All Conversations in My Heart
Friday, February 08, 2008
  Part 2…..Defining Private revelations as a tool of silencing, power, control and false obedience:

At the opening mass of Vatican 2, John 23rd said and like so many of the Catholics do, Bishops, priests and laity alike, I will use text proofing on his homily to make my point. “In the daily exercise of our pastoral office we sometimes have to listen, much to our regret, to voices of persons, who, though burning with zeal (misplaced) are not endowed with too much discretion (discernment) or measure”. ‘Parentheses contain my additions. This might just be a papal condemnation made with or without discernment. My meaning is that in a very certain sense it could be very true when seen to be applied to so-called private revelations without ‘discernment’. Again, I write somewhat personally and contrary to any of your opinions this is not a defence of my personal spiritual life but an explanation made as factually as possible of the mysticism available to those who honestly attempt to be truly apostolic catholic. This is every Catholic, those who are fully paid up and practicing members of the Christian Church, who truthfully fulfill the word ‘faithful’. The Church renamed Katolikos or Universal around 122 AD. I mean those catholics who are practicing or using the Sacraments or Holy Mysteries of the Church properly, and in the right disposition receive the effective graces of the sacrament they have prepared diligently to receive. I mean the use of solemn baptisms, very regular use of the sacrament of reconciliation or penance, fasting and abstinence and prayer that has taken them into the stage of prayer called uniative. I realize that there are stages in prayer, that precede the uniative prayer of silence and meditation but if these stages do not lead to a holy communion with the Trinity then I believe truly that the claim, to the companionship that we and God are seeking, is questionable. What I am saying every Catholic has the means available to be mystical according to the Divine Will of God.

I do write here about private revelations. Any student of the English language can conceive this phrase is a misnomer. Catholics should make themselves available to Divine Revelations. I will not believe that there are private revelations. There are without doubt personal ones. This foolishness in the use of private revelations found when the phrase is used for control just as is the word, obedience as it is more often false or blind. There are personal revelations and those revelations or warnings for the good of the faithful. I would go as far as to write and state they are not for the personal use of the hierarchy priests and laity. I say anyone of good sense and informed conscience knows this and it is only pride that would cause them to be broadcast willy-nilly. I mean there are revelations that are to be used by the priesthood to bring us back to the narrow path and gate, that way of truth, which will save our souls. Did not God in the Old Law let His people know of His displeasure? Did Christ change this? The way of truth for the priests is not one of love for themselves but to be as Christ was on earth, as He is now for all eternity, they must be a love for others as He did, was and is. Their way is a way of personal sacrifice not personal ambition for power. They cannot and should not dare to silence God’s voice but should seek discernment through prayer and an observance of the personal habits of the one who comes to him for spiritual advice. I hope this is in the confessional. The priest confided in should at least be able to say unless you are regular in your seeking grace in the confessional and the consolation of the Eucharist, I cannot believe you, as I see no encouragement for belief in your spiritual life. That answer takes the other virtue priests should have, “Fortitude”.

Rrevelations are not the sign seeking of holiness as embraced by the mystery religions of the charismatics but loving communications of God to His child for the benefit of His Community. This is ascertained by discernment, a gift of God’s grace sadly lacking in the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church today. Discernment I find in myself at times can be the warm fuzzies of my sensual will, this is a personal feeling and therefore must be dismissed. I can sum this up this way, a charismatic once told me, “When I speak in tongues, it feels so good”. My answer, “So did fornication when I practiced it”. Incidentally, the Church has taught we are effected by three wills, the Divine Will, our rational will and our sensual will. Fr. Scupoli wrote, spiritual warfare is the struggle of the rational will to do God’s Will when our sensual will gives us pleasure urging us do otherwise and in doing so we are likely to sin. It becomes for most of us a feeling of peace and happiness. This is when we lack discernment. Why should we not have this feeling of peace when the devil, the world, or the flesh has had his way with us and we as the Hebrews believed fornicated with the serpent, committed adultery with a false spirit. Satisfied, satanic filth leaves us with a contented feeling

Let me now give examples and explanations derived from thinking (pondering) on my personal interior life, of my thoughts, understanding and knowledge. I had the start of a metanoia when I became aware a time ago that when I was at prayer, that is very very deep in prayer, thoughts occurred that answered my thoughts. It was a pleasant conversation that made me uncomfortable with my behavior towards others. I realized my acts of charity towards others were a pavlovian reaction to the word 'love' I did these acts not as a catholic should but only when I remembered and really did not have my whole heart involved. I would go so far as to say it is no different for the majority of catholics. This means that we are not practicing our faith with fervor just going through the motions. Twice in scriptures, once in the Old and once in the New this way of ours is called tepid. Read the reward we will receive from God for this way of ours. You will find it in Revelations. I had no knowledge of how to handle these thoughts and I asked of them. Why are you happening? I must say I had to negotiate with my thoughts before I could act on them because of my feelings for them. They made me feel good. The excuse, perhaps for my negotiations were, I did not want at anytime to lead souls astray. I had done that by bad example too many times in my life. I needed a discernment that I was not capable of, on my own.

