Skip to comments.Christmas Letter 2010
Posted on 12/25/2010 11:35:13 AM PST by JosephJames
How are you? I hope my Christmas greeting finds you well!
For many people Christmas is a joyful season because THEY HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE enough to have received from their parents or from other faith communities a knowledge and a first hand experience of what Christmas means in the lives of people around them. Many others, who HAVE NOT BEEN SO FORTUNATE to have experienced a true communion of love with God personally and with others, have taken refuge in the less demanding belief of deism. They believe that God is a supreme being; at the beginning of things, He created the universe, maybe gave it its laws, wound it up like a clock and then let it go. In this belief God is both spatially and chronologically distant from the world with no personal relationship with His creatures. This belief allows them to escape from the humility of submitting to a being greater than themselves as well as what this superfluous so-called God might demand of them. For many people today, science has become the infallible guide rather than Christ or the authority that Christ left us here on earth in the midst of so many conflicting opinions and confusion (Mt 16:18). These people who do not recognize or seek the true meaning and purpose of life imprinted in their hearts and eternal souls have not been aided by a great number of so-called Christians today who use religion to satisfy themselves rather that using religion to discover Gods will as well as using religion to obtain Gods help to put into practice His holy and loving will for each of them.
When we look at the vast universe of which we are a part and just a mere speck, we see billions of galaxies, we see billions of stars and planets in each one of those galaxies. When the physicists look at this vast universe they see that it is expanding. And so the atheistic scientists are having to come to the conclusion that if it is expanding then there had to be a beginning. And if there was indeed a beginning of the universe as there was, then there had to be One Who brought all of that into existence and gave it its beginning, God. THEY ARE HAVING TO COME TO THAT INESCAPABLE CONCLUSION, as Saint Thomas Aquinas called: The Unmoved Mover, that put everything into existence. In coming to the conclusion of God some would ask: Is it really true what Christians believe that this vast incomprehensible God became a man and dwelt among us? And some would say no, that is too great a thing, too humbling a thing for this great God to do such a thing. They know something of Gods majesty but so many do not yet know His love because one normally comes to know and TOUCH THIS LOVE IN PEOPLE WHO LIVE COHERENTLY THEIR FAITH.
And thus, without a healthy environment and culture of authentic altruism which can only be lived with the help of God, these scientists and so many others take the easy, self-satisfying way of deism or atheism, trusting in themselves rather than their Creator who loves them so much. Without this childlike trust in God, they do not realize that His commandments are for our good and best interests, like good parents who sometimes ask their children to do difficult and painful things for their own good. They grab on to anything that serves their desires and agendas to eradicate God, irregardless of the proven facts. As an example, these secularists, nihilists, and relativists, have USED FOR THEIR OWN PURPOSES DARWIN'S FALSE THEORY OF EVOLUTION. Karl Marx wrote (January 16, 1861): Darwin's work is most important and SUITS MY PURPOSE in that it provides a basis in natural science for the historical class struggle. One does, of course, have to put up with the clumsy English style of argument. Despite all its shortcomings, it is here that, for the first time, 'teleology' in natural science is not only dealt a mortal blow but its rational meaning is empirically explained. (http://theworldsocialist.blogspot.com/2009/03/marx-and-engels-on-origin-of-species.html). Karl Marx read the Origin of Species in 1860 and wrote that Darwin's book was very important and served him as a basis in natural science for the struggle in history. (http://www.quodlibet.net/articles/johnson-evolution.shtml).
In the mid-1970s the seminal discovery of Elso Barghoorn clearly and empirically REVEALED THE TOTAL FALSENESS OF THE RANDOM ORIGIN OF LIFE, but the mass media and almost all of our so-called objective (infallible?) scientists were not interested in this well documented and verifiable discovery. (Origin of life: RANDOM ORIGIN OF LIFE WAS EXPLODED BY 1970s DISCOVERY - who didn't get the memo?; Gerald Schroeder's The Hidden Face of God; http://collidinguniverses.blogspot.com/2008/08/origin-of-life-random-origin-of-life.html).
