Comfort Catholicism Has to Go; It is Time to Prepare for Persecution

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We are at war for our own souls and the souls of people we love. We are at war for the soul of this culture and nation. And like any soldier, we must train to fight well.

Source: Comfort Catholicism Has to Go; It is Time to Prepare for Persecution

There is a growing consternation among some Catholics that the Church, at least in her leadership, is living in the past. It seems there is no awareness that we are at war and that Catholics need to be summoned to sobriety, increasing separation from the wider culture, courageous witness and increasing martyrdom.

It is long past dark in our culture, but in most parishes and dioceses it is business as usual and there is anything but the sober alarm that is really necessary in times like these.

Scripture says, Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle (Psalm 144:1). Preparing people for war — a moral and spiritual war, not a shooting war — should include a clear setting forth of the errors of our time, and a clear and loving application of the truth to error and light to darkness.

But there is little such training evident in Catholic circles today where, in the average parish, there exists a sort of shy and quiet atmosphere — a fear of addressing “controversial” issues lest someone be offended, or the parish be perceived as “unwelcoming.”

But, if there ever was a time to wear soft garments, it is not now.

The Church of the 1970s-1990s was surely well described as the era of “beige Catholicism” (a term coined by Bishop Robert Barron, and not by way of flattery either). Those of us who lived through that era, especially in the 1970s, remember it as a time when many parish signs beckoned people to “come and experience our welcoming and warm Catholic community.” Our most evident desire was to fit in and be thought of as “normal.” Yes, Catholics were just like everyone else; and we had been working very hard to do that, at least since the early 1960s when John F. Kennedy was elected. Catholics had finally “made it” into the mainstream; we had been accepted by the culture.

Church architecture and interiors became minimalist and non-descript. Music and language in the liturgy became folksy. Marian processions, Corpus Christi processions, many things of distinctive and colorful Catholicism all but disappeared. Even our crucifixes disappeared, to be replaced by floating “resurrection Jesus” images. The emphasis was on blending in, speaking to things that made people feel comfortable, and affirming rather than challenging. If there was to be any challenge at all it would be on “safe” exhortations such as not abusing the environment or polluting, not judging or being intolerant, and so forth.

Again, if there ever was a time to wear soft garments, it is not now. It is zero-dark-thirty in our post-Christian culture. And while we may wish to blame any number of factors for the collapse, we cannot exclude ourselves. We who are supposed to be the light of the world, with Christ shining in us, have preferred to hide our light under a basket and lay low. The ruins of our families and culture are testimony to the triumph of error and the suppression of the truth.

More than ever we need to shift toward being distinctive from the culture we have refused to critique and call to reform. More than ever our faith needs to shine brightly and clearly in our churches and communities.

And if a world now accustomed to great darkness calls our light harsh, so be it. If our light does not shine, there is no light at all. Our Catholic faith is the sole and last hope for this world. It has always been so.

Simply put, it is time for clergy to prepare themselves and God’s people for sacrifice. Seeking to compromise with this culture is now unthinkable. Our only recourse is to seek to lance the boils. And the culture will cry foul. And we who do the lancing will be made increasingly to suffer. But we have to be willing to embrace and endure such suffering in increasing ways in the months and years ahead.

We are at war for our own souls and the souls of people we love. We are at war for the soul of this culture and nation. And like any soldier, we must train to fight well. We must study our faith and be more committed than ever. We must also know our enemy and his tactics, and we must be prepared to suffer — and even to lose our life.

We have to retool and provide every opportunity to get clear about our faith. Sermons and other teachable moments must sound a clear call to personal conversion and to battle for souls and to stop treating lightly the sinful disregard for God’s law in our families and communities.

Our bishops especially need to shift into another mode entirely. Collectively and currently they seem more interested in protecting what little we have left, than summoning the Catholic people to battle. Priests too seem loath to summon people to anything challenging or uncomfortable. The image of Peter trying to keep Christ from the Cross comes to mind. Peter said, “This shall never be for you!” And the Lord severely rebuked him saying that he was thinking as man, not God, and was in the service of Satan.

