Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Son of God

"What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?" Some distance away a herd of many swine was feeding. The demons pleaded with him,"If you drive us out, send us into the herd of swine."And he said to them, "Go then!" Matthew 8:29-32

Interesting to note, the statement the demons made. What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time? They recognized Jesus right off. Interesting how those who are of evil recognize the hand of God faster than believers. Is it perhaps because they know their time has come to an end, as with the one's we read about today, before their appointed time. Woe to those who follow evil for their time is soon coming to an end.

We read how powerful Jesus is against evil, so it will be evil's undoing. On that day we will rejoice along with the heavens that the power of God has rid the earth of the torment of evil.

It is not too late, to bring about a cleansing of self. To purify our souls, in order to make ourselves ready. Keep the fire of God's love alive within, let it burn brightly for all to see. This is what God seeks of us, to be a light, that will never go out.

Don't be the one's that are put into swine and thrown into the sea to drown, choose life, not death.


Anonymous said...

And a cleansing is necessary:

Catholicism 'faces biggest crisis since Reformation'
By Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent

THE Roman Catholic Church in Britain is facing its greatest threat since the Reformation, according to research.
Over three decades Mass attendance has slumped by 40 per cent, baptisms by 50 per cent, Catholic marriages by 60 per cent and confirmations by 60 per cent.

The 260-page study of the Church indicates that the number of adult converts fell by 55 per cent and first communions by nearly 40 per cent, described as the “greatest pastoral and demographic catastrophe” since the Reformation of the 16th century.

The study covers the period from 1963 to 1991. But more recent figures, from 2004, indicate little improvement.

In 1991 Mass attendance in England and Wales stood at 1.3 million, compared with 960,000 in 2004. Deaths among congregations rose by nearly 40 per cent between 1963 and 1991, reflecting the growing elderly profile. However, the Catholic population of England and Wales increased by 6 per cent.

According to the study, carried out by Anthony Spencer of the Pastoral Research Centre, the number of “late baptisms”, of children aged 1 to 14, also increased.

Mr Spencer said that this was sometimes believed to “reflect the desire of parents who are no longer active members of the Catholic community to get their children enrolled in popular Catholic schools”.

Mr Spencer collated the figures from statistics gathered by parish priests and dioceses, and published by the Church since 1911.

In a separate publication, a former senior press officer for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference has called for better strategic thinking to lift the Church out of crisis in this country.

In The Future of the Catholic Church in Britain, Tom Horwood said: “The Church in Britain is suffering from a terminal decline in membership, irregular commitment among the remnant, and, in the wake of persistent child abuse scandals, a leadership of bishops and priests that has toppled from its pedestal with a mighty crash.”

Mr Horwood’s book draws on management theory to outline an approachaiming at “fundamental changes of attitudes and behaviour”.

Mr Horwood called for more effective leadership from bishops, accusing them of an “inability to set a clear direction”, and emphasised a need for “straight-talking honesty”.

He continued: “It is clear that if the Catholic Church in Britain is to successfully communicate its messages and persuade an increasingly secular and cynical audience it must change its approach. Reactionary, defensive tactics have failed. The Church needs to become more of a proactive and positive force for building community in fragmented, 21st-century British society.”

The publication of the two reports comes after weeks of international attention on the difficulties of the Anglican Church, which has 85 million members, a fraction of the 1.2 billion members of the Catholic Church worldwide.

THE Roman Catholic Church passed details of 60 reports of alleged child abuse on to the police last year, according to figures published yesterday.
A total of 75 people claimed to have been abused, with allegations dating as far back as 65 years. Of the 21 alleged incidents that occurred last year, five involved clergy. So far there have been four prosecutions and no convictions.

Marie Cecile said...

It's unfortunate but a cleansing is needed in the whole world. There is abuse in many families that are not known, in the government, in areas we do not know about, it's rampant. God forgive us for we know not what we do to each other.