“So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven” (Mt 10:32-33)
At the time he wrote, Matthew wrote to Christians who already experienced opposition and persecution. It was an invitation to testify without fear the Kingdom of God, the Gospel that we have discovered and received as "the treasure".
But the courage, the valor in the face of unforeseen difficulties, we cannot give this virtue to ourselves: it comes from our Father who knows the number of our hairs and follows us as beloved children. Our "security", serenity and peace, because we trust by believing the Word of Jesus, will then be the most eloquent testimony. Then, at the opportune moment, can follow the spoken word, but it will serve to the extent in which it will be the fruit of our being abandoned to Love.
A great number of Christians today have swallowed the lie of Satan that Satan and hell do not exist because God is Love. Even many bishops and pastors do not believe that the devil exists (http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?id=2879) and prefer to tell the people in their diocese and in their parishes what they think the people want to hear! Satan disguises himself as an angel of light (2Cor 11,14) and thus does not tell us the whole truth that God, Who is true Love, respects our dignity created in the image of God (Gen 1:26-27) and thus respects our choice, our free will. If a person during his whole life does not seek the Truth (big “T”) outside of his head but fabricates the comfortable truth (little “t”) in his head, God at his death, will confirm this choice and that person will be separated from the Truth, Who is God, for all eternity. The saints explain that this definitive separation of the creature from the Creator is more painful than all other pains in hell put together. Here on earth, whether we believe it or not, those of good will and those not of good will are surrounded by the love of God. At death, God, out of love, will confirm our choice for all eternity!
Even Pope John Paul II had to insist firmly to the US bishops to “acknowledge the Truth (Jesus) before men” and to fight against this "pick and choose smorgasbord type Catholicism" in LA in his September 1987 visit: "It is sometimes reported that a large number of Catholics today do not adhere to the teaching of the Church on a number of questions, notably sexual and conjugal morality, divorce and remarriage. Some are reported as not accepting the Church's clear position on abortion. It has also been noted that there is a tendency on the part of some Catholics to be selective in their adherence to the Church's moral teachings. It is sometimes claimed that dissent from the Magisterium is totally compatible with being a “good Catholic” and poses no obstacle to the reception of the sacraments. This is a grave error that challenges the teaching office of the bishops of the United States and elsewhere. I wish to encourage you in the love of Christ to address this situation courageously in your pastoral ministry, relying on the power of God's truth to attract assent and on the grace of the Holy Spirit which is given both to those who proclaim the message and to those to whom it is addressed" (http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/speeches/1987/september/documents/hf_jp-ii_spe_19870916_vescovi-stati-uniti_en.html).
When Saint John the Baptist said to Herod “it is not lawful” to have the wife of your brother, he lost his head (Mt 14:1-12). How many Christians are ready to loose their head to “acknowledge” the Truth, Jesus, “before men”? How many people today do not want to hear the words “it is not lawful” by way of the example of authentic Christians, and want to get rid of the true Christians in the public square or put their heads “on a platter” as they did to Saint John the Baptist, in order not to hear anymore “it is not lawful”?
Our good witness and prayers are more important today than ever before in the history of the world. When few people pray, those aliened in the army of Satan go forward. The technique to brainwash our heads and lead us in a direction that we do not want to go, without us knowing it, is highly developed today, having taken control of the motors of the culture: the mass media, the schools and almost all of the religious institutions. The true Christians feel tremendous pressure to not acknowledge the Truth, Who is God, before men in the public square. Today “free sex” is considered the thing to do, a good; chastity in ones state of life is considered very strange. “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness” (Is 5:20).
If you might want to have a little taste of how the forces of evil are becoming incarnate today in the world, visit: “Catholic Prophecy Today” (http://markbeast.blogspot.com). In particular to understand how they are brainwashing us in a very destructive and sly way, as well as the well planned strategy to get rid of true Christians out of the public square and to make them feel as hypocrites, read the section: “37. The Astounding Impact of the Ruthless Manipulation of Militant Gay Activists!”.
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An Experience of Life:
There was a great silence in the classroom while the professor of philosophy was teaching. Her speech was perfect: logical, convincing and exciting. And yet inside of me a small voice was urging me to be on guard, to defend the truth. That way of thinking in fact was very dangerous. Following the thought of that philosopher of which she was speaking, we would come to conclusions very absurd.
She said that man can be happy only if he lives alone, if he has plenty to drink and to eat, if he has a house to rest. She even stated that man’s life came about by chance and that the soul is mortal, destined to end with the body.
After the explanation the teacher asked what we thought. Some of my companions said that they agreed with the thought that she had exposed. But I had a very different opinion. Overcoming the fear of being alone against the whole class, I raised my hand to be able to speak, sure that the Holy Spirit would suggest to me what to say. I began by explaining that the life of every person is a precious commodity that comes from God, and not by chance, and that we fulfill ourselves not so much by estranging ourselves from the world and thinking selfishly for ourselves, but rather if we love and live for others.
How is it possible to say that God does not exist? Just look at the balance and harmony of nature to be certain of His presence. Just think of man, of his greatness, who has the capacity to understand that his life comes from God and is destined to return to Him.
The words continued to come out of my mouth with great confidence, while the class watched me very attentively. I realized that in that moment I was like an instrument that God was using to illuminate my companions. At the end of my intervention everyone began to agree with me. They realized it was not right to adhere to the thought of that philosopher.
On leaving the school, the professor of philosophy came up to me and whispered: “You know, it was very nice what you said! It helped me a lot and even your classmates now think like you.”
Anna Rosaria (Rome, Italy)
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Father Joseph Dwight
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