There is no doubt about the weakening of the faith, particularly in western society. At the same time the world is filled with natural disasters, raging bush fires and climate change.
Where IS Christ in all of this?
In seeking answers, there was a realisation which Cardinal Muller referred to that among many of the faithful there seemed to be a forgetfulness in the basic values of our love of God and our religion generally. A recent poll indicating a weakening of belief in and acceptance of the True Presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
We reflect on the Catechism which reminds us
1333 At the heart of the Eucharistic celebration are the bread and wine that, by the words of Christ and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, become Christ's Body and Blood. Faithful to the Lord's command the Church continues to do, in his memory and until his glorious return, what he did on the eve of his Passion: "He took bread...." "He took the cup filled with wine...." the signs of bread and wine become, in a way surpassing understanding, the Body and Blood of Christ; they continue also to signify the goodness of creation. Thus in the Offertory we give thanks to the Creator for bread and wine, fruit of the "work of human hands," but above all as "fruit of the earth" and "of the vine" - gifts of the Creator. the Church sees in the gesture of the king-priest Melchizedek, who "brought out bread and wine," a prefiguring of her own offering.
In the Church itself we find major problems in the college of Cardinals with open dispute between what some would call the modernisation of the Church. The revision of Scripture to make it more open to current day life.
However Our Blessed Mother warned us.......
Quote from Our Lady of Akita
"As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and priests.
"The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres (other priests); churches and altars will be sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.
"The demon will be especially implacable against souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of my sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will be no longer pardon for them. "With courage, speak to your superior. He will know how to encourage each one of you to pray and to accomplish works of reparation. "
These warnings have been repeated in other apparitions.