Why are the Epistles in the Bible?

By Patrick Miron

 

I have a friend who was evangelical Christian in childhood, atheist in adulthood, and now trying to rediscover Christianity, but in an academic sense at this point.  She asked me this question and I’m not sure I know what a good answer would be.

 

“what is the Catholic reasoning for the epistles / first century Christian writings being silent on the life of a historical, in-the-flesh human Jesus? Do you know much on this topic, does Catholic teaching address it?”

 

Any ideas?

 

WOW! Sever years old AREADY! Awesome!

 

I think of all of you often and you all continue in my daily prayers.

 

It’s a great question; one I have not been asked before which means I actually have to THINK.

 

I’m going from the assumption that you’re friend does now believe in God? And has at least a rudimentary understanding of who, and what God is?

 

As you know, the term “Gospel” means “Good News,” and the term “Epistle” means “letter,” so the terms are closely related as they are an extension of “the Good News” shared in the Gospels. They are not separate or able to be separated from the Gospel messages, but a continuation and expansion of them.

 

So the first question to address is on what evidence is the bible “Inspired by God?” And what exactly does this mean?

 

This does not mean that God WROTE the bible; no, men, chosen and guided by God did the writing. It does mean however that everything in the bible is there because GOD wanted it to be included; and that while everything in the bible is NOT Literally true; it is totally factual in its lessons and  messages.

 

I can think of several evidences of this truth:

 

  1. 1.      The Old Testament prophesies that later have been proven true: here are  examples

 

This site list some 44 that came true: [and even more exist]

 

]http://christianity.about.com/od/biblefactsandlists/a/Prophecies-Jesus.htm

 

6.Will be an heir to the throne of David (Isaiah 9:7; 11:1, 10)

Was given the throne of His father David (Luke 1:32, 33)

  1. 2.     Infused by God Knowledge into Saint Peter:

And Jesus came into the quarters of Caesarea Philippi: and he asked his disciples, saying: Whom do men say that the Son of man is?  But they said: Some John the Baptist, and other some Elias, and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets. Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am?  Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven. And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; andupon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it

This final passage gives 2,000 years of proof, as Christ Prophesy about His New One God; with only One set of Faith beliefs, in and through his One “Catholic” which means “Universal,”  is indisputable evidence. Through severe persecutions, wars, heresies, many thousands of competing “Christian” man-made and promoted faiths, and the Church structure desired by God still stand; One; True and United.

  1. Saint Paul: was chosen by God: Acts chapter nine. And Paul too was granted infused knowledge by God in order to complete the Mission God had chosen for him.  1 Cor. 11:23 “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you…”
  2. A forth proof is that the bible existed for nearly 1,500 years in its complete 73  book form before being usurped by Luther and others. So either the bible is true and factual in its Moral and Faith teachings, or it’s the second greatest fraud, perpetrated on humanity. God being the first.
  3. Millions of people have given their lives as a witness to these truths as Martyrs.

Another question might be? Why does the bible exist at all?

The First Gospel is thought to have been authored by Saint Mark or Saint Matthew around 60 and 80 AD, with the other Gospels being completed by 95-100 AD.  The epistles fall into an earlier time period, as Paul is thought to have been Martyred around 64 AD, so all of HIS letters would predate that.

 

Their remains much debate about the dates because it’s some 2,000 years ago, and the calendar would still not have been invented and used. So everything is based on known historical data, most often giving clues but not so often hard evidence.

 

http://www.blueletterbible.org/study/pnt/pnt02.cfm     [Epistles]

 

http://catholic-resources.org/Bible/Four_Gospel_Chart.htm   [Gospels]

 

The dating is FAR less important than the fact that they are the Divinely Inspired Teachings of Jesus Christ. Accepted as such from the Apostles onward with an amazing consistency of truth.

 

The Letters of James and Peter who were both Apostles, and related firsthand knowledge area bit  easier to accept as being inspired.

 

Here’s why the Gospel and Epistles can’t be separated.

Of the Four Gospels, two are authored by Apostles; Matthew and John, and two were written by disciples; Mark for Saint Peter, and Luke who was a scribe for saint Paul [the 13th Apostles CHOSEN by Christ].

 

Four of the authors of the Epistles were ALSO Apostles: Peter, James, Paul, and John.

 

Christ mandate to the Apostles and those they were empowered to choose. [Mt. 10:1-8, Mt. 16:15-19, John 17:14-19, Mk.16: 14-15 & Mt. 28:16-20]. It is notable that Jesus Himself, choose additional disciples to “GO-OUT” and teach.

 

Luke 10: 1-11And after these things the Lord appointed also other seventy-two: and he sent them two and two before his face into every city and place whither he himself was to come.  Go: Behold I send you as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes; and salute no man by the way. Into whatsoever house you enter, first say: Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you. And in the same house, remain, eating and drinking such things as they have: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Remove not from house to house.  And heal the sick that are therein, and say to them: The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. But into whatsoever city you enter, and they receive you not, going forth into the streets thereof, say: Even the very dust of your city that cleaveth to us, we wipe off against you. Yet know this, that the kingdom of God is at hand. “ 

Very often ignored is the fact that Christ in a precise manner expressed well His Divine Will on who should teach, and what ought to be taught.

 

In Mt. 10:1-8, Christ, 1. Names His Chosen Apostles and Peter as FIRST among them. 2. Bestows on them His Godly Powers and Authority{**} 3.and gives them what to teach and to WHOM it shall be taught [the Jews only]. Then just before Ascending Back to the Father; Christ changes the mandate from “only the Jews”, to the cf. Entire World. Mark 16:14-15At length he appeared to the eleven as they were at table: and he upbraided them with their incredulity and hardness of heart, because they did not believe them who had seen him after he was risen again. And he said to them: Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature. & again in Matthew 28:26-20 “ And the eleven disciples [APOSTLES] went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying:All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.  Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded [taught] you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.”

 

{**}Transferred to the Apostles His very own Godly Powers and Authority:

Mt. 16: 18 “And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth”.

 

John 17:18 “As thou hast sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world”.

 

John 20:21 “He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you.” Implicit in these  powers and authority was the mandate to appoint others to ALSO teach and preach the Good News.”

 

In the Power of giving [all] the Key’s to heaven [Mt. 16:15-19]to Peter,  Christ gave to Peter the necessary authority to make binding rules, laws and regulations, as was prudent for the World-wide establishment of His One God’ with One Faith ; through One church. [I’m attaching a document on this].

 

The most important parts of Christ life ARE detailed in the Gospels. Christ did not come ONLY to be known as the Son of God; no, he came to establish a New Covenant, a NEW FAITH, and a New Faith-organization [His Catholic Church.] BUT even the Gospels are incomplete: Eph. 4:4-8

 

John 20: 30-31 “Many other signs also did Jesus in the sight of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God: and that believing, you may have life in his name.”

John 21: 24-25 “ This is that disciple who giveth testimony of these things, and hath written these things; and we know that his testimony is true. But there are also many other things which Jesus did; which, if they were written every one, the world itself, I think, would not be able to contain the books that should be written.” And thus opens the door for additional writings and teachings.

 

“what is the Catholic reasoning for the epistles / first century Christian writings being silent on the life of a historical, in-the-flesh human Jesus?”

 

As a FYI, by actual word-count:

I searched the word “Christ” in the Epistles: it appears some 458 times & the term “Jesus” appears some 349 times. That is 807 times our Lord is mentioned in the Epistles. That’s hardly being silent.

 

However, Christ did not say “share my life story”; Christ DID SAY: “Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded [taught] you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.” Mt. 28:19-20

 

So the answer seems to be they did what they were TOLD to do.

 

God Bless you and that terrific family of your’s

Patrick

St Joseph Feast Day March 19th

 

 

 

St. Joseph’s Claim to Fame

 

by: Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio 

 

 In the drama of the incarnation, Jesus is, of course, the star.  That’s the way it is at every birth.  All eyes are on the baby.  The co-star, though, is definitely mom.  Without her love and labor, the event could not have happened.  In this case, without mom’s faith it couldn’t have happened either.  According to Luke’s Gospel, an angel brought her stunning news. She believed the unbelievable and said “let it be.”

 

But there is a best supporting actor in the drama as well.  True, Joseph was not the biological father.  But the messiah had to be of David’s royal line.  In ancient Israel, a child’s clan was determined by that of his father.  So it was Joseph who legally bound Jesus to the house of David.  It was because of Joseph that the family had to go to Bethlehem for the census, that the prophecy might be fulfilled.

 

God carefully selected the woman who would be the mother of his Son.  But he must have been equally careful in his selection of the foster-father.  For genes are not the only thing parents impart to their children.  Jesus, in his humanity, had to grow in wisdom, age, and grace (Luke  2:52).  Joseph must have responsible for a good deal of this growth.  It was Joseph who was Jesus’ male role model.  From Joseph Jesus learned many things, including the trade that he would practice for some twenty years.

 

But there are even more important things that Jesus learned from Joseph.  For Joseph was a just man, an honest man, a courageous man, a man of integrity.  His betrothed was pregnant but not by him. Imagine the shame, the hurt, and the anger that he must have experienced assuming what anyone would assume in such a situation.  His integrity would not allow him to marry an adulteress and pretend the child was his.  Neither would he expose the woman he loved to shame and punishment.  He did not procrastinate or waffle.  He made the difficult decision to divorce Mary quietly. 

 

But then came the messenger. In Luke’s Gospel, there was an angelic Annunciation to Mary.  In the first chapter of Matthew, we learn that Joseph gets one too.  He was named after the greatest dreamer of the Old Testament.  Maybe that’s why his annunciation came in a dream.

 

Mary’s great claim to fame is her faith.  When told the unbelievable, she believed.

 

Joseph’s claim to fame is also his faith.  He too was also told the unbelievable and dared to believe.  His response of faith entailed taking action–he change his plans, received Mary into his home, and accepted responsibility for this special child.  Keep this in mind, though.  Mary needed no revelation to be sure this was a virginal conception.  All Joseph had to go by was what he received from an angel, in a dream.

 

Do you think he may have been tempted at some point to second guess this experience? Especially when things did not go smoothly.  After all, when a plan is from God, are not doors supposed to open?  Yet when they arrived in Bethlehem, the door of the inn was slammed shut in their face.  If this were God’s child, wouldn’t God provide a room?  And if this were really God’s son, wouldn’t God have turned back Herod’s hit men?

 

Then the angel shows up again in another dream: “flee to Egypt with Mary and the baby.” 

 

Wasn’t the 70 mile walk to Bethlehem with a pregnant woman enough?  If this was God’s doing, shouldn’t there be an easier way? 

 

Joseph may or may not have thought these things.  I would have.  The point is, Joseph believed and acted.  And when the angel came a third time and told him to make the long trek back to Nazareth, he acted again.

 

Joseph certainly did a lot of walking.  From Nazareth to Bethlehem to Egypt and back again.  Paul said we walk by faith, not by sight.  Joseph is a model of faith because he keeps walking, even in the dark.

 

Marcellino D’Ambrosio (aka “Dr. Italy”) writes from Texas.  For more info on his resources for Advent & Christmas or his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, call 1.800.803.0118.

 

This is offered as a reflection on the scripture readings for the 4th Sunday of Advent, cycle A (Is 7:10-14; Ps 24; Rom 1:1-7; Mt 1:18-24) and appears here by permission of the author.

How to read the Bible & understand what’s in it

How to Read the Bible [and get what it say’s]

 I learned something today listening to Father Mitch Pacqa [EWTN] during this mornings Mass Homily. Actually, if one were to think about it in these terms, one could easily grasp the reality and Wisdom behind the teaching.

