Sunday, December 4, 2016

DEFEND US IN BATTLE

Posted by Tim

In the wake of the good vibes of the recent advent of Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes, there is quite a bit of talk about healing and forgiveness, as well there should be. Archbishop Byrnes appears to be the type of man and religious leader who can inspire and bring about both, and I personally look forward to his spiritual and administrative leadership.

Meanwhile, down here in the trenches, we want to make clear that said "healing and forgiveness" does not devolve to simply a smoothing over of just some simple misunderstandings. I believe Archbishop Byrnes knows that. I am not so sure that others do. 

What occurred in our diocese over the last three years was not just a reaction to hurt feelings over some "misunderstandings," but the vomiting out of a sickening Evil, an Evil which had been fermenting and foaming for decades just beneath the crust of our fiesta faces. 

The public battering of first, Fr. Paul, then Msgr. James, followed by the discovery of the real nature of RMS, the flagrant flogging of local sensibilities by the RMS product, the hiding and absconding of Luis Camacho, John Wadeson, and now Apuron, and the in-your-face smiling lies to cover all this by the previous Vicar General and Chancellor...all of this and more combined to break the thinning crust of our happy-face local church and finally the rotten, stinking torrent of filth burst forth for the whole world to see with the stench wafting all the way to the Vatican. 

Healing and forgiveness apply to fallen human beings on both sides, but NOT the Evil itself. We do not dialogue with Evil. We do not give it "equal time." We resist "It" and call on St. Michael (the new archbishop is aptly named) and all the angels of Heaven to defend us in battle, to be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. We humbly ask God to rebuke "It," and call on the Prince of the Heavenly Hosts, by the divine power of God, to thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen

There are those who want us to just stop, to just go away, to "be quiet now." They've wanted that from the beginning. It's in God's hands, they say. Yes it is. But note: The prayer says "defend us in battle." 

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