With Blessed Francis of the Humble Ambition now proclaiming his disdain for lopping off heads, while at the same time, lopping off heads, it’s a good time for some reflection.
It is all going to get much, much worse before it gets better. I mean, I’m sustained daily by the knowledge that we win in the end. We’re assured of that. But we are not assured that it won’t get nearly unbearable before the end comes.
No, in fact we are assured it WILL get VERY NEARLY UNBEARABLE. Matthew 24:
 For there shall be then great tribulation, such as hath not been from the beginning of the world until now, neither shall be.  And unless those days had been shortened, no flesh should be saved: but for the sake of the elect those days shall be shortened.  Then if any man shall say to you: Lo here is Christ, or there, do not believe him.  For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders, insomuch as to deceive (if possible) even the elect.  Behold I have told it to you, beforehand.
Even the elect would eventually be deceived. Meditate on that. All of humanity alive at the end would fall for the deception and be damned, if the tribulation were allowed to continue for long enough. Only God, because he is perfect justice and perfect mercy, brings the curtain down before they succumb to the deception.
Which brings me to an Ann Barnhardt pearl from 21 Oct 2014: Sorting and Sifting.
So I’m getting all kinds of emails from people who feel themselves losing their faith, considering going sedevacantist or just giving up on the entire idea of the Church qua church altogether. This is obviously very, very bad, and is the doing of satan. This is what happened right after the promulgation of the Novus Ordo Mass in late ARSH 1968. Many, many Catholics saw the Holy and August Sacrifice of the Mass turned into – sometimes literally – a clown show in the space of just a few short months, and simply walked away. “I didn’t leave the Church – the Church left me.” Now satan wants to finish what was started 45 years ago. What we are seeing today is the coming to full fruition of the Modernist-Freemasonic-Communist-Homosexualist war of aggression against God and His Church.
Of course it goes back Waaaaay farther than 45 years ago. More like 500 years ago. But you know what she’s saying. 45 years ago is when we started sprinting toward this.
The Catholic Church is God desperately chasing after YOU, God doing everything He possibly, possibly can short of taking away your free will and coercing you. Here is God coming down on the altar at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, miraculously and supernaturally changing bread and wine into His Physical Substance so that He can be near us, among us and even inside of us PHYSICALLY. Here is God giving us a concrete means of confessing our sins TO HIM and receiving pardon and absolution FROM HIM so that we actually, physically hear the words, “I absolve you…” through the supernatural reality of the priesthood and the sacrament of confession. God is the actor. God is the driver. God is the smitten Lover, and we are the quarry.
Are you sure you want to walk away from that because, after a century of attack, foretold and prophesied repeatedly by no less than His Mother, we now have a Church infested with stupid, seemingly faithless men, including the pope himself? Really?
It is a really good essay, and needed even more now than it was 21 months ago.
Please go read (or re-read) all of it over THERE.