—Spiritual Food For Thought—
I will take my stand to watch, and station myself on the tower, and look forth to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint. And the LORD answered me: "Write the vision; make it plain upon tablets, so he may run who reads it." (Habakkuk 2:1-2)
IN the wake of the 2008 U.S. and Canadian elections, something has "lifted" further in the spiritual realm.
There has been a surge of rage against the Church in America, particularly from among gays. Protests against democratic measures to keep marriage as defined between a man and a woman have taken a sudden, bold turn. Christians who have shown up to pray or counter-protest have been kicked, shoved, sexually assaulted, urinated on, and even had death threats uttered against them according to witnesses and video. Perhaps most surreal was the scene in California where a grandmother’s cross was thrown to the ground and trampled by demonstrators who began to incite fellow demonstrators to "fight." Ironically, across the world, the Hungarian parliament has just passed laws prohibiting "degrading or intimidating behavior" toward homosexuals.
It is all perhaps a distant echo of the outright persecution occurring in India where bishops are warning that there is a ‘master plan to wipe out Christianity.’ Iraq is also seeing a surge in anti-Christian activity as North Korean faithful continue to endure prison camps and martyrdom as the dictatorship there also attempts to ‘wipe out Christianity.’
One of the top Cardinals in the Vatican Curia stated what is a central message repeated often on this site: the entire Church may be about to enter her own Passion:
For the next few years, Gethsemane will not be marginal. We will know that garden. —James Francis Cardinal Stafford referring to the outcome of the USA elections; Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See, www.LifeSiteNews.com, November 17, 2008
For this reason, I have updated and republished the writing below from December 2005 which relates very much to these current events. It was one of the first writings in a "prophetic flower" which is now rapidly unfolding…