A recent Court ruling, brought before it by the ACLU, has ruled that no School Board Meeting may open with a prayer. "These are public forums which children attend and they must be protected." Protected from prayer? Protected from any expression of religion?
In many communities, there is a drive to include abstinence in any and all sex education classes. Again, we hear how these children have to be 'protected' from this intrusion of Judeo-Christian morals and ethics.
It has even put forward by many 'enlightened' people that children need protection from having their parents 'impose' their religious beliefs and morals on their children.
YET!!!!!! Libraries are required, now by law, to give full access to the Internet. Including sexually explicit web sites. New and reworked laws require us, to 'abstain' from demonstrating in front of abortion clinics. Television shows display pre and extra-marital sex as the norm. Recently, on "Friends" we saw two couples have a 'sex contest' to see who was the 'hottest couple'. We are implicitly told that we have to accept homosexuality as, not only a licit sexuality, but, in some cases, a better lifestyle. After all, as one person told me, God made homosexuals to help control the population.
At the Beijing Conference, it was apparent that the focus was to 'liberate' women from the role of mothers. To blur gender differences and make the world neither male nor female. "The Beijing Platform for Action is riddled with "gender perspective", a crazy ragbag of misshapen myths and primitive metaphysics. It defines gender as a social construct with no relation at all to biological differences. Written mostly by a small coterie of New York-based feminist powermongers headed by the late arch-feminist Bella Abzug, the Platform of Action promotes the naive myth that systematic elimination of all differences between men and women in the family and in the public arena is crucial for overcoming poverty, injustice, violence, and warfare. The central thrust of the Beijing Platform can be summed up in one of its several hundred directives to governments: "Adopt all appropriate measures, especially in the field of education, to modify the social and cultural patterns of conduct of men and women, and to eliminate prejudices, customary practices and all other practices based on stereotyped roles for men and women." (BEIJING CONFERENCE TO EMPOWER GOVERNMENTS, NOT WOMEN by Rita Joseph)
So, it's apparent that the 'goal' is to remake, restructure society. Just as Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union attempted to do.
Jean Guilfoyle, in her article "GENDER BENDERS" wrote how this could affect us and our children. "Bear in mind that UN resolutions, whether or not they have the binding nature of treaties, affirm international 'goals and standards,' which can be applied within member countries at national and local levels. It is quite possible that such goals and standards could emerge in judicial decisions and government regulations at the community level. Within our schools, which frequently engage in psychological and aptitude testing, vague criteria relating to 'gender identity' could have destructive effects on children."
"Yes, Mr. and Mrs. Clark, we know your child is registered in school as a boy, but we find that this child exhibits unusual compassion and concern, and fewer aggressive tendencies than the other boys. These tendencies, you see, fall further along the "gender identity scale" toward feminine characteristics. Now, for your child's well-being, we have introduced him to Mr. Gerard, a gay teacher in the social studies department. Mr. Gerard will introduce your child to the lifestyle which is most suitable for him according to his psychological "gender identity" testing.
"No, Mr. and Mrs. Clark, it is not possible to object to the school's decision. Here in America, all students have a right to "reproductive health," with or without parental agreement, according to Supreme Court decisions and statutory law!"
Now this may appear absurd, but recall, we already have laws on the books of a number of States that a child need not get parental permission to obtain contraceptives and/or abortions. And those who do require such permission are often challenged. There is even an account of a representative of Planned Parenthood advocating 'trusted' adults showing children 'healthy' sex. In fact, a recent report by medical officials say that we need sex 3-4 times a week in order to be healthy. As though abstinence was unhealthy. My mind went back to a dying young man I saw in an AIDS report who 'joked' that the condom broke. Only abstinence 'eliminates' STD's and unwanted pregnancies, but we are told our children need to be 'protected' from that.
The groundwork is being laid to 'impose' other morals, other than Christian, on our children. As the California Medical Association wrote in regards to abortion: "The very considerable semantic gymnastics, required to rationalize abortion as anything but taking a human life would be ludicrous, if it was not often put forth under socially impeccable auspices…This schizophrenic sort of subterfuge is necessary because, while a new ethic is being accepted, the old one has not been fully rejected."
So we see euthanasia portrayed as a 'compassionate' and dignified way to end one's life (Don't mention Quality of life quotients being applied. Don't mention that the poor, the handicapped and elderly may be 'compassionately' killed for the betterment of society). Illicit sex as healthy and abstinence as unhealthy and repressive. Marriage as being an 'oppressive' institutionalized slavery of women.
As a line from "A Man For All Seasons" states: "This isn't reform, this is war against the Church."
Our children are taught to be tolerant of everything and everyone except for Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular. Here, intolerance and bigotry is not only allowed, but encouraged.
