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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.

Monday, July 14, 2014

ST BENEDICT TODAY.

1. God gave us a pattern.
     God gave us a pattern in history so His Church can prepare herself for any eventuality in the future. This pattern, writes the Fathers,  is based on the 7 days of creation and is repeated through the Old Testament, through the New Testament and up to General Judgment day. The sixth day is what interest us. That would be Friday, fulfilled in the time of Judas Macchabeus in the Old Testament, fulfilled again on Good Friday in the New Testament and finally fulfilled today in our times.

2. The Church before the First Advent
     Before the First Advent of Christ, i.e. on Christmas Day, the Church in the world is described this way; first,  there was no Faith in Israel because all the priests, like the Pharisees, had no Faith. This was noted earlier in the time of King Josiah. That is why there was no priest on His birthday. Secondly, there was no forgiveness of sin yet in the O. T., and thirdly, there was no sacrifice in the temple. Since there was no Faith in Israel the Ark of the Covenant where God was present disappeared in the time of Josiah kept by  Jeremiah nobody knows where.
     Israel's disobedience to God's command was the visible sign of the absence of their Faith in God. Without Faith, their sins multiplied so God abandoned them as expressed in the disappearance of the Ark.

3. The Church before the Second Advent.
     As we approach the Second Coming of Christ referred to as the Second Advent,  exactly the same three things will happen. First, as the prophet Amos wrote, there will be no Faith on the face of the earth because no cardinal, no bishop, no priest would know how to make an act of Faith. And as a consequence all the Faithful who tend to learn from priests will, also, be faithless. This is among the men of the Catholic Church. Outside the Catholic Church it will be worse.
     Secondly,  cardinals, bishops and priest being Faithless as prophesied by the prophets and by Christ and as prefigured on Good Friday,  God will remove from them the power to forgive sins. So most of the people today will remain in their sins like in the time of King Josiah and on Good Friday; because Faithless priests cannot lead the laymen towards the grace of Faith that forgives sin;  and the priests, themselves, are deprived of the power to forgive sin because they do not have Faith and Charity necessary to receive that power  as shown in the Gospel of Pentecost.
     Thirdly, because cardinals, bishops, priests and laymen are without Faith and, therefore unworthy to worship God,  God will remove from them the power to consecrate  and celebrate Mass as He did by removing the Ark of the Covenant from the temple during the time of King Josiah and during Good Friday. Not only will God do those things;   He will allow the destruction of the temple. He will allow the destruction of the Vatican, not necessarily  architecturally but spiritually. Logically, if there is no Faith, no Charity, no Mass and no Blessed Sacrament, what is a temple for?
     God gave this pattern in Divine Revelation, this pattern should be repeated today. And in fact we see the pattern repeating itself. Firstly, we see the total absence of Faith among the cardinals, bishops, priest and laymen visibly seen in their ignorance and|or disobediences to the commands of Christ in the New Testament.  Secondly, we see the sins of men remaining in their souls and even published when  those sins should have disappeared and never returned in their souls if they made the act of Faith.  Thirdly, we see the irreverence and lack of devotion during Mass plus the countless Liturgical abuses....signs that Christ is no longer in the Mass and in the Host. This has been prophesied because if the reality of Divinity is coming the fore-shadowings must disappear.

      The Catholic Church as described in 'Lumen Gentium' and in the writings of the Fathers of the Church is nowhere in the Vatican, nowhere in the dioceses, nowhere in the parishes and nowhere in the Catholic family. The documents and facts are visible anyone can check it up.
                                                             
4. St. Benedict and his Holy Rule
     St. Benedict knew that these three prophecies had happened in the Old Testament, they had happened in the New Testament, they had happened during his time and they will happen in the future. So he made provisions to counteract these chastisements.
     Firstly, if in the future cardinals, bishops or priests are prophesied to be ignorant of the way to salvation because of their sin of infidelity,  from whom can we learn the plan of salvation? In the last chapter of his Rule St. Benedict states that they should learn it from the Rule of the Master, from St. Basil, from the Institutes of John Cassian and from the Fathers of the Church. The solution St. Benedict gave for the infidelity of the future when all priests are ignorant of the Gospel way of evangelization was exactly the solution John Newman gave. And which Pope Benedict quoted in his 'Year of Faith,'...... a return to the Fathers of the Church.
     Secondly, if cardinals, bishops and priests because of their lack of Faith and Charity are not given by God the power to forgive sins how will the sins of ordinary people be forgiven? St. Benedict introduced the Monastic life which is essentially a life of Repentance, (a perfect act of contrition) a life par excellence for the forgiveness of sins of which confession to a priest is only a small part.
      Thirdly, because there is no Faith and Charity cardinals, bishops and priest are not even Catholics, writes St. Robert Bellarmine, so they cannot celebrate Mass nor consecrate the Sacred Species.  If so, how will souls worship God? Christ told the Samaritan woman, ' the day will come when men will not have to go to churches to worship. True worshippers will worship in spirit and in truth. The monastic life is worshipping God with mind and heart, in spirit and in truth. And the monks in the desert had Mass only once a year if there was a priest because their whole life was in preparation for the Heavenly, eternal Mass.
      The monastic life had been a preparation for these coming three  events prophesied by Christ in the Gospels. These three monastic formulae are based on the Gospel but described differently. That is why Pope Benedict in his first speech in St. Paul outside the walls reminded the world that the monastic life of St. Benedict is the solution for these three great chastisements God is sending the world today and called it the 'new evangelization'. And before he, seemingly resigned, Pope Benedict repeated for one last time, that this 'new evangelization' consist in introducing a 'new monasticism,' quoting St. Bonaventure, which is no different from the Christ's formula in the Apostolic Commission. And with Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict  called it 'new evangelization' because it is an evangelical substitute for the classical evangelization described in the Gospel of Ascension. Unlike the evangelization of the Bishop's Synod of 2013 which is a totally different Gospel.

5. The eleven Popes, from Pius IX to Benedict XVI had seen and experienced these three chastisesments from God; namely, first, the prophesy of Amos foretelling that one day there will no one who can teach the way to eternal life; secondly,  that the power to absolve sins will be taken away from priests and, thirdly,  the power to celebrate and consecrate the Species will be taken away from priest because the fore-shadowings must disappear when the Light of the true Presence of the Second Advent comes.
     Pius IX faced his whole Curia who expelled him from the Vatican and exiled him in Gaeta. If his Curia was like that what did you expect of the rest of the Bishops. Pius X was faced with cardinals, bishops and priest seething with the heresy of modernism. Benedict had to face a group of seminarians who were praising Karl Marx. What further proof do we need.
     Of course, from the time of Pius IX to Benedict's time there were still a thin line of 'catena Aurea' that were clinging to dear Gospel and dear Fathers of the Church. But they were getting less and less by the time of Benedict who seems to be one among the last few.

