Monday, September 4, 2017


Every year at the beginning of the month of September, I silently pray for the souls of the victims of one of the worst bloodletting of the French Revolution, known as the Massacres of September 1792
Three years after the initial steps of the French Revolution, the country had fallen in a state of terror.
After the take over of the Tuileries Castle, where the Royal Family had been forced to leave by the Constitutional Assembly, in an awful and violent attack on August 10th, which saw the massacre of the King's Swiss Guard by a rabid mob high on alcohol; the Monarchy was abolished, and a large number of Nobles and of Clergy were detained in hastily made prisons around Paris. Many, former seminaries and cloisters.

The Revolutionary government in a state of panic, due to the successful breech by Prussian and Austrian troops of the French borders, started to spread rumors of an inside plot by the royalists and the clergy to plans of an uprising inside France. This was total malarkey, but it fueled the anger of the revolutionary committees within Paris, who decided to go and empty the prisons of the "plotters".

What ensued, would remain one of the most gory and disgusting event of the French Revolution.
Innocent people who had been arrested on false charges for the most part were yanked out of their cells by drunken mobs and slaughtered in the most gruesome ways.

Among the 3000 or so victims, were many members of the Clergy, including three Archbishops. On October 17 1926, Pope Pius XI recognized 191 victims of these massacres as Blessed Martyrs. Last year Pope Francis elevated one of these Martyrs: Salomon Leclerq ( a Christian Brother) to be canonized.

Why should we care, here on Guam about something that happened when the USA was still in its infancy, and this island still under Spanish control ? How is this relevant of our current struggle?

Yesterday's readings during the Sunday's Mass was about Jeremiah questioning the reasons God chose him to bring forth the word of the Lord, and a follow up on St Matthew, from the previous week, where Jesus chose Peter to be the rock on which he would build his Church.
This Sunday we saw Jesus taking his Apostles, specially Peter, a peg down and giving them a dress down: "Get behind me Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do".

Fr Paul in his homily at the Cathedral, did a good job highlighting the challenge Jesus gives us here.
Are we not "obstacles"? How do WE, not become an impediment to the work of God?

This was a strong reflection on what we face in our daily lives, specially for me, to face a life long question, regarding my willingness and strength to follow in Jesus steps.

This is where this self reflection coalesce with my previous prayers for the souls of the Martyrs of September 1792.

While we might not be called to become martyrs for our Church, we are certainly called to follow in Jesus footsteps, in how we live our lives on a day to day.

In this picture, we see some of the people who have hijacked our Church, thanks to the perversion of AA. We have been the actual targets of a proto protestant/masonic sect. For years the true Catholics of this island have been mocked, denigrated and YES: persecuted by these parasites. The main problem being, that because of their devious and under the radar practices, many were not aware of that situation. Some are still clueless, but their numbers are dwindling . Of course they are not  as violent as the masons of the French Revolution, but their level of dangerosity is none the less very real.

At first a few brave souls fought against overwhelming odds, but their courage, their faith and their devotion have moved mountains. They have set the example for us to follow.
If we want to rebuild:
* we must also cleanse our Church from this scourge.
* we must support our Priests
* we must separate the weeds from the wheat
* we must be kind to each other
* we must strengthen our families
* we must strengthen our parishes
* we must refuse to be obstacles

He is our example, and our guide.

Not this pompous ass, who looks strikingly like this one:

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