 There is a hierarchy of “Authority of Biblical Teaching” that I never gave thought too. [Shame on me]. The Four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are what everything else in the Bible must affirm and conform too. WHY? Because they ARE the New Covenant Teachings of Jesus Christ who is either quoted directly or who PROMISES [God can’t break His promise] to guide, protect and personally warrant these teachings.

 John.14: 26 “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 20:21-22 “ Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.”  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. .. John 17:15-19 “I [Jesus] do not pray that thou should take them out of the world, but that thou should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; thy word is truth. As thou didst send me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth”

 The Gospels are followed in authority by the balance of the New Testament because it testifies to the New. Current and Eternal Covenant. Then the Old Testament which points to the New Testament.

 John 14: 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me. Every New Testament, especially the four Gospels, teaching that quotes Christ Himself is to be taken literally! One makes a GRAVE ERROR in not doing so; in trying to circumvent and apply mere human understanding to Devine Pronouncements, one puts their own salvation at Grave Risk. … John 1: 1 -2, 9-10  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not.” .. FRIEND YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE IN THIS GROUP OF UNBELIEVERS!

 “Judge NOT the Word of God by how it meets my own understanding; NO! Judge human thought, mere human understanding BY God’s ACTUAL WORDS!”

Isaiah 55:3, 6-11

“Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; … “Seek the LORD while [AND WHERE] he may be found, call upon him while he is near; [In the manner Ordained by God Himself] … let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD. [Thus I have provided for you certain MEN Guided and Protected by Me to Translate My Words] For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. [Which Means NOT just anyone can understand what the Bible actually teachres] “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and return not thither but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed [Knowledge /and Understanding] to the sower [TEACHER] and bread to the eater, [RIGHT Knowledge and Understanding to those who HEAR the Word of God] so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not [Meaning it BETTER NOT] return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, [IF IT IS ACCPTED, Understood and APPLIED] and prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

Understanding The Bible: A Catholic Guide To The
Word of God
from WWW. Beginning Catholic.com/understanding

 Too many Catholics aren’t comfortable reading and understanding the Bible.

Let’s look at the most essential principles taught by the Catholic Church for reading and interpreting Scripture.

 For a strong faith, it’s important to know this!

 The Bible is uniquely important

 The Holy Bible is unmatched in importance for learning about God, his plans for us, and how he has worked through human history for our salvation.

Pope John Paul II wrote:

 [Sacred Scripture] is truly divine, because it belongs to God truly and genuinely: God himself inspired it, God confirmed it, God spoke it through the sacred writers—Moses, the Prophets, the Evangelists, the Apostles—and, above all, through his Son, our only Lord, in both the Old and the New Testament.

 It is true that the intensity and depth of the revelation varies [within the Bible], but there is not the least shadow of contradiction [between different parts of Scripture].

(Pope John Paul II, Apostolic Letter Patres Ecclesiae,
January 2, 1980)

 Since God inspired & confirmed the Bible, we had better know how to read it correctly!

 Key principles for reading Scripture

 These three points are essential to a basic understanding of the bible:

God is indeed the principal author of Sacred Scripture.

 God made use of specific people that wrote in a human language, and did so at a particular time and place in history.

 At times we have to work carefully to determine exactly what a sacred author is asserting to be true, distinguishing that from something he’s using as an image to help us understand the truth more clearly.

We need to look at each of these points in detail…

 God is the principal author of Scripture

 If there is only one thing you remember about understanding the Bible, let it be this point!

 To get it just right, I’ll quote from the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

 God himself is the author of Sacred Scripture.

(Compendium of the Catechism, #18)

 (The Compendium of the Catechism has a wonderful section on understanding the Bible within the part about Divine Revelation. You should read all of #6-24 to get a full understanding, but #18-24 are specifically about Scripture.)

 God chose to reveal to us certain truths for the sake of our salvation. This message of salvation is the set of revealed truths which we call the “deposit of faith,” or Divine Revelation. The Bible is primarily concerned with telling us these truths, which are without error. God himself made sure of that.

 The Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) said it well: “everything asserted by the inspired authors or sacred writers must be held to be asserted by the Holy Spirit” (Dei Verbum, #11).

Got it?

Good. That’s the most essential point for reading & understanding the Bible. Now, remember that point as we look at some other details…

 God made use of people to write the Bible

 This is important: God did not “dictate” the Bible, word for word, to people who just wrote down his words. Instead, he did something…

 …more amazing!

 He made use of specific people to write the various sacred books of the Bible. And although God gave each author special grace to aid him in this work, each author wrote in a way that was natural to him.

 Critically important for a true Catholic understanding of the Bible. We have to understand this point completely, or we risk a serious misunderstanding!

The Second Vatican Council put it this way:

 In composing the sacred books, God chose men and while employed by Him they made use of their powers and abilities, so that with Him acting in them and through them, they, as true authors, consigned to writing everything and only those things which He wanted.

 (Vatican II, Dei Verbum (Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation), 11)

These writers used the language of their time, and they used words and wrote in a style that reflected their own personalities and educations.

 Some people get nervous when they start reading about this point—don’t be! This is important for a solid understanding of the Bible.

Let’s summarize it this way:

 These men had to work with the imperfections of human language and understanding.

 Despite this limitation, the Holy Spirit still used them to write the message of salvation in a way that was completely accurate.

 John Paul II made this point when he addressed the Pontifical Biblical Commission in 1979:

 The language of the Bible is to some degree linked to language which changed over the course of time…. But this only reaffirms the paradox of the [Christian] proclamation of revelation: …people and events at particular points in history become the bearers of an absolute and transcendent message.

(Pope John Paul II, Address, April 26, 1979)

 This is really quite astonishing—God was willing to work through people to tell us his saving truth. He revealed his divine truths via historical acts, using events and people of his choosing.

 And he did so using…

 Human language and knowledge

 God also used human language and knowledge—with all of its limitations—to tell us his eternal truths.

 He conveyed things to people through words and actions that made use of the ways of speaking and thinking that were common at the time. God worked this way so it would be possible for humans to write down or pass on these eternal truths.

 The people who experienced these events and received God’s divine messages either wrote them down later, or would pass them on in a reliable oral tradition that was later written down under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

 Of course, sometimes we have to work carefully to get past the imperfections of human language and knowledge in order to see what God wanted to tell us. This is an important step for understanding the Bible!

 Unlocking the original meaning

We can easily put these principles to practical use when reading Scripture.

First, learn to understand exactly what the inspired authors meant when they wrote their words. A good Catholic commentary will help explain any relevant language, concepts and cultural references. (I recommend the Navarre Bible commentary, which is outstanding in its explanations and its desire to help you see how the Church understands even the smallest details of the Bible.)

 That’s an essential first step—if you don’t understand what the sacred author was saying to people in his own cultural context, in terms as they were used at the time, you won’t be able to clearly see what God is saying through him.

 But don’t worry! It’s really not hard to get this right for many passages. And once again, a good commentary will do the heavy lifting for you.

And once you understand the sacred author’s actual message…

 Embrace the Word of God

 The whole point of reading and understanding the Bible is to encounter God, understand the revelation he has given us, and grow in faith.

So now that you’ve read a passage of Scripture and understand what the author is saying…

 …take that next step—listen to God!

 Scripture is a living thing, meant for people in all times & places. God speaks through it now just as much as he did when it was written.

 To help our faith grow as we read Scripture, the Church gives us three important points for interpreting and understanding the Bible:

 “Be especially attentive ‘to the content and unity of the whole Scripture'” (Catechism, 112). It all fits together, so don’t just look at parts in isolation.

 Read the Bible within “the living Tradition of the whole Church” (Catechism, 113), since the Holy Spirit guides the Church in interpreting Scripture. Especially helpful is seeing how the Saints, Popes, and Church councils have commented on Scripture.

 Pay attention to “the coherence of the truths of faith among themselves and within the whole plan of Revelation” (Catechism, 114). Like point #1, above, the entire deposit of faith forms a wonderful unity—doctrine sheds light on Scripture, and Scripture on doctrine.

 Let the Bible enkindle your faith

 Some people feel intimidated when they start to read Scripture.

But not you!

 Now you have a solid foundation for understanding the Bible. The basic principles contained in this article will help you overcome many uncertainties people have with Scripture.

 So start reading!

Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.

(St Jerome

on SINJohn Chapter

 

PARTS OF JOHN CHAPTER EIGHT

by Pat Miron

John.8: [3] The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst [4] they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. … [10] Jesus looked up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again.” [BECAUSE OF her Faith in Jesus he forgives her the sin and tells her not to sin again.]

[12] Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” … [13] The Pharisees then said to him, “You are bearing witness to yourself; your testimony is not true.” … [17] In your law it is written that the testimony of two men is true; [18] I bear witness to myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness to me.” …[24] I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.”

[25] They said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Even what I have told you from the beginning. …[28] So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority but speak thus as the Father taught me.

[31] Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, [which MEANS TO LISTEN; TO HEAR; TO ACCEPT AND TO LIVE ACCORDINGLY …ONLY THEN] you are truly my disciples, [MEANS “THE new ‘Chosen-people’ of God”] [32] and you will know [BELIEVE What I Teach] …the truth, and the truth will make you free.” [ALL SINGULAR]

[34] Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, every one who commits sin is a slave to sin.
[35] The [SINNER] slave does not continue in the house for ever [means: DOES NOT MERIT ETERNAL LIFE]; [BUT] the son continues for ever. [36] So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. [SAVED].

[43] Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. [44] You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. [45] But, because [AND] I tell the truth, [BUT] you [STILL] do not believe me. [46] Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?

[47] He who is of God hears the words of God; the reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.” [48] The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?” [49] Jesus answered, “I have not a demon; but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. [50] Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it and he will be the judge.

[51] Truly, truly, I say to you, if any one keeps my word, he will never see death.”

[54] Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing; it is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say that he is your God. [55] But you have not known him; I know him. If I said, I do not know him, I should be a liar like you; but I do know him and I keep his word.

[56] Your father Abraham rejoiced that he was to see my day; he saw it and was glad.”
[57] The Jews then said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?”
[58] Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”

 

John.1:1-5 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

 

1John.1 Verses 8 to 10 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

 

1John.5 Verses 16 to 17 “If any one sees his brother committing what is not a mortal sin, he will ask, and God will give him life for those whose sin is not mortal. There is sin which is mortal; I do not say that one is to pray for that. All wrongdoing is sin,  but there is sin which is not mortal.

 

 

John.20 Verses 20 to 23” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained”

 

Heb.5 Verses 1 to 6  “For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is bound to offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was.”   John.15: 16 “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”

 

Bible passages that reference CONFESION OF SINS

 

THE OLD TESTEMANT / OLD COVENANT WAY: … Lev. 16: 20-22 OT Forgiveness of sins: [20] “And when he has made an end of atoning for the holy place and the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall present the live goat;  and Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the people of Israel, and all their transgressions, all their sins; and he shall put them upon the head of the goat, and send him away into the wilderness by the hand of a man who is in readiness. The goat shall bear all their iniquities upon him to a solitary land; and he shall let the goat go in the wilderness.”

 

I confess my iniquity, I am sorry for my sin. Psalm 38: 18

 

Do not be ashamed to confess your sins,  Sir. 4:26

 

When a man is guilty in any of these, he shall confess the sin he has committed Lev. 5:5

 

he shall confess his sin which he has committed; and he shall make full restitution for his wrong Num. 5:7

 

Proverbs 28:13 “Those who conceal their sins do not prosper, but those who confess and forsake them obtain mercy.

 

Sirach 4:26 “Do not be ashamed to acknowledge your sins, and do not struggle against a rushing stream.”

