A few months ago I had a troubling dream. It was the kind of dream where upon waking, it took me a good while to pull myself out of it and back into reality.
In this dream, I was near a type of small enclosure with translucent walls with a bench positioned in front of it. A beautiful young mother was sitting on the bench, with her two small children in tow.
Seemingly, out of nowhere, an amazingly beautiful white tiger started walking toward us. It was instantly apparent to me that the tiger was a ferocious animal, and I started to slowly back away.
I watched as the woman moved forward with her hand reaching toward it, focusing on the beauty of the animal rather than the reality of its true nature. As she and her children inched forward, I yelled for them to back away, however, they would not listen.
In one instant, the tiger pounced, and the family ran into the enclosure for cover. Before they could close the door behind them, the great beast followed them in. My ears were filled with the pitiful sounds of screaming from the mother and her children, and I could see splatters of blood through the walls.
I didn’t know what to do to help, so I started walking toward them, with the intention of opening the door to allow for a possible way to escape. As I neared the building, a man appeared beside me and gently took hold of my arm. He very calmly guided me away from the atrocity that was happening. He said to me in a slow, deliberate tone…”there is nothing you can do for them now.”
We are living in a time where evil has infiltrated every facet of our world. It is the perfect storm of events, leading us to a place of division and desperation. Because of the fear of Covid 19, not only our relationships are affected due to “social distancing” and lockdowns, many of us are experiencing financial difficulties, or stressful work situations at home with small children. Many are suffering with the virus itself, many have lost loved ones, and many are living with a high degree of fear. Anxiety levels are skyrocketing, which are leading to health issues, which show up as mental or physical ailments.
There are constant protests, demonstrations, marches, and riots. Labels are being spewed at each other…racist, homophobe, white privilege, xenophobe, fascist, marxist, communist. You need to be aware of your surroundings every minute…you never know when you will be accosted and screamed at while out in your community. Many diners enjoying some much needed time away for a meal with a friend or family member, have been shouted down and terrified by hate spewing mobs.
While protests and riots are occurring, or when large groups celebrate in the streets for their candidate that has been elected by the news media, there are no mentions regarding social distancing. We are free to shop in grocery stores, retail stores, liquor stores, and pot dispensaries, while Churches remain closed. I remember walking past an open Victoria Secret store, which of course is “essential,” as opposed to our Catholic Churches, which were deemed nonessential I suppose.
Our churches have been “allowed” to open, however only 100 worshippers are permitted into the Church for Mass. We must wear our masks, and squirt on the antibacterial hand cleaners before we are permitted to enter. Did I mention that we are not allowed to sing? But wait a minute, how about all the screaming and chanting happening out in the streets? Does that make sense to you?
Now we are in the midst of a chaotic recount of ballots in many states. There have been many credible accusations of voter fraud. Mr. Biden has usurped his role as the president elect, however the votes have not yet been certified.
We are waiting with baited breath for the outcome of this election. Either way it goes, it won’t be a pretty sight.
Our Catholic Church has been infiltrated and is under attack. Our current Pope seemed to condone same sex marriage/homosexual civil unions, and actually allowed a fertility goddess “Pachamama” to be displayed and revered in the Vatican Gardens. There has been pedophelia and homosexual abuses in the Church…which was ignored and swept under the carpet, allowing the perpetrators to rise in ranks or be transferred to other parishes. The absolute horrors of abortion…a mother making the decision to be an accessory to killing her own baby is rarely mentioned in the pulpit. Homosexual marriage or lifestyle is never mentioned. The horrors of hell are rarely mentioned. Why???
Many of us are experiencing desperation, confusion, and loss of faith during these trying times. That is because we are reaching out to the figurative “white tiger,” due to the beauty or majesty we want or choose to see. How do we know exactly what we are reaching out to? How do we discern?
In order to see clearly, and to know what is aligned with God, we need to know God. We need to love God. And we need to serve God.
As Catholics, we need to arm ourselves for the spiritual warfare which is in full force right now. You and I are here on earth at this particular time for a reason. Let’s learn about our faith, learn about Jesus and his teachings. Learn about the early Church, the saints who went before us. Learn about our guardian angels, and the power of St. Michael the Archangel. Learn about the power of Our Blessed Mother, and how she is most hated by Satan himself.
If Mother Mary was a “mere” woman as some believe, why do the demons and Satan fear her?
Do you want to continue going through life seeing the lie of the white tiger’s beauty, or do you want the grace to discern the grotesque, horrendous, evil beast for what he truly is? For I can promise you, if you choose to stay in the dark of deception and ignorance, sooner or later, when you least expect it, that beast will pounce on you.
And when that time comes, it will be too late… there will be nothing anyone can do to save you from yourself.
The time to decide and take that step toward the Truth…which is Jesus… is NOW.
Here are a few ways to arm yourself for battle:
Mass (Sunday and Daily Mass if possible)
Use of Sacramentals
Development of Virtues
May God bless and have mercy on our Country.