DAILY CATHOLIC - THURSDAY, April 23, 1998    volume 9, no. 79

WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?

Installment Sixty-Sixth

Wake-up Call to all Catholics the thirty-first clarion

installment sixty-six

One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic - part twenty-six: Pruning the Tree!

"I am the Vine, you are the branches."

John 15: 4
     Continuing our trend of thought on schisms within Holy Mother Church over the course of her existence, we can see that in every instance when one door shuts, God always opens another wider. Such was the case of the Protestant Reformation when thousands, through a combination of brain-wash by satan and corruption within the clergy, countless souls broke away from the True Church in Europe. At that same time in the new world - Mexico to be exact - the Blessed Mother of God appeared to Juan Diego, an Indian peasant to whom she presented the famous tilma of roses which to this day is still intact and hangs in a glass case above the altar at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe just outside Mexico City. Her appearance there, documented in our series THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS, resulted in millions of conversions to Catholicism and a strong footfold for the faith in the Americas. Through the centuries that faith grew, especially in South and Central America thanks to the dauntless efforts of the missionary orders of the Franciscans, Dominicans and Jesuits - orders that were formed in the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries respectively in addition to other religious congregations who gave everything they had to spread the holy faith in fulfillment of Christ's words in Matthew 28: 19, "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and behold, I am with you all days, even unto the consummation of the world."

     That last reassurance that Jesus will be with His Church always confirms why the Church has not faltered, remaining the only True Church through two millenniums for the line of Peter has not been broken in nearly 2000 years. No other Church can make that claim. Faiths that have branched out from the main tree of Catholicism since 33 A.D. may claim they have Jesus, but the question is: do they? As we covered in the last installment on the marks of the Church, the "Tree of Life" is rooted in Jesus Christ Who established His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church for all generations. The words of John 15: 4-6 bear this out. "As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me he shall be cast outside as the branch and wither; and they shall gather them up and cast them into the fire, and they shall burn." Those are Our Lord's words and they apply to those who have broken away from the "Tree of Life" and become those branches that cannot possibly exist if they are not connected totally to the "Tree of Life."

     Just as those breaking off in schism have fallen away and are withering, so also another schism is ready to erupt that threatens even a larger branch to fall from the Tree. That schism is being fostered by the liberal modernist movement within the Church just as Our Lady predicted at La Salette when she proclaimed "Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the antichrist" and to Saint John Bosco in his vision when he was told, "Though your difficulties remain, they will be resolved. If you find yourself in difficulty, do not stop but carry on until the hydra head of error is broken. This blow will cause earth and hell to tremble..." Our Lady further elaborated at Akita when she imparted to Sister Agnes that "The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against other bishops...the Church will be full of those who accept compromises..." The latter has been confirmed and accepted by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and he is alarmed, as should we be also. The only way for the enemies of the True Church to effect a full departure from Rome is to eliminate the man who stands in their way - Pope John Paul II the great pontiff who strives to preserve all that is holy in these unholiest of times. In the next installment we will delve into how other popes offset threats against Holy Mother Church and a few of the great saints God sent to defend her. In future installments we will continue to identify the causes and effects of the great schism that threatens Holy Mother Church as she nears the millennium and how we as lay warriors for the Two Hearts can best be equipped to thwart the all-out efforts of the enemy.

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