Cold Blooded Killers Walk Amongst Us Every Day
Thomas A. Droleskey
News of the massacre at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia, reached us after we returned to our motor home following the completion of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered at the hands of Father Francisco Radecki, CMRI, at Saint Joseph's Church in Wayne, Michigan. The carnage wrought by the shooter, who evidently killed himself, speaks volumes about the moral anarchy of a world where Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is recognized confessionally and publicly as the King of all nations and where His Most Blessed Mother is not honored as the Immaculate Queen of all nations. We must offer our prayers for the repose of the souls of the victims and for the consolation of their family members and friends.
Indeed, the suffering of those who survived the shootings and of those who have lost children or relatives or friends is something we must keep very much in our prayers to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. One of the great tragedies of our religiously indifferentist country of pluralism is that so few people understand that they must be prepared to face the moment of their Particular Judgments at any time. This lack of understanding has been fueled by conciliarism's rejection of what it calls disparagingly as "proselytism," that is, the effort to win converts to the true Faith, thereby reaffirming lost souls throughout their lives, preparing them not one whit to face death on any given day. How many of those killed yesterday were wearing the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the Miraculous Medal? How many Catholics ever tried to encourage them to do so? This is one of the many ways in which the twin evils of pluralism and conciliarsm meet to produce tragic results in the lives and the deaths of people who rarely give a thought to First and Last Things as entrusted solely to the Catholic Church.
Without minimizing the horror of the massacre at Virginia Tech University or the sorrow and grief of the relatives of those who have lost sons and daughters and brothers and sisters and grandchildren and nieces and nephews and friends and classmates of those killed in this tragedy, the bloodshed in Blacksburg, Virginia, is but a small glimpse into the innocent blood that is shed every day under cover of law by the cold blooded killers who walk amongst us every day and enjoy the favor and the protection of the law, to say nothing of good standing in society (and sometimes good standing in conciliar parishes). Over 4,000 innocent children are butchered in cold blood under cover of law by baby-killers masquerading as "doctors" each and every day in the "civilized" United States of America.
Who grieves for the over 48,000,000 children killed under cover of law in this country alone since 1965 by means of surgical abortion? Who grieves for the over 650,000,000 children killed since 1965 by means of chemical abortifacients.You can be threatened with arrest in this country if you pray "too close" to an abortuary. This is courtesy of the so-called Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) that became "law" on May 26, 1994, and has remained the "law" under six Republican-controlled Congresses, half of which occurred during the first six years of the administration of President George W. Bush. He has not called for the repeal of FACE. No Republican leader in Congress ever introduced legislation to repeal FACE, which was upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States as "constitutional" on April 16, 2001.
Who cares that the courageous Father John T. Murphy of the Save the Babies Foundation was manhandled and shackled regularly by the police in the County of Nassau, New York, in the 1990s for simply praying Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary near an abortuary in Garden City, New York? Who cares that the so-called "pro-life" administration of George W. Bush sought to apply the 1946 Hobbs Act against Joseph Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League, whose sidewalk counseling has saved thousands of lives and helped as many souls in the process, comparing him to a "bandit" whose activities in front of "legal" "businesses" deprived the proprietors (namely, the baby-killers) of their livelihood. As the late Charles Dillon Stengel would have said, "You can look it up" (see Of Slaves and Babies and Justice for a Pro-Life Hero, both written about three years before I began to explore the sedevacantist thesis publicly on this site).
Who cares that the supposedly "pro-life" president supports surgical baby-killing under cover of law in some cases? Who cares that this shallow, hollow man who has wreaked so much needless bloodshed and carnage in Iraq supports contraception philosophically and boasts of the funding his administration provides of domestic and international "family planning" programs that offer abortifacient contraceptives to women in this country and around the world? Who cares that each of his "pro-life" initiatives have been cheap tricks replete with "exceptions" to permit baby-killing in some cases and with sleights-of-hand in other cases (the "Mexico City" policy that prevents American funding to "family planning" agencies abroad that perform or counsel for abortions at their facilities but permits workers from those agencies to speak with "clients" off of those premises and to offer the same counseling!)? Who cares about the fraud and the deceit sanctioned by the likes of the National Right to Life Association, which supports surgical baby-killing in cases where it is alleged that a mother's life is endangered and which takes no stand in opposition to the chemical assassination of children?
