Saturday, January 20, 2018

NEW WINE AND NEW WINESKIN.

 1.Christ's disciples were not fasting.
     The Jews, always finding fault in Christ accused him of not teaching his disciples to fast when John taught his disciples to fast. And Christ answered; 'the guest should not fast while the bridegroom is with them. Maybe later on when the bridegroom is not with them, they will fast. 

2.Christ begins to talk about old wine in old wineskin.
    The old wine is the Old Testament spirituality which consist in a life of repentance; but a repentance that could not forgive sins as St. John the Baptist described his baptism. 
     The old wine skin is the sinful state inherited by the children of Adam and Eve; devoid of grace and capable only of the repentance of John the Baptist.

3. The New wine in new wineskin.
     The new wine is the New Testament. And the new wineskin is the person possessing the life of grace. This perfects the repentance of the Old Testament. It can forgive sins through grace. This is the life of repentance perfected by grace which is instituted by Jesus Christ.

     You cannot put the life of repentance of John the Baptist into a person possessing the life of grace. And you cannot put the life of grace in an unrepentant soul. This is what Christ was saying; that you cannot put old wine, the  spirituality of repentance, into new wine skin, into a soul possessing the life of grace. It is just absolutely impossible. Christ warned us that the improper wine in an improper wine container will cause the container to burst thus both are lost.

4. 'Amoris Laetitia.'
     The Apostolic exhortation 'Amores Laetitia' is an move to put old wine into new wineskin. This will destroy both the wine and the wineskin, i.e. it will destroy the souls of those who follow this erroneous teaching and it will invalidate the Sacrament.
     The old wine is the sinful life of the husband or wife who leaves their partner to remarry. The new wineskin  is an attempt of either to receive Holy Communion. This cause both the souls of the humans and the sacrament to be destroyed. Thus we see Pope Francis to be destroyer both of human souls and the teachings of the Catholic Church. This is a Pope that is destroying both Catholic souls and the Church.  This is the reason for the so much outcry from cardinals, bishops and countless laymen.  The Pope refuses to do anything about it. 
     Is this the reason why the Chileans don't even want the Pope to visit Chile; and why they booed him and threw newspapers at him? Well, never in the last histories of the Pope have these things ever happen, that a Pope would violate every Gospel in the Liturgical Year. Maybe, because seldom in the histories of Popes did we often have anti-popes. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.......the Holy Family.

 1. The entire Liturgy describes in summary form how we can save our souls. We save our souls simply by entering the Catholic Church. But to enter the Church we must do three things; first we must know how the Church looks like. Second, we must know how to enter the Church. And thirdly, we must know if we are already inside the Church. 
     The entire Liturgy, from Advent up to the Feast of Christ the King answers these three questions. Let us review a few of the past answers. How does the Catholic Church look like? It looks like the Holy Family. How do we enter the Catholic Church? The way the Shepherds and the Magi did. They waited for the coming of the promised Messiah; they looked for Him by obeying the commands of the messengers God sent them when He came. And they worshipped Him as God when they found Him.
     How can we know if we are inside the Catholic Church? If like the shepherds we leave all things to look for the Christ. Or if we look for the child bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Now, that is a lot to be explained. But let us look at the important feast of the Holy Family that is within the Christmastide season; precisely because we must know how the Catholic Church look like and what do we expect to happen to the Church.

2. The Holy Family. 
     The Holy Family is the first Catholic Church. Joseph and Mary fall under the definition of the Catholic  Church; they were two souls with Christ in their midst. Christ said; 'whenever two or three are gathered in My name I am in the midst of them. Joseph and Mary were gathered in the name of Christ; they were obeying all of God's commands. And Christ was in their midst; which make them the Catholic Church. Christ was not yet on earth before that so there was no Catholic Church before except for types and figures of the Church. 
     The Church today must be identical to the Holy Family. It must start with a father and mother obeying all the commands of God as found both in the Old and New Testament. If they do so, then, Christ, as He promised will be in their midst. The presence of Christ in their midst make them Catholic. Christ won't be in their midst unless they obey specially the commands of Christ in the New Testament. And, of course, they cannot obey the commands of Christ unless they have first repented. 
     The moment a family become like the Holy Family, thus becoming the Church, Herod and the Pharisees will seek to destroy that Church by killing the Christ-child. Without the Christ-child, the father and mother does not make up the Church. A child alone does not make the father and mother a Church. And there won't be a Christ in their midst unless they obey all the commands of Christ. 
     And the infallible sign that Christ is in the midst of the father and mother is that Herod and the Pharisees will try to kill Christ in that family by preventing the parents from obeying the commands of Christ. The Herod is the civil authorities, the Pharisees is made up of the Catholic hierarchy including Pope Francis. 

