De Refuge fir eis Zäiten

 

DEN Grousse Stuerm wéi en Orkan dat huet sech duerch ganz Mënschheet verbreet wäert net ophalen bis et säin Enn erreecht huet: d'Reinigung vun der Welt. Als esou, grad wéi an der Zäit vum Noah, gëtt Gott en Ark fir seng Leit se ze schützen an e "Rescht" ze konservéieren. Mat Léift an Drénglechkeet bieden ech meng Lieser net méi Zäit ze verschwenden a fänken d'Schrëtt an de Refuge ze klammen, deen Gott zur Verfügung gestallt huet ...

 

WHAT IS THIS REFUGE?

For decades, there have been murmurings in Catholic circles about “refuges”—wuertwiertlech places on earth where God will preserve a remnant. Is this just fantasy, delusion, or do they exist? I will address that question near the end because there is something far more important than physical protection: geeschtege Refuge.

In the approved apparitions at Fatima, Our Lady had shown the three seers a vision of Hell. She then said:

Dir hutt d'Häll gesinn, wou d'Séilen vun aarme Sënner goen. Fir se ze retten, wëllt Gott an der Welt Engagement fir mäin Immaculate Heart etabléieren. Wann dat, wat ech Iech soen, gemaach gëtt, gi vill Séilen gerett an et gëtt Fridde. -Message bei Fatima, Vatikan.va

This is an extraordinary statement—one sure to ruffle the feathers of evangelical Christians. Because God is saying that Wee to “Jesus the Way” (Jn 14:6) is through devotion to Our Lady. But the Christian who knows his Bible will recall that indeed, in the end times, a “woman” has an extraordinary part to play in the defeat of Satan (Rev 12:1-17) that was announced from the very beginning:

I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel. (Genesis 3:15)

Op dësem universellen Niveau, wann de Sieg kënnt da gëtt et vu Maria bruecht. Christus wäert duerch hatt erueweren, well hie wëll datt d'Kierch d'Victoiren elo an an der Zukunft mat hir verbonne sinn ... -POPE JOHN PAUL II, Kräizt den Drempel vun der Hoffnung, p. 221

Devotion to the Immaculate Heart, then, is at the center of this triumphéieren. Cardinal Ratzinger provides a proper context:

In biblical language, the “heart” indicates the center of human life, the point where reason, will, temperament and sensitivity converge, where the person finds his unity and his interior orientation. According to Matthew 5:8 [“Blessed are the pure of heart…”], the “immaculate heart” is a heart which, with God’s grace, has come to perfect interior unity and therefore “sees God.” To be “devoted” to the Immaculate Heart of Mary means therefore to embrace this attitude of heart, wat mécht den Fiat- "Äre Wëlle gëtt gemaach" - dat definéierend Zentrum vu sengem ganze Liewen. Et kéint dogéint sinn datt mir kee Mënsch tëscht eis selwer a Christus sollte stellen. Awer dann erënnere mer eis datt de Paul net gezéckt huet fir senge Gemeinschaften ze soen: "imitéiert mech" (1 Kor 4:16; Phil 3:17; 1 Th 1: 6; 2 Th 3: 7, 9). Am Apostel kéinte se konkret gesinn, wat et heescht Christus ze verfollegen. Awer vu wiem kënne mir besser an all Alter léieren wéi vun der Mamm vum Här? - Kardinol Ratzginer, (POPE BENEDICT XVI), Message bei Fatima, Vatikan.va

Devotion to the Immaculate Heart, then, is not like some kind of “lucky charm” that circumvents the ordinary paths of salvation: faith, repentance, good works, etc. (cf. Eph 2:8-9); it does not replace virtue but helps us to attain it. It is precisely through devotion to her Immaculate Heart—to her example, obedience, and recourse to her intercession—that we are provided the spiritual help and strength to remain upon those paths. And this help is real! I want to cry out with all my heart that this “Woman clothed in the Sun” is not a symbolic mother but an tatsächlech mother in the order of grace. She is a real and actual Buedem for sinners.

…the Blessed Virgin’s salutary influence on men… flows forth from the superabundance of the merits of Christ, rests on his mediation, depends entirely on it, and draws all its power from it. -Catechismus vun der Kathoulescher Kierch, n. 970 verkaaft

The biggest reason Christians fear any kind of devotion to Mary is that she will somehow steal Christ’s thunder. Rather, she is the Blitz that shows the way to Him. Indeed, in her second apparition at Fatima, Our Lady said:

Mäin Immakulatiounshäerz wäert Äre Refuge sinn an de Wee deen Iech zur Gott féiert. - Eis Lady vu Fatima, den 13. Juni 1917, D'Offenbarung vun den zwee Häerzer an der moderner Zäit, www.ewtn.com

 

HOW IS SHE A REFUGE?

