God Shakes Us, Gives Us A Shock, To Help Us Prepare To Face Eternity!
GOD, IN HIS LOVE FOR US, communicates with us in many ways. Certainly the primary source of revelation is through his son Jesus Christ. We know about Jesus Christ first and foremost by way of the early Christian Church which Jesus promised would be with us until the end of time (Mt 16:18). It is also the Church which God used to choose the canonical books of the Bible. But God is certainly not limited to only these primary revelations. Just as in the Old Testament, God also communicates through people that He chooses. Thus we as Catholics understand and appreciate the many revelations that God has given to us at La Salette, Lourdes, Fatima, St. Faustina (diary 429, 848, 965, 1160, 1588, 1146, 635, 1732), Akita, Japan (http://www.miraclerosarymission.org/akita.htm), etc., as well as by way of many of the saints.
Pope Benedict XVI wrote in the book "The Ratzinger Report" (1985): "One of the signs of our times is that the announcements of 'MARIAN APPARITIONS' ARE MULTIPLYING ALL OVER THE WORLD."
THERE ARE MANY SIGNS TODAY that indicate that the world is most probably about to enter the period of the “great tribulation” of which Jesus spoke about in Matthew 24 and in other Scriptural texts. But as we know through Sacred Scripture and many writings of the saints, these periods of great tribulation are permitted by a God Who is Love! There are many indications that there are a great number of people, who feel they are OK and might even say that they are even ready to die, but would end up in hell for all eternity if they died today. Many of these will convert and turn back to God due to the coming tribulation and succeed, with the grace of God, to evaluate their true situation according to the Gospels and the teachings of the Church and of the Saints, rather than to evaluate their situation from only their own, “infallible”, personal point of view which is not informed by the Bible or the Church or any other truly divine source. Thus, the coming tribulation is truly permitted by a God Who loves each of us immensely and offers His mercy and grace, especially in times of great trial, to put our first priority on eternal salvation and not on this very short life that each of us has been given by our loving Creator.
GOD HAS GIVEN EACH OF US EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE, even our very existence and the possibility of eternal salvation through the merits of His crucified Son. How many people today respond to this immense, personal love of God? How many Catholics do not even have one hour a week to come to church and render thanksgiving to Jesus in the Eucharist for all that they have received from Jesus? I believe that the majority of people today want God to butt out of their lives and out of society and out of their countries; and God being a gentleman, will do just that and He will leave us to our own designs without His protecting hand. We must not play GOD for a fool!
SO MANY TODAY HAVE MADE THEMSELVES LITTLE GODS and they are the sole deciders of good and evil just as Satan tempted Adam and Eve so long ago (Gen 3:4-5). Many just do not want to be held accountable to anyone except themselves. God has written His law into the heart of each person and He has given to each person different amounts of truth and grace; we will each be judged according to the “talents” (Mt 25:14-30) that God has given to each of us. No one is born an atheist since the Creator’s law is imprinted into the heart of each human creature created in the image and likeness of its Creator (Gen 1:26). No one goes to heaven or to hell by chance. Life is a battle! One has to work very hard during this short life to go to heaven. So too one has to work hard to go to hell by continually working to overcome this stamp of the Creator in his heart in order to become an atheist and reject the innumerable truths and graces that God has given to each person. Many use religion for their own personal motives and desires or even to justify or camouflage their un-Godly behavior rather than to use religion to seek, to discover and to DO THE WILL OF GOD! Often, those who do not want to change their lives in order to seek and do the will of God, especially those who claim to be good Christians or good Catholics, find others (so-called “Catholic” groups or publications) who agree with them in criticizing, judging and rejecting the teachings of the Church that Christ left us with the living Pope as the head (Mt 16:18), or even the Sacred Scriptures.
Our human nature, wounded by Original Sin, wants to JUDGE AND ORDAIN EVERYTHING ACCORDING TO OUR OWN CRITERIA AND STANDARDS. Pride makes us blind to the truth and to our true reality and situation before the One and only true GOD! This same behavior impedes so many from discovering that God loves each person immensely which inhibits them from trusting more in God than in themselves; thus they do not seek God’s holy will which is truly the best thing for each person. We do not want to trustfully let ourselves go into the hands of the One Who created each of us and Who loves each of us far more than we love ourselves. God has a perfect and great design for each individual person, if we would only let go and put Him as the first priority in our lives instead of ourselves! “Jesus, I trust in You” (St. Faustina)!
