Signs of the times

Australia passes a law to require priests to violate the Seal of Confession. HERE

Then L’Affaire McCarrick flares.

Today I read that in India, a government agency, the National Commission for Women, wants the Catholic Church to abolish the Sacrament of Penance, confession, in the entire country. Why? Because women have to tell their secrets to a priest. HERE There is a horrid backdrop to this story but…. REALLY?

Extreme emotive reactions often wind up being the opportunity the Devil needs to strike.

Matthew 24:

Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another, that will not be thrown down.”

Signs of the End of the Age

As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “Take heed that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: all this is but the beginning of the birth-pangs.

Persecutions Foretold

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation, and put you to death; and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because wickedness is multiplied, most men’s love will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come.

The Desolating Sacrilege

15 “So when you see the desolating sacrilege [“the abomination of desolation”] spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains; 17 let him who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house; 18 and let him who is in the field not turn back to take his mantle. 19 And alas for those who are with child and for those who give suck in those days! 20 Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a sabbath. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 22 And if those days had not been shortened, no human being would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23 Then if any one says to you, ‘Lo, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25 Lo, I have told you beforehand. 26 So, if they say to you,


‘Lo, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out; if they say, ‘Lo, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of man28 Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.

The Coming of the Son of Man

29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken; 30 then will appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory; 31 and he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

The Lesson of the Fig Tree

32 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 34 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

The Necessity for Watchfulness

36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son,[c] but the Father only. 37 As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they did not know until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of man. 40 Then two men will be in the field; one is taken and one is left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one is taken and one is left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the householder had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

The Faithful or the Unfaithful Slave

45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master when he comes will find so doing. 47 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 48 But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eats and drinks with the drunken, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, 51 and will punish him, and put him with the hypocrites; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.

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  1. Benedict Joseph says:

    In essence the entire secular materialist pagan agenda is the eradication of all the sacraments. “Amoris laetitia” and certain German initiatives were and impressive move in that direction. Who needs India and Australia?

  2. HeatherPA says:

    “But he who perseveres to the end is saved.”

  3. bobbird says:

    These Scriptural passages always seem to have a catch — perhaps a DOUBLE application. When Christ said, “This generation will not pass away till all these things take place”, we are told he was speaking about the Destruction of the Temple in Jersusalem by the Romans. This is often done by good priests and Catholic apologists who allayed the fears begun by the evangelicals in the 1970s, who believed the creation of the Israeli State in 1948 meant to be applied to the Prophesy … BUT! Was He also referring to “this” generation as in “THAT generation”, meaning perhaps “ours”? The generation when the First Signs are being manifested? Translations are difficult and rendered imperfect, through no one’s fault. Fr. Z’s explanations here would be appreciated.

  4. JARay says:

    Your first sentence is incorrect Father!
    Australia has NOT passed a law requiring priests to break the seal of Confession. The Australian Capital Territory has passed such a law and Canberra is in the ACT and Canberra is indeed the Capital of Australia and it is indeed WHERE the Government of Australia is situated but the ACT is merely one of the two Territories of Australia. The other territory is The Northern Territory (the NT). There are six States in Australia and each State does have its own laws. In fact the State of Victoria has passed a law UPHOLDING the seal of Confession. There are those who wish such a law as the ACT has passed, to be extended to the whole of Australia. But that has not happened. It was one of the recommendations that the Enquiry into Child Sexual Abuse suggested but there is opposition to this recommendation and so far ONLY the ACT has passed such a law!

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