*BEST OF DTB #52* The Catholic Defender: The Family that Prays Together stays together

Posted by John Benko - February 2nd, 2011

Pope Pius XII warned the world in 1950 that the attack on the family would be strong, how prophetic he was.

The assault against the family today from the Government, promoting and teaching children new age principles leading them away from the Biblical standard.

This from the public school system? The attack on the family is an orchestrated strategy by powers and strongholds seeking the demise of the Church.

The destruction of the family is the goal of the Progressive.

The family that prays together stays together. I remember one of our basketball coaches in college shared with me what he remembered most important growing up in his family.

It wasn’t the family vacations, the money that mom and dad brought in. It was when his parents took the children and led them in prayer as a family.

I thought this was so profound when he shared that with me. I never forgot it. The vacations and work was important, the family must be responsible and there must be time for play, but to share their love with each other, praying together pleases the King of Kings.

He blesses these memories and builds upon this to instill simple men and women to be great to rise up to the challenges that we face. The Progressives have eaten away so much of the family tradition that so many times today,the bonds are loosely held.

1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”.

Have you ever really thought about this? The devil stalks you looking for ways to pass your strongholds.

He has a battle plan, a strategy to fight against you. His attacks are not random but very methodical.

We are at war! St. Peter continues on with 1 Peter 5:9, “Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your fellow believers throughout the world undergo the same sufferings”.

We cannot remain thinking that we can be idle, that we can sit this one out, that we can watch from the sidelines. This is because one side is engaged! The Devil wants to divide and conquer. He wants to take out your “supply lines” as he targets your life.

He continues to lay traps, “landmines” making your life a battlefield. Nobody wakes up wanting to fight, and sometimes we just grow tired, but it is either pray or be prey.

St. Peter continues 1 Peter 5:10, “The God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory through Christ Jesus will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you after you have suffered a little. To him be dominion forever. Amen”.

Jesus said, Matthew 16:18-19, “And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”.

Notice Jesus does not give this authority to Republicans or Democrats? Notice Jesus does not give any government this authority! It is the responsibility of the Church!

The Church universal is taking up arms for battle, we on earth are the “Church Militant”! You are not alone, your not fighting this battle alone! The God of heaven is with us through his Church!

When you send your children to school, do you prepare them for battle? Do you send your children out on the football field not properly protected? No, they must have their helmet, their shoulder pads, their equipment!
Ephesians 6:10-17 says, “Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth,clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”.

We are at war, the Devil wants to divide and conquer, however, through Jesus Christ we will win the battle. Romans 8:37-39 says, “No, in all these things we CONQUER overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord”.

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*BEST OF DTB #48* The Catholic Defender: Rise of the Fatherless

Posted by John Benko - January 16th, 2011

“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breath and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:14-19).

In the United States between 1960 – 1990, children being raised without fathers went from 17% to 36%, by the year 2,000, nearly 50% of all children are being raised without their fathers.

The days of “Leave It To Beaver”, “My Three Son’s”, and “Father Knows Best” have long been gone.

The average father was reported to spend about 7 seconds a day with their children. The spiritual and moral leadership is not present.

Marriage is the divine institution created by God for which children are to be raised. Rebellion has had it’s price.

The results are staggering. The rise in drugs and alcohol use, gang violence, disregard for authority and the value of human life has become the trend. Pornography and abortion plague our nation both being multi-billion dollar industries.

This seriously impact society and culture. It impacts girls being raised without fathers.

It impacts Black families, nearly 70% are being raised without a father. There is a rise in premarital relations and children being born in a one parent family.

You have the case of “dead-beat dads” who can care less about their children. Then you have fathers who have no control for their children because mom’s and other family members make it impossible.

With the return of ancient Paganism and hedonism, the very fabric of society is being distorted as the family unit is being changed to recognize homosexual unions and transgendered relationships causing confusion at the Government’s expense.

Children are commanded to “obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother. This is the first commandment with a promise, that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life on earth” (Ephesians 5:1-3).

Pope Pius XII warned the world in 1950 at the canonization of St. Maria Goretti that to be a Christian in the latter half of the 20th century and beyond you would have to be a living martyr. The attack on the family would become so great. His words were prophetic.

The divorce rate has had a dramatic impact on the American Family. Let us pray for the return of God in our Country, that He will restore common sense and heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14). The following Statistics come from “Teens and Toddlers: children without fathers”:

- 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (US Dept. Of Health/Census) – 5 times
the average.

- 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes – 32 times the average.
- 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average. (Center for Disease Control)
- 80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes –14 times the average. (Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26)
- 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average. (National Principals Association Report)
- 75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes – 10 times the average. (Rainbows for All God’s Children)
- 70% of youths in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average. (U.S. Dept. of Justice, Sept. 1988)
- 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average. (Fulton Co. Georgia, Texas Dept. of Correction)

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