At an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come . . . Do not just think about his first coming when he came “to seek and to save the lost;” think, too, of that other coming when he will come to take us with him . . . But there is a third coming between the two to which I have referred and those who know of it can rest in it for their greater happiness. The other two are visible but this one is not. In the first, “the Lord has appeared on earth and has spoken to us;” . . . in the last, “all mankind shall see the salvation of God.” But the one that comes between them is secret; it is that in which the elect alone see the Savior within themselves and their souls find salvation. In his first coming, Christ came in our flesh and in our weakness; in his coming in the midst of time, he comes in Spirit and power; in his final coming, he will come in his glory and majesty (Saint Bernard, Sermons 4 et 5 for Advent).
These are just a tiny fraction of the calls coming out of the mouths of many Christians – in particular, nationalist-minded White Christians and Catholics – in the United States of America at present; a nation that used to pride itself on the greatness of its heart and its Judeo-Christian heritage. But Christianity is neither what you think it is, nor what you are trying to make it out to be, as Jesus Christ became incarnate to bring love, not hate, to a suffering world and the above samples of calls are nothing but examples of hate and/or incitements to hatred. Restoration, true life, and love have zero relationship to hatred.
By their fruits you shall know them (Mt 7:16).
Christianity has never been, nor is, neither will ever be about the dehumanization and scapegoating of the other – in particular, the disagreeing, the disagreeable, the non-White, the non-believing, or the differently-believing other, as God has granted free will to every human person. Violence in any way, shape, or form, and weapons are never the answer; never! Neither is attempting to restore Christianity as the order of the land through the end of a legislative barrel. God does not act like that; neither should the People of God.
Look at how much they love each other (Tertullian).
When self-identifying Christians and Catholics act or speak in the above-referenced manner, it should be noted that this is not genuine Christianity by any means, no matter what these persons may write or say they are and/or profess. That such individuals tend to do so under the name of Christianity, under the name of Catholicism even, makes it more of an abomination! Only a perversion of Christianity can produce such statements, such declarations, such calls, in accordance with the darkest desires of their hearts, not genuine Christianity illuminated by the Spirit of God. It is a deception at best.
Peace, love, charity, and unity shall not return to the land until We, the People – both left and right; Christians and non-Christians of all stripes – return to God with sincere repentance in the heart, because only Him Who Is Peace can grant the grace of true peace to the land and to the world. Only the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit can re-gather the people, the nations, into unity and fraternal love. Nothing else; no one else.
Many Christians – Catholics included – in the United States of America speak proudly about living in the unparalleled land of the free, given to them by God to be a shining city on a hill for other peoples, other nations. And so they should as everyone should be proud of their country; their heritage. Yet in the same sentence, if not the same breath, and with their actions and behaviors, they have no compunction about targeting with a rugged ideology of exclusionism, across every dimension, in systemic ways, the most weak and vulnerable of persons, including aliens fleeing from war-torn regions and seeking refuge at their shores. And they, more often than not, do this from the very comfort of their plush couches.
In the land of the free and the home of the brave – a land originally intended by God to be a refuge for “the tired and the poor,” the “huddled masses . . . wretched refuse . . . [and] the homeless” of other nations – these Christians, idolizing strength and despising weakness, lobby for and employ an exclusionism borne of fear inspired by Satan, not by the Spirit of God, while claiming that they are doing God’s work by combating abortion, same-sex unions, and euthanasia. Yet all of the above begs the question: How can one be a true Christian just in part, picking and choosing what to support in the faith of Christianity, not to mention a similar cafeteria approach to the Social Doctrine of the Church? Quoting various Popes and texts in their lobbying efforts – or, rather, first decontextualizing, then (mis)quoting various Popes and texts to further the real agendas hidden deep in their hearts – these Christians seem to have conveniently forgotten the commands of God the Father in relation to strangers and aliens arriving at their shores, in the hope of living in their God-given rights to possess land, shelter, work and the fruits of their work, together with rest and peace.
