The Church in Exile and The Three Days of Darkness
Feb. 14, 2020
--My Divine Jesus, resumes Marie-Julie, what should be done to soften Thy agonies?
--Remain in faith and trust.
--But, my Jesus, our duty, while on this earth, is to always keep faith, hope, and charity, because we are Christians.
--My child, the Holy Virgin tells me, who has given this faith and trust?
--It is the Good Jesus, my Mother.
--Why do you always hope in the midst of so many sufferings?
--Because I hope in God.
--If you yourself receive insults and outrages, will you hope again?
--Hope is found in suffering.
--Oh! I admire so much this faith and this righteousness of heart!
--My Good Mother, give us the love to love Jesus.
--My well-beloved Son, says Mary, see this plant on the mountain, where the parched earth is nothing but dust: she maintains her flowers.
The Lord responds:
“My Mother, the finger of My Power is on this flower. The thorns will not touch it, because she has faith and trust. My children put your trust in Me, pray, ask, implore My Mercy.
--Lord, says Marie-Julie, all our hope is in Thee.
--And if, my victim, in the midst of this trial, I come to say to you: arise from your bed?
--I would do it, my Jesus.
--And if you are not able?
--I would hang out of my bed.
--And if, immediately, I would say to you: touch your head to the ground?
--I would do it.
--And if I put a foot on your head?
--Lord, to give Thee thanks, I would say my Benedictus.
--And if We came to bring you bloody words from the government?
--I would listen, Lord, because Thou would have permitted it.
--Will not your faith and trust wither away?
--No, they would remain full of life. They would not announce winter, as trees do when they dry up at the approach of this season. Thou can see what is in my heart…
--Yes, I see Myself on the Cross and I also see My Cross.” (2 February 1878)
[Source : pp. 55-57, Le Ciel en Colloque avec Marie-Julie Jahenny, in translation].
Reflection on this prophecy :
At the beginning of this prophecy, Christ our Lord is speaking to His Holy Virgin Mother, Mary, about a flower which grows on a plant that is atop a dry mountain:
“My Mother, … there is a flower which I give you: it holds My Love, My Mercy, but also My Justice and My Vengeance. Go upon the earth and read the secrets enclosed in this flower.”
This flower seems to be the faithful Roman Catholic soul. It contains Divine Love, and Mercy, yes, but also God’s Justice and Vengeance, because we are being chastised by Almighty God.
Mary, our Heavenly Mother, knows how few there are who are with the Bride who is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic, so she answers: “my heart suffers.”
Christ’s Sacred Heart, burning for love of us “is torn by agonies” throughout this Divine Chastisement; souls are being tested and many are being lost.
If we want to lessen Christ’s sufferings, we must truly “remain in faith and trust.”
Yes, it is “our duty, while on this earth, is to always keep faith, hope, and charity, because we are Christians”, as Marie-Julie says.
But this age we are living through is very difficult, so we must not rely on our own abilities, on our own merits.
Our Blessed Mother teaches us this when she asks: “My child, …who has given this faith and trust?”
We know the answer: “It is the Good Jesus, my Mother.”
Our Blessed Mother then asks us: “Why do you always hope in the midst of so many sufferings?”
And it is up to each of us to reply, “Because I hope in God.”
Next, our Holy Mother challenges our faith by asking: What if God Himself allows us to suffer “insults and outrages”?
Marie-Julie’s answer is perfect, based on her own extensive experiences with sufferings, so we can answer with her: “Hope is found in suffering.”
The Blessed Mother is pleased by this humility (truthfulness):
“Oh! I admire so much this faith and this righteousness of heart!”
But we sinful people need to be given the virtue of Charity (Divine Love) in order to love God (to return what we are able, of His love).
As Mary’s children, we need to ask our Holy Mother for this great favour; so Marie-Julie asks our Holy Mother, on behalf of all of us, that we be given the great gift of Love of God:
“My Good Mother, give us the love to love Jesus.”
Our Holy Mother immediately turns to ask Her Son. She seems to point to the plant on the dry mountain with its few flowers, the Church in this time of Exile, with few faithful souls (the sheep have scattered because their Shepherd, the Holy Father, is not to be seen):
“My well-beloved Son, … see this plant on the mountain, where the parched earth is nothing but dust: she maintains her flowers.”
The “parched earth” means that there is no vineyard for the glory of God, no holy vocations, and thus no sacraments. Where the pope is not to be seen, there is only a spiritual desert.
The Church on the mountain of Her Sufferings is a reflection of Christ on the mountain of Golgotha.
Christ’s death seemed to be a complete failure, but in reality, it was a triumph for Divine Graces. And it is from Christ Himself that this plant “maintains her flowers” despite the unseen Pope, Bishops, Priests and the very real thirst for Holy Sacraments.
Christ points out that He Himself is keeping the exiled Roman Catholic soul with the graces that he/she requires for Salvation:
“My Mother, the finger of My Power is on this flower.”
In fact, “The thorns will not touch it, because she has faith and trust.”
This refers to the fact that we can pray for (and receive) graces to triumph over temptations, to remain strong in the Truth, to live in holy Faith.
Christ reminds us, by directly addressing us through Marie-Julie, that we need to ask Him and that we need to trust in Him:
“My children put your trust in Me, pray, ask, implore My Mercy.”
We are totally dependent upon Him because all is dry on this mountain of sufferings, this Exile.
Truly, as Marie-Julie says, “all our hope is in [God].”
Christ now asks the faithful soul, that sturdy flower, (that is, each one of us) if we are willing to take on more sufferings, even during this time of Exile:
“And if, my victim, in the midst of this trial, I come to say to you: arise from your bed?”
Marie-Julie’s answer is just, and we must answer with her:
“I would do it, my Jesus.”
Even if not able, we must try to do as God wishes, to the best of our ability.
Even if that extra suffering is a humiliation, a “lower[ing] of [our] head[s] to the ground”, resulting in the lowering of our self-love.
And when Christ makes our sufferings seem very, very hard to accomplish out of our love for Him, then we must especially thank Him for this great grace:
As Marie-Julie says: “Lord, to give Thee thanks, I would say my Benedictus.”
Notice that the prayer is said in Latin, not French. Yet this uneducated peasant mystic soul did not know how to read Latin. She memorized prayers in latin, which is a good example for us.
If you do not know any prayers in Latin, begin by learning the Hail Mary. It is the easiest prayer to learn. Ask our Blessed Mother to teach you how to pray this beautiful prayer which honours Her, in Latin.
We also need to accept that which will frighten us, “bloody words from the government”, such as the current threat of viruses.
Christ wonders if our faith will stand up to this test of long deprivations: “Will not your faith and trust wither away?”
Marie-Julie assures Christ our Lord that the Roman Catholic soul that has Faith has everything it needs to sustain its life, regardless of the hardships and frightening battles that are seen ahead in this time, “this season” of suffering:
“No, they would remain full of life. They would not announce winter, as trees do when they dry up at the approach of this season.
And when Marie-Julie then invites her Lord and Saviour to look into her heart, saying, “Thou can see what is in my heart…”, Christ looks into the heart of that one who has the Roman Catholic Faith:
“Yes, I see Myself on the Cross and I also see My Cross.”
Christ sees our two eternal sources of our Redemption (our Salvation) : His Death, and the Holy Cross.
Laus Tibi, Christe!
Thanks be to Thee, Christ!
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