"The men signed of the Cross of Christ go joyfully into the dark."---G.K. Chesterton
Rev / Apoc 4:1 "After these things I saw a door open in heaven, and the first voice came to my ears, like the sound of a horn, saying, Come up here, and I will make clear to you the things which are to come."
[Note: It has always been unclear to me just how much of the scriptural messages regarding the Last Times are of symbolic or literal meaning---even the fathers differed often enough on the particulars--- though even a symbolic meaning we know, and as the apocalyptic literature in particular shows, pertains to things real enough, and all such warnings or promises must be received as true whichever way they are to unfold. Time will tell---SH]
In a recent webcast with Catholic author Thomas Storck we discussed the tension between the Church's proclaiming the Kingdom of God present now among us and her eschatological awareness and realism, proclaimed at every Mass. Mr. Storck, who has much to say in his writings about politics, culture and economics, reminded us that we can never expect to exhaust the Christian witness in the political realm, that our Catholic Hope always exists above as we seek to persevere unto Eternal Life through Jesus Christ. And so our good works, which are always the fruit of grace, can only be a response to the Lord who said "occupy till I come" (Lk 19:13). We 'follow' Him and imitate Him, taking on the mind of Christ more and more, putting "on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness" (Eph 4:24).
No "social gospel" then are our good works. As has often been said, we live between the 'now' and the 'not yet'. It is, rather, in the following and imitation of Him that we "occupy" until He comes, seeking to show forth the Sacred Heart of the universe to all, even (or especially) in the midst of intensifying evils.
And we are already living in difficult times. Everywhere we look we see evils heating up; and it is precisely in this context that the witness of our imitation of Christ must stand out as Light in the darkness. This is a time when even more and more Christians are falling away, seduced by the lascivious powers and propaganda of the world and false brethren who seek to break communion; and so all the more must we witness with our lives by grace, in all singleness of purpose as we confess the Faith.
It's not easy. We are but dust and have fallen so many times we know our weaknesses better than anyone else. All the more reason, then, that we must rely completely on his grace which is "made perfect in weakness" (2 Cor 12:10). To obtain that grace we must ask for it (Jas 4:2-3), receive the sacraments and avoid the snares of the powers of this age.
No Freedom Except For...
In the late Fr. Charles Arminjon's book, The End of the Present World, a book that so influenced the young St. Therese of Lisieux, he writes that as the antichristic intensifies towards the coming of the unprecedented persecutions of the eschatological Antichrist one day, "there will be no freedom except for evil". He will claim to be lord of the whole world.
We seem headed that way now (abortion, universal laciviousness, good systematically taught to be evil and evils good), though we cannot be absolutely certain when. Fr. Arminjon, citing the scriptures and fathers of the Church, said that when the Antichrist finally appears for 3 1/2 years he will demand universal adoration, his violent persecutions (alone) will cause "the great apostasy" such as the world has never witnessed. He [alone] will through persecution cause the sacrifice of the Mass to cease. He will reign in Jerusalem, tolerate no other god but himself, and, seducing the whole world and all false religions and sects---even atheist "freethinkers"---with miracle hoaxes, he will for a time convince the Jewish people that he is messiah, he will rebuild their temple and reign from it as a god, the "abomination of desolation"---until finally he turns on them too, and on every form of religion---on anything ultimate at all---besides himself. That is when many Jewish persons and others, Arminjon says, will realize IT deceived them, that they have been 'had,' and then they will join and be embraced by the persecuted universal Faith which is the Catholic Faith. Jesus is the Suffering Servant of Israel.
Who knows when it will happen? "A day with the Lord is as a thousand years (click), and a thousand years as one day". We only know that it will; and that there will be a long preparation or ripening for ITs arrival. The late Thomist philosopher, Josef Pieper wrote:
"...The establishment of a World State, which is today (1954) well within the bounds of historical possibility, may quite possibly come to be looked upon as a legitimate goal of political endeavor. What the doctrine does state is that once this step has been taken, mankind will find itself in a condition in which the Dominion of the Antichrist has become more acutely possible than ever before: "a world organization might become the most deadly and impregnable of tyrannies, the final establishment of the reign of anti-Christ"...MoreThe Lord Jesus warned us against following any who come and claim to be a Messiah, lord of the world, even if as though by (lying) "miracles". He said that when He, Jesus, returns it will be unmistakablly clear, "in clouds with great power and glory [the terminus of history]. And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens."
"Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back, whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’"---Mark 13---[The above Post Updated 3x 2010-2011]_______
--->Revisited: World's First Global Atheistic Civilization Headed for Disaster: Former Czech President...
