I saw the Lord Jesus, like a king in great majesty, looking down upon our earth with great severity; but because of His Mother’s intercession, He prolonged the time of His mercy… I do not want to punish aching mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My Merciful Heart. I use punishment when they themselves force Me to do so; My hand is reluctant to take hold of the sword of justice. Before the Day of Justice, I am sending the Day of Mercy… I am prolonging the time of mercy for the sake of [sinners]. But woe to them if they do not recognize this time of My visitation…
—Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 126I, 1588, 1160
AS the first light of dawn passed through my window this morning, I found myself borrowing St. Faustina’s prayer: “O my Jesus, speak to souls Yourself, because my words are insignificant.”Diary, n. 1588 This is a difficult subject but one we cannot avoid without doing damage to the entire message of the Gospels and Sacred Tradition. I will draw from dozens of my writings to give a summary of the nearing Day of Justice.
THE DAY OF JUSTICE
Last week’s message on Divine Mercy is incomplete without its greater context: “Before the Day of Justice, I am sending the Day of Mercy…” Diary, n. 1588 If we are presently living in a “time of mercy,” it implies that this “time” will come to an end. If we are living in a “Day of Mercy,” then it will have its vigil before the dawning of the “Day of Justice.” The fact that so many in the Church wish to ignore this aspect of Christ’s message through St. Faustina is a disservice to billions of souls (see Can You Ignore Private Revelation?).
Just as the Saturday evening vigil Mass precedes Sunday—the “day of the Lord”—so too, the facts strongly suggest that we have entered into the evening vigil of the Day of Mercy, the twilight of this era. As we watch the night of deception spread over the entire earth and the works of darkness multiply—abortion, genocide, beheadings, mass shootings, terrorist bombings, pornography, human trading, child sex rings, gender ideology, sexually transmitted diseases, weapons of mass destruction, technological tyranny, clerical abuse, liturgical abuses, unfettered capitalism, the “return” of Communism, the death of freedom of speech, brutal persecutions, Jihad, climbing suicide rates, and the destruction of nature and the planet… is it not clear that it is we, not God, who are creating a planet of sorrows?
The Lord’s question: “What have you done?”, which Cain cannot escape, is addressed also to the people of today, to make them realize the extent and gravity of the attacks against life which continue to mark human history… Whoever attacks human life, in some way attacks God himself. —POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II, Evangelium Vitae; n. 10
It is a night of our own making.
Today, everything is dark, difficult, but whatever the difficulties we are going through, there is only one Person who can come to our rescue. —Cardinal Robert Sarah, interview with Valeurs Actuelles, March 27th, 2019; cited in Inside the Vatican, April 2019, p. 11
This is God’s creation. This is His world! He has every right, after having expended all mercy toward us, to exercise justice. To blow the whistle. To say enough is enough. But He also respects the awesome and fearful gift of our “free will.” Hence,
Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. (Galatians 6:7)
God will send two punishments: one will be in the form of wars, revolutions, and other evils; it shall originate on earth [man reaping what he has sown]. The other will be sent from Heaven. —Blessed Anna Maria Taigi, Catholic Prophecy, P. 76
…let us not say that it is God who is punishing us in this way; on the contrary it is people themselves who are preparing their own punishment. In his kindness God warns us and calls us to the right path, while respecting the freedom he has given us; hence people are responsible. –Sr. Lucia, one of the Fatima visionaries, in a letter to the Holy Father, May 12th, 1982; vatican.va
After 2000 years, the time has come for God to deal with those who willfully participate in the works of Satan and refuse to repent. This is why tears of blood and oil are streaming down icons and statues all over the world:
This is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. (John 3:19)
This should wake us up from our desensitized state. This should make us take stock that the things we read in the daily news are not “normal.” These things, in fact, make the angels tremble when they see humanity not only not repenting, but plunging headlong into them.
