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Friday, April 05, 2013
  How the Church has warned us
How hard it is at times to express what the teachings of the Church are and how the Church herself should be absorbed into one's daily life. I cannot remember a day when I did not use her presence in the world and her protection to try to live a life of grace. When I needed something where ever I was I went in and said a Memorare. It always worked. Many of the really splendid achievements of my life were answers to that habit of mine. Whether it was building Cable tv studios, a tv station in 119 days, taking a pornographic movie off the air, managing sales or technical groups, I cannot remember ever anything but successes. I understood these achievements always were explained by what I was taught, “Be careful what you pray for you might get it”. A Catholic should admit right now as you read that our basic vocation is prayer and for them to be heard we must be pure. That is for the uninitiated be in a state of grace. Now for fallen catholics of which there are many that statement means, we go the confession regularly, the Sacrament of Penance,we must make atonement and reparation. They are the only forgiveness we can achieve easily. They are achieved by kneeling before a priest and expressing sorrow. These are the truly good works that cleanse our soul after Baptism and reaching the age of wisdom at seven years old. Do not let the lutheran and evangelical calls that , “It is ended”, said upon the cross means all sins are forgiven and we are destined by by Christ's atoning sacrifice to be saved, without good works. The Spiritual and Corporal works of mercy are meritorious and raise us above tepid. Nevertheless above Jesus' mercy is justice and perfect justice must have perfect reparation. A perfect act of contrition does not come without some impetus which scares the daylights out of us. This is from the Council of Trent. Many in the Church today pray in clicking syllables, which have no discernible intelligence. God is an intelligent spirit, very intelligent, and pays no notice to fools. As a child of the Church I was taught when you pray and Christ does neither hear nor answer, be careful it may some other entity, something else that hears and answers.
     We were taught that God is everywhere, this means that by Christ's promise so also is He and the Holy Ghost, the Divine spirit of sanctifying grace and supernatural love present. There is one place where He may not be in a soul that is sinful. God does not share His Temple with His enemy. All through scriptures this is revealed. He certainly right after creation makes this apparent for the first time when Adam and Eve were thrust out of the garden. David the psalmist thought so too. Look at Psalm 50, the Miserere. Take not your Spirit from me. Do not turn away.” Habakkuk says,”The eyes of God are so pure, He cannot see ugliness.” Ugly as sin we say. Wisdom says the Holy Spirit will not enter into a malicious soul nor in a body subject to sin. Jesus Himself, told poor Peter to get out of My sight. The crowd at Nazareth, raging at Christ's claim to be God went to throw Him of a cliff, and yet this raging tumultuous mob did not notice Him slip away. I have often wondered how that happened. Christ and therefore God the Father does not like rowdy crowds, how He could stand the welcoming crowds on Palm Sunday is for me amazing. He likes silence, He likes reverence, not shrieking, screaming mobs, hysterical in their behaviour. He knows that among these raving mobs there is always one's who will just as loudly betray and praise Him. Those who practice hysteria in our Church had better get a grip on their emotions. Reverence, piety and silence are the hallmarks of our faith. By the way, St Basil wrote, “It is so easy to lose the Holy Spirit and so hard to regain Him”. The way the Church inherited from Christ was the Sacrament of Confession, His power to forgive sins given to the Priesthood not to a common priesthood, a form of clerical laity.
      Christ demonstrated to the apostles, there are two sides to any coin. Theology has developed in a manner that shows we can prove truth or an existing truth by apophatic or negative theology. We must admit even though we do not see the flip side of a spiritual coin, we know there is one. One that is sometimes not to our advantage. It was Maimonides who developed this science, and unfortunately some of his works were on the Index. I ask, can we show that grace exists from where it isn't or vice versa? Is there I ask a correlation in behaviours between one sanctified and one sinful? Those for me are stimulating questions. Just as I can ask if someone does not go to confession for many years, months, or weeks can they be in a state of grace and receive Holy Communion worthily. Can anyone go to every mass ever offered and receive communion yet never confess his or her sins, can they have or reach eternal life? Is sanctifying grace present or not? Can it be seen to be present by actions and example or even by the teachings of the Church? The rubrics of Indulgences makes us aware as did St Ignatius Loyola in his spiritual exercises, we must go to confession weekly, or to receive plenary indulgences, we must go to both confession and communion within the octave, eight days, of the petitioning for your plenary indulgence. From the above it looks like we cannot receive grace unless sin is forgiven by the Church, certainly we cannot receive the indulgence that follows the nine first Friday devotion, if we miss confession within a week before the first Friday of the month on which we receive Holy Communion.  
     I once spoke with a woman who took up the position that although she had not been to confession for 30 years, she did not need to, as she felt peace in her soul, and was therefore quite worthy of receiving Communion. She confessed her sins directly to God. I did remind her that many people were at peace since the devil did not need to bother with them as they were already his. They had, I thought, conquered their conscience. She could hardly contain her anger. So much for God's peace which the world cannot give.Is it not amazing we all join pension schemes, we all buy insurance policies to make us comfortable in later lives, and yet very few confess their sins a far cheaper way to buy eternal life. It beggars my imagination so many do not.
      On the question of the state of the grace that sanctifies. If our new Holy Father is truly Jesuit, then he must be a great proponent of both conscience and sanctifying Grace. It was the Jesuits that developed this dogma in Spain. Since both orders, that is Jesuits and Franciscans, have differing views on this absolutely necessary food in our souls, I would feel that a Jesuit cannot be a Franciscan and vice versa. We shall see as we travel on in time where Pope Francis stands ere long. I am a trifle disgusted he will not use the title of Pope or Holy Father and it seems he represents himself and not the Papal Apostolic Church. He claims by constantly using his title of Bishop of Rome to be just one of the boys in the chorus. Who will put him straight, I wonder? The last two popes who determined to close down the Jesuits died earlier than expected. I believe it was JP1 who died mysteriously the day before he was going to close, them, the Jesuits down.
      We have, when our soul is in this state of the grace that sanctifies, for which we should strive unceasingly, access to the Divine Intellect, the uncreated Wisdom of God. The more merits or acts of charity, we practice, Charity is an effort that transcends love, the more grace will grow in us. We will have a greater ability to understand much more of the good news or we can receive so many more consolations from God in our Catholic Lives. After all Christ told us through St Faustina, the prayers of the pure are always heard as did St James in his letter. I mean wisdom fuels our good works and starts with the best of all works reparation, atonement and penances. We are pushed this way by fear of God's very real punishments. I cannot think of a better act than saving our souls, other than saving others in some way.
Let me give you some thoughts on the election of Popes. If God, Jesus Christ and His Mystical Body of Christ is the great, “I AM”, of the Bible, then it is as the church teaches, The Trinity is always the same yesterday, as it is today and will be tomorrow. God is not a fickle unfaithful friend. Although many in the Church today see Him as so in their opinionated private revelations. If one is in a state of grace then we can truly hear the whispered words of the Holy Ghost, the Divine Eternal Holy Spirit of God, and hear Him clearly.
Can we say with absolute certainty that every Cardinal at every Conclave heard and voted as the Holy Ghost, the Eternal Divine Spirit of truth directed or, can we claim whispered to him? Can we place our spiritual life on the line and say yes they did? I would love to see the cardinals before entering any conclave, synod or committee of the Church first publicly enter the Confessional. Did they, the Cardinals, always hear His Words and voted accordingly? If they did why is Catherine of Sienna so revered. Have these Men ever been frightened by outside influences? Have they ever been politically swayed by family ties? There are many of the same type of questions a real church historian could posit. It comes down to this, can the Holy Spirit be fickle and change His Mind? If He can, then I am surprised Jesus has not come a second time, an unpromised, unprophetised time and changed the hierarchy, the high priesthood for the better. These words, anathema to the high priests, will allow them to correct my heresy. It is a heresy a schism, to suggest such thoughts about us. I am talking about men in office not priests doing their sacramental tasks. But why I ask would my thoughts on this matter, be in error? We know it may be scandalous that Cardinals who disobeyed the strictures that govern their deliberations in the Conclave, who later announced how close the race was between Cardinal Ratzinger and Cardinal Bergoglio. God never changes, so why did He if the High Priests are right? Why have him elected now? What has changed within his psyche, what metanoia has he gone through to change God's will? Perhaps one day we might be told of any life change he made.
