by Fr Richard Heilman | November 24, 2018 12:02 am
On April 6, the popular Catholic author and blogger Matt Walsh spoke at my parish at St. Mary of Pine Bluff Catholic Church. Matt’s talk was, “Satan’s Tactic for Christian America: Don’t Awaken Their Courage!” Matt’s blunt speech was stirring:
“Christians in the East forfeit their lives rather than forfeit their souls, and we forfeit our souls even though we could quite easily retain both. The Church overseas has been under violent assault, yet the enemies of Christ have not won. They have diminished the Church in numbers by killing its members, but it is strong and resilient where it still stands. Our situation is exactly the reverse.
We have submitted to the forces of darkness. We have bent our knees in homage to Satan, and the enemies of the faith haven’t even fired a shot to induce our surrender. Satan does not beat us with a stick; he dangles a carrot. He lulls us to sleep. He distracts us. He tempts us. Kill us? Why would he do that? We are no threat to him. A Christian in Afghanistan is a threat. He must be destroyed. It’s the only way. But a lazy, soft, equivocating Christian in the West? There is no need to persecute him. He is not worthy of it. Just give him a television and the internet and let him damn himself.
Satan’s legions in America — to include his agents within the church, of which there are many — have figured out the secret. Don’t put a gun to their heads and tell them to stop being Christian. Instead, just give them something else to do. Whatever you do, never make them afraid, because if you do that you may accidentally awaken their courage. And then your plan is in trouble.”
Venerable Fulton Sheen once wrote:
“It is a characteristic of any decaying civilization that the great masses of the people are unconscious of the tragedy. Humanity in a crisis is generally insensitive to the gravity of the times in which it lives. Men do not want to believe their own times are wicked, partly because it involves too much self-accusation and principally because they have no standards outside of themselves by which to measure their times.”
Venerable Fulton Sheen also wrote:
“The refusal to take sides on great moral issues is itself a decision. It is a silent acquiescence to evil. The tragedy of our time is that those who still believe in honesty lack fire and conviction, while those who believe in dishonesty are full of passionate conviction.
I believe “things are coming to a head.” Look at what we have watched just in the past year …
Why is God allowing this?!?!
I believe God is trying to “Awaken Our Courage” (i.e., Matt Walsh’s talk). God is allowing these things in order to rile us into a raging army of supernatural warriors who are all in.
Because, up until now, we have been tinkering around the edges.
Is Your Courage Awakened Yet?
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