“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.
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;
The Gospel of Matthew – Mary the Mother of God is the Winged Man or Angel;
The Gospel of John – The Eucharist is the 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.