FROM a reader:
Why are the parish priests so silent about these times? It seems to me that ours priests should be leading us… but 99% are silent… why are they silent…??? Why are so many, many people asleep? Why don’t they wake up? I can see what’s happening and I am not special… why can’t others? It’s like a mandate from Heaven has been sent out to wake up and see what time it is… but only a few are awake and even fewer are responding.
My answer is why are you surprised? If we are possibly living in the “end times” (not the end of the world, but an end “period”) as many of the popes seemed to think such as Pius X, Paul V, and John Paul II, if not our present Holy Father, then these days will be exactly as Scripture said they would be.
THE DAYS OF NOAH
Noah did not build the ark overnight. It could have taken as long as a hundred years. I think of how long it has been since Our Lady appeared in Fatima… 1917. That, to some, is a “long” time.
During the construction, many would have watched Noah and said he was crazy, delusional, paranoid. Others may have been alarmed, and recognized that perhaps they were living contrary to the law written on their hearts…. but as the decades wore on, and nothing happened, they soon ignored Noah altogether, even though the ark was plainly and daily before their eyes. And yet others followed Noah’s every move, mocking him, discrediting him, doing whatever they could to prove that he was not only delusional, but that his God did not exist, and the world would carry on as usual.
That’s a direct parallel to our times. Yes, Our Blessed Mother has been appearing for many decades, centuries even. Many have thought the authentic apparitions to be nonsense or at the very least irrelevant. Others have heard their messages, and for awhile, followed them while reforming their lives… but as time has gone on, and the prophetic aspects remain yet to be fully fulfilled, they have fallen asleep, sometimes sliding back into worldly thinking and pursuits. And yet others have watched the apparitions intently, publishing books and articles at every turn to debunk the phenomena, denounce the visionaries, and for some, use this as an opportunity to attack the Faithful.
Jesus said that, before His return, the world would be “as in the days of Noah” (Luke 17:26). That is, very few would be ready for the many events that would shake the earth, those labor pains and the events that would follow. In Noah’s time, eight in all the land were ready.
Only eight boarded the ark.
When Jesus was born, only a handful of shepherds and a few wise men greeted Him, even though prophecies foretold that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, and Herod and others were expecting His imminent coming. Even the stars were forecasting signs.
When Jesus died and rose again, He fulfilled some 400 prophecies in Scripture written centuries before him that were in plain full view of the Jewish leaders. But only John, Christ’s Mother, and her sister stood beneath the Cross… only a few women were at the tomb on the third day.
So too, as The Passion of the Church nears, the “followers” in the Church will be fewer and fewer. St. Paul said that there would in fact be an apostasy, a great falling away from the faith (2 Thess 2). Jesus himself said that the coming of the Day of the Lord would be proceeded by many falling asleep (Matt 25), and warned the Apostles to “stay awake!” So too, St. Peter exhorted believers to “stay sober and alert.” We should not be surprised that, despite the fact the “Ark of the New Covenant” is in full view, many, many are asleep, oblivious, or simply don’t care.
GOD’S HAND IS UPON IT ALL
Brothers and sisters, I am hearing from many of the “prophets” that God has connected me with, some mystics, some authors, others priests… and without exception, the “word” is that some very significant events are coming that will throw the world into utter chaos… the great winds of The Great Storm that the world is facing (see The Prophecy at Rome – Part VI). And yet, Pope Paul VI continues even now to put all into perspective:
I sometimes read the Gospel passage of the end times and I attest that, at this time, some signs of this end are emerging. Are we close to the end? This we will never know. We must always hold ourselves in readiness, but everything could last a very long time yet. —POPE PAUL VI, The Secret Paul VI, Jean Guitton, p. 152-153, Reference (7), p. ix.
Yes, it does seem that many are unaware, unwilling, or unable to see what has been clearly enunciated by the popes, spoken by Our Blessed Mother, and foretold in Sacred Scripture. But in case those who do see think it is because they are special, they need to humbly recognize that they see for a reason. From my writing, Hope is Dawning:
Little ones, do not think that because you, the remnant, are small in number means that you are special. Rather, you are chosen. You are chosen to bring the Good News to the world at the appointed hour. This is the Triumph for which my Heart awaits with great anticipation. All is set now. All is in motion. The hand of my Son is ready to move in the most sovereign way. Pay careful attention to my voice. I am preparing you, my little ones, for this Great Hour of Mercy. Jesus is coming, coming as Light, to awaken souls steeped in darkness. For the darkness is great, but the Light is far greater. When Jesus comes, much will come to light, and the darkness will be scattered. It is then that you will be sent, like the Apostles of old, to gather souls into my Motherly garments. Wait. All is ready. Watch and pray. Never lose hope, for God loves everyone.
- A response to the ongoing scandal in the Church: The Scandal