Fuq Fidi

 

IT m'għadux kunċett marġinali li d-dinja qed tidħol fi kriżi profonda. Madwarna, il-frott tar-relattiviżmu morali huwa abbundanti hekk kif qed terġa ’tinkiteb ir-“ regola tal-liġi ”li għandha nazzjonijiet aktar jew inqas iggwidati: l-assoluti morali ġew kważi kollha aboliti; l-etika medika u xjentifika hija l-aktar injorata; in-normi ekonomiċi u politiċi li żammew iċ-ċiviltà u l-ordni qed jiġu abbandunati malajr (ara. Is-Siegħa tal-Liġi). L-għassiesa bkew li a Storm ġej ... u issa wasal hawn. Aħna sejrin fi żminijiet diffiċli. Iżda marbut f’din it-Tempesta hemm iż-żerriegħa ta ’Era ġdida li ġejja li fiha Kristu se jsaltan fil-qaddisin Tiegħu mill-art tal-kosta għall-art tal-kosta (ara Apok 20: 1-6; Mt 24:14). Se jkun żmien ta 'paċi - il- "perjodu ta' paċi" imwiegħed f'Fatima:

Iva, miraklu kien imwiegħed fuq Fatima, l-akbar miraklu fl-istorja tad-dinja, it-tieni biss għall-Qawmien. U dak il-miraklu se jkun era ta 'paċi li qatt ma kienet ingħatat qabel lid-dinja. —Cardinal Mario Luigi Ciappi, papal theologian for Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, and John Paul II; October 9th, 1994; Introduction to the Katekiżmu tal-Familja tal-Appostolat

Thus, it is necessary that the supports that have led the Church and the world into a false peace and security be pulled from beneath us. God is doing this, not so much to punish, but prepare us for a New Pentecost—a renewal of the face of the earth. 

This is our great hope and our invocation, ‘Your Kingdom come!’—a Kingdom of peace, justice and serenity, which will re-establish the original harmony of creation. —POP JOHN PAUL II, Udjenza Ġenerali, 6 ta 'Novembru, 2002, Zenit

But this requires that the satanic system of the Dragon, woven into humanity’s history over the past 2000 years, be brought to nothing—be “chained” in the abyss (cf. Rev 20:1-2). Thus, said St. John Paul II, we have arrived at the “konfront finali” of our times. I can’t help but recall that prophecy given in Rome in the presence of Pope Paul VI that truly seems to be unfolding now by the hour:

Minħabba li nħobbok, irrid nurik dak li qed nagħmel fid-dinja llum. Jien trid tħejjik għal dak li ġej. Jiem ta ’dlam ġejjin id-dinja, ġranet ta ’tribulazzjoni ... Bini li issa qiegħed wieqaf mhux se jkun wieqaf. L-appoġġ li hemm għan-nies tiegħi issa mhux se jkun hemm. Irrid li tkun ippreparat, il-poplu tiegħi, li tkun taf biss lili u li taqbad miegħi u li jkolli lili b'mod iktar profond minn qatt qabel. Se nwassalek fid-deżert ... Se nneħħilkom dak kollu li qed tiddependi minnu issa, allura tiddependi biss minni. Żmien ta ' id-dlam ġej fuq id-dinja, imma ġej żmien ta ’glorja għall-Knisja tiegħi, a żmien il-glorja ġej għall-poplu tiegħi. Se nferra 'fuqkom ir-rigali kollha ta' S. tiegħipirit. Se nħejjik għall-ġlieda spiritwali; Se nħejjik għal żmien ta 'evanġelizzazzjoni li d-dinja qatt ma rat .... U meta ma jkollok xejn ħlief lili, ser ikollok kollox: art, għelieqi, djar, u aħwa u mħabba u ferħ u paċi iktar minn qatt qabel. Kun lest, poplu tiegħi, irrid inħejji int ... -Pentecost Monday of May, 1975, St. Peter’s Square, Rome, Italy; spoken by Dr. Ralph Martin

If God is pulling out all human supports, then there are three things that will remain: 

Allura l-fidi, it-tama, l-imħabba jibqgħu, dawn it-tlieta; iżda l-akbar fosthom hija l-imħabba. (1 Korintin 13:13)

After that introduction, let’s focus briefly on the first of these: fidi

 

SUPERNATURAL FAITH

The purpose of this, and the following writings, is not to give a theological explanation of faith, hope and love so much as to bring them into the practical “here and now”—of what they għandu be in our times. Because it is precisely these three theological virtues that are going to carry you through the Storm. 

 

Obedient Faith

il Katekiżmu tal-Knisja Kattolika jgħid:

Faith is the theological virtue by which we believe in God and believe all that he has said and revealed to us, and that Holy Church proposes for our belief, because he is truth itself. —N. 1814

Many of us are going through the most difficult interior trials right now, not because God is vengeful, but because He loves us and wants us to be free. 

