But so many of us are weak and fail to persevere because the road ahead is too tough. We make up every excuse in the book and procrastinate in really putting our nose to the grindstone in getting out of those ruts. After awhile we become so embedded in the ruts that we give up. Why push on through the thorns toward Heaven's path when the road to Hell is paved with the roses of good intention? Only prayer and faith will pull us through that "dark night of the soul" and bring us into the Light of Jesus' Graces through the Sacraments. If we don't do it now, it will become that much more difficult as time winds down. The motor is running, but the fuel will last only so long and then sputter and conk out. The soul works the same way.
Grace is the substance that fuels the soul. When we are fully refueled, we can race with anybody. Call it a "spiritual drag race" if you will but we can be assured of one thing. There's fierce competition out there for souls. On one side is Jesus and His Blessed Mother Mary backed by the Heavenly Choir of Angels and all the Saints; on the other is lucifer, satan, beelzebub, whatever you want to call the devil - and all the other fallen angels composing the legion of horrific evil. The battle lines are drawn. There's no common ground. There's no compromise. It's a fight to the finish. Fortunately we know the ending, we've read the book...the Bible.
Though we can take comfort in knowing in the end Our Lady will crush the evil one's head with her heel and the Reign of the Sacred Heart will be upon us in a glorious new era, before this happens satan will launch one final all-out assault. Are we ready?
Yes, we're serious because the millennium is going to see an armageddon of sorts, whether it be the Apocalyptic Armageddon God alone knows. But for all of us, the time is now to gather about ourselves every grace and blessing of Almighty God and to thwart satan's hold upon Holy Mother Church, so that for ourselves and our families, and the generations to come, the True Presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, confected at every Holy Sacrifice of the Mass might remain intact Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity.
We have to buckle down and get back to the basics of prayer, fasting, sacrifice, penance, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and frequent reception of Confession and the Holy Eucharist. Without these essentials to the spiritual life, we might as well concede to those who would swiftly deal the Church a death blow, and hide this death blow under the guise of "socially" acceptable religious pablum, while annihilating the life of grace in our souls as we become pawns of satan.
If you've been away from the Church for a while, or lax in your duties as a Catholic, or picking and choosing what you think is okay despite what the Church and the Holy Father say, then you need to realize these pages are for you so that you'll once again regain trust in a wondrous and treasured faith that has been handed directly down by Jesus Christ Himself nearly 2000 years ago. The Church has not changed, only our perception that it has. We've changed...all of us; some for the better, others for the worst. But there is hope for all God's children and, as the loving Good Shepherd He is, He's calling all His sheep to follow Him.
As His humble servants and instruments, we at A CALL TO PEACE are here to help guide any of His lost sheep back into the true fold so that they will achieve true happiness and be with God forever in Heaven. Okay, it's not an easy journey. Nobody said it would be. But if we can be your guide in helping you out of those ruts and patiently help you step by step to see the True Light, then we shout a hearty "Deo Gratias" and "Te Deum" in thanksgiving for"one who was lost is now found" (Luke 15:24).
We stand on the edge of a new era in the Church, an era the Blessed Mother has spoken about for many years now all over the world. This new era can be, as God Wills it to be, the Reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. It can be a time of spiritual unity as foretold in the Scriptures, where there is but one flock and One Shepherd. It can be a time of spiritual unity with the Most Holy Trinity, the Garden of Eden, Heaven on Earth.
Or it can turn into the most hideous disaster since the Death of Our Lord on the Cross at the hands of dissidents. If we are not attuned to our faith, and we do not seek to have a lively faith, then the millennium could well hold out for us the instruments of our own demise as Catholics.
Those who seek to destroy Catholicism are only too eager to hand us whatever it will take to destroy the life of Grace in our souls, to darken our minds and our consciences into accepting whatever we're told because it "fits into the societal plans" of the day. We can be lax, or we can be "soldiers of Christ." The choice is ours, and the teachings of the Church, examples and advice of the saints, and the messages of the Mother of God would have us stand firm in our faith, grow daily in this faith, and learn above all to Love as her Divine Son loves us, and to have such absolute Trust in Him, that, as He taught Blessed Sister Faustina Kowalska in "Divine Mercy in my Soul", we might say daily,"My Jesus, I trust in You!"
In the fifth installment we will discuss in more detail the various threats that have already entered into the sanctuary of the Roman Catholic Church, as well as discussing where these "threats" might easily lead to Catholic "spiritual-suicide" in the next millennium if we are not prayerfully prepared and heed God's watchful warnings for all His sheep.