The Church of Rome during the short period of peace

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“Disputation of the Sacrament”, Rafael, 1509-1510.

Jesus says:

“Let us gaze together at the times which, like a peaceful dawn after a stormy night, will come before the Day of the Lord. You, Maria, will no longer be there. But from your resting place you will delight in it, because you will see mankind’s struggle about to end and sorrow already diminishing to give time to the living to gain new strength for Earth’s last, short upheaval, before hearing the order that gathers it up in all its living and in all its dead from Adam’s time onwards.

“I already told you. My Church will have its hosanna day before its last passion. Then the everlasting triumph will come.

“At that time the whole world will know the Church of Rome, because the Gospel will resound from the poles to the equator and the Word will go from one side of the globe to the other, like a belt of love. Catholics, leaving behind the terribly savage struggle of which this one is but the prelude, weary of murdering one another and of following ruthless rulers, will turn from the unquenchable thirst to kill and the insurmountable violence, turning towards the triumphant Cross, found again after they had been so blind. Above such a great roar of havoc and so much blood, they shall hear the Voice that loves and forgives and they shall see the Light, whiter than the lily, which comes down from the Heavens to train them for the Heavens.

“Like a march of millions and millions of tribes, people will go towards Christ with their spirits and will put their trust in Earth’s only being in whom there is no craving for oppression or longing for revenge.

“It will be Rome that speaks. But not the more or less great, more or less lastingly great Rome which rabble rousers can win. It will be the Rome of Christ. The one that conquered the Caesars, conquering them without weapons, without battles, with one force only, love; with one weapon only, the Cross; with one rhetoric only, prayer. It will be the Rome of the great Pontiffs which, in a world darkened by barbarian invasions and dazed by their destructions, was able to preserve civilization and to spread it among the uncivilized. It will be the Rome that stood up to arrogant men and through its holy, Venerable Old Men was able to stand for the weak and sting with a spiritual punishment even those who appeared to be immune to any remorse.

“You cannot, you dissimilar nations, reach lasting agreements among yourselves. All of you have the same yearnings and the same needs, and like the pans of a scale, the weight of one nation’s good share is detrimental to the other. You live in order to always have the better share and you kill one another for it. It is an up-and-down situation which is getting worse and worse.

“Listen to the voice of someone who has no craving for power but wants to rule in the name of his Most Holy King, only on your spirits. The day is coming when, disillusioned with men, you will turn to the one who is already more a spirit than a man and who keeps just enough humanity to convince you of his presence. His mouth, which I inspire, will speak words like those I would tell you, I, Prince of Peace. He will teach you the infinitely precious pearl of mutual forgiveness. He will convince you that there is no weapon more beautiful than the ploughshare, which wounds the clods to make them fertile, and the scythe, which cuts the grass to make it more beautiful. He will teach you that the holiest work is the one done to give the brothers and sisters a loaf of bread, a garment, a house, and that only by loving one another as brothers and sisters can you no longer experience the poison of hatred and the tortures of war.

“My children, set out on your march towards the Lord’s Light. Do not pass by, groping in the gloomy darkness. You, My beloved ones, set out at the head, overcoming every human fear because I am with you, O those dearest to My Heart. You, the others, be won over by the example of My saints. All of you, My children, set out on this new Exodus towards the new Earth which I promise to you and which will be your very Earth, though changed by Christian love.

“Separate from those who are idolaters of Satan, of the world and of the flesh. Without scorn, leave them. Scorn does no good: it uselessly wrecks. But separate from them to avoid being contaminated by them. Love them with the love of redeemers, putting between you and them your faith in Christ as a bulwark. You are not strong enough to be able to live in their midst without danger. Too many centuries of increasingly bad spiritual decay have weakened you. Imitate the early Christians. Learn to live in the world but set apart from the world by virtue of your love for God.

And never be inclined to consider as a superman the wretch who is not unlike the beasts because, like them, his best part resides entirely in his instincts – the only thing that does not make him worse than a beast. The Prophet says: ‘Cease therefore from the man whose breath is in his nostrils.’ I want all of you to interpret these words as follows.

“The animal without breath is but a loathsome corpse. Its only life is in its breath. Once its nostrils are shut to this breath, it ceases to exist and becomes a rotting carcass. There are many human beings no better than animals, since they have no life but the animal life which lasts as long as breath remains in them. Their spirits are dead, those spirits made for the Heavens. It is therefore right to say that there are human beings whose souls are the breath of their nostrils and from whom it is best to remain spiritually far, so that the breath of Satan and beastliness which comes out of them may not undermine your humanity and make it like theirs.

“Pray for them, O you blessed ones. That is charity, and that is enough. Words do not enter those closed to the Word. And do not consider as outstanding those who exhale and puff their arrogance and pride from their nostrils like mad wild beasts. The only outstanding people are those who have living spirits and are therefore God’s children. Others are poor things whose sham nobility is doomed to a great fall and whose memories do not live on except as the memories of scandal and horror.”

– “The Church of Rome during the short period of peace”, November 11 1943, The End Times as Revealed to Maria Valtorta, Maria Valtorta, pages 75-78.

 

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