 

I acknowledged my sin to thee, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”; then thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin. Psalm 32:5

 

Heb. 8:13 In speaking of a new covenant he treats the first as obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. 

 

And Christ who is God NEW COVENANT WAY of Forgiveness of sins

 

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Mt. 16:19

 

Jesus said to them [the Apostles] again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”  Jn .20:021-23

 

1 Jn. 1:8-10  “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

 

Eph. 4: 17Now this I affirm and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds; 18 they are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart; 19 they have become callous and have given themselves up to licentiousness, greedy to practice every kind of uncleanness.”

 

First Peter 2: “So put away all malice and all guile and insincerity and envy and all slander. Like newborn babes, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation;

 

Romans 1: 24 ”Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever! Amen.”

 

Romans 2: 13 -16 “For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. When Gentiles who have not the law do by nature what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or perhaps excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus. “

 

Matthew 11: 25 ”At that time Jesus declared, “I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.

 

1: John 5: 16 If any one sees his brother committing what is not a mortal sin, he will ask, and God will give him life for those whose sin is not mortal. There is sin which is mortal; I do not say that one is to pray for that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin which is not mortal. [Mortal sin is so grievous that it completely separates us from a personal relationship with God until we BOTH repent and Confess! Pjm]

 

Acts.8:22 Repent therefore of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.

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The Old Covenant people of God understood the necessity of confession and repentance of sins to remain in fellowship with God. All sin sacrifices began with confession of sin and all peace offerings (communion sacrifices) with a confession of praise. These Old Covenant animal sacrifices prefigured the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Heb 10:1-10).

 

1Tim.6: 12 “Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

 

2 Cor. 7: 10 “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret, but worldly grief produces death.”

 

Matt.9 [6] But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins” — he then said to the paralytic — “Rise, take up your bed and go home.” [8] When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men. 

 

Matt.10: [1] And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity

 

Matt.28: [18] And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. This authority was given by the Father to the HUMAN NATURE of Jesus. Christ as God always possessed it. It was given in conjunction to the merits of Christ earned by His passion and death.

 

James 4: 7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you men of double mind.” All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him”

 

Mt. 7: 21 “Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.”

 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 Jn. 1: 9

 

Heb. 9: 15 Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred which redeems them from the transgressions under the first covenant.

 

 

Heb. 3: 1 “Therefore, holy brethren, who share in a heavenly call, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession”

 

And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” Mt. 19: 17

 

 

 

 

 

a Concise recap of Christ life: author unknown

…a long time ago in a far far far town lived a boy that at age 12 visited the Temple and engaged the most learned religious found at the Temple; He returned home where He lived with His Mom and Dad; breaking all expectations He began His Minitry choosing twelve other Jewish men; He Revealed Himself as the Son of God: the Resurrection and Life and as the New Covenant (in His Blood) that Yahweh God would endorse at the foot of the Cross; just before His Sacrificial Offering, He fulfilled the Passover by establishing Twelve Priests that would lead His Church (one of them was a nonBeliever who chose his own path rather than to follow the Master and ended up assisting the Suffering Servant’s Cause)–as He promised, He Rose again on the first day of the week, Sunday (which became affectionately known as “the Lord’s Day”) and revisited the Twelve (by now Eleven–as the prophesied traitor committed seppuku) in order to restore the path of the recently established Church (Simon = Kephas = rock where I will build my Church); He Breathed on them the Holy Spirit and gave them their working papers (Delegation of Priesthood Duties–Go, Teach, Baptize in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit {yeah, He was fully aware that there were Three Persons but only One Divinity, hense the Name}).

Jesus’ only established Church is His Mystical Body: translation: not even hell will previel against Christ’s Church!

Maran atha!

Angel

“Truth” part 2 by Josh

The truth argument actually came from Charles Darwin himself, I think it’s known as ‘Darwins Doubt.’ (Interestingly those who espouse Darwins theory for thier atheistic/materialistic views seem to neglect/ignore this doubt, otherwise they wouldn’t believe their convictions to be true).

“But then with me the horrid doubt always arises whether the convictions of man’s mind, which has been developed from the mind of the lower animals, are of any value or at all trustworthy. Would any one trust in the convictions of a monkey’s mind, if there are any convictions in such a mind?” – Charles Darwin

I believe this doubt arises when people deny an intelligent creator behind the universe and subsequently us. As John Lennox say’s “theism tells me that there is intelligence behind the universe and behind the human mind.” Only if there is intelligence behind the universe and behind the human mind can the words ‘true’ or ‘false’ be made sense of.

So the next time an atheist tries to tell you he is right in his convictions, or that they are true, u’ll know that he is violating those very convictions. Thus why C.S. Lewis say’s “But if I can’t trust my own thinking, of course I can’t trust the arguments leading to Atheism, and therefore have no reason to be an Atheist, or anything else. Unless I believe in God, I cannot believe in thought: so I can never use thought to disbelieve in God.” 

The atheist can appeal to nothing absolute, nothing objectively true for all people, it is just mere opinion enforced by might. The Christian appeals to a standard outside himself/herself in which truth and qualitative values can be made sense of. – Peter Huff

Thank you for reading
Josh

booklet #9 The Commandments

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Booklet Nine The Commandments By Pat Miron

“What God commands He makes possible by His grace.” CCC 2082

Long before Jesus was conceived in the virgin womb of his Blessed Mother Mary by the power of God, and the direct intervention of the Holy Spirit, the great “I AM,” presented his chosen people, our Jewish ancestors, ten rules for life.” Moses said to God, ‘if I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO AM.’” Known originally as the Decalogue (which means “ten words”), and presented to Moses in stone they were expanded to over six hundred rules by the time of the birth of Jesus. Our Savior clarified their intent and explained their current application to our life in His Sermon on the Mount. (Matt: chapter five). We know them today as the Ten Commandments. The Church Council of Trent formally pronounced their always-binding obligation on mankind. cf. CCC 2068

Each Commandment is far more expansive in its intended application to our life than might be evident from a fast and simple reading of them. Our God is all knowing and all wise. Our knowledge and wisdom are limited. Therefore it is incumbent upon us to ask through prayer, the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, The Holy Spirit, to enlighten our understanding, and give us the needed courage to do all that God asks and expects of us.

“The Ten Commandments state what is required in the love of God and love of neighbor. The first three concern the love of God, and the other seven love of neighbor.” CCC 2067

The First Commandment:

I am the Lord thy God, you shall have no strange god’s before me.  “‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law? ’And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.’ “ Matt: 22: 37-38 “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Say to all the congregation of the people of Israel, You shall be holy; for I the Lord your God am holy. I am the Lord your God. Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves molten gods: I am the Lord your God.‘ ” Liv: 19: 1-4

A basic understanding of this first rule for eternal life includes knowing that our God is a jealous God. “The Lord is a jealous God and avenging; the Lord takes vengeance on his adversaries and keeps wrath for his enemies.” Nahum: 1: 1-2

“Other gods” means more than the molten images of Aaron, and are to include anyone, and anything that we place in preference to God, or permit to hinder our adoration or love of God. Family members, work, lust, greed, envy, jealously, hatred and sloth are but some of today’s custom made idols that interfere with us always placing God first.

The first commandment embraces the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity: “The first commandment and the virtue of Faith, requires us to nourish our faith with prudence and vigilance, and to reject everything that is opposed to it.” CCC 2088 We are directed by Christ Himself to “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are Gods.” Matt: 22: 21 This obligates us to prayer, sacrifice, learning the truth and accepting it, avoiding all superstitious practices, avoiding Divination (the art of knowing and declaring future events) and magic. It also obligates us to the Church’s (God’s) rules for fast and abstinence, which by the way apply all year long; and are not limited to the Lenten season. The Church does however permit, giving up something else in place of red meat. Fridays continue as a day of sacrifice, fifty-two weeks a year. This is a grave obligation.

*In faith this Commandment demands that we recognize God as our Supreme Creator. We cannot explicitly deny His reality and presence (atheism), including His Sacred presence in the Holy Eucharist. It obligates us to praise, honor, worship and glorify Him in all that we do.

*The first commandment and the virtue of Hope are concerned with sins of despair and presumption. CCC 2090 – 2092  “By despair, man ceases to hope for his personal salvation from God.”  Presumption takes two forms. Either man presumes upon his own capabilities ,without assistance from God, or presumes upon God’s mercy hoping to gain forgiveness without conversion, repentance or merit.

*The first commandment and the virtue of Charity “enjoins us to love God above everything and all creatures for Him and because of Him.” CCC 2093 Not only are we to love God, (always the first and primary love of our hearts), but we are to love our neighbor (everyone, without regard to race, creed or color), as ourselves. cf. Matt: 6: 44  The virtuous practice of Charity also prohibits sins of indifference, ingratitude, negligence, acedia (spiritual sloth), and sins of pride. 

The Second Commandment:

 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.”  Say what you mean, and mean what you say.  cf. Matt: 5: 33-34

            The second commandment prescribes respect for the name of our Lord, and forbids all abuse of Gods name. Promises and oaths must be kept. We are not to blaspheme God, His saints or His only things. We are prohibited to use God’s good name to cover up a crime, or to reduce people to servitude. The second commandment prohibits perjury and all lying. “Blasphemy is contrary to the respect due God and His holy name. It is (usually) a grave (Mortal) sin. CCC  2148

“In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus explains: “Again you have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘you shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ But I say to you, do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.  And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.” Matt: 5:33-37

Every Christian is baptized with a Christian name (The name of a saint); therefore our names too are holy and are to be treated respectfully. We are to be mindful when we make the sign of the cross that we are calling on our Triune Godhead for grace. Do so with respect.

 

The Third Commandment:

Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.

In Old Testament times, “the Sabbath day” was Saturday, the seventh day of the week. It was always a day of rest. Today’s Jews continue the Old Testament tradition of Saturday as a holy day of praise and rest. Christians use Sunday as our Sabbath day, because it was on Easter Sunday that Christ rose form the dead. Thus it was on a Sunday that our life under grace began. “ For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but (now) under grace. What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? (No!)” Rom: 6: 14-15

“’You shall keep my Sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I, the Lord, sanctify you. You shall keep the Sabbath, because it is holy for you; every one who profanes it shall be put to death. Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the Lord. “ Ex: 31: 14-17

“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath; so the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” Mk: 2: 27-28

The concise message and directive of the Commandments is love obediently applied through an obligatory informed conscience.

The Sunday celebration of the Lord’s Day and His Eucharist is the heart of the Church’s life. “ CCC 2177 Participation in this most holy and awesome gift from God, is the single most important and significant source of grace available to us. It is grace from God in a most direct, unique and special manner; as it is Jesus Himself we receive in Holy Communion. We invite Jesus Himself into our souls and our bodies. The Real Jesus, not simply a symbol.  Therefore this privilege of Sunday and Holy Day Holy Mass imposes on all Catholics, a solemn, grave obligation for weekly attendance and full, active participation as minimal worship, praise and thanksgiving to our Triune Godhead. Only serious matter like illness, childcare, or dispensation from ones pastor, can excuse our not fulfilling this obligation without committing Mortal sin.

“You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matt: 5: 48

Obedience and copying are perfect ways to flatter someone. We should not be surprised that our God desires that we do both of these things for Him. God loves us perfectly, and desires that we love Him perfectly in return. In order to do this we must hear and obey. “ So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God; for whoever enters God’s rest also ceases from his labors as God did from his.” Heb: 4: 1-3  Sundays are a day of rest from unnecessary work. This is God’s plan and law. As our Creator he knows well that we too need a regular time of rest. It should be a family day, a day of good works, leisure, piety and relaxation. cf. CCC 2184, 2185

The Holy Days of Obligation are:

“In accord with CIC 1246, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops decrees that the holydays of obligation to be observed in the United States are the solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God; the solemnity of the Ascension; the solemnity of the Assumption; the solemnity of All Saints; the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception; the solemnity of Christmas. The solemnity of the Epiphany shall be transferred to the first Sunday following January 1st; the solemnity of Corpus Christi shall be observed on the second Sunday following Pentecost. When the solemnities of Mary, Mother of God, the Assumption, and All Saints fall on a Saturday or a Monday they will not be observed as holy days of obligation.” Note: The Feast of The Ascension has in many areas has been moved to the following Sunday.

The Fourth Commandment:

Honor your father and your mother. Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),  ‘that it may be well with you and that you may live long on the earth.’ Pay all of them their dues, taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due.’ “ Rom: 12: 7 This commandment enjoins not only children, but also binds parents with specific responsibilities toward their offspring and each other.

Christ never failed to demonstrate in His own life’s example on earth, all that He commanded us. “All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. When they saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, ‘Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously.’ He said to them, ‘How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?’ They did not understand the saying, which he spoke to them. And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.” Lk: 2: 48-51

The fourth commandment introduces the all-encompassing, binding law of love. “You have heard it said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?  Mt: 5: 43-46 Love begins at home with patience, forgiveness and charity. Then like the sun, it is to shine fourth for all to see, feel, share and experience. The Catholic family is the very foundation on which the Church exists and grows. It is from the family that the children of God are formed in His likeness. The family is the fountain of vocations, so necessary for the growth of the Church, and our salvation. “Marriage and the family are ordered to the good of the spouses and to the procreation (that is creation with Divine intent and intervention) and education of children. The love of spouses and the begetting of children create among members of the same family personal relationships and primordial responsibilities. “ CCC 2201

“The family is the original cell of social life. It is the natural society in which husband and wife are called to give themselves in love and in the gift of life. Authority, stability, and a life of relationships within the family constitute the foundations for freedom, security, and fraternity within society. The family is the community in which, from childhood, one can (and should) learn moral values, begin to honor God, and make good use of freedom. Family life is an initiation into life in society.” CCC 2207

“Children are to always show respect for their parents. This is especially true while they remain at home, regardless of age. If a child resides under the roof of his parents, he is to be obedient unto them. “But if a child is convinced in conscience that it would be morally wrong to obey a particular order, he must not do so. “ As they grow up, children should continue to respect their parents. They should anticipate their wishes, willingly seek their advice, and accept their just admonitions. Obedience toward parents ceases with the emancipation of the children; not so respect, which is always owed to them. This respect has its roots in the fear of God, one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.” CCC 2217

“The fourth commandment reminds grown children of their responsibilities toward their parents. As much as they can, they must give them material and moral support in old age and in times of illness, loneliness, or distress. Jesus recalls this duty of gratitude.”  CCC 2218

“The fecundity of conjugal love cannot be reduced solely to the procreation of children, but must extend to their moral education and their spiritual formation. “The role of parents in education is of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute. The right and the duty of parents to educate their children are primordial and inalienable.” CCC 2221

“Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God.The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents.” CCC 2226

 “Submission to authority and co-responsibility for the common good make it morally obligatory to pay taxes, to exercise the right to vote, and to defend one’s country.” CCC 2240 “The citizen is obliged in conscience not to follow the directives of civil authorities when they are contrary to the demands of the moral order, to the fundamental rights of persons or the teachings of the Gospel. Refusing obedience to civil authorities, when their demands are contrary to those of an upright conscience, finds its justification in the distinction between serving God and serving the political community. “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.””We must obey God rather than men.” CCC 2242

“It is a part of the Church’s mission “to pass moral judgments even in matters related to politics, whenever the fundamental rights of man or the salvation of souls requires it. The only means to be used are those which are in accord with the Gospel and the welfare of all men according to the diversity of times and circumstances.” CCC 2246 While this does not limit itself to matters of life, the requirement for Catholics to vote Pro-Life, exceeds ones right to choose a candidate, regardless of party who openly and actively supports abortion. We are obligated to always vote our moral conscience in preference to party affiliation and consideration.

The Fifth Commandment:

You shall not kill. “You have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be liable to the hell of fire. “ Mt: 5: 21-22 

Human life is a sacred gift from God. It is to be respected, protected, cherished and nourished from inception to death. Both inception and death are reserved to a time and place of God’s choosing. This commandment prohibits much beyond the recognized murder of the innocent. It clearly includes the protection of all unborn babies. Do not doubt that abortion, avocation of abortion, “blind” support of abortion or any known association with abortion is likely a grievous sin. cf. CCC 2270-2274

We are permitted to defend ourselves our families, and our Country with reasonable means that could include lethal force. cf. CCC 2264 The State too, in order to protect its citizens can use reasonable, even lethal force, in order to accomplish its proper role. The State does have recourse to the “death penalty,” if non-lethal means are insufficient to protect the peoples safely from the aggressor. All life is sacred, and death is to be an exceptional, rarely applied remedy, and never used as a deterrent, but only to preserve other lives. cf. CCC 2267

Life is a gift without a return policy. Illness, old age, dissatisfaction with life’s crosses which come from God with a purpose that often only He understands at the time. Our lack of understanding does not give cause or justification for murder, euthanasia or suicide. Only God can determine the intent of the actions, and justly judge the consequences. All forms of murder are intrinsically ordered, and carry the high risk of grievous sin. “We should not despair if a loved one takes their life, as our God is a merciful judge, and extenuating circumstances are always factored in. We are stewards, not owners of life.” CCC 2280

 “Discontinuing medical procedures that are burdensome, dangerous, extraordinary, or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be legitimate; it is the refusal of “over-zealous” treatment. Here one does not will to cause death; one’s inability to impede it is merely accepted. The decisions should be made by the patient if he is competent and able or, if not, by those legally entitled to act for the patient, whose reasonable will and legitimate interests must always be respected.” CCC 2278

“Autopsies can be morally permitted for legal inquests or scientific research. The free gift of organs after death is legitimate and can be meritorious. The Church permits cremation, provided that it does not demonstrate a denial of faith in the resurrection of the body.” CCC 2301

Less obvious is our obligation to take reasonable measures to protect our health by eating correctly, exercising, getting the necessary rest and relaxation, and avoiding non-medical drugs, and excessive alcohol. We need be mindful that our bodies are (should always be) temples of the Holy Spirit, and at the time of Holy Communion, the abode of Jesus Christ Himself. 

This commandment also binds us not to gossip, cause slander, or endanger another’ good name. “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” Rom: 13: 9 -10 We must also work and strive for peace in our hearts, families, local community, Church and our world.

The Sixth Commandment:

You shall not commit adultery: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.’ “

“Sexuality affects all aspects of the human person in the unity of his body and soul. It especially concerns affectivity, the capacity to love and to procreate, and in a more general way the aptitude for forming bonds of communion with others. ” CCC 2332

The good news is that sex is good! cf. CCC 23

The bad news is that it is a gift from God to be used only as He as our Creator intended. Because most of the folks who will read this book will likely be married, or considering marriage, I shall cover this topic in a bit more depth. There exist today a prevailing mindset that we can decide for ourselves what is right for us. Our bodies “are our own,” and as long as we don’t hurt anyone, we are “free” to do with them, pretty much as we see fit. That certainly is the message broadcast media flaunts daily, and its acceptance and application is a sure path to hell. Sex outside of marriage is more than simply “O.K.,” its almost expected behavior in today’s New Age, anything does, don’t judge me, and I won’t judge you society, which is a serious moral wrong.

God creates everything. To create means to make out of nothing. Our bodies, minds and souls are created by God, and belong to God. They are simply on loan to us for the express purpose of giving Him greater honor and glory and working out His plan for our salvation. Unlike Grace, which is a gift, the basic elements of our existence are ours to use, not to keep. We therefore have only limited rights, as designed by God. All use of our minds, bodies and souls that do not give glory and honor to God, are to some degree, disordered and to varying degrees, sinful.

“Everyone, man and woman, should acknowledge and accept their own sexual identity. Physical, moral, and spiritual difference and complementarity are oriented toward the goods of marriage and the flourishing of family life. The harmony of the couple and of society depends in part on the way in which the complementarity, needs, and mutual support between the sexes are lived out. ” CCC 2333 “In creating men ‘male and female,’ God gives man and woman an equal personal dignity.’ CCC 2334  “Sexuality is a source of joy and pleasure.” Married women have the same right to sexual satisfaction as do their husband. cf. CCC 2362

Every human person is to practice chastity to the degree and in the manner required by his station in life. cf. CCC 2348

*All forms of premarital sex are forbidden, as the express purpose of conjugal love is the unimpeded possibility of procreation. cf. CCC 2360-2361 This includes those who are engaged, but not yet married.

*Masturbation, which is the deliberate stimulation of the genital organs in order to derive sexual pleasure outside of conjugal love making (usually, but not always by oneself), has no possibility of procreation, is ordered only for personal gratification, and therefore is gravely disordered.

*”Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection. ” CCC 2359

*Pornography is dangerous, habit forming, and disordered as it debases the sacred and beautiful act of love, wrongly stresses personal satisfaction, introduces in some manner a third “person” into the relationship, and profits those who sell their souls for illicit and immoral gain. It is especially dangerous to our youth who learn to see their opposite gender as mere “sex -objects,” acquisitions and in a sad unrealistic, morally distorted sense, sex toys.

*Married couples may not employ any unnatural means (contraception) to limit the possibility of a pregnancy. To do so is gravely disordered, as it seeks to usurp from God our Creator, His option and control of birth issues. “Fecundity is a gift, an end of marriage, for conjugal love naturally tends to be fruitful. A child does not come from outside as something added on to the mutual love of the spouses, but springs from the very heart of that mutual giving, as its fruit and fulfillment.”  CCC 2366

*”A particular aspect of this responsibility concerns the regulation of procreation. For just reasons, spouses may wish to space the births of their children. It is their duty to make certain that their desire is not motivated by selfishness but is in conformity with the generosity appropriate to responsible parenthood. Moreover, they should conform their behavior to the objective criteria of morality: When it is a question of harmonizing married love with the responsible transmission of life, the morality of the behavior does not depend on sincere intention and evaluation of motives alone; but it must be determined by objective criteria, criteria drawn from the nature of the person and his acts criteria that respect the total meaning of mutual self-giving and human procreation in the context of true love; this is possible only if the virtue of married chastity is practiced with sincerity of heart” CCC 2368

*”Periodic continence, that is, the methods of birth regulation based on self- observation and the use of infertile periods, is in conformity with the objective criteria of morality. These methods respect the bodies of the spouses, encourage tenderness between them, and favor the education of an authentic freedom. In contrast, ‘every action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible’ is intrinsically evil. CCC 2370

*Divorce: A proper Sacramental, consummated marriage cannot, may not be dissolved or terminated.

*Every station in life brings with it joys, sufferings, sacrifices and crosses. Each has its own path to heaven and to personal happiness; marriage is but one-way to eternal salvation. The noble and natural purpose of marriage is procreation and the growth of God’s Church. However not every married union is blessed with children. This to is God’s plan, and charitable, self- giving sex is both permitted and encouraged, as chaste conjugal love is the cement of a happy marriage. God insists on being the “author of life.” “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love be servants of one another. “ Gal: 5: 4 –5

The Seventh Commandment:

You shall not steal: “ A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is his delight. “To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” Prov: 11: 1, 21: 3 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust * consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Mt:6: 19 – 21

I forget at times to gives thanks for being born in America. No other country offers its citizens, and its guest so much freedom and opportunity for wealth. Yet we have proven time and again, that these two can be a source of sin. Materialism as a religion is commonly practiced, and we are told continuously, that it is all right to do what ever we desire. Is it even remotely conceivable that Jesus, for a time became a mere man, gave up His heavenly throne, and suffered the most humiliating and excruciating death known to mankind, and not expect that we too endure the crosses He sends us? Each tailored specifically to lead us to heaven. No, it is not.

God’s rules for obedience of the seventh commandment are common sense, practiced with charity and applied with love.

          * We can only serve one God so the virtue of temperance is to be practiced. Do not allow yourself to become overly attached or attracted to worldly goods “In economic matters, respect for human dignity requires the practice of the virtue of temperance, so as to moderate attachment to this world’s goods; the practice of the virtue of justice, to preserve our neighbor’s rights and render him what is his due; and the practice of solidarity, in accordance with the golden rule and in keeping with the generosity of the Lord, who “though he was rich, yet for your sake . . . became poor so that by his poverty, you might become rich.” CCC 2407

*The basis for economic justice is that we should not take or desire to take anything that is not ours. This includes damaging the good name or reputation of someone, even an organization. It also obligates employers to provide living wages and treat employees fairly and justly, including reasonable opportunity for advancement. Employees must give a full day’s work with good effort. All are obligated to pay social security and assist those in greater need. cf. CCC 2429, 2434, 2436, 2443

*”The seventh commandment forbids theft, that is, usurping another’s property against the reasonable will of the owner. There is no theft if consent can be presumed or if refusal is contrary to reason and the destination of goods. This is the case in obvious and urgent necessity when the only way to provide for immediate, essential needs (food, shelter, clothing . . .) is to put at one’s disposal and use the property of others.” CCC 2408

*”Promises must be kept and contracts strictly observed to the extent that the commitments made in them are morally just. A significant part of economic and social life depends on the honoring of contracts between physical or moral persons – commercial contracts of purchase or sale, rental or labor contracts. All contracts must be agreed to and executed in good faith.” CCC 2410

*”The seventh commandment enjoins respect for the integrity of creation. Animals, like plants and inanimate beings, are by nature destined for the common good of past, present, and future humanity.” CCC 2415 “It is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer or die needlessly. It is likewise unworthy to spend money on them that should as a priority go to the relief of human misery. One can love animals; one should not direct to them the affection due only to persons.” CCC 2418

The Golden Rule: “So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.” Mt: 7: 12 “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”Mt:19:19

The Eighth Commandment:

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor:  “Do not devise a lie against your brother, nor do the like to a friend. Refuse to utter any lie, for the habit of lying serves no good.” Sir: 7: 12-13

“The one you have chosen as Master is not a merchant of illusions, not one of the powerful of this world, nor an astute and clever thinker,” the Pope said during his homily. “You know whom you have decided to follow: He is the Risen Crucified One! Christ who died for you, Christ who rose for you.” “And I assure you that you will not be disappointed,” the Pontiff added. “Man’s real strength,” he continued, “is seen in the fidelity with which he is capable to render witness to truth, resisting blandishments and threats, incomprehension and blackmail, including harsh and merciless persecution.” “Only if you are willing to do this, will you become what Jesus expects of you, namely salt of the earth and light of the world; ” “Dear young people, do not lose your flavor of Christians, the flavor of the Gospel!” the Pope concluded, raising his voice. “Keep it alive by constantly meditating on the paschal mystery: May the cross be your school of wisdom!” Pope John Paul’s Palm Sunday homily to European youth, The Vatican, 2002: Zenit: ZE02032404

The source of all truth is God Himself and we are to live this truth as taught by the life example of His Son Jesus. “Men could not live with one another if there were not mutual confidence that they were being truthful with each other.” CCC 2469 “Man tends by nature toward the truth. He is obliged to honor and bear witness to it: “It is in accordance with their dignity that all men, because they are persons . . . are both impelled by their nature and bound by a moral obligation to seek the truth, especially religious truth. They are also bound to adhere to the truth once they come to know it and direct their whole lives in accordance with the demands of truth.” CCC 2467

What does the Eighth Commandment compel?

* It prohibits giving false witness and perjury.

* We are obligated to go out of our way to protect another reputation. We must avoid making rash, unsubstantiated judgments; we are to avoid detraction, which without valid reason, discloses another faults or failings; we must avoid the sin of calumny, by not making remarks contrary to the truth, and giving the occasion for making false judgments against them. cf. CCC 2477

* We are to avoid flattery or adulation, which confirms or encourages another in malicious acts or perverse conduct. cf. CCC 2480

*We are to avoid bragging. “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” 1:Pet: 5: 5

A lie is the most direct offense against the truth. “A lie consists in speaking a falsehood with the intention of deceiving.” CCC 2482 . The sinful seriousness of a lie depends of the intention to do harm, and on the amount of harm done. All lies are sinful, some lies can be grievous. All lies should be confessed in the sacrament of Penance.

Every offense committed against justice and truth entails the duty of reparation, even if its author has been forgiven. When it is impossible publicly to make reparation for a wrong, it must be made secretly. If someone who has suffered harm cannot be directly compensated, he must be given moral satisfaction in the name of charity. This duty of reparation also concerns offenses against another’s reputation. This reparation, moral and sometimes material, must be evaluated in terms of the extent of the damage inflicted. It obliges in conscience.” CCC2487

* “The right to the communication of the truth is not unconditional. Everyone must conform his life to the Gospel precept of fraternal love. This requires us in concrete situations to judge whether or not it is appropriate to reveal the truth to someone who asks for it. “CCC 2488 The command to “love our neighbor as ourselves” always has merit and application in living our lives as Christians. “The secret of the sacrament of reconciliation is sacred, and cannot be violated under any pretext. “The sacramental seal is inviolable; therefore, it is a crime for a confessor in any way to betray a penitent by word or in any other manner or for any reason.” CCC 2490  Professional secrets, from political office, soldiers, physicians and lawyers, are confidential information, given under seals of secrecy and must be kept, except in where keeping it will cause very grave harm to the one confided. cf. CCC 2491

I was somewhat surprised to discover that ones artistic gifts and talents are also covered under this Commandment. CCC 2501,2502 As all our abilities are gifts from God, they are to be developed and put to proper use in giving glory, honor and praise to the Almighty Triune God-head. Certainly this applies to Domus Dei, Gods house. Every  Christian, not only Catholic Churchs should give physical evidence of whose house it really is, and who is the center of our worship. One can attend a simple school room to learn ones faith, but if a church is to be a place of Divine worship, the center of that worship had better be the Great I AM, or it is grievously misdirected. Catholics are able, and therefore obligated to manifest this truth in a most spectacular and special manner by having the reserved tabernacle wherein resides the Real Person of Jesus Christ, visible to all, and available to all. As we have previously shown, the only, exception to this, is when this tabernacle location would regularly be exposed to desecration from unbelievers.

 “A church, “a house of prayer in which the Eucharist is celebrated and reserved, where the faithful assemble, and where is worshipped the presence of the Son of God our Savior, offered for us on the sacrificial altar for the help and consolation of the faithful – this house ought to be in good taste and a worthy place for prayer and sacred ceremonial. In this ‘house of God’ the truth and the harmony of the signs that make it up should show Christ to be present and active in this place.” CCC 1181 A Church is always, first and foremost a place for Divine worship. Of extreme importance, but secondarily, it is a place where God’s people gather and are united as the people of God, in a real sense as His church, His holy people. Ask yourself if the interior of the church in which you worship gives clear physical evidence of being a sacred and holy place, not merely reflective of a “gathering space.” Yes you can lift your mind and heart to God in a meeting hall, with God, all things are possible, but are we giving to God all the glory and respect He demands, and except for ego and personal opinion are able to give God?

“For this reason bishops, personally or through delegates, should see to the promotion of sacred art, old and new, in all its forms and, with the same religious care, remove from the liturgy and from places of worship everything which is not in conformity with the truth of faith and the authentic beauty of sacred art.” CCC 2503 This directive neither implies nor mandates that all signs of piety are to be removed, as at times happens.

* “Martyrdom is the supreme witness given to the truth of the faith: it means bearing witness even unto death. The martyr bears witness to Christ who died and rose, to whom he is united by charity. He bears witness to the truth of the faith and of Christian doctrine. He endures death through an act of fortitude. “Let me become the food of the beasts, through whom it will be given me to reach God.” CCC 2473      

The Ninth Commandment:          

You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife / husband: A thief of hearts you cannot be. “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If any one loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world.” 1: Jn: 2: 15 – 16

The ninth commandment is an extension and further articulation of the sixth commandment, which prohibits all sinful sexual acts; but you have heard Jesus tell us; “‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.” Mt: 5: 27 -30 Jesus is not telling us to maim ourselves, He is telling us that this is a serious, potentially grievous matter, so listen up.

Both men and women above the age of reason possessing certitude of understanding are bound by this commandment which specifically prohibits sexual covetousness. “To covet,” means to desire something, or in this case someone whom we are not morally entitled to have sexual union with. It applies equally to the single and married state of life, and to both males and females. It prohibits all intentional, uncontrolled sexual desire for anyone except our spouse, and even then our desires are to be controlled, and chastely directed. (We have already explained that sex in marriage can and should be a mutually enjoyable and satisfying experience). We are not to dream, fantasize, or even willingly think impure thoughts about having sex outside of marriage, or with anyone except our spouse. Is this possible? YES, but only with Divine intervention. It cannot be accomplished by our own volition and will.

“If, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous. Law came in, to increase the trespass; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. “Rom: 5: 17 – 21 God, by His justice and mercy is obligated to provide, and offer sufficient grace to permit our salvation. In the same way, we are similarly obligated to cooperate, accept, apply and use the grace as God intends.

“The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is not expedient to marry.” But he (Jesus) said to them, “Not all men can receive this saying, but only those to whom it (sufficient grace) is (will be) given.” Mt: 19: 11″ Even when it is sought by a priest or religious, it is a gift from God to those He extends to provide the extraordinary graces to live this life for Him.          

There is much debate, most of it senseless and improperly motivated, regarding the “absurdity of virginity,” and Catholic priest being married. “Virginity: This word is used in more than one sense.  Integrity of the hymen in women is called physical virginity.  Perfect chastity or continence, which is the intention in men or women to avoid all sexual pleasure, is also called virginity.  As a moral virtue, virginity is properly defined as the firm intention of abstaining from all sexual pleasure in one who has never enjoyed it licitly (in marriage) or illicitly. It is in the teaching of Christ (Matt. 19:11) and the Church (Council of Trent).  Paul recommended virginity to both men and women on the grounds that unmarried people can give more time to God than married people (1 Cor. 7:25-35; 1 Tim. 5:22). Although marriage was the common state in the Old Testament, virginity was not unknown.  Moses’ sister, Miriam, does not seem to have had a husband nor does the prophet Jeremiah seem to have had a wife.  In the New Testament, Martha does not seem to have had a husband; and John the Evangelist and Paul did not have wives.  The Blessed Virgin Mary is the chief example of perfect virginity, even though she was also a mother.” Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Bible 

Directed by God, we choose our vocation. If we have chosen wisely, God provides all the necessary grace and help we need to fulfill His call. Virginity is but one way to serve our Lord. It is as Saint Paul tells us, a more difficult, but a more perfect way. While we are all priest in the order of Melchizedek (Heb: 5: 6), those men called by God to Holy Orders, serve a special need and purpose, and are (supposed to be) willingly and knowingly committed to celibacy. This is both a chosen sacrifice and a most worthy gift. With thirty – five years of marriage, many of them in management, it is evident to me that a married minister (or as proposed by some, a priest) is pushing the limits of prudence and justice by supposing that he can adequately fulfill both full-time positions. It is rare (but not impossible), that an ordained man of God can be both a good minister / priest, and a proper father. Celibacy while not specifically demanded by God, has been the long and prudent Tradition of the Catholic Church, and has been successfully lived by many thousands of priests, religious and Saints through the years. It may be more difficult in this time of sexual permissiveness, flaunted immorality, and New Age, godless religion. But thousands of committed holy men and women are waging the battle, and with God’s grace, staying the course. Are there no married pedophiles? How does a married priesthood solve this problem? We either accept and apply God’s grace, or we refuse it to our detriment. All of God’s people are called to live chaste lives, each according to his state in life. Grace ABOUNDS where sin is present.

