A storm of coincidences

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The name “Matthew” means “Grace of God” in Hebrew (also gift, donation.)

Mattityahu (Matthew) is the name of the father of the Machabees who liberated Judea from the foreign Greek oppressors, the Seleucids whose king had dedicated God’s Temple to Apollo by sacrificing a pig there thus defiling the Altar of Israel. That is considered by many as a figure of how the forces of the Antichrist will try to defile the Church in the last days. Our Lord warns about that in Matthew chapters 24 and 25, a passage known as the “little Apocalypse.” There Jesus refers to the prophecy of Daniel about the “abomination of desolation” a sign of the beginning of a universal “time of distress” (tribulation, straits of the times) and His impending second coming.

Matthew arrives in the United States at the end of the Novena that faithful American Catholics have been praying since August 15 at the bequest of Cardinal Burke. The day of the landfall on the US is October 7, Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.

And talking about Our Lady of the Rosary, Matthew is the 13th named storm of the season, followed by storm Nicole. The meaning of Nicole (feminine of Nicholas) in the original Greek is “victory of the people.” There is a strict procedure established by the World Meteorological Organization to name these storms. For Atlantic hurricanes, there is a list of male and female names which are used on a six-year rotation. In the northern hemisphere, October is the month of Our Lady, the month of Fatima.
Matthew also comes to visit on the 445th anniversary of the battle of Lepanto. That battle decided the destiny of Europe when the superior fleet of the Ottoman Empire fought a Christian coalition fleet commanded by Don Juan of Austria, son of Charles V. The battle was decided in favor of the Christian fleet when a miraculous 180 degree change in wind direction trapped the Ottoman vessels unfavorably. During those days Pope Pius V ordered all the Catholic faithful to pray the Rosary asking for the victory of the Christian forces. When victory was granted the Pope instituted the Feast of Our Lady of Victory (later changed to Our Lady of the Rosary) to be kept in grateful celebration to Our Lady.

During that battle, one of the main commanders, Genovese admiral Andrea Doria, carried in his battle ship an exact copy of the image given to San Juan Diego by Our Lady of Guadalupe only a few years before the battle. Curiously enough, years before the discovery of the New World, Christopher Columbus was already very devout of Our Lady of Guadalupe and visited her Sanctuary in Villuercas de Extremadura, Spain before sailing for the Americas the first time.

On November 14, 1493 while exploring the Caribbean, Columbus was caught by a bad storm. While his ship was still afloat, Columbus ordered a priest to offer the Holy Mass. The ship run aground in an island and not one life was lost. Columbus called that island Guadalupe in honor of Our Lady. Two Caribbean storms are thus strangely connected in time.donation

It is remarkable that the path of Matthew started off the coast of Venezuela (currently under communist rule) continued to Haiti (a country dedicated to the devil by its founder Toussaint Louverture,) and then then Cuba (another communist enclave) before heading for the US currently enduring a long period of Liberal Progressive rule.

Nuestra Señora de las Victorias, ruega por nosotros. Our Lady of Victory, pray for us.


“At that time Michael, the great prince, the protector of your people, shall arise. There shall be a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since nations first came into existence. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book.” Daniel 12:1

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3 thoughts on “A storm of coincidences

  1. A friend asked about the meaning of “gathering of the elect from the four winds” …

    Revelation 7:1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth so that no wind could blow on earth or sea or against any tree. I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to damage earth and sea, saying, “Do not damage the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have marked the servants of our God with a seal on their foreheads.”

    Revelation 7:1-8 Possible interpretation
    “In the figurative language of Scripture, the blowing of the four winds together, means a dreadful and general destruction. But the destruction is delayed. Seals were used to mark for each person his own possessions. This mark is the witness of the Holy Spirit, printed in the hearts of believers. And the Lord would not allow his people to be afflicted before they were marked, that they might be prepared against all conflicts. And, observe, of those who are thus sealed by the Spirit, the seal must be on the forehead, plainly to be seen alike by friends and foes, but not by the believer himself, except as he looks steadfastly in the mirror of God’s word. The number of those who were sealed, may be understood to stand for the remnant of people which God reserved. Though the church of God is but a little flock, in comparison with the wicked world, yet it is a society really large, and to be still more enlarged. Here the universal church is figured under the type of Israel.” MH

    A figure of this is shown to us in the preservation of the firstborns of Israel the night of the great darkness when the Angel of Death went through Egypt killing the firstborn of every family and animal except in those houses where the Paschal Lamb was being consumed and whose doors were marked by the Blood of the Lamb. To survive the impending destruction represented by the release of the four winds the people of God must be marked in the same fashion, united to Christ in the Holy Eucharist and “following the Lamb of God no matter where He goes” even to the Cross through martyrdom.

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