A sign in the State Capitol building in Illinois, USA, displayed prominently in front of a Christmas display, read:
At the time of the winter solstice, let reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is just myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds. —www.cbs2chicago.com, December 23rd, 2009
Some progressive minds would have us believe that the Christmas narrative is merely a story. That the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, His ascension into Heaven, and His eventual second coming are merely a myth. That the Church is a human institution erected by men to enslave the minds of weaker men, and impose a system of beliefs that control and deny mankind of true freedom.
Say then, for the sake of argument, that the author of this sign is correct. That Christ is a lie, Catholicism is a fiction, and the hope of Christianity is a tale. Then let me say this…
I would sooner follow Jesus “the myth”… than I would the god of this “enlightened” age: the ego.
I would sooner follow the “fabricated” tenets of my world religion that have set me free… than I would the “reason” of modern minds that enslaves one to a troubled conscience.
I would sooner follow the “thin air” of my faith and its “fairy-tale” promises that have restored my hope and healed my soul… than the cold, empty doctrines of atheism’s high priests that steal joy and harden the heart.
I would sooner obey in all servility the “sham” of the Commandments, which have brought peace and enlightened my mind… than the moral relativism and shifting “truths,” which confuse and contradict.
I would sooner give away everything I own, and embrace the blessedness of poverty in the footsteps of my “imaginary” Lord… than sell my soul to high-tech salvation and invite the curse of restlessness and greed.
I would sooner follow my “phony” pope and priests, who measure a man by his love and sacrifice… than the suits and ties who measure man by his economic contribution and carbon footprint.
I would sooner embrace the power of this “prank,” which has transformed entire cultures into civilized nations through the law of love… than the poison of a new world order that suppresses, bribes, and intimidates nations into conformity.
I would sooner be labeled a fundamentalist, radical, and terrorist… than deny the Name above all names.
The “enlightened” offer a soft bed of technology, but I would rather lie on the rugged Cross of salvation. They offer painkillers and drugs, but I prefer the thorns and nails of sanctification. They offer rationalizations and theories, but I choose the evidence of God in all of creation… even if it draws mockery and spittle. I would sooner shed my blood, every last drop, for the “fraud” who has loved me unto death, than the “reality” they offer, which loves itself unto death. For I have walked the wide and easy path of self-love that they follow—a path that has broken hearts, destroyed families, and shattered souls. I would sooner walk the narrow road of the Father’s will, even should it lead to “nothing,” as they claim.
For even now, in this “Faith of folklore,” the “Man of myth,” the “Lord of legend,” I truly live. I was lost, but now I am found… and I would rather die than be lost again to the trinity remade in their own image: the “god of reason,” “lord of logic”, and “prince of the natural world.”
THERE is a scene in the Lord of the Rings where Helms Deep is under attack. It was supposed to be an impenetrable stronghold, surrounded by the massive Deeping Wall. But a vulnerable spot is discovered, which the forces of darkness exploit by causing all kinds of distraction and then planting and igniting an explosive. Moments before a torch runner reaches the wall to light the bomb, he is spotted by one of the heroes, Aragorn. He yells to the archer Legolas to take him down… but it’s too late. The wall explodes and is breached. The enemy is now within the gates. https://www.youtube.com/embed/X5wABDrzg9I
THE GREAT BREACH
This has been, without question, the most emotional and overwhelming year in my ministry of 27 years. Not because we were locked down, masked, and corralled like cattle for over a year. Rather, because the things I have written about for years are unfolding now in real-time at warp speed with life and death consequences. Like Aragorn, I had been yelling at the top of my lungs that the human family is going to be breached; that this is Our 1942 and that, in the name of “health”, health is going to be gravely attacked; and that, “for our own good,” we will see our goods taken, chief among them, our freedom.
Despite the fact that these things have been foretold by Our Lord and Lady does not mean the degree to which they are to happen is set in stone. Fatalism is not the attitude of a disciple of Jesus. Repentance is the dam holding back the tides of evil.
Therefore, repent. Otherwise, I will come to you quickly and wage war against them with the sword of my mouth. “Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Rev 3:16-17)
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)
While I realize that the vast majority of my readership understands what is unfolding around them, I also recognize that barely a dent has been made against the torrent of propaganda that is now sweeping great portions of humanity into a medical-technological tyranny.
