Thomas A. Droleskey
“I’ve never seen devastation like this,” Mr. Obama said after Friday’s tour. “It is heartbreaking.” (Government’s Disaster Response Wins Praise.)
Yes, the devastation caused by the series of powerful tornadoes that ripped through seven southern states was unimaginably vast. Not even our own time time of Doppler Radar and other advanced forecasting tools and the widespread use of tornado sirens could prevent the devastation that President Barack Hussein Obama saw on Easter Friday, April 29, 2011, and the Commemoration of Saint Peter Martyr from occurring. The fury of two hundred fifty-nine tornadoes, one of which in Smithville, Mississippi, has been confirmed as an EF-5 strength tornado with internal winds in excess of over two hundred miles per hour, in sixteen states on Easter Wednesday, April 27, 2011, and the Commemoration of Saint Peter Canisius, produced the second-deadliest tornado day in this country's history. It is now believed that three hundred thirty-four people died on that day alone. Another ten died on Easter Thursday, April 28, 2011, the Commemoration of Saint Paul of the Cross. The utter destruction of residential homes and commercial buildings appears to be something caused by the dropping of a nuclear weapon. This is indeed quite heartbreaking. Obama got that very right.
Taking nothing away from the horrific loss of human lives and the displacement of thousands of people as many hundreds of thousands of others are without electrical service and fresh, running water that occurred four days ago now, I do want to reiterate points that I made following the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that occurred in Japan on the Friday after Ash Wednesday, March 11, 2011, concerning the gratitude to God that we must have at all times for being members of His Catholic Church.
It is a grace to be, despite one's own sins and failings, a grace to be a believing Catholic, a person who understands that he must be prepared for death at any time, making sure to pray to Our Lady, the Mother of God and the Mediatrix of All Graces, to send him the graces necessary to make a perfect Act of Contrition both upon arising in the morning and after making one's Examen of Conscience at night before going to sleep and, of course, at all those times when some mortal danger seems particularly imminent or apparent.
Apart from taking the necessary preparations to protect oneself and his family by taking shelter in a safe area, such as a basement if one's house, or an area of a more vulnerable housing structure that might, at the very least, protect people from flying glass, a believing Catholic starts to pray the Rosary upon learning of the approach of violent storms capable of producing tornadoes. He has made sure beforehand that the blessed palms he took home with him on Palm Sunday have received the Saint Peter Martyr blessing on April 29, placing some of those blessed palms in various parts of his house and on the four corners of his property. He also lights a blessed candle and prays the following O Crux Ave prayer that Julie-Marie Jahenny explained that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ gave to her on January 27, 1922, as beholds a Crucifix:
"I hail you, I adore you, I embrace you, oh adorable Cross of My
Savior. Protect us, keep us, save us. Jesus loved you so much, by His
example, I love you. By your holy image calm my fears, I only feel peace
and confidence!"(See The Medal of Our Lady of Good Counsel.)
A believing Catholic understands that he must be detached from the people, things and places of this world, seeking only to do the adorable will of God in His life and to accept every cross and difficulty, whether physical or supernatural, that comes his way with gratitude.
A believing Catholic who has survived a powerful storm but who has suffered the loss of his house and possessions and memorabilia and family keepsakes understands that Holy Job lost everything only to have God bless him more abundantly after he had gone through his period of loss and trial and suffering.
A believing Catholic is thus grateful for the material things and creature comforts that he was permitted to have until they were lost. He does recognize, however, that they are but dust into which his heart can never put its trust or desire. If they go, they go. God will send all of the sufficient graces through the loving hands of Our Lady that are sufficient to deal with the loss of one's residence and belongings.
A believing Catholic accepts this as coming from the hand of God, Who has, in the mysterious workings of His Holy Providence, known from all eternity that we would have to endure specific crosses in order to give Him honor and glory through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary and as he seeks to make reparation for his own many sins and for those of others.
A believing Catholic understands that it is the loss of his soul for all eternity is the greatest tragedy that can befall him, and that tragedy is a preventable one by taking the necessary preventative measures every day by being faithful in one's morning and evening prayers, by praying at least one set of mysteries of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary every day, by assisting at true offerings of daily Mass if they are available in a nearby chapel during this time of apostasy and betrayal and one's work schedule permits him to do so, by making sure to get himself, if possible, of course, to the Sacred Tribunal of Penance on a weekly basis, and by availing himself of Our Lord's Real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament by spending time in earnest prayer before Our Eucharistic King (recognizing, obviously, that the conciliar revolutionaries have made it very difficult, if not entirely impossible, in many parts of world for Catholics to do so).
