Of Conquest and Martyrdom
If we are not willing to stand and fight, than we are not worthy to be called Soldiers of Christ. While the world seeks conquests in all facets, they miss the real conquest made 2000 years ago when Christ conquered death and sin by shedding His Most Precious Blood on the Cross. To forget that is to surrender everything!
"Just as early martyrs were pierced with arrows and swords, so too will we be pierced with cutting and vicious slander, accusations, and ridicule aimed at causing us to bleed socially, economically, culturally, and politically. Just as many martyrs lost their heads or limbs and were tortured in an attempt to force a rejection of their Lord, so too this society will increasingly seek to make us lose our heads to the trivialities of this world or lose our hands grasping for sin and superficial goods. Just as Our Lord hung from a cross stripped of the clothing of this world, so too we may be hung out in the cold, stripped of the trappings of this world as well. It is our willingness to die to what this world has to offer and to offer up that death in sacrifice for God's Will that is at the heart of any martyrdom. Such a sacrifice should become increasingly easy once we realize how trivial and insignificant this world really is and how much more important eternal salvation is."
We often hear that following Christ requires that we be "conquered by Christ" and that we be willing to suffer martyrdom for His sake. This is especially significant during this week when we celebrate the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, the Commemoration of St. Paul, the Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus and the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. These, of course, are for the most part, traditional feasts beginning with today's feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The New Order Church has dismissed most of these for it has completely lost the meaning and purpose of these points for they contradict and obstruct the lies that said church wants to spread.
The idea of conquest has taken a hit recently as liberals try to depict this idea as promoting injustice, invasion, intolerance, and imposed beliefs. These liberals will often cite The Crusades as an example of such evils spread by conquest without fairly demonstrating the evils which themselves made the Crusades necessary. Likewise, these liberals will accuse this nation of being nothing more than an arrogant monster of conquest using the spread of liberty and freedom as an excuse for such wrongs. Certainly our history is loaded with various examples and instances of such military conquest and its resulting suffering, injustice, and evil. While many defend efforts to remove tyranny, others argue that such efforts become conquest to the extent that their desire to remove becomes an attempt to enforce and maintain a certain status quo.
I remember hearing as a child how the US "helped" Panama gain its independence so that Panama could "help" the US get a sweet deal on the Panama Canal. Teddy Roosevelt's "noble" intentions of spreading liberty seemed more like an arrogant desire to force American influence, profit, and power into a region and situation. However, everyone knows that claiming to spread liberty sounds a lot better than trying to make a buck or get the keys to a nice deal.
Many international observers will argue that the US has been the source of a social/cultural conquest to the extent that its way of life, its form of entertainment, and its values and morality have been spread to other nations taking over those nations in many ways. Likewise, many may argue that efforts to push one political agenda or another are a form of political conquest and that each national and local election is a confrontation of two or more political armies seeking to conquer with their views.
Likewise, various forms of values conquests are attempted as many forces try to push their brand of morality on each other. No matter what form or name these kinds of conquest may have, they are all secular in nature and can be characterized by a number of traits:
They all seek to impose, to force, to push a certain agenda upon an unwilling, manipulated, or unaware target or victim
- They are all based on the inherent notion of supremacy, of superiority, over an inferior, subordinate target
- They basically see that target as an obstacle to the spread of their agenda hence the need to overcome, take over, absorb and/or eliminate said obstacle.
- They are all stained with human imperfection, vice, and weakness and therefore can never be the source of true, complete, and pure good.
Contrary to secular conquest, Divine Conquest is the means by which Our Lord takes over us, spreading His example, message, and mission into our souls, hearts, and minds such that we become vehicles of that message, mission and example. Just as Christ conquers mere wheat in The Real Presence, so too did He conquer mere humanity and death through His mission and ultimate sacrifice on the cross for our sins. As opposed to mere secular conquest, Divine Conquest has very different traits that inherently distinguish it from its vastly inferior and opposite counterpart.
- Divine conquest is based on total love thereby necessitating complete free will, mercy, forgiveness, service, life, and growth.
