DAILY CATHOLIC    THURSDAY    January 28, 1999   vol. 10, no. 19

WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?

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    INTRODUCTION
      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-third installment of this on-going feature series, we begin 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-three

The Forty-Second Clarion:

THE THEOLOGICAL VIRTUE OF LOVE
part one

"So there abide faith hope and charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity (love)."

1 Corinthians 13:13.

          Continuing with the three Theological Virtues, this month's theme is Love. How appropriate that within the time frame of the spring liturgy we celebrate every year the two greatest heights of Love that have ever been manifested - Jesus Christ dying on the Cross for us ("Greater Love than this no one has...") and the King of Kings rising from the dead. ("By His Cross and Resurrection He has set us free!").

          Consider in prayer those words; ponder them in your heart as the Blessed Mother Mary did. These words do not merely apply to the liturgical time of year we'll soon be heading into. In reality, they are applicable to every moment of our earthly exile, for indeed, we have been freed from sin and death. Free from ourselves, who with the weakness inherent from Original Sin, we are often pawns for satan. We are weak, and today's society is fully geared to make our wills even weaker in all spiritual matters. True, when it comes to pleasing ourselves, finding relaxation, amusement, whatever new technological improvement will make life "easier", we're more than willing to work to achieve it. But eternal life? How many even believe in Heaven? How many of those who believe there is a Heaven accept that there is a hell, that sin exists, and that we, as children of God, must fight to overcome the weakness of our flesh, and keep satan far from the door of our will?

          Jesus Christ, the Only-Begotten Son of Almighty God, born of the Ever-Virgin Mary, came to earth to show us the way. And the way is the WAY OF THE CROSS, the way of perfect obedience united to the DIVINE WILL. Jesus Christ, as True Man, overcame all temptations because He united His will to His Father's Will, and never wavered in all that He did while on earth. Jesus was guided and led by the Holy Spirit. That is what we too must do, and what is vitally important for all of us who wish with all our hearts to remain faithful in these end times.

          But we get tired. We're worn out. The battle rages on. The battle between the sexes, against materialism, against abortion, against the ever increasing amount of violence in our society. Nowhere can we turn without smacking up against this evil barrier, which seems to surround us.

          And so we surrender, we give in, and then we are prey to satan. Therefore, in these end times, more than ever before, we must turn our eyes to the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and cling to it - literally!

          Our souls want us to do this. We begin - and then stop, because we're afraid. Of what are we afraid? Of being crucified with Him? That's part of it. Of surrendering our will totally to God, and letting His Spirit guide our every breath, our every heart-beat, our every action. Surrender our will? Give up our freedom?

          Today's society rebels against such a concept. We are an intelligent people. Look what we've accomplished. We have the highest technology, the most sophisticated weapons. We can travel in outer space, and probe into regions of the universe that heretofore have remained unknown and uncharted. We have medical knowledge that prolongs life, and we are now so sophisticated as to think we can genetically engineer a human being before conception, so that we "get what we want", even in the matter of a child.

          These are accomplishments? Does Almighty God think so? Are we using our knowledge, the beauty of our intelligence to enhance and bring closer to us the beauty of the Supreme Being, the Author of all Life? Or are we being prideful, and considering that we, mere creatures, know best what is good for us, and therefore we must be in full control of everything.

          Letting go of our will means surrendering our self completely to God, Who is Infinite. Who we cannot see with our finite eyes, nor know with our finite minds. We are going to turn over our lives to a "belief", a "Faith?" The world laughs, scoffs, and ridicules those who choose to e humble, obedient servants of God. In addition, it becomes more convenient, more acceptable, to go with the tide, with the vast majority who would rather be "socially acceptable" rather than acceptable and pleasing in the eyes of Almighty God.

          In this very day, at this very moment, God is allowing mankind to go the way it has chosen…the way to perdition. He has sent us His Own Mother to recall us to the Word Made Flesh, and to the full reality of the Crucifixion, and the continuing Sacrifice of the Holy Mass, which recalls the Crucifixion, and the wondrous miracle Jesus gave of Himself in the Eucharist.

          And the Eucharist is His Gift for Jesus is Present in the Blessed Sacrament, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. And Mary is pleading with all of us to make the Cross the anchor of our faith, which will not allow us to falter, or be swept away in the tide of evil which swamps the world, and which, in a tidal wave, will sweep countless souls into hell at the time of the Great Justice.

          The Cross! To look upon it is to behold Divine Love. And we do not understand, because our hearts are like stones that even the heat of a volcano could not melt. We are hardened, and that's exactly what satan wants us to be. God will never over-ride our free will. That is why Our Lady constantly pleads, invites, begs and asks us to open our hearts, to pray with our hearts, to unite our hearts to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and through her Heart to the Sacred Heart of her Son.

          The Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, font of Mercy, was opened for all the world at the moment on Calvary when the side of Our Lord and Savior was pierced by a lance. This is Love poured out without holding back anything. Jesus willed to do it, and so great was His Love, that He shed His Sacred Blood even to the last drop realizing the passage in John 15: 13, "Greater Love than this no one has than one lay down His life for His friends."

          Are we willing to give something in return for so great a Love? This is our calling! This is what the Blessed Mother is beseeching us to do, and it is possible for all…very possible. It begins with an act of the will, and grows from there into a Fiat, which echoes the Fiat Mary gave to the Archangel Gabriel at the Annunciation.

          "Yes" we say to God. "Yes, whatever You want. Your will be done; not mine. I'm poor and weak, and can do nothing. So you, God you do it, and I, your child, will be little, humble and obedient. I will listen, hear, and promptly obey whatever you ask of me."

          And what does He ask? To pick up our cross and follow Him! Where did His path take Him? To Calvary; to a death of agony and humiliation in the highest degrees. The same must be true for each of us. No, not that we shall be physically nailed to a cross, scourged with whips, and crowned with thorns. But to pick up our Cross is to be completely obedient to all that God gives to us in our lives. And now, in this time, these end times, as we journey through these waning years of the second millennium, it is vital that we do not merely drag the Cross along, complaining at every step about the pain of our heart, our emotions, our mind, our soul. Rather, we must embrace the Cross with love ignited by LOVE itself, and then, and only then, do we live as one in the Divine Will. Then we truly have nothing to fear, for God will see to all of our needs, be they spiritual or material.

    Next Installment: Part Two of the Theological Virtue of Love


January 28, 1999       volume 10, no. 19
WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?

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