May 30, 2010

the black counterfeit church

Aug. 10,1822. - "I see the Holy Father in great distress.  He lives in another palace and receives only a few to his presence.  If the wicked party knew their own great stregth, they would even now have made an attack.  I fear the Holy Father will suffer many tribulations before his death, for I see the black counterfeit church gaining ground, I see its fatal influence on the public.  The distress of the Holy Father and of the Church is really so great that one ought to pray to God day and night.  I have been told to pray much for the Church and the Pope........ Last night I was taken to Rome where the Holy Father, plunged in affliction, is still concealed in order to elude dangerous exigencies.  He is very feeble, quite worn out by distress, anxiety, and prayer.  His chief reason for lying concealed is because he can now trust so few.  But he has by him a very simple-hearted, pious old priest, his true friend, whom his enemies on account of his simplicity think it not worth while to remove.  Now, this good old priest is full og God's grace.  He sees, he remarks many things which he faithfully communicates to the Holy Father.  More than once I have had to point out to him in prayer traitors and evil-minded men amoung the Pope's high, confidential officers, that he might give him notice of them.  In this way he has been warned against one who was all-influential up to the present; but who will be so no more."

The Life and Revelations of [Blessed] Anne Catherine Emerich, Vol 2, p. 292

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