     The lost of the power to celebrate and consecrate is getting to be more visible everyday. The Mass of the Apostles, the Fathers and the Saints was proven beyond doubt as truly a sacrifice and a true Presence. And people with Faith, like the saints attested to this. But when Faith was lost like today there is nobody who could vouch that the 'new' mass is truly a sacrifice and a true Presence. While countless saints in the past proved with their Faith and Charity that the Mass was a sacrifice and there was a true Presence,  no one, today,  can vouch that there is true Sacrifice and Presence in the New Mass. We can only guess. The last saints, like Fr. Pio, did not like it. Maybe there was no sacrifice and there is no Presence.....which we expect to happen as prophesied. And Pope Benedict  can do only so much with his Motu Proprio 'Summorum Pontificum' because he knows it had to end eventually that God will take away the power to celebrate and consecrate the Eucharist. He tried to prolong the celebration of the last valid masses. Did we really thing that God will allow the Mass to be celebrate and consecrated with the kind of Faithless and loveless creatures we have become?
                                                                                 

6. St. Benedict and the Woman of the Apocalypse
     St. Benedict had mastered the Apocalypse. He knew that the Woman of the Apocalypse, whom St. John recognized as the Blessed Virgin Mary because he took care of her, is the personification of the Catholic Church. And Benedict saw that the Church left the world and 'flew' to the desert to a place specially prepared by God for her protection against the devil's last grand attack on the Church.
     At that time St. Benedict knew that the Church was still in the world. But he knew she would abandon the world and transfer to the desert. But he did not know the exact time for the transfer so he began to train his monks to prepare for that transfer. St. Benedict knew that the Church would cease to  exist in the world. So his  monasticism is the way on how to enter the Catholic Church in her 'new' location in the desert. Since entering the Church is still a process of evangelization, Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict referred to the classical evangelization as 'new,' because for all outward appearances it looks 'new,' so 'new' that no cardinal, bishop or priest know anything about it through Pope Benedict described it clearly last year in his 'Year of Faith' and repeated for one last time in his 'Lumen Fidei'  that bore, however, the signature of Pope Francis.
     Today, the process of evangelization by which souls are saved can no longer be preached as described in the Gospel of the Ascension because that can only be preached and understood  by souls with the theological virtue of Faith. The way St. Benedict described evangelization is for preachers and listeners who do not have Faith and Charity. So it is just right for all of us today. This is how Pope Benedict presented it in his 'Year of Faith.'
   
7. St. Gregory and St. Benedict.
     Pope St. Gregory the Great wrote in his 'Life of St. Benedict' that the followers of St. Benedict will prepare the world for the Last General Judgment. Note that Pope Gregory did not say the Benedictine Order since the Order is in the same corrupt state as the rest of the world. He said 'some' followers of St. Benedict. Could this be the reason Pope Benedict, a diocesan priest who chose the name 'Benedict,' seeing that in St. Malachy's list of Popes he is the last Pope to be elected by a Conclave; since the one after him will be chosen by Christ, Himself, just as St. Peter was personally chosen by Christ?  But Pope Francis was elected by a conclave, not by Christ. Oh well, there are still a lot of things that we do not understand. We have to be patient until God enlightens our minds. But we know Pope Benedict is a true follower of St. Benedict.

8. St. Benedict and the Sundays in Ordinary time.
     The 33 Sundays in Ordinary time are Sundays wherein Holy Mother the Church is teaching us everything about Faith, specially who are those with Faith and who are those without Faith. It is just right that the Feast of St. Benedict is right in the middle because he taught how those without Faith can attain Faith ......before it is too late.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

THE PAPACY OF ST PETER.

1. We thought they would never get it.
     We have been writing on Pope Benedict's 'seeming' resignation since the time the world believed he did so.  Theologians are now thinking twice and the issue is now raging in Rome. But the offshoot of the debate is raising more questions rather than  clarifying just one question. The Roman debate have reached a point where both sides believe that Pope Benedict did not really resign as Pope. That he just set aside an unimportant portion of his job and transferred it to a subordinate. Now it appears that we have two Popes which both side of the debates accept had raised more problems. They are now proposing the existence of a Diarchy, i,e. the existence of two popes, which both sides agree is dogmatically impossible, because which one would be infallible, which is the easier question to answer because one never made a mistake while the other one commits mistakes very time he opens his mouth as his own handlers noticed.

2. The Argument.
      The argument that Pope Benedict did not give up his 'munus Petrinus' but only the management aspect of his 'Petrinus' is sound. But the argument is based on the analysis of his resignation letter. The author of this sound idea analyzed the content of Pope Benedict's letter and, sort of, read between the lines. Confronted with this line of analysis, if the author confronted Pope Benedict and asked what he really meant in his enigmatic letter, which he actually did,   the Pope could easily say 'I meant really to resign,'...... if the Pope did not want others to know his real intention which was the case. And that was what Pope Benedict actually said when asked for his personal interpretation of the  letter. But I suspect that Pope Benedict did not want his real intention to be publicly known. It would be like throwing pearls to pigs as the Gospel states.

     But I am glad the topic had been picked up and debated because all my past posts were precisely to clarify and settle this issue. Except that we cannot settle this issue by analysis of Pope Benedict's letter and reading between the lines, especially, if the Pope does not want his real motive made public. The process I followed was by analyzing his motives and his actions by basing it on the Gospels. Pope Benedict is a holy man. He acts in obedience to the commands of Christ on the Gospels. Only the Gospels can explain his actions.

3.Previous arguments.
      Let me summarize my previous arguments to help illumine the debate. Countless articles had been written on why Pope Benedict resigned. Mostly from journalists and what did you expect?...a view no different from a news that an NBA player made a field goal.
     But Pope Benedict's action was a supernatural act. And only those with Faith can understand what he did. The inability to understand what he did by many bishops is further proof of what I have been writing in past posts on 'the decay of Faith' and the 'waxing cold of Charity' within the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict, I repeat, is a holy man. His actions are supernatural acts in obedience to a supernatural understanding of the commands of Christ as enumerated in the New Testament. And He can only be understood by those who understand the New Testament in a supernatural way. But let me explain everything in a lower intellectual category bordering the natural and the supernatural. Because that is all I can do for now.
                                                                         
 4. St. Peter, the first Pope, on the roof.
      Understanding Pope Benedict's action is a piece of cake because it is identical to what the first Pope, St. Peter, did. The Gospel described St. Peter on the roof praying and contemplating on the Words of Christ. That is the Pope's job par excellence. St. Peter on the roof was Pope par excellence.  St. Thomas of Aquinas in his treatise on perfection writes that for the Pope or bishop to pray and contemplate on the Words of God is being perfect as the Heavenly Father is perfect. The perfection required from a diocesan priest, a religious and from a layman is, of course, a lower degree of perfection.

     Why is prayer so necessary that it is the primary job of the Pope? Because the attack of Satan and of the whole world which is Satan's kingdom will be so intense against the Church so that, as Christ said, 'this can only be overcome by prayer and fasting.'  Anything less just won't work. And Pope Benedict believes we have reached this age when all the leaders of the Satanic kingdom have been released as the Apocalypse had prophesied. And prayer is the only weapon for all Catholics.
     Why is contemplating the Word of God so necessary? Because we are living in an age characterized by the 'decay of Faith' wherein Cardinals, bishops, priests and laymen do not know their Faith thus we have to depend on those with a contemplative knowledge of their Faith, the characteristic of the 'new' evangelizers according to Pope Benedict.

      Pope Pius IX up to Pope Benedict XVI,(11 popes), had noticed the lack of Faith and Charity in the priesthood. Pius IX experienced his own Curia expelling him from the Vatican and exiling him to Gaeta. Pius X condemned modernism among priests , Benedict as a professor saw the total absence of Faith in the seminaries. All the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary from Quito, Ecuador up to Kibeho, Rwanda gave the same message......the infidelity of the priests. Amos prophesied the day when those who seek God will not find the answer from the priests. Well, Christ, Himself, prophesied the 'decay of Faith and waxing cold of Charity' in whom?...if not among the priests. When Christ was born, and when he died on Good Friday all the priests of the Old Testament had no Faith in Him. Christ said, exactly the same thing will happen during these times.
     The warning of Mary, the Mother of the Church, is that bishops and priest are going to hell and dragging everybody else with them.The lost of Faith among the Faithful today can only be due to the lost of Faith; first, among the cardinals, bishops and priests.  Of course, St. Grignon de Montfort states that there are still a few Faithful priest around who knows the plan of salvation. But don't try looking for them because you won't find them. Why? They are contemplating and praying for you....just like the Pope, and living hidden lives.
      It really wasn't as bad during St. Peter's time but Peter, nevertheless,  was obliged to be a perfect Pope like his Heavenly Father is perfect. But for the Pope to be on the roof is greatly needed today as taught by Pope Benedict, himself.

      So Pope Benedict did exactly the same thing. He decided to go to the roof, the monastery, to exclusively pray and contemplate on the Words of God. And as St. Peter did not resign when he was on the roof, Pope Benedict did not resign when he went to the monastery.

