A Crusade of Victim Souls
Therese of Lisieux is one of these little souls. Through her "little way," God brings a new understanding of victims of love to the world. She offers herself to Christ as a voluntary oblation, “That I may live in one act of perfect Love, I OFFER MYSELF AS A VICTIM OF HOLOCAUST TO THY MERCIFUL LOVE… “ (Story of a Soul Ch.XII)
St. Therese prophesied that the legion of little souls, victims of merciful Love, would become as numerous “as the stars of heaven and the sands of the seashore.” “It will be terrible for Satan; it will help the Blessed Virgin to crush his proud head completely.” (St. Thérése of Lisieux, The Legion of Mary Handbook, 256-257.)
In the last one hundred and fifty years the Church has seen an unprecedented call from our Lord and Blessed Mother for victim souls, a gift of God in view of the crisis the Church and world is undergoing. The ways of God are not the ways of the world. He will raise up a transformed priesthood, pierce the darkness of Satan and usher in the new Pentecost with the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, not through more programs, but through His “hidden force”, a crusade of victim souls.
Important Messages and Saints for These Times
St. Therese of Lisieux 1873-1897
St. Therese lives her victimhood of love as a warrior to help priests obtain victory. She writes to a priest, “Like Joshua you fight on the field, as for me, I am your little Moses, and without ceasing my heart is lifted up to obtain victory." She lives in the Heart of Christ Crucified, therefore, she also suffers and laments with Jesus for priests that are not holy: “How many bad priests there are, how many priests who aren't holy enough! We pray, we suffer for them..., do you understand the cry of my heart?” (Convent letter, cited by Cardinal Cordes, in Why Priests? p 55)
Blessed Conchita 1862-1937
Blessed Conchita, wife and mother of nine children, is an example of the fire of love that makes us victims with Christ. Jesus told her: “Offer yourself as a victim for my priests. Unite yourself to My sacrifice for gaining them graces.” (Conchita, A Mother’s Spiritual Diary, 85). Today’s world has a need not only for religious, but also married and single victim souls that will surrender their entire will to God for the sanctification of priests and families.
Jesus asks Conchita for a crusade of victim souls-- generous men and women in all vocations of life to help priests and families: “I am going to ask you one thing: a crusade of victim souls to the glory of My Father following the spirit of the cross.”
“… It is a union of pure souls, without self interest, victims in the midst of the world, who, fulfilling their duties, with love and zeal and a sacrificial life, give me glory.”
Jesus wants Conchita to give Him holy priests. United to Him, she will belong to priests in the sense that her life will be an oblation for them. Jesus tells her:
“This will truly be a solace to My heart, giving Me holy priests. Tell Me you accept, that you will belong with Me to priests always since your mission on behalf of them will continue in heaven.”
Mary Appears as "Rosa Mystica" to Pierina 1947-1966
The apparitions of our Blessed Mother as Rosa Mystica in Montichiari are specifically a call to priests, religious and consecrated souls and a call to the world to pray, sacrifice and do penance for them.
First Apparition - Spring of 1947
“Our Lady, a beautiful woman, wore a violet dress and a white veil around her head. She was very sad; her eyes were filled with tears which fell to the floor. Her breast was pierced by three big swords. Our Lady said, ‘Prayer-Penitence-Expiation.’”
Second Apparition - June 13, 1947
Our Lady appeared dressed in white and instead of the three swords she had three roses: a white one, a red one, and a golden one. She brings a message of hope with powerful promises to male and female institutes, religious orders and secular priests:
“I promise those religious institutes, orders, and secular priests who venerate me in this special way my special protection, an increase of spiritual vocations, fewer betrayed vocations, and great sanctity among the servants of God. I wish the 13th of each month to be celebrated as the day of Mary... I wish the 13th of July of each year to be celebrated in honor of 'Rosa Mystica.'"
Third Apparition - October 22, 1947
Our Lady explained to Pierina the meaning of the three swords and the three roses:
The first sword means loss of the vocation as a priest or a monk.
The second sword means priests, monks, and nuns who live in deadly sin.
The third sword means priests and monks who commit the treason of Judas. While giving up their vocation, they often lose also their faith, their eternal beatitude, and become enemies of the Church.
The white rose means the spirit of prayer.
The red rose means the spirit of expiation and sacrifice.
The yellow or golden rose means the spirit of penitence.
Fourth Apparition - November 16, 1947
She said, "Our Lord, my Divine Son, is tired of the many offenses, the severe offenses, the sins against holy purity . . . "He wants to send another flood of punishment… I have interceded that He may be merciful once more. Therefore, I ask for your prayer and penitence to expiate these sins."
Blessed Elena Aiello 1895-1951 (Simple path 430-431)
Sister Elena Aiello was beatified on the Feast of the Holy Cross, 2011, by Pope Benedict XVI. The prophecies given to her by Jesus and Mary are very serious and urgent. Again, souls are asked by our Lord and Blessed Mother to suffer for priests and pray and do penance for the conversion of the world.
Jesus: The Church is opposed, and the priests are despised because of the bad ones who give scandal. Help Me, by suffering, to repair for so many offenses, and thus save at least in part, humanity precipitated in a slough of corruption and death.
Then the Madonna appeared to me. She was dressed in black, with seven swords piercing Her Immaculate Heart. Coming closer, with an expression of profound sorrow, and with tears on her cheeks, she spoke to me, saying:
Cry out until the priests of God lend their ears to my voice, to advise men that the time is near at hand, and if men do not return to God with prayers and penances, the world will be overturned in a new and more terrible war. Arms most deadly will destroy peoples and nations! The dictators of the earth, specimens infernal, will demolish the churches and desecrate the Holy Eucharist, and will destroy things most dear. In this impious war, much will be destroyed of that which has been built by the hands of man.
Clouds with lightning flashes of fire in the sky and a tempest of fire shall fall upon the world. This terrible scourge, never before seen in the history of humanity, will last seventy hours. Godless persons will be crushed and wiped out. Many will be lost because they remain in their obstinacy of sin. Then shall be seen the power of light over the power of darkness. >>>
Our Lady of Akita, Japan 1973-1981
The Second World War brought incredible devastation upon Japan. Atomic bombs annihilated two of its cities. It is, therefore, remarkable that Our Lady warned the world at Akita that if we do not turn to God, “Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad.” Akita is not an apparition, rather, Mary shows the continuity of her presence through tears shed by a statue of Our Lady of All Nations. She speaks about the power of the “cohort of victim souls” to Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa:
Many men in this world afflict the Lord. I desire souls to console Him, to soften the anger of the Heavenly Father. I wish, with my Son, for souls who will repair by their suffering and their poverty for the sinners and ingrates... I have prevented the coming of calamities by offering Him [The Father] 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. I desire also this from your community… Already souls who wish to pray are on the way to being gathered together. August 3, 1973