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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

5th Sunday of Lent - Signs of Faith.

1. Catholics!...Have Faith or be condemned.
     The Sundays in Ordinary Time describe on one side, those with Faith; and on the other side those without Faith. Though the four visible signs recited in the Creed and the 15 signs enumerated by St. Robert Bellarmine are sufficient basis for us to detect Faith, the Gospels of the Sundays in Ordinary Time are more specific. With these one cannot miss answering the question; if one has Faith or not.

2. He who does not believe is already condemned.
     In the Gospel of the 4th Sunday of Lent, Christ said; 'God did not send the Son....to condemn the world.......but whoever does not believe is ALREADY CONDEMNED......for not believing. These are those to whom the light came; but they loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were wicked.'

3. Blaise Pascal's wisdom.
     We see immediately two examples; one with Faith (the one who believe) and another without Faith (the one who does not believe.) Faced with the above statement of Christ how would a wise man react? He would say; if I believe and it turns out that there is no God, I have nothing to gain and nothing to lose. But if I do not believe and it turns out that there is a God, then I have everything to lose because God will condemn me. So the wise thing to do is; whether there is a God or not I will believe. Yes...that is the wise man. And that is how a man of Faith acts. The unwise man is the one who believes in a God of compassion and mercy who will not send me to hell. But if it turns out that this God acts first out of justice and later only with compassion and mercy......then I am in big trouble for being unwise. That is how a man without Faith acts.

4. Let us be wise.
     Christ said; God will condemn anyone who does not believe even if he is still alive.   We better believe that. Let us not be unwise, wait for the day our death and when facing God expect His compassion and mercy.....to discover we made a big mistake.
     In the Gospel text, God demands Justice. You must believe after a life of conversion and repentance; otherwise God will condemn you even if you are still alive. The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord. The church of compassion and mercy does not instill fear and, therefore, does not beget wisdom. So it ends up being the church of the 'stultus.'
     Let us fear the above words, be wise and obey by 'believing'; lest we be condemned while still alive.

5. Do I have Faith?
     This is the first wise question before anything else. St. Paul wrote that the Faith of the Romans was heralded all around the world. What?? The whole world knew about the Faith of the Romans? Is Faith that visible that the people of the world can know the Faith of the Romans? If we are to believe St. Paul.....yes, yes, yes. So I can know if I have Faith or not. And I must; it is my first obligation in the act of Faith. I must know if I have Faith. When I have Faith, the first thing I will know is that I have Faith with certainty. And everything else follows after.

6. Does my neighbor have Faith?
     If the world knew the heralded Faith of the Romans, I guess I can easily know if I have Faith and  if my neighbor has Faith.
     If a young man with Faith wants to marry who will he choose? Surely a young woman with Faith. But can he know that the woman he wishes to marry has Faith? Yes. By applying the same norms he applied on himself in finding out if he has Faith, like the Signs of Faith in the Sundays in Ordinary Times. And if he finds out that she has none of the signs of Faith he can either leave her and chose another or he may teach her how to acquire Faith (which is identical with the way he, himself, reach Faith, i.e. by evangelization.)
     If both man and woman have Faith they will have a happy marriage because the Sacrament of Matrimony perfects the already existing Faith in the couple. The only reason for broken and unhappy marriages is that one or both of the couple have no Faith. The Faith of one can sustain one but will not necessarily prevent the unfaithful one from leaving.

7. If wife, also, parish priest and Diocesan bishop.
     If it is essential to salvation and happiness for you and your wife to have Faith, isn't it even more needful that my parish priest and Diocesan bishop who should guide my family to salvation have Faith? All the more!!!  So just as you checked on yourself and checked on your intended wife, you should check on your parish priest and Diocesan Bishop using exactly the same norms; using the 4 visible signs of the Church, the 15 signs of St. Robert Bellarmine or the 34 signs enumerated in the Gospel in Ordinary Time. You have to be more certain when it comes to your parish priests and Bishop because....if you committed a mistake with your wife you can always teach her in time. But if you commit a mistake with your parish priest or Bishop you cannot teach or correct them.

     Ordinarily we should not apply the criteria for the signs of Faith on parish priests and bishops because by virtue of their status they are duty bound to show the visible signs of Faith to the whole world as the Romans did. Not to do so is a serious sin that could condemn them on the spot as Christ threatened. If they are not showing the signs of Faith, then the Faithful is obliged to apply on them the norms for checking one's Faith. If they fail the test, St. Paul wrote, have nothing to do with them. Without Faith they will, only, lead souls to hell since they themselves are already condemned as Christ said.
 
8. The Pope's job is to confirm the Faithful in their Faith.
    The Pope, being the Vicar of Christ and our infallible guide to eternal life had been guaranteed by Christ to have Faith to be able to perform his job of confirming the Faithful in their Faith. The Popes, always, have perfect Faith and always obligingly herald their Faith in the whole world. He has to do it; aside from the fact that Faith, by its very nature, is a lamp to the world.
     But what if we have an anti-pope as the Church have had 40 times in her history? Well, if he lacks the visible signs of Faith or show signs contrary to the above mentioned signs, then we should apply the criteria to the full on him. And if he fails the test of Faith, as usual, have nothing to do with him. This test was the only way used by the Church in her history whenever there were two, three or sometimes four popes. In such a case only one is the true pope.  The rest are anti-popes.
                                                                         
                                                                           
9, The problem of the Bishop's Synod, 2014.
     During the 2014 Bishop's Synod, the Faith of 2/3 of the participating bishops was heralded throughout the whole world. While the absence of Faith among  1/3 of the participants, referred to as Bergoglio's team lead by Pope Francis, himself, Baldiserri, Erdo, Marx, Tagle, etc.., whose proposal not only showed the absence of Faith but showed sins against Faith, was likewise heralded across the Catholic world. These sins against the theological virtue of Faith were rejected by the 2/3 led by Cardinal Burke.
     Since both the Faith and the absence of Faith was heralded throughout the world, the whole Catholic world began to react and take sides......which should be.  For Christ said; ' either you are for me or against Me.'
     The bishops conference here, influenced by the two bishops who participated in the Synod and who belonged to the 1/3 unbelieving bishops, suppressed all news on the Bishop's Synod keeping the other bishops, priests, nuns and the whole nation ignorant on the schism led by Pope Francis that was occurring in the Synod.

10. The 5th Sunday of Lent shows more signs of Faith.
     As usual the Gospel of the 5th Sunday Lent gives us two examples; one with Faith, and another one without Faith. So we can easily apply the two examples to the two groups attending the Bishop's Synod of 2014.
     Those with Faith are like a 'grain of wheat that falls to the earth and dies. It produces much fruit.' The opposite, those without Faith, are like " the grain of wheat which does not fall down but remains just a grain of wheat.
      Further description of those with Faith; He hates his life in this world thus preserves it to life eternal. The opposite, the man without Faith, is the man who loves his life; he will lose it.
     The man of Faith is described as 'the grain that falls' and 'he who hates his life.' Who are these? St. Thomas of Aquinas writes; he who resists his inordinate desires. He who does not indulge in the desires of his fallen nature; who does not obey the urgings of his 'original sin.'
     The man without Faith is described as 'he who loves his life.' St. Thomas describes him as he who indulges in inordinate desires. A slave to his fallen nature and continues to give in to his original sin.

