One of the topics that has set people talking about Garabandal is the so-called prophecy of the three popes, linked to the proclamation of an imminent end of time. It is such a delicate topic that it can be misunderstood and misinterpreted. Therefore, we are going to reflect using the information we have, taking care not to interpret what is not up to us to decide but rather up to the Church.
It was June 3, 1963. The news of Pope John XXIII’s death had just reached Garabandal and Conchita made her way to the church with her mother to pray for the Pontiff’s eternal repose. On their way, Conchita hears the unmistakable voice of Our Blessed Mother in her saying, “After this pope, there are only three left. Then [it will be] the end of times.” Soon after, the Virgin Mary specifies that even though she says that only three are left, there will be another that will “govern the Church for a very short time,” which is why She does not include him on the list. There are witnesses that affirm hearing Conchita make this clarification during that very month: June 1963. This means that, in one sentence Our Blessed Mother prophesied two things:
1. There are only three popes left. Then it will be the end of times.
2. To assure us that her first affirmation is true, Our Blessed Mother provides a sign: there will actually be one more pope, but his pontificate will be so brief that I do not count him.
We all know who that pope is whose pontificate was so ephemeral that it did not come to be a great influence on the Church’s destiny: John Paul I, pope from August 26, 1978 until his death on September 28, 1978. Pope Luciani’s 33 day-long pontificate corresponded perfectly to this exceptional prediction, impossible to predict in 1963. The three popes from Our Lady’s prophecy are therefore Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI. After Pope Francis’ arrival, the start of the “end of times” will have begun.
But what does this really mean? I insist on the fact that we must be very prudent and humble when we try to explain it, like Sister Lucia at Fatima when the Third Secret of Fatima was published in 2000. Fr. José Luis Saavedra explains that, before the Holy See published an interpretation carried out by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, “he [Sodano] showed it to Sister Lucia in order to know her opinion and find out if she shared the same interpretation. Sister Lucia,” explains Cardinal Ratzinger, “responded that ‘the vision was given to her, not its interpretation. The interpretation is not determined by the visionary but by the Church.’”
A visionary cannot risk interpreting the message received. His or her duty is to pass them to the Church to be studied and interpreted legitimately. In Garabandal, this is also why Conchita left the judgment of the matter completely in the Church’s hands. We ought to do the same thing and not risk thinking up our own interpretation that might harm our faith or that of others. The comprehension of a message coming from a private revelation normally needs several years to develop. Sometimes it even needs time to see the foretold events fulfilled. But prophecy in the history of salvation cannot be confused with divination, because it is not a mere foretelling future events but a call to conversion. Prophecy reveals God’s will for the present rather than for the future. It is a call to convert today, without waiting for the prophesied events, whose mission is solely a sign and confirmation of God’s intervention in history.
Our Blessed Mother’s words are, “After this pope, there are only three left. Then [it will be] the end of times.” The adverb “then,” as Fr. José Luis Saavedra rightly points out in his book Garabandal: Message of Hope, does not mean “immediately.” Nor does “the end of times” mean “the end of the world,” as Conchita has repeated on several occasions. “There are only three left” does not mean that there will be no more popes, or that the Church or human race will disappear. We have to get all those heavy black clouds out of our head and imagination. “There are only three left. Then [it will be] the end of time” simply means that there will only be three popes before this mysterious “end of times” begins. Then there will continue to be popes and the Church and the world will continue to exist. We will have, however, entered into a new period in the Church’s history.
Our Blessed Mother did not say more than what She said in Garabandal and we cannot venture to add another word. Nevertheless, we cannot deny that we are living a very transcendent moment in the history of the Church. As I write these lines—July 2019—I am reading a commentary by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, President of German Bishops' Conference, in which he declares that we are not in an epoch of change but “in a change of epoch.” He comes to affirm: “Whoever does not see it must adapt his or her intellect.” Surely, Cardinal Marx did not intend it, but his observation is very similar to that proclamation of the “end of times.” This end times of goes hand in hand with a great test for and purification in the Church. This is not interpreting; it is evidence that we confirm daily. The Church is currently being greatly tested, persecuted and purified. But this does not mean that the Church is coming to an end, quite the opposite, if we are faithful and respond to Our Blessed Mother’s calls this entire situation will end in a providential moment of grace.
