on the other. He really never spoke of the 'end of time' that I am aware." Sister is right, he didn't speak of the "end of time" and we don't either, but we do speak about the "end times" and we feel confident his vision addressed the "end times" as we referred to above. The fact he related the vision to Lepanto is quite natural for remember, in those days there was no TV, movies and books were still not as prevalent - especially photos. Thus his impression of Lepanto equates with his vision he received. The style of ships bear this out. But he had nothing else to go on. Remember, in private revelation God reveals it as we see it. Father Rene Laurentin, the noted Mariologist and leading Marian spokesman on private revelation has spoken often about the fact that man's humaness comes through in private revelation and prophecy, and that is a good thing he asserts. He likens it to two horses pulling a wagon. One is God, the other is us. God knows every move we will make, every thought. We conversely know very little, least of all what God is thinking - though if we really put our "nose to the prayer-wheel" we could more easily understand God's Will. Though God could pull the cart with no effort at all, even make it fly, He depends on us to be His hands, feet, legs, muscle and grit to effect His work on earth. Therefore He uses humans to communicate His Will to humans, but in almost every message to one of His messengers, even though their styles, grammar, and cultures may be varied, the essence of the messages are always the same. That says a lot for the authenticity of many messengers. Bringing this back into focus, his own experiences contributed greatly in how John Bosco "saw" the vision. Had he truly seen, without any taint of his own imagination, this vision he would have beheld vessels of the turn of the century - steel ships, rather than wooden. Had he truly seen, without any taint of his own imagination, this vision for our time he would have seen submarines, cruisers and possibly military aircraft and missiles. But he saw from his own experiences, mostly the lesson of the victory of Lepanto which occurred in the Gulf of Corinth on October 7, 1571. The images of this great battle have been passed down through generation, especially among Italians which John Bosco was. Therefore his vision tied in with Lepanto. But it is not in the details or in the messenger that we must get bogged down but in the message. And that message is crystal clear, we will not reach that accord with God and neighbor, not be at peace until we are alligned with the Barque of Peter and anchored to the twin pillars of the Most Holy Eucharist and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It all ties in with what Our Lady has been saying, especially at Fatima when she proclaimed, "In the end my Immaculate Heart will Triumph!". Had this vision given to John Bosco been meant for the end of the nineteenth century, why would the Blessed Virgin Mary have stated this nearly twenty years after the fact? No, we are confident the vision pertained to our present time as we come to end of another period in history that is pivotal. Four thousand years ago God allowed the great flood which Noah survived, two thousand years ago God sent His only Begotten Son, and two thousand years later He is going to visit us again in an extraordinary way that will give credence to all Our Lady has foretold and all that John Bosco envisioned. Of that we can be sure. Again, call it faith!
In the next installment we will continue this thread going into more specifics on his vision and the discernment of what it means as tied to our times.
To review all past installments of this on-going series, go to Archives beginning with the inaugural A CALL TO PEACE internet issue in January 1996. volume 7, no. 1.