By David Martin
On December 17, 1936, the renown mystic St. Faustina, known for her role in establishing the devotion to the Divine Mercy, penned two entries into her diary which warrant close examination today. Entries 823 and 824 appear to be closely related and occur chronologically without interruption. Without further ado, the first part of her statement [entry 823] is as follows.
"I have offered this day for priests. I have suffered more today than ever before, both interiorly and exteriorly. I did not know it was possible to suffer so much in one day. I tried to make a Holy Hour, in the course of which my spirit had a taste of the bitterness of the Garden of Gethsemane. I am fighting alone, supported by His arm, against all the difficulties that face me like unassailable walls. But I trust in the power of His name and I fear nothing."— Diary of St. Faustina, 823
It is significant to note that St. Faustina on that day was making reparation for priests, an offering that brought upon her the worst suffering she had ever endured, and perhaps the worst she would ever endure. But too, on that bitter day of December 17, 1936, was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who would later reign as Pope Francis, the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.
Could it be that on that day St. Faustina was atoning for the many priests, bishops, and cardinals of the future that would be misled by Francis? And too, was her reparation needed to solace Our Lord's Heart so torn with anguish over the coming apostasy that would be advanced in the name of divine mercy?
Certainly Faustina and Jesus had a bitter and secret understanding about this reign of "mercy" that would one day lead souls down the path of perdition. Consider now the second part of St. Faustina's statement [entry 824] which was penned on Jorge Bergoglio's birthday.
"In seclusion, Jesus Himself is my Master. He himself educates me and instructs me. I feel certain that I am the object of His special action. For His inscrutable purposes and unfathomable decrees, He unites me to Himself in a special way and allows me to penetrate His incomprehensible mysteries. There is one mystery which unites me with the Lord, of which no one — not even the angels — may know. And even if I wanted to tell of it, I would not know how to express it. And yet I live by it, and will live by it forever. This mystery distinguishes me from every other soul here on earth and in eternity." — Diary of St. Faustina, 824
The aforementioned mystery has long been a subject of speculation among Divine Mercy devotees. And while this mystery which distinguished Faustina "from every other soul here on earth and in eternity" could pertain to her discipleship in the cause of Divine Mercy, it might also concern the emergence of a false pastor who would mislead the universal Church under the guise of mercy.
However, to declare as fact that St. Faustina's diary entry of December 17, 1936, is connected to the birth of the future Pope Francis is not our place to do. Even so, it is good to point out the Pharisaic hypocrisy that has characterized his pontificate.
For while preaching mercy, he punishes the innocent. While preaching love of the poor, he robs the faithful of their sacred heritage. While dubbing "idolaters" those Catholics who hold to tradition, he bows and makes reparation to the planetary idol of "Mother Earth." While sacking loyal bishops and priests, he praises criminal offenders like genocidist Nelson Mandela, heretic Martin Luther, and abortionist Emma Bonino. While proclaiming love of life and family values, he invites U.N. pro-abortion advocates like Ban Ki moon and Jeffrey Sachs to use his Vatican as a platform to advance a more "sustained" planet through population control (abortion).
In light of these and other like crimes against mercy, is it not logical to at least consider that St. Faustina's intense suffering of December 17, 1936, was providentially connected to the birth of the future pope that occurred that day? And is it inappropriate to consider that her excruciating suffering of that day could have even signaled the arrival of the false prophet?