Put simply, we can either love ourselves, love the world, or love God. If we love ourselves, nothing is too great to be sacrificed to satisfy that love. We can sacrifice our children (born and unborn), our families, our Church, whatever. If it gets in the way of our personal happiness, our self love, it has to be removed. And since love of self is all consuming, anyone trying to help get a better understanding of love is to be removed, ridiculed, etc.
Love of the world is often connected with self love. In fact, today, that love of self is part of the world's philosophy. How many times have we heard "One must love oneself first before loving another." We can see the effects of the viciousness of worldly love every day. In secular newspapers, one might read an article implying that the Church is returning to the superstitions of the Dark Ages (regarding the Church's redoing of the Rites of Exorcism) and how 'right' thinking Catholics (often quoting FutureChurch, WomanChurch, or Call To Action) see this as avoiding the issue of justice.
"For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, fierce, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding the form of religion but denying the power of it." (2 Tim. 3:2-5)
Consider that when the rest of the world viewed women as cattle and even royal women were nothing more than political footballs and baby making machines, the Church held women up as examples of holiness, giving them responsibility for abbey's, convents, and Orders. St. Teresa of Avila chastised the Pope to leave France and return to Rome. St. Clare of Assisi withstood the Pope to lessen the Rule for her Order. Even a 12th century Church manuscript reads; "In the meanwhile Peter Bernadone (the father of St. Francis of Assisi) returned home; and, on finding his son gone, he added sin to sin by abusing his wife." (Legend of the Three Companions; St. Francis of Assisi, Omnibus of Sources; pg. 908)
Our present Pope has written "MULIERIS DIGNITATEM" (On the Dignity and Vocation of Women; August 15, 1988) And Pope Paul VI wrote: "Within Christianity, more than in any other religion, and since its very beginning, women have had a special dignity, of which the New Testament shows us many important aspects . . . ; it is evident that women are meant to form part of the living and working structure of Christianity in so prominent a manner that perhaps not all their potentialities have yet been made clear."(Address to the National Meeting of the Centro Italiano Femminile; Dec. 6, 1976)
And in Humanae Vitae we read: " It is also to be feared that the man, growing used to the employment of anticonceptive practices, may finally lose respect for the woman and, no longer caring for her physical and psychological equilibrium, may come to the point of considering her as a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment, and no longer as his respected and beloved companion." (Grave Consequences of Methods of Artificial Birth Control, #17)
Yet we hear that the Church is anti-woman, sexist, encouraging the abuse of women, oppressing women. Why? Because the Pope has declared that the Church doesn't have the authority to ordain women and the Church won't sanction artificial birth control and abortion. Even when it is clear that it is for their benefit that these teachings are done.
Self love and love of the world have made them 'hate' the Church. Viciously attacking the Church at every turn and at every opportunity. Declaring "we need people with chisels inside (the church) chiseling away at that institution or it is never going to fall." (Sister Maureen Fiedler, of Call To Action's "We Are Church" referendum) And to remove this 'obstacle' to self love, they intend to destroy the Church.
"The organization (Womens Ordination Committee), long the most visible group advocating that the Catholic priesthood be opened to women, might (now) drop that objective in favor of a long-range goal of reconstructing the church." (New York Times religious editor Peter Steinfels (11/14/95)) And that restructuring entails "transforming the priesthood into a non-sacramental office of community-ordained facilitators." (Elisabeth Fiorenza-Schussler; "New Woman,New Church, New Priestly Ministry.")
Also consider this: "The Church, obedient to the Lord who founded her and gave to her the sacramental life, celebrates the divine plan of the loving and life-giving union of men and women in the sacrament of marriage. It is only in the marital relationship that the use of the sexual faculty can be morally good."
The Church sees that our sexuality is good only when used in the context of a marital relationship, between a man and a woman. However, the world doesn't see it that way. "Sex sells." Our children are taught, implicitly and explicitly, that sex is normal and that abstinence is abnormal and even unhealthy. And if one can, and should, have sex with whomever one wishes, whenever one wishes, then obviously this applies to homosexuals as well.
The Church teaches: " At the same time the Congregation took note of the distinction commonly drawn between the homosexual condition or tendency and individual homosexual actions." (ON THE PASTORAL CARE OF HOMOSEXUAL PERSONS; October 1, 1986) No one can be accused of sinning for being a homosexual, no more than one can be accused of sinning for being a heterosexual. However, sin does occur when the homosexual has homosexual sex just as a heterosexual sins when they have heterosexual sex outside of marriage.
"Therefore special concern and pastoral attention should be directed toward those who have this condition, lest they be led to believe that the living out this orientation in homosexual activity is a morally acceptable option. It is not." (Ibid)
This, according to such groups as Dignity (which is linked with Call To Action) is homophobic and encouraging violence toward homosexuals. Even though the Church teaches. "Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition." (CCC #2358)
Again, it isn't that they need to change to suit God, but rather, God must change to suit them. " An essential dimension of authentic pastoral care is the identification of causes of confusion regarding the Church's teaching. One is a new exegesis of Sacred Scripture which claims variously that Scripture has nothing to say on the subject of homosexuality, or that it somehow tacitly approves of it, or that all of its moral injunctions are so culture-bound that they are no longer applicable to contemporary life. These views are gravely erroneous and call for particular attention here…..The Church today addresses the Gospel to a world which differs in many ways from ancient days. But the world in which the New Testament was written was already quite diverse from the situation in which the Sacred Scriptures of the Hebrew people had been written or compiled, for example. What should be noticed is that, in the presence of such remarkable diversity, there is nevertheless a clear consistency with the Scriptures themselves on the moral issue of homosexual behavior. The Church's doctrine regarding this issue is thus based, not on isolated phrases for facile theological argument, but on the solid foundation of a constant biblical testimony. The community of faith today, in unbroken continuity with the Jewish and Christian communities within which the ancient Scriptures were written, continues to be nourished by those same Scriptures and by the Spirit of Truth whose Word they are. It is likewise essential to recognize that the Scriptures are not properly understood when they are interpreted in a way which contradicts the Church's living Tradition. To be correct, the interpretation of Scripture must be in substantial accord with that Tradition." (ON THE PASTORAL CARE OF HOMOSEXUAL PERSONS; October 1, 1986)
In both cases, and others, we see, hear, and read how the Church must change to suit them. This is the sign of selfish, worldly love.
Yet the love of God is selfless, caring not for the ways of the world nor our own personal wants and desires. "Then Jesus told His disciples, 'If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life?'" (Matthew 16:24-26).
"And this is love, that we follow his commandments; this is the commandment, as you have heard from the beginning, that you follow love…Any one who goes ahead and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God; he who abides in the doctrine has both the Father and the Son" (2 John 6;9).
"Now this I affirm and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds; they are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart; they have become callous and have given themselves up to licentiousness, greedy to practice every kind of uncleanness. You did not so learn Christ!-- assuming that you have heard about Him and were taught in Him, as the truth is in Jesus. Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness" (Ephesians 17-24).
It's when we love God more than ourselves that we can humbly respond, "Thy will be done.", regardless of what sacrifice that may entail. It's when we have self love and/or worldly love that we say, "My will be done.", regardless of what cost to others, or even ourselves. " For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life?"
Though they preach tolerance and understanding, they don't give tolerance and understanding. Their attacks on the Church and the faithful shows them to be intolerant, biased, bigoted, and vicious.
"I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths. As for you, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry" (2 Timothy 4:1-5).
Oh! My little ones, never lose an opportunity to pray and make sacrifices. I, your Mother, know each of your struggles and crosses, and I beseech you in these days to willingly accept each cross. When you do this my Divine Son will help you to carry the cross and the act becomes a prayer of infinite value.
Dear children, do you not yet see the signs of which Scripture tells you? Do you reject the signs of which I have spoken?
Does prayer truly exist in your life? If it does then it must also exist beyond your home and beyond your parish church. How can my little children learn of God and of loving Him, when they are taught God is not allowed in school or in the work place?
Oh! I have told you repeatedly of satan's plot to take my Divine Son away from you and to plunge you into total spiritual darkness. I have asked you to pray so that you might have my Divine Son's Peace and bring Peace, bring Light to all in darkness. But do you truly do this?
Therefore, by prayer you must seek to be true apostles in these end times. For I solemnly tell you that the worldly signs as given to you in Sacred Scripture are already being fulfilled, but because you do not possess the Holy Spirit you fail to recognize them.
If you do not see the worldly signs, how then shall you see the signs of God? Now, in this season of Lent, and at every moment, go forward as a beacon of light and do not be discouraged. Faith requires patience, for all things happen in God's time. Hope allows patience to bear holy fruit as it leads the soul along the path of love and forgiveness.
I solemnly tell you to learn now to partake of my Divine Son's Passion and to learn from Him how to love and forgive, for as the spiritual darkness increases you will have great need of Love and Forgiveness, lest you lose your way.
I love and bless you. Thank you for responding to my Call!
Now, to all the world I solemnly say: This is truly your Lent, your preparation time if you are to persevere in these end times.
Do you still doubt that you are living in the time of the Third Secret of Fatima? I solemnly say to all: That which My Immaculate Mother revealed at Fatima is now, and know also that My beloved holy Vicar, Pope John Paul II knows this well! How My Vicar on earth is persecuted! Pray for him. Unite your hearts to Mine so that all may become virtue and grace for all of My faithful little ones.
O! How deaf you are to Heaven's words, My little ones. How easily you give up the struggle for Eternal Life, settling for passing satisfaction in earthly, temporal things.
Again, I solemnly say unto all. Read Sacred Scripture and understand these words through the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. For I warn you, all earthly things shall crumble and you shall have only Me before you. Understand this well, My children! Only Me, your Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. Will you be prepared? Are you seeking My Will, or your own? Search your conscience and examine every aspect of your life. Only then can you be Mine.
If you are Mine what then do you have to fear? If you are Mine, why do you seek knowledge and answers about the sequence of future events? Is it not sufficient that I Who Am know all and will not abandon My little ones? Am I not capable of caring for your every need?
Oh! Trust in Me! Trust! Trust! Cast yourself into My Sacred Heart through the Immaculate Heart of My Mother, and trust Me. Learn well the secret and power of the Cross, and walk in this Way, for I solemnly say unto all the world: Calvary awaits you and you shall not succeed in faith if you abandon the path of suffering. Be united to Me in My Passion, that the Reign of My Sacred Heart may come swiftly. If you reject My plea, the sorrows shall increase until all the world is a river of tears.
Know I desire to give Mercy to all. But you must will to give Me your heart. I love and bless you and say: Prepare, for I Come!