SPIRITUAL STATE OF CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE USA & OTHER WESTERN NATIONS
by Vincent T. Bemowski
Editor - Catholic Messages USA.com
"Treat not (discuss not) with a man without religion concerning holiness, nor with an unjust man concerning justice." (Ecclesiasticus 37:12)
"He that is of God, heareth the words of God." (John 8:47)
"...the sensual man perceiveth not the things that are of the Spirit of God, for it is foolishness to him and he cannot understand because it is spiritually examined." (1 Corinthians 2:14)
Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you and the Blessed Virgin Mary to help you, and you will have an increased understanding of what is written here, and thus benefit your soul and the souls of your brothers and sisters all over the world.
Since 1993, I have been writing about the lukewarm state of today's Church.
REASONS FOR THIS STUDY
"The faithful have the right, indeed at times the duty, in keeping with their knowledge, competence, and position, to manifest to the sacred pastors [bishops] their views on matters that concern the good of the Church. They have the right also to make their views known to others of Christ's faithful, but in doing so must always respect the integrity of faith and morals, show due reverence to the pastors, and take into account both the common good and the dignity of individuals" (Canon Law 212).
Many in today's Church have forgotten this warning:
"I know thy works, that thou art neither cold, nor hot. I would thou wert cold, or hot. But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, nor hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth." (Apocalypse 3:15-16)
"I believe the Bible is the best Gift God has given to men. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book."
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) - President of the United States.
Note: For Catholics, in order to avoid spiritual confusion and the deadly sin of pride, following the teachings of the Holy Bible must be combined with following the teachings of the Church:
Jesus: "And if he will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican." (Matthew 18:17)
"It is sometimes claimed that dissent from the magisterium (official teaching of the Church) is totally compatible with being a 'good Catholic' and poses no obstacle to the reception of the sacraments. This is a grave error."
---Pope John Paul II (Speech to U.S. bishops in Los Angeles, Sept. 16, 1987).
"We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel."
---Karol Cardinal Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II), November 9, 1976.
"Because the sentence is not speedily pronounced against the evil, the children of men commit evils without any fear." (Ecclesiastes 8:11)
"THEY SUFFERED BY THOSE VERY THINGS WHICH THEY TOOK FOR GODS"
Note: Those who seek to please God know we now live in a time of His Mercy. However, this period of time will someday end and God will then send a "Judgment" upon the world because of our love of material things and the continued killing of millions of human beings through abortions:
"O how good and sweet is thy spirit, O Lord, in all things! And therefore thou chastisest them that err, by little and little; and admonishest them, and speakest to them, concerning the things wherein they offend; that leaving their wickedness, they may believe in thee, O Lord...
Because they did works hateful to thee... merciless murderers of their own children... Wherefore thou hast also greatly tormented them who in their life have lived foolishly and unjustly, by the same things which they worshiped. For they went astray for a long time in the ways of error, holding those things for gods which are the most worthless among beasts, living after the manner of children without understanding.
Therefore thou hast sent a judgment upon them... they suffered by those very things which they took for gods..."
THE VISION OF ST. BRIDGET OF SWEDEN
St. Bridget of Sweden had a vision of Pope Gregory XI standing before Christ in judgment that she then communicated to him (February, 1373). Although this "admonishment, warning, and prophecy" does not fit the spiritual nature and vast spiritual accomplishments of the current Bishop of Rome - Pope Francis, it may accurately be applied to many bishops in today's spiritually lukewarm Church in the nations of the West, as well as in other parts of the world:
"Rise up manfully, put on thy strength, and begin to renovate My Church which I acquired with My own Blood .... If thou dost not obey My Will, I will cast thee down from the Court of Heaven, and all the devils of hell shall divide thy soul, and for benediction thou shalt be filled with malediction -- eternally.... If thou dost obey me in this way, I will be merciful to thee, and will bless thee, and will clothe thee with Myself, so that thou wilt be in Me and I in thee, and thou shalt possess eternal glory."
