Tuesday, February 09, 2016

NO JUSTICE, NO MERCY!

1. Days of Reparation.
     The Catholic Church celebrates the first Fridays of the month and the first Saturdays of the month devotion. The first is as an act of reparation for blasphemies against the Sacred Heart. The other is as an act of reparation for blasphemies against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Why do we make reparations? To fulfill the law of Justice, i.e. to give Jesus and Mary their dues that had been denied them by the sins of men. Without fulfilling this law of Justice, the anger of God will be aroused and the sinners would surely go to hell. The Act of Reparation would probably not save the sinner because the demands of Justice by God is so great man has no way to restore what is due to God. So why make reparations? In the hope that the puny attempt might move the mercy of God. So Justice or at least attempts to satisfy the Justice of God is what earns the mercy of God, without which absolutely no mercy would be forthcoming. 

2. Penance. Virtue of Penance and Sacrament of Penance.
     During this Jubilee Year, Catholics are being encouraged to avail of the Sacrament of Penance. St. Thomas of Aquinas differentiates the virtue of Penance from the Sacrament of Penance. We must have the virtue of Penance before we receive the Sacrament of Penance. Without the virtue there can be no sacrament. The virtue is the proper disposition for a good confession. 
     On the other hand if there is a virtue of Penance, sins can be forgiven without the Sacrament of Penance. Though Catholics are still encouraged to go to confession after having attained the virtue of Penance, to play safe, as we would like to say.

3. The virtue of Penance is the life of repentance.
     In the primitive Church, the virtue of Penance is often referred to as the 'life of repentance' that is lived in the monastic life. The monastic life is the way the life of repentance is lived, and is the way that sins committed in the past are forgiven. That is why monasticism is considered as a second Baptism that forgives sins.
     In the monastic life, there are ways by which a sinner can know for certain that past sins had been forgiven. In the Sacrament of Penance, there is absolutely no way by which it can be known that past sins are forgiven. That is why the virtue of Penance must come before the Sacrament of Penance. Priests hearing confession must look for those monastic signs by which the forgiveness of past sin can be know for certain. Since most parish priest are not trained in monasticism, most of the time they do not know if the sins of the penitent are forgiven. They just guess. What if those sins are not forgiven and the penitent got the wrong  idea that they are forgiven? Confusion and even possible damnation without knowing it. St. Augustine had warned us of the possibility that there are many priests have given absolution for sins that have not been forgiven due to lack of the virtue of penance. Such absolutions cannot forgive sins.  

4. Virtue of Penance. 
     These are the elements of the virtue of Penance. First, you must know your sins; i.e. knowledge of the commandments of God that have been disobeyed. This entails knowing all the commandments of God as listed in both the Old and New Testament. And knowing which ones the sinner had disobeyed. For example adultery and same sex marriage are against the commands of God. The sinner must accept that these are sins.
     Secondly, the sinner must be sorry for saving committed these sins. This is called contrition. The sinner should not flaunt these sins or forced others to accept these sins as morally right. 
     Thirdly, the sinner must promise never to commit these sins again. This is called purpose of amendment. No more adultery and no more same sex marriage ever again.

     Now, the fourth is the important aspect of Justice. Sins are usually an offense against man and against God. Adultery is an offense against the real wife, against the children and against the new mistress. And in most cases adultery, due to the scandal, can be an offense against the entire congregation in the Church because it is a sin of scandal. 
      Out of Justice, because all these above have been denied what is due to them, respect, love and consideration, the sinner is obliged to make reparation for the injustice due to all of them. If the sinner does not make reparation he is guilty of great injustice. And that is not all.
     Since sins, aside from being an offense against one's neighbor is, also, primarily an offense against God. So the sinner must go, also, through steps one, two and three to God. And fourthly,  more importantly, make reparation to God and restore what is due to Him that was denied Him due to the sin. Though it is easy to make reparations to human, like giving them gifts, it is almost impossible to make reparation to God due to His omnipotence. What do you give God that He does not have? Well, God, Himself had decreed that the Mass will be the most apt way for reparation.  Devoutly assisting in the First Friday and First Saturday of the month Masses. St. Thomas describes, also, other ways of making reparations to God like the acts of fasting practice during Lent.
     This dual obligation to men and God makes the virtue of Penance difficult. So most Catholic content themselves just by going to confession not knowing that for a good confession we must first have the virtue of Penance. This neglect of the virtue of Penance had piled up the world with unforgiven sins because it is the virtue of Penance or the Life of Repentance that forgives our past sins. And there can be absolutely NO mercy from God unless we go through the dual obligation of Reparation both to men and God whom we have offended. 
     There can be no mercy unless what is due God and our neighbor that had been denied them due to sins committed had been restored by reparation.
     
5. The common defect.
     We mentioned the tragedy that occurred during the Bishop's Synod of 2012. When in spite of Pope Benedict's instruction that 'repentance' be discussed as the foundation of the 'new' evangelization, the head of the Synod, Bishop Eterovic omitted the topic erroneously believing that, anyway, all the bishops attending had probably repented for their past sins and that there was no need to discuss such a topic. After that Synod, the word 'repentance' never appeared again in the Bishop's Synod. Instead what appeared is the opposite; encouragement to commit the sins of adultery and same sex marriage. And encouragement even to more sins were added in the next Bishop's Synod. 
     Today sinners do not go through any of the four above steps. They do not do what is required to attain the virtue of Penance. And so, most confession are sacrilegious.  Having said that, such persons cannot reach Faith, Hope and Charity; i.e. in short they cannot belong to the Catholic Church.  If Catholics find it almost impossible to do these steps which are required for salvation, how much more the atheist, the Evangelicals, the Orthodox, The Buddhists and all other religions.  We Catholics would want them to be one with us? With our unrepentant and unjust selves?

6. Christ preached 'repentance.'
     Christ preached repentance, 'Repent and believe.' The apostles just repeated the message of Christ, St. Peter: '..wants none to perish, but to come to repentance.' The Fathers and the Doctors of the Church preached repentance. Blessed John Newman; 'repentance during the future sin of infidelity.' The Blessed Virgin like a real loving nagging mother had reminded men of 'repentance' in practically all her apparitions. Then suddenly, today, the whole Church under Pope Francis is claiming that forgiveness of sin is possible without repentance. That just be passing through a door one's sins can be forgiven. 
      St. Thomas of Aquinas made it very clear. It is the VIRTUE of Penance or the 'Life of Repentance' that leads to the forgiveness of sins. Or to be more precise;  the life of repentance leads to the theological virtue of Faith. And it is the virtue of Faith that forgives our past sins and informs us with certainly that our past sins are forgiven. Without Faith, our sins cannot be forgiven and we will never be able to know that our past sins are forgiven. So as St. Augustine wrote, we could end up like the living dead, walking around dead without knowing it. 

