Skip to comments.The Three Days of Darkness & Prophecies of Latter Times [Catholic Caucus]
Posted on 06/03/2010 8:22:33 AM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
A lot has been written about the intriguing prophecy of the three days of darkness but one needs to sift through them carefully lest one succumbs to exaggerated and sensational ideas and, more importantly, to serious doctrinal errors. And with regard to this subject, separating the chaff from the wheat is indeed a daunting task.
What does the Catholic Church say regarding prophecies?
So in order to start on the right footing, it would be wise and salutary to inform ourselves with what the Church has to say about this topic.
For our enlightenment, let us refer to the Catholic Encyclopedia for some guidelines regarding prophecies. The following explanations were taken verbatim from the New Advent website:1
Exercise prudence in ones discernment
The Church considers the Apocalypse as Divinely inspired and remains to be the last prophetic work She acknowledges as such. Though the prophetic spirit continued through the centuries, the Church has never promoted any other prophetic work even as she proclaimed countless saints who were gifted with prophesy.
The Church prudently gives ample latitude as to the acceptance or rejection of particular or private prophecies based on evidence for or against them. The Catholic faithfuls attitude should be that of prudence and balance always being careful and slow in accepting or rejecting them especially when they come from trustworthy sources and do not contradict Catholic doctrine and morals.
How do they measure up?
Veracity or accuracy of their fulfillment remains to be the litmus test to which all prophecies are to be judged. The character of these prophecies covers a wide gamut ranging from pious anticipations of Providence; to events in the lives of saints; to the fate of nations; to the popes and the papacy; and to apocalyptic catastrophes leading to the end of the world. They may sometimes be realized in part and in part may even run contrary to events. Due to the conditional nature of some of them, they may or may not be fulfilled.
Prophecies regarding the latter times
The common and outstanding character among latter day prophecies seems to be the foreboding of a terrible destruction of the world due to an unrepentant mankind, the resurgence of the Church, and the conversion of the world. E.H. Thompson keenly pointed out in his Life of Anna Maria Taigi (chapter 18) that the revelations have the following features: "First they all point to some terrible convulsion, to a revolution springing from most deep-rooted impiety, consisting in a formal opposition to God and His truth, and resulting in the most formidable persecution to which the Church has ever been subject. Secondly, they all promise for the Church a victory more splendid than she has ever achieved here below.
The Fatima prophecies fit exactly into this category when Our Lady spoke of a terrible chastisement if men do not repent and amend their lives but she also gave hope by promising that in the end Her Immaculate Heart will triumph.
The three days of darkness
In Scriptures, we find many references to days of darkness, the most familiar perhaps being the ninth plague that fell upon Pharaoh and the Egyptians during the time of Moses:
But the Lord said to Moses: Extend your hand toward heaven. And may there be darkness upon the land of Egypt, so dense that it may be felt. And Moses extended his hand toward heaven. And a horrible darkness occurred in all the land of Egypt for three days. No one saw his brother, nor moved himself from the place where he was. But wherever the sons of Israel lived, there was light. (Exodus 10:21-23)
The prophet Isaiah also spoke of a day of darkness:
Behold, the day of the Lord shall come, a cruel day, and full of indignation, and of wrath, and fury, to lay the land desolate, and to destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven, and their brightness shall not display their light: the sun shall be darkened in his rising, and the moon shall not shine with her light. And I will visit the evils of the world, and against the wicked for their iniquity: and I will make the pride of infidels to cease, and will bring down the arrogancy of the mighty. (Isaiah 13: 9-11)
From the New Testament, we also learn that a cloak of darkness enveloped the world when Our Lord died on Calvary as was recorded by the Evangelists:
Then from the sixth hour, there was darkness over the entire earth, until the ninth hour. (Mt 27:45).
And when the sixth hour came, there was darkness throughout all the earth, until the ninth hour. (Mk 15:33).
But it was almost the sixth hour, and there was darkness in the entire earth, until the ninth hour. (Lk 23:44).
So as not to belabor the point, it suffices to say that there are several more scriptural texts referring to days of darkness and that there is solid ground upon which later prophecies, symbolic or otherwise, were based.
Modern day prophecies
Of the more recent revelations about these days of darkness, we will mention only two: those of Blessed Anna-Maria Taigi and Venerable Elizabeth Canori-Mora.
