Tuesday, November 28, 2017

FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING.

 1. The coming of the Just King.
     Many have experienced injustice in the world. Those victims of stealings, of terrorism, of scams, of lies, of false flags, of wars....etc. When will they get justice? Today, on the Feast of Christ the King. All the guilty will be punished according to what they deserve. The righteous will be vindicated. With a Divine Judge holding court, each sentence will be perfect. 

2. All men will be judged.
    All men will be judged based on God's commandments as taught in Scriptures which all men around the world can learn; either from books, preachers or the internet. No one can give the excuse that the commandments were impossible to know. 
    That day is called 'the day of the Lord.'  It will be an awesome sight because Jesus Christ will come accompanied by the angels. This will fill both the good and the bad with awesome fear. 
     All men will be divided into four parts. First; the first two  will not be judged. The second two will be judged. The latter is what is described in the Gospel which Christ will separate, one, to His right and, the other to His left. The ones in the right, the sheep, will be rewarded by going to heaven. The ones in the left , the goat, will be punished with everlasting fire.

3. Those who are already judged.
     There will be four groups. The first two are already judged so they will no longer be judged at the General last judgment. The first is already judged to go to heaven even before they die. The second is already judged to go to hell even before they die. So they will skip the Last Judgment. Christ, Himself said regarding the first, 'there is no condemnation.' To the second Christ said, 'there are already condemned.'

4. The first who are already judged to go to heaven.
     The apostles asked Christ what will they receive for having followed Him. And Christ said, 'mansions are already reserved for you in heaven.' And they were still alive when Christ promised this to them, meaning, that they were no longer in danger of going to hell because they had been judged worthy to go to heaven; except for Judas. The rest of the apostles were already judged to go to heaven so they will no longer be judged again at the Last General Judgment. In fact, they will be with Christ judging the rest of the world. 

5. Who are these?
     Who are these people who are already judged to go to heaven even before they die? These are souls who are united to Christ, like the apostles excepting Judas. Most of the saints are like these. And Christ would want us to be like this. In fact, this is why Christ invited the young rich man of the Gospel to be; but which he could not. For such kind of people Christ promised that they will rise up with Christ at His coming and join Him to judge the whole world. They will not be judged because they will be the judges. 

6. What have they done to deserve this singular gift?
     They all obeyed the command of Christ to 'go home, sell all your things, give it to the poor and come follow Me.' To be more complete, 'to go home, sell all your possessions, give it to the poor, take up your cross and come follow Me.' In short, to obey the complete teachings of the Gospel of Christ. 
     This is what Christ commanded the apostles to teach; 'teach them all My commands and how to obey them.' That is the Apostolic Commission. And all who know and obey all the commands of Christ will be judged to deserve heaven and will no longer be judged again at the General Judgment at the end of the world. 

7. Those who are already condemned.
     Just as there are souls that are already saved because even while still alive here on earth they have been judged already by God as deserving to go to heaven, there are people, also, still alive here on earth who have been judged by God as deserving to be punished in hell while still alive here on earth. The words Christ used to describe them is, 'they are already condemned.'
     How come they are already condemned? Because they have not gone home, sold all their possessions and given it to the poor; they have not taken up their cross, and they have not followed Christ. 

8. Further explanation why the first group is already saved while the second is already condemned.
     To be able to go home, sell all your things and give it to the  poor, one would need supernatural graces from God. Without this grace that comes with the theological virtue of Faith, Hope and Charity,  it will be impossible for anyone to do it. Remember one has to give up all material possessions and worldly thoughts and desires. This is the complete meaning of the command of Christ.
     When a person has received God's grace that will enable him to go to home, sell his possession and give it to the poor, the same grace is increased to enable him to take up the cross and follow Him. This is all the work of grace with the cooperation of man's will. 
       The second group have never prayed for grace or have not done anything to deserve the grace. So they will not be able to go home, sell all their possessions and give it to the poor. All the more they cannot take up their cross and follow Christ because they will find it too distasteful. 
      Instead of doing the steps just mentioned above, they will tend to do the exact opposite; which will be the reason for their condemnation.

9. The third and fourth groups.
    These two are the ones who will line up before Christ during the General Judgement. It is among them that Christ will direct some to His right and the others to His left.
     The Catholic religions is teaching that we must aim at being in the first group that will not be judged. The Popes, bishops, and priest must be in the first group and must aim that all their followers in the parish and diocesan level aim at being in the first group. Religious orders must aim at being in the first group. The rest can only hope they can accidentally fall into the first group. Of course we must all avoid being with the second group that had been condemned. 
     The third group are those who cannot go home, sell their possessions and give it to the poor.  They are deeply involved with worldly matters and with their worldly possession. But they strive to share their worldly possession with 'the least of the brethren of Christ. It is their sharing with the 'least of the brethren of Christ' that will put them at the right side of Christ and eventually salvation.
     The fourth group are those who cannot go home, etc...They are also involved with worldly possession and share them with the less fortunate. But they have not shared anything, food, clothing or shelter to the 'least of the brethren of Christ.' It is their inability to share with the 'least of the brethren of Christ that will put them at the left side of Christ and eventual condemnation. 

10. The 'least of the brethren of Christ.'
       These words are the biggest stumbling block of Pope Francis which makes his FrancisGospel totally wrong and, therefore, totally unCatholic. It is the description of 'the least of the brethren of Christ.' The work of mercy mentioned in the Gospel which is the basis for judgment, namely, to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, etc.. were not to be directed to anybody in need like strangers, paupers, lepers, sinners, etc. The recipient of the good works must be the 'least of the brethren of Christ. Who are these?
     One day, Christ was informed that His mother and brethren were outside waiting for Him. On that occasion Christ defined who is His mother and His brethren. He said; ' My mother and My brethren are those who obey My commandments.' Those in the right of Christ will go to heaven because they fed, clothe and gave shelter to people who obey the commandments of Christ. Not to those who are ignorant or disobedient to the commands of Christ. Again, 'the least of the brethren of Christ' are those who obey the commands of Christ. 
     What will make them deserving to be on the right side of Christ is not so much as that they fed, or gave drink to someone. That someone is not anybody.  That someone is someone who obeys the commandments of Christ!

11. Giving food and drink to others.
     We are obliged to give food and drink to all who are in need, even to our own enemies and enemies of the Catholic Faith. We can do good works to sinners, pagans, murderers, adulterers, fornicators, etc. Though these are good works, the recipients of these good works are not the ones that will make us worthy to be on the right side of Christ. 
     To find a true 'the least of the brethren of Christ' is near impossible; but it is possible. Anyone who who knows all the commands of Christ will easily detect 'the least of the brethren of Christ,' and thus equally and easily perform the necessary work of mercy to them. 
     But if we do not know the commands of Christ? The safe thing to do is to do good works to all in need in the hope that one of them is 'the least of the kingdom of God.' In such a case, St Paul wrote, that God, seeing your holy desire, will either sent you a person who is obedient to the commandments of Christ or, in its absence, an angel, for you to fulfil this wonderful act that will put you in the right side of Christ. 

12, Pope Francis and 'the least of the brethren of Christ.'
     Pope Francis had almost always misinterpreted every word of Scriptures and he has misinterpreted the most these words 'the least of the brethren of Christ.' Here he includes criminals, homos, lesbians, Jews, pagans, immigrants. His list contains people who are ignorant of the commands of Christ, people who are committing  sins against the commandment of Christ or even killers of people obedient to the commands of Christ. These are people that do not fall under 'the least of the brethren of Christ.' Pope  Francis is telling us to feed, give drink and shelter people and immigrants who kill the 'least of the brethren of Christ.' That should bring Pope Francis and those who follow him to the left of Christ. Guess where they are going. 
          

Sunday, November 26, 2017

The face of the Catholic Church - Thursday, 33rd Week in Ordinary Time.

 1. The Catholic Church as the kingdom of God.  
     We have often mentioned that the Scriptures is a prophetic book informing us of the past, the present and the future. This makes the Catholic Church the only Church established by God because only God knows the past, the present and the future. God make it so, so that the Church can, always, be prepared for any eventuality. 
     The future is known in eschatology which together with the past and the present is taught by Holy Mother the Church in her Liturgy. One of the important eschatological lessons in the Liturgy is about the Kingdom of God, which is the Catholic Church.

2. The kingdom of God after Easter and Pentecost.
     After the Liturgical season of Easter and Pentecost, the Liturgy had be dealing with the 'kingdom of God.' The 'kingdom of God' is the Catholic church. Why the many Gospels about the kingdom of God? Because the very salvation of man depends on whether he is inside the Catholic Church or not. So almost the repetitious discussion on all the aspects on the kingdom of God. The most important aspect of the kingdom is first; how does it look like. Second how does the world around it look like. Thirdly, how do the ones inside look like. Fourthly, how do the ones outside look like. This vast information is more than enough for any Catholic to know if he is inside or outside; and, therefore, whether he will be saved or not. 

3. How will the Catholic Church look like today.
    Prophetically, the Catholic Church will look this way today. The Gospel of the Thursday of the 33rd week in Ordinary time states; 'Christ beheld the city, and wept over it.' The city is Jerusalem or Sion, which is mystically the Catholic Church. Christ looked at the Catholic Church today and wept over it. I, too, weep over the state of the whole Church today under the Papacy of Pope Francis and I do not see much. How much more Christ who see more? 
     That Christ wept shows the great misery the Catholic Church would be in during these days. It will be evil times because the world today does not know what will bring it peace. In the world's great love for money it has cause countless wars in the national scale and even within the family. 
     With know it, the world's pursuant of its worldly goals is leading towards a great catastrophe hidden from its eyes. 'it is hidden from thine eyes.'

4. 'Thy enemies shall cast as trench about thee and compass thee round and keep thee in on every side.
     As it i already happening, the enemies of the Catholic Church  has surrounded her, compass her around and attacking her on every side. 
     The entire secular world headed by its heads, is against the Church; starting with the US, followed by Europe. This is followed by the entire pagan world; Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Then followed by all non-Catholic religions; the Protestants. And finally by its own members; the nominal Catholics headed by Pope Francis. 

5. A Church besieged. 
     Christ weeps as He views Jerusalem because the city did not know the time of His visitation, i.e. it's judgment. It is a pitiable sight to see a person die unprepared. Jerusalem will soon be under siege and totally destroyed by the Romans as a chastisement  for having crucified their Messiah. The Jews thought they could do something like that and get away with it. Christ wept because God hastens in His judgment and chastisements. 
    While Jerusalem would be totally destroyed after a siege, the Catholic Church would undergo something similar; because both were guilty of unbelief. "When the Son of Man comes, do you think He will find Faith on the earth?" Like on Good Friday, He will not find Faith on the earth, Maybe a very small group but not enough for God to delay His punishment.
   
     Jerusalem under went a physical brutal siege. Prophetically, the Catholic Church will undergo a brutal spiritual siege. The Gospel states; 'the enemies shall cast a trench about thee and compass thee round and keep thee in on eve3ry side. In a siege the enemies will surround the city not allowing any food and drink to enter or go out to starve the city unto submission. 
     Today, the Catholic Church will be surrounded spiritually so that no knowledge of Divine Truth on the salvation of soul can enter inside the Church. The Church will starve due to the absence of Divine food and drink. No one will feed the Church, neither priests, neither bishops nor Pope Francis. The little who will try to teach will be suppress. The spiritual siege will totally starve the Church. 
     As of now, Pope Francis had not even mentioned the name of Jesus Christ and any of his high profile speeches, like the UN. He has not reminded the Church the commandments of Christ and in fact is telling the Church to disobey the New Testament commands. He has not explained of taught any dogmas of the Church because he himself said in one of his first speeches that dogmas are not needed. His messages are purely in the natural sphere, like global warming and immigration, and he is not very good in those topics because these topics are not learned in the seminary. He does not even remember what he learned in the seminary, how can he know something not taught in the seminary. 
     In the Catholic Church there is complete starvation in matters of dogma, morals and spirituality. Nobody knows the way to heaven. The Church had become a pitiable sight; reason for Christ to weep.

6. And Christ continues; 'and shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee.'
    Due to the great starvation, men, women and children will be lying on the ground. Due to their total lack of spiritual knowledge everyone will be worldly. St. Augustine described them as similar to pigs whose eyes are always looking down on the ground. Their eyes are not up to heaven but only on earthly things enjoyed in the ground. That describes the whole world; thinking only of worldly concerns, on things on the ground. 

7. The Church believe in walls.
     The church is like a vineyard. This similitude is often mentioned in the parables. And this vineyard, as the Psalm describes it, must have a fence to keep pigs and other animals from destroying the vineyard. And God usually punishes the unfaithful workers of the vineyard by removing the fences to allow the animals to devastate the vineyard. 
     The early Fathers described the Church as a stone building. These days, Christ warned, no one stone will be upon another stone. See the devastation that will occur and is already occurring in the Church today. To state that 'not one stone will be upon another stone' is almost saying that the Church will almost disappear from the face of the earth. 

8. Where is the Church.
    In the book of the Maccabees, Judas looked for salvation in the desert. The Chosen people were brought by God to the desert. The first Christians went to the desert. The desert had become the impregnable wall that protected the Church. 
     We must look for the Church and enter her. Our salvation depends on her. Scriptures tells us where to look for her and how she looks like. No excuse. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The BISHOPS are wrong AGAIN. Sanctuary cities.

   1. Monkeys imitate without thinking.
     And some parrots, also, imitate human sound but do not think. Man is not supposed to act like monkeys and parrots because man has a soul and spiritual faculties, the intellect and the free will. 
     Man must use his intellect before doing anything with his free will. He must make a sound judgment. Christ said; 'judge all things if they are of God.' But of course, some one contradicted Christ by asking; ' who am I to judge?' You are a man so you must judge all things! Unless you are a direct descendant of the monkey.

2. Who thinks.
     All men think unless his intellect is blinded with pride. With the sin of pride man becomes intellectually blind. He still thinks but all his reasoning lacks goodness, thus all his reasoning is wrong. The proud man cannot know what is good and what is right. He only knows what is evil and what is wrong and will necessarily chose only what is evil and what is wrong. The free will will chose only what it knows. 

3. Powerful propaganda.
     The most advertised way of life is the life in the US and in a lesser degree, life in Europe.  And all media is geared on advancing this way of life. Hollywood is in the forefront in disseminating this way of life that can, theologically, be described as original sin. And who is behind that forbidden tree? Satan. 
      There is a very powerful group of men that really rules the world; they are not the heads of states who are just the puppets of these men. In fact these men dies and are changed by other like-minded men.  Their agenda is identical with what caused the Fall of Adam and Eve; propagating original sin.  These men, however,  are not the manipulators of world events. It is Lucifer himself that is why the agenda had never changed. The heads of states change but the prime mover is always the same, Lucifer. That is why the agenda is always the same. 
      Lucifer's agenda is 'commit original sin!' In other words, 'do what you want and impose what you like on all men! Eve did what she liked and imposed it on Adam. It is called Democracy. And this is the diabolical philosophy that is being imposed by the west on the whole world; and now, with the help of the Vatican. 

4. Made in the USA
    Many things made in the USA and Europe are really better. This is the bait by which they attract the world to their way of life. Their way of life is the worship of Pleasure which is Original Sin 'par excellence.' The attraction to imitate that way of life is propagated by Hollywood through its control of Mass Media. It is the devil's most powerful instrument of devilevangelization. It is converting the whole world, including the Catholic Church. 
     Their way of life is; just do it because everybody is doing it. Don't think.  This is crowd psychology. No one thinks. Everybody just move with the crowd that is guided by a preternatural being.

5. The whole world is a big demonstration.
     The world is ruled by crowd psychology; 'just do what the whole crowd is doing.' Don't use your head. It its a huge demonstration that is going on where the crowd, unable to use individual intellectual power, do whatever they are told by their passions. No intellectual power is involved; just pure emotions. The is why you cannot talk to them. They just shout and do the slightest suggestion, not from reason, but from the devil; go and kill the Czar, go and storm the Bastille, behead the Carmelites of Compeigne, establish sanctuary cities. 
     Everybody is killing .....and lying afterwards. Kennedy was killed and what follows? Interminable lies. Scriptures has it that killing and lying are from the devil. This world wide demonstrations where people are doing what they like and forcing others to give in to what they want is the spirit of Lucifer who work on his human puppets. 

6. Catholic bishops joined the demonstration. 
     When bishops act like the rest of the world instead of acting based on logical and theological reasoning, they are joining the world in this vast world wide demonstration doing their own will and forcing others to do their own will, which is not their own will enlightened by their intellect. Their actions are the acts of a slave in obedience to a diabolical force. Their irrational stand is; because the world is doing it, we should do it. 
     When family planning was introduced in congress the main reason forwarded by the politicians is; the whole world is doing it and we are behind unless we, also, do it. Absolutely no philosophical sound reasoning for it. And no supernatural reason in favour of it. When the bishops went against family planning, they gave no Catholic reason against it and, not even a sound rational reason against it. The politicians and bishops were merely shouting at each other and demonstrating against each other. As expected the louder shouter won.
     The proposal was passed not because it was a rational proposal for the common good; neither was it defeated because it was against Catholic teaching. It passed because there were more demonstrator in favour of it. It passed because there were less demonstrator against it. No moral issues were raised because that needs intellectual reasoning which both groups did not have. It was monkeys fighting against each other. 

7. Sanctuary cities.
    The sanctuary cities in the US is the practice  making cities like Troy, after their apparent victory against the Greeks. Suddenly the Trojans went on a drinking and eating binge while allowing immigrants to enter their undefended cities in the dead of night. That is an invitation for disaster. Logically speaking, you don't do that in every day life; leaving your doors open to total strangers. How much more to violators of the law.
     Sanctuary cities are fake imitations of an early Church practice when the right of sanctuary was practiced. It was the act of a Church in shielding an apparent criminal from the law to give him a chance to defend himself properly. It was not tolerance for sin or a crime. The Catholic Church never tolerates sin; the Church believes in justly punishing sins and crime with hell. The right of sanctuary was a merely to give an apparent criminal the opportunity to defend himself justly. It was not meant to protect sinners or criminals. If there is a just judicial process, sanctuaries are not necessary because that is the purpose of sanctuaries, to avail judicial process for all. 
     
