Tuesday, December 28, 2010
I was thinking last year, or maybe the year before, why isn't the Pope saying something? Not just the normal Pope stuff, profundity couched in language the average person can't and doesn't want to understand, but clearly and with power. Why didn't he say something about what was becoming so clear to so many of us, the simple truth that the world is coming apart.
It occurred to me at the time that it was likely that he had his reasons because I figured that if we could see it then the Pope was well aware of the problems. So I thought about it and it seemed possible that there was a reason that was so clear that I couldn't see it...free will.
I truly believe that we have been living in a time of extreme grace, an outpouring of the Spirit designed by God to give us all one last chance to get on board. I also believe, and the Pope's speech, I think, verifies this, that this period has ended.
Up to now this Pope and his predecessor have been pushing and cajoling the flock, trying to get us to accept the teachings of the Church and through the Church, Christ Himself. Because we have free will we had to accept them on our own and we couldn't be just frightened and through fright bullied into it. And I think they did a really good job of it.
If my theory is correct and the time of grace has passed I would expect the words of the Pope to become much, much stronger. We're no longer practicing putting on life jackets. We've hit the iceberg and we're going down. He'll no longer be trying to get those that don't believe on board but instead will be taking every measure to save those that have chosen to accept salvation. We are at the end of this world as we've known it.
This is all supposition on my part but I've been waiting for this moment and I believe it has happened.
If I'm right there is only one lifeboat that will be effective and that is faith. Pray that you can find your way in time.