Saturday, August 18, 2018

Saturday of the 19th Weekday in Ordinary Time. ' Forbid them not, to come to Me.'

 1. Little children.
     St. Thomas comments that when Scriptures refers to 'little children', it always refers to very young children before the age of reason who still have natural holiness,  and to grown ups who have the beginnings of the theological virtue of Faith, the beginnings of supernatural holiness. 
     In the last two  Gospels, Christ gave two commandments regarding children. First, for all men to be like children in their natural virtues of humility and chastity. And secondly, not to hinder children from going to Christ. 
     The natural holiness of children makes it much easier to raise them up to the supernatural holiness necessary for salvation. This raising up is God's work. 
     Christian education is precisely in maintaining the natural holiness of children to make it easier for them to rise up to the supernatural level of holiness wherein salvation is assured. No Catholic school does that anymore. This is meant to be done at home, but there are no Christian homes anymore. 
     A christian home may be described as one where the entire family work in learning (Faith) and obeying the commandments of Christ (Charity) as He had taught them in the New Testament. No bishops or priest are helping parents in this. 
     Parents and god - parents can learn the commandments of Christ and how to obey them from the Fathers of the Church. But no parents or god father are doing this either. Of course, in this universal neglect in teaching the Catholic Faith, the child by himself can learn the teachings of Christ from the Internet. But they are so distracted by You Tube. So there you are, we are raising up a world without the natural holiness which is pre-requisite for supernatural holiness. 
     Fortunately, we still have young children with natural holiness. God have decreed that this will be so. And nobody can stop this, even by Planned Parenthood with funding from George Soros, Bill Gates and some Pharmaceuticals. 

2. 'Do not forbid them to come to Me.'
     'Do not hinder them,' Christ rebukes His apostles. Christ warned His apostles not to hinder young children. To hinder children to come to Christ is a sin that deserves condemnation. It is hindering children from exercising their natural holiness and allowing Christ to raise them up to supernatural holiness. This is in effect, preventing them from going to heaven, which makes it a serious sins. 
     It is identical to preventing criminals from developing their fear of man into the fear of God that will save their souls. Both are acts by which both are prevented from being saved. Thus, abolishing capital punishment  is a very serious mortal sin against Charity that deserves condemnation for its proponents, i.e. Pope Francis, the CBCP, the USCBC and those poor demonstrators against capital punishment.  Do those demonstrators not sin for lack of knowledge? They lack knowledge, alright. But their sin its for being dumb in not checking their catechism where it clearly shows that capital punishment is a right given by God, Himself, to heads of states. Because society have been hindering children from coming to Christ, now the blind bishops leading their blind parishioners are hindering criminals from growing from servile fear to the fear of God that can bring them to Christ.

3. How do children come to Christ. 
    And how are they hindered from coming to Christ. St. Francis de Sales in his 'Treatise on the Love of God,' writes that God has granted all men, specially children, the natural love for God. This natural love is towards all things good; and since God is good, all men have a natural tendency to love God with all their minds, all their hearts, and all their strength. This is God's command and God have given man, specially children, this natural tendency. This is what makes young children have natural holiness. All young children have a natural tendency to love God and this is natural holiness because grace is not involved yet. 
     This natural holiness or natural tendency to love God is lost at the age of reason when the child chooses love for the world over and above the love of God. Because the world is tangible while God is spiritual. 
     Upon losing his natural love for God, he begins to love the world more than God. He has become an adult, since original sin has now taken its effect on him. So what hinders children from love of God; from coming to Christ? The love of the world. 

4. Child prodigies are signs of the presence of natural holiness.
     The proof of natural holiness in children is their propensity to be prodigies or geniuses. Natural holiness is a higher degree of knowledge than the arts or sciences. If you know the higher it is easy to know the lower. 
     
     Note that prodigies are young children around the age before the age of reason. Those who are above the age of reason are those who have retained their childlikeness. That is why prodigies are more common among Asians since their way of life is more conducive to keeping their child-likeness than US and Europeans whose way of life easily destroys child-likeness. 

5. The world, the greatest impediment.
     'St. Augustine describes two 'worlds.' One is the good 'world' created by God. This is nature. And there is the 'evil' world made by men of which Satan is the prince. The good 'world' will not be detrimental to children from coming to Christ. It can, in fact, help.
     But he evil 'world' of which Satan is the prince will hinder children from coming to Christ. Since man cannot effectively think of two things at the same time, when children's minds are filled with 'worldly' thoughts, their natural love of God disappears. Losing their natural love of God, they become incapable to rising up to the supernatural love of God that is required to go to heaven. Unless, they correct this situation, they cannot go to heaven. 
     To impede children from going to God is to expose them to television, cell phones, movies, mass and social media, world news,  crimes and heresies. The greatest impediment in allowing children  to come to Christ is a secular education, including so-called Catholic education which is not Catholic at all. 
     Ordinarily, children are prevented from coming to Christ at the age of reason when they chose between God and the world. God being spiritual and the world being concrete, they always chose the world, even without any stimuli. How much more when there are stimuli, like TV with all its evil worldliness and sins. Today, children no longer come to Christ as early as two years, due to the world's influence. And they are not able to rise up to supernatural holiness because most priest, bishops and even Pope Francis do not know how to do it, as clearly shown in all the seminars in 'new evangelisation,' where the topics are those that impede souls from coming to Christ, like crimes. Violent scenes are forbidden for children, isn't. So why make it a topic for such seminars. You should see the topics in the last 'new evengelization ' in Manila.  

6. Abortion is nothing compare to 'forbidding them to come to me.' 
     Abortion kills the body. 'Forbidding children to come to Christ kills the soul. Shooting drug cartels is killing the body. Abolishing capital punishment is killing the soul. 
     We live in an era where Pope Francis and most of the bishops are concerned with the body and with climate change. All words and actions from the Vatican shows there is no interest in saving souls. It even shows fomenting and encouraging perverted sins. The new document 'Cor Orans,' though it sounds charitable, is not only killing the soul but sending souls with certainty to hell by going against every rule of ascetical theology. 
     Hardly anyone know their ascetical theology, that is why, nobody is noticing the grave danger to the soul of this document. It fortifies the heresies of 'Vultum Dei quaerere' and 'Sponsa Ecclesiae imago.' So, it is even useless to discuss these here because most would not have any basis for discussion. The basis is ascetical theology, the queen of Dogmatic and moral theology. 

7. Problems with children.
     If there is any problem with children who have reached the age of reason, the cause is simply because they did not come to Christ. In the history of the Catholic Church, all children who came to Christ, in which their natural holiness was preserved and eventually raised to supernatural holiness, were never problems. They became the pride of their families and the glory of the Catholic Church. 
     On the other hand, children who became problems simply never came to Christ due to the present state of the world where everything in it is geared to bringing them to Satan, the prince of the world and to the carelessness of parents who were totally ignorant on how 'not to forbid them to come unto Christ'. Because they were in a parish or diocese whose priest and bishop, also, were ignorant on how 'not to forbid children to come unto Christ. 
     Or as the headlines are showing, their bishops and priest even aided the children in coming to Satan with perversities. 
     The Gospel teaches us the problem and the solution. The problem does not have to continue. The problem can stop right here, if we obey the commands of Christ as enumerated in the New Testament.....in todays Gospel, it says;  'Do not hinder the little children to come to Me.'
     