In the beautiful book: The Life of Christ, Archbishop Fulton Sheen offers us a powerful thought for this advent season as we prepare for the coming of Christ. He tells us that there have been men born into the world who claimed to be God, or to have been sent by God, or to have a message from God. Some of these men were Confucius, Buddha, Mohammad. Yet it would seem that if God were to come Himself or to send someone from Himself or with a very special message from Himself, that He would give us some indication that this person was coming. In others words, HE WOULD PRE-ANNOUNCE THAT HE WAS SENDING THIS PERSON, OR THAT HE HIMSELF WAS COMING. Yet none of these men mentioned were pre-announced before their births. But the birth of Jesus Christ was pre-announced!. In fact it was pre-announced all the way back to the time of the fall of our first parents, when God spoke to the serpent, who deceived our first parents, and said: I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your offspring and hers. You shall strike at his heal and he shall crush your head (Gen 3:15). This so-called proto-evangelium (first gospel) was a pre-announcement of Christ. But then even with the call of Abraham, later on David, God renewed that promise to send someone to His people. It was not just an awaiting of nine months for a child to be born into a family, it was an awaiting for almost two thousand years. So Jesus Christ was the only one whose birth was ever pre-announced. And that is why we know that He was sent by God the Father because the Father loved us so much He sent His own Son into the world.
When we think of experiences of love that we have had or MANIFESTATIONS OF LOVE, like Mother Teresa, where does that love come from? We know that its source is in God Who is love as Saint John tells us (1Jn 4). St. John also tells us that the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (Jn 1:14). And so we understand Gods love when we look at the Child in the manger. And the Word was made flesh for you and for me! But St. John also wrote in his Gospel referring to the eternal Word made flesh which we find in the Christmas liturgy: He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world know him not. He came to his own home, and his own people received him not (Jn 1:10-11).
For those of us who have received the great gift of faith from our relatives or from others, let us be truly thankful. But let us do all we can to SHARE THIS GIFT OF LOVE WITH THOSE LESS FORTUNATE than we by our concrete example of love for others. Love by definition must be given away. You cannot eat love; you cannot buy it; you cannot barter it; you cannot sell it; you cannot store it; you can only give it away. A song is not a song until it is sung. A bell is not a bell until it is rung. And love is not love until it is given away. And God gives us His Own love so that we might give it back to His children around us, these human beings with whom we live.
Let us pray at this time for all those who have fallen into one of the greatest traps of Satan as Pope Benedict puts it, the TYRANNY OF RELATIVISM, so that they might come to know, love and serve such a wonderful, loving God who came into the world to die for each one of us personally and individually. Precisely because our God is a God of love, He totally respects our primordial gift of our free will, and thus He respects our choice to say yes to Him and trust Him or to say no to Him for all eternity by trusting only in ourselves! Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven (Mt 18:3-4). The greatest joy in heaven is to be totally in the presence of God; the greatest pain in hell is to be totally separated from God their Creator. Satan and the world on the other hand tell us that the devil and hell do not exist so we can live without any restraints or responsibility like the animals and afterwards everyone goes to heaven if you still believe in this outdated idea! Unfortunately many priests and bishops have bought into this way of thinking in the name of God Who in His love would never send anyone to hell for eternity, if hell or the devil even exist. But TRUE LOVE MEANS THAT OUR PRIMORDIAL GIFT OF OUR GREAT DIGNITY, CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD, WITH A FREE WILL, BE RESPECTED, even if we chose freely to not seek to live the 10 Commandments and do Gods holy will. Otherwise our dignity is reduced to the level of irrational animals with no immortal soul. Our great God-given human dignity necessitates that each of us will live for eternity in heaven or hell, whether we like it or not, or whether we believe it or not! Woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born (Mt 26:24).
