Catholic PewPOINT (jun1ed.htm)

Sunday
June 1, 2008
vol 19, no. 153

Preparing for the Perfect Storm

    To make a tree grow straight and tall, it needs a lot of wind. Well, you asked for it because we're in for a storm to end all storms. You know the signs, the very ones Christ identified in St. Matthew 24. Are you ready? Let's hope and pray your roots are firmly planted on firm foundation, deeply embedded in the rocksolid truths and traditions of holy Mother Church. The operation of error engulfs more every day, satan has satiated consciences. The lukewarm continue to languish in ever greater numbers, seemingly oblivious to what is so obvious on the near horizon. It's coming faster than you may think as events, not to mention consequences, spiral out of control, knocking common sense, decency and goodness off its proverbial axis. That wobble you've felt from Rome to Beijing to Washington D.C. to San Francisco to Sydney and all points in between, should shake you into hying yourself to the nearest traditional priest to cleanse your soul and light your lamp before the Bridegroom cometh and all else is plunged into darkness. The times we are in and the even more ominous period we are entering are not to be taken lightly.

    The planets must be aligning for the signs are evident. Typhoons, tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanic eruption, tsunamis, floods, fires, drought, and it is not the result of mankind's gaseous emissions, but man's omissions and commissions of sin. Because of man's blatant disregard for God's moral and natural law, mankind has plummeted to the depths of depravity. The economy is falling faster than conciliar bishops fall to their knees (okay, so there's hope for the economy), the global warming hoax gains steam as fewer and fewer truly can't or won't see it for what it really is: Global WARNING.

    The cup of Justice is brimming over and, yet, man goes merrily about as if he's accomplishing something with more gadgets and gismos, lotions and potions, pills and shills to take the place of God. Man's goal: for each one of us to fulfill our destiny of becoming divine. As bizarre as that sounds, it is the tragic truth of the behavior of homo sapiens. The fact that history repeats itself fails to clear the cobwebs of conscience in so many dimwitted ones who haven't learned from the trials and tribulations of God's chosen people of the Old Testament and why He allowed it.

    Today such deduction would be unheard of. How could God allow so many to be killed in the typhoons and earthquakes, fires and floods, natural and manmade disasters? The answer is simple: Because He's omnipotent. That means, for text messagers, He's God, He can do anything He wants and you can't do anything about it except pray and get yourself in His good graces. Dying is a fact of life. Once we resign ourselves to that and quit trying to cheat death and defy the natural order, we'll begin to realize God made each in His Own image and likeness, not to be gods, but to be Christ-like in all we do, say, and think.

    Ah, think! Think about it. Too often today we forget the sins of omission with so many sins of commission being committed. A sin is a sin is a sin. Of course there are more vile sins such as sodomy compared to stealing, or abortion compared to anger, but all those are still a sin and they have the same consequences.

    Ah, consequences! Consequently today few think about that inevitability. They think God will look the other way and excuse those who are so bold as to disobey their Creator. They have been programmed over the past forty plus years to believe everyone goes to Heaven and that all religions can have some merit. If that's the case, then Christ's 33 years on this earth and all He established were in vain. Are you ready to believe that? Of course not, so our advice is to get with the program before you get swept away by the perfect storm that has been forming since lucifer bellowed 'non serviam'.

    While the angel of light refused to submit to God's holy Will, we all know the consequences if we do not. But we shouldn't bow down out of fear of hell as much as out of a deep love for God and the greatest gift He could have given us after breathing life into us: our holy Faith, the only Faith we can have faith in. Why? Because Christ said so, that's why. Any more questions?

    One question might be 'where has this editor been?' I was ready for that since it has been several months since our last editorial. Several factors have come into play on why. One, with things accelerating at a furious pace I honestly can't keep up with the hectic pace of the heresies being spouted from modern Rome and the sins being touted by a mesmerized mankind. Things are happening so quickly that one doesn't have time to even analyze the events. It's a sign to strap in because it's going to be a storm to end all storms.

