Our Lady and Sister Lucia Were Silenced. — Mary’s Secretary

I am rereading Sister Lucia, Apostle of Mary’s Immaculate Heart written by Mark Fellows (contributor to the Fatima Center) and it is without doubt one of the best written publications on Fatima and the life of Lucia: the soul chosen by Our Lady to share Her message to mankind. Just this past First Saturday, as if moved by […]

Our Lady and Sister Lucia Were Silenced. — Mary’s Secretary

READ APOSTOLE PAUL SITE 78 AGAINST AGRESSORS https://books.google.se/books?id=0wXrdFy2InIC&pg=PA78&lpg=PA78&dq=readings+from+paul+15+1.8&source=bl&ots=LU0UORZqD0&sig=ACfU3U3IAQxJe2LAyjeBQrIwcldi4JaxZg&hl=sv&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi6uLS-gfPpAhWrw8QBHZP8BScQ6AEwAHoECAgQAQ#v=onepage&q=readings%20from%20paul%2015%201.8&f=false

but in same klick with LUTHERAN BIBEL IVAN 15 1.8 diff readings see read : https://books.google.se/books?id=Mj-WDwAAQBAJ&pg=PT4093&lpg=PT4093&dq=english++bible+ivan+15+1-8&source=bl&ots=qshZxDsqCS&sig=ACfU3U3GuTEEEH6orU0zZX5q3eGvR7rhtg&hl=sv&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiXqPjgtfPpAhWltIsKHUJoCGMQ6AEwAHoECAUQAQ#v=onepage&q=english%20%20bible%20ivan%2015%201-8&f=false

