I lived in Rome for a long time. I have a good feel for this place, since over many years I left a lot of blood, sweat and tears here.
Since I’ve been back on this trip – the last was in May – I have an even more powerful sense of foreboding.
As I make contacts with people I know, and hear their impressions of what is going in the the City and “across the river”, invariably there is anxiety and sadness. Words like “demolition”, “Stasi”, “purge”, “la Terreur”, “sickness”, are coming up.
Mind you, I am having some good consolations here and I am, on both an earthly and a spiritual level, recharging.
When you are close to the core, expect there to be powerful forces at work for good and for ill. There is much that refreshes me here, even as I sense that there is something seriously amiss.
It stands to reason that the Enemy would be on the attack here and now in a way unlike other times. The Enemy is really good at being the Enemy.
We have to be really good, now especially, at being the well-armed Church Militant, eyes open, alert, determined.
There is an oppression settled over Rome like I have never felt before. I get that in some places, as if there is seriously creepy music playing on a certain frequency, but it’s right at the noise level.
I am moved, at this hour in particular – I write as the consistory is taking place across the river – to beg you to pray pray pray for the Church.
Do something today, some act of reparation. Stop and, please, do something to stem the rising storm.
It’s time to activate all our sleeper cell strength, incite in ourselves as never before that pilgrim soldier, clothed as the new man in baptism, endowed with sonship, offered the full armor of God.
Call now upon the Sacrament of Confirmation and feel it fill you will effective force. If you know you must, then examine your conscience and GO TO CONFESSION! Your Confirmation might and the help of the sacraments of Matrimony and Holy Orders are largely dormant in you until you return to the state of grace.
Ask Mary, Queen of the Clergy, Mother of the Church, to place her mantle over us and with her own hands to root out those who seek from within to undermine.
Call upon the Holy Proto-Martyrs of Rome, whose blood nourished the Church, to intercede for us.
Pray to the Guardian Angels of those figures who might come to your mind, asking them to hold them to true courses, to restrain their hands when they are set on the unworthy, and to thwart them with corrections proportionate to their schemes.
Call friends and make an agreement to meet in church to pray before the Blessed Sacrament. If you can’t meet up, make a pact to pray at the same hour, for example, a Rosary.
Offer some act of mortification to provide punch to your prayers. The driving of some demons requires both prayer and fasting.
I will say Mass at 6PM Rome time, or close to. 11AM EDT. Perhaps you might join your intentions to my own?