I wrote this article as a warning to all of us know the Catholic faith is true and right. To those who know the teachings of the Church are the proper way to live, this article is a word of caution to you which might upset you.
Ultimately, neither the left or the right sides within the Church have it quite right. The left has chosen to embrace sin by embracing abortion, contraception, homosexual marriage and other intrinsic evils, etc. Ironically, it is the people on the right who I often see as judging. Christ Himself warns us:
“Stop judging,* that you may not be judged.For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in your eye?You hypocrite,* remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:1-5)
Just in the past two days, I have read reports from solid Catholics who are speaking about a schism. Let me tell you something, Christ ALLOWED the authorities to walk Him all the way to the cross, even though the earthly authorities were wrong and He was right. Schism is a rebellion, and this is precisely what Satan wants. Rebellion.
Broken People Seeking Help
We have many people who come to seek help at our church. The people who come to our parish team are seeking healing and many of these people would typically fall in the category of “left”. To God, they fall in the category of “child,” just as each of us is a child of God. Often people who are steeped in sin aren’t really convinced they are doing anything wrong. However, the Holy Spirit has obviously gotten a hold of them because they know their lives could be better. This is why they walk in the door in the first place.
These people are broken I can almost see demons who have talked to them their whole life. Their whole perception of themselves, of others, and of the world is based on a lie. They are living in sin. However, if I step back and really look, it’s as if demons have been pounding on them since they were babies.
Inflicted ON Them
Usually, they believe the lie that they are not loved or worth anything. They do not rest securely in God’s love. They make up a God who they can live with so they can continue to cope. They deny sin because sin was inflicted upon them by people whom they loved and they cannot reconcile this in their heads. They are angry because from that perspective it’s as if you have to justify your existence.
People rage because everything in their whole life has screamed that they are worthless. So they scream back, thinking inside, “I have a right to breathe”. However, they do not really believe this deep down. The deepest core of their rage is the belief that their very breath isn’t worth anything. This rage, which really boils down to self-hatred has boiled over in the streets. People are screaming, “Look I am worth something!” This is a misperception because God has always loved them. It is precisely here that God’s mercy can break through.
I cry after meeting with some of these people. How do you preach the beautiful Doctrines of truth without inflicting more damage? When people present the truth too harshly, it makes those who are struggling to feel like they have been stabbed in the heart. They were never taught the truth so the truth feels like a direct attack on their very existence. They are unable to perceive at this point that God’s ways will flourish them. Sometimes they were taught truth verbally but taught hypocritically; the rules were taught but not lived. This leaves them confused. So for me, and for our team, we take a spiritual walk with them, mostly just asking them questions guided by the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit Inspires People to Turn from Sin
It is beautiful when people who are in bondage realize with the help of the Holy Spirit, that they have to change. This is how true conversion takes place. This realization is deliverance from sin. We teach them how to forgive, and then we teach them how to renounce the evil spirits who have spoken to them, so their perception of reality becomes a Godly one. The change is astonishing. The whole time, it is the people who are seeking freedom who say the prayers, not us. We teach them to take the authority of their own life back from the devil. When I watch the broken restored, I am observing the healing of the Church’s crisis from the front lines. They leave embracing the Sacramental Life they had previously not understood.
God Alone Can Judge
The road is narrow. People fall off to the left and right. I struggle with social media now because I just objectively want to speak the truth. The walking wounded perceive wrongly because parents or teachers and evil spirits trained them to believe lies. I totally understand why Christ said, “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.” It isn’t as if they didn’t know they were nailing Him to a cross but they were in bondage to the Evil One. Christ could see the truth.
Christ could see each person made in God’s image and separate their true selves from the evil spirits who spoke lies to them. He was harsh with the Pharisees because they knew better. The people today who believe the orthodox teachings of the Church really have to be careful. Objectively their opinions are “right” but how are they viewing the other person who is a sinner? If the righteous only want to see the demise of the sinner, and does not will their salvation, they are not obeying Christ’s teaching.
Do not mistake forgiveness and obedience with condoning sin. If we want to be lifted out of sin ourselves, we must forgive. Ultimately, God wants restoration; or man’s union with His will, just like it was in the garden before the fall. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. Christ accomplished this but we have not embraced it. That’s why the Church herself will go through a Passion because a Passion will bring us to Resurrection. Each person becomes fully who God wants them to be when they experience a rebirth. If only we would listen, we would have the full power of God behind us to help those who are suffering. I believe this will happen, but not before we allow God to strip us naked, humble us, and teach us how to walk in obedience.
I just hope we can stand up at the foot of the cross. I pray for the grace of perseverance every day now. God wants a different looking Church than what we have right now and it will quite literally be a hell of a ride before we get there. Pray without ceasing.
Stop judging, start listening and start walking with people in love. If they don’t listen, you don’t acquiesce to evil, you stand in its way, just like Christ did. He didn’t leave, He didn’t attack, He didn’t stop preaching the truth. He stood in the way. And it led to the cross and brought Resurrection.