Sunday, May 27, 2018

THE GREAT APOSTOLIC COMMISSION - To proselytise (TRINITY SUNDAY)

 1. The post-Pentecost Liturgy
      The post-Easter and post-Pentecost Liturgy had been describing Christ, perfecting the Faith of the Apostles and his disciples. This was in preparation to receiving the Holy Spirit and the virtue of Charity that will enable the apostles to love God and neighbour. The virtue of Charity is given only to those whose Faith had been perfected. And as we have mentioned, the Liturgy of this season had been a time when Christ, and nobody else, was fine tuning the Faith of the Apostles. The perfecting of Faith is an act of God and not by man. 
      When Faith had been perfected, then the Holy Spirit descends upon the apostles wherewith they are able to love God, St. Thomas of Aquinas comments. Charity cannot be perfected here on earth. It can only be perfected in heaven. But some degree of Charity is needed to enliven Faith. Without Charity, Faith is dead and good for nothing. Thus the Catholic teaching that Faith must be accompanied with good works. Good works is Charity whose life is from the Holy Spirit. 
      Thus the foundation of the Charismatic movement should be perfect Faith according to Catholic teaching. From this it can be seen that the present Charismatic movement is not Catholic. Because perfect Faith can only be acquired after a long arduous and disciplined life of asceticism. Catholic teaching states that it can only exist among those living the eremitical life and not among worldlings. 

2. The Divine Commission.
     The Divine Commission given by Christ to the apostles was given only after Pentecost. The commission to go and preach was given only after the Apostles had reached perfect Faith and have received the theological virtue of Charity, a gift from the Holy Spirit. And this is described at the end of the Gospels when Christ had finished giving all His instructions for the formation of the apostles; and not before. Preaching must only be done by graduates in the spirituality of the Liturgical life presented from Advent up to Pentecost. 
     Notice that the doctrine on the Blessed Trinity is taught only upon the perfection of Faith. The Mystery of the Blessed Trinity ceases to be a mystery upon the perfection of Faith; otherwise it remains a mystery which shows there is no perfect Faith. 
     Christ gives the Commission to the apostles on what to teach in saving souls. Of course, it is God who saves. But the apostles are supposed to teach souls how to dispose themselves to the action of God upon their souls. The souls do not save themselves; they merely dispose themselves to the saving action of God. It is God who saves. 
     Pope Francis' prohibition to proselytise is tantamount to telling preachers to disobey Christ's Divine Commission. It is to prevent souls from disposing themselves to the saving work of God. It is an invitation to damnation. 

3. The command to evangelise.
     Christ commands the apostles to go and make disciples of all the nations. The command that will enable to make disciples have three steps. First, baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Second, teach them everything I have commanded you. And thirdly, teach them how to carry out those commandments. 

4. Baptism.
     The second step is 'to teach them everything I have commanded.' Everything Christ had commanded cannot be learned by mere human means. Grace is needed to know everything Christ had commanded as found in the New Testament. Without grace no one can know everything Christ had commanded; the dogmas and the morals.  This grace will come from the sacrament, at first from Baptism.
     Most often after Baptism, man sins and loses the baptismal grace. So he is unable to pursue knowing everything Christ had commanded. He cannot enter the Catholic Church. Then there are the other Sacraments, especially Mass and Holy Communion as the other sources of graces to enable the soul to continue knowing everything Christ had commanded. This process will go up and down where the soul will lose the grace; then regain the grace until the soul has completely known everything Christ had commanded. This can take many years, like 30-40 years, and much less depending on the generosity of the soul. 

     T'he third step is 'to carry out everything I have commanded.' This is to put into practice 'everything Christ had commanded as found in the New Testament.' Grace is, also. needed to do this. It can come also from Baptism. And if grace from Baptism is lost due to sin, one can recourse to the other Sacraments and other means of graces, like prayer.  
     Note that graces from the Sacraments and other sources of graces are needed before instruction on 'everything Christ had taught in the New Testament' can be taught. The reason for the great ignorance of Morals and Dogma today is due to the lack of grace in the soul. It is this lack of grace that had caused priests and bishop....and even Popes to be ignorant of the teachings of Christ. Imagine writing that adulterers can receive Holy Communion. That is the biggest obstacle in knowing 'everything Christ had commanded.' Now, you see why.

5. Requirement from the apostles.
    Christ demanded from the apostles that they should first know 'everything Christ had commanded. And secondly, that they had put those commands into practice. For how can the apostles teach others how to put it into practice if they, themselves, have not put it into practice? Add to this the fact that the apostles cannot even know 'everything Christ had commanded' and they cannot even put into practice 'everything Christ had commanded' without divine grace from God. Now, do you see what is wrong in the training of priests in seminaries and theological schools? They study without the help of grace. So they learn nothing. 
     Pope Benedict reminded all priest during the 'Year of the Priest' that theology must not be studied in the classrooms of Bologna or Belgium. It must be learned kneeling down before the Blessed Sacrament, the source of grace.....prayer before God.

6. The first lesson from grace.
     The moment Faith had been perfected, the soul receives graces. With this grace the soul begin to learn 'everything Christ had taught and commanded.' And the first lesson that the soul learns with the help of grace is that there are three persons in God.....the Mystery of the Blessed Trinity. 
     Notice that during the fine-tuning of the Faith of the apostles they were not able to understand the mystery of the Blessed Trinity, until their Faith was perfected. They could not see that Christ and the Father are One. So they were not prepared to grasp the place of the Holy Spirit. 
     St. Thomas wrote that the Blessed Trinity is a mystery only for unbelievers, those who have no Faith. But it is no mystery to those with perfect Faith. Perfect Faith is the supernatural sign that a soul has truly entered the Catholic Church....because he has the Catholic Faith, the only true Faith. 

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Bishop Camilo Gregorio of the Diocese of Batanes Island. R.I.P.

 1.  A guest.
      After the Bishop's conference, a few bishops spend some days as guests in a monastery for their, sort of, much deserved R. and R. Not much.  Fishing in the monastery fish pond, food and drink, ostrich steak, relaxation in their private rooms, wake up call from noisy peacocks and  leisure camaraderie amongst themselves.  
     One of those who came was the unpretentious Bishop Camilo Gregorio, bishop of the Batanes group of islands at the north end of the Philippines, a beautiful Ireland like island often buffeted by storms. 
     He has a reputation for speaking out for the truth and the good. This placed him in conflict with many of his co-bishops and often with the nuncio. In fact, his assignment to the far flung island of Batanes was an effort to silence him. However, he loved the atmosphere of his new diocese. It was perfect for his contemplative spirit, this son of St. Dominic and St. Benedict. His pectoral cross carried the symbol of the Dominican order, being a Dominican tertiary. And he propagated the exorcism medal of St. Benedict, which makes him the terror of devils. He hated confusion, conflict and spoke out his mind to settle such issues. 
     Though a fighter for truth and the good, he showed a very gentle soul, thus he was popularly known as a lover of music. He played the piano and accompanied many bishops when they sung during their programs. Bishop Carlito Censon,  emeritus bishops of Baguio, a classmate from childhood, was often his vocalist. They often belted countless songs in the monastic grand piano in the conference hall where we watch news with Raymond Arroyo. 
     It was during these casual friendly meeting that we came to know bishop Gregorio, only as a good pianist. But he was more. 
He was a fighter for the truth and the good.  Sorry is he who cross his path. His gentle front hides a strong spirit for the faith, the way we all want our bishops to be; a shepherd who will not shy from a battle for his flock. 

2. The battle for the heart of China. 
    During his partial retirement in the monastery, I joined him for suppers and we discussed the state of the Catholic Church. The topic about Pope Francis forcing the underground Church of China to submit to the communist government greatly disturbed him. Million of Catholic Chinese souls could be lost. He struggled to find valid reasons why Pope Francis would do such a thing.
     The CBCP receives La Civilta Catolica, the Jesuit magazine. Why not the Dominican magazine? Why not the Benedictine magazine? Why only the Jesuit magazine. It looked like a serious attempt at brain washing. The Jesuits are making sure the Bishops submit to the mental set of Pope Francis. The article on why the Catholic church in China should submit to the communist government, to say the least, is atrocious. It was an attempt to force the bishops to submit to Pope Francis' every caprice without using their heads. Bishop Gregorio noticed that the article said nothing. 
     Bishop tried to be charitable to Pope Francis but could not find a rationale for the proposed Vatican move.  His great disappointment at the betrayal of the Chinese Catholics showed in his face and affected him for weeks. Millions of Catholic souls lost! It was not even his diocese.  But the issue mattered; he was concerned. He was a true bishop.