Determined is the day of justice, the day of divine wrath. The angels tremble before it. Speak to souls about this great mercy while it is still the time for [granting] mercy. —Mother of God to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 635
Yes, I know, “judgment” is not the central message of the “Good News.” Jesus makes clear, over and over again to St. Faustina, that He has been extending this present “time of mercy” in human history so that even “the greatest sinner” cf. The Great Refuge and Safe Harbour can turn back to Him. That even if a soul’s sins “be as scarlet,” He is ready to forgive all and heal one’s wounds. Even from the Old Testament, we know God’s heart toward the hardened sinner:
…though I say to the wicked that they shall die, if they turn away from sin and do what is just and right — returning pledges, restoring stolen goods, walking by statutes that bring life, doing nothing wrong — they shall surely live; they shall not die. (Ezekiel 33:14-15)
But Scripture is also clear of those who persist in sin:
If we sin deliberately after receiving knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains sacrifice for sins but a fearful prospect of judgment and a flaming fire that is going to consume the adversaries. (Heb 10:26)
This “fearful prospect” is why the angels tremble because this Day of Justice is approaching. As Jesus said in yesterday’s Gospel:
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains upon him. (John 3:36)
The Day of Justice is reserved for those who reject the love and mercy of God for the sake of pleasure, money, and power. But, and this is so important, it is also a day of blessing for the Church. What do I mean?
THE DAY IS… NOT A DAY
We are given the “big picture” from Our Lord as to what this Day of Justice is:
Speak to the world about My mercy; let all mankind recognize My unfathomable mercy. It is a sign for the end times; after it will come the Day of Justice. —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 848
In the context of the “end times”, the Day of Justice is the same as what Tradition calls “the day of the Lord.” This is understood as the “day” when Jesus comes to “judge the living and the dead”, as we recite in our Creed.cf. The Last Judgments While Evangelical Christians speak of this as a twenty-four day—literally, the last day on earth—the Early Church Fathers taught something entirely different based on the oral and written Tradition passed onto them:
Behold, the Day of the Lord shall be a thousand years. —Letter of Barnabas, The Fathers of the Church, Ch. 15
…this day of ours, which is bounded by the rising and the setting of the sun, is a representation of that great day to which the circuit of a thousand years affixes its limits. —Lactantius, Fathers of the Church: The Divine Institutes, Book VII, Chapter 14, Catholic Encyclopedia; www.newadvent.org
The “thousand years” they are referring to is in Chapter 20 of the Book of Revelation and also spoken of by St. Peter in his discourse on the day of judgment:
…with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day. (2 Pet 3:8)
Essentially, the “thousand years” symbolizes an extended “period of peace” or what the Church Fathers called a “sabbath rest.” They saw the first four thousand years of human history before Christ, and then the two thousand years after, leading up to the present day, as paralleling the “six days” of creation. On the seventh day, God rested. Thus, drawing upon St. Peter’s analogy, the Fathers saw…
…as if it were a fit thing that the saints should thus enjoy a kind of Sabbath-rest during that period, a holy leisure after the labors of six thousand years since man was created… (and) there should follow on the completion of six thousand years, as of six days, a kind of seventh-day Sabbath in the succeeding thousand years… And this opinion would not be objectionable, if it were believed that the joys of the saints, in that Sabbath, shall be spiritual, and consequent on the presence of God… —St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430 A.D.; Church Doctor), De Civitate Dei, Bk. XX, Ch. 7, Catholic University of America Press
And that is precisely what God has in store for the Church: a “spiritual” gift consequent upon a new outpouring of the Spirit to “renew the face of the earth.”
