This morning, as I prepared for morning Mass, the first reading struck me as being so apropos to our times. A few weeks ago, the house and senate of my state approved same-sex “marriage.” And just last week, the US Supreme court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8. The radical homosexual movement might be small, but they have power and money. They are managing to reshape American morals and law.
This has all happened before and God fixed the problem. I dare to say we are way beyond fixing the moral issues and godlessness of our times. It will take the direct intervention of God Himself to correct the moral course of human history.
In today’s Mass, our first reading came from the Book of Genesis. The reading relayed to us the destruction and “punishment of Sodom.” Contemporary Biblical scholars will try to convince you that the sin of Sodom was inhospitality. The sin of Sodom was sodomy. “We are about to destroy this place, because the outcry against its people has become great before the LORD, and the LORD has sent us to destroy it.” (Gen 19:13) Sodomy goes against the very nature of man and cries out to heaven for vengence. Fire fell from the skies and destroyed both Sodom and Gomorra.
How long will the Lord put up with a nation that kills it’s unborn children? How long with the Lord put up with a nation that rationalizes and accepts sodomy as natural? We have sunk to a new low. It is only a matter of time.
On July 13, 1917, Our Lady of Fatima stated:
“The war is going to end: but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the Pontificate of Pope Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light*, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father.”
On January 25, 1938 “The Great Aurora was seen over the whole of Europe and as far south as Southern Australia, Sicily, Portugal and across the Atlantic to Bermuda and Southern California.” World War II began on September 1, 1939 and lasted until September 2, 1945. Over 60 million people were killed by the war. That was over 2.5% of the world’s population.
If that was not enough for the world to repent. Compare 1945 to 2013. People in 1945 would be shocked at what they would see in the world today. Those over their 40’s can look back and see the change. I remember going to Mass as a child. People filled the pews, lined the aisles on the walls, flowed out into the narthex and often were on the steps going to the street. Most people were ashamed of what they clearly knew to be wrong and lined up for Saturday confession. Confessional lines were long and the Communion lines where short.
Today, many Catholics publicly reject Church teaching. Most Catholic politicians promote the killing of unborn children and the undoing of traditional marriage with ardent support of “same-sex” marriage. Our nation and most of the world has become a moral cesspool and people gloat in their sins.
God will only put up with so much. Many priests and bishops refuse to use language of punishment, but the Old Testament is filled with examples of God punishing His chosen people for their disobedience. We change, God doesn’t. He will only put up with so much.
Our Lady warned us in Fatima, and so many other places. Our Lady gave us a stark warning in Akita, Japan.
“As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and priests.” Akita – October 13, 1973
Any good parent would never let their child run out onto a busy highway, or swim in a shark infested water. How long do you think we have, before the justice of God comes to us once again? If He doesn’t do something, how loving is He? Only the direct intervention of God can change the world today. We really need to pray, but I don’t think God will put up with much more.
We can, and must do our part. As Our Lady said on July 13, 1917:
“Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say many times, especially whenever you make some sacrifice: O Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
The rest is in God’s hands!