I remember reading an article about Lawrence Lader, one of the architects of the diabolical pro-abortion movement which has killed over 60-million people since 1974, a death toll that is right up there with Communism in its genocidal impact. Lader may have loved killing small children, but the thing he hated most, his arch-enemy, was the Catholic church.
It made me proud to be a Catholic. The Catholic church is the most beautiful gift to mankind — continuity since Jesus Christ founded her thousands of years ago, the communion of the most incredible Saints, and most of all, Communion with Jesus Christ Himself at the Mass. The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist is a precious gift that I have always taken for granted, a gift that boggles my mind in its generosity, its beauty, in its lavish bestowal of Divine Love for humanity.
It stands to reason that the one institution that could stand up to the princes and principalities of darkness would be the Catholic church. It is a sign of real goodness to be hated by evil.
So it was, and so, I thought, it always would be. There were so many things to a kid growing up in America that seemed so solid, so unchangeable, so permanent. Yet one bioweapon assault later, the world seems to be standing on shifting sand, and everything appears to be falling apart.
It is not the fault of the church, nor did any of this happen overnight. And I will not go into the details of what is wrong, nor will I leave this beautiful church. I feel very sad that I didn’t see the infiltration into so many institutions through the years, nor was aware—or perhaps I should say, awake—to the subterfuge of so much good.
But I am aware now. And I know on the human level who to trust and who not to trust. The book of John is very instructive on “what Jesus would do” when confronted by false shepherds within the church.
People are human, and sometimes good countries have bad leaders, just as good churches have bad leaders. But that does not make the countries nor the churches bad themselves.
I expect much worse in the future. No one who could betray the poor martyrs for Christ in China, who could openly wield a stang and call it a cross, who could preach about the poor but align with the handful of super-rich who are attempting the ultimate colonialist coup, intending to impoverish and control the whole world, and the one who could turn a blind eye to the murders of little children by promoting those who openly and brazenly orchestrate their deaths could be up to any good.
I see where all of this is going, and I do not expect to like it. Nor do I expect to believe those who try to appear benign. Matt. 10:28. You may kill my body, but I will keep my soul, thank you very much. As the world is swimming in 1984-style propaganda, people are beginning to become propaganda weary. Those who love the truth still love the truth, and the more that it is being crushed by those at the top, the more precious the truth has become to the people who love her. The more that evil tries to crush truth, the more that the truth grows. Just as the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the faith, the proliferation of evil results in the triumph of good. The light shines best in the darkness
Just one more thought. God wins. Remember the moment that Satan thought he had destroyed Jesus—the moment he thought that he had finally conquered God once and for all? That was actually the moment that Satan lost it all, everything and death lost its sting forever. God wins. God always wins.
What is happening now, I don’t understand. But I do understand that Jesus Christ is Lord over all. I do understand that our future is in God’s hands and He always takes what is bad and brings good out of it. We were meant for this time, made for this time, and our only mission in life is to do the will of God—to follow Him completely. I trust in Jesus, I trust in God. And whatever else happens, all will be well in the end.]]>
Thank you, Papa Benedict, for your courage! Please continue to speak out. You are very important to all of us and we need you at this difficult time in the Catholic church.
Why don’t they speak? someone asked. Why don’t the good Priests and Bishops speak out against the problems in our church right now?
I believe there are a number of reasons.
One of them is explained in this article, remarkably originally written in 1987!
The Contemporary Catholic Crisis in its Historical Perspective: Ariani – Angelus Press
A second reason is fear. Last Christmas, at Christmastime no less, a number of people were demoted, kicked out of church groups and even excommunicated for daring to criticize the hierarchy of the church. You would think that something like this only occurs in cults, and the Catholic church is not a cult! But apparently some in the Vatican want to operate the church that way with anyone who dares to question their judgment. I do know that people have been pressured by their Bishops to remain silent, although some terrible things have been happening, too much to say here right now, but suffice it to say that the long-used nickname “mafia” applies quite well to some of the “wolves” within the church hierarchy.
In addition, there is some confusion about how to go about this situation, as we all want to be obedient to the Church and also faithful to Christ and His Bride, the true magisterium of our beautiful Catholic Church that has been lovingly created on earth through the last 2,000 years.
Some wonderful insights of what the laity can do may be found here and here.
