Only those who are spiritually blind cannot see the dangerous situation we are in today. When Our Lady warned the world in 1917, it was nothing like it is today. She told the children: ” My requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated.”
Have Our Lady’s requests been fulfilled? Most Catholics do not pray the Rosary every day, nor do they do penance for their sins and the sins of the world. The rule of the day is entertainment. God created everything for good, but most of these gifts have been perverted and are used for the spread of evil. Television, which has been a great source of good is filled with impure images and stories that water down the consciences of good people. The internet, another great tool for teaching and learning the faith is filled with smut. You can barely visit a website today that doesn’t have a suggestive advertisement. People go to Mass dressed as if they were going to the beach. Who would have imagined how much evil would have spread since 1917?
Not only has immorality and impurity spread like wild fire, the persecution of the church and the Holy Father’s sufferings have been imaginable. When Blessed John Paul, II visited the Netherlands, he was greeted with people throwing stones and bricks. Pope Benedict, XVI suffered the betrayal of insiders revealing private documents from the desk in his office.
The Faith is divided and attacked, not only by outsiders, but those who claim to love the very Church they attack. “Nuns on a Bus” go about our nation pushing for abortion, contraception and woman’s ordination. Priests who are not happy with the new translation of the Roman Missal outrightly call for disobedience.
The one thing we have not yet seen is nations annihilated. We have come close on so many occasions, but thank God, we have not yet reached that point. How long will the hand of God be held back from chastising a rebellious people?
There is one consolation in all of this. Our Lady does promise that she will bring about the greatest victory for her Son. “In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.”
Yes, the world will convert through our Lady’s action and there will be a time of peace. What we must do in the mean time is continue to respond to her messages and await with trusting hope in the care and love of our heavenly mother.
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us and speedily bring about the promised Triumph of Your Immaculate Heart and the time of peace.