Saints and Religious on Prophecy
St. Jerome

" All prophecy is shrouded in enigmas and disconnected meanings; the prophet passes from one object to another, lest by keeping the order of events he make a story rather than a prophecy."
(In Isaiah, XVI, 1).
Douay-Rheims Bible

1st Epistle of St Paul to the Thessalonians
[1] But of the times and moments, brethren, you need not, that we should write to you; [2] For yourselves know perfectly, that the day of the Lord shall so come, as a thief in the night. [3] For when they shall say, peace and security; then shall sudden destruction come upon them, as the pains upon her that is with child, and they shall not escape. [4] But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. [5] For all you are the children of light, and children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

[6] Therefore, let us not sleep, as others do; but let us watch, and be sober. [7] For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that are drunk, are drunk in the night. [8] But let us, who are of the day, be sober, having on the breastplate of faith and charity, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. [9] For God hath not appointed us unto wrath, but unto the purchasing of salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, [10] Who died for us; that, whether we watch or sleep, we may live together with him.

[11] For which cause comfort one another; and edify one another, as you also do. [12] And we beseech you, brethren, to know them who labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you: [13] That you esteem them more abundantly in charity, for their work's sake. Have peace with them. [14] And we beseech you, brethren, rebuke the unquiet, comfort the feeble minded, support the weak, be patient towards all men. [15] See that none render evil for evil to any man; but ever follow that which is good towards each other, and towards all men.

[16] Always rejoice. [17] Pray without ceasing. [18] In all things give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you all. [19] Extinguish not the spirit. [20] Despise not prophecies.

[21] But prove all things; hold fast that which is good. [22] From all appearance of evil refrain yourselves. [23] And may the God of peace himself sanctify you in all things; that your whole spirit, and soul, and body, may be preserved blameless in the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. [24] He is faithful who hath called you, who also will do it. [25] Brethren, pray for us.

[26] Salute all the brethren with a holy kiss. [27] I charge you by the Lord, that this epistle be read to all the holy brethren. [28] The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
[14] "The unquiet": That is, such as are irregular and disorderly.

Letter from Mgr Pie, Bishop of Poitiers

Poitiers October 29th, 1871

Father, I thank you for sending me your two editions of the Prophetic Voices. The First Epistle to the Thessalonians laid down the rule in this matter: "Do not despise the prophecies: test everything; hold on to what is good." These words will serve as a torch for your readers; and where they cannot discern, they will wait for the light that will come from these events. Believe, Father, in my sincere devotion in N.S.
L.-E., Bp. of Poitiers

by Fr. J.-M. CURICQUE, Volume 1, page XI, Fifth Edition, 1872

St. Caesarius of Arles

"To Almighty God alone belongs the knowledge of future things, and the saving milk of inspired prophecy comes only from this God, Who is both tender and powerful. Therefore, says the Apostle, do not despise prophecy. But as we move and live, the present time, this tireless pest, is absorbing us. Ignorant of the future and very short-sighted, we consume in vain the so limited course of our existence. Woe to him who does not think of building an eternal dwelling in his heart! The Lord has reflected, and He has fulfilled all that He has announced. For Thou, O Lord, art the only high and mighty One Who is truthful and true, and the fruitful Creator of all things. Through the succession of innumerable years that will accumulate with a pressing impetuosity until the Last Judgment, like the waves of the sea on the sand of the shore, how many grievous events will come to pass!"

by Fr. J.-M. CURICQUE, Volume 2, page 554, Fifth Edition, 1872

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