    Secondly, it took longer than we expected to get our computer back from the shop. The prognosis: "Live with it because it's a Windows 98 configuration and almost every program out there no longer supports it." For reasons we won't go into considering time and space, suffice it to say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Having recently passed the 65-year plateau, you no doubt get the gist of our terminology.

The Missing Link

    Speaking of terminology, there is a theory, if you will, called "six degrees of separation" in which coincidences come back to link various people or circumstances as if it is all part of a mysterious fate. It is the rage with the current generation, but really you don't need six degrees to figure it out. In fact, you don't even need one degree or a doctorate. All it takes is common sense and grace to understand that any so-called coincidence is, in reality, a Godincidence and how we perceive and deal with it goes a long way in our spiritual journey.

    While many might link this or that to the plethora of problems that Catholics are confronted with today, there is only one link that produces bad fruits: the devil. Conversely, if it's good fruit and pleasing to God, than that is our assurance that there is only one link we can rely on and pursue with every fiber of our being.

    For over half a decade we have been asked many times to link this or that site to The Daily Catholic and we have steadfastly refused. Why? Because unless we can enthusiastically and entirely support everything that site carries, we will in no way mislead our readers even if there would be a financial gain to it. After all, it's only money. God knows there are few true Traditional Catholics who have that temporal luxury of monetary means, as has been proven time and time again over the years by the meager response to appeals for donations not only to The Daily Catholic but so many other true Traditional Catholic sites. Yes, folks, there are very few Lazaruses out there to encourage and support those who have dedicated their lives to evangelizing for Christ and His Church. Our Lord said in St. Luke 10: 7, "for the laborer is worthy of his hire". This is the heart of His discourse to the seventy-two disciples He appointed in which He counseled,

    "The harvest indeed is great, but the laborers are few. Pray ye, therefore, the Lord of the harvest, that He send laborers into His harvest. Go: Behold I send you as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes, and salute no man by the way. Into whatsoever house you enter, first say: Peace be to this house: and if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon him: but if not, it shall return to you. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as are set before you. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they have: for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Remove not from house to house. And into what city soever you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you; and heal the sick that are therein, and say to them: The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. " (St. Luke 10: 2-7).

    Logistics have changed considerably since the first century. Today God has provided an all-encompassing vehicle to reach many "houses" - the internet. However, as is his modus operandi, satan apes God and His methods. Lord knows there is very little of good on the web, so glutted by greed and lust. Yet there are disciples who are willing to venture out among the wolves in hopes of finding that one soul in ninety nine as today's Gospel for the Third Sunday after Pentecost features with the lost sheep that is found.

    Those disciples willing to venture forth are indeed worthy of their hire and depend on the good will and generosity of those "houses" and "cities" who receive them. Sadly, too many of those "houses" and "cities" fail to grasp the consequences of not helping support the disciples of today. Christ clearly laid out the consequences of those who turn a cold, hard or apathetic heart to His disciples' needs:

    But into whatsoever city you enter, and they receive you not, going forth into the streets thereof, say: Even the very dust of your city that cleaveth to us, we wipe off against you: yet know this that the kingdom of God is at hand. I say to you, it shall be more tolerable at that day for Sodom, then for that city. Wo to thee, Corozain, wo to thee, Bethsaida: for if in Tyre and Sidon had been wrought the mighty works, that have been wrought in you, they would have done penance long ago, sitting in sack-cloth and ashes. But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon, a the judgment, than for you. And thou, Capharnaum, which art exalted unto Heaven: thou shalt be thrust down to hell. He that heareth you, heareth Me: and he that despiseth you, despiseth Me. And he that despiseth Me, despiseth Him that sent Me" (St. Luke 10: 8-16).