5. How come the other Popes did not go to the roof?
     To go anywhere in order to contemplate on the Words of God and pray is the perfection of the Papacy. All Popes reached that perfection in different degrees and according to the needs of their eras.  When God commands the Popes to stay permanently in the roof as He instructed Benedict, this means that the state of the Church is hopeless. Extreme measures are needed and this measure is for him to pray for God's mercy for the Church.....exactly the same reason Benedict gave for retiring to the monastery. From now on everything will be God's work based on God's mercy. All human efforts at evangelization and saving souls proposed at the Bishop's Synod of 2013 are now futile to help the Church.
 
6. Come down the roof!
     When St. Peter was confronted with a pure management problem, on the feeding of the widows, Peter insisted on the primary role of the Papacy;  to concentrate on prayer and contemplating on the Words of God. All inferior corporal works of mercy should be assigned to Deacons. Further inferior work should be left to laymen. Many works done by bishops and the Vatican bureaucracy do not have to be done by deacons. Most are mere natural jobs, like running a bank,  which laymen can do. So there is no need to dress them up like Cardinals and bishops.
     Basing it, therefore, on the Gospel Reading, Pope Benedict, by his apparent resignation, had risen to the perfect practice of his Papacy like St. Peter; while Pope Francis is doing a job inferior to a deacon. Probably, a porter's job. Even here we cannot say we have a diarchy. What we have is a Pope and a porter, and a porter who, in his own words, is starting a new secularist religion without dogmas and without reference to the Tradition of the Fathers.

4. Pope Benedict could have easily imitated St. Peter by remaining on the roof and stayed in office until God called him to Himself. Why did Benedict have to 'seemingly' resign when obviously he is still strong and healthy up to the present? His reason is God's command.  To fool the devil.
     Just as St. Joseph pretended to be Mary's husband to fool the devil so he can continue taking care of the baby Jesus without exposing the virginity of Mary, Pope Benedict pretended to resign to fool the devil, too, so he can continue to take care of the Church; as he himself said so.

     Pope Benedict saw and described the crisis of Faith in the Church as early as 1985. His book was describing the hermeutics of rupture wherein the Catholic Church became completely different from the Church of Christ, the apostles and the Fathers. This happened after Vatican II and is described as the 'spirit of Vatican II' practiced by Pope Francis and most of the cardinals, bishops and priests today. He described this in his 'Ratzinger Report' sub-titled 'The crisis in the Church.' The Church will be as it was foretold before the first advent, as it was on Good Friday and as it will be today. What will it be? As the Blessed Virgin said in her messages, the cardinals, bishops and priests have neither Faith nor Charity. Christ's words are; 'decay of Faith' and the 'waxing cold of Charity. In other words, they are not inside the Church. They are not Catholics. Pope Benedict noticed this and analyzed it in his Report. But Moral theologians, like Pinckners traced this lost of Faith as early as the 14th century. This lost of Faith got worse on the 16th century according to the Blessed Virgin, and became totally decadent during the reign of the 11 Popes (from Pius IX to Benedict XVI - popularly referred to as the 2nd Advent Popes.) After Vatican II, Cardinal Ratzinger described the lost of Faith and Charity as totally irreversible. During his Papacy Benedict just went with the current in the hope he could salvage a few.
     What did he do to salvage the few? He pretended to resign.
     Pope Benedict had reached the perfection of his papacy by going to the roof like St. Peter. Now he will perform another perfect act of his Papal Office which St. Peter, also, did. St. Peter exposed himself to martyrdom. How will Pope Benedict do this?

5. The possibility of an anti-pope.
     Anti-popes are common in the Church. Natalius and St. Hippolitus, the first and second anti-pope who both subjected themselves to the true existing popes were, thus, reconciled with the Church. The second was even a saint. But anti-popes are, generally, works of Satan to destroy the Church.  We had more than 40 anti-popes. Common occurrence, isn't it.
     If, as prophesied above, there will be decay of Faith and waxing cold of Charity among the cardinals, bishops and priests, as prefigured before the first Advent and on Good Friday, then there is the great possibility that during those times these unfaithful cardinals would elect one of their own kind, one without Faith and Charity. And that can only be an anti-pope, one who is  strictly speaking not a Catholic and, therefore, has no right to rule the Church.

     Pope Benedict suspected that there is one just around the corner. Hildegard of Bingen, whom he raised to the dignity of doctor of the Church,  noted this anti-pope in her 10th vision. St. Francis of Assisi warned his friars of this anti-pope in his death bed.
     If Pope Benedict remained as pope until his death, the election of an anti-pope as a successor without a real Pope at the helm of the Church would have been a catastrophe for the Church. Pope Benedict did a brilliant maneuver that could only be dictated by God, Himself.
     Benedict will not wait for his death. He wants to see the anti-pope and continue to be at the helm of the Church leading her against the anti-pope and the evil spirits. How can he get the anti-pope into the open? By pretending to resign and allow a conclave to uncanonically elect the anti-pope.
      Now we have a diarchy. No! We have one Pope and an anti-pope. That solves the problem of the debate in Rome.

     It is no accident that we are celebrating a year in honor of Peter Celestine. He is a saint who as Pope ruled perfectly as the Heavenly is perfect. And who chose, like Peter to stay in the roof (his monastery) to pray and contemplate on the Words of God. But Boniface, the other pope whose life and death makes him look more like an anti-pope martyred Peter putting him in a miserable jail for 10 months until he died. This lack of Charity and consequently the lack of Faith are signs he was not a Catholic and, therefore, an anti-pope. Boniface died miserably. Is Pope Benedict facing the same danger Pope Pius V saw in a vision similar to the third secret of Fatima?
   
 

Thursday, July 03, 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI - If you do not eat my flesh and drink My Blood you will have NO life in you.

Nexus; we have been putting together a collage of evangelical truths as interpreted by the Fathers of the Church. And we have been adding the logical consequences from these truths equally taken from Scriptures, the Fathers and other Catholic literature. The goal is to make a clear picture of the state of the Church and the world today.....at this very moment, 2014.

     We have taken up the words of Christ prophesying the 'decay of Faith' and the 'waxing cold of Charity.' This had occurred among the Chosen people before the birth of Christ and during His ministry . It has worsened after the centuries of the martyrs, it continued to further deteriorate through the centuries. It became intolerable before the Council of Trent. It became desperate before Vatican I and had become irreparable after Vatican II.

    As this decay of Faith and Charity worsens, as is expected,  then most Cardinals, bishops and priests would have neither Faith nor Charity, as had happened many times in the Church and which we expect to happen at its worst today.
     In the Liturgy of Pentecost Christ gave the apostles the power to forgive sins after they have perfected their Faith and reached Charity. If most of our bishops and priest do not have Faith nor Charity then they would have neither the power to love their neighbor nor to forgive sins (as we have seen in the Gospel of Pentecost.) These gifts were given to the apostles when they had reached a certain level of perfection (in ascetical parlance, when they have reached the unitive way or the perfection of Charity.)

