I read someone commenting (in an internet forum) that the words of Fr. Oliveira recently presented in this blog are questionable because the angel says: “Evil grows and walks in darkness” (see under The 27 stanzas). That is the beginning of a poem, comparable to “O say, can you see” etc. Often poets prepare the reader by describing the situation before entering the matter of the poem itself. The author of the American National Anthem is not questioning anyone’s eyesight or promoting the use of eyeglasses, he is simply beginning his poem by pointing at something and so does the Angel in Fr. Oliveira’s prophetic poem.
Evil grows and walks in darkness.
Few are those who know it,
Few are the ones who will find out.
The shadow that walks among you
It’s called schism, division!
In Portuguese in the original for those who know Portuguese:
O mal cresce e caminha na escuridão.
Poucos são os que o conhecem,
Poucos são os que o encontrarão.
A sombra que caminha entre vós
Se chama cisma, divisão!
In the third line, “encontrarão” —in my opinion— the verb “encontrar” (to find) should be understood as “understand” which by the way is the most common usage of that verb in colloquial Brazilian parlance: i. e. “Eu acho …” (lit. “I find”) really means “In my opinion” or “as I understand it”. That is extremely common. Notice that Brazilian Portuguese is very rich in idiomatic usages of common words.
So, the angel is not praising or promoting evil. The angel is warning the readers that evil uses darkness as a cloak to grow in strength when no one is aware of its presence. Again, eu acho (in my opinion) that the angel is warning us obliquely against the infiltration of evil just as Our Lord did when He taught us: “The enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat” —Jesus was not extoling sabotage but simply warning us about hidden evil activities— if one reads past the first verse it is obvious that the poem praises good and condemns evil.
There is no obligation to believe the validity or authenticity of Fr. Olivera’s visions and dreams. Catholics are not obliged to believe in anything beyond Holy Tradition and Scripture as they and they only contain all that is necessary for salvation. Private revelation is a bonus in addition to Divine Revelation. It is up to us to discern the value of private revelations if we are so inclined since there is no doctrinal obligation to do so.
“Evil grows in darkness” is an obvious truth. Evil belongs in darkness, evil can fester there and grow strong until its next futile attempt to attack light. One can see that light dispels darkness but darkness cannot dispel light.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:5)
That is de fide. Catholics are under obligation to believe that.
“Few are those who know it” is another certainty: a growing number of Catholics believe the Church has been infiltrated by evil men but that number was never a majority. I was told in 1966 that Archbishop Hélder Pessoa Câmara was a Communist and I did not believe it. My thinking has evolved. Being better informed today I am as sure as anyone can be that he was a Communist cloaked as a minister of God. Yet, no one is under obligation to share my opinion.
“Few are the ones who will find out.” is also true. Most Catholics today are completely unaware of the destructive infiltration of the Church. If Masses were celebrated tomorrow with a communion of pizza and soda pop, most people would approach the altar and receive such ‘communion’ —the reader may laugh at the idea but the species have been replaced a few times and only a few people questioned the change!
The shadow that walks among you
It’s called schism, division!
I read here a sort of indirect allusion to Communism. Karl Marx had a famous dictum “A ghost haunts Europe!” and the “shadow that walks among you” projects a similar image. As Marxism continues to sow division amongst humanity, so does this last extreme version: the ecclesiastical Marxism presently in control of the levers of power in the Catholic hierarchy.
I translated and published the visions of Fr. Oliveira because they seem to coincide with many other prophecies ancient and recent. Mere human beings cannot fake a prophecy without falling into contradictions and other errors. In the case of Fr. Oliveira one can see his words have a simplicity that is evidence of his humble sincerity. That is my opinion for what is worth. Remember most prudently the words of St. Paul of Tarsus, Apostle of Christ:
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecy, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil. May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-22)
Realmente as pessoas não estão apenas burras, mas possuídas por um espírito de má disposição. Querem encontrar erro em tudo, não têm mais a pureza de coração necessária para ter caridade com um simples texto inofensivo. Deus abençoe sua paciência.
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Indeed, people are not just stupid, but possessed by an ill-tempered spirit. They want to find error in everything, they no longer have the purity of heart necessary to be charitable with a simple harmless text. God bless your patience.
Yes, sir. To be a true Catholic one has to THINK Catholic.
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In response to Aprígio: truly there are few things as wicked as understanding a simple benign phrase and assign it an evil meaning or intention when it is plainly not there. I had that experience once when playing rhythm guitar to support a good friend (Dave [name withheld] an excellent Canadian guitar player who performed both as a soloist and on gigs with many well known jazz bands). While we were playing our version of How High the Moon —not a bad version if you ask me— a gentleman continued to make deriding comments about my playing. David quickly had enough of that. Gently grabbing my guitar he passed it to the ‘critic’ and asked him to sit in my stead. The man immediately responded that he didn’t play guitar in fact, he did not play any music at all. David responded: “Then the best you can do is shut your trap and listen, you may learn a thing or two.” After that he invited me to take the lead and proceeded to humbly play rhythmic guitar. It was like Einstein cleaning the chalkboard for his least advanced pupil. Best musician I ever had the pleasure to support.
There’s always a sourpuss out there.
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Honi soit, qui mal y pense!
I appreciate you taking the time to go through the remarkable prophecies! Most of them seem fairly in line with the visions of others, some are new. All are striking, especially when accompanied by dates! His were very specific. Now…we wait and see!
Bless you. Bless your work. And may God continue to strengthen you daily.
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Thank you, Mark. I do not like specific dates in general but may be the time has arrived to be aware of them. In this case we have years and one indication of Thursday morning for the beginning of the three days of darkness. For those who remember it may be good to know when to start sealing the windows. I got a nice box with duck tape and other materials ready just in case. “The days may be cut short” in ways we do not know or are able to anticipate. Better err on the side of caution. PRUDENCE is the mother of all virtues.
There is no end to those internet ‘debates’ and they become a big waste of time. Someone comes with a made up ‘principle’ and sticks to it against all reason thus keeping us all involved in a futile discussion. When I saw that comment, I thought it was a perfect example of that technique. Just as I thought, a thorough reasoned response generated not a counterargument but further hammering on the same nonsensical point. Result: move on, walk away. The only thing that person wants is to distract and break the conversation. That’s all they can do: troll the conversation.
In the Amazon comment section of Guadalupe A River Of Light I found one of those: it basically states “I was looking for a book of devotions but this is all about history and I don’t like it, please don’t read it.” There is a good number of comments praising the book but this ‘reader’ downvotes the book because she was expecting something else. It never occurs to her that her expectations may have nothing to do with the book’s argument. Those comments are done on purpose to distract people. There is no point in arguing with stones. One has to keep on plowing.
Another commenter in the same forum disqualifies Fr. Oliveira because he refers to J.M. Bergoglio as a Pope. So according to them, Fr. Oliveira has to expose himself to severe retaliation (as Fr. Minutella did) only so some anonymous nobody in some internet forum believes in the merits of his visions. What about A.K. Emmerich? She spoke of two POPES in 1824! Should we ignore her as well?
BTW, I registered in that forum to respond but once registered I did not have “enough privileges” to post a comment. The place seems to be some kind of flypaper trap. The YouTube Channel of the forum’s owner displays prominently a Protestant video (from Igniter Media) with the usual Protestant arguments injurious to the Mother of God, see it here:
The link to the video of Igniter Media is displayed on top of the list today November 9, 2022.
Our education system has produced an entire generation of men and women who cannot organize their own thoughts but they dare to criticize the thoughts of others. I take “evil cannot grow” as a good example. Anyone who has lived for the last 30 to 60 years can tell that we live in a world much more evil than say half a century ago. The evil of abortion has grown, and so all kinds of illegal trafficking: human organs, illegal immigrants, sexual slavery, plain slavery, pornography, and much more! Other ‘critic’ there finds Father’s discourse to be “rambling”? Excuse me. Have you read the Apocalypse of St. John? That is quite rambling and unclear to most of us and yet we believe it is inspired. My counsel to that crowd is: get an education in a place where they teach you to think clearly and logically with emphasis in text comprehension and analysis. You are making all of us Christians look like fools. Save your thoughts to yourselves.
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