Are we in the “end times”? Live as if we are.
Since the Lord Ascended to the right hand of the Father, Christians have felt themselves to be in the “end times”. Indeed, we are in the “end times”. The Lord achieved His victory. Now it is all over but for the waiting.
Of course it is a mystery that, even though Christ is Risen, we still have to pass through death and or the more apocalyptic aspects of the “end times”. He’s the boss and we’ll do it His way, for love and with faith and hope.
That said, these days of ours feel strange and ominous. There are “signs of the times”. Especially this year there are “signs of the times”, which seem to be lining up this year in a way that hardly seems coincidental.
I read at Life Site that Raymond Card. Burke made an observation that “confusion, division, and error” within the Catholic Church coming from “shepherds” indicate that we “may be” in the end times.
It is hard to disagree. However, Card. Burke offered some great points for how we ought to proceed on this supposition.
Pray for an increase of faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ “Who is alive for us in the Church and Who never fails to teach sanctify and guide us in the Church” and whose “teaching does not change.”
“Study more attentively the teachings of the faith contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and be prepared to defend those teachings against any falsehood which would erode the faith and thus the unity of the Church.” [More below.]
Gather together to “deepen their faith and to encourage one another.”
Go to the Blessed Virgin Mary…in order to seek her maternal intercession.
Invoke frequently throughout the day the intercession of Saint Michael the Archangel
Pray daily to St. Joseph, especially under the title of “Terror of Demons” for the “peace