Friday, June 29, 2018

YOUR GOD IS STUPID. MY GOD IS PERFECT. St. Peter and St. Paul

 1. This is sound Catholic theology. Proof? The Gospel of Friday, 12th Week in Ordinary Time. It is Matthew 8; 5-17. Due to great ignorance of Catholic doctrine, the on going debate  sparked by a presidential comment,  has become  long, repetitious and useless. The Gospel today is the simple argument that the statement in the title above is theologically sound,  aside from being very Catholic. 

2. The Gospel.
     Christ called His apostles and asked them; 'who do people say I am?' The question is clear; Christ was asking His apostles who the people think  Christ is, who is God.The apostles gave answers coming from the ordinary folks in the world who had no malice. And all the answers were wrong. But they were not stupid. They were sensible. Some said Christ was a prophet, etc. Christ did not ask the opinion of the Pharisees or pagans. Their responses would be worse because some Jews believed in Moloch, who was just an idol and, thus, will surely be extremely stupid god. When Christ asked St. Peter, Peter described a perfect God; 'You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.' That was almost a perfect description of God.  
      Here, it is safe to say the theologically sound statement that there are gods that are idols and, therefore, stupid. That there are gods who are fairly intelligent because they are merely humans. And there is a God who is perfect, because He is the Son of man and the Son of the Living God.  This is evident  in the answers of the apostles. 

3. Faith in God.
     Faith is a personal mature human act.
     Each man have his own personal image of God upon which his Faith is based. The image of God will be different from one soul to another depending on the soul's knowledge and Faith. In the Gospel, the image of God in St. Peter is different from the image of God from the ordinary folks. And different from Moloch, the idol of the unfaithful Jews. 
      But each man is obliged, under pain of sin, to have an image of God that is closest to the image of the true God of Divine Revelation. The closer it is to Revelation the more perfect is the image. The further it is from Divine Revelation the more stupid that god will be. 

4. The perfect God of St. Peter. 
     St. Peter answered; 'You are the Messiah (the Son of man) and the Son of the Living God. Objectively, that is the perfect God; there is no one greater than Him that is why He is perfect. 
     But very few can know the perfect God. The Gospel says that before Christ asked them the question 'who am I,' He took them away from the city and the crowd and brought them to a secluded place. There Christ asked them the question.
     St. Thomas of Aquinas wrote that nobody in the city and in the crowd can give the right answer to that question. In fact the answer of the best among the crowd was far from the right answer. To get the right answer one must leave the cities and the crowds and be in solitude and silence. Sort of being a monk or a hermit in a monastery, or better still in the desert. 
     Only when they were in silence and solitude did Christ asked the apostles. And you, who do you say I am? St. Peter answered on behalf of all; 'You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.' That was the perfect God. And our personal Faith must be based on that knowledge. 
     To believe in that perfect God, we must know what is a man as defined by St. Augustine. We must know what is a God as defined by St. Augustine and St. Thomas of Aquinas. And we must know how a God could have become a man. 
     Only God can teach this and He teaches this only to those who are silent, living in solitude and listening. God never talks to noisy people in the cities and in the crowd. That is why the Gospel says; Christ took away His disciples away from the Pharisees and the crowd. 
     And the Gospel describes how St. Peter recognised the perfect God. 'No man has taught you but My Father in Heaven.' Only God the Father can teach who is the perfect God.' It is not learned in the seminary nor in theological schools. 

5. People in cities and amidst the crowd. 
     We all live in the city and amidst the crowd that is devoid of Faith. Christ foretold this.  Without this theological virtue of Faith, our image of God will surely be erroneous. Imagine how many gods are worshipped in the world today. Just among the Christians we probably have more than 30,000 different images of Christ preached by both Protestants and Catholics living in the cities. Because these are not the perfect god, the object of Faith, then they are, necessarily, the stupid gods. 

6. The stupid gods     
      Some, like the Aztecs, believe that anacondas are gods or that cows as gods. Those were really  stupid gods; others believe that trees are gods. Similarly quite a stupid god. Some used to believe that Jupiter, Venus, etc were gods. They were stupid in that they were mere idols and what can be more stupid. Some gods require human sacrifices, which is stupid. 
     
7. The god of Pope Francis, Bishop Villegas and Bishop David. 
     Their god is not my god. Who is my god? The perfect God.  He  is the god preached by Christ in Divine Revelation, explained by the Fathers of the Church, especially by St. Augustine and St. Thomas of Aquinas. The Blessed Trinity of the Catholic Church. 
     The god of Pope Francis and the Francisbishops Villegas and David and most of the Philippine Bishops is not my god. He is a man-made god produced in Argentina and inspired by Kasper of Germany. Proof? This god of Pope Francis and the Francisbishops is this; he creates Adam and Eve, a man and a woman, then tells Adam he can marry a man and that Eve can marry a woman.  So why make man different from woman  when they can have same sex marriage. He instituted the sacrament of Matrimony, then encourages couples to abandon their families, remarry and sacrilegiously receive Holy Communion. 'Must be a dumb god.
      Francis' god gave laws to be observed. Then abolishes hell. So those who violate the law will be with those who obey the law. Would a saint enjoy heaven if he were surrounded by rapist, sodomites and baby murderers? Must be a stupid god. 
       Their god starts a religion, sents His Son to become man and die on the cross to show man how to go to heaven, Then their god tells everyone that they can go to heaven anyway even if they belong to any other religion. His son became man, suffered to teach man how to enter His Church, then declares man can be saved in any religion of their choice. Very stupid planning by a god, indeed.

8. The god of Pope Francis and the Francis bishops David and Villegas and the majority around the world, is, indeed, a stupid god. While my God who is, also,  the God of St. Peter, Augustine, Thomas of Aquinas and the God of Divine Revelation is a perfect God. He created man and woman and commands them to stay as they are. He instituted a Church and decreed only those inside His Church can be saved. He gave commands and obliged all men to obey them under pain of condemnation. Now, that sounds like a true God. 
      9. President Duterte's god.
    The President described a stupid god. Definitely, that was not the real true God of the Catholic Church because this God is not stupid. The president described him as a perfect God. Which could be the true God of Divine Revelation of St. Peter. The stupid god could be another god which he connected with a misinterpretation of creation which is expected of him since he is a mere layman. 
     Then he described his perfect God, which could be the true God.  And he is right, if his God is a perfect God then it could be the true God of Divine Revelation. And his God is closer to the true God than the god of Pope Francis and his bishops whose god could be gay. 

10.  Conclusion.
      Those who criticised the President are all living in the world, unlike the apostles who believed in the perfect God were out of the cities and the away from the crowd. The bishops, the politicians, the social writers, etc....all ranting with false pretences of piety were in the cities and amidst the crowd. St. Thomas believes they could not get the true image of the perfect God directly from God the Father because they were not monks nor hermits living in solitude and silence. 
     Probably the President could have gotten his concept of a perfect God from the Benedictine monks in San Beda. Probably His mis -interpretation of creation could have come from the Jesuits from Ateneo, known for backing family planning in congress. 
     But he was right. There is a stupid god, like all the idols. And there is a perfect God. Instead of focusing on the President, let us all find out who is our god.......in silence and solitude.....away from the cities and the crowd..............and listen to the Father in heaven. 'No man has taught you this but My Father in Heaven.'

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

WHO AM I TO JUDGE? MONDAY on the 12th Week in Ordinary Time.

 1. The Liturgy in Ordinary time.
     Jesus Christ taught His apostles the complete course on how to attain everlasting life. This complete course was given by Christ, during His public life, to the apostles. This same complete course is given, again in summary form,  by Holy Mother the Church to the world starting from the season of Advent up to Pentecost. This is taught in the Liturgy in a general way during the Sunday Mass. More specific explanations of the summary is given during the weekday Mass in Ordinary time. 
     During Advent, the first step towards everlasting life, is taught with the 'repentance' of John the Baptist. This is the Old Testament repentance which John, himself, reminds us cannot forgive sins. It is the repentance of the New Testament taught by Christ that will forgive sins, John preached. 
     After the Liturgy have explained the summary of the way to everlasting life starting from the Old Testament up to the New Testament, from Advent to Pentecost, the Liturgy resumes during the so called Sundays in Ordinary time,  to explain, in detail, repentance (starting with the New Testament), presuming that the listener, like the apostles, have finished their Old Testament repentance. 
    In Ordinary time, the Liturgy explains from the beginning the steps towards everlasting life, but it begins with the repentance of the New Testament. The Sundays in ordinary time skips the repentance of the Old Testament, presuming that we have accomplished it already. If we have not done it yet, then we cannot proceed to the repentance of the New Testament that forgives sins. Our sins are not yet forgiven. 