1. Blessed Anna-Maria Taigi (19th century, Italy)
Though an ordinary housewife and mother, Blessed Anna-Maria Taigi led an exemplary spiritual and Christian life that gained her the reputation as one of the greatest saints of all time. She experienced frequent ecstasies, performed miraculous cures, read hearts, foretold deaths, and predicted the coming of future events. She foretold the first two world wars that wreaked havoc in the twentieth century. Eighteen years after her death, her body remained supple and incorrupt. Amid praises, Pope Benedict XV beatified her on May 20, 1920.
The following is her revelation about three days of darkness: 2
2. Venerable Elizabeth Canori-Mora (19th century, Italy)
Blessed Elizabeth Canori Mora3 was born in 1774 and lived in Italy until her saintly death in 1825. Thanks to her confessor, her revelations were preserved in hundreds of pages of her own writings. Today, the Trinitarian Fathers at San Carlino, Rome hold her manuscripts for safekeeping in their archives.
These writings were meticulously examined at length as a safeguard against doctrinal errors when Pope Blessed Pius IX authorized Elizabeth Canori Moras cause for canonization to proceed. The ecclesiastical censor commissioned by the Holy See released his official judgment on November 5, 1900. It stated there is nothing against faith and good customs, and no doctrinal innovation or deviation was found.
Elizabeth Canori Mora was beatified in 1994.
Some of her prophecies are as follows:
Relevance in our days
It is clear from the above two revelations that God had forewarned mankind of a great and terrible chastisement. Perhaps they seem far-fetched and severe, but in face of so much impiety; blasphemy; desecration; corruption and immorality pervasive in our times, it wouldnt be superfluous to surmise that the world indeed deserves such grave punishments.
Unfortunately, man has progressively slid down the slippery slope of pride and arrogance and has gone from worse to worst!
More importantly it is crucial to note that Our Lady of Fatima echoed the same sentiments when she warned us at Fatima in 1917, thus giving support to these two previous prophecies.
Message of hope
A striking similarity, however, occurs between Our Ladys message of hope regarding the triumph of Her Immaculate Heart and the two above prophecies. Venerable Elizabeth Canori-Moras vision of a great restoration which would follow after the earths debacle is detailed as follows:
Then a beautiful splendor came over the earth, to announce the reconciliation of God with mankind.
The small flock of faithful Catholics who had taken refuge under the trees will be brought before Saint Peter, who will choose a new pope. All the Church will be reordered according to the true dictates of the holy Gospel. The religious orders will be reestablished and the homes of Christians will become homes imbued with religion.
So great will be the fervor and zeal for the glory of God that everything will promote love of God and neighbor. The triumph, glory and honor of the Catholic Church will be established in an instant. She will be acclaimed, venerated and esteemed by all. All will resolve to follow Her, recognizing the Vicar of Christ as the Supreme Pontiff.
Blessed Anna-Maria Taigi spoke of this restoration in the following manner:
After the three days of darkness, Saints Peter and Paul, having come down from heaven, will preach throughout the world and designate a new pope. A great light will flash from their bodies and will settle upon the cardinal, the future Pontiff. Then Christianity will spread throughout the world. Whole nations will join the Church shortly before the reign of Anti-Christ. These conversions will be amazing. Those who shall survive shall have to conduct themselves well. There shall be innumerable conversions of heretics, who will return to the bosom of the Church; all will note the edifying conduct of their lives, as well as that of all other Catholics. Russia, England, and China will come to the Church."
Thus, while the world faces a fearsome and terrible destruction in light of mankinds insolence and impiety, God assures us that He will not abandon those who are faithful to Him. Our Lady gave us the remedy at Fatima by asking for the daily recitation of the Rosary; the establishment of the First Five Saturday devotions; devotion to Her Immaculate Heart; a prayerful life; penance and amendment of life. These requests remain ever relevant and urgent. And we must continue to heed Her maternal l warnings.
Amid the confusion of our days, let us remain steadfast and continue to hope, confide and turn to Our Lady, who is our Mother of Good Counsel and our Confidence.
We must always trust in Her words and never tire in believing: Finally, My Immaculate Heart will triumph!
** It will be impossible to use any man-made lighting during this darkness, except blessed candles.**
Nothing but blessed candles will shed light -- be sure you have ones that are at least 51 percent beeswax. Otherwise -- no light!
