However, in modern times an innocent feast reverted back to its pagan roots and lucifer took hold, oh how he took control! Beginning in the 17th century it became a time for satanic ritual and those who worshipped the devil pointed to this day as the high feast. Add the greed of merchandise in the 20th century and the lure of the horror mystique and satan was set. Rather than honoring God and those who have been loyal to Him, we have, unwittingly and subliminally, fallen back to elevating the status of the fallen angel, giving him the undue credit and recognition, and, alas, acknowledgment that ol' horn-head had always craved. No wonder lucifer and his legions are so enamored with our generation! Rather than depict an aura of fear of eternal damnation that would prod people to returning to God, the modernists, cult-makers, Madison Avenue wags and Hollywood moguls have elevated the devil to a status unheard of in Christian annals. Where it used to be wrong, today it is considered wrong in society if you do not deify the satanic rituals at this time of the year. Gone are the days of harmless jack-o-lanterns, black cats, ghosts and cute witches. Today innocent children don the most grotesque masks - the scarier and more satanic the better, especially among the young teens who glorify the Jasons, Michael Myers, etc. from the blood-curdling fare in theatres that pass as entertainment. Over the years paganists, satanists, atheists and that ilk have watered down the laws, twisting the meaning and gaining restraining orders against anything Christian whether at Christmas or Easter, while on Halloween they worship at the altar of satan with no fear of reprisal or retaliation in the courts by Christian interests. Think of how many innocents have been ensnared by the satanic cult of Halloween that is fast spreading to everyday of the year with one slasher movie after another, one extremely blood-and-gore violent video game after another to where America's youth have become totally immune to death until...it's too late. They have trivialized death and then society is shocked when kids go on shooting sprees in school or kill a sibling or parent on a dare. The kids don't really know what they've done because they can't differentiate between reality and the make believe they have been subjected to by the onslaught of the media and technology that totally blinds one to true pain of flesh. With that kind of mentality it's not difficult to understand why they can't relate to Jesus Christ hanging on a cross, bleeding profusely from every pore of His body. It makes it even harder for them to comprehend why He sacrificed His life for us. All meaning has been washed away by the blood of FX. That, friends, is the scariest thing about Halloween and the culture it has spawned 364 days a year!
But that's not all that's scary. What's scary is the fact we have an immoral, unethical man who promotes the culture of death unabashedly as president of the world's most powerful country. What's scary is that people don't even blink today about his conduct, rather rationalize that since the "economy is good" let him do what he wants, no matter if it is in direct confrontation with God's laws and a slap in the face of the office, the traditions of the country and God Himself. What's scary is that this highest official of the land is taking credit for completing the fragile peace accord between Israel and Palestine which is destined to fail for Jesus said in Matthew 7: 17-18 that a bad tree cannot produce good fruit. That's scary! What's scary is the fact the pro-aborts are trying to twist their agenda to portray those striving to preserve life as the criminals and dangerous to all society! What's scary is that politicos are twisting the truth so that every and all opponents should be locked up and the key thrown away if we're to believe how evil they really are according to the spinmeisters of Madison and Michigan Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard where the advertising kingpins roost and who could care less about truth in advertising or ethics. That's scary. What's scarier is that people actually believe the drivel that emanates from the television sets and radio air waves! What's scary is that the lost sheep will base their votes solely on hearsay without truly looking into the issues. What's scary is that material things have become so important to people that they have totally forsaken the spiritual, making it that much easier fodder for satan to cultivate false hopes and dead-end goals. What's scary is that society is more concerned with the Y2K computer bug than the spiders of immorality and despair that have crawled into hearts everywhere, totally forgetting that Christ has promised He would return and that every 2000 years God effects a recleansing of the earth. In other words, folks, the Y2K problem won't matter in the overall bigger picture for technology and science will pass the way of the dinosaur but His Way, Truth and Life will never pass away. What's scary is the fact that knowledge of the Catholic teachings, doctrines and dogmas is so sorely lacking in the minds and hearts of the faithful today because bishops are not heeding the Holy Father's counsel; many of these modern shepherds are allowing catechisms to collect dust, assuming people will pick everything up through osmosis. What's scary is that many within the curia surrounding our devoted, holy and great Supreme Pontiff have been plotting to subterfuge his efforts, to forge their own agenda irregardless of the good of Holy Mother Church. What's scary