The Apostles of the Last Days is a phrase that dates back to 1846 and the apparitions of Our Lady of La Salette, France, that were witnessed by two shepherd children. Mary said to one of the visionaries:
Finally I call on the Apostles of the Last Days…It is time they came out and filled the world with light. Go and reveal yourselves as My cherished children. I am on your side and within you, provided your faith is the light which shines upon you in these unhappy days. May your zeal make you hungry for the glory and the honor of Jesus Christ. Fight children of light, you, the few who can see. For now is the time of all times, the end of all ends.
Over the years, there have been several failed attempts to establish a religious order named The Apostles of the Last Days. Our order, however, is a secular (not religious) lay order. You can become a member of the order simply by subscribing to our blog with the Follow button below. There are no fees or pleas.
While it’s unusual to form an ecumenical Christian order consisting entirely of lay persons, it’s not unprecedented. There are several such orders active today in the U.S. Most stem from various private revelations over the last 25 years. Most obey simple rules, whereas the Pius IX Ordo Secularus imposes no rule at all. We do, however, make a few suggestions, which I will address in greater depth in a future blog. For now, may we suggest a couple of things?
- Read up on Blessed Pope Pius XI’s inspiring life. He is the patron of our order. It was Pope Pius IX who formally approved the La Salette apparitions in 1851.
- Pay close attention to what’s going on inside the Vatican. The Catholic Church, like the United States, finds itself in deep crisis. Whether you’re a Catholic or not, the vanguard of the battle against the Children of Darkness is in Rome. The war we fight is a spiritual war. Christian members need to set their differences aside to become effective Apostles of the Last Days.
- Study Mary’s continuing role in human affairs. She is your mother. If you already have affinity for the Blessed Mother, you will feel quite at home in this community. If you find the Blessed Mother to be somewhat off-putting, as many Protestants naturally do, please open your heart and mind. In these times, devotion to Mary makes daily life far less difficult. To begin, I suggest prayerful meditation on her Immaculate Heart. The United States was consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 2006. Under that mantle, she is our patroness.
We Christians all pray to the same God and most of us are Trinitarians. We read from essentially the same Bible. Far more unites us than separates us.
Know that unity is vitally important today. The forces of darkness exist to divide us. We must resist these forces with all our might – the spiritual forces of hate, anger and perpetual negativity.
God bless you.