7. Lost of the sense of sin.
    The way every one talks, from Pope Francis down to the youngest tot looks like every body is not conscious of the sense of evil. I don't blame them. Even St. Thomas of Aquinas had a difficult time explaining the concept of evil. I do not expect even priests and bishops would know the essence of evil. To even get a hint of its reality will immediately give us the realization that practically everything we are doing is evil. And that is precisely the case.
     Without a sense of evil, there can be no need for repentance especially since today sins had become civil rights. Why should one repent in doing what is his right? 
     Without the sense of evil, without the necessity of repentance, there can be no sorrow for one's sin, there be no purpose of amendment and there can be no need for reparation for damage done. Absolutely No repentance. In such a situation, who can go to heaven?  Nobody.

8. But there are always a few who do not want to make their heavens here on earth. They are wiser for that. They want to go to heaven. So what should they do. How about grabbing the treatise of St.Thomas of Aquinas on the Sacrament of Penance. There one can learn the whole process on how to have our past sins forgiven. From the virtue of Penance, one can easily proceed to the virtue of Faith. Then to the virtues of Hope and Charity.......straight to heaven. 

Friday, February 05, 2016

The TWO BOAT TRIPS - Genesareth and Tiberias.

1. Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
    Today's Gospel speaks about the two forms of evangelization. Pope Benedict described the first as 'classical' evangelization. And the second as 'new' evangelization. Pope Francis and most of the Bishops have not described either one. Their evangelization, specially the one to be used by the apostles of mercy is neither; they, seemingly, will use a Protestant form of proselytizing. 
     Since the time Pope Benedict seemingly stepped down, these two forms of evangelization had never been mentioned again within the Catholic Church. The 'new' evangelization everybody is mentioning today is NOT the 'new' evangelization of Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI.  

2.  St. Luke, in today's  Gospel  describes the 'classical' form of evangelization; this is about the apostle's  boat ride in Lake Genesareth. St. John, also, writes about a boat ride in Lake Tiberias. Both are the same lake called Galilee. The names used depends on how near the boat was in what town. Let us first look at the similarities between the two.
     Because both are  evangelization both should be essentially the same. And, in fact, they are identical. In both boat rides, the apostles lowered the net to catch fish. The lowering of the net to catch fish is evangelization. 

3. The nets.
     The net in both incidents are the teachings of Christ as given to the apostles and later on interpreted by the Fathers of the Church. That is why the Church always states that her doctrines come from both Scriptures and the Fathers of the Church. Divine Revelation and Tradition are both taught in both evangelization. These two are not taught in today's evangelization used by the Pope and the many bishops; their teachings are not from the apostles and the  Fathers of the Church, for example, the new evangelization used in the 500 jubilee of Christianity in the Philippines is NOT the 'new' evangelization referred to by John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

4. Who orders the lowering.
     When the nets were lowered by men, like Peter, James and John, they caught nothing. But when the nets were lowered because Christ commanded so, they caught many fishes.  Sadly, for a long time now, most of the missionaries are lowering the nets on their own without waiting for the order of Christ. And this had been going on until now. So most often they catch nothing. 
     Should you always wait for Christ to command  you when to lower the nets? In both cases, Yes. How do you do that? By becoming like the apostles.....contemplatives as Pope Benedict emphasized. Only contemplatives know when to lower the nets in obedience to the orders of Christ. Pope Francis had just ordered the missionaries of mercy to lower the nets all over the world. Who ordered them? And what was the net made of; Scriptures and the Father of the Church? If not, then they will surely catch nothing for the Catholic Church. Maybe they will catch something for the Protestant sect. 

5. Filled with fishes
     In St. Luke's Gospel, the boat was filled with both good and bad fishes that they had to call the other boat to help them lest they sink. The Catholic Church caught many fishes both the good and the bad that they needed other Churches to contain all the fishes like the other defective church mentioned in the Apocalypse. And remember that Judas was with them in that fishing boat trip. Showing that when there are traitors in the Church and she lowers the net indiscriminately anywhere even under Christ's order, both the good and the bad will be netted in, the Church will have too many problematic members, and the net is in danger of breaking up (i.e. the teachings and doctrines will be destroyed.)
     The Church today is the result of the 'classical' evangelization. Though formerly (like during the Council of Trent) the 'classical' evangelization was used, the net was indeed lowered as ordered by Christ, the net caught many fishes both good and bad, the net of the doctrines and moral began to tear and many fishes transferred to other Protestant boats where Judas probably was. 
   
6. Today, specially after the Bishop's Synod of 2012, it was evident that most bishops and cardinals were ignorant of the 'classical' evangelization. So from the 'classical,'  things became worse. Evangelization became purely Protestant proselytizing. So Pope John Paul II and  Cardinal Ratzinger agreed that it was time for the 'new' evangelization, which is the one described by St. John in his last chapter. 

     When the Church is filled with both the good and the bad, when among the bad are bishops and popes like Judas, when even the other church are filled with the good and the bad, when the net that is the teachings of the apostles and the Fathers are at breaking point,....then it is time for the 'new' evangelization. Those who do not know the 'classical' evangelization will surely not know the 'new' evangelization. 

 7. The 'new' evangelization. 
      This is the 'new' evangelization described by St. John as seven apostles fishing in a calm sea in the sea of Tiberias. Like before, St. Peter, by now the first Pope, ordered the lowering of the nets. And they caught nothing. See, even if the Pope is the one who orders the evangelization, they will catch nothing. 
     Christ had to order the act of evangelization or the lowering of the net. So Christ ordered them.  But strange, He ordered them to lower the net ONLY on the right side; not anywhere. Note that this time Christ still orders when to lower the net and He adds where the net is to be lowered. Only Christ would know where to lower the net. Even a Pope with his whole ecumenical council cannot know when and where to lower the net. 
     And, voila, the apostles nets in the new members of the Church of this last days. The last members of the Church will be taken from the right side only and they were 153 large fishes. And these were the fishes that were brought to shore, their heavenly kingdom where Christ awaits them. 

     Who are these? The 153 fishes according to St. Thomas of Aquinas are the people with the four moral virtues and the three theological virtues. Then after describing this scenario, St. John states that this is the last chapter because after this nothing follows. 




  

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time - The four steps to eternal life.

