The trouble with the practicing of the catholic faith today is it is a “trouble” for hierarchs and laity. If then we add this to the tepidity among the laity and the sheer laziness and procrastination of the Hierarchy, we no longer have a Church that Christ could recognize and be with until the end of the Age. The scriptures ask quite ‘justly’ by today’s standards, “When Christ returns will He find faith?” The bishops and let me seize upon them are in the majority, a faithless bunch, learned I would say in knowledge and yet severely lacking in the intelligence to use what they know. They use platitudes, foolishly use quotations without any shadow of comprehension of what they say or the quotes mean. They use proof-texting a protestant strategy, denied by the Church’s publication ‘Divine revelation’ to authenticate their position and consider that we the laity should admit to the phrase Father knows best. Today’s church is more Lutheran than the Lutherans, using Luther’s phrase to deny any possibility of Christ wishing to communicate with his people. It gives them, the hierarchs, less to do perhaps I think. Priests tell me how busy they are, yet less than 10% of most parishes use the Sacrament of Confession. I hear from some priests their children go to the next parish to confess. I would not go that parish. There would be a very long line up for the Rite of Penitence. Do I not as a catholic have a right to the sacraments and to proper spiritual nourishment? It is a long time since I have from any priest of the effective grace of any of the sacraments. Honestly, I think, in defense of priests I know that our priests after reading many of the latest publications on the sacraments do not want to spread such errors, deeming it better to say nothing than spread errors.
They, the priests, and religious say the devil can appear as the angel of light. Of course he can, he once was the angel of light. Nevertheless, we must be discerning, and although Paul tells us God never removes his gifts, any thoughtful catholic knows God does not support His enemy with grace. Therefore it is a fact satanic miracles exist but do not last. An example as tradition teaches us, Paul in one of his many contests with Simon Magus pointed out the man raised from the dead by the founder of simony had no life. It moved as though possessed.
This does not excuse the lack of discernment that the hierarchy demonstrates regularly or the fortitude they as shepherds should demonstrate. How can they as priests call themselves Mary’s sons? Mary has never encouraged the type of wimpery and whimpering common to the priesthood today. Read their homilies and sermons to know the common subjects they support among themselves are all fuzzy feelings from the sensual lowest of the wills in our lives. Do you find any signs of the catholic state of grace? Do you see or hear any signs of the attributes of God in them? I mean the Divine Intellect, known to us as Knowledge, Understanding, and Will. I cannot think so.
Let me explain why. If we or they are in a state of grace, with the Holy Spirit living in us and not around or on us, then surely we can count on our God who through His sharing of His intellect with us will lift our eyes above the horizons of this world to share in a little of His extra-ordinary knowledge. Can any person in their right mind not acknowledge this from the original teachings of the Church or would they deny this fact. Therefore, reconsider that great quote of St Irenaeus, “Like knows and recognizes like”. I maintain and anyone with “gumption” would live or die by the certainty that if any of the Bishops are in a state of the Grace that Sanctifies then their minds are no longer dull and they should know whose voice it is they hear.
In any case, they should be frightened of dismissing out of hand any true movement of the Holy Spirit in the Church and should act to determine the validity, the substance of the words of the occasions of what might be grace abounding. We know Bishops and priests support the idea that the Holy Spirit speaks through the faithful, we find then it is only what suits them that is accounted as true. There are the holy rollers of the Catholic Church, who claim the Holiness of the Spirit because they speak in tongues; they seek in vain to prove the validity of their Gift. They search out translators of their glossalian prayers and persist even when no one comes forward after long and extended periods of time, to turn their hissing, clicking and spitting into the Xenonalia of which St John Chrysostom wrote. How long must they, without a proper examinen of their conscience, keep up their foolishness? Is this not some private revelation of their desiring? This obstinate persistence is not the gift of perseverance but rather obstinate pride in their acclaimed holiness. How derelict in the duty as shepherds are the bishops who never correct them or the Hierarchy who join in this re-incarnation of the Mystery Religions against which
God through His Holy Spirit speaks to many and we cannot control Him or demand He stop. Bishops indicate or like the Bishop of Medjugorie wonder why Mary would spend time with simple peasant children while she had a devoted and educated bishop nearby. God’s language is unequivocal and with the proper understanding found in the indwelling Holy Spirit, He will not be misunderstood, no longer will He stand off and let His Word be hidden.
I would urge you to think for a moment and consider can we as catholics discern the difference in types of revelations. I truly believe we can because as catholics of the Apostolic Tradition we have so many types of revelation with which to compare them. Read the Little Flowers of St Francis by Raphael Brown, discover for yourselves the richness of revelations, and read the differences between how Divine Revelations are delivered or can be delivered to us through a life of grace, virtue, and prayer. The mystical life of a catholic is available when we through the habit of a strict regime that is seen in the practice of the sacraments especially the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. That is true sorrow, remorse, compunction and a studied atonement for our sins. This is a life of sanctity and no deviation from our religion will suffice. A life of sanctity enables us to enter heaven. It happens when we close our eyes in repose here in this world; we open them to be granted by the One who will judge our life, the entrance into the Beatific Vision. I know and admit God can do what he pleases but He is in His way circumscribed by His own Law especially much is expected from those who have been given much. I ask as you should is there much more that a life in Christ through His sacraments in this world. Do not therefore allow yourselves to be led astray by those who give you a so-called easier route whether he is a priest or hierarch.
Let me if you will read further give you an example of a revelation and judge for yourself is it private or public or as in most cases is it selective in its thrust. That is for whom is it meant?
Once during prayer, it came into my mind to ask about the church, who is against her and who is for her. I knew and later it was confirmed by another who told me about a dream. I knew of hierarchs bishops and priests in soiled vestments who were attacking the
Now is that a private revelation or one for the Church as a whole? To whom would it be private and to whom would it suggest a course of action. You all know the answer why not print this out and give it to your parish priests. Pray for fortitude and patience as you do it. You will need Fortitude for the courage to do it and patience to roll with the punches when you are discouraged.