is that many of these prelates have undermined those who have sought access to the Pope, falsely accusing those who threaten their status and comfort zone. What's scary is that so many religious - priests and nuns are being murdered throughout the world. What's scary is that there are so few ready to take their place. What's scarier is that few want to make that selfless commitment to give up everything and follow Christ. What's scary is that those who were so dedicated to conversion and following the Blessed Mother's messages at Medjugorje over the years have lost their zeal and reverted back to what Our Lady warned about. What's scary is that so many have forgotten their hearts and gone into the mind alone, creating doubts about Medjugorje and whether it truly was from God. What's even scarier is that there are a few puppets of the devil out there who feign that they love Mary and are good Catholics but make it their life's work to not only demean and condemn Medjugorje but slander the visionaries and Franciscans of Our Lady's special Oasis of Peace offering lie after lie that presents a case of libel against the attackers on behalf of the believers if ever there was one. By calling Medjugorje a nest of the devil's they are denouncing the Holy Spirit, misrepresenting the Church's true stance on on-going apparitions and Medjugorje's current status, dismissing the obvious countless fruits that have emanated from this Oasis of Peace over the past seventeen plus years, and denying many the opportunity to discern for themselves and grow in grace from practicing all that Our Lady conveys - all that is in total conformity with Church doctrine and Sacred Scripture. What's scary is that, through half truths and deception, they are succeeding in planting the seeds of doubts in those who never really embraced the messages or tried to truly live them as God intended.
Those above scenarios are all scary enough, and we have only scratched the surface of horror in today's world, but the scariest thought of all is that when mankind wakes up and realizes who satan really is it will be too late! Then they will say, "Lord, Lord, we didn't know." And He will reply in all His Mercy and Justice as He did in Matthew 7: 23, "I never knew you. Depart from Me, you workers of iniquity!" Remember Our Lord's words this Halloween and say a prayer for each innocent who hides behind a satanic, grotesque mask or costume while trick or treating. For sadly, the scariest, most horrowful, grotesque event is yet to come. It is indeed a sad feeling to know that far too many will realize, only at the Last Judgment, that it was all a trick; that their quest for worldly things is all a masquerade and the scariest thing is that at Trick or Treat time there will be no eternal treats. It's time we all realize, for the sake of our children and ourselves as well, that the mask of satan can swindle our very soul.
But I must tell you that I am deeply saddened by some statements I hear these days, statements made by good people, but reflect how shallow their thinking is and how weak their faith is in Our Lord’s Own words.
Some enemies and non-believers that Our Lady is appearing in Medjugorje and other places use an argument that is astounding to me. When they are told that there are many conversions in Medjugorje (for example), that many people are coming back to confession after being away for many years, I have heard the reply: “Well, the devil can do that, too!”
No, dear reader, that is not the truth! The diabolic would NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, EVER bring about the conversion of anyone. Why would he want anyone to be in the state of sanctifying grace for even a moment? He would not! He would never want anyone to be God’s friend for even a split second! For satan to want this, he would be working against himself and we know what Jesus said: “A house divided against itself cannot stand. And if satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand; that is the end of him” ( Mark 3:25-26).
Indeed not, when a person is moved to go to confession or have a conversion to Catholicism, it is by the action of the Holy Spirit not by the diabolic.
Jesus is very clear: “You know a tree by its fruits. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit” (Matthew 7:18). If we believe Our Lord said this, how can we say that the diabolic has brought about good fruit? The diabolic would like to fool us into thinking he would, though. This is sheer idiocy and stupidity!
Also in the Gospel of St. Matthew 12:34-35, Jesus said: “You brood of vipers, how can you say good things when you are evil? For from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks. A good person brings forth good out of a store of goodness, but an evil person brings forth evil out of a store of evil.”
And perhaps best of all Jesus said: “NO ONE CAN COME TO ME, UNLESS THE FATHER DRAW HIM.” John 6:44.
Dear Father in Heaven, how can You tolerate much more of this? How many thorns are put in Your Heart by such stupid and faith-weak arguments! How poorly they hear Your words in Scripture!
Our Lord’s words are very clear. Let us NEVER, EVER attribute good to the evil one, for he is not capable of it. Such attributings would be an insult to God and His acting grace in the lives of people.
The diabolic HATES God and works to destroy souls not make them God’s friends even for a moment.
Peace be with you! God bless you!
On this day which has been set aside to honor Me as King of Kings, Your God and Savior, I weep tears of bitter anguish. They are tears of blood!
