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Wednesday, November 07, 2012
  Words! Words! and Spin
I read all I can find on the Catholic Church. I do have a good memory for the meaning of words and I have access to dictionaries on line and an Oxford etymological dictionary at the local library. Therefore I am at a loss sometimes to understand what I read. Regularly the way words are used differ to the meanings of the words used. In fact it seems there is an ignorance that modern terms have, when viewed by what they used to mean. When writers’ opinions on what words now mean can explain why we do not and cannot communicate “understandably”? I also find so many of the instructions in our church canon laws are remarkably impracticable. One that I find most confusing is for a confession to be licit a screen must be hung, in place, between the priest and his client. I use the word client a little sarcastically. It was used in a commentary about Vatican two and how the Faithful were considered. I do say and, of course many will take exception, canon law is mostly written by the priesthood, some of whom never defend it or the Body of Christ. Look at the controversy over giving Communion to Church Dissenters. Those politicians who vote to support abortions and Birth Control and publicly defend their positions. What I mean is why bother to make laws that the majority do not follow or deliberately break? Is this because of the definition as stated by Vatican 2, of the Sensus Fidei and used to alleviate the guilt of sinners. It is more likely to be a lack of fortitude, a fright of the reaction of weak bishops. It is not this sense, of course it is not. The individual believer participates in the Church’s sensus fidei only insofar as he is guided by and is faithfully obedient to the Magisterium. A layman who refuses to accept that guidance is manifesting not his God-given sense of the faith but the unformed state of his conscience and the incompleteness of his submission to the Word of God. Do I believe all that?​ Not really because when this was quoted at Vatican 2, the true sense of Catholic Spirituality, I mean the very foundation of our Holiness, the sacrament of confession was gradually yet rapidly in decline. I asked a priest once who became a Bishop in a discussion about the above, actually I wrote him a letter and asked, “How can you say the Laity’s sense of the presence of the Holy Spirit is accurate. How can you claim this when many have not been to confession for years? I could have given the names of so many with whom I had discussed how often they confessed their sins to a priest.
Another wrong meaning in the use of a word is sanctification when sanctifying is what is meant. A book written by a catholic priest says the Bishops have the power of sanctification yet it is more real to say they have as do their priests the power of sanctifying. They can through Baptism, Confession sanctify us by the forgiveness of sins. Sanctification is the result which we achieve by using the Sacraments. They can make us saints and we carry out the act of sanctification. In fact our true sanctification makes the 5 sacraments of the Living more fruitful by adding the individual graces of these sacraments to the sanctified, pure soul. The Eucharist therefore is only fruitful when we have sanctifying grace to add too. Every debt we owe to God repaid and if we are of the right mind and actions, grace is applied to our souls. One smiles when we remember as children we were told our actions are written down in the Book of Life.  I smile because God knows all things why then does God need a diary?
 I shudder whenever I hear the words First Fridays, so many work in the practice of this devotion. They never realizing that the graces of that devotion are not awarded if our Church demands, through Her power of the Keys,  we go to confession and then make a Holy Communion before the promised rewards are given to our soul. Ask your parish priest and watch him try to disseminate. I would remind you for the sake of charity to make this known to your brothers and sisters at or on each First Friday. It is not the intention of the receiver that is considered but the state of the receiver that qualifies the person for the plenary indulgence.
It is like Love, and I cannot bring myself to use the word unconditional, God was, is and quite ruthless when He makes a decision about us. You do not think so. Then why was He so quick to throw Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden. They sinned and what was the next fruit over which they would have demanded control. It was the knowledge of creation. They were long gone.
What about what could be the most perfect act of contrition the “Miserere”. What did David mean when he prayed, “Turn not your face from me, nor take away your Holy Spirit”? What does the first Chapter of the book of Wisdom say about God and a sinful soul? What did Christ say to Peter when He told Jesus He was wrong about the death and passion.Get out of My sight”? What Jesus do when the young man could not do all the things necessary to follow Him? He watched him leave and talked about camels. A brute without a sentient heart and soul. Look at the Passion, Christ dying for us on the Cross and Dismas commonly called the, “Good Thief” when repenting a sorrow brought about by a reference to Mary, Jesus’ mother readily forgave Dismas. He had no good thing and totally ignored the unrepentant sinner on the third cross. Unconditional love in the way the word is used today is a myth. Jesus laid down His and His Father’s sentiment conditionally governed by the conditional preposition, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. Personally if a Catholic hears of any difference between what he thinks is true and his knowledge, he is bound by the virtue if his faith to seek Wisdom.

Ask your parish priest for his advice on this subject matter. It will make a good discussion.

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