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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.
   
   







 
   
   

Monday, August 11, 2014

UNDERSTANDING the 'NEW EVANGELIZATION'

1. UNDERSTANDING THE 'NEW EVANGELIZATION.'
     Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI were the ones who popularized the word 'new evangelization.' Though it was Pope Benedict who insisted that this is not 'new' but the same classical, evangelical 'evangelization' taught by Christ in the last chapter of the Gospel of St. Matthew and read as the Gospel of Ascension which all articles on the subject quote.
     As noted, however, the Catholic World could not understand Benedict; neither  the priests, nor the bishops and neither most of the cardinals.  He was speaking over their heads because their hearts were down in the world.  The world could hear his parables but could not join him inside the house, as the Apostles did, to hear the meaning of his parables. It was the sure sign of what he suspected all along. That the church has lost her Faith. His three important encyclicals, 'Deus Caritas Est,'' Spes Salvi' and 'Caritas in Veritate' though praised politely, fell on deaf ears. All of Benedict's audiences, writings and talks met the same fate. The problem was not with him. As he, himself, had already noted when he was a professor in Tubingen and much more in the 1980s, the Catholic faith is nowhere to be found in the world. Of course, he very well knew where it is to be found; and he showed signs of groping for her in the dark; sort of ' I think it's there  but I can't put my finger on her'. It surely is somewhere. So Benedict did a St. Peter; a St. Peter on the roof and a St. Peter on the waves. What a noble papacy! He did exactly as St. Peter did; of which he was a worthy successor.
     Though the 'new evangelization' was authored by both John Paul II and Benedict XVI no one else seems to understand it; no well- explained article about it can be found in the Internet.  Though there are countless articles on the topic of the 'new evangelization' it does not resemble Benedict's concept by a mile. The official Vatican documents, like the 'Lineamenta'  and the 58 proposals quote word by word the words of Christ describing His formula of evangelization, then  they suddenly drop the two most important elements of His command and dwell on countless topics that had nothing to do with evangelization.   If there is no clear commentary in the Internet, there is probably none anywhere.
                                                                             

2.  THE NEGATIVE characteristics.
     We have been describing the NEGATIVE characteristics of the Church in the past posts. These are signs of what the Catholic Church should NOT be. These are bad and ugly signs prophesied by Christ  that will happen to His Church.  And these had been confirmed in the Epistles, by the Fathers of the Church, by the Popes and by the messages of Mary in her apparitions.  Two signs often repeated by Christ are the 'decay of Faith' and 'the waxing cold of Charity.'  Pope Benedict's 'new evangelization' describes these negative sign and explains why they happened.
   
3.  THE POSITIVE characteristics
     The POSITIVE signs describes the true image of the Catholic Church TODAY. It had been described by the prophets in the Old Testament, further described by Christ in the New Testament, described by the Fathers of the Church like St. Augustine, described by modern saints like St. Bonaventure and described by Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict.  In summary, it is described by 'Lumen Gentium' quoting St. Augustine and St. Robert Bellarmine.  This is the true Catholic Church.
Pope Benedict's 'new evangelization' describes these positive signs as pure acts of God.

4. THE 'NEW EVANGELIZATION' AND THE TWO ABOVE characteristics.
     The 'new evangelization' of John Paul II and Benedict XVI is a papal attempt to teach men to avoid the negative signs which are humanly avoidable and expressed in the NEGATIVE characteristics........and to pray unceasingly meditating on the Words of God, which is the only way to enhance the beauty of the POSITIVE signs which is her goal of perfection. So to understand and be able to put the 'new evangelization' into practice we must first fully understand the negative character and how to  avoid it, secondly, we must know the positive character it is enhancing and how to attain and perfect it. Knowledge of these two signs is like the barricade on both sides of the road that will help us go straight. This barricade is lacking today;  so our evangelizations has no direction. Everyone is going off the road, down to the cliffs.

5. PAST POSTS ARE MAINLY ON THE NEGATIVE SIGNS.
     The negative signs which the Church should not have, were  prophesied by Christ, thus;  it will experience the 'decay of Faith' and the 'waxing cold of Charity.'  These happened  even when Christ was alive. It was present always through Church history except it will be worse today. We must know what 'worse' means.

     The NEGATIVE SIGNS PROPHESIED BY CHRIST ARE;  the 'decay of faith' and the 'waxing cold of Charity'. Then we noted the consequences of these negative signs with prophecies from  the prophets of the Old Testament. The consequences are; the lost of the priestly power to absolve and the power to offer the Eucharistic Sacrifice.

      NO POWER TO ABSOLVE SINS. When did Christ give the power to forgive sins to theApostles?  After 2 -3 years? He gave it at a specific stage in their spiritual training; just before Easter at the same time when He gave them the power to love their neighbors (which is a power that comes from God, too.) The Gospel says; Christ breathed on them and gave them both the power to love their neighbors and the power to forgive sins, noted St. Thomas of Aquinas.  In Ascetico-Mystical theology this stage is described as the Illuminative stage. It is the highest degree in the spiritual life.
     This, in turn,  prepares the Apostles to proceed to the more perfect degree of Charity and  receive the power to love God;  and the power to celebrate Mass.  The power to love God and consecrate the Sacred Species go together. And in Ascetico-Mystical theology this is the  highest stage in the Illuminative  life.
      God never gave His own Apostles these power any earlier. He will not give these powers to anybody either who has not reached these stages in the spiritual life. The early holy Bishops knew the spiritual state of their priests and bestowed these powers to them accordingly. Because of the above negative signs there are sound theological basis supporting the belief that there is a possibility that all the priest we know do not have the power to absolve because they never reached this high level in the spiritual life required for God to give them these powers.

     NO POWER TO CELEBRATE MASS. The power to celebrate Mass was given to the Apostles when they rose to a degree higher than the just mentioned stage in the illuminative stage. As mentioned above, Christ gave the Apostles both the power to love God with their whole heart, mind, soul and strength on Pentecost Day...and they celebrated Mass, only after Pentecost. Not before. Again, note that the power to love God and consecrate the Divine Species were given together to the Apostles when they reached the highest degree of the Illuminative stage in the spiritual life. A higher degree of spiritual life is required to consecrate the Divine Species than to absolve sins.

      A cursory study of Ascetical and Mystical Theology, which cannot be cursory in the first place, will show that all the cardinals, bishops and priest we know have not reached the Illuminative stage which is the third and highest stage. Not even the second stage of proficiency. Not even the first stage the purgative stage. Not even our present Pope because he is part of those seminarians who underwent this already mentioned defective training. The signs of these stages are visibly clear in the Gospels and in Ascetical-Mysterical Theology and anyone can check them for himself.  Knowledge of this theology is what we use to trace progress in the spiritual life.
     Everybody knows that the course on Ascetico-Mystical theology had long been removed in the seminary curriculum. Only a token one-year course remains containing merely a list of books on the spiritual life; without any of the book being opened. But let us try to pin point the foundational doctrine whose removal (like the removal of the main pillar of a building) caused the total collapse of the spiritual life including the power to forgive sins and consecrate the Bread and Wine,


6.     WHAT CAUSED THIS MASSIVE FALLING AWAY FROM THE FAITH
      Evangelization consists of three steps mentioned in all documents on the subject; first, make disciple of all nations. Second, baptizing them.....Thirdly; teach them to obey all My commands. The first step is man's only role; the second is God's role with the help of the priest; the third step is purely God's role. Needless to say, it the first step is not done the second and third steps will not follow. In the Liturgy the first step is described as the life of Repentance, the second step is called the Sacrament of Baptism, and the third step is when God gives the soul the three theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity wherewith the soul is able to enter the Church and merit Eternal Life in Heaven.
      The cause of the massive lost of Faith is.......or let me put it more precisely....the reason why most do not even reach Faith is because of the removal of the first step. Remember the first step is; 'to make disciples of all nations by teaching them Repentance. The consequence is that the second and third steps became impossible. Without the first step, evangelization became impossible.
     This begun to happen when the Church changed the procedure of evangelization; when she baptized, which is the second step, without making the candidate a disciple, which is the first step.  In the early times, when the Church inverted the second and the first step, which is alright if it 'made disciples' after Baptism , the evangelization would still work. In fact, the whole monastic movement was precisely to do after baptism what was supposed to be done before baptism. So what happened is that after Baptism, which is the second step, Christians went to the desert 'to do the first step' which is to make themselves disciples by living the monastic life. That way, evangelization, in fact, worked very well.
      But most of the men of the Church started with the second step and completely disregarded the first step. The first step which is the crux of evangelization being the human part of the process was completely omitted.  The result...alsolutely no evangelization.  Even at the last Bishop's Synod 2012 on evangelization, this first step which Pope Benedict reminded the Bishops is the crux, was intentionally omitted. From that time on, until today, the Catholic Church has absolutely no effective formula of evangelization.
      True evangelization were done by saints, raised personally by God  occasionally, in the history of the Church.  With the neglect of the first step of evangelization dictated by Christ in His Apostolic Commission it became impossible for most 'so-called'  Catholics to reach either Faith or Charity. Again, the inability to reach Faith and Charity is due to the omission of the first step of 'evangelization' which is 'to make disciples of all nations' by teaching them repentance. Without repentance no soul would progress to the purgative stage, nor to the proficiency stage, and more so they will not reach the illuminative stage. So?  No Faith, no Charity, no absolution and no Mass.

6. WE HAVE NOT YET DESCRIBED THE POSITIVE SIGNS OF THE CHURCH.
     This had been less described by the prophets but described well by Christ and by the Apostles. It is even better described by the Apocalypse and the Fathers. And all these positive signs were collated by Pope Benedict in his 'Jubilee of St. Paul,'  'Year of the Priests,' and 'Year of Faith.'
      We shall repeat the above teachings in the next posts, God willing; this is tantamount to describing how the Catholic Church should look like at this very moment after 2000 years.....surely a lovely mature women ready for her wedding with the Divine Bridegroom in heaven. It is described in 'Lumen Gentium.' How come no one is worried seeing that we don't have the signs of the true Church when John Paul and Benedict had described her clearly in the 'new evangelization'.  We will try to repeat the description.

8, CONTINUATION OF THE NEGATIVE SIGNS
     These signs will occur mainly among the cardinals, bishops and priests since the command to 'evangelize' was mainly directed to them.  It is they who are disobeying Christ's Apostolic Commission.  The consequence is what Our Lady had been repeating in her apparitions from Quito, Ecuador to Kibeho, Rwanda,... that our cardinals, bishops and priests are going to hell and dragging everybody with them.
     As the 'decay' and the waxing' gets worse, the sacraments of Holy Orders and Holy Eucharist which are sacraments of the living and which can only be received validly by souls with Faith and Charity will cease to exist. Because there is no proper disposition on the recipients. With the unworthy reception of both sacraments of the living,  the power to absolve and consecrate the Divine Species would be removed by God from priest......as prophesied and as what happened on Good Friday,  a foreshadowing of this era.
     With the priestly power to absolve and consecrate the Species  withdrawn by God, sins cannot be absolved and there will be no Sacrifice among those without Faith and without Charity like on Good Friday.....which should be happening by now after 2000 years of 'decay' and 'waxing cold.' This was foreshadowed, also, when Christ went to his hometown. He could not perform any miracle because of their unbelief. Again the greatest continuing miracle in the Catholic Church are the forgiveness of sins, the consecration of the Body and Blood of Christ and the salvation of souls. Without Faith, Christ who is the 'First Cause'  of these miracles, will not be able to do them 'because of their unbelief.'

     This scenario of the Church today is utterly discouraging. But nothing to worry. These are the cockles, not the wheat. John Paul II and Benedict's 'new evangelization' teaches us exactly the way out of this seemingly unescapable devilish trap; how to change ourselves from cockle to wheat.....which the Jews believed was possible. Let us go back and study what they said.


   
 

Monday, August 04, 2014

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH - in the multiplication of the bread.

