Thursday, January 11, 2024


By Tim Rohr

Many Catholics are rightly concerned over what is happening at the "top" of our church. At best, confusion reigns. And, at worst - well I'll leave that alone for now. 

Some want to rise up. Some want to resist. Others just fall away. However, the true faithful should be surprised at nothing. All happens in God's time and by His mysterious design. 

More than 1500 years ago, Pope St. Gregory the Great (590-604) penned the Moralia, a massive eschatological reflection on the Book of Job, and wherein he describes what to expect at "the end" as summarized here:

In short, St. Pope Gregory the Great predicts the Church will be severely weakened prior to the unveiling of Antichrist. There will be fewer miracles, fewer prophetic voices, its penance will be less fruitful, and “the words of doctrine” will fall silent.

But, as he explains, this is all under the providence of God, who, as St. Paul makes clear in 2 Thessalonians 2 (see Katechōn #3) sends Antichrist as a punishment against “those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.” (2 Thess. 2:10)

For those who persevere in love of God, such punishment cannot but be for their good, as indeed their perseverance will be rewarded by the return of Our Lord in glory, who will bestow on them even greater rewards for their having believed without seeing.


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