THE BRITTANY PROJECT
Saint Joseph, pray for us!
I see Saint Joseph standing, dressed in bright glory, the lily leaning on his chest…
The Flame tells me that he was the perfect man.
Stemming from a rich and flourishing race, he lowered himself to become the poorest and the humblest servant. He took very little rest, and his hours flowed in prayer. The Angels stood beside each other to collect the dew of his multiplied devotions. His prayer was like an incense rising to Heaven. From morning to night, he had but one thought: the eternal presence of God.
Saint Joseph, the oldest of the Holy Family, felt impelled to place himself under the obedience of Jesus and Mary, although he wore white hair and wrinkles on his forehead. He spoke very little to people except those who gave him his bread with work.
A woman lived very close to the workshop where, often, they all met together: he, Jesus and Mary. This woman, possessed by a culpable jealousy, came to insult Joseph who was alone in his workshop. Before the invectives of the foreigner, he dropped his tool, raised his eyes to Heaven, in adoration of the Infinite Eternal, and answered only this word:
“My sister, if you knew the gifts of the one who frequents this workshop and dares of his Creator hands, to stir the instrument that I use, if you knew his gifts, you would respect this place and my old age.”
Jesus resolved to punish this criminal insult, but Joseph supplicated to be merciful, and he obtained her pardon.
[Source: p. 34, Le ciel en colloque avec Marie-Julie Jahenny, by Pierre Roberdel].
Within Saint Joseph’s life are encapsulated the means to live the holiest life during this painful exile.
We are, first of all, to pray without ceasing, keeping our hearts and minds on Eternity: “He took very little rest, and his hours flowed in prayer. The Angels stood beside each other to collect the dew of his multiplied devotions. His prayer was like an incense rising to Heaven. From morning to night, he had but one thought: the eternal presence of God.”
Secondly, Saint Joseph did his daily duty, and we are to do ours. Saint Joseph earned his bread; that is, he supported himself and his family through his daily labour as a carpenter. He spent his days in his workshop. Metaphorically, we can say that Saint Joseph’s workshop was his life.
Thirdly, we are to place ourselves under obedience to Jesus and Mary, no matter our age: He “felt impelled to place himself under the obedience of Jesus and Mary, although he wore white hair and wrinkles on his forehead.”
Fourthly, we are to stay close to Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary: “often, they all met together [in his workshop]: he, Jesus and Mary.”
Fifthly, while we are in this exile, surrounded by those who are without the Faith, we are to not seek friendships with acquaintances and neighbours: “He spoke very little to people except those who gave him his bread with work.”
When persons are aggressive to us because of our prayerful and humble way of life, we are to rebuke them gently and honestly, without anger or pride. We do not know what the neighbour woman has done to Saint Joseph, but he addresses himself to her truthfully but charitably, never attacking her personally: “ ‘My sister, if you knew the gifts of the one who frequents this workshop and dares of his Creator hands, to stir the instrument that I use, if you knew his gifts, you would respect this place and my old age.’ ”
Lastly, we are to intercede for God’s Mercy for all of our detractors and enemies, even when we see that God will (or may) punish them: “Jesus resolved to punish this criminal insult, but Joseph supplicated to be merciful, and he obtained her pardon.”
It is truly apparent to all who read of Saint Joseph’s life that he was the perfect man, and thus the perfect model of manliness and fatherhood to the young Jesus Christ.
Let us show Christ our Lord that we too can be brave and good in the midst of suffering through our lives in exile. Let us ask Saint Joseph to inspire us daily, starting with today.
Tomorrow, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, let us be together in prayer before the Blessed Virgin Mary, conceived without sin. Holy Mother of God, pray for us!
This painting of the exile of the Holy Family, by artist Jean-François Millet, shows us that Christ should be the focus of our every thought
during the Catholic Church's time of exile. May we persevere in loving Him!
When the Holy Virgin had to flee, with Saint Joseph, to the land of Egypt, it was there that, for the first time, her Heart was bleeding from a wound that would not close anymore.