WHO DECIDES WHAT IS RIGHT AND WRONG, GOOD AND EVIL, TRUTH AND REALITY? One has to work very hard every day to stamp out the imprint of the Creator in his heart and soul and to reject the many daily inspirations and graces from God (The Hound of Heaven!) in order to convince himself that God does not exist and he can live as he pleases without regard for God or for the neighbors who do not satisfy themselves! Thus when such a person dies, even if he says he does not believe in God or the existence of hell, it will be revealed to him in an instant his whole life, including how hard he worked to deny and run from the truth stamped in his heart; this will be his judgment for all eternity! Whether one likes it or not, or believes it or not, man is made in the image of God (Gen 1:26-27). NO ONE GOES TO HELL OR TO HEAVEN FOR ALL ETERNITY BY CHANCE! God will always respect our great primordial gift of our free will and thus will never force anyone, kicking and screaming, to spend eternity with Him in heaven or eternity without Him in hell; at the moment of our death, He will confirm for all eternity our decision we made here on earth during our very short life! God created you without you, but He will not save you without you. Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness (Is 5:20)!
In our human way of talking here on earth, many people, who have willingly accepted and embraced so many times in their life the convenient and subtle lies of relativism, will say to Jesus when they die: I did not know this or that or And Jesus will say: Yes, you did not know, but you willingly chose not to want to know, YOU DID NOT WANT TO DISCOVER THE TRUTH OR THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LOVE ACCORDING TO THE WORLD, with so many hidden egotistical motives, and TRUE LOVE that I explained while I was on earth leaving my Church, the Catholic Church with the Pope as the head, to explain true love more clearly through the ages to the end of time. Ignorance is bliss!
The puppets of Satan, the proud modern philosophers, would make us to believe that each person is a god so we, by ourselves, decide what is reality and what is truth (Gen 3:4-5)! The so-called Age of Reason actually turned reason on its head. There is very little enlightenment found in the Period of the Enlightenment! Secular humanism is bankrupt! For a believer in God-Love, René Descartes famous supposition I think therefore I am should read I LOVE THEREFORE I AM! When all of these little gods die, where do they go? To a heaven that they created? To nothingness as they have decided and declared to themselves and to others, since they have decided that God or hell or the devil do not exist! In the heaven of the Creator of the universe and of all of reality and its laws, there is room for only one God! Whether we believe it or not, whether we like it or not, whether we decide or not, reality and truth are established by the one true God. We so easily and so willingly forget and ignore that LIFE IS A BATTLE, A DOUR COMBAT WITH THE POWERS OF EVIL (CCC 409)! Our proud mortal enemy, Satan and his followers, almost always disguises himself as an angel of light here on earth (2Cor 11:14). At that time Jesus declared; I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes (Mt 11:25; Lk 10:21). How many wise men 2000 years ago, as well as today, did not recognize the Creator of the universe born in utter poverty as a helpless baby, or did not recognize the infinite God substantially present in bread and wine, or covered with blood on the cross? But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong (1Cor 1:27, 20; 3:18; 4;10).
