THE FAMILY'S THREAT TO UTOPIA
By: Solange Hertz
States of the World...
The readers of Time magazine were assured two
summers ago that "within the next hundred years...all states will
recognize a single global authority." The author of the
article was Strobe Talbott, member of the CFR, former Rhodes Scholar
and President Clinton's roommate at Oxford. Mr. Talbott, who
may become the next American Secretary of State, admits that "it
has taken the events in our own wondrous and terrible century to
clinch the case for world government," made possible by the
democratic "idea that all human beings are born equal and
should as citizens, enjoy certain basic Liberties and rights
including that of choosing their own leaders."
As he explains it, "once there was a
universal ideology to govern the conduct of nations towards their
own people it was more reasonable to imagine a compact governing
nations' behavior toward one another." Setting up the new
Utopia should not prove difficult, because, says he, "All
countries are basically social arrangements accommodations to
changing circumstances. No matter how permanent or even sacred
they may seem at any one time in fact they are all artificial and
temporary." For solutions to incidental problems, he
invites global planners to study the United States. As
prototype of modern artificial governments, he believes it is still
"the best example of a multinational federal state,
"To use it as a world model would be little more than "the
logical extension of (its) Founding Fathers' wisdom."
Every artificial government from Cain's city
to the United Nations exhibits four distinguishing marks: It is
one, human, universal and autonomous.
A Catholic has no trouble recognizing these characteristics as
mirror-images of the four marks of the One, Holy Catholic and
Apostolic Church. Utopia's unity resides in a man made
ideology imposed on all without distinction. Its holiness is
that of man become his own god, whereas its universality is nothing
more than the fallen human nature shared by all of us. Its
apostolic authority is "the consent of the governed."
In other words, Utopia is the official
apostasy of nations, the apo-State. It is an international
anti-Church whose components have banded together against God as
their common enemy. The spirit of Utopia is perfectly
expressed in Psalm 2:
"Why have the nations raged and the people
devised vain things? The kings of the earth have stood up and
the princess met together against the Lord and against his Christ.
Let us break their bonds asunder; and let us cast
away their yoke from us: (ps.2:1-2). Observing
developments at the close of the First World War, Benedict XV called
Utopia "the erection of atheism into a system: responsible for
"hurling the world into a sea of blood."
Its source of inspiration is not far to seek:
the mission which the Church receives from above, Utopia is pleased
to receive from below. Because its designers deny the
existence of the supernatural, limiting their perspective to what
can be perceived to the senses, they have no defenses against the
preternatural, which lies just above us between the natural and
the supernatural. Disregarding the Church God established to
protect and guide governments as well as individuals, they
automatically fall under the spiritual jurisdiction of those
echelons of fallen angels above who "go round about the earth and
walk through it" (Job 1:7).
By nature far superior to man, these demonic
intelligences were identified by St. Paul as world rulers... the
spirits of wickedness in the high places" (Eph 6:12) who labor
to set up their eternal empire on earth before being confined to
hell at the end of time. there can be little double that
Satan, Freemasonry's "Great Architect of the Universe," is the
father of Utopia. that he is the mastermind behind the false
church and state which will challenge the Kingdom of Christ in the
latter days is revealed in Scripture, under the symbolism of the
Dragon and the two Beasts in chapter 13 of the Apocalypse. Sr.
Lucy of Fatima has confirmed this.
St. Bernard believed Utopia was conceived in the
mind of Satan before he was expelled from heaven and that it
contributed to his fall. In an apostrophe to the fallen angel,
the saint argued, "Now you were once very close to God and in His
foreknowledge...you foresaw these reprobate men shining with no ray
of wisdom, burning with no flame of love and of this empty wasteland
you chose to be lord to infuse into them the light of our own
cunning to inflame them with your own evil desires. The Most
High God rules over the children of obedience in His love and
goodness; and you would be king of the sons of pride...and so
be like the Most High.
"But tell me for it is this which makes me
wonder...did you not also see your downfall? And if you did
foresee it, what madness made you choose such wretched dignity
preferring to rule in misery rather than be subject in
happiness?...find it easier to believe that you did not foresee it.
Or perhaps...you looked to the goodness of God and Said to yourself:
"He will not take notice." Perhaps he was blinded by
pride, presuming like some theologians today that God is too
merciful to damn anybody. St. Bernard concluded that it is
quite possible to foresee the future without foreseeing all the
consequences, and that Satan in fact did foresee his downfall.
