October 22-28, 2001
volume 12, no. 153

When you have Christ, who needs Cipro?

    The media is a master at psychological warfare. In just one week they have been able to make all America practically paranoid with fear. Yet no one has actually told you the root of anthrax, the new buzz word which has replaced 'school shootings' and 'hanging chad' as this year's 'biggest news.' The latest scare touches home with every family. Well, let's say not every family. Consider those without TV's, daily newspapers, etc. like those who till the earth in the agricultural regions, those who many derogatorily call 'farmers' or 'ranchers.' For those who work with the sweat of their brow and provide so much for others, the title 'farmer' and 'rancher' are proud and noble monikers. Know we wouldn't be enjoying our breakfasts, lunch and suppers without their productive efforts.

    The irony of all this is that the most common source of anthrax can be found in cattle and sheep, livestock tended by farmers. It is an infectious microorganism (Bacillus anthracis) - a malignant pustule, carbuncle if you will, that causes the lesions of the disease anthrax. Now if that's the case then wouldn't our heartland be teeming with this disease? But few cases of anthrax have ever broken out in our great grainbelts, in the roaming meadows of sheep, the wide expanse of cattle ranges - even in the Old West. So why all of a sudden now is anthrax such a scare?

    Terrorism is what we are told and on the heels of the shocking, demonic assault of 9-11 most are now in the frame of mind to believe whatever the talking media heads will tell us. The most natural source is in livestock, yet I doubt McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and restaurants everywhere would be doing such a bonanza business if that were true. I doubt clothing stores would be as effective without wool.

    And it seems with this latest 'scare' that we are having the wool pulled over our eyes. Yes, as sheep we blindly follow what we are told by the talking heads of the networks and their blathering on about it only compounds the problem one-hundred-fold for I really doubt this is directed by the same forces that masterminded the destruction in New York and Washington. If it is they are smarter than we give them credit for, because the more the anxiety, the greater the chance of other crackpots getting in the act. Can you say 'copycats'? It is a trend I blame squarely on the media for when they report extensively on forest fires, indubitably more break out because the idea was planted in the minds of those who relish destruction or want publicity. The more the media reports of looting, the more looting goes on; the more the media covers a terrorist act, the more maniacs out there want to emulate the same kind of dastardly deeds. Satan works that way, he feeds on it. And this is exactly what he is masterminding with the latest anthrax panic. He wants us to think the sky is falling. He wants us to scurry around in fear like Chicken Littles. Now he wants us to be afraid of even breathing because of the anthrax threat.

    This all lends to the agenda of the One World Order. And you know Washington and all others in quest of this goal are in lock step with this devious program for it is not about nations but, as Saint Paul says in Ephesians 6: 12, "For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the Principalities and the Powers, against the world-rulers of the darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness on high."

    Now consider the etymological root of anthrax and you'll have a better picture of what we are facing here, folks. The microorganism's scientific name is Bacillus anthracis. Bacillus comes from the Latin word bacillum which means rod. Now anthracis traces its meaning back to the Greek anthrakites meaning like coals, which in Latin is anthracites which is a kind of bloodstone. Now you have rod and coals. The Greek word basiliskos is closely related for the prefix 'ba' is rooted in biblical history. Consider 'Baal'. Also consider the suffix of that which would be the prefix of 'Allah' - meaning king, god. The Latin is derived from the Greek Basilikos meaning king - basiliscus. Throughout history rulers have borne a rod as a symbol of their office - both pagan and Christian. The bishop's staff is a symbol of this, as is the Roman standard of the eagle, or the harsh standard of Adolph Hitler with the swastika. For the Muslims it was and is the crescent moon and star, for Christians it has always been the Cross. The basiliskos or basilisk is a little king, a kind of serpent. Okay, we have burning coals, a serpent, a would-be king. Are you starting to see the picture?

    We know from Genesis that, "the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made." In Jeremias we have the prophecy, "For behold I will send among you serpents, basilisks, against which there is no charm: and they bite you, saith the Lord." In Isaias 11: 8, "The baby shall play by the cobra's den, and the child lay his hand on the adder's lair." The Douay-Rheims translation is: "And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp: and the weaned child shall thrust his hand into the den of the basilisk."

    Now add the meanings of the microorganism for anthrax and what you have is something fashioned by the devil to scare mankind, to force him to submit to the prince of the world. This is all part and parcel of the modus operandi of the New World Order. It is all part of the Freemasonry plot to establish satan as the prince of the world. Islamism is one of lucifer's branches as are other religions that broke off from the True Church Jesus Christ founded when He gave the keys of the kingdom to Saint Peter in Matthew 16: 18-19, "And I say to thee, thou art Peter, and upon this Rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give thee the keys of the kingdom of Heaven; and whatever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven, and whatever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven." He reaffirmed to Peter this charge in John 21: 15-17, "Feed My sheep." Our Lord confirmed His command in Mark 16: 15, "Go into the whole world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he who does not believe shall be condemned."

