In the past few days I have been swamped with letters and suggestions. Many have suggested new links to pious sites that I should put up. I intend to keep links from this site very limited. That means there are an enormous amount of very good places that I will not be linking to. Here at this site I am less interested in finding exactly what is going to happen and how it is going to happen than I am in encouraging people on what to do whatever happens to keep steady and hold fast to Christ. That means I do not emphasize very specific prophecies of how things are going to come about and what is going to happen when. I have written some about the big picture and will largely leave it at that. Things are going to go from being bad to very bad, indeed, to catastrophic. I don’t see how it makes much difference whether we are hit from the left or from the right or from the center. Most important is what we are to do, so without ignoring such things completely, I focus on how to stay steady and help those around us to find hope and steadiness in the Storm.
I link to sites that I think will help cover that and help people stay steady. I particularly love Mark Mallett’s and Pelianito’s sites because they do have such a profound emphasis on how to hold fast to Christ in all of this. Mallett gets deeper in how it is going to happen than I do, but it is always grounded in how to keep ourselves steady. Pelianito has very simple and pure reflections and prayers emphasizing the same. She also links to many excellent devotions that fit many different temperaments but all keep the focus on going to Our Lord through Our Lady.
I love Michael Brown’s Spirit Daily. He covers a wide variety of topics – and about all the mystical and prophetic topics. He is open to the mystical and prophetic but is cautious and careful to stay grounded in the faith of the Magisterium. I think Brown has an excellent gift of discernment – and has been a chronicler of these troubled times for several decades now. Just hit the link to his site and you will find a solid, balanced and open approach to the full gamut of such things.
The Contemplative Homeschool site run by Connie Rossini is a marvelous running commentary and examination of real contemplative prayer – which is so deeply needed in these times – that almost effortlessly tosses aside abuses such as empty self-centered mysticism masquerading as contemplative prayer, while giving real helpful guidance on how to deepen your prayer relationship with the King of Glory.
The Mother of God Forum, though currently on hiatus until late October, offers an open forum where people can discuss and even argue with vigor about important matters of the faith. Its founder, Padraig Caughey, has done a marvelous job of giving people leeway to ask or argue what is truly in their hearts while keeping it reined in so that it does not become a hostile or malicious outlet that burns people. That is a much tougher job than you might think – and I deeply appreciate that sort of outlet for people of good will.
These are my big five linked outlets – all serving a particular purpose to help everyone keep steady AND explore certain matters in more depth that may not be the primary focus here. Alas, I will not add new links that merely duplicate what I have already added. Most prophetic materials are covered and vetted very well in Spirit Daily if they have some merit. I have too much to do to vet more than a few myself and I think it would be a waste of time when Michael Brown already does such a smoothly competent job of it.
New devotions may be worthy but, again, Pelianito is already doing a magnificent job of vetting what is out there and providing an abundance of links to those that have real piety and promise. Why would I duplicate what she is already doing so well?
So the bottom line is that you are never more than a few clicks away from finding what you are looking for here without cluttering up the site.
A hat tip to reader, Mariangela, who noted that the phrase, “the gates of hell will not prevail against (Christ’s) Church…” suggest that hell, not the Church, is in the defensive position. It is an ambiguous phrase, because prevail usually is applied to the entity making the assault. But I think she is right in her insight here, particularly given that Christianity is an evangelical faith, one called to go forth and rescue souls. Satan has his enclave, his kingdom in this world of lost souls which he tries to isolate from the Gospel (or Good News) of Christ.
In the Storm that has begun, nations have already started to fall and more will continue to fall, but in the end, Christ wins.
Wars will break out along with great persecutions. Governments will seek to oppress their own people and subjugate people of other lands. But in the end, Christ wins.
Tidal waves will rise, earthquakes will shake, fires will blaze, tornadoes and hurricanes will wreak their havoc, but in the end, Christ wins.
Bishops will contend with Bishops, denominations with denominations, many – in the name of Christ – will try to gut the message of Christ. But in the end, Christ wins.
Our technology will fail, the monetary system will crash around the globe, our means of sustenance will become much more primitive and dicey. But in the end, Christ wins.
People have long been very foolish, rarely concerned with what is fundamentally right and true, but restlessly jockeying for position to be on the winning side. The Lord allows this shaking to reveal hearts. If you try to cleverly determine which is the winning side, He allows it to look as if His forces are withering under assault to draw you out and prove your love. He who endures to the end will be saved. Do not be shaken when it looks as if the Church is sundered or the government has fallen or that agents of evil are on the rise. These things are allowed to test and prove our love. Stay steady, acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those right around you and you will hold fast to Christ however violent the Storm becomes. Trust-Do-Love. The simple way of proven faith.
Reading prognostications on what will happen in Chicago now that Spokane Bishop Blasé Cupich is set to take over has been a bit like the old Kremlinologists trying to read the tea leaves to figure out what various obscure appointments meant for future policy. Many believe (or fear) that this signals a progressive move in the Church that is less firmly tethered to the Gospels and Magisterium. I am among those that have shared that concern. Certainly, Cupich started in Spokane with a decisive progressive bent that was often impatient with traditional expressions of faith. But I get the impression that he came to think he had gone too far in discouraging traditional expressions in order to encourage a greater dialogue with those outside the faith. It may be that he is, indeed, trying to strike a balance that calls all and that his experience in Spokane helped give him a broader wisdom – that you don’t suppress the most loyal of the faithful in order to attract more converts. I think at this juncture, Cupich is poised to be a brilliant and surprising success in Chicago or a spectacular, flaming failure. Somehow, I don’t think he is going to fall into the category of a mediocre nonentity. And I don’t think his appointment signals a worldwide turn from orthodoxy at all. I got copies of two thoughtful articles on the subject I thought I would share – as I think they provide a clear point of view backed by evidence and insight.
First, the more pessimistic view. A hat-tip to reader Stephen Maresch for sending this on. It is from Lifesite News and carries the most peculiar picture of Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral I have ever seen. I spent a lot of time there and had to look at the picture quite a while to figure out what angle this is from. Here, then, Hillary White’s pessimistic view of what the appointment means.
John Allen, Jr. provides another perspective, though, particularly related to the world scene. Cardinal George Pell, a notably orthodox Australian prelate, has a star that is clearly rising in the Church. Pelianito was kind enough to send me this article from Crux, a Catholic website, which uses the evidence of various appointments throughout the world, to suggest that Pope Francis is trying to establish a balance that will ultimately provide more unity between the orthodox and progressive advocates in the Church.
I cannot say with certainty which interpretation is most accurate – or even whether a different interpretation than any yet seen is the most accurate. But I know this: when you set all the Kremlinology aside, in the end, Christ wins.