Navigating the Mine Field in this Greatest Spiritual War of All Times

Navigating the Mine Field in this Greatest Spiritual War of All Times

Greatest Spiritual War of All Times

I am convinced we are in the throes of the greatest spiritual war of all times. Here is my assessment …

  • More Christians have died for their faith in this past century than all other centuries of church history combined.
  • Since 1973, 1,720,000,000 babies have been sacrificed on the altar of sexual hedonism.
  • Sex outside of marriage has become the norm.
  • Birth control is a way of life.
  • Marriage has been redefined for the first time in civilization.
  • Illegitimacy rates have soared.
  • The divorce rate is at epidemic proportions.
  • Sodomy and homosexuality are celebrated openly.
  • Grown men must be allowed to share bathrooms with little girls.
  • With the advent of high speed internet, scores of men, in particular, are now addicted to pornography and masturbation which, in their spiritual death, makes them incapable to serve in this spiritual warfare.
  • Drug use and addiction has exploded.
  • Islamic terrorism has erupted worldwide.
  • Christian values and morals are disparaged as a “problem,” not a remedy in our culture, as religious freedom is under constant assault.
  • Every major institution has been captured by the radical secular left … The media, Hollywood, TV, universities, public schools, theater, the arts, literature — they relentlessly promote the false gods of sexual hedonism and radical individualism.
  • In this Information Age (television, internet, etc.), the anti-God indoctrination is, as never before, in hyperdrive.

Within the Church, the intoxication of worldliness means indifference and complacency have laid hold of a multitude of souls, making them quick to scorn anyone sounding an alarm as too dark, too pessimistic and prophets of doom. Furthermore, anyone imploring the faithful to remain steadfast and loyal to Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, is mocked as “rigid.” Why? We are presently passing through the most powerful rebellion ever – greater than the Arian heresy and the Protestant rebellion – of rampant relativism (fueled by ambiguous teaching leading to cafeteria Catholicism) and a “super-secularism” which moved at a lightning speed to remove any sense of the sacred in art, architecture and worship. In the wake of this devastating rebellion, the number of practicing Catholics has plummeted from nearly 80% to under 25% (5% in many parts of Europe), in just the past 50 years. And yet, one still wonders the percentage of those 25% of “practicing” Catholics who are truly devout and 100% orthodox (an unquantifiable number).

Do I exaggerate? Is anything above “fake news”?

Jesus said,

“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him. God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24).

Yes!! “Spirit and Truth!” That is the essence of the battle we are in.

Here’s what I believe is the heart of the matter …

Spirit

Whatever religion is left in America, has become secularized. Our own Catholicism, which is the bedrock of all of Christianity (if you believe it was instituted by the 2nd Person of the Holy Trinity), has almost completely lost the trigger gift of the Holy Spirit – Fear of the Lord (Awe and Wonder). See this recent article I wrote: HERE. In most instances, we do not worship in “Spirit,” but in a desire for words that tickle our ears and quality entertainment. As I wrote above, Satan has engineered a very effective campaign to strip us of the very power offered to each of us to defeat evil and save souls: Supernatural Grace.

Truth

While we know “Truth” is found through catechesis/study, where is the “hunger” for truth? This proverb applies: “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.” Many people decry the poor catechesis in the past 50 years, but I believe we need to speak more about the “lack of hunger” for catechesis. Today, the “truth” is at our fingertips, with the internet accessible on anyone’s phone in their pocket. So, what is the excuse for poor catechesis? … for a lack of truth? It boils down to the superficial, mundane and banal religion promoted today. Reduced to a social club that does nice things for others, few are inspired to open themselves to the Divine Life of God. Therefore, at best, many fall into a lukewarm faith that barely has the energy to fulfill minimal obligations. So, if taking the time to learn more about their faith does not rise to the level of the obligation of Mass attendance, then every other worldly endeavor has priority over seeking truth.

If you agree with what I am writing here, then you agree that our highest priority is to “reclaim the surrendered ground of the sacred.” Just as the first Crusaders sought to reclaim the “Holy Land,” we are called to reclaim “Holiness.”

 

The Mine Field

Priests, especially, know what I am writing about here …

Yes, we are at war as never before. With so many within the Church indoctrinated by some of the most powerful forces in all of human history, a remnant remains who are willing and “spiritually capable” to do battle. What does this mean? It means those who stand with “Spirit and Truth” … those who seek every way to reclaim the surrendered ground of the sacred are, oftentimes, vastly outnumbered. In other words, the secularized majority are easily emboldened to level their attacks against orthodoxy and reverence, because their sense of “majority” gives them a sense of righteousness in their attacks. Although, Venerable Fulton Sheen said, “Moral principles do not depend on a majority vote. Wrong is wrong, even if everybody is wrong. Right is right, even if nobody is right.”

One reason we can know that “reclaiming the sacred” is Satan’s sacred cow, is because of the level of retaliation leveled against those who “dare” to go in that direction. IT IS AWFUL!! Ask any priest … try promoting vocations by using only boy servers, try replacing contemporary songs with chant and sacred music, try offering the Mass ad orientem, try putting in communion rails, try encouraging sacred veiling for women, try speaking about the importance of receiving Communion on the tongue, etc., etc.. Most priests know that the reaction can range from people leaving the parish in droves to spiteful letters sent to the bishop (that accuse him of everything *but* adding reverence to the Mass).

Most priests know that they are walking through a mine field … that, if they are not careful, venomous and vindictive assaults can paralyze his ability to pastor. And so, many priests are picking and choosing their battles in this greatest of all spiritual wars; they are employing “strategy.” I agree with this. I know many people say priests should become martyrs, and just let their churches empty out or let the priest’s reputation be ruined. But, I believe, with good strategy, victories can be won, and the priest can survive for another day of battle.

Unfortunately, many priests have simply chosen not to try anything to “reclaim the surrendered ground of the sacred.” Either because of years of attacks, or because they have watched other priests brutalized so badly. Some, even more unfortunately, have been indoctrinated into this secular version of religion, and have joined ranks with those who are attacking “Spirit and Truth.”

 

In Conclusion

I am very hopeful. I am seeing more and more people longing for something more substantial than this secularized “NuChurch.” Ask just about any priest, and they will tell you that their headaches come from those who are my age (58) and older. These are the poor souls who were most heavily indoctrinated over a lifetime into accepting this banal and secularized version of religion, and so they are the more vindictive in their push-back against efforts to reclaim the surrendered ground of the sacred.

BUT, young people don’t understand that. They see beautiful churches that survived the wreck-ovation, and they ask “why?” They hear amazing sacred music replaced by kitschy “My Little Pony” contemporary songs, and they ask “why?” They see deeply devoted faithful people replaced by bored “tee shirt and shorts” wearing bodies in church, and they ask “why?”

The strong faith of youth will save our Church!

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