Poking the Russian Bear

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh recently (Feb. 8, 2023) published an article entitled: “How America Took Out The Nord Stream Pipeline.”[1] In it he affirmed what many people already suspected – that the U.S. was responsible for blowing up the Nord Stream pipeline on September 26, 2022. Hersh claims to have gotten the information from a person who was involved in the operation. The motive for the sabotage was clear – cutting off Russia’s income from the sale of natural gas to Germany. But the details remained murky until now.

It is reported that the U.S. administration tasked a secretive group of Navy divers to plant explosives on the pipelines, under cover of a NATO exercise, that were later detonated by remote control. Even at that, precious little hard evidence is available, other than mangled pipes, so prosecution of those responsible would be difficult. As usual, those in power know how to get away with it.

But Russia is not going to let this go. They are calling for an international investigation.[2] It is doubtful that it will get very far, however. The people that Hersh claims were responsible – President Joe Biden, Anthony Blinken (Secretary of State), Jake Sullivan (National Security Advisor), and Victoria Nuland (Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs) – have all denied it. Hersh will not reveal his source, and his source will not likely go public unless he has a death wish. So other than exonerating Russia against ridiculous accusations of blowing up their own pipeline, the article will probably have no other practical effect than to further provoke Russia.

There is a saying: “Don’t poke the bear,” which generally means don’t get a powerful entity mad at you. Russia has long been associated with a bear. The Apocalypse of St. John even mentions a beast with the feet of a bear as though rising from the dead (Apoc. 13:1-3). It has been thought in the West that Communism died in 1989 with the fall of the Berlin Wall. However, defectors from the USSR – like Anatoliy Golitsyn – admitted that perestroika and glasnost (Russian for “restructuring” and “openness” – like the aggiornamento/”updating” of Vatican II) were strategies used to get the West to let down its guard so that Russia could make its comeback.

Well, that worked. The West has been thoroughly infiltrated by Communism, and the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church along with it. (Although don’t be fooled, this infiltration of the Church and West by agents of the ‘errors of Russia’ began long before 1989.) Moral corruption has long been one of the most effective tools used against Christian [Western] society to bring it down. Acceptance of state care for children, radical feminism, contraception, divorce, abortion, adultery, prostitution, pornography, homosexuality, pedophilia, and every other sexual vice has been used to destroy society and the Church. Transgenderism is only the latest attack.

Russia, on the other hand, is now on the brink of a military and economic turnaround. In response to a continued NATO expansion up to their doorstep, they have revived their industries and are poised to take over Ukraine completely. They have never been lacking in natural resources, and are now taking advantage of their great mineral and petrochemical wealth. The West, however, has become dependent on other countries for their energy and industry.

There is supposedly a 500,000-man Russian army ready to invade Ukraine on Putin’s command. Russia has already warned that it is ready for a new offensive on the anniversary of the February 24, 2022 invasion.[3] Ukraine’s army has been effectively destroyed in the past year by Russia’s continued hammering. NATO’s supply of arms to Ukraine has also been used up. The offer of a small number of tanks or even jets will not change the outcome. Poland is planning a significant military buildup, but it pales in comparison to what Russia has available.

There is not much standing in the way of a Russian invasion of all Europe, which has been mentioned in prophecy by Sister Elena Aiello.[4] French involvement in the Ukraine crisis makes the La Salette prophecies about Paris burning seem more relevant. Russia has said that any nation that is directly involved in the war with Ukraine is vulnerable to Russian attack.[5]

The confirmation of the U.S. responsibility for the destruction of the Nord Steam pipeline has not only provoked the Russian bear, but has him infuriated. Considering that Russia has the world’s largest stockpile of nuclear weapons, that cannot be a good thing. Former president of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, recently said: “Nuclear powers do not lose major conflicts on which their fate depends.”[6] That implies Russia will use its nuclear weapons, if necessary, to win the war in Ukraine.

Our Lady of Fatima made it clear that war is a punishment for sin when She said: “The war [WWI] is going to end; but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one [WWII] will break out during the reign of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that He is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father.”[7]

The world is clearly in a deep state of sin, and is now threatened with nuclear war. The four sins that cry out to God for vengeance – oppression of the poor, withholding wages, murder of the innocent, and sodomy – are rampant today. Homosexuality is being upheld as a positive good, even at the highest levels of the Catholic Church. In some countries, you can even be arrested for quoting the Bible against it. God is not going to allow this to continue indefinitely.

There is a general feeling among many people, even by those who are not particularly religious, that something is very wrong. Gross violations of the divine and natural laws are clearly a sign of corruption. I am firmly convinced this era of sin will ultimately be ended by the Three Days of Darkness, but certain visionaries have stated that God will warn mankind before that happens.

Blessed Anna Maria Taigi (1769-1837) said: “A great purification [Three Days of Darkness] will come upon the world, preceded by an Illumination of Conscience in which everyone will see themselves as God sees them.”  St. Edmund Campion (1540-1581) said something similar: “I pronounced a great day, not wherein any temporal potentate should minister, but wherein the terrible Judge should reveal all men’s consciences and try every man of each kind of religion. This is the day of change, this is the Great Day which I threatened, comfortable to the well-being, and terrible to all heretics.” Other visionaries have said that this warning will be unmistakable, even with the motion of everything stopping for a short period of time.

Exactly how the warning happens remains to be seen, but we may certainly hope that on account of His mercy, God will give some kind of warning to mankind before the Three Days of Darkness puts an end to the current era of deviancy. The Russian invasion of Europe will likely be a protracted affair, however. The situation in Ukraine has been developing for over a decade. Although missiles can be launched in minutes, an invading army takes time to move. So this is not going to be over with for quite some time.

At some point, prophecies say that a French ruler will rise up and settle a French civil war, along with conquering a vast Muslim army, thereby putting an end to Islam. A reforming pope – “Peter the Roman” – is supposed to be chosen by none other than St. Peter himself to lead the Church back to its traditional practices. Russia, China, England, and essentially the rest of the world will be converted to the True Faith. We will then have one flock and one shepherd. All of this is contained in Catholic prophecy. These private revelations serve to increase hope, strengthen fortitude, and encourage perseverance. We do well to have ears to listen and eyes to see.

In the meantime, Catholics should continue to pray their Rosaries daily and offer Communions of Reparation every First Saturday. It is possible that the public offering of the Latin Mass will be discontinued for a short time, if certain rumors turn out to be true. But the praying of the Rosary cannot be stopped. Our Lady has promised that in the end, Her Immaculate Heart will triumph and there will be peace.


[1] https://seymourhersh.substack.com/p/how-america-took-out-the-nord-stream

[2] https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russia-calls-international-probe-into-nord-stream-blasts-after-blogger-report-2023-02-09/

[3] https://nypost.com/2023/02/02/russia-warns-it-will-gain-worlds-attention-year-into-war/

[4] https://www.gloria.tv/post/EcnMd7Yvv9Hk1xCUT1S1coiDF

[5] https://news.yahoo.com/russian-tv-european-countries-threatened-143016651.html

[6] https://www.businessinsider.com/russia-could-use-nukes-if-loses-in-ukraine-former-president-2023-1?op=1

[7] https://fatima.org/news-views/the-third-apparition-of-our-lady-of-fatima/