     The Bergoglio team proposed allowing those living in adultery and sodomy which are, not only inordinate desires but perverted desires of men, to receive Holy Communion.  They proposed giving in to mans fallen nature by rebelling against God.  They proposed allowing man to do what he wants which is original sin. This clearly shows they have no Faith. Which means they cannot be cardinals and bishops because they are not even Catholics says St. Robert Bellarmine. While this 1/3 was the minority in the Synod, they are the majority in the Catholic world. While the 2/3 were majority in the Synod, they are a very small minority in the Catholic world.
     Daily news are showing that the gap is getting wider every week. And the rest of the world are congealing around the two groups.  Whole bishops' conference are reported as giving up their Faith by embracing these sins against Faith;  like Dioceses in Germany, Austria. While other bishop's conference are being divided by those who attended the Synod.  France, Ireland, Malaysia and the Philippines are being drawn to the left. While others to the right, like some Bishop's conference in Poland and Africa.
   
11. 'Those with Faith serve me, follow me and is my servant.'
     How is Faith acquired???  'He suffered; from which he learned obedience; when obedience is perfected he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.' Cardinal Burke's 2/3 group showed obedience to God's command that adulterers should first be converted and repent before they can receive communion. They, also, obeyed God's command that sodomists should stop their sin, be converted before they are welcomed into the Church. Burke's group was obedient and will be the source of eternal salvation.
     The Bergoglio's team and all the growing bishop's conference around the world who follow Bergoglio disobeyed God's command. In their disobedience they will not be a source of salvation, neither for themselves nor for anybody.....says the Lord.




Monday, March 16, 2015

4th Sunday of Lent - Faith and the Brazen Serpent.

1. Infidelity unto infidelity.
     The Jews were committing infidelity unto infidelity. The first punishment for sin is to easily fall into the next sin; just as the reward for doing good is opportunities to do more good. Thus the Chosen people in their continuous infidelity to the commands of God were chastised by God. They were bitten by poisonous serpents, whose bites cause immediate death. These bites were the symbol of the immediate effect of sin, spiritual death. There is no time to lose. Hearing the people's cry for mercy, God commanded Moses  to put up a brazen serpent and announced to the stricken people that whoever looked up at the brazen serpent will live.

2. The serpent's bite.
     Sin is disobedience to God's command. The consequence of sin had been aptly described as a serpent's bite. The devil is a serpent. His bite causes immediate agonizing death of the soul, leaving very small time for repentance. The poisonous bite is the chastisement for  disobedience to the commands of God. You disobey, the serpent bites, you die. Unless you look up the brazen serpent.

3. The brazen serpent.
     St. Thomas of Aquinas writes that the brazen serpent is a figure of the Son of Man, Jesus Christ. The brazen serpent is the image of a poisonous serpent but without its poison. Instead it would be a source of healing. So Christ has the image of sinful man but without the poison of original sin. He will, instead, be a source of Healing.
   
4. Faith - the medicine.
     Looking up the brazen serpent Moses lifted up, is the figure of Faith. "Whoever believes in Him may not die but may have eternal life." The only emergency medication for the disobedience and the resulting serpent's poisonous bite is Faith in Christ. This Faith consist in obedience to God's commands both in the Old and New Testament; it, also,  becomes the ante-venom for the poison. Faith is what forgives our past sins and brings us into the life of grace. 'Thus you will not die but have eternal life.'

5. The importance of Faith.
     Christ, at the beginning of His ministry preached 'repent, believe.' These two are Siamese twins. One cannot be separated from the other without killing the other. One repents and believes up to the end of one's life. Though Sts. Peter and Paul had reached the perfection of Faith, they were always repentant of the fact that the former denied Christ while the latter persecuted Christ. Up to the end of their lives!! The two must always go together.
     'Whoever believes in Him avoids condemnation but whoever does not believe is already condemned.......for not believing in the name of God's only Son.' Fearful statement that should keep us awake the whole night. If we have no Faith, while still alive, we are already condemned. Though the sentence have not been implemented it has been pronounced. Any minute we die we go straight to hell. No judgment because we have been judged and condemned.
      In such a situation what would be the wisest thing a person should do? Find out if we have Faith, isn't it. And here is the state of the Catholic world! No one knows, for sure, if he has Faith. Everyone is presuming for the silliest reasons that he has Faith. Just because he has a baptismal certificate, just because he calls himself a Catholic, just because he is ordained priests, just because he is a bishop or cardinal, just because etc..etc...etc.  These are not the reliable Catholic signs of the presence of Faith.

     Most Catholics, whether layman, nun, brother, priests, bishop, cardinal...and even the present Pope cannot prove to themselves or to any other that they have Faith. In fact, they have not done so.   Catholics, by the very act of Faith, are obliged to show or prove to themselves and to others that they are Catholics by their Faith. God had given them the ability to do so by means of visible signs.

     Catholic husbands would want to know if their intended wives have the Faith. Parishioners would want to know if their parish priests and bishops have Faith before accepting and being obedient to them.  Imagine having Martin Luther or Cardinal Wolsey as their parish priest and bishop.  And the present Pope has the burden of proof of showing the Church that he has that Faith Christ promised Peter by which he can confirm the Faith of his flock. Otherwise no obedience is due to him.  To obey him without proof of Faith is a sin; it is like obeying Photius, the schismatic bishop who wanted to be pope.

     Most Catholics cannot prove they have Faith either to themselves or to others, because they do not have it.  St. Paul corrected the Corinthians because they  were bragging they had the gifts of the Holy Spirit when actually they had none. They eventually left the Church.

      Many priests and bishops, cannot prove they have Faith.  They do not have the visible signs of Faith enumerated by the teaching of the Church.
 
     Faith, though spiritual,  has visible sign; so visible that St. Paul wrote that the 'Faith of the Roman was heralded throughout the world.'  'Throughout the world,' that is how visible Faith is. Is the Faith of your parish priest heralded, at least, around the parish?  Is the Faith of your bishop heralded around the diocese?  There is no Faith heralded in the diocese of Cardinal Bishop Kasper, Baldisseri, Marx, Erdo and Tagle. It was not even heralded in the Bishop's Synod because there was nothing to herald.        The burden of proof on the absence or presence of Faith is not on the outsider; it is in him who claims that he is a Catholic bishop, cardinal or Pope.  
     Lately, news showed that no Faith is heralded in the Dioceses in Germany and Austria, Diocese of San Diego and Nigeria, Diocese in Malaysia and in the Philippines.......and the news add more and more entire dioceses every week. In the last Bishop's Synod, one third showed visible signs of the absence of Faith. How can we know that? The news showed the absence of Faith. Remember Faith have visible signs; it was by these signs that the Faith of the Romans was heralded throughout the world.
     The importance of Faith is that those without it is already condemned, Christ said.

6.What are the visible signs of Faith?
     We must know if we have Faith based on the visible signs given by the Catholic church. We must not just presume. The visible signs are the proofs for ourselves and for others. No proofs and you have no Faith. And St. Robert Bellarmine adds; if no Faith, probably, also, no priest, no bishop, no Pope because you are no Catholic. This is what we feared happened in the last Synod.
   
      Faith is a supernatural and spiritual virtue so we cannot see it. But it has natural, outward, visible signs, like sacraments, which can be detected through sound, logical reasoning.
      The FIRST and most reliable way of detecting the absence or presence of faith in oneself or in others is to have Faith.  St. Catherine of Sienna and St. Bernard of Clairvaux were saints. They surely had Faith. That is why only they, alone, recognized who was the true Pope and who was the anti-pope.  History noted that all the cardinals, bishops and priests could not distinguish the true Pope from the anti-pope. Showing us that only those with Faith can recognize another who has Faith and another who does not have Faith. But let us leave the saints for a while because they do not have any problem. We are the ones who have a big problem.

