“The Church will find itself attacked by waves of a secret sect … corrupted priests will scandalize the Church … Moreover, in these unhappy times there will be unbridled luxury which, acting thus to snare the rest into sin, will conquer innumerable frivolous souls who will lose themselves. Innocence will almost no longer be found in children, nor modesty in women, and, in this supreme moment of need of the Church, those whom it behooves to speak will fall silent.
As for the Sacrament of Matrimony, which symbolizes the union of Christ with His Church, it will be attacked and deeply profaned. Freemasonry, which will then be in power, will enact iniquitous laws with the aim of doing away with this Sacrament, making it easy for everyone to live in sin and encouraging the procreation of illegitimate children born without the blessing of the Church. The Catholic spirit will rapidly decay; the precious light of Faith will gradually be extinguished until there will be an almost total and general corruption of customs. Added to this will be the effects of secular education, which will be one reason for the dearth of priestly and religious vocations. The Sacrament of Holy Orders will be ridiculed, oppressed, and despised, for in this Sacrament, the Church of God and even God Himself is scorned and despised since He is represented in His priests.
The Devil will try to persecute the ministers of the Lord in every possible way; he will labor with cruel and subtle astuteness to deviate them from the spirit of their vocation and will corrupt many of them. These depraved priests, who will scandalize the Christian people, will make the hatred of bad Catholics and the enemies of the Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church fall upon all priests. This apparent triumph of Satan will bring enormous sufferings to the good Pastors of the Church, the many good priests, and the Supreme Pastor and Vicar of Christ on Earth, who, a prisoner in the Vatican, will shed secret and bitter tears in the presence of his God and Lord, beseeching light, sanctity, and perfection for all the clergy of the world, of whom he is King and Father. Our Lord told her: My Justice will be tried to the limit by the evils and sacrileges of the 20th Century … I shall punish heresy, blasphemy and impurity.”
THE BATTLE FOR SOULS
What then? Shall we resign ourselves to despair? Never! Now, more than ever, faithful Catholics need to rally and enter the battle for souls. Now, more than ever, we need to pray for priests and religious. Now, more than ever, we need to pray and fast and offer deliverance prayers for a Church besieged on so many fronts.
To put it simply: now is the time to pray for the Holy Spirit’s Gift of Fortitude and to engage (to borrow from this week’s Catholic Free Press) in spiritual guerilla warfare. We need soldiers. This old war dog is trying to do his part. Let’s all cry out with Cicero: “Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war.”
For our war, our battle, is with principalities and powers. Ours is a spiritual war. And what is at stake is souls! Souls created in the image and likeness of God! Think of that as you pick up your “sword, breastplate and shield.”