We enthusiastically join, promote and laud the effort launched by the Blue Army for a Novena of Rosaries between the Feast of the Archangels - especially Saint Michael the chief foe of satan - and the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary. The Rosary intention is for God's intentions for His children. It's time we put everything in His hands, not our feeble, finite ones. The Rosary is the unifying link in the Communion of Saints. Always remember the Rosary is not a one way communication tool, it is two-way spiritual device where we call and God answers. He answers every prayer. No busy signals with the Almighty. Maybe that's why the Rosary is designed as a loop! God has ways of reminding us of the importance and power of prayer. It's just too bad most are only reminded when things go bad.
These are the times when we should truly understand Christ's words in Matthew 10: 16, "Behold, I am sending you forth like sheep in the midst of wolves. Be therefore wise as serpents, and guileless as doves. But beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and scourge you in their synagogues, and will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, for a witness to them and to the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, do not be anxious how or what you are to speak; for what you are to speak will be given you in that hour."
Interesting - "wise as serpents and guileless as doves." Is our government doing this? Are the American people taking this into account? Does the world understand this? Do those who claim to be Apostolic successors live by this? Those are just a few questions we offer in this commentary.
Many recall the brouhaha last week over statements made by Protestant evangelists Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, most notably the former. Sadly, shortly after stating the truth, both Falwell and Robertson, the so-called ramparts of the religious right, backed down. They cowered under the liberal left's ammo of bullets labeled intolerance, hate and prejudice. Can you see how we are living in those times where both Our Lord and His Blessed Mother foretold? The times when good would be considered evil, when evil would be widely accepted as the norm? Are we not in those very times?
Both Falwell and Robertson, and every bishop and priest in America had the opportunity and, out of fear, let it slip through their grasp. I'm speaking of the 'why' of the horrendous WTC collapse that occurred on September 11th. Falwell and Robertson, while discussing on the air on the 700 Club on September 12 the 'why' of such a devastating blow, rightfully arrived that God is trying to wake up America, that He will not tolerate the sins of this generation.
They pointed out it was because of abortionists, sodomites and adulterers as well as those who worship the idol of power and greed that this happened. I don't think they ever said that God did it. No, God didn't do it, but He allowed it to wake us up. In our last issue we emphasized that point consistently.
Jesus said in Matthew 6: 24, "No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will stand by one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."
God is about goodness and virtue, God is about grace and adhering to all He commands. Because mammon is the antithesis of God and good then mammon stands for the world, the flesh and the devil. Those who promote violation of God's laws would then fall under the category of mammon. That would include abortionists, sodomites, those out to destroy the value and dignity of the human being as God intended. Saint James confirms this in his epistle of James 4: 4, "Adulterers, do you not know that the friendship of this world is enmity with God? Therefore, whoever wishes to be a friend of this world becomes an enemy of God."
Now Falwell said the following, "I really believe that the pagans, the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of the who try to secularize America, I point the finger in their face and say you helped this happen."
To that Robertson said, "Well, I totally concur."
To which we add: We concur. Why? Because Divine Revelation concurs with it. Who is anyone to argue with the Word of God? The liberal media is who. One of those was Diane Sawyer of ABC's Good Morning America who revelled in ridiculing Falwell's stance and twisting it to fit her modernist agenda. Falwell shrunk under the media klieglights saying, "I sincerely regret that my comments were taken out of their context." Sawyer haughtily went on to rebuke Falwell and 'his kind'. In addition she relished the comparisons comparing him to the terrorists as the 'American Taliban' which the great false prophets of the media have parroted to all. She even tried to corner him into promising never to attack those 'groups' (read "sinners, adulterers, sodomites, feminists, people of greed, etc.) At least Falwell didn't disavow that he wouldn't, but his strength was greatly sapped by the manipulating knife of the liberal media surgeons. Sawyer also said, "tell me any conceivable context that could redeem those words."
Unfortunately he had very little to respond with. Again political correctness raised its ugly head to distort the reasons why America was struck. Anyone who follows the mainstream liberal media would point the finger at Osama bin Laden and a network of terrorists. What the mainstream liberal media do not tell you is how they were able to do that in the first place. They won't tell you that bin Laden was trained by CIA Intelligence. Oh, over the years the U.S. has made strange bedpartners, no pun intended. The problem is it is the ol' deception trick, distract them away from what is truly happening. Add to all of this the sensitivity of the tolerance mantra which is tolerant toward all things of the world, the flesh and the devil but so intolerant toward those who seek to abide by God's laws. The Falwell incident is a good example of this. Now that this 'do-gooder righteous hypocrite' (the impression given by the liberal media) has had his comeuppance it will deter others from speaking out. That's how the disciples of the devil work, to discourage the just.
Do you realize while America was mourning, sin continued to be promoted? While flags were at half-staff the California Assembly passed Bill AB-25 which would grant 13 new rights and benefits to homosexual 'domestic partners' even though such action was soundly defeated last year by the voters in Proposition 22? Now all it needs is a signature or veto by Governor Gray Davis, a so-called 'Catholic' who is an avowed pro-abort and liberal as they come. Don't look for a veto. And speaking of so-called Catholics and the promotion of sodomy, while everyone is focusing on the tragic events of 'Black Tuesday', good ol' Teddy Kennedy - that bastion of liberalism and secularism whose family has contributed so much to the downfall of Catholic principles, especially in the once solid Catholic state of Massachusetts - is stepping up efforts to promote the gay agenda with the ENDA - (again no pun intended) - Employment Non-Discrimination Act which is even a greater slap in God's face.
Ecclesiastes 1: 15 says "The perverse are hard to be corrected, and the number of fools is infinite" Look around you and you'll see that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Consider Hollywood's sensitivity to movies and images of explosions in the aftermath of the WTC disaster. They are scrambling to shelve or edit scenes, even entire films, that deal with the World Trade Center or terrorist bombings. Think about that. They are admitting that their ware does influence the sensitivities of the viewers. If they admit that, then why don't they admit that the preponderance of sex and perversion emanates from their hands as well? Why don't they choose then to monitor, edit out and tone down every scene, movie or program - and commercials, I might add - so that they will not offend or harm souls? Because it's not politically correct. Because it is not in the Masonic-Modernist manifesto to do what is pleasing to God.
Despite all the sorrow, all the devastation, all the loss and our own inadequacies, much good has evolved. Many call it the 'American spirit,' others 'the cream rises to the top.' The inspiring stories of the firefighters and regular citizens helping others on that fateful day - forever to be known as Black Tuesday - and the public outpouring of love, concern and commitment in helping financially and other ways truly show the fabric of man living as God intended - love thy neighbor as thyself (Matthew 22: 39).
It is in that outpouring of love, that concern to live God's commandments as best they can that proves America does have at least 'ten just men.' If you recall, Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because the patriarch Abraham could not find even ten just men to stave off the hand of God. Thankfully there are still a few left today who have the Faith, who are just, who live the commandments and strive to be Christ-like in their example and deeds. The Blessed Mother of God has said so often that she knows not how long she can stay the 'hand of God' from wiping out this sinful world. We truly believe the bouquets that have been offered to Our Lady through the Holy Rosary to intercede before the Triune Divinity have helped delay those just punishments, even, in some instances, mitigated further retribution.
Already over half a billion dollars have been raised throughout America for relief funds. Wow! But that's just money. What if that were real treasure? Like prayers, as in Rosaries? On October 7th we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary - Our Lady of Victory as decreed by Pope Saint Pius V in thanksgiving for the victory of Lepanto over the infidel Turks in 1571. We are in another war with the infidel and the real ransom we need to raise are the bouquets of Hail Mary's that make a pleasing spiritual floral arrangement before the Triune Divinity. When it comes to money and things, you can't take it with you. But prayers in intercession for souls will last forever! Yet, we get wrapped up in the fervor and fads of the moment and go along with the flow like sheep. Why don't we go along as the sheep Christ intended and all say the Rosary? It will do far more than any financial help. Right now everyone is in the patriotic mood. While that is good, waving the flag, giving blood, donations, etc. we should keep in mind the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. Then we can better put it all in perspective. The daily Rosary contributes to that perspective. If we don't we can get caught up in this humanistic wave and forget the real treasure that only prayer can produce.
