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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

POST-PACHAMAMA: Heeding the Final Calls to Return to God

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POST-PACHAMAMA: Heeding the Final Calls to Return to God

Think back to the summer of 2019, when we had never heard of Francis’s Pachamama. If at that time someone had predicted all that we have experienced since the false idol’s October 2019 appearance in the Vatican — Covid-19 medical tyranny, BLM/Antifa riots, mass censorship of Christians and conservatives, Biden/Harris, The Great Reset, Traditionis Custodes, etc. — what would we have thought? If we had first considered the post-Pachamama world as a hypothetical future dystopia instead of discovering it piecemeal through disorienting experience, would we have realized that God must be permitting it all to call us back to Him? And if an angel of God had announced that we could avert these trials if we immediately began to live saintly lives, would we have resolved to do so?

 

As startling as such an angelic message would be, it would hardly come as a surprise to hear that God wants us to live saintly lives. We all know this, even if we resist the practical implications. We may forget almost everything we learned in our catechism and yet still remember that God created us to know, love, and serve Him in this world and be happy with Him forever in the next. If we take these words seriously, how can we doubt that God created us to live saintly lives?

At some point in their lives, whether in childhood or at the eleventh hour, all the saints have decided to give everything to God.

Before considering the ways in which the calls to return to God have become progressively louder and clearer since the introduction of Francis’s Pachamama, we should recall that the Church has always taught that we need to love God above all else. Many passages in the Bible make it abundantly clear that we should want nothing in this life more than to serve God. Among many other passages, a few should eliminate any doubt we have about whether we must choose Christ over the things of this world:

“Then Jesus said to His disciples: if any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up the cross, and follow Me. For he that will save his life shall lose it; and he that shall lose his life for My sake shall find it.” (Matthew 16.24-25)

“No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one and love the other; or he will sustain the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24)

“I count all things to be but loss for the excellent knowledge of Jesus Christ my Lord, for Whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but as dung that I may gain Christ.” (Philippians 3:8)

In these words there is no hint that the path of sanctity will be easy — indeed, it is the more difficult path even though it is the only one by which a Christian may find true peace. Hence, it is of no avail to protest that God cannot possibly want us to serve Him to the point of making real sacrifices.

The Church emphasizes the need for us to choose God above all else by presenting us with the lives of the saints so that we may emulate them in knowing, loving, and serving God. Catholics have always had to decide how much effort to put into their religious life. At some point in their lives, whether in childhood or at the eleventh hour, all the saints have decided to give everything to God. If we simply think about how we would want to face Jesus at our particular judgment, it should be abundantly clear that we should give everything to Jesus in this life. Consider the words of St. Alphonsus Liguori in his Preparation for Death:

“What madness, then, for the sake of the wretched and brief pleasures of this short life to incur the risk of an unhappy death, and with it to commence a miserable eternity! Oh, how important is that last moment, that last gasp, that final closing of the scene! An eternity of every joy, or of every torment, is at stake — a life forever happy, or forever unhappy. Let us consider that Jesus Christ suffered a most bitter and ignominious death to obtain for us a happy death; and that He sends us so many calls, bestows on us so many lights, and admonishes us by so many threats, that at length we may be induced to conclude that last moment in the grace of God.”

No matter how rational we are in the various endeavors of our lives, if we do not seek God above all else we are acting like fools. As Jesus said on the Sermon on the Mount: “Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and His justice, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).

Through all of this post-Pachamama crisis, God has given us even more pressing reasons to turn to Him.

In his Spiritual Journey, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre expressed this same basic idea as it applies to each of our thoughts and deeds: ‘Every act and every thought which are not Christian are without saving value, without merit for salvation.” Of course we must fulfill our duties of state, and even those in the religious life need recreation, so this does not mean that we must incessantly pray and perform spiritual or corporal works of mercy. But this simple way to evaluate our thoughts and deeds seems particularly useful, especially if we are inclined to think that there is nothing more we should do to serve God.

So, one may ask, what does any of this have to do with the post-Pachamama world that gets worse by the day? We know that God is permitting all of these evils for our good, but also that they will likely grow worse until God intervenes. Our Lady of Fatima’s October 13, 1917 warning grows more ominous by the day:

“I have come to ask men to repent of their sins, to change their lives, to stop offending Our Lord who is already offended so much, and to recite the Holy Rosary.”

If we who know the Catholic Faith will not do all we can to appease God’s anger with prayer, penance, and the pursuit of virtue, who will?

Through all of this post-Pachamama crisis, God has given us even more pressing reasons to turn to Him. Among these, we can readily see: the battle lines have been revealed; the spiritual nature of the battle; the increasingly dire situation; the simplicity of returning to God; the removal of competing interests; the comparative ease of fighting the real illness afflicting us; and the fact that God alone offers consolation at this time.

The globalists and pseudo-Catholic modernists have been working together under the cover of darkness for several decades.

Battle Lines Revealed. As Michael Matt’s recent Remnant TV video revealed, the globalists and pseudo-Catholic modernists have been working together under the cover of darkness for several decades. After Francis introduced the world to his Pachamama, though, all has been brought to light. And in that light we now see a powerful, organized, global army of fiendishly immoral controllers of the world’s wealth and media amassed against those who simply want to protect their faith, families and countries. We are not alone in our fight against the globalists, but we can only the delay the route unless God intervenes. As we read in the Old Testament, God permits these evils to come upon His people so that they may turn to Him:

“I sent death upon you in the way of Egypt, I slew your young men with the sword, even to the captivity of your horses; and I made the stench of your camp to come up into your nostrils: yet you returned not to me, saith the Lord.” (Amos 4:10)

What else may come upon us if we do not now return to God?

Spiritual Nature of the Battle. Although the Global Reset threatens to destroy all lives regardless of religious affiliation, faithful Catholics realize we are in the midst of a decisive spiritual battle. As such, we need to make use of the spiritual weapons God has given us. As St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians: “Put you on the armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. Therefore take unto you the armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect.” (Ephesians 6:12-12). The war against our souls has progressively intensified in decades since Vatican II, and yet many of us have lost sight of that and set aside the armor of God in our complacency. It seems that God has mercifully allowed us to see that the enemies have surrounded us. Deo Gratias, it is now incumbent on each of us to look to God alone, and serve God alone.

We already have a foretaste of the persecutions to come as the world powers incite hate crimes against the newest and least protected class of men, the “unvaccinated.”

Increasingly Dire Situation. The world is closer than ever to being irrevocably lost to powers that will effectively enslave the majority of mankind. Even in the United States, we can envision situations in which the government could soon detain its citizens for no other reason than their dissent from the globalist agenda. In these post-Pachamama times, the enemies of mankind have not hidden their treachery and lies. Instead, they have openly committed their crimes and insisted that good citizens must not only condone the misdeeds but also demonize those who dare to question their actions. For a growing number of people, the enemies have thus replaced common sense and decency with blind obedience to their propaganda. These people — perhaps even our friends and family — will ultimately persecute us for simply loving our God, our families, and our countries. We already have a foretaste of the persecutions to come as the world powers incite hate crimes against the newest and least protected class of men, the “unvaccinated.” If we want God to intervene, we must make ourselves worthy of His intervention. It is reasonable to believe that this crisis will end only when enough people decide to do all they can to serve God.

Simplicity of Returning to God. Understandably, many of the most level-headed Catholics think about various ways to oppose the encroaching tyranny that threatens us all. From prepping for shortages to organizing protests, we feel a great need to do something. Unfortunately, though, almost any response we can plan is monitored (if not infiltrated) by those who have engineered the crises against which we seek to act. They have anticipated almost every reaction to their tyranny and, as we saw with the January 6th protests, they are well-positioned to use resistance as the basis for cracking down on anyone who opposes their agenda. Through controlled opposition and other forms of deception, the architects of the Great Reset have every reason for confidence.

So although we should continue to pursue prudent preparations for what may come, it is worth considering that returning to God through prayer, penance, and virtue is both simple and infinitely more likely to be productive for ourselves and others. As an initial matter, we only need to do what Jesus Christ and His Church have asked Catholics to do throughout the ages. Once we do that, God will use us as He sees fit to accomplish His victory.

Through controlled opposition and other forms of deception, the architects of the Great Reset have every reason for confidence.

Removal of Competing Interests. In the Gospels, Our Lord asks certain men to follow Him but they offer excuses to postpone doing so — one must bury his father, and another must take leave of those who are at his house. In response to the latter, “Jesus said to him: No man putting his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62). Competing interests and attachments frequently stand in the way of serving God as we ought, rendering us unfit for heaven. If we lose this spiritual battle, though, we will soon have no opportunity to enjoy any of these attachments that lead us to abandon the fight. We might have always chosen to be holy, no matter our duty of state, but now it seems that Our Lord has removed even the slightest perceived obstacles for many of us.

Fighting the Real Illness. Whether we acknowledge it or not, the pandemic has also shifted our conception of how much effort we can dedicate to a particular endeavor. Consider the lengths to which people go in hopes of avoiding the virus. At the beginning of the pandemic, the sign on the door of Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Church in Tampa, Florida listed all of the precautions one had to take before entering and added the following observation:

“Pray that this wakes people up to the one, true Faith. If we fought mortal sin with the same gusto as we now fight coronavirus, sacrificing pleasures and liberties of this world for eternal life, we would all be saints and would have converted the whole world!”

What would happen if we had priests in each diocese who encouraged their flocks to fight sin with the same energy and dedication with which the world fights Covid-19? Almost certainly we would have a better chance of swiftly overcoming the forces that seek to destroy all that is good in our world.

The Only Consolations. While many people display some semblance of optimism about an eventual approach to normal once the vaccine resisters are crushed, those with eyes to see sense that the globalists have trapped us in a world that will suffocate all that is true, good, or beautiful. Despite this, our Faith has remained constant, and always will, which provides immense consolation when everything else in the world is in a state of flux. Traditional Catholicism also emphasizes the role of redemptive suffering, so faithful Catholics can more easily identify all of this turmoil as a great gift from God that allows us to grow closer to Him and help save other souls.

What would happen if we had priests in each diocese who encouraged their flocks to fight sin with the same energy and dedication with which the world fights Covid-19?

And though it may seem like a subtle distinction, the lives of the saints indicate that we can find even greater consolation when we seek to live our lives “with and for God” rather than simply “with God.” The saints did not merely ask God to help them in their battles; they also put their lives at our Lord’s disposal so that He can direct which battles they fight and how they fight them. All faithful Catholics — regardless of occupation, and even in these distressing times — can find more consolation to the extent that we seek to fulfill God’s will in all things. In his Uniformity with God’s Will, St. Alphonsus Liguori relates a story from the life of St. Francis:

“This story by St. Bonaventure in his ‘Life of St. Francis’ is on point: On a certain occasion when the saint was suffering extraordinary physical pain, one of his religious meaning to sympathize with him, said in his simplicity: ‘My Father, pray God that He treat you a little more gently, for His hand seems heavy upon you just now.' Hearing this, St. Francis strongly resented the unhappy remark of his well-meaning brother, saying: ‘My good brother, did I not know that what you have just said was spoken in all simplicity, without realizing the implication of your words, I should never see you again because of your rashness in passing judgment on the dispositions of divine providence.’ Whereupon, weak and wasted as he was by his illness, he got out of bed, knelt down, kissed the floor and prayed thus: ‘Lord, I thank thee for the sufferings Thou art sending me. Send me more, if it be Thy good pleasure. My pleasure is that You afflict me and spare me not, for the fulfillment of Thy holy will is the greatest consolation of my life.’”

As Satan and his minions continue to lead most of the world to utter despair, we can find more and more consolation by striving to fulfill God’s holy will. In so doing, we will also contribute as much as we can to God’s ultimate victory over these fiendish tyrants.Morrison ad

We do not know how much more time we have to turn to God. The next Mass we attend, or Confession we make, may be the last. If God is giving us these clear indications that we must now turn to Him, what shall we expect if we ignore that call?

In The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis describes the choice we must make:

“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’ All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.”

As a loving Father, God is giving us so many reasons to do what we, as Christians, should have done all along — choose Him above all else. May the Immaculate Heart of Mary help us to be worthy of the promises of Christ, Her Son! Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us!

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Robert Morrison | Remnant Columnist

Robert Morrison is a Catholic, husband and father. He is the author of A Tale Told Softly: Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale and Hidden Catholic England.