Be Vigilant, Watch and Pray

by Father Andrew B. Horvath, B.A., M.A.

You will remember what the devil said to Almighty God.  He said he would raise his throne higher than that of the Most High, and that he would wage war against God.  God said, “I will put enmity between thee and the Woman, between Her seed and thy seed: She will crush thy head with Her heel.” (Gen. 3:15)

Take a long look at what is happening in the world today.  What do we see?  We see a deluge of sin, a world infected by immorality, lies and blasphemy.  Satan is waging a decisive war against Mary, the Mother of God and God’s Holy Church.

We Belong to God or the Devil

Now is the time when each one of us must take a definite stand.  We either belong to Almighty God or we belong to the devil.  There is no middle way.  Since the 1960's, and that is a long time ago, apostasy has been devouring the Church, I speak here of the Church, there is only ONE, despite what others may think or say.  The ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC, APOSTOLIC CHURCH has been savaged in her functions, her Sacred Institutions, her Sovereign Head (the Papacy) her bishops and her priests, her doctrine and discipline, not forgetting all her faithful people, all these have been tainted one way or another.  The Church of God, the Divine Institution, has been and still is being attacked from every conceivable angle. We must not close our eyes to this deplorable situation or persuade ourselves that all is well when it isn’t!  All the children of the Church are involved in this, from the highest to the lowest. To my mind, and the minds of all Catholics of my generation, we realize that we are witnessing the wholesale destruction of millions and millions of souls.  I keep asking myself, — “will the future generations ever know the ‘Truth’?”  It is a repetition of “Christ weeping over Jerusalem”. Remember His warning, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, if thou hadst but known the things that are to thy peace, but now they are to be taken from before thy eyes, and there will not be left in thee a stone upon a stone” ... And Jesus wept. (Luke 19:41-44)

Each of us in our own spiritual and material life, must every minute of our waking and sleeping try to merit ‘Heaven’s special protection’... I am reminded of this every day. On my Rosary beads there is a medal on which it says: “Beware the passing grace of God”. In other words ‘do not let the graces that God sends to us escape our grasp.  If we do, those same graces will not come back again.’

We Need the Special Protection of the Mother of God

Our Lady's volunteers in Machakos, Africa, making home visits to spread the message of Fatima. You can be a Crusader for the Immaculate Heart too.

At Fatima, Our Lady told us to say the Rosary every day. We must do all we can to fulfill Her wishes. We need the special protection of the Mother of God ... I feel pity for those who wilfully take no notice of Her instructions. If we are to be worthy of the name ‘Catholic’, we should find no difficulty in obeying Her wishes. If to say the Rosary is what the Mother of God wants us to do, then, let us get on with it, and do it. Let us not be afraid of the future, but remember that Our Lady of the Rosary has received from Her Son the power to conquer all heresies.

Let us not be afraid of the present or the future ... Remember that St. Therese (The Little Flower) said: “All things are passing”. In two years’ time, we will see the dawning of the third millennium and, probably, the fulfillment of Chapters 7 to 13 of St. John’s Apocalypse, which tells of the “decisive battle” between Our Lady and the infernal Dragon (the Devil). Judging from what we have experienced over the past thirty years, the Great Apostasy heralding “the Last Days” has already begun. For instance, the triumph of wickedness in the sanctuaries of God’s Church, the destruction of our sacred altars, the wholesale destruction of holy places, the changes and disbelief in the Sacrifice of the Mass, replacing it with a communal meal idea. Today’s Modernists are determined to change the structures of the Church. The ultimate aim of all we have witnessed is a completely New Church with a New Liturgy, a New Order. It takes only one word to sum up all that has happened. The word is SACRILEGE.

“Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season; reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine.” 2 Timothy 4:2