Observation by Glenn Beck — Catholics Under Attack Brothers and Sisters, May the Lord give you His Peace!
This morning one of my brother Deacons sent me this 10 minute video clip of a Glen Beck Commentary that was broadcast on 03/13/2012. I urge you to view/listen to it. I had not seen or heard about this broadcast before this. Very concerning insights regarding the Obama Administration’s bullying of the US Bishops and the Church in general by Hillary and the State Dept.
The Church has always, from day #1, been under attack from the so-called “Enlightened” who have been the pawns of the Evil One.
St Luke (Chapter 11) reports Jesus Himself warning us to be on His side because of the attacks of the Evil One:
21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his castle, his property is safe. 22 But when one stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his plunder. 23 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
St Paul in his Letter to the Church gathered in Rome (Chapter 13) sent those Christians a “Wake-up Call”. Salvation, in the form of persecution, was at their doorstep (the servant is no greater than the Master who Himself suffered death at the hands of His enemies)
11 Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12 the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light;
13 let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy.
14 Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
And to the Church gathered in Ephesus (Chapter 6) St. Paul gave the clarion call echoed by Glen Beck:
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. 15 As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. 16 With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.
Just about every night during Night Prayer we hear this warning from Peter (1 Peter 5):
8 Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your fellow believers throughout the world undergo the same sufferings.
The Church is still being persecuted from just about every corner. What is happening in Syria is nothing less than the attempted eradication of the Christians in that Country. The same in Egypt, one of the earliest cradles of Christianity, where the Copts, both Orthodox and Catholic, are under fiery attack. The Church in India, too, under fiery attack. So, too, the Church in Iraq.
Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda, who serves the Chaldean Catholic Archdiocese of Erbil in northern Iraq, said the following in a recent interview:
For me and my community and the coming Year of Faith, we have prayed for that a lot and have had retreats and workshops to prepare and celebrate with the young people in our parishes. We see it as strengthening our relationship with Jesus who suffered and was crucified. This means reflecting on our wounds and not just bearing them, but taking these wounds with joy that we have participated in the suffering of Our Lord. We believe that true Christianity is a persecuted Christianity. That’s true all over the world. We can reflect on the past 10 years and say that the Lord is telling us something here. We have to deepen our relationship with him and announce the Catholic faith in a new vision which would welcome all those who are at the margins.
But apathy is the worst enemy because it comes from within. The Muslim world tried for centuries to snuff out the Church with the sword, and is still using that tactic in many places around the world. But, it is engulfing the Western world simply by the apathy of Christians there today.
I could go on and on. We need to send a wake-up call to whomever we meet. Mr.Beck was right on target.
But, take heart. Remember this — Napoleon said to Pope Pius VI (whom he called “that old fox”), “I will destroy your church!” The Pope retorted, “If 1800 years of popes, priests and laypeople couldn’t do it, neither can you.”
Gaudéte in Dómino semper: íterum díco, gaudéte! Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say, Rejoice!
Pax et Bonum! Peace and All Good Things! Deacon Dennis A. Arcand, OFS