1. St. Luke and Theophilus. 
     St. Luke addressed his Gospel to Theophilus, a royalty. But Theophilous symbolizes all men who wish to love God and attain eternal life. That means all of us. 
     Theophilus, like most of us, have some knowledge of the Catholic religion. But like all wise men he wanted to double check if he had learned the teachings of Christ correctly. Most of us, also, have some knowledge of the teachings of Christ which we have learned from so many sources. We should check whether we have received the right knowledge about the teachings of Christ. 
     So Theophilus was checking whether he had learned the true teachings of Christ or not. Except that he was just going around checking it up from every Tom, Dick and Harry. St. Luke noticed this. He goes to Theophilus and teaches him how to double check whether he had learned the right truths.
     St. Luke tells him that there are two things he must know with regard with the teachings of Christ. First, he must know the complete teachings of Christ. And secondly, he must know the right order in which those teachings are to be put into practice. This pertains to the message. 
     With regard to the teacher, he must be one who have heard the teachings of Christ directly from Christ and have put them into practice under the tutelage of Christ, Himself. Then St. Luke wrote; and I am the only one who can do that for you. And St. Luke begun to help Theophilus to check on the knowledge he already have if it is the pure and complete teachings of Christ. 

     Since it is wise for us to, likewise, check on the  doctrines we have learned from many sources if they are right, let us sit down with Theophilus and listen to St. Luke, who have learned all these things directly from Christ.....by listening to his Gospel.

2. Cacophony of sounds.
   Aside from the cacophony of sounds from paganism the world is filled with a cacophony of sounds, also, from the Protestant sects. But the worst is the cacophony of sounds coming from the Pope down to the least Eucharistic minister. As St. Paul warneed, we do not know what the bugle is saying. Is it advance or retreat, is it stand or lie down, is it take a deep breath or exhale. It is no longer an attempt to pick the truth from the thousand falsehoods. It is already a problem of not knowing what the truth is. 
     Whatever knowledge we have of the Catholic religion is incomplete and in the wrong order. Neither can bring us to heaven. Let us learn with Theopilus with the help of a reliable teacher, St. Luke, himself.

3. St. Luke begins with a general outline. Then gives us the first lesson in the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
     The first reading of the Mass begins with the first step with the one command; 'obey God's commands.' This refers to the 'life of repentance,' that contains all the 'do nots' of the Old Testament, like do not kill, do not commit adultery, do not steal. 
     The second reading continues with the commands of the New Testament. While the Old Testament commands us to avoid evil, the New Testament commands us to do good. The right order is to avoid evil first, then to do good. You cannot do good as long as you have evil in your soul. Evil, being the absence of good, prevents you from doing good because you just don't have it. 
     The second reading enumerates the three theological virtues which God will give after repentance had been done; i.e. Faith, Hope and Charity. And the greatest is Charity; meaning to say, to go to heaven, aside from finishing repentance, we must have Faith, Hope and Charity. Of the three,  Faith and Hope are necessary but Charity is the greatest without which we cannot enter heaven. So the proximate goal is Faith but the ultimate goal is Charity. 

4. After the General outline, St Luke teaches us the first step for the first step. The steps outlining  the plan of salvation are; first, repentance, second, Faith. Third, Hope and the final goal for all these is Charity, the love of God and neighbor. So to aim at 'Hope in Christ' during the just completed Congress is 'incomplete' and in the 'wrong order.' The complete aim must be 'repentance', Faith and Hope.......and in that order. We cannot jump to 'Hope' right away. That is how St. Luke would correct us. 

5. Let us once more come back to 'repentance,' and the first lesson on repentance. The first step towards attaining eternal life is to repent. To repent, we must know what to repent for.....and these are for our sins. But the list of sins are in the Old Testament. So we must know the list of sins from the Old Testament; then see what sins we have committed and then repent, make restitution and resolve not to commit those sins again.
     We must repent for every sin we have committed as enumerated in the Old Testament. The Ten commandments of God are sufficient guide; but the Psalms are even a better guide.
     Now, let us stop here before proceeding further and look at the first sin we must avoid and if we have committed it we must repent. .
6. Envy, the diabolical sin. 
     The first sin of the devil is pride then followed by envy. The devils looked at men, saw the great good man had (the possibility of his going to heaven, a good the devil does not have). And how does the devil react? With infernal hatred and the desire to do all things to destroy man. That is the definition of envy. You see the good in others which you do not have. And you consider this as great misfortune. And your reaction is hatred and the desire to destroy the other.

     Envy is the first sin of the devil coming after pride, it will, also, be the first temptation for men after pride; the temptation for men to see the good in others, consider it a great misfortune that we do not have the good that is in others. Then we hate the other  to the point of wanting to destroy the other person that is making our life miserable because we are entertaining envy. 

     The practice of nations in removing heads of states as had been happening in the middle East is due to envy. Envy for their oil, gold, minerals, nice beaches or whatever. So these democratic nations destroy these other heads of nations by deposing them or even having them killed. This is diabolical envy. It is identical to the French revolution from whence democracy came from. Envy of the poor for the rich; envy of the bad for the good. 
     All forms of demonstrations are due to the fact that others have something we do not have. So we demonstrate to get what others have or at least depose them because we are contented to deprive them of an apparent good that we envy. Again, this is diabolical envy which Pius IX condemned when heads of states are deposed or removed by mass actions. Reminding us that the first Christians did not depose the tyrannical emperors even if they could have done it when they were powerful.
     Communism is fundamentally based on envy; wherein the poor are envious of the possession of the rich and will destroy the rich to get the object of their envy. Democracy, too is based on envy. They enriched people and then get their fortunes through taxes. Terrorism is based on diabolical envy. Terrorist envy people who are happy or enjoying themselves and will kill them out of envy.
All sins have some element of envy.      
      The worse kind of envy is when we envy others for being able to commit sins that we also want to commit. Like we allow others to commit adultery because inside ourselves we want to commit adultery; like what happened in the Bishop's Synod. This is giving in to envy. All the elements of diabolical envy is present in these examples. With envy all around we can see that the devil is really all around as can be seen by the frequency of the diabolical sin, as St. Thomas describes it.

7.  The Synagogue was a type of the Catholic Church.
     St. Luke reminded the Catholic Church that as she was at the beginning, her first temptation will be  envy. And this happened when Christ went to his own town. The people there envied Him and as a result insulted him with the proverbial 'Physician heal yourself.' And the degrading comment, 'isn't he Joseph's son?' And all because of envy. They saw His powers and good speech, envied Him and desired to harm him. 
     St. Luke was warning the early Catholic Church in his Gospel to beware of envy because that will be the first salvo the devil will hurl at the Church. Bishop Cauchon persecuted St. Joan of Arc out of envy; seeing the great good she was doing and the popularity she had. The Franciscans of the Immaculate are being persecuted because of envy; because of their success as an order and many were attending their Latin Mass in Argentina  while few were attending Bergolio's Mass in the same place.  
     

     



Saturday, January 30, 2016

A EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS Part III - What really happened.

1. Nexus.
     We first laid down the Scriptural principles on how to hold a Eucharistic Congress using the latest documents of Vatican II and post Vatican II; specifically 'Lumen Gentium' the document  on the dogmatic constitution 'On the Church'. And 'Mysterium Fidei' the encyclical of Pope Paul VI on the Holy Eucharist.
     'Lumen Gentium' describes the true Church that Christ established so all men can differentiate it from all other false churches. It describes supernatural and spiritual realities but using visible signs so all men can understand it and apply it in discerning the true Church. 
     'Mysterium Fidei' describes, also, spiritual and Divine realities but using sacramental visible signs so all men can understand the unknowable spiritual realities through the visible sign. 
     'Lumen Gentium.' which is Ecclesiology  gives the four classical visible signs of the true Church; and these are enumerated in the Nicene Creed that we usually recite on Sunday Masses. These signs are: One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. Many of the Fathers of the Church had expanded these four signs for easier understanding.             'Lumen Gentium' is based on the joint description of the Church by St. Augustine and St. Robert Bellarmine. And we have concentrated on the work of St. Robert Bellarmine because he expanded the four visible signs into 15 Marks in describing the true Church. St. Robert Bellarmine's description is so extensive that we cannot miss the true Church when we see it.  On the other hand we will clearly see that it is not the true Church when we see a false one.

      'Mysterium Fidei.' being a sacrament, also, have visible signs by which we can know the Divine realities it signifies. But we will not discuss this encyclical because knowledge of 'Lumen Gentium' is more than sufficient to conclude that  the species of water and wine are consecrated or not.  If there is a Church, Christ will be in her midst because the Church is His Mystical Body. On the other hand, if there is no Church, Christ will not be sacramentally present. 

2. Procedure.
     So the procedure we adapted in our analysis is; first, we laid down the four visible signs from the Nicene Creed and the 15 Marks by St. Robert Bellarmine on one side. This is from 'Lumen Gentium.'  Then we compiled the 'signs of the times' both from history and from the news world wide and compared them with the visible signs of the true Church to find out if there is a Church or not. If there is a Church by the presence of the visible signs,  then the Blessed Sacrament is surely there. If there are no signs, then there is no Church.  If there is no Church, there is no Blessed Sacrament. In short, if there is no Catholic Congress, there will be no Eucharist. 
     So our concentration was in finding out if the Congress or the assembly has the four or 15 visible signs of Catholicity as described in 'Lumen Gentium.' Fortunately, St. Robert Bellarmine, while describing the 15 Marks of the true Church, described, also the marks of a false church. So we are able to use the two criteria in making our analysis, i.e. did the assembly have the 15 visible signs of the true church or did the assembly have the 15 marks of a Protestant sect. 

3. The wolf under the sheep's clothing.
     It is more complicated to analyze psychologically a patient than to analyze evil from good. Our analysis is such an easy process that a child can do it. All that we did was what St. Augustine wrote; 'just look for the wolf beneath sheep's clothing. The saint wrote that the wolf cannot completely cover himself with the sheep skin because his tail is too long. It will show.
     In the just concluded Eucharistic Congress we do not have to analyze everything. A cursory glance at You Tube and you have all the information you need to make an analysis. 

     Going back to the wolf in sheep's clothing; the devil does not destroy souls by filling it up with errors. He needs only one error to destroy a soul. So the devil usually presents one error that is sugar coated with a thousand truths. The  thousand truths plus an error will not bring us to heaven; but the one error can bring us to hell. So look for this one error; look for the tip of the tail of the wolf that will always stick out because it is too long to be covered by the sheep's tail. 

4. A visible Mark of the true Church - Prophesy.
    What did we do just now? We laid down the description of the true Catholic Church as taken from Divine Revelation. Then, we analyzed the 'signs of the times' to see if today's 'signs of the times' corresponds to certain 'signs of the times' pre-figured in Scriptures. Does our present signs similar to signs worked by the Holy Spirit on Pentecost or is it similar to the signs worked out by the devil on Good Friday? Does our present signs similar to what happened when Jonah preached and the Ninevites repented or when Jeremiah preached to the Jews and they threw him down a well?
     
     Every Catholic must be able to say how the Eucharistic Congress would turn out; because prophecy is a gift of the Holy Spirit to the Catholic Church and it is the 12th visible sign of the true Church according to St. Bellarmine. 
     Prophecy is essentially knowing and teaching the commands of God; it is knowing how God wants things done before so we can do it exactly the same way in the future. Prophecy makes the Church consistent in doing God's Will in the past, in the present and in the future.  Did the preachers recall the commands of God taught in the New Testament; and did they teach these same commands to be observed today? If 'yes' then things went well. If 'no,' then we are in trouble. 
     When God loves a people He sends them prophets to remind them of His commands. When God punishes a nation He withdraws His prophets from them.  When that happens then the  people do not know the Will of God; do not know the commands of  God. And consequently everything they do is sinful.  So prophecy is a visible sign of the true Church; i.e. when the Church reminds all men what were God's commands in the past and reminds them to observe the same commands in the present. 
     Bellarmine quoting the prophet Joel writes; 'if you can announce what will happen in the Congress we will know that  you are from God. If the preachers reminded the people all of God's commands in the New Testament then we have a Church as shown through her gift of prophecy. 
     Prophecy is not a magical trick. It is a simple process using one's mind, one's memory and praying for the grace of God. That last part 'the grace of  God' is what makes it come from God and only from His own Church. 

5. Now, let us see what actually happened during the Eucharistic Congress basing our analysis from ' Lumen Gentium' and from the 'signs of the times' found in a few You Tube videos; keeping in mind that we are looking for visible signs and videos are very good visible signs. A few videos is more than enough to provide proofs for our conclusions.

     We cannot find any of the visible signs, either the four mentioned in the Creed or the 15  Marks mentioned by St. Bellarmine. That is more than sufficient to state that this group is not the Catholic Church and, therefore the Holy Eucharist cannot be present among them.
     Worse, the signs opposite St. Bellarmine's 15 Marks which are the signs that this is a Protestant sect are present; like the doctrines on universal salvation, toleration of aberosexual sins, receiving of Communion in the state of mortal sin, dissolution of marriage, indifferentism, and the liberty of conscience. The atmosphere  smells with  No. 77, 78, 79 and 80, the errors of modern liberalism condemned by the Syllabus of errors by Pius IX.  

     We do not have merely a wolf in sheep's clothing whose tail is sticking out. We have a wolf that has thrown away the sheep's clothing completely because it feels confidently safe since the Pope believes in the same heresies. 
     In short, there is no 'Lumen Gentium.' The four visible signs of the true Church cannot be seen in either bishops or diocese, neither in the crowds as a whole nor in specific individuals. Maybe we cannot find it because we have Alzheimer. Since many bishops, priests and theologians were present can they please show that they have the four visible signs of the true Church of Christ, or better still the 15 Marks of the Church mentioned by St. Bellarmine. They are supposed to exhibit these signs without anyone having to ask for them. These signs are supposed to automatically appear among Catholics. Nobody has to demand for them. Yet we find it very difficult to find these supposedly visibly signs. 
     Salvation is within the Catholic Church. So God gave His Church visible signs so it can continuously shine showing all men where to go to find salvation. If the bishops and their dioceses are not showing the visible signs of the true Church, where shall we go? 
     
     
    

Friday, January 29, 2016

A EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS Part II. How it will probably be held.

1. Predictions. Psychology, astronomy, stock market, Scriptures.
     Predictions are used in all spheres. We psychologists predict human behaviour.  We based it on our concept of the natural mature human being. If a man acts according to his nature we can predict he will behave like a human in the future. But if he has insane tendencies then he becomes more unpredictable. 
     Astronomy is more predictable. The date of a lunar eclipse can be predicted on the exact date. But the passing of a comet can be unpredictable. 
     The stock market is the most unpredictable thing because its ups and downs are based on too many variants.
      But eschatology is very predictable because it is based on prophecies and the signs of the times. 

2.  Eschatology is predictable because it is part of prophesy. 
     Like the on going Eucharistic Congress. We can picture how it will take place. We base it on two things; from prophecies from the past and the present state of the Catholic Church.
     The Chosen people dancing around the Golden calf is a Eucharistic Congress gone bad. Remember they were worshiping God who was not there because of their infidelity. This is a prophetic picture that happened in the Old Testament and a type that will constantly occur through the history of men.
     It would happen again on Good Friday. There was a Congress with the living Eucharist on the Cross crucified by the members of Congress. This is referred to as type-fulfilled. 

3. God aids the Church with lessons from types.
     To guide man towards his eternal goal, God have him signposts in the form of types. Types appear in three forms; first as a type, secondly as a type-fulfilled. And thirdly as a type-eschatologically realized. 
     And these types can be types for what we must do and what we must not do. 
     Types appear in the Old Testament in figures that is almost impossible to interpret at first, like Paradise is a type for what? Heaven, of course. This type is fulfilled in the New Testament as the Catholic Church. And eschatologically it is realized in heaven.
     Types are lessons on what man must do and what he must avoid to attain eternal life. Like the shepherds and Magi before Christ is a type of a Eucharistic Congress that was help very well for the glory of God. While Good Friday was a Eucharistic Congress that redounded to the perdition of most of the participants.
     Two general elements must be considered; the people and their relation with God. 

4. In the last post, we considered these two elements basing them on two documents; 'Lumen Gentium' which describes the people. And  'Mysterium Fidei,' which referred to God the Son in the Eucharist. 
     If the people conforms to the description of 'Lumen Gentium then they are like the Magi who truly worships God physically present in 'verbum Dei.' If the people do not conform to the description of 'Lumen Gentium,' then they are just dancing around a golden calf.

5. Let us put together the good and the bad types.
     The good and the bad goes almost together giving all men a chance to chose sides that will spell their salvation or damnation. 
     For example; on the first Eucharistic Congress in Bethlehem the Magi, 'Lumen Gentium, acknowledged and worshiped the God physically present in 'verbum dei'. But there was also a Congress going on in Herod's palace who claimed they want to worship the Messiah but was really intent to kill the babe. The Magi saw the child.  The killers did not find the child. 
     So in a Eucharistic Congress, some may see and worship Christ present physically in the Eucharist but there will be some who will not find the Christ anywhere. The former because they believed; the latter because they did not believe.  Belief here is defined as obedience to the commands of God. The Magi showed obedience to the star; Herod showed no obedience to anything.
     Note that seeing the Divinity in the Child was due to the 
Faith of the Magi showned by their obedience to the star prophesied by Balaam. Seeing the 'Mysterium Fidei' was based on being 'Lumen Gentium,' a true member of the Catholic Church. Without Faith or obedience to God's commands one sees nothing.

6. Let us see if 'Lumen Gentium' is present. If so, there will surely be a 'Mysterium Fidei.' If not, then, there will be no 'Mysterium Fidei' as what happened before at the time of the Maccabbees and at Good Friday. When the Ark of the Covenant disappeared from the temple eschatologically teaching us that the presence of God in the tabernacle, like before, will disappear due to the disobedience of the people. 

7. Let us analyze the signs of the times.
    It had been like this from the time of Pius IX. It grew worst during Vatican II and intolerably bad today. 'Lumen Gentium' being the ecclesiological document states that a Catholic is one who submits his intellect and will to all the commands of God as preached by the apostles and the fathers of the Church and proposed by the Magisterium through its spokesman the Pope, not only in those things that are ex-cathedra but also in those which are non-exchatedra. Blessed John Newman's definition is more complete in that he adds; if the Pope smokes a brand of cigarette we should also smoke the same. 
     At the time of Pius IX many priest were disobedient to both the commands of God and of the Pope. Thus he and Pius X issued the list of their sins in the 'Syllabus of error.' At that time the four visible signs of the true Church as described in the Nicene Creed had disappeared from the known Catholic Church. 
     Vatican I was meant to hold the spread of these disobediences but to no effect. Pope John XXIII when starting Vatican II mentioned in his speech that the purpose of Vatican II is to restore the visible signs of the true Church. Instead the opposite evil signs appeared. Though before the priest showed external obedience to the ex-cathedra pronouncements of the Pope, during Vatican II they no longer showed external obedience to those which were not ex-cathedra. They even opposed those pronouncements; this was almost perfect disobedience to the provisions of 'Lumen Gentium.' The dissension, the rebellion, the withdrawal from the true Church was complete. The four visible signs from the Nicene Creed were gone. The 15 Marks of the true Church mentioned by St. Robert Bellarmine in which 'Lumen Genium' was based were also gone. 

