I wonder if God Almighty shakes His head as He watches His Church divide, dissolve and lead His children far, far away from Him?
I wonder if God finds anything humorous about the proposed liturgical changes that are currently being implemented in the archdiocese of Los Angeles, and similar liturgical changes are being undertaken in countless dioceses around the globe.
I wonder if the saints and angels go and comfort God, hugging Him, telling Him that there are still a few who are praying, living the Gospel, worshipping Him, adoring Him, desiring to give Him their all as He taught them to do. I wonder if Our Blessed Mother holds her Divine Son in her arms as she once did on Earth, and whispers to Him that sheís visiting her children, telling them to beware these evils...but the hearts of Godís children are so closed, so cold, so uneducated, so afraid of offending mortal man, but not afraid of offending God in the least.
Cardinal Mahoneyís recent headline-making announcement concerning his program of liturgical change within the diocese over which he presides has certainly saddened my heart. I know God is sad. He allows me to feel some of His sadness.
Whatís really sad is that the vast majority of the Catholics in the LA Diocese are going to go along with what the Cardinal says because, after all, he is a Cardinal and the Holy Father must know what heís doing, and therefore, itís okay, even if they donít understand the changes and wish the good Cardinal would just leave well enough alone.
But, you see, Cardinal Mahoney hasnít checked with the Holy Father...even though the LA red hat is one of the chief officers of the American Synod underway in Rome right now. No! Heís set himself up as virtual pope of Los Angeles, and is telling everyone that before the end of the year 1998, its going to be done his way, or they will have no place to go and worship, thank you very much.
What type of nonsense is this? What blasphemy? For Cardinal Mahoney to tout his new liturgical reforms as necessary, is right on the brink of insanity, if it doesnít send one tumbling into the abyss right off the bat. To insist that everyone get on his bandwagon and do it his way, or they can forget being Catholic, much less Roman Catholic, is the trial before the Sanhedrin all over again. The names have changed. The style of dress has changed. Yes, the setting has changed. But the bottom line hasnít changed.
Jesus fulfilled the Old Law and gave to all His children a New Law. He didnít say that, in time, this New Law, would become outdated, old-fashioned, or need revision. Does God need to be revised? Does God change?
What on earth, or in Heaven for that matter, is the Cardinal thinking when he sends out a message that the priest is merely a presider, that the people are god, that all the traditions of the Church must be swept out of the sanctuary, because we need to involve everyone in a more personal way, even to the point of having the "Kiss of Peace" extend to an all-out get-together that might take fifteen minutes or more.
This Cardinal would like the entire assembly to gather around the altar during the Eucharistic prayer, to watch as the "presider" concludes the consecration with the great Amen, which should be shouted from the roof-tops in whatever form it takes to get the congregation whipped into a frenzy. How about a marching band, dear Cardinal? How about cheerleaders on the altar, with liturgically correct pompoms chanting the Amen, and the other prayers of the Mass, so that the faithful can give a rousing cheer...having their emotions so stoked that they couldnít hear God speak to them if God tried, which of course God does at each and every moment of our lives.
Why not tear down the churches? Why not turn them into entertainment arenas while heís at it? Youíd get a lot of bodies in there on a Saturday evening or Sunday morning, and, hey, why not put in Surround-sound and all the super technology we have in the movies today, which burst our ear drums? Why not have monitors, like they have in sports bars, a TV in every pew! Thereís the ticket. No more boredom. Go on, bring the kids. Theyíll have a ball! What a show itís going to be, folks, in Los Angeles, and how many other dioceses around the globe. No more praying from the heart! No more reverence for God. Hey, weíre god! We deserve to be entertained. Right? Sure, and if youíre going to get bodies in a church then you better compete with all the TV and Cable sports networks, compete with all the bawdy, tawdry, obscene junk that floats through the sound bites of our lives, because, come one, come all, the new American catholic church (please note, not the Roman Catholic Church), really knows how to put on a really good show.
So did the people of Christís time. They knew what they wanted. They didnít want Him. So, they put on a really good show to get rid of Him. They crucified Him, and the crowd went wild.
