Ignatius, with his prophetic spirit, he deeply penetrated the spirit of
the universal apostasy of the last times. Here we are citing some of
his characteristic thoughts,
so much current, even today:
has permitted apostasy. We are helpless to stop this apostasy. Weak
hands will have no power against it and nothing more will be required by
us, than the attempt to
avoid it. The spirit of the age will reveal the apostasy. Study it, if
you wish to avoid it, if you wish to escape this age and the temptation
of its spirits... Only the certain Grace of God may stop this
pernicious moral epidemic, and to postpone it for
awhile, for it is necessary for it all to happen, what all was foretold
in the Holy Scriptures... There is no one who can renew Christianity.
Vessels of the Holy Spirit everywhere have dried up, even in the
monasteries, these treasuries of piousness and
grace... The salt has lost its savor. Among church shepherds there
exists merely a weak, unclear, and inconsistent understanding of the
Word, which is destroying spiritual life. Christianity is:
and not, in words . It's difficult even to look at whom we have been
entrusted, or into whose hands Christ's sheep have befallen, to whom
their guidance and salvation is entrusted!
But, God has allowed that... God's merciful long endurance postpones the
complete breakdown for the sake of saving a few souls themselves, while
those who have already started on the road of perdition,- have already
perished, or are reaching the peak of corruptness...
Let the merciful Lord protect the remnant who are still believing in Him, but that remnant is few in number, and getting fewer."
(Words of St. Ignaty were written over a hundred years ago)