The New Paganism – Part IV

 

SEVERAL years ago while on pilgrimage, I stayed at a lovely château in the French countryside. I delighted in the old furniture, wooden accents and expressivité du Français in the wallpapers. But I was especially drawn to the old bookshelves with their dusty volumes and yellowed pages.Continue reading

Watch and Pray… for Wisdom

 

IT has been an incredible week as I continue to write this series on The New Paganism. I am writing today to ask you to persevere with me. I know in this age of the internet that our attention spans are down to mere seconds. But what I believe Our Lord and Lady are revealing to me is so important that, for some, it could mean plucking them from a terrible deception that has already deluded many. I am literally taking thousands of hours of prayer and research and condensing them down to just a few minutes of reading for you every few days. I originally stated that the series would be three parts, but by the time I’m finished, it could be five or more. I don’t know. I’m just writing as the Lord teaches. I promise, however, that I am trying to keep things to the point so that you have the essence of what you need to know.Continue reading

The New Paganism – Part III

 

Now if out of joy in beauty
[fire, or the wind, or the swift air, or the circle of the stars,
or the great water, or the sun and moon] they thought them gods,

let them know how far more excellent is the Lord than these;
for the original source of beauty fashioned them…
For they search busily among his works,
but are distracted by what they see,

because the things seen are fair.

But again, not even these are pardonable.
For if they so far succeeded in knowledge
that they could speculate about the world,
how did they not more quickly find its Lord?
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The New Paganism – Part II

 

THE “new atheism” has had a profound effect on this generation. The often nugatory and sarcastic quips from militant atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens etc. have played well to a “gotcha” culture cynical of a Church robed in scandal. Atheism, like all the other “isms”, has done much to, if not eradicate belief in God, certainly erode it. Five years ago, 100, 000 atheists renounced their baptisms beginning the fulfillment of a prophecy of St. Hippolytus (170-235 A.D.) that this would come in the times of the Beast of Revelation:

I reject the Creator of heaven and earth; I reject Baptism; I refuse to worship God. To you [Beast] I adhere; in you I believe.De consummat; from the footnote on Revelation 13:17, The Navarre Bible, Revelation, p. 108

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Who is Saved? Part II

 

“WHAT about those who are not Catholic or who are neither baptized nor have heard the Gospel? Are they lost and damned to Hell?” That’s a serious and important question that deserves a serious and truthful answer.

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Who is Saved? Part I

 

 

CAN you feel it? Can you see it? There is a cloud of confusion descending on the world, and even sectors of the Church, that is obscuring what true salvation is. Even Catholics are beginning to question moral absolutes and whether the Church is simply intolerant—an aged institution that has fallen behind the latest advances in psychology, biology and humanism. This is generating what Benedict XVI called a “negative tolerance” whereby for the sake of “not offending anyone,” whatever is deemed “offensive” is abolished. But today, what is actually determined to be offensive is no longer rooted in the natural moral law but is driven, says Benedict, but by “relativism, that is, letting oneself be tossed and ‘swept along by every wind of teaching’,” [1]Cardinal Ratzinger, pre-conclave Homily, April 18th, 2005 namely, whatever is “politically correct.” And thus,Continue reading

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1. Cardinal Ratzinger, pre-conclave Homily, April 18th, 2005