24. The inordinate desire for pleasure, concupiscence of the flesh, sows the fatal seeds of division not only among families but likewise among states; the inordinate desire for possessions, concupiscence of the eyes, inevitably turns into class warfare and into social egotism; the inordinate desire to rule or to domineer over others, pride of life, soon becomes mere party or factional rivalries, manifesting itself in constant displays of conflicting ambitions and ending in open rebellion, in the crime of lese majeste, and even in national parricide.
25. These unsuppressed desires, this inordinate love of the things of the world, are precisely the source of all international misunderstandings and rivalries, despite the fact that oftentimes men dare to maintain that acts prompted by such motives are excusable and even justifiable because, forsooth, they were performed for reasons of state or of the public good, or out of love for country. Patriotism -- the stimulus of so many virtues and of so many noble acts of heroism when kept within the bounds of the law of Christ -- becomes merely an occasion, an added incentive to grave injustice when true love of country is debased to the condition of an extreme nationalism, when we forget that all men are our brothers and members of the same great human family, that other nations have an equal right with us both to life and to prosperity, that it is never lawful nor even wise, to dissociate morality from the affairs of practical life, that, in the last analysis, it is "justice which exalteth a nation: but sin maketh nations miserable." (Proverbs xiv, 34)
26. Perhaps the advantages to one's family, city, or nation obtained in some such way as this may well appear to be a wonderful and great victory (this thought has been already expressed by St. Augustine), but in the end it turns out to be a very shallow thing, something rather to inspire us with the most fearful apprehensions of approaching ruin. "It is a happiness which appears beautiful but is brittle as glass. We must ever be on guard lest with horror we see it broken into a thousand pieces at the first touch." (St. Augustine de Civitate Dei, Book iv, Chap. 3)
27. There is over and above the absence of peace and the evils attendant on this absence, another deeper and more profound cause for present-day conditions. This cause was even beginning to show its head before the War and the terrible calamities consequent on that cataclysm should have proven a remedy for them if mankind had only taken the trouble to understand the real meaning of those terrible events. In the Holy Scriptures we read: "They that have forsaken the Lord, shall be consumed." (Isaias i, 28) No less well known are the words of the Divine Teacher, Jesus Christ, Who said: "Without me you can do nothing" (John xv, 5) and again, "He that gathereth not with me, scattereth." (Luke xi, 23)
28. These words of the Holy Bible have been fulfilled and are now at this very moment being fulfilled before our very eyes. Because men have forsaken God and Jesus Christ, they have sunk to the depths of evil. They waste their energies and consume their time and efforts in vain sterile attempts to find a remedy for these ills, but without even being successful in saving what little remains from the existing ruin. It was a quite general desire that both our laws and our governments should exist without recognizing God or Jesus Christ, on the theory that all authority comes from men, not from God. Because of such an assumption, these theorists fell very short of being able to bestow upon law not only those sanctions which it must possess but also that secure basis for the supreme criterion of justice which even a pagan philosopher like Cicero saw clearly could not be derived except from the divine law. (Pope Pius XI, Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, December 23, 1922.)
Paragraph number twenty-eight above says it it all:
They waste their energies and consume their time and efforts in vain sterile attempts to find a remedy for these ills, but without even being successful in saving what little remains from the existing ruin. (Pope Pius XI, Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, December 23, 1922.)
Despite all the biennial hysteria that is whipped out by the agents of the organized crime families of naturalism prior to the farce that sends millions of Americans to the polls to choose among candidates who, despite their differences on various matters, are united on one point, namely, that men are fully capable of governing themselves without any reference to Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and without a due submission to His true Church, the Catholic Church, which is not the counterfeit church of conciliarism.
Modernity’s commitment to secular means of governance that leave no room for Christ the King and His true Church has resulted in a world wherein men of various natural, secular, inter-denominational or non-denominational beliefs endeavor to “solve” problems that are the direct result of the Protestant Revolution’s overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King that permitted the triumph of the Judeo-Masonic spirit of utilitarianism over the course of time. The fact that so few people, including Catholics all along the vast expanse of the ecclesiastical divide, see this or accept it does nothing to change the fact that we have been warned by our true popes about the rotten fruit that must come from secularism, whether of the false opposite of the naturalist “left” or that of the naturalist “right.”
Pope Leo XIII put the matter this way in Tametsi Futura Prospicentibus, November 1, 1900:
God alone is Life. All other beings partake of life, but are not life. Christ, from all eternity and by His very nature, is "the Life," just as He is the Truth, because He is God of God. From Him, as from its most sacred source, all life pervades and ever will pervade creation. Whatever is, is by Him; whatever lives, lives by Him. For by the Word "all things were made; and without Him was made nothing that was made." This is true of the natural life; but, as We have sufficiently indicated above, we have a much higher and better life, won for us by Christ's mercy, that is to say, "the life of grace," whose happy consummation is "the life of glory," to which all our thoughts and actions ought to be directed. The whole object of Christian doctrine and morality is that "we being dead to sin, should live to justice" (I Peter ii., 24)-that is, to virtue and holiness. In this consists the moral life, with the certain hope of a happy eternity. This justice, in order to be advantageous to salvation, is nourished by Christian faith. "The just man liveth by faith" (Galatians iii., II). "Without faith it is impossible to please God" (Hebrews xi., 6). Consequently Jesus Christ, the creator and preserver of faith, also preserves and nourishes our moral life. This He does chiefly by the ministry of His Church. To Her, in His wise and merciful counsel, He has entrusted certain agencies which engender the supernatural life, protect it, and revive it if it should fail. This generative and conservative power of the virtues that make for salvation is therefore lost, whenever morality is dissociated from divine faith. A system of morality based exclusively on human reason robs man of his highest dignity and lowers him from the supernatural to the merely natural life. Not but that man is able by the right use of reason to know and to obey certain principles of the natural law. But though he should know them all and keep them inviolate through life-and even this is impossible without the aid of the grace of our Redeemer-still it is vain for anyone without faith to promise himself eternal salvation. "If anyone abide not in Me, he shall be cast forth as a branch, and shall wither, and they shall gather him up and cast him into the fire, and he burneth" john xv., 6). "He that believeth not shall be condemned" (Mark xvi., 16). We have but too much evidence of the value and result of a morality divorced from divine faith. How is it that, in spite of all the zeal for the welfare of the masses, nations are in such straits and even distress, and that the evil is daily on the increase? We are told that society is quite able to help itself; that it can flourish without the assistance of Christianity, and attain its end by its own unaided efforts. Public administrators prefer a purely secular system of government. All traces of the religion of our forefathers are daily disappearing from political life and administration. What blindness! Once the idea of the authority of God as the Judge of right and wrong is forgotten, law must necessarily lose its primary authority and justice must perish: and these are the two most powerful and most necessary bonds of society. Similarly, once the hope and expectation of eternal happiness is taken away, temporal goods will be greedily sought after. Every man will strive to secure the largest share for himself. Hence arise envy, jealousy, hatred. The consequences are conspiracy, anarchy, nihilism. There is neither peace abroad nor security at home. Public life is stained with crime.
So great is this struggle of the passions and so serious the dangers involved, that we must either anticipate ultimate ruin or seek for an efficient remedy. It is of course both right and necessary to punish malefactors, to educate the masses, and by legislation to prevent crime in every possible way: but all this is by no means sufficient. The salvation of the nations must be looked for higher. A power greater than human must be called in to teach men's hearts, awaken in them the sense of duty, and make them better. This is the power which once before saved the world from destruction when groaning under much more terrible evils. Once remove all impediments and allow the Christian spirit to revive and grow strong in a nation, and that nation will be healed. The strife between the classes and the masses will die away; mutual rights will be respected. If Christ be listened to, both rich and poor will do their duty. The former will realise that they must observe justice and charity, the latter self-restraint and moderation, if both are to be saved. Domestic life will be firmly established (by the salutary fear of God as the Lawgiver. In the same way the precepts of the natural law, which dictates respect for lawful authority and obedience to the laws, will exercise their influence over the people. Seditions and conspiracies will cease. Wherever Christianity rules over all without let or hindrance there the order established by Divine Providence is preserved, and both security and prosperity are the happy result. The common welfare, then, urgently demands a return to Him from whom we should never have gone astray; to Him who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and this on the part not only of individuals but of society as a whole. We must restore Christ to this His own rightful possession. All elements of the national life must be made to drink in the Life which proceedeth from Him- legislation, political institutions, education, marriage and family life, capital and labour. Everyone must see that the very growth of civilisation which is so ardently desired depends greatly upon this, since it is fed and grows not so much by material wealth and prosperity, as by the spiritual qualities of morality and virtue. (Pope Leo XIII, Tametsi Futura Prospicientibus, November 1, 1900.)
