Things are bad but things are fine. The very chaos we see unfolding around us has become a sign that a limit is about to be reached.

and [God] said, “Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stopped.” (Job 38:11)

Destruction can progress only up to the limits set by God and no farther.

“And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.” (Matthew 24:22)

One more time we revisit the principle: “God is the Supreme Source of all that is good, and He is also the Supreme Benefactor.” All of God’s actions are for the benefit of Creation.

The question of our days is the same that the saints ask to God in the Apocalypse According to St. John:

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slaughtered for the word of God and for the testimony they had given;  they cried out with a loud voice, ‘Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long will it be before you judge and avenge our blood on the inhabitants of the earth?’  (Revelation 6:9-11)

I believe the answer is found in the Book of Queen Esther, the Star-Queen. When Haman the Amalekite (through Agag,)  the archenemy of the Jews, has the legal trap ready to erase Israel from the map — then God confuses the way Haman interprets reality. Thus evil Haman causes his own demise.

He is invited to a banquet in the royal palace. Once there, Haman discovers two things: the first is the Jewish identity of Queen Esther. That is quickly followed by the uncovering of Haman’s legal subterfuge to use the power of King Ahasuerus to annihilate the Jews. Unwittingly, Haman has attacked the royal household.

Fuming with anger, the King walks out to the garden to clear his mind and think of a solution to undo Haman’s evil conspiracy, to save Queen Esther, and to punish the conspirators.

It becomes crystal clear in Haman’s mind that as soon as the King returns from the garden, his head will not be worth a penny. Overcome by despair, he tries to convince Queen Esther to forgive him. He did not know that she was a relative of his enemy Mordecai the Jew.

Evil is first hypocritical but above all, evil is stupid. Haman is so thick that he forgets he is in the royal court, and the woman who now owns his life is the Queen of Persia. He throws himself at her feet, boldly holding the queen’s feet in an effort to save his despicable hide. At that moment, the King enters the room and quickly goes from political fury to espousal indignation at seeing someone touching what only the King should touch.

That night, Haman and the last of his descendants are hanged from the scaffolds he had prepared for Mordecai the Jew and his family. The last descendant of Amalek, one of the five kings who wanted to prevent the Israelites from entering the Promised Land, dies ignominiously the death of the damned: he is left hanging from the gallows all night. (Deuteronomy 21:23)

That is the unexpected happy ending for the 14th of Nisan, foreshadowing the triumph in Calvary on another 14th of Nisan still centuries in the future. On that Good Friday, Christ would hang from the Cross to save not one generation of Israelites but all of Israel for all times, and all men of good will as well.

But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, ‘You know nothing at all! You do not understand that it is better for you to have one man die for the people than to have the whole nation destroyed.’ He did not say this on his own, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus was about to die for the nation. (John 11:49-51)

Thus the sinful race of Amalek perishes in Persia but in Calvary all sin perishes without remedy and history begins to move in the opposite direction. We no longer fly away from Eden but we are returning to the lost garden.

The innocence and goodness of the Star Queen have destroyed the infernal serpent of Amalek. The primeval murderer finally realizes that he has only succeeded in killing himself.

Today we are living another representation of the same drama. The shadow of the scaffold is reaching the simulators that managed to infiltrate God’s royal court. They think they are safe there, they feel in control of the situation but they are misinterpreting reality.

 “So when you see the desolating sacrilege standing in the holy place, as was spoken of by the prophet Daniel […] From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. (See Matthew 24:15-32) NSRVACE

“But when these things begin to come to pass, look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand.” (Luke 21:28) DOUAY-RHEIMS

On the day of St. Theodora Guerin