8. Pope Benedict's reaction.
    Being a good theologian and a holy person, Pope Benedict saw what was happening. So, he did not resign, but not wishing to be the Pope of a church that does not have the four visible signs of the true Church, namely, One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic, he stepped out of this church to continue to be the Pope of the true Church which at the moment he could not see. At first he thought that this true Church with the four visible signs was among the emerging new ecclesial communities. But the visible signs were not there either. But he knows the true Church has to be around and he is the Pope of this true Church.  His search was made easier when the Latin work of St. Robert Bellarmine on ecclesiology was translated into English showing an expanded version of the four visible signs in the Nicene Creed into 15. This, of course made the search for the true Church easier. 

9. The 'men of disobedience'.
     Those men of disobedience described in the 'Syllabus of error,' who  refused to submit in their minds and will but remained within the Church like cockles in the vineyard of the Lord, came out in the open during Vatican II. And out of sheer number begun the rule the Church. 
      Because of technologies, their names and their beliefs were all published in mass media. So we know who they are. And many of them are running the on going Eucharistic Congress here. Men who do not believe in the indissolubility of marriage, those who believe in universal salvation, those who do not believe in the real presence and state that the host is just a symbol, those who want to completely junk 'Summorum Pontificum', the men of the hermeutics of discontinuity from Bologna and Belgium, those who believe priest should marry even a man, that women should be ordained priest.....name it and it is in the 'Syllabus of errors.' The only consoling sight is Cardinal Zen who celebrated the old Mass.

     When the Jews were disobedient at the time of the Maccabees and at the time of Christ, where was the Ark of the Covenant? Nowhere. And because of the infidelity of the world the Ark which was the only place where God's presence was is still nowhere to be found. The eschatological equivalent of the Ark of the Covenant is the tabernacle in the center of the Altar. The tabernacle is still there. But is the presence of God still there? Yes, if there is 'Lumen Gentium.' No, if the four visible signs of the Church in the Nicene Creed cannot be found among the people.


    

     
     

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS - Part I. How to hold one.

Eucharistic Congress
   Part I. How to hold a Eucharistic Congress today. 
   Part II. How this one would probably be held today. 
   Part III. How it was actually held. 

 Part I. How to hold a Eucharistic Congress today. 
1. The blessings from an Eucharistic Congress
     In an Eucharistic Congress, there must a congress and the Eucharist. The Congress (the Catholic Church) is described in Vatican II "Lumen Gentium" while the Eucharist is described in "Mysterium Fidei."
     A Eucharistic Congress is one of the most powerful celebration that can strengthen the Faith and bring prosperity to a Catholic nation. Specially if that nation while celebrating the Congress, consecrates itself to Christ the King or the Sacred Heart of Jesus present in the Eucharist. This nation would be blessed from heaven beyond one's imaginings by the solution of most of its problems by Almighty God, Himself. And all it takes is an act of consecration where both Church and political leaders bend their knees and recite a prayer proclaiming God's sovereignty which is a factual truth. 
     An actual example. 
     Prophesied  by the Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Good Success,  consecration of Ecuador by President Gabriel Garcia Moreno, 'the great Catholic President,'  and Bishop Jose Ignacio Checa y Barba to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, took place and was described by a Jesuit author. This was followed by immense blessings to the nation; unattainable by any political means. Yet, it was done without a Eucharistic Congress. 

    The Philippines had a similar opportunity  during a Eucharistic Congress. The first Eucharistic Congress was held in France in 1881. That was at the time of St. Therese of Lisieux.  50 Congresses had been held. The 33rd Eucharistic Congress was held here in Manila, Philippines in 1937.  Pictures of the event are eloquent to describe the state of the Faith of the Filipino people. We could be proud of their Catholicity if we can say it that way. There was union of Church and State. Manuel Quezon was the President during that Congress. The Papal legate stayed at the Presidential Palace, in Malacanang, as guest of Aurora Quezon. The Liturgy was solemn and regal. All the ladies seems to be wearing veils and the baldichino over the altar like a giant unbrella was the symbol of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A very apt symbol for the Eucharist, Mary with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in her womb, worshiped by Filipinos with women wearing veils. 
     It was not clear if any consecration took place. But if  in 1937, President Quezon and Bishop Douherty did in Manila what  Moreno-Barba did in Ecuador and consecrted the Philippines to Christ the King probably today we would not have all the spiritual and political problems we have.
     But no consecration is known to have taken place. And the Philippines was under the rule of the evil daughter of the French Revolution, American democracy; the Philippines was doomed to lose her Faith.

2. Attempts in what we believe. 
     Believing in the Moreno-Barba  Ecuador phenomenon because it is a dogma that was never tried before until then, this was tried here several times without waiting for a Eucharistic Congress.
     A first attempt was made to join Church and State to consecrate the Philippines to Our Lady of Guadalupe who had been declared irrevocably as the Principal Patroness of the Island by a Bull by Pope Pius XI. It didn't even reach first base, because the President was deposed and the President of the Bishop's Conference did not want to obey the Bull of Pius XI. The State was more disposed to the consecration than the Hierarchy. Imagine.
     The attempt was to, first,  get the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe (like the help of Our Lady of Success in Ecuador) to aid in uniting Church and State to eventually consecrate the whole islands to Christ the King present in the Blessed Sacrament. This is similar to what President Moreno and Bishop  Barba did in Ecuador. Then we tried again. 
     Without waiting for a Eucharistic Congress a second attempt was made to consecrate the Islands to Our Lady of Guadalupe by a joint Church and State;  headed by the President of the Philippines and the President of the Bishops Conference of the Philippines. Again, it was a failure due to the on going heated discussion between the State and the Church on the RH bill.  Again, the President was more disposed than the Church. The President of the Bishop's Conference refused the joint ceremony scheduled on Dec. 12 feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and a bishop substitute just went on his own.  While the President went on with the consecration in a private chapel in the presidential palace. It is impossible to get Mary's help this way. It was again a missed opportunity with the Church to blame. The life size image of Our Lady of Guadalupe  sent for the purpose is still in the Palace, silent witness to the failed attempt. 