1. FAITH, THE SIGN OF THE CHURCH.
     It is good to check on the signs of the Catholic Church that makes her unique ;  because right now she looks exactly like the thousands of other sects. No Dogmas. Maybe a few convenient dogmas to pretend it is still Catholic. Let us review our traditional, dependable sources for checks.
     The Catholic Church has four visible signs; One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. In the Liturgy there are 33 visible signs of Faith (described in the Sundays in Ordinary time),  shown as visible signs of those within the Church; and consequently, also, visible signs of the Church. And in the Apostolic Commission given by Christ to the apostles, read on Ascension, the third instruction of Christ was;  'to teach them all that I have commanded.'  That would be more than 80 commands (listed in St. Matthew) which are  80 more visible signs of Faith. All in all these are more than 112 visible signs of Faith showing whether one is inside the Catholic Church or not.
     These are the signs used by evangelists to find out where to go and where not to go; signs for a husband to find out if his wife and children are going to hell or heaven.  And these are signs to see if your parish priest, your bishop, cardinal and Pope are bringing you to heaven or to hell, too. And if you see, as in the vision of Fatima, that the bishops and priest are going to hell and dragging you with them, the same knowledge of these signs specially the 'third instruction' in the Gospel of Ascension will teach how to change your course and go to heaven instead.
     Note that these signs can be applied to oneself, to one's spouse, to your children, to your parish priest, bishop, cardinal or even the Pope. And let it be repeated that the burden of proof that one is inside the Church is on those who have the visible signs. We do not ask people to prove that we are Catholics. We prove to others we are Catholics without saying anything; just by signs of which we have no control.
     If one is a Catholic husband or wife, a priest, bishop, cardinal or Pope.....he has the obligation to show his Catholic credentials without waiting for anyone to ask for it. The beginning of these signs is Faith. The perfection of these signs is Charity.  St. Paul says that our Faith must be like a lamp in a lamp stand.
      These signs of Faith are manifest whether we like it or not. If it does not show, it is because there is no Faith. Faith is a supernatural virtue. It cannot be faked.
                                                                         
2. THE KINGDOM OF GOD parables.
     While the 33 Sundays in Ordinary time describe all aspects of Faith  The 15th-18th Sundays deals with St. Matthew's description of the Church as it should appear in the Parish.  Let us study the description of the Church in the 18th Sunday; this deals with the multiplication of the bread.
     St. John the Baptist had just been beheaded; the New Testament begins with Christ describing His Church. It begins by describing the kinds of soil; and the fertile soil is the good candidate for the Church. The three others were not. Then suddenly the Church is described as a whole. Christ is at the center and had just performed miracles before His apostles and listeners. And they are in the desert.

3. IN THE DESERT    
     Christ the preacher, the apostles assisting Christ and the listeners were all in the desert. All of them had Faith. That is the Church! The desert is the symbol of Sion described in the Psalms; it is the community who have reached contemplative prayer. It is the 'original' monastic life. St. Paul described the Church as a 'walled camp.' As is clear in the Gospel, it is separated from the world, 'fuga mundo.'  Pope Benedict in his 'Year of Faith' used the word 'contemplative' to describe all the members of the Church today. And he added St. Bonaventure's description of 'new monasticism.' In Ascetical-Mystical theology, Faith and contemplation are identical. True Catholics with the virtue of Faith are contemplatives; meaning to say, souls who intellectually are unceasingly conscious of God's presence and continuously finding out how to please Him. That is only possible if one is separated from the world and living in community 'in the desert.' St. Benedict combines the two concepts of being 'separated from the world' and praying contemplatively in community. This is the description, also, of the Church in Lake Tiberias after the Resurrection. St. John describes this in the last chapter of his Gospel and added that it is the last. Last...... of what?

 4. 'FUGA MUNDO.  
     Thus in the Gospel Jesus, the apostles and the crowd had left the towns, cities and everything else ( the concept of 'fleeing the world' essential to monasticism)  including their food to be in the desert to better learn the Word of God. This Gospel teaching shown by Christ in His 'Hidden Life' is what made Pope Benedict frown at 'Gaudium et Spes' that practically encouraged marriage with the world. Christ said; 'friendship with the world is enmity with Christ. And 'Gaudium et Spes' proposed marriage?
     Today, neither the present Pope, the bishop and priest, nor many monks and laymen are in the 'mystical desert.' Maybe a few Carthusians in the Alps.  On this first point the present Church does not look like the Church in the Gospel at all. Only Pope Benedict seems to have left the world and the worldly aspect of his papacy while retaining its spiritual aspect to be in the desert, in Mater Ecclesia.