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Tuesday of the 19th Weekday in Ordinary Time. UNLESS YOU BECOME LIKE CHILDREN.

 1. Children. 
     'Except ye be converted and become as little children, he shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.' To be saved, be like children.
     'Whosoever shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth Me.' To be saved,  receive those children in my Name. Don't abort them.
     'But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck....' Sin against children or those who are like children, abort them, kill them, euthanise them or practice family planning; it would be better for you to tie a mill stone around your neck and jump into a lake because you won't know what you will get when you die.
     'Woe unto the world because of offences. For it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh. ' Sin will surely exists in this world. But be sure it does not come from you. 

2. Children as models.
    Christ showed the necessity of conversion to deserve Heaven. The Divine Commission demands the need for repentance, Faith, Hope and Charity to convert and deserve to go to heaven. The first two steps were emphasised by Christ at the beginning of His preaching; 'Repent, believe.' To learn how to do these two first steps Christ presents a child as a exemplar. A child as a teacher!  Not an adult as a teacher; but a child teaching adults.
     Wasn't this what happened to the Holy Family. It was a child who was teaching two of the holiest persons in the world, Joseph and Mary. A babe was the teacher. It was like that at the beginning it will be like this today and forever more. 
     To impress the importance of a child's role in the Plan of Salvation, Christ promised to reward anyone who treats them well or those who are like children.

    Christ warns us that sin will certainly be committed in this world. But be sure you are not the source of sin. To be the source of sin is the sin of scandal. And Christ had very strong woes for those who commit the sin of scandal i.e. when Pope and bishops encourage you to sin, like receiving Holy Communion in the state of sin.

3. The role of very young children in God's plan.
    Its was God's plan described as Divine Providence that it should be this way. That very young children should be the first teachers on the first most important steps in the salvation of soul. 
     Since it was God's Divine Providence that the world should learn the first steps of salvation, He decreed that it should be learned from very young children. To this end God saw to it that babies are born.  That they are  born holy; with natural holiness, with natural virtues, with natural inborn knowledge on the first step towards holiness.
     St.Thomas of Aquinas described them thus; they are devoid of passions, they are innocent. They are made pattern of holiness. they have no malice in their  understanding. They are not obstinate in their anger. When injured they do not bear it in mind. They have no emotion in the sight of the opposite sex. They do not think of one thing while speaking of another. They are pure in mind. They believe whatever they hear in faith to be true.
     St. Thomas described a child as a holy person and wrote that nobody goes to heaven unless they become like this child. But if people have become adults, they will enter the kingdom of God, only, if they imitate this very young child.

4. For these reasons.
     It is for these reasons that babies will always be born. To teach grown ups how to become like little children again. And it is for these same reasons why the devil want to kill all babies through abortion and through wars. 
     How about bishops and priest who have no children? Well, there are still many children around. That is why the devil tempts priests and bishops to look at them more as objects of sexual abuse than teachers of holiness. Aside from very young children, holiness can be learned from Christ, the Fathers of the Church and the lives of saints. The advantage of young children is that they teach in theory and practice. 
     But priests and bishops can be McCarricks, the destroyer of children. If so, woe to them. 

5. St. Benedict's rule.
     For this same reason St. Benedict received children as monks in the monastery. He has an entire chapter on 'How to receive children in the monastery.' So they can learn from them how to become children again while caring for them in return. Sts. Maurus and Placid were offered as young babies in the monastery. 

  6. Maintaining their being like children.
      Christian education consist in keeping children as 'children in malice' but mature adults in mind and body. The devil's motto is 'grow up.' The Christian motto is , grow up in intellect and will but 'remain children in innocence and in virtue.' 
     That children remain children and, therefore, the pattern of natural holiness, is beneficial to both the children and the entire world. That is enough to make the world a happy place. The absence of this is what makes the world a miserable to live in. Happiness is a state of the soul and not the state of the technology.

7. The war on children. 
      Satan's first assault in on children. St. Augustine had noted that secular education is the greatest destroyer of the childlikeness of children. Education was what destroyed him and made him a heretic. The devil had always used the state's educational system to destroy the innocence of children. Home schooling had lessened the evil effects of schooling. 
     The entire worldly environment is geared to destroy children. That parents have to leave their homes and work or study. All those fake 'freedoms' corrupt the free will. All of mass media fill the innocent minds of children with garbage. And the philosophy 'to grow up,' is a diabolical tendency. 
      There is the physical attack on children; abortion, 'Amores Laetitia' is destructive of the child's innocence. Imagine seeing your parents divorce and remarrying....and receiving Holy Communion when these children very well know from their catechism that that is a mortal sin. Wars are diabolical means to obliterate these first teachers of natural holiness. TV, movies, magazines and all mass media are outlets of evil that corrupt the minds and hearts of children. 
     
8.   Baptism gives the soul the grace that makes children receive the power to raise their natural holiness up to the supernatural level. Parish priest, parents and god-parents are supposed to cooperate in this process. But they all fail the child. So upon reaching the age of reason, with the unfavourable spiritual atmosphere surrounding the child, he losses his innocence and become a sinful adult due to  the effects of original sin 

9. Prolonging this natural holiness.
    The children's natural pattern of holiness can be prolonged beyond the age of reason. This natural holiness must be raised immediately to the supernatural level through a life of asceticism or through a good monastic life. St. Therese of Lisieux was able to prolong her natural holiness beyond the age of reason. But it cannot be prolonged permanently. It can easily be lost after the age of reason. So the only alternative is to raise it up, while it can still be easily done,  to the supernatural level. 
     A soul with natural holiness can easily be raised to the supernatural level, i.e. he can easily become a saint. If the soul losses its natural holiness, it will be very difficult to raise his soul to the supernatural level. It is possible, but it will be difficult. 
     
     Today, it is almost impossible to maintain the natural holiness of children. Everything in the world is working against it. When a child losses its natural holiness, it is almost impossible for that adult to become a child again, as Christ told Nicodemus. 
     So we are left with what? We are left with  saving our souls the ordinary evangelical way. But no one is teaching the apostolic way of evangelisation as Pope Benedict, himself,  have noticed. Then we are left with one last choice.

