(Heb 12:5-8) And you have forgotten the consolation which speaketh to you, as unto children, saying: My son, neglect not the discipline of the Lord: neither be thou wearied whilst thou art rebuked by him. For whom the Lord loveth he chastiseth: and he scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. Persevere under discipline. God dealeth with you as with his sons. For what son is there whom the father doth not correct? But if you be without chastisement, whereof all are made partakers, then are you bastards and not sons.
OUR LADY AT La SALETTE: "If my people will not submit, I shall be forced to let fall the arm of my Son. It is so strong, so heavy, that I can no longer withhold it. For how long a time do I suffer for you! If I would not have my Son abandon you, I am compelled to pray to Him without ceasing; and as to you, you take no heed of it".
The warnings said that mankind is "in the process of falling into a progressive self-destruction" and the Virgin Mary represents hope. "It is up to you to set your eyes and your heart on God," she said.
The diocese's successive local bishops have discussed the apparitions several times. Bishop Domingo Salvador Castagna ordered the construction of a shrine as the Virgin had requested. Construction began in 1987 and the shrine was consecrated in 1990. That year, he approved the publication and dissemination of the messages of Our Lady of the Rosary in San Nicolas.
It is unique that the bishops have approved the apparition messages (on May 22, 2016) from 1983-1990, even though the apparition is continuing today.
God usually intervenes in history with the subtlety of grace. He lavishes grace upon us in the Sacraments, honoring our God-given freedom, and directing us, especially with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. In rare instances, His interventions are bold and astonishing. He miraculously heals us, and the Church often credits the intercession of saints for the favor. We can also expect His rare and mysterious intervention in dramatic acts of Divine wrath.
God demonstrates His sovereignty by dispensing His justice. God did not punish before the Fall because there was no need to change good behavior. The disobedience of Adam and Eve introduced sinful patterns (sinful inclinations and personal sin), mysteriously inflicting innocent suffering and the pain of correction. Punishment—or its prospect—helps change bad behavior. God’s chastisement of the Israelites and others in the Old Testament testifies to punishment as an individual and communal warning, sparing the just from ultimate condemnation.
God’s punishment is terrible but purposeful. “See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal, and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.” (Dt. 32:39) God gives life, and He destroys it. He extinguishes entire armies that threaten His Chosen People. His agent—Elijah the Prophet—slashes the throats of apostate prophets with impunity. God’s violence is brutal and illustrates, by contrast, the even greater horror of sin and disobedience to His will.
The wrath of God in the Old Testament prepares the way for the mercy of Jesus the Redeemer, Who forgives the repentant and saves us from the eternal fires of hell. “For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” (Jn. 3:17) Jesus took upon himself the totality of eternal punishment for our sins: “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor. 5:2) But He didn’t take upon himself the totality of the temporal punishment for our sins: “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh, I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church.” (Col. 1:24)
We cannot ignore God’s wrath in the Scriptures by emphasizing the one-sided mercy of Jesus. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord.” (Is. 55:8) God is supreme, and St. Paul says: “Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” (Gal. 6:7) His expressions of wrath express His perfect justice and Divine will. He need not persuade us of its appropriateness.
ROBERTO DE MATTEI: Divine Warnings to an Unfaithful Europe A circle of sorrow seems almost to be tightening around unfaithful Europe. It seems to be one of God’s final warnings in the face of the outrages he receives every day around the world. It is time for reflection. The chastisement is not only war, which could spread to the whole of Europe, but also a series of devastating natural cataclysms, which would be the dramatic denouement of a human stubbornness too long endured by the Sovereign of Heaven and Earth, infinitely patient and merciful, but also infallibly just.
THE CATHOLIC THING: Get Ready for Some Explosions POPE PIUS XII: To know Jesus crucified is to know God’s horror of sin; its guilt could be washed away only in the precious blood of God’s only begotten Son become man.
Perhaps the greatest sin in the world today is that men have begun to lose the sense of sin. Smother that, deaden it – it can hardly be wholly cut out from the heart of man – let it not be awakened by any glimpse of the God-man dying on Golgotha’s cross to pay the penalty of sin, and what is there to hold back the hordes of God’s enemy from over-running the selfishness, the pride, the sensuality and unlawful ambitions of sinful man? Will mere human legislation suffice? Or compacts and treaties? The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Discretion
44. Joseph asked Poemen, 'How should we fast?' Poemen said, 'I suggest that everyone should eat a little less than he wants, every day.' Joseph said to him, 'When you were a young man, didn't you fast for two days on end?' He said to him, 'That's right, I used to fast three days on end, even for a week. But the great hermits have tested all these things, and they found that it is good to eat something every day, but on some days a little less. They have shown us that this is the king's highway, for it is easy and light.'