 5. WHAT TO FEED.    
     The Gospel continues....the day grew late; it was time to eat. And it was the apostles who showed little Faith; not the crowd. They suggested to send the crowd to the towns and cities to buy food to eat. Can't He Who have just performed greater things not performed the easier act of feeding the crowd? If the miracles had strengthened their Faith they should have not suggested this.  Christ answered further showing the nature of the Church. Christ said; do not send them to the town. Thus showing the persistency of avoiding contact with the world while learning the Word of God. Exhibiting further their weak Faith (note how we are judging the apostles using visible signs) they offered the little food they brought for themselves. Christ accepted this offer because they maintained their 'fuga mundo' to remain learning the Word of God  in the desert. They only had 5 loaves and 2 fishes.
     Here Christ shows how to evangelize; He got the 5 loaves and 2 fishes and told His apostles to distribute them to the crowd. Christ commands His Apostles. The apostles do not go on their own. They obey the Apostolic Commission of Christ.
     St. Thomas of Aquinas comments that the 5 loves are the five books of the Old Testament; while the two fishes are the writings of the prophets and the Psalms. All those topics are from the Old Testament and makes up the first step of evangelization when Christ said; 'make disciple of all nations.'  This is done before Baptism. Because this first step is not done before Baptism, most Baptism, according to St. Thomas, are ineffective. The child just gets his head wet but there is hardly any effect in the soul.
     In the New Testament the 5 loaves are the Gospels and Epistles; while the 2 fishes are the Fathers of the Church who take the place of the prophets. and still the Psalms but interpreted according to the New Testament as St. Augustine precisely did in his commentary on the Psalms.
     So in evangelization the cardinals, bishops and priests, in preaching to the crowds should dig their hands into the 5 loaves (the Gospels and Epistles) and the 2 fishes (the Fathers of the Church and the New Testament interpretation of the Psalms.) And nothing else.
      Those who claim to be evangelziers are not digging their hands from the fonts of Scriptures, the Fathers and not reciting the Divine Office with its New Testament interpretation of the Psalms. Nobody is doing it from Pope Francis, down to most Cardinal bishops, priests and last seminarian. Instead while teaching they are digging their hands in Pandora's box; promising salvation to atheists, to adulterers who eat the Body of Christ and drink His Blood unto their condemnation,  to perverts without repenting and to those who love the world over God. Then,  they go; not to evangelize but to mess up the world as commanded by their boss. Note the difference.
     The 'new' post Vatican II Church that claims to be Catholic had thrown away the 5 loaves and 2 fishes and against the instruction of Christ, had sent the crowd to the towns to indulged in their favorite fast food. Just like the Jews in the desert when God punished them. Pity. They were already   in the right place, the desert; but in the wrong restaurant.
     The crowd had been fed well; meaning the crowd's intellect had been satisfied with the fullness of the knowledge that can come from Faith alone, after which the Apostles (the evangelizers) collected 12 baskets in excess.

 6. CALLED TO HIGHER PERFECTION  
     St. Thomas states that after having completely satisfied the minds of the crowd with the knowledge necessary for salvation that comes with Faith and Charity; the apostles had extra 12 baskets overwhelming with Divine knowledge about the things of God. The apostles and bishops should have more knowledge than the ordinary faithful.
     Again from Pope Francis down to the Bishop's Synod we see a dearth of knowledge so much so that lay journalists, lay female columnists, lay female judges and innocent children are correcting the errors of the Pope and asking questions left unanswered by Rome. Cardinal Arinze of Nigeria had lambasted Pope Francis as guilty of Liberalism, the foundation of the heresy of Modernism that easily leads to a hundred heresies; while five cardinals and four university professors just contradicted Cardinal Kasper, Pope Francis' top and favorite theologian for the heresies that are being introduced in the next Bishop's Synod for discussion and almost for certain approval. Though we can always hope against hope.
     The miracle of the multiplication of the bread and fishes takes place within the Catholic Church, not outside. It is the preparation for receiving the Body and Blood of Christ. Without the multiplication there can be no consecration. That is why Christ performed first the miracle of the multiplication before preaching the doctrine of the Eucharist.
7. HE COULD NOT DO MIGHTY WORKS.  
      Let us return briefly to the Friday weekday mass of the 17th week in Ordinary Time. Christ was in His home town and could not perform miracles because of their unbelief. Let us review our continuing theses where we have been trying to describe a very specific era today that had been prophesied by Christ, explained by the Fathers, proposed by the Popes (from Pius IX to Benedict to XVI) and confirmed by the approved apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
     We have finished a few signs namely; the 'decay of Faith', 'the waxing cold of Charity.' If the bishops and priest have no Faith, they will surely elect someone without Faith also. And this can only be an anti-pope.  And if there is no Faith from the Pope down to the Bishop's Synod and further down to the priests and laymen, then God will take away their powers to absolve sins, consecrate the Divine Species and the power to evangelize.
     The August first Friday Gospel states that Christ could not perform miracles because of their unbelief. The three on-going miracles in the Catholic Church are the forgiveness of sins, the consecration of the Eucharist at Mass and the salvation of souls. Because of the rampant 'decay of Faith' Christ, even if He wanted to, can no longer forgive sins, consecrate the Eucharist and save souls through His priests. The prophecies from the O.T. and the N. T. as explained by the Fathers, proposed by the 11 Popes mentioned and affirmed by the Blessed Virgin Mary had been fulfilled. Every Catholic should be aware of this so they can take the alternative route called the 'new evangelization' which unfortunately aside from Pope Benedict, no one is explaining. We shall explain these further, if God allows.



Saturday, July 26, 2014

Parables of the Kingdom.

Why did Christ speak in parables?
     Christ spoke in parables to test His hearers and, at the same time, separate the chaff from the grain. The parables are for the chaffs, those without Faith;  the mystical meanings are for the grain, those who have Faith. When Christ speaks in the New Testament all men can understand the human meaning of His parables;  in fact all men can easily understand what is a seed and what is a rocky ground.
     But when Christ speaks and His hearers show interest in getting a deeper or mystical meaning of His parable then He, first, brings them into the house and explains the parable inside the house. The house is the Catholic Church. Those who enter her with Christ are those with Faith. And while inside they  receive the mystical meaning of the teachings of Christ directly from Christ through contemplative prayer; and as a result are able to make the perfect human act of Faith that makes them deserving to receive the theological virtue of Faith.
     If Christ sees that His hearers are not really interested, as in the case of the Pharisees who were simply out to trap Him, then He abandons them; He leaves them behind while entering the house.

     This parable is the Gospel of the 15th Sunday in Ordinary time. The 33 Sundays in Ordinary time tell us the 33 different visible signs of Faith that comes in the form of parables.....and side by side Mother Church teaches us the 33 mystical signs of Faith that comes by understanding the mystical meaning of the parables; describing those with Faith as 'having eyes and see, having ears and hear.'
     The visible signs of Faith, like the growing seed in the fertile soil, can be understood by everybody and use to find out if they have Faith or not.  They can, also, use these visible signs to check if their loved ones, or their parish priest, or their diocesan bishop, or even if the Pope has Faith; precisely because these are visible signs meant for unbelievers and usually given in the form of parables. And these visible signs are precisely meant for that purpose; so those without Faith may use these signs to see the state of their souls fearful of what was said in previous Gospel that he who does not believe is already condemned.
     Obeying Christ who commanded that we should judge by their fruits and to test if they are of God, we should, therefore use these instruments to find out if we shall be saved or condemned. And these Sundays in Ordinary time are meant for that.

     So let us continue with the trend of the past posts in describing a very specific era prophesied by Christ and confirmed by St. Paul in his epistles; and use the Scriptures to judge if we have reached that fateful day or not. Again, the description of this era is a 'decay of Faith' and 'the waxing cold of Charity'; the consequences of which God would chastise us by removing from the priesthood who have lost their Faith and Charity the power to absolve sins and the power to celebrate Mass. What we see here is the lost of Faith, of Charity, of the power to forgive sins and the power to consecrate the Divine Species. And the further consequence of the uncanonical election of an anti-pope by cardinals and bishop without Faith. All of these are prophesied in Scriptures; from the Prophets of the Old Testament, from Christ in the New Testament, confirmed in the Epistles, from the Apocalypse, from the Fathers of the Church and the statements of at least the 11 popes we have often quoted (from Pius IX to Benedict XVI); these Popes are often referred to as the Marian Popes or the Popes of the Second Advent.
                                                                         
     Chapter 13 of St. Matthew is a long chapter showing that Christ, the Kingdom and the Church are identical.....and specifically describes those who are inside and outside the Catholic Church.  It describes both in visible form and in mystical way  Catholics who are going to hell and Catholics who are going to heaven.  It should be noteworthy that cardinals, bishops, priest and lay people can be found on both sides.
   
