Paralleling our series on "THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS", we continue with the warnings begun in the last issue through the messages at LaSalette which have been termed the "SECRETS OF LA SALETTE" but they are secrets no longer for all that Our Lady warned of has sadly occurred. However in 1846, Our Lady gave the visionary Melanie Mathieu a moratorium of twelve years in which to keep these messages secret, imparting to the 14-year old girl that she could only make these public in 1858. Little did Melanie know that would be the year of Our Lady's famous appearances at Lourdes.
We will now delve now into those messages that Our Lady called attention to God's created nature and the weather patterns that would develop. One hundred and fifty years ago the Blessed Mother said, "The earth will be struck by calamities of all kinds (in addition to plague and famine which will be wide-spread)...Nature is asking for vengeance because of man, and she trembles with dread at what must happen to the earth stained with crime. Tremble, earth, and you who proclaim yourselves as serving Jesus Christ and who, on the inside, only adore yourselves, tremble for God will hand you over to His enemy, because the holy places are in a state of corruption...The seasons will be altered, the earth will produce nothing but bad fruit, the stars will lose their regular motion, the moon will only reflect a faint reddish glow. Water and fire will give the earth's globe convulsions and terrible earthquakes which will swallow up mountains, cities, etc....Woe to the inhabitants of the earth!
Here Our Lady is merely following the prophecies in Sacred Scripture, specifically Matthew chapters 24 and 25, chapter 13 of Mark and 21 of Luke where Our Lord foretold of the end times and the signs and warnings of the last days and regarding the Last Judgment. Jesus' chosen emissary, His very Own Mother, repeats her Divine Son's warning to the children for the world: There will be bloody wars and famines, plagues and infectious diseases. It will rain with a fearful hail of animals. There will be thunderstorms which shall shake cities, earthquakes which will swallow up countries. Voices will be heard in the air. Men will beat their heads against walls, call for their death, and on another side death will be their torment. Blood will flow on all sides. Who will be the victor if God does not shorten the length of the test? All the blood, the tears and the prayers of the righteous, God will relent. Enoch and Eli will be put to death. Pagan Rome will disappear. The fire of Heaven will fall and consume three cities. All the universe will be struck with terror and many will let themselves be led astray because they have not worshipped the true Christ who lives among them. It is time; the sun is darkening; only faith will survive.
This is also a confirmation of the words of Apocalypse/Revelation 6:12; 8:5; 11:13,19; and 16:18-21, the latter in which the evangelist John speaks of the three cities Our Lady refers to. Many have speculated which three cities those will be and that is a mistake for God does not want us to isolate one city over another, or concentrate on "when" any of that will happen, but rather to be ready at all times, following Christ's parable of the ten virgins, to "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour" (Matthew 25: 13). We don't know the hour but we do know that the signs described in Sacred Scripture and Our Lady's messages are indeed at hand. Look at the recent weather patterns over the past several years in which experts have proclaimed the most drastic in history. Remember the midwest floods of the last few years; famine throughout the world; recent drought through the southwest; unusually cold winters and hot summers; the man-made pollutants that are confounding nature and causing eruptions of every kind? These are all signs and warnings. And we are only just beginning! But, as always, in every message the Blessed Mother or Jesus have and are imparting there is always hope - eternal and comforting hope and confidence that if we do as They ask, if we submit to the Divine Will, then we have nothing to fear. That is the greatest consolation to the human heart and should spur everyone of us on to share this with our fellow man so that the numbers of the remnant will swell. Yes, no matter what dire warnings Our Lady portends, she always expresses glorious hope if we but follow her Divine Son. Just as the early Christians were persecuted and martyred for their faith and loyalty to Jesus, so also in these times we, too, will be persecuted and yes, some of us martyred. What a beautiful gift! What a blessing God has bestowed for in tough times God grants even more graces, including sending His very own Mother in an unprecedented way. In the next installment we will examine the Heavenly Signs and Warnings regarding how world history would be fulfilled. In the subsequent installment in commemoration of the 150th anniversary on September 18, which will be in the 18th issue on September 9th, we will deal with her warnings about her Divine Son's beloved Church.