Saturday, June 2, 2012
The Catholic Defender: God's Servant First
Jesus said, "Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you" (Matthew 5:10-11).
Who would have thought 30 years ago in the United States of America, the land of the free and the brave, that we would see the attack upon the people of faith sponsored by the Government?
Jesus said, "Remember the word I spoke to you, 'No slave is greater than his master. If they persecuted me, THEY will also persecute you. If THEY kept my word, THEY will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me." (John 16:20-21). Have you ever thought about who the "they" are who Jesus was referring too? They are the ones who have opposed the Catholic Church through all time.
Consider what Jesus said, "If they kept my word, they will also keep yours", when Governments turn to self for it's own authority, they turn to themselves and they in effect, become the "they" Jesus warns about.
Today, we see a systematic turning away from our Christian roots, from our national traditions.
The acceptance of hedonism, homosexuality, immorality of all kinds, we see the family falling apart.
Jesus Can't be more clear on what he is saying, yet, we have this warning coming from the Virgin Mary:
"In order to prevent this, I have some to intercede for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the communion of the first Sabbaths.
"If you carry out my demands, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. Otherwise the errors will be spread around the world, provoking war and persecution against the Church; many good people will become martyrs, the Holy Father will suffer much; many nations will be suppressed...
"But in the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph, the Holy Father will consecrate Russia for me, which will be converted and the world will be granted a period of peace..."
With the advance of the Bolshevik Revolution came the motto, "All power to the soviets" which began an immediate persecution of the Catholic Church.
Consider what originally took place that brought down the Czars? There was unrest due to war, do to internal uprisings, it is interesting that there was a women's movement defending women workers that forced the Government to call in the military.
The women were persuasive as they were able to get the Soldiers to put down their guns. This would not last long as the persecution of the Church would soon take off throughout Europe.
My Wife and I went to see the movie "For Greater Glory" and I was left fighting back tears because of what was happening to the Faithful there. I had known of some of the martyrs there, some of the Priests, but I was totally unaware of the extent of how terrible this was. How could this happen? Can this happen again, here in the United States? Where do you stand when the Obama Administration begins their attack upon the Catholic Faith?
I am mindful of 1 Thessalonians 5:3, "When the people are saying, 'Peace and security,' then sudden disaster comes upon them, like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape".
As an American, I have always been patriotic, we are "flag wavers", because of our right to worship God in freedom. I served 26 years in the Army and I am proud of what I have done for my Country.
We do not have to go the road of the Bolshevk's, the Socialists, the Marxists, the Secularist's who have had a century of bloodshed as forewarned by Our Lady of Fatima. We do not have to go down the road of violence, we have the power to vote and correct ourselves.
St. Paul wrote, "Working together, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says, 'In an acceptable time I heard you, and on the day of salvation I helped you'. Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:1-2).
The Lord says, "and if my people, upon whom my name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek my presence and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and revive their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14).
To be "God's Servant First" must be our motto, I do not want to be part of the "THEY" whom our Lord warns about in John 16:20-21!
After watching this movie, "For Greater Glory" I have not stopped tearing about it and recognizing the importance of Pope John Paul's visit to Mexico in 1979, the importance this still plays today and each day unfolds. Where are you in this story?
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