Let us be strong , with the help of God through daily prayer, to overcome the great pressures on us today such as POLITICAL CORRECTNESS so as not to fall prey to the spiral of silence about our precious Christian values through these highly sophisticate and well organized and financed jamming and cognitive dissidence techniques used today by those who want to extinguish true self-giving, self-sacrificing love that they see in those men and women of good will for whom the Christ Child was born (Lk 2:14). The research on political correctness is that it allows people to feel involved in something bigger than themselves without having to make any sacrifices. Today it is OK to expose in public pornography, signs of disrespect for parents, signs of Sodom and Gomorrah or diabolical signs, but it is against the law, forced on us by our activist dictatorial unelected judges, to pray in public schools or to put signs of Christmas (which comes from the two words: Christ Mass) or to inscribe the 10 Commandments in public, precisely in our so-called land of the free, the land of democracy! These haughty elite do not even want us to use the words Happy Holidays because the word holidays comes from the two words Holy Days. The great majority of Americans do not realize that we are already totally under the dictatorship of the New World Order. Freedom has been separated from Truth, Truth with a big T, which ironically leads to the exact opposite of freedom which is horrible slavery, the tyranny of relativism, based on everyones self-made truth with a little t!. Thus as the majority of Americans discard the Christian foundation of values that our founding fathers of America gave us, the law of the land will quickly disintegrate into MIGHT MAKES RIGHT which is exactly what the world manipulators, the elite of the NWO, want! For the sons of this world are wiser in their own generation than the sons of light (Lk 16:8). Jesus warned us: Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheeps clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits (Mt 7:15-16). Do not the fruits show that one of the highest, if not the highest, priority for Obama and Clinton is to force Americans to pay for abortions not only in America but in the whole world even while we are in the greatest economic crisis since 1929? Why is so much money given to EMBRYONIC STEM CELL (HUMAN BEINGS) RESEARCH ,which has NOT RENDERED ANY positive results, instead of adult stem cell (not human beings) research which has RENDERED MANY POSITIVE RESULTS?
AS THE OLD SAYING GOES, IF YOU DO NOT LIVE WHAT YOU BELIEVE, YOU WILL END UP BELIEVING AS YOU LIVE. We have arrived to the point today that only 50% of church going Christians believe in the resurrection after death. Jesus tells us to love the sinner but hate the sin; but many people today non longer make this distinction, and those who do make this distinction are accused of hating the sinner: HATE CRIMES! Very soon this accusation will become outright persecution and ultimately martyrdom for those who are ready for this great gift from God to share in the mystery of Christs redemption (Col 1:24)! The world autocrats must eliminate true Christianity and substitute it with a false christianity without the cross of Christ because Christianity, and specifically the Catholic Church, is the last obstacle still standing on the chess board so as to make a sweep of the board by the forces of what Joseph Ratzinger once called the dictatorship of relativism. WE ARE TO BLAME for having given the power and control to these egotistical puppets of Satan who have in turn accelerated the sinking of the ship with the money and power that we have given to them so as to hasten the culture of death by the promotion of the greatest sins and the elimination and destruction of the last remaining religious voices in the public square! As our Lady of Fatima said, wars are primarily caused by the sins of all of us. The sons of this world know much better that the sons of light (Lk 16:8) that THE PROMOTION OF SIN AND THE DESTRUCTION OF TRUE CHRISTIANITY is the most powerful and quickest and most efficient way to render the masses incapable of resisting their destructive agenda. So many do not realize that the economic crisis and all other crisis are fundamentally rooted to this demonic plan to destroy the spiritual fiber of each individual, of each family and thus of the real backbone of our society and of our culture. This Satanic strategy is much more potent for the forces of evil than nuclear bombs or any other material power. Just as those closer to God are more docile to Gods holy will, so too those closer to Satan are more docile to the demonic strategy and plan of total destruction on earth and in hell for all eternity!
READ ABOUT the use, without our permission or consent or knowledge, of these very powerful, sophisticated and highly developed techniques and their effects on us as an unsuspecting public: SELLING HOMOSEXUALITY TO AMERICA by Paul E. Rondeau (http://www.lifeissues.net/writers/rond/shta/shta_01sellinghomosexuality1.html; http://www.couplescompany.com/FEATURES/politics/2004/Selling%20Homosexuality.pdf; http://www.untwistedtruth.com/).
Let us pray for those following the father of lies (Jn 8:44), whose consciences are not already totally dead, before it is too late! LET US PRAY MORE THAN EVER AND OFFER MANY SACRIFICES for our deceived brothers and sisters as our Lady of Fatima has asked us to do. In this way some will convert from the deception of arrogance and the illusion of egoism, and we ourselves will be ready to suffer and even offer up our lives for others as baby Jesus did for us on the cross on Mount Calvary 33 years after His birth! The Truth Shall Set You Free (Jn 8:32)!
