From the mailbag (unedited): a professor of theology, Dr. Miravalle, on 'dangerous deadlines'; a correspondent on theories of the 'warning'

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To Spirit Daily:

               As we approach the end of the Year 2000, pains and anxieties are being voiced by some members of the Marian faithful regarding expectations of certain Marian prophesied events to take place before the end of the Jubilee Year.

            Amidst the numerous contemporary messages of our Blessed Mother to the world, several Marian messages speak about the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart (originally prophesied by Our Lady at Fatima) and with some association of the Triumph with the Year 2000. Within the body of these contemporary Marian messages and their revealed description of the Triumph, there are also references to specific supernatural events, various signs and wonders, to take place with some direct association to the Triumph.

            These prophesied extraordinary events with some direct association to the historic Triumph of the Immaculate Heart which have yet to happen include: a God-given illumination of conscience to be given to each person; physical miracles permanently visible at various apparition sites; a "New Pentecost" as manifested through a dramatic outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the world; the papal proclamation of our Lady as Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate in the fifth Marian Dogma; climatic crisis of apostasy within the Church; a Second (not final) Coming of Jesus Christ spiritually and Eucharistically; various forms of global purification; and still other events.

All these extraordinary happenings are prophesied to lead eventually to a promised time of profound and unprecedented spiritual peace and renewal for the Church and the world, a promise from Our Lady which, again, originates in Fatima: "In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph" and "a period of peace will be given to the world" (July 13, 1917). The Triumph of the Immaculate thereupon leads to the Reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a Eucharistic reign of peace and grace centering upon a proper primacy of faith and worship of the Eucharistic Lord.

The pains and anxieties of some Marian faithful derive then from the fact that the Year 2000 is rapidly approaching its end, and to-date, none of the above mentioned extraordinary signs and wonders have taken place.

            How should the Marian remnant respond to the closing of the Year 2000 and the Marian prophetic references to the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary? Can the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary begin in the Year 2000, even without certain prophesied signs and wonders? What precisely is the Triumph?

            We must remember that the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is first of all a spiritual action and movement of the heart, and not initially dependent on certain events to happen. The Triumph spiritually begins as we make a spiritual gift of our hearts to the Immaculate Heart through acts of Marian consecration and love, which tap the great abundance of graces being made available to us in a powerfully generous way during this Jubilee Year 2000.

            It is our response to these special Marian graces, our acts of faith, prayer, and spiritual offering which, in turn, allow certain other heavenly events to take place. In this regard, the Triumph has indeed begun in the hearts of Her Marian children who have given their hearts to Her and who are holding true to the promises of great graces of the Triumph, both personally and globally.

            In the hearts of the Marian Remnant therefore, the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary has indeed begun, in a powerful and generous way, during this grace-filled Jubilee Year 2000.

            But beyond Her Marian faithful, it must also be said that the universal and global Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady has not yet taken place. This global event of radical conversion and grace which depicts the entire human family as living in an "era of Peace" as the fruit of the New Pentecost brought to us through the intercession of the Mother of all peoples is obviously something the world still awaits.

            For this universal spiritual transformation of the world to take place, this full "global springtime" or Eucharistic Reign, the more extraordinary prophesied events such as the Illumination, the permanent signs, the Marian Dogma of the Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix of all graces, and Advocate, the New Pentecost, and other prophesied events, each in their own function and way, will indeed seem to be necessary in order to awaken the hearts of the world to the fundamental need for God, and away from the false gods of money, power, lust, and self which presently dominate the minds and hearts of the greater part of humanity.

            As with Christ, so with the Church and the world; the Resurrection is arrived at only through the Passion and Death.

            Therefore, to have prayerful hopes for the extraordinary events prophesied in connection to the Triumph to occur soon, or, for some, even during the Year 2000, is understandable. But to place our own deadlines to these events as having to take place by Jubilee yearís end based on strict date interpretations of these Marian prophesies, and without any acceptance of the ever mysterious relationship between Godís providence and manís free will, is spiritually dangerous. Such strict interpretation can often lead to spiritual discouragement and despair, and even at times to a foundational loss of Christian faith.

            Marian prophecy generally includes with it the understood faith caveat that the exact timing and fulfillment of prophesied events will in some degree depend upon the human cooperation, or, sadly in many cases, the lack thereof.

