Traditional, orthodox and old ways.
What is wrong with the old ways, except the vicious reaction they invite. Look at what they gave us and what today's modernism and liberal thought has done to the once glorious, victorious and triumphant Church called Catholic since the turn of the first century. Called so to distinguish it from the opinionated heresies of that time. That gnosticism that denied Christ because He was not like that. He is unacceptable today unless in our opinions He suits what we as individuals think is socially acceptable. Just like today's thoughts in the Church, led by many priests who not want to be like Him, as this sort of behavior is no longer acceptable. How awful we have become and we show no shame and border upon violent when we meet any truth that is not ours when faced with His truths. Let me tell you of the Priests I grew up with.In the old Church, we used the Sacraments especially the Sacrament of Confession and we were warned verbally by our teachers not to go to Holy Communion without it. I can say without contradiction, in the Catholic Church we can go and receive every communion possible but it is very likely and extremely likely we will never reach heaven. Yet after every confession, honest and good, made with penance and fasting we will achieve the will of God for us and enter the pearly gates. Do we see this practice of bi-weekly confession continue. No we do not. It is rarely believed or trusted in by priests. I hope they do not know it or bitter are the dregs thereof, of which they will drink. Can I write this I honestly think so, because it is noticeable by the absence of homilies on the sacrilege and blasphemies allowed to continue at every mass today. Do not say I cannot judge. I do not have to and a little honesty on Catholic Hearts will know this is a truth. Priests, I'm sorry, cannot possible believe that the huge numbers that receive each week, if it is the Body and Blood received validly in communion, compare favorably with the numbers of confessions they have heard in the previous week. Let alone in the previous weeks. What was taught to us as the standard of receiving was, "Confession every two weeks". It was not scandalous for anyone to sit and not communicate in the prevatican 2 church, not as I nearly wrote the prevarican church. We accepted quite readily and I cannot remember any gossip about who did not go. In fact the Parish priest would call upon those who rarely went to receive at their homes to seek to help the sinners amongst us. It was no great deal, sin happens and priests in those days were openly eager to help. Yes Folks, priests regularly dropped in to our house for a cup of tea and there was no embarrassment on either side. This was before the four years that changed illicitly 2000 years of revelation. I believe Divine Revelation grew that way. Can we say the same of today's priests. I would bet there is not one Bishop that requires a report on those visits today. The only report today would be on, "Why have the mass collections dropped off?" Prove me wrong and I will apologize. Priest used to write to me to correct me. They stopped when I asked this question. "when you are giving your homilies looking out from your bully pulpit on the Ambo.Do you see couples you have married three years or more before with little or no children. Do you see a severe shortage of young kids in your congregation and do you remember when you last gave a homily on Humanae Vitae?' Correct me Fathers when you have.Shall I tell you of the times of when we were faithful as a Church.When priests were strong men, convinced in their faith and taught it without prevarication. Taught it and made every effort to see we practiced the Faith, making every effort to lead us to Heaven? Why should I not, but the million dollar question is whether you will listen. God I can assure you does not like deaf ears. Only deaf ears are the dead and you should consider the meaning behind that phrase God can raise His Voice enough to be heard and be heard He will.
Labels: catechism, confession, Holy Communiuon, Humanae Vitae
Meditations on wise men
Sometimes while praying and reading I think of subjects not closely related to the subject of either the prayer or the meditation. I was reading about the Three Wise Men. I use the word wise as it seems very appropriate from how I see them. Where were they from and I am writing in terms of the size of the known world at that time. They were in language, custom and distance as far apart for us as the Arctic and the Antarctic. What were they? Let us say they must have been some form of astrologers or astronomers. Perhaps one could say, a mixture of both, who were capable of recognizing both the usual appearance and what it meant. It was such a rare occurrence and so different they quite literally dropped everything and set out to see where it was going. They ventured out of their laboratories and observation posts to see what It was going to do on the other side of their horizons. Miles apart they followed this star day and night. It was bright enough for them to see it by day and for it to light their path in dangerous territories by night.
How I ask could they do this they seemed to have a supernatural understanding and faith in what they would see at the end of their journey. They came from so far apart in a world where it took days to go great distances and had so many dialects and foreign tongues they without a shadow of doubt would never be able to understand each other. Yet they met somewhere on their journeys and must have.
For me through Catholic Teaching, we know God is uncreated Wisdom and one of the attributes of His Divine Intellect is understanding. We must therefore believe that if they understood each other then God was present in their journey and as it was the warning for them as the Advent of the Messiah, original sin was present and God's divinity was not indwelling but was as the catechism says everywhere around them. They were not holy in the New Testament meaning as Christ had not yet died and sent the Holy Spirit to live in them. But consider they understood a language not their own but was used to communicate outside the boundaries of their habitation. They were not yet holy but I think they would once Jesus had opened the gates of Limbo follow Him to Heaven.
When they reached Jerusalem the Star vanished. Why did not the Star illuminate Jerusalem? The Magi, the wise men saw it everywhere else but not there. Was Jerusalem too separated from holiness to see the message God was sending to the world? The joyful announcement to men of good will the Messiah like the Star approaches.
How comes when they left Jerusalem their Light reappeared? How many today see the Light of the Messiah and Savior? Hazard a guess anyone.
Labels: Divine, Grace Knowledge Intelligence Divine Intellect, Star, Tongues., understanding