O God, who hast promised that thou wilt never be absent from thy Church unto the end of the world, and that the gates of hell shall never prevail against it; graciously make thy strength perfect in our weakness and keep us steadfast in the love of thy Holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with the in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
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TODAY, GOD-GIVEN RIGHTS ARE OPENLY ATTACKED
“It is not only in the Right to Life, but also in other very important rights, that the governments (federal and local) of Canada and the U.S.A. Are gradually taking away – or are prepared to take away – our God-given rights. In Canada, for example: in the ‘Charter of Rights’, the federal and provincial governments have written into the Charter the power for them to override any person’s or any group’s right to the free exercise of his/their conscience or religion. Some might say that we need not worry because no government will ever invoke this power to override individual consciences. If they never will do this, why did the governments write it into the Charter?
If governments will not accept in practice and in law the idea that governments themselves are responsible to God and have authority to rule only from God (and only so far as God authorises them), then they, in turn, will assume in practice that there is no other greater authority than government. If this trend is not reversed, they will, over time, demand absolute and total obedience, even when their will is against the Law of God and against the God-given and inalienable rights of its citizens.
THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN THE FORCES OF GOOD AND THE FORCES OF EVIL IN OUR TIMES
We see, then, that modern governments in North America and elsewhere have increasingly rejected the concept of having their powers restricted by any moral restraints, which means that they operate in a moral vacuum and become increasingly totalitarian.
At this time, then, we must especially remember the warning given by the great statesman, William Penn: ‘If men are not governed by the Laws of God, they will be ruled by tyrants.’
And here are some statements of the Popes concerning our times: ‘There is room to fear that we are experiencing the foretaste and beginnings of the evils which are to come at the end of time, and that the Son of Perdition, of whom the Apostle speaks, has already arrived upon the earth.’ (Frm Pope Saint Pius X’s Encyclical ‘Suprema Apostolatus, 1903 – in reference to the anti-Christian movement of Freemasonry attacking the Church from outside and the Movement of Modernism subverting the Church from within.) ‘The smoke of satan is seeping into the Church. The tail of the devil is functioning in the disintegration of the Catholic World.’ (Pope Paul VI)
DELIBERATE PLANS OF THE FORCES OF EVIL
Let us not be deceived into thinking that these corrupting influences have come to our country and into the world and the Church without a deliberate plan of the enemies of God and the enemies of our country. Led by satan, these men have a deliberate plan to corrupt us, to deceive us, and to enslave us. Here is a quotation from one of the secret societies which plotted the overthrow of the Church and legitimate civil government. The Masonic society said that a dagger is not enough to bring down the Papacy, for another Pope would be elected, and that in order to bring down the Papacy, they said, ‘Let us not make Christians sin, rather let us corrupt Christian hearts.’ To quote them directly, they said:
‘Let us spread vice broadcast among the multitude. Let them breathe it through their five senses, let them drink it in and become saturated with it… Make men’s hearts corrupt and vicious and you will have no more Catholics. Draw away priests from their work, from the altar and from the practice of virtue… The best poniard with which to wound the Church mortally is corruption.’ (Quoted by Father Denis Fahey, C.C.Sp., in his book, ‘The Kingship of Christ and Organised Naturalism – pp. 18-19.)
Our Lady of Fatima warned that Militant Atheists would ‘spread their errors throughout the world’ – if we did not heed Her warning. She also said that ‘certain fashions would be introduced which would offend Her Son very much.’ Our Lady indicated that our enemies had a deliberate plan to corrupt our Faith and our morals.
WHAT IS A MILITANT ATHEIST?
Militant Atheists are, by definition, people who not only do not believe in God, but who work and fight and use whatever means they can (they are not restrained by any considerations of right and wrong) to impose on the people their atheism. There is documented evidence of co-operation between the various branches of Militant Atheism to bring about their tyrannic rule over the whole world. 
Since the Militant Atheists cannot operate openly because the people would wake up to the danger, many Militant Atheists in the Western World do not openly profess their atheism or their aims to deceive, to subvert, and to subject society under the oppressive yoke of Militant Atheism. The Militant Atheist is an extremely dangerous enemy. He is particularly dangerous to our Eternal Salvation because he will use force, if possible, and will use trickery as well, to try to impose his atheism on each of us. To accept, for whatever reason, his doctrine, is to deprive ourselves of Eternal Salvation, for it is necessary ‘for a man to believe that God exists and rewards those who seek Him’ in order to be saved. (Hebrews 11:6)
MILITANT ATHEISTS’ TRICKERY
Let us not be deceived by the trickery of the Militant Atheists. PRAY THE ROSARY DAILY in order to avoid their deceptions and lies. Let us also recall that many Popes over the past 250 years have condemned the sect of the Freemasons and its practices and its doctrines. Pope John Paul II, through the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has … affirmed the excommunication passed on any Catholic who joins the Freemasons. (See decree of February 17, 1981.)(See Nov. 26, 1983, Declaration by Cardinal Ratzinger and the Holy Office.)
Besides the open Militant Atheism of the Communists who are spreading the lies of the devil by military might and by the subversion of our society, other diabolical errors and movements are afoot in our country and in the Western World such as Secular Humanism and also the planned decline of moral standards among the people, as evidenced by the widespread use of contraceptives and sterilisations…
These errors against Faith and morals are spread amongst our people by the devil and his henchmen on earth, and their spread forebodes badly for our country. Militant Atheists know that before they can conquer and enslave a country, they must first bring about the moral downfall of the people and enslave them to sin. Then they know that the people will not have the spiritual strength necessary to resist them and their plots, and their open military might, whereby they shall enslave the country – in a very evil, cruel and extremely painful slavery.
The Prophet Balaam in the Old Testament was asked how to defeat those who were the People of God. Balaam replied to the enemies that they could not win because God is protecting His people. But Balaam went on to say to God’s enemies that if they could get the People of God to sin enough, then God would not protect His people and then the enemies of God could win. So the enemies of God, then and now, follow the same battle plan: first get the People of God to sin enough – then the enemies of God will be able to win in war because God will have withdrawn His protection. Thus the Militant Atheists seek above all to corrupt Catholics – the People of God of the New and Eternal Testament – and they are succeeding to a great extent.
 One of the references: See also the book, ‘The Antichrist’, published in 1981 and written by Father Vincent P. Miceli, S.J., Ph.D., an American priest who has taught at Pontifical Universities in Rome. The book is already in its 5th edition, and has an imprimatur from the Archdiocese of New York. In this book, Father Miceli gived the historical evidence and the theological background on the forces of evil, including recent examples of the inroads of the devil and his followers into North American society, international politics, and even into the Church Herself.”
PRAYING THE ROSARY AS OFTEN AS WE CAN
“Each time Our Lady appeared to the three children at Fatima, She asked us to pray the Rosary. Our Lady also asked us to wear the Scapular. In the final vision, on October 13, 1917, Our Lady silently held out the Scapular. Lucy has said the Blessed Mother wants everyone to wear it. ‘The Scapular and the Rosary are inseparable.’ Our Lady also said, ‘If people do what I tell you, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.’”
– This is an excerpt of the booklet “Our Lady’s Urgent Appeal” published by “The Fatima Center”, 1982. For more information please visit http://www.fatima.org (external link).
THE GOODNESS OF CHRIST TEACHES US THAT WHO WE ARE IS ABSOLUTELY INDEPENDENT OF WEALTH, POWER AND SUCCESS
IF WHAT SOCIETY TELLS US TO BE GOOD AND BAD DOES NOT CORRESPOND WITH WHAT IS REALLY GOOD AND BAD EACH INDIVIDUAL FEELS BURDENED.
“For a person to encounter the goodness of Christ in another person is in particular to encounter himself for what he really is. The world forces us to be ourselves, plus something else: family, profession, nationality, race, class… It necessarily groups us in series. It judges us according to what counts for the world as qualities and deficiencies, but does not touch who we really are.
Each person in society feels himself branded by the original sins that vary according to the social environment and that are treated as incurable. But in relation to the goodness of Jesus Christ, it is the individual person who exists, and everything else is relativised in one fell swoop.
WHO AM I, THEN?
If the catalogue of what is good and what is evil does not correspond with what is actually good and evil, each person nevertheless – and this time it does touch who he is – feels burdened with his deficiencies and limitations. No society is kind toward what it considers vices or a disgrace.
But in the encounter with the goodness of Jesus Christ we do not automatically become innocent; we may learn that we no longer have to feel guilty about certain weaknesses, but we learn quickly which weaknesses really affect us.
HONEST ACCEPTANCE OF MYSELF WITHOUT SWEEPING MY WEAKNESSES UNDER THE CARPET ANY LONGER
Nevertheless, the goodness of Christ considers them all curable. It teaches us that this ‘who we are’, which has been so manhandled by the world, possesses a value that is absolutely independent of wealth, power, smarts, influence, strength, and success. The goodness of Christ works with us; even more, it hopes for something from us, from each one of us. The goodness of Christ is above all something else: an encounter that affirms for us that we exist, that makes us present to ourselves, that walks alongside us in a common life.”
– Servant of God Madeleine Delbrel
Let us pray. O God, you know that we are set in the midst of so many and so great dangers that of ourselves we could not survive: grant us such strength of mind and body that with your help we may overcome all that we suffer for our sins.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
O Lord, in your divine goodness receive the prayers of your people: let them see what they have to do and give them strength to fulfil it.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
O glorious St John of the Cross, great Doctor of the Church, who, from very longing to be configured to Christ crucified, didst desire nothing more ardently, even to the last moment of thy holy life, than to suffer and to be despised and rejected of all men; and so great was thy thirst for suffering, that thy generous heart was filled with joy in the midst of most painful torments and afflictions; I beseech thee, dear saint, by the glory thou didst merit by thy manifold sufferings, intercede for me with Almighty God and obtain for me love of suffering, together with grace and strength to endure all tribulations and adversities with dauntless courage; for these are the sure means of coming into the possession of that crown of glory which is prepared for me in heaven.
Ah yes, dear saint, from that high and glorious throne where thou sittest triumphant, hear, I beseech thee, my earnest entreaties, that, following thee, I may become a lover of the Cross and of suffering, and thus may merit to be thy companion in glory. Amen.
ONE STEP AT THE TIME.
YOUR WORD IS A LAMP UNTO MY FEET, AND A LIGHT UNTO MY PATH. (PS 119:105)
O my God, fill my soul with holy joy, courage and strength to serve you. Enkindle your love in me and then walk with me along the next stretch of road before me. I do not see very far ahead, but when I have arrived where the horizon now closes down, a new prospect will open before me and I shall meet with peace. Amen.
– St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross