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Monday, July 12, 1999

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Exodus 1:8-14, 22
Psalm 124
Matthew 10:34—11:1

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pharaoh, hitler, and the u.s.a.

"Pharaoh then commanded all his subjects, 'Throw into the river every boy that is born to the Hebrews, but you may let all the girls live.' " —Exodus 1:22

The Egyptians oppressed the Israelites with forced labor and commanded them to kill their baby boys. The king of Egypt reasoned: "Look how numerous and powerful the Israelite people are growing, more so than we ourselves! Come, let us deal shrewdly with them to stop their increase; otherwise, in time of war they too may join our enemies to fight against us" (Ex 1:9-10).

The government of the U.S.A. likewise reasons in this tradition of Egypt and the Third Reich. We see the people of the third and fourth worlds growing in number "more so than we ourselves." So the U.S.A. gives them "foreign aid" on the condition that they distribute and use contraceptives and abortifacients as widely as possible. If these undeveloped countries are more interested in development than in the population control of our culture of death, the U.S.A. forces them to pay more of the escalating interest on their debts. Thus they starve to death despite the most demanding physical labor.

The Lord's mission is not always to spread "peace, but division" (Mt 10:34). He sent ten devastating plagues to Egypt and brought down Pharaoh's kingdom. The Lord also destroyed the Third Reich. Without Him, the Allies could have done nothing (see Jn 15:5). The Lord is the same today as He was yesterday (Heb 13:8). He will destroy the U.S.A. unless we repent of our nation's anti-life oppression of the poor. Repent!

Prayer:  Father, I pray and fast in reparation for my sins and the sins of my country.

Promise:  "He who seeks only himself brings himself to ruin, whereas he who brings himself to nought for Me discovers who he is." —Mt 10:39

Praise:  John fasts on Wednesdays for world peace, peace in his country, and peace between races, classes, and family members.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, November 28, 1998

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 1, 1998