     In the parable of the seeds Christ presents four kinds of souls represented by four kinds of soil. Three were in some way defective and could not nurture the seed of Faith. And the fourth is fertile and is able to nurture Faith . St. Thomas of Aquinas, with his sense of humor, noted that out of 100% of mankind only 4% will be cardinals, bishops and priests who would have Faith and will be preaching the right way because they obey  Christ's instructions on evangelization as described in the Gospel of Ascension. 96%  of the priest will be preaching their own private ideas. That alone raises the possibility that our priest is one of them. But among the 4% priests who are preaching well only 4% of their listeners will be listening well to the Word of God. And among the 4% who are listening 75% will not develop Faith. For every 4 only one will make the Act of Faith. St. Thomas just showed that truly the way is narrow and few will be able to enter it. That few? This is further proof of the right description of the era we have been describing in the last several posts.
   
     Let us show how this Gospel explains further the fulfillment of Christ's prophecy on the 'decay of Faith' and the 'waxing cold of Charity.'
     The first kind of soil, namely the footpath because it is trodden by men and beast is hardened. It is impossible for any seed to take root in it. Everybody knows this. The second is soil that is rocky. And the seeds, also, cannot take deep roots in it. And the third is soil where thorny plants grow. Though roots can dig deep into it the plant itself is choked by the thorny weeds.
     Note that in the three examples Faith could not develop because of the state of the soil.

     So what could cause the 'decay of Faith' and the 'waxing cold of Charity' in the Church. St. Augustine who had a splendid ecclesiology explained. Our minds cannot take two opposite thoughts. The preferred thought will expel the other. We cannot think of spiritual thoughts together with worldly or sinful thoughts. Our preferrence will drive the other away. If we prefer the worldly thoughts, which happens most of the time, our minds will expel the spiritual thoughts. So St. Augustine even during his time discouraged any form of worldly Liberal education as detrimental to learning the things of God. This liberal education consists mostly of pagan Philosophy, Cosmology, Ontology and Metaphysics; these are naturally helpful in the study of supernatural truths but St. Augustine showed preference in setting aside these philosophies and study directly the supernatural truths of God following the advice of St. Paul to keep our minds on the things of Heaven and not on the things of the world.

     There was only one kind of education that helped the spiritual life. This was the monastic schools because they were aids to understanding the Words of God. These schools disappeared early in the Church though Blessed John Newman continued to praise it in the 18th century. Though he praised it as it existed in early Christian times and not as it existed during his time.
     The educational system in the world both in democratic and communist system are designed to remove all fidelity to God and instruct all students to fidelity to the state....in essence a form of idolatry with the state as God. That had been the goal of both democracy and communism because both philosophies are outgrowths of the French Revolution which was entirely atheistic and anti-Catholic. And so, all systems of educations, even in Catholic school,  are directed towards the worship of man, therefore, idolatry of the worst kind.
     The education in seminary and theological schools are no different because they study subjects which are the objects of 'curiositas' the mere satisfaction of theological and moral curiosities and not the goal of 'studiositas' whose goal is personal salvation and the evangelization of others..... according to St. Augustine. The object of 'curiositas' is always sinful. Thus in seminary, without realizing it, seminarians are studying how to commit sin. And six years of such study will produce the kind of priest we have today; priests with 'decayed Faith' and ' no Charity'. It cannot be otherwise.

     With such unspiritual training God pitied the Church and gave her Cardinal Ratzinger who was a beacon light even as a priest.  As Cardinal, steeped in his deep involvement in Vatican II, he was stunned at the post Conciliar atmosphere which he expressed in his interview with Messori and published in the book 'Ratzinger Report.' He observed that the documents of Vatican II were not well expressed and, as a result, were badly interpreted with a very different spirit referred to as 'the spirit of Vatican II' which is completely a break from the Church of Christ, the apostles, the Fathers and the previous Popes.  It was a totally new religion divorced from the 'original Catholic Church.'  And the  new environment is such that the seed of the true Faith cannot grow at all because the mind, which is the faculty that makes the Act of Faith, is too hard with 'curiositas,' that kind of pure natural knowledge that is detrimental to making the act Act of Faith. The mind has no space for 'studiositas' acquired ordinarily through 'Lectio Divina' and contemplation.

     With souls of both laymen and priests like hardened footpaths, the seed of the Word of God cannot dig and anchor in the soul and becomes easy picking for the devil like seeds to birds of prey.
     The world further satisfies the increased hunger for sensual  'curiositas' to the detriment of 'studiositas.' The seemingly harmless documentaries on animals, atoms, space travels, strange foreign lands, history...etc..are pure 'curiositas.' This is the fruit that is nice to the taste and the eyes and seemingly good because it is in the garden of Eden but it is the 'forbidden fruit,' states St. Augustine. Exactly like the seminary and theological curriculum it looks good and nice but it is 'forbidden' because it is not what is supposed to be taught. What is supposed to be taught? The Gospel states: 'to teach them all My commands.' No seminary is doing that. Maybe they teach a few commands but not ALL.
     Add to this the conscious efforts of both government and state in filling up man's minds with entertainment to distract them from national problems. The governments of the world had truly filled the soul with stones and pebbles that  there is absolutely no space for the roots of the Word of God to take hold. And now governments are filling up the minds of children with sin like sex education and all kinds of perverted sexual practices. To have Faith has become a rare miracle which occasionally shock us  but it still happens.
     And the thorny bushes that chokes the young plant are the world events that brings anxiety; from the rising prices to the spread of deadly diseases, from the rise in crime committed by law enforcers themselves to the rise of drug use.  And, of course, the fact that no cardinal, bishop or priests are teaching the right doctrines on 'evangelization' as seen in the Bishop's Synod of 2013.  We are in big trouble.

     Then the Gospel describes the man of Faith as one who is like a fertile soil in which the seed of the Word of God is planted. And it grows and produces a hundredfold, sixty fold and thirty fold. And who is this man? The humble man. He is the man with the humility of Christ, a description only those with Faith can appreciate because it is a supernatural virtue taught by Christ, Himself, to those who have joined Him into the house, the Church. It is the humility described by Pope Gregory the Great in his treatise 'Superbia', it is the degrees of humility described by St. Augustine, the 12 degrees  described by St. Benedict and St. Bernard of Clairvaux.
      No cardinal, bishop or priest has described it, as of recently, in its mystical sense which would have been the sign of their Faith. Even Pope Francis in his book  described humility as a nice political virtue which in truth it is. But as a mere cure for corruption and not as the first Beatitude. But then he wrote it when he was still a bishop of Argentina. Though the way some journalists are describing his humility it is more the humility of a slum dweller and not the humility of Christ.
   
      When Pope John Paul II was traveling around  the world he addressed Bishop's conferences ordering them all  to redo the seminary curriculum  because  they were not producing Faithful priests. He emphasized that the curriculum should not be focused on theology or any theology for that matter. The emphasis must be on humility. Pope Benedict repeated that in the 'Year of the Priest.' But it seems nobody got it. When the head of the Congregation of Catholic Education was asked for a curriculum for seminaries his answer was; 'we do not have one. We are still making one.' What??? After two thousand years of training priests we do not have a curriculum!

      In my country, obeying the instruction of Pope John Paul II, the CBCP appointed the Committee of Bishop in charge of seminaries to reform the curriculum of seminaries. They worked for almost 10 years and came up with a curriculum based on the formula of 'evangelization' as presented in the Liturgy of the Mass. It was immediately approved by the Bishop's Conference.  After three years they were asked how the curriculum was doing. The answer was 'we cannot find anybody to teach it.' What???? nobody knows how to teach Christ's formula of 'evangeliztion' described in the Gospel of Ascension! Isn't that a sign of no Faith among the priest-professors? What do you expect from the seminarians? From that time most seminarians are now cardinals, bishops and priests. Up to this moment the curriculum approved by the bishops based on the Gospel of Ascension that will lead us to Faith had not been implemented. Without Faith we should not expect to have Charity, nor the power to absolve, nor the power to consecrate  We have a Church that is totally different from the Church of Christ, the Apostles, the Fathers and different from Cardinal Ratzinger's Church. It is a thought that could make anybody in his right mind resign.

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