Most of Our World is Neo-Pagan

Have we had Enough?

By Fr. Daniel E. Doctor:

Speaking out of turn.  We all do it.  Remember when the Spirit of God came down on certain individual Israelites that were chosen to help Moses lead the people. One of Moses’ aids, Joshua is amazed by all of this and speaks out of turn saying that it was an insult to Moses that others now have the Spirit of God like he does – But Moses responds; “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the people of the Lord were prophets! Would that the Lord might bestow His Spirit on them all!”

These prophetic words of Moses have come true in our day and time for God has bestowed His Spirit on us by the power of the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. We, the baptized and confirmed, are now God’s prophets in this world and in this age.  All of us are prophets of the Good News of salvation.  Now, all of us, are

Father Daniel E. Doctor

Fr. Daniel E. Doctor

bestowed with His Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life.

So, what is a prophet?

“A prophet is a person who is regarded as an inspired teacher or proclaimer of God’s will;” So that means we need to get to work learning our faith so we can teach it and praying daily so we live it. A prophet is one who:

  • “advocates or speaks for God”
  • “has the ability to see the course of human behavior and how it is pleasing or displeasing to God”
  • “calls back those who have become lost in sin and selfishness.”

This is the work of all the baptized  not only those who are priests and religious.

A prophet is also a witness that is a person who displays their own discomfort or distress in the way things are going in the culture and in the world. A prophetic witness is one who suffers for righteousness, for things to be better  and gives voice to their discontentment, their restlessness with the way things currently are.

It is important for the prophet to remember when things get rough that suffering and even martyrdom is the prophet’s lot in life.  Speaking the word of God has good and bad consequences. The good consequence is conversion from sin and a greater holiness among the people of God. The bad consequence is from those who revolt against God and His prophets by lies, detraction, gossip, backbiting, slander, calumny and even murder.

Now as Christians, as prophetic witnesses of God to a world and culture  whose behaviors have become increasingly anti-God, Pope Francis in his new encyclical, is asking us to take a firm stance against this culture of atheism and individualism that has permeated every aspect of our lives – as well as the widespread mentality of our “throw away culture.”

When we violate human dignity, treat others without respect, as well as violate their God-given rights – and treat them for our own immoral means we do evil. When we protect human dignity and serve the rights of all we do good.

And therein lies one of today’s many American ironies. We now live in a society that speaks about protecting the environment, Global warming, and rescuing species on the brink of extinction – all good things.  But then we tolerate the mass killing of the over 53 million unborn children and contemplate the killing of the sick and elderly in the name of their own “dignity.  We continue to disregard our young people and their future, leaving them a legacy of broken homes, destroyed relationships, poverty, addiction, unemployment, suicide and shattered dreams for their future.

“Neo-pagans”

This culture of indifference is born from the fact that most in our world are neo-pagans.  Why would I say that? Because most of us know more about the world and the culture than we do the teachings of the Church or the Bible.

This new kind of paganism rejects the use scripture, the Catechism, or even God’s inspiration to make choices in our lives.  Instead we use the media, Hollywood, dumb luck, or “our own evil passions” as St. James put it, as the sources to legitimize our actions.

And so  as Pope Francis explained, “we lose hope, choosing to live self-absorbed, self-centered lives.  To live by one’s own passions and throwing aside those who we think have no value to us….we destroy hope.”

“We have had enough.”

We need to state definitively, that as Catholics, we will not allow or be partakers of these evils.   Or, as Pope Francis has boldly stated it in his encyclical; “We have had enough.”

We are not just going to stand by and watch our love ones become victims of someone’s political agenda (OR) stand by and watch the beloved teachings, that good and courageous Catholics sacrificed their lives for, become watered-down, lifeless, irrelevant . . . a thing of the past. (OR) throw away our children, our youth, our elderly as worthless disposable problems.

Cardinal Robert Sarah, the new Perfect on Divine Worship and the Disciple of the Sacraments, put it this way during his keynote address to the World gathering of Families in Philadelphia, “Even members of the Church can be tempted to soften Christ’s teaching on marriage and the family, to varying degrees, the idea would consist in placing the Magisterium in a pretty box and separating it from pastoral practice.”

We, as Christ’s prophetic witnesses, need to know the Truth if we ever hope to live it. “The world today needs saints with heroic witness to defend and nurture the family,” stated Cardinal Sarah, “by opening ourselves to God’s grace and His Holy Spirit living in us, our homes and families.”

As Pope Francis reminded the Bishops of the United States, just a few days ago, “This kind of witness is a beacon whose light can reassure men and women sailing through the dark clouds of life that a sure haven awaits them, that they will not crash on the reefs or be overwhelmed by the waves.”

Therefore, we need to be that strong “light to the world” because as Pope Francis warned us, “the light of Christ is flickering.”

So, we need to get serious about our spiritual life – like the prophets and saints of old.  How?

  • Family Prayer,
  • reception of Holy Communion more that once a week,
  • frequent confessions,
  • Eucharistic Adoration, (most especially at night),
  • daily rosary in hands

PLEASE REWORD These are our Catholic weapons!  That’s right, weapons!  They are the means to destroy this world of evil, this culture of death and indifference.  They are the means to make Saints of all of us.  They are the means to strengthen and protect us in this mortal combat, that we find ourselves in, for our souls.

We are called to be Prophetic Christian Soldiers. . .

We are called to “see and hear” so let us wake up to the truth of the matter that we are called to be prophetic Christian Soldiers.  Let us take our rightful place on the battlefield of life, next to Christ our Lord…our King…and His Bride, Our Mother the Church. We need to become again the ever-victorious Church Militant!

We need to get fired up about our Catholic Faith to be joyful because we are greatly loved.  And, as Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati said, “I have nothing to fear, I have Jesus with me.”

These fearless words of a Saint in the midst of the battles and struggles of life give us courage to follow this loving God with our whole hearts, minds, and souls these words should give us Life…and invincible hope in His promises.

Therefore, one of those ways we prove our metal as Christians is how we live.  So live like a heroic Catholic!  Let us put an end to the evil we encounter by living the Christian virtue of charity…by truly loving your neighbor.  Be a courageous prophetic witness who fearlessly turns your life over to this everlasting Father of incredible love and radical mercy, who wants nothing more than to fill us, His children with His very Spirit of Life, because His Son gave His life for you.

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2 comments to Most of Our World is Neo-Pagan

  • Kathleen Rineyna

    Thank you Fr. Wade! See Fr. Gordon Mac Rae, @ http://www.thesestonewalls.com .
    He’s been on the Front Lines, for the past 22 yrs.!!
    There are Many of us Praying & Fasting for our Priests Daily…We are the Silent Majority! 🙂
    We have your Backs!

  • Fr,Ed Wade

    Excellent article and it is my hope and prayer that all bishops and priests will rise to the to the occasion and take this to their pulpits. I would also pray that the all ministers would do the same.

    Father Ed Wade,CC

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