3. The retirement.
     Retirements, like all professions, can trigger a crisis. And all bishops undergo a crisis when they retire. And the other bishops do not care. That is charity for you. So during supper, we discussed the crisis that surrounds retirement. And it was agreed that there can be no retirements when it comes to spirituality. 
     First, to go to heaven we must love God. And there is no such thing as retiring in 'Loving God.' You cannot retire at 75 from loving God. You retire or stop loving God and you are in the state of serious mortal sin. You don't do that when you are about to die. 
     Secondly, to go to heaven you must, also, love your neighbor. The entire Liturgy after Easter says so. Loving one's neighbour means to teach them what you have learned while loving God; teach them, also, how to love God. And you cannot retire at 75 and stop loving your neighbor, which is the greatest commandment. You stop and you sin seriously. So you cannot retire in both cases; from Loving God and your neighbour. 
     So our discussion with Bishop Camilo Gregorio ended with our conclusion that indeed you cannot retire from loving God and loving your neighbor; and these two make up the job of priests and bishops. You cannot, in fact, retire from being priest, from being bishop and from being Pope for the reasons given above. 

4. Bishop Gregorio mentioned the fact that he had read an article saying precisely that; that Popes, bishops and priest should not retire. But it was in Latin or Italian, he could not recall. But he promised to look for it and discuss the topic further. He knew that was the practice of the Catholic Church at the very beginning until Vatican I. How come it was changed after Vatican II? Because somebody wanted to destroy the Catholic Church. To do so  somebody only had to do two things; first, retire wise and holy bishops. And secondly, promote unwise and unholy priests to the hierarchy. And that is what Pope  Francis had been doing. See how he changed all the heads of the congregation choosing unwise and unholy heads. The only wise and holy head of the congregation left is Cardinal Sarah; and he seems to be going soon since Pope Benedict XVI just praised him saying that the Liturgy is in very good hands with Cardinal Sarah. 

5. After those friendly discussion most of the retired bishops who frequented the monastery continued to be very active doing their bishop's job over other dioceses not their own. Bishop Gregorio was so active he was, almost, never in his house in the monastery.... until last week. Overworked, he was hospitalised and succumbed to pneumopia aggravated by high 'creatinin' and passed away. Now, he knows he was right. We can lost millions of Chinese Catholics to a schismatic is not a communist led church.  And that priests, bishops and Popes do not retire from loving God and neighbour......... under pain of mortal sin. 
     

Thursday, May 24, 2018

WHO IS NOT AGAINST ME IS FOR ME. Wednesday in 7th week in ordinary time.

 1. Two kinds of people who are for Christ. One kind are those who are not against Him. The other are those who are for Christ. 
     The apostles saw some people who were exorcising; and these people were not part of Christ's disciple. Those people were like pagans who were feeding the poor and they were not Catholics.
     The disciples of Christ tried to stop them because they were not Catholics. Of course, even at this point there seems to be something wrong with the apostles of Christ. And Christ said so; 'forbid him not; for there is no man who is doing good works in my name that can lightly speak evil of Me.'
     Then Christ gave a principle of morality; 'he that is not against us is on our part.' That is to say; he who does not go against My teachings and commandments is on our side. I will consider them to be on My side. 

     There are many non-Catholics who are good by nature. They do not know the dogmas and morals taught by Christ but in some way believe and obey them. They could be completely ignorant of the teachings of the Catholic church but they observe those teachings unconsciously. They put them into practice without knowing that those are teachings of the Catholic church. 
      Or it is possible, too, that they do not go against those teachings. Not consciously, not intentionally; but just following their natural tendencies. And because they do not go against the teaching of Christ, they are considered to be on the side of Christ. 

2. This is one way of saving souls.
     Souls are saved by guiding them towards perfect Faith. Through this Faith they enter the Church and are saved. But there are many pagans who never even reach the beginnings of Faith. How are they saved? Through this statement of Christ; 'as long as they, at least, do not go against Christ, they are for Christ and can be saved as such. They might not know any of the teachings of Christ but in some way they do not go against His teachings, they are considered on the side of Christ. When this happens it is because they follow their natural tendency or their conscience. 
     An evangeliser does this simply by showing extreme  kindness and gracious hospitality. And out of gratitude a pagan may do nothing contrary to the Catholic who is kind to him. Every Catholic should be doing this because he cannot preach to everybody. 
     This is the basis of the Benedictine practice of hospitality in the tradition of Abraham. The Benedictines believe that they cannot preach to all who come to visit their monasteries. Most do not come to hear a preaching or anything of that sort.  So they simply show the most gracious acts of hospitality knowing full well, that just because of this hospitality, their guests will never do anything against them or their way of life because of the kindness they have receive.
       Most Benedictine believe they can save more souls this way without having to preach. They save by seeing to it that these guests never go against the Benedictines and their way of life due to the hospitality they have received. And they are right. In Moroco, the Benedictines had converted in spirit many through hospitality rather than in preaching; they could not preach because it was forbidden there.But the show of hospitality is not forbidden.
       This way of saving souls is applicable only for beginners, the initiates. 

3. Those who are not for Me are against Me. 
     The second saying of Christ is more applicable to the advanced; these are the people like us who have received more knowledge about the Catholic Faith. To whom much is given, much more is expected. The saying goes; 'he who is not for Me is against Me.' This is more serious. It is for the advanced. 
     We are told to be, not only 'not to be against Christ.' We are told to be 'for Christ.' We are forbidden 'not to be for Christ.'  Who are 'for Christ?' Those who know the dogmas and morals taught by Christ. Anyone who has knowledge of the dogmas and morals of Christ as taught in the New Testament are bound to master them, teach them to others and defend them when attacked. This is to be 'for Christ.' Not to do these is 'not to be for Christ',  and as such are against Christ. 
     For Catholics to go to heaven, they must be 'for Christ.' They must learn, teach and defend the dogmas and morals Christ taught in the New Testament. For non-Catholics, 'not to go against Christ' is sufficient for salvation. So, all men must try hard to make sure they  do not do anything that will make them go against the Christian way of life. Better still inspire them to defend the Christian way of life by being very kind to them. They will repay your kindness but seeing to it that they do not go against the Christian way of life. 
     But for Catholic, to whom much is given, more is required; they must be 'for Christ.' Otherwise, they are against Christ. And that is sadly the state of affairs today. Most of the bishops in the bishop's conferences and most of the priest, because they are led by the bad example of Pope Francis are, not only 'not for Christ' and, therefore, against Christ; they are not even 'not against Christ.' Pope Francis is clearly against Christ' s teaching on adultery, on the worthy reception of Holy Communion as he had written in 'Amores Laetitia,' he is against the teaching of Christ on hell, on atheism, on homosexuality, on lesbianism, on religious freedom, on capital punishment, on Charity, on ecumenism, on conscience.... he is against practically every teachings of Christ. And most bishops and priest blindly echoes his heresies without thinking. So we have the majority of the so-called VaticanChurch going against the teaching of Christ........and definitely they are not 'for Christ.'
     If they are not for Christ, they are against Christ. Christ had said so in today's Gospel, Wednesday of the 7th week in ordinary time. We have a VaticanChurch that is an anti-church, the majority of the bishops and priests are anti-church and Pope Francis as shown above,  is an anti-Christ, based on St. Thomas of Aquinas' explanation on who is 'not against Me is for Me.'

Monday, May 21, 2018

Why in LATIN?

 1. The realm of the supernatural
      Catholic doctrines, unlike the Old Testament, are in the supernatural. While the teachings in the Old Testament can be learned by anyone, the teachings of the New Testament can only be understood by those with the supernatural and theological virtue of Faith. For those without Faith they will not understand anything. For those with Faith they will understand everything. 
     Thus those with Faith can understand the mystery of the Mass even if it is in Latin. While those without Faith will not understand the mysteries of the Mass even if it is in the vernacular. It is not the language. It is the mind; whether it is fortified by grace or not.
     So what happened in Vatican II where, in order that all may understand the Mass, it was translated to the vernacular according to where it is celebrated is this.......the people still did not understand the mysteries occurring in the Mass. The problem was not in the language; it was the state of the soul. The soul did not have Faith; the soul was not Catholic. 
     
2. Today, we have the Novus Ordo which is designed for unbelievers who remain unbelievers during the Mass and does not understand the supernatural realities going on in the Mass and so spend their time blabbering to God about things God already knows. Their Faith, if there is, never improves because they remain in the natural order of infidelity; a state that makes it impossible for them to have Faith or increase their Faith. The Novus Ordo is an exercise in futility. 

3. The 'Extraordinary form.'
     In the 'immemorial Mass,' the man of Faith is fortified with grace. He understands the entire mystery unfolding in the Sacrifice of the Mass. He knows what God is telling him through the mysteries. He knows what the Holy Spirit is praying through the Catholic Church to which he is a part of and recited by the primary celebrant who is Christ, Himself, of which the priest is only the instrument. Everything occurs in the mind and heart. There is no need for words or translations. These are like angels speaking to one another. Christ as the Head commemorating His Sacrifice with the whole Church, Militant, suffering and triumphant participating. Here, there is no language involved. It is unity of mind and heart. There are no secrets withheld. 

4. In olden times.
    Two groups attended Mass; the catechumens and the Faithful. The catechumens attend the Mass up to just before the offertory. While the Faithful participate from the offertory up to the end. In fact, just before the offertory, the catechumens were told to leave. And they are addressed as 'dogs.' This is done for the reason we have given above; the catechumens will not understand the Liturgy of the Eucharist because the mysteries that occur there are supernatural. It is over and above the capabilities of those without Faith. They attend only the Liturgy of the Word where they can understand the readings. They will not understand the mystery of the Eucharist without the grace of Faith. 
     Those with Faith, however, are the ones who participate in the Liturgy of the Faithful because, with the grace of Faith, they can understand the great mysteries that unfold in the Mass though they were in Latin. 

5. An age of infidelity
    Christ had described our age today as faithless; 'when I come, will I ever find Faith on the earth?' Christ asked. And He knew the answer; not only will there be no Faith. There will, also, be the waxing of Charity.  There will be no Faith and there will be no Charity. For such an age, the Novus Ordo is just right. They do not come to Mass for a contemplative and mystical experience. They come to Mass to be entertained; so a tango Mass or a clown mass is sufficient. Or better still some dancing nymphets so the crowd will come back next Sunday to revive their lustful desires.

6. The Faithful
     Fortified with the theological virtue of Faith, these men and women can continue to quietly truly worship the Father as Church in community where the Holy Spirit teaches them all things, as Christ promised......and from whom they receive the solutions and answers to all the problems in life in a contemplative atmosphere.

     With Faith, those who attend the 'immemorial Mass' understands all the unveiling mysteries of the Mass without having to know the words. It is the family of God enjoying an 'agape' here on earth prelude to the coming 'grand agape' in heaven.

     The unbelievers will continue to attend the 'Novus Ordo' where they do not see any mysteries but only a vaudeville to entertain them. The 'immemorial Mass' is the unveiling of the face of God before the face of man where a sacrifice is re-enacted in an unbloodly manner. There are no words in this encounter. 
     The unbeliever's Mass is just a man watching a show. It has to be in the local dialect with some local dances.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

RETIREMENT of Hierarchy - A mortal wound in the Church.

 1. The attacks on the Catholic Church.
     The Catholic Church had been under attack by the devil the moment the devil existed, and in the very first moment of the Church's existence in the garden of Paradise. That first attack was so violent that Paradise had to close shop and the Church had to be thrown down on earth for general repairs.
     The history of the Catholic Church had always been the continuous attack of the devils against her with God's permissive will to test her children.
     The Son of God became man to teach mankind how to pass these tests. In doing so we have to know our enemy while making sure we are on the winning side. 

2. Modernism
    The devil had begun attacking the Church from the outside, through threats of martyrdom. A few succumbed to the fear of martyrdom and apostatised. Many were martyred and their blood watered the Church to bloom.
     Later on, the devil learned a more effective way of destroying the Church; the attack is from the inside, through heresies. It was subtle, it was more effective, it came in the guise of fake truth and fake good. It had been the devil's s.o.p. up to the present. 
     As of recent times, the most dangerous heresy is 'modernism.' It takes the form of fake 'Charity.' But it was a cocktail of the most poisonous heresies. It is colourless, tasteless and odourless. It crawls slowly into the mind and heart. No one can notice or sense it until it is too late; souls had fallen victim into its embrace. The embrace of an octopus, the synthesis of errors. A cocktail of heresies. 
     The guardians of Catholic doctrines, the holy Popes, watchful during their papacy, had successfully controlled the rise of heresies, especially modernism ( during the papacies of Pope Gregory XVI, Pius IX and Pius X.)  The devil, the inventor of guerrilla warfare, went into hiding together with his co-horts, the modernist. That was for so many years, to the credit of the great Popes. 

3. Modernism went into hiding due to watchfulness of holy Popes.
    When there is seeming peace, souls tend to be complacent while the devil prepares for his surprise attacks.  Satan saw an opportunity during Vatican I. But during Vatican II Satan made his move. His co-horts were inside St. Peter's. They were heads and members of the commissions. They were among the 'periti.' And they controled the mass media. They were positioned in the seminaries and schools of theology. They had their theology books printed to disperse their heresies. It looked like preparation for the last battle. Their generals were all in the fore-fronts. 
     The first assault of the modernist was clear during the Papacy of John XXIII. They tried to replace the Papal appointees of the heads of the commission on the topics for Vatican II. At the death of Pope John, they practically  headed most of the commissions of the different topics for discussion. Though during the discussions the orthodox doctrines prevailed, when the minutes of the discussion were written down, the orthodox doctrines were watered down and the modernist heresies crept into the documents. At the end of Vatican II the documents that came out were so unclear that it could be interpreted in anyway. But those were only documents; it still could not be put into practice. A machinery is needed to put the heresies into practice. Only the Vatican bureaucracy can do that. The citadel must be conquered.
    
4. Modernism found an opportunity in Vatican II
    The slow but deep penetration for the destruction of the Catholic Church continues.  The two-prong attack was going to be aimed at the priesthood and the Mass. Vatican was the opportune time. Let us concentrate assault on the priesthood. 
     A. Vatican II made a provision to retire priests and bishops at 75. 
     Priests and bishops don't become saints upon graduating in the seminary. As Pope John Paul remarked;  most seminarians graduate without knowing the way to heaven and without knowing how to enter the Catholic Church. So they can teach neither to their parishioners. It is only after deep personal study aided by grace that they learn how to be holy; thus learning how to enter the Church and teach other souls how to enter the Catholic Church. And that does not happen on their first year in the parish. They learn these things 30 - 40 years after graduating in the seminary, i.e. almost after the retirement age of 75  when they have gained wisdom and holiness and are able to lead a parish or diocese to being Catholic, they are retired. So all  the souls entrusted to them are left hanging......outside the Catholic Church. The wisdom and holiness attained is left unused.         
     B. Then they introduce  badly trained seminarians into the priesthood that will become bishops. The retirement plan will remove old but holy bishops from benefiting the Church while introducing new, young bishops without wisdom and holiness who will destroy the Church was the aim of Vatican II.
     Souls are dragged back to the abyss of infidelity with very little hope for recovering and re-converting. That retirement plan does not surely come from God. With such deadly consequence it can only come from the devil. 

5. Came out openly in Vatican II
    The attack came clearly with the age 75 for retirement for priests and bishops. And now the proposal for Popes for retire. Let us put this rule in context to realise the great damage it will do to the Church. 

     A. The need for wise and holy bishops.
          a.) Firstly, wise and holy bishops are not easily available in seminaries and schools of theology. Wisdom in theology and holiness are not up to the person. It is up to God. A person can only become wise and holy depending on God. God can make us wise and holy sooner or later according to His Will. Ordinarily, bishops become wise and holy late in life. Maybe at 80 or over, unless prostrate cancer does not kill them earlier (which also depends on God.)
          b.) Secondly,  it is not easy to make a Diocese or parish Catholic, having the four visible signs mentioned in the Nicene Creed. People are usually to busy earning money and providing for the daily needs of the family. They do not have time to learn how to become a Catholic and save their souls. Unfortunately, bishops are also so busy managing the diocese that they do not have time to grow in wisdom and holiness. This is sad because he can be wise and holy in spiritually managing his diocese. But he usually stays only in the natural level and is unable to convert his diocese to Catholicism. A bishop or parish priest busy in the natural level and parishioner too busy in worldly affairs is a very bad combination. Neither enters the Catholic Church. 

