I’ve written before about interesting coincidences, ones that mark 2016 and 2017 as rather portentous years (see here), and ones that point to St. Michael the Archangel’s influence in human history (see here). Here are some more coincidences…
There are various significant anniversaries occurring in 2017:
- 1917 – the warnings of Our Lady at Fátima, and the Russian Revolutions,
- 1717 – the crowning of Our Lady of Czestochowa (pronounced like Chesta-hoe-va), and the founding (in London) of the first Grand Lodge of the Freemasons
- 1517 – Martin Luther’s protest which led to the Reformation
Most of you have probably heard that there is going to be a total solar eclipse over North America on the 21st August 2017. This is the date of the Feast of Our Lady of Knock, and it also marks the start of a forty day preparation for the Jewish feast of Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement. This year Yom Kippur also happens to land on the Catholic feast of St Michael the Archangel. Some Catholics undertake a period of fasting starting on the Solemnity of the Assumption (15th August), called St. Michael’s Lent, in order to prepare for this feast. St. Francis of Assisi is known to have undertaken this fast because he was devoted to St. Michael. It seems to me that 2017 would be a great year to undertake St. Michael’s Lent, and to prepare to do some atoning.