The Seven Sorrows of the Modern Church

Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral April 15, 2019

 the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the familyDon’t be afraid, because anyone who operates for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be contended and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issueHowever, Our Lady has already crushed its head. Sister Lucia dos Santos

I write in my journal as if the Lord is speaking to me. I submit fully to the authority of the church and if they state what I have written is wrong, then I am wrong, and the church is correct.

This came to me while pondering the Sorrows of Mary, it came as the sorrows of the modern church. I believe every era has it’s sorrows. These are ours.

Seven Sorrows of the Modern Church

  1. The Prophecy of Paul VI – A sword shall pierce through Marriage and the Family

If you have never read Humanae Vitae you should. While the Protestant world caved to the use of artificial birth control, the Pope did not and his prophetic words have come to fruition. Unfortunately, those within the Catholic church have caved to the belief that artificial birth control is a good rather than the intrinsic evil that it is. And German Bishops defy the very definition of marriage, which was defined by Christ Himself.

2. The Lawful Passage of Abortion of the unborn. Slaughter of the Innocents.

While abortion was first brought about in the communist Soviet Union, the United States followed suit in 1973. To date no other form of death surpasses that of abortion. We kill more babies in the womb all over the world and it is comparable to all other causes of death combined. The blood of the innocent cries out from the ground. And our culture has become pornographic as a result.

3. The decimation of Holy Mass and gross Liturgical Abuse

One does not have to look far to come across Liturgical Abuse and Abuse of the Eucharist. Over the years I have personally seen people put Jesus in the Eucharist in their pockets, seen the precious blood spilled all over the place, and seen some Masses become unrecognizable to the focus which is supposed to be Jesus. Additionally when Mass was reopened, this increased in some places. The focus became so much on germs we were actually profaning the Eucharist with some of the policies certain places put into action.

4. The banning of the faithful from Mass and dispensation from the 3rd commandment. The faithful are left to carry spiritual suffering alone.

No one needs to say too much about this except to say that never before were Masses closed worldwide to the faithful like they were in 2020. Holy water was taken away. Confession was taken away in multiple Dioceses. The elderly were left to die alone without recourse to Last Rites. It was disgusting to watch. The church was not administering Sacraments to the faithful during a time when the faithful most needed it and as she was commissioned to do by Christ. The church essentially stopped her mission for that time period. Save for a few faithful Priests and Bishops who did so at risk to themselves, the rest cowered in fear. I lost a loved one to suicide during lockdown. The last thing he posted online was a virtual Mass.

5. The nailing of Doctrine to the Cross. Science replacing Sacrament.

Nothing speaks more to this than this diabolical depiction of what is supposed to cure us;

Absolutely astonishing to see a picture of God the Father with a glove on His hand with the Vatican name all over it, as if the Divine Creator of the Universe needs a glove in order to heal us. And again at least one of the speakers at this Vatican cohosted conference thinks it is unChristian to not allow women to abort their children.

Science has made it’s way into Mass when we reopened, to the detriment of the reverence of God. While precautions can always be prudently taken, they should not further abuse the Eucharist. Hand Sanitzer is not the savior and should never be placed on an altar. I hear more preaching on vaccines around the globe than on the Real Presence.

Servant of God Lousia Peccereta said this;

Ah! my daughter, when I allow that churches remain deserted, ministers dispersed, Masses reduced, it means that the sacrifices are offenses to Me, the prayers insults, the adorations, irreverences, the confessions amusements, and without fruits.  Therefore, no longer finding My glory, but rather, offenses, nor any good for them, since they are of no use to Me any more, I remove them.  However, this snatching ministers away from my Sanctuary means also that things have reached the ugliest point, and that the variety of scourges will multiply.  How hard man is—how hard! —Jesus to Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta; February 12, 1918 

It is after these five that I believe we have two more sorrows that are yet to come. These are the ones I hesitate to write. I hesitate because they are prophetic in nature and I know there are always multiple ways something can be interpreted. I started writing about this next one in my journal in 2016. I have never posted it publicly before unless I redacted a portion of what I was going to say. Obviously I could be wrong. I leave it here for your discernment.

6. Rome will burn. The Pope will be killed.

In my prayer I have been hearing “the Pope will be killed” since July of 2016. I don’t know if this is a spiritual or literal thing. I also never heard Pope Francis, but felt it may be him. I felt the Lord was telling me that the prophecy of Fatima is yet to be fulfilled and that Saint John Paul II was only part of the picture. This is for discernment. I am not claiming to know exactly how things play out or how this phrase was meant.

7. The Church looks dead and is laid in a tomb.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 675: Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.

The sorrows are never the end of the story. The joys come after the sorrow. The bride of Christ will rise purified. I believe the church will come out better than she was before, more faithful, less judgment of one another. A church resting in the will of the Father. Do not despair, Resurrection comes after the cross.

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42 Responses to The Seven Sorrows of the Modern Church

  1. Sherry Watson says:

    Thank you for this blog. It’s very insightful. May God bless you. Yes I also believe what you stated regarding the last two sorrows. These are such trying times we live in. Keep writing your blog and I’ll keep reading.

  2. Louise says:

    So interesting. You last two sorrows seem to mesh with the visions of Bl. Catherine Anne Emmerich. I do wonder, at the role of Pope Benedict in all this? God bless him! Pray for Pope Francis!

  3. tunaonfriday says:

    What Jesus said to Luisa about the sacraments, how He’s greatly offended by our irreverences surrounded them, is a serious call for to wake up to what a sacrament truly is! There is nothing ordinary or casual about each one of them. May God forgive me & help me change.

  4. John says:

    Wow . . . I just preached about this final passion of the Church at the 4pm Mass. I come back to say compline and a few other prayers in front of the Blessed Sacrament and then I read this. Thanks. I read a sentence the other day – can’t recall where – but it just hit me and has stayed with me (Holy Spirit).
    “God has the final passion of the Church all planned.” I find that sentence very comforting. I think we’ve began to enter into the time of sorrows and tribulation. Could be wrong . . . God bless!! Praise be Jesus who is, who was, and WHO IS TO COME, the Almighty!!

  5. Ted says:

    I have a really hard believing that is our Lord speaking through Luisa Piccarreta. Whoever is speaking sounds almost Jansenistic. I try to attend daily mass at a variety of churches in the Burlington, Vermont area and I have not witnessed any liturgical abuses, irreverent prayers, adorations anything but holy, or amusing confessions in over 15 years. Maybe 15 years ago i witnessed one religious order priest who consistently broke the eucharist before the consecration and I complained but that has been all I have seen in the 20 – 30 churches I have attended in Vermont in the last 30 years. In Massachusetts when visiting my sister, the priest used clear glass vessels but that is all I saw there though I am not trying to minimize that. Not knowing what we were facing, Vermont Bishop Coyne closed the churches in late March of 2020 but opened them by early June with certain pews not available (social distancing), masks mandatory, and we had to sign in for contact tracing. Beginning in November, cases started to rise again and exceed what we had experienced in March – May 2020 but Bishop Coyne said we had found a safe path through this and would not close the churches again. This was enabled by prudent policies including the widespread availability of masks. If we had masks available in March – May 2020 and the knowledge of what we know now, the churches would never have closed in March – May 2020 in Vermont at least if I know Bishop Coyne. Fortunately Governor Scott has not been as draconian in this area as other governors. The closing of churches was because of the increased atheism in our country, we did not have good pandemic preparedness, and I am very suspicious of what was being done at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and its role regarding this very unique virus. We as a nation were much more worshipping of God in 1918 and yet an even worse pandemic was unleashed on a world already suffering from WW1 and the start of communism in 1917. Someone much more in tune with our Lord than me will have to answer those questions.