However, this rest will be impossible unless two things happen. As Jesus conveyed to Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta:
…the chastisments are necessary; this will serve to prepare the ground so that the Kingdom of the Supreme Fiat [the Divine Will] may form in the midst of the human family. So, many lives, which will be an obstacle to the triumph of my Kingdom, will disappear from the face of the earth… —Diary, September 12th, 1926; The Crown of Sanctity On the Revelations of Jesus to Luisa Piccarreta, Daniel O’Connor, p. 459
First, Christ must come to put to an end to the ungodly global system of control and governance that is quickly corralling the entire world into its power (see The Great Corralling). This system is what St. John called “the beast.” Just as Our Lady, the “woman clothed in the sun and crowned with twelve stars” cf. Rev 12:1-2 is a personification of the Church, the “beast” will find its personification in the “son of perdition” or “Antichrist.” It is this “new world order” and “lawless one” whom Christ must destroy in order to inaugurate an “era of peace.”
The beast that rises up is the epitome of evil and falsehood, so that the full force of apostasy which it embodies can be cast into the fiery furnace. —St. Irenaeus of Lyons, Church Father (140–202 A.D.); Adversus Haereses, 5, 29
This will begin the “seventh day” to be followed later by the “eighth” and eternal day, which is the end of the world.
…His Son will come and destroy the time of the lawless one and judge the godless, and change the sun and the moon and the stars—then He shall indeed rest on the seventh day… after giving rest to all things, I will make the beginning of the eighth day, that is, the beginning of another world. —Letter of Barnabas (70-79 A.D.), written by a second century Apostolic Father
This judgment of the Antichrist and his followers, a judgment “of the living”, is described as follows:
And then the lawless one will be revealed, and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by his appearing and his coming. (2 Thessalonians 2:8)
Yes, with a puff of his lips, Jesus will put an end to the arrogance of the world’s billionaires, banksters, and bosses who are unreservedly refashioning creation in their own image:
Fear God and give him glory, for his time has come to sit in judgment [upon]… Babylon the great [and]… anyone who worships the beast or its image, or accepts its mark on forehead or hand… Then I saw the heavens opened, and there was a white horse; its rider was called “Faithful and True.” He judges and wages war in righteousness… The beast was caught and with it the false prophet… The rest were killed by the sword that came out of the mouth of the one riding the horse… (Rev 14:7-10, 19:11, 20-21)
This was also prophesied by Isaiah who likewise foretold, in strikingly parallel language, a coming judgment followed by a period of peace.
He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked. Justice shall be the band around his waist, and faithfulness a belt upon his hips. Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb… the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD, as water covers the sea…. On that day, The Lord shall again take it in hand to reclaim the remnant of his people that is left… When your judgment dawns upon the earth, the world’s inhabitants learn justice. (Isaiah 11:4-11; 26:9)
This effectively ushers in, not the end of the world, but the dawn of the Day of the Lord when Christ will reign in His saints after Satan is chained in the abyss for the rest of the Day or “thousand years” (cf. Rev 20:1-6 and The Resurrection of the Church).
THE DAY OF VINDICATION
So, it is not only a day of judgment, but a day of vindication of God’s Word. Indeed, Our Lady’s tears are not only sorrow for the unrepentant, but joy for the “triumph” that is coming. For both Isaiah and St. John testify that, after a severe judgment, there is coming a new glory and beauty that God wishes to bestow upon the Church in the final stage of her earthly pilgrimage:
Nations shall behold your vindication, and all kings your glory; You shall be called by a new name pronounced by the mouth of the LORD… To the victor I shall give some of the hidden manna; I shall also give a white amulet upon which is inscribed a new name, which no one knows except the one who receives it. (Isaiah 62:1-2; Rev 2:17)
What is coming is essentially the fulfillment of the Pater Noster, the “Our Father” that we pray each day: “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” The coming of Christ’s Kingdom is synonymous with His will being done “as it is in heaven.” “…every day in the prayer of the Our Father we ask the Lord: “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:10)…. we recognize that “heaven” is where the will of God is done, and that “earth” becomes “heaven”—i.e., the place of the presence of love, of goodness, of truth and of divine beauty—only if on earth the will of God is done.” —POPE BENEDICT XVI, General Audience, February 1st, 2012, Vatican City I love the subtitle of Daniel O’Connor’s powerful new book on this subject:
Two Thousand Years Later, the Greatest Prayer Will Not Go Unanswered.
