A profound crisis has come upon our country and now is settled into the depths of the very core of the nation – a crisis that continues to degrade us, bringing us to the point of spiritual and moral bankruptcy. I have a short one-word solution to the crisis: God. We need to return to God. As a country we have abandoned God. Remember the Pledge of Allegiance? It includes the phrase, “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” It is only under God that a nation can be indivisible! The only secure basis for unity, for peace and concord, for liberty, for justice, is God! And God is systematically revoked, “repealed and replaced,” throughout the nation. Replaced with what? Replaced with man – replaced with the thoughts, opinions, ambitions, judgements, political correctness of men separated from God. In such darkness, justice is no more firm than a vapor, no more certain than the fluttering path of a butterfly, no more true than the slurring ramblings of a drunkard.
God is not welcomed here, anymore. Certainly He is welcomed among some! But among so many of our leaders, God is set off on the margins, and the margins are moved, and God is far distant, outside. Lost in the past, for so many people, is the sense that God is present – and relevant – to daily life. Does God “exist”? That question is now as irrelevant as God Himself, for so many it does not matter. God does not matter. God is irrelevant – as irrelevant as any other passing opinion, idea, or fantasy dreamed up by people who also don’t matter. God is irrelevant; the people who believe in Him are irrelevant. What is relevant, in this “culture of death,” is power. Political power, financial power, military power: power is relevant. Stalin is said to have discounted the relevance of the Catholic Church to his ambitions, with the rhetorical question, “How many Divisions does the Pope have?”
In America, we seem to have now reached a tipping point. My very rough “statistics” lead me to this conclusion: we are on the tipping point, and we will fall one way or the other, perhaps irreversibly, perhaps very soon. The Supreme Court, for example is about 50-50 on major, radically important issues of fundamental national moral values. The major political divide in the country – conservatives on the one hand and “progressives” on the other – is typically 40-40-20: 40% lean conservative, 40% lean progressive, and 20% might lean one way or the other. America, the flutterings of a butterfly might cause us to fall one way or the other.
When God dies, man becomes an animal – a savage – a beast. Such men care for no one; they are left to long for nothing but pleasure. They care for no one but themselves, and even that, wrongly. Such a man has lost himself, in running away from God, in hiding from God, in denying God, in refusing to acknowledge in his own heart that there is a God over all.
When God dies, man fills the chasm in his soul with anything, with everything, with ever more things, lest the empty chasm consume him too. The music must be louder, and louder still. The noise must never stop, silence must never seize a space in him, quiet and solitude must never be allowed in. Man must not pause, he must not seek rest, he must not stop lest God find him and he comes face to face with His eternal truth.
When God dies, man must erase all remnants of truth, he must silence the echoes of the Word still streaming through all that has being, he must forge his own poor stamp on all his thin fabrications and fictions, lest the authentic ring of truth condemn him. Man must not listen; man must not let himself listen again, not ever again, lest he hear and learn what he cannot bear to know.
Therefore – therefore, Church, listen to your call! – Therefore Church, you must speak. Therefore, Church, you must speak what man must hear, lest he destroy himself. You must bear witness, you must be the one you are called to be: His witness, His voice, His Bride. Awaken! Give what He has given you to give.
Pope St. John Paul II included this prophetic word for the Church of our time:
“The hour is coming, in fact has come, when the vocation of women is being acknowledged in its fullness, the hour in which women acquire in the world an influence, an effect and a power never hitherto achieved. That is why, at this moment when the human race is undergoing so deep a transformation, women imbued with a spirit of the Gospel can do so much to aid humanity in not falling”. (Apostolic Letter Mulieris Dignitatem of Pope [St.] John Paul II)
This was written especially to women, knowing the gifts and abilities given them particularly, for humanity. But Church, hear this for you as well – men and women – to live this vocation as Bride of Christ! Church, become imbued with the spirit of the Gospel! Church, live your vocation! Church, act – and do much to help and aid humanity in not falling!