    Now those are powerful words which leave no doubt, no ambiguity to His certain words. Yet the latest craze of terrorism flooding into our living rooms has left us feeling vulnerable and in fear. Why? Are we so concerned for our physical welfare that we have forgotten our spiritual welfare? Are we in the same boat, so to speak, as the Philistines in Isaiah's time when he warned, "Rejoice not thou, whole Philistia, that the rod of him that struck thee is broken in pieces; for out of the root of the serpent shall come forth a basilisk, and his seed shall swallow the bird" (Isaias 14: 29). That same verse is also translated as "fiery flying serpent" or seraph as the Comprehensive Catholic Commentary of the Douay-Rheims Bible by Father George Leo Haydock points out, referring to Moses' staff.

    That staff is similar to the caduceus adopted by the medical profession, a profession which is very much in need more today than ever before because of the threat of biochemical warfare, such as the anthrax scare. Doctors everywhere are scrambling to find cyprofloxacin, a quinolone called Cipro and other antibiotic vaccines such as penicillin or doxycycline to assure the citizens there is protection for their physical needs. However, I repeat, what about their spiritual needs?

    One physician who stands out is the patron saint of the medical profession whose feast day we are celebrating on this very day I am writing this commentary: Saint Luke. A Gentile by birth, he was born of a Greek mother in Antioch which was then part of Syria. You might say Luke was the first Catholic convert. We say that because the rest of the Apostles were Jewish, as well as Our Lord, Saint John the Baptist, Saint Joseph and the Blessed Virgin Mary. He was very close to the Blessed Mother and relied on her for many of the accounts of his Gospel. He is also the author of the Acts of the Apostles so he was in on the ground floor of both evangelization and the first Catholic journalist, if you will. It is to Luke whom we might turn to as our intercessor for healing of the heart for his Gospel leads all to Christ and his accounts of the early struggles and growth of Christianity are documented in Acts. In the Gospels he leads the reader chronologically from Nazareth to Jerusalem and in Acts he takes us from Jerusalem to Rome where the seat of the Holy Catholic Church was established by Peter's presence there.

    It's interesting that Luke is represented as an oxen, a livestock animal and one who will trample on the serpents. An ox is the symbol of sacrifice. Luke is attributed this symbol because he begins his Gospel about the priest and father of the Baptist, Zachariah who was offering sacrifice in the temple and burning incense when the archangel Gabriel appeared to him. In his works Luke emphasizes the priesthood of Jesus as the One Who offers sacrifice to His Heavenly Father, the ultimate sacrifice being the Immolated Lamb foretold by the prophet Isaiah. The same prophet, who in Chapter 59, speaks of sin and confession and a passage which very much applies to the situation we find ourselves in today.

    Let us begin with the first three verses, "Lo, the hand of the Lord is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear. Rather, it is your crimes that separate you from your God, it is your sins that make Him hide His face so that He will not hear you. For your hands are stained with blood, your fingers with guilt; your lips speak falsehood, and your tongue utters deceit." Can you see how those who have sworn to uphold life with the Hippocratic Oath have betrayed their vow? Doctors dedicated to saving lives are accomplices to murder through the abominable sin of abortion. The blood is on their hands. And yet, they, like so many others in responsible positions secularly and ecclesiastically they lie and cover up which only compounds the sin. We continue: "No one brings suit justly, no one pleads truthfully; they trust in emptiness and tell lies; they conceive mischief and bring forth malice." If that doesn't fit 2001 I don't know what does. Lawyers and politicians are among the most mistrusted and rightfully so. You might add bishops to that list, especially if we're talking about these times. In the next few verses Isaiah once again brings up the basilisk, "They hatch adders' eggs, and weave spiders' webs: whoever eats their eggs will die, if one of them is pressed, it will hatch as a viper." The Douay-Rheims translation from that same verse from the Haydock Bible reads, "They have broken the eggs of asps, and have woven the webs of spiders: he that shall eat of their eggs, shall die: and that which is brought out, shall be hatched into a basilisk."

    There's that term again - basilisk. The next several verses reveal the futility of their works. "Their webs cannot serve as clothing, nor can they cover themselves with their works. Their works are evil works, and deeds of violence come from their hands. Their feet run to evil, and they are quick to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are destructive thoughts, plunder and ruin are on their highways. The way of peace they know not, and there is nothing that is right in their paths; their way they have made crooked, whoever treads them knows no peace."

    Everywhere - from newsroom to political chambers - from judicial benches to chanceries and conciliar corners - everywhere the hollow refrain 'peace and justice' rings from their mouths, but there can be no peace because of Isaiah's words.

