All Conversations in My Heart
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
  What should we consider when we examine our life
We, as Catholics, are instructed by Church Teachings to look at ourselves, to examine ourselves, even in a roundabout way to examine others. You deny this other examination and call it judging? Why so? If we understand love aright, we know through the second great commandment, we must love others more than oneself. To love this way we must go a step higher, ascend towards Heaven and see the greatest commandment of all and in a small but convoluted manner by loving the Jesus we should see in others and die to the slanderous misinterpretation of the word “judge”. We must be willing to receive the condemnation of others for tell them, "you are sinning". First of all the Apostles and even Jesus Himself, who could not go outside the bounds of the teaching revelation of the Hebrew faith and judge rightly, is never taken into account. Jews believed we cannot ask for a punishment greater than the sentence of the God of Justice who is above mercy, who is Jesus. His Father being Justice. It is the highest imperative of our lives, we rise above justification, which is not justice, to righteousness. Catholics given much, in the Sacraments, must not easily accept Purgatory but must, MUST, achieve Heaven for that is what is expected of us. It is part of the Judgment, our Triumphant Christ, will use when we come before Him at both the time we stand before Him at the end of our life here on earth and the final Judgment at the cessation of all temporal worldly life.
Therefore I suggest we look at all things done for our benefit. We have to take all things into account, especially those we do for the total benefit of our interior life, for the charitable behavior above all things towards the Trinity and towards our neighbors. Look closely in all things that effect us to find the workings of heavenly forces done for our eternal benefit and assess the value of these deeds in our miserable earthly life. Did we use them or did we refuse them? This is Wisdom and when used by us it is Wisdom created in us and our brothers and sisters in Christ. It is also a very English devotion at least it used to be. St Bede, St Duns Scotus and Fr Baker SJ and Teresa Higginson were great proponents of this devotion.
The last, a woman, who should be sainted, is highly qualified by today’s statutes, those written qualifications for sainthood of the Church. Disqualified because as theologians said the Church did not need another devotion. What a load of hogwash? Teresa’s devotion preceded Christ in time on earth. It is contained in Chapter 9 of the Book of Wisdom. Teresa’s revelations were of God’s Memory, Understanding and Knowledge. All contained in the Sacred Head of Christ. It is His Divine Intellect. My goodness how mush we need access to this Magnificent Feature today? The head is where the brain is. Christ’s wisdom was uncreated. Any reasonably intelligent Catholic lay man or woman can or will call this, as the world does, our intellect. Why could the theologians not know this? Of course I believe firmly and strongly that for us to release the power of uncreated wisdom in us, we must be solidly entrenched, firmly and strongly in the state of the grace that sanctifies. Then I believe the past, the present and the future that exists in God, is ours to plumb and use for His Good and of course ours. For Teresa’s qualifications see http://teresahigginson.blogspot.ca/. You can also find her biography for download at, http://freespace.virgin.net/crc.english/thh/index.htm.
Ask yourself was Teresa Higginson really needed by the Church? You can only answer that question by reading her story. Unless we the Laity work for her beatification nothing will happen.
The next woman that should be blessed is Rose Ferron, a Catholic Lay Woman, born in Quebec and spent most of her life in Fall River. Read her story at http://www.stgemmagalgani.com/2009/05/marie-rose-ferron-american-stigmatist.html. This is another case where, unless we Laity work for her beatification nothing will happen.
We cannot doubt that in the Church today the habit is more Priests and Religious are blessed by their peers than the Laity. Is it not a prophesy that the Laity will save the Church??
You will read on one of the above web pages the usual silly disclaimer that the writer acknowledges the authority of the Church as the final arbiter in the case of theology, and the case for sanctification etc., in the hands of the Church. Does that in today's church only mean the priesthood. I wonder often in today’s church if this is still the case since Vatican 2 has made the inclusion of the Laity to be prominent in Church affairs? Can, in today’s Church a lay man or woman have enough grace to make an informed decision on the Holiness of their brothers and sisters? This is of course if we use the sacraments wisely and can prove them to be our personal way and the habits of our daily life? 
It seems that at last the Hierarchy is becoming equally concerned as I am of the sanctified sacramental life of priests. Why do I, you think? Well I can never get a decent explanation of St Cyprian of Carthage’s question. “Who can absolve sins, whose sins are not absolved?” He was of course talking about the Sacrament of Baptism administered by those Bishop’s, of that time, who readily surrendered their bibles to be burnt by Roman Judges, rather than accept martyrdom.
I am certainly not a member of Concerned Catholics, nor yet a member of Call to Action, nor a member of an hysterical prayer cult. There can be no one who can doubt I am disgusted by the Mr Potato Head Mass. But I am concerned strongly as was Cyprian about Bishops or Laity who rather than have a few moments of embarrassment for the defense of our faith, who  hide behind close doors. Those priests and hierarchs who even demand we follow their rules and, yet do not enforce with correctness and proper applications the rules they write. I find and I will admit to errors but commonsense tells me when I read of the interminable childish squabbles the Roman Curia and other hierarchs are seen to have with the Papacy, I know, I should for the sake of my soul, have a great deal of care. If I am wrong what then is there right in the case against the Papal butler and his computer adviser other than to hush up scandalous behavior on the part of fallible hierarchs? I am sure names were named and actions described. I remind those in charge that the dark is always eventually illuminated. The sooner the better, for the Laity has to know who to trust.
I have a great problem with the number of people who call themselves Catholic, who do not practice our religion but only put into play their sensual opinions. Many are, and if you have not received absolution from a priest in the sacrament of confession you too, are fallen. Christ received the power to forgive sins through His Passion and death. He gave this power to the priesthood. He broke the covenant with Levi and made His Son His Levi. He did not change the Old Law nor make Joanna of Chuza, or Sarah, or Mary the Magdalene or Susana of Cana new levites, under the New Law. 
Go to confession, confusion falls away and one's mind becomes clearer. Grace overcomes one's lack of knowledge and our eternal future becomes a reality. David told us a pleasing sacrifice to God is a contrite heart. If a priest does not judge you and does not see you are contrite there is no forgivenes, no absolution. The Council of Trent, when I confess directly to God became the Mantra of the Reformers, who claimed an act of perfect contrition was adequate, made this statement. The Church says that it is impossible for her children to make an act of perfect contrition without an external circumstance. I would think the maiden tied to the railroad tracks with the express train moments away, with the old man laughing gleefully may be such a circumstance. She would certainly have a right to be perfectly contrite. By the way, the reformers knew they had no sacrificial priesthood and could not offer the Laitys' sacrifice. Read the Church of England's mission statement about the Eucharist and remember Luther went as far as Constantinople to become a bishop.
So again I urge you to write, or forward this communication, or speak to your parish priest and your bishop and check if what you read is truthful. When they say as they will, wanting to disseminate, make no commital to the faith, "The Church does not teach any of this drive". Then you must ask, “What then does it teach on these subjects?”

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