On Oct. 13, 1884, when Pope Leo XIII was doing his thanksgiving (at another Mass) after offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, he heard two voices, one loving and benevolent, (God) and another, a horrible voice, (satan). This is what happened.
The gentle voice of Our Lord: “You can? Then go ahead and do so.”
Satan: “To do so, I need more time and more power.”
Our Lord: “How much time? How much power?
Satan: “75 to 100 years, and a greater power over those who will give themselves over to my service.”
Our Lord: “You have the time, you will have the power. Do with them what you will.”
I do not remember the exact year. One morning the great Pope Leo XIII had celebrated a Mass and, as usual, was attending a Mass of thanksgiving. Suddenly, we saw him raise his head and stare at something above the celebrant’s head. He was staring motionlessly, without batting an eye. His expression was one of horror and awe; the colour and look on his face changing rapidly. Something unusual and grave was happening in him.
“Finally, as though coming to his senses, he lightly but firmly tapped his hand and rose to his feet. He headed for his private office. His retinue followed anxiously and solicitously, whispering: ‘Holy Father, are you not feeling well? Do you need anything?’ He answered: ‘Nothing, nothing.’ About half an hour later, he called for the Secretary of the Congregation of Rites and, handing him a sheet of paper, requested that it be printed and sent to all the ordinaries around the world. What was that paper? It was the prayer that we recite with the people at the end of every Mass. It is the plea to Mary and the passionate request to the Prince of the heavenly host, (St. Michael: Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle) beseeching God to send Satan back to hell.”
(Fr. Domenico Pechenino, quoted in the 1955 Roman journal Ephemerides Liturgicae V. LXIX, pp 54–60)
In 1946, Cardinal Nasalli Rocca wrote this: “the sentence ‘The evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls’ has a historical explanation that was many times repeated by his private secretary, Monsignor Rinaldo Angeli. Leo XIII truly saw, in a vision, demonic spirits who were congregating on the Eternal City (Rome). The prayer that he asked all the Church to recite was the fruit of that experience. He would recite that prayer with strong, powerful voice: we heard it many a time in the Vatican Basilica. Leo XIII also personally wrote an exorcism that is included in the Roman Ritual. He recommended that bishops and priests read these exorcisms often in their dioceses and parishes. He himself would recite them often throughout the day.”
This divine and demonic vision, that Pope Leo XIII had, is similar to what happened to Job.
“Now on a certain day when the sons of God came to stand before the Lord, Satan also was present among them. And the Lord said to him: Whence comest thou? And he answered and said: I have gone round about the earth, and walked through it. And the Lord said to him: Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a simple and upright man, and fearing God, and avoiding evil? And Satan answering, said: Doth Job fear God in vain? Hast not thou made a fence for him, and his house, and all his substance round about, blessed the works of his hands, and his possession hath increased on the earth? But stretch forth thy hand a little, and touch all that he hath, and see if he blesseth thee not to thy face. Then the Lord said to Satan: Behold, all that he hath is in thy hand: only put not forth thy hand upon his person. And Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.” Job 1: 6-12.
The Douay Rheims Version has this comment on verse 6: “The sons of God: The angels.– Ibid. Satan also, etc. This passage represents to us in a figure, accommodated to the ways and understandings of men, 1. The restless endeavours of Satan against the servants of God; 2. That he can do nothing without God’s permission; 3. That God doth not permit him to tempt them above their strength: but assists them by his divine grace in such manner, that the vain efforts of the enemy only serve to illustrate their virtue and increase their merit.”
“And it came to pass, when on a certain day the sons of God came, and stood before the Lord, and Satan came among them, and stood in his sight, That the Lord said to Satan: Whence comest thou? And he answered and said: I have gone round about the earth, and walked through it. And the Lord said to Satan: Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a man simple, and upright, and fearing God, and avoiding evil, and still keeping his innocence?
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But thou hast moved me against him, that I should afflict him without cause. And Satan answered, and said: Skin for skin, and all that a man hath he will give for his life: But put forth thy hand, and touch his bone and his flesh, and then thou shalt see that he will bless thee to thy face. And the Lord said to Satan: Behold be is in thy hand, but yet save his life. So Satan went forth from the presence Of the Lord, and struck Job with a very grievous ulcer, from the sole of the foot even to the top of his head:” Job 2: 1-8
Pope Leo XIII saw what the devil was being allowed to do by God, so he composed the St. Michael prayer and asked bishops all over the world to pray it after all Holy Masses. And it is for this reason that we pray the Leonine Prayers after all the Low Latin Masses.
It has been over 75 – 100 years. Things seem to only have gotten worse in the Church and outside the Church. But this vision, and what happened to Job, clearly shows that God allows this to triumph over satan. What is needed are more Jobs. People, inside the Catholic Church, who are willing to suffer and be persecuted by the Church’s authorities and those outside the Church. Those who are willing to resist the destruction of the 2000 year old Catholic traditions and the perversion of Biblical truth.
It was so difficult for Job. It will be difficult for us. But we have the knowledge, before hand, who always wins, God. In the end, the devil and the other evil spirits will be forever consigned to hell forever. They will not be to do any harm anymore.
The modernist, progressive Catholics are getting old and will die. They will be judged before Almighty God. Here they have their “kingdoms” that ostracize, persecute and silence the good holy Catholics (especially traditional priests). After death they will be surprised to see that there is only the One Kingdom of Jesus Christ which will eternally reign.
God allowed satan to try to destroy the Church. He is ultimately in charge. This vision also converted Pope Leo XIII who before was a progressive. God will continue to bring good out of evil.
Let us continue to pray the Leonine Prayers and suffer like Job. God is with us, Mary is covering us with her mantle. We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics. We know that Jesus’ and Mary’s Hearts triumph in the end.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.