Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Class on Prophecy

               Listen up, ladies and gentlemen: chick lit class has to give way to religious education today.  With the summer almost over and a new homeschool year coming up, I have to put my teacher’s hat on for some warm up time.  So sit still, get your pen and notebooks in position and pleazze,  spit that gum out of your mouth and stick it under your desks.  Lecture begins in 3, 2, 1…
The Old Testament prophets were extremely unpopular, to say the least. Yet the hatred for prophets never stopped Jesus from speaking of wars, earthquakes, persecution, famine and tribulation.  (See Mark 13) He ended this sermon with the warning: “Be Prepared for you know not the hour!” showing us that a prophecy is not meant to frighten but to build up the Church.  We, the Church are challenged to respond by keeping watch over our souls and the souls of those entrusted to us.  “Do not despise prophecy,” says 1 Thessalonians 5:20, “but test everything; retain what is good.”
Now, remember that gum you stuck under your desks?  Well, pop it back into your mouths because this lecture is going to get interesting.  Catholic Chick Lit is about to venture into a somber realm that qualifies as a suspense genre under PG 13.  So read on if you’re not faint-hearted, but don’t say I didn’t warn you…
The modern prophetic voices in our Church are too numerous to count.  But two of them stand out to me.
St. Faustina wrote about events in the future:  “Before I come as a just judge, I am coming first as a King of Mercy.  Let all men now approach the throne of my mercy with absolute confidence,” Jesus told her.  “Some time before the last days of final justice arrive, there will be given to mankind a great sign in the heavens of this sort: all the light of the heavens of this sort: all the light of the heavens will be totally extinguished.  There will be a great darkness over the whole earth. Then a great sign of the cross will appear in the sky.  From the openings from where the hands and feet of the savior were nailed will come forth great lights -  which will light up the earth for a period of time.  This will happen before the very final days.  It is the sign for the end of [times].  After it will come the days of justice.  Let souls have recourse to the fount of my mercy while there is still time!”
Still with me?  You didn’t pass out or anything?  If you did, you can drag yourself to the nurse’s office because I don’t want anyone to miss this next point. If you didn’t pass out, great!  Hold your classmate’s hand and keep reading. Suspense- thriller is about to become apocalyptic…
Incorrupt body of Bl. Anna Maria
Blessed Anna Maria Taigi prophesied that there would be a time when a great light shines over the earth when all living persons would see the state of their souls, in the light of Truth, before God.  (Referred to as an Illumination of conscience.) This would be a point for reconciling mankind with God and precede a great purification where the enemies of the Church would be chastised. After three days of darkness, the faithful would follow a designated Pope and the entire world would be converted.  She is joined in this prophecy by Blessed Elizabeth Canori Mora and St. Edmund Campion. 
This should not come as a surprise to us because Jesus himself prophesied: “The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken, and then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.”
The choice to believe or not yours.  Regardless of prophecy, the call to keep our souls in a state of grace --out of love, not fear—is nothing new.  Don’t you realize that to witness the day when the Catholic Church reigns in splendor and glory, where the Sacred Heart of Jesus reigns and the Immaculate Heart of Mary triumphs is what we pray for when we say: “They Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Any questions?
“How else can we prepare?”
I’m glad you asked.  
The chaplet of divine mercy and sacramental confession are heaven's gifts for these times of mercy.  Blessed Anna Maria Taigi says that during the three days of darkness, only the blessed candles could be lit and we must pray the rosaries and beg for God’s mercy. The brown scapular and Benedictine Medals and Crosses are also powerful sacramentals of the Church. Holy water, blessed salt and the prayer of St. Michael have been known to ward of evil.  Pay heed to Our Lady’s messages in her apparitions to “pray, convert, and fast. Go to Mass.” Consecrate ourselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Enthrone our homes to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
There you have it, ladies and gentlemen.  God never gives us prophecy and leaves us alone, unprepared and unprotected.  Take heart.  He loves us so much that gave us His Son, the Blessed Mother and the Holy Catholic Church to help us and guide us for whatever comes, whenever it comes.
Class Dismissed and remember: it doesn't hurt to be prepared for the greatest pop quiz of your lives. 

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