In fact, Fr. José Luis Saavedra puts the announcement of the “end of times” with Fatima’s luminous prophecy: “Finally, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” “Finally” is an adverb used to express emphatically the end of a pending situation. In the present case, it seems to indicate the conclusion of a period of difficulty preceding the Immaculate Heart of Mary’s triumph. For Santiago Lanús—expert in modern Marian apparitions—“the end of times,” which would begin with Garabandal’s Warning, “will last until the triumph of the Immaculate Heart announced in Fatima.” That “end of times” will be marked by a sorrowful period of interior trials and exterior persecution, in which the Church, like the girls announced in Garabandal, will look as if it is at the point of disappearing. We are already suffering some of this time of trial, but we do not give in to the evil temptation to despair or go down the path of morbidity because all the events we speak of come from the depths of the Lord’s merciful Heart. We should not fear future events but place ourselves trustfully in Our Heavenly Mother’s hands. Everything is thought out carefully for our own good and to lead us to a deep conversion.
Still, I insist that Church authority must interpret announcements like the ones in Garabandal. These demand, for their part, a particular prudence and study. Until the Church makes a public and definitive declaration on Garabandal, let us work on our conversion peacefully and with a heart full of gratitude toward Our Blessed Mother who loves us and so eagerly seeks our salvation.
Our King didn’t come to lord over us. He came as the suffering servant to set us free, offering salvation and happiness. Why do we so often refuse Him?
Pope Pius XI instituted the Solemn Feast of Christ the King in 1925. It addressed “the chief causes of the difficulties under which mankind was labouring.” These were “the fact that the majority of people had thrust Jesus Christ and His holy law out of their lives,” and “as long as individuals and states refused to submit to the rule of our Saviour, there would be no ...prospect of a lasting peace among nations” (Quas Primas).
As the fact that “the majority of people had thrust Jesus Christ and His holy law out of their lives” is even truer today I want to tell you a story. It’s a true story of how an 8-year-old boy prays to the Blessed Sacrament and obtains healing for his family.
The story happened in Mérida in Mexico, in the first chapel of Perpetual Adoration that the Missionaries of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament established in the city.
Father Hileman said a little boy called Diego heard him preaching that “those who are willing to be at vigil at dawn, Jesus will bless a hundred times more.”
His words made the child decide to start his vigil at 3:00 in the morning, something that naturally caught the attention of his mother, to whom the boy explained that he would do it because “I want my dad to stop drinking, and that we can no longer be poor.”
During the first week, the mother accompanied him. The second week, Diego invited his father.
“A month later, they began to participate in perpetual adoration, and the father testified that he had experienced the love of Jesus and was healed.” Right after that, “he fell in love with his wife, during those holy hours,” Fr Hileman said. “The father stopped drinking, and fighting with his wife, and they were able to leave poverty behind. Because of the faith of an 8-year-old child, a whole family was healed.”
This is one of several conversion testimonies that, according to Fr Hileman, often happen in Perpetual Adoration chapels, an initiative of the Missionaries of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, a community he founded. “The first commandment of perpetual adoration is to allow oneself to be ‘embraced’ by Jesus,” said father Hileman on his visit to Chile. “It is the place where we learn to rest in the heart of Jesus.”
The priest explained this initiative began in 1993 in Seville, Spain, when St. John Paul II expressed his desire that “every parish in the world could have a chapel of Perpetual Adoration, where Jesus could be exposed in the Blessed Sacrament, solemnly worshiped day and night, without interruption.” Fr Hileman also recalled that “St. John Paul II spent 6 hours of adoration a day, wrote documents while in front of the exposed Blessed Sacrament, and would spend all night in adoration once a week. That is the secret of the saints, that is the secret of the Church” https://aleteia.org/2017/01/31/8-year-old-boy-prays-to-the-blessed-sacrament-and-obtains-grace-for-his-family/
Truly, in this story Christ becomes King and the difficulties under which this family were labouring disappear. This is what happens if you allow the Lord to rule your life.
“Put on ashes and pray the Penitential Rosary every day. You (Sr. Agnes) must become like a child and make sacrifices every day.”
An update from Sr. Agnes: “I felt the time is near.”
The other day, I just sent you a correction email regarding Sister Agnes Sasagawa. Let me write something important else.
On October 6th, after an angel appeared to Sister Agnes, Sr. Agnes said to Sister M.”I felt the time is near.”
I got a new permission of Sr. M via Mrs. S to write it.
This “I feel the time is near.” means the time of the message of Our Lady of Akita which was given to Sr. Agnes. I think it will be easy to understand to write the message.
《Third message of our Lady of Akita》
My dear daughter, listen well to what I have to say to you. You will inform your superior.
As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity.
It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before.
Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity
…the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful.
The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead.
The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son.
Each day recite the prayer of the Rosary.
With the Rosary pray for the Pope, bishops and the priests.
The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that
one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, and bishops against other bishops.
The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres…churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.
The demon will be especially implacable against souls consecrated to God.
The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of my sadness.
If sins increase in number and gravity, there will be no longer pardon for them.
With courage, speak to your superior.
He will know how to encourage each one of you to pray and to accomplish works of reparation.
It is Bishop Ito, who directs your community.
You have still something to ask? Today is the last time that I will speak to you in living voice.
From now on you will obey the one sent to you and your superior…
I alone am able still to save you from the calamities which approach.
I would like to do the message that Sister Agnes received from the angel, “Pray the rosary of repentance every day with ashes.”
Would you like to pray together everyday for the prayer of the Rosary of repentance?
Thank you for praying together.
ABOUT THE OCTOBER 6 MESSAGE TO SR. AGNES SASAGAWA OF AKITA
Reports have come in, especially today, that Sr. Agnes Sasagawa of Akita received the following message on October 6. This was on the opening day of the Amazon Synod (I believe this is not accidental), and the first message since the 1970s …
“Put on ashes and pray for a repentant rosary every day.”
I believe the first part, “Put on ashes,” is not meant that we are, literally, to walk around with ashes on. But, is meant to place ourselves in the same penitential mode we do as we begin Lent every year. In other words, a state of mortification and humility.
The second part, “pray for a repentant rosary every day,” is best translated as pray a rosary for repentance and reparation every day. Many of us prayed in this way shortly after the sex abuse crisis broke in the Church, in August of 2018.
While we still lack a solid verification of this message to Sr. Agnes, I believe it. Or, at least, I believe the need for a call for all of us to do the “Nineveh Thing.” Personally, I don’t think the world and the Church have ever been so disengaged from the will of God as we are today, especially when one considers the acceleration of sin by way of modern mass communication, especially the internet. People are being indoctrinated into abandoning God and His will at an alarming rate.
One could say that the “ultimate outrage” for God was blithely celebrating pagan idols in paraliturgies, right in the heart of the Church (Vatican) He founded. This was the “Golden Calf Moment” for our times.
I am planning to add very strict fasting to my daily rosary that will be prayed in reparation for all of the sins against the will of God in our times. Like Nineveh, I will do this for 40 days. I believe November 3rd, the day this message from Sr. Agnes of Akita went viral, is meant to be day 1 of 40 days … like Nineveh. Day 40, providentially, lands on The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec. 12).
Will you join me?
Note: 40 days from October 6, 2019, when this new message was received by Sr. Sasawaga, is November 15. 40 days is the amount of time the Kingdom of Nineveh was given to repent. Here is the Gospel reading in the Ordinary Form on November 15 (click the link to keep reading) https://www.thecampofsaints.com/2019/11/the-new-akita-message-is-absolutely.html
In his new book and in the periodical he founded, La Repubblica, Eugenio Scalfari, a long-time friend of Pope Francis and frequent papal interviewer, claims that the Pope told him that Jesus Christ did not rise bodily from the dead but "in the semblance of a spirit."
This notion is a contradiction of Church teaching and the Gospels.
In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, section 645, it states, " By means of touch and the sharing of a meal, the risen Jesus establishes direct contact with his disciples. He invites them in this way to recognize that he is not a ghost and above all to verify that the risen body in which he appears to them is the same body that had been tortured and crucified, for it still bears the traces of his Passion." (Emphasis added.)
"Yet at the same time this authentic, real body possesses the new properties of a glorious body: not limited by space and time but able to be present how and when he wills; for Christ's humanity can no longer be confined to earth, and belongs henceforth only to the Father's divine realm," states the Catechism. "For this reason too the risen Jesus enjoys the sovereign freedom of appearing as he wishes: in the guise of a gardener or in other forms familiar to his disciples, precisely to awaken their faith."
In the Gospel of John (20:24-29) it says that after the resurrection, "Jesus came and stood among them and said, 'Peace be with you!' Then he said to Thomas, 'Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.'
"Thomas said to him, 'My Lord and my God!' Then Jesus told him, 'Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.'"
In the Nov. 5 edition of La Repubblica and in the introduction to his new book, Scalfari states that Pope Francis said, “He [Jesus] was a man until he was placed in the tomb by the women who recomposed his body. That night, in the tomb, the man [Jesus] disappeared and came forth from the grotto in the semblance of a spirit that met the women and the Apostles while still preserving the shadow of the person, and then he definitely disappeared.”
In October, Scalfari stated in La Repubblica that Pope Francis had told him that Jesus incarnate was just a man while on Earth, not both Man and God as the Catholic Church teaches, as well as most Protestant churches.
In addition to the gospel teaching about Thomas, John 20: 19-21 says, "On the evening of that [resurrection] day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you.' When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord."
