“It is not what we are that is important but what we are meant to become.”
When Jesus said that His Kingdom was not of this world he revealed that God’s kingdom is in heaven. This is why the Church ought to be more concerned with the salvation of souls than climate change or even global poverty. The poor of biblical times may have found it easier than the rich to get into heaven for worldly things were perhaps not quite as binding as they are today. This seems to be the inference to the passage in Saint Matthew 19:24, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
Poverty and inequality are main issues of concern for secular humanists. In the Church modernists and liberals, consciously or unconsciously, applaud worldly concerns. One example is the visit to the UN by Pope Francis who endorsed a UN mandate on climate change. I wonder whether Pope Francis is aware that the Venerable Bede in the 8th century once wrote about vineyards growing in the Orkney Islands? Vineyards were commonplace in the south of Medieval England. The climate changes all the time, and more to the point, eternal values do not.
Christians ought to be concerned about poverty but at the same time acknowledge the words of Saint Thomas Aquinas who identifies God as the author of inequality for the universe would not be perfect if only one grade of goodness were found in things. Jesus says the rich man finds it very difficult to get into heaven, but this condemns a desire for and attachment to wealth, not the opportunities wealth offers in helping others. Jesus was not a socialist. The primary focus is to save souls. The mission of Jesus was to save souls and to build His Church on earth to further this.
Welfare dependency is the temporal territory of politicians who know how to play the democratic system, which has become a client state, where votes and political power are gained by giving away other people’s money. And the more one depends on the state for financial security the more one is likely to identify with the materialistic values that affirm secular humanism.
How many today realise that the soul exists and will do so for eternity? How many are aware that Jesus spoke about the reality of heaven and hell? And how many know about the signs of the times – consider first the Prophecy of Fatima – which suggests there is not much time left before divine judgement comes upon the world?
Yet who can wonder at it given the multitude of distractions in the media and entertainment industry, the prevalence of alcohol, the endemic drug abuse and mental illness, and the loss of meaning and purpose in lives afflicted by atheistic values, and a culture that rarely sees anything sacred in the life of an unborn baby until its worth is validated only when the parent/s desire a child. An unborn child considered sacred only when it is convenient is not just consumerism gone mad, but a sign of a society that is in very deep trouble.
What we have now is something akin to Rome in 400 AD. Saint Augustine writes in The City of God, ‘On the kind of felicity the opponents of Christianity wish to enjoy, and the morality by which they wish to live.’In this society described by Augustine anyone who disapproves of degenerate pleasure and degraded indulgence by the freedom-loving majority should be kicked out and rank as public enemy number one. What would the prophets say? And what would Jesus say?
Since Vatican II The Catholic Church has become more aligned to the values of this world: more concerned about poverty and less concerned about morality; more concerned with reform and less concerned with tradition; more focused on ecumenical ideas and dismissive of priests who say there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church (which is entirely consistent with traditional church teaching).
It is a tragic error for well-meaning priests to focus on issues relating to poverty for the context of materialism is not the answer to salvation. Our society shows all the signs of moral decline. Modernists and liberals delight in parading their concern about poverty and inequality while overlooking the value of traditional faith. Like the Jesuits in the 1970s modernists focus primarily on the needs of the poor and oppressed seemingly forgetting that their essential vocation is the eternal salvation of souls in and through Our Lord Jesus Christ. The remedy is to repent and follow the way of Jesus Christ. Practise a traditional Catholic faith. If it is possible, attend a traditional Latin Mass that celebrates the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Become consecrated to ‘The Immaculate Heart of Mary’, and pray the Rosary every day.
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, by reason of the confusion of the roaring of the sea and of the waves.
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