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Monday, August 7, 2017

The Tears of St. Lawrence Will Be Their Brightest In 2017

Saturday: the brightest
meteor shower ever.
Towards the end of yesterday's article about the eclipse, I touched on another unique cosmic phenomenon due to occur this week.  I am referring to the Perseid meteor shower, which this year will be the brightest meteor shower ever seen in recorded history.

I was quite eager to discuss it this week, but it seems the Catholic News Agency beat me to the punch last week:
The Perseids meteor shower, also called the “tears of St. Lawrence,” is a meteor shower associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle, which drops dust and debris in Earth’s orbit on its 133-year trip around the Sun.


The name “tears of St. Lawrence” came from the association with his feast day and from the legends that built up around the Saint after his death.

Saint Lawrence was martyred on Aug. 10, 258 during the persecution of the emperor Valerian along with many other members of the Roman clergy. He was the last of the seven deacons of Rome to die.

After the pope, Sixtus II, was martyred on Aug. 6, Lawrence became the principal authority of the Roman Church, having been the Church's treasurer.

When he was summoned before the executioners, Lawrence was ordered to bring all the wealth of the Church with him. He showed up with a handful of crippled, poor, and sick men, and when questioned, replied that "These are the true wealth of the Church."

He was immediately sent to his death, being cooked alive on a gridiron. Legend has it that one of his last words was a joke about his method of execution, as he quipped to his killers: “Turn me over, I’m done on this side!”
St. Lawrence
If I were to assign any kind of a meaning to this event--if I were to proclaim it to have any kind of a prophetic, ominous, stark message for the world--I suppose it'd be that the time for us all to be cooked alive like St. Lawrence could be approaching.

After all, isn't it true that the Akita message is pretty much everything the Church hierarchy hid from us in regards to the Third Secret of Fatima?  And what manner of death awaits us with the Akita prophecy?  Just a recap:
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.
Certainly, America and the world--even the leaders in the Church--have forgotten what true wealth is.  We have collectively forgotten our priorities as a civilization, and so God will cook a large portion of us until we're well done.  This certainly seems to be the case, looking at all of the foreboding signs from this year.

The Perseid Meteor Shower Comes From...Perseus

I think it also bears mentioning that the Perseid meteor shower originates from the constellation of Perseus. Perseus was the name of that Greek hero who cut off Medusa's head. But the circumstances of Perseus' birth and upbringing sound very familiar to the story of Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and King Herod.  

Perseus' origins is a sort of prefiguring Greek story
that resembles the Nativity of Christ.
Perseus' birth was the result of Zeus, king of the gods, miraculously conceiving a child with a woman named Danaë. King Acrisius feared a prophecy that a son conceived by Danaë would kill him one day.  So, acting as a type of Herod, King Acrisius cast Danaë and her child, Perseus, out into the ocean in a wooden box.  The woman and her miraculously-conceived son was later raised up by a foster father named Dictys, a fisherman--not exactly a carpenter like St. Joseph, but a humble trade nonetheless.   

The family of Perseus has somewhat a resemblance to the Holy Family in a few ways.  Sure, the tale stems from a Greek myth.  But noble paganism was all that the West had prior to the arrival to Christ.  And in this regard, when one considers the type of figure Perseus resembles, perhaps this year's ultra bright Perseid meteor shower will hold extra meaning.

Perseus fights the sea serpent.
One more thing about Perseus.  His Greek name stems from the Greek verb perthein...which means "to waste, ravage, sack, destroy.”

2017 is not over yet.  If this year is a momentous year of signs in the heavens, then perhaps the brightest meteor shower ever from a constellation that is a type of Christ-figure, whose name means to waste, ravage, sack, and destroy--well, perhaps this is another significant thing to take into consideration.  

On the other hand, I could be wrong.  It was just a thought.  Like I said yesterday, it could be nothing.  


  1. There is a deep fear within me that if I am called to Martyrdom I will not pass the test.
    I first learned about St.Lawrence 3-4 years ago and it scared me.
    Not because of what he endured but because of my fear.
    What a tremendous man to endure that suffering.
    He should be a role model for Men,not athletes or pop singers!

  2. Les Brigandes
    "Nato Soldier"

  3. Anonymous none of us can pass the Martyrdom test. Not a single one...But that's why martyrs rely on the Grace & strength of Our Lord, it's this that we have to cling to since we are too weak to endure what's coming. This is where fasting and acts of penance come into play too, they build our discomfort muscles a bit.

    Canada just had aurora borealis coast to coast and farther south than usual (even into the northern States) http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/chance-northern-lights-across-canada-1.4205988 . Canada is doing some dastardly things politically lately (within Canada) that have to be answered for one way or the other. We're on the cooker too.

    1. Thank you for the kind words.
      Fasting after midnight for Holy Commnion is a good mortification.
      Watch the video link I posted above.
      People who read this blog will enjoy song and video.

  4. Thanks Laramie for bringing this ominous thought for our meditation. It is most appropriate in times such as these.

    t would be expression of God's justice and mercy to inflict a punishment on the world. I would like to hear this kind of thing from the pulpit so all could share the meditation on the present spiritual condition of ourselves, the Church and the world. It is truly time for a wake-up call.