The Vigano Tapes
“Let us not be frightened”
Question Number 17: Your Excellency, you have sketched for us a kind of stark picture of a great challenge to our humanity, to our traditions, to our understanding of our freedom, and the possible loss of that freedom. Do you have anything of hope to leave us with in the vision you have for our possible future as we face these terrific challenges?
I would like to strengthen the hearts of all those who listen to me, using the words which I have used many times before. It is enough to repeat the words of Our Lord – portæ inferi non prævalebunt – in order to find serenity. These are words that we know well, and based on them we know that the final victory belongs to God. Yet at the same time that we consider eschatological truths, it is also understandable that we are concerned about our more immediate destiny, that is, what will happen to us in the coming months and years.We are concerned for our loved ones, our children, our elders. We are worried about what will happen to us a few weeks from now, because every single day those who govern are imposing new norms, limitations, and obligations. And if many factors make us think that we are nearing the end times, this does not lessen our suffering over the present and the immediate future.
My first thought goes to Our Lord’s words: “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body, but cannot kill the soul; fear rather he who has power to make both soul and body perish in Gehenna” (Mt 10:28). The life of Grace, friendship with God, and frequent reception of the Sacraments are for us an invincible medicine against the spiritual plague that strikes humanity. Let us not be frightened by the impending threats: when the devil roars, it means that the Lord is not allowing him to bite. We have at our side the Most Blessed Virgin, she who is our Mother and Our Queen. We entrust ourselves and our loved ones to Her protection, certain that She will know how to strike that ravenous lion as he deserves. “Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your brethren spread throughout the world are undergoing the same sufferings (1 Pt 5:9).