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FIVE MEANS TO “BE NOT AFRAID”

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ON THE MEMORIAL OF ST. JOHN PAUL II

Do not be afraid! Open wide the doors to Christ”!
—ST. JOHN PAUL II, Homily, Saint Peter’s Square 
October 22, 1978, No. 5

First published June 18th, 2019.

YES, I know John Paul II often said, “Be not afraid!” But as we see the Storm winds increasing around us and waves beginning to overwhelm the Barque of Peter… as freedom of religion and speech become fragile and the possibility of an antichrist remains on the horizon… as Marian prophecies are being fulfilled in real-time and the warnings of the popes go unheeded… as your own personal troubles, divisions and sorrows mount around you… how can one possibly not be afraid?”

The answer is that the holy courage St. John Paul II calls us to is not an emotion, but a divine gift. It is the fruit of faith. If you are afraid, it may be precisely because you have not yet fully opened the gift. So here are five ways for you to begin walking in holy courage in our times. (These five means are also “hidden” in a homily Pope Francis gave during the dark hours of Easter Vigil in April, 2013)…

I. LET JESUS IN!

The key to the words of John Paul II to “not be afraid” lies in the second part of his invitation: “Open wide the doors to Christ!”

The Apostle John wrote:

God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him… There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear… (1 John 4:18)

God is the love that drives out all fear. The more I open my heart to Him in childlike faith and “remain in love”, the more He enters, driving out the darkness of fear and giving me a holy confidence, boldness, and peace. [1]

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. (John 14:27)

The confidence comes from not knowing about Him as one would from a textbook, but knowing of Him as from a relationship. The problem is that many of us have not truly opened our hearts to God.

Sometimes even Catholics have lost or never had the chance to experience Christ personally: not Christ as a mere ‘paradigm’ or ‘value’, but as the living Lord, ‘the way, and the truth, and the life’.  —POPE JOHN PAUL II, L’Osservatore Romano (English Edition of the Vatican Newspaper), March 24, 1993, p.3

Or we keep Him at arms length for many reasons—from fear that He rejects me, or will not provide for me, or especially, that He will demand too much of me. But Jesus says that unless we become trusting like little children, we cannot have the kingdom of God, [2] we cannot know that Love, which drives out fear…

…Because he is found by those who do not test him, and manifests himself to those who do not disbelieve him. (Wisdom of Solomon 1:2)

Therefore, the first and foundational key to not being afraid is to let Love in! And this Love is a person.

Let us not close our hearts, let us not lose confidence, let us never give up: there are no situations which God cannot change… —POPE FRANCIS, Easter Vigil Homily, n. 1, March 30th, 2013; www.vatican.va

II. PRAYER OPENS THE DOOR

Thus, to “open wide the doors to Christ” means to enter into a real and living relationship with Him. Coming to Mass on Sunday is not the end per se, as if it were some kind of ticket to Heaven, rather, it is the beginning. In order to draw Love into our hearts, we must sincerely draw near to Him in “spirit and truth.” [3]

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. (James 4:8)

This drawing near to God “in spirit” is foremost called prayer. And prayer is a relationship.

…prayer is the living relationship of the children of God with their Father who is good beyond measure, with his Son Jesus Christ and with the Holy Spirit… Prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for him.  —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n.2565, 2560

Prayer, said St. Theresa of Avila, “is a close sharing between two friends. It means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who loves us.” It is precisely in prayer that we encounter Jesus, not as a distant deity, but as a living, loving Person.

Let the risen Jesus enter your life, welcome Him as a friend, with trust: He is life… —POPE FRANCIS, Easter Vigil Homily, March 30th, 2013; www.vatican.va

When we simply speak to God from the heart—that is prayer. And prayer is what draws the sap of the Holy Spirit from Christ, who is the Vine, into our hearts. It draws in Love who casts out all fear.

Prayer attends to the grace we need… —CCC, n.2010

The graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is—trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive. Souls that trust boundlessly are a great comfort to Me, because I pour all the treasures of My graces into them. I rejoice that they ask for much, because it is My desire to give much, very much. On the other hand, I am sad when souls ask for little, when they narrow their hearts. —Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, Divine Mercy in My Soul, n. 1578

So you see, God wants you to open wide your heart to Him. And this means a giving of yourself. Love is an exchange, an exchange of time, of words and trust. Love means becoming vulnerable—both you and God becoming vulernable to one another (and what is more vulnerable than hanging naked upon a Cross for one who may never love you in return?) Just as drawing near to a fire banishes cold, so too drawing near to Him in “prayer of the heart” expels fear. As you carve out time for supper, you must carve out time for prayer, for that spiritual food which alone nourishes, heals, and liberates the soul from fear. 

III. LEAVE IT BEHIND

There is good reason, though, why some people are afraid. It is because they deliberately sin against God. [4] They choose to rebel. That’s why St. John goes on to say:

…fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love. (1 John 4:18)

But you might say, “Well then, I guess I am doomed to be afraid because I am constantly stumbling.”

What I am speaking of here is not those venial sins that arise from human weakness and frailty, from imperfections and the like. These do not cut you off from God:

Venial sin does not break the covenant with God. With God’s grace it is humanly reparable. Venial sin does not deprive the sinner of sanctifying grace, friendship with God, charity, and consequently eternal happiness. —CCC, n1863

What I am speak of here is knowing that something is a serious sin, and yet deliberately committing it. Such a person naturally invites darkness into their hearts rather than Love. [5] Such a person is deliberately inviting fear into their hearts because “fear has to do with punishment.” Their conscience is disturbed, their passions are aroused, and they easily weary as they stumble in darkness. Therefore, in opening wide one’s heart to Jesus through prayer, one must first begin that prayer in the “truth that sets us free.” And the first truth is that of who I am—and who I am not.

…humility is the foundation of prayer… Asking forgiveness is the prerequisite for both the Eucharistic Liturgy and personal prayer. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2559, 2631

Yes, if you wish to live in the freedom of the sons and daughters of God, you must make a decision to turn away from all sin and unhealthy attachments:

Do not be so confident of forgiveness that you add sin upon sin. Do not say, His mercy is great; my many sins he will forgive. (Sirach 5:5-6)

But if you sincerely approach Him “in truth”, God is waiting with all His heart to forgive you:

O soul steeped in darkness, do not despair. All is not yet lost. Come and confide in your God, who is love and mercy… Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet… I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy. —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 1486, 699, 1146

If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing. (1 John 1:9)

Confession is the place designated by Christ Himself for one to be liberated from the power of sin.[6] It is the place where one draws near to God “in truth.” An exorcist said to me that “One good confession is more powerful than one hundred exorcisms.” There is no more powerful way to be delivered from a spirit of fear than in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.[7]

…there is no sin which He cannot forgive if only we open ourselves to him… If up till now you have kept him at a distance, step forward. He will receive you with open arms. —POPE FRANCIS, Easter Vigil Homily, March 30th, 2013; www.vatican.va

IV. ABANDONMENT

Many of us may do the above, and yet, we are still prone to having our peace disturbed, our interior security rattled. Why? Because we do not depend entirely upon the Father. We do not trust that, no matter what happens, it is His permissive will—and His will is “my food.” [8] We are happy and peaceful when everything is going well… but angry and disturbed when we encounter obstacles, contradictions, and disappointments. It is because we are not totally abandoned to Him, not yet dependent solely upon His designs, the way the birds of the air or the creatures of the forest are (Matt 6:26).

True, we can’t help but feel the sting of these “thorns”, [9] of these unexpected and unwanted sufferings—and that is human. But then we should imitate Jesus in His humanity when He abandoned Himself completely to Abba: [10] 

…take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done. (Luke 22:42)

Notice how after Jesus made this prayer in Gethsemane, an angel was sent to comfort Him. Then, as though human fear evaporated, Jesus stood up and delivered Himself to His persecutors who had come to arrest Him. The Father will send the same “angel” of strength and courage to those who abandon themselves totally to Him.

To accept the will of God, whether it is to our liking or not, is to be like a little child. Such a soul who walks in that kind of abandonment is no longer afraid, but he sees everything as being from God, and therefore good—even, or rather, especially, when it is the Cross. David wrote:

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105)

Following the “light” of God’s will casts away the darkness of fear:

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)

Indeed, Jesus promised that we would find “rest” in Him…

Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.

…but how?

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves. (Matt 11:28)

When we take the yoke of His will upon us, that’s when we find rest from the anxiety and fear that seeks to overwhelm us.

So don’t be afraid if God seems distant in your suffering, like He has forgotten you. He will never forget you. That is His promise (see Isaiah 49:15-16 and Matt 28:20). Rather, He sometimes hides Himself and His intentions in the painful disguise of His permissive will so as to reveal to us whether or not we actually trust Him and will wait for His timing and providence. When it came to feeding the five thousand, Jesus asks:

“Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” He said this to test [Philip], because he himself knew what he was going to do. (cf. John 6:1-15)

So, when everything seems to be collapsing around you, pray:

O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything! (from a powerful Novena of Abandonment)

…and surrender to your circumstances by returning to the duty of the moment. My spiritual director often says “Anger is sadness.” When we lose control, that’s when we feel sad, which manifests in anger, which then gives fear a place to dwell. 

If following Him seems difficult, don’t be afraid, trust Him, be confident that He is close to you, He is with you and He will give you the peace you are looking for and the strength to live as He would have you do. —POPE FRANCIS, Easter Vigil Homily, March 30th, 2013; www.vatican.va

V. LAUGH!

Lastly, fear is vanquished by joy! True joy is the fruit of the Spirit. When we live points I—IV above, then joy will be born naturally as a fruit of the Holy Spirit. You can’t fall in love with Jesus and not be joyful! [11]

While “positive thinking” is not enough to drive out fear, it is the proper attitude for a child of God, which then creates good soil for the seeds of holy courage to sprout. 

Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. The the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:7)

Thanksgiving “in all circumstances” [12] enables us to open wider our hearts to God, to avoid the pitfalls of bitterness and embrace the will of the Father. And this has not only spiritual but bodily repercussions.

In fascinating new research on the human brain, Dr. Caroline Leaf explains how our brains are not “fixed” as once thought. Rather, our thoughts can and do change us physically

As you think, you choose, and as you choose, you cause genetic expression to happen in your brain. This means you make proteins, and these proteins form your thoughts. Thoughts are real, physical things that occupy mental real estate. —Switch On Your Brain, Dr. Caroline Leaf, BakerBooks, p 32

Research, she notes, shows that 75 to 95 percent of mental, physical, and behavioral illness comes from one’s thought life. Thus, detoxifying one’s thoughts can have a dramatic impact on one’s health, even diminishing the effects of autism, dementia, and other diseases. 

