The Woman Clothed With the Sun and the Red Dragon
(The Book of Revelation, chapter 12)
As we know, today there is less prayer in the world and in the Church than every before, and more sin than ever before, even worse indifference, and thus what Saint Paul warned us about is even more true today: “Satan DISGUISES himself as an angel of light” (2Cor 11:14). This means that the great number of followers and collaborators of Satan in the world and in the Church today will lead us to destruction in such a way that all seems OK and the right thing to do. Thus it is more important than ever to seek the Truth (Who is Christ – Jn 14:6) from the Magisterium of the Church, which cannot change, and to discover the misleading ways in which these “angels of light” offer their beautiful lies as if they were the truth. Behold the great attack on the fathers of families, the priests and the bishops to become “dumb dogs, they cannot bark” (Is 56:10), so as not to warn the souls entrusted to them, about the sly wolf (Pope St. Gregory the Great; Office of Readings; Sunday, Week 27 of OT)! I hope all of you have in your homes not only the Bible but also the very important summary of the teachings of the Church in the Catechism of the Catholic Church for adults! There are thousands of independent protestant groups with only the Bible and very often interpret many passages in Sacred Scripture in contradictory ways!
Another fundamental strategy of our mortal enemy is to facilitate in as many ways as possible that which does us most harm, sin, by offering many SLIPPERY SLOPES toward our destruction, to make it easier, and even alluring and acceptable, to slide into sin, and to not realize or to not regret the loss of the presence of God in our own souls. Seventy years ago most countries of the world had civil laws which explicitly indicated more concern, than there is today, for the common good and thus sought to protect the fundamental cell of society, the family. Thus in many countries it was illegal to sell or buy pornography; up to 1930 our protestant brothers were in agreement with the Catholic Church that birth control did great harm to married couples and to their families and thus to all of society. Seventy years ago not only did almost all religious leaders, but even most civil leaders, did what they could do to keep husbands and wives together for the sake of the married couples, for the sake of the children and for the sake of the whole of society; divorce became legal in Italy in 1970. Now many cardinals, bishops and priests are doing the exact opposite in offering every means possible to be “free” of your wife or your husband, without any concern about THE TRUE AND LONG LASTING WELL BEING of the couple, of the children and of the society!?! “The ONE who should speak will fall silent”!
If we could see a soul in the state of grace, we would die immediately of joy; if we could see a soul not in the state of grace, in mortal sin, we would die immediately of terror. God hides the full reality so as to respect our free will. If we saw these things, or even one instant heaven or hell, we would no longer be free, and we would be forced to choose to do the will of God. This is why it is so important to take Christ’s words to heart: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits” (Mt 7:15-20). Jesus did not say by their leaves, which would be their nice words! We are so brainwashed today to follow only our feelings and sentiments rather than making the effort to discover the truth of the reality by sincere prayer and diligent study. People vote for politicians according to their nice words instead of taking the time to study if these politicians have voted and used our money in the past to help the family and society or not – the real fruits! It is even more important, especially today, to make the effort to see if a priest or a bishop preaches according to the revealed Divine Revelation, found in the Bible and explained properly and infallibly in the documents of the Church, summarized in the CCC. This effort is especially necessary today since Satan has much more power than usual to deceive with beautiful lies transmitted by the highly controlled mass media, the schools and religious institutions.
G.K. Chesterton, in his book Orthodoxy, explained that keeping the orthodox true faith in the Church is like trying to control wild horses that are in danger of constantly pulling in opposite directions. This is why we need the Magisterium of the Church to help us keep the proper balance and equilibrium. In LA, California (September 1987), Pope John Paul II did not say to the bishops that they must obey me as Pope, but “dissent from the Magisterium” of the Catholic Church! (“The Hidden Broad Road to Perdition”; http://spir-food.blogspot.it/2015/05/road-perdition.html). Thus when very high ranking religious leaders in the Catholic Church talk only about MERCY, but do not talk about, in the same discourse or context, the absolute need to amend ones life, to “go and sin no more” (Jn 5:14; 8:11), as we say in the Act of Contrition, there is a very powerful misleading deception of subjectivism and relativism which does not lead us toward the absolute Truth, God, and altruism, but toward ourselves (feelings and sentiments) and egoism, precisely in the name of “mercy” and “love”!?! The whole Truth of God “will set you free” (Jn 8:32) in an authentic manner, together with the cross in this short life, not false freedom, detached from the Truth, which leads to slavery afterwards in this life and for all eternity if one does not truly repent and change ones life with the help of God in prayer and the Sacraments.
