Immaculate Heart of Mary, Ora pro nobis.

This blog is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and in reparation for all the sins committed against Her Most Pure Heart. May Her Immaculate Heart draw us closer to Her Divine Son, Our Most Precious Lord.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Living in Wonderland

Everything has a got a moral if you can only find it.  Lewis Caroll

     I don't remember my fall through the rabbit hole, but surely there was one.  The only other explanation is that I have actually gone mad.  Things are not what they seem and every thing is topsy-turvy.  On the surface, it just seems that our society keeps progressing in such fashion that demarcation lines are blurred and all things are tolerated.  My traditional Catholic sensibilities, however, assure me eventually our stay in Wonderland will come to a terrible, yet glorious, end.  Nonsense, you may say.  Well let's have a look.

As for the Sacrament of Matrimony, which symbolizes the Union of Christ with His Church, it will be attacked and profaned in the fullest sense of the word.  Our Lady of Good Success

Not so long ago, weddings were joyous events where the wedding party and guests wore dresses like the rainbow or in jewel tones.  Today, weddings seem like funerals.  Perhaps since so many marriages end end divorce, this fashion statement is appropriate.

Coming to a state near you is state-sanctioned "marriage" of homosexuals, as if anyone other than Christ has a say in the matter.  But in these times when men and women are interchangeable, are we surprised?

Masonry, which will then be in power, will enact iniquitous laws with the objection of doing away with this Sacrament (Matrimony), making it easy for everyone to live in sin, encouraging the procreation of illegitimate children born without the blessing of the Church.  Our Lady of Good Success

 UNS--Unmarried, Not Single--that's the new status of a growing population in the United States.  And who knows how many of them have children.  In 2010, the number of babies born to out-of-wedlock mothers reached higher than 40%.  When this number is broken down into racial categories, the implications are startling.  72% of black children, 53% of Hispanic children, and 29% of white children are growing up in homes where their parents are not married.  Some of these poor children will never even meet their father.  Considering that we know these children grow up into adults with poor social skills and live in poverty, why would a society attempt to make it easier and more convenient to live in these conditions?

The Sacrament of Holy Orders will be ridiculed, oppressed, and despised.  The demon will try to persecute the Ministers of the Lord in every possible way...., corrupting many of them.  These corrupted priests will scandalize the Christian people, will incite the hatred of the bad Christians, and the enemies of the Roman, Catholic, and Apostolic Church to fall upon the priests.  Our Lady of Good Success

     What a horrible tragedy the priestly sex abuse scandal has been.  Who knows how many young boys these perverts molested.  Instead of running these priests out, removing their faculties, and prosecuting them, the hierarchy has hid these vile actions.  Most of this happened  under the watch of the "Great Scandalizer" Pope John Paul II.  In the wake of it, many Catholics have left the Church and it has given fodder for anti-Catholics to continue to persecute her.  For those who have remained, there is constant mistrust and doubt.  And this is the Church that is entrusted with saving souls?

  While the sex abuse scandal is stirring up the angst of the Catholic haters, there is something more happening to the priesthood that only Catholics really know about or care about.  This issue is a crisis of tremendous magnitude and importance.  There is a level of corruption and scandal that hits at the heart of all the Sacraments.  Destroy the priesthood and destroy the Church.  Martin Luther knew it and these so-called priests no it too.  John Corapi is just one example of the gravity of this situation.  Here is a man who had a horribly sinful past.  He amended his ways and found a "calling" to the priesthood.  Prison ministry or a drug and alcohol counselor just wouldn't do.  This one had to go for the gold medal---priest.  In a  past time, his deeds would have automatically eliminated him from Holy Orders.  Not today.  For the New Church, any old man will do, whether he's a businessman, womanizer, or truck driver at heart.  In the 15 years since I have been a Catholic, I have known 3 priests to leave the priesthood for other "callings.'  One of these priests so scandalized me that I was confused and lost for over 3 years.  How many faithful Catholics are confessing to their priests to find out they are now chefs or hairdressers?  What a joke the priesthood  has become.

Civil governments will all have the same objective, which will be to abolish and make every religious principle disappear, to make way for materialism, atheism, spiritism, and vices of all kinds.  Our Lady of La Salette

      When I was a young girl, you had to make sure you had eggs and milk on Saturday because running out on Sunday morning just couldn't be done.  There was no where to go.  Everything in town, except for one lone gas station, was closed tight as a drum.  The Lord's Day was for worshiping not for shopping.  Sunday mornings in 2011 is just another business day as usual.  There are more people at the malls than at Mass.  And not to be hindered our materialistic society, the modern Catholic Church makes it really easy for her parishioners--there's a Mass on Saturday evening so all the faithful can go about there business shopping and hopping on Sunday.  After all, there is lots of money to be made on Sundays since church attendance is down and youth soccer games are up.

