The signs of the times indicate that God is angry with us, as he should be. Fortunately for us, God will not despise a humble and contrite heart. Repent, confess, and do penance. Pray, fast, and sacrifice.It is a principle of Sacred Scripture that people get the leaders they deserve, in spheres both political and spiritual. The rulers that people end up with usually reflect in themselves both the virtues and the vices of the age they live in. In the book of the prophet Hosea, God laments how Israel has gone astray in setting up rulers apart from those whom God has sanctioned:"They have set up kings, but not by me; they have made princes, but without my knowledge" (Hos. 8:4).What a terrible thought for the omniscient God to say a prince has been set up without His knowledge, as when our Lord says to the unrighteous, "I never knew you." This is an indication that these kings and princes are self-seeking and wicked; but then again, so was Israel. Only two verses earlier, God says,"They have broken my covenant and transgressed my law...Israel has spurned the good; the enemy shall pursue him" (Hos. 8:1,3).
Friday, February 7, 2014
Getting it good and hard
Sometimes people express frustration with my suggestion that the only real solution to problems in society and the Catholic Church is personal conversion. I feel their pain. But if we're angry with the government or the hierarchy, we need to remember that Scripture says that God gives us the leadership we deserve: