- November 30, 2012
Life is an exam of your fidelity to God. Whom do you serve?
I cannot remain silent. On November 22nd I read an article by Andrzej Guobis in Kurier Wileński (the Courier of Vilnius), titled “The Baba Jaga witch is quickly flying to our children in the Reich.” Therefore, I ask: who has allowed her to fly to our children in the Reich?
Who as a person, body, or a governmental department, has allowed such anti-education to be introduced to our youth? Has anybody stopped to learn anything about the bases of Célestin Freinet’s pedagogical system? Has anybody stopped to think that this anti-educational pedagogical program which rejects faith, values, morality, and, most of all, Jesus Christ, is an element of a secret plan that leads to the spiritual death of the man and the Christian civilization, both in Europe and outside the continent? We are now celebrating the Year of Faith, we have just had the month of prayers for the dead, All Saints’ Day, the Feast of Christ the King, and the beginning of Advent. These are all good occasions to pose the most fundamental questions.
Pope Benedict XVI explicitly says to us: “Catholic upbringing of children and adolescents is an integral part of the mission of the Church and of preaching the Gospel.” As the dean of the Mejszagoła (Maišiagala) Decanate, I cannot remain silent when the power of the devil officially enters the school and becomes the basis of the upbringing process. We should be able to stand up to the challenges of today, and to recognize and prevent dangers. Contemporary efforts of the Church’s enemies, who deliberately introduce disorientation and notional chaos, are eventually going to open the man to occultism and to life without God.
I would like to remind you, after Paul the Apostle, that “the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils (1 Cor 10, 20-21).” “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? (2 Cor 6, 14-15).”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church clearly states in paragraph 2116: “All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to “unveil” the future. Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone.”
I, like everybody else, have to make the right choice between the Gospel and magic, as this comes down to choosing between God and Satan. Such choice concerns primarily the parents, teachers, and carers.
However, in kindergartens, schools, and other places we celebrate St. Andrew’s Night (involving fortune telling) and Halloween, we wear amulets and lucky charms, we use pendulums, we resort to demonic gestures and incantations, we look for witches and whisperers.
Instead of calling to God for help, we have chosen to raise ghosts, instead of faith and prayer we have spells, and magical rituals have already replaced religion and liturgy.
It is really painful that in a Christian country like Lithuania the majority of people do not have sufficient knowledge about spiritual dangers.
Unfortunately, our ignorance does not protect us from the machinations of Satan. Our lack of belief in evil does not save us from its influence. We enter into the territory of the devil, and we call it play, game, or custom. Owing to the treacherous teachings of pseudo-educators, we confuse the notions. The bad and ugly Baba Jaga witch, from whom we have always wanted to run away, today becomes a good and smart doll, and a role-model for our kids.
Today’s ideology, which derives from the ideas of Célestin Freinet, is hostile to God, salvation, and the Church. It is especially dangerous to the upbringing process of young generation. Notional confusion is deliberately being introduced to disorient the youth. The new pop-culture, saying that faith is a superstition, and usurping the right to distinguish between good and evil or beautiful and ugly, destroys all authorities, including the authority of the parent, teacher, priest, and God. Today’s rules and patterns are eventually leading to the destruction of the man and to eternal damnation.
By means of subtle deceits, called self-development, distance, self-dignity, unlimited learning opportunities, freedom from the supposedly harmful self-restraints, freedom that allows for getting rid of all moral rules, infallibility that does not allow for criticism, etc., children are taught to disrespect rules, to break commandments, and to eliminate all boundaries between good and evil. They are deceived that everything is good and that everything is allowed, that God does not exist, that the man is all for himself. This is a new face of materialism. This is neo-paganism.
The Holy Bible treats occultism and divination very severely, and calls them “filth,” “abomination,” or “misrule.” Promoting such practices is nothing but leading people astray from the way to heaven, and strengthening them in their sinful behaviour. Occultism is a spiritual deceit and idolatry. As Jesus Christ says, Satan is a liar, killer, and a destroyer of the man. If we enter the territory of the devil – the master of intrigue – we are no longer secure. We commit a sin, and therefore we lose our bond with God, as well as His protection and His mercy. As we know, the soul is never empty. It houses either God and good, or Satan and evil. You choose…
Fr. Józef Aszkiełowicz
Tłumaczenie Natalia Błędowska w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Natalia Błędowska the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.