Sometime ago, a certain “Raymond” wrote, urging people to shed their anonymity, and to come out openly in support of our Catholic Church, being invaded by an outside cultic religion that teaches heresies. Though his comments had been said and written about often in the past, he kind of PUT A LID ON THE COFFIN! How much more, and how often more, does it need to be said: “Catholic People of our Church – ARISE!” It is totally insufficient to just sit back and read/listen about what’s been going on – and offer our “Good job! Go get ‘em, Tiger!” remarks to those in the forefront. YOU (HAGU) MUST DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
Over the 2 years that I’ve been following this fiasco, I’ve gone from curious, to concerned, to worried, to contributing my comments, to involving myself with others of similar mind (CCOG/LFM), to studying what actually drives our Archbishop and the Neocatechumenal Way (NCW) to do what they are doing, to initially pleading with the Archbishop who has betrayed us, to writing to our Papal Nuncio for help, to participating in protests and prayer services, and to storming Heaven with my own personal prayers.
I think God is trying to send us ALL a message. “I can’t help you if you do not help yourselves!” Thank you, Raymond, for the reminder. Yes; we all need that “kick in the pants” to get us off our duff! What are we waiting for – till the cancer is at Stage 4? That won’t be long if we do little or nothing about it. Witness the takeover of our several parishes, and especially of our Cathedral for the celebration of the Neo liturgy (it is not a Mass) this past Sunday (May 1). If they can desecrate our Mother Church (the Cathedral), they will stop at nothing! And what is it that we need to “arise” to? My thoughts:
1)Shed your anonymity – Remember: “If YOU do not acknowledge Me before men, neither will I acknowledge you before My Father”. Let your light shine before men, not hidden under a bushel basket! Write public letters; speak on radio and be seen on TV. Shedding anonymity is catching on – witness the vocal protest at the airport; witness more and more new faces and new names coming bravely forward at protests and prayer services. They are no longer ashamed, afraid, or intimidated. They are drawing a line, and stating on which side they stand. They are becoming witnesses of Christ!
2)Be COMMITTED to the cause, not just an admirer. Be a PART OF THE SOLUTION, by joining in prayer services, in silent protest, and in vocal protests. The buzz word is “SILENCE NO MORE!” (Basta hit man-mafagaga! Let us stop from being made fools of!).
3)Support GGOC and LFM in principle and action, and – if possible - financially as well, so we can proceed to go to court to recover our church property. $40M+ worth of church property – stolen; given away by our archbishop!
4)Do your share in spreading the word to others (friends, relatives, neighbors) that we are in “a crisis mode” so far as protecting the faith, practices, liturgy and culture of our One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. // Attend the next round of “village meetings” that CCOG may be embarking on soon.
5)Participate with our Crusade of Prayers – storm Heaven with Masses, rosaries, prayers. Beg Santa Marian Kamalin to protect the Church – as she did during World War II - and beg St. Michael, the Archangel, to help us ward off “the snares and wickedness of the Devil.”
6)Starve the beast! Stop the money; it is what keeps them going! Stop putting into the collection baskets, appeals, fund raisers and invitations to dinner. If you are concerned about the welfare of your parish (as well you should be), work it out personally with your non-Neo priests. [Do not starve your parish!] The archbishop is known to use our collections for his own needs, as he publicly stated in the Umatuna in reporting on the former Catholic Charities Appeal - 48%+ of it is “…at the discretion of the archbishop.” Personal slush fund!
I end by quoting a blog from a non-Chamorro: “Now, let me speak very clearly and at the risk of offending some. There has been a lot of news lately about a recent production of the documentary I AM CHAMORRO. It rightly documents and celebrates the beauty and resilience of the Chamorro people, religion and culture. I can't help but note that this documentary has come about amidst the backdrop of the most shameful period in Catholic Chamorro history - a period that is seeing its own bishop turn on his people. // If there ever was a time to live up to the words I AM CHAMORRO; If there ever was a time to live up to the words I AM CATHOLIC; If there ever was a time to stand up to the most insidious band of liars and marauders; If there ever was time to fight for your island, your church, and your children, IT IS NOW!” (jrsa: 5/3/16)