Joseph was less sensitive than Mary. He contented himself with suffering interiorly more easily than she. It was because he had not tasted or felt all that the Virgin had already experienced.
During the stay in Egypt, a violent plague1 arose on this people. The Holy Virgin spent day and night looking after the afflicted. In this land, many persons were giving presents to the Holy Family, which they were selling in order to relieve misery.
The plague redoubled in force during the last two weeks. Joseph and Mary gave the little that they possessed, to the point of they themselves going without the necessary food. Jesus, a very small child, consoled them:
“We will not be without anything in this land,” He said. “I have all Power. Give even the little that is left to us. This time of suffering on this land will not be long.”
These words consoled His parents, and they used them to excite the poor people to hope in an end to this misfortune. (14 March 1882)
1 See the time of the plague in Heliopolis, according to the life of the Blessed Virgin (Mary of Agreda, Saint Michel-Saint Céneré Publishers, p. 180).
[Source: p. 33, Le Ciel en Colloque avec Marie-Julie Jahenny, by Fr. Pierre Roberdel].
The flight of the Holy Family into Egypt was a flight into exile. They had to remain in exile until Herod had died.
The same is true of the silent exile of Popes Gregory XVII and XVIII, and the Holy Catholic Church since October 26, 1958. Let us consider then, what we are to learn:
“When the Holy Virgin had to flee, with Saint Joseph, to the land of Egypt, it was there that, for the first time, her Heart was bleeding from a wound that would not close anymore.”
The Blessed Virgin Mary suffered deeply from the exile of the Messiah from His people. For the Holy Fathers, Popes Gregory XVII and XVIII, and their few faithful cardinals, the great suffering of the silent Exile has been the separation of Catholics from life-giving sacraments, sacraments that release them from their bondage to sin.
“Joseph was less sensitive than Mary. He contented himself with suffering interiorly more easily than she. It was because he had not tasted or felt all that the Virgin had already experienced.”
The more we know and experience, the greater our sufferings. Pope Gregory XVII. They contented themselves with suffering interiorly more easily than he. It was because they had not tasted or felt all that Pope Gregory XVII had already experienced.
“During the stay in Egypt, a violent plague1 arose on this people. The Holy Virgin spent day and night looking after the afflicted. In this land, many persons were giving presents to the Holy Family, which they were selling in order to relieve misery.”
During the silent Exile, a similar violent plague broke out, the violent V2 Council, which arose upon Catholic people across the world. Just as the Blessed Virgin Mary spent day and night looking after those afflicted from the plague, Pope Gregory XVII spent the rest of his life trying to protect and save who and what he could. While in the silent Exile, the faithful cardinals were presenting strategies to Pope Gregory XVII, which they were employing in order to lessen the damage to souls. Recall, for example, The Ottaviani Intervention.
“The plague redoubled in force during the last two weeks. Joseph and Mary gave the little that they possessed, to the point of they themselves going without the necessary food. Jesus, a very small child, consoled them:
‘We will not be without anything in this land,” He said. “I have all Power.
Give even the little that is left to us. This time of suffering on this land will not be long.’ ”
Like a rampant plague, the effects of the V2 Council redoubled in enforcement toward the end. In 1965, the Holy Mass was changed to the Lutheran atrocity. In October 1968, Holy Orders was nullified, stripping the world of any new ordinations. Pope Gregory XVII and His cardinals tried all they could to change the outcome, but it was not to be.
And the consoling words of the baby Jesus to His Mother and to Saint Joseph surely continue to console the Church in Her exile:
‘We will not be without anything in this Exile,… I have all Power.
Give even the little that is left to us. This time of suffering in this place of Exile will not be long.’ ”
Likewise, we also are not left without God’s spiritual graces. We may be unable to be physically present for the Holy Sacraments, but we can join spiritually to the Holy Mass every day, sending our Guardian Angels to go in our stead, and making a Spiritual Communion.
It has now been sixty years since the Silent Exile first began. This plague has not yet stopped. Pope Gregory XVIII has succeeded Pope Gregory XVII, and Christ’s words to His parents, at the time of their painful exile, continue to console us.
These sixty years may seem a long time to us, but this time is short to God, whose patience is allowing the last of the Saints, whose names are written in the Book of Life, to be born.
Saint Veronica pray for us!
The Holy Virgin had the promise that the first Christians would join themselves to His Sacrifice. It is Seraphia, who, being the first, repeated to the Holy Virgin that she would be close to her up to the tomb where Jesus was buried.
It is this same Seraphia who nourished Jesus when He preached in Jerusalem. Every day, she had her food brought to Him in a very poor and very honest business house.
The Holy Virgin went over in her heart all the kindness of this woman. Seraphia, when she was not yet married, assisted at the marriage of Joseph and Mary. Seraphia was a cousin of John the Baptist.
This fervent Veronica – she carried the name Seraphia – consulted the Holy Virgin on the subject of a proposed marital union with Sirach, a man very opposed to religion.
The Blessed Virgin Mary answered her:
“You will have to suffer, but two men will tear away from the error of Sirach, who will be employed in the temple, at the service of Anne, and of Herod.”
Veronica followed the Divine Will. She married, at an advanced age, with Sirach1, whose violent blows she suffered for many years. They were, very often, desperate struggles.
Note: 1See the life of Seraphia, in Visions of Catherine Emmerich, Librairie Tequi, volume 3, page 271.
Sirach was converted on the day when Jesus was to carry the cross. He was present at the great advice of Anne when he was led to Jesus. He was present at the judgment of Caiphus, when Jesus was insulted. He went up to Herod’s palace, but he did not enter.
He was with Nicodemus, Joseph of Arimathea, John the Evangelist and his brother Apostle. They stopped before the grill which separated the Hall of Judgment of Herod, and stayed in the room through which one passed to access a seat of the Tribunal.
It is there that, hit by indignation and by anger against Herod, he declared himself, in a loud voice, for Jesus. Sirach there received, for always, the Faith in which he would die.
Due to this declaration, Herod denounced Veronica’s husband to Pilate. Sirach understood, in his turn, and three days after the death of Jesus, he was thrown into a prison from which he would never come out alive.
From his prison he sent word to Veronica that she could, until his death, follow Jesus and offer him that which she had that was the most precious.
Veronica had no children except a niece which she had adopted as her own child. She was the daughter of a brother in the test [a Christian]. Her mother was not alive anymore. Sirach sent word to Seraphia to leave all her heritage to this child who would be her support.
When Veronica was conducted to Rome, the poor daughter stayed as mistress of her house until her return.
Later Veronica had to suffer the most painful torments. She escaped from the persecution, and passed into the country which is behind Jerusalem, but at a long distance… She was arrested as a Christian and died at 57 leagues from the house where she had always lived and where she hoped to die.
The Holy Virgin was profoundly afflicted by all the cruelties that Seraphia underwent, but she had only a few days left to spend on the earth. She consoled herself in the thought of finding her, with all the True Christians who had suffered for the name of Jesus.
[Source: pp. 37-38, Le ciel en colloque avec Marie-Julie Jahenny, by Fr. Pierre Roberdel].
Saint Veronica, whose name was Seraphia, had years of hard suffering from being married to a man who hated
When Seraphia first told the Virgin Mary that she was to marry Sirach, the Blessed Mother told her: “You will have to suffer".
Why? Because all of her efforts to convert her husband would fail. She was told that "two men [would] tear away from the error of Sirach", but Sirach's heart would not be moved.
And Sirach was a violent man.
Perhaps Sirach was jealous of her love for God; perhaps this is why he beat her so severely. Perhaps it was that the devil knew that her prayers would snatch Sirach from him, and so he wanted to punish her.
Seraphia endured years of a domestic violence that few are willing to endure, or believe they can live through, because it is that horrible.
She was named after the Angels called the Seraphs. They are the ones who are the closest to the throne of God, continually bowing before his Divine Presence, covering their faces with their six wings.
And like the Seraphim whose name she carried, Seraphia hurried to kneel before Christ on the day He carried His Cross.
Seeing His beaten, bloody Face, she wiped it with her veil, in the midst of the soldiers and crowds, because her Faith and love impelled her to comfort Him.
Christ, returning her love, gave Seraphia the very personal image of His bloody and bruised Holy Face. He gave her the image of holy suffering and self-denial.
What Christ did for Seraphia was to leave her with a lasting meditation about a suffering which gives life, as modeled by His Holy Passion.
Was His image on her veil a reward for her excellent suffering or was it her means to sainthood?
How and when did Seraphia become Veronica?
Probably at the moment of taking this bloody veil home and seeing the wondrous image of God's Love not only for her, but for Sirach, also.
You see, her husband Sirach, who hated religion, "was converted on the day when Jesus was to carry the cross."
This was Christ's first gift to Seraphia.
His second gift was the miraculous image of His holy, bloody, and pain-filled face. By meditating upon the Holy Face, Seraphia came to understand God's unconditional love for mankind, His patient, suffering love.
And perhaps Seraphia became Saint Veronica long before her martyrdom, because she had learned how to love enough to forgive. Even Sirach.
Triumph of Saint Thomas Aquinas, by Andrea Bonaiuti (1365-68).
Our enemies attack two things: our holy doctrines and the Primacy of Petrus.
The mission of Marie-Julie is to bring back the doctrine of the Church and to announce the future chastisements. It is also to suffer in expiation for the sins of mankind, and in order to soften the terrible test that awaits the world.
“Think in Heaven, my daughter.”
--Oh! Good Mother, the place is only reserved for their elected and, me, I am no more than a ground-up worm, worm food and indignity!
“My daughter, I will have to speak clearly.”
--Whatever you want, my Mother.
“Do you see the end of the Exile?”
--I do not say I see it… But I sense it by the weakening of human forces.
“Me, my daughter, how could I do it? How to come to say goodbye to your family, to your parents, to your friends, to this earth where you lived?”
--Oh! my Mother, do not be shy. It will not hurt; on the contrary, it will delight me so much that my joy will become jubilation.
“However, here is the approach of the separation! Me, I will descend again on this place, but you will not be there any more.”
--Oh, my Mother, I will be there again… I will follow thee everywhere. I will love thee so much that thou will not be able to go without me.
“On the one hand, I am well consoled, but on the other, I see the support of the fishermen fly away. I will remove from the earth the mantle that held back the lightning that crushes it… That which consoles me is that my zealous servants will highly publish your glory.” (29 September 1880)
[Source: pp. 19-20, Le ciel en colloque avec Marie-Julie Jahenny, by Fr. Pierre Roberdel].
Reflection on this prophecy :
This prophecy brings the subject of what will end the Exile of Holy Mother Church. This prophecy reveals the only thing that can bring the Exile to an end—the Three Days of Darkness.
This is revealed when the Virgin Mary asks Marie-Julie if she can see the end of the Exile, and Marie-Julie has to admit that no, she does not see it.
In her hopeful and persistent way, Marie-Julie, always our defense attorney, says that she can, however, feel it: “But I sense it by the weakening of human forces.”
Our Blessed Mother mixes no words. She immediately speaks to our separation from everyone that we know in this world through death.
Our Good Mother is empathetic with what our sufferings will be, and she says, “Me, my daughter, how could I do it? How to come to say goodbye to your family, to your parents, to your friends, to this earth where you lived?”
We could wallow in self-pity and say, ‘Yes, yes, quite true.’ But Marie-Julie’s positive answer gives us a glimpse of the elation that we will feel when the demons are all put back into hell:
“It will not hurt; on the contrary, it will delight me so much that my joy will become jubilation.”
And then, as if they are watching a play about to perform on a stage, our Blessed Mother speaks to the masonic takeover in Rome as the beginning of our sorrows: “However, here is the approach of the separation!”
And then something quite unexpected! Our mother speaks of appearing again in Marie-Julie’s home, but after her death: “Me, I will descend again on this place, but you will not be there anymore.”
It would be after the Three Days of Darkness, when the faithful have made it to Brittany and together, we are helping each other to survive.
The purpose of these apparitions would be to comfort and guide us. Our Holy Mother may also be giving guidance to the Holy Father and to the French Monarch about the Papal Restoration.
Marie-Julie knows of the work that will need to be done to restore Catholicity to the survivors worldwide. Out of her loving heart, Marie-Julie says: “Oh, my Mother, I will be there again… I will follow thee everywhere.”
Marie-Julie is a great missionary!
And our Good Mother, with one eye on the revolutions unfolding in the Church, says: “I see the support of the fishermen fly away.”
The fishermen are the Apostles, the bishops. Recall that Christ said to his Apostles, who were fishermen, “I will make you fishers of men”(Matt. 4: 19).
The Virgin Mother of God knows that the good bishops who are the watchmen for the Church, are to be shut out themselves so that they become ineffective.
The hardening of hearts, which is a symptom of our times, and a true disease of the soul, is at work in making the good bishops obsolete, pushing them into a forced retirement.
Recall that prior to the masonic takeover, bishops stayed in their posts until death.
It is a case of ‘out with the old [the Catholic], and in with the new [the masonic],’ and a necessary part of the Silent Exile.
The good bishops had to be removed, silenced by retirement.
Even the Archbishop of Genoa, Pope Gregory XVII, born on May 20, 1906, was forced into retirement in 1987, at 81 years of age.
But God will not permit such unholy outrage for long.
It will be the Virgin Mary’s privilege to bring the lightning that will signal the beginning of the 3 Days of Darkness: “I will remove from the earth the mantle that held back the lightning that crushes it…”
And what consoles our Good Mother, who does not want to see anyone die in their sins?
She knows that many will understand the Truth, thanks to Marie-Julie’s prophecies being made readily available to all:
“That which consoles me is that my zealous servants will highly publish your glory.”
By knowing about the silent masonic takeover, souls will align themselves spiritually to the Pope in Exile.
Perhaps in this way souls will not die outside the Church!
Remember, it is a dogma: Outside the Church, there is no salvation.
The Archconfraternity of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is found at http://www.aihmary.com
--My Good Mother, my soul is exhausted from moaning. It is all bloody from looking for Jesus.
“Rest on my heart, my daughter.”
--I am not worthy.
“You are the sieve of my Son.”
--I do not understand, Good Mother.
“Stay calm. You are on a pyre of woodchips.”
--There is nothing good [in me], my Mother!
“Your peace makes me happy. Rest upon my heart. It is a soft pillow… I love you, this is why I leave Heaven to come to see you.”
--Me? A poor wormwood!
“Without the grace of my Son, the worms would have already gnawed you. But they do not eat the sieve of the Good God. Do not be discouraged, you do a great job. You work for you, when you conform yourself to the Will of my Son. You also work for your persecutors: you are their shelter, their safeguard.”
--I am no more than a small grain of dust.
“Let me tell you that my Son used, for His Glory, all the beatings of your heart. Your respiration is for Him alone: He receives it, in the evening, like a sweet balm that consoles Him from the outrages. He nourishes your heart by Spiritual Communion. He will make you see the beautiful flowers that your heart produced… In order to rest, do you want to sleep on my heart?”
--No, Good Mother, it is time to work.
“You are tired.”
--I will rest in Heaven.
“Do you suffer?”
--When Jesus separates my soul from my body, He will cure me.
“You have done so much work! Why do you want to do so much work?”
--For the Glory of God and for charity.
“It will not give you anything.”
--God will pay me.
“I want,” says the Blessed Virgin Mary, “that you stop loving your enemies.”
--Oh, Lady! No, Dear Mother, I want to love them with all my heart. To love them, I will borrow from the hearts of the victims.
“If you want to love them, I will leave you.”
--Leave me if thou want to, my Good Mother, but, as for me, I will not leave them.
“I do not want you to pray for them anymore.”
--Ah! My Mother, thou art very good, but thou art nonetheless hard.
“You must not love your friends anymore.”
--Good Mother, that, I cannot promise thee. I cannot. Abide by the Good Jesus, He is the Master.
“I will take away your trials and your sufferings. I will close the way to Heaven. You will remain alone.”
--My faith and my courage continue.
“You will return into the world and you will not have the joys of Heaven anymore.”
--Good Mother, it is a kindness that thou hast done for me. Thou canst take it away. I will say as Job did: may thy holy name be blessed!
“… I wanted to test you,” says my Good Mother. “It is for the good of your soul. After this test which has cut you, I will put you in the garden of my Heart. You will be my flower of the morning.”
--I am no more than a thorn.
“You will be my refreshment, my daughter.”
--I am just a thorny bush. I will prick thy Heart from my thorns.
“You will be my flower.”
--I am no more than a big thistle.
“Come into my Heart; enter into the novitiate of all the virtues…
“This science will be so beautiful that you will find there the opportunity for a heavenly transformation within your humanity. This honey will spread outside your cell. I will say to my servants to take my words and this book will be approved.”
[Source: pages 108-110, Le ciel en colloque avec Marie-Julie Jahenny, by Fr. Pierre Roberdel].
Reflection on this prophecy :
At the beginning of this prophecy, Marie-Julie Jahenny is suffering very much. The Virgin Mary tells her that she is being sacrificed: “Stay calm. You are on a pyre of woodchips.”
Marie-Julie’s complaints show the frail side of us when we suffer, how we complain, which is a desire to not have to suffer.
But we have to recognize the greatness of Marie-Julie’s will, because she is able to reject her weakness in her nature, saying: “There is nothing good [in me], my Mother!”
Of ourselves who are in communion with the Pope in Exile are constantly having to butt our heads against those who follow our enemies (the world, the flesh, and the devil).
We hate the conflicts, we complain, we wish we could be elsewhere, we wear an unhappy face.
But of course, there is no place for true rest, not in this Valley of Tears.
Think of it, we have been put into this time by God. Saints who were much stronger in suffering longed to live in this time; but God chose us.
He chose us for this suffering! This is our means to get to Heaven.
In a time when practically everyone is being deceived by the devil and going to false worship, we are with the Holy Father, the Vicar of Christ.
And in this great privilege, just like Marie-Julie, we feel so small.
We say with her, “[I am a] poor wormwood!”
And the Virgin Mary’s answer to Marie-Julie tells us a great Truth:
“Without the grace of my Son, the worms would have already gnawed you.”
It is only by the grace of Christ our Lord that we even have a hope against conquering our sinful nature.
And the grace of Christ is through suffering, through becoming the viaduct of graces for ourselves and others through our sufferings:
“[The worms] do not eat the sieve of the Good God. Do not be discouraged, you do a great job. You work for you, when you conform yourself to the Will of my Son. You also work for your persecutors: you are their shelter, their safeguard.”
And how does Christ fortify us since, like Marie-Julie, we go without the Holy Sacraments for a long time? “He nourishes your heart by Spiritual Communion.”
And any suffering that we patiently accept and offer to him in expiation for sins of others will bear fruit: “He will make you see the beautiful flowers that your heart produced”
In the midst of Marie-Julie’s sufferings our Blessed Mother offers her the refuge of Her Immaculate Heart: “In order to rest, do you want to sleep on my heart?”
The Immaculate Heart of Mary is “a soft pillow” and she invites all of us to find refreshment and comfort there!
Our Good Mother tells us, “Come into my Heart; enter into the novitiate of all the virtues…”
Here, then, is our chance to become great Saints. Our Blessed Mother will guide us, by means of Devotion to Her Immaculate Heart:
“This science will be so beautiful that you will find there the opportunity for a heavenly transformation within your humanity. This honey will spread outside your [home].”
May our Good Mother find us always ready to be eager students! Ad Christi per Mariam!