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Today is the feast day of Saint Thomas Aquinas. Let us go to today’s Gospel a moment:
“You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid.” (Matthew 5:14) Have we even lit our candle or are we darkness? And recall this is part of the Sermon on the Mount, which is addressed to all. And let us return to the Gospel and the next verse:
“Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house.”
To put our light under a bushel is a fire hazard, an eternal fire hazard. No our duty is clear. We must find where the Church is, and then proclaim this publicly to all.
Saint Thomas Aquinas says: “In cases of necessity where faith is in danger, every one is bound to proclaim his faith to others, either to give good example and encouragement to the rest of the faithful, or to check the attacks of unbelievers.” Today is a case of extreme necessity, when we must all join our voices together to proclaim the Faith. We need to encourage each other in the Faith, because it is easy to become discouraged today when we see evil advancing at such a pace. Remember that evil triumphs, when good men do nothing or the wrong thing. We overcome evil by doing good. “Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil by good.” (Romans 12:21)
Saint John Chrysostom says: “He who is content with saving himself and neglects the salvation of others cannot secure his own salvation.”
And so let us focus on becoming good our own selves this Lent so that we can join together and proclaim the good news of salvation together later this year.
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“Prayer is good with fasting…” (Tobias 12:8)
We are reading a section from the book Degrees of the Spiritual Life on the types of sinners and how to convert them:
“How must we act towards these unhappy beings who are plunged in sin? How are we to cast out Satan, who has taken up his permanent abode in their hearts? The Gospel tells us that the Apostles, to whom our Lord had given the power to cast out devils, found one day that they were baffled by one of these wicked spirits, who resisted all their exorcisms. Jesus Himself was obliged to intervene before Satan would give up his prey. The Apostles in astonishment then asked the Saviour, etc. Why could not we cast him out?” “This kind,” replied the Divine Master, can go out by nothing, but by prayer and fasting” (Mark ix. 27). 1 Prayer and mortification-such, in fact, are the often indispensable and only means of procuring the conversion of inveterate sinners; any price, however great, must be paid to obtain from God those more than ordinary graces necessary to touch these hardened hearts.”
We have a longer excerpt on the computer and will send you a copy, if you ask. “Ask and receive that your joy may be full.” (John 16:24)
And let us return to Degrees of the Spiritual Life a moment: “After prayer and penance-Bona est oratio cum jeiunio (Prayer is good when it is joined with fasting, Tob. xii. 8)-which touch the heart of God and obtain His all-powerful help, one of the most efficacious supernatural methods is the apostolic training of devoted fellow labourers, who may be better able to approach the sinner and work at his conversion than the ministers of God themselves.” We believe you are called to be one of these fellow laborers with Us.
Let is a time of prayer, fasting and spiritual spring cleaning. In this Ember Week in Lent, each one of us needs to ask the question:
What sacrifice is God asking me to make, that I am refusing Him?
We are asking Our own self this question as well. God is asking each one of us to do more than we are doing. This is why He has brought us together. God has a plan and both of us are a key part of that plan. Our salvation depends on fulfilling our part of that plan. Let us not fly from God’s will as Jonas did. Read this short book of the Bible, as there are some key points made there.
As Vicar of Christ, We await your answer to God’s call.
Ember Week of Lent 2017
1 This dumb devil still makes ravages of souls, for is it not he who stops on the very lips of certain penitents the confession of their sins? And so every confessor should remember the words of our Lord, praying and cheerfully offering his fasts and penances to drive Satan out of the hearts that he possesses and keeps prisoners in the bondage of sacrilege.
A new section on Catholic Positions on controversial positions is being published.
It has been discovered that quite a few people have reached the same conclusion independently of each other on key points, such Confessional jurisdiction of Traditionalist Priests.
A consideration on Conclavism, which led to the election of Pope Michael is also being added.
I am devoting a whole section to a refutation of this heretical work. It is diabolical in how it is presented. As I am reading, I am finding they pick and choose. First they pick and choose which representative of sedevacantism to refute. I am presuming they are taking the argument easiest to refute, and I must admit in some cases they are correct in their refutation. Also they are picking and choosing which theologian(s) to quote. It is obvious they have done a lot of research. It is unfortunate they have not considered all of the evidence. Many of their arguments do not present enough evidence to reach certitude.
Ironically some of the arguments they use against Sedevacantism can also be used against the Society of Saint Pius X, which they are apparently affiliated with.
I have noticed that there are some points I am going to have to go back in to and consider more fully, so I expect to be spending time in doctrine.
They even use things that are on the Index of Prohibited books.
They are using sources that the Sedevacantists will not accept, such as the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the 1983 Code of Canon Law.
Next they are ignoring things, which the Society of Saint Pius X has published, which help refute their arguments.
And I am only on page 125, although I have read the section on Cum Ex Apostolatus Officio.
This is a work in progress, and I don’t expect it to be completed before Easter.