The fate of the family...
Ignoring the supernatural on principle, the
builders of Utopia are likewise unaware of where they are heading.
Their public crimes nevertheless bring down punishment, and as
Benedict XV predicted back in 1917, "The present calamities will
not cease until the human race has returned to God." With
so much hell already now on earth, where whole nations are thrown
into turmoil and disintegrating before our very eyes, the time has
come to ask, "What happens to the family in such a
There is no mention of the family in the U.S.
Constitution, nor in any others patterned on its principles, and
that in itself is ominous. With the onset of democracy, the
family's juridical standing disappeared, along with that of God and
His church. Nor is there any mention of marriage, upon which
the family rests as a social institution. From the moment all
men were declared equal, the family was legally replaced by the
individual as basic cell and archetype of society. In other
words, family rights simply disappeared into :the Rights of Man."
Alexis de Tocqueville was among the first to
assess the effects of this revolutionary development. In "The
Influence of Democracy on the Family" he wrote, "In countries
which are aristocratically constituted the government never makes a
direct appeal to the mass of the governed; as men are united
together it is enough to lead the foremost the rest will follow.
This is applicable to the family as well as to an aristocracies that
have a head. Among aristocratic nations social institutions
recognize, in truth, no one in the family but the father; children
are received by society at his hands; society governs him, he
In other words, the family was once a
recognized unit of government. "Thus the parent not only
has a natural right but acquires a political right to command them
he is the author and support of his family but he is also its
constituted ruler. In democracies...no such intermediate
person is required; a father is there in the eye of the law only as
a member of a community older and richer than his sons."
In other words,
paternity has been swallowed up in fraternity, and
hierarchy in equivalence, Husband and wife, show the old laws of
Christendom regarded as one moral person in one flesh, were so no
longer. They might still disinherit their children or sanction
them for misbehavior, but thereafter they did so only as individuals
and not as heads of households. they no longer arranged
marriages as they once did, when uniting a man and a woman in
wedlock was looked upon as a merger of two families, above and
beyond that of the bride and groom, an event with consequences in
which society at large had a vested interest.
A man's first duty was no longer to his parents,
but to his children. (Scripture points out that Cain named his
city after his son). To marry without parental approval as
Esau did had always been a mark of reprobation, but after the
triumph of democracy parental consent and marriage itself became
increasingly optional. Even in local statutes where the family
continued to figure, its membership was restricted to parents and
the minor children. Gone from the books was the old Catholic
tribe whose benevolent embrace included the servants as well as the
grandparents, aunts, uncles, godchildren and assorted cognates all
headed by the paterfamilias responsible for everybody!
Abolished was primogeniture, for the children of course became equal
along with everybody else.
The connection between what has happened to
families and what has happened to nations may not be immediately
obvious, but their plight is the same and its cause is the same.
Prior to the Revolution, the family was the undisputed principle of
political unity and the first school of public life. Just as
the private family bound individuals together, the nation bound
families together, and empires bound national families together.
Emperors and kinds, in other words, were fathers on a larger scale,
with prerogatives and duties towards their subjects little different
from those of any father towards his family. In the new
egalitarian economy the family - whose unity depends on inequality -
was granulated at all levels, and human society from top to bottom
began losing its natural cohesion. With family structures
politically inoperative, the principle of subsidiary gradually gave
way to ravenous centralization.
The mediation which the household normally
provided between the citizen and his government was effectively
terminated, leaving him to face it on his own. Even history
and tradition began losing continuity, for the family supplies the
same all important link between the generations that it supplies
between collectivities. Presuming to replace social
hierarchies by national arrangements, Utopia is undertaking nothing
less than a wholesale repeal of the natural law which underlies all
The family's Trinitarian image...
Needless to say, it cannot succeed, for as
Leo XII pointed out, "Both justice and reason forbid the
destruction of that order which Divine Providence has ordained."
Man's home is a divine mystery. Tampering with it
is sacrilege, for the home is a figure on earth of the Godhead in
heaven, God is one, but He is not one person. God is a Family
of three Persons, which our true home and source of all that is.
Created in that divine image, the first household in Eden has
generated every human being who ever lived, along with every art,
science, political system and institution mankind has ever produced,
the family was there first.
Fashioned in the Trinitarian image, the human
family generates because the Godhead generates, "shall not I that
make others to bring forth myself bring forth, said the Lord?
