terça-feira, 20 de março de 2012

World Prophecies

                                      The Warning of the Saints

            God loves us so greatly and possesses such a vehement desire to see us in heaven that He will go to any extreme to try to save our souls. That is why He sacrificed and sent His only Son amongst us to die on the cross for our salvation. He made Jesus so gentle and humble as to attract as many people as possible to His love. Jesus preached many positive and beautiful things in order to try to convert souls for heaven.  Some listened, but others were not affected. When Our Lord perceived that love did not always work, He decided then to have recourse to fear, and spoke about hell and everlasting punishment, in the hope that this would convince some to stop sinning and seek salvation.

          This method was not only employed by Jesus, but by His Apostles, too. St. John, the favorite disciple of the Lord, who revealed to us that God is Love, also wrote the terrible and frightening book called the "Apocalypse". The objective of this type of literature is not to bring one to despair, but to encourage us in the fight against sin and to take a realistic and prudent outlook of life, being always vigilant and prepared against spiritual dangers and harm.

         For awhile now, I have patiently combed through the writings of the Church approved saints to see what they said concerning future things. I discovered in my research, 38 principal themes that are threaded throughout their texts. By "Church approved" I mean that which the Magisterium understands in regard to these matters; namely that they are neither placed on the same level as Divine Revelations of Jesus (which is pre-eminent to any other) nor rejected and condemned (as long as coming from an authentic source that is not contrary to Faith or morals). In these cases, each one is free to utilize them as befits their spiritual and moral needs.  The following list is the result of my research:

1) Surprisingly, what most of the saints spoke about was not the Anti-Christ (as many people would expect), but about the coming of a "great monarch" , who, together with a great pope, would inaugurate a period of peace, justice and prosperity. He will be a physical person, descendent of a noble French-German lineage. This great king will rule the whole world and help the Church to evangelize all the nations. ( 17 sources: St. Hippolytus of Rome, St. Methodius of Olympus, St. Hilarion, St. Augustine, St. Cataldus, Venerable Bede, St. Anselm of Canterbury, St. Caesarius of Arles, St. Remegius, Blessed Rabanus Maurus, Venerable Bartholomew Holzhauser, Blessed Bernard Rembordt, St. Bridget of Sweden, St. Vincent Ferrer, Blessed Ignatius of Santhia, Venerable Magdalen Porzat, St. John Vianney). 

2) After the "great monarch", the figure of the "Anti-Christ" was the most recurring theme of the prophetical saints. Though many of them wrote that he would be a physical person of great influence and power (seducing even the Jews to accept him), St. John Damascene and St. Thomas Aquinas believe him to be a symbol of anything that is opposed to Christ. I leave this argument to each one's thoughts and discretions. ( 17 sources: St. Iraenus of Lyons, St. Hippolytus of Rome, St. Lactantius, St. Cyril of Jerusalem, St. Methodius of Olympus, St. Jerome, St. Ephraem of Syria, St. Nilus of Ancyra, St. Gregory the Great, St. John Damascene, Venerable Bede, St. Anselm of Canterbury, Blessed Rabanus Maurus, Venerable Bartholomew Holzhauser, Blessed Dionysius of Luxembourg, St. Bridget of Sweden, St. Vincent Ferrer). 

3) The third most mentioned theme of the saints regarding the future concerns the "Three Days of Darkness", which will be a supernatural intervention of apolyptical, catastrophical  and global proportions on the part of God, to put back in check the uncontrollable wickedness of man. Since the event will be so frightening, I will not describe it in this article. I will direct the reader to the texts that can be read for themselves and there, may draw his own personal conclusions. ( 10 sources: Venerable Isabel Canori-Mora, St. Caspar del Bufalo, Venerable Elena Aiello, Pope St. Pius X, Blessed Mary of Jesus crucified, St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, St.Faustina Kowalska, Blessed Ann Marie Taigi and others).

4) Many saints spoke about the wickedness of the end times and described the horrors of the increase in evil. ( 9 sources: St. Lactantius, St. Methodius of Olympus, St. Ephraem of Syria, St. Columba, St. Senan, Venerable Bede, Venerable Bartholomew Holzhauser, St. Pope Pius X, Venerable Mariana of Quito).

