There is much despair in the world today. There is so much uncertainty, animosity, and fragility in interpersonal, communal and national relations. The world is either at war or threatening war, and long standing and cherished traditions are either being viciously attacked or willingly forgotten. Today, as we commemorate St. Jude Thaddeus, patron of lost causes, let's pray for these causes, which are certainly not yet lost, but are teetering on disaster.
Catholicism in America is supposed to sanctify America through the perennial faith of the apostles. While sanctifying America, Catholicism, in its Universal apostolate for Christ, is supposed to retain all that is good and wholesome in the nation it inhabits as disciples of the sovereign Lord. But the problem with Catholics in America is that they have dropped Catholicism for all the popular perversions of a new, and progressive, America. Now, Catholics in America are American's who dabble in Catholicism for an hour on (most) Sunday's, or, at least, on major holidays.
St. Jude, please pray for the 'cafeteria' horde in the Mystical Body of Christ in America.
America used to be the land of opportunity. She used to stand for 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.' Now she is becoming a whore for socialists and tyrannical leaders who enslave her 'low information' citizens on the 'dope' of entitlements. America has lost its 'life' and 'liberty' in a culture of death which makes abortion an 'on demand' reality; 'the culture of death's' pervasiveness is also hidden in sexual pleasure as contraceptives, 'morning after pills,' and other abortive chemical agents have become subsidized governmental benefits. Now, death covers the American landscape, with increasing governmental control and overreach, leaving 'liberty' a dying reality. And let's not forget the tragic mortality of 'the pursuit of happiness,' as entitlements and 'the redistribution of wealth' have almost caused its final demise.
St. Jude, please pray for all the 'low information' and entitlement-enslaved Americans.
The statue of Liberty was given to America as a symbol of her love of freedom, truth, and justice. Now truth and justice are words bandied about by politicians in an effort to stir up votes. Truth has been replaced by rhetoric, as politicians no longer speak from the heart, but from teleprompters. Politicians used to call war memorials 'sacred ground.' Now they refer the sacred to abortion mills. Politicians used to, at least, pander in Catholicism and Christianity, playing to the hearts and minds of the Catholic-Christian voter. Now, they blatantly attack religious freedom, working hard to freeze out Christ in a socialist-secularist state. There was a time, moreover, when we could trust our children to our nations leaders. But now, with our nation 17 Trillion dollars in debt, subsidizing Plan B for our teenage daughters, and protecting abortion 'on demand,' our political leaders are as dangerous to our child's future as a child molester.
St. Jude, please pray for the leaders of our nation that they will not continue to sell their souls to the devil.
Where are the needed Catholic-Christian martyrs? Where are the brave Shepherds of old? Where is the new St. Ignatius of Antioch, the bishop willing to die for his people and their faith? It seems that he has been replaced by chubby bureaucrats too interested in comfort, wealth, and social acceptability. And the martyrs? They have been replaced by lukewarm Americans too busy cozying up to the popular trends of the world, too scared to embrace the Cross of Christ, fearing that it might mean losing their power, their prestige, and their possessions.
St. Jude, please pray for the next generation of martyrs and brave Shepherds. Our nations survival depends on them.
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