To keep informed about what is happening, go here, or here or here or here or here.
And we need to have courage.
We have a beautiful example of courage in Bishop St. Athanasius, who was excommunicated for refusing to sign on to a heresy in the fourth century (but was later obviously reinstated and declared a saint by the church). Other brave people who stood up for Christ at that time and were persecuted by the church for their faith were St. Basil, who said during the Arian heresy of the 4th century that threatened to swallow up the church:
“Religious people keep silence, but every blaspheming tongue is let loose…….Only one offense is vigorously punished; an accurate observance of our fathers’ traditions. For this cause the pious are driven from their countries, and transported into deserts.”
As St. Basil stood his ground, he was threatened with the loss of everything. “Are you mad, that you resist the will (of the emperor) before which the whole world bows?” said the prefect. “Do you not dread the wrath of the emperor, nor exile, nor death?”
“No,” said Basil calmly, “he who has nothing to lose need not dread loss of goods; you cannot exile me, for the whole earth is my home; as for death, it would be the greatest kindness you could bestow upon me; torments cannot harm me; one blow would end my frail life and my sufferings together…..”
A Picture of a Strong Bishop in the Face of Suffering – Community in Mission
It is said that “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” And Christians have often been martyred for their faith in Jesus Christ. We know that we can’t go wrong as long as we are faithful to Him, as long as we make Him the center of our lives and our faith.
Although Christians were horribly martyred at that time, the early Christian author noted that not only did martyrdom not deter people from becoming Christian, but it actually increased the faith of the followers of Jesus Christ exponentially.
Why? Because the light shines in the darkness, and ultimately, the darkness does not overcome it. When one suffers for what is good, good becomes an obvious contrast to evil. When people are murdered for their faith, it is very clarifying–the murderers are transparently evil, and those willing to suffer for good are the great lights, shining examples for others to follow. And so many people do.
In Communist China, faith, especially Christian faith, has grown mightily in the wake of the terrible suffering caused by Communist persecution. The evil are easy to see—the murderous Communists will allow no god but the state, and are a stark contrast to the good people who follow Christ even if it means torture and death. Many priests and others have been martyred for being faithful to Jesus Christ by the Communists there.
Because of this, the true Catholic church, the underground church in China, grew. There were such a large number of Catholics in the underground church that the Communists realized that they were fighting a losing battle. So they tried a different tactic.
“Infiltration. It’s a version of “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,” but the Communist (Gramsci) propaganda tactic is just a little bit different.
The plan? “Join” them by calling yourself Catholic (even though you are nothing of the sort and believe in murdering small children in their terrified mothers’ wombs, the abolition of Christmas, the demolition of churches and that the state is god). Then say, “hey, you don’t have to be tortured to be Catholic—just join OUR “Catholic” church.”
So in China, in addition to the true Catholics of the underground church there is a “patriotic” church, that is, a Communist church that is anti-Catholic, anti-Christ, and anti-God.
And it was floundering badly—-maybe 12 priests in that “church” as compared to the hundreds of clergy and possibly even millions of faithful in the true church.
So this is how the Communists tried to crush Catholicism in China.
Bishop Ma Daquin was appointed as a Bishop of both the underground church and the “patriotic” church.
But, a hero to the Catholic faith and the Catholic faithful, he publicly declined the appointment to the “patriotic” church. As he made his announcement, people in the large congregation cheered and were touched to the core, many in grateful tears. But the brutal Communists were not amused. The good Bishop was subsequently whisked away and sent to a secluded Communist “re-education” seminary, tortured for years.
This occurred in 2012. For many years Bishop Daquin was, though still in a terrible situation and thought dead at one point, a light to the people, a beacon of hope, and revered for his courage.
But in 2016, he began to reverse course, at least, in a letter that was supposedly sent by him. He began to praise the Communists who have been torturing him for so many years and seemed to want a union between the “patriotic” church and the true underground church in China.
So, if that letter was really penned by him, what happened? Hmmm………I wonder.
Who was Pope in 2016?
What could have been so soul-crushing that it made poor Bishop Daquin give in to the tyranny?
Look to Cardinal Zen for the mind-boggling truth. The good Cardinal has revealed what has happened to his beloved country. Under the well-connected-Communist Cardinal, Cardinal Parolin, in a “secret” agreement, the Vatican sold out the poor Catholic martyrs in China, betraying them to the core, persecuting them with a torture that the Devil himself could only dream of inflicting on the true body of Christ.
