Throughout the centuries, there have been times of crises in Western Civilization. During these times of crisis, God has called up saints to do many different types of things for the benefit of human beings, for the growth of the Church.
Lately, it has dawned on me that lay people are not listening to God regarding the crises in the Church and in Western Civilization. The horrific news from Great Britain this morning, my time, regarding babies and organ harvesting, (see the facebook link on this I posted early today and here http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3478477/NHS-harvest-babies-organs-Bombshell-new-proposal-mums-pregnant-damaged-babies.html), abhorred me so much that I had to write out some thoughts which have been niggling me for weeks. The deluge is coming, and like the Scriptures, I say that we must not keep acting as if it is not. Catholics, we are not living in normal, the same-old-same-old times. We are living in times of great trial for all Catholics.
37 And as in the days of Noe, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, even till that day in which Noe entered into the ark,
39 And they knew not till the flood came, and took them all away; so also shall the coming of the Son of man be.
Let me list these thoughts. For some, this topic may seem controversial, but I think I understand for the first time what St. Paul meant in the following Scripture and what Christ meant in the Scripture above:
1 Corinthians 7
7 Now concerning the thing whereof you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
2 But for fear of fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
3 Let the husband render the debt to his wife, and the wife also in like manner to the husband.
4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband. And in like manner the husband also hath not power of his own body, but the wife.
5 Defraud not one another, except, perhaps, by consent, for a time, that you may give yourselves to prayer; and return together again, lest Satan tempt you for your incontinency.
6 But I speak this by indulgence, not by commandment.
7 For I would that all men were even as myself: but every one hath his proper gift from God; one after this manner, and another after that.
8 But I say to the unmarried, and to the widows: It is good for them if they so continue, even as I.
9 But if they do not contain themselves, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to be burnt.
10 But to them that are married, not I but the Lord commandeth, that the wife depart not from her husband.
11 And if she depart, that she remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband. And let not the husband put away his wife.
12 For to the rest I speak, not the Lord. If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she consent to dwell with him, let him not put her away.
13 And if any woman hath a husband that believeth not, and he consent to dwell with her, let her not put away her husband.
14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the believing wife; and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the believing husband: otherwise your children should be unclean; but now they are holy.
15 But if the unbeliever depart, let him depart. For a brother or sister is not under servitude in such cases. But God hath called us in peace.
16 For how knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? Or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?
17 But as the Lord hath distributed to every one, as God hath called every one, so let him walk: and so in all churches I teach.
18 Is any man called, being circumcised? let him not procure uncircumcision. Is any man called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised.
19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing: but the observance of the commandments of God.
20 Let every man abide in the same calling in which he was called.
21 Wast thou called, being a bondman? care not for it; but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.
22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a bondman, is the freeman of the Lord. Likewise he that is called, being free, is the bondman of Christ.
23 You are bought with a price; be not made the bondslaves of men.
24 Brethren, let every man, wherein he was called, therein abide with God.
25 Now concerning virgins, I have no commandment of the Lord; but I give counsel, as having obtained mercy of the Lord, to be faithful.
26 I think therefore that this is good for the present necessity, that it is good for a man so to be.
27 Art thou bound to a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.
28 But if thou take a wife, thou hast not sinned. And if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned: nevertheless, such shall have tribulation of the flesh. But I spare you.
29 This therefore I say, brethren; the time is short; it remaineth, that they also who have wives, be as if they had none;
30 And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as if they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not;
31 And they that use this world, as if they used it not: for the fashion of this world passeth away.
32 But I would have you to be without solicitude. He that is without a wife, is solicitous for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please God.
It may be time for young people to consider that God is speaking to the Church through the horrors of these times. St. Paul gave his advice based on the increasing persecution of the Church. I do the same now.
List of points:
- Parents are not encouraging their children to join religious orders because they, the parents, do not see the signs of the times. Nor do those parents love the Church….
- Young people may have a duty to join contemplative orders to pray for those persecuted and to ask God to shorten the time of tribulation-that is the job of contemplatives-to pray for those in the world.
- Young people must seriously ask whether they can bring children into this world when governments will now require a mother to either kill a baby in abortion or let the baby die an excruciating death in order for the harvesting of organs–remember, live organs come from live humans, while dead organs come from dead humans. You will have no choice.
- Young people should see that God may be calling thousands to offer sacrifice and reparation by becoming nuns and monks.
- Parents need to wake up to the fact that this is the age of martyrs and saints. It is just plain WRONG to teach children at home that things will be the same for them as it was for the parents.
- Saints are formed in cooperation with grace, and the earlier the better.
- Young people who complain they cannot find Catholic men for husbands or Catholic women for wives should see this as God speaking to them through the signs of the times and stop complaining-the lack of good and holy spouses dictates a different type of prayer and most likely, a different openness to God’s Will.
- To pretend things will get better is a lie which affects Catholic children.
- Raise saints, learn to be a saint. cooperate with God in this time which He has given us.
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring