by John Connelly
Reality Therapy: The firm determination to look at reality and
embrace THE TRUTH even when it is difficult.
One of the things I do is research history and
Part of my calling is to analyze our world in
light of the teachings of Jesus.
He was the ultimate realist and said…
“The love of most will grow cold.” (Mt 24:12)
This is happening before our eyes. Many people are in a spiritual slumber.
They are asleep to the spiritual forces
that shape their lives, families, and our world today.
Perhaps this is why Jesus insisted in the gospels…
Here is true story from Germany during World War II… A Jewish man was captured by the Nazis and put into a concentration camp.
He escaped the camp and stumbled back to his village. When he told the
people the horrors he had seen they did not believe him. When he tried to warn
them, they said he was crazy.
They might have at least tried to escape. But they chose to ignore the truth that was spoken. Thus, their fate was sealed.
This story tells us a deep truth about human nature. We often do not want the hard truth of reality.
The man told the truth but they labeled him crazy.
Have you heard of the Normalcy Bias? It is the psychological tendency to filter out unpleasant information so we keep things feeling ‘normal’ inside of us. In short, we have a profound, well documented tendency to deny reality when it does not meet our expectations.
More simply put… Denial Runs Deep.
In today’s world people just say “Conspiracy Theory” every time they don’t like any view that contradicts mainstream thinking. Do any of us honestly believe our media and politicians are telling us the whole truth?
Some conspiracy theories are nonsense, but some are true. Obviously not all politicians lie – but all too many do. They sacrifice the truth for hidden agendas that are not in the best interests of those they represent.
The main author of the U.S Constitution, Thomas Jefferson, said… “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”
Jefferson understood that there are always people willing to conspire against the freedom of humanity.
Hitler conspired and killed six million Jews.
The Communists conspired and enslaved, tortured, and killed untold millions.
Planned Parenthood conspired with politicians and gave us the legalized murder of abortion on demand.
Do we really think there are no more “conspiracies” in our world?
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
I have studied the twisted agenda unfolding in our world. It is serious. It is well documented. I think we are heading into an epic battle.
A battle of ideologies. Light versus Darkness. Evil versus Good. The abortion mentality is like a new concentration camp. It is a prison of the heart and mind. The death of compassion. It started as a ‘conspiracy’. And it is only the beginning of where we may be headed. There are people in our world who are even now orchestrating a relentless, dark agenda against the human race. I know this might sound overly dramatic. But history is dramatic.
In the words of John Paul II we are a called to be a “sign of contradiction” in this “culture of death.” The words of the renowned writer and speaker, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, sum up well the climate of our times…
“The world is rapidly being divided into two camps: the comradeship of the Anti-Christ and the brotherhood of Christ. The lines between these two are being drawn… But in the conflict between truth and darkness, truth cannot lose.”
This is not a minor figure who is speaking. He was not some conspiracy theorist or deluded fanatic. He is one of the most respected church leaders in modern history. His words offer a penetrating analysis of what may be unfolding in the world today. If Bishop Fulton Sheen was right we may be facing the unthinkable: Anti-Christ… in short:
The rise of a global dictatorship that will ultimately prove to be entirely hostile to Jesus and his message. Only time will tell if this is what is now unfolding in our world.
What is clear is that lines are being drawn.
The trumpet is blowing. The Church is in a deepening spiritual battle. Difficult times may be heading our way. Check the facts.
Read the scriptures. Pray. Look at this culture with the eyes of Jesus. Can we not all see that something has gone terribly wrong in our world? The cancer of corruption is all around us.
“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” Albert Einstein
Some things I have gleaned from the past couple weeks alone…
– It is now admitted three of the reactors in Japan have melted down. This is serious. Harmful radiation is now being detected on a much wider scale. We, and the people of Japan were not given the full facts. Nuclear experts like Arnie Gunderson of Fairweather Associates are speaking about the serious issues involved. This was not a minor incident that is going away soon. The radiation being dispersed to the world is ongoing and catastrophic.
– A recent poll says nearly 50% of Americans now believe another great depression is imminent.
– The legendary Wall Street investor, Jim Rogers, and a chorus of others, are saying the US economy is on the brink of catastrophe.
Another financial meltdown would affect all of us drastically.
– Food shortages and increasing prices are being predicted by a growing chorus different government agencies and leaders.
– Wars and unrest are spreading in the powder keg of the middle east.
– One of the latest and best-selling video games teaches young people to murder others in sadistic ways. (I’ll stop there. But trust me… these games are getting seriously evil.)
This is a spiritual battle. You and I are in it. And in my opinion this could just be the beginning. I actually hope I and others are being overly pessimistic. Maybe the world will suddenly turn around. But the facts seem to point to a real battle in our midst. We just need open our eyes and watch what unfolds. The world around us IS changing now, no matter what the ‘Normalcy Bias’ inside us says.
The truth is going to meet us all. Ready or not.
There are consequences when a culture turns away from God. People are embracing the darkness. We see the fruit all around us.
Listen to Pope Benedict and his penetrating assessment…
“We see clear signs of a disturbing breakdown in the very foundations of society: signs of alienation, anger, and the polarization on the part of many of our contemporaries; increased violence; a weakening of the moral sense; a coarsening of social relations; and a growing forgetfulness of God.”
Each time I read these words something stirs.
The Pope sees clear signs of breakdown in society. Do we not see them too? Can you imagine what this could mean if things continue to disintegrate?
The trouble is this… If people deny reality – it is still real. The problem gets worse not better.
The average Germans in World War II did not want to believe it was possible to see mass exterminations of Jews in their civilized country.
But it happened.
The people in the U.S. and Canada did not want to see a Great Depression in the 1930’s.
But it happened.
Christians did not want to be thrown to the lions.
But it happened.
The people of Rome did not want their Empire to collapse and fall.
But it happened.
Babies in the womb do not want to die.
But it is happening.
I do not know what exactly these times will unfold. I hope, like you do, our world wakes up and comes to its senses. But I tell you this with the full force of my being… Be prepared for the possibility of Big Changes. Be prepared for some very serious scenarios may very well unfold right before our eyes.
Like the songwriter Bob Dylan said… “The times they are a-changing “
I want the world to get better for my children. But our world just seem to be making all the wrong choices. Let us continually cry out for the Mercy of God. Let us make prayer our first priority!
“More things are brought about by prayer than this world ever dreams.” – Tennyson
Even more troubling insight from modern history…
Many spiritual leaders including Bishops, Priests and Christian Pastors failed to discern the blatant evil of Hitler and his Nazi regime.
Many did not speak out forcefully against him.
Many cooperated with him.
In fact many Catholics and other Christians were encouraged by their leaders to “Fight for the Fatherland” and join the Nazi army.
Why do I say this? Because if history teaches us anything it is this…
IT CAN HAPPEN AGAIN.
I know there are many good leaders in the Church today. Many are standing courageously for the truth. Unfortunately, we can see that others have lost their way. The ongoing scandals are weakening our ability to speak with moral force in a world spinning out of control. The dark spiritual force we call Satan is blinding many to the serious consequences of lukewarm Christianity. Compromised Christianity will be shown for what it is. A superficial imitation with no real life and vitality. It can never transform our world.
Propaganda is a powerful weapon in the war against us. It is essentially ‘lies’ insidiously packaged to sound like ‘the truth.’ When those in power want to deceive, it is a weapon of incredible deception. Hitler used it to brainwash the masses. The media and soft spiritual leaders who want nothing more than to keep the peace are too often not reliable sources of information. They become pawns taken in by the sophisticated lies and intimidation of propaganda. This is what caused the great writer G.K. Chesterton to say…
“Each generation is saved by the saint who most contradicts it.”
We must contradict the propaganda of our times with the simple, deep, powerful teachings of Jesus.
Recently former president Bill Clinton gave a major speech. He advocated a new “Ministry of Truth” . This governmental agency would be officially responsible to oversee the dissemination of ‘truth’ to the people. Bill Clinton’s speech was nothing but a blatant attempt to curb free speech. The “ministry of truth” he advocates is straight from the pages of George Orwell’s nightmare vision of totalitarian rule… Nineteen-Eighty Four. If Clinton and others get their way free press could eventually be eliminated.
Then all we will get is a blizzard of propaganda drowning out the truth.
President John F Kennedy insisted that freedom of the press is… “Essential in a free and open society.”
People need to wake up. Our freedoms are being challenged. The “culture of death” is on the march. The only real ‘ministry of truth’ is Jesus.
He is the TRUTH.
His teaching is the truth that sets humanity free.
His words must not be marginalized or set aside.
They are life-giving. They are revolutionary.
We must fight for truth no matter the cost. Truth will prevail. We must hold our candle high in the growing darkness of this present age.
The light will conquer. Darkness will not prevail.
So let us all be attentive and discerning.
Beware of the propaganda from an increasingly corrupt political, corporate, and media culture.
Beware of the empty rhetoric of those who show no compassion for the life of the unborn. Beware of those who lie while pretending to speak the truth.
They are already fighting on the wrong side of history whether they know it or not. They are in direct conflict with the Kingdom of God. Let us pray that Mercy opens their eyes.
I know this message is heavy.
I am sure many of you are awake to much of what I’m saying. But we all have a moral obligation to try to wake others up. The truth only sets us free when we face it. Denial simply makes our fear go ‘underground’ into our unconscious. Then if something bad happens we tend to go into panic mode. And panic means we make bad decisions.
The founder of the Boy Scouts, Lord Baden-Powell, was right…
We must each in our own way be like John the Baptist and say to all…
“Prepare the way of the Lord.”
Being prepared is true wisdom in times like these. Let us all ask a few simple, honest questions…
How is our relationship with Jesus?
How is our prayer life?
Are we living the authentic call of a disciple?
Are we praying the scriptures and learning daily see our world through Jesus’ eyes?
Is our conscience clear or do we need to make some changes?
Jesus offers his Reality Therapy to all.
But we must choose. Even if it is hard.
The gospel must be lived and proclaimed.
Jesus said the way is narrow that leads to life.
Indeed, the way of authentic love is narrow, and the way of selfishness and spiritual apathy is wide.
Let us surrender our lives daily to Jesus and His new Heart of Truth and Love in us. He is always present. Waiting for us to draw close. Intimacy with Jesus is the Great Pearl of infinite and eternal value.
It is time to take the next step and go deeper into the Kingdom. Even in our weakness and struggles Jesus never abandons us.
We were born for this moment of history. I am reminded of God’s call to Joshua as he went forward to the fight the battles for the Promised Land…
“Be strong and filled with courage for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
Jesus walks with us every step.
He is the Living Truth. His Spirit fights the battle in us. Our Father’s Love and Mercy cannot be defeated. Let us ask Jesus daily for a deep session of “Reality Therapy”. Let us let go and let Him take control moment by moment.
The truth will always set us free.
Jesus with every breath. We choose the Reality Therapy of Your Kingdom.
(Scroll down to The Battle we Face for more about the unfolding situation in our world.)