As global leaders continue to make policy decisions — without voter’s consent — that are driving the economy into the ground, pulling the nations toward World War III, and imperilling the livelihoods and existence of billions, we can begin to feel helpless in the face of their so-called “Great Reset.” However, as Christians, we know one thing for certain: when it comes to spiritual warfare, we are anything but helpless.
Behold, I have given you the power to tread upon serpents and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. (Luke 10:19)
Yes, Satan would want us to despair; but Jesus wants us to repair, that is, make reparation for mankind through our prayers, fasting, and love.
One day, Jesus said to Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta:
My daughter, let us pray together. There are certain sad times in which my Justice, unable to contain Itself because of the evils of creatures, would want to flood the earth with new scourges; and so prayer in My Will is necessary, which, extending over all, places itself as defence of the creatures, and with its power, prevents my Justice from approaching the creature to strike her. —July 1st, 1942, Volume 17
Here, Our Lord is explicitly telling us that praying “in My Will” can “prevent” Justice from striking the creature.
On August 3rd, 1973, Sr. Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa of Akita, Japan received the following message from the Blessed Virgin Mary while praying in the convent chapel:
Many men in this world afflict the Lord… In order that the world might know His anger, the Heavenly Father is preparing to inflict a great chastisement on all mankind … I have prevented the coming of calamities by offering Him the sufferings of the Son on the Cross, His Precious Blood and beloved souls who console Him forming a cohort of victim souls. Prayer, penance and courageous sacrifices can soften the Father’s anger.
Of course, the “anger” of the Father is not like human anger. He, who is love itself, does not contradict Himself by “striking” out at humanity in the way we humans frequently strike out when we’ve been injured by another. Rather, God’s anger is rooted in justice. Take for example a human judge. When he passes sentence on someone who has committed a crime, say, the torture of a child, who of us looks at the judge and says, “What a mean magistrate!” Rather, we say that “justice has been served.” Why don’t we afford God the same generous response when we consider the depth of evil that has now spread across the earth? Yet, even more than the human judge, God passes “sentence” precisely because He loves us:
He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him takes care to chastise him. (Proverbs 13:24)
If the Lord is to chastise humanity, as is the theme of many heavenly messages now, then His justice is really mercy itself, for it not only answers the “cry of the poor“, but gives opportunity to the wicked to repent — if even at the very last moment (see Mercy in Chaos).
Yet, here are five things you can personally do to implore God’s Mercy before His Justice upon our wounded world…
I. Prayer Invoking the Precious Blood
Returning to that message from Akita, Our Lady says that she offered the “Precious Blood” of Jesus to the Heavenly Father. Indeed, after Jesus told Luisa that it was necessary to pray “in My Will”, He then begins to intercede in a most beautiful way:
My Father, I offer You this Blood of Mine. O please, let It cover all the intelligences of creatures, rendering vain all their evil thoughts, dimming the fire of their passions, and making holy intelligences rise again. May this Blood cover their eyes and be a veil to their sight, so that the taste of evil pleasures may not enter them through their eyes, and they may not get dirty with the mud of the earth. May this Blood of Mine cover and fill their mouths, and render their lips dead to blasphemies, to imprecations, to all of their bad words. My Father, may this Blood of Mine cover their hands, and strike terror in man for so many evil actions. May this Blood circulate in Our Eternal Will in order to cover all, to defend all, and to be a defending weapon for the creature before the rights of Our Justice.
So, as part of the “cohort of victims souls” (Our Lady’s Little Rabble), we can also take up this prayer daily to offer to the Father “in the Divine Will” in order to mitigate what must come. Just personalize the prayer of Jesus as such:
My Father, I offer You this Blood of Jesus. O please, let It cover all the intelligences of creatures, rendering vain all their evil thoughts, dimming the fire of their passions, and making holy intelligences rise again. May this Blood cover their eyes and be a veil to their sight, so that the taste of evil pleasures may not enter them through their eyes, and they may not get dirty with the mud of the earth. May this Blood of Jesus cover and fill their mouths, and render their lips dead to blasphemies, to imprecations, to all of their bad words. My Father, may this Blood of Jesus cover their hands, and strike terror in man for so many evil actions. May this Blood circulate in the Eternal Will in order to cover all, to defend all, and to be a defending weapon for the creature before the rights of Divine Justice.
Another powerful prayer along this same line is that of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, which accomplishes the same thing through each believer’s participation in the “priesthood” of Christ and offering the Father “the Body and Blood, soul and divinity of Your dearly Beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.”
II. Praying the Hours of the Passion
There are many promises Jesus makes to those who meditate on the Hours of His Passion, as revealed to Luisa. One that stands out, in particular, is the promise Jesus makes for “every word” that is meditated upon:
If they shall make them together with Me and with My Own Will, for every word that they make, I shall give them a soul, because the greater or lesser efficacy of these Hours of My Passion is determined by the greater or lesser Union they have with Me. And by making these Hours with My Will, the creature therein hides himself, whereby, My Will doing the Acting, I AM thus able to do all the good I want, even through the use of a single word. And I shall do this every time they make them. —October, 1914, Volume 11
That’s pretty wonderful. In fact, Jesus even promises certain protection to the region in which one prays the Hours:
Oh, how I would Love it if only one soul in every town were to make these Hours of My Passion! I would feel My Own Presence in each town, and My Justice, greatly disdained in these times, would be placated in part. —Ibid.
III. The Rosary
It is too easy to forget the Rosary, to skip it, or set it aside. It feels monotonous to our senses, requires concentration and perhaps, above all, the sacrifice of time. And yet, there are countless messages on Countdown to the Kingdom and the teachings of the Magisterium itself that speak of the power of this devotion.
At times when Christianity itself seemed under threat, its deliverance was attributed to the power of this prayer, and Our Lady of the Rosary was acclaimed as the one whose intercession brought salvation. —ST. JOHN PAUL II, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, n. 39
For the Rosary is, above all, a Christocentric prayer that leads us to meditate upon the Gospels and the life and example of Jesus and Our Lady. Moreover, we are praying with and through Our Lady — she of whom the Scriptures say:
I will put enmity between you and the woman, and your seed and her seed: she shall crush your head, and you shall lie in wait for her heel. (Gen 3:15, Douay-Rheims; see footnote) (1)
Hence, it is no surprise to hear more than one exorcist say along these lines:
One day a colleague of mine heard the devil say during an exorcism: “Every Hail Mary is like a blow on my head. If Christians knew how powerful the Rosary was, it would be my end.” The secret that makes this prayer so effective is that the Rosary is both prayer and meditation. It is addressed to the Father, to the Blessed Virgin, and to the Holy Trinity, and is a meditation centred on Christ. —Fr. Gabriele Amorth, former Chief Exorcist of Rome; Echo of Mary, Queen of Peace, March-April edition, 2003
Indeed, the very “hinge”(2) of the “Hail Mary”, said John Paul II, is the name of Jesus — a name at which every principality and power trembles. And hence, this devotion, too, comes with powerful promises:
Beloved children, continue every day in prayer, especially in the recitation of the Holy Rosary which is the sole (3) protection that you will have against evil. —Our Lady to Gisella Cardia, July 25th, 2020
The only arms that will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops, and the priests. —Our Lady of Akita, October 13, 1973
And again, just recently to Sr. Agnes:
Put on ashes and pray [a penitential] Rosary every day. —October 6th, 2019; source EWTN affiliate WQPH Radio; wqphradio.org
IV. Persevere in Fasting
In this culture of indulgence, fasting seems almost backward. But not only do studies show how healthy it is for us, the Scriptures tell us how spiritually potent it is.
This kind [of demon] can go out by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. (Mark 9:28; Douay-Rheims)
On June 26, 1981, Our Lady of Medjugorje said, “Pray and fast, because with prayer and fasting you can stop wars and natural disasters”.
So much more can be said about fasting, but clearly, you get the picture.
V. Personal Repentance
Our Lady of Akita said:
Prayer, penance and courageous sacrifices can soften the Father’s anger.