A nation that tolerates this butchery as babies are vacuumed, burned, sliced, diced and carved up in their mothers' wombs is not "civilized." It is an outlaw nation that will spawn all manner of seemingly "random" acts of violence that are actually the rotten fruit of believing that men can know social order without submitting themselves, both personally and socially, to the Deposit of Faith that the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity made Man in Our Lady's Virginal and Immaculate Womb by the power of the Holy Ghost. And it is important to point out that this nation, founded by men who believed that it was not necessary to recognize the true Church as the official religion of the civil state and that it was not necessary for men to have belief in, access to and cooperation with Sanctifying Grace to pursue virtue (no less sanctifying and thus save their immortal souls as members of the one, true Church, the Catholic Church, outside of which there is no salvation). Freemasons in this nation gladly exported this lie south of our own borders, hoping to undermine Catholicism in Latin America in the name of "spreading" in that region the alleged "liberties" of the "American way" of pluralism and religious indifferentism that are but violent, diabolically-inspired rejections of the Divine Plan that God Himself directly instituted to effect man's return to Him through the Catholic Church and to establish and maintain social order as the fruit of the supernatural order established and maintained in the souls of citizens by means of Sanctifying Grace.
Oh, yes, American Freemasons sought to do violence to the Cross of the Divine Redeemer and the honor of the Empress of the Americas, Our Lady of Guadalupe, within a short period of time following the founding of the United States of America, ushering in periods of massive violence against believing Catholics all throughout Latin America, especially in Our Lady's country, Mexico. Anticlericalism was preached in the name of "civil" and "religious" liberty. American Freemasons made such inroads in Latin America that even the ranks of the priesthood (Father Francisco Calvo started Freemasonry in Costa Rica in 1865, a time when European Freemasons were recruiting clergy in not a few places there) were infiltrated, setting the stage for the larger problems that would lead up to the devil's warfare against the Catholic Church by means of Modernism and its progeny, including conciliarism.
Even the wealth enjoyed by many of the Protestant "blue blood" families that emigrated to the English colonies in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries was the result in most instances of the blood money that was made when King Henry VIII confiscated the lands of Catholic monasteries and convents, forcing the self-sufficient poor who lived on those lands (and who paid but a nominal rent annually and a share of their crops for the privilege of having their posterity live on those lands in perpetuity), in the Sixteenth Century and then distributed that land to his supporters to make them beholden to his schemes and to thus make it difficult for any true and lasting reunion with Rome to be made by any of his successors. After all, very few people will want to give up their ill-gotten material benefits for the sake of something as arcane and "silly" as returning to the very Church that the God-Man Himself founded upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope. Thus it is that the "money" that has always fueled the engine of the bloodthirsty competition engendered by Calvinist capitalism came from Henry VIII's theft of lands from the Catholic Church and his cruel mistreatment of the poor who had lived on those lands, a legacy of cruelty that is forever conjoined with the fact that he presided over the execution of over 72,000 Catholics in England and Ireland who remained faithful to Rome in the years between 1534 and his death by an unspeakable disease in 1547. Ah, yes, the "civilized" English.
Cold-blooded killers, you see, have always been part and parcel of lands ruled by Protestants and populated by Freemasons and their naturalist allies. Cold-blood English Protestant killers expelled the Catholic Acadians in 1755 and thereafter who would not abandon the Catholic Faith and the Immemorial Mass of the ages to worship at the "Mass" of Thomas Cranmer that served as a prototype for the Novus Ordo Missae. The Catholic Acadians were treated worse than wild dogs as entire families were separated and as some of them were forced into slavery in the colonies in what became the United States of America a few decades later. Consider this moving excerpt from a history of the Acadians:
The British "Final Solution" for the Acadians was deportation. It all started at 3 PM on September 5, 1755 at the Catholic Church in Grand Pre. Following the orders and plan of the Lieutenant General, Governor Lawrence, following the decree of the King of England, the British Council at Halifax unanimously decided to begin deporting the Acadians immediately to various British Colonies outside of Canada. The vessels needed for this were to be commandeered in the King's name. By this time, the Acadians numbered some 13,000 on the Acadian peninsula alone. More and more British troops had been arriving and the Acadians were acutely aware that big trouble was brewing.
