James L. Ward
Where is the Kingdom of God on earth? It is a simultaneous twofold reality, first, inside of us and, second, in our midst.First, the Kingdom of God on earth is the life of God, divine grace, in the human soul. So, by living united to His Will here, we see Him, with the eyes of Faith, in everything and in everyone around us. We are delivered to His Will in every circumstance of our lives.gratian decrees
Christ delivers the two powers to the spiritual and temporal heads of society to build His KingdomWe know His Will by means of the teachings of the Church and the work of the grace in our souls. As we strive to unite with Him, our wills become His. This is one meaning of the Kingdom of God.
Second, regarding exterior realities, twofold meanings for the Kingdom of God exist:
The Catholic Church as a visible society composed of members is the Kingdom of God on earth;
So also is Christendom, which is the application of principles of the Gospel to human customs and laws, so that we have the temporal sphere also built according to the Will of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
I believe that Our Lord asks those who are united to Him to establish and maintain these two external expressions of His Kingdom.
Scripture makes it very clear that He Himself will both internally and externally assist us according to our needs to accomplish His Will, His Kingdom.
“Fear not for I am with thee: turn not aside for I am thy God: I have strengthened thee and have helped thee, and the right hand of my just one hath upheld thee” (Is 41:10).
“Be in nothing solicitous; but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:6-7).
“Have confidence in the Lord with all thy heart, and lean not upon thy own prudence. In all thy ways think on Him, and He will direct thy steps” (Prov 3:5).
We need to become heroic Catholics. The Kingdom of Heaven on earth can only be taken by violence. A neutral army of disengaged soldiers is of no use to anyone. We must all pray for courage, tranquility and perseverance because our present day reality is an outright warfare with the powers of evil. It is a battle to be engaged by souls of valor. Warriors for the Kingdom must be pure of heart and faithful to all of God’s Ten Commandments.
“He that hath My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father: And I will love him and will manifest myself to him. … If anyone loves Me he will keep My word and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and will make Our abode with him” (Jn 14: 21; 23).
Courageous warriors for Christ
We all must respond to the exhortation of St. Paul to put on the full armor of God. This is the Will of God for the Church Militant, especially in these days of universal apostasy and unbelief.
The celestial army – to be imitated by men on earth
“Be strengthened in the Lord, and the might of His power. Put you on the armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the Devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.
“Therefore, take unto you the armor of God that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect. Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice, and your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace: In all things taking the shield of faith, wherewith you may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the most wicked one. And take unto you the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit (which is the Word of God)” (Eph 6:10-17).
I believe that in the present day situation of crisis in the Church in which we witness a general apostasy from head to toe, those who are lay Catholics should take responsibility and enter the fight for themselves.
We should keep in mind those wise words of Sister Lucia to Fr. Fuentes: “Father, we should not wait for a call to the world from Rome on the part of the Holy Father to do penance. Nor should we wait for a call for penance to come from the Bishops in our Dioceses, nor from our Religious Congregations. … So, now each one of us must begin to reform himself spiritually. Each one has to save not only his own soul, but also all the souls that God has placed on his pathway.”
These words must be adapted to the remnants of the Church Militant that are willing to stand up for Our Lord Jesus Christ with valor and perseverance. We have to be willing to go against that tide of trepidation and isolationism and actively involve ourselves in preaching the truth of the Gospel.
“Preach the Word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine. For there shall be a time that they will not endure sound doctrine; but according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: And will indeed turn away their hearing from the Truth, but will be turned unto fables. But be thou vigilant, labor in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill thy ministry” (2 Tim 4:2-5).
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Sr. Lucia:: ‘Do not wait for Rome or the Bishops for a call for penance and reform’
A message to the faithful remnant: Take to heart the words of Juan Donoso Cortes, Marquis of Valdegamas:
“Catholicism is the law of life, the life of the intelligence, the solution of all problems. Catholicism is the truth, and everything that departs from it one iota, is disorder, deception, and error.” (Essays on Catholicism, Liberalism and Socialism, p. v)
We must continue to draw close to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We must be one with God’s Divine Will as if it were our own. One will to direct us in everything: His Will. By living His Will as our own, we will become the beacon of Truth for tepid Catholic souls who have lost their way.
Our Savior wept abundant tears of blood because of the many souls that would be lost for eternity, despite the horrendous Passion He underwent for the salvation of mankind, in perfect fulfillment of the Will of Our Heavenly Father:
“Wherefore, when He cometh into the world, He saith: ‘Sacrifice and oblation thou wouldest not: but a body thou hast fitted to Me: Holocausts for sin did not please Thee. Then said I: Behold I come: in the head of the book it is written of Me: that I should do Thy Will, O God.’
“In saying before, ‘Sacrifices, and oblations, and holocausts for sin Thou wouldst not, neither are they pleasing to Thee,’ which are offered according to the law. ‘Then said I: Behold I come to do Thy Will, O God:’ He taketh away the first, that He may establish that which followeth. In which Will, we are sanctified by the oblation of the body of Jesus Christ once.” (Heb 10:5-10)
Our Lord has asked that we take up our cross and follow Him in perfect fulfillment of the Will of Our Heavenly Father. This is our sanctification and this is our call to action as faithful warriors in the Church Militant. Abandoned in His arms we will accept everything with joy. All that is needed is our consent, just as Our Blessed Mother gave hers. Can we do any less for Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who gave His all?
“Come Divine Will, come to reign in us on earth, as You do in Heaven!”
Posted April 11, 2014