Dear family, I was praying on what we should cover in this column; and then what should pop up on my desk?
I found the following article which was written many years ago. The truth is always the truth, always timely.
As we have been reading the following article about our beloved Church, the life of our Church and of our dear country, there is a tragic echoing ring to the message we were sending years ago to our brothers and sisters in Mother Church, and to our fair country.
Sunday, in our little country church, the recessional hymn was “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” I could barely sing; I felt a lump in my throat and my eyes were filled with tears. Oh, dear Lord what if we should lose our country and all it stands for? What if we should no longer be free to worship as we choose? Dear fair country, have I taken you and our liberty for granted? I was working with a speech therapist the other day, and the passage I had to read was The Pledge of Allegiance.
As the words came screaming off the page, I could barely keep from crying. Oh dear flag for which it stands, have I taken you for granted? As the words popped out of the page, challenging me to say them, I found myself choked up with tears. I remembered how my father, who came to this country when he was three years old, proudly saluted the flag, his hand on his heart, tears spilling unashamedly when he recited the pledge, his pledge to the United States of America.
Do you know the pledge of allegiance by heart?
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under GOD, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”
There is so much passion, the passion of Our Savior in those words, a liberty we would have to defend with our loved ones fighting overseas to keep those promises alive.
The founding fathers had a plan, I believe under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Our ancestors died for those words and their meaning. Our country is the only one that I know of that was founded under GOD! And our Holy Family wanted to insure this gift to us by GOD sending His Mother to look over this land, cover us with Her Mantle, protecting us, even sometimes from ourselves. And how She weeps!
“Our Lady as the Patroness of America.”
Mary under her Immaculate Conception was the result of the worldwide Marian movement which culminated in the definition of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception by Blessed Pope Pius IX in 1854. The Sixth Provincial Council of Baltimore had, in 1846, requested the Holy See that Mary under the title of the Immaculate Conception be made patroness of the United States. The petition was granted in 1847.” (Dictionary of Mary, Catholic Publishing Co. N.Y.)
Our Holy Family is watching over this country. They always have! But there were other countries that were under the protection of Mother Mary, and they prospered! Take Mexico! Did you know that for many centuries our Lady of Guadalupe’s Image was on the flag of Mexico! And did you know that under her banner Mexico was one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Then the powers that be took her off the flag but could not take her out of the hearts of the people. And Mexico has not known the position it once had in the world. I could go on and on; Portugal was another country that suffered the same fate. I read somewhere that a man was praying, complaining to God how He could allow the violence in schools.
Why doesn’t He do something! God replied, You threw Me out: I’m not allowed In schools! “Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it!” My father was an enthusiastic student of ancient history. He taught us children that ancient history Is history that is bound to happen. When we study history that has passed and open our eyes to what is presently happening, we find that there is nothing new under the sun. Open my eyes, Lord that I might see!
The mistakes we make and the little nothing sins we ignore, will grow into giant catastrophes. Read the Bible! It’s all there!
That’s why there is such a drive to do away with the Bible. This is the article we wrote some years ago. Dear Family, Brothers and Sisters in Christ, You are all this; but you are so much more; you have been called by the Lord to be Defenders of the Faith, and Soldiers of Christ. Never before in the History of the Church and the World have we had such an awesome privilege and responsibility to serve God and country.
We have a vested interest in both our beloved Church and in our precious country. We have seen the slogan (referring to our country), Love her or leave her. We say (referring to our Church and our Faith), Love it, Learn it, Live it, or Lose it! We are engaged in a Gentle Revolution. In our travels around the world, we see our Lord and His Mother gathering soldiers for the battle ahead – love and knowledge of our Faith their armor and shield. . We are a chosen people called to a royal priesthood by virtue of our Baptism.
We have been mandated by our Lord, and all the successors of St. Peter our first Pope, to go out to all the world and evangelize to the lambs who have strayed, and to strengthen, arm and call forth those who have remained to join the battle. Put on the armor of God’ We are in the most glorious days of the Church. More and more people are Iea\1..ing what i$ missing in their hves is God. . We have over 100,000 converts coming intO the Catholic Church each year, and that makes the Father 1Il Heaven so very happy.
But the Hearts of Jesus and Mary are pierced each time one of their baptized Catholic children leaves Home leaves the Faith of their fathers – the Roman Catholic Church. Whose responsibility is it to protect the innocent lambs of God? Who will be held accountable for every soul who could have been touched by word nr deed? Every soul is uniquely created by God and therefore precious to our Father in Heaven.
When we stand before the throne of God, how will we respond when Jesus says, I chose you to be an instrument of hope, a bridge for the lost to cross over to the one true Church, but you were too busy. This is our Church. We belong to the family of God,
Every child is our child. Each child of God lost, puts another thorn on Jesus’ Heart, makes our Church the poorer, and makes us the weaker. We believe our Apostolate has been called to help save Jesus’ lambs from being led to slaughter by Judas goats today! We are determined to stop the father of lies from killing any more children, from robbing them of their God and then their lives. No more are to be lost, as long as we have a breath left in our bodies. What part in the defense of the Church and her family are you being asked to take? You have to know your Faith, in order to defend yourself and your Church. You also must know if someone in our own Church is preaching heresy, or is denying the Church’s authority to determine the eternal Truths of the Church. Our Church is in danger.
But Jesus made a promise, “The gates of Hell will not prevail against it (His Church).” Some of our strongest Catholics, converts and those baptized Catholics who had left the Church, have come Home to the One True Church, the Roman Catholic Church, because Jesus wants us all to stand side-by-side, brothers and sisters in Christ, ready to live for her, prepared to die for her, if need be.
There is a madness spreading throughout the world a well-planned, well-disguised design to snatch the innocent and devour them. We are all partners in Christ. The Catholic who is led astray may be your child, your grandchild!
The Catholic you will save may be your child, your grandchild! Every child is our child; every soul won or lost is a soul created by God! We, the Mystical Body of Christ, must save the children of God. We, the Church Militant will save the children of God!
Bob and Penny Lord