    • Thanks for the comment. As always with private revelation you are free to believe or not.
      I have seen some pretty egregious abuse. Be thankful to have an area that seems blessed. God Bless you.

      • Ted says:

        Thank you and I am aware that abuses exist. I have seen them on the internet and Michael Vorhis has detailed some pretty awful stuff for example. I have certainly winced at some liberal interpretations of scripture. i guess I try to hold our Lord to his promise to Abram to spare Sodom because of 10 righteous people. Vermont is a very liberal state and the last poll that I saw said 39% of Vermonters do not believe in any God or any kind of religion. We are living out what Cardinal Ratzinger said that the Church would get smaller but more fervent.

      • yes those words of Cardinal Ratzinger have proven to be prophetic. Stay blessed.

  6. Patrick Rowley says:

    Thank you for this post. To say the least, it is very thought provoking and more importantly, it nestles comfortably in my soul. Another ‘Thanks’ is due you for revisiting the recent closing of all public Catholic Masses last year. We all should pray with great earnestness to the Most Holy Spirit to guide someone, somewhere to publicly and authoritatively address not only the extraordinary ‘watershed’ significance of this event, but also its preternatural timing. Of all the weeks in the Liturgical year to literally turn back the Catholic Priesthood to its Old Testament Levitical roots and roll at the Holiest Time of the New Testament Calendar is perhaps the most telling event in the modern history of Holy Mother Church. One thing is certain; the top of the eternal hour glass is starting to look more and more empty.

    Thank you again for all your good work, and may you be richly and constantly blessed for it.

    Pat Rowley

    • Thank you and God Bless you. I am still grieving the loss of one of my closest cousins who was like a little brother to me to suicide. That he posted virtual Holy Mass as his last post broke my heart to pieces.

    • Ted says:

      Pat, thanks for your kind words and the significance and preternatural timing of the shutdown of masses as you said is so true. Our pastor has reminded us from 1991 until a few years ago as to how “unpersecuted” we are in the U.S. regarding religious practice but based on the increasing atheism and leftward and antireligious push in our country including the opening of statutes of limitation to enable more lawsuits against the Church, he has warned us to be prepared and to learn our faith better so as to witness to others.

  7. philip409 says:

    For what it’s worth.
    In discussions about our Holy Catholic Church at our Holy League meetings, I have explained our current predicament, the struggles and cowardice of many a diocese in the age of Covid, as a Good Friday reenactment. His Bride, following in the Bridegroom’s steps, carrying her Cross up Calvary. Some faithful abandoning Christ….in fear.

    As I read your post this morning I believe that my inspiration was from above. Your confirmation, not that you needed one, is why I’m responding to this blog.

    Our Easter JOY is here for this liturgical season…But the perpetual JOY of Easter is on the horizon.
    A New Springtime, as St. Pope JP II spoke of years ago.

    Gods Peace be yours and Jimmy’s soul be in the bosom of Abraham.


  8. Finnian-John says:

    Susan, it seems to me that what people are experiencing right now is the period that always follows the death and burial of a loved one. When we hear or witness the death of a loved one, we react with great sorrow, grieving for our loss. We cry and cry and cry. We express our disbelief that they are gone. It all seems so surreal. We have trouble thinking that we can no longer call them on the phone or visit them. They’re gone. Really gone!
    Then comes the wake, where we oftentimes have a final viewing. We look at our loved one with a feeling of horror. They are not moving, nor breathing. We somehow “hope” that they will suddenly wake up. They don’t. Our reality sinks a little deeper…
    Then comes the funeral when we hear music and song that heighten our emotions. We hear readings that were carefully chosen to reflect the loved one and our hope for them. We cry and cry and cry. We want so much for everything to go back to the way it was. WE still have trouble accepting our new reality…
    Then comes the burial. We parade behind the hearse in a seeming endless line of faithful friends, relatives and loved ones to witness our departed placed into the earth. Soon, even the casket will be out of view. The only thing that will remain is our memory and pictures. Perhaps a recording and video as well. Other than that our physical connection will be gone forever. Or so it seems…
    Then the hardest part comes. Life after the funeral goes on. The people have dispersed. The crowds have dwindled. We’re still feeling tremendous loss but there is no one with whom to express our loss. Everyone is gone. We’re left alone. Each day we wake up somehow expecting that it was all a dream. Perhaps even hoping so…but it’s not. Time, itself, becomes our conviction that our loss is real. Our loved one is really dead! Life is simply not the same without our loved one. Everything has changed. As time goes on they become just a distant memory…
    This scenario is (in my opinion) what happened to the Catholic Church in March of 2020. The church died. Many people today find these words hard to grasp because it “appears” that it is still functioning. My contention is that it is not functioning at all – since the day that it decided to close down and lock its churches throughout the entire world. It’s interesting to me that the Italian police showed up to close down the Vatican the day that the pandemic became official. It makes perfect sense. Was not the Catholic Church the main target? Surely it was opportune!
    Every aspect of the very real loss of a loved one can be applied to what happened to each of us after the churches were locked last year…and the sacraments were cancelled. Our “only” option was live streamed masses and/or books. We could no longer be in the Presence of Jesus. Churches were locked. No visits allowed…for “sanitary” reasons. All of the little details of what it was like for what seemed like an eternity when the churches were locked down are so important to retain. It all hurt so much! TOO MUCH!!!
    Your writing is a great summary of the history leading up to (and since) this great event. The details of what the “cause” of death (of the church) are no more important (to me) than whatever the cause of death might have taken a loved one who passes away. As you said, the death of the church was to be expected. The thing that I find most disturbing is that very few people, ESPECIALLY priests and bishops even recognize that the church died! Truly died!!!
    They seem to be going on as though nothing major happened. As though the pandemic was just a little bump in the road. Priests and bishops need to wake up and recognize that they cannot serve two masters. They need to recognize that science (reason) has trumped faith and as they continue down this road (without recognizing and acknowledging their grave error) they can only continue to “grow” science rather than faith!
    I know of just a few priests who had the courage to continue ministering to people in spite of the lock down that was put into place by those who hold the keys (the bishops). They are the ones who heard confessions in parking lots. Gave the Eucharist in secret. Those are the priests who risked their lives for the sake of FAITH…refusing to allow SCIENCE to be their god!!!
    Thankfully – like I told my granddaughter who has since passed away from cancer at age 13…”Jesus DIDN’T stay dead! He came alive after three days!” That message brought her great peace and acceptance for the reality of death. That message should also bring us all great peace – that God is still in charge. There will be a resurrection of His church. It’s just a matter of time!

  9. Ks says:

    Time is running out.

  10. Barb Watry says:

    Susan, thank you for these insights. I always look forward to your reflections and inspirations from our Lord. I, too, as others have commented, believe the things you say are true. Prayers for you and your family.

  11. James Ignatius McAuley says:

    Sue, one of my parish priest’s Father Andrei Kasiyan, put this prayer in his bulletin this past weekend:
    Prayer Against the beast-antichrist
    Lord Jesus Christ, by the prayers of the Theotokos and all Your Saints, deliver us from the deception of the coming godless and evil-minded Antichrist, and hide us from his treacherous snares and from all his wills in the hidden wilderness of Your salvation. And grant us, Lord, strength and grace-filled help, so that we do not fear the fear of the devil, more than the fear of God, so that we do not depart from You, our Savior and Redeemer, from Your Holy Church, and do not deny You, like Judas, and not to accept the signs of evil. Give us, O Lord, from day and night crying and tears for our sins and spare us, O Lord, at the hour of Thy Terrible Judgment. Amen

  12. Ginny Kroll says:

    I had to leave the parish we attended for 20 years because of liturgical abuses. I found a wonderful holy reverent parish not far from us that we absolutely love. However our assistant pastor is being re-assigned and our wonderful pastor is very sick following a routine kidney stone removal and has been in the hospital with internal bleeding that the doctors do not know where. I’m so sad thinking what will we do if something happens, but then again I must trust that God is in control.
    My question is…how do I not worry so much about the Church, when it belongs to God in the first place? I’m really tired of the modernist church we have been subjected to for 50 yrs.
    Your faith encourages me no I believe you truly are gifted.
    Thank you for your blog.