A proclamation was issued accordingly to "all the inhabitants of the district of Grand Pre, Minas, River Canard, etc. ..... to attend the Church at Grand Pre on Friday the fifth instant, at three of the clock in the afternoon, that we may impart to them what we are ordered to communicate to them; declaring that no excuse will be admitted, on any pretense whatever, on pain of forfeiting goods and chattels, in default of real estate. - Given at Grand Pre 2d September, 1755."
That Friday, 418 of the residents presented themselves at the Church as ordered. Colonel John Winslow, having tricked them into this assembly, announced to them that they were to be immediately deported outside of the Province and that all their properties and goods with the exception of their cash monies and personal belongings were hereby confiscated by and to the benefit of the British Crown. Soldiers surrounded the church to prevent any escapes.
The news of this spread quickly and those who could escaped to the woods, but in vain. Their country was laid to waste. Deported from Grand Pre alone were 2,242 Acadians. The Acadians were lined up and driven to the transport ships. Women and children were loaded on boats as fast as could be provided. As if to deprive the exiles of even the hope of return, the British burned to the ground 255 of their homes, 276 barns, 11 mills, and one church while the transport vessels were still in sight. Despite the promises of Colonel Winslow to keep families together, most families were separated immediately - parents from their children, wives from their husbands, children from their siblings - many to never see each other again. The Acadians were placed under arrest and were loaded on the ships with no choice in the manner. They took only what they were wearing and what little monies they had on their person at the time. Some of the ships used as transports were not seaworthy. Consequently, two of the ships, the Violet and the Duke William, with two groups of 650 Acadians went to a watery grave in the icy mid-Atlantic on December 10 of that year. Only one lifeboat with 27 survivors lived to tell what happened. "I do not know," observes 19th century American historian George Bancroft, " if the annals of the human race keep the record of sorrows so wantonly inflicted, so bitter and so lasting as fell upon the French inhabitants of Acadia."
How ironic it must seem for the living descendants of those expelled Acadians who now live in the town of Winslow - a town so named in honor of the same British officer, General John Winslow, who was directly responsible for carrying out those dastardly deeds in the darkest hour in the history of the Acadians.
About 2,000 Acadians managed to escape arrest and they wandered through the woods like hunted animals, half-clad and half-starved, in ever search of some near relative. Some made it safely into Quebec where they established new lives in such towns as l'Acadie, Becancour, Nicolet, and others. Of those escapees was one of my own 6th generation paternal ancestors, Laurent Doucet, son of Paul Doucet (a direct descendant of Acadia's first governor, Germain Doucet) and Anne LeBrun. How they survived this terrible ordeal is almost miraculous. Today, the direct descendants of these escaped Acadians number over 230,000 souls, including one-third of the present population of New Brunswick.
The deportation continued unabated over a period of 8 years. Between 1755 and 1763, Governor Lawrence kept unloading the Acadians along the American coast - over 2,000 to Boston, where the Bostonians treated them like slaves, 700 from Grand Pre and Port Royal to Connecticut, and about 250 poor, naked, and destitute to New York. New York rid the major part of her Acadian exiles by persuading them to emigrate to Santo Domingo, where most of them perished miserably from the torrid sun. Lawrence exiled 754 to Philadelphia where, being held captive aboard the ships in the harbor for three months, smallpox killed 237 of them. Some 2,000 more were removed to Maryland where several hundred of them escaped to Louisiana, Quebec, and the West Indies. To North Carolina, Lawrence sent 500, and to South Carolina, 1,500 Acadians. The Carolinians cleverly enticed them to leave in some old boats for Acadia. Of these, only 900 arrived at the River St. John. Another 400 were banished to Georgia where, preferring death anywhere in the tropics to slavery with the blacks in the cotton fields and sugar plantations, they fled. Wherever they went, the Acadians were unwanted, shunned, cheated, despised, and heartlessly allowed to die without even the care and affection given to pet animals. Only Connecticut was prepared to receive the exiles sent to her and treated them as a group humanely. In all, nearly 3,700 Acadians were dispersed along the coast in the British colonies of America. There is no doubt that every Acadian would have preferred exile in France to banishment to any other place.
The method of dispersing the Acadians has scarcely an equal in history. Said Edmund Burke, "We did, in my opinion, most inhumanely, and upon the pretenses that, in the eye of an honest man, are not worth a farthing, root out this poor, innocent, deserving people, whom our utter inability to govern, or to reconcile, gave us no sort of right to extirpate." How right was his judgement. There were many pitiful separations in families. One case is particularly well-known. Due to the small number of transports, Rene Leblanc, notary-public of Grand Pre, his wife, and their two youngest children were put on one ship and landed in New York, but their eighteen other children and 150 grandchildren were loaded aboard different ships and dispersed among the colonies. There were deliberate separations of husbands from their wives and fathers from their children. Men would come back home from their work in the woods or fishing boats only to find their families gone, their homes burned to the ground, and the British soldiers waiting to arrest them and force them aboard ships for permanent banishment from their lands. Yet others were taken to various ports in England as prisoners of war and placed in concentration camps such as at Liverpool. (Acadia and the Acadians, by Robert Chenard.)
If this moving account does not break your Catholic heart, my friends, I do not know what will.
No believing Roman Catholic can speak of the English colonies as "civilized." Unlike Latin America, where Catholic missionaries interceded in behalf of the indigenous peoples in the face of the cruelty and excesses of some of the Spanish conquistadors and colonizers, there was no one to plead for the Acadians, no one to remonstrate with the bloodthirsty English who had lost their sensus Catholicus and had become as mad the lustful man who plunged England into darkness of blood and cruelty and greed and hatred and bigotry in 1534. The violence that we see expanding exponentially in our cities and in workplaces and in schools and on university campuses is but the all-too-logical consequence of a nation founded on the false premises that man can know social order in the pursuit of his "ultimate" end, that is, material prosperity as a sign of 'divine election," while spitting in the face of the binding precepts of the Divine positive law and the natural law and plaiting Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ anew with a Crown of Thorns as His Social Kingship is mocked and vilified as "outdated," unnecessary and even harmful by Catholic conservative quislings in this country and by the entire ethos of conciliarism-at-large.
Yes, fallen human nature has wreaked havoc throughout history, even during the period of the Catholic Middle Ages. Nevertheless, the frailties of Catholics in the Middle Ages pale into insignificance when one looks at the savagery of the barbaric tribes of Europe before their Catholicization in the First Millennium and that of the barbaric tribes of the Americas prior to Our Lady's apparitions to the Venerable Juan Diego in 1531. Consider this very cogent summary of the history of the Middle Ages, that is, Christendom, written by Pope Leo XIII in Immortale Dei, November 1, 1885:
There was once a time when States were governed by the philosophy of the Gospel. Then it was that the power and divine virtue of Christian wisdom had diffused itself throughout the laws, institutions, and morals of the people, permeating all ranks and relations of civil society. Then, too, the religion instituted by Jesus Christ, established firmly in befitting dignity, flourished everywhere, by the favor of princes and the legitimate protection of magistrates; and Church and State were happily united in concord and friendly interchange of good offices. The State, constituted in this wise, bore fruits important beyond all expectation, whose remembrance is still, and always will be, in renown, witnessed to as they are by countless proofs which can never be blotted out or ever obscured by any craft of any enemies. Christian Europe has subdued barbarous nations, and changed them from a savage to a civilized condition, from superstition to true worship. It victoriously rolled back the tide of Mohammedan conquest; retained the headship of civilization; stood forth in the front rank as the leader and teacher of all, in every branch of national culture; bestowed on the world the gift of true and many-sided liberty; and most wisely founded very numerous institutions for the solace of human suffering. And if we inquire how it was able to bring about so altered a condition of things, the answer is -- beyond all question, in large measure, through religion, under whose auspices so many great undertakings were set on foot, through whose aid they were brought to completion.
