It was the best of times, the worst of times. Those Dickensian words taken from his famous tome, "Tale of Two Cities" refers, of course, to the French Revolution. How that was the "best of times" might be a stretch and then again, to true Catholics, it truly was a "test of times" for persecution does that. It tests one's faith. Many weren't prepared to die for Christ and caved.
What about you? Are you prepared to die for Christ? Or will you cave when deprived of the slightest inconvenience or pressure put on you that might make your life uncomfortable, yes, even unbearable. Such is the time of martyrdom. We can take many lessons from those holy martyrs dating back to the early Christians in the Colosseum to the times of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I when Catholics were brutally tortured for their fidelity to the true Faith. Then, we have the great enlightenment and the dawn of "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity and Tolerance". The acronym? Why, LEFT of course.
If one is left then one cannot be right. That should tell you everything! And, as we near the eighth anniversary next month of the day our freedoms began to evaporate in America, we must be ready for the dark times that lie ahead. How will we cope? By staying ever closer to the Light, Who is Christ. He has left us the only technology we will need: the holy Faith. All else is of no use when push really comes to shove. And they will be shoving and pushing you sooner rather than later. I half expect Resident Comrade Obama to appoint a Traditional Catholic Czar to keep tabs on a most endangered species: true Catholics. Don't laugh, who expected the insane number of communists to fill these untouchable offices back in November? I didn't think I saw any hands up.
And this is just the beginning. For some, it is the end and shows how powerful the devil is and how he has taken advantage of good men's lackadaisical ways. I refer you to one Stephen F. Brady, the tireless modern apostle against the rot within the conciliar church. He operated Roman Catholic Faithful, Inc. at www.rcf.org He has given his all and has called it quits because those who could be of assistance have not given their all. Here is part of his letter he recently sent:
'RCF is broke but, as you will read below, this is not a fundraising letter. Across the country most charities, non-profits and other philanthropic organizations are feeling a financial crush due to the collapsing economy. RCF is no exception. I briefly considered a new fundraising campaign but instead have decided that it is time to close the doors of The Roman Catholic Faithful, Inc.
'Many of you will remember the letter that I sent out in our last newsletter in 2008. Because my announcement today will make no sense unless you have read it, I am repeating that letter here before I go further with this one:
'The thoughts expressed in this letter have been with me for some time now. It is not without great reflection and prayer that I pen this letter which lays out a new direction for RCF. I hope that most of our supporters will approve of this direction. Some will no doubt disapprove. However, what really counts is God's opinion.
'Over the last 12 years that RCF has been in existence I cannot count the number of times that I received a phone call that goes something like this. Mr. John Doe reports that his pastor is (choose one):
- Forbidding kneeling while receiving Communion
- Living in a homosexual relationship
- Preaching that Hell does not exist
- Allowing children to receive First Communion without Confession
- Endorsing a local 'gay ministry' organization in the weekly bulletin
- Etc., etc. etc.
'I would dutifully assist John Doe in helping him write a letter to the local bishop. John Doe would later call me and state that nothing had changed. Or, maybe worse, the bishop contacted him and supported the pastor in his errors or infidelity. It seemed that there were very few parishes where a parent could safely allow their children to participate in Church programs. Even if you found a decent pastor, it was the liberal, in- name-only Catholics who ran the parish programs. In some cases children were even denied the Sacraments if their parents refused to send them to these heretical parish programs. I prayed that one bishop would speak out publicly against this corruption and give direction to the faithful. The silence was deafening - or at least so I thought....
'Still, with all this, I desperately wanted to be 'in union' with the bishop or at least Rome. I decided to take a long hard look at what it meant to be 'in union.' Bishop Daniel Ryan was in union with Rome despite the fact that the hierarchy knew he was raping teenage boys. Bishop Anthony O'Connell was in union with Rome when the pope appointed him bishop of West Palm Beach, Florida despite the fact that the hierarchy knew he had molested teenage boys. They even made a payment to one victim on his behalf years earlier. The list goes on and on, but what's the point? The point is being 'in union' with Rome or your local bishop can lead you to Hell. Rome knows full well that bishops like Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles and Howard Hubbard of Albany have lost their faith, but they still are in union with Rome while they destroy their dioceses.
'While bishops and priests in union with Rome have been destroying The Faith - good, holy priests have been stripped of their faculties for simply defending The Faith. Most of you know of a priest who falls into this category. The late Father John Hardon, S.J., was one of the first priests to offer his help to RCF (no one could doubt Father's orthodoxy). In 1996 Father Hardon arranged for me to speak at a Detroit parish and helped RCF raise funds. At the time he was telling anyone who would listen that, according to his Vatican superiors, 'one diocese after another would be lost unless the laity did something.' Father Hardon was making it very clear that the bishops were corrupt and destroying the Church.
