Resistance Advice

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Resistance Advice

The “Resistance” may or may not organize,
But suff’ring will be its hallmark and its prize.

A precious exchange of e-mails came recently over my desk which I am sure many souls in their difficult circumstances of today will appreciate. The problem comes from a typical 21 st century city-dweller who has the Faith but feels abandoned. The solution presented here is based on a prophecy of Our Lady from the 17 th century! Firstly, the problem:—

“I am a female nurse from Germany, 48 years old. 12 years ago I entered a Convent and loved it, trying to deepen my relationship with God, but after 10 years I had to leave because of the modernism. I could not take my final vows because the Community was far from the Truth. I thought that leaving would please my heavenly Father and make me a kind of heroine in his eyes, but now I am very sad, and feel abandoned by God, not at all like a heroine.

“Two years ago I did get a job back in the hospital where I worked before entering the Convent, but here I am back in the world where the people around me are ignorant or modern, where nobody has any faith, and if they do, they don’t know why. I am too old to be able to find a job close to the sacraments. Shift work stops me from getting to Mass every Sunday. The nearest Traditional Mass is an hour’s drive away. So here I am, sitting in the dark, with little access to the sacraments. The situation in Church and world is so confused that I just do not know what to do. Where is there a way out of the darkness? Where do I go to figure out what I am supposed to do with my life? “

And now in answer to the problem, advice which any number of us in the quote-unquote Resistance, seeking to withstand the worldwide apostasy, can take to heart:—

“Dear friend, in Ecuador in 1634 Our Lady gave to a holy nun almost direct guidance for us in these unholy times which we are blessed to live in (even though they may not feel like a blessing). She promised that there would always be, despite the worldwide apostasy, souls that would remain faithful and would preserve the treasure of the Faith and virtues. But they would suffer a cruel, unspeakable and prolonged martyrdom. She said, ‘ In order to free men from bondage to the heresies all around, the souls chosen by my Most Holy Son to effect the restoration will need great strength of will, constancy, valour and confidence in God. To test this faith and confidence of the just, there will be occasions where all will seem to be lost. Just then will be the happy beginning of the restoration.’

“There is an excellent summary of this message of Our Lady on the Internet at: OUR LADY OF GOOD SUCCESS: prophetic revelations made to Venerable Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres.

“Many of us find ourselves in similar circumstances to yours. We are deprived of the help and strength which comes from living in a community surrounded by our fellow Catholics with a rule and Superior to guide us . While I am not a religious, it is still a tremendous suffering for me to be deprived of Sacraments, priests and fellow Catholics, and to find myself having to work in the very world which my heart, mind and soul reject. But this is the suffering God is permitting for many of us and the very suffering we must embrace, being in union with His will for each of us, uniting our sufferings to those which our beloved Saviour suffered and offered for us. By so doing we are drawn to Him like His little ones. He has not forgotten you. On the contrary, by all you endure, you give to His Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary much needed consolation and may perhaps be obtaining graces for those who have lost the Faith.”

Kyrie eleison.
 

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I came across the following words that were written by a man called Tocqueville who wrote on matters relating to society :

A man facing danger rarely remains as he was: he will either rise well above his habitual level or sink well below it.
and
In nations as well as individuals, however, it is more common to see the very immanence of danger act as a midwife to extraordinary virtues.
I am not commending the author of these words, for I know nothing about him. But truth has a quality to stand on its own feet no matter who speaks it. Translating that from a Catholic/religious point of view I have long wondered and awaited the fulfilment of Jeremiah's words:

I will give my law in their bowels, and I will write it in their heart: and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying: Know the Lord: for all shall know me from the least of them even to the greatest, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. Jer. 31: 33-34
The devil is no doubt very happy about his success in dividing the Priesthood. But since God only allows this evil angel full rein in order to bring about HIS divine purposes are we not being forced into the desert where there is barely enough to eat, let alone finding someone to tell us what to do and what to think? In His human nature Our Lord prayed unceasingly to His heavenly Father Whom He gave to us as Our Father also. All the Saints and Martyrs have followed His example literally through Christ by entering the desert voluntarily, or entering caves, refusing to emerge until they had found Him for whom they searched. They knew He was there to be found and surely that is the key....for we know He is there to be found = our faith.

They had reached a stage where human/natural belief in the Church's teachings had to progress to a state of continuous supernatural dependence on Our Father by way of Christ's Passion - the only way. What they showed us poor souls is that, when reduced to a state of desolation/abandonment, as was Christ when he 'gave up his soul'* that the time has come to put into practice our naked faith and begin creating a different world around us....His World.

This evil world will continue to exist, causing suffering until the job allotted to each one of us is done. The suffering ends when we go with the pain instead of fighting it. Every mother knows that. Prior to the birth of her child she is in labour unable to avoid it, then when the time comes, she is given the power to work with the third stage of her labour and produce the child by co-operating with each 'contraction'. This simple natural analogy sums up the first stage, the purgation stage, that has to be endured while Our Lord strips the soul of its state of inherited sin, preparing for the time when the new person-in-christ is born. Purged, the soul then co-operates with graces to carry out its mission.

* "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"

 
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