On Recovering Our Dignity

 

Life is always a good.
This is an instinctive perception and a fact of experience,
and man is called to grasp the profound reason why this is so.
Why is life a good?
—POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II,
Evangelium Vitae, 34

 

WHAT happens to people’s minds when their culture — a culture of death — informs them that human life is not only disposable but apparently an existential evil to the planet? What happens to the psyche of children and young adults who are repeatedly told that they are just a random by-product of evolution, that their existence is “overpopulating” the earth, that their “carbon footprint” is ruining the planet? What happens to seniors or the ill when they are told that their health issues are costing the “system” too much? What happens to youth who are encouraged to reject their biological sex? What happens to one’s self-image when their worth is defined, not by their inherent dignity but by their productivity?Continue reading

The Labor Pains: Depopulation?

 

THERE is a mysterious passage in the Gospel of John where Jesus explains that some things are too difficult to be revealed yet to the Apostles.

I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth… he will declare to you the things that are to come. (John 16:12-13)

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Living John Paul II’s Prophetic Words

 

“Walk as children of light … and try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness”
(Eph 5:8, 10-11).

In our present social context, marked by a
dramatic struggle between the “culture of life” and the “culture of death”…
the urgent need for such a cultural transformation is linked
to the present historical situation,
it is also rooted in the Church’s mission of evangelization.
The purpose of the Gospel, in fact, is
“to transform humanity from within and to make it new”.
—John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, “The Gospel of Life”, n. 95

 

JOHN PAUL II’s “Gospel of Life” was a powerful prophetic warning to the Church of an agenda of the “powerful” to impose a “scientifically and systematically programmed… conspiracy against life.” They act, he said, like “The Pharaoh of old, haunted by the presence and increase… of the current demographic growth.[1]Evangelium, Vitae, n. 16, 17

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Footnotes

Footnotes
1 Evangelium, Vitae, n. 16, 17

Schism, You Say?

 

SOMEONE asked me the other day, “You are not leaving the Holy Father or the true magisterium, are you?” I was startled by the question. “No! what gave you that impression??” He said he wasn’t sure. So I reassured him that schism is not on the table. Period.

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Novum

 

See, I am doing something new!
Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
In the wilderness I make a way,
in the wasteland, rivers.
(Isaiah 43:19)

 

I HAVE pondered a lot of late about the trajectory of certain elements of the hierarchy toward a false mercy, or what I wrote about a few years ago: an Anti-Mercy. It is the same false compassion of so-called wokism, where in order to “accept others”, everything is to be accepted. The lines of the Gospel are blurred, the message of repentance is ignored, and the liberating demands of Jesus are dismissed for the saccharine compromises of Satan. It seems as if we are finding ways to excuse sin rather than repent of it.Continue reading

The Most Important Homily

 

Even if we or an angel from heaven
should preach to you a gospel
other than the one that we preached to you,
let that one be accursed!
(Gal 1:8)

 

THEY spent three years at the feet of Jesus, listening carefully to His teaching. When He ascended into Heaven, He left them a “great commission” to “make disciples of all nations… teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matt 28:19-20). And then He sent them the “Spirit of truth” to infallibly guide their teaching (Jn 16:13). Hence, the first homily of the Apostles would no doubt be seminal, setting the direction of the entire Church… and world.

So, what did Peter say??Continue reading

The Great Fissure

 

Nihil innovetur, nisi quod traditum est
“Let there be no innovation beyond what has been handed down.”
—POPE Saint Stephen I (+ 257)

 

THE Vatican’s permission for priests to dole out blessings for same-sex “couples” and those in “irregular” relationships has created a deep fissure within the Catholic Church.

Within days of its announcement, nearly entire continents (Africa), bishops’ conferences (eg. Hungary, Poland), cardinals, and religious orders rejected the self-contradictory language in Fiducia supplicans (FS). According to a press release this morning from Zenit, “15 Episcopal Conferences from Africa and Europe, plus around twenty dioceses worldwide, have prohibited, limited, or suspended the application of the document in the diocesan territory, highlighting the existing polarization around it.”[1]Jan 4, 2024, Zenit A Wikipedia page following opposition to Fiducia supplicans currently counts rejections from 16 bishops’ conferences, 29 individual cardinals and bishops, and seven congregations and priestly, religious, and lay associations. Continue reading

Footnotes

Footnotes
1 Jan 4, 2024, Zenit

A Watchman’s Warning

 

DEAR brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. I want to leave you on a more positive note, despite this most troubling week. It’s in the short video below that I recorded last week, but never sent out to you. It’s a most apropos message for what has transpired this week, but is a general message of hope. But I also want to be obedient to the “now word” the Lord has been speaking all week. I will be brief…Continue reading

Have We Turned a Corner?

 

Note: Since publishing this, I have added some supporting quotes from authoritative voices as responses around the world continue to roll out. This is too crucial a subject for the collective concerns of the Body of Christ to not be heard. But the framework of this reflection and arguments remain unchanged. 

