DAILY CATHOLIC    THURSDAY    March 18, 1999   vol. 10, no. 54

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-ninth installment of this on-going feature series, we begin a short series on what should be our nation's creed - "In God we trust" - but we ask if this is truly a committed belief or mere shallow words. We are now in the season of Lent, a time for manifesting this true trust through obedience to God's Holy Will and in practicing penance, fasting and surrendering our wills for the sake of the Divine Will. It is not easy, but the Church, in her wisdom, provides the perfect platform for us to be "practicing penitents." Unfortunately, too many have become spoiled by the good life and don't want to let go, don't want to live up to the words of trusting totally in God. We must remember the addage, if we are standing still, we're going backwards and the only way to make progress in God's court is to embrace Lent in the true spirit of obedience. As always this column is meant 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-nine

The Forty-Fourth Clarion:

part one
IN GOD WE TRUST

"Children, with what difficulty will they who have riches enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."

Mark 10: 24-25

          Trust is a powerful word entrusted to us by the Most Powerful. We, as individuals and as a nation are committed to God's care. He has placed us in the environment we are in for our safekeeping. It is His responsibility to care for us. It is our responsibility to respond to that loving care by totally trusting in Him for everything!

          Our founding fathers seemed to have it right when they charged that our nation be founded on the principle of a deep trust in God, thus they instructed that most monetary units would have the inscription "IN GOD WE TRUST." Oh, how far we have sunk over these last two hundred years plus!

          For if we truly lived those words as a nation, abortion would not be so prevalent; neither would drug addiction; nor AIDS; nor freemasonry; nor pornography; nor murder; nor homosexuality; nor condoms; nor immorality of all types; nor feminism; nor corruption; nor nuclear threats; nor lies and exploitation; nor crime and covetousness, nor hundreds of other heinous vices in which our country is mired from the White House on down.

          Our country, dedicated and consecrated to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is in big trouble. If you think we're just "whistlin' Dixie" look around you. Devastating hurricanes, floods, heat and cold spells that have set all-time records over the past year, droughts, fires and earthquakes. Is God trying to tell us something?

          You can bet on it! But, in His Mercy, He is trying to warn us in the gentlest of ways. Don't blame it on El Nino or La Nina. The blame lays squarely in our own lap. He has allowed natural and man-made disasters, which have left a wake of material destruction, yet have only taken a minimum of lives. We are all too hung up on material things and the welfare of our bodies, and not enough on spiritual things and the vital welfare of our souls! Look back at the numerous hurricanes over this past decade - so few lives in what could have been disastrous. Remember the World Trade Center? What would have been the mortality rate had the bomb gone off during the business day? Recall how few actually lost their lives in the great Midwest floods last summer. Recollect the tremendous damage done by the west coast fires and LA earthquake and see how many deaths were recorded. Very few. The Oklahoma City Federal Building was another story, but out of this, too, God brings good. When you compare the death tolls of recent earthquakes, the "less than 50" in LA is diminutive compared with the thousand who died in the El Salvador quake of 1986, or the 6.6 five years ago which killed nearly 1500 in India, or the 2,800 registered deaths in the '82 Arabian Peninsula quake or the tens of thousands rendered homeless in Columbia just recently.

          Yes, our country has been fortunate. We have not experienced any massive death count in the thousands from natural or man-made disasters, even though the recent cold snaps have claimed some lives. But compared to what it could be, God is indeed merciful; in fact, no foreign country has penetrated our shores in war, nor has this great nation of ours really known want over the last fifty years. The American death toll in the Gulf War was miraculously minimal.

          Why? Is it because we're special? That nothing can happen to us? That we are indeed 'immortal'? Some may think that. How wrong they are. Can anyone truly believe that a country which has sold out to greed, lust and murder through legalized abortion does not deserve the Justice of the Father's Hand? Yet, the U.S. goes on thinking God doesn't have any part of this - that it's just "Mother Nature". Wrong! It is the Father - God the Father, and He's trying to tell us something but we don't listen. He has sent His loving daughter, the Mother of the Son, and Spouse of the Holy Spirit to forewarn us of what is yet to come. But we dismiss it as mere private revelation - and yet the majority of what has occurred here in the United States and in the world was foretold by Our Lady through these private revelations, which are so easily dismissed in favor of "higher finite intelligence!"

          For nearly two centuries the Blessed Mother has kept repeating the urgency of her messages, the urgency that we respond as a nation to God's commandments. But, we are not responding. Just as in Sacred Scripture when the chosen people veered off the track God had set them on, He sent prophets to warn them. If they heeded the prophets' admonitions, such as Jonah and Nineveh, God spared His people. But if they disregarded the prophets' counsel, God was swift in His Justice. Witness the accounts of Isaiah and the subsequent captivity of Israel as well as many other narratives in the Old Testament.

          Whenever our predecessors, from ancient time down through the centuries to our present modern age, placed their trust in man rather than God, they were betrayed. See Pat Ludwa's View from the Pew today for some excellent examples of this.

          So also will those be deceived who place their trust in the present Administration who have betrayed our trust more times than we can count, or on material things, or on modern icons such as entertainment or sports celebrities. When we put an emphasis on the wrong things, we lose focus of the true goal - the sole reason why God entrusted us to this earth. Our sole reason for being here is to love, honor and obey Him so that we can be happy with Him in this world and the next. It may be Baltimore Catechism rhetoric but it still applies, more than ever!

          How can we love, honor and obey Him if we don't know Him? How can we trust Him? God will not let us go wrong if our trust in Him is strong and sure. That is why He left us His everlasting Church here on earth with its Magisterium; that is why He gave us the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass so that once instituted at the Last Supper and offered on and merited on the Cross may be endowed to us. That is also why Jesus left us the Holy Spirit --the Sanctifier and Paraclete.

          God has given us gift after gift. Are we grateful? Are we taking care of the gifts He has bestowed on us? He trusts that we are. To let God down, to betray that trust is something none of us want to face.

    Next installment: Part Two of "IN GOD WE TRUST."


March 18, 1999       volume 10, no. 54
WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?

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