Wisdom and the Convergence of Chaos

I recently listened on the radio to a news story about a serial killer somewhere on the loose in New York. My first reaction was anger at the stupidity of this generation. Do we seriously believe that constantly glorifying psychopathic killers, mass murderers, vile rapists, and war in our "entertainment" has no effect on our emotional and spiritual well-being? A quick glance at the shelves of a movie rental store reveals a culture so dumbed down, so oblivious, so blinded to the reality of our internal sickness that we actually believe our obsession with sexual idolatry, horror, and violence is normal. I have written more at length about this already , quoting a study on the effects of video game violence: 1 …the content of much entertainment media, and the marketing of those media combine to produce "a powerful desensitization intervention on a globallevel." …the modern entertainment media landscape could accurately be described as an effective systematic violence desensitization tool. Whether modern societies want this to continue is largely a public policy question, not an exclusively scientific one. —Iowa State University study, The Effects of Video Game Violence on Physiological Desensitization to Real-Life Violence; Carnagey, Anderson, and Ferlazzo; article from ISU News Service; July 24th, 2006 And we are shocked when we hear about copy-cat school andrandom shootings? When we hear about soldiers taking innocent lives? When we see more and more young parents committing infanticide? Are we really that stupid —are we this naive? Yes, because people are generally more interested in watching mindless television than falling to their knees and asking God to fill the gnawing vacuum in their hearts. Perhaps the reason they don’t is because the Western Church has fallen mostly silent, not only on the disturbing moral issues of our day, thereby providing almost no guiding moral light in the darkness, but on the need to"repent and believe the Good News." There is a Great Vacuum indeed, and it is being filled with the spirit of the world.2 There has been such a dumbing down of this generation that, a few years ago in prayer, I sensed the Lord say that even the faithful in the Church do not realize how much we have been duped and how far we have fallen.3 While we have more knowledge at our fingertips than any generation previous, what we are truly lacking today is wisdom. Indeed, says Pope Benedict, there is an "eclipse of reason."4

THE CONVERGENCE OF CHAOS
There is a reason I have strongly encouraged readers to consecrate themselves to Mary, to quickly board the Ark. It is because of theconvergence of chaos that relatively few seem to be aware of. I am speaking of the castrophic events unfolding hourly in Japan; the growing threat of nuclear war with Iran; therise of a new currency andcoming collapse of the American economy; the growing internationalfood crisis; the soaring price of fuel; the ongoing mass deaths of animals and bees worldwide; the increasing number of large earthquakes; the epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases; the alarming intervention of the State in religious and personal freedom; the genetic meddling with our species; and the rapiddecline of moral values. It has many Christians I know fasting and weeping… while others are yawning as they flip through the channels of the