In a response to Church Militant, the Holy See Press Office did not deny what Scalfari said about the Pope. Instead, they released the following statement, "As already stated on other occasions, the words that Dr. Eugenio Scalfari attributes in quotation marks to the Holy Father during the interviews he had cannot be considered as a faithful account of what was actually said, but rather represent a personal and free interpretation of those who listened, as appears completely evident from what is written today regarding the divinity of Jesus Christ."
That is a non-denial denial. The Press Office does not state that what Scalfari wrote was false; it claims only that it "cannot be considered as a faithful account." There is no clear denial, no demand that Scalfari correct his article or retract it, and no denial by the Pope himself.
This has happened on several occasions when Scalfari has reported interviews and conversations he has engaged in with Pope Francis, in person and reportedly often over the telephone. The news causes shock waves around the world, Catholics ask for clarification, and the Vatican releases a vague, non-denial response.
Pope Francis apparently has yet to publicly upbraid Scalfari, correct the record, or ask that Scalfari's articles be taken down. In 2018, Scalfari reported that Pope Francis told him there is no Hell. The Pope never denied what his old friend published.
Italian journalist Antonio Socci, as reported by LifeSiteNews, said of this latest scandal, “Scalfari continues to attribute to Bergoglio quotes that contain unheard-of theological enormities and no one from the Vatican cares in the least of denying, nor do they tell Scalfari to stop. Catholics think: those who keep silent agree.”
Nick Donnelly, a Catholic deacon in England tweeted, "Any decent pope would immediately issue a denial of Scalfari's allegations that he's a heretic. A proper, functioning CDF [Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith] would issue a statement pointing out the dangers of such heresies to reassure the faithful. Bishops worthy of their office would be outraged. Instead, NOTHING."
Donnelly also told Church Militant, "The Scalfari claims about Francis' heretical beliefs are so shocking, and the Pope's adamant silence so incomprehensible, we have to assume that this is an accurate account of their conversations."
"The claim that Francis denies the bodily resurrection of Jesus takes us into the area of de fide doctrine," he said. "Every time we recite the Nicene and Apostles' Creed we proclaim the bodily resurrection of Jesus. In the past, an ecumenical council would have been convened to condemn Christological heresies."
The Warped Catechism of Jorge Bergoglio https://spectator.org/the-warped-catechism-of-jorge-bergoglio/#.XcgUbnCZ51U.twitter
Scalfari claims Pope does not believe Jesus 'the man' was divine https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/12111/scalfari-claims-pope-does-not-believe-jesus-the-man-was-divine
“What sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?"
Here we are again reflecting on the day of the Lord. In fact, the idea of its imminence is nothing new. Even in St Paul’s time they thought that this day was close. And that is why he instructs the Thessalonian community to keep on with their lives, as we have just heard.
But do we have reason to think that the day of the Lord is upon us? Yes – because the great apostasy we are experiencing is that which St Paul warned of as being the sign of its coming. He says about “the day of the Lord” that it “will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed” (2 Thessalonians 2:2-3). And here we are in the age of rebellion and lawlessness, even within the Church.
Speaking about the recent Amazon Synod, Archbishop Vigano said, “The process of the internal mutation of the faith, which has been taking place in the Catholic Church for several decades, has seen with this Synod a dramatic acceleration towards the foundation of a new creed, summed up in a new kind of worship [cultus] ...If this satanic plan is successful, Catholics who adhere to it will in fact change religion, and the immense flock of Our Lord Jesus Christ will be reduced to a minority.”
What Cardinal Burke said of the Papacy this week is that the pope is not an “absolute monarch who can do whatever he wants. That has never been the case in the church. The pope is not a revolutionary, elected to change the church’s teaching.” Certainly, the Church is currently living through a rebellion and the day of the Lord is close.
So, what then is the day of the Lord? It is upheaval; it is a day where injustices are corrected by God. It is judgment. Of the many times our parish has reflected on this let’s just say that when this time of the Lord’s extended and unprecedented mercy ends, the Lord will come as King of Justice to put things right. Righteousness will shine forth (Malachi 3:20).
And here we recall the words of Jesus to St Faustina: “Tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice, is near.” Again and again Jesus her urged to “Speak to the world about My mercy ... It is a sign for the end times. After it will come the Day of Justice.”
But don’t be despondent, don’t lose faith. Even if we are to live in the time of God’s justice where there is upheaval and the things in today’s Gospel come true in our lives such as betrayal by loved ones, persecution, hatred because we speak the name of Jesus Christ – “not one hair on our head will be lost. Our endurance will win us our lives” (Luke 21:16-19).
So thanks be to God for his prophetic Word that reminds us to be vigilant and remain faithful. Also remember that the Lord wins in the end! This ‘wining’ is essentially what the day of the Lord is about; God bringing about God’s victory –God’s righteousness– in our world, and maybe in our time.