I had a deep realization today that stopped me in my tracks and helped me see things in a new and very helpful light. I was reading today's chapter in the Consecration to Mary preparation for children with my 7-year-old, and the topic was "Envy." An example was given of the evil stepmother and stepsisters who were so envious of Cinderella's beauty and goodness that they made her their slave. Instead of trying to be good and beautiful themselves, I suppose they assumed they couldn't, and the only thing left to do was to make Cinderella as miserable as they could, to somehow make themselves feel better. It really is a tragic thing, and kind of moves me to pity, to realize that this is playing out in the world. I had wondered earlier today, just musing while I watched my kids play outside, "Why do the elites, who supposedly have it all, want so badly to control and squash the middle class?" It occurred to me that there must be some kind of envy involved, and when I see the shallowness of those with so much wealth and power...the emptiness, drugs, sexual addiction, the realization that money and fame isn't bringing them the happiness they long for... I imagine they turn and look at the lower classes with their families and faith and simpler life and can't stand that we somehow manage to find joy in the mundane that they thought themselves too good for. And of course, most specifically, they can't stand those with Faith --that which actually brings true joy and simplicity and security in such a confusing, desperate world. It stops me in my tracks to REALLY think about this. WE have what they desperately want but can't obtain. At least, they believe they can't obtain it. Because in order to obtain it, they would have to give up what they built their whole lives around--self-fulfillment, vice, themselves as god. They are like the rich man walking sadly away from Jesus rather than give up their riches, and therefore turning their back on the one thing that would truly make them happy. And that drives them to such loathing for themselves that they turn on the ones who do choose Jesus and true happiness, and seek to make them miserable like themselves. "We cannot be happy because we have rejected God, thus we want you to reject God and be unhappy as well!" Doesn't this strike you as something to pity? I have spent so much time lately being worried and scared about what the elites are trying to do to this world--how they want to control us and take away our traditions, well-being and faith--and all along it's not so much because they're gleefully drunk with power... It's because they're miserable and hurting inside and they ENVY US. They will never be able to take from us the one thing that truly brings us joy--Christ--and that makes them POWERLESS. For they may enslave our bodies, drag us into abject poverty and close our churches but they cannot reach into our souls and drive Christ out. They cannot steal us off the path to an eternity of joy without our consent. What frustration for them! What madness it must drive them to! And what courage and strength for us to realize how little power they really have over us! What is this short life in comparison to eternity? Even the worst tribulation you can dream up for this world can only last the blink of an eye in the contrast of an eternity in perfect joy with Jesus and Mary and the angels and saints. And what a reminder...that these people we see as our enemies, that we are tempted to hate, or complain about, are miserable, suffering people who desperately want what we have but don't feel that they can have it. These are the ones Jesus is crying for. They and those who follow them are the ones for whom He cries out "I thirst!" They're the ones Mary is appearing everywhere for, desperate to save them as any mother would be for her children, before it's too late. And it's up to us. We can save them. Our rosaries--they are the ones our rosaries are for. We who are safe with Christ are being begged by Him and Mary to pray--not so much to protect ourselves from evil plans--but to save the precious souls of these sad, confused and bitter people. Even Soros was once a little child, beloved by God then and still beloved by God now. If he is beloved by God, then shouldn't he be beloved by us? Shouldn't we be on our knees desperate to save him? Shouldn't we be moved with compassion toward every liberal, Marxist, communist, or otherwise godless and deluded person we encounter? This realization has completely changed how I see the current state of the world. I'm no longer afraid. I'm going to do everything I can to save souls. Thank you for letting me share my thoughts with you.