DAILY CATHOLIC    THURSDAY    February 4, 1999   vol. 10, no. 24


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      The Feature Article, begun in the inaugural issue two years ago, deals with the state of the Church. We continue probing the question that has perplexed the Magisterium and the laity for the past 30 years as the liberal element has left its mark, effecting changes that have seemingly watered down the "Roman Catholic" traditions. Yet, God in His Infinite Wisdom, has allowed this to happen for a specific purpose. He has been preparing us in a special way by sending His very Own Blessed Mother to guide us and remind us of our roots. Through perseverance, prayer and loyalty to Holy Mother Church headed by the Holy Father John Paul II and adhered to by the faithful who will not compromise, the pendulum is beginning to swing back toward the conservative side. In the ninety-fourth installment of this on-going feature series, we continue the third Theological Virtues - Love, which is also Charity. It is the virtue by which we love God above all things for His Own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves, for the love of God. It is the "queen of virtues." It unites God and man perfectly in love, also unifying man and man, for the love of God. In Heaven, the virtues of Faith and Hope cease; but for all eternity we shall have charity for we love God forever. These Theological Virtues are meant to get us into the habitual mode of doing good and being good through the graces bestowed on us. These important repetitive actions help us all to grow closer to God and are vital to all souls. After all the opposite of virtue is vice. We continue to alert the reader to what is happening and sound the call to arms, to enlist in Mary's army and take up the battle cry. God said it, we believe it, that settles it! Too many Catholics are going their own way with little regard to what their spiritual shepherd - the Vicar of Christ says. Sin is whitewashed. If we're not careful there will be a tremendous backwash and who among us wants to get caught in the vortex of that swirling whirlpool of Justice? This series is a set blueprint for Catholics everywhere to take up the banner of truth in defending Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church as we prepare for this glorious event - the second coming of Christ and the Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Second Pentecost, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the Advent of Peace.
Installment Ninety-four

The Forty-Second Clarion:

part two

"If you love Me, keep My Commandments."

John 14: 15

          At most Masses after the Consecration we say with the priest the prayer, "Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again." In two months we will come to the end of Lent, and embrace with joy the Glorious Resurrection. It's important to remember that we cannot achieve the Resurrection unless we first embrace and take up the Cross, suffer with Jesus, and die to ourselves in and for Him. Only then can we look forward to when Christ comes again. By doing all God asks we allow Him to decide what is best for us, and how and when to use us in His plan of salvation. That is true love.

          This is the Blessed Mother Mary's call to all of us. This is her plea to all her little ones gathered beneath her mantle. The cross each carries will be different. But they all come from the One True Cross of Jesus, Who alone is the Savior of the World. If we look only at Him, then we'll stop looking at one another, making comparisons, and allowing our human weaknesses to get the better of us, and allowing satan to keep us divided. If we look only at Jesus on the Cross, how can we be divided? He died for all mankind, even though He knew there would be many who would not accept Him. He did not compare, grumble, or complain. He was obedient to the Divine Will, even unto death. And so, too, we must be. That is true love.

          We must decrease that He may increase in us. This should be everyone's motto so that with Mary, we may stand at the foot of the Cross, and with her offer our lives for the salvation of our own soul, and the souls of others. That is true love.

          This way the Resurrection takes on a new meaning - the flowering of fulfillment - the evangelization of God's Love. A love immensely different from the world's finite connotation of "love." This is truly true love!

          Love! We're inundated by the word and we've truly lost the real meaning of the term. Our society equates "love" with sex, lust, power, greed, wealth, and amusement. If I'm in love, then I'm love, then I'm really lucky. If I have a spouse who loves me, that's fabulous. And we take "love" for granted, and then wonder why in today's society there are so many divorces, so many acts of abuse between couples, against children, against the unborn, against mankind itself. That is not true love!

          If we take a serious look at our world, not just the microcosm of our own daily life, but the much broader picture of the entire planet, where, we might ask, is love? We're hungry for love, because our souls are starving for lack of love. And we're looking for love in every place but the one place where it can truly be found - GOD!

          And even when we look to God for Love, we've gotten that all wrong, too, because many have allowed modernism, new ageism and other "isms" and "ologies" to induce us to believe that anything that connotes love must come from God, and is therefore okay, acceptable, and "I can do it, have it, want it, crave it, and work my darndest to get it, no matter the cost to anyone else." That is neither true love nor true charity.

          There are those who, by accepting this rationalization of Divine Love, have degraded all Divine and made it the basest of all human emotions. They have dimmed the Light of the Resurrection. If it is not within the strict framework of God's Laws - of God's Will - it is not love!

          The embodiment of Love - our Heavenly Mother Mary - has been appearing now for seventeen and a half years at Medjugorje, as well as numerous other reported sites around the globe. Why? To call us back to the reality of Divine Love, which is Perfect, and has absolutely nothing to do with the human emotion or with the human definition of love.

          How, in our finite mind, can we understand this? By looking at the Apex of Love - Our Lord, Jesus Christ during His earthly life. Born in a poor and shabby cave on a cold winter night in Bethlehem, where there was no food, no warmth from the elements, no one to adore Him except for His Holy Mother, St. Joseph and the humble shepherds who said "yes." To come into the world this way was pure Love!

          The Messiah's life was poor, simple, filled with DIVINE LOVE, which flowed through His Divine Soul, and touched so many lives then, as it continues to do throughout the ages to this present day. But He was human as well, possessing both natures and because of this he had human love for His mother, His foster-father, His cousins, Lazareth whom He wept over, His affection for His Apostles, His disciples, for sinners. That is true love in the human sense taught to us by One Who is Divine.

          We need to hearken back to the prayer: Behold this Spotless Victim, hung upon the gibbet of the Cross, in agony unsurpassed by all men throughout all ages, and hear Him say, "Father, forgive them. They known not what they do."I See Him there, mutilated beyond recognition, and I understand in the silence of my soul that, amidst such cruel human suffering, His Soul was in total peace for it was One with the Divine Will. Mary, His Mother - my Mother, stood by her Divine Son and suffered in her soul all He suffered physically and still, she, too, forgave. She also willed only what the Divine Will wanted, and gave up her Son so that the Redemptive Act might be fulfilled. For me Love was born, died and rose again. Amen.

          "I am the Resurrection and the Life; he who believes in Me, even if he die, shall live; and whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die." John 11: 25-26.

    Next Installment: Part Three of the Theological Virtue of Love

February 4, 1999       volume 10, no. 24


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