How exactly is Our Lady’s Heart a “refuge”? She is so, simply, because God has deigned it so.

The maternal duty of Mary toward men in no wise obscures or diminishes this unique mediation of Christ, but rather shows His power. For all the salvific influence of the Blessed Virgin on men originates, not from some inner necessity, but from the divine pleasure.  - Zweet Vatikanescht Rot, Lumen Gentium, n. 60

Christ willed that she be not only His mother, but the mother of all of us, His Mystical Body. This divine exchange took place beneath the Cross:

"Fra, kuck, däin Jong." Du sot hien zum Jünger: "Kuckt, Är Mamm." A vun där Stonn huet de Jünger hatt a säin Heem bruecht. (Johannes 19: 26-27)

So that’s what Jesus wants us to do also: take Mary into our hearts and home. When we do, she takes us into her heart—an Immaculate Heart that is “full of grace.” By virtue of her spiritual motherhood she is able to nurture her children, as it were, with the milk of these graces. Don’t ask me how she does it, I just know that she does! Does jiddereen even know how the Holy Spirit works?

De Wand bléist wou e wëll, an Dir kënnt de Sound héieren deen e mécht, awer Dir wësst net wou et kënnt oder wou et geet; sou ass et mat jidderengem deen aus dem Geescht gebuer ass. (Johann 3: 8)

Well, so it is with the spouse of the Holy Spirit. She is able to care for us and provide spiritual refuge, as any good mother would, because it is the Will of the Father. Thus, it is her role in these times to protect her children in the Great Storm that is now upon us.

Meng Immaculate Heart: et ass däi sécherst Buedem an d'Mëttel vun der Erléisung déi Gott zu dëser Zäit gëtt d'Kierch an d'Mënschheet ... Wien net an dëst erakënnt Buedem gëtt vum Grousse Tempest matgeholl dee schonn ugefaang huet rosen.  -Eis Lady zu Fr. Stefano Gobbi, 8. Dezember 1975, n. 88, 154 vun der Blo Buch

Et ass de Buedem déi Är himmlesch Mamm fir Iech virbereet huet. Hei sidd Dir sécher vun all Gefor an am Moment vum Stuerm fannt Dir Äre Fridden. -Bidden. n. 177

Listen to those promises! We ought to accept this gift for what it is and make haste into this refuge.

D'Maria hir Mamm, déi dem Mënsch seng Ierfschaft gëtt, ass eng Cadeau: a gift which Christ himself makes personally to every individual. The Redeemer entrusts Mary to John because he entrusts John to Mary. At the foot of the Cross there begins that special entrusting of humanity to the Mother of Christ, which in the history of the Church has been practiced and expressed in different ways… -POPE JOHN PAUL II, Redemptoris Mater, n. 45 verkaaft

 

THE ROSARY AND THE REFUGE

It is through the practice and express devotion to Our Mother that we have already learned the promise of “refuge” in her to be true. For example, one of the Fifteen Promises Our Lady conveyed to St. Dominic and Blessed Alan regarding those who pray the Rosary, is that it…

... wäert eng ganz mächteg Rüstung géint d'Häll sinn; et wäert Vize zerstéieren, vu Sënn liwweren an Heresy verdreiwen. —Erosary.com

It is no coincidence, then, that Heaven has renewed its call through many seers in the past year to pray the rosary deeglech. For the Rosary remains the preeminent devotion to the Immaculate Heart:

The Church has always attributed particular efficacy to this prayer… the most difficult problems. At times when Christianity itself seemed under threat, its deliverance was attributed to the power of this prayer, and Our Lady of the Rosary was acclaimed as the one whose intercession brought salvation. -POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, n. 39 verkaaft

This should not surprise us, for the Catechism teaches that the Church “is prefigured by Noah’s ark, which alone saves from the flood.” [1]Catechismus vun der Kathoulescher Kierch, n. 845 ewechzekréien At the same time, the Church teaches that Mary “is the ‘exemplary realization’ (Tippfeeler) of the Church” [2]CCC, n. 967 or put another way:

Helleg Maria… du gouf d'Bild vun der Kierch déi soll kommen ... - POPE BENEDICT XVI, Spez Salvi, n.50

