Friday, May 15, 2015

The Dark Skies

One does not need to follow all the news regarding Holy Mother Church to know that the Barque of St. Peter is facing dangerous times She continues towards Her earthly journey. Dogmas regarding marriage and other issues are now being questioned by many Catholics and it so it easy to be fearful of what is happening/going to happen in the Vatican.

Nevertheless, we cannot let this fear dominate our lives.  We cannot spend too much reading the blogs that cause us so much anxiety because at the end of the day, such practices keep us away from prayer and doing our daily duties.  This plays in the Devil's hands because he always wants us to be worried and to be in fear. Even though the skies may be dark, we always know what the Church teaches regarding marriage, sex, and all other dogmatic issues.  The Holy Ghost will not allow anyone to change these teachings because they cannot be changed!  

What really baffles me is to see Catholics talking about converting to Orthodoxy.  It is usually those with a traditional bend who are not only dismayed by the liturgical life of the Church but are now doubting Our Lord's claim in St. Matthew 16:18.  This is incredibly ridiculous.  The Orthodox have already compromised on divorces and allow married couples to utilize contraception.  They fail to contain the full Truth precisely because of their lack of union with St. Peter.  Henceforth, becoming Orthodox would make no sense and to leave the One True Faith is to risk losing your eternal soul.

So what shall we do?  Limit our time reading things regarding the Church especially if we are prone to anger for the angry man falls into many sins.  Pray for the Holy Father and the Bishops that they will make the right and prudent choices.  

We must work on sanctifying ourselves and we must begin this task everyday with new fervor.  Let us analyze ourselves and root out the sins that cause us so much misery.  If we die in mortal sin, we will have all eternity regretting all the time wasted and the sins committed.  Do not be afraid to be harsh on yourself for if you are reading this that means the Good Lord has given you time to work out your salvation.  We must be harsh and practice urgency but it must be a patient urgency for we are frail and weak beings. 

I leave you with a devotion that is very dear to me and that is the Holy Rosary.  We would be foolish not to pray for the Rosary especially since Our Lady has told us to pray it everyday.  As we pray the Rosary daily, we will note the consolation that it brings to us.  We will be like the man who is waiting for his beloved at the airport, who, when he sees her, jumps for joy and runs to her arms.  If we are faithful to the Rosary, we will finally see Our Lady after we have died and our joys will not be contained!  

In the words of St. Pius X, 
"Let the storm rage and the sky darken - not for that shall we be dismayed. If we trust as we should in Mary, we shall recognize in her, the Virgin Most Powerful "who with virginal foot did crush the head of the serpent.""
15 May 2015
Feast of St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle

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