Just four days after the Total Eclipse traversing the USA, Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas, late on August 25th into the morning of August 26th. This storm wreaked havoc by destroying almost everything in its path .
It was the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years, killing at least 17 people and forcing 30,000 people to flee to emergency shelters.
Hurricane Harvey is "almost certain" to be at least the third worst storm in U.S. history when it comes to damage costs. The current estimate ranges from $48 billion to $75 billion, with an average of $57 billion.
Hurrican Harvey caused flooding across 234 square miles (600 sq km)of Harris County and 51 square miles (132 sq km) of Galveston County, about one-eighth of each county's land area.
Here is a chart showing costliest storms. Note that they all occurred within the last 30 years!:
What can we learn from this and what significance, if any, does this have for us as Americans and also for citizens of the God's kingdom on earth: Christendom or aka His Church and also for all of society as well? Could Hurricane Harvey been a punishment for sins committed against God?
I will not go into how the USA has sinned against God in the way of blasphemy as I am sure it is quite evident to all. One needs only to turn on the TV or walk down the street and witness offenses against the First and Second Commandment!
And now Hurricane Irma....
However, we may want to look to the past to find the answer . One case in history has a coincidental date of August 26th that may give one answer to why these natural disasters are occurring in greater frequency and intensity....it will also suggest a remedy - devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus!!!
On August 26th 1843 Sr. Marie St Peter who resided in a Carmelite Monastery in Tours, France, had a vision in which our Lord spoke to her she been particularly upset by a recent storm where she felt that the justice of God was raging against nature due to the sins of mankind. As I do not believe one can explain this historical event any better than this good sister the following passages are taken right from the book: "The Golden Arrow" (pg. 112-115) for us to meditate on perhaps why hurricane Harvey made landfall at Corpus Christi.
I personally believe that God is speaking to us and that He is expressing His anger for the sins of blasphemy and the sins against keeping holy the Lord's Day. We, as Christians, have lost the sense of sin and additionally I believe,we've lost the sense of the sacred and God is calling us back to travel the correct and narrow Road To Heaven. It is your choice to agree or disagree and then do something about it!
Revelation of August 26th, 1843
Sister Mary St Peter receives the first revelation concerning the sins of blasphemy. To atone for this outrageous crime, the Savior inspires the nun to recite off in a prayer of praise to the Holy Name Of God which he dictated entitled
"The Golden Arrow."
On August 23rd, 1843, (the day after the Feast of St Louis the Crusader against blasphemy), there was a terrible storm during which I felt the justice of an angry God as I had never before felt in my life. Kneeling, so that my forehead touched the ground, I ceaselessly offered our Savior, Jesus Christ to His Eternal Father, for the expiation of my sins for the needs of the Holy Church.
Since one of the nuns in our Convent experienced on that day the same emotion as I did, when the hour for evening prayer arrived, I place myself in spirit at the foot of the cross, and approaching our Lord familiarly, I spoke to Him about the incident of the storm. After that I asked him to tell me the reason why I felt so strongly on that day the roused anger of His Eternal Father.
Although recently I had experienced much aridity in prayer, now as soon as I addressed our Savior , He at once relaxed His Manner toward me and said:
My daughter, I have heard your sighs and your groans, and I have also witnessed your ardent desire to glorify Me, which desires not to spring from yourself, for it is I who have given a birth in your soul.
Then Gathering the powers of my soul, our Lord open His heart to me and said:
My name is everywhere blasphemed! There are even children who blaspheme!
He then made me see that this frightful sin wounds His Divine Heart more grievously than all the other sins, showing me how by blasphemy the sinner curses Him to His Face, attacks Him publicly, nullifies His Redemption, and pronounces his own judgment and condemnation.
Our Lord then made me visualize the act of blasphemy as a poisoned arrow continually wounding His Divine Heart . After that He revealed to me that He wanted to give me a "Golden Arrow" which would have the power of wounding Him delightfully and which would also heal those other wounds inflicted by the malice of sinners.
The following is the formula of the "Golden Arrow" which is an Act of Praise that our Lord himself dictated to me, notwithstanding my unworthiness, for the reparation of blasphemy against His Holy Name.