Friday, March 29, 2013

Does Father Leo-LeBlanc consider Saint Faustina to be confused?

In a previous post, see here, I noted how Father Leo-Paul LeBlanc, the pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Winchendon, Massachusetts, dismissed the very idea that God sends punishments (or chastisements) and that these often take the form of natural disasters or storms.  Katrina should not be interpreted as a punishment or chastisement, according to Fr. LeBlanc, because "God doesn't work that way."

A couple of ugly comments have been left at this Blog asserting that I am a "religious nut" for believing that storms and other natural disasters are often (not always, but often) sent our way as chastisement for straying from God's Commandments and precepts.  Indeed, Fr. LeBlanc asserted that such belief represents "a confused theology."

Apparently Fr. LeBlanc and others would have us believe that Saint Faustina Kowalska was also "confused" or somehow a "religious nut."  Saint Faustina, known as the 'Apostle of The Divine Mercy," is considered by theologians to be among the outstanding mystics of the Church.  In her Diary (Divine Mercy in My Soul), Saint Faustina makes it crystal clear that sometimes there is a supernatural explanation for storms and other natural disasters and that they are sometimes sent to punish.  We read in Notebook VI, paragraph 1791: "When a great storm was approaching, I began to say the chaplet.  Suddenly I heard the voice of an angel: 'I cannot approach in this storm, because the light which comes from her mouth drives back both me and the storm.'  Such was the angel's complaint to God.  I then recognized how much havoc he was to have made through this storm; but I also recognized that this prayer was pleasing to God, and that this chaplet was most powerful."

Saint Faustina tells us here that the angel of God was to have created havoc through the storm and that it was prayer (specifically the Mercy Chaplet in this case) which powerfully drove back the angel of God and the havoc he intended to bring from God.

On many occasions I have offered either a Rosary or a Mercy Chaplet - and sometimes both - to pray away a predicted storm.  Back in February, my area was supposed to be slammed by a blizzard.  I prayed a Rosary asking Saint Michael to drive this storm away from my town.  A foot of snow was predicted.  But we didn't get any.  Only some light rain.  The storm veered south and dumped almost a foot on towns such as Taunton, Massachusetts.

God created nature.  And He can certainly act in and through His creation.  Lukewarm Catholics who have largely lost their supernatural faith may have difficulty believing this. They may believe that God doesn't send punishments through His creation.  But Saint Faustina assures us that such thinking is confused.


Marc said...

Another priest who considers himself wiser than a saint. Great!

Unknown said...


"COEXIST" the latest command
of the "New World Order" band
live and let live
no need to forgive
for there ain't no sin
each living their own spin

Coexistence a cold and loveless word
in a cold and loveless earth
for they have declared God dead
and worship themselves instead
mankind in his selfish pride
orchestrates the worldwide divide

but LOVE will return as LOVE
He begs us to throw in the glove
to run away from the dragon
to escape the devil's paddy wagon
to turn to the Eternal Light
be our heart broken but contrite

He will cleanse us thoroughly
from all sin and iniquity
we will live as brothers and sisters
no need to send us any twisters
no more armies, no more wars
no more enemies at our doors.

be watchful, children, be on guard
keep Me constant in your heart
My return date you don't know
but Myself suddenly I will show
in a new and peaceful Jerusalem
a new birth in a new Bethlehem

Rita Biesemans November 18 2012

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