Fr. Chad Ripperger notes that “It does not take a doctorate in moral or spiritual theology to recognize that the Church and the world are in a particularly bad state, morally and spiritually.” He then asks a key question that must be answered before we can address a solution to this situation: “How did we get here?”
As an exorcist, Fr. Ripperger is familiar with something called “generational spirits.” Normally, this term applies to demons that trouble a family from one generation to another. But, he notes, what can happen in a family can also happen to an entire generation within a nation or a culture. Fr. Ripperger’s writing starts in the third paragraph of the article linked to below in the quote from that article.
“God assigns an angel to protect that generation and sometimes the angel is one who is given to help the generation overcome the problems it faces. But demons, by the permissive will of God, also afflict a generation. . . The purpose of this article is to examine the spiritual causes of how we got here by focusing on a rather narrow area of spiritual reality: demons, or more specifically, generational spirits.
Not everyone in a particular generation will be affected by the particular generational spirit of that generation. . . . [Each of the last five generations has had a generational spirit, easily identifiable, which has afflicted it. Lastly, we will talk about the sixth generation, now being born, whose direction, if the sixth generational spirit gets its way, does not bode well. (Fr. Ripperger – all quotes taken from Latin Mass magazine, summer 2012)”
The decline we are experiencing in the Church today is not going to be arrested by programs or activities.
There is a battle–a spiritual battle–that has been raging for five generations. We need to learn once again how to put on the armor of God, as St. Paul exhorted the Ephesians, believers in the first century. He was well aware of the demonic dimension of our battle:
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 the evil spirits in the heavens. (Ephesians 6:12)
Here is another link to Fr. Ripperger talking on the subject of his article linked to above. This talk was given at a conference in 2017 (I think). From the video notes we have: “This is an incredible historical video/ lecture by Fr. Chad Ripperger. Fr. Ripperger is a leading expert in the area of spiritual warfare.
What is truly revealing is his criticism of “The Greatest Generation” as used by Tom Brokaw in his best selling book. Truly remarkable assessment, IMHO. Look at how it evolved from The Lost Generation.
And from it follows my generation, i.e. The Baby Boomer or Hippie Generation, and from this, my children’s generation.
Listen to the good Father’s commentary about my generation’s personal characteristics at the 30 minute time slot to about 32 minutes. Then reflect about our current presidential candidates.
Need I say more? Look at how he describes the Millennials. And you wonder why they migrated towards Bernie Sanders (and good ol’ Joe Bidden). Again, this is truly a remarkable lecture and well worth listening too.
I cannot urge you enough to watch this video in its entirety.”
And another good audio link to a Fr. Ripperger interview at “Athanasius Contra Mundum”, with interview topics in Philosophy and Theology ranging from the Multi-verse and Time to transgenderism, Martin Scorsese’s film Silence, and Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s call for a new Syllabus of Errors to condemn errors in Ecclesiology and the misappropriation of the term “Priesthood of the Laity”.
So I’d guess that’s enough for now. Do you really have to wonder what is going on now with all this “COVID-19”, “Red Bat Flu”, “New Cases” mania nonsense. It’s all about control and taking generations down a broad path to perdition. And we are all just walking blindly in the direction that the Brights are ordering us to go “for our own good and protection of our neighbours”.
But there remains Hope. Hope in God’s power to bring Good out of Evil. I share this link to give us hope that all is not lost. There are still things of beauty that spark Joy.