A similar state of things would certainly have continued had the agreement of the two powers been lasting. More important results even might have been justly looked for, had obedience waited upon the authority, teaching, and counsels of the Church, and had this submission been specially marked by greater and more unswerving loyalty. For that should be regarded in the light of an ever-changeless law which Ivo of Chartres wrote to Pope Paschal II: "When kingdom and priesthood are at one, in complete accord, the world is well ruled, and the Church flourishes, and brings forth abundant fruit. But when they are at variance, not only smaller interests prosper not, but even things of greatest moment fall into deplorable decay."
But that harmful and deplorable passion for innovation which was aroused in the sixteenth century threw first of all into confusion the Christian religion, and next, by natural sequence, invaded the precincts of philosophy, whence it spread amongst all classes of society. From this source, as from a fountain-head, burst forth all those later tenets of unbridled license which, in the midst of the terrible upheavals of the last century, were wildly conceived and boldly proclaimed as the principles and foundation of that new conception of law which was not merely previously unknown, but was at variance on many points with not only the Christian, but even the natural law.
Yes, the glory of the Middle Ages, which saw the transformation of barbarous nations into Catholic nations where rulers ruled in many, although certainly not all, instances according to the Mind of the Divine Redeemer as He has discharged It exclusively in the Catholic Church, was undermined and attacked by the "deplorable passion for innovation" of Martin Luther and John Calvin and Thomas Cranmer and Henry VIII and Elizabeth I and John Knox and John Wesley and Richard Topcliffe and Oliver Cromwell, theological revolutionaries who wrought their work in the blood of innocent Catholics as they sacked Catholic Churches and denied her perennial rites of worship and teaching, paved a path of blood for the likes of the social revolutionaries of the English colonies in North America and in France and Latin America and Italy and Germany. There is no better expression of the belief that the path to "liberal progress" in the world is wrought by the shedding of the blood of Catholics than these chilling words of Woodrow Wilson, contained in Robert Leckie's book, Catholic and American (and quoted in my own Christ in the Voting Booth):
"Wilson replied [to a Father Kelley, who was a representative of James Cardinal Gibbons, the longtime Americanist Archbishop of Baltimore, for whom Wilson had such contempt that he addressed him as Mister Gibbons]: 'I have no doubt but that the terrible things you mention have happened during the Mexican revolution. But terrible things happened also during the French revolution, perhaps more terrible things than have happened in Mexico. Nevertheless, out of that French revolution came the liberal ideas that have dominated in so many countries, including our own. I hope that out of the bloodletting in Mexico some such good yet may come.'
"Having thus instructed his caller in the benefits which must perforce accrue to mankind out of the systematic robbery, murder, torture and rape of people holding a proscribed religious conviction, the professor of politics [Wilson] suggested that Father Kelley visit Secretary of State Williams Jennings Bryan, who expressed his deepest sympathy. Obviously, the Wilson administration was committed to supporting the revolutionaries ."(Leckie, p. 274).
The bloodshed of the innocent preborn in this country is, therefore, as horrible and unspeakably tragic as it is, is but a logical consequence of the madness produced in the world as a result of the planned, systematic overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King by the Protestant Revolt and all of the forces that followed its wake (Liberalism, Calvinist Capitalism, Materialism, Judeo-Masonry, Pluralism, Religious Indifferentism, Socialism, Communism, Nihilism, Hegelianism, Evolutionism, Modernism, et al.). And a country that not only permits the daily massacre of the preborn as it presides over a daily massacre of innocents in a country its troops have unjustly invaded and forcibly occupied will be one where no one is safe at any time in any place. No one is safe on a college campus in rural Virginia when a jilted boyfriend (as it appears the shooter in Blacksburg, Virginia, might have been) does not know to offer up a romantic rejection to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to understand that any rejection (by a romantic interest, by friends, by family members, by coworkers, by employers, by our co-religionists) is but a reminder of how we reject the ineffable, matchless love of the Divine Redeemer by our Venial Sins, to say nothing of, God forbid, any Mortal Sins that we may have committed during our lives. The failure to see the world clearly through the eyes of the true Faith leaves people with one of two possible ways to cope with suffering and rejection and all of the other miseries that are the result of Original Sin and our own Actual Sins: the Presumption of Martin Luther or the Despair of Judas Iscariot, as can be seen in the case of the Virginia mass murderer who was inspired by the devil to kill himself after he had killed so many others.
Although I have quoted the passages below from Pope Leo XIII's Tametsi Futura Prospicientibus, November 1, 1900, quite a lot, I am going to do so once again so as to illustrate the simple truth that men fall back into barbarism sooner or later when Christ is not the King both of the souls of individual men and of entire nations:
From this it may clearly be seen what con sequences are to be expected from that false pride which, rejecting our Saviour's Kingship, places man at the summit of all things and declares that human nature must rule supreme. And yet, this supreme rule can neither be attained nor even defined. The rule of Jesus Christ derives its form and its power from Divine Love: a holy and orderly charity is both its foundation and its crown. Its necessary consequences are the strict fulfilment of duty, respect of mutual rights, the estimation of the things of heaven above those of earth, the preference of the love of God to all things. But this supremacy of man, which openly rejects Christ, or at least ignores Him, is entirely founded upon selfishness, knowing neither charity nor selfdevotion. Man may indeed be king, through Jesus Christ: but only on condition that he first of all obey God, and diligently seek his rule of life in God's law. By the law of Christ we mean not only the natural precepts of morality and the Ancient Law, all of which Jesus Christ has perfected and crowned by His declaration, explanation and sanction; but also the rest of His doctrine and His own peculiar institutions. Of these the chief is His Church. Indeed whatsoever things Christ has instituted are most fully contained in His Church. Moreover, He willed to perpetuate the office assigned to Him by His Father by means of the ministry of the Church so gloriously founded by Himself. On the one hand He confided to her all the means of men's salvation, on the other He most solemnly commanded men to be subject to her and to obey her diligently, and to follow her even as Himself: "He that heareth you, heareth Me; and he that despiseth you, despiseth Me" (Luke x, 16). Wherefore the law of Christ must be sought in the Church. Christ is man's "Way"; the Church also is his "Way"-Christ of Himself and by His very nature, the Church by His commission and the communication of His power. Hence all who would find salvation apart from the Church, are led astray and strive in vain.
As with individuals, so with nations. These, too, must necessarily tend to ruin if they go astray from "The Way." The Son of God, the Creator and Redeemer of mankind, is King and Lord of the earth, and holds supreme dominion over men, both individually and collectively. "And He gave Him power, and glory, and a kingdom: and all peoples, tribes, and tongues shall serve Him" (Daniel vii., 14). "I am appointed King by Him . . . I will give Thee the Gentiles for Thy inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession" (Psalm ii., 6, 8). Therefore the law of Christ ought to prevail in human society and be the guide and teacher of public as well as of private life. Since this is so by divine decree, and no man may with impunity contravene it, it is an evil thing for the common weal wherever Christianity does not hold the place that belongs to it. When Jesus Christ is absent, human reason fails, being bereft of its chief protection and light, and the very end is lost sight of, for which, under God's providence, human society has been built up. This end is the obtaining by the members of society of natural good through the aid of civil unity, though always in harmony with the perfect and eternal good which is above nature. But when men's minds are clouded, both rulers and ruled go astray, for they have no safe line to follow nor end to aim at.
