I don’t know. There are some reasons to think it might occur. And I hope it will happen very soon. But we will have to wait and see. If it is this year, then the only possible day is Good Friday, March 30th.
The apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima began in 1917, so I would have thought that 2017, the 100th anniversary would be an appropriate timing. But if we don’t count the partial year of 1917, then 2018 gives us 100 full years, plus the partial years of 1917 and 2018. Or maybe it is the case that 101 years is a fitting timing, in the view of Heaven.
The other consideration is the impending schism and the reign of Pope Francis. It is clear to me that the tribulation must begin during his reign. And we know from Sacred Scripture that the great apostasy unfolds during the tribulation. The current situation is that most Catholic teachers and leaders are teaching grave error. Many on the left laugh at the idea that they would be required to believe what persons in authority in the Church teach. Then, on the right, they consider themselves to be above the Pope and the Magisterium, and they have radically reinterpreted Church teaching. This great falling away from the Faith is certainly an indication that the tribulation is near, even if it is not this year.
What troubles me most about the schism and widespread heresies is that most Catholics do not notice or care. Even prominent Catholic authors do not seem to notice that the Church is in a dire state, and that most teachers are unfaithful to Her. The Church is indefectible only by the grace and providence of God. But if there were never a Warning, I think the Church would be in a much worse state, and many more souls would be lost.
I notice that the Lenten message of Pope Francis is about the tribulation. He comments on the end times, and on false prophets and the harm they do, extensively. That is a very unusual message from any Pope. It may be an indication from grace and providence that the first part of the tribulation begins this year.
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