I’m a bit shell-shocked from the blast of information that is pouring forth. It took me 3 hours to triage my email.
Thank you to everyone who have sent kind notes. Thank you to everyone who has sent links. Thank you for the questions, too. Alas, I can’t respond to all of you.
Also, I just got off the phone with a prominent Catholic writer. The conversation helped put some good energy back into my day. Hence, I recommend that all of you who are struggling with The Present Crisis should get out and get together with other faithful Catholics and do something positive. Go over a little of a good Catechism, watch a good old movie, listen to some music, make a fine meal and enjoy it together, get some fresh air.
Didn’t Screwtape warn his underling about the dangers (from Hell’s point of view) of simple pleasures? They reconnect us with reality. Hell wants us to be in a perpetual fog of illusions and the artificial.
Moreover, a thought came during my aforementioned conversation.
People rightly say that the Church isn’t just bishops, priests, etc. Exactly right! If you are wondering what bishops and priests and POPES ought to do about The Present Crisis, well.. okay.
Ask yourself what YOU, a layperson, can do.
Think about this.
The Present Crisis has its human dimensions. But an invisible, spiritual battle is being fought. Demons, the Enemy, is at work. The sins that are at the hellish foundation of The Present Crisis draw demons who attach themselves to people who commit them and places where they were committed.
A baptized person in the state of grace is terrifying to demons.
Imagine what the clean, baptized soul, praying and doing reparation for sins, looks like to a demon.
Imagine what agony Hell’s agents experience when you receive the Eucharist in the state of grace and you receive the blessings of the priest, alter Christus.
If you are examining your conscience well, striving to live your vocation well, using well the sacraments and sacramentals and praying, you are Hell’s worst scenario.
GO TO HELL DEVIL!
St. Paul describes you as warriors:
Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. Therefore take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice, And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace: In all things taking the shield of faith, wherewith you may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the most wicked one. And take unto you the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit (which is the word of God). By all prayer and supplication praying at all times in the spirit; and in the same watching with all instance and supplication for all the saints [Ephesians 6:11-18]
Si vis pacem para bellum!
GO TO CONFESSION READERS!