The current national debate about health care reform should concern all of us. There is much at stake in this political struggle, and also much confusion and inaccurate information being thrown around. My brother bishops have described some clear “goal-posts” to mark out what is acceptable reform, and what must be rejected. First and most important, the Church will not accept any legislation that mandates coverage, public or private, for abortion, euthanasia, or embryonic stem-cell research. We refuse to be made complicit in these evils, which frankly contradict what “health care” should mean. We refuse to allow our own parish, school, and diocesan health insurance plans to be forced to include these evils. As a corollary of this, we insist equally on adequate protection of individual rights of conscience for patients and health care providers not to be made complicit in these evils. A so-called reform that imposes these evils on us would be far worse than keeping the health care system we now have.
Second, the Catholic Church does not teach that “health care” as such, without distinction, is a natural right. The “natural right” of health care is the divine bounty of food, water, and air without which all of us quickly die. This bounty comes from God directly. None of us own it, and none of us can morally withhold it from others. The remainder of health care is a political, not a natural, right, because it comes from our human efforts, creativity, and compassion. As a political right, health care should be apportioned according to need, not ability to pay or to benefit from the care. We reject the rationing of care. Those who are sickest should get the most care, regardless of age, status, or wealth. But how to do this is not self-evident. The decisions that we must collectively make about how to administer health care therefore fall under “prudential judgment.”
Third, in that category of prudential judgment, the Catholic Church does not teach that government should directly provide health care. Unlike a prudential concern like national defense, for which government monopolization is objectively good – it both limits violence overall and prevents the obvious abuses to which private armies are susceptible – health care should not be subject to federal monopolization. Preserving patient choice (through a flourishing private sector) is the only way to prevent a health care monopoly from denying care arbitrarily, as we learned from HMOs in the recent past. While a government monopoly would not be motivated by profit, it would be motivated by such bureaucratic standards as quotas and defined “best procedures,” which are equally beyond the influence of most citizens. The proper role of the government is to regulate the private sector, in order to foster healthy competition and to curtail abuses. Therefore any legislation that undermines the viability of the private sector is suspect. Private, religious hospitals and nursing homes, in particular, should be protected, because these are the ones most vigorously offering actual health care to the poorest of the poor.
The best way in practice to approach this balance of public and private roles is to spread the risks and costs of health care over the largest number of people. This is the principle underlying Medicaid and Medicare taxes, for example. But this principle assumes that the pool of taxable workers is sufficiently large, compared to those who draw the benefits, to be reasonably inexpensive and just. This assumption is at root a pro-life assumption! Indeed, we were a culture of life when such programs began. Only if we again foster a culture of life can we perpetuate the economic justice of taxing workers to pay health care for the poor. Without a growing population of youth, our growing population of retirees is outstripping our distribution systems. In a culture of death such as we have now, taxation to redistribute costs of medical care becomes both unjust and unsustainable.
Fourth, preventative care is a moral obligation of the individual to God and to his or her family and loved ones, not a right to be demanded from society. The gift of life comes only from God; to spurn that gift by seriously mistreating our own health is morally wrong. The most effective preventative care for most people is essentially free – good diet, moderate exercise, and sufficient sleep. But pre-natal and neo-natal care are examples of preventative care requiring medical expertise, and therefore cost; and this sort of care should be made available to all as far as possible.
Within these limits, the Church has been advocating for decades that health care be made more accessible to all, especially to the poor. Will the current health care reform proposals achieve these goals?
The current House reform bill, HR 3200, does not meet the first or the fourth standard. As Cardinal Justin Rigali has written for the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-life Activities, this bill circumvents the Hyde amendment (which prohibits federal funds from being used to pay for abortions) by drawing funding from new sources not covered by the Hyde amendment, and by creatively manipulating how federal funds covered by the Hyde amendment are accounted. It also provides a “public insurance option” without adequate limits, so that smaller employers especially will have a financial incentive to push all their employees into this public insurance. This will effectively prevent those employees from choosing any private insurance plans. This will saddle the working classes with additional taxes for inefficient and immoral entitlements. The Senate bill, HELP, is better than the House bill, as I understand it. It subsidizes care for the poor, rather than tending to monopolize care. But, it designates the limit of four times federal poverty level for the public insurance option, which still includes more than half of all workers. This would impinge on the vitality of the private sector. It also does not meet the first standard of explicitly excluding mandatory abortion coverage.
I encourage all of you to make you voice heard to our representatives in Congress. Tell them what they need to hear from us: no health care reform is better than the wrong sort of health care reform. Insist that they not permit themselves to be railroaded into the current too-costly and pro-abortion health care proposals. Insist on their support for proposals that respect the life and dignity of every human person, especially the unborn. And above all, pray for them, and for our country. (Please see the website for the Iowa Catholic Conference at www.iowacatholicconference.org and www.usccb.org/healthcare for more information)
Monday, August 31, 2009
Dear Mr. Donnelly:
I appreciate your letter containing your views on abortion. There are many moral and legal aspects arising from this complex issue which is gaining the acceptance of large numbers of women faced with unwanted pregnancies, while disturbing the consciences of a great many other Americans.
Opponents maintain that abortion is wrong from every theological, moral and medical aspect. Proponents are firmly convinced that the woman, alone, has the right to decide.
While the deep concern of a woman bearing an unwanted child merits consideration and sympathy, it is my personal feeling that the legalization of abortion on demand is not in accordance with the value which our civilization places on human life. Wanted or unwanted, I believe that human life, even at its earliest stages, has certain rights which must be recognized -- the right to be born, the right to love, the right to grow old.
On the question of the individual's freedom of choice there are easily available birth control methods and information which women may employ to prevent or postpone pregnancy. But once life has begun, no matter at what stage of growth, it is my belief that termination should not be decided merely by desire.
I share the confidence of those who feel that America is willing to care for its unwanted as well as wanted children, protecting particularly those who cannot protect themselves. i also share the opinions of those who do not accept abortion as a response to our society's problems -- an inadequate welfare system, unsatisfactory job training programs, and insufficient financial support for all its citizens.
When history looks back to this era it should recognize this generation as one which cared about human beings enough to halt the practice of war, to provide a decent living for every family, and to fulfill its responsibility to its children from the very moment of conception.
Edward M. Kennedy
The hell they don't believe in
Will one day be "too real"
Men will beg God to kill them
But all they'll do is forever feel
The pain of the flames that never die
The worms that forever will feed
Gnawing upon the flesh of the damned
As they scream watching little babes bleed
That will be all they see in front of their eyes
Little limbs, tiny hands and babies feet
The smell of blood money will reek in their nose
Tormenting them for all eternity
How I wish the reason for such a poem did not exist. It came unbidden. But it had to be written. Hell is real. So is Heaven. While there is time, please choose Life - for yourself, and your baby. If you're a doctor or a nurse in this barbaric industry, please, I beg you, STOP. God will take care of you, and provide for you. Please for your own soul's sake, STOP! Repent. Go to a priest, a pastor, another trusted Christian and change your life while you can. Time IS running out!
"For so many deliberate crimes, the earth will soon be shaken."
Don't be deceived. There's either heaven or hell for our final, eternal destination. God doesn't hate you. He loves you. But you must cooperate with that "tug of love and grace" on your heart and your soul. There really is no time to waste. You never know when you're going to die. Don't die a fool and forever lose God. Die as a "fool for Christ" and live forever in His love and peace. The choice is yours. Don't fight it and don't put it off any longer. FOREVER is a LONG TIME to live in unending pain of regret.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
One day, the lion will lie down with the lamb. That's the pair heaven declares. This on the other hand, though a great photo, is frightening in that the "enemy" as Mary tells us is 'communism.' The "liberal lion" was snuggling up to the communist "bear" in the 80's and David's article is excellent and should be exposed even at this time of Mr. Kennedy's passing. I do pray for his soul, I pray he repented of his horrific change in his political career from being Pro Life, to being Pro Death, Pro "abortion on demand" and radically so! I'm not judging where he is now. That was/is between him and God. But to see him lauded so and praised so has been disturbing. He did do good things, of course, but the influence he had on this country glorifying a culture of death is in no uncertain terms, deplorable! In fact, now more than ever, we need TRUTH, no matter how hard it might be to swallow...on either side of the aisle.
