Cardinal: “What Sister Lucia told me: Final Confrontation between the Lord and Satan will be over Family and Marriage.”

 

A Cardinal tells: Sister Lucia wrote me…
On Feburary 16, 2008, Cardinal Carlo Caffara (Archbishop of Bologna), after a Mass celebrated at the tomb of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, granted an interview to Tele Radio Padre Pio, which was subsequently reported in the monthly magazine “Voce di Padre Pio” March, 2008 . Here are some significant excerpts.
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Q. Your Eminence, recently in Corriere della Sera you said that you had always had a great devotion to Padre Pio. Please tell us why.

I have had great devotion to him since the beginning of my priesthood as a result of a rather unique experience. I had been a priest for some months and a brother-priest came to see me. He was quite a bit older than me and was going through a serious crisis of faith. It is difficult to describe what a crisis of faith is for a priest: a terrible thing! I told him “Brother, I’m too little, and sense that I can’t carry such a burden. Go to Padre Pio.” So he went, and while he was talking to Padre he had a great mystical experience, touched profoundly by the mercy of God. Now he is one of the best priests I know. There you have it, it all began like that.
Q. Did you ever meet Padre Pio personally?
No, I didn’t. I never had the courage to go to him, thinking that I would be wasting his time! […] I retain that Padre Pio belongs to the series of great mystics who have this characteristic: the most profound sharing in the Cross of Christ, as they carry upon themselves the great tragedy of mankind today – atheism. Padre Pio, St. Gemma Galgani, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross , Mother Theresa, the Curé d’Ars all had the experience of sitting round the table with sinners, living their experiences, of carrying, in a different way, the weight of the Agony in Gethsemane; they testified to the love of Christ Who takes upon Himself, the pain of the man who has left his Father’s house and doesn’t want to go back, even if he knows in his heart that he is better off in his Father’s house rather than tending to pigs. Man today continues to imagine that he can live as if God didn’t exist; and we see the devastation this has caused.
Q. There is a prophecy by Sister Lucia dos Santos, of Fatima, which concerns “the final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan”. The battlefield is the family. Life and the family. We know that you were given charge by John Paul II to plan and establish the Pontifical Institute for the Studies on Marriage and the Family. 

Yes, I was. At the start of this work entrusted to me by the Servant of God John Paul II, I wrote to Sister Lucia of Fatima through her Bishop as I couldn’t do so directly. Unexplainably however, since I didn’t expect an answer, seeing that I had only asked for prayers, I received a very long letter with her signature – now in the Institute’s archives. In it we find written: the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid, she added, because anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue. And then she concluded: however, Our Lady has already crushed its head.
Talking also to John Paul II, you felt too that this was the crux, as it touches the very pillar of creation, the truth of the relationship between man and woman among the generations. If the founding pillar is touched the entire building collapses and we see this now, because we are at this point and we know it. And I’m moved when I read the best biographies of Padre Pio , on how this man was so attentive to the sanctity of marriage and the sanctity of the spouses, even with justifiable rigor on occasion.

[Translation: Contributor Francesca Romana. Source: Voce di Padre Pio.]

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8 Responses to Cardinal: “What Sister Lucia told me: Final Confrontation between the Lord and Satan will be over Family and Marriage.”

  1. For me, the most meaningful sentence in this interview is the cardinal’s statement that, “Man today continues to imagine that he can live as if God didn’t exist; and we see the devastation this has caused.”

    Many people fear, and perhaps with good reason, that the devastation, bad as it is, has hardly begun.

  2. reinkat says:

    Very sobering thoughts here. Thanks for reminding me of this.
    I can’t help but think what a suitable book cover your illustration would be for the cover of the deplorable release of the latest of the “Fifty Shades of Gray” series. A true example of what we were being warned about.

  3. toadspittle says:

    There is “devastation” around these days, certainly, but it appears to be a prerequisite of life on earth. A mad species dominant on a physically unstable planet. it’s been that way as long as we know.

    Are things worse today than in, say, 1815, or 1915? Or 1945? I think not, myself. Some will disagree.Things could be a lot better, but also a great deal worse. We must be try to be philosophical.

  4. toadspittle says:

    “Don’t be afraid, she added, because anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue. And then she concluded: however, Our Lady has already crushed its head.”
    Whose (or what’s) head has Our Lady crushed? It’s unclear.
    But what ever it is, it’s dead. So no worries.

  5. JabbaPapa says:

    Evil, toad ; evil.

  6. Tom Fisher says:

    I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel. Gen 3:15 (Douay-Rheims)

  7. toadspittle says:

    So, evil is dead, Jabba. That’s nice.

  8. toadspittle says:

    Crikey. Even Toad doesn’t “lie in wait” for womens’ heels.
    Has had his head crushed by them occasionally, anyway. Got used to it, really.

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