It is not too late for us to implore God’s pardon for sin and stay His mighty Hand of judgment May 4, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Liturgical Year, reading, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Victory, Virtue.
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!
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.