PART I OF BOOKLET
IS TODAY'S (CATHOLIC) CHURCH PLEASING TO GOD? and THE TRIBULATION (GREAT CHASTISEMENT)
by Vincent T. Bemowski
Copy of original front cover of booklet
Please note: This booklet was part of the information sent to Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. Although I cannot be sure they actually read it, they both gave me their Apostolic blessing as noted in the About page of this website.
The warnings and Messages given in this booklet are meant for the good of your soul as well as for the good of those souls in your care. It is advised that you not read this booklet if you only see these things as meant for someone else, for your Judgment will be greater when you face the Lord.
This booklet was written for the good shepherds and those who love the Church. Therefore, although the gravest responsibility lies with cardinals, bishops ("Leaders of the Flock"), pastors/priests, and Religious, all who read this booklet must not only study these writings, but spiritually act upon these merciful warnings and Messages because they have been revealed by the Holy Spirit through the charismatic Gift of Wisdom.
Those who disbelieve or challenge the things written in this booklet are advised that these things are the result of many years of study and that this writer was influenced by information from numbers of Saints and by Papal Encyclicals, Canon Laws, and especially Holy Scripture. This writer also constantly sought the help of our Mother Mary and desired to be guided by the Spirit of Truth as he prayed for Wisdom and Understanding in relation to the spiritual state of today's Church.
"A man of sense will praise every wise word he shall hear, and will apply it to himself; the luxurious man (comfortable, self-righteous, indifferent, lukewarm) hath heard it, and it shall displease him and he will cast it behind his back" (Ecclesiasticus 21:18).
"Which things also we speak not in the learned words of human wisdom, but in the doctrine of the Spirit, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the sensual man perceiveth not these things that are of the Spirit of God, for it is foolishness to him because it is spiritually examined" (1 Corinthians 2:13-14).
All Scripture texts were taken from the Douay-Rheims version of the Holy Bible. The Old Testament was first published by the English College in Douay, France in 1609. The New Testament was first published by the English College at Rheims, France in 1582.
This Douary-Rheims edition was republished by TAN Books and Publishers, Inc, P.O. Box 424, Rockford, Illinois 61105 ("Photographically reproduced from the 1899 edition of the John Murphy Company, Baltimore, Maryland, without any addition or alteration whatever, except insertion of the present publisher's name on the title pages").
Also note: 150 cardinals were sent a copy of this booklet with an introduction letter, and 286 U.S. bishops were (twice) sent copies of this booklet with explanation letters. I submitted this booklet to the Magisterium of the Church out of humility and obedience - no cardinal, bishop, priest or other official of the Church who has studied these writings has ever found anything contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church or indicated I must have "Church approval" as to what I have expressed in this booklet.
Sadly, many who will disagree with what I have written will do so because of their pride and because they do not wish to be corrected and become truly holy. Refusing to study what is written, not understanding the Gift of Wisdom or unable to find anything contrary to Church teachings, many spiritually weak shepherds and/or laypeople simply dismiss all of my writings, which only confirms their lukewarm spiritual state and lack of love for the Lord and His Church.
This servant of the Lord has been given a Mission which involves the fate of vast numbers of souls for all eternity. Therefore, the Lord expects him to be bold and to "challenge the faith" of those who in any manner or degree, attack, or seek to slander him and thereby cause or contribute to, the loss of even one of those souls.
Should not preventing the loss of souls to Hell for all eternity be the "mission" of every true Christian? Those who have wisdom will recognize why the following Word from Our Lord accurately describes the average person in today's Church:
"For because the sentence is not speedily pronounced against the evil, the children of men commit evils without any fear" (Ecclesiastes 8:11).
(Note that this verse does not say "children of God").
This Work is dedicated to: the Christian Churches and their Shepherds - and in a special way for "The One Who Weeps," Mary, Mother and Queen of the Divine Will - also, with grateful appreciation for the deep and long sufferings of my dear, beautiful wife, "Saint" Loretta - a fragile flower loved by the Lord.