       This is getting a little complicated. But let us remain in the fact that it takes time for a bishop to be wise and holy and it takes time to convert a parish or diocese to Catholicism. Ordinarily, it will take them a minimum of 30 years as shown in the 30 years of hidden life of Christ. By that time most bishops and parish priests are old, retired, or dead; and the parish or diocese is not yet Catholic. 
       The parish or diocese can only become Catholic if the bishop is already wise and holy. Two things must blend here; the bishop must be wise and holy and the subjects must have time to work for the salvation of their souls.  If the two do not coincide, we got a big problem. And this is a problem that is plaguing the whole world made worse by the provision to retire bishops, and priests at 75. Much work is left undone. The salvation of soul is left unfinished. Guess where will souls go. 

6. Summary
     Here are the summary of the facts. Bishops become wise and holy late in age, like 80. Parishes and dioceses can only be made Catholic with the four visible signs of the true Church after labouring in her for  50 years (from experience). Newly appointed bishops are neither wise nor holy. Parishioners cannot set aside time to learn  the lessons on how to be Catholic. Bishops and priest are prematurely retired while the parishes and dioceses remain pagan. 
     So what we have in the entire world are parishes and dioceses with bishops and priests who do not have any of the four visible signs of the true Church enumerated in the Nicene Creed nor the 15 Marks of the true Church enumerated by St. Robert Bellarmine. 
     If this is the case in parishes and diocese, it is the case in the Papacy. Popes are pope too short to be wise and holy. Popes do not have enough time to Catholicize the world during his term. He is easily succeeded by another pope that is not wise and holy. And the world does not have the luxury of time to be wise and holy. So what?  We have a pagan world. 

7. Partial solution.  Priests, bishops and Popes should never retire. They should die serving the people until they are Church. Most Church do not become Church during the lifetime of the parish priest, bishop or Pope. 
     Instead we should follow this pattern; Pope should not retire. The next Pope should be a mere vicar Pope until the real Pope dies. The same with parish priests and bishops. They should remain in office until they die. Their successors working as their vicar until they die; only then will their successor can take over. 
     That had been the practice of the Church. It is the practice in Benedictine Abbeys.  Changing it had been a disaster for the Church. 
    
8. Retirement in the spiritual life is non existent in the Catholic Church and it is not in the language of Christ. 
    Retirements have bled the Church to death. Look what happened to the Papacy when an old Bavarian holy cardinal retires and untrained Jesuits take over. This is the case all over the world. 

Monday, May 14, 2018

CHARITY and Pope Francis' migrant policy. Part II

 1. Charity.
     Everything in the Catholic Church is Charity. It is what binds all the teachings of the Church. It is the most important commandment because all the teachings of the Catholic Church is founded on Charity. 
     Charity is a theological virtue, i.e. it is a supernatural and spiritual virtue that is absolutely unattainable by men. It is a gift from God given only to those who have perfected their Faith. Christ, Himself, prophesied that Faith will be nowhere when He comes in His Second coming. And together with the non-existent of Faith will be the 'waxing cold of Charity.' He was describing this our times. Anyone who has a working knowledge of Faith and Charity will not find these two theological virtues today. Pope Francis in fact denied it's existence in his first papal, well publicised, speech on ' no dogmas necessary to love.' No wonder his papacy and policy on migrants is completely devoid of Charity. And his erroneous stand is followed by many bishops; with Cardinal Tagle of Manila expressing the same error in a recent speech in the UN. Most members of the  hierarchy seems to be living up to the prophecy 'the waxing cold of Charity,' caused by the lost of Faith as mentioned by Christ and as described by John Newman in his 'Infidelity of the Church.'

2. Most Catholics do not have Charity.
    All non-Catholics have no Charity. The most they can have is the beginnings of Faith attained through meditation on nature. Most Catholics do not have Charity because it is a supernatural, spiritual and theological virtue.  Such man cannot have a knowledge on what it is. And man cannot practice it. God has to, personally, teach man Charity. And only God can help man put it into practice. 
    Pope Benedict in his 'Deus Caritas Est.' expressed the fact that most Catholics do their charitable works wrongly. He mentions St. Vincent de Paul as among the few who did his Charity right. That was a very serious statement but nobody noticed it; because most Catholics do not know what is Charity and most do not practice it rightly. And Pope Francis and Cardinal Tagle are examples.

3. Dynamics of Charity. How does it work.
     The whole Liturgy surrounding Ascension and Pentecost describes Charity. For man to have Charity, God must love man first. Then man must 'remain in the love of God' by keeping His commandments. Only then can man love God and neighbor.
     God loved man. But most men have not remained in the love of God by their disobedience to the commands of God. Not having remained in the love of God through disobedience to His command, man is unable to love God and neighbor; he became devoid of Charity incapable of doing acts of Charity. 
     Pope Francis, Cardinal Tagle and most of the bishops, because they have disobeyed God's command as clearly shown in 'Amores Laetitia' were unable to make an act of Faith and as a consequence are devoid of Charity. Their proposal for open borders is completely devoid of Charity. Their reasoning for it is pure emotional. Let us further explain Charity and see how Pope Francis and Cardinal Tagle went against the Catholic teaching on Charity.

4. The sequence in the love of God and neighbour. 
     Sequence is of the essence in Catholic Doctrine. For instance, you cannot have Charity unless you first have Faith and Hope. In the Beatitudes, you cannot be 'clean of heart' unless you first be 'poor in spirit.' And you cannot observe the New Testament unless you have put into practice the Old Testament. 
     So you cannot love your neighbor, like your wife, husband and children, unless you first love God. It is your love for God that you will use to love your husband, wife and children. In this way,  you love your family with a Divine love and not with mere human, emotional love that is entirely useless. With Divine Love you sanctify your family. 

5. The sequence in the love of neighbour.
    St. Thomas of Aquinas clearly shows the sequence in the love of neighbor. Starting from the beginning. 
     First, God must love us. Then we must love God in return. And after having loved God, we can refocus that love we have for God towards our loved ones, like our husband, wife and children. 
     In loving your neighbour, we must first love our loved ones, like the husband, wife and children. Then our relatives. Then our townsfolks  and our countrymen. Patriotism is good but must follow the proper order. 
     Then the next adjacent nation, etc....in obedience 'to love all men.'
     In Charity, we must observe the proper order on whom to love. It is unCatholic for one to love one's countrymen before loving one's family and relatives. It is wrong to show Charity towards migrants before we have shown Charity towards our family. relatives and own countrymen. The sin is not in the loving but in the wrong order of those loved. To love your neighbor before loving God is a sin because the order is wrong.  We must love God first and then one's neighbor. The proper order on who is our neighbor is important.

6. Love of neighbour as practiced by statesmen.
    The president of a nation must first love his family before he can love his nation. And he must first love his own countrymen before he loves his neighbouring other nations.
     Pope Francis and Cardinal Tagle had influenced many nations with their erroneous practice of Charity, which is not Charity at all, but a sin of pride in showing off pretence of Charity that can cause the destruction of countless  souls.....the open borders politics. 
     Heads of countless nations like France, Canada, Germany, Britain, Spain, Austria, Netherlands, etc....had been practicing the politics of open borders inviting countless migrants into their nation. The wiser nations like Poland, Hungary, etc. refuse to follow the EU though being forced to do so. They should remain wise since after all they were formerly Christian nations and should continue to practice their Christian roots. 
   