All of us in our actions, dress, and words are to constantly exhibit modesty. We are to avoid the near occasion of sin by avoiding pornography, suggestive movies, novels, and TV shows, lewd friendships and dirty jokes.  When you look for trouble, guess what? You find it! We must train ourselves to discipline our eyes (the window to our souls), minds, hearts and wills. This is not an option; it is one necessary path to heaven. Its not supposed to be easy; it’s a cross!

The Tenth Commandment:

You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods. “Nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God.” 1: Cor: 6: 9

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust * consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is their will your heart be also. “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Mt: 6: 19- 21, 24

This is an easy Commandment to understand, but difficult to live. If it isn’t yours, don’t be consumed with desire for it. If God wishes you to acquire more, He shall guide you to it. We can serve only one master, and it had better be God. This is less a prohibition on improving one’s state in life, than a serious warning that God’s, and therefore our priorities must be: God, family then, and only then, career. A desire to gain more, simply to “keep up with or surpass the Jones,” is an excuse, not a valid reason. If you adhere to these rules and still acquire wealth, count it as a blessing from God, and give Him thanks.

“Envy is a capital sin. It refers to sadness at the sight of another’ sin. When it wishes grave harm to a neighbor, it is a mortal sin.” CCC 2539  “Vices can be classified according to the virtues they oppose, or also be linked to the capital sins which Christian experience has distinguished, following St. John Cassian and St. Gregory the Great. They are called “capital” because they engender other sins, other vices. They are pride, avarice, envy, wrath, lust, gluttony, and sloth or acedia. CCC 1866

One of the great risks of wealth is endangering one’s humility. Humility, coupled with an active prayer life, and a life of charity, are key’s to holiness and piety. Jesus asks: “For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?” Mk: 8: 36

 

What is TRUTH? a post borrowed from CAF

Jesus Christ who said “I am the truth” not simply “I am speaking the truth” but “I am the truth, the way and the life”, God is the source of all truth and without God there can be no truth.

This I believe is one of the most powerful arguments for theism, because without God, the words true or false simply become meaningless, so the question I ask the atheist is if there is no God, why do you believe it to be true?

C.S. Lewis explains it well I believe.

“Supposing there was no intelligence behind the universe, no creative mind. In that case, nobody designed my brain for the purpose of thinking. It is merely that when the atoms inside my skull happen, for physical or chemical reasons, to arrange themselves in a certain way, this gives me, as a by-product, the sensation I call thought. But, if so, how can I trust my own thinking to be true? It’s like upsetting a milk jug and hoping that the way it splashes itself will give you a map of London. But if I can’t trust my own thinking, of course I can’t trust the arguments leading to Atheism, and therefore have no reason to be an Atheist, or anything else. Unless I believe in God, I cannot believe in thought: so I can never use thought to disbelieve in God.” – C.S. Lewis

The theory that thought is merely a movement in the brain is, in my opinion, nonsense; for if so, that theory itself would be merely a movement, an event among atoms, which may have speed and direction but of which it would be meaningless to use the words ‘true’ or ‘false’. C.S. Lewis

If the solar system was brought about by an accidental collision, then the appearance of organic life on this planet was also an accident, and the whole evolution of Man was an accident too. If so, then all our present thoughts are mere accidents – the accidental by-product of the movement of atoms. And this holds for the thoughts of the materialists and astronomers as well as for anyone else’s. But if their thoughts – i.e., Materialism and Astronomy – are mere accidental by-products, why should we believe them to be true? I see no reason for believing that one accident should be able to give me a correct account of all the other accidents. It’s like expecting the accidental shape taken by the splash when you upset a milk-jug should give you a correct account of how the jug was made and why it was upset. – C.S. Lewis

John Lennox also explains it well I believe

I believe in God because I believe there is evidence for God, for example, in the very fact that we can do science, we believe that the universe is rationally intelligable. Why does a scientist believe it is rationally intelligable? Atheism tells us that the human mind is the human brain and it’s the end product of a mindless unguided process, why should I believe anything it tells me if thats the case? Whereas theism tells me that there is intelligence behind the universe and behind the human mind which fits perfectly with science. So part of the evidence for God would be the fact that we can do science.

Infact the rise of science in the 16th and 17th century came about because people expected law in nature, because they believed in the Law giver (God). So science and faith in God fit perfectly together. – John Lennox

It’s not science and theism that are in conflict as most atheists like to claim, it’s actually science and atheism that are in conflict, because atheism cannot even trust the cognitive faculties we use to do science, as C.S. Lewis say’s atheism and science is like expecting the accidental shape taken by the splash when you upset a milk jug should give you a correct account of how the jug was made and why it was upset.

By denying God, the honest skeptic becomes skeptical of his skepticism.

Thank you for reading
Josh

Can God’s House be built of Living Stones/

Can Domus Dei (God’s House) be Built of Living Stones?

         by Patrick Miron

I am sensitive to the need to be a charitable Christian especially when discussing the current state of our Church and the phenomenon of what is reported as Vatican II mandated changes that continue to sweep through our Churches, resulting in “multi purpose gathering spaces” where once stood houses of and for our Triune God. If we don’t identify a problem it likely will not be corrected, and thus the need for this chapter is evident.

 

“I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with immoral men; not at all meaning the immoral of this world, or the greedy and robbers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But rather I wrote to you not to associate with any one who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or robber–not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. ‘Drive out the wicked person from among you.’ ” 1st. Cor: 5: 9-13

 

The sheer number of churches gutted and altered to no longer resemble a Roman Catholic Church, (which should have a semblance of a house of God, a place for Divine worship), and the gullible complicity of those who either perpetrated this fraud, supported it by their silence, ignorance or financial support along with abortion, are at the forefront of loss of faith for countless numbers of Catholics, reduced Holy Mass attendance, and the painfully evident priest and religious shortage. It is necessary to discuss what has taken place, and why these changes are so very important to the New Age practicing clerics who promote them. Problems are seldom resolved by ignoring them. This situation will not improve, unless we, you and I, with the assistance of the Holy Spirit, make it happen. God willing, you will find information in this chapter that will assist you in preserving our Catholic heritage.

 

This review of Environment and Art in Catholic Worship, EACW, the American bishops (many but not all) version of how Christ’s Church should be configured, and it’s “new and improved” version, Built of Living Stones is especially relevant as the most common changes of hiding the tabernacle, removed pews, and facing each other, rather than God are designed to alter not only the space in which we worship, but are designed and planned to change forever the focus of our worship, from being centered on God, to a misplaced (New Age), community emphasis, not as the Church Militant that we are, but as brain –washed demigods who’s self-worship is the new focus of the praise and glory intended and required for Almighty God. Worship of God is substituted for love of man. Christ calls us His Church Militant, not to make waves, but to defend His Church against errors and heresies. If we don’t know the truth, we can’t defend it. The purpose of this painful chapter then is to inform, enlighten and challenge us into action. I pray that the Holy Spirit will grant us wisdom, understanding and courage. You will understand the need for prayer as you read on. Come Holy Spirit, enlighten our minds and inflame our hearts. Dear Holy Mother please guide us.

 

I have in my lifetime witnessed many events and happenings of historical importance. Among them, The Korean War and the Viet Nam Conflict, the first man on the moon, the assassination of an American President, John F. Kennedy, the resignations of both a President and his Vice President, Nixon and Agnew for “unsuitable behavior” and nearly the assassination of President Regan; super-sonic flight, the Age of Computers and the inter-net, the Impeachment of President Clinton. More recently, the Terrorist Attack on America’s Freedom’s of September 11, 2001and the wide acceptance of “New Age” philosophy, morality and religion, which encourages immorality, freedom to do what ever one pleases; I won’t judge you  – don’t judge me, and the rapidly spreading reality of a single Government, Socialistic -New World Order.

 

While each of these events have in some manner affected my life and influenced my perceptions of the world around me, (some more than others), the event that has most influenced me, as my life’s goal is to get to heaven, thanks to a patient and merciful Jesus who keeps calling me back to Him, was the unauthorized publication of an instruction manual entitled; Environment and art in Catholic Worship, (EACW) in February 1978. You might well ask if I’m kidding; most assuredly, I am not. Not only has EACW had more of a direct impact on me than the other events, but it may well have also impacted you in ways you may be unaware of?

 

A “New Age” is Dawning

 

Some background may be helpful. For the sake of Charity, I will as much as possible refrain from naming names as is expected in Christian Charity. There has always been a part of the Roman Catholic Church who chooses not to be “Roman Catholic,” that is obedient to our Pope and accepting all of the Churches teachings, but continue to act simply  “ selectively – Catholic,” assuming this to be sufficient to gain salvation. There is much clear binding evidence that shows this might be an optimistic position. As part of God’s plan, persecution and heresy have throughout history been instrumental in the growth of Christ Church. God’s way’s while mysterious are effective, often reforming lethargic, lukewarm Catholics like me into action.

 

Led, at times with tacit approval from the Presidents (in succession) of the NCCB, National Conference of Catholic Bishops, EACW was published in 1978 as an unauthorized release by a Bishops’ Sub-Committee on the Liturgy.

 

Canons: 331-333,449,451 and 455~2, specify in the clearest possible terms, as does Pope John Paul II, in his Encyclical Apostolos Suos, (May 21, 1998) nos. 22,23 and section IV articles 1,2,4 that the power to regulate all Bishop Conference statements for publication are vested in the Roman Pontiff who is to review and approve all Conference publications before they are released in order for them to be valid. EACW not only was never sent to Rome for approval, it was not even submitted to the entire Body of Bishops for review and a vote!  (Can. 451). What does this say about their intent? Our American bishops fall into three categories. 1. Perpetrators 2. Go-a-longs / come-a-longs, (the majority), and 3. True defenders of our faith, who sadly make up the minority. Please pray for all bishops every day.

 

“Each Episcopal Conference is to draw up its own statutes, to be reviewed by the Apostolic See.”  “For the decrees mentioned in §1 validly to be enacted at a plenary meeting, they must receive two thirds of the votes of those who belong to the Conference with a deliberative vote. These decrees do not oblige until they have been reviewed by the Apostolic See and lawfully promulgated.” Canon 455 §2 

 

EACW was widely advertised, aggressively promoted, and are said to be the “bible of liturgical law” relating to all matters of (supposedly) Vatican II mandates on worship, renovation and building of new churches. It had broad active (mandated) support of many (but not all) bishops, pastors, religious and gave rise to a new class of experts, the LDC, Liturgical Design Consultant, who most often are trained in the same Liberal Catholic school located in Chicago.