But the local bishop's conference had offered persons who report apparent extrajudicial executions, sanctuary protection from the law. This is against the teachings of Christ who commanded to render unto God what is God's and to render to Caesar what is Caesar.
     Who will inform the bishops that it is a extrajudicial killing when there is no judicial process done. Without previous judicial process the very act of giving  any whistleblower sanctuary is an extrajudicial process. 
       To render to Caesar what is Caesar is this; if natural justice is observed in the law then all must obey that law. Paying taxes is a just law. So Christ and the apostles paid their taxes. If the judicial process is a just law then all must pass that process. If someone feels there is an extrajudicial execution, then he must go through the just judicial process where the guilty is punished and the innocent exonerated. Evidently, the bishop's offer of sanctuary is in its very act an extrajudicial process that goes against the teachings of Christ. It is not a Catholic recommendation. It is sinful because it goes against the command of Christ, to render unto Caesar, i.e obey the just laws of the land. 
     To make matters worse, the bishops are giving the impression that their recommendation is a Catholic teaching and are encouraging disobeying the encyclical 'Mirari Vos' by encouraging the faithful laymen to follow their error. It is, again, the blind leading the blind, Christ's description of the Pharisees and some Jews. It fits well.
     Bishops and priests are suppose to save souls. Not protect whistleblowers whose allegation are not proven; and by pass just  laws. Many are not doing the first. Why waste time with the second. No good is accomplished in by passing just laws.  
      The bishops had not given any theological nor any rational reason for their recommendation. It looks like they are just imitating a US trend that is hugging the headlines and hug headlines, too. Behaving again like........? 

Friday - 32nd Week in Ordinary Time. THE CRUCIFIXION OF THE CHURCH.

 1. A reminder.
     Christ had warned us that we should take up His cross and follow Him. Otherwise, we won't go to heaven. Few had taken this warning seriously but as the Gospel for today tells us, we must take up His cross to be able to enter into the Catholic Church, the kingdom of God here on earth. The Gospel continues to describe the 'kingdom of God.'

2. As at the time of Noah and Lot.
    The kingdom of God had always been described as a field with wheat and cockle, with the good and the bad. And the Gospel at these last Sundays approaching the Feast of Christ the King had been warning us that time is coming that the good is going to be separated from the bad. Then God would punish the bad after having set aside the good.
     Thus Christ mentioned the separation of the wheat from the cockle. And in today's Gospel He mentions the need to separate the good before drowning the bad and the separation of the good from the bad before raining fire and  brimstone on the bad. Then Christ mentions the fact that God had promised never to end the human race through flood but instead He will end the human race with fire. The last days scenario is worse than the fire and brimstone in Sodom and Gomorrah, for reasons the Gospel states momentarily. 

3. The Church will be like at the time of Noah and at the time of Lot.
     It will have good and bad members as before. But the punishment will be worse as time goes. Because to whom much is given much will be required. 
     As at the time of Noah, the Catholic Church will have good members as Noah and his family. And there will be 
members who will be eating and drinking and marrying; these are the one who will be shut out of the Ark and will drown.
     Now, there is nothing wrong in eating and drinking and marrying, St.Thomas wrote. What is wrong is the inordinate and lustful desire for eating, drinking and for sex.  Since God severely punishes those who do lawful things inordinately, how much more will He severely punish those who do evil things. Of greater evil was the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah. 
     But the sin of the bad members of the Catholic Church who are not strictly speaking Catholics, are even greater, in Sodom. The homosexuality in the IOR, the pedophilia in the rooms of the Congregation for the Faith raided by the Italian police. The perverted sexuality of appointees to the Vatican. The perverts invited by Pope Francis to his private audiences. The weirdoes whose feet Pope Francis kisses should put Sodom and Gomorrah to shame. 

     During Noah's time, the good could retreat to an Ark safely; which is a symbol of the Catholic Church. But in Sodom, Lot was led by angels, he led his wife to safety as the Church would lead unbelievers into the Church; but there was no Ark to go to. How come? Because the story is showing us the message of the Gospel; i.e. that the kingdom of God, personified by the Ark of Noah, is no longer an object outside the person. The kingdom of God is within you. The kingdom of God was the Ark outside of Noah, but it will be within Lot.  Lot was leading his wife into the kingdom of God, but because of a sin against the kingdom, the wife was not able to enter the kingdom of God. We now see two persons; Lot, who had the kingdom of God within him and his wife, who did not have the kingdom within her due to her sin of loving worldly things.
     What was the sin of Lot's wife that prevented her from entering the kingdom of God? She did not take up the cross of Christ and follow Him because she was attached to her past, to her worldly possessions, to the pleasures of the flesh. These caused her to look back thus going against the command of Christ; 'he who takes up the plough and looks back is not worthy of Me.'

     Again, how come Lot had no Ark to enter in? Because from henceforth the Church will be within him.

4. The state of the Church.
     As in the days of Noah, most Catholics will be lovers of food, drink and sex more than lovers of God.  And, like in the days of Lot, the Pope and most cardinals and bishops in the Vatican, as exposed by Vatileaks, are Sodomites, homos, pedophiles and child molesters.
     As St, Thomas added; the Church will be covered with a cloud of ignorance wherewith those obliged to teach the Words of Divine truth will not speak the truth but will, instead, speak errors and confusions. Thus the people will have no way of learning the Divine truths from the priests and bishops. Not even from Pope Francis. Since entrance into the kingdom of God is through taking up of the cross and following Christ, this suffering will discourage the lovers of pleasure from entering the Church. 
    Then there is the anti-Christ that is expected today and is already here who will lead an awful persecution of the Church physically and morally. This persecution will be joined by governments, perverts, sinners, pagans, Protestants, by priests, bishops and Pope Francis. The deadliest persecution will be by the Pope who will attack the Church doctrinally as is being done with 'Amores Laetitia.'

5. The atmosphere.
    The Liturgy of the Mass is, in  effect, teaching us that during these days, it is impossible to know and to save one's soul. But the Gospel of Saturday of the 32 Week in Ordinary Time shows us the help we need during these times; PRAYER.  Unceasing prayer like the prayer of the poor widow before a bad judge. Because of the unceasing prayer of the widow, the bad judge granted the widow justice over her accusers, the devil.
    
6. The Catholic Church is the widow who was praying unceasingly. It was the only way the Church could survive the onslaught of the evil times of these days. And what is unceasing prayer? St. Thomas of Aquinas described it as........praying the complete Divine Office, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None,Vespers, Compline, Matins .....and having one's mind and heart concentrating on the words of the Psalms.  That is not really praying every second of the day; but St. Thomas considered it, already, as praying unceasingly because some time must be spent for the other necessities of life.

