Some Rapturous Writing leading in to tomorrow’s predicted Rapture!
On Facebook, I note I have been invited to do some Rapture Looting, but I think I will decline, as I am not much of a girl for getting up early of a Saturday morning! The Crescat, however has her eye on liquor, guns and ammo! Which just goes to show you how generous it was of her to share her prosecco with me while in Rome!
John W. Martens writes thoughtfully at America:
My desire to mock, however, is much reduced since 1976 and not because I am afraid of losing this gig, or because I am more mature, but because I understand better that it is a deep human impulse to want to know and to understand and to be ready and prepared. And the students are still aware of the movies which imagine the end and are, if not predictions of the end, paeans to the existence of an eternal battle between good and evil that we wish well and done. Except for a few on the fringes, we wish evil to be done, its claws retracted, its fangs blunted. We wish suffering, whether caused by humans or nature, to come to an end.
Marcia Morrissey finds that the rapture is kind of Everyday, in a way:
The thing I do know for sure is that each day is a day closer to the Lord’s return for me personally, and I want to be ready, and to keep in mind that I will (we all will) have to give an account for how I used the time He gave me.
Zombie-aficionado Julie Davis, who was also invited to go looting, finds that she is not excused from work because her company follows the Mayan Calendar!
Frank Weathers has the beer and movies thing, going on
Kerry Weber is appreciating the apocalyptic graffiti
Meanwhile, greedy capitalists — who are certain they will not be among the elect — remain unintimidated, and look towards the profit-margins. The Wall Street Journal reports that your pets will be looked after by them:
For those worried about what might happen to their dogs, cats, goldfish and parakeets when they’re gone, Mr. Centre has a solution.
For a 10-year policy that costs $135, he and his band of atheists promise to come to their homes after the Rapture, collect their pets and care for them. He says his 259 clients tend to be devout believers over the age of 40 “who love their pets and are sincerely concerned for what will happen to them.”
I think it’s kind of nice that devout Christians will leave their pets in the care of atheists, and that atheists offer to take care of them. It suggests that all of us have become more tolerant of each other, and there’s a whole, “hands-across-America-capitalism-is-good” vibe to it!
In NYC, alternate side parking is suspended for the rapture date, but that’s cheating. I’m pretty sure it’s always suspended on Saturday! Bloomberg is just trying to score points with the Almighty. I’m not convinced he’s not running for president!
Jennifer Fulwiler writes about Faith in Fear; it’s not directly connected to the Rapture, but perhaps indirectly?
But perhaps a delightful surprise for Stephen Hawking?
Bottom Line, ala Mark Shea: There ain’t no pure church!
UPDATE: Glenn Reynolds (who instalanched this piece, thanks, Glenn!) has a mini-roundup of his own, that includes Freeman Hunt asking a very good question!
Catholic Books You Should Have Read Before the Rapture (h/t to Ian in the combox)
DaTechGuy wonders why scripture is being ignored, here