Without a Vision

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for October 16th, 2014
Opt. Memorial of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

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THE confusion we are seeing envelop Rome today in the wake of the Synod document released to the public is, really, no surprise. Modernism, liberalism, and homosexuality were rampant in seminaries at the time many of these bishops and cardinals attended them. It was a time when the Scriptures where de-mystified, dismantled, and stripped of their power; a time when the Liturgy was being turned into a celebration of the community rather than Christ’s Sacrifice; when theologians ceased studying on their knees; when churches were being stripped of icons and statues; when confessionals were being turned into broom closets; when the Tabernacle was being shuffled off into corners; when catechesis virtually dried up; when abortion became legalized; when priests were abusing children; when the sexual revolution turned nearly everyone against Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae; when no-fault divorce was implemented… when the family began to fall apart.

The destruction of the family is the fruit of a Church that lost its vision well over forty years ago.

Without a vision the people lose restraint. (Prov 29:18)

And now we’re harvesting the results—in the public square, in our families and in the confusion of our personal lives. —Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Rendering Unto Caesar: The Catholic Political Vocation, February 23rd, 2009, Toronto, Canada

But the vision is not hidden; it is not difficult to find. For it was revealed to St. Paul:

He chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. (First reading)

It is a work of the Holy Spirit to bring the body of Christ, the Church, to “full stature”, to a state of holiness such that she becomes a suitable bride for He who is the Holy One.

…that he might present to himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. (Eph 5:27)

In some ways, nothing has changed over the course of human history. For when the religious leaders of the Hebrews began to creep into apostasy, God sent them prophets to call them back to himself. So too in our times, God has sent mystics, saints, and even his Mother to call us back. But like the Pharisees in today’s Gospel, we have ignored them too.

Therefore, the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send to them prophets and Apostles; some of them they will kill and persecute’ in order that this generation might be charged with the blood of all the prophets…

One of the prophets God sent us was St. Margaret Mary. Jesus revealed to her His Sacred Heart as a sign of His mercy and love in these latter times.

This devotion was the last effort of His love that He would grant to men in these latter ages, in order to withdraw them from the empire of Satan which He desired to destroy, and thus to introduce them into the sweet liberty of the rule of His love, which He wished to restore in the hearts of all those who should embrace this devotion. —St. Margaret Mary, www.sacredheartdevotion.com

In a word, to make us holy.

For it is time for the judgment to begin with the household of God… (1 Pet 4:17)

Sadly, my friends, there are those who are building the empire of Satan, and those who are building the Kingdom of God. And now we are entering the final confrontation between them. Let us pray hard for all our bishops and priests that they may become effective shepherds in leading us toward the heavenly Father’s vision.

The LORD has made his salvation known: in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice… (Today’s Psalm)

 

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