Jesus and His Statements
Continuing on with the personal views in my blog, there are many things we can take as the Gospel truth. “I came to fulfill the Law not to change it”. Well what did Christ mean and how was He to be believed by His new Hebrew Disciples and how did He fulfill the Old Law? It is not hard to know in an honest hindsight Jesus was and did become the Offering, replacing every kind and variety of the sacrifices as defined in the Old Law. He was not just a gift of finest wheat. His Body and Blood was far beyond any substance touched by sinful mankind, far beyond. If only the anointed priesthood of the Hebrews, less in perfection that the Priesthood of Christ, could touch the sacrifice, what has changed? We all know, if we have integrity and honesty, nothing else changed and the commandments, the statutes and all the prohibitions given to Moses and the Hebrews stood renewed. The curses for disobedience, the law of primogeniture were not waved but made very apparent by Jesus in His Life's example to the Apostles and disciples. His dismissal of Peter when he tried to have Jesus disobey His Father. In our words today Christ told Peter, “To get out of my sight”. Did He not? A far harsher punishment than He gave to Peter's sins before the cock crowed. I think anyone who thinks Christ dismissed His Father's Sinaic law governing the first born, is foolish scripturally. We all know the Old Testament example wherein Esau was replaced by His Brother Jacob by the inadvertent blessing of Isaac. Once he had blessed, Isaac could not recant. This then is why the Father actually blessed Peter as the keeper of the Keys and the elder brother of the Hebrews. Remember Jesus said, “ Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jonah: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven. And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church.”
What I am trying to say that The office of the Papacy is the Elder Brother of all Christians. He is the Keeper of the Keys and every morning as the Grand Vizier of many Semitic tribes he opens the palace doors, and prepares the petitioners for their meeting with the Ruler. He controls the treasury and riches of the kingdom, and makes sure the laws are kept. For those who are disobedience, read Deuteronomy 28:15. Moses statement to those who about to enter the promised land. For those Rapturists and end times blasphemers who look forward to seeing their brothers and sisters in Christ punished etc, breaking the second great commandment. You may want to see the forms of punishments promised in Deuteronomy, that may be waiting for sinners of this sort. Promises of punishments that were to come and are to come. Do you think, can any Catholic believe, if we follow any disobedience, any summary dismissal or insults given to the Elder Brother's instructions by any person, we will not receive curses of Moses? Are we not already by the changes in our time receiving the promised rewards in the Church today, with the persecutions that exist politically and secularly. There are women on the altar. There are unanointed hands befouling the the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Christ's Eucharist, and other insults among which is the lack of reverence before God, are they really bringing us spiritual prosperity, as promised in Deuteronomy in the blessings that accompany obedience? Read Chapter 28: and following.
A little example of worship before God; I prayed with a woman who had, as we prayed, entered into an ecstasy. If Mary, the Mother was there she remained absolutely immobile. Now this woman was small and past middle age and neither very fit nor supple. When Christ was present, she gradually bent at the waist with only her knees and forehead touching the floor for nearly an hour.
I had prayed for instruction on appearing before God and found a description of the traditional way in which the Hebrews adored God. The Ukrainian Catholic Church and the orthodox Byzantines, may they never change, prostrate themselves willingly in the aisles, at Lent and other penitential rituals. Three confirmations of how I should behave before Him who raises me up.
Now I tell you again, print this off and ask your parish priest about its veracity. You will know if you are genuinely seeking how right his answer is and what you should do about it. You will instinctively know how you should present yourself at Holy Communion as you read. Do not let God have to tell you, you might yourself very harshly used.
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Prayer, Psalms and Chrysostom
I spend a great deal of time reading about spiritual matters to feed my spiritual spirit and as it is for all of us I am constantly interrupted by my secular spirit. This latter spirit so loves the world it fights with my interior life compelling me at times to live in this world. My thoughts turn me to make me feel good about myself and my secular, worldly life. This is a spiritual battle we all must fight. It is not a battle with the evil one but a deep interior fight with oneself, with one's mind, with one's concupiscent inclinations. We need the help of God's grace to stiffen our resistance in this struggle as we battle with ourselves and our self love. There is no way can resist on our own. I count it unfortunate that what I do, as I pray, is I give over part of my mind to the world and have only, as it is for most of us, a very small part left to share with God. With careful consideration, you may all think likewise.
How then can I even think to give you advice when it is a very individual battle that our spiritual ego must win. Remember it well Christ died that we must win this battle. Our spiritual ego must out duel and overcome our rampant self love. What advice can I perhaps recommend other than we must pray and pray and pray. Can I tell you how you must pray, not really but there are in the Catholic Church a great deal of letters and instructions on how we must pray and how to be qualified in prayer for them to be heard. I believe that one of the best is St John Chrysostom’s “Explanation of the Psalms”. The Church has explained in the past the greatest act of Contrition, which should not be confused as it often is daily with an act of confession, is David’s
Miserere. St John lists six conditions by which are prayers are acceptable.
First:To be worthy of receiving.
Second: to pray in conformity with the laws of God
Third:to pray continuously.
Fourth: not to ask for earthly goods
Fifth: to seek things that are truly profitable for us
Sixth: to contribute everything that it is in our power.
In St Jame's Letter, James wrote, “The prayers of the Pure are always heard”. Christ said the same to St Faustina. That I believe covers the first two. Also we must be aware that if we start to pray God will answer our prayers by in the main always giving us what He knows we need and if our prayers are charitable towards others, He gives what He sees they need. The Poor Souls in Purgatory come to mind. The third is equally simple. We must persevere perhaps even stubbornly, therefore convincing God we truly desire His help. The fourth and fifth must be considered from a point of view that God is not Mammon and it is His Desire that all must be saved. Should we not then pray for others and that we all imitate Christ, that is to be perfect in all virtues, that we should all receive His mercy and compassion, that none of us should be sinners and His help must see us through this dreadful secular Journey according to His will and not ours. The sixth is important, we must pray from the very center of our hearts, the inner chamber of our soul with no thoughts of what we want. We should fill our hearts with thoughts of the Trinity and His love, while standing firmly at the foot of the Victorious Cross asking, pleading perhaps even demanding politely His will not ours be done. It would help if we tell Him for us the situation is unresolvable unless He steps in and blesses our prayers with His help.
St John quotes St Paul extensively and dwells heavily Paul's exhortation to live a more Christ like Life. Psalm 7 will give you all the help you need to do and how to do it. As always show this to your priest or Bishop and ask them if this is useful to your salvation or will it lead your soul astray.
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