Have you and can you say with any degree of integrity that you have considered this pentecostal movement from the Catholic Viewpoint, the Doctrine of Grace? Have you ever considered it from Scriptures? Have you ever considered it from the Doctrine of the Trinity? Have you ever considered it from the liturgical forms of the Catholic Church? Have you ever informed your conscience in any
Let me call your attention to some items of their faith. They have a dreadful description of a so-called spiritual reward claimed by them. They call it ‘slain in the spirit’. When did our God ever deal in death? It is not Catholic. Death is the eternal reward for the other family. The one ruled by the prince of this world, the prince of fools. I notice that some now call it ‘resting in the spirit’. I find no reference in scriptures that authorize such foolish action of falling down insensible either as an act of grace, or saintliness or holiness. Personally, to allow yourself to believe in this act as holy makes your dignity foolish. The Scriptures sum this action up most truthfully. I suggest you read John, Chapter 18:4, 6. Evil dies before the voice of God or in this case before “I AM”. You should read of the result when the Holy Spirit was present when the stone was rolled aside and the guards agin stupefied by sin were blown down by the wind of the Holy Spirit. Again consider Saul beaten off his horse by the Blinding Light that asked, “Saul, why do you prosecute me?” You should meditate upon the disaster you are permitting in your churches. If you want to find the truth, then ask your conscience, your interior warner this question. Does the Catholic Church deal in death? These pentecostals are looking to experience ecstasy of some kind. They seek God in a sensual way and many of you are caught in this trap.
These pentecostal worshippers of ‘whatever’ also seek ecstasy in tongues and cite Paul’s letter to the Corinthians as their authority. How stupid and droll this is. That is, I mean such a lack of truth is laughable. I remind you Jesus never told jokes only parables. He became filled with joy when sinners made acts of repentance and reparation. How can a very deliberate misuse of the ancient word ecstasy make sense? Ecstasy in our church comes with and is in silence of prayer in our heart. This falseness of the use of the true traditions of the Church can only come from one source. So many of the pentecostals use tongues and continue to use tongues deliberately forgetting Paul’s instructions they are of no use and be considered as no advantage to the Church if no one can translate them. In fact we must say, as did St Faustina and others, "consider them as a low gift" They are not the grace that sanctifies. Christ’s list for condemnation and Paul’s descending list in First Corinthians containing gifts, differs only in the word tongues. Look what Our Lord Jesus Christ promised when he judges sinners; he made absolutely sure the Apostles comprehended what would happen at judgment day in Matthew 7:21 to 23
The Church has always taught exegetically that we must see the meanings in Scripture through the eyes of the time it was written. We are to be unlike them and translate History in the light of today, but must understand it in the light of the signs of those times. Well the word ‘language’, according to the Oxford Dictionary of the English Language, came into use from the meaning of the French noun “lingue” in or around 1600 AD. So tongue in English in the original English translation of the bible was used to describe speech. In fact St Chrysostom differentiates between Language and Tongues calling Language, Xenonalia and the use of tongues, Glossalia. Another point is to think why Paul needed to write his letter. It was aimed at errors in the Church at
A claim can be made that tongues that nightmarish rattling and hissing of snakes called glossalia is not Catholic, nor is it Christian. The Church teaches us, we have three powers in us that are the likeness of Christ in our soul. They are Memory, Understanding and Will, His Divine Intellect. We are taught that prayer is the rising up of the heart and mind to God. How is praying in tongues an act of our intellect, or of God’s intellect. Do you really think that God listens hears unintelligent nonsense? Where in the scriptures does it tell us of God/Jesus speaking in tongues? How can we claim that tongues give us a special method of prayer when we run out of intelligence or knowledge. Often I hear I speak in tongues when I run out of prayers.Is that we do not know or have enough words to worship God. It is an absolute piece of stupidity with all the prayers and the liturgical rites and rituals in the Church that we run out of prayers to speak to God? Where is the understanding and use of Catholic Prayers and Litanies? Where is our understanding of what we pray and where is it an act of our will? One might hear the defense it is God’s will to pray this way. God never forces His will upon us and definitely when we pray unintelligently. Mind you this will be at least until the last day of judgment, thejn like it or not we will truly do God's will. Ask yourself, if it is not an act of our mind, our heart and our soul, those instruments of His infinite perfection in us, blessed by grace then who is it who prays in us? Whom, to whom or who is it who listens? False gods abound; it would seem that the first commandment is being broken here. Consider that carefully.