further reading at InsideCatholic.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
We need no wings to go in search of Him, but have only to look upon Him present within us. - Saint Teresa of Avila
Let nothing trouble you, let nothing make you afraid. All things pass away. God never changes. Patience obtains everything. God alone is enough. - Saint Teresa of Avila
Dream that the more you struggle, the more you prove the love that you bear your God, and the more you will rejoice one day with your Beloved, in a happiness and rapture that can never end. - Saint Teresa of Avila
Hope, O my soul, hope. You know neither the day nor the hour. Watch carefully, for everything passes quickly, even though your impatience makes doubtful what is certain, and turns a very short time into a long one. - Saint Teresa of Avila
You ought to make every effort to free yourselves even from venial sin, and to do what is most perfect. - Saint Teresa of Avila
If Christ Jesus dwells in a man as his friend and noble leader, that man can endure all things, for Christ helps and strengthens us and never abandons us. He is a true friend. And I clearly see that is we expect to please him and receive an abundance of his graces, God desires that these graces must come to us from the hands of Christ, through his most sacred humanity, in which God takes delight. All blessings come to us through our Lord. He will teach us, for in beholding his life we find that he is the best example. What more do we desire from such a good friend at our side? Unlike our friends in the world, he will never abandon us when we are troubled or distressed. Blessed is the one who truly loves him and always keeps him near. Whenever we think of Christ we should recall the love that led him to bestow on us so many graces and favors, and also the great love God showed in giving us in Christ a pledge of his love; for love calls for love in return. Let us strive to keep this always before our eyes and to rouse ourselves to love him. For is at some time the Lord should grant us the grace of impressing his love on our hearts, all will become easy for us and we shall accomplish great things quickly and without effort. - Saint Teresa of Avila
THE PEOPLES CUBE ROCKS!
Only 1 cup of popcorn per person. No salt. Salt is bad for you. It causes water retention and high blood pressure, which in turn might cause you to be a cost to the "collective" that the "collective" just doesn't want to pay. No sodas either. Sodas have been banned due to the high sugar content. It's the only show being shown folks. Get used to it. You will be assigned a seat, and must arrive at the theatre at the time designated on your 'nationalized movie card.'
Relax and enjoy the show...
By Lenin 'n' Things
8/28/2009, 12:33 am
The inalienable rights of life, liberty and property will be supplanted by the
rights of bodily functions, controlled unanimity, and regulated sharing.
And the Kennedy name shall be supplanted by the name "Obama."
And the cabinet shall be supplanted by the Czars.
And the Fairness Doctrine shall be supplanted by the Diversity Panel.
And Acorn shall supplant the national guard.
And private insurance shall be supplanted by the public option.
And . . .?
And...i shall begin puking henceforth. Wait...did i write that out loud?
h/t The Peoples Cube
Friday, August 28, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Gotta love the "Musings of a Pertinacious Papist." Reading how Satan wanted to be "the one" to be incarnate and 'lead men to God' gave me chills. I guess one of the next books I read will have to be The Mystical City of God, the Divine History and Life of the Virgin Mother of God, manifested to Mary of Agreda. And here's a curious find. Hmm. I did not know that. I love the Catholic Church and her vast, deep history!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
You say I bear false witness. Then expect me to concede.
I'm not the one you want Barack. I'm not the one you need.
It ain't for you that I'm ever gonna bleed!
It ain't me babe. No, no, no it ain't me, babe.
It ain't me your looking for, babe.
Take your health care bill off the floor babe.
And don't darken my door anymore, babe.
Your lust for power and control I deplore, babe.
