Remembering ideas of Pope John Paul II

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On Tuesday, we took a moment and remembered our wonderful Pope John Paul II, who reigned as pope from 1978 until 2005. During that time, he brought many young people to the knowledge that they are loved by God, and that they have a purpose for being here, and that they should seek God in all that they do. I would like to quote Blessed John Paul II, as written in the “Magnificat” (magazine) for Oct. 22.

“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. I do not think the wide circle of the American society, or the wide circle of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the Gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the antichrist. This confrontation lies within the plans of divine providence. It is, therefore, in God’s plan, and it must be a trial which the Church must take up, and face courageously ...

“We must prepare ourselves to suffer great trials before long, such as will demand of us a disposition to give up even life, and a total dedication to Christ and for Christ. With your and my prayers, it is possible to mitigate the coming tribulation, but it is no longer possible to avert it, because only thus can the Church be effectually renewed. How many times has the renewal of the Church sprung from the shedding of blood? This time, too, it will not be otherwise. We must be strong and prepared and trust in Christ and in his holy mother and be very, very assiduous in praying the holy rosary.”

As we encounter the abuses of laws that take away our individual rights, we are marching towards a great decision. Do we continue to watch babies being aborted with no compassion for their lives, and what God had planned for each child he creates? Do we watch as our government takes away our individual right to obtain the type of health care that we each choose, or do we allow the government to decide who will receive care and who becomes too much of a burden on the government?

Do we allow our government to tell us that we must pay for every woman’s right to decide to destroy the child she carries in her womb with the lie that there is only one choice — to kill that small child, or take the day after pill? Do our Christian moral beliefs that all life is sacred, from birth to when God calls us home, become a thing of the past because the government says we have to pay for all of these abuses through added taxes?

Cecelia Jones,
Madera

 

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