By John C. Preiss

Years ago a met a lady that claimed to be receiving messages from the Blessed Virgin Mary. Of course, any time that you come across a situation like this you automatically become skeptical. I read many of the messages that she had received and the ongoing message that stood out was that the world needed to repent and come back to God. If this did not happen then persecution will take place and natural disasters will come about to bring people to their knees.

Today, this message means so much more to me because I realize that through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we are living on borrowed time. The world has become a dark place quickly. Just in the last few years Christian persecution is on the rise and is getting increasingly worse. It is not just ISIS or Islamic terrorism but our people fighting amongst themselves. Now we have professional athletes who are showing disrespect to our Country by not standing during the National Anthem. The devil loves division.

Also, we have been bombarded with natural occurrences. It started with the solar eclipse, which was pretty cool , I have to admit. Now we are faced with hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes. Is this the wake up call that God is not pleased with His people? Maybe so.

I think in all of this we have to realize that God loves us and He wants us to love Him back. So many people don’t care and that is scary to me. How can things get better? Prayer, Penance and sacrifice. Love for your neighbor. Love for God. Things can get better, we must not give in to the evils of our society. If you want to make a difference, get down on your knees daily and ask for God’s help.