Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Where is the promise of his coming?

"Know this first of all, that in the last days scoffers will come (to) scoff, living according to their own desires and saying, "Where is the promise of his coming? From the time when our ancestors fell asleep, everything has remained as it was from the beginning of creation." They deliberately ignore the fact that the heavens existed of old and earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God; through these the world that then existed was destroyed, deluged with water. The present heavens and earth have been reserved by the same word for fire, kept for the day of judgment and of destruction of the godless." (2 Peter 3: 3-7).

Our Lord, in His Divine Mercy, has answered:

"..Souls perish in spite of My bitter Passion. I am giving them the last hope of salvation; that is, the Feast of My Mercy. If they will not adore My Mercy, they will perish for all eternity. Secretary of My Mercy, write, tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice, is near." (Our Lord to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, No. 965).

"Let the greatest sinners place their trust in My mercy. They have the right before others to trust in the abyss of My Mercy. My daughter, write about My mercy towards tormented souls. Souls that make an appeal to My mercy delight Me. To such souls I grant even more graces than they ask. I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy. Write: before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy. He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice..." (Our Lord to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, No. 1146).

While St. Faustina was in prayer, she heard Our Lord say to her, "I bear a special love for Poland, and if she will be obedient to My will, I will exalt her in might and holiness. From her will come forth the spark that will prepare the world for my final coming." And what is this "spark from Poland"? Pope John Paul II of course. A Pope who was a true mystic consecrated entirely [Totus Tuus] to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Mother of Mercy. Recall the first words of his pontificate: "Open wide the doors to Christ."

Pope John Paul II's pontificate was a very real preparation for Our Lord's final coming. Recall his words, "We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel and the anti-Gospel… It is a trial which the whole Church . . . must take up." (November 9, 1978, issue of The Wall Street Journal).

There are scoffers. There are people who believe this holy Pontiff, this true mystic, was wrong. But was he? Do we not see (if we are honest) the signs of death and decay throughout our world? A world which has grown tired of striving to be holy?

Now, more than ever, we must have recourse to the Divine Mercy. We must open wide the doors of our hearts to His Mercy. If not, we will face His Justice.


Alex said...

Our Blessed Mother accomplished so much through the Pope who consecrated his whole life to her. What a tremendous gift to the Church Karol Wojtyla was. Thanks to him, we have a new Catechism to teach, correct and reprove, the Church's true teaching contained in one volume.

In my view, we are in the last times before the Second Coming. Have we ever seen such wide-spread apostasy in the developed nations before. No. The Christian West is dying. But our true home is in Heaven. We await, as the Word says, a new heavens and a new earth where righteousness is at home.

Abigail Meenan said...

Jesus told us to learn a lesson from the fig tree. But are we? For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Ellen Wironken said...

I have always enjoyed praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet. And since Jesus told Faustina that He was calling people to embrace His Mercy before His Second Coming, I think we should all take this very seriously. Faustina has been raised to the altars of the Church. And her writings approved by the Church. Yet we hear little or nothing about the Divine Mercy in our parishes or the need for reconciliation, a need which was stressed by Our Lady of La Salette. Why is that?

Michael Cole said...

The Mercy Chaplet is needed today more than ever. I too pray it every day. Interesting post Paul. Never realized that John Paul was the spark from Poland referred to in the Diary. Thanks for sharing that.

Sanctus Belle said...

I need to be much more mindful of the chaplet of Divine Mercy. I thank the Lord every year and am exceedingly grateful for the Feast of Divine Mercy. What a great gift to the world, how few there are who take advantage of it!

Bruce T. said...

Jesus is extending His mercy to a broken world so in need of it. Sadly, most spurn His mercy and refuse to reconcile with Him and His Church. But the day will come (and no one knows that day or hour) when death will suddenly arrive and it will be too late for repentance.

Eeryone should strive to live in God's grace at all times and to appeal to His mercy while they still have the chance.

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