We cannot control the events and circumstances of life, but we can control our reactions… You are free to make choices about how you focus your attention, and this affects how the chemicals and proteins and wiring of your brain change and functions.—cf. p. 33

Ex-satanist, Deboarah Lipsky in her book A Message of Hope [13] explains how negative thinking is like a beacon that draws evil spirits toward us, like rotting meat draws flies. So, for those who are pre-disposed to being grumpy, negative, and pessimistic—watch out! You are attracting darkness, and darkness drives out the light of joy, replacing it with bitterness and gloom.

Our daily problems and worries can wrap us up in ourselves, in sadness and bitterness… and that is where death is. That is not the place to look for the One who is alive! —POPE FRANCIS, Easter Vigil Homily, March 30th, 2013; www.vatican.va

Perhaps it will surprise some readers to know that my recent writings dealing with war, chastisement, and the Antichrist were written with Easter joy in my heart! To be joyful does not ignore reality, sorrow, and suffering; it does not play-act. In fact, it is the joy of Jesus that enables us to comfort the mourning, to liberate the prisoner, to pour balm on the wounds of the wounded, precisely because we carry to them authentic joy and hope, that of the Resurrection that lies beyond the crosses of our suffering.

Make conscious choices to be positive, to hold your tongue, to keep silent in suffering, and trust in Jesus. One of the best ways to do this is to cultivate a spirit of thanksgiving in all things—all things:

In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thess 5:18)

This too is what it means when Pope Francis says, “not to look among the dead for the Living One.” [14] That is, for the Christian, we find hope in the Cross, life in the Valley of Death, and light in the tomb through a faith that believes all things work to the good for those who love Him[15]

By living out these five means, which are fundamental to every authentic Christian spirituality, we can be assured that Love will conquer fear in our heart and the darkness descending upon our world. Moreover, you will be helping others by the light of your faith to begin looking for the Living One as well.Wss

ALL, WITH MARY

To all of the above I say, “add your mother.” The reason this isn’t the sixth way to “be not afraid” is because we ought to invite the Blessed Mother to accompany us in everything we do. She is our mother, given to us beneath the Cross in the person of St. John. I am struck by his action immediately after Jesus pronounced to him: “Behold, your mother.”

And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. (John 19:27)

We too, then, ought to take her into our home, into our hearts. Even the Reformationist, Martin Luther, understood this right:

Mary is the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of all of us even though it was Christ alone who reposed on her knees… If he is ours, we ought to be in his situation; there where he is, we ought also to be and all that he has ought to be ours, and his mother is also our mother. —Christmas Sermon, 1529

Mary doesn’t steal Christ’s thunder; she is the lightning that leads the way to Him! I cannot count the times that this Mother has been my comfort and solace, my help and strength, as any good mother is. The closer I am to Mary, the closer I come to Jesus. If she was good enough to raise Him, she’s good enough for me. 

Whoever you are that perceive yourself during this mortal existence to be rather drifting in treacherous waters, at the mercy of the winds and the waves, than walking on firm ground, turn not away your eyes from the splendor of this guiding star, unless thou wish to be submerged by the storm… Look at the star, call upon Mary… With her for guide, you shall not go astray, while invoking her, you shall never lose heart… if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal.  —St. Bernard Clairvaux, Homilia super Missus est, II, 17

Jesus, the Sacraments, prayer, abandonment, using your reason and will, and the Mother… in these ways can one find that place of freedom where all fear dissipates like fog before the morning sun. 

You shall not fear the terror of the night nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that roams in darkness, nor the plague that ravages at noon. Though a thousand fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, near you it shall not come. You need simply watch; the punishment of the wicked you will see. Because you have the Lord for your refuge and have made the Most High your stronghold… (Psalm 91-5-9)

Print this out. Keep it bookmarked. Refer to it in those moments of darkness. Jesus’ name is Emmanuel — “God is with us”.[16] Be not afraid!https://player.vimeo.com/video/120341950?color=ffffffhttps://www.youtube.com/embed/VJ7eF_cn8wM

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THE POPES AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER – PART II

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The primary cause of the sexual and cultural revolution is ideological. Our Lady of Fatima has said that Russia’s errors would spread all over the world. It was first done under a violent form, classical Marxism, by killing tens of millions. Now it’s being done mostly by cultural Marxism. There is continuity from Lenin’s sex revolution, through Gramsci and the Frankfurt school, to the current-day gay-rights and gender ideology. Classical Marxism pretended to redesign society through violent take-over of property. Now the revolution goes deeper; it pretends to redefine family, sex identity and human nature. This ideology calls itself progressive. But it is nothing else than
the ancient serpent’s offer, for man to take control, to replace God,
to arrange salvation here, in this world.

—Dr. Anca-Maria Cernea, speech at the Synod of the Family in Rome;
October 17th, 2015

First published December of 2019.

THE Catechism of the Catholic Church warns that the “final trial” that would shake the faith of many believers would constitute, in part, the Marxist ideas of arranging “salvation here, in this world” through the secular State.

The Antichrist’s deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond history through the eschatological judgment… especially the “intrinsically perverse” political form of a secular messianism. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 675-676

This trial is the Church’s own Passion “when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection.”[1] As the United Nations “sustainable development” goals take traction (many of them hiding these very Marxist ideas), and the Church increasingly appears to endorse them, it is not a lack of Romanita to wonder “what is going on?” The temptation though—and it is a dangerous one—is for Catholics to turn against the popes as if they are in fact allowing the gates of hell to prevail against the Church. Here’s another view.

Just as Jesus deliberately handed over His body to the authorities to be crucified, so too, the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ, must be handed over to follow her Lord through her own passion, death and resurrection. Is it not true that on the eve of His Passion, Christ dined with Judas, even dipping bread in the same bowl? So too, our popes in this last hour have engaged men who do not have the Church’s best interests in mind. This is to say that the popes are not Judas; rather, it is those who “make a pretense of religion but deny its power,” [2] those who “dialogue” with the Church but who ignore her message; those whose lips impart a “kiss” but whose hearts hold a hammer and nails.

Yes, there are unfaithful priests, bishops, and even cardinals who fail to observe chastity. But also, and this is also very grave, they fail to hold fast to doctrinal truth! They disorient the Christian faithful by their confusing and ambiguous language. They adulterate and falsify the Word of God, willing to twist and bend it to gain the world’s approval. They are the Judas Iscariots of our time. —Cardinal Robert Sarah, Catholic HeraldApril 5th, 2019

“But wait,” some of you are saying. “Isn’t Pope Francis using ‘confusing and ambiguous language’?” The answer is both yes and no. Those who wish to interpret this pontificate in black or white inevitably fail—fail to see how Christ is guiding His Church in these last moments of our era, even through popes who can and do make mistakes.

Christ does not fail His Church. Hell will never prevail.

SUSPICION WILL COME

At the turn of the 20th century, Pope St. Pius X set forth a beautiful and prophetic vision of the coming resurrection of the Church, the “restoration of all things in Christ” that will be accomplished within the boundaries of time. It will not only bring nations back into the fold of Christ but establish true justice and peace on earth for a time. Fourteen years later, Our Lady promised that it would be accomplished through her Immaculate Heart.

The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world—Our Lady of Fatima, The Message of Fatima, www.vatican.va

Yes, a miracle was promised at Fatima, the greatest miracle in the history of the world, second only to the Resurrection. And that miracle will be an era of peace which has never really been granted before to the world. —Mario Luigi Cardinal Ciappi, papal theologian for Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, and John Paul II, October 9th, 1994, The Apostolate’s Family Catechism, p. 35

However, St. Pius X admitted that some would become suspicious of the popes in their work of helping to bring this divine task to fulfillment:

Some will certainly be found who, measuring Divine things by human standards will seek to discover secret aims of Ours, distorting them to an earthly scope and to partisan designs. —E Supremin. 4

Perhaps no pope in recent times has come under such suspicion more than Pope Francis.

A NEW POPE, A NEW DIRECTION?

Like a prophet crying out in the digital desert, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio exhorted that…

The Church is called to come out of herself and to go to the peripheries not only in the geographic sense but also the existential peripheries: those of the mystery of sin, of pain, of injustice, of ignorance, of doing without religion, of thought and of all misery. —homily before the papal conclave, Salt and Light Magazine, p. 8, Issue 4, Special Edition, 2013

Days later, he would be named the 266th successor to St. Peter—and almost immediately signalled that it would not be business as usual. Shunning traditional papal living quarters and honors, driving in small cars and standing in line for dinner, deriding clericalism and the status quo, the Latin American Pope challenged the entire Church to simplicity and authenticity. In a word, he was trying to model the very “justice” the Gospels invoked.

But he went further. He ignored rubrics and washed the feet of women and Muslims on Holy Thursday; he appointed liberals to high positions; he warmly welcomed controversial figures into papal audiences and conferences; he embraced global religious leaders with aims at “human fraternity,” and he explicitly endorsed the UN’s climate change agenda.

Dear friends, time is running out! …A carbon pricing policy is essential if humanity wants to use the resources of creation wisely… the effects on the climate will be catastrophic if we exceed the 1.5ºC threshold outlined in the Paris Agreement goals. —POPE FRANCIS, June 14th, 2019; Brietbart.com

Now we had a pope personally endorsing a UN document that surreptitiously included those other troublesome targets:

Parties should, when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on human rights, the right to health… as well as gender equality, empowerment of women... —Paris Agreement, 2015

Goal number 5 of the UN’s Agenda 2030 is to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.” This goal includes the following target which, as explained in Part I, is a euphemism for abortion and contraception:

Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights… —Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, n. 5.6

The Pope’s efforts at interreligious dialogue were no less controversial. He signed a declaration alongside a Muslim Iman which states that “the diversity of religions, color, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom…”[3] Since color, sex, and race are implicitly willed by God, some thought the Pope was saying that God actively willed many religions instead of the one Church Christ established, and was, therefore, contradicting his predecessor.

…they thereby teach the great error of this age—that a regard for religion should be held as an indifferent matter, and that all religions are alike. This manner of reasoning is calculated to bring about the ruin of all forms of religion… —POPE LEO XIII, Humanum Genus,. n. 16

While the Pope did correct this understanding when Bishop Athanasius Schneider met him in person, saying it was God’s “permissive” will that many religions exist,[4] the controversial statement remains as is on the Vatican’s website. In fact, that declaration has progressed to another level, with Francis’ cooperation, whereby to promote its tenets of “human fraternity,” an “Abrahamic Family House” will be built in the United Arab Emirates.

A church, a synagogue and a mosque will share the same foundation… the project will represent a new typology of world architecture. “There has never been a building which houses the three faiths in one form.” Vatican NewsSeptember 21st, 2019

All this was followed days later by a controversial gathering in the Vatican Gardens to mark the opening of the Amazon Synod. As the Pope looked on, an indigenous group formed a “sacred circle” and bowed prostrate to wooden effigies and a mound of dirt, thus sparking an uproar from Catholics all over the globe.

PAPAL PERPLEXITIES

A priest and martyr of the Nazi holocaust once said:

At some future date the honest historian will have some bitter things to say about the contribution of the Churches to the creation of the mass mind, of collectivism, dictatorships and so on. —Fr. Alfred Delp, SJ, Prison Writings (Orbis Books), pp. xxxi-xxxii; Fr. Delp was executed for resisting the Nazi regime.

Is Pope Francis helping to bring all things into a “restoration in Christ,” or has he at times departed from the divine narrative?

On Interreligious Dialogue

Again,

Popes have made and make mistakes and this is no surprise. Infallibility is reserved ex cathedra [“from the seat” of Peter, that is, proclamations of dogma based on Sacred Tradition]. No popes in the history of the Church have ever made ex cathedra errors. —Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, theologian and patristics expert

When meeting with Muslims at the Vatican, Pope John Paul II was presented a copy of the Quran. While it is usual for pontiffs to receive gifts, what happened next shocked many Christians: he kissed it—a book that contains some grave incompatibilities with Christianity. Like the “Pachamama scandal” in the Vatican Gardens, the optics were terrible.

And then there was the World Day of Prayer for Peace held in 1986 in Assisi, convened by Pope John Paul II to gather religious leaders. The question was how men of different religions, even perhaps different gods, could join together in prayer? Cardinal Ratzinger apparently opted not to attend the event, later stating:

…there are undeniable dangers and it is indisputable that the Assisi meetings, especially in 1986, were misinterpreted by many people. —Clerical WhispersJanuary 9th, 2011

The purpose of the meeting was not to merge various faiths in a kind of religious indifferentism (as some claimed) but to promote peace and dialogue in a world marred by two World Wars and increasing genocides—often in the name of “religion.” But dialogue to what end? Pope Francis answers that question:

Interreligious dialogue is a necessary condition for peace in the world, and so it is a duty for Christians as well as other religious communities. This dialogue is in first place a conversation about human existence or simply, as the bishops of India have put it, a matter of “being open to them, sharing their joys and sorrows”. In this way we learn to accept others and their different ways of living, thinking and speaking… True openness involves remaining steadfast in one’s deepest convictions, clear and joyful in one’s own identity, while at the same time being “open to understanding those of the other party” and “knowing that dialogue can enrich each side”. What is not helpful is a diplomatic openness which says “yes” to everything in order to avoid problems, for this would be a way of deceiving others and denying them the good which we have been given to share generously with others. Evangelization and interreligious dialogue, far from being opposed, mutually support and nourish one another. —Evangelii Gaudium, n . 251, vatican.va

Consider Jesus’ meeting with the Samaritan woman at the well. He didn’t launch into a proclamation that He was the Savior of the world but rather met her, first, on the level of basic human need.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (John 4:7)

Thus began “dialogue.” Still, Jesus did not reveal His identity—yet—but explored with her a deeper basic human need: a thirst for the divine, for the meaning of life, for the transcendent.

Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” (John 4:10)

It was in this truth, this “common ground,” that Jesus was able to finally propose the “living water” for which she thirsted, and even stir her to repentance.

“…whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.” (John 4:14-15)

In this account, we have a compressed image of what authentic “interreligious dialogue” looks like.

The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions. She regards with sincere reverence those ways of conduct and of life, those precepts and teachings which, though differing in many aspects from the ones she holds and sets forth, nonetheless often reflect a ray of that Truth which enlightens all men. Indeed, she proclaims, and ever must proclaim Christ “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6), in whom men may find the fullness of religious life, in whom God has reconciled all things to Himself. —Second Vatican Council, Nostra Aetate, n. 2

Indeed, on the last day of that interfaith gathering in Assisi, St. John Paul II identified who the “living water” is:

I profess here anew my conviction, shared by all Christians, that in Jesus Christ, as Saviour of all, true peace is to be found, “peace to those who are far off and peace to those who are near”… I humbly repeat here my own conviction: peace bears the name of Jesus Christ. —Address of John Paul II to the Representatives of the Christian Churches and Ecclesial Communities and of the World Religions, Basilica of St. Francis, October 27th, 1986

Is this also Pope Francis’ aim with the interreligious initiatives he has undertaken? We must assume that is the case, even if it often appears as if the dialogue has gone no further yet than “Give me a drink.” The day after appearing in an interfaith video in which Pope Francis said “we are all children of God,” he proclaimed at the Angelus:

…the Church “desires that all the peoples of the earth be able to meet Jesus, to experience His merciful love… [the Church] wishes to indicate respectfully, to every man and woman of this world, the Child that was born for the salvation of all.” —Angelus, January 6th, 2016; Zenit.org

At the same time, we cannot pretend that the Pope has not left confusing perceptions. Regarding the event in the Vatican Gardens, Cardinal Müller, former head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, made the following sober assessment:

This whole sad story will give support to many aggressive, anti-Catholic sects in South America and elsewhere who in their polemics maintain that Catholics are idol worshipers and that the Pope who they obey is the Antichrist. Hundreds of thousands of Catholics in the Amazon area and wherever the videos of this Roman spectacle have been seen will leave the Church in protest. Did anyone think about these consequences or did they just assume this was collateral damage? —Cardinal Müller, interview with Die Tagestpost, November 15th, 2019

Exaggeration? History will judge, not only this Pope, but all the popes in the last half-century as to whether the Gospel has been better served or obscured through these interreligious ceremonies. To be certain, Francis does not believe in pantheism or animism. In his own words:

Saint John of the Cross taught that all the goodness present in the realities and experiences of this world “is present in God eminently and infinitely, or more properly, in each of these sublime realities is God”. This is not because the finite things of this world are really divine, but because the mystic experiences the intimate connection between God and all beings, and thus feels that “all things are God”. —Laudato si’, n. 234

Alas, the first pope is case-in-point of how the pontiffs, in an attempt to “be all things to all people,” can sometimes cross the line. Peter had caved into the pressure of the “circumcised” when he began to withdraw from eating with the Gentiles. St. Paul “opposed him to his face” stating that Peter and his group…

…were not on the right road in line with the truth of the gospel… (Galatians 2:14)

On the Environment

A major theme of this pontificate is the environment, and rightly so. The damage man is doing to the earth, and thus himself, is grave (see The Great Poisoning). But Francis is not on an island in sounding this alarm. St. John Paul II addressed the profound ecological crisis of our times in similar language:

Indeed, the increasing devastation of the world of nature is apparent to all. It results from the behaviour of people who show a callous disregard for the hidden, yet perceivable requirements of the order and harmony which govern nature itself… While in some cases the damage already done may well be irreversible, in many other cases it can still be halted. It is necessary, however, that the entire human community—individuals, States and international bodies—take seriously the responsibility that is theirs. —January 1st, 1990, World Day of Peace; vatican.va

In fact, in that speech, he embraced the prevalent science of his day that the “gradual depletion of the ozone layer and the related ‘greenhouse effect’ has now reached crisis proportions.” Like Pope Francis, John Paul II was relying on his advisors such as the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. As it turns out, the opening and closing of a “hole” in the ozone layer is “a seasonal phenomenon that forms during Antarctica’s spring.”[5] In other words, the panic was overblown.

The new crisis today is “global warming.” But again, it’s not just Francis who has been led to believe that there is an imminent climate catastrophe.

Preservation of the environment, promotion of sustainable development and particular attention to climate change are matters of grave concern for the entire human family. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Letter to His Holiness Bartholomaios I Archbishop of Constantinople Ecumenical Patriarch, Sept. 1, 2007

Here, Benedict is using the UN’s lingo, as has Francis. While these words have come to mean something often nefarious for many of the globalists who use them, such as “sustaining the population” (ie. population control),[6] “sustainable development” in itself is not incompatible with Catholicism. As the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church states:

The close link that exists between the development of the poorest countries, demographic changes and a sustainable use of the environment must not become a pretext for political and economic choices that are at variance with the dignity of the human person. —n. 483, vatican.va

Thus, Benedict provides a pertinent warning regarding the dangers lurking beneath this ecological movement:

Humanity today is rightly concerned about the ecological balance of tomorrow. It is important for assessments in this regard to be carried out prudently, in dialogue with experts and people of wisdom, uninhibited by ideological pressure to draw hasty conclusions, and above all with the aim of reaching agreement on a model of sustainable development capable of ensuring the well-being of all while respecting environmental balances. —Message on World Day of Peace, January 1st, 2008; vatican.va

Once again, history will judge whether Francis has been “hasty” in backing “global warming” science. 

On the Economy

Francis—citing his predecessors—also calls for a global authority.

…for all this, there is urgent need of a true world political authority, as my predecessor Blessed John XXIII indicated some years ago. —Laudato si’, n. 175; cf. Caritas in Veritatesn. 67

And like his predecessors, Pope Francis rejects the idea of a “global super-State” calling again for the principle of “subsidiarity” that assures the autonomy of every level of society from the “the family” to international authorities.

Let us keep in mind the principle of subsidiarity, which grants freedom to develop the capabilities present at every level of society, while also demanding a greater sense of responsibility for the common good from those who wield greater power. Today, it is the case that some economic sectors exercise more power than states themselves. —Laudato si’, n. 196

Pope Francis has spared no criticism of these “economic sectors,” invoking near-apocalyptic language himself.

A new tyranny is thus born, invisible and often virtual, which unilaterally and relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules. Debt and the accumulation of interest also make it difficult for countries to realize the potential of their own economies and keep citizens from enjoying their real purchasing power… In this system, which tends to devour everything which stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenceless before the interests of a deified market, which become the only rule. Evangelii Gaudium, n. 56

Western commentators, particularly some Americans, have railed against the Pope claiming he is a Marxist, especially when he bluntly stated that “an unfettered pursuit of money” is the “dung of the devil.”[7] Marxist? No. Francis was echoing Catholic social doctrine that is neither “capitalist” nor “communist” but rather in favor of economies that make the dignity and welfare of the person their animating principle. Once again, his predecessors said the very same thing:

…if by “capitalism” is meant a system in which freedom in the economic sector is not circumscribed within a strong juridical framework which places it at the service of human freedom in its totality, and which sees it as a particular aspect of that freedom, the core of which is ethical and religious, then the reply is certainly negative. —ST. JOHN PAUL II, Centesiumus Annusn. 42; Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, n. 335

Francis was unequivocal against this calumnious charge that he is a Marxist:

Marxist ideology is wrong… [but] trickle-down economics… expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power… [these theories] assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and social inclusiveness in the world. The promise was that when the glass was full, it would overflow, benefitting the poor. But what happens instead, is that when the glass is full, it magically gets bigger nothing ever comes out for the poor. This was the only reference to a specific theory. I was not, I repeat, speaking from a technical point of view but according to the Church’s social doctrine. This does not mean being a Marxist. —POPE FRANCIS, December 14th, 2013, interview with La Stampa; religion.blogs.cnn.com

But then, as we read in The New Paganism – Part IIIthere is a destructive backlash rising, a revolutionary spirit against the free market system and the unjust redistribution of wealth; it is a revolution initially taking the form of Socialism (which is no less scatological).

This revolt is spiritual at root. It is the revolt of Satan against the gift of grace. Fundamentally, I believe that Western man refuses to be saved by God’s mercy. He refuses to receive salvation, wanting to build it for himself. The “fundamental values” promoted by the UN are based on a rejection of God that I compare with the rich young man in the Gospel. God has looked upon the West and has loved it because it has done wonderful things. He invited it to go further, but the West turned back. It preferred the kind of riches that it owed only to itself.  —Cardinal Sarah, Catholic HeraldApril 5th, 2019

Again, history will judge the Pope as to whether his support of the United Nations’ goals is not itself a “naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power.”

All that said, from what we’ve stated above, this pontificate is not a radical departure from its predecessors.

PROPHETIC… OR IMPRUDENT?

As a spiritual family, though, perhaps it’s time to ask some serious questions. Is the Church’s mission being accomplished, or is it being obscured through “dialogue” fixated on the temporal? Are we helping to “restore all things in Christ,” or is the Church becoming too political in aligning with institutions like the United Nations? Are we building good faith, or trusting too much in the goodwill of a secular global political authority? Are we relying upon God’s wisdom and power, or too much upon practical solutions to bring about His future plan for “justice and peace”?[8] Those are sincere questions.

But here is a sincere answer. In a moment of prescience, perhaps anticipating the birth of the United Nations some 42 years later, Piux X said:

There are many, We are well aware, who, in their yearning for peace, that is for the tranquillity of order, band themselves into societies and parties, which they style parties of order. [But it is] Hope and labor lost. For there is but one party of order capable of restoring peace in the midst of all this turmoil, and that is the party of God. It is this party, therefore, that we must advance, and to it attract as many as possible, if we are really urged by the love of peace. —E SupremiEncyclical, n. 7

No matter how much we exert ourselves in the public sphere, interact with governments or establish fraternal relations with other religions, we will never bring the Kingdom of God on earth, he said, “except by means of Jesus Christ.”[9] Our Lord himself said to St. Faustina,

Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy. —Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 300

God loves all men and women on earth and gives them the hope of a new era, an era of peace. His love, fully revealed in the Incarnate Son, is the foundation of universal peace. When welcomed in the depths of the human heart, this love reconciles people with God and with themselves, renews human relationships and stirs that desire for brotherhood capable of banishing the temptation of violence and war.  —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Message of Pope John Paul II for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace, January 1, 2000

All our missionary activity must ultimately be directed toward reconciling others with the Father through Jesus Christ Our Lord. [10] Isn’t this task more urgent than ever?

This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel. It is the time to preach it from the rooftops. —POPE SAINT JOHN PAUL II, Homily, Cherry Creek State Park Homily, Denver, Colorado, August 15th, 1993; vatican.va

Otherwise, we risk falling into idolatry, that is, adultery with the spirit of the world. There is a prophecy from St. Anthony of the Desert worth visiting, particularly as the Church is appearing more and more as a spokesman for the United Nations’ “sustainable development” goals:

Men will surrender to the spirit of the age. They will say that if they had lived in our day, Faith would be simple and easy. But in their day, they will say, things are complex; the Church must be brought up to date and made meaningful to the day’s problems. When the Church and the world are one, then those days are at hand because our Divine Master placed a barrier between His things and the things of the world. —catholicprophecy.org

It’s interesting that the theme of how “complex” situations are in the family today, and how “complex” are the solutions… frequently appears in Amoris Laetitia—a papal document that has created more disagreement than any since Humanae Vitae (this time, for being too liberal rather than too conservative).

St. Nilus lived around 400 A.D and allegedly foretold with stunning accuracy what would occur around the time the United Nations would be formed (1945):

After the year 1900, toward the middle of the 20th century, the people of that time will become unrecognizable. When the time for the Advent of the Antichrist approaches, people’s minds will grow cloudy from carnal passions, and dishonor and lawlessness will grow stronger. Then the world will become unrecognizable. People’s appearances will change, and it will be impossible to distinguish men from women due to their shamelessness in dress and style of hair… There will be no respect for parents and elders, love will disappear, and Christian pastors, bishops, and priests will become vain men, completely failing to distinguish the right-hand way from the left. At that time the morals and traditions of Christians and of the Church will change… —(This would refer, not to Sacred Tradition, but perhaps the disciplines of the church or longstanding practices such as the form of the Mass, celibacy, and pastoral norms.) The whole prophecy can be read here.

LOYALTY vs FAITHFULNESS

Such prophecies are intended to prepare us for battle—but we better make sure we’re in the right fight. Using these prophetic words to attack the papacy is a deception; they speak of the Church as a whole, and may or may not include the Pope. If they do, the proper attitude is the one stated wisely by Cardinal Robert Sarah.

We must help the Pope. We must stand with him just as we would stand with our own father. —Cardinal Sarah, May 16th, 2016, Letters from the Journal of Robert Moynihan

We can help the popes in five ways: 1) by our prayer; 2) by being a voice of clarity when theirs isn’t; 3) by avoiding rash judgments toward them; 4) by interpreting their words favourably and according to Tradition; 5) and by fraternal correction when they are mistaken (which is primarily the role of fellow bishops). Otherwise, Cardinal Sarah offers a warning:

The truth is that the Church is represented on earth by the Vicar of Christ, that is by the pope. And whoever is against the pope is, ipso facto, outside the Church. —Cardinal Robert Sarah, Corriere della Sera, October 7th, 2019; americamagazine.org

Those who are rattled by Francis, and have thus begun seeking ways to invalidate his papal election, ought to listen to one of the more outspoken critics of Pope Francis’ pastoral approach:

I’ve had people present to me all kinds of arguments calling into question the election of Pope Francis. But I name him every time I offer the Holy Mass, I call him Pope Francis, it’s not an empty speech on my part. I believe that he is the pope. And I try to say that consistently to people, because you’re correct — according to my perception also, people are getting more and more extreme in their response to what’s going on in the Church. —Cardinal Raymond Burke, interview with The New York TimesNovember 9th, 2019

Loyalty to a pope who is off the mark is not unfaithfulness to Christ; it is the opposite. It is part of that “striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.” [11] Such loyalty reveals the depth of our faith in Jesus: whether we trust that He is still building His Church, even when popes wander.

For even if a pope steers the Barque of Peter in the wrong direction,
it will go nowhere so long as the wind of the Holy Spirit does not fill its sails.

In other words, “all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” [12] And what could possibly be God’s purpose at this hour?

…there is the need for the Passion of the Church, which naturally reflects itself on the person of the Pope, but the Pope is in the Church and therefore what is announced is the suffering for the Church… —POPE BENEDICT XVI, interview with reporters on his flight to Portugal; translated from Italian, Corriere della Sera, May 11, 2010

Even when our popes say and do confusing things, it is never a reason to abandon ship. As St. John Chrysostom reminds us:

The Church is thy hope, the Church is thy salvation, the Church is thy refuge. —Hom. de capto Euthropio, n. 6.

That, and as Msgr. Ronald Knox (1888-1957) once said, “Perhaps it would be a good thing if every Christian, certainly if every priest, could dream once in his life that he were pope—and wake from that nightmare in a sweat of agony.”

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THE POPES AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER

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THE conclusion of the series on The New Paganism is a rather sobering one. A false environmentalism, ultimately organized and promoted by the United Nations, is leading the world down the path toward an increasingly godless “new world order.” So why, you might be asking, is Pope Francis supporting the UN? Why have other popes echoed their goals? Shouldn’t the Church have nothing to do with this rapidly emerging globalization?

EMERGING VISIONS

Actually, Jesus was a “globalist.” He prayed that the nations would…

…hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd. (John 10:16)

Pope Leo XIII stated that this, too, was the goal of St. Peter’s successors—a goal aimed at not only the Christian but the civil order:

We have attempted and persistently carried out during a long pontificate towards two chief ends: in the first place, towards the restoration, both in rulers and peoples, of the principles of the Christian life in civil and domestic society, since there is no true life for men except from Christ; and, secondly, to promote the reunion of those who have fallen away from the Catholic Church either by heresy or by schism, since it is most undoubtedly the will of Christ that all should be united in one flock under one Shepherd. —Divinum Illud Munus, n. 10

The first speech that St. Pius X gave from the throne of St. Peter was a prophetic heralding of the imminence of this “restoration” by declaring that which precedes it—the Antichrist or “Son of Perdition” whom he said, “may be already in the world.” Widespread violence had made “it seem as though strife were universal” and thus:

The desire for peace is certainly harbored in every breast, and there is no one who does not ardently invoke it. But to want peace without God is an absurdity, seeing that where God is absent thence too justice flies, and when justice is taken away it is vain to cherish the hope of peace. “Peace is the work of justice” (Is. 22:17). —E SupremiOctober 4th, 1903

And thus St. Pius X had brought the phrases “justice and peace” or “peace and development” into the 20th century. This cry for divine restoration became that much more urgent in his successor when, a decade later, the first World War broke out.

“And they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd”… May God… shortly bring to fulfillment His prophecy by transforming this consoling vision of the future into a present reality… The Pope, no matter who he shall be, will always repeat the words: “I think thoughts of peace not of affliction” (Jeremiah 29:11), thoughts of a true peace which is founded on justice and which permit him truthfully to say: “Justice and Peace have kissed.” (Psalms 84:11) …When it does arrive, it will turn out to be a solemn hour, one big with consequences not only for the restoration of the Kingdom of Christ, but for the pacification of Italy and the world as well. We pray most fervently, and ask others likewise to pray for this much-desired pacification of society… —POPE PIUS XI, Ubi Arcani dei Consilioi “On the Peace of Christ in his Kingdom”, December 23, 1922

Tragically, World War II ensued leaving nations divided, mistrustful, and in hot pursuit of more lethal weapons of destruction. It was on the immediate heels of that global catastrophe that the United Nations was born in 1945 with aims of forming “international cooperation in solving economic, social, cultural, and humanitarian problems around the world.” [1] It was presided over by President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin. All three were Freemasons.

Now, to all appearances at least, it was not only the Church but another “universal” organization working toward “world peace.”