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  14. Ann says:

    Perhaps you’ve already had masses said but if you haven’t, Have you thought of having (30) consecutive Gregorian masses said for your cousin Jimmy?

  15. Ramanie says:

    I have heard about your number six comment from another source. Thank you for your wonderful posts. May God be with you and bless you and inspire you. Amen.

  16. Susan Dee says:

    You nailed it. You have written exactly what I have been feeling but couldn’t put into words, concerning the church and all that has transpired in the past 50 or so years. Thank you for your clear observations. I too have found great relief in the Surrender Novena recommended by Meg (above). You and your cousin Jimmy will be in my daily prayers.

    Could you please tell me where you were able to find Gregorian masses?
    God bless us and may we all survive the test and meet in heaven.

  17. Kat says:

    There is no vaccine that is not morally reprehensible. The new cannibalism is making medicine from aborted babies and injecting old people with them to lengthen their life.😢

    • Peter K says:

      Kat, there are many vaccines which are not made from aborted babies, including some Covid 19 vaccines, though the latter may not be available to you in your region/country.

      • None of those available in the US are without use of fetal cells. Fr Leon Pereira, OP a moral theologian and Medical Doctor wrote the following;
        The AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and Sputnik V vaccines are made using foetal cell lines. These cells are used in the development, design, production, and subsequent testing of the vaccines. The vaccines themselves almost certainly contain foetal cellular debris. I say “almost certainly” because the pharmaceutical industry has not yet revealed what is in these COVID vaccines. Judging by previous vaccines, the package inserts reveal that foetal cell lines are listed among possible ingredients. This is not a conspiracy theory. It’s information the drug companies admit. The CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention), the national public health agency for the USA, publishes online a list of vaccine “excipients” (i.e. what they contain), and foetal cellular debris is openly listed for a number of vaccines. Note the inclusion of MRC-5 and WI-38 as excipients of some vaccines here:

        Many Catholics consider the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to be less objectionable simply by not being the direct by-products of foetal cells. Production however includes the
        redesigning of the spike protein, the subsequent recoding of the mRNA fragments, the expression of pseudoviruses and neutralization. All these steps used the aborted foetal cells. The eventual production of the vaccine itself involves replicating the mRNA sequence and encapsulating it in certain lipids. This final stage, it is true, does not use foetal cell lines. But every step up to this point has! Afterwards, the testing of vaccines is standard procedure. This process typically uses foetal cell lines as well. Vaccines such as Pfizer and Moderna therefore rely heavily on foetal cell lines.

        Fr Leon went on to say a Catholic using these would be regrettable. It is a choice we can make but a regrettable one and we should be protesting and writing to pharmaceutical companies to ask for ethical vaccines if we choose to take them.
        The US Bishops have provided a way to write to the companies to object to these practices.

        You can read his assessment fully here;

        Click to access The-Morality-of-Certain-Covid-Vaccines.pdf

  18. Watchman says:

    I had a laptop glitch and I was so backed up on reading when I resumed my daily regimen I read the 7 sorrows of modern church. There is no way anyone could have expressed it more clearly (other than God HIMSELF). The article has given me a lot to think about. As a side note we live just across the street from the church where my wife was baptized, confirmed, we married, our dear beautiful daughter’s funeral, and where we have attended Mass and other functions for 60 years. The description is apt – it is empty like ‘The Tomb’. I don’t know if people are using the pandemic as an excuse or not (who am I to judge?). Jesus is there; and as a whole, we are not. What did HE do to deserve this second scourging? We need to get back to church where we belong and take it back! Satan is leaving filthy footprints on the floor.

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