And what of us? The Church cannot even seem to ask people to attend Mass on a Holy Day if it is on a Monday or a Saturday. It is apparently too much to ask people to come to Mass two days in a row. If that be the case, who will summon them to withstand and vigorously protest unjust and evil laws, even if it means financial penalties or even jail? And blood martyrdom? It hardly seems likely that most clergy today would counsel readiness for such a thing or even be close to being ready ourselves. Bishops or priests who do so can expect to be called reckless and imprudent in shy and soft times like these. The cry will surely go up, “It is not yet the time for such things!”

But if not now, when?

Scripture says, If the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? (1 Cor. 14:8). It cannot simply be priests who must make this call. Parents and other leaders need to sound it as well. Yes, parents need to prepare their children for more than a career. They need now to prepare them for difficult days ahead — days that will include persecution and even martyrdom if they decide to follow Christ unambiguously.

Am I wrong? I sure hope so. But we can no longer, as a Church, sit idly by and hope things just magically get better. As a culture, and even in segments of the Church, we have sown the wind, and now we are reaping the whirlwind.

Many, these days, like to criticize the Church of the past for any number of failings. But I wonder how the future members of the Church will remember the Church in our times. Columnist Joseph Sobran, writing over 15 years ago, wondered the same thing and wrote:

[Catholics of the future] certainly won’t accuse us of excessive zeal. They might be shocked by our lukewarmness, our cowardice masquerading as tolerance, our laxity, our willingness to countenance heresy, sacrilege, blasphemy, and immorality, even within the Church itself, our eagerness to ingratiate ourselves with the secular world … (Subtracting Christianity, p. 268)

Yes, I too wonder. From St. Peter to Constantine there were 33 Popes. Thirty of them were martyred and two died in exile. Countless clergy and lay people too were martyred. It is hard to imagine the Church in the decadent West being willing to suffer so. Surely our brethren in many less affluent parts of the world are dying in large numbers. But I wonder: After all these years of “comfort Catholicism”, would the average American parishioner or clergyman be willing or able to endure such loss?

It is time, past time, to retool. It is time to prepare for persecutions that will get bolder by the month and year. The dark movements that marched in under the banners of tolerance never meant it. And having increasingly gained power, they are seeking to criminalize anyone who resists their vision. No tolerance for us. Religious liberty is eroding, and compulsory compliance is already here. The federal courts increasingly shift to militantly secular and activist judges who legislate from the bench.

When will we as a Church finally say to the bureaucrats who demand we comply with evil laws: “We will not comply. If you fine us we will not pay. If you seek to confiscate our buildings, we will turn maximum publicity against you, but we still will not comply. If you arrest us, off to jail we go! But we will simply not comply with evil laws or cooperate with evil.”

Right now, most of us can barely imagine our clergy standing so firm. Quiet compromises and jargon-filled “solutions” will be a grave temptation to a Church ill-prepared for persecution.

Call me alarmist or call me idealist, but I hope we find our spine before it is too late. It is usually a faithful remnant that saves the day in the Biblical narrative. I pray only for the strength to be in that faithful remnant.  Will you join me too? Let’s pray and start retooling now. Only our unambiguous faith can save us or anyone we love. Pray for strong and courageous faith.

Paganism: Book of Truth – 23 June 2012

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Virgin Mary: The world has been turned upside down by paganism

23 June 2012 @ 10:50am

https://missionofsalvation.com/message-0466/

My children, I call you all to join in prayer for the conversion of sinners and to continue your daily prayers. Fasting will save so many souls and is a great Gift to my beloved Son. So many people in the world have turned away from my Son.

How He weeps at this time. He loves them so much and it is heart breaking to watch, especially the disloyalty of those who accept that He is the true Son of God the Most High.

The world has been turned upside down by paganism. It has become a place of confusion, hatred, turmoil and unrest.

This is like the state of Hell, although nothing as terrifying or as painful. Yet the power of the evil one has created this hateful tension and it surrounds all of God’s children.

Few are left untouched by the venom which is being spread in every nation by the darkness. So many are blinded by this darkness and feel no hope.

