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 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.
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.