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Saturday, October 9, 2021

Finding Catholic Courage to Fight the Good Fight

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Finding Catholic Courage to Fight the Good Fight

In the final talk of the 2021 Catholic Identity Conference, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò delivered what is perhaps the most absolutely vital message for Catholics today:

“Our duty in this historical moment is to fight the good fight in order to acquire those merits before God that may lead Him to shorten the time of tribulation . . . the outcome of the battle is most certain and inexorable but the duration of the persecution depends on us . . . it depends on our testimony of faith and of courageous defense of truth.”

 

As faithful Catholics, who among us would not want to shorten this time of tribulation and persecution? In addition to giving God great honor by suffering for the Faith — and thereby increasing our own merits — our good fight will expedite God’s victory over the demonic rulers of our fallen world.

In a certain real sense, the fate of the entire world depends on the decisions of relatively few faithful Catholics to fight heroically for the Faith.

The fact that, as Catholics, we realize the merit and truth of Archbishop Viganò's words does not take away from the truly staggering implications. In a certain real sense, the fate of the entire world depends on the decisions of relatively few faithful Catholics to fight heroically for the Faith. The longer it takes for us to decide to heed Archbishop Viganò's words, the more time Satan has to seek the destruction of all that is good in this world.

We need to truly appreciate the dangers we face if we wish to respond appropriately. To that end, on top of all the grave evils we typically consider these days — from Bergoglio’s Pachamama to Biden’s vaccine mandates — we can simply recognize two things. First, the globalist villains control almost everything and have contingency plans for almost any purely natural countermeasure we can deploy. And second, Francis and so many of his apostate colleagues do all they can to increase the evil in the world and call down God’s wrath upon us all. In human terms, we are virtually powerless to mount an effective resistance, which should direct us to seek the source of unlimited and infallibly efficacious power — God. God is permitting all of these evils so that we may turn to Him.

To better understand the indispensable nature of Archbishop Viganò's monumental message, we can consider a few ways in which it is fitting that the small remnant of faithful Catholics have so much more power than they commonly think.

Purpose of Life. The vast majority of people in the world do not accept the Catholic teaching about why God created us. As St. Francis de Sales wrote in his An Introduction to the Devout Life, God gave us all we have so that we may know, love, and serve Him:

“God did not bring you into the world because He had any need of you, useless as you are; but solely that He might show forth His Goodness in you, giving you His Grace and Glory. And to this end He gave you understanding that you might know Him, memory that you might think of Him, a will that you might love Him, imagination that you might realize His mercies, sight that you might behold the marvels of His works, speech that you might praise Him, and so on with all your other faculties.”

Just as we best understand the purpose of a fireman when there is a fire, and the purpose of a doctor when there is sickness, we know that our purpose as faithful Catholics is most important at this moment, when the world has grown sick and dark with apostasy.

God created us so that we may know, love, and serve Him but we have reached a point at which even the highest ranking members of the Church no longer believe this. God sees that so many formerly Catholic nations — with their abortions, divorces, pornography, LGBTQ ideologies, and new Covid religion — have become worse than they were before they knew the Faith. But the purpose of life cannot change, even if it seems that almost the entire world has forgotten it.

Given that so many Christians have seemingly abandoned God, faithful Catholics have a special obligation to be the “light of the world”:

“You are the light of the world. As a city seated on a mountainside cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and place it under a bushel, but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house. So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

Just as we best understand the purpose of a fireman when there is a fire, and the purpose of a doctor when there is sickness, we know that our purpose as faithful Catholics is most important at this moment, when the world has grown sick and dark with apostasy. God is allowing us to see the great need for our courageous testimony of Faith and the longer we delay, the darker the world will become.

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Our Lady of Fatima. The messages connected to the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima emphasize the great need for faithful Catholics to work not only for their own salvation but for the good of the Church. The Guardian Angel of Fatima asked the children to adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and say the following prayer:

“Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, present in all the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the sacrileges, outrages and indifference by which He Himself is offended. And through the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I pray for the conversion of poor sinners.”

Everything depends upon souls turning to God and we are among the very few people who know how to draw souls back to God.

As we can see, we have an obligation to make reparation for offenses against God and to pray for the conversion of sinners. As these souls convert, they will stop offending God and join our fight against the Great Reset.

On October 13, 1917, Our Lady of Fatima told the children how greatly God was offended, even then: “I have come to ask men to repent of their sins, to change their lives, to stop offending Our Lord who is already offended so much, and to recite the Holy Rosary.”

Everything depends upon souls turning to God and we are among the very few people who know how to draw souls back to God. We must pray, do penance, and, as Archbishop Viganò told us, courageously defend the truth. If we will not do so, who will? The sooner we turn to God, with a resolute desire to serve Him as faithfully as possible, the sooner we can repeat Our Lady’s words of thanksgiving in Her Magnificat: “He hath showed might in His arm; He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart” (Luke 1:51).

State of the Mystical Body of Christ. As Pope Pius XII wrote in his 1943 encyclical, Mystici Corporis Christi, the suffering within the Mystical Body of Christ impacts all Catholics:

“But a body calls also for a multiplicity of members, which are linked together in such a way as to help one another. And as in the body when one member suffers, all the other members share its pain, and the healthy members come to the assistance of the ailing, so in the Church the individual members do not live for themselves alone, but also help their fellows, and all work in mutual collaboration for the common comfort and for the more perfect building up of the whole Body.”

