SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING column for November 14, 2000
SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING
What if the Blessed Mother had said 'No!'?!?
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I am writing this as I watch the returns of the election for the President of the United States. Since we live in northern San Diego County, in California, our polls closed fifteen minutes ago. Our state is supposed to take Vice-President Al Gore over the top. Will it? Only time will tell. As of this writing I don't know who will be the 43rd President of the United States. I'm still praying.
I know prayer will be answered in God's time for He will never abandon His faithful ones. Either way this turns out, my brothers and sisters, we have done it! We have either stormed Heaven by prayer, have been enlightened by the Holy Spirit, and have voted for the Sanctity of Life, however flawed George W. Bush might be, or we have neglected our duty to vote, and worse, we have committed a very serious sin by voting for Al Gore, who promotes abortion, which is a mortal sin. Our Holy Father, and many bishops, Father Frank Pavone, Mother Angelica and her entire EWTN programming led by Father Frank Pavone, have told us flat out that it is against the dogmas, doctrines, teachings, and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church to vote for any candidate who upholds the right of abortion. Anyone who is Catholic and who has voted for Gore has committed a sin…the degree of which is known only to God. It is the position of the Church that anyone who has conspired by vote to encourage abortion commits murder by their vote, and is culpable before God, and not a member in good standing of the Roman Catholic Church.
How did you vote? No, you don't have to tell me. You've already told God, and that's what counts. I'm not ashamed to tell you that I voted the Bush ticket, and that I prayed and fasted for weeks, that this election would, in however small a measure, begin to turn our once proud nation back to God, upon Whom we are founded. I have wept; I have bitten back uncharitable words. I have groaned over the ad nauseaum political ads on TV, and have eagerly looked forward to the absence of such ads for a very long time.
And now, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we are here at this new threshold. Is it the one that our Holy Father wrote about: "Crossing the Threshold of Hope"? Or have we chosen another title, one that reads: "Crossing Out The Threshold of Hope?" Whichever one comes to be, the people are the cause of it.
If we have voted for God, then we cannot stop now in our prayers and sacrifices to keep working for Him, to abide by His Laws, to stand firm in our faith, to have boundless hope, and above all a Divine Love in our Heart. If we are part of a mass that has voted for the continuation of the culture of death, then we are responsible before the King of Kings, to answer when He asks: "Why did you destroy even one of My most innocent ones?"
I know that I received e-mail prior to the election from good people who preferred to vote for Gore because of Bush's stand on capital punishment. My reply to them was thus: "What if the Blessed Mother had said 'No' to the Archangel Gabriel? What if Mary had felt that a pregnancy, even one divinely given, was inconvenient at the time? What if, after becoming pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit, she changed, which I remind you she was free to do, and have an abortion? Had Joseph put her away from him, what would Mary have done? If she had aborted the baby, we would not have had a Savior. I remind you that even though Mary was free of Original Sin, she also lived in a sin-filled world, and her free will was just that - free. She would have been within her right to say 'No, thank you, God." What would the world have become then? Do you think the Mother of God, the Mother of our Savior, would vote against life, would vote for anyone even remotely inclined toward abortion. You and I know she wouldn't and we should have done the same.
Our decision this election year will shape not only the next four years, it will shape future generations that we can only imagine. It will either allow God to come back into our lives, ennobling all of us anew with the Holy Spirit, bringing out the "good will" in men, sanctifying life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death, or we will have sold our own souls down the river - a river that runs straight toward hell.
Speaking of the latter, do you realize that should Gore win this election, we will shortly have cloning of human beings, genetic altering, selective birth, abortion at all costs and at all times, and before you can blink an eye, we will have set the state for a soulless society, one that is created by man, where no God has any part, for we have denied Him. We have become the modern day Judases, who have kissed our Savior on the cheek, while killing the babies behind His back, and cloning and genetically altering His Life for our own convenience, our own gods of technology and our godlike mindset of "we know better that God!" attitude.
Oh, my dear brothers and sisters, I am listening to the TV sound, to liberal media declaring this or that state for Al Gore, when the polls have just closed, and there are only a few precincts reporting. These media reporters are quick to glad-hand the Gore platform, while denying Bush anything. When the state is won by Bush, they have something nasty to say about him. When the race is close, they are in favor of Gore, and there is, in their tone and words, a conviction that this election must go to Gore, because we cannot go backward in our march toward perfection. I am so sorry to hear that these reporters stumble all over themselves when it comes to admitting that Bush just might, at this time, at 8:37pm PST, have the lead.
I do not know how this will end. I am praying. Regardless, I will continue to pray, and I will never give up hope that there is a core of faithful Catholics in the United States who care, who pray, who believe, and who, too, wish to restore the Sanctity of Life.
Until we restore the Sanctity to Life, we will not have the fullness of the Mystical Body of Christ. Until we have that fullness, we will not have fulfilled all of Sacred Scripture.
Which do you desire for yourself, and those who come after you? I, myself, as well as Michael, stand for God, for our Roman Catholic Faith that we love and cherish and pray to increase every day. I pray that my sons, and their children, if they are to marry, will live in a world that respects God, loves God, adores and worships God. I hope they will live in a world that is moving closer to the fullness of the Mystical Body of Christ, and not the other way.
Even though the elections are over, I'm praying all the more. I hope you are too. America needs many, many prayers in order to cross that threshhold of hope.
Your very little sister in Christ,
November 14, 2000
volume 11, no. 231
SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING
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