 

 Bishops, priest and the new “expert’s,” Liturgical Design Consultants, “LDC’s,”  quoted EACW for changes “made necessary by Vatican II,” such as removal of Communion rails, removal of the reservation tabernacle to places often harder to find than the toilets in the same church, removal of pews and kneelers, and churches in “the round,” when factually, at the very best, these were only the personal desires for change of these ill informed, leaders, and at worst, they continue to be part of an organized attempt by some to kill Christ Roman Catholic Church.

 

 Some are merely gullible, culpable “follow-a longs,” others are leaders, and still others are knowingly and actively promoting an agenda unwanted and not required by our Pope and the Magisterium, or by Vatican II, and have done serious spiritual harm to Christ Church and its members. To be absolutely clear, not a single one of these “mandates” is actually required by any Vatican II document. Ask for evidence in writing that is 1. current, 2. valid, and 3. licit, that mandates any or all of these changes and you will likely be told, it is the “Spirit of Vatican II,” not specific laws. This is only their personal opinion, not based at all on fact, and with complete certitude, not binding under moral or Church law.

 

How can they be so wrong?

 

The answer requires that we look at how grace is applied and used in God’s scheme of our salvation. Grace is a free gift of God, the very roots of which require hope and faith. We hope to cooperate sufficiently with God’s plan for our salvation, which always includes graces. We have faith in God’s mercy and provident love and care for us to believe that salvation is possible if we fulfill our role of creation, which is to know, love and serve our Lord in this world in order to be happy with Him in the next ever-lasting world of heaven. We can walk in grace and enlightenment, or in sin and darkened understanding, but we can’t do both at the same time. In Baptism we are made clean in the Blood of the Lord, but we retain a weakened human nature, (concupiscence) and are naturally prone and tempted to sin, and are only able to avoid sin to the degree that we cooperate with the Holy Spirit and accept and apply the graces offered to protect and enlighten us. Pride is a primary impediment to the flow of God’s graces to us, and sin impedes the flow of graces needed to gain supernatural understanding and enlightenment.

 

God, as we have previously stated possesses all attributes and all attributes completely and fully. Therefore in justice God must, and most certainly does, offer each of us sufficient graces, as required by our particular circumstances in life, to acknowledge His sovereignty, and to cooperate sufficiently to gain salvation. However, while God desires that all of His children be saved, He insists that we covet salvation with sincere and humble hearts, and pay the price in faithful obedience to all of His laws, decrees and ordinances as explained and ordained by the Magistrium. Further, we are to take up our daily crosses and follow Him.  cf Jn: 14: 6, Mt: 18: 24 We should not be surprised at trials and betrayals as they are part of God’s divine providence, and as God desires, lead to a greater good.

 

We need also remember that all salvation is through Christ and those who are blessed with special gifts, talents and graces will be rightly judged more severely if these God given gifts are not used for His greater glory, and the good of His Church.  cf. Mt: 25: 14-26, 1 Cor: 12: 4-26 “The unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” 1Cor: 2: 14 Those specially blessed to be called to a special relationship and positions of teaching and authority who answered His call as bishops, priests, brothers, sisters and deacons are given extraordinary Supernatural graces to support their call, but they are also the primary targets of Satan who knows full well that if he is able to capture their souls, many others will likely follow. In this highly secularized world our pope, bishops, priests and religious are in desperate need of our prayers as the battle for souls is spiritual. An important part of our personal catechesis is to pray for them daily.

 

“If the mind does not live in God and does not nourish the spiritual life, then the heart and the will possess that life only fitfully. The more interior one’s life is, the more one needs instruction from books, meditation, or from God himself.”  Pg.294 St. Peter Jullian Eymard, Holy Communion.

 

“Heaven must be stormed, taken by assault” (On our “self”) pg.297 “By making self our real aim, we are courting destruction.” Pg.302 St. Peter Jullian Eymard, Holy Communion.

 

The demon is PRIDE!

 

There are two problems. First, some Catholic seminaries have taught for an extended period, “New Age,” Jungian theology presuming it to be “New Catholism.” This errant practice continues to this day, but there are some signs of a return to more orthodox, traditional Catholic teaching. Keep praying for them.  Many clerics and religious have been taught that dissent is OK so long as you are sincere in your belief, no matter how radical these beliefs may be, and that the Pope issues only “guidelines,” not law. Secondly, there is a corresponding lack of spirituality taught and practiced, which gives way to an unnatural pride, and reliance on self. Pride is a primary tool of Satan and often used to control or at least have great influence on these bright open minds, and their teachers.

 

What is taking place is not a recent happening. The seeds of the current revolt were planted in the late nineteenth century. It’s an international problem, not confined to our Catholic Church in America. New Age theology spread first in European Countries such as Holland, France and Italy. Ordained priest such as de Chardin, who strongly supports Communism and desires the removal of Papal authority, and Hans Krung, and Father Schillebeeckx lead the charge today, and have “proven themselves better at sexology than theology and better trained in secularism than is spiritually.” Bishops versus the Pope, Father Charles Coughlin, Pg. 25  I provide these names as a cautionary note, to avoid all things written by and proposed by these errant clerics. Theirs is the New Age theology that has found such wide acceptance and application within today’s Church.

 

Vatican II was the impetus and opportunity that some bishops used to in a sense “jump-start,” and organize the current movement to openly defy Christ Vicar on earth, our Pontiff:  “He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me,” Lk: 10: 16 was Christ’s directive to St. Peter and all of His direct successors, our Popes.

 

One of the more difficult to comprehend mysteries of our faith is why God allows those He has called by name for salvation to sin, sin frequently, even repeatedly and even divorce ourselves from His love and grace by sinning grievously. This separation is total, our doing, and our choice yet God continues to offer sufficient graces in order to enlighten, reform and redeem us, but does not demand that we accept His offer.

 

As a shadow follows a man walking in sunlight, most assuredly so does sin darken and limit understanding. The gift of grace is always free and its acceptance is never mandated; only offered. When pride or other capitol sins do not get in the way, we say “yes,”  “thank you God.” When we are operating not under grace, but sin, we decline the offers of grace, our ability to understand is removed, or at least limited, and we may even think in error that what we are doing is correct and Gods will. Or, influenced by Satan’s prompting, that what others are doing even in opposition to Magisterium teaching is to God’s will. Such is the case, for some parish priests who choose to follow their bishops, before our Pontiff. Who do not make an effort to learn the truth, or are simply in fear of the consequences of doing what is right, in favor of what is easy. There is always a price to pay, a cross to carry in following Gods will. Its not supposed to be easy. Obediently and humbly carrying ones crosses has always been the way of salvation for man. 

 

Most parish priest’s are extremely over worked, and it might be difficult for them to find the time to do the necessary research that proves the singular truth of Jesus’ chosen Vicar on earth, versus the reported “mandates” of Vatican II as expressed by their local superiors. There is a natural reliance on others who are “more expert,” more up to date, more “with – it.” Tied to this is a naiveté, a culpable gullibility that refuses to even consider that their bishop, or his ”experts” may be in error, even grievous error. Catholics can find themselves working for God, without doing God’s work. All Catholics must have a strong and constant spiritual life or put their very soul in danger. This is true for all Catholics and an absolute truth for those professed to God.

 

 Only an active and proper spiritual life, correct and active participation in the sacraments, which remain God’s main channels of His grace to us, can flip the switch of proper enlightenment, and reestablish a proper relationship with God. God must move toward us, and we must be assisted by the Holy Spirit in our search for God’s truth. A humble and obedient heart is much loved and much blessed by our Lord. True faith naturally seeks the single truth and when it finds it, embraces it ardently. Believing is only possible by grace, and so too enlightenment and understanding are gifts of the Spirit of God. Come Holy Spirit, come! “Jesus declared, “I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will. All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” Mt: 11: 25-27 (All) “Christian piety must be centered in the mystery of the Mystical Body of Christ, with no regard for what is ‘personal or subjective.” Mediator Dei, Pius XII no.29

 

Why is this happening?

 

First because we are not operating under grace with guidance from the Holy Spirit, this theology is called, Theistic Atheism. It is a professed belief in God, but living as though He does not exist. Second, is a fear factor that takes the easy road of uninformed compliance to peers or superiors who are may be wrong? Third, we have failed to take the time, make the time to determine the truth. Fourth, in some cases it is based on an improperly taught and learned theology and philosophy, which limits, but does not remove completely, culpability.

 

CIC 331 “the office uniquely committed by the Lord to Peter, the first of the Apostles, and to be transmitted to his successors, abides in the Bishop of the Church of Rome. He is the head of the College of Bishops, the Vicar of Christ, and the Pastor of the universal Church here on earth. Consequently, by virtue of his office, he has supreme, full, immediate and universal ordinary power in the Church, and he can always freely exercise this power.”

 

CIC 333 §1 “By virtue of his office, the Roman Pontiff not only has power over the universal Church, but also has pre-eminent ordinary power over all particular Churches and their groupings. This reinforces and defends the proper, ordinary and immediate power, which the Bishops have in the particular Churches entrusted to their care.” 

 

             §3” There is neither appeal nor recourse against a judgment or a decree of the Roman Pontiff. “  

 

             “It follows from this that the Sovereign Pontiff alone enjoys the right to recognize and establish any (all) practices touching the worship of God… No private person (not even a bishop or a priest) has any authority to regulate external practices of this kind.” Mediator Dei, Pius XII,No. 58 

 

Built of Living Stones review 

 

As the application, driven by the success of EACW increased, (success from the standpoint that they were getting away with the largely unchallenged murder of the Catholic Church), criticism of EACW’s easy to determine lies began to be publicly expressed. Many true Catholic scholars, Bishops, priest and informed laity began to openly question the authority of this document, which was, at least verbally reported as the “final authority” on all matters relating to renovation and Church construction. It was proclaimed that EACW had binding force, when in fact, except for the rare instances when it correctly quoted and applied documents of real and true binding force, it had no more authority than a comic book. But EACW was no laughing matter.

 

I recall vividly sitting in the audience as the now infamous Father Richard Vosko, who is the most successful, sought after and most often used LDC in America today gave his presentations and verbally tore apart my parish Church, while informing us of EACW’s “mandates” for Vatican II compliance that required removal of Christ to a small separate chapel, flexible seating (no kneelers), constructing and moving a portable altar into the midst of God’s people so we could be more involved, and the mandate of a full size immersion Baptismal pool, (which remains ONLY an option). While a study would be done to see if “existing facilities” (not Church) could be modified, his preliminary opinion was that we would have to build a new “gathering space” (this the new bishops term for church building), with an estimated price tag of $3.5 million dollars. This in a parish that struggles to meet its $500,000.00 annual budget. I felt like I was sitting in a fire station when a five-alarm fire had just been called in. I decided right then and there to get quickly informed. When I did, I formed a SOCS committee, “Save Our Church and School,” and with the aid of a few dedicated parishioners, began the process of informing my pastor, his staff and the parish in general about the truth. After some time had passed, a highly esteemed long time parishioner and local attorney took over the lead role and God in His mercy saved our parish.

 

God’s in His benevolent will provided us with a wonderful, holy pastor who has done much to raise the spirituality of our parish, and just this year we repainted God’s house, installed new carpet, restored the stained glass windows, and now have air-conditioning. More importantly, we now have a weekly day of Eucharistic adoration. God is good, thank you Lord!

 

Built of Living Stones is the illegitimate prodigy of EACW. Nether document has been submitted for Rome’s necessary approval. Both contain errors, and neither is to be obeyed except in the rare instances where they accurately quote and apply documents that are current, valid and licit. BLS too is being promoted, like EACW, as the final authority on these matters. Most assuredly, it is not! 