WHAT TO EXPECT OF YOUR BISHOP & PRIEST
The following is an admonishment given for those who have become self-righteous and selfish, and care more about the "services" a priest renders than they do about his soul:
"There are some who think, and even declare openly, that the true measure of the merits of a priest is his dedication to the service of others; consequently, with an almost complete disregard for the cultivation of the virtues which lead to the personal sanctification of the priest (these they describe as passive virtues), they assert that all his energies and fervor should be directed to the development and practice of what they call the active virtues. One can only be astonished by this gravely erroneous and pernicious teaching."
A bishop or priest who will not accept correction is not humble - he is guilty of pride. This pride is one of the Seven Deadly Sins and is reflected in the manner in which he says Mass as well as all other functions he conducts and participates in. In addition, His spiritually lukewarm state infects the whole community he is supposed to "shepherd."
Because he has a greater knowledge of right and wrong, he faces a greater punishment after his time on earth is completed:
"And that servant who knew the will of his lord and prepared not himself, and did not according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. And unto whomsoever much is given, of him much shall be required...." (Luke 12:47-48)
"He that is not with me, is against me; and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth"
Clearly shown on this website are the grave sins being committed by members of the Catholic Church and other Christian Churches due to the lack of spirituality and leadership of many of our Shepherds whom, because of their pride, lack discernment for the "signs of the times" and for the gifts of wisdom and prophecy as expressed in the Sacred Scriptures.
"How sad it is that so many Catholic cardinals, bishops, priests, religious, and lay people do not overcome the affections of parents and friends, and bonds and attachments, and do not take care to fulfill the Holy Will of God, and correspond to the state of sanctity to which God calls them."
(Revealed to Luisa Piccarreta)
"For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? If I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ." (Galatians 1:10)
"He (God) should be loved with the whole heart, and with the whole understanding, and with the whole soul, and with the whole strength." (Mark 12:33).
The spiritual things written by this person are expressed through the charismatic Gift of Wisdom and offered for the good Shepherds and others who love the Church:
"And who shall know thy thought, except thou give wisdom, and send thy Holy Spirit from above. And so the ways of them that are upon earth may be corrected, and men may learn the things that please thee?"
"Now there are diversities of graces, but the same Spirit.... And the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man unto profit. To one indeed, by the Spirit, is given the word of wisdom, and to another, the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit...."
(1 Corinthians 12:4,7-8)
ARE YOU PREPARED?
To remain at peace and joyful in this "FINAL CONFRONTATION" and in the midst of our sufferings, we must always place our trust in Jesus and continue to hope in Him. To do this requires that we regularly confess our sins and ask our Lord to increase our faith:
"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins he (God) is faithful and just; to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all iniquity." (1 John 1:8-9)
"Now faith is the substance of things to be hoped for, the evidence of things that appear not." (Hebrews 11:1)
"We can never have too great a trust in God's love, who is so powerful and merciful. We receive from him as much as one hopes of him." (St. Therese of Lisieux)
"Only a Christian community shining with holiness can efficaciously fulfill the mission entrusted to it by Christ, that is, to spread the Gospel to the far ends of the earth."
Vatican City. Feb. 18, 2004. Pope John Paul II (General Audience)
BE THOSE WHO DRAW SOULS TO GOD
"Dear children! Also today, as never up to now, I call you to open your hearts to my messages. Little children, be those who draw souls to God and not those who distance them. I am with you and love you all with a special love. This is a time of penance and conversion. From the bottom of my heart, I call you to be mine with all your heart and then you will see that your God is great, because He will give you an abundance of blessings and peace. Thank you for having responded to my call."
(Our Lady's February 25, 2004 Message as provided by the Information Center in Medjugorje)
"Mary's prayers and requests are so powerful with God that they pass for commands with His Majesty."
