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The Persecuted Mystical Body of Christ: Our Source of Direction and Confidence

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The Persecuted Mystical Body of Christ: Our Source of Direction and Confidence

In his 1943 encyclical on the Mystical Body of Christ, Mystici Corporis Christi, Pope Pius XII wrote of the resemblance between Jesus Christ and His Church:

“From the outset it should be noted that the society established by the Redeemer of the human race resembles its divine Founder, who was persecuted, calumniated and tortured by those very men whom He had undertaken to save.”

 

The Church is the Mystical Body of Christ, resembling Christ and suffering as Christ suffered. When Pope Pius XII wrote this encyclical during Word War II, the world and the Church suffered immensely, but he knew that greater sufferings were on the horizon. As Christopher Ferrara related in The Secret Still Hidden, Cardinal Pacelli (the future Pope Pius XII) made the following observation while he was the Vatican Secretary of State during Pope Pius XI’s papacy:

“I am worried by the Blessed Virgin’s messages to Lucia of Fatima. This persistence of Mary about the dangers which menace the Church is a divine warning against the suicide of altering the Faith, in Her Liturgy, Her theology and Her soul. … I hear all around me innovators who wish to demolish the Holy Sanctuary, destroy the universal flame of the Church, reject Her adornments and make Her feel remorse for Her historical past. A day will come when the civilised world will deny its God, when the Church will doubt as Peter doubted. She will be tempted to believe that man has become God. … In our churches, Christians will search in vain for the red lamp where God awaits them. Like Mary Magdalene, weeping before the empty tomb, they will ask, ‘Where have they taken him?’”

The globalists and Freemasons have sought to overthrow the Church for worldly reasons, but their leader, Satan, attacks the Church out of pure hatred for God.

The Church has not released the complete Third Secret of Fatima, but we have good reason to believe it speaks of these great evils described by the future Pius XII. These are, tragically, the same evils we see in the Church today: the “suicide of altering the Faith, in Her Liturgy, Her theology and Her soul.”

As offensive as these evils are in the eyes of faithful Catholics, we know they are infinitely more offensive to God. The globalists and Freemasons have sought to overthrow the Church for worldly reasons, but their leader, Satan, attacks the Church out of pure hatred for God. Because God loves the Church so much, Satan seeks to make it appear as reprehensible as possible.

Through a variety of both momentous and minor changes since Vatican II, Satan and his minions have succeeded in convincing most Catholics, and almost the entire non-Catholic world, that the Church has become something it can never be. The beautiful and beloved Spouse of Christ can never change in such a way, but who can blame the world for thinking that it has become terribly disfigured when they see the Pachamama welcomed in St. Peter’s, where the Tridentine Mass is banned? Instead of loving the Church for its resemblance to Christ, our God and Redeemer, many bishops and priests do all they can to make Holy Mother Church look like Barabbas in the eyes of the world.

If the Church were merely one benevolent organization among many, we might pity such a sorry state of affairs but nobody would expect that it would have a tremendously negative impact on world affairs. But the Church is not like any other organization. As Pius XII explained, the Church plays an essential role in dispensing the graces Christ won on the Cross:

“Dying on the Cross He left to His Church the immense treasury of the Redemption, towards which she contributed nothing. But when those graces come to be distributed, not only does He share this work of sanctification with His Church, but He wills that in some way it be due to her action. This is a deep mystery, and an inexhaustible subject of meditation, that the salvation of many depends on the prayers and voluntary penances which the members of the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ offer for this intention and on the cooperation of pastors of souls and of the faithful, especially of fathers and mothers of families, a cooperation which they must offer to our Divine Savior as though they were His associates.”

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Given that God wills that the Church play this vital role in the salvation and sanctification of souls, what would we expect to happen in the world if it were to undergo the “suicide” Pope Pius XII described above? Surely we would see the enemies of God dominate the world as we see today, eventually leading to a hell on earth.

As the popes had warned, the Freemasons and globalists deliberately infiltrated the Church to disable its ability to combat their fiendish plans to reshape the world.