3. The Catholic Church is the true Church.
     The mark of the true Church is if the Church is identical to the Holy Family as portrayed during the Feast of the Holy Family. A father and a mother both faithfully obeying all the commands of God thus deserving to have Christ in their midst. And, just because they exist as a Church are condemned to have the Christ in them killed so that they ceased to become the Church. Without Christ in them, they are no longer Church and are in danger of condemnation.

4. That is what is happening today.
     In a typical family, the father and the mother do not obey all the commands of Christ due to ignorance or just pure indolence so Christ is not in them. With Pope Francis' 'Amores Laetitia' which is now being followed by many priests and bishops, fathers and mothers are allowed to separate from each other, remarry and commit adultery.....and as a consequent encourage their children to do likewise. The entire family is encouraged by the Apostolic Exhortation to sin against God's commands. Christ cannot dwell in the midst of such a family. 
     The family is the core of the Church as shown by the Feast of the Holy Family. The Catholic Church is made up of families that are holy. Without holy families there can be no Church. One person cannot make up a Church. It must be at least two to three, Christ said, because the two must obey the command of Christ to love God and love one another. 
     The devil knows that if he destroys the family he can destroy the Catholic Church. The devil first tried it in Eden and it worked. He tempted our first parents to disobey God. He knows it will work again today. Thus the devil used Pope Francis to do exactly what he did in Eden.......destroy the first husband and wife. Today 'Amores laetitia' of Pope Francis is meant to destroy the husband and the wife. As an Apostolic exhortation imposed dictatorially on the Church, the Catholic Church will cease to exist; unless souls 'obey God rather than man.' God commands man to be faithful until death do us part. Pope Francis instruct man to be faithful only until the next temptation comes. 

5. The Holy Family.
     The Catholic Church is made up of holy families where the husband and wife obey all the commands of Christ. As a consequence Christ becomes their spiritual Child by abiding in them. And, as a consequence, they will give birth, also,  to natural children who will make up the next generation of holy families. 
     Russia is one nation who have created the proper atmosphere conducive to raising up a holy family thus making many believe that Russia will be the leader in the spiritual reformation of the world. Christian moral laws are part of their state laws. There is union of Church and state where the Church is the soul while the state is the body. 
     So it is even suspected that Christ had abandoned the vineyard of the unfaithful servants, the Vatican Church, as He had threatened and had done in the past. And given the vineyard to those who will take good care of it. Could this be the Church of Russia where the most ideal condition has been made.....the union of Church and state. Russia is the only nation that practices the perfect political teaching of the Catholic Church on the necessity of union of Church and state.
     The Vatican, on the other hand is the place where Herods and Pharisees plot the destruction of the family, well documented in 'Amores Laetitia' of Pope Francis, where husbands and wives are encouraged to commit the sin of adultery and facilitated with a fast and easy annulment process.  Christ will never be in the midst of that family.  Therefore such families will never make up the Church.
      Who are the families that will make up the Church? Those who disobey Pope Francis and obey the commands of God. Pope Francis had actually discouraged people from obeying the commands of God which he finds stifling the personality; with no proof to it. 
      As on that evening, the angel warned Joseph, the protector of the Church, 'the child is in danger.' St. Joseph is saying exactly the same thing today. The Holy Family is in danger because  most of the governments and the'Amores  laetitia'  of Pope Francis  are after the life of the child. That night is being replayed again this day. 

     

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Nathanael and the Holy Family.

 1. The need to grow in wisdom and in grace. 
     Nathanael had Faith but not enough shown by his lack of knowledge.  Christ shows his need for more wisdom and grace and what he will see in doing so. 
     Phillip had a little error when he told Nathanael that Christ was from Nazareth. Yet Nathanael knew that Christ would not come from Nazareth. Christ would grow up in Nazareth but He was from Bethlehem. So we see here Phillip the evangeliser was defective in his knowledge while Nathanael, the convert, knew more.
     But Nathanael was still defective in his knowledge. He believed Christ was God just because Christ saw him when he was under the fig tree, i.e. Christ saw him when he was still under the dominion of sin. So Christ tells him; 'you will see greater things if you follow Me, like you will see angels ascending and descending.'

