Illumination of Conscience


 “A great purification will come upon the world preceded by an “Illumination of conscience” in which everyone will see themselves as God sees them.” Blessed Anna Maria Taigi (1769–1837)


I want to tell you all a story before I get into the reason for the title of this post.  Over the past several months my friends and I had noticed that there are four areas where Catholics and other Christians are poorly catechized.  These 4 areas are the Real Presence in the Eucharist, Confession, Mary the Mother of God, and Redemptive Suffering.  We each felt that one of these areas spoke greatly to us (all areas speak to all of us, but some of us felt called more to a specific one.)  We formed a group that we call the Intercessors of the Divine Will.  We each read a Gospel that we correlated with each topic.  For the Eucharist we assigned that person the Gospel of John.  For Confession we assigned the Gospel of Mark.  For Mary we assigned the Gospel of Matthew.  And for Redemptive Suffering we assigned the Gospel of Luke.  Because each of these Gospels has a symbol associated with them, we each adopted that symbol as our own.  You all know from my story of Veronica’s murder, how essential confession was to my change of heart, so I was assigned Confession and the Gospel of Mark, my symbol is the winged lion.

winged lion

The other ladies and men have also been assigned their Gospel with the corresponding symbols.

The Gospel of Luke – Redemptive Suffering is the Winged Ox;

winged ox


The Gospel of Matthew – Mary the Mother of God is the Winged Man or Angel;

winged man

The Gospel of John – The Eucharist is the Eagle;

John Eagle

Assigning these Gospels for each of us to read helped us to carve out our mission as Intercessors of the Divine Will.  We are running a series of retreats on these topics, and we pray together.  Our mission is to help spread the Divine Will on earth as it is in heaven, and to pray for Priests by name.  We pray for intercession on behalf of people who are suffering and need help.   Our Patron is Our Lady Healer of Families because we feel healing in the family is essential to the Divine Will being lived on earth, which will bring healing to us in a much larger way. We are currently in the process of seeking an imprimatur for the Devotion to Our Lady Healer of Families, and we will abide by whatever Holy Mother Church decides.

Why am I telling you all this?  First, it been a such a blessing to pray with the men and women who are part of this.  I eventually envision this being spread to other areas.  In trying to organize and get these small groups praying together (which has definitely taken some time) we have come across many wonderful people.   Recently I came across a man who is an evangelical convert.  We all prayed together for another man who was in need of help.  The evangelical convert prayed specifically for “God to send Angels in Number, Power, and Authority to protect this man.”  He then prayed for “Jesus to convict his heart with his own sins.”  He explained to us that conviction is not condemnation, and conviction — seeing how God sees you — how God sees your sin but still loves you beyond measure will call a persons heart to conversion.   Within a week the man we prayed for called me.  He said two things that struck me.  He said, “I felt protected”, and he said “I had an epiphany in my heart about my own part in turning away from God and that it could be the cause of some of my problems and how I need to turn back to him.”  He felt protected and we had called on angels.  He had an epiphany of his own soul, and we had asked for conviction of his soul.  I was AMAZED.  I don’t know why, because God is always good and Amazing, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise.

This man had an illumination of conscience.  He had it, I believe, directly because of our prayers because when we do what God asks, as part of the communion of Saints and His Mystical Body, God acts.  This got me thinking about the Catholic Prophecy of Illumination of Conscience. It was spoken about by Blessed Anna Marie Taigi, which is in the quote above.  But probably most famously at the Garabandal Spain apparitions.  In Garabandal it was called a warning.  It is a warning because if we are sinning greatly it becomes a warning call to repentance.  I actually believe it is a rescue because it rescues our souls from the peril they are in.

Anyone who reads the news today can see the world is in desperate need of repentance.  Repentance comes when we see our own soul as God sees it.  We see our sin, and it makes us want to stop sinning when we see how much God loves us.  For some, I imagine seeing the state they are in could come as quite a fright, but an Illumination of Conscience would be a mercy for them then, a chance to reconcile with God.  It would give one a chance to repent and see the God of Love who calls them.  This repentance brings forgiveness.  Forgiveness of ourselves and of others brings healing and purification.  Healing and purification brings the spread of the love of God.  The spread of the Love of God brings heaven on earth.

So today, I call on each of you to pray for your loved ones and for all human kind to be protected by angels.  And most especially to pray for our own hearts to be convicted of our sins and for God to convict the hearts of our loved ones and all of humanity.   I recommend Ignatius’ “Whole Life Confession” by Rev. William Watson to help you see for yourself.  Show us who we are.  Ask God for the illumination of conscience.  I believe it would bring mass conversion, and help to usher in an era of peace.

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25 Responses to Illumination of Conscience

  1. Christina says:

    Susan, as you may or may not know, I’m a Lebanese American currently living in Syria and I follow your posts all the time. I feel so drawn to know you and pray with you! I will try harder to pray (I’ve been failing but determined to overcome this “silence” in my prayer life) and join my prayers with yours and your group. God bless 🙂

  2. Anne says:

    Thank you. What you and companions are doing sounds inspired and inspiring.
    Last night psalm 139 verses23-24 came to my attention. Then I read your entry this morning!!

  3. Mary Hoyle says:

    I’m in! Thank you thank you thank you!

  4. Joe Crozier says:

    Hi Susan
    The Aviso we are told will be “a sign, a grace or a punishment in other words a warning.” It will be an education of the offense. It will correct the conscience of the world. It will offer us a better and closer relationship with God because we will see clearly how we stand with God in his mercy and in His Justice and in His Love. It will be very hard to take but we will be given the strength we need. It will be the worst day of our lives but also the best. Its purpose is to generate conversion that will equal apostasy. This outcome is already promised. Our lesson in conversion will culminate in The Great Miracle which is for the conversion of the world that all may love the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and this fear consists in first acknowledging God in every turn of our lives that we may always take the next right step and so always be a sign of hope for others.

    • I actually haven’t read up too much about the illumination of conscience so thanks for the information. My thought was just that if we pray for our loved ones now… perhaps conviction can take place for conversion now.

    • The first one we should pray for to have conviction of our sins is ourselves. I have been doin Ignatius whole life confession and it is very cleansing.

  5. Susan, today, I was seeing so many prayer needs for September that I felt slightly frazzled. During Rosary just now, I prayed for calm and the thought popped into my head that perhaps I needed to call upon St Michael – I have a novena to him that I’ve used before. And last year I gave my kids a simplified version of it too. Your post here confirms that this is my prayer path for September. Thank you!

  6. Mary Jank says:

    Peace Susan,

    Thank you for your courage and beautiful writing. A friend shared this and I will be passing it on also. So much of what I have read ties in with what God has brought before me over the past five years from Marian Consecration to Forgiveness (especially Immaculee Ilibigazi), the 19th Annotation, Healing – much of what I would say came from being convicted by God to know my sin and to NOT judge others –> we are all on a journey; however we must know our faith and defend it, and PRAYER especially for Priests, Spouses, Parents, and those who are hurting. Again, Thank you! Also if you are not aware of it there is a Beautiful Website and book of Praying for Priests. See A triple pray for you, prayerfully Mary

  7. God's Child says:

    How wonderful! Prayers for priests and families…by good people whose spiritual eyes are open to the battles raging in so many lives. Miracles spring from grace seeds scattered by the faithful prayers and rosaries of those with faith.
    My family is a testimony to the real changes that are possible through prayer. Thank you for the prayers by you and Caitlynnegrace in the recent past which have combined with mine to shine the light of grace on the troubled marriages of my two daughters. God hears our relentless pleas. Evil flees the battle when our Blessed Mother illuminates the darkness. They and their families have experienced the power of mercy and forgiveness and are together in God’s Will.
    God love and protect you and the other “Intercessors of the Divine Will”. I intend on asking our little prayer group to follow your example when we meet on October 1st.

    God’s Child

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  9. Michelle Nardo says:

    The gift of all of His gifts is that of living IN (not simply doing) the Divine Will. The third fiat, sanctification, is that gift. You cannot speak of Divine Will without being linked to the Servant
    Of God, Luisa Piccarreta. By reading this article, you are being called by God. All one has to do is learn of the gift then desire it and He will take care of the rest! Fiat. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done!

  10. Charles Fears says:

    At this moment, humanity is hanging on a thread

    God has sent us messages from visionaries (apparitions) all over the world. Calling us to change, to live a true life in God. The messages of Love on what we need to do to change. And He has sent us warnings of what will happen if we do not change. These messages have been given for several centuries and have increased every year and now there are more than we can count. I will name three, one – a true fact of what you will see in the warning – Gloria Polo testimony (approved by the bishop ), two – true fact of what could happen if we don’t change – Our Lady of Kibeho (approved by the bishop) – The heavenly warnings that went unheeded with tragic consequences and three – a massages on more that could happen, 1973, the apparitions of Akita Japan (approved by the bishop).
    You can check these out at the website:
    Also see attachments

    A DREAM I HAD APRIL 2 / 2019
    I don’t know what time it was, it must have been between 3:00 AM and 5:00 AM, All I know I was a sleep.
    The dream: I saw a real bright light; it was all white, like I was looking straight into a bright light bulb. Then I heard a great big explosion and everything went black. It was so real, I thought our house breaker box blew up and we lost our electric power. (It really scared me) I open my eyes and it wasn’t so black. I looked at my lamp indicator light and it was on, (working). I knew then I had been dreaming, but it was so real.
    I have 3 dreams about 20 years ago, which were so real, but I was able to discerned them. This one I have not as yet been able to discern it. Although I think it has something to do with the warning God is going give to the world.
    Jesus Christ will intervene on a Friday. Every person in the whole world will see their sins of their entire lifetime. It is an intervention by Jesus Christ, as is stated in Matthew 24: 22. “If those days had not been shortened, no one would be saved; but for the sake of the elect they will be shortened.” This intervention is called the Warning or Illumination of Conscience also called a Correction of Conscience and will be like a judgment. This is not the second coming of Christ. It will bring all things on earth to a standstill. For two to three days, all that humanity will be able to think about, is their individual offenses before God. I found this on the website: although I have read about the warning from many Saints and today visionaries, but I never read that there would be three days to think about it.
    Charles Fears
    P.S. 4/7/2019
    Sometime during the night I had another dream and it happen twice in the same night. All I can say is all I saw was a deep black and I mean a deep dark black, and it scared me and I woke up yelling. Again it was so real; I thought we lost our electricity, but when I open my eyes I could see we had not lost our electrical power. In both of the dreams there was no light or sound as I had before, just deep blackness, and so real and each time I yelled out.
    Now I think it could be about the three days of darkness, but I really don’t know. Praying for discernment. If anyone has any input please let me know.
    Also I have read about the three days of darkness several years ago and it seem to me that it would not happen for many more years or even longer. But I have not thought about this so as I said I don’t understand why I had these dreams at this time.
    Here are my dreams I had about 20 years ago, about 1997:
    I was in an older home, standing it the middle of the front room, very happy giving money to a man dressed in black with an outfit that look like Dick Tracy in the comics, only his coat was black. I felt like my family was there with me, and there was a window in the front door allowing some light to come in. After I gave him the money, he left. Not long after he left I look out the window and here he was coming back. I was very happy and started yelling to everybody that he was back. I went to the front door to open it for him and when I had the door half way open and he had stepped half way through the door, I realized it was Satan. I got very scared and slammed the door on him. At that time he got very ugly and mad, but I used all my strength and put my foot against the wall (there was a closet behind me) for more leveraged, he began to get madder, and I got more afraid and I began to think what can I do. Then I remembered that I read in some messages that to get rid of Satan, you could command him to be gone in Jesus name, so I began to say, “in Jesus’ name I command you to be gone”, “in Jesus’ name I command you to be gone”. I kept pushing harder and harder, and saying “in Jesus’ name I command you to be gone, and it did not seem to be working, and I got scared and wondered what I was doing wrong. But I kept persevering, pushing harder and harder and saying “I command you to be gone in Jesus name”, in Jesus name I command you to be gone, and when I thought I might not be able to keep it up, because I was pushing as hard as I could and yelling as loud as I could, “in Jesus’ name I command you to be gone”, the door started to very slowly close, and as Satan was push out of the door, he still had one leg from the knee down in the door, I woke up. My entire body was sweating and trembling as I lay on the bed. I got up found my wife and told her what had happen. Now this was the first of three dreams I had like this, I mean a dream like I never had before. A dream that stays with me in the slightest details, as if I had just dreamed it.
    My next dream happen in the same manner. I came home from work tired, lay down on my bed to rest for a little while and went right to sleep. This is what I dreamed:
    I saw a picture of Jesus just as He looks on the cover of “I am your Jesus of Mercy” book, accept it was in black and white, as if it was carved out of ice or glass. I felt great peace and love. Then I looked up and I saw a picture of a face that looked very mad, like your father’s face looks when you did something wrong and he is scolding you. I said, “What is that?”, and I heard a very kind and gentle voice say, “That is Jesus”. I said “No, no, this is Jesus; this is Jesus, refereeing to the picture of “I am Your Jesus of Mercy”. The kind and gentle voice said, “That is Jesus of Mercy and that is Jesus of Justice”, and I woke up. I went and told my wife the dream.