To clarify, I will hopefully if called to, die a martyr, FOR Obama and all the enemies of the Church right now. The lyric is just to say, "I won't die for a bill from hell that will in turn kill babies,the disabled,and the elderly, in the guise of being for the "common good."
Bearing false witness? Christians/Catholics are "bearing false witness??!!" He [Obama] is now trying gather the support from those he called "bitter clingers to their guns and religion" in a flat-out attempt to pass (I'll say it) this EVIL monstrosity called HELLth care reform! How utterly rich!! No. How low will he go? This is an outrage! Watch the video, see who's bearing "false witness!" As Bob Dylan sang "It Ain't Me Babe!"
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Bullet points of Fr. Corapi's most recent conference in Buffalo, NY.
- We are at war -- a spiritual war -- and it is time for Catholics to stand up and be heard
- Our American founding fathers had every intention for God to be included and appreciated in our very foundation; not for God to be permanently erased from society
- The Holy Spirit is the remedy and stands evicted if we are immersed in sin
- The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit are necessary for happiness, prosperity and peace
- Disobedience of God is the reason for the existence of so much evil
- We cannot be Catholic and support a 'pro-choice' platform. Period.
- You cannot help the poor by enslaving them.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Lucifer was afterall the first vociferous "ingrate." He still influences us to not be a "thankful" or a "grateful" people. Humility, on the other hand, is the virtue that expresses gratitude. If Satan can distract us and lure us away from regular particiaption at Mass, thus keeping us away from the Eucharist, (Thanksgiving) then ingratitude will be the result, and we might deceive ourselves thinking we're fine, we're still following Christ, only to find out we've become followers of the 'one' who said: "I will not serve."
Jesus humbly came to serve, not to be served. The disciples learned gratitude by Jesus loving the Father, and doing His Father's will, to the point of death on the cross. Then by the breaking of the bread, were their eyes opened and gratitude welled in their hearts and like a fountain, the Eucharist (thanksgiving) the 'Water of Life' flows to all at Mass, healing the wounds of unforgiveness, despression, pain, physical sickness and/or emtional scars. Gentle words (gratitude is most gentle) bring life and health, but griping, (ingratitude,) brings discouragement, destruction and death. Don't give the "first ingrate" any ground! Resist him and his snares!
"Thank you" and it's many variations, "thanks much" or "thank you very much" found on this website in a plethora of languages was a curious find today. I must have needed to ponder this, and I pray that I will become more grateful. I thought it would be good to share with all of you. If one wants to learn a new language, wouldn't it be wonderful if the first word learned would be, "THANKS?"
Friday, August 14, 2009
SUPPORT GLENN BECK.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
It sounds so far-fetched,and some don't agree,which is fine, but it's not that "crazy sounding" to me. Look at the similarities to the Nazi regime and Obama's czars. I think the goal of the pure secular humanist is to make a race that will 'never die' - so that they won't have to face GOD and be damned. It's ANTI-CHRIST and there are many "anti-Christs" in the world!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Kris and me at the Basilica of St. Chaira...St. Clare, May 2007. What a wonderful, glorious time in Assisi!! Pray for us St. Clare, that we may be in love with Jesus in the Eucharist and become "bread" for others in our life, broken bread and poured out wine.
Sunday, August 09, 2009
This young man responds to a Catholic who converted to Islam. A most tender compassionate plea for the return of a prodigal son. May Mary find a place in his heart, and may he call upon his Mother to lead Him back to the ONE TRUE CHURCH and to the Heart of Jesus.
Feast of Corpus Christi is celebrated in June. I'm a little late in posting about it, but I LOVED this image of Jesus so much I had to post this. I was in S.D. at Blue Cloud Abbey so I wasn't here in Omaha for the 4th annual procession. Isn't this image of Christ so lovely and striking?
