Who will save the sheep? Not this Catholic Newspaper!
In my local Catholic Newspaper, Rhode Island Catholic (www.thericatholic.com), April 6, 2017, 'Pope' Francis is quoted concerning the cross people sometimes wear "as a trinket." Watch for the Outrageous Blasphemy here:
Quoting the article from Vatican City (CNS):
The cross is a symbol of "the power of God who made himself sin, to heal us," and its significance can be lost, due to a lack of faith in its saving power, or the desire to show off, the pope said April 4 during his morning Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
"Each one of us today should look at the cross. Look at this God who has made himself sin for us, so that we will not die in our sins."
[The article concluded with out comment conserning this Outrageous Blasphemy.]
Nature abhors a vaccuum. As the Catholics Fall, the Muslims Rise.
(If you must, you may skip ahead past the first 3 minutes. Just Watch it.)
Source: Sensus Fidelium YouTube sermon.
What's Wrong with the World Today?
The Catholic Church has taught for centuries, and even in Catechism, that the Church would be strained by serious Apostasy, in the Last Days.
Satan has been trying to destroy the world for centuries, but in these Last Days, was granted by God, an extraordinary 100 year Reign of increased power. Most say it extends from about 1917 to 2017.
Satan used his powers, no doubt, in October, 1958, and at every Papal Election Conclave since. to hijack the Mass, the Catechism, and broad Church teachings, from the Vatican.
The Novus Ordo Mass, as it is known, (the Mass we all know since 1969), is a watered-down Mass, instituted by the Vatican Council II in 1969. Wholesale changes were made from the centuries old Latin Mass, eliminating many Prayers, to appease Protestants, in a flurry of Ecumenism. In 1570, Martin Luther eliminated 10 of the 12 most essential Prayers in the Offertory section of the Mass, so that the Mass would not be a Sacrifice. Those same 10 Offertory Prayers were eliminated from the Latin Mass in 1969, by Pope John Paul VI, and it became known as the 'New Order' Mass.
Most people, Catholics and Protestants included, think that nearly everyone goes to Heaven. No one ponders at a friend or relative's funeral whether or not the deceased might not actually be in Heaven already. Sins are so old-fashioned and no one goes to Confession anymore, Hell is just a myth, and TV Evalgelists offer Salvation, to those who only need to proclaim one time only, that they've accepted Jesus as their Savior.
What has happened to the Church, and the 'Faithful', since about 1962, and the Vatican Council II?
Seminarians are Down 90%
Ordinations are Down 71%
Catholic High Schools- Down 50%
Still be a Good Catholic and have an Abortion? 58% say Yes.
98% of Catholic Women have used Contraception at some point in their lives.
Only 19% of college age Catholics hold more Truth in Catholicism, rather than other religioins.
In 2005, the number of age 18-25 Cathoilcs who were 'highly committed' to the Roman catholic Church? Zero Percent!
A 1996 St. Louis University Survey showed that 9% of all Nuns were sexually exploited by a Priest, Nun, or other Religious person.
Co-habitation is Up 1,000%
Can you still be a Good Catholic without attendingSunday Mass? 77% say Yes.
(Age 18-25) Still be a Good Catholic without Sunday Mass? 95% say Yes.
(Age 18-25) Catholics: Is Holy Communion merely symbolic? 70% say Yes.
In 2000, the number of Catholic Lay Elementary School teachers who did not accept the Divinity of Jesus as the Son of God? 9%
Marriage Annulments thru 2002 are up 148%.
The Magdelan Asylums of Ireland, opperated by Nuns, exploited wayward women in slave labor 17 hours per day, until 1996.
Former Muslim Terrorist, Who Lived the Perfect Life of a Good Muslim, Sees Jesus in Prison, and Converts at Jesus' Feet!
There appears to be no Near Death Experience (NDE) Stories on YouTube of Muslims who saw Heaven, and were heading there. There are YouTube Videos of Muslim's NDEs, as well as those of Roman Catholic Priests, on my FollowThisSite Page Link below.
