I was meditating that passage from Isaiah this morning.
I came across it in my prayers. I was reminded of a time long ago when I was in the friars chapel at Carmel in Arkansas, we just began to pray Psalm 46, when a small earthquake rumbled the building:
God is for us a refuge and strength,Therefore whenever I randomly come across these prayers of confidence in liturgical prayer, I'm always reminded of that experience so many years ago, and I wonder if an earthquake maybe just ccurred someplace in the world. A childish thought, no doubt.
a helper close at hand, in time of distress,
so we shall not fear though the earth should rock,
though the mountains fall into the depths of the sea;
even though its waters rage and foam,
even though the mountains be shaken by its waves.
Although, when I came onloine I noted a report that Umbria and Rome were shaken by multiple earthquakes today - 3 consecutive quakes measuring magnitude 5+. The area has already suffered much, one resident stated: "This is totally unnerving. It's never ending. We are all shaking." Story here.
Only a blind man can deny there is great confusion ...
So. Even the stones cry out.
I came across Monsignor Pope's essay on St. Michael and Our Lady and why 2017 is so critical. He's a good priest, a good pastor, he is observing the Fatima Jubilee encouraging prayer and penance - just as Our Lady requested.
Will you join me in praying with special fervency this year? In my own parish, we will be observing the First Saturday devotions that were requested by Mary at Fatima. This will be a communal way to engage the call to prayer. It involves attending Holy Mass, praying the Rosary, and going to confession (that day or within one week) on the first Saturday of five consecutive months. Others also add the wearing of the scapular and/or making a consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. - Monsignor Pope
I'll leave it at that. It's the best advice I've come across online.
I'm tired of the negative discussions and essays on how bad everything is. Only a blind man can deny there is great confusion ...