2. Old vs. New Testament Repentance.
     There are three elements that make up repentance. Without one  there can never be true repentance. These three elements are Prayer,  Fasting and Good works. St. Augustine reminds us that prayer is the most important of the three. Prayer is like the body of a pigeon. Good works and fasting are like the wings of a dove.
     The greater the wings (fasting and good works) the easier for one's prayers to reach and be answered by God. 
     And so the Gospels during the Ordinary week begins with repentance, i.e. on prayer, fasting and good works. But the Gospels immediately state that no longer must these be as in the Old Testament where the emphasis was on the physical;  prayer was praying with the tongue, fasting is the giving up of certain food and good works is feeding the poor with food. 
     In the New Testament, it must all be spiritual. Prayer is the raising of one's spiritual faculties of mind and free will to God. Fasting is controlling of the five senses that feeds the mind and heart; and Good works is instructing the ignorant with the Words of God. 
     The Gospel during the Ordinary weekdays begun with a detailed description on how to pray, fast and do good Works. Then the Gospel begun to concentrate, at length, on Prayer, especially the 'Our Father.' And the weekday Gospels on the 12th week begun to focus on 'and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.'  Here is where Pope Francis and most of the bishops went wrong. These Catholic Pope and bishops went against the teaching of Christ as shown in the 'Our Father.' 

3. Pope Francis' famous 'who am I to judge. '
    It shows Pope Francis does not know the meaning of the words of the 'Our Father.' Maybe that is the reason he is insisting on changing some of its words; because he cannot understand it. Why not? The 'Our Father' is using simple language and it is already translated into the vernacular. How come he cannot understand it? Because, while the words can easily be understood, the deeper mystical meaning is only known to those with Faith. Which many have noticed Pope Francis and many bishops do not have through nobody's fault but their own.
     Let us see the official interpretation from Tradition of this part of the 'Our Father.' And we shall see that Pope Francis'  'who am I to judge' goes against the teaching of Christ in the Our Father.
     Christ commanded us to judge all things to see whether it is of God or not. He commanded us not to judge others rashly. 
     God gave us an intellect, precisely, to judge all things. Man cannot act unless he first makes a judgment. 'Not to judge' is to cease acting like a human being. 
     But Christ, also, commanded man 'not to judge rashly.' 'Rashly,' is the qualifying word. And this is explained in the 'Our Father.' St. Paul judged the Corinthians of uncleanness. St. Peter judged Ananias and Sapphire of falsehood. But neither judged rashly.
     Judge with a good will, St. Thomas of Aquinas wrote; not to show righteousness nor base judgment on mere suspicion alone (as in the case of the Filipino bishop Villegas  vs Duterte) judging the President as complicit in the death of a priest without due process nor proofs.  Just pursuing private judgement under the pretence of piety.
     Judge but do not be a bitter judge, St. Thomas continues. Correct, indeed, but not to as an enemy seeking revenge but as a physician applying a remedy. 

4. 'Forgive us our trespass as we forgive those who trespass against us.'
     To go to heaven, we must first have perfect Faith. With this  Faith, God will give us the theological virtue of Charity that will make our Faith alive, thus perfect Faith. Faith without Charity is dead, thus it is not perfect because it has no Charity. Faith without Charity cannot bring us to heaven. So to go to heaven we must have perfect Faith with some degree of Charity, which consist in forgiving one's enemies. 
     Perfect Faith is an act of judgment, i.e we must know with our minds that Christ is Man and God. We can only know Christ as God to a certain extend, depending on how much grace is given us. 
     Charity can never be perfected here on earth; only in heaven, But to be saved we must have a certain degree of Charity. And the Gospels in Ordinary time tell us how much Charity is needed for salvation; we must have charity, at least, to the extend  that we can forgive our enemies. Christ said, not only must we rejoice in their good blessings, we must be sorrowful in their sorrows. And we must even go one step further; like Christ we must pray for them; that God forgives their sins. So to be saved we must have perfect Faith and some degree of Charity in that we forgive our enemies as to pray for them, as Christ prayed for them 'Father, forgive them for they know not what they do'. We can only say that prayer if we have, first, forgiven our enemies. 
     Note that the above first steps on perfecting our Faith requires judging on a lot of truths. Which we cannot do if we have the attitude 'who are we to judge.'
     Let us now expand on the three degree of forgiveness of one's enemies.

5. Three levels in forgiving others. 
     Let us first look, in general,  at the words of the 'Our Father' which states; 'forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.' There are three things we must consider here. First, Christ said that He will only forgive us our sins if we forgive those who sins against us. So the three levels in forgiving others is important,
     Second, we must know our sins which we want forgiven. Third, we must know the sins of our neighbour which we must forgive. The three level of forgiveness refer to this third level. 
    The three acts just mentioned above are acts of judging.  God will judge us guilty if we do not judge ourselves for not judging and forgiving our enemies.  If we obey Pope Francis, we will not judge the gays, we cannot judge ourselves as having judged and forgiven the gays. And as a consequence God will not forgive us our sins. We go to hell with Pope Francis. 
    To make the three above judgments correctly, we must know the commandments of Christ as enumerated in the New Testament; because sin is defined as 'disobedience' to the commands of Christ. I can only know my sins if I know what commands of Christ I have disobeyed. And I can only know the sins of my neighbour if I know the commandments of Christ my neighbour have disobeyed. Then and only then can I forgive my neighbours for having disobeyed the commands of Christ. If there is ignorance of the commands of Christ as Pope Francis and majority of the bishops show, we will not be able to obey this particular command of Christ as mentioned in the 'Our Father.'

   To say this portion of the 'Our Father' sincerely, I must judge what Christ said, He said  say 'forgive me my sins as I forgive those who sinned against me.' I must judge myself as having sinned against God (as sin is properly defined). I must judge my neighbour as having sinned against God and against me. And I must make the judgment that God will not forgive me unless I, first, forgive those who sinned against me.
     That is a lot of judging which Pope Francis forbids, the result of which will prevent me from forgiving my neighbour. 

6. Let us go deeper. 
    St.Thomas describes three levels of forgiving others. First, these are the least enemies. These are those who have hurt us by doing something indifferent. These are actions that can be done with good or evil intention. And usually, in this case,   it is impossible for us to know the true motive of the act. Here we must rather chose not to judge them as having done something wrong and, therefore, they are not our enemy. No, we cannot judge them as having done something wrong and they are not our enemies; therefore, there is nothing to forgive. Here, most of the US bishops together with Chaput, whom I use to admire, made a big mistake and went against this petition of the 'Our Father.' They accused Donald Trump as doing some wrong in preventing migrants from entering. 
     Let us judge the action of Donald Trump; subjectively, his intention is political, i.e. the common group of the Americans. And that is good even before the eyes of God. Objectively, his action is morally sound because, without knowing it,  it is in accordance  with the proper order in the observance of the theological virtue of Charity.  Based on the theological virtue of Charity,  Trump's action on the migrants is correct; Catholic wise, most of the US bishops together with Chaput, are morally wrong. To make matters worse, they cannot forgive Donald Trump for doing the right moral act, i.e. observing the Catholic teaching on Charity. Proof? They have not apologized. They have not behaved like good Catholic bishops. 
     The Filipino bishops are worse. They judged and condemned the administration in the killing of a priests without any proof. Even when it was proven that the killing was done by a sect the priest was refuting very effectively, they still refuse to apologise to the administration. This is a refusal to forgive an administration who has done nothing wrong. These bishops are not acting like Christians. They should stop reciting the 'Our Father.' If you are obliged to forgive those who have sinned against you, how much more should you forgive and apologise to those who have done nothing wrong, whom you have accused unjustly.  

