|Saturday: the brightest |
meteor shower ever.
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!”
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
|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.