All Conversations in My Heart
Friday, October 31, 2008
  "Nonsense and disbelief, misunderstanding the Kiss of Peace"
40 odd years ago as a young man I watched bedlam enter the Church. It was allowed in by a deliberate lack of knowledge, a studied indifference to the Church's teachings, by straight disobedience and pure stupidity. I could not understand the priests with whom I grew up in the Church, those who were my confessors and pastors how they could really be so foolish.
Un-humorously enough it coincided more or less with three facts.
1: the disappearance of the Sacrament of Confession
2: the need for entertainment demanded; surely due to the lack of grace caused by the above
3: Opinionated laity that did not listen to the rubrics as written by the Congregation of the Liturgy and Sacraments and since signed by three Popes.

You want to know is there any difference today. No it is just as bad if not worse and that is a dreadful comment on the state of the Church today. We should have by now realized and learnt from the errors caused by opinions and been called to obedience of the rubrics of the Church. We have not corrected one darn thing. Am I proud of this, no and neither should those in authority who practice disobedience. A disobedience which they demand stridently from us, while judging us and our actions in the light of their demands.

First: realize the Kiss of Peace is optional and cannot be activated unless the Synod of Bishops involved with the Diocese, Eparchy or monastery agree and publicise the authority necessary to formally grant the Liturgical change and then, only after petitioning Rome for a confirmation of the exception or exceptions. It is a very solid statement by the Pope that Hierarchs, Bishops, Pastors or Priests cannot adjust the Divine liturgy to suit theirs or the ego's and opinion's of parish councils, committees or opinionated, self claimed lay theologians. Habits that are caused by disobedience of the Rubrics should not become authorised. That is putting the cart before the horse.

Second: realize when the petition to Rome is granted and it seems only the American Council of Bishops have applied and received permission (although my information is dated and may not be accurate) they also received another severely restrained exception and that is the Priest can only leave the altar on special occasions. funerals are one and that is to give condolences only to the close relatives or to greet important dignitaries who are are present. Even that presupposes these guests can receive the forgiveness of sins that brings peace in one's soul. Can this apply to Politicians's who support abortions I ask??

Third; realize Altar servers under no circumstances are allowed to leave the altar, even to greet their parents, brothers. sisters or friends.

Fourth: realize the faithful present can only greet or offer peace to those beside them, not in front or behind nor several pews away.

Why the reason for the Kiss of Peace or the opinionated reason given by so many who know no better? They use Christ's prohibition to leave your gift at the altar and ask forgiveness of those you have sinned against entirely out of context. This is utter stupidity. What I ask do you do about the guy who cut you off driving to church who you determinedly cussed out omitting no disgusting thoughts on his intelligence? Your neighbor who you condemned to everlasting torture for driving over your son's bike. If you do not do this, go to them and apologize for your comments, while carefully dodging his punches of road rage etc., then what is the use of the Kiss of Peace at church? None I think. Nothing has changed you are still a sinner receiving Christ how would you describe the state of your soul as you do? Remember you have still have not forgiven or asked for forgiveness of all you have wronged. Your action of receiving Christ is a fallacy of unheard of futility. What many of us are guilty of is placing an optional rite, questionable in its action spiritually, above the Sacrament of Confession. For whatever reason, the wisdom of those who went before us dropped the action. One reason I know off was the size of the congregations and the deacon was chosen and authorized in the Liturgy on our behalf. It is like catechumens leaving the Church at the canon of the Mass, another fallacy since they left originally so as the Priest was not known to the Authorities General Absolution was started when the whole congregation openly confessed their sins. The scandal caused gave rise to one on one confession with the Priest.

The Church teaches that the priest represents at the Sacraments, the Holy Mysteries, Jesus the Judge and also our brothers and sisters
and we are reconciled by the rite of confession with God, the Church and our neighbors. I suggest do not let any disobedient ritual take the place of the Sacrament always remembering it is dangerous as Paul says to take the Eucharist without first confessing. How much more dangerous is it for parents to encourage their children to take communion without confessing. I have wrestled despairingly with that one.

I will take correction if you feel it is necessary but I will not accept the dreadful need and fostered and cared for by hierarchs for entertainment. As the sacrifice unfolds at the altar wonder yourself how much Christ was entertained.

Do not claim you make a good act of contrition for the Church ancients maintained and still do it is impossible for many of us to make a firm purpose of amendment without external circumstances are co compelling we really mean it.



 
  Papal Intentions

Pope's November prayer intentions
October 31, 2008

The Vatican has released Pope Benedict's prayer intentions for the month of November 2008. The Pope's general intention is "that the testimony of love offered by the saints may fortify Christians in their devotion to God and their neighbor, imitating Christ who came to serve and not to be served. His missionary intention is "that the Christian communities of Asia, contemplating the face of Christ, may know how to find the most suitable ways to announce Him, in full faithfulness to the Gospel, to the people of that vast continent so rich in culture and ancient forms of spirituality.
 
Thursday, October 30, 2008
  Warnings
In the Book the Flowers of St Francis it was revealed to Francis who shared it with one of his closest brothers who I admit watched him continually. That in the ecstasy in which he, the brother, had just witnessed it was revealed to him, (St Francis to be) he was the second warning. Obviously Christ was the first warning. Then is there to be a third warning? I would think perhaps know so. It will be the great warning, the great illumination told to us by Garabandal, by Fr Gobbi. It will not be a sign in the sky as so many seem to imagine but it will be a personal revelation, succinct and definite given as in the first two by a man. The sign in the sky belief is a misappropriated human interpretation by mankind of an indication of another announcement by God. The third warning which was to arrive in 1998 came in 1995 and has been practiced and dismissed quite readily as delusion. Before I explain more it would be advantageous to us all if we revisited Christ's words Knock, Seek and Ask. Find within yourselves, in your interior life if you really and truly believe Christ's promises and how deeply is the meaning of the use of the name raised victorious on the Cross and glorified on the third day for you.
 
  State of Life and State of Grace

This is an explanation by the Spiritual Director FR Snow to his ward or child Theresa Helena Higginson. It can be found in the Book of her life written by Lady Cecil Kerr and published by Sands and Company London 1930. It has the Imprimatur of the Vicar general of England Canon Surmont 1926. Fr Snow was appointed Theresa's spiritual guide by the Archbishop of Liverpool.

Father Snow replied as follows:

My DEAR CHILD.

"You must distinguish in your mind between a perfect state of life and a state of perfection. The religious is the most perfect state of life but anyone can with God's grace reach a state of perfection in any state of life. And we have also to distinguish between what is best and more perfect in itself and what is best and more perfect with regard to each individual. Now no one can possibly be in a more perfect state than to fulfill in everything the Will of God and have one's will made one with the Will of God, and he gives most glory to God who most perfectly fulfills His Will. So if one person in obedience to God's Will takes no vows and if another in obedience to God's Will takes private vows and another in obedience to God's Will takes vows in religion, all three cannot do anything more perfect or give more glory to God in that particular matter. The father of St. Lewis Bertrand after the death of his first wife had an ardent desire to become a Car­thusian in order to devote the remainder of his life to prayer and penance. On his way to the Carthusian monastery to ask for the habit. St. Bruno and St. Vincent Ferrar appeared to him and assured him that it was not God's Will that he should become a monk but that he was to marry a second time and serve God in the world; whereupon he married again and became the father of a great saint. And he could not have done anything more perfect or given more glory to God. And though it is true to say that the state of life of a Carthusian is a more perfect state than that of a married man in the world, yet there is no reason why a man like the father of St. Lewis might not reach a much higher state of perfec­tion and union with God than many a Carthusian.

"The application of all this to yourself is simple enough, and I hardly need make it. The grace of God urged you to take private vows, even before you properly knew the meaning of them, and the same grace urged you to renew them at, your first Communion and many times afterwards, and as far as I know you have never had any indication whatever that it is God's Will that you should take vows in religion.

"You may therefore conclude that you are perfectly doing His Will in not taking vows in religion-and giving Him more glory thereby. He has been pleased to make use of you for His glory first in one place and then in another and it may be His Will to do so again in the future. Therefore, you would be doing wrong to tie yourself to any particular place unless you had strong indications that it was God's Will you should do so.

"I hope this makes clear what you wanted to know. If not I will write again if you will let me know exactly what you want.

"With love to my sisters and kind remembrances to all "

Yours affectionately in Christ

" ALFRED SNOW."



 
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