The serpent spewed a torrent of water out of his mouth after the woman to sweep her away with the current… (Revelation 12:15)
I think that the [torrent of water] is easily interpreted: these are the currents that dominate all and wish to make faith in the Church disappear, the Church that seems no longer to have a place in the face of the force of these currents that impose themselves as the only rationality, as the only way to live. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Meditation at Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops, October 11th, 2010; vatican.va
What could be more powerful than the current of “mandatory vaccination” and “vaccine passports”? Many of us are stunned to learn, for example, that the town of Columbia, France has recently begun threatening fines and jail time to the “unvaccinated” if they leave their homes. “Everyone has to be vaccinated,” insisted the town’s mayor Elvira Julia Mercado on Blu Radio, “if not, they cannot circulate in the municipality of Sucre.” And not only are they restricted from bars, discos, restaurants, banks and shops, but also supermarkets. In other words, we have reached the point of threatening to starve people if they do not submit their bodies to the experimental mRNA gene therapies being imposed — even though it has been clearly stated that they are not designed to stop the transmission of the virus but only reduce symptoms of the disease:
The studies [on the mRNA inoculations] aren’t designed to assess transmission. They don’t ask that question, and there’s really no information on this at this point in time. —Dr. Larry Corey oversees the National Institutes of Health (NIH) COVID-19 “vaccine” trials; November 20th, 2020; medscape.com; cf. primarydoctor.org/covidvaccine
They were tested with an outcome of severe disease — not preventing infection. —U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, Good Morning America, December 14th, 2020; dailymail.co.uk
So all the non-stop jabber in the media of achieving “herd immunity” through these injections is a big fat lie. In fact, Dr. Peter McCullough MD, MPH stated before a Senate Committee Hearing that Texas was already at 80% “herd immunity” before any vaccine campaign began.
Yet, a handful of powerful men at the top of national and international health organizations, with their highly paid health officials appointed at state and provincial levels, in conjunction with the media and an army of anonymous fact-checkers, have effectively whipped up the world into a mass psychosis. What kind of fear has so possessed once rational people that they are convinced we must place perfectly healthy people (with naturally immunity) under a death sentence unless they agree to become vaccine junkies in the New World Order? People are writing me now that have been fired from their good paying jobs that they have worked at for years because they have made a personal, medical decision based on extensive research that they refuse to be part of what scientists have called “the largest human experiment in history.” This is pure madness and is outright unjust. Where, O where are the shepherds of the Church denouncing this grotesque violation of Church teaching and basic human rights?
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith explicitly stated:
…all vaccinations recognized as clinically safe and effective can be used in good conscience…In the absence of other means to stop or even prevent the epidemic, the common good may recommend vaccination, especially to protect the weakest and most exposed… At the same time, practical reason makes evident that vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary. — “Note on the morality of using some anti-Covid-19 vaccines”, n. 3, 6; vatican.va
Moreover, to force a chemical into individuals, especially when these products are still in clinical trials with long term effects completely unknown, is not only a violation of Catholic moral theology but a violation of the Nuremberg Code that forbids forced medical experimentation on human beings. Those bishops who are beginning to force diocesan staff in this manner are putting themselves squarely in the sites of international human rights courts (at least those courts that have not caved to judicial activism). Which is why witnessing the Church not only embrace but enforce this medical apartheid is truly horrifying.
We have independent evaluations suggesting 86% [of deaths in the U.S. — over 12,300 reported as of this writing] is related to the vaccine [and] is far beyond anything that is acceptable… It’s going to go down in history as the most dangerous biological-medicinal product rollout in human history. —Dr. Peter McCullough, July 21st, 2021, Stew Peters Show, rumble.com at 17:38
Second, as stated by several experts in my documentary Following the Science?, Ivermectin (among other treatments) has been shown to wipe out the virus at any stage of the sickness. Mountains of data have emerged from many centers and countries around the world, showing the miraculous effectiveness of Ivermectin. It basically obliterates transmission of this virus. If you take it, you will not get sick. —Dr. Pierre Kory, Senate hearing, December 8th, 2020; cnsnews.com
Is the hierarchy completely in the dark about these facts? Are there no canonical or legal lawyers studying these issues? Those are honest questions, because the propaganda is that powerful and pervasive. And really, this is no surprise since many, including myself, have explained at length that “COVID-19” and “climate change” are really just fronts to implement a “Great Reset“, which is nothing but global Communism in a green hat. In that regard, the words of Pope Pius XI are just as relevant as they were in 1937:
A third powerful factor in the diffusion of Communism is the conspiracy of silence on the part of a large section of the non-Catholic press of the world. We say conspiracy, because it is impossible otherwise to explain how a press usually so eager to exploit even the little daily incidents of life has been able to remain silent for so long about the horrors perpetrated… —POPE PIUS XI, Divini Redemptoris, n. 18; www.vatican.va
Still, where is the discernment in the “Spirit of truth” whom Christ has given His Church? Sister Deirdre Byrne, a member of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts order in Washington, D.C., warns:
…we have lost all common sense and as a result we are losing our religious freedom. — “Stop the Shot” Conference, August 4th, 2021; lifesitenews.com
Indeed, the entire reason for producing my documentary Following the Science?was to demonstrate how mankind has departed from objective truth en masse and is now hurtling toward the abyss under the guise of abused phrases such as “it’s for the common good.”