Paul VI clearly understood that the social question had become worldwide and he grasped the interconnection between the impetus towards the unification of humanity, and the Christian ideal of a single family of peoples in solidarity and fraternity. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Caritas in Veritate, n. 13

DIVERGING VISIONS

Entire nations had collided, not only through war, but mass communication. Print, radio, the cinema, television… and eventually the Internet, would shrink the vast world into a “global village” within a matter of decades. Suddenly, nations on opposite ends of the planet found themselves as neighbours, or perhaps, new enemies.

After all this scientific and technical progress, and even because of it, the problem remains: how to build up a new order of society based on a more balanced human relationship between political communities on a national and international level? —POPE ST. JOHN XXIII, Mater et Magistra, Encyclical Letter, n. 212

It was a question the Church almost seemed unprepared for.

The principal new feature has been the explosion of worldwide interdependence, commonly known as globalization. Paul VI had partially foreseen it, but the ferocious pace at which it has evolved could not have been anticipated. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Caritas in Veritate, n. 33

Still, he observed, “As society becomes ever more globalized, it makes us neighbours but does not make us brothers.”[2] Globalization was inevitable, but not necessarily evil.

Globalization, a priori, is neither good nor bad. It will be what people make of it. —POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II, Address to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, April 27th, 2001

By the time St. John Paul II had ascended Peter’s throne, the United Nations was firmly established as a global arbiter, mainly through peace-keeping missions. But with new global awareness of violations of human dignity taking place on our television screens, the notion of universal “human rights” quickly evolved. And here is where the vision of “justice and peace,” as understood by the United Nations versus that of the Church, began to diverge.

Most notably was the UN’s demand that member nations recognize the “universal right to reproductive health.” This was a euphemism for the “right” to abortion and contraception. St. John Paul II (and faithful Catholics involved with the UN) vigorously opposed this. He lamented the derisible contradiction that, the very process which led to the idea of “human rights,” was now being trampled upon “especially at the more significant moments of existence: the moment of birth and the moment of death.” The future Saint issued a prophetic warning to world leaders:

This is what is happening also at the level of politics and government: the original and inalienable right to life is questioned or denied on the basis of a parliamentary vote or the will of one part of the people—even if it is the majority. This is the sinister result of a relativism which reigns unopposed: the “right” ceases to be such, because it is no longer firmly founded on the inviolable dignity of the person, but is made subject to the will of the stronger part. In this way democracy, contradicting its own principles, effectively moves towards a form of totalitarianism. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Evangelium Vitae, n. 18, 20

Still, “reproductive health care” was not the United Nations’ only goal. They also aimed to end poverty and hunger and promote universal access to water, sanitation and reliable energy. Without question, these are goals that converge with the Church’s own mission to minister to Christ in the “least of the brethren.” [3] The question here, though, is not so much one of praxis but underlying philosophy. Put more succinctly, “even Satan masquerades as an angel of light.” [4] While still a cardinal, Benedict XVI targeted this fundamental concern over the United Nations’ progressive agenda.

…efforts to build the future have been made by attempts that draw more or less profoundly from the source of liberal tradition. Under the title New World Order, these efforts take on a configuration; they increasingly relate to the U.N. and its international conferences… that transparently reveal a philosophy of the new man and of the new world… —Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (POPE BENEDICT XVI), The Gospel: Confronting World Disorder, by Msgr. Michel Schooyans, 1997

Indeed, can such contrary goals coexist? How can one promote the right of a child to a clean cup of water while at the same time promoting the right to destroy that child before it emerges from the womb?

UNITED HUMANITY VS. GLOBAL FAMILY

The Magisterium’s answer has been to promote the good they see in the UN while carefully denouncing the evil. I suppose that’s what Mother Church does with each of us as individuals, encouraging and exhorting us in the good, but calling us to repentance and conversion where we are not. Still, John Paul II was not naive to the potential for large scale evil as the United Nations’ influence grew.

Is this not the time for all to work together for a new constitutional organization of the human family, truly capable of ensuring peace and harmony between peoples, as well as their integral development? But let there be no misunderstanding. This does not mean writing the constitution of a global super-State. —Message for the World Day of Peace, 2003; vatican.va

Hence, many Catholics and Evangelical Christians were alarmed when Pope Benedict seemed to promote the very idea of a “global super-State.” Here’s what he said in his encyclical letter:

In the face of the unrelenting growth of global interdependence, there is a strongly felt need, even in the midst of a global recession, for a reform of the United Nations Organization, and likewise of economic institutions and international finance, so that the concept of the family of nations can acquire real teeth. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Caritas in Veritate, n.67

Benedict was calling for no such thing, of course, rather a “reform” of the present-day United Nations so that the “family of nations” can actually function between each other in true justice and peace. No structure, however small (be it the family) or large (a community of nations) can function together without a moral consensus that at the same time holds its members accountable. That’s just common sense.

Also significant (and prophetic) was Benedict’s call for the reform of the entire global economic framework (which is largely controlled by Freemasons and their international bankers). Clearly, Benedict knew which teeth were harmful and which weren’t. While recognizing how globalization had the potential for continuing to help underdeveloped countries, he cautioned in apocalyptic language (see Capitalism and the Beast and The New Beast Rising):

…without the guidance of charity in truth, this global force could cause unprecedented damage and create new divisions within the human family… humanity runs new risks of enslavement and manipulation. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Caritas in Veritate, n.33, 26

And again,

The Book of Revelation includes among the great sins of Babylon – the symbol of the world’s great irreligious cities – the fact that it trades with bodies and souls and treats them as commodities (cf. Rev 18:13)… —POPE BENEDICT XVI, On the occasion of Christmas Greetings, December 20th, 2010; http://www.vatican.va/

More importantly, Benedict was not promoting the idea of an overarching international body interfering in regional issues but rather the Catholic social doctrine of “subsidiarity”: that every level of society should be responsible for that which it can be.

In order not to produce a dangerous universal power of a tyrannical nature, the governance of globalization must be marked by subsidiarity, articulated into several layers and involving different levels that can work together. Globalization certainly requires authority, insofar as it poses the problem of a global common good that needs to be pursued. This authority, however, must be organized in a subsidiary and stratified way, if it is not to infringe upon freedom... —Caritas in Veritate, n.57

Thus, the popes had consistently affirmed that at the center of this new organization of society must be the dignity and inherent rights of the human person. Hence, it is charity, not control, at the heart of the Catholic vision of “global unity” and thus God himself, because “God is love.”

A humanism which excludes God is an inhuman humanism. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Caritas in Veritate, n. 78

If the popes till then seemed cautious and irresolute toward the UN’s objectives, what about their successor, Pope Francis?

TO BE CONTINUED… read Part II.

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THE GREAT RESET

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For some reason I think you are weary.
I know I am frightened and weary too.
For the face of the Prince of Darkness
is becoming clearer and clearer to me.
It seems he does not care any more to remain
“the great anonymous one,” the “incognito,” the “everyone.”
He seems to have come into his own and
shows himself in all his tragic reality.
So few believe in his existence that he does not
need to hide himself anymore!

Compassionate Fire, The Letters of Thomas Merton and Catherine de Hueck Doherty,
March 17th, 1962, Ave Maria Press (2009), p. 60

IT is clear to me and many of you, my fellow sojourners, that the plans of Satan are no longer hidden—or one could say, they are “hidden in plain sight.” It is precisely because everything has become so obvious that many do not believe the warnings that have been sounding, most especially, from Our Blessed Mamma. As I noted in Our 1942, when the German soldiers entered the streets of Hungary, they were polite and smiled from time to time, even offering chocolates. No one believed Moishe the Beadle’s warnings of what was coming. Likewise, many do not believe that the smiling faces of global leaders may have another agenda beyond protecting aged seniors in the nursing home: that of completely overturning the present order of things—what they themselves call “The Great Reset”—essentially a Global Revolution.

USING CRISIS

Perhaps the first sign that the coronavirus would become an instrument of revolution is when globalists began merging “climate change” and “COVID-19” as though the two were related. They absolutely aren’t—until you start listening to the architects of this Global Revolution. Their modus operandi has always been to foment revolution out of crisis:

In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself. —Alexander King & Bertrand Schneider (from The Club of Rome), The First Global Revolution, p. 75, 1993

Hence, says former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, :

A great revolution is waiting for us. The crisis doesn’t only make us free to imagine other models, another future, another world. It obliges us to do so. —September 14th, 2009; unnwo.org; cf. The Guardian

This is the crisis of my lifetime. Even before the pandemic hit, I realized that we were in a revolutionary moment where what would be impossible or even inconceivable in normal times had become not only possible, but probably absolutely necessary… we must find a way to cooperate on fighting climate change and the novel coronavirus. —George Soros, May 13th, 2020; independent.co.uk.

In a pre-recorded message for “Climate Week”, Prince Charles, invoking the United Nations’ “sustainable development” lingo (which I explained in The New Paganism is nothing but UN-speak for global Communism) stated:

Without swift and immediate action, at an unprecedented pace and scale, we will miss the window of opportunity to ‘reset’ for… a more sustainable and inclusive future. In other words, the global pandemic is a wake-up call we cannot ignore… With the urgency that now exists around avoiding irreversible damage to our planet, we must put ourselves on what can only be described as a war footing. —dailymail.com, September 20th, 2020

Suddenly, the so-called “pandemic” is no longer about saving lives so much as restructuring the global economy—and these unelected globalists are in a bloody hurry to carry it out.

And so this is a big moment. And the World Economic Forum… is going to have to really play a front and center role in defining “Reset” in a way that nobody misinterprets it: as just taking us back to where we were… —John Kerry, former United States Secretary of State; The Great Reset Podcast, “Redesigning Social Contracts in Crisis”, June 2020

THE “NEW NORMAL”

“Things are most likely never going ‘back to normal’,” writes CNN’s international security editor, Nick Paton Walsh. “It’s not coming back. And, psychologists will tell you, that’s only bad if you can’t come to terms with it.”[1]

Yes, it’s very bad for you to resist this Global Reset, at least according to the foremost propaganda machine on the planet.

Hence, all the social-distancing, masks, plexiglass, lockdowns etc. are not about getting us back to normal but creating a “new normal.” And those involved in this plan are openly saying as much—as though on cue—using virtually the same language.

So, I think this is a time for a ‘Great Reset’… this is a time for a reset to fix a bunch of challenges, first among them the climate crisis. —Al Gore, American politician and environmentalist who served as the 45th vice president of the United States; June 25th, 2020; foxbusiness.com

…after all we have been through it isn’t enough just to go back to normal… to think that life can go on as it was before the plague; and it will not. Because history teaches us that events of this magnitude—wars, famines, plagues; events that affect the vast bulk of humanity, as this virus has—they do not just come and go. They are more often than not the trigger for an acceleration of social and economic change… —Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Conservative Party speech, October 6th, 2020; conservatives.com

What is most crucial in these analyses is that there is no mention of the fundamental and root problem of society’s ills: the rejection of God and His moral law. The idea that we can “reset” the planet without returning to God, without ending the “culture of death”, is a deception of apocalyptic proportions.