     With Vatican II having reduced the Divine Office of  religious and priests today to less than four, instead of eight time.......the Catholic Church as the widow praying unceasingly is nowhere to be found today. 

     What is the negative image of the Catholic Church today? It is like the people during Noah's time; and it is like the people in Sodom and Gomorrah. What is the positive image of the Catholic Church today? It is like Noah, it is like Lot......and it is like the poor widow who was praying unceasingly.
     

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The CATHOLIC CHURCH TODAY - Thursday of the 32rd Week in Ordinary Time.

  1. The Liturgy.
     As we approach the end of the Liturgical Year with the celebration of the Feast of Christ the King, we are, also, ending Holy Mother the Church's last  lessons on the Catholic Faith. The almost ending lesson deals with the state of the Catholic Church at the end of the Liturgical Year or the description of the Catholic Church as we approach the General Judgment Day. Side by side with it is the state of the world.

2. In the catechism.
     In the catechism we know what are the four visible signs of the true Church of Christ; namely, One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. And God made these signs visible, precisely, so that Catholics can know whether they are inside the Church or not.  So pagan, also, can know which is the true Church and with certainty enter the true Church. The Fathers of the Church discussed these four visible signs extensively to enable everyone to know them because the very salvation of soul depends on whether one is inside the Church or not. St. Belarmine, in fact, expanded these four visible signs into 15 Marks of the Church to give us more certitude on whether we are inside or outside. In fact, St. Bellarmine described the signs that we are inside the Church and what are the signs that we are still outside the Church, giving us greater certainly of the state of our souls. 

3. The true signs are primarily spiritual and only secondarily visible.
    Needless to say, the spiritual signs are more dependable than the four visible signs. But the spiritual signs are reserved only for those who have the theological virtue of Faith. While the four visible signs are meant for unbelievers. The spiritual signs are exclusively for believers. That is why it is given and explained almost at the end of the Liturgical year assuming that Catholics at this time of the Liturgical year, the 32nd week in ordinary time, are very advanced in their knowledge of Catholic Doctrines. 

4. The signs of the true Church for believers is spiritual.
     At this time of the Liturgical Season, Holy Mother the Church gives us the spiritual signs of the true Church. And because the signs are spiritual, unbelievers cannot see them with their visible eyes. It can only be seen by the eyes of Faith. That is the reason why most people cannot find the true Catholic Church today; because they do not have Faith. But they can still recourse to the four visible signs mentioned in the Nicene Creed; visible signs meant for unbelievers because most Catholics today are unbelievers. 
     Christ in today's Gospel continues to describe the 'kingdom of God,' the Catholic Church. But in today's Gospel He described it 'as the kingdom of God is within you.' So it is not visible. That is why nobody can see it. The Church cannot be found today. No one can pin point it because it is not outside of man; it is within man. So only the man with the 'kingdom of God' within him can know the Church. Each man must find the kingdom of God within himself. It is either there or not there. St. Thomas described the kingdom of God as coming into the soul together with grace, with Faith and with virtues. It has to be within man if it is a grace and a theological virtue. But as virtue it has outward expressions so it can be perceived in some degree, but still with great difficulty.
     So Christ warned us that the kingdom of God 'cometh not with with observation. Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! For the kingdom of God is within you.' St. Cyril adds; ' Now it is only for the benefit of each individual that He says 'for behold the kingdom of God is within you.' The Church rest with you and your own hearts to receive it. It is not outside; neither in your parish, diocese nor is it in the Vatican.
     The kingdom of God within the souls of 100 people is the Faith that make up the Church. 

5. The need for suffering to enter the kingdom of God. 
     Being made strong through suffering, souls are able to enter the kingdom of God. Christ foretells the apostles that before His coming from heaven at the end of the world, persecution will break out upon them . So terrible will the persecution, it will be worse than what Christ experienced. Even bishop, cardinals and Pope Francis will persecute the Church. 
     The persecution will come, also, from the anti-Christ who will be proclaimed here and there; as he will be proclaimed in Jerusalem as the head of the one world religion by Pope Francis. They will, also, persecute the Church. 

6. The people will look for the Church but will not find it.
     With the Kingdom of God within, it will be impossible to find the Church.  People will search but will not find. They will cry out to God and beg that He, again, shows the way to the Church. But God will answer; 'I have shown it to you in Scriptures, the prophets and the Fathers. I do not have to show it to you again. Go back to these sources. If you read today's Gospel you will see that the kingdom of God is within you and not in your parish, diocese or the Vatican.' 
     The kingdom of God will be within you when the world rejects Christ, when the world loses its Faith, when the  Vatican prints stamps of Jesus Crucified with Martin Luther on one side and Melanchton on the other side, then the Church will be nowhere except within each individual with Faith, with grace and with virtues. 
     

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

32nd SUNDAY in Ordinary Time - the five foolish and five wise virgins.

 1. The parable of the 'reign of God.'
     For several Sundays and several weekdays, the Masses had dealt with the 'reign of God.' These are parables on the Catholic Church describing her in a way no one can miss her. The Gospels had been describing many aspects of the Catholic Church; but strangely enough, the Gospels had been emphasizing the existence of a very large bunch of bad priests today. Does it include Pope Francis? 

2. The 10 bridesmaids are all member of the Catholic Church. Just as in the former parables, the inside members of the Catholic Church were described as cockles and wheat where both bad and good souls exist side by side. Mindful of the coming separation that had been shown before hand, the Gospel again describes the fact that the Church has 10 virgins within her. 
     Five were inside but not really members of the Church. As St. John wrote ' they came from us but where not of us.' And the other five were truly inside members of the Church. Five were foolish and the other five were wise.

3. The wise virgins.
     The wise virgins were described as having lighted lamps and with extra oil for their lamps. What is the lighted lamp? They are minds enlightened by the knowledge of the commands of Christ. And what is the extra oil? The extra oil is good works or the commands of Christ put into practice. The lighted lamp is Faith; the extra oil is Charity. 
     The lighted lamp shows that there was some oil in the lamp that kept it alight. This is Faith enlivened by some degree of Charity. The extra  oil shows the abundance of Charity shown in the form of good works.

5. The foolish virgins.
     The foolish virgins are Christians who have lighted lamps; i.e. Faith with some degree of Charity. Charity or good works is what keeps the lamps lighted. 