10. God will not save us if we disobey His commandments.
      Only God can save souls. He saves by granting us graces.This grace can be obtained through obedience to His commands. There is no other way. 
      Today, we disobey the command to become like children again; we disobey the 6th and 9th commands as proposed in 'Amores laetitia;' we disobey all of Christ's command as found in the New Testament (in fact, most priest, bishops and even Pope Francis does not know the commands of Christ as found in the New Testament, (as the need for silence and solitude.) We disobey the interpretation of the commands of Christ as found in the writings of the Fathers of the Church. We do not obey the provisions of past Ecumenical Councils, like the Council of Trent. We do not obey the Magisterium as led by Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II and Benedict XVI.
     We find it difficult to obey Pope Francis because all his teachings are contrary to Scriptures, Tradition, the Doctors and the Magisterium. And even against the chapter of St. Ignatius on humility. 
      In this situation, is there anything left for us to do? Many well- intentioned writers have forwarded their suggestion. But the Fathers of the Church have had a provision for such an expected scenario....St. John Climacus.

11. The Rule of John Climacus.
    During my younger days as a Benedictine monk studying in a Jesuit school, I found a book in the school library, which nobody, apparently, is reading. It was old and there are no names signed in the library card. It is just about the evangelical life as lived in a monastery. I had it xeroxed so it can be read more leisurely. Being a Benedictine monk studying in a Jesuit school, I wondered why it was there aside from just being another book in the library. Of course, it is a fact that St. Ignatius of Loyola lived as a hermit in Manresa under the tutelage of Cisneros, a Benedictine Abbot. 
     But this evangelical, monastic life according to St. John Climacus was a thriller. It was a way of life showing a championship battle between life and death with the devil. It was so intense  I wondered if it could be lived. It turned out that this way of life must be lived in an environment where 'sin abound, Faith has decayed and Charity waxed cold,'  like today. It was a way of life on how to save a soul whose both feet are already in hell.
     We live in such an age. Children, the first teachers on natural holiness had been thoroughly corrupted they have horns at age 2. Bishops, priests and nuns do not know the way to heaven. Where souls are at the edge of Victoria Falls with absolutely nothing to cling to save themselves. Where, considering everything, there is no way man can save his soul.........except a miracle of God's Mercy. 
     John Climacus described this saving scenario. He wrote; pray unceasingly (which Christ already commanded), pray with tears and groaning (St. Paul commanded this), be humble in spirit, look pitiful in body by avoiding all bodily leisure and comfort, be in silence and solitude (which Pope Francis forbade), be in contact with no one, be away from loved ones and friends, have none of your personal thoughts, dispel all personal desires, be pure in spirit (i.e. in intellect and will), and flee away from the world. Never be a  pleaser of man for you cannot be a follower of Christ (Christ said so.) Be obedient only to God and not to man. Have your sins constantly before your eyes (Psalm 50). 
     When God sees you in such a miserable state (physically and spiritually), then He might just take pity on you and save you. 
     The world of Satan will not encourage this way of life; he will do everything to prevent you in living this life. He will use the whole world to forbid you to follow this way of life. He will punish you and kill you to prevent you from living this life. No one in this world, not even Pope Francis, will tell you to live this way of life. Neither will I suggest that you live this life. But if your two legs are already in hell and you, still, want to save your soul.....then, this will be your last chance.  Be and look pitiful in body and soul......and God might pity you, perform a miracle and save you.



Tuesday, August 14, 2018

MONDAY of the 19th weekday in Ordinary Time - St. Pontian and St. Hippolytus

 1. Prophetic book.
     The whole Scriptures is prophetic in that it expresses God's Will, not only now but, also, for the future. The Passion of Christ occurred in the past. Prophetically, it will occur again in the future in the Passion of His Mystical Body, the Catholic Church. 
     Good Friday, St. Bonaventure reminds us, will happen many times again in the future; in the beginning, at the middle and at the end of the history of men. And indeed, we see it at the beginning of the history of the Church in today's feast, St. Pontian and St. Hippolytus, one of the first Popes and one of the first anti-Popes. 
     Anti-Popes will appear many more times, in fact more than 40 more times in the history of the Catholic Church. And the possibility is even greater that it will happen today because this age will be 'abounding in sin, will see the decay of Faith and the total waxing cold of Charity,' the perfect condition to have an anti-Pope and even an anti-Christ. And funny, it was  St.Hippolytus, the first anti-Pope who will describe this condition as it will happen today. 
      How can St. Hippolytus, anti-Pope, prophesy this when he is a fake? Well, he prophesied this when he became a saint. Sinners can become a saint, you know. He even became, by the Will of God, a martyr with the true Pope, Pontian. 
     Since to have a Pope and an anti-Pope is a possibility, and, in fact has happened in the Catholic Church more than 40 times, isn't it more possible today, an age Christ prophesied to be 'abounding in sin, decaying in Faith and going cold in Charity? Of course, today is the perfect time for the evil one to fulfil what he had been practicing for  since the beginning of time. 
     Satan begun practicing his strategy in Eden by establishing there the first false church, the first Protestant church, in Adam and Eve; two people who did what they liked instead of doing God's Will. Today, we have an entire world and an entire institutional church doing what it likes; allowing Protestants to receive Holy Communion, which was done by Judas during the Last Supper. It is continued by those receiving Holy Communion with their hands. All these against the Will of God that Holy Communion be received in the 'state of grace.' But nobody knows what 'state of grace' is. 
     And Pope Francis and the institutional Vatican Church has just abolished capital punishment which is contrary to the Law of Charity by which criminals are given a last chance to fear God, repent and save their souls. 
     
2. Prophecy fulfilled today.
     Christ prophesied that this age will 'abound in sin, will experience a decay in Faith and waxing cold of Charity.' Isn't this age exhibiting Popes, bishops, priests, nuns and laymen abounding in sin, who are totally ignorant of their Catholic Faith (decay of Faith); and no one caring if anyone go to hell, whether they are friends, neighbours or criminals (waxing cold of Charity)?  Isn't this  what is happening today?
     Pope adding heresies in the catechism, and not answering questions regarding the salvation of soul given to him more then 691 days ago.  Cardinals like McCarrick, priests like Fr. James Martin, nuns like Sister Fox, layman like Geli. And those who do not care for the Catholics of the Middle East, Nigeria and China? Christ's prophecy is headline today. 

3. St.Pontian and St. Hippolytus.
    St. Augustine, writing in 'The City of God,' stated that the devil is not really a bright guy. To destroy souls he merely imitates the deeds of God.  He imitates it and makes souls believe that his evil deeds are the work of God.
     St. Augutine continues, God establishes a Church, the devil establishes his own church. In fact, thousands of them, to suit every selfish taste. God appointed apostles, the devil appoints his apostles who would tolerate all kinds of sins. God has his own Liturgy to teach souls the contents of Divine Revelation; Satan has his own liturgy where people receive unconsecrated host with their hands.
     But Satan's greatest imitation job is the raising of a false church and a false pope. With these, he does not need any other weapon to destroy souls.  
     At the beginning God established the true Church in Eden where it first collapse; then God re-established it again with Christ through His Son Jesus Christ with its foundation of the apostles. Satan was fast in imitating. Immediately he established the Synagogue of Satan. These were the Jews who crucified Christ and called Divine condemnation upon themselves and their children. God took them on their words. There was the Judaizers and hosts of pagan religions who were not far behind. The schism in Corinth, the cradle of the Pentecostal heresy. Gnosticism was an attractive church at the beginning. These were the first imitations of the devil. 
     The resulting confusion in this battle with the devil was so bad that the First Council of Jerusalem had to be called. After the Council, a flood followed from the thousands of churches of Satan; Valentinus, Basilides, Carpocrates, Marcion, Montanism.  We know, today,  the churches of Martin Luther, Calvin and  Zwingli. More recently,  we have the hermeneutic of discontinuity.

4. The hermeneutics of discontinuity. 
     The devil has established his own church imitating the Catholic Church. Maybe, its building is like St. Peter's Basilica or St. John the Lateran. It has something like a sacrifice but they call it a meal. And it is in the vernacular. They also have saints but their saints did not go through the process I know 80 years ago. They even plan to canonise Martin Luther, a Catholic Augustinian priest to show they are Catholics. 
     They claim to teach Catholic Doctrines before Vatican II but this discontinued because that old and sick Church ceased to exist because it self-destructed. It is revitalised now; it has a new look. It has abolished capital punishment, the state of grace, the indissolubility of marriage and the need of conversion. It now allows man to satisfy their long yearning for same sex marriage, adultery, homosexual and lesbian relationships.
     And the visible signs of this imitation Church of Christ is; faith in oneself, hope in oneself and love of oneself. 

     Of course, with the devil having his own church, his own liturgy, his own exegesis and his own sensuality......it should, also,  have its own imitation Pope; still in white, with white scull cap, pectoral cross, gentle smile and voice. But without that feeling of holiness everybody experiences when they saw Benedict XVI, John Paul II and Pius XII.      
    
     
     

Sunday, August 12, 2018

BOLLETINO - Sala stampa della santa sede.

 1. "Letter to the Bishops regarding the new revision of number 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the death penalty, from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 02.08.2018"

2. Suddenly all hell broke loose.
     This was an official document from the Vatican approved by Pope Francis.  
     The unimaginable had just happened. A change was made in the  content of the official catechism of the Catholic Church.  With a formal document directly from the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, signed by Cardinal Ladaria, S.J., approved and ordered  for publication by Pope Francis on June 28, 2018.  The institutional church with office at the Vatican had just declared itself as no longer Catholic; having lost the fourth visible sign of the Catholic Church, 'Apostolic,' it had lost all the other three visible signs of the true Church of Christ. Pope Francis had abolished capital punishment which is an 'apostolic' doctrine taught by St. Paul.

     It is official. Souls cannot be saved within this institutional Vatican Church under Pope Francis because the way of salvation as taught in Divine Revelation has been modified without any approval from its creator, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Sprit. 
     What happened? It is not so much that Pope Francis and the Vatican made changes in the Catholic Catechism and, as a consequence, lost its Catholicity. It is the other way around. For a long time now, the institutional church have lost its Catholicity, therefore, it changed the catechism to suit its new erroneous beliefs.  
     Today, we have to get hold of these four visible signs mentioned in the Nicene Creed and look for the true Church of Christ somewhere else. 

3. What was changed and the resulting chaos.
     Capital punishment that was allowed by God and described by St. Paul,  to be imposed by the state, from the beginning of the Church's  existence up to Pope Benedict XVI, is now considered inadmissible and forbidden; not by the God of the Catholic religion but merely by a man who thought he was god. The chaos intended is total. Heretics are accusing Pope Francis and the Vatican as heretics; and they are probably right. Those who claim to be Catholics erroneously think the Pope can act like a god; he is not and he cannot.  The Italians are demanding Pope Francis  resign; a suggestion earlier proposed by Bishop Gracida. Which Francis should do if he does not want to multiply his sins. The lovers of sin are rejoicing, their sin can now go unpunished. That's what they think. And the true believers who think that capital punishment is God's decree are sorry 'that Charity in the world have completely waxed cold.' And they are right Charity is gone, as Pope 
Benedict had earlier noticed, that is why he wrote 'Deus Caritas est.'

4. Many reason for and against capital punishment.     
     So many reasons have been given in favour of capital punishment; some taken from the Old Testament, New Testament, from the writing of the Fathers and doctors of the Church. There is a long list of saints describing the good, wisdom and benefit of capital punishment. Their reasonings  are sound because they are according to the Will of God.
      So many reasons have been given, especially in the 'Bollettino', for the abolition of capital punishment. They are all romantic, emotional, unphilosophical, not theological and a complete misinterpretation of Blessed John Newman's 'Development of Christian Doctrine.' Meanwhile, Catholics and the whole world are confused. 
     What is God's teaching on 'capital punishment?' We are not interested in what the Pope, nor what the bishops and priest nor what certain laymen who do not know their theology, say.  We are, only, interested in what God has to say,  as proposed by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. Nobody seems to know; not the priest, not most of the bishops, and, definitely, not Pope Francis. How do we know this? Because nobody has mentioned the true reason why God decreed the need for capital punishment.  Though we hear both sides.  Thus no one has, really, refuted or defended the reason for it. And no one, including the CDF and Pope Francis have given  a decent reason why it should be abolished. Again, their only main reason is a total misinterpretation of Blessed John Newman's treatise on 'The development of Christian Doctrine.' A total misinterpretation, which many had been doing since it was written. 
     John Newman wrote that understanding of Catholic doctrines  can grow because these truths are eternal and man can go deeper into understanding them 'ad infinitum.' But doctrines cannot change. Its growth and development takes place in the intellectual understanding of the mind; not in the essence of the truth. It is a form of limited evolution, like when a man evolves into an angel, which is possible.  In fact, St. Augustine describes the monastic life as when men live angelic lives; when men are transformed into angels 
      The development of Christian doctrine is not like the evolution of Darwin, where monkeys evolve into men. The Jesuits are known to apply this latter misinterpretation to John Newman's treatise.
      It would be tedious and useless to take up and refute every argument on either side. The reasonings of men are often erroneous in spiritual matters, so let us not waste time there. Let us just look at the true reason why God gave the legitimate head of states the power to impose capital punishment. First, because God, Himself, did it  as an example for all men. Secondly, because He told us that He has given the state this option to be able to have peace and order for the common good.This was repeated by St. Paul; he calls it 'the power of the sword.'

5. Capital punishment is a last chance.
     All commands of Christ are acts of Charity. Capital punishment is God's last recourse in saving the soul of the criminal; to threaten the body to save the soul. For the rest of mankind, it is their last effort to save the soul of the criminal by threatening the body. Let us explain how this is the criminal's last chance to save his soul. Dimas, the good thief, is an example. If Dimas was not hanging on the cross dying, he would have not repented. Yet his chances was 50-50. Because his companion was in the same situation, sentenced to death and he did not make it. 
     So Capital punishment is a last 50-50 chance to save the soul of a criminal. His chances of saving his soul have been greatly reduced. Still, we must give him that slim chance.