    Wow! Those are strong words and entirely applicable to the "houses" and "cities" today. We all know the litany of "houses" and "cities" in these times and who have pushed the envelope so far that mercy is a scarce commodity with God. Our Lord today is despised by the world and its overwhelming majority of lukewarm souls. Thanks to the apostate apathy so prevalent today, the modern Vatican has been able to perpetrate the most outlandish heresies on the public with nary a rebuttal or anathama sit uttered except from a few faithful Traditional Catholic sources who make no concession to conciliarism. Those are the true disciples Christ has sent today. They are the ones who cry in the wilderness, barely heard because of the cacophony of chaff that chafes the Most Sacred and Immaculate Hearts..."the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference by which Christ is offended."

    Adding to the confusion and greatly endangering souls are such bizarre statements from the counterfeit church of conciliarism condoning extraterrestrial beings and evolution which most definitely and defiantly contradict Catholic teaching. Darwin must be dancing for the missing link is truly modern Rome. They're missing quite a bit.

    Having said all this, you know who the reliable resisters are, the true disciples today who will not steer you wrong. There are very few just as Jesus queried when He said: But yet, when the Son of man cometh, shall He find, think you, faith on earth?" (St. Luke 18: 8) Considering the course the world is woefully on toward embracing the heresy of universal salvation, one has to seriously wonder and worry in the sense of what it will take to wake the masses from their myopic miasma. We do know that there are trusted disciples who strive with every fiber of their being to fulfill what our Lord asked of the original seventy-two. Today we do not even have the luxury of seventy-two as you'll note our relatively small library of links on our Traditional Catholic Resource Ports Page. The most active, important and trusted ones are linked graphically at the top right corner of every main issue. You can count them on one hand. With those links you will get everything you need. Will you look to their needs as our Lord asks?

    Besides The Daily Catholic there are five we guarantee you can trust to get the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The first link and most important site for truly understanding what it takes to live our Catholicity fully is Christorchaos.com which contains an extensive library of articles by Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey comparing the devastating graceless causes and effects of Vatican II against the grace-filled fruits of the tried and true of nearly 2000 years that preceded the eclipse of the Church. Besides being the most prolific Catholic writer in the world today, Tom could also be considered today's version of Job. Anyone who has kept up on his sojourns and sufferings will understand this only too well. Sadly, that would be few since Tom suffers the same predicament most in the Traditional movement experience: lack of funds in just trying to make ends meet.

    The second source is the oldest traditional internet site in existence, Traditio.com, operated by a knowledgeable and savvy group of priests collectively known as "the Fathers." Begun by Father M. E. Morrison in 1995, it remains the benchmark for exposing the bad fruits of the counterfeit church of conciliarism.

    While Tom is thorough and lengthy in pinpointing the problems and solutions in Wall Street Journal fashion by quoting past Pontiffs, Saints, Scripture and reliable orthodox writings to emphasize the contradictions that what passes as Catholic today can't possibly be Catholic, Traditio could more readily be compared to USA Today style, with its short, sweet - just the facts form - with a few sentences of editorializing. Both are effective and necessary.

    True, it's much easier scanning Traditio than taking the time to wade through Tom's tomes, and in this age of instant information, Traditio stands out as the quickest way to capsulize what is happening today. Lord knows few can keep up with the atrocious aberrations that continue to boggle the mind daily coming out of Rome and played out in exaggerated, exasperating, and defiant ways in every conciliar diocese and even at the parish level, or, I should say, especially at the parish level with the empowerment of liberal laity. However, in the long run progeny will weigh more valuable the value of Dr. Droleskey's contributions for his work provides a compendium of proofs that Tom was right. By his own admission, he is writing for posterity for he knows there are few left who remember what living as a Catholic really means and the sacrifices asked. He will schmooze no one, take on the golden goose regardless of what the gander desires to hear. He lives what he preaches. That is something few can claim.

    The third source we link are the audio collection of magnificent sermons by Bishop Daniel Dolan, Father Anthony Cekada, Bishop Donald Sanborn, Father Benedict Hughes, CMRI and a host of other orators available on TraditionalCatholicSermons.org After you've listened to a few of Bishop Dolan's sermons you'll be reminded of another great orator of recent memory Bishop Fulton J. Sheen.

