October 10, 2018 A.D.
We are living in historical moments. Is it any coincidence that yesterday, October 10, 2018, we began the worldwide 9-day bread and water fast for the Beginning of Our Lady’s Reign, in union with people all over the world, and on the same day, a hurricane named “Michael” plummets the Gulf coast, as an historical first? Hurricane Michael was the strongest storm to make landfall on the Florida panhandle in recorded history at near Category 5 strength. This hurricane was also the strongest to track into Georgia, as a Category 3, since the late 1800’s. Is it not even more interesting that just barely 2 weeks ago, Our Lady of Medjugorje said:
September 25, 2018
“…Also nature extends signs of its love to you…”
Are we to believe that Our Lady did not know about this hurricane when She gave these words? When one sees the power of “nature” do such damage, how is it possible to see “love” in such a thing? The answer is found in Our Lady’s words of October 2, 2018:
To all those affected, to all those suffering loss, whether in this storm or any storm of life, the same hands of Jesus who healed the sick, excorcised demons, the same hands which fashioned nature in all its fury and power, are the same hands which embrace. Hurricane Michael was powerful, but the hands of Jesus are more powerful. And today, Jesus has given the power to Our Lady, for Her time upon the earth, with power never before seen. If one has not been living for God, if one has made bad decisions and are now suffering, hear Our Lady’s words to you:
September 25, 2018
It is easy to tell someone else to trust, when one is not in the storm, but listen to One who has weathered many storms and knows what suffering means:
October 2, 2018
“…I am consoling and encouraging you because, my children, I had come to know pain, but I had faith and hope. Now I have the reward of life in the Kingdom of my Son. Therefore, listen to me, have courage and do not grow weary…”
As we continue in the days of this 9-day fast, and we will see more damage this powerful hurricane has caused, we encourage everyone to not lose heart, to not lose hope. Have courage, because whether one knows it or wants to accept it, “nature” has shown us love in a way we do not understand right now. But, we will one day see what “Michael” and his angels have done on behalf of Our Lady.* Enter deeply into this 9-day fast, which began, not by coincidence on the same day as this storm, but perhaps fulfilling in a concrete way what Our Lady told us on September 2, 2016:
May Our Lady help us to understand in the midst of pain, the “love” shown to us by nature.
To all those suffering,
From one who has also known pain,
Caritas of Birmingham
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