Many who do not turn to God and continue along a path which brings them much unhappiness.

Those who love God, but pay little attention to Him through prayer, are just as helpless.

Only prayer, devotion and sacrifice can bring you close to God. Nothing else will bring you peace.

Pray, pray, pray for souls who idolise false gods. They are in much need of prayer at this time.

Pray for those tempted by the evil one who causes hardship to those under their control.

They have little time before The Confession, The Warning. When that day comes they must show humility when the truth is revealed to them.

My Son’s great plan to save much of humanity is about to be revealed to the world.

Many will not be saved.

This is why all His loving disciples have such a responsibility now to pray for conversion to save as many souls as possible.

Go in peace my children, comfortable in the knowledge that my Son is ever merciful.

He wants to save all and The Confession is the Gift He presents to the world to do this.

The Warning is the biggest Gift to humanity since His Death on the Cross.

Rejoice for many souls who would, otherwise have been tormented in Hell for eternity, can be saved and be given the Gift of Eternal Life.

Thank you for responding to this call from Heaven.

Your Beloved Mother of God

Mother of Salvation

 

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Reading for Today from the Bible “ And they brought up the ark, the tent of meeting, and all the holy vessels..” “

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This message was the third one  opened at JtM CPG meeting on Tuesday 3 May, 2016, after a Prayer to the Holy Spirit. (The second reading was posted  yesterday) The prayer theme was: Protection for Church, Faith, Priests, Families, Nation, and Submission to the Divine Will

Bible:(Douay Rheims) 2 Chronicles 5: 2-7

Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the fathers’ houses of the people of Israel, in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion.
[3] And all the men of Israel assembled before the king at the feast which is in the seventh month.
[4] And all the elders of Israel came, and the Levites took up the ark.
[5] And they brought up the ark, the tent of meeting, and all the holy vessels that were in the tent; the priests and the Levites brought them up.
[6] And King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel, who had assembled before him, were before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and oxen that they could not be counted or numbered.
[7] So the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the LORD to its place, in the inner sanctuary of the house, in the most holy place, underneath the wings of the cherubim.
[8] For the cherubim spread out their wings over the place of the ark, so that the cherubim made a covering above the ark and its poles.
[9] And the poles were so long that the ends of the poles were seen from the holy place before the inner sanctuary; but they could not be seen from outside; and they are there to this day.

JTM Crusade Prayer Meeting Thursday 28th January 2016

Prayer Theme: Salvation of Souls

Thoughts on today’s readings:

(*See readings which follow this segment)

The first reading reminds us of the schism in the Catholic Church, which is to come, and of the Antichrist who will soon appear and rule over the world’s churches. Jesus reminds us of what is to occur, so that we will not fall into the trap. Jesus tells us of the “alternative” temple which is to be built in Rome. He reminds us that the AC will “receive the seal of approval” from the False prophet. It seems that Jesus is guiding us and preparing us for what is to come. It feels as if it will be this year. The readings randomly chosen , follow a theme – a message to us . This reading speaks of the False Prophet, the new false church and temple, and false religion.

The bIble reading is very long, but tells us a wonderful story. Jesus is quite the teacher! First He reminds us of what is important, then makes this more relevant- with an amazing story!

The reading tells us of the prophet Elijah, who was trying to rescue Samaria from a severe famine. Its king was Ahab, who had persecuted and killed many people who adored the one true God. Samaria was a land of false prophets and people who adored Baal. Ahab had a servant, (Obadiah), known to Elijah and who had hidden many of the sons of Israel in caves, and fed them, etc. He was told by Elijah to announce his arrival to Ahab – he was afraid of doing this and of being killed, but he did what Elijah requested.

Ahab, Elijah, the 400 prophets of Baal and the people assembled at Mt Carmel for a showdown – with Elijah mocking the false prophets when their ‘gods’ could not light the fire. Elijah asked God to light the sacrifice – resulting in conversions to the one, true God and in rain; which fixed the famine. The prophets of Baal were slaughtered.

