I know that I won’t do the video below justice with this intro, but here goes anyway…
In the next day or so I plan to post something on the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act that’s causing such an uproar among the LGBT agitators and their godless friends in Hollywood and elsewhere.
It occurs to me that even for those of us who know that an underlying spiritual war is driving these events; one in which we are willingly engaged in various ways, it’s all-too-easy for us to feel somewhat isolated from it.
In other words, it’s difficult for many of us to imagine how this particular battle might one day land smack in the middle of our own lives, causing injury to the people we love most, even though intellectually we know that it just might.
In any case, if it does, how will we respond; will we persevere in faith or will we bail?
For my part, I can only hope and pray that I would accept the grace necessary to persevere in faith the way Damian Goddard – a man that I’m honored to call my friend and brother in Christ – did when an opportunity to pick up his sword and engage the battle presented itself in his life.
Many of you probably know something of Damian’s story, but do yourself a favor and set aside the 45 minutes it takes to hear him tell it in the video below.
Believe me, you’ll walk away all the more committed to taking up arms as a Soldier of Christ in service to the Church Militant. I certainly did.
Viva Cristo Rey!
Just shouted yesterday.
So hated down in Hell.
Was shouted by Miguel
All Catholic boys should know.
This word from Padre Pro.
His arms outstretched, they shot.
To stop the Catholic plot.
The body dropped and died.
His blood then multiplied.
His blood runs through our veins.
A holy hemorrhage reigns
For Viva Cristo Rey!
Forever and today.
This talk is a sterling example of ‘compunction’ – working, acting, and willing to suffer to convert souls.
“In order to go the heaven, we have to go to war…” Jose Sanchez del Rio (a 14 year old Cristeros Martyr). “The devil will not give in…are we really willing to carry our Cross?” Damian Goddard. The sword of Truth will divide families and friends. “In order to go the heaven, we have to go to war…”
The culture (and Bergoglio) says that as long we are passive, quiet, nice…the secular culture doesn’t have a problem with Christ..to then say, but YOU need Christ as well and preach the conversion we ourselves must daily apply is…
Mr Goddard talks about the ‘9/11 of Marriage’ that has occured and how ‘human rights’ (in this case Canadian) try to bring the two sides (truth and lies) together for…mediation. But Damian Goddard suffers because the ‘views of God’ do not reflect those of Rogers Sportsnet. Oops.
At one point Mr Goddard goes, ‘I’m preaching to the choir [regarding real morals and the sacrament of Holy Matrimony], you know, right? you know?’ Thing is, with the world and Bergoglio on one shoulder are shouting as loud or seductively or arrogantly as it can – no! But if we convert (that is desist in resisting God), we see the right and the wrong, and must submit. We know that we must try to care about the immortal souls of ourselves and others as much as possible. This always means suffering.
God bless those who stand with the Truth = to Crusade. (It is so easy to ‘stand’ with a lie (not at the beginning of the lie – those at the beginning are seriously diabolical and willing to suffer for their orientation), but a few years down the line, a new track is laid, and from then it is much more comfortable to go with the flow, so reassuring because the world ‘goes’ with you). There is always suffering for standing with the Truth – it is unavoidable – but may God lift up those who suffer for the Truth, for all our sakes.
The lever of ‘hate propaganda’ is constantly twisted against Catholic Truth. Speak the Truth, even if you are literally speaking and praying, and hoping – it equals ‘humanist defined hate’ which is, after all defined by satan. Truth is exactly what el diablo is tireless at. We need God’s help, because we are human and we tire. As Mr Goddard says, we, all of us, are the ‘children of wrath’ = deserving of God’s wrath. For fifty years there has been a ‘profound’ effort in universities and in government and in ‘parishes’ to validate a sin that cries out to heaven for vengeance. The application of this validation upon a nation is soul destroying and ensnares every soul who resists conversion to the Truth, which is little spoken of, even by those who call themselves ‘popes’.
ps.123.7 Our soul hath been delivered as a sparrow out of the snare of the fowlers. The snare is broken, and we are delivered.
Again, God lift up and bless those who walk the narrow way. There is a very protestant idea that those who serve God are always in a worldly way rewarded as in this life…
Wisdom 3 “But the souls of the just are in the hand of God, and the torment of death shall not touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their departure was taken for misery. And their going away from us, for utter destruction: but they are in peace. And their going away from us, for utter destruction: but they are in peace. Afflicted in few things, in many they shall be well rewarded: because God hath tried them, and found them worthy of himself.”
The book of Wisdom is excluded from the ‘Protestant Bible’.
PS. The ‘mediation’ between diablo’s rights and God’s rights sounds like the Novus Ordo doctrine of dialogue as opposed to preaching the Gospel. What results, of course (and is intended), is the elevation of diablo’s ‘rights’.
Pope Saint Pius X was in full communion in thought and practice with the Church inspired by the Holy Ghost in this straighforward encyclical (- http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Pius10/p10pasce.htm -). 95% of Novus Ordo Catholics think Bergoglio is fabulous…why? because he is the world.
One small note concerning your upcoming piece on Indiana’s new Bill–
Fox News reports that Arkansas just passed a similar one, and Governor Asa Hutchinson, says he’s going to sign it into law–despite the hundred or so protestors demonstrating.
And regarding personal sacrifices due to standing up for True Faith–Pat Archbold just announced he got sacked from the National Catholic Register. Says he’s grateful for all the support he’s getting from fellow Catholics; and since he has a source of income separate from his writing, he’s not that concerned about the paycheck.
Regaring the cause, he writes:
” Suffice to say this…I got into writing because I love my faith and the Church. It is that simple. I always just wanted to write what I thought about what was happening in the culture and in the Church and I wanted to say it the way I wanted to say it. For a while that was understood, accepted, and even appreciated by the Register. For the past 2 years, that has increasingly not been the case. That shouldn’t be a surprise to many. There was no sense in me changing since my reasons and need for writing had not changed. But obviously some things changed, as we all know. I knew what I was doing and I understood well the current mood. I didn’t change because I didn’t want to. But it is their newspaper and they get to choose what they want pay for and publish. That obviously was no longer my writing.
–” In a strange way, I am relieved. It feels more honest now. No more me jumping through hoops and worrying about every word or topic choice. And I am sure some folks who had to deal with me during an increasingly tense process are equally glad to be rid of me.””
“…. At this point I just want to get back to beating up on those red-caped commies who are trying to ruin everything in October.”
Go Patrick. 🙂 🙂
P.S. The Remnant heard about Pat Archbold getting fired, and Michael Matt had this to say:
” By a strange coincidence, Mr. Archbold, we here at The Remnant are in search of an additional columnist. Perhaps you might consider taking a crack at ticking off a few of our readers or maybe even building up some real tension with our editors. In fact, I challenge you to give that a try! You up?”
We love to see stuff like this! 🙂 🙂
Dear Louie and all,
GloriaT.V today reports “Italian canon-lawyer, Fr Ottavio De Bertolis, has called for “more flexibility” in the application of canon law on marriage” writing in the magazine “Civilta Cattolica”: “The law was made for man, and not vice versa”.
That quote of Our Lord is from Mark 2: 27, and has become a warning sign of danger to those the lookout for error, frequently misappropriated to give the false impression that some evil/modernist cause is justified. One American Bishop used it to argue that illegal aliens should no longer be labeled “illegal”, claiming :
“This teaching (Mark 2: 27)”underscores the point that positive law, even Divine positive law, is meant to benefit, not to enslave, mankind. The patriots who broke the law by tossing tea into Boston Harbo understood this — as did Rosa Parks, who broke the law by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man. When laws fail to advance the common good, they can and should be changed.” Thus he links the re-labelling change he wishes to promote (which denies that LEGITIMATE laws have been broken) with one we sense we should acknowlege- that “when laws fail to advance the common good they should be changed”.
The Boston Tea Party (as taught in grade-school history), was a legitimate protest against the injustice of gravely excessive taxation without representation. Rosa Parks is a heroine because she braved arrest and persection for protesting the injustice of public segregation laws based solely on skin color.
–But in this Bishop’s mind it “follows” that labelling people who sneak across the border into our country to avoid legitimate authority, and then live in hiding while benefitting from our social programs and making new citizens of the children they bring to birth while here (some forming drug gangs and crime syndicates) should ALL be considered as heroic victims boldly taking a stand to demonstrate to us all, that our immigration laws are immoral, and need to be changed.
