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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Sunday Meditation: Never, Never, Never Give Up!

Our Lady of Mount Carmel,
Pray for us.
Editor's Comment: I received the email and attachment below a few weeks ago. Today on this Second
Sunday of Advent I want to share it. Many signs in our culture point to the time Matthew described in chapter 24 of his Gospel.
"Let no one mislead you. Many will come attempting to impersonate me. 'I am the Messiah!' they will claim, and they will deceive many, You will hear of wars and rumors of war....Nation will rise against nation....There will be famine and pestilence and earthquakes in many places....They will hand you over to torture and kill you....Indeed, you will be hated by all nations on my account....False prophets will rise in great numbers to mislead many. Because of the increase of evil, the love of most will grow cold. The man who holds out to the end, however, is the one who will see salvation. This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world as a witness to all the nations. Only after that will the end come."
Betty Wickham describes below the transformation of palliative care to one more sleight-of-hand in the death culture's box of tricks. I will be writing more in the future about the transformation of palliative care from caring for the patient to caring about the financial cost of patients. Delaware has introduced a bill that would define physician assisted suicide as part of "palliative care." That is the future of organizations aimed at aiding the dying.

This is the culture of death in full swing from conception to death. Murder the "unwanted" before birth (and after if they dare to survive) and murder the burdensome who cost too much to care for. This indeed is the time to "flee to the mountains." The second Sunday of Lent shows us one mountain top experience: Jesus takes Peter, James, and John to the top of Mt. Tabor where He is transfigured. He strengthens them for the persecution ahead by revealing His divinity. Sadly, they forget about it a few weeks later and flee away from the mount of Calvary. And then there is a third mountain upon which to reflect: Mount Carmel where Our Lady entrusted the devotion of the brown scapular to St. Simon stock. Surely when we "flee to the mountains" it should be to pray that the Lord will strengthen our faith, prepare us for trials and persecution, and give us the tools to evangelize a world so in need of the good news of salvation!

Now here's Betty's email followed by Bishop Gracida's column.

Dear friends,

Many of us remember being with Bishop Gracida on the Feast of St. Benedict, 2015 here in Raleigh at the Renaissance Hotel. The sex abuse scandals were then on the back burner but we were a small group committed to discussing the takeover of America's healthcare system. In his keynote address Bishop Gracida said the problem with palliative care was that it has grown from the Cultural Virus of Proportionalism.

He guided our discussions in the afternoon brainstorming session and urged that we take to social media. Surprise advice from a nonagenarian ordinary, but this was not your ordinary bishop despite his claim to be one. (His autobiography is titled AN ORDINARY’S NOT SO ORDINARY LIFE.). This is a humble bishop who trusts in the Lord and sees an obligation to act to save lives and souls.

Here we are nearly 4 years later and we are yet to stretch far into social media. Trusting in the ways of the Lord we continue to pray for help.

We at LifeTree are small, but we are presently directing our efforts at trying to prevent passage of the Palliative Care and Hospice Education Training Act (PCHETA) here in America. See This bill will replace millions of foundation funding with government funding. These monies will provide for the training of palliative professionals, the training of non-palliative professionals in the palliative philosophy, and finance a government-run campaign to encourage people to think favorably about today's palliative medicine. The bill passed the House of Representatives with no opposition in the last Congress. It was done by voice vote. On that basis the bill has a strong chance of passing both the Senate and House in the present Congress. Unfortunately, I fear that our president does not know what he would be signing.

In 2017 this Pope positioned two Soros people front and center at the Vatican. Soros scholars from his Project on Death in America (PDIA) are now members of the Pontifical Academy for Life. A year ago the Pontifical Academy for Life launched the PAL-Life Project in cooperation with the Secretariat of State and the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life to bring palliative care to the entire world. Their theme was Palliative Care: Everywhere and By Everyone. The implication is that all patients and all providers will be required to participate.

