DAILY CATHOLIC for November 7-9

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vol, 8
no. 26

In the natural order of events, it’s very natural for the Supernatural!
           We’ve been running news stories this past week regarding the natural and unnatural disasters afflicting our finite world. Most seem unprecedented in the annals of history, recording record lows, record highs, record floods, record droughts, record typhoons, tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes…well, you get the picture. Those claiming these numbers in biblical proportions are not those who know full well God’s plan for these times, but rather scientists who can do nothing but scratch their head and blame it on either global warming or the latest catch-all culprit - El Nino.

       Ah, yes, poor El Nino, getting chastised for everything. How many realize the origins of this name? It comes from the Spanish term for the Christ Child and was attributed to this weather pattern the name chiefly because it occurs around Christmas time, the occasion of the birth of Jesus. Poor Jesus, first they crucified Him, now they’re calling Him names because of a "freak of nature" attributed to His name that is running havoc on the Pacific and the western hemisphere, not to mention the rest of the world. It seems so far fetched…and then again, it really isn’t - for the name is most appropriate in these last days before the dawn of the new Millennium. You see, these are all "acts of God," that disclaimer phrase that all travel and insurance agencies tack on to contracts. After all a contract is null and void if God intervenes in their mind.

        What if God the Father felt that way? We would have been extinguished long ago. The Old Testament chronicles how His people constantly violated their contract with Yahweh over the centuries. In New Testament times we’re no better, especially in this century where our culture has embraced all that is anathema to the Holy Trinity. We have turned our backs on God, opting for the temporal pleasures of earth. If someone turned their back on you and took all your property, giving credit to all but you…do you think you’d be a bit ticked?!? God isn’t like that, but He is equally Just as well as Merciful. His run of Mercy is just about running out. We’ve had more than enough chances to embrace His loving Divine Mercy. His gift to us through His Holy Church in the sacraments and truths, and His devotion to Divine Mercy He has bestowed on His people through His humble servant Blessed Sister Faustina Kowalska are just a few tangent examples of His Divine Mercy. The Font of Divine Mercy is flowing generously for all who wish to drink of the chalice of His Love. But the price to drink from this priceless stream of grace is to agree to the contract Jesus asked of us in Matthew 10: 38, "he who does not take up his cross and follow Me, is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake, will find it."

       Could it be that the world, in their haste to find their lives in the finite scenario of false values, are not willing to take up the cross? Could it be that they mock those who do take up the cross? If that is so, and we truly believe it is, then the syllogism is that they will lose their life…their eternal life! But God is so merciful that He’s giving everyone second, third…hundredth…millionth chance to reform and embrace the cross and His Will for mankind. Man, being the hardhead he is, needs to be conked on the noggin often and hard to wake up to the facts of eternal life. God has demonstrated this throughout the history of civilization. Ask Noah how much it hurt when the people derided him for building a ship on dry land. We all know who had the last laugh. But God isn’t laughing today, and to exhibit His seriousness He has sent gentle reminders and severe reminders. The gentle reminders are the visits of the Blessed Virgin Mary to countless visionaries and messengers on every continent, intensified in these latter days. The severe reminders are the earthquakes, floods, volcanic activity, droughts, tornadoes, typhoons, hurricanes and changing weather patterns all over the globe because the Cup of Jesus Precious Blood is overflowing and the Cup of Chastisement is at hand! We’ve broken our contract with God. Why shouldn’t we expect retaliation and repossession of all we own…if, ever, we could really claim ownership of anything? If society demands recompense for transgressions against the law - whether civil or criminal, how much more does the High Court of Heaven demand Justice?

        We call these "acts of God" natural disasters and it’s only natural that He would allow these in the face of the unnatural disasters, perpetuated by satan, which have enveloped the globe in a dark cloud, blacker than the farthest black hole of the constellation. The tumors of abortion, homosexuality, promiscuity, obscenity, pedophilia, greed, murder, wars, jealousy, theft, deceit, pride, and a false sense of security have, like a huge cancer, eaten away at the soul of mankind. The Light of the Son cannot penetrate this darkness. The only way to pierce the black hole and the thick hide of mankind is through natural disasters. Afterall, the real disasters are not natural disasters, but unnatural disasters for they produce supernatural disasters! Yes, the time for a world-wide shake-up is here. It may seem unnatural to call the latest weather pattern after Our Lord, but in the natural order of things, it’s very natural for the Supernatural!

Michael Cain, editor

November 7-9, 1997       volume 8, no. 26
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