In the last four weeks of this 2010 season of Lent I received a global outlook of what is going on in our world, many events of which I heard about it but never took them seriously. The Lord wanted me to see the parts of the Body of Christ who have suffered immensely in recent times (different genocides), something I never put together in my head. So, this Lent turned out to be a tough one for me and you shall see why… So, the first part of this blog may give you a little belly ache and it may tire you up, but please, be patient and keep reading. Or you could just read the place of the genocide and ignore details that you may know well.
The review of these genocides is just evidence that He brought in order for me to repent and hopefully “change” my ways… It has also given me a huge example of what happened and what could happen right here in the U.S. In the second part of this blog I will share all the things that He surprised me, like a with a new understanding of how I could be divided and confused by Satan because of his very conniving ways to work in hiding. (But of course, this topic on Satan was discussed at length with a “page” posted months ago) So, this blog is long, very long, but remember, this is just the beginning of Holy Week, and I invite you to bear this cross of reading this long dissertation. Personally, I do not want to write so much… Yet, He is soo good to me in so many ways that I have to give in every time, and share what I have learned!
A. The beginning of calamities – prophecies which we are living today
Matt. 24: 6-13. You will hear of wars and reports of wars; see that you are not alarmed, for these things must happen but it will not yet be the end. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be famines and earthquakes from place to place. All these are the beginning of the labor pains. Then they will hand you over to persecution, and they will kill you. You will be hated by all nations because of My Name. And then many will be led into sin; they will betray and hate one another. .. But the one who PERSEVERES to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the world as a witness to all nations and then the end will come.
2 Tim 3: 1-5 – “But understand this: there will be terrifying times in the last days. People will be self-centered and lovers of money, proud, haughty, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, irreligious, callous, implacable , slanderous, licentious, brutal, hating what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than of God, as they make a pretense of religion but deny its power. Reject them.”
On March 6 and out of the blue, I was moved to turn on the TV set and go to CNN… It was Saturday night. I normally NEVER watch regular evening programs of any kind, except news, Larry King Live if the guests are interesting and similar programs. But this was a Saturday night and I found a re-run of a 2008 program… that was just beginning… I felt drawn to watch and realized that I had totally bypassed it in 2008. The topic was: genocide. The term was coined in 1943 by Raphael Lemkin, a Polish lawyer of Jewish descent (1900-1959). He used the words genos (Greek for family, tribe or race ) and cide (Latin for killing), to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves. The objectives of such a plan would be disintegration of the political and social institutions, of culture, language, national feelings, religion, and the economic existence of national groups, and the destruction of the personal security, liberty, health, dignity, and even the lives of the individuals belonging to such groups. He escaped Poland and left behind 49 members of his family who died during the Holocaust…! Lemkin presented a draft resolution for a Genocide Convention treaty to a number of countries in an effort to persuade them to sponsor the resolution. With the support of the United States, the resolution was placed before the U.N. General Assembly for consideration. The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was formally presented and adopted on December 9, 1948.
Here is a list of the major genocides of the XX-XXI Century.
1. Armenia. The starting date of the genocide is conventionally held to be April 24, 1915, the day that Ottoman authorities arrested some 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople. Armenia had largely come under Ottoman rule during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. In the Ottoman Empire, in accordance with the Muslim dhimmi system, Armenians, as all Christians, were guaranteed limited freedoms (such as the right to worship), but were in essence treated as second-class citizens. Christians and Jews were not considered equals to Muslims: testimony against Muslims by Christians and Jews was inadmissible in courts of law. They were forbidden to carry weapons or ride atop horses, their houses could not overlook those of Muslims, and their religious practices (such as the pealing of church bells) would have to defer to those of Muslims, in addition to various other legal limitations. Violation of these statutes could result in punishments ranging from the levying of fines to execution.
Beginning from the mid-nineteenth century, the three major European powers, Great Britain, France and Russia (known as the Great Powers), took issue with the Empire’s treatment of its Christian minorities and increasingly pressured the Ottoman government (addressed as the Sublime Porte) to extend equal rights to all its citizens. Beginning in 1839 and ending with the declaration of a constitution in 1876, the Ottoman government implemented a series of reforms, known as the Tanzimat, to improve the situation of minorities, although these would all prove largely ineffective. By the late 1870s, the Greeks, along with several countries of the Balkans, frustrated with their conditions, had, often with the help of the Powers, broken free of Ottoman rule. Armenians, for the most part, remained passive during these years, earning them the title of millet-i sadıka or the “loyal millet.” In the mid-1860s and early 1870s, Armenians, inspired by the Enlightenment ideals of universal equality and civic rights, began to ask for better treatment from the Ottoman government.
Following the violent suppression of Christians in the uprisings in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria and Serbia in 1875, the Great Powers invoked the 1856 Treaty of Paris by claiming that it gave them the right to intervene and protect the Ottoman Empire’s Christian minorities. Under growing pressure, the government of Sultan Abdul Hamid II declared itself a constitutional monarchy (which was almost immediately prorogued) and entered into negotiations with the Powers. At the same time, the Armenian patriarchate of Constantinople headed by Nerses II, forwarded Armenian complaints of widespread “forced land seizure … forced conversion of women and children, arson, protection extortion, rape, and murder” to the Powers.
As said before on the night of April 24, 1915, the Ottoman government rounded-up and imprisoned an estimated 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders. The Armenians were marched out to the Syrian town of Deir ez-Zor and the surrounding desert. A good deal of evidence suggests that the Ottoman government did not provide any facilities or supplies to sustain the Armenians during their deportation, nor when they arrived. By August 1915, The New York Times repeated an unattributed report that “the roads and the Euphrates are strewn with corpses of exiles, and those who survive are doomed to certain death. It is a plan to exterminate the whole Armenian people.”
Ottoman troops escorting the Armenians not only allowed others to rob, kill, and rape the Armenians, but often participated in these activities themselves. Deprived of their belongings and marched into the desert, hundreds of thousands of Armenians perished. Lt. Hasan Maruf, of the Ottoman army, describes how a population of a village were taken all together, and then burned. The Commander of the Third Army Vehib’s 12-page affidavit, which was dated 5 December 1918, was presented in the Trabzon trial series (March 29, 1919) included in the Key Indictment, reporting such a mass burning of the population of an entire village near Mush. The shortest method for disposing of the women and children concentrated in the various camps was to burn them.” They told the Russians that the stench of the burning human flesh permeated the air for many days after.”
Many of the children were loaded into boats and taken out to sea and thrown overboard.” The Italian consul of Trabzon in 1915, wrote: “I saw thousands of innocent women and children placed on boats which were capsized in the Black Sea.” The Constantinople chargé d’affaires, wrote: “Boat loads sent from Zor down the river arrived at Ana, one thirty miles away, with three fifths of passengers missing.”
Morphine overdose: during the Trabzon trial series of the Martial court, Dr. Ziya Fuad wrote in a report that Dr. Saib caused the death of children with the injection of morphine.
Toxic gas: Dr. Ziya Fuad and Dr. Adnan, public health services director of Trabzon, submitted affidavits reporting cases in which two school buildings were used to organize children and send them to the mezzanine to kill them with toxic gas equipment.
Typhoid inoculation: The Ottoman surgeon, Dr. Haydar Cemal wrote “on the order of the Chief Sanitation Office of the IIIrd Army in January 1916, when the spread of typhus was an acute problem, innocent Armenians slated for deportation at Erzican were inoculated with the blood of typhoid fever patients without rendering that blood ‘inactive’.” Jeremy Hugh Baron writes: “Individual doctors were directly involved in the massacres, having poisoned infants, killed children and issued false certificates of death from natural causes.
On 13 September 1915, the Ottoman parliament passed the “Temporary Law of Expropriation and Confiscation”, stating that all property, including land, livestock, and homes belonging to Armenians, was to be confiscated by the authorities.
It is believed that 25 major concentration camps existed. The majority of the camps were situated near Turkey’s modern Iraqi and Syrian borders, and some were only temporary transit camps. Some authors also maintain that some were built specifically for those who had a life expectancy of a few days. !!! While there is no consensus as to how many Armenians lost their lives during the Armenian Genocide, there is general agreement among western scholars that over 500,000 Armenians died between 1914 and 1918 . Pope Benedict XV tried to help, only to be turned away by Ottoman government officials who claimed they were retaliating against a pro-Russian insurrection
2. Germany. Hitler: 1933-1941.Six million Jews were exterminated through starvation, beatings, torture. Concentration camps ran day and night like assembly lines. Trains took Jews to gas chambers. The press and world Politian’s did not show much interest, and the press reported very little also. There was a conspiracy of silence. There was murder of the Truth… . The Nobel Prize of Peace, Elie Wiesel was in a concentration camp and said in this program that about 1,000 to 1,200 were killed per day, including men, women and children. Mr. Wiesel asked how it was possible to kill so many children. (Sounds familiar…?)
Less well known was Lemkin’s view on crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Soviet Union. In 1953, in a speech given in New York City, he described the “destruction of the Ukrainian nation” as the “classic example of Soviet genocide,” going on to point out that “the Ukrainian is not and never has been a Russian. His culture, his temperament, his language, his religion, are all different…to eliminate (Ukrainian) nationalism…the Ukrainian peasantry was sacrificed…a famine was necessary for the Soviet and so they got one to order…if the Soviet program succeeds completely, if the intelligentsia, the priest, and the peasant can be eliminated [then] Ukraine will be as dead as if every Ukrainian were killed, for it will have lost that part of it which has kept and developed its culture, its beliefs, its common ideas, which have guided it and given it a soul, which, in short, made it a nation…This is not simply a case of mass murder. It is as case of genocide, of the destruction, not of individuals only, but of a culture and a nation
4. Cambodia: 1975 -1979. Two million were exterminated. Many years before, a Catholic priest Fr. Francois Bouchard had been sent from his native France to Cambodia and he spoke of a very peaceful country. The war with North Vietnam was going on and the U.S. was involved. A corrupt government took over Cambodia and the US helped it to stay in power so that North Vietnam would not take over Cambodia. Some Cambodians fought the corrupt government and formed the Khmer Rouge to oust it. On April 17, 1975, the government fell, but the Khmer Rouge had in mind to re-invent Cambodia.
An attempt by Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot to form a Communist peasant farming society resulted in the deaths of 25 percent of the country’s population from starvation, overwork and executions. Pol Pot was born in 1925 into a farming family in central Cambodia, which was then part of French Indochina. In 1949, at age 20, he traveled to Paris on a scholarship to study radio electronics but became absorbed in Marxism and neglected his studies. He lost his scholarship and returned to Cambodia in 1953 and joined the underground Communist movement. The following year, Cambodia achieved full independence from France and was then ruled by a royal monarchy.
By 1962, Pol Pot had become leader of the Cambodian Communist Party and was forced to flee into the jungle to escape the wrath of Prince Norodom Sihanouk, leader of Cambodia. In the jungle, Pol Pot formed an armed resistance movement that became known as the Khmer Rouge (Red Cambodians) and waged a guerrilla war against Sihanouk’s government.
In 1970, Prince Sihanouk was ousted, not by Pol Pot, but due to a U.S.-backed right-wing military coup. An embittered Sihanouk retaliated by joining with Pol Pot, his former enemy, in opposing Cambodia’s new military government. That same year, the U.S. invaded Cambodia to expel the North Vietnamese from their border encampments, but instead drove them deeper into Cambodia where they allied themselves with the Khmer Rouge. From 1969 until 1973, the U.S. intermittently bombed North Vietnamese sanctuaries in eastern Cambodia, killing up to 150,000 Cambodian peasants. As a result, peasants fled the countryside by the hundreds of thousands and settled in Cambodia’s capital city, Phnom Penh.