“What kind of men are they who, fearing to hurt those they speak to, not only do not prepare them for imminent temptations, but even promise the happiness of this world, which God did not promise to the world itself?…” (Sermon of St. Augustine on the Shepherds; Office of Readings; Sunday, Week 24 of OT, Friday).
I have a great sorrow in my heart for the souls entrusted to Catholic pastors who do not follow nor teach from the Catechism of the Catholic Church for adults! Do we believe that God gave us the Ten Commandments for our good or for our evil?!? Who do we trust, God or ourselves? Is the Church the handmaid of the Truth or the Author of the Truth?!? ARE THE BISHOPS THE HANDMAIDS OF THE TRUTH OR THE authors OF THE TRUTH (Gen 3:4-5)?!? The Truth, Who is God, must change according to every period of the world, or must the world change according to the Truth Who is God (Jn 14:6)?!?
“We do not need a Church that is moved by the world, but a Church that moves the world” – G.K. Chesterton.
Cardinal Caffarra asked the many high-ranking Church leaders who want to change Church doctrine on the Sacrament of Marriage (disguised as a change in Church discipline):
“What happens to the first valid and consummated marriage?” What happens to the children of the first valid and consummated marriage? Do these high-ranking Church leaders even consider this question or even care about what happens to the children of the first valid and consummated marriage? “What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder” (Mk 10:9; Mt 19:6). “And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another, commits adultery; and he who marries a divorced woman, commits adultery” (Mt 19:9; 5:32; Lk 16:18; 1Cor 7:10-13).
How many pastors have the courage to struggle against “the most profound difficulty of our time”, relativism, so as to offer the true good to the sheep as did Cardinal Ratzinger? Writing about the pastoral care for homosexuals and divorced and remarried, Cardinal Ratzinger wrote: “Only what is true can ultimately be pastoral”.
In his homily at the Mass preceding the conclave that quickly elected him Pope Benedict XVI, then Cardinal Ratzinger said: “Today, having a clear faith based on the Creed of the Church is often labeled as fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, that is, letting oneself be “tossed here and there, carried about by every wind of doctrine”, seems the only attitude that can cope with modern times. WE ARE BUILDING A DICTATORSHIP OF RELATIVISM that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one’s own ego and desires.”
(“Who Decides The Truth?”; http://spir-food.blogspot.it/2014/06/who-decides-truth.html).
OUR LADY OF GOOD SUCCESS; Quito, Ecuador (January 20, 1610), warned us:
“Thus I make it known to you that from the end of the 19th century and shortly after the middle of the 20th century…the passions will erupt and there will be a total corruption of morals… As for the Sacrament of Matrimony, which symbolizes the union of Christ with His Church, it will be attacked and deeply profaned. FREEMASONRY, which will then be in power, will enact iniquitous laws with the aim of doing away with this Sacrament, making it easy for everyone to live in sin and encouraging procreation of illegitimate children born without the blessing of the Church… in this supreme moment of need for the Church, the ONE who should speak will fall silent.”
(“The False Pope Will Fall Silent”; http://spir-food.blogspot.it/2015/09/the-false-pope-will-fall-silent.html).
Of course all of these subtle and hidden tactics of Satan are used to diminish or take away the very powerful graces that can be received in the Sacraments, in particular in the Eucharist – “the source and summit of the Christian life” (Vat. II: LG 11; CCC 1324).