What Adam and Eve lost in the Garden—that is, the union of their wills with the Divine Will, which enabled their cooperation in the holy prodigies of creation—will be restored in the Church.
The gift of Living in the Divine Will restores to the redeemed the gift that prelapsarian Adam possessed and that generated divine light, life and sanctity in creation… —Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, The Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the Writings of Luisa Piccarreta (Kindle Locations 3180-3182); NB. This work bears the Vatican University’s seals of approval as well as ecclesiastical approval
Jesus revealed to Servant of God Luisa Piccaretta His plan for the next era, this “seventh day”, this “sabbatth rest” or “noon” of the Day of the Lord:
I desire, therefore, that My children enter My Humanity and copy what the Soul of My Humanity did in the Divine Will… Rising above every creature, they will restore the rights of Creation— My own as well as those of creatures. They will bring all things to the prime origin of Creation and to the purpose for which Creation came to be… —Rev. Joseph. Iannuzzi, The Splendor of Creation: The Triumph of the Divine Will on Earth and the Era of Peace in the Writings of the Church Fathers, Doctors and Mystics (Kindle Location 240)
In essence, Jesus wishes that His own interior life become that of His Bride in order to make her “without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” Eph 5:27 In today’s Gospel, we read that Christ’s interior life was essentially a communion with the Father in His Divine Will: “The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.” John 14:10
While perfection is reserved for Heaven, there is a certain liberation of creation, starting with man, that is part of God’s plan for the Era of Peace:
Thus is the full action of the original plan of the Creator delineated: a creation in which God and man, man and woman, humanity and nature are in harmony, in dialogue, in communion. This plan, upset by sin, was taken up in a more wondrous way by Christ, Who is carrying it out mysteriously but effectively in the present reality, in the expectation of bringing it to fulfillment… —POPE JOHN PAUL II, General Audience, February 14, 2001
So, when we speak of Christ coming at the dawn of the Day of the Lord for a purification and renewal of the earth, we are speaking of an interior coming of Christ’s Kingdom within individual souls that will manifest literally in a civilization of love that, for a time (a “thousand years”), will bring the witness and full scope of the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Indeed, Jesus said, “this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14
The Catholic Church, which is the kingdom of Christ on earth, [is] destined to be spread among all men and all nations… —POPE PIUS XI, Quas Primas, Encyclical, n. 12, Dec. 11th, 1925
The Church, which comprises the elect, is fittingly styled daybreak or dawn… It will be fully day for her when she shines with the perfect brilliance of interior light. —St. Gregory the Great, Pope; Liturgy of the Hours, Vol III, p. 308
The Catechism summarizes the gift of living in the Divine Will, with which the Church will be crowned, quite beautifully:
It would not be inconsistent with the truth to understand the words, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” to mean: “in the Church as in our Lord Jesus Christ himself”; or “in the Bride who has been betrothed, just as in the Bridegroom who has accomplished the will of the Father.” —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2827
GOD WINS… THE CHURCH TRIUMPHS
This is why, when Jesus said to St. Faustina…
You will prepare the world for My final coming. —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 429
…Pope Benedict clarified that this does not imply the imminent end of the world when Jesus will return to “judge the dead” (the twilight of the Day of the Lord) and establish a “new heavens and a new earth”, the “eighth day”—what is traditionally known as the “Second Coming.”