All of these events resulted in economic and military destabilization in Cambodia and a surge of popular support for Pol Pot. By 1975, the U.S. had withdrawn its troops from Vietnam. Cambodia’s government, plagued by corruption and incompetence, also lost its American military support. Taking advantage of the opportunity, Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge army, consisting of teenage peasant guerrillas, marched into Phnom Penh and on April 17 effectively seized control of Cambodia. Once in power, Pol Pot began a radical experiment to create an agrarian utopia inspired in part by Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution which he had witnessed first-hand during a visit to Communist China. Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” economic program included forced evacuations of Chinese cities and the purging of “class enemies.” Pol Pot would now attempt his own “Super Great Leap Forward” in Cambodia, which he renamed the Democratic Republic of Kampuchea.
He began by declaring, “This is Year Zero,” and that society was about to be “purified.” Capitalism, Western culture, city life, religion, and all foreign influences were to be extinguished in favor of an extreme form of peasant Communism. All foreigners were thus expelled, embassies closed, and any foreign economic or medical assistance was refused. The use of foreign languages was banned. Newspapers and television stations were shut down, radios and bicycles confiscated, and mail and telephone usage curtailed. Money was forbidden. All businesses were shuttered, religion banned, education halted, health care eliminated, and parental authority revoked. Thus Cambodia was sealed off from the outside world.
All of Cambodia’s cities were then forcibly evacuated. At Phnom Penh, two million inhabitants were evacuated on foot into the countryside at gunpoint. As many as 20,000 died along the way.
Millions of Cambodians accustomed to city life were now forced into slave labor in Pol Pot’s “killing fields” where they soon began dying from overwork, malnutrition and disease, on a diet of one tin of rice (180 grams) per person every two days.
Workdays in the fields began around 4 a.m. and lasted until 10 p.m., with only two rest periods allowed during the 18 hour day, all under the armed supervision of young Khmer Rouge soldiers eager to kill anyone for the slightest infraction. Starving people were forbidden to eat the fruits and rice they were harvesting. After the rice crop was harvested, Khmer Rouge trucks would arrive and confiscate the entire crop.Ten to fifteen families lived together with a chairman at the head of each group. All work decisions were made by the armed supervisors with no participation from the workers who were told, “Whether you live or die is not of great significance.” Every tenth day was a day of rest. There were also three days off during the Khmer New Year festival.
Throughout Cambodia, deadly purges were conducted to eliminate remnants of the “old society” – the educated, the wealthy, Buddhist monks, police, doctors, lawyers, teachers, and former government officials. Ex-soldiers were killed along with their wives and children. Anyone suspected of disloyalty to Pol Pot, including eventually many Khmer Rouge leaders, was shot or bludgeoned with an ax. “What is rotten must be removed,” a Khmer Rouge slogan proclaimed. In the villages, unsupervised gatherings of more than two persons were forbidden. Young people were taken from their parents and placed in communals. They were later married in collective ceremonies involving hundreds of often-unwilling couples. Up to 20,000 persons were tortured into giving false confessions at Tuol Sleng, a school in Phnom Penh which had been converted into a jail. Elsewhere, suspects were often shot on the spot before any questioning.
Ethnic groups were attacked including the three largest minorities; the Vietnamese, Chinese, and Cham Muslims, along with twenty other smaller groups. Fifty percent of the estimated 425,000 Chinese living in Cambodia in 1975 perished. Khmer Rouge also forced Muslims to eat pork and shot those who refused. On December 25, 1978, Vietnam launched a full-scale invasion of Cambodia seeking to end Khmer Rouge border attacks. On January 7, 1979, Phnom Penh fell and Pol Pot was deposed. The Vietnamese then installed a puppet government consisting of Khmer Rouge defectors.
Pol Pot retreated into Thailand with the remnants of his Khmer Rouge army and began a guerrilla war against a succession of Cambodian governments lasting over the next 17 years. After a series of internal power struggles in the 1990s, he finally lost control of the Khmer Rouge. In April 1998, 73-year-old Pol Pot died of an apparent heart attack following his arrest, before he could be brought to trial by an international tribunal for the events of 1975-79.
On February 1976, Fr. Bouchard (who had been expulsed from the country) was able to publish an article in a major French newspaper regarding this genocide. Yet, the international community chose not to believe it. (Personally, I was in the U.S. in 1977, in Ann Arbor, MI with 3 boys and one in route, not practicing medicine, and even that I was so “religious”, I never got hold of the enormity of this crime… Ouch. I never prayed. I never asked for God’s mercy). Father Bouchard also went to the UN but governments did not react. He appeared with Mrs. Amanpour for this report and said: “Countries do not defend human rights. They are always subservient to politics.” (Sounds familiar?)
On January 1977, President Carter who had just started his Presidency, promised to intervene in these matters but it took him 15 months to condemn the Khmer Rouge, as the world watched these violations against human rights. Two million Cambodians had died. It is amazing that on March of 2010, CNN reported how Cambodian’s after this massacre of some 30 years ago, have become totally confused with human rights and it is a country where right now parents sell their daughters to the sex trade. They showed a young girl detailing her life as a prostitute after having been sold by her mother. So, the moral genocide continues!
5. 1988. Kurdish ethnic cleansing. In the early 1980’s, Iraq went to war with Iran which had started the Islamic revolution. Iran had held hostage American citizens for 444 days in the American Embassy in Tehran. The war between Iraq and Iran would determine the outcome of who would control the oil market. The US was selling Iraq more than one billion dollars in crops. The US supported Iraq for obvious reasons. In 1983 Saddam Hussein started attacking the Iranian troops with poison gas. Then there was the so called Iran contra affair scandal (the double crossing of Saddam by the U.S.) which I will not explain further to make this story shorter. In 1887, the Kurds in northern Iraq allied themselves with Iran. Iraq then used chemical weapons to slaughter the Kurds. Our country did nothing because Iran may have conquered Iraq. Politics had trumped moral principles one more time. In 1990 Iraq invaded Kuwait. The rest we know. The slaughter continues to this day!
