Fighting ‘the final battle’

The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family.~Sister Lucia of Fatima

Today, more than ever before, faithful Catholic families in America are under attack. In a recent address at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C., Cardinal Robert Sarah sounded the alarm: “In your nation [U.S.], God is being eroded, eclipsed, liquidated”. Families, trying to live the faith, often feel isolated and pressured by a malignant secular culture surrounding them. For decades now, whether out of fear or ignorance, many Catholic leaders in America have shirked their responsibilities, leaving the faithful to fend for themselves. Saint Gregory the Great was correct in saying, “Priests and pastors will stand condemned before God as the murderers of any souls lost through neglect or silence.” Silence wins out when it comes to key life issues such as marriage, contraception, abortion, premarital sex, homosexuality, and transgenderism.

Since 2000, more than 14 million Catholics have left the Faith and, as statistics have demonstrated, those who leave the faith rarely return. According to the National Catholic Registry, sacramental Catholic marriages have dropped by more than 41 percent. These statistics, coupled with the anti-family movements sweeping the West, underscore the relevance of Sister Lucia’s statement cited above. The war against the family is raging like we’ve never seen before. In the words of Father John Hardon S.J. (recently echoed by Cardinal Burke), “Catholicism is in the throes of the worst crisis in its entire history.” Think about that for a moment.

There is a solution to the madness, however. In a new video interview released by Life Site News, Bishop Athanasius Schneider lays out some relatively simple steps to restore and revitalize the faith within our families. Check it out, and send it to your friends and family members as a little moral booster. We could all use some solid words of advice during these times of tribulation.