For perhaps the first time in history, much of the world’s population can now point to a common evil — the globalists leading the Great Reset — as the source of the great trials we now face and the grave threats we see on the horizon.

Although the traditional Catholics within the Mystical Body of Christ have shown great signs of vitality, the overall health of the Church Militant is arguably worse than it has ever been. When the most widely recognized Catholics today include Francis, Biden, Pelosi, Cardi B, and AOC, we have a problem. If we simply apply the words of Pope Pius XII to our situation today, we can readily see that the healthy members of the Mystical Body of Christ must come to the urgent need of great multitude who are ailing. We can therefore understand the great wisdom of Archbishop Vigano’s message that we control the duration of the present persecution: “it depends on our testimony of faith and of courageous defense of the truth.”

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Causes of These Great Trials. For perhaps the first time in history, much of the world’s population can now point to a common evil — the globalists leading the Great Reset — as the source of the great trials we now face and the grave threats we see on the horizon. Though most of the world does not yet understand it, faithful Catholics know that the Great Reset would not have any possibility of success if the Church had not already undergone its own reset during Vatican II and the decades that have followed.

Once we fully appreciate that failures of Catholics have caused the great trials we now experience, we can understand why this crisis will continue until Catholics courageously fight for Catholic truth against the errors that have virtually overwhelmed the Church. Why would we expect that God would allow for another solution? Politics and protests may play important roles in resisting the Great Reset tyranny, but we know what truly needs to be fixed — the Church. We need saints who are eager to give all they have in service of God.

Though most of the world does not yet understand it, faithful Catholics know that the Great Reset would not have any possibility of success if the Church had not already undergone its own reset during Vatican II and the decades that have followed.

Great Offenses Against God. God loves us so much. In his classic Spiritual Combat, Dom Lorenzo Scupoli described the great love Jesus has for us and His desire to see us return to Him:

“The amiable Shepherd for thirty-three years or more sought after the lost sheep through thorn-roughened ways, with so much pain that it cost Him the last drop of His sacred blood. When this devoted Shepherd sees His strayed sheep finally returning to Him with the desire of being guided in the future by Him alone, and with a sincere, though perhaps weak intention of obeying Him, is it possible that He would not look upon it with pity, listen to its cries, and bear it upon His shoulders to the fold? Doubtless He is greatly pleased to see it united again to the flock, and invites the Angels to rejoice with Him on the occasion. For if He searches so diligently after the drachma in the Gospel, which is a figure of the sinner, if He leaves nothing untouched in order to find it, can He reject those who, like sheep longing to see their Shepherd, return to the fold? Can it be imagined that the Spouse of our souls, Who diligently seeks to take possession of our hearts, Whose greatest delight is to communicate Himself to us and heap continual blessings on us—can it be imagined that He, finding the door open, and hearing us beg to be honored by His presence, will do anything but grant our request?”

Jesus loves us so much that He shed “the last drop of His Sacred Blood” for us, but He wants us to turn to Him. Far from turning to Him, though, so many of the souls He has favored with the Faith have offended Him mercilessly. Even if our love for God is quite weak, we should still grieve over the the horrendous offenses committed against God by Catholics, particularly those souls that have been consecrated to Him.

Since Francis introduced the world to his Pachamama, God has allowed us to suffer the scourge of the Great Reset, which has been principally manifested through the Covid medical tyranny. As Fr. John Echert described during the Catholic Identity Conference, it appears that the Covid virus was released in China at the 2019 World Military Games just days after Francis defiled the Church with the blasphemous idol. It is almost as though Francis participated in this blasphemy to show the globalists that he had disabled the Church’s ability to resist the Great Reset.

God wins in the end. We know what we have to do, and there is nothing else we can do.

We are, in a limited sense, “in this together with God.” The offenses we feel can never compare with the offenses against God (for He is infinite), but God is allowing us to feel the horrors of sin in a special way now. As we suffer, we know the worst offenses are directed against God by Satan and his globalist fiends. Our Lord felt all of these horrors during His Agony in the Garden of Olives. But He also saw the ways in which certain souls would do all they could to carry their own crosses for Him. Which will we be, those who continue to add to the great offenses, or those who choose to repair for them?

God created us to live in these times and He will give us all the grace we need to persevere — we simply have to say “yes” to His graces. We can take great comfort in the fact that we have so much more power than the villains that afflict us when we stand with the Blessed Virgin Mary at the foot of the Cross. God cannot be outdone in generosity. If we are generous with God, doing our best to love and serve Him, we will indeed help shorten the duration of this great crisis in the Church and in the world.

Moments before Archbishop Viganò called on faithful Catholics to fight the good fight, Dr. John Rao gave us his own call to arms:

“I am calmer than I have ever been in my life . . . you get courage when you know you have no choice . . . there’s no choice so you know you must fight, there’s nothing else we can do.”

This should be our spirit as well. God wins in the end. We know what we have to do, and there is nothing else we can do. May the Blessed Virgin Mary show us the way and help us have the courage to fight the good fight. Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us!

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Robert Morrison | Remnant Columnist

Robert Morrison is a Catholic, husband and father. He is the author of A Tale Told Softly: Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale and Hidden Catholic England.