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We Live In A Bizarre World

Restroom CartoonEarlier this month, the U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ) sent a letter to Pat McCrory, the governor of North Carolina. In the letter, the DOJ threatened Governor McCrory and gave him a deadline to confirm that North Carolina will not enforce a recent law that was passed by the North Carolina Legislature. The letter accused North Carolina and the governor of “engaging in a pattern or practice of discrimination against transgender state employees.”

The North Carolina law that the DOJ was referring to prohibits the people of North Carolina from using public bathrooms that are not in alignment with their birth certificates. In other words, everyone in North Carolina who was identified as a boy on his birth certificate is only allowed to use the public boys’ and men’s restrooms, and everyone who was identified as a girl on her birth certificate is only allowed to use the public girls’ and women’s restrooms.

Prior to receiving the threatening letter, Governor McCrory had already directed state agencies to install single-occupancy restrooms to accommodate the needs of transgender people. But that directive wasn’t enough for the Obama administration and its army of lawyers.

Governor McCrory was outraged by the strong-arm tactics of the federal government. Within a week of receiving the letter, he fought back by filing a lawsuit against the DOJ. After filing the lawsuit, he issued a statement that said, “The Obama administration is bypassing Congress by attempting to rewrite the law and set restroom policies for public and private employers across the country, not just North Carolina. This is now a national issue that applies to every state and it needs to be resolved at the federal level.”

McCrory also pointed out that the Obama administration is now “telling every government agency and every company that employs more than 15 people that men should be allowed to use a woman’s locker room, restroom, or shower facility.”

The speed at which our country is falling into an abyss of moral depravity is breathtaking. There are more than 14,000 school districts in the United States that have now been put on notice by our dictatorial government that if they fail to comply with the new transgender rules, they will pay a heavy price, which will include the loss of federal funds.

The movement to force our children and grandchildren to adopt the diabolical beliefs of our evil rulers is stunning. Millions of children will now be taught that behavior that has always been considered to be abnormal and perverted is now considered normal and acceptable behavior.

To make matters worse, corporate America has also jumped on the bandwagon by adopting the same policies concerning the “rights” of transgender people.

Last week, I wrote about how this year is the 100th anniversary of the appearance of an Angel of God to three children in Fatima, Portugal — Lucia dos Santos (9), Francisco Marto (8), and Jacinta Marto (6). The reason the angel appeared to the children was to prepare them for apparitions of the Mother of God that were to take place the following year.

Between May and October of 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to the three children on six different occasions. One of the reasons for her appearances was to ask the children to pass on a message from her to the world that we need to stop offending our Lord, amend our lives, and pray the rosary every day.

In one of her appearances, our Lady told the children, “Certain fashions will be introduced that will offend our Lord very much.” She later told them, “More souls go to hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.”

Keep in mind that our Lady’s warning that more souls were going to hell because of the sins of the flesh occurred 99 years ago, before there were movies, television, or the Internet, and before there was widespread acceptance of birth control, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, pornography, pre-marital sex, and abortion.

In one of her appearances, Our Lady foretold that, “The war is going to end; but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out.” At that time, the world was in the midst of World War I. That war ended in 1918. A worse war broke out in 1939, which we now know as World War II.

On October 13, 1917, the Blessed Mother made her final appearance to the children and told them:

I am the Lady of the Rosary. I have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and ask for pardon for their sins. They must not offend our Lord any more, for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men. People must say the rosary. Let them continue saying it every day.

In 1930, after investigating the Fatima apparitions, the Catholic Church declared them “worthy of credence.”  On May 13, 2000, the 83rd anniversary of the first Fatima apparition, Pope John Paul II, travelled to Fatima to announce the beatification of Jacinta Marto.  She was (and still is) the youngest non-martyred child ever to be beatified.

Next year will be the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions. God has given us 100 years to do what His Mother asked us to do — cease offending God and pray the rosary every day. We were warned that if the people of the world did not amend their ways, they would suffer as a result of a world war.

Did the world listen to the Mother of God? Did we change our fashions so they would be less offensive to God? Was there a serious attempt to curtail or cut back on the “sins of the flesh”?

The answers to those questions are obvious. Not only did we not amend our lives, we allowed our society to, in some respects, descend to the same level as Sodom and Gomorrah.

I’m not looking forward to the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions. My fear is that God will decide that 100 years was enough time for us to amend our lives. He may determine that the only way we’re ever going to amend our lives is if he allows us to experience extreme suffering and hardship.

And what is it that would cause us extreme suffering and hardship? Another world war that would require that our sons and daughters be drafted? An attack on our electrical grid that would leave us without power for weeks or months? A worldwide economic collapse that would put more than 25% of our citizens out of work?

Are you currently engaging in any activity that is included in the category of “sins of the flesh”? Do you pray a rosary every day? We’re running out of time.

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