WITH anti-Covid-19 vaccines around, at least mostly off Philippine shores though also at the corridors of Malacanang and perhaps Congress, and despite a faster variant of the virus from London, many are hopeful that 2021 will lead the road to "normalcy." It's a path most perceive as a return to the way the world used to churn.
Before media comes out with interviews of commercial psychics, perhaps a look at the latest prophecies from credible Catholic mystics is better worth doing. Not that dire prognostications comfort, but, as the hackneyed saying does, "warned is forearmed."
Such mystics often also convey to us admonitions not to be overcome with fear, as hope in God's justice and love for all in the context of eternity must bring comfort to the faithful.
I am now sharing two messages that give some idea of the days ahead beyond 2020.
The following are excerpts from the message of St. Michael the Archangel to mystic Luz de Maria de Bonilla last Dec. 21:
"The tribulations for this generation will not delay; they are appearing in every place, in every state, in every field, even the most unlikely.
"The great human tragedy is disobedience towards the Divine Will. The great betrayal of St. Michael the Archangel on mankind has been fostered by the disordered human ego, like a wild steed that goes where it wishes without thinking about the consequences of its actions.
"Every human being is responsible for their work and actions...
"During the Warning (a prophecy frequently discussed in this column- Ding) you will not see whether you worked or acted as a consequence of the actions of others, but you will look at yourselves regarding your personal works and acts, which ought to make you react, act, forgive and love as adults, as human creatures of God, and to be in the likeness of the Divine Master at all times.
"You must not continue living, working and behaving like the lukewarm. This time gives no opportunity for the lukewarm. During the rebellion of Lucifer, there was no opportunity for the lukewarm; the angels who acted indecisively, being lukewarm, were thrown out of Heaven....
"The spiritual person continues being spiritual even in the greatest and most tragic trials. Those who are not spiritual, in times of trial, may grow to attain the greatest spiritual heights, or in the greatest trials they may go back to lamenting within their 'ego': they fall and it becomes difficult for them to recognize that they are lukewarm....
"Because this generation will be imminently facing tests of Faith, and knowing that everything is derived from the Faith that the human creature possesses, this Faith is manifested by the quality of human beings' action towards their fellow men in terms of their work and behavior, in their treatment of them, in their words, in their company, in their sharing, in the decorum that our King and Lord Jesus Christ displayed in the most difficult moments that he faced as the Man-God.
"Isolation continues: evil requires this virus not to stop, so that humanity would be plunged into despair, and so that evil would thus take control of everything that exists.
"The human being anxiously takes what is offered to it out of fear of infection, without considering that, as the virus continues to grow, what is offered will be unable to combat it.
"May this Christmas be a time of reflection to strengthen your spirits. Therefore, this December 24, receive from our and your Queen and Mother availability for service to your fellow men, together with the humility that is only possessed by those who surrender to God and declare themselves to be his slaves, fulfilling the Divine Will in everything.
"Allow Faith to increase, virtues to grow and gifts to flourish of which you are bearers as children of God.
"That the world order is taking possession of future events and controlling humanity is no secret, and within this process, it is unfortunate that some consecrated to God are capitulating, accepting the deceptive innovations of the shameful modern trends of the false church.
"The Earth is continuing its process of purification, and therefore humanity will suffer, facing serious catastrophes and thereby costing human lives.
"The conversion and instruction of children in the values that this generation has lost is urgent, so that these children would make reparation for so many offenses committed against the Most Holy Trinity and against Our and your Queen and the Mother of Heaven and Earth.
"Pray, People of God, pray for your brothers and sisters so that they would recognize the wrong that they have done.
"Pray, People of God, pray for yourselves that you would make reparation for the wrong that you have done.
"Pray, People of God, pray that the contamination of the senses  would not affect you and that you would not follow the masses.
"Pray for human beings who are perishing.
"Unite as God's People, love Our and your Queen and Mother of the End Times." (End of quote.)
On my birthday last Dec. 24, our Lord Jesus Christ also had a message conveyed to Gisella Cardia in Italy, as follows:
"...'Who knows what will happen, when it will happen? In time we will see.'
"Believe what you have been told because the time is over, now the Warning is near. I will return in Glory, while my angels will put the crown on the King who is being born; I will return with My power, with My love and with My greatness. Everyone will believe Me and will sing Hymns to the Lord together with My angels...
"Keep your families united, forgive past grudges, love one another as I love you. I love you more than anything else in the world. Now wait and pray. I caress you one by one, reminding you of My love for you. Love Me, My bride, love Me, and you will have a foretaste of the joys of My world. I love you. Thank you for having welcomed Me into your home. I bless you in the name of the Father, in my name and that of the Holy Spirit, Amen."