DAILY CATHOLIC    THURSDAY    May 20, 1999   vol. 10, no. 98

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 one-hundred-second installment of this on-going feature series, we continue our series on the Church Militant and why we are now engaged in fierce Spiritual Warfare as we stand perched on the horizon of the third millennium. Today, on the doorstep of the Solemnity of Pentecost we ask the Holy Spirit for His assistance and guidance in infusing us as He did the Apostles and disciples on that first Pentecost in the upper room. It's the only way we can successfully engage the devil in the great chess game for souls.

      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 One Hundred-Three

The Forty-Fifth Clarion:

part three
SPIRITUAL WARFARE
Will we be Pawns of satan or dedicated Knights of Christ?

"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you."

John 15: 12

          This is not a game, but a deadly serious contest that we are locked in with the master of deceit. The stakes are becoming higher and higher and the casualties are becoming greater. Yes, we all know the eventual outcome. The question is, will we be on His side when the evil one is wiped off the face of this earth? It's easy to say "yes," but saying it and doing it are two different things. By just saying it, we can easily fall into that complacent smugness that traps everyone of us. By doing it, we show God where our heart truly is.

          Too often, without realizing it, we tend to stress the letter of the law, and are less sensitive to the spirit of the law. We look at what the Blessed Mother of God has entrusted to us through the messages of Medjugorje and we strive to do what she asks. So we go about diligently trying to get our three rosaries in a day - even to the point where we have to rush them at times or say them late at night when we don't have our heart into it and even forget we've been saying it as our mind wanders to all regions of past and future. Do we realize Our Lady has also said that one Our Father, or one Hail Mary prayed sincerely from the heart is worth more than three raced-through rosaries?

          We read what Our Lady said - Fast on Bread and Water on Wednesdays and Fridays, and so we go about it religiously…almost to the point that we've become a "club of fasting Pharisees", not realizing the real purpose of what Our Lady is requesting. It is to make reparation and to condition us spiritually. Yes, the Blessed Mother has asked us to fast but there are other ways to fast if physically it would deter us from fully turning into God's Will. Our Lady has said the best form of fasting is to fast from sin - to not say one unkind word about our neighbor. How many of us can say we keep that kind of fast? If we could maintain that kind of discipline, more graces would be available to fend off the evil one.

          The real Refuge is the Most Blessed Sacrament. Many reason to themselves and with others that we'll always have the Blessed Sacrament in our churches. Though there are some Catholic Churches in this country where that is doubtful today, many still do, and for now, any sanctuary which preserves the True Presence in the tabernacle - where the pastor and associates are truly obedient to the Holy Father and Magisterium of the Church - then those churches are true Refuges for now.

    Clearing Up the Confusion

           But Our Lady, as the loving and caring Mother she is, comes to alert us of what is yet to come. Her LaSalette messages, approved by Holy Mother the Church, says: "Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the Antichrist." That probably sounded pretty far-fetched back in the 19th century, but it's more probable today with the pending schism and apostasy. Our Lady told the visionary Melanie, "In the year 1864, lucifer together with a large number of demons will be unloosed from hell; they will put an end to faith little by little, even in those dedicated to God. They will blind them in such a way, that, unless they are blessed with a special grace, these people will take on the spirit of these angels of hell; several religious institutions will lose all faith and will lose many souls." There is no doubt in anyone's mind that these things have occurred, just look at what happened to the religious orders! Remember the vision Pope Leo XIII had after Mass and which prompted him to compose the prayer to Saint Michael, which, unfortunately has been sadly missing since the Second Vatican Council. No wonder satan is running amok!

          There are so many things Our Lady of LaSalette imparted, especially: "The society of men is on the eve of the most terrible scourges and of gravest events. Mankind must expect to be ruled with an iron rod and to drink from the chalice of the wrath of God."

          God is definitely not happy with what man has done. Yes, it is inevitable that a great chastisement is coming to every continent on this earth, including our country. If this sounds far-fetched, look back at Yugoslavia just a few years ago. No one who traveled to Medjugorje could foresee the terrible devastation that would befall Bosnia-Herzegovina, which was then just a state. In our narrow-mindedness and world perception from the media perspective, we can't fathom that same kind of thing happening in the United States. Yet Our Lady has cautioned us numerous times through numerous visionaries and locutionists that what happened in Bosnia and now in the Balkans not only can happen here, but also will happen. When? We know not, but Mary has given us an accurate time-table through her messages to Father Don Stefano Gobbi and others.

          At Fatima, Our Lady said: "If my requests are not granted, Russia will scatter her errors throughout the world, provoking wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be destroyed." We know much of that has happened. We also unfortunately, are being lulled into a "false peace" by the media and governments - including our own. Remember the words of visionary Josyp Terelya: "We will be witnesses shortly of a great division in the Roman Church. Some of those bishops and clergy now that still belong to the Catholic Church, even in America, will leave the Church and create their own catholic church. This fragmentation of the Church is read to destroy the unity of the Church. And we have to be ready for that because the enemies of the Church have been preparing for this specific act. Everyone must now become aware of this evil at hand and this is why the Christian world is becoming consolidated through the Mother of God." He gives the essence of Mary's role. He also warned, "I admonish America to maintain its position of strength. Because the moment that America weakens by disbanding its military that's when the Soviets will stab everyone in the back. Beware!" We are being lulled into this "false peace" by the media and the present administration as well as foreign governments. Our country and its constitutions are being eroded and will soon be in big trouble when the One World Order is in place along with the Antichrist. We do know it's imminent.

          Our Lady imparted to Father Gobbi, "Take courage! Be strong, my little children. To you befalls the duty, in these difficult years, of remaining faithful to Christ and to His Church, putting up with the hostility, struggle and persecution."

          We must go on faith that God, in His wisdom, will guide us and not abandon us. In studying the apparition messages at Garabandal, we discover that God will send a Great Warning and then a Great Miracle. This warning has been detailed as being an "illumination" where we will each see the state of our own soul the exact way God sees us. That can be a scary thought. But it also shows how merciful God is, for before He exacts His Justice, He will bestow His Mercy in what could very well be a "dress rehearsal" for the Final Judgment. In His Mercy God will give every one of His children a chance to "make good". Our Lady is a vital part of God's plan; she is the intercessor, the one who He has selected to give us a part of the Infinite tableau. Beginning with her apparitions at LaSalette, Our Blessed Mother has been sharing a portion of the overall picture for over 150 years. The more she divulges, the more we can begin to see the full facsimile of what is to occur. The closer we come to the end times, the more she is disclosing to us through many more visionaries and messengers for the specific purpose of helping us navigate through the deadly mine field and traps laid by her adversary.

    God will not abandon us if we abandon ourselves to Him.

          It has been said repeatedly that time is short. Are these just words, or a true warning from above? If we truly believe the messages of LaSalette, Lourdes, Fatima, Medjugorje, Garabandal, Akita, Betania, Conyers, and the countless other heavenly communications emitting through God's chosen messengers today, then we must trust and believe that what Mary is requesting is right. If we don't, then we are not in unity of mind, heart, and soul. If that is the case, confusion will reign and it cannot be completed the way God wants. Yes, all this is being conveyed through private revelation, but through almost every private revelation, great fruits are being manifested. Satan will try to spoil the fruit by planting doubts and confusion, but if it is truly from God, it will grow despite the opposition. The Holy Roman Catholic Church is the greatest example of this.

          Most importantly, we have to keep in mind the Gospel and strive to love our fellow man, not excluding one soul. We need to relight the flame of love and keep our lamps burning bright as beacons for those grappling with what their role is for no one knows the hour but the Father.

          We have been alerted the enemy is here. There is no time to lose, we must put on the armor of God and prepare for the fiercest battle this world has ever known. Onward Christian soldiers! It is time to get into position on our knees and use the greatest weapon we have - Prayer. With this heavenly weapon, consisting chiefly of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Rosary, we will be victorious in this great Spiritual Warfare being waged!

    Next installment: Part Four of SPIRITUAL WARFARE.


May 20, 1999       volume 10, no. 98
WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?

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