Modernists want us to apply that same thinking to the Sixth Commandment: “Thou Shalt not commit adultery”, and the reiterations of it found in Jesus’s teachings condemning divorce and “remarriage” as two of it’s direct causes. They would have us ignore the continuos and unrepented breaking of Divine Law, and view this new mandated “blind eye” as a DIVINELY-WILLED (by the Holy Spirit) more pastorally beneficial way of dealing with them, than the 2,000 year old consistently upheld practices which call those living in sin (as did Our Lord) to repent of it, confess it, and ammend their lives, i.e. to return to living in a state of Sanctifying Grace which can lead them to Heaven, rather than Hell for all eternity.
Radical Catholic has an excellent (IOHO) essay posted called, “The Law of God and its Violation” – by Father John Stapleton
It simply teaches: “.. we shall call the Law of God an act of His will by which He ordains what things we may do or not do, and binds us unto observance under penalty of His divine displeasure.” …”The Maker first exercised this right when He put into His creature’s soul a sense of right and wrong, which is nothing more than conscience, or as it is called here, natural law. To this law is subject every human being, pagan, Jew and Christian alike. No creature capable of a human act is exempt.”
–…God gave a verbal code to Moses who promulgated it in His name before the Jewish people to the whole world. It was subsequently inscribed on two stone tables, and is known as the Decalogue or TEN COMMANDMENTS of God….THIS LAW IS in reality ONLY A SPECIFIED FORM OF THE NATURAL LAW, and ITS ENACTMENT WAS NECESSITATED BY THE INIQITY OF MEN WHICH HAD, OVER TIME, OBSCURED AND PARTIALLY EFFACED THE LETTER OF THE LAW IN THEIR SOULS.
–“AGAIN GOD SPOKE- but this time in THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST. The Saviour, after confirming the Decalogue with His authority, gave other laws to men concerning the Church He had founded and the means of applying to themselves the fruits of the Redemption. We give the name of dogma to what He tells us to believe and of morals to what we must do. These precepts of Jesus Christ are contained in the Gospel, and are called the Evangelical Law. It is made known to us by the infallible Church through which God speaks.”
It seems to us that to recognize serious error today, all we really need do is rely on The Commandments and Teachings of Christ and of His Church -as their meanings, will always remain in line with how right and wrong have been traditionally understood.
Scholastic tradition says there are four laws: 1) Eternal Law; 2) Divine Law; 3) Natural Law; and 4) Civil Law. Natural Law was defined as man’s participation in the Eternal Law. The Divine Law was…inter alia…simply the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments were explicated (i.e. written on stone tablets) because after 400 years of living with the Egyptians, the Hebrews had lost the Eternal Law written in the hearts of men by God the Creator. Civil laws are supposed to be enacted to enable men to follow natural, divine and eternal laws. Not only have we lost any sense of the absolute, but Modern politics in not recognizing nor worshipping the True God has jettisoned any notion of His Eternal Law, leaving the Divine Law subject to constant attack, ignoring the Natural Law as obsolete, and delivering the civil law to the domination of the flesh.
What is most diabolic about it all, is the use of many of the same words by each side–atheists and modernists on one, Catholics on the other, and many variations in between–to convince people to follow their ideas, as “The Truth”.
Our hope is that the “sense” of what is good and evil which the Good Lord plants in each of us to draw us to Himself, will help all souls to triumph over the Father of all lies. We can add the Graces of God to that for them, by our prayers and sacrifices–the very acts of Christian Charity that Our Lady came to beg of us in her bona-fide apparitions, as at Fatima.
With so much “babble” around, lack of Baptism leaving souls in a state of Original Sin, and outside the fountain of Graces the Church provides; and sin continuing to darken intellects; it’s no wonder we see more and more evidence in the headlines each day, of the influence of the world, the flesh and the devil-dragging souls down to Hell in greater and greater numbers. How many times lately have we heard a news story and responded instinctively with words like
“Wow, that’s just plain crazy and evil.”
This is why Father Nicholas Gruner’s words have always rung so true over the many years he has been repeating Our Lady’s message–that God gave her the special privilege of being our help in these terrible times, and things will go on getting worse and worse, until men finally start to believe, that our only hope is to turn back to God, through Our Blessed Mother’s intercession.
It is the Divine will that she be honored in this way. And may it be carried out by us now, as we spread the word to others.
Ave Maria, Gratia plena, Dominus te cum….