Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Pope Benedict and the Prophecy of St. John Bosco

My wife accused me of becoming Spirit Daily on this (Spirit Daily is my favorite web site so I took that as a compliment!). But I've updated my comments on this to reflect this election and why I think this bodes well for this papacy (for believers in Christ who believe that the Catholic Church is the church that He founded!).

The prophecy...fromThe Prophetic Dream Of St. John Bosco
and my commentary in bold...

"In the midst of this endless sea, two solid columns, a short distance apart, soar high into the sky. One is surmounted by a statue of the Immaculate Virgin, at whose feet a large inscription reads Auxilium Christianorum (Help of Christians). The other, far loftier and sturdier, supports a Host of proportionate size, and bears beneath it the inscription Salus credentium (Salvation of believers).

The flagship commander -- the Roman Pontiff -- standing at the helm, strains every muscle to steer his ship between the two columns, from whose summits hang many anchors and strong hooks linked to chains. The entire enemy fleet closes in to intercept and sink the flagship at all costs. They bombard it with everything they have: books and pamphlets, incendiary bombs, firearms, cannons. The battle rages ever more furious. Beaked prows ram the flagship again and again, but to no avail, as unscathed and undaunted, it keeps on its course. At times, a formidable ram splinters a gaping hole in its hull, but immediately, a breeze from the two columns instantly seals the gash.

Interestingly in the dream the violent attack on the church is as much a media attack as a physical attack on the church. But even in the midst of the attack devotion to Mary and the Eucharist are what keep the church afloat.

Meanwhile, enemy cannons blow up; firearms and beaks fall to pieces; ships crack up and sink to the bottom. In blind fury, the enemy takes to hand-to-hand combat, cursing and blaspheming. Suddenly the Pope falls, seriously wounded. He is instantly helped up, but struck a second time, dies. A shout of victory rises from the enemy, and wild rejoicing sweeps their ships. But no sooner is the Pope dead than another takes his place. The captains of the auxiliary ships elected him so quickly that the news of the Pope's death coincides with that of his successor's election. The enemy's self-assurance wanes.

The violent attackers (Soviet Union?) are destroyed, so that attack becomes even more personal and one might even say from within. The Pope is attacked (and of course this happened literally to Pope John Paul II and one wonders if the second "strike" was not his illness).

Now we move to the present. Cardinal Ratzinger has been elected by the Cardinals -- one could say that news of his election was almost as soon as the Pope's death, since he immediately was being said to be a front runner (when only months before next to no one thought that to be the case calling him too divisive,etc.) and his election was one of the shortest ever...remember dreams even prophetic are symbolic and use symbolic langauge--what is startling about much of John Bosco's dream is how literal much of it is.

One could also see that if Pope Benedict XVI were to be even more stringent in carrying out John Paul's program of reform that the enemies (especially those within the church) would probably finally give up their battle against the Faith. Someone mentioned this to me this morning thinking that those who continue to attack the church seeking great changes may finally tire of the battle or concede it to orthodoxy.

Breaking through all resistance, the new Pope steers his ship safely between the two columns; first, to the one surmounted by the Host, and then the other, topped by the statue of the Virgin. At this point, something unexpected happens. The enemy ships panic and disperse, colliding with and scuttling each other.

This should give every true believer great hope in this pontificate! The enemies of the Church essentially destroy each other in thier retreat--may this come to pass and soon!

Some auxiliary ships, which had gallantly fought alongside their flagship, are the first to tie up at the two columns. Many others, which had fearfully kept far away from the fight, stand still, cautiously waiting until; the wrecked enemy ships vanish under the waves. Then they too head for the two columns, tie up at the swinging hooks and ride safe and tranquil beside their flagship. A great calm now covers the sea. "

These auxiliary ships deserve mention. While there have been some dioceses that have blazened a path of orthodox renewal, there have been more that have sat off in the distance with less vigor and energy--almost as thought they were waiting to see who is going to win in the end.

