DAILY CATHOLIC    THURSDAY    October 1, 1998   vol. 9, no. 192

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 seventy-eighth installment of this on-going feature series, we bring you part three of our series on the "Signs of these times" and how these signs serve as our guide along the path to Heaven as we continue to sound the clarion as a wake-up call to all Catholics, especially bringing to the attention of all Catholics the evident signs God has placed on our path to salvation. They are so obvious but too often we either have tunnel vision with blinders on and can't see the signs on the road, or our eyes and minds are wandering from what we truly need to see. If we don't pay attention, we shall pay dearly as the third millennium dawns. We continue 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.
Installment Seventy-Eight

The Thirty-Sixth Clarion: SIGNS OF GOD'S MERCY AND JUSTICE
part three:

"Amen I say to you, unless you turn and become like little children, you will not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven."

Matthew 18: 3
          All the signs God gives are there for our benefit. They may appear to some as negative, burdensome signs. Perhaps we view them in this way because we don't want to face up to the reality that recognizing God's signs and obeying Him causes us to change…and change, sometimes, can be painful. It's difficult to leave a particular comfort zone to which we have grown accustomed. That's the nature of the beast…and that's the nature the beast of darkness takes in getting us to compromise, to rationalize our way around everything. Just as seasons change and each seasonal period has purpose, so also in our spiritual lives. God's signs are there to help all of us to change, to be guided back to Him. That is the only road we can afford to take.

          In our daily travels around town, we've all passed the warning sign CHILDREN AT PLAY cautioning us to slow down. But God also gives the sign that says: "LOOK AND LISTEN< CHILDRE AT PRAYER! Yes, we are all God's children. He calls us "His children." Jesus went out of His way to emphasize this in the Gospels, stating in Matthew 18:3, "Amen I say to you, unless you turn and become like little children, you will not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven." Likewise, Christ's invitation to "Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for of such is the Kingdom of God." (cf. Matthew 19:14, Mark 10:14, and Luke 18:16) brings home the analogy of being His children and as children we must be child-like, not childish. God knows only too well that as children we will make many mistakes, do things adults wouldn't do, and not always understand what is being told to us. No wonder He calls us "children." The evangelists St. Paul and St. John used the tern "little children" in addressing the crowds as evidenced in Galatians and 1 John; and adults far outnumbered the few actual children among the crowds. So also, Our Lady calls us "little children" in her messages and apparitions. There were three little children at Fatima. The visionaries at Medjugorje were indeed children when the apparitions first began over 15 years ago. Even though they've all matured into young adults, they are still considered "little children" because they understand the way of spiritual childhood. There were children at LaSalette, too. In fact, in all the messages imparted to visionaries and messengers down through the centuries, down through the decades, the Mother of God and her Divine Son Himself have called us "children" "or that is indeed what we are called to be.

          As children, we are traveling down the JUBILEE INTERSTATE, 1-2000 toward a new millennium. What will happen in the coming years only God knows, but He's given us a pretty clear indication through the many apparitions of His Blessed Mother.

          This is the time of change. Ultimately, God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven. We are coming to that time known as the fulfillment of the "Our Father", and the Reign of the Sacred Heart which will be ushered in by the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. But to arrive at this destination, the other changes are not going to be easy, nor pleasant world-wise, unless we have our spiritual vehicles well-tuned and aligned with all Holy Mother Church teaches, and our eyes focuses on the signs of these critical times.

          What we must do, and seek to do with our whole being, is to be steadfast in the faith give to us as a gift from God; to adhere with loving obedience to all the Roman Catholic Church and her Magisterium teaches; to turn a deaf ear to the deafening, illogical cry of the "political correct" jargon that is hollow and meaningless in the overall scope of God's master plan. Jesus has instructed us to "Enter by the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who enter that way. How narrow the gate and close the way that leads to life! And few there are who find it." (Matthew 7:13-14).

          Yes, He has made it very clear that it will be a difficult road, but not impossible. He loves us so much that in these troubled times, when the potholes of the world, flesh and the devil have swallowed up so many traveling the road of life, He has sent His Own Emissary - His Own Blessed and Immaculate Mother to be a guide for us, to point out the signs and lead us by the hand and heart through the minefields set by satan to thwart us from our destination to Mary's Divine Son Jesus.

    In the next installment we will study the Signs of the Sacraments and other helpful guides in the rich Deposit of Faith.


October 1, 1998       volume 9, no. 192
WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?

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