     Now, let us proceed to another conclusion based on the two prophesies of Christ. Christ gave His apostles the power to forgive sins before Pentecost. When did the apostles begin to celebrate Mass? Obviously not before Pentecost. The power to celebrate Mass was given to them after Pentecost; after their Faith and Charity had been perfected. If most of the cardinals, bishops and priests and consequently most of the laymen are without Faith, Charity and without the forgiveness of their sins, then they would not be able to eat the flesh of Christ nor drink His Blood. They would be eating and drinking the accidents of the Bread and Wine but would not be able to eat and drink the Body and Blood of Christ. The Sacred Host would go through their mouth, stomach and out but Christ would not abide in their souls. Because they have neither Faith nor Charity  their masses would be, not only illicit, but invalid and the communion distributed would be mere bread and wine.
      The Sacrament of Holy Orders and Holy Eucharist depend on the proper disposition of both celebrant and recipient. And the proper disposition is Faith and Charity or sanctifying grace; and the Holy Eucharist must be celebrated and received in a community that is of one mind and one heart; i.e. a Church.  If you have neither then, as St. Paul states, you are receiving the Body and Blood of Christ unto your condemnation.
                                                                       
     It had been prophesied at the time of Judas Macchabeus that because of the infidelity of the Jews God chastised them by removing from their priests the power to offer the Sacrifice. It was again prophesied that through the infidelity of the Jews by Good Friday, God would remove from the priests the power to offer Sacrifice. That is why the Ark of the Covenant where God's presence disappeared from the temple. Christ prophesied that the same thing will happen during these times. Because of the unbelief in the Church, the powers of the priests to absolve and celebrate Mass would be taken away by God. The destruction of the temple prophesied by Christ before His passion refers to the future destruction of the Catholic Church that St. Francis tried to prop up but now has collapse.
     God's withdrawal of the power to forgive sins and consecrate the Spicies from the priesthood,  aside from being a chastisement for an unbelieving Church,  is because of the arrival of the Reality of God. The coming reality must dispel the shadows. Christ is coming, its shadow, the Host, must give way.
      The rampant Liturgical abuses of priests and the dislike of the present Pope and Curia for the old, original Liturgy of the Mass is helping hasten the process. Without Faith and Charity (which anyone can easily prove) they are not popes, nor cardinals, nor bishops, nor priests because as St. Bellarmine stated because they are not even Catholics.
      Imagine with no Masses and no forgiveness of sins.....what chances do we have to be saved? Well, by returning to the instructions of Christ in the Gospel of Ascension which the present pope and bishop's Synod are not following; and learning what Christ told the Samaritan woman at the well where the disappearance of the Mass was implied. 'The day will come when true worshipers (will not go to Church for Mass) but will worship in truth and in spirit.'
      Briefly, the three stages of the spiritual life are; the purgative which is the life of repentance. The illuminative which is the life of Faith and the unitive which is the life of Charity. The Pope and bishops should be in the unitive way.  Diocesan priests should be at least in the illuminative. The rest should be in the purgative. An analysis of each stage shows that no one is in their right places.

 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

TRINITY SUNDAY - He who does not believe is already condemned.

1. LITURGY OF THE MASS.
     The whole plan of salvation that we must know and which we must teach all men through evangelization begins on Advent and ends on Pentecost. That is from the month of November to June. People can be evangelized for eight months, though only on Sundays, simply by explaining the Gospels. Then how come most Catholics are still ignorant of the commands of Christ as enumerated in the New Testament even after years of hearing Mass?  The defect is in the Mass celebrant; the Cardinals, bishops and priests.  There is a 'decay of Faith'. And a review of past videos of homilies in the Internet will prove the point. Homilies are nice but does not evangelize because they do not follow Christ's Apostolic Commission as narrated in St. Matthews Gospel read on Ascension.
     Imagine, the plan of salvation can be learned in 41 Sunday Gospels during that 8 months from Advent to Pentecost. Those 41 Gospel lessons can be learned leisurely in a one-month retreat in a monastery. And we have no time to set aside one month in our lives to learn how to prepare for our last judgment before God?! But our Cardinals, bishops and priests had studied these for at least 6 years in seminaries and theological schools. But they studied it the wrong way ending up learning nothing. And this, as had been noted, had been happening as early as the 14th century up to the present and nobody had corrected it when all they had to do was read the Gospel of St. Matthew on Ascension and read the commentaries of the Fathers of the Church as summarized by St. Thomas of Aquinas in his 'Catena Aurea.'
     Looking at the so-called Apostolic Commission by Jesus Christ in Matthew, the steps on evangelization are; make disciples of all nations, baptizing them......, commanding them to observe all my commandments. These steps must all be obeyed and obeyed in that order. The Liturgy of the Mass divides the same three steps into four ; repentance, Faith, Hope and Charity. Pope Benedict repeats the four steps mentioned in the Liturgy but using different words; conversion, entrance into the Catholic Church, encounter with Christ (the visible head of the Church) and encounter with the Holy Spirit (the invisible soul of the Church.)
      Around the 14th century the heresy of Nominalism rejected the need for the first step, conversion or repentance. And the 2013 Bishop's Synod retained this omission. Without the first step it becomes impossible to go to the second, third and fourth steps.

     In the Gospel for Pentecost Christ gave the apostles the power to forgive sins together with loving their neighbor with supernatural Charity. Pentecost falls on the fourth step. Cardinals, bishops and priest who have not reached the fourth step because they omitted the first step cannot absolve sins and cannot love their neighbor with supernatural Charity. Imagine if this is your bishop and parish priest.
 
     St. Thomas of Aquinas reminded us that when we throw a metal ball up, as it goes up it slows down as it approaches its apex  until it completely stops and returns back to earth. But when a metal ball is dropped it accelerates the nearer it approaches the ground. The same thing happens in the spiritual life. As a soul ascends to the apex of Charity it slows down until it reaches the summit. But when a soul falls it accelerates faster as it approaches the ground.
     That is what happened to our Cardinals, bishops and priests.  As they ascended towards the perfection of Charity they slowed down so that most of them stopped before they reached the apex.  But when their Faith decayed and Charity grew cold, it deteriorated so fast that they immediately reached the bottom. Imagine all our priests affected by Nominalism during the 14th century. Probably the few who tried to rise to the perfection of Charity never made it due to their defective knowledge of Asceticism. While those influenced by the heresy simply plummeted down with high speed to zero in Faith and Charity as early as before the Council of Trent; thus the reason for holding that Council. And from that time up to the present we expect the fulfillment of Christ's prophecy that 'there will be no Faith upon the earth.' With no Faith there will be no Charity. Without Faith and Charity they cannot forgive or retain sins a power that goes with Charity.

     How was Pope Benedict able to remain uninfluenced by this great apostasy among the priests, we shall explain in a separate post. He noticed this great 'infidelity of the future' described by Blessed John Newman in the seminary of Tubingen,  he noted it as a 'periti' during Vatican II  in his 'Highlights of Vatican II,'  he experienced it in the Vatican during Vatileaks and gay lobby scandal, he observed it during the 2013 Bishop's Synod.....just as St. Augustine noticed it in the Church of Hippo, as St. Francis noticed it in his time and St. Phillip Neri experienced it in the Papal courts. In fact Ratzinger was contaminated but was able to get out of the whirlpool saved by the teachings of St. Augustine and Blessed John Cardinal Newman.
                                                                         
2. HAVING FINISHED THE WHOLE OUTLINE, THE LITURGY RETURNS TO STEP 2,  FAITH,  on Trinity Sunday.
     Having given us the complete outline of the plan of salvation from Advent to Pentecost, Holy Mother the Church returns to the topic of Faith. In the old Sunday Missal you will find a general heading on the top page of Trinity Sunday saying: 'Instruction on Developing One's Faith.' These instructions will continue for the next 35 Sundays in Ordinary Time  up to Christ the King wherein Holy Mother the Church will give us 35 visible signs of Faith. With those visible signs we can know if we or anybody else have Faith........whether he is a priest, a bishop, a cardinal or a Pope. With 35 visible signs we cannot make a mistake. And God does not want us to commit a mistake because upon Faith depends the beginning of our salvation. It is better though if we reach Charity. The importance of Faith is shown by the Gospel of Trinity Sunday.
     Christ said; 'He who believes in Him will avoid condemnation and he who does not believe is already condemned.' The importance of knowing if we have Faith or not is most evident in the above statements. We have to know if we have Faith while we are still alive because when we die it is too late to do anything if we do not have Faith and are already condemned. To help us Christ saw to it that the signs of Faith are visible and there are 35 of them.  So if we don't have Faith we can still do something about it before it is too late. Probably enter a Carthusian monastery in the Alps.

