Planned Parenthood and lukewarm Catholics
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2012-11-28

Our nation is riding a long, dark, out-of-control train that is powered by Planned Parenthood and its pernicious immorality. That train is on a collision course for hell. A society that falls into moral decay will not long survive. The only way to regain control and avert a terminal train wreck is to regain the hearts of the people. That will only happen when Catholics turn on the hot water tap and bring their lukewarm faith to the boiling point.

Father Jeffrey Montz of Kenner, Louisiana, explained the importance of casting aside a lukewarm faith in regaining the culture, and thus our country, in his post-election homily, where he pointed out that the election results were all about the moral decline of our nation. He quoted Pope St. Pius X, who said, “All evil in the world is due to lukewarm Catholics.”

“My brothers and sisters, each one of us has a moral obligation to do all that we can to try to reverse the moral decline of our nation,” Fr. Montz said. “And the first place that we have to begin is within ourselves. We have to begin by responding to that vocation which is common to all of us, what the Church calls the universal call to holiness, the call from Jesus to each one of us to become a saint!”

Excerpts from his homily follow:

In ordinary times lukewarmness in our approach to salvation is deadly. But we are not entering into ordinary times. We are not moving forward into ordinary times. There is a great battle brewing; in fact this battle is already upon us, a battle in our country between good and evil and I can feel this battle in the very marrow in my bones.

If we are not striving for holiness with every fiber of our being we will not have what it takes to pay the cost of discipleship, we will not have what it takes to get to Heaven!

As Jesus says near the end of Matthew’s Gospel, “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now and never will be. And if those days had not been shortened, no one would be saved. No one would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.”

In his letter to the Philippians, St. Paul says, “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” How many of us, each day, tremble as we strive for holiness? How many of us live with a lively fear of hell, a place that is real and a place where souls go for all eternity? Or have we instead accepted mediocrity in our spiritual lives?

It’s clear from the trends that we see in Tuesday’s election results that people of faith in this country are going to be attacked relentlessly over and over again by one wave of evil after another. And so we must be sure that we have included these attacks in our calculations. A lukewarm faith will never survive the attacks of an army of evil that is Legion. We must become saints! And do not wait for tomorrow to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for tomorrow may be too late. Today let us resolve to root out all sin from our lives! Today let us resolve to remove all evil from our hearts! Today let us double our efforts at prayers! Today let us pray that Mary, the Mother of God, our Mother, will once again crush the head of Satan, and intercede for us the grace of perseverance.

Today, let us resolve to take up our cross and be a disciple of Jesus Christ! Christ, who in the words of the Servant of God Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, “will restore within us moral indignation, Who will make us hate evil with a passionate intensity, and love goodness to a point where we can drink death like water!”

In the end, it will be that passionate intensity of faith that will end Planned Parenthood’s reign of evil and restore our nation on solid moral ground. Thank you, Fr. Montz, for reminding us that unless we are willing to strive with every fiber of our being for sainthood, we are fighting a losing battle.