IT IS LIKE THE TWO POLES OF A BATTERY. If you preach only about the positive pole that God is love and merciful, which is essential and fundamental, without preaching about the negative pole of the need of sacrifice, the cross of Christ, the reality of mortal sin and hell, the current does not flow! It is much easier and comfortable to imagine that it is almost impossible to commit a mortal sin as so many modern theologians try to convince us. The devil tries so hard to convince us that hell does not exist so we do not put much effort into discovering our great lack of love and egoism. But is not the greatest love for another person to help that person to arrive to eternal salvation and happiness, rather than only comfort and feeling good during this very short life? One finds in the four Gospels Jesus referring to hell over 60 times, but we rarely hear about this today. Perhaps a hundred years ago there were some who exaggerated the preaching of hell, fire and brimstone, without establishing the base of true love and mercy as well. But today the pendulum has gone totally to the other extreme to the great detriment of countless souls. Why did Our Lady of Fatima show three young children a vision of hell with countless souls falling into the abyss as sparks into the great fire? Lucia of Fatima said to Father Fuentes (1957) that the face of our Lady was always sad. Our Lady sheds tears for each and everyone of her children who fall into hell for all eternity, depriving their Creator of their company for all eternity! God totally respects our primordial gift of our free will, being created in His image (Gen 1:26-27). This is true love! It is not easy today to preach the whole truth! But pastors, priests and bishops must preach both poles of the battery; both are essential for the current to flow, otherwise there is not true Love which is also infinitely Just!
Just like in the Old Testament, God, in His mercy and love, sends his prophets today in our times to give us a GOOD SHAKE, TO SHOCK US out of our blind, prideful presumption, and spiritual slumber before our lives will be on the line and we will have to face our earthly death to be judged not according to our self-made values and point of view, but from the point of view of the infinite, impartial, Divine, Just Judge Who has given each of us different amounts of His truths and graces. God expects each of us to multiply the “talents” which we received from Him, otherwise we “will weep and gnash” our teeth for all eternity (Mt 25:30). How many will be able to overcome their pride and self-trust so as to humbly submit to their Creator and to trust in Him? The coming tribulation will help many who have at least a spark of good will left in their hearts and souls. These “prophetic warnings” are also (especially!) for those of good will who are willing to pray much more and to offer as many sacrifices as possible for the conversion of sinners.
In the diary of St. Faustina we read: “In the Old Covenant I sent prophets wielding thunderbolts to My people. Today I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world. I do not want to punish aching mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My Merciful Heart. I use punishment when they themselves force Me to do so; My hand is reluctant to take hold of the sword of justice. Before the Day of Justice I am sending the Day of Mercy” (Diary 1588).
For many years I have been interested in studying biblical prophecy along with the prophecies of the saints and the writings of scholars of prophecy. I have put a summary of my studies on the Internet “CATHOLIC PROPHECY TODAY” (see above; or go to: http://markbeast.blogspot.com). There are many people who are not at ease with this topic and do not want to hear anything about it. Many people put these things out of their mind, as something that will happen after they are long gone, and refuse to look at the many signs that are present today. Also many Church leaders are very (too!) worried about human respect to consider or warn others about these things. It is unfortunate that there are a great number of people and cults today, such as the Jehovah's Witnesses and the Mormans, that misuse prophecy for their own interests and attention; this misuse of prophecy causes many to reject prophetical studies all together.
These PROPHETIC PRIVATE REVELATIONS ARE SO IMPORTANT THAT Satan seeks in every way to diminish their divulgation, influence and effect. In 1882, Christ revealed to the stigmatist, Marie Julie Jahenny of La Fraudais, France that: "In the last days, a seemingly unlimited amount of FALSE REVELATIONS will arise from hell like a swarm of flies; a last attempt of Satan to choke and to destroy the efficacy of the TRUE REVELATIONS by false ones." This indicates that these revelations are important enough for Satan to try to diminish their effectiveness in helping to convert souls. But this also indicates that there are many false revelations and thus one must be wise and prudent especially in regards to recent revelations in which the proper Church authorities have not made any pronouncement yet.
St. John also tells us: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God: for many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1Jn 4:1).