3. 2 LEVELS OF UNDERSTANDING.
     The Gospel messages of the 35 Sundays in Ordinary Time have two levels of understanding; the natural and the supernatural. The natural message is the visible sign meant for the understanding of those without Faith but who are well on the way to receiving the gift of Faith. Pagans do not have this. But most Catholics, also, do not have this so they are ignorant of these visible signs.
    The supernatural level is the invisible, supernatural infused knowledge given exclusively to those with Faith, i.e. the contemplatives. These are spiritual signs which all members of the Church should have according to Pope Benedict. Only those with Faith can detect these spiritual signs in themselves and in others thus assuring them that they believe and, therefore, avoid condemnation (as the Gospel states.)  It is this spiritual sign and knowledge that Pope Benedict was encouraging  all Catholics to find out if they have during the just concluded 'Year of Faith.'
    God gave us the natural understanding of the N.T. Gospel messages precisely to enable us, firstly, to judge our selves. And secondly so we may know if others have Faith or not so we can begin evangelizing them accordingly. And thirdly, so we can know if our priests, bishops, cardinals and Pope have Faith so we can truly accept them in complete obedience as our Catholic guides to heaven. We cannot afford to commit the mistake of being under a parish priest named  Martin Luther or under a bishop name Marcion or a pope name Felix (an anti-pope.)  So we must know these visible signs of Faith and check everyone and every truth before believing and submitting. Our spiritual leaders must present proper credentials; proofs that their teachings are a continuity from the teachings of Christ as interpreted by the Fathers of the Church. No credentials, no submission. For as St. Paul wrote; whatever is not of Faith is sin; i.e. those without Faith lead us to condemnation.
      The Franciscan friars and sisters should have checked if their commissars and the pope who appointed them have Faith using the 35 visible signs.  St. Robert Bellarmine S.J., doctor of the Church wrote; if they have no Faith have nothing to do with them, not even if he is pope. Otherwise they will be led only to condemnation. For the Franciscans to have submitted to people without Faith showed that they, themselves, did not know the visible signs of Faith. Did they return to seminaries and reviewed their Moral theology as instructed by Pope Benedict during the 'Year of the Priest?'  Did they check themselves if they had Faith when Pope Benedict ordered all Catholics to check on their Faith during the  'Year of Faith.' Maybe not. That act of disobedience is a visible sign that they have no Faith. Did they forget that St. Francis of Assisi before he died warned his followers that during these times there will be an anti-pope who will persecute his order? Maybe they forgot. Forgetfulness of prophecies which, St. Paul wrote is for believers, is, also, a sign of a lack of Faith.

     The devil, indeed, had entered the Catholic Church and ruined it.  Was it Gaudentius who said that the ruin of the Coliseum in Rome will announce the beginning of the ruin of the Church of Rome, the same Church St. Francis of Assisi was  preventing from collapsing? But St. Francis is no more. Though the buildings are still there, the spiritual ruin seems to had come.
     Sadly, if we use these 35 visible signs of Faith to check on ourselves, our loved ones and our bishops, priests, cardinals and even the present Pope the possibility is great that we will find no sign of Faith because we have arrived at the day Christ had prophesied. The Popes from Pius IX to Pope Benedict (as we like to repeat) had already noticed it and made provisions to minimize its destructive trend. Pius IX declared the dogma of the Immaculate Conception precisely to stem the deterioration of Faith. Leo XIII imposed the study of St.Thomas of Aquinas for the same reason. John XXIII summoned Vatican II to re-evangelize the Church that have lost her Faith. And Ratzinger sounded the alarm in his 'Ratzinger Report' where he gave a clear theological description of this on going 'crisis of Faith.'

4. THE BEGINNING AND THE END.
     In the next posts we shall discuss the 35 visible signs of Faith as described in the next 35 Gospels in Ordinary Time so everyone can make that crucial judgment; do I have Faith so there is no condemnation in me; or do I not have Faith and, therefore, I am already condemned.
     Charity, the love of neighbor, also, obliges us to find out if our loved ones, our parish priest, our dear bishops, reverend cardinals and above all our present Pope.....are they saved or condemned? As the Gospel of |Trinity Sunday reminds us.....we can have that answer while we are still alive.  St. Thomas of Aquinas wrote; God's judgment had already been made and we can know what it is pending final execution. Let us make certain it is the judgment for those with Faith. So we begin with a premise in the Gospel of Trinity Sunday, 'he who does not believe is already condemned,'  and as the heading of the Missal states, let us understand how to grow in Faith and act on it; 'For blessed is the man who hears and acts.....he is like the man who built his house on rock........'

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

PENTECOST - and the 'waxing cold of Charity.'

NEXUS:
     We have been discussing Christ's prophecy about the continuous 'decay of Faith' that will worsen in the Catholic Church as we approach the end.  And there is the other prophecy: its consequence which is the 'waxing cold of Charity.' With both prophecies the expectation is prophesied also and that is the rise of an anti-pope and that most of the hierarchy will be without Faith and Charity.  These truths had been foretold primarily in the Old and New Testaments. These truths were further explained by the Fathers of the Church and further confirmed by the Blessed Virgin in her apparitions. Our role is to be watchful for these events and respond in the only Catholic way we can;  the proper response is taught in the Liturgy of the Mass.
     Everybody seems to be talking and expecting a spring time in the Church quoting Pope John XXIII unmindful of the fact that the good Pope said we are still in the dead of winter where everything is dead in the Church and that the spring is still in the unknown future. In our recent posts we have been describing this winter where both Faith and Charity are frozen dead in the majority of Catholics.
     We will continue to further prove the frozen death of the Church with the Liturgy of Pentecost.

1. BY EASTER THE APOSTLES HAD THE WISDOM  NEEDED TO PREACH BUT THEY DID NOT HAVE THE POWER TO PREACH UNTIL AFTER PENTECOST.
     The apostles had the gift of knowledge when Christ called them and had the gift of wisdom to preach by Easter. But they only had the power to preach after Pentecost.  Their preaching before Easter and Pentecost were mere dry runs and, therefore, defective; as shown that once while preaching the apostles could not drive the devil out. After Pentecost the apostles could command the devil at will.
     Today, Catholic evangelizers have neither the knowledge nor the wisdom nor the power to preach ......and the Gospel of Pentecost will show why.
                                                                           
                                                                         
2. HOW COME PREACHERS DO NOT HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE and eventually the WISDOM and POWER needed to preach.
     They do not have the knowledge and this is shown by the fact that they do not know the commands of Christ as enumerated in the New Testament and as interpreted by the Fathers of the Church which is the content of the gift of knowledge. It means they do not have Faith, the virtue that makes one a Catholic. This gift of knowledge goes with the virtue Faith; both are infused in any soul that has undergone true conversion.
     They do not have the wisdom to preach because they do not have the knowledge in which wisdom is built on.  Wisdom is  the deeper knowledge of Divine Revelation.  It is the superior form of knowledge.
     They do not have the power to preach because they do not have the love of neighbor and love of God which is Charity in which this power is built on.
      How come preachers do not have the knowledge, wisdom and power to preach,  all of which are the advanced courses in the spiritual life? Because they haven't entered kindergarten though they behave as if they are doctors of the church.

     Pope Benedict repeated the need for these gifts in his 'Year of Faith"  stating that knowledge, wisdom and power are found together only in contemplatives.  These  are infused gifts and are not learned from seminaries or theological schools. As Christ said; 'it is not men who taught you this but My Father in Heaven.' He did not hesitate to say that the Church today should be a Church of contemplatives; basing this truth from the Gospel narrative of the Apostles' boat trip in Lake Tiberias after the Resurrection of Christ.
     
      These gifts of Knowledge, Wisdom and the power to convert souls are no longer present in most cardinals, bishops and priest  since the Council of Trent up to now, for reasons already mentioned above.  This fact was further noted by Our Lady of Good Success in an apparition immediately after the Council of Trent in Quito, Ecuador in the 1600  when she told Sis. Mariana to go to the dark chapel at night for she would like to show her a vision. Mariana went and after she returned the Blessed Virgin asked her; 'what did you see? Mariana  said 'nothing, it was totally dark' Mary said;' that is how the Catholic Church will look like in the year 2000 and forwards.....a Church in total darkness, without Faith and without Charity among the clergy.' This is nothing new since it was prophesied by Christ, Himself.  After that came the avalanche of defections away from the Catholic Church in Europe. Today we can include South America, Quebec, the Far East, everywhere. It all begun with the spiritual defections of Cardinals, Bishops and priest. It was merely followed by the physical defection of the lay. Many had remained physically within the Catholic Church but are spiritually out of the Church.
   
