(This was originally published on March 14, 2013, upon the election of Pope Francis. I regarded – and regard – his election as the fulfillment of a prophecy I was given in the lat ’90s. He is very tied to Our Lady of Tepeyac, which I explain below. The “Full of Grace” Supply House which you will find in the links to the right, has a “Miraculous Trust” Prayer Card featuring the image of Our Lady of Tepeyac and her proper title. I gave the design and prayer to the owner, Lisa Fixler, who printed up thousands at her own expense – and gave me a ton of them to give away. She was reticent to carry them on her website as she wanted no commercialization at all. But I told her I wanted the prayer to get as wide a circulation as possible – and neither she nor I could afford to mail them to everyone, particularly if the demand grew. I was delighted when Lisa told me earlier this week that she was nearly out and asked if I had some I could give her. So if you ordered some and it was delayed, not to worry…she will have more by the weekend. God love her, Lisa worried a lot about commercialization. I laughed and told her that once they looked at the prices, anyone thinking it was a moneymaking scheme could only conclude she was very incompetent at coming up with moneymaking schemes. At Our Lady of Guadalupe’s last feast day on December 12, 2013 Pope Francis referred to her in a letter to priests as “the Virgin of Tepeyac” rather than the more common title of Guadalupe.)
(from Abraham’s Journey on Facebook)
I ask your prayers for Pope Francis I.
In the late ‘90s I was shown that, as bad as things were in America, they were worse in Europe. It was Our Lord’s intention that the Old World be re-evangelized by the New World. He would send His mother in the form of Our Lady of Tepeyac (commonly called Guadalupe) to guide this evangelization. After the discovery of America, the missionaries failed in their efforts to evangelize the Indians. Many, in fact, enslaved Indians. The problem was rampant enough that the pope of the time made the act of enslaving an Indian a cause of automatic excommunication. When Our Lady of Tepeyac (it is she who insists that is her proper title and what she should be called) came to St. Juan Diego, within a decade over 10 million Indians converted to Christianity and the bloody cult of Quexlcoatl was vanquished. No longer did the Americas run red with the blood of human sacrifice. Now the first American pope will move forward boldly with the re-evangelization begun by his two immediate predecessors.
He is a Jesuit, which disquiets a few people. The once great order has, over the past five or more decades, been one of the primary instruments of attack on the Church from within. But there was little celebration among Jesuits last night, as Francis had been persecuted by them for his orthodoxy until Blessed John Paul II stepped in and elevated him to bishop, pointedly reminding the Jesuits that Bergoglio should be their model, not their outcast. Perhaps this pope will finally reform the nearly apostate Jesuit order, bringing it back to the luminous greatness that was once its gift to the Church.
I see some in the media have proclaimed that we finally have a ‘liberal’ pope, presumably because they only know he is a Jesuit, not that he was persecuted by his own order…and because of his emphasis on the preferential option for the poor. Aside from my irritation at trying to reduce such things to mere political terms, they are almost certainly doomed to disappointment yet again. In 1978, before I was Catholic, I was nonetheless disheartened to hear the media proclaim that with John Paul II, the Catholic Church had finally elected a ‘liberal’ pope. They were deceived because they knew he had been a key architect of Vatican II, and so they assumed he was one of the progressives who was determined to cast off the fundamentals of the faith. Of course, over the years, they were disappointed as John Paul II instead underlined the authentic charism of Vatican II while dispelling the false nonsense so many in the Church, particularly in America, called the “spirit of Vatican II.” And he brought all the more authority to it because he was, in fact, one of the key architects of the council.
So I believe we have a holy, orthodox, reform, evangelizing pope who, God willing, will lead us safely through the great storm that rises throughout the world. Thanks be to God.