There are many signs of our times, from nature to politics (which is why we cover such topics, despite their worldiness, especially when potential upheaval is indicated).
Those are majuscule -- often, blaring headlines. But many signs occur under the radar.
One may be the desecration of Christian symbols.
Just before the apparitions in Rwanda that foresaw a horrible genocide, there was a mysterious rash of statue vandalism, desecration, and often total destruction throughout that nation.
So widespread was the issue it seemed like a coordinated effort -- a hidden campaign.
Likely, skulking political forces were behind it, though there were Catholics on both sides in the civil war and though the culprits have never been identified (at least that we know).
More specifically, it was statues of the Blessed Mother that were targeted, and it was of course the Blessed Mother who, starting in November of 1981, appeared at Kibeho, in what are now fully Church-sanctioned appearances.
As one bishop, Aloys Birgirumwami, of Nyundo, said -- as a preface to a book about Kibeho -- "I can't help mentioning the diabolical fury directed against the Mother of God between 1979 and 1981. The wild iconoclasts removed and broke all the statues which were in the churches and at the crossroads throughout the whole of Rwanda, yet the voices of those in authority were not raised in protest at such sacrilegious acts."
Now we are seeing the same in the U.S., albeit at nowhere near the level, proportionately, as occurred in the African nation. But at times it is at a significant level nonetheless.
The stream of articles in our news bank [see below] carries reports of such vandalism on a weekly and sometimes daily basis -- at the same time over and under the radar; news items but not really big news.
Is it a harbinger here, likewise?
If so, the mere beginning. The beheading of a statue in the U.S. tends to garner more news coverage -- locally -- than might be warranted. The reports, erratic and locally intense, are scattered, however, and there are other kinds of statues that are vandalized, as it appears some take delight simply in breaking things: historic statues, statues of lions, a statue of a Roman goddess, to cite recent examples.
But there is no denying the predominance -- when it comes to this particular behavior -- of damage to Mary, as nearly a materialization in the world of mischief of what transpires in the general secular atmosphere, one that could lend way to more direct sequestration and even persecution. The Blessed Mother is also attacked in vile plays, cartoons, and secular blogs.
As the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property, recently reported (and indicated through the image above), "A narrow-minded, vulgar, egoistic and even idolatrous woman -- this is how Irish author Colm Toibin presents the Blessed Virgin Mary in his novel (now making its debut on the stage) titled, The Testament of Mary. His blasphemous play is being presented at the Walter Kerr Theatre, a Broadway theater, starting Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at 8:00 pm."
In Canada, a fringe actress named Theresa Thomson performed in a show called Lies of a Promiscuous Woman, which posed the question: what if Mary lied about the Resurrection and Immaculate Conception?"
A sign of the time? Or just mischief? Read the excellent book, Our Lady of Kibeho, which details the appearances of Mary.
At Kibeho the apparitions not only foreran and foresaw (exactly prophesied) the genocide that would occur twelve years later, but also indicated, in a more subtle fashion, the imminent outbreak of AIDS -- which killed many in this region of Africa, turning villages and hut hamlets into ghost towns.
NewBostonPost (blog)-Apr 8, 2016
The vandalized statue of the Virgin Mary at the St. Catherine of ... Three statues at St. Margaret's Church were damaged over Easter weekend.
NECN-Mar 30, 2016
For the third time since Easter weekend, police are investigatingvandalism at a Catholic church in Massachusetts. (Published Wednesday ...
Third Virgin Mary
statue vandalized in
less than a week
Boston.com-Mar 30, 2016
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KRNV My News 4-Feb 19, 2016
A statue of the Virgin Mary was significantly damaged in an act ofvandalism sometime overnight Sunday, according to the Placer County ...
CBS Local-Mar 26, 2016
Police are investigating vandalism to a Blessed Virgin Mary statueat a Norwood church. ... Chief William Brooks says, “Obviously, this type of act is particularly disturbing given the timing and the statuethat was damaged.”.
Norwood parish urges mercy after Mary statue vandalized
The Boston Globe-Mar 27, 2016
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CBS Local-Mar 29, 2016
Father Frank Silva at Saint Margaret's Church in Burlington saw the ... The statue of the blessed mother desecrated, her head knocked right off.
Vandalized at St.
Margaret's, Police Investigating
Patch.com-Mar 29, 2016
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Wicked Local-Apr 9, 2016
1:41 p.m.: A resident, of St. Mary Road, reported an unknown person threw ... There was minor damage to the vehicles. .... 10:58 a.m.: An officer reported vandalism to several statues at St. Margaret's ... 9:32 p.m.: A caller reported an erratic driver of a Ford minivan pulled into the church donation box area on ...