     
3. DISOBEDIENCE TO ONE COMMAND IS DISOBEDIENCE TO ALL.
     We have seen the three important elements in Christ's formula of evangelization as enumerated in the Gospel of Ascension. We showed how disobedience to the first step, 'making disciples of all nations' which consisted in obedience to the commands of God the Father in the Old Testament caused disobedience to all the commands of God the Son in the New Testament.
     Now let us see how disobedience to the commands of God the Father and God the Son would cause disobedience to the commands of God the Holy Spirit.
     The Holy Spirit is the author of Love (here we wish to use the proper word 'Charity' or 'Agape.') Note that the Gospel of Pentecost day was not about the descend of the Holy Spirit among the apostles though the first reading referred to it. The Gospel was about Christ breathing on the apostles and giving them the power to forgive and retain sins.
      St. Thomas of Aquinas noted that this incident happened many days before Pentecost. Here Christ breathed on His disciples to give them the power to love their neighbors in preparation to giving them the power to love God.  The power to love neighbor and the power to love God were given separately to the apostles; not together. The two loves were given days apart. Note that when Christ gave the apostles the power to love their neighbor He, also, gave them the power to forgive sins. The lesson is clear. The apostles must first receive from the Holy Spirit through the breath of Christ the power to love one's neighbor before they can forgive sins. This love of neighbor is a supernatural virtue acquired after the apostles have obeyed all the commands of the Father and of the Son as instructed by Christ.
      Cardinals, bishops and priest should have reached the heights of spirituality reached by the apostles on Easter for them to be worthy to undergo Easter and Pentecost. If they have not reached this spirituality where Christ would breath on them giving them the supernatural power to love their neighbors then they cannot absolve sins; all their absolution would be invalid. The sins of their penitents would be forgiven depending on the penitent's personal life of repentance, instead, which assuming there is 'decay of Faith and 'waxing cold of Charity' will be impossible for most penitent.
       Imagine this era which Christ prophesied where most priests do not have the power to forgive sins due to the 'waxing cold of Charity' whose author is the Holy Spirit ....and penitents are ignorant how to repent due to the 'decay of Faith' whose author is Jesus.

4.  THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE COLLISEUM
      Today we have a church that is experiencing a 'decay of Faith' and a 'waxing cold of Charity.' The first Christian martyrs, also mentioned, that the Church in Rome will decay at the same time as the Roman Colliseum is ruined.
     First prophesied by Christ, clearly explained by the Fathers and confirmed by the Blessed Virgin in her apparitions from Quito, Ecuador to Kibejo, Rwanda....... the Popes from Pius IX to Benedict XVI had, also, warned us of the approaching 'second Advent'. Pope John XXIII stated that he took the name John because like John the Baptist the precursor of the first Advent,  he wants to act again as a precursor of Christ as we approach the second Advent to a Church that does not believe in Him.  No Faith.
      Why would Pope Benedict write a book entitled Jesus Christ when there are so many books, films, etc.. on Jesus Christ? Because, he says, the Church does not know Christ from all those sources. And why did Pope Benedict raise St. Hildegard, a 11th century Benedictine Abbess as a doctor of the Church today after all these years? Because in her 10th vision of  her book 'Scivias' she described the lost of Faith and Charity among most of the priests, bishops and the rise of an anti-pope sometime around an attempt on the life of a Pope. Could this, also, be the reason why Pope Benedict stepped down giving up the exterior administration of his papacy? To pray because there is absolute nothing he can do in such a situation except to pray as St. Peter, the first Pope, did in the roof top; believing Christ who said; 'this problem can only be solved by prayer and fasting.'  What??? Not by renewal, not by revamping the Curia, not by appointing modernist bishops, not by raising to the cardinalate followers of the hermeneutics of discontinuity, not by starting a new sect, not by improving one's public relation image? Christ did not mention any of the above. He simply said; 'Prayer and fasting,' and the prayer part should be done 'unceasingly.' Which leaves one no time for kissing the feet of women, phoning married adulterous wives or feeding the widows of the Hebrews and the Greeks....nay, not even praying with orthodox, Jews and Palestinians nor with heads of democratic baby killers.
 
5. ST. PAUL noted; IF YOU HAVE IT YOU CAN DEFINE IT AND EXPLAIN HOW TO ACQUIRE IT. Further evidence of the absence of Knowledge, Wisdom and Power to evangelize prevalent in the Church today; from the Pope, down to the Cardinals, bishops and priest...and sadly among the nuns, the ecclesial communities and the ordinary Faithful.
     If you cannot define nor explain how it is acquired, then, you don't have it. If you have the Catholic Faith you can describe it and teach others how to acquire it. This is evangelization.

     I introduced the Catholic Charismatic movement around here. I learned it from an American priests who learned it in Ann Arbor. I noticed how much the movement depended on the letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians as doctrinal basis. But I was a monk. And I have learned that the Charismatic gifts were found only among the hermits, not in the outer desert, but in the more austere inner desert of Scetia. These were the mystics who have reached the perfection of Charity, the highest degree in the spiritual life. On the other hand the members of the present day Charismatics are laymen who are not even in the desert. It did'nt jibe.  So I went and checked things out with Corinthians, as what all Catholics should always do.
     I noticed that the manifestations, as they are called, in the charismatic movement were identical to the gifts mentioned in Corinthians. The manifestations were not similar to the description of the gifts contemplatives and mystics who truly possessed the charismatic gifts so called had. In Corinthians, St. Paul clearly stated in very polite terms that because they could not define nor explain the gifts of the Holy Spirit this meant that they did not really have the gifts especially because of their serious sins. Neither the gifts nor the theological virtues can exist with sins.
      The Corinthians eventually left the Catholic Church. If they truly had the gifts they would never have left the Church. In short, the Corinthians did not really have the gifts because, as St. Paul reasoned because they could not define nor describe how the gifts were acquired.
     This was noted by Ronald Knox in his splendid book 'Enthusiasm.' What happened to the Corinthians happened also to the Montanists. These were a heretical sect whose charismatic manifestations were similar to the manifestations of the Corinthians. Their founder who, earlier,  was a pagan priest who became a Catholic and introduced these highly emotional pagan manifestations into the Catholic Church was Montanus.  He founded the Montanist sect where these manifestation were common. Later on the whole sect left the Church.   Many modern Catholic Charismatics are similar to the Corinthians and Montanists......or to be more modern, identical to the Protestant Pentecostals.
      In a recent gathering of charismatics Pope Francis sent his good friend as their speaker....a Protestant charismatic. And the M.C. of the gathering was another Protestant charismatic.  And the video greetings of Pope Francis sounded like the Protestant guests. The Catholic session was thoroughly Protestant confirming what another Protestant minister observed; that the Catholic Church is well on her way to becoming a Protestant sect. Their common denominator is that they could not define nor  explain how the gifts are acquired; just like the Corinthians.
      Pope Benedict had clearly defined Faith, Hope and Charity in his three encyclicals. He had taught all priest how to acquire them in the 'Year of the Priests.' And encouraged the whole Catholic world to check if they have them in the 'Year of Faith.' That means he knows these virtues and certainly has them in his soul. He would be the perfect evangelizer because he obeys both the Gospels  of Ascension and Pentecost.
       Pope Francis'  'Lumen Fidei' was very good but it was written by Pope Benedict though signed by Pope Francis. When the latter followed it up with another encyclical with the same topic in 'Evangelii Gaudium,' though lengthier and more verbose, the idea of Faith was unclear, confused and leading nowhere. His initial defective definition of love in his words 'love without dogma' which was more like Sigmund Freud's  'erotika' rather than St. Augustine's 'agape' derailed his encyclical  thus  leading the Church astray  showing he does not love his neighbor......and the same can be said of the bishop's synod of 2012 from which Pope Francis based his encyclical.

