Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Addressing the present state of the Church

Below is an extract from a message reputedly given by Our Lady to a saintly nun in Quito, Ecuador in the 17th Century - Venerable Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres. It makes sober reading and certainly given the recent revelations of corrupt and sinful clergy in many parts of the world it seems to be spot on.

I offer it for your consideration and as an encouragement to more prayer, fasting and penance for the many sins of the clergy and religious which are particularly offensive to God since they are consecrated and set apart in a profound way by virtue of their ordination or profession - not that holiness is the sole preserve of the clergy and religious. I often think how diificult it will be for those of us who are priests to enter heaven.

"The Church will find itself attacked by waves of a secret sect ... corrupted priests will scandalize the Church ... Moreover, in these unhappy times there will be unbridled luxury which, acting thus to snare the rest into sin, will conquer innumerable frivolous souls who will lose themselves. Innocence will almost no longer be found in children, nor modesty in women, and, in this supreme moment of need of the Church, those whom it behooves to speak will fall silent."

“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 the procreation of illegitimate children born without the blessing of the Church. The Catholic spirit will rapidly decay; the precious light of Faith will gradually be extinguished until there will be an almost total and general corruption of customs. Added to this will be the effects of secular education, which will be one reason for the dearth of priestly and religious vocations. “The Sacrament of Holy Orders will be ridiculed, oppressed, and despised, for in this Sacrament, the Church of God and even God Himself is scorned and despised since He is represented in His priests."

"The Devil will try to persecute the ministers of the Lord in every possible way; he will labor with cruel and subtle astuteness to deviate them from the spirit of their vocation and will corrupt many of them. These depraved priests, who will scandalize the Christian people, will make the hatred of bad Catholics and the enemies of the Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church fall upon all priests. "This apparent triumph of Satan will bring enormous sufferings to the good Pastors of the Church, the many good priests, and the Supreme Pastor and Vicar of Christ on Earth, who, a prisoner in the Vatican, will shed secret and bitter tears in the presence of his God and Lord, beseeching light, sanctity, and perfection for all the clergy of the world, of whom he is King and Father."


  1. Dear Father,
    I wanted to read more so I clicked on your words, 'Venerable Mother Mariana de Jesus Tores' and read what was there. There was something on the page called, 'The Three Days of Darkness by Yves Dupont'
    I read what was written and now I am embarrassed to say that I am very scared. Have you heard of this? It lists several Saints that have supposedly reported about these 'Three days.'
    Please comment.

  2. Dear Mary,
    Sorry that the website i linked to caused you so much distress. I merely linked to it since it gave some of the details of the life of Mother Mariana.
    I have indeed heard of the notion of the Three Days of Darkness. To be quite honest though, I haven't given it much thought though. Not sure how seriously we should take it. The whole idea seems to be drawn from one of the plagues that were visited on the Egyptians who would not let the people of Israel go free. It is recounted in Exodus 10:21-23. This passage mentions how the Israelites (God's Chosen People) had light while the Egyptians (the unbelievers and those who persecuted and enslved God's people) had to dwell in darkness. It also mentions the fact that no-one went outside during those days.
    However, we should be careful in accepting all these Private Revelations as Divine Revelation.

    Even if it were true we should never live in fear of these things. Our Heavenly Father loves us - he doesn't want to terrorise us. Put your trust in God in all things. And as St. Padre Pio would say: Pray, Hope and Don;t Worry.

  3. Dear Father,
    Thank you so much for your answer. I appreciate your time and thoughtfulness. It is not an easy task to 'not worry' about things.
    I do try to trust God in all things. Do you know how Blessed Mother Teresa always said that she was a pencil in His hands? Well, I am His crayon. Purple I think... I have always liked the color. :) ... and I am a mom of six and a fourth grade teacher in our Catholic School.
    So, dear Fr. Barnabas, thank you for helping me calm my anxieties. I very much enjoy your posts and I know you have helped many draw closer to Christ through your writings.

    March 30, 2010 1:44 AM