By The Hermits, Feb 4 2017 3:29PM
In recent months central Italy has been convulsed with earthquakes that have been likened, by those who have been hit by them, to scenes out of the Apocalypse. These rumblings and cracking of the earth ‘s surface reflect the rumblings and crackings that are going on in the Church. Never before in her history, even in the Arian crisis, has the confusion been so great. During the Arian Crisis there was the one undivided Church, and though there were small heretical groups, the Church was really dealing with just one opponent, Arius and his followers, but today the Church is like a sinking ship or more appropriately a collapsing building. She is like a dying man who is suffering from multiple organ failure, or someone who has numerous illnesses. Secularism, humanism, the Enlightenment have entered her body, the Faith is clouded, Dogma is dimmed, and most extraordinary of all, the integrity of the Papacy is being compromised by the Pope himself.
In these truly Apocalyptic times we must pray with Christ to the Father. As He did when he would spend nights alone in prayer to his Heavenly Father. We pray with him in his terrible Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, and say over and over again “Not my will be done, but thine be done.”. We pray with Christ at the Last Supper, and we pray with him in his final and a terrible death agony on the Cross “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” But especially we must pray as He taught us:
OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN,
HALLOWED BE THY NAME.
THY KINGDOM COME. THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.
GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD.
AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES,
AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US.
AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION.
BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL
Let us also place ourselves under the great banner of Our Lady which is emblazoned with her Immaculate Heart, and where we see her foot crushing Satan’s head. And let us do all we can to promote the great devotion to The Divine Mercy, for it will be this devotion along with the rosary which will do more to save souls than all the different schools of prayer.
If we do this then, God willing, the attack on marriage and the Eucharist which has resulted from the ambiguities of Amoris Laetitia will be swept aside and the true understanding of marriage will be revealed. If it is not, then we will find ourselves back in 1535 when Henry VIII repudiated the Catholic Church and built his own Church on the foundations of adultery.
So, in the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima, let us make the First Five Saturdays, and let us beseech Our Lady to usher in her great reign of Peace. Christ who is the Way, the Truth and the Life will prevail, but he will need martyrs, victim souls, warriors and above all the prayers of children which are so pleasing to God, for it will be the truly humble souls who will bring down the powerful from their thrones and raise up the lowly. Then maybe we will see a rebirth of the ancient monastic and religious tradition that made England The Isle of Saints.
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