6. The Liturgical year teaches us the visible signs of the steps towards perfection from conversion to charity, from observance of the Golden Rule to observance of Charity towards neighbors and Love of God. These visible signs, described in the Liturgy, are absent everywhere today. Prophesied by Christ, tackled by the Council of Trent, prophesied by Our Lady in Ecuador in the 16th century up to Rwanda in the 20th century, and attempted by 11 Popes to instill in the Church with minimal effects, though they were still bound to try due to their obligation as Popes,....... the prophecies have been fulfilled as expected.....the 'decay of Faith,' the 'waxing cold of Charity,' and its unavoidable consequence, the election of an anti-pope.

7.Repercussions.
      The Pope, Cardinals, bishops and priests have the burden of proof that they have Faith, Hope and
Charity, i.e. that they are truly Catholics before they deserve our reverence and obedience. If they cannot then Catholics should have nothing to do with them. This was emphasized by St. Robert Bellarmine, S.J. Doctor of the Church, Suarez, S.J. and St. Francis de Sales, Doctor of the Church. Unless Pope Francis can prove he has the signs of Catholicity his name should not be in the Canon of the Mass. And neither should the Franciscan Immaculata be subject to the powers in the Vatican. Neither should the Lefebvre group  join Rome because this is tantamount to a schismatic group transferring to another schismatic group. And the same can be said of such groups as the orthodox and protestant sects. They should check if the powers in Rome have Faith and Charity, in short Catholic.  Their salvation depends on this.
       Why are we trying to pin down who the anti-pope is? Out of Charity! Because St. John writes that God will personally throw him into hell even ahead of the devils who are still roaming the earth. As a priest I should encourage him to give up being an anti-pope, submit himself to the true Pope and like St. Hippolytus, the first anti-pope, be counted among the saints in heaven instead.

Friday, June 06, 2014

CAUSE OF UNIVERSAL 'DECAY OF FAITH.' - Ascension Sunday

1. LOVE OF GOD  -  is Obedience to God's commands, states the Gospel of the 6th Sunday of Easter. Since there are three persons in the Blessed Trinity, love of God, then, is obedience to the commands of God the Father in the O.T., the commands of God the Son in the N.T., and the commands of God the Holy Spirit in contemplation.
     The Liturgical Year begins with the first lessons of the plan of salvation. And this is Advent teaching  the life of Repentance as taught in the Old Testament and preached last by St. John the Baptist. The last lessons of the plan of salvation is taught on Easter Sundays. The topic is Charity, the goal of the spiritual life,  taught on the Sundays before the Ascension. Then Ascension reviews in summary form the entire plan of salvation as summarized in Christ's Apostolic Commission, found in the last chapters of the Gospel of Matthew and John.  Here Christ summarized what is to be done to save one's soul and the souls of other; the process is described as ' evangelization.'

     We have been putting together several teachings of Christ as interpreted by the Fathers showing their inter-relationship thus exhibiting the 'unity of Christian Doctrine' described by St. Thomas of Aquinas. All the commands of God lead to the perfection of Charity. All the commands of God are acts of love thus Christ said; 'If you love Me, keep My commands.' So that obedience to one command of God is obedience to all. While disobedience to one is disobedience to all, St. Peter writes in his epistle. This does not apply to the commands of men.

     We have seen in the previous posts three truths, namely: first, the impending 'decay of Faith' that had always been happening in the Church with its climactic disaster soon to come at an age prophesied by Christ and prefigured by the destruction of the temple of Jerusalem. Secondly,  the consequence of the 'decay of Faith' is the 'waxing cold of Charity' since Charity presupposes Faith; no dogmas no Charity. And the third truth is the consequence of both 'decay of Faith' and 'waxing cold of Charity' is a Divine chastisement which could be a war, an earthquake or today, the rise of the last anti-pope. The cause of these three is disobedience to God's commands.
     The lost of Faith and Charity will, primarily,  be in the hierarchy and will only spread among the lay as a consequence. This  was prophesied in the Old Testament by Ezechias, Daniel and confirmed by Christ. And it actually happened during the time of Judas Macchabeus and on Good Friday as types that will eventually happen today. With the lost of Faith and Charity the enemy always raises an anti-pope. In fact, the entire hierarchy is prophesied to be anti-Christ as what happened to the entire Jewish priesthood on Christmas night and Good Friday (both are types of the state of the Church today.)
     We must view this whole scenario with the back drop of Charity as obedience to the commands of God.

     We cannot obey the commands of God and, therefore, love God unless we, first, understand and obey the words of God. To understand each command we should judge with our minds that these are, indeed, the commands of God as found in Divine Revelation.  Having judged with certainty that this is, indeed, the word of God we must now assent with our intellect.  Not to judge is not to know the commands, not to assent to the commands, not to obey the commands and, therefore, not to love God. Without making  judgments one is, sadly, left egotistically loving oneself. 'Who are we to judge' is an unacceptable excuse.
   
     Not to judge will result in 'not being able to make an act of Faith,' consequently 'not having Charity' and finally being chastised with 'an anti-pope'.... as the Gospel of the 6th Sunday of Easter and the Gospel of Ascension will show.
                                                                         
2. 6TH SUNDAY OF EASTER.     The lesson of the 6th Sunday of Easter is this. Charity is obedience to the commands of Christ. We must first know His commandments and this is Faith. Then we obey His commands and this is Charity.  And here let us add what St. Peter in his epistle wrote; while perfect obedience to one command of God, is obedience to all;  disobedience to one command is disobedience to all the commands. Keeping this in mind let us proceed to the feast of the Ascension.

3. FEAST OF ASCENSION.  EVANGELIZATION according to CHRIST.
     Cardinals and bishops are talking of evangelization. But nobody is saying it right. The only way of evangelizing was taught by Christ in the Gospel of Ascension. There is no other way. Though Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict referred to it as 'new evangelization,' the latter emphasized that it is not 'new' but the same old classical evangelization taught by Christ in the last chapter of the  Gospel of Matthew. And in the 'Year of Faith' Pope Benedict repeated the exact steps described in the Gospel of Ascension using the wordings of the Fathers.  That was the last time the word 'evangelization' was defined correctly.
      After Pope Benedict we suddenly saw a hundred privately devised evangelizations from Cardinals, bishops and priests entirely different from Christ's.  What happened? They disobeyed the commands of Christ on how to evangelize! Why? The logical reason is; by their disobedience they showed they do not have Faith in Christ and they do not love God, i.e. decay of Faith and waxing cold of Charity.
     Today it has become urgent to re-define, for one last time, the steps Christ taught on how to save oneself and others....commonly referred to as evangelization. And then delete all the rest which is next to impossible because of the hardheadedness of those without Faith.

     In the Gospel of Ascension Christ gave four steps. The second, third and fourth steps are essential and they must all be obeyed and obeyed in the proper order as enumerated. We can set aside the first step which is 'to go to all nations' which is not essential and which had already been done ....and go to the next three steps which we should apply to ourselves and to others to be saved.  The complete text is: 'to go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you.' Then Christ describes the Church as quoted in 'Lumen Gentium', 'I shall be with you until the end of the world,' which is true only AFTER we have all reached the perfection of the fourth step.

4. FIRST STEP:
     The first step describes the initial step in becoming a disciple. This step must be done before baptism because it is the preparation to dispose the soul to worthily receive the grace of baptism. This preparatory step consists in teaching the soul the commands of God the Father as taught in the Old Testament (keeping in mind that the beginnings of love of God is obedience to the commands of God as given in the Old Testament) as preached by John the Baptist. This is often referred to as the life of repentance or the life of conversion. This was taught to catechumens who were not allowed to participate in the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
      Among the three steps, this is in the natural level. Humans can do it using mere human efforts. The commands of God in the Old Testament, summarized in the 'Golden Rule' can be learned and obeyed by all man precisely because they are in the natural level. This first step is the only step man can do using mere human effort  in the work of evangelization.
      The first step is, also, defined as natural faith similar to the faith a child has for his mother as described by John Newman  in his 'Grammar of Assent.'
       Obedience to the commands of God the Father in the Old Testament must be perfect before we can receive the graces of Baptism. Even pagans can obey these.
   
