Thursday, March 23, 2017

POPE BENEDICT AND THE SIXTH DAY that is LENT.

 1. The monster picture of the two Popes. 
      A picture had been appearing in the news showing the body of Pope Francis with two heads; the head of Francis and the head of Benedict XVI. A monstrosity, indeed, but with a sense of humor. Beside it is the picture of Archbishop Ganswain, secretary of Pope Benedict who introduced the idea of a diarchy, i.e. the idea of two Popes, one a contemplative and the other an active. 
     Under it is an article of an archbishop casting doubt on Benedict's resignation. Everything seems to surround the question on what is going on in the Vatican, specifically, and in the Catholic Church in general.
     On our part we will try to clarify what is going on from the context of LENT, the sixth day, or specifically Good Friday. This is the sixth stage in the history of the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church looks like the early church of the apostles as it looked like on Good Friday.  

  2. Doing the 'Will of God. 
     When God expresses His Will it must be done till death. When God says 'be holy as your heavenly Father is holy,' we have to be holy until we die. We cannot stop in the middle and retire from being Holy. When God wills a person to be a bishop, that is until death. He cannot retire at 75 from doing God's will of being a bishop. Who allowed him to retire from doing God's will at 75? Canon Law? Canon Law has no authority to allow any bishop to retire from doing God's Will at 75 no matter what they say. God had expressed His Will at the consecration of the bishop and the bishop must do God's Will expressed during his consecration  up to the end of his life. God's Will has no retirement provision. 
     Imagine if married couples can retire from their marriage at 50 or religious can retire from their vows at 45. Or when trying to save our souls we can retire at 80. Aren't we sounding ridiculous?
     All the more the Pope. To be a Pope is the Will of God and no Pope can say he may retire from doing God's Will at 75 or 80. Pope Benedict with all his credentials know that very well. And there is the example of all the previous Popes; from Pius XII, John XXIII, John Paul l, Paul VI, and John Paul II.....all of them did the Will of God up to the end. And Pope Benedict who clearly knew this will resign? It is unbelievable! He who does not do the Will of God until death  is not a saint and does not know his theology....which cannot be said of Pope Benedict. 
     Knowing his credentials, it is even impossible to cross the mind of man to think that he would give up doing God's Will by resigning. As the Archbishop in the news hinted; it is because of the gay lobby in the Vatican. The gays are as harmless as the adulterers and divorcees. You convert them; not fear them. 
     Because of the mess in the Vatican bank? Well, just close it down. He has become physically unable to do his job? His job needs acts of the mind, not physical strength. His mind remains very sharp. There is no problem mentioned for the resignation of Benedict that he could not solve with one hand tied behind him. 
All problems attributed to his resignation are so trifle that it appears he is a weakling and a coward, both of which he is not. 
     So we have to look for reasons somewhere else. We have to return to Good Friday....it is his obedience to God's Will. Knowing Benedict, he would never resign. What he did was in obedience to God's Will. But what was that Will specifically.
      Let us look at Pope Benedict's body language when he was reading his announcement. First,  he was very excited to make the announcement; as if he was going to announce a good, happy news. One does not get excited in announcing a retirement. Secondly, he showed urgency in his announcement; as if he could not wait to make the announcement. Thirdly, he did not inform anybody else of his decision. Such a grievous decision as resigning from the papacy needs much consultation which Benedict did not do. He decided on his own alone which is so unlike him since he believed in consultations like with his group the ITC. Fourthly, nobody could stop him though everyone showed dismay at his announcement. 

3. Only one explanation.
     His body language clearly showed that he had received a direct command from God that even surprised Benedict himself. He did not expect it. It was not a vision but probably a revelation.The probability is that he suddenly saw the fulfillment of a prophecy he was awaiting for. 
     He had been studying St. Hildegard of Bingen when suddenly he raised this medieval saint up as a doctor of the Church. He did not say what was special with her. But upon reading her visions, Benedict must have read that an anti-pope would rise in the Catholic Church sometime after an attempt at the life of a pope. It did not say exactly which Pope after the assassination attempt. 
     Benedict begun to study Blessed John Newman where he found John describing the 'future apostasy' coming within the Church. In fact John noticed its beginnings during his lifetime when he saw cardinals and bishops of the Catholic church ganging on him an Anglican convert.
     Putting together all his readings Benedict realized that we have reached the sixth day or Good Friday in the historical stage of the Catholic Church which means that there will be complete darkness of the Faith. Nobody will be able to find the Catholic Church and the true Faith. And the few who can teach are quiet and in hiding. All the priests and bishops are ignorant of the Faith...up to the top, While the rest of the world will be possessed by Lucifer. 
     Benedict saw that that the day had arrived where true worshipper will worship in spirit and in truth. In Good Friday, the visible signs of the true Church will disappear together with the Eucharist and the Mass as prophesied, as the entire world turns against the true religion and Lucifer reigns. Benedict saw that the Vatican and the people around him  are no longer the Church of Christ. So he retreated to St. Bonaventure's sixth day Church, the contemplative community, the new monasticism, with a new evangelization.
       In such a situation, Benedict realized that the Church will be so diabolically corrupt that that corruption had to be exposed so it can be cut of. His first step is to expose that corruption by pretending to resign; he had to pretend to step down and sure enough the stench of corruption exploded in most parishes and dioceses......and up to the highest offices in the Vatican. In such state only prayers to God will spare the predestined souls. Nothing else will work. He knows the diseased limbs cannot be saved. Today, the cutting off of the diseased hands and legs and eyes and ears are going with such speed that it seems that soon no Catholic would be left, unless God does something drastic.  
    

