The Thirty-Sixth Clarion: SIGNS OF GOD'S MERCY AND JUSTICE
"For what does it profit a man, if he gain
the whole world, but suffer the loss of his own soul?"
Matthew 16: 26 and Mark 8: 36
Think about it. The abortion debate is satan's tool. The longer the
"debate" goes on, the more satan wins, because man's mind, imperfect and
flawed, laps up the distortions, the lapses in logic that are daily offered
up by pro-abortion media, by candidates who speak out of both sides of
their mouths, by the special interest groups who pad the pockets of
politicians on both sides who in turn master the art of doublespeak.
There's no doublespeak when it comes to abortion for this volatile issue is
and always will be a moral issue, which should by no means belong to the
political arena. God's Commandments have not changed. The Fifth, Sixth,
Seventh and Eighth Commandments are still the same and no man-made law will
ever diminish God's Law. It's really that simple.
In that respect, we'd like to point out a very important CAUTION sign.
While government has its place, it has no place telling the people how they
should or should not "interpret" God's laws…on abortion, assisted suicides
and euthanasia which all are, in no uncertain terms, murder; on the
acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle and same-sex marriages; on genetic
engineering; on judging who is and who is not worthy of "the right to life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness" by nature of their race or creed; and
many other issues that have become so much a part of the political scene.
There is supposed to be a separation of Church and State. The State makes
sure, such as the regulations regarding political endorsement, that the
Church does not meddle in affairs of state; but then they turn around in
stirring up, meddling and bungling things by trying to meddle in the
affairs of the Church in respect to God's Laws which rightfully are
regulated by the Church as Jesus Christ so instructed when He gave Peter
the charge of His Church. Yet our government, specifically this current
administration if you examine the records, has meddled more in matters of
faith and morals than ever before evident from the veto of the partial
birth amendment, the encouragement of same-sex unions, the flaunting of
amorality in the lifestyles of influential politicians with no regard to
the Eighty Commandment. But they greatly limit Catholic education by
forcing Catholic parents who choose to send their children to parochial
Catholic schools to bear the burden of paying taxes for public education
without any tax break for the vast amount of money they sacrifice to ensure
their sons and daughters are raised in the True Faith. In fact, the United
States is the only country where there is no spirituality incorporated into
the education system. It is the only country, now that the Iron Curtain
has fallen, where God is outlawed in our schools, where it is illegal to
even speak His name. No wonder this generation is so lost, no wonder this
generation is wandering in a godless wasteland! Yet we accept with
resignation whatever the government dictates as our religious freedoms are
slowly eroding. How much will we allow government to regulate before we
wake up and realize that this is precisely what has been foretold in Sacred
Scripture, what the Blessed Mother of God has imparted in her apparitions
from LaSalette to the present day? Is it that we're really that blind? Or
is it, rather, that we've become that apathetic that we depend upon
politicians who've abandoned the straight and narrow way to tell us what
we're going to do in order to have a nice, comfortable life here on earth?
So when we see CAUTION o the road ahead, it is a sign that one of the
dangers we might encounter and which is a particularly deceiving, ugly
pot-hole is political correctness. This, unfortunately, is doublespeak for
letting conscience die and allowing satan to take over.
Just look at the events over the past few weeks and we can see how far our
society has fallen. We can see the emperor has no clothes but refuse to
acknowledge it for fear of being criticized or because the economy is good.
First of all, this administration has nothing to do with the current economy and
secondly, the economy world-wide is not good. Thirdly, you can't take economy
with you. The longer we pander to the polls and the atrocities of this administration
and the disregard for life in the Senate, especially by those Republican senators
we exposed in Tuesday's editorial and the supposedly Catholic senators from
Illinois Carol Mosely-Braun and Dick Durbin. The latter two were both
officially asked by the Bishops' Committee of Illinois headed by Cardinal Francis
George, OMI to vote to overturn the veto and they responded by saying in effect,
"butt out, we'll do it our way and the hell with our faith." The Executive Director
of the Pro-Life Action League Joseph Scheidler has called for the Cardinal
to take action saying, "It is particularly offensive when a politician supports killing children
and then pretends to belong to the Catholic Church, which holds all life to be sacred. Our
unborn brothers and sisters deserve protection from public officials, not extermination. I
hope that Cardinal George, Bishop Gregory, Bishop Meyer, Bishop Doran and Bishop Ryan
are poised to issue a statement on excommunication."
Those might seem like strong measures but considering the times and the circumstances
possibly not strong enough. Scheidler points out what Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz
pointed out to members of We Are Church and Call To Action a few years
ago - that through their actions they are excommunicating themselves and thereby the
Church takes action. Maybe it is time for the rest of the bishops to call their political
representatives on the carpet as well, men like Ted Kennedy and that ilk who
are an embarassment to Catholics everywhere. Maybe if they took the action, spoke
out strongly for what the Church stands for and reinforced Canon Law regardless of
the political fallout or consequences publicity-wise, it wouldn't be such a struggle to
overturn the vetos of a president who has proven he is no friend of Jesus or children or
If we look through the haze of all the media spin and soundbites, we can
see what a smokescreen we're being fed by this administration's campaign on cigarettes.
While smoking is not good for our health, neither is too much alcohol, excessive eating,
nor all the rest of the faults we possess as finite humans. But it's a case of too many
obsessions with the body and none toward the soul. It's another example of our government
trying to dictate our lives. With so much anti-smoking ordinance passage,
we may not be able to find a cigarette but condoms will be plentiful. It
could eventually become a crime to smoke a Winston because it could harm
the body, but it's perfectly okay to have an abortion! Oh, what a tangled
web we weave! We seem to be so preoccupied with our bodies - from Jenny
Craig to liposuction to bulking up with Plex and Andro to vitamins ad nauseum that
we've forgotten what really counts. We've forgotten Jesus' words in
Matthew 16: 26 and Mark 8: 36, "For what does it profit a man, if he gain
the whole world, but suffer the loss of his own soul?" With all the
political rhetoric and poll twisting, it reminds this writer of what a wise
professor of logic once said, "When it comes to politicians, believe half
of what you hear and forget the half you heard!" That is truer than ever,
especially with this current regime. Being careful not to get into
politics, we quote the funny papers but it really is no joke. The comic
strip "B.C." by noted cartoonist Johnny Hart is often very spiritual, very
poignant. Hart really hit the nail on the head a few years ago with the
following lines in a series of eight boxes.
"The political practice of lying
That really says it all. Remember this was written two years ago before the lewd truths ever surfaced. But should we be surprised? Consider that over seven years ago the Hidden
Flower of the Immaculate Heart received a verbal message from Our Lady back
in the summer of 1991 when President George Bush was riding an 80% approval
rating, that if we didn't pray and see the signs, heed the CAUTION signs
and DANGER AHEAD warnings, we would elect in our country someone who would
become the engineer on a runaway train leading us toward the abyss of
perdition. We didn't and we did! Now we are stuck with a president who is
not only immoral, but also anti-Catholic in his actions and appointments.
is a sure sign of moral decay.
The only thing worse, is when folks
KNOW you're lying,
And don't give a lick, either way.
There are those who criticize those who lambast Clinton, but consider that Jesus
asks us to be charitable to Him first, the First Fruit of the Holy Spirit - Charity.
Afterall, it's not very charitable to allow unborn babies to be ripped from their mother's wombs;
it's not very charitable to promote a promiscuous lifestyle by encouraging prophylactics;
it's not very charitable to be shameful before the nation and scandalize our children;
it's not very charitable to lie and cheat for his own purposes at the expense of a
nation founded on the principles of God. In truth when it comes to principles the principal
of the United States has none! Consider the second part of Jonny Hart's words:
Alas, when their apathy
We've done just that and it's time to stop partying and start praying!
Reaches this level
It's but a mere bagatelle
to have voted to office "the father of lies"
And go partying straight into hell!"
Are we going to YIELD to this atmosphere, this false philosophy, or by
our prayers and convictions turn this country back to God? The choice is ours to
make: The EXIT from all this lies in the ENTRANCE to the straight, narrow and harrowing road.
It's the most difficult path we can take, but the only one. We must stay the course.
In the next installment we will examine the itinerary to traveling this road - Interstate 2000.