Can we see the signs of the times?

Mere coincidence? Or are angels at work?

First, a catastrophic flood, the biggest since 1937, forced the closing of the sanctuary of Lourdes. The place the Immaculate had transformed from garbage dump into a place of grace and incomparable beauty, was covered with mud and debris. Mary’s most visited sanctuary in Europe laid in desolation, yet Mary stood safe on the rock where she appeared to St. Bernadette, overlooking the murky waters with her hands folded in prayer. The Immaculate is also the Sorrowful Mother that comes to save her lost children.

Only 9 days later, Northeast USA is hit by Sandy, the biggest superstorm they have ever experienced. It floods populated areas including sections of NY city. In the borough of Queens, flood damage is compounded with a fire in the middle of the night. Entire blocks are leveled to the ground. Yet a statue of the Blessed Mother remains intact in her niche with her arms extended as channels of God’s grace. But no one is around to receive them.  This scene of Mary amidst the ruins appeared in the major news outlets. Everybody can see it. But do we really understand or is it just a nice photo opportunity?

On Oct 31, 10 days after the flood at Lourdes, flood waters surround the Basilica of Our Lady of Lujan in Argentina. The news reports say: “They cannot explain why the water level does not go down… The river is behaving in a strange manner… there are entire fields and neighborhoods under water”.

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