Okay, I know that this is may be “edgy” given the fact it deals with prophesy, so hoping you can pull me back from the ledge. Am I crazy to think that Heaven is literally SCREAMING at us? I see so much about this crisis in the context of the temporal, but isn’t it really a supernatural crisis?
Here’s what I’m looking at:
1) Ven Bartholomew Holhauser’s “7 ages of the church” – we’re apparently in the (end?) of the 5th period.
2) St. Malachi’s prophesy of popes . . . 112th is the last one listed (I know, this one may be sketchy)
3) Marian Apparition after Apparition saying the same thing:
– La Sallete
– Our Lady of Good Hope
– Even the messages in Our Lady of America
SO, you read those and they all point to the same things . . . that are happening now:
– Apostasy in the Church
– Apostasy at the highest levels
– War on marriage and the family
– Coming Chastisement (if we don’t reverse course in a darned fine hurry.
Have I crossed over the edge into the “crazy” realm? These are Church approved apparitions, venerated individuals, consistent with church teaching . . . Shouldn’t we listen to our Mother?
Would love you to comment on this. In the meantime, I’ll be over here praying the rosary!
I am sure that readers could add to your lists, and that they will.
Heaven is screaming at us all the time! Every time you go to Mass and read Scripture and feel movements in your conscience, heaven is screaming.
Every generation of Christians has sensed itself to be in the End Times. They have been right. We have been in the end times ever since Our Lord’s feet disappeared into the clouds… I love those medieval illuminations!
We are in the End Times.
But, I think we also have a sense that we are in The End Times.
We are probably witnessing the Great Falling Away. Sometimes I jest that when we see bloody sacrifice return to the Temple in Jerusalem, I’ll put on that hair shirt.
It seems to me that our response to this echatological spidy-sense must be to redouble our determination to live properly the vocations that God has given us.
God gave us something to do. Speaking of The End Times, before The Creation, God knew every single one of us, loved us, planned for us. He brought us into existence at a precisely place and time in his grand plan for salvation. Hence, we play a role in His plan. That means that, if we dedicate ourselves with true devotion to our state in life, He will give us every actual grace that we need to live properly and to fulfill His will… no matter what times we live in, peaceful, tumultuous, bellicose, dire, prosperous, whatever.
That we do as individuals. We must see to our identity and vocations in the sight of God.
Collectively there are things to do as well. It will not be a surprise if I direct your attention to what I am constantly harping about concerning our sacred liturgical worship of God.
Living our vocations properly is part and parcel in our fulfill our duties according to the virtue of religions. Collectively, the primary way we fulfill religion is in our collective sacred liturgical worship.
Our vocations are a gift from God.
Our liturgical worship is a gift from God.
Our traditional tried and true, slowly, carefully, organically developed perennial worship is a gift from God.
I will not make that claim about the newer-forms. First, they were rather artificially cobbled up and they were done so precisely in the way that the Fathers of the Council commanded to avoid. Also, the newer forms have no track record yet. The phrase “work of human hands” could not be more ironic.
But let that pass for now.
Our vocations are a gift from God
Our traditional worship is, itself, from God.
Our vocations are the means by which God wants us to be saved.
Our sacraments and the Church’s rites are the means by which God wants us to be saved.
Hence, we have to review and renew our vocations.
Hence, we have to review and renew our liturgical worship.
Going to the heart of each is necessary. What are the true duties of my state in life? What is our true form of worship as Catholics? How do we give ourselves more to both?
These are the questions that we should concern ourselves with.
We don’t know what The End Times will bring. Should we do some “prepping” in material terms? Maybe, but we should do a heck of a lot of prepping in spiritual terms.
And if we are not in The End Times, what harm have we do?
We’ve done what we ought to have done, for God’s love, anyway.
Another note about our traditional liturgical worship in the light of the End Times.
The End Times are matters of both present concern and future fulfillment.
Tradition is a matter of both present concern and future fulfillment.
We live in the End Times since the Lord ascended. He will come again to fulfill definitively what He began.
Tradition was handed down to use from those very same days. Those who handed it on are now fulfilled in heaven. The End Times are ahead of us, and, in a sense, Tradition is ahead of us. The End Times are future and so is Traditional. Tradition isn’t “past”. It is present execution – proper use of what we have been given – and future fulfillment.