    Having listened to both for many hours, I have to admit Bishop Dolan is even more orthodox than the prime time prelate who went head to head with secular broadcast icons in the 1950's and, well before the Nielsen ratings, drubbed the competition.

    Another link we have carried from day one of our turning The Daily Catholic into a totally traditional site, is Tradition in Action.org. It was Atila Sinke Guimaraes' extensively researched books "In the Murky Waters of Vatican II" and "Animus Delendi" that convinced us to flee the church of Vatican II. Over the years our friendship with Atila and Dr. Marian Therese Horvat has increased and last month I had the opportunity to visit with them for the first time in six years. Along with Dr. Droleskey, Atila and Marian were among the first contributors of articles to The Daily Catholic. Though we disagree on certain conclusions resulting from Vatican II, we strongly endorse Atila and Marian's works which are solid orthodoxy and fully in line with the infallible, perennial Magisterium of holy Mother Church. Marian's research on the Church-approved apparitions of Our Lady of Good Success are magnificent and truly tie in with our present times and predicament. If anything, they foretell a more glorious time to come. When? Ah, there's the rub.

    Before we venture into that direction, the final link we provide is TraditionalMass.org which contains pertinent articles, most in pdf form, from Bishop Dolan, Father Anthony Cekada, and Bishop Donald Sanborn. These are three of the most notable resisters of the collective "Nine" who realized the SSPX's folly of "fence-sitting" well back in the early eighties when they respectfully challenged His Excellency Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre to fess up to the unCatholicity of modern Rome and not embrace the 1962 missal which contained so many of Anabale Bugnini's aberrations. But for all his greatness, Lefebvre continued to perch on that fence rather than admit to the obvious. Modern Rome of Vatican II lineage was neither Catholic then nor is it Catholic today. Far from it. Sadly, this fact is something foreign to the SSPX as has been illustrated only too well with the controversy surrounding Bishop Bernard Fellay and his flip-flopping along with other SSPX bishops in trying to play all sides, and even entertaining the idea of dialoguing with the devil.

    However, other factors come into play here and that begins and ends with finances. The SSPX has wealth, something no other Traditional Catholic group can claim. We're not asking the Society to share their wealth, only the truth. Quit dancing on the balance beam and either resist or recognize. They can't do both! By posing such, the hierarchy of the SSPX paralyze parishioners, creating more problems that not only jeopardize souls, but sow dissension.

    Of course, the Society is not the only Traditional group who continue to place roadblocks on uniting the Traditional movement, only the largest and so they are singled out. Lord knows the problems other groups have had. The Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen has taken its hits over the years, but always emerges stronger. What is that about if it's of God, nothing can stop it? Definitely the CMRI come to mind here. Anyone who knows their history realizes this. How many times have they teetered on the brink only to bounce back? The latest setbacks have only made the CMRI more tenacious. They lost fifteen nuns to the new order, a severe blow to any congregation, and yet they've banded together with a more earnest tenacity. They've lost a few priests to immigration laws including Father Julian Gilchrist, a New Zealander who was not afforded the lax luxury ceded to countless illegals who flood across our border and could easily pose a threat to national security. The feds evidently felt Fr. Gilchrist was not deserving of a green card and no exception could be made despite all the efforts of Bishop Mark Pivarunas, CMRI to stay his execution of exile.

    For the next several months his loss means the dedicated band of missionary priests are spread thin until the ordinations on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary in October of Randy Welp, whose religious name is Rev. Frater Mary Bernard, CMRI, and Rev. Alexander Kryssov, who will become the first traditional priest from and for Moscow, Russia. The seed will be planted for fulfilling Our Lady's urgent request at Fatima for the conversion of Russia. It's been a long time in coming, but perhaps we've been tainted by relying on man's timetable, not God's.

