This prophetic word was given in the presence of Pope Paul VI at the end of Mass on the Monday after Pentecost in 1975. It’s not one of those “warm fuzzy” messages that many want to hear, but an urgent call to repentance and readiness for the “new” evangelization. We are definitely feeling the effects of purification as dead wood is trimmed away, which always makes way for new growth. Nonetheless, after the purification our hearts will be free and ready for the glory of a New Pentecost, a New Springtime for the Church. As in the Acts of the Apostles, this glorious outpouring of God’s grace runs parallel with tremendous persecution and many being called forward for the gift of martyrdom.
Towards the end Pope John Paul II’s encyclical The Splendor of Truth (Veritatis Splendor) he says the following:
Finally, martyrdom is an outstanding sign of the holiness of the Church. Fidelity to God’s holy law, witnessed to by death, is a solemn proclamation and missionary commitment usque ad sanguinem, so that the splendour of moral truth may be undimmed in the behaviour and thinking of individuals and society. This witness makes an extraordinarily valuable contribution to warding off, in civil society and within the ecclesial communities themselves, a headlong plunge into the most dangerous crisis which can afflict man: the confusion between good and evil,which makes it impossible to build up and to preserve the moral order of individuals and communities. By their eloquent and attractive example of a life completely transfigured by the splendour of moral truth, the martyrs and, in general, all the Church’s Saints, light up every period of history by reawakening its moral sense. By witnessing fully to the good, they are a living reproof to those who transgress the law (cf. Wis 2:12), and they make the words of the Prophet echo ever afresh: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Is 5:20).
Although martyrdom represents the high point of the witness to moral truth, and one to which relatively few people are called, there is nonetheless a consistent witness which all Christians must daily be ready to make, even at the cost of suffering and grave sacrifice. Indeed, faced with the many difficulties which fidelity to the moral order can demand, even in the most ordinary circumstances, the Christian is called, with the grace of God invoked in prayer, to a sometimes heroic commitment. In this he or she is sustained by the virtue of fortitude, whereby — as Gregory the Great teaches — one can actually “love the difficulties of this world for the sake of eternal rewards”.
It is time to prepare for this glorious event by letting go of everything that hinders the movement of God’s grace. Many people are reading the book Unbound by Neal Lozano and addressing areas of their lives that are under strongholds from the enemy. They are experiencing freedom from sin and fear and the empowerment needed for the coming days. It is a very exciting time to be a follower of Jesus Christ!
Here is the Prophecy given in the presence of Pope Paul VI in May, 1975
B ecause I love you, I want to show you what I am doing in the world today. I want to prepare you for what is to come. Days of darkness are coming on the world, days of tribulation….Buildings that are now standing will not be standing. Supports that are there for my people now will not be there. I want you to be prepared, my people, to know only me and to cleave to me and to have me in a way deeper than ever before. I will lead you into the desert…I will strip you of everything that you are depending on now, so you depend just on me. A time of darkness is coming on the world, but a time of glory is coming for my church, a time of glory is coming for my people. I will pour out on you all the gifts of my spirit. I will prepare you for spiritual combat; I will prepare you for a time of evangelism that the world has never seen…. And when you have nothing but me, you will have everything: land, fields, homes, and brothers and sisters and love and joy and peace more than ever before. Be ready, my people, I want to prepare you…”