So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. John 20:3-8
After my morning prayers this morning, I was browsing the news and I came across this article.
I have to say, I found myself extremely distressed. I felt like I was staring down hurricane force winds, with no relief in sight. Feeling overwhelmed, I actually decided to crawl back in bed, as I have the day off today. I said, “Lord Jesus, give me rest.” But sleep was not to be, as he began pouring over me, though in it, He did give me rest. As you all know I record what pops in my head as a from God. If the church came out today and said all I have written is wrong, the church is correct and I am wrong. I always want to be clear about that so you can discern what I write. Here is what I felt the Lord say to me today;
Beloved Lily of the Father,
That they may be one as you and I are one.
I have revealed to you that this storm is over sexual morality and authority. The devil is devouring.
Obedience is tantamount. Obedience to my law and obedience to the authority of the church, BECAUSE YOU LOVE ME.
You ask me, what do you do when the authority appears disobedient to my law?
Remember MY PASSION.
Things are not always what they seem.
The beloved REST IN MY WILL.
John did not run away from the garden out of fear, I revealed this to your friend. He ran and got My Mother, the one through whom MY GRACE FLOWS. She is Mediatrix of All Graces.
He brought her to MY PASSION and walked the SORROWS WITH HER.
ALL WHO ARE CONSECRATED TO HER IMMACULATE HEART WILL BE PROTECTED FROM DECEPTION.
In the garden, Peter still thought like the world did. He had not recognized MY WAY, TRUTH and LIFE. I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. He still thought like the world did, cutting off the ear of the soldier, and then in fear, denying me.
But Peter repented before my death.
He wept bitterly.
So too will the Church.
Notice that on the day of Resurrection Mary Magdalene goes to tell Peter of the empty tomb.
John and Peter come running. John stops outside the tomb when he sees my linens and he bends down. He waits for Peter.
Peter enters the empty tomb first. This is because John recognizes Peter’s authority and that Peter is who I chose to lead my church after my Resurrection.
I AM the one who gives all Authority.
I AM teaching you to see through the eyes of God.
I HAVE CALLED YOU BY NAME.
DO NOT BE AFRAID.
THE GATES OF HELL SHALL NOT PREVAIL.
It is a great time to be alive and see the magnanimity of WHO I AM.
You will be blind. BUT TRUST because I AM teaching you to see differently.
I AM raising great SAINTS.
Behold, My will shall be one with yours, you shall walk in Mercy.
Pray for the Pope.
Pray for the Bishops.
Pray for the Priests and Deacons.
Pray for the Church.
Testify to what I have told you.
- Your Divine Spouse
An update, an excellent article by Jimmy Akin addresses the open letter. You can read it here.
I found your blog through Charlie’s a while back. This is my first comment here, although I have read much of what you’ve written.
I like your blog, especially the one about where the souls of aborted babies go. I have always thought that Mary would, like the wedding feast at Cana, ask her Son for a miracle, one that He (seemingly) would not have otherwise performed.
Since Mary is the Mother of us all (and since we’re all poor sinners) then surely she wouldn’t revoke her motherhood when it came to the most innocent of sinners. Through her, anything is possible. It was comforting to have your blog post address that issue. God always has a plan, and lately, that plan seems to be using His Mother to help us.
Anyway, my question is about authority. Charlie (and most Catholics) definitively said that Pope Francis is the Pope. Then there are other Catholics who say Benedict’s retirement wasn’t valid and that Pope Francis is an anti-pope, and Benedict is actually the real Pope, only he has convinced himself that his abdication was valid. When it wasn’t (have you heard this argument before?)
I favor Charlie’s position (as do most Catholics) that Pope Francis, flaws and all, is the true Pope, and will continue to do so, although the arguments for the latter can be incredibly compelling. Confusingly compelling, you might even say.
I am not waiting to be pushed on one side of the fence or the other by your answer. I am just wondering (and am sort of embarrassed to even ask): is it possible that: since we are in The Storm, and that The Storm will be disorienting and confusing, that we could have an anti-pope who most Catholics take to be the Pope? That seems so crazy…and yet, we’ve have as many as 3 anti-popes in the past all claiming authority. What is even scarier is the possibility that there could be an anti-pope who seems more orthodox and Catholic and generally moral than the actual Pope.
