"You aim at a devout life, dear Philothea, because as a Christian you know that such devotion is most acceptable to God's Divine Majesty," says St. Francis de Sales in his book "Introduction to the Devout Life".
And we can all be Philotheas, as St. Francis notes: "I have made use of a name suitable to all who seek the devout life, Philothea meaning one who loves God."
Michael Voris has agreed to take over again today in order to give me a little breathing room as I attempt to gather some thoughts on various issues. He's sounding the battle cry, and I think we all need to hear it.
Here's the script:
Catholics. Wake Up! Do you not see what
is happening around the world?
Pay attention to
these prophetic words ..
“The world in which we live is the
battleground of the Church. I believe that we are now living at the end of
Christendom. It is the end of Christendom, but not of Christianity. What is
Christendom is the political,
economic, moral, social, legal life of a nation as inspired by the gospel
ethic. That is finished.
Abortion, the breakdown of the family
life, dishonesty, even the natural virtues upon which the supernatural virtues
were based, are being discredited. Christianity is not at the end. But we are
at the end of Christendom.
And I believe the sooner we face up
to this fact, the sooner we will be able to solve many of our problems.
Thirty or forty years ago, it was
very easy to be a Christian. The very air we breathed was Christian. Bicycles
could be left on the front lawns; doors could be left unlocked. Suddenly, all
this has changed; now we have to affirm our faith. We live in a world that
challenges us. And many fall away.
Dead bodies float downstream; it
takes live bodies to resist the current. And this is our summons. We will have
to begin a different church. We are for a moment on a trapeze. We are in
between the death of an old civilization and culture and the swing to the
beginning of the new.
These are the times in which we live.
They are therefore wonderful days; marvelous; we should thank God that we live
in times like this.”
Archbishop Fulton Sheen first uttered those words in 1974. And 38 years later
they contain in them a greater urgency than even that giant among bishops may
have ever thought possible.
“new church” that Sheen speaks of that we need to begin is only “new” in the
sense that the thoroughly protestantized Catholic Church that has been around
for the past 50 years or so is the "old" Church.
needs to be resurrected is a ferocity about the faith – an unapologetic
Apologetics – a refusal and rejection of all that is not solidly Catholic in
every corner of the Catholic world.
includes cowardly approaches to the Faith by those charged with transmitting
and defending it. If your parish is
slowly sapping your faith and the faith of your children, leave it and get to
one that actually nourishes you.
is a spiritual felony for leaders to slowly starve their people of the full and
authentic truths of Christ made present in the Magisterium of the Church.
it therefore makes accomplices of all inside the Church who continue to peddle
this soft, glad-handing, girly approach to the faith – being afraid to call out
leaders who betray the faithful by word or deed, active or passive.
many in the Church – vast numbers – feed off a bureaucracy that is corrupt or
morally complicit in the downfall of souls.
Those who know will not speak out for fear of their own loss of income
or standing or prestige.
as the moral and spiritual rot continues to creep along, they continue
broadcasting or writing books or blogs supporting the very bureaucracy that's sucking
the life out of the Church.
aim their barbs and criticisms at enemies of the faith outside the walls – which
takes not the least bit of courage – but refuse to talk about what they KNOW
going on inside the walls: the refusal, for example, to allow the Latin Mass to expand for
example; the continued allowance of employment of heretics in universities; of
pastors being allowed to stay pastors as they preach a false gospel of silence
on the most pressing issues of the day.
of this, and much more, they KNOW and refuse to breathe a word about any of it.
They refuse to sound a call to arms, and hide behind lofty sounding terms like
Prudence and Charity and Unity.
do so would cost them their speaking engagements, and the acclaim of ignorant sheep,
and the ability to host radio shows, and author books. They will not tell the whole truth, and
therefore are accomplices in degradation of the Church. They are not so much allies as they are
Archbishop Fulton Sheen again is instructive here:
"A Catholic who does not strive to spread his Faith is a parasite
on the life of the Church."
How can someone
claim to be spreading the faith, particularly those with a platform to do so,
when they refuse to confront the very forces INSIDE the Church preventing the
spread of the Faith: weak and cowardly bishops, modernist staffers in
chanceries and high level offices pushing perverse notions of the Church’s
teaching in areas of social doctrine and sexual morality.
The Church of
Nice crowd never wants to talk about these people – the wolves in sheep’s
clothing, the ravenous wolves. Meanwhile, the wolves are allowed to roam free, the Church continues
to be weak, and the world grows more evil as a consequence.
Indeed, the only
avenue left for a corpse is to go along with the flow. The authentic Church must become a Church of
ferocious resistance and great saints…unafraid to say ALL that needs to be
How long do the
parasites think the host will be alive to feed from?
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