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Saturday, September 27, 2014

AND THE DEVIL ENTERED INTO HIM because he did not believe.

1. WE HAVE BEEN REVIEWING THE DOCTRINAL BASIS OF THE NEW EVANGELIZATION.
     We are painting a portrait of the Church TODAY from the truths of Divine Revelation, the writings of the Fathers of the Church, the propositions of the Holy Popes.... and applying them to the current events of the day.
     We had been discussing the doctrines  on which the 'new' evangelization of John Paul II and Benedict XVI are based on. The 'new' evangelization is essentially the classical evangelization instituted by Christ as written in the last chapter of the Gospel of St. Matthew. The slight difference is because of the state of the world during those two different times that is surrounding the Church to which She had to adjust. This adjustment is necessary for the Church to evangelize effectively. The slight adjustment dictates how the Church should relate to the world.
     The 'new evangelization' is based on two prophecies of Christ which were explained by the Fathers, emphasized by the Popes and confirmed by the Blessed Virgin in her apparitions.
   
2. TWO PROPHECIES OF CHRIST which the 'new evangelization' had seriously taken into account and which irritates priests when reminded to take them into account.
     Christ described how His Church  will be from His time up to the end of time. First, it will experience the 'decay of Faith' and secondly, it will experience the 'waxing cold of charity.' The Church experienced these mildly at the time of Christ but will experience them very severely in these our times; basing it on the ascetical principle 'he who does not progress regresses,' i.e. either you grow from Faith to the perfection Charity OR you regress from Faith back to paganism.
     With the two prophecies of Christ fulfilled today, we added prophecies from the old testament where the prophet threatened that because of unbelief God will withdraw from the priests both the power to absolve sins and the power to consecrate the Bread and Wine. This was a prophecy pre-figuring the state of the church before the birth of Christ and during the Passion of Christ; wherein in both cases the Jews lost the Ark, thus, their ability to offer the sacrifice. The world will eventually lose the power to consecrate the Bread and Wine. There will be no Mass as Christ prophesied to the Samaritan Woman at the well. St. Thomas writes, when the reality of Christ is about to appear, the shadows or types disappear.
      The liturgical abuses that started after Vatican II, the dislike of Pope Francis for the Old Mass and the recent appointment of Benedict's liturgical mortal enemy at the Congregation of worship and the sacraments had rung the death knell for the Catholic Liturgy and eventually the Catholic Church.  We are seeing, indeed, the fulfilliment of the Prophecies of Christ and the warnings of  His Mother.
      The prophecies tell us that most of the priests, bishops and cardinals are without Faith and as a consequence, as St. Paul wrote, 'all that is not of Faith is sin,  they will only teach us to sin and lead us to hell. It will be very rare  to find a John Vianney,  a man of Faith, who can show us the way to heaven.
     Because of these two prophecies Pope Benedict insisted that every Catholic, without any exception, from cardinals down to the laymen, should check if they had Faith. He, first addressed the whole Church with the 'Jubilee of St. Paul,' where he reminded us that Faith comes with grace.  Then in his 'Year of the Priests' he was insistent that all priest (I suppose including bishops and cardinals) return to the seminary and relearn their Moral Theology kneeling down before the Blessed Sacrament because that is the only way to learn theology; as expressed in the 'new evangelization' and quoting Christ in praising Peter in learning his theology the right way.
                                                                 

      AT THIS POINT we are faced with this reality; first, that we cannot learn the way to salvation from our priests, bishops and cardinals. Secondly, that there is no way by which we can know if the sins we confess are forgiven. Thirdly, there is no way to know if the Mass we are attending is truly a Mass or just a vaudeville
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3. LET US ADD ONE MORE PROPHECY to those mentioned above. This is the release of Satan from the bottomless pit as prophesied in the Book of Revelation.
     It is a Catholic belief that there are devils who were once angels but who rebelled against God. When the devils were driven out of heaven they were not sent to hell but to earth to test the children of men. But after the birth of the Catholic Church their leader, Lucifer, was chained in the bottomless pit to allow the Church to grow and multiply with little resistance.  The 'little' resisting devils who were left behind,  however, did a good job in attacking the Church; generally in two ways. First, by violently attacking the physical bodies of the members of the Church and/or secondly, by obfuscating their minds with doubts and error.  Both to lead the soul to sin and heresy.

     The 'decay of Faith' is a defect of the human mind. The 'waxing cold of Charity' is a defect of the human will. Both defects were inherited by man in his fallen human nature. The devil's work is to worsen the defects of the mind and the will. After all the devils are pure spirits with corrupt minds and wills, thus designed to corrupt the minds and wills of men and possess them. Done by little devils before, their leader, Lucifer, the Seraphic devil, is prophesied to be released sometime around this century to test the Church one last time.
     Evangelization is meant to correct the defects of both the mind and will to enable man to possess God, instead.
   
4. TWO KINDS OF DIABOLICAL POSSESSION
     There are two kinds of diabolical possession;  physical and the spiritual.  The first, physical, is when God allows the devil to control the physical or bodily parts of a man. Their manifestations are what we ordinarily see in movies, like guttural voice, ugly faces, green saliva, levitation, super strength, etc. Many of the possessions in Scriptures are of these kind.
     It is easy to exorcise physical possessions. Priests, with the permission from their bishops, can easily exorcise this type. Often a mere life of conversion or entering a monastery can drive away such diabolical presence.   It becomes more difficult, however,  when physical possession is in the national or international level, i.e. the devil physically possessing whole towns, country, nation or even continents...as among the Aztecs in Mexico or the entire Africa, once upon a time.
     The second,  spiritual possession, is more serious as in the case of Judas. Here, the person himself, by an act of his mind and free will opens his souls for the free entrance of the diabolical through avarice.  Though this cannot happen without God's permission He  allows it for the chastisement of the person concerned. God can, of course, exorcise such but He will never do it on His own. In the case of Judas, because of his avarice, neither Christ nor His apostles were able to convince Judas to willingly reject the devil.

5. TWO DIABOLICAL ATTACKS ON THE CHURCH in an attempt for possession.
      While the above possessions occur in individuals, it can, also, and in fact often occur to groups, nations, continents and the whole Church in the form of attacks.
      The physical attacks often happen to adults when they have the beginnings of Faith in the form of martyrdom or genocide. God allows it to perfect their Faith.  It happens to children because of their innocence in the form of abortion. God allows it to bring them to heaven earlier. Both are rampant and world wide. The devil is cheated by God on both occasion but the violence of these attacks shows that the devil knows something we do not know.

      Because of the 'decay of Faith' and the 'waxing cold of Charity,' that are consequences of fallen human nature, the Church had become vulnerable to spiritual diabolic attacks. Lucifer's foolish ambition, is the destruction of the Mystical Body of Christ  by spiritually possessing the priest, bishops, cardinals and, if possible,  by raising an anti-pope spiritually possessed by him. On Good Friday he thought he succeeded in killing Christ. Today he will try to destroy the Mystical Body of Christ. Lucifer thought that by possessing one of the first bishop-apostle in Judas he could destroy Christ. Which he, in fact, seemingly succeeded without realizing he was playing into the hands of God who used him to redeem the world. Never creative in his ways, Satan will try it again these days.

6. THE ACTUAL ATTACKS ON THE CHURCH TODAY.
     The kingdom of God was made for children and it is being filled up through abortion, plaques, hunger and war.  God is getting them, St. Augustine writes,  before the devil can possess them. Adults with the beginnings of Faith are given the occasion to perfect their Faith through red martyrdom or through white martyrdom, described by St. Bonaventure as 'new monasticism.'
     In the group enumerated above only two are left out. Those without Faith and those with Faith. Those without Faith, merely tempted  before, are now possessed spiritually by the devil, of which Judas was a type. While those with Faith and progressing towards the perfection of Charity are possessed by God in preparation for the last spiritual battle against the hordes of hell. The 'new evangelization' teaches us how to be possessed by God and to prepare for battle; as Pope Benedict wrote quoting the Prologue of the Rule of St. Benedict.

     Since this is the final battle, the host of devils will possess those without Faith, i.e.  followers of all false religions, atheists, politicians, sinners, priests, bishops, cardinals and the existing anti-pope (uncanonically elected) will join forces.  How will this force look like?  The famed Anglican convert who become a fine writer on Catholic spirituality, Robert Benson, whose book Pope Francis read and commented on in a homily which he confessed he did not understand wrote: this force will be headed by the most evil man who ever existed; he will rule the United States and put under his control the European Union and United Nations. By the end of the book he is still trying to control the East specially China and Russia. After that he is joined by  apostate Catholic priests, specially by one who becomes the Master of ceremonies of an entirely new religion where all opposite philosophies and all contradicting religions are united into one idolatrous religion in the worship of self. The apostate priest becomes an anti-pope and his name was Francis. Coincidence or prophecy?

     Let us compare Satan's possession of Judas and see how he will possess most of the priests, bishops, cardinals and even an anti-pope as eschatologically pre-figured on Good Friday. The Jews (the type of the Church) had no Faith; today most Catholics will have no Faith. The priests of the Jews (Pharisees and even the high priest, Caiphas) had no Faith and were, in fact, about to crucify Christ; most of the  so-called catholic priests, bishops, cardinals will have no Faith (as Christ prophesied) and 'crucify Him again.'  The few true followers of Christ, the apostles, were in hiding; today the few with Faith will be praying contemplatively.  Judas, a bishop who had no Faith and was pretending to follow Christ was spiritually possessed by Satan and  give the 'coup de gras', the last act prior to the arrest and crucifixion of Christ; today a bishop, raised as an anti-pope, will give the last death blow on the Church.
      AT THIS POINT ADD TO THE EARLIER TRUTHS THE FOLLOWING. That we are surrounded by people possessed by the devil who are all out to damn our souls.

7. THE PROGRESSION of Satan's possession of priests without Faith, leading to the election of an anti-pope.
    Satan's  strategy from the beginning was to possess the unbelieving world and, eventually,  the unfaithful priest, bishops and cardinals....and in the words of Don Bosco....with the goal that these faithless bishops and cardinals  would elect one of their kind to be an anti-pope (only God selects the true Pope). If the devil succeeds as he thought he succeeded on Good Friday, he will think he is  victorious over God. His rebellion is complete. But Satan was not expecting Easter Sunday.
     AT THIS POINT ADD THIS TO THE ABOVE . That those whom  we were supposed to obey and lead us to holiness is leading us to heresy and damnation.    

