Mom keeps talking about personal revalations (not hers)


#1

My mom keep talking about dates on which a great warning will happen and although I am not one to give great credence to these it still makes me feel anxious. Do I believe most personal revelations? No. Do i still get nervous because I don’t want to be a doubter? Yes. Somebody doubted Noah after all…

I have told her not to bring this up but then she usually has my sisters to tell me.

I have a problem with anxiety and have told her that this isnt’ good for me but she always find a way. When I was in college she insisted that I drive home 500 miles to pick up emergency supplies.

Where does obeying your parents stop in a case like this? I am 31 years old with my own family.

Thanks for letting me vent.


#2

We do not have to take seriously any private revelations not approved by the bishops of our dioceses or the Vatican, so I wouldn’t worry about any warnings you mother claims are imminent. People having making such claims for centuries, and yet, here we all are.

And as an adult you do not owe your parents obedience, just honor. So no, you don’t have to do what you mother tells you to do, especially when it is ridiculous, intrusive, or just plain wrong.


#3

Sounds like the Millennium scare we all felt…you know the Y2K thingee. My neighbor gave a long list of things I needed to survive through it all. I told her…I trust in God and He will make all things new!

Say thanks Mom for thinking about me, but I am just fine the way things are…and if anything happens, I will cross that bridge when I come to it.

Sure we all have to make plans, wills, organize, but we don’t have to obsess over it. That’s what makes us neurotic.


#4

[quote=Della]We do not have to take seriously any private revelations not approved by the bishops of our dioceses or the Vatican, so I wouldn’t worry about any warnings you mother claims are imminent. People having making such claims for centuries, and yet, here we all are.

And as an adult you do not owe your parents obedience, just honor. So no, you don’t have to do what you mother tells you to do, especially when it is ridiculous, intrusive, or just plain wrong.
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Thank you so much.
My mother is such a faithful woman and I guess that is why I worry so, because it gives an appearance of credibilty.
In my heart I think if this was true, why wouldn’t the Pope make it known to his flock.
Thank you again.


#5

I just want to say that what my first instinct after reading these posts was this…Do you have something you need to confess? Is there something weighing on your conscience? It is the only thing I could think of that would make someone nervous about something bad happening to humanity, do you get my drift ? If the Lord were to come tomorrow would you be ready, I know that I am. What a glorious day that will be. I used to be afraid of everything, and I mean everything and I just didn’t know why. Anxiety I thought. But I have learned to keep myself in a state of Grace through regular confessions, daily prayer, daily Mass when I can get there, and I can’t beleive the difference in my levels of fright and anxiety. I can truthfully say I have conquered these fears, with the help of our Lord. Give it a try, it’s pretty remarkable.

God bless you.


#6

[quote=maryj]I just want to say that what my first instinct after reading these posts was this…Do you have something you need to confess? Is there something weighing on your conscience? It is the only thing I could think of that would make someone nervous about something bad happening to humanity, do you get my drift ? If the Lord were to come tomorrow would you be ready, I know that I am. What a glorious day that will be. I used to be afraid of everything, and I mean everything and I just didn’t know why. Anxiety I thought. But I have learned to keep myself in a state of Grace through regular confessions, daily prayer, daily Mass when I can get there, and I can’t beleive the difference in my levels of fright and anxiety. I can truthfully say I have conquered these fears, with the help of our Lord. Give it a try, it’s pretty remarkable.

God bless you.
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You make a good point, although, I just went to Confession last week and go on a very regular basis, at least every 3 weeks.
I have turned my anxiety disorder over to God but there are still physical consequences to my anxiety.

I would like to point out that for some people (me included) it is hard to let go of past sins, even though we are forgiven and especially if we struggle with particular temptations. The devil often reminds us of our past and I know God’s mercy is beyond comprehension but I can only look at my soul through my human eyes. :o It is hard to see through the faults.

That being said, often these “end times” revelations are often accompanied by violence and as a mother of two small children I can’t imagine anything happening to them or my hubby. It is the fear of the unknown. Yes, I do know there is a Novena to overcome fear, it is a favorite of mine.

Thank you so much for your advice though and I do encourage all to go to Confession! :slight_smile:


#7

I hear you on that one! It’s not that I am afraid of Jesus coming or any sort of chastisement, but hearing about Catholic concentration camps and good Catholic men who won’t be able to feed their families for not submitting to “the sign of the beast” and all that fun stuff is just DESIGNED to instill fear, not peace. I have learned how to put it out of my mind and trust in the Lord to protect his faithful. There are times I can still get caught up in the “what ifs,” particularly when I’m around someone who wants to brainwash others into believing it as absolute truth.

Remember that in Scripture we are told something like 366 times to “be not afraid.” God is a Lord of Peace and not fear. He does not want you to anticipate His second coming with trembling anxiety. Be at peace for your efforts in striving to be faithful and most of all trust in the Lord to protect and keep you safe.


#8

May I suggest an excellent book on all this end-times speculation and various scenarios. It was written by Dave Currie a former protestant pastor and a convert to Catholicism. What he put together in one easy to read book, would takes years of study and the reading of literally hundreds of texts. He covers all the “end-time” verses and includes the writings of the early church and so much more. Published by Sophia Institute Press and available at amazon.
It’s called: Rapture: The End-Times Error That Leaves The Bible Behind.

published in 2003…Scott Hahn says it’s Remarkable and I agree!
God bless.


#9

[quote=sconea]May I suggest an excellent book on all this end-times speculation and various scenarios. It was written by Dave Currie a former protestant pastor and a convert to Catholicism. What he put together in one easy to read book, would takes years of study and the reading of literally hundreds of texts. He covers all the “end-time” verses and includes the writings of the early church and so much more. Published by Sophia Institute Press and available at amazon.
It’s called: Rapture: The End-Times Error That Leaves The Bible Behind.

published in 2003…Scott Hahn says it’s Remarkable and I agree!
God bless.
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EXCELLENT, Rapture: The End-Times Error…

…You can always quote Scripture to Mom (and yourself), about not knowing the day nor the hour:thumbsup:


#10

LynnieLew,
A couple of months ago, I went home to my mom just weeping because I was so scared about all that is happening in the world. I was not scared for myself, but for my daughter. It did not help that I was on the web looking up end times. Catholic concentration camps, the antichrist…
I was looking up things not good for my phyche.
I suffer from panic disorder. I am an extremely anxious person. Sometimes, I wonder how much of my anxiety is related to being raised Catholic. In doing research I have read that many people (I can’t remember the stats but they were high) who where raised Catholic suffer from some sort of anxiety. I love my faith. Don’t get me wrong. But the fire and brimstone and the thought that I may die in mortal sin so I may go to hell scares me. I was also surrounded by the whole Medugorje end of the world mentallity for many years.
I have made it a promise to NEVER discuss end times in front of my daughter. It was discussed in front of me way to much. I want her to have a positive outlook on our faith and to trust in Jesus. I don’t want her to have thoughts (which I believe is learned behaviour) like me. Negative thoughts lead to anxiety, panic disorder and depression.

While I was weeping to my mom she gently told me that she remembers being my age and younger and thinking the same exact thing I was. She was sure the great tribulation and the end were near. Then she listed events that have happened in her life. The Cuban missal crisis, Vietnam, and many others.
“Don’t worry!” She said. “You’ll see that one day you will be my age and everything will be ok.” I felt better after I left. My mom has wisdom and she is close to our Lord and Blessed Mother.

I know the only thing is to trust in God. Let go and let God. Try to fill our minds and surround ourselves with positive things. There is alot of good in the world, and many blessings are given everyday.

I had to reply, because I see much of me in you regarding this issue.


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