DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     August 21-23, 1998     vol. 9, no. 164

SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING

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    INTRODUCTION
          With the messages for the world having been concluded three years ago, slowly the public "Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart" has been able to return to the fullness of being Cyndi Cain, wife and mother (roles she never abandoned even for a moment during the public years). However, after much prayer and discernment, she feels strongly that there is much God wishes her to share, for He continually teaches us in our hearts and with the grace of the Holy Spirit, we are to share, to learn, to grow and to be there for one another, as He is always there for us.

          In each weekend issue she hopes to find the time in a busy schedule of caring for a sick child, schooling another son, and the regular work of keeping up a home not to mention helping with the ministry, to write a few lines in sharing with all the experiences and lessons learned in her own introspection. Cyndi has chosen to call her few words, humble and poor in the face of the Almighty, "SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING", for He has placed these words in her heart. To suffer: How all hate the thought, and how, when one is a mother who is faced with the onset of an illness for which the cure may be years away we feel our hearts break in many places. Yet, God hears a beautiful melody here. The angels hear it, too, and so do the saints. The melody reaches to the Heavens and joins with the unending chorus of all the hosts of Heaven praising God. It is Cyndi's sincerest hope that perhaps, together with the reader, we can take our sufferings, which are different yet similar, and place them into this great hymn of praise to the Creator, our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, and learn to make beautiful music unto the Lord. Below is her thirteenth stanza.

If we don't discard the hollow tones of immorality and lies, then our symphony falls flat.

          Since last I wrote on the Symphony of Suffering there has been much to ponder and pray about.

          In my heart, God has let me know that this symphony from His people is most discordant, very unpleasant to the Most Blessed Trinity. Our Blessed Mother sheds many tears for her children, and pleads for the Most Sacred Heart to be merciful to the entire human race.

          Still, the lack of harmony of our symphony with that eternal symphony of love and praise goes on unabated, and in many instances, the symphony is given no more thought than the TV programs we all flick on day and night to occupy our poor, tired, lazy brains.

          For example, God has placed upon my heart the extreme sadness He feels at the whole presidency now in the White House, and suggests that the name "White House" should more likely be called a "Black House", for the sins of those who occupy it are many. He does not "hate" the President, nor anyone else. God hates the sin, and He expects us, if we are His children, to "hate" the sin just as He does, for that is justice, mercy, and love.

          However, if one is to put any stock in the polls being taken over the scandal in the White House, then one must conclude that, by and large, we are a nation of people who prefer to have our cake and eat it too, and as long as we have that, then let's let the current administration go right ahead, unabashed, unpunished, unrepentant. If we, on the other hand, were to raise up our collective voices, condemn the sin, and seek to remove the administration for such blatant sins that cry out before God, we just might loose that comfort zone of a "good" economy.

          Can any economy be called "good" if it is obtained through evil? Can any prosperity of possessions, which surround us with luxury, leisure, and unholy entertainment, ever be pleasing to God? However, condone this sin, this administration - we do repeatedly. We prefer to justify and rationalize the sin so that we do not jeopardize our luxury and comfort in a good economy.

          God's commandments apply to every single human being. No one is exempt. To lie, to cheat, to steal, to commit adultery, to kill (not with weapons of mass destruction, but with our tongue that lies and misleads) are all abominations before God. Where there is anyone or everyone committing sin and remaining unrepentant, then the effect of the sin touches every human being on earth.

          Did not the sins of mankind cause God to send His Only-begotten Son to earth to teach, heal, preach, work miracles, and show us a new way, the Good news of the Gospel? In addition, did not the sins of mankind cause Jesus Christ, our Lord, God and Savior, to die on the Cross?

          If we believe this, then how in the name of God can we sit, stand or lie back idly while such abuses against God go on, for if we do, then we truly do not love God, nor do we seek mercy for the human race, and whatever prayers we offer do not ascent to Him, but return to us unanswered.

          Just in the United States these past days, our symphony has been so unmelodic as to be the din of hell. The populace of these United States, by and large, wants to sweep the debacle in the White House under the proverbial rug, and go on as if nothing happened. The polls indicate that the majority of the people say that the current administration's "sins" are much less than other administrations, which were "not caught in the act." Since when is "adultery", a minor sin? Since when is lying, cheating, misleading, killing others and their reputations by the words that come forth from the mouth okay for us because God understands?

          God understands that we are weak, and we are weak because we prefer the things of this earth to His things, which are eternal and give life.

          It is time to retune our symphony. It is time to get back on the right melody before it is too late to stay the Justice of God, where the righteous as well as the unrighteous will suffer in many ways. It is time for each person to stand up and be counted, to testify by word, by deed, and in our thoughts, for the Truth, which God has bestowed upon us.

          We cannot afford to look the other way, to dismiss this administration's foibles as justified because, after all, the president and his associates are only human.

          If we are going to be held accountable before God for our actions, or lack thereof, then so is the president, his aides, his family, and all who condone these actions. Furthermore, if we are to have respect for ourselves as human beings, respect as a nation, and expect to be respected by other nations, then we had better live up to high moral standards, practicing virtue to a very high degree, lest we find ourselves falling as did the Roman Empire, many centuries ago.

          Is that not what is happening? Is not our nation falling into the abyss, just as Our Blessed Mother told us we would were we to elect the current administration the first time, not to mention re-electing it the second time?

          If we cannot honor and respect our president, then we certainly cannot sit idly back, rationalize, and justify the actions of this man, and his staff. Were we intent upon joining in the symphony of suffering, we would get down upon our knees and pray for the president and his family. We would pray for our nation to be in God's favor, and not the stock market's favor. We would seek mercy from God for this administration, and for our ailing country's morals and values.

          Only then would our prayers, our sufferings, our hurt at the president's failures, reach upward, joining in the eternal symphony of heaven. Only when we stand up and say, "Enough!" to the sin that is going on, can our prayers be answered with mercy. Only when we do that which is right in the eyes of God can our eyes look upon these grave sins and see them for what they are, and then seek to forgive the administration, which has forged alliances with the powers of evil, and not those of God.

          To lie, and to lie skillfully, is not a gift from God. It comes from satan, and it is all too easy to overlook it, as has been done in the case of our current president. No matter that other presidents have fallen, too. That was then, this is now, and it is our now. We have to do something, we have to make it known to one another, and to God, that we are not going to permit this horror to go on, and we are going to sweep clean the "White House", and the Congress and Senate, and any other government department in need of a cleansing, because we want our nation to shine before God.

          So, in the coming days and weeks as this scandal continues to fill headlines in the newspapers, to consume all the talk shows, and to be blared endlessly on the TV set, we should find ourselves in deep prayer, making sacrifice and doing penance for the sins of this administration, while we seek and will to forgive the president, et al, as God also commands.

          It is imperative in our symphony that we remember God demands of us that we stand up for Him, for the Truth, and to deny and denounce all that is not of God, and keeps us from Him.

          In this coming week, let us each offer one extra Mass, one extra Holy Communion, one extra rosary, or a favorite prayer, that the administration may be swept out of sight, and that God's infinite mercy may descend upon those who have brought our nation to such a base state, while the forgiveness in our hearts remains pure and genuine.

          Then, our symphony will have meaning and melody. Then will our symphony be lifted up with Jesus' Infinite Merits, and our suffering will not be in vain, but rather, it will be a song of infinite value heard by God and answered by His Mercy, now and for all eternity.

Cyndi Cain


August 21-23, 1998       volume 9, no. 164
SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING

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