Lest we think the great calamity the world faces today is completely unrelated to the situation in the Church, God has made it abundantly clear that they are intertwined. First, we know the globalists’ incentives and designs to change the Church: as the popes had warned, the Freemasons and globalists deliberately infiltrated the Church to disable its ability to combat their fiendish plans to reshape the world. Second, we see that the corruption of Faith and morals among Catholics has indeed yielded the fruits desired by the Freemasons: most Catholics have either apostatized or allowed themselves to become so corrupted that they willingly assent to the globalist plans so long as they can retain their bread and circuses.

Finally, in case we had any reason to doubt, Francis gives us a seemingly endless stream of proofs that the Global Reset is sponsored by the deformed version of the Church he leads. In recent weeks, Francis has warmly welcomed Pelosi and Biden, appointed Jeffrey Sachs to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, and convoked a “Synod on Synodality” to effectively allow the enemies of Catholicism to make his deformed religion even better suited to serve the New World Order.

Now the entire world suffers the consequences of the true Church being eclipsed by the anti-Catholic counterfeit religion led by Francis. Whether we call it a chastisement or not, God is allowing us to experience precisely what we would expect to happen when the Church He established out of love for mankind is so grievously persecuted. Indeed, many have considered a great chastisement to be overdue in light of the insidious infiltration that has caused so much rot for so long.

Although we cannot solve this crisis solely with prayer, we make a tremendously costly mistake if we imagine that God will allow sinful men to extricate themselves from this situation without turning to Him. As Jesus told us, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). And so faithful Catholics must lead the way because they alone truly appreciate the reasons for the calamities that threaten all of us and the path toward defeating the enemies of mankind.

Whether we call it a chastisement or not, God is allowing us to experience precisely what we would expect to happen when the Church He established out of love for mankind is so grievously persecuted.

We need to strive for holiness, but our unflinching practice of the Catholic Faith will also allow us to perform the types of works that can contribute to the defeat of the Great Reset. The life of St. Maximilian Kolbe, as described simply in A Catholic Child’s Illustrated Lives of the Saints, shows us one of countless saints whose spiritual life produced heroic works:

“As a youth, he was mischievous, and his mother often worried about what he would grow up to be. After praying before a statue of the Blessed Mother, Maximilian told his mother he has seen Mary and that she had shown him two crowns, a white and a red. The white crown represented purity, the red represented martyrdom. The Blessed Virgin asked which crown he would take. Maximilian asked for both.”

St. Maximillian founded the Immaculata Movement that encouraged devotion to Mary; he built monasteries in India and Japan; and he started Catholic magazines and newspapers to tell the truth about evil things many politicians were doing in the world.

“When World War II began, Maximilian was in Nazi Germany. He was thrown into prison for speaking out against the war. One day, he was beaten and left for dead. The prisoners sneaked him into the camp hospital where he spent his time recovering and hearing confessions. When he returned to the camp, Maximilian ministered to other prisoners, conducting Mass and and delivering communion using smuggled bread and wine. Not long after, a prisoner escaped, and the prison guards decided that ten men must die. Maximilian offered his life in place of a young man who has a husband and father. The guards accepted Maximilian’s offer, and he died of starvation in 1941.”

Like so many other saints, St. Maximilian Kolbe shows us a perfect harmony of the spiritual life and active life in service of God. Conversely, we do not find that God blesses the efforts of Catholics who divorce their spiritual lives from their work to combat the problems they face in society. We should expect this to be especially true when the problems in society are directly caused by the persecution of the Church and the widespread abandonment of God.

Consider, for instance, what would happen if we had a tremendous increase in devotion and resolve among the members of the Mystical Body of Christ.

The Church does not give us the lives of the saints so that they can help shape only the spiritual part of our lives, as if we would need to look for some secular life histories to show us how to order our lives when we actually need to "do something productive.”  No, we will never be “more productive” than when we ask God for the wisdom to know His will and the courage to do it. Moreover, this productivity is found in the endless variety of functions which God wills for the members of the Mystical Body of Christ. Pope Pius XII described this aspect of the Church:

“As in nature a body is not formed by any haphazard grouping of members but must be constituted of organs, that is of members, that have not the same function and are arranged in due order; so for this reason above all the Church is called a body, that it is constituted by the coalescence of structurally untied parts, and that it has a variety of members reciprocally dependent. It is thus the Apostle describes the Church when he writes: ‘As in one body we have many members, but all the members have not the same office: so we being many are one body in Christ, and everyone members one of another.’”