Since they do not admit that one can defend an objective criterion of good and evil, they arrogate to themselves an explicit or implicit totalitarian power over man and his destiny, as history shows. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Centesimus annus, n. 45, 46
I see clearly now that those of us who have been raising our voices to sound the alarm have been drowned out by a brilliant and successful propaganda campaign that makes the media manipulation of the former Soviet Union look rudimentary. There has been a colossal failure in discernment among a vast portion of the Church, and not just with clergy, but laity, doctors, scientists, media etc. who have taken as gospel the words of the media narrative whilst remaining silent as thousands are censored and silenced. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom,” wrote St. Paul. Clearly, the Spirit of the Lord is no where to be found in public discourse today — one of the chief signs of the times that the world is plunging into new forms of slavery all over again.
The walls have been breached. The propaganda has successfully demonized the “unvaccinated” and their persecution will be swift and brutal. It is too late now to stop the medical apartheid taking place. The lessons of history — the demonization of the Jews and the segregation of the blacks, for instance — have been swiftly forgotten. The “Never again!” mantra of Holocaust survivors has quickly turned into “Yes, do it again!” For when we see that the Pope himself is, in effect, leading the flock into the dark pastures of this apartheid (whether he is aware of this reality or not), then clearly, the gates have been broken down, and the enemy of division, fear, and control is within.
What more, then, can the watchman say? The prophetic words of Pope Benedict XVI are being fulfilled:
The principal new feature has been the explosion of worldwide interdependence, commonly known as globalization… without the guidance of charity in truth, this global force could cause unprecedented damage and create new divisions within the human family. —Caritas in Veritate, n. 33
THEY WILL NOT SEE UNTIL…
The Great Storm I have spoken about for over fifteen years is now in view. I see events happening so quickly — the winds spinning so fiercely now, like a hurricane — that it is obvious we are rapidly approaching a decisive climax. Of course, I will be accused of sensationalism, of “doom and gloom” and “conspiracy theory”. But I am okay with joining the ranks of Pius XI or St. John Paul II — who warned that these conspiracies aren’t theory at all:
Humanity today offers us a truly alarming spectacle, if we consider not only how extensively attacks on life are spreading but also their unheard-of numerical proportion, and the fact that they receive widespread and powerful support from a broad consensus on the part of society, from widespread legal approval and the involvement of certain sectors of health-care personnel… with time the threats against life have not grown weaker. They are taking on vast proportions. They are not only threats coming from the outside, from the forces of nature or the “Cains” who kill the “Abels”; no, they are scientifically and systematically programmed threats… In this way a kind of “conspiracy against life” is unleashed…. In today’s cultural and social context, in which science and the practice of medicine risk losing sight of their inherent ethical dimension, health-care professionals can be strongly tempted at times to become manipulators of life, or even agents of death. —POPE ST JOHN PAUL II, Evangelium Vitae, n. 17, 16, 12, 89
In fact, after publishing my documentary on the pandemic, I felt deeply saddened. In part, because I began to realize that when the Lord (and Pope John Paul II) called me to this ministry years ago, the Scriptures He used to beckon me were actually to be taken literally:
So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me…. if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes, and takes any one of them; that man is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand. (Ezekiel 33:7,6)
I am haunted by the campaigns to entice people to get “vaccinated” — lotteries, free donuts, marijuana, candy, french fries… It reminds me of what I wrote in Our 1942. Before the Germans began rounding up the Jewish Hungarians, some soldiers were handing out chocolate to their children. Days later, they were forcing them onto trains. Before the genocide in Yugoslavia in the mid-90’s, General Ratko Mladić enticed thousands of Bosnians onto buses with bread, chocolate and blankets promising to take them back to their villages. Instead, over 8000 men and boys and were taken away and executed while tens of thousands of others were expelled from their homes.
Am I also guilty of creating hysteria by these comparisons? Not according to some of the world’s top immunologists and virologists, including Nobel Prize winner Dr. Luc Montagnier, Dr. Beda Stadler, Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi, Dr. Dolores Cahill, Dr. Mike Yeadon, and others who have described what is happening in the strongest of terms, including saying that what is happening is “a crime” and potentially a programme of “mass depopulation.”
And what of the deaths caused, not by COVID, but by the unprecedented action of locking down populations? One researcher has crunched the numbers and estimates up to two million have died directly from forced quarantine of the healthy and sick alike. This is so incredibly cruel, so twisted in logic, that it defies words — especially when researchers and health care workers themselves have (dared) to testify to how falsely and grossly inflated the global COVID death tolls are. Especially when United Nations representatives themselves were warning that mass deaths through starvation could happen via lockdowns.
The Lord said to Cain: “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground” (Gen 4:10).The voice of the blood shed by men continues to cry out, from generation to generation, in ever new and different ways. The Lord’s question: “What have you done?”, which Cain cannot escape, is addressed also to the people of today, to make them realize the extent and gravity of the attacks against life which continue to mark human history; to make them discover what causes these attacks and feeds them; and to make them ponder seriously the consequences which derive from these attacks for the existence of individuals and peoples. —POPE ST JOHN PAUL II, Evangelium Vitae, n. 10
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?” “Here I am”, I said; “send me!” And he replied: “Go and say to this people: Listen carefully, but do not understand! Look intently, but do not perceive! Make the heart of this people sluggish, dull their ears and close their eyes; Lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and their heart understand, and they turn and be healed.”
“How long, O Lord?” I asked. And he replied: “Until the cities are desolate, without inhabitants, Houses, without people, and the land is a desolate waste. Until the Lord sends the people far away, and great is the desolation in the midst of the land.” (Isaiah 6:8-12)
What does it take to wake up an entire world? I have lived with that word for 16 years knowing that, ultimately, my ministry would in a certain sense “fail.” That it would be dismissed out of hand by the majority, even though I back everything up with the words of the Magisterium and Our Lady (and this last year, science) so that your confidence would not be in me but in the Lord. Nonetheless, this is a hard-hearted generation, a stiff-necked people, spiritually deaf and blind. We are asleep, said Benedict.
It’s our very sleepiness to the presence of God that renders us insensitive to evil: we don’t hear God because we don’t want to be disturbed, and so we remain indifferent to evil.—POPE BENEDICT XVI, Catholic News Agency, Vatican City, Apr 20, 2011, General Audience
THE FINAL SIFTING
So now, the sifting comes. The words prophesied in the presence of Pope Paul VI in 1975 are coming at us now like a freight train. Those who refuse to allow their bodies — temples of the Holy Spirit — to be violated will be stripped of everything and segregated from society.
Because I love you, I want to show you what I am doing in the world today. Iwant 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…—Our Lord Jesus to Ralph Martin, St. Peter’s Square, Rome, Pentecost Monday of May, 1975
And that “word” brings me back to an interior vision the Lord gave me some fifteen years ago as I prayed before the Blessed Sacrament. It was of a coming time when “parallel communities” would form… and Christians, banded together, would be deprived of basic resources (read The Great Division). How can this not be upon us as mandatory vaccination comes at warp speed? To surrender your bodily autonomy, and be forever subject to what the government dictates will be put into it, is madness. It is a violation of the highest order tantamount to chemical rape! It is a health dictatorship, and ultimately I believe, leading us to the Antichrist, as the entire edifice for this “beast” is virtually in place.