5. SECOND STEP:
     By now the soul should have learned and obeyed the commands of God the Father as written down in the Old Testament. This is how one begins becoming a disciple. This is equivalent to living a life of repentance or a life of conversion just as the first apostles did as disciples of St. John the Baptist. The disciple can now be baptized and receive the graces because he has the proper disposition to worthily receive the Sacrament. This proper disposition is a human and natural act of assent of the mind  and consent of the will ......roughly described as natural Faith. This is knowing and obeying  the commands of God the Father. This is the beginning of love of God as defined in the 6th Sunday Mass of Easter.
     So we proceed to the second step of discipleship and this is by receiving the Sacrament of Baptism. If the recipient is properly disposed by knowing and obeying the commands of God the Father in the Old Testament..and he receives Baptism; first, he receives graces by which his past sins, specially original sin,  are forgiven. Secondly, he receives the supernatural virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity in its initial stages. Together with the virtue of Faith, God gives him the infused knowledge of Christ commandments as found in the New Testament; this is a supernatural knowledge that is infused with grace and we need this for the next step.

6. THIRD STEP:
      Unlike the commands of God the Father in the Old Testament that can be learned and obeyed without the aid of grace (because they were meant for all men) the commandments of God the Son in the New Testament are supernatural and can only be learned and obeyed with the grace of God. The grace attained in the second step is essential.  While learning and obeying the commands of the Old Testament is compared by St. Thomas of Aquinas to a man rowing a boat, learning and obeying the commands of the New Testament is akin to a man rowing a boat and aided by a giant sail to propel him. The latter is easier though it sounds and looks more difficult to the uninitiated.

      The above three steps of the classical evangelization or the way to holiness seem extremely easy so why are we experiencing what Christ prophesied the 'decay of Faith,' and the 'waxing cold of Charity,' and as a consequence,  the chastisement of having an anti-pope? Because there is disobedience to the first step which is tantamount to disobedience to all the three above commands of Christ; a sign there is no Love of God. And consequently, as St. Augustine states, there is neither Faith which is the foundation of Charity. And the reason why there is no supernatural virtues is because there is no natural virtue which is the first step of discipleship which consist in obedience to the commands of God the Father in the Old Testament. The visible sign of both 'decay of Faith' and 'waxing cold of Charity' is disobedience to the commands of Christ in the New Testament which is happening now from the present Pope down to the Cardinals, bishops, priests and laymen. And the fact that nobody notices this rampant disobedience is because all do not know the commands of Christ which are being disobeyed. Even the occasional seeming obedience to Christ's command is often imperfect in imitation of the devil who occasionally teaches truth as bait to catch the unwary to his temptations to disobey God (as shown in Christ's dialogue with the devil.)
       These rampant disobedience is seen in the Pope's approval of communion to the divorced and remarried, in some bishop's interest in mere global warming, and in the priest's liturgical abuses. The differences among  religious order and the different ecclesial communities are because they are choosy what commands to obey and what to set aside. There is no one who obeys ALL the commands of Christ as prescribed in the 3rd step of the above Gospel. Any who knows the commands of Christ in the N. T. can very easily see this. But then no one knows the more than 80 commands of Christ in the N.T. And so, who is he to judge?  But he who has the infuse knowledge of Christ's command is destined to seat with Christ to judge all men.
     The third step, obedience to all the commands of Christ, was not taught in seminaries or anywhere else, it seems,  since the 1800. Historians feel these were not taught even as early as the 1400. They were sporadically taught in the writings of the Doctors of the Church, holy Popes and those who studied these doctors They were the Golden chain that maintained the Church alive. But these were only a handful.
   
      If the first step, which is the foundation, is disobeyed, it is impossible to obey the next two steps.
       So during the 'Year of Faith' Pope Benedict made a last attempt to call on all Catholics to check if they are truly evangelized and, therefore, know the way to holiness. Previously he proclaimed the 'Year of the Priests,' wherein he instructed the Bishops to make their priest answer a questionaire by which Pope Benedict may know the state of the priesthood. Hardly any bishop answered the questionaire. When Pope Benedict scheduled the 2012 Bishop's Synod he instructed them to concentrate only on the first step which is man's only role because the remaining steps are God's role. But Bishop Eterovic, head of the preparatory commission,  intentionally removed the first step as a topic for discussion working on the erroneous presumption that all Catholics had already done the first step and that all the bishops had already obeyed the three steps.
       His presumption was wrong and the Synod, in disobedience to Christ's command as given by Pope Benedict, proceeded from one error to another. The International Theological Commission, a group formerly advising Ratzinger and now a Pontifical Commission, noticed this omission. And this defective schema is what everybody is teaching  as the formula of evangelization interpreted in a thousand different ways. Every Cardinal, bishop and priest has their own version of evangelization. Even  Pope Francis'  'Evangelii Gaudium' because it was based on the 2012 Bishop's Synod propositions on evangelization as can be seen in the footnotes differs from the Gospel of Christ. It would have made St. Paul cry out 'Anathema!'


7. WHAT HAPPENED? .... in more detail.
     We were baptized prior to taking the initial step. We did'nt know the commands of God the Father in the Old Testament.   We don't even know the contents of the Book of Wisdom or the warnings of Daniel about the decay of Faith  and  the waxing cold of charity. We were baptized as babies and knew nothing. So most of us did not obey the first step.
      Alright!,,, the Church changed the order. The Baptism came first and then the initial steps of discipleship was supposed to be done later through the instructions of our parents and god parents. But did they do it? No!
     Done neither before nor after Baptism we never had the proper disposition for baptism. And as St. Thomas of Aquinas mentioned as commentary to this Gospel, the water touched the body but the grace did not touch the soul. The grace was ineffective through our fault. So the possibility is great that there was no forgiveness of past sins, there was no supernatural virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity received. The infuse knowledge of the commandments of Christ and the ability to obey them was not given. There was no entrance into the Catholic Church. And there is no hope to go to heaven. The baby, probably, became a Christian for a few hours and immediately reverted to paganism. This is what happened to all of us; from Pope Francis down to the youngest teen-ager. Because there is no Faith no one could remind us that we were ignorant of the commands of God. Because there was no Charity no one could teach us how to obey the commands of God. Truly the 'decay of Faith' and the waxing cold of Charity' have come upon us. And the 2012 Bishop's Synod work on the presumption that we all have obeyed the three commands of Christ's Apostolic Commission.

      Ok. It was not our fault. We inherited these defective curricula from the 14th century. And the congregation on seminaries did nothing to correct it. If we don't want to go to hell then we should do something about it. Because we are under sentence of eternal perdition if we do not have Charity and Faith. Here is a suggestion.
       Let us stop committing the sin of presumption which will consist of all sins. Then study the Gospel of Ascension and the interpretation of the Fathers (to make it easier) as compiled by St. Thomas of Aquinas' commentary to the Gospel of St. Matthew and St. John. There we shall learn the first step which consist in knowing the commands of God in the O.T. But that is too long so we go to the summary written by St. Augustine in explaining repentance summarized in three words: Prayer, fasting and good works.
       After obeying those three words perfectly we are now ready for Baptism. But oooppsss. We are already baptized and this cannot be repeated. Are there substitutes for baptism so we can recover the graces supposed to be received. Yes. White or red martyrdom. White martyrdom is living the fullness of the monastic life which is considered  second baptism. But it is next to impossible to find a monastery living the fullness of monastic life. It is easier to be a red martyr. So many countries are offering this service free of charge.
       Either red or white martyrdom will give us the effects of Baptism well undergone.....which is Christ will be with us until the end of the world.
   

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