Many of us are pondering when things will return to normal. The short response is: never. Nothing will ever return to the ‘broken’ sense of normalcy that prevailed prior to the crisis because the coronavirus pandemic marks a fundamental inflection point in our global trajectory. —Founder of the World Economic Forum, Professor Klaus Schwab; co-author of Covid-19: The Great Reset; cnbc.com, July 13th, 2020

The obvious question is what trajectory? Who set the trajectory? How will they carry it out? And when did we vote on this “new normal” or elect those carrying it out?

THE TRAJECTORY: COMMUNISM

The “what” is a new form of global Communism merging capitalism and socialism (see Capitalism and the Beast). The “who” are the Masonic powers controlling economics, medicine, agriculture and technology. I’ve expounded on this most especially in my series The New Paganism where we see how the language of “sustainable development”, Green politics, and the UN’s “sustainable goals” are nothing but sophistries for what Our Lady of Fatima warned was going to spread to the ends of the earth, “the errors of Russia”: Marxism, socialism, atheism, relativism, modernism, scientism, etc. The “how” is explained in The Pandemic of Control through wielding the threat of future participation in society depending on one’s health “status” — and whether or not you’ve been vaccinated.

…activities, like schools… mass gatherings… until you’re widely vaccinated, those may not come back at all. —Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; interview with CBS This Morning; April 2nd, 2020; lifesitenews.com

Finally, “when” did we democratically vote for this global programme? We didn’t—neither for The Great Reset nor the individuals carrying it out. Rather, as several popes have pointed out, “secret societies” or anonymous powers have been working behind the scenes for centuries as global financiers and “philanthropists”, waiting for the right moment to coalesce their satanic gnosticism (ie. plan) that the Prince of Darkness has longed to carry out.

We think of the great powers of the present day, of the anonymous financial interests which turn men into slaves, which are no longer human things, but are an anonymous power which men serve, by which men are tormented and even slaughtered. They [i.e., anonymous financial interests] are a destructive power, a power that menaces the world. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Reflection after the reading of the office for the Third Hour this morning in the Synod Aula, Vatican City, October 11, 2010

But make no mistake: these unelected men and women have only been able to bring about their nefarious agenda at this hour because of The Great Vaccum created by the absence of holy men and women and lack of godly Church leadership.[2]

In our time more than ever before the greatest asset of the evilly disposed is the cowardice and weakness of good men, and all the vigor of Satan’s reign is due to the easygoing weakness of Catholics. Oh, if I might ask the Divine Redeemer, as the prophet Zachary did in spirit, ‘What are these wounds in Your hands?’ the answer would not be doubtful. ‘With these I was wounded in the house of those who loved Me. I was wounded by my friends who did nothing to defend Me and who, on every occasion, made themselves the accomplices of My adversaries.’ This reproach can be leveled at the weak and timid Catholics of all countries. —Publication of the Decree of the Heroic Virtues of St. Joan of Arc, etc., December 13th, 1908; vatican.va

The Church is always called upon to do what God asked of Abraham, which is to see to it that there are enough righteous men to repress evil and destruction. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Light of the World, p. 166, A Conversation With Peter Seewald (Ignatius Press)

To repress “the beast” — that is, global Communism, which was the philosophy hatched by the Freemasons during the Enlightenment period long before Karl Marx penned his Manifesto. This goal was reiterated again last April by Freemason Sir Henry Kissinger in one of the most explicit statements I’ve read to date of what the “new normal” must now be. Those who read The Coming Collapse of America will recall that the United States would be used to spread the Enlightenment to other nations—until America, as we know it, is no longer needed:

The reality is the world will never be the same after the coronavirus. To argue now about the past only makes it harder to do what has to be done… Addressing the necessities of the moment must ultimately be coupled with a global collaborative vision and program…We need to develop new techniques and technologies for infection control and commensurate vaccines across large populations [and] safeguard the principles of the liberal world order. The founding legend of modern government is a walled city protected by powerful rulers… Enlightenment thinkers reframed this concept, arguing that the purpose of the legitimate state is to provide for the fundamental needs of the people: security, order, economic well-being, and justice. Individuals cannot secure these things on their own… The world’s democracies need to defend and sustain their Enlightenment values… The Washington Post, April 3rd, 2020

INTRINSICALLY PERVERSE

The message of Kissinger and his companions should alarm every Christian on the planet, especially those with a Catechism. For what we are hearing from their lips is nothing other than the kind of psuedo-messianism that precedes and accompanies the Antichrist.

The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in the place of God and his Messiah who has come in the flesh. The Antichrist’s deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope that can only be realized beyond history through the eschatological judgment. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism, especially the “intrinsically perverse” political form of a secular messianism. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 675-676

Canadian speaker, artist and author, Michael D. O’Brien, has been warning for decades of the totalitarianism we rapidly see unfolding before us:

Gazing about at the contemporary world, even our “democratic” world, could we not say that we are living in the midst of precisely this spirit of secular messianism? And is this spirit not manifested especially in its political form, which the Catechism calls in the strongest language, “intrinsically perverse”? How many people in our times now believe that the triumph of good over evil in the world will be achieved through social revolution or social evolution? How many have succumbed to the belief that man will save himself when sufficient knowledge and energy are applied to the human condition? I would suggest that this intrinsic perversity now dominates the entire Western world. —talk at St. Patrick’s basilica in Ottawa, Canada, September 20th, 2005

THE GREAT RESET

The language being invoked has been long in the planning as much as the mechanisms by which to bring this “Great Reset” about. For example, when I read the Rockefeller Foundation’s 2010 document “Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development“, it was clear that this was not a scenario but a plan, as described in the section titled “Lock Step: A world of tighter top-down government control and more authoritarian leadership, with limited innovation and growing citizen pushback”:

During the pandemic, national leaders around the world flexed their authority and imposed airtight rules and restrictions, from the mandatory wearing of face masks to body-temperature checks at the entries to communal spaces like train stations and supermarkets. Even after the pandemic faded, this more authoritarian control and oversight of citizens and their activities stuck and even intensified. In order to protect themselves from the spread of increasingly global problems—from pandemics and transnational terrorism to environmental crises and rising poverty—leaders around the world took a firmer grip on power. —pg. 19, “Scenarios…”

Those who want to understand the Rockefeller family’s role in Nazi, Germany, their dominion over pharmaceuticals, medicinal practice, agriculture and population control should read The Pandemic of ControlWhat was penned in their ten year old document is now our present reality as several countries go into a second lockdown. I truly hope that readers catch the diabolical irony in all of this. The very families on the forefront of funding population control through abortion, euthanization, birth control, etc. are now declaring that the most important thing is to save lives by obedience to the health authorities? On the contrary, what is happening is the destruction of life and livelihoods on a massive scale, as irresponsible and reckless lockdowns indeed foment the “necessity” of a “Great Reset”, what the World Economic Forum is also calling a “Fourth Industrial Revolution”…

…a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society. January 14th, 2016; weforum.org

Here again, the words of St. John penned some 2000 years ago seem remarkably accurate for this hour as this agenda steamrolls ahead:

Who can compare with the beast or who can fight against it? (Rev 13:4)

Yes, who can resist this revolution that we are all being corralled into through technology? Who can resist the technocrats who are increasingly demanding “mandatory vaccines”? Who can resist the move to a cashless society where buying and selling will be tied to a digital Health ID? Who can resist the contradictory, unscientific, and mandatory measures, such as lockdowns, that are rapidly destroying the foundations of modern civilization and freedom?

This is a terrible, ghastly global catastrophe, actually. And so we really do appeal to all world leaders: Stop using lockdown as your primary control method, develop better systems for doing it, work together and learn from each other, but remember—lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer. —David Nabarro, World Health Organization’s special envoy on COVID-19; October 8th, 2020; epochtimes.com

Yes, in the name of saving lives, the insane measures being taken against a virus that has a 99.5% or higher recovery rate for those under 69[3] is killing people in far, far greater numbers. The UN World Food Programme stated that an additional 130 million people could be “pushed to the brink of starvation” by the end of 2020 “due to the pandemic.”[4] This is what happens when you shutdown the economy, destroying supply chains, jobs, and investments. That’s the point of The Great Reset: to tear it all down and rebuild it in the image of these global messianists.

In his essay on Globalization and the New World Order, Michael O’Brien warns:

It is in the nature of secular messianists to believe that if mankind will not cooperate, then mankind must be forced to cooperate—for its own good, of course… The new messianists, in seeking to transform mankind into a collective being disconnected from his Creator, will unknowingly bring about the destruction of the greater portion of mankind. They will unleash unprecedented horrors: famines, plagues, wars, and ultimately Divine Justice. In the beginning they will use coercion to further reduce population, and then if that fails they will use force. —Michael D. O’Brien, Globalization and the New World Order, March 17th, 2009

Yes, back in 2012 when I wrote The Great Cullingthat was the warning. But clearly, all of this “chaos” seems to be leading to one end: to bring about a global leader to pull the world out of its mess. But this, too, is apparently part of the Great Reset plan:

If no one power can enforce order, our world will suffer from a “global order deficit.” —Professor Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, Covid-19: The Great Reset, pg. 104

IT’S A PARALLEL DECEPTION

Perhaps the most important thing to understand is how powerful this deception is—how tempting it will be to acquiesce to The Great Reset. The reason is that the “trajectory” of these globalists is to create a new order that mimicks the Kingdom of Christ, yet, devoid of the “truth that sets us free.”[5] As such, it cannot establish true “justice and peace” but is merely a piece of justice. That’s what Socialism/Communism is—a failed human attempt to recreate divine justice. On the other hand, the coming Era of Peace is also a “great reset” of sorts, but is based on the Gospel and charity, not control.[6] In 2015, I wrote about this coming Parallel Deception. Consider all that’s taken place in both the Church and the world since I penned those words starting with this Scripture:

All the inhabitants of the earth will worship [the beast]… (Rev 13:8)

They will worship the “beast” precisely because it looks more like an “angel of light”. This Beast will save a world self-destructing in revolution by bringing about a new economic system to replace failed capitalism, by forming a new global family of regions to abolish the divisions caused by “national sovereignty,” by having a new command of nature and ecology in order to save the environment, and dazzling the world with technological wonders that promise new horizons for human development. It promises to be a “new age” when humanity will reach a “higher consciousness” with the cosmos as part of the “universal energy” that governs all things. It will be a “new age” when man grasps the ancient lie that he can be “like gods.”[7]

When our founders declared a “new order of the ages”… they were acting on an ancient hope that is meant to be fulfilled. —President George Bush Jr., speech on Inauguration Day, January 20th, 2005

The Great Reset, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the New World Order—they all mean the same thing. And what they are ultimately leading to is the reset of man himself so that he may become “like god.” This is exactly what the Antichrist personifies!