Pope John Paul II predicted a new spring time in the church...we may be on the very threshold of that now!


  1. Excellent conclusion- read Spirit Daily almost daily, also.

  2. Wow Michael that was excellent, including your additional comments. Thanks.

  3. thanks, i too read spirit daily every day. great links. it obviously emphasizes prophecies and private revelations, so be sure to view with the guidance of the Church on such matters and with healthy skepticism-- but the viewpoint is a good one as part of your overall plan of Catholic reading/current events. i hope this is the fulfillment of don bosco's vision.

  4. You got it right again, Michael. I also have to have my Spirit Daily. Great Job! Love your website and all the links.

  5. That was an excellent interpertation! I am so excited about the new springtime that John Paul the Great mentioned and I have a lot of faith in Pope Benedict leading us in the right direction!

  6. Thank you Michael, for that excellent interpretation. I love Spirit Daily as well, although there are many charasmatic movements on the site. I was over in Rome to see the last Christmas mass by Pope John Paul II and when he died I prayed that they would pick the "Hammer" as I like to call the current Pope Benedict 16th. I do believe that this Pope will do much good and bring about much healing for the church. I look forward to more Articles from you. God Bless!

  7. I have to read Spirit Daily, it helps me so much and makes me think of my faith. Amazing..the second pontiff is Pope Benedict XV1..there were 2 popes in the prophecy & they came back to back. My husband thinks I read it too much...I take that as a compliment

  8. Thank you Michael for that insightful comparison of Benedict VXI's trip on the boat on the Rhine to Bosco's prophecy. I got chills down my spine when I read it. Certainly cause for a lot of hope.


  9. The news on Spirit Daily are eye and mind openers. I have read and pondered over St. John Bosco's vision and compared it to our presnt and the Popes we have had. St. John Bosco gave us insights to meditate on and now thanks to your keepiong up the puzzle is coming together. There is HOPE and we must TRUST in God's Plan for the continuation an spread of God's Kingdom through the power of the Holy Eucharist and Our Blessed Mother.

  10. Perhaps the auxiliary ships represent the Orthodox and Anglican Churches?

  11. Thanks Michael !! Great Job I too am a daily reader of Spirit Daily. I have been led to many great websites because of it. I totally enjoyed yours. I felt God meant me to find it for a very special reason today. I used some of the reflections as part of my morning prayers. Thank you again - I'll be back. God Bless

  12. Hi Michael Thanks so much for Spirit Daily! Just as John Paul the Great told us of a new spring time, Our Lady has told us through the Visionaries of Medjugorje there was a new sping time to come in the Church. I believe we are on our way!


  13. Now that's what I like to hear. Couldn't agree more with you Michael. Also gotta have my Spirit Daily, everyday.

    I could also see how the auxilary ships are the Orthodox and Anglican churches, and the ships in the distance are the other 5 gazillion denominations around the globe. Eventually, they will all come Home to Rome. The prodical sons will return.

  14. I like being able to connect with Spirit Daily. Yes, it seems like we are seeing, in real life time, what St. John Bosco described. Thing are looking good with Pope Benedict XVI. I heard there will be a daily Tridentine Mass in St. Peters. Young people at World Youth Day like this honorable Mass.

  15. Hey all, I have spirit daily as my homepage, the only thing i don't like about it is it's support of Medjugorje, but anyway i just wanted to point out about this article that last year John Paul 2 declared it the year of the Rosary, and now this year is the year of the Eucharist. The two pillars!

  16. Michael,
    Does any one know the height of the towers where the Pope visited JESUS?

    May GOD bless you,

  17. the two towers mentioned by Bosco...
    The two spires of Köln Cathedral:

  18. Wow~!!! Thankyou so much for sharing. This makes so much sense. I love St. John Bosco...I'll be sharing this with my preteen son...among others.
    He is is Patron Saint. God bless you.