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IMPORTANT PROPHETIC WORDS OF THREE MODERN SAINTS FROM POLAND

“Dear friends, may no adversity paralyze you. Be afraid neither of the world, nor of the future, nor of your weakness. The Lord has allowed you to live in this moment of history so that, by your faith, his name will continue to resound throughout the world.” (Pope Benedict XVI)

Set forth below are three important prophecies by three modern saints who were all born in Poland. The first prophecy is by Saint Pope John Paul II, and was made during a visit to the United States in 1976 when he was still a Cardinal. The second prophecy is by Saint Maximilian Kolbe, the Franciscan priest who died in a starvation bunker in Auschwitz during World War II, having volunteered to take the place of a married man. The third prophecy is from Saint Faustina Kowalska, the nun whose “Diary” has promoted greater devotion to God’s Divine Mercy. She died in 1938 and was canonized in 2000.

 

FIRST PROPHECY (By Saint John Paul II)

Vom 15. bis 19. November 1980 besuchte Seine Heiligkeit Papst Johannes Paul II. die Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Auf Einladung von Bundespräsident Karl Carstens hat der Papst seinen pastoralen Besuch mit einem offiziellen in Bonn verbunden. Am 15. November gab der Bundespräsident einen Empfang zu Ehren Seiner Heiligkeit auf Schloß Augustusburg in Brühl bei Bonn. Dort führte Papst Johannes Paul II. auch ein Gespräch mit Bundeskanzler Helmut Schmidt. Gleichzeitig traf Bundesaußenminister Hans-Dietrich Genscher mit Kardinal-Staatssekretär Casaroli zusammen. Im Anschluß an den offiziellen Teil begab sich der Papst auf den Bonner Münsterplatz, um dort eine Ansprache zu halten. Ferner bestand der pastorale Teil aus Besuchen in Köln, Osnabrück, Mainz, Fulda, Altötting und München. In allen diesen Städten hielt Papst Johannes Paul II. die Heilige Messe. Eigentlicher Anlaß seines Aufenthaltes in der Bundesrepublik war der 700. Todestag von Albertus Magnus (1193-1280), dessen Grab der Papst in Köln besuchte. Bundespräsident Karl Carstens und Papst Johannes Paul II. auf Schloß Augustusburg in Brühl.

“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel.

“We must be prepared to undergo great trials in the not-too-distant future; trials that will require us to be ready to give up even our lives, and a total gift of self to Christ and for Christ. Through your prayers and mine, it is possible to alleviate this tribulation, but it is no longer possible to avert it. . . .How many times has the renewal of the Church been brought about in blood! It will not be different this time.” 


SECOND PROPHECY (by Saint Maximilian Kolbe)

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“Modern times are dominated by Satan and will be more so in the future. The conflict with hell cannot be engaged by men, even the most clever. The lmmaculata alone has from God the promise of victory over Satan. However, assumed into heaven, the Mother of God now requires our cooperation. She seeks souls who will consecrate themselves entirely to her, who will become in her hands effective instruments for the defeat of Satan and the spreading of God’s kingdom upon earth.”

 

THIRD PROPHECY (by Saint Faustina Kowalska)

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“Jesus looked at me and said: ‘Souls perish in spite of my bitter Passion. I am giving them the last hope of salvation: that is the Feast of my Mercy. If they do not adore my mercy, they will perish for all eternity. Secretary of my mercy, write, tell souls about this great mercy of mine, because the awful day, the day of my justice, is near.’ “ (Diary, 965)

 
Comment:  We should be increasingly aware that there are strong forces in our society under the domain of Satan. One sign of this is the massive apostasy we are witnessing. In Luke’s Gospel (Chapter 19) we see that Jesus wept over Jerusalem and prophesied its coming destruction, which occurred in A.D. 70. Jerusalem was not as blessed as nations who have received the Gospel. The greatest immediate threat in all of this is our children and young adults, who are losing their precious faith in massive numbers. Chastisement comes quickly from the dissolution of morality consequent to the loss of faith: suddenly you find yourself living in a society sinking from the weight of its own immorality (this situation is described by Saint Paul at Romans 1: 24-32 ). The wisdom of the three saints mentioned in this note is unanimous that consecration to Mary is of immense value in remaining faithful to our baptismal consecration to Jesus. Pope Francis had his papacy consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima by Cardinal Jose Polycarp of Lisbon, Portugal; the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima have a profound prophetic dimension for our times and the trials the Church will have to endure. Perhaps this is a good time to review the great historical and “supernatural facts” of Fatima.


Tom Mulcahy, M.A.

 

Photo Attribution: The photograph of Pope John Paul II by Lothar Schaack, Nov. 15, 1980, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany license. Attribution: Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-F059404-0019 / Schaack, Lothar / CC-BY-SA.  The other two photos, Public Domain, U.S.A.

Sources: For the prophecy by Saint John Paul II, a June 1, 2014 article by Father C. John McCloskey entitled The Final Confrontation. The prophecy of Saint Maximilian Kolbe can be found at the EWTN website.  Church teaching: see CCC 668-679. Also, Ralph Martin has written a pamphlet, also called The FinalConfrontation, which elaborates on the subject matter of this note (available at renewalministries.net). Father Garrigou-LaGrange once wrote about “great supernatural facts” that worldly people tend to dismiss.