    Jesus of Justice Jesus of Mercy

    Then some days later we were watching a tape showing the inside of the church at the shrine in Washington DC, when they showed an icon of Jesus and under it was written Jesus of Judgment, I said that is the picture I saw in my dream as Jesus of Justice. Above is a copy of an icon picture that looks similar to the Jesus of Justice and a copy of I am Your Jesus of Mercy. The dream has given me much consolation and peace. When I am in doubt, despair, distressed, or restless, I think of this dream and it fills me with peace and love. For, as I said, I can remember it in great detail, and when I think of the dream I can still feel the peace and love.

    The next dream I had was after I had been prayed over in tongues and I had asked to able to Pray from the heart. I had got home about 11:00 PM and went to bed.

    I dreamed that I was standing in a large room and it was filled with Protestants, and they were praying. I was confused. I didn’t understand what I was doing in a room full of Protestants, when I am Catholic. So I raised my arms up as high as they would raise and began to pray, “My Jesus I Love You”, my Jesus I Love You’. Then all of a sudden a light started penetrating into the palms of my hands and going down my arms, through my body. Then I felt great peace and my body started rising up into the air, till I was above everybody. Then my body starting moving around the room, all the while I kept praying, “My Jesus I Love You”. Then all of a sudden I started saying “the Holy Catholic church is the True church of God, the Holy Catholic church is the True church of God,” I continued saying this until I was in the corner of the room above five women. The women looked like they were scared or worried, and I said to them “do not worry, all Christians go to Heaven.” Then my body floated over to the middle of the room and went perpendicular to the floor, with my face toward the floor and about 18” above the floor. I continued saying, “the Holy Catholic church is the True church of God, the Holy Catholic church is the True church of God.” Then I woke up and got up and sit on the side of the bed, my wife was a sleep so I just sat there for a while.

    This below was not a dream, as I was a wake, but came to my mind so fast, but I had time to think about it. I don’t think it was a day dream as it happen so fast. Just popped into my mind.

    One night as I lay on my bed I began to think about this big beautiful house and how I was not worthy to knock on the door. Then my guardian angel knocks on the door for me. The blessed Mother, Mary (our Mother) opens the door. She took me in and cleaned me up and dressed me in beautiful clothes. Then she took me to Jesus. She told Jesus all the good things that I had done. Not one bad thing did she say to Jesus, only good things. Jesus, He smiled at Mary and me, and said to me, I will take you to My Father. But first you must be purified. And before I knew what happen, I was purified by the Holy Spirit and sitting on God the Father’s lap filled with great love and peace, beyond what words can describe. And I did not remember any suffering that I had been though.

    One other thing I like to say.

    My discernment on how souls go to Hell or Purgatory or Heaven

    In September, of 1995, my wife, my daughter and I went to a Marian conference in Chicago. While we there listening to the speakers, a thought came to my mind about how souls go to hell. Now no one was talking about this subject, for some reason I just started thinking about it. Before I go on, I must tell you that I have read several messages that state that God does not send souls to hell, that the soul sends itself to hell, and I had wondered how this could happen.

    Well as I said, I was thinking about this, and it is like this, darkness is sin and light is God. Now if a person lives in a room or cave of compete darkness and has been there for a long time, when that person comes into the light, he or she cannot stand the light so the person goes back in to the dark room. This is like a soul that has lived in sin, when the soul dies, it cannot stand to look at God, Who is pure Light, so the soul drives itself into hell.

    Now the next day I was praying before Jesus in the blessed sacrament, the Holy Eucharist, when I began to think of this again and it was like this, a soul who lives in sin lives in darkness, but if the soul, while still living would let some light in, then when the soul died it would be like a person, who was in a dark room but let some light in. So then when the person went into the Light, he or she would be able to squint their eyes and look at the light and eventually be able to open their eyes all the way. This would be a soul that, when it died was not pure enough to go to heaven, so it went to purgatory.
    All souls are different some have to squint harder than others and some can adjust faster to the light and some live always in the light, their eyes are wide open, these go straight to heaven.

    Now on this same subject I would like to quote from the book “The Victorious Queen of The World”, a spiritual diary of a mystic, Sr. Natalia of Hungary, page 45:

    “Once I cried on Jesus shoulder: “Why did you create hell?” To answer me, Jesus brought me to the judgment of a very sinful soul, whose sins He forgave. Satan was outraged!
    “You are not just! This soul was mine all his life!” He shouted to Jesus: “This one committed so many sins, while I committed only one, and You still created hell for me.”
    Jesus then with unbound love told Satan: “Lucifer! Did you ever ask Me for forgiveness?” Then Lucifer, seemingly beside himself, shouted: “That never! That I will never do!”
    Then Jesus turned to me, “You see, if he could ask Me for forgiveness only once, hell would cease to exist.”

    In November 1995 I bought a book “The Sorrow, The Sacrifice, and The Triumph” by Thomas W. Petrisko, which had just come out in November 1995. This book is about Christina Gallagher, The Apparitions, Visions, and Prophecies.

    Now I do not promote or judge Christina Gallagher or any other visionary. I do read several books that I get at Marian conferences and some are on visionaries. I try to do as St. Paul says: Hold on to the good and let go of the bad and obey what the Church teaches.

    Now I would like to quote, what happens at death starting on page 117, “ When release from the body each soul is destined for immortal life, and its future in eternity is determined by its state when death takes place and the soul is released from the body.

    When the body dies and the soul is released, it suddenly finds itself in the full light of awareness, able to see itself as it stands in the sight of God. It then realizes the darkness to which the body’s actions condemned it. The sensitivity of the soul to the enormity of the Light of God is like the naked eye before the brilliance of a thousand suns, and the soul in darkness quivers in pain. It plunges itself into the sea of Hell to avoid the pain of the enormity of the Light.”

    “The soul destined for Purgatory seeks shade at the level in Purgatory appropriate to its own imperfection. It will automatically plunge itself into which it failed to atone sufficiently; it will gladly go to whatever level of Purgatory is necessary, and it will be eternally grateful to God, in the knowledge that it will one day gain His Presence in Heaven.

    2/17/05 Also from The Diary Of St. Faustina, I quote, “After these words, I received a deeper understanding of divine mercy. Only that soul who wants [to be damned] will be damned, for God condemns no one.(1452)
    To St. Faustina: “My daughter, know without a doubt, and once and for all, that only mortal sin drives Me out of a soul, and nothing else.” (1181) AND “My daughter, know that you give Me greater glory by a single act of obedience than by long prayers and mortifications.” (894)

    Also from The Diary Of St. Faustina, I quote, “At the end of the road there was a magnificent garden filled with all sorts of happiness, and all these souls entered there. At the very first instant they forgot all their sufferings.” (153)

    Here is something else I would like to share with you.

    This is why Jesus asks us to live in constant penance for our sins! We should meditate on how much He suffered for our sins, in order that we might reach salvation. We should ask His forgiveness often and love Him for His unfathomable love!

    Go in peace and the Love of God
    And pray for me
    Charles Fears

    Prophecies of Ven. Elena Aiello DEC 8, 1956 (approved by the bishop)
    “The times are grievous. The whole world is in turmoil, because IT HAS BECOME WORSE THAN AT THE TIME OF THE DELUGE!”
    “Everything is in suspense, like a thread; when this thread breaks, the justice of God will fall like a thunderbolt and will complete its terrible course of purification.”
    Prophecies of Gladys Herminia Quiroga de Motta, San Nicolàs de los Arroyos Argentina (approved by the bishop)
    January 8 1984 (ex 18) # 15 PAGE 41
    At this moment, humanity is hanging on a thread. If that thread breaks, many will not find salvation. That is why I am calling you for reflection, hurry, the time is finishing. There will be no place for those delaying their coming

    • I have had similar dreams. There’s supposed to be a solar storm this week. Could effect the electrical grid. Regardless though, just keep praying and keep your eyes on Christ.

  11. Charles Fears says:

    P.S 8/3/19
    At about 3:11 AM – Again I had the same dream, only it went real fast. Again all I can say is all I saw was a deep black and I mean a deep dark black, and it scared me and I woke up yelling. Again it was so real; I thought we lost our electricity, but when I open my eyes I could see we had not lost our electrical power in the dream there was no light or sound , just deep blackness, and so real and I yelled out. I looked at my watch and as close as I could read it was 3:11 AM

  12. Charles Fears says:

    After having having the same dream 4 times and trying to discern it and praying about it. After this last one and reading your comments about a solar storm. I think that will be a major power outage, some where, maybe every where. It will be major, as was scared. We have lost power several times and I was never a afraid

  13. Paul Conn says:

    Why can’t I get a SIMPLE CLEAR answer as to what is the relationship between the illumination of conscience and the three days of darkness. What are they and what is their relationship to each other e.g. same thing, same time, one before the other after ect.

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