Holy Mother Church celebrates all her children who have made it to heaven on the Feast of All Saints. This great Solemnity was established to show the great power in the doctrine of the Communion of Saints. Though many saints have been canonized, (raised to the altar) thus giving many, many examples of holiness to the Faithful- it is this great feast that reminds all of us that our goal is real and that goal is HEAVEN. We are headed to an actual place and the journey, though important, is not the objective in itself. We are Catholic, not Buddhist or pagan and we are striving for a real and magnificent goal, to enjoy the Beatific Vision with the Angels and Saints and therefore to be happy with God forever.
As we celebrate this day, we must remember those dear brothers and sisters who are being terribly persecuted throughout the world, particularly in the Middle East. They are the TORTURED, the MURDERED and the MARTYRED.
The world watches how thousands of Catholics, Kurds and others run for their lives before the advancing terrorist army known as ISIS. Those folks who can not escape but would not renounce the Lord face horrors ranging from beheading to crucifixion and rape. These terrible things are but the latest in a mushrooming plague of religious persecution across the globe.
In 2013, says the U.S. State Department, “the world witnessed the largest displacement of religious communities- mostly Christian, in recent memory.” “In almost every corner of the globe, millions of Christians and others representing a range of faiths were forced from their homes on account of their religious beliefs…. Communities are disappearing from their traditional and historic homes and dispersing across the geographic map. In conflict zones, in particular, this mass displacement has become a pernicious norm.”
Most particularly, Catholics are being tortured and martyred en mass in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkmenistan and other countries. Most Catholic priests are stoned to death or crucified. WHY DO WE NOT SEE THESE THINGS ON THE EVENING NEWS OR IN THE MEDIA?! Even the Jewish rights organization B’nai B’rith says that the most persecuted religion on the planet is Christianity. The Jews protect and advocate for their own, but Christians do not. Even Bergolio, who sits in the place of power in Rome, refuses to even name the countries in which persecution takes place.
The adoption and practice of courting the spirit of the world, instead of raising the Cross and condemning it, is not of God. The powers in the Vatican now are seeking to praise the spirit of the world, as they have done since this practice was first proclaimed as the (supposed) new ethos of the Church in the pontificate of Roncalli, (John XXIII) in his encyclical “Pacem In Terris,” which was publicly praised by the Masons!
This we know from Holy Writ and history: If the world loves you and applauds you, you are not following Christ! “For if you find that the world hates you, know it has hated Me before you. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as it’s own, but you belong in ME, as I do in you…” Capitulation and fawning of the philosophies of the anti-church never help souls. It always leads to more and worse practices.
I urge all of you to pray extra Holy Rosaries for the PERSECUTED CHURCH. Go to CATHOLICSAGAINSTTORTURE.ORG and pray the prayers for them on that site. Write and ask for free copies of our official prayer and disseminate them. Always, always speak of this to others. Do not shy away from the truth and God will bless you abundantly.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us who have recourse to thee!