—Spiritual Food For Thought—
"YES, we should love our enemies and pray for their conversions," she agreed. "But I am angry over those who destroy innocence and goodness. This world has lost its appeal to me! Wouldn't Christ come running to His Bride who is increasingly abused and crying out?"
These were the sentiments of a friend of mine whom I spoke with recently after one of our ministry events (see my American Tour schedule). I pondered her thoughts, emotional, yet reasonable. "What you're asking," I said, "is if God hears the cry of the poor?"
DO THE UNJUST PREVAIL?
Even with the great upheaval of the French Revolution, generations since then have essentially held at least a modicum of respect for human life, even in warfare. It wasn't until the past century that human life was devalued to such a degree that two world wars broke out, millions died through the evil of Communism and Fascism, and "ethnic cleansing" became a common term. With this loss of respect for human dignity and life, the sexual revolution was born. It's really only been in the past forty years that we have seen abortion, pornography, divorce, and homosexuality essentially explode onto the modern scene.
That's a very short time relative to two millennia since Christ's Ascension.
What I hear in my heart is that God is not overlooking these injustices—particularly that of the corruption and slaughter of the innocent. He is coming! But He is being patient, because when He acts, it will be swift and will change the face of the earth.
God patiently waited in the days of Noah during the building of the ark, in which a few persons, eight in all, were saved through water. (1 Pet 3:20)
THE MYSTERY OF EVIL
In 1917 an angel was about to chastise the earth, according to the visionaries of Fatima. But our Blessed Mother—the Ark of the New Covenant—intervened. And thus began the "time of mercy" we are presently living in.
I am prolonging the time of mercy for the sake of [sinners]. But woe to them if they do not recognize this time of My visitation. —Jesus, to St. Faustina, Diary, n. 1160
Think of the numerous souls who have been saved during this period!
Yet, since 1917, there have been unspeakable horrors and injustices. In this regard, one is faced with a mystery… did God not hear their cry?
In a place like this, words fail. In the end, there can only be a dread silence—a silence which is itself a heartfelt cry to God: Why, Lord, did you remain silent? How could you tolerate all this? —POPE BENEDICT XVI, at the death camps in Auschwitz, Poland; Washington Post, May 29th, 2006
Yes, the blend of Divine Providence and human free will is at once an awesome, yet troubling tapestry of time. But let us not forget that it is human will which continues to eat of the forbidden fruit; it is man who continues to destroy his brother "Abel."
The Lord's question: "What have you done?", which Cain cannot escape, is addressed also to the people of today, to make them realize the extent and gravity of the attacks against life which continue to mark human history… Whoever attacks human life, in some way attacks God himself. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Evangelium Vitae; n. 10
How long can mankind continue to attack God?
But what is more scary than a generation which destroys thousands of babies every day—a torturous procedure that the unborn feel because no anesthetic is used? What is more alarming than those "scientists" who are genetically modifying our vegetable and seed crops with unforeseen consequences? What is more horrifying than those who in the name of "medicine" are creating animal-human embryos? More disturbing than those who wish to teach kindergarten children the "virtues" of sodomy? More sad than one in four teenagers contracting an STD? More troubling than a "war on terror" which is preparing the ground for a nuclear confrontation?
The world has lost its innocence, in the sense that we are moving beyond humanly irreparable boundaries (see The Cosmic Surgery).
Foundations once destroyed, what can the just do? (Psalm 11)
They can cry out. God hears. He is coming.
When the just cry out, the LORD hears them, and from all their distress he rescues them. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves. Many are the troubles of the just man, but out of them all the LORD delivers him. (Psalm 34)
Come Lord Jesus! Hear the cry of the poor! Come and renew the face of the earth! Remove all wickedness so that justice and peace may prevail! We also ask, God our Father, that as you purify the cancer of sin, that you will also purify the sinner. Lord have mercy upon us! You willed that all should be saved. Then save us all, and leave the ancient serpent without a single soul to devour. Let the heel of your Mother crush his every victory, and grant to every sinner—the abortionist, the pornographer, the murderer, and all sinners, including I, your servant, Lord—your mercy and salvation. Come Lord Jesus! Hear the cry of the poor!
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice; they shall be satisfied. (Matt 5:6)