     St. Thomas applied the rule of Charity to heads of states and wrote; that Presidents of nations should show Charity, first, to their own people, before showing it to people of other nations. In the Philippines, the Filipino victims of natural disasters, from the landslide in Bohol to the victims of the super storm are still languishing due to lack of government support. The housing projects for them were, recently shown on TV, were unlivable. The cities are clogged with squatters. living in squalor.  The farms are without irrigations. Marawi is in ruins. And we are going to accept migrants. Without the migrants the government cannot help its own people and they are going to accept outsiders. If up to the present many Filipino who need help are neglected, what will happen if migrants come and they have to be helped to please the UN. The Filipino people who must be the first object of Charity will all the more be neglected. 
     Maybe the President is influenced by the erroneous charity which the Philippine Bishops's conference, whose president is a close friend of the President had advised him through the influence of Cardinal Tagle, the spokesman on open borders in the UN.  But the advice, if ever given, was an erroneous advice that goes contrary to the main teaching of the Catholic Church. It is similar to the heretical advice Pope Francis had been repetitiously imposing on the whole world. And it must have come from Cardinal Tagle who proposed this wrong unCatholic policy in his recent UN address. 
     This will not invite God's blessing upon the government and upon this nation that pretends to be Catholic. It will invite God's chastisement instead, because it goes against Catholic teaching.  
     
7. Reason for 'open door' policy on migrants.
    Up to now Pope Francis and the bishops who support this uncharitable policy have not presented any rational or intelligent reason for this proposal.  Definitely, they have not presented any theological reason, which they should since they pretend to be Catholic bishops. 
     Their reason is purely emotional and sentimental. It is not even psychological or sociological. It is pure public relations....an effort to be popular in the world, whose prince is Satan. It all sounds charitable. But since no one knows what is charity today, everyone falls for it. For those in the know, Pope Francis and the bishop's proposal for open door towards migrant is against the Catholic doctrine on Divine Providence and the doctrine on the theological virtue of Charity. As St. Augustine would say it; it is pure hatred of God and neighbor. It is pure hatred of migrants. 
     Maybe President Duterte should be told that the planned reception of migrants is intervention in other countries affairs, it is an insult to that government in that it is insinuated that they do not know how to solve their national problem and that we are better and holier than them. That insult should be a declaration of war because it is no Christian Charity. It is no love for God and no love for anyone, according to St. Augustine.

8. The Catholic solution.
     The Catholic Church has a solution for sodomy, homosexuality, lesbianism and other sexual perversions. St Peter Damian preached this solution during his time because the Pope and bishops during his time did not know the solution. 
     Today the Catholic Church is filled with sexual deviants from the highest office down to the seminarian. And no Catholic solution has been proposed. And yet the solution is there in the teachings of the Church.
     The bishops conference together with Pope Francis had been condemning Capital punishment. Of course, the Catholic Church has a solution to the worst case of criminality. But absolutely no one is presenting the Catholic solution. They simply make the irrational stand of condemning presidents. 
     Drug addiction is rampant around the world, from the US to the Philippines. There is a Catholic solution to drug addiction. It is easy and simple and takes only a short time. But no Catholic bishop, not even the Pope is presenting the Catholic solution. 
      Nobody seems to know the Catholic solution to human problems and yet this is the reason Christ became man; to give the world the solution to all the problems that will beset fallen human nature. Sadly, most men do not like the Catholic solution; not even Popes and bishops. 
      What worse chastisement can befall the world; with a Pope and most of the bishops ignorant of Catholic Doctrines. And a world population that do not want to hear Catholic solutions. Nothing worse can happen. Accepting migrants when local national problems have not been solved is an invitation  for  Divine Chastisement. A disaster. Anyone who do not obey Catholic teachings.......is not a Catholic. The Gospel on Monday after the Ascension reads; 'I have loved you. Continue in My love. If you keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love.....and this is my commandment, that you love one another.' St. Thomas of Aquinas describe how we must love our neighbour. From his description, Pope Francis, Cardinal Tagle and most of the bishops love no one. Not even themselves. It is all hatred under the guise of false charity. This is no Catholicism.
     

Sunday, May 13, 2018

The DOCTRINE ON DIVINE PROVIDENCE - On Immigrants Part I

1. The important doctrine on Divine Providence. 
    The practice of unrestrained entrance of migrants into countries as proposed by Pope Francis and Cardinal Tagle in his recent address in the UN is against Catholic teachings. First, it goes against the very important dogma on Divine Providence. And secondly, it goes against the very important teaching on the theological virtue of Charity. 
     It is a rejection of the existence of God and a rejection of true love for neighbours. It is very bad attempt in promoting one's image and a serious double sin deserving of eternal damnation. 

2. The doctrine on Divine Providence.
     This doctrine is one of the basic foundational teaching of Christ upon which  the entire theology of the Catholic Church is built on. It is a long treatise explained by St. Thomas of Aquinas in Summa contra Gentiles and in the Summa 2a-2ae Prima Pars Q. 22. The explanation of Garrigou Lagrange is two inches thick. We will try to summarise it in a few line; anyway those who believe in open borders and unrestrained entrance of migrants are not really interested in Divine Providence nor in Charity. They are only interested in promoting themselves and destroying Christian civilisation.....or Christian souls to be more precise.

3. Divine Providence explained.
    Divine Providence is the belief that God created all things, controls all things  and directs all things towards their goal, the glory of God. Man cannot create anything, cannot control anything and cannot direct anything. He can only misdirect his goal to his own glory; which God permits for the damnation of his soul. 

     When God creates man, He places him in a perfect situation where everything around him is geared  towards the salvation of his soul. This is the Divine Providence of God. 
     Let's take an example. When God creates a Syrian, that man was created a Syrian because being such. increases his possibility of eternal salvation. If that Syrian would have a greater possibility of being saved as an American in New York, God would not create him a Syrian but instead an American in New York.  He is a Syrian because Divine Providence foresaw that his being saved is greatest as a Syrian rather than an American or a European. 
     If that Syrian migrates to Europe, he would be going against the Divine Providence of God and probably will lose his soul, because being a Syrian in Europe is not the ideal atmosphere for the salvation of his soul. But most migrants are not after the salvation of their souls so this would not make sense. We shall see the singular exception to his rule later.

4. How Divine Providence works.
    God wanted mankind to know how Divine Providence works and how we should flow with Divine Providence, the way a cork would follow with the flow of a stream. 
     To show how it works, first, He chose a people and called it His 'Chosen people.' Those who follow the flow of Divine Providence can truly be described as the 'Chosen People' of God because they are destined to be with God for all eternity in Heaven. 
     Secondly, after choosing a people, He puts them in the most ideal situation wherewith the souls of the 'chosen people' can easily be saved. 
     Thirdly,  God  separated his 'chosen' from the rest of their tribes. And ordered them not to associate with other tribes different from them since they were being ruled by Divine Providence. The rest of the world would be going against Divine Providence due to the 'fallen nature' of the human race. 
    Fourthly, He told them to stay in a particular place  and never to leave that place. There, in that ambiance, God would teach them how to swim with the flow of Divine Providence that will lead them to everlasting life in heaven. 
     It is only when they are in that ambiance will they be taught the details on how to save their souls. If they leave that specific place and go somewhere else, God will not teach them anything because they are out of the place which God had chosen to be the most conducive place to save their souls. 
     Remember, we are talking here about the salvation of souls and not about economic prosperity or physical enjoyments. 

5. Going to all places to preach.
     There is only one valid reason for migration, i.e. when the apostle have to go to all places in order to preach the Gospel, which is never the reason for most migrants. They migrate to do their own will not to abide with God's Will expressed in Divine Providence.
     The political move in encouraging migration proposed by Pope Francis and Cardinal Tagle goes against the teachings of the Catholic Church on Divine Providence. It is encouraging others to sin and, therefore, is likewise a sinful act for those who encourage it. Since it goes against a doctrine of the Catholic Church, both Pope Francis, Cardinal Tagle and others who hold the same error are guilty of heresy and, therefore, are not Catholics. 
       Many are proposing open borders. Soros, Macron, Trudeau, many bishops in imitation of Pope Francis, etc...Whether they are Catholics or not, they are obliged to obey the Divine Providence of God; and they are disobeying God thus are liable to condemnation. 
       On the other hand, one may migrate to another country where he feels he can be a better Catholic, like a Filipino may migrate to Meteora, Greece, if he feels he can be a better Catholic there. We have seen the only two valid reasons for immigration; both are for spiritual benefits for the soul. 

6. Pope Francis and Cardinal Tagle.
    Pope Francis had been pushing for open borders and unlimited reception of immigrants. It is an encouragement for people of one nation to leave the countries where God had placed them because their chances of being saved is greater there than anywhere else. For them to transfer to another nation minimises their chances to be saved because that is not God's Will but the following of their own will. 
     We have seen the two exceptions; for preachers to teach the Catholic Faith. And for souls to learn better the Catholic Faith.  
     Next, we shall show how this false philosophy is, also, against the great Catholic doctrine on love of neighbor, Charity.
     
     
      
     

  


Monday, May 07, 2018

FIVE WEEKS AFTER EASTER

 1. The five weeks after Easter.
     During the five weeks after Easter, Holy Mother the Church is fine-tuning the Life of Faith. She is perfecting our Faith. And Christ alone can do that as the Gospels show. He perfected the Faith of Thomas, of the apostles, the two disciples from Emmaus and at the end of Phillip and Andrew. 

     To attain everlasting life we must have the theological virtues, Faith, Hope and Charity. The theological virtues are the main structures of the Catholic Church. Everything else is built around and in between them.
     But before God bestows the theological virtues, keeping in mind that these virtues are gifts of God which no man can attain on his own, the person concerned must completely finish his Life of Repentance.
     
2. The Life of repentance.
     The life of repentance is for life. Even if a soul has finished his life of repentance by which he works for the forgiveness of all his past sins, though he has received from God the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity, he must continue his life of repentance overlapping with these virtues. Why? Because this is the only way he can sustain his spiritual journey through Faith, Hope and Charity. The life of repentance is his safeguard to maintain his momentum through the three theological virtues. 

3. Perfect Faith prerequisite for Charity.
     Perfect life of repentance must be attained before God bestows the theological virtue of Faith. Faith must be perfect before God bestows the theological virtue of Charity to the soul.
     How do we know that the Life of repentance has reached some degree of perfection? We do not commit our past sins again.  Though we may still commit many imperfections, for a just man still falls seven times a day.

4. Charity is needed for salvation.
     Faith is not enough for salvation. St. Thomas wrote that the devil has Faith but he trembles. Faith must be accompanied with good works. Martin Luther's heresy is that he believes one can be saved by Faith without good works. Good works is Charity. Faith and Charity must co-exist for a soul to be saved. 
     If Faith is not perfect, like if it is weak, it can still be easily lost due to a slight storm as what happened to the apostles in the boat. The danger of losing Faith is remote if it is accompanied by Charity. St Thomas wrote that though Faith must be perfected, Charity cannot be perfected here on earth; but only in heaven. 

5. The fine-tuning of Faith or the perfection of Faith.
    Though man can work in perfecting his life of repentance and this can be done in a very good monastic environment, Faith can only be perfect by Christ, Himself. This is clearly shown in all the Gospels of the five weeks after Easter preceding Ascension and Pentecost. No one can ascend to heaven and no one can receive the Holy Spirit and no one can be completely inside the Catholic Church without the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit will not descend on anyone whose Faith is not perfect. That is why Christ, Himself, is very intense in personally perfecting the Faith of the apostles. Nobody else can do this. 
     When Phillip asked Christ where He was going to go and what is the way, Christ showed that Phillip knew everything he has been taught but for a slight defect in his memory his Faith remained imperfect. Thus Christ corrects him, and teaches him to enable him to perfect his Faith. 
     Christ said; 'I am going to God and I am the Way.' I, Christ is God to whom I am going and I, Christ,  am, also, the way. And since you are seeing Me, therefore, you really know where I am going and you, also, know the say. So Phillip, you have no problem. You know the goal and the way but your Faith was imperfect so you forgot what you already know. Forgetfulness was what made Phillip's Faith imperfect. Forgetfulness was also the defect of the Faith of the two disciples from Emmaus and the defect of Thomas. And all they needed was a reminder to perfect their Faith.

6. The promise of the Holy Spirit.
    Christ did the reminding to the apostles who often forgot the teaching of Christ. Whenever the teachings of Christ are forgotten, this makes the Faith imperfect. In the 5 weeks after Easter, Christ did all the recalling and reminding to cure the forgetfulness. After the Ascension, Christ would send the Holy Spirit to keep the Faith of the Catholic Church perfect, as the Gospels wrote, ' the Holy Spirit will remind you of all that I have taught you.' Remind you.....!

     The perfecting or fine-tuning of one's Faith is the work of Christ and today is still the work of Christ but with the help of the Holy Spirit. Our cooperation is needed. Christ, during the 6th weekday of Easter reminds us that 'we must remain in the Love of God.' For Christ and the Holy Spirit to be able to continue to perfect our Faith we must, in our turn, continue to obey the commands of Christ as found in the New Testament. That is how we remain 'in the Love of God.'  Otherwise, God will not perfect our Faith. Without perfect Faith we cannot have Charity. Without Charity that Faith can easily be lost. And as a consequence we are still in danger of going to hell. 

7. State of the world - there is no Faith to perfect. 
    The person without Faith is open to the devil. Judas had no Faith. Up to the end he did not believe that Christ was the Messiah. Because of this Satan entered into him
     The world, especially most Catholics, do not have perfect Faith. They may have a little Faith; but that makes the devil having more Faith than most Catholics. Their Faith is so little that they can lose it just by the mere fact that the stock market goes down. Beside Christ prophesied that the world today will have no Faith because of the 'waxing of charity.' No Charity and one's Faith can easily be lost  very easily with the slightest temptation. And the world today is filled with temptations. 
     The sign of this weak Faith or even the absence of Faith is the prevailing ignorance of the teachings and commandments of Christ. Even Pope Francis does not know that adultery is a sin. He does not even know that receiving Holy Communion in mortal sin is not allowed because it is sacrilege. He does not even know that atheist go to hell precisely because they have no Faith. He does not even know that there is a hell. There is nothing to perfect or fine tune in the Faith of Pope Francis because there is nothing to perfect. And most of his close bishop and cardinal associates are in the same spiritual state. Like father like son.  
     And many bishops and priests are subscribing to this infidelity  prophesied by Blessed John Cardinal Newman in his article 'infidelity of the future.'

 8.  The theological virtues are the work of God.
     As the Liturgy showed, this perfecting and fine-tuning of Faith is the work of Christ and the Holy Spirit not by men in seminaries or theological schools. From the previous post where we described the signs and Marks of the true Catholic Church, we showed that most catholics, specially bishops and priests do not have perfect Faith by which we enter the Catholic Church. How do we know? They do not have the four visible signs and the 15 Marks of the true Catholic Church. These signs and Marks should appear if we have perfect Faith. 
     So what do we do. As we have suggested; as Christ said, go to your room and shut the door. Then study the teachings and commands of Christ as found in the New Testament and as interpreted by the Fathers of the Church. 
     Or to put it simply; go to your room within your soul. Lock the door of your mind to prevent distraction. Have a good table with a lamp and a comfortable chair (no mystical meaning here). Have a highlighting  pen made in Korea (it is easier to erase). Then get St. Thomas Aquinas'  'Catana Aurea's' commentary on the Gospel of St. Matthew (one Gospel is enough). Highlight especially the commandments of Christ.........and by the end of the Gospel of Matthew you will be very well on the way  to having Christ and the Holy Spirit perfecting your Faith. Now, you are ready  to receive the Holy Spirit. You do not have to attend those charismatic sessions where they do not even attain Faith. In you room, Christ will show you the why to all these because He promised; 'He will teach you all things and remind you of all I have taught you.' You will need nothing else. 
     This command of Christ is perfect for the Orthodox who still treasure the eremitical life and for the Chinese underground Catholics who must chose to disobey Pope Francis to be able to obey God. Go to your room, lock the door and perfect your Faith there. After all Christ said so. 


Saturday, May 05, 2018

THE GOOD SHEPHERD Sunday.

 1. Entering the Catholic Church.
     There is no salvation outside the Church. So it becomes very important for us to know which is the true Church; and we must know the door through which we can enter the Church. 
     Here we see the importance of our past posts on the visible signs and the 15 Marks of the true Church. We have to be sure which is the true Church before we enter it. Have you wondered why there are so many souls in the wrong churches. 20,000 when we last counted the Protestant denomination. How could so many souls enter the wrong church. Because they did not ascertain that they were entering the true Church when they entered. 99% of the human race had committed that mistake. Even Catholics never checked if they entered the true Church when they entered, because they did not know how to check. Until now most bishops and priest do no know how to check which is the true Church shown by the fact that most bishops cannot prove that their diocese is Catholic and most priest cannot prove that their parish is Catholic. So most laymen cannot prove that they, themselves, are Catholics. 
      Everyone is just entering whatever open door they see. Even in the matter of immigration. Pope Francis is encouraging all nations to keep their doors open for all. No. The Catholic Church is very strict. The door of the Catholic Church is lock for everyone. Nobody entered unless they are led by the Good Shepherd who is Christ. And unless they enter through the only one gate and that is Christ, too. Anybody who tries to enter without following the Good Shepherd and without entering the only one approved door is condemned. 
     While the US, Poland, Hungary, Austria, etc are following this evangelical procedure knowing it is the best arrangement, Germany, Canada, France, Australia, the Philippines, etc are not following this wise evangelical procedure in governing the rules of entry. This is the strict rule of entry into the Catholic Church. That is why the Catholic Church has members who are only the best; the most Charitable, those who truly love God and neighbor. 

2. The Good Shepherd.
     Christ said; 'I am the Good Shepherd.'  Christ alone is the Good Shepherd. The Pope, the bishops and the priests are shepherds only if they are united to the Good Shepherd, Christ, and are commissioned by Christ to be shepherds. In spirituality, therefore, priests, bishops and the Pope must teach exactly the teachings of Christ with no changes. 
      St. Thomas commends; other persons must be one heart and one mind with Christ for them to qualify as other Good Shepherd. Otherwise, they are bad shepherds or thieves. 
      The Church  described this Gospel as Good Shepherd to differentiate it from bad shepherds. And Christ, precisely showed that there are Good Shepherds and there are bad shepherds; so of which thieves. 
       The Good Shepherd is distinguished by the fact that he will lay down his life for the sheep. While the hired hand will run away when the wolf comes;  while the thief is there to steal the sheep. 
       The Good Shepherd will continue to watch over the sheep, keeping the doctrines and moral of the sheepfold intact amidst persecutions, 
        The hired hand watches over the sheep fold but when heresies attack the sheepfold, the hired hand does not defend the fold but abandons it to heretical teachings. 
         The thief steals. Like Pope Francis who is getting the sheeps to join a left leaning philosophy of communism he has learned from being involved in liberation theology which is a communist leaning South American tendency. The catholics are being scattered due to the confusing errors of Pope Francis thus exposing them to be killed by the wolves. The bishops are even more pronouncedly scattered. 

3.My sheep knows me. 
   The sheep knows the voice of the shepherd. Many Catholics know the doctrines the shepherd was teaching before Vatican II. Now, they cannot recognise the voice of Pope Francis. His voice does not sound like the voice of past Popes; definitely it is not like the voice of Christ as heard from Scriptures and the writings of the Fathers. St.Thomas wrote that the voice of the shepherd must be identical to the sound of the voice of Christ as it sounds in Scriptures and the writings of the Fathers. It must be the same doctrines and morals. But it is not. It sounds more like the voice of a bad shepherd, the voice of a thief who wants to steal and kill souls. 

REFINING ONE'S FAITH - The Sundays after Easter.

 1. The weekdays after Easter Sunday.
      The best teacher on how to be with God in Heaven  is the Catholic Church. And she teaches this lesson during the Liturgy of the Mass; starting from Advent and ending on Pentecost. After Pentecost the lessons of the Sundays and Weekdays in ordinary time are detailed explanations of the general plan of salvation taken from Advent to Pentecost.
      Evangelizers are not the best teachers. The best teacher is the Liturgy of the Mass with a good priest that can explain the readings using the interpretation of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church during a well liturgically celebrated Mass. This is God's medium in explaining the Plan of Salvation. 

2. Advent up to the Lenten season describes the 'Life of Repentance' which is the necessary disposition for a soul to received the theological virtue of Faith, a gift from God. Faith can be weak or strong; as weak Faith, it can easily be lost even by a mild storm at sea. So man must aim at a strong Faith, or better still at a perfect Faith. The Sundays and weekdays after Easter teach us how to perfect our Faith. Charity, which is the love of God and neighbour  will not be given to us unless we have perfect Faith. And so we see Christ perfecting the Faith of the apostles after Easter. Almost every weekday and Sunday after Easter are lessons on how to perfect our Faith. 

3. Perfect Faith. 
    Perfect Faith means the following; first, that we know all the dogmatic truths taught by Christ in the New Testament. Second, that we know all the commandments (morals) of Christ in the New Testament. And thirdly, that we know the deeds of Christ while He was on earth. 
     The above are the elements of Faith. Then we must obey or put into practice what we have believed in Faith and this is called Charity. To go to heaven we must have Charity. 

4. The goal and the way to the goal. 
     Hilaire Belloc wrote that to go to a place we must know two things; the address of the house and the road that leads to the house.  Like the house is No. 10 and the road is Dalware street. The same way, in going to heaven we must know our goal which is God. And we must know the way, which is Christ. Now Christ said that He is God like the Father and He is the Way to the Father.
     So we have Christ as our goal and Christ as the way to the goal. And Phillip showed his imperfect Faith by asking Christ; where are you going and which is the way. 
     And Christ perfects the Faith of Phillip by teaching him saying; you have seen Me. I am the goal because I am God and I am the road that leads to God because I am the way. Then Christ corrects Phillip and says; see you know the goal and the way, except you did not know that you already know the goal and  the way. Phillip knew the goal and the way except that this knowledge was not in front of his attention. It was at the back of his mind, in his memory. For some people it could be out of the back of their mind, i.e. they have forgotten it.
       In the act of Faith, all the truths of Faith must be in front of the mind's attention. If it is in the memory or forgotten and out of one's mind, then that is a defect in the Faith. That was what was happening with Phillip. He knew the truths that God was the goal and Christ was the way but it was not in his attention. It was in his memory so that Christ had to recall it to him. 
      The same thing happened to the two disciples in Emmaus. When Christ joined them they could not recognize Him because of their defective Faith. But the information to perfect their Faith was in their minds but it was in the memory and not in their attention. So Christ had to recall to them what Moses and the prophets wrote regarding him which the two disciples already knew but the knowledge of which was in the memory and not in their attention. The moment, with Christ's help, the knowledge they had was taken from their memory and transferred to their attention, then their Faith was perfected. They recognised the Resurrected Christ; this is the reward for those destined to be saved. Those to be condemned never saw the Resurrected Christ. 
      To be saved, we must see the Resurrected Christ with our minds through an act of Faith. He promised; ' I will manifest Myself to you' to those whose Faith is perfected by Christ ......with our cooperation by learning His Dogmas and obeying His Morals. 

5. Crisis in the Church.
    We must have Charity. Though here on earth we can only attain imperfect Charity. Only in heaven can Charity be perfected. Faith must be perfect. But most of us are imperfect in our knowledge of dogma and imperfect in our obedience to the morals taught by Christ. And the reason why the elements of our Faith is imperfect is because our repentance for past sins is not perfect. Before we can perfect our Faith, our life of repentance must be perfect. 
     From the above we can see the state of the Catholic Church. We have no Faith and we have no Charity. Proofs abound. The reason is because we do not have the virtue of Penance that comes with repentance. This is the state of many bishops, priest and following their example, the laymen. 
     Pope Francis's knowledge of dogma is sad. In three different occasion he had declared that there is no hell, that atheist can go to heaven, that all believe the same god. And his obedience to the 6 and 9 commandments is deplorable as seen in his 'Amores laetitia '. And his Charity towards the Franciscans of the Immaculate, the Knights of Malta, to Cardinal Burke,  Zen, Bishop Livieres, the Priestly Fraternity of the Holy Apostles, among the few in the news,  is totally non-existent. He does not have the strong Faith described in the Liturgy of the Weekdays after Easter. Nor the weak Faith described on Holy Week. He seems not to have the virtue of Penance taught on Advent shown in his outburst of anger that had shocked even the Swiss guards at Casa  Martha.

