For His Glory and His Alone
Looking at it logically, a charismatic question
There is a web page "Unity Publishing"which recently has succinctly put forward some very good thoughts on thinking and catholic logic. Mr Salbato's underlying thought is we do not think properly and have more or less completely forgotten history. He is quite correct.
My thoughts often mesh with his but I want to say that I believe that through concupiscence and procrastination, our prayers which if we are praying correctly should lead to meditation of God, our neighbor and of our actions. Being foolish children we tend and obviously do stop meditating, examining our thoughts and behavior long before we should. I believe by observation and discussing prayer with some of the catholic faithful we get easily satisfied with our state of grace making claims about it that do not hold water compared with for example catholic teaching and the first chapter of the Book of Wisdom
Here is my position on this subject when we look at the sign seekers in our faith, the dreaded catholic pentecostals who stop and are satisfied, because the gift of their version of what tongues are, makes them Holy. I do not for one moment think so and neither do Churchmen, hierarchs or priest who should be using St John Chrysostom's commentary on First Corinthians to correct them. These teachers get on to get by.
Here is a question I have asked and never received an answer but several declarations, "You do not know what you are talking about".
"If, I ask,' some scuzzy person who claims holiness lays hands on you and you fall over slain in the Spirit which by the way is not Heaven's way as in heaven there is no death , why then, if you go to receive Holy Communion, truly believing it is Christ in the Eucharist hidden under the veil of bread and wine, why then do you not immediately pass away rapidly?"
It tells me two things either it is not the Eucharist because of some thought pattern or error they harbor or they really do not believe. Personally I think the sanctuary should be littered with involuntary bodies, although I now expect the usual actions and they will all fall down through hysteria which is commonplace amongst the Charismatic Movement. If one takes the time to study them and question them.
Labels: catholic, Charismatic tongues " slain in the spirit", Eucharist, pentecostal, resting in the spirit
The Holy Name of Jesus
This might be quite fanciful. It may well be to 'Those of Little Faith". Nevertheless let me urge or in some cases, as it may touch your sore points, harangue you. When I finished the Litany of the Holy Name this am, the name when used is the sword Christ brought us, I felt the mental movement to ask for something more. You see when I was voluntarily separated from Christ by tepidity, the willing acceptance of the recent dogma of minimalism and of course my sins and wretchedness, often I deliberately used the Name of Jesus in vain. Well let me then use it as a sword asking God to let every joyful, respectful uttering of the Most Holy Name be a scourge for the Serpent. Let every syllable become a slash across its back making it howl and scream under the lash as he did through his filth and followers at the Passion of our Lord.
Did you all say, I hope, "Why not indeed and let this delightful name be my sword too, please".
Say it often from first awakening to the last light, you will like it.
Labels: Holy Name Jesus Sword
Zeal for One's faith
ZEAL FOR CATHOLICISM AS AN ACT OF LOVE
“Zeal not according to knowledge”, St Paul Rom 10.2
The highest good for humanity, the goal to which each person must direct all the powers of his spirit and body, is salvation. From this, it follows that the highest act of love for one's neighbors is to aid their salvation. In the Catholic Apostolic Church - Christ's Kingdom, the kingdom of love on earth, every member must be concerned first of all about his own salvation, and then about the salvation of all others.
Attaining to salvation is the true reason for existence for all of humanity. To this end, Christ our God has established and ordained His Church upon the earth and made Her the custodian of salvation, the guide and maintainer of the truth, which leads to salvation. Love for one's neighbor must consist first of all in striving for one's own salvation, for in doing this, one is able to reflect the truth and prepare oneself to witness it to others. Moreover, it is a direct deceit of Satan, that is pride, which leads many who are not struggling for their own salvation to begin trying to save others. The Catholic must hear the words of Cyprian of Carthage, who asked, “Can he absolve sins whose sins are not absolved?” asking in turn of himself, “Can anyone save who is not truly saved?” The Catholic who is not in a state of grace will be guided by his own imperfect logic and will be unable to witness the perfection of God to those outside the Church. The Holy Scriptures make these words true, when upon the waters of Lake Gennesaret Simon, James and John fished all night catching nothing, later joined to Christ they caught more than their boat could hold. Witnessing of Christ and His Holy Church is not after all, an aggressive act, but is primarily an act of example, of striving with one's whole soul to fulfill the commands of the Apostolic Catholic Church which are precisely the commands of the Holy Scripture - to save one's own soul. Fr John Hardon SJ, in his Catechism written at the Pope’s request states quite bluntly, “Once we are baptized and confirmed we are obligated to evangelize” or as the prayer for vocations in this diocese says, “By baptism and confirmation you have summoned us to build up Your Holy Church”.