6. 1992. Bosnia-Herzegovina. This was genocide in the open. No one could say that we did not know it… Personally, I already had been to Medjugorje 4 times 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991 – in old Yugoslavia… and knew about the tensions between Moslems and Christians – both, Roman and Orthodox and even right in the little town of Medjugorje, but I never was curious enough to find out more…You know, I wonder if one day when I go through my personal judgment, if my God will ask me: “I placed you in the middle of this area where the genocides were to occur, but you never prayed about the people of this land, even when My Mother was telling everybody about this blood bath coming up. Why?
On March 1992, Bosnia-Herzegovina declared its independence to become a state of Orthodox Christians. The Bosnian Servs attacked parts of the capital, Sarajevo, in order to force the Bosnian Moslem’s to retrieve. Musk’s were vandalized, books were burned, etc. Bosnian Serbs under the command of Gen. Ratko Mladic murdered 7,000 Muslims. According to the words of Richard Holbrook for this CNN 2008 report, European countries opted to take care of it, and the U.S. moved aside. Then the UN decided to send a peace keeping force but not to stop the killings. By July 1992, reports spoke of concentration camps in Servia, pretty much in the fashion of the Holocaust times. By August of 1995, President Clinton and European countries negotiated the end of the 3.5 year war in the Dayton Accord.
7. 1993. Rwanda. Lieutenant-General Roméo Antonius Dallaire, (born June 25, 1946 in Denekamp, The Netherlands) is a Canadian senator, humanitarian, author and retired general. Dallaire is widely known for having served as Force Commander of UNAMIR, the ill-fated United Nations peacekeeping force for Rwanda between 1993 and 1994, and for trying to stop the genocide that was being waged by Hutu extremists against Tutsis and Hutu moderates
In April 1994, the plane transporting the presidents of Rwanda and neighboring Burundi was shut down. Hutu extremists, with help from the Rwandan government and the Rwandan Armed Forces, blamed the assassination on the Tutsis and used this as a pretext for systematic execution of Tutsis and Hutu moderates, as well as many of the moderate elected officials of the new government. Dallaire immediately ordered ten Belgian soldiers to protect the new prime minister, Agathe Uwilingiyimana, but Madame Agathe and her husband were killed, and later the next day, the Belgian soldiers were found dead. A Hutu extremist colonel declared that the army was in charge. Within hours, the army and civilian squads began slaughtering Tutsi’s. The radio started to demonize the latter and this is what they said (actual broadcast) à “Guard your sectors well so that no cock roach escapes you. If you capture one, destroy it.” It is interesting that the Khmer Rouge called their victims, “worms,” and the Nazi’s called them “vermin”.
Over the radio they gave graphic instruction on how to kill. For example, how babies had to be extracted from the mother’s womb and how to mutilate them. The UN force was not only very small, but also were targets of the Hutu’s. General Dellaire asked for more help after 6 days of a blood bath in the streets, and the US President and the UN met for two weeks, and sent 10% of forces requested. The violence continued and as with Saddam Hussein and Hitler, the killings continued without impunity. With the UN standing by, the Tutsi’s fought back the Hutu’s and 100 days of hell came to an end with the murder of between 800,000 and 1,171,000 Tutsi and Hutu moderates dead. Yet, everybody refused to call this “a genocide.”
Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda is a book by Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire, with help from Major Brent Beardsley. It was first published by Random House Canada in September 2003. (I am amazed how the devil wss recognized by some people as the force behind these genocides and many of us were sleeping on the subject matter…)
8. 2003. Sudan. The largest country in Africa and it has the worst record of protecting human rights. A physician, Dr. Capilla (? spelling) arrived in Darfur (western region) in 2003 from England as a UN top official, and he was interviewed for this segment. The world’s attention was in Iraq. Two and a half million people were uprooted from their homes and a civil war ensued and 300,000 died from violence or illnesses. Dr. Capilla tried to bring Sudan to be discussed by the UN’s Military Council and approached several western countries but to no avail. He said that “it was an inconvenient truth, or too much information at the wrong time.”
By early 2004, Sudan called this genocide a lie. This time there was no lack of information because of the present communication technology. The UN Council tried to disarm the militia but no ultimatum or trade embargo was decided upon! In 2006 the UN decided to send a peace keeping force, although China opposed it by writing in the resolution that Sudan had to invite the UN. Of course, Sudan never did. Then, many countries labeled the Chinese Olympics, the “genocide Olympics” and in July 2007, one year before the event, China agreed to the UN peace force! The International community eventually charged Sudan’s President with war crimes and crimes against humanity. But they said in this report, “Why so little so late?
Note: most of this information came from CNN (some from the Internet with proper references), and I cannot abide by its 100% truth. I suspect that it is true because different people who lived those tragedies were interviewed at length. Later on I will tell you why I was led to share it with you, and even if details are not perfect, these killings did happen…
9. The killings in Mexico in the first half of the XX Century with severe persecution of the Catholic Church, as narrated in a previous blog/page when I wrote about Venerable Conchita Cabrera de Armida under the topic of Satan’s works as mentioned before. Many have died in India in recent years. Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba , Dominican Republic, Haiti, may have had many dead people as well.
10. 1973 to the present time: the killing of the unborn and the elder population or euthanasia. Millions have died. Then, the day after I saw the genocide program in CNN, “Book Mark”, a program in EWTN had as guest, Steven Mosher. He spoke of the topic of “population control” which is genocide by definition: it started with Margaret Sanger with the idea of killing the imperfect… This story can demonstrate how Satan works in the souls of good people…
Sanger was born in Corning, New York. Her mother, Anne Purcell Higgins, was a devout Roman Catholic who went through 18 pregnancies (with 11 live births) before dying of tuberculosis and cervical cancer. Sanger’s father, Michael Hennessy Higgins, earned his living “chiseling angels and saints out of huge blocks of white marble or gray granite for tombstones,” and was also an activist for women’s suffrage and free public education. Sanger was the sixth of eleven children and spent much of her youth assisting in household chores and care of her younger siblings. Sanger attended Claverack College, a boarding school in Claverack for two years. She returned home in 1896 following her father’s request to come home to nurse her mother. Her mother died March 31, 1896. Toward the end of the century the mother of one of her Claverack friends arranged for her to enroll at a nursing program at a hospital in White Plains, an affluent New York suburb. In 1902, Margaret Higgins married architect William Sanger and the couple settled in New York City. Margaret Sanger had developed tuberculosis as a result of the care of her ill mother and her own overwork, and the Sanger’s moved to Saranac, New York in the Adirondacks, for health reasons. In 1903, she gave birth to her first child, Stuart.
Sanger in her own words: “We must limit the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective.” (Exactly like Hitler started in 1930)
“Our failure to segregate morons who are increasing and multiplying . . . demonstrates our foolhardy and extravagant sentimentalism,” she wrote in the recently republished “The Pivot of Civilization.” This book, written in 1922, was published at a time when scientific racism had been used to assert black inferiority. Who determines who is a moron? How would these morons be segregated? The ramifications of such statements are bone chilling.
II. Earthquakes: I do not have to elaborate in the details…except to say that even the earth changed its axis with the first quake in Chile, of the many that followed. The latest: March 26, 6.9 in Chile also.
III. “Many will be led into sin”
1. Pornography is a 10 billion dollars/year industry and it is one of the most lucrative industries in the world. One out of every three women views some sort of pornography. I imagine they mean young women. Vivid adult film actors and actresses get paid very well; thereabouts of $5,000/week.
2. Another form of exploitation of human rights can be seen with the “new world order.” For example, the training of public school children, where the sexual revolution, anti-family values and atheism are taught. The other day I was watching the explanation of what it is called the “choking game”, practiced by teens but also my older people, where a belt is used for self-choking, the passing out just to feel exhilaration and euphoria and many have died this way!
3. In Spain, abortion on demand has recently being approved up to the 4th month of gestation. Mexico City approved same sex marriage. My own State wants to legalize marihuana as per next November elections, so to save money (cost of policing it and prosecuting it) and to make money with a new tax. Marihuana for medicinal purposes is already available.
B. The Mercy of God in my life for this Lent.
Monday March 8th. I suddenly found myself by error dialing a channel in the cable system that brought me to a strange number: 789 or Turner Cable Movies. I immediately suspected that God was after it. Just the day before I had seen the CNN stories of genocide, and I had never put together the enormity of these sins in the eyes of God until this day. My heart was heavy. The movie was Pollyanna. As I started watching this 1960 film, I realized that I was not in this country when the movie was made and its meaning had evaded me altogether.
But again, I have a God Who loves me… He knew that my heart was heavy after going through the review of these killings in a world where I live, and that every person killed in these genocides was a Christ crucified again and again… What a marvelous meditation for Lent!!! We are still crucifying Him… So, I decided to find in the Internet all I needed to enter more deeply in the meaning that God wanted me to extract from Pollyanna. I am going to paste some of that information. If my reader is an American, sorry because you know the story. However, I need to bring about the great teaching that this God full of love had for me.
From the Internet: Pollyanna is a best-selling 1913 novel by Eleanor H. Porter that is now considered a classic of children’s literature, with the title character’s name becoming a popular term for someone with the same outlook.
The title character is Pollyanna Whittier, a young orphan who goes to live in Beldingsville, Vermont, with her wealthy but stern Aunt Polly. Pollyanna’s philosophy of life centers on what she calls “The Glad Game”, an optimistic attitude she learned from her father. The game consists of finding something to be glad about in every situation. It originated in an incident one Christmas when Pollyanna, who was hoping for a doll in the missionary barrel, found only a pair of crutches inside. Making the game up on the spot, Pollyanna’s father taught her to look at the good side of things—in this case, to be glad about the crutches because “we don’t need ’em!”.
Eventually, however, even Pollyanna’s robust optimism is put to the test when she is struck down by a motorcar while crossing a street and loses the use of her legs. At first she doesn’t realize the seriousness of her situation, but her spirits plummet when she accidentally overhears an eminent specialist say that she’ll never walk again. After that, she lies in bed, unable to find anything to be glad about. Then the townspeople begin calling at Aunt Polly’s house, eager to let Pollyanna know how much her encouragement has improved their lives; and Pollyanna decides she can still be glad that she had legs. The novel ends with Pollyanna being sent to a hospital where she learns to walk again and is able to appreciate the use of her legs far more as a result of being temporarily disabled.
Pollyanna principle: Research indicates that, at the unconscious level, our minds have a tendency to focus on the optimistic while, at the conscious level, we have a tendency to focus on the negative. This unconscious bias towards the positive is often described as the Pollyanna principle.
“When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will.”
