The evidence is everywhere. Look around. What is in order? What is stable? What will continue to exist? Everything is in question. What is not in question is the instability of the world and the frightful consequences that are so very near. These will burst upon mankind like a dam suddenly unable to hold back the flood waters.
So often I use this figure of a flood but the image is an apt one. Before a flood, life goes on as usual. No one is aware. Then the rains come. The waters rise. People are on edge. They do all they can to protect their city, hoping that this will be enough. However, the ultimate outcome is beyond their power. They cannot control nature. They cannot determine the amount of rain or how it will gather. When the floods come, everything in its wake is destroyed. Nothing is spared. Whatever is present is swept away. Only those who looked forward, who heeded the warnings, who removed their possessions, are spared from the devastating power of the flood.
Storing Up the Virtues
This is what I teach my children. You cannot determine the place or the scope of the flood, so seek the high ground, that special relationship that I offer you. Let faith, hope and love lift you high. Only these will save you and, if you ask, I will pour them all into your heart. These are not powers received at the last minute. They must be stored up now.
This is my invitation, rejected so often. In these troubled times, when all can see that unforeseen difficulties lie directly ahead, many will be open to this invitation.
“How should we prepare,” they ask, “when we have no idea of what we will face?” Faith, hope and love prepare for every trial. They bind you to me. In the flood, I will be your mother. Regain your religious spirit and you will be prepared. When the floods come, your heart will be able to receive the helps I will pour out.
Comment: Even though the future problems are unknown, the preparation is clear. You must regain your religious spirit.