We have the eyes to see and the heart to know that things have gone terribly wrong in our world today. Terribly, terribly, wrong. I would be a fool if I ignored what is staring me right in the face. On the one hand, God would consider me worst than foolish if I deliberately ignored the signs around me. On the other hand, the world would consider me a fool for believing and writing about the dangerous times we live in.
Given the choice, I choose to be a fool in the eyes of the world and to step out in faith and warn people that the time for mercy is now and that we would do well to use it wisely.
This is not about apparitions, false apparitions, seers, prophets, false prophets...though many of these are out there. This is about seeing what is right in front of us and acknowledging the truth of it before God. He has been warning us in many ways for at least a century now. While many may be able to overlook what people say about our times, can we really ignore what's clear as a bell and right before our very own eyes?
I'm going to say something that won't make me very popular:
Those who are ignoring these signs are the foolish ones.
Here are words of warning from a very wise man who clearly saw what was going on:
"We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel and the anti-Gospel. This confrontation lies within the plans of divine providence. It is a trial which the whole Church . . . must take up."
Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II didn't speak these words simply to hear the sound of his own voice, he understood the terrible gravity of our times.
And so should we.
Because, seriously folks, I think it's going to get worse before it gets better.