How many Catholics today really and truly take these words of Our Divine Lord seriously As rare as orthodox Roman Catholics are today, just as rare are orthodox Catholic marriages. A devout Roman Catholic has Christ living in him at all times through the most holy Eucharist, and lives in a state of grace. This is the case for but few today of young Roman Catholics seeking matrimony. Why is this so?
Because too often one witnesses within so-called catholic families everywhere the carnal match-up of the future bride and groom with nothing at all in common with an orthodox catholic marriage. This is true because these errant couples have nothing more in common with one another than the lust of living together before marriage. Such couples after wedlock, often in a Catholic Church, baptize their marriage with artificial birth control in any one of the many possible ways. This scenario of the modern Catholic couple is not remote either when recent statistics verify that 98% of Catholic and non-catholic women have practiced some form of birth control at some time, throughout the years of their marriage.
Whenever this tool of moral depravity fails, such errant couples use the ultimate weapon against life, namely abortion, the worst and most barbaric form of birth control! Birth control in all of its ugly forms poisons a marriage. Couples that practice this infamous moral outrage seldom survive in any kind of marital bliss, yet alone preserve their marriage status with one another. Make no mistake, Catholic divorce is virtually the same as non-catholic divorce with over half the marriages failing in divorce today in this country.
This is the crucial error of unorthodox Catholic marriages that are a plague today: young couples that do not go into marriage in a state of grace and thus because of fornication , or who plan to practice some form of birth control are very likely consummating an invalid marriage, for their intention to marry has a flawed consent. Without holy purity and chastity and living in a continuous state of grace through receiving Christ’s Precious Body and Blood, frequently, no marriage can survive.
This fatal disease of so many invalid marriages these days, especially Catholic ones, has devastated the Church’s vineyard: by closing churches, by clustering churches, by combining churches. Therefore, there is no longer the endless stream of holy catholic marriages, that were once so rich with children and that kept the church’s pews filled with growing young Catholics. How shameful! Just as whole cultures are dying everywhere from this odious contraceptive mentality in Europe, in France, Spain, Germany, Ireland, Russia, and Italy or in North or South America, so have the Church’s numbers been devastated by this malais e.
Nevertheless, what, what can we do to end this all devouring spiritual sickness in this world? Only one thing! We can make reparation to the Most Sacred heart of Jesus and His Immaculate Mother by praying, and doing good works to support the right to life everywhere. We can make amends by St. Paul’s words: “Making up for what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for His Body which is the Church.” God has left a space in His sufferings to His Father for Our sins that only we can make up. How beautiful!!! We can spend fifteen minutes in church preparing ahead of time before Mass to receive Our Divine Lord in Holy Communion to make reparation for unworthy communions everywhere by lax Catholics. And we can spend fifteen minutes after Mass in devout reparation for the sins of contraception and abortion by giving proper thanksgiving for the Most Holy Eucharist.
Finally, let us consider Pope John Paul II’s words on what an devout Roman Catholic is, and all three of its roles :
“John Paul II picks up where Vatican II left off. Our baptismal anointing, he says, has a three fold effect. In the first place it recalls the anointing given to kings in the Old Testament, and thus all the baptized receive a share in the Messianic Royalty of Christ. All Catholics are especially called to collaborate with Christ in restoring Creation to its original value and ordering it according to the plan of God through their work in this world. Devout Catholics, secondly share in Christ’s priestly office insofar as by their baptism they are qualified to participate in the worship of the Church, offering the sacrifice of the Eucharist through the hands of the ordained priest, who effects this holy sacrifice. Thirdly, all devout Catholics are called to share in the prophetic mission of Christ, bearing witness to the gospel by word and deed.
Thus, in fighting the advancing abortion mentality in our world, we need not only intense prayer, with our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole mind, and all our strength—especially when we pray today’s rosaries for life, but we need good works: supporting pro-life orgaiizations such as “Imago Dei” and “Pregnancy Aid” both of which are in dire need of financial and physical support or volunteers. Let us not forget our Lord’s words on charity: “If you even give so much as a cup of water in My Name’s Sake, you will not fail to receive your reward.”
“God bless you all and pray, pray, pray that we do God’s Will while we still have a chance so that this plague of
Abortion in America will finally end. Christ wants us to make up what is lacking in His Sufferings to join with His Infinite sufferings and death on the Cross. We only have so much time!!! “O Mary Conceived Without Sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.”