If one took this statement in a chronological sense, as an injunction to get ready, as it were, immediately for the Second Coming, it would be false. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Light of the World, A Conversation with Peter Seewald, p. 180-181
Indeed, even the death of Antichrist is but an omen of that final eschatological event:
St. Thomas and St. John Chrysostom explain the words quem Dominus Jesus destruet illustratione adventus sui (“whom the Lord Jesus will destroy with the brightness of His coming”) in the sense that Christ will strike the Antichrist by dazzling him with a brightness that will be like an omen and sign of His Second Coming… —The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life, Fr. Charles Arminjon (1824-1885), p. 56-57; Sophia Institute Press
Rather, as you’ve read, there is much, much more to come, summarized here by the authors of the Catholic Encyclopedia:
The more noteworthy of the prophecies bearing upon “latter times” seem to have one common end, to announce great calamities impending over mankind, the triumph of the Church, and the renovation of the world. —Catholic Encyclopedia, Prophecy, www.newadvent.org
In the book The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of Future Life (a book St. Thérèse called “one of the greatest graces of my life”), author Fr. Charles Arminjon states:
…if we study but a moment the signs of the present time, the menacing symptoms of our political situation and revolutions, as well as the progress of civilization and the increasing advance of evil, corresponding to the progress of civiliation and the discoveries in the material order, we cannot fail to foresee the proximity of the coming of the man of sin, and of the days of desolation foretold by Christ. —The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life, Fr. Charles Arminjon (1824-1885), p. 58; Sophia Institute Press
However, the Antichrist is not the last word. The wicked who presently hold power are not the final word. The architects of this culture of death are not the final word. The persecutors who are driving Christianity into the ground are not the final word. No, Jesus Christ and His Word are the final word. The fulfillment of the Our Father is the final word. The unity of all under one Shepherd is the final word.
Is it really credible that the day when all people will be united in this long-sought harmony will be the one when the heavens shall pass away with great violence — that the period when the Church Militant enters her fullness will coincide with that of the final catastrophe? Would Christ cause the Church to be born again, in all her glory and all the splendor of her beauty, only to dry up forthwith the springs of her youth and her inexhaustible fecundity?… The most authoritative view, and the one that appears to be most in harmony with Holy Scripture, is that, after the fall of the Antichrist, the Catholic Church will once again enter upon a period of prosperity and triumph. —Fr. Charles Arminjon, Ibid., p. 58, 57
“And they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.” [John 10:16] May God… shortly bring to fulfillment His prophecy for transforming this consoling vision of the future into a present reality… It is God’s task to bring about this happy hour and to make it known to all… When it does arrive, it will turn out to be a solemn hour, one big with consequences not only for the restoration of the Kingdom of Christ, but for the pacification of… the world. We pray most fervently, and ask others likewise to pray for this much-desired pacification of society. —POPE PIUS XI, Ubi Arcani dei Consilioi “On the Peace of Christ in his Kingdom”, December 23, 1922
Now, I think my reader will understand what my role is… which unofficially began at World Youth day some seventeen years ago…
Dear young people, it is up to you to be the watchmen of the morning who announce the coming of the sun who is the Risen Christ! —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Message of the Holy Father to the Youth of the World, XVII World Youth Day, n. 3; (cf. Is 21:11-12)
…and the role of Our Lady:
It is Mary’s prerogative to be the Morning Star, which heralds in the sun… When she appears in the darkness, we know that He is close at hand. He is Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Behold He comes quickly, and His reward is with Him, to render to everyone according to his works. “Surely I come quickly. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.” —Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman, Letter to the Rev. E. B. Pusey; “Difficulties of Anglicans”, Volume II
Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus!
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|Diary, n. 1588
|Diary, n. 1588
|cf. The Great Refuge and Safe Harbour
|cf. The Last Judgments
|cf. Rev 12:1-2
|“…every day in the prayer of the Our Father we ask the Lord: “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:10)…. we recognize that “heaven” is where the will of God is done, and that “earth” becomes “heaven”—i.e., the place of the presence of love, of goodness, of truth and of divine beauty—only if on earth the will of God is done.” —POPE BENEDICT XVI, General Audience, February 1st, 2012, Vatican City
|cf. The Popes, and the Dawning Era