18. drew a chilling conclusion in its 1993 report: In searching for a new enemy to unite us. a global thinktank concerned with population growth and dwindling resources. many do not realize that we have reached a boiling point of evil across the globe. 2 . 7 You are aware indeed. the utter overthrow of that whole religious and political order of the world which the Christian teaching has produced.10. The pope’s have warned that there is. 75. of which the foundations and laws shall be drawn from mere naturalism. marrying and giving in marriage.—POPE LEO XIII. in fact. The Club of Rome. Nostis et Nobiscum. is humanity itself. up to the day that Noah entered the ark. many do not realize how close the world is to coming undone. The First Global Revolution. All these dangers are caused by human intervention. Encyclical. p.5 Just as genocide suddenly burst upon the country of Rwanda after repeated warnings from the Blessed Mother6. rationalism. Far from a conspiracy theory is the fact that there are major world leaders and organizations. n. (Matt 24:38-39) Kept in ignorance by the mainstream media and captivated by the endless parade of gadgetry. and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. Encyclical on Freemasonry. fomented in part by such distorted ideologies. What a remarkable sign of the times! Is that what Jesus meant when He said it would be "as it was in the days of Noah"? In those days before the flood. 78 The real monster is a "culture of death" that has crept up over thecenturies through the sophistries of Marxism. and the substitution of a new state of things in accordance with their ideas. who are intent on reducing world population in order to procure "sustainable development. n. where man is the enemy and God is irrelevant. They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away. There is an alarming ignorance of the dangers at play in our times. statements. Caritas in Veritate. DECEMBER 8. For example. and actions that outline thisdemonic strategy. and the latest American Idol controversy. n. that the goal of this most iniquitous plot is to drive people to overthrow the entire order of human affairs and to draw them over to the wicked theories of this Socialism and Communism… —POPE PIUS IX. not the least the United Nations. A humanism which excludes God is an inhuman humanism. a concerted effort by "secret societies" to bring about this global chaos. atheism. 1849 …that which is their ultimate purpose forces itself into view— namely. —Alexander King & Bertrand Schneider. the threat of global warming. we came up with the idea that pollution. Apri 20thl. Humanum Genus. so too. 1993." Funny how people are more willing to believe in sasquatch or the Loch Ness monster than they are in public documents. 1884 THE GREAT CULLING There is a sobering parallel warning to this: the overthrow of "the entire order of human affairs" is also an overthrow of humanityitself. The real enemy then. Charlie Sheen rants. scientism.dumb-box. they were eating and drinking. famine and the like would fit the bill. water shortages. — POPE BENEDICT XVI.

simply by virtue of the fact that these technologies do exist. March 17th. to the intentional release of pandemics. —POPE BENEDICT XVI. Ex 1:7-22). they prefer to promote and impose by whatever means a massive programme of birth control. to the start of a nuclear war. —POPE JOHN PAUL II. and "mercy" killings. haunted by the presence and increase of the children of Israel. plagues. And when the state becomes an idol. O’Brien. n. because ultimately." says Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver. too much credence to a belief that everything bad that happens is part of a man-made conspiracy. men and women become the sacrificial offering. and ultimately Divine Justice. The missing perspective is a spiritual one. where many of the so-called "conspiracy theorists" go wrong today. abortion on demand. wars. the Church will stand in their way. at times without fully realizing the greater demonic plan they are participating in.materialism. or the powerful new instruments that the “culture of death” has at its disposal. Darwinianism. 2009 They will use force. there is a co-ordinated effort—and has been for 2000 years—by Satan. 75 Benedict’s predecessor was also succinct about a "massive program" to reduce the world population: The Pharaoh of old. 8 …we must not underestimate the disturbing scenarios that threaten our future. submitted them to every kind of oppression and ordered that every male child born of the Hebrew women was to be killed (cf. 10 However. n. —Archbishop Chaput in the first session of the 15th symposium for 3 . there are other lethal forces at work through menacing technological and biological weapons that even the United States Department of Defence has admitted exist. radical feminism. rather than wishing to face and solve these serious problems with respect for the dignity of individuals and families and for every person’s inviolable right to life. Evangelium Vitae. That’s why we continue to see the religious liberty of Christians under assault today "in ways not seen since the Nazi and Communist eras. Caritas in Veritate. Globalization and the New World Order. Isn’t this what the Mother of God has been begging for through her messages this past century?9 Did she appear to have tea with her children. to the more obvious programme of birth control. men have often become instruments of evil. and then if that fails they will use force. —Michael D. Penance. The new messianists. 16 Fasting. “The Gospel of Life”. And these theories are not as "far-out" as people may think. to destroy the Church and much of the world with her. is that they give too much credit to men. will unknowingly bring about the destruction of the greater portion of mankind. Intercessory prayer. A society where faith is prevented from vigorous public expression is a society that has fashioned the state into an idol. While many have reduced this monster to just abortion or euthanisia. etc. In that regard. In that regard. Weeping. Today not a few of the powerful of the earth act in the same way. In the beginning they will use coercion to further reduce population. They too are haunted by the current demographic growth… Consequently. Conversion. in seeking to transform mankind into a collective being disconnected from his Creator. Freudianism. They will unleash unprecedented horrors: famines. or to call them to help bring the world back from the abyss? TRUTH OR CONSPIRACY THEORY? There are many theories swirling about every day as to how this population control is already being achieved—from atechnological manipulation of tectonic plates.

