Friday, November 16, 2012

Vortex: Catholics Are to Blame

Here’s today’s Vortex – just a short one, but with a powerful message, and one we need to embrace. It’s time to “Catholic up”.

The script:

The occasion was the beatification of St. Joan of Arc in 1908. The maid of Orleans as she came to be known was a brave young soul – killed at just 19; burned at the stake for heresy.

At the beatification ceremony, Pope Pius X, who would of course be canonized a saint as well, said the following. It’s worth listening to and meditating on deeply:

"In our time more than ever before, the chief strength of the wicked, lies in the cowardice and weakness of good men...All the strength of Satan’s reign is due to the easy-going weakness of Catholics.

Oh! if I might ask the Divine Redeemer, as the prophet Zachary did in spirit: What are those wounds in the midst of Thy hands? The answer would not be doubtful: With these was I wounded in the house of them that 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.

And this reproach can be leveled at the weak and timid Catholics of all countries."

If this was true a hundred years ago, how much MORE is it true today?

What too many Catholics fail to grasp about the faith is this: IT is the bulwark against evil in the world and it alone. When it is failing at its task, evil advances.

And when evil advances, the enemy of the human race is able to seduce souls into Hell.

If this simple basic foundational jumping off starting off point of the faith is not understood, then none of the rest makes sense or CAN make sense.

In order to grasp this foundational point, a person MUST believe and understand in Hell, sin, and Satan. If they don’t, then all other preaching should just stop.

Next to His own divinity, Our Lord spoke more about Hell and sin and Satan than anything else. He came to earth to be the Savior first and foremost. On His leaving earth He gave His full authority and power and mission to His Church – that of being Savior.

This one failure – to understand and view the Church in this way – is the sole reason that the Church, and by extension the world, is in the mess that’s it’s in.

Fix this, and you begin to fix everything.

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