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ST. BENEDICT AND THE CHURCH on the sixth day.

1. The Lenten Season and the Sixth day.
     We have seen how the Fathers of the Church described the seven days of creation from Genesis as the seven stages in the spiritual development of the Catholic Church from the beginning up to its perfection before the General Judgment by God. 
     We have, also, seen how the Fathers concentrated their writings on describing the sixth day because it explains what a soul must do before he dies or before he faces God in the General Judgment to be able to receive a favorable judgment from God. The sixth day teaches us how to receive the reward of everlasting life from God. 

2. The Sixth day in Christianity.
It is for this reason that the sixth day became of primary importance in theology specially in ascetical theology. The works of St. Alphonsus Liguori and St. Robert Bellarmine on how to prepare for death are two Catholic treatises that supplies, in detail, the need for such a knowledge. 

3. The Sixth day develops into Monasticism.
     This sixth day is so important to Christianity that a whole movement develop to satisfy the need to put it into practice. The very purpose of preaching or evangelization is, precisely, to teach what is needed to be done. But preaching and evangelization is just babbling of words. The words had to be put into practice; thus monasticism begun as early as the birth of Christianity. What was taught by Christ, which essentially was the sixth day, had to be put into practice immediately. The Apostles put it into practice by living as a monastic community. St. John the Evangelist established immediately the first monastic community. Then St. Paul and St. Anthony followed; with hundred others following, like Pachomius and John Climacus.....all early lay Christians trying to live the teachings of Christ as found in Divine Revelation. 
     This is the basis of monasticism; it is based on Divine Revelation and the movement of the Holy Spirit when Christ promised 'He will teach you all things.'

4. The monasticism of St. Benedict. A life of repentance.
     The sixth day is the life of repentance lived perfectly. Perfectly, because otherwise some sins will not be forgiven. And this is not easy. Christ, Himself, showed us by His example, that this life of repentance will ordinarily take an adult 30 years, as He showed in His hidden life. Christ showed us in his hidden life that that is how long it will, ordinarily, take for an adult to repent if the adult is like Christ. If not, it might probably take him most a life time. In which case he might need a more permanent place to stay in like a monastery. Thus the birth of monasticism. 
     Some are great sinners and need St. Climacus' stern monasticism. The ordinary Christian family will not need such sternest due to the different members of their families in which case the monasticism of St. Basil is just right. But in the case that most of the members of the family does not care if they went to hell and there is only one person interested to save his soul, then St. Benedict's monasticism is just right. St. John Chrysostome stated that this monastic life, whether stern or just right, can be lived privately at home. But for most, it will impossible to live this way of life without the many provisions present in a formal monastic life.
     
5. Monasticism started with Christianity; because monasticism is Christianity lived. However,  It deteriorated through the centuries; proof of which are the number of unsuccessful attempts at reforms. As a Benedictine monk, our  Abbot General, a well known Liturgist with several books in his name, threatened to close our monastery for not being Benedictine enough. Fortunately, he died of cancer and the next General forgot the threat. 
     But anyone who takes the Rule of St. Benedict and live in a Benedictine monastery can clearly check the rules it follows and cross the rules it does not follow. There will be more crosses. 

      Monasticism as practiced in early Christianity is meant to return to the Church. St. Bonaventure, in his 'Theology of history' calls it 'new' monasticism; not because it is new but because it is 'new' today but very old in reality. John Paul II and Benedict XVI described inviting souls to the Catholic church or the monastic life as 'new' evangelization. And Benedict adds; 'it is not 'new.' It is the traditional way of entering the monastic life. But he called it 'new' because its image is 'new,' in that it looks like the way Christ described it to the Samaritan Woman, taught to us during Lent because that is the image of the Church in the sixth day, pre-figured by Good Friday. 

     Evangelization in Christianity begins with preaching the monastic life; evangelization is essentially inviting Christians to work out their salvation within monasteries.  By the end of history, the sixth day,  God will show the world that it would had been a better place if it were Catholic or a monastic world. At judgment day God will show that those who did not believe in this will be punish with eternal fire. 
     Can't we attain this same goal within the family? The pagans philosophers whose goal was the attainment of happiness had thought this out thoroughly. Epicurius, specifically, was convinced the family, in itself, cannot attain natural happiness in the natural philosophical level. There are too many factors that militate against it. The family, at least, needs the foundational natural basis of monastic life to be happy.
     But Epicurius never tried it. In truth it would not work because he depended on natural philosophical foundations. The monastic life is essentially supernatural in nature and this is unattainable for Epicurius in his time and place. 
     This is the same defect of Pope Francis. All his  teachings are not only in the natural level. It is not even philosophical, therefore, below the natural level. Note his solutions for the remarried;  annul previous marriage, remarry and then receive Holy Communion. This is not even natural; it is sinful. 