“The Subtle and Powerful Attack on the Eucharist”
“The Progressive Protestantization of the Catholic Mass”
In the meditation that I offer you below, you will find this paragraph:
“Of course, Satan does not say, “Come, commit sin!” No! He presents sin as a new way of doing good, a way that corresponds more to the exercise of human freedom. He finds all the ways to justify and to make appear sin no longer as sin, no longer as an evil, no longer as a violation of God’s law, but as a response to a need that is within our nature, as a means to express our freedom, even as a more perfect way to development our personality…”
Already 13 years ago Don Stefano Gobbi warned us about the powerful poison of false mercy, of false love, which is disguised relativism!
During the International Spiritual Exercises, at Collevalenza – Sanctuary of Merciful Love (Madre Speranza), June 29 – July 5, 2003, Don Stefano Gobbi offered to over 200 priests and to over 10 bishops of the Marian Movement of Priests the following meditation. This is the first of four meditations given by Don Stefano Gobbi during this week of Spiritual Exercises.
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THE WOMAN CLOTHED WITH THE SUN AND THE RED DRAGON
(The Book of Revelation, chapter 12)
(The birth and the spread of the Marian Movement of Priests)
A – The Year of the Holy Rosary.
B – The great trial.
C – The mystery of iniquity.
D – The mystery of Mercy.
E – The birth and the spread of the Marian Movement of Priests.
Praise be Jesus Christ!
“Learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for you souls” (Mt 11:29).
We find our rest in meekness and humility of heart. In this spirit we want to look, in the light of Wisdom and of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, at the times that we are living, in order to understand the Work that Mary is doing all over the world, with the Marian Movement of Priests.
A – THE YEAR OF THE HOLY ROSARY
We are in a special year: the Year of the Rosary. In my circular letter of 2003 I had stressed that for us this year is the year of the Cenacle. That which the Pope asks us to do with the letter “Rosarium Virginis Mariae”, we have been doing this from the beginning of the Marian Movement of Priests with the Cenacle. In the Cenacle we pray the Rosary. Therefore, if the Pope says that this year is that of the Rosario, for us of the Marian Movement of Priests, it must be the time of the Cenacle.
“And so I renew again today my invitation to multiply the cenacles of prayer, which I have asked for, with such motherly insistence” (May 30, 1993).
“The period of the purification and the great tribulation in which you are living must be for you the time of the cenacle.
It is the time of the cenacle for the Church, invited by me to enter into the cenacle of my Immaculate Heart…
It is the time of the cenacle for this poor humanity, so possessed by the spirits of evil, impelled along the road of pleasure and pride, of sin and impurity, of egoism and unhappiness.
Humanity must now enter into the cenacle of my Immaculate Heart: here, as Mother, I will teach it to pray and to repent; I will lead it to penance and conversion, to a change of heart and of life… For this reason, I am asking today that the Church and humanity enter into the cenacle which your heavenly Mother has prepared for you” (May 22, 1996)
The more we enter into the trial and the suffering will increase, all the more the Comforter will have the task fulfill His mission in these times: to be for us comfort. “Consolator optime.”
“Amidst the mourning of a humanity without God, there will come down the comfort of the Holy Spirit, who will lead the whole world to the perfect glorification of the Heavenly Father, bringing about a new marriage of love between a renewed humanity and its Lord who has created, redeemed and saved it.
Amidst the mourning of a divided, darkened and wounded Church, there will be felt the comfort of the Holy Spirit, who will clothe it with fortitude and wisdom, with grace and holiness, and with love and light, in such a way that it may give its full witness to Jesus, living in it until the end of the world.
Amidst the mourning of souls, made slaves of Satan, immersed in the shadow of sin and death, there will alight the comfort of the Holy Spirit, who will give the light of the presence of God, the life of divine grace, and the fire of love, so that in them the Most Holy and Divine Trinity will be able to take up its permanent dwelling.
Amidst the mourning of the great trial (which we are now living), there will come down the comfort of the divine presence of the Spirit of the Lord, who will lead you to live – with confidence (many of us are discouraged), courage, hope, serenity and love… And so today, I invite you to unite your prayer to mine, so that the Spirit of the Lord may come down upon you, with all his gifts.
Come, O Holy Spirit. Come, and change the face of the earth. Come, quickly.
Come, in these last times. Come, now that the great trial has arrived.
Come, and bring us your second Pentecost, so that our eyes may see your greatest miracle, that of the new heavens and new earth” (May 30, 1993)
It is the time of the Cenacle to prepare the second Pentecost.
B – THE GREAT TRIAL
It is the time of the Cenacle for us, because John Paul II proclaimed the Year of the Rosary!
Why did not he proclaim it in 2000, or 2001 or 2002? In my circular letter I said: because for humanity and for the Church there has arrived the time of the great trial. The trial means suffering, it means a merciful punishment; the trial has come so that humanity might come out of the state in which it finds itself. Alone it cannot get back up, if a great mercy does not lift it up.
“At the start of a millennium which began with the terrifying attacks of 11 September 2001, a millennium which witnesses every day innumerous parts of the world fresh scenes of bloodshed and violence, to rediscover the Rosary means to immerse oneself in contemplation of the mystery of Christ who “is our peace”.” (Eph 2:14) (Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 6).
“The grave challenges confronting the world at the start of this new Millennium lead us to think that only an intervention from on High, capable of guiding the hearts of those living in situations of conflict and those governing the destinies of nations, can give reason to hope for a brighter future” (Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 40).
The Blessed Virgin in her messages and the Pope in his exhortations say: “With the Rosary you can affect all international events and change them.”
John Paul II is especially concerned about the Church that is attacked from within and from without. The Pope uses a historical event: on October 7, 1571 there was a battle between the Muslim and the Christian forces, which were much smaller. Pope St. Pius V proclaimed a crusade, but not as in the Middle Ages with weapons, but with the Rosary. Due to this prayer the victory was with the Christians. John Paul II, but does not mention the date but the episode, to show us that we are living in similar events and that Christianity is threatened.
“The Church has always attributed particular efficacy to this prayer, entrusting to the Rosary, to its choral recitation and to its constant practice, 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” (Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 39).
Of course, the Pope can not order and do a Rosary Crusade: he would be laughed at, beginning with some clergymen … However John Paul II proclaimed the Year of the Rosary with such force that surprises me. In all his documents with his signature he writes: 25th year of my Pontificate, the Year of the Rosary.
Has this Year of the Rosary been welcomed in the Church? At the level of the Bishops? With great simplicity I asked a bishop: “You spent a week at a conference of bishops, you discussed many things, politics etc… Did not one of you say: “We are in the Year of the Rosary. We will ask our communities to pray the Rosary”!” Do you not see that there is a dissonance, a discrepancy between what the Pope says and proposes, and how it is listened to and received?
The Pope is beginning to lose battles even in the Church, when he is not followed. Will this Year of the Rosary be effective on the events which await the Church and humanity? It will be effective to the extent that it has been put into practice. We must all do an examination of conscience.
The Pope proclaims the Year of the Rosary because the great trial has come. What does this trial consist of? In a merciful punishment. The Lord has seldom punished us directly, because He is Love. In the Old Testament He sent a punishment when the people turned away from Him, that they might return to Him. So God permits the punishment, because through it humanity might return to Him. He allows it in view of a greater good. But the punishment is constructed by builds humanity with its own hands.
John Paul II in the 2000 said:
“Humanity now has instruments of unprecedented power: we can turn this world into a garden, or reduce it to a pile of rubble… Today as never before in the past, humanity stands at a crossroads. And once again, O Virgin Most Holy, salvation lies fully and uniquely in Jesus, your Son” (Act of Entrustment To Mary, October 8, 2000).
According to you, which path is humanity taking? Is it taking the path toward the garden or the one toward the pile of rubble? Humanity has totally drawn away from God and it finds itself on the path which leads to the pile of rubble. It has become the victim of practical atheism, of materialism, of hedonism. In the place of God, it has built idols, a new golden calf that everyone adores: pleasure, entertainment (see how many young people go to church and how many in the discotheques!), money, pride, impurity (especially through the diabolical instrument of television evil), he has seduced all the nations of the earth. It comes to my mind the beast of the Apocalypse which with the cup of lust intoxicates all the nations of the earth.