6. The arrival of the groom was delayed.
     All began to nod and fall asleep. After the birth of Christ, He was already awaited and expected for His Second coming for the Eternal marriage with the Church. As of now He is a little delayed and the Church has probably gone asleep. At midnight someone shouted 'the groom is here.' The Fathers of the Church feel that the end of the world will occur at mid night and on Sunday. 
     The virgins woke up and got their torches ready. Because of the delay, must of the oil for the lamps were consumed. Since the wise virgins had extra oil, i.e. good works, they could keep their lamps lighted. Their Faith continued to be enlivened with Charity, both of which is necessary for salvation. 
     The foolish virgins had no extra oil, so they could not keep their Faith enlivened with Charity. Without Charity their Faith was a dead Faith, St. Augustine wrote. And this cannot save them

7. The foolish virgins went to the wise virgins.
     The foolish virgins went to the wise virgins and asked for oil; but the wise virgins said; ' there may not be enough for you and us.' The wise virgins refused to give the foolish virgins some oil. Now, that sounds selfish for souls meant to go to heaven. No. They could not give because Charity is non-transferable. Someone's Charity cannot be given to enliven someone else's Faith. Only your Charity can enliven your own Faith. Your Faith must be enlivened with Charity before you die. That is what it means when your torches run out of oil. Your Faith ran out of Good works. 

8. Good works.
     Good works is Charity. It is an act of love of God and love of neighbor and must be defined as 'loving God and neighbor as God loved Himself and us. ' It is not mere human, emotional love. The list of good works is found in Scriptures and St. Benedict has a long list of it in his Chapter 'On the Instruments of good works.' The UN had made its own list of seemingly good works which are not evangelical so it is not Charity and cannot save. 

9. Pope Francis and most of his bishops and priest. 
    Basing it on the definition of a wise and foolish virgin, Pope 
Francis and many of his bishops and priests seems not to be wise virgins because they do not have extra oil; they do not have lighted lamps. And they do not even have unlighted lamps. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

THE CHURCH is a house of prayer.

 1. The Church.
      These past Sundays and weekday Masses had been describing the 'kingdom of God' in parables. 'The kingdom of God' is the Catholic Church while it is here on earth. And these last Masses in Ordinary Time, prelude to the Feast of Christ the King the last Sunday in Ordinary Time, had been describing the state of the priests of the Catholic Church during these last days. The picture is not pretty. Up to now, not a single Gospel had spoken well of the Catholic bishops and priests.
     Good Friday had been the prophecy  describing these end times.

2. Bishops and priests who do not pray. 
      Man is physical and spiritual. God takes this into consideration and demands that we worship Him in body and soul. And Christ clarifies this lesson  while teaching both the crowd and His disciples. Keep in mind that Christ gives easy lessons to the crowd while giving the deeper, more important lessons to His disciples. 
      Prayer is one of the most important teachings of Christ. He teaches its physical aspects and its spiritual aspects. The latter is more important than the former. 
     The physical aspects of prayer are the position of the hands in prayer, where to pray, what to wear, how loud must your voice be, what words to use, etc. These are the visible aspects of prayer.
     Then there is the spiritual aspects, like what is in your mind while praying and what is in your heart; since spiritually, prayer is the raising of your mind and heart to God and it is important to note the state of your mind and heart while praying.

3. Old Testament rules on prayer.
    In the Old Testament, most of the lessons on prayer are on the externals or physical aspects of prayer; like where to pray, what to offer in prayer, what to wear while praying, the posture in praying, etc. In the New Testament, the lessons on prayer are on the spiritual and internal aspects of prayer; like what are your thinking and desiring while praying.

4. The external aspects of prayer.
    Scriptures have many external aspects of prayer. Even in the New Testament it is taught that it is important to pray in community, in solitude and in silence. The reason why there are so many external rules on prayer is to prevent idolatry which can easily occur during prayer. When a person uses too much of his five senses while praying, he easily falls into idolatry; this is the reason why idolatry is so common. It is inherent in human nature because of our external senses.
      The old Catholic Churches were usually built with high windows and thick walls to minimize sensual stimuli. The high window closed with stain glass is to prevent our senses from being distracted with outside, worldly thoughts. And the stain glass is to foster spiritual thoughts. In order words, old churches were built to prevent the senses from seeing the world outside so the mind and free will can concentrate on heavenly thoughts. This is not followed in modern church constructions so the minds of men are filled with worldly thoughts.
      The senses are easily distracted with worldly things in church; because the senses see the trees, the birds, the sun, and other men....then man tend to worship these things ending in idolatry.

5. Christ in the temple.
     In the Gospel where Christ drove out the sellers in the temple HE was showing that from henceforward, all external and physical aspects of prayer must be minimized and all concentration must be in the spiritual aspects of prayer. Because today man tends to pray for money, man tends to  worship money and become idolaters of money. So Christ drives away all sellers of cows, oxen, goats, sheep, doves, and overturned all tables scattering the coins, etc. 
     This is an enumeration of all the things that fill the mind and hearts of men that prevents them from praying properly. The Gospel is pointing out that specially the bishops and priests today are of the kind that their minds and hearts are filled with worldly, mundane things rather than heavenly things. The Gospel is a condemnation of the state of the priesthood today. And it includes Pope Francis. Because the mind and heart are filled with the garbage of worldly concern, this garbage had become the god; the world is once more guilty of idolatry.

6. Present concern.
   What are the concerns of Pope Francis and most of the Bishops and priests?  Perverted sex in the sins of adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, same sex marriage.  Pope Francis, many bishops and Catholic schools are practically adoring these idolatrous sins. 
    Nature, ecology, global warming fill the minds and hearts rather than spiritual thoughts. So they end up worshipping the world. The Mass had been practically reduced into a sensual event entertaining the senses. Bishops and priest are more concerned on how their physical churches look like rather than how the kingdom of God look like before the eyes of God. The Vatican Church had become the largest idol worshipper and the most popular god is money.