As G. K. Chesterton wrote:
"These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed
except his own." - ILN 8-11-28
"There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions." - ILN, 1/13/06
We are in the midst of a war, but not like the war we know. "For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." (Ephesians 6:12-13)
The enemy hopes to make our children their soldiers to usher in this 'Brave New World.'
Lest the search for Christ present in his Church become something merely abstract, we need to indicate the specific times and places in which, in the Church, it is possible to encounter him. Here the reflections of the Synod Fathers offered abundant suggestions and observations.
They pointed above all to “Sacred Scripture read in the light of Tradition, the Fathers and the Magisterium, and more deeply understood through meditation and prayer”.(24) A recommendation was made to promote knowledge of the Gospels, which proclaim in words easily understood by all the way Jesus lived among the people of his time. Reading these sacred texts and listening to Jesus as attentively as did the multitudes of the mount of the Beatitudes, or on the shore of the Lake of Tiberias as he preached from the boat, produces authentic fruits of conversion of heart.
A second place of encounter with Jesus is the sacred Liturgy.(25) Thanks to the Second Vatican Council, we have a very rich account of the manifold presence of Christ in the Liturgy, the importance of which should lead to it being a theme of constant preaching. Christ is present in the celebrant who renews at the altar the one and only Sacrifice of the Cross; he is present in the Sacraments through which he exercises his efficacious power. When his word is proclaimed, it is he himself who speaks to us. He is also present in the community, by virtue of his promise that “where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Mt 18:20). He is present “especially under the Eucharistic species”.(26) My Predecessor Paul VI deemed it necessary to explain the uniqueness of Christ's real presence in the Eucharist, which “is called 'real' not to exclude the idea that the others are 'real' too, but rather to indicate presence par excellence, because it is substantial”.(27) Under the species of bread and wine, “Christ is present, whole and entire in his physical 'reality', corporally present”.(28)
The Scriptures and the Eucharist, places of encounter with Christ, are evoked in the story of the apparition of the Risen Jesus to the disciples of Emmaus. The Gospel text concerning the final judgment (cf. Mt 25:31-46), which states that we will be judged on our love towards the needy in whom the Lord Jesus is mysteriously present, indicates that we must not neglect a third place of encounter with Christ: “the persons, especially the poor, with whom Christ identifies himself”.(29) At the closing of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Paul VI recalled that “on the face of every human being, especially when marked by tears and sufferings, we can and must see the face of Christ (cf. Mt 25:40), the Son of Man”.(30)
NEXT MONDAY: Installment five - Chapter Two: The situation of the men and women of America and their encounter with the Lord
Please tell all of My children how much comfort I receive when I am able to press them to My Sacred Heart, the Font of Divine Mercy! O! If only the world would sincerely beg for My Mercy, how greatly would Mercy descend! But, My children do not ask. Many no longer believe. Their prayers cause Me pain because they do not come in humility, but as spoiled children who demand from their God!
O! How the evil one has seduced My flock. But I, the Word of God, Savior of the world, do solemnly tell you that soon I shall reclaim My Kingdom. I will be the Victor, and My Mother - the Woman clothed with the Sun - shall be the light which I send before Me to prepare My way.
Tell all of My children not to be afraid but to convert their hearts fully to Me, their Merciful Savior. Soon the world shall see My Mercy. I give this to them that all who desire may come and drink from the Font of Divine Mercy. I ask all who are called by the Holy Spirit to live in community, centered upon Eucharistic adoration, to be faithful to their apostolate. These places I desire and call into formation, so that I might receive the fiat of total abandonment to My Will which the world no longer recognizes. Tell the children of the world to pray for unity of mind and heart, for in the days which are yet to come still many signs shall be given. Your world shall suffer grievously because it seeks the evil one's promises and rejects Me. These signs are a warning and My Mercy, calling each one back to Me.
Pray very much and do not lose heart. I am with you always and it is I Who Am your Strength, your Courage and Provider in all things. Therefore, come to Me! Come, Come quickly for the Hour of Divine Justice shall strike!
I bless you, My children. I am Jesus Christ, Son of God and Savior of the world. I come. Prepare!
I desire you to be filled with my Divine Son's Peace. I desire for you to be willing Victims of Divine Merciful Love, for now more than ever does mankind need Divine Mercy - the unfathomable abyss which flows from God's Infinite Love.
O! If you could but experience this Peace, truly, in your heart you would fight at all costs to preserve it. But you neither seek it or will it, and to many to whom it is given it is rejected.
Today the world faces its Hour of Great Sorrow. You will need the outpouring of Divine Mercy if you are to persevere in this time of great sorrow. Yes, I solemnly tell you that all I have spoken will be fulfilled. You must trust God with all your being and He will be your All!
I love and bless you. I urge you to deeper prayer from the heart.
Thank you for responding to my Call!