Middle East Conflict and End Times


 “It is a complex situation and a volatile one,” O’Brien said. “Pope Benedict has said very clearly that what is needed in the Middle East is a just solution for the three major parties, Israel, Lebanon and the Palestinian people.”

“This will take much prayer and sacrifice because the spirit of hatred and murder is at work,” he said.

O’Brien rejects either/or solutions that resemble choices between the devil and the deep blue sea.  He said there is a third, God-given alternative that must be sought.

“Hezbollah are clearly the bad guys in the present situation,” he said, but  Israel and Western nations must be extremely careful about resorting to a lesser evil to stamp out a bigger evil.

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Millennial Fever or Millennial Denial: Are these our only options?

Ours is the second generation in the history of the Church to experience the turn of a millennium, and it is to be expected that the uniqueness of the event will have its effect on our perceptions of what is occurring and will soon occur in our midst. It would be high drama in any historical context, yet the unprecedented crises and crimes of this century have injected into the situation a tension that in many people approaches the level of cosmic dread.

Natural disasters are increasing exponentially; the economy is tottering on the brink of disaster; the y2k problem threatens the vulnerable infrastructure of the computerized developed nations, raising the specter of widespread social collapse in the immediate future, with ensuing famine and lawlessness; wars are increasing in number and ferocity; world-class magazines give plenty of attention to the outbreak of pandemic plagues and the possibility of comets and asteroids smashing into our once secure little planet, thus ending civilization with whimpers and bangs.

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