…[he] who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. (2 Thessalonians 2:4)

This anthropogenic revolution will be accomplished by merging biology and technology, making man himself part of the “Internet of Things” (which is why 5G technology is so important to this revolution). In the words of the founder of the UN’s World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab, this Great Reset will change “what it means to be human”:

One of the features of this Fourth Industrial Revolution is that it doesn’t change what we are doing but it changes us… all things will be smart and connected to the internet. —Professor Klaus Schwab, “Your Guide to The Great Reset”, James Corbett; 30:02 mark; and 38:02 mark: youtube.com

In one of the most prophetic documents issued by the Vatican, this transhumanist vision of man was summarized as such:

The New Age which is dawning will be peopled by perfect, androgynous beings who are totally in command of the cosmic laws of nature. In this scenario, Christianity has to be eliminated and give way to a global religion and a new world order.  —Jesus Christ, The Bearer of the Water of Life, n. 4, Pontifical Councils for Culture and Inter-religious Dialogue

If this sounds far-fetched, if it sounds crazy, that’s because, yes, it is. So was building the Tower of Babel. But make no mistake: The Great Reset isn’t coming; it’s already here.

Progress and science have given us the power to dominate the forces of nature, to manipulate the elements, to reproduce living things, almost to the point of manufacturing humans themselves. In this situation, praying to God appears outmoded, pointless, because we can build and create whatever we want. We don’t realise we are reliving the same experience as Babel.  —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Pentecost Homily, May 27th, 2102

Maybe I’m being too reserved to say all this is “hiding” in plain sight; it’s really not hiding at all. England, for instance, invoking obviously random standards, recently announced that gatherings can be no more than 6 people, 6 feet apart, for the next 6 months.[8] Microsoft’s recent patent to merge bodily activity data with cryptocurrency ends in the numbers 060606A1.[9] A House resolution in Illnois to allow the government to track citizen’s movements was named H.R. 6666.[10] Sure, I think we can make too much of these things, read too much into them. On the other hand, it’s almost as if the devil is openly mocking the Church as his diabolical cruiseship temporarily overtakes a listing Barque of Peter.[11]

But this raises the question, then: where is the moral voice of the Pope, the leader of Christendom? What is he saying to the Church and the world at this hour?

That next in Part II…

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Psalm from Mid-Morning Prayer

Friday 16 October 2020

Friday of week 28 in Ordinary Time

Mid-Morning Prayer (Terce)

Psalm 118(119): 161-168
Meditating the word of the Lord in the Law

“You must do what the word tells you, and not just listen to it” (James 1:22)

The lovers of your law have great peace, O Lord.

Though princes oppress me without cause
I stand in awe of your word.
I take delight in your promise
like one who finds a treasure.

Lies I hate and detest
but your law is my love.
Seven times a day I praise you
for your just decrees.

The lovers of your law have great peace;
they never stumble.
I await your saving help, O Lord,
I fulfil your commands.

My soul obeys your will
and loves it dearly.
I obey your precepts and your will;
all that I do is before you.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

The lovers of your law have great peace, O Lord.

Psalm-prayer

There is great peace, Lord, for those who love your law; they never stumble. Grant that those who love you above all else may be undisturbed by thoughts of evil.


Psalm 132 (133)
The pleasure of brotherly unity

“Let us love one another since love comes from God” (1 Jn 4:7).

The whole group of believers was united in heart and in soul.

How good and how pleasant it is,
when brothers live in unity!

It is like precious oil upon the head
running down upon the beard,
running down upon Aaron’s beard,
upon the collar of his robes.

It is like the dew of Hermon which falls
on the heights of Sion.
For there the Lord gives his blessing,
life for ever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

The whole group of believers was united in heart and in soul.

Psalm-prayer

Pour out over your Church, Lord, the spirit of brotherly love and a longing for your peace. May this precious oil of the Holy Spirit flow over us to fill us with your gracious benediction.

Or:

Lord God, holy Trinity and indivisible Unity, you have poured into our hearts the Spirit of your love. May we have one heart and one will, so that we may be true members of the body of Jesus Christ, united together as he has commanded us.


Psalm 139 (140)
You are my refuge

“The Son of Man is to be betrayed into the hands of sinners” (Mt 26:45).

Guard me from the hands of the wicked, O Lord, my mighty help.

Rescue me, Lord, from evil men;
from the violent keep me safe,
from those who plan evil in their hearts
and stir up strife every day;
who sharpen their tongue like an adder’s,
with the poison of viper on their lips.

Lord, guard me from the hands of the wicked;
from the violent keep me safe;
they plan to make me stumble.
The proud have hidden a trap,
have spread out lines in a net,
set snares across my path.

I have said to the Lord: ‘You are my God.’
Lord, hear the cry of my appeal!
Lord my God, my mighty help,
you shield my head in the battle.
Do not grant the wicked their desire
nor let their plots succeed.

I know the Lord will avenge the poor,
that he will do justice for the needy.
Yes, the just will praise your name:
the upright shall live in your presence.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Guard me from the hands of the wicked, O Lord, my mighty help.

Psalm-prayer

Lord, you keep constant guard over your faithful people. Protect us from hidden snares and make us holy, that we may praise and bless your name and live in righteousness before you.

Or:

You defend the needy, Lord God, and you avenge the poor. You handed your Son over to sinners and permitted his crucifixion by violent men. In this way the death of the Just One made the unjust holy. Cleanse us by his Passion, and restore us to the resurrected life, that we may dwell in your sight with the angels and saints.


Short Reading
Romans 12:17,19-20,21

Never repay evil with evil. As scripture says: Vengeance is mine – I will pay them back, says the Lord. But there is more: If your enemy is hungry, you should give him food, and if he is thirsty, let him drink. Resist evil and conquer it with good.


℣. The love of the Lord is everlasting.
℟. His justice is for those who keep his commandments.


Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ,
at this third hour you were led to the cross
to suffer the penalty of death for the salvation of mankind:
in your mercy grant us pardon for our past offences
and by your power preserve us from future falls.
You live and reign for ever and ever.
Amen.


Let us praise the Lord.
– Thanks be to God.

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Thought for the day…

Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe that you are present here as I turn to you in prayer. I trust and have confidence in your desire to give me every grace I need to receive today. Thank you for your love, thank you for your immense generosity toward me. I give you my life and my love in return.

Petition: Lord Jesus Christ, help me to follow your example and set a good example for others.

  1. History Will Teach Us Something: Israel’s response to God’s love, as seen in the Old Testament, is pocked and pitted with infidelity, abuse, and ingratitude. At times the people outright reject God and whomever he sends to guide them back to his loving care. These falls from God’s grace are instructive for us today. We see the grandeur of what God did for the people of Israel and marvel at it. We should be aghast at how a people who received so much could respond so little. But more than this, we need to use this history of Israel as a mirror in which to regard our own lives: to recognize the same patterns of failure and lack of fidelity in our own lives and use this self-reflection to inspire us to return to the Lord. If we fail to admit our weaknesses and failures, however, we will be like the Pharisees to whom Christ spoke, who brought the blood of the prophets upon their own heads because of their stubbornness and hardness of heart.
  2. History Repeats Itself: On one occasion Christ warns the disciples that if this is the way he is treated, they should expect no less themselves (cf. John 15:20). Do we honestly expect not to have to face some difficulty as disciples of the Lord? Of course not. But what if that difficulty comes from within? This is from where the most serious menaces to our discipleship come. Our pride, our vanity, our love of comfort: these are the battlegrounds and the martyrs’ fields where first and foremost we need to suffer for being a disciple of the Lord. The prophets and martyrs who suffered for their zeal for the Lord did so even up to the cost of their lives. He might not need us to lay our lives on the line in quite the same way, but an interior sacrifice is what Christ does ask of everyone whom he calls.
  3. Stoppage Time: One of the key moments in Edith Stein’s conversion happened when she went into a Catholic Church to see what it was like, and as she sat there in silence, an older woman came in to spend a few moments with Christ in the Eucharist. She had groceries in her hand and was obviously on her way home to prepare dinner. For young Edith, still struggling with belief in God, it was an example of just how grounded in day-to-day reality the Catholic faith is. There is little chance that woman ever knew the importance her example played in helping form this future saint and patroness of Europe, but the woman’s authentic faith was just what Edith needed to see. Our living witness is critical for those around us, whether or not we ever see or hear of the consequence. We can serve as an occasion of grace, or we can be a stumbling block on the path that delays someone from arriving at the place God wants to lead them.

Conversation with Christ: Lord, I know that I am an integral part in your plan to save souls. You have the confidence to use me as a channel of your grace for those around me, particularly those closest to me. I offer you my life today. Use me as a channel of grace and a testimony to your love.

Resolution: I will offer to God today the sacrifice necessary to change something in my behavior that might be an obstacle for someone else coming to know Christ better.

Mark Mallett

NEARER TO JESUS

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THERE are three “now words” that have been in the forefront of my mind this week. The first is that word which came to me when Benedict XVI resigned:

You are now entering into dangerous and confusing times.

The Lord repeated this powerful warning over and over again for at least two weeks—that was before most anyone had heard the name Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio. But after he was elected as Benedict’s successor, the papacy became a maelstrom of controversy that is exponentially increasing by the day, thus fulfilling not only that word, but one given to the American seer Jennifer regarding the transition from Benedict to the next leader:

This is the hour of great transition. With the coming of the new leader of My Church will come forth great change, change that will weed out those who have chosen the path of darkness; those who choose to alter the true teachings of My Church. —Jesus to Jennifer, April 22, 2005, wordsfromjesus.com

The divisions manifesting at this hour are heart-breaking and multiplying at a furious rate.

My people, this time of confusion will only multiply. When the signs begin to come forth like boxcars, know that the confusion will only multiply with it. Pray! Pray dear children. Prayer is what will keep you strong and will allow you the grace to defend the truth and persevere in these times of trials and sufferings. —Jesus to Jennifer, November 3rd, 2005

Which brings me to a second “now word” from around 2006 being fulfilled in real-time. That a “Great Storm like a hurricane is going to pass over the world” and that “the closer you get to the “eye of the Storm” the more fierce, chaotic and blinding the winds of change will become.” The warning in my heart was to be careful in trying to stare down these winds (ie. spending vast amounts of time following all the controversies, news, etc.)… “which will lead to disorientation.” There are literally evil spirits working behind this confusion, the headlines, the photos, the propaganda that is passed as “news” on the mainstream media. Without the proper spiritual protection and grounding, one can easily become disoriented.

