Chastisement - GLOBAL WARMING !!
1. What is chastisement?
In view of the impending encyclical of Pope Francis on global warming, here are some thoughts.
We have seen in the past posts the Catholic concept of 'chastisements' as described by St. Alphonsus Liguori, doctor of the Church. These are natural calamities, like earthquakes and tsunamis. They may be God's direct or permissive Will. Global warming would be a chastisement from God if there is such a thing. No one can warm up the world except God.
But, of course, those without Faith will blame everybody else; from the smoke stacks of China to the exhaust of tricycles in India, from the smoke belching cars in the U.S. to the refrigerators of Asia. Yet none of them is to blame; though mass media, with Gore as spokesman, could easily point to them as the escape goats. If there is global warming, God is just warming the world to give man a foretaste of hell.
2. Why does God send us Chastisement.
All chastisements are meant, firstly, for the Catholic Church, the Church God instituted. And, secondly, to all outside the Church. Through chastisements God is telling His Church, as reflected in Fatima, 'You are neglecting the first step that leads to salvation....your repentance. Thus you are going to hell. Better change your course!' And to all those outside the Church God is saying; 'Hey, I gave you an intellect to check all things, start checking your religion if it is the right one.'
The good are usually included in chastisements. But they are not meant to chastise them. But to propel them towards perfection without them knowing it. It is, also, God's way of gently leading non-believers to the truth. Both benefit from chastisements. While the good always benefit from chastisements, the evil who are chastised can waste their chastisement.
St. Alphonsus was emphatic in saying that chastisements is God's way of helping the evil avoid greater chastisement. Or putting it another way; God chastises the evil to prevent them from going to hell.
3. Chastisement can happen suddenly now. It can be slow and prolonged.
The Divinity of God is seen in His chastisements. They are as varied according to the spiritual needs of the recipient. It can be sudden and for a short duration like an earthquake. It can be slow and prolonged like the 2nd world war.
Global warming is not a chastisement because it has not yet occurred. It is only predicted so nobody is sure if it will happen. Though some are so certain of it to be able to raise funds for whatever. Most people will die from plane crash, earthquake, train derailment and food poisoning rather than global warming. So what should we be preparing for? If we are preparing our soul then we should know how to repent. If we are concern only with our bodies then we should just watch out for our cholesterol.
4. Chastisement is primarily for the Catholic Church; a message for the Pope, the Bishops, the priests and the laymen.
Chastisement is when God tells the world; 'Repent.' That is what Jonah told Nineveh. That is what Mary told the world in Fatima. To whom was that directed? To the Pope, bishops and priests who are supposed to teach all men to repent. So when chastisement occurs it is because the Pope, the bishops and the priests have failed in their obligation.
Of course, it is possible that one of them is not guilty, and that will be clear by analyzing the chastisement.
5. It is possible to know the details of a chastisement; for what it is, for whom it is, for how long it will last.
God chastised the world during Pope Benedict's papacy for not repenting. The chastisement is the worst kind in that the world had no way of learning how to repent because most cardinals, bishops and priests did not know how to repent. But this was not a chastisement for Pope Benedict who kept on teaching the world how to repent up to the end of his papacy. How did the same chastisement affect Pope Benedict? It broke his heart when he saw that even his very own staff in the Vatican had no idea on how to repent. Pope Benedict's chastisement is not that he did not repent. It was meant to purify him and increase his knowledge in that he saw no one was following his teachings on repentance. He saw this during the Bishop's Synod of 2012 when the Bishops disobeyed his instruction to discuss the life of repentance, precisely the message of Jonah, the message of all chastisements and the message of Fatima.
The reason for all chastisements today is, first, because the Catholic Church with its head, Pope Francis, and whoever else is in charge, has not reminded the world to repent as Jonah did. This is his first obligation as Pope. Secondly, to aggravate his sinful neglect, he encouraged sinners to remain in their sin rather than repent, like telling Scalfari to remain in his unbelief. Thirdly, he adds sin unto sin by allowing remarried divorcees who are already in the state of mortal sin to receive Holy Communion thus adding sacrilege to their adultery. Fourthly, he tried to impose these sinful acts upon the whole Catholic Church. And fifthly, even if his proposals were rejected by the 2014 Synod he intends to pursue his proposals in the next 2015 Synod. Pope Francis' acts are multiple ways by which he is, in fact, trying to prevent the whole world from repenting because both Catholics and non-Catholics are hearing his messages. And sixthly, he is preventing those who can remind the world to repent by suppressing them, firing them from their position or silencing them.
Because God had given him so much, only he can commit such a heinous sin that could incite God to send the world the greatest chastisement. At this point global warming would be a slap on the wrist.
While the on going chastisements is the total ignorance of the teaching of Christ among the clergy, starting with the confuse messages of Pope Francis to the immoral proposals of Cardinal Kasper and Tagle, the same confusion is forcing a few to study their religion and find the true teachings of Christ.
6. The serious situation.
Many are dying due to the countless chastisement God had been sending the world; from wars to genocides, from plane crashes to flooding, from ebola to cancer, from abortion to martyrdom. And nobody is teaching them how to prepare themselves to face God's judgment seat, a job primarily for popes, cardinals, bishops and priests. And to crown this total neglect Pope Francis will talk on global warming which is only a hypothesis. No. Do not expect global warming because the world will only attribute the chastisement to nature. God would want to show that the chastisements come from Him. God will end the world with fire as prophesied. And with Ireland's approval of same sex marriage as encouraged by Pope Francis, shouldn't we expect a Sodom and Gomorrah- type chastisement?
7. What do we do?
'Repent, repent.' For an adulterer to repent, all he has to do is stop his adultery, repent and confess and gift his offended wife with a diamond ring. For Pope Francis he will have a long way to go based on the six steps mentioned above and go backwards. First, he must announce to the world that when great chastisements come, like global warming, it is, primarily, meant for an unrepentant Catholic Church. That the Church is unrepentant because he has not taught the Church how to repent. In fact, he taught the Church to remain in their sins. In fact, he even encouraged them to add to their sins.....etc, etc. It is too long, he will never make it on time for his own judgment.
But wait there is a way. Like St. Ignatius who left all things and became a hermit in Manresa guided by the writings of a Benedictine monk, Cisneros......Pope Francis can leave the papacy, confess it was all a mistake, that he is the reason for all the chastisements in the world, go to the hermitage of St. Jerome in Montserrat, Spain, and meditate on the works of Pope Benedict. If he doesn't..... we have no choice but to expect those great chastisements and prepare ourselves the best we can. It , probably, won't be anything close to global warming. After the votes in Ireland, it could probably be something closer to Sodom and Gomorrah.