Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Our Lady predicted many of the Church's woes in the 1600s
In apparitions to an abbess, Our Lady of Quito predicted the current malaise of the Church and of society with uncanny accuracy, but she also promises restoration.
- William Oddie
- July 27, 2012
On one of these occasions, she made a particularly remarkable prophecy. You will see whyâknowing Mrs McLeodâs passionate concern for the religious education of our children, and her repeated warnings over the years about the consequences of the denatured and insubstantial superficiality of what they are now fed as REâshe draws our attention in The Flock to this particular apparition of Our Lady.
My source for what follows is an admirable and extremely useful site, snappily entitled âApparitions and Shrines of the Blessed Virgin Mary which have been approved by legitimate Church Authorityâ.
Early in the morning of January 21, 1610, the Archangels St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael appeared to Mother Mariana. Then Our Lady appeared to her and predicted many things about our own times: this is part of what Mother Mariana afterwards related that she told her:
ââŚ. I make it known to you that from the end of the 19th century and shortly after the middle of the 20th centuryâŚ. the passions will erupt and there will be a total corruption of customs (morals)âŚ.
âThey will focus principally on the children in order to sustain this general corruption. Woe to the children of these times! It will be difficult to receive the Sacrament of Baptism, and also that of ConfirmationâŚ
âAs for the Sacrament of MatrimonyâŚ it will be attacked and deeply profanedâŚ The Catholic spirit will rapidly decay; the precious light of the Faith will gradually be extinguishedâŚ Added to this will be the effects of secular education, which will be one reason for the dearth of priestly and religious vocations.
âThe Sacrament of Holy Orders will be ridiculed, oppressed, and despisedâŚ The Devil will try to persecute the ministers of the Lord in every possible way; he will labor with cruel and subtle astuteness to deviate them from the spirit of their vocation and will corrupt many of them. These depraved priests, who will scandalize the Christian people, will make the hatred of bad Catholics and the enemies of the Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church fall upon all priestsâŚ
âFurther, in these unhappy times, there will be unbridled luxury, which will ensnare the rest into sin and conquer innumerable frivolous souls, who will be lost. Innocence will almost no longer be found in children, nor modesty in women. In this supreme moment of need of the Church, the one who should speak will fall silent.â
In a subsequent apparition, Our Lady told Mother Mariana that these apparitions were not to become generally known until the twentieth century.
Full Story:Â Our Lady of Quito prophesied that in the 60s there would be spiritual catastrophe in the Church; then, through the faith of the just, a âcomplete restorationâ
Source: Catholic Herald