United we Pray; Divided we're prey!
In Pat Ludwa's column yesterday he wrote about how we have reaped what we sow. Sadly, truer words were never spoken for the Holy Father warned about the Denver tragedy at Columbine High School while in Denver six years ago. This editor was there among the press corps when His Holiness John Paul II said on his arrival in Denver at 2:30 p.m. mountain time on Thursday, August 12, 1993: "If you want equal justice for all and true freedom and lasting peace, then, America, defend life. All the great causes that are yours today will have meaning only to the extent that you guarantee the right to life and protect the human person." At his opening address at Mile High Stadium at 7 p.m that same evening the Pope said, "On this pilgrimage our steps are guided by the words of Jesus Christ: "I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." Those are the same words from John 10: 10 in this past Sunday's gospel and the Holy Father offered such hope to the youth of the world and Denver back then and ever since. Yet a nation, and yes, the world too, is in mourning this week one week after the devastating drama played out in deadly fashion at an upscale public high school on the southside of Denver in the shadow of the Shrine of Mother Cabrini in the foothills of the Rockies. The Holy Father repeated Our Lord's words from John 10: 10 on his departure at 7 p.m. on a Sunday evening on the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary to whom the Holy Father dedicated the area to.
The Pope said, "The culture of life means thanking God every day for His gift of life, for our worth and dignity as human beings, and for the friendship and fellowship He offers us as we make our pilgrim way towards our eternal destiny...America, defend life so that you may live in peace and harmony."
Why haven't we lived in peace and harmony? Could it be because, as a country, we have not defended life? Doesn't it sound hollow to hear the president, vice president or attorney general spouting platitudes on human dignity when they themselves don't believe a word they say as evidence by their actions. The night the Pope spoke the words about peace and harmony there was with John Paul II the man singled out as the Vice President of the United States, one Al Gore who even spoke in private with the Sovereign Pontiff. It was that same AlGore who blurted at the memorial services this past Sunday in Denver, "All of us must change our lives to honor these children." Ol' Al is right about changing our lives but wrong about the purpose. We should not change our lives to honor those children but rather to honor God Who alone gives and takes life. If those children are an incentive, a reminder, then their memory will spur us on, but the end cannot be the finite but rather the Infinite. Gore, in cahoots with Bill Clinton and the rest of that ilk must bear the brunt of the responsibility of what has happened in Denver because of their fostering the culture of death.
There's the ol' addage, if you play with fire you're going to get burned. For nearly a decade this administration has been "playing with fire" treating life in the flimsiest of ways regarding the unborn and senior citizens, but upholding the plaudits and rights of animals and endangered species without a soul. Many have said America has lost her soul and the violence over the last few years has been the results of what has been sown. The trouble is whenever there is a tragedy the media and political punsters bend our ears countlessly trying to nail down the culprit and psychoanalyzing the causes and effects ad nauseum. It's very simple, folks. Blame it on the devil! Oh, we don't mean to advocate shirking off responsibilities by passing off blame on others - in this case ol' lucifer himself, but remember what Our Lady has said beginning at Rue de Bac, then La Salette and on: That children would rebel against parental authority and lawful authorities. We're in those times prophesied, folks. So should anyone be surprised by what is happening? We could see it coming. Our Lord and His Blessed Mother has been warning of this in countless messages over the past several decades. There is only one remedy for this terrible malaise that has gripped the soul of America and a world plunged in darkness: Prayer! Nearly eighteen years ago the Blessed Mother appeared to six children in Medjugorje, her Oasis of Peace in what would become again a war-torn country engaged in ethnic strife dating back centuries. In speaking to the visionaires, Our Lady told the world through them that she had come to tell the world that "God exists, God loves us." For eighteen years she has been reminding us that if we would only hear her words and become as little children, she would lead us back to the very center of our lives and True Peace - her Divine Son Jesus, Who alone is the Redeemer of the world, the Savior, the Divine Font of Mercy to satisfy the Perfect Justice of the Father. In all of the Blessed Mother's messages from Medjugorje, Akita, Japan, Naju-Korea, Betania-Venezuela and from many other countless purported apparition sites on every continent the theme is echoed over and over: Return to Jesus.
Our Lady's message this month from Medjugorje echoes this same theme, again calling for fasting and prayer. "Also today I call you to prayer. Little children, be joyful carriers of peace and love in this peaceless world. By fasting and prayer, witness that you are mine and that you live my messages. Pray and seek!" Contrary to Mr. Gore's blind pompous panacea-like prognostication which he blindly offers with "change our lives," the only way is through prayer. There is no other answer. No amount of social programs or awareness, no amount of taboos and boycotts, no amount of gun laws can assure the world of a violence free society. There is only one way antidote to violence, to sin: Prayer! So if good ol' Al Gore truly believes that "we all need to change our lives" then he'll practice what he preaches by getting down on his knees as well as working to outlaw abortion and assisted suicide. If he doesn't do that, then we can be assured it was just more platitudes - all form, no function and proof that there is no substance to his convictions.
This editor, as well as a growing number of Catholics are getting fed-up with the way the media has manipulated us in conveying news of the Balkans or by elevating such wooden, phony platitudes as Al Gore or Clinton's hollow promises. The first feature story in the news today from ZENIT exposes the prejudice and unfair coverage given regarding the Church's vital role in striving for peace. It's sad that Gore gets the headlines when also in attendance was the good Archbishop of Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Conv.. Upon hearing of the shooting, he canceled all his appointments and immediately headed out to comfort and anoint victims on the afternoon of the terrible shooting. Unlike Clinton or Gore, he didn't do it as a photo op, but truly because the people needed him. That is why he is a good shepherd; that is why Denver is stronger because of his presence; that is why the Pope placed him in this area that John Paul II dedicated to Our Lady of the New Advent. Both the Archbishop and the Holy Father remind all, including Al Gore, of the Pope's words on Saturday, August 14 during his 4 pm powerful message at a packed McNichols Arena in 1993, "Everyone must become committed to fostering a profound sense of the value of life and the dignity of the human person." Whether Algore or any of his cronies realize it or not, this nation can only go in one direction in fostering a profound sense of the value of life and the dignity of the human person. That is to legally abort abortion forever. Anything less won't do and will forever brand Gore a liar of the first degree. This editor would like to be able to trust a president and vice president to carry out what they say, but it's been so long that we've just about given up hope. But we will never give up hope in God for that is our only salvation. Jesus and His Blessed Mother have repeated over and over the solution to our ills. On the eve of the feast of Saint Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort, that holy, dedicated French priest who was so dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and penned the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary , we should remember the secrets he revealed including his excellent work titled "The Secret of the Rosary." It is no secret the Rosary has too long been kept a secret from the people. Now, through Our Lady's pleadings, devoted souls within the Church and worthwhile organizations promoting the Rosary such as the World Wide Rosary Crusade which has launched an all-out effort to retrieve the soul of mankind before the soul is deformed forever by the ugly demons of hell. We just need to carry this weapon wth us at all times and pray it as often as we can. Remember we're all in this together. We've all heard the pronouncement "United we stand, divided we fall," but we need to also remember that prayer takes a concerted effort on everyone's part for United we Pray; Divided we're prey!