God is Life. Far from God, humanity lives in the shadow of death, under the threat of death: abortion was legitimized in almost every country, there are millions of abortions. People lose awareness of the value of life: every day there are murders and suicides. If you listen to the Italian news, they talk every day of murders, the lack of respect for the value of life … The shadow of death hangs over humanity: wars that increasingly spread …
Humanity, which has drawn away from God, lives under the power of evil, lives in evil. It follows that the law of God, the Ten Commandments, are increasingly violated, trampled on this on an individual and social level. There is individual sin and social sin. There has been substituted for the law of God a law which is contrary to the law of God: it is said that sins are new ways to express ones own freedom. For example: the commandment to keep holy the Lord’s Day has become the day of man; weekend, sports, entertainment, etc.
It the sixth commandment was abolished to not commit impure acts. Today, based on the value of sexuality, anything goes: impure sins by oneself no longer exist, premarital sex is justified, families can do whatever they want and use any means available to prevent the life; homosexual relationships are legitimized. Any aberration is permitted in the name of the great value of sexuality. It is true that sexuality is a value but relative to this earthly life. When we die one day, they put us in the coffin, take us to the cemetery and bury us, after a short while what remains of the value of sexuality, upon which were justified all the transgressions of God’s law?
And so you understand how Satan dominates in the fullness of his power, because he has led humanity away from God, he has built a hedonistic and materialistic civilization, he has spread a moral law opposed to the law of God. Humanity finds itself in this state and now lives in such a way that it is even difficult to understand.
You can think that the Lord has conceded a certain amount of time to Satan to purify us through this tribulation. The Gospel says: you shall be threshed as grain is threshed. The light part that covers the grain is called chaff: the chaff goes into the air, leaving just the true, good grain. Many of us also have flown away like chaff. Good, but they were not mature. That’s why Our Lady matures us especially with suffering, marginalization, sometimes with incomprehension, often allowing us to experience the burden of our weakness. But this is a necessary maturation, so that we can remain. Do you want to leave also as many have gone? It is necessary to remain, but to be mature. We become mature, if we let ourselves work completely from the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Satan has all this power also because he has built his army in a strong way. Satan is an evil spirit, but extremely intelligent. Being spirit, he is smarter than all of our minds; he is smarter than all the minds of the theologians combined.
The mistake he makes is always the one that led him from Lucifer to Satan, from Paradise to Hell: it is always a mistake of perspective, it is always the mistake of pride. He thinks: I want to win. I must form for myself the strongest army! Because it is logical: in a battle the stronger army wins.
I remember, when during the siege of Vienna (1683), the camp of the Turks was in place. It was frightening: they were very strong, if they conquered the city, they would go to Rome. And the Mustafa at that time said, “We will go to Rome and transform the basilica of St. Peter into a mosque!” The Turks did this at Constantinople with the basilica of Satin Sophia.
But King John Sobieski of Poland came with his troops and for one whole night they prayed. Blessed Marco d’Aviano, Legate of the Pope, had them put on their banners the name of Mary. They attacked, they defeated all the forces of the Turks. And since September 12 throughout Europe there is still celebrated the name of Mary. The Pope put it in the calendar of the universal Church as a memoria.
Satan seeks to form for himself the strongest army. For this reason he chooses the strongest, those who matter most, the greatest, the most powerful, the richest at all levels: at the political level, cultural, philosophical … even, I believe, at the church level, because he has succeeding in forming for himself the army with the Masons, this secret and diabolical force that entered the Church.
The head of Lebanon (of the MMP) came to me, saying: “Tomorrow, a Lebanese bishop wants to talk about Freemasonry.” So be it, we are happy, if this bishop will speak to us about MASONRY, because it has entered the Church.
Do you see that Satan forms his army and now he feels the sure winner. To the point that the Pope last year, when he spoke in Krakow said, citing a term that in the Bible has a profound meaning: “Today we are experiencing the mysterium iniquitatis” the mystery of iniquity. This mystery has always operated, from the start, but in these last times explodes in a strong way, because it will succeed in seducing the world, it will succeed in seducing many children of the Church. The “mysterium iniquitatis” in biblical and apocalyptic vision appears in the splendor of its power as a great dragon.
The old serpent, cunning, in order to tempt Adam and Eve appeared in the form of a snake – a snake is not too scary. To tempt Jesus, it manifested itself in the form of a man – it is more alluring. And Jesus rejects it, using the word of God. But in these days when Satan triumphs, he appears in the splendor of his triumph as a great dragon.
“Another portent appeared in heaven; behold, a great red dragon” (Rv 12: 3). These words from the first reading of the Mass make us think of the great struggle between good and evil, showing how, when man puts God aside, he cannot achieve happiness, but ends up destroying himself.”
Humanity has put God aside: it will not arrive to the new garden, it will not arrive to happiness, it can arrive to destroy itself, on the path that leads it to a heap of rubble.
“How many victims there have been throughout the last century of the second millennium! We remember the horrors of the First and Second World Wars and the other wars in so many parts of the world, the concentration and extermination camps, the gulags, ethnic cleansings and persecutions, terrorism, kidnappings, drugs, the attacks on unborn life and the family.
The message of Fatima is a call to conversion, alerting humanity to have nothing to do with the dragon” (John Paul II, Homily at Fatima, May 13, 2000).
Without knowing it, humanity has given in to his game, because Satan can lead away humanity from God only by playing with it. In what does this game consist of? To make appear something as if it were another. In Italian there is a proverb that says: “To make appear lightning bugs as lanterns.” See that he is an expert in this scam, because, by definition, he is the one who deceives, seduces, kills, the murderer from the beginning (cfr. Jn 8:44). And so it is easy for him to make appear something as if it were another. I would make Satan the patron of all magicians, when they show something for another. He is not so stupid to say to mankind: “Go down this road, go on the road of evil, of sin, of error … “
St. Paul says: “Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion” (2Thes 2:11). And how does Satan deceive? He attracts many on the road of error, making error to appear as truth. He will attract many on the road of evil, of sin, making evil appear as a good. This is the way in which he has seduced mankind and has succeeded in deceiving also a part of the Church.
Of course, Satan does not say, “Come, commit sin!” NO! He presents sin as a new way of doing good, a way that corresponds more to the exercise of human freedom. He finds all the ways to justify and to make appear sin no longer as sin, no longer as an evil, no longer as a violation of God’s law, but as a response to a need that is within our nature, as a means to express our freedom, even as a more perfect way to development our personality.
Thus sin is committed by many, but it is no longer felt as sin, there disappears the source from which comes repentance and one no longer confesses. Today the wound of the Church is that the individual confession has disappeared. It is still in Italy, I do not know about France, in America (USA) Father Roux will tell us. But in Germany, a German priest told me, that hardly anyone goes to confession. They had a penitential function during Holy Week, then they went into the confessional. Do you know how many went to confession? Three people! But everyone went to communion on Easter Sunday! Look at how this Church is now in crisis from within, because infidelity is rampant. Satan triumph: they sin, they live in sin, they die in mortal sin … What awaits them? Hell!
Brothers, today many even among theologians deny that Hell exists, that it is eternal. But Hell exists, and it is a truth of faith, and even Our Lady at Fatima, showed it to the visionaries. But today many truths of faith are easily denied, forgetting that St. Thomas Aquinas said, “When you do not believe a single truth of faith, you have already lost the supernatural virtue of faith.”
D – THE MYSTERY OF MERCY
Our Lady is Mother, and she sees through the eyes of a mother this situation. She sees that evil triumphs and thus her children are in danger of being lost. What can she do? What can the Lord do, seeing that we are in the “mysterium iniquitatis” and we are victims of this overwhelming power that Satan? What can the Heavenly Father do, who so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, so that the world might be saved through Him? This father who is Love; Love endures and is stronger than any infidelity. What can Jesus do who gave all his blood to redeem us facing such a situation which puts in grave difficulty our salvation? He told a story of the lost sheep. He left all the others, He went to look for it because by itself it could no longer return.
This humanity, in the state of prostration in which it finds itself, alone it cannot return. Our Lady gives her messages. Humanity does not listen to them; alone it cannot come back, if a great mercy does not lift it up.
The Lord goes to meet this humanity with that aspect of his love that goes in search of the lost sheep, which goes to find humanity where it is, and where by itself it can no longer return to him. This aspect of God’s love that goes in search of those who are lost, which goes in search of a humanity, that after having saved it with the blood of his Son, it has so much drawn away, to no longer be able to come back to Him, this aspect of ‘God’s love is called MERCY.
The Lord in order to destroy the mystery of iniquity, with which Satan holds humanity enslaved, makes use of his own design, which comes out from the Heart of his divine Love and it is the mystery of his Mercy. With the mystery of God’s Mercy he will destroy the mystery of iniquity.
The power, which Satan has today, is not for his glory, it is for his shame, because Satan will be put to shame at the moment in which he will be defeated. And he will be put to shame because to conquer him it will not be God directly, God entrusts this task to a creature. Look at this carefully: to a creature that Satan could never touch even with a shadow; a creature that has blossomed in the heart of the Trinity: the favorite daughter of the Father, Mother of the Son, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, a beautiful creature, full of grace, full of holiness, a creature who becomes the type of all beauty, of all holiness, of every tenderness, of all love outside of God. It is She who reflects this, but she is still always a creature.
Lucifer did not want to honor the Word of the Father who became Man, because as spirit he was immensely superior to man. For this he was punished: from Lucifer to Satan, from Paradise to Hell. Satan will be defeated by a creature. This is why in the moment in which he will be defeated, he will also be shamed and humiliated.
E – BIRTH AND SPREAD OF THE MARIAN MOVEMENT OF PRIESTS.
The creature who will defeat Satan, who will crush his head, who will drive him into hell, who will shut the door, so that he might not get out any longer to harm the world, so that Christ will finally reign in the world and Merciful Love will triumph, this creature is MOST HOLY MARY.
Our Lady has accepted the job that has been entrusted to her by the Most Holy Trinity and she is beginning to shape and to implement Her plan. She is the humble servant of the Lord – “ecce ancilla domini” – she is his slave. She also forms her army, not with the greatest ones, but with the little ones; not with the most powerful, but with the weakest; not with the most important ones, but with those who are considered as nothing… She forms it in every part of the world with her little children. The design that Mary is forming with Her Marian Movement of Priests is that of gathering her little children from all over the world to build her cohort, which is called today to fight against the powerful host of Satan.
“Father, … to you I offer praise; for what you have hidden from the learned and the clever you have revealed to the merest children” (Mt 11: 25). With these words, dear brothers and sisters, Jesus praises the heavenly Father for his designs; he knows that no one can come to him unless he is drawn by the Father (cf. Jn 6: 44); therefore he praises him for his plan and embraces it as a son: “Yes, Father, for such was your gracious will” (Mt 11: 26).
“According to the divine plan, “a woman clothed with the sun” (Rev 12: 1) came down from heaven to this earth to visit the privileged children of the Father” (John Paul II, Homily at Fatima, May 13, 2000).
According to the plan of God: we are not the designers of the plan, it is a design that comes from God! Why did the woman clothed with the sun come? She came to earth, in search of the privileged little ones of the Heavenly Father.
In the second meditation we will deepen this phrase spoken by the Pope, so that we can understand well the nature and function of the Marian Movement of Priests. That is why the Marian Movement of Priests is connected to Fatima. Because at Fatima Our Lady as the Woman clothed with the sun said to the visionaries. “I came from Heaven.” And the Pope added, “She came down from heaven to this earth to visit the privileged children of the Father”.
Don Stefano Gobbi