            The great ground rule for grace and salvation as deigned by God the Father of all mankind is that human free will must be respected. Grace and salvation cannot be forced upon humanity, and this includes the great grace of the universal Triumph of the Immaculate Heart for the world. Man can receive these precious spiritual gifts intended by the Father only when man freely accepts these gifts. The key that opens the door to the other Marian prophesied events associated with the Triumph to take place is none other than free human cooperation, when Godís greatest gift to humanity is returned back to God in the form of our fiat to Godís manifest will.

Of one thing we can be sure. If certain prophesied events are delayed, it is neither due to Godís failure, nor to error on the part of the Immaculate Seat of Wisdom. It is due on some level to manís repeated unwillingness to obey the designs of Heaven in fulfilling Our Ladyís perfect plan for spiritual peace in the world. But nonetheless, thanks to the generosity of Abba Father, the eventual outcome of Marian victory and peace is already assured.

            We must also remember that the foundation of our Christian faith does not rest primarily on the extraordinary signs and wonders, but firstly on our God-given faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Magisterial teachings of our holy Catholic Faith. In fact, the very purpose of Marian private revelation is to lead us back to a full living of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as protected and interpreted by the Church. Our Motherís messages are never intended to replace or supercede our faith in our Lord Jesus as revealed in Scripture and Tradition, but to live it more generously and fully. The Mother always leads us back to the Son as She did at Cana: "Do whatever he tell you" (Jn. 2:5).

Hence our faith in our Eucharistic Lord and His saving Gospel must always remain our faith foundation, a foundation properly brought to new levels of Christian life and holiness through the authentic words and inspirations brought to our present troubled times by the Mediatrix of all graces, the spiritual Mother of all peoples, and Advocate with the Most Holy Trinity.

            There is reason for rejoicing by the Marian remnant at the close of this Jubilee Year. The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary has truly begun in the hearts of Her children. With every heart that is consecrated to and beats one with Hers, the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart has indeed begun. But the definitive initiation and fulfillment of the universal Triumph of the Immaculate Heart accompanied by its extraordinary elements, for which the children of Mary await with great anticipation (as does the Mother), continues to depend in large part on the free cooperation of man.

            This is why it is so important, now more than ever, for the renewed daily prayer of the Marian remnant for all components of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart to be fulfilled in accord with Heavenís desire. The Adversary rejoices with each Marian faithful who grows discouraged in the waiting or by human deadlines and thereupon stops praying. The ancient serpent must be deprived of such victory.

            Lovers of Mary must hold true in faith to the promises of the Immaculate Heart of the Mother and to Her words of assured victory that "In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph".

            May the Marian faithful continue to offer their daily Rosaries, Masses, Eucharistic Adoration, and daily sacrifices for the full accomplishment of the universal and historic Triumph of the Immaculate Heart in all its components. Let them place no date deadlines on their love for the Immaculate Heart nor on their fidelity to Her promises in a true living of Marian consecration. Abundant will be the graces for the children of Mary who continue to bring forth generous prayer and sacrifice from the innermost tabernacle of their Marian hearts in fulfilling the Gospel beatitude, "Blessed are they who do not see, and yet believe."

-- Dr. Mark Miravalle, theologian, Franciscan University of Steubenville                                                           

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Dear Mr. Brown:

I read with interest your article regarding the warning. And as I was reading it...some things just jumped out.

First, the comment by Dr. Petrisko , "...the light will come like a star that showed the way to wise men." It's as though Our Lord is telling us the exact day...the Epiphany. 

It has been the contention of many that nothing significant would happen in the Jubilee Year. This year has been a time of "Mercy" given to each one of us to repent, go to confession, take advantage of the many graces that have been given to us. However, when the Jubilee year ends...which just happens to b e on the Epiphany...the hour of Mercy is over....and that's when we are given our final chance...the Warning takes place and then it's up to each individual to make their decision...we know that even though the Warning is from God...there will still be those who will not believe . This is purely conjecture on my part...but when I read it, everything seemed to fit and make sense.

I then went to my copy of the Lives of the Saints (by Catholic Book Publishing) and looked up the saint for January 7th, who happens to be St. Raymond of Penyafort. Although there wasn't anything extraordinary about his life, the prayer at the bottom caught my attention. it reads, "God, You endowed Your Priest, St. Raymond, with the gift of showing mercy to sinners and prisoners. Help us by his intercession to be freed from slavery to sin and with clear consciences to practice those things that are pleasing to you. Amen

Well...it was just a thought, but I wanted to share it with you.

God bless....

Pat

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