Like a thief in the night!
As the 'wondrous spirit of the fruit of Vatican II' crumbles like so much rotting fruit, we cannot gloat with glee for souls are being lost and that is the real tragedy of the scandal that has rocked the Church today.
"Now it has been more than 35 years since the Council, and the 'wondrous spirit of the fruit of Vatican II' has come into its own, we can all agree I think; its full extent is even now being revealed, it has manifested itself as a nearly complete renewal, and some would say, dissolution, of everything we once knew and loved as Catholics in days long past. It is as if presently a bulldozer came and leveled everything we knew from past times, and prefab shacks were set up in its place, which was then called 'Church'. Are we the better for it? We know that the Holy Faith is like a mustard seed, it will grow only when given a planting in the right environment, but with the wrong environment, who can stand? Is there a greater holiness today than during the first half of the 20th century? Is it even on a par with that era? Clearly with the advent of the 'wondrous spirit of the fruit of Vatican II', there has been the loss by a number of priests of the sight of their earthly mission; it fills the newspapers currently. There may be no correlation, but still, few would say that things have not gotten worse in terms of the salvation of souls since 1965."
To all the Bishops of the world and to all peoples of good will:
We have just completed a time of fire and repentance with the holy season of Lent. It should remind us of an event of great magnitude which is yet to come, namely the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Many of us look forward to His return with joy, and in some ways we should. And yet, perhaps we should consider this more carefully. For who shall be able to stand before the great and terrible Day of the Lord? On that Day there will be nothing but blood and fire and billows of smoke! It will burn like a furnace, and all evildoers will become stubble, those who spent their lives pleasing themselves instead of God. Even the saints and holy ones will tremble on that momentous Day; should it not be even more so with we who are evil?
The great Day will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night, and to that end it is later than we think. For it should be clear, dear friends, that anyone who takes a step back and looks can see that everything in the world is breaking down, and there seems to be no end in sight to it. There is almost no turning back from Sodom and Gomorrah once we have allowed ourselves to be taken in by the world's adulterous spirit, and many, we say with chagrin, have already done so. Even the very Church itself appears to be in a process of self-destruction, and woe to those who have caused it! The moral authority of the True Religion is presently being mocked by barbarians, apostates, pagans, and worshippers of atan; and it is first of all because of the dearth of moral guidance, a lack of compass, by many of the chief shepherds of the flock of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Even Saint John Eudes tells us: 'The road to hell is paved with the skulls of bishops'. This is a take on Saint Athanasius' original statement: "The floor of hell is covered with the skulls of bishops." Both are a wake-up call to the bishops, priests and laity. Therefore let the shepherds beware. In fact, there is more to this statement than meets the eye. What the Saints are telling us is not only that the skulls of thousands of errant bishops will pave the floor of hell, some of whom may even be alive today, but that such bishops, resurrected to their eternal reward, that is, the place of burning and torment, the place of no respite, will appear decapitated, their heads having permanently left their bodies, as a mark that they did not think with right minds when governing the Church during their earthly lives. Woe to such bishops! And we must pray for our bishops all the more because of it.
Now it has been more than 35 years since the Council, and the 'wondrous spirit of the fruit of Vatican II' has come into its own, we can all agree I think; its full extent is even now being revealed, it has manifested itself as a nearly complete renewal, and some would say, dissolution, of everything we once knew and loved as Catholics in days long past. It is as if presently a bulldozer came and leveled everything we knew from past times, and prefab shacks were set up in its place, which was then called 'Church'. Are we the better for it? We know that the Holy Faith is like a mustard seed, it will grow only when given a planting in the right environment, but with the wrong environment, who can stand? Is there a greater holiness today than during the first half of the 20th century? Is it even on a par with that era? Clearly with the advent of the 'wondrous spirit of the fruit of Vatican II', there has been the loss by a number of priests of the sight of their earthly mission; it fills the newspapers currently. There may be no correlation, but still, few would say that things have not gotten worse in terms of the salvation of souls since 1965. Yet this was revealed to us many times beforehand, even by Our Lady of La Salette on September the 19th, 1846. At that time the Mother of God prophesied about people of a later time:
There are no more generous souls, there is no one left worthy of offering a stainless sacrifice to the Eternal for the sake of the world. God will abandon mankind to itself and will send punishments which will follow one after the other for more than thirty-five years.
Are any of us generous anymore, dear friends? Is there not a dearth of generosity and a surplus of selfishness and greed? And will God be happy with us because of it? Will He not rather severely punish us? Now in particular the Mother of God spoke of priests, saying:
Woe to the priests and to those dedicated to God who by their unfaithfulness and their wicked lives are crucifying my Son again!
Is not the scandal in the Church reaching the ears and eyes of God at this very moment? Is He pleased with this? Will He not rather be inclined to destroy the wickedness, wherever it is? Yet we should not be smug, for Jesus tells us: 'If you do not repent, you too will all perish.' In the same way the Blessed Virgin spoke of bishops:
The chiefs, the leaders of the people of God have neglected prayer and penance, and the devil has bedimmed their intelligence.
Are we not surprised that the shepherds seem to not know what course of action to take to stem the tide of self-destruction that is bedeviling Holy Mother Church? Yet we should not be surprised, because it was foreseen that these troubles, this desolation, would transpire when the Church sought to conform to the world, which I am afraid to say dear friends, is happening today at a great pace, to our shame. Woe to the lay, priests, and bishops alike who have abandoned their ministry and given in to the pressures and pleasures of the world! It will not go well with them on the terrible Day of the Lord! Many of us have become like kings unto ourselves, that is, in actuality, lords of satan, princes of beelzebub. One has only to witness public events to understand that this is true. The attitude of selfishness and the level of rudeness in public is probably unprecedented since the origins of the Christian Church. Grown men act like adolescents, no longer feeling the need to be courteous or even show some public respect or dignity for their fellow man. For example, often times one will be on a queue and some boob will walk up to the counter thinking he is king of the world and should be served next. They will be served next all right, with a heavy dose of reality at the coming terrible Day of the Lord! For these men, devilish men, girly men, who are numerous, it's a 'me first' attitude when tooling around town, when being seating on the bus or train, and for everything else. It's an attitude of: 'Look out for old #1'. I tell you, this attitude is destroying both the world and the Church. It is hastening Christ's Return, for He cannot bear any more of the sin and evil. And on the top of the list of offenders, we have the so called prominent 'Catholic' politicians who promote abortion, divorce, sodomy and infanticide, but then are wined and dined even by the chief shepherds of the Church, the leaders of the flock. Most shepherds, it would seem, are much more comfortable with the abominable, that is with Ted Kennedy and the like, public promoter of abortion and perdition, when rather they should be excommunicating these heinous fellows in the hope that some will return to their senses. Quite the contrary, it would seem in fact that only a few brave bishops are ever willing to be seen in public with a politician or leader who is actually living the Catholic, that is the True, Faith. The shepherds explain it all away by saying they don't want to make waves so as to prevent the creation of division in the Church. Ha! Did not Christ Himself tell us: 'I came not to bring peace but division.'? And is He not the Chief Shepherd, the Good Shepherd?
Now in the present day it is clear that men have mostly lost their minds, and are calling good bad and bad good. They are being honored by Nobel Peace Prizes, from Desmond Tutu to Nelson Mandela to 'Doctors without Borders', which promotes abortifacants. These evil characters have helped to destroy every semblance of good and holy religion in many countries, having replaced them with condoms and a support for a New World Order. And there are many like them all over the world - to be sure they are hastening the End. Such leaders and promoters are nothing more than diabolically disoriented; they are steering men toward perdition and the world to destruction by attempting to reenact the tower of Babel, in which there is no God, and men build a devilish paradise for themselves. Woe to them! It will not go well with them on the great and terrible Day of the Lord! It should be apparent to all that a modernized, Godless world and the Holy Catholic Church cannot co-exist peacefully, because they are at odds with each other; they are diametrically opposed. There is no need to defend this premise because it is implied in the very definitions of Church and world. The Church is concerned with the salvation of souls; the World is concerned with the preservation of humankind. And yet Christ tells us; 'Those that preserve their lives will lose them'. Now the philosophy of the 'wondrous spirit of the fruit of Vatican II', which has become more and more compelling during the last 35 years since the closure of the Council, can be summed up in a single phrase: 'Human Rights and Social Justice'. Yet are human rights and social justice what God is primarily concerned about? Is it not rather the salvation of souls that is most on His mind? To be sure, the abuse of human rights and social justice will lead to punishment of the doers. Yet social matters have seemingly become the primary focus of politicians and churchmen, at the expense of the Catechism, the Liturgy, and the other means that God has provided to bring the people in communication with Him for the salvation of their souls and for the true public good.
Jesus tells us: 'I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled.' And what is He speaking of? The Day of Judgement of course, which will burn like a furnace. The millions of fornicators, adulterers, sodomizers and aborters, those who think of themselves as kings of the world, who are in reality lords of beelzebub, who are pleasantly contented with their lives and their wickedness, are in for a rude awakening, I am sorry to have to report. They are comfortable in their paneled homes, with their stereo systems and wide-screen TVs, their SUVs, stock certificates, bank accounts, boats, luxury vacations, fine college educations for the kids, manicured lawns, and executive suites. Woe to them! And yet, although this woe is meant as a warning, we cannot show pleasure or glee at the demise of these wicked, for we too will be subject to the Judgment, and we do not want to incur His wrath, the righteous wrath of the Almighty. Each soul is precious to Him, and the spiritual death and condemnation of even one of us is a cause for great sadness and consternation in Heaven as it should be on earth. Yet many, many millions, are destined at this very moment to be thrown into the eternal pool of fire without respite, and most all of us give so weighty a matter very little thought. Will it be us who are condemned? Will it be our friends? Will it be those we don't know? Will it be even our enemies? In each case we should hope and pray not, and work to this purpose.
The chief shepherds will be given their eternal reward, and if they are lackadaisical and do not watch the flock it would seem at first glance that there is little we can do besides warn them. Yes we must warn them, so Ezekiel tells us, but we must do more. If we are not active in trying to stop the madness of the present state, then our hands will also be found guilty and covered with blood, of sacrificing our dear Lord all over again in an unworthy manner. During the lifetime of many of us, millions of Christians have been slaughtered throughout the world. It is probably the most grievous period of martyrdom in the history of the Church, from what has happened in Sudan, to Egypt, to Armenia, to Pakistan, China, Southern Africa, the Soviet Union during the Stalin era, and many other places. Yet we are pacified by the secular news, which shows us, night after night, the 'war in the middle East' in which a few Palestinians and Jews are shooting at each other. Is this our primary concern? Should it be? Clearly all evil should be a concern to us, but is it not our brother Christians that we should primarily be concerned about, who are being slaughtered even currently by the millions? Is this not a Holocaust as great or greater than any being displayed in some Washington museum, the wholesale slaughter of tens of millions of Christians during the past century, which seems to even be accelerating, as well as the tens of millions of the unborn, in American slaughterhouses called 'centers of reproductive health'? And yet the shepherds are for the most part twiddling their thumbs. Is it any wonder that a small but substantial number of clerics have gone awry on the watch of these shepherds?
We must, dear reader, lay and cleric alike, generate good spiritual fruit. This can originate first in our own good works, and e-mails are a start of sorts, but we cannot rely on them alone to save us. Our good works must consist of more than just passing e-mails back and forth. Spiritual fruit also comes from those we are in contact with in our daily lives, not just in our own physical offspring when we are married and that we should carefully and vigilantly offer to God as children of holiness, but also the spiritual offspring that arise from the proper care of the laity by the priests and religious, and even by good influences from the laity wherever we may have contact with others, even in spiritual prayer and supplication. Now Padre Pio was a holy priest, and priests would do well to imitate him and the many other clerics who are saints. The laity too, can approach a high level of sanctity, in the sense of doing everything that is required of us by the Holy God of Heaven, and even more, and then by saying, humbly, as Jesus tells us: 'We are unworthy Servants; we have only done our duty'. It is with this attitude, it is with this approach to everything that comes in life both unexpectedly, but also in the course of executing our plans that we set out with humility to do for the pleasing of our Lord, with which we should approach the terrible Day of the Lord, so that our countenance and conscience might be calmed.
Now concerning the Day of the Lord, one should not think of it as something abstract and far distant in the future; it will be here tomorrow, that is, before we know it, which is why we urgently need to prepare. We can describe it a bit for the purpose of preparing the uninformed. On the Holy Day of the Lord, He will come with the clouds of Heaven with all majesty and dignity. The entire world, from East to West, will observe this great event. In the sinful human nature it is natural to seek a spectacle; this particular spectacle at the end of days will be seen by all but contrary to the case during our sinful earthly lives, no one will wish to see it. It will be a terrifying day, a day filled with fear rather than laughter, and all the world will mourn. The world will mourn because it knows it is finished, its time of reckoning has come, and who knows what awaits its people. It will be a strange time, when everything is as it was before, except that the Christ, the Messiah, has returned to give judgement. At this time it will no longer help to offer excuses or argue with one another. There will be no more email chat groups, nasty and bitter theological discussions, shepherds who forget their flock, abusers of young people, or destroyers of the Liturgy and the Faith. The evildoers will cower and tremble with fear. They will shout to the hills: 'Fall on us!' and to the mountains: "Cover us!' so great and terrible will be the Day of the Lord.
This Day of the Lord that is coming will burn like a furnace, as Malachi tells us. There will be a stillness in the air, a surprising but misleading calm. There will be the smell of smoke and the heat of fire. It will be as if one lives in a refinery or oil producing town. Far away the sounds of fire will be heard, a distant source of belching smoke will emit a blast as a harbinger of what end is to come to all evildoers, and even the demons will shiver. These demons, flying through the air, can no longer hide or escape their fate, just as all men will be judged. The wickedness of demons, who were once called friends by many of us during our earthly lives, will become apparent and visible to all. And yet so as to cast blame on others, these demons will call out the names of sinful men, accusing them before the Judgement Throne. They will speak in blasphemies and curses as they utter the names of we sinners. Dear reader, is it not time for each one of us to consider, before it is too late: will our own names be among the condemned? Is it Jesus that we have called friend, or satan? The answer to this question requires careful consideration and thought on the part of the faithful.
Now the Judgement Seat of God will be wondrous in its splendour, yet terrifying. There will be a ring of emerald light encircling it, and seven gold lamp stands will illuminate it. The Ancient of Days, whose hair is white like wool, as white as snow, who has given all power and authority to the Messias, will take His place of dignity. Those of us who asked during our earthly lives: 'Where is God, why doesn't He answer us?' will finally have the chance to find out, to enter into His presence, but in this case it is to be either justified or condemned. Christ will give Judgement. The fate of all will be apparent to each of us, as we are separated to His right or to His left, as sheep or goats. Some will try to sneak into the good line, but they will be found to be lacking in proper wedding attire, and will be cast out with weeping and gnashing of teeth. To the blessed will be given a reward of eternal bliss and happiness; there will be rejoicing and these will sit at the table of the feast of the Kingdom of God, to sup with the Lamb who sits on the Throne. To the wicked there will be given everlasting punishment and torment, and many of these present times will go there. They will cry out like damned souls, because they are. The heinous faces that we see in rock music videos and teenager video games will be all too real in the place of torment, and they will be with the wicked forever, as will innumerable tortures and horrors which are only fractionally comprehendible by the human mind.
And so dear friends, it would be good during this time after Lent not so much to look forward to feasting and rejoicing, because there is plenty of time for that in the next life, but rather to look toward what awaits us at the Resurrection and Judgement, the Day that will burn like a fiery furnace, not only to consume all evildoers, but to purify most of the rest of us like a refiner's fire or a launderer's soap in purgatorial flames, we who are not entirely blameless, before we are given the privilege to stand before the Almighty and enter with Him into the eternal wedding feast.
Dómine, ne longe fácias auxilium tuum a me, ad defensiónem mean áspice,
(O Lord, remove not thy help to a distance from me, look toward my defense)
April 3, 2002
volume 13, no. 63
FEED MY SHEEP