The following is a meditation of the priest, Padre Gabrielli Quartilio, to over 200 priests and to over 10 bishops during the International Spiritual Exercises of the Marian Movement of Priests, at Collevalenza – Sanctuary of Merciful Love (Madre Speranza), June 21-27, 2015.
The End of the Times - The Great Trial
I would like to begin this first meditation first of all; a big thanks to the Most Holy Trinity Infinite Mercy; if we are here it is because of Their gift, not because of our own choice; and because of the gift of Mary to us, and because of the gift of the M.M.P. (Marian Movement of Priests).
A thanks to Our Lady Mediatrix and Queen: Our Lady of the end times, represented in the beautiful picture that Madre Speranza wanted and had painted, here on the right of the altar (in the Sanctuary of Merciful Love).
In this framework the M.M.P. finds the explanation of what Our Lady asks us so insistently and forcefully: "The cenacles of prayer", in order to obtain the gift of the Holy Spirit Who will sweep away all the darkness that the serpent has spread all over the world and everywhere in the Church . The Cenacles which we do are nothing more than a ceaseless invocation of this "LIGHT" to defeat the "DARKNESS": this is why our Mamma calls them "like a vaccine" to overcome the evils of the times in which we are living in now.
After these premises let us dispose ourselves to spend this day with Mary in prayer, in reflection, in fraternity, welcoming what Mary wants of us today. We all see and experience the terrible confusion of today, the great apostasy which by now has invaded everything and everyone; but we must remember and keep in mind what Our Lady tells us members of the Movement to be "the Apostles of the last times", to be ready to battle with the unleashing of the forces of evil.
For this I chose excerpts from the messages, where we find described the trail, I would say in detail, with the description of the apostasy and of the deception that have obscured the truth taught to us by Jesus and transmitted by the Church faithfully for centuries. In this first meditation let us take a look at the messages which describe:
1. The end of the times.
2. The great trial.
The end of the times. The apocalyptic message.
The first thing to see to be convinced of the times we live in, (let me say with pain, because even for the Don Stefano it was with pain: not everyone: even in the Movement there are those who do not believe in certain messages) these are the times that She describes to us, for the "Apostles of the last times"; and that's why she wanted this HER "Work" to fight the definitive battle between Her, the "woman clothed with the sun, and her Opponent from the beginning.
This is the whole message of Fatima, which we knew through the messages of the book, and many of us also, by living next to Don Stefano. I say this because now the Movement HAS AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO CARRY OUT in the world and in the Church, which it can not ignore:
“Is this not a strong sign that today you give me? You want me to understand that your cohort is ready; that your little children have responded to you, that you have triumphed in the life of these your sons because, by way of these, you will accomplish the triumph of your Immaculate Heart in the world.
Here at Fatima there was given the announcement of a mystery that was not completely revealed. Here at Fatima there is a message which reflects a beam of light on all the events of this century and on what will happen in the next century” (Homily of Don Stefano at Fatima, November 20, 1999).
From these words of Don Stefano you understand why now is the time of the battle: Our Lady, our Leader, and we, her cohort, to fight the final battle.
Now I recall them briefly. Note well that the Mamma in this message says that these signs "are clearly indicated in the Gospels, in the Letters of St. Paul and of St. Peter; in Holy Scripture.
1 - THE FIRST SIGN: THE DIFFUSION OF ERRORS: "They will false renowned theologians who will teach pernicious heresies, false teachers, who will spread errors and many will listen to them and will follow them," because of them, errors will be spread, the Christian life will be despised, because of this apostasy will spread everywhere." (Mt 24:5-9; 2Thes 2:3; 2Pt 2:1-3).
2 - THE SECOND SIGN: THE OUTBREAK OF WARS AND FRATRICIDAL CONFLICTS: "There will be famines and earthquakes, the dominance of violence, of hatred, there will be natural disasters. With epidemic famines, flooding." (Mt 24:6-12) (Ebola) Aids, cancer, rare diseases.
3 - THE THIRD SIGN: THE BLOODY PERSECUTION: ''You will be arrested, persecuted and killed. You will be hated by all because of me. Many will abandon the faith, they will hate and they will betray you” (Mt 24.9-10).
