St. Augustine began his Confessions, “You have formed us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in You.”
We are a fallen race. W.B. Yeats’ poem, The Second Coming, 1919, prophesied, “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” The United States, after having killed 60 million children in their mothers’ wombs, is paying a terrifying price as the country is no longer recognizable to its own citizens. Remember 1884 and Fatima. The living image of hell is on the march everywhere we look.
As we watch the forces of hell advance with no earthly power stopping them, heavenly power is our only recourse. Our own headlong destruction will not stop until the world falls to its knees in prayer as Jesus prayed we would Jn 17:11. Jesus is calling us to gather within the CatholicChurch for protection. At present all our other faith communities are divided, not only among one another but even within each one. “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand” Mt 12:25. The Catholic Church alone is what it was when Jesus personally instituted it at the Last Supper with the words, “Do this in remembrance of me” Lk 22:19.
St. Paul prophesied, “Lest you be wise in your own conceits, I want you to understand this mystery, brethren: a hardening has come upon part of Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles come in, and so all Israel will be saved; as it is written, ‘The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob” Rom 11:25-26.
God would never come to his people through two separate religions that disagree on the most crucial point of all. There is only one continuing revelation § 839, called Jewish when it was the religion of the Judean people, and Catholic when it was opened to all the world. God changed the names of Abram Gen 17:5, Sarai Gen 17:15, Jacob Gen 32:28 and Simon Mt 16:18 when their relationship to him changed. As he promised Is 62:2, he has changed the name of his community of faith. Rabbi Yeshua came to fulfill, to complete the Old Covenant, which remains an everlasting part of salvation history. More about continuity. And much more about Rabbi Yeshua.