     The present 51st International Eucharistic Congress being held today in Cebu is a grand opportunity for a joint State-Church consecration of the Philippines to Christ the King present in the Eucharist and imitate what a Jesuit author described in Ecuador. 
     We have a president trained by the Jesuit. We have many bishops, like the Bishop of Manila, trained by the Jesuits. We have a Pope, who will address the Congress who is a Jesuit. The picture is perfect for a grand consecration of this nation to the true God. Maybe someone have read that book written by the Jesuit about Ecuador and its greatest President. Is anything happening towards that direction? 
   
3. Since everything necessary is present, then this consecration should take place, i.e. if everything necessary is present. What are the things necessary?  First, a Eucharistic Congress needs a Church and, secondly it needs a Sacrament. Both documents are available during Vatican II. 

4. 'Lumen Gentium' is the description of a Church within which the Sacrament is consecrated into  the Body and Blood of Christ.  'Lumen Gentium' is a Vatican II document describing the Catholic Church. Its teachings were mainly taken from St. Augustine and St. Robert Bellarmine. The latter being a Jesuit saint Doctor of the Church.The document describes the True Catholic Church as differentiated from other religions and beliefs. And the Eucharist is explained in 'Mysterium Fidei' by Pope Paul VI written immediately after Vatican II 
   
     A Eucharistic Congress is an international meeting of the members of the Catholic Church held in a particular church. So it is a meeting of the international members of the Catholic Church held in a particular church, like in the Catholic church of Cebu, with the presence of the Eucharistic Christ in their midst. The Eucharistic Congress  is the Sacrament of the Mystical Body of Christ in the world. The Physical and Divine Presence of Christ amidst His Church of believing members. 

     'Lumen Gentium' describes the Church.  And 'Mysterium Fidei'
describes Christ in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist (an Encyclical of Pope Paul VI, written after Vatican II.)

5. Vatican II and 'Lumen Gentium'
     'Lumen Gentium' is the Vatican Council's dogmatic constitution on the Church. Its main teaching is this; that all must adhere to the teachings of Jesus Christ as taught by the Apostles and proposed by the Magisterium of the Church through the Pope in matters of Faith and Morals with a loyal submission of will and intellect.... even when the Pope does not speak 'ex cathedra.'
     A Eucharistic Congress must be held by people from the world coming together in a particular place (like Cebu) all of whom are adhering to all the teaching of Christ as taught to the Apostles, interpreted by the Fathers of the Church and proposed by the Magisterium of the Church on matters of Faith and Morals whose spokesman are all the Popes through the centuries, with a loyal submission of will and intellect even when the Pope does not speak 'ex-cathedra.'
     To simplify the application of 'Lumen Gentium' to the Eucharistic Congress, just see to it that the Congress has a handful to true Catholics that will make up the true members of the Congress. It cannot be avoided to have cockles but there must be more wheat otherwise the consecration of the Eucharist cannot take place if it is consecrated by the cockles.
     An easier way of checking on this is by applying the four visible signs of the true Church found in the Nicene Creed. See to it that a portion of the crowd have the four visible signs of the true Church. Or even easier to see if a portion of the crowd has the 15 Marks of the true Church according to St. Robert Bellarmine. If there is, at least, a portion, then there is a Congress within which the Holy Eucharist can be consecrated. Christ cannot be present in an entirely unbelieving crowd; He can only be within His Church. So it must be proven that His Church is present in the Congress otherwise there will be no Eucharist. Just a Congress no different from the one in Quezon City. 
     Even more important is that the Pope, Cardinals, Bishops, priests and nuns participating have, either the four visible signs of the Church from the Nicene Creed or the 15 Marks of the true Church from St. Robert Bellarmine. It almost follows if the hierarchy has the signs, the probability is great that the laymen attending would have the same signs; and vice versa, if the majority of the hierarchy do not have the signs, the probability that most of the laymen do not have the visible signs. 
     And if those without the visible signs surpass those who have the visible signs of catholicity there is a danger that the Congress is more a group of unbelievers and the danger that the Eucharistic Presence might not there.

6. Important
     It is important that everybody in the Congress check if they are Catholics by using the only visible signs the Catholic Church had taught to be the only dependable visible signs of true Catholicity; the four visible signs from the Nicene Creed and......to make is easy for all,... the 15 Marks enumerated by St. Robert Bellarmine, which are identical with the four signs. They should specially check on their speakers.
     If everybody, both the priests, bishops and cardinals and the laymen have the visible signs of Catholicity, then surely the Eucharistic Presence will be there during Mass; even if there are cockles as long as they are in the minority.  Why do I say that? What if the minority is the one who celebrates Mass? Will the Eucharist be present? The Old Testament figure during the time of the Maccabees and New Testament figure on Good Friday tells us that at these times this eschatological figures of the absence of the Ark of the Covenant will again occur today; the Blessed Sacrament will one day not exist in our tabernacles. 
     It is because of this threat prefigured in Scriptures that we must be very careful when celebrating Eucharistic Congresses lest we celebrate an empty tabernacle. 
     
7. If 'Lumen Gentium' is followed faithfully, 'Mysterium Fidei;' the encyclical on the Holy Eucharist will automatically be observed. If 'Lumen Gentium' is not observed, there will be no 'Mysterium Fidei.' Just a vast picnic in Cebu.


Saturday, January 23, 2016

FAITH HAS CERTAINTY - 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

1. St. Luke assures us that Theophilus' Faith has certainty.
     A person is certain that in the Act of Faith, what he believes in is the truth and the good. Because the source of truth cannot deceive not be deceived.  There is absolutely no element of doubt in the supernatural act of Faith. The certainty in Faith is supernatural. When there is doubt, faith is purely in the natural level which is the fate of all things natural. 

2. Pope Francis' first publicized speech is entitled 'Love without dogma.' Love (or Charity) is love of God and love of neighbor. It is impossible to love God without knowing God. And God is known through dogmas. 

     It is, also, impossible to love one's neighbor unless we know our neighbors they way God wants us to know them; that they are children of God. And this is, also, a dogma. So it is impossible to love God and neighbor without knowing the dogmas revealed by God  since these dogmas are in the supernatural level. 
     So, without dogmas the love Pope Francis was referring to was just the Freudian 'Id' described in Psychology. It is mere natural love; and even possibly sub-natural love. This love cannot save and cannot make anyone happy. 

     Let us look at the elements of Faith and how St. Luke helped   Theophilus attain the perfection of Faith. Then let us see whether Pope Francis followed the same steps. 


3. Faith has two great elements; first, is to HEAR the Word of God. And secondly, is to SEE the Word of God. This is according to St. Thomas of Aquinas in his commentary to today's Gospel. Let us explain each briefly.