Yet it is that most people alive today refuse to believe that what our true popes wrote long ago applies to our times. It is irresponsible for anyone to be blinded by the realities of the effects of over six hundred fifty years of the gradual gains made by moral and theological relativism, religious indifferentism, social egalitarianism, utilitarianism, evolutionism (in all of its forms—biological, philosophical, social, theological) and outright atheism and nihilism that date back to certain elements of the Renaissance and, as noted earlier, received “theological” impetus during the Protestant Revolution. To believe that we can turn back the tide that has been let loose by these demonic forces merely by secular means is to believe in the political equivalent of the tooth fairy, a point that I have made repeatedly on this site since its debut on February 20, 2004, and in the seven years that its eponymous print predecessor was in existence as a subscriber-based publication.
The situation we face is very tragic that even well-meaning people have convinced themselves that “progress” against the direct, intentional taking of innocent human life in the womb has been made since January 20, 2017, even though each of the measures taken by the current administration is based upon the acceptance that there are “exceptional” or “hard” cases in which innocent human life may be ended directly under cover of the civil law. Indeed, this is considered to be the “mainstream” “pro-life” position as a matter of conviction that it is morally permissible to take the life of a preborn baby in certain cases, not as a matter of a regrettable concession to the circumstances in which we live. Wrong.
Moreover, Planned Barrenhood and like organizations continue to receive Title X funding from the government of the United States of America despite all of the rhetoric saying that this would end. It has not ended, and this is to say nothing of the fact that almost every so-called “pro-life” politician accepts the evil that is contraception as perfectly moral and legitimate and thus worthy of government funding (see There Is Nothing "Pro-Life" About RyanCare, It's Still "Wait Until Next Time" for the Innocent Preborn and Sober Up, part whatever (eleven, actually).)
The Mexico City Policy?
Please. I have lost cost as to how many times that I have documented the fact that the Mexico City Policy is a complete and utter sham (here is just a sampling: The Illusion of Secular Salvation, We Don't Want to Learn Anything, As "Shocked" as Claude Rains, Absolute Insanity, Sin Maketh Nations Miserable, Stage Left From The Very Beginning, Foggy Bottom's Bloody Tradition, Want to Reconsider the Lesser of Two Evils Business, Folks?, Meltdown, Fortnight Of Fraud, Forty-Five Years of Endless Compromise and Indifference, Sober Up, part nine and Sober Up, part ten).
As the late Howard Phillips, the founder and president of the Conservative Caucus Foundation, noted repeatedly until his death on April 20, 2013, noted repeatedly in his well-documented Howard Phillips Issues and Strategies Bulletin, no piece of legislation passed by Congress and no executive/administrative action of any so-called “pro-life” president ever saved the life of a single, solitary preborn child. He documented this very clearly, and although Mr. Phillips was a Calvinist who believed Protestant “reconstructionism” that is nothing other than a recrudescence of the Mosaic law as applied to criminals, no one else before him ever did and no one after him has ever done what he did to document the constant betrayal of constitutional principles and of moral truth by the careerists in the organized crime family of the naturalist “right,” the Republicans.