     THE PORTRAIT ABOVE is the situation the 'new evangelization' is trying to resolve. Here is a summary: the world that is outside the vineyard of the Lord is the kingdom of Satan.  The cockles who are inside the vineyard of the Lord are spiritually possessed by 'little devils;'  while  the priests bishops, cardinals are spiritually possessed by the leaders of the devil. Satan will enter unto a particular
bishop of which Judas was the pre-figure (it is not a pope that will be possessed but a faithless bishop who will  act like a pope... thus an anti-pope.)  They were all given a chance to know Divine Revelation but refused.
      Each one of us stand alone in the battle for the salvation of our soul.......against the whole choir of demons; the whole pagan world of men; the whole world of unbelieving catholics; the priests, bishops and cardinals who are guilty of apostasy; and an anti-pope whom Satan had entered.  This is an all-out attack on the foundations of the Catholic Church. The anti-pope will attack the dogmas and morals of the Church. He will appoint in the Curia apostates who would destroy the Mass and the Sacraments; thus fulfilling the prophecy about the disappearance of such sacraments as Penance, Holy Orders and Holy Eucharist. He will appoint faithless bishops who would destroy marriage and expose children to pedophiles thus eliminating the foundation of the Church. He will remove every priest teaching the religion of the Apostles and the Fathers. He will join with secular powers similarly possessed by the devil to prevent Catholics from obeying God's commands and, instead, force them to disobey the same commands as he, himself, is doing.
     This awful scenario is actually God's chastisement for an unbelieving generation. Its accompanying background will be the revolt of nature against men who had revolted against the Creator. Is there an Ark or a boat that can save us? Yes! But only those with perfect Faith can find it. John Paul and Benedict's 'new evangelization' tells us how to enter that Ark.
   
      8. JOHN PAUL II AND BENEDICT XVI's COUNTER MEASURE. The 'new evangelization' and its first rule.
       Having seen the doctrinal basis of the 'new evangelization' let us begin to describe it.
       From whom should we learn the way of salvation? The answer from the current evangelization is: from faithless priests ,bishops and some self-appointed ignorant lay preacher.  The answer from the 'new evangelization'  is: from none of the above. They are possessed by the devil (even Pope Francis admitted this in an address to the Evangelical Charismatics in Rome). They are all liars, heretics, apostates, fakes and everything that the devil is.
      The 'new evangelization' answers, quoting St. Augustine and Blessed John Cardinal Newman. Since all the above have no Faith and Charity, they do not know the answer....then learn directly from Christ (through the New Testament), from the Fathers of the Church and from the good and authentic Popes (at least from Pius IX - Benedict XVI). In other words learn from the Old Liturgy and Divine Office.
       And when you have learned  the way to salvation  whom should you evangelize? The answer from the classical evangelization is; to everybody specially the marginalized. What is the answer of the 'new evangelization?' Don't go to foreign lands, don't go to different religions, don't go to young and old, don't go to protestants and evangelicals, don't go to homos and lesbians, don't go to adulterers and idolaters, don't even go to your husband, wife or children. Concentrate on yourself. Stay in your room, lock the door and perfectly put into practice what you have learned from Christ and the Fathers of the Church. Not having done this you are completely useless to yourself and to others. In fact, not having done this you will cause great damage to yourself and others.
        The words of the 'new evangelization' is to be contemplatives first. That is almost like saying; go to a monastery, live a life of study and prayer in silence and solitude until you reach the illuminative state, i.e. the perfection of Faith and Charity......just like St. Therese of the Child Jesus whom Pope John Paul II proclaimed the Patroness of the 'new evangelization. Yes, just be like her who saved so many souls thus proclaimed as the co-patroness of missionaries, without leaving her cell in the  Carmelite Monastery. Stick to yourself, only. And don't move until you are perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.
          Just with this beginning,  John Paul and Benedict's 'new evangelization' is completely  different from the evangelization of Pope Francis and the Bishop's Synod 2012 whose evangelization looks more like a protestant revival meeting.

     
   
   

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

'THE DECAY OF FAITH' - and the lost of power to absolve.

1. THE PROPHECIES OF CHRIST
     Christ had described our modern times as experiencing the 'decay of Faith' and 'the waxing cold of Charity.' This is like saying 'no Faith' and 'no Charity.' These two theological virtues go hand in hand. Without Charity there can be Faith; but this Faith is dead. On the other hand without Faith, there will be no Charity.
     Christmas and Good Friday are pre-figures of these our days, the year 2000 A.D. These was God's way of preparing us for what is coming. When Christ came during the His first Advent there was no Faith among the Chosen people, and consequently no Charity, too.  All the priests were with Herod, helping him to plan the killing of the child. How many had Faith? A few shepherds and a few Magi together with Joseph and May. That was just a handful.  And that will be the state of the Church and the world today.
     When Christ died on Good Friday all the priests and even the chief priest were with Herod,  and Pontius Pilate plotting the destruction of Christ. How many had Faith? A few women, a few apostles and probably one or two priests. The rest of the Chosen People, purportedly an image of the Church were faithless; including one apostle, Judas. This, again, will be the state of the Church and the world today.

     Well, Christ said,  exactly the same thing will happen during these times. All the priests, bishops and cardinals will be Faithless. And one bad bishop-cardinal, successor of the apostles, will betray Christ by being an anti-pope, as pre-figured by Judas.
     Where are the few Faithful? Very few indeed. And Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict showed how they look like and where they are in the 'new evengelization.'

2. WHY WILL THIS HAPPEN?
     Through His fore-knowledge Christ prophesied it would happen. But we cannot know the mind of Christ so let us use His teachings to explain what happened.
     The seminarians, priests, bishops, cardinals and the world must  be evangelized; just as Christ evangelized the apostles and then commanded them to evangelize the rest of the world. The seminarians first, like the apostles, and then the rest of the world. That is the proper procedure.
     The apostles were perfectly evangelized as we can see during the 33 Sundays in ordinary time; specifically in the 21th Sunday and on-wards where we can see their progress towards perfection in the three theological virtues and in the three stages of the spiritual life. We can further see them acquiring the gifts and the fruits of the Holy Spirit which is the perfection of evangelization.  We can in fact pin point in their lives the entire progress of their spiritual lives while tending towards perfection in the entire Liturgy of the Mass.
     The apostles were to lead and teach us. Christ personally saw to it that they were taught and trained perfectly. The apostles entrusted this knowledge to their successors the Fathers of the Church. And the office of the Papacy had been decreed by Christ as the office that should maintain the perfection of Christ's teaching and hand it down to the Church as perfect as possible.
      Have the seminarians, priests, bishops, cardinals and present Pope checked  if their teachings are perfectly in conformity to the teachings of Christ? In an 'instrumentum laboris' following the Encyclical 'Veritatis Splendor ' by John Paul II, ominously addressed only to Bishops (which is unique for an encyclical) John Paul sent a questionaire to the bishops to be answered by their diocesan priests. The priests should answer the questions and the answers should have been returned to the Vatican. Most of the bishops did not question their parish priests. The questions were supposed to find out if their priests had Faith or not. The fact that the bishops did not follow the instruction showed they did not see the importance of the questionaire; thus a sign that the bishops, themselves did not have Faith. What?? Bishops and priest do not have Faith? And consequently everybody else?

     What is happening? Let us go back to  the training of the apostles.... and compare how our priests are being trained from the 18th century up to the present.
   

   
   
 
3. EVANGELIZATION defined.
     Let us look at the instruction Christ gave His apostles on how to evangelize as found in the Gospel of St. Matthew. Christ gave ONE instruction with THREE steps .....and gave the right order of execution. He said; FIRST...make disciples of all nations. SECONDLY...baptize them. THIRDLY...teach them all that 'I' have commanded you.
     A few points before we go any further. Note that we have to make them first disciples  before we baptize them. Note that without they being disciples first,  their baptism is ineffective. Lastly, that they cannot know the commands of Christ (referring to the 'I' in the last step) unless they have done the first two steps. Having seen the words of Christ, let us, now, go to its interpretation from the Fathers.
     The SECOND STEP is the bridge between the FIRST step, which is where you are coming from...to the THIRD step, where you are going to. Let us set aside for a brief moment the SECOND step and make a comparison between the FIRST AND THIRD steps.
     In the FIRST step we make them disciples.  Of whom? Of God, because that is all we know about Him....that He is God!! To make them disciples is to teach them all the commands of God (the Father) as written in the Old Testament.  In the THIRD step we must know all the commands of God the Son, Jesus Christ, as written in the New Testament. Note the difference. The commands of God the Father in the O.T. are in the natural level. All men can know them and all men can teach them. The commands of God the Son in the N.T. are in the supernatural level. No man knows them and no man can teach them.  Only the Father in heaven can teach the commands of Christ...as Christ, Himself told the apostles in reaction to St. Peters answer to His question 'Who do people say I am."
      At this point we can see that our priest had studied only from men (teachers of theology). And not even the entire O.T. So they have not even finished the FIRST step.
                                                                             
4. The FIRST step is described as the 'Life of repentance.' The THIRD step is called the 'Life of Faith.' While the FIRST step, repentance, is easy to learn and observe because it is in the natural level, the THIRD step is impossible to learn and obey because it is in the supernatural or spiritual level; but it has visible signs that shows that the supernatural reality is there. The visible signs are described in the 33 Sundays in Ordinary Times.

     NOW, let us see how the apostles were evangelized.  Here we can see that they followed the formula which Christ gave them in the so called Apostolic Commission, read as the Gospel of Ascension.
     The apostles underwent the FIRST step; they learned the commands of God as written in the O. T. through the preaching of St. John the Baptist who taught repentance. In effect, they were disciples of the God of the O.T. through the preachings of John the Baptist. The apostles underwent the SECOND STEP when they answered Christ's call to leave all things which is equivalent to Baptism of Desire (thus they never received the Baptism of water.) The apostles underwent the THIRD step when they directly learned from Christ and not from men the commands of Christ; and they obeyed them, too. They reached perfection in their knowledge and obedience to all the commands of Christ before Pentecost.

5. NOW, let us see the defect in the training of all priests that left us with priest with no Faith.
     FIRST step?  Absolutely not a single priest ever studied all the commands of God as written in the Old Testament; thus no priest ever became a disciple of God as required  before their baptism. For the simple reason that all were baptized as babies and could not possibly study the O.T. This has been happening as early as the time of St. Irenaeus (circa 180 AD).  Before that,  adult Christians enrolled to live a semi-monastic life of repentance before baptism thus fulfilling the FIRST STEP. Not anymore.
     This serious defect is continued and even made worse during the Bishop's Synod of 2012 called precisely by Pope Benedict to correct this defect.....due to an error by Bishop Eterovic in his 'Lineamenta' dated 2011, where the FIRST step was omitted for discussion.
 
     Without the FIRST step, the SECOND step which is  baptism, as St. Thomas of Aquinas wrote, is spiritually ineffective; i.e. will have a very brief beneficial effect.  This benefit is gone with the lost of innocence. Without fulfilling the First and Second steps all the seminarians who would eventually become priests and bishops....and probably pope, would not reach the THIRD step, where the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity are received from God.  There you have it......a whole generation of priests without Faith as prophesied by Christ.
     Again, what happened? Since none of the priest fulfilled the FIRST step, they could not fulfill the SECOND  and THIRD  steps; thus not obtaining the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity. How can they evangelize others; how can they lead others into the Church; how can they lead souls to salvation? They do not know the way.

 6. So what now? So the 'new evangelization' of Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI!
     As a priest, Joseph Ratzinger underwent the same defective evangelization. He was baptized as a baby and was not able to become a disciple before his baptism. As he grew older, he became a seminarian and ordained priest, still without undergoing any of the three proper steps of evangelization.  Thus he showed the absence of Faith by exhibiting the heresy of modernism. But as a professor in Tubingen he was shocked by a reality; when the seminarians of Tubingen went on a strike praising Karl Marx and behaving like atheist.  Well, what did you expect; those seminarians did not undergo the proper steps of evangelization.
     The shock Ratzinger got was, what Blessed John Cardinal Newman described as the necessary first step towards repentance, the FIRST step, which is taught in the Liturgy during Advent (remember Liturgy was his speciality also). Having missed the FIRST, and as a consequence, the SECOND and the THIRD step, he knew he had to repeat  the same three steps. For those who missed the three steps and had to repeat the same three steps of evengelization, the alternative for the same three steps is found in the Liturgy. The Liturgy is precisely for such kind of people.
      Ratzinger saw that the FIRST step, which is repentance, is taught in its N. T. version during the season of Lent. Advent is repentance of the O.T., Lent is repentance in the N.T. Fortunately the correct interpretation for repentance in the N.T. was described by St. Augustine (who was one of his favorite.) He learned that the shock he got in Tubingen because  the seminarians did not believe in God was the initial stage of repentance of the N.T. This was described by Blessed John Newman in 'Callista.'
     Ratzinger's environ was conducive for personal, private evangelization in that he was a professor in theology and a seeker of the truth. His personal, private study gradually moved him to the SECOND step, Baptism. But he was already baptized and this sacrament cannot be repeated. Unconsciously, just like the apostles, he underwent baptism of desire.which is the alternative for sacramental baptism. This baptism of desire according to St. John Chrysostom is shown visibly in the desire for monastic life which in asceticism is referred to as Second Baptism. He expressed this in his love for the Benedictine Way of Life.
      THIRD step; proofs Ratzinger reached this step are his numerous books, articles, talks, audiences, comments, etc., showed his knowledge was the kind only God the Father could teach. It was for this, precisely, that he suffered most....that his own bishops and cardinals could not understand him. Why? Because we had a case of a Pope with Faith speaking to Cardinals and bishops without Faith. That is like the parallel railroad track; it will never meet anywhere.
     Pope Benedict, in his 'new evangelization' written initially with John Paul II, is teaching us evangelization as taught in the Liturgy of the Mass, the way it was taught for the last 2000 years ......too old that absolutely no one knows how it is done ...unless one is truly seeking the truth and assiduously studying the truth based on Scriptures and the Fathers of the Church.
     Seeing the the state of the Church as he had described in his 'Ratzinger Report', sub-titled 'The Crisis of Faith'; and seeing how he, himself, was saved from such a spiritual disaster, he employed his whole papacy to evangelizing the Catholic Church according to the Liturgy. He repeated essentially the same formula of evangelization given by Christ in St. Matthews Gospel but using the four steps of the Liturgy of the Mass; namely, conversion, entrance into the Kingdom, encounter with Christ and Union with the Holy Spirit.
     Though John Paul and Benedict clearly proclaimed the 'new evangelization' according to the Liturgy, the Bishop's Synod of 2012 and Pope Francis who based his theology on the that Synod continues with the previous defective theology that had caused the 'crisis of Faith' described by Ratzinger in his 'Report.' It will be worse this coming Synod without any hope of getting back on track.

7. The 23th Sunday in Ordinary time treats of fraternal correction which is the highest form of Charity. Only those with perfect Faith and perfect Charity can correct fraternally because knowledge of both the commands of God in the Old  Testament(FIRST step) and the commands of Jesus Christ in the New Testament(THIRD step) are necessary for fraternal correction. Without this knowledge correction will be done based on personal and private feelings. Very protestant!
     Today, most priest, bishop and cardinals and even the pope.....instead of giving fraternal corrections are encouraging the world to sin more. Atheist, who do not believe in God, are encouraged to continue in their unbelief and expect salvation; contrary to the words of Christ who said 'those who do not believe are already condemned' even while still alive. Those who have committed the sin of adultery, which St. Paul writes is deserving of hell, are encouraged to add the sin of sacrilege to their sin of adultery by receiving holy communion. And instead of fixing the world that is so messed up, the youth are encouraged to go out and mess it up more.  What they say and do are infallibly visible signs of NO FAITH, as cleanly taught during the 33 Sundays in Ordinary time.
   
     God does not give the power to forgive sins to those who have not reached the heights of Charity. Today's Gospel explicitly says that God gives the power to forgive sins to those who have reached the heights of Charity shown in their ability to give fraternal correction. Why? Because without the FIRST and THIRD steps, there will be no Faith and no Charity. Without either they are not priests, bishops, cardinal...not even a pope......because as St. Robert Bellarmine, SJ, Doctor of the Church, states; they are not even Catholics.

     What should we do? Pope Benedict, by the grace of God and his zeal for the truth,  was enlightened to see the state of his soul in relation to God. He, himself, put into practice what he learned and saw it worked in exactly the way his Saviour said it would work. And as St. Augustine, his favorite saint wrote; when you reach the end of the road, and only when you reach the end,  you can look back and say, 'it was indeed the right road to God.'




Thursday, September 04, 2014

GET OUT OF MY SIGHT, YOU SATAN.

1. No one knows the way to heaven except God.
     God must first tell us and show us the way. Then we follow. God created the angels and wanted them to go to heaven. And the angels, themselves wanted to go to heaven. But a group, led by Lucifer wanted to go before God could show him the way. Lucifer wanted to go ahead. This going ahead, even before God expressed the way, is assuming he had some knowledge which God had not given him. And this is pride in that he presumed he knew something God had not yet taught him. Humility is if he admitted he did not know the way and patiently waited for instructions from God. Lucifer chose pride; to go on his own ahead of God.
     God created Adam and Eve and placed them in Paradise. God was going to teach them what is good and evil, a knowledge essential for salvation. But God told them to wait for Him to give them that knowledge and not to go ahead of Him. But they could not wait.Tempted by Lucifer they tried to get that necessary knowledge without waiting for God; they did not get the knowledge from the devil. They got it from the right tree but they got it ahead, before God could give it to them.
     Both the sin of the devil and of Adam and Eve consist in doing something good BUT doing them ahead of God. Sort of they could not wait for God to say 'Go.' Sort of impatience the consequence of which was disobedience to God Who said 'Wait for My instructions.'  Therefore, the sin of Pride. The first devils committed their own act of pride. But the pride of Adam and Eve were temptations from the devil. In both cases the cause of the sin is pride and both were from the devil.

2. The 22th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
     The Sundays in Ordinary Time continues to teach us the visible signs of Faith, the presence or lack of it. The lack of it is described by the Gospel as satanical;  and the presence of it enables us to follow Christ. Thus  laymen, priests, bishops, cardinals and popes can know through these visible signs if they have Faith or not,  if they are followers of satan or followers of Christ, if they are outside or inside the Catholic Church. Or, simply, if they are cockles meant to be burnt in hell or wheat to be gathered in heaven. And the purpose of homilies like these is precisely to teach us what are the signs by which   each of us can check on the state of our souls, most preferably, before we die.
     No one should presume he is going to heaven unless he has the visible signs of Faith. And  these visible signs tell us where to evangelize. We should never go to places that abound with the signs of Faith, as St. Paul did not go to the Romans because 'your Faith is heralded throughout the world.' We evangelize in places where no Faith is visible. Knowing which place to go is only possible because  Faith has  visible signs, which we have been emphasizing. It is clear doctrine that we can know if a person has Faith or not, whether this person is we ourselves, our priest and bishops, and even our Pope. And to make this judgment is the obligation of the very Act of Faith.

3. Faith and satan.
     Faith, like Charity, is obedience to the commands of God, in general.  Then St. Paul writes; 'whatever is not of Faith is evil.'  Any disobedience to any command of God is a signs that one has no  Faith and/or Charity, and therefore,  outside the Church.
     So with Faith you follow Christ, without Faith you follow satan. These two choices are like Christ saying; 'you are either for Me or against Me.' You are for Christ or for satan. 'Friendship with the world is enmity with Christ'. There is no middle choice. As if the Gospel is saying; 'you are either in front of Me, i.e. ahead of Me;  or you are following Me, i.e. behind Me. St. Peter was the example for both; he was an example of a follower of Christ and at the same time the example of satan.
                                                                       
4. Walking in front or ahead of Christ.
     The Gospel story narrates that Christ told Peter He was going to Jerusalem to suffer and be crucified by the priests; a foreshadowing of what will happen eschatologically today wherein due to lack of Faith and Charity most of the priests, bishops, cardinals and even an anti-pope will try to destroy the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ.
     Christ informed Peter that this was God's Will. But even before Christ could accomplish God's Will , Peter goes ahead and presents his alternative plan that was completely against God's Will; 'God forbid that any such thing ever happen to you.'   Peter was  proposing his own will. Because Peter was stepping ahead of Christ, Christ says; 'because you keep on walking in front of me  you are trying to make me trip and fall'....which is satan's job. For so doing Christ called Peter 'satan.'
     Satan's job is to convince people to walk with pride in front of Christ, which act could  seem to be following Christ because of his proximity to Christ. Today everyone thinks he is following Christ but is really walking ahead of Christ. And will receive the same judgment from Christ; 'get out of my sight.'

     Peter knew God's Will. Christ had just told him. Yet he went ahead and offered his personal suggested alternative which was clearly against the expressed Will of God just mentioned by Christ. That is satanic. So Christ calls Peter 'satan.' Here there is knowledge both of God's Will and one's private opinion.....and the deliberate choice of one's own private opinion. The sin is in the choice. Walking in front of Christ  is doing your own will or doing God's Will but more because it is also your own will.  This latter is more difficult to detect as satanic.

5. Walking behind or following Christ.
      Following behind Christ is to follow exactly on the footsteps He left us, expressed explicitly in the commands 'deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Me.'  You cannot follow Christ going about doing what you want like a child behind her mom in a shopping Mall. You have to walk exactly in the footsteps Christ had clearly delineated. To do what you want behind Christ's back is walking ahead of him. It is is not the place that counts. It is whose will you are doing.
     Walking behind Christ to follow in His footsteps is this; before making any suggestions, find out first God's Will and obey  God's Will..... period.
     St. Thomas of Aquinas in his 'Catena Aurea,' a compilation of commentaries on the Gospel text taken from the Fathers of the Church describes the first, 'deny yourself,' as not doing the desires of the self. That covers all the things a person does when he walks ahead or in front of Christ.
     What a person does when walking ahead of Christ is always a disobedience to God's commands and contrary to what a person does when he walks behind Christ. It is easy to know whether you are walking ahead or behind. Or anyone for that matter; laymen, nun, priest, cardinal or even a pope. Because  where you walk is a visible sign, like the spoken alternate suggestion given by Peter. You can hear what he said; analyze it and judge correctly that Peter was, at first, walking ahead or in fron of Christ. And Christ, Himself, said so. Thus Christ called him 'satan,' which he deserved and commanded Peter to go behind and follow Him.

6.Judge on what side of Christ you are walking.
     Whom am I to judge?  I am a soul seeking God and who must follow behind Christ. And I must judge if I am following Christ; first, in accordance to Christ's command to avoid judging anyone rashly as forbidden by Christ. Next, I should apply the same judging procedure to others from layman to popes. I must judge my loved one and see if they have Faith or not. And if not, to evangelize them after evangelizing myself.  I must judge other towns  to know where I should go and evangelize and where not to go because they are already evangelized. If we do not judge then we should go nowhere unless we just want to go on a tour. St. Peter's error was his inability to judge properly thinking it was right for him to go ahead of Christ making alternative suggestions without first finding out God's Will and simply conforming to it. Again, to walk behind in the footsteps of Christ is; first,  to deny all that pleases the self, secondly, find out God's Will and, thirdly,  just do it. The first is 'deny yourself; the second is 'carrying the cross' which is God's Will; and thirdly,' just do it'  is the 'following of Christ.'

7. It is easy to judge according to God's standards and we must do so.
     Peter judged; and that was alright. But he judged wrongly. Thus Christ corrected him saying; 'You are not judging by God's standards but by man.' Christ was in effect saying; because you are walking in front of Me you are  judging by man's standard which is wrong. You should be behind Me and there judge by God's standards ( the basis of which is 'deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Me'). Note clearly that Christ told Peter to go behind Him and there judge according to God's standards which are the commands of Christ.
   
8. John Paul II and Benedict XVI were trying to address  a mountain of problems of which their 'new evangelization is the answer.' But everybody is evangelizing in complete ignorance of the mountain of problems and, therefore, cannot connect the solution to the problems.
     We begun by  gathering the teachings of Christ and their eschatological implications to describe the problems we are confronting in the Catholic Church today,  year 2000. He gave two basic prophecies from which all other conclusions are derived from. These two prophecies are; the 'decay of Faith,' and the 'waxing cold of Charity.' From these two we derived the other prophecies;  God withholding the power to forgive sins and the power to consecrate Bread and Wine from those without Faith and Charity. Further consequence is the inability to rise to the supernatural level and acquired the infused knowledge of  Catholic Truths which can only be taught by the Father in Heaven.  This was the spiritual state of most seminaries, ergo, all priest and future bishops and cardinals had remained in the natural level totally devoid of the virtues of Faith and Charity. Further consequence is that all laymen and laywomen, all brothers and sister, all so-called ecclesial communities who depend on the same priests for instruction are in the same state of infidelity. And lastly, if most of the priest, bishops and cardinals are in this spiritual state they will surely elect one of their kind in a conclave. And this can only be an anti-pope. We shall show later how Pope Benedict was excluded from this torrent of infidelity. He explained this in his 'new evangelization.'
     Add to this state of the Catholic Church the state of the rest of the world............you will not find any good reason why this world should continue to exist.

9. The proof the whole Vatican bureaucracy are walking in front of Christ is in their own visible words and actions. From Pope Francis down through the Bishop's Synod up to the priests we see and hear words describing the human motivation of their actions referred to as 'their' bright ideas on how to run the church and save souls.  'Evangelii Gaudium' was so full of 'I's and 'mine's it was clearly Pope Francis' proposals and not Christ's. The same can be said of the 58 proposals of the Bishop's Synod.
     At the same time, they are disobeying the commands of Christ which shows they are not walking behind Christ. The Bishop's Synod omitted the first important step of evangelization  in disobedience to Christ's Apostolic Commission. And Pope Francis said atheist can go to heaven; when Christ said those without Faith are already condemned.
     Presenting their own private, personal ideas is proof they are in front. And their disobeying the commands of Christ is further proof they are not behind. We have here double proofs they are in front thus deserving to be called satans.

10. The obligation of Charity obliges us to advice them; satan, because you are walking in front of Christ, you are causing the Church to trip and fall.   Go, instead, behind Him.  Stop judging by human standards. Instead use God's standards which consists in humbly following His footstep by 'denying yourself, taking up your cross and following Christ'.....this was the first step which Christ commanded in the Gospel which the Bishop's Synod omitted,  an omission Pope Francis continued in his second encyclical.
 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

WHO DO PEOPLE SAY THAT THE SON OF MAN IS?

1. Visible signs of Faith in the Gospel; by the words out of the mouth.
     St. Paul writes that whatever comes out of the mouth comes from the mind and the heart;  no matter how the person tries to disguise them . Liars are easily exposed. Psychology depends so much on this fact; that what is in the mind appears in what one says.
     Faith is an act of the mind. It visibly appears in the words and actions of the faithful. It cannot be hidden. Though only a man of Faith can discern a man of Faith, all good men can sense that the man of Faith is a good man. Evil men can neither perceive Faith nor a good man. Without Faith the theological virtue cannot be discerned.
     The 21th Sunday in Ordinary Time continues to give us the visible signs of those without Faith and those with Faith......by the words out of their mouths. There are 33 Sundays teaching us the visible signs by which we should judge if we, our neighbors, our parish priest, our bishop and even our Pope have Faith,  mindful of what Christ said; 'to test if they are of God.' To make such a judgment is demanded by the very Act of Faith.
     From the words uttered by men we can analyze two levels of intellectual functioning. The first is natural; the second is spiritual or supernatural . The natural level cannot make an act of Faith. The spiritual  level because it has the help of grace, can make an act of Faith. The Gospel illustrates an example of both.
 
2.  Two sets of words out of the mouth; one showing no Faith; the other showing strong Faith.
     The TWO LEVELS
     The natural level is when man, endowed with body and intellect, acts using  both in his every day worldly affairs, like what to eat and wear;  how to work and build a house.  The spiritual level is when he acts using his body; and with his intellect enlightened by grace, thinks on how to go to heaven or what is right or wrong.
      Let us see these two levels illustrated in the Gospel of the 21th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Christ asked his disciples 'Who do people say that the son of man is?' Notice that two answers were given. One answer was pure human, natural knowledge; the other answer was enlightened by Faith.. This is similar to asking 'What is Faith' or 'who is Jesus,' and getting two answers; one from a protestant, a second from a true Catholic. The answers could be identical in wordings but from totally two different instructors; one a man , the other a God.
                                                                         
3.  THE FIRST  LEVEL is man thinking in the natural level but whose intellect is full of errors due to his fallen nature.  This is personified by the Pharisees and Sadducee who used their intelligence  but whose intellects were filled with errors regarding Christ.   All the world's sciences would fall in this category; politics, sociology, psychology, environmental concerns......this is natural human knowledge but filled with both spiritual and scientific errors.
     Because of original sin these acts are way below the nature of man that can perform superior activities.  This defect makes these acts sinful; basing it on the definition of St.Thomas who wrote that sin is the deprivation or absence of good, or a defective good, thereby  a defect in the act of human nature is morally evil. And this defect is projected in the words 'out of the mouth' like  a projection screen that shows the presence of vices and the absence of virtues.

     To Christ's question; 'Who do you say I am?' The Apostles gave the answer given by ordinary human beings born with original sin, probably with vices and without virtues.. 'He is the son of Joseph and Mary, a good man, probably a prophet and even possibly Elijah. Or he could be a total fraud. ' Well, that will be the usual answer  coming from men who is incapable of making an act of Faith and thus needs redemption.
       Included in this first level are intellectual knowledge on the level of philosophy.  Here they reason better according to their human nature; but do not cross into the spiritual level.  In this level the mind discerns in some certain degree what is right from wrong, what is good from bad. This level exhibits  knowledge of the different branches of philosophy.
     In answer to Jesus' question the disciples answered quoting this superior intellectual minds but still in the natural level; 'he is one of the prophets.'  Prophets are known for showing what is right from wrong and good from bad.
     This slightly higher level of intellectual functioning is ordinarily shown by the simple, ordinary people whom Christ considered closer to the truth than the Pharisees. It shows their natural discernment that Christ possessed the knowledge of good from evil and right from  wrong. That is a higher degree of truth about Christ but not yet completely right; because Christ was not only a brilliant philosopher nor a mere prophet. So, in effect, it is still a defective answer. And as such a defective Act of Faith; and being defective it is still sinful. That  answer is not so bad but not good enough for salvation. It is not yet an Act of Faith.
     The knowledge of those in the first level can be taught by any men and can be learned by any man. Later on Christ would say that His teachings and that of the Catholic Church does not fall under this category thus cannot be learned if one remains in the natural level. Cardinal Ratzinger would note this and quote it in his 'Ratzinger Report' why seminarians don't believe in God.

4. The words from the mouth of one with Faith.
The SECOND LEVEL is the supernatural level. All Catholic Truths, like how to go to heaven, are in the supernatural level. Here man acts using his body and his soul enlightened by grace. Knowledge in this level cannot be taught by books nor men; it is taught through Divine Revelations by God.
We can see this in Christ's comment to St. Peter who  answered; 'You are the Son of the Living God.'  It needs Faith to believe there is a God; and Faith to believe in His Son. Only those raised to the level of the theological virtues can think of this and consequently give such an answer.
     Christ noted two things; first, that such knowledge cannot be taught by mere man and secondly, that such spiritual knowledge can only be taught by 'My Heavenly Father,' to souls while in the state of contemplation.
     St. Peter's answer  can only come from the Father in Heaven. By this Christ showed that Peter.s words were a visible sign of his Faith.... still imperfect as the next Sunday Gospel will show...but good enough for him to receive the power to forgive sins.

5. INEVITABLE CONCLUSIONS.
 
    We have just seen that the knowledge of man in the natural state  expressed by word of mouth is a visible  sign of the absence of Faith; while the enlightened knowledge of a man in the supernatural state expressed by word of mouth is a visible sign of the presence of Faith. The former is personified by the Pharisees who obtained their knowledge from men;  and the latter is personified by St. Peter who obtained his knowledge from the Father in Heaven.
     Since the sign of no Faith is labeled on those who are taught by men; and the sign of Faith is labeled on those who are taught by the Father in Heaven.....we have concrete criteria by which to judge everyone if they are from God or not, as Christ, Himself, wants us to find out.  Though someone would object; 'who are we to judge.' Well sorry. Christ, Himself, told us to do so.

     a.) Let's return to the first response to Christ's question given by those that are taught by men.....thus showing the absence of Faith and, therefore, ignorance of Catholic Doctrines.
     Isn't this the situation in all seminaries, in all theological schools, in all Catholic schools, in all religious institutions and in all evangelization efforts in the Catholic world?  That all had been taught by men and women thus had remained in the natural level totally incapable of learning Catholic Truths.  Since the teachings of Christ are in the supernatural level their inability to rise from the natural level makes them fulfill the worse fears of Christ....they never even reached Faith nor Charity.
     The syllogism is clear. Those who learn from men are in the natural level. Those in the natural level cannot learn supernatural truths like the teachings of the Catholic Church. Therefore, all priest, bishops, cardinals and even the Pope who have learned from men do not know the teachings of the Catholic Church.
     Since men had been teaching men through the centuries, they would have remained natural-men up to now. And if they elect a pope they would certainly elect a man similar to themselves. And because he has remained in the natural level, without Faith and Charity, then he can only be an anti-pope.  I repeat what St. Robert Bellarmine S.J., Doctor of the Church wrote; without Faith  one would not be a pope, he is not even a bishop or priest because he is not even a Catholic.

     If mere men  taught men-seminarians in seminaries; and if all graduates in seminaries had remained in the natural level, does it mean that all seminarians who would subsequently become priests, bishops and cardinals and possibly a pope be in the natural level? And not having risen to the supernatural level are without Faith and Charity.  St. Bellarmine stated, they are not priests at all because they are not even Catholics.  If they are not priests at all what about their absolutions during confession and what about their consecrations during Mass?
      God would not allow the gates of hell prevail against the Church. His Divine Providence would certainly intervene.

     Let us give an actual intervention. Joseph Ratzinger, like all candidates to the priesthood, studied in a seminary and learned his theology from men the wrong way. He should have become like any priest today, with decayed Faith and cold Charity. But he loved the truth and studied and prayed on his own. He opened himself to God's grace and God intervenes; upon receiving grace he begun to see the serious defect in his seminary training. In fact, he saw it from the lecture of one of his own seminary professor who introduced him to the writings of John Cardinal Newman who precisely wrote on this future state of the Church engulfed in sin entitled 'The Infidelity of the future.' He tried to get out of that situation by further self-study. It was from St. Augustine's 'City of man' that he realized he had remained faithless in the natural level. And it was in St. Augustine's the 'City of God' that he learned how to get out of it and rise to the supernatural level. His Augustinian journey to the supernatural level was further strengthened by his thesis on the 'Theology of History according to St. Bonaventure' where he learned that the journey to the supernatural level consists in the 'journey of the mind to God,' the title of Bonaventures mystical theology.
     By the time he was head of CDF he had a clear picture of where he stood in the eschatology of the Catholic Church. He knew he could not teach Catholics the truths of the Church. Only God the Father can do that. But he knew evangelization is the process by which he can teach Catholics, not the truths, but how to rise up the supernatural level from where souls can learn the truths from God the Father.
     That is the 'new evangelization' of John Paul II and Benedict XVI. It is a perfect description on how he learned he was in the natural level leading to hell. How he was able to abandon that level. How he learned how to rise to the supernatural level.  And how to remain in that level while occasionally coming down to aid others to rise up. All of these are written down in his works and summarized in his 'Year of the Priests' and 'Year of Faith.' And this is what we are explaining for the imitation of all and described as the 'new evangelization.'

     b. We have just finished describing the state of those in the natural level; in brief, they are in the state where they have no Faith. Let us now go to the second response given by Peter to Christ's question. Christ praised Peter's response as a revelation directly from the Father in Heaven. A revelation from the Father can only happen to a contemplative, i.e. a soul who has the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity. This is the level in the spiritual life described as the 'illuminative way.' It is the highest degree in the spiritual life. Now, note what Christ does after declaring that His apostles have, indeed, reach that highest degree. He gives them the power of the Keys, the power to absolve sins.
     Let us return to our syllogism. If most of our priest, bishops and cardinals had been bogged down in the natural level because they had been, simply, learning from men and not from God.....this means that they have not reached this high degree in the spiritual life. Therefore, God would not give them the power of the Keys because they do not have the proper disposition to receive it. Most of our priest cannot absolve. So what do we do to the poor penitents who believed wrongly that they have been absolved? Pope Benedict's 'new evangelization' solved both the problem of the priest and of the penitent as we shall see when we explain the 'new evangelization.'
     We can see now, why we must first lay down the dogmatic truths pertaining to the eschatological image of the Church, like the 'decay of Faith.' So we can  show what problems the 'new evengelization' is trying to solve. We cannot be like doctors who prescribes to everybody 'take an aspirin and see me tomorrow.' We must go slowly and in detail in everything.


6.  We can see the state of the Church  just by listening to the words coming out of the mouth of the entire Church bureacracy.  The words from their mouth are no different from what we hear from daily newspapers, rock star magazines or Vogue magazines. Nothing supernatural; everything is down to earth and natural....from Pope Francis, down to the Bishop's, down to the parish priest and seminarian....and down among the laymen.
     The highest and most difficult act of Charity is demanded of us; this is fraternal correction. We cannot save anybody.  But we can evangelize by making all, priest first,  realize the state of their souls as prophesied by Christ, Himself, 'decayed Faith and cold Charity.' And make everyone worried that the power to absolve sin and consecrate the Bread and Wine had been withdrawn by God in this our age as He had threatened through the prophets.  But worse we should fear that together with these already occurring chastisements  He had, also, allowed the greatest chastisement...the rise of an anti-pope as prophesied by St. Hildegard of Bingen.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

THE CHANAANITE WOMAN and the daughter vexed by an evil spirit.

1. FIGURE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
     We have been painting the image of the Catholic Church; first, basing it on the dogmatic teachings of the Catechism, specifically on the writings of St. Augustine and  St. Robert Bellarmine on whose writings 'Lumen Gentium' was based on. Secondly, on the writings of St. Bonaventure (the Seraphic Doctor) and St.Hildegard (12th century German mystic) among the few quoted by Pope Benedict. And thirdly, by looking at the Church's eschatological image as portrayed in Mariology that was incorporated in 'Lumen Gentium. With these sources we hope to paint a picture of the Church as close as possible to the year 2014 as all Catholic worthy of the name should do.

2. WE BEGIN WITH THE GOSPELS
     On the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time,  we meditate on the Gospel about the Canaanite woman and her daughter who was vexed by evil spirits.
     There are 33 Sundays in Ordinary Time; starting after Pentecost and ending with the Feast of Christ the King. The Liturgical Year begins with Advent and ends with Christ the King. That is one whole year of instruction on the Catholic Faith. And the general Missal heading on the Sundays in Ordinary time is 'Instruction on the Faith'. It has some occasional sub- title like 'Keeping Sunday Holy on developing one's Faith.' So the 20th Sunday continues to teach us about Faith.
     The Gospel on this Sunday describes the Faith of the  Canaanite woman who, St. Thomas of Aquinas comments, is a figure of the Catholic Church. She prays like one inside the Catholic Church; she prays with great Faith. And Christ, Himself, said so;'Woman, you have great Faith. Your wish will come to pass.' Thus she is a figure of the Catholic Church and we should check if our Faith is as strong as hers by comparing the way we pray to the way she prays.  We attend the Liturgy to worship God and find out the progress of our souls.  Our ability to truly worship God depends upon the progress of our spiritual life.
                                                                           
3. THE CHANAANITE WOMAN.
     The Chanaanite woman was not a Jew; she was a Gentile. So she knew nothing of Scriptures; which makes her amazing knowledge of Christ clearly a work of grace. Let us study her actions. First, she admitted she had a problem that she cannot solve.  Second, note that she did not bring her daughter to a psychiatrist or psychologist. Third, he left her town in search for Divine help in the person of Christ. Fourth, she prays to Christ while outside the house.  Fifthly, as Christ did not mind her while entering the house, she,too, enters the house and continues to pray for help. And sixthly, she humbles herself in adoration and in unceasing prayer. Those are the six steps of a prayer with great Faith. The important facts here are not the six steps nor the prayer but the great Faith of which the previous steps are necessary dispositions.

     Let us go again, one by one, through the six steps. First, the woman knew she had a problem that was completely beyond her capabilities. It was a hopeless case. She cannot be helped by ordinary means, she needs extraordinary help. She was convinced of this.  This conviction is shown in the second step; she did not call for an ordinary help, like a neighbor or a shaman precisely because she knew this problem was beyond all human help. She did not even approach the Apostles who were beside Christ.  Thirdly, realizing that this problem was beyond human help she abandons the human sphere and goes to the Divine sphere for Divine help. Fourthly,  so the woman leaves her town, the figure of the human level, and through an act of natural Faith rises to the Divine level where she meets Christ; but she meets Christ outside the house (the Church) where Christ does not mind her. Fifthly, then Christ enters the house, a figure of His entering the Church, and the woman, also, enters the Church still continuing to beg in prayer. Now, note the description of this sixth step. Christ and the woman entered the Church where she continues to pray. That is a perfect picture of Faith; the woman and Christ, both inside the Church with the woman praying in adoration and contemplation shown by the fact that she worshiped Christ and addressed Him as 'Lord.'  Only a contemplative in adoration can truly address Christ as Lord.  Christ acknowledges the state of her soul saying; 'Woman, you have great  Faith....' It was a description of a Catholic within the Church who truly has the theological virtue of Faith. It was perfect Faith that shows, also, perfect Charity.

     It was because of this dogma that Pope Benedict described those inside the Catholic Church as souls who are contemplatives symbolized in the Psalms as 'Sion' which means contemplative. And where he insisted that evangelizers like priests, bishops and cardinals should, also, be contemplatives.....quoting the description of the Catholic Church by St. Bonaventure, the Seraphic Doctor of the Church. And it is because of this same dogma why Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI declared Our Lady of Guadalupe as the Patroness of the 'New Evangelization'. Because she is the Apocalyptic Woman who abandoned the world (the natural sphere) to fly and live in the desert (the supernatural sphere) the figure of the contemplative.....praying unceasingly just like the Canaanite woman in the Gospel.

4. THE INFIDELITY OF THE PRESENT AGE.
     This was the title of a popular treatise written by Blessed John Cardinal Newman which described perfectly this present age....the description is completely contrary to the Gospel description of the Canaanite woman;  thus heavily hinting that the present church is unlike the Canaanite woman which is a symbol of the True Church of  Christ. In short, where is the Catholic Church? Let us look at the opposite picture, the present church.
     First, we do not believe we are in deep trouble. We even think we are entering a spring time misquoting Pope John xxiii. What he said was that he foresees a springtime but we are in an autumn where everything in the Church is dead. Secondly,   that we can solve all our problems; from drug addiction to divorce, from economics to terrorism, from celibacy to evangelization...we can even save our own souls.  From Pope Francis down to the Bishop Synod, not to mention all the parish priest, all have a human solution to all the problems in the world. Thirdly, so we do not leave the worldly solutions; sticking to them resolutely though centuries had proven that these solutions do not work and only make things worse. Fourthly, there is absolutely no recourse to spiritual or Catholic solutions even in the very halls of the Vatican though half the world is already crying for help. Fifthly,  Christ had already entered the house (the Church) but because of the 'decay of Faith' and the 'waxing cold of Charity' (those deadly spiritual ebolae) most priests, bishops, cardinals and even possibly the present Pope  are outside the house....in that they keep on giving their own solutions rather than the solutions that Christ gives only to those inside the house.  And so number six, the sign of 'great Faith'  is NOWHERE. And this is precisely what John Paul II and Benedict XVI is trying to cure with their 'NEW EVANGELIZATION'  and which they presented to the whole world to study for a whole year in the just concluded "Year of Faith."

5.  THE DAUGHTER WHO WAS VEXED BY EVIL SPIRITS.
     The young girl vexed by evil spirits is the daughter of the Chanaanite woman.  The young girl  is outside the Church. The Chanaanite woman is the Catholic Church; the daughter is one who thinks she is a Catholic but who truly is not a Catholic. "Lumen Gentium" quoting St. Augustine describes the woman as a member of the spiritual church while the daughter is a member of the physical church. The easier comparison is; the Chanaanite woman is the wheat, while the daughter is a cockle. Remember that the cockle was planted by the devil and later on burnt.
      In the Gospel we see the house. Christ enters and inside explained all things to His apostles. The explaining is what enables souls to make an Act of Faith.   Those outside the Church are under the domination of the devil.
     Those within the Church are described according to their degrees of perfection,  while those outside the Church are described according to their degrees of imperfections or defects.

     Under the devil's dominion.
      Ignorance.   The first defect is man acting below the level of his human nature by not using his intellect,  a power of his soul. Gilbert Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc, two great thinkers, had always written with great hilariousness that the 18th Century was an age when the whole human race had completely stopped thinking. Chesterton, in fact, quipped that if only all men would sit down and think they will all become Catholics. Indeed, only people who think can become good Catholics. Because Faith is an complex act of the intellect.  And yes, indeed, any philosopher can see that at that era the whole world had completely stopped thinking. Men lived and spoke by mere slogans read on billboards and advertisements, like 'just do it.' Good grief, do what? Ooops, the reason is not working. This is symptomatic of original sin, that the soul is still under the dominion of the devil. The daughter was vexed by the evil spirits in this way.....as all men who do not use their minds.
     Physical possession by the devil.
     When people do not use their intellect, the free will is on the loose like a wild bronco.  Without the guidance of the intellect, the free will does what it wills....which was the sin of Lucifer, Adam and Eve. With that they become easily physically  possessed by the devil as any virus or bacteria can easily possess the physical body......but not the souls. In the Gospels, Christ drove away devils from persons physically possessed. Exorcists can easily do this by merely teaching the possessed to make an act of repentance. And monastic tradition has it that mere living the monastic life frees possessed persons (since both repentance and monasticism are act of the intellect). Though possession is still very common today prompting the Vatican to establish a school of exorcism, exorcists had noticed that the 'new' post -Vatican II procedure for exorcism had been watered down and is not so effective. Exorcists say the devil just laughs at them. The Canaanite daughter, also, falls under this category.
     Spiritual possession by the devil.
      Judas was spiritually possessed. Let us see how it took place. First, Judas joined the apostles for the wrong reason. The Fathers noted that Judas saw the gifts the apostles were receiving and wanted to partake of them. Secondly,  appointed as keeper of the funds he helped himself occasionally with it. He was stealing.  Thirdly,  because of this vice he was unable to make an act of Faith, he remained a pagan all the time.  Fourthly, enslaved by the vice of avarice and devoid of the virtue of Faith Lucifer entered into him.  Fifthly, being one mind and one heart with Satan he betrays Christ.
     The daughter does not fall under this category. Judas is the classic example of this kind of possession. Note that the mother could pray for the daughter. Not even Christ could help Judas.
   
     Notice that the three levels of diabolical possessions are based on the inability to use the intellect according to one's human nature. The intellect is the faculty that makes the Act of Faith. The inability to use the intellect properly makes it impossible to make the Act of Faith. And if ever there is a little or weak Faith,  it easily 'DECAYS' because of avarice.  If avarice had entered even the Church as early as the time of Constantine the Great how much more today. St. Ambrose of Alport, a Benedictine monk had raised the warning on how avarice had destroyed  the Church during his era. And Pope Benedict repeats this warning today as he quoted Ambrose. Christ, Himself, prophesied that this age will be an age where men will be lovers of money.

     Judas, one of the first bishop and apostle,  is the fore-shadowing of what will happen to the Catholic priesthood during this era.
     The atmosphere of the world today is perfect for spiritual possession of the devil.  A slight prosperity destroyed the Church in the time of Constantine. The damage to the Church was incalculable through the centuries specially during the time of St. Francis of Assisi. All the saints fought this particular vice, avarice. Today we have reached the height of material prosperity which is the object of avarice. Pope Benedict had warned that avarice has entered the Church. It is like saying what Pope Paul VI said; that Satan had entered the Catholic Church.

     Exorcists cannot exorcise spiritually possessed persons. We do not even know the visible signs or the symptoms of spiritual possession. No one has been able to diagnose this kind of possession. There is absolute no theological treatise on this diabolical possession. The only thing we know is that it is worse than physical possession and this diabolical possession is identical to what happened to Judas.
     Let us, at least, learn the little we know about Judas and see who, today, is he a type of.
     First, Judas look very ordinary that absolutely none of the apostles suspected what he was up to. Today, those spiritually possessed look ordinary; like ordinary president, vice president, senators, representatives, public relation officers, judges, etc... And like Judas, they would look like ordinary priests, bishops, cardinals, apostles and even a pope. They can look like nuns, brothers or even monks. Nobody would suspect they are possessed except Christ and those with the theological virtue of Faith, like John the Evangelist.
     Secondly, they will look ordinary but they will have a diabolical attraction. People of different sinful tendencies would be attracted to them because they tend to tolerate if not down right encourage the sinful desires of all. Thus in an election or popularity contest they can win hands down. They will be elected without the people knowing why.
     Thirdly, they have a deep secret love of self and of money though exteriorly they teach love of neighbors and poverty. St. Thomas of Aquinas warned us that every virtue has its opposite vice that imitates that virtue, like the vice of same sex attraction can be mistaken for compassion.
     Fourthly, in everything they are against the teachings and commands of Christ thus they are anti-Christs...the very description of Lucifer.
     Fifthly, externally they kiss Christ, like kissing a woman's feet on Good Friday who has no semblance to Christ. Christ calls that kiss a betrayal; 'why does thou betray the Son of Man with a kiss?

     In the previous posts we have been describing an era today that conforms to the prophecy of Christ who described it as an era characterized by a 'decay of Faith' and the 'waxing cold of Charity.' Then, we begun collecting the logical conclusions from the same sources; like the lost of power to absolve sin and to consecrate the Sacred Species during Mass. Now, let us add the message of today's Gospel; the Church, represented by the Chanaanite Woman is nowhere around (remember where she went?) and her daughter is not only vexed by evil spirits but spiritually possessed by Satan, like Judas. In such a situation since even Jesus Christ and His eleven original apostles could not do anything what do you think man can do?
     Any one who tries to do anything which Christ, Himself, would not do, like driving away Satan from Judas, is trying to be like gods.  Isn't that the sin of Lucifer and the temptations of Adam and Eve? We live in a world spiritually possessed by Lucifer. Since neither Christ nor the Apostles could anything, God had transferred the Church to the desert as shown by the 'Signum Magnum' of the Apocalypse. In the meantime, in the world abandoned by the Woman, Pope Francis and the Bishop's Synod are trying to do what Christ would not do....driving away Lucifer in a world spiritually possessed like Judas. That is trying to play gods....the very sin of Lucifer.



Monday, August 18, 2014

THE ASSUMPTION - The Catholic Church after the Storm at Sea.

 IMAGES OF THE CHURCH.
    There is an end to this earth; but not for the rest of the universe. The reason the Fathers gave was that this world was a testing place for the children of Adam and Eve and there should be an end to the test. No one is being tested in other parts of the universe no matter how much science fiction love to entertain the idea.
     God gave us much pre-figures and foreshadowings to prepare us for the dreadful final judgment. One  is the Gospel on the 19th Sunday in Ordinary time.  Let us recall the incident backwards. This is a picture of the end times shown by the last statement where the disciples worshiped Christ saying; 'Beyond doubt, you are the Son of God.' That statement could only be uttered by the Apostles in heaven because their Faith is 'beyond doubt.' This is not possible on earth.  The boat, symbol of the Catholic Church, had been brought before the Beatific Vision. That is the end of the history of the Catholic Church.
     From the end of the story and going to the beginning, we see St Peter and his future  successor almost at the point of being overwhelmed by Lucifer and his co-horts; something that had been happening before but most violently at this time as portrayed in the Gospel. The Pope cannot use anymore such instruments as a General Council or a Bishop's Synod and much more so he cannot use psychology and psychiatry. He has only one recourse; to recall his exegesis and St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Patroness of the 'New Evangelization.' She did nothing to save souls except to pray.....just like St. Peter shown in the buffeted boat. So the successor of St. Peter leaves the boat 'to pray for the Church' as someone said after seemingly resigning. But he did not abandoned his job as the Head-Pilot of the boat. He clearly said he was leaving to pray for the Church. He was leaving his material presence in the Church to go to Christ and pray because that Church  is being overwhelmed by Vatileak and other countless deviations from doctrines.   He could trust no one because everyone is part of the gay lobby. Peter's successor had to go straight to Christ.....straight to Christ as the Canaanite woman did. Christ escorts the same successor who left the boat momentarily..... back into the boat; thus fulfilling His Second Coming and, personally, re-appointing the Pope.  Then the boat, the Church, is brought to heaven.
     Those who were in the boat were only the Apostles. Where were the 5,000 previously fed in the desert? They were not in the boat.  Just like at the time of Noah. When  the end came  most of the people were still out of the boat. God, Himself, shut the door of Noah's Ark so no one could enter. The same will happen in these days... God will shut the door of the Catholic Church as in the time of Noah and most Catholics will realize too late that they are outside.
     So John Paul II and Benedict's 'new evangelization' was, precisely, an invitation for all Catholics to find out where they are; inside or outside. And in these posts we are reviewing what they wrote.
                                                                             
 THE CHURCH IS ASSUMED INTO HEAVEN.
     All who were in the boat are the Catholics specifically described in a similar boat trip in Lake Tiberias after the Resurrection of Christ. St. Thomas' description of the two boat trips is identical. Note that in the former boat trip the successor of St. Peter leaves the boat for a while and returns back into the boat with Christ;  the Second Advent occurs while Peter is appointed head again. Then all the living souls within the Church are assumed to heaven body and soul.....just like the Blessed Virgin Mary. Unlike the Blessed Virgin the members of the Church will not die;  St. Paul writes 'they will meet Christ as He descends to judge the world.' Today's feast of the Assumption is a continuation of last Sunday's Gospel and a foreshadowing of the Church today.
     The Assumption continues the theme of the 33 Sundays describing both the Catholic Church and the Faithful within the Church. While describing the assumption of the Catholic Church body and soul to heaven just like Mary, the Mass continues to describe the Catholic Church. The waves buffeting the boat in last Sunday's Gospel is a huge red, flaming dragon, referring to the leaders of the devil let loose on these days.  To protect the Church, God transfers her to a special place prepared for her in the desert (first reading of Assumption.)
     Before the Church is assumed to heaven body and soul, God gives her a period of rest in the desert after battling the dragon. Note the sequence of events; the Church fights the dragon while in the world, then God brings her to the desert for a rest. But the devil continues to attack the Church in the desert but to no effect because God would foil all the attacks of the devil. What is that special place? In the 'new evangelization' Pope Benedict describes the Church quoting his thesis on St. Bonaventure. His definition is a further development of the commentary of St. John Chrysostom and St. Augustine on monasticism and is specifically described as the life of contemplation.  This identical to  'resting in the Lord'  which is the spiritual meaning of Sunday rest. It is not a physical place but a spiritual state. Though it is described as a mystical 'desert.'
     Even if we do not have an idea of what a mystical desert, a cursory idea of monasticism and the life in the desert will show that most priest, bishop, cardinal and even the present pope is not living that life though St. Ignatius lived this life in Manresa under the tutelage of the monk Cisneros.  Pope Benedict using the words of St. Bonaventure calls the desert  'new monasticism.'
     Pope Benedict is describing the Catholic Church as the floundering boat in the 19th Sunday in Ordinary time and the 'Signum Magnum' of the feast of the Assumption. We can no longer find these signs in all the parishes, in all the dioceses and not even in the Vatican because the Church is no longer in the world. She had been given two wings and had flown in the desert in a very special place prepared by God for her to rest a little before her own assumption into heaven.
     For these reasons Pope Benedict had to leave the papacy for a while to join, in spirit, the true Church in the desert, and like the Canaanite woman, to pray for her daughter the so-called catholics vexed by evil spirits.......there to rest for a while in contemplation.

TO BE ASSUMED LIKE MARY WE MUST BE PART OF MARY.
     If we wish to be assumed to heaven like the Blessed Virgin we must be a part of 'the Woman', the 'Signum Magnum.' She has flown to the 'mystical' desert. She is no longer in the world where everybody is. This mystical desert is the life of contemplation, a life of unceasing prayer where souls 'magnify the Lord' (as Mary exclaimed in the Magnificat) focusing their minds and hearts towards God, unceasingly thinking of His presence and unceasingly finding out His Will. Unceasingly!!! Do you know anybody doing that? To be part of that Church, Pope Benedict had to step down from everything that had nothing to do with unceasingly prayer ....and truly be part of that 'Great Sign' that appeared in the sky and remain as the Pope of the True Church which is now in the desert. Everybody who is not in the desert at this time of the eschatological history of the Church is not part of the Church; thus the need for a 'new evangelization' because we are in new grounds.

HOW DOES THE  'NEW EVANGELIZATION' WORK.
     We can now touch on the 'new evangelization' of John Paul II and Benedict XVI because it seems everyone is getting them wrong.

     The 'new evangelization'  can only be understood and implemented if we know this evangelical scenario which was developed by the so-called 11 Marian Popes also described as the Popes of the Second Advent. The image of the Church as the 'Signum Magnum' of the Apocalypse and her image in the Gospels before, after and during the Assumption of the B.V.M. shows the connection between Mariology, ecclesiology and eschatology. Vatican II clearly states that Mariology must be explained eschatologically and in view of ecclesiology.  This was clearly begun by Pope Pius IX, whose papacy looked exactly like St. Peter in the sinking boat and who begun to steer the boat towards 'the desert' with his proclamation of the Immaculate Conception. Her  popular image is the 'signum magnum.'  The 'new evangelization' was perfected by Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI with the description of the Catholic Church in the 'Year of the Faith.' The patroness of the 'new evangelization' is Our Lady of Guadalupe which is the Apocalyptic 'Signum Magnum.'
     As briefly as we can let us describe how the 'new evangelization work.' It goes this way; the 'Woman' and her children are now in the desert. She  sends her children to the world to point to the people in the world the Church that can only be found in the desert. The 'evangelizer' returns to the desert and leads the 'convert' into the desert to enter the Catholic Church;  there to grow in Faith, Hope and Charity. After recharging his own soul with the virtue of Charity the 'evangelizer returns to the world; points to the Woman in the desert and invites souls to go to the desert where the Church is now. The 'convert' goes to the desert to be able to enter the Church which is in the desert and receive the virtue of Faith;  and within the Church grow in Hope and Charity. And so forth and so on...... That is the 'new evangelization' which, it seems no one knows and no one is doing. Everybody is doing the opposite.
     Pope Benedict was emphatic that evangelizers should be contemplatives, graduates from the desert school (using the imageries of St. Bonaventure and Augustine). After the Bishop's Synod of 2012 he and the ITC (which at that time was a Pontifical Commission) observed that the Synod missed the essence of 'evangelization' which unfortunately is now being observed by Pope Francis, the Bishop's Synod and all priests.
     Today they  exhort those in the world who are outside the Church  to teach the people in the world to remain in the world where the Church is no longer in.  And then they  preach to those who are in the desert to return to  the world and mess it up.  That is the teaching from Pope Francis, approved by the Bishop's Synod and observed by all priests. As our Lady of Fatima described it; it is a procession of laymen, priest, bishops, cardinals and led by the pope that leads to hell. We are in the wrong direction.  The 'new evangelization' is a frantic call for all to check their maps and GSPs...namely, Divine Revelation, the Fathers of the Church and the writings of previous holy Popes. And if we have time, the messages of the approved Marian apparitions.

CLEAR LEANING TOWARDS THE WRONG DIRECTION IN VAT. II
     'Gaudium et Spes,' bothered Benedict very badly. The Document many times went  against the concept of the Church as described in Divine Revelations (like the concepts mentioned above). It even goes against 'Lumen Gentium'. Then, it is further  badly interpreted by the spirit of Vatican II (whose spirit we must check if it is truly from God as Christ commanded). 'Gaudium et Spes', in summary  tells us to leave the desert (where the Church is) and go get married to the world (where the Church no longer is.) Where will that lead you to? Fortunately, the document can still be interpreted correctly.
   
     The wrong leaning was more obvious when Cardinal Sin of the Philippines suggested that Mary be tackled in a separate document that was tending to pure emotionalism which is the spirit of the world. This showed in his preference for the Immaculate Conception and not Our Lady of Guadalupe. But that is the same Mary. The council Fathers over-ruled Cardinal Sin and approved combining the role of Mary with the document on the Church which makes devotion to her oriented towards  ecclesiological and eschatological, the method we are following here.

IN SUMMARY
     Because of the 'decay of Faith' and the 'waxing cold of Charity' that has worsen the Church it is in great danger of sinking. Ordinary means like Council and Synods cannot help her. The Pope must use the last resort. He must abandon the ship for a while and with Faith walk towards Christ with the plea to enter the boat. After having gone into the boat the first time, to do so would be to re-enter the boat a second time thus fulfilling His Second Advent. But before this the Church must rest for a while undisturbed with her Pope, in a special place in the desert 'waiting with joyful hope for the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ'.....which we recite every Mass after the 'Our Father.'


Thursday, August 14, 2014

THE CHURCH and the POPE in a stormy sea

 The Gospel is about the Apostles in a boat in the midst of a stormy sea.

     This Gospel, in the midst of the Sundays in Ordinary Time, describes the Catholic Church and everything going on within her.  It has three levels of meanings. The first level is meanings taken from first impressions. The second is a deeper explanation of the truths it is presenting.  The third is its eschatological and mystical meaning, i.e. what lesson it is teaching us today.

     The first impression one gets from the Gospel is a sailing event that got into some bad weather. And some magician took the opportunity to show off some tricks. The second level is more serious. The apostles were in the boat and they were in trouble because a bad sea surge hit them and there is danger of sinking. The Son God appears walking on the water. No tricks here.  Desperate of their situation, Peter leaves the boat to go and ask Christ for help because he was desperate. He felt they could sink before Christ was within hearing distance. But he knew he could not tell Christ his prayerful wish unless he walked towards Christ. So first he prays to be able to approach Him so afterwards he can tell Him his more urgent prayer.  Christ grants his first prayer and says; 'Come.' And Peter obeys.  Because of this obedience he, too, walks on water. While doing so, his mind which was focused on obedience to Christ's command was distracted and swerved away from his more urgent prayer.  A distraction caused him to lose his concentration on his prayer. For a short while he ceased to pray and he sinks. Christ allows him to sink to teach him a lesson on how to pray unceasingly which is the sign of Faith. He came and caught Peter by the hand. Now with Christ, Peter presents his more urgent prayer....for Christ to board and save the boat. Christ, also, grants, this second petition. So together they entered the boat. With Christ in His Church the sea calmed and the boat was now safe. The rest of the Apostles exclaimed; 'Beyond doubt, You are the Son of God.'
                                                                                 
     This is the second level of interpretation but St. Thomas of Aquinas is not done yet. The focus is now on the Faith of St. Peter. The Gospel shows the five steps which make up the elements of Peter's Faith.
      First; St. Peter realized he was in deep trouble and he did not have the solution. Only Christ can help him. Faith is when we believe that  we can do absolutely nothing without God's help. Without God we can do nothing;  that we cannot save our souls, we cannot be happy, we cannot make other happy, we cannot solve national problems, we cannot solve family problems, we cannot solve problems of addiction and depression, we cannot find a husband or wife, we cannot have children or even pass a test..... without God's help. More, that we should believe that we cannot convert the Orthodox, the Anglicans, the Pentecostals and the Buddhist without God's help. Furthermore, that no one can absolve sins, consecrate Bread and Wine and preach a good homily without God's help, since God is the prime mover of such activities. But no one believes these things anymore. This proves the onset of the 'decay of Faith' and the 'waxing cold of Charity' today which Christ prophesied and which we have been mentioning in previous posts. St. Peter believed no one could save them from their predicament except God alone. Faith is belief in this reality.
      Second; St. Peter looked to Him, who alone can help him.....God, in the person of Jesus Christ. But momentarily He was not around. A few moments more of fear in the stormy sea just to strengthen their desire that will improve their act of Faith. Then Peter sees Christ walking on water some distant afar off and proceeds to the second element of Faith, i.e. to approach Him because He alone can help; 'I can do nothing here, You have got to help me' was in his mind. But He was far off separated by gusty winds and raging waves. Peter was saying his first prayer (the Publican's prayer) in preparation for his second prayer (the Chanaanite woman's prayer.)
     Thirdly; St. Peter had to approach Christ first before he can present his urgent prayer. So Christ grants Peter's first prayer and commands him. Obedience to His command, and not his first prayer,  will be the sign of Peter's Faith; 'Come.' Peter shows his Faith by obedience, not by walking on water. The latter was merely the consequence of his Faith shown in the act of obedience to the command, 'Come.'
     Fourthly;  to show the growth of Peter's Faith, Christ continues to give him progressive commands. He follows the first command with a negative command. Peter, if you believe there is nothing you can do about the situation show it by abandoning the boat and come to Me for help. This is equivalent to 'Deny yourself." It is like saying; if you truly believe (and this is part of Faith) that there is nothing you can do to save your family then leave father, mother, etc (this is the negative) and come follow Me (the positive). If you believe you cannot make them happy, then abandon them for while and come to Me for help. Without the conviction of your helplessness (which is humility) shown by your abandoning the ship God will not respond by listening and granting your more urgent prayer. So leave the boat and come to Me. Leave first the world and seek Me. These two make up the fourth element of Faith. We can see that Peter left the boat and was about to go to Christ. Keep in mind that before Peter left the boat he was convinced that he had to go to Christ for help. Peter's conviction is his motive for leaving the boat; just as saving the souls of one's family should be a father's motive for leaving his family. We have to make sure Peter had Faith even before we suggest he leave the boat; just as we have to make sure a seminarian has Faith before we tell him to leave his family and home to enter the priesthood; otherwise nobody will leave anything.
     Fifthly;  Peter says; 'I will not move unless You command me.' So Christ gives Peter a series of commands.  We read in the Gospel that Peter does nothing unless it is Christ's command; 'Depend on Me for everything,' 'Pray unceasingly for My mercy,' 'Leave the boat,' ' come to me,' 'And pray that I enter and save the boat, the Church.' And if you keep on obeying Me I will reward you by showing you without doubt that I am the Son of God (which is heaven.)
      Peter obeys; look for and prays to Christ for safety. Then Peter leaves the Church. Then he walks on water. Imperfect in Faith he ceased praying for a moment and sinks in the sea. Then he resumes obeying and grabs Christ's hand in obedience. Then Peter returns to the boat with Christ who would enter the boat for the last time.  Peter's Faith grows to perfection in one stormy night.
 
Now, let us go to the eschatological and mystical meaning of the Gospel. While the above two levels of meanings can be learned from the first impressions on the readings of the Mass, this portion must be well prepared by the priest for the homily  since this portion is not found in Scriptures.  It must be researched through meditation and contemplation on Divine Revelation, the Fathers of the Church and the pronouncements of the valid Popes of the Church. Evidently the writings of the Doctors and occasional messages from the approved apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary are very valuable helps.  Note that the source for this third level is contemplation and not the writings mentioned. A confusion between contemplation and the writings had caused havoc on the Church because on the dependency on research rather than on prayer.
     Let us go to the three main characters; Jesus Christ as He is. The Pope as successor of St. Peter. And the boat which is the Catholic Church in a very specific time in history. We are interpreting the Gospel as it should be happening today. This is eschatology and it is based on the mystical meaning of the Gospel.
     CHRIST  was not in the boat. He was in the mountain praying. Keep in mind He is not in the boat. On one occasion Christ was in the boat sleeping; and they were also in the midst of a storm.'This describes the story of the Church during the first Advent of Christ from His birth up to His Crucifixion. That was quite a storm, indeed.  But this time  Christ was not with them. Remember that we must see the Gospel message as some event happening in the future. Christ was not in the boat because He had ascended to heaven after the Ascension. This is the image of the Church after the Ascension until the Second Advent. The Second Advent is when Christ returns to the boat.
     Let us now look at the storm. There were storms from the time Christ was born and it will grow worse until the end of time. Let us briefly describe this storm (we shall describe it in more detail in another post.) All pagans will deteriorate to become morally worse than animals. While Christian sects will join the pagans in attacking the Church. But since both have descended below the natural level their attacks will be in the sub-natural or human socio-economic level.' While the Catholic cockles having lost their Faith will drag Catholics down. These will mostly be cardinals, bishops, priest, brothers and nuns who have lost their Faith. They would be using Catholic theological terms in propagating heresies. Having lost their Faith, they have no power to absolve nor consecrate the Body and Blood of Christ; and they would not know the authentic Catholic evangelization for the salvation of souls. The storm as our Lady described in Quito, Ecuador is total darkness with regard to the Truths of Divine Revelation. Absolutely no one can evangelize due to total ignorance. As Pope Benedict wants to remind us; there will be a few exception but we do not know who and where they are. Because there is absolutely no one who can lead souls to God, Pope Benedict addressed this problem by supplying us with all the documents we need to learn to enter the Church of the apostles and the Fathers of the Church.  
     Let us now look at the Church.  Lucifer is instigating the storm against the Church and she is constantly in danger of sinking.  In fact, many journalist had been announcing the demise of the Catholic Church since the 'God is dead' clamor in Germany. Today, the Church is not only in trouble ; she seems to have disappeared from the face of the earth. But she easily resurrects somewhere.
     Let us now look at St. Peter, the most interesting personage . That was indeed St. Peter in the Gospel and he represents the future valid Popes. St. Peter represents all Popes but in this Gospel, he represents a particularly, specific Pope in the future. Firstly, he represents a Pope who will rule the Church during its darkest hour. Secondly;  our Lady calculated this darkest century to be after the year 2000 A.D. Thirdly,  during this darkest hour , as Paul VI observed,  because the devil had entered and is causing havoc all over the Church,  a successor of St. Peter will opt to leave the externals of the Papacy as Peter left the boat 'in order to pray for the Church,' as Peter similarly did.  St. Peter Celestine did something similar; he abandoned the externals of the Papacy in imitation of St. Peter who stayed in the roof,  to pray for the Church...but without resigning. But differing from Peter Celestine, St. Peter abandoned the boat for a moment without giving up his papacy to specifically ask Christ to board the boat again..... as He did before in quite similar circumstance. This was tantamount to asking Christ to return to the boat as He did during His first Advent. To request Christ to board the boat again is to ask Him for His Second Advent. Note what happened next. When Christ re-boarded the Church, the Apostles confessed ;' Beyond doubt You are the Son of God.' This is a confession that can only be made in Heaven before the Beatific Vision...according to St. Thomas of Aquinas. This Gospel is showing the last picture of the Church before the end of the world. And it will be preceded by a Pope momentarily abandoning the externals of the Papacy to approach Christ and pray for His Second Advent in the boat, the Church. The Pope does not resign but accompanies Christ back into the boat and the boat proceeds to heaven. It is significant that St. Peter was retained as the Pope during that storm at sea. Because when this pre-figured Gospel incident occurred the Pope was Peter who was not elected by a conclave but personally appointed by Christ. Similarly, the Pope that shall leave the boat for a while to invite Christ to re-enter the Church for the Second Coming will not be elected by a conclave. He will also be appointed by Christ just like Peter. So tradition has it that after the Pope who leaves the boat to pray for the Church re-invites Christ into the boat, like Peter,he will be again appointed directly by God and will be named 'Peter Romanus'.  The Church begun with Peter and ends with Peter. And who is the Pope who will do what St. Peter did in today's Gospel. A Pope who like St. Peter is personally appointed by Christ and not elected by a conclave....after whom there will be no more valid  Popes.
   
   







 
   
   

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