Shall I, that give generation to others be barren?" (Is 66:9).
The human trinity - father, mother and child - are a representation
of the three divine Persons who dwell as in in the Most Blessed
Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. So ineffably real is
this representation, that from the family there actually issued in
the fullness of time, by the power of the Holy Ghost, a Holy Family
whose Son was identical in Person with the Father's divine Son in
From that time forth, sharing the same Son so to
speak, the Family in heaven and man's family on earth became
potentially one, with a mission not only temporal, but eternal.
The marriage of the divine and human natures consummated in the
Sacred Humanity of Christ made human marriage a sacrament which
is ordered not primarily to the propagation of the species, but to
the generation of the elect. Just as the family of man and all
his works poured out in the natural home in Eden, the blessed will
pour from the supernatural home in Nazareth, bringing in their wake
all the imperishable works of the world to come.
The family is therefore not only the source of
the state, but the source of the Church as well, whose Mother is the
Virgin Mary and whose Paterfamilias is her husband St.
Joseph. Their divine Son is the Mystical Body in all its
members. The sacrament of Marriage is unique in that, unlike
the other sacraments, it is directly bound to natural law, rooted in
man's nature for every time, place and eventuality. Antedating
all cultures, social systems, and the Church herself, the family
owes its mandate to no secondary authority, civil or ecclesiastical,
but to God himself, who blessed Adam and Eve in the beginning and
gave them dominion over His works, commanding them to "Increase
and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it" (Gen. 1:28).
These rights and duties comprised that first
divine dispensation which governed the Patriarchs. they would
later be codified under the Mosaic law, and eventually super
naturalized by the new law of grace, but never have they been
abrogated, nor even derogated from. The state springs from
the family, and not the other way round. The state has no more
right to educate the young than it has to limit or control their
procreation. It may not perform marriages, and what God has
joined together indissolubly it certainly cannot put asunder by
divorce. Any subordination of the rights of the family to
those of the state is political profanation.
The Fourth Commandment a world law...
When God put Adam in charge of creation here
below, He established once and for all the basic pattern of
authority for the governance of men by other men. the
pyramidal, hierarchical, monarchical rule of the father over mother
and child on which the family is structured reflects the order in
the Godhead. Although co-equal and co-external, the three
divine Persons, in their relations with one another, are in fact a
hierarchy, a Family, where the Father is the unique and everlasting
source of the other Two. In one form or other the Divine
Exemplar has reproduced its monarchical image in every empire,
nation, tribe or human association the world has ever known.
Modern democracy boast of having provided a better form of
government, but close examination shows it to be nothing more than a
pathological, inverted mutation of the one laid down in Eden.
Politics is first and foremost a family
affair. Patriotism is a family virtue, for our
country is what Pius XII called that greater family given to us
by God. What harms the family is harmful to the nation,
for there is an organic relationship between then, if only because
one cannot do without the other. Although politicians all come
from families, no family is self sufficient, for it is an
"imperfect" society. To achieve its natural and supernatural
ends it requires the help of those two "perfect" societies which are
the Church and the state. To function properly it must
maintain close relations with both under one primordial law which
governs all mankind.
That law is the Fourth commandments, to which God
subjected the whole world. It is universally binding and
prescribes hierarchical government by its very wording. In its
light to declare all men equal and source of their own authority, is
blasphemy. Jesus of Nazareth, to whom, all power in heaven and
on earth has been given, reduced political science to its simplest
terms when He taught us the Our Father. "Thy kingdom come!"
is the ultimate goal of hiuman government, doing the Father's
will on earth, not according to dictates of human reason, but "as
it is in heaven." where the only pattern for perfect
government is to be found.
Among the Ten Commandments, which St. Augustine
called "a resume' of natural law," only the Fourth one has a
specific reward attached to it. We are told to observe it
"that thou mayest live a long time and it may be well with thee in
the land which the Lord thy God will give thee" (Deut. 5:16).
The Catechism of the Council of Trent says this promised "not
only the eternal life of the blessed but also the life which we lead
on earth...not only length of days but also repose tranquility and
security to live well". In other words, that elusive
"common good" sought by every political regime worthy of the name,
is guaranteed by obedience of the Fourth Commandment and cannot be
found outside it.
Alongside the reward, terrible chastisement for
disobedience were incurred under the old law, which Our Lord came
not to destroy but to perfect, promising that not one little of it
would fail (Luke 16:17). Striking or cursing parents was
punished by death, and the unruly son could be stoned. (Ex.
21:15,17: Lev. 20:9; Deut. 21:21). Proverbs says the offender's
"lamp shall be put out in the midst of darkness" and the
mocker's eyes picked out by ravens (20:20; 30:17). A national
family which presumes to strike down its king can expect to wallow
in darkness like anyone else who raises his hand against his father.
As Pius XI pointed out in his encyclical Quas
primas on Christ the King, there is no "difference in this
matter between the individual and the family and the state; for all
men whether individually or collectively are under the dominion of
Christ. In Him is the salvation of the individual, in Him is
the salvation of society." Political reform is fueled by
faith, not by legislation. If there are economic problems, our
Lord prescribed the same remedy to governments that He prescribed to
individuals. Instead of looking to Adam Smith or John Maynard
Keynes, they should ask their Father for their daily bread, for
"your heavenly Father knoweth what is needful for you" (Matt.
5:6-S). "Seek first the kingdom of God and his justice" (Matt.
6:33), and all real needs will be met.
Warfare against the family...
Utopia does not threaten the family so much
as the family threatens Utopia, for it recognizes the family as its
irreducible natural enemy. This is provided by the
savagery of the attack against it. When the children of La
Salette can upon our Lady sitting and weeping on the mountain, the
boy Maximin said later he thought she was a mother who had been
beaten by her son. His reaction was symptomatic of how far the
assault on the Forth Commandment had progressed by the year 1846.
Bent on subordinating the family to democratic
principles, the satanic forces had begun by dismantling its
trinitarian structure. Over the course of the last 200 years,
father, mother and child have been systematically torn one from
another. The offensive began with the Industrial Revolution,
which to all practical purposes drove the father out of the home by
shifting his workplace to the factory. With husband and wife
parted for most of their waking hours, the home lost its balance.
whereas his role in the education and nature of the children was
reduced to a minimum, hers was amplified to a maximum. The
home became almost exclusively a female enterprise, It became
"woman's work", towards which the husband's contribution was little
more than financial.
With the father out of the house, the next step
was to drive out the mother. This was accomplished through
woman suffrage, which established the same political equality
between the sexes as between any other individuals. Overnight
marriage became a partnership, in which authority was shared
equally. Deadlocks once resolved by the father's authority now
required third party intervention. The Fourth Commandment no
longer applied, for the husband was no longer the wife's legal
Her work at home now viewed as mindless drudgery,
she began exercising her skills in the marketplace. The
competition between the sexes, which inevitably ensued, fueled
feminism and outright warfare. Homes were fragmented by
working mothers who were not only parted from their children, but
who now revealed their fathers as bread winners. Once declared
equal, those whom God created male and female grew maladjusted,
incapable of the complementary cooperation for which they were
designed by nature.
The sacramentality of marriage had already been
undermined by Calvinist reformers, who viewed it as a civil contract
between partners, to be terminated like any other for just cause.
As the strains on married life increased, divorce became a normal
remedy. Because the family rests on marriage as its
foundation, to which it owes its status as an institution, divorce
strikes a mortal blow at the trinitarian image, for baptized
partners the consequences are incalculable, for Christian marriage
underlies for more than society. According to St. Paul it is
the "Great Sacrament" signifying the union of Christ and His Church
which produces the Communion of Saints. The Church herself is
built on Marriage.
To catalogue the destructive forces aimed at the
family would be tedious. Suffice it to say that legalized
contraception both natural and unnatural, abortion and euthanasia,
all ably promoted by deceptive overpopulation propaganda, are
releasing both men and women form the very purpose of their
existence. The large family is already a rarity, economically
penalized as it is by tax laws, housing shortages, educational and
medical expenses and severe restrictions on transmitting its
property from one generation to the next. It goes without
saying that Utopia , which tolerates the family only for its social
utility, looks forward in the near future to sterilizing or
eliminating any members judged defective, for they have no place in
a planned society. As far back as 1927 the U.S. Supreme Court
under Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes upheld involuntary
sterilization in a Virginia case, Buck vs. Bell.
The wife having been liberated from her
husband, all that remains is to liberate the child from his parents
in order to obliterate the family's trinitarian image completely.
