Pray for Light in the Darkness

For those of you suffering from the two-dimensional worldview called secularism, which ignores all spiritual reality, or you Christians suffering from complacency, where you perhaps think our current spiritual reality is in good order, here is a reminder that we human live on a battlefield where godlike powers, principalities, dominions, archangels and angels wrestle over the immortal souls of unwitting mankind:

In a Satanic ritual planned for public view in August at Civic Center Music Hall, sulfur, menstrual blood and the ashes of blasphemed and burned Quran pages will be used to “corrupt” a plaster statue of the Virgin Mary.

The ceremony, known as The Consumption of Mary, is part of a ticketed black Mass hosted by Oklahoma City’s satanic Church of Ahriman Aug. 15 at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave. A black Mass is a dark parody, or inversion, of a traditional Roman Catholic Church religious service.

Church of Ahriman religious leader Dastur Adam Daniels has drawn local and national enmity for his organization’s public ceremonies and demonstrations. Archbishop Paul Coakley of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City issued a media statement calling the group’s 2014 black Mass “a satanic inversion and distortion of the most sacred beliefs not only of Catholics, but of all Christians.”


The article continues:

The federal government recognizes The Church of Ahriman as a legitimate religious organization, Daniels said. Therefore, while considered offensive by many Christians and others, its practices are protected by the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment, which guarantees the right to the free exercise of religion.

“We’re not doing anything against the law,” Daniels said. “Against canon law, sure. But the United States’ law? No. We’re not doing anything wrong.”

Daniels said his church’s practices draw from the occult, Zoroastrianism and elements of Eastern theologies such as Tantrism and Hinduism. Daniels said some satanic magic and rituals traditionally call for animal sacrifices and eating human flesh, but his church finds alternatives. For example, his congregation uses human menstrual fluid instead of animal blood.

“I just want people to understand that there is no danger in coming to our show,” Daniels said. “It’s public, there are going to be police officers there, it is fully protected. Everyone is going to be safe, and it is an opportunity to learn.”

My comment: Opportunity to learn, eh? Oh, well, then, in that case, burn a Koran while you are at it.

I know that some Protestants have some sort of enmity toward the Virgin, but I have never been able to discover any historical or theological explanation that makes sense. I assume even a sternly anti-Papist Reformer would still not want to side with the Satanists, and not want the mother of our Savior to be insulted and demeaned in this fashion.

It is in that hope I ask any non-Catholic reading these words to take some time to pray for the failure of the intentions of the Satanists, and for their curses to redound back upon them tenfold.

My fellow Catholics may be aware that August 15th is not a holy day of Obligation, since it falls on a Monday this year, but in light of these dark circumstances, I hope you will consider going to mass this day.