St. Faustina Foresaw The Second Coming And
Seemed To Link It To The Pope
By Michael H. Brown
However much we're wary of overly apocalyptical
prophecy (and try to especially weigh those that proclaim something as dramatic
as the Second Coming), there's no doubting that one such prediction came from a
canonized saint. That was St. Maria Faustina Kowalska of the Divine Mercy revelations, who was canonized last year and whose revelations were celebrated Sunday. "Speak to the world about My mercy," Jesus allegedly told
her. "After it will come the Day of Justice. You will prepare the world for My final coming. Tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice, is near."
The "justice" referred to in certain of Faustina's revelations may have pertained to World War Two -- which was just around the corner in the mid-1930s, when Faustina, a resident of Poland, was receiving her messages -- but the references to Christ's return spell a larger and longer scenario. Keep in mind that we're not obligated to accept them; while Faustina was canonized, her prophecies have not been officially sanctioned (such messages, even from a saint, rarely are). But they are certainly worth close scrutiny, and they indicate that God is serious about purification despite those who have tended to focus only on His mercy. "Before the Day of Justice. I am sending the Day of Mercy," Jesus told Faustina. "I am prolonging the time of mercy for the sake of sinners. But woe to them if they do not recognize this time of My visitation."
In one entry Blessed Faustina said, "'As I was praying, I heart Jesus' words: 'I bear a special love for Poland, and if she will be obedient to My Will, I will exalt her in might and holiness. From her will come forth the spark that will prepare the world for My final coming.' " Was this a reference to John Paul II? We all know the Pope is from Poland, and he ended up having a pivotal role in the recognition of Divine Mercy -- culminating with his canonization of Faustina. Even if the "spark" refers to the fall of Communism, which started in Poland, this too is inextricably linked to John Paul, who was a secret force behind Solidarity (the union that overthrew Communist rule).
And according to other revelations, he has been "handpicked" by the Virgin, to whom he has an intense devotion. During an apparition at Medjugorje on September 3, 1981, Our Blessed Mother reportedly went to a large picture of John Paul and firmly hugged it, smiling. She told the seers to look upon him as everyone's father and visionary Marjana Soldo commented that, "the radiance in his eyes is the same as Our Lady's."
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