IT was a strange convergence this past weekend. All week long at my concerts, as a preamble to my song Call Your Name (listen below), I felt compelled to speak about how truth is being turned upside down in our day; how good is being called evil, and evil good. I noted how “judges are getting up in the morning, having their coffee and cereal like the rest of us, and then go into work—and completely overturn the Natural Moral Law that has existed since time memorial.” Little did I realize that the Supreme Court of Canada was planning to issue a ruling last Friday that opens the door for doctors to help kill someone with a ‘grievous and irremediable medical condition (including an illness, disease or disability)’.
The other convergence was the unexpected word I shared with you last Wednesday (see My Young Priests, Do Not Be Afraid) in which I sensed the Lord exhorting priests today to not be afraid to speak boldly, whatever the cost. In hindsight, I see why now….
While this ruling is hardly surprising in a prevailing culture of death where a pre-born baby can be legally killed at any stage of development; where marriage has been relativized and redefined; and where the “thought police” in the form of “human rights commissions” have silenced traditional views, it is still no less sobering to witness the advance of death in real time. A Polish priest commented this week that what is happening here (and other countries) is precisely what happened under Communist Russia—it’s just that the implementation of the “solution” is much more subtle in our times. Another friend pointed out the irony that Canada’s state television (the CBC) has been commemorating the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz this past month… while the Supreme Court appears to be inaugurating it.
THE SUBTLE DRAGON
No, it is not necessary to fill our streets with troops and dispatch the secret service to our neighorhoods (not yet). So successful has the progressive lie against human dignity and life been in our times that what required the violence of the State military 50-80 years ago is now achieved by carreer politicians, ideological judges, and a sleeping electorate.
What I wish to point out again, however, is that this is the natural progression of the sophistries of Satan that began with the Enlightenment period over 400 years ago. cf. The Woman and the Dragon Remember again Christ’s prophetic words describing the devil:
He was a murderer from the beginning… he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)
Satan lies so as to ensnare men so he can then destroy them. This has been his modus operandi since the beginning.
By the envy of the devil, death came into the world: and they follow him that are of his side. (Wis 2:24-25; Douay-Rheims)
They that “follow him” are those who in particular have created or developed the errant philosophies (lies) of the Enlightenment period: deism, materialism, darwinism, evolutionism, Marxism, atheism, socialism, relativism, communism, etc. that have sought to remake man in his own image. What we are now seeing brothers and sisters is the culmination and blend of these “isms” into its final form of individualism:
The decision of the Supreme Court to allow assisted suicide rests on the substitution of God’s supremacy with that of the individual. —Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton, Alberta, Letter: “The Decision of the Supreme Court of Canada to Allow Physician-Assisted Suicide”, February 15th, 2015
This is further setting the stage for what St. John Paul II called “the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel and the anti-Gospel.” Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (JOHN PAUL II), reprinted November 9, 1978, issue of The Wall Street Journal from a 1976 speech to the American Bishops
This [culture of death] is actively fostered by powerful cultural, economic and political currents which encourage an idea of society excessively concerned with efficiency. Looking at the situation from this point of view, it is possible to speak in a certain sense of a war of the powerful against the weak: a life which would require greater acceptance, love and care is considered useless, or held to be an intolerable burden, and is therefore rejected in one way or another. A person who, because of illness, handicap or, more simply, just by existing, compromises the well-being or life-style of those who are more favoured, tends to be looked upon as an enemy to be resisted or eliminated. In this way a kind of “conspiracy against life” is unleashed. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Evangelium Vitae, “The Gospel of Life”, n. 12
The dragon is now showing his teeth, revealing in plain sight his open jaws— “a murderer from the beginning.” But what is entirely diaobolical about this final stage is that the lie has been accepted as truth to the degree that it is not only embraced, encouraged, and legislated, but even celebrated. Death is now the solution to modern man’s problems: if an unexpected pregnancy comes, abort it; if someone is terminally ill, kill them; too old, help them commit suicide; and if your neighbouring country is deemed a threat, a “pre-emptive strike” is in order; if your “national interests” are at stake, send in the drones. Death is a one-size-fits-all.
St. Paul and the early Church Fathers saw this coming:
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. (2 Thess 2:7)
All justice will be confounded, and the laws will be destroyed. —Lactantius, Fathers of the Church: The Divine Institutes, Book VII, Chapter 15, Catholic Encyclopedia; www.newadvent.org
MADE FOR LIFE
What should be our response? Joy. Yes, how else do we counter the culture of despair but by being the face of hope, a light in the darkness. Let us be the locus point of the beauty and gift that life is. Let others look upon us, even in our suffering—the way the world looked upon St. John Paul II in the last stages of his Parkinson’s disease—and see that life, in all its seasons, is a gift from God. Let us radiate from a deep personal relationship with Jesus the joy of being loved by Him, and then in turn, love others. This is the “Gospel of Life” at its source and foundation.
Satan wishes to turn us into the Church of Despair as we face what is clearly a coming persecution. Freedom of religion is slipping away; belief in God is crumbling; and Catholicism is quickly becoming the number one enemy of the New World Order that is emerging. What glorious days these are! What a time to be alive because, as the darkness grows, the light of Christ in us is becoming brighter. I am seeing this in my concerts, how even the most simple truths are being drunk like a thirsty man at an oasis. Don’t be afraid to shout from the rooftops the glorious truths of our Catholic faith, first and foremost, that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!
We are watching the final stages of a culture that is imploding. But at the same time, we are witnessing the birth pangs of a new era in Christ, heralded by the Woman. The dragon cannot destroy her. She belongs to God; she is both Mary and the Church… and we shall crush the serpent’s head.
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WINTER 2015 CONCERT TOUR
January 27: Concert, Assumption of Our Lady Parish, Kerrobert, SK, 7:00 pm
January 28: Concert, St. James Parish, Wilkie, SK, 7:00 pm
January 29: Concert, St. Peter’s Parish, Unity, SK, 7:00 pm
January 30: Concert, St. VItal Parish Hall, Battleford, SK, 7:30 pm
January 31: Concert, St. James Parish, Albertville, SK, 7:30 pm
February 1: Concert, Immaculate Conception Parish, Tisdale, SK, 7:00 pm
February 2: Concert, Our Lady of Consolation Parish, Melfort, SK, 7:00 pm
February 3: Concert, Sacred Heart Parish, Watson, SK, 7:00 pm
February 4: Concert, St. Augustine’s Parish, Humboldt, SK, 7:00 pm
February 5: Concert, St. Patrick’s Parish, Saskatoon, SK, 7:00 pm
February 8: Concert, St. Michael’s Parish, Cudworth, SK, 7:00 pm
February 9: Concert, Resurrection Parish, Regina, SK, 7:00 pm
February 10: Concert, Our Lady of Grace Parish, Sedley, SK, 7:00 pm
February 11: Concert, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Weyburn, SK, 7:00 pm
February 12: Concert, Notre Dame Parish, Pontiex, SK, 7:00 pm
February 13: Concert, Church of Our Lady Parish, Moosejaw, SK, 7:30 pm
February 14: Concert, Christ the King Parish, Shaunavon, SK, 7:30 pm
February 15: Concert, St. Lawrence Parish, Maple Creek, SK, 7:00 pm
February 16: Concert, St. Mary’s Parish, Fox Valley, SK, 7:00 pm
February 17: Concert, St. Joseph’s Parish, Kindersley, SK, 7:00 pm
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|1.||↑||cf. The Woman and the Dragon|
|2.||↑||Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (JOHN PAUL II), reprinted November 9, 1978, issue of The Wall Street Journal from a 1976 speech to the American Bishops|