I was napping this afternoon, and I awoke to a clear image in my mind of the face of Pope Francis. His face had been adorned for burial. I only saw his face, well-lighted, peaceful, yet cloaked in darkness all around as if he was already buried. I saw him very close, face-to-face, from 2 to 3 feet away.
I researched and found that, on 18 August 2014 (about 19 months ago) while he was on his papal plane flying back from Korea in August 2014, he hinted that he would be done in 2 to 3 years. Rev. Fr. John Zuhlsdorf analyzes the Q&A session between the Pope and journalists and confirms his prediction here: http://wdtprs.com/blog/2014/08/did-pope-francis-predict-his-own-death/
When a Pope dies, procedures specified in Church law and specifically the Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici Gregis, must be followed.
I was trying yesterday to express my experience in Mass when I was praying the Angelus at noon, but my experience with Mother Mary led me in another direction. What I remember now, the insight which came to me all of a sudden – yet simpler than I will express here – is the message that I needed to relay:
As if gazing through a mirror: St. Paul the Apostle
When we die, it is as if we fall asleep and then awaken to a new reality – the reality of our everlasting spiritual life which subsists and is hidden within our mortal life. In our mortal lives, we “see” spiritual things as if looking at objects in a hazy mirror – indirectly, unclear and subject to interruption – just beyond our grasp. But after we have fallen asleep, we shall awaken to a bright and refreshing change of venue where all things will be clearly manifested as they really are.
As St. Paul instructs:
At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. [1st Cor, 13:12, NAB Holy Bible]
So, let us trust in God and His Plan.
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