The crowd was whipped to a frenzy then, the crowd is being whipped into a frenzy of human emotions that are base today.
The end result...as Cardinal Mahoney so succinctly put it: Itís either the new liturgy, or nothing! Take it or leave it.
Thanks, but Iíll leave it.
I can hear Godís angels and saints weeping. I can hear His Mother crying. Oh, that we have made our Lord and God cry!
Maybe, if Cardinal Mahoney wouldnít mind, Iíll just find a priest whoís a true priest and ask if heíd say Mass, be it underground or in my home, or in the local storefront, and invite all the passers-by, as Jesus did in the Gospel of the Wedding Feast, when He sent His servants to bring in all the rabble off the streets.
I admit that Iím rabble, Iím chaff. Iíve sinned. I sin. I need God. I need His forgiveness and mercy, and I need Him in His sacramental Church.
If I want to have entertainment, Iíll turn on the TV set, or spend precious dollars for some other event, but I donít think Iím going to go to any church to have my fancy tickled, thank you.
What a sad, sad, time! Where will it all end? God knows; Our Lady has warned us. Perhaps the signs of the time are clear after all, only we donít want to look at them.
City of angles or city of the Angels? Heavenly angels, or fallen ones? Cardinal Mahoney has made his choice. Which is yours?
Beloved little one, many of my children refuse to believe my messages because they tell you that you are not right, that you are on the wrong road and you must hastily change direction. Why are they critical? Did not their own earthly mother point out their errors? Did she not do so firmly, even sternly? And did they not realize how deeply she loved them by her concern?
I am your Heavenly Mother, and my loving concern exceeds all you can imagine. You do not want to hear the truth. You prefer the easy, comfortable way of the world, which is blind to eternity.
I solemnly assure all my children that the time of the Antichrist has begun in earnest. You pray, but not from your hearts, and you are not sustained because your faith is weak! I am here among all my children in many places. My messages are all urgent, but you seek only finite consolations and thus refuse to recognize the desperate times which are upon you and which have been foretold by the prophets.
Satan has raised his army of demons and men-demons. He has worked tirelessly and now the great apostasy rises steadily to the surface. It shall be upon you more swiftly than the setting sun below the horizon. And you are not prepared!
You are deceived, and relish your deception because it "feels" secure and comfortable for you to do So. O! Blind, proud, stubborn children. The storm clouds have been gathering for years, but you see only the false sunshine and pleasant rainbows.
Why do you refuse my words and the graces God desires to give you? Without them you shall not persevere in the terrible darkness that shall strike the earth, the final struggle of satan against the all-good, all-powerful God.
Look to the sky for the sign of God's power. Look to your world for satan's sign. It is here and many are already marked with the sign of the beast. If you refuse to convert now it is this mark--the mark of the beast--which you shall bear and which shall be the sign by which you are judged.
Beloved children, listen to me, your true Mother. I have warned often of the false peace. It is being prepared and you applaud and praise it...the great mask of the evil one.
You approach the apex of a storm of horror never before realized upon earth. And where are you, my children? The churches are empty! The Blessed Sacrament is left alone and gravely neglected. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass has been reduced by many to a mockery of my Son's sacrifice, and so many of my priest-sons seek their own way, their own life and neglect their flocks. Where are my sons who will teach from the pulpit? Where are they who will absolve sin, and where are my children who so desperately need the Sacrament of Penance. With every passing day my Son's doctrine is distorted, diluted. New codes of morality now permit every base action, and there is hardly a murmur of protest among all the earth.
Many wear the garment of my Son's priesthood but they are wolves who devour. Many enter the church and offer sacrilegious worship to the Triune God. Laws are immoral and lay the way for the antichrist to establish his hellish reign.
Listen to me, my little ones. I remain among you as your guard, guide and protector. Enter beneath my Immaculate Mantle for I will prepare you as the faithful, triumphant remnant. I am the Mother of God. The New Ark. The gate to my Divine Son. I lead all to Jesus, my Son. He so loved me, that the Triune Majesty gave unto my Immaculate Heart the right and privilege to dispense all the graces and merits of my Son's passion. They are His merits and graces, but I intercede for all my children before Him.
As I gave Jesus unto the world nearly 2,000 years ago, so I prepare the world to receive Him again. This time, my little ones, He comes as just Judge.
Come to Merciful Love with humble, contrite hearts. He will embrace you and heal you and mark you with His sign.
Before this year draws to a close, you will see that the false peace which I have foretold will cover mankind with its thick veil of deceit.
Beware! It is the throne of the antichrist, the carpet upon which he walks. He strides without hindrance to his throne because you are a generation of little, feeble faith.
Awake, and come home to God! I bless you. I ask you to pray and sacrifice all earthly pleasures. I give you God's peace. Thank you for responding to my Call!
The world prepares to celebrate my birthday. Prayers and homage will arise and I shall humbly offer all to the Triune Divinity. O! If only my children would prepare and greet every day with this same fervor and commitment. But you so easily fall asleep and forget to be living prayers.
While you slumber or seek your ease in many ways, satan prepares his army. The abomination of desolation within the temple has been nearly completed. O! My poor blind children who possess weak, tepid faith and only token love of God. How long has this abomination been prepared! How easily you will be led astray because you have not kept your lamps lit.
Only lamps lit by absolute faith will survive the holocaust with which your world shall be punished. You cannot foresee these events because your whole created world (man-made world) is covered by satan's miasma and you languish in it.
The hour strikes but you ignore every Heavenly plea. You forget God exists, or you prefer to believe there is no devil, no hell! Ignorance of pride, stupidity of stubbornness. This is truly what you possess, nothing else. And it is a shaft of straw which will perish in the great chaos.
Beware satan's traps. The events unfolding in the world are from the deceiver, not from God. There is no peace! It is false, a trap of the evil one who howls in horrid laughter as he sees how easily you are led to perdition.
Give me your hearts. I will take them always to my Son. Give me everything, because you can possess nothing without God. The moment comes on eagle wings when all material possessions, all that is of and for the flesh will prove to be great yokes to drown you in the abyss of darkness. No money, no food, not one single possession shall help or comfort you. All of these my children, will be under satan's rule. Only God and the things of God shall sustain and nourish and provide light lest you perish in the hours of incredible darkness.
I bless you, my children. I give you God's peace. Pray without ceasing as I have asked. Thank you for responding to my Call!
No. 1282, 83 and 84, page 325 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: The Celebration of the Christian Mystery; Libreria Editrice Vaticana: Urbi Et Orbi Communications:
Since the earliest times, Baptism has been administered to children, for it is a grace and a gift of God that does not presuppose any human merit; children are baptized in the faith of the Church. Entry into Christian life gives access to true freedom.
With respect to children who have died without Baptism, the liturgy of the Church invites us to trust in God's mercy and to pray for their salvation.
In case of necessity, any person can baptize provided that he have the intention of doing that which the Church does and provided that he pours water on the candidate's head while saying: "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
Q. Is it wrong to defer the baptism of an infant?
A. It is wrong to defer the baptism of an infant, because we thereby expose the child to the danger of dying without the Sacrament.
Q. Why is the name of a saint given in Baptism?
A. The name of a saint is given in Baptism in order that the person baptized may imitate his virtues and have him for a protector as patron saint.
Q. Where will persons go who - such as infants - have not committed actual sin and who, through no fault of theirs, die without baptism?
A. Persons, such as infants, who have not committed actual sin and who, through no fault of theirs, die without baptism, cannot enter Heaven; but it is the common belief they will go to some place similar to Limbo, where they will be free from suffering, though deprived of the happiness of Heaven.
Q. Can a person who has not himself been baptized, and who does not even believe in the Sacrament of baptism give it validly to another in case of necessity?
A. A person who has not himself been baptized, and who does not even believe in the Sacrament of baptism, can give it validly to another in case of necessity, provided: (1) He has the use of reason; (2) Knows how to give baptism, and (3) Intends to do what the Church intends in giving of the Sacrament. Baptism is so necessary that God affords every opportunity for its reception.