2. The law of the spiritual life.
     The law of spirituality according to St. Thomas of Aquinas, is that we must progress continually. If we stop even for a moment we regress or deteriorate. To stop progressing for a month could be disastrous to the spiritual life. So the Gospel for today tells us we must 'grow in wisdom and in grace like Christ' everyday. Just like Joseph and Mary. They grew in wisdom and grace every second they were with Christ. We must do likewise; otherwise, we regress or deteriorate in the spiritual life. And to deteriorate for a week could easily put us out of the Catholic Church.
     Christ gave us the example; 'He went home and grew in wisdom and grace.

3. Growing in wisdom.
     How do we grow in wisdom? We knowing the commandments of Christ. By knowing the commands of Christ we automatically learn His teachings and doctrines. Christ said; know and obey My commandments. Where will knowledge of dogma come in? As we come to master the commands of Christ, we automatically learn the Dogmas He taught. Knowledge of Morals precede knowledge of Dogmas. 
     So the more  commandments of Christ we know, the more we grow in wisdom. Knowledge of the commands of Christ consist, first, of knowledge of His commandments as He taught in the New Testament and knowledge of its correct interpretation as given to us by the Fathers of the Church. The more we know the commands of Christ as its correct interpretation as given to us by the Fathers of the Church, the more we grow in wisdom.

4. Growing in grace.
    After knowing the commands of Christ as enumerated in the New Testament, and there are more than 80 of them; after knowing the correct interpretation given by the Fathers of the Church.......if we put them into practice, i.e. if we obey them.....then we grow in grace.
     Every time we know and obey the commands of Christ we grow in grace and can end up being full of grace, like Mary, who is the model of the Catholic Church, Catholics must grow in wisdom and grace until such times that they are full of wisdom and full of grace.
     Without one or both of these  we are not Catholics. 

5. Pope Francis.
     Pope Francis and the Vatican Church had shown ignorance of the commands of Christ as shown in their actions and words, specially in 'Amores Laetitia.' This shows their lack of wisdom.
     Their continuous disobedience to the commands of Christ even up to the point of degrading those who 'obey the commands of Christ' shows they can not receive grace from God. Without wisdom and without grace, they are not Catholics because they are so unlike Christ who went home and grew in wisdom and in grace. They cannot be the 'mystical body of Christ.'
     Pope Francis and his  FrancisBishops seems to have stopped growing in wisdom and grace after their first year Philosophy. 

Monday, January 01, 2018

He grew in Wisdom and in Grace.

 1. The Church is a living entity.
      Therefore she grows. Being a spiritual entity, she grows in wisdom and in grace. Wisdom and grace are spiritual entities.

     We have seen the principal figures of Advent; the shepherds, the Magi, Simeon and Anna. These are the first souls who entered the Catholic Church. And the season of Advent and Christmas tide is showing us the first stages on how souls enter the Catholic Church. Joseph and Mary entered the Catholic Church and went deeper into the heart of the Church. While Simeon is described as having entered the Church, Anna is described by St.Thomas of Aquinas as not only having entered the Church but as having entered deeper into the heart of the Catholic Church. Joseph and Mary had also gone much, much deeper inside the Catholic Church.

2. Wrong concept.
     Many Catholics believe that the moment one is baptized one enters the Catholic Church and that is it. He is a Catholic. This is a wrong concept. Truly one becomes a Catholic at Baptism but that is just the first step into the Church. One can easily step backward and leave the Church. It is of the utmost importance that a soul goes deeper into the Church. This  'entering' is described at the end of the Gospel where it is written; 'and the child grew in wisdom and in grace.' 

3. Christ is the Catholic Church and vice versa.
    The Catholic Church is the Mystical Body of Christ. Whatever happens to Christ should happen to the Church. And what happen to the Catholic Church should happen to us if we are truly Catholic. The Gospel states that Christ went home and grew in wisdom and in grace. The Catholic Church is a living entity, it does grow; specially in wisdom and in grace, among many other things.  And if we are Catholics we must, likewise grow in wisdom and in grace. If we do not, then we are like stunted and deformed Catholics; not a nice sight to behold. 
      Like Christ, the Church must constantly grow in wisdom and in grace. And if we are Catholic we must, like the Church, grow in wisdom and in grace. The moment we stop growing in wisdom and in grace, we cease being Catholics. We separate ourselves from the Church. 

4. How do we grow in wisdom?
     We grow in wisdom by knowing intellectually the commandments of Christ as enumerated in the new Testament and as interpreted by the Fathers of the Church. Every time we diligently learn the commands of Christ and its correct interpretation, we grow in wisdom;  Scriptures has it, we come to know Christ.

5. How do we grow in grace?
     We grow in grace by putting into practice the commands of Christ in its correct interpretation. Obedience to the commands of Christ, Scriptures has it, is love of God that wins graces for the obedient soul. We grow in grace as we obey more and more commands of Christ. 
   
     Thus by growing in wisdom and in grace we grow together with Christ and the Church; this is the surest sign we are live members of the Catholic Church. 

6. Thus........
     During the Advent and Christmastide seasons, the Liturgy teaches us how the Shepherds, Magi, Simeon and Anna entered the Church. Then the Liturgy of the Octave of Christmas teaches us how a soul who has entered the Catholic Church grow in wisdom and grace thus entering deeper into the heart of the Catholic church. 
A soul does not just enter the Church and that is it. He must enter the Church and grow with the Church; grow in wisdom and in grace. 

The TWO COMINGS OF CHRIST.

 1. The two comings of Christ.
     The Liturgy celebrates the two comings of Christ; the first coming is on Christmas day, when God became man born of the Virgin Mary. He came to dispense His mercy. The second coming is celebrated on the Feast of Christ the King when He will come with justice. 
     In the first coming of Christ, the Liturgy prepares us for our particular judgment when we die. In the second coming of Christ, the Liturgy prepare us for the General Judgment that will occur at the end of the world. 

     The way to prepare for the two comings of Christ is different. We prepare ourselves for the first coming of Christ by a life of repentance as taught by St. John the Baptist and perfected by Christ. The shepherds, the Magi,  Simeon and Anna were preparing for the first coming of Christ through a life of prayer, fasting and good works, i.e. repentance, thus they recognised the Divinity of Christ at His first coming. The Pharisees were not living a life of repentance, though they were waiting for the Messiah,  they were not able to see the Divinity of Christ. 
     We prepare ourselves for the second coming of Christ by a life of Faith, Hope and Charity as taught by Christ in the New Testament. The monastic movement was precisely a preparation for both the first and second coming of Christ. But as Christ said; there will be a waxing of Charity during these days, nobody and absolutely nobody seems to see the coming of the Parousia. They won't see because they are not prepared for it. Today people live in denial of this event that is slowly unfolding before us. Without Charity it is impossible to see the second coming of Christ. 

2. The Liturgy is a reminder.
     So the Liturgy reminds us if we have minds to understand that the Gospels are meant to describe the Catholic Church as an entity that is prepared for the second coming of Christ. Whoever is not prepared is outside the Church. 
     One is inside the Church with the virtue of Faith; and more inside the Church with the virtue of Charity. Ecclesiology states that Faith enables us to be united to the physical body of the Church; while Charity enables us to be united to the soul of the Church. The Liturgy tells us where is the Church is and if we are inside the Church. 
     The Holy Family fleeing Bethlehem to go to Egypt is a figure of the Catholic Church.  Joseph, Mary and Jesus makes up the Catholic Church. St. Thomas of Aquinas wrote that Jesus is the Word of God, Mary is the figure of the Church with the Word of God within or with her. And Joseph is the figure of the Fathers of the Church that protects the correct interpretation of the Word of God; thus Joseph was the protector of the child Jesus. 

3. Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem is a figure of the Church in Rome. Their leaving Bethlehem to flee to Egypt is the figure of the Vatican church as persecuting real Catholics thus the need to flee away from Rome and go somewhere else. This somewhere else is the figure of God giving the vineyard to others because of the infidelity of the workers in the vineyard, the bishops. It is , also, the figure of Peter leaving the boat in the middle of the storm to go to Christ for help. 
     There is a returning. Eventually the Holy Family is told to return. Christ will, again, return to save the Jewish people. The presence of Christ which is nowhere in the Church today will return. 
     Just as St. Joseph is the protector of the Mother and Child Jesus, the Fathers of the Church  are  the protectors of the correct interpretation of the Words of God. Right now, this protection is nowhere. The only interpretation the world is getting is from an Argentinian communist leaning Francis who evidently is no Joseph. The Catholic Church today is not identical to the Catholic Church described in the Liturgy of Christmas season. The Church is probably not in the Vatican; but instead  amongst the Copts in Egypt.