DAILY CATHOLIC    THURSDAY    September 17, 1998   vol. 9, no. 182


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          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-sixth installment of this on-going feature series, we resume original content after a few months during the summer in which we brought you retro installments of the early chapters. Now with the fall we bring you new chapters 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? With this chapter we conclude our multi-installments on loyalty - Loyalty to the Holy Father and the Magisterium and therefore loyalty to Jesus. 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-Six

part one:

"A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, by their fruits you will know them."

Matthew 17: 18-20
          We live and move and have our being in a world of soundbites and bytes, visual flashes and signs of every kind - both virtual and virtueless. They bombard our senses day-in and day-out into a senseless order of disorder. And in this cacophony of clutter it eventually takes its toll, our minds become saturated with information and numbers that overwhelm us into a passive Pavlov-syndrome submission. And with our mental faculties bordering on meltdown, it becomes too easy to miss the signs that come from Heaven, so overshadowed by the signs of this world. That, in turn, makes all of us more vulnerable to misread the celestial signs and even more liable to ignore them.

          In this special series on Signs, we focus our attention on the signs God has given and continues to give to the world. These signs, graphically depicted as road signs, are as real as those that mark our highways and byways, that navigate us through the duties of our daily activities and responsibilities. These signs are so much a part of our travels that we take them from granted, though we are so very conscious of them. We depend upon them to get us to our destination and to get us there alive if we but obey the laws, which govern these signs. But we have to have trust that the "other guy" will adhere to the same rules, the same courtesy, the same precautions that we take. It takes cooperation.

          It takes trust and cooperation to observe the signs that are governed by the Greatest Lawgiver of all - Almighty God. His signs are as real, intensely more authentic than anything man could ever manufacture. Unfortunately, we are so bogged down with the mental muddle of trying to swim upstream in a stress-filled cesspool of high tech megamishmash that we overlook God's signs, focusing all our attention on the moment…on getting from point A to B.

          There's a time to STOP and then there's a time to put the pedal to the metal, so to speak. In the spiritual life, it's the same. We must never STOP in our journey toward God. We have to keep moving lest we YIELD to temptation, to the worldly pressures that assault each and every one of us. We must, through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Sacraments, and obedience to all Holy Mother Church teaches, ENTER upon the straight and narrow road of Salvation, and make sure, through God's grace, that we don't take the wrong EXIT at the first allure of worldly pleasure. Neither can we MERGE in an attempt to get into a smoother flow. Like the tollway of life, we must pay the toll and then we must stay the course, no matter how bumpy the road might get or how long it stretches. There are other times when the road to Heaven resembles anything but a super highway, more like a backroad full of potholes, unexpected curves, numerous detours and the like. As we plod along this path we notice with peripheral vision the many who slip through God's DO NOT ENTER sign and cut onto the turnpike without paying, zipping along at excess speed seeking maximum pleasure with little regard for others. Just as we're about to follow suit, we catch a glimpse of the CAUTION sign. This indicates the possibility of danger lies ahead.

          There are so many DANGER signs today. Apathy is perhaps one of the greatest ones. Confusion comes in a close second. Perhaps the two go hand in hand. If we are confused at God's Will, then it's easy to become apathetic about doing anything for Him with Him, and through Him.

          Take for example, the last two presidential elections. In both Clinton campaigns it was a matter of the lesser of two evils. Unfortunately with the electoral system, our country has, we voted for the greater of two evils both times and we're paying dearly for it today. Apathy and confusion contributed to this possibility. Take a serious look at what God is saying and showing through His signs, and then see what "man" is truly proposing and you'll see the chasm between the Infinite and finite. Looking back we can't say we didn't warn you. We cautioned all that WHO they voted for would be dangerous to their spiritual health as well as the welfare of all mankind!

          Nevermind the economy. Remember, you can't take it with you. Character, values and virtue do count. Following God's laws and treating our fellow man in the spirit of love as Jesus asks does count. Our Lord said it best in Matthew 7: 18-20 "A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, by their fruits you will know them." The signs of the bad fruit are evident in this administration and the fruit is rotten to the core. It is in danger of being cut down soon and thrown into the fire. Yes, Justice will out. Clinton and his administration have brought forth no good fruit because they can't. And like bad fruit it has spread to others, spoiling many and has soured a nation thanks to the feeding frenzy of the media and the insatiable insipid and sordid appetite of the public.

          The signs were there from the beginning but the majority of Americans refused to recognize them or doubted, placing their faith in a finite being rather than an Infinite Being. They considered all the pleas of "character counts" as just so much rhetoric and turned their backs on values and virtues. Following the trend throughout history and Sacred Scripture, they turned their backs on God and sought their own agenda. In a word, they got what they deserved for they neglected the warning signs and ended up with a NO OUTLET sign. Now in that cul de sac of frustration, their only hope is to reverse themselves and back out, hoping to find the main road back to God. It's available, but they must follow the signs that are clearly posted.

    In the next installment we will study how satan uses the abortion debate as his tool as we continue our treatment of Signs.

September 17, 1998       volume 9, no. 182


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