The Thirty-Fifth Clarion: LOYALTY
"Exhort servants to be obedient to their masters, in all things pleasing, not contradicting, not defrauding, but in all things showing good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God, our Savior in all things."
Titus 2: 9-10
Almighty God gave us His Only-begotten Son as the perfect Example of
Loyalty, as the perfect Example of selflessness, as the Way, the Truth, and
the Life. And Jesus Christ, our Lord, God, Savior and Redeemer, gave us
the One True Church and established the Apostolic Succession so we would
always have His Presence as the Head of the Church in the person of the
Holy Father, the Vicar of Christ on earth. Jesus bestowed this privilege
upon Peter, His Rock, upon whom Christ built and established His Church,
and promised that He would be with her to the end and the gates of hell
would not prevail against it (cf. Matthew 16:18).
Loyalty then to the Holy Father is an absolute 'must' for all who profess
to be of the Roman Catholic Faith, who profess Catholicism as their creed,
and who profess to live this creed daily in every thought, word and deed.
We, as Catholics, have been given an abundance of graces to keep us in
union with God's Will, which is Loyalty lived and expressed on a divine level.
Loyalty leads to respect. Respect for God, for country, for our
neighbors, our families, ourselves. If we don't respect human life, which
God created in His own image and likeness, then our loyalty is misplaced
because we don't know who or what to be loyal to and why we must be loyal
in the first place.
It is altogether too easy to dismiss the words of Christ's Vicar on earth
and to rationalize that he's out of touch, and we, who think we know
better, must do our own thing in order to have a neat, orderly, sweet life
filled with worldly pleasures.
No, that's not the way it works. That's not loyalty in any definition of
the term. Loyalty begins with God. It respects God's ultimate authority.
Loyalty recognizes the authority God has given to an, first in His Church
through the Apostolic succession, and then to local leaders. Let us
remember well that LOYALTY is a rope whose threads connect us to the Will
of the Almighty God. Those threads are composed of: Loving Obedience in
Yielding All Life Through our 'Yes!'
Another imagery offered is the unique vision St. John Bosco received in
1862. He was given a prophetic dream in which he was given to understand
that peace in the world would come only after a great battle in which the
Pope would achieve victory by anchoring the Boat (the Church) of St. Peter
securely to the pillar of Jesus in the Eucharist and to the pillar of the
Virgin Mary through the Rosary. This vision is more of a prophecy for us
today than for the Church of the 19th Century. Our Holy Father said in
1980: "The Rosary is the remedy against evil. Pray, pray and ask for
nothing else. Put everything in the hands of the Mother of God. We must
be prepared to undergo great trials in the not-to-distant future..." No one
epitomizes the leader of this vision more than our present pontiff.
Through all the trials during his reign John Paul II has steadily steered
the Bark of Peter through all kinds of treacherous waters -
political-religious wars everywhere, the crumbling of communism as we now
it, the steady rise of freemasonry, the runaway evil of homosexuality and
abortion, and the growing schism within Christ's True Church. Yet, through
it all, he has not wavered as evidence by his "high-noon" stand on abortion
at the Cairo Conference a few years ago.
To further clarify that St. John Bosco's vision was of our present pontiff
consider that no pope has been more dedicated, rather make that
"consecrated" to the Mother of God than this Totus Tuus Pope. No pope has
been more Eucharistic - bringing Jesus to every continent throughout this
sixteen-plus-year reign. And, truth-be-known, no pope in the line of 264
successors has had more adversity worldwide than his holiness John Paul II.
Yet through it all he has remained loyal to the teachings of the Catholic
Church, never compromising his values for political expediency as those
liberals around him have done in trying to sabotage all that he has done.
He, as our leader, has remained loyal to Christ and His Church.
Loyalty then to the Holy Father, as the Vicar of Christ, is essential in
our life as Roman Catholics. We can only be loyal by truly living the
Gospel Message of Jesus Christ. Though the path is narrow, Mary's Divine
Son has bestowed on those who remain loyal the ultimate privilege of
receiving the True Presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament every
time we attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and receive Holy Communion in
a state of Sanctifying Grace.
Those who rebelled against the Church in the Protestant Reformation had
the same opportunities but chose to veer from the true lineage of Christ by
taking their own course of action, thus losing the essence of the
Sacraments. Many Catholic prelates today as well as lay leaders are
advocating doing their own thing because "times have changed and the Pope
does not understand the American lifestyle and customs." That is doubtful
when you realize John Paul II is infused with the gifts of the Holy Spirit
and it is preposterous when you realize that God, Who created each of us,
was never, is never, and will never be "out-of-touch" with what we truly
need and need to be.
The truth be told, those who persist with this fallacy are out-of-touch
with God's Will for the Holy Father, as head of the Church, is the final
authority in matters of faith and morals. These have not changed in two
thousand years. When the Holy Father sets down doctrine and dogma
concerning matters of faith and morals, we believe through the gift of
Faith, that the Holy Father is speaking infallibly because He is guided in
such doctrine and dogma by the Holy Spirit, Who is Truth, Who cannot lie or
deceive, nor be deceived. It is the deceivers who are being deceived!
This is the quintessence of the New Age movement.
Next installment: part three on loyalty.