Although a quote similar to this was attributed to Lincoln and inserted by the director into the 1960 Disney movie version of the story, it is actually not in the original book and not attributed to Lincoln either. The novel’s success brought the term “Pollyanna” (along with the adjective “pollyannaish” and the noun “Pollyannaism”) into the language to describe someone who seems always to be able to find something to be “glad” about no matter what circumstances arise. It is sometimes used pejoratively, referring to someone whose optimism is excessive to the point of naïveté or refusing to accept the facts of an unfortunate situation. By now I had two different topics to meditate upon: the “killing fields” and Jesus was one of the victims, plus the philosophy of a fictional character who seeks good in everything precisely as Jesus did!!!I have to say that this was the beginning of a major understanding, or my gift He had for me for this Lenten season…
On Saturday, March 13, after Mass I went to look for another parish in the same city where my own is. I was curious since we had its assistant pastor come and celebrate Mass for us just a few days before. I did find this parish of St. John Vianney… and it was hard to see the building from the main street even in daylight. On Monday March 15, at 6:30 AM Mass, my Pastor decided to mention that in the evening there would be a Lenten Penance Service at St. John Vianney…!!! Hmm… I knew I had to go because my Lord is normally that kind of a funny God… He is always hinting things ahead of time so that I do not miss them…This is a clear example of the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Sure enough, I went to confession that night, since I found the location without any problem and my confessor was from Rwanda!!! Amazing! As it turned out, this confession was essential even for venial sins, since I needed to enter into another major understanding of what God wanted for this Lent for me, and this merciful Sacrament was necessary for my spiritual healing to “see” and “hear” what I had to do. The forgiveness of sins is full of fruits for the soul!
While I was waiting in this church of St. John Vianney, and as a modern day Pollyanna, I was able to see the sins of the different genocides but knew that something good had to come from it at least for me. I simply could not look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, because I will surely find it. There was something behind this teaching on genocide and of course I had no idea until later. Nonetheless, I was anguished as to what to do in the face of so much destruction of life going on even this month in the U.S. The recent passing of the healthcare law was in the works by then, but sinister scenarios were discussed daily in television.
And bingo, on March 18, I had a major epiphany and this is how I wrote it to a clergyman friend. “While at Mass, He asked me to spend the rest of my life offering every single Mass that I attend for the universal Church. He asked me to ask for His mercy for her or sort of offering healing Masses for His Church. So, when we ask for pardon for our sins, I must bring the whole Church and repent for all her sins and ask for forgiveness. When we say the Kyrie, I should ask for mercy for the entire Church. When we get to the Offertory, I must offer my sufferings plus the blood of all babies crucified in the womb of their mothers because of abortion on demand, and place them in the paten and chalice with the entire Church. When He comes at the Consecration, I must ask Him to touch all of us with His healing mercy. At the Our Father, I must say it to our Father on behalf of the Church, especially when I ask Him not to lead us into temptation, but to deliver us from evil. After Communion, while He is present in my own body, I must ask for mercy for His Church. I have done so ever since.
On March 19, on the glorious feast of St. Joseph, the name of the city where I was born and the saint who interceded for my very first miracle at age 9, I suddenly realized that only His Mercy can take care of the present state of genocide going on with the unborn. But since I am a member of His Body, I must offer His own Sacrifice at Calvary relived at each Mass in an un-bloody manner, plus the blood of these babies and my own sufferings and on behalf of His own Church, for her redemption. These several killing fields of recent times were simply examples to make me focus in how powerful Satan has been, and how important it is not to miss to offer His ongoing sorrowful Passion to which I am present during the Mass, in atonement for the sins of the Catholic Church.
I also understood and quite well, how this fallen Angel has entered the Church and confused us. He has made us believe that “we” can make this Church holy by enacting programs of all kinds, very good programs, but at the same time, we keep trying to live dissipated lives… although very busy in the things of God… In fact, Elsevier Co, just sent me an advertisement for a book called, “Evidenced-Based Practice of Anesthesiology.” This is exactly one of the points that have been discussed by many doctors during this healthcare debate… We can give healthcare access to patients, but the actual measurement of success is evidence of truly giving them health… And that needs an ounce of prevention, an ounce of knowing how to eat correctly, an ounce of exercise, etc. Just seeing patients to treat them with pills and surgery could never translate into “true health.” Likewise, we need to start looking at our spiritual lives and seeking the evidence that we truly are changing and becoming malleable to His ordaining will. But there will be much more that I would learn in succeeding days.
“On March 22, when I went to Mass, His Presence was beyond understanding… I had never ever experienced this much love coming out of every pore of my body for this Crucified in the Tabernacle. I did not know at times if I could survive this divine attraction… and then I realized that this day just after we had the most divided Congress, with Catholics accepting a plan that did not really protect for sure the sanctity of life, He is around and in charge…” Then I understood the why of the horrors learned regarding global genocide. We are still at it. Yet, as Pollyanna would say, the good news is that He is in charge. I was optimistic. He has not left us. He still believes in us! Therefore, we have the upper hand over the evil one!
I also realized that all month long, many Scriptures had reached me that talked about perseverance and even how to stop Satan. Of course, this God of the Old and New Testament started the Bible precisely with Satan, and a “woman” inducing the husband to do what was prohibited… But He wants us to be “co-responsible” for the holiness of our Church, a co-worker in the Truth (3 John), and He can do the job through us with His mercy and I have total faith in this fact!
2Tim 2:11-13 – “This saying is trustworthy. If we have died with Him we shall also live with Him; if we PERSEVERE with Him, we shall also reign with Him. But if we deny Him, He will deny us. If are unfaithful, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself. “
Luke 8: 15. But as for the seed that fell in rich soil, they are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through PERSEVERANCE.
Luke 21: 17-19. “You will be hated by all because of My Name, but not a hair of your head will be destroyed. By your PERSEVERANCE you will secure your lives.”
March 18, the day that I was summoned to offer every Mass for the Church, the readings were of Exodus 32: 7-14– Moses appealed to God because the Israelites were complaining and He “relented in the punishment He had threatened to inflict in His people.” It was a big hint for me to begin this ministry of intercession.
