I am deeply troubled. I watch for little things that most would not notice – in part because they are little, in part because they are things I have been told are harbingers of entering into a deeper level of the chaos that descends. Over the last few weeks, I have watched as a man who means the Church and the world ill has created a small division, pitting the faithful against each other – and been cheered by some of the faithful for it. In another case, a very good man who is doing good public work has been cast in a light that has led some to treat him with disdain and contempt. Both of these episodes involve long-standing knowledge I am forbidden to reveal. I have been tempted terribly at seeing the injustice to defend the faith – and explain what is going on. But that would be profoundly disobedient. I said the other day that one of the greatest challenges we have now is to stand our post – do what God calls us to do – and that satan will taunt and try to anger us into deserting our post in order to right a wrong that is not our purview. Right now, I thank God I have lived such a difficult discipline. Without it, I don’t know how I could stand to see such injustice without speaking up on it. It is not my nature. But satan knows my nature – and is having fun taunting me, instigating things he knows I am informed on but cannot say anything about. So what to do? Trust God. He is stronger than satan – and the only power satan has is to lure us away from the safety of Our Lord.
Something I can speak about is that a successor in apostasy has risen to replace the execrable Maria Divine Mercy (MDM) – which was exposed as a marketing scheme to delude the faithful – in trying to draw people away from the faith in the name of being “super-Catholic.” MDM, you may recall, tried to convince people that Pope Francis is the devil’s tool and to lead people to follow her into a “true church.” Her efforts were clumsy and ham-handed. When one of my priests sent me some of her first messages in 2010 seeking my take on it, I reacted violently against it. I sniffed what she was up to even then, before she overtly started attacking the faith. For a while, some people were awfully stirred up, but it died out as quickly as it rose when it was revealed that MDM was basically a front for a publishing house seeking to profit over selling books and such to the gullible. Now I am wondering if that was a serious effort to draw the faithful away – or merely an effort to persuade people that satan is clumsy and ham-handed. (Spoiler alert: he is not – but he loves to persuade people he is.)
Dr. Kelly Bowring, a mainstay at Two Hearts Press and a man who has a genuine history of some solid work, has taken up the mantle of proving that Francis is an anti-pope and that the gates of hell have, indeed, prevailed against the Church. He has not fully crossed the Rubicon yet, stating that, for now, he will give Pope Francis the “benefit of the doubt.” That is akin to a thief saying he won’t decide what sentence to give the judge presiding over his trial until it is over. Both the thief in question and Bowring are unclear on the concept. He is far more dangerous than MDM because he has some credentials. Right now, he – and Two Hearts – are soliciting invitations from parishes across the country to come in and do workshops. Because of their previous history, many priests and faithful will not know he is planning to come in and teach apostasy and revolt. So, if you hear of an event featuring Dr. Kelly Bowring, notify your pastor or your bishops of what is afoot. You can look it up online for yourself – or email me to get a copy of what he is sending around. I will not provide a link here because I never intend to knowingly provide a link to what is inspired by the father of lies. Satan clever enough that I am sure he will get some things through, but I sure won’t help him. As for Bowring, for now, I will give him the benefit of the doubt until he overtly crosses that perilous river. If he returns fully to the faith, I will inform you. But stay away from his pernicious delusions.
Clearly the era of deception I spoke of in the first paragraph of Fractured Expectations is in full swing. What is our refuge from the clever deceptions satan is raising? I was delighted to see the latest from Mark Mallett, which gives wisdom on that matter and more. In these times, “trust..do..love” is more than a reminder to oneself: it is our safe path through terribly dangerous territory. Satan is like a lion in the streets, seeking out victims to devour. Stand your post steadfastly and he has no power over you.