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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
  Jesuits and priests as they should be
My Faith is certainly strongly influenced by Jesuits and for the right reasons, why shouldn't it be? I was brought up in England. A country kept faithful from the time of Elizabeth 1st. by Jesuit Priests who were what could be seen as a long queue of Jesuit priests who came to England readied to be martyred. They were, for England, and for many other countries an inexhaustible fount of God's love for His Children, or an abyss of evangelization. I ask for us all to remember the Jesuits,  for what they were and not for what so many of them are today. Pray for their return to their "no quitting" spirit. Even until the 1800's priests were still jailed for being priests in the UK. There are one or two miraculous supernatural stories of how Christ defended them.  The Jesuit teachings still are in common vogue as Francis 1st. cannot hide from them. Are we to see the Jesuit style of stern resolve not to surrender, to return to the Church We should demand strongly from the Trinity that it does and I truly and sincerely hope so. In a symbolic thought I hope the sword, a soldier's sword that Ignatius dedicated to Blessed Mary is withdrawn from Its hidding place, polished, sharpened, and made ready for action. I am happily amused by Francis' Jesuit doctrine and Ignatian Spirituality. As a child in England we were taught the Jesuit Doctrine of perfect contrition. I remember being told, “Make sure you know who you are praying to, if God does not hear you, satan will”. 
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius are the greatest examination of Conscience, are an act of self meditation and also a brilliant form of perfect contrition, we often heard about them but never use. The non believers do. The work of a Jesuit Priest in London gave to the world the various 12 step programmes, an adaptation of the same Spiritual Works. If in some way you have a bondage to sin, that is a sinful habit, using the spiritual works properly and as directed, will rid you of the habit. The Catholic Truth Society pamphlets were mostly written by Jesuits in London. They were the theological writers that gave the English Church their religious education, until the Sisters came to teach the catechism.
Digressing as usual, I will return to my original thoughts. I wish to write about how the Divine Intellect called to us by the state of the grace that sanctifies to help us or how the uncreated wisdom of God helps our created wisdom to understand so many spiritual acts and meanings. This will use the Jesuit version of the Doctrine of Grace, simple in its explanation but a state so difficult in today's church to achieve. The Help of the Divine Intellect is another piece of English teachings on Divine Wisdom (of the Sacred Head) a very strong devotion of Theresa Higginson's, a Liverpool schoolteacher, who had a Jesuit Spiritual Confessor. So good did come out of Liverpool after all. In Theresa, Christ's promise of sending the Paraclete was once again fulfilled. It must be understood without the state of grace, that precious indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we do not comprehend clearly or deeply what God is telling us through Scriptures, Christ, Blessed Mary or the Prophets. A teaching of the Church which in England we were taught, anytime we picked up the Bible, books on dogma, doctrine and lives of the saints to we pray as in the previous blog , “Come Holy Spirit etc.”. There is a terrible danger as I wrote a few lines ago “of who listens”. Make sure who we want to hear, hears us or we end up with our own interpretations. These thoughts become our opinions and a form of private revelations and are, we consider therefore, to be undeniable. I do wish the Teachers in the Church point out this statement as a truer definition of what are private revelations. The modern way today is to dismiss the traditional teachings of the Church and forge new interpretations of old doctrines and words, another foolish change bt Vatican 2. This pastoral council said it is better to know scriptures than to know the catechism leaving us in the hands of those lacking the promise given to the Apostles by Christ of the paracletian return. This is modern way is due to the teachers never asking the Holy Spirit to help their idiosyncrasies of personal beliefs not formed in Church Ways. A very good example of this are the modern meanings given to Scriptures which today are even more erroneous by the fallacies of Hebrew translations that came from the Masorete, Aaron ben Asher in the 1100's, he completely and utterly changed words grammaticly finding errors in diacritical and cantillation marks in the hebrew words. These tricks, used to rid the Old Testament of prophecies of Christ, we were warned of by St Justin Martyr in his “Dialogue with Trypho the Jew, Chapter 71”.
 Truly we must believe that even priests should use the prayer which calls for the assistance of the Paraclete for our memories. Some of the homilies preached today, some of the homilies that are never preached, show a mark of desertion by the Spirit of discipline and wisdom. In fact since I cannot believe the Holy Spirit dwells in the internet, and I find so many homilies in the Church today are, in the English vernacular, cribbed from bad evangelical practices of those outside the Church suggests to me at times the Paraclete does not have much affection in the main for the priesthood who guides us today. They have too many bad habits of wanting it easy and not wanting, using a proper expression, "to fight with filth for our salvation." There are not many priests who are so, only enough to be in those places where they are dangerous for their and our spiritual health.
There was an account of a priest in the Midwest of America who was in a terrible car crash and died. He was sent back to reform his life at a request of Blessed Mary's to be given a second chance. How often we see of this Blessed Mother, of ours, asking and getting us a second chance? How often this Blessed Woman gets us all this second chance? How She triggers and reminds Jesus, He is Divine Mercy. The priest was asked a terrible question, “When were you ever a priest for Me?” I hope the priests who read this blog, literally quake in their boots as they “ponder” this question in their minds. Priests and religious are very much part of the true meaning of Fatima's third secret. Next blog will give you the reason why I say this and the screams of horror from pricked brutes will ring out. Once again if you wish to debate this take it to your parish priest and or your bishop and get his opinion.
Teresa's interjaculatory prayer'
"Wisdom of the Sacred Head guide us in all Your ways. O love of the Sacred Heart, consume us with Your Fire".