“Obey the Patriotic (Communist, evil, torturous) Church in China,” ordered the Vatican.
And who do you think this order was given to first? Yes, of course, to Bishop Ma Daquin, the champion of the true church in China, despite his sufferings. It is perfectly logical that this is what crushed his spirit and reversed his course in 2016.
Think of it. You are not allowed to even be a priest or attend the funeral of those whom you love. You are given “re-education” courses, a la 1984. You are suffering mightily. And you are doing it as a martyr for Christ. So many before you have suffered and died for the faith, and you are determined to be faithful to Christ, to the true Catholic faith.
And then, the church that you are giving up everything for tells you to obey your captors, your torturers, the ones with a “doctrine” that is everything that you know to be evil. And it comes from an authority that is supposed to be infallible, that you are supposed to be able to trust. It supposedly comes from the Pope himself.
So what are you going to do? What are you going to feel? How would that affect your faith, your hope, your view of everything related to the Catholic church?
It would be devastating. It would be worse than being martyred. When you are martyred, you know that what you are dying for is good and is worth the pain. Now you don’t even know what it is you are living for. What do you do? What do you feel? Whom do you believe? It is soul-crushing.
Since the “agreement,” the Communists have gone all out to forbid Catholic worship, to burn churches, and to increase their torture and harassment of the faithful a hundredfold. Things have gone from bad to worse because of what was done by the Vatican to the poor martyrs in China.
And of course, seeing the devastating result of their actions, the Vatican……does nothing. Says nothing. All we hear are crickets from the Vatican about the suffering of these poor people. Even Cardinal Zen has not received a reply to his desperate Dubia.
The current administration has dug in to its untenable position with no explanation or apology. No words of comfort or aid. Nothing but stone cold silence, nothing but deference to Communism, an ideology that has killed a hundred million people in the last century and has starved and persecuted more, an ideology that has only ever resulted in misery and tyranny wherever and whenever it has been tried.
Their silence speaks volumes about them.
Dante’s 9th circle of Hell, the one with Satan and Judas in it, is for the betrayers of the ones who trust them. For shepherds who betray their sheep. For the treacherous and the traitors. It is the lowest level of the Inferno, and for good reason.
This is why.
We are all wondering what is going on right now in the church. But we can do so from the comfort of our own homes and are not being tortured as we try to make sense of the strange things going on at the Vatican right now.
God bless Bishop Ma Daquin! God help him and the poor Chinese Catholics who are trying to make sense of this travesty of justice! We need to pray for them and for our Church, as inexplicable things like this have been happening a lot lately, and we struggle to find an explanation for it all.
We pray to God for help.
And Papa Benedict, please understand that if there is something that you are not telling us, the truth will set us all free. We need you to show courage right now. You are more important than you realize to all of us. We are praying for you.
Many years ago, in primitive times, civilizations used to worship nature deities—deities in charge of the forces of nature, such as a water deity, vegetation deity, earth deity, sky deity or sun and moon deities. Oftentimes, due to severe weather or other natural phenomenon, these earth gods were considered angry and vindictive, requiring human sacrifice, including the murder of innocent children, to appease them.
Moloch was an ancient Egyptian deity of that sort, and people burned their sons or daughters to death as an offering to him. The God of Abraham, Yahweh, not only expressly forbade the murder of children as an offering to this god, but made it clear that He, the True God Who made the heavens and the earth and all that was in it, did not want human sacrifice. The true God was a loving father to humanity, not a bloodthirsty, angry tyrant.
Other “mother-earth gods” were similarly portrayed. Archaeologists have uncovered ritual murders of children in what was known as Capacocha ceremonies to appease the angry earth mother, Pachamama. These ceremonies were not only discovered centuries ago but also recently—the last Capacocha ceremony was discovered in 1999 by archaeologists at the summit of the Llullaillaco volcano in Argentina. The bodies of a seven-year-old boy and a 15-year -old, known as “the Maiden,” had been perfectly preserved, and the study conclusively showed Pachamama as the intended recipient of the barbaric sacrifices. (See Family Life Org. AU Pachamama and child sacrifice).
