Dear Bishop Gracida,
As you know, I am not able to leave a comment on your page. Today, after viewing the short video posted on Abyssum of the Byzantine Catholic Bishop, I am prompted to send this email. As we can see, the battle intensifies and has reached a completely new level. We find ourselves on the very threshold, indeed we seem to be now passing through the doorway to the Abomination of Desolation. Catholics increasingly feel it, even as the confusion continues to pour out of Rome. Satan has now run out of time.
It is appropriate at this time to recall, and in prayer reflect on, the words of St. Francis of Assisi, provided in the book “Works of the Seraphic Father St. Francis of Assisi,” which on page 248 begins:
“A short time before the holy Father’s death, he called together his Children and warned them of the coming troubles, saying: ‘Act bravely, my Brethren; take courage, and trust in the Lord. The time is fast approaching in which there will be great trials and afflictions; perplexities and dissensions, both spiritual and temporal, will abound; the charity of many will grow cold, and the malice of the wicked will increase. The devils will have unusual power, the immaculate purity of our Order, and of others, will be so much obscured that there will be very few Christians who will obey the true Sovereign Pontiff’ and the Roman Church with loyal hearts and perfect charity.
At the time of this tribulation a man, not canonically elected, will be raised to the Pontificate, who, by his cunning, will endeavour to draw many into error and death. Then scandals will be multiplied, our Order will be divided, and many others will be entirely destroyed, because they will consent to error instead of opposing it. There will be such diversity of opinions and schisms among the people, the religious and the clergy, that, except those days were shortened, according to the words of the· Gospel, even the elect would be led into error, were they not specially guided, amid such great confusion, by the immense mercy of God.
Then our Rule and manner of life will be violently opposed by some, and terrible trials will come upon us. Those who are found faithful will receive the crown of life; but woe to those who, trusting solely in their Order, shall fall into tepidity, for they will not be able to support the temptations permitted for the proving or the elect. Those who preserve their fervour and adhere to virtue with love and zeal for the truth, will suffer injuries and persecutions as rebels and schismatics; for their persecutors, urged on by the evil spirits, will say they are rendering a great service to God by destroying such pestilent men from the face of the earth. But the Lord will be the refuge of the afflicted, and will save all who trust in Him. And in order to be like their Head, these, the elect, will act with confidence, and by their death will purchase for themselves eternal life; choosing to obey God rather than man, they will fear nothing, and they will ·prefer to perish rather than consent to falsehood and perfidy. Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it under foot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Our Lord Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor, but a destroyer.”
This book was published in 1882 with the Imprimatur issued by the Most Reverend William Bernard, Archbishop of Birmingham United Kingdom.
May we all receive the Grace to recognize the “destroyer” who has indeed arrived and who carries out the very plans of our adversary. Pray that through the intercession of Mother of Salvation, the Queen of Heaven, all God’s Children, and especially God’s Sacred Servants, may receive the Grace to recognize, accept, and proclaim the Light of Truth which is Jesus Christ. Finally, we pray that God will tie the hands, bind the feet, blind the sight and foil the plans of all who endeavor to harm the innocent.
Bishop Gracida, God bless you in your tireless work for Truth!