     Secondly. If we are certain that the motive is  sinful, find out first if we are greater sinners, accept the fact then judge and condemn the other but with great charity and kindness. Judge in a way that will  serve the Lord's purpose, St. Thomas wrote. ' My sins are always before me (Ps. 50).'     
     Thirdly. If the act is objectively evil, like adultery and sodomy, judge and condemn but keep your own sins before your mind to remind you to be charitable in correcting.  
     There are  actions that cannot  be done with good purpose, like adultery, blasphemies and sodomy...judge and condemn; then forgive as Christ forgave on the cross.  Do it with Charity to save our neighbour. This is the highest level of forgiveness. And St. Thomas adds; and pray for them. 
     Pope Francis must forgive the atheist, the adulterers, the gays, the pedophiles, the wayward priests, the communist, the pagans, Catholics who are unfaithful to their religion, the Jews, etc. Instead he entertains them and encourage them in their sins. Forgive them their sins; not encourage them in their sins. Pope Francis, as Christ, Himself said, will never have his past sins forgiven. Christ said so in the 'Our Father. 

7. Forgiveness is a supernatural virtue.
    Nobody can do it right without the grace of God. No wonder nobody is doing it right, neither Pope Francis nor most of the bishops. Definitely not one of the different Christian sect nor any of the non-christian religion.  How come? Because forgiveness is an act of love of neighbour. It is an overflowing from the love of God. Both love is absent to those who do not have perfect Faith. After all the 'Our Father' is a prayer of Faith. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

CATHOLIC SEMINARIES are graduating PROTESTANT MINISTERS.

1. Its funny. But no one is laughing. 
     Heads of states, like presidents, are doing very Catholic things.
     And the Bishops are going against the president's pro-Catholic deeds. Like the US bishop's latest spring conference supporting Pope Francis' wrong concept of hospitality. A US bishops even described their stand as an act of Charity and repeated that theological virtue several times; but defining it wrongly. 
     Remember Pope Benedict's 'Deus Caritas Est.' This encyclical was directed to bishops who got the concept of Charity all wrong. Why are the bishops and many priests so ignorant of Catholic teachings? 
     When Pope Francis described Trump as not Christian, the Pope was acting like a non-Christian while Trump was more Christian than the Pope. Even Putin thought Pope Francis was not a good Christian. John of Arc would have gotten more justice from Russia than from the Catholic cardinals, bishops and theologians of France. 

2. Pope John Paul II and the Philippine bishops. 
     When Pope John Paul II addressed the Filipino bishops at Radio Veritas in Fairview, he instructed them to revise the curriculum of the seminaries. Why should he command such a tedious task? He noticed that the graduates of seminaries do not have Faith; therefore, cannot bring souls into the Catholic Church. And neither are they able to enter the Catholic Church. Revamping the entire seminary curriculum was a tall order. But it seems the command was given to the bishop's conference. The Commission on Seminaries was assigned to do the job. They were supposed to come out with a curriculum within 10 years. Remember, this involves all the seminaries in the country.

     
3. The easy way out.
    The easiest thing to do was to copy an existing curriculum. Considering the number of seminaries all around the world, there must be one good curriculum that can be copied for use in the Philippines. 
     So they contacted many seminaries. The commission knew that since the Catholic Church is 2000 years old, there must be a curriculum for the training of candidates for the priesthood. Of course, it turned out that the way seminarians are trained for the priesthood is identical to the way all souls are saved. In other words, seminarians are trained on how souls are saved and told to put it into practice to deepen their knowledge. Then, having learned their lessons well, they can go out to all the world and teach it to others; this is called evangelisation. 
     Simple. Evangelize the seminarians so they can evangelise others. This curriculum is found in St. Matthew and elaborated by the Fathers of the Church especially in the Rules of St. Benedict, but more completely in the Rule of St. Basil. 
     It is further explained very well in the Liturgy of the Mass. So the commission looked for a curriculum that would look exactly the way seminarians were trained in the early Church.
     Guess what? After inquiring from many seminaries around the world, they could not find a curriculum that is like the way seminarians were trained in the early Church. All existing curricula were modernised and had no semblance whatsoever with the old way. No modern curriculum could prove that it works; that it can save souls or bring souls inside the Church. 
     The inquiries were made from seminaries from Rome, from the US, from Europe, from secular institutes, diocesan seminaries, theological schools, etc.... No seminary was using the curriculum based on Scriptures, the Fathers and the Liturgy. 

4. A last resort.
    The commission went to the Congregation of Religious Education whose head was a Filipino cardinal. He was asked; 'does your congregation have a curriculum for seminaries? The answer was; 'we are still working on it.' What? All these 2000 years and the Catholic Church does not have a curriculum for seminaries for the training of priests? Well, it couldn't be. Surely, there was. But everybody seems to have forgotten how it looked like. 
     While the commission begun work on the new curriculum, the seminaries continued to produce priests using a defective program that does not save souls nor bring souls into the Catholic Church. The seminaries continued to produce priests that were ignorant of Catholic doctrines. By now, most seminarians are priests. bishops and cardinals. Maybe some are candidates for the papacy. Considering their ignorance of the Catholic  Faith they will surely end up as anti-popes.

5. One week before the deadline. 
     After scouting in many seminaries around the world, the commission resorted to Google, Yahoo and Bing. None was available. So the heads of seminaries and the commission continued to meet and discuss until one week before the deadline set by Pope John Paul II. The Bishop's conference would meet in the mountain city of Tagaytay to chose among the several man-made proposals already in use, within one week. The proposals submitted so far were man-made curricula made only recently.  
     
6. Observation
     It was evident that as early as the 17th Century, the curriculum in the seminary for the training of priests was already defective because the reforms of the Council of Trent that was meant to correct the heresies during that time were not properly implemented. This is highly noticed in the diminishing of saints listed each century in Church history. In fact, the only seminary that seems to be producing good priests was St. Sulpice. And that seminary was, in fact, known for this because this seminary tried to revive the old, original way of training priests as done in the early Church. 
     After the 17th century, all seminaries were tainted with the heresies the Council of Trent was trying to correct. Poor implementation of Trent did not prevent the heresies from spreading. These heresies spread as the world was colonised by the heresy tainted European colonisers. 
     Just as St. Jerome awoke one day surprised that the world had become Arian, when Pius IX awoke one day he was surprised that the world was enmeshed in the heresy of Modernism. 

     Evidently, since the era of Pope Pius IX, all seminary curriculum were defective shown in the pervasiveness of the heresy of 'modernism' which, of course was promoted and enhanced by the French Revolution. The defect in the curriculum, having become Protestant due to the changes in Church teachings, was never corrected.

     St. John Chrysostom wrote; to analyze the state of the Catholic Church, just analyse one Diocese or one parish; or better still analyse just one monastery. This is a general rule. Of course, it can happen that the Church is in good order while the monastery is in bad order. But if the analysis is honest and well intent, i.e. for salvific reason, then God will point a monastery, a parish or a Diocese that will reflect the state of the Church. 
     Now, if we analyse the state of the seminary in the entire Country, it is certainly reflective of the state of the Church in the whole world. 

     From the time Pope John Paul II gave the instruction up to the present, most of the seminarians are already priests, monsignors, bishops and candidates to the Papacy. And all of them had been badly instructed. A deeper analysis on what went wrong in the Philippines is this; the Catholic Faith was not taught correctly or was not given complete, i.e. to reach perfect Faith that brings us inside the Catholic Church was not taught. And the degree of Charity required to enter heaven was, also, not taught. So, in effect,  the seminarians and later on their parishioner were not taught how to enter the Catholic Church and how to save their souls. A conversational testing of both will show this state of affairs. 

7. A rushed curriculum.
    One week before the deadline, a team rushed a curriculum basing it on what was in the documents of the Church. It was based on the formula on evangelisation from St. Matthew, as interpreted by the Father and exemplified in the Basiliades of St. Basil (in which the idea of the European Union was patterned after) and as presented, step by step and in great detail in the Liturgy. It was very convincing. If this was the way the early Church was established, it must be the same way it can be re-established today. 
     On the first day of the Bishop's conference, they favoured and approved the rushed curriculum. That must have been five years ago. And they have not yet implemented the approved curriculum. A defective curriculum in the training of priest have caused the lost of the Catholic faith in the Philippines. That is what, also, happened in Ireland and the entire Europe. And most especially in the Vatican's seminaries, like Sant'Anselmo that has become the hotbed of Liturgical heresies. Teachers from here Protestantized the Catholic Liturgy in the Philippines. 
     