I wrote about many of my experiences and studies about private revelation during and after my EXPERIENCE AT NECEDAH, WISCONSIN (see http://necedah-cult.blogspot.com and http://priv-rev.blogspot.com ). In my written work on private revelation I quoted St. Thomas Aquinas, the "angelic doctor” of the Church, who tells us, in regards to private revelation that, "The prophets who foretold the coming of Christ could not continue further than John, who with his finger pointed to Christ actually present. Nevertheless as Jerome says on this passage, 'This does not mean that there were no more prophets after John. For we read in the Acts of the apostles that Agabus and the four maidens, daughters of Philip, prophesied. John, too, wrote a prophetic book about the end of the Church; and at all times there have not been lacking persons having the spirit of prophecy, not indeed for the declaration of any new doctrine of faith, but for the direction of human acts." (Sum. Theol.II-II, 174, 6).
GOD OR HIS MOTHER DO NOT NEED PERMISSION from a bishop or a priest or a Catholic group to appear or to give private revelations. I think that very few of the seventy thousand people who went to Fatima on October 13, 1917 asked permission from their respective bishops or priests before going to Fatima that day, and yet they were rewarded with the great miracle of the sun. I also believe that as we approach this period of “great tribulation”, God in His love for us, like a loving mother, will give even more help, encouragement and words to help all to prepare so as to take advantage of this period of great trial and suffering. In this way God will offer one last help to those who might be willing to convert and put God in the first place and priority in their lives rather than themselves or so many other things or persons.
Sister Lucy of Fatima said to Father Agostino Fuentes, the postulator of the cause of beatification of Jacinta and Francesco (December 26, 1957): The third time Our Lady said that, the other means exhausted and despised by men, God will give with trembling the last anchor of salvation which is the Most Holy Virgin in person, signs of tears, messages of seers spread in all the parts of the earth. Our Lady said that if we do not listen and if we still offend we will not be pardoned. Father, it is urgent that we realize this terrible reality. We do not want to fill the souls with fear, but only it is urgent a recall to reality. From when the Holy Virgin gave such a great efficaciousness to the Rosary, there does not exist any material, spiritual, national or international problem that cannot be resolved with THE HOLY ROSARY AND WITH OUR SACRIFICES. To recite it with devotion will be to consol Mary and to wipe away so many tears from her Immaculate Heart. … Our Lady expressly said: “We are approaching the end times.”
There are SOME CATHOLICS AND CATHOLIC GROUPS WHO PUT THEMSELVES IN THE PLACE OF JUDGING and interpreting the licit ness of reading, promoting or going to apparitions sites, especially those apparitions most recent. They put themselves in the place of the local ordinary or of the Pope himself. They often interpret in their own rigorous way the decree of the “Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine and the Faith”, published in the "Official Acts of the Holy See" (A.A.S.) 58/16, dated December 29, 1966 (see Appendix below). Other critical Catholics want to accuse those who read and promote these messages from these apparitions of Our Lady (or for example the testimony of Gloria Polo) as being motivated only by curiosity and pride (who is really prideful here?) in seeking to know that which is not for us to know. But if one goes even to this extreme one-sided interpretation and judgment, then why are the number of apparitions of Our Lady increasing in our day as Cardinal Ratzinger pointed out ("The Ratzinger Report" (1985))? Do these supposed wise ones know more about what is needed today than the Mother of God? According to these intelligent people, can there not also be another possible motive for reading and promoting the messages of Our Lady in these our times which are so particular and in need of extra heavenly help and guidance just as God gave extra heavenly help and guidance through the prophets and patriarchs of the Old Testament? Does not the Church encourage us to read the whole Bible, including the Book of Revelation, Daniel, Ezekiel, Matthew 24, Luke 21, Mark 13, etc.?
SISTER LUCIA OF FATIMA said to Father Agostino Fuentes, the postulator of the cause of beatification of Jacinta and Francesco (December 26, 1957): “Our Lady is very displeased because it is not taken into account her message of 1917. Neither the good nor the bad have held them in consideration. Believe me my Father, the Lord will punish the world very soon; THE PUNISHMENT IS IMMANENT! Many nations will disappear from the face of the earth, many nations will be annihilated … We do not want to frighten the souls, but it is an urgent appeal to reality.”
