36 Pope Pius XII was able to hide and protect from arrest and extermination over half a million Jews. All through this upheaval, Pius XII had a painting in his quarters at the Vatican, which he looked at every morning and meditated upon before prayers each day. It was a painting of the Apostles in the boat in the storm on the lake, with Jesus asleep at the helm of the boat. This painting reminded him of what had been going on for 2000 years. Whenever the Faith was in danger and it looked like Our Lord was asleep, and did not see the suffering of His people, Jesus Christ would always rise up to see His Church to safety. Whenever it seemed like the Church was about to go under, Our Lord was always there to save Her. And through it all, we know that God is still in command of His Church. The Holy Ghost is still the Soul who gives Life to the Mystical Body of Christ. If that were not true, the Church would never have survived for 2000 years! Napoleon sent his troops into the Vatican where they had arrested Pope Pius VI and imprisoned him. He threatened to destroy the Church unless the Pope did exactly what he wanted him to do. The Vatican Secretariat of State, Cardinal Consalvi, laughed in his face and said: “ “What makes you think you will succeed in doing what we priests have failed to do for 1800 years?” Unless you have been living on another planet in recent years, you know the Church is going through very hard times today. These are some of the darkest days the Church has ever been through. It would be very easy for us to lose confidence in the Mystical Body of Christ. We are living at a time of a severe spiritual and moral decline. The moral foundations of our country and the whole world are crumbling in front of our eyes. Today, Catholics are falling away from the Church in rapid numbers. Catholics in our country are under tremendous pressure to conform to the pagan morals of our contemporary culture and millions are giving in. How well we know about the phenomenon of the “but” Catholics! I am a Catholic, but the Church is not going to tell me what to do; but I am not going to Mass on Sunday, I am going to worship God in my own way; but I am going to get a divorce, but I believe in abortion! May God save us from the “but” Catholics! Sociologists tell us that there is now no difference in the rates of divorce, abortion, suicide and crime between Catholics and non-Catholics! Only 25% of American Catholics are still practicing their Faith and only 15% of those age 25 and under. Americans seem to have no trouble in voting for a pro-abortion candidate. May God have mercy on their souls! Scandals in the Church continue and there is horrific corruption among the clergy. The spiritual descendants of Judas are still alive and among us today.
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