Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Warning...


Mystics and seers from Blessed Anna Maria Taigi to the children of Garabandal have all said a warning will be given to the world in our times in order that people will repent and amend their lives, it will include a correction of consciences, convicting the world of its sin. Failing that, a great chastisement would follow.
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I'm not sure what all of that means precisely, and I no longer follow such prophecies very closely, although I ponder them from time to time. The predicted warning is supposed to be a supernatural event, yet it seems to me that we may be living through another sort of warning right now, since the Church, guided by the Holy Father and the bishops in communion with him, "are (the) authentic teachers, that is teachers endowed with the authority of Christ, who preach the faith to the people entrusted to them, the faith to be believed and put into practice." (CCC 2034) This truth has become very evident when we consider the teaching and example of the Pope. As Cardinal head of the CDF, and now as Pope Benedict XVI, the Holy Father has consistently offered the Church and the world, with great charity, a clear correction of conscience through his presentation of authoritative Catholic teaching on faith and morals, as well as by speaking to, and pointing out the great errors of our age.
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It seems to me the fact that the Pope's teaching has met with such resistance and scorn throughout the Church and the world, is stunning evidence his teaching convicts the world of its sin, correcting consciences by the truth of the Gospel, marked by that sign of contradiction, the Cross, supernaturally illumined in the darkness that covers the earth.

6 comments:

  1. Terry, what's the source information on the painting? Thanks.

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  2. Owen - all I know is that it is titled Le Christ de Gala, by Dali (1978).

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  3. Dali, I wondered. It almost seems to serene for him but otherwise I can certainly see his hand in the work. Thanks Terry.

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  4. Terry - I ponder on that prophesy too. I used to follow prophesies a lot way back when (all who read "The Final Hour", raise your hands!); that stoked a fervor for the faith because I knew I had been walking the wrong path at the time. Now I strive to come closer to Christ and be conformed to him, which, when you think about it, is what the visions/locutions/prophesies (legitimate ones, at least) encourage us to do.

    This is a good post.

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  5. For me it is all too much like the fundametalisma and evangelicalism I left for the fullness of the truth. It's for similar though not precisely exact reasons I, a former Pentecostal protestant, shy away from the whole charismatic community within God's big Catholic tent.

    I'm hungry for the sacraments and that will have to do for now.

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  6. Owen, beautifully said - hungry for the sacraments - that is what is essential, that is why we are Catholics.

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