**During these three days, people should remain in their homes, pray the Rosary and beg God for mercy."**
As Catholics we constantly exhort people to pray the Rosary. This is a time when EVERYONE will learn and say the Rosary. Alleluia!
**"All the enemies of the Church, whether known or unknown, will perish over the whole earth during that universal darkness, with the exception of a few whom God will soon convert.**
A warning to all who diss out Blessed Mother and the Saints as well as the Catholic Church. Take heed and change your ways!
**"Religion shall be persecuted, and priests massacred Churches shall be closed, but only for a short time. The Holy Father shall be obliged to leave Rome."**
This is the first time that I have seen that churches will be re-opened after being closed, but it makes perfect sense, for all people will flock to these churches. The survivors, that is, will flock to churches. The persecution is underway and I believe we will see more of it. Priests are already being killed.....and in my estimation this can only increase with our present state of affairs and leadership (lack therefore, that is.) I have read elsewhere that Pope Benedict, our current Pope, will spend days in exile.
**More importantly it is crucial to note that Our Lady of Fatima echoed the same sentiments when she warned us at Fatima in 1917, thus giving support to these two previous prophecies.**
Don't need to say anything here -- other than pray the Rosary daily!
**After the three days of darkness, Saints Peter and Paul, having come down from heaven, will preach throughout the world and designate a new pope.**
Have you seen or heard this prophecy before? It's new to me.
Thanks, Brian. We just had members of the World Apostolate of Fatima (not the correct name, I know, come to our church for an evening of Adult Faith Formation. We call it Faith Formation 101. We had a pretty good turnout with over sixty adulrs there.
You should do more of that point by point commenting in threads — it is good. These accounts have some new information to me also.
Thanks, Steve. It’s called time. This morning I had a little bit more. Additionally, this is one of the things that I am VERY interested in.
Gamma rays would not penetrate Earth’s atmosphere well to burn the ground, but they would chemically damage the stratosphere. Melott estimates that if WR 104 were to hit us with a burst 10 seconds or so long, its gamma rays could deplete about 25 percent of the world’s ozone layer, which protects us from damaging ultraviolet rays. In comparison, the recent human-caused thinning of the ozone layer, creating “holes” over the polar regions, have only been depletions of about 3 to 4 percent, he explained.
“So that would be very bad,” Melott told SPACE.com. “You’d see extinctions. You might see food chain collapses in the oceans, might see agricultural crises with starvation.”
Gamma ray bursts would also trigger smog formation that could blot out sunlight and rain down acid.
“The flash of heat and light might flash-burn anything not in the shade,” he said. “Heating the atmosphere would cause big winds. The air would be much hotter for weeks, as hot as an oven depending on the distance. This would affect the other side of the Earth eventually.”
The chastisement, of course, doesn’t have to obey the laws of physics as it is, after all, sent by God. But maybe it will anyway because, as you point out, there are natural mechanisms that could result in quite effective catastrophe.
Bump to read later.
I do not deny faith simply because I propose a physical explanation that fits a description of the chastisement. Quite the opposite. I suggest that through science one can affirm faith and be better prepared when the chastisement arrives through familiarity with its form.
In addition to what I have cut and paste here, a gamma ray burst would act like an EMP pulse to disable nearly all electronic devices. Only candles would provide light.
If you survive the burst, you would need to stay away from direct ultraviolet exposure - indoors.
I can go on how the science seems to match the prophesy...
First off it isn’t The Church, it is a church.
Second, well most here know what the list includes.
A warning to all who diss out Blessed Mother and the Saints as well as the Catholic Church. Take heed and change your ways!*smiles*
We were helping an Orthodox church clean out a Catholic church building that had been donated to them. (Long story...a Catholic philanthropist purchased the closed church from a diocese, he died, the estate donated the property to the Orthodox church next door, the fellow trying to sell the church building is a relative of a patient of mine...) We were primarily picking up all the pre-VII choir loft music books for use at our local TLM. But we also came away with two laundry baskets full of old liturgical candles, including many old Easter candles and remnants of altar candles and other devotional candles.
So, we've got the blessed candles angle covered ;-)
"As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by my Son. Each day, recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and the priests. The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, and bishops against other bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their Confreres. The Church and altars will be vandalized. The Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.
"The demon will rage especially against souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of my sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will no longer be pardon for them."
