Thursday, October 18, 2012

Threat Assessment

"In order that the world might know His anger, the Heavenly Father is preparing to inflict a great chastisement on all mankind. ... akita should be sufficient for all Christians to know this: if there is a message in which it is written that the oceans will flood whole areas of the earth, and that from one moment to the next millions of people will perish... Pope John Paul II on why the 3rd Secret of Fatima has not been revealed

Then-Cardinal Ratzinger in a 1984 interview in Jesus magazine, about the 3rd Secret of Fatima:

"Cardinal Ratzinger, have you read what is called the Third Secret of Fatima: i.e., the one that Sister Lucia had sent to Pope John XXIII and which the latter did not wish to make known and consigned to the Vatican archives?" 

"Yes, I have read it." 

"Why has it not been revealed?" 

"Because, according to the judgement of the Popes, it adds nothing new to what a Christian must know concerning what derives from Revelation: i.e., a radical call for conversion; the absolute importance of history; the dangers threatening the faith and the life of the Christian, and therefore of the world. And then the importance of the novissimi.  If it is not made public - at least for the time being - it is in order to prevent religious prophecy from being mistaken for a quest for the sensationalism. But the things contained in this Third Secret correspond to what has been announced in Scripture and has been said again and again in many other Marian apparitions, first of all that of Fatima in what is already known of what its message contains: conversion and penitence are the essential conditions for salvation."

So, here's the threat assessment:

Something big and bad is coming.  John Paul II characterized it correctly: millions will die very suddenly. So, I have a question: HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FOR YOU OR I THAN WHAT WILL HAPPEN, ANYWAY?

If we are not among the dead, times will indeed be very hard and we may envy the dead very much.  But the fact is, your death or mine can come at any moment.  So all this sudden death is really not the point,  JPII is correct:
 "Here is the remedy against this evil.  Pray, pray, and ask for nothing more.  Leave everything else to the Mother of God." 
Or, yanno, her Son: 
198 On one occasion the Lord said to me, 
My daughter, your confidence and love restrain My justice, 
and I cannot inflict punishment because you hinder Me from doing so. 
Oh, how great is the power of a soul filled with confidence!  
-the Diary of Saint Faustina

Do you only pray when there is a problem?  Aren't we called to prayer in all cases, all days and times? If no one knows the day or hour, the world can end before I finish typing this line.  

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