“God our Father
you sent your Son
to free mankind from the power of death.
May we who celebrate the coming of Christ as man
share more fully in his divine life,
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.”
Daily Roman Missal
In the Canticle of Canticles, the bride (Church) calls on the groom (Christ) to “draw” her with his grace, otherwise she will not be able to come to him.
Our Lord also says “draw me”—sometimes literally (as in the case of St. Faustina), but more likely by faithful living—resulting in a masterpiece. So, we need to struggle to avoid being drawn away from Him.
“Since I am truly your merciful Mother, and that of all men, I will grant everyone who visits this sanctuary the fruit of my affection, my compassionate attention, my help and salvation. I will hear your cries of distress so as to cure all your sufferings and ills.” Nican Mopohua, Mexico 1981, pp.28-32
It’s good to be consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and also good to pray and fast for an end to U.S. support for terrorism (rebels) in Syria.
A recent interfaith forum at the Sheen Center in NYC, titled: “The Crisis for Christians in the Middle East,” included Ret. General Ray Odierno, former U.S. Army Chief-of-Staff and Judith Miller (photo).
In his remarks, the General advocated for a “safe haven” for Christians, not unilaterally, but with coalition support. He added that when he commanded U.S. troops in Iraq he never was given orders to protect Christians.
Various guests, including Ronald Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress, spoke of the catastrophe that has befallen Christians in the Middle East and Northern Africa and the lack of support, even awareness, especially from those who should care the most. Cardinal Timothy Dolan mentioned bishops from the region who have visited him, weeping and saying “please don’t forget us, we feel alone.”
The problem for Christians in places like Libya, Egypt, Iraq and Syria is primarily the result of America’s so-called democracy movement, strangely allied with Wahhabism. The American experiment in democracy was originally anchored in freedom and rights (and duties) born out of natural law — united with a Heavenly Father. Today’s democracy activists, having ditched the natural law (and international law), are pursuing democracy built on anarchy, driven by materialism, where each person is a sovereign (“I am King”) and democracy is malevolent — with the strong dominating the weak. Sadly many Catholics in the West have thrown in their lot with the purveyors of false freedom, at the expense of their Christian brothers and sisters, with nothing to show for it but broken countries and failed states.