Many people today have misguided compassion and do not want to hurt the feelings of others; for these seemingly nice people, this short life on earth is more important than eternity. Is this true love? But the prophet Ezekiel tells us: If I say to the wicked, O wicked man, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way; he shall die in his iniquity, but you will have saved your life (Ezek 33:8-9). Referring to the OBJECTIVE TRUTH St. James wrote: "Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one converts him, let him know, that he who converts the sinner from the error of his ways shall save his soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins." (Jms 5:19-20; see also: Mt 18:15-17). Referring to the SUBJECTIVE TRUTH or personal guilt St. James wrote: Who are you that you judge your neighbor? (Jms 4:12; Mt 7:1-2). One must always distinguish and not lump everything together and then judge!
While alive we can change everything with a good confession and a true change of life; AFTER DEATH NOTHING CAN BE CHANGED FOR ALL ETERNITY whether we believe or agree or not! The Creator make the rules, not we who will return to dust from whence we came (Gen 2:7)! We need more religious leaders and laymen and laywomen to warn us of this eternal trap. Forewarned is forearmed! The Beast will be able to perform "signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect" (Mt 24:24; Mk 13:22; Rev 13:8; 19:20)! Every time our Lady appeared in the last 180 years she has always asked for prayers for the Pope, bishops and priests, the main targets of Satan, the generals and captains in this great cosmic struggle. If more RELIGIOUS LEADERS had less FEAR OF HUMAN RESPECT and the courage to speak about the reality of sin (mortal, grave) and its eternal consequences, we foot soldiers would be much better prepared for this period of the great tribulation (Mt 24:21)!
To fight in a battle, is it not prudent and necessary to know not only your own weapons, tactics and strategy, but also the weapons, tactics and strategy of the enemy? It was recounted to Pope John Paul II that the Vatican's chief exorcist, Father Gabriele Amorth, knows too many bishops who do not believe in the Devil. The Pope replied bluntly: ANYONE WHO DOES NOT BELIEVE IN THE DEVIL DOES NOT BELIEVE IN THE GOSPEL. When asked What do you see as Satans greatest success?, Amorth replied: The fact that he has managed to convince people that he does not exist. He has almost managed it, even within the Church. We have a clergy and an Episcopate who no longer believe in the Devil , in exorcism, in the exceptional evil the Devil can instill, or even in the power that Jesus bestowed to cast out demons. And they no longer believe in the Devil. We have entire Episcopates trying to counter exorcism. We have countries completely devoid of exorcists, such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and Portugal. This is a shameful shortfall. (http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?id=2879).
How incredible it is that today so many of our generals (bishops) and our captains (priests) in this great spiritual battle for our eternal souls tell us that the enemy does not even exist! We go onto the field of combat as buck privates led by these numerous commanding officers and we are massacred, unless we seek, in humility and trust, the directives of the divinely guided Vicar on earth of the Supreme Commander, THE LIVING POPE, with whom all bishops and priest have taken an oath to remain in unity and communion. Our enemy does not sleep and he is much more intelligent than any human being!
Let us remember and help our children to remember that Christmas is NOT OUR BIRTHDAY BUT THE BIRTHDAY OF JESUS Who came to show us the way to heaven and to die for each one of us! I remember as a child how my parents encouraged us (six children) to place a piece of straw into an empty crib during advent for each little sacrifice of love and self-denial we did so that at Christmas the crib was full of the straws of our sacrifices for baby Jesus. Today so many children expect only presents for themselves and they have not learned from their parents or friends the real reason for the season! My parents also knelt down with us six children everyday for 15 minutes to pray the daily family Rosary with the pictures of the 15 mysteries before us to help us to meditate on the life of Christ, to pray the Gospel through the loving eyes of Mary.
Forgive me for such a heavy and long Christmas letter, but my mother Mary, the mother not only of Jesus but of all of us, sheds many tears as seen in many of her recent apparitions because so many thousands of her children fall in hell for all eternity everyday as shown to the three children at Fatima (July 1917).
My best friend Jesus, who died for me, suffers more than we can possible imagine, and the great majority of people, including Christians, are TOTALLY INDIFFERENT AND INSENSITIVE to this astounding suffering and they become angered if you try to tell them of our great coldness toward the One Who loves us more than everyone put together and Who gave us everything we have, including His only Son to die on the cross for our cold indifference!
Very often there is a tendency to not consider very much the possibility of offending God, much less to cause great pain to God due to our insensitivity and indifference. We say: After all He is God; He does not need us and besides He is far above all these things! We forget that the greater the love is, the greater is the pain due to insensitivity and indifference. JESUS, who loves each one of us immensely, SUFFERS MORE THAN WE CAN IMAGINE due to our indifference. One might say how can this be if Jesus already died 2000 years ago? We must remember that for God there is no past or future but only THE ETERNAL PRESENT. Jesus suffered (suffers) not only for the sins of those who lived before and during his crucifixion, but also for all of the sins after his crucifixion. We slough off so easily this fundamental indifference of not responding to love. This is the fundamental definition of sin. How many wives (or husbands) suffer greatly because their husbands (or wives) are so insensitive and indifferent!? Every time we fall into sin, it is a nail, it is a thorn embedded in the Heart of the Sorrowful Mothers Son, and She cries out to us: have pity, have mercy!
Let us thank God there was a heart well prepared to receive the infinite Son of God, baby Jesus, 2000 years ago, the Immaculate Heart of Mary! The hearts of men were so cold 2000 years ago that only a few recognized the Creator of the universe born in utter poverty, covered with blood on the Cross and hidden in the appearance of a piece of bread in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Today the situation of human hearts is much worse. LET US MAKE REPARATION for the incredible suffering of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the foot of the cross with our prayers and sacrifices by loving baby Jesus hidden in the most rejected and defenseless people today as well as in every tabernacle of the world as our Divine Prisoner.
St. John the Baptist, as a six-month old fetus in the womb of his mother Elizabeth, leaped for joy in the womb of Elizabeth when he recognized Jesus as a very small embryo in the womb of Mary (Lk 1:44)! Little boys and little girls leap for joy in their mothers wombs, not abstract fetal tissue! The SECOND PERSON of the BLESSED TRINITY in His infinite wisdom, Who could have come into the world in anyway whatsoever, chose to become incarnate in the womb of a human woman and spend NINE FULL MONTHS IN HER WOMB!?! Christ sanctified everything He did; He identifies Himself with the least of His brethren (Mt 25:40): unwanted babies in the wombs of their mothers! You might say that Jesus, Who the entire universe cannot contain, showed us the preciousness of life in the womb by patiently spending nine months in the womb of His mother Mary! How can a Christian not stand up and defend Jesus in the wombs of millions of mothers planning to abort their precious gift of life from God within their wombs, and at the same time celebrate Christmas? Are we Christians if we do not do all we can to help concretely so many women abandoned by their boy friends, husbands, relatives and society in their difficult moment? If we help and comfort concretely those who are left out in the cold by so many around them, we will truly be warming baby Jesus for this Christmas! If we repent, confess our sins and begin to love every unwanted neighbor concretely as Jesus did, then we will offer a true gift to baby Jesus on His birthday and wipe away many of the tears of His and our heavenly Mother, the Mother of all of us whether we want to discover, recognize and believe this great gift from God or not! A true mother suffers greatly due to the indifference of her children especially of those who do not even communicate for Christmas and do not even recognize this woman as their mother! How hardened of heart we have slowly become over the years of our life and we do not even realize it or want to discover how far we have drifted from basic respect and concern for all human beings made in the image of God as well as the real situation of our hearts and souls and our relationship with our personal Creator!
May you have a most blessed celebration of the birthday of the Child who was born in extreme poverty and completed His mission of love on the Cross for us!
Fr. Joseph Dwight
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