Twelve-Twelve-Twelve

    On the subject of human timetables, there have been several who point to the pagan Mayan calendar as an omen that the world will end on December 12, 2012 simply because this ancient civilization's calendar cycle ends. We are supposedly in the thirteenth Baktun (5,000 year period) of the Mayan mindset. In other words, over 60,000 years. After 12-12-12, that's it. But those familiar with biblical history, duh!, will realize the folly of estimating the earth's age and even moreso, the futility of forecasting the end of the world, especially one that is pagan and thus in full concert with the prince of the world.

    Unfortunately, there are even some Traditional Catholics who subscribe to the time of Christ's return coinciding with the feast of Pentecost. Yet, what all this really means is that it is truly a waste of time and energy to worry or try to pinpoint when. First of all, we know one fact: no one is going to get out of this world alive. When death comes is only for God to know. That is why for nearly 2000 years holy Mother Church emphasized the vital importance of remembering the final four things: Death, Judgment, Heaven or Hell.

    Death is inevitable. Therefore, all we need to really know is: Are we ready whenever it happens? We are if we are in the state of Sanctifying Grace. In fact, any catastrophe no matter the scale is insignificant if we are prepared. What causes each of us consternation is the realization that the vast, vast majority of God's children are not and have very little inclination to prepare.

    There are other factors at play here such as astronomers, who predict the possibility of a comet wiping out earth. Others equate that the planet will wobble off its axis. Still others say nuclear war will obliterate civilization. Only God knows. I repeat, only God knows. However, we do know that there are countless souls languishing in Purgatory. Rather than trying to decipher eschatology which, because of pride and opinion, can too easily escalate oftentimes to something more akin to scatology, would we not be better served by praying for the suffering souls? Would we not be better served by living as Catholics should, not in the manner modern Catholics think, but in the orthodox ways Christ's Church has set down to assure we stay in the state of Sanctifying Grace?

    There are many ways to remain in this blissful state and the best way is to avoid the occasions of sin. In a recent article Opposing Sin Can Be the Near Occasion of Sin Dr. Droleskey's points out why we do not get involved in various causes that can compromise the Faith. While the title might sound like a contradiction, we assure you it is not. This near public opposition can apply to politics, boycott causes, rallies, etc. for in every instance one has to check one's beliefs at the door in order to cooperate with the majority. A Catholic cannot in good conscience do that and remain a good Catholic. Period. While this might sound extreme to those raised in the faux Camelot of the Kennedy era that helped lead to the demise of democracy under Democrats and the rise of rationalism under Republicans, there really is only one party we can subscribe to in good faith: ChristusRex.

    Of course you haven't heard that term from Rome's lips since, oh, the 50's!!! And speaking of 50 that's what we'll be commemorating in a four months or so: the 50th anniversary of the death of the last true Pope, His Holiness Pope Pius XII on October 9, 1958. How things have changed in half a century! The "six degrees of separation" have multiplied to many separations from the true Church founded by our Lord in 33 A.D. As an obvious aside, A. D. remains Anno Domini - "year of the Lord" as opposed to the revisionist's tolerant crapola called "ACE" - "after the Common Era" to distinguish it from "BCE" - "before the Common Era." Think about it, what is the separation point between those two "eras"? Right! JESUS CHRIST! But that would offend the offenders! Yes, folks, like us, you have to be asking outloud, 'what is this world becoming?' as we recall Christ's words above from St. Luke 10: 13-16.

Stop the world, I want to get off!

    The "separations" are beyond counting. How many souls have been lost because of Vatican II? The total will shock all when we finally do find out, but then it really won't matter. It will be too late to do anything about it. Now it's not too late to consider the question. How many languish in Purgatory because they bought into the "assurances" that sin could be tolerated by the counterfeit church of conciliarism? How many are in hell because they perpetrated those "assurances"? Let's put it this way: Saint Basil the Great, whose feast we celebrate on the second Saturday this month, said: "The floor of hell is paved with the skulls of rotten bishops." Think about it and ask yourself, considering the conduct of the conciliar popes and potentates perpetrated on parishioners as prelates, if there is an inch of hell's surface not paved.

    If that doesn't scare you back to your sensus Catholicus, nothing will. Our Lord has said all that is necessary. Our Lady has urged all she can. Holy Mother Church has proclaimed all that it can and should define. Likewise, over the years, we've said and cajoled readers all we can. It's the old "been there, done that" syndrome. As we've said so many times, we're merely preaching to the choir and many in the choir are still off key, intent on singing the songs they want with no rhyme, reason or resonance to their melody.

    How can one ever unify a chorus or orchestra by permitting each section to play their own tune? The result is cacophony, not harmony. As bizarre as that sounds, that's exactly what Traditional Catholics have been doing by hunkering down with their favorite Traditional group and motivating their shepherds to remain bunkered rather than trying to unite the movement with a meeting of the minds of those responsible for the sheep.

    It's been recommended ad nauseam that the Traditional Bishops come together for a Synod so that there will be some direction and a unifying thesis in this time of antithesis and epikaea. The longer they remain separated, the more stubborn and determined to last out the neighboring true bishop they become. Where is there progress in this? What does it hurt to have a true dialogue among the Traditional Bishops? True, no one has the authority to rule because we remain in an interregnum - an interminably long time when the seat remains vacant - but what harm would it do for the shepherds to give a little for the sake of a stronger Catholic voice against the unCatholic hollow words echoing across the globe from modern Rome and praised to the hilt by satan's sentries of information - the media?

Glut Check

    Speaking of the media, thanks to the internet there has been a gorging glut of information and opinion that has deluged the web with everybody and his sister operating a blog. You'll note the only blog we promote is Fr. Cekada's and that hasn't been updated since the day after Christmas. Unfortunately, blogs have bloomed like ragweed and had the same effect on sensible sinuses. Everyone has an opinion and that is not what The Daily Catholic is about. While we carry opinionated columns, beginning with the PewPoint collection, we want to make one thing perfectly clear: the Catholic Faith is NOT about opinion but fact and faith. The faith is not how we would like it to be according to our opinion, but how it has been for 2000 years. How can there be an "opinion" on Catholic truth when we admit in the Act of Faith that we believe ALL that the holy Catholic Church teaches because Christ hast revealed them and He cannot deceive nor be deceived?

    So why then is there so much confusion? Because in all sectors of human circles, man always seems to think he has a better idea than God. This was the sand-filled foundation of Arianism, of Mohammedism, of Protestantism, of the rise of the Masonic movement, the French and American Revolutions, of every ism, including conciliarism - the greatest revolution of all time: Vatican II.

    We just commemorated on Memorial Day when everyone is supposed to remember our fallen soldiers. But do we put things in true perspective by remembering the fallen soldiers of Christ? Again, we ask, how many suffer unspeakably in the fires of Purgatory? How we live and pray can go a long, long, long way in relieving them of their misery and likewise build up dividends if and when we find ourselves in the immediate company of the Church Suffering. The more we do in striving for sanctity on this side of God's ledger, the more likely we're to spend less time in that inevitable void before being purified and worthy to enter the heavenly kingdom.

Proper Resource During an Improper Time

    With all this said, we will continue to emphasize the devotional aspect of our Faith and leave the opinions to the winds. I repeat, the links we have provided and emphasized in this commentary are not really opinions, but Catholic fact that is not open to discussion. Oh, there are various theological opinions that can be discussed, such as the very doctrinal Catholic term of sedevacantism, but as for the truths and traditions of holy Mother Church - those are not open to "opinion". You'll find this constant in the links we've highlighted and we assure you that you cannot go wrong at these ports.

