Devotion to Mary,
by St. Louis De Montfort,
the classic case for the Blessed Mother by one of her dearest disciples,
a saint who has spelled out an incredible and powerful way of dedicating one's
life to Mary as the Pope has done! Many consider this book the single
greatest book on the Virgin Mary ever written. Beloved by countless souls,
it sums up the entire Christian life, showing a way to holiness that is
short, easy, secure, and perfect -- a way chosen by Our Lord.
INTRIGUING ADMONISHMENT TO 'BE READY' BRINGS FORTH QUESTION ON WHAT
'READINESS' MIGHT BE
The recent quakes in Haiti, Chile, and now at the southern U.S.
border remind us that it never hurts to be prepared -- especially in rollicking
times -- for possible eventualities.
a supply of food (meals-ready-to-eat,
canned goods, or freeze-dried food and
milk) is never a bad idea, whether one lives in an earthquake or hurricane zone or one prone to
floods or blizzards or whatever.
the giant discount retailer Costco now offers
"emergency kits," including
beans and packets of food that can last twenty years. It is not imprudent to
have in mind an alternate source of water, which may entail keeping jugs of it
around and filters, purification tablets, or chlorine (as found in bleach) to make raw
water safe, in the event that raw water has to be used. Is it unreasonable --
or paranoid -- to know how to plant seeds and start a fire (or at least have
an extra tank of propane)?
in Connecticut, many were without electricity in the
swank parts of the state for nearly a week. Suddenly, there was no power to
bring water, refrigerate food, heat homes, cook food, power radios, TVs, and
computers, recharge cell phones, illuminate lights, and so forth. Many fled
to hotels. That was Connecticut, where in some neighborhoods the entire
landscape has been altered (with huge trees down). The next week, there was Rhode Island.
Said a news site in California after the quake Sunday night
(near a place called
Guadalupe Victoria): "There seems to have
been an abundance of earthquakes of late. Which prompts experts to utter
this warning: Three days. It doesn’t sound like very much time, but could
you survive for three days without water, food or power?
"Add to that short list cell phones, communication, news,
medical attention, shelter and a change of clothes. Three days. Could you do
it? Are you prepared to live without any of the aforementioned items? Most
of us aren’t. But that’s how long one might expect to go without the basics
for survival and communication in the event of a major earthquake, says
[quake expert] Jose Restrepo."
We would go longer than that -- at least several weeks, and
perhaps up to three months, to be on the safe side.
It is interesting to note how many, in
recent months, across socio-economic, political, and religious lines, have looked to buy small agricultural plots, or speak of
drilling water wells. Others have invested in tents. Still others have stocked up on aspirin,
medications, batteries, cash, and candles (doesn't hurt to have them blessed). It never hurts to have canned food around,
nor Holy Water.
These are random after-Easter thoughts, and spurred too by a
recent message from Medjugorje that may or may not be relevant.
Perhaps it was
just the last week of Lent ("be ready") -- and pertained to the coming of Easter. Perhaps it was in the current rush of
events -- from politics to the economy to the Church, and simply directing the
faithful to remain firm. Perhaps it was only meant in the most general way
(after all, we never know the hour -- of His Coming or our deaths).
But the words on Good Friday from Medjugorje (the major apparition in Bosnia-Hercegovina
that is currently under huge Vatican study) were nonetheless interesting, in
that Mirjana allegedly has been granted secrets pertaining to future
troubles in the world.
"Today I bless you in a special way and I pray for you to
return to the right way, to my Son -- your Savior, your Redeemer – to Him who
gave you eternal life," said the message to seer Mirjana Dragicevic
Soldo on April 2. "Reflect on everything human, on everything that does
not permit you to set out after my Son – on transience, imperfection, and
limitation -- and then think of my Son, of His Divine infiniteness. By your
surrender and prayer ennoble your body and perfect your soul. Be ready, my
children. Thank you."
The previous November, the monthly message to another seer,
Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti, said, "Prepare yourselves with joy for the
coming of Jesus." The monthly message a week later, on December 2, to
Mirjana, quoted Mary as saying, "At this time of preparation and joyful
expectation I, as a mother, desire to point you to what is the most
important, to your soul. Can my Son be born in it? Is it cleansed by love
from lies, arrogance, hatred and malice? Above all else does your soul love
God as your Father and does it love your fellow brother in Christ?"
Those were a clear reference to
the arrival of the Christmas season. Was the recent message simply the same,
but this time related to the Paschal mysteries?
we know for sure is that the
dictionary defines "ready" this way:
As "completely prepared or in fit condition for
immediate action or use."
Or: "duly equipped, completed, adjusted, or arranged, as for an
occasion or purpose."
It also means "prompt or quick in perceiving."
In several previous
messages to Mirjana and Marija, the Blessed Mother has actually used the term "signs of
the times" -- asking if we were noticing these "signs" and admonishing us
to speak of them.
Spiritual readiness is something that the
Church constantly instructs about -- holiness, prayer, contrition. Through
that, we are ready for any eventuality. Everyone faces the end of the world
(when he or she dies). And we should always be ready for that (treating each
moment as if it is our last). Is temporal readiness also prudent?
The Holy Spirit will lead you as to what you
may or may not need to do. For most, it does not hurt to have certain preparations in
the closet or attic or basement in the event of natural disasters, economic denouement,
or some other failure in our fragile infrastructure. Refuges?
We are often asked about places that would
be "safe" or other
measures that may be taken as the world continues to near what so many of us
have long anticipated as purification. That is for personal discernment. There is no sign of imminence. The
expectations have been proceeding for years now. But it never hurts to be
"ready" in every fashion, including temporally. Major events will
And so: random thoughts for a time that is poignant
in the fluidity of events (from Church crises to the rumbling of quakes).
Was what the Blessed Mother referring to solely pertinent to
the spirit, which means prayer?
Pray, pray, pray, Prepare, prepare, prepare. Those messages
have been constant since 1981. Pray without ceasing and without fear and
love without condition. Pray to cleanse.
It is the ultimate readiness. And it trumps any other kind
Emergency kits and
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