6. The Church is going towards the sixth day. Nobody can stop it. It is part of Divine Providence. John Paul II and Benedict XVI's invitation is for all Catholics to re-evangelize themselves but using the 'new' evangelization, meant to be discussed during the 2012 Bishop's Synod but which they were not able to do because no one knew what the 'new' evangelization was all about. Well, to make it easier, just study the Rule of St. Benedict whose feast we just celebrated; that rule contains all the things we must do to enter the Catholic Church as described by Christ to the Samaritan Woman. Because this day is 'that day' referred to by Christ.

Monday, March 20, 2017

'NEW' Image of the Catholic Church.

 1. 'New' Image of the Catholic Church.
     It is still essentially the same One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ. 
     The Catholic Church was perfect with Christ and the apostles  at Pentecost. At Pentecost,  they  worshipped 'in spirit and in truth.' Afterwards, they begun to preach and attracted new members. With the 'new' members, the Catholic Church begun again as a baby; as when Christ called the first apostles. 
     The 'new' members had to begin, from the beginning,  learning the truths of Christ and gradually grow in spirituality as a child grows slowly towards maturity. During this process, the Church could not look like the apostolic Church at Pentecost. The Church at Pentecost looked mature, grown up and perfect. The Church after Pentecost would looked like a babe, immature and imperfect. 
     When the baby Church matures, it will be absorbed into the Apostolic Church. But if all the members of the Apostolic Church dies when the baby Church has not yet matured, then the Apostolic Church may be said to be gone and the Church had begun with the baby Church.

      This baby Church had to grow up just like the first apostolic Church. But instead of growing up in three years and a half, she will grow up in 2000 years. So when Christ told the Samaritan Woman, 'the day will come' He was referring to the Catholic Church becoming like the Church on Pentecost in the year 2000 A.D.
     In the year 2000 A.D. The Catholic Church will look different from the Church of Constantine the Great, the Church of St. Thomas of Aquinas and the Church of St. Robert Bellarmine, which looks more like a growing baby Church.  The Church at year 2000 will look more like the apostolic Church at Pentecost 'in spirit and in truth.'
     And Holy Mother the Church wants to remind all Catholics of this fact because when this happens, the Church would have reached its perfection and ready for her wedding with Christ. All Catholics worthy of the name know this; from Iraeneus to John Newman. They all wrote about it that's why we know it today. 

  2. Joseph Ratzinger studied this in the Theology of Philosophy according to St. Bonaventure and from the works of St. Augustine where the first Christian community established by St. John the Evangelist was described. That community was like a 'baby' Church unlike the mature apostolic Church on Pentecost. So Ratzinger saw that the Church in her early development looks different from the mature Church. 
      Joseph Ratzinger saw that the Church of pre-Vatican II didn't look like the early Christian community of St. John the Evangelist. It looked more like the church of the Jewish Synagogue; and after Vatican II, it looked more like the Samaritan church in Gerizim. 

  3. Since the pre-Vatican II church was more Jewish and the post-Vatican II was more Samaritan or pagan....he wondered whether the baby Church that begun with St. John the Evangelist, had grown up to maturity 'in spirit and in truth.' Christ, Himself, said that this Church will exist at a time to come, that is in the future. And He adds 'and is already here' referring to the apostolic church. So Ratzinger asked himself, have we reached 'the day will come' when the perfect and mature apostolic church will exist again. 

   4. Well versed in the works of St. John Chrysostom, who described the first Christian community established by St. John the Evangelist and studying the work of St. Bonaventure who described how this apostolic church will look today, the year 2000, Ratzinger asked whether that Church exist today. It should, because Christ prophesied it to the Samaritan Woman. From the description of the first Catholic apostolic Church on Pentecost, Ratzinger knew how the Catholic church should look like today. The Fathers of the Church, especially St. Augustine and St. Bonaventure confirmed it.
     Remember that the Catholic Church today is not a continuation of the Catholic apostolic Church of Pentecost. It is not. The Church today is a continuation of the baby Church born after Pentecost, established by John the Evangelist, which must still grow up to maturity. This baby Church have not yet reached its own Pentecost. It cannot share with the Pentecost of the Apostolic Church. 
     So all this charismatic exhibitionism which is one of Pope Francis favorites is pure Montanism. Montanus was a pagan priest who converted to Catholicism and brought his pagan practices with him into the Catholic Church. His pagan practices within the Church  is what became the Catholic Charismatic Movement; just like Pope Francis who brought his pagan practices from Argentina into the Catholic Church that made him very charismatic to many.

  5. When Pope John Paul and Benedict XVI initiated the 'new' evangelization, they worked on the assumption that the Church had reached its perfection, the sixth day as described by St. Bonaventure and upon which Joseph Ratzinger's thesis was based. 
     This sixth day is Lent, in general, and Good Friday, in particular.
Thus Pope Benedict had declared that the Church today is a contemplative Church like Mary and not an active Church like Martha. We do not preach to contemplatives; they know more than most teachers, thus Christ described them thus; 'and I will teach you all things. There is absolutely no need to teach them or send missionaries to them. Such a church will just be quiet among themselves and directly learn from God, just like the apostles on Good Friday. The Vatican can disband the missionaries of mercy. 

  6. Christ had divided the Church into three; the first is the Samaritan worship that represents paganism. The second is the Jewish worship that represents the Jewish church of the Old Testament and, thirdly,  the Catholic Church which Christ mentioned referring to Himself, the Church worshipping in spirit and in truth.  Pope Francis and most cardinals, bishops and priests are still in the pagan or Jewish era, and definitely non-catholic in that they do not worship in spirit and in truth. They have too many errors; they believe that marriage can be dissolved,  that unbelievers can go to heaven, that Protestants have the Holy Spirit. These are errors that show Pope Francis cannot claim he is worshipping in truth. Without truth, Pope Francis is not using his spirit, the intellect. 
      Nobody can find the Church, today, because it is no longer visible as clearly described by Christ, Himself. 'Spirit' and 'truth'. The spirit is non-visible; the truths of Christ are supernatural and, also, non-visible. 

   7. Immediately after Pentecost, St. John Chrysostom narrated that St. John the Evangelist formed the first laymen's Christian Catholic community. That was a very young Church attached to the Apostolic Church. But when the apostles passed away, John's community was separated from the Apostolic Church, 
     John continued to instruct and lead the Johanine Church. Many eventually left the Church that caused John much tears. Some of his members persevered in the Catholic life but others left the way of life. So where do we belong; with those who are faithful or with those who have left the life? Our Church, where do we belong ; with the faithful who remained or the unfaithful who left. We have to resolve this issue so we can know whether we belong to the Samaritan church, the Jewish Church  or the Vatican Church.
       
    

Sunday, March 19, 2017

SAMARITAN WOMAN is the Catholic Church.

 1. Everything in Scriptures has an eschatological equivalent. Like Lent represents the sixth day of creation. In fact, Lent begins with the narration of the creation. And among the seven  days of creation, most of the Fathers of the Church explained the sixth day. Why? Because the sixth day teaches us how to prepare for death or for the General Judgment. In both cases we have to prepare ourselves in facing the judgment seat of God and we must make sure we receive a favorable judgment from God.
     How can we prepare ourselves in getting a favorable judgment from God? Well, that is precisely the message of the whole Lenten season. And Holy Mother the Church repeats these lessons every Liturgical Year so we don't commit mistakes. . 

 2. The Samaritan Woman.
     Jesus is addressing the Samaritan Woman.  That is exactly the way He is addressing the world, in general; and the Catholic Church in particular. St. Thomas of Aquinas wrote that the Samaritan Woman is a figure of the Catholic Church, then Christ is addressing the Catholic Church today the way He addressed the Samaritan Woman that time. He is, also, addressing all other churches and religions. 
     All Catholics begin their spiritual life as beginners knowing little truth and having much errors, just like the Samaritan woman.  
     The Samaritans worshipped God in Gerizim; while the Jews worshipped God in Jerusalem. Christ goes to this Samaritan Woman and tells her; 'that the day is coming when Samaritans will not have to worship in Gerizim nor the Jews worship in Jerusalem.
Because the day will come when true worshippers will worship in Spirit and in truth. Christ, in fact, is declaring the cessation of all religions.  Let us stop here for a while. What is Christ saying?
     He is saying  that Jews do not have to go to Jerusalem's wailing wall to worship God nor Catholics go to the Vatican to worship at St. Peters; nor any Catholic worship in any parish or diocese. There will be no need for Catholics to be called Catholics nor any other religion to be called so. This goes too with all the pagans; they do not have to go to their places of worship or pilgrimages. 
     Christ gave two reasons. All pagan religions will cease to exist because they 'adore that which  they do not know.' While even for those who adore which they know, like some Catholics,  their present worship will, also, cease.   

3. 'The day is coming.'
       Christ gave this warning that early so everybody can be prepared; the day is coming that all will change and there will only be one true worshipper. This is the reason why today we cannot find the Catholic Church; why the document 'Lumen Gentium' is still incomplete up to now. Because Vatican II does not know how the Catholic Church look like. And that is up to now! From Pope Francis, down to most of the cardinals, bishops and priests......nobody can prove that they are Catholics because they do not know how the Catholic Church look like. 'In spirit and in truth,' Christ said. Nobody knows how that looks like. 
     'The day' had not yet come at the time Jesus was talking to the Samaritan woman. But the description of the Catholic Church as described by Christ to the woman will come in the future. Many Fathers of the Church, like St. Augustine, had tried to find out when this important day would be. St. Bonaventure, also, tried to find out if this day had arrived in his time because the image of the Catholic 
Church during this time is much different from how she looked before. Christ emphasized this difference; 'the day will come.'
     Holy Mother the Church had persistently reminded the Church of 'this day' in her Lenten Liturgy. The Church cannot afford to be ignorant of this fact because 'the day is coming' is what is described during Lent. The early Christians, in fact, prepared themselves for 'this day' through that great movement called 'monasticism.' The monastic movement is preparedness for that coming day. It is a life of repentance wherein monks ' live in spirit and in truth.' Note how many pagan religions have tendencies towards monasticism, but are still unable to attain it because 'the day has not yet come' to them.

4. True Catholics waited for that day.
     True Catholics knew 'that day,' but not when it was coming. They knew 'that day' and how the Catholic Church would look like. It would not be visible as described in the Nicene Creed. It would still have those four visible signs but the signs would no longer be visible. The signs would appear in a spiritual form which make the signs impossible to see. 
       The Fathers of the Church described this Church that would be 'in spirit and in truth' at a time it is accompanied by visible signs. And they still described it when the visible signs are gone as Christ, Himself described it to the Samaritan Woman. St. Thomas of Aquinas described its spiritual reality in his commentary on the Gospel of John but even his description will be very hard to understand.
       It is for this reason that from Pope Francis, down to most of the cardinals, bishops, priests, nuns, laymen members of the well known organizations, etc, ...all of them cannot prove nor show that they are Catholics because, as Christ described the Church 'that day,'  her description had become spiritual. The description of the Catholic Church had become available, only, to those who have the theological virtue of Faith. The word 'Catholic' had ceased to be the description of the true Church today, the sixth day. Christ said so. 'You don't have to go to a Catholic church to worship because true worshippers......'

5. True worshippers are those who worship 'in spirit and in truth.' St. Thomas wrote that that is the 'new' Church of the Gentiles, which is the Catholic Church today. Defined correctly, this Church will exclude most of those who think they are Catholics. Most pagans are like the Samaritan Woman who do not know who they are worshipping. Most Catholics are like the Jews who, also, do not know who they are worshipping. And most Catholics who think they know who they are worshipping are not worshipping 'in spirit and in truth.' That is why, look around, and it is impossible to find the Catholic Church, i.e. 'in spirit and in truth' even within the walls of the Vatican. Maybe in one small nook in the Vatican gardens. 

6. The Samaritan Woman as the Catholic Church.
      The Catholic Church can be recognized through the four visible signs mentioned in the Nicene Creed. These are visible signs everybody can see. In the Gospel for today  Christ said that the Catholic Church, as personalized by the Samaritan Woman can be recognized by two signs only; first, a worshipper in spirit and secondly, a worshipper in  truth. These two signs are identical to the four visible signs. Except that the two Gospel signs are supernatural and not visible. 
       While the four visible signs are visible, the two signs are invisible or spiritual. Whoever has the four visible signs will, also, have the two spiritual signs and vice versa. If we do not have the four visible signs we will not have the two spiritual signs. The two spiritual signs are more perfect than the four visible signs. Having said these, Christ told the Samaritan Woman that 'the day will come and is already here' when the true Church will only be recognized by its members worshipping 'in spirit and in truth.'

7. Worshipping 'in spirit.'
     "Spirit' is another word for soul. The soul of man has two faculties. First, is the intellect; and secondly, the free will. The intellect reasons out; the free will loves. A true worshipper uses these two faculties in worshipping God. The worshipper loves the object(with the free will) he knows (with the intellect). 
        Worshipping 'in truth'
         What materials will the worshipper's mind contain? The materiale of Faith as taught by Jesus Christ. This is found in Divine Revelation. If the worshipper worships God based on the contents of his mind taken from Divine Revelation while loving the contents of his mind......then he is as true worshipper most pleasing to God because he worships according to the very nature of God. The worshipper had become a spiritual being worshipping another spiritual being. This is in brief St. Thomas' explanation of today's Gospel. 

 8. Today's world.
        Today, most parishes and dioceses cannot prove that they have the four visible marks of the Catholic Church. Most cardinals, bishops and priests cannot show that they have the visible signs of the Church. Any third persons can prove the absence or presence of the four visible marks of the True Church using the longer version of the Marks enumerated by St.Robert Bellarmine. This is a double check on persons who are bound to show the Marks of the Church without being asked because that is their job...like the Pope, Pope Francis. He should show his credentials that he is a Catholic by showing that he has the four visible signs of the Church as mentioned in the Nicene Creed.  Just like the 'dubia', there is no response. So the Gospel for today was applied on Pope Francis and down the line of cardinals and bishops, both good and bad. It seems that almost all are not worhippers 'in spirit and in truth.' The Vatican church does not have the characteristic of the Church on the sixth stage of her theology of history mentioned by Christ in today's Gospel, third Sunday of Lent. Anyone who does not have the characteristics of the Church, mentioned by Christ in describing the Church on the sixth day to the Samaritan woman, is not a Catholic.   

Thursday, March 16, 2017

TOTAL DARKNESS = Good Friday

  1. We have read news of impending days of darkness.
      And we were told to prepare some blessed candles and holy water.  This should not worry us because we have generators and rechargeable led flash lights. 
      What really is this total darkness? In the spiritual life, this is the absence of the truth and absence of the good. It is when the mind and the heart are not able to attain its object, the ultimate truth and good which is God. 
       But God, in His Providence, had provided us with all means to know the truth and the good. So why will there be darkness? Because it is a punishment from God; when it is God, Himself, Who causes the darkness because of man's hard heartedness. 
        In the history of men, there had been many eras described as days of darkness. They are even described as 'dark ages.' Hard-heartedness had been a bad habit of the human race. 

     2. Darkness described in Quito, Ecuador.
         A threat of these days of darkness was described in Quito, Ecuador, in the 1500s. It was described by the Blessed Virgin of Good Success to Blessed Mariana de Jesus Torres.  It happened this way. The Blessed Virgin appeared to Mother Mariana one evening and told her to go to the chapel. Imagine a Spanish designed chapel in the 1500. The Church was usually made of thick walls, high windows, lots of shadow and huge thick wooden doors. There was no electricity and only a sanctuary lamp lighted to declare the Presence of God in the tabernacle. 
        And the Blessed Virgin tells this Spanish nun to go inside this chapel in the middle of the night, alone. And shows her the state of the Catholic Church in the 20th century. Then the only light from the sanctuary lamp goes off. And Mary says; 'this will be the state of the church.' It must had been pitch dark. A world where the truth and the good are completely absent is almost unimaginable. St. Augustine would described this as 'total evil.'

     3.Good Friday.
        If we try to imagine a world completely deprived of truth and good, it would be Good Friday. There was a little truth and good left on Good Friday but absolutely nobody noticed it. They even crucified the little truth and good there was. So on Good Friday, with the only Truth and Good crucified, we have the closest picture of a world in total darkness. And the Blessed Virgin said that the 20th century would be exactly like this.  Well, we can check it up since we are here, year 2000. 

     4. Let us describe a day of darkness. 
         Most men will be liars and traitors and we won't know who is what. There is a price for evil. Man will do evil at any price. Judas will be the epitome of darkness. 'And it was night.' What happened? Because the devil have entered into him. 
         The days of darkness is when God allows the devil free hand upon the earth for the testing of man. And confusion is the ambiance for the devil's work. Isn't this the platform of the 'greedy rich' to increase their earnings, to cause confusion around the world? Isn't total confusion the picture of Good Friday? Let us go into more detail. 
         The good will be called bad; and the bad will be called good. The bad will be forced on everyone while the good will be prohibited for everyone. The emphasis will be in the suppression of the good.  Good priest and bishops will be silenced if not rendered neutral against evil. All good works will be demonized; while evil will be divinized world wide. The bad will be prosperous while the good will be in poverty by choice. 
          The lies will be partly in theology because the evil do not know theology.  The natural sciences will be filled with lies. 
The confusion will be instigated by Lucifer so it will be preternatural in nature; sort of magical, therefore, attractive. The State and the Church will join in doing evil, as the Romans and the Pharisees joined in crucifying Christ. 

     5. This attack will be on a population already spiritually weakened and susceptible to evil. With a fallen nature, man had deteriorated with an unthinking mind and a perverted will due to its undisciplined  way of life and life of hedonism. This is not a picture of five foolish virgins with lamps without oil and light. It is a picture of five foolish virgins who have ceased to be virgins. 
          It is, indeed, a huge Spanish thick-wall chapel in the middle of the night, with only one lighted sanctuary lamp that has gone out. Nothing can be seen; not even the tabernacle. A Good Friday, indeed, where the Ark of the Covenant was gone. As prophesied for today,  preached by some Jesuits and a Dominican General crying out that Christ is not in the Eucharist, it must be pitch dark, indeed, because Christ does not seem to be in the Masses and in the tabernacles. 
        Darkness is the absence of God. God withdraws and the devil takes over. The atmosphere is total confusion. 

     6. The days of darkness is a Divine Chastisement when God separates the good from the bad; where the good are perfected by an act of God due to their goodness; their rise to holiness is humanly inexplicable.  While the bad becomes worse by an act of the devil due to their evilness, also, humanly inexplicable.  So evangelization ceases on this day. Praeternatural  forces takes control even over elections, but they don't necessarily win. 
      No one was evangelizing on Good Friday. Today, Lent,  is the sixth day, evangelization ceases, and a 'new' evangelization takes over.  Current missiology and Pope Francis' missionary of Mercy will not work this day.  St. Bonaventure described the 'new' evangelization'  as 'contemplatives' helping good souls towards perfection. How about the bad? 
        During these dark days pagans, cardinals, bishops, priest, nuns and lay eucharistic ministers will be in both sides, good and bad. And probably even Popes, one on one side, and one on the other side.  This is what makes it confusing.

     7. The restraining force.
          It is during these dark days, that had happened many times in the history of man, that God raises chosen laymen to aid the Church in a natural way. We have mentioned this in previous post. It is called the Josiah Phenomenon. They are usually head of nations for them to be more effective to do God's work. In the past we had Constantine, Charlemagne, King Otto the Great. We have mentioned some newly elected heads who we greatly suspect will spark a moral renewal in aid of the hidden Church who will lead the spiritual renewal. Putin seems to lead the pack with his procession of the crosses in St. Petersburg. 
          It will be a renewal in spirit and in truth. It will be an evangelization in spirit and in truth. It will be a Church, not in the Vatican, Rome; not in Westminster, England. Because the true Church will be in spirit and in truth. They are only visible in their bodies. Their spirits and the truths they believe in will not be visible to others. 
           
       8. Who will survive these days of darkness?
               The same ones who survived the first days of darkness. St. Bonaventure in his 'Theology of History' described them as 'those who return to the primitive spirit of Christianity. Their main reason for  believing is 'ex auctoritate,' wrote St. Bonaventure. 
          These are the first Christians who when asked 'why do you believe'  their answers were the same; 'Because Christ said so.' The more sophisticated theologian would answer; 'because it is in Divine Revelation.' That's the same.
                They are in no way like the present day Christians who when asked the same question would answer; Vatican II, Pope Francis, Cardinal Kasper, Bishop Baron, Father Reese said so. Who are they? Members of the Vatican II Church whose bible is the 'open society foundation' handbook. Any similarity with the primitive Catholic Church? Absolutely nothing. 
  
         
         

   

Sunday, March 12, 2017

THE 6TH DAY. on the MOUNT OF TRANSFIGURATION.

 1. 'On the 6th day.'
      Genesis begins with the narration of creation in seven days . These seven days are the seven stages of the Catholic Church beginning  with its birth extending up to it's being mature at the end of the world. The Catholic Church begins like a baby, she grows up to be a young child, an adolescent and ends up as a mature adult on the sixth day. The Church rests on the Sabbath and is brought to heaven on Easter Sunday. 
      The sixth day is the main focus because there the Church  becomes mature and pleasing to God. Thus on the sixth day man was created; he was the superior creation; above all the other creatures. The Church follows that pattern and becomes the mature Church on the sixth day.
      
       These seven days pattern depicting the seven stages of the Church in her history is repeated in the life of Christ; who together with His apostles represents the Catholic Church. We see the beginnings of the Church with the Holy Family. Then she grows with the initial call of the apostles Peter, Andrew, James and John.  The Church grows mature through the Lenten season and is perfected on Easter and Pentecost. In the Liturgy, The Church becomes mature in Lent and perfected in Easter and Pentecost. Being mature in Lent is represented by the sixth day or Good Friday. The whole Lenten Season is described as the sixth day. Thus the Lenten Sundays readings begin with the narration of the sixth day of creation and the Second Sunday of Lent Gospel begins with 'and after six days Jesus went to the Mount of Transfiguration.'

2. Sixth day in the Mount of Transfiguration.
    Jesus went up the Mount with Peter, James and John. The three, together with Elijah and Moses,  made up the Catholic Church in her maturity. And that is how mature we should look like on the sixth day, which according to St. Bonaventure and Pope Benedict XVI is today, year 2000 AD.

     The Catholic Church should look like this; there is Jesus Christ, the three apostles Peter 'who was fervent for Christ,' John 'who was specially loved',  and James 'who was a warrior against adversities of the Faith.'
     Then there was Moses, example of meekness and legislator to show that the Church is not a transgressor of the law. And Elijah who had a zeal for God and who was holier among the prophets showing he does not go contrary to God. These are the reasons given by St. Thomas Aquinas why these personages were present at the Mount of Transfiguration. They represent the Catholic Church in her maturity on the sixth day of creation in Lent. 

3. The testimony of God.
     Then God gave His testimony showing His pleasure with the Church. God said; first, 'This is My beloved Son,' secondly, ' in whom My favor rests,' thirdly, ' listen to Him.'
     First, the Church is not the true natural son of God. But the Church can be the adopted son of God if she obeys the commands of Jesus Christ. At the sixth day, the Church must know all the commands of Christ; know how those commands must be obeyed. And she must have obeyed all the commands of Christ. This is how the members of the Church become the adopted children of God.
     Secondly, how does a person become 'good?' Ordinarily a person loves another person because the other person is good. It is not loving the other that makes the other good. He is already good, that is why we tend to love the other. In God, it is the opposite. When God loves a person, the person becomes good. It is God's love for the person that makes the person good. No human love can make the other person good. Only God's love for the person can make the other person good. 
                       So God's favor will only rest in you if God had loved you, thus making you good. God will love you if you have become His adopted child through obedience to Christ's commands. But wait. God's favor will not right away rest in you when He loves you. There is a difference between God loving you and God resting His favor in you. 
                        When you have obeyed Christ's commands, God will love you as His adopted son. Then He will love you for being His adopted son. When God loves you, His love will make you good. If you use this goodness for good, then and only then will his favor rest in you. If you misuse this good, then His favor will not rest in you. 
     Thirdly. Only when you have become the beloved adopted son of God, only when you have become good because He loved you for being His adopted son, only when you have used the goodness He has given you well.......will God's favor rest in You. 
     All Catholics should be like this in the sixth stage of the history of the Catholic church as portrayed in the seven days of creation. 

4. The Church today is not mature.
     Basing it in the image of the Catholic Church on how she should look like on the sixth day, portrayed by the six personages in the Mount of Transfiguration with their virtues presented by St. Thomas of Aquinas..........the present church of the Vatican with Pope Francis and most of his bishops have absolutely no similarity with the church portrayed in the Transfiguration. Well, you might say 'it is a different church.' You are right. It is a church that is completely different from the Church of Scriptures and the Fathers as portrayed in her theology of history portrayed in the seven days of Creation; and in which is remembered in the Liturgy of the Second Sunday of Lent in the Gospel of the Transfiguration.