Just as it is the height of misfortune to go astray from the "Way," so is it to abandon the "Truth." Christ Himself is the first, absolute and essential "Truth," inasmuch as He is the Word of God, consubstantial and co-eternal with the Father, He and the Father being One. "I am the Way and the Truth." Wherefore if the Truth be sought by the human intellect, it must first of all submit it to Jesus Christ, and securely rest upon His teaching, since therein Truth itself speaketh. There are innumerable and extensive fields of thought, properly belonging to the human mind, in which it may have free scope for its investigations and speculations, and that not only agreeably to its nature, but even by a necessity of its nature. But what is unlawful and unnatural is that the human mind should refuse to be restricted within its proper limits, and, throwing aside its becoming modesty, should refuse to acknowledge Christ's teaching. This teaching, upon which our salvation depends, is almost entirely about God and the things of God. No human wisdom has invented it, but the Son of God hath received and drunk it in entirely from His Father: "The words which thou gavest me, I have given to them" john xvii., 8). Hence this teaching necessarily embraces many subjects which are not indeed contrary to reasonfor that would be an impossibility-but so exalted that we can no more attain them by our own reasoning than we can comprehend God as He is in Himself. If there be so many things hidden and veiled by nature, which no human ingenuity can explain, and yet which no man in his senses can doubt, it would be an abuse of liberty to refuse to accept those which are entirely above nature, because their essence cannot be discovered. To reject dogma is simply to deny Christianity. Our intellect must bow humbly and reverently "unto the obedience of Christ," so that it be held captive by His divinity and authority: "bringing into captivity every understanding unto the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians x., 5). Such obedience Christ requires, and justly so. For He is God, and as such holds supreme dominion over man's intellect as well as over his will. By obeying Christ with his intellect man by no means acts in a servile manner, but in complete accordance with his reason and his natural dignity. For by his will he yields, not to the authority of any man, but to that of God, the author of his being, and the first principle to Whom he is subject by the very law of his nature. He does not suffer himself to be forced by the theories of any human teacher, but by the eternal and unchangeable truth. Hence he attains at one and the same time the natural good of the intellect and his own liberty. For the truth which proceeds from the teaching of Christ clearly demonstrates the real nature and value of every being; and man, being endowed with this knowledge, if he but obey the truth as perceived, will make all things subject to himself, not himself to them; his appetites to his reason, not his reason to his appetites. Thus the slavery of sin and falsehood will be shaken off, and the most perfect liberty attained: "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" john viii., 32). It is, then, evident that those whose intellect rejects the yoke of Christ are obstinately striving against God. Having shaken off God's authority, they are by no means freer, for they will fall beneath some human sway. They are sure to choose someone whom they will listen to, obey, and follow as their guide. Moreover, they withdraw their intellect from the communication of divine truths, and thus limit it within a narrower circle of knowledge, so that they are less fitted to succeed in the pursuit even of natural science. For there are in nature very many things whose apprehension or explanation is greatly aided by the light of divine truth. Not unfrequently, too, God, in order to chastise their pride, does not permit men to see the truth, and thus they are punished in the things wherein they sin. This is why we often see men of great intellectual power and erudition making the grossest blunders even in natural science.
It must therefore be clearly admitted that, in the life of a Christian, the intellect must be entirely subject to God's authority. And if, in this submission of reason to authority, our self-love, which is so strong, is restrained and made to suffer, this only proves the necessity to a Christian of long-suffering not only in will but also in intellect. We would remind those persons of this truth who desire a kind of Christianity such as they themselves have devised, whose precepts should be very mild, much more indulgent towards human nature, and requiring little if any hardships to be borne. They do not properly under stand the meaning of faith and Christian precepts. They do not see that the Cross meets us everywhere, the model of our life, the eternal standard of all who wish to follow Christ in reality and not merely in name.
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 amplified these points in A Review of His Pontificate, March 19, 1902:
So society in its foolhardy effort to escape from God has rejected the Divine order and Revelation; and it is thus withdrawn from the salutary efficacy of Christianity which is manifestly the most solid guarantee of order, the strongest bond of fraternity, and the inexhaustible source of all public and private virtue.This sacrilegious divorce has resulted in bringing about the trouble which now disturbs the world. Hence it is the pale of the Church which this lost society must re-enter, if it wishes to recover its well-being, its repose, and its salvation.
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.
