A Vision Received by a Charismatic Catholic Priest during the International Catholic Charismatic Congress in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Whitsuntide 1975:
”…Peculiar. I had expected to be overawed or happy at the sight of the Pope and in this grand basilica among the mass of people to be swept along by the applause, shouts and choirs of joy, to be deeply touched even by the prophetic pictures announcing disruptions and persecutions. Because that such would have to be said, seemed quite normal to me. But now I was plainly and simply happy to be able to wonderfully feel the living and glowing presence of the Holy Spirit – nothing more. Within me was deepest peace and I was fully in charge of my neutral capabilities and was completely indifferent towards this immense demonstration of greatness. I was suffused by bliss, which I could not categorize, as if everything was self evident and the unusual was non existent. I saw and felt that only the neutral was genuine and everything unusual was artificial.
”In the evening we travelled back by train and continued to pray in brotherly joy. Our compartments were connected through loudspeakers…
”I felt myself drawn upwards as if about to leave this earth and rise into the air. This feeling of being lifted came from a steady living movement that continued for about three hours. I again saw the masses of people: from then most insignificant unknown to the priests, bishops, cardinals and the Pope. I saw the pope, his surroundings and everything that is organized around his person – this whole ceremonial. Then my field of vision widened overdose extended parts of the earth and I saw the human organization of tne church in the world.
”I had the impression that the church had formed as a religion, like a human society which impedes the entrance to a godly life. The entanglement through the many personal thoughts and the countless theatrical and artificial attitudes – which seemed more like a farce – I saw as the cause of this impediment; it was suddenly before my eyes that Jesus could not have lived in this way and could never have intended things to be like this. It was as if the life of Jesus and of what was expected of us had been too simple, although Jesus had already opened the gates for us and given us the possibility to enter the Kingdom of God, into a completely enveloping light-flood of Divine Love. I saw that it would actually suffice to be conscious of the existence of this unique one, whom after all we are seeking with our whole soul – because in reality we have been created for him; and tha we should open our hearts for him in deepest honesty, by turning away from all the rest, so that he might fill us and bring us to live constantly and naturally with him.
”The spirit showed me tht everything that had been erected artificially in the world and in two church and which at present is used as a social, political, economical, human, ecclesiastical, or religious back up, would suddenly collapse and disappear like smoke. Only the natural and self evident life in God will continue to exist. I saw the Pope and together with face of today’s face of the church, of society and of the world disappear. The entire old world dissolved itself with amazing speed.
”An emptiness opened up – as if something was being ignored. The impression arose in the aftermath of a short but very painful time, of which I perceived nothing though. As if the earth had gone through a gigantic sieve, had been rattled and shaken, as if it had suffered through huge hitherto unknown cramps and convulsions, in this way painfully seeking th3 kingdom of God, which it finally also found after most severe sorrows. As if a purifying release had taken place, which alone made God’s reign possible and presented the human beings with a life only supported by God.
The world appeared to me as if renewed from bottom up. How much had changed on earth! I took in the newly arisen and harmonious nature that was filled with an unbelievable peace. There was no longer an imbalance among the elements. The flora was beautiful and permeated by bustling life, finally freed from every disturbance that had earlier thrown it of balance and devastated it. The plants, earth, forests, clouds, and heaven married up in an indescribable harmony. The animals were no longer wild and nourished themselves from the grasses. The air was pure and good to breathe, the Earth-enveloping atmosphere clear and transparent. It was at the same time a spiritual layer. Nature was permeated and pervaded by the overflowing spirit of God as if with a gentle warmth. The Holy Spirit glowed through everything; his active presence was perceivable as a tender, pleasant streaming of life and love pulsing through everything. Constant bliss and never ending deepest experiencing. Truly: a new heaven and a new earth. Noticeable was that only very few people still lived on earth. The great conurbation and industrial centers had disappeared, large gatherings of people and materialism had passed; they no longer had any right to exist. The human beings lived connected to God and Nature. Their whole being perceived the presence of God and they breathed his proximity. Their whole being perceived the presence of God and they lived in his proximity. Their breathing was a continual prayer. By inhaling the oxygen giving air they received their existence from God. By exhaling they gratefully gave back to Him from their very being. Joy and a constant quiet and blissful gratitude filled them. They were familiar with the Holy Spirit. Their abilities absorbed him and were permeated by him. Their, spiritual, physical and intellectual qualities flourished and were perfectly balanced, without the slightest unevenness. Their spirit was constantly and effortlessly engrossed in God: This state was relaxing for them; nothing could any longer darken or slow down their intelligence. In striding onwards, they received bit by bit an understanding of all things, meeting their needs at that time… their intelligence was lively, quick, thorough, and mobile, it swung in harmonious accord with the will of God. They mastered everything in the right way.
”Their inter-human relations were carried by a constant love. This love was the stream of the Holy Spirit flooding through them ,which they passed on from one to the other. Every gesture, every glance, every word passed some of this stream of love. One became a living sacrament. The waves of this love were visibly and noticeably streaming out of them. It presented spiritual joy to those whom it was meant for, because it vibrated through their entire being. They kept nothing back, everything was returned to God.
‘I could for instance see some of them at table. They spoke very little thereby although great joy erupted at times, their mealtimes were like true Eucharist; an end had been put to heathen mealtimes. It was beautiful and simple! In the families the love was noticeably great. The children were were happy and the people lived in a heartfelt attachment through this stream that enlivened everybody, which again unified them with each other. They trusted each other.
”They lived from their produce and their agriculture. Unread astonishing to see them work. No longer any racing after profit. They worked much on the soil and did not become tired thereby. This work filled them with purest joy. When they ploughed a field they did not do one’s hand too much, nor too little. Their whole thinking and being was turned towards God also during their work, moved itself in this spirit filled atmosphere breathing God’s spirit. In the execution of their profession and in the harmonious discharge of their duties their natural talents were able to unfold to the highest blossoming and that gave them joy, to the honour of God. When sowing they were never worried about the harvest or the vagaries of the weather, because they were always quickly receiving far beyond expectation. Nature was extremely fruitful. They kept no stores but nourished themselves only from what the soil gave them. They were good looking and strong. The consumer society no longer existed, they also no longer produced for other, unknown people. It was the same with building. They built only themselves, and their houses fitted well into nature, as if they had risen from the soil. The dwellings combined to small villages, separated from each other.
”There were no longer any diseases and also no suffering -because the people bowed to the Holy Spirit, virtually bathing in it. They became very old.”