The lessons for us were: watch out for the false prophets- there will be many of them;  beware of the evil King (or ruler) who will persecute believers and  his false ‘god’: those who worship and side with him, side with evil and will be punished by God. There will also be those who will help hide and protect God’s true prophets and believers; and most importantly the message of retaining Faith in the one true God- who WILL save His people!!!

The next reading continues to impress on us Jesus’ mission to save souls -it reminds us of Jesus’ call to lost, empty and barren souls and His wonderful gift to those who just call on Him to help them – even telling them that they should ask for special favours to be granted. He speaks of the “flame of love” and the  “feelings of warmth, love and peace” which they will feel. Jesus will stop at nothing!

The last reading reflects themes from the first reading – the word of God which will be twisted/changed in all churches- and that we must remain true to God’s Holy Word.

Thank you Jesus. Amen.

 Readings:

This new temple, they will be told, is a church, which unites all because God loves all His children

Sunday, 7 April 2013 @ 18:40

My dearly beloved daughter, every single one of God’s Churches on Earth who honour me, the Son of Man and those who pay allegiance to My Father, will soon be divided.

Many, within each Church, will rebel and great divisions will emerge as more misguided, amongst their ranks, will try to introduce laws, which condone sin.
The moral obligations felt by those who love and know God’s Holy Word will be taken to task and they will be accused of being cruel and heartless.
Their crime will be to oppose sinful laws, which will come into being as Churches disband during the persecution of the Antichrist. When they divide and splinter, their foundations will be rocked. They will no longer be able to stand firm in the face of wickedness and injustice.

The time will then be ripe for many bewildered souls, who will become very confused, to witness an alternative temple of God. This new temple, they will be told, is a Church, which unites all because God loves all his children. And if God loves all his children, then he would want them to unite as one; that they must embrace each other, whatever their creed, their religion, their skin colour, their race, their laws.

All will become united, they will be told, in the face of God, and they will all be asked to send representatives to the new temple, which will be located in Rome. They will be told that this is the new Jerusalem, prophesised in the Bible and protected by God’s chosen leader – the False Prophet.

So many will fall for this great lie, a travesty of the Holy Word of God – which was given to John the evangelist. Every word given to this prophet, for the end times, will be taken, adapted and twisted to suit the agenda of the Antichrist.

Those who refuse to accept this new, so-called inclusive Church, will be deemed to be un-Christian. They will be bullied and made to look like fools. Only for the Holy Spirit, which guides them, they would be sucked into the false and obscene temple, which will disguise the ugly truth, which lies beneath its surface.

The Antichrist is about to make his grand entrance onto the world’s stage and it will be he, who will, not only reign over these Churches, but who will fool people into believing that he possesses special Divine gifts. He will be honoured for his great service to humanitarian causes. He, the Antichrist, will receive international awards for his charity work.

And then they will say he possesses the charisma associated with holy people. It will not be long afterwards when miracles will be attributed to him, until finally, he will say he is a prophet on a mission from God.

Many will fall for this terrible deceit because he will be supported by the world’s Churches and he will be given the seal of approval by the False Prophet. Finally, the world will believe that he is I, Jesus Christ. My word will fall on deaf ears as his presence devours the whole of humanity whose applause will silence the voices who proclaim the true word of God.

But, because of my Great Mercy, I will, with My Father’s hand, intervene every single step of the way. My messages will never stop until the very last day.
My voice will never die. God’s children, who remain true to his holy word, will never die.
Your Jesus

