Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Prophecy of Blessed Tomasuccio de Foligno

Storm on the Sea of Galilee by Rembrandt
I just discovered an interesting blog about Catholic prophecy called Unveiling the Apocalypse. Here is a post about the prophecies of a Franciscan friar, Blessed Tomasuccio, who also singled out the year 2012 as the beginning of a great change for the Church and the world, as did Fr. Thibaut, as I have mentioned previously. This post on Unveiling was written last year, before anyone knew that Pope Benedict would be resigning. To quote:
An interesting prophecy connected to the year 2012 was supposedly made by a Franciscian monk named Bl. Tomasuccio de Foligno, who lived between the years 1319-1377. I'm still in the process of attempting to validate this prophecy, but so far there are several factors pointing to its authenticity. The prophecy is cited in a book called Miscellanea Francescana 1, edited by M. Faloci Pulignani, dating to 1886 - long before the prophetic significance of the year 2012 for the Meso-American cultures was discovered after the decipherment of the Mayan glyphs in the mid-20th century. This book in turn appears to base at least some of its information on a facsimile dating to the late 15th century called Legenda de' Beati del Terzo Ordine Sancto Francisco, (ed L. Temperini, Rome: Editrice Franciscanum, 1996), which contains the Legenda of Bl. Tomasuccio de Foligno - as recorded by his companion and disciple Giusto della Rosa. Although I don't have access to this particular book to confirm that the prophecy is actually included there, so would be grateful if anyone else out there can confirm this. Known as The Worthy Shepherd Prophecy, Bl. Tomasuccio's vision is a variation of the Angelic Pope prophecies, which details how a future pontiff will heal the Church of schism following a time of turmoil:
One from beyond the mountains shall become the Vicar Of God. Religious and clerics shall take part in this change. Outside the true path, there will be only disreputable men; I shrug my shoulders when the Bark of Peter is in danger and there is no one to lend it help... The schismatic shall fall into the scorn of the Italian faithful... By about twelve years shall the millennium have passed when the resplendent mantle of legitimate power shall emerge from the shadows where it was being kept by the schism. And beyond harm from the one who is blocking the door of salvation, for his deceitful schism shall have come to an end. And the mass of the faithful shall attach itself to the worthy Shepherd, who shall extricate each one from error and restore to the Church its beauty. He shall renew it.
Of course the most interesting aspect of this prophecy is the fact that it points to the time of the Second Pentecost to twelve years past the millennium - the year 2012. This would thus correspond with the contention of various commentators on the 2012 phenomenon that the Maya believed that this period would mark a major shift in spiritual thought, rather than being the date of a world-destroying cataclysm.
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Emmett O'Regan said...

Hi Elena,

Thanks for sharing your research - I think this is immensely important..
I thought you might find this prophecy by Bl. Elizabeth Canori-Mora interesting:

many ecclesiastics who persecute Jesus Crucified and His holy Gospel under the guise of doing good… Like furious wolves they scheme to pull the Church leader down from his throne.” Then she was allowed to see the terrible indignation these wolves aroused in God. “In terror I saw the blazing lightening bolts of Divine Justice fall about me. I saw buildings collapsing in ruins. Cities, regions and the whole world fell into chaos. One heard nothing but countless weak voices calling out for mercy. Countless people will be killed. [I saw that God was] extremely angry with those who persecute Him. His omnipotent hands were holding bolts of lightening, His face was resplendent with indignation and His gaze alone was enough to incinerate the whole world.”

Also in another post I speculated that the significance of 2012 could be related to the Second Pentecost:

This all seems to be pointing towards something truly huge for the Church...

elena maria vidal said...

I agree, Emmett. Thanks for the links! Amazing! Welcome to Tea at Trianon! I am enjoying your blog immensely! I have tweeted today's post on Blessed Elizabeth twice today and plan to link it to my blog in the next few days. I will be posting on Marie-Julie Jahenny tomorrow. She says a lot about the Great Monarch, as you know.

Susan said...

Primu a Diu e Sammastianu!

Re: The Prophecy of Bl. Tomasuccio de Foligno
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2013, 06:07:AM »

I posted this in another thread where this came up.

This passage from the prophecy (which is actually a pretty long poem) is missing some key parts and words (in addition to what is left out by the ellipses). In all the old manuscripts, the Pope from across the mountains is an antipope, “false and not a Catholic true vicar of God.” (L uno de oltramonte sera apostolicho falzo e non chactolicho de dio vero vicario.) He’s the schismatic being referenced.

A minor point, but all the manuscripts also say a little more than “dece” or ten, not twelve. Of course “a little more than ten years shall have passed” and “a little more than twelve years shall have passed” pretty much mean the same thing.

The big issue is that the manuscripts differ on how many years after the millennium. Some say “dece” or ten, but others say “quatro cento et dece” or 410—so it could be the year 1410 that is being referenced rather than 2010.

The latter actually makes the most sense, IMO, as all the other details of the prophecy are tied together neatly in that time period. The antipope referenced is Robert of Geneva (“Clement VII”) who came from across the mountains to start the Great Western Schism--he was from Geneva and he was elected by French Cardinals in opposition to the Italian, Urban VI. He tried to reside in Italy but the Italians opposed him (he “fell into the scorn of the Italian faithful”) and he fled to Avignon. Finally, the Great Western Schism was ended between 1414 and 1418 (which is just passed 410 years after the millennium) at the Council of Constance, with the election of Martin V, who was accepted by all the faithful. He helped restore order in the Church, especially in Rome, so much so that the Catholic Encyclopedia’s article on him actually says that after Martin’s work “practically a new Rome had risen from the ruins.”
I found this post on another blog which I think is a more accurate explanation of the prophecy....

Personally, I think this is a pretty impressive spot-on prophecy about the Great Western Schism, which happened right after Bl. Tommasuccio predicted it (he wrote this around 1348 and died in 1377; Clement VII was elected in 1378), rather than a vague and difficult to apply prophecy meant for centuries and centuries later. But, who knows, maybe not.

elena maria vidal said...

Interesting. Thank you for the information! Some of these things have several layers of meaning.