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Understanding the “Signs” of Today…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on February 20, 2017

BEGIN... PREPARE... SEEK HIS MERCY...

BEGIN… PREPARE… SEEK HIS MERCY…

First Published: March 8, 2011

Republished: Feb 20, 2017

Lent is about to begin.  March 1st, is Ash Wednesday this year when ashes are placed on foreheads as a sacramental sign that we have come “from dust and to dust we shall return”.  I stress the importance of the word sacramental, this means:

Sacred signs which bear a certain resemblance to the sacraments, and by means of which spiritual effects are signified and obtained through the prayers of the Church. ~Glossary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Ed., 1994.

In other words, you don’t have to be Catholic to receive them and yet the importance of the reception remains the same – we are not God, we are dust.  Unfortunately, too many people think they are God and thus carry on as if it doesn’t matter what they do.  A good example are the Mardigras celebrations that take place in New Orleans.  The amount of pagan worship and licentiousness is enough to make anyone wonder, “Why Lord?”

This brings me to the reading for today found in the Morning Prayer for the prayer of the Church – The Christian Prayer.  It comes from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans [emphasis added]:

[Brothers and Sisters,] you know the time in which we are living.  It is now the hour FOR YOU TO WAKE FROM SLEEP, for our Salvation IS CLOSER THAN WEN WE FIRST ACCEPTED THE FAITH.  The night is far spent; the day draws near.  Let us CAST OFF DEEDS OF DARKNESS and PUT ON THE ARMOR OF LIGHT.  Let us LIVE HONORABLY as in daylight; NOT IN CAROUSING AND DRUNKENNESS, NOT IN SEXUAL EXCESS AND LUST, not in quarreling and jealousy.  Rather, PUT ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST and make no provision for the desires of the flesh. ~Romans 13: 11-14, Morning Prayer, Week I, Monday.

Our Hour of Judgment is fast approaching.  The hour of Mercy is fast coming to a brief close, “The night is far spent; the day draws near.” This is not the time to spend in false religions that cannot “know their god”, or embrace the practices of “Carousing and drunkenness…sexual excess and lust”.

This is the time to prepare!  Our world is about to change drastically and will affect the good and bad alike.  No one will be left unaffected, no one will not see the changes that will come upon a very sinful mankind.

When people say, “There is Peace and Security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as travail comes upon a woman with child, and there will be no escape. ~1Thess 5:3

If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? ~Ps 11:3

This is what they can do!

If My people who are called by My Name [Christians] humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. ~2Chron 7:14 (emphasis added)

My favorite writer has recently gone into depth on this topic and I encourage all who come here to also visit his writing on the 7 Seals of Revelation .  This is a must read especially for those who are still unconvinced that time is running short for mankind to repent of It’s grievous sins. I’ve also included a few other more recent writings for further edification at the bottom of this page.

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ALSO, Today begins a new cycle of Marian Consecration to the Sacred Heart through the Immaculate Heart. This cycle will conclude on March 25, 2017 – Feast of the Annunciation. Why not Investigate and follow the LORD’s suggestion of placing yourself and your family on the Ark of the New Covenant before it is too late?

As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man. For as in those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they did not know until the flood came and swept them all way, so will be the coming of the Son of man. ~Mt 24:37-39

So for those who are striving for Holiness and are doing their best to give all Glory to God, these times are truly a time of testing, for as St James reminds us:

Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. ~James 1: 2-4 (emphasis added)

As Moses also said in the book of Deuteronomy,

[GOD is] testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments, or not. ~Deut 8:2c

And in St. Peter’s first letter:

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ… As the outcome of your faith you obtain the salvation of your souls. ~1Peter 1:6-7, 9 (emphasis added)

The word of the Lord…Thanks be to God!

Recommended Reading:

The Storm of Temptation

The Storm of Division

The Storm of Confusion

Come Away With Me!

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2 Responses to “Understanding the “Signs” of Today…”

  1. RAnn said

    While there are areas of town and groups of people which celebrate Mardi Gras in sinful ways, for most people it is a large street party to which everyone in town is invited. Families get together, children play, strangers are kind to each other and indecent exposure gives you a trip to jail, not more beads.

    • Anne Elizabeth said

      While that may be true, this particular reference spoke SPECIFICALLY to the Mardi Gras events happening in New Orleans which is anything but family friendly. =-)

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