For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery… At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it. (Galatians 5:1, Hebrews 12:11)

Ġesù qal, "Jiena l-verità." As such, we cannot edit God. We must believe “all that he said and revealed to us” because if "Il-verità teħliskek," then “all” that has been revealed is for our freedom. If you are compromising, not only by ignoring certain moral precepts of Catholic teaching in a kind of nod to “tolerance” (such as her teachings on marriage or abortion), but permitting sin in little areas of your life, this is the first sign that you are lacking true faith in God. The sin of Adam and Eve was precisely this: taking matters into their own hands. Moral relativism and individualism are among the most harmful mindsets in our times because they essentially place one’s ego upon what is rightly God’s throne. They are, in fact, precursors to the Antichrist li “who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god and object of worship, so as to seat himself in the temple of God, claiming that he is a god…” [1]2 Tessalonikin 2: 4 

True faith is obedience to the Creator’s designs. 

 

Intimate Faith

A friend of mine said to me recently, “Even if I go to buy a t-shirt, I take it to prayer. This isn’t scrupulosity—it’s intimità.” Trusting Jesus with the littlest things in your life is not only how you become the best of friends with Him but how you become “like a little child”—a pre-condition to entering the Kingdom of Heaven.[2]cf. Mattew 18:3 My friend continued, “When I let Jesus into my decisions, and then act when I feel peace, it prevents Satan from coming back and playing on any sense of guilt. Because then I can say to the Accuser in reply, ‘Whether I made the right decision or not, I made it with Jesus as best I could. And even if it was the wrong decision, I know He will make all things work to the good because I loved Him in that moment.'” Faith is letting God reign, not only on Sunday for one hour, but every minute of every day in every decision. How many of us are doing this? And yet, this was normal Christianity in the early Church. It is still meant to be normative. 

True faith is a communion of intimacy with God.

 

Total Faith

Our faith must go even deeper, though, than simply allowing God into daily decisions. True faith must trust that He is Lord over kollox in our lives. That is, true faith accepts all the trials that come over which you have no control; authentic faith accepts the suffering over which you have no power—though faith can and should expect God to work in and through them, if not deliver one from them. And perhaps the hardest test of faith is trusting in Jesus that, when you have made a real mess of things, He can still fix them, still make them work toward the good.

By faith “man freely commits his entire self to God.” For this reason the believer seeks to know and do God’s will. -CCC, le. 1814 

So you see, then, faith is not an intellectual exercise in merely acknowledging that a “Higher Power” exists. “Even the demons believe—and shudder,” said St. James.[3]cf. Ġakbu 2:19 Rather, Christian faith is completely and totally handing ever aspect of your life over to Him “because He cares for you.” [4]1 Pet 5: 7

True faiths abandons everything and “all of me” into God’s hands. 

 

Fidi li Tistenna

Last, faith believes, not only in God, but in the power of God—the power to liberate, to heal, to open the eyes of the blind, make the lame walk, the mute to speak, and the dead to rise again; to free the addict, heal the broken-hearted, and mend the unmendable. The Church today no longer lives with this expectation because we no longer believe like this. As I wrote in Ir-Razzjonaliżmu u l-Mewt tal-Misteru, the post-modern mind has essentially reasoned away the power of God. I venture that more Christians trust in Google for the answer to their prayers than God. Mary Healy, a professor of Sacred Scripture and member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, writes:

Everywhere Jesus went he was besieged by the sick and infirm. Nowhere do the Gospels record that he instructed a person simply to bear the suffering assigned to them. In no case does he indicate that a person is asking for too much and should be content with a partial healing or no healing. He invariably treats illness as an evil to be overcome rather than a good to be embraced… Have we too easily accepted the idea that sickness should simply be embraced? Do we too easily assume that if a person is ill, God wants her to remain that way for her good? Could our resignation to illness or infirmity even sometimes be a cloak for unbelief? Scripture does not say that the Lord will always heal in response to our prayer if only we have enough faith… However, it is reasonable to conclude that the Lord desires to heal far more often than we think. —Did Healing: Bringing the Gift of God’s Mercy to the World, Our Sunday Visitor; published in Magnificat, Jannar 2019, p. 253

True faith believes that Jesus is the same "Il-bieraħ, illum u għal dejjem," [5]Heb 13: 8 that is, He still works signs and wonders when we believe.

 

In summary, our faith must be ubbidjenti; it must be intimate; it must be totali; u għandu jkun expectant. When it is all four, God is indeed allowed to begin releasing his power in our lives. 

You are important to the Lord and He awaits your Yes. Repent and serve the Lord faithfully. I ask you to keep the flame of your faith alight. You are living in the time of tribulations, and only by the power of prayer can you bear the weight of the trials that are to come. Take care of your spiritual life. Everything in this life passes, but the Grace of God in you will be eternal. Do not forget: in your hands the Holy Rosary and Sacred Scripture; in your hearts, the love of truth. Courage. When all seems lost, the Victory of God will come for the righteous. You will yet drink the bitter chalice of pain, but after all suffering you will be rewarded. This will be the time of the Definitive Triumph of My Immaculate Heart. —Our Lady allegedely to Pedro Regis, January 15, 2019; Pedro enjoys the support of his bishop

 

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1 2 Tessalonikin 2: 4
2 cf. Mattew 18:3
3 cf. Ġakbu 2:19
4 1 Pet 5: 7
5 Heb 13: 8
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