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Author Topic Rebecca Administrator USA 1232 Posts
Posted - 01/28/2009 : 10:32:21 AM
An excerpt from a must-read article by Bishop Robert J. Hermann:Bishop Hermann: 'I thought you should know’quote:In order to bring about a transformation from a culture of death to a culture of life, we have to restore our Catholic identity. This means that all of us, as Catholics, have to undergo a profound transformation. It means that we have to take a good look at every facet of our Catholic life, including the serious study of life issues, the regular and devout use of our Sacramental system, especially the devout and weekly attendance at Mass, the regular reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the devout praying of the daily Rosary, and then the faithful, loving and firm witness to lax Catholics about our Catholic beliefs and practices. We have to live our lives in such a way that we will be unafraid to witness to what we believe and live.I may courageously say that I am willing to die to end abortion, but am I equally willing to say that I am ready to let my ego get ruffled daily for the same cause? Yet … that is where I need to arrive if I am to be a credible witness. What a glorious opportunity we all have to make a difference in the pro-life cause. Until we are willing to be politically incorrect in order to be biblically correct, we will never convince anyone that our religion is worth living. It does not take 100 percent of our Catholics to transform this country. If 75 percent of our Catholics were steeped in Catholic identity, the abortion issue would be over for our entire country. We have many, many evangelicals on our side in the culture of life. Look at how many more of them would flock to our side if we really lived our Catholic teachings! They, too, are looking for changeless principles lived out in practice. But there is more! Our laxity in living our Catholic life has blinded us into not seeing the role of Satan in the culture of death. Satan is having a heyday in our midst, because he has managed to remain invisible in the culture of death, and our laxity has granted him that luxury. Since we are not steeped in the Word of God as we should be, we do not recognize his darkness in our society. Our first reading from Hebrews tells us, The word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. St. Paul tells us that our warfare is not against flesh and blood but against the power and principles of darkness. He also tells us that we should not let the sun go down upon our anger so as to give Satan a foothold. These readings are wake-up calls for us all. I bring this up deliberately, because I do not want us to fall into Satan's trap of getting us to hate President Obama or any of the pro-choice Catholic legislators in Congress. Being pro-life means that we engage far more in spiritual warfare than in political warfare. That Satan is very alive in influencing all of us is his best-kept secret. Becoming steeped in the Word of God and the teachings of the Catholic Church exposes his evil machinations. President Obama, pro-choice legislators and Planned Parenthood are not our enemies. Our enemies are the invisible forces masked behind these people. Most of them do not have a clue that they are being deceived by our common enemy, the devil. They are used by our common enemy, Satan, and his evil forces, to get us to hate so that we, too, will end up in a culture of death. President Obama and all pro-choice and pro-abortion legislators, as well as members supporting Planned Parenthood (and we have in our own state a national legislator who has received over $900,000 from groups that advocate for abortion rights) — these are not our enemies. They are used by the evil one to get us to hate them in our efforts to be pro-life and thereby ditch our pro-life efforts. We cannot fall for that trap! We owe all of them prayers and fasting for their conversion. At one point, Gov. Reagan was California's very pro-abortion governor. Yet he became a very pro-life president. He repented and regretted the evil he supported. We must bravely witness against supporting pro-choice and pro-abortion candidates in political elections, but pray daily for their conversion.Source: LifeSiteNews

RebeccaSeek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand. -Saint Augustine
Catherine Squire USA 126 Posts

Posted - 01/28/2009 : 4:33:03 PM
RebeccaThat was great! Since I am not familiar with this Bishop I willtry to learn more about him and his writings.What he is saying is right on. The part especially about acting like Catholic Christians in how we relate to the ones who we don't agree with. Not to judge them but to judge what makes them like they are, in this case the evil of Satan working on them without their knowledge. They are dancing on his string.SO right on. Around election time I had so many emails with people bashing others and both parties, it went on and on. Finally out of frustration and wear and tear on my delete button, I sent them ALL a message in return. Short and to the point.I suggested they remember how a Catholic and a Christian are supposed to treat other people. There was no need to say more, they know. It cut way down on the stuff they sent me too!! God is GOOD!Thank you for all you do for this site and us all.SincerelyCatherine

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