LENT: LIFTING THE VEIL

Only God Lifts the Veil Over Our Eyes So That We Can See The Truth: The Opportunity of Everlasting Life and Real Peace Through Christ’s Kingdom and Not This World

“Not as man sees does God see,
because man sees the appearance
but the LORD looks into the heart.”

“Then Jesus said,
“I came into this world for judgment,
so that those who do not see might see,
and those who do see might become blind.”

“Brothers and sisters: You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth.”

And even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.…

1 Sam 16: 7b; John 9:39; Eph 5:8-9; 2 Corinthians 3:16

Lord God, we praise you and thank you for unblinding our minds and opening our hearts, for hearing our prayers and answering us with the truth.  Your Son is truth. He is the Way you have provided for all who accept Him as Lord to have the hope of everlasting life in His Kingdom and resurrection from death.  It is our greatest joy and hope and we come to you with hearts overflowing with thanksgiving! Ora Pro Nobis

Do you and I remember the moment when we began to see the truth? For St. Paul it was the striking moment on the road to Damascus where his spiritual blindness manifests in real blindness while God opens his spiritual eyes before restoring his sight. For many of us the moment God gave us spiritual sight, to have cured our spiritual blindness in order to know the truth may not have been as dramatic but it certainly was something we will never forget…or quite be able to put into words! Yet Chesterton was able to describe this holy moment in such a memorable passage in his book, Orthodoxy.

“I found this projecting feature of Christian theology, like a sort of hard spike, the dogmatic insistence that God was personal, and had made a world separate from Himself. The spike of dogma fitted exactly into the hole in the world–it had evidently been meant to go there– and then the strange thing began to happen. When once these two parts of the two machines had come together, one after another, all the other parts fitted and fell in with an eerie exactitude. I could hear bolt after bolt over all the machinery falling into its place with a kind of click of relief. Having got one part right, all the other parts were repeating that rectitude, as clock after clock strikes noon. Instinct after instinct was answered by doctrine after doctrine. Or, to vary the metaphor, I was like one who had advanced into a hostile country to take one high fortress. And when that fort had fallen the whole country surrendered and turned solid behind me. The whole land was lit up, as it were, back to the first fields of my childhood. All those blind fancies of boyhood which in the fourth chapter I have tried in vain to trace on the darkness, became suddenly transparent and sane.” – G. K. Chesterton, The Flag of The World, Orthodoxy, 1908

Sanity! Oh, how we need it now! These days, you see people posting repeatedly that “everywhere you look you see insanity”. If there were ever a time that we needed God’s wisdom to lift the veil in order to see clearly what is happening to our earth and why, it is now!

Recently, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano wrote of this insanity we see everywhere and the deception from the evil one that is behind it.

If we look around us, we see how this cancellation of Justice, of the sense of Good and Evil, of the idea that there is a God who rewards the good and punishes the wicked leads to a definitive, irreparable and irredeemable rebellion against the Lord, a premise for the eternal damnation of souls. The judge who acquits the criminal and punishes the righteous person; the ruler who promotes sin and vice and condemns or prevents honest and virtuous actions; the doctor who considers sickness as an opportunity for profit and health as a fault; the priest who is silent about the Last Things and considers as “pagan” concepts like penance, sacrifice, and fasting in atonement for sins – all of these are accomplices, perhaps unknowingly, in this latest deception of Satan.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Lenten message: ‘God’s wrath…can only be appeased by contrition and penance’

There is a profound being made, one Shakespeare made as well in his play, Hamlet – that when morals are ignored, insanity results and nations fall. Chesterton’s “projecting spike of Christian dogma” is the only thing that can return us to a solid country and Vigano’s call to repentance is the only thing that can restore our sanity. If we do not allow God to remove the veil from our minds to see that we are in need of drastic and imminent change and heed the call to repentance, we risk becoming lunatics ourselves.

“There are commonwealths, plainly to be distinguished here and there in history, which pass from prosperity to squalor, or from glory to insignificance, or from freedom to slavery, not only in silence, but with serenity. The face still smiles while the limbs, literally and loathsomely, are dropping from the body. These are peoples that have lost the power of astonishment at their own actions. When they give birth to a fantastic fashion or a foolish law, they do not start or stare at the monster they have brought forth. They have grown used to their own unreason; chaos is their cosmos; and the whirlwind is the breath of their nostrils. These nations are really in danger of going off their heads en masse; of becoming one vast vision of imbecility, with toppling cities and crazy countrysides, all dotted with industrious lunatics.”

G.K. Chesterton, In Defense of Sanity

Read the rest of Archbiship Vigano’s Lenten exhortation to penance

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