What Time Is It?


DOES
this Scripture have anything to do with the sense of urgency which I am hearing in letters from around the world:

Forty years I endured that generation. I said, "They are a people whose hearts go astray and they do not know My ways." So I swore in My anger, "They shall not enter into My rest." (Psalm 95) 

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Contradictions?

 

PEOPLE have been predicting the day of Christ’s return for as long as Jesus said that He would. As a result, people get cynical—to the point where any discussion of the signs of the times is considered "fundamentalist" and fringe.

Did Jesus say we would not know when He was returning? This has to be answered carefully. Because within the answer lies another answer to the question: How I am to respond to the signs of the times?

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The Conversion of Saint Paul, by Caravaggio, c.1600/01,

 

THERE are three words which I feel describe the current battle many of us are going through: Distraction, Discouragement, and Distress. I will write about these shortly. But first, I want to share with you some confirmations I have received.

 

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The Spiral of Time

 

 

AFTER I wrote A Circle yesterday, the image of a spiral came to mind. Yes, of course, as Scripture circles through each age being fulfilled on more and more dimensions, it is like a spiral.

But there is something more to this… Lately, several of us have been talking about how time seems to be accelerating rapidly, that time to do even the basic duty of the moment seems elusive. I wrote about this in The Shortening of Days. A friend in the south also addressed this recently (see Michael Brown’s article here.)

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A Circle… A Spiral


 

IT may seem that to apply the words of the Old Testament prophets as well as the book of Revelation to our day is perhaps presumptuous or even fundamentalist. I have often wondered this myself as I have written about coming events in light of the Sacred Scriptures. Yet, there is something about the words of prophets such as Ezekiel, Isaiah, Malachi and St. John, to name but a few, that is now burning in my heart in a way they did not in the past.

 

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I Will Tend My Sheep

 

 

LIKE the dawning of the Sun, is the rebirth of the Latin Mass.

 

FIRST SIGNS 

The first signs of morning are like a dim halo on the horizon which grows brighter and brighter until the horizon is engulfed in light. And then the Sun comes.

So too, this Latin Mass signals the dawning of a new era (see The Breaking of the Seals). At first, its effects will be barely noticed. But they will grow brighter and brighter until the horizon of humanity is engulfed in the Light of Christ.

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Harmless Harry?


 

 

FROM a reader:

While I enjoy your writings, you need to get a life with regard to Harry Potter. It’s called fantasy for a reason.

And from another reader on this "harmless fantasy":

Thank you so much for speaking out on this issue.  I was one who found the books and movies to be "harmless"… until I went with my teenage son to see the latest movie this summer.

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Harry Potter and The Great Divide

 

 

FOR several months, I have been hearing the words of Jesus roll through my heart:

Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law… why do you not know how to interpret the present time? (Luke 12:51-56)

Plain and simple, we are seeing this divide occur before our very eyes on a global scale.

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Sins Which Cry Out To Heaven


Jesus holding an aborted baby—Artist Unknown

 

FROM the Daily Roman Missal:

The catechetical tradition recalls that there are sins that cry to heaven’: the blood of Abel; the sin of the Sodomites; ignoring the cry of the people oppressed in Egypt and that of the foreigner, the widow, and the orphan; injustice to the wage earner."Sixth Edition, Midwest Theological Forum Inc., 2004, p. 2165

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