     There is an unrelenting, ongoing attack on Catholicism in the country and around the world.  It was first seen in the 50s and 60s when there were campaigns to rid prayer from the public schools.  Every so often there is an article about removing the Crucifix from Catholic universities and hospitals because they "offend" non-Christians.  Americans spend more money celebrating the macabre of Halloween than decorating for Christmas.  Each year there is increasing effort to secularize Christmas even more, placing more emphasis on Santa Claus, "Holiday" shopping, and winter vacations.  Our public school system has gone from worshiping Our Lord by closing on Good Friday to worshiping Martin Luther King, Jr., a man of questionable moral character and motives.  The atheists and non-Christians love a party but hate the One True Faith, so they have replaced St. Valentine's Day with Happy Hearts Day and St. Patrick's Day with Shamrock Day.  What in the world will they do when they realize that shamrock represents The Blessed Trinity?

Rome will lose the Faith and become the seat of the Antichrist.  Our Lady of La Salette

     What a circus the Vatican has become---really.  Modernism began creeping into the Church along time ago, but no secrets were kept after Vatican II.  During the process 6 Protestant ministers and a Jew helped to rewrite the Mass and took it upon themselves to attempt to altar the 1,960 years of Catholic tradition and theology.  The more I study about the popes since Vatican II, the more I read papal encyclicals before Vatican II, the more the veil is lifted from my eyes.  It would take several blog posts to address how the Catholic Church has changed over the last 45 years.  When these changes were first put into place in the 1960s many faithful Catholics left the Church, never to return.  They went to their deaths, many of them, without ever receiving Extreme Unction or Penance.  These poor souls suffered in life and in death, grieving over the loss of the Church.  Those that did remain helped to usher in some of the most ridiculous and egregious practices that have led to a massive loss of faith, hemorrhaging of the faithful, an aging clergy, and closings of churches and schools.  The churches that remain are devoid of beauty and stripped of all Catholic images and icons.  Our Blessed Lord in the Sacrament has been pushed aside or moved to a private chapel.  Images of Our Most Beautiful Mother have been removed or hidden.  Catholics of a prior time were remarkable.  They lived very different lives from their Protestant neighbors.  Sadly, now Catholics are virtually indistinguishable from any one else.  For many Catholics, the Church and the Pope are irrelevant.  Many others adore the Pope but are unable to determine what is True Catholicism and what is pure conjecture.  If Catholics are so divided among themselves, how is the Church to recover from whatever crisis she faces?

     And lest anyone be confused, there are abuses that go one at Catholic Masses around the globe.  There are Clown Masses, Polka Masses, "Gay" Masses, and Puppet Masses.  Masses with native dancers, modern dancers, mariachi bands, and trapeze artists.  It is a complete and total mockery of Our Lord Jesus Christ and very little, if anything, is done to stop this problem.  Rather, when traditional Catholics complain or demand due reverence, they are ostracized, ridiculed, and made to feel like outcasts.

We are living in very difficult times, indeed.  In words taken from my mother, the whole world has gone crazy.  It  has indeed.  The devil is running loose and wreaking havoc---but only for a time.  Our Blessed Mother has continued to warn us that if we do not return to Our Lord, we will be punished.  But She also has promised us that, in the end, Her Immaculate Heart will triumph.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Destroying the Family, one ideology at at time....

