A regular reader of abyssum.org wrote to me as follows:
“What should I do when everything within me recoils from Pope Francis as from Satan himself?
What should I do when everything within me wants to FLEE, as from Satan himself, the apostate church he is (knowingly or unknowingly) leading?
How is it possible that the Sacrament of Pope Francis is the true Sacrament? (If our Lord still comes to Francis then I too must stay).
I BELIEVE in God’s right ordering of the family, Church, Society. I BELIEVE that God – AND Satan – work through the HEAD of any human community. So I BELIEVE that whatever spirit is flowing through & from Francis IS flowing to & through me IF I receive the headship of Francis. Well, I DON’T! It’s one thing to be subject to the rule of a sinful man… (that I can absorb in prayer & reparation as an even greater sinner)… it’s quite another to be subject to Satan.
I recently deactivated my Twitter so I could focus on a life of prayer. Then, when Francis signed the Human Fraternity document in the name of the Catholic Church & ALL Catholics, I went back to publicly renounce that signing in my name.
But now I realize that I want to renounce EVERYTHING from this man. We’re not just talking about a fallen man – we’re talking about the ANTI-CHRIST! I want to RENOUNCE his headship over me. I don’t want ANYTHING to do with him OR his “church.” This is how I FEEL! I simply don’t know what to THINK!
I cleave, spiritually, to Saint Peter & the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass of All the Ages… but otherwise I am in total confusion.
All I know is, is that there are profound spiritual laws/realities in operation here & I barely know what I am asking.”
Do not allow yourself to be plunged into despair, trust in the Lord Jesus Christ!
Remember the words of Our Lord to his disciples when, as they were crossing the Sea of Galilee after the miracle of the feeding of the 5000 with the loaves and fishes. Their small boat was caught in a storm and the disciples in terror awakened Jesus asleep in the boat.
|Matthew 8:23-27 New International Version (NIV) Jesus Calms the Storm 23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. 27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”|
It is natural for us to feel somewhat panic-stricken even as the disciples were panic stricken in that storm, because in many ways the storm in which the barque of Peter is now being tossed about is far worse than that storm on the lake.
I know for my own personal experience that one must cultivate trusting in the Lord for a long time before it become habitual. If you have read my autobiography, AN ORDINARY’S NOT SO ORDINARY LIFE, you will recall the time I was alone piloting my Cessna single engine airplane on an instrument flight plan and air traffic control put me through two thunder storms at 9,000 feet and I blacked out each time. The airplane did not have an autopilot. When I regained consciousness each time I found that I flying straight and level BUT WAS TWO THOUSAND FEET LOWER THAN I WAS BEFORE I ENTERED THE STORMS.
Emotionally I now feel as I did then, emotionally “washed out” by what is happening. It does not seem possible that the Church will survive the present chaos in which it finds itself. But I believe, and you should believe also, that Christ is REALLY IN CHARGE OF HIS CHURCH AND NOT EVEN “THE GATES OF HELL” WILL PREVAIL AGAINST THE CHURCH.
My experience in surviving my periods of blackout during those two storms has enabled me to remain calm during this present crisis in the Church. I know that Our Lord Jesus Christ is in charge and I MUST TRUST HIM.
I URGE YOU TO TRUST HIM ALSO.
+Rene Henry Gracida