Kafka’s Dilemma

There is a passage in Kafka’s diary where he relates a time of indecision, wherein he spent a couple of hours (if I recall correctly) at a street corner. He would take a hesitant step or two, then retreat after considering the various outcomes; then head in another direction, only to retreat from that too, after considering what may happen. He never did do as he had originally intended.

I thought of Kafka’s quintessential example of modern neurosis when someone commented, “You seem to be trying to scare people into doing penance with the prospect of earthquakes. What if no further catastrophes happen? Won’t they then just turn away from the message of Fatima entirely?”

In the rough and tumble world of the internet, anything one posts is bound to stimulate vigorous criticism, so I have determined to become unkafkaesque (to coin a new word). If others accuse me of using sensationalism, that is their right, and the same thing goes for “negativity”.  It is negative and sensationalist and perhaps even hysterical to tell someone their home is on fire. But if it is truly on fire, eventually, the truth will out and, one would hope that what was once seen as  “negativity” will be seen in a different, less-critical light. Only time will tell.

Now, we see earthquakes and we must ask ourselves what is the meaning of this seismic activity. Is God threatening us? Or is He calling us to repentance?

I do not believe God threatens us. Warns us, yes, most certainly. But that is done with infinite love for us. The earthquakes are a merciful way to recall us to the correct path, to serve Him so that we might be happy with Him in heaven. When mankind turns from Him, He must get our attention, to recall us to Him. What is really most fearful is God’s silence – that means He is leaving us to proceed to our damnation. But He is showing us with these lesser chastisements, that He still offers us His mercy, if we but hear His voice and return…

At the close of yesterday’s post I wrote,

“I am not claiming that the world is about to end. But simply stating that the Church can only be cleansed of this current aberration by God’s help. No amount of secular activity will achieve the necessary cleansing. And Sacred Scripture is chock filled with evidence of God’s solution to cleansing the Temple. If we have learned anything from the past, it should be to make ready our souls, for it is never too late to turn to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Our Mother.”

Chastisements are simply a larger version of the daily crosses our Father gives us to enable our spiritual progress. Now, part of the true message of Fatima is found in Our Lord’s words to Sister Lucia. He told Lucia that the sacrifice He wished from us is simply performing our daily activities according to His will, offering all for love of Him and of Our Lady, in reparation for sins (our own and others’) and for the conversion of sinners. With each contradiction, challenge or cross, we say, “O my Jesus, it is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for sins against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer this sacrifice to Thee.”  Short version, “O my Jesus, it is all for love of Thee! Save sinners!”

The goal of these posts is not to frighten readers into repentance with terrors of earthquakes. But it is most definitely to remind readers that all our actions have consequences. We are Catholics, children of Mary, after all. In our thoughts, words and actions, we must give glory to God, honor to Mary and work for the salvation of souls. If we lose sight of those goals – and the conciliar Church has in fact, turned its back on them – then God in His merciful justice, will call us back to the right path. If the conciliar Church has placed huge obstacles to the correct path – and it has! – then God will remove those obstacles.

Once again, the goal is to return to the correct path. Our Lady, in her message of Fatima has given us the weapons she desires that we use. If we do not choose to use them, that is if we do not obey her request for First Saturdays of Reparation, daily Rosary, prayer for the Pope and the Church and the Consecration of Russia, if we do not make reparation of our daily duties for love of God, in reparation for sins and for the conversion of sinners, if we instead shun these means, there will be no other means offered to us, and the chastisements will increase until God’s will is finally done. That, in fact is the only absolute: God’s will will be done. In the end, Our Lady will triumph by her Immaculate Heart, the most pure and perfect obedience to God’s will. The rest depends on our response.

When we see increasing signs of God’s displeasure, either in great natural disasters or in the more intimate experiences of our daily lives, we ourselves have have choice in responding. If we respond with humility in a loving and docile manner, we begin our return to the friendship of God. But if we continue to ignore His warnings, He will, quite logically, proceed to clear away the obstacles. The present state of the Church is an obstacle to our soul’s path to God. Due to the actions of various pontiffs, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is now treated as an empty ritual to which any and all unrepentant sinners are welcomed.

Will we soon see that which has long been prophesied – the disappearance of the true Mass?

Grace has fled …

Do you think God will leave things this way?

Our response to the earthquakes will determine His response to us. If only Pope Francis and those who follow Him could grasp that this is the true meaning of “dialogue”. God’s actions in our lives demand a response from us. Our response to Him – even indifference is a response! – determines His further response. He awaits our response. Will we accept Our Lady of the Rosary’s requests? Will we be her obedient children? Or will we proceed to do things “in our own way”, stuck on stupid?

“If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts..” (Psalm 94)

Sweet Heart of Mary, be our salvation!

Remember, pray the rosary and confound the devil and all who serve him.

~ by evensong, for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!

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