From a reader:
I see you’ve posted about CMEs again [HERE] (I *think* I remember you addressing CMEs as a TEOTWAWKI situation before…). [If a really big one hits us head on, yes, I think it could be.] This all sounds very apocalyptic to me. Are you, by chance, one of the people that believe in the Three Days of Darkness or some similar apocalyptic prophesy?
I ask because I thought these things were just folksy traditions that the Church frowned upon (or, at least, refused to endorse). Seeing you fret like this makes me wonder if my understanding of these apocalyptic prophecies and their official status was incorrect.
BOTTOM LINE: Should I take apocalyptic prophecies like the TDoD seriously, or should I continue to regard them as old wives’ tales?
First, I haven’t given the “Three Days of Darkness” notion much thought at all. When I use the term I usually am talking about the annual Los Angeles progressivist catholic education conference.
That said, some people may not know about this.
In mostly sedevacantist circles, I believe, it is alleged that some saints and others have, because of private revelations, held that, when the end times come (and they will), there will be, you guessed it, three days of darkness. It will be very cold, the earth will be beset by demons, cities will be destroyed, people will drop dead if they go outside. Everyone is supposed to stock up on Holy Water blessed beeswax candles, which will be the only things that can produce light. Somewhere in the mix Sts. Peter and Paul will return and designate a true Pope (because they Popes we have had have been false popes).
It may be that I got some points wrong, but that is the gist of the thing.
When I talk about The End OF The World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI) I mean something that happens because of demonstrably explicable causes, such as a massive EMP or the collapse of the global economy or a pandemic or … fill in the blank. Moreover, there can be smaller TEOTWAWKI events for individuals, families, towns. Think of the poor people whose homes were destroyed in Colorado because of the wild fire, the people of Joplin, MO, the Japanese in the tsunami and near the nuclear power plant. A car accident can be TEOTWAWKI.
I am not deep enough or given the graces necessary to discern all the spiritual underpinnings of God’s work in these events, though I know that they must somehow be coherent with His divine providence. He permits many things and He offers us graces to work through them. And, in the last analysis, our worldly life is short compared to our life in heaven.
What I think people should take seriously is some basic preparation so that, when and if something happens, you are better situated to take care of yourself and loved ones. Having a plan and some food and clothing, etc. in case need it fast is a good idea. If having blessed candles and Holy Water is part of the plan, great! I am sure that priests will bless them for you. If you believe the whole Three Days of Darkness thing – hey! – knock yourself out!
Here my apocalyptic prophecy that you should take seriously: You are going to die.
What you should take seriously is the fact that you are going to meet the Lord on His terms, either because He returns or because you die. One of the two is going to happen. If you don’t plan for that day, you are a fool.
Therefore, examine your conscience well, make frequent confessions of all mortal sins, make good Communions, use the sacraments and sacramentals well, perform works of mercy, pray and place your trust in God without putting any created thing upon your heart’s throne.
If you do those things, and persevere, the Three Days of Darkness won’t be much of a problem.
In the meantime, why not stock up on some of my Z-Swag and, of course, lots of …
When the Three Days of Darkness come, will you have your stockpile of Mystic Monk Coffee and Tea?
Not only is Mystic Monk Coffee really swell, but…
Wait… wait… I am receiving a vision…. yes… yes… of course… of course.
I just learned through private revelation that demons hate Mystic Monk Coffee.
So, if I were you….