    With that assertion, and, in the spirit of true teamwork, we are relying more on the veracity of Dr. Droleskey, the Traditional Catholic Bishops and Priests, Atila and Marian and a few others such as Griff Ruby to provide articles and insight. While we will continue to provide articles from time to time, the major emphasis of The Daily Catholic will remain as a resource site. It begins with being the only site to provide the daily Propers of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for everyday of the year in both Latin and English since 2004. We hope in the future to be able to provide a cross-reference search program that will enable readers to find things instantly.

    We've had offers of help in this area and others, but still wait on the generosity of volunteers as well as donations from readers. Unfortunately the latter continues to dwindle as hearts grow colder, harder. It is a problem not uncommon in the traditional climes for, more often than not, the faithful ones have given up much to follow the narrow path. They barely have enough for their own families, let alone supporting extended "families" in the Church. Traditional chapels know this only too well in making it from one week to the next. The same for traditional groups. We are at the mercy of our readers. Without you we close the doors, pull the plug, shake the dust from our feet.

    I know, I know, you've heard that before. Sadly, that fact is coming closer to reality in these times which many are afraid to call what it really is: a depression. Why should we be so surprised that this house of cards is collapsing? Gas is going through the roof, homes are being foreclosed, food prices escalate to where bread lines could be forming in the not-too-distant-future.

    When man so defiantly angers God by promoting sin as a good thing, do you really think a land of milk and honey is our reward on this temporal planet? If so, you've been bamboozled or have had your head in the sand way too long. With three of the four sins that cry to Heaven for vengeance openly practiced and preached, tolerance will take its toll.

    The good Lord can only take so much. The consequences are inevitable as Jesus alerted in St. Luke 10 above. And there are many other passages in which we have been warned. It's not like we haven't been told. How many remember Saint Paul's prophetic words in 2 Timothy 4: 3-4? "For there shall be a time when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: and will turn away indeed their hearing from the truth but will be turned to fables."

    Was he not referring to these very times? Hard to argue against that deduction. The goal then is to try to draw back those who have fallen away. St. Paul says as much in the next sentence, "But be thou vigilant, labor in all things; do the work of an evangelist, fulfill thy ministry. Be sober. For I am even now ready to be sacrificed: and the time of my dissolution is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith" (2 Timothy 4: 5-7). Ah, "kept the faith." Is that not the goal of every Catholic? So what happened? Just as the Jews in the Old Covenant veered from the true way and God sent a few reminders, so have Catholics today. We know only too well from history what those reminders consisted of. Are we prepared for today's reminders?

    Batten down the hatches, the storm is mounting. Yes, the good will suffer along with the bad. But isn't that what being Catholic is all about? Suffering is part and parcel of a Catholic's way of life. The more suffering we willingly accept, the more we help in expiation for the sins against the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts. The more expiation, the more graces. It's a vivacious circle as opposed to the vicious circle that those, who have signed on with the world, the flesh and the devil, have bargained for.

    What more can be said than to read and pray on St. Paul's Second Epistle to the Thessalonians, the entire second chapter. It says it all, not only warning us of the very "operation of error" God would allow, but also the "lie" that has enabled the Great Apostasy. Paul showed us the way to know: "Stand firm; and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by word, or by our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God and our Father Who hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation, and good hope in grace. Exhort your hearts, and confirm you in every good work and word" (2 Thessalonians 2: 14-16).

    The word is the winds are howling, the waters rising, the clouds growing darker, more foreboding than at anytime in history. Without the Word made flesh we will crash and burn, be thrown upon the rocks or engulfed in a vortex of vice that will suck us into satan's lasting locker, much more ominous than Davey Jones. The bellwether for surviving the draconian turbulence is placing oneself squarely on the true Barque of Peter. Even if Peter is not visible on deck, he's there, as are the majority of Christ's chosen Vicars who succeeded the first Pope. Take heart, trust in the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts to conquer the final obstacle God has allowed to be placed in our path. Yes, the way is perilous and perfidious, but we can navigate safely if we have the tools to fight for the Faith in preparing for the Perfect Storm.

Michael Cain, editor






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