There are the divisions. There are the explosive tensions. a great American divide. There’s turmoil in Washington as that city adjusts to a startlingly new kind of leader — one who is moving with such speed and fury that he has left Congress, the media, and the bureaucracy struggling for breath.
There are the stirrings overseas — Russian spy ships off the East Coast, upset in Europe, North Korean missile tests, new pressures from China to Mexico, not to mention in the Middle East, which continues to simmer like a caldron. Protests erupt, from radical feminists, upset with what may be the last pro-life stance — the final opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade (with the woman behind it, Normal McCorvey, “Jane Roe,” ironically dying just last weekend) — to minorities. There are continued attacks on religious freedom despite a change of guard that promises to reverse at least some of that oppression — the satanists who have been rising in the public square, boldly showing their rituals and faces (at the same time that a First Lady recites the Lord’s Prayer).
These are only some of the forces currently set in motion as America continues to face a decisive moment in its history — the most decisive since the Civil and Revolutionary wars.
Will it regain its Christianity — or sink into third-world oblivion, forsaking its intended mission as a nation under Jesus and losing its status as a superpower as a consequence of that?
“This is the beginning of the instructions: in various parts of the world apparitions and miraculous events are multiplying,” noted a stigmatic last week. “This may be the sign that the events of transformation and purification are about to be fulfilled.’
Will we grasp the opportunity or squander it?
It is the question of the hour, of this “final” hour of sorts, of this time when events and trends foreseen in the Eighties and early Nineties continue to grind toward a conclusion — not with the apocalypse expected prematurely, but in a determinate way that at various points will see major, unprecedented denouements unless America turns back to Jesus, to the Holy Trinity.
Unless it rediscovers not only its Christian roots but its little known and remarkable Catholic ones.
Not unless it seeks the protection of a discreet, subtle, exquisitely motherly woman who, at every stage, from the first voyages of Spanish explorers to Florida, has been behind — yes, behind — the very Christian foundation of the United States of America.
All this becomes crystal clear in the new book, Where the Cross Stands, by Michael H. Brown — which is now being released, a book that swiftly details the surprising and astonishing Marian history of this nation — of La Florida — as the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, guided explorers and dozens of priests in the earliest days, brave men who faced hurricanes and Indians, disease and snakes, as they planted Crosses at the very first places they set foot — most notably, what is now St. Augustine, the oldest city in the U.S., where the original Cross planted on September 8, 1565 has been replaced by the tallest Cross in the world.
The “messages” have been consistent and unmistakable. The book hypothesizes: we have perhaps a decade or two more. Matters already have begun to unfold.
What goes on now? How did devotion of Mary not only figure into the establishment of Florida and the U.S. but continue to appear in meaningful apparitions in the U.S. and elsewhere with messages — often fascinating, obscure messages — through those centuries? How much time is in this dramatic moment where we find ourselves with what the subtitle says: “The Last Chance To Reclaim America”?
[resources: now available: Where The Cross Stands: The Last Chance To Reclaim America]
[March retreat in Atlanta]
[Michael Brown Special Reports]