“There will be a great darkness over the whole earth.”

divine_mercyAre we living in the “great darkness” that Jesus told St. Faustina about? Many people think of the light in the sky, the sun will be extinguished. But, I think of the prevalence of sin and evil as a great darkness. I think of the widespread apostasy as darkness. I think of the lack of faith in men’s souls as darkness. I think of violence and war as darkness. I think of terrorism and beheadings as darkness. I think of the horrible atrocities of the militant Islamists as darkness. I think of the corruption of morals as darkness.
Yes, when the sun goes down, there is darkness, and many of us have had or have fear of darkness, but there is darker darkness than the lack of light. Does the message of Jesus to Faustina necessarily mean what we think it means, that the sun will go dark as some believe “for three days?” Or can it be totally spiritual? We are indeed living in darkness and I would dare to say these are the new dark ages or maybe darker ages. Evil is spread far and wide and most people accept it as normal and others just put up with it as something they have no power to change.
Every day I pray that the “King of Mercy” will send the “great sign in the heavens” to enliven the consciences of all people. Then all of our woes, all of our evils will be corrected by the divine hand and this world will be transformed into a garden of God’s love.
“Before I come as a just judge, I am coming first as “King of Mercy”! Let all men now approach the throne of my mercy with absolute confidence! Some time before the the last days of final justice arrive, there will be given to mankind a great sign in the heavens of this sort: all the light of the heavens will be totally extinguished. There will be a great darkness over the whole earth. Then a great sign of the cross will appear in the sky. From the openings from where the hands and feet of the savior were nailed will come forth great lights – which will light up the earth for a period of time. This will happen before the very final days. It is the sign for the end of the world. After it will come the days of justice! Let souls have recourse to the fount of my mercy while there is still time! Woe to him who does not recognize the time of my visitation.” (Diary 83)

98th Anniversary of the Miracle of Fatima

IMG_3300Today is the 98th Anniversary of the Miracle of the sun at Fatima, Portugal. This was how our Lady completed her apparitions. It is claimed that some 100,000 people were present for this event. During the night before and during the day of 13 October 1917, there was a heavy rain. The fields were completely saturated. People who had gathered were soaked to the bone. Despite it all, they knelt in prayer waiting for the promised miracle. It was said to arrive at Noon. In their waiting, people grew discouraged, wondering if a miracle was coming or if they had been deceived. The children waited at the spot and prayed their rosaries as they usually did. finally, when the sun reached it’s climax, Our Lady appeared. After a short conversation with the children. The Lady announced that she wish a chapel to be built in her honor and that they were to pray the Rosary each day and the war would come to an end. Then, the Lady  announced: “I am the Lady of the Rosary.” When Our Lady rose up into the east for the las time, the rain stops and the clouds disappeared. In the place of the sun, the children saw St. People_looking_miracle_sunJoseph with the Child Jesus and Our Lady. They pointed to the place and all the people saw the sun begin to gyrate in the sky, loose it self from it’s axis and hurl itself toward the earth. People began to scream and run in fear that the world was about to end. Suddenly, the sun returned to the sky. The earth and everyones clothing was dry. The miracle was witnessed for miles around. Our Lady later told Sr. Lucia that if people had responded to her messages, the miracle would have been much greater. What can we learn from these great signs? God has given Our Lady power over even the elements. With prayer, especially that requested by Our Lady, the Holy Rosary, we can change world events. With the Rosary the two great wars were brought to an end. Let us respond to Our Lady’s messages and help bring about her triumph and the triumph of the King of Peace.

IMG_3302Although there is no Mass of Our Lady of Fatima today, I offered a votive Mass of Our Lady. The collect of Mass #8 is beautiful, requesting to “be freed by her motherly intercession from all evils on earth and merit attainment of eternal joys in heaven.” We need our heavenly mother and her powerful intercession. History shows the power of the Rosary and our Lady’s intercession. Let us change the world today with the help of Our Lady.



St. Joseph of Cupertino

Today is the celebration of St. Joseph of Cupertino in the Extraordinary Form, or the Traditional Roman Rite. St. Joseph was a simple by holy Conventual Franciscan Friar who had the gift of levitation. He is the patron of students. I prayed to him every day in the seminary and credit his intercession to my success.

Two prayers to St. Joseph of Cupertino:

O Great St. Joseph of Cupertino who while on earth did obtain from God the grace to be asked at your examination only the questions you knew, obtain for me a like favour in the examinations for which I am now preparing. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked. Through Christ our Lord. St. Joseph of Cupertino, Pray for us. Amen.

O St. Joseph of Cupertino who by your prayer obtained from God to be asked at your examination, the only preposition you knew. Grant that I may like you succeed in the (here mention the name of Examination eg. History paper I ) examination. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked. O St. Joseph of Cupertino pray for me. O Holy Ghost enlighten me. Our Lady of Good Studies pray for me. Sacred Head of Jesus, Seat of divine wisdom, enlighten me.

There is a great little move about his life called The Reluctant Saint. You can watch it below.