Be Ready to Receive the Lord
Let us heed these words and be watchful and ready so that we are not caught off
guard, for the Son of Man will come like a thief in the night. Prepare
yourselves well with a good Confession so that you can receive Jesus without any
stain, spot or wrinkle on your soul. This can be your gift to Him…a heart
contrite and humble, pure and chaste, and filled with love, peace and good will.
Our Blessed Mother tells us how to prepare:
“Prepare yourselves with me to live, in peace, in silence and in trembling
expectation, the liturgical remembrance of his birth. In this time of
preparation, let faith increase, hope be illumined, charity be strengthened and
your prayer become more intense.
(367b, Nov. 28, 1987)
“I urge you to walk, each and all, along the way of light
which I have traced out for you, to offer your life to the perfect glory of the
Most Holy Trinity, to live well the last times of this second Advent, in such a
way as to be ready and with lamps burning to receive the Lord who is coming.”
(429i, August 15, 1990)
“And so, listen, one and all, to my voice, and hasten
after the immaculate light of my virginal beauty, to the encounter with the
divine splendor of Christ.
Open your hearts to hope. The second coming of Christ is near at hand. The signs
that He Himself has given you, to prepare yourselves to receive Him, in these
times of yours, are all on the point of being realized.
Open your hearts to hope.
Live in peace of heart and in prayer.
Live in faith and in joy.
Live in grace and in purity.
Live in love and in holiness.
Because Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, our Savior and our King, is about to come to
you in the splendor of his glorified body.” (438jkl, December 8, 1990)
Signs Described in Holy Scripture
In the passage from the Gospel of Luke, read during the 1st Sunday of Advent,
Our Lord tells us that there will be signs to warn us that “our redemption is
near at hand.” Our Lady speaks of these signs in her messages to Fr. Gobbi. In
Message #485, “The End of Times”, given on December 31, 1992, Our Blessed Mother
helps us to understand all of the signs, as described in Scripture, which
indicate that his glorious return is now close. We can see that we are now
living through these very times. Yes, the return of Jesus is indeed close at
hand. Prepare in a special way this Advent season because the time of his Second
Coming is upon us.
“I have announced to you many times that the end of the
times and the coming of Jesus in glory is very near. Now, I want to help you
understand the signs described in the Holy Scriptures, which indicate that his
glorious return is now close.
These signs are clearly indicated in the Gospels, in the letters of Saint Peter
and Saint Paul, and they are becoming a reality during these years.
— The first sign is the spread of errors, which lead to the loss of faith and to
These errors are being propagated by false teachers, by renowned theologians who
are no longer teaching the truths of the Gospel, but pernicious heresies based
on errors and on human reasonings. It is because of the teaching of these errors
that the true faith is being lost and that the great apostasy is spreading
‘See that no one deceives you. For many will attempt to deceive many people.
False prophets will come and will deceive very many.’ (cf. Mt 24:4-5, 11)
‘The day of the Lord will not come unless the great
apostasy comes first.’ (cf. 2 Thes 2:3)
‘There will be false teachers among you. These will seek to introduce disastrous
heresies and will even set themselves against the Master who ransomed them. Many
will listen to them and will follow their licentious ways. Through their
offense, the Christian faith will be reviled. In their greed, they will exploit
you with fabrications.’ (cf. 2 Pt 2:1-3)
— The second sign is the outbreak of wars and fratricidal
struggles, which lead to the prevalence of violence and hatred and a general
slackening off of charity, while natural catastrophes, such as epidemics,
famines, floods and earthquakes, become more and more frequent.
‘When you hear of reports of wars, close at hand or far
away, see that you are not alarmed, for these things must happen. Nation will
rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and
earthquakes in many places. All this will be only the beginning of greater
sufferings to come. Evildoing will be so widespread that the love of many will
grow cold. But God will save those who persevere until the end.’ (cf. Mt
— The third sign is the bloody persecution of those who
remain faithful to Jesus and to his Gospel and who stand fast in the true faith.
Throughout this all, the Gospel will be preached in every part of the world.
Think, beloved children, of the great persecutions to which the Church is being
subjected; think of the apostolic zeal of the recent popes, above all of my
Pope, John Paul II, as he brings to all the nations of the earth the
announcement of the Gospel.
‘They will hand you over to persecution, and they will kill you. You will be
hated by all because of me. And then many will abandon the faith; they will
betray and hate one another. Meanwhile, the message of the kingdom of God will
be preached in all the world; all nations must hear it. And then the end will
come.’ (cf. Mt 24:9-10,14)
— The fourth sign is the horrible sacrilege, perpetrated
by him who sets himself against Christ, that is, the Antichrist. He will enter
into the holy temple of God and will sit on his throne and have himself adored
‘This one will oppose and exalt himself against everything that men adore and
call God. The lawless one will come by the power of Satan, with all the force of
false miracles and pretended wonders. He will make use of every kind of wicked
deception, in order to work harm.’
(cf. 2 Thes 2:4,9-10)
‘One day, you will see in the holy place he who commits
the horrible sacrilege. The prophet Daniel spoke of this. Let the reader seek to
understand.’ (cf. Mt 24:15)
Beloved children, in order to understand in what this
horrible sacrilege consists, read what has been predicted by the prophet Daniel:
‘Go, Daniel; these words are to remain secret and sealed until the end time.
Many will be cleansed, made white and upright, but the wicked will persist in
doing wrong. Not one of the wicked will understand these things, but the wise
‘Now, from the moment that the daily Sacrifice is abolished and the horrible
abomination is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.
Blessed is he who waits with patience and attains one thousand three hundred and
thirty-five days.’ (Dn 12:9-12)
The Holy Mass is the daily Sacrifice, the pure oblation
which is offered to the Lord everywhere, from the rising of the sun to its going
The Sacrifice of the Mass renews that which was
accomplished by Jesus on Calvary. By accepting the Protestant doctrine, people
will hold that the Mass is not a sacrifice but only a sacred meal, that is to
say, a remembrance of that which Jesus did at his Last Supper. And thus, the
celebration of Holy Mass will be suppressed. In this abolition of the daily
Sacrifice consists the horrible sacrilege accomplished by the Antichrist, which
will last about three and a half years, namely, one thousand two hundred and
— The fifth sign consists in extraordinary phenomena, which occur in the skies.
‘The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; and the stars
will fall from the sky; and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.’
The miracle of the sun, which took place at Fatima during my last apparition, is
intended to point out to you that you are now entering into the times when these
events will take place, events which will prepare for the return of Jesus in
‘And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven. All the tribes of
the earth will mourn, and men will see the Son of Man coming upon the clouds of
heaven, with great power and splendor.’ (Mt 24:30)
My beloved ones and children consecrated to my Immaculate Heart, I have wanted
to teach you about these signs, which Jesus has pointed out to you in his
Gospel, in order to prepare you for the end of the times, because these are
about to take place in your days.
The year which is coming to a close, and that which is beginning, form part of
the great tribulation, during which the apostasy is spreading, the wars are
multiplying, natural catastrophes are occurring in many places, persecutions are
intensifying, the announcement of the Gospel is being brought to all nations,
extraordinary phenomena are occurring in the sky, and the moment of the full
manifestation of the Antichrist is drawing ever nearer.
And so I urge you to remain strong in the faith, secure in
trust and ardent in charity. Allow yourselves to be led by me, and gather
together, each and all, in the sure refuge of my Immaculate Heart, which I have
prepared for you especially during these last times. Read, with me, the signs of
your time, and live in peace of heart and in confidence.
I am always with you, to tell you that the coming about of
these signs indicates to you with certainty that the end of the times, with the
return of Jesus in glory, is close at hand.
‘Learn a lesson from the fig tree: when its branches become tender and sprout
the first leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see
these things taking place, know that your liberation is near.’ ” (cf. Mt
The Holy Night
We are presently living through the concluding times of this second Advent. Yes,
our liberation is near! It all began two thousand years ago with the birth of
Jesus during the Holy Night when He, our true and only Liberator, came to offer
humanity our Heavenly Father’s merciful love and forgiveness. This, his
Redemptive Work, will finally be completed at his Second Coming which, according
to Our Lady’s words to us, is closely approaching.
It is imperative that we prepare ourselves well for this glorious day of his
Second Coming. One of the many means we have is the contemplation of the
mysteries of the Incarnation and the Birth of Jesus. Thus, allow me to quote a
few excerpts from Our Lady’s messages on the First Coming of Jesus, to fill you
with the spirit of that Holy Night as if you were actually there gazing at the
child in the manger alongside the shepherds. O Come, Let Us Adore Him, Christ
Message #189 “How Great a Light”
December 24, 1979
“This is the holy night. Beloved sons, gather about me to
welcome my divine Child.
There is so much darkness all about.
And yet, an ever increasing light shines within the cave. And now it appears
entirely from heaven, while the Mother is deeply absorbed in prayer.
How great a light descends from the bosom of the Father into the virginal womb
of the Mother, who opens herself to his gift, to Life.
And completely enveloped in this divine light, I behold for the first time his
body: his eyes, his cheeks, his lips, his face, his arms, his hands; I feel his
little Heart which has scarcely begun to beat. Each beat is a gift of love which
now will never again be quenched.
There is so much cold about us: the severity of the cold and the frost of those
who have shut all doors on us.
But here, within the cave, there is a pleasant and welcome warmth. It is the
shelter that this poor place offers us; it is the warmth of little things; it is
the help which a little straw gives us, and a manger which offers itself as a
No place is so warm, now, as this most chilly cave. And the Mother bends happily
over her Baby who has been given you by the Father, over her Flower finally come
to bloom, over her Heaven now forever opened, over her God who has been awaited
for so long.
And my tears mingle with my kisses, while I gaze enraptured on my Son and my
God, who has been born of me on this holy night.
There is still a great night lying over the world. There is a great cold
freezing hearts and souls.
But the light has now conquered the darkness, and love has forever defeated all
My beloved sons, on this holy night, keep watch in prayer. In my Immaculate
Heart, remain in readiness.
His glorious return is now near. And new light and great fire will renew this
Message #462 “The Bright Cave”
December 24, 1991
“This is the holy night. This is the night which brings to an end the
expectation of the centuries. This is the night which is opened to the Light and
brings to an end forever the time of the first Advent. This is the night which
brings to a beginning the new day which knows no setting.
In this night, heaven is espoused to earth; the song of the angels blends with
the voices of the little ones, of the poor, of the pure; to the shepherds is
given the announcement which gives joy to all: ‘Today is born for you a Savior.’
(cf. Lk 2:11)
Bow down, together with me, to cover the Child with kisses and tears, with
warmth and love, with sweet and affectionate tenderness. He is so little; He is
just born; He cries because of the sharpness of the cold; He wails because of
the great coldness which enfolds the whole world. Like the shepherds, you too,
bring Him simple gifts. Your priestly heart, filled with love, becomes for Him
his one great comfort.
And do you also welcome the great announcement of joy that is given to you
today: his second birth in glory is close at hand. You too are traveling along
the last stage of a long journey. You too are coming to the end of the time of
the second Advent. So therefore, live with me and with my spouse, Joseph, the
precious hours of this new vigil.
Let a deep silence surround the great noise of words and of images, which today
is filling the whole world. Let the prayer of the heart bring you to a
continuous loving dialogue with the Lord Jesus who has come, who comes and who
will come in glory. And let the tranquil peace of the soul mark the passing of
your days, so threatening and thick with sorrows for all.
Go forward safely on the tempestuous waves of these last times of the great
tribulation, without becoming troubled at seeing that the doors are still
closing to Jesus Christ, who is coming.
My Immaculate Heart is the bright cave, which brings to an end this second
Advent, because it is with its triumph that Jesus will return to you in glory.”
The Birth of “Merciful Love”
Together with the Mother of Divine Mercy let us receive the birth of “Merciful
Love” who is Mercy for ALL. For on this day is born our Savior and Redeemer. He
is the Heart which beats to renew the heart of every creature…the new heart of
“Beloved sons, live with me, in silence and in prayer, the anxious hours of the
Walk with my most chaste spouse, Joseph, and with your heavenly Mother on the
long road which is bringing us from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Feel, you too, the
fatigue of the journey, the weariness which takes hold of us, the assurance
which leads us on, the prayer which accompanies each step, as a heavenly
blessedness fills our hearts, now united in perfect communion with the Heart of
the Heavenly Father which is about to open itself in the gift of his
The noise of the crowded caravan does not disturb us, nor does discouragement
take hold of us before all the doors which are closed on our request to be taken
The compassionate hand of a shepherd points out to us a poor cave, which opens
itself to the most sublime and divine prodigy. The only-begotten Son of the
Father is about to be born to his human life. There is about to descend to the
world that Merciful Love who becomes man in the Son born of me, his Virgin
Mother. After long centuries of expectation and of prayerful supplication, your
Savior and Redeemer at last comes to you.
This is the holy night.
This is the dawn which arises upon the new day of your salvation.
This is the light which shines forth in the deep darkness of all history.
My spouse Joseph seeks to make the frigid cave more hospitable and sets about
transforming a poor manger into a crib.
I am absorbed in an intense prayer and enter into ecstasy with the Heavenly
Father, who surrounds me with his light and his love, and fills me with his
fullness of life and blessedness, while paradise, with all its angelic cohorts,
prostrates itself in an act of profound adoration. When I emerge from this
ecstasy, I find in my arms the divine Child, miraculously born of me, his Virgin
I press Him to my Heart, cover Him with tender kisses, warm Him with my motherly
love, wrap Him in clean linens and place Him in the manger, which is now ready.
My God is completely present in this Child of mine. The mercy of the Father is
made visible in the newborn Infant who utters his first plaintive cries.
Divine Mercy has given his Fruit to you: together let us prostrate ourselves and
adore the Merciful Love who has been born for us.
— Together let us look into his eyes, which open to bring upon the world the
light of the truth and of divine wisdom.
— Together let us wipe away his tears, which run down to bring compassion upon
every suffering, to wash away every stain of sin and evil, to close every wound,
to bring solace to each oppressed person, to cause the awaited dew to descend
upon the frigid desert of the world.
— Together let us clasp his hands, which open themselves to bring the caress of
the Father upon human miseries, to bring help to the poor and the little,
support to the weak, assurance to the discouraged, pardon to sinners, health to
the sick, and to all the gift of redemption and salvation.
— Together let us warm his feet which will follow the barren and insecure roads
to search out the straying, to find the lost, to give hope to the despairing, to
bring liberty to prisoners and the Good News to the poor.
— Together let us kiss his little Heart, which has just begun to beat with love
It is the very Heart of God.
It is the Heart of the only-begotten Son of the Father, who becomes man to bring
back to God a humanity redeemed and saved by Him.
It is the Heart which beats to renew the heart of every creature.
It is the new heart of the world.
It is the Merciful Love which comes down from the bosom
of the Father, to bring redemption, salvation and peace to all humanity.
Receive Him with love, with joy and with immense
blessedness. And let there come forth from your heart the hymn of perennial
gratitude for this Child, virginally given to you by me who, on this holy night,
have become for all the Mother of Divine Mercy.”
(Message #559, December 24, 1995)
Through Mary – “Our Gate”
Just as Jesus assumed a human nature to come to us through his Virgin Mother, so
too he will return to us by means of her, our Mother of the Second Advent and
the “Gate which opens upon the new era”:
“I am the Gate which opens upon the new era, which awaits
you and which is just now coming upon the world. For this reason, in your times,
I am called to be the Mother of the Second Advent. Just as, by means of me,
Jesus has come to you in the fragility and humility of his human nature, so too,
again by means of me, Jesus will return to you in the splendor of his glory, to
restore his kingdom in the world.” (461e)
As we celebrate the Holy Night of many centuries ago, let us look forward to the
Holy Day of his Second Coming in glory.
May you have a most blessed season of Advent. May your Christmas be holy and the
New Year bring you an abundance of God’s peace, joy and love.
In the Infant Jesus and His Loving Mother,
Peace and blessing +