by Fr Richard Heilman | October 17, 2016 8:56 PM
All the myriad life-and-death battles being fought on the socio-political and religious fronts today are mere symptoms of the root conflict – Satan and his secular army are at war with the supernatural.
In 1965, Dietrich von Hildebrand had a private audience with Pope Paul VI, in which he “shot from the hip” as usual, saying “Your Holiness, you realize that the Church is going through the worst crisis in history, worse than the Protestant Reformation.” The Pope seemed to be surprised and he continued: “What has taken place is that people have lost sight of the supernatural.”
Dr. Alice von Hildebrand said,
Now let us abolish the terms “conservative” or “liberal”, the terms “left” and “right” which are secularistic. I suggest that we say from now on “those who have kept the sense of the supernatural and those who have lost it”. That is the great divide, that is the essence.
Do you look at the Church and her teaching, whether dogmatic or moral, with a supernatural eye, or do you look at it with secular lenses? That is the divide. Left and right confuses the issue. Let us re-discover the greatness and the beauty of the supernatural and I claim that it is so difficult in the polluted world in which we live, that if we don’t pray for it every single day, we are going to be infected. It is the air that you breathe, the newspaper that you read, the television show that you see, time and again you will see this is a fight and attack on the supernatural.
Dr. Alice von Hildebrand goes on to talk about a series of steps, the final step is going to lead us to the catastrophe that we are experiencing today, when there is an open war on the supernatural …
Now, apply this to what we are seeing today …
Yes, I agree with Dr. Alice von Hildebrand … this is not about left or right, or liberal or conservative … this is about “those who have kept the sense of the supernatural and those who have lost it.” Once Satan has removed a sense of the supernatural in our churches, he has removed our ability to see as God sees. Then … anything goes.
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