Today, America is on the brink of the U.S. Supreme Court making a decision on whether or not the Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry. Regardless of what the court’s marority rules, I believe we Americans should take gravely serious the following excerpts taken from a reflection written by a dear and holy friend after the presidential election of 2012.
Much gloating revelry could be heard around the country after election day, as the wheels of the machinery of the culture of death were greased in a major way. You know the news: our country’s most anti-life, anti-family, anti-Christian president in history was re-elected by millions of media-brainwashed people, who are heading like mindless lemmings to the precipice of catastrophe, that of their own souls and American society as such.
I don’t think Romney was a particularly good candidate (he had no intention of reversing Roe v. Wade), but at least he would have put the brakes on some other evils into which Obama is hell-bent on thrusting us headlong. The Lord gave us the choice between life and death, blessing and curse (see Deut. 30:15-20). America has chosen death and the curse. You will see how this will play out in the next four years.
After “gay-marriage” bills had been defeated in individual states the first 32 times they were introduced, the voters of three states (Maine, Maryland, and Washington) finally ushered it in. This sets a dangerous precedent, and we’ll be sure to see this on the ballots of other states soon. If Americans don’t wake up in a hurry, the other states will fall like dominoes [as of today, April 28, 2015, there are 37 states with legalized same-sex marriage]. Other pro-gay and pro-abortion measures passed elsewhere.
“You will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice,” said the Lord concerning his faithful ones (Jn. 16:20), though He also predicted an ultimate reversal in fortunes. Evildoers who reject God’s law will win temporary victories and will make the good suffer, but they cannot overturn the will of God in the long run. Blessed John Paul II concurs: “Human progress planned as alternatives (to God’s plan) introduce injustice, evil and violence rising against the divine plan of justice and salvation. And despite transitory and apparent successes, they are reduced to simple machinations destined to dissolution and failure.” At present, the true servants of the Lord have been defeated and humiliated by the servants of the arrogant demons, who are now rolling in the aisles laughing over how easy it was, over how unthinking, unperceiving, and easily-manipulated the majority of Americans have proven themselves to be. Yet many Christians were fervently praying that the Lord would give our country one more chance, before the evils that have been introduced in recent years would become so entrenched in law and civil life as to be unassailable by any Christian voices crying in the wilderness. How are we to understand what happened?
It may very well be that a “sufficient number” was lacking, or simply that the accumulated sins of an self-absorbed and unrepentant nation have merited a divine decree of chastisement. Perhaps it is largely the fault of the Catholic Church, or of members of this Church who are really pagans in Christian clothing. If all Catholics would have voted according to the principles and explicit injunctions of Catholic moral teaching (which is the teaching of Christ’s Gospel), Obama would be retreating in shame by now. So even if there are many great sinners who couldn’t care less about God and eternal life, it is the Church and her faithful that will suffer the most, because Catholics should have known better and could have made the decisive difference. America is selling her soul to the devil, and many Catholics evidently approve the deal. But there will be Hell to pay, literally. God help us all.
America is just following the trends set over the past few decades in decaying Western Europe. One would think that Catholics would only look across the Atlantic to see that the Church is rapidly crumbling to pieces there, because her sacred traditions have been abandoned for the sake of gross immorality, political correctness, and the entire agenda of those who are shaping public opinion to embrace a Godless new world. While the gays are trying to redefine marriage, politicians (and other influential people) are trying to redefine Catholicism, diluting it to the tastes of those who do not wish to “turn back the clock” to the time when the Gospel and the doctrines of the Church were upheld in an uncompromising fashion. Now we have “Catholics” like Biden, Pelosi, and Sabelius lecturing the bishops (with impunity!) on what Catholicism really means, identifying it with a vague notion of tolerance and compassion, studiously ignoring the Church’s explicit teachings.
Well, I needn’t go on and on. It has been a big election for big government, big business, the culture of death, and the agenda of perversion and anti-Catholicism. They are all throwing their parties now, and Hell is toasting its victories as well. But there is Someone who is going to have the last word, and his righteousness will ultimately be vindicated. We don’t know how long the faithful will have to suffer before that happens. All we can do now is pray, fast, trust in the Lord, invoke the intercession of the Mother of God and the Saints and the protection of the mighty Angels, and “stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught” (2Thess. 2:15) by Christ and the Apostles, by the Popes and those bishops, priests and teachers who are in faithful union with them.
Everyone has a choice. Americans have chosen as their leader someone with an evil agenda, someone whom power has made arrogant enough to confront and try to dismantle the Gospel, the Church, the natural law, the longest-held moral traditions and common decency itself. What is your choice? Do you want to fall in lockstep with this hell-bound march? Or will you do whatever it takes to stand with the truth, with our Lord Jesus Christ? “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).