      SECONDLY, the most common way of knowing if we have Faith is by seeing if we have the four visible signs of the Catholic Church that we recite in the 'Credo' during Sunday Mass; One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.
      'One' means if God said adultery is a sin, everyone must believe adultery is a sin and should repent before receiving Holy Communion. If God said that homosexuality is a perversion, then all must believe it is a sin that cries out to heaven and repent before receiving Holy Communion. If you are not one with the Church, you have no Faith. Period.
     'Apostolic,' every time we quote a teaching we must show it comes from the teachings of Christ as taught by the Apostles, and not by Kasper or any other human for that matte; otherwise we have no Faith.  We are just  pleasers of German bishops.
     'Catholic.'  The mass celebrated in Rome is applicable in Egypt, in China, in Africa and in Oceania.  By inculturating it it ceases to be universal.  Adapting the Mass to specific culture is lack of Faith.
     'Holy,' well....that is why we do not have many holy bishops and priests these days because we do not have the three earlier signs.

     THIRDLY,  the four visible signs of the Church can be divided, further, into the 15 signs given by St. Robert Bellarmine, Jesuit saint and doctor of the Church. Of the 15 signs, many bishop attending the synod had only one, no. 5. I am still waiting for the other signs specially no. 14, 'unhappy death' for those without Faith; but fearful and trembling it might apply to me.
     FOURTHLY, a reliable sign of Faith is, also, the 34 Sundays in Ordinary Time where each Mass shows one with Faith and another without Faith.
     FIFTHLY.  For the more sophisticated way of detecting Faith we can study the 'City of God' of St. Augustine or 'Faith' by St. Thomas of Aquinas commented on by Garrigou Lagrange. The reader can know if he has Faith just reading the Introductions.
                                                                           
7.  He who does not believe is already condemned.
     It is easier to know who does not have Faith than to know who has Faith.  St. Augustine wrote that Faith and Charity usually go together; as most of the virtues do. But without Charity there is only dead Faith, which is equivalent to no Faith. Dead Faith is similar to Lucifer's faith who believes but trembles. So who does not have Faith? He who has no Charity. Charity is; 'If you love Me, keep My commandments.' Who has no Charity? He who disobeys the commands of Christ. Therefore, if you disobey the commands of Christ, you do not have Faith.
     Let's go into specifics. To tolerate adultery, homosexuality, to dunk morality, to do your own will, to start a new Church called Church of Compassion, to be a pleaser of men......are all disobediences to Christ's command and, therefore, signs of no Faith. Pope Francis and his team had disobeyed some of the commands of Christ as clearly seen during the last Synod. And Cardinal Marx announced that they intend to continue disobeying in the next Synod in 2015.
      'Miles Christi'  a young congregation of priest in Argentina founded by a Jesuit, made a list of Christ's commands on one side and how Bergoglio disobeyed those commands on the other side. More proofs of disobediences mean more proofs of the absence of Faith.
   
8. They loved darkness.
     They would not look up the brazen serpent, though they had been bitten by poisonous serpents. Why?  Christ said, 'because they love darkness.' They love darkness because of their sin of unbelief; their lack of Faith.
     They love their sin of unbelief. This is the first sin from which all other sins come from, St. Augustine wrote. Sodomy among priests is just the consequence of infidelity.  Many of the Bishops, as early as Vatican II, do not believe that the Church of Christ still exists today (hermeutics of discontinuity,) that the Catholic Church has ceased to exist. They claim there is a new church; a Lego-type plastic church called the Church of Compassion and Mercy widely advertised in Manila during the last Papal visit. Providentially Pope Francis hardly mentioned it. But one particular Filipino bishop was vocal about this new  protestant denomination. Unbelief is the root of evil acts. The first reading of the 4th Sunday of Lent  called it infidelity unto infidelity.

     Why are all Catholics unconcerned about the most  important thing in their lives; if they are condemned or not, if they have Faith or not??   'Because the light came unto the world but men loved darkness rather than light.' How come no one is listening? Because men loved their sin against Faith, i.e. infidelity that had darkened their minds to Catholic truths.

9. Why don't they look up since Pope Benedict in his prophetic role had already told us to look up in his 'Year of Faith?' ' Because their deeds were wicked.' What deeds? Infidelity.
    'Everyone who practices evil hates the light; he does not come near it for fear his deeds will be exposed.' What evil have the majority of bishops committed that makes them hate the light that they practically run away from news pertaining to the Church?  Their sin? They do not BELIEVE that the Church of Christ exists in its entirety today at this very minute, condemning those who think it is time to have a new Protestant denomination with the attractive name of Church of compassion and mercy. Without  true Faith there will be neither compassion nor mercy.

     Because of our infidelity added to infidelity,  Lucifer, the poisonous serpent, had bitten us. We have minutes before the poison kills our soul. Christ, through Moses up to Benedict XVI, had commanded us to look up. To make an act of Faith. To believe. To look up at the brazen serpent. But we love the darkness. We cannot see the brazen serpent......we cannot believe. 'He who does not believe is already condemned.'
     If by God's mercy you find someone with Faith, cling to him like dear life. Because your salvation is at hand.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

3rd Sunday of Lent - Cleansing of the temple.

1. The Sixth Day.
     The Gospel on the Transfiguration begins with the phrase 'on the sixth day.' The sixth day refers to the 6th day of creation. The days of creation was used by St. Bonaventure as the pattern of church history in his Haexameron. The 6th day is Friday which comes before Saturday when the Lord rested. Eschatologically, Saturday is when the Catholic Church will rest in her mystical tomb just like Christ., And on Sunday, just like Christ, the Church will resurrect in heaven beholding the Beatific Vision.
     The sixth day is when the Church will undergo her passion just as Christ suffered on Good Friday. What happened to Christ on Good Friday is exactly what will happen to the Catholic Church today.
     During his era St. Bonaventure was trying to find out when the final sixth day would occur in the Church in his attempt to apply the seven days of creation to the history of the Catholic Church. He knew that the sixth day had been happening to the Catholic Church from its very beginning. It has occurred in every century; and the suffering of the Church becomes worst as the history of the Church progressed. St. Bonaventure was trying to find out when the last sixth day would occur. He thought it was during the time of St. Francis of Assisi because all the signs that occurred during Good Friday were present at St. Francis' time.   But later on he recanted and thought it would be much later.
     Fortunately, this was the thesis of Joseph Ratzinger. And he thought of continuing the work of St. Bonaventure and find out when the final sixth day would occur.....to be immediately followed by Saturday wherewith the Church would rest in her struggle against evil and await to resurrect with Christ.
     As we have mentioned, this 'sixth day' had been happening throughout the history of the Catholic Church. But all the signs that occurred on Good Friday were not present. St. Bonaventure was looking for the era in which all the signs during Good Friday would be present. He saw that although some signs were present during St. Francis' time, not all the signs were present. He was resigned he will not see the sixth day.
     Though Joseph Ratzinger finished his thesis as required to get his degree, he was not satisfied with his thesis in that he, also, did not know when the final sixth day would occur in the history of the Church. So he continued to think over this thesis. Until he was elected Pope. Somehow he was convinced he have reached the sixth day St. Bonaventure was waiting for. And Pope Benedict did say so; that we are now on the sixth day......and late in the afternoon. Late in the afternoon?????
                                                                         
   
2. The sixth day is the Lenten Season.
     The Lenten Season has two parts. First, what we must do to prepare ourselves for the crucifixion of the Church. And secondly; how will the world treat the Church. Thus Lent begun with a description of the 'life of repentance,' which Christ showed during His 30 years of hidden life. Then this was followed by the first Sunday of Lent where Chris showed what you can do when you have finished your repentance....you can defeat the devil in all your battles as Christ showed in His temptation in the desert (during the first Sunday of Lent.) On the third Sunday of Lent, Christ gifted the apostles with His transfiguration to prepare them for their test in beholding the Passion of Christ. The Church, on the sixth Day will also be consoled by God before undergoing her own passion.
     After teaching us how to prepare ourselves, the 3rd Sunday of Lent begins to draw the picture of the state of the Church as it was on the sixth day and how it will be today.
 
3. The state of the Church on the sixth Day (3rd Sunday of Lent.)
     The Gospel described Christ as coming from Galilee. He goes to Capernaum with His mother and disciples and then, proceeded alone to the temple in Jerusalem. That is the description of man's spiritual journey. All man must come from Galilee. All proceed to Capernaum. A few are invited to enter the temple in Jerusalem.  Galilee is the symbol of the origin of any man. Capernaum is the sinful and corrupt city of man. And the temple in Jerusalem is the Catholic Church.
     The Gospel states that Christ did not linger long in Capernaum. He stayed only for a short time and proceeded to the temple in Jerusalem showing us that we should not linger in the world which is the kingdom of Satan; but proceed immediately to enter the Catholic Church.

4. What was the state of the Church at the time of Christ?
     It was full of sellers of cattle, sheep, pigeons and money changers. It really does not sound that bad. All of those things were needed for the sacrifice. Since many of the Jews came from afar off, bringing cows and goats with them for the long Passover journey to the temple would have been inconvenient. It was more practical if the pilgrims brought money and bought their offerings of cattle just from stores around the temple. That would have been very practical. And since the Jews came from countries with different denominations they needed money changers to change their dollars to the local currency. Still nothing wrong there. To make things better, the stores were already inside the temple. What more convenience would you ask. Nothing more.
     Except that the stores were run by the priest, themselves. They sold the animals for the sacrifice. When the pilgrim gave them the animals for the sacrifice, it seems that they returned the animals back to their stores and resold it to the next pilgrim. That would have been a lot of earnings for the priests. And since they were also the money changers they would accumulate a lot of foreign currency.
     There seems to be nothing wrong since everything was directed towards the sacrifice. But obviously everything is wrong because in St. John's Gospel, Jesus drove away the priests and their goods. While St. Matthew stated that Jesus drove away both the priest who sold and the pilgrims who bought. Christ drove everyone away with the animals for the sacrifice. Absolutely nothing pleased Christ within the temple that time. On the sixth day, there will be nothing in the Catholic Church that will pleased Christ.

5. What displeased Christ?
     What the priests were doing and what the pilgrim were cooperating with. The priests were making money out of religion. Just like what the German bishops are doing with the Church tax. And what are the people doing? Paying the tax so they can sin, like receive Holy Communion in the state of adultery.
     If we look at the store stalls inside the Catholic temple we can see booths where you can get a free annulment for your previous marriage and ticket to Holy Communion. There is even a booth where you can date someone of the same sex. And there are much more new booths that are coming brought by a company named 'hermeutics of discontinuity,' offering new products to replace discontinued  Catholic products. News around the world even know who is manning the booths. Even the chief high priest who is the pre-figure of the Pope? He will do something worse before noon of the sixth day.
     What was sold in the temple is nothing compared to what is being sold today. They are selling every heretical ideas, personal opinions, disobedience to Christ commands. If Christ drove away the sellers of cows and sheep, what do you think would Christ do to this sellers today of heresies within the very temple of God?

6. What pleases God.
     The only store that a priest should man within the temple is a booth that sells the commandments of God as found the Old and New Testament. That and only that. The temple in Jerusalem with all those stalls and animals was still the temple of God. The Church today with her supermarket stalls of sins against the commandments of God is still the Catholic Church. But Christ, St. Thomas wrote, makes it a point to visit His Church occasionally to cleanse His Church. The Lenten Season and particularly the 3rd Sunday of Lent tells us;  it is cleaning time  in the temple in Jerusalem. It is cleaning time in the Catholic Church  when Pope Benedict mentioned that we are now in the sixth day described by St. Bonaventure. The Church is filled with unbelieving garbage. We should worry we could be part of that.
     There is a room in a hill in the Vatican where an old man is praying. Could that be the Catholic Church and not the Vatican that is filled up with stores entertaining gays, Protestants, idolaters, schismatic cardinals........etc???

Thursday, March 05, 2015

2th Sunday of Lent: TRANSFIGURATION - Beginning of the SIXTH day.

1. The TEST of Faith.
     Abraham was tested,  his final exam. He past the test. He became a man of Faith.
     We will be tested. Like Abraham, we must past the test. No one is exempted. We must know if we passed the test and had been rewarded with the virtue of Faith.
      So we must check if we have Faith. We must never presume.
      Most Catholics do not know if they have been tested. The possibility is that they have been and have failed. In which case they would not know if they have Faith or not.
                 
     The fact is, most priests, bishops and cardinals or even the present Pope show very clear signs that they do not seem to know how to find out if they have faith or not. They all presume they have it.
                    This is serious. They do not know if they are Catholics or not. ..and are just guilty of the sin of presumption....thinking they are Catholics when they are not.
                     Unless they can judge if they have Faith or not....they have no right to judge any body. This is the only time they can apply 'whom am I to judge.' Because they do not have the capacity to judge well.

     Catholic Literature is filled with ways by which one can find the presence or absence of Faith in oneself. The signs are visible. One can use the 4 visible signs of the Church, the 8 Beatitudes, the 34 Liturgical signs, the signs of the theological virtues and such simple signs as 'obedience to the commands of Christ' sign.

2. Transfiguration was the opening salvo of the final exam. This was the day the apostles had perfect Faith.
     This day is referred to as the SIXTH DAY, Friday. The Gospel begins with 'on the sixth day.' This is on Chapter 9. Then the next chapter had nothing to do with the sixth day. Then the sixth day resumes on the chapter 11. Then the topic changes again. Then the topic continues on chapter 13 and continues on.
     The Liturgy collects all the chapters on the sixth day and puts them together in Lent. Thus all the description on the sixth day are found in all the readings of Lent.  While the boat rides showed the apostles having weak Faith, the Transfiguration showed the apostles with perfect Faith in that they saw the face of Christ as man and God. This had been the cry of the psalmist on the Old Testament. And Pope Benedict had been encouraging the Church to seek the face of God, like when he was in Manopello.

     The early Catholic Church had its final exam on Faith. The apostles would waver, St. Peter will momentarily fail. Only the Blessed Virgin, the symbol of the true Church will remain with perfect Faith, Hope and Charity.
     The first Catholic Church had this final exam for our instruction and as a type-figure. We, today, will have this for us to see if we have learned from the past instruction.
     The Church and we must have a final test of Faith...after which there is no more tests; just purification.
     Everyone, laymen, nuns, priests, bishops, cardinals and whoever thinks he is Pope must test himself and find out if he has Faith. If he cannot prove he has, he has no business judging others on the matter.

3. To past the finals exams we need two kinds of intelligence, a natural and a supernatural, to judge well. We are obliged to judge...but rationally and with the help of grace. The Lenten Season begins with the 'life of repentance,' which consist of the acts of prayer, fasting and good works (as we were reminded on Ash Wednesday.)  Then, the sixth day begins with the Church in the supernatural level. Here, the early Church sees Christ transfigured. This is one sign that one has reach Faith; he sees both the humanity and divinity of Christ. This is only possible for those who have Faith to prepare them for the test that will propel them to the higher virtues of Hope and Charity.
     No one can reach Hope nor Charity without first reaching the perfection of Faith. And allow me to repeat....all men are obliged to check if they have Faith by the very act of Faith. Whether lay, nun, priests, bishop, cardinal...and even the Pope. No one is exempted under pain of damnation, i.e. is one does not have Faith, he is already condemned, Christ said.
     By now, 2nd Sunday of Lent, all Catholics, specially all members of the Hierarchy, must prove to themselves that they have Faith. Otherwise, they have no right to rule the flock....because they would merely be hirelings or probably wolves, as Scriptures says.
                                                                         
 
4. Eschatologically, the SIXTH DAY started on Creation, repeated on Good Friday and  perceived to occur on the year 2000 - onwards. Let us see what happened on Good Friday, and see how it is happening today.
     The Transfiguration happened in preparation for the arrest and crucifixion of Christ. Let us just concentrate on the transfiguration.
     The first Christian community, the apostolic community, represented by Peter, James and John went with Christ on top of the mountain and was transfigured before them. The Church was very small. They were up a high mountain and saw Christ as God and Man. They were being prepared for the death of Christ.  This is how the Church would similarly look like, today.
     Today, the Church would be made up of symbolically three people. Evident in that for every million so called catholic , only one can convincingly prove he has Faith. And he is neither a priest, a bishop nor a cardinal. He would probably be a layman, like St. Benedict of Norcia and St. Francis of Assisi during their times. Very small, indeed, proportionally as the number on the mount.
     These Catholics would be all contemplatives, as Pope Benedict described them, therefore, symbolically 'on top of the mountain' or in caves and in the deserts.  They see Christ with their minds as Man and God.  They are aided by grace and infused with the virtue of Faith. They are contemplatives with infused knowledge that only God can give. This is how the Church would look like on the sixth day, according to St. Bonaventure and quoted by Pope Benedict.
     Knowing this, Pope Benedict put aside his role as head of state and while keeping his role as spiritual head of the Church joined the contemplatives by becoming a hermit in the Vatican. The Pope must always be where his Church is. The Church is on the Mount of Transfiguration, her Pope must be with her.
    Then like St. Peter, the Church would like to remain on the mountain, in their rooms or monasteries and tents permanently; as Pope Benedict had, in fact, always wanted to work on his theology quietly in contemplation. But no. Christ tells them to go down and save other souls because most of the priests, bishops, cardinals and even probably the pope do not know the way to heaven; as Christ prophesied would happen during these times. Many of the priests are even encouraging Catholics to enjoy the new games called adultery and same sex. Pope Benedict, also wanted to remain contemplating on theology before becoming Pope...and after, remaining in his monastic cell but occasionally coming down the mount to very discretely correct Pope Francis. He has done it three times already.
     And as Christ told the disciples to tell no one about what they saw, the Church beholding the humanity and divinity of Christ,  the present Church is so quiet no one knows where they are. Pope Benedict knows they are around somewhere....which is sufficient for him. But not exactly where they are.

5. Most Catholic laymen, nuns, priest, bishops, cardinals....and even the present Pope do not know how to check if they have Faith or not.  The encyclical 'Veritatis Splendor' was exclusively addressed to Bishops. It was followed by an 'Instrumentum Laboris' ;wherein bishops were supposed to question their parish priests. The questions were in the 'Instrumentum.' There were meant to test if the Diocesan parish priests have Faith or not. Very few bishops did it showing both bishop and his parish priest do not have Faith; further shown by the fact that they took the papal instructions lightly. In reality, the question were a matter of salvation and damnation. Now, nobody knows where they are going if they die.    

6. As we have mentioned before quoting St. Paul in his letter to the Corinthians; if you know what Faith is and you know how to attain it....you probably have it. If you cannot define it and you do not know how to attain it....you certainly do not have it.
     'On the sixth day.....they went to the mountain top.....' By now, the Catholic |Church should be on the mountain top, contemplating the transfigured face of Christ. And just occasionally coming down. This is the sign of Faith.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT - Overcoming Satan.

1. The three steps of evangelization.
     The three steps of evangelization had been described by Christ in His Apostolic Commission. This is found in the last Chapter of the Gospel of  St. Matthew. The steps are clear and simple. Which makes me wonder how come all evangelizations I have been hearing and reading these days do not conform to Christ's formula of evangelization. Everybody have their own private formula on evangelization; whether it comes from the pagans, the protestants or from Catholic bishops.
     Fortunately for Catholics, Holy Mother the  Church transmits and reviews these three steps during the three cycles of the Liturgical Year; today we are in Cycle B and within the Lenten Season. Mind you, the Church teaches us the complete way to salvation three times every three years in her Liturgy.
So if we are 70 years old, we should have heard the entire plan of salvation based on the three Gospel, more than 20 times. Or we should have heard the plan of salvation more than 60 times.That should make us masters of the Catholic Religion. But this is not the case. Why?

2. When Holy Mother the Church teaches us the three steps in order to be saved, she makes certain that, FIRST; she shows us how Christ did it.  SECONDLY; she shows us what Christ said about it. And THIRDLY, she tells us how the Fathers of the Church interpreted it. The first two steps comes from Scriptures, the third comes from constitutive Tradition.
     And Holy Mother the Church had been preserving and transmitting this knowledge from the time of  Christ up to the present time. On the other hand, the devil had been trying to distort the formula to prevent men from attaining this knowledge. So the Church has good reasons for repeating the complete plan of salvation every year until the end of time so that each man can check if he is doing it right or not.

3. From Advent through Christmas, up to the ninth Sunday in ordinary time (which is the Sunday before Ash Wednesday), the Church gives us an outline of the General Plan of Salvation. Then during Lent, she teaches us in detail the first step called the 'life of repentance'. This is followed by a brief explanation of Faith during Holy Week and Hope during Easter. Then the Liturgy ends with explaining Charity on Pentecost. All of these mysteries are shown in the Life of Christ. The way the apostles lived these mysteries are given in another outline all their own. So, in the Liturgy, we can learn the plan of salvation, first, from the example of the life of Christ. And secondly, from the example of the life of the apostles.  It is clear that the apostles simply followed the footsteps of Christ.
     From the Liturgy we can learn both the example and the explanation of the Plan of Salvation both from the life and words of Christ. Add to this the explanation of the Fathers of the Church called constitutive Tradition......we cannot go wrong. But remove any element of the above and the whole house will collapse. And that is what the devil wants to do. Sort of remove one screw or nail at a time from the structure and he knows the Church would eventually collapse. Today he had become more daring. He is removing the whole first floor!
                                                                         
4. Let us review the three steps of evangelization and see  the devil's strategy in attacking the Church.
     The first step of evangelization is ' to make disciple of all nations.' How is this done? By teaching all men the commandments of God as taught in the Old Testament. These commands are easily learned because it is already written in the hearts of men. These commands are just in the natural level and, therefore, can be learned by all men. Christ demonstrated this first step by living the first 30 years of His life 'hidden.' The early Christians imitated it in exactly the same way. They learned and put into practice the commands of the O.T. 'hidden' in the monastic life. This is the origin of monasticism. It is the imitation of the 'hidden' life of Christ.
     The second step is to baptize them in the name, etc........After His hidden life of 30 years, Christ went to St. John the Baptist to be baptized. Needless to say, Christ had no need for the 'life of repentance' nor baptism because He was God and there was no win in Him. But, as St. Paul wrote, He had to show us how to do things. After His 'hidden life' and  after His baptism Christ goes to the desert.
     The third step of evangelization is to teach people what and how to observe the commandments of Christ. Christ clearly commanded to teach His commandments. Not anybody's commands. And what is the first among the many commands of Christ? To over come the devil. This is why the first prayer in baptism is exorcism. And Christ, before preaching, drove away the devil from possessed persons. We cannot preach to someone who is under the power or is possessed by the devil. We have to cleanse the house before the Word of God can dwell. The same thing goes with us. We must, first, completely overcome the devil. We can do this, only, after we have lived perfectly the life of repentance. And after we have received graces and the virtue of Faith. It is grace and Faith that enables us to overwhelm Satan once and for all.
     So the first things Christ did after His 'life of repentance' and baptism was to go to the desert and completely overcome the devil.  'Completely' so the devil cannot overwhelm you again. The devil may continue to tempt you but he will not be able to overwhelm you if you follow Christ in today's Gospel by living perfectly the 'life of repentance' thus receiving worthily the grace of Faith in Baptism.
      Of course, in the case of Christ He completely overwhelmed the devil  in one sitting. In our case, it might take us hundreds of victories and years of battle before we can completely overwhelm the devil. And only after that can we obey the rest of the commands of Christ.

     Let us pause here and see what is happening to the Church today. Are we imitating  Christ as portrayed in today's Lenten Gospel by, first, perfectly imitating His hidden life. Secondly, by receiving the grace of Faith through baptism. And thirdly, as a consequence, to be able to completely overwhelm the devil? Why are we still overwhelmed by the devil?

5. The attack on the first step of evangelization - the 'life of repentance.'
     At the beginning of the History of the Church, God imprisoned Lucifer in the bottomless pit; but allowed the low rank devils to test the Church. So these little devils, like termites, did their job of gnawing at the Church. Their target - the softest stage in the spiritual life....the 'life of repentance.' There was Arius, Pelagius doing the termite's job,  with great damage. The great saints however, like St. Athanasius, did a splendid repair job.
     Then the evil generals, as prophesied were, eventually released from the bottomless pit in these days.  They were ambitious. These would be the most evil days. They were aiming at destroying, not mere panels, but whole floors by abolishing the whole 'life of repentance.' And they were aiming at the head, the Pope.  Unable to prevail against the true Popes, the devils established their own popes called anti-popes to declare that the 'life of repentance' is not needed because God is compassionate and merciful.  There were more than 40 anti-popes helped by cardinals, bishops and priests declaring the compassion and mercy of God  but omitting His fearful Justice. It is Protestantism coming back with a vengeance.
      This growing violent attack on the Church had done much damage that the next line of saints and holy Popes could not repair the Church.  The Council of Trent could not; neither the First Vatican nor Second Vatican Councils.
      St. Francis was seen by a Pope supporting a collapsing Church in the 1200. The demolition of the first floor, the foundation, became intense from the 1700s. There were hardly any saints to help the Popes repair the damage. Lately, Pope Benedict XVI tried holding up the collapsing Church  amidst the silent apostasy surrounding him. Then suddenly it all fell over his head.What a great fall!

6. What happened?
   Briefly, the whole first floor collapsed. The whole 'life of repentance' was abolished by the men of the Church. These men are the stewards whom the Master punished by taking the vineyard (the Church) away from them.
     As a result of the abolition of the 'life of repentance', the effects of baptism, which is grace and Faith, disappeared from the soul. Without Faith, the soul becomes easy prey to the devil.

7. The attack on the Church which begun with Arius and Pelagius was an attack on repentance; a heresy that will prevent a soul from repenting and reaching Faith. The attack of Martin Luther was, also, on repentance. Luther took away confession and repentance. Modernism took away the concept of sin. The Bishop's Synod of 2012 omitted the topic of repentance even though Pope Benedict's instruction was to tackle it as the crux of evangelization. It was gone and contradicted during the Bishop's Synod of 2014. And Pope Francis, in his consistory homily this February misinterpreted the Gospel on the Leper and attributed his cure, not from his repentance and Faith which the leper showed by going to Christ, worshiping Him and saying a perfect prayer. Pope Francis attributed the cure on the compassion of Jesus abolishing completely the role of conversion and Faith on the part of the leper.
     The word 'repentance' is still whispered in the Church. But the dogma and the practice is nowhere. The first step of evangelization taught by Christ has completely been abolished by man.

 8. The Synod - the Sign of the times.
      Seeing how the 'life of repentance' was slowly eroded in the past centuries, we saw in the last Synod of 2014 Satan completely overwhelming a third of the cardinals and bishops. Two thirds still stood their ground against Satan. But the world wide view of the Church shows that majority of the bishops are overwhelmed by the devil. The headlines show news, like in Austria and Germany,  where whole bishop's conference overwhelmed by the devil. And one by one like dominoes parishes, dioceses and whole bishop's conferences are falling under Satan's rule. Satan, indeed, had entered the Catholic Church and had spiritually possessed cardinals, bishops and priests. This was, after all, prophesied by the events of Good Friday; when Satan entered the first bishop chosen and trained by Christ, Himself, Judas.
     How would you describe a cardinal or bishop who tells you that you can commit adultery,  entertain desires for the same sex and receive Holy Communion because He Who is in the host is compassionate and merciful and will not mind entering a soul filled with sin? They must have the wrong God. Well, without repentance and Faith you will certainly believe anything, including that the devil is god.
     Seeing the leper repentant and believing, Christ became compassionate and healed him. Seeing Judas unrepentant and unbelieving Christ said; 'It would have been better if he were not been born.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

THE BISHOPS......My friends.

1. The theological virtues.
     The three theological virtues necessary for salvation are Faith, Hope and Charity. These are gifts that can come from God alone. They are infused virtues that God gives even to a monk hidden in a cave or a nun in the privacy of a convent cell. Man cannot acquire them through human means. Not even by taking a course in Doctorate of Theology under humans in Rome.
     It is impossible to have Charity without first having Faith. It is possible to have Faith without Charity; in which case Faith is dead and useless for salvation.
     Though it is preferred that a soul reaches Charity so that at death it is immediately experience the Beatific Vision, it is good enough to have Faith at death, though he must first be purified in purgatory. The rules are different if a soul reaches the end of the world because there will be no purgatory after the end.
     Without the theological virtue of Faith enlivened by Charity, the soul is damned, 'He who does not believe is already condemned,' Christ said.  The signs of Faith enlivened by Charity are visible and tangible. So we can know if we have it, if the Pope has it, if a cardinal has it, if our bishop has it, if our parish priest has it...and if our husband, wife and children have it.
     And for God's sake or better still,  for your own sake...find out if you, at least,  have it. Because your eternity is at stake.

2. Different degrees.    
    There are different degrees of Faith. Christ, Himself, sometimes referred to His diciples' Faith as 'small', 'weak,' and 'no faith. There is no known treatise on the degrees of Hope.  There are degrees of Charity. The highest degree of Charity is to lay down one's life for a friend. But the degree before the highest degree of Charity is 'fraternal correction.' St. Bernard of Clairvaux have a treatise on the degrees of Charity.
     So, from the rich, treasury of Catholic literature, we can learn, not only the three theological virtues but also the different degrees of those virtues.

3. Perfection.
     God's command to be perfect means; perfect Faith, perfect Hope and perfect Charity. Which is unattainable here on earth. So we must be content with having a perfect Faith and Hope  and a little less perfect Charity. This combination is possible here on earth. Anyway, a true Catholic is one who has the three theological virtues; even if the three are less perfect than they should be. The three virtues are needed for one's personal salvation, to be able to evangelize others and to be able to fraternally correct others.

4. Visible signs of the theological virtues.
     The theological virtues are supernatural virtues, therefore, they are not visible. But their fruits are visible. And it is by their fruits that we discern them. In fact, the process of canonization consist in checking on the fruits of the theological virtues in the saints.
     The mystics wrote and described the signs of Charity. The contemplatives wrote and described the signs of Faith. By their signs we can see if we or others have Faith and Charity....in short if they are true Catholics.
                                                                             
5. The Episcopal office is a state of perfection.
     It is an office or status of perfection even if the person is not perfect. In which case the defect is in the person and not in the office. Every bishop must live according to the status of his office of perfection. In other words; first,  the bishop must know and must have obeyed all the commands of Jesus Christ as taught in the New Testament. Secondly, he must be able to teach perfectly all the commands of Christ and how to observe them to others....which is evangelization. And thirdly, he must be able to detect a disobedience to Christ's command and be able to correct the people concerned.
     These three jobs of a bishop sitting in his status  of perfection are; first, by his knowledge and obedience to all the commands of Christ,  he is showing 'love of God,' which is the first command of Charity. Secondly, his ability to teach all the commands of Christ and how to observe it, which is evangelization, will show his 'Love of neighbor,' the second command of Charity. Fraternal correction is part of the latter.

6. Responsibility of the status of perfection.
      St. John Chrysostom, and St. Thomas of Aquinas, state that if a bishop lives a holy personal life but does not teach or correct an erring soul in his diocese, if that soul is lost, the bishop's soul will be damned, too. This fearful thought is what made the early monks ran away from being bishops....unless they could assure themselves that they are accepting the office for very supernatural reasons. St. Thomas, in fact, states, that the desire to be a bishop for merely natural reason is a mortal sin.
 
7. Dereliction of duty due to lost of Faith and Charity.
     A bishop who neglects to teach perfectly and correct fraternally shows signs of the absence of Charity; these are signs that there is no 'love of God,' and no 'love of neighbor.' Without Charity there is no Faith either. Thus to neglect to teach and correct are signs a bishop is in danger of condemnation.
   
8. Recent events.
     We have been warned by Christ that the day will come when there will be no Faith in the face of the earth. How come we do not believe it? There you are, I caught you. Because you do not believe it. No Faith.
     Christ warned us of the waxing cold of  Charity, the lost of Charity.  Both the last 11 Marian Popes accompanied by approved apparitions of the Blessed Mother spoke of 'dark days' when there will be absolutely no Faith on the face of the earth. Of course, she was not referring to lay people. If there is any problem on Faith, the blame should be on the priest, bishops, cardinals and even up to the Pope whose commission was to teach all nations.

9. The Big bang - the Bishop's Synod of 2014.
     The bishops sitting in their status of perfection were, not only delinquent in doing their duties of perfection......they were going against their duty  by proposing a formula for self-destruction. These were done by cardinals and bishops and led by the Pope as clearly shown in all news reports. Instead of proposing that we repent, love God and neighbor  their proposal was clear, do not repent, keep your sin and sin further by receiving Holy Communion; which is tantamount to saying 'hate yourself, hate God and hate your neighbor. That is against all the teachings of Christ.
      And if you are sick of your wife, take a man for a change. These are not the proposals of men of Faith, Hope and Charity. The proposals themselves show hatred for God and hatred for neighbor. Do you really believe that sending a soul to the deepest fire of hell is love? One third of the Synod Fathers showed the visible signs of the the absence of Faith and Charity. Instead of fraternal charity by correcting the Church, they, instead encouraged man to sin against the Bridegroom. And the schism was led by cardinals and bishop who, in turn, blamed the Pope. How far has this spirit of discontinuity gone? News around the world after the Synod showed more and more entire local Bishops conferences siding with the left (as the wrong side is usually described). While the right (as the right side is usually described) was getting scanty news coverage.
     The only two delegates from here sided with the left. And when they returned here no one corrected them. Where is Charity?   Disobedience to Christ's command continued. A bishop exempted some from the Catholic observance of the beginning of Lent to enable them to observe an idolatrous New Year festival that coincided. Idolatry over Christian traditional practice?
     Another bishop rationalized that the much publicized sacrilegious communions cannot be avoided. because of the situation. Oh, the condemned situation ethics. So the sacrilege may be tolerated.
     Another went against Pope Benedict's injunction to put the tabernacle in a conspicuous place on the middle of the altar and instructed all bishops to remove it from there to be transferred to a side altar. And there was neither objection nor correction. Where is that  high form of Charity called fraternal correction. Charity has, indeed, wax cold; as Christ prophesied.
      If there is no Charity, there is no Faith or at least a dead Faith which is no Faith just the same. And indeed, today's atmosphere is totally devoid of Faith. No body believes in the teachings of the Church; and as a consequence believes in every silly thing, Gilbert Chesterton quipped.

10. My friends......some bishops.
     St. Basil lengthily corrected Bishops. St. Bernard corrected a Pope. Neither am I a Basil or a Bernard. Neither am I a bishop with the status of perfection authorized to correct bishops. But I am a Christian talking to another Christian and begging him to check if he has the true Catholic Faith. I will not benefit from this exercise. But my friend-bishop and his entire diocese will benefit from it.
     There is nothing for anyone to lose to find out if he has Faith. In fact, there is much to gain. So why not do it. This invitation was proposed by Pope Benedict to the whole Church during his entire Pontificate. He kept on nagging; check if you have the true Catholic Faith! Charity obliges me, according to St. Thomas, to extend this exercise to my relatives, loved ones and close friends. It is my obligation under pain of damnation that I extend it to my friend bishops; not to those who are not my friends. For the latter, I am obliged out of Charity to pray for them. And that I will do because that is my obligation of Charity, again, under pain of damnation.
     But the obligation for a bishop to check on his Faith and Charity is three fold; first, because he is a Christian. Secondly, because he is a priest. Thirdly, because he is a bishop which is a state of perfection.  The lost of one soul because a bishop had failed to practice the status of the perfection of his office will redound to the lost of his own soul.

11. The crisis of Faith.
     The Church, as prophesied by Christ,  has lost her Faith even as early as the the time of St. Jerome but more seriously beginning in the 14th century. Her history consist in her great effort to restore the Faith. The lost had become more noticeable  world wide from the time of Pope Pius IX up to Pope Benedict XVI. Today, hardly anybody, either layman, priest, cardinal, bishop or even Pope can prove to himself that he has Faith. Here is a short test. If you have Faith you would know how you got it. If you do not have it, you would not know how to get it.   DESCRIBE THE 12 STEPS THAT MAKE UP THE COMPLETE ACT OF FAITH. IT CAN BE SUMMARIZED INTO 6 STEPS. The salvation or damnation of your soul depend on your answer.