Bible Reading: 1 KIngs18

1 A long time went by, and the word of Yahweh came to Elijah in the third year, ‘Go, present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the country.’
2 So Elijah set off to present himself to Ahab. As the famine was particularly severe in Samaria, 3 Ahab summoned Obadiah, the master of the palace — Obadiah held Yahweh in great reverence: 4 when Jezebel was butchering the prophets of Yahweh, Obadiah took a hundred of them and hid them, fifty at a time, in a cave, and kept them provided with food and water– 5 and Ahab said to Obadiah, ‘Come along, we must scour the country, all the springs and all the ravines in the hope of finding grass to keep horses and mules alive, or we shall have to slaughter some of our stock.’
6 They divided the country for the purpose of their survey; Ahab went one way by himself and Obadiah went another way by himself. 7 While Obadiah was on his way, whom should he meet but Elijah. Recognising him he fell on his face and said, ‘So it is you, my lord Elijah!’ 8 ‘Yes,’ he replied, ‘go and tell your master, “Elijah is here.” ‘
9 But Obadiah said, ‘What sin I have committed, for you to put your servant into Ahab’s power and cause my death? 10 As Yahweh your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom where my master has not sent in search of you; and when they said, “He is not there,” he made the kingdom or nation swear an oath that they did not know where you were.
11 And now you say to me, “Go and tell your master: Elijah is here.”
12 But as soon as I leave you, the spirit of Yahweh will carry you away and I shall not know where; I shall go and tell Ahab; he will not be able to find you, and then he will kill me. Yet from his youth your servant has revered Yahweh.
13 Has no one told my lord what I did when Jezebel butchered the prophets of Yahweh, how I hid a hundred of them in a cave, fifty at a time, and kept them provided with food and water?
14 And now you say to me, “Go and tell your master: Elijah is here.” Why, he will kill me!’
15 Elijah replied, ‘As Yahweh Sabaoth lives, whom I serve, I shall present myself to him today!’
16 Obadiah went to find Ahab and tell him the news, and Ahab then went to find Elijah.
17 When he saw Elijah, Ahab said, ‘So there you are, you scourge of Israel!’
18 ‘Not I,’ he replied, ‘I am not the scourge of Israel, you and your family are; because you have deserted Yahweh and followed Baal.
19 Now give orders for all Israel to gather round me on Mount Carmel, and also the four hundred prophets of Baal who eat at Jezebel’s table.’
20 Ahab called all Israel together and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel.
21 Elijah stepped out in front of all the people. ‘How long’, he said, ‘do you mean to hobble first on one leg then on the other? If Yahweh is God, follow him; if Baal, follow him.’ But the people had nothing to say.
22 Elijah then said to them, ‘I, I alone, am left as a prophet of Yahweh, while the prophets of Baal are four hundred and fifty.
23 Let two bulls be given us; let them choose one for themselves, dismember it but not set fire to it. I in my turn shall prepare the other bull, but not set fire to it.
24 You must call on the name of your god, and I shall call on the name of Yahweh; the god who answers with fire, is God indeed.’ The people all answered, ‘Agreed!’
25 Elijah then said to the prophets of Baal, ‘Choose one bull and begin, for there are more of you. Call on the name of your god but light no fire.’
26 They took the bull and prepared it, and from morning to midday they called on the name of Baal. ‘O Baal, answer us!’ they cried, but there was no voice, no answer, as they performed their hobbling dance round the altar which they had made.
27 Midday came, and Elijah mocked them. ‘Call louder,’ he said, ‘for he is a god: he is preoccupied or he is busy, or he has gone on a journey; perhaps he is asleep and needs to be woken up!’
28 So they shouted louder and gashed themselves, as their custom was, with swords and spears until the blood flowed down them.
29 Midday passed, and they ranted on until the time when the offering is presented; but there was no voice, no answer, no sign of attention.
30 Then Elijah said to all the people, ‘Come over to me,’ and all the people came over to him. He repaired Yahweh’s altar which had been torn down.
31 Elijah took twelve stones, corresponding to the number of tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of Yahweh had come, ‘Israel is to be your name,’
32 and built an altar in the name of Yahweh. Round the altar he dug a trench of a size to hold two measures of seed.
33 He then arranged the wood, dismembered the bull, and laid it on the wood.
34 Then he said, ‘Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood.’ They did this. He said, ‘Do it a second time;’ they did it a second time. He said, ‘Do it a third time;’ they did it a third time.
35 The water flowed round the altar until even the trench itself was full of water.
36 At the time when the offering is presented, Elijah the prophet stepped forward. ‘Yahweh, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel,’ he said, ‘let them know today that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, that I have done all these things at your command.
37 Answer me, Yahweh, answer me, so that this people may know that you, Yahweh, are God and are winning back their hearts.’
38 Then Yahweh’s fire fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and licked up the water in the trench.
39 When all the people saw this they fell on their faces. ‘Yahweh is God,’ they cried, ‘Yahweh is God!’
40 Elijah said, ‘Seize the prophets of Baal: do not let one of them escape.‘ They seized them, and Elijah took them down to the Kishon, and there he slaughtered them.
41 Elijah said to Ahab, ‘Go back now, eat and drink; for I hear the approaching sound of rain.’
42 While Ahab went back to eat and drink, Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel and bowed down to the ground, putting his face between his knees.
43 ‘Now go up’, he told his servant, ‘and look out to sea.’ He went up and looked. ‘There is nothing at all,’ he said. Seven times Elijah told him to go back.
44 The seventh time, the servant said, ‘Now there is a cloud, small as a man’s hand, rising from the sea.’ Elijah said, ‘Go and say to Ahab, “Harness the chariot and go down before the rain stops you.” ‘
45 And with that the sky grew dark with cloud and storm, and rain fell in torrents. Ahab mounted his chariot and made for Jezreel.
46 But the hand of Yahweh had come on Elijah and, hitching up his clothes, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.

