Comment: To commemorate the 4th July, Fr Richard Heilman wrote this outstanding article on his blog, ROMAN CATHOLIC MAN, which we now re-print below. No self-congratulatory pats on the back for America’s noble past victories and achievements, no lofty dreams and proposals heralding an even greater future, but instead a serious down-to-earth analysis of the current disastrous moral state of this (once ?) great nation, and the only true way to fix it.
“Of the twenty-two civilizations that have appeared in history, nineteen of them collapsed when they reached the moral state the United States is in now.” -Arnold Joseph Toynbee
Before time runs out, we simply must recognize what is happening to our beloved America, and call upon God to heal our nation. We must repent!
We know that Sacred Scripture teaches that whole nations can be overrun by a demonic spirit (Rev. 16:13-15; Acts 13:6-9). This can come through any or all of the ruling class, whether that is the ruling political powers that be or through any number of sources of power and influence.
In 2011, Jeffrey Kuhner wrote in the Wasnigton Times:
“For the past 50 years, every major institution has been captured by the radical secular left. The media, Hollywood, TV, universities, public schools, theater, the arts, literature — they relentlessly promote the false gods of sexual hedonism and radical individualism. Conservatives have ceded the culture to the enemy. Tens of millions of unborn babies have been slaughtered; illegitimacy rates have soared; divorce has skyrocketed; pornography is rampant; drug use has exploded; sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS have killed millions; birth control is a way of life; sex outside of wedlock has become the norm; countless children have been permanently damaged — their innocence lost forever — because of the proliferation of broken homes; and sodomy and homosexuality are celebrated openly. America has become the new Babylon” (Jeffrey T. Kuhner, Washington Times, January 20, 2011).
Even as Mr. Kuhner wrote this article, our nation still believed marriage was reserved for a man and woman for the procreation of children. In that very short period of five years, our nation has surrendered to this “ruling class” who continues to advance their narrative. Moreover, we have just witnessed our nation’s judicial system sanction the ability of men to enter into little girl’s restrooms.
ROOTS OF CONDITION
As quickly as things seem to be deteriorating, many believe the “weakening of the West” has been 700 years in the making.
Shortly after WWII, Richard Weaver published the book, “Ideas Have Consequences.” Weaver’s book traces the deterioration of the West back to the 14th century when, as he says, Western man made an “evil decision.” Influenced by William of Occam’s philosophy of nominalism, the West began it’s spiral downward, having abandoned its belief in transcendent universals:
“The denial of universals carries with it the denial of everything transcending experience. The denial of everything transcending experience means inevitably…the denial of truth. With the denial of objective truth there is no escape from the relativism of ‘man is the measure of all things” (Richard Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences).
No longer “tethered to the transcendent,” we are left to our own ideas of truth. In fact, we end up in the company of such great cynics as Pontius Pilate who retorted, “What is truth?”
By 1951, this “man worshipping” modernism had already contaminated America’s Supreme Court. In “Dennis et al. vs. U.S.” Chief Justice Fred A. Vinson observed:
Nothing is more certain in modern society than the principle that there are no absolutes ….all concepts are relative.”
Around the same time, Anthony Harrigan pointed to the fierce and subtle movement of the ruling class:
“Modernists are determined to force the acceptance of pornography as medical science, filth as artistic realism, and abnormality as a mere difference of opinion…Though the life of the country is basically decent, Americans are in the hands of a cultural ruling class which…is conducting us to ruin.” The amoral ruling class seeks to raise up a “liberal-bred barbarian” motivated by a destructive impulse” and unchecked by “traditional values and restraints,” in order to destroy America from within, noted Harrigan” (George H. Nash, The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America)
Dennis Prager points to the Music industry in its mission to produce “liberal-bred barbarians:”
“The music industry, from producers to artists, is largely populated by people who regard social and cultural norms as stifling. Their professional lives are dedicated to lowering that which is elevated, destroying that which uplifts, and to profaning that which is held sacred.”
The liberal-bred barbarianism, described by Prager, is not limited to the music industry. As Jeffrey Kuhner pointed out, it is replete throughout the “ruling class” or, what he refers to as, the major institutions of the “radical secular left.”
COUNTRY CLASS BEWARE!
Some refer to us as the “Country Class.” We are the ones who, by and large, have kept America’s founding Judao-Christian philosophical worldview. We still hold that men are created in the spiritual likeness of God the Father and that all men are therefore subject to His laws. But, that is deteriorating at an alarming rate.
There are two movements spreading like wildfire throughout the Western world. Robert Enright warns:
“There are two over-simplified and very dangerous ideas emerging:
1) There is no personal responsibility because of brain activity which determines how we behave, rendering free will impossible;
2) Social forces of poverty and oppression determine how we behave, rendering free will impossible.
Beware of these over-simplifications of humanity.
Do you see the implication….no really….do you see it? If there is no personal responsibility, then there are no moral offenses…..rendering forgiveness impossible. Why? How can you forgive those who just couldn’t help it?” –Robert Enright
This “relieving anyone of moral responsibility” is the coup de grâce – the “kill punch” – of the ruling class’ modernist movement. Once we accept that we were not created by God in his image – and cease to spend our lives striving to be as perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect – we are left to stand as a soulless human ape who is subject to or “a victim of” his circumstances. Weaver dubbed this way of thinking the “spoiled-child psychology” of modern man, who had “not been made to see the relationship between reward and effort.”
I called this the coup de grâce, because “now” we are in the very place the “ruling class” wants us to be … completely dependent upon them. If we are “just” soulless barbarians, we “can’t help ourselves” … we have “no power” to chase perfection and catch excellence. The ruling class then claims all of the power to “control” us based on our willingness to heed their dictates.
Have we completely lost our drive to strive to the heights of our humanity as children of God? Where is “Honor” any longer?
JEZEBEL SPIRIT IN AMERICA
It is uncanny how much this moment in history resembles the conflict between Elijah and Jezebel; between the power of God and the satanic lie of Baal. Are we under the demonic influence of Jezebel?
Jezebel first appears in 1 Kings 16, when she marries Ahab, king of Israel. Jezebel was the daughter of Ethbaal, the king and high priest of the Baal worshipping Sidonians. Baal worship was closely associated with obsessive sensuality and often involved sex acts. Jezebel, as a daughter of this perverse kingdom, was raised in an atmosphere where sex was a path to power and influence (sounding familiar yet?).
Ahab, King of Israel, was completely subdued and dominated by Jezebel (a type of modern man?). Jezebel then introduced the worship of Ashtoroth to Israel. This god/goddess was a power-hungry goddess of love and sensuality. Priestess-prostitutes filled her shrines and serviced her worshippers. The lure of these legal, readily available erotic encounters was more than the men of Israel would resist. By Jezebel’s influence, most Israelites, the northern kingdom, left the worship of God for Baal and Ashtoroth. The prophet Elijah laments that only 7000 men in the entire nation were not swayed by her control (How many men have left God – exchanged the power of supernatural grace for sensual pleasure – by simply clicking on to easy access porn sites? How many men have either abandoned their family or refuse to get married at all?).
The Jezebel spirit is born of rebellion (1960s? Now?). The Spirit of Jezebel is basically a controlling spirit working through the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (The counter forces to these are poverty, chastity and obedience).
Other ways a Jezebel spirit can gain power of a nation …
- Puts power and politics ahead of people
- Baal worshippers would propagate child sacrifice (today’s abortion)
- Operates through fear and intimidation (Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals)
- Intolerant of Word of God (Banish God from public sphere, loss of religious freedom)
- Allows seduction to prevail
- Twists truth; Lies
- Usurps the law
- Propagates sorcery; Black magic (New Age, Reiki, crystals, horoscopes, ouija boards, luck charms, etc.)
Is any of this sounding familiar? It should. This almost perfectly describes the Motus Operandi of most of the liberal secular ruling class in power today.
What are our altars to Baal? When we work, not to live, but live to work so that we can buy more material things, we are building an altar to a false god. When we desire popularity or notoriety and pledge to do anything to get that attention, we are building that altar. When we allow drugs, alcohol, pornography or any other addiction to rule our lives, we are putting another brick in the altar that resides within our hearts. When we put others on a pedestal, such as famous athletes, movies stars, or even someone we know personally, we are building an altar to worship someone other than God. When we are constantly worried about how we look, how we are perceived, or how much others like us, we build an altar to ourselves; we become Baal.
Among prophets of ancient Israel, Elijah stands out, impelled by God to bring the people to conversion. His name means “the Lord is my God”, and his life develops in accordance with this name, entirely dedicated to kindling in the people gratitude to the Lord as the one God.
Now, when most of Israel was captivated by the seduction of idolatry, and deluding themselves into believing they can serve two masters, Elijah proposes a challenge to Jezebel and the her Baal worshippers to “put up or shut up.”
On Mt. Carmel, both he and the prophets of Baal were to prepare a sacrifice and pray and the true God would reveal himself, responding with fire that would burn the offering. After all kinds of antics by the prophets of Baal, including cutting themselves, no fire came from heaven to burn their sacrifice.
Elijah then prepares his sacrifice on the altar and cries out to God, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word. Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” And this is what happened: “then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt offering, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, ‘The Lord he is God; the Lord, he is God.’”
On Mt. Carmel, Elijah calls upon and trusts in the supernatural power of God, and the people “Repented” of the error of their ways and turned back to God. This is the Gift of the Holy Spirit usually called the Gift of Awe and Wonder. I wrote about this necessary “trigger gift” HERE. We simply must believe in, call upon and lead people to the supernatural power of God if we ever hope for the salvation for our nation!
St. Dominic (1170-1221) – Blessed Virgin Mary to Saint Dominic, “One Day through the Rosary and Scapular I will save the World”- These words would not be spoken by the Blessed Virgin Mary unless her Son was not readily available in the Blessed Sacrament. Our Lady would confirm this warning at Fatima (1917) by appearing as Our Lady of the Rosary and ending these apparitions as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel wearing the brown habit of the Carmelites and holding the Brown Scapular.
We must repent! We must pray the rosary, wear the scapular and go “often” to Confession!!
THE REST OF THE STORY
After Elijah reveals the supernatural power of God and embarrasses Jezebel and the Baal worshippers, Jezebel threatens Elijah’s life. He flees to the Mountain of Horeb where God appears to him, not in the wind or the earthquake or the fire, but in the whistling of gentle air. In that moment, Elijah is in silent adoration.
I have heard countless stories of people who had that “deep conversion” when they came to meet the Lord in Eucharistic Adoration. Our nation simply MUST see a movement of the restoration of Eucharistic Adoration in every parish!
We must come to meet God in Awe and Wonder! We must pray silently in Eucharistic Adoration!!
The following video simply shows those who are awakened to the lies of the ruling class whose objective is to keep them “down” and “dependent.”