One of the sad observations that I make when I look at the world around me, especially in our country, is that so many people live as though everything is wonderful and that there really are no serious problems.
There are those even in the Church who believe that everything is getting better. Please don't get me wrong, of course there are those who strive to live in a state of sanctifying grace, and conversions do still take place. We know that the Church will not be defeated by Satan, but as Our Lady pointed out at Fatima, there will be much to suffer.
But if the world does not repent, satanic hatred will fill the hearts and souls of men with a great intensity that will encourage them to vigorously persecute the good.
With the hearts of contemporary men so hardened towards God, towards Our Lady and to the Catholic Church is it any wonder that we may be approaching the grave martyrdom described?
This is why the public square rosary cannot be emphasized enough! We must pray, pray, pray in order to beg the mercy of Our Lady. The world has traveled so far away from God's path that only an immense grace can bring these billions back.
It is good to reflect on the above, to help us understand the extreme gravity of our world situation. If we reflect well, we will pray and offer reparation with much greater intensity. We will be happy to hold not only the annual public square rosary, but even monthly public square rosaries.
We should not lose hope. The prayers of the good are much more powerful than the deeds of the wicked. And most importantly, Our Lady said at Fatima, "In the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph."
Let us reflect on these words, not in discouragement, but with confidence in Our Lady: our life, our sweetness, and our hope.