And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind and to things that should not be done. They were filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, craftiness, they are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, rebellious toward parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. They know God’s decree, that those who practice such things deserve to die—yet they not only do them but even applaud others who practice them. Romans 1:28-32
I have been watching all that is happening in our country with a sadness that I am sure that many of you feel. I am not here to comment on the details of what is happening. I wholeheartedly believe the only one who has all of the facts is God in Heaven. He sees what we do not. In my prayer he tells me we will all be humbled. I believe Him. I also have taken a look at what the Saints and faithful did in tumultuous times.
It was then that I came across Saint Genevieve that I thought we could all learn something. She lived in times of war, and after her death there was plague. I found the following two paragraphs from Catholic Online.
When Attila and his army of Huns came upon Paris, the Parisian Christians were prepared to run, but Genevieve spoke to them and convinced them to stay within their homes, fast and pray to the Lord. She assured them they would have the protection of Heaven. Her prediction came true as Attila suddenly changed his path and turned away from Paris.
After her death many miracles occured, the most famous occurrence was the miracle of Des Ardens, or the burning fever. In 1129, a violent fever swept through the city, and doctors couldn’t stop the people from dying. The shrine of Genevieve was carried in a procession to the cathedral, and during the ceremony, those who touched her shrine were healed by the power of the Lord. Throughout the whole town, no one else became sick, all the ill recovered and only three people died.
Here we have the Saints and faithful turning to the ways of God instead of the ways of men to help with all of the things that were happening.
It occurred to me that we should be doing those things; Praying and fasting and having processions. I know there have been some faithful Priests and leaders who have done these things, but we faithful can do this as well.
Our Padre Pio Nashville Group has decided to process with relics throughout our city and towns and neighborhoods, calling on the communion of Saints to protect us from COVID and violence. We must start turning to the ways of heaven. We must turn back to God. The Saints did not hide in their homes forever, they went out and changed things, even and especially when there was sickness. So on January 23 we will take many relics or many Saints and pray for protection and blessing. We realized after picking the day that this was the Feast of the Espousal of Joseph and Mary. May the Holy Family be with us.
It is time to put on the Armor of God in the ways that we can.
I will leave you with what I wrote in my journal yesterday, January 8, 2020 during adoration. As you know, I write what pops in my head as if God were speaking to me. If the church says what I have written is wrong, then the church is correct and I am wrong.
Beloved Lily of the Father,
The earth is in shackles because of sin. I came to proclaim the Kingdom of God at hand.
Still you turn to the ways of men to handle your sin. Do you not see what I am calling you to?
You hold back from me and I cannot pour my glory.
There are so few that understand.
You think you “know” but your knowledge is but a grain of sand. I AM knowledge. I AM truth. My ways are higher.
Still you seek only knowledge instead of seeking ME.
No matter how much you think you know, you are not GOD, I AM.
You seek in the wrong places and it takes you deeper into the abyss.
You have no idea what I made the human body capable of for the soul living in the Divine Will. You try to manipulate the body instead of seeking my will.
Therefore I hand you over to your desires since you see fit not to acknowledge me.
Death technology begets death. Freedom is found IN ME.
My bride will be purified, no corruption.
You worship like a prophylactic keeping MY BODY from you like a disease. I have been contracepted in reception of the GIFT of me. You have not abandoned yourselves to me, rather you want to serve mammon. You cannot serve to Masters.
Satan is trying to stop the consecration, wanting to abort the sacrifice the way he convinced you to abort your children, the way he convinced Martin Luther to break the family line.
I tell you, the Gates of hell shall not prevail.
I will remain with the remnant when Rome falls. The remnant who see, who trust me.
The living will envy the dead. The remnant will suffer but their total abandonment to me will bring Resurrection. A bride washed anew ready for the Bridegroom that I AM. You will be able to move mountains.
Those who knew me but justified their sin and remained in the pride of it handed themselves to wicked deeds – death is what befalls them. Remain steadfast and keep my commandments.
Those who truly see are few, their suffering united with me saves many And I will pour grace over them through my Mother and protection through my earthly father.
Be wise like a serpent and peaceful like a dove. Do not be afraid but be confident. I want more for you then you want for yourself. You have no idea how GREAT I AM.
– your Divine Spouse
To paraphrase Linus, “It was a short respite, Charlie Brown!” Well, the amount of little crosses, building up my patience and trust are increasing. I need these crosses for my own purification as well as to help others. That is the brutal truth and I need to hear it, whether I like it or not. But, the more I take it up with love, the better it gets.
Some disjunctive thoughts:
Good idea on the processions, Father Z has been pushing them for years.
You think you cannot pray more, when, suddenly, you can.
There are many who think things will go back to the way they were. Wishful thinking.
At the end of every storm there is a rainbow.
We had an absolutely beautiful Theophany (your Epiphany) liturgy with the blessing of the water.
You and your pals are in my prayers!
Thanks James! I will pray for you!
Thanks to your article, I learned that Saint Genevieve saved Parisians from the plague “mal des ardents”, most likely on November 26, 1129. This bite, also called “St. Anthony’s fire” (= ergotism), quickly destroyed the body. Pope Innocent II, who visited France during this period, on November 26, 1130 ordered that this procession with the St. Genevieve’s relics be held annually. The Church of Saint Genevieve was demolished in 1747 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sainte-Genevi%C3%A8ve-des-Ardents,_Paris, to allow the construction of an orphanage run by the Sisters of Charity (from Saint Vincent de Paul). On November 27, 1830, the Blessed Virgin appeared in Paris to Catherine Laboure, sister of mercy. It was 701 years after the miracle of “mal des ardents” (and 700 years after Pope Innocent II’s visit to Paris). However, this time (in 1830) it was not a plague of fever devastating the body, but a plague of revolutionary fever that was killing the spirit. What is the cure for this spiritual disease? A golden orb in the hands of the Blessed Virgin, this is the Fire that the Lord Jesus promised to throw on this earth. Only this Fire will end the revolutionary fever that consumes the whole world, including the United States. More details in the Miraculous Medal, but this topic is far beyond the scope of your article.
This is how we entered one of the Divine Ways.
Pope Innocent II in 1130, while in Paris, led the procession from the Church of Saint Genevieve des Ardents to the cathedral through the Parvis Notre-Dame – now he would go through Parvis Notre-Dame – Place Jean-Paul II. It does matter: the name of the square in front of the Paris Cathedral was changed on August 2, 2006, the day of the Portiuncola Indulgence.
Thanks for the background.
Veronica: “So on January 23 we will take many relics or many Saints and pray for protection and blessing. We realized after picking the day that this was the Feast of the Espousal of Joseph and Mary.”
https://www.wherewewalked.info/feasts/01-January/january_23.htm: “The Espousal was never made a universal Catholic feast day, but was celebrated on January 23 in some dioceses in the United States, Brazil, and France and by the Stigmatines and other orders; while in Spain and Latin America, the feast moved to November 26 to avoid conflict with that of St. Ildephonsus.” You see how the Divine Paths lead in a strange way: I just wrote in the previous comment on “November 26”, and it turns out that in Spain and Latin America the Espousal Day is celebrated on this very day. When the Blessed Virgin appeared to St. Ildephonsus in his cathedral in Toledo on Dec. 18, 665, She handed him the chasuble while sitting on his episcopal throne. When She appeared to Saint Catherine Laboure in Paris in July 1830 (a few days before the outbreak of the July Revolution), She was sitting in the presbytery of the chapel in the chair of the chaplain of the Sisters of Charity. The name Ildephonsus means ‘Battle Ready’. As you walk in the procession with the relics of the saints, remember this Saint and this Fire that the Most Holy Virgin is preparing for the final battle against the spirit of revolution.
Wow, this is very touching and impactful, I especially found the last sentence,
“ Be wise like a serpent and peaceful like a dove. Do not be afraid but be confident. I want more for you then you want for yourself. You have no idea how GREAT I AM.l
To resonate as if scriptural.
Thank you for posting this.
God Bless you.
These are beautiful words. Thank you for sharing. Your posts send a flame of love into my soul.
Thank you. God Bless you.
Good morning, I felt as though you and Jesus through you were talking to me today. Many of us are trying to “know” what is going to happen next instead of turning our anxieties over to God. God is the ONLY one who knows what is going to happen. Jesus i Trust in You, Jesus i Trust in You, Jesus i Trust in You.
God Bless you.
ROMANS 9:16 – “So then, everything depends, not on we humans want or do, but only on God’s mercy.” – Reference: Good News Bible GNT
+ This is EXACTLY what the faithful need at this time! -Encouragement for final Victory!
God love you and thanks for posting!
God Bless you!