About a year ago, I felt called to send out the following message in a personal email to people I know. I thought it might be helpful to others who may want to tell others about the coming illumination of conscience but can’t quite find the words. When I showed this message to a priest I know asking if I should send it out, he said this was a message that should be sent out.
One word of caution, if you do send this out, do not spam it. Do not add “please send this to everyone in your address book”. Send it to small groups of people at a time. Place their addresses in the BCC field so they won’t be visible to others. Change the wording to suit your target group or your personality as you like. Make it your message. I paste it here as a guideline only. Alternatively, you may reference this blog and post the message in its entirety. May this message bear fruit for the Kingdom.
Subject: A different kind of message…
Early in the new year of 2008, I heard a veteran newscaster say that he had never seen such a conglomeration of dire events happening at one time–and many, many more have happened since then. In Christian circles we read the “signs of the times”. Indeed, there is no shortage of rumors, hypotheses, and prophecies regarding current world events.
Many are saying that the Second Coming of Christ is imminent. Be that as it may, one prophecy in particular I feel “compelled” in a way to bring to your attention. This prophecy concerns an “illumination of conscience” that will come to the whole world, a brief period of time when each person will see his or her soul as God sees him or her. This will come at a time of great confusion in the world (the beginnings of which we are already seeing) and the way that people react to it will have a direct bearing on the events that unfold afterwards.
This is not a new phenomenon. Many of the saints experienced an illumination as part of their purification. St Faustina Kovalska describes hers this way:
“Suddenly I saw the complete condition of my soul as God sees it. I could clearly see all that is displeasing to God. I did not know that even the smallest transgressions will have to be accounted for. What a moment! Who can describe it? To stand before the Thrice-Holy-God!”
—St. Faustina; Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary
The coming illumination of the whole world has been called a mini-judgment, a merciful call to come back to God with all our hearts. It may be traumatic for some, especially those who haven’t a clue what is happening to them or who may have lived very far from God for some time.
Which brings me to my reason for taking this leap of faith and sending out this email. In what may be a preview of the main event, some people all over the world have already had this experience. In fact there are two instances that I know of personally. One of these two people had no idea what was happening to her, but providentially someone was there to explain it to her. The reason I am sending this message is so that you will understand the merciful purpose behind this event and not be afraid.
In the prophecies regarding this illumination, it is sent as a warning, but also as an act of God’s mercy for the world, like John the Baptist “preparing the way of the Lord”, calling the world to turn back to God with all their hearts. At the illumination, people will be given a chance to repent of all their sins and offenses and return to a right relationship with their Creator so that the world may have peace. The Lord desires a closeness with his children who have turned away from him. As he says in Ezekiel 11:19-20 “I will give them a new heart and put a new spirit within them; I will remove the stony heart from their bodies, and replace it with a natural heart, so that they will live according to my statutes, and observe and carry out my ordinances; thus they shall be my people and I will be their God.”
On the day when I was discerning whether to send this email, one of the hymns at our church service had this refrain: “Long have I waited for your coming home to me and living deeply our new life.” This refrain speaks of a loving God who desires a close relationship with his little children, who is willing to forgive their offenses and take them to his heart. That is the spirit of the Illumination. It is medicine for the soul; it may taste bad at first, but it is wonderfully good for you! In fact the other part of the prophecy speaks of numerous healings of body and mind, as well as spirit that will accompany the Illumination.
So, what does one do after experiencing an illumination? Express your sorrow for your offenses and accept the love and mercy offered. Amend what needs to be amended. Forgive as you have been forgiven. If you are Catholic, go to confession as soon as you are able while the experience is still fresh in your mind. Above all, do not be afraid! God is merciful and loving. He wants your whole heart. He wants to release you from the chains that bind you. There is no sin he is not ready to forgive if you are sorry.
Of course, you don’t have to wait for an illumination to turn back to him. He is always ready to forgive. It was interesting for me to note that of the two people I mentioned, the one who had been to frequent confession had a far less intense experience than the one who had no access to the sacrament.
Do I feel strange delivering this type of message? Am I worried about what others may think of me? Absolutely! Is it worth the humiliation? I really believe it is, and I send it in a spirit of loving concern with prayers for all who will read it. For my part, if I have delivered this message of mercy I will feel as if I have done what God is asking me to do.
(You are free to pass this message on. Please use the BCC and remove previous email addresses if you do so. Do not spam it. Do not add, “send to everyone in your address book.”)
If you want to read further on this topic Mark Mallett has been speaking prophetically on this topic for some time. He has the backing of several priests and his spiritual director. He is prayerful and has many church documents to back up what he is saying. Here are some of his blog entries on the topic.
Eye of the Storm
I have been praying for all of you and for the whole world. Please pray for me and for the whole world.
May God have mercy on us all.