8. What is the problem?
     At first, the problem seems to be something deeper; in that the teachers in the seminaries were not teaching properly. There is a way of teaching theology which is totally different from the way natural sciences are taught.
     Secondly, it was thought that the way the seminarians were studying was wrong. There is a way of studying theology that is very different from studying the natural sciences. 
       It turned out that the problem was INDOLENCE. Everybody was interested more in NBA scores, current political events, National Geographic videos, and the like. They were not interested in the Word of God. The very few who turned out to be good priests became so through self study. Pope Benedict became a brilliant theologian not because he stayed at Tubingen. It was through self study of the Fathers. 
        Indolence was evident in the lack of interest in the things of God. There is no solution to this. And so, there is nothing else that can be said; we just have to suffer the chastisement due to such souls. No prophet shall be sent to them to tell them the Will of God.  Because they are not interested in God's Will; only in doing their own will and imposing it on others, the perfect formula for perdition. 
        The curriculum in the seminaries of the entire nation is still the same defective curriculum that cannot teach the way inside the Catholic Church and the way to heaven. And the bishops today are the products of this same curriculum. What if one of them become a Pope? 

9. In an era of great mass communication where great knowledge is in the power of the fingertips, to be ignorant on the matters of Faith is excusable  because knowledge pertaining to matters of Faith needs the grace of God. It is not available to all man.  The supernatural and theological virtue of Faith is needed to know and practice the Catholic Faith. And to have Faith we need grace.
     Then why the great ignorance in the world?  Because the teachers of the Faith, the priests, bishops and the Pope,  have no Faith. They could not learn nor practice the teachings of Christ, the Word of God. They did not attain this knowledge and wisdom in the seminary. Because the seminary ceased to be school of the Lord's service as St.Benedict described it. They have become schools for Protestant pastors. 
     Protestant pastors? In Chile, it is reported that tutors in the seminary tell seminarians to bath in the pool naked and encouraged to touch each other. I thought I heard everything. 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The PROTESTANTINATION OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH - HERMENEUTICS OF DISCONTINUITY.

 1. 'Change' is in the nature of 'fallen man.'
     Man, always, wants 'change.' He cannot stick to one thing. It is always a 'change' from something to what a person wants or what a person wills.  'Change' is an act of the free-will by which a person chose what is according to his desires.  It is an act of the appetitive faculty; not of the cognitive or discursive faculty of man. 
     Man always make changes from what is to something that satisfies his bodily appetites. This 'change' comes from the free-will and not from the intellect. The choice is made without any valid reason, except in that it is what is desired.
     The whole story of man's fall is because man chose what he wanted instead of God's Will, without thinking of the consequences of his actions; in that he will 'die the death.'
     St. Paul had complained about man's power to make 'changes.' He said that many times he thinks of doing the right thing, but finds himself doing the wrong thing or something different from what he intended to do. 
     St. Paul was just discovering the different functions of the mind and the free-will. Indeed, these are two separate faculties of the soul and can act opposite to one another. This is the consequence, precisely, of original sin; the reason why man loves to change things without any logical reason. 
     So from the beginning of creation we find these two faculties opposing one another. We find the mind aiming at going to heaven and the free-will unknowingly going to hell. We say 'unknowing' because the will is often unaccompanied by reason. 

2. The role of asceticism in the spiritual life. 
     The purpose of asceticism in the spiritual life is to discipline the free-will and make it conform to the mind, after making the mind conform itself to the Mind of Christ. Thus the free-will, in effect, does not work on its own, but conforms itself to the Mind of God.
     So, first, the monk will conform his mind to the mind of Christ, as learned from the New Testament.  But, then,  he will find out that his free-will refuses to conform to his own mind that has conformed to the Mind of Christ.
       So there is unity between the minds of Christ and the monk, but the free-will  continues to refuse to conform to the mind of the monk. This is the great struggle in the spiritual life. If the free-will refuses to conform to the mind of the monk that is conformed to the mind of Christ, then the monk has becomes a Protestant. This is what happened to the monks Arius and Pelagius who started the Arian and Pelagian heresies. 
     Essentially, therefore, what we see is the free-will acting independently from the intellectual faculty of man. It is impossible to reason with such a person. 

3. The origin of Protestantism.
     Protestantism comes from the fact that the free-will keeps on protesting against the mind, and, most often, taking completely a different direction from the mind. 
     Politicians know this and uses this knowledge of fallen nature  to win votes by campaigning for 'CHANGE.' Whenever politicians campaign for 'change', they know that the voters are dumb, i.e. not using their intellect, and using only their appetitive faculty. 
     In the US, a presidential candidate won the presidency twice on the platform of 'change.' Though he never said change from what to what. And he won a second time still proposing 'change' . The candidate was working on the fact that most men act by using the appetitive faculty rather than the cognitive faculty; i.e. people vote depending on what they want rather than in analysing the goodness or truthfulness of the platform.

4. Fickleness of the appetitive faculty. 
    The fickleness of Adam and Eve in choosing the forbidden fruit from the thousands of other fruits,  of the Jews on what to eat during their sojourn in the desert,  was their undoing. Man, always, wants a 'change,' of food, ..etc..of everything. 
     The make-up of ladies is even a more striking example. Imagine the hundred different colours, shades, eyelashes, foundations, eye liner they use to change the face that God had given them. Everybody want to change what God had given them. The Jews wanted to change the manna and quails God fed them with and return to their former slavery just to change their menu. 
     Note how many change their religions and sect just to satisfy their desire for change. God instituted only one religion and have commanded man not to change anything in it under pain of condemnation. But the devil establish a million sects, so fallen man can chose what he likes (free-will) rather than  the true one (intellect). 

5. The tendency to change within the Church.
    So expect men to change church or things within the Church. Expect it every second from the beginning up to the end of time. And this is what happened within the Catholic Church. Let us see this in the different group within the Church.

    A. The wheat; those within the Church itself.
     Within the true Church itself, there has been absolutely no attempt to make any changes. These are souls whose minds and free-wills are enlightened by the grace of God.
     Their effort had been to be faithful to the truths and teachings given to them from the very beginning; and, also, to remove any heresy that tend to change anything in Divine Revelation. This is the wheat of the Gospel. Absolutely no changes whatsoever. No fallen nature here.
     This is the true Church and the only hope for the world. But today nobody can find this Church. It is not in the Vatican; not in diocese or parishes, etc. Why? Because of the continuous changes taking place.  Most people have forgotten how the original Catholic Church looks like. 
     Just note the continuous changes taking place in every Mass. No two Masses are identical. 

    B. The cockle.
     Attempts to change the Church started with the monks, priests and bishops; these are the stewards of the vineyard. Those who were commissioned to preserve everything were the ones who changed everything. 
     The cockle initiated the attempts to change the Church. They take their orders from the devil, the only one who want to change the Church to prevent the goal of the Church, the salvation of souls. The devil and the cockles he planted were out to change the Church so that it cannot save souls. The Gospel says, they were planted by Satan, himself. The cockles aim at changing the very essence of Divine Revelation.
      They look like docile seminarians but turn to full cockles after ordination. These are priests and bishops who turn out to be cockles. Their names can be seen in all ecumenical councils as attempting to change the dogmas and moral of the Catholic Church but without success due to the firmness of the holy bishops and the leadership of  holy Popes. 
     From the beginning they tried to change the very nature of God, forgetting that God is immutable; a very dangerous change. 
     History has it that many cardinals and bishops, dissatisfied with the duly elected Pope, held their own conclaves and elected their own anti-pope thus attempting a change in the Papacy. There were more than 40 successful attempts. They never said why there was a need to change except the fact that they did not like the elected one. Pure appetitive without any valid reason. 
    
     When these cardinals and bishops who raised demands for changes were refuted, they returned to their dioceses with their desired changes and contaminated their entire dioceses to become Protestants. The gradual corruption of the Catholic Church have begun.
         
     C. The religious orders.
     The religious orders were communities where men and women enter to save their souls. There is no other way of saving one's soul except the way of the Gospel.
     So when the Vatican approved these orders, it is because their spirituality was identical with the Gospel. The members of the orders are not going to save their souls in any other way, the Benedictine way, or Dominican way, or Jesuit way. There is only one way of saving one's soul, Christ's way as described in the Gospel. Essentially, the spirituality of all the religious orders are identical to the spirituality of the Gospel.
     But those provincial chapters became the agents of 'change.' Not only did they change the spirituality of the orders away from being identical to the Gospel, they even changed it to differ from the original spirit of their founders. That was a double change. 
    Today, no religious order have a spirituality akin to their primitive spirit; nor akin to the evangelical spirituality. None at all.
They have been changed beyond recognition. The Jesuits are neither Evangelical nor Ignatian. The Dominicans are neither Evangelical nor Agustinian.
       In effect, these orders had become Protestants when  they have discontinued being evangelical while staying within the Church. Nobody noticed the discontinuity but the 'Unity' that is the mark of the true Catholic Church no longer exist among the Benedictines, Jesuits, Dominicans, Franciscans, etc. As Catholics, they are supposed to be One.....not ten different sects. Yet they had become ten different Protestant sects within the Church.

     D. The secular communities.
          The Opus Dei, the Foccolare, Sant'Egidio, Neo-catechumenate, etc....are canonically secular groups who were founded by priests and laymen but never perfected their theological virtue of Faith. While the training in seminaries are defective, this secular group's training is even more incomplete. They never had the four visible signs of the Catholic Church described in the Nicene Creed. 
           If the test of Catholicity, like the 15 Marks of the true Church by St. Bellarmine is applied on them, they will not pass as true Catholics. Most would rather qualify as  a Protestant sect within the Church. 
            With the hermeneutics of discontinuity, Catholics,  after Vatican II, can be described as Protestants because their true Church ceased to exist; somebody discontinued it. 

6. The volcanic pressure increases and it exploded during Vatican II.  
     Those desirous of changes were inactive from the Papacy of Pius IX up to Pius XII. But they just went underground waiting for the right opportunity. The desire to change had accumulated in that this time they wanted to change the whole Catholic Church. They wanted an entirely new church. But that was impossible unless they are able to take over a whole ecumenical council and have one of their number as Pope. That move was made as early as the time of Pius IX, and the Pope knew it that time. And he made provisions to prevent that move and he succeeded. 
     During Vatican II, all those who wanted changes saw their chance. They were not united in desiring the same changes. They were united in just getting rid of the old Church established by Christ on the apostles and starting a new church. It did not matter how the new church look like as long as the old church was abandoned. 
     Though they did not love the old church, they still insisted in remaining in it and create a new church within the old church. It is exactly like before; leave the old church spiritually but remain in it physically. 

     Today, we see the same bishops and cardinals, still dressed as Catholic bishops and cardinals, sitting in their dioceses, but they are really Protestants. We see Dominicans not believing in the Holy Eucharist but still dressed and called Dominicans. We see Jesuits promoting LGBT but still have SJ after their names. We see schools of theology adapting the hermeneutics of discontinuity but still refer to themselves as Catholics. 
     And we have Pope Francis who have declared that the old Catholic church is gone and a new Church made by man exist. And he had made all arrangements in the Curia that there will never be a return from the new man-made church back to the old Church established by Christ and the apostles. And  he looks forward to Cardinal Tagle to succeed as Pope who will make sure that this return to the old traditional Catholic Church becomes impossible. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Battle between GOOD and EVIL - - The 'Common Good.'

 1. The battle between 'Good' and Evil.
      There is an unending battle between evil and 'good'. The evil ones are constantly attacking the 'good. '  While the 'good' tries to convert the evil, which can be easily construed as battling the evil. But, here, the word 'battle' have opposite meanings. While the evil  does evil towards the good.' The 'good' tries to do good towards  the evil. 
     To understand what is going on in the world today, we must reduce everything to this foundational battle between evil and 'good;' for that is precisely what is going on. Everything is a battle between the forces of evil against the forces of 'good;' with the evil doing evil and forcing others to do evil. While the good trying to convert the evil by being good and doing good towards others without forcing them. Evidently if the evil wins, the world will be more miserable as it is now. If the good wins the world will be much better place to live in. And we can probably stop blaming global warming for our miseries, because misery is because one is evil; while happiness is because one is good.   
     Evil and good cannot exist together. They exclude each other, they repel each other. Good expresses a reality, evil expresses  an absence. So a reality and the absence of a reality cannot exist together because they are opposing realities. 

2. Two levels in the battle.
    This battle is being fought in many levels. But let us just look at two levels, the spiritual and the natural levels. 
     A. The spiritual level. 
          The battle in this level is being fought by those who live lives in the spiritual or supernatural levels, mainly those with the theological and supernatural virtue of Faith or better still those who have the theological virtue of Charity. These are the 'good.' The evil remains in the natural or unnatural level. There really is no fight. But the evil are so dumb they will insist on provoking a fight. Here, the 'good' will simply disregard them.
          But very few, even among bishops, are conscious of this battle. The saints, unaffected by it, are participants on the side of good.  It is those who are not yet saints who are involved in it, for better or for worse.      
          B. The natural level.
          All the battles in the whole world are being fought in this level, the evil going against those aiming at Faith or are in the beginnings of Faith but whose Faith is still weak or small. 
          To win the battle the 'good' must have, at least, perfect Faith; better still Faith enlivened by Charity. But with imperfect Faith, though they have begun being in the supernatural level, they are very much, still, in the natural level ascetically speaking. 
          The aim of the evil one is to prevent souls from reaching Faith; or if their Faith is weak, for them to lose it since weak Faith can easily be lost. The aim of evil is to send others to hell; while the aim of the good is to send others to heaven. This is the natural  battle going on. 

3. Analyzing evil and 'good.' 

    Analysis of the spiritual level is not available to all but only to a few, like the contemplatives, the Faithful and the saints. Today  this is not available to most priests, bishops and not even to Pope Francis. 
    Analysis of the natural battle is available to all. It is The 'common good'  vs  evil.
     And simply said, the evil is constantly going against the common 'good' because it is good. While the good tries to convert the evil because the good is good. By their very nature they have to act that way. 

4. The nature and constitution of the common good. 
     The concept on the 'common good' is based on the social teaching of the Catholic church which nobody reads. It is part of the Church's teaching on justice, property and peace in conformity with Divine Wisdom. 
     It is about helping individual citizens in their need and co- operating with all to secure the prosperity of the state. Pius XI wrote; If these precepts were religiously and inviolably observed in private life and public affairs, nothing else would be required to secure mankind that 'peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ' which the world so ardently longs for. 
     This 'peace' cannot be attained by men nor the UN. It is exclusively  a gift from God for those who have the theological virtue of Faith. 

5. The goal of all men - the 'common good.'
     It has been imprinted in the souls of all man by the true God that all men seek the common good and avoid all evil; no man can feign ignorance because it is imprinted in him. 
     The supreme, common spiritual 'good' is possession of the eternal God and eternal life with Him in heaven. This 'good' is not available to all but to a chosen few and under very stringent conditions. 
     To attain this supernatural 'good,' man must, first, aim at the natural common 'good' which is attainable for all men, before God can raise man to the supernatural good. 
     Remember, 'good' has a reality character. Evil has no reality character because it is merely the absence of 'good.' Thus 'good' can be a goal or an end; while 'evil' cannot be a goal  but merely a contrary to what is 'good.'

6. Some 'good' common to all men.
    Imprinted in the hearts of all men as common 'good' is the preservation of being or the preservation of life. If God gave man being or life, He would want all men to preserve that life. He would be against the extermination of that being or life. So all those who exterminate being or life are 'evil' and are from the devil who is against the 'good.' 
     The abortionists, those engaged in euthanasia, terrorists, murderers, those who start wars, those who practice family planning, suicide......are all against this 'common good.' They are evil men. The spirit of the devil is murder. Satan is the epitome of the evil that is against all 'good' as the preservation of being or life. 

     Another common good is the family, the procreation of children and the education of one's own children. This is exclusively within the realm of the 'good' of the family. The evils against this common 'good' would be the prohibition of marriage, divorce, separations, separation of husbands and wives, polygamy. Against the 'good' of the children are family planning, education of the children by the state, compulsory education that takes away the parents right to educate their own children, etc.

     The third 'common' good unique to man is to know the true God, to know the true teachings of that God and to live in society under the rule of the true God. The evils against these 'common good' are to erroneously know the false god, to know the false religion, to know errors contrary to Philosophy. Thus the different pagan religions, the different christian sects, the different philosophies other countless ideas contrary to the truth are evils against the 'common good.'

