Did the soul have a vision of God before being infused into the body? An answer of Vassula.
Here is Vassula’s answer to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (CDF) through Fr. Prospero Grech about some questions of Protology and Eschatology.
Question of Fr. Prospero Grech: “There are also some difficulties regarding protology and eschatology. In what sense does the soul have a "vision of God" before being infused into the body and how do you envision of the new Pentecost within the history of salvation in relation to the parousia and the resurrection of the dead?”
Protology: I do not believe in any form of reincarnation. On the contrary, my writings speak against reincarnation and New Age: "These doctrines of Satan teach you to believe in reincarnation, whereas there is no reincarnation; they keep up the outward appearance of religion but have rejected the inner power of it – the Holy Spirit and the Holy Communion" (19.04.1992). The passage that you are referring to might be the following:
then, in the midst of this dazzling Light, your soul will see what they had once seen in that fraction of a second, that very moment of your creation... they will see: He who held you first in His Hands; The Eyes that saw you first;
they will see: The Hands of He who shaped you and blessed you .... they will see: The Most Tender Father, your Creator
The passage is one of poetic and mystical language. What is being said here is in no way the pre-existence of the soul. Rather it speaks of how God blesses and loves any soul from the very instant of its creation. I believe we are created in the image of God and have His imprint in the depth of our souls wherefore humans have a natural longing for their Creator, which only He can satisfy, as Saint Augustine says: "The heart was made for God; neither can it rest until it rests in God." The important thing I intended to communicate through that sentence is: We carry the image of God in the depth of our being from the moment of our conception.
Eschatology: It has been said that I advocate a wrong kind of millenarianism, wanting to establish a new order, a material "New Heavens and New Earth" before the Second Coming of Christ. This is wrong and can be nowhere found in the messages. I am well aware that the Catholic Church has condemned such kind of millenarianism as written in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
The Antichrist’s deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond history through the eschatological judgment. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism, especially the ’intrinsically perverse’ political form of secular messianism.
There are many passages with terms such as: New Heavens and a New Earth as well as a Second Pentecost, or sometimes with the term of New Pentecost, in the True Life in God writings, but they are to be understood metaphorically. The realization of these words is not to be found in a break with this regular history of ours before the Second Coming establishing a second economy of history. The words express the supreme hope that Christ will renew us from within in the power of the Holy Spirit. It is a revival of faith and a renewal of the church that we so much yearn for. And the fruit we hope from this renewal is the healing of the schism in the Body of Christ. Already Pope John XXIII envisioned such a renewal when he prayed for a Second Pentecost: "O divine Spirit...renew in our own days your miracles as of a second Pentecost." And also our present Pope John Paul II has used the term on several occasions, as in a letter to the Most Reverend Father Joseph Chalmers, Prior General of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, 08.09.2001: "?I invoke an abundance of divine grace on you. Just like a second Pentecost, may the Holy Spirit descend on you and illuminate you so that you may discover the will of your heavenly and merciful father. In this way you will be able to speak to men and women in forms which are familiar to them and efficient" (cf Acts 2:1-13).
Likewise, my writings speak in metaphorical language of a revival of faith, so that the Lord is able to erect his Throne and build his kingdom in our souls: "come and learn: the New Heavens and the New Earth will be when I will set My Throne in you for I will give water from the well of Life free to anybody who is thirsty;"
I believe the renewal promised to us has already started and it is through grace only that the Mercy of God is upon us to pour out His Spirit on all mankind like never before in history and its growth will continue as grace in our days shines on us like the rays of the sun to heal us.
The Lord favoured me to show me the state of the faith of the Christians in our times. It was deplorable and that is the least one could say. Many of the messages are filled with grief describing the apostasy that has fallen on the Christian world. But the Lord gives us hope, by sharing with us that there will be (there is) a renewal, a transfiguration and a revival by the action of the Holy Spirit. A thirst of God will be given by grace through the Holy Spirit. Here are some extracts: "My Holy Spirit shall lift you out of your great apostasy, to wed you; your era’s wretchedness shall peel off you because with My Own Hand I shall unwrap your death shroud to clothe you in the garments of your wedding?" . "I shall make the whole creation new, I shall renew you all with my Holy Spirit." .
My writings do not speak about when this will happen or to what an extent the Lord will be able to build his kingdom as we all hope and pray for when we pray the Lord’s prayer: "Thy Kingdom come". I believe it has already begun inside us, and its growth will always include our collaboration and good will. I believe that a renewal has already started but it comes slowly like the tide in the sea, that no one can stop.
The New Pentecost or Second Pentecost is the hope of our renewal. It is an outpouring of the Holy Spirit that will renew the creation. In the True Life in God it is compared to Apoc. 21. Here is a passage:
come and learn: the New Heavens and the New Earth will be when I will set My Throne in you for I will give water from the well of Life free to anybody who is thirsty; allow My Holy Spirit then to draw you into My Kingdom and into Eternal Life; let evil win no more power over you to die; [...] allow My Holy Spirit to cultivate your soil and make a terrestrial Eden in you, let My Holy Spirit make a New Earth to prosper in you your soil so that your first earth, that was the devil’s property, wears away; then once again My Glory will shine in you and all the divine seeds sown in you by My Holy Spirit will sprout and grow in My divine Light; [...] so allow My Holy Spirit to turn your soul into another Paradise, a New Earth where We (the Trinity) would make Our Home in you;
What about the New Heavens, Lord?
the New Heavens? they too will be inside you, when My Holy Spirit will govern you in holiness; My Holy Spirit, consort of My Throne will shine in your darkness like a splendid sun in the sky, because the Word will be given to you to express thoughts and speech as I would wish you to think and speak; everything expressed will be in accordance with My Image and thought; everything you will do will be to Our likeness because the Spirit of your Father will be speaking in you; and your New Universe will march with My Holy Spirit to conquer the rest of the stars8 for My Glory and those who had not observed My Law and were fully drawn away like a passing shadow into darkness, never knowing the hope and holiness I was reserving for your times;
the New Heavens, Altar, will be when My Holy Spirit will be poured out to you all from above, from the highest heaven; yes, I will send My Spirit in you to make a heaven out of your soul, so that in this New Heaven I may be glorified thrice; and as the paths, of those who received My Holy Spirit, will be straightened so will their darkness and gloom too be enlightened and restored into blazing stars, illuminating their darkness for ever and ever; soon, this earth and heaven will disappear because the radiant glory of My Throne will shine in you all;
As you may see, this is all symbolic imagery language as well as poetic to describe a renewal, or a new Pentecost. I had been explaining to the people that they should never wait from God sensational events because God rather works in a discreet way, although His language can be expressive and powerful. Many events, like a new Pentecost, should not be expected as visible flames above our heads or the like. When God is in action He does it in such a smooth and discreet way that many who expected sensational events would not even notice them immediately.