This morning, in a waking dream, my brother handed me a written note from St. Padre Pio.
The hand-written message was on a crumpled fragment of paper, and on it was inscribed:
Blessed are you who are alive. The time has come.
Now, my brother is not Catholic, but I did give him a blessed Miraculous Medal, the one which I set at my Dad’s bedside when he was dying, a process during which beloved relatives were sent from Heavenly domains to comfort and take him, a medal which brother accepted for safekeeping after Dad died. My brother has a truly religious heart, and I think he is even closer to God than I am.
For you who doubt, have faith. For, as it is written of the end times,
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Even on the male and female slaves,
–Book of the Prophet Joel, 2:28
And, again, St. Peter confirmed the prophecy when he spoke of Joel’s prophecy:
‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your young men shall see visions,
Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
And I will show portents in the heaven above
The sun shall be turned to darkness
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
–Book of the Acts of the Apostles, 2:17-21