Still, March 22 and the day when I almost melted while at Mass… I wanted to know what the EWTN program was at that hour of the evening, and pushed a button that shows me future programs, but also, programs in other two stations. EWTN is 229. TBN is 330, the famous Trinity Broadcasting Network in Sta. Ana, CA, or the EWTN of our separated brothers and sisters, and they were showing “Therese”… “Hmm.” Sure enough, the life of St. Therese was being shown in this Protestant TV station. The movie was made in 1996 in Oregon and Washington States… and it was an actual Catholic movie. My God was probably smiling to me and saying, “See, I can do all things.” Plus, here I had again a reminder of the “little way” to redeem the world… She was a busy missionary within a convent, and her way was Jesus’ way.
March 25: the great feast of the Annunciation… Out of the blue (the Holy Spirit doing it) I decided to check via Internet on the Catholic radio station of the Archiocese of Omaha where my son works. This is my third son who 35 years ago on this date, was condemned to death by medical errors… in a very famous hospital in Michigan. I have written about it in old blogs, but it is worthwhile to tell it again! I arrived in the early evening and medical residents checked me. I received sedatives to sleep and at 6 AM on March 26, the obstetrician showed up and ruptured the membranes and found out that there had been severe fetal distress for hours, according to the thickness and deep green color of the liquid. I was going to be C-sectioned, although God had other plans and the child was born almost immediately. Omar was placed in the intensive neonatal unit and was declared almost dead. When we left the hospital, some 4 days later, the pediatrician said to me that the child could have severe retardation.
But again, when he was 18 months old and we were visiting my own home country, he became very ill with severe diarrhea, vomiting and in short 48 hours, he would not even move. We wanted to make it to Florida, at least, since “socialized medicine” is not something you want for your kid, but we understood since we both parents were physicians that we had to look for the services of a private pediatrician on a Sunday morning and could not wait to get to Miami…I went to 6:30 AM Mass waiting for a better hour to call someone, and in the mean time, I wanted to engage my Mother in this dilemma. My husband had said that this child seemed close to dying. The church, some 4 blocks from the home I owned in this country, was dedicated to Our Lady of “Desamparados” or Our Lady of the Forsaken… I did ask her to help us find quickly a doctor amenable to work on a Sunday… When I came home, the 18 month old was sitting on the floor playing with toys and totally healed. He had already drank a bottle of milk!
Well, this day of March 25, 2010 and the day before his birthday, I decided to check the site of this radio station and found one of his programs. “Rome beneath the surface” was discussed on Feb. 3, 2010 and he certainly did not sound retarded. After his four years of studies at Steubenville, OH with a BA in Theology, he spent 3 semesters in Rome. At the time, I was able to pay cash for this experience. He quit the Angelicum after finishing his third semester there, just to come and help me out to take care of his father who had been given 6 months to live, and I had just started working as the medical director of a surgery center.
He narrated in this radio program the story of how in 1939 they had found the “tomb of the Popes”… He said that when we doubt and/or the Catholic church is attacked, that we should remember the many holy men starting with St. Peter who are still there, telling us that the Church is present to us even in the bones of our Pontiffs. He gives this talk often and apparently is well taken, and all because he received this teaching from a Dominican professor from the Angelicum in Rome who was very versed in the many details. I realized that God had led me to listen to him just to pinpoint that He chooses us for X work, and that He even resurrects brains from the “dead” to be able to do His will. This was another Pollyanna moment for me as well.
March 26: I was adoring my Lord just before Mass and thinking that I was going to offer the Mass for my son for his birthday and ask for mercy for the Church, when suddenly I understood that all the genocides already examined, and the present “killing fields” in the wombs of many mothers to be, are simply the fruit of our past and present spiritual genocide!
I then asked myself how many times I may have contributed to the spiritual genocide of my brother/sister by choosing to remain aloof and ignore their lifestyle that openly spoke of serious sin. If I am my brother’s keeper, the one thing I always can do is pray for God’s mercy for this soul… How many times did I even ignore this practice? Spiritual genocide is what I commit when I fail to do what is necessary (by my example, prayer, loving them) in order to interest them in a change of heart. In fact, my associate pastor said on this day in his homily: “We have to say and do and act showing the dignity of God in our lives.” Right on Fr. Morales!
I did remember vividly that in 1982 I was asked by my Jesuit Pastor to become an extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist (someone who can distribute the Holy Host to others). I did so until mid 1986 when I moved out of Cleveland. From then on, I promised myself never to become a Eucharistic Minister… It was clear to me that I could never hand Jesus over to anyone who may not be in the “state of grace”… and no one knows how many are not in the state of grace, especially because of the few showing up at the confessional on a regular basis. On this day, I finally was able to recognize that I did it because I could not push my brother/sister into further spiritual genocide… In one side, I know I would not commit a fault because the Church has created this ministry in order to help Priests and Deacons provide Holy Communion to the masses. Yet, there is no question in my mind that I am a collaborator of my neighbor’s spiritual malady…
Satan is behind these many killings worldwide, but what to do? He is also behind our spiritual genocide. Somehow this fallen angel can cloud our eyes, ears, heart, and mind (understanding) and without us really seeing his classic ways of dividing us, confusing us, accusing us and lying to us…
I have two Scriptures that I just received which hint how to stop Mr. Satan!
John 12: 27-28; 31: I am troubled now. Yet what should I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour. Father glorify Your Name. Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it and glorify it again.’ (Jesus said) Now is the time of judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out.”
John 10: 10 – Jesus said, “I am the gate for the sheep. Whoever enters through Me will be saved.” (That is, Satan could not triumph in such soul)
It is obvious that Jesus execution of the plan of redemption for us, not only glorified His Father, but also took care of Satan as well. It is Jesus ongoing sacrifice and one that we make ourselves present at each Mass, which will defeat Satan. But, there is one thing for sure: I am coming out of this Lent with a view of the decimation that Satan is doing at all levels, and how there is a way to defeat him. Every day I must change more and more, and that means to love Him in total obedience to His will, and in this way to give Him glory. I cannot waste time in opinionating as to the why’s of the sins of the Church, when we know that Satan is working overtime. I only have to do what He did: to lay down my life for my neighbor, especially in the little things, the little way of St. Therese.