This is why I, for one, am not at all surprise that the supposed pro-life Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Paul Davis Ryan, a self-identified “heavy metal fan” who believes that the counterfeit church of conciliarism is the Catholic Church, conducted a voice vote, not a roll-call vote, on a death-dealing piece of legislation that is now pending before the United States Senate, “The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act.” As readers of this site should know by now (see Chronicling the Adversary's Global Takeover of the Healthcare Industry, Attack Dogmatic Truth, Open the Doors Wide for George Soros, A Mutual Alliance in Behalf of Spiritual and Physical Death: Jorge Mario Bergoglio and George Soros and Devoted to Killing in the Name of "Compassionate Health Care"), “palliative care” is a code used to describe the killing off of innocent human beings whose “quality of life” as defined by the modern Aztecs in white coats necessitates a course of “treatment” agreed upon by the “health care team” and the patient or his relatives that results inevitably in the patient’s death by pro-active means.
Dr. Elizabeth Wickham, whose work on palliative care was quoted extensively in Chronicling the Adversary's Global Takeover of the Healthcare Industry, sent out the following alert about “The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act,” which expands the scope of the indoctrination of medical students, physicians assistants, nurses and other "healthcare professions" in the many and varied ways to lead patients and their relatives to a planned "death with dignity, to her list that was forwarded to me by one of its recipients:atio
You and those on your lists are needed. We need an army of soldiers to contact senators about The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act! Call them and tell them to vote “no” on S.693.
The senate is the last stop before this bill becomes law. It is much worse than an assisted suicide bill because it will force us to live in a country where the state decides who gets good healthcare and who does not.
Just when we thought we thought we were making progress on protecting life at all stages Satan has landed a big one! This link is to a c-span video of House proceedings relating to appropriations bills on July 23.
The PCHETA bill passed by VOICE VOTE. It stands for The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act. See H.R. 1676 (S.693). It will give federal “juice” or 15 million dollars annually for the fundamental transformation of our healthcare system. Life affirming decisions will be based on the “quality of life.” We all know what that means. A healthcare system with built-in rationing!
You will find the discussion of this bill starting at about 59:00 minutes with the voice vote taken at about 1:04 minutes. Interesting that this happened on the watch of a retiring Speaker of the House. Amazing at how little time was allotted for debate on the floor. I read they gave the bill a total of 40 minutes!
Monumental social change with very little discussion on the floor? How could that be? Because the Third Path Euthanasia Movement’s lobby group called Patient Quality of Life Coalition has been highly visible on Capitol Hill lobbying for this bill ever since about 2015. And because there are only a handful of voices warning about today’s palliative care.
The bill will set up protocols for slow euthanasia of people targeted by age, multiple chronic conditions, marginal place in society, disabilities such as mental frailties, family disagreements about medical care, expensive caregiving, etc, etc. Yes, it is really going to take us to the gates of hell.
The bill is in the Senate HELP Committee. See http://www.help.senate.gov/about/members. It is a stacked deck. I am no expert but knowing who on this committee has worked against protecting the lives of aged over the years I suggest you might find a willingness to listen from these six Senators— Sen Burr of N.C, Sen Paul of KY, Sen Young of IN, Sen Roberts of KS and definitely Sen Scott of SC. If you know of other good hearts on this committee I would like to know. And of course contact all the good senators you know about.
You know what to say about palliative care. It is a philosophy that looks at the down side or at the half empty glass of every illness or health condition.
Again, please go to Ione Whitlock’s blog belburyrevue.org and read her brilliant essay “Five Things You Should Know about Palliative Care.” She is the expert on palliative care.
While it is important to contact those senators who might be open to a consideration of what “palliative care” does, it must be remembered that the members of Congress, whether of the “left” and “right,” are bought and paid for by the health care industry. No member of the United States Congress understands that “palliative care” is nothing other than the direct, intentional killing, whether on a gradual or more accelerated basis, of an innocent human being. More importantly, however, almost no member of the United States Congress, save for a few Catholics such as House Majority Whip Stephen Scalise, who was shot and seriously wounded by James Hodgkinson on June 14, 2017 (see Overthrow the Social Reign of Christ the King, Live In A World Awash In Hatred and Blood, part one), understand the theology of redemptive suffering and that it is necessary for us sinners to suffer for our sins if we desire to go home to Heaven.
The Protestant and Judeo-Masonic foundation of the United States of America has never had any use for the public display of Crucifixes. Protestants stripped the corpus of the suffering Messias from their crosses in the heretical belief that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ’s bloody Sacrifice of Himself to His Co-Equal, Co-Eternal God the Father in Heaven in atonement for our sins has done away with any thought of sinners having to cooperate with the graces that flow forth from that Redemptive Act in order to make expiation for their own sins. The path was charted for a world wherein men, having no knowledge of the fact that all the problems in the world are caused by Original Sin and their own Actual Sins, must actively avoid pain at all costs and anesthetize its effects when God’s justice and mercy visits it upon them.
The social consequences of the avoidance of suffering and inconvenience are numberless.
One can, however, start with the fact that Protestantism of its very diabolical nature gave rise to the belief that a ratified and consummated marriage may be “ended” by means of divorce in plain defiance of the very words of the Divine Redeemer Himself:
 And there came to him the Pharisees tempting him, and saying: Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?  Who answering, said to them: Have ye not read, that he who made man from the beginning, Made them male and female? And he said:  For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be in one flesh.
 Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.  They say to him: Why then did Moses command to give a bill of divorce, and to put away?  He saith to them: Because Moses by reason of the hardness of your heart permitted you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.  And I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery.  His disciples say unto him: If the case of a man with his wife be so, it is not expedient to marry. (Matthew 19: 3-10.)
Bishop Richard Challoner provided the following commentary on verses nine and eleven that demonstrates the simple fact that Our Lord’s doctrine on the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, which Holy Mother Church has kept inviolate throughout the course of nearly two millennia, permits the separation of spouses because of adultery, neither spouse is free to “remarry” while the other is still alive:
 Except it be: In the case of fornication, that is, of adultery, the wife may be put away: but even then the husband cannot marry another as long as the wife is living.
 Who said to them: All men take not this word, but they to whom it is given.
What does this matter to most men today?
Not a thing.
Have a ratified and consummated marriage but don’t like your spouse? Go to the divorce court. Get another spouse. Don’t like that spouse? Go to the divorce court. Get a third spouse.
As the late Father John A. Hardon noted on so many occasions, the Protestant Revolution was all about lust and divorce. Those who do not accept suffering will always seek to find “happiness” when “things don’t go right” or when, victims of their own sins and iniquities, they become “restless.”
Having its foundation planted upon an acceptance of divorce, Protestantism, aided and abetted by Judaism from its beginnings and, two centuries later, by Freemasonry, sought escape from the “inconvenience” of begetting children as the first end of marriage in plain defiance of the words God spoke to Adam and Eve:
And he said: Let us make man to our image and likeness: and let him have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and the beasts, and the whole earth, and every creeping creature that moveth upon the earth. And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them. And God blessed them, saying: Increase and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and all living creatures that move upon the earth. And God said: Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed upon the earth, and all trees that have in themselves seed of their own kind, to be your meat: And to all beasts of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to all that move upon the earth, and wherein there is life, that they may have to feed upon. And it was so done. (Genesis 1: 26-30.)
The Anglican sect did away with this at the Lambeth Conference in 1930, followed three years later by a Protestant “federation” in the United States of America:
The Life and Witness of the Christian Community - Marriage and Sex
Where there is clearly felt moral obligation to limit or avoid parenthood, the method must be decided on Christian principles. The primary and obvious method is complete abstinence from intercourse (as far as may be necessary) in a life of discipline and self-control lived in the power of the Holy Spirit. Nevertheless in those cases where there is such a clearly felt moral obligation to limit or avoid parenthood, and where there is a morally sound reason for avoiding complete abstinence, the Conference agrees that other methods may be used, provided that this is done in the light of the same Christian principles. The Conference records its strong condemnation of the use of any methods of conception control from motives of selfishness, luxury, or mere convenience. (Resolution 15 - The Life and Witness of the Christian Community - Marriage.)
