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What also makes perfect sense is to pray and pass this on to everyone in the world. That is the reason for Daily Mass; the reason we publish the Daily CATHOLIC each day, and the reason why tomorrow is so important in uniting the world in WORLD DAY OF PRAYER. It will be the 111th Annual one and if ever a world is in need of collective prayer, this is the time. The situation in Iraq is still very, very tenuous, especially when one considers the "Wag the Dog" mentality of the Clinton Administration. The situation within the Church is also fragile as many loom just below the surface ready to churn the waves of schism at the signal of wayward leaders. The world is in chaos physically and morally; the El Nino pattern having wreaked havoc throughout the earth and abortion and every sin of the flesh have rendered today's civilization with the coldest and hardest of hearts. Therefore, it is time to turn in prayer to God as one. Tomorrow offers that opportunity from an ecumenical sense. Following is a prayer that was published by Dolores Curran who wrote for the Texas Catholic Diocesan paper for nearly three decades before retiring last year. It was sent to us by Delphine Stanton of Rancho Santa Fe and we share it with all our readers today for it is so meaningful and touches the heart. It is entitled, JUST FOR TODAY:
The author is unknown but the words are pertinent, especially today! There was a cartoon that caught our eye a few weeks ago by Johnny Hart, creator of the strip "B.C." which best tells the kind of path we, as a nation, are on if we continue to blindly follow the Clinton administration's willful disobedience of God's Laws. It depicts two cavemen characters reading the stones along a walk heading toward the abyss. At the crest of the hill, along the path heading down to the precipice of the abyss is a sign stating: "Good Intentions Next 666 Feet." It bears out the addage, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions" for beyond the edge of the abyss Hart illustrates the raging fires of hell. "Good intentions" are an excuse Bill Clinton falls back on constantly, hoping we'll buy his lies and deceit. As Hart depicts, Clinton and those who follow him blindly are playing right into the hands of beelzubub! Both Our Lord and His Blessed Mother conveyed warning messages to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart well before Clinton was elected, before he was even considered as a serious candidate, that if America was not careful, if they did not return to God and obey His laws, they would elect in their country a man who would take America to the abyss. That is exactly what William Jefferson Clinton is doing both publicly as an elected representative - the highest in our land, and privately as a citizen of ill repute whose moral standards are reminiscent of a street walker and are announced to the world as if his "sexploits" are nothing! With this kind of leadership and example, we need to pray like never before. For Catholics that means taking up the Rosary on a regular basis, like daily or more often if possible, and attending Daily Mass and offering our oblation for the reparation of sinners who continue to ignore God and His Laws, oblivious to His Mercy not to mention His Divine Justice! For Catholics it means to set the example for others by practicing the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy, especially during Lent. For Catholics it means to avoid the occasions of sin at work, home and at play. Holy Mother Church, in her wisdom, has the perfect guidebook for this. It's called penance and sacrifice and Lent is the time these virtues are emphasized, but Lent does not have a monopoly on penance and sacrifice. About the same time Pope Leo XIII composed the powerful Prayer to Saint Michael, the first WORLD DAY OF PRAYER was instituted. Tomorrow, to commemorate the 111th Annual WORLD DAY OF PRAYER, we'd be wise to begin with the Prayer of St. Michael. Sadly, since Vatican II it has been abandoned by so many and that has opened the door wide for his adversary to steal in and infect so many with the deadly disease that could prove forever fatal if we don't take the words of this inspiring prayer to heart - a prayer which graces our PRAYERS & DEVOTION section on the front page today. Tomorrow during WORLD DAY OF PRAYER and every minute of every day, let us pray this prayer over and over so that "May God rebuke him we humbly pray!"
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.
I repeat: Read Isaiah. Begin as I have instructed and proceed in prayer and meditation. These words are the times of now, of the last days. Again I caution my children to read with the soul, not with man's finite mind.
I solemnly tell you the Age of Mercy draws to a close. The antichrist will reign. His power shall come from the destruction of the temple. I solemnly tell you the temple is not a building, not a specific place, but the very Temple which my Divine Son is, the temple within each of his little ones.
O! Tonight I weep. For all who are tepid and lukewarm, lax and unbelieving. Woe shall be theirs when Mercy is withdrawn and the beast is made known.
I beseech you to persevere, supporting one another. The time of chastisement has begun. Great shall be your tribulations. Many shall give their lives in joyful surrender to my Son. Weep not for them. Pray, rather, to possess God's strength for the mark of the beast will be rampant. All my faithful ones shall be hunted down, persecuted, slaughtered. But my Immaculate Heart shall triumph.
Prepare the way of the Lord. I am proclaiming the Second Advent. Heed my call, given in Love. Come home to the Father, and do not be afraid. I am with you, beside my Divine Son.
Pray! Receive God's Peace. Thank you for responding to my Call!
My dear children, I love you. O! If you could but understand and "feel" my love which flows from God's Infinite Love.
Your worlds are torn asunder. Family, children, community, nation. You seek worldly solutions. You desire to surround yourself with those things of man which provide only temporary escape, temporary satisfaction.
Again I beseech and invite all to the love of my Divine Son. Give all to Him through my Immaculate Heart. Then will your eyes be open, your souls at rest, your thoughts always on God. Only in this way shall happiness be found both now and in eternity.
Dear ones, Advent is here! Do you understand what Advent means? Pick up your rosaries. Pick up your Bibles. With each prayer, with every word I will guide you. I desire to make of each of you a holy tabernacle for my Son.
Begin now, my precious children. It is not too late. To all I call and invite. I visit all my children and speak to them in many ways by God's authority. I will not abandon any of my little ones. Become as the Infant Jesus I held in my arms. This is the sure, straight way and I will guide every step.
I bless and kiss you. Thank you for responding to my Call!