Wednesday
March 23, 2005
vol 16, no. 82

The Kiss of Death

Reflections on the Proper of the Mass for Wednesday in Holy Week

by Michael Cain, editor, The Daily Catholic

    "Consider the millions of dollars collected from unsuspecting parishioners that did not go for noble purposes, but to pay off hush money. Consider the beautiful churches, abbeys, convents, schools, monasteries and seminaries that are being sold to the merchants of mammon rather than reserved for God. Why? To pay and cover up for the sins of the hierarchy. Truly, thirty pieces of silver goes further today than ever before for it is still blood money that in no way has touched or been blessed by the Precious Blood. All betrayed by a kiss, a kiss that found its roots in the lust for power in the kingdom of mammon."

    The Station for today's Holy Mass is at St. Mary Major in Rome and the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Mother had to have been torn at the actions of Judas the Iscariot who betrayed her Divine Son Jesus. Yet, knowing what true love is - to love one for God's sake, not our own - she loved him and her heart broke over his despair. What would make someone do what he did, and then totally give up?

    Would we chance failing to gain Eternal Life for a million dollars? How about a billion dollars? After all Judas forfeited his opportunity to experience everlasting bliss for a mere thirty pieces of silver. We might say 'no way would we ever do anything like that...there's no earthly price we could be paid to betray Jesus.' Yet do we realize we do everyday when we opt for worldly pleasures over the rigorous but rewarding task of daily prayer, sacrifice, fasting and the Daily Holy Sacrifice of the Mass where available. When we choose to see this movie or that television show which we know in our heart offends Jesus and His Immaculate Pure Mother do we realize we are contributing to our own demise and growing closer to being Judas-like than Christ-like? When we speak against others or rudely to others do we realize we are pawns for satan? When we put our own interests before God's do we realize we are heading down the primrose path toward hell?

    Unfortunately, the politically correct thing today is to downplay hell and the devil, to play up that God is all merciful and will allow anything. This is where we have to be on our guard. Too many are advocating that this is okay, or that is okay. Wrong! True God is all merciful and will forgive anything, but He will not allow anything. He is equally just. Turn the clock back thirty or forty years. What would we have said if we heard there was nudity and illicet sex in the movies, obscene language even on TV? Would our stomachs be turned with all the violence on the tube or on the Hollywood celluloid today? What would our reaction be to the idea of advocating abortion and condoms, of embracing homosexuality as normal...even to accepting same-sex unions which they brazenly call "marriage?" That is what we have in all-out anarchy openly flaunted these past years in cities, most noticeably the City of Sodom by the Golden Gate with a supposedly 'Catholic' mayor! What would we have done back in the early 60's if we saw this perversity? We would be indignant and in shock. Then why aren't we reacting the same way today? Because it's not politically correct to correct others. We can't rock the boat...just let bygones be bygones and all that garbage psychobabble that is definitely taking our society into a Sodom and Gomorrah.

   As we have been illustrating and documenting over the past several years, don't count on the politicians or the bishops to do anything. They've already sold out! It is up to each person to strive to save his own soul first. Then, and only then, can one begin to help others. The problems we have today is the blind leading the blind. The most hardened and perverse are the ones doing the dictating today whether they be Hollywood leftists or double-speak apostate politicians or black-hearted bishops who care nothing for souls, only their own hides. They are all afraid to go against the wave and rock boats the world over. Robert Brom's actions early this week give testimony to this when the ordinary of San Diego, after surprisingly upholding Catholic doctrine by withholding a Catholic funeral service from a blatant homosexual who owned two sodomite night clubs in America's Finest City and who contributed to homosexual causes, did a complete 180 and showed his true colors by caving to the sodomite society of San Diego and the nation, going so far as to say he would personally say a memorial mass for John McCusker and his family, even his partner! He told the deceased's mother Christine McCusker that he was wrong. He's right about that. He's dead wrong to deviate from his Catholic Faith and cave to mammon. That in and of itself should be obvious evidence that he is just one more apostate Judas who has betrayed Christ.

  Where are the leading lights today? Few and far between, if visible at all. Those who have become leaders today both in the secular sector and in the New Order church have compromised, caring more for making things easier, the road wider to accommodate more that is surely leading on that same route Judas followed with the noose. We must turn away from that inviting, mesmerizing path that leads to destruction and refocus, bear down on the narrow, difficult path. That path most certainly winds up going to Calvary and beyond. But it is necessary. After all that's what being Catholic is all about. It's not the rewards and adulation of this life that count, or avoiding contradiction and criticism from persistent sinners, but the acceptance and pleasing of God that highlights our itinerary as we map out our Heavenly destination. Are we not called to be "signs of contradiction"?

    But this rendezvous with Christ and His Church Triumphant can only be achieved if we take seriously our role as the Church Militant and speak out against atrocities and apathy toward God's Laws and His Holy Church which have become the prime target for bashing this year from removing the Ten Commandments, to attacking Sacred Scripture in the attacks against Mel Gibson and his totally Catholic depiction of the Passion of the Lord last year. Here we had a movie with violence, necessary violence that is key to the story and the hypocrites were shocked and outraged? O ye vipers, as Christ would say. Why was there no sense of outrage when Steven Spielberg showed the nude victims of the gas chambers at Auschitz in his very graphic film 'Schindler's List'? Can you say double standard? But Catholics today who think they can rationalize the watered-down faith of Vatican II compared to the absolute, tough Catholic Faith that preceded it and which every saint of the Church practiced, are living a double-standard. From John Kerry calling himself 'Catholic' during last year's election, yet traipsing up to the communion rail in the African Methodist Episcopalian church service to receive their communion grape juice and wafer to Arnold Schwarzenegger, who also calls himself 'Catholic' promoting cloning, abortion and sodomite unions to Brom's most recent scandal. These are all Sacrileges and Apostasies at their most extreme. Yet this shocks few. Point in fact, what the vast majority of Novus Ordinarian Catholics are presented with every Sunday is no different for the New Order Church has betrayed our Lord in the very same manner Judas did. Think about that the next time you go glad-handing every Tom, Dick and Mary at the so-called inappropriate 'Kiss of Peace.' Yep, one big celebration. Where is the sacrifice?

    Consider the millions of dollars collected from unsuspecting parishioners that did not go for noble purposes, but to pay off hush money. Consider the beautiful churches, abbeys, convents, schools, monasteries and seminaries that are being sold to the merchants of mammon rather than reserved for God. Why? To pay and cover up for the sins of the hierarchy. Truly, thirty pieces of silver goes further today than ever before for it is still blood money that in no way has touched or been blessed by the Precious Blood. All betrayed by a kiss, a kiss that found its roots in the lust for power in the kingdom of mammon.

    Ask yourself: is power, wealth and pride here on earth worth sacrificing our eternal soul? What price salvation?

    "For what doth it profit a man if he gain the whole world, but suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when He comes with the holy angels in the glory of His Father" (Mark 8: 26-38).

    It is time to heed today's Introit "Ut in nomine Domini" - "At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in Heaven, on earth, and under the earth:" We must bend the knee, bow our head and not be afraid to stand tall. Those who are ashamed to stand tall for the uncompromising Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church as practiced and preserved for 2000 years, had best realize the Lord's words in this passage. Do you want to be glorified on this earth and shamed in the hereafter, or is it better to be shamed during this short temporal venue no matter the cost, and be glorified forever in the Church Triumphant. As usual, God gave us all a free choice. So choose because it's getting late, the torches are already within view at the crest of the hill! They are coming. Time to choose where you'll stand. If you choose to stand pat in your lukewarmness in the NOM, well, folks, like Judas that's definitely the Kiss of Death!

Michael Cain, Editor



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