    The ninth through the fifteenth verses give us a glimpse of why all is futile, especially in our day, when one depends on finite sources. "That is why right is far from us and justice does not reach us. We look for light, and lo, darkness; for brightness, and we walk in gloom! Like blind men we grope along the wall, like people without eyes we feel our way. We stumble at midday, as in darkness, we are in dark places, as dead men. We all growl like bears, like doves we moan without ceasing. We look for right, but it is not there; for salvation, and it is far from us. For our offenses before You are many, our sins bear witness against us. Yes, our offenses are present to us, and our crimes we know: transgressing, and denying the Lord, turning back from following our God, threatening outrage, and apostasy, uttering words of falsehood the heart has conceived. Right is repelled, and justice stands far off; for truth stumbles in the public square, uprightness cannot enter. Honesty is lacking, and the man who turns from evil is despoiled."

    Tell me that wasn't written by someone in 2001. Tell me that doesn't apply more to this generation and world crisis today than ever before. Yet it was written by the ancient prophet Isaiah over 700 years before the Messiah was born in Bethlehem. Yet nearly three millennia later he is right on. Maybe that will prove to all that he was a prophet.

    The next several verses substantiate the parallel of time. "The Lord saw this, and was aggrieved that right did not exist. He saw that there was no one, and was appalled that there was none to intervene; so His Own arm brought about the victory, and His justice lent Him its support." Think about that. Like in the times of Sodom and Gomorrah, God could not find a few good men - a few just and righteous ones - to help God bring the people to realize and repent. So also today when those leaders in the Church He founded hide beneath ambiguities and political correctness for the sake of the common good, abandoning the individual soul in their effort to go along in order to get along. Flow with the tide - the tide that is sweeping so many into that roaring river of Hades. Our Lord asks the same in Luke 18: 6-8, "Hear what the unjust judge says; and will not God avenge His elect, who cry to Him day and night? And will He be slow to act in their case? I tell you that He will avenge them quickly. Yet when the Son of Man comes, will He find, do you think, faith on the earth?"

    Where is that faith? I daresay the problems do not lie in the heartland, but in the heart. Anthrax is only the tip or 'rod' of the iceberg that will only be melted when it arrives at its final destination in perdition. God is asking if we are willing to swim to Him and trust in the guiding light of the Two Pillars - the continual Sacrifice of the Holy Eucharist in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and devotion to Mary's Immaculate Heart for, in the end, she will triumph! God sets the example for us in Isaiah 59: 17-18, "He put on justice as His breastplate, salvation as the helmet on His head; He clothed Himself with garments of vengeance, wrapped Himself in a mantle of zeal. He repays His enemies their deserts, and requites His foes with wrath."

    Where else do we see this same analogy? Why St. Paul's words in Ephesians 6: 11-17, in which the Apostle entreats all to "Put on the armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the Principalities and the Powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness on high. Therefore take up the armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and stand in all things perfect. Stand, therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of justice, and having your feet shod with the readiness of the gospel of peace, in all things taking up the shield of faith, with which you may be able to quench all fiery darts of the most wicked one. And take unto you the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, that is, the word of God." No other clothing will do.

    Paul spoke these words emphatically and pointed out his fearlessness in speaking truth for he was beholden to no one except the Lord. "I open my mouth, utterance may be granted to me fearlessly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; so that therein I may dare to speak as I ought." How sad that the bishops cannot display the same holy boldness today. How sad that they have, by and large, abandoned the battle, allowing the powerful Prayer of Saint Michael to be discarded and spreading the red carpet for the red demon to march right in. How can the common Catholic, even the committed Catholic, fare against those odds? It is nigh unto impossible unless we realize we are not fighting finite beings. We are not fighting Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein or any of the other terrorists of the moment. No we are fighting a far worse enemy, one who makes all his troops expendable at the expense of so many innocents in the persons of aborted babies and in the souls of those so lured away from the Faith the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John recorded and the truths Paul preached and has been handed down through the Popes, Fathers of the Church and Saints in the rich Tradition of Holy Mother Church. Know this, a prime target of the Principalities and Powers and of the world-rulers of darkness and of the spiritual forces of wickedness on high are those who cling to the Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church. Could that be a reason so many bishops hate Traditionalists so? Could that be a reason they have been successful in demeaning that small remnant which has remained loyal to Christ's One True Church? Could that be a reason why since Vatican II on they have worked so feverishly from parish council to chancery to curia to bury all the Truths and Traditions that went before the Second Vatican Council?

    As the anthrax scare heightens, we urge loyal Catholics to find their antidote to everything in the healing medicine of the Sacraments. After all, when you have Christ, who needs Cipro?

Michael Cain, editor

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October 22-28, 2001
volume 12, no. 153
CATHOLIC PewPOINT commentary
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