This decision opened the floodgates of Protestant acceptance of contraception, which, of course, had been promoted for the previous fifteen years in the United States of America by the nymphomaniac revolutionary anti-Theist named Margaret Sanger. An organization known as the Federal Council of Churches in America (which merged in 1950 with other such organizations to form the “National Council of Churches”) endorsed contraception in 1931, prompting the following editorial to appear, amazingly enough, in The Washington Post:
The Federal Council of Churches in America some time ago appointed a committee on "marriage and the home," which has now submitted a report favoring a "careful and restrained" use of contraceptive devices to regulate the size of families. The committee seems to have a serious struggle with itself in adhering to Christian doctrine while at the same time indulging in amateurish excursions in the field of economics, legislation, medicine, and sociology. The resulting report is a mixture of religious obscurantism and modernistic materialism which departs from the ancient standards of religion and yet fails to blaze a path toward something better.
The mischief that would result from an attempt to place the stamp of church approval upon any scheme for "regulating the size of families" is evidently quite beyond the comprehension of this pseudo-scientific committee. It is impossible to reconcile the doctrine of the divine institution of marriage with any modernistic plan for the mechanical regulation of human birth. The church must either reject the plain teachings of the Bible or reject schemes for the “scientific” production of human souls. Carried to its logical conclusion, the committee’s report if carried into effect would lead to the death-knell of marriage as a holy institution, by establishing degrading practices which would encourage indiscriminate immorality. The suggestion that the use of legalized contraceptives would be “careful and restrained” is preposterous. If the churches are to become organizations for political and 'scientific' propaganda they should be honest and reject the Bible, scoff at Christ as an obsolete and unscientific teacher, and strike out boldly as champions of politics and science as substitutes for the old-time religion. ("Forgetting Religion," Editorial, The Washington Post, March 22, 1932.)
The Lambeth Conference’s Resolution 15, which prompted Pope Pius XI to issue Casti Connubii on December 31, 1930, accustomed Protestants worldwide to “planned” pregnancies and opened the way to the public acceptance of one degrading practice after another over the course of time, up to and including the legalization of surgical baby-killing.
The downward spiral of the evils begot by Protestantism is thus never-ending.
Divorce denies the indissolubility of a ratified and consummated marriage.
Contraception denies the Sovereignty of God over the sanctify and fecundity of marriage and furthers divorces cult of selfishness on the part of married couples.
The death of souls results from divorce and contraception, and it is the death of souls in defiance of the binding precepts of the Divine Positive Law and the Natural Law that produced the death of bodies, starting with abortifacient contraceptives and, ultimately, surgical baby-killing itself.
For, you see, to believe that a child must be “planned” is to make the marriage’s first-end an “inconvenience,” and that which is “inconvenient” becomes “disposable.”
Efforts to promote the dismemberment of living human beings in their mothers’ wombs under cover of the civil law in the 1960s had not even gained the support of the Supreme Court of the United States of America that “brain death” was invented by a committee at Harvard Medical School in 1968 to justify the ghoulish work of pioneering neo-Aztecs such as Drs. Christian Barnard and Dr. Michael DeBakey to vivisect the hearts of living human beings to be transplanted into other human beings (see First-Hand Evidence Of Fraud).
It has been a short step from these false beliefs to the ready acceptance of “assisted suicide” and “palliative care” as the means to realize a “death with dignity” on one’s own terms and not in the good time of God’s Holy Providence and according to His Holy Will.
No one suffers in this life as Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ suffered in His Sacred Humanity on the wood of the Holy Cross and as His Most Blessed Mother, our Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate, suffering in perfect communion with Him. Let me reprise the point that I made in this regard only a few days ago:
446. Consider, O soul, how detestable this fault would make thee in the sight of the Lord, of myself, and of the angels and saints, for we are all witnesses of the love and fidelity He has shown thee as a generous, loving and faithful Spouse. Strive then with all thy heart to avoid offending Him either in great or in small things; do not force Him to relinquish thee and deliver thee over to the beastly disorders of sin, for thou knowest this would be a greater misfortune and punishment than if He would surrender thee to the fury of the elements, or to the wrath of all the wild animals, or even to the rage of the demons.If all these were to execute their anger upon thee, and if the world were to heap upon thee all its punishments and insults, all would do thee less damage than one venial sin against the God whom thou art obliged to serve and love in all things and through all things. Any punishment of this life is less dreadful than sin, for it ends with mortal life, while the guilt of sin, and its concomitant pain and chastisement, may be eternal.
447. In this life any punishment or tribulation fills mortals with fear and dread merely because it affects the senses and brings them in close touch with it through them, but the guilt of sin does not affect them nor fill them with dread. Men are entirely taken up by that which is visible, and hence they do not look upon the ultimate consequence of sin, which is the eternal punishment of hell. Being absorbed and united with sin itself is so grave, and the human heart so sluggish, that it allows itself to become intoxicated with sin and does not feel shame because the inferno of sinis not felt by the senses; and when it could see and sense it by faith, it allows faith to remain idle and dead as if it did not possess it. O most unhappy blindness of mortals! O apathy and negligence, which keeps so many souls capable of reason and glory deceitfully oppressed! There are no words or reasonings sufficient to describe this terrible and tremendous danger. My daughter, hasten away and flee with holy fear such an unhappy state, and deliver thyself up to all the labors and torments of life, which soon pass, rather than incur such a danger, for nothing will be lacking to thee if thou dost not lose God. To be convinced there are no small faults for thee and for thy state is a powerful means of saving thyself; fear greatly the small things, for in despising small faults the Most High knows the human heart invites other greater ones. That is not a blameless love which does not avoid all displeasure of the beloved. (Venerable Mary of Agreda, The New English Edition of The Mystical City of God, Volume I: The Conception, Book 2, Chapter III.)
Nothing we suffer in this passing, mortal vale of tears is the equal of what one our least Venial Sins caused Our Lord to suffer during His Passion and Death. Nothing. We must embrace our crosses and rejoice in the midst of them, especially as we approach the point of our death. Misfortune, bad health, being hated, calumniated and detracted by others, material poverty, rejected by family and friends.
To reject the physical suffering that is visited upon us as a just chastisement for our sins is to reject the merciful designs of the good God, Who wants us to make use of all suffering for His greater honor and glory as we seek to offer whatever merit we earn by its patient endurance as the consecrated slaves of His Divine Son, Our Blessed Lord and Jesus Christ, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary especially as remain faithful to the Holy Rosary.
Those who embrace suffering at all phases of their lives and persevere until their dying breaths in a state of Sanctifying Grace as members of the Catholic Church, outside of which there is no salvation and without which there can be no true social order, will know the blessed joy of an unending Easter Sunday in Heaven as adorers of the Triune God in sprit and in truth.
Remember this. Remember it well: Catholicism is the one and only foundation of personal and social order. The lords of Modernity reject this, and so does the counterfeit church of conciliarism and its merchants of eternal death, led at present by Jorge Mario Berg
This is not the “teaching” of the much-maligned Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey. No, this is the teaching of our true popes:
The chief elements of this duty consist in professing openly and unflinchingly the Catholic doctrine, and in propagating it to the utmost of our power. For, as is often said, with the greatest truth, there is nothing so hurtful to Christian wisdom as that it should not be known, since it possesses, when loyally received, inherent power to drive away error. So soon as Catholic truth is apprehended by a simple and unprejudiced soul, reason yields assent. (Pope Leo XIII, Sapientiae Christianae, January 10, 1890.)
Just as Christianity cannot penetrate into the soul without making it better, so it cannot enter into public life without establishing order. With the idea of a God Who governs all, Who is infinitely Wise, Good, and Just, the idea of duty seizes upon the consciences of men. It assuages sorrow, it calms hatred, it engenders heroes. If it has transformed pagan society--and that transformation was a veritable resurrection--for barbarism disappeared in proportion as Christianity extended its sway, so, after the terrible shocks which unbelief has given to the world in our days, it will be able to put that world again on the true road, and bring back to order the States and peoples of modern times. But the return of Christianity will not be efficacious and complete if it does not restore the world to a sincere love of the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. In the Catholic Church Christianity is Incarnate. It identifies Itself with that perfect, spiritual, and, in its own order, sovereign society, which is the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ and which has for Its visible head the Roman Pontiff, successor of the Prince of the Apostles. It is the continuation of the mission of the Savior, the daughter and the heiress of His Redemption. It has preached the Gospel, and has defended it at the price of Its blood, and strong in the Divine assistance and of that immortality which has been promised it, It makes no terms with error but remains faithful to the commands which it has received, to carry the doctrine of Jesus Christ to the uttermost limits of the world and to the end of time, and to protect it in its inviolable integrity. Legitimate dispenser of the teachings of the Gospel it does not reveal itself only as the consoler and Redeemer of souls, but It is still more the internal source of justice and charity, and the propagator as well as the guardian of true liberty, and of that equality which alone is possible here below. In applying the doctrine of its Divine Founder, It maintains a wise equilibrium and marks the true limits between the rights and privileges of society. The equality which it proclaims does not destroy the distinction between the different social classes. It keeps them intact, as nature itself demands, in order to oppose the anarchy of reason emancipated from Faith, and abandoned to its own devices. The liberty which it gives in no wise conflicts with the rights of truth, because those rights are superior to the demands of liberty. Not does it infringe upon the rights of justice, because those rights are superior to the claims of mere numbers or power. Nor does it assail the rights of God because they are superior to the rights of humanity. (Pope Leo XIII, A Review of His Pontificate, March 19, 1902.)
But, on the contrary, by ignoring the laws governing human nature and by breaking the bounds within which they operate, the human person is lead, not toward progress, but towards death. This, nevertheless, is what they want to do with human society; they dream of changing its natural and traditional foundations; they dream of a Future City built on different principles, and they dare to proclaim these more fruitful and more beneficial than the principles upon which the present Christian City rests.
No, Venerable Brethren, We must repeat with the utmost energy in these times of social and intellectual anarchy when everyone takes it upon himself to teach as a teacher and lawmaker - the City cannot be built otherwise than as God has built it; society cannot be setup unless the Church lays the foundations and supervises the work; no, civilization is not something yet to be found, nor is the New City to be built on hazy notions; it has been in existence and still is: it is Christian civilization, it is the Catholic City. It has only to be set up and restored continually against the unremitting attacks of insane dreamers, rebels and miscreants. Omnia instaurare in Christo.
Here we have, founded by Catholics, an inter-denominational association that is to work for the reform of civilization, an undertaking which is above all religious in character; for there is no true civilization without a moral civilization, and no true moral civilization without the true religion: it is a proven truth, a historical fact. The new Sillonists cannot pretend that they are merely working on “the ground of practical realities” where differences of belief do not matter. Their leader is so conscious of the influence which the convictions of the mind have upon the result of the action, that he invites them, whatever religion they may belong to, “to provide on the ground of practical realities, the proof of the excellence of their personal convictions.” And with good reason: indeed, all practical results reflect the nature of one’s religious convictions, just as the limbs of a man down to his finger-tips, owe their very shape to the principle of life that dwells in his body. (Pope Saint Pius X, Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910.)
The lords of Modernity reject this, and so does the counterfeit church of conciliarism and its merchants of eternal death, led at present by Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who has endorsed the whole lie of “palliative care” that the merchants of physical death have used to buy and pay-for the loyalty and the votes of almost every member of the United States of America.
We are suffering the consequences of living in a world filled with one injustice after another, and such injustice can never be resolved by means merely human.
Take heart! We have been called by Our Lord Himself to carry our crosses:
Then Jesus said to his disciples: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his 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.)
Let us lift high the crosses of the moment as we exclaim:
Viva Cristo Rey!
Viva La Virgen de Guadalupe!
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.
Saint Cajetan, pray for us.
Saint Donatus, pray for us.