'I believed that one thing RCF could do was publicly expose this corruption, prick the conscience of the once-faithful and maybe then things would change. I was wrong.
'It was Father Hardon who suggested I use the canonical services of Father Alfred Kunz of Dane, Wisconsin. While Father Kunz was glad to help RCF, he made it clear that 'You will find no justice in the Church today.' Father Kunz' comments, added to those of Father Hardon's, painted a very dismal picture. But I still had hope that the 'system' might work. Father Alfred Kunz was brutally murdered in 1998 while he was helping RCF with the case of predatory homosexual Bishop Daniel Ryan. Father's killer has never been found....
'One of the disturbing aspects of my work has been to learn that most 'Catholics,' because of corrupt bishops and clergy, have no sense of sin or scandal, or the sacred. They speak of abortion and homosexual activity as if it harms no one....
'Today I am even more convinced of what I wrote back then. The recent horror of watching the University of Notre Dame honor America's abortionist-in-chief, Barack Obama, and the accompanying silence from the Vatican, demonstrates convincingly that the conciliar church is corrupt from top to bottom. I cannot in good conscience commit financial resources to 'rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic' in the conciliar church. For this reason, I have decided to dissolve RCF.
'I hope that, by the grace of God, I have done some good in the years I was president of RCF. I cannot tell you how blessed I was to work with many heroically-struggling priests and lay men and women, moms and dads.
'As the darkening clouds envelop the world today, it is clear to me that no mere human effort can save the Church. That role has been assigned by Our Lord to His mother, our mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. We know from the approved Marian apparitions at Fatima, Akita and Quito that Our Lady is destined to save the Church and mankind at a time when the world is enslaved in sin. Our Lady revealed to Sister Lucy that the pope and all the bishops must together consecrate Russia to her sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. As of this moment, the world stands in great peril of an 'annihilation' of certain nations because Our Lady's request has not been obeyed.
'I believe our work as RCF has gone as far as it can go. For those who have had ears to hear, you know what must be done: Pray for the pope that he will command this requested consecration, a consecration that will bring world peace and restore Holy Mother Church. Pray the rosary every day. Attend the Traditional Latin Mass. Receive the Sacraments frequently. Wear Our Lady's scapular.'
While we can sympathize wholly with Stephen, we must remind him that only a true Pope can consecrate Russia to Mary's Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Because it was not done to Our Lady's satisfaction back when we had a true Roman Pontiff on the Seat of Peter, we'll have to wait as Russia's errors spread at breakneck speed through time and history, claiming ever more souls that could have been saved.
And speaking of such, true Catholic apostolates like ours, Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey and many others may have to put up the 'Closed! Due to lack of interest' shingle just as Stephen did if true Catholics don't respond soon to the plight of non-profits dedicated to converting souls to the one True Faith.
The renowned scholar and Catholic statesman and diplomat, Dr. Alan Keyes recently wrote an article for World News Daily entitled "Requiem for the Obama File" in which he wrote the following. Note, I have inserted a few reminders with his words:
I read with sadness but no surprise WND's article about the demise of The Obama File, "an extensive depot of information questioning Barack Obama's eligibility to hold the office of president." According to the article,
Parker Shannon, a 70-year-old retiree who has documented alleged violations by Obama for the past two years from his home in suburban Boston … stresses his decision to shut down the site had nothing to do with any kind of pressure from the government
"The Obama camp didn't get to me. They can't," he told WND. "What got to me is my fellow Americans, the cheap bastards."
"I'm disappointed," he said, explaining he lives on Social Security and a small amount of retirement money. "I just am tired of doing what I'm doing, and I get 50 e-mails a day telling me I'm a great patriot and they're praying for me. I don't want to hear it. Just send me $10."
Shannon says he spent 60 to 70 hours a week on his efforts and received only $240 in the entire two years despite displaying prominent donation buttons. …
The juxtaposition of prayerful good wishes and indolent support highlights one of the saddest realities of our time. Christ advised his disciples to rely for sustenance on the goodwill of friendly hosts, "eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages" (Luke 10:7). But many of those who work today to defeat the overthrow of our God-given liberty are perishing from the material indifference of those who benefit from and approve of their work...
Those who mightily encourage others to stand in the thick of the fray, but do nothing to equip them for the battle, may intend to be friends, but in fact, without meaning to, they leave them naked to their enemies. Christ said "Give to him that asks you." Maybe some would say that Parker Shannon and others (vg. The DailyCatholic, Dr. Thomas Droleskey, Traditio, CMRI, etc.) have to ask often and without shame. But what word is more truly spoken than a righteous deed? Anyone who sees a need and acts to fulfill it is asking for the help of those who thank God that the work is done. (If, before they will respond with help, grateful supporters require that spoken words be added to the deed, they forcibly contribute to the false impression of greedy self-seeking that opponents can use to discredit the work.)
Why are so many of those who profess to believe that the survival of liberty is a righteous cause (or that the survival of the True Faith is a necessary cause) unwilling to subscribe to that cause? People who, without thought, will spend three or four dollars on snacks every day, don't bother to give a few dollars a month to support the Parker Shannons (The DailyCatholic, Dr. Thomas Droleskey, Traditio, CMRI, etc.) they claim to pray for. I believe they are sincere when they pray God's blessings upon them, but they seem to forget that God took human form to be the agent of the greatest blessing - and continues in that form to this day through those who truly profess to be the bodily hosts of Christ's indwelling presence. The most faithful prayers (i.e., people who pray) are the ones who speak not with the body's breath only, but acting with the spirit (breath) of God in which they pray. They pray indeed (in deed.)
If such a prayer has but $10 a month to give, he or she could help to underwrite the work of one sentinel like Parker Shannon (or The DailyCatholic, Dr. Thomas Droleskey, Traditio, CMRI, etc.) every month. Ten thousand could meet all his (our) needs by giving only $1 a month, or with $10 they could each month meet the needs of nine others like him. If prayers (people who pray) would stop idly taking God for granted and start actively embodying the blessings they pray for, they alone could be the mighty engine that renews the hope and promise of America's God given liberty (and return Christ as our true King and the infrangible Catholic Faith as the only faith, outside of which there is no salvation.)
Tragically, while the work their lips pray for perishes from lack of support, they think nothing of subscribing to newspapers that repress factual truth while actively promoting the destruction of everything they care about. They continue to watch manipulative media sources and hanker after the products they advertise. Their indolent viewing habits provide many millions of dollars for the fat salaries and privileges of the reporters and pundits who despise their faith and the dearest convictions of their hearts. Meanwhile, they wonder if God has abandoned America, when the blessings He would still bestow upon us remain dammed up behind their own unmoving and uncomprehending wills.
"He who plants and he who waters are one and each will receive his wages according to his labor" (1 Corinthians 3:8). The sentinel trees of our liberty are dying of thirst. Who will water them if the people themselves do nothing? Don't look to others. That question is for you.
That pretty much says what we have been pleading for lo these many months, nay years. How we have been able to stay on line is due to a mere few who are the good stewards God is so pleased with.
Yet, there are so few and they are dwindling as the economy grows worse, all more signs that God wants us, as a nation, as individuals, to repent, to literally don sackcloth and ashes, fast and pray that He will deliver His people from the throes of His adversary, the prince of darkness. The problem is that the time for prayer in and of itself, has passed. God is asking more of us. We've talked a good game, but that was how we got into all this trouble by giving lip service to God while compromising with the world, the flesh and the devil. Now God is serious and we had better get serious as well.
He destroyed two cities: Sodom and Gomorrah. As perverted and evil as the people of those communities were, they were boyscouts compared to the filth that permeates every major metropolis today, with four cities at the top of the list beginning with Babylon on the Bay San Francisco (which, if he could, I'm'sure St. Francis of Assisi would ask for his name to be removed since no one has taken his saintly advice), Los Angeles (the Angels here are surely not the good angels, but the fallen ones), New York including the corruption corridor from Boston to Washington, D.C. and the name that is proud to be called "Sin City", Las Vegas.
Are you as surprised as we are that these cities all still stand? Frankly we really are considering God's swift action in Genesis. He might have stayed His hand for Abraham did all he could to prevent the destruction except he could not find ten just men throughout both cities.
I turn to Ecclesiastes 9: 11-26 to give encouragement to all to stay the course and that it isn't that difficult to be a just man if your heart is in the right place.
Say not: What thinkest thou is the cause that former times were better than they are now? for this manner of question is foolish.
Wisdom with riches is more profitable, and bringeth more advantage to them that see the sun.
For as wisdom is a defense, so money is a defense: but learning and wisdom excel in this, that they give life to him that possesseth them.
Consider the works of God, that no man can correct whom he hath despised.
In the good day enjoy good things, and beware beforehand of the evil day: for God hath made both the one and the other, that man may not find against him any just complaint.
These things also I saw in the days of my vanity: A just man perisheth in his justice, and a wicked man liveth a long time in his wickedness.
Be not over just: and be not more wise than is necessary, lest thou become stupid.
Be not overmuch wicked: and be not foolish, lest thou die before thy time.