7. The Pharisees in the temple.
     It is said that the Jewish people followed the external and  physical aspect of prayer by offering sacrifices in the temple; like they were offering bulls, oxen, sheep, doves, etc. But travelers could not bring these offering all the way from their homes to the temple. So the Pharisees put up stores for travelers. The stores were in the temple and they sold what was needed for the offerings, bulls, oxen, sheep.......and probably even cold soft drinks. 
     The pilgrims, then, offered these animals. The Pharisees offered the prescribed offerings and then resold the offering to other pilgrims thus making a lot of income for selling the same merchandize repeatedly. Can you imagine the amount of income that can generate. It is just like the Vatican Bank, IOR, money laundering or accepting Mafia money. Or it is like Francis Pope granting private audiences to the likes of Di Carpio for fat checks on Global warming or even fatter checks for flooding Europe with immigrants. And this is without mentioning when the Vatican transforms the Mass into a pure robotic Mass with compliments from the Benedictine Liturgist from Sant'Anselmo at the Aventine. 

8. My house is a house of prayer. 
     The Gospel describes the Catholic Church as the 'kingdom of God.' And this 'kingdom of God' must be a house of prayer. This means that every individual human being in this Church must use all his minds in thinking of God and heavenly things and use all his heart in desiring to love God......all the time. This is the description of the Catholic Church......it is a house of prayer where all the minds and all the hearts of its members are raised to God.  It is definitely not the description of Pope Francis and most of his bishops. 
     Christ must be somewhere around the Vatican and most dioceses and parishes with a whip............

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

The PHARISEE PREACHER - 31th Sunday in Ordinary time.

 1. The Sundays approaching the feast of Christ the King.
     The Feast of Christ the King is the end of the Liturgical season. It teaches us that there will an end to everything and the end will be followed by a general judgment wherein all men will be individually judged by God whether he deserves to go to heaven or to hell. 
     As we approach the end of the Liturgical season, Holy Mother the Church is reminding us of a very important truth; the kingdom of God. Are we inside or outside the kingdom of God? This kingdom is the Catholic Church. And the Liturgy in these last three months had been describing everything pertaining to the kingdom of God. All the Gospels were about the kingdom of God.
    The one specific topic about the kingdom of God that is most discussed in the Gospels of these last Sundays is about the bishops and priests, who today will be the Pharisee preachers. 

2. Escathology.
    The Gospels had been saying that the bishops and the priests during these times will be ignorant, unfaithful, uncharitable, bad, if not downright  traitors to the Church.   This was the prophesy on Good Friday and it is what is happening right now. On Good Friday, all the priest; the high priest, all the pharisees, scribes, etc were unfaithful, bad and killers of the Christ. The bishops and priest of today will be no different, if not worse. They will be like the Pharisees during the time of Christ.  And this defect can go up to  his holiness Pope Francis, who in prophecy is Judas. It is the prophecy in the New Testament; therefore, it should be fulfilled. Add to this prophecy the fact that one of the first bishop personally appointed by Christ would be a traitor; thus prophesying the fact that a bishop can rise up to be an anti-pope and become a traitor to the Catholic religion.
     So what evil things happened on Good Friday can, eschatologically happen again today, and  even worse.

3. The pharisee preacher.
     The worse thing that happened during Christ's time is that God's preacher, the Pharisees, were bad preachers. Of course, considering the worsening state of our times they will be worse than the Pharisees
      Let us look at the Pharisees. Christ said; ' they succeeded Moses as teachers.' They were teaching the Jewish people the literal meaning of Scriptures. But being in the Old Testament they were not able to teach the spiritual meaning of the Words of God. The mere teaching of the literal meaning of the Words of God cannot save. It is the spiritual meaning of the Words of God that saves; and the first apostles taught both the literal and spiritual meaning of the Words of God. But the Pharisees, though they heard the teachings of Christ could not teach the spiritual meaning of the Words of God. Again, the mere knowledge of the literal meaning of the Words of God cannot save because the true message of the Words of God is in the spiritual meaning.
     Christ was praising the Pharisees in that, at least, they could teach the literal meaning of the Words of God.  And Christ told His listeners to learn from the Pharisees the mere literal meaning of the Words of God because later on they could learn the spiritual meaning directly from God or from the coming apostles.
     But if the listeners are ignorant both of the spiritual and literal meaning of the Words of God, knowing the message of Christ on salvation becomes impossible because the elements that make the act of Faith is missing; i.e. knowledge of the deep spiritual meaning of the message of Christ.

4. Today, preachers are worse than the Pharisees.
     For one thing they do not preach the spiritual meaning of the Words of God which can be found in Tradition or the Fathers of the Church. This is no longer taught in seminaries or theological schools. The literal meaning of the words of God are still read in the first reading during the Mass. So, And the people should be encourage to listen to them as they seat in the seat of Moses.
     But we have come at a time when the literal meaning is not understood because souls are not fertile ground; thus most souls receive neither the literal nor the spiritual meaning of the Word of God. Worse still, they receive teachings contrary to both the literal and spiritual meaning of the Words of God. Like when Pope Francis said in a sermon that Christ prefers new wine to old wine container rather than old wine in old wine container. And even though he went against both the spiritual and literal meaning of the words of Christ in the Gospel, not one of the cardinal or bishop attending the Mass squirmed. 
     Today we have preachers worse than the Pharisees because they do not teach the literal message of Christ in the New Testament. So, absolutely nobody can enter the Catholic Church. Without the literal message, souls cannot have Faith. Without the spiritual message they cannot have Charity. 

Sunday, November 05, 2017

'MERCY' as defined in the Beatitudes - ALL SAINTS DAY.

 1. The Beatitudes.
     The Beatitudes are the different degrees of holiness. They are all signs of holiness, from the beginning up to the end. To be a saint in heaven you must have at least one of the Beatitudes. So in the process of canonization the first question asked is 'what Beatitude did he/she practice?'
     No one can progress to the second Beatitude without passing through the first Beatitude. The second Beatitude is a consequence in the perfecting of the first Beatitude. This is the case in all the rest of the Beatitudes; so that the fifth Beatitude 'Blessed are the merciful,' cannot be practiced unless one passes through the first, second, third and fourth Beatitude. No one can be 'merciful' nor can he receive mercy unless he has practiced the four previous Beatitudes. 'Blessed are the merciful for they shall be shown mercy.' Note that one has to be merciful so that mercy can, likewise be shown to him; i.e. he must be merciful before God can be merciful to him.
     Again, no one can show mercy nor can he receive mercy unless, first, he is poor in spirit; secondly, he mourns; thirdly, he is meek; fourth he hunger and thirst for righteousness. Then and only then can he practice mercy and as a reward will be shown mercy by God. This is well explained by St. Augustine in his treatise on the Beatitudes and elaborated by St. Thomas of Aquinas in a treatise of the same title. 
     Each phrase, 'poor in spirit', 'mourns', 'meek', 'hunger and thirst for righteousness' and Mercy' had been defined clearly that we can easily detect a fake. And the 'mercy' of Pope Francis is a fake. It is probably Argentinean, but definitely it is not Catholic because it does not jibe with 'mercy' as used in the Beatitudes.

