From the Irish Catholic:
A renowned priest exorcist has said the coronavirus is a “dress rehearsal” before “the great tribulation” and that God is giving people a chance to reassess their current situation and turn their lives around.
Fr Pat Collins CM, a Vincentian based in Blackrock in Dublin, has said that God did not send Covid-19 but that He has allowed it to happen and used past tribulations to bring people back to the Faith. Last year he spoke at the Divine Mercy conference in the RDS, Co. Dublin. Fr Collins says: “I gave a prophetic talk about what I thought was coming down the line.
“Part of it was saying that there were very clear messages coming through, reliable people, that a tribulation was on its way and it wouldn’t be brought on by God, it would be the result of human fallibility but God would use it for Divine purposes and that it would be by way of a chastisement that it would challenge people and it would attempt to purify them.
“I do believe that sometimes when a person develops an addiction or has a serious illness, they will think about their lives, they’ll reassess their priorities, their values and all that. I think that perhaps now is such an event. I think people are reassessing and I find many people are actually praying much more than they use to and taking their religious duties more seriously.”
After the virus is brought under control, he says, “we’re going to be left with an enormous number of economic problems”. Fr Collins believes many people haven’t faced up to how difficult the future will be.
At the start of the pandemic he believes “people saw a common enemy.”
“My fear is there’s going to be a lot more social disruption in the coming period. I think we’re only entering the tunnel at the moment and we’ve a long way to go,” he warns.
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