A few days ago, I wrote a post concerning the “Ages of the Ecclesia” as outlined by St. Bonaventure [the Seraphic Doctor] in his Collationes on the Hexaemeron, which included an anticipated “Triumph” of the Church on earth prior to the advent of Antichrist:
The Triumph of the Church is one of the single most persistent themes in the private revelations of many ecclesiastically approved saints and mystics.
Today, I will focus my attention upon another Doctor of the Church who, like St. Bonaventure, also referred to this future period of great peace amounting to a Second Pentecost: St. Catherine of Siena. In the Vita (biography) of her life by Blessed Raymond of Capua, we find a record of the following prophecy:
**"…After she had foretold the things just described, when she was in Pisa, I said, curious to know more, “Tell me, dearest mother; but what will happen to the church after all of these disasters?”
And she answered,
[INDENT]"After all these tribulations and miseries, in a way beyond all human understanding, God will purify holy Church by awakening the spirit of the elect. This will lead to such an improvement in the Church of God and such a renewal in the lives of her holy pastors that at the mere thought of it my spirit exalts in the Lord.
The bride who is now ugly and Ill-clothed will then, as I have told you before, be most beautiful, adorned with precious gems, and covered with the diadem of all the virtues. All the faithful will rejoice to be honoured by such pastors, and even unbelievers, attracted by the sweet odour of Jesus Christ, will return to the Catholic fold and be converted to the true Pastor and Bishop of their souls.
Give thanks to the Lord, therefore, who after the tempest win give his Church a period of splendid calm".
Catherine never, never, never in public or in private affixed any times to the future events that she predicted. On the contrary, I always found her very reserved about this; and even when I questioned her about some of her statements I was never able to find out any exact times. She left everything in the hands of Divine Providence…"