Is Rome About To Fall?

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Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman star in Olympus Has Fallen (cf.  White House DownLondon Has Fallen et. al).    The president of the United States is held captive by the North Koreans.   An army ranger (Gerard Butler) saves the day.

Who will save the day in the Church?

There is something in man’s psyche that knows the things we hold dear will one day fall apart.   Is it the 2nd law of spiritual dynamics?

St. John predicts the ultimate evil empire (Babylon) “will one day fall and become a dwelling place of demons.”   

What or where is this Babylon?

When you factor in the rampant sodomy, the flamboyant clerics, and the Vatican bank fraud scandal, it’s hard for many Christians not to locate Babylon as Rome, the city of seven hills. 

“What will get Rome’s attention?’

I believe there are millions of righteous Catholics in the bosom of Rome, who wonder “why is there such a disconnect in the Vatican?’     It’s spiritual leaders are like the rich man dressed in fine garments (cf. Luke 16:19-31) with its members lying at the door covered with the sores of sin.    Even though the Bishops believe in the theory of hell, in their sophistical reasoning, its empty.  They teach and live with no fear of judgment.

Would an experience change hearts?   In Jesus’ parable, “Abraham said, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.’   Like the rich man in today’s parable,  the people suffering in the great tribulation, “gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.”

The Psalmist offers a way forward to those who seek God:

“Blessed the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked  Nor walks in the way of sinners, nor sits in the company of the insolent” (cf. Psalm 1).

Would an experience change hearts? 

  

This is the narrow way of Christianity.   Jeremiah predicts a curse to those who trust in man:

“Thus says the LORD: Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh, whose heart turns away from the LORD. He is like a barren bush in the desert that enjoys no change of season, But stands in a lava waste, a salt and empty earth. (cf. Jeremiah 17)

The prophet Jeremiah exhorts us, “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” (cf. 6:16).

 

 

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