We had been warned…
A Prophecy from 1869: “Satan is going to wage the Fiercest Attacks to try to Annihilate the Church”
It behooves Catholics to beware of private revelations: certainly of those that have not been approved by the Church, which must be avoided, but even of those that have been approved. Although the latter are judged by the Church to be free from error in Faith or morals and therefore safe to familiarize oneself with, it is important not to get attached to this kind of revelation because it is not necessary for our salvation and is given only to specific people, at a specific point in time, for a specific purpose.
We rarely, therefore, talk about or promote private revelation on this web site. However, in this post we will do so because there is a largely unknown prophecy out there that confirms what we already know through a study of the Catholic Faith and the experience of the last 60 years.
In 1928, the Sisters of the Visitation Monastery of Chambéry, France, published a book about a very special member of their order, Sister Mary-Martha Chambon, who had died 21 years prior. The title of the book was Soeur Marie-Marthe Chambon: Religieuse de la Visitation Sainte-Marie de Chambéry, 1841-1907, and this work has just been translated into English
for the first time once again (the original translation, we have been informed, was inadequate and has long been out of print).
According to the official book description given by the publisher:
Sister Mary Martha Chambon (1841-1907) was a religious of the Visitation Order in Chambéry, France, to whom Jesus Christ revealed the powerful treasures of devotion to His Sacred Wounds. It was to her that Our Lord taught two prayers invoking the Holy Wounds which the Catholic Church subsequently approved for recitation by the faithful. Although Sister Mary Martha’s extraordinary gifts of grace were unknown, while alive, to the outside world, and even to most of the sisters within her community, this victim soul’s life was immersed in the supernatural: continuous apparitions and messages from Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Saints of Heaven; communications with the Holy Souls in Purgatory; the bearing of the stigmata; feeding only on the Holy Eucharist for years at a time; attacks from the devil; miraculous answers to prayer; infused knowledge of hidden and far-off events; and prophecies which arguably pertain to the unprecedented crisis we are witnessing in the Church today.
In obedience to the priests serving as spiritual directors to the Visitation of Chambéry, and in accordance with the express wishes of Our Lord Himself, the Mother Superiors of the illiterate Sister Mary Martha diligently wrote down the divine messages relayed to their daughter and the miraculous happenings surrounding her person. The details they compiled form the basis for this book and aim to fulfill the following words Jesus spoke to Sister Mary Martha: “Your path is to make Me known and loved, especially in the future.”
It is a great grace that this book is now available in English. It can be ordered directly from Amazon here:
The original French edition of this work comes with the required ecclesiastical approval: It bears the nihil obstat (Fr. François Bouchage, C.Ss.R.) and the imprimatur (Abp. Dominique Castellan).
The following anecdote in the book stands out as being quite relevant to our times. It contains prophecies given to Sr. Mary Martha in the year 1869, which was the year of the opening of the First Vatican Council during the reign of Pope Pius IX (r. 1846-1878):
On April 26, 1869, during the invocations to the Holy Wounds that the Community recited each day for the needs of the Church, the Crucified Jesus revealed Himself to His bride. The Divine Blood streamed in great abundance from His Sacred Wounds: “This is for My Vicar Pius IX,” He said. And as the Savior’s Blood continued to flow, He added: “This is for My Ministers!… for all, even for those who do not ask for light.
“Satan is going to wage the fiercest attacks to try to annihilate the Church.
“A number of lights shall lose light, and a number of those who appear to be pillars shall fall.”
At the beginning of December 1869, Our Lord again repeated: “My daughter, you must pray for the Council!… You must redouble your fervor, for it is through the Council that the light must be given.”
(Visitation Sisters of Chambéry, Mystic of the Holy Wounds: The Life and Revelations of Sister Mary Martha Chambon, trans. by Ryan P. Plummer [St. Louis, MO: Lambfount, 2019], p. 222)
Can anyone doubt that the prophecy of Satan’s “fiercest attacks to try to annihilate the Church” has been fulfilled in our day, specifically since the death of Pope Pius XII on Oct. 9, 1958?
The devil’s most ferocious persecution of the Church towards the end of time is not something only found in private revelation — it is also part of the Deposit of Faith, contained in essence in the New Testament and explicated in Sacred Tradition and Church doctrine. This has been expounded by pre-Vatican II theologians such as Cardinal Henry Manning and Fr. Sylvester Berry:
- Fr. Berry on the Persecution of the Church in the Last Days (Part 1): Satan will Attack the Papacy
- Fr. Berry on the Persecution of the Church in the Last Days (Part 2): A False Church to imitate the True Church
- Fr. Berry on the Persecution of the Church in the Last Days (Part 3): A False Pope and a Vacant Holy See
- The Pope and the Antichrist: Cardinal Manning explains the Great Apostasy
The Popes, too, warned again and again of an infernal conspiracy against the Church in order to topple the Papacy:
We note that in the prophecy to Sr. Mary Martha, our Blessed Lord specifically mentions the (First) Vatican Council as the vehicle through which “the light” must be given. Although we do not presume to be able to interpret this divine prophecy, we will simply point out that Vatican I is most famous for its teaching on the Papacy, which is by no means restricted simply to the definition of papal infallibility. Even the question of the possibility of a “heretical Pope” came up during the discussions of Vatican I, and it was answered by the doctrinal commission.
Among other things, it is Vatican I’s doctrine on the Pope that proves the Novus Ordo “popes” to be impostors, especially the current one, Francis. This can easily be seen by replacing the phrase “Roman Pontiff” with “Pope Francis” throughout the council’s dogmatic constitution on the Church, an experiment we carried out here. The results are grotesque.
Other highly relevant resources on this web site related to the subject of the persecution of the Church include the following:
- The Papacy and the Passion of the Church
- What does the Church teach about the Antichrist?
- Satan’s Attempts to Deceive even the Elect
- “Like Sheep Without a Shepherd”: 60 Years without a Pope
Christ Jesus promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against His Church, and to this end He instituted the Papacy. But it is part of Divine Revelation that towards the end of time the Pope would be “taken out of the way” in order to fulfill the Divine Plan, much like the Jews were permitted, for a short time, to prevail against our Lord in order for Him to suffer His Passion and redeem the world. St. Paul spoke of this to the Thessalonians:
Let no man deceive you by any means, for unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition who opposeth, and is lifted up above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself as if he were God. Remember you not, that when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now you know what withholdeth, that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity already worketh; only that he who now holdeth, do hold, until he be taken out of the way. And then that wicked one shall be revealed whom the Lord Jesus shall kill with the spirit of his mouth; and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming, him, whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power, and signs, and lying wonders, and in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish; because they receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying: that all may be judged who have not believed the truth, but have consented to iniquity.
(2 Thessalonians 2:3-11)
Cardinal Manning explained this passage very well in his presentation on the end times.
Thus, it is clear that the gates of hell cannot prevail against the Church for as long as there is a Pope in office, and we find this confirmed in Church doctrine:
Now you know well that the most deadly foes of the Catholic religion have always waged a fierce war, but without success, against this Chair; they are by no means ignorant of the fact that religion itself can never totter and fall while this Chair remains intact, the Chair which rests on the rock which the proud gates of hell cannot overthrow and in which there is the whole and perfect solidity of the Christian religion.
(Pope Pius IX, Encyclical Inter Multiplices, n. 7)
What happens when a true Pope is absent and the Chair of St. Peter is vacant for a long time, is precisely what we’ve been witnessing since Oct. 9, 1958.
May God grant us a true Pope and hasten the full and glorious restoration of Holy Mother Church.
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