Why do I come in this way? Why do I speak? Because my children are about to be covered in darkness. This is not a darkness of the individual but a dark state of the world. All will be covered in darkness.
What do I mean by the phrase, “covered in darkness”? It will not be a physical darkness, at least in this hour, but a social darkness, an inability of the structures of society to provide for its people. What people took for granted will no longer be there. Institutions will be washed away in the floods of bankruptcy and mismanagement. People will search for other alternatives but nothing will be ready. No one has prepared adequately. Life for many will be very different. Parents will worry about their children and how they will provide for the future. Anxieties will increase and, in some places, even panic and breakdowns of social life will occur. What do I have to say about this darkness? What advice can I give?
Who will Survive?
There will be a time of testing. Those who survive will not be the strongest or the richest. Riches will only allow them to avoid some of the difficulties. They do not insure survival. Survival will come only from faith that life still has a purpose, from hope that the heavenly Father will provide sufficiently as Jesus promised, and from love which binds people together, each one looking out for the other.
As institutions fall and as the other sources of help are ineffective, faith, hope and love will bind people together. There will arise a new, living set of relationships composed of people who refuse to give up and are determined to help each other, just as Jesus taught his disciples.
This will be a time akin to the deportation of the workers in Jerusalem to Babylon (597 BC). They did not give up and they forged new lives, just as Jeremiah urged them to do.
To these faithful souls who will endure the darkness, I speak the words from Jeremiah which they must always remember, “I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope.” (Jer. 29:11)
Yes, in the darkness, I have plans for a future full of hope and my children must believe that those plans exist.
Comment: What can be said in the face of worldwide unrest. Mary gives as clear an answer as possible.