Cold blooded killers--and potential cold blooded killers--walk amongst us ever day, enabled by the civil laws and emboldened by the support they receive in the popular culture. They dress nattily as they go to the baby-killer centers. Some are the "friendly" pharmacists at the neighborhood CVS Pharmacy that dispense the pills and poisons that kill preborn babies chemically. Even far more dangerous than these actual killers are the Catholics in public life who support their "right" to kill the innocent preborn. And even far more dangerous that these "Catholics" in public life are the "shepherds" of the counterfeit church of conciliarism who kill Catholic worship and doctrine with their lies of adapting to the "needs" of "modern" man and of the necessity of accepting a "healthy secularity" in the place of any "ill-considered" and "unrealistic" effort to restore Christendom, of all things.
In the face of all this spiritual and physical killing, you see, we must be people of forgiveness, reparation and prayer. We must forgive others as Our Lord forgives us. This does not mean that justice in the civil realm cannot be pursued without malice or prejudice. This does not mean that we are to refrain from criticizing the conciliarists and denouncing their soul-killing beliefs and practices with all of the might that Our Lady, who hates heresy because it blasphemes her Divine Son and makes a mockery of His Incarnation and Redemptive Act, can send us.
No, to be people of forgiveness, reparation and prayer means that we must recognize our own utter dependence upon the graces won for us on Calvary by the shedding of every single drop of Our Lord's Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross and that flows into our hearts and souls by the working of the Holy Ghost in the Sacraments through the loving hands of Our Lady, the Mediatrix of All Graces, to see ourselves and the world in which we live clearly through the eyes of the true Faith and that we are in constant need of being forgiven by the God-Man in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance ourselves. We must pray for those we are duty-bound to oppose, offering up our acts of reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary so that those who words and actions show themselves to be enemies of the Cross of the Divine Redeemer and thus of the eternal good of souls (and of the temporal good of men and their nations) will be converted to the true Faith and gain access to the possibility of an unending Easter Sunday of glory in Paradise. Saint Dismas came in at the eleventh hour, did he not? He "stole" Heaven. We must pray that today's enemies of the Faith will be the Saint Pauls of tomorrow.
All manner of sociologists and psychologists and politicians and columnists will offer their not-so-learned views of what happened in Blacksburg, Virginia, on Monday, April 16, 2007, oblivious to the fact that there will be silence today, Tuesday, April 17, 2007, as over 4,000 children are killed by surgical abortion in this country under cover of law and as about the same number of people as were killed in Blacksburg will be killed some place in Iraq by some car bomb in some open market and as the honor of God is profaned in the Novus Ordo Missae and as His Sacred Truths are undermined and denied in the institutions of "Catholic" "education" now in the hands of the conciliarists. The "answers" offered by these false prophets and high priests of naturalism will be all too predictable. However, the "answers" have nothing to do with the National Rifle Association or with how the administration of Virginia Tech University failed to respond with alacrity to the first shooting on that campus yesterday morning. The answers have everything to do with being a truly patriotic citizen of the United States of America by seeking the conversion of everyone in this nation to the Catholic Faith so that our governing documents will recognize once and for all that Christ must reign as King of the United States of America and that Mary Immaculate must be honored as our Queen.
The cold blooded killing of souls and bodies will end when the Triumph of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary is made manifest. We can help to usher in that Triumph by remaining faithful to the Immemorial Mass of Tradition, offered at the hands of priests who make no concessions at all to conciliarism or to the legitimacy of the conciliar shepherds, by spending time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament outside of Mass, and by renewing on a daily basis our consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, consoling these Hearts by imitating the simple love of Francisco Marto, who prayed as many Rosaries as he could each day to "console the good God."
We've got Rosaries to pray.
What are we waiting for, especially when we need to pray for the repose of the souls of those killed yesterday--as well as for the conversion of the cold-blooded killers who walk amongst us every day and are protected by cover of law?
What are we waiting for?
pray at least one set of Mysteries of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary right now!
We have a "good God" to console, don't we? Let's go console Him without delay.
Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!
Saint Joseph, Patron of Departing Souls, 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.
See also: A Litany of Saints