It is good to also remember the following verses from the Sacred Scriptures:
"Thus, therefore shall you pray: 'Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven'" (Matthew 6:9-10).
"And if a man desire much knowledge; she (Wisdom) knoweth things past and judgeth of things to come; she knoweth the subtilties of speeches, and the solutions of arguments; she knoweth signs and wonders before they be done, and the events of times and ages" (Wisdom 8:8).
"But when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will teach you all truth. For he will not speak of himself, but what things soever he shall hear he shall speak and the things that are to come he shall show you" (John 16:13).
CONTENTS OF PART I OF THE BOOKLET
IS TODAY'S CHURCH PLEASING TO GOD?
Skepticism and unbelief
Motivated by Christ
The Coming Chastisement
Study and act upon the Messages
TEACHINGS ABOUT PUNISHMENTS
"Arise, O God, judge thou the earth; for thou shalt inherit among all the nations" (Psalm 81:8).
"And now, brethen, as you are the ancients among the people of God and their very soul resteth upon you; comfort their hearts by your speech, that they may be mindful how our fathers were tempted that they might be proved, whether they worshiped their God truly. They must remember how our father Abraham was tempted and being proved by many tribulations was made a friend of God.
So Isaac, so Jacob, so Moses and all that have pleased God passed through many tribulations, remaining faithful. As for us therefore, let us not revenge ourselves for these things which we suffer. But esteeming these punishments to be less than our sins deserve, let us believe that these scourges of the Lord, with which like servants we are chastised, have happened for our amendment and not for our destruction" (Judith 8:21-23, 26-27).
IS TODAY'S CHURCH PLEASING TO GOD?
Through the charismatic gift of Wisdom given to this writer by the Holy Spirit, I have written down what I believe are the Lord's Messages to the Churches. It is the Lord's Holy Will, because of His Mercy that these Messages be shared with as many shepherds and others who love the Church as possible. For time is running out and the Arm of Our Lord cannot be held back much longer.
Many holy souls already know of the great evils that exist in the world today and because they do not lack spiritual wisdom they also know of the evil that exists in today's churches. These souls see the sin within the churches and when they learn of the Great Chastisement that is coming upon mankind they are not surprised or fearful. For they know this punishment has been prophesied since the beginning of the Church (and even earlier through the Great Prophets) and confirmed by holy men and women throughout the centuries.
These souls trust in Jesus and His Mercy and are comforted by the knowledge that this great "cleansing" will make the Church beautiful again, and very pleasing to God. However, many still lack knowledge concerning this Chastisement and many others refuse to believe it will take place. Because many souls are no longer taught that God does punish sinners and because many no longer recognize what is sinful, they do not fear God.
But for those with wisdom, they know that God is not only Merciful, but He is also Just. And these souls, although few in number, are even now working to change the Church so that it will become more pleasing to God and lessen the degree of the punishment. For depending on the numbers who repent and turn back to the Lord, the Chastisement will be greater or lesser in its intensity and power.
The Lord, through His Spirit, has revealed these Messages to this, His servant, for the good of His Church. They teach, instruct, and correct, but also tell of the consequences that all who fail to repent will experience if they do not follow the Lord's Word as given through these "Messages." For much of the world is already experiencing a purification, but far worse times are coming!
SCEPTICISM AND UNBELIEF
Many are skeptical concerning any prophecy which reveals "punishments" because of the false prophets Satan scatters throughout the world to confuse the people of God. This is also an age of unbelief; for many churches are filled when communities come together to worship the Lord - but how many souls have "faith" that is pleasing to God?
Many falsely believe that simply because they are members of a church or call themselves "Christians," they will be "saved." But this is not confirmed in Holy Scripture - the Word of God. Upon reading THE MESSAGES TO THE CHURCHES you will know the truth as to the Lord's requirements for those who are to be saved.
