Mark Mallett

ON FAITH

 

IT is no longer a fringe notion that the world is plunging into a deep crisis. All around us, the fruits of moral relativism abound as the “rule of law” that has more or less guided nations is being re-written: moral absolutes have been all but abolished; medical and scientific ethics are mostly ignored; economic and political norms that maintained civility and order are rapidly being abandoned (cf. The Hour of Lawlessness). The watchmen have cried that a Storm is coming… and now it’s here. We are heading into difficult times. But bound in this Storm is the seed of a coming new Era in which Christ will reign in His saints from coastland to coastland (see Rev 20:1-6; Matt 24:14). It will be a time of peace—the “period of peace” promised at Fatima:

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. —Cardinal Mario Luigi Ciappi, papal theologian for Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, and John Paul II; October 9th, 1994; Introduction to the The Apostolate’s Family Catechism

Thus, it is necessary that the supports that have led the Church and the world into a false peace and security be pulled from beneath us. God is doing this, not so much to punish, but prepare us for a New Pentecost—a renewal of the face of the earth.

This is our great hope and our invocation, ‘Your Kingdom come!’—a Kingdom of peace, justice and serenity, which will re-establish the original harmony of creation. —POPE JOHN PAUL II,General Audience, November 6th, 2002, Zenit

But this requires that the satanic system of the Dragon, woven into humanity’s history over the past 2000 years, be brought to nothing—be “chained” in the abyss (cf. Rev 20:1-2). Thus, said St. John Paul II, we have arrived at the “final confrontation” of our times. I can’t help but recall that prophecy given in Rome in the presence of Pope Paul VI that truly seems to be unfolding now by the hour:

Because I love you, I want to show you what I am doing in the world today. I want to prepare you for what is to come. Days of darkness are coming on the world, days of tribulation… Buildings that are now standing will not be standing. Supports that are there for my people now will not be there. I want you to be prepared, my people, to know only me and to cleave to me and to have me in a way deeper than ever before. I will lead you into the desert… I will strip you of everything that you are depending on now, so you depend just on me. A time of darkness is coming on the world, but a time of glory is coming for my Church, a time of glory is coming for my people. I will pour out on you all the gifts of my Spirit. I will prepare you for spiritual combat; I will prepare you for a time of evangelism that the world has never seen…. And when you have nothing but me, you will have everything: land, fields, homes, and brothers and sisters and love and joy and peace more than ever before. Be ready, my people, I want to prepare you… Pentecost Monday of May, 1975,St. Peter’s Square, spoken by Dr. Ralph Martin

If God is pulling out all human supports, then there are three things that will remain:

So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)

After that introduction, let’s focus briefly on the first of these: faith.

 

SUPERNATURAL FAITH

The purpose of this, and the following writings, is not to give a theological explanation of faith, hope and love so much as to bring them into the practical “here and now”—of what they must be in our times. Because it is precisely these three theological virtues that are going to carry you through the Storm. 

 

Obedient Faith

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says:

Faith is the theological virtue by which we believe in God and believe all that he has said and revealed to us, and that Holy Church proposes for our belief, because he is truth itself. —n. 1814

Many of us are going through the most difficult interior trials right now, not because God is vengeful, but because He loves us and wants us to be free. 

For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery… At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it. (Galatians 5:1, Hebrews 12:11)

Jesus said, “I am the truth.” As such, we cannot edit God. We must believe “all that he said and revealed to us” because if “the truth will set you free,” then “all” that has been revealed is for our freedom. If you are compromising, not only by ignoring certain moral precepts of Catholic teaching in a kind of nod to “tolerance” (such as her teachings on marriage or abortion), but permitting sin in little areas of your life, this is the first sign that you are lacking true faith in God. The sin of Adam and Eve was precisely this: taking matters into their own hands. Moral relativism and individualism are among the most harmful mindsets in our times because they essentially place one’s ego upon what is rightly God’s throne. They are, in fact, precursors to the Antichristwho “who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god and object of worship, so as to seat himself in the temple of God, claiming that he is a god…” [1]

True faith is obedience to the Creator’s designs.

 

Intimate Faith

A friend of mine said to me recently, “Even if I go to buy a t-shirt, I take it to prayer. This isn’t scrupulosity—it’s intimacy.” Trusting Jesus with the littlest things in your life is not only how you become the best of friends with Him but how you become “like little a little child”—a pre-condition to entering the Kingdom of Heaven.[2] My friend continued, “When I let Jesus into my decisions, and then act when I feel peace, it prevents Satan from coming back and playing on any sense of guilt. Because then I can say to the Accuser in reply, “Whether I made the right decision or not, I made it with Jesus as best I could. And even if it was the wrong decision, I know He will make all things work to the good because I loved Him in that moment.” Faith is letting God reign not only on Sunday for one hour, but every minute of every day in every decision. How many of us are doing this? And yet, this was normal Christianity in the early Church. It is still meant to be normative.

True faith is a communion of intimacy with God.

 

Total Faith

Our faith must go even deeper, though, than simply allowing God into daily decisions. True faith must trust that He is Lord over everything in our lives. That is, true faith accepts all the trials that come over which you have no control; authentic faith accepts the suffering over which you have no power—though faith can and should expect God to work in and through them, if not deliver one from them. And perhaps the hardest test of faith is trusting in Jesus that, when you have made a real mess of things, He can still fix them, still make them work toward the good.

By faith “man freely commits his entire self to God.” For this reason the believer seeks to know and do God’s will. CCC, n. 1814

So you see, then, faith is not an intellectual exercise in merely acknowledging that a “Higher Power” exists. “Even the demons believe—and shudder,” said St. James.[3]Rather, Christian faith is completely and totally handing ever aspect of your life over to Him “because He cares for you.” [4]

True faiths abandons everything and “all of me” into God’s hands.

 

Expectant Faith

Last, faith believes, not only in God, but in the power of God—the power to liberate, to heal, to open the eyes of the blind, make the lame walk, the mute to speak, and the dead to rise again; to free the addict, heal the broken-hearted, and mend the unmendable. The Church today no longer lives with this expectation because we no longer believe like this. As I wrote in Rationalism and the Death of Mysterythe post-modern mind has essentially reasoned away the power of God. I venture that more Christians trust in Google for the answer to their prayers than God. Mary Healy, a professor of Sacred Scripture and member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, writes:

Everywhere Jesus went he was besieged by the sick and infirm. Nowhere do the Gospels record that he instructed a person simply to bear the suffering assigned to them. In no case does he indicate that a person is asking for too much and should be content with a partial healing or no healing. He invariably treats illness as an evil to be overcome rather than a good to be embraced… Have we too easily accepted the idea that sickness should simply be embraced? Do we too easily assume that if a person is ill, God wants her to remain that way for her good? Could our resignation to illness or infirmity even sometimes be a cloak for unbelief? Scripture does not say that the Lord will always heal in response to our prayer if only we have enough faith… However, it is reasonable to conclude that the Lord desires to heal far more often than we think. —from Healing: Brining the Gift of God’s Mercy to the World, Our Sunday Visitor; published in Magnificat, January 2019, p. 253

True faith believes that Jesus is the same “yesterday, today, and forever,” [5] that is, He still works signs and wonders when we believe.

 

In summary, our faith must be obedient; it must be intimate; it must be total; and it must be expectant. When it is all four, God is indeed able to begin revealing his power in our lives.

You are important to the Lord and He awaits your Yes. Repent and serve the Lord faithfully. I ask you to keep the flame of your faith alight. You are living in the time of tribulations, and only by the power of prayer can you bear the weight of the trials that are to come. Take care of your spiritual life. Everything in this life passes, but the Grace of God in you will be eternal. Do not forget: in your hands the Holy Rosary and Sacred Scripture; in your hearts, the love of truth. Courage. When all seems lost, the Victory of God will come for the righteous. You will yet drink the bitter chalice of pain, but after all suffering you will be rewarded. This will be the time of the Definitive Triumph of My Immaculate Heart. —Our Lady allegedely to Pedro Regis, January 15, 2019; Pedro enjoys the support of his bishop

 

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THE POWER OF JESUS

Embracing Hope, by Léa Mallett

 

OVER Christmas, I took time away from this apostolate to make a necessary reset of my heart, scarred and exhausted from a pace of life that has hardly slowed since I began full-time ministry in 2000. But I soon learned that I was more powerless to change things than I’d realized. This led me to a place of near despair as I found myself staring into the abyss between Christ and I, between myself and the needed healing in my heart and family… and all I could do was weep and cry out.

The insecurities of my youth, the tendencies toward co-dependency, the temptation to fear in a world coming apart at the seams, and a storm last summer that facilitated a “shaking” in our lives… all led me to place of feeling utterly broken and paralyzed. Before Christmas, I realized that a gulf had also grown between my wife and me. That somehow, over the past few years, our gears were no longer in sync, and this was quietly grinding away the unity between us.

I realized that I had to spend some time alone to recalibrate years of habits and thinking patterns that had now shaped my personality. That’s when I wrote Off Into the Nightpacked a bag, and took my first night of retreat in a hotel room in the city. But my spiritual director quickly replied saying, “If this is Christ setting you off into the desert, then it will bear much fruit. But if it is your own idea, then it is the wolf encircling and drawing you away from the flock, the end result of which, ‘you’ll get eaten alive’…” Those words shook me because the desire to run was so strong. Something, or rather, Someone was telling me to “wait.”

As for me, I will look to the Lord, I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. (Micah 7:7)

And so, I waited one more night. Then another. And then another. All the time, the Wolf was circling me, trying to draw me into the desert. It’s only in hindsight that I understand now the difference between solitude and isolation. Solitude is a place in the soul, alone with God, where we can hear His voice, dwell in His presence, and let Him heal us. One can be in solitude in the middle of the market place. But isolation is a place of loneliness and despair. It is the place of self-deception where our egos keep us company, stoked by the one who comes as a Wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Be still before the Lord; wait for him…I wait for the Lord, my soul waits and I hope for his word. (Psalms 37:7, Psalms 130:5)

I did, and it was there in solitude that Jesus began to speak to my heart. Even now, I am overwhelmed to think of it. He was smiling at me the whole time—like the image above that my wife painted for me many years ago. I had, at the same time, begun the Novena of Abandonment that has touched so many of us. The words came alive. I could hear in my heart the voice of the Good Shepherd saying, “Really, I’m going to fix this. I’m going to heal this. You must trust me now… wait… trust… wait… I will act.” 

Wait for the Lord, take courage; be stouthearted, wait for the Lord! (Psalms 27:14)

As the week continued, I put the reins on my compulsive personality and prayed and waited. And day by day, God gave me insights into myself, my marriage, my family, and my past that were like shards of light piercing a deep cavern. With each revelation of truth, I found myself being freed, as it were, from invisible chains.

Surely, I wait for the Lord; who bends down to me and hears my cry… (Psalms 40:2)

Indeed, several times, the Holy Spirit led me to renounce and bind what I perceived were certain spirits that had been afflicting me with anxiety, fear, insecurity, anger and so forth. With each pronunciation of the Name of Jesus, I could feel the weight lifting and God’s freedom beginning to fill my soul.[1]

The day before Christmas Eve, I was assaulted one last time by the Wolf who was desperate to draw me away into isolation—away from my family and you, Christ’s flock. I went to Mass that morning, came back to the house where I was staying, and sat there saying, “Okay Lord. I will wait a little longer.” With that, God gave me one word: “Co-dependency.” I knew a bit of this behavioural/thought pattern that has afflicted many people. But as I read the description, I saw myself clearly… from the days of my youth! I saw how this played out in relationships, but above all, between my wife and I. Suddenly, decades of insecurity, fear, and frustration made sense. Jesus had revealed to me the root of my pain… it was time to be set free!

I wrote a letter to my wife, and the next night, the two of us spent Christmas Eve alone sitting on cardboard boxes eating Turkey TV dinners in the midst of our house-turned-upside-down from the last of the renovations and repairs. Not that we’d fallen out of love by any stretch. We were just raw and hurting… but now beginning to grow in a healthier love.

 

EXPECT TO SEE THE POWER OF JESUS

At the same time that all of this was happening, I sensed Jesus speak a word for you. It is that He wants you in the coming year to know His power. Not just to know Him—but to know His power. In a sense, the Lord has stood back from this generation and allowed us to reap what we have sown. He has “lifted the restrainer” that has opened the door to lawlessness in our times, a “diabolical disorientation” that is afflicting even Christians. This “chastisement” is meant to bring each of us into the reality of who we are as individuals and as nations without God. As I look at the world today, I hear the words again:

When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8)

I see more and more how those words may come true—unless we sincerely abandon ourselves to God once again (which really means to fall into His arms, into the Divine Will). I believe Jesus wants to reveal His power to us through three main vessels: faith, hope, and love. 

So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)

I’ll explain this in the days ahead.

Jesus is ALIVE. He is not dead. And He is going to reveal to the world His power…

 

 

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Catholic Men United 2019 Commitment and Call for a Year of Reparation

We, Catholic lay men of the United States, are angered – even outraged – by the failure of leadership of some members of the episcopacy, failing to respond decisively to grave sexual crimes, infidelity to priestly vows, and sacrileges by priests of Jesus Christ. We also stand with the many good, courageous bishops who are making strong efforts towards reform and justice. With unwavering fidelity to the one, Holy, Catholic, and apostolic church, we share their frustration and sorrow at recent Vatican interference in addressing these issues at the USCCB General Assembly.  We call upon our bishops to exercise fatherly leadership by responding decisively and meaningfully to grave sexual crimes, unfaithfulness to priestly vows, and sacrileges committed by priests of Jesus Christ.

Since the release of our first letter in September 2018, we have consistently fasted and prayed in penance and reparation for these sins, and in petition for the purification of the Church.  As 2019 approaches, we now recommit ourselves to relentlessly seeking the re-sanctification of the Church, imploring the Bishops, in unison with the whole Body of Christ, to engage in works of (1) repentance, (2) reparation, and (3) renewal.  Our Bishops must lead us in repentance for these grave sins.  With broken hearts crying out for justice, we urge the Bishops to seek genuine reparation and healing for the victims, driven by an honest reckoning of the gravity of these crimes.  Ultimately, we will be satisfied with nothing less than the complete renewal of Christ’s Bride, the Church.

As Catholic lay men, knowing how our own sins have also stained the Bride of Christ, we commit our lives to the same.  For the entirety of the year 2019, we dedicate ourselves to fasting and praying each Wednesday and Friday, so as to repent for our own sins, to make reparation for the many sins against victims of sexual abuse by both the perpetrators and those who failed to respond rightly to accusations, to prompt public acknowledgement of the systematic cover-up, and to seek authentic renewal for the whole Church.

As a starting point, we are committed to praying a Rosary every day of the 2019 calendar year. Seeking to be led by the Holy Spirit, each of us shall also discern making personal holy hours before the Blessed Sacrament, participating in Eucharistic processions of reparation, reevaluating the recipients of our tithing decisions, and making our voices heard in the public square.  We will persist until the Truth comes fully into the light.

Finally, we call upon all Bishops to designate 2019 as a Year of Reparation for their own dioceses and for the entire Catholic Church in the United States.  This year shall be dedicated to the victims of these grave sins, to the laity who truly feel like sheep without shepherds, and in offering to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whose Sacred Heart thirsts for justice.  Henceforth, the year 2019 is a Year of Reparation for ourselves and for our families.  We pray that the Bishops lead us in this mission of repentance, reparation, and renewal, seeking the same for their own spiritual children in the dioceses across our nation. On January 1, 2019, God willing, the Year of Reparation shall begin for all the Catholic Faithful of the United States.

We call upon all our Catholic brothers in the Lord to join us in this year of prayer, fasting and reparation.

Jon Leonetti

 

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Reflect: Christmas Day has passed, but the Christmas Octave has only just begun! That is one of the beautiful parts of our Catholic faith — Christmas is never just one day, but a whole season during which we can encounter God every day! This is good news for those of us who’s Christmas Day may have flown by in holiday chaos.
Sometimes it is hard to make time to enter into the mystery and beauty of Christ’s nativity, but during the octave of Christmas we have more opportunities to do just that! Take advantage of this season. Ask Jesus to be “born in a new way” in your life, and take time to encounter Him each day!

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