Friday, February 20, 2009

Could It Come to This?

http://patrickmadrid.blogspot.com/search?q=economy

Those of you who know me personally know that I'm not an apocalyptic type of guy. I don't put stock in conspiracy theories. I don't see black helicopters anywhere, and I don't follow the “prophecy” prognosticators.


I do, however, follow what's being discussed and forecast in the mainstream media, and even though many still blythely assume that, at least as far as the economy goes, things have gotten as bad as they're going to get and the economy will soon be on the upswing, I am not so sure. In fact, when I listen to people like economist Peter Schiff, I find myself growing pessemistic about the likelihood of a rebound anytime soon and how things could get much worse rather quickly.


So, when balanced, trusted sources who happen to be my friends and work in the purely secular financial world send me articles like this, and this, and this, and they tell me, as one recently did, “the scary thing is that nothing in the article is exaggerated or fabricated,” I take notice.


This is yet another reminder to me of why I am so grateful that, by God's grace, I am Catholic. We have the certitude of knowing that, come what may, Jesus Christ is with us and, as He said, “In the world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer for I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). But notice that the Lord's promise of having overcome the world includes the reminder that there will be tribulations we must pass through.


The articles I linked to above are brief but representative of many others out there, and they raise unsettling questions that require further elaboration and study.


I'd be curious to know what you think about them. Do you think these warnings are just baseless fearmongering, or is there some truth to them? I'm not sure yet which way I would tilt on this question, but with everything wierd and unsettling that's been going on in the world lately, especially in the U.S., I'm definitely paying closer attention to things like this. What about you?

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