No longer part of the domestic work force once directed by his
father, the child after the Industrial Revolution had to be
protected from exploitation by child labor laws. These served
to diminish parental authority even more and ended by contributing
to delinquency. With teaching long gone from the home,
elementary education had to be supplied by outsiders. A unique
new system of compulsory public schools, first developed in the
United States as part of the secular experiment, and adopted by
Napoleon in 1808, proved a potent instrument for imbuing the child
with the democratic ideals for freedom and equality. Outside
school hours, extracurricular "character training" offered by the
Boy Scouts, the YMCA or trained professionals added the finishing
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, a foremost
feminist, is a successful lawyer who has consistently championed
"children's rights". Until 1992 she was active in the
Children's Defense Fund, an organization promoting heavily-regulated
government programs for children. In the article for The
American Spectator back in 1979 she argued, "Decisions about
motherhood and abortion schooling, cosmetic surgery treatment of
venereal disease or employment and others where the decision or luck
of one will significantly affect the child's future should not be
made unilaterally by parents. Children should be permitted to
decide their own future if they are competent."
In 1989 the United Nation's
General Assembly called an international summit conference on "The
Rights of the Child." Inasmuch as children have already been
allowed to sue their parents for "divorce", it would seem that the
Fourth Commandment will soon apply no more to children than it does
to wives. Even now children by law are withdrawn from parental
control when they attain their legal majority, in many nations at
age 18. Whatever rights may be determined for the child, however, it
should be noted that unequivocal right to life is not one of them,
for at the international level his mother's right to kill him before
birth remains unchallenged.
this leads us to suspect that the child the U.N.
has in mind is not the one God created to love and serve Him in this
world and be happy with Him in the next. As Jean de Viguerie
pointed out in an address delivered at the time, "The child used
to have a soul and he knew it; he was at the center of the universe,
and he knew it; there was an invisible world and he knew it.
For this child materialistic anthropology has substituted another
child who doesn't exist, but who we pretend does exist a child
who is only a piece of the "Great All:, a child ruled only by
physical laws, a child inert and formless, a child who does not grow
in wisdom but by satisfying his appetites...being only a portion of
matter, he can be fashioned into anything one likes...the dream of
creating man by modifying the child."
The artificial family...
This year of our Lord 1994 the United Nations
has set aside as "The Year of the Family", and here again, we have
reason to believe that the family in question is not the traditional
one, for it was referred to officially as "the smallest democracy
at the heart of society". Last December U.N.
Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali declared, "There is no
single definition of the family or any one model. We celebrate
the family under all its social and cultural forms". A
preparatory document stated, "The image of the ideal family
varies considerable from one country to another as it does within
one country. Family political policies should endeavor to
avoid favoring either implicitly or explicitly one single ideal
image of the family."
So much for God's
little trinity on earth. In American in 1776 the forces of
Utopia proclaimed a new order of the ages, designed to replace God's
government by one of those "social arrangements: Strobe Talbott
called "artificial and temporary." With these now
proliferating all over the world, why not artificial families?
As Leon Trotsky put it, "The family can't be abolished it must be
replaced." Soon any transitory association of individuals
can be expected to qualify as a family under the law. As one
Catholic authority commented, 'According to the document nothing
prevents a homosexual couple from being considered as a family."
Even now homosexual couples, as individuals, are legally permitted
to adopt children.
According to a couple of sociologists,
the time has come to acknowledge that the traditional family's
obsolete and can no longer justify its existence.
"The family was once a state, "They argue,"
...sometimes a workshop. The family is still a hotel but it is
fast losing this function...as it has already lost its pedagogical
function. the family is no longer a school hardly still a
nursery. All the needs it might fulfill being now satisfied by
outside society all its members should leave."
Until now biological necessity protected the
family from total extinction, the state having no other way of
producing citizens, but with the development of biogenetic, in vitro
fertilization, surrogate motherhood and all the other techniques of
human engineering, the family is being attacked not only at the
theological root it shares with God in heaven, but even at the
biological root it shares with the animals on earth. The
horrors of artificial contraception are now matched by the horrors
of artificial contraception.
Couples experiencing difficulty with natural
procreation may routinely resort to medically assisted conception
through implantation, a kind of biological adultery to which the
doctor becomes an active third party. As for those free and
equal individuals eager to produce offspring "born...of blood the
will of the flesh and the will of man" (John 1:13), the
laboratory promised "designer children" hatched from genetically
modified, frozen embryos to suit every taste. In an economy of
artificial nations and artificial families, why not artificial
people? Is the alchemist's age-old dream of the man made
homunculus about to come true?
