We've seen an increase in the number of customers coming to St. Benedict's filled with fear concerning prophecies and the "3 Days of Darkness". The common thread is weak faith and much fear. Fear is of the enemy, not of God. Fear weakens faith.
There are even people selling "3 Days of Darkness Kits" all over the internet, and people coming in asking for them. I suppose fear is a pretty good way to market a product but is that what we, as Catholics should be doing? Preparation for the End Times is not something you can purchase.
Should we be sitting in fear, clutching our special survival kit, waiting for the End Times? What about those who can't afford the kit? Do we refuse to share our kit with a fellow Christian? More importantly, should we be spreading fear to others?
The answer is NO!
This does not mean that we should not be prepared. Scripture tells us that we should, indeed, be on watch, that we have no way of knowing when this time will come (nor should we be seeking curiously to try to figure this out), and that we should definitely be prepared.
So how should we prepare?
Very simply. We should strive to always be in a state of grace. If you have sinned, go to Confession. Receive the Sacraments of the Church often and, by all means, use the Sacramentals offered by the Church! Every Catholic home should have blessed holy water, salt, and candles. These gifts of the Holy Church help strengthen our faith, but nothing will protect us more than being in a constant state of grace.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you examine your conscience today and go to Confession. Once you are in a state of grace, you are prepared. Simply watch and pray as we have been directed to do. And please, stop spreading fear!
- Matthew 24:4 "Watch ye, therefore, because ye know not what hour your Lord will come."
- Luke 21:36 "Watch ye, therefore, praying at all times, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that are to come, and to stand before the Son of man."
- 1 Peter 4:7 "But the end of all is at hand. Be prudent, therefore, and watch in prayers."
- Revelation 16:15 "Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame."