One of the most important events in the last 500 years is known as the Vision of Pope Leo XIII.
There are many accounts that Pope Leo XIII had a vision in which he heard God and Satan conversing. The gist of the conversation was that Satan told God he could destroy the church, at which the Lord told him to go ahead. Satan replied that he needed more time and more power.
The Lord asked how much time and how much power. Satan answered that he needed 100 years and greater power over the people of the earth.
According to one account, God gave Satan the time and the power. This took place on October 13, 1884.
He was so shaken by his vision that he reportedly passed out, and some thought he had had a stroke or heart attack, until he explained what had happened.
It was after this vision that he composed the prayer to St. Michael, which was prayed after each Mass at the foot of the altar until Vatican II changed it.
Pope Leo XIII composed the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, asking his protection. It goes as follows: “Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle; be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him and do you, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen”
If you take a close look at the events of the last 100 years you can certainly see an increase in evil.
Two World Wars
Sexual sins increase
Attack on the family
Spread of Atheism
Spread of Secular Humanism
It is interesting that 33 years to the day after October 13, 1884 is day the Sun danced at Fatima October 13, 1017. Remember Our Lady of Fatima warned us about the two World Wars and lack of prayer and worship among the faithful.
One account stipulated that God told Satan that at the end of the 100 years trial, that He would pour down His Holy Spirit like never before.
Speaking about the attack on the family, I highly suggest a new book by Father Donald Callaway - Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father
Drawing on the wealth of the Church's living tradition, Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, calls on all of us to turn to St. Joseph, entrust ourselves, our Church, and our world to our spiritual father's loving care, and then watch for wonders when the Universal Patron of the Church opens the floodgates of Heaven to pour out graces into our lives today.
Definitely a book for our time, Consecration to St. Joseph is dedicated to meeting the challenges of the present moment and restoring order to our Church and our world, all through the potent paternal intercession and care of St. Joseph.
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