I know that it has been foretold that things will get extremely bad, that Satan will have free reign- as he does now- before the reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and I truly believe that we are now in that time. As I look at all the evil that is being forced on the common people, I also see the strength of those who truly love God, the strength that can only come from the love of God and the grace given because of that love. There will be a breaking point, where the limits of tolerance are broken and the people will say, No more! We will have to stand up for our faith, our beliefs, at any cost.
We have as our protectress and champion, our hope and inspiration, the great Mother of God. She knew how great is the evil of this world and how her Son came to live, teach, and suffer for us. She shared in the joy of His life as well as His Passion.
As we approach Advent and the joyful time of celebration for the Nativity of Jesus, let's not forget that the joy we feel also led to the Passion and Death, and that evil can be overcome by faith and grace, prayer, penance, and mortification. May the Lord give us the strength we need in all our trials, and may His Blessed Mother protect us beneath her mantle.