Getting a head start on Lent!
One week from today is Ash Wednesday which signals the start of Lent. In that spirit we begin today two special features that will run through Lent, one on a weekly basis, the other on a daily basis. The first is part of our on-going mega series THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS which over the course of two years running has arrived at the year 1961 and the significant messages of the Garabandal apparitions. The timing couldn't be more perfect for we are nearing ever closer to that time foretold in the messages and the moment of the Great Warning which ultimately, will be when each individual on earth will see the state of their soul as God sees it. That will be quite an awakening! Quite alarming. Did not Jesus say these things would come when we least expect it? Well, folks, from the polls and opinions of Americans and Catholics today, most haven't a clue. In other words, they're not expecting it. But it will come just as everything else Jesus and His Blessed Mother have foretold. The corroboration of the messages at Garabandal with so many subsequent apparitions and messages over the last thirty years bears this out. Therefore, Lent is the perfect time to look deep into our own souls and consciences and ferret out that which is not good, to prepare ourselves so we won't be in that great a shock when the Warning does come. Oh, we'll still be shocked because we're never as good as we may think, and conversely, at least in God's eyes, we often aren't as bad as we or others may think. It really doesn't matter what others think; only what the Almighty thinks for He is the ultimate Judge. Many believe, because we are in the pivotal year of 1998 - the year of the antichrist for 666 times 3 = 1998 - that this will be the year and Lent will be the time when God will send His Warning as prophesied at Garabandal. We are not saying this to alarm the reader but to inform...to be ready...to prepare now. Our Lady conveyed to locutionist Father Don Stefano Gobbi, before his messages ended December 31st of last year, that her Immaculate Heart would triumph before the millennium! She also imparted to him ten years ago at Lourdes about the importance of the next ten years. Some interpret that to mean "up to the millennium" while others take it literally as 1988 to 1998. The latter would put us right on the timetable. Other prophecies also align with the events of these times. Now, before you go pinpointing an exact date, please remember Our Lady doesn't deal in dates. Very seldom does she give an exact time or day other than when next she might appear to the respective visionaries. However she does give us enough pieces of the puzzle to understand the era or general time frame she is speaking about. The events of the day, the weather patterns, natural disasters, all point to the fact we are nearing the re-cleansing of the earth and God's people as Christ has promised. Thus the timing for the story of Garabandal is timely...very timely!
The weekly feature CATECHISM CAPSULES is being fazed out for lack of interest. Our access logs have shown very few going to those pages. Therefore, rather than taking up valuable server space on the UNIX with something not being read, we'll just provide the links to the new Catechism of the Catholic Church and the old, but still very relevant Baltimore Catechism...and leave it at that. In its place, we begin today daily excerpts from the inspirational Meditative Lessons on the Sorrowful Mysteries contained in the book entitled "IT IS CONSUMMATED!". Each day we will bring you short excerpts from this moving account of Christ's Passion and Death as imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart by the Blessed Mother about her Divine Son during Lent of 1993 via interior visions and interior locutions. We strongly feel this will better help the readers experience Lent and understand the need for prayer, sacrifice and fasting during these forty days leading to the glorious celebration of Easter on April 12th.
Finally, we are researching our access logs over the last several months, which have shown a steady increase in hits - in fact doubling the fifty thousand in December to over 100,000 in January - and will pare back articles, columns and features that are not being accessed as readily as others. We are researching the possibility of expanding news coverage and adding a section titled, "Signs the Millennium is Closer than we think!" with a news feature of that day that targets this. In addition, prompted by the Holy Spirit, we feel it is time to begin bringing you background on the cardinals of the Church - the College of Cardinals, if you will, who will choose the next supreme pontiff. While we hope and pray that Pope John Paul II will live long past the turn of the century and into the next millennium, we must be realistic and acknowledge many of the prophesies that have warned of problems ahead and the pending schism within the Church. Many refer to it as the "Third Secret of Fatima" but we must only conjecture for we, like everyone else except the Popes and visionaries, do not know. Yet we must be prepared and by bringing you vignettes on each prince of the Church it will give Catholics a better concept of who eventually could be the next Pope. We will keep you abreast of when we will begin this important and informative series on a daily basis.
Other innovations are in the offing as well as we fine-tune the Daily CATHOLIC to best reflect what Christ wants for His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. We are also exploring the expense and energy to launch a Spanish edition and, following that, other languages as the interest grows. Presently over 75 countries are logging into these issues on a daily basis. We give thanks to God for the growth spurt we are enjoying as we slip out of the console chair and onto our knees for we must all assume the kneeling position in prayer and petition in preparation for a merciful Lent.
Why not start early? Join us, in getting a head start on Lent!
Michael Cain, editor
Daily CATHOLIC February 18, 1998