Fear, Fire, and a “Rescue”?

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for May 6th, 2016
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wildfire2Wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta (photo CBC)

 

SEVERAL of you have written asking if our family is okay, given the huge wildfire in northern Canada in and around Fort McMurray, Alberta. The fire is about 800km away… but the smoke darkening our skies here and turning the sun into a reddish burning ember, is a reminder that our world is much smaller than we think it is. It’s also a reminder of a what a man from there said to us several years ago…

So I leave you this weekend with a few random thoughts on the fire, Charlie Johnston, and fear, closing with a reflection on today’s powerful Mass readings.

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Madness!

madness2_Fotorby Shawn Van Deale

 

THERE is no other word to describe what is happening in our world today: madness. Sheer madness. Let us call a spade a spade, or as St. Paul says,

Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness; rather expose them… (Eph 5:11)

…or as St. John Paul II bluntly stated:

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Going to the Extremes

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for December 11th, 2015
Friday of the Second Week of Advent

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THE real danger at this hour in the world is not that there is so much confusion, but that we would get caught up in it ourselves. In fact, panic, fear, and compulsive reactions are part of the Great Deception. It removes the soul from its center, which is Christ. Peace leaves, and with it, wisdom and the ability to see clearly. This is the real danger.

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The Beast Beyond Compare

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for November 23rd-28th, 2015

Liturgical texts here

 

THE Mass readings this week that address the signs of the “end times” will no doubt evoke the familiar, if not easy dismissal that “everyone thinks their times are the end times.” Right? We’ve all heard that repeated again and again. That was certainly true of the early Church, until Sts. Peter and Paul began to temper expectations:

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Revolution Now!

A poster image cut from a magazine published after the French Revolution

 

SIGNS of this Global Revolution underway are everywhere, spreading like a black canopy over the entire globe. Taking all things into consideration, from the unprecedented apparitions of Mary throughout the world to the prophetic statements of the popes in the past century (see Why Aren’t the Popes Shouting?), it appears to be the beginning of the final labor pains of this era, of what Pope Pius XI called “one convulsion following upon another” throughout the centuries.

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Wormwood

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This writing was first published March 24th, 2009.

   

“the smoke of Satan is seeping into the Church of God through the cracks in the walls.” —POPE PAUL VI, first quote: Homily during the Mass for Sts. Peter & Paul, June 29, 1972

 

THERE is an elephant in the living room. But few want to talk about it. Most choose to ignore it. The problem is that the elephant is trampling all of the furniture and soiling the carpet. And the elephant is this: the Church is polluted with apostasy—the falling away from the faith—and it has a name: “Wormwood”.

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Sorrow of Sorrows

 

 

THE past few weeks, two crucifixes and a statue of Mary in our home have had their hands broken off—at least two of them inexplicably. In fact, just about every statue in our home has a missing hand. It reminded me of a writing I did on this on February 13th, 2007. I think it is no coincidence, especially in light of the continuing controversies surrounded the extraordinary Synod on the Family currently taking place in Rome. For it seems that we are watching—in real time—at least the first beginnings of part of the Storm that many of us have been warning for years would come: an emerging schism… 

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Warnings in the Wind

Our Lady of Sorrows, painting by Tianna (Mallett) Williams

 

Last night, I felt an internal prodding to republish this writing, but resisted. But today, after Mass, the wind here has reached such ferocious intensity that… well, I get the point. First published March 29th, 2012 with some updates today…

 

…you make the winds your messengers… Psalm 104:4

 

THE wind is blowing hard today, as it often does when I sense Our Blessed Mother compelling me to give a warning. We exchange tears, and when the moment is right, I sit down to repeat what I believe she has been saying over the past few days, weeks, and months in a word that has finally ripened…

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The Jeremiah Watch

 

WELL, I should be used to this by now. Whenever the Lord lays strong words on my heart, I am in for a battle—spiritually and materially. For days now, whenever I want to write, it is as though my radar is jammed, and forming a single sentence is nearly impossible. Sometimes it’s because the “word” is not ready to speak yet; other times—and I think this is one of them—it seems as though there is an all out war on my time.

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Back To Eden?

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Expulsion from the Garden of Eden
, Thomas Cole, c.1827-1828.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA

 

As I continue to meditate on Pope Francis’ new Encyclical on creation, this writing came to mind. First published March 4th, 2009…

 

SINCE mankind was barred from the Garden of Eden, he has longed for both communion with God and harmony with nature—whether man knows it or not. Through His Son, God has promised both. But through a lie, so has the ancient serpent.

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