Most of us won't pass through the Narrow Gate. "...For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last."
He [Jesus] passed through towns and villages, teaching as He went and making His way to Jerusalem.
Someone asked Him, "Lord, will only a few people be saved?"
He answered them,"Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough. After the Master of the House has arisen and locked the door, then you will stand outside knocking and saying, 'Lord, open the door for us.' He will say to you in reply, 'I do not know where you are from.' And you will say, 'We ate and drank in Your company and You taught in our streets.' Then He will say to you, 'I do not know where [you] are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers!'
And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God, and yourselves cast out.
And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the Kingdom of God.
For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last." (Luke 13:22-30)
How many of us go to Heaven? One Third, (33 Percent)?
In all the land, says the LORD, two thirds of them will be cut off, and one third shall be left. (Zechariah 13:8)
How many of us go to Heaven? Ten Percent? 90% of us may be shut out of Heaven's Narrow Gate!
As He [Jesus] continued His journey to Jerusalem, He traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As He was entereing a village, ten leppers met (Him). They stood at a distance from Him and raised their voice, saying, "Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!" And when He saw them, He said, "Go show yourselves to the priests." As they were going, they were cleansed. And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, Glorifying God in a loud voice: and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked Him. He was a Samaritan, Jesus said in reply, "Ten were cleansed were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?" Then He said to him, "Stand up and go; your faith has saved you." (Luke 17:11-19)
How many of us go to Heaven? Maybe it's only One Percent!
Gideon had been reluctant to accept leadership of the Israelite army (Judges 6:36-40). But when assured of God’s direction, he took up the task. Gideon knew that he did not have the ability to defeat the Midianites. He had faith that the Lord would help him do it.
32,000 men [some say 30,000] joined Gideon’s army. They were a small army compared with the Midianite army. The Midianite army was 135,000 or more [some say 65,000, and some say 120,000] (Judges 8:10). Even though the odds were stacked in the Midianites favour, the Lord told Gideon that the Israelite army was too big. If the Israelites won with 32,000 men, they might think they won because of their great abilities or strategy. The Lord wanted to make sure they knew that the victory was only because of His strength. To demonstrate His power, God significantly decreased Gideon’s fighting force. He told Gideon to allow any man to go home if he was afraid. Twenty-two thousand men went home.
There were only 10,000 men left to fight the 135,000 Midianites. Again, the Lord said that there were too many and instructed Gideon in how to decrease the size of the group. All of the men followed Gideon down to the water to drink. Almost all of the men got down on their knees to drink from the water. But 300 of them remained standing but bent down to scoop up the water and lap it from their hands. These 300 men who lapped the water like a dog remained in Gideon’s army. If 300 soldiers could defeat an army of 135,000 then God would have to be on their side.
Gideon divided his men into three groups and surrounded the enemy. The men were equipped with trumpets and lighted torches hidden in clay pitchers. At about ten o’clock at night (the beginning of the middle watch; see Judges 7:19), Gideon and his army attacked. At Gideon’s signal all the men broke the pitchers, waved the torches, and blew the trumpets. Between trumpet blasts they shouted their battle cry.
Most of the enemy soldiers were sleeping in preparation for battle the next day. When they heard the trumpets blowing and the pitchers shattering all around them, revealing the three hundred torches, the Midianites must have thought they were surrounded by hordes of Israelites. God used the resulting confusion to cause the Midianites to defeat themselves!
300 is 1% of the original 30,000
"...neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead."
There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day.
And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would have gladly eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man's table.
Dogs even used to come and lick his sores. When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham.
The rich man also died and was buried, and from the netherworld, where he was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side.
And he cried out, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames.'
Abraham replied, 'My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime and Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented.
Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established to prevent anyone from crossing who might want to go from our side to yours or your side to ours,'
He said, 'Then I beg you, father, send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they too come to this place of torment.'
But Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.'
He said, 'Oh no, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.'
Then Abraham said, 'If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.'" (Luke 16:19-31)
[Charles Dickens' A Christmes Carol is based on this passage.]