Most of us probably fail to perceive the profound importance of our own personal conversions, not only in doing penance for our sins but in mortifying our flesh: “filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the Church.”(Col 1:24)
See, I have created the smith who blows on the burning coals and forges weapons as his work; it is I also who have created the destroyer to work havoc. (Isaiah 54:16)
However, in a vision, St. Faustina sees how Divine Justice is swayed by the sacrifices herself and her fellow sisters make:
I saw a resplendence beyond compare and, in front of this brilliance, a white cloud in the shape of a scale. Then Jesus approached and put the sword on one side of the scale, and it fell heavily towards the ground until it was about to touch it. Just then, the sisters finished renewing their vows. Then I saw Angels who took something from each of the sisters and placed it in a golden vessel somewhat in the shape of a thurible. When they had collected it from all the sisters and placed the vessel on the other side of the scale, it immediately outweighed and raised up the side on which the sword had been laid…Then I heard a voice coming from the brilliance: Put the sword back in its place; the sacrifice is greater. —Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 394
To be a “victim soul” does not necessarily mean that you and I must be bed-ridden and having mystical experiences. It can simply mean that we are willing to offer every discomfort, pain, suffering, and sorrow to God with all our “heart, mind, soul, and strength” out of love for neighbor.
Yes, if there is anything that will stay the hand of God, it is when He sees us pleading with great love for mercy upon our neighbour… for “love never fails.” (1 Cor 13:8)
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
- “…this version [in the Latin] does not agree with the Hebrew text, in which it is not the woman but her offspring, her descendant, who will bruise the serpent’s head. This text then does not attribute the victory over Satan to Mary but to her Son. Nevertheless, since the biblical concept establishes a profound solidarity between the parent and the offspring, the depiction of the Immaculata crushing the serpent, not by her own power but through the grace of her Son, is consistent with the original meaning of the passage.” (POPE JOHN PAUL II, “Mary’s Emnity toward Satan was Absolute”; General Audience, May 29th, 1996; ewtn.com.) The footnote in the Douay-Rheims agrees: “The sense is the same: for it is by her seed, Jesus Christ, that the woman crushes the serpent’s head.” (Footnote, p. 8; Baronius Press Limited, London, 2003
- Rosarium Virginis Mariae, n. 1, 33
- This should not be taken as implying that other forms of prayer have no value, but as emphasizing the special role of the Rosary as a spiritual weapon — a role underscored in the writings of many mystics past and present, and additionally confirmed by the testimonies of many exorcists. The time is coming, and is already here again for many, when public Masses will no longer be available. In that regard, recourse to Jesus through this efficacious prayer will be crucial. Servant of God Sr. Lucia of Fatima alluded to this as well:
Now if God, through Our Lady, had asked us to go to Mass and receive Holy Communion every day, there would undoubtedly have been a great many people who would have said, quite rightly, that this was not possible. Some, on account of the distance separating them from the nearest Church where Mass was celebrated; others on account of the circumstances of their lives, their state in life, their job, the state of their health, etc.” Yet, “On the other hand to pray the Rosary is something everybody can do, rich and poor, wise and ignorant, great and small. All people of good will can, and must say the Rosary every day… —National Catholic Register, Nov. 19th, 2017
Moreover, Our Lady calls us here to “prayer received with the heart,” which means the Rosary should be prayed in the spirit with which Pope John Paul II exhorted the faithful—as if it were a “school of Mary” at whose feet we sit to meditate upon the Savior, Jesus Christ (Rosarium Virginie Mariae n. 14). In fact, St. John Paul II went further indicating the true power of the Rosary in the history of the Church that echoes this revelation to Gisella:
The Church has always attributed particular efficacy to this prayer, entrusting to the Rosary, to its choral recitation and to its constant practice, the most difficult problems. At times when Christianity itself seemed under threat, its deliverance was attributed to the power of this prayer, and Our Lady of the Rosary was acclaimed as the one whose intercession brought salvation. —Rosarium Virginis Mariae, n. 38
- cf. The Chastisement Comes… Part II