2. Reasons why it is impossible for most, including Pope Francis, to be merciful to receive the mercy of God. 
    For any one to be merciful and be worthy to receive the mercy of God he must go through these following gradual steps. First, he must be poor in spirit. St. Thomas wrote; to be poor in spirit means to have nothing worldly or mundane in your mind and to have nothing worldly in your heart. Your intellect and your heart must have no worldly concerns, except for what is necessary, namely, food, clothing and shelter. The spirit must be concerned only with heavenly things; poor in worldly things but rich in heavenly things.  
     With this Beatitude alone we will find it  almost impossible for most people to practice this first Beatitude. How much more to climb to the fifth Beatitude which requires following all the previous Beatitudes. 
     Let us look at the second Beatitude which is necessary to reach the fifth Beatitude. Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Who are those who mourn? These are souls who having become humble due to their knowledge of their past sins, are contrite for their past sins, had purpose of amendment, have paid for their past sins and have remained in the state of mourning because 'my sins are always before me (Psalm 50).'
     For a person to mourn for his sins he must know all the commandments of Christ as enumerated in the New Testament because sins are disobediences to those commands. This will take a long time. You need graces to know the commands of Christ and more graces to know that you have disobeyed those commands because that make up  the virtue of repentance. Graces are needed to attain the virtue of Penance, and this does not come easy. So to practice this second Beatitude it will be even more difficult to rise up to the fifth Beatitude and be merciful. 
     Let us look at the third Beatitude. 'Blessed are the meek.' It means never getting angry at anyone; neither at the Democrats for being killjoys nor with President Trump for wanting to make America great again. This practically disqualifies everybody from reaching the fifth Beatitude.
     Let us look at the fourth. 'Blessed are those who hunger  and thirst for righteousness.' Here, we are required to know everything that is right according to God. While in the previous Beatitude we must know what is wrong to be able to repent, in this third Beatitude we must know what is right to be able to do good works. This is the knowledge of right and wrong learned from God and is unlike the right and wrong learned by Eve from her own effort by eating the forbidden fruit. 
     To know what is right is more difficult than learning what is wrong because in the former human nature alone can learn it. But in the latter we need grace to know what is right. This is more difficult and will take more time. It makes it more impossible to reach the fifth Beatitude.

3. Only when you have risen up to the spirituality of the Fourth Beatitude can you qualify to enter the fifth Beatitude wherein you can become merciful to others and receive mercy from God.

4. Mercy on oneself.
    How do you show mercy on yourself? By alleviating your misery. You can be miserable in two ways; physically or spiritually. If you do not have food to eat or clothes to wear, then you are miserable. How do you show mercy to yourself? Find food and clothing. If you cannot get some, beg. It is quite easy to show mercy to oneself and relieve one's  physical misery.
    It is more difficult to relieve your spiritual misery. Spiritual misery takes place when you commit sin. It is difficult to relieve this misery because to remove the sin that causes misery you must be forgiven. But only God can forgive you. So you have to learn how to get that forgiveness from God. And God had taught us how to obtain it; by having the virtue of Penance. There is no other way to attain mercy from God.
    5. Showing mercy to others.
        We show mercy to others by relieving both their physical and spiritual miseries. Just like above, we relieve the misery of a hungry person by giving him food; and we relieve his nakedness by clothing him.
        We relieve the spiritual misery of others by teaching them how to repent; i.e. by practically evangelizing him.  This is shown in the Parable of the Good Samaritan. The Samaritan relieved the physical misery of the man beaten by thieves by binding his wounds. And he relieved his spiritual misery by putting him in an Inn to be cared for.  Freeing a person from his sin is the highest form of mercy because it is removing what makes a person most miserable. 
        In the Catechism, the first form of mercy is called corporal  works  of mercy. The second form of mercy is  called spiritual works of mercy. Again, the spiritual works of mercy is the highest form of mercy. 

6. Pope Francis' immigration policy is not corporal work of mercy.
    If immigrants are removed from their roots and transferred to Europe they suffer two miseries; physically, they are removed from their cultural roots and spiritually, they are not provided spiritual acts of mercy. Instead they should be fed, clothed, and sheltered in their own countries. If there is a way, help them militarily. Then spiritually evangelize them as an act of spiritual mercy. Pope Francis is doing neither. Instead he brings added miseries to the European hosts in that immigrants kill and rape them; thus causing the host countries physical and spiritual miseries. That is no act of mercy. It is a merciless act on the part of the immigrants and on the host countries.
      Neither the immigrants nor the host countries are taught how to go through the four previous Beatitudes necessary to enable both to perform an act of mercy. Neither Pope, bishop, priest nor laymen had gone through the four Beatitudes. As a result, neither immigrant, nor host European country, nor Pope Francis, nor bishop......none of them are really performing an act of mercy. It's all public relation gimmick. 

7. It is not the Divine Mercy.
     The Divine Mercy of Christ is the mercy of the Beatitudes and not the mercy of Cardinal Kasper and Pope Francis.  We need further studies to see the difference. And we have the Catholic treatises of St. Augustine and St. Thomas of Aquinas to enlighten us. Unless we want to deceive ourselves straight to hell.  

8. Pope Francis.
    Let us look at Pope Francis 'Amores laetitia.' A husband hates his wife. That is a sin. He leaves his wife and children. That is another two sins. He looks for another wife. The is, also, a sin. And marries that other woman. That is the sin of adultery. That is five sins which will make him miserable five times over. Who made him miserable? Pope Francis by encouraging him to sin. That is no mercy. That is hatred. 
     Almost all the advises given by Pope Francis to married people, to gays, to atheists, to Protestants, to pagans, etc. is to further sin which is the main cause of misery. His main advice is to neglect the four previous Beatitudes which makes it impossible for anyone to be merciful and deserve to receive mercy. So who will be merciful to these souls? Definitely, no human like Pope Francis. And neither God who taught that He would only give mercy to those who are merciful.