---Saint Louis de Montfort
WHY PEACE DOES NOT EXIST IN TODAY'S WORLD
Saddam Hussein has been executed, but his influence remains, and the extent of the dangers Americans and those who have supported us will continue to face in the future by Muslim extremists (ISIS) is unknown. As in Japan and Germany after World War II, resistance groups may remain in Iraq (as well as Afghanistan) for years, but with the exception that these groups are actually terrorists. ("Insurgents" don't kill their own countrymen). Therefore, much depends upon the degree of help and co-operation the people of these countries are willing to provide America and her allies.
Sadly, a large number of people from impious, wicked, godless, and/or misguided "religious" countries are either prejudiced against the Church or lack understanding as to the spiritual importance of Her necessary role in society. Therefore atheistic dictators, self-appointed leaders, misguided elected officials, and religious zealots and extremists who have no regard for the sanctity of human life, will continue to present a grave danger to those who do not share their hatred, misguided "religious" views, or fanaticism:
"The hour cometh, that whosoever killeth you, will think that he doth a service to God. And these things will they do to you because they have not known the Father, nor me. But these things I have told you, that when the hour shall come, you may remember that I told you of them."
His Holiness, Pope John Paul II wrote an outstanding letter on the subject of world peace and it covers what must be done to help achieve it. But first, the Church must be renewed and brought out of it's lukewarm state. That renewal must involve the souls of many cardinals, bishops, priests, and religious before other members of the Church (following their example) will return to truly practicing their faith.
If the lack of holiness on the part of our Shepherds and the spiritually lukewarm state of today's Church are not recognized as the true causes of mankind's lack of faith in God and His Church, we will not experience a true or lasting peace.
We need not be afraid of the dangers facing mankind if we try to keep our hearts pure and place our trust in Jesus, for as Pope John Paul II has stated: "God is Just." However, we must also pray to obtain true peace in the world. And for Catholics, it would greatly benefit mankind if we prayed the Most Holy Rosary everyday. We must always remember: All things are possible through prayer, and prayer and fasting can STOP WARS.
Another major reason peace does not exist in the world is because of the killing that take place though deliberate abortions. Saint Pope John Paul II, gave a speech to those who work in Italian pro-life movement, but his wisdom on this subject applies equally to pro-life movements all over the world: See: RESPECT FOR LIFE by POPE JOHN PAUL II
Why is grave sin so "tolerated" by so many in today's world? Why is the "right to kill" through abortion and the scandal involved with the "right to practice unnatural lifestyles" so accepted within, and outside the Church? The answer always comes back to the level of our faith. We also know that the reason evil continues to grow in society and within the Church is because it is often mistakenly thought of as "good" by those who have a powerful influence upon the general public (morally corrupt politicians and the atheistic main street media - especially biased television personalities who broadcast the news, as well as news commentators and late-night hosts).
THE DECLINE OF TRUE FAITH & THE SINS OF OUR SHEPHERDS
True faith continues to decline because a morally sick, permissive liberalism has taken hold within the minds and hearts of people. Through deceit and censorship many people now place their trust in the opinions of men rather than in the Word of Almighty God. Arrogance has replaced humility, selfishness has replaced compassion, hypocrisy has replaced true piety. A desire to be popular has replaced the desire to love God with our whole heart, our whole soul, and with all our strength, and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
When addressing the spiritual state of today's Church, especially in the West, it is a false teaching to say that a lukewarm spiritual state is not sinful. When one is spiritually lukewarm, he or she breaks the Commandments because there is lacking that "love" which the Lord Commands us to have for Him and our neighbor:
"And one of them, a doctor of the law, asked him: 'Master, which is the great commandment in the law?' Jesus said to him: 'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments dependeth the whole law and the prophets.'" (Matthew 22:35-40)
There is much talk of scandal in today's Church, and the sexual abuse scandals and their cover-ups are clear signs that something is gravely wrong in the priesthood. But what environment exists in the priesthood that allows such scandals to occur? The answer is the spiritually lukewarm state of many of today's bishops and priests and their attachments and love for the things of this world.