Unlike secular conquest which is often based on force, intimidation, manipulation, and deception, Divine conquest drips with truth, justice, and natural order
- Unlike secular conquest which cares not if its target is willing or ready to be taken over, Divine conquest will only occur if that target is willing and ready to be taken over. Absent consent, Divine conquest will not occur. While secular conquest begins with the absence of consent and overthrows, Divine conquest begins with the presence of consent and overwhelms.
Thus, we see that our only path to salvation is to allow ourselves to be conquered by Christ such that He may claim our souls, our minds, our hearts, our bodies, and our lives for God. This lost society preaches freedom and choice but actually peddles eternal slavery as opposed to Divine conquest which merely preaches and offers absolute truth and Divine Justice leading to eternal salvation.
What of Martyrdom?
We have all heard of the martyrs for the faith who followed The Divine Martyr to defeat evil and spread God's Will and Word regardless of secular consequences. While sadly there have been and will continue to be many physical martyrs for the faith, we all have the opportunity to be spiritual martyrs for our faith everyday. If martyrdom means suffering harm, pain, and even death for a cause, then we will increasingly suffer many forms of harm, pain and even secular deaths for Christ in a world increasingly adverse and intolerant of His Name.
Just as early martyrs were pierced with arrows and swords, so too will we be pierced with cutting and vicious slander, accusations, and ridicule aimed at causing us to bleed socially, economically, culturally, and politically. Just as many martyrs lost their heads or limbs and were tortured in an attempt to force a rejection of their Lord, so too this society will increasingly seek to make us lose our heads to the trivialities of this world or lose our hands grasping for sin and superficial goods. Just as Our Lord hung from a cross stripped of the clothing of this world, so too we may be hung out in the cold, stripped of the trappings of this world as well. It is our willingness to die to what this world has to offer and to offer up that death in sacrifice for God's Will that is at the heart of any martyrdom. Such a sacrifice should become increasingly easy once we realize how trivial and insignificant this world really is and how much more important eternal salvation is.
We often hear of conquest and martyrdom as very negative and tragic events, but that perception and interpretation belongs to this world and not Heaven. Yet we are in this world and must deal with it in order to get to Heaven. Nowhere is the time and place more evident to be willing martyrs than now and all we need to do is to learn our Faith, truly know Catholic truth and then be willing to stand for it against an onrushing flood of error, corruption, and blatant evil that comes, as St. Paul says, from not flesh and blood but powers and principalities in high wicked places. Satan is more powerful than many give him credit for and the less he is acknowledged, the more damage he does. Conversely, some give him too much credit and fail to realize that if we place all our trust in Christ, join His battalion in the Church Militant, guard the ramparts of Tradition, than we have nothing to fear for in the end we know from Divine Revelation that the devil loses. What better incentive to join the winning team?
Of course, we must be convinced and the New Order Church is doing nothing to convince souls today, rather they are only doing the bidding of the evil one. That is a direct contradiction to the Church Christ founded. One would have to be blind to think then that the New Order Church and the True Church are one and the same. They are not; they cannot be. Jesus cannot deceive nor be deceived. The fact so many have been deceived into thinking they can be saved without being baptized Catholics, standing up and living their faith, let alone be martyrs for the Faith, is proof that the New Order Church is more interested in Secular Conquest by rejecting Divine Conquest and embracing the world, the flesh and the devil.
We're barking up the wrong tree if we follow the New Order Church. The only kind of true conquest is that loving offer by our God to accept His Divine Son as our eternal Conqueror. Martyrdom, in all of its forms, is ultimately a rejection of the trappings and values of a world and society that prefers to be conquered by evil and sin than by the Savior of the world and which sees rejecting anything of this world as insanity. It is precisely in this world where holiness is insanity and sin is sanity that we must be ever ready to embrace Christ's conquering Presence and be martyrs for His Name!
Editor's Note: Heaven is once again under attack by those who would seek to ignore and overthrow God's majesty and authority. Gabriel Garnica, educator and attorney, submits regular insights and commentaries to remind and help guide readers toward a deeper and more assertive faith. Touching on topics and issues ranging from personal faith, doctrine, education, scripture, the media, family life, morality, and values, Gabriel's notes are music to traditional ears but unpleasant tones to those who have bought into the misguided notions so prevalent and spreading in today's Catholic world.