Benedict XVI, Pope and Martyr — De Gloria Olivae

But I am like a green olive tree
in the house of God.
I trust in the steadfast love of God
for ever and ever.
I will thank you for ever,
because of what you have done.
In the presence of the faithful
I will proclaim your name, for it is good.
(Psalm 52:8-9)

The Last Day (of the year 2022)

This morning on December 31, 2022 the Seventh Day in the First Octave of Christmas we have some interesting reading of Scripture. Not to write a very long post I will only comment on the most obviously connected to the passing of Our Pope, Benedict XVI. He was the man St. Malachi identified as De Gloria Olivae, the glory of the olive tree.

Many will disagree with my interpretation of what this day entails for the whole Church. Before going into the meat of the matter I must affirm my belief that the Church is going into the wilderness to be purified. Expect not an easy 2023. Expect instead about forty months of severe hardship for the world and the Church. Pharaoh’s cavalry approaches at our rear. Before us there are deep waters. We are following the pillar of cloud, we will go through this not by our own devices but by the power and grace of Christ, Lord of the Universe, Our Master and Redeemer.

This was given to us for reading in this most important day, the last day of 2023. Here is the reading of 1st John 2:18-21.

Children, it is the last hour;
and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming,
so now many antichrists have appeared.
Thus we know this is the last hour.
They went out from us, but they were not really of our number;
if they had been, they would have remained with us.
Their desertion shows that none of them was of our number.
But you have the anointing that comes from the Holy One,
and you all have knowledge.
I write to you not because you do not know the truth
but because you do, and because every lie is alien to the truth.

The mainstream media was quick to present Benedict as a ‘special Pope’ because of his ‘abdication’ —that is a blatant lie that wiser heads have uncovered completely in a previous article posted here: Fatima And The Two Popes— I for one have really good reasons to believe that Cardinal Ratzinger was perfectly aware of the forces at play in the Catholic hierarchy at least from his days as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. It was during those days when he and John Paul II defined the Papacy as a two-part entity composed of munus and ministerium. I am not going to explain again what Mr. Andrea Cionci explained with perfect clarity in the above cited article. Pope Benedict’s enemies are depraved men, they are my enemies as well: a lion and his flea can share enemies sometimes. There are levels of moral depravity that simply cannot foster more than a certain cretinous form of intelligence. Benedict knew that and quite astutely used his enemies’ mental weakness to his advantage. By designing a Renuntiatio that fooled the criminals into believing he had abdicated when in reality he had retained the munus, the very essential quality of the papacy for himself and for the Church. Benedict left the knaves outside his scheme using their ignorance as a weapon against them. Mr. Cionci explained that much better than I can do. I invite you to read his interview most carefully.

Blessed are those who wash their robes [do His commandments], so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and fornicators and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. (Apocalypse of St. John, 22:14-15 compare with John 10:1-5)

For reasons of good taste I won’t explain here the meaning of ‘dogs’ in this passage. (See Matthew 15: 21-28 emphasis on verse 26, the woman’s daughter had an impurity attachment.) One thing I must point at is that the list of those outside consists of dogs, sorcerers, fornicators, murderers, and idolaters. The list seems to include the well known vices and practices of Pope Benedict’s enemies. Think of the profound prophetic importance of these passages of Scripture quoted so far and —if you think you are alluded to— consider immediate repentance to save your soul from utter condemnation.

[NOTE of 1/1/2023 @2:18 p.m. I just realized that today we celebrate the Circumcision of the Lord. The symbolism attached to the practice of circumcision, the “leaving of the flesh behind” is one more reason to meditate on the meaning of Benedict’s death on the eve of this Sunday.]

One detail that just crossed my mind: the gates of Solomon’s Temple were made of olive wood. That reminds me of the connection between the sacred gates and the olive tree.

The New Israel, the Church, the Olive Tree and Benedict XVI

The olive tree Olea Europaea has some very interesting qualities. The olive branch has been since antiquity a symbol of  peace, glory and prosperity. “Theophrastus reports how the bearing olive can be grafted on the wild olive, for which the Greeks had a separate name, kotinos. In his Enquiry into Plants (2.1.2–4) he states that the olive can be propagated from a piece of the trunk, the root, a twig, or a stake.” (For more information see Olive) Notice the particular qualities of the olive tree and how they aptly symbolize first ancient Israel and then the New Israel, the Church. Even if the tree is destroyed, more trees will root and grow from the scattered branches.

I did study the prophecy of St. Malachi in some depth and I am convinced it is important to understand our age. Those familiar with it know that Benedict XVI emblem in that prophecy is De Gloria Olivae. From there we can establish a number of prophetic connections.

First let us return to the olive plant. It appears in the Old Testament when God sends a dove to Noah. The dove is holding an olive branch in its beak. Peace was forever associated with the olive branch since those ancient days. The olive tree is the first to grow green leaves after Noah’s Flood. The scene of Noah opening the top porthole of the Ark to let in the bird and the olive branch strongly reminds us of how God allowed the divine seed  miraculously enter Mary the Virgin of Nazareth. The dove represents the Holy Ghost, and the olive branch represents the beginning of the new life in the Church. Mary is thus prefigured in the Ark of Noah and the Ark of the Covenant, first as the beginning of new life on a purified Earth and also as Israel being reborn to its Catholic, worldwide mission to the all the nations: “For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” (Isaiah 56:7)

Repeatedly, Benedict presented Mary to us as the perfect example of closeness to God, a model of a complete relationship to our Creator. In the drama presented to us in Calvary, Mary and the women of Israel, the young apostle John, and the humblest among the followers of Jesus remain with their Teacher when Peter and the other Apostles abandon Him. Those who fought among themselves about who was to be the greatest (see Luke 22: 24-34) were shamed by the smallest among the followers of Jesus. Benedict understood how Christ mysteriously had given the humblest members of the Church the grace of a strong faith that so often He seems to deny to the pillars of the hierarchy. The beloved Pope invited us many times to imitate the wisdom of Mary, a wisdom based on blind trust in Jesus. I do believe it was that kind of faith that guided Benedict through his last ordeal, when a group of infiltrates finally managed to surround him and tried to separate him from his divine appointment as successor of Peter. Here is where the Glory of the Olive comes into play.

The devil’s modus operandi has not changed from the times of Jesus. He seems to be good at repeating himself: “I will strike the shepherd and scatter the flock.” But God is always a step ahead. The devil’s strikes will be an instrument of purification. In the case of Benedict, cutting off the olive tree will only spread the branches that will soon come back as so many new trees! See how that process works according to Zechariah 13:7-9.

‘Awake, O sword, against my shepherd,
against the man who is My associate,’
says the Lord of hosts.
Strike the shepherd, that the sheep may be scattered;
I will turn My hand against the little ones.
In the whole land, says the Lord,
two-thirds shall be cut off and perish,
and one-third shall be left alive.
And I will put this third into the fire,
refine them as one refines silver,
and test them as gold is tested.
They will call on My Name,
and I will answer them.
I will say, ‘They are My people’;
and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’

I believe Benedict was aware of God’s intentions and he offered himself in the same way Christ offered himself to God the Father. The methods of God’s redemption have not changed: to those He loves the most he offers the choicest splinters of the Cross. Benedict was a willing martyr, not a quitter. Guided by the Holy Ghost he surrounded his enemies and defeated their dumb schemes with unfailing wit. He crowned that by dying today on the “last day”, surprising everyone. Benedict gave us a silent prophecy: he could only do that by working side by side with God. Now no one can take his munus from him. Falsehoods can pile up to the sky but only a true (and perfectly canonical) consistory of the real Catholic Church can elect a true Pope now. We shall see how God restores the Papacy in the years to come. It may happen a lot faster than most imagine.

Something Ends, Something Begins

In the beginning was the Word [Logos],
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.

John 1: 1-18 was the Gospel reading for today as well. At the end of the year it is fitting to meditate about beginnings. It does strike me as quite suggestive that God decided to take Pope Benedict to His side on the last day of the year. Odds are 365 to 1. Gamblers and statisticians know that is not an easy bet.

This part of the Gospel of John has given many theologians and philosophers more than one headache. The Greek philosophical genius progressed as far as to discover that there was a Logos, a force that gave impulse to all the cycles of the natural world, even the distant stars. When Jewish and Christian thought met Greek philosophy the Greek Christians were the first to realize they were no longer at a dead end. Logos was a Person, a Divine Person. It took a few centuries and  some divine inspiration until the great theologians could fully understand the implications of being in the beginning, being with God, and being God. One of the consequences of all that thinking was the discovery of a number of characteristics of the Universe that keep repeating at every level. There are three physical dimensions, there is time that appears to us in three different forms (past, present, and future), atoms have three components (electrons, neutrons, and protons) … well, the list is long but you get the idea. Three is the silent signature of the Holy Trinity.

Observing time we realize soon that everything in nature seems to have a beginning, a development, an end. Observing further, philosophers, physicists, mathematicians noticed that is not always easy to define when the beginning ends and the end begins regarding some natural processes. One thing I can affirm is that the Creator is consistent across the board although that consistency is not always evident to our understanding. Take for example, time: “Children, it is the last hour” says St. John, and Christ says quite casually: “For this I have come to this hour!” What is the meaning of “hour” in each case. That is a profound theological question. But we know approximately when the day begins and ends. Defining the beginning and end of the ages of God is more complicated. The best I can come up with is that —lacking any definite sign of a beginning or an end, (i.e. Noah’s flood began on the 17th day of the 2nd month)— we have to feel our way through. Christ was crucified  in 33 A.D. and that should have marked the end of the Mosaic Age but the Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. more than three decades later. Well, that was the practical end of the Mosaic system of sacrifices, feasts, and as time went by other parts of the system perished: schools, ritual practices, the Sanhedrin, etc.

Now the passing of Pope Benedict XVI seems to me one of those markers in time that one cannot ignore: the beginning of the Flood, the Crucifixion, etc. My suspicion is reinforced by the fact that Benedict, the last Pope in a long list passed away on the last day of the year.  I know of at least one person who prophesied that the death of Benedict was going to happen some time during 2021-2022. A one day delay would have proved that man a false prophet. See Visions And Prophecies Of Fr. OliveiraThere is something even more poignant: the readings of Holy Scripture indicated for today that we have partially analyzed here. That is not mere coincidence. And there is one more thing: Pope Sylvester I passed away on the same date, December 31. That could be just happenstance but Sylvester I reigned during the Council of Nicaea (although he did not attend it) called by Emperor Constantine to resolve some serious doctrinal crisis in the Church that was endangering the peace of the Roman Empire.

What is ending here and what is beginning? I believe the answer is also in the Mass readings for December 31st. We quoted them before:

Children, it is the last hour;
and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming,
so now many antichrists have appeared.
Thus we know this is the last hour.

We know that the persecution of the Church has started in some countries. I do believe —remember my opinion is not doctrine— that a more universal persecution will ensue. I am not alone in that belief. We also know that, according to St. Malachi, an exceptional Pope will appear, the one Malachi calls Petrus Romanus who will shepherd his flock at a time of extreme persecution of the Roman Catholic Church. Is Jorge Mario Bergoglio the predicted Petrus Romanus? I do not know. All we know about the mysterious Petrus is contained in this note.

In persecutione extrema Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae
sedebit Petrus Romanus,
qui pascet oves in multis tribulationibus;
quibus transactis,
civitas septis collis diruetur,
et Judex tremendus iudicabit populum suum.
Finis.

The whole import of the prophecy seems to indicate Petrus Romanus is the last Pope before “the terrible judge judges the people” … since the prophecy includes several antipopes in the list, one cannot be too sure if the current occupant of the See of Peter will one day be confirmed to be the last in Malachi’s list.

What is important at this point is that the death of Benedict triggers the end of an era and the beginning of a possible persecution of the remnant flock of Christ. The Church will go back to the Catacombs, entering into eclipse so to speak. Cardinal Ratzinger predicted that the Church was going to be reduced in size and influence for a while. Many saints and prophets have predicted that there will be a period of time when the Church will be “in the wilderness” perhaps for 40 months, or 40 years (like the Hebrews wandering in the wilderness). We shall find about that quite soon, I believe.

Pope and Martyr

There is enough in this post to make me expect another deluge of indignant comments. The following will certainly cause an increase. I have to declare sincerely, based on what is common knowledge at this point, that Benedict XVI did not resign spontaneously. He was pressured and that is proven by the Renuntiatio, and by his actions following. If he was forced out of the Chair of Peter and had no option but to cause a condition of Sede Impedita to save the Papacy from falling in the hands of a band of crooked members of the hierarchy, then Benedict is not only a Canon Law genius but also a hero and a martyr. That is what I believe.

Reading Psalm 2 one can easily learn that a rebellion against the Most High is a foolish act that will result in the obliteration of the rebels. Benedict faced those monsters and prevailed over them with grace and intelligence but also with the kind of faith that appeals to the heart of God. Well done, good and faithful servant!

Benedict XVI, Pope and Martyr ora pro nobis.

 

Psalm 52 — The Judgement on the Deceitful

Why do you boast, O mighty one,
of mischief done against the godly?
All day long you are plotting destruction.
Your tongue is like a sharp razor,
you worker of treachery.
You love evil more than good,
and lying more than speaking the truth.
You love all words that devour,
O deceitful tongue.

But God will break you down for ever;
he will snatch and tear you from your tent;
he will uproot you from the land of the living.
The righteous will see, and fear,
and will laugh at the evildoer, saying,
‘See the one who would not take
refuge in God,
but trusted in abundant riches,
and sought refuge in wealth!’

But I am like a green olive tree
in the house of God.
I trust in the steadfast love of God
for ever and ever.
I will thank You for ever,
because of what You have done.
In the presence of the faithful
I will proclaim Your Name, for it is good.