What is the proper gift for which we should all pray? What does Christ urge or wish for us? What did the Fathers of the Church recommend and what did the Saints of the Church do. First, what did Christ want as part of what we can see as His last will and testament? He said and in a great deal of pain and dying “Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me but for yourselves and for your children.” A last will and testament even in our society is never questioned. St. Evagrius Pontius, (Evagrius the Solitary in the Greek Church) said, “Pray for the gift of tears and when you receive it, remember for why you cry.” The Saints, Ignatius and Thomas Aquinas all cried. Tears of compunction were their ecstasy. Tears fulfill all of the obligations we have to God. They are a sign of sorrow and repentance. Our prayers should be seasoned with brine writes St. Anthony of
When Christ says keep My Commandments; it means live the simple life He has taught us and that includes all the teachings from the appointment of the worldly Head of the Church to the Prophecies of the Messiah. We obey His Words that at no time included sensuality. Show to me, where Christ felt good and prayed in tongues. As one who has always been taught we are to be perfect as the Father is perfect and always we are to imitate Christ, I will not pray to what might just be the serpent through the lack of knowledge of what I am saying and you should not allow it either. I think a prayer to ask for tongues, is not something God would recognize either as prayer or as intelligence. To pray in tongues is a direct rebuff to God’s instructions. In fact it is probably disobedience. Will you as a priest let your children exist in this state of sin rather than the State of
Is there any truth is there in the claim of the pentecostals for their singular ownership, their absolute proprietorship of the Holy Spirit? An ownership made at the expense of deserting the remainder of the Holy Trinity? Christ said, “No one can go to the Father except through Me.” Even the Angel at
This loss of the Holy Spirit is caused by our individual or community rejection of God. Then as Scriptures say the Holy Spirit flees from a sinful soul in Wisdom Chapter 1:4,5. In Sirach
How can any such claim be made when they deny the Church’s teaching of what the Holy Spirit is?
Church Liturgy tells us of their most awful error. We find in the rite of Exorcism, the first sign of possession is speaking in tongues. The Church defines the first evidence of possession is sensuality, stubbornness and pride in one’s actions. I would think that many of you have pushed aside your conscience even though you are uncomfortable with these prayer groups. My advice go back to the old way have a community Holy Hour of audible prayers and hymns before the Blessed Sacrament. Answer for me God’s eternal question, “Could you not spend one hour with me?” Which is better for the Soul, to be in God’s presence, or in the company of some undefined spirit. Perhaps as the Apostles were awakened in the Garden to spend one hour with Him, so might you.
One final note and it is a question of understanding what we know about Our Church. Fr. F.W.Faber an Oratorian Priest who was a revered Author and Hymn composer in
The decision over the truthfulness of this warning, unless it is you do not consider it a warning and see it as insulting your intellect. That is a matter for your consciences. You may believe what I have written or not. You may condemn it or dismiss it. At least think about it. You may arrive at the conclusion to pray in unintelligible clicking is sheer effrontery to any intellect either your own or especially to God. It is your very personal decision and no one can make it for you.
Per Crucem ad Lucem
I am deeply shocked and wonder at so many in the church with their capacity to be outraged by simple facts. Unfortunately so many are. This is due, I personally feel, to their lack of correctly informing their conscience thus making them incapable of accepting any amount of what to them is perverse or shocking opinion, regardless it may be just as a personal interpretation of their wrong headed contra spirit of Vatican 2. I mean on a personal level when their undeveloped faith and spiritual intellect arising from their lacking one might say to be in a state of grace, is challenged by facts they have never or cannot consider.
When many of you read this, I would hope you will consider the thoughts written are not meant to deride those men whose life has been demanded by some spirit or other to be anointed into His created sonship. We could at one time, due to the discernment of the Church, claim they were chosen by God Now it is more honest to claim, perhaps they have been chosen by the influence of the world saying or thinking, the priesthood is a safe place in which I can avoid discrimination. Priests are men, and men are priests and one cannot be one without being the other. A man must be a man with all the attributes given to a man for Genesis tells us, “Men and Women He made them”, there are I think no maybes in God’s eyes.Men protect the family by inclination, and protects a woman’s love. A love inclined inwards towards the family, at least there was a time when it did. Not one work of the modern world will change this trait, which is manifestly the Will of God. A man who is a priest must act as a father protector and provide adequate support for his children. Sometimes this is hard to do in this almost God-forsaken world. To be a priest is to take on the mantle of God to stand at the altar and to be Christ offering the sacrifice of His children, without fear. Let us in considering ourselves children of our mother, the church and keeping in mind St Cyprian’s declaration, “We cannot have the Church as our Mother if we do not have God as our Father.” So what does it mean when a man who is a priest is not spiritually fatherly in disposition? Are we not short-changed?
Once again inspired by the wicked one who so annoys my sensitivities, I must fight back. I make this case. The level of intelligence in the world has dropped sharply. Let me give you spiritual reasons why. Take them or leave them, these are my thoughts though many of you will not understand them. Religion is a moral virtue. Spirituality for the Apostolic Catholic is a state of sanctifying grace, from which unfortunately so many of us fall, and never notice. To some in the Church it is almost the other way around. Never-the-less, we cannot be spiritual without a soul vivified by the Holy Spirit used to be commonly called the indwelling of the Holy Ghost. Ezechiel and Paul both talk about the soul dying when it sins and Paul definitely wrote about our resurrection with Christ through the Cross. The Cross, God’s victory over sin, “Christus Vincit” In this state of grace we are allied intimately to the Divine Intellect, the uncreated Wisdom of God, by the presence of the Holy Trinity in us. Christ promised us, “I will be in you and My Father will come to join Me.” I stand by the fact the world is slipping further and further into dreadful sin, constantly we usurp the Work of God. How then can we claim any help from the Divine Intellect? Consequently I say as the world sinks deeper into sin then the level of intelligence drops.
Here then is another thought of mine based upon the workings of Grace in us. I have a big problem with the intelligence of the Hierarchy at
The Sacrament of Confirmation is generally associated with Pentecost so then how can the Mystical Body of Christ be confirmed twice. By her own teachings the Church, as the Mystical Body of Christ can’t be re-confirmed. So the vacant souls present at