Greetings in Jesus and Mary...
We are only a few days away from the Consecration which will be done by the current Pope and all the bishops of the world. This will be a significant act done by the Church and we can only hope that God in His Mercy will give the world His grace. To what extent of grace...we do not know because we are so deserving of Judgement and Chastisement. The goal for all of us is to do the Will of God and to obtain Heaven. Since all of God's grace leads to this end...we can give glory to God.
There is a prophecy of an Illumination of Conscience (Warning) that may fit this time in history. If this is about to happen...we need to seriously repent and amend our lives which we should be doing anyway in order to obtain favor with God and obtain Heaven...our true Home!
There are a few prophesies of this Illumination of Conscience... but the most famous prophesy of the Warning was from Our Lady of Garabandal who came to four children in Spain shortly after the Third Secret was refused to be revealed in 1960. Did our dear Blessed Mother decide to give us warnings because Pope John XXIII would not?
Jacinta, one of the seers at Garabandal, said:
"The warning is something that is first seen everywhere in the world and then is transmitted into the interior of our souls. It will last for a very little time but seem a very long time because of its affects within us. It will be for the good of our souls in order to see ourselves, our conscience, the good that we have failed to do and the bad we have done. Then we will feel a great love toward our Heavenly Father and ask forgiveness for all of our offenses. The warning is for us to draw closer to Him and to increase our faith. One should prepare for that day but not await it with fear. God does not send things for the sake of fear but rather with justice and love. He does it for the good of His children so that they might enjoy eternal happiness and not be lost."
No one knows for sure when this Illumination of Conscience will happen, just like no one knows when Christ will come again. All we can do is be like the wise virgins: keep the oil in your lamps by remaining in a state of grace.
Frequent sacramental confession is the most important thing you can do to prepare for this event, and more importantly, for one's own death and private judgement which could come at any moment.
This is a good time to make a general confession of your whole life as best as you can if you have not done so already. This means that you prayerfully reflect on your entire life and then confess every mortal sin that you have committed since baptism.
St. Francis De Sales says on how to grow in holiness in “Introduction to the Devout Life”:
“You see, my child, that I am now speaking of a general confession of your whole life, which, while I grant it is not always necessary, I yet believe will be found most helpful in the beginning of your pursuit after holiness, and therefore I earnestly advise you to make it. Not unfrequently the ordinary confessions of persons leading an everyday life are full of great faults, and that because they make little or no preparation, and have not the needful contrition. Owing to this deficiency such people go to confession with a tacit intention of returning to their old sins, inasmuch as they will not avoid the occasions of sin, or take the necessary measures for amendment of life, and in all such cases a general confession is required to steady and fix the soul. But, furthermore, a general confession forces us to a clearer self knowledge, kindles a wholesome shame for our past life, and rouses gratitude for God’s Mercy, Which has so long waited patiently for us;–it comforts the heart, refreshes the spirit, excites good resolutions, affords opportunity to our spiritual Father for giving the most suitable advice, and opens our hearts so as to make future confessions more effectual. Therefore I cannot enter into the subject of a general change of life and entire turning to God, by means of a devout life, without urging upon you to begin with a general confession.”
After making your confession, strive to remain holy. As St. John Vianney said:
“Let us live as the Blessed Virgin lived, loving God only, desiring God only, trying to please God only, in all that we do.”
Whenever you falter, go to confession again! It is recommended for Catholics to go to confession at least once per month, or more often if necessary.
At Garabandal, The Blessed Mother appeared, holding the Rosary and the Brown Scapular, as a silent example for us to take advantage of these important sacramentals.
O Mary Conceived Without Sin....please pray for us who have recourse to you!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!