Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Catholic Defender: War Of The Worlds

The original science fiction novel written by H.G. Wells in 1898, was about the invasion of Martians coming to our world.

At the time of it's publication, the story line was influenced by a new theory of evolution that influenced British society.

The idea that a civilization could be far advanced than ours was a unigue message told to the masses in vivid detail.

In 1953, there was a popular movie that told the story based from the book that brought "The War of the Worlds" right into American homes.

The movie, which was produced during the height of the Cold War, is centered in a small town in California.

Initially, the towns people are excited about a flaming meteor that lands near the town.

Great excitement is felt among the people until the invaders took to an orchestrated take over of our world.

All you had to do was replace the Martians with the Russians and you get the basic idea.

In 2005, Tom Cruise stared in the most recent film, which is centered mostly with a broken family's trial during the invasion.

It is not unusual for books and movies to center a plot based on actual issues of a time.

We can see how the American theatre has morphed the basic plot of the movie from the original book.

There is usually a political underlying issue that the producers want to communicate.

I have always been a critic of Hollywood for their liberal push to pull America away from traditional family values.

The concept of "War of the Worlds" really can go back to the battle between good and evil.

In the 1950's, Americans were generally seen as the good guys wearing white hats. I was raised around this kind of patriotism so I was one who cheered when the Martians were finally defeated.

The Martians were not equipped to handle our germs and so they died from something you would have to look at through a microscope.

Today, there is a true "War of the Worlds" taking place in America and it is not coming from the Martians or the Russians, but it is coming from within.

This battle between the ultimate good and the ultimate evil is an on going saga that began in the Garden of Eden.

Ephesians 6:12 states, "For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens."

Now, after reading this passage, I think this is far more serious than fearing the Martians and Russians! There actually is a war taking place.

These forces of darkness morph into whatever form of human ingenuity or cunning to take over the masses, like an invasion.

In 1910, the Socialist and Marxist attempted to take over the world by force through revolution.

We saw this in Russian in 1917 with the Bolshevic Revolution and again in 1926 in Mexico.

There was much blood shed as predicted by Our Lady of Fatima in 1917 to the three Children.

Going back to the time of 1898 when H.G. Wells first wrote his book, it is interesting to me that St. John Bosco was given a revelation as early as 1862. His revelation is as follows:

"Imagine yourself to be with me on the seashore, or better, on an isolated rock and not to see any patch of land other than that under your feet. On the whole of that vast sheet of water you see an innumerable fleet of ships in battle array. The prows of the ships are formed into sharp, spear-like points so that wherever they are thrust they pierce and completely destroy. These ships are armed with cannons, with lots of rifles, with incendiary materials, with other firearms of all kinds, and also with books, and advance against a ship very much bigger and higher than themselves and try to dash against it with the prows or burn it or in some way to do it every possible harm.

"As escorts to that majestic fully equipped ship, there are many smaller ships, which receive commands by signal from it and carry out movements to defend themselves from the opposing fleet. In the midst of the immense expanse of sea, two mighty columns of great height arise a little distance the one from the other. On the top of one, there is the statue of the Immaculate Virgin, from whose feet hangs a large placard with this inscription: Auxilium Christianorum - "Help of Christians"; on the other, which is much higher and bigger, stands a Host of great size proportionate to the column and beneath is another placard with the words: Salus Credentium - Salvation of the Faithful.

"The supreme commander of the big ship is the Sovereign Pontiff. He, seeing the fury of the enemies and the evils among which his faithful find themselves, determines to summon around himself the captains of the smaller ships to hold a council and decide what is to be done.

"All the captains come aboard and gather around the Pope. They hold a meeting, but meantime the wind and the waves gather in storm, so they are sent back to control their own ships.

There comes a short lull; for a second time the Pope gathers the captains around him, while the flag-ship goes on its course. But the frightful storm returns.

The Pope stands at the helm and all his energies are directed to steering the ship towards those two columns from whose summits hang many anchors and strong hooks linked to chains.

"All the enemy ships move to attack it, and they try in every way to stop it and to sink it: some with books and writings or inflammable materials, of which they are full; others with firearms, with rifles and with rams. The battle rages ever more relentlessly. The enemy prows thrust violently, but their efforts and impact prove useless. They make attempts in vain and waste all their labor and ammunition; the big ship goes safely and smoothly on its way. Sometimes it happens that, struck by formidable blows, it gets large, deep gaps in its sides; but no sooner is the harm done that a gentle breeze blows from the two columns and the cracks close up and the gaps are stopped immediately.

"Meanwhile, the guns of the assailants are blown up, the rifles and other arms and prows are broken; many ships are shattered and sink into the sea. Then, the frenzied enemies strive to fight hand to hand, with fists, with blows, with blasphemy and with curses.

"Suddenly the Pope falls gravely wounded. Immediately, those who are with him run to help him and they lift him up. A second time the Pope is struck, he falls again and dies. A shout of victory and joy rings out amongst the enemies; from their ships an unspeakable mockery arises.

"But hardly is the Pontiff dead than another takes his place. The pilots, having met together, have elected the Pope so promptly that the news of the death of the Pope coincides with the news of the election of the successor. The adversaries begin to lose courage.

"The new Pope, putting the enemy to rout and overcoming every obstacle, guides the ship right up to the two columns and comes to rest between them; he makes it fast with a light chain that hangs from the bow to an anchor of the column on which stands the Host; and with another light chain which hangs from the stern, he fastens it at the opposite end to another anchor hanging from the column on which stands the Immaculate Virgin.

"At this point, a great convulsion takes place. All the ships that until then had fought against the Pope's ship are scattered; they flee away, collide and break to pieces one against another. Some sink and try to sink others. Several small ships that had fought gallantly for the Pope race to be the first to bind themselves to those two columns. Many other ships, having retreated through fear of the battle, cautiously watch from far away; the wrecks of the broken ships having been scattered in the whirlpools of the sea, they in their turn sail in good earnest to those two columns, and having reached them, they make themselves fast to the hooks hanging down from them and their they remain safe, together with the principal ship, on which is the Pope. Over the sea their reigns a great calm."

St. John Bosco is clear about his revelation. The time to act is now as the battle again is brougt before us. It might not be through the fantasy of a Martian fleet nor from a Russian takeover, but it is coming from the Obama Administration who is attacking the Constitution of the United States and attempting to take away our religious liberty and rights granted by the Constitution. Just as the Church was persecuted by the Atheistic Governments in the past in Eastern Europe, it is now hitting America through the power of the vote.

Ephesians 5:11 states, "Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness; rather expose them." As long as we are still in the "age of grace", the Church stills has the vision of St. John Bosco as a source of inspiration. So let us then take up the Cross of Christ, to place ourselves into His Service. To become active in Eucharistic Adoration and to defend the honor of Our Lady by praying the Rosary. This is heavens peace plan and greatest weapons in this "War of the Worlds"!

"For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. Amen.

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