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http://glasnik-sim.hr/prvi-dan-devetnice/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeKuqtTT1H PRESVETO TIJELO I KRV KRISTOVA. TIJELOVO Svetkovina (četvrtak nakon Presv. Trojstva) VEČERNJA MOLITVA Isuse, ostavio si nam Sebe u sakramentu svoga Tijela i Krvi. Dao si nam neizreciv dar. Dar bogat ljubavlju. Darovao si nam čitavog Sebe. Hvala Ti, Isuse. Hvala Ti, Isuse, što si oduvijek bio čovjek blizine. Uz Tebe se svatko osjećao prihvaćen i ljubljen. Nitko nije imao dojam da si ga olako shvatio ili površno slušao. I danas je tako, Isuse. Utaži, Gospodine, moju glad za osobom povjerenja, osobom koja ima vremena i ljubavi za drugoga. Osobom koja ne važe, koja ne mjeri, koja nije zaokupljena prvenstveno sobom. Koja zna čuti nečije teškoće i onda kada samo šutnja progovara. Osobom koja će bez uvrijeđenosti saslušati ono što možda i ne želi čuti. Pomozi mi da tu osobu tražim jedino u Tebi. Znaš i sam koliko sam puta ranjena zbog neprisutnosti osoba koje bi mi trebale biti blizu. Razočarana jer se netko od najbližih ne sjeti da mi je potreban ili se ne sjeti nečega što nije trebao previdjeti. Boli me kada primijetim da me netko uopće ne sluša ili me potpuno ignorira. Gospodine, pomozi mi ispuniti te praznine. Pomozi mi drugome biti poput Tebe. Biti netko tko zna drugome biti blizak, tko zna biti bližnji. Biti netko tko ima vremena i ljubavi za drugoga. Isuse, održao si svoje obećanje da ćeš biti s nama u sve dane do svršetka svijeta. Dao si nam sebe u Kruhu života. Na Tebe više nitko ne mora čekati, Isuse, u svakom času si sama prisutnost. Na svakoj Misi, u svakoj Pričesti. Hvala Ti, Isuse, na tom daru. Hvala ti što se i meni daruješ svojim Tijelom i svojom Krvlju. Više nisam sama, nisam prepuštena samoj sebi. Hvala Ti, Isuse …Suzana Monika Suzana Monika IL SORRISO DI MARIA 7 mtSptoniuhsaceormed · Santa Madre di Lourdes, madre degli infermi, poni sotto il tuo manto i malati terminali. Accoglili sotto il tuo Santo Manto e dona pace e Serenità alle loro famiglie. Heliga Lourdes moder, sjuka moder, sätt dödssjuk under din mantel. Välkomna dem under din Heliga Manto och ge fred och stillhet till deras familjer. Redigera eller ta bort detta Gilla · Svara · 1m Suzana Monika Suzana Monika Fani Kovač‎ till Jezus te ljubi ♥ Jesus loves you 5tS Stponcsoreigdocfmf · Tolaži Oče žalostne otroke! Tolaži Oče žalostne otroke, ki v stiskah in nemiru trepetamo, priznanja in ljubezni ne poznamo, slabotne nam in vklenjene so roke. Trplenje reže rane nam globoke in križ težak nam upogiba ramo. Srce je v najbritkejših urah samo: suh list na sredi reke je široke. Tolaži Oče žalostne otroke: poslal je Sina ,da za nas trpi. Poslal Edinca,da za nas umre! Objele so nas prebodene roke in dvigajo nas tja,kjer angeli nas venčajo,se z nami vesele. Kristus je Bog z nami. in sicer je navzoč in deluje v Cerkvi in po Cerkvi. Cerkev je po Kristusovi in po Božji volji orodje odrešenjskega Božjega delovanja. *Pod tvoje varstvo pribežimo,o sveta Božja Porodnica*. * O Marija,Ti vedno siješ na naši poti kot znamenje odrešenja in upanja.* AMEN! Bekväm far till ledsna barn! Bekväm far ledsna barn, som vi darrar av problem och ångest, Vi vet inte igenkänning och kärlek, Våra händer är svaga och handbojor. Att lida skär ner våra sår djupt och ett tungt kors böjer vår axel. Hjärtat är bara i snabbaste timmarna: Torrlövet mitt i älven är brett. Bekväm far till ledsna barn: han skickade sin son för att lida för oss. Skickat en Edinburgh för att dö för oss! Vi blev kramade av de piercade händerna och de lyfter upp oss där änglar är de gifter sig med oss, de är nöjda med oss. Kristus är Gud med oss. och det är närvarande och fungerar i kyrkan och efter kyrkan. Kyrkan är ute efter Kristus och enligt Guds vilja, verktyg frälsningen av Guds agerande. * Vi springer under din vård, åh Guds fosterland *. * O Mary, du skiner alltid på vår väg som ett tecken på frälsning och hopp.* ÄNDRA! · Betygsätt den här översättningen La Luce Di Maria È Nei Nostri Cuori. har lagt till ett 3D-foto Isgånarutc mkolgaScf.fgpo 0in7Ss:4oitredd8 · ‼️⚜️✨‼️⚜️✨‼️⚜️✨‼️⚜️✨ ‼️⚜️‼️Gesù all'anima:‼️⚜️‼️ Abbracciati alla mia Croce e cerca conforto e la forza nelle tue pene da me, crocifisso per te. Abbi fede nel mio amore che non ti abbandona e nella protezione di Maria, che ti è Mamma amorosissima. Tu soffri nel tuo interno e non sai manifestare le tue pene, ma io le vedo e ti consolo con grazie speciali di amore. Ti benedico con la tua famiglia. ‼️⚜️✨‼️⚜️✨‼️⚜️✨‼️⚜️✨ ‼️⚜️!! ️ Jesus till själen :‼ ️!! ️ Omfamna dig till mitt kors och sök tröst och styrka i dina sorger från mig, korsfäst för dig. Tro på min kärlek som inte överger dig och på skyddet av Mary, som är underbar mamma. Du lider inuti och du vet inte hur du ska visa dina sorger, men jag ser dem och trösta dig med ett speciellt tack av kärlek. Jag välsignar dig med din familj. Redigera eller ta bort detta Gilla · Svara · 1 min. Suzana Monika Suzana Monika amen https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=407414197090353&set=gm.3643338919056069&type=1&theater

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  1. Open Letter of Archbishop Vigano to President Donald Trump
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    June 7, 2020
    Holy Trinity Sunday

    Mr. President,

    In recent months we have been witnessing the formation of two
    opposing sides that I would call Biblical: the children of light and the children
    of darkness. The children of light constitute the most conspicuous part of
    humanity, while the children of darkness represent an absolute minority. And
    yet the former are the object of a sort of discrimination which places them in a
    situation of moral inferiority with respect to their adversaries, who often hold
    strategic positions in government, in politics, in the economy and in the media.
    In an apparently inexplicable way, the good are held hostage by the wicked and
    by those who help them either out of self-interest or fearfulness.

