THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE LOOMING PERSECUTION
2 Maccabees 7:1-14
2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5
In the time of the Maccabees, the authorities used savage
torture to get Israelites to renounce their faith. “It
also happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested
and tortured with whips and scourges by the king to force
them to eat port in violation of God’s law.” (2
Mc 7:1). They were tortured horribly and killed, but they
never faltered in standing for their faith.
the early years of Christianity and the Roman Empire, authorities
imprisoned Christians, fed them to the lions, burned them
alive. Today such horrible persecution of Christians is still
happening in various places in the world, such as in Iraq
and Syria at the hands of ISIS. This is always the way of
totalitarian governments towards people of faith, especially
the authentic true Church.
it is not just in trouble spots like the Middle East and Africa,
but it is right in the First World, in very developed and
modern countries that have embraced the culture of death (contraception,
abortion, divorce, same-sex unions, euthanasia). Such as Europe,
Canada, the USA. Today the Obama government and the Party
of Death (Democrats) and their Presidential candidate Hillary
are suppressing and oppressing religion and faith. Expect
more radical moves than just hate speech laws if Hillary is
elected. And if such moves are still not able to suppress
the Church, expect outright and severe persecution. Ridiculous?
Those who do not learn from the lessons of history are bound
to repeat the same mistakes.
Things can only change if people turn to Christ. So we need
to do a massive and persistent work of evangelization. This
is crunch time, CFC-FFL. “Finally, brothers, pray for
us, so that the word of the Lord may speed forward and be
glorified, as it did among you, and that we may be delivered
from perverse and wicked people, for not all have faith.”
(2 Thes 3:1-2). Unfortunately many Catholics embrace the culture
of death. Tragically, even bishops, priests, nuns and lay
leaders do so too. There are even some among us, CFC-FFL.
times are critical. The assaults on faith, family and life
are escalating. Things will be much worse, not only for the
USA but also for the whole world, if Hillary wins as US President.
We need to stand for our faith now. We need to do our work
now. And even as we seem almost helpless against the diabolical
onslaught, we trust in God. “But the Lord is faithful;
he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.”
(2 Thes 3:3).
are you living out our authentic vision and mission? With
all the formation given, do you see good and evil clearly?
I hope I may be able to say to you: “We are confident
of you in the Lord that what we instruct you, you are doing
and will continue to do.” (2 Thes 3:4).
you see what this is all about? It is about the love of the
merciful God that made the Father send His very own Son to
suffer and die for us, to win for us our salvation. It is
about the need to proclaim that love and good news of salvation
to the ends of the earth. That is hard work, and endurance
and perseverance are sorely needed. “May the Lord direct
your hearts to the love of God and to the endurance of Christ.”
(2 Thes 3:5). Jesus endured the cross for us; we in turn endure
the hardships and suffering that come with proclaiming the
all this, we always look to God, who saved us and who sends
us. He it is who empowers us and defends us in battle. “Show
your wonderful mercy, you who deliver with your right arm
those who seek refuge from their foes. Keep me as the apple
of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings from the
wicked who despoil me.” (Ps 17:7-9a). Make no mistake
about it: Hillary and the Obama government (she is the continuation,
but worse) will suppress and oppress people of faith. Persecution
will grow greatly. They are the wicked who despoil the faith,
especially the Catholic Church. They serve the evil one who
is a roaring lion looking for prey to devour. “My ravenous
enemies press upon me; they close their hearts, .... Their
steps even now encircle me; .... like lions eager for prey”
God can help us. Only God can deliver us. “Rise, O Lord,
confront and cast them down; rescue my soul from the wicked.”
(Ps 17:13). But God works through human instruments. Jesus
sent his disciples to proclaim the good news to all of creation
and to make disciples of all the nations. So we need to enter
into the fight. Arise, holy warriors! We
look to God and the angels led by St Michael the Archangel.
“Slay them with your sword; with your hand, Lord, slay
them” (Ps 17:14a).
This fight is all about winning souls for the Kingdom. Our
human enemies do not even care about the afterlife. Perhaps
they are like “some Sadducees, those who deny that there
is a resurrection” (Lk 20:27a). In the USA, like the
Democratic VP candidate, some Catholics claim to be devout,
go to Holy Communion (what a desecration!), but are all for
abortion and same-sex relationships. They live for the here
and now, not fearing the loss of their souls into eternal
fire. But Jesus affirmed that there is life after death. “That
the dead will rise even Moses made known in the passage about
the bush” (Lk 20:37a).
holy warriors, standing up for truth and justice, defending
the faith and the Catholic Church, being faithful instruments
of God, suffering oppression and persecution, offering their
very lives, they will rise again, and live in heaven as the
true children of God. “They can no longer die, for they
are like angels; and they are the children of God because
they are the ones who will rise.” (Lk 20:36).
warriors, kneel before the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Resolve to do God’s will--speak and proclaim Christ,
and evangelize with a passion. “May our Lord Jesus Christ
himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us
everlasting encouragement and good hope through his grace,
encourage your hearts and strengthen them in every good deed
and word.” (2 Thes 2:16-17). Amen!
I may be accused of meddling in US politics. Or you might
erroneously cite separation of Church and state.
But it is my duty to write like this for two basic reasons
(there are more): (1) What happens to America, the only superpower
in the world, whose government under Obama has made it its
primary policy to impose the culture of death (including LGBT)
upon other countries, affects the whole world. So all of us
have a very personal stake in the outcome of the US election.
(2) This is not about politics, but about morality, our Catholic
Church, and CFC-FFL. What do we really stand for?