6. Briefly, how is a soul saved.
     The reason for the debate about capital punishment is that both sides are completely ignorant on the Catholic doctrine on the subject, specially those in favour of abolishing it like Bishop Pabillo of the CBCPhilippines as seen in the news. If all know their Catholic religion, there will be no contradiction or debate.
     To see God's reason for it, which is impossible for most without grace, we must review the plan of salvation minutely. Most, if not all, involved in this issue, are ignorant of this ascetical steps necessary for salvation. It is found in 'Treatise on the Love of God by St. Francis de Sales, the patron of Bishop Pabillo's order, the 
Salesians And he does not know why God allows capital punishment? Bishop, it is the highest expression of Christian charity! The news was accompanied by  a picture of laymen and nuns demonstrating; well, if the bishop does not know his theology, how much more the nuns and the lay.     
      First, let us take the four big steps towards salvation in proper order; first, repentance. Second, Faith. Thirdly, Hope and fourthly, Charity. 
     Now let us take the it more minutely and be more specific; but let us start from the last, Charity, and go backwards. The final goal is Charity before which we must have Hope. Before Hope must come Faith. Now, let us stop at Faith and minutely look at the tiny steps leading to Faith; keeping in mind that to be saved we must have perfect Faith and the beginnings of Charity. Let us go now into the more complicated process leading to Faith. 

7. We are still going backwards.    
     Before we receive the theological virtue of Faith from God, He will inspire the human soul to aspire for Him, according to St. Francis de Sales. 
     Before God inspires us we must enter into the realm of the 'Fear of God.' This 'fear of God' has several levels. The lowest level is 'fear of men.' This fear is diabolical and brings the soul to hell. Christ warned us; 'do not fear them who can only kill the body but not the soul, etc.' The devil uses terrorists to instill this 'fear of men' thus destroying souls. 
     The next level of fear is servile fear. This is the first part of the 
Act of contrition when we say; ' because I fear the lost of heaven and the pains of hell.' This servile fear of God cannot save, either. But it is better than the first. We can use the 'fear of men' to rise up to 'servile fear of God.' 
     The next level of fear is fear in offending God, 'but most of all because my sins have offended Thee, My God, who art all good and deserving of all my love.' This 'fear of God' saves.

 8. A criminal has no fear of God.
     A criminal deserving of capital punishment has no fear for anything. He does not fear God, nor men. He does not fear to steal nor kill or commit any sin. He has absolutely no fear of anyone. In such state there is no way whatsoever that he can be saved; because without any fear he does not deserve any grace from God;  either the grace of repentance, the theogical virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity. Catholic wise, there is, absolutely, no possibility for him to be saved nor even pass purgatory. It is sure hell. What can be done to save him? Find a way to install fear in him. Definitely, not the fear of God or hell because he has no Faith. Not the loss of material goods. Not the loss of loved ones because he does not care for any of them. Naturally, there is only one thing left for him to fear......the lost of his life. This is basic. It is ingrained in all men. Everyone love his life. The loss of this life is the only fear left; the fear that another man can take away his life. That the government can take away his life. This kind of fear cannot save his soul. But if this fear is instilled in the criminal, a little more effort and he might be able to rise up to the servile 'fear of God', i.e. the loss of heaven and going to hell. That is not good enough to bring him to heaven. But with this fear, he might go to purgatory instead of hell. And that is very good enough for a criminal. Better still, if he has a good Catholic prison chaplain, he night even rise up to the 'fear of God' for having offended Him. And that can bring him to heaven. The criminal can be another Dimas. 
     But not with Pope Francis, Bishop Pabillo, bishop's conferences and nuns and laymen who are ignorant of their Catholic religion and campaigning to abolish capital punishment, the last chance to help criminals acquire the 'fear of God,' and earn for them the beginning of wisdom.
    
9. Capital punishment is  needed by the State because that is their level of capability, not the spiritual level. God gave the state a human solution, capital punishment.
       The C'hurch has the spiritual solution to prevent criminality. 
        But the bishops and their followers don't know it. The bishop's ignorance of the Catholic solution to ciminality is what forces the state to use what they know. So the bishops are at fault that the state does not know a better solution. Then the bishops conference complain. Teach us! the State cries. And the bishops are tight lip. 

10. Conclusion.
      Pope Francis and the bishop's conference going against capital punishment are going against the apostolic teaching of St. Paul who preached it and calls it the 'power of the sword.' Because they have gone against apostolic teaching, they have lost the four visible mark of the true Church mentioned in the Nicene Creed. Losing one visible mark, they loss the other three. Pope Francis, the bishop's conference with its spokesman Bishop Pabillo, those laymen  and nuns demonstrating against capital punishment with the bishop have just lost the fourth visible mark of the true Church. They have ceased to be Catholics. They have absolute nothing to prove that they are Catholics. 
     In short, because they are pushing for the abolition of capital punishment, they have denied criminals the only last chance for them to develop the 'fear of God' that could be the beginning of the salvation of their souls. Having denied the criminal this act of Charity, they are guilty of the sin of scandal and total lack of charity, for which there is no salvation. Because the sin of scandal puts a soul outside the Catholic Church. The sin of scandal and the loss of the fourth visible mark of the true Church, 'Apostolic', puts one outside the true Church of Christ.  




Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Wednesday of 18th Week in Ordinary Time = Canaanite Woman and commemoration of St. Dominic de Guzman

 1. The Liturgy.
     The Liturgy of the Mass reminds us of the teachings of Divine Revelation on God's plan in saving the souls of men. This Plan is God's plan and no man should make any changes; not even the Pope. The Pope, in fact, is bound by an oath that he makes immediately after his election to maintain or keep the Faith as Christ had taught. Thus the importance of a valid succession in the Papal office and the hermeneutics of continuity in those teachings. As the prophets had been repeating in the Old Testament; ' don't add and don't subtract.'

2. The progression in the teachings of the Church.
     The Liturgy which is the Church's main instrument for instruction, begins by teaching the New Testament version of St. John the Baptist's repentance. The New Testament repentance is more perfect than St. John's Old Testament repentance. While John's repentance is mostly physical, the New Testament repentance is spiritual. For example, the fasting of John was fasting from certain foods. Christ's repentance was fasting of the mind and the will.
     The lessons from the Liturgy teaches the beginnings of Faith as Christ begun to train His Apostles.  It begins with small or weak Faith. By the 17th and 18th weekday in Ordinary time, the liturgy had been showing us how Christ was perfecting the Faith of the apostles. Man, with the help of grace can begin having weak or small Faith. But only Christ can help man perfect his Faith as clearly shown in all the Gospels  in the 17th and 18th weekdays in Ordinary Time. Up to Tuesday on the 18th Weekday in Ordinary Time, Christ is still perfecting the Faith of the Apostles.
     In the Gospel on  Tuesday, we see the apostles in a boat with some strong wind. And Christ scolding them; 'you men of little Faith.' Still 'little Faith'! Then on Wednesday, one day after, Christ praises the Canaanite Woman with the words; 'Your Faith is great.' She had perfect Faith! Christ, Himself, had perfected the Faith of the Canaanite woman.......by demanding a high degree of humility from her which she willingly showed; 'Lord, just the crumbs from the table.'

3. To be saved.
     To be saved we must have perfect Faith plus the beginnings of Charity, thus Faith with Good Works. Charity is the Good Works, i.e. obedience to the commands of Christ which in previous 
Gospels Christ described as 'the Work of God.' 
     The Canaanite woman showed perfect Faith and the beginnings of Charity. At the end, Christ gave her more than her request. Christ gave her the cure of her daughter and the salvation of both their souls. She asked for the first, Christ gave her her request and something she did not ask verbally but which she asked by her Faith;  salvation for her and her daughter. Note that the mother obtained the salvation of her daughter through her prayer, alone.

4. The Canaanite formula of salvation.
     What saved the Canaanite woman and her daughter is the way Catholics in such places where their Faith is being suppressed can use, to save their souls and the souls of their loved ones; in places where conversion to Catholicism means death.
     It is the exactly the same way all souls are saved; but it is well described in this Gospel. 

     The Canaanite woman was not a Jew. She probably never heard Christ preached nor perform miracle.  It is the way Catholics and pagans are saved.  St. Thomas wrote that this woman is a type of the Church and the daughter a type of unbelievers.  Unbelievers  are possessed by the devil. She will be saved by the prayer of Faith of her mother.  The daughter obtains Faith by the prayer with Faith of her mother. Eventually both are saved because of their Faith.

     At first, the woman  addressed Christ as a man; 'Son of David.'  Then later on she addressed Christ as 'Lord,' thus as God. The woman is gradually perfecting her Faith with a little prompting from Christ.
    This can be done in the privacy of one's room in China, in Cuba, or Africa. Christ can help you anywhere. It can be done by Catholics, by pagans who can be killed for being Christians, by Protestants, by Jews; by Democrats, by Republicans; by 
FBI, by CIA, by immigrants so they can stay home......by anybody........., i.e. drive the devil away, cure their illnesses, save their souls and give them all their wishes without going anywhere. Just do what the Canaanite woman did.
     Of course, most of them won't do it because 'they have no Faith.' Just as Pope Francis keeps on encouraging them to go to Europe because he has no Faith. If he had Faith he will encourage them to stay where they are and then, pray with perfect Faith. And they will be alright. But then he does not believe in praying with perfect Faith. Though this can clearly be seen in the story of the Canaanite woman. So what is he doing in the seat of Peter whose job is to confirm the Faith of his followers. 

5. The importance of humility in the Act of Faith.
     Let us analyse the acts of the Canaanite woman more minutely. 
     The Liturgy teaches how souls are saved through prayer with perfect Faith. And Holy Mother Church celebrates the feast of 
St. Dominic de Guzman with it. Why? Because St. Dominic founded an order of preacher with the goal of saving souls doing exactly what the Canaanite woman did. St. Dominic proposed that his order should (1) study, (2) contemplate and (3) preach to lead others to perfect Faith; 'Contemplare, aliis tradere.'
     Let us look at what the Canaanite Woman did. First; she showed a degree of humility by going to Christ while addressing Him in his humanity, 'Son of David.' Christ did not mind her and the apostles even suggested to keep her quiet. The woman showed her second degree of humility by insisting inspite of being rebuked. This time acknowledging Him as 'Lord.' Christ reminded her He did not come for her but first for the Jews. A further rebuke. She rises up to the third degree of humility. 'Lord, even just the crumbs.' And Christ praised her; 'great is thy Faith.'
     It is her progress in humility that perfected her Faith; first, she humbled herself; secondly, she prayed; thirdly, she spread what happened to her.  
     With that great Faith the woman added the beginnings of Charity in that she prayed for her daughter and spread what Christ did to her. That was the formula for salvation. St. Thomas of Aquinas wrote that the woman was a type of the Catholic Church praying for unbelievers who were possessed by the devil. The Church saves unbelievers merely through the prayer with great Faith. That is how the Church tries to save the whole world of unbelievers. 
     Today, with a church whose Faith have decayed and whose love has waxed cold, as prophesied by Christ Himself, nobody is praying with great Faith. 

     St. Dominic followed the Gospels and established communities devoted to study, contemplation and preaching. Those were the three steps taken by this woman with great Faith. The communities are supposed to do three things; first study. What? Not dogma nor morals. Study the humility of the Canaanite woman as described by Pope Gregory, St. Augustine, St. Thomas of Aquinas and St. Bernard of Clairvaux. Secondly, pray unceasingly (contemplation). These first two steps will make you deserve to receive the infused theological virtue of Faith. This Faith will give you knowledge and wisdom to be able to  preach, 'aliis tradere' (to lead others to heaven.).
     Have you ever wondered how come a Canaanite woman who have never heard the teachings of Christ would address Him 'Lord' when the Jews who heard His preaching and saw His miracle refused to call him 'Lord.'  Infused virtue of Faith which the Canaanite woman received but which most of the Jews did not receive. Infused virtues given only to those who are humble, as the Book of wisdom often repeated. 

    

Monday, August 06, 2018

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT is Catholic teaching.

 1. Sources of Catholic teachings. 
     The catechism states that all Catholic teachings come from the teachings of Christ as interpreted by Christ, Himself, but whose interpretation was written down by the Fathers of the Church. Through the centuries, these teachings from these sources are preserved by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. Any teaching that conforms to these sources are Catholic. Any that does not conform to these sources are not Catholic. 
     The teachings on capital punishment  are found in the Old Testament, in the New Testament, in St. Paul, in the teachings of the Fathers of the Church, in the Doctors of the Church and in the Magisterium of the Church. What do they teach? It is God's decree allowing capital punishment. 

     The statement that insinuates that capital punishment is inadmissable and not a Catholic doctrine as written down by the CDF in the catechism under orders from Pope Francis, is an objective Lie. No. Capital punishment, like all teachings of God cannot be considered inadmissible and cannot be considered  a sin without its due punishment.  
     Capital punishment is  in accord with the teachings of God both in the Old and New Testament. It is in accordance to the teachings of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, it is in accordance to the Magisterium of the Church from the beginning. 
     Pope Francis is wrong. Subjectively, he might not be sinning due to his probable ignorance. But objectively, he is lying, he is in heresy and has gone against the teachings of God and the Catholic Church.
     But we have always learned that the Pope is infallible in matters of morals and doctrine. How come he has committed errors in matter of doctrine? Maybe, because he is not Pope, as Bishop Gracida had been saying, thus calling cardinals, bishops and responsible laity to depose him from the post as Pope.
     The follow up Vatican statement that abolishing capital punishment is progress is even a bigger lie. It is the total waxing cold of Charity. 

2. Changing doctrines and moral is not new.
     Man loves to change what God had established and choose instead  what he wants. Adam and Eve begun this practice under the influence of Satan. God gave them a command and they changed the command. Thus they sinned with all their children.
      God gave a command on capital punishment and Pope Francis changed it according to what he wants. He sinned and all who obey him will be guilty of serious sin. 
       Since Adam and Eve, man had always tried to change the Will of God to do his own will instead. It had never stopped and it continues today with Pope Francis and his perverted church continuing the practice. 
       Because of this tendency it is important to continuously return to the sources of Catholic doctrines,  Scriptures and the Tradition of the Fathers of the Church to assure ourselves that we are following the teachings of God that leads to salvation; instead of men that leads to destruction. 
     Imagine describing God's teaching 'inadmissible?'.....or even a sin. 

3. God's plan.
       God the Father, through His Son Jesus Christ, established  a Church here on earth for the salvation of men.  His Son became man and walked the earth as a man, to teach men by word and example the way of salvation. What Christ taught as the way of salvation is exactly what the Catholic Church is teaching as the only way to salvation. 
     In Divine Revelation, God the Father and through Jesus Christ and the apostles emphasised that nothing should be added nor be taken away from the teachings of Christ. To do so means condemnation for both the preacher and the follower. Thus, it was of the utmost importance that the keeper of Divine Revelation, the Catholic Church, preserve the purity and integrity of the teachings Christ bequeathed to His Church. The teachings of God the Father as found in the Old Testament and the teachings of Christ as found in the New Testament are the main sources of Catholic Teachings; if a teaching is not found here, it is not Catholic. 
     The present addition to the Catechism by the CDF prompted by Pope Francis on Capital punishment is not found in Scriptures, the Fathers, the Doctors and the Magisterium of the Church. It was introduced only by two men who are none of the above. Being a forbidden addition to the teachings of God, it is a sin and a heresy to consider capital punishment as inadmissible and a sin. 

4. A portion of the sources of Divine Revelation is not available to most men. It was not available even if Christ, Himself, was the one preaching. Sometimes even the apostles could not get it that Christ had to take them aside to explain it to them. This part of the Divine sources of Catholic truth is referred to by St. Thomas of Aquinas as 'the mystical meaning of the Gospel'. 
     St. Thomas always gave the mystical meaning of the Gospel passages. It is usually the motivation behind Gospel passages, like why did God decree that heads of state be given the power of the sword called 'capital punishment.' 
     The crowd usually understood the parables of Christ but did not understand the mystical meaning of the parable. Pope Francis and the CDF understood the idea of 'capital punishment' but did not understand why it was the highest expression of Charity towards all, to the Church, to the state and to the criminal, himself. 
     This is the significance of God's instruction why He decreed allowing capital punishment. Pope Francis, many bishops and priest who are against it do not know why it is the highest expression of Charity. Hmmmm. Very bad.

   5. There are two levels of understanding Catholic teachings as found in the New Testament. The human aspect and its mystical or spiritual aspect. Christ showed this in that whenever He taught, some would understand Him and others would not. What did they understand? The parables. What did they not understand? The spiritual or mystical meaning of the parable. 
      Obviously, the meaning of the parables were easy to understand while the spiritual or mystical meaning (as St. Thomas of Aquinas described them) were impossible for those without Faith; even if Christ, Himself, was teaching them. Faith was required to understand the spiritual or mystical meaning of the teachings of Christ. This is evident in all the Gospels after the Season of Pentecost during the Sundays in Ordinary time. 

6. Catholic teaching is from the mystical meaning of the Words of Christ. Like the crowds, most people do not know the mystical interpretation of the Words of Christ and, therefore, cannot really prove if a statement conforms to the Catholic teachings of the Catholic Church. 
    
     For most people, they cannot check if a teaching is Catholic unless they have Faith that will enable them to see that a statement is according to the mystical teachings of the Church. 
     The lack of Faith is the cause why people change Catholic teachings. Pope Francis and the CDF do not know the Catholic reason why God allows 'capital punishment,' which is the highest expression of Charity for all people concerned. To know the reason requires perfect Faith and the beginnings of Charity. And Pope Francis and the CDF have neither. Proof? They could not refute the reason why God allows it. And they do not have any philosophical nor theological reason for changing that practice. The 'Bollettino' from the Holy See revising number 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the death penalty gives only invalid romantic and sentimental reasons. Absolutely no refutation of the original reason why it was Catholic doctrine before, and no valid reason why it should be changed today. 

7. A standing contract exist between spiritual leaders (superiors) and followers. 
     A standing contract exist between superiors and inferior, bishop and constituents, parish priest and parishioners, Pope and Catholics. 
     The contract consist in this; on the part of the leader, he promises to lead souls to heaven. If he does, the part of the disciple  is to render him obedience. 
      If the leader does not keep his part of the deal, the inferior is not obliged to keep his. Pope Francis, most of the bishops and parish priests are not keeping their part in that they are not teaching all the commands of Christ and how to observe them, as provided for by the Apostolic Commission;  then Catholics  are not bound to obey them. 
     The Pope, bishops and priest must, first, prove, that they are Catholics (with the four visible signs from the Nicene Creed or the 15 Marks of the true Church from St. Bellarmine) and that they are teaching Catholic doctrines taken from the only sources of Catholic doctrines mentioned above.......... before the laymen can  render them absolute obedience.  No proofs from the Pope and bishops and priest........no deal. 

8. No proofs are forthcoming. Pope Francis cannot prove his teachings, from 'amores laetitia, laudato si, cor orans, etc', are from the above sources of Catholic teachings. 
    He cannot prove he is Catholic through the four visible signs nor the 15 Marks proposed by his Jesuit saint confer St. Bellarmine. 
    He cannot prove he is even a Protestant by answering the 'dubia'. 
    He cannot prove he is the valid Pope by refuting Bishop Gracida
    He cannot prove his morals is Catholic by quoting St. Alphonsus Liguori
    He cannot prove his dogma is Catholic by quoting St. Thomas of Aquinas. 
    He cannot prove he has Faith and Charity by quoting St. Augustine. 
    Thus we cannot observe our part of the contract. We must withhold all acts of obedience.  No deal. 
   