5) In fifth place, surprisingly, come the prophecies concerning the future of the Emerald Island, Ireland. The predictions say that she will maintain the Faith until the end of the world and be instrumental in the conversion of England. ( 6 sources: St. Patrick, St. Columba, St. Senan, St. Nennus, St. Cataldus, St. Malachy of Armagh)

6) France, too, is greatly commented by the saints. Though half the country will last until the end of the world and the great Monarch will come from her, still, she will be severely chastised for her culpability in bringing about the "Red Revolution". ( 6 sources: St. Caesarius of Arles, St. Remegius, St. John Vianney, and other private mystics)

7) England was referred to by several saints. Though she will be punished repeatedly for her many sins, in the end she will have a glorious conversion. ( 4 sources: St.Senan, St. Edward the Confessor, Venerable Bartholomew Holzhauser, St. John Vianney)

8) The Final Attempt of Communism to take over the world with the destruction of many   lives (soldiers wading in knee-high in a river full of blood) was commented by some saints ( 5 sources: Venerable Bartholomew Holzhauser, Blessed Bernard Rembordt, Lucia of Fatima, Venerable Sister Elena Aiello, St. John Vianney)

9) The grave misfortunes that are to occur to Italy for her part in the instigation of the "Red Revolution" were spoken of by several saints. ( 4 sources: Blessed Ignatius of Santhia, St. John Bosco, Venerable sister Elena Aiello, Venerable Magdalene Porzat).

10) Russia, too, is given special attention by the saints and her instrumental and timely conversion is commented upon. ( 4 sources: Blessed Bernard Rembordt, Lucia of Fatima, Venerable sister Elena Aiello, St. John Vianney).

11) Prophecies concerning the fate and future of some popes is present in the writings of several saints. ( 4 sources: St. Malachy of Armagh, St. Bridget of Sweden, Lucia of Fatima, Venerable Magdalene Porzat).

12) The inauguration and ushering in of a period of peace and prosperity is mentioned by the saints ( 5 sources: St. Andrew Salos, Venerable Bartholomew Holzhauser, Venerable Isabel Canori-Mora, Lucia of Fatima, Pere Lamy).

13) There are some sad prophecies concerning the end of Paris. ( 2 sources: St. John Bosco, St. John Vianney).

14) The presence and mission of Enoch and Elias are explained by the saints ( 5 sources: St. Ephraem of Syria, St. Augustine, St. John Damascene, Venerable Bede, Blessed Dionysius of Luxembourg)

15) The triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is predicted on 3 different occasions: Lucia of Fatima, St. John Bosco, Venerable Magdalene Porzat.

16) The passing of a great comet that disastrously affects the earth's gravitational force and cause geographical changes is commented by St. Hilarion and St. Hildegard.

17) The assassination of a pope is commented by venerable Bartholomew Holzhauser and St. John Bosco.

18) The appearance of a mighty redheaded Irish leader who will be a liberator is spoken of by St. Brogan and St. Ultan.

19) World War II and the rise of Hitler were predicted by both St.Odilia and Lucia of Fatima.

20) The years 1943 and 2038 are indicated by both St. Bridget of Sweden and Venerable Magdalene Porzat as the beginnings and heights of the world's woes.

21) The third destruction of Jerusalem is mentioned by St. Jerome.

22) The rebuilding of the temple of Jerusalem is commented by St. Anselm of Canterbury.

23) The destruction of Rome is prophesied by the Venerable Bede, St. Anselm of Canterbury and St. John Bosco.

24) The discovery of the Ark of the Covenant is prophesied by Blessed Dionysius of Luxembourg.

25) The hair-raising account of the terrible, bloody, devastating and destructive battle that will take place around Cologne and seal her fate is recounted by Blessed Bernard Rembordt.

26) The future of Germany and Greece is prophesied by St. Bridget of Sweden.

27) The abandonment of Confirmation as a sacrament is prophesied by St. Vincent Ferrer.

28) The last and most glorious Religious Order of the Church is described by St. Francis of Paola. 

29) The rise of a false pope is prophesied by Blessed Ignatius of Santhia.

30) The restoration of Belgium and Poland is prophesied by St. John Bosco.

31) The vision of two pillars on which a ship anchored itself in order not to sink and representing the Church saved through the Eucharist and Marian devotion was seen by St. John Bosco.

32) The annihilation of nations was commented by Lucia of Fatima and venerable Elena Aiello.

33) A universal commercial crisis was prophesied by venerable Magdalene Porzat.

34) The end of capitalism and the return of the working class to the soil were prophesied by Pere Lamy.

35) Events of the 20th century are mentioned by St. Nilus of Ancyra and Blessed Mariana of Quito.

36) The destruction of the innocence in children and the end of virginity in youth is prophesied by Blessed Mariana of Quito.

37) The future of Ecuador is mentioned by Blessed Mariana of Quito.

38) The future of the priesthood and vocations is prophesied by Blessed Mariana of Quito.

Father Anthony Mellace

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