The Apocalypse of St. John the Apostle

“St. John on Patmos”, Crayer

Dictation of the Holy Spirit to Maria Valtorta in The Notebooks 1945-1950 pages 575-576:

“John, on seeing the seven churches at that time, the seven more or less luminous lights at that time, saw not only those, but the other churches which would be formed over the centuries, just as he foresaw what has happened and will happen on earth, in Heaven, and in the netherworld.

He saw. The lights of holiness. The shadows of injustice. The growth of spirituality. The growth of humanity, or, rather, of materiality. The blazing of charity and of wisdom nourished by it, a blazing rising up to Heaven. And the misty smoke of science devoid of wisdom, crawling on the ground, when man attempts to explain himself and so many other things in creation with his own knowledge alone. The sickening smoke of the lusts of the self, of all the lusts. The blameworthy smoke of selfishness and ferocity. Smoke, smoke, nothing more than smoke, and harmful smoke, crawling on the ground, seeping in, sullying, poisoning, and killing. Killing the “best” things in the sense which God gives to this word and which we would call the most “beautiful” things. The three and four virtues, social relations, consciences, intellects, peace in the family….All of them things which the smoke, which is found where there is no blazing of charity, kills, poisons, sullies, and penetrates. The forming of the new world-the world of Jesus, of his Kingdom. And the forming of a new world in the new one-the world of the antichrist, of his kingdom.

The triumphs of Christianity. The defeats of Christianity. The admirable unity of Christ’s Sheepfold. The rebellious separation of parts of the Flock. John saw it all. And his vision was so intense that the fulfillment of all seemed to him to be immediate. But it was not! Centuries and centuries had to pass before everything viewed by the seer on Patmos was fulfilled. But everything will be fulfilled, as stated, as partially, and at different times, it has already been fulfilled, though without reaching the completeness of the things which are not good foreseen by John.

A human matter, which is not readily perfect, and even less readily not repeated. Belonging to the People of God did not keep the Jews from falling again into the same sins on different occasions. The example of Adam and the divine punishments-with such means as the flood, the dispersion of peoples after the arrogance of Babel, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorra, and the oppression of Egypt did not keep people from sinning. The mercy of God, who freed them from the oppression of the Pharaoh and wanted to give them a select homeland and law, did not lead men not to sin out of gratitude to God. And they sinned during the very journey towards the Promised land, while God, as a true Father covered them with his gifts.

Man is always man. In the old and new religion, both of them divine. Whether he belongs to the old or new church. “You seek Me not only because you have seen that I work miracles, but also because you ate those loaves of bread and were filled” (John 6:26). Mankind is always like that. It is attracted by external, prodigious things, by what represents a novelty or even material enjoyment than by internal, supernatural things which are no less certain-indeed, much more prodigious, much more joyful, much more secure, and, above all, much more enduring, for they are eternal.

Judas is the perfect prototype of those who are seduced by material wonders and the hope of human honors capable of satisfying intellectual and visual covetousness. A perfect prototype not susceptible of conversion.

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