According to Sister Lucia of Fatima, the final battle between our Lord and Satan will be about marriage and the family.
Satan cruelly strives to destroy the family, the very heart of civilization. The parents (both mother and father) are the building block of the family; the family becomes the cornerstone of the neighborhood; the neighborhood, then becomes the heart and soul of the town, city, state, nation and society.
The well-being of humanity rests on the wellness of the family. As Cardinal Francis Arinze said, “When the family is in good health — spiritually, physically, mentally, religiously and otherwise — there is hope for society. And when the family is sick, all parts of society are in trouble.”
I am puzzled and grieved at the rate at which once-faithful men and women have strayed from the truths of faith. Our country and the world is in trouble. It should be a wake-up call to all of us. If we are not living the Catholic faith, if we are living contrary to the church’s teachings, if we are missing Holy Mass on Sundays, neglecting to raise our children in faith and abandoning our God-given commandments, as husband and wife, we cannot truly call ourselves Catholic.
In the trial before Pilate when Christ was to be crucified, Pilate asks Jesus if he was a king. Jesus answers by saying, “I was born and came into this world to speak about the truth, whoever belongs to the truth listens to me.” Whatever Jesus says, we should do. Satan is against the laws of Christ.
Satan, the father of lies, is in opposition to truth. Jesus is the truth (the Christ). Satan who is against truth becomes the Antichrist.
Every human person is created by God and begotten by their parents. God said many times to Noah, Moses, etc., “be fruitful and multiply,” otherwise there would be no life on earth. Satan through abortion and homosexuality wants to eliminate life on earth. There is no better way to eliminate life on earth than to advocate abortion and homosexuality. If you are not born, there is no way we can conceive heaven.
Satan has even used the judicial system to make abortion a subjective right. So even Christian politicians say abortion is a right to any woman who requests the same based on our judicial system, even though it is categorically wrong to take a life, based on the laws of God. Satan tries very hard to remove from creation, the image of God, which is man and woman themselves.
The first and greatest commandment, Mathew 22:34-40, is that we should love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, body, and soul, and to love your neighbor as yourself. Subsequently, all else falls into place.
Start a New Year’s resolution by loving the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, body and soul, and your neighbors as yourself, and we will make our country and the world great again. This should be everyone’s 2018 New Year’s resolution.
Carlo Olivero, Dalzell