Much gloating revelry could be heard around the country after election day, as the wheels of the machinery of the culture of death were greased in a major way. You know the news: our country’s most anti-life, anti-family, anti-Christian president in history was re-elected by millions of media-brainwashed people, who are heading like mindless lemmings to the precipice of catastrophe, that of their own souls and American society as such.
I don’t think Romney was a particularly good candidate (he had no intention of reversing Roe v. Wade), but at least he would have put the brakes on some other evils into which Obama is hell-bent on thrusting us headlong. The Lord gave us the choice between life and death, blessing and curse (see Deut. 30:15-20). America has chosen death and the curse. You will see how this will play out in the next four years.
After “gay-marriage” bills had been defeated in individual states the first 32 times they were introduced, the voters of three states (Maine, Maryland, and Washington) finally ushered it in. This sets a dangerous precedent, and we’ll be sure to see this on the ballots of other states soon. If Americans don’t wake up in a hurry, the other states will fall like dominoes. Other pro-gay and pro-abortion measures passed elsewhere. The only pinpoint of light in the whole murky mess was the defeat (by an extremely narrow margin) of an assisted-suicide bill in Massachusetts.
Pot-smokers in two states lit up joints to celebrate the legalization of giggle-weed, though they don’t seem to care that it remains illegal under federal law, so they can still end up in the slammer for smoking their “legal” dope. In California, chemical giant Monsanto spent over $41 million to defeat a measure that would have required food companies to indicate on labels if they used genetically-modified produce. So now this soulless global mega-corporation can continue to pursue its move toward monopoly of the world food supply, keeping consumers in the dark about harmful products and ruthlessly persecuting farmers who refuse to grow their tainted crops.
“You will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice,” said the Lord concerning his faithful ones (Jn. 16:20), though He also predicted an ultimate reversal in fortunes. Evildoers who reject God’s law will win temporary victories and will make the good suffer, but they cannot overturn the will of God in the long run. Blessed John Paul II concurs: “Human progress planned as alternatives (to God’s plan) introduce injustice, evil and violence rising against the divine plan of justice and salvation. And despite transitory and apparent successes, they are reduced to simple machinations destined to dissolution and failure.” At present, the true servants of the Lord have been defeated and humiliated by the servants of the arrogant demons, who are now rolling in the aisles laughing over how easy it was, over how unthinking, unperceiving, and easily-manipulated the majority of Americans have proven themselves to be. Yet many Christians were fervently praying that the Lord would give our country one more chance, before the evils that have been introduced in recent years would become so entrenched in law and civil life as to be unassailable by any Christian voices crying in the wilderness. How are we to understand what happened?
It may very well be that a “sufficient number” was lacking, or simply that the accumulated sins of an self-absorbed and unrepentant nation have merited a divine decree of chastisement. Perhaps it is largely the fault of the Catholic Church, or of members of this Church who are really pagans in Christian clothing. If all Catholics would have voted according to the principles and explicit injunctions of Catholic moral teaching (which is the teaching of Christ’s Gospel), Obama would be retreating in shame by now. So even if there are many great sinners who couldn’t care less about God and eternal life, it is the Church and her faithful that will suffer the most, because Catholics should have known better and could have made the decisive difference. America is selling her soul to the devil, and many Catholics evidently approve the deal. But there will be Hell to pay, literally. God help us all.
America is just following the trends set over the past few decades in decaying Western Europe. One would think that Catholics would only look across the Atlantic to see that the Church is rapidly crumbling to pieces there, because her sacred traditions have been abandoned for the sake of gross immorality, political correctness, and the entire agenda of those who are shaping public opinion to embrace a Godless new world. While the gays are trying to redefine marriage, politicians (and other influential people) are trying to redefine Catholicism, diluting it to the tastes of those who do not wish to “turn back the clock” to the time when the Gospel and the doctrines of the Church were upheld in an uncompromising fashion. Now we have “Catholics” like Biden, Pelosi, and Sabelius lecturing the bishops (with impunity!) on what Catholicism really means, identifying it with a vague notion of tolerance and compassion, studiously ignoring the Church’s explicit teachings.
I’ve often wondered how things would have turned out in the world if the Church had been faithful to God in all things. It may very well be that the rise of Islam in the East, and the proliferation of anti-Catholic sects in the West, were God’s punishment for the sins of his Church. So now what will be the punishment for Catholics’ refusal to stand with Christ on critical moral issues that will affect this nation for decades or even centuries to come (if the Lord can tolerate us that long before coming to judge us)? It will likely be the hegemony of secularism and the increasing persecution of the Church (or at least relegating her to the margins of society where she will have no influence on American culture, and I use that term loosely). Read Michael D. O’Brien’s Eclipse of the Sun, for example, to get an idea of what this might look like. A number of US bishops have spoken up admirably in the past few years, but it has been too little too late. If they all had acted as true shepherds and courageous evangelizers back in the ‘60s and ‘70s, the country would not be in the moral quagmire it is in now, and we would have a different president and a different future.
It seems to me that things like my Save a Soul Today and Mop-up Ministry are more necessary than ever, and perhaps the only hope for many. It helps keep me from despair! It is still possible to save souls at the last minute, and since our society is becoming more corrupt by the day, it is likely that more and more people are approaching death in a state of mortal sin. I hope to help grab as many as possible before they slide down the ultimate slippery slope to Hell.
Well, I needn’t go on and on. It has been a big election for big government, big business, the culture of death, and the agenda of perversion and anti-Catholicism. They are all throwing their parties now, and Hell is toasting its victories as well. But there is Someone who is going to have the last word, and his righteousness will ultimately be vindicated. We don’t know how long the faithful will have to suffer before that happens. All we can do now is pray, fast, trust in the Lord, invoke the intercession of the Mother of God and the Saints and the protection of the mighty Angels, and “stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught” (2Thess. 2:15) by Christ and the Apostles, by the Popes and those bishops, priests and teachers who are in faithful union with them.
Everyone has a choice. Americans have chosen as their leader someone with an evil agenda, someone whom power has made arrogant enough to confront and try to dismantle the Gospel, the Church, the natural law, the longest-held moral traditions and common decency itself. What is your choice? Do you want to fall in lockstep with this hell-bound march? Or will you do whatever it takes to stand with the truth, with our Lord Jesus Christ? “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).