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by A. F. Philips

With the fall of the iron curtain and the end of the cold war, there was a general sense that Communism was over. Suddenly the “red menace”  had paled pink, many a Catholic affirming that the peace mentioned by Our Lady at Fatima was at hand.

One of the greatest mistakes of our era is to confuse the crumbling of the Soviet world with the end of Communist ideology. Of course, the fall of the Berlin Wall caused geopolitical changes around the world. But as Professor Plinio Correa de Oliveira, great Catholic leader of the 20th Century, often said, the red ideology only mutated. 

We need only look at the present convulsions in Venezuela, at the iron fist that continues to grip Cuba, to understand what Georg Hegel, German philosopher precursor to Marx, said that defeats are only “negative contradictions” 1 leading to reformulations.

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13th Congress of the Brazilian Communist Party

Indeed communist ideologues don’t go away. Rather, they make it an ongoing practice to re-hatch the failed experiments of the past. Like Talleyrand said of the return of the Bourbons, “they learned nothing and forgot nothing.”  2

Such is the case of Brazil; in 2010, Dilma Rousseff, previous Chief of Staff for Socialist president Luiz Inacio Lula, was elected as the country's first woman president. 

From an upper middle class family, as a young woman Rousseff joined several subversive guerrilla groups after reading Revolution Inside the Revolution by Regis Debray, a friend of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.  She consequently served a prison term for her involvement with bank robberies, stolen vehicles and bombings.

Always connected with leftists groups, she made her way to the top position of her large, wealthy South American nation, considered the largest Catholic country on earth.

Rousseff makes no bones about her Marxist/Leninist ideals. In the photo she appears seated at the center of the conference table at the 13th Congress of the Brazilian Communist Party.

“Russia will spread its errors throughout the world”  3  - US not excluded

Indeed, Communism is not only alive, but as Our Lady predicted in 1917 a few months before Lenin’s Bolshevik Revolution, continues to spread its errors throughout the world.

Unfortunately, Our Lady’s prediction does not exclude our country, and the red menace is certainly making daring inroads. Socialist exploits, which only a few years ago would have been deemed unthinkable in America, are all over the news, often in our backyard. To cite only an example among many, the nation watches as a popular commercial chain, all-American, arts and crafts, inoffensive Hobby Lobby, fights to keep its doors open against a government mandate that requires the owners to violate their religious beliefs.

Presently the American family suffers a relentless siege, also a Communist tactic. Both Marx and Engels, leading communist theoreticians, affirm that if Communism is to succeed, there must be the abolition of the family. 4 Today, on our land as around the world, the family is attacked on all sides, from conception to natural death. All around the US, magistrates are redefining the very nature of the family, denying God’s definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, often against the express wish of the people.

Indeed Communism is far from dead. Whether red, orange, or pink, whether symbolized by the sickle, red star, or rose, whether it frowns, scowls or smiles, the red wolf is always the same scheming prowler stalking the God-given freedom of peoples and nations.

Let us study our era’s red menace so as to detect its mutating colors, methods and tactics; let us watch, and let us pray the Rosary of Our Lady, the powerful weapon has historically often defeated formidable odds.  

As we pray the Rosary, let us ask the Queen of Heaven for her ultimate victory, which she also predicted in Fatima: “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”  – only then can the world have a chance at true peace.

 


 Notes:

1-http://www.abim.inf.br/o-perigo-vermelho/#.U2JmG_ldVvG O Perigo Vermelho by Jose Carlos Sepulveda da Fonseca [back to text]

2-Ibid [back to text]

3- https://www.americaneedsfatima.org/ANF-Articles/the-thir-apparition-of-our-lady-of-fatima-july-13-1917.html [back to text]

4- Father John A. Hardon, S.J. Archives – Communism [back to text]

5-https://www.americaneedsfatima.org/ANF-Articles/the-third-apparition-of-our-lady-of-fatima-july-13-1917.html [back to text]


 

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DAILY QUOTE for March 18, 2019

The first end I propose in our daily work is to do the will...

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March 18

 

The first end I propose in our daily work is
to do the will of God;
secondly, to do it in the manner He wills it; and
thirdly to do it because it is His will.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton


SATAN V. the Immaculate Conception  SIGN!

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St. Cyril of Jerusalem

Sixteen of the thirty-five years of his episcopate were spen...

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St. Cyril of Jerusalem

Though Cyril’s birthplace is unknown, he was certainly brought up in Jerusalem. His parents, very probably Christians, gave him an excellent education.

St. Jerome relates that Cyril was ordained to the priesthood by St. Maximus, the Bishop of Jerusalem, who thought so highly of Cyril's teaching that he was charged with the important duty of instructing the catechumens. Nineteen of these catechetical discourses, delivered without a book, have come down to us. These are invaluable as an exposition of the teaching and ritual of the Church in the fourth century.

Upon the death of St. Maximus, Cyril was elected to his episcopal see. Not long after his consecration as Bishop of Jerusalem, however, misunderstandings arose between Cyril and Bishop Acacius because of the latter’s leanings to Arianism – a heresy that denied the divinity of Christ. He was summoned before a council convened by Acacius but refused to appear. Accused of rebellion, and of distributing Church goods to the poor – which he justifiably did – Cyril entered a crucible of suffering through persecution.

His life as bishop was plagued with charges by the Arians and consequent exiles by Arian-supporting emperors. Sixteen of the thirty-five years of his episcopate were spent in exile. With the accession of Emperor Theodosius he was recalled and ruled undisturbed for the last eight years of his life.

Cyril participated in the great Council of Constantinople, when the Nicene Creed was promulgated in its amended form. He is thought to have died in 386 around the age of seventy. He was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1882.

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A Bargain with Our Lady

From his sick bed, Ansaldo implored the Mother of God to hea...

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A Bargain with Our Lady


In the city of Doul, in France, lived a young cavalier named Ansaldo. This gentleman was trained in the arts of horsemanship and battle. As was common for those in Ansaldo’s line of work, he received a battle wound from an arrow, which entered so deep into the jaw-bone, that it was not possible to extract the iron.

After four years of suffering in this way, the afflicted man could endure the pain no longer. His affliction had made him very ill, a shadow of his former robust self. He thought he would again try to have the iron extracted. But before doing so, this time he decided to make a bargain with the Blessed Virgin.

From his sick bed, Ansaldo implored the Mother of God to heal his jaw and restore his health to him. In exchange for this great grace, he vowed to visit a sacred image of her in the city of Doul every year, and make an offering of a certain sum of money upon her altar if she granted this request.

He had no sooner made the vow than the iron, without being touched, fell out of his jaw and into his mouth.

The next day, ill as he was, he went to visit the sacred image. With a great deal of effort, the weakened, but hopeful man placed the promised gift upon the altar.

Immediately, he felt himself entirely restored to health.

Amazed by the quick maternal response of Mary Most Holy, Andsaldo never forgot his vow and returned every year to honor his part of their bargain.

From the Glories of Mary, by St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori.

From his sick bed, Ansaldo implored the Mother of God to heal him and restore his health to him. In exchange for this great grace,

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