Jan. 5, 2018

Happy Feast Day of the Epiphany!

Adoration of the Magi by Gentile da Fabriano, 1423.

When we honour Christ's Vicar, Pope Gregory XVIII, we honour Christ.


Satan's Assaults Against the Church

I catch a glimpse of a fair number of angels. Upon their wings they carry the sanctuary of the Church, and lay it down in front of Our Lord’s throne.

The monster, filled with a fresh rage, moves in direction of the sanctuary, to which Saint Michael ties himself with a very tiny golden thread. The monster rushes upon him, roaring. But they are unable to step forward. The Archangel tells me they always stop short, thirteen feet away from the Church.

--This is his counting, holy Archangel. The monster is always repeating: thirteen.  [Marie-Julie’s comment].

Saint Michael is smiling; he points out to the golden tie and tells the devil: “Now, overthrow the Lord’s Church, I grant you power for it.”

Exhausted from his efforts, in his wrath, the monster hits upon the damned souls, tears them apart, devours them… although they are burning with fire.

--Saint Michael, they are nevertheless very little alluring to be eaten. [Marie-Julie’s comment].

For thirteen times, the monster yells out: “Dash upon the Church.” The monsters throw themselves headlong but… are unable to take even one step. The great chief in Hell appears, and he has brought unto them…

--Saint Michael, I do not know of that instrument!   [Marie-Julie’s comment].

…That is a huge chain standing upright like a tree. The monster hangs sharp hooks from all the links of the chain. Then the demons assemble and pull on the chain so that the crooks catch upon the sanctuary. They are foaming and vomiting poison.

The hooks fall backwards. The demons are seized with fright, because their great chief is going to cause them further suffering.

The monster unties the chain and binds the damned souls all together.

“Why, he says, have you not been working better? Here you are overcome! The one who stands next to the throne has too great a power. However, he stands alone and we are a crowd. The reason is that Christ granted him His own power. And that is sufficient.”

And the monster cries out, while devouring himself:

“Let us make vengeance upon our own; let us tear them apart; let us torture them day and night. I will come back in the darkness, when Christ will have returned up to Heaven, bringing along His Archangel. I will open a passage-way for myself and my own. I will hide in the shadow, close to that Church whom I hate. I will dig out a grave for her. I am sure I will set fatal traps for her.”  (September 29, 1877).

[Source: Prophecies of La Fraudais, pp. 142 - 143].

Reflection on this prophecy:

The bravery of our saints and holy souls like Marie-Julie Jahenny is surely supernatural.  What she is being shown in this prophecy is horrific, portraying damned souls being eaten alive while they are burning, and yet her comments reveal how unaffected she is.  Surely this is a Divine protection!

The devil and his agents have revealed themselves enough times that she knows what they are like.  This is why she is able to state that for evil, the number 13 is always uppermost in their minds.

Why 13:

The number 12 refers to the number of completion of God’s Creation.  Thus, the 12 Tribes of Israel, Christ choosing 12 Apostles, the Apostles themselves choosing a twelfth, St. Matthias, to replace Judas, and the number of the elect in the Book of the Apocalypse:  144,000, which is a multiple of 12.

God is the Creator of Heaven and Earth.

The devil's depraved rebellion has sought to overthrow God's Power, and so he insists on the number 13 because it is one greater than 12.

This prophecy reveals that the devil's raging rebellion seeks to specifically destroy God’s new Covenant with His people:  the Holy Catholic Church and Christ’s Vicar, the Pope.

But Christ’s Church is Divinely protected, and Marie-Julie is shown that “[u]pon their wings [Angels] carry the sanctuary of the Church, and lay it down in front of Our Lord’s throne.”

This is an image of exile, and a comfort to us!  This exile has the heart of Holy Mother Church, the Sacred Sanctuary from where the Holy Father’s prayers go up to God, right there, at the foot of God’s Throne. 

The privileged and safe placement of the Church's Sanctuary seems to  confirm that the exile is according to God’s Holy Will, and that what the Pope binds, as he prays, shall be bound in Heaven, and what the Pope looses, as he prays, shall be loosed in Heaven.

This is the time of spiritual Chastisement, as our Blessed Mother warned us at La Salette and at Fatima. The Holy Father has been taken into an earthly exile, and those who rebel against this Divine punishment insist that the Holy Father needs to come out of his exile. 

But we are at peace, we who are in communion with His Holiness, Pope Gregory XVIII.  We know that this Divine Chastisement is also a Divine protection, and that the visible Seat of St. Peter will be restored to the exiled Papacy for all the world to see.

In the meantime, and always, St. Michael the Archangel is the Protector of the Papacy and Holy Mother Church. 

The devil knows this and says: “The one who stands next to the throne has too great a power.” 

The devil also admits a Divine Truth as to why St. Michael the Archangel cannot be beaten: “The reason is that Christ granted him His own power. And that is sufficient.”

For we faithful fighters, he is our Protector also, our unbeatable Captain at Arms. Let us pray to St. Michael the Archangel for protection!

Let us put the most important matter, the Restoration of the visible Seat of St. Peter to the Pope, in the mighty hands of St. Michael the Archangel, through prayer. 

Let us offer this intention to him often.

Yes, it is true that the devil will not stop in his rebellious and hidden attempts to destroy Christ’s Vicar and Christ’s Holy Church, mankind’s means of salvation: “I will open a passage-way for myself and my own. I will hide in the shadow, close to that Church whom I hate.”

The devil is enraged that we have the sacramental means to a Divine Eternity which is forever lost to him. And so, he is at war with the Holy Trinity, with St. Michael the Archangel, with the Holy Father, His Hierarchy and Priests, and all of us Faithful.

Let us be brave before the face of the evil onslaughts.  Just like Marie-Julie, may we remember that we have been given the Divine Grace to love God, His Vicar, and His Church. This is our strength against evil.

This Divine Love, this Divine Faith, is stronger by far than the evil hatred of the devil and his minions.

Let us ask St. Michael to protect us always, and let us call out his battle cry for our protection:  “Who is like unto God?”

St. Michael the Archangel, be our defence against the wickedness and snares of the devil.  Amen.

Links:  St. Michael Prayer  Contemplation 

 "We declare, say, define and proclaim to every human creature that they by necessity for salvation are entirely subject to the Roman Pontiff ." - Decree of Pope Boniface VIII, Unam Sanctam,Nov. 18, 1302, ex cathedra