Friday, March 05, 2010

The House of God will be deserted....


"After the birth of Antichrist and shortly before the rise of the Great Monarch, the false doctrines were to multiply and spread to such an extent that even Catholics would doubt many of the articles of faith, resulting in their perversion, this to apply not only to the laity but even to many priests and some of the hierarchy. The zeal of these latter will be greatly affected by this lack of faith. There will be dissensions among the clergy. Many will be proud, selfish, unjust, covetous, and even forgetful of vows made at ordination regarding chastity. Many will even offer Mass and confer the Sacraments sacrilegiously. When the zeal of the clergy fails they will see the faithful leaving the churches and turning to the world. The House of God will be deserted, singing of hymns will cease, and the observance of festivals abandoned. The relics of saints will be considered powerless and any contributions the laity will make to the Church will be made grudgingly. In many religious houses humility and poverty will be forgotten, pride and desire for worldly luxuries will characterize the inmates instead of the spirit of simplicity which is the mark of a true religious. Because of these defections Catholics will be severely punished, for only by chastisements can God bring back to the minds of His people, a realization of their dependence upon Him. As a consequence, widespread persecution of priests and people will come upon the Church in order that faith and love of God may be revived, for as surely as night follows day, so will civilization crumble and the world become steeped in the darkness of ignorance, hatred, misery and vice when God, who is the Light of the World, will no longer rule in the hearts of His people....In these days fiction will be preferred to truth because the people of the world will wish to be seduced....The prophets say also that evil and falsehood will increase as the world grows weaker with age.." (Rev. R. Gerald Culleton).

7 comments:

ACatholicinClinton said...

Fitchburg is losing its faith and Christian heritage. A generation ago Catholics were building churches - not closing them. And they would never have stood for Planned Parenthood coming into town. Our clergy have failed to lead.

Stewart said...

Tonight's Chronicle (Channel 5) features atheists who believe that religion is a "danger." Everything is coming apart now, morals, the economy, the political sphere - everything. America is under a chastisement.

St.Joe's Parishioner said...

How sad for Fitchburg. How sad that the diocese is struggling financially with 75 of 120 parishes having difficulty. But merely one symptom of spiritual rot.

I forward my donations to orthodox religious communities and causes. I cannot in good conscience contribute to a diocese which promotes dissent and new age and which discourages orthodox vocations.

Anonymous said...

We should be building churches not closing them. We should be committed toward a new evangelization but were not. We are the authors of our own demise. The light of faith is dying out in what was once a grand Catholic city. And the darkness is beginning to envelop everything in this city in decay.

Anonymous said...

As the Worcester T&G reports: Half the existing churches are being closed, leaving 4 churches for 18-20,000 people or 4500-5000 per parish. With how many priests: one per parish? Those are impersonal "magachurch" numbers.

Will the same thing happen in Worcester: Closing/combining half the existing parishes into the larger churches such as Our Lady of the Angels, St. Peter's and St. Paul's Cathedral?

Thomas Shawn said...

Are the Fitchburg churches really that full?

St. Joe's Parishioner said...

No Thomas. Immaculate Conception usually has around 75 people at any given Mass. St. Joseph's Parish is a ghost town on Sunday mornings although the vigil Mass has a fair number attending. But all in all, parishes are emptying out. There is no real leadership in Fitchburg.

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