CATHOLIC PewPOINT for Friday-Thursday, September 29 - October 5, 2000
St. Michael can't do it by himself! !
On this feast day of the Archangels - specifically the greatest of warriors Saint Michael, it's important to realize the semantics of the word "Militant Church" as an intricate component of the Communion of Saints. We know that the Church Triumphant is made up of all those who have reached the promised land - the celestial regions where they will live out eternity in the presence of the Beatific Vision. Then there is the Church Suffering which composes the poor souls in Purgatory who are on the "waiting list" to be included someday in the roll call of the Heavenly ones. The good news is that they are guaranteed salvation, the bad is that they don't know when. And we don't know when we will be taken from the ranks of the Militant Church and either kicked upstairs to the highest promotion possible or wait in line ad nauseum to atone for what we didn't do here on earth. The other alternative is the nether regions of hell and that is something no one wants to contemplate. That's bad news! But there is more good news and that is we still have a chance as long as we live and breathe thanks to the Almighty.
Michael Cain, editor
But in this new millennium the culture of death is taking a firm hold and we are gasping for breath - our own and for the breath of countless innocent unborns. The Mother of God specifically foretold of these times in her apparitions at La Salette in the Alps Mountains in Southern France in 1846 when she said: "Nature is asking for vengeance because of man, and she trembles with dread at what must happen to the earth stained with crime." She also prophesied, "The seasons will be altered, the earth will produce nothing but bad fruit, the stars will lose their regular motion, the moon will only reflect a faint reddish glow. Water and fire will give the earth's globe convulsions and terrible earthquakes which will swallow up mountains and cities."
The weather patterns over these last several years, the floods, the droughts, the extreme searing heat in the midwest, the fires in the west are all evidence of this and over this past decade they have grown increasingly worse, specifically the last several years in which almost every account of storms, blizzards, fires, and the like are of epic or biblical proportions. Are these not signs? The Blessed Mother went on to tell Melanie Mathieu, the primary visionary at La Salette, that "All the universe will be struck with terror and many will let themselves be led astray because they have not worshipped the true Christ Who lives among them. It is time; the sun is darkening; only faith will survive. Now is the time; the abyss is opening. Here is the king of kings of darkness, here is the beast with his subjects, calling himself the Savior of the world. He will rise proudly into the air to go to Heaven. He will be smothered by the breath of the Archangel Saint Michael. He will fall, and the earth, which will have been in a continuous series of evolutions for three days, will open up its fiery bowels; and he will have plunged for eternity with all his followers into the everlasting chasms of hell. And then water and fire will purge the earth and consume all the works of men's pride and all will be renewed. God will be served and glorified."
That is the key: God will be served and glorified. We are talking about all His children serving Him and glorifying Him and the only way to accomplish this is adhering to His Will by giving our wills totally to Him. That means abandoning our sinful ways, giving up the ways of the world, the flesh and the devil - things that pull us down and penetrate our shield of protective grace. Without grace we are more than vulnerable to the weapons of satan and he has been pelting us plenty these days. How, then, do we fight the dragons of dismay and destruction? Through the simple weapon known as "Prayer." The trouble is we overcomplicate things when Our Lady lays it out so simply - "Pray! Pray! Pray!" Return to her Divine Son, sacrifice and do penance for the atonement of sins. We can do this only through the grace of the Sacraments which mandate total adherence to God's Laws. Anything that goes against that is anathema to the Triune Divinity. Only by doing what Jesus asks through His Word in Scripture, through His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and through His Own Blessed Mother's messages can we hope to slay these dragons that drag us down.
That brings us back to the devastation being visited on so many the world over. We call on His Mercy to save those and at the same time to wake up the multitudes to why He allows this to happen: To alert us that the only calm seas, the only safe harbor is with Him. These natural incidents are His calling card to warn us that this is only an inkling of the Divine Justice. It is a warning. For the most part God has spared lives during these devastating whirlwinds of destruction over the last several years in which floods and winds have wiped out fortunes but few heartbeats. This has been the pattern for almost every natural disaster over the past ten years, at least in the United States: plenty of damage but few loss of lives. But, as we know, the Age of Mercy is running out and His Justice is about ready to take over. We had better wake up now and right the wrongs or countless citizens will wind up on a wrong-way road that leads straight to hell. Think about the current atmosphere in Washington, the doublespeak and lies of politicians promising the world when they in truth know it is impossible. Yet they continue to lie, to cover the truth. Sounds like they've got a great tutor in the guy downstairs. They are also aided by the stubbornness and selfishness of pro-abortionists, the greed and lust of big business and Hollywood, even the disobedience within our own Church where supposed "Catholics" tried to deny the Vatican NGO status. From all these events we can see it is truly evident the words Our Lady has spoken often, "I can no longer hold the Father's hand back. The cup was filling up. Now it is overflowing!"
But we have an ally not just in Jesus and His Blessed Mother, but also in the saints, specifically St. Michael who Pope Leo XIII gave special prominence to his key role in these times by penning the powerful Prayer to Saint Michael which can be found in our PRAYERS & DEVOTION SECTION in today's issue. Let us take those words to heart - "Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle." We are truly in a fierce battle, being assaulted on all fronts from natural disasters to unnatural disasters like abortion and immoralities that are abnormal. We cannot lay down our arms but must take up our weapons and fight for we are Soldiers of Christ, Crusaders for the cause, front-liners in the Church Militant. We ask St. Michael to "Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil." Unless we follow-up that plea by doing our part we are prey to the evil one. Even though this powerful prayer at the end of all Masses has been eliminated in the aftermath of Vatican II, it is important to continue praying it not only after every Mass, but often throughout the day. The power of this prayer is potent in keeping lucifer at bay and fulfilling the prophecy contained at the end of this prayer - "...by the power of God, cast into hell satan and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls."
We know they are prowling and we know their time is growing shorter and shorter. It was the late Archmandrate Father Stephen Barham, who likened himself as the Catholics' Rush Limbaugh and who had a tremendous sense of humor and resembled Jonathan Winters, who always said: "How can we lose? We cheated and read the ending of the book. Guess what? We win!!!" His highpitched giggle would always tickle audiences but his message was deadly serious.
He reminded us that we can't be overconfident for nothing in this world or the next is gained easily without hard work and suffering. One look at our crucified Lord should affirm that. So until we are all happily united forever in the peaceful harmony of Heaven, we have no choice but to fight on and to slay all the dragons we can. Don't ever forget the words of Saint Peter in 1 Peter 5: 8-9, "Be sober, be watchful! For your adversary the devil as a roaring lion, goes about seeking someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same suffering befalls your brethren all over the world." God's children are a close-knit family that should be concerned for each and every one of his children, especially those who are suffering at this time from all the global disasters. Maybe you cannot help physically because of logistics or funds, but you can help immensely through prayer. We feel very strongly that many disasters have been mitigated and lessened because of prayer.
On this day the glorious Feast of the Archangels, let us pause and contemplate "By the Power of God" for that is what it is all about. With God we can accomplish anything. Rather than allowing the Power of God to be used for constantly warning His people, He would rather serve as a whisper, but He can't if we don't do our part, if we don't pray and get our act together. As long as there is the culture of death, as long as we go along with its agenda by not throwing ourselves completely into the line of fire and not being afraid of the slings and arrows of ridicule and persecution, as long as we sit idly by and let the pro-abort candidates and media rule, then we will continue to have these disasters. In other words, folks, the buck stops with us! When will it end? When we finally learn that uniting our prayers and actions we are as strong as the legions of archangels. If we are divided, if we bicker, if we stand by the sidelines expecting someone else to do the hard work, then rather than pray, we are prey for satan. The Battle is now, are we prepared. Do we truly realize we are a team? That team is the Church Militant. We need to realize, St. Michael can't do it by himself!
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