--->Cardinal Ratzinger on the Duty to Protest the NWO
Catechism of the Catholic Church: 675 Before Christ's second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the "mystery of iniquity" in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.
676 The Antichrist's deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond history through the eschatological judgment. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism, especially the "intrinsically perverse" political form of a secular messianism.
"Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address"---G.K. Chesterton
The confusions at the terminus of history, whenever it is, will not be able to be "pinned" on any one group, fraternity, religion, or race. Nor will troubles born of confusions within the Church be to blame (though they obviously never help). It will, the fathers teach, consist of men and women of all nations and beliefs who have one thing in common: sundry errors which lead to an irrational hatred of Catholicism and the moral and natural laws. In persecuting and accusing the Church they will hardly differentiate between truth and error (historical or otherwise) but will throw everything, truth, distortions of truth, and outright lies alike at her, because she stands in principle against the construction of the new global Babel with its "new" "global ethic" which, through mass media and technology, sweeps the globe. The only refuge will be in Christ, prayer and the Eucharist in communion with Peter. Even then Christians will be called to be what they are always called to be.
Pope St. Pius X on the Antichristic
All emphasis below is mine. Pope St. Pius X wrote:
"When all this is considered there is good reason to fear lest this great perversity (1903) may be as it were a foretaste, and perhaps the beginning of those evils which are reserved for the last days; and that there may be already in the world the "Son of Perdition" of whom the Apostle speaks (II. Thess. ii., 3). Such, in truth, is the audacity and the wrath employed everywhere in persecuting religion, in combating the dogmas of the faith, in brazen effort to uproot and destroy all relations between man and the Divinity! While, on the other hand, and this according to the same apostle is the distinguishing mark of Antichrist, man has with infinite temerity put himself in the place of God, raising himself above all that is called God; in such wise that although he cannot utterly extinguish in himself all knowledge of God, he has contemned God's majesty and, as it were, made of the universe a temple wherein he himself is to be adored. "He sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself as if he were God" (II. Thess. ii., 2)"...More
Note: Follow posts throughout this file (click) labeled 'Church and NWO' to see how the Church all but alone opposes the antichristic in the world today at all critical levels. Scroll throughout posts in this file for relevant articles. It is little wonder the Church is attacked incessantly I found.
--->Interview with Justin Strawhand, Director of 'War Against the Weak' film...
--->Apocalypse Nights: I was walking through a desolate Night. I had come a great distance from the barren lands of Acedia. It was pitch dark except for the lantern loaned to me by the old man...Cont.
--->Revisited: Human-pig Hybrid Embryos Given Go Ahead...
--->Media-induced desensitization to evil well oiled: Four in 10 say marriage is becoming obsolete... Note: The attack on the family and natural law can be reversed, but not without the break up of media monopoly. The freaks know that families and tribes when strong keep a check on raw external power, so they prescribe a throwaway culture: Use the 'other' until you get bored, then trash her or him, even the children.
--->Ripe for blackmail, Satan lures to the traps. Products track hidden information on electronic devices. What it means is when you delete something, it's not really gone; you just can't see it... [Better get this folks, Satan has no friends and eliminates even those who have been useful to him. He destroys in the name of Progressive freedom. Burn your computer and they still have your data on other servers. This "ain't a dream no more it's the real Thing"]
--->US Scientists Significantly More Likely to Publish Fake Research, Study Finds...
--->Being Programmed. Come Hither Boys and Girls... Of All Ages...
--->The Food Inflation Nightmare Is (Reportedly--sh) About To Hit 40% Of The World's Population...
--->Ruling on Behalf of Wall Street's "Super Rich": The Financial End Time has Arrived by Prof. Michael Hudson
--->Sanford Airport to opt out of TSA screening... Get your hands off us and give Chertoff back his $$$ dangerous fondling and peep show machines.
--->AFA: Sears, Yes Virginia, Sears, selling pornographic posters...Call for a boycott going out to Christians and all decent peoples (Parents only warning, graphic)
--->Putting the Screws to Ireland. Strong-armed 'loans'... And look who the godfather is...
--->The man who shattered our economy didn't know what "is" means...Robert Scheer writes, "Rejoice, the housing market is back. Sandy Weill just picked up a humdinger of a wine vineyard estate in Sonoma, Calif., for a record $31 million, so the foreclosure crisis -- which the former CEO of Citigroup did so much to create when he successfully lobbied then-President Bill Clinton to sign off on radical deregulation of the banking industry -- must be over...Read it all
--->Pro-abortion Student Dismantles “Genocide Awareness Project” Exhibit...