Yes, a believing Catholic is a flesh-and-blood human being. He cries when losing a loved one to a sudden and unprovided death. He feels, as well he should, fear at the news of a storm knowing that his sins deserved him to be condemned, which is why he prays to the Queen of Mercy to beg her Divine Son to be merciful to him whenever his death should occur.
A believing Catholic is not a passionless machine. He is, however, able to rise above the difficulties of the moment because he has rejected naturalism and all of its false allurements, including a disordered attachment to his own will and to his earthly possessions and creature comforts.
It is, therefore, very tragic that the spate of deadly tornadoes that occurred four days ago now cut across areas of the southern part of the United States of America which have very low percentages of Catholics, believing or otherwise.
Here is just a quick look at those percentages as they are listed in a 2008 compilation found on the website of the misnamed "United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:"
1. Alabama, 3.3%
2. Mississippi, 3.7%
3. Arkansas, 4.1%
4. Georgia, 7.6%
5. South Carolina, 4.2%
6. Virginia, 8.3%
7. North Carolina, 4%
8. Tennessee, 2.3%
9. Oklahoma, 4.8% (US Catholic Population by State.)
This is the real tragedy of what occurred four days ago as it would certainly stand to reason, given the statistics presented above, that many of those who dead from the outbreak of tornadoes four days ago were not prepared for the moment of their Particular Judgments because they believed that they had been "saved by the Lord" as they persisted to the point of their dying breaths in one or another of the various falsehoods of the diabolical delusion that is Protestantism.
That is the real tragedy here, understanding that God alone knows the state of any soul at death, although it is a terrible thing even for a baptized Catholic to To Fall Into The Hands of the Living God. Go ask Edward Moore Kennedy and Geraldine Anne Ferraro-Zaccaro about the reality that occurs at the moment of one's Particular Judgment, something that they should have feared as a result of their open support for the evil of baby-killing under cover of the civil law but chose to persist in their defiance of the laws of the God Who they knew would judge them immediately upon their deaths. The true devastation of four days ago is that of the souls who may have been lost for all eternity in Hell because they participated merrily in the ways of the popular culture while remaining outside of the bosom of Holy Mother church until the very end.
Perhaps auditioning for an appointment as a "bishop" in the counterfeit church of conciliarism after he has completed his second term as President of the United States of America on Friday, January 20, 2017 (if, of course, he does not seek and get Congress to propose a constitutional amendment to repeal the Twenty-second Amendment that would become effective if three-fourths of state legislatures or three-fourths of state ratifying conventions ratify, thereby permitting him to run for subsequent terms as he will only be fifty-five and one-half years old when his second term is scheduled to end), Barack Hussein Obama said the following after noting the devastation that so overwhelmed him when he saw it with his own eyes:
"We can't bring those who have been lost back, they are alongside God at this point." (Obama tours 'heartbreaking' tornado damage, vows aid.)
Obama the Omniscient! Then again, his is the ethos of the day in which we live, a day in which the interrelated falsehoods of Protestantism and Judeo-Masonry in the world and of Modernism in the counterfeit church of conciliarism intersect almost entirely, convincing Catholics and non-Catholics that everyone, except, of course, those Catholics who reject conciliarism and the conciliar "popes," you understand, goes straight to Heaven after death. Obama's rather forced uttering of the words above are no more offensive than was the late President Ronald Wilson Reagan's saying that those who died on the space shuttle Challenger when it exploded after lift off on January 28, 1986, were touching "the face of God." One does not get canonized by dying suddenly as a result of a tornado or a space ship explosion.
No matter the signs that God is sending us with all of the recent natural disasters, including the spate of two hundred forty tornadoes that stretched from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia from Thursday in Passion Week, April 15, 2011, to Saturday in Passion Week, April 17, 2011, killing forty-three people in North Carolina alone, and the EF-4 tornado that ripped through the Saint Louis, Missouri, area on the evening of Good Friday, April 22, 2011, to say nothing of the earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear reactor meltdown in Japan or the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of a year ago now, most Americans continue to party hearty. They are diverted by this bread and circus, and that bread and circus, including the so-called "royal wedding" feature notorious public sinners in a false liturgical rite held in a church that was stolen from the Catholic Church and as the bride wore jewels that once belonged to Holy Mother Church. They care not that sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance are promoted under cover of the civil law and are celebrated in popular culture.
Beyond the fury of tornadoes that kill lives suddenly and leave many people without homes and belongings is the fury that unrepented Mortal Sins cause in the world, including those of the man who is being "beatified" today, Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II, who, just as is the case with his "successor," Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, has done, esteemed the symbols of false religions and walked blithely into places of false worship, content to be treated as an inferior by his non-Catholic hosts. God will not be mocked. The natural forces of the earth are rent asunder by all grave sins, including those of the conciliar "popes." We are being given great warning signs from God. Why are we so slow to listen and respond as Catholics?
True pope after true pope warned us that the very fate of men and their nations is imperiled by the spread of sin under cover of civil law and in the name of "freedom" or "liberty" within the popular culture. Pope Gregory XVI did so in Mirari Vos, August 15, 1832:
This shameful font of indifferentism gives rise to that absurd
and erroneous proposition which claims that liberty of conscience must
be maintained for everyone. It spreads ruin in sacred
and civil affairs, though some repeat over and over again with the
greatest impudence that some advantage accrues to religion from it. "But
the death of the soul is worse than freedom of error," as Augustine was wont to say. When
all restraints are removed by which men are kept on the narrow path of
truth, their nature, which is already inclined to evil, propels them to
ruin. Then truly "the bottomless pit" is open from which John saw smoke
ascending which obscured the sun, and out of which locusts flew forth to
devastate the earth. Thence comes transformation of
minds, corruption of youths, contempt of sacred things and holy laws --
in other words, a pestilence more deadly to the state than any other.
Experience shows, even from earliest times, that cities renowned for
wealth, dominion, and glory perished as a result of this single evil,
namely immoderate freedom of opinion, license of free speech, and desire
for novelty. (Pope Gregory XVI, Mirari Vos, August 15, 1832.)
While we pray for the dead and that those who have survived and have lost their housing will be given the temporal assistance that they need, we pray, much more importantly, that those who have lost loved ones and have been displaced by these terrible storms that are but a representation of the horror of our own sins that make such storms so much more common and so very much more violent will come to a true knowledge of the Catholic Faith and thus see the crosses that have they have been asked to bear at this time only through the supernatural eyes of that same Holy Faith. We are, after all, supposed to be preparing for death with every beat our our hearts, consecrated as they must be to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
As I have written in several other articles on tragedies of this sort, yes, our trust must be placed totally in Our Lady to help us save our immortal souls. Saint Alphonsus wrote in Preparation for Death of the confidence we must place Mary our Immaculate Queen , the Mother of God:
Oh! how great will be our thankfulness for the mercy of God, for having given us for our advocate, Mary, who, by her prayers, can obtain for us all the graces we stand in need of. "Truly wonderful," exclaims St. Bonaventure, "is the bound of our God, who has given thee, O Lady, to his guilty subjects as their advocate, so that thou art able to obtain for them by thy assistance whatever thou wilt." Sinners, brethren, if we find ourselves debtors to the divine justice, and commended to hell by our sins, let us not despair; let us have recourse to this divine mother; let us put ourselves under her protection, and she will save us. But we must have a sincere purpose of amending our lives. If we have such a purpose, and place confidence in Mary, we shall be saved. And why? Because Mary is a powerful advocate, a merciful advocate, an advocate that desires to save all."
Our hope must then be in Our Lady, to whom we commend the particular needs of those who have been rendered refugees at this time. We trust in Our Lady to help us to save our own souls, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. We must trust in Our Lady to save our souls from the destruction power of sin, even venial sin, in our own souls, which shone so brilliantly at the moment of our baptism but. We need to ask Our Lady every day to help us to be prepared for the moment of our own deaths, recognizing that we live at a time in salvation history when the forces unleashed by the social toleration and promotion of sin are exacting a heavy toll on us all and might take us from this mortal life when we least expect it.
We do indeed need Our Lady's help so that our souls will not be lost for all eternity, which is why, of course, we must pray our Rosaries every day without fail and to pray them so very well. We never know when our next Rosary will be our last Rosary. And one way to avoid being burned for all eternity in the flames of Hell that emit sulphur dioxide is to pray our Rosaries well as we meditate upon the mysteries contained therein, making sure also to be enrolled in and to wear and to fulfill the conditions of her Brown Scapular of Mount Carmel as we distribute blessed Green Scapulars to those who God's Holy Providence places in our paths.
May we keep Our Lady's Fatima requests so that the day will soon arrive when all hearts in this country and around the world, consecrated to Our Lord through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, will exclaim:
Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?
Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon!
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
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, especially on your feast day today!
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints