NOT a few interpreters of the various messages from Heaven as received by credible Catholic mystics posit the Russian invasion of Ukraine as the trigger that could spark the prophesied world war. But the messages, especially those from stigmatist Luz de Maria de Bonilla, indicate that the “bear” (which is taken as symbolic of Russia) would go only as far as invading Europe.

Then comes to mind the very specific words of Canadian mystic Fr. Michel Rodrigue who wrote on March 24, 2020 (certainly before the Russian invasion in February this year). In his written message to followers, he also prophesied that the world would have a respite from the Covid 19 pandemic and that such a break should afford us time to consecrate our homes and prepare in all other ways possible for more pending trials.

Fr. Michel wrote as follows:

"....After this period of compulsory confinement (due to Covid 19 pandemic), life will resume its course. The summer period will open a window of time where we will be able to prepare well for the coming test ... that of being with Jesus on the Cross. We cannot see the Glorious Cross without encountering the cross with Jesus.

"You must now consecrate your house or apartment to the Eternal Father through the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary if you have not done so. We must regularly bless our places, our homes, with exorcised holy water. During this summer, you need to prepare a food supply for a period of three months, with drinking water, too. You will need to have made your general confession before fall. The prayer of the Holy Rosary, of Saint Michael the Archangel, and that of your guardian angels will be your comfort, your strength, your protection."

"...There will be famine. Jesus presented this to me just recently. I was in my room, and when I sat down, preparing to go to bed, I saw a black cavalier coming. This means famine. I heard, "They will have money, but they will have no bread," which means that you can have money to buy it, but you will find nothing.

"Then all money will crash, so it is good to give your money away now, as it will disappear. There will be a great uprising. You will see revolution in your streets. People will fight each other openly. The government will have no other choice than to institute martial law. At the same time that martial law begins, so will the war.

"He [the devil] will start a nuclear war that will be global—the third world war—his war against all of humanity. The devil will kill one third of humanity in this war, and through plagues and abortion, just as one third of the angels were cast out of heaven into hell. Seven nuclear missiles will be permitted to strike the United States as a result of its abominations. Many nuclear missiles will be deflected by the Hand of God because America prays the Divine Mercy Chaplet. I was told this by the Eternal Father.

"...And I know that the war will come from two countries: One is (North) Korea and the other is Iran. They will come together to face the United States of America."

I shared this quote in this column last year, dovetailed with a quote from the Blessed Mother on whether the good would be shielded from much pain in the coming trials. On Apri. 8, 2020, Luz de Maria quoted the Blessed Mother to have told her:

"Dearly beloved children of My Immaculate Heart: I bless you, I welcome you within My Heart so that in it all might remain safe.

"Beloved children, remaining safe does not mean being freed from what will come, but facing it in peace, without despairing, with the Faith that—being children who fulfill the Divine Law and who entrust yourselves to My Son, being Love towards your brothers and sisters, and living out Hope and Charity, forgiving from the heart and remaining in prayer, not only in word but practicing prayer and protecting your brothers and sisters—you remain obedient to the Divine requests and Divine light will illuminate your path...

"Beloveds, fear the one who leads your soul to perdition.

"Do not lose Faith, do not say: 'what is there to live for, given what is to come?' On the contrary, creatures of little Faith, dispose yourselves to living the Divine Will in unity and compassion in order to merit Divine Mercy.

"Beloved children of My Immaculate Heart, how many read these Revelations yet do not heed them; they do not look, they do not see, their ears are blocked because their hearts remain hard! This is a time for you to be cautious so that Divine Love might overflow within you in the face of so much pain being experienced by humanity.

"Be cautious regarding those who call you to view this virus as something else, when you know that it has emerged from human hands with the aim of reducing the world’s population.

"Direct your prayers to humanity—prayers born from a pure heart; direct them to all your brothers and sisters so that they might reflect during this Holy Week when the Passion, death and Resurrection of My Son are commemorated. I see so many human beings who are the Simons of Cyrene of My Son’s Cross without being aware of it—Simons of Cyrene for their brothers and sisters who suffer and for whom they care lovingly!

"This is my Son’s Cross, this is what you find in my Son’s Cross: 'love, self-giving, hope, surrender, faith.' All those who are Simons of Cyrene for their brothers and sisters throughout the world, I say to you: the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ is active and pulsates in each one of his children.

"Therefore, those who have sought to confine My Son’s People, My children, have made them grow in humility, in love, in piety, in dedication, in charity, in the Divine Will, and the People of My Son have increased; some who did not believe, now believe—they have seen miracles before their eyes and have been reborn in Faith. In the Faith of a People who do not falter, but who rather grow and make remembrance not only of My Son’s Passion but of His Resurrection—and in that Resurrection are born those children who had gone down difficult paths and who had forgotten Love. They now turn to My Son and say to him: ‘Here I am, Lord Jesus Christ, to serve my brothers and sisters, to do Your Will....’

"Do not fear, children, do not fear! In the midst of pain, the Love of My Son is born in His children. Therefore, the Most Holy Trinity has sent Heavenly legions to seal their People; this Divine grace is granted little by little for a time, until the faithful People, already purified, are one with their Lord and their God.

"Do not fear! Am I not here, I who am your Mother? I bless you."