|Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary!
Now we are in November, the month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Your response to our flyer soliciting prayers for those souls detained in Purgatory was heartfelt! May God reward you! Your donation for those suffering in the mission fields of the world, amidst war, poverty, disease and persecution, is the fire and light of the Holy Spirit, a beacon of hope, the living breath of charity. Rest assured of our love and prayers for you, each and every day.
Thirty three years Christ dwelt on earth, thirty three years of poverty, pain, toil, hardship, humiliation and suffering, crowned with a death of agony on the Cross. Yet, ever and always, from His cradle to the Cross, from the depths of His anguished Heart came the prayer:
“Father, not My Will, but Thine be done!”
To prove that to share His sufferings is a privilege of those who are dear to Him, He allowed His own Blessed Mother to stand beneath His Cross on the first Good Friday, her soul pierced with the sword of sorrow. And, it is from that Cross He speaks lovingly to the sick and suffering today.
Our pain can be made His Redemption. Under the alchemy of Divine Love, cannot our crosses become crucifixes? Can we not regard our sufferings as penance for the offences we have committed against God and our neighbor? Cannot we use our cross to become one with our suffering Savior? Our suffering united to His, will give us His Power, His Knowledge, His Love. There is only one way we can become like Him and that is to imitate the way He bore His sorrows and Cross. The sufferings we undergo, today, are blessed opportunities for us to draw closer to God with whom we hope to spend our eternal life. In the stress and strain of daily life, too often we forget the Divine Design of Living! During this time of suffering, through serious thought and prayerful meditation, the real purpose of our lives becomes crystal clear. Trials, sickness and suffering compel us to acknowledge our helplessness and admit our complete dependence on God. Through these trials borne patiently, we will be living the Mass, another Calvary, day by day. There is nothing more tragic in the world, today, than wasted pain! You are always in my prayers.
I The American Humanist Association (AHA) produces a bi-monthly journal and was given legal status by the U.S. Supreme Court. Their goal is to free one’s philosophy from the traditional constraints of theistic belief. Organized in 1867 under the leadership of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the AHA appealed not only to those theological reformers within the Unitarian Church but also to non-Christian liberals. It is sometimes referred to as a “New Religion” which incorporates naturalism, materialism, rationalization and socialism:
A New Faith for a New Age!
It was designed to be ever evolving and compatible with the social schema of our present day humanity. It was the AHA who argued that Bible study in public schools violated the separation of Church and State. The Supreme Court upheld this policy of religious neutrality. They defend the right to abortion and it is they who did much to popularize cremation and humanistic memorial services. In 2003, they secured a religious tax exempt status, as a non-profit, publically supported educational organization. Their goal is to promote the spread of Humanism and refine its philosophy.
In their self-definition, God does not exist and it is a destructive illusion to believe in Him. Man marks the highest point to which nature has evolved and he must rely entirely on his own resources. They decry creation and have worked very hard to promote the theory of evolution. They believe that everything changes, so there can be no enduring or permanent values. John Dewey, probably the most influential American philosopher in the field of education, is the author of the first Humanist Manifesto in 1933! Forty years later, a second Humanist Manifesto was issued. Among its major tenants are these: “… traditional dogmatic or authoritarian religions that place Revelation, God,
The members of the AHA are placed strategically in highly sensitive areas, and are internationally funded. They have key positions to influence public opinion. While they say, “Let us do away with all forms of intolerance,” they are adamantly intolerant of all religion. Up until the 1960’s, Christianity, with a unanimous voice, had taught an ethic of self-control, self-denial, encouraged reparation, sacrifice and prayer.
