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.
I recently finished a series of free study videos on the sacraments by the St. Paul Center. It was great, so when they told me about another free set of instructional videos I signed up immediately. Here is their blurb on this next set: “The St. Paul Center is offering limited-time access to its video Bible study series, The Bible and the Virgin Mary. Over the course of 12 lessons, beginning on May 1, this study presents the participant an opportunity for growth in knowledge of Scripture and devotion to Our Lady.” Why don’t you join me? (Please let me know in the comment section if the link doesn’t work.)