 


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Monday, June 24, 2013
  Looking at our Church

When as a thinking catholic I scan the internet, this catholic can see in an understated way, we are, in general a little too proud, a little too triumphant. I find it false and unbecoming to hide these attributes under what is false humility. I do confess it is obvious priests are a little paternal and dismissive of our, the laity's views. This triumphalism confuses how we see and believe in our religion. No one likes to be patted on the head with a unspoken,"Father knows best" attitude. This is a usually a poorly a wrong headed version of paternalism. I thank God not all are inflicted with this schism. No one, especially those of us, who have been in the Church all their long life and whose knowledge and views are dismissed in favour of those who are newbies. Newbies, I find, who are inexperienced and badly formed in the faith, and of different cultures. I mean in the text of a Unifying Catholic Culture that has matured and developed over many years of practicing our faith. This attitude does effect how we translate, interpret or understand scriptures, dogma or what is most disgusting for catholic, is how we were taught to interpret and use our badly formed consciences. I wish the nonsense spoken as a gospel truth that is extremely offensive when a severely uniformed newbie tells those of us who existed as catholic and practiced and worked to become saints and got there without ever  knowing the scriptures. That is rude and ignorant and so many of those who should know better publicly agree. Even though one could point out it was their fault if previous to that pastoral council, it was their responsibility to guide us. 

If it is, as the majority of right thinkers iterate and reiterate that catechism is lousy in the Church today. The right thinkers who repeat and repeat rightly in condemning the very foolish majority who teach the RCIA. I question, as should the prelates and the priests who authorize such monstrous foolishness, how can anyone been able able to form consciences properly, since the advent of dreadful pastoral debacle called Vatican 2 and following? I can criticize since I have been to RCIA classes in various parishes and in the main they stink, reek of schisms and down right denial of catholic teachings. In one argument with a priest when he glossed over confession before a Holy Communion, he objected to my question of not receiving communion if not in a state of grace.


Let this blog cause you to stop and consider the lack of unity in the church. Why is this lack so apparent? My thoughts lean towards a complete and very deliberate misunderstanding of Vatican 2 and a lack of interest by bishops and priests in teaching encyclicals such as Christifideles Laici, and documents on the Liturgy. Vatican 2 fostered a worldly view by the laity of their role in the Church which was never corrected by prelates and priests. It has been for so many a descent to where we should be frightened to go. It has been downhill journey ever since. The resulting success of liberal obscurantism in the church is caused by the neglect and bad catechizing through a lack of fortitude by priests who fail to insist on orthodox catechetical teaching. Are these sentiments wrong? Consider therefore the disunity over the Liturgies. Consider the words in Evelyn Waugh's letters to Cardinal Heenan, who agreed with him over the abuses in the new liturgies. Cardinal Heenan agreed wholeheartedly, fought and earned the Heenan Indult and then did what a modern and untaught laity popularly demanded. The sacrifice of the mass had to be built unfortunately on the demands of rebellious Jewry, 2000 years ago at the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ. Then formed, it was offered in places and actions formed by God's instructions to the Hebrews over the form of the temple interior, the personnel allowed on the altar, and what the sacrifices were to be in atonement for. Evelyn Waugh dismissed the idiotic demands for the use of the vernacular language by showing if it is to be followed to its perfection then due to refugee-ism, immigration, and other cross border pollinations, we should have masses offered in parishes everywhere, in Tagalog, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, and various other languages, even as he facetiously wrote by Abyssinians with their rattles banging, dancing around the altar. I remember when we could all understand the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as it was always the same, and our teachers took pains to teach us the format in which it was presented. I have heard catholics talk about the mass in Latin as retrogressive. The unspoken statement is the old mass is not modern enough. The music is old fashioned, and must we, to keep up with new trends start celebrating the today's mass in rap and as the fad changes, change the mass again. This would be a logical conclusion from the modern thought of the prelates and priests. If someone wants the mass to be a rock concert, then give them a mass separate from the traditions of the Church. See how long it would last. If someone wants to dance around the altar banging with rattles and tambourines then give them a separate mass. Do not disturb me or others like me in our prayer of silence, which is the precursor, by Church teachings on the prayer to DIVINE COMTEMPLATION.

May I add some other thoughts. I have heard many say by their actions they do not need confession as a sacrament, Priests are demanding that it is replaced with general absolution. Some claim the Church cannot make rules other than what is in the scriptures. How truly banal? The Church has the power. Christ after  His resurrection and before His ascension said so. Do no, as is fashionable today, place your opinions, your private revelations, before those of a Man who did not tell lies. The Church echoing the Old Law instructs us to keep Holy the Sabbath and gives us an order of mass by which to keep the sacrifice and the day Holy. If we are not present, we have committed a grievous or mortal sin. The Church defines the length and the time in liturgical practice by which this instruction is made (fulfilled). We must be there from before the Gospel until after the Last Blessing. To do otherwise we have missed mass and committed a mortal sin. The Church instructs us that we cannot receive Holy Communion until we have confessed this sin and should not receive until we do so, as soon as possible. This meant in my day and it has not changed, do not go to Holy Communion until we go to a sacramental confession. So many I know could not care less and miss mass and receive. I know there are all sorts of excuses one can give but nevertheless, it is still a precept or commandment of the Church, miss mass you have sinned. When will one priest have the intestinal fortitude to stand in front of his sheep and tell them of this precept or instruction. He might not want too, but when he stands before Christ he will certainly know he should have as he is sent to join the goats.

If there are any of the laity who reads this, and armed with the virtue of fortitude decides to ask Prelate or Priest to give an opinion on the veracity of what you have just read, you will find it will be obvious if the questioned has the intestinal fortitude to give an answer from his conscience. Good Luck with your quest. By the way, why when so many Bishops do admit to a rotten malaise in the teaching of the faith through bad catechesis, why has it not been corrected?

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