Keep your eyes open!...


Lent, 2006
(Rev 14:6-7)  And I saw another angel flying through the midst of heaven, having the eternal gospel, to preach unto them that sit upon the earth and over every nation and tribe and tongue and people: Saying with a loud voice: Fear the Lord and give him honour, because the hour of his judgment is come. And adore ye him that made heaven and earth, the sea and the fountains of waters. 

DIES IRAE- Link to the lyrics of a thirteenth century hymn of singular awe and piety.

EXCERPT HOMILY BY FATHER ALTIER: " Well, we are no different, because people do not want to see. There are signs all around us of what is going on, yet we do not want to see and we keep saying to God, “Give me a sign.” What do we need? How big of a sign do we need? Do we need to get hit by a semi [truck] before we realize what is going on? The time is at hand, and people do not want to believe it. We do not know the exact timing, but I submit to you that Lent this year may be quite different from any that we have ever known".

EDITOR'S COMMENTS: Father Altier's premonition about Lent 2006 seems to be widely shared among observers of the "signs of the times".  As pointed out in the Trib Times earlier this week, this is the first Lenten season after the conclusion of the Church era that ended with the death of Pope John Paul II.  It is a season brimming with the likelihood of worldly confusion and even chaos.  

Topics of potentially explosive concern include:

Iran Aims to Expand Nuke Program
Muslim Preacher on Temple Mount: Restore Worldwide Islamic Rule

Report finds Iraq teetering toward civil war
China condemns scrapping of Taiwan unification body
Russia Warns U.S. Against Striking Iran
Hamas choices will shape Middle East future
Eyewitness Account: Islam's March Against the West



The TRIB TIMES will not be updated again this year during the Lenten season, extending to the first week after Easter.  My computer time will be limited to 30 minutes each morning and evening during Lent. I will read all emails I receive, and will answer all that I can, time permitting.  I may also occasionally email non-reformatted news articles to Trib Times subscribers that I find to be of particular importance. But barring a major event, the Trib Times web page itself will not be updated.  Admittedly, it would be the lack of a major event or two this Lent that would be surprising.

It is also possible that the importance of this particular Lenten season is in preparing us spiritually for event that are to occur in the less immediate future.

I apologize to all who have recently subscribed but will keep your email information for use after my return.  God willing, the next issue of the Trib Times should be shortly after Divine Mercy Sunday, April 23, 2006.  Please keep me in your prayers, and be assured that I will do the same.

I recommend the following links to keep up with unfolding events:

Catholic News

Signs of the Times

Readings & Meditations for Lent & Holy Week
Father Altier's Homilies:

Newer subscribers may also be interested in a meditation that first appeared in the Trib Times in 2004, The Pain of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.

A Lenten Reflection: If you are not as close to God as you once were, guess who moved?

"The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace." (Num 6:24 -26)  

The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Possessing Nothing

3. Once when Arsenius was in Scetis he became ill, and he needed just one penny. He had not got one, so he accepted it as alms from someone else, and said, 'Oh God, thank you! For your name's sake you have made me worthy to come to this, that I should have to ask for alms.' 

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