     I have been away from this blog for a long time.  As yesterday was the Feast of the Holy Family, I thought this would be a great day to start a new blog.  It's especially fitting since many of the thoughts I have had lately have revolved around marriage and family.
     St. Joseph, Our Blessed Mother, and Our Lord were the model family.  They lived quiet and humble lives before, during, and after Jesus' Nativity and Crucifixion.  The Holy Scripture is mostly silent about them until Jesus' ministry became a public one.  As Holy and magnificent as they were, they went about their lives doing God's will.  They lived quietly, simply, honestly, and purely not completely understanding the outcome but living in obedience to the One True God.  As such, they are the best example for family life that any of us can  have---a father whose goal is to protect and care for his Wife and Child, a Mother who's pure, prudent, obedient, merciful, sorrowful, and a Son who's Holy, obedient, and patient.  This was not a family seeking financial security, self-actualization, or fame.  They only wanted to do God's will.  
     It seems to me, then, that this would be the example that Catholic families would follow.  I suspect this was mostly the case before WWII in America.  Catholic families came to this country from homelands suffering famine, desolation, and war.  They came here, mostly into the cities, found jobs or opened up small businesses.  Priests were sent, pennies were offered, and churches were built.  Children were born, families and neighborhoods grew, communities thrived, and most lived simple lives following the example of the Most Holy Family.
     Over the last century though, family life, and ultimately Catholicism, has been under attack and slowly the fabric of our society has begun to unravel.  The threads are laid bare now and we are hanging on by a few strings.  Slowly modernism has crept into the thoughts and minds of educators, business owners, and law-makers until it has stretched its ugly roots all under the ground of our society.  One can't escape it, really, without much suffering and sorrow.  While modernism and the destruction of society and the Church arguably began with the Enlightenment, there are some ideas that have taken root so deeply that it may be difficult, if not impossible to get rid of.
     1)  The Protestant Work Ethic.  When the Protestants rejected the Sacraments as the necessary means for salvation and opened the pearly gates to "all believers in Jesus," they had to develop a means to fight off the devil and determine who had received God's graces.  These outward indications of grace have subsequently evolved into working 10 or 12 hours a day and accumulating material possessions.  The discussion of the Protestant Work Ethic is worthy of an entire blog post.  But since space and time limit many of the details, I can say that this concept has led to an immediate breakdown in families, the rejection of good works and true charity, and the U.S's attraction to entertainment.  Americans spend all their time working and spend all their money on things they can't do because they are working.  What sort of toll does this have on the families?
     2)   Egalitarianism.   This concept has quietly and systematically stripped our society and institutions of all structure and sanity.   I am not talking here about human dignity.  Yes, all people are created in the image of God.  I am also not talking about the missions and abilities that God has given to people over the course of history.  Some of the greatest monarchs and saints have been women.  Rather I am talking about the idea of egalitarianism that attempts to erase the desire or need for social class, status, or role.  The French Revolution, The Protestant Revolt, The American Revolution, Marxism, Socialism, Feminism, Occupy Wall Street---all of these "revolts" hold as one central idea to completely eradicate the classes.   Titles which used to foster respect and due reverence have been rejected for fear of creating class-warfare.  Everyone is on a first name basis and everyone looks the same.  As a result, children have little respect for their parent's authority, bosses hang out with their employees, and the Catholic priesthood  has been reduced to just another career option.
     3)  Feminism.  I could spend a lifetime refuting feminism.  This ideology has probably done more damage to our society and families than anyone could care to imagine.  No organization or institution is exempt from the effects of feminism.  Women, in droves, have abandoned their children to day care providers, so they can become self-actualized by joining the work-force.  Feminism, without dispute, has been a major catalyst in the sky-rocketing of divorce rates.  Feminism, without dispute, has led to the plummet in birthrates across the globe and the death of millions of unborn Americans through abortion.  It has led to the attitude that unless women are working outside their homes, they are worthless, ignorant, oppressed, or a combination of the three.  Feminism is an insidious disease that has infected countless numbers of homes, individuals, and children.  Divorce among married women with children is common place.  Pregnancy is inconvenient and birth control is considered responsible parenting.  Some may believe that the Catholic Church has held her own against feminism, but that is simply not true.  Altar girls are standard fare on any given Sunday and in many parishes more women take on liturgical roles than do men. 
     The family is the basic unit of society.  When families are healthy, the society that grows around them is robust.  But when the families begin to break down, society begins to fall into an abyss.  Modern people, who are invested in the ideologies mentioned above, would like you to believe that there are all "kinds" of families and that these families are all equal and good for society. To hear them tell it, it doesn't really matter what kind of family children are raised in as long as there is love.  They believe this because if they didn't, they would have to take a long hard look at their work ethic and their value system.  
     It has long been reported by anyone with a voice that our society is in a downward spiral.  There is also no shortage of opinions on what the cause is and what to do about it.  But the answer is simple.  Families are falling apart---and our society encourages it.  As long as we buy into feminist ideology, egalitarianism, and the Protestant work ethic our families are going to continue to suffer and fail.  Those families who recognize the problems and are determined to make a difference in their own lives through God's graces may well find themselves facing suffering and hardships they cannot imagine.  When times seem particularly difficult, though, we always have the example of the Holy Family to guide us.

St. Joseph, protect us.
Most Beautiful Mother, pray for us.
Divine Infant, have mercy on us.