7. Individual vs common 'good.'
    Each person has his own list of 'good.' His list may contain 'good'  but also some evils. It is possible for the individual 'good' to coincide with the 'common good.' And it should be. This is the cause of peace and happiness, when individuals chose 'goods' which conforms to the 'common good.' This is natural or human peace, that is very much needed today. Yet, it is merely human and, therefore, possible.
     The great evil today is that the individual's list of 'good' does not conform to the list of 'common good.' It often contradicts the 'common good.' 
     Man has a fallen nature due to the inherited original sin of Adam and Eve. Its dire effect is that man will insist on his individual, personal 'good' even if his 'good' is really evil and contrary to the common 'good.' This is the root cause of all the problems in the whole world. The individual voice of what is 'good' is not in accordance to the 'common good.' And this thousand different 'good' which often is not good at all are contradictory to each other. Imagine the confusion and the profusion of evil all over the world.
     A common 'good' is always good for all. But an individual good is not necessarily good for all. Individual 'good' often go against the 'common good.' That is why it is not 'common. ' It can even be bad for the individual. Communism is against all 'common good.' It is also bad for the individual; that is why it is very evil. 

8. The Church, the state and human society.
     The goal of the Church is the attainment of the supreme supernatural 'common good,' which is happiness in heaven. The goal of the state is the attainment of human peace and security so that men may be able to work out the attainment of the Supreme Divine Good. The goal of  human society is the attainment of the 'common good' which is human cooperation for the attainment of the 'common good' of humanity. To enable them to eventually attain the Supreme spiritual 'good.'
     The whole science of Politics is about the attainment of the merely human 'common good.' Which shows that most politicians are really very bad politicians. 
     Because the rest of the world is not able to even know the natural 'common good' they have destroyed human society through migrations, invasions and wars; and they have remained in the level of the beasts which they have become. 

9. Specific examples.
    Why is the entire American bureaucracy, the Democrats, the Justice system, Federal reserve, the FBI, etc..against their own duly elected President? Because their President is working for the 'common good,' (as seen from his latest accomplishment) while those against him are preventing attainment of the common good, in short, they are evil.
     Why is it that even before the summit in Singapore, the entire programming of a TV station and some actors at theTony award who know nothing on politics were trying to sabotage the UN summit between the US and North Korea? Because the summit was aimed at a 'common good,' peace at the peninsula; while those sabotaging the meeting are evil. 
     Why is Vladimir Putin who united church and state (the Catholic model) thus making Russia the most Christian nation today,   hated by many, especially in the EU? Because Russia is more Christian than all the formerly Catholic nations. In short, Russia is 'good' while the formerly Catholic EU has become evil. 
      Why are certain personages in Italy, Hungary, Austria, Poland, etc.. hated by the rest of the world? Because of their policy based on the theological virtue of Charity which says;  the 'common good' of my country first. Migrants, later on.
       Why did Trump win when the entire US bureaucracy was against him that they were so sure Clinton would mean? Because the majority of the American people voted for, what they thought, was the common good though they were not well aware on what is that 'common good.' This is when we say; 'by the grace of God.'

10. Pope Francis.
      The only one who can go against the Supreme 'common good' is Pope Francis. And he is doing a great job doing so. By not teaching the commandments of Christ and the way to salvation, he has made souls totally ignorant on how to save their souls. In fact, not only has he failed to teach the way to heaven, he has encourage souls to sin, remain in their sin and believe God will be merciful to them by abolishing hell; all against the teachings of the Catholic Church.  
       Because Pope Francis had caused men not to attain the Supreme 'common good,' he had, also, prevented men from attaining the natural 'common good' of men. He has encourage each man to follow their own concupiscences, to each his own, following their own personal, selfish, and sinful, fake 'goods,' completely disregarding the spiritual and human 'common good.' 
        Thus for man, happiness, is reduced to preventing global warming. Who would not commit suicide. 

11. The World.
     The state of the world thus is this; nobody is aiming at the 'common good,'either the supernatural nor the natural. They cannot aim at these because they do not know what is these 'common goods'. So everybody is after their own personal, individual, selfish desires which they call 'good.' But they are not 'goods' but sins, which are evil. 
      This is shown from Pope Francis' encouraging adultery which is against the 'common good' of the family to going against the spiritual 'good' of denying the existence of God by encouraging atheism and paganism. This is shown in most priests and bishops who believe in the hermeneutics of discontinuity thus preventing souls from entering the true Church the Supreme 'good', by abolishing the true Church and establishing a new Protestant church called Bergoglionism. 

     

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

ST. NORBERT. - Wednesday on the 9th week in ordinary time.

 1. St. Norbert, preacher and founder of the Premonstratensians; was devoted to the Holy Eucharist and fought a heresy against the Eucharist.  He led a great ascetical life that his first disciples died. Later on he lived a life based deeply on the writings of monastic founders. He lived at a time there were two Popes. 
     
 2. St. Norbert is in the proper place in the Liturgical calendar. He practiced a spirituality which the Liturgy is exemplifying,  the 9th week in ordinary time. His spirituality was akin to the spiritual life of the apostles as portrayed after Easter as Christ perfects their Faith and as expressed in their perfect Faith in Corpus Christi. 
    Good preachers have perfect Faith and as such are greatly devoted to the Holy Eucharist. Knowledge of the Mystery of the Holy Eucharist is possible only to those with perfect Faith as exemplified by St. Norbert. 

3. The three tests.
    In the spiritual life, man undergoes three kinds of tests the outcome of which show if he goes to heaven or to hell.
     One kind of test which comes from God is described in the prayer of Compline and showed in all the Gospels after Easter up to Trinity Sunday. In the Gospels these test were personally given by Christ, Himself. They are meant to increase or perfect the Faith of the apostles. This is the good kind of test.
    A second kind of test is allowed by the permissive Will of God but it comes from the devil. It is meant to destroy souls and send them  to hell. This is the bad kind of test. But it can be a great source of merit if overcome. And it can be overcome which makes it, precisely a test. The test of Adam and Eve would fall into this category.
     And there is a third kind of test. Call it the 'final test.' Like in school, we have weekly quizzes. And there are monthly exams. And at the end we have the 'final examination.' The same goes with God; or did the schools imitate God's quizzes?
     
4. It is very difficult to find out what kind of test if there is no Faith. It is possible and easy if there is Faith. So the first Christians played it safe. From the beginning, the first Christians considered all test to be the 'final test.' And they prepared themselves for that 'final test.' Since the only way to prepare oneself for that 'final test' is to be a saint, all those Christians who considered all their test as if it was the 'final test' became saints. Though for most of them, it was not the 'final test.' It was just the ordinary test, either from God, to perfect their Faith or from the devil to destroy their souls. 
     If a soul is prepared for the 'final test' he will certainly pass all kinds of tests especially the 'final test.'

     It is possible to see what kind of test is coming. The apostles, clearly saw that the tests Christ was giving them were meant to prefect their Faith. 

5. Advantage of knowing the kind of test one is under going.
    Those with Faith know the kind of test they are undergoing. It is of great advantage that is why this knowledge is given to those who are truly Catholic,  to believers. It is not given to unbelievers who are condemned to believe all lies. 
     Saints are prepared for the 'final test.' After passing their tests they, sometimes,  discover it is not the 'final test.' But it does not matter because passing the test had made them saints destined to heaven. St. Peter and Paul prepared for the 'final test.' It looked like the 'final test.' But it was not but nevertheless passing their tests made them saints and that is all they were interested in. 
     St. Bonaventure thought his era was undergoing the 'final trial.' He, himself, realised it was not and he said so. Nevertheless he was prepared for the 'final trial' as the catechism describes it. He even wrote what made him think it was not the 'final trial.' Though he nevertheless prepared himself for it thus making him a saint and a doctor of the Church, the 'seraphic doctor.'
     However, what St. Bonaventure wrote as lacking in the 'final trial' during his time was later on studied by a young priest, Joseph Ratzinger when he made his second thesis. 
     As Pope Benedict XVI, he wrote that he felt we are now in the 'final hour.' But nobody noticed what he said. Nobody ever notices what the Popes say those times because they declare supernatural truths.
    Today, everybody listen to what Pope Francis says because he is giving in to everybody's sinful desires. No Pope ever did that. 

6. Like all saints, St. Norbert was preparing for the 'final test.' His feast falls at the time of the Liturgy when Christ had finished teaching His apostles to prepare for the 'final test.' At a time they have reached perfect Faith and will be given the Holy Spirit, i.e. the theological virtue of Charity. His feast is right on target. His life shows how the apostles were prepared by Christ. He was, similarly, prepared by Christ. 

7. How Christ prepared St. Norbert.
    It needs a little more preparation to face the 'final test.' And the catechism of the Catholic Church describes this 'little more.' Of course, we do not have to know this 'little more' if it is not the 'final test.' But as we said, the wisest thing to do is to treat all test from God as a 'final test.' Because it could be the last for you. 
     Christ prepared St. Norbert this way. St. Norbert came from a noble family connected with the heads of the Holy Roman Empire. He became a religious when he was almost hit by a lightning. He eventually left all his possessions and lived a life of Penance. Leaving all things is the first preparation to past the 'final test.'
     Then he followed Christ living the Benedictine spirituality and even built a monastery for the Benedictines. He further involved himself with the Cistercian adapting the 'Charter of Charity.'
     His life bore fruits in his effective preaching , his defence of the true Pope Innocent against the anti-pope Anacletus. He encouraged a demoralised clergy experiencing loneliness  involved in concubinage and sadly neglected by the Church. This, in short, is how to prepare oneself to pass the 'final test.'

8. The 'final test' is a combination of the two test.
     The 'final test.' is described in articles 668-677 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It falls under article 7 on the Apostles Creed which all Catholics are supposed to believe. And it is referred to as 'the final trial.'
     This 'final trial' has these effects; first, those with Faith are pushed towards the perfection of their Faith and further towards the theological virtue of Charity. So these Catholics will really be described; 'See, how they love one another.' Secondly, those with little Faith will lose their Faith while those without Faith will deteriorate into total spiritual darkness. Everybody will be pushed to the extreme left and extreme right. So those for Christ and against Christ will be very obvious. We, really live in very trying times, made so by God to be the last testing of the Catholic Church. 

9.  The 'final test' is unlike all test.
     Good Catholics know this; it is in the Catechism.  The Church is undergoing it today. Pope Benedict had hinted on it. All Catholic news are pointing to it and the Cardinal from Utrecht had mentioned it. 
     It will be like Good Friday. 

10. The 'final day' is an eschatological repetition of Good Friday.
     The Catechism states that the 'final battle' will shake the Faith of those with the theological virtue of Faith. It is like seeing Christ, your God, die on the cross. Is that my God?.....will easily cross one's mind. The man with great Faith will be shaken. What will happen with those with weak Faith? Considering the state of the world today which Christ had prophesied as faithless, how many will survive this ordeal? None of the faithless surely. 
     The Catechism continues. There will be persecution. Like on Good Friday, it will come from the priest, the bishops and the high priest like the  Pope, the cardinals and the bishops (not from all); and from all state authority and all pagans.  
      Satan, the father of lies will possess most men who will fill the world with the spirit of Satan; namely, lies, murder and pride.  No one will know the truths that lead to everlasting life because it will be suppressed from all sides. The most heinous sins will be forced or imposed on all. To sin will be the law of the land. It will be taught by church men and imposed by the state; as the Pharisees did to the Romans on Good Friday.
      And the grand desire of men for happiness will be offered to all.....as long as they apostatise from the Catholic religion. The world of sin will be offered in a platter by the pope as long as you give up the old Catholic religion, as Pope Francis is doing right now.

11. St. Norbert knew that he was faced with the 'final day' more specifically because of the two Popes; one a true Pope, Innocent;  the other a false pope who will encourage all kinds of sins, even being perverts. This is the man of iniquity, as seen by his very name, an encourager of sin and vices will be found in the highest position in the Church. This added sign shows we are faced with the 'final trial.' 
      In the last meeting of the German bishops in Rome on the reception of communion of non-Catholic spouses of Catholics, the Pope said something to this effect; the bishops can continue discussion and decide by themselves. Even if they allowed sacrilegious communions? The Cardinal from Utrecht was shocked by the response of Pope Francis. So he asked; 'Is Pope Francis part of the Church's 'final trial?' Yes, good Cardinal. He is the mystery of iniquity proposing a deceptive religion  to solve the problem of adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, same sex marriage, etc.etc..... as long as you forget the old religion of Christ and the apostles and follow his 'apostolic exhortations,' thus glorifying himself  as the secular Messiah, secular head of the one world religion.  

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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

CORPUS CHRISTI - On The Perfect Catholic Faith.

   1. The apostles' growth to perfect Faith. 
        At the beginning of their instruction, the apostles had weak Faith or small Faith. Weak Faith can easily be lost. A storm, a temptation, a trial can cause the loss of Faith. 
        To be saved it is necessary to have Faith enlivened by Charity. But Charity is given by God, only,  to souls who have perfect Faith. So in the training of the apostles, Christ had to perfect their Faith before they can receive Charity, the love of God and neighbor, during Pentecost. 
         In the Liturgy, the season after Easter up to Pentecost, was the time Christ perfected the Faith of the apostles leading to Charity. Christ perfected the Faith of the apostles. Man cannot perfect his Faith. And Charity is a God-given gift to those with perfect Faith. 

2. The perfection of Faith.
     Perfect Faith consist in believing that Christ is man and God. It was easy for the apostles to know Christ is Man because Christ was with them as a man.  However it was difficult for the apostles to know Christ as God because that entails acquiring supernatural knowledge that needs the help of grace.
     So Christ had to personally help the apostles to perfect their Faith by helping them know His Divinity, as far as man can know the Divinity. Most of the lessons on knowing Christ as God was given after Easter, after seeing Christ resurrect. It almost took eight Liturgical weeks for Christ to perfect the Faith of His apostles in helping them believe that He was God. Again, because that is supernatural knowledge possible only through the help of grace. Their lesson culminated with the Feast of Corpus Christi; the apostles now know Christ as man and as God, as far as man can know God. 

     The same is required from each one of us. To be saved we must have perfect Faith in Christ as man and God, a knowledge just like the apostles just before Pentecost. And the Liturgy of the Mass, from Easter to Pentecost, shows us exactly how perfect Faith looks like.

3. Corpus Christi
    This feast is a reminder that we, also, have to reach the perfection of Faith in believing that Christ is Man and God. Christ mentioned the fact that it will be a little more difficult for us today. Why? Because while the apostles were making their perfect act of Faith, they could see Jesus physically. But Christ said to Thomas; blessed are those who do not see but believe. That's we.
     Today, we do not see the physical presence of Christ. It is more difficult for us because what we see is a piece of bread and we have to believe that that piece of bread is Man and God. A more perfect act of Faith is required from us. 
     We must believe that that piece of bread is a man. And that He is, also, a God; and this is what enabled Him to transubstantiate Himself into that piece of bread. 

4. The act of Faith.
     The act of Faith is a mature human act of the mind and the free will. It consist of 12 acts of the mind and the free will. But that will be for another post. 
     The act of Faith is, first, an act of the mind knowing that the piece of bread consecrated on the altar has the Humanity and Divinity of Christ, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. That bread is not bread though it has all the accidents of bread. It is Jesus Christ in His Humanity and Divinity and united with the Father and the Holy Spirit. But we cannot see that mystery. An intellect with perfect Faith, however, can see that mystery. 
     So how can we, with weak or no Faith,  know if we or the other person have perfect Faith. We have to know because our very salvation depends on it. How can I know if I have perfect Faith? How can I know if my loved ones have perfect Faith? By outward signs. Just like how the Sacraments work. 