    The first stage in the Act of Faith if to 'hear' the Word of God. Hearing comes through the ear and what is heard is implanted in the mind or intellect. 
     Hearing with the ear implies someone outside the hearer is speaking. So there is an outside stimulus that is heard and what is said is stored in the intellect. This is a part of the Act of Faith so Christ commanded the apostles to preach the Word of God so people can 'hear' the Word of God. 

     After hearing the Word of God we must 'see' the Word of God.  Like the Shepherds and the Magi, after 'hearing' about the Word of God from prophets, they went to 'see' the Word of God.

     Seeing the Word of God is, also, an act of intellect but with the cooperation of the free will and both are aided by Grace. Here is an added element, an enlightening of the intellect and free will by God's grace. We cannot 'see' the Word of God without God's grace. It is possible to 'hear' the Word of God as many are doing so but it does not necessarily follow that they shall 'see' the Word of God. Most Protestants hear and even memorize the Word of God but most often do not see the Word of God. Sadly, the same thing is happening among the Catholics which is tantamount to being Protestants. 
           St. Luke was seeing to it that Theophilus has certainly ('that thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed') made an Act of Faith and is, therefore, a Catholic. By the way, the name Theophilus means 'lover of God,; and refers to all men who loves God after having made the mature Act of Faith.


4. Let us see the first act of 'hearing' the Word of God.' Has Theophilus heard the Words of God? 

    St. Luke was worried because 'many are going around declaring they are the right preacher of those things that Christians  believe in.' As today, so many are pretending to be evangelists pretending to preach the things that Catholics are supposed to believe in. But they are fakes because they were not the eyewitnesses and ministers of the Word first chosen by Christ. They have not personally heard the preaching of Christ and the apostles,... unlike St. Luke. It is impossible to make an act of Faith on words that did not come from Christ and the apostles. 
      Only those who were trained personally by Christ '' have the perfect knowledge and understanding of all things from the very first. They alone can do this.' And St. Luke, being one of them, will write to Theophilus about all these things and in their proper order' that 'thou mightiest know the certainly of those things, wherein thou has been instructed.'

     So, 'hearing' the Words of God would consists of these elements; first, that Theophilus was fully instructed. Note that the Gospel begins with Chapter 1 and halfway continues on Chapter 4. In between these two chapter is a Liturgical summary of all that must be done to be able to 'see' the Word of God. 

     Secondly, that the instruction consists of the proper order of what is to be done, like repentance must come before Faith and Faith must come before Charity.  Thirdly, that the instruction come from one who is an eyewitness to the teachings of Christ, i.e. an apostles or a disciple.       By having done the above one can surely say that he has 'heard the Words of God.' To do less is to be Protestant. 


5. 'Seeing' the Word of God.

     In the first part of the Gospel, Chapter 1, St. Luke wrote about 'hearing' the Word of God. In the second part of the Gospel, Chapter 4, he wrote about 'seeing' the Word of God.' 
     In this second part, St. Luke describes Christ speaking in the Synagogue. Christ is no longer in the Jewish Synagogue. So the Synagogue is now a type of the Catholic Church. Christ is teaching with wisdom and power within the Church. And those who have 'heard' the Word of God 'see' that the Spirit had possessed Him, thus recognizing Him as the Son of God. 
     With their minds, those who have 'heard' the Word of God had been enlightened by grace and can now 'see' the Word of God in the person of Jesus Christ as Son of God. And Christ confirms this by saying that the prophecy of Isaiah that they will 'see the face of God' had been fulfilled now in their midst. 


6. St. Luke is not teaching Pope Francis.

     It does not have to be St. Luke but one who can do exactly what St. Luke did; i.e. to teach him all the commandments of Christ and how to do it (which is the Apostolic Commission given to the Apostles and all their successors up to the end of time.) No one is telling him that he is listening to those fake preachers who claim they are teaching what Catholics are supposed to believe but which, in fact, teaching the opposite like the dis-solubility of the marriage bond. Nobody is teaching him that he must be complete in his teaching like that there can be no mercy without justice and purity of heart. Nobody is teaching him that his teachings are not in the right order like saying that love can come without Faith and Hope. 
     In fact, Pope Francis seldom quotes Jesus and His apostles. He is like those preachers during St. Luke's time claiming to preach truths of Faith but who is just preaching their own man-made doctrines. He often quotes humans who were not witnesses to Christ's teachings and activities like Cardinals Martini, Kasper, Teilhard, Kung and, mostly, himself.  So Pope Francis goes against the teaching of St. Luke by repeating that Faith always has the element of doubt. 
     We seems to have a Pope who does not conform to St. Luke's definition of one who have  'heard' the Words of God. It would follow he never 'saw' Christ. How can he lead a religion whose goal is to 'see' the face of God. Is there no St. Luke even among that vast follower of St. Ignatius who can save the Pope's soul? Not to 'hear' and 'see' the Word of God is a mortal sin against Faith and Charity that leads surely to hell. And nobody even among his confrere is lifting his fingers to help? 
     I can only write posts like this, hoping someone read and see what's wrong and do something about it; while continuing to wish that I am wrong all the while.
     I should be quietly praying in my cell but all these news are pouring in. The old religion I have learned is nowhere to be found today. The new religion with 'original sin' as its god had taken over the whole world. And I see Catholic relatives, priest and bishop friends engulfed by this maelstrom. And there is no St. Luke to help them. But the Gospel tells us what to do if we do not have a St. Luke. Just follow the steps. Blessed John Newman,  Pope Benedict reminded us did it that way. We can do it. So we have no valid reason not to 'hear' and 'see' the Word of God. 


7. St. Luke's worry is a world wide phenomenon today.

    The Catholic Church was, once upon a time, filled with St. Luke. These were the Saints, who in their preaching, proved that what they are teaching came clearly from the teachings of the apostles and interpreted by the Fathers of the Church. Their teaching were complete and in order. A few that comes to mind are St. Augustine, St. John Chrysostom, St. Thomas Aquinas, Theophilact, St. Alphonsus Liquori, St. Robert Bellarmine. These saints almost verbatim quoted Christ, the Apostles and the Fathers in explaining Catholic Truths. Nothing of their explanations came from themselves. 
     Today, we do not have such teachers so our modern saints are those who went directly to the writings of the Apostles and the Fathers of the Church. And this is equivalent to learning from St. Luke. We mentioned John Newman. No one taught him. He simply went directly to the New Testament and the Fathers of the Church. Scriptures and Tradition were his St. Luke that gave him certainty at the things he was instructed to believe.