The main purpose of this site is to help people prepare, primarily spiritually, but also physically. The way I go is a little way – like with dear St. Therese of Lisieux. I am far more concerned with what we should do than with what we can know, which is why I constantly emphasize that we should acknowledge God, be a sign of hope to those around us, and take the next right step. I do not like to delve very deeply into interpretation of prophecy or trying to figure out what is going to happen next. Too many have run aground doing that – including most of the ancient Israeli doctors of the law and prophetic experts who were great on contention and precision, but utterly missed the coming of the Messiah and the bursting forth of the kingdom. In fact, they took many opportunities to lecture Him – and later, His disciples – on their many errors, born of their ‘ignorance.’ Those who will be saved are those who do the Master’s will, not those who talk constantly about it.
This is paradoxical as I started this site in obedience to a lifetime of supernatural visitations and teachings. Equally paradoxical is that those visitations emphasized to me that it is in the simple, the ordinary that we find our salvation; by doing our ordinary tasks and living our ordinary duties with extraordinary love. But if prophet I am, then it is prophet of the ordinary and the mundane. I am not the guy who stands and proclaims, “Behold, there comes a pale horse” or some such; just a guy trying to steer people onto the safety of the boat – a boat that I’m not piloting and am not going to try to pilot.
But we are also instructed in Scripture to “despise not prophecy.” So, though it is not the focus of this site, when there is a well-reasoned piece that is faithful to the faith, whether it is enthusiastic or critical, I will often give it a hearing. In fact, there is a European theologian who takes a darker, though still obedient, view than I do concerning Fatima interpretation who I have invited to pen a guest column here. But that must not become the focus.
I fear I offended a few people because there were several comments on the Mallett piece a few days ago that I did not clear. I am loathe to contribute to controversy unless it generates more light than heat, so I may hold even a comment that is sound if it adds nothing new OR if it is not meticulous in its grounding both in faith and facts. On such columns that I allow in the future – either by me or others – I will take a different policy on comments just for those articles…that they be submitted for consideration rather than given easy approval. I will note with each column if that policy is in effect.
But I also know that many who hold their faith dear have been marginalized, that they have had encounters that they want to share and only get strange stares from a largely impious and disapproving world. I want to give an outlet for testimonies – and for people to talk candidly of those things that trouble them, of their hurts, of their joys. I have also been firmly instructed that all faithful Christians, Catholic and Protestant, and Jews are to be treated as full and equal partners in the work before us – that God, Himself, will see to unity through the course of the Storm. I worry that in spending so much time on these things, it drives out some of our brothers and sisters who are not Catholic. If I allow that, I fail in my work.
The site here has grown bigger and faster than I expected. I have to ask you for patience with me. I am finding my way and trying to live the work well…trying to figure out what the next right step is. So I am learning as I go and will make some mistakes along the way – some that will probably offend some. I will take small steps, that my missteps may be more easily and quickly corrected. I will trust God to correct – and even draw fruit from – my occasional errors in judgment here. But ever the focus here will be, acknowledge God, be a sign of hope and take the next right step.
The matter of spiritual direction is a lot larger and trickier than I thought. First, the demand seems to be growing exponentially. I spoke to one of my priests – who have always put a premium on giving direction. He is delighted that so many are coming out of the woodwork to seek solid direction. BUT, the number is so great and the number of qualified directors so small, he is frustrated because he is only able to give about 15 minutes per month to new folks coming in – and it just isn’t enough. The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few.
Fortunately, a fellow who works with the U.S. Bishop’s Conference is helping put together some resources for me. Also, some folks in the Kansas City Diocese have a Spiritual Mentorship program. They were ahead of the curve in recognizing the growing need and have been doing some good work in pairing people up to help each other as more resources are developed. I have two people there who are getting information to me.
The main complication is my discovery that many outlets that ARE putting an emphasis on spiritual direction are mixing it up with Eastern and New Age mysticism, purporting that it is compatible with Catholic doctrine. It is not. These are entities that, whether they know it or not, are leading people away from safety rather than towards it. I cannot, in good conscience recommend any resource under those circumstances, unless I have personally vetted it. In the near term, that is an impossible task.
BUT…God always opens up a way. One of the things that is critical in these times is the full development of the apostolate of the laity. I like the idea of mentorship, partnership and companionship. So with the resources coming in, I will work with a core group to develop a simple means of laying a blueprint for the faithful to form groups together for both study and direction, under the supervision of a faithful priest and using simple principles. I will discuss more on it later, but I am working on it now and will go into hyper-drive when I get back home to Colorado next week.
I am in transit the next few days. I will not be able to regularly check on the site and respond to emails until next Wednesday. So if you have written me and have not heard back from me. be patient. I will be back at it the middle of next week. I may get a few things done spottily here and there until then, but I will be away until then.