I've taken to keeping up with Mark Mallett again lately. He has had some heart-stopping posts about the times we are in and the possible times to come. He has spoken with people who supposedly receive messages from Heaven and they all seem to be saying the same thing: Prepare yourselves, call upon God's Mercy, turn your hearts back to the Lord, now, while it is still easy. He talks of coming persecutions on the faith, the Holy Father going into exile and Priests being martyred.
This past Friday we went to our Miles Christi Evening of Recollection. During a talk about St. Paul, Father really caught my attention when he began to speak about how we need to strengthen our faith, how we need to be able to stand up for our faith and be ready to immediately defend the Holy Father if he is persecuted. What he had to say sounded very familiar. In fact, had I had the chance, I was going to ask him if he had been reading Mark Mallett, too :)
Then yesterday I got an email that had a video in it from Real Catholic TV. If you've never checked them out, you should, it is quite interesting. They have a section with videos by Michael Voris called "The Vortex". In this video, he is quite forceful. He doesn't hold back any punches. He askes us if we are ready to be RADICAL Catholics; not just good Catholics, but radical Catholics. Are we ready to be so Catholic that our neighbors despise us and want to kill us? Interesting questions. If you have a chance, check it out. It will give you some good food for thought.
Finally, I was doing some blog hopping and I ran across Allison's post about a Mom's retreat she went on this past weekend. Funny thing is, most of the notes she posted from the retreat deal with this same topic about how we need to prepare and what we need to do to stay anchored to the Lord and His Church. Do you think God is trying to get our attention, or what?
As we finish off our Lent and prepare for Easter, let us pray that we will "have what it takes" to withstand whatever it is that may be coming our way.