Thursday, April 28, 2011
Are These the Chastisements?
There seems to be no end to the unusual and violent natural events. Earthquakes. Tsunamis. Hurricanes. Floods. Tornadoes. Blizzards. Ice storms. It's hard not to wonder if these are signs of the chastisements Our Lady spoke of at Fatima and at Akita. I happened upon a website that talked about the Three Days of Darkness. I wasn't frightened for myself, but it made me terrified for those I love who have turned away from God and even outright rejected Him. I would be curious to know what priests think. I think it's probably neither healthy or advisable from a spiritual standpoint to read too much about such events.
Tonight after dinner I needed to get flowers for the belated secretaries' day celebration we are having tomorrow that became my responsibility by default. The sky was all kinds of insane colors. Pink clouds, black clouds and brilliant patches of blue peeking through. A flash of lightning here, some raindrops there. I decided to chance it. And I thought of Christ's words in Matthew's Gospel:
How is it that you can discern the face of the sky, but you cannot read the signs of the times?
I don't have an answer to that question, but I think it would be prudent to keep ourselves in what one of my former OR nurses would call " a maximal state of readiness."
1. Still not praying the Rosary? There is no time like the present. If you still think it's too rote a prayer, maybe you'll consider that Our Lady herself wants you to pray it. What more proof do you need? Make the effort and she will help you with the rest.
2. Confess your sins on a regular basis.
3. Go to Mass and receive Holy Communion as often as you can. Offer them for the intention of fallen-away family members and friends. I know not everyone lives in area with access to daily Mass. In that case, pause once a day and reflect upon the fact that somewhere in the world, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is being offered. Make a spiritual communion.
4. Let us continue to pray for one another and for our priests.
Posted by TLW at 8:57 PM