Saint Mathias said: “We must wholly subdue the body through mortification, subjecting it to the spirit of the crucified Jesus.” This is an excellent reminder in the holy season of Lent. Let us look up at the Crucifix and see what Jesus did for us to save us from ourselves. And what does He ask in return. Search the Scriptures for His words and we will see Jesus gives us some specific instructions on how to live our lives. Let us undertake to live a life in conformity to the will of Jesus.
We would also like to ask everyone for prayers for the Church in this holy season of Lent.
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, end the Great Apostasy. The Great Apostasy will end, when God chastises the world. Some are now speculating this may come as soon as October of next year, which sees two anniversaries. On October 13th, we will celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the miracle of the sun at Fatima. How many of us are praying and doing penance as the Blessed Virgin Mary asked us to do? October 31st sees the five hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the Age of Apostasy with the beginning of the Protestant Revolt. On that day, the Church entered the fifth age, the Church of Sardis. The chastisement is the transition to the sixth age, the Church of Philadelphia or brotherly love. Of course, we should already show love for our neighbor now in preparation for moving into the next age of the Church.
Mortification is essential to ending the effects of the Great Apostasy in our own hearts, and if we look carefully, we will find it there.
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“Lord, all hearts are in Thy hands: Thou canst bend as Thou wilt the most stubborn, and soften the most obdurate. Do that honor this day to the Precious Blood, the merits, the sacred wounds, the Holy Name, and loving Heart of Thy beloved Son, of granting the conversion of all mankind, especially _________”
How many of us say this prayer or a similar prayer for that list we have of people who we want to join us in the true Faith?
Father Mateo was asked by a priest why he was having no success improving his parish. The priest then detailed all of the projects he had done. And let us stop and think. Haven’t we talked to these people? Haven’t we invited them to say a Rosary with us? Haven’t we asked them to say a Hail Mary each day. Why haven’t they converted?
Father Mateo asked the priest: “Have you tried becoming a holy priest?” The priest answered that he had not. Father Mateo then replied: “Then you haven’t tried anything.”
My friends, aren’t we satisfied with mediocrity? Aren’t we satisfied with being a balanced Catholic?
Saint John Vianney the holy Cure of Ars tells us of three classes of people: “It consists of three classes: the first is composed of those who are entirely for the world; the second are those who are entirely for God; and the last consists of those people who would like to belong to the world without ceasing to belong to God.”
Which class do we want to be in?
We know that it is foolish to be in the worldly class. “I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercy of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing unto God, your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world; but be reformed in the newness of your mind, that you may prove what is the good, and the acceptable, and the perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2) We know we should not be worldly, because they all go to hell.
And so, are we ready to be entirely for God without reservations, or “would like to belong to the world without ceasing to belong to God.” We want to keep one foot in the world and enjoy its pleasures. Oh, we want to avoid mortal sin like the plague, but we are fine with our regular venial sins. Let us compare mortal sin to a fast acting poison, which immediately kills the soul. Venial sin is a slow acting poison. Yes, a billion venial sins will not condemn me to hell, but each one weakens my soul. Eventually that temptation to commit a mortal sin comes along, and I happily swallow the poison and down I go.
Let us compare two things, manure and ice cream. None of us would willingly eat manure, especially if it stunk real bad. All of us would happily eat ice cream. And so, how much manure is acceptable in our ice cream. My friends, sin is like manure and a much stronger word would be more appropriate, but this is for publication. All sin is manure, and yet we happily mix in a little manure with our bowl of ice cream.
The Cure of Ars says later: “No, my friend; you either belong wholly to God or wholly to the world.” And Jesus said it clearer: ‟He that is not with me, is against me: and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth.”
There is no middle ground. As Saint Augustine says there are two cities we can build up in our souls, and we build one of the other. They can’t both exist in the same place. The first is the City of God and the other is the City of Satan.
What confuses people is that there are three places we can go at death, heaven, hell and purgatory. And so, we aim at purgatory, knowing that it is difficult to go straight to heaven. Difficult, but not impossible. “With men this is impossible: but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
Actually there are two places to go, heaven or hell. The road to heaven passes through Purgatory. We have a choice, we can do our Purgatory here, purging all worldliness out of ourselves, or leave part of the job for the next life. Old Scratch, Satan, would like to convince us that there is an easy road to Purgatory, and then we can get on to heaven. However, what he wants to do is steer us off of the road to heaven and on to the road to hell, while fooling us in to believing we are on the road to purgatory.
Haven’t you gotten off course? Weren’t you going to tell us how to convert others? “Now therefore saith the Lord: Be converted to me with all your heart.” (Joel 2:12) Why would anyone want to convert to a way of life that we won’t even follow ourselves. We must attract people to the Catholic way of life by living it fully, and letting the serenity that comes from total conformity to the will of God radiate from us.
By the way, have you gotten your spiritual EKG back I talked about a while ago? How healthy is your heart, spiritually?
From the desert,
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