     The present Vatican church does not have the fervent spirit of St. Peter in learning and preaching the Commandments of Christ.  It does not look like John's soul that could be specially loved by Christ; neither, at least, by me. Today's church is not, like James, a warrior against adversities of the Faith; in fact, the present church is the adversaries of the true church of the Transfiguration. Todays church is unlike Elijah who did nothing contrary to God. And finally, today's Vatican church is unlike Moses who was zealous in not transgressing the law of God. 

5. The present Vatican church did not grow up to maturity. It is not ready to meet and be judged by Christ the King. It is a church that is going neither to its Easter nor its Pentecost. It is going nowhere except to ............. where is she? The next Lenten Masses will show us. 
     
      

Saturday, March 11, 2017

POLARIZATION

 1. St. Paul's Polarization.
     Lent assumes that we are all at the end of the street of repentance,  because by this time the Gospel had been preached throughout the whole world either by preachers or by mass media. So, Lent describes the whole world as a group that have reached the end of the line, the 6th day. The 6th day, the day before the Sabbath, had been reached; some are in the right street, some are off the street, some are still struggling half-way in the street, others had not yet begun walking through the street.......and a very few have reached the end of the street, have found the Church of the sixth day and have entered it. This last group is described by the Lenten Liturgy and by St. Bonaventure. This is the group Pope Benedict had been looking for whenever there is an 'Ad lumina visits' by bishops in the Vatican. He would ask them; 'have you seen this Church in your diocese?' Most of the bishop's answer is 'No,' which shows the state of the Catholic Church. From their answers She does not exist. 

2. For Christ or against Christ.
     The battle had been for Christ or against Christ. Better still, the battle is between God, the angels and the saints on one side; and the devil on the other side. Of course, there is no contest. God will surely win but God allows this to test man; to see whose side he will take. What preparation did God teach man to overcome the attacks of the devil?
     In the Gospel on the temptations of Jesus, note that Jesus overcame all the three temptations of the devil. These three temptations summarizes in ascending order all the temptations of the devil. To fall into the first temptation of gluttony is the least serious sin. Pride, the next temptation is more serious. Ambition, the third is the most harmful sin. When a soul falls in the first temptation, he becomes open to easily fall into the second temptation, and so on. The idea is not to fall at all. And this is what Christ demonstrated in the Gospel.
     But before Christ faced the devil in combat, he did two things; first, He became the Son of God in baptism. Secondly, he prayed and fasted in the desert. After which the devil tempted Him.
     St. Thomas of Aquinas wrote that we must, also, do these two things before venturing into the world. It is more important for those who will preach in the world, otherwise, we will just constantly fall into sin. And for every sin we side with the devil against Christ.

3. We cannot continue to commit sin by falling into temptations because of the expected polarization that is expected. What happens during the polarization? Let us try to present it graphically to easier understand it. Let us divide the world into two parts; souls that are 51% pro God and the other souls that are 49% pro God. The 51% is above the mid point, while the 49% is below the mid point. During the polarization, the 51% will by the grace of God go higher to 100%; while the 49% will go lower to 0%. This might not illustrate the doctrine but this is the closest I can demonstrate what happens during the polarization. It is based on the teaching of St. Thomas that he who progress will continue to progress while those who regress will continue to regress during this time. This is not what happens all the time. 
      This is noticeable world wide; the terrorist were not as bad as today. While the saints, as prophesied in Scripture, are  holier than before. Some American voters were not described as bad in two previous elections. Some were described as bad in the last election. And they are even worse after the last election. On the other hand, some US voters voted for immoral candidates but chose a moral candidate in the last election.There is a noticeable swing of votes. 
     With mass media, polarization is even more accented. And this is occurring all over the world. It is a replay of Good Friday where Jerusalem was clearly divided into two; those who followed Christ silently and those who shouted 'Crucify Him.' The latter being the bigger crowd. 

4. The Polarization is greater in the spiritual realm considering the many new doctrines flooding the Church. 
     The battle is between those with Faith vs those without Faith. The latter is overwhelmingly the more. And sadly, the news show cardinals, bishops and priests falling like flakes away from God. 
     And daily we read news of bishops siding with God a few weeks ago and are now totally on the other side. I have often questioned my friend bishops how many Catholics are lost to the Protestant sects. They have stopped counting. The polarization happening today is unstoppable. Seeing loved ones going worse every day is distressing; while seeing common people becoming holy is exhilarating. 
     Will the 49% descend hopelessly? No. They will descend automatically but if great effort with the help of grace is applied, they can easily ascend to holiness.  The scenario during the polarization is that we have very little time. On Good Friday, the sixth day, there was little time between shouting 'Crucify Him,' to repentance. In fact, Judas could not make it. 

5. Who make up the allegorical 51%? They make up the Catholic Church on the sixth day. This Church was described by St. Bonaventure and further explained by Pope Benedict. Christ described it as true worshippers who worship in spirit and in truth. The words 'Catholic church' was not used to describe her. When this 51% rise up to 100% pro God then they make up the Catholic Church.