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It is not too late for us to implore God’s pardon for sin and stay His mighty Hand of judgment May 4, 2016

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It is not too late for us to implore God’s pardon for sin and stay His mighty Hand of judgment.  Thus, according to Dom Prosper Gueranger in the reading from Rogation Tuesday, Vol. 9 of The Liturgical Year.  A suitable reminder for our time, when so much seems lost, and the world seems determined to force the Hand of God.  The excerpt below causes me to consider whether the Judgment of God, yes, the Parousia, is not closer than we thought.  Not that I overly concern myself with the day or the hour, but we can all read the signs of the times, and the beginning of the second paragraph in particular makes chilling reading.  Something for us all to contemplate, and much more pray over.

This is one of the very best bits of Gueranger I have ever read.  It is incredibly prescient of our own times, and show how the decline of Christendom goes back 150 years and more.  I pray you find the material below as edifying – if troubling –as I did (my emphasis and comments):

Let us think, for a moment, of the countless sins that are being committed, day and night; and let us sue for mercy.  In the days of Noah, all flesh had corrupted its way (Gen vi:22); but men thought not of asking for mercy.  The flood came, and destroyed them all, says Our Savior.  Had they prayed and begged God’s pardon, the hand of His Justice would have been stayed, and the flood gates of heaven would not have been opened (Gen vii:1).  The day is to come, when not water as heretofore, but fire, is suddenly to be enkindled by the divine wrath, and is to burn the whole earth.   It shall burn even the foundations of the mountains (Deut xxx:22); it shall devour sinners, who will be resting then, as they were in the days of Noah, in a false security.  [And what terror shall fill their hearts when that day  comes!]

Persecuted by her enemies, decimated by the martyrdom of her children, afflicted by numerous apostasies from the faith, and deprived of every human aid, the Church will know that the terrible chastisement is at hand, for prayer will then be as rare as faith. [Does that not succinctly, if brutally, describe our own day?] Let us, therefore, pray; that thus the day of wrath may be put off, the Christian life regain something of its ancient vigor, and the end of the world not be in our times.  [These things do not have to happen. Incredible though it may seem, God threatened to destroy the world even during the 13th century, at the very height of faith, but used St. Vincent Ferrer to convert enough souls back to piety that God’s judgment was stayed]There are even yet Catholics in every part of the world; but their number has visibly decreased.  Heresy is now in possession of whole countries, that were once faithful to the Church.  In others, where heresy has not triumphed, religious indifference has left the majority of men with nothing of Catholicism in them but the name, seeing that they neglect even their most essential obligations without remorse.  [And now we have whole swaths of the Church, including most bishops and priests, who openly hold and proclaim heresy.  This goes to the very highest level of the hierarchy]

Among many of those who fulfill the precepts of the Church, truths are diminished.  The old honesty of faith has been superseded by loose ideas and half-formed convictions.  A man is popular in proportion to the concessions he makes in favor of principles condemned by the Church. [To the extent that even now, unworthy leadership in the Church adopt the same false beliefs, and call it, blasphemously, mercy.] The sentiments and actions of the Saints, the conduct and teaching of the Church, are taxed with exaggeration, and decried as being unsuited to the period.  The search after comforts has become a serious study; the thirst for earthly goods is a noble passion; independence is an idol to which everything must be sacrificed; submission is a humiliation which must be got rid of, or, where that cannot be, it must not be publicly acknowledged. Finally, there is sensualism, which, like an impure atmosphere, so impregnates every class of society, that one would suppose there was a league formed to abolish the Cross of Christ from the minds of men [Ummm……freemasonry, sexular pagan leftism?]

What miseries must not follow from this systematic setting aside of the conditions imposed by God upon His creatures?  If the Gospel be the Word of infinite Truth, how can men oppose it without drawing down upon themselves the severest chastisements?  Would that these chastisements might work the salvation of them that have provoked them!  Let us humble ourselves before the sovereign holiness of our God, and confess our guilt.  The sins of men are increasing both in number and in enormity. [Not least of all, within the Church, and most tragically, those given the enormous Grace of being Her leaders] The picture we have just drawn is sad enough; what would it have been, had we added such abominations as these, which we purposely excluded: downright impiety, corrupt doctrines, which are being actively propagated throughout the world [paging AD 2016!] ; dealings with satan, which threaten to degrade our age to the level of pagan times [Once again, paging 2016!] ; the conspiracy organized against order, justice, and religion, by secret societies?  Oh!  Let us unite our prayer with that of Holy Church, and say to our God: From Thy wrath, deliver us, O Lord!

———–End Quote———–

As I said, some really powerful stuff.  I don’t need to add much, except to repeat that no matter how bad things look now, how dim the hopes for the earthly future, our prayers and penance can work miracles.

We should never give up trying.  Even if we don’t save the world, we may help save ourselves, in cooperation with Grace.

Comments

1. Tim - May 4, 2016
Baseballmom - May 5, 2016

I honestly started to get physically sick reading that story. Put a fork in this nation, we are done.

2. Barbara Hvilivitzky - May 4, 2016

Excellent post. What frightens me is how Our Father in Heaven views the slaughter of millions of little babies worldwide – and more to come. I believe each one of us has the power, given us by Jesus Christ, to become holy and stay His arm.

3. DJR - May 4, 2016

There are two universal chastisements of the human race: the first one by water (the flood), and the second one by fire. Catholics have believed that for a long, long time.

Saints have foretold it, and it’s written in Sacred Scripture in several places.

Akita. August 3, 1973. BVM to Sister Agnes.

“In order that the world might know His anger, the Heavenly Father is preparing to inflict a great chastisement on all mankind. With My Son, I have intervened so many times to appease the wrath of the Father. I have prevented the coming of calamities by offering Him the sufferings of the Son on the Cross, His Precious Blood, and beloved souls who console Him and form a cohort of victim souls.

October 13, 1973.

“If men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the Bishops and the priests.

“The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see Cardinals opposing Cardinals, Bishops against other Bishops. The priests who venerate Me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres (other priests). Churches and altars will be sacked. The Church will be full of those who accept compromises, and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.

“The demon will be especially implacable against the souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of My sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will no longer be pardon for them.

“…Pray very much the prayers of the Rosary. I alone am able to still save you from the calamities which approach. Those who place their confidence in Me will be saved.”

4. Margaret Costello - May 5, 2016

A part of me sees that chastisement is obviously coming yet on the other hand I wonder “but most of humanity is clueless, especially if the people charged to teach, uphold and preach the truth of the Gospel are silent or worse, telling them lies.”

What we are seeing in the Church is beyond insane and a true sign of end times i.e. the Pope and majority of clergy under the command of the enemy. Yet people are still clueless and are being told my these wolves that everything is peachy with their sin. *sigh* I guess I just assumed that chastisement would befall those who purposely sinned yet knew better/were formed. Most Catholics aren’t formed, let alone everyone else. Does St. Paul’s declaration that the Law of God is written on every heart call even the seemingly clueless to judgement?

Just some thoughts. God bless~

5. Magdalene P - May 5, 2016

We do not have a St. Vincent Ferrar at present. But we do have the juggernaut of the sodomite agenda, the gender diversity nonsense, vast addictions to many things and, oh, about 4thousand abortions a day.

6. Guest - May 6, 2016

What is the fire is no biggie? What is the real chastisement is the great apostasy that leads many souls straight to hell? At least with only a physical chastisement you still have regular access to the sacraments. With a spiritual chastisement you will go to hell all the while thinking that you are a good Catholic.


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