IF ONLY because his painting was gifted on May 27, 2019 to Pope Francis in the Vatican in the company and with the support of San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza, Nino Emmanual "Edsol" Celestial's reported encounters with the Blessed Mother in his native Bacolod City in 2018, 2019 can be worth mentioning.
The painting of Our Lady of the End Times was according to how Edsol had, for four times, vividly dreamt of the Blessed Mother who, more importantly, gave him messages for, as you would have guessed, the "end times."
The painting was accompanied with a prayer that received imprimatur from Most Reverend Gerardo Alminaza, DD, of the diocese of San Carlos.
Allow me to share the messages purportedly from the Blessed Mother, as given to Edsel. The messages were first published in SunStar Bacolod.
Message on September 1, 2018
"My children, I bring a message to all of you in my divine son’s Name. God has waited and warned, generation after generation, to see if His children will change since my visitations at La Salette, France, and Fatima. But, sadly, heaven’s cries for conversion and repentance have gone unheeded.
"The time of my son’s coming (not to be confused with the Second Coming at the end of the world - Ding) is near. Turn away from your sins, my children. Come to my divine son who awaits you. He shed his blood for mankind, and His mercy still waits for His prodigal children. Before the door of His mercy will be closed and replaced by His justice.
"When His justice comes, pray for strength. God is about to chastise the world in a huge manifestation of divine wrath, far worse than the earthquake in New Zealand, the tsunami in Japan, China. In your country, you will be surprised by a volcanic eruption (was it the Taal eruption before the coronavirus pandemic? - Ding) In other parts of the world, many lives will be lost because of the disease that will shock the world.
"God needs to send natural chastisements to bring you to your senses, but no one responds to the calling of true conversion and repentance.
"Pray, my children, especially the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Rosary, and the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. Wear the scapular and many sacramentals offered to you.
"I bless you all, my children. This event is very near. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."
Another message was given on December 30, 2018, as follows:
"Pray, my children, pray from your heart, for much will change for the earth very soon. Tsunamis, earthquakes, tidal waves will lash the land, the earth will split, volcanic eruption, leaving people homeless. My children, pray from your heart because the warning will soon be upon all of you. Watch and be vigilant.
"My children, I do not say these dreadful things to frighten all of you, but so that all of you will know these events are very near. Next year will be a year of heavy trials to mankind as seven years of desolation are near.
"Go to confession, attend mass daily, receive Jesus in communion, pray the Holy Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy from your heart. These two prayers are very important in these times.
"As your mother, I love you all. Just look at my portrait, it will bring consolation. I will send many angels to protect all of you from the power of the evil one. My children, great changes are coming to the world. Unless all of you are protected by the seraphic angels, the evil one can touch all of you. Pray to the seraphic angels as they hold great power over men.
"I love you, my children. I bless you in the Name of the Father, and of Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
The following year, on January 5, 2019, came another message:
"My children, 2019 begins, a year of great trials and great wonders to expect. The seven great angels standing at the threshold of heaven and earth, waiting for the command from my son: to release the seven capital punishments on earth. My son is ready now! For men have blocked their ears and their hearts to do the will of God." (End of quote.)
Meanwhile, after two unfortunate incidents with local priests, I came across some quotes on, well, bad priests. Still, we in Pampanga are blessed because most of our priests have the virtues of saints and deserve to be fortified further by our all-out support and prayers, although a few have to be prayed for, but largely for deliverance.
I would like to share the quotes on bad priests, as follows:
John Eudes, a French priest and founder of both the Order of Our Lady of Charity in 1641 and the Congregation of Jesus and Mary wrote:
"The most evident mark of God’s anger and the most terrible castigation He can inflict upon the world are manifested when He permits His people to fall into the hands of clerics’ who are priests more in name than in deed, priests who practice the cruelty of ravening wolves rather than the charity and affection of devoted shepherds.
"Instead of nourishing those committed to their care, they rend and devour them brutally. Instead of leading their people to God, they drag Christian souls into hell in their train. Instead of being the salt of the earth and the light of the world, they are its innocuous poison and its murky darkness."
Not to forget St. Gregory the Great who said that priests and pastors will stand condemned before God as the murderers of any souls lost through neglect or silence. "Tot occidimus, quot ad mortem ire tepidi et tacentes videmus."
St. Gregory asserted God is much angered by priests who give bad example by a "wicked and depraved life."
By the way, I plan to devote next columns to actual experiences of Heaven by credible mystics.