God has created us to live in these times as vital members of the Mystical Body of Christ, performing the particular roles He has intended for each of us. Just as a hand does not need to perform the role of a nose, combatting the Great Reset generally does not require us to perform functions inconsistent with our duties of state. Instead, if we accept God’s will to do all we can to serve Him in every aspect of our lives, we will never lack the grace to do more in this great fight.

Consider, for instance, what would happen if we had a tremendous increase in devotion and resolve among the members of the Mystical Body of Christ. Families would do all they could do (consistent with their duties of state) to move closer to the traditional sacraments. Families would look for ways to advance in virtue and break free of the treacherous influences that endanger home life. Faithful Catholics would strengthen the bonds with their fellow-Catholics to provide mutual support in good times and bad. Those professionals working in sectors involved with the Global Reset — medical, government, media, military, law enforcement, education, etc. — would find the Catholic courage and prudence to resist and expose the deceptions that allow the Great Reset to advance. We would never cease to promote the true Faith and combat the wicked errors around us. We would do everything in our power to establish the reign of Christ the King in our families and communities.

God created us for this moment and gives us all the graces we need. Our enemies have their fiendish plans and temporal power, but we have God, His grace, and the certainty that He wins.

In the past, we may have hesitated to make the sacrifices necessary to place Christ at the center of our lives out of worries that we would thereby compromise our material security or comfort. And so we may have foregone steps to serve God in the short term out of a (likely misguided) desire to build a material stability with which to better serve Him at some point in the future. Today, however, God has given us the great grace to realize that there will be absolutely no material security if the globalists have their way: if we think that we need to cooperate with the globalist agenda so that we can have a nice retirement, we may be disappointed to find our cooperation has allowed them to put us in a concentration camp, where we will retire in a grave. Whereas it has always been unholy to choose mammon over God, now it is absolutely nonsensical. We are, in effect, forced to choose God over mammon if we want to have any hope of security, Deo Gratias!

If we reflect even briefly on how we have reached this terrifying point, we can see it is fitting that the restoration would occur only through a process of the faithful members of the Church choosing God over the world. As Pope Pius XII wrote, this is how we obtain the graces Christ won for us on the Cross, for ourselves and others:

“For although our Savior's cruel passion and death merited for His Church an infinite treasure of graces, God's inscrutable providence has decreed that these graces should not be granted to us all at once; but their greater or lesser abundance will depend in no small part on our own good works, which draw down on the souls of men a rain of heavenly gifts freely bestowed by God. These heavenly gifts will surely flow more abundantly if we not only pray fervently to God, especially by participating every day if possible in the Eucharistic Sacrifice; if we not only try to relieve the distress of the needy and of the sick by works of Christian charity, but if we also set our hearts on the good things of eternity rather than on the passing things of this world; if we restrain this mortal body by voluntary mortification, denying it what is forbidden, and by forcing it to do what is hard and distasteful; and finally, if we humbly accept as from God's hands the burdens and sorrows of this present life."

By our good works we “draw down on the souls of men a rain of heavenly gifts freely bestowed by God.” We can also see that God has allowed this great crisis to make it easier for us to “set our hearts on the good things of eternity rather than on the passing things of this world.” If we do all we can to fight against the persecution of the Mystical Body of Christ, we will honor God, win a high place in heaven, and ultimately contribute to the defeat of the Great Reset.

God created us for this moment and gives us all the graces we need. Our enemies have their fiendish plans and temporal power, but we have God, His grace, and the certainty that He wins. We simply have to accept that grace to do God’s will to the best of our ability.

In this, the Blessed Virgin Mary will always assist us when we turn to her with love and confidence. Pope Pius XII ended his encyclical with this source of hope:

“May she, then, the most holy Mother of all the members of Christ, to whose Immaculate Heart We have trustfully consecrated all mankind, and who now reigns in heaven with her Son, her body and soul refulgent with heavenly glory — may she never cease to beg from Him that copious streams of grace may flow from its exalted Head into all the members of the Mystical Body. May she throw about the Church today, as in times gone by, the mantle of her protection and obtain from God that now at least the Church and all mankind may enjoy more peaceful days.”

St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us! Immaculate Heart of Mary, 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.