Think about where we are headed. We all know how strong the current of globalism is today. Now ask yourself. Why push palliative care globally? The obvious answer is to install palliative medicine's guidelines in a one world economy. Palliative care will become a "basic human right"!

We pray for more people to realize what is happening within the Church with regards to the subtle ways of the euthanasia movement. We pray for a general awakening that people will see where the framers of Obamacare wanted to take us ... and so then did!

It breaks my heart to say the sad truth that, although the Church is officially against the radical campaign for physician assisted suicide, in its official capacities it is working to achieve the same end through the full transformation of healthcare.

Elizabeth D. Wickham, PhD
Executive Director, LifeTree
PO Box 17301
Raleigh, NC, 27619



by abyssum

A regular reader of wrote to me as follows:

“What should I do when everything within me recoils from Pope Francis as from Satan himself?

What should I do when everything within me wants to FLEE, as from Satan himself, the apostate church he is (knowingly or unknowingly) leading?

Bishop Rene Gracida, a courageous shepherd!
How is it possible that the Sacrament of Pope Francis is the true Sacrament? (If our Lord still comes to Francis then I too must stay).

I BELIEVE in God's right ordering of the family, Church, Society. I BELIEVE that God - AND Satan - work through the HEAD of any human community. So I BELIEVE that whatever spirit is flowing through & from Francis IS flowing to & through me IF I receive the headship of Francis. Well, I DON'T! It's one thing to be subject to the rule of a sinful man... (that I can absorb in prayer & reparation as an even greater sinner)... it's quite another to be subject to Satan.

I recently deactivated my Twitter so I could focus on a life of prayer. Then, when Francis signed the Human Fraternity document in the name of the Catholic Church & ALL Catholics, I went back to publicly renounce that signing in my name.

But now I realize that I want to renounce EVERYTHING from this man. We're not just talking about a fallen man - we're talking about the ANTI-CHRIST! I want to RENOUNCE his headship over me. I don't want ANYTHING to do with him OR his "church." This is how I FEEL! I simply don't know what to THINK!

I cleave, spiritually, to Saint Peter & the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass of All the Ages... but otherwise I am in total confusion.

All I know is, is that there are profound spiritual laws/realities in operation here & I barely know what I am asking.”


I reply:

Do not allow yourself to be plunged into despair, trust in the Lord Jesus Christ!

Remember the words of Our Lord to his disciples when, as they were crossing the Sea of Galilee after the miracle of the feeding of the 5000 with the loaves and fishes. Their small boat was caught in a storm and the disciples in terror awakened Jesus asleep in the boat.

Matthew 8:23-27 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Calms the Storm
23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
It is natural for us to feel somewhat panic-stricken even as the disciples were panic stricken in that storm, because in many ways the storm in which the barque of Peter is now being tossed about is far worse than that storm on the lake.

I know for my own personal experience that one must cultivate trusting in the Lord for a long time before it become habitual. If you have read my autobiography, AN ORDINARY’S NOT SO ORDINARY LIFE, you will recall the time I was alone piloting my Cessna single engine airplane on an instrument flight plan and air traffic control put me through two thunder storms at 9,000 feet and I blacked out each time. The airplane did not have an autopilot. When I regained consciousness each time I found that I flying straight and level BUT WAS TWO THOUSAND FEET LOWER THAN I WAS BEFORE I ENTERED THE STORMS.

Emotionally I now feel as I did then, emotionally “washed out” by what is happening. It does not seem possible that the Church will survive the present chaos in which it finds itself. But I believe, and you should believe also, that Christ is REALLY IN CHARGE OF HIS CHURCH AND NOT EVEN "THE GATES OF HELL" WILL PREVAIL AGAINST THE CHURCH.

My experience in surviving my periods of blackout during those two storms has enabled me to remain calm during this present crisis in the Church. I know that Our Lord Jesus Christ is in charge and I MUST TRUST HIM.


+Rene Henry Gracida

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