Therefore, I must love and love and love while TRUSTING IN JESUS to take care of everything else for me, as I cooperate with great intent and perseverance by living the Gospel values, and this makes me so full of a Pollyannaish feeling… Yes, I can… because He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and this love that He creates towards Himself in my heart by grace, is enough proof for me. He is my Shepherd and the gate keeper. I know His voice and there is nothing I shall want, and I write this with certainty. And from now on, I will keep my eyes open so not to condemn others to spiritual genocide on my account. So help me God!
Something else is very evident: if a group of us offer the Mass to receive His Mercy to tie Satan in these times, and carry our crosses quietly and with “gusto”, we can change this world ipso facto, stop wars, diminish hatred and save many souls.
Here I want to add this part because of the present agonizing stories going on in the Catholic Church of Mexico, Ireland, Germany and Milwaukee, WI.
1. Satan has tried and will try very hard to attack the Catholic Church by terrifying us the members of His Body, so that we become more divided, confused, discouraged, afraid and lied to. In the other hand, we would be crazy to fall in this nonsense. If God presented us to Satan at the beginning and throughout the Bible, especially allowing His Son to be tempted by this nobody fallen angel, and He always said “do not be afraid,” plus in action He has shown us how He liberated the Israelites and later ourselves through the Blood of the Lamb, does it make any sense just to submit to His plan to defeat Satan? Of course, it makes a lot of sense!
All the major Saints we know had to deal with Satan personally… So, we must stop talking about what is wrong with the Church? Enough is enough of this diagnosis. We must stop belly aching for what others have done and are doing. We must belly ache about our stupidity of paying attention to what some of our member’s do, while we hear about it over and over and get soo distracted and not attack Satan with the plan of God… Sorry but it is true…
We must also be Pollyanna’s. Instead of allowing the sins of others to produce spiritual genocide in our souls, we must think about how Satan is tricking us, and how powerful we are to change the status quo simply by calling God to do it… as WE REFORM OUR LIVES BUT SERIOUSLY… The following points are my Pollyanna argument:
a) We have many places of worship with many men who still want to live the celibate life and “make Jesus” for us! God bless them…
b) In each church we have a Throne of Mercy waiting for us, ready to remind us of His love, and as alive as He was 2,000 years ago. Whoa!
c) We have His Word that explains to us how He can move a whole country (Israelites) out of slavery by parting a huge river in two in order for them to pass without getting wet, plus closing it so that their enemies could not follow them. Our ancestors were never happy, even with manna, fish and water… Hmm. And He forgave them and took them to the Promised Land. Then His Word also announced the coming of this Messiah King who turned about to be a baby and later a grown up Man, Who made us kids of God the Father.
Yes, I get very sad with all the recent stories of pedophilia and cover up, but am I allowed to throw the first stone? No way Jose!
2. We have to stop talking about the problems and diagnosing and self treating it with words and more words and over and over… Read this please:
a) 3 John: 9-11. I wrote to the church, but Dotrephes, who loves to dominate, does not acknowledge us. Therefore, if I come, I will draw attention to what he is doing spreading evil nonsense about us. And not content with that, we will not receive the brothers, hindering those who wish to do so and expelling them from the church. Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does what is good is of God; whoever does what is evil has never seen God…
b) Galatians 4: 9-11; 15a, 16. “But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and destitute elemental powers. Do you want to be slaves to them all over again? I am afraid on your account that perhaps I have labored for you in vain. Where is now that blessedness of yours? So now you have become my enemy by telling you the truth?”
Problems in the body of Christ have existed forever… and ever… Satan was always a busy body. I do not know about you but I am coming out of this Lent full of fire for Christ. I am going to pray more, I am going to persevere more in everything that is good for my soul and pray for His mercy for the Church, so that He may take Satan out of this equation. Just talking about His mercy won’t do in times like this. I must embrace my Church with all her leprosy and love her more than ever because I have to be merciful as my Dad is. She is holy by His design. We humans simply adorn her with great sins as followers of Satanic temptations… Yet, He only needs our cooperation to get out of this slavery because salvation history is already defined, planned, and accomplished through Jesus’ death and resurrection.
We have to pray day and night, but for ourselves to become saints, since every century He had to make a few to prove that He was around. For many years I always told Him I did not want to be a saint, period… I only wanted to be His servant, quiet, in a corner and for His glory. Now, after reviewing the massacres done to my brothers and sisters, I realized that as part of true servanthood, I must try very hard to be a saint, not by myself (I cannot do it), but by cooperating with His grace, and through it but with my assent, I can beg for His mercy and offer myself as a sacrifice as well, as I TRUST THAT HE WILL get Satan out of the way.
Besides, we must live an evidence based spirituality, that is, when we truly undergo conversions from Easter to Easter, realizing that if we despair, become afraid or tired of our crosses, we have not met Him, and worse, we are followers of Satan! In other words, we offer no evidence that we trust that His mercy can do it all! When I oppose His will for me or try to change it…, then I am another St. Peter who was called Satan, and not less and no more than by Jesus Himself. (Mt. 16: 21-23). I have only to have one fear, so He said (Mt. 10: 27-28). And that fear is of Satan, and I must truly follow the Gospel’s guidance through the power of the Holy Spirit to defeat Satan in my life and stop further physical and spiritual genocides. This Lent left me wounded by my lack of care for my brothers and sisters. My discipleship is a joke… I claim I know Him personally in His Eucharistic Presence, but I could not recognize Him in the disguise of those killed. I officially ask you to accept to be a saint… It is not an easy request because we all feel like not able to… but it has nothing to do with us but how much we love Him and others, and how needed our intercession is, and His grace will take care of the rest!
Hebrews 4: 16. “So, let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for a timely help.”
Have a very blessed Holy Week, Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday!