In a conversation with another old fogey, some years beyond my three score and ten, we both discussed why we have the same feelings. He understood why I did. It comes for me from the Faith of My Father's. Let me give you some idea of what drives me. I was taught my faith in a Catholic Church, in a Catholic School and in a family with a very charitable father, acknowledged by others to be a fine Catholic Man. He practiced Charity in a variety of ways, that is every chance and way he had an opportunity to do so. He never once shirked his catholic duty and faith if it was a sin he said so, uncompromisingly so. My mentor as an the altar boy, until I was 13, was a priest who was just as uncompromising. He, at one Sunday mass every week, refused to distribute to Holy Communion. No one questioned him, they all knew why they were not disposed to receive. He often preached why. He heard at least fifty or more confessions a week. These were the signposts to what I was and am.
Let me go further, I joined the Royal Air Force to do conscription but signed on for five years. Why, because I earnt more doing Newspapers in the morning before work than a conscript was paid.
What did I face, as I was example of my faith in the dormitories and huts. I knew no other way to live. Surrounded by all kinds of cults growing up I was constantly explaining to new friends why I went to mass on Sundays; why I went on Saturdays to confession and other catholic habits I could not hide, nor did I want to.
In the Armed Forces it was the same but worse. I shared in most cases a room with twenty or more other men, rarely did other Catholics reveal themselves as Catholics. It was obvious I was, therefore once again I had to answer why I did not believe in birth control; why I got up Sundays early to go to mass, why I sometimes went to Church during the day and go early, before most of them got out of bed. Their religious beliefs were far from mine. I mean my beliefs in the Catholic Doctrines and Dogmas I learnt from the Catechism.
Now here is a problem you will not want to hear. The majority of Catholics in the pews today show exactly the same ignorance of Catholicism as did all those protestants of my youth.
There is absolutely not one whit of difference. Ecumenism of the finest sort exactly as the Bishops want. Protestants haven't changed but we Catholics have.Please do not insult my intelligence by trying to correct me. I have been there and done that. These mugwumps are now teaching the catechism or whatever the sorry mess they KNOW it is. They teach this junk, publicly in the Church today and they and so many priests are so smug about it.
Remember the movie on TV news where Peter Finch the old fogey said, "Lean out your window and shout, "I won't take it anymore". Well that's me and some of the other faithful. When you see me or hear of me remember true charity demands I try to save your soul, because not many in the Catholic Church today will try to do so with the proper truths. That statement includes many of you who read this blog. I ask you this question, should I surrender to those whom by observation and consideration I see as scriptural fools and what the scriptural fool is, should I surrender my faith? Consider your answer well for the sake of your soul
Why does a devil not obey an everyday Catholic Priest?
First I must and should say this, so there are no mistakes about my feelings for the priesthood. I say this Priests should always hold dear in their hearts, Christ does not give a little of Himself to priests but completely and utterly of Himself
This is a funny question you might think, but it is strange to me that priests with all their apostolic powers are not all exorcists and healers of all kinds of miseries and granters of every consolations. When administering a solemn baptism, they use two exorcism prayers, they do minor exorcisms in the Sacrament of Confession, they do the same with the Last Rites. Why then do they not exorcise as part of their sacrificial ministry. in their daily lives. Look what Christ gave them in Matthew 10;1
"1 And having called his twelve disciples together, he gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of diseases, and all manner of infirmities." Also in the other Gospels we read confirmations of Matthew's words.
I ask again why then do not Priests in the Apostolic Church with just a passing glance or even the Sign of the Cross condemn evil send it back without a fuss to the place it came from. It should be for all priests the same as Peter's shadow curing the sick. It should be even more if a priest as they did in the Byzantine Church leave the Altar at the mini Consecration and walk down the aisle and as the laity touched their vestments, they were healed. Why no more faith or trust in God's actions by the priests? That is the real question. Do you think any priest or Roman Curia who reads this, will immediately authorize the, let us call it the shadow of Peter, in the course of the mass. How much more appropriate than the personal and private revelation of holding hands for unity. and other nouveau trashy actions during the sacrifice. What kind of unity is that? A need for the egotistical use of some private revelation that surfaces in the minds of an unconverted, uncatechized, disobedient laity.
I have, I confess never understood why JP2 ,when the possessed woman threw herself upon him during a public audition in St Peter's Square just did not throw out the wicked one and send it to the woeful abyss. It should have been just a daily act of His Priesthood. There were priests that did, Cure D'ars, St John Vianney, comes to mind. The Pope is the Priest of Priests in this world, why did he not? He was such a magnificent example to priests in so many other ways. What is so wrong with the Priesthood today that in some way it does not serve and protect, almost cannot protect us in a strange way from wickedness and filth itself? Do they not have faith in their office, in Christ, in what they are? Are they in some kind of spiritual unbalance and need to fast, abstain and work their way with much crying, sobbing and penitence to accept their Way of the Cross to greatness of the Life of Christ within them?
It seems to me we are or have arrived back at the time of the 11th. and 12th. centuries. The time of John van Ruysbrook, Symeon the New Theologian, St Francis of Assisi, St Dominic.
The first two castigated the Bishops or as Blessed John wrote in His Spiritual Espousals,
"For the leaders of the Church have turned completely to worldly concerns and do not have thoroughly at heart the matters and concerns which have been placed in their hands. For this reason they pray with their lips, but their heart does not savor the meaning of their prayers...As a result they are coarse and dull and are not enlightened with Divine Truth. Sometimes they seek to eat and drink well and to enjoy bodily comforts without moderation----- and would to God that they were chaste of body. As long as they live in this way they will never attain enlightenment. (book2 part 2/3 section B)
St Francis of Assisi the great example, who by revelation to one of his followers and then later to one of his benefactors, was the second warning. His warning is to me is his example of practicing our religion and love of God. Can we see that, I mean a true virtue of religion in many of today's priesthood? I want to so much. So many brave young men who have had the virtue of fortitude slowly sucked out of them by a vowed obedience to so many bad bishops I ask the question again with a different context why would the devil need to, that is have to listen to those who are not truly committed to their pastoral duties which they have vowed to lead.
Before you read this I mention in the letter I was taught this in a different way so here it what I was taught. When you go to receive Holy Communion be aware of the dreadful future you face if you are not in a state of grace with your sins forgiven. God will leave and all you will have that is what you deserve food for the body, bread alone.
On and off this question has bothered me. I do have good reasons for thinking these words over. You see through ecumenism we have arrived in the Church to protestant theology. We have got there with stealth and sneakiness. These movements ably and abetted by the very deliberate pastoral ineptitude of the majority of bishops have brought us to John Calvin’s indefectibilityof grace, that is once baptized then grace is ever present and we are saved. Catholics believe in the sanctifying grace that comes with Baptism and should believe that for every sin committed there after the Sacrament of Confession, we are reconciled with God, our community and all the Church. For a Catholic to come even close to this heretic theology is a death dealing blow to our soul, a spiritual suicide. Yet in the Church we commit this act to ourselves. So many, many times I have heard in discussion, both inside and outside the Church, “I do not sin” Those in the Church who have told me this also add, “Therefore I do not need to go to confession”. These people go to receive Communion even daily. Look at what they do, they deny Jesus’ words, “You are all sinners”. They summarily dismiss the sacraments. I say if you throw out one you throw out Christ’s saving works and thus throw them all out and say by our actions, “We never needed You”. We can do it ourselves so we think. Is that true?
Now I ask is it not possible that God is unwilling to allow us to sin. Although by the great gift of Free Will He cannot stop us. Help us by our prayers He will. We know from scriptures many reasons conditions and the awful punishments sin will bring down upon our immortal souls in the next world. Saying grace and perseverance is all that is needed to share Eternity with God is a dumb mistake, a deliberate lack of intelligence in using the knowledge God gave us and the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ teaches us.
So I say and I have heard it taught in my youth at school in a different manner than how I now express it. When in blasphemy and sacrilege we present ourselves at the Altar to receive Holy Communion, do you not think God thinks, Enough is enough”, in His way. Is He there in you or with you on this sinful occasion? Does He then share His Temple the inner chamber of your soul with His enemy already there? Do you think then His enemy leaves? If you do you are saying the Eucharistic Body of Christ hidden in the Veil of Bread forgives sins. The Church has never taught the Eucharist forgives sins. It has said since the words of the Mass changed It forgives venial sins. It was always the words “Indulgentiam etc” that venial sins were forgiven. So for the sake of your eternal life, take no chances, consider the question again.
Perhaps part of your consideration should be, "if I am not in a state of grace what state am I in? Is it pride blasphemy and sacrilege? If it is any or all of the above? would Charity and the virtue of religion, that am I adoring God and giving Him His due exist in my heart?
Let me write some of them down. You may wish to run your mind over them yourself. I will give you further in the occasions that have given arise to these thoughts. Even my reasons for why they happened.
Would God take part in a sinful occasion?
Why does the devil not obey a priest?
Would God put His Seed in a dirty cup?
Why is Mary truly Immaculate?
What made Fatima a success and not Medjugorie?
Why when some unconsecrated whacko lays hands you do you swoon and yet with the reception of the Eucharist you never even flinch?
Why is it that the Church now teaches that if a spiritual movement taking place in one’s interior causes agitation, it is evil?
Why do many Catholics never listen, never watch and never seek to ask in prayer if what they see and know is grace in another person’s actions?
Why do most Catholics never really believe in Christ’s words and promises about the power of His Holy Name?
Why do many Catholics today believe that grace in them is indefectible and they are always holy?
Why do many catholics doubt the holiness in others compared to their own?
Why have many catholics put their private opinions and therefore private revelations as superior to the Church’s teachings?
Why are so many catholics destroying the unity in the Church with the fight over the Mass or Liturgy?
Why do many catholics never examine their conscience daily?
Why do many catholics stand before the cross and never shed tears?
16. Why do so many catholics not know the catechetical definition of prayer?
Tomorrow is another day, the day when I will try to give you my reasons and you can compare them with yours.
Yesterday I posted this. " Prophets and others "I have given you a prophet", says the Lord. Filled with disgust he will stand solitary against he tide of evil, of the sin and the filth flooding My Church. He is My Mother's delight and her hero. Believe him or believe him not at your peril. He will stamp on the devil and his serpents and his power will sustain my church. This is My word, the Word made Flesh"
Some read it and turned it off. Some hissing and spitting like serpents, I hear, exploded with some kind of passion, thinking with some kind of annoyance, "How dare he claim this". Some I understand wanted to know more about me". Why because they are perhaps too trusting? Off course it is not me, so those who have unsheathed their fangs close your mouths.
First of all, let me remind you that it is Pope Benedict of whom I speak. Get your minds in gear and think, pray before you comment. Christ was, and in order of these names "a Hebrew Christian". Jew first then head of the christian family later. That is he was a member of the Hebrew Religious Community formed by God for His benefit. Only Hebrews can judge this first part of His Life and He was bound to follow His Father's laws. The Apostles had to, before His death, see Him as a completely practicing Hebrew and understand how the Law was to be fulfilled by Him. They saw themselves as a community of brothers under the law. When they finally believed He was the Son of God, He was then the Son of the Law. They also knew by His actions He was not above Jewish Custom yet and Jewish family Law had to take precedence. He was the eldest Son of the Father, He was the Word and Law of God. Therefore to them He had as the Elder Brother act , defend, guide and rule the Family. This was Jewish Law. Therefore in naming Peter as the elder brother was very acceptable to them. The Pope of Rome, Peters successor, blowing off the conceit of man who wants no one but himself to the leader, is the Elder Brother of Christianity, Christ's family.
By the way I am just the messenger, don't shoot me. Mostly you miss and as usual you hit your foot. I am as Mary says, " Just a mouth". Whacko and crazy I might be to most, but I am not in any sense foolish or stupid
Prophets and others
"I have given you a prophet", says the Lord. Filled with disgust he will stand solitary against he tide of evil, of the sin and the filth flooding My Church. He is My Mother's delight and her hero. Believe him or believe him not at your peril. He will stamp on the devil and his serpents and his power will sustain my church. This is My word, the Word made Flesh