Lastly: do you think a bunch of Catholics openly addressing the question of papal heresy (like in the article you linked to) is a step in the right direction? Or would it be better for all these faithful not say anything? Seems we are reaching a tipping point.
I guess part of The Storm is having to wonder about this stuff in the first place.
Thanks for all you do, and keep blogging!
Okay, there is a lot here. I will start by saying this, we are in a time of confusion for sure, confusion caused by our enemy. So I always start with the premise, when I am confused, of, what exactly am I called to do? I start here because this is a way to drown out the noise and confusion. While I personally believe that Pope Francis is a validly elected Pope, I also know that I do not know the mind of God, nor the interior intentions of any other person (unless God decides to show it to me). So, I look at what is in my circle of authority, what I am called to do, what I can control. The fact of the matter is this, Pope Francis is running the church. I am called to love and pray for people. So my own interior intention for him is that he flourish and that through him the church flourishes. Admittedly, this does not always seem to be what happens, but that does not negate the fact that this should be my intention for him and for the church. As for the theologians who have called him into question, my understanding is that they first have tried to do so privately, and only went public after this failed. This actually is biblical, and canonically correct. I do not know the intentions in their hearts, just as I do not know Pope Francis’. If their intention is to bring as many souls to salvation as possible, and their conscience compels them to speak, and this is their area of expertise, then I see no issue with what they are doing, so long as they don’t cross over into schism. If their intention is the willful and mean demise of the Pope and wish that he be flung into hell, then that would be wrong. But I don’t get to judge that. Christ does. You see, at the end of the day when all of this turmoil is swirling around us, and confusion is bred everywhere, I actually close my eyes, I sometimes put ear plugs in too, I drown out the world purposefully, to hear the still small voice. This is the voice that calls me to love. It is the voice that says, even in the blindness, I will be the light that guides. I must love the person right in front of me. When I see poison arrows from both sides, I want no part of it. I am not talking about discussing facts and truth, I am talking about ad hominem attacks and wishing willful destruction on someone else. God tells me He has a larger plan, and he often says, “look up” to me when I seem to be looking down. By that I mean God wants me to see the goodness in people and in his creation. He wants me to see how the devil has trained people to think and to put my hatred there and not on the people. He also points out evil to me and tells me when to stand in front of it. But I am careful to listen and ask Him first because if you fight that which is outside your circle of authority, you will find yourself beaten down. I think when this storm is over, we will all have had the ground come out from under us. We will realize how we all had a false perception of at least some things, and God will reveal the truth. I think about how we are standing on SAND. Think about it, the virtual worlds we have created and that are driving our economic systems and commerce, are fake. Real relationship is missing. My prayer is that all of us turn towards God when he allows the SAND to get blown away, and we aren’t so invested in our own in our perception that we walk away from God like Judas did.
God bless you! Read carefully and gratefully!
Thank you, God Bless you!
Thanks for this post, Susan. I, like you, often close my eyes and stop my ears to the noise about me. I really like your focus on love and and acting solely within your circle of authority. This is something that I strive to do (sometimes less successfully than at others… definitely things that I need to work on). God bless you.
Thanks Mick. God Bless you. I also think the Marian consecration is key because Our Lady wraps us in her mantle and protects from confusion and deception.
Thank you very much for your response. It could be a stand-alone article.
Thank you. Maybe I will write more on this topic.
I liked the explanation you gave to CHASEPRO123 on this piece. I read about the open letter to the Pope and your explanation about intention really make sense… and at the end of the day, who are we to judge one’s inner workings? I admit I am a news junkie and there are times that the news gets utterly depressing and frustrating. I do need to tune them out more and try to regain what inner peace I can. Easy to say but difficult to do. I hope you can add me to your prayers–for enlightenment on what He wants of me… Thanks!
certainly I will add you to my prayers!
Thank you! Much, much appreciated!
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