“Today all around us everything indicates that the punishments from God are imminent: even so – thanks be to God – it is not too late for us. We are capable of impeding them if we believe that this is also a time of grace and recognize what is necessary for our true peace. Beloved faithful! First of all let us recollect ourselves in an act of humility and repentance. Are we not also somewhat responsible for the catastrophes besetting us? […] If we examine ourselves, every one of us has to confess that we have fallen short […] that we have sinned against the Lord […].”
From the Pastoral Letter of Pope Pius XII to the Dutch Bishops, July 26th, 1942
[H/T to RORATE CAELI for the above]
“Are we not also somewhat responsible for the catastrophes besetting us?” asks Pastor Angelicus, Pius XII in 1942. He was referring to the seven deadly sins of men that had tragically flung the world into the worst war ever known to date, with the eventual loss of well over 50 million lives.
What would this holy Pope say to us today where grave sin abounds as acceptable behaviour as never before, even being written into the law and constitutions of many formerly-Christian countries, and with many of the Church’s own ‘shepherds’ failing to preach Her precepts to the ‘flock’? If sin is the cause of all disasters, with war as the worst of its subsequent “punishments”, as Our Lady of Fatima told the little seers in 1917, (and also in her messages at Akita, Quito, Ruanda, La Salette, Garabandal, etc.), then surely are we not heading towards an even greater catastrophe if we continue on this downward spiral of dissent to Christ’s teachings?
Be not deceived: God is not mocked; for whatever a man shall sow, that also shall he reap. (Galatians 6:7)
May we repent before it is too late, returning to Christ in humble recognition of our sins, and turning our lives around in obedience to God’s laws as always taught by Mother Church. Advent is a good time to start the metamorphosis. Nineveh was spared destruction upon the sincere repentance of enough of its inhabitants; may we with due repentance beg God’s mercy and forgiveness for our troubled and sinful world. With the same plea given by Pope Pius XII in 1942, may it not be “too late” for us today.