 

THE news shot across the globe like a missile: “Pope Francis approves allowing Catholic priests to bless same-sex couples” (ABC News). Reuters declared: “Vatican approves blessings for same-sex couples in landmark ruling.” For once, the headlines weren’t twisting the truth, even though there’s more to the story… Continue reading

Confront the Storm

 

A NEW scandal has rocketed across the world with headlines proclaiming that Pope Francis has authorized priests to bless same-sex couples. This time, the headlines weren’t spinning it. Is this the Great Shipwreck Our Lady spoke of three years ago? Continue reading

The Promised Kingdom

 

BOTH terror and exultant victory. That was the vision of the prophet Daniel of a future time when a “great beast” would arise over the whole world, a beast “quite different” than previous beasts who imposed their rule. He said it “shall devour the whole earth, beat it down, and crush it” through “ten kings.” It will overturn the law and even alter the calendar. From its head sprung a diabolical horn whose goal is to “oppress the holy ones of the Most High.” For three and a half years, says Daniel, they will be handed over to him — he who is universally recognized as the “Antichrist.”Continue reading

VIDEO: The Prophecy At Rome

 

A POWERFUL prophecy was given in St. Peter’s Square in 1975 — words that seem to be unfolding now in our present time. Joining Mark Mallett is the man who received that prophecy, Dr. Ralph Martin of Renewal Ministries. They discuss the troubling times, the crisis of faith, and the possibility of the Antichrist in our days — plus the Answer to it all!Continue reading

The War On Creation – Part III

 

THE doctor said without hesitation, “We need to either burn or cut out your thyroid to make it more manageable. You will need to stay on medication for the rest of your life.” My wife Lea looked at him like he was crazy and said, “I can’t get rid of a part of my body because it’s not working for you. Why don’t we find the root cause of why my body is attacking itself instead?” The doctor returned her gaze as if she was crazy. He bluntly replied, “You go that route and you’re going to leave your children orphaned.”

But I knew my wife: she would be determined to find the problem and help her body restore itself. Continue reading

The Big Lie

 

…the apocalyptic language surrounding the climate
has done a deep disservice to humanity.
It has led to incredibly wasteful and ineffectual spending.
The psychological costs have also been immense.
Many people, particularly younger ones,
live in fear that the end is nigh,
too often leading to debilitating depression
about the future.
A look at the facts would demolish
those apocalyptic anxieties.
—Steve Forbes, Forbes magazine, July 14, 2023

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The War on Creation – Part II

 

MEDICINE INVERTED

 

TO Catholics, the last hundred years or so bear significance in prophecy. As the legend goes, Pope Leo XIII had a vision during Mass that left him utterly stunned. According to one eyewitness:

Leo XIII truly saw, in a vision, demonic spirits who were congregating on the Eternal City (Rome). —Father Domenico Pechenino, eyewitness; Ephemerides Liturgicae, reported in 1995, p. 58-59; www.motherofallpeoples.com

It is said that Pope Leo overheard Satan asking the Lord for a “hundred years” to test the Church (which resulted in the now famous prayer to St. Michael the Archangel).[1]cf. Catholic News Agency When exactly the Lord punched the clock to begin a century of testing, no one knows. But certainly, the diabolical was unleashed upon the whole of creation in the 20th century, beginning with medicine itself…Continue reading

Footnotes

Footnotes
1 cf. Catholic News Agency

The War on Creation – Part I

 

I have been discerning writing this series for over two years now. I have touched on some aspects already, but lately, the Lord has given me a green light to boldly proclaim this “now word.” The real cue for me was today’s Mass readings, which I’ll mention at the end… 

 

AN APOCALYPTIC WAR… ON HEALTH

 

THERE is a war on creation, which is ultimately a war on the Creator himself. The attack runs broad and deep, from the smallest microbe to the pinnacle of creation, which is man and woman created “in the image of God.”Continue reading

Why Still Be a Catholic?

AFTER repeated news of scandals and controversies, why stay a Catholic? In this powerful episode, Mark & Daniel lay out more than their personal convictions: they make the case that Christ Himself wants the world to be Catholic. This is sure to anger, encourage, or console many!Continue reading

I am a Disciple of Jesus Christ

 

The pope cannot commit heresy
when he speaks ex cathedra,
this is a dogma of faith.
In his teaching outside of 
ex cathedra statements, however,
he can commit doctrinal ambiguities,
errors and even heresies.
And since the pope is not identical
with the entire Church,
the Church is stronger
than a singular erring or heretical Pope.
 
—Bishop Athanasius Schneider
September 19th, 2023, onepeterfive.com

 

I HAVE long been avoiding most comments on social media. The reason is that people have become mean, judgmental, flat-out uncharitable — and often in the name of “defending the truth.” But after our last webcast, I attempted to respond to some who accused my colleague Daniel O’Connor and me of “bashing” the Pope. Continue reading