We are headed for very hard times.
Huge changes loom, both in the secular level and also the spiritual realm.
It is hard to read the times and not come to alarming conclusions.
World leadership has shifted remarkably in a short period of time.
The financial crisis hasn’t even begun to get serious. Let’s not kid ourselves about how bad things could get. How bad? At Fatima the Blessed Mother of God spoke of the annihilation of nations. Nations can be wiped out, and it doesn’t take war to do the job.
In the USA we are facing the strong likelihood of FOCA, the "Freedom of Choice Act" which will effectively eliminate restriction on abortion and curtail the rights of parents and physicians to exercise their own freedoms and rights.
Take a look at the video, below. It is also on YouTube right now… I say "right now, because I suspect it will be pulled because it is pro-life and therefore "hate speech". For that reason, I also put it on my server.
"But Father! But Father!", some might object. "This is just Michael O’Brien stuff you are gabbling now. Just relax. Watch! Things aren’t as bad as you are suggesting. Stop your scaremongering!"
Well… yah, pal! This is "Michael O’Brien stuff!" And mark my words the "fairness doctrine" is going to be ushered to the fore again, very soon. There will be a strong effort to shut down the alternative media, such as the stronger voices in the Catholic blogosphere. Just you watch. Just watch as leaders in the Church start to line up on different sides. Some will apply huge pressure, canonical, financial, psychological, to clerics who decide to stand up and speak an unambiguous message rooted in Catholic teaching.
Actually, this has already begun.
Some will say the video is corny, because of the music from Rocky.
Some will say that it is alarmist, because it speaks in stark terms.
But do you honestly think we are not at an important crossroad?
Catholics had to make choices in 1930′s Germany.
Catholics had to make choices behind the iron and bamboo curtains.
It’s our turn.
Neither this video, nor I, nor any sound Catholic people will advocate violence or uncharitable acts.
Neither I nor this video suggest or ask for any disrespect to elected officials or defiance of law and order.
What this video asks is that Catholics embrace the teachings of Holy Church and the truth written into our hearts.
It asks that Catholics practice their Catholic faith, that they be Catholics.
In no way does being Catholic take us out of the public square or place us entirely out of the sphere of what Caesar justly requires. We have obligations to the state, as well as rights.
But our obligation to God and the truth has priority. Only in our fidelity as Catholics can we offer our special contributions to the common good. We have a right and duty to participate in the public square.
We can only have something good to contribute if we know who we are as Catholics, if we embrace that identity, and act accordingly according to our vocations in our proper spheres of life.
We must first fight the battle for our Catholic identity before we can make a difference in the world.
We must make choices.