Indeed the media is manipulating us even with the 'feel-good' stories of heroic deeds of firefighters and volunteers on that day and after in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. The more they play up the good the more we are led to believe everything's okay, and return to our previous comfort zone, trying to forget 'Black Tuesday' which is exactly what satan wants. He wants us to go on our merry way on that very slippery slope that leads you know where. Oh, he is behind the hatred, but not the purpose. Satan's purpose is to discourage and to get you to give up. He wants to grab souls before they are saved. God's purpose is to keep souls ever mindful of Him and His commandments for only through Him and His One True Church can we be saved. Why is it we always forget Our Lord's powerful, consoling, uplifting but no-doubt words in Mark 8: 36-38? "If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For he who would save his life will lose it; but he who loses his life for My sake and for the gospel's sake will save it. For what does it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, but suffer the loss of his own soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when He comes with the holy angels in the glory of His Father."
Yet most Americans, even many Catholics will tell you that God didn't allow the tragedies that occurred. That it was the terrorists and God had nothing to do with it. We say the deed was pure evil for terrorism is pure evil. Both terrorist and adulterer are sinners before God. Therefore God did allow it to happen for He does indeed permit evil as verified in Ecclesiasticus 11: 14-15-17, "Good things and evil, life and death, poverty and riches, are from God. Wisdom and discipline, and the knowledge of the law, are with God. Love and the ways of good things are with Him. Error and darkness are created with sinners: and they that glory in evil things, grow old in evil. The gift of God abideth with the just, and his advancement shall have success for ever."
Yes, the just suffer along with the wicked just as many, many good and just people died or suffered through 'Black Tuesday.' But that does not mean this was not a wake-up call for again in Ecclesiasticus 5: 1-9 it is written, "Set not thy heart upon unjust possessions, and say not: I have enough to live on: for it shall be of no service in the time of vengeance and darkness. Follow not in thy strength the desires of thy heart: And say not: How mighty am I? and who shall bring me under for my deeds? for God will surely take revenge. Say not: I have sinned, and what harm hath befallen me? for the most High is a patient rewarder. Be not without fear about sin forgiven, and add not sin upon sin: And say not: The mercy of the Lord is great, He will have mercy on the multitude of my sins. For mercy and wrath quickly come from Him, and His wrath looketh upon sinners. Delay not to be converted to the Lord, and defer it not from day to day. For His wrath shall come on a sudden, and in the time of vengeance He will destroy thee." What more symbolic site to destroy than temples built to the god of mammon?
You see today it seems as if almost everyone has been hoodwinked by the humanist agenda that God is an all-loving God and would never seek vengeance through our enemies. O really!!! Please read the Old Testament, see what happened to the Israelites when they veered from God. Also read Jeremias 18, 35 and 36, Proverbs 14: 11, the entire short book of Ecclesiastes, Eclessiasticus 10: 10, Daniel 8 and 10, Judith 8: 14-27, Deuteronomy 5: 7-10, and Ecclesiasticus 27: 4 wherein we are warned, "Unless thou hold thyself diligently in the fear of the Lord, thy house shall quickly be overthrown."
There are countless other areas of the Old Testament that give credence to the fact that God will not abide a sinner who persists in his sin. In the New Testament there are many such affirmations as well for Christ most assuredly warned us and notified us who the devil was and where he beckoned. Yet we still haven't listened. With the time of mourning past, we'll return to our regular ways - our comfort zone - blithely ignoring this Sign from Heaven - this wake-up call to repent and return to God. Our Lady has been beseeching us for two centuries and yet we're surprised when this happens?
God has been invoked more in the past three weeks than the entire time of the Clinton administration. Even the ACLU didn't have a prayer at stopping prayer in school and everywhere for indeed everyone instinctively turned to God and prayer in their time of need. That is wonderful, but of little effect if as soon as the crisis has waned, man returns to his sinful ways. The next several months will be the litmus test whether America truly gets it, whether they have got the message.