Prayer Requests: Go now and call this request: My Call to Jesus

Monday, 14 May 2012 @ 18:00

My dearest beloved daughter, your gift to me is accepted and as a result will save a further 5 million souls. *
It is my dearest wish to bring an end to your suffering, but, this precious gift you bring me will now mean I can save more of God’s children.
Never forget that this mission is to save mankind from Hell.
I need your help and the help of others to do this.
Never feel alone, for I love you and am with you the entire time.
So many more of God’s children are beginning to hear my voice at last.
The work of the Holy Spirit will bear fruit and very soon the Love of God will be felt in the hearts of even the most barren.
Those lost, empty and barren souls will feel a flame of love and witness a familiar yearning to be part of my new Kingdom on Earth. Many will not understand why, but they will be unable to deny their feelings of warmth, love and peace. So many will be surprised and will want to speak with me.

You must now unite people everywhere to request the gift of My Love. They must ask for special favours to be granted. You, My daughter, must designate one day a week to this.
Each lost soul must ask me to help them. If their request is according to my holy will, then I will answer their prayers. This will instill in them a stronger link to my Sacred Heart and my Great Mercy.

Go now and call this request “My Call to Jesus”
My daughter, do this as soon as you can as I wish to ensure that those souls, especially those who do not accept that I speak now, they will finally realise how close I am to each single soul. Tell them that I love everyone and don’t exclude one single sinner no matter how grievous their sin. All I ask is for them to come to me and ask me to help them.
Your Jesus

*the souls referred to on the first line are to do with a personal suffering offered by the prophet and do not refer to the world as a whole, because billions are currently being saved through prayer.

When My Church upholds the Word of God, you must remain obedient to My Church

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 @ 16:53

My dearly beloved daughter, when My servants, my followers and all those who profess to be of me, say that they love me, this means two things.
They love me because they accept my word and they honor me by professing the truth.
When you love me, you must remain true to my holy word.
This means being obedient to my word in all things relating to the truth.
When you profess the truth of my word, as My sacred Servants, you must remain obedient to the word of God.
When My Church upholds the word of God, you must remain obedient to My Church.
But when the day comes when those with authority in My Church no longer proclaim the Truth, then you must remain obedient only to Me.
For I am the Church. Without me, Your Jesus, there is no Church.
When my word is tampered with and then adapted, it will no longer be my word.
You can only be obedient to the true word of God.
Should you follow a new man-made doctrine, which will replace my holy word in My Churches throughout the world, then, those responsible for this sacrilege will deny me.
Only remain obedient to those who proclaim the word of God, for if it is not my word then – it is not from God.

The word of God is sacrosanct. It may never be changed by anyone.
Obedience to My Church is important. Obedience to the word of God is what determines if you are a Christian. The day when you replace the word of God, with a man-made substitute, is the day you will disobey the word of God.

You can only remain obedient in my eyes, in My Church on Earth, if the truth is upheld.
You must never be frightened to proclaim the truth, because only the truth will set you free.
Your Jesus