Here are my conditions:-

“They would not let me lead souls astray. I would find everything I thought of in scriptures and one way or another, it would be confirmed from sources I could accept.

The first thought was, “You will not go astray, We will call you back” The next day the phone rang and a women I trusted told me the beginnings of a prayer and I said would it be OK if I added these words and of course she said. I also did find answers in a prayer I found in scriptures. I also did not get it from silly experts who said you must test the spirits. No one could answer my question, "How" Some said "in Prayer". I asked these uninformed, "What sort of prayers should I say?" Yet it is very plain in Scripture what words we should ask. It depends partly on do we really believe all that Jesus promised us.

I thought I needed a spiritual guide and when I asked a priest he told me to come to him for confession but he could not be my S.G. as he would have to get the permission of the Local Bishop. Unfortunately, he will order me to close you down. He did tell me he was scared of what I would do to the Church after listening to what I thought. Although the prophecy I made about His Life caused him as he admitted to go to the Blessed Sacrament and thank God it was not him that was given this specific prayer. I will continue with both personal and other thoughts that are for the good of others. Forgive if I trespass on anyone’s susceptibilities.


 
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
  Peace is the Absence of Malice (Sin)
The question is, 'Was sin ever in Heaven?" Well the only fact I know is Lucifer rebelled and Michael was given a sword with which to drive out Lucifer and his pride.
If this is true then it takes a sword to drive out sin. If we consider facts properly then God did not share His Home, His Temple heaven with His enemy and therefore we cannot share our temple with our enemy, as God will not be there. Then He will only live in us when we have used a sword and in most cases used it violently against sin especially our passions that cause us to reject God.
 
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
  Is this a truth?

I have lately began to see, definitely to think, how much the Church is divided and to see amongst the many divisions encouraged in the Church by the contra spirit of Vatican 2. The devilish device called diversity which is didactically opposed to katolicos. In one of these diversities we find a belief or a the seeking of the common priesthood, defined in its way to be entirely different from church teachings. This is found in the catholic pentecostal renewal movement. Eventually this will lead to a misanthropic feeling towards the men in the priesthood as seen in some other lay diversity movements in the Church. It can perhaps be seen prophetically that by following the progressive teachings in the Church, this movement will go no other way. This movement as shown by Msgr Ronald Knox in his book “Enthusiasm” has existed in the catholic Apostolic Church since the influx of the first converts from the mystery religions. The Pentecostals with whom the renewal movement in the Church closely relates itself, do not believe in the sacramental ministry of the Catholic Church, the Priesthood who is Christ Himself ever-present in men, selected by God with a specific vocation and present by a sacramental anointing called Holy Orders.

Why does or why did the Church seek a new Pentecost when the true glory we seek is found at Easter, the resurrection from the death of our soul, or as Paul says we rise in Him. This is facilitated by two commandments of the Church and given us by our providential God.

III. To confess our sins to a priest, at least once a year, or when we have committed a mortal sin when we have to confess to a priest at once
IV. To receive Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist at least once a year during Easter Season, always called our Easter Duty.

Nor is it an epiphany we need but a metanoia in every member of the Church. We all need to rise from the fallen (Catholic) to be a practicing catholic.

 
  The Rule of Benedict

I have just finished reading The Rule of Benedict by David Gibson. The only thing he missed out was the usual dismissal of cradle catholics. At least I am thankful for that. He comes into the church as a convert and is an immediate expert on Us and her teachings, which never change. Benedict teaches as both he and I were taught growing up in the Catholic Church in Europe that, God took us out of chaos founded a church (community) for His enjoyment, to be a full member of that Church, we are first to save our souls (personal piety). The only other description is a fallen catholic. We are to know Him to love Him and serve Him in this world in order to be happy with Him in the next. Christ taught us to accept our lot whether we be slave, poor or sinner and as in the case of Husbands, Wives, landowners or slave owners, whether we are soldiers or galley slaves we are to treat those under us fairly and to those above give to Caesar his due.

We achieve this piety to which the Pope calls us to return, by and through the Sacraments and their EFFECTIVE GRACES. All else will follow. Social Justice will not help if it is not righteous by Christ’s directives on us leading a perfect life, being kind to sin will not, but helping others out will. If we all without exception reach out to personal holiness in grace then all else will change around us. In this new utopian world by right works blessed by grace everything will change. How many times has social justice today converted anyone into a state of grace, let alone into the Church? When in the past our missionaries, which we supported by prayers and good works, by family members brought up to become priest and sisters, many became catholic Today we now look upon them and their dedicated efforts as some kind of abuse for which the Church has to apologize. I found his veiled criticism of this Pope tantamount to a liberal progressive criticism of my faith. Too many come into the Church and want to make her a copy in many cases of the pseudo church they have just left. What kind of conversion is that?

I found in reading it, it was more a criticism of the Church that does not obey some liberal theology, one man's personal opinion that although I converted it is time the church changed to suit me and what I believe. Forget Christ and His teachings give me what I want. The warm fuzzies of correctness.
 
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