You must put on sackcloth and sit in ashes* on behalf of those who will not repent.

Jonah 3:4 Jonah began his journey through the city, and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing, “Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed.”

“Beloved, do not fear when you see these things happening but rejoice, for the day of the Lord is near. You, my child,must put on sackcloth and sit in ashes* on behalf of those who will not repent. Only in this way will the duration and intensity of the days of tribulation be lessened. My child, believe in my mercy, hope in my mercy, trust in my mercy. Child look to the east—I am near.”

Jesus, beloved, may our trust in your unfathomable mercy give us strength in the days to come. May all those now suffering for the sake of the name be given every grace to persevere. Jesus we trust in you. Amen.

*Not meant to be taken literally, but is symbolic of the prayer and penance that must be done on behalf of sinners.

(Re: “Look to the East”, see also Mark Mallett’s blog entry here.)

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24 thoughts on “You must put on sackcloth and sit in ashes* on behalf of those who will not repent.

  1. Dear Lord, accept our little offerings of prayer and sacrifice on behalf of our selves and all others. Have Mercy on this lost world which refuses to repent and glorify GOd the Father who is our Creator. Look at the Sacrifice of Your Son Jesus and have Mercy on us and pour out the gifts of the Holy Spirit in abundance so we may once again glorify God.

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  2. just before seeing this post i spoke to a friend regarding confession and how so few seem to avail themselves of this precious gift. so again this posting confirmed our conversation. We are preparing for abomination to reach its peak if we think we can go to Communion and NOT go to reconciliation. It is an abomination to continue receiving the Lord when one is not willing to humble oneself and confess sin.Not only are we not giving glory to God in sacriligeous communions, we are giving great offense.!!! How can such Abundant Life enter such darkness of soul.
    Dear Lord, open our hearts that we may realize the need to repent and truly say sorry to GOd. He is OUR Creator and must not be offended any longer. Please pour out Your LIght on us all so we must no longer be decieved and truly see the TRUTH. Jesus, Have Mercy on us all and call all souls to repentence. Take our little prayers and sacrifices for this need.

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  3. i have just listened to Fulton Sheen on “The Denial of Sin” BRILLIANT. He emphasizes that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin. He quotes from Bible on King David and Uriah, Abraham and Isaac and Moses. Jesus shed His Blood for us.
    When we pray and go to Mass , we are calling on the Blood of Christ to heal us.

    so we must pray for those who will not repent.Pray, sacrifice and call on all that Jesus has done in the shedding of His Blood to heal and forgive us.

    And the shedding of blood reminded me of pels last message about war. There is so much sin that we will shed blood and in the Church there will be martyrs too for the remission of sin and the Body going through the Passion too. so again, Mother Theresas quote” the fruit of abortion is war” makes so much sense.
    So this message for the call to don sackcloth and ashes on the behalf of those who will not repent is so needed.

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  4. confims a conversation i had just before i read this message. the lines to confession have shrunk, but numbers still go to communion. is not this an abomination.?
    so the process towards The Abomination has really started.we must clean our temples for the HOLY ONE to come in communion. we all must repent and repent.
    Lord have Mercy on us all. You are our King Who we should glorify instead we offend even more with sacriligeous communions.

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    1. Welcome back Marius. You have been in our prayers and we thank you for presenting our needs at Medjugorje.

      The forty days I believe, indicates “not much longer”. I don’t think it is meant literally. When Jonah said it, the people repented and the disaster did not happen at all. That will not be the case this time.

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  5. Hello everyone!! Although I don’t post very often You are in my prayers and I check this site every day ( at least once or more). I feel moved to post a thought on scapulars. I came across some info on scapulars which says that Sr. Lucia of Fatima said that Our Lady appeared during the miracle of the sun as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel holding a scapular out to the world. Sr. Lucia said that the “rosary and scapular are inseparable.” http://www.holymary.info/therosaryandbrownscapular.html is a site with better info than I could give. God Bless

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  6. My daughter and I are going to fast for 40 days beginning tomorrow. My father’s birthday party is today, otherwise we would begin today.

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  7. Yes, welcome back Marius! I thought of you often these days and so wished to be there again too!

    A wise and holy priest used to tell me that in scripture when “forty days” are mentioned (like during the flood, the Israelites wandering in the desert, Nineveh, Jesus fasting in the desert, etc.) that it should not be taken literally as “39 + 1 = 40”, an exact number, but to mean “just the right amount”, no more and no less. So when it pops up like here in Pelianito’s latest entry, I personally hear the Lord say “at just the right time”.

    This one also echos what I heard all of lent ….. silence, prayer and penance …. a confirmation that I have been on the right path.

    And the last line gave me butterflies! Our Bridegroom comes! Let us make sure our lamps are filled to the brim with the oil of prayer and wicks trimmed through penance. He approaches! Jesus we trust in You!

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  8. ~kay, regarding the line to “look to the east”, someone just reminded me of Mark Mallet’s blog post on the same subject. I have linked to it at the end of the message above. An excellent addendum to this message! Praise God!

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  9. pelianito, I watched the video that Jean posted and I was amazed at how he explained it besides the part on the rapture everything else seems to fit.

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  10. I have worn a brown scapular since I was 11 years old and have never been without it in the last 35 years, with the exception of a few operations, but as soon as I was out, it was the first thing back on. I am very interested in what it means to install a scapular. When my son was baptised, we also had him concecrated to the brown scapular.

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  11. Mike, the St. benedict medal at outside entrance is a good idea. We met a lady at church 1 year ago and she just gave us a blessed St. benedict medal and blessed salt. My wife and I didn.t know what to do with the medal so I tacked it on the post of our front door. Maybe I should get some more for the other doors. What better security system could we ask for.
    Pelianito, here is the prayers that any priest can recite for investure with a scapular http://www.ainglkiss.com/bvm/Carmel.htm Actually I knew nothing about scapulars until a couple of months ago I was reading on Joey Lomangino’s website regarding Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de Garabandal at http://www.garabandal.us He sent me a scapular and it had the instructions with it, which was good because I don’t think many priests know what to do. (mine didn’t, but after three tries he finally invested me). You have to also promise to adhere to three promises such as pray 5 decades of the rosary, live a chaste life with ones station in life,wear the scapular continuously/properly, other acts of charity may be substituted. It isn’t too difficult to fulfill I don’t think. This is a crude outline. I’m too ignorant to really be intructing anyone about this. I don’t want to mislead anyone. But devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary can only be deepened with a scapular. We’ve being praying for a deeper devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary ourselves- I suppose this is one way that it is being answered!

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  12. What if the “rapture” or that passage was referring to the Illumination? In the Illumination we are going to to be “brought up” in the “twinkling of an eye”. Just a thought.
    Why have Protestants latched on to that passage so strongly?

    For the scapular there is usually a special prayer that a priest can bless the scapular with in order to “install” it.

    Aaron

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    1. The rapture teaching is based on
      1 Thessalonians 4: 15 -17
      “Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord,
      that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the
      Lord, will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep.
      For the Lord himself, with a word of command, with
      the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God, will come
      down from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
      Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught
      up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the
      air. Thus we shall always be with the Lord.

      Here is an explanation at Catholic Answers. The rapture as taught in the “Left Behind” series of books and other rapture literature is not part of the Catholic teaching. That’s about all I know.

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  13. In, “To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons”, http://www.mmp-usa.net/main.html
    Fr. Gobbi was told by Our Lady that the Era of Peace will rise from the darkness of the earth like the moon rises in the evening. Obviously it will be inhabited by the Children of God. I “saw” myself running with my husband from a world that was an inferno to the Era of Peace. Another here had mentioned that we will have one other familiar person with whom we will travel through the end of this era to the Era of Peace. Perhaps this is the thought with “be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air”.

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    1. It will be wonderful to connect the Scriptural dots in retrospect and see what all these passages actually refer to. We will be like the disciples on the road to Emmaus and Jesus will delight in showing us how it was all foretold. 🙂

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  14. Pelianito, thank you very much for this website. I’ve never commented before, but I have been reading the site several times a week for the last few months; and it has been very helpful to me.

    Patrick, thank you for your post about the St. Benedict medals and the brown scapular. If you’d like to get St. Benedict medals in bulk, a great place to do so is from the gift shop at St. Meinrad’s Abbey, a Benedictine abbey in southern Indiana. The last time I ordered, I got them for 60 cents apiece. And if you ask, then the lady who takes your order will have one of the Benedictine monks say the special exorcism prayer and blessing over the medals (which, from what I understand, are the special prayers which help the St. Benedict medal to be such a powerful sacramental).

    Regarding the brown scapular, I believe you were discussing two different things: enrollment in the scapular, and the Sabbatine privilege. Once a priest enrolls a person in the scapular, a person is required to live a life like Jesus and Mary (live in love and obedience to God and the Church, frequent the sacraments, devotion to Mary, etc.). However, the three conditions (the daily Rosary, constant wearing of the scapular, and living the virtue of chastity according to one’s state in life) are the conditions for what is known as the Sabbatine privilege: that the Blessed Mother will take from purgatory to heaven, on the first Saturday after their death, those who have fulfilled the three requirements. And, regarding the first requirement, I think that technically one was required to fast or to recite the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary or something; however, any priest is authorized to commute the requirement to the daily rosary, or even to some other prayers. Anyone who would like more information on the brown scapular or the Sabbatine privilege may contact the Blue Army in Washington, NJ, at wafusa.org.

    May God bless–and Mary keep–all of us as we seek to do His will in these special times.

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  15. pelianito, the brown scapulars that I purchased has the prayer in the package for the priests to install you or enroll you, years ago children were enrolled on the day of thier first communion, some priests still do this it depends on the church and usually only the priest who have a strong devotion to the Blessed Mother. My daughter was enrolled on her first communion a couple of years ago and it was the most beautiful thing to witness the priest enrolling all these little ones.

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  16. Pelianito, in Medjugorje a few years ago, a priest who was in the Marian Movement of Priests told us to place St Benedict Crosses at the outside doors and St Benedict medals at all the windows. It reminded me of an old Irish tradition of placing St Brigid crosses in the cow houses to protect the animals. Another custom ,which is unusual now, is to pray for the crops on the Rogation Days. I have been looking up information about them and there was a Rogation Day on 25th April and there will be a few days next week before the Ascension. A recommended prayer for then is the Litany of Saints (see http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/Litanies/saints.htm), which when you look at it combines all the prayer intentions for now.

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