PRESIDENT OBAMA: PENANCE PENANCE PENANCE
"Among Catholic voters who attend Mass weekly, McCain won majority support: 54- 45%. Among those who do not attend weekly Mass, the margin for Obama was an overwhelming 61[%]...Thus Obama drew his support from inactive Catholics. And unfortunately, most American Catholics are inactive." Catholic Culture
Another word for "inactive" is apostasized Catholics. The above findings are in keeping with the words of Fr John Hardon: "ordinary Catholics will not survive this age." And the words of so many holy priests and saints that most Catholics will not be saved. We are living in the long prophesied age of apostasy:
"Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God." 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-4
Despite the ecumania of the last 40+ years, the truth remains, all grace and salvation comes through the Body of Christ --the Catholic Church. The world is in such a deplorable state because we as Catholics have failed to be holy. If we become holy we can merit grace and salvation through the blood of Jesus for the entire world. We must purge ourselves of every wordly attachment and every sin. We must pray because... "Those who pray will be saved; those who do not pray will not be saved" Saint Alphonsus de Liguori. Finally we must do penance...
St. Paul enunciated the idea of the redemptive suffering. "I find joy in the sufferings I endure for you. In my own flesh I fill up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for the sake of His Body, the Church" (Col. 1:24).
"Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong." (2 Cor 12:10)
The Angel of Fatima told the three children to "Offer prayers and sacrifices constantly to the Most High . . . Make of everything you can a sacrifice, and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners . . . Above all, accept and bear with submission the sufferings which the Lord will send you."
We are blessed to be living in the last days where evil abounds but grace does so, all the more--and where our every act can merit so much for the sake of His Church and ultimately the entire world.