For His Glory and His Alone
Why I confess part 2
Even though you may feel like doing so, please do not mentally stone me for my views. I had an e mail the other day a critique of the blog I called “why I use the confessional” found at http://mikehurcum.blogspot.com/2006/07/why-use-confessional.html (?) . The objection was I used the words “Face to face” . The correspondent was beside herself with annoyance because I had broken a canon law, whereby confessions are not supposed to be face to face, but behind a fixed partition. I could go on and on taking umbrage, but in reality the Local Ordinary has the right to overrule and in our diocese it seems we can have as they call them reconciliation rooms.
Of course I would not be honest if I did not admit that I cannot defend parts of canon law for this reason. When all mention of altar relics was erased, I ceased to trust these laws when they started to change ancient habits especially those mentioned in scriptures. Books that defined the construction of the Church, Books that insisted on the separation of the altar from the people, then they removed altar rails and changed the instructions on the position of the priest, as the sacrificial minister, in respect to the people, and took out the Tabernacle, our Ark of the New Covenant. they allowed women on the Altar and gave permission for everyday folks to take the sacrifice in un-anointed hands. Why then should any of us obey those who gerrymander scriptures?
I confess weekly before Sunday mass and a priest said I was (not), nor was my son to go weekly. It was not necessary. This is a foolish statement, who can say that confessing this regularly does not give us a stronger grace to fight off temptations. Let alone any merits that might be available for being a good example. Who can deny us that right. After all is this not Catholic standard teaching that one of the values of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion is a gift of the grace that sanctifies. Just once I wish foolish people would ask for reasons why I do things they find time wasting and foolish.
Now as thoughts enter my head, it may be time to wonder therefore what do I expect from the sacrament. First what the first dissenter should know I truly consider and I have good reason to know of the correctness of my beliefs that I am “FACE TO FACE” with Jesus Himself in the Confessional. The priest is a human veil, as it were, over the persona of Jesus Christ, and no one has the right to criticize this a a tenet of my faith. Mostly they behave this way because very few have a faith strong enough to believe and act this demanding fact and many priests in the Church today do not show any deep love for the penitent. Let me cause you all more controversy in your life, both to priest and laity. I think that one reason very few go to confession is they are in some way scared to go. Now there are some who have not used the Sacramental Rite as given to the priesthood by Jesus for years. I know of some from personal conversations that have not gone for 30 years. I was away for twenty or so. The reaction from one or two of these were not completely of their own volition. There seemed to be a dark shadow in their mind that kept them away. The shadow was some kind of fear. Another time a nearly adolescent girl was instructed by her mother, who probably had a good reason, to go to confessional. The young woman to be was a good friend of the priest. The young woman to be was terribly scared and for what ever reason the mother asked me to persuade her daughter. I asked why she was frightened since Christ already knew what she had done and the priest had heard confessions that were more than likely to be scarier than hers at this time, “Go on in”. I thank and bless God if she did.
From my personal viewpoint there could be another view and it is perhaps many realize that priest does not love them. Surely there is one time for us all, including priests, where our parish priest should be able to demonstrate his pastoral love for us and that is in the Sacrament of Confession. If we do not feel any compassion and love, if we feel we receive a boring, lackadaisical, mechanical, next one in line treatment, especially as a young child, who would want to go back ever? If a Priest who stands before his parishioners daily and never reminds them that he cannot do his vocation justice if he never sees them in the confessional and it is a sorry life he is leading without their trust, he can then be satisfied that it was not any lack of effort on his part that caused their perfect judgment by Christ to be frightening. He will not as Christ said have to give reasons for the loss of any soul.
I have other stories about confessions as sometimes I have been asked for help in the use of the Holy Rite of Reconciliation and Penance they are all quite interesting, but they have happened for me and others. Never the less our duty is to use the sacrament and therefor purify our sacrifice. The Old Testament is quite specific about the penalties for imperfect offerings and the Council of Trent tells us that it is well nigh impossible for us to make a perfect act of contrition unless a terrible danger that cannot be avoided is coming down the tracks and is not going to miss. In any case not to take advantage of Christ’s passion and death for which He died for the power to forgive sins is dreadful disrespect for what He did. Remember He shed His Precious Blood for our everlasting salvation.
Again as ever, copy this and give it to your parish priest and ask him to comment on its veracity.
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Mary as the Mother of all Charisms
You can read on some blogs and in some articles that Blessed Mary hates the Charismatic Renewal and the pentecostals. I know That our Blessed Mother cannot and will not hate her children. Remember you must, this Blessed and Holy Mother is still alive. Her body was assumed into heaven to join her soul tied, by her dormitition (ecstasy) and great beauty, to God with bonds unbreakable. Then we have her assumption as God would not release Her Soul, and He did not call her in death, her body rejoined her soul in God. If Blessed Mary hated then and now, she would be sinner and therefore would have lost her personal beatific vision of God's beauty. Where, we must ask of ourselves, would be now?
A charismatic leader, who by the following conversation is very like the Pharisees of old told me in a conversation, “I am Portuguese and no longer have need for the Rosary. I have given myself to Jesus”. My goodness, how can anyone think Jesus would accept anyone who deserts His Mother. Would He accept any slightness removal of His Mother from both our hearts and from the Church? At the many Charismatic Renwal prayer meetings I have been to, I am always shocked by missing prayers. None for the Pope, and none for the poor souls.
What is wrong with the Renewal? Slowly but surely they have gone off base. Not all but a great majority of them have. If one hears the hidden sneer in the voice of many of them as they say, “I speak in tongues”. Is there not a hidden inference contained therein that those of us who do not speak in tongues have no indwelling of the Holy Ghost, the divine Eternal Spirit of God, of supernatural love and sanctifying grace?
Our Blessed Mother is the fountain of all virtues, these are the true charisma. Mary carried in her womb and brought into the world the great and proper renewal called the Messiah. How insulting and awful it is to dismiss her so summarily. Blessed Mary as the Church teaches leads us to these charisma. To cast her aside very definitely does not lead to one grace because without her we have no grace.
Maria Simma, in the book , “Get us out of here”, answered a question about the renewal in this way. “As a good example of something very good coming out of the Council that then also became too modern is the Charismatic Renewal. It was very good in its early years; but, then again, without Our Lady there just is no renewal! Today that movement is badly fragmented and can only be pulled together again if all its leaders were to call in the Blessed Mother into all of their activities. Do not forget for a minute that Our Lady was there in the Upper Room as the Holy Spirit descended! The Renewal's modernization has permitted Satan to fragment it so efficiently. And over all, when we look at the Councils throughout history, it becomes clear that after every Council there came a time of confusion, and this Council was the largest to date, was it not? All these things, however, will soon settle down again.
It sure was the largest, but back to the Renewal for a moment. Do you have any advice for those who are involved in the Renewal? Yes, they should talk less and be far more humble and prayerful. Sensation and faith do not blend.
Enthusiasm or renewals, it they be charismatic or otherwise, as Msgr Ronald Knox pointed out, come and go throughout the church history, fueled by false prophecies they die on roof tops in the heat of the sun. Grace from God is eternal. Miracles and signs engineered by wickedness and filth unsupported by grace never can last. That is why the Church takes it time and waits for the true signs of everlasting grace. I mean simply that healing of the sick be they spiritual or worldly last for ever. Those who are cured never die of the sickness that has been cured. Whatever caused the need for prayers when those prayers are blessed, God in His perfect forgiveness never remembers the cause unless we bring it up before Him again by thoughts or actions.
As usual I urge you to consult you parish priest with this article in your hand and ask, “can this be true?”
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Sperm Banks and other Messes
There is a very interesting article at the above link. I have a problem, a big problem, with sperm banks and their secrecy. The man mentioned in the podcast has a large number of children, I would surmise that as there is no central sperm bank, but many banks in different areas of countries, states, provinces, counties and cities that in the main their use is very localized. Consider then it is very likely most of his sons and daughters live close within, if I err charitably, 100 miles. Is it not possible for them to meet and could even perhaps attend the same schools? What is there stopping a natural attraction occurring, a sibling feeling that is unrecognized for what it is? Then perhaps they marry and have children. What kind of children are born of incest for that inadvertently is what it is.
I have another thought, is "in vitro fertilization" a chemical act in a laboratory dish, an animal act or a act of procreation recognized by God. We know that God's gift to us as an act of love (I hope) between committed man and woman, is accompanied by a soul. What of the other acts, what gift accompanies them? The Pope JP2 has said a soul accompanies these acts and are all part of God's procreation.
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