In the middle of 2008, I found an article on the Internet in Italian (http://www.margheritadigesu.it/pagine/microchip.html) that coincided with what I had discovered in my studies. The article is based on the private revelations of A WOMAN IN ITALY, MARGARET OF JESUS. In order to be as prudent as possible, I sent emails to four priests in the curia of the diocese of Margaret of Jesus, Treviso, Italy. I ask for any information available about Margaret of Jesus, especially any pronouncement whatsoever from the local Ordinary of the diocese of Treviso. No one from the diocese of Treviso responded. After using several search engines to scour the web, I only found one small phrase that indicated that perhaps Margaret of Jesus might be connected to a false seer “Conchiglia” (http://www.axnet.it/forum/santona-sparisce-con-t73106.html). This statement was made by Giuseppe Bisetto, expert in the study of the sects and a member of the Italian national Gris (Group of Social-Religious Research and Information). After sending out several emails (4) to everyone I could find in this group (twice) asking about Margaret of Jesus, I received no response at all. At the web site of Margaret of Jesus one finds the declaration that “Margaret of Jesus has no ties whatsoever with Conchiglia” (http://www.margheritadigesu.it/pagine/comunicazioni.html).
After not finding anything against our faith or Sacred Scripture in these private revelations to Margaret of Jesus, I asked Margaret of Jesus (by email) if these revelations had been translated into English. Margaret of Jesus and her spiritual director, Father Adriano Miotto, told me that none of the revelations have been translated into English and they very enthusiastically welcomed my offer to begin translating some of these revelations and articles based on these revelations. Margaret of Jesus sent to me the three books which comprise the Work of the Triad of Love (over 1000 pages total).
At the website www.margheritadigesu.it, one finds in Italian: “WHO IS MARGARET OF JESUS?” She says of herself: “I am happily married, I am a mother and also a grandmother. I live serenely that which the Good God has given to me and gives me in every moment.”
“Margaret Prophet”: The Triad of Love says of her: (Nov. 24, 2002): “We want to make of you a Prophet that remains in time that does not die, because for Us time, time is not”.
The “Triad of Love” is simply the Blessed Trinity together with the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is very similar to the revelations at “The Three Fountains” (Tre Fontane, Rome; http://members.chello.nl/~l.de.bondt/TreFontaneEnglish.htm).
Father Adriano sent me the following information by email. On July 21, 2004 Jesus presented Margaret of Jesus and declared that the Work is His work, and says expressly WHAT IS THE TRIAD OF LOVE. Here is the translated text:
“I, speak from the Trinity to all my children by way of Margaret of Jesus, my Instrument of communication between Heaven and earth. I say that all the Messages contained in these Books of the Work of the Triad of Love, are desired by the Father, by the Mother, by the Son and by the Holy Spirit, and come to you with a precise aim: to make of you souls that might be consecrated to the Trinitarian Love, and that they might be intentionally resolved to not take other ways that are not those of the Sacred Scripture; and that they might be resolved to live the Holy Gospel every day of their life…”
Also the Blessed Mary says who is the Triad of Love (October 21, 2004): “We are in your books, in your work, in the work desired by the Triad of Love: Father, Mother, Son and Holy Spirit”.
Regarding THE LOCAL ORDINARY, Jesus sent Margaret of Jesus to bring to the local ordinary the books of the Work, accompanied by these words (March 15, 2005):
“Give ear to what I say by way of the writings that in these years I have promised that to her they might be dictated. Give ear to Our words and verify if there is something that might be outside of the teaching of the holy Gospel. Do this for Me and surround this my instrument with “Light”; she is docile to me and will be docile also to you because you represent Me … Do this service for the Church and examine her writings; this is what I ask that might be done: now has arrived the moment greatly awaited by this My daughter! I love you my dear children, be my attentive and vigilant Disciples; do your duty and she will submit to your guidance. Amen!”
This was done by Margaret in OBEDIENCE TO GOD AND TO THE CHURCH, in the person of the Bishop. It should be noted that from 2002 the books were already diffused, not only in the Diocese, but in all of Italy. The Bishop, even though he was aware of the Books already for three years, never made any pronouncement. The books of the Triad of Love were also submitted to the Holy See (June 2008) accompanied by a personal request of Jesus himself to his Vicar on earth, for their “approval”!