Never before in recent years have there been attacks on churches, true and real persecutions only because they were Christians: Nigeria, Sudan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan; but there are also many other forms of persecution, even in Italy, Europe, even within the Church herself today: Franciscans of the Immaculate.
4 – THE FORTH SIGN: THE HORRIBLE SACRILEGE: "From one who opposes Christ, that is the anti-Christ. He will enter into the temple, he will sit on the throne, making himself to be adored as if her were God, with the power of false miracles and prodigies, he will use every kind of evil deception to do evil” (2 Thess 2:4-9). What is the horrible sacrilege: the Protestant doctrine will be welcomed, and it will be said that the Mass is not a sacrifice but only a sacred meal. This agreement has already been made with the Lutherans, in which Catholics can participate in their rituals, and our Lutheran in ours.
5 - THE FIFTH SIGN: EXTRAORDINARY PHENOMENA: that take place in the firmament of the heavens. Wars will multiply, natural disasters, persecutions ... Our Lady invites us to remain strong in the faith:
“Allow yourselves to be led by me, and gather together, each and all, in the sure refuge of my Immaculate Heart, which I have prepared for you especially during these last times… I am always with you, to tell you that the coming about of these signs indicates to you with certainty that the end of the times, with the return of Jesus in glory, is close at hand”. (December 31, 1992)
But before the liberation we have to know that there is waiting for us the times that Our Lady describes to us.
After the message of the 5 signs of the last times, I would like to bring to your attention another message of May 13, 1994, which describes the end times, the final times.
“It is within your time that the fulfillment of the message is taking place, the message which I have given you at Fatima and against which my Adversary has thrown himself in fury, but which will now appear in all its extraordinary importance for the Church and for all humanity. It is an apocalyptic message. It has regard to the end of the times. It announces and prepares for the return of my Son Jesus in glory.” (May 13, 1994).
Here, Our Lady tells us that this "Apocalyptic" message concerns the Church and humanity. First of all Our Lady speaks about humanity:
“Upon this humanity which has again become pagan, enveloped in the coldness of the denial of God and of rebellion against his Law of love, corrupted by sin and evil, and over whom Satan reigns as a sure victor, I am causing the rays of love and of light from my Immaculate Heart to come down…
Because only in my Immaculate Heart will you find refuge in the moment of the chastisement, comfort in the hour of suffering, relief in the midst of unspeakable afflictions, light in the days of densest darkness, refreshment amidst the flames of the fire which consumes, confidence and hope in a now general despair”. (May 13, 1994).
These words concern humanity; now let's see what she says about the Church. Now pay good attention to what she says about the Church:
“Upon this Church, darkened and wounded, stricken and betrayed, I am causing the rays of love and of light from my Immaculate Heart to come down. When there will have entered into her the man of iniquity, who will bring to fulfillment the abomination of desolation which will reach its climax in the horrible sacrilege, as the great apostasy will have spread everywhere, then my Immaculate Heart will gather together the little faithful remnant which, in suffering, in prayer and in hope, will await the return of my Son Jesus in glory.
For this reason I urge you today to look to the great light which has spread out from Fatima over the events of this, your century, and which is becoming particularly strong in these last times. Mine is an apocalyptic message, because you are in the heart of that which has been announced to you in the last and so very important book of Sacred Scripture.
I entrust to the angels of light of my Immaculate Heart the task of bringing you to an understanding of these events, now that I have opened the sealed Book for you." (May 13, 1994).
“You are in the heart of that which has been announced to you in the last and so very important book of Sacred Scripture”; and that Our Lady entrusts “to the angels of light of my Immaculate Heart the task of bringing you to an understanding of these events” (May 13, 1994).
In this regard I quote the words spoken by Benedict XVI on the third secret of Fatima in 2010, during his trip to Fatima. The Pope responded to a reporter who asked if in the visions of Fatima there were included the sufferings of the Church for these times (it was the moment of the scandals of pedophilia). The Pope replied:
"The greatest persecution of the Church does not come from outside, from enemies without, but arises from sin within the Church in her internal ... There are indicated realities about the future of the Church we will slowly know as they develop and they show that there is a vision of the passion of the Church which of course is reflected in the person of the Pope, the terrible crisis of faith, accompanied by a profound moral crisis ... the solutions are external, regarding a creative secularism of barriers against the faith more concerned with publicity and efficiency than with the Truth".