Who can compare with the beast or who can fight against it? (Rev 13:4)
Trust me, this is exactly how millions feel today faced with being banned from grocery stores and losing their livelihoods and jobs. Remember what I recounted to you from a reader seven years ago…
My older daughter sees many beings good and bad [angels] in battle. She has spoken many times about how its an all out war and its only getting bigger and the different kinds of beings. Our Lady appeared to her in a dream last year as our Lady of Guadalupe. She told her that the demon coming is larger and fiercer than all the others. That she is not to engage this demon nor listen to it. It was going to try to take over the world. This is a demon of fear. It was a fear that my daughter said was going to envelop everyone and everything. Staying close to the Sacraments and Jesus and Mary are of the utmost importance. —from Hell Unleashed
And now, this summer, Our Lord is allegedly preparing us for upheaval that is apparently imminent.
My child, the days have now become the hour in which a great many will stand before Me. A time when many will come to see what fear has brought them to. I have warned My children that I am not the God of fear, for I do not author such things. I am a God who speaks to the heart of My people and do not sow seeds of fear in their mind. I created each one of My children with the means necessary to live a mission on this earth, to be instruments of light and hope in this dark world. I have come to tell My children that the hour has come when you will say, where is my brother? where is my sister? The hour has come when you will desire to say the Chaplet of My Most Divine Mercy endlessly for the multitude that were not prepared to meet Me.
Wake up My children, for you are being deceived by the prince of darkness, the author of fear. You are being driven by a false promise. Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, not to be silenced, manipulated, or depleted of My creation. This world is passing, yet too many are being complacent. It is time to prepare your soul, for the hour has come when I will warn mankind that his ways are not pleasing to Me… It is time to prepare and to warn those who have fallen asleep to the lies that they have fallen for. It is time to bind your rosaries and fall to your knees in humility, for I Am Jesus, and My mercy and justice will prevail. —Jesus to Jennifer, July 22nd; read the full message at countdowntothekingdom.com
Today while praying before the Blessed Sacrament, I remembered again the words I heard back in 2007. I had the impression of an angel in the mid-heavens hovering above the world and shouting,
As man tries more and more to banish Christ’s presence from the world, wherever they succeed, chaos takes His place. And with chaos, comes fear. And with fear, comes the opportunity to control.
That “word” was preceded only months before it by an interior vision of machines with gears meshing accompanied by the words:
These machines—political, economical, and social, operating throughout the world—have been running independently for several decades, if not centuries. But I could see in my heart their convergence: the machines are all in place, about to mesh into one Global machine called “Totalitarianism.” The meshing will be seamless, quiet, barely noticed. Deceptive.
That is the perfect description of how the world is not only being corralled into this new Communism, but is willingly participating, all “for the common good”, through this “pandemic.”
WHERE NOW, WATCHMEN?
I have tried to be faithful all these years, tried always to write what I felt Heaven was saying—not what I would like to say. I recall the first five years of this writing apostolate, carried out in sheer terror that I would somehow lead souls astray. Thanks be to God for my spiritual directors over the years who have been faithful instruments of the Lord’s tender shepherding. Yet, as I examine my own conscience, I could very well repeat the words of St. Gregory the Great:
Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Note that a man whom the Lords sends forth as a preacher is called a watchman. A watchman always stands on a height so that he can see from afar what is coming. Anyone appointed to be a watchman for the people must stand on a height for all his life to help them by his foresight. How hard it is for me to say this, for by these very words I denounce myself. I cannot preach with any competence, and yet insofar as I do succeed, still I myself do not live my life according to my own preaching. I do not deny my responsibility; I recognize that I am slothful and negligent, but perhaps the acknowledgment of my fault will win me pardon from my just judge. —St. Gregory the Great, homily, Liturgy of the Hours, Vol. IV, p. 1365-66
In closing, I will say that the only way forward now is to rely upon Divine Providence. Everything you need to know, practically speaking, is being said daily by Our Lord or Lady on Countdown to the Kingdom, which is really nothing beyond the Scriptures themselves. Those who mock prophecy and have caved to impenetrable cynicism will likely find nothing of benefit… but for the discerning childlike hearts — those with ears to hear — they will hear; those with eyes to see, will see the little but precious ways that Heaven is giving us to navigate this Storm. Prayer, the Rosary, the Sacraments, and exercising courage and faith in defending the truth. Nothing new, really, but are we doing it?
For my part, I sense the Lord saying my time upon the watchman’s wall may be finished. I don’t know. I have sat here for months, tears streaking down my face as I see the Beast’s jaws opening wider upon the freedom and wellbeing of the human family, no matter their color, race, or creed. Tears for those who are being corralled, injected, and now tagged like cattle with so-called vaccine passports. I don’t want to see this world suffer, but I also realize that to continue on the way we are would bring even more suffering than we could imagine. The blood of the unborn continually cries out as the daily slaughter continues (and the “vaccines” continue to utilize the cells of murdered babes). The time of the Lord’s intervention is close. The Storm is here.
My beloved children, I ask you to be ready, because the Warning is very near. Many will return to God, even those who do not believe, especially priests who do not believe everything that you are experiencing at this time… I, the Mother of God and your Mother, want to take care of you regarding the terrible times that will come. I want to indicate to you that soon there will be wars in the world, but this will be the moment when the Antichrist will arrive and will present himself as a man of peace. Pay attention, children: do not let your minds be misled, but be faithful… —Our Lady allegedly to Gisella Cardia, August 3rd, 2021, countdowntothekingdom.com
I can’t. I tried, I really did, even though I knew I couldn’t. But the answer is no surprise to either me or my readership:
Then I saw the heavens opened, and there was a white horse; its rider was called “Faithful and True.” He judges and wages war in righteousness… Out of his mouth came a sharp sword to strike the nations… Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered to fight against the one riding the horse and against his army. The beast was caught and with it the false prophet who had performed in its sight the signs by which he led astray those who had accepted the mark of the beast and those who had worshiped its image. The two were thrown alive into the fiery pool burning with sulfur…. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, and who had not worshiped the beast or its image nor had accepted its mark on their foreheads or hands. They came to life and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (Rev 19:11- 20:4)
And we hear today the groaning as no one has ever heard it before… Pope [John Paul II] does indeed cherish a great expectation that the millennium of divisions will be followed by a millennium of unifications. —Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (BENEDICT XVI), Salt of the Earth (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1997), translated by Adrian Walker
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Let us always keep it before our eyes that here on earth is a place of combat and the crown is received in heaven; that here is the proving ground and the prize is given up there; that here we are in a land of exile and our true homeland is heaven, to which we must continually aspire.
—St. Pio of Pietrelcina Quoted in the book Padre Pio: Stories and Memories of My Mentor and Friend
Saint John Mary Vianney, Priest on Wednesday of week 18 in Ordinary Time
A Catechism on prayer, by St John Mary Vianney
The noble task of man, to pray and to love
Consider, children, a Christian’s treasure is not on earth, it is in heaven. Well then, our thoughts should turn to where our treasure is.
Man has a noble task: that of prayer and love. To pray and to love, that is the happiness of man on earth. Prayer is nothing else than union with God. When the heart is pure and united with God it is consoled and filled with sweetness; it is dazzled by a marvelous light. In this intimate union God and the soul are like two pieces of wax moulded into one; they cannot any more be separated. It is a very wonderful thing, this union of God with his insignificant creature, a happiness passing all understanding. We had deserved to be left incapable of praying; but God in his goodness has permitted us to speak to him. Our prayer is an incense that is delightful to God. My children, your hearts are small, but prayer enlarges them and renders them capable of loving God. Prayer is a foretaste of heaven, an overflowing of heaven. It never leaves us without sweetness; it is like honey, it descends into the soul and sweetens everything. In a prayer well made, troubles vanish like snow under the rays of the sun. Prayer makes time seem to pass quickly, and so pleasantly that one fails to notice how long it is. When I was parish priest of Bresse, once almost all my colleagues were ill, and as I made long journeys I used to pray to God, and, I assure you, the time did not seem long to me. There are those who lose themselves in prayer, like a fish in water, because they are absorbed in God. There is no division in their hearts. How I love those noble souls! Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Colette saw our Lord and spoke to him as we speak to one another. As for ourselves, how often do we come to church without thinking what we are going to do or for what we are going to ask. And yet, when we go to call upon someone, we have no difficulty in remembering why it was we came. Some appear as if they were about to say to God: ‘I am just going to say a couple of words, so I can get away quickly.’ I often think that when we come to adore our Lord we should get all we ask if we asked for it with a lively faith and a pure heart.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Burghart)
The chief of an influential physicians organization that represents doctors in a multitude of practices is warning that making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory could endanger millions.
The comments come from Dr. Paul Kempen, M.D., who leads the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.
He was responding to a call from a coalition of medical organizations, many with far-left agendas, for making shots of experimental vaccines mandatory for health workers.
“As we move towards full FDA approval of the currently available vaccines, all health care workers should get vaccinated for their own health, and to protect their colleagues, families, residents of long-term care facilities and patients,” said the statement signed by the American Medical Association, American Pharmacists Association, American Psychiatric Association, the American Public Health Association and dozens of others.
But Kempen pointed out, “As of mid-July, 30 million people have recovered from COVID-19 in the U.S. and have natural immunity. Vaccination of these persons confers only risk with little to no benefit, yet these mandates do not exempt them.”
He said, “Serious side effects have been identified, including paralysis and inflammation of the heart muscle, which may not resolve and may cause death.”
Then, too, he noted, “As variants multiply, ‘booster’ shots may be required, with increasing risk of allergic phenomena.”
One is that although about half of the U.S. population has gotten the injections, COVID has been “proliferating, and hospitalizations and deaths are increasing, not diminishing as one would expect in an effective vaccination campaign. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons are succumbing.”
Further, the group warned, “Long-term effects of these novel, genetically engineered products cannot possibly be known at this point. These could include autoimmune disorders, antibody-enhanced disease, infertility, cancer, or birth defects.”
The statement continued, “Moreover, the benefit to the public in this instance is purely hypothetical. Uninfected persons cannot transmit infection just because they are unvaccinated. Vaccinated persons can still infect others. Many medical workers already have natural immunity, and mandated shots impose risks without little or no benefit, yet there is no provision to exempt them.”
Widespread requirements for experimental treatments, AAPS explained, “would not be approved by an Institutional Review Board on both ethical and scientific grounds: no consent; no disclosure of the experimenters’ conflicts of interest; no control group; no follow-up of subjects for COVID status, immune parameters, or adverse effects; no provision for medical care of the subjects; and no criteria for stopping the experiment if subjects are being harmed.”
A better course would include early treatment options, AAPS said.
The AMA-endorsed statement claimed the vaccines are effective, but admitted there’s largely a distrust of such claims.
“We recognize the historical mistrust of health care institutions, including among many in our own health care workforce. We must continue to address workers’ concerns, engage with marginalized populations, and work with trusted messengers to improve vaccine acceptance.”
The statement offered no option for not submitting to its demands.
“As the health care community leads the way in requiring vaccines for our employees, we hope all other employers across the country will follow our lead and implement effective policies to encourage vaccination,” the medical organizations led by the AMA said.
The AAPS, however, pointed that all people have a right to liberty, “which they do not forfeit when they serve the sick or the disabled.”
And the group pointed out that the long-term impacts of the “novel, genetically engineered products” “cannot possibly be known at this point.”
Negative results could include, it said, autoimmune disorders, anti-body-enhanced disease, infertility, cancer, and birth defects.
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THE “now word” that has been simmering in my heart this past week — testing, revealing, and purifying — is a clarion call to the Body of Christ that the hour has come when she must love to perfection. What does this mean?
LOVING TO PERFECTION
Jesus did not just endure mockery and spittle, exclusion and derision. He did not only accept the scourging and thorns, the beatings and stripping. He did not remain upon the Cross for just a few minutes… but Love “bled out.” Jesus loved us to perfection.
What does this mean for you and me? It means that we are called to “bleed out” for another, to love beyond our limits, to give until it hurts, and then some. This is what Jesus showed us, this is what He taught us: that love is like a grain of wheat that must fall into the ground each and every time we are called to serve, sacrifice, and give. And when we love to perfection, only then… only then… does that grain of wheat bear fruit that lasts.
Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit… fruit that will remain… (John 12:24, 15:16)
The difference between grudgingly, half-heartedly giving ourselves is the difference between our love being human or divine. It is the difference between mediocrity and holiness. It is the difference between a reflection of the Sun or the Sun itself. It is the difference between passing through the moment or transforming the moment. The only kind of love that can transform the world around us is divine love — a love that is borne upon the wings of the Holy Spirit and capable of piercing even the hardest heart. And this is not the domain for a select few, for just those “untouchable” Saints we read about. Rather, it is possible each and every moment in the most mundane and familiar of things.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light. (Matthew 11:30)
Yes, the yoke of the Divine Will is to abandon ourselves completely in the littlest things, which is why the yoke is easy and the burden light. God does not ask 99.9% of us to a martyrdom like we see in the Middle East; rather, it is a martyrdom in the middle of our families. But we make it hard by our obstinance, laziness or selfishness — not because making the bed is difficult!
Loving to perfection. It is not only doing the dishes and sweeping the floor, but picking up even that last crumb when you are too tired to bend. It is changing a diaper for the fifth time in a row. It is not only bearing with your family members or social media “friends” when they are unbearable, but listening without cutting them off — and even then, responding peaceably and with gentleness. These are the things that made them Saints — not ecstasies and levitation — and these little ways are not beyond our reach then either. They are happening every minute of the day — we just to fail to recognize them for what they. Or our vanity gets in the way, and we see these acts as lacking in glamor, that don’t bring us attention, that don’t earn us praise. Instead, they will bleed us out, which often feels like nails and thorns, not praises and applause.
LOOK TO JESUS
Look to the Cross. See how Love bled out. See how Jesus — once followed by thousands — loved to perfection when the crowds were smallest, when the Hosannas were silent, when those He loved had all but abandoned Him. Loving to perfection hurts. It’s lonely. It tests. It purifies. It leaves us feeling at times like crying out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” But bleeding out for the other is what sets us apart, what consecrates us in truth, what causes the little seed of our sacrifice to bear supernatural fruit that will last for eternity.
It is precisely what prepares a glorious resurrection of grace in ways that only God fully knows.
Soon, very soon, the Body of Christ is going to enter into the most painful division ever. So this word to Love to Perfection is not only (most importantly) for our daily lives and challenges, but to also prepare us for the medical apartheid that is here and coming, and for great divisions that seem on the verge of exploding within the Church herself. But I want to leave that aside for now, to turn again to the present moment. For Jesus said:
The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones. (Luke 16:10)
We are Our Lady’s Little Rabble, and she is preparing us now for the climax of 2000 years of history since her Son walked upon this earth. But she does so in the same way that she herself prepared to participate in the Passion of her Son: by sweeping the floor in Nazareth, making meals, changing diapers, washing clothes… yes, bleeding out in the little things… loving to perfection.
The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Matt 23:11-12)
I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace… (Eph 4:1-3)
So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matt 5:48)
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Lord Jesus, I come before you wanting to grow in my knowledge of you and wanting to grow in love for you. I want to show my love by truly loving others as you have loved me. My falls are many, yet I trust in your grace never to stay down and always to get up. I trust that your mercy will change my heart. So, I stand before you, ready to listen to your words and ready to unite myself more perfectly to your most holy will.
Lord, grant me a love similar to Mary Magdalene’s passionate love for Christ.
1 The Lone Guard: How sad Mary Magdalene must have been as she sat and wept outside Our Lord’s tomb! Our Lord had healed her soul; he had cast seven demons from her heart. She had stood at the foot of Our Lord’s cross, along with the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. John. She had washed Our Lord’s feet with her tears; now her tears flow down her face. She’s alone. Or rather she experienced an existential loneliness in the face of the bitter events of Good Friday. But she wasn’t alone. We are never alone in our suffering. Do I suffer alone, or do I open my heart to Our Lord in all my trials?
2 “Mary!” How Mary Magdalene must have endeared herself to Our Lord. The other followers were locked up in their rooms. Yet here was this simple, humble woman, trying to accompany Our Lord in the only way she knew. We have much to learn from this beautiful soul. How she moved the heart of Jesus! She’s the first one he appears to after his Resurrection. What a gift. What a gift to have the Risen Lord say your name. Despite her anguish she wishes to honor her Lord who she is about to discover is God. In moments of trial and pain, do I remember to honor God with my thoughts, desires, intentions and actions? Does he remain number one for me no matter what I’m going through?
3 The Ultimate Message: As Mary Magdalene touched Our Lord’s heart, he would now touch hers, and she would become the apostle to the Apostles. She’s the first one to announce to the world that Our Lord has risen from the dead. Jesus is the Lord of life. What was moving through her heart as she hurried towards the Apostles? Let’s ask Christ for that gift—to have the same zeal as Mary Magdalene did as she went to proclaim that she had met the Risen Lord! Am I a witness to the saving message of Our Lord including, or especially, in the midst of great personal suffering?
Conversation with Christ:
Jesus, I want to endear myself to you just as Mary Magdalene did at your tomb. Then, fill me with the joy you instilled in her heart on that first Easter morning.
Today I will see how I can help at my parish, in imitation of Mary Magdalene’s assistance to our Church 2,000 years ago.