And I've surely seen the results up close and personal with my own children and looking back to my high school peers, many of them went "leftist" early on, too. We'd better get on our knees and pray, weep for ourselves and our children, Jesus told the women. He saw all of this then, on the way to the cross. The evil of Communism, with its icy fingers spreading like tentacles into every area of academe, film industry, medical, law, is what Our Lady warned us about. Do we really hear her? Will we hear and act? Or will we hear, but ignore, thinking it "surely won't happen here." Well, it's happened and is happening. Wake up and take action! Pray the rosary and trust in God, in Our Lady, and hold on, because this ride is going to get very, very bumpy!!
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Friday, August 07, 2009
Some of my thoughts:
Suffering/anguish (in all forms) has never been glossed over or neglected in the CC, and now in my more "mature years" that makes it a comforting, safe place to have landed. Stable. Unchanging. Like God. Suffereing should be alieviated as much as possible, of course, when it can be. But to avoid it (in whatever form it comes) at almost all costs, or to attempt to 'wipe it out' with a 'prayer of healing' or 'prayer of deliverence' or a 'pill' thinking or believing God never asks us to suffer or to be in anguish is the very "sticky problem." I saw it in the many churches we were involved in over the years. Not all folks, but some almost seemed to believe and teach a: "Jesus suffered so we don't have to" gospel. And when a trial came, one was to "pray a prayer" and it would be gone - if not right away, very soon. And if not, then you didnt' have enough faith or you were in sin, or...whatever. Putting/leaving the result in 'man's hands' and not God's. I agree with Wilkerson, where is the anguish and where are the tears for sake of souls? Not just the "lost sheep" but those in our own family who may or may not be "lost" but just "old?"
I think the anguish and tears are covered up by selfishness, apathy, laziness, seeking material gain/success, by new toys acquired and in the end anguish isn't felt and tears aren't shed because of isolation and fear. Faith communities keep splitting up and not necessarily because of "holy aspirations." But because no one wants to be under an authority. They're not so much "planted" anymore but rather resultant of a lack of commitment. The divorce rates are so high even among Christians, because the "me first" attitude prevalent in all believers/communities. I dont like this or that or the way they do this or that, so I'm leaving. How crafty is the serpent when he lies to us. How "light" and "good" his lies become, when we're not alert to his snares. When we believe the Holy Spirit guides us all "individually" as we read the bible and interpret it "our way" we keep divorcing ourselves out of community/family. How can there be anguish when we do that? It's tragic.
While seeking the perfect body of believers, and thinking we've finally found it, we then make it imperfect when we arrive with our life's sin-stained baggage and our affection to certain sins, i.e. the constant battle/war waging in our hearts we'll fight until we die and go to be with the Lord. We're no longer in community long enough to SEE/SHARE/EMPATHIZE with the suffering of others, let alone attempt to understand it in our own lives. We shove granny and gramps off to a "home" - we hire help to serve the ones we should be serving. I'm not accusing busy younger families of complete selfish neglect, however, it is a problem that does exist in America where the elderly are not respected and neither are the babies or infirmed. Not that we can do everything for them during their sicknesses or age-realted illnesses, surely we need nurses/doctors and professionals to assist them when we can no longer do so, but who actually attempts to "do so" from the first anymore? An unplanned pregnancy? Poof ~ abortion is thrust/forced upon a frightened woman or girl. And now we have a president who wouldn't want his daughters "punished with a baby" which has certainly done nothing to help end the war on the unborn.
Some in the Church have bought the lie of contraception, too. Yet, the CC is the only Church that still condemns contraception, because of the very tool it has become in the hands of Satan and his minions to destroy and kill families/marriages. Contraception was to end suffering of "unplanned pregnancies" and without unplanned pregnancies there wasn't going to be suffering or anguish of unwed mothers. But it's only perpetuated it and made it worse! Destroying babies, families and marriages to the nth degree!
When we lose respect for the 'least of these' and buy the lie of contraception, then I guess anguish for ourselves and others can only be expunged and not found in churches anymore, right? We're blind to suffering in our own lives. We don't want to face it in others' either, and so we choose to 'see' only what's desirable to us. Isolation, independence of/from any real/true authority has wreaked havoc in Christendom, and our crosses we're to "pick up" remain on the blood-stained floor (we've been busily trying to bleach) of our lives. The CC has it's own heterodox dissendents lying to parishoners all the time, and leading many astray. Better for them to have never been born than to cause little ones to stumble and stray from the fold. One doens't divorce Peter because Judas was a badass. Pardon my French.
The Truth sets us free, but like Pilate, we sneer and say "What is truth?" We make it up and we lose anguish. When the Reformation came along, it did not help Christians unite, but was divorce from the Church Jesus built, plain and simple. God hates divorce. People in the Church were wrong, people not in the Church were wrong. St Francis remained IN the Church and reform was accomplished, Martin Luther did not. He was a very sick soul. His intentions were good early on, perhaps, but he went way too far, even ripping books from canon making the bible. That couldn't have been God's will.
I doubt God said, "Hey Marty, maybe you should start your own church, dude. I blew it. Mine's corrupted." From there, we get the BIG split and then split after split after split. Self-proclaimed prophets continue "starting churches," "planting churches" and the Church is indeed in anguish, over that! But Her people (in the fold and w/out) are few and far between who actualy SEE what happened (and continues to happen) and repent of it in their own hearts. We must call on Divine Mercy for sins of the whole world, particularly those in the Church too blind to see.
Unity can't be established when people are proud and constantly "on the move." The proud God will scatter. The humble will be exalted by God and their prayers will be heard. They are the ones who feel, see and express sorrow and anguish. They are the 'few' the remnant if you will who have eyes to see and ears to hear and suffer the most. And most certainly, they're to be found in all denominations, for sure. They don't have to be Catholic, so please don't misunderstand what I'm trying to say. BUT, is it not better to remain in or come back to the "First Fold?" To grow and learn there and should reform be needed, as is the case in living/breathing organisms, then remain INSIDE and do so, rather than raoming about in 35,000 different faith communities that are all squabbling and bickering and feeling only their own selfish religious/spiritual oats?
The CC says that if suffering continues, and the person is not healed, or the pain is not relieved, then it is to be accepted as the will of God. i.e. when someone is dying of cancer, as Fr. Kevin was in 2006. He told his brother Ray, "I hope the cancer kills me, because I don't want to die by suicide." That's how much anguish he was in. The pain never stopped, for 40 days. It only got worse. It was anguish for his mother, tending to him every day, watching him die. It was anguish for his family, for his friends, but he did accept it as God's call on his life, and was able to plan his funeral, (a gift) which brought in thousands.
Touching those thousands of lives via a glorious funeral, many were brought back to the Church and to Christ. His suffering then was efficacious to many souls, his anguish and accpetance of it brought comfort to others who were suffering. His mom would have preferred him to be healed and left on earth as would any mom, but now, over time, she's been shown the fruit and the good has come from his suffering and death. Though she still is 'mad at God' sometimes. A human response. Mothers know anguish so deeply.
The Mother of God, Mary, surely knew anguish deeper than any soul that ever lived aside from Jesus. Her heart was pierced as Simeon told her. Pierced w/ an anguish none of us will ever know or experience. She never ran from suffering or "prayed it away" with contempt. She never left her Son as he suffered and died, as did his closest friends, who couldn't bear it. Jesus took, and accpeted that anguish in the Garden, maybe hoping for another way, but yielded his will to that of the Father. "Not my will but Thine." If the Father didn't spare his own Son suffering and anguish, how do the followers of Jesus claim and tout such an exemption in our time?