Monday, February 16, 2015

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time. LEPROSY - Sins

1. Preparation for Lent.
     The 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time is in preparation for Lent so it begins with the concept of SIN. In the Old Testament, leprosy had been the symbol of sin. A leper was an outcast of society. He lives apart from normal people and among themselves. Even their clothing marks them out as lepers. As they walk towards populated area they announce their approach with the cry 'unclean, unclean.' It was against the law to touch them.
     The leper is placed in a state wherein the provisions of the Mosaic Law  makes him realize that he was a leper to be shunned by all normal people. His state is pitiable with no one able to help him. This is the physical state of a leper. If these characteristics are applied to the spiritual life, then, we have a clear picture of sin.

2. Sin.
     Sin deforms the image and likeness of God in a soul. The soul becomes an outcast from the community of God. He lives outside the Church. He lives separately with the devils. He is in a very deplorable state here on earth and the worst is still to come.

3. The beginning of the 'life of repentance.'
      While the leper is helped by the provisions of the law to realize he is a leper, the sinner must be helped by the dogmas taught by Christ to realize the state of his leprous soul. The state of the sinner's soul is pitiable and charity demands that he pities himself because there is absolutely no one who can help him except God. And he must make the first move. Of course, God can always make the first move but God cannot violate the free will of the person. This first move is the initial step of repentance that leads to Faith and the total curing of the soul. This must come from a mature, human act of the person concerned.
     This first human act is a confession of a dogmatic Catholic truth; which is almost absent in the Catholic world today. This is a confession that everything comes from the Will of God;  beginning with the creation of the universe to the salvation of souls.  The leper in the Gospel showed extraordinary knowledge of this truth as shown in his words; 'if You will to do so, you can cure me.'
     Catholics who are ignorant of Catholic dogmas will, ordinarily, tell Christ; 'Christ can you please do my will and cure me,' as if they are the master and Christ is the servant. The request of the leper showed perfect knowledge of the dogma on the Divine Will.
     The Gospel states that Christ confirms the perfect knowledge of the leper and answers him using his exact words; 'I do will it. Be cured.'
     The leper prayed. His prayer was perfect. And this is the first and most important of the three elements of the Life of Repentance that we will celebrate during the Lenten Season. His prayer was perfect because it contained two other elements that was not described in the Gospel but is definitely present because prayer cannot be perfect without the two other elements that make up repentance. These are fasting and good works. Each of the three elements will be elaborated during the Lenten Season. These make up the Life of  Repentance that leads to the theological virtue of Faith. Remember the leper was granted his request because he prayed with Faith; not just because he prayed.
                                                                             
4. As we approach the Lenten Season we are being prepared to live the life of repentance which consist in prayer, fasting and good works.  Among the three elements prayer is the most important. The leper was cured by prayer......accompanied by fasting and good works.
     What are the effects of a good life of repentance? All your pasts sins are forgiven. You will be able to avoid those past sins in the future.  You will be given the infused knowledge of all the teachings of Christ as entrusted to the Catholic Church. In short, you will be like the leper who became totally cured and who can now go about teaching everybody else the Dogmas he had been infused with.
     So the Gospel of the 6th Sunday in Ordinary time is teaching us what the leper should know about himself. What he should know about God.  How he should relate with God as a leper. And how he should show his gratitude to God.

5. Importance of repentance before lent.
     Around 1980, the then Cardinal Ratzinger noticed that this necessary state of the soul before he can enter the Catholic Church, was missing.  It was preventing most of the laymen, the priests, bishops and cardinals from entering the Catholic Church. Everybody seems to be unable to imitate the leper in the Gospel because they did not believe they were lepers. They did not believe they needed a cure and, therefore, will not pray the proper way. Most of their prayers were such that they were behaving like masters who were treating God as their personal servant.
     Ratzinger in his best selling 'Ratzinger Report' attributed this spiritual state of soul in most priests to the vice of 'restlessness'.  St. John Cassian in his 'Institutes,' the 'vade mecum' of monastic life, states that restlessness is one of the worst vice.  If a priest have this vice he will surely have all the vices, especially the height of Pride.  With pride a soul cannot have Faith, Hope and Charity. He is spiritually a leper with no one to help him. Imagine a leper who thinks the world should  admire and look up to him.
     As head of the CDF and later on as Pope Benedict, he concentrated on the three theological virtues that are necessary for salvation. And he emphasized the need for repentance as the road that leads to Faith. In short, he is reminding us that we are all lepers and should submit ourselves to the provisions of law for lepers. And this submission to the law is what will dispose us to approach Christ with perfect knowledge of the dogma on God's Will ( this knowledge being an infused virtue.)

6. The Papacy of Benedict concentrated on the Contemplative prayer of the leper.
     He re-emphasized St. Paul's message of the importance of grace to acquire infused virtues during the Jubilee of St. Paul. He instructed all priests during the 'Year of the Priests' to return to the seminary and study the contemplative prayer of the leper. He reminded all laymen that this contemplative prayer is possible to all during the "Year of Faith." He ordered all bishops together with Pope John Paul II in 'Veritatis Splendor' to check if all their diocesan parish priest have done what the leper had done.  And lastly, he ordered that this should be the main topic during the Bishop's Synod of 2012.  He called it the 'crux' in the work of salvation. Without which there is no salvation.

7. What went wrong.
     During the 2012 Bishop's Synod, the Secretary of the Synod upon inviting the bishops, informed them that they were going to discuss several matters but they will omit the topic of 'Repentance', i.e. the topic on the contemplative prayer of the leper. The reason he gave was, in effect, we who are the cardinals and bishops attending the Synod, are no longer lepers. So we won't ask Christ in contemplative prayer to cure us. Nor the rest of the Church. There are no lepers inside the Church. Which is true if they were, indeed, inside the Church.
     Pope Benedict, together with the International Theological Commission (which by now is a Pontifical Commission) noticed this serious omission after the Synod and informed the Church about it. But nobody noticed it.
     St. Paul wrote; 'we are all sinners.' We are all lepers. We must know and accept that truth because that is dogma. How could they have committed such a mistake? The mistake was carried over to the next Bishop's Synod. While the previous Synod stated 'we are not lepers'. The just concluded Synod proposed; 'let us receive all the lepers in our homes and churches and celebrate because we are no longer lepers. We are all cured and will go to heaven.'  That is, indeed, good news. But is it true? No!

8. The new Church of Compassion and Mercy.
     This new church that begun sprouting during Vatican II consists in masking with thick foundation cake the rotting skin and, then encouraging the leper not to be ashamed to attend Golden award parties. The new church consists in showing mercy by letting lepers go around but, themselves, wearing face masks. Is it Compassion and mercy to let them remain as lepers while, merely, inviting them for lunch and dinner? Isn't it truer compassion and mercy to teach them the laws to be observe by lepers, teach them the dogma on Divine Will and send them to Christ?

9. True compassion and mercy is to teach the sinner that he is a sinner apart from society and from God. Teach him the laws of repentance to which he must submit.  Then teach him how to pray contemplatively to Christ who will cure him. Only the Church built on Scriptures and the Fathers of the Church can teach that. And the last one who taught it was Pope Benedict in his 'new evangelization.' The last two Synods were not teaching this anymore;  and probably, as a consequence,  most of the bishops and priests guided by the proposals of the Synods.

10. The message everyone is getting from the last two Synods that is clearly published by mass media is;  clothe the leper well, feed him well, let him receive holy communion, let him live with his second wife......but let him remain a leper. Is that compassion and mercy?


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