Being different is hard, especially in the world we live in today. Being different when you are still not sure of your own reality, is a little bit harder.
“Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” -St. Jerome
Saint Jerome said it perfectly, “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” For some who were not raised in a traditional Roman Catholic household, it is understandable why family and friends scratch their head when they see a family member who is completely opposite from them – the one who is traditionally seen as the black sheep of the family.
Being different, but being different in a way that should be a good thing, is becoming rear.
“But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Are you different from your family? Did you ever feel like there was something wrong with you because you didn’t fit in to what their perception of you should be?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, know that there are many black sheep’s in your grazing meadow. You are not alone, even though you may feel that you are at times. It will be during these times that you will find God, and if you already know God, you will have a deeper understanding of God. Not every step back, every grievance, every tear that you have had means that you have a bad hand in life.
God will use these setbacks to fulfill His Vision for your life.
Bella Dodd’s prediction also coincides with the violent wave that hit the Church in the 1960s, due to the progressivism and ecumenism of the Second Vatican Council, which continues to disfigure our religion to this hour. For these and other reasons, I think we may consider Our Lord’s revelations on Reparation to the Holy Face as a veiled prophecy of the present crisis of Faith. And practicing this devotion, I believe, is a special means of making reparation to Our Lord for the outrages He suffers in our time. It might, perhaps, even give us special graces to be faithful unto death to the traditional teaching and practice in the Church during this period of – in the words of Fatima’s Sister Lucy – “diabolic disorientation” of the upper hierarchy. And even if this devotion does not give us these graces automatically, we can certainly ask for them in our prayers to the Holy Face. Our Lord has given us great hope in one of the Nine Promises:
“Nothing that you ask in making this offering [of His Holy Face] will be refused to you.”
To cap off this section on the present crisis in the Church, there is one last quotation from Our Lord of special relevance.
On February 13, 1848, in one of the final messages given to Sister Saint-Pierre, Our Lord made the urgent plea: “The Church is threatened by a fearful tempest, pray, pray!”
The writers at the time interpreted this as a prediction of the suffering the Church underwent during the 19th Century revolutions in France and Italy. But in light of the above considerations, this prediction seems to apply even more to the ongoing crisis of Faith since the Second Vatican Council. Because indeed, the Church is now going through a “fearful tempest.”
Even Pope Paul VI had to admit in 1972 that “the smoke of satan has entered the Church of God.”
Tragically, everything in the Church has become even more disfigured since Paul VI uttered these terrifying words.
From the book: The Revelations Of The Holy Face Of Jesus
These arms must appear on our banners and at all costs we must keep this rule as regards our house, our clothes, our speech, and (which is much more important) our thoughts. So long as this is done, there need be no fear, with the help of God, that religious observances in this house will decline, for, as Saint Claire said, the walls of poverty are very strong. It was with these walls she said, and with those of humility, that she wished to surround her convents, and assuredly, if the rule of poverty is truly kept, both chastity and all the other virtues are fortified much better than by the most sumptuous edifices. Have a care to this, for the love of God; and this I beg of you by His Blood.
From the book: The Way Of Perfection
Saint Teresa of Avila
Many Remain Fixed in Misleading, Historically Conditioned Interpretations of Our Lady’s Words
Interpreting the Message in this fashion has led to the tendentious and dogmatized belief that the matters dealt with in the Message and most specifically what is dealt with in the July 13 Secret are matters that, as Cardinal Sodano maintained, “seem to pertain to the past.“ One wonders if he was gazing into a crystal ball when the thought struck him, since such a blunt statement at that would require definite knowledge of future events, yet Cardinal Sodano has never claimed any special prophetic gift. This sort of arbitrary and overly simplistic understanding of the terms and the false conclusion they led to, might have been justified if the errors of Marxist- Leninist Russia had somehow risen from a pipe directly from the pit of Hell straight up into the Bolshevist headquarters in Moscow, only to be brought to an abrupt end with the implosion of the Soviet Union in 1991.
But the Soviet. It did not come into being and subsequently end in such a simple manner.
The Fatima Crusader
Our Lady Spoke Of “Russia’s Errors” Not Just One Error
On Friday, July 13, 1917, Our Lady Fatima revealed that if Her requests are fufilled then Russia will be converted and there will be peace. On the other hand, if Her requests are not fulfilled, then there will be war, famine and persecution of the Church – there will be martyrdom, persecution of the Pope and the annihilation of nations. It is especially important that the words spoken by Our Lady be understood in a manner that is not circumscribed according to a historically restricted frame of mind that existed during the Soviet period of the Twentieth Century. Our Lady never spoke of `atheistic Communism’ or the `Soviet Union’; yet since during the Soviet period and especially during the Cold War the expression ‘errors of Russia’ was narrowly interpreted to mean ‘atheistic Communism’ and `Russia’ was interpreted as strictly denoting do union of Soviet Socialist Republics, these historically conditioned interpretations continue to stubbornly remain fixed in the minds of many who have attempted to understand what Our Lady meant by the term ‘errors of Russia’.
The Fatima Crusader
There are times in our Walk with God that we see only Two Footprints.
The older we get, looking back, we wonder how is it that we got through the tumultuous times. Some of those times, for some of us, feels like closing the book after the last page, clicking the off button on the remote control when the movie has ended. Thinking to yourself, “That is a crazy story, or we say, “I cannot imagine having to go through what it is that he/she went through.”
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for those times in my life where I made the decision to see only Two Foot Prints. By choosing to acknowledge only Two Footprints, I have knowledge of Your Presence in my life and the ability to want You to instruct me in all that I say and all that do. Amen.
You remember the lovely story of Saint Charles Borromeo, who loved to play cards. One day he was observed in his game of cards when someone nearby said to him, “What would you do if Gabriel were to sound the last trumpet now? “He said, “I would go on playing cards, “because he was playing cards with the Lord. Is there something in your day or mine from which He is excluded?
From the Book: Reflections With Father Leo Clifford O.F.M.