THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
SIGNS OF THE TIMES
October 23, 2015
Today’s gospel: Luke 12:54-59
Jesus has a pointed question (or perhaps a condemnation) for
many of us in the Church today: “why do you not know
how to interpret the present time?” (v.56b). Yes, why?
When it should be very obvious to the serious observer who
is a man of faith. What can we say about the present time?
basically, we are in the end times. When Jesus was asked what
would be the sign of the end of the age, he cited many things
that are happening today - wars, famines, natural calamities,
persecution, false prophets, increase in evildoing, many fallen
away. While we have had these through time immemorial, these
have intensified greatly today and have taken on greater diabolical
one, there is a concerted assault on faith, family and life.
These are led by great human powers - the US under Obama,
the EU and the United Nations. These powers are imposing the
reproductive health and gender ideologies on the world. What
we are witnessing is a radical overturning of centuries of
Judeo-Christian culture and values. We face a new paganism.
another, Christians are increasingly persecuted. This comes
from radical Muslims in the Middle East and Hindu extremists
in India, but also from well-dressed and urbane government
officials such as liberal US judges, EU commissioners or UN
bureaucrats. This comes in the form of severe physical assaults
such as beheading, crucifixion or immolation, but also in
the form of government prohibition of prayer or the Ten Commandments
in offices, arrest of peaceful pro-lifers praying at abortion
clinics, or criminal persecution of businesses that decline
to serve gay couples.
else? We see a severe loss of faith, manifested by a severe
drop in Church attendance and consequently empty churches
(particularly in the west). In fact, 99 of the 100 sheep are
lost. There is widespread immorality even among the “faithful.”
Very many Catholics live in, contracept, divorce, abort and
engage in gay sex. What has always been immoral has become
the new normal.
What has been the Church response to the above? Well, there
is the call to the New Evangelization. But what do we see
so far (generally speaking)?
Parishes are very busy but are not effectively reaching
out to and bringing back the lost sheep.
bishops are pushing for accommodation for those in sinful
situations such as cohabitation, divorce and remarriage,
and same-sex unions. These bishops have reached the Synod
of Bishops with their proposals!
priests and lay leaders are clueless as to how to respond
to the call to the New Evangelization.
are just continuing on with whatever programs and ministries
they have had all this time.
priests and lay leaders do not seem alarmed by the tsunami
of evil overwhelming the whole world. It seems to be business-as-usual.
There is no sense of urgency.
Jesus asks us, “Why do you not judge for yourselves
what is right?” (v.57). Given the clear signs of the
times above, what is right for us to do?
We must engage in massive re-evangelization of lapsed and
nominal Catholics. They are baptized pagans. We must aggressively
go after them and bring them back to God and back to the
Church. We must go to the grassroots and peripheries.
must start to involve the whole Church in this massive effort,
especially the laity. Those who are brought back to Christ
must go forth and share Christ. Parishes are to take on
and live out the missionary nature of the Church.
must confront the enemy within, especially those serving
the Church as clerics, religious and lay leaders. We must
fight and weed out Modernism in the Church.
must grow in holiness and thus be effective witnesses to
can we do the above? We in CFC-FFL have already been shown
the way. This is through the LCSC movement.
us read and interpret the signs of the times. Let us do what
is right. Let us realize the great urgency of our situation.
Let us give of ourselves wholeheartedly and passionately to
the cause of Christ. Let us not just go through the motions
of our Christian faith but fail to conform ourselves to the
core of that faith. Otherwise, we will hear Jesus tell us,
“You hypocrites!” (v.56a).