A curious detail occurs in St. Hildegard of
Bingen's prophecies of the Antichrist. She says that his
mother will be "an impious woman who from her infancy will have been
initiated in profane sciences and all the artifices of the
devil and that "she will conceive this son of perdition without
knowing who is the father." It is possible the Antichrist
will originate as an embryo produced in the laboratory with the help
of Satan? Could godless genetic research actually be ordered
to some satanic pseudo-Incarnation?
Whatever God permits, to dream of creating a new
family in its own image is Utopian madness by definition, for it
means manufacturing an entirely new order of reality. by the
very nature of God's creation, the family poses the ultimate
political threat to Utopia. As Benedict XV said, "As the
family constitutes the foundation of the human race" to
revitalize it would result not only in the correction of private
morals, but in "the restoration of public and civil
institutions," Christ's enemies know this.
the family has little to fear from anarchy r chaos, in
the course of which natural structures reassert themselves
automatically with a vengeance. What is reducing the family to
its present straits is not confusion, but the calculated cunning of
those who will not acknowledge Jesus Christ. They can reduce
it to near extinction, but the gates of hell will never prevail
against it, for like the church, the family is of divine
institution. Due proportion kept, even in the natural order it
is one, universal and apostolic. where the Christian
family is concerned, these marks are so evident that St. John
Chrysostom actually called it the ecclessia, the Church in
miniature. What affects the one affects the other, for they
are one, and their enemies are the same.
The Family's Infant King...
In his beautiful prophecy of the final coming
of God's kingdom, when the families of nations are finally gathered
together in peace and harmony, Isaiah says, "A little child shall
lead them (RS. 11:E). That little Child can be no other than
Christ the Kings. It was not as the accused victim in Pilate's
court in Jerusalem that He first proclaimed Him kingship, but as the
Holy Infant born to the family of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem.
It was in a private home that He first accepted homage from the
kings of this world, who offered Him god, frankincense and myrrh.
The first Precious Blood He shed for the Redemption of mankind was
not from the Roman scourging, nor the Crown of Thorns, but as a
helpless Infant subject to the rite of Circumcision.
Anticipating the Holy Sacrifice, He was brought
to the Temple to be offered to His Eternal Father, not by the clergy
or civil authorities, but by His earthly parents. When Herod
sought to kill Him by slaughtering the children of Bethlehem, He was
saved by His parents. By submitting to their authority
throughout His life on earth, Jesus Christ confirmed the validity of
the Fourth Commandment as the universal rule of human government.
Scripture says, "He went down with them...and was subject to
them" (Luke 2:51), until the age of thirty!
If Christ be Lord and Ruler of nations, the Holy
Child is most properly King of the Family. About 300 years
before Pious XI promulgated the Feast of Christ the King, our Lord
appeared royally attired in His Infant Majesty to a French Carmelite
nun, Venerable Margaret of the Blessed Sacrament and told her,
"My daughter draw from the treasures of My childhood." At
about the same time He appeared as Child-King of Prague, where he
promised the Carmelite friar Fr. Cyril, "The more you honor Me
the more I will bless you."
The miraculous image, now commonly referred
to as the Infant of Prague, should therefore reign in every home.
Crowned with the imperial diadem, vested in royal robes and holding
the globe of the world in His left hand, the "little King of
Glory" raises His right hand in perpetual benediction over those
who acknowledge His rule. To whom can the one, holy, Catholic
and apostolic family be more safely confided than the almighty
kingship of its own Divine child, the Only-Begotten Son of the
Trinitarian Family in heaven and the Holy Family on earth, in whose
Person the divine and human natures are indissolubly joined.
This Child is the same Christ who told Pilate,
"I am a King" (John 18:37), and who now, sitting at the right
hand of the Father Almighty, will come again to judge the living and
the dead. The same Sacred Heart beats in His breast as when He
promised the world through St. Margaret Mary, "I will reign
despite Satan and all Opposition!" Can His Kingship begin
anywhere but where He himself began it? The family of nations
will find Him exactly where the kings of the east found Him, "in
the house...with Mary His Mother!" And like the kings,
they will "open their treasures" and "offer Him gifts"
once they have "fallen down and adored Him." (Matt. 2:11). XIX
This article was delivered as a lecture to the
G.K. Chesterton Society of Canada, on the occasion of a dinner held
in June of 1994 at the National Press Club in Ottawa.