As such, she is also a kind of “ark” for believers. In the approved apparitions to Elizabeth Kindelmann, Jesus himself said:

Meng Mamm ass dem Noah seng Ark ... - D'Flam vun der Léift, p. 109; Imprimatur vum Äerzbëschof Charles Chaput

And to Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, Our Lady said her Heart is “Den Ark of refuge.”[3]The Virgin in the Kingdom of the Divine Will, Dag 29 Think of each Rosary bead, then, as though Schrëtt that lead into the Ark of her Heart. Pray the Rosary with your family every day. Gather as though you are entering the Ark before the rain. Resist the temptation to ignore not only this heavenly plea, but St. John Paul II’s cry for the Church to take up the Rosary: “May this appeal of mine not go unheard!”[4]Rosarium Virginis Mariae, n. 43 verkaaft

As for your fallen away children, I want to extend to parents and grandparents my writing Dir sidd Noah. There, you will find encouragement regarding your loved ones who have abandoned the faith. Praying the Rosary for our fallen away children is like laying down little stones upon a rough path that leads to the Ark. It’s your job to lay these pebbles; it’s Heaven’s role and timing as to how and when your loved ones will find them.

Of course, everything I’ve just said assumes that you will let Our Lady mother you! In Catholic vocabulary, this is called “consecration to Mary.” Read Déi Geseent Helfer to hear about my own consecration and find a prayer of consecration that you can say yourself.

 

THE PHYSICAL REFUGES

Clearly, devotion to Our Lady has provided not only spiritual but kierperlech protection to the Church. Think of the miraculous defeat of the Ottoman forces at Lepanto… or how those priests praying the Rosary at Hiroshima were miraculously protected from the atomic blast and even radiation burns:

Mir gleewen datt mir iwwerlieft hunn well mir de Message vu Fatima gelieft hunn. Mir hu gelieft a gebiet de Rousekranz all Dag an deem Heem. —Fr. Hubert Schiffer, ee vun den Iwwerliewenden, déi nach 33 Joer bei gudder Gesondheet gelieft hunn, mat net emol Niewewierkunge vu Stralung;  www.holysouls.com

In all times of persecution, God has provided some kind of physical protection to preserve, at the very least, a remnant of His People (read Déi kommend Solituden a Refugiéen). Noah’s ark was really the first physical refuge. And who can fail to recall how St. Joseph was awoken at night to lead his the Holy Family into the refuge of the desert?[5]Matt 2: 12-14 Or how God inspired Joseph to store grain for seven years?[6]Gen 41:47-49  Or how the Maccabees found refuge in persecution?

The king sent messengers… to prohibit holocausts, sacrifices, and libations in the sanctuary… Many of the people, those who abandoned the law, joined them and committed evil in the land. Israel was driven into hiding, wherever places of refuge could be found. (1 Macc 1:44-53)

Tatsächlech huet de fréie Kierchepater Lactantius Refugiéen virgesinn an enger zukünfteger Zäit vum Gesetzlosegkeet:

Dat wäert d'Zäit sinn an där Gerechtegkeet ausgeschloe gëtt, an Onscholdheet gehaasst gëtt; an deem déi Béise sech op dat Gutt als Feinden ofdrécken; weder Gesetz, nach Uerdnung, nach eng militäresch Disziplin soll erhale ginn ... alles soll verwirrt a gemëscht ginn géint Recht, a géint d'Gesetzer vun der Natur. Sou gëtt d'Äerd verschwonnen, wéi wann duerch ee gemeinsame Raiber. Wann dës Saache solle geschéien, da loossen sech déi Gerecht an d'Unhänger vun der Wourecht sech vun de Béisen trennen a flüchten an solitude. - Lactantius, D'göttlech Instituter, Buch VII, Ch. 17

Of course, some might argue that hiding is different than God’s provision of an actual refuge. However, Doctor of the Church, St. Francis de Sales, affirms that there will be providential places of protection during the persecutions of Antichrist:

D'Opstänn [Revolutioun] an d'Trennung musse kommen ... d'Affer soll ophalen an ... de Mënschejong ka kaum de Glawen op der Äerd fannen ... All dës Passagen si verständlech vun der Leed déi den Antichrist an der Kierch verursaache soll ... Awer d'Kierch ... soll net ausfalen. , a gi gefiddert a konservéiert ënner de Wüsten an Eenzelheeten, op déi Si zréckgeet, wéi d'Schrëft seet, (Apok. Ch. 12). —St. Francis de Sales, D'Missioun vun der Kierch, ch. X, n5

D'Fra krut déi zwee Flilleke vum groussen Adler, fir datt si op hir Plaz an der Wüst fléien konnt, wou si wäit vun der Schlange fir ee Joer, zwee Joer an en halleft Joer versuergt gouf. (Offenbarung 12:14)

Indeed, says Pope St. Paul VI…

Et ass néideg datt eng kleng Trapp existéiert, egal wéi kleng et kéint sinn. - Poopst Paul VI, De Secret Paul VI, Jean Guitton, p. 152-153, Referenz (7), S. ix.

In the revelations to Fr. Stefano Gobbi, which bear the Imprimatur, Our Lady clearly states that her Immaculate Heart will provide not only spiritual but physical refuge:

In dës Zäiten, musst Dir Iech all séier schützen an der Buedem vu mengem Immakuléiert Häerz, well grave Bedrohunge vum Béisen hänken iwwer Iech. Dëst sinn als alleréischt Béis vun enger spiritueller Uerdnung, déi dem iwwernatierleche Liewen vun denge Séele schueden ... Et gi Béise vun enger kierperlecher Uerdnung, wéi Krankheeten, Katastrophen, Accidenter, Dréchenten, Äerdbiewen, an onheelbar Krankheeten déi sech verbreeden… Do si Béis vun enger sozialer Uerdnung ... Fir geschützt ze sinn all dës Béis, ech invitéieren Iech selwer ënner Ënnerdaach an de sécheren Zuflucht vu mengem Immaculate Heart ze setzen. - 7. Juni 1986, n. 326, Blo Buch

Geméiss den approuvéierten Offenbarungen u Gottesdénger Luisa Piccarreta, sot de Jesus:

The divine justice imposes chastisements, but neither these nor [God’s] enemies get close to those souls who live in the Divine Will… Know that I will have regard for the souls who live in My Will, and for the places where these souls reside… I place the souls who live completely in My Will on earth, in the same condition as the blessed [in Heaven]. Therefore, live in My Will and fear nothing. - Jesus zum Luisa, Band 11, 18. Mee 1915

In other credible prophetic revelations, we read of refuges that God has prepared in advance for His People at the height of the Great Storm that has already begun:

The time is soon coming, it is rapidly approaching, for My places of refuge are in the stages of being prepared at the hands of My faithful. My people, My angels will come and guide you to your places of refuge where you will be sheltered from the storms and the forces of the antichrist and this one world government… Be prepared My people for when My angels come, you do not want to turn away. You will be given one opportunity when this hour comes to trust in Me and My Will for you, for that is why I have told you to begin to take heed now. Begin to prepare today, for [in] what appears to be days of calmness, darkness lingers. —Jesus zu Jennifer, 14. Juli 2004; wordfromjesus.com

It is reminiscent of the Lord led the Israelites in the desert with a pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night.

Kuckt, ech schécken en Engel virun Iech,
fir Iech um Wee ze schützen an Iech op déi Plaz ze bréngen, déi ech virbereet hunn.
Gitt him opmierksam a follegt him. Rebelléiert net géint hien,
fir hie wäert Är Sënn net verzeien. Meng Autoritéit ass an him.
Wann Dir him befollegt an alles duerchféiert, soen ech Iech,
Ech wäert e Feind fir Är Feinde sinn
an e Feind fir Är Feinden.
(Exodus 23: 20-22)
 
All of this is predicated on the basis that such souls are schonn living in a “state of grace”—that is, in the refuge of Christ’s Göttlech Barmhäerzegkeet. For it is in this mercy, poured out from His Sacred Heart, that sinners find refuge from divine justice, especially at the hour of their particular judgment.[7]cf. Johann 3:36 Echoing Jesus’ words to Luisa Piccarreta, Canadian priest Fr. Michel Rodriguez strikes the right balance:
D'Flucht, éischtens, sidd Dir. Ier et eng Plaz ass, ass et eng Persoun, eng Persoun déi mam Hellege Geescht lieft, an engem Gnodestatus. E Refuge fänkt mat der Persoun un, déi hir Séil, hire Kierper, hiert Wiesen, hir Moral, nom Wuert vum Här, d'Léiere vun der Kierch, an d'Gesetz vun den Zéng Geboter engagéiert huet. -Ibid.
 