Which brings me to the third “now word.” A few years ago, I was taking a quiet walk when out of the blue I was given a deep and powerful “word”: no one will pass through this Storm except by grace alone. That even if Noah had been an Olympic swimmer, he would not have survived the flood unless he was in the ark. So, too, all our skills, resourcefulness, cleverness, self-confidence, etc. will not be enough in this present Storm. We must also be in the Ark, which Jesus himself stated is Our Lady:

My Mother is Noah’s Ark… —Jesus to Elizabeth Kindelmann, The Flame of Love, p. 109; Imprimatur from Archbishop Charles Chaput

My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God. —Our Lady of Fatima, June 13, 1917, The Revelation of the Two Hearts in Modern Times, www.ewtn.com

Since Our Lady’s purpose is to draw us nearer to her Son, ultimately, our refuge is the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the font of saving grace.

THE STRONG DELUSION

A priest asked me recently why it is necessary to speak of the “end times.” The answer is because these times are not just a set of certain trials but most especially certain dangers. Our Lord warned that in the last times even the elect may be deceived.[1] And St. Paul taught that, ultimately, those who reject the truth will be subject to a great deception in order to sift them:

Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false,that all who have not believed the truth but have approved wrongdoing may be condemned. (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12)

Yes, this is what drives me on: the salvation of souls (as opposed to some crazed obsession with the apocalypse). I confess that I am filled with a certain astonishment as I watch daily how evil is taken for good and good for evil; how multitudes accept as truth that which is obviously a lie; and how…

Vast sectors of society are confused about what is right and what is wrong, and are at the mercy of those with the power to “create” opinion and impose it on others. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Cherry Creek State Park Homily, Denver, Colorado, 1993

Hence, I agree with Msgr. Charles Pope:

Where are we now in an eschatological sense? It is arguable that we are in the midst of the rebellion and that in fact a strong delusion has come upon many, many people. It is this delusion and rebellion that foreshadows what will happen next: and the man of lawlessness will be revealed. —“Are These the Outer Bands of a Coming Judgment?”, November 11th, 2014; blog

The question is how do I not become one of the elect who are deceived? How do I not fall for the propaganda of this hour? How do I discern what is true and what is false? How do I not be swept up in this strong delusion, the Spiritual Tsunami that is beginning to sweep through the world?

Of course, we must apply some intellectual rigor. One way is to be extremely careful about taking as “truth” that which is portrayed in the news. As a former television reporter, I can say that I am seriously shocked at how mainstream media is no longer even trying to hide their bias anymore. There are clear ideological agendas being openly pushed and 98% of them are utterly godless.

“We not talking about isolated incidents”… but rather a series of simultaneous events that bear the “markings of a conspiracy.” —Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata, Argentina; Catholic News Agency, Apr. 12, 2006

The second thing is to actually question the so-called “fact-checkers” who are little more than political arms of the same propaganda machine (usually by conveniently omitting facts). Third is to not be silenced into cowardice by the ominous power of political correctness.

Do not love comfort. Do not be cowards. Do not wait. Confront the Storm to save souls. Give yourself to the work. If you do nothing, you abandon the earth to Satan and to sin. Open your eyes and see all the dangers that claim victims and threaten your own souls. —Jesus to Elizabeth Kindelmann, The Flame of Love, pg. 34, published by Children of the Father Foundation; Imprimatur Archbishop Charles Chaput

Keep in mind that the popes are well aware how the media is being used as an instrument of deception, and they have not been remiss to point it out.[2]

There is another explanation for the rapid diffusion of the Communistic ideas now seeping into every nation, great and small, advanced and backward, so that no corner of the earth is free from them. This explanation is to be found in a propaganda so truly diabolical that the world has perhaps never witnessed its like before. It is directed from one common center. —POPE PIUS XI, Divini Redemptoris: On Atheistic Communism, n. 17

Hence, Our Lord’s warning is more relevant than ever:

Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. (Matthew 10:16)

But here again we have to realize the difference between human and Divine Wisdom. It is the latter so desperately needed today…

…the future of the world stands in peril unless wiser people are forthcoming. —POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II, Familiaris Consortio, n. 8

DRAWING NEARER TO JESUS

Divine Wisdom is a gift of the Holy Spirit. It is given to those, ironically, who become “like children.” [3]

Wisdom opened the mouths of the mute, and gave ready speech to infants. (Wis 10:21)

And this is really the key: that we draw near to Jesus like little children, crawling upon His knee, letting Him hold us, talk to us, and strengthen our souls. This is a metaphor for several essential things for every Christian, but especially at this hour in the world…

I. Crawl upon His knee

To crawl upon Christ’s knee is to enter the confessional: it is there where Jesus takes away our sins, lifts us to a holiness we cannot reach on our own, and reassures us of His infinite love despite our weakness. I personally could not comprehend my life without this blessed Sacrament. It is through these sacramental graces that I have come to trust in the Lord’s love, to know that I am not rejected despite my failures. More healing and deliverance from oppression comes through this Sacrament than many realize. An exorcist said to me that “One good confession is more powerful than one hundred exorcisms.” 

Some Catholics are too ashamed to go to Confession or they go only once a year out of obligation—and that is the only real shame, for…

“…those who go to Confession frequently, and do so with the desire to make progress” will notice the strides that they make in their spiritual lives. “It would be an illusion to seek after holiness, according to the vocation one has received from God, without partaking frequently of this sacrament of conversion and reconciliation.” —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Apostolic Penitentiary conference, March 27th, 2004; catholicculture.org

II. Let Him hold you

Prayer is the means by which we draw near to Jesus, to permit Him to hold us in His strong, healing arms. Jesus not only wants to forgive us—to have us upon His knee, so to speak—but to cradle us.

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. (James 4:8)

I cannot say enough about how important personal prayer is; to be alone with Him, focused upon Him, loving and worshiping Him and praying to Him “from the heart.” Prayer should not be viewed as a set period where one simply recites words, though it may involve that; rather, it should be understood as an encounter with the Living God who desires to pour Himself into your heart and transform you by His power.

Prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for him.Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2560

In this exchange of love, we are changed little by little from one glory to the next through the power of the Holy Spirit. Whatever sacrifices we have made through true conversion and repentance creates the space in our Hearts for God’s presence and graces (yes, there is no victory without the pain of the Cross). Where there once was fear there is now courage; where there once was anxiety there is now peace; where there once was sadness there is now joy. These are the fruits of a consistent prayer life united to the Cross.

Whoever then wishes to obtain wisdom must pray for it day and night without wearying or becoming disheartened. Blessings in abundance will be his if, after ten, twenty, thirty years of prayer, or even an hour before he dies, he comes to possess it. That is is how we must pray to obtain wisdom…. —St. Louis de Montfort, God Alone: The Collected Writings of St. Louis Marie de Montfort, p. 312; cited in Magnificat, April 2017, pp. 312-313

I gave a 40 day retreat on prayer that you can listen to or read hereBut suffice it to say, if you have not been a praying person in the past, become one today. If you have put this off until now, then put it on tonight. As you carve out time for supper, carve out time for prayer.

Jesus is waiting for you.

III. Let Him talk to you

Just as a marriage or friendship cannot be one-sided, so too, we need to listen to God. The Bible is not only a historical reference but a living word.

Indeed, the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

Almost from the moment I could read, my parents gave me a Bible. The Lord’s Word has never left my side as my teacher and strength, my “daily bread.” So, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” [4] and “Be transformed,” said St. Paul, “by the renewal of your mind.” [5] 

IV. Let Him strengthen your soul

In this way, through Confession, prayer, and meditation on God’s Word, you may be “strengthened with might through his Spirit in the inner man.” [6] In this way, a sincere soul will steadily climb toward the peak of union with God. Consider, then, that…

The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” “The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.” —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 1324

To draw near to the Eucharist is to literally draw near to Jesus. We ought to look for Him where He is!

…unlike any other sacrament, the mystery [of Communion] is so perfect that it brings us to the heights of every good thing: here is the ultimate goal of every human desire, because here we attain God and God joins himself to us in the most perfect union. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, n. 4, www.vatican.va

As St. Faustina once said,

I would not know how to give glory to God if I did not have the Eucharist in my heart. —Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary of St. Faustina, n. 1037

DRAWING NEAR TO MARY

In closing, I wish to return again to the initial thought on entering the Ark of Our Lady’s Heart. I have written extensively on this before, so I won’t repeat what you can find in the search engine above.[7] Suffice it to say that my experience and that of the Church is that the more one puts himself into this Mother’s hands, the closer she brings you to her Son.

When I made my first consecration to Our Lady after a thirty-three day preparation years ago, I wanted to make a small token of my love toward Our Mother. So I popped into the local pharmacy, but all they had were these rather pathetic looking carnations. “I’m sorry, Mama, but this is the best I have to give you.” I took them to the church, placed them at the feet of her statue, and made my consecration.

That evening, we attended the Saturday night vigil. When we arrived at the church, I glanced over to the statue to see if my flowers were still there. They weren’t. I figured that the janitor probably took one look at them and tossed them away. But when I looked to the other side of the sanctuary where the statue of Jesus was… there were my carnations perfectly arranged in a vase! In fact, they were decorated with “Baby’s Breath”, which weren’t in the flowers that I had bought.

Several years later, I read these words that Our Lady spoke to Sr. Lucia of Fatima:

He wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. I promise salvation to those who embrace it, and those souls will be loved by God like flowers placed by me to adorn His throne. —Blessed Mother to Sr. Lucia of Fatima. This last line re: “flowers” appears in earlier accounts of Lucia’s apparitions; Fatima in Lucia’s Own Words: Sister Lucia’s Memoirs, Louis Kondor, S.V.D., p, 187, Footnote 14

Mary was with Jesus until the very end when most everyone else’s courage failed. Who else would you want to be with during this Great Storm? If you give yourself to this Woman, she will give herself to you—and thus, give you Jesus for He is her life.

Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. (Luke 1:20)

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. (John 19:26-27)

If you find this Storm to be overwhelming, the answer isn’t to face it on your own strength, but rather, to draw nearer to Jesus with your whole heart. For what is about to assail the entire earth is beyond your strength and mine. But with Christ, “I can do all things in him who strengthens me.” [8]

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. (Proverbs 3:5)

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AS the world becomes more unstable and the times more uncertain, people are looking for answers. Some of those answers are found at Countdown to the Kingdom where “Heaven’s Messages” are bring provided for the faithful’s discernment. While this has borne many good fruits, some people are also afraid. 

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