Watch Your Step, Sister!

February 16, 2013 | 0 comments

I hadn’t heard of Maria Divine Mercy. That’s the moniker of an Irish woman, living in Dublin, who doesn’t reveal her real name but does reveal that she’s been receiving messages from the Trinity and the Virgin Mary—nearly 700 messages since late 2010.

Maria Divine Mercy was brought to my attention by a Facebook friend who happens to be a woman religious and who, at the time of writing to me, was convinced that Maria Divine Mercy is just what she claims to be, the seventh prophet of the Book of Revelation.

I replied to the good sister this way:

I have taken a look at the Maria Divine Mercy’s website, and it didn’t take but a minute to discover that this seer is fake and her messages contrary to the Church.

I looked at a message titled “Many Popes have been prisoners in the Holy See surrounded by Masonic Groups.” This is preposterous on its face: Which popes? Many? How many is that—five or ten? Names, please! But the content of this message, more than the title, is what give it away as fake. Consider these supposed revelations:

1. “When Vatican II declared new rules they were introduced by those evil Masonic forces from within your corridors.” In other words, the “rules” of Vatican II were put in place by Masons.

2. “They cunningly presented new ways to administer My Holy Eucharist which are insulting to Me.” This can refer only to Communion in the hand, which this seer claims Jesus considers, by its nature, an insult—which means he must have considered reception of Communion in the early Church to be an insult, because it often was given in the hand (think of the boy saint, Tarsicius).

3. “Many Popes have been prisoners in the Holy See surrounded by Masonic groups who do not represent God. They hate God and have spent fifty years spreading untruths about the Mercy of God.” The popes who have reigned in the last fifty years have included Bl. John Paul II, who instituted Divine Mercy Sunday. Does that sound like someone who hates God? Does it make sense that a woman who calls herself Maria Divine Mercy would think this of the pope who instituted that feast?

Sister, read the entire text of this message to yourself—aloud. Does it sound remotely like the Jesus of Scripture, with his lofty words and compelling admonitions? No, it sounds like a disgruntled opponent of Vatican II and of the popes who have approved of that council—and it sounds like someone who can’t write well.

You need to back away from this spurious seer—and pronto. You describe yourself as a “conservative religious.” Your alarm bells should have been going off loudly as you read these messages. Whoever, or whatever, they’re from, they aren’t from Our Lord.


Karl Keating is founder and president of Catholic Answers, the country’s largest apologetics and evangelization organization. He is the author of five books, including Catholicism and Fundamentalism and What Catholics Really Believe.

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