It is good that thou shouldst hold up the just, yea and from him withdraw not thy hand: for he that feareth God, neglecteth nothing.
Wisdom hath strengthened the wise more than ten princes of the city.
For there is no just man upon earth, that doth good, and sinneth not.
But do not apply thy heart to all words that are spoken: lest perhaps thou hear thy servant reviling thee.
For thy conscience knoweth that thou also hast often spoken evil of others.
I have tried all things in wisdom. I have said: I will be wise: and it departed farther from me,
Much more than it was: it is a great depth, who shall find it out?
I have surveyed all things with my mind, to know, and consider, and seek out wisdom and reason: and to know the wickedness of the fool, and the error of the imprudent:
If we do nothing, we will be fools and prey to the wickedness that ensues. As Solomon wisely says in his work, intended to alert us to our own vanity towards the things of the world and guide us to what God truly wants for us and from us. Recall the words of Ecclesiastes 7: 21, " For there is no just man upon earth, that doth good, and sinneth not." We are all sinners. Remember, saints are nothing more than sinners striving to be holy.
With that in mind, why can't we begin to establish in each and every parish, a group of ten men (and women as necessary). Traditional Catholics do not recognize the Masonic Knights of Columbus who, prior to Vatican II, served the priests as their right hand men. But they have sold out to conciliar coffers. Rather than reinventing the wheel with a like organization, why not establish "Ten Just Men" in each parish? If there are 18 people, recruit two more and have two groups and set up lay groups called "Ten Just Men" who will pray and do all they can to save souls through helping others, reaching out to a person at work, a neighbor, what have you.
As mentioned earlier, we know that were there ten just men in the time of Abraham, God would have preserved Sodom and Gomorrah. We know today that the heavenly Father's chalice has run over, His wrath has to be at a boiling point (if such imagery can be imagined with the Triune Divinity) . What are we going to do to assuage His just anger? Will we assimilate the Pharisee and say "I'm glad I am not like that Publican"? Or, to apply it to today, "I'm glad I am not like that conciliar Catholic or Protestant"? If so, pride will overwhelm us as my bride Cyndi points out in her University of Virtue Lesson in this edition, Pride and Lukewarmness Lead to the Abyss.
No, we must be humble and extremely grateful that God has gifted each of us with the grace to truly see where the True Church is and to realize we have a greater responsibility because of that gift to help others also receive the same grace as us. It matters not if we have come to the field later than the early workers for Christ assures all will be granted equal graces if they but ask for it. Yet, how can they ask for something if they do not know how to ask or what to ask for?
Ah, there's the rub. Yes, God could do it all by Himself. But He has chosen to use His instruments, you and I, to carry out His work on earth. Are we up to it? Are we willing? Are we in love with Him enough to want every person we come in contact with to share the graces we have been given? Friend or foe, annoying ones we know either through e-mail or work or even in our own families and parishes, neighbors who can be a headache can become God-sends when God sends us to help the helpless. And that's what we are doing because those without God-given graces are helpless to fight the world, the flesh and the devil without those graces. That is true charity to love our neighbor so much, out of love for God, that we want the best for them and the best is achieving Heaven. There is no second alternative.
That is where "Ten Just Men" can be of great help. It would be lay organized and established at a grass roots level with very little jurisdiction, placed, more or less, on the honor system, trusting the good will of each person's honor and each participant's fiat to God. Considering the shortage of priests and the scandals that are arising from within the Traditional ranks at present, we need to counteract with goodness and positive acts of prayer. Yes, we need the contemplative time to meditate as Griff Ruby speaks of in his article On Meditation. At the same time, we need to be aware of how heresy can so easily creep in if we are not vigilant. Such is the case of liberalism today as as Scott Montgomery points out in his essay Liberalism and the Catholic Faith in this Annual Summer Hiatus Edition.
During this down time, we encourage you to read past issues which you can access by clicking on the month at the top of the main page and for updated news, we have linked Dr. Droleskey's pertinent columns at www.Christorchaos.com and Traditio's daily blurbs, which we don't always agree with, but feel it's the best source for keeping folks updated on the latest events from a Traditional Catholic perspective. In addition, we encourage all to read the decrees of the holy Popes prior to Vatican II linked on the main Credo & Culture Port.
If you have read everything on these pages up to now and miss us, then you, also, need a break. Get away from the information overload for a while and refuel in prayer. That's what we plan on doing. Whether we return daily in September will depend on readers' response to our desperate need for funding. We ask you again to please help with whatever you can contribute by clicking the button below my signature. We are so grateful for whatever you can send. Recall Dr. Keyes' words above and ask yourself. Am I doing enough? If so, then you could very well be listed among the Ten Just Men.