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SAINT JOHN PAUL II AND DEVOTION TO OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

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      As the moral decline of the United States of America intensifies, we are in need of guidance in order to stay on that narrow road that leads to Heaven. God was not remiss in sending us a holy, anointed and prophetic voice to guide us through these troubled times. Clearly, in the years to come, we are going to need more faith and more fortitude to be faithful to Jesus Christ and his Catholic Church. But with discernment we can see that the Holy Spirit has already sent us a holy, anointed and prophetic voice in the person of Pope John Paul II, who is now Saint John Paul II  (his canonization occurred on April 27, 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday!).

     Pope John Paul II was a tremendous gift to the Church, and his encyclicals contain a wealth of spiritual knowledge and guidance that is of great significance to us right here, right now. I especially recommend that we all read and meditate on the following two encyclicals as specifically pertaining to the difficulties we presently face:

                      1. THE GOSPEL OF LIFE

                      2. THE SPLENDOR OF TRUTH


Understanding and implementing the spiritual wisdom of these two encyclicals will help us get ourselves and our loved ones to Heaven. There is more wisdom in these two encyclicals than all the combined worldly wisdom (or lack thereof) of the present age. Keep in mind that John Paul II was a mystic, a Pope and now a Saint. Pray for his intercession.

     Now it is important to keep in mind that Pope John Paul II emphasized the critical importance of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary (normally ending his encyclicals with a prayer for her intercession). In his book, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, the Pope made a prophetic statement that the Church’s future victories will come through Mary, stating:


     “‘Be not afraid!’ Christ said to the apostles (cf.Lk 24;36) and to the women (cf. Mt 28:10) after the Resurrection. According to the Gospels, these words were not addressed to Mary. Strong in her faith, she had no fear. Mary’s participation in the victory of Christ became clear to me above all from the experience of my people. Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski told me that his predecessor, Cardinal August Hlond, had spoken these prophetic words as he was dying: ‘The victory, if it comes, will come through Mary.’ During my pastoral ministry in Poland, I saw for myself how those words were coming true.
     After my election as Pope, as I became more involved in the problems of the universal Church, I came to have a similar conviction: On this universal level, if victory comes it will be brought by Mary. Christ will conquer through her, because He wants the Church’s victories now and in the future to be linked to her.” (Crossing the Threshold of Hope, pp. 220-221).

     Another prophetic statement concerning modern times comes from the great Saint Maximilian Kolbe, the martyr who died in a starvation bunker in a German concentration camp (voluntarily having taken the place of a married man). Indeed, it was Pope John Paul II who presided over the canonizaton of Maximilian Kolbe. Kolbe also prophesied that Mary would play a crucial role in combating the forces of evil that have risen up against the Church. He said:

      “Modern times are dominated by Satan and will be more so in the future. The conflict with hell cannot be engaged by men, even the most clever. The lmmaculata alone has from God the promise of victory over Satan. However, assumed into heaven, the Mother of God now requires our cooperation. She seeks souls who will consecrate themselves entirely to her, who will become in her hands effective instruments for the defeat of Satan and the spreading of God’s kingdom upon earth.” St. Maximilian Kolbe, OFM Conv 

     WHAT SHOULD WE DO?  Those of us living in the United States, let us intensify our devotion to Mary and, in particular, to Our Lady of Guadalupe. I suggest special devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe for the following reasons. It is now beyond peradventure that the treasured image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is supernatural in origin (see Infallible Catholic: Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe). Moreover, to shed additional light on the importance of this apparition of Mary, its seer, Blessed Juan Diego, has now been canonized (by Pope John Paul II on July 31, 2002). In this famous apparition which took place in Mexico in 1531 Mary’s appearance transformed the brutal Mayan culture of death (with is demonic worship through the gory sacrifices of human beings) into a Catholic culture of life (see and click on link below):

Our Lady of Guadalupe, We Need You More Than … –Catholic Lane).

     Presently, in the United States we are witnessing firsthand a “dramatic” confrontation between the “culture of death” and the “culture of life.” We need recourse to Mary in order to defeat the culture of death and build a culture of life.  In 1910 Our Lady of Guadalupe was declared Patroness of Latin America by Pope Saint Pius X, and in 1945 Pope Pius XII declared her to be the Empress of all the Americas. On January 22, 1999 Pope John Paul II named Our Lady of Guadalupe patron of the Americas and raised her feast (on December 12) to the rank of solemnity throughout the Americas (this information is from Wikipedia and other web sites). Our Lord’s Vicars are telling us in America to turn with devotion to the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe!

      Pope John Paul II visited Mexico five times during his Papacy, and it is now widely reported that Pope Francis will visit Mexico and pray before the miraculous Guadalupe image sometime in 2016.

Tom Mulcahy, M.A.

ReferencesCrossing the Threshold of Hope (by Pope John Paul II); and Reparation and the Dual Dimension of Pope John Paul II’s Consecration (by Jerome F. Coniker). Image above, Public Domain, U.S.A., per Wikipedia.  Any ads following this post are from WordPress and not this blog.

P.S. A good place to start would be to have a picture of the powerful Guadalupe image in our homes and to explain its significance to as many people as possible! Since we are so “married to our senses,” images like the miraculous Guadalupe “picture” are of immense value.

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