How My people dishonor and disobey Me, their God! How they blaspheme before the Throne of the Trinity, and cause My Beloved Holy Mother to weep unceasingly.
In what nation or country am I truly King? In what home, in what parish am I King? I am so little remembered that I languish in the Tabernacle - your King above all kings.
On this My Feast when all the earth should bow low, I am dishonored by My Own consecrated sons and daughters. I am once again before Pilate because My Own Shepherds refuse to defend the Truth, nor do they seek to preach and teach the Truth. The see only social concerns. Like Pilate, they hear the collective voices of the multitudes stirred up by satan's confusion and they who are priests now wash their hands of Me, to please the people.
Therefore, I solemnly tell you the world has begun its Passion. There will be many catastrophes worldwide, and still I will give yet more signs of My Coming. Still shall My Mother be with you - but She will not remain long!
The Father will soon call Her back. Then shall the world grieve as never before! Persecutions of My faithful remnant will be rampant. Do not fear! All of this must happen in order for Scripture to be fulfilled.
Yet, if the world converts; if the True Presence in the Eucharist is honored, adored and reverenced; if My Mother's words are lived, I shall return swiftly and the Justice to come will be swift.
I am Your God, your only King. I wish to be raised High above the altar. I wish to be processed in Honor, in every town, that My Merciful Love might be called upon.
My children, I love each of you but you are far from Me. Pray, therefore, and make reparation. The hour has come!
I call all the world to preparation for my Divine Son's Coming. This cannot be for only a few days each year as you approach your feast of Christmas. I speak of heart-felt preparation for my Divine Son's Coming in all of His Glory is at hand.
I ask each of my little ones to daily ponder my messages given at Medjugorje and throughout the world, so that within your poor heart my Divine Son may make of you a splendid Tabernacle.
I call the world to Adore, Honor, and Reverence the Holy Eucharist. I invite all to read Sacred Scripture with the discernment of the Holy Spirit. I am asking each to completely renounce their will in all things that my Divine Son's Will alone may reign and be fulfilled.
I solemnly tell you that the schism, the Great Apostasy is here and great shall be the spiritual darkness of all the world. Be obedient to my beloved priest-son Pope John Paul II, and be strong in your faith, for the hour of Justice is upon the world.
I ask you to pray, and to grow daily in simplicity and humility so that in the time of darkness great truths shall be made known. By your humility and simplicity you shall persevere until the end.
Yes, my little ones. You must have your souls pleasing before God. You cannot wait until tomorrow. Rather, live as holy people. Practice all virtues and be distant from the world. The time has come to prepare the refuge of your soul so that you might know God's Will for the tangible refuge.
I love and bless you. Thank you for responding to my Call!
Pope Marinus II is chosen 128th successor of Peter and would rule for four years. This Roman-born pontiff set an example of a pure and blameless life during a very turbulent period, restoring Rome as the moral capitol of the world.
The 8th and final crusade is launched during the papal vacancy between Pope Clement IV and Blessed Pope Gregory X.
Death of Saint Dorothea of Montau, mystic and hermit who died at the age of fourty-seven.
Pope John Paul II beatifies Blessed Giacomo Cusmano, Blessed Jeremiah of Valachia and Blessed Domingo Iturrate Zubero.
Death of Saint Foillan, Irish monk who ministered to the Brits and founded numerous monasteries. He was martyred for his faith by a band of pagan outlaws in the forest of Seneffe in England after celebrating Holy Mass.
Italian master Michelangelo Buonarroti completes his masterful painting of the "Last Judgment."
Birth of Cardinal Giovanni Ganganelli in Rimini, Italy. He would go on to become the 249th successor of Peter as Pope Clement XIV who was poisoned after a reign of five years.
Pope John Paul II reinstates Galileo Galilei, forgiving him for his views which were condemned by Pope Urban VIII in 1633.
The first painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo is opened to the public by Pope Julius II.
Blessed Padre Junipero Serra founds Mission San Juan Capistrano on the shores of the mighty Pacific ocean in Southern California.
Pope Leo XIII issues his 16th encyclical Immortale Dei on the Christian constitution of states.
Pope Benedict XV publishes his first encyclical Ad beatissimi Apostolorum which was an appeal for peace in the face of World War I.
Pope Pius XII issues his second encyclical Sertum laetitiae directed to the United States bishops on the 150th anniversary of the hierarchy in the USA in 1789
Pope Pius XII releases his 34th encyclical Laetamur admodum beseeching peace in Poland, Hungary and the mideast through prayer.