If you are Catholic or even if you are not it is very likely that you are aware of Jesus saying He will return yet we know not the day or the hour but watch and pray, and be prepared. There are even movies made with themes of the apocalypse and anti Christ which people watch just for fun, me included, but dont take seriously. I have always looked on end times speculations with a lot of skepticism and a kind of wait and see attitude. An example of this would be hearing of the prophecy of the popes by St Malachy.
A prophecy which I never took too seriously and though it was kind of fun, of course if the next pope is named Peter the Roman …. well I’m not sure what I would do right now!
I have also heard of the many Marian apparitions like Fatima, and Akita, and thought oh how nice but it doesn’t really apply to me until yesterday. Yesterday I did some research on apparitions at a place I had heard the name of but that was all. The place is Garabandal.
What really caught my attention was the promise made to Joey Lomangino that he will receive new eyes ( because he actually has none they were lost in an accident when he was young) on the day of the Great Miracle. The part of the story that caught my attention was not so much the promise but the fact that he is almost 80 years old. Ok he could live to be 100 like my Grandfather and it may be many years before this promise is fulfilled or it might be within the next several years. Or it could be a load of garbage and never happens at all and he dies with two fake eyes and no sight. I am honestly, skeptically, waiting to see what happens. Before this thought there is supposed to be a great warning where we (everyone living on earth) are all made extremely aware of our sins and how we look in Gods eyes then within one year there with be the so called Great Miracle.
Of course I could be hit by a bus tomorrow and none of this would matter except the state of my soul which I am trying with the grace of God to keep in good condition and I think is the main point. We should all be free from mortal sin, going to receive the Eucharist every Sunday and acting. praying for others, and living visibly as Christians ready to meet our maker at any time. However if we are living in the last days I have been reading Mark Malett`s blog since yesterday with my usual skepticism and interest. I dont want to ignore everything related with the end times, dismissing it and saying well people at every time in the Church thought theirs might be the last days, and end up a boiled frog that doenst realize what is going on until it is too late. At the same time I dont want to fall prey to fakes, and frauds so I try to be careful but aware.