It is crystal clear throughout Scripture that God and the Apostles had more than a few things to say about this matter, not to mention the fact that Christ Himself was a Stranger, an Alien; a Refugee. To be specific, here are some of the relevant parts:
You shall also love the stranger, for you were once strangers in the land of Egypt (Dt 10:18-19).
Cursed be anyone who deprives the resident alien, the orphan or the widow of justice! (Dt 27:19).
There will be one law, for the native and for the alien residing among you . . . You shall have but one rule, for alien and native-born alike (Ex 12:49; Lv 24:22).
You shall not oppress or afflict a resident alien, for you were once aliens residing in the land of Egypt (Ex 22:20).
When an alien resides with you in your land, do not mistreat such a one. You shall treat the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you; you shall love the alien as yourself; for you too were once aliens in the land of Egypt. I, the Lord, am your God (Lv 19:33-34).
You shall have the same law for the resident alien as for the native of the land (Nb 9:14; 15:15-16).
Only if you no longer oppress the alien, the orphan, and the widow; if you no longer shed innocent blood in this place or follow after other gods to your own harm, only then will I let you continue to dwell in this place, in the land I gave your ancestors long ago and forever (Jer 7:6-7).
I will draw near to you for judgment and I will be swift to bear witness against sorcerers, adulterers, and perjurers, those who deprive a laborer of wages, oppress a widow or an orphan, or turn aside a resident alien without fearing me, says the Lord of hosts (Mal 3:5).
I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me . . . Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me’ (Mt 25:35, 41-43).
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers for by doing that, some have entertained angels without knowing it (Hb 13:1).
In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all (Col 3:11).
Who, therefore, is the true Christian?
Do you not understand that by your present sentiments, actions, and behaviors, you are bringing down even more judgment upon yourselves and upon the nation itself?
Peace shall not return to your shores before you return to God in whole, not in part, and with genuineness in your hearts.
The inalienable rights given by God the Almighty Father to man are the following:
- The right to live;
- The right to own private property for the shelter of oneself and one’s family, within the context of the universal destination of goods, in accordance with natural law;
- The right to work for sustenance and integral growth, and own the fruits of one’s work;
- The right to just remuneration for work done;
- The right to rest;
- The right to worship, both individually and collectively, without encumbrances.
The violators of the inalienable rights given by God to man are several. Thus it has been throughout most of the history of humankind, in some ways or others, despite man and woman both having been created in the image of the only divine God, in order to attain to His likeness through deification in via. None, however, have become as brazen and insidiously perverse – legally so – in their subtle and not-so-subtle violations, and confluences of violations, of the said rights of human persons as the materially over-developed nations of the first world; the most spiritually under-developed nations of the entire world.
Spiritually impoverished to the extent that even the poorest of the materially poor nations remain aghast at their level of unawareness, if not outright denial, of these tangible realities, the violator-nations remain encapsulated in an over-saturated and impenetrable darkness through their individual, collective, systemically insatiable and intransigent lust for money and power. A lust that no amount of money or power will ever be able to satiate, because it arises from the intersection of the individual and the collective heart of man – a heart that has become possessed by nothing other than the veritable evil of the Evil One himself under the illusion of good.
What integral development of humankind? Every one of the aforementioned human rights – rights given to man by God Himself – you have violated them and continue violating them without fear or remorse.
Light appearing as darkness and darkness appearing as light, you kill; violator-nations of the first world. You kill human persons and that has become your specialty; your expertise, your main export. You advocate and legislate for the manslaughter, if not the murder, of your children; those children who form part of you, whether you like it or not, and who would form and sustain your future as nations. Children, the blood of whom is, at this very moment, crying out for justice at the altar of the infinite God Who allowed you to become nations in the first instance and granted you unparalleled beneficence from the goodness of His Divine Heart. What kind of monsters are you, violator-nations?
You kill both your men and women and their families; those men and women who are an intrinsic part of the fabric of your life as nations, some of whom have laid down their very lives so that you may remain alive as nation-states. You kill by stealing, directly or indirectly, in multiple and increasingly creative ways the fruits, livelihoods, shelters, and health of your own people; those people who, in themselves – in their very hearts, minds, bodies and souls – comprise you as nations, but whom you regard as nothing more than objects to be used then discarded. They are the people without whom you would not even exist. You also kill the human identities of your people by not letting them be.
You kill by living like an ever-more-obese leech off the backs of your own people, turning the vast majority into de facto slaves of your materialist elitism in a similar, albeit not analogous, manner to the Pharaoh, Thutmoses III, and the slave-Children of Israel, despite your having legislated away slavery as illegal. And to make sure you kill off any and all chances they may ever have of hope, liberation, and freedom, you do your very level best, in a variety of procedural and not-so-procedural ways, to kill the people’s right to rest and be consoled by God, in order to keep fattening your idol selves as violator-nations of the inalienable rights of humankind. Unable to bear the intrinsic and extrinsic realities of all of the above, you kill your elderly by commission and omission; the people who provide you with the grapevines of wisdom, because you are incapable of listening any more to the latter due to the individual, collective, and systemic guilt that eats away at you inside whenever you hear them and torments your nation-souls.
The blood of your people, violator-nations of the first world, is on your hands. How are you ever going to face God and your judgment, violator-nations of the inalienable rights of your own people and individual and collective enablers of such nations, given both what you have done and keep on doing without compunction?
Deluded. Deceived. Confused. Disoriented. Unable to see at the spiritual level and understand, with the latter two abilities being direct gifts of grace of the Holy Spirit. Yet most of humankind, in particular in developed nations, consider themselves enlightened to this day, both in the camp of the left and in the camp of the right, and attempt without fail to educate the rest. Coercion? What is that? Where is God?
Their hearts have been closed, their nous has been darkened, and this to such an extent that the delicate balance between faith and reason has long been lost. Reification of reason externally to the faith and reification of the self are the new processes ordering the day, with darkness being perceived as light and light being perceived as darkness. But why is this happening to its present extent? What has led to such a pitiable state of affairs in the souls of humankind?
The answer is simple:
Because they have not accepted the love of truth so that they may be saved, God is sending them a spirit of deception, so that they may believe the lie, that all who have not believed the truth, but have approved wrongdoing, may be condemned (2 Thes 2:10-12).
Jesus answering, spoke again in parables to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is likened to a king, who made a marriage for his son. And he sent his servants, to call them that were invited to the marriage; and they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying: Tell them that were invited, Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my calves and fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come ye to the marriage. But they neglected, and went their own ways, one to his farm, and another to his merchandise.
And the rest laid hands on his servants, and having treated them contumeliously, put them to death. But when the king had heard of it, he was angry, and sending his armies, he destroyed those murderers, and burnt their city. Then he saith to his servants: The marriage indeed is ready; but they that were invited were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways; and as many as you shall find, call to the marriage. And his servants going forth into the ways, gathered together all that they found, both bad and good: and the marriage was filled with guests” (Mt 22:1-10).
I wonder that you are so soon removed from Him who called you into the grace of Christ, unto another gospel. Which is not another: only there are some that trouble you and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema. As we said before, so now I say again: If anyone preach to you a gospel besides that which you have received, let him be anathema! For do I now persuade men or God? Or do I seek to please men? If I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ (Gal 1:6-10).
As it says in scripture: Anyone who is upright through faith will live. The retribution of God from heaven is being revealed against the ungodliness and injustice of human beings who in their injustice hold back the truth. For what can be known about God is perfectly plain to them, since God has made it plain to them: ever since the creation of the world, the invisible existence of God and his everlasting power have been clearly seen by the mind’s understanding of created things. And so these people have no excuse.
They knew God and yet they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but their arguments became futile and their uncomprehending minds were darkened. While they claimed to be wise, in fact they were growing so stupid that they exchanged the glory of the immortal God for an imitation, for the image of a mortal human being, or of birds, or animals, or crawling things. That is why God abandoned them in their inmost cravings to filthy practices of dishonoring their own bodies – because they exchanged God’s truth for a lie and have worshiped and served the creature instead of the Creator who is blessed for ever. Amen.
That is why God abandoned them to degrading passions: why their women have exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural practices; and the men, in a similar fashion, too, giving up normal relations with women, are consumed with passion for each other, men doing shameful things with men and receiving in themselves due reward for their perversion. In other words, since they would not consent to acknowledge God, God abandoned them to their unacceptable thoughts and indecent behavior. And so now they are steeped in all sorts of injustice, rottenness, greed and malice; full of envy, murder, wrangling, treachery and spite, libelers, slanderers, enemies of God, rude, arrogant and boastful, enterprising in evil, rebellious to parents, without brains, honor, love or pity. They are well aware of God’s ordinance: that those who behave like this deserve to die – yet they not only do it, but even applaud others who do the same” (Rom 1:17-32).
Do you not realize that people who do evil will never inherit the kingdom of God? Make no mistake – the sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, the self-indulgent, sodomites, thieves, misers, drunkards, slanderers and swindlers, none of these will inherit the kingdom of God. Some of you used to be of that kind: but you have been washed clean, you have been sanctified and you have been justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and through the Spirit of our God. ‘For me everything is permissible;’ maybe, but not everything does good. True, for me everything is permissible, but I am determined not to be dominated by anything.
Foods are for the stomach and the stomach is for foods; and God will destroy them both. But the body is not for sexual immorality; it is for the Lord and the Lord is for the body. God raised up the Lord and He will raise us up too by His power. Do you not realise that your bodies are members of Christ’s body? Do you think one can take parts of Christ’s body and join them to the body of a prostitute? Out of the question! Or do you not realise that anyone who attaches himself to a prostitute is one body with her, since the two, as it is said, become one flesh. But anyone who attaches himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
Keep away from sexual immorality. All other sins that people may commit are done outside the body; but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Do you not realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you and whom you received from God? You are not your own property, then; you have been bought at a price. So use your body for the glory of God (1 Cor 6:9-20).
The world will not know peace until it recognizes Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, as King. Then and only then – not before – will a period of true peace be granted to this world.
Through all the trials and tribulations of our present time and the times soon to come, God our Father will bring us back to Him and His kingdom will reign on earth, in the hearts of humankind, as it reigns in heaven:
“Now when the seventh month came, the whole people gathered as one in the square in front of the Water Gate, and they called upon Ezra the scribe to bring forth the book of the law of Moses which the Lord had commanded for Israel. On the first day of the seventh month, therefore, Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly, which consisted of men, women, and those children old enough to understand. In the square in front of the Water Gate, Ezra read out of the book from daybreak till midday, in the presence of the men, the women, and those children old enough to understand; and all the people listened attentively to the book of the law. (more…)
Even as the days darken and the spirit of the world descends deeper into depravity and sinfulness, so has the intermediate harvest of God simultaneously commenced:
- “And many people shall go and say: ‘Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob, and He will teach us His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for the law shall come forth from Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem'” (Is 2:3).
- “For the day of the Lord is at hand upon all nations: as thou hast done, so shall it be done to thee: He will turn thy reward upon thy own head. For as you have drunk upon My holy mountain, so all nations shall drink continually: and they shall drink, and sup up, and they shall be as though they were not. And in Mount Zion shall be salvation, and it shall be holy, and the house of Jacob shall possess those that possessed them” (Ob 1:15-17).
Note: For those who still remain somehow unable to fully comprehend, please note that the intermediate harvest has nothing to do with the Second Coming of Christ. It is the end of era, not the end of all time.