At this point there are lots of messages to be analyzed, and it is impossible to see them all; for this reason I would like to focus mainly on the year 1975: Be Joyous.
“Live each moment in me, without thinking of tomorrow, without ever worrying about what you must do… Soon everything will be plunged in darkness. Then I myself will be your light and will guide you… For this, accustom yourselves not to look at things but to me alone… Do not consider what many are doing today against my Son and against me and what they are preparing to do against you. The hour of darkness is approaching, the hour when you must drink the chalice which my Son has prepared for each one of you. But do not even think of this hour, that you may not be caught up in fear and anxiety. Look only to my Immaculate Heart: take refuge and warm yourselves here, strengthen yourselves here. Feel yourselves in safety here”. (March 15, 1975)
Here Our Lady warns us: we are called to live these days with serenity, looking only at Her, to her Mother’s Heart; but she wants us also aware of “the hour of darkness” and that we are called to drink the "bitter cup".
“This is now the time for me to begin disclosing part of my plan. First of all, it is necessary that my Enemy have the impression of having conquered everything, of having everything now in his hands. This is why he will be permitted to penetrate even into the interior of my Church, and he will succeed in plunging the sanctuary of God into darkness”. (October 18, 1975)
“Satan is maneuvering more and more openly in my Church. He has now associated many of my priest-sons with himself, deluding them with the false mirage that Marxism proposes to all: exclusive interest in the poor, a Christianity engaged solely in the building up of a more equitable human society, a Church which would be more evangelical and therefore disengaged from its hierarchical institutions. This real division within my Church, this real apostasy on the part of so many of my priest-sons, will become accentuated and thus develop into a violent and open rebellion”. (December 31, 1975)
“My beloved sons. You are the warp and woof of my plan; the loving design of your mother; the gift that I give to the Church, to comfort her in the passion and apparent death that awaits her, before her wondrous renewal through the triumph of my Immaculate Heart in the world”. (January 31, 1975)
We are the design of her Mother’s Love. UNDERSTOOD!?!
The great trial
“Prepare to live moments in which the history of the Church has never known before and in which everything will seem subverted. But in the greatest obscurity I will be you light and your guide.
Therefore do not fear, my beloved sons. Begin this new year with the greatest trust in my Immaculate Heart… you are called to see the greatest triumph of the mercy of God in the world”. (January 1, 1978)
“In these times, the Church is being called to live the hours of agony and of Gethsemane, the hours of the redemptive passion, the hours of her bloody immolation on Calvary… How heavy a cross they must carry today, these most beloved children of mine: the cross of apostasy and of the lack of faith; the cross of sins and of innumerable sacrileges; the cross of abandonment and of rejection; the cross of condemnation and of crucifixion!
For my Church, the moment of the shedding of blood and of her bloody immolation is close at hand. Especially in these times, I am ever close to this suffering and agonizing Daughter of mine, as I was beneath the Cross, upon which Jesus was immolated for our redemption…
Pray, beloved children, and do penance, because you have now entered into the time of the great chastisement which the Lord will send for the purification of the earth… Your suffering will increase with the increase of the trial which has already begun”. (January 1, 1991)
“The great trial has come for all of you, my poor children, so threatened by Satan and stricken by the evil spirits…
Never as in your days has peace been so threatened, because the struggle of my Adversary against God is becoming stronger and stronger, more insidious, continual and universal”. (January 1, 1993)
“This is a mystery of love and of sorrow, of light and of darkness, of joy and of suffering, of death and of life… It is a trial so great and painful, that you cannot even imagine it, but it is necessary for the Church and for all humanity, in order that the new era, the new world, and the reconciliation of humanity with their Lord may come upon you”. (February 2, 1991)
You have thus entered into the great trial.
“The danger you are in is that of losing grace and the communion of life with God, which my Son Jesus obtained for you at the moment of redemption, when He delivered you from slavery to the Evil One and set you free from sin. Now sin is no longer considered an evil; indeed, it is often exalted as a thing of value and as something good. Recognize sin as the greatest of evils, as the source of all individual and social evils.
The great trial has come for the Church, so violated by the evil spirits, so divided in its unity, so darkened in its holiness. See how error has flooded throughout it, error which leads to the loss of the true faith. Apostasy is spreading everywhere. A special gift of my Immaculate Heart for these times of yours is the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which my Pope has wished to promulgate, to be as it were his shining last testament.
The hour of its great trial has above all come for the Church, because it will be shaken by the lack of faith, obscured by apostasy, wounded by betrayal, abandoned by its children, divided by schisms, possessed and dominated by Freemasonry, turned into fertile soil from which will spring up the wicked tree of the man of iniquity, the Antichrist, who will bring his kingdom into its interior.
The further you enter into the time of the great trial, the more will you experience, in an extraordinary way, my motherly presence close to you, to help, defend, protect and console you, and to prepare for you new days of serenity and peace”. (January 1, 1993)
Now allow me let out a little vent. You know that Our Lady disposed things so that I might spend the last years next to Don Stefano, and I can tell you that there were many trials and sufferings that he faced for the Movement; but I remember, for him it was a for great suffering when some of the leaders questioned the messages and so doubted about their veracity. In 2000, many leaders no longer participated in the annual retreat, some continued but then left. I remember in this regard; Gerard, Father Fabio of Salvador, a Bishop of Peru who for several years gave the beautiful meditations on the messages with the relative biblical quotations; and many others....
Even to this day I think that for the Movement the moment has arrived to be ready to carry out the mission that She, the Leader, asks us; we must face painful trials, because these are the times of the great battle.
“Prepare to live moments in which the history of the Church has never known before and in which everything will seem subverted. But in the greatest obscurity I will be you light and your guide.
Therefore do not fear, … have the greatest trust in my Immaculate Heart… you are called to see the greatest triumph of the mercy of God in the world”. (January 1, 1978)
Here, Our Lady tells us to prepare for these moments of great darkness in the Church and we now live them in these days, in which many want to subvert the truth of the Gospel, many want to transform the Faith, into only pietism, ecumenism…
“As Mother, I am always close to you, to the Church and to humanity, in order to lead you along the way of the fulfillment of the Father's Will… in such a way that the Most Holy and Divine Trinity may be more and more glorified. The fountain of your joy and your peace is to be found in the perfect glorification of the Most Holy Trinity” (January 1, 1993)
The great trial has begun because we are threatened by Satan who makes us lose the true sense of sin, the real cause of all evil is not only spiritual but also physical. The great trial has begun especially for the Church, and Our Lady invites us to look at her:
“See how error has flooded throughout her, error which leads to the loss of the true faith. Apostasy is spreading everywhere. A special gift of my Immaculate Heart for these times of yours is the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which my Pope has wished to promulgate, to be as it were his shining last testament”. (January 1, 1993)
Here, beloved, there is nothing left for us to do except look to Mary as Mother of God but also as our true Mother and Mother of the Church. We are called not to be overwhelmed by lack of trust, by fear, much less by discouragement, even though we see that:
“Atheism has organized itself as a force spread out for the conquest of the whole world and the complete destruction of my Church… You, my poor sons, are the ones most knocked about in a struggle which is, above all, between ME and my Adversary, … before telling you of the battle, I have, as Mother, invited you to seek a safe refuge… My Immaculate Heart: now you understand, my sons, why it is the greatest gift which the Heavenly Father offers you. My Immaculate Heart: it is your safest refuge and the means of salvation which, at this time, God gives to the Church and to humanity. The special intervention of this Heart of mine is the work which I am carrying out in my Church to call all priests, my beloved ones, to take refuge in me…
This victory of mine has already begun, and soon it will shine forth upon the entire Church and upon the whole of renewed humanity”. (December 8, 1975)
“Mindful that atheism has caused shipwreck in the faith to a great number of the faithful, that desecration has entered into the holy temple of God, not sparing even many of our brother-priests, and that evil and sin are spreading more and more throughout the world, we make so bold as to lift our eyes trustingly to You…” (Act of Consecration)
So get rid of lack of trust, away with fear on the part of us in the Movement: the only concern should be that of entering and helping others to enter into the safe haven of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, living the consecration to her Immaculate Heart " with the simplicity of children, in a spirit of humility, of poverty, of trust and of filial abandonment" (31 December 1997).
“Those who oppose you, who calumniate you, who despise you, who push you aside and who persecute you will believe that they are doing something pleasing to the Heavenly Father and even to ME, your Immaculate Mother.
This forms part of the tenebrous time in which you are living. Because you are now entering into the most painful and dark phase of the purification, and soon the Church will be shaken by a terrible persecution, a new persecution, such as has hitherto been unknown”. (November 12, 1988)
Today, dear friends, if one does not think like so many others, the least accusation is: you are a conservative or a Lefrevrian; or even worse: you are against the Pope, so you're not of the Movement ... Listen to what SHE tells us, the Mother of the Church:
“I am especially close to the Church in these last times, when she must live through the bloody hour of her purification and of the great tribulation.
For her also, the plan of the Heavenly Father must be carried out, and thus she is being called to climb the Calvary of her immolation.
This most beloved Daughter of mine will be stricken and wounded, betrayed and despoiled, abandoned and led to the gibbet, where she will be crucified.
The man of iniquity will enter into her interior, and he will bring to its culmination the abomination of desolation, foretold in the Holy Scriptures…”. (January 1, 1994)
“For a little while yet you will walk in light, but soon everything will be plunged in darkness. Then I myself will be your light and will guide you in carrying out that which my Immaculate Heart desires.
To do this, beloved sons, I must ask of you that which your human nature finds most costly: I ask you to live without thinking of tomorrow, without being preoccupied about the future… Live, with perfect love and perfect abandonment, the present which I - moment by moment - arrange for you, my little babes.
For this, accustom yourselves not to look at things but to me alone. Do not consider what is awaiting you, the deeply distressing events of these times of yours…
The hour of darkness is approaching, the hour when you must drink the chalice which my Son has prepared for each one of you. But do not even think of this hour, that you may not be caught up in fear and anxiety.
Look only to my Immaculate Heart: take refuge and warm yourselves here, strengthen yourselves here. Feel yourselves in safety here! Abandon yourselves completely and without reserve in this Heart; then only will you correspond to the great plan of salvation which my Heart has in each one of you, my little children”. (March 15, 1975)
“In fact at the very moment when Satan will be enthroned as lord of the world and will think himself now the sure victor, I myself will snatch the prey from his hands. In a trice he will find himself empty-handed, and in the end the victory will be exclusively my Son's and mine. This will be the triumph of my Immaculate Heart in the world”. (December 19, 1973)
There are many signs now clear that, in these times, Satan is seated sure to win, rather to win big; let us not be fooled: he will not prevail: let us welcome the invitation of the Mother:
“This is the cross which Jesus now asks you to carry: to live side by side with brother-priests who no longer believe, who spiritually are no longer alive, who betray the Gospel, who are unfaithful servants and yet remain in the Church to be ministers of this infidelity.
This is for you the heaviest of crosses, but it enters into a greater plan of mine.
The decisive events have already begun, and the one you are living through is the beginning of these. This scandal will become even greater and more serious. You will be called upon to suffer more and more, because this veritable apostasy from the Gospel will one day become general in the Church, before the great liberating purification.” (July 9, 1975)
Just today a dear brother recommended to me to not mention for now these messages, because, he said, it is too early, they are not understood and could alarm the people for no reason. But I say: it’s been 40 years that She, the Mamma, told us these things: what must we wait for!
“It is now the time for you to know this, that you may be consciously prepared for the battle. This is now the time for me to begin disclosing part of my plan.
First of all, it is necessary that my Enemy have the impression of having conquered everything, of having everything now in his hands.
This is why he will be permitted to penetrate even into the interior of my Church, and he will succeed in plunging the sanctuary of God into darkness. He will reap the greatest number of victims from among the ministers of the sanctuary”. (October 18, 1975)
The adversary must have the impression that he has everything in hand; introducing himself in the Church, gathering so many victims among the ministers, and this, my dear brothers, we see it every day: and as the Marian Movement of Priests we must still act as if everything is normal!?!
L'Avversario deve avere l'impressione che ha tutto in mano, con l'introdursi all'interno della Chiesa, mietendo così tante vittime tra i ministri, e questo, carissimi, noi lo vediamo ogni giorno: e come Movimento Sacerdotale Mariano dobbiamo ancora fare finta che tutto è normale!?!
Padre Gabrielli Quartilio
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