I personally believe that these private revelations to Margaret of Jesus are from God and are meant to help many people to prepare for the coming great tribulation in order to facilitate the conversion of souls. Thus, I believe that Margaret of Jesus is one of many divine instruments and prophets today in our times, as I wrote above, “to give us a good shake, to shock us out of our blind, prideful presumption, and spiritual slumber before our lives will be on the line” because many of us are not ready to die nor ready to face eternity, even though we may think we are due to our willfully embraced deceptions and illusion over the course of so many years of our life! These messages also strongly encourage the more generous souls to suffer and pray as much as possible for the conversion of sinners who without these prayers and sacrifices will end up in hell as also Our Lady of Fatima told the three shepherd children in 1917: “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy.”
I have spent many long hours translating a few of these works which I hope will help many in the English speaking world. I am always seeking and open to the truth, and so if anyone might have more information about Margaret of Jesus, negative or positive, please communicate to me your findings (firstname.lastname@example.org). I AM READY TO BACKTRACK AT ANYTIME if I discover reasonable indications that these revelations of Margaret of Jesus are not from God or have received any negative pronouncement from the proper Church authorities or any indications that Margaret of Jesus is not totally docile and humble before these legitimate Church authorities. Humility and obedience on the part of the seer or followers of the seer is the most important criteria of discernment (see chapter 9 at my website: http://priv-rev.blogspot.com). After two and a half years at Necedah, I backtracked and did all I could to help others to do the same (http://necedah-cult.blogspot.com). In the meantime I will continue to translate the more important articles, based on these private revelations.
THE ARTICLES WHICH HAVE ALREADY BEEN TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH which can be found on the web site of Margaret of Jesus are:
“Prophetic Warnings For The ‘World’“ (http://www.margheritadigesu.it/pagine/avvprofeticimondoeng.html).
“Prophetic Warnings For The ‘Church’“ (http://www.margheritadigesu.it/pagine/avvprofeticichiesaeng.html)
“The Microchip is the “Sign” of the Beast of the Book of Revelation” (http://www.margheritadigesu.it/pagine/microchipeng.html).
Let us pray much and offer as many sacrifices as we can for the conversion of sinners as Our Lady of Fatima, as well as the messages to Margaret of Jesus, encourage us to do. May God bless you!
Rev. Joseph Dwight
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Ecclesiastical permission not required:
Ecclesiastical permission is not required for publication of revelations, visions, miracles or for the frequenting of non-recognized places of apparitions.
A decree of the “Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine and the Faith” was published in the "Official Acts of the Holy See" (A.A.S.) 58/16, dated December 29, 1966.
Articles 1399 and 2318 of Canon Law are abrogated by this decree.
This decree of abrogation was approved October 14, 1966 by His Holiness the Sovereign Pontiff Paul Vl, who ordered at the same time its publication.
This approval by the Holy Father took place during an audience accorded to His Eminence Cardinal Ottaviani, Pro-Prefect for the “Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine and the Faith.”
The decree was made in Rome, November 15, 1966. It bears the signatures of: A. Cardinal Ottaviani, Pro-Prefect; P. Parente, Secretary.
The decree took effect three months after its publication, hence on March 29, 1967.
The Canon 1399 forbade by right the publication of certain books such as those that deal with revelations, visions, prophecies and miracles.
This Canon has been repealed. This means that as far as these publications are concerned, the prohibition is lifted as to their being bound by ecclesiastical law.
This means that henceforth: Catholics are permitted without need of Imprimatur, or of Nihil Obstat, or any other permission, to publish accounts of revelations, visions, prophecies and miracles. Of course these publications must not put in danger Faith or Morals: this is the general rule which every Catholic must follow in all his actions, even journalists, especially journalists.
No prohibition against seers:
There is hence no longer any prohibition concerning the narrative of seers, be they recognized or not by Ecclesiastical Authority. All the more reason is it permitted for Catholics to frequent places of Apparitions, even those not recognized by the Ordinaries of the diocese or by the Holy Father: Granted that the Catholic visitors who frequent these places must respect Faith and Morals. However, they are not subject to any ecclesiastical discipline, not even for their public prayers.
Canon 2318 carried penalties against those who violated the laws of censure and prohibition. It has been abrogated since 1966.
But canon 623 #1 of the current Code remains in force:
“The Pastors of the Church have the right to demand that writings to be published by the Christian faithful, which touch upon faith or morals, be submitted to their judgment”.
This has been done by Margaret of Jesus.