“Dear children! I am with you all these years to lead you to the way of salvation. Return to my Son; return to prayer and fasting. Little children, permit God to speak to your heart, because Satan is reigning and wants to destroy your lives and the earth on which you walk” (Mary at Medjugorje, March 25, 2020)
“Dear children, today, as never before, I call you to pray for peace. Satan is strong and he seeks to destroy not only human life but also nature and the planet on which you are living” (Medjugorje, January 25, 1991)
If the end of the eighteenth century and the first part of the nineteenth could be defined by anything, it was mass production, which soon would create a fast-food industry and what a Pontiff would rail against one day as the “throwaway culture”: use a plastic bottle once, or a plastic bag, and send off to the landfill, where it would take decades to dissolve, if ever it did, or allow it to be swept as litter into a swale to a creek to a river to the ocean where now microparticles of plastic were as numerous as phyto-plankton (the tiny organisms on which small fish—the beginning of the ocean food chain—fed).
If there was residue or waste that hurt His Creation, it wasn’t in God’s Plan. Period. The Lord made everything dissolve back into nature—made it so that when something was used by the nature He created, what it left (for example, manure) nourished something else, feeding a cycle, an endless, brilliant, incredible feedback system—instead of harming it. No scientist could possibly design anything a millionth as intricate. And if scientists worked with God, the result would have been products that left useful, non-toxic waste, residues that were gladly received back into Creation, and energy that was renewable.
The earth was not created to be left in darkness, but also not to be depleted. With God, there would be plastic-like materials but ones that readily dissipated into natural components—energy configurations that utilized the sunlight and magnetism abounding all around us. It was when something was too convenient, and more to the point, conducive to making big money, for an elite few—that it strayed from His Plan and hurt the surroundings and people and fauna in it. With God, inventions vastly more impressive than anything that came out of the Edison Illuminating Company would have been and could be concocted. It didn’t mean an end to cars and air conditioning. It meant an end to powering air
conditioning in an artificial way.
This was not a political issue. It was not liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican. It was an issue of rationality blending with the spiritual. It was also good versus evil. At an apparition, the Blessed Mother even warned that Satan “wants to destroy the planet and nature itself.”
The mystic Maria Esperanza gave me messages she’d received (decades before) that said exactly this: with God, ingenuity would exceed the imagination while solving problems and disrupting nothing. Instead, our scientists were going their own way without even believing in Him. For years, Esperanza had warned that such misuse of technology—Godless technology, especially human cloning— would be a disaster. In a world where science was in tune with spirituality, Esperanza said there would be “great events” and a “conquest” of what she called the “spatial era.”
“You must know that if you obey, the fullness of a wonderful light shall reflect upon you,” she quoted Jesus as saying. “Great luminaries will work lively splendors that you may see next to you, guiding your footsteps because of your love for Me. Great events are near and the next one will shake the world of science. Electronic computers will [cause] the utmost revolution people could imagine,” Maria quoted a message from Mary, on March 18, 1981, as stating.
If we prayed, and consulted Heaven, said the Church-sanctioned seer, society would even find a way to eliminate harmful radioactivity. “Its reactions will grind to a halt, and then the time will come in which it will be used for pacific purposes, for man’s wellbeing and for the probable happiness of better days,” she recorded in a diary.
“This will come about with the sun and with the drive of magnetic forces of earthly energies: volcanic forces, wind, water, certain kinds of seaweed because phosphorus will be better assimilated. In short, no element will be wasted; everything will be used.” Such developments would come only at the end of the current era, she claimed, warning that the world would undergo purification (due to sinfulness, especially our lack of humility, charity, and love, and a lack of devotion to the Eucharist).
“Men cannot think, cannot imagine for a moment, the great struggle among nations that will take place, brother against brother,” she quoted Jesus as saying. After that cleansing, however—if mankind reverted back to the Lord, and lived a simpler, more harmonious life (as He did, in concert with nature), would come what she described as devices more revolutionary than even computers.
There would be “amazing devices” with the capacity to diagnose and heal human sickness—if science and religion join forces in God’s Plan. One example: a technology that would create new means of illumination, turning dark into day. She foresaw that as tapping into a “stellar curvature.” She also saw forces of light and music combined together in ways that currently were unimaginable.
In equally surprising language (most of her images were simply means of devotion), the great mystic, whose cause has been initiated—in a diocese near where Edison lived— foresaw “the registration of equations to their final expression” and computer devices that would replace many of the functions of a doctor. She described such inventions as coming from “secret forces” hidden in rhythms of nature and what she labeled the “sacred canticles.”
But that wasn’t what was seemed set back at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Instead, there were the Roaring Twenties. A roaring culture, for sure. That silver screen. Valentino. Chaplin. Instant unprecedented wealth.
Celebrities. Theatre palaces. Even back then, provocative stars. A roaring economy. Flying freight planes! But after all this prosperity, fun, and wanderlust, there was the Wall Street crash; there was a monstrous global plague of influenza (killing two of the Fatima seers). There were the secrets of Fatima. It was also a time of ferocious hurucans: In 1926 Miami Beach, locus of amusements, nearly vanished from one direct hit from the Atlantic (some believed Miami was in such a location that one day it would vanish in a much greater disaster—that its very location was not feasible. FM radio! Technicolor! What had LaSalette said? “People will think of nothing but amusement.”
Was the clock, reset after that hurricane, ticking again?
[adapted from Where the Cross Stands]