I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Revelation 7:14
I don’t think it takes a prophet to see that the world is already in a state of tribulation. Many of you are suffering, wondering when will God intervene.
I read an article this morning where even church prelates are speaking of tribulation. It is enough sometimes to make faithful Catholics feel despair.
I often hear Catholics wondering when the Warning will take place. They speak of refuges where people will be safe.
While I read about and think of these things as possible, I want to address a few things in the here and now.
God is allowing this suffering. He is allowing it, not because He wills us to suffer, but because, in the end, suffering leaves us two choices; we can surrender all we are to Him and His providence, or we can doubt His love and fall into apostacy. If we surrender all we are, then the suffering is a purifying fire of love. If we fall into apostacy then the suffering ends in the fires of hell.
I believe the church is entering a time period where she will look dead. Where doctrine will be nailed to a tree and the church, as the Mystical Body, will take the sins of the world on, the way that Christ took them on, and then let them die in His humanity. Oh that the sin in the bride would die; then the bride would be glorious.
If we follow that pattern, that Passion of the church;
CCC 675 Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.
Then we should expect these things must come. The evil must be made transparent before it can be cleared out. And the evil will look like death. The church will look dead. The remnant must remain faithful in love and will be walking blind, but with spiritual eyes that trust. We shouldn’t be waiting for a warning or a refuge to live the faith now. We shouldn’t be anxious or fearful, and if we are, we need to be talking to God in prayer about that every chance we get. We should see the signs of the times happening and try to become as pure as we possibly can in our humanity through virtue, and then rely totally on God to finish the work in us with His Divinity. We need to start acting like Saints who did not doubt the goodness of God, nor did they doubt his love.
People who don’t doubt God’s love for them do amazing things.
We need to worry more about getting to heaven than the things of this world. So what does this look like?
If you’re sick, it means loving God when your sick. You can be physically throwing up and love God while you’re doing it.
If you’re jobless, it means loving God in your joblessness.
If your children are away from the faith, it means loving God and trusting that He loves them more than you do.
If you’re not sure where your next meal is coming from, it means loving God anyway and uniting your hunger to His cross.
If a person is persecuting you, it means loving God so much that you can forgive them.
This is what we’re called to do here and now. It looks like this;
Mary and John at the Foot of the Cross in Mel Gibson’s Passion of Christ
Not many faithful people made it to the Cross with Christ. Most ran away, but even for them, His mercy covered them. But, if you can stand and be a light in the darkness, and believe God’s promises are true, then you can truly Love. And love really does conquer all things. Set aside your expectations of what God will do, and trust and love him in the middle of the madness of this storm.