Here is my quandary. Are so many, or so much gossip we read of, hear broadcast or gossiped about in our church today just conspiracies or are they true? Very few High Priests do set our minds, so full of tumultuous thoughts, at rest. We ask ourselves are these conspiracies or facts. What can we know from all the so called conspiracy theories that dance around in the church today. Should we forget them or believe as did Isaiah in 8:11, For thus saith the Lord to me: As he hath taught me, with a strong arm, that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying: [12] Say ye not: A conspiracy: for all that this people speaketh, is a conspiracy: neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid”.
These theories dance around in the minds of the faithful like Abyssinian Worshipers making a dreadful row with their rattles banging and dancing around their altars. Is it a conspiracy theory, similar to the statements of so many, whose minds are agitated by one or two priests over the third secret of Fatima, forgetting the dreadful insults etc., to the Eucharist which the Archangel warned us about and in a way calling the Pope a liar. These Sacrileges and Blasphemies have only gotten and unfortunately to be even more offensive. I mean are the latest stories from Rome about a hearing by a trio of Cardinals over the behaviour of the curia in Rome, gossip too? A fallacious conspiracy published on catholic news blogs, that say there was a report by Rome investigators that gave chapter and verse to the machinations by the Roman Curia to thwart the Papal Office by stealing Papal correspondence. We are very unlikely to know of this report, of its findings or who were the conspirators, and we should? We have an understanding there was a report considered by the Cardinals before the latest conclave started. If there was such a report who were exposed and how did they vote during the conclave. Since we can say in truth we, the laity, know from all reports leading up to the last conclave, there was trio of Cardinals who investigated the accusations. Unfortunately with the dreadful authority that is wielded by the Hierarchs as they demand blind Obedience from us, we are unlikely to know. Through the dogma of, “Father knows best”, we are very unlikely to be allowed to share in that report. I thought that Vatican 2 outlawed this attitude? The laity faced with the denials of priestly paedophilia have every right to be made aware of any problems before it is leaked to the media. Unless of course when the news published will probably not profit the high priests' position of power. Does not the Holy Spirit exist and his consolations, does not His paracletian reminders exist for the laity. Servants it seems do not have to answer to those whom they serve. It seems what we hear are the violins playing louder and louder in Rome.
Again I urge any of you who do find this on the 'net print it out, forward it to your parish priest ask for his opinion, forward it to your bishops etc. Ask if you will is there any truth in what you have read. It would be advantageous for us all to study Isaiah chapter 3 to verse 10. Would you consider Isaiah to be speaking perfect charity arising from perfect truth? After all did not the Angel cleanse this prophet's lips with a burning coal. At least the Priests in the Tridentine masses pleaded to have the angel do the same.

I am reminded again and again to pray for the Church.

Almighty and Eternal God, Consuming Fire of Terrible Jealous Love, Divine Companion of My Heart, My Soul and My love, dear Maker and Lover of Mankind, I pray for a return to Grace for us all. I pray for good people; that they might become even better in order to be even more able to approach the perfection of the Good Lord, Who loves us from Heaven. I pray for people who are not good; I pray for those who are tepid, wavering between goodness and wickedness, so that they might be fortified and thus be able to persevere on the holy path; I pray for the wicked, that Your goodness might awaken their spirits, and might even raise them from their death and might draw them back to the Lord their God. I pray for a return to the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity. A return to the virtues of religion, piety, purity, obedience, and a detachment from all the riches of the Earth, its sensuality, power, riches, the dreadful Satanic Trinity, and that hatred, lust, wrath, pride is replaced by fortitude, temperance, justice, prudence. All this I ask in the Name of Your Son, Jesus Christ

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