Being a mom means having a heart vulnerable to pain, they're pierced to the core by our childrens' sinful choices, (I know I broke the heart of my own mom a time or two) and my suffering and anguish in my heart now, the real, definite ache is there every time I see the residule effects of liberal/left indoctrination in the adult lives of my sons. But now, instead of "praying it away" believing "Jesus took our pain, so now we shouldn't have any" (which I believe some really believed.) My pain now has meaning. It can be offered for their salvation, and for others. It can be joined to the suffering of Mary and Her Son, because there's no "time" at the foot of the Cross...the sacrifice goes on, in the sense that we all need redemption, hence 'redemptive suffering." I can offer any pain, physical, mental, spiritual for their minds to be illumined by the Holy Spirit, for their hearts to be made soft and repentant - to bring them to conversion and finally home as did the prayers and anguishing heart of the father of the prodigal son. I can suffer along with the suffereing Christ on His way to the Cross every day by uniting my anguish to the Father's, through the Son's and through the Son's mother's, for it so pleases my Lord when I do.
In the Church so many martyrs and Saints suffered so plainly for all to see. Great physical, emotional, spiritual was their anguish. Yet so deep was their JOY. I think of Mother Teresa, without any 'consolation' from God for 40 years! Holding the suffering/anguishing lepers and poor in her arms, yet not 'feeling' God at all. The adrenaline of "entertainment" was not what she craved or supposed to be "worship." Not that music is bad, don't get me wrong, but music isn't worship per se, but a vehicle to do so. And silence isn't always holy if filled with numbing distractions and fears. The biographies of the Saints are full of anguish and pain, "dark nights of the soul" (St. John of the Cross, St. Therese, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Padre Pio -Italian stigmatic who suffered extremely and died in1968 - to name a few). They leave a clear and concise legacy for us now, one of HOPE and PERSEVERENCE to the end THROUGH suffering, as St. Paul wrote, "I preach Christ crucified" he wasn't preaching a "prosperity gospel" bereft of suffering, void of anguish.
Shame on the Church (Catholic and Protestant and all in between) who've allowed "entertainment" "worldy culture" and "noise" take over the place of silence in sanctuaries where the heart is brought to actually hear God's voice, let alone the fluffy homilies and "feel-good" sermons preached, that only tickle the itchy ears with political correctness, while the souls perish in the pews (or theatre seats.) Judgment begins in the "House of God." It is now here. We best work out our salvation with fear and trembling, work for our own holiness, (we can't give what we don't have) and not rely on the latest gizmo/technology-equipped sanctuary to bring us a "false peace" and the sheep home to stay. True seekers of Truth won't ever be content with all the razzle dazzle and sacchrine sermons. Dangerous waters these are, and the ship is being slapped and tossed in a raging sea. Jesus is in the boat, but how many "SEEK HIM?" How many instead seek only His gifts? And will He find faith on the earth when He returns? Or will He find only a people dressed in religious platitudes, quoting bible verse left and right, saying "we healed and we cast out demons, Lord!" yet that won't "cut it."
Having replaced suffering/anguish with material success, never taking up our crosses as He commanded, bearing the anguish and pain in our life and others' as did He, then will they be cast into the fire as so many dry,dead, fruitless branches. How easily we are deceived! The Jesus on the cross cried, "I thirst"....meaning for souls to believe and receive his mercy and forgiveness. We should also weep for souls to come to Jesus with childlike faith and trust in Him. It will cause you to weep when you read the lives of these 'friends of God' and how they joined their own anguish to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and His suffering.
I went to YT and commented on the video. I should have reread, as I usually do, before posting. I meant to begin, "No one remembers..." Hope it will make sense when read "as is." Not a big 'error' but when I fail to reread with my 'editing eye,' more often than not, I'm sorry I didn't.
I always loved The Cross and the Switchblade. My friend, Kay, our MYF (Methodist youth fellowship) leader, gave it to me to read so many years ago. It was one of the first books I read as an 18 year old, starting my pilgrimage "homeward." Prison to Praise was the first one, given to me by a Catholic couple. I think when we read, it's such a blessed a time because it's usually quiet! It's when we are "still" and can hear God. I may not agree with Wilkerson on every point, but I think I understand his plea.
And as St Jerome, early Church father and Doctor says about spiritual reading:
"When we pray we speak to God; but when we read, God speaks to us."
Now to go to Boys Town and PRAY!
~ a reading fool these days by the way! :)