Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.
Here is a nice sample of your tax dollars at work. In brief, it is your money going (yet again) to help interfere in the internal affairs of a Third World nation, so that they make the “right” choices about their own internal affairs and embrace the “right” choice to kill their children. Message: Just enough of us, way too much of you.
It’s all being architected (yet again) by the Ruling Class here in the Land of the Sexually Free and the Home of Brave with Other People’s Children. The Ruling Class has all sorts of advanced ideas about what other people need to be doing with their money (Give it to the Ruling Class!), their children (Sacrifice them to Moloch so the Ruling Class won’t have to share), their young people (Put them in our armies! We will send them off to fight nation-building wars and deliver the sacred heritage of Democracy! Whiskey! Sexy! (aka “Bread and Circuses”) that has done so much to pacify our Jerry Springerized populace while our kind pursue “other priorities”), their religion (stop worshiping God and start worshipping the Ruling Class), and their lives (devote them to carrying out the commands of the Ruling Class).
It’s really quite wondrous how the devil so consistently promises a Lexis and delivers a Yugo. Radical Feminism makes women radically unfeminine. Hedonism sucks all the pleasure out of life. Devotion to capitalism as an idol turns work from a means of liberation in Christ into slavery. Atheistic materialism promises to deliver you from a tyrant God and imprisons you in a universe of the powerful and the powerless. And the secular messianic project our Ruling Class has embarked on promises salvation through Leviathan by any means necessary and delivers emptiness, chains and death. Three paragraphs to memorize as you analyze the modern world and its increasingly homogenous political class:
675 Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.
676 The Antichrist’s deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond history through the eschatological judgment. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism, especially the “intrinsically perverse” political form of a secular messianism.
677 The Church will enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover, when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection. The kingdom will be fulfilled, then, not by a historic triumph of the Church through a progressive ascendancy, but only by God’s victory over the final unleashing of evil, which will cause his Bride to come down from heaven. God’s triumph over the revolt of evil will take the form of the Last Judgment after the final cosmic upheaval of this passing world.