NEW EVANGELIZATION and Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The formula for Catholic evangelization is written in the Apostolic Commission given by Christ to His apostles described in the last chapter of the Gospel of Matthew. Christ said to His disciples; first, make disciples of all nations. Secondly, baptize them. Thirdly, teach them all My commands and how to observe them.
First, make them disciples of whom? Well, disciples of God the Father. How do you make them disciples of God? By teaching them what are and how to obey the commands of God the Father as enumerated in the Old Testament. This is commonly called the Life of Repentance. This is the requirement before receiving the fullness of grace that comes with baptism. Question; do you know of anybody who knew and have obeyed all the thousands of commands given by God the Father as listed in the Old Testament as a preparation for baptism? Nobody. No priest, bishop or even the Pope knew the commands of God in the Old Testament because they were baptized as babies and they just could not have known those commands. So most Catholics had not fulfilled the first requirement of evangelization. This life of repentance can still be done after baptism when the child had grown up. But since no one knows how this is done since the 14th century, as can still be seen during the 2012 Bishop's Synod, hardly any one could have done this first step today. Without the first step they cannot proceed to the second step.
Secondly, how do you baptize? Pour water on the forehead and say; 'I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Be sure when baptizing you have the same mind the Church has in baptizing and the recipient must have the same mind the Church demands from those being baptized. Most priest and recipients have no idea what is that mind.
First, we are not yet disciples because we have not learned the commands of God the Father; now we do not even have the proper disposition for the sacrament. That is two strike outs with one to go.
Thirdly, we must know and be able to have put into practice the commands of Jesus Christ as enumerated in the New Testament. It is impossible to know the commands of Christ in the New Testament without, first, knowing and obeying the natural commands of the Father and being baptized with the proper disposition. Without the first and the second we cannot have the third. Without the first, second and third.....we are not evangelized, we are not Catholics, we do not have the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity necessary to enter the kingdom of God.
The 'new' evangelization really starts with John the Baptist (we are reminded of this during Advent), perfected by the Blessed Virgin who would be the figure of the future evangelized Church, taught to the apostles, continued by the Fathers of the Church, spread out to the world by the monastic movement.......and completely forgotten as early as the 14th century because of the heresy of nominalism.
The 'new' evangelization is the same evangelization described in the Gospel of Matthew and explained perfectly as it was before by the saints! John Paul II and Benedict XVI is just reminding us how it was done before. And they described it as 'New' because, it seems, nobody remembers how it was done.
2 Having enumerated and defined the three steps, the possibility is great that there is no one is inside the Catholic Church today unless God had miraculously intervened. Which, in fact, He did. It is impossible to explain how St. Therese, co-patroness of the 'new' evangelization' could have known the 'scientia divini amoris' (the document declaring her doctor of the Church) when she read only a handful of books.
Then comes modern times; filled with catastrophes, wars, famine, super storms, earthquakes, plane crashes, terrorists, killers and ebola. With the rapidity with which man dies, he does not have enough time to obey the three steps of evangelization before he dies. When the super storm hit the south with more than six thousand dead, how many do you think had done, at least, the first step of evangelization of having become disciples of God by learning and obeying the hundred commands of God the Father as listed in the Old Testament? Not even the priests had done that. All or most were baptized though. But without the first pre-requisite step, their baptism is not effective as it was made to be, St. Thomas wrote in his commentary to the Gospel text. They would not reach the third step where we receive the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity....the necessary ingredients in being a Catholic.
Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict saw this dual situation; nobody knows how to evangelize and we don't have much time to do it. The spirit of Advent reminds us we must be prepared for death or for the second coming of Christ, whichever comes first. There is only one way of preparing.....to have Faith, Hope and Charity. To have these three theological virtues, we must know and obey all the commands of God in the Old Testament and all the commands of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. In short, we must be evangelized properly. And as noted, just the first part could take from 30 to 100 years. We do not have that much time today.
3 We have seen above how John the Baptist, Mary, the Apostles and the Fathers of the Church did it. We saw how the early monastic movement spread it. We can still see how the doctors of the Church, liked St. Therese did it. In fact, today we see how Pope Emeritus Benedict is doing it. Well, what else do we need to be able to do it?
4. Let us see the first visible element of the 'new' evangelization. All those mentioned above (a.) left the world and (b.)went to the desert. And their act of evangelization consisted in leaving the desert momentarily to invite those in the world to go to the desert and similarly do the same. From John the Baptist, through St. Ignatius of Loyola, to St. Therese....they all left the world and stayed in the desert. John stayed and grew up in the desert. Ignatius of Loyola stayed in Manresa and St. Therese remained in her own desert, the Carmelite monastery. Why do we have to do that? Because friendship with the world is enmity with Christ.
The church, today, is encouraging friendship and involvement with the world; in fact marriage with the world and all its sin. We are creating a new Church in enmity with Christ. There is no leaving the world that is necessary to be able to obey Christ's command 'to love God with all your mind, all your heart and all your strength.' In today's church, your mind, heart and strength are dissipated with the things of the world. And activities are not directed to invite souls to go to the desert. Remember, to hear the voice of John, the Jews had to go to the desert. To hear the Words of Christ, they had to go to far lonely places in the desert. The way to God can only be learned in the symbolical atmosphere of the desert.
The entire direction of the Church today is contrary to the concept of true evangelization.
Almost everybody is ignorant of these two first elements of evangelization; the 'fuga mundo' and the going out to the world just to invite souls to go to the desert; and returning to the desert after having invited others, as St. Augustine and St. Martin of Tours always did as bishops. Today, every body, priest and laymen, are in the world and enjoying the world.
5. Where is the desert? Any place where the senses can concentrate on the things of God, exclusively. Or putting it negatively, any place where the senses are not distracted with the things of the world. In the case of John the Baptist it was in a real desert. With St. Benedict and Ignatius of Loyola it was a cave. With St. Therese it was a cell in a monastery. With Blessed Taigi it was her kitchen. With Pope Emeritus it was an abandoned monastery behind the Vatican. The place does not matter. What is important is that the senses can concentrate on the things of God alone. That's why Pope Benedict had to set aside his papacy for a while.
6. And what do you do in the desert? You learn the commands of God, both as found in the Old and New Testament directly from the best teacher, God, in a classroom called contemplation or unceasing prayer. Christ's comment on St. Peter's response was; 'It was neither theology nor seminary professors who have taught you this. But My Father in heaven;.' Now, do you see why practically all priests, bishops and cardinals are without Faith; and, therefore, not even Catholics, as St. Robert Bellarmine described them? Because they learned their theology from men, not from God. And when you learn from men you learn only heresies....because whatever is not of Faith is sin, St. Paul wrote.
Pope Benedict had often repeated. In the 'new' evangelization' the teachers must be contemplatives. And the pupils must be trying to be contemplatives. In short, the teacher must come from the desert like John the Baptist. And the pupils must, also, go and learn in the desert like the disciples of John and which all the first disciples of Christ, also did.
7. A summary picture.
So, the summary picture of the 'new' evangelization is Christ in the desert (i.e. during His hidden life at home.) To evangelize His first apostles He tells them to leave all things (the world) and live with Him in the desert (in forests, mountains, etc.) In the desert He teaches them contemplation which is the classroom within which they learn the truths of Christ. From their community life in the desert they would occasionally go to the world to invite souls to go and learn in the desert. Hoping they would eventually remain in the symbolic desert.
8. Why was Our Lady of Guadalupe the Patroness of the 'new' evangelization?
Note that her feast together with the feast of the Immaculate Conception fall on Advent. Advent is a preparation for the first and second coming of Christ. To be saved we must be inside the Church. And her characteristic is, like Mary, she must be Immaculate. She cannot be an adulterer or a sodomist as proposed during the Synod.
And why Our Lady of Guadalupe? Do not look at what happened at Tepeyac. That was God's diversionary tactic. Look at the fact that her image is identical to the image of the Woman of the Apocalypse. What happened? The Woman, a symbol of the Church and personified by the Blessed Virgin Mary was at first in the world. Of course. She had to show herself, establish herself and gather her first members from the world. But note what happened next. God, Himself, gives her two giant wings and tells her to fly to the desert and stay in a place there specially prepared by God for her. All attempts of the devil to drown her were futile. God, Himself, protected her by opening the earth to swallow all the worldliness the devil tried to drown her with.
So, first; she used to be in the world. Probably in Israel, probably in the Vatican. Then She was transferred by God, Himself, to the desert. Exactly what John the Baptist up to Ignatius of Loyola did. What is she doing there? Learning how to survive the General Judgment of God. Who is their teacher? God Himself. Because the Woman of the Apocalypse is a type of Our Lady of Guadalupe, John Paul II and Benedict proclaimed her Patroness of the 'new' evangelization. I haven't heart any body refer to this. Yet Pope Benedict had been preaching this since the time of John Paul II and all through his own papacy. 'Friendship with the world is enmity with Christ.' And this friendship is what is being proposed for approval in the Bishop's Synod. Rightly was it repudiated by the majority of the Bishops.
The Apocalypse states that the Church is now in the desert. That is why Pope Benedict had to go there by being a solitary. The papacy was meant for the true Church which has now been transfered to the desert by God, Himself. Other popes are the popez of the Church in the world which is no longer there.
Conclusion; remember the majority in the Bishop's Synod repudiated Pope Francis. We must see why. If you study their arguments you will see that the majority was right. And Francis was wrong. The final document shows it. It is sad that almost no one, priest or laity, know the arguments involved nor that a Synod was even held. So they find me weird analyzing what went on. I am going against those whose proposals were rejected for the same reason the majority of the cardinals and bishops went against them. I am not going against any one because I want to join the majority; but because the reasoning of the majority was right. This is a matter of right or wrong.
The pope was, indeed, wrong because he went against the entire doctrine on evangelization. I love the man; and am showing him the highest form of love of neighbor.......which is fraternal correction which most Catholics don't believe in. Most believe that charity means allowing adulterers to continue in their adultery and add to their sins a sacrilegious communion. Or allowing a sodomist continue to sin if he cannot help avoiding his sin. That is not love. That is hate.
Can a priest correct a pope? Yes. Both Scriptures and Canon Law has this provision. The majority of the Synod just did it. All are bound to do so because it is an act of Charity.