As we all know, Americans are currently experiencing more division, frustration and anger than perhaps ever before. Family members and friends are positioned against each other and emotions and fears are running high.
Commenting on the current state of America, Christian leader Franklin Graham said he has never seen such hatred in the country and added that we are in a "spiritual crisis" because so much of the country has turned its back on God.
"I don’t think I have ever seen the level of hatred we are seeing around us today," said Rev. Graham. "It’s chilling. Where does this hate come from? It comes from the human heart."
"America has a spiritual crisis," said Graham. "We have turned our back on our Creator, the Author of our freedom, and the One who has bestowed on us the bounty of this land that we enjoy."
"As you look around, just because other people’s hearts are filled with hate, don’t let hate fill yours," he said. "Let God, through His Son, Jesus Christ, give you the strength, the joy, the fulfillment, and the peace that only He can. Jesus Himself instructs us to love our enemies, and the Bible challenges us."
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”(Romans 12:21)
Sadly, I believe that Graham has nailed it in his recent comments above and it is up to us, who have the full knowledge of God, to be witnesses of His love to all people, regardless of their beliefs. Not only do most of our readers have our tremendous catholic faith to teach us how to love one another as Christ loves us, but we also have the added bonus of hearing Our Lady’s messages from Medjugorje to teach us love and respect. As Graham said above, Hatred begins in the heart but so does love and love conquers hatred.
"Dear children, love is bringing me to you - the love which I desire to teach you also - real love; the love which my Son showed you when He died on the Cross out of love for you; the love which is always ready to forgive and to ask for forgiveness. How great is your love? My motherly heart is sorrowful as it searches for love in your hearts. You are not ready to submit your will to God's will out of love. You cannot help me to have those who have not come to know God's love to come to know it, because you do not have real love. Consecrate your hearts to me and I will lead you. I will teach you to forgive, to love your enemies and to live according to my Son. Do not be afraid for yourselves. In afflictions, my Son does not forget those who love. I will be beside you. I will implore the Heavenly Father for the light of eternal truth and love to illuminate you. Pray for your shepherds so that through your fasting and prayer they can lead you in love. Thank you." February 02, 2013
Recommending love and respect of one another does not mean to say I myself don’t have serious misgivings over the outcome of the election, but hatred and fear of “the other side” is not the way to express it. I will now be praying for America and its leaders with even more fervor. I pray for unity throughout this nation and pray that God’s laws will be upheld in the coming months and years.
Being strongly prolife, I have grave concern over the future pro-abortion laws that may be enacted. Alongside the push for lower abortion limitations, is the thrust for more restrictions on religious freedoms, and then there is the new gender ideology and a liberal drive for normalizing sexual immorality that breaks the natural order of marriage and family. I am, to say the least, deeply disturbed about the spiritual future of America. While I am not advocating lack of tolerance towards any person or group of people, I am expressing a concern for an administration’s agenda that forwards ideologies which are not in line with God’s Laws.
However, there is hope for our country. The Mother of God has told us, in the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph! I believe this, unequivocally. But, throughout the history of apparitions of the Blessed Mother on earth, we have learned that without serious prayer from the heart, for a nation and its citizens, countless disasters have befallen great countries. How many times has Our Lady at Medjugorje said, “Pray! Pray! Pray!”. Well now is the time to pray and to fast for America and all of its people.
We need to turn to Our Mother and take the fight to the beads. Our weapon is the Holy Rosary not an angry tongue or an impassioned keyboard. Our Lady tells us we have the greatest weapon in our hands, but we have to use it in order to win the battle we are in. Satan is doing everything within his power to destroy our beautiful country by causing hatred and division. Draw your sword - the Rosary - and charge to the front lines. One Hail Mary is like an almighty blow to satan’s head.
“Dear children! Today I call you especially now to advance against Satan by means of prayer. Satan wants to work still more now that you know he is at work. Dear children, put on the armor for battle and with the Rosary in your hand defeat him! Thank you for having responded to my call.”August, 08, 1985
With your Rosary, pray for peace in your heart and in your family, peace in your community, spiritual righteousness in your political leaders, strength and protection for your priests and for love and unity to return to America once again. This is how we will heal the land that we love.
Prayer of St Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
-- Judith Weible
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