    These two sides, which have a Biblical nature, follow the clear
    separation between the offspring of the Woman and the offspring of the Serpent.
    On the one hand there are those who, although they have a thousand defects and
    weaknesses, are motivated by the desire to do good, to be honest, to raise a
    family, to engage in work, to give prosperity to their homeland, to help the
    needy, and, in obedience to the Law of God, to merit the Kingdom of Heaven.
    On the other hand, there are those who serve themselves, who do not hold any
    moral principles, who want to demolish the family and the nation, exploit
    workers to make themselves unduly wealthy, foment internal divisions and
    wars, and accumulate power and money: for them the fallacious illusion of
    temporal well-being will one day – if they do not repent – yield to the terrible
    fate that awaits them, far from God, in eternal damnation.

    In society, Mr. President, these two opposing realities co-exist as eternal
    enemies, just as God and Satan are eternal enemies. And it appears that the
    children of darkness – whom we may easily identify with the deep state which
    you wisely oppose and which is fiercely waging war against you in these days
    – have decided to show their cards, so to speak, by now revealing their plans.
    They seem to be so certain of already having everything under control that they
    have laid aside that circumspection that until now had at least partially
    concealed their true intentions. The investigations already under way will reveal
    the true responsibility of those who managed the Covid emergency not only in
    the area of health care but also in politics, the economy, and the media. We will
    probably find that in this colossal operation of social engineering there are
    people who have decided the fate of humanity, arrogating to themselves the
    right to act against the will of citizens and their representatives in the
    governments of nations.

    We will also discover that the riots in these days were provoked by those
    who, seeing that the virus is inevitably fading and that the social alarm of the
    pandemic is waning, necessarily have had to provoke civil disturbances,
    because they would be followed by repression which, although legitimate, could
    be condemned as an unjustified aggression against the population. The same
    thing is also happening in Europe, in perfect synchrony. It is quite clear that the
    use of street protests is instrumental to the purposes of those who would like to
    see someone elected in the upcoming presidential elections who embodies the
    goals of the deep state and who expresses those goals faithfully and with
    conviction. It will not be surprising if, in a few months, we learn once again that
    hidden behind these acts of vandalism and violence there are those who hope to
    profit from the dissolution of the social order so as to build a world without
    freedom: Solve et Coagula, as the Masonic adage teaches.

    Although it may seem disconcerting, the opposing alignments I have
    described are also found in religious circles. There are faithful Shepherds who
    care for the flock of Christ, but there are also mercenary infidels who seek to
    scatter the flock and hand the sheep over to be devoured by ravenous wolves. It
    is not surprising that these mercenaries are allies of the children of darkness and
    hate the children of light: just as there is a deep state, there is also a deep church
    that betrays its duties and forswears its proper commitments before God. Thus
    the Invisible Enemy, whom good rulers fight against in public affairs, is also
    fought against by good shepherds in the ecclesiastical sphere. It is a spiritual
    battle, which I spoke about in my recent Appeal which was published on May
    8.

    For the first time, the United States has in you a President who
    courageously defends the right to life, who is not ashamed to denounce the
    persecution of Christians throughout the world, who speaks of Jesus Christ and
    the right of citizens to freedom of worship. Your participation in the March for
    Life, and more recently your proclamation of the month of April as National
    Child Abuse Prevention Month, are actions that confirm which side you wish to
    fight on. And I dare to believe that both of us are on the same side in this battle,
    albeit with different weapons.

    For this reason, I believe that the attack to which you were subjected
    after your visit to the National Shrine of Saint John Paul II is part of the
    orchestrated media narrative which seeks not to fight racism and bring social
    order, but to aggravate dispositions; not to bring justice, but to legitimize
    violence and crime; not to serve the truth, but to favor one political faction. And
    it is disconcerting that there are Bishops – such as those whom I recently
    denounced – who, by their words, prove that they are aligned on the opposing
    side. They are subservient to the deep state, to globalism, to aligned thought, to
    the New World Order which they invoke ever more frequently in the name of a
    universal brotherhood which has nothing Christian about it, but which evokes
    the Masonic ideals of those want to dominate the world by driving God out of
    the courts, out of schools, out of families, and perhaps even out of churches.

    The American people are mature and have now understood how much
    the mainstream media does not want to spread the truth but seeks to silence and
    distort it, spreading the lie that is useful for the purposes of their masters.
    However, it is important that the good – who are the majority – wake up from
    their sluggishness and do not accept being deceived by a minority of dishonest
    people with unavowable purposes. It is necessary that the good, the children of
    light, come together and make their voices heard. What more effective way is
    there to do this, Mr. President, than by prayer, asking the Lord to protect you,
    the United States, and all of humanity from this enormous attack of the Enemy?
    Before the power of prayer, the deceptions of the children of darkness will
    collapse, their plots will be revealed, their betrayal will be shown, their
    frightening power will end in nothing, brought to light and exposed for what it
    is: an infernal deception.

    Mr. President, my prayer is constantly turned to the beloved American
    nation, where I had the privilege and honor of being sent by Pope Benedict XVI
    as Apostolic Nuncio. In this dramatic and decisive hour for all of humanity, I
    am praying for you and also for all those who are at your side in the government
    of the United States. I trust that the American people are united with me and
    you in prayer to Almighty God.

    United against the Invisible Enemy of all humanity, I bless you and the
    First Lady, the beloved American nation, and all men and women of good will.

    + Carlo Maria Viganò
    Titular Archbishop of Ulpiana
    Former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America

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    samo lucija
    samo lucija
    3m ago
    Martin Luther in Hell
    Jan 27, 2020
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    Martin Luther in Hell

    In 1883, Sister Maria Serafina Micheli (1849-1911) was beatified in Faicchio in the province of Benevento in the diocese of Cerreto Sannita 28 May 2011, the foundress of the Sisters of the Angels, was going to Eisleben, Saxony, the birthplace of Luther. The fourth centenary of the birth of the great heretic (10 November 1483) was celebrated on that day.

    The streets were crowded, balconies included. Among the many personalities were expected at any time, with the arrival of Emperor Wilhelm I, who presided over the solemn celebrations.

    The future Blessed, noting the great hoopla was not interested in knowing the reason for this unusual animation, wanted to find a church and pray to be able to make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament. After walking for a while, she finally found one, but the doors were closed. She knelt on the steps for serenity prayer. As it was in the evening, she had not noticed that it was not a Catholic church, but Protestant. While praying, the angel appeared, who said to her. “Arise, because it is a Protestant church” Then he added: “But I want you to see where Martin Luther was condemned and the pain he suffered as a punishment for his pride.”

    After these words, she saw a terrible abyss of fire, where they were cruelly tortured countless souls. In the bottom of this hole there was a man, Martin Luther, which differed from the other: it was surrounded by demons that forced him to kneel, and all armed with hammers, they tried in vain , to shove a big nail in the head. Religious thought, if some of the people had seen this dramatic scene, they would not have made honors and other commemorations and celebrations for such a character.

    Later, when the opportunity arose to remind his sisters live in humility and in secret. She was convinced that Martin Luther was punished in hell especially for the first deadly sin of pride. Pride is a deadly sin, brought him open rebellion against the Roman Catholic Church. His behavior, his attitude towards the Church, and his preaching were crucial to encourage and bring many souls to eternal ruin.

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    Blake M
    Blake M
    1d ago
    I used to believe Luther was a hero; now I realize he was a heretic. Salvation by faith alone is NOT Biblical; salvation by faith working through love IS Biblical. Thousands – no millions – of people believe their works don’t matter. This is a travesty. Believing in Luther led me down a destructive path of sin, which would have led me to hell. I’m leaving Luther. I’m returning to the Truth, which is with the Catholic Church. I will trust in the Church’s interpretation of Scripture – and not Luther’s.

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    Joseph Pio
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    Blake M
    28m ago
    God bless you brother

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    samo lucija
    samo lucija
    5m ago
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    READ APOSTOLE PAUL SITE 78 AGAINST AGRESSORS https://books.google.se/books?id=0wXrdFy2InIC&pg=PA78&lpg=PA78&dq=readings+from+paul+15+1.8&source=bl&ots=LU0UORZqD0&sig=ACfU3U3IAQxJe2LAyjeBQrIwcldi4JaxZg&hl=sv&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi6uLS-gfPpAhWrw8QBHZP8BScQ6AEwAHoECAgQAQ#v=onepage&q=readings%20from%20paul%2015%201.8&f=false

    but in same klick with LUTHERAN BIBEL IVAN 15 1.8 diff readings see read : https://books.google.se/books?id=Mj-WDwAAQBAJ&pg=PT4093&lpg=PT4093&dq=english++bible+ivan+15+1-8&source=bl&ots=qshZxDsqCS&sig=ACfU3U3GuTEEEH6orU0zZX5q3eGvR7rhtg&hl=sv&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiXqPjgtfPpAhWltIsKHUJoCGMQ6AEwAHoECAUQAQ#v=onepage&q=english%20%20bible%20ivan%2015%201-8&f=false

    Ime Isusovo zaštiti naše brakove i obitelji od zloga

    O dobri Isuse, o slatki Isuse, o Isuse Sine Djevice Marije, pun milosrđa i milosti. O slatki Isuse, smiluj mi se po velikom milosrđu svome.
    3. siječnja Presveto Ime Isusovo – Ime koje ima snagu i moć da …

    O predobri Isuse, molim Te zbog predragocjene Krvi tvoje, koju si se udostojao na oltaru križa proliti za nas nevoljne grešnike, da opereš sva bezakonja naša, udostoj se pogledati na mene bijednog grešnika koji ponizno molim za oproštenje i tvoje presveto ime zazivam. O ime Isus, slatko ime! Ime Isus, ljubljeno ime!
    Ime Isus, spasonosno ime! Nego što je Isus nego Spasitelj? Isuse, dakle, radi presvetog imena svoga budi za mene Spasitelj, spasi me! O predobrostivi Isuse, ne dopusti da se izgubim, ni iz čega si me stvorio i neprocjenjivom svojom krvlju otkupio. O dobri Isuse, neka ne propadam zbog svoga bezakonja kad me je već tvoja svemoguća dobrota stvorila.
    Bez intimne blizine Boga u srcu čovjek se raspada! | Duhovnost

    O premilostivi Isuse, smiluj mi se dok je još vrijeme smilovanja da ne propadnem u vrijeme suda. O predragi Isuse, ako sam ja nevoljni grešnik po tvojoj strašnoj pravdi zaslužio vječne muke zbog svojih grijeha, ufajući se u tvoje neizmjerno milosrđe utječem se Tebi i nadam se da ćeš mi se smilovati, Ti koji si premilosrdni Otac, milostivi Gospodar. O predragi Isuse, koja korist od Krvi tvoje ako padnem u vječno prokletstvo jer Te neće slaviti mrtvi koji padaju u Pakao.
    O premilosrdni Isuse, smiluj mi se, o preslatki Isuse, oslobodi me, o milosrdni Isuse smiluj se meni grešniku. O Isuse, Isuse, Isuse predobri, primi me u broj svojih odabranika, o Isuse spasenje onih koji Te zazivaju. O Isuse, slatko oproštenje svih grijeha, udjeli mi milost, ljubav, mudrost, čistoću, poniznost, svetu strpljivost u svim mukama, dopusti mi da Te savršeno ljubim, hvalim, da u Tebi uživam, tebi služim, u Tebi se naslađujem ja i svi oni koji zazivaju tvoje presveto ime. Amen.
    Is the COVID-19 Plague Just the Beginning?
    Like ancient Egypt, will modern man require more than just one plague to get the message God is sending?

    By The Catholic Adventurer in Coronavirus, Culture, Featured, Theology on April 9, 2020One comment
    Like everybody else, I am waiting and watching for the end of the “Coronapocolypse”. I’m waiting for the end of social distancing, waiting for a time when we can go to mass, go out to eat, go to the gym, go to a movie. We are all waiting for this to be over. But it may be a mistake to presume that the end of the coronavirus pandemic/plague will restore our lives to normalcy. The pandemic itself may not be an end in itself, but rather the start of a series of events that compose one great chastisement of man; not one plague, but the first of a series of plagues, of one sort or another.

    I believe this to be true, because I see this pandemic through the eyes of faith, not from a secular point of view, and realistically speaking I don’t see the world getting the message that God is sending; not with just one plague. I believe the world is so far off the rails that it will take multiple plagues to adequately chastise man enough for humanity to get the message. It has really come to that.

    This pandemic isn’t some mere mishap, as many in the world, in and out of the Church, are seeing it. It is an “act” of God. I use “act” loosely because it is not something that God has done, but something that God has allowed to happen, for His higher purposes. As an act of God, it has a point and purpose. It will not fail to bear fruit. It will not ultimately go unheeded. God does nothing pointlessly. But if we’re incapable of getting the message during the COVID-19 pandemic (as I observe we are), and God does nothing pointlessly, then the COVID-19 pandemic (plague) is not the end of God’s action, but a beginning. As shocking as that may be, the truth is it isn’t unheard of; we have seen it in history already, as I’ll demonstrate in a moment. First, a foundation.

    History and Purpose of Chastisement
    A priest friend of mine once told me God historically acts through chastisements in order to correct and/or purify us: “…You have chastised me, and I was chastised, like an untrained calf; bring me back that I may be restored, for you are the Lord my God” Jeremiah 31:18. God chastises in order to bring us back when we’re lost, to punish/correct us for sin that has gotten out of control. Other examples can be seen throughout scripture, in both the Old and New Testaments; Leviticus 26:38, 2 Samuel 7:14 Revelation 3:19, John 15:2, 1 Corinthians 11:32.

    Mostly the scripture talks about chastisements of individual persons. Less frequently it mention widespread or global chastisements (such as what we’re seeing now), which are exceptional and more serious than individual ones. Some examples of widespread chastisements are the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the Deluge (the flood of Noah), and probably the destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD. Outside of scripture, World War I and II and the Black Plague are seen as widespread chastisements of man. But perhaps the most well known widespread chastisement was the ten plagues of Egypt in the book of Exodus. And that is what brings me to my conclusion that the “plague” of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 is not an end, but a beginning of a series of events.

    An Action has an Actor (and actors have purposes)
    It’s rational as believers to see this pandemic as a chastisement of some kind. So it follows that we have to believe that God is trying to correct us and/or to purify us by chastising us. But in order to be corrected or purified man must first acknowledge that this pandemic comes from God and not from natural coincidence. Coincidences don’t have purposes. Actors do. Remove the actor, and you remove the purpose. So if people don’t see God in this in the first place, they will not discern a purpose to it (chastisement) and will not act in response to it (conversion, faithfulness). Instead they’ll simply see this pandemic as “some cosmic hell-of-a-thing”, and we’ll hide in our homes until it passes, at which point we’ll go on living our lives mostly the way we lived them before the pandemic. We’ll have learned little or nothing, and changed little or nothing, rendering this single chastisement almost pointless. But God doesn’t do anything pointlessly. So perhaps this pandemic isn’t the chastisement at all, and is only the beginning of events that, as a whole, and combined, compose a larger chastisement that will not be ignored; one in which God and his will are no longer deniable.

    Deaf Ears, Blind Eyes, Hardened Hearts
    The trouble is, in my opinion modern humanity is blind and deaf and foolish. Most of us, even many of us who are practicing Catholics, are missing the message because we have overlooked the presence of a messenger. In the Church many of us don’t acknowledge that this is a chastisement because we do not acknowledge that God chastises at all, let alone that he chastises because of sin. We don’t see God behind the pandemic, and therefor we can’t see chastisement behind its effects, or sin behind its cause. If Catholics are this ignorant, how much more blind and foolish are those in the secular world—those who habitually never see anything through the eyes of faith? And if the world—believer and unbeliever alike—will largely miss the whole message, then this chastisement was pointless, perhaps even mean-spirited, unless it is actually a part of a whole rather than an end in and of itself. And, as I said earlier, we have seen this before! We saw it in Egypt during the Exodus of the Jews.

    Egypt and the Ten Plagues
    Because Pharaoh refused to set the Israelites free, and in order to demonstrate his power and majesty to the non-believing pagans, God sent ten plagues to punish Egypt, each one more serious than the one preceding it. Pharaoh and his officers and magicians dismissed the plagues at first. They did not recognize that the hand of God was against Egypt. As they dismissed one plague, another more serious plague struck. Gradually, but slowly, they moved from disbelief, to doubt, to resistance, to resignation with each successive plague. At the start of the plagues, the Egyptians didn’t believe. By the middle, they believed but doubted. Toward the end, they acknowledged but resisted. Resignation didn’t happen until the final, most devastating plague—the death of the firstborn of Egypt. It took ten plagues, not just one, to get the Egyptians where God wanted them. Can we honestly believe that modern man, just as proud, hardened and disbelieving as those ancient pagans, will require anything less before we are resigned to His will?

    A critic may say “The only reason it took ten plagues instead of one was because God hardened Pharaoh’s heart.” but while the literature of scripture does say that, I think it’s theologically more accurate to understand that God permitted the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart. God illuminates the reason, he doesn’t darken it. We darken it by sinning. In this case Pharaoh’s heart was hardened by pride, and pride comes from the devil. God allowed this, again, for his greater purpose, which is why it can fairly be said that God “hardened Pharaoh’s heart”. Egypt, therefor, is not off the hook. They were chastised by ten plagues not because of God, but because of the Egyptians.

    God was sending a message to Egypt. He was making a distinction between His people and Pharaoh’s people. He was chastising Egypt. It took ten plagues for Egypt to get the message, because they did not believe, their hearts were hardened, they were proud and stubborn. They loved the comfort and [unjust] prosperity that slave labor provides. How are we any different? We do not believe, or we believe wrongly. Our hearts are hardened by pride, and by love of pleasures. As the Egyptians worshiped gods that did not exist, we today worship false gods—the gods of pleasure, sex, money, material goods, worldiness. Just as Egypt turned to their false gods for deliverance from the plagues, so do we turn to our false gods to deliver us from this pandemic by distracting our minds and hearts away from it, and away from God. Just as the Egyptians were too blind, deaf, foolish, and ignorant to “get the message” of the first plague, I feel we are, also. One plague wasn’t enough for them. I fear one will not be enough for us. Even the Holy Father is attributing this plague to nature’s response to our ambivalence to climate change…yes, “Pharoah’s” heart is hardened. When even the Supreme Pontiff of the Holy Church seems to be missing the message, surely one plague will not be enough for mankind to get the message God is sending.

    What Is the Message?
    I believe the messages we are supposed to get are both universal, and personal. I think the universal message that the whole world is supposed to get is that all mankind needs to remember God, abandon our sinful lifestyles, repent of our sins, commit ourselves to God’s will (the commandments, and the Gospel). I know that man has never been perfect, but the sins of man today are unlike any other period in human history. Yet as wicked as we are, it has all become “normal”. Abortion, the distortion of marriage and of the family, pornography, blasphemy—these types of sins have always infected human beings in some way or other, but they have never been global, and they were never seen as acceptable, normal, even virtuous.

    I believe the personal message each of us is supposed to get uniquely is…well I don’t know. It’s a personal message. Only you know what that message is for you. But I do firmly believe each of us is called to hear God’s voice and to receive a message/lesson he has for each of us uniquely and individually in this pandemic. Maybe it’s to be more caring of your family, to be more patient with them and with others, to busy yourself less with frivolity and more with substance and goodness, to spend less attention on the world, and more attention on Him (God), to value the good things he has given you and thereby recognize his love and care for you. To respond to His love by loving him back, not just with your emotions but with the way you live the life he has given you. Maybe it’s to value our very existence and the lives of others. Maybe his message to you personally is that you’re not working hard enough to change your life, or that you’ve gotten lazy in the spiritual journey toward holiness. Whatever it is, he has something to say to each of us, personally. So listen for it. Pray and keep watch. Pray for his mercy, pray for deliverance, pray for protection, and pray that the world, and you get the message he’s sending, sooner than later.

    Ave Maria, Virgo Fidelis!

    1 comments on “Is the COVID-19 Plague Just the Beginning?”
    SR SAYS:April 10, 2020 at 1:16 am
    Excellent post! I could not agree more. St. Bridget of Sweden said, “We need to fear his judgment and desire His mercy.” I have thought about that statement more in the past month, then I think I ever have.

    God is sending a warning to us all. We have killed His babies, taken Him out of schools, taken Him out of everything actually. Been told over and over we must accept things that are just plain sin, and if we do not we are evil within ourselves. The list goes on and on.

    I pray daily for us all. Enjoyed this post immensely. God bless, SR

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