Catholics truly know when they are in a state of sanctifying grace and when confirmed, we have the gifts of the Holy Spirit infused in us. One of the virtues we acquire is Zeal, which St Thomas Aquinas taught, “as the vehement movement of one who loves, to secure the object of his love” (Our neighbor’s salvation). This virtue is proportional to that of the love felt. Zeal is the very opposite of sloth and is often reined in by the terrible ‘maybe’ of tepidity for which God threatens to vomit us out of His mouth. This love, this zeal is named by the Church as amor amicitiae or the love for friends. We must know and attribute our actions as an effort to do as Christ commanded for us to love others as I have loved you. This is the old Catholic adage we used to use called “zeal for souls”.
Zeal, being as we can deduct from the preceding, is love in action, which is "truthful evangelization." It is without doubt the actions we do as far as it is possible to remove all that would injure or harm the soul to which we have projected our love. We must further deduce that zeal will be intolerant towards sin as was the Epitome of all virtues, Jesus Christ. Who else could really mean or could intend and enforce these paraphrased words as John reported Christ as saying, ‘My way or the highway”? Did not God say in Rv: 3:19: “Such as I love, I rebuke and chastise. Be zealous therefore and do penance”. (DRV). How can we therefore accuse Jesus Christ in any way as lacking in zeal or in being inactive in penitence? If we examine the Saul who became Paul we see that before Paul, Saul’s zeal was missing the mark Gal: 1:14: “And I made progress in the Hebrew religion above many of my equals in my own nation, being more abundantly zealous for the traditions of my fathers”. (DRV). Paul yet felled, slain in his spirit, a false spirit as we can see, and taken, by Christ, as he noted for the rest of his life, his zeal was true and Paul was consistent in his recommendation to his converts. Gal: 4:18: “But be zealous for that which is good in a good thing always: and not only when I am present with you”. (DRV)
Yet zeal will also love, as Paul often describes, those who we see as innocent of crime and worthy of love. This statement will also show that an exercise of judgment must take place, a judging of the spiritual state of the object of our proselytizing, our neighbor. It is zeal that Paul asks, bids us, to have in First Corinthians as a charismatic gift given to build up the Church. There cannot be one vocation in the Church whether it is priestly, religiously or in the Laity that cannot be motivated by zeal, if it is truly given to us by Christ, through the Holy Spirit. Zeal to Paul was as it should be for us, a higher gift and much to be desired.
Zealously maintaining that truth which is vital to man's salvation; the truth of the great act of love for our neighbor, then proclaiming that truth is an act of great love for one's fellow humans. This too is primarily an act of striving to live that truth so that it will be manifested in oneself. Yet, we must realize that Satan is most anxious to pervert and destroy that truth so that no one will be saved. This is why the preservation of Catholicism is such a vital act of love - probably the most vital act of love which one can perform. It is love first of all for God; a love demonstrated by humble mindedness and given in holy obedience to His first great commandment, and love for one's neighbor. I mean a love demonstrated by witnessing to the truth that is necessary for the salvation of your neighbor’s soul.
To undermine Catholicism, to denigrate it, to name it as "just one amongst the Christian denominations," a form of pseudo-christianity, to try to justify in other’s claimed Christianity their manqué dogmas as acceptable to the Church, in the name of an imaginary united struggle against atheism, This justification is disdain and hatred, lacking not only the zeal to change them but I would suspect fortitude. It is disdain for God demonstrated in self willed disobedience and dislike, perhaps hatred, of one's neighbor, demonstrated by seeking to deprive him of the truth which leads to salvation.
Let us, the Catholic Laity, love God according to the way He has given us and love our neighbors with a Godly love, according to the Scripture, disdaining the idle inventions of man's pride about a philosophical and worldly form of love, which, being of this world, can only destroy men's souls. Never let it be said about us as is written in Isaiah 63:15, Where are your zeal and your might, the yearning of your heart and your compassion, they are withheld from me. Then remember and understand 1 Macc 2:58; that Elijah, because of great zeal for the law, was taken up into heaven.
Labels: Zeal Evangelise Proselytise Holy Spirit
Twice in Scriptures, once in the Old Law and once in the New, God tells us of the rewards for tepidity. I will vomit them out of My Mouth. Has anyone ever considered what tepidity is and how we can recognize it in ourselves? I have a favorite Catholic Author, he is Fr or Dom Savinien Louismet, a benedictine missionary. His books have the imprimatur of a priest who had to deal with all the great apologetic writers of the early 1900's, Canon Edmund Surmont. the Vicar general of England 1917 and around that date. If you consider the writers he had to deal with, he had to know his business. My advice be careful of which publications you read Fr Louismet or buy his books on the "net since he has been republished by a modern publisher.
His books on mysticism and from the library of catholic authors he quotes are truly definitive of catholic authority on the subject even by the views of the wacko Vatican 2 libertines. His explanations of other religions and their relationship to the Church is a far better interpretation of today's view of Vatican 2, current in the Church of today. His succinct statement there are many people who are members of the Church but are not aware of who they are sums up a reality that exists and which we should be accepting, than the ecumenism that exists in the majority of the minds of the Churchmen today.
If I spend time, as I have thinking of what tepidity is, I find through the latter day liberals in the Church there are really two churches because of new interpretations of the traditional expectations of the Church, which were spelt out as canons, precepts and instructions over time and not today's private revelations of various individuals . These revelations forced upon us as amendments and complete changes to Catholic Practices accepted and taught by caring shepherds over the two millennial are way beyond tepid and are minimal to the lowest and worst extreme.
This is a problem for me because in my lifetime I do really see and experienced two Catholic Churches. This we know cannot be. This is caused by the strident demands of prideful men demanding obedience to their rules. If tepidity is not the sainthood, that sanctification we are to achieve what then is to be the reward for minimalism that so many celebrate today with such joy and acclaim. An example is prayer fasting and abstinence as a habit is expected by Christ and what do Bishops and priests embrace as abstinence. They issue strange directives like do not watch Tee Vee during Lent. Catholics should not watch Tee Vee at all. It is an occasion, a temptation even and definitely does lead to the misfortune of sin. Does one Bishop, one priest ever tell us this. Unlike the Jehovah's, the evangelical protestants who spend Sundays at their place of worship, we as Catholics can be found on Sundays watching the gladiators on Tee Vee the footballers and ice hockey stars trying their best to maim each other for money. I know of priests and have seen the example of a priest rushing the liturgy, and then rushing to the golf course to play a Scottish non conformist invention called golf.
So consider tepidity as opposed to true catholic mysticism the truly secret silent intercourse with God in the rites and rituals of the catholic Church, the prayer life and charity of Catholic Practices. This Mysticism is not found in the sign seekers for personal holiness claiming the example of lesser gifts to claim the Holy Spirit as theirs, but a steady adherence to the Church and the prayer life it reccommends which sometimes leading into a personal divine contemplation of God but only with His help.
Tepidity is the example of the bad servants in scriptures and a complete refusal of the directive of Jesus when He said, "I stand at the door and knock and if any man would hear My Voice and open to Me the gate I will come in and sup with Him and he with Me" revelations chapter 3. Tepidity is the way of the foolish virgins. Tepidity is is self complacency, satisfied with oneself and never seeking to see oneself in an examination of conscience happy with what we are. Tepidity is a determination not to change and a denial when our sore points are touched by the example and words of others. Tepidity is ignoring the words of Revelation when God speaks to us a says, "Thou sayest, I am rich and made wealthy, and have need of nothing, and knowest not that thou art wretched and miserable, and poor, and and blind, and naked. I counsel thee to buy me of gold tried in the fire, that thou may be made rich and may be clothed in white garments, that the shame of thy nakedness may not appear and anoint thine eyes with eye salve that thou may see"
try it you might like it. The answer is prayer prayer that includes the heart and the mind. Prayer that occupies you with seeking God, to call Him into the inner chamber of your soul.
Saint Faustina in her diary reminds us Jesus wants us to give Him our miseries and wretchedness so free from constraints we can become active in our dispositions towards Him and bring others by our examples and words into His world not this sorry place of temptations, of distractions and procrastinations. Will you consider this as advice and think about how we can accommodate the Spirit of God than the comforts of the world and its prince
Labels: Tepidity Prayer Revelations Apocalypse Faustina