The Aztec culture of Mexico had similar bloodthirsty gods, Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent, and Tonantzin, the mother-god, which the culture thought required human blood to exist. Aztec priests sacrificed hundreds if not thousands of living humans per year to appease these angry earth gods. (See olg-parish.com/history of the apparitions of our lady of guadalupe to Juan Diego on Tepeyac hill html dashes in between words).
But the true God, loving Creator and Lord of heaven and earth, would be made known again, this time in Mexico.
Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to an Aztec, Juan Diego, in December of 1531 to tell him that the true God was not bloodthirsty, angry and vindictive. She would bring the beautiful message that the true God loved His people and did not want human sacrifice. In an apparition Juan Diego saw a beautiful girl, Mary, bathed in rays of light, who called out his name. The beautiful woman said:
“Dear little son, I love you. I want you to know who I am. I am the Virgin Mary, Mother of the one true God, of Him Who gives life. He is Lord and Creator of heaven and of earth. I desire that there be built a temple at this place where I want to manifest Him, make Him known, give Him to all people through my love, my compassion, my help and my protection.
I truly am your merciful Mother, your Mother and the Mother of all who dwell in this land, and of all mankind, of all those who love me, of those who cry to me, and of those who seek and place their trust in me. Here I shall listen to their weeping and their sorrows. I shall take them all to my heart, and I shall cure their many sufferings, afflictions and sorrows. So run now to Tenochtitlan and tell the Lord Bishop all that you have seen and heard.”
So many beautiful things have emerged from this story. It is worth a look to see the whole history of Jesus’ beautiful mother as appearing that day, Our Lady of Guadalupe. The beautiful mother of God prompted a conversion of Latin America to the God of love, eschewing the brutal, primitive, bloodthirsty gods of old.
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is today, December 12th.
And it coincides with a difficult time in our church’s history, and a chance to begin a novena here, at celebratesheen.com.
If you have never prayed the Rosary, look at comepraytherosary.org, or go to YouTube and write the words, Come Pray the Rosary.
And God bless you!!
Thank you, and God bless you!!]]>
The three books that we will begin with in our little online book club will include your book on the Liturgy. The other two will be St. Louis de Montfort’s “True Devotion to Mary,” and Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s “Christus Vincit.” I will also add Malcolm Muggeridge’s works, including his brilliant book about Communist Russia, “Winter in Moscow.” And last but not least, I will write about the saintly Archbishop Fulton Sheen, whose ideas about Communism are the reason why his beatification has been stalled.
*How to Save the World, God’s Way – A Reflection on a Liturgical Teaching of Pope Benedict – Community in Mission http://blog.adw.org/2015/02/how-to-save-the-world-gods-way-a-reflection-on-a-liturgical-teaching-of-pope-benedict/
Papa, I am praying for you.]]>
His courage inspired the people from within the countries that were plagued by Communism to be courageous, and as a result, the Communist iron curtain fell and the people became free.
There is a wonderful movie about his life called “Pope John Paul II” with Jon Voight. It’s just beautiful and truly depicts the amazing character and strength of this man.
I bring this up because of something he said about Communism, having lived through the reality of it during the totalitarian regimes of both the Socialist Nazi government and the Socialist Communist government. The reality of Communism as implemented throughout history is a horror story. Communism, as applied in societies, has had 100% rate of inhumanity and oppression. The effects of Communism are always and have always been throughout history starvation, mass murder, fear and governmental domination every bit as corrupt as any Nazi regime.
Oddly enough this is now very difficult to find on the Internet. You have to ask questions like “how many people died because of Communism?” (the answer is 100 million) in order to get an answer that is not skewed in favor of both Socialism and Communism. The results are much different than they used to be—I was surprised and not a little concerned when I tried to use the modern day search engines to research the issue.
You might want to read a few books about Communism to get a better perspective. Authors who witnesses Communism first hand— Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Malcolm Muggeridge and Peter Hitchins (Christopher Hitchins’ brother). The latter two especially were proponents of Communism until they saw what was really happening; until they saw the reality of Communism and the starvation and oppression that real Communism precipitated.
Look at modern day Venezuela for an example of how Communism has been most recently implemented. The mass starvations, the bread lines, the inhumanity that has been wrought since Communism has arrived in that country is heartbreaking.
Pope Saint John Paul II said it best in his Encyclical Letter, Centesimus Annus — On the 100th anniversary of Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum, May 1, 1991: “…we have to add that the fundamental error of socialism is anthropological in nature. Socialism considers the individual person simply as an element, a molecule within the social organism, so that the good of the individual is completely subordinated to the functioning of the socioeconomic mechanism. Socialism likewise maintains that the good of the individual can be realized without reference to his free choice, to the unique and exclusive responsibility which he exercises in the face of good or evil. Man is thus reduced to a series of social relationships, and the concept of the person as the autonomous subject of moral decision disappears, the very subject whose decisions build the social order. From this mistaken conception of the person there arise both a distortion of law, which defines the sphere of the exercise of freedom, and an opposition to private property.”]]>
I don’t know where you are exactly, or what is happening to you. But our beautiful holy Church is in crisis. You—and St. Pope John Paul II—have set down the rules to follow. Gratefully, there is a Catechism. And gratefully there are courageous priests, bishops and even lay people who are willing to be faithful to the Bride of Christ—to the true Catholic Church. It would be nice if you could come out as well and assist, but if you cannot, that is all right. Our Lady will help us.
Our greatest hope is in prayer, our greatest weapon against evil is the rosary. And we will pray. And we will fast. And we will ask for and hopefully have the courage to stand up for what is right, to remain true to the Catholic Church, the Church founded by our Lord Jesus Christ.
And Papa Benedict, we will also go forth and blog.
Papa Benedict, Papa St. John Paul II, please pray for us!
Psalm 69: “Oh God, come to my assistance, O Lord, make haste to help me Let them be confounded and ashamed that seek my soul. Let them be turned backward and blush for shame, that desire evils to me. Let them be presently turned away blushing for shame that say to me: ‘T is well, ‘t is well. Let all that seek Thee rejoice and be glad in Thee. And let such as love Thy salvation say always: The Lord be magnified.
But I am needy and poor; Oh God, help me. Thou art my helper and my deliverer. Oh Lord make no delay.”
Glory be to the Father, and to the son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and very shall be, world without end. Amen.
Remember, O most Gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or south thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence I fly unto thee O Virgin of virgins, my mother. To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Aparecida, Mary, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, help us now. Crush the serpent, confirm your Son as Christ the King, as the One True God, the Son of the Living God. Help us to be strong. Please pray for us and guide us all and our beautiful Church back Home and into the arms of your Divine Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.
We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Consider this my “text,” Newsboys!
I just went to see a wonderful film called “God’s Not Dead.” The story is about a young College Freshman, Josh Wheaton (played by Shane Harper), who is majoring in Pre-law–in other words, he has a lot at stake when it comes to getting good grades.
Nonetheless, he finds himself in a class with a staunch atheist teacher, Professor Radisson played by Kevin Sorbo, who wants all of his students on the first day to write “God is dead” on a piece of paper and sign it. Completing that “assignment” is a huge part of the semester grade, and the argumentative Professor won’t accept any alternative views by his students.
Josh, a devout Christian, could not deny his faith by writing the words. And so, throwing down the gauntlet to a Freshie whom he was sure he could argue circles around, the atheist Professor gives him 3 20 minute sessions to prove the existence of God.
With the students who had all written “God is dead” on their papers as the jury, the Josh takes on the challenge, despite numerous obstacles, including risking his future career and closest relationships.
We see other characters in the movie, also modern day Christians, who face difficult challenges to practicing their faith as well.
It’s an engaging tale, and very well done. The acting is marvelous. And the ending had me in tears — it was really touching.
After the mega-doses of atheism we’ve had to endure in modern entertainment, not just the obvious propaganda, but others — some disguised as science as in the recent tv documentary* “Cosmos,” it’s refreshing to find a movie like this. And it’s even more inspiring that the premise is not based upon some far out theory, but is grounded in experiences by many a Christian and numerous Christian groups who all bravely fight the good fight, finish the race and keep their faith despite it all.
For more information on “God is Not Dead,” see http://godsnotdeadthemovie.com/
*(The new Cosmos was funded by Family Guy’s Seth McFarland and written and produced by Ann Druyan, who won the 2004 Richard Dawkins Award from the Atheist Alliance International Society and who was inspired to pursue science due to her fascination with Karl Marx.) (See Ann Druyan Wikipedia page)]]>