6. Fine tuning the Faith.
    That is five weeks after Easter in which the lessons taught by the Liturgy is on how to fine tune the Faith into perfection. And notice that in the Gospels, it is Christ, Himself, who is fine tuning the Faith of the Apostles. It was Christ who fine tuned the Faith of Thomas, of the two disciples from Emmaus and now on the Faith of Phillip. At the same time, Christ was completing the knowledge of the apostles on how to save one's soul. 
     In the present situation where there is so much confusion on how to save one's soul, aggravated by Pope Francis' 'Gaudate et exultant,' it is a great help that the Liturgy had been repetitiously reminding us on how to save one's soul.

7. How to save one's soul.
    You must go to the Father through Me, the way. You pass through Me by obeying My commands as found in the New Testament. When you obey My commands, I will manifest Myself to you so you will see Me in your minds as man and God. This will not occur until you have both learned My commands and obey My commands. When I have manifested Myself to you as man and God then you will see My Father in Me; and both of Us will abide in you. Now, as Christ said, there will be no condemnation. You are surely saved. 

      And what do we do with what is happening in the world? Pope Francis and his heretical teachings in 'Amores Laetitia' and his 'there is no hell.' How about the possibility of two Popes. How about global warming and the plight of the immigrants. And the million of Chinese Catholics who will become communist when the Vatican forces the underground Catholic Church to submit themselves to the communist regime. 
     Leave the rest to God. At least you have done your part and your soul is safe. What was your part? You have cooperated with Christ when He fine tuned and perfected your Faith in preparing to receive the virtue of Charity.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

THE FOUR VISIBLE SIGNS AND THE FIFTEEN MARKS OF THE TRUE CHURCH.

 1. No religion or sect have a battery of proofs that can show that theirs is the true  religion.....except the Catholic Church. It has common sense proofs, natural proofs, scientific proofs and theological proofs. Some proofs are available only to its members, like the theological virtues. Other proofs are available to the whole world, like the just posted posts on the four visible signs of the true Church as enumerated in the Nicene Creed or in its expanded version in the 15 Marks of the Church by St. Robert Bellarmine. 
      With these visible signs and Marks, all men can know two things; first, if theirs is the true Church and true religion. And secondly, if their church or religion is the wrong one. It works both ways. Remember, that the natural, rational norms are based on man's abilities  to know the true God and the true Religion. 

2. All men are given the power of Natural reasoning
     As such man can make these first natural acts of reasoning that makes up the act of religion. 

     First; that there is a universe made up of stars, sun and moon. And there is nature made up of high mountains, vast seas and great jungles. An intelligent someone must have created all these. No ordinary man could have put up those stars, or planted those jungles nor filled up the oceans. 
     Secondly; this someone would want to communicate with one of his creation, man. Omnipotent and intelligent as he is he can think of ways to communicate with man.  And he  did so.
     Thirdly; but how will he communicate with man when man is man while he is over and above man? Since communication with man is only possible through his sense of sight and hearing, he will either have to write to man or verbally teach man.
     Fourthly; but there is still one problem. Man is man while he is over and above man. Man will not understand him. So what should he do if he is omnipotent and intelligent? He will become man for man to understand him. Thus the mystery of the incarnation.

     Communication is now possible; we have man face to face with man.
    Now, let us stop here.

3. All man can reach this level of human reasoning if they use their reasons in the right way. 
    But man is known through history as having the bad habit of misusing his reason. So most man never reach this level of reasoning. They start going astray even in the first, second and third steps thus few reach the fourth step. 
     Unable to reach the fourth step they completely go awry out of control into paganism. They do not even get a good view of the true Church. 

4. From here we go, not forward, but upward. 
    All those who reach the fourth steps are now ready to go upward to the supernatural level, the New Testament. Knowledge of the New Testament doctrines is called Faith and obedience to these doctrines is called Charity. 
     Most Protestants are not able to reach the fourth step and, therefore, are unable to go upward to the supernatural level. Their religion remains in the natural level. 
     But the same thing have happened to the VaticanChurch. From its original supernatural level during apostolic times, it descended down to the natural level and even lower to the unnatural level, thus the problem of the gay lobby that now rules the Vatican. 

     It is within the supernatural level that the four visible signs and 15 Marks of the true Church develop. If you are in the supernatural level you will have these signs. If you are inside the Catholic Church you are in the supernatural level and you will have these signs. 

5. Let us use these signs as basis for analysis and for a course of action.
    First; let us use these signs to find out if a group is Catholic. These signs can, also, be used to find out how close or how far a group is from the Catholic Church. Then let us take a course of action. 
              For example, the Orthodox church and the Pius X community are still outside the Catholic Church since they lack all the signs of Catholicity but they are nearer the Catholic Church than the VaticanChurch. Their course of action should be..... they should not join or enter the VaticanChurch because that will push them further away from the true Church. 
              Another example; the underground Church in China is not yet inside the Catholic Church as they do not have all the Marks of the true Catholic Church yet.  But they have more signs of the true Church than the Patriotic Church of China,  which does not have any sign at all. And they have more signs that they are closer to the true Church than the VaticanChurch of Rome. So their course of action should be; they should not obey the VaticanChurch by putting themselves under the Patriotic church, both of which do not have any of the signs or Marks of the true Catholic Church. 

6. Next group.
     The religious orders, like the Benedictines, the Augustinians, the Jesuits, etc..... were primarily founded for the salvation of the souls of their members. And they were approved by Rome because they have proven that their spiritualities are basically Evangelical. Rome cannot approve any order for other reasons. If these orders must save the souls of their members, they must be living the Gospel of Christ; they must be Catholics and, therefore, must possess the four visible signs or the 15 Marks of the true Church.
      But they were founded many years ago. And, today, especially after Vatican II, none of these orders are living the spirituality of their founder. They have ceased to live according to the Gospel of Christ due to numerous changes in their lives and none of them have the four or 15 Marks of the true Church......except probably the Cathusians.
       To convince these religious to save their souls according to the teachings of Christ is near impossible. Their reasoning; we are not followers of Christ. We are Jesuits. 

        In the worse state are the ecclesial communities like the Focolare, Opus Dei, Sant'Egidio, etc...who have in fact established themselves as separate entities within the church thus really becoming Protestant within the Catholic church, just like the bishop's conference as propagated by Vatican II which has become national groups with their own heresies. They really believe they are Catholics though most of them, if not all,  do not have a single sign or Mark of Catholicity. The burden of proof being on their side. The reason why they do not have any visible sign or Mark of the true Catholic Church is because all of them have serious heresies they are not conscious of. 'Gaudium et Spes' followed by many of the above is based on a heresy that goes against the teaching of Christ who said; 'friendship with the world is enmity with God.' This includes practically the entire religious and  ecclesial communities. 

7. Our present situation. 
     If we seriously study the four visible signs of the true Church as enumerated in the Nicene Creed and the 15 Marks of the true Church according to St. Bellarmine, it will be noticed that most parishes and dioceses do not have those signs raising up the possibility that these parishes and dioceses are not Catholic.....and probably the bishop and parish priest are not Catholics.
     Of course many parishes and dioceses could be truly Catholic....though I have found none so far. And what course of action should we take? We shall propose it at the end of this post.

     Before we end, let us apply these four visible signs and 15 Marks of the true Church on Pope Francis. It will be noted that he and his VaticanChurch do not have either the four visible signs nor the 15 Marks of the true Church. In fact, he and his VaticanChurch have the opposite signs and Marks of the true Church. And they are all out to suppress all those groups who have the four visible signs and the 15 Marks of the true Church. Pope Francis, not only does not have any of the four visible signs nor the 15 Marks described by  his fellow Jesuit, St. Bellarmine. I repeat, he has the opposite signs and is exerting great efforts to suppress those with the signs and Marks of the Church. That makes him a non-catholic, a pagan and an anti-Catholic person.
     But most importantly, you will note that you, yourself, do not have, neither, the four visible signs nor the 15 Marks of the true Catholic church. Now, that is the biggest problem. So what do we do? Go safely back and study the commands of Christ as enumerated in one Gospel, like St. Matthew. Study the interpretation of those commands from the 'Catena Aurea' of St. Thomas of Aquinas where he collated all the interpretations of the Fathers of the Church. Then go to your room and lock the door, as Christ said. And obey or put them into practice. Inside the room?  Yes. Because the act of Faith that will make you a Catholic is just an act of the mind and the free will. And you have both with you inside the room. With that you will soon be on your way to heaven undisturbed by all the confusions that is drowning the world today.