You remember the Gulf War when churches filled up because America feared for their sons and daughters? How quickly after that did we not return to our old ways and tell God 'on my terms, not Yours!'? Do you remember what Our Lady conveyed immediately after the end of that short conflict in the Persian Gulf? She warned that next time - and there would be a 'next time' - it would be much different, we would be overconfident and the results would be much different. She has also said that we will suffer what other countries have suffered. Indeed no continent, no land, no refuge is free from the chastisements to come. Therefore, be forewarned now that before we begin worrying about our bodies and our possessions, we be more concerned for the state of our souls and our loved ones' state of grace. That's all that matters. The rest, as Humphrey Bogart so aptly put it in Casablanca, "don't mean a hill of beans!" But do we truly get the message?
The message is not from Osama bin Laden, it is not from the infidel Muslims. They are all puppets being manipulated by satan who would seek a major war thrusting America and other 'Christian' nations against terrorist nations that align with Allah in the religious sect of Islam in a global war. The latter believes Allah is on their side. Fine, they can have him because He is not the same Triune God and despite the ecumenical bunk being bandied about by bishops and even pope, we will abide by what a holy and saintly pontiff affirmed - one Pope Saint Pius X in his outstanding and much-ignored-by-the-post-conciliar-church encyclical Pascendi Dominici gregis , that the only way to salvation is through the Roman Catholic Church. No matter what spin ecumenists put on it with Muslims, Jews and Protestants, that is a dogma that can't be denied. There is no salvation outside the Catholic Church!
That is why, with all these signs clearly showing that the endtimes foretold in Daniel, Matthew 24 and 25, and the Apocalypse are playing out right before our eyes, we'd do well to heed the warnings and flee to the confessionals in droves with a firm purpose of amendment to confess our sins, do penance, and avoid, from henceforth as best we can, the near occasions of sin. If Catholics truly were sincere they would shout this from the rooftops and seek to convert through prayer, penance and petition those who have veered from the true path. We ask if there are any priests still out there who have not compromised? We would pray they come forward and stand tall for Christ and His Church. We also pray you will do the same. Forget about what people will think of you. Think of what Christ will think of you! That's all that really matters! The time is now to seek the conversion of souls. Whether you've been brainwashed by the ecumenism of the post-conciliarChurch or not, you must realize that for those who are not baptized, those who do not believe in the Transubstantiation, those who are not truly nourished by the everlasting confected food of Our Lord's Body and Blood, they will surely perish as Christ affirmed in Mark 16: 16.
Do you see the futility of worrying about making space to accommodate sky marshals to make the skies safe? The skies of this world are never safe as long as lucifer roams the earth. As long as he exists, everything not of God leads toward hell. That's why we need to call on Saint Michael often and remember the powerful prayer composed by Pope Leo XIII and made mandatory for all to say after Mass up until it was discarded after Vatican II. Holy Michael is the general of the vast Heavenly Church Triumphant army of archangels and angels, of saints that will assist in ridding the world of satan. But even Heaven needs help from the Communion of Saints flank on earth - the Church Militant. We need to fight with love - love for gathering more souls to receive the graces God so mercifully grants. We should be concerned about accommodating sinners by encouraging pastors to extend times of confession. Sadly, I doubt there are many Cure d'Ars out there who really understand and appreciate the healing sacrament of penance. That too has been compromised with all the other sacraments for the good of the order - the One-World-Order - the New Order - the Novus Ordo. Where are the holy priests and bishops to minister to their flocks? Are they afraid to step out and speak up, for fear of a liberal lashing like Falwell allowed himself to be suckered into? Have they all compromised the principles of their Faith to accommodate the newChurch, go along in order to get along? If so, then, my dear friends, we need to pray all the more for God to send holy, dedicated priests and restore His Church to the glory she deserves as the spotless Bride of Christ. Until then we must continue to be "wise as serpents and guileless as doves" for we are indeed sheep in the midst of wolves - ravenous ones at that!