Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Pope John Paul II was preparing the Church for Calvary...

In his book "Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way," Pope John Paul II was really calling upon the Church to ready itself for Calvary. He wrote, "Beginning with Abraham, the faith of each of his sons represents a constant leaving behind of what is cherished, familiar, and personal, in order to open up to the unknown, trusting in the truth we share and the common future we all have in God. We are all invited to turn toward the God who, in Jesus Christ, opened Himself to us, 'breaking down the dividing wall of enmity' (Eph. 2:14) in order to draw us to Himself through the Cross. In Jesus Christ we see: fidelity to the Father's call, an open heart for everyone He meets, a constant journeying that provides 'nowhere to lay his head' (cf. Matt. 8:20), and finally the Cross, through which to attain the victoryof the Ressurrection. This is Christ - who goes forward boldly, allowing nothing to stand in his way until all is accomplished, 'until He ascends to His Father and our Father' (cf. John 20:17), the One Who is 'the same yesterday, today, and for ever' (cf. Heb. 13:8).

Faith in Him, then, is a ceaseless opening up to God's ceaseless overtures into our world, it is our movement towards God, Who for His part leads people towards one another....When 'His hour' had come, Jesus said to those who were with Him in the Garden of Gethsemane, to Peter, James, and John, His closest disciples: 'Rise, let us be on our way' (cf. Mark 14:42). Not only He must 'be on his way' to fulfill His Father's will: they, too, must go with Him....Even if these words indicate a time of trial, great effort, and a painful cross, we must not allow ourselves to give way to fear. They are also words of peace and joy, the fruit of faith. On another occasion, to the same three disciples, Jesus said: 'Rise, and do not be afraid!' (Matt 17:7). God's love does not impose burdens upon us that we cannot carry, nor make demands of us that we cannot fulfill. For whatever He asks of us, He provides the help that is needed." (pp. 214-215).

Why was our beloved Holy Father writing these words at this present time in our history? To prepare the Church for Calvary. Our Lady told Father Gobbi that, "The hour of Calvary has arrived for the Church, called to offer herself in holocaust and to be immolated on the cross of her bloody martyrdom...The hour of Calvary has arrived for you, my beloved ones, because you have now entered into the conclusive time of the great tribulation. As Mother, I am leading you each day to the fulfillment of your priestly immolation." (Message 519).
We read in 675 of the Catechism: "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." And in 677: "The Church will enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover, when she will follow her Lord in his death and Ressurrection.."
This is the reality which we Christians must prepare for through prayer.
Photo above is of Blessed Miguel Pro, S.J. It was the final shot which killed him and sent him to the Lord Jesus. I am blessed to have a relic containing a piece of his coffin which I obtained from the late Ann Ball, a Catholic author who worked promoting his cause.


Stewart said...

Padre Pio always said "Pray and trust." Let us answer that call and Rise and be on our way.

Ellen Wironken said...

The wider circles of the Catholic community seem totally unaware of the persecution which is coming. Some ignore the signs of the times because they are not spiritually prepared to face them; others are busy eating, shopping and seeking out various entertainments; still others seem to hold to Teilhard's ridiculous notion of a humanity evolving and progressing into the "Omega Point."

But, as you have reminded us, the Church MUST pass through Calvary as her Master did. There is just no way around this truth.

Derek said...

The Word of God: "Then the dragon became angry with the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring, those who keep God’s commandments and bear witness to Jesus." (Rev 12:17)

Maranatha: Come Lord Jesus!

Sanctus Belle said...

I had not seen that particular photo of Blessed Miguel Pro's martyrdom. How chilling it is assuming he was alive at that moment after being shot by the firing squad.

We live in a time when we must all be ready and willing to die for our faith and I echo Derek's words;

Come Lord Jesus, come!

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