For those that concern themselves with the "end of the world," we also know from God's Word that the knowledge (exact timing) of this event will not be revealed to us:
"But that day or hour no man knoweth, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray. For ye know not when the time is" (Mark 13:32-33).
But through wisdom and discernment we are able to read the "signs of these times" unless we have become like the Pharisees and Sadducees:
"But he answered and said to them: 'When it is evening, you say: "It will be fair weather, for the sky is red." And in the morning: "Today there will be a storm, for the sky is red and lowering." You know then how to discern the face of the sky - and can you not know the signs of the times? A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign and a sign shall not be given it but the sign of Jonas the prophet.' And he left them, and went away" (Matthew 16:2-4).
The "Messages" are very grave, and are given with special emphasis for the Shepherds of the churches of the West - although their benefit is to the entire Church. Sadly, many of these "shepherds" consider themselves above the Word of God. As you read these Messages you will, as guided by the Holy Spirit, come to realize that they are not entirely new, but some have also been revealed to others who seek to learn the "Things" of God's Spirit, for the good of His Church.
We know that those who possess a worldly wisdom and do not please God, will not accept or understand these Messages and will not spiritually act upon them. And because they "despise messages" they will laugh at these inspirations from the Holy Spirit and even attempt to discredit their meaning.
It is in Chapter 2 of 1st Corinthians that true wisdom is explained. Our Lord, and our God shows us that the "things" the Spirit teaches are understood by those who are spiritual, but for those who are sensual, the things the Spirit teaches are considered "foolishness" and are not understood because the sensual do not examine them spiritually.
We must also ask ourselves; is not the Lord unchanging?: "Jesus Christ, yesterday, and today; and the same forever" (Hebrews 13:8).
Does not Jesus still speak to His Church through His Spirit? Did not Jesus say:
"If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin" (John 15:22).
Therefore, will not those shepherds who refuse to spiritually act upon the Lord's Word for today's Church as given through these "Messages" also "have no excuse for their sin"?
MOTIVATED BY CHRIST
I seek no honors, no financial rewards, and no glory. I only know that I love the Lord's Church. I try to be an obedient Christian who, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, seeks to help accomplish this Work of the Lord: "For by the fruit the tree is known" (Matthew 12:33).
For I am motivated by Christ whom I know and see in the person of my wife Loretta, whom He has chosen to suffer a "fatal" and disabling disease of the brain and central nervous system because of the sin in today's Church. It is true, others also suffer for His Church, but few can be called "victim souls" - souls who, because of their purity and faith suffer with greater intensity than others. And when, because of abandonment, rejection or cruelty, you come up against a soul such as this, you come up against the Lord Himself.
But our Mission, as given by the Holy Spirit, is not to condemn, but to acknowledge the sin in the Church and to trust in the Mercy and Justice of Jesus who knows the intentions of the heart.
Throughout the years that Loretta suffered (she died April 22, 2009) we always believed that in the Lord's time, "Saint" Loretta would experience a physical healing from her disease; a disease inherited from her father, who died from it.
However, I came to realize that her healing was meant to come in Heaven, and in Heaven she will continue to help the Church through her prayers and bring about many conversions and healings.
As in past "renewals," the Church always benefits from the prayers of those who repent and those who work to change the Church so that it will become more pleasing to God.
For the prayer of a good person has a powerful effect and the prayers of the Church can even set people free:
"Elias was a man passible like unto us and with prayer he prayed that it might not rain upon the earth, and it rained not for three years and six months. And he prayed again and the heaven gave rain and the earth brought forth her fruit. My brethren, if any of you err from the truth and one convert him, He must know that he who causeth a sinner to be converted from the error of his way shall save his soul from death and shall cover a multitude of sins" (James 5:17-20).
"Peter therefore was kept in prison. But prayer was made without ceasing by the church unto God for him" (Acts 12:5).
"And Peter coming to himself, said: 'Now I know in very deed, that the Lord hath sent his angel and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod...'"
THE COMING CHASTISEMENT
As previously mentioned, do we not live in an age of imitation Christians, modern day Scribes and Pharisees and are not our churches filled with pretense and hypocrisy? These are the things the Spirit shows me, do you also see these things?
During a time of personal sufferings in September of 1988, as I prayed for a Word and asked our Lord: "What is to become of me?," I opened my Bible to a passage which I did not fully understand then, but which I came to understand:
"And the Lord answered me and said: 'Write the vision and make it plain upon tables, that he that readeth it may run over it. For as yet the vision is far off and it shall appear at the end (near the end of the world) and shall not lie; if it make any delay, wait for it, for it shall surely come and it shall not be slack. Behold, he that is unbelieving, his soul shall not be right in himself, but the just shall live in his faith'" (Habacuc 2:2-4).
How do we become righteous (just) in the sight of God?:
"For the justice of God is revealed therein, from faith unto faith as it is written: 'The just man liveth by faith'" (Romans 1:17).
And our faith must not be in ourselves or in the work we do, but in the work that Almighty God does through us and in us:
"For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory, but not before God. For what saith the scripture?: 'Abraham believed God, and it was reputed to him unto justice'" (Romans 4:2-3).
Now concerning the coming punishment, it would be foolish to try to anticipate when the full power of this Great Chastisement will come upon mankind. That grave and terrible time (for the guilty) will not be revealed until the proper time as set by the Lord. But many already know this "time" is drawing very near. Because of the Lord's Mercy those who are faithful to Him will be given an advance interior warning through His Spirit.
I am speaking here of the "Three Days of Darkness" prophesied by holy men and women throughout the centuries. Other forms of punishments already coming upon mankind because of sin will continue, but they cannot be compared to those "three dark days."
The Sacred Scriptures contain a number of references to "darkness" to forewarn us of the power of God. For example:
"And the Lord said to Moses; 'Stretch out thy hand towards heaven, and may there be darkness upon the land of Egypt so thick that it may be felt.' And Moses stretched forth his hand towards heaven and there came horrible darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days" (Exodus 10:21-22).
However, the faithful need not be afraid of what is to come, for their Lord is always with them:
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth, do I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid" (John 14:27).
But woe to those who do not receive the Lord with a pure heart; a heart that has been cleansed through sorrow and expressions of guilt to wipe away sins. Those who are not faithful and do not repent and those who continue to receive Him unworthily will have much to fear. So let all who trust in Jesus hold firm and steady in their faith and not become like unbelievers. Unbelievers who even dare to call themselves "Christians" and yet continue to do evil.
For those who continue to be faithful know the Lord gives His children help in many ways. And for those with wisdom, the sign of a special flower ("Rose") are powerful prayers that will help bring them through the "darkness" that is slowly closing in around us.
STUDY AND ACT UPON THE "MESSAGES"
I did not seek the advice or counsel of others within the churches during the writing of these Messages; I only sought and received the reassurance of my dear, saintly wife Loretta, who through the Holy Spirit confirmed they are God's Word for His Church.
Jesus, in His Mercy, desires that not one soul be lost. If only today's shepherds had greater zeal for souls, what a beautiful Church we would have! The Holy Spirit left the detailed expressions of these Messages to this, his servant. This is because I am not a Prophet, but have been given the charismatic Gift of Wisdom. Therefore my manner of "expression" is based upon my personality rather than a word for Word "Revelaton" from our Lord. I hope I have served Him well (see Luke 1:3).
I also hope and pray that those who seek to be good shepherds and others who also love the Church will continue to work to build up the Lord's Church by studying and acting upon these Messages.
I hope and pray they will do so without fear, accepting the revealed truth and trusting in the Mercy of Jesus, the Head of the Church.
Please pray earnestly from your heart for the Churches, the shepherds and the sheep, for a grave hourin the life of the Church is slowly coming upon us.
All praise, honor and glory to Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World!
A servant of the Lord,
Vincent T. Bemowski