5. Acts and gesture that help develop and perfect the Act of Faith.
    First, we must make the primary mature human act of Faith. This is the beginning. This we must develop this Faith until it is perfect. 
    Christ used acts and gestures to perfect the Faith of the apostles; 'here, touch My hands and My side.'
    The acts and gestures must show that we believe that the Sacred Host is no longer bread, that it is Christ in His humanity. It must, also,  show that we believe that the Sacred Host is God. 
     So, how do we show ourselves that we believe in God present in the piece of bread. By observing how we handle God? We make sure the patten we use is of gold. And the Chalice we use is of gold. If we use cheap materials like glass, porcelain, wood or other materials, these are signs we do not have Faith.
     If I were a priest, before Mass I would wash my hands in a very special lavabo exclusively used by priest before Mass and dry my hands in a very special clean towel used exclusively to clean my hands prior to touching the Sacred Host. If I touch that Host with unclean hands, I have no Faith. 
     If I were a priest I would reserve two fingers, the thumb and pointing finger to exclusively  touch the Host. I would not use them to turn pages of the missal or any other sacred vessels. Not even to scratch my nose. If I use indiscriminately those two fingers, I have no Faith.
     If I were a priest, I would wipe those two fingers on the corporal or purificator, every time, before I touch the Sacred Host and genuflect every time I touch the host or uncover the Chalice with the Sacred Blood. If I touch the Sacred Species carelessly without considering the state of my fingers or without showing reverence, I have no Faith.
     If I make complete genuflections when the Blessed Sacrament is inside the tabernacle  and make double genuflections when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed; and if the Blessed Sacrament is exposed while it is raining and I still knell in the mud as during Youth Day in Germany, I have Faith. If I do not kneel before the Blessed Sacrament exposed or during consecration, like Pope Francis, I do not have Faith. 
     If I am a Eucharistic minister and touch the host when my hands are not consecrated, not washed in the sacrarium, not dried with a clean towel, I have no Faith. 
    If I receive Holy Communion in the hands, I have no Faith. 
    If I am told that the Son of God is present in the tabernacle, waiting for me and I do not visit Him, I have no Faith. 
    If I have no fear of God and sin, I have no Faith. 

6. The gestures in the Immortal Mass
    Note that every act and gesture in the old Immortal Mass is an act of Faith that perfects the Faith of the priest celebrating it. And that act by which the priest perfects his faith will perfect the Faith of those attending his Mass. Thus the whole congregation with the priest perfect their Faith.  They become a truly  Catholic Church worshipping God in a manner most pleasing to Him. Because in that Church is the whole Church; church militant, suffering and triumphant.....with all the angels and the saints. What a sight!

7. The infidelity of the 'future' present age. 
    Cardinal John Newman, while still an Anglican, prophesied about the 'infidelity of the future.' There is nothing new there. Christ, Himself, predicted the infidelity of the future when he said; 'when the Son of Man comes, will He find Faith on the earth?' 

     The  complete disappearance of Faith can be seen in the disappearance of all the gestures and acts in the Mass that perfects the act of Faith both of priests and congregation. Today, there is nothing in the Mass that expresses supernatural Faith. So both the priests and the congregations show no Faith; and that can be seen in the faithlessness of Pope Francis who do not genuflect during the consecration or does not kneel during the Corpus Christi procession. This is down to the laymen who receive holy communion with the dirty hands. OR the laymen who visits their friends but not their God in the tabernacle. 
     The world today does not have Faith enlivened by Charity because they do not have perfect Faith. The possibility is great that they could have had a weak Faith but considering the power of the devil in the world today, those with weak Faith would have surely lost that Faith long ago. Indeed, the great 'infidelity of the future' referred to by Blessed Cardinal John Newman is upon us. 
     

Monday, June 04, 2018

NEITHER DO I TELL YOU BY WHAT AUTHORITY I DO THESE THINGS. Saturday 8th Week in Ordinary Time.

  1. Jesus and the money changers.
      Jesus had just gone to the temple and driven out the money changers and sellers from the temple saying; 'my house is a house of prayer. And you have made it a den of thieves.'
      Jesus was scolding the priests of the temple for making money and a huge profit in selling the animals offered for the sacrifice. He should have seen the way Pope Francis and the German bishops are making money  just from the Knights of Malta and from Soros. 

2. The love for money.
     Christ never said any thing ill about money. What He condemned is the 'love of money.' The 'love of money' is akin to idolatry because the sinner substitute money for God. And the world today is run by that group of people who 'love money.' These people are the ones running the governments of the world. They are the ones declaring war among the nations. They are the ones who are seeing to it that the rest of the world live in virtual slavery. 

3. The love of worldly things. 
     The love of worldly things prevents any one from knowing spiritual or supernatural truths, like knowing the message of Christ, the existence of God or the way to everlasting life. The Gospels, always, shows Christ confronted with two kinds of people; one, those who are open to the supernatural. These are the ones who understand what Christ teaches. And those who do not understand what He is talking about. And Christ always referred to them as those who do not believe and those who believe. 

4. The world today is concerned with worldly things.
     What you are going to eat; what you are going to wear. And what to do with global warming. These are the concerns of the pagan world, St. Paul writes. And this is what prevents them from understanding supernatural realities, like where is the Catholic Church. Faced with these realities, Christ always showed His great concern towards believers; while He does not even answer unbelievers, following the dictum; believers do not need explanations while with unbelievers no explanation is possible. So Christ never answers them. 

5. The Pharisees. 
     The Pharisees were unbelievers. And they questioned Christ for having driven away the sellers and the money changers in the temple. That was an act with a mystical significance. They, certainly, would not know by what authority Christ did it. But they still questioned Christ. Neither would they have understood the mystical meaning on why St. John the Baptist baptised though that was only in the natural level being in the Old Testament. 
     So Christ showed the reason why He does not answer them on why He drove the sellers and money changers out of the temple. He said; 'I will answer you if you can answer My question. The baptism of John was it from Heaven or from men? 
     The action of Christ in driving away the sellers and the money changers is foreshadowing what He will do in the future when He drives away from the Church priests and bishops who use their positions to earn money from the German government, by allowing adulterers and Protestants to receive Holy Communion and to appoint head of the Knights of Malta condom distributing members. The Pharisees could not see that. So Christ asked an easier question. The Baptism of John, is it from Heaven or from man. 
     Obviously, the man of the flesh will answer 'from men.' The man of Faith will answer 'from heaven.' Either answer would get the Pharisee into trouble. If from men, the crowd could beat them up. If from heaven, then why did they not believe John. Unable to answer the Pharisees showed the total absence of Faith. So Christ said; if you have no Faith, I will not answer you. Because My answer can only be understood by men of Faith. So it is useless for Me to answer you. 

6. Today, the world is not getting answers. 
     The Pharisee could not understand spiritual realities like Christ's driving out of the money changers from the temple. They, also, could not understand natural realities like the Baptism of John who lived in the Old Testament which was a natural reality and, therefore, they should understand. But the Pharisees, could not understand both supernatural and natural realities. So Christ concluded and told them outrightly, 'if you cannot understand spiritual realities because you cannot even understand natural realities, as the baptism of John, then it is useless for Me to explain to you supernatural realities. 
       That is what is happening in the world today. Through nobody's fault Pope Francis cannot understand the New Testament realities like the necessity to convert to the Catholic Faith to be saved because he does not understand Old Testament realities like the sinfulness of adultery which is Old Testament commandment. And obviously, he, also, does not understand natural realities like the Old Testament in that his 'Amores Laetitia' is a disobedience to the commands of the Old Testament. Ignorance of the Old Testament makes his totally ignorance of the New Testament. Pope Francis, in his more than five  years in the Papacy has not taught a single doctrine on the New Testament. In fact, he keeps on going against the teachings of Christ in the New Testament like, he does not believe in the necessity of Faith, Hope and Charity to be saved. He does not believe in the necessity of proselytising, the need for conversion, the need to avoid friendship with the world, the need for silence and solitude......or the need for the entire Liturgical spirituality of the Catholic Church. He does not believe in the necessity of Faith because he, himself, does not have Faith. This was the prophecy of Christ in describing these days; 'will the Son of Man find Faith when He comes.' He will find no Faith. Why? Is He coming soon?

7. The question.
     Pope Francis held a meeting asking the question; why are there two Popes? Christ answers him; ' I will, also, ask of you one question and answer Me. And I will tell you why there are two Popes.  The Faith that the Catholic Church is preaching, is it from man or from heaven. 
     Like the Pharisee, Pope Francis' answer has been 'we cannot tell.'  Christ replies; 'neither do I tell you why there are two Popes. '
That is why the whole world still cannot understand why there are two Popes. But those with the true Catholic Faith, like the apostles, know the answer. There is only one Pope. And he is the one with the true Catholic Faith because his job is to confirm the brethren in their Faith, which the other one cannot do.