9. Capital punishment is Catholic doctrine. Scriptures, the Fathers and the documents of the magisterium proves it. Pope Francis has presented absolute no proof it is NOT. And he has not proposed any   dogmatic and moral reason  why capital punishment is unacceptable. Not even a mere human reason. 
    Including unCatholic doctrine in the catechism, Pope Francis is actually saying through the CDF with Ladaria, that capital punishment is not Catholic doctrine. That is a lie. It is Catholic teaching.  Imagine a Pope lying.
     This is not the first time he lied. Remember his 'there is no hell,' that pagans can to go heaven, that the 2000 year old Catholic Church have ceased to exist and has been replaced by the church of Bergoglio, that adulterers can remarry without committing sin, etc.. are all lies. Popes are supposed to be infallible teachers of the truth, not liars. Maybe Bishop Gracida is right. 
    We cannot be part of the church of a leader who is a liar. What if he is a hireling, a thief, a murderer  who kill souls. When Pope Benedict the XVI invited all priests, during the 'Year of the Priests' to return to the seminary and review their Moral theology, most probably did not do so. Because 'capital punishment' is a moral question that is not only allowed by God; it is a power given by God to rulers for the salvation of souls. And the Vatican does not like it? Well, just as the Vatican does not want Carmelites to become saints in the Apostolic Exhortation 'Cor Orans.' And does not want religious to be religious in his 'Vultum Dei.'
    

Thursday, August 02, 2018

HIDDEN TREASURE and FINE PEARL. Wednesday of 17th Weekday. St. Alphonsus Liguori.

 1. St. Alphonsus Liguori
     St. Alphonsus was in some way similar to St. Thomas of Aquinas in that both of them based their theology on Scriptures and the Fathers of the Church. While St. Thomas was more known as a dogmatic theologian, St. Alphonsus was more known as a moral theologian. It would be good for all Christians to study his two volumn Moral theology and see that Pope Francis had gone against every rule of moral theology. The same goes with his FrancisBishops and most bishops and priests.   Hardly anyone has a copy of his 'theologia moralis.'
     St. Alphonsus, also, wrote treatises on Dogmatic and ascetical theology.

2. The 'Hidden treasure.'
     The contents of the 'Hidden treasure' are the dogmatic and moral teachings of the Catholic Church on how to attain eternal life as found in the Gospels and elaborated by the Fathers. The Gospel for Wednesday of the 17th weekday of the year deals with the 'hidden treasure'  and  'fine pearl. These two parables deal with the same lesson. Let us concentrate with the first, the hidden treasure.
      a. 'The kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field.' This treasure is the preaching of the Gospel that leads soul to heaven, writes St. Thomas of Aquinas.  The sloppy preaching of the Gospel is available to all.  But the proper preaching of the Gospel is hidden from most men in the world. It can be found only by those, truly, seeking for it. But, still,  he cannot immediately possess this knowledge on how to enter the kingdom of God. 
           This treasure is hidden. It is not available to all. It is available only to a very few. 
       b. The man seeking for it can find it but cannot, immediately,  possess it.  So 'he first hides it' while getting the amount to purchase the land to possess it. He first hides it because since he does not own it, the devil can steal it away from him. How does he hide it? By keeping it to himself only. He cannot show it to others because it is not yet his. How can he show off something that is not his. 
       c. 'and went with joy and sells all that he has.' Joyful in finding something precious, he goes home and prepares the payment for the field. It will cost everything that he has. St. Thomas of Aquinas explains the cost this way; he went home, sold everything that he had. This was the price to buy the field where the treasure was hid. 
Why did he have to sell everything? This was not the real price. The price is identical to the price Christ demanded from the young rich man who wanted to follow Him. It is the same price Peter, Andrew, James, John and Matthew paid. 
            The selling of all the possession was to be able to practice the three levels of self-denial. This was obedience to the command of Christ who said, 'deny thyself', take up your cross, so you can follow Me. These self denials are; first, denial in the possession of material goods (poverty); secondly, denial from the comforts of human relationships (chastity); thirdly, denial of doing one's own will (obedience). The selling and giving up of all of one's possession is to enable the soul to give up his own will; that he may always choose God's Will (obedience to the commands of Christ.)
             This is the price to possess the field that contained  the hidden treasure. Of course, the price was for the hidden treasure, not for the field. 
              The 'few' that are able to find the hidden treasure are, usually, unable to raise the payment to purchase the field with the treasure. 'Few' find the treasure; even 'fewer' are able to raise the payment to purchase this knowledge to possess the kingdom of God. They are so 'few' that souls with such cannot be found, today. 
       d. 'And buys that field.' By buying the field with the hidden treasure, he will possess the knowledge on how to enter the Catholic Church, possess  the kingdom of God and the guarantee that when he dies he will surely go to heaven. 
      e.  He ends owning the hidden treasure. He will have perfect knowledge of Dogma, Morals and Ascetical theology. Perfect knowledge! Not even Pope Francis have these. What would you expect from the bishops and priests. They cannot lead anyone to the kingdom because they do not possess the hidden treasure. Why? Because they are not truly seeking it, they have not found it, and they have not paid the price for it.  They do not possess it. So they cannot lead anyone to it. 

3. Commentaries.
     Christ said that this treasure is in the field, the world. The treasure is the preaching of the Gospel and it is preached right now in the world. It can be heard by all. But few see it as a treasure. As a treasure, it is hidden from many. Only those who, in their inner heart, are 'truly seeking God,' as St. Benedict would describe such a person, can find that hidden treasure. The preaching is not hidden; but as a treasure, it is hidden to many. Finding that treasure is no easy task. Humility of heart is required. And finding that treasure is the beginning of the workings of grace. 
     On the first step. Almost everyone in the world wants to be happy here on earth and happy in whatever heaven they have in mind.  Pagans, heretics, Protestants want to go to heaven. Most, however, are not looking for the true hidden treasure.  They end up looking for material treasures, not spiritual treasures. They will not find the hidden treasure because for them it will remain hidden.
      The price is affortable to all because God has given all men the ability to pay. The price consists of an act of the mind and the free will. But men want to misuse these faculties to satisfy his  own personal, selfish desires. The US culture is total enjoyment of all human desires contrary to the three levels of 'self-denial.' European culture is the same but in a lesser degree. The pagan world is total satisfaction of man's bestial tendencies. The law of the world today is 'do what you want and impose what you want on everybody else.'  If they refuse, kill them. We saw the price; the three degrees of self-denial.
       In some way, China, Africa,  like other suppressed nations, are under forced 'self-denial' due to communist suppression. They are in a position conducive to paying the full price for the treasure. They just have to conform their free wills to their suppressed situation. And  they can possess the hidden treasure. The US and Europe have refused to pay the price since their culture encourages the satisfying of their concupiscence. Migrants go to Europe to satisfy their base desires. This is against the command of Christ 'to deny oneself.' 
        The hierarchy in these places are living an identical life of sinful self indulgence. This is further shown by their tolerance of migrants. Thus, most of the bishops and priest do not possess this hidden treasure. And they are preventing others from finding the treasure and purchasing the field. Of course, if the laity cannot find the treasure, they will, definitely, not buy the field. It remains hidden from them. Pope Francis, by his words and actions show that he had not found the hidden treasure and have not given up anything to buy the field. 
      
         This is the situation of the institutional church today; few find the treasure; fewer pay the price, almost no one possess it. What can these priests and bishops give the laity?  Nothing.