TAKEN FROM Works of the Seraphic Father St. Francis Of Assisi, Washbourne, 1882, pp. 248-250
With the latest rabid statements from Francis, Bishop of Rome [title, per his request], the castigation of a mother who bore eight children, whom we presume, based on related comments, he considers a rabbit, then giving an audience to a so-called “transgendered” hopeful wishing “to marry”, our Pope appears to have become deranged, if not outright mad. This is also indicative of hypocrisy: The “Who am I to judge” Pope in reference to objective sin, accuses an obedient, heroic woman of subjective sin. Francis exposes his true self along with his actual beliefs about morality, in particular the purpose of marriage.
When he was chosen as Pontiff, it was considered odd that he would choose the name of St. Francis for a number of reasons, but after pondering it a bit more, perhaps God was warning us early on, although by now is there anyone who would need such an admonition? The irony abounds when one reads the prophecy by our Seraph, the glorious St. Francis. Here I am referring to the abuse of papal power when Francis forbade traditional Franciscans the use of the Traditional Mass. I do not know if the prophecies below refer to our time, but one can’t help considering the possibility, especially in light of the prophecies of St. Malachy and the number of Popes, although we are not obliged to believe his list. But when Saints provide us with prophecies, we ought not be so prudent as to dismiss them out-of-hand necessarily.
We must continue to pray for Pope Francis, while being faithful in resisting whatever attacks the body and soul of the Church, following the exhortation of the Saints.
Shortly before he died, St. Francis of Assisi called together his followers and warned them of the coming troubles, saying:
1. The time is fast approaching in which there will be great trials and afflictions; perplexities and dissensions, both spiritual and temporal, will abound; the charity of many will grow cold, and the malice of the wicked will increase.
2. The devils will have unusual power, the immaculate purity of our Order, and of others, will be so much obscured that there will be very few Christians who will obey the true Sovereign Pontiff and the Roman Church with loyal hearts and perfect charity. At the time of this tribulation a man, not canonically elected, will be raised to the Pontificate, who, by his cunning, will endeavor to draw many into error and death.
3. Then scandals will be multiplied, our Order will be divided, and many others will be entirely destroyed, because they will consent to error instead of opposing it.
4. There will be such diversity of opinions and schisms among the people, the religious and the clergy, that, except those days were shortened, according to the words of the Gospel, even the elect would be led into error, were they not specially guided, amid such great confusion, by the immense mercy of God.
5. Then our Rule and manner of life will be violently opposed by some, and terrible trials will come upon us. Those who are found faithful will receive the crown of life; but woe to those who, trusting solely in their Order, shall fall into tepidity, for they will not be able to support the temptations permitted for the proving of the elect.
6. Those who preserve in their fervor and adhere to virtue with love and zeal for the truth, will suffer injuries and, persecutions as rebels and schismatics; for their persecutors, urged on by the evil spirits, will say they are rendering a great service to God by destroying such pestilent men from the face of the earth. but the Lord will be the refuge of the afflicted, and will save all who trust in Him. And in order to be like their Head, [Christ] these, the elect, will act with confidence, and by their death will purchase for themselves eternal life; choosing to obey God rather than man, they will fear nothing, and they will prefer to perish rather than consent to falsehood and perfidy.
7. Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it under foot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days JESUS CHRIST WILL SEND THEM NOT A TRUE PASTOR, BUT A DESTROYER.”