per se. flying quickly into the freedom of being a son and daughter of the Most High. is by a proper fear of the Lord. and thus." The times call for our hearts to be right with God and to be living in astate of grace. lies. the present time is the time of the Spirit and of witness. that it was merely a "healthy realism.113. but also a time still marked by "distress" and the trial of evil which does not spare the Church and ushers in the struggles of the last days. In like manner. bring a greater good from it. they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 672 As Jesus put it. In the name of tolerance we come to tolerate the cruelest intolerance…" This lack of a "moral consensus" led Pope Benedict to warn last Christmas that "the very future of the world is at stake. a holy respect for Him and His commandments: 4 . become "instruments in the service of a new barbarism. "Living within the truth: Religious liberty and Catholic mission in the new order of the world" Without a belief in fixed moral principles and transcendent truths."14 In this modern whirlpool of information we call the internet. Summa Theologica. Thomas Aquinas. August 24th." and was accused of being a pessimist. he spoke about the Church being "numerically reduced. Wisdom’s garland is fear of the Lord… Knowledge and full understanding she showers down… (Sirach 1:17) There are two ways that we receive wisdom. he says. n. Wisdom is a gift of the Spirit that gives knowledge its foundation. Slovakia. We are far beyond "business as usual. —Catechism of the Catholic Church."13 The Church teaches that we should maintain a healthy spirit of realism. Part I. Art. and in fact. It is a time of waiting and watching. (Matt 25:5) One can hardly exaggerate the seriousness of our times. our political institutions and language. a soul ready to meet the Creator at any moment. He replied. Q. "be wise as serpents and simple as doves. and the deceptions of many "false prophets". and how to act accordingly. rather. like the ten virgins at the strike of midnight. that is. truth is swirling alongside a plethora of conspiracy theories. we have a Church and public largely asleep to this reality. —St."11 And yet. God will limit evil. 4 WISDOM When Pope Benedict was a cardinal. the purpose of this writing is to shake the reader awake (if he is indeed sleeping). always keeping hope on the horizon and our eyes open.12 We should never despair despite the realities before us. The first. 15 What we truly need is not more knowlege. According to the Lord. A soaring into the world of light and hope and peace that this world cannot give.the Canon Law Association of Slovakia. what is true and good. I am not speaking about becoming morose and sullen. 2010. rather. Since the bridegroom was long delayed. but wisdom. Antichrist will not do as much harm as he would wish. The Lord remains fully in control. helping us to understand what is important. Even the demons are checked by good angels lest they harm as much as they would. even though at times darkness seems to be overcoming the light. It is a flight from sin and worldly attractions that drag the soul down. Spisske Podhradie.

not doubting. for and tossed about by the anything from the Lord… This article is also intended to underscore the urgency inconsecrating yourself to Jesus through Mary. For that person must not suppose that he will receive (James 1:5-7) all generously and faith. praying daily for wisdom. The second is to ask for it. I presently cannot think of another Scripture that is so clear in its promise to give a specific gift if we simply ask for it: …if any of you lacks wisdom. and consecration to Mary—three concrete steps you can take to prepare for these times. and he will be given it.If you desire wisdom. But he should ask in the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven wind. Repentance from sin. conversely. he should ask God who gives to ungrudgingly. the Mother of Wisdom will also help bring about this salutary gift of wisdom so needed in these tumultous days. and the Lord will bestow her upon you… (Sirach 1:23) God does not "throw pearls to swine". a humble and repentant heart will receive wisdom. Through this entrustment. keep the commandments. 5 .

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