This lukewarm state is by far, the greatest "scandal" in the Church, for this causes the loss of many, many souls. But sadly, many bishops and priests have yet to acknowledge this lukewarm state even exists. This is the reason they fail to realize that a handful of people coming to Confession each week is not the sign of a spiritually healthy parish.
Shown on this website is why Our Lord is not pleased with the vast majority of our Shepherds; many of whom are indeed lukewarm, and by their poor example are teaching their flock to also be lukewarm in the practice of their Faith.
Therefore, they shall suffer the punishment they are "inviting" Our Lord to give them if they continue to fail to confess their sins and be truly sorry for them:
"And the Lord said to Aaron: 'Thou, and thy sons, and thy father's house with thee shall bear the iniquity of the sanctuary. And thou and thy sons with thee shall bear the sins of your priesthood.'" (Numbers 18:1).
The footnote to these verses reads: "That is, you shall be punished if, through negligence or want of attention, you err in the discharge of the sacred functions for which you were ordained."
It is very important that the bishops of today's Catholic Church (if they desire to be listened to, and believed), first look inward at their own souls and then at the souls of the priests in their care and question their spirituality:
Do they speak out against all forms of evil - including that which comes from their "brother" priests? How have they cared for their sheep? Do they preach frequent confession of sins? Do they themselves, frequently receive this Holy Sacrament? Do they ignore, ridicule, or refuse to spiritually study reported apparitions?
Do they believe the Lord no longer speaks to us through those who experience apparitions or visions? How sincere and deep is their love for the Church? Are they "content" with a spiritually lukewarm state in their diocese or parish? Do they know what true holiness is? Do they expect their flock to keep the Lord's Day Holy? Are they trying to please Almighty God, or trying to please man?
Do they truly know Jesus? Do they have a true devotion to His Mother? Do they daily lead their sheep in the prayers of the Holy Rosary or do they assign this spiritual responsibility to others? Are they among the "blind who are leading the blind"? Do they actually desire wisdom and possess a holy fear of the Lord?:
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." (Psalm 110:10).
How ironic it is that many of today's bishops in the USA and in other nations can allow writers in the newspaper of their diocese (Father Richard McBrien of the University of Notre Dame) to attack the teachings of the Pope and yet these bishops are considered "faithful and obedient" to the Church!
How many times have we witnessed our Shepherds and others in the Catholic Church speak volumes on "love and mercy," but when corrected and admonished through the Holy Spirit because of their own sins and spiritually lukewarm state, they react without charity and reject or ignore that admonishment? And how openly foolish they come across when they accuse those who reveal their sinful state of being "judgmental" or "lacking in charity" when they themselves are guilty of these sins.
Did not Our Lord Jesus, at the Last Supper give bishops and priests an example of the humility they must possess in the service of the Church?:
"If then I being your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that as I have done to you, so you do also. Amen, amen I say to you: 'The servant is not greater than his lord; neither is the apostle greater than he that sent him.' If you know these things, you shall be blessed if you do them" (John 13:14-17).
A DIFFICULT MISSION BUT GOD WILL PREVAIL
The following verses from the Sacred Scriptures explain why the Mission the Lord has given this, His servant, is a difficult one:
"And they to whom I send thee are children of a hard face, and of an obstinate heart.... Neither be thou afraid of their words; for thou art among unbelievers.... Fear not their words, neither be thou dismayed at their looks; for they are a provoking house.... And thou shalt speak my words to them, if perhaps they will hear, and forbear; for they provoke me to anger." (Ezechiel 2:4,6-7)
"Thou therefore gird up thy loins and arise, and speak to them all that I command thee. Be not afraid at their presence, for I will make thee not to fear their countenance.... And they shall fight against thee and shall not prevail, for I am with thee saith the Lord, to deliver thee." (Jeremias 1:17,19)
May the Spirit of Jesus guide you, and our Mother Mary help you in your search for the truth. Thank you for visiting this website.
PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR SHEPHERDS!
Remember the good Shepherds who truly care about your soul and the harm sin brings to it and you will have peace.
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