Our Lady of Akita, October 13, 1973
So, we've got the blessed candles angle covered ;-)ha! *smiles* cool story ...
Bumping this thread again. It was recently brought to my attention “””AGAIN””” by another FReeper.
Everyone, are you prepared? Have you gone to a Catholic Church on the Feast of St. Blases when throats are blessed with the blessed candles?
Have you gone to a CANDLEMAS — easy day to remember — February 2nd!
It’s at the Candlemas that you can get your blessed candles, although some still may be available later.
The best way for any of us to be prepared is not by hording food, water and beeswax candles and holy water, but by frequent confession, receiving the Holy Eucharist, prayer, Eucharistic adoration. This is the best preparation any of us could ever have. And this is what Holy Mother Church teaches each of us. Lets look to the Church for the answer, not things that can distract us.
I agree with you one hundered percent. You will not be able to go out during these three days of darkness so having extra water on hand as well as the blessed candles is important. One can live without food for three days.
It was written in 1907.
The Wiki page has a link to the story at Project Gutenberg.
Here are some Prophecies from Anne Catherine Emmerich....
“I saw the Pope praying. surrounded by false friends who often did the very opposite to what he had ordered, and I saw a little black fellow laboring actively against the Church. Whilst it was thus being pulled down on one side, it was rebuilt on the other, but not very zealously.” (Vol 1 p. 565)
I see the little black man in his own country committing many thefts and falsifying things generally. Religion is there so skillfully undermined and stifled -Anne Catherine Emmerich
Yes, some time ago. A laywoman, young, did the blessing with crossed candles.
As to candles, I stashed some somewhere but now can't remember which ones are blessed and which aren't. Hmmmm. I've read Bl. Anna Taigi (sp?) and remember she said only beeswax candles will burn.
Well, it's biblical except for the candles, I don't think they had them then but I'm not sure; oil lamps (surely they existed in some cultures?), but I'm not sure I want to live to that time to experience it; could be soon as I hardly know anybody not technically in some state of sin or another according to church teaching, including moi.
I think of the oddest things sometimes. Today I was wondering how they baked the loaves in biblical times and guessed that they used something like dough starter for leaven. Then I thought maybe they were like pita bread, but they are described as having been baked in ovens, probably smallish and more portable than what we think of ovens. So much I don't know.
Interesting — and a little scary.
darkness for three days? sounds like when MtPinatubo went...between the dust and the typhoon, it was a mess...
But remember, prophecies are often sent to warn about local problems but later people think they mean the end of the world.
The prophecies before Diocletian’s persecution were seen as the end of the world...what they meant was that the Christians would be in trouble...but then God gave European Christians a breathing time to recover before the chastisement of the fall of Rome, the invasions, and the Justinian plague caused havoc and depopulation.
Ditto the prophecies of the high middle ages...preceded the black death.
John Paul II and Benedict see the end of the age, with a dechristianization of Europe and maybe the US, so the church will be marginalized in the NWO and maybe persecuted. They do not see the “end of the world”.
And there are prophecies of an “era of peace” that will come after troubles...some think we are living in that era now...
my favorite prophecy was that the little folks who continue to pray will overcome the NWO, and that the revival will start in the Philippines. When I read it, I thought the seer was nuts, but now, 30 years later, I realize that millions of Catholic Christian Pinoys work all over the world, including over a million in the Muslim Middle East...hmm...that wasn’t true when the seer made her prediction.
So “do not be afraid”...
When is the feast of St. Blaise?
Where does one obtain the blessed candles?
Hear hear, my friend! Remember, folks, that this is primarily based on private revelation, which isn't binding like public revelation. Worry about the state of your soul - and not whether you have enough blessed candles on hand!
Seriously, wouldn't the Church have offered some official guidance on this matter if it were absolutely true?
Nice to see you here!!!
I missed this post the first time it was posted. Thanks.
At the Candlemas on February 2! Go to Mass — hopefully you will have some there. If not check your local Catholic store.
St. Blaise — February 3rd.
I wanted to ping this thread because it has been on my mind lately... I hope that doesn’t mean anything. Shiver!
Time to bump this thread again.
Salvation, do you believe this is a legitimate prophecy? I recently purchased some beeswax candles for my family and my sisters. Also there is some controversy as to whether or not Padre Pio confirmed it to be true or not.
Did I read this wrong, or do the pretenders get the worst of it?