“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
The culture of death has at times been advanced by some who see themselves as ‘pro-life’ Catholics. This can happen when people become Americanized. Better to put the activism and nationalism aside, and be united with the Lord, seeking to see with His Eyes and love with His Heart — then we’ll know what to do.
Its closing might be seen as a microcosm of the trajectory of the Catholic Church in America.
One-Hundred years ago, World War I was being fought with the U.S. and British governments intent on creating a new society — by replacing old world monarchies (including Austria-Hungary) with new world democracies. The result has been societies whose freedom and interests are often times at odds with, and in revolt against, the Creator and His Word. The faithful Catholic immigrants who came to the U.S. from the old world, and built churches in the so-called new world, soon found themselves in conflict with, and overrun by, the American march of progress. Rather than living His Word (transforming their societies and passing on the faith), many capitulated to false notions of newness and progress, apart from God, and in doing so sold their treasure for a bowl of lentils. The result has been the multiplication of toxic democracies and closed churches.
Artwork (bottom): Thomas Hart Benton
“Do not model yourself on the behavior of the world around you, but let your behavior change — modeled by your new mind. This is the only way to discover the will of God and know what is good what it is that God wants, what is the perfect thing to do.” Romans 12:2
On this Labor Day in the U.S., Catholics can be thankful for the gift of life and the opportunity to participate in God’s work of creation and redemption — with their honest work and faithful lives. But at the same time to be mindful of the “behavior of the world” that rebels against God’s will, and is very much embedded in the American ‘way of life.’
The United States has, since its inception, seen itself as the ‘new world’ — and yet its self-centered mindset (driven by self-interest, self-reliance and self-help) has put it in opposition to the New Covenant, the new mind, and the new man, sought after and enabled by Our Lord.
During the recent Gay Pride March in New York City, Senator Charles Schumer was heard yelling “Justice!” along the parade route. Presumably he is supporting and advocating for equal legal rights for same-sex couples.
Given Mr. Schumer’s voting record in the Senate (vis a vis Wall Street & War), can he be trusted to know what is just with respect to anthropology? In fact Mr. Schumer is actually revolting against justice.
Today, words have lost their meaning especially in a society where deception is taught in schools and knowledge of the truth is frowned upon.
During a recent Charlie Rose Show, U. S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice used the word “sovereignty”, saying Russia had violated Ukraine’s sovereignty — to justify U.S. actions in Ukraine, minutes after advocating for a policy that violated Syrian sovereignty. In fact the U.S. violated Ukraine’s sovereignty first when it aided the February Coup.
When people try to justify themselves, rather than seeking justification from their Creator, words especially the word “justice” become arbitrary, and egoism reigns supreme — which is mockery of higher justice.
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church #1995, we read: “The Holy Spirit is the master of the interior life. By giving birth to the “inner man,” justification entails the sanctification of the whole being:
Just as you once yielded your members to impurity and to graeter and greater iniquity, so now yield your members to righteousness for sanctification. ..But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the return you get is sanctification and its end, eternal life. Rom 6:19,22
The service of American men and women, in uniform, has for over 100 years been abused by wrongheaded and corrupt politicians — seeking empire, revenge and spoils.
If Wilson had stayed out of WWI, it would have ended sooner (the Germans tried to end it in 1916) — World War II and Hitler could have been avoided, along with Stalin, Mao and the Cold War.
It’s worth noting that Pope Benedict XV proposed a plan to end WWI in August of 1917, that was rejected by Wilson and Lloyd George of England — who were intent on continuing the war. Sadly, Cardinal Gibbons of Baltimore didn’t see fit to present the plan to Wilson.
In 1910 the U.S. debt was $1.15 billion. By 1919 it had risen to $24.49 billion — to pay for WWI. Today the debt is $18 trillion+, which can never be repaid given that tax revenues are only $2 trillion/year, combined with the country averaging $1 trillion deficits each year. The result is a nation that is neither free nor safe, but rather a gangster nation that preys on its own people and the world.
The notion that the nation is free and safe, in the wake of all this, is one of the many untruths repeated by America’s leaders (including Catholics who should know better).
The pastor of a church in NYC, commenting on Memorial Day, had this to say in his bulletin: “Our service members stand watch to preserve our peace and freedom, protecting us from enemies that would do us harm.”
That view fails to acknowledge the nature of true freedom and the overall situation in the United States today.
The reality is — the experiment in democracy has failed in the USA, because people and institutions have gone away from truth. The U.S. was undone from within. The country is sustaining itself by: printing money, propaganda and predator drones, while the world holds its breath.