Saturday, January 1, 2011

Mark Mallett On the Eve

I hope you all enjoyed the feast day of the Blessed Mother and the first day of 2011.  

Mark Mallett has a very interesting reflection on the Pope's recent warning that is worth a read.  A few citations really doesn't do it justice but to whet your appetite...

On the Eve

The Holy Father’s words point to a disturbing progression that cannot but end in an utter collapse of the present order. He has spoken frequently in the past about the eclipse of truth, the ‘dimming of the light of God’.  Yet, even then, human institutions and individual hearts, with difficulty, can be guided by the light ofreason to choose the path of "right" that leads to genuine human freedom. But when "reason" itself becomes eclipsed, then the most insidious of evils can be embraced as a "good."...

Recalling the Book of Revelation and "the great sins of Babylon", Benedict interprets this as "the symbol of the world’s great irreligious cities" (which "collapse," according to the vision of St. John [cf. Rev 18:2-24]). In his address, Pope Benedict notes that Babylon trades in ‘human souls’ (18:3)....

Pope Benedict XVI's message made me recall several similar messages of John Paul II around the time of the Mellennium ten years ago that were very prophetic.

One was at the entrustment in October of 2000:

"Today we wish to entrust to you the future that awaits us, and we ask you to be with us on our way," he said. "We are the men and women of an extraordinary time, exhilarating yet full of contradictions.

"Humanity now has instruments of unprecedented power: We can turn this world into a garden, or reduce it to a pile of rubble. We have devised the astounding capacity to intervene in the very wellsprings of life: Man can use this power for good, within the bounds of the moral law, or he can succumb to the shortsighted pride of a science that accepts no limits, but tramples on the respect due to every human being.

"Today, as never before in the past, humanity stands at a crossroads. And, once again, O Virgin Most Holy, salvation lies fully and uniquely in Jesus, your Son."

The Holy Father entrusted all humanity to the Mother of God, beginning with the weakest: "the babies
yet unborn, and those born into poverty and suffering, the young in search of meaning, the unemployed, and those suffering hunger and disease. We entrust to you all troubled families, the elderly with no one to help them, and all who are alone and without hope."

"O Mother," he said, "you know the sufferings and hopes of the Church and the world: Come to the
aid of your children in the daily trials that life brings to each one, and grant that, thanks to the efforts of all, the darkness will not prevail over the light."

Another was the message that went along with the release of Sr. Lucia's interpretation of how events were playing out in relation to the Third Secret of Fatima.  Sr. Lucia's letter went back to 1982 and was highlighted along with the release implying its significance:

Sister Lucia had already given an indication for interpreting the third part of the “secret” in a letter to the Holy Father, dated 12 May 1982: 

“The third part of the secret refers to Our Lady's words: ‘If not [Russia] will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated' (13-VII-1917). 

The third part of the secret is a symbolic revelation, referring to this part of the Message, conditioned by whether we accept or not what the Message itself asks of us: ‘If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, etc.'. 

Since we did not heed this appeal of the Message, we see that it has been fulfilled, Russia has invaded the world with her errors. And if we have not yet seen the complete fulfilment of the final part of this prophecy, we are going towards it little by little with great strides. If we do not reject the path of sin, hatred, revenge, injustice, violations of the rights of the human person, immorality and violence, etc. 

And let us not say that it is God who is punishing us in this way; on the contrary it is people themselves who are preparing their own punishment. In his kindness God warns us and calls us to the right path, while respecting the freedom he has given us; hence people are responsible”.(5) 

For those paying attention to right judgment and the spiritual, the eclipse of reason has had something more than a mortal dimension to it now for at least a decade.    What is there to say but it is what it is.   There is opportunity to hold back the tide, to heighten awareness, to beckon, to intercede and offer, to live, to love.

Here's JPII's thoughtful prayer at the turn of the century which seems like a good one to keep as part of our deposit of petitions:

Immaculate Heart! Help us to conquer the menace of evil, which so easily takes root in the hearts of the people of today, and whose immeasurable effects already weigh down upon our modern world and seem to block the paths towards the future! 
From famine and war, deliver us. 
From nuclear war, from incalculable self-destruction, from every kind of war, deliver us. 
From sins against the life of man from its very beginning, deliver us. 
From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of the children of God, deliver us. 
From every kind of injustice in the life of society, both national and international, deliver us. 
From readiness to trample on the commandments of God, deliver us. 
From attempts to stifle in human hearts the very truth of God, deliver us. 
From the loss of awareness of good and evil, deliver us. 
From sins against the Holy Spirit, deliver usdeliver us. 
Accept, O Mother of Christ, this cry laden with the sufferings of all individual human beings,laden with the sufferings of whole societies. 
Help us with the power of the Holy Spirit to conquer all sin: individual sin and the ‘sin of the world', sin in all its manifestations. 
Let there be revealed, once more, in the history of the world the infinite saving power of the Redemption: the power of merciful Love! May it put a stop to evil! May it transform consciences! May your Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of Hope!”


John Paul II, pray with us and for us!


TheLastCatholicinBoston said...

I am 99% sure...
The image is from the debunked visionary from Emmitsburg MD, via Scottsdale AZ. Geanna Talone (sp?)Sullivan. I'd suggest replacing it for several reasons.

Carol McKinley said...

oh boyzo, you were right! It had that antiquated look to it and I wondered why I had never seen it before. Guess now I know what was so unique about it. Ugh. The poor woman. I hope she found a good priest to help her sort it all out.