The great religious upheaval of the 16th Century contributed to the long term decline of religion and the rise of secularism in the West. In the midst of continually multiplying numbers of groups claiming to have the truth, it became difficult for people to believe that any Faith could be true. Another cause of the fragmentation of Christianity was the growth of science. Religion was perhaps not openly attacked but it was disbelieved. It ceased to be important. The dramatic success of the new scientific discoveries gave man an exhilarating sense of selfconfidence and self-importance. If it could not be proven by science, then it did not exist. In the 18th Century, the intellectuals began to advocate religious tolerance. In part, they said it was out of respect for the individual’s conscience. In part, however, it was out of the conviction that all religious beliefs were equally false and, thus, all should be equally tolerated. Voltaire rejoiced that, in a society where there were many religious groups, all of them would be weak. The French Revolution of 1789 accomplished many of its goals of enlightenment, sweeping away by violence all the social institutions to which the intellectuals objected, including the Church! Their goal to remake the world in the name of humanity gave birth to a murderous and destructive fanaticism. It was the “Committee of Public Safety” which implemented the Reign of Terror in the name of humanity.
The 19th Century gave birth to three new revolutionary systems of thought, those identified with Karl Marx, Charles Darwin and Sigmund Freud. Although different in many aspects, they all were based on materialism. Human existence was described, by economic necessities, biological evolution, and sexual urges. These three gave great impetus to Secular Humanism and all three dispensed with God. Atheism came into its own during that Century. “If God did exist, He must be destroyed!” The new Humanism embodied a demonic urge to negate and destroy. Once God had been denied, man could achieve true freedom by denying all moral constraints on himself and invent his own morality. Mass communications came into full swing. Books filled with this propaganda flooded the cities, schools and homes. Compulsory education was established and all the youth would be impregnated with Secular Humanism.
All these forces, plus the prosperity of the masses, transformed personal values and beliefs of countless Americans. They proved less and less able to say ‘NO’ to themselves and did not want others to say ‘NO’ to them. Spouses divorced, pregnancies were aborted, people of all ages made free use of drugs merely to experience something new and thrilling. The world was experienced as man’s own creation. Belief in God would continue in some general way, but His existence made little or no difference in their lives. They became Secular Humanists in practice, whatever they might have called themselves. Automobiles gave people a great sense of self-reliance. There was little room for God, prayer or obedience to God’s divine Law. Young people rebelled against established authority and all rules and demands for obedience. Students gained the right to cohabit in dormitories, use drugs and all rules pertaining to personal behavior and dress, were abolished. Sadly, most parents were living a compromising life of self-indulgence feeling that, after years of hard work, they deserved it. The obvious result was the breakdown of families. By the late 1970’s, this reached epidemic proportions. The number of divorces equaled that of marriages, and single parent families were countless. In over three-fourth of all households, both parents worked outside the home. The upbringing of the children was given over to schools, the very breeding grounds of secular humanism. Values clarification is a teaching technique in the schools to undermine the values children have learned at home from their parents who are the chief means by which religious belief is handed down.
Self Reigns As God!
Catering to the whims of self has become an obsession. Self is entitled to do whatever it wants and restraints on those desires are almost always unjust and unhealthy. The revolution goes deeper still. It amounts to a repeal of the entire Christian ethic of unselfish love and self-denial. The family is seen as the bastion of Christian values and, as such, it is under ferocious attack.Woman’s liberation is a deadly blow to family and religion. Life is reduced to an endless quest for personal fulfillment. Some clergy have even taken up the new religion of Enlightenment. Liberalism in religion has never been a way into the Faith; it has always been a way out of the Faith!
Pope Saint Pius X in 1907 condemned liberalism in the name of Modernism. It is the way by which secularism enters the Church. They are apostles of unbelief, endlessly telling believers that they should no longer accept this or that teaching of Christianity. In the end, all of them are negated! Christians trust in God. Humanists trust in themselves. Secular Humanism promises earthly happiness. Totalitarianism is a system which seeks to shape and control every aspect of people’s lives in the interest of creating a perfect worldly society. Religion in the modern world has been the strongest and most tenacious bulwark against both. In the end the humanist system betrays man. The Humanist’s acts of defiance and heedless disregard end by enslaving the individual to his passions. Since man was created by an all-wise and all-loving God, he cannot be free or truly happy except in loving obedience to His Creator’s Will.
“You shall know the Truth, And the Truth Will set you Free!”