The prophetess spoke: "Women of the United States awaken, come before me and bow your heads reverently and ask for your country to be saved. Embolden your tongue before your God and man. Be as astute as Esther was, and long for freedom. Freedom from all the capital vices of this country. Freedom from the winnowing cry of your people in the darkened room of fear. Freedom from the tyrannical rule upon which the course is being set. I love you and want to see you free to love and honor me. You must first gird yourself with prayer and fasting. Then it is time, as holy women to step forth and save your country. Do not read these words and turn away. Do not read and forget them. Stand up and be women who will save your race. Man times I have called you to pray for your country and many times you have prayed. But woe, woe to you who do not heed my voice and awaken your sleeping land. You are about to see the slaughter and I your God would like to protect you from it. You who are willing and able, I give you hope. But hope is useless without faith. Do you have faith that I will stop the terrible dirge from coming? If you have hope women, begin to call. Now I beg you, begin to keen in my ear that which I want to hear, which I need to hear, for I so want to save you. Oh Esthers of the New World! Esthers, who can save their land. Oh Esthers! whom I am calling. The time is now. Do not hesitate. Save your land. I am waiting for your call. I am waiting for your keening. I am waiting for your love. Oh where are you Esthers of this present earth? Are you there? Show yourselves. Speak loudly. I am a Lord of specifics and I specifically tell you, I am listening. Are you calling? Cry out in a loud voice for land, for your people, for your children. Pray to your Blessed Mother. She will help. She has helped beyond reason, but you are condemning yourselves. Where are you now? Where are you when you are needed to stem this tide of filth and decay? Where are you? Oh my children, how I love you! Awaken to my cry."
Spoken at an Anne Marie Schmidt retreat at the Marist House, Framingham, MA.
My neighborhood once was a haven for families. When my children were young gangs roamed our backyards and walked in and out of our kitchens. Literally, there was a path in the hedges between the house next door and mine. The voices of children echoed in the air. Bus stops had lines of children queuing. My children had a wonderful neighborhood to grow up in. They and I have good memories. That was then; this is now.
For a long time, I've wondered where the children went. I see plenty of young people jogging. I also see many couples, also singles, walking dogs. The thought has occurred to me that people aren't having children nowadays, but rather they're pet owners. Pets are satisfying the human need to love and nurture.
My thoughts were reinforced today by the article, "Fur Babies," in Breakpoint. John Stonestreet articulates what I've long thought. He calls it "pet parenthood," or "fur babies." Young people today opt to care…
The other day, I was talking to a friend about another friend, who is a Wiccan. My friend is into yoga and meditation and she said she was surprised that wiccans meditate, just like Christians do. We kind of ended our conversation with the realization that all religions have a lot in common.
Later on, I came across this examination of conscience on the Defend the Catholic Faith website. It's quite comprehensive. I glanced at the list of sins that broke the first commandment. I immediately recalled my conversation with my friend where we concluded that wicca is on par with Christianity. Yikes! What an idiot I am! I knew it's not; what was I thinking?
And scandal! Scandal is an attitude or behavior that leads one to evil. Hence! That's a sin against the fifth commandment. Who knew?
And "adulation!" I didn't even know what that was. That's being an accomplice in another's vices or grave sins. Ah.....