 
STAT VUN GUTT
 
There is admittedly far too much focus and obsession with physical refuges these days. The reason is simple: Angscht. So tell me: are you presently safe from cancer, car accidents, heart attacks or other misfortunes? These happen all the time to good Christians. This is to say that we are always, at all times, in the hands of the Father. Terry Law once said, “The safest place to be is in the will of God.” This is absolutely true. Whether Jesus was on Mount Tabor or Mount Calvary, for Him, the Will of the Father was His food. The Divine Will is genee where you want to be. Hence, only God knows whom He will preserve and where He will preserve them. In other words, self-preservation is not our goal but total conformity to the Will of God. His will for one soul may be the glory of martyrdom; for the next, a long posterity; for the next something else. But in the end, God will reward all according to their faithfulness… and this time on earth will seem as though it were a distant dream.
 
When this writing apostolate began some fifteen years ago, the very first “word” on my heart to write was Bereet Iech vir!  By this was meant: be in a “state of grace.” It means being without mortal sin and, thus, in the friendship of God. It means being ready to meet the Lord at any moment. The word was as loud and clear then as it is now:
Sidd an engem Zoustand vun der Gnod, ëmmer an engem Zoustand vun der Gnod.
Here’s why. Events are coming upon the earth that will take many souls into eternity in the blink of an eye. That will include the good and the bad, the layman and the priest, the believer and the unbeliever. Case in point: as of this writing, over 140,000 people have “officially” died from COVID-19, some who thought just a few weeks ago that they would be enjoying the spring air by now. It came like a thief in the night… and so too will other Aarbecht Péng. Such are the times in which we are living. But if you trust in the Lord, if His will is your food, then you will understand that näischt happens to anyone that God does not permit. So do not be afraid.

Fäert net wat muer ka geschéien.
Dee selwechte léiwe Papp, deen Iech haut këmmert, wäert
këmmert Iech muer an alldeeglech.
Entweder hie schützt dech virum Leiden
oder Hien wäert Iech onfeelbar Kraaft ginn et ze droen.
Sidd da friddlech a setzt all ängschtlech Gedanken a Virstellungen op d'Säit
.

—St. Francis de Sales, Bëschof vum 17. Joerhonnert,
Bréif un eng Dame (LXXI), de 16. Januar 1619,
vum Geeschtege Bréiwer vum S. Francis de Sales,
Rivingtons, 1871, S. 185

Whether I live to see the Era of Peace or not is none of my business. I can tell you this, however: I want to see Jesus! I want to look into His eyes and adore Him. I want to kiss His wounds, the wounds that I, too, put there… and fall at His feet and worship Him. I want to see Our Lady. I can’t waart to see Our Lady, and thank her for having put up with me all these years. And then I want to hold my maternal mother and my dear sister and just laugh and cry and never let go… ever again.
 
I want to go home, don’t you? Don’t get me wrong, I want to raise the rest of my children and see their children… but my heart is set on Home since I do not know when the “thief” shall appear.
 
In a recent message to Pedro Regis, Our Lady tells us where our eyes ought to be focused:
Your goal must be Heaven. Everything in this life passes, but the Grace of God in you will be Eternal. -Our Lady to Pedro, Abrëll 14, 2020
The safest way to eternity is to ensure that we enter the refuge of her Immaculate Heart, that spiritual Ark, like the Church, that sails all her children safely Home.

 

Stär vum Mier, by Tianna  (Mallett) Williams

 

Today, I want to lead you by the hand like a mother:
I want to lead you ever deeper
into the depths of my Immaculate Heart…

Fear neither the cold nor the darkness,
because you will be in the Heart of your Mother
an vun do aus you will point out the way
to a great multitude of my poor wandering children.

…my Heart is still a refuge which protects you
from all these events which are following one upon another.
You will remain serene, you will not let yourself be troubled,
you will have no fear. You will see all these things as from afar,
without allowing yourself to be in the least affected by them.
‘But how?’ you ask me.
You will live in time, and yet you will be,
as it were, outside of time….

Remain therefore always in this refuge of mine!

- Zu de Priester, der Muttergottes beléifte Jongen, message to Fr. Stefano Gobbi, n. 33

 

Star of the Sea, blénkt op eis a féiert eis op eisem Wee!
- POPE BENEDICT XVI, Spez Salvi, n. 50 ewechzekréien

 

 

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1 Catechismus vun der Kathoulescher Kierch, n. 845 ewechzekréien
2 CCC, n. 967
3 The Virgin in the Kingdom of the Divine Will, Dag 29
4 Rosarium Virginis Mariae, n. 43 verkaaft
5 Matt 2: 12-14
6 Gen 41:47-49
7 cf. Johann 3:36
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