Confusion caused by lack of logic and teaching
There are many habits, customs, and other actions seen today's Church. All of which were not there 40 years ago. Can it be said, I wonder if the Lord our God was a trifle lazy and had no eye out for His community and His children in the first 2000 years and of course the Hebrew times before the last two millennia. Can any of you think of any reason to believe what I have just written? I certainly can't. If the Lord our God was, as the catechism teaches, everywhere then I must ask why would He so neglect us. Personally, the times from the sixties and seventies, became a time when we knew this following thought but never heard it stated, we knew but never said it for discussion. We sure did act it though. It was the time when it was acted out that we believe in God but we do not believe what He said. We went as Catholics from tepid to mediocre to minimally faithful, rationalizing the easy way we live and encouraged to do so by the Hierarchy. In many personal opinions it was it seems that, He said this, but He meant it this way. So many cults make Christ out a liar or a dimwit with no logic. What a dreadful insult to the Divine Intellect from so many scripturally foolish followers, of whom,I ask politely today, “Was Jesus Christ a liar? Why do so many deliberately, and without a clear thought in their head make Him so?
Some call turning to Him an Epiphany, when what they need to experience is a metanoia. Tell me who can understand what gifts do these epiphanists bring to God, as did the Magi on that day? This feast commemorates the symbolic acceptance of the manifestation of Christ by the gentiles, represented by the Magi. What sinful gifts do we bear to our epiphany with the corruption of the meaning of the feast? What we should be seeking is forgiveness and offering a penitent feeling for the dreadful ways of our life. It should be a change of lifestyles a new way to live, a “metanoia”. That is the Gift we should be offering.
We have lost the habit of Confession in the Church. Any book, that is any good book on exorcism tells of the reluctance of those possessed to use the sacraments. Is this the case, or is it simply that Bishops and Seminaries not fully understanding or believing are unable to fully convince either themselves and the laity or trainee priests of the efficacy and meaning of the sacrament. First and foremost, the Bishop in his promise at His anointing undertakes as a sworn sacred duty to teach and defend the truths of the Church. When I read or see of the lack of the use of this Sacramental Channel of Grace I cannot but feel that someone somewhere is not keeping his promise to God, his promise to the Laity and is losing souls left right and center. It is another habit for Catholics to believe the Liturgy forgives sins or a good act of contrition will do. This is an act of perfect contrition in which we promise and make, mean, live a proper life and never will we sin again with the help of His grace since we have offended the perfection of God. Is this the contritional act they mean? It was never taught by the Church, that a good act of contrition forgives sins, never was it taught by the Church, without the following conditions. One, it is only efficacious when used in state of dire emergency; two, there is no priest readily available.
How can anyone not go to confession, the sacrament that revivifies us and forgives sins, restores in us as we should believe, sanctifying grace? It seems this is also a new thing in the church, we do not know what sanctifying grace is. How can any catholic in his or her right mind not use what Christ died to obtain, and use His act for our spiritual health, I mean the power to forgive our sins and leave it in the hands of His Apostles for the life of our souls. He could have done it a whole lot easier after all; He is the creator of All Things. Have we forgotten He died to show us the how much sin pains Him? Sin is that dreadful time when we deliberately and somewhat maliciously separate ourselves from Him. It makes us in many cases feel good in this world, readily giving up the Eternity, He earned for us. When catholics who have been given the whole mystical life to be gained and renewed through the sacraments and our sacramental acts, then state by our actions, we do not need the sacraments. How can they then think an act of contrition is enough to make things right. Are we so selfish that we can say and truly mean You did the difficult part we can coast along just fine. Wait ‘til you see the hard times in eternity and just how lonely we will be in eternity as he treats us the same as we treat Him. He will separate Himself from us as He said in scriptures. We will live in a kingdom where everybody hates each other and with good reason. We will exist surrounded by those who were led astray by our bad example. Consider how they will treat us for all eternity. That is the fairness in the Justice of God. “I will do for you what your love did for Me, and grant you the same love you had for others”.
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