 

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has long been an opponent of EACW and was a driving force in rewriting the EACW document. Of significant note is the fact that the original replacement document for EACW was entitled Domus Dei, which translates to, “God’s House,” but when it was submitted to the body of bishops NCCB (National Conference of Catholic Bishops) meeting, a myriad of changes were made and approved by the majority of bishops and the name was changed to the current Built of Living Stones, which provides the single most evident truth of it’s current theology, purpose and application, from love of God, to let’s love ourselves and everything will be OK.

 

            Some specific BLS comments: discerning the single truth.

 

Built of Living Stones: Art, Architecture, and Worship: “Guidelines (not presented in writing at least as “mandates) of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops,” November 2000

 

“Built of Living Stones: Art, Architecture, and Worship is presented to assist the faithful involved in the building or renovation of churches, chapels, and oratories of the Latin Church in the United States.” (Once again, without the necessary Magisterium approval to make it binding.)

 

“In 1962 Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council to help the Church renew its sense of mission. The first of the conciliar documents, Sacrosanctum Concilium: Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, articulated the goals of the Council and, in keeping with those goals, established general principles for the reform and promotion of the sacred liturgy. In addition to mandating that liturgical books and rites be revised, Sacrosanctum Concilium  (SC), called for the revision of legislation governing the material elements involved in the liturgy, particularly the construction of places of worship and altars, the placement of the tabernacle and the baptistery, andthe use of images and decoration.” From the Introduction.

 

What you have just read is a direct quote from BLS implying that the changes which are “required” according to Built of Living Stones, derive their authority from Vatican II’s, Sacrosanctum Concilium. To demonstrate how deliberately misleading and disingenuous this is, I share the following direct quotes from Sacrosanctum Concilium, and the 1983 Code of Canon Law. Both are current, valid and licit and fully binding directives.

 

             General Norms: Sacrosanctum Concilium, The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.

 

                   22.  (1) Regulation of the sacred liturgy depends solely on the authority of the Church, that is, on the Apostolic See, and, as laws may determine, on the bishop.

 

                   (2) In virtue of power conceded by law, the regulation of the liturgy within certain defined limits belongs also to various kinds of bishops’ conferences, legitimately established, with competence in given territories. (Must be with Rome’s approval!)

 

                   124.    Ordinaries are to take care that in encouraging and favoring truly sacred art, they should seek for noble beauty rather than sumptuous display. The same principle applies also to sacred vestments and ornaments. Bishops should be careful to ensure that works of art which are repugnant to faith, morals, and Christian piety, and which offend true religious sense either by depraved forms or through lack of artistic merit or because of mediocrity or pretense, be removed from the house of God and from other sacred places. And when churches are to be built, let great care be taken that they be suitable for the celebration of liturgical services and for the activeparticipation of the faithful.” (Rather than remove articles only repugnant to faith, morals, and Christian piety, in some cases they removed most, even all items of piety to the detriment of the faith of hundreds of thousands of Catholics. To deny piety its proper role in salvation history is absurdity. Piety is a personal expression of respect for our Creator. It is both a just and a necessary expression of slave to King, son to Father, mankind to Godhead.) Pjm

 

            (The common misinterpretation of  “the active participation of the faithful” ignores the Churches  understanding of more singing, praying, and better readings and homilies, choosing instead to make fixed altars portable, take them out of the sanctuary and place them in the midst of the congregation, remove pews and substitute common chairs without kneelers, and hide Christ in the reserved tabernacle from all of the people He died for to forward their own agenda. Pjm)

 

                   125.    The practice of placing sacred images in churches so that they are venerated by the faithful is to be maintained. Nevertheless their number should be moderate and their relative position should reflect right order. For otherwise the Christian people may find them incongruous and they may foster devotion of doubtful orthodoxy.  

 

                   128.     The canons and ecclesiastical statutes which govern the provision of external things which pertain to sacred worship should be revised as soon as possible, together with the liturgical books, as laid down in Article 25. (This was accomplished in the 1983-revised Code of  Canon Law, currently in effect) These laws reference especially to the worthy and well-planned construction of sacred buildings, the shape and construction of altars, the nobility, placing, and  security of the Eucharistic tabernacle, the suitability and dignity of the bapistry, the proper ordering of sacred images, and the scheme of decoration and embellishment. Laws, which seems less suited to the reformed liturgy should be amended or abolished. Those, which are helpful, are to be retained, or introduced if lacking. (If and when approved by Rome.)

 

                Sacrosanctum Concilium, does not specify any changes to the tabernacle, Communion rails, chairs replacing pews, Jacuzzis replacing baptismal fonts, or tables replacing altars, much less moving them into the midst of the congregation. It does say to follow the Code of Canon Law and other such specific and duly authorized Magisterium approved documents. Pjm

 

              1983 Code of Canon Law (Still current and binding.)

 

              CIC 858~1. Every parish church is to have a baptismal font, with due regard for the rights already acquired by other churches. (Previously baptized coming into the Catholic Church)

(Note: no mention of a full emersion pool requirement, this too is a valid option.)

 

 CIC 1235~2. It is fitting that there be a fixed altar in every church. (When the Canon speaks of “table,” it is in reference to the top surface of sacrifice of the altar, not a four-legged table as is sometimes inferred and proclaimed as a mandate.)

 

I hasten to point out that the construction of Altars in new Churches, are most often made to reflect common (albeit fancy) dinning tables, rather than the Traditional Altar of Sacrifice. Why? One may ask. Because today’s LCD’s often do not believe in the Real Presence, nor do they wish you to hold and covet this most Sacred Mystery and the truth that it is proclaiming. To them we are celebrating a mere meal, a re-presentation of the Last Supper, to be sure, BUT nothing more than that. Pjm

 

“In the United States, the Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy published the committee statement Environment and Art in Catholic Worship in 1978. (The bishops knowing that the document was not binding, lacked authority and was not the mind on the Roman Catholic Church, still proudly propagated its unlawful use for more than twenty years.) This statement has had a profound impact on the building and renovation of parish churches in the United States. (Because many, in grievous error, presented it as mandated licit Law. It has no binding authority! Parish communities have studied, discussed, and disagreed  (Thank God!) about the document; many liturgical design consultants have utilized the text in parish education programs; and architects have tried to transform the underlying principles and theology into brick and mortar, stone and glass. Twenty-two years after the publication of Environment and Art, the bishops of the United States present a new document on church art and architecture that builds on and replaces Environment and Art (but often does not correct the heresy’s of EACW) addresses the needs of the next generation of parishes engaged in building or renovating churches. Built of Living Stones reflects our (personal – Pjm) understanding of the liturgy, of the role and importance of church art and architecture, and of the integral roles of the local parish and the diocese that enter into a building or renovation project.” BLS introduction.

 

                   “The Church has been particularly careful to see that sacred furnishings should worthily and beautifully serve the dignity of worship.   She has admitted changes in material, style, or ornamentation prompted by the progress of technical arts with the passage of time.” BLS 122  (One glance at the sterile, septic and piety-less “gathering spaces” (bishops term) makes evident the folly of this statement. In every state are renovations that bear little or no resemblance to God’s house, and why should they; after all they are Built of Living Stones.Pjm)

         

                   Ordinaries (local bishops) are to take care that in encouraging and favoring truly sacred art; they should seek for noble beauty rather than sumptuous display.   The same principle applies also to sacred vestments and ornaments. BLS 123 This is being accomplished by often removing all art; anything and everything from the crucifix, to the Stations of the Cross, to all statues, and even stained glass windows that hint of any pious theme are at times removed in total. There is a directive to reduce the number of items, but none to remove all signs of piety. (Some would have us gather to praise self, not God. Pjm) And when churches are to be built, let great care be taken that they be suitable for the Celebration of liturgical services and for the active participation of the faithful.  cf. SC 14

 

                            Here is the “grab-on-to” directive that is given as the Vatican II mandate for the “absolute need” to turn Churches into mere gathering spaces. Are they right?

 

                   From: Vatican.II’s Sacrosanctum Concilium, Constitution on The Sacred Liturgy

 

Pope Benedict has been very blunt and open  in disagreement about some of the content of the V II Document; S.C.

 

                  14.    “ Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that full, conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy, and to which the Christian people,  “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a redeemed people”  (1 Pet:  2:9: 4-5) have a right and obligation by reason of their baptism. “In the restoration and promotion of the sacred liturgy the full and active participation by all the people is the aim to be considered before all else, for it is the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful are to derive the true Christian spirit.”

 

                   30.  “ To promote active participation, the people should be encouraged to take part by means of acclamations, responses, psalms, antiphons, and hymns as well as by actions, gestures and bodily attitudes. (Which most certainly are to include genuflections and kneeling.) And at the proper time a reverent silence should be observed. (This is what The Church actually means by “active participation.” Pjm)                       

 

                    33.   “Although the sacred liturgy is principally the worship of the divine majesty it likewise contains much instruction for the faithful. For in the liturgy God speaks to his ­people, and Christ  ­is still proclaiming his Gospel.  ­And ­the ­people reply to God both by song and prayer. Moreover the prayers addressed to God by the priest who, in the person of Christ, presides over the assembly, are said in the name of the entire holy people and of all present.  And Christ or the Church has chosen the visible signs, which the sacred liturgy uses to signify invisible divine things.  Thus not only when things are read “which were written for our instruction”  (Rom: 15:4), but alsowhen the Church prays or sings or acts, the faith of those taking part isnourished, and their minds are raised to God so that they may offer him their spiritual homage and receive his grace more abundantly.” (Contrary to popular beliefs, “active participation” does not require the Altar (or the choir) in our midst, or our facing each other. These situations actually detract from our praise and worship to Almighty God. Pjm)

 

                   “The practice of placing sacred images in churches so that they are venerated by the faithful is to be maintained. Nevertheless their number should be moderate and their relative positions should reflect right order”. BLS 125

 

                   “Ordinaries should ensure that sacred furnishings and works of value are not disposed of or destroyed, for they are ornaments in God’s house” BLS 126

 

                   “ These laws refer especially to the worthy and well-planned construction of sacred buildings, the Shape and construction of altars, the nobility, placing, and security of theEucharistic tabernacle, The suitability and dignity of the baptistery, the proper ordering of sacred images, and the scheme of Decoration and embellishment. Laws, which seems less suited to the reformed liturgy should be amended or abolished.

   Those, which are helpful, are to be retained, or introduced if lacking.”  BLS 128 (But only and always with prior review and approval by Rome which recent history shows to happen only selectively. Pjm)

 

            The Location of the Tabernacle:

 

The tabernacle contains the very source and heart of our faith, Jesus Christ Himself! That is why the tabernacle location is the primary issue. Removing Christ from our midst has proven to be effective in removing us from Christ. This is no accident! Pjm 

 

“There are a number of possible spaces suitable for Eucharistic reservation. (By law, only two). The revised General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GRIM) states that it is more appropriate that the tabernacle in which the “Blessed Sacrament is reserved not be on the altar on which Mass is celebrated. BLS 98 The bishop is to determine where the tabernacle will be placed and to give further direction. The bishop may decide that the tabernacle be placed in the sanctuary apart from the altar ofcelebration (always the first choice of the Magisterium) or in a separate chapel suitable for adoration (Only if very rare cases: see EM number 53,54 which are still binding, and Canon 938~2.) In making his determination, the bishop will consider the importance of the assembly’s ability to focus on the Eucharistic action, the piety of the people, (how may I ask, does removing The Real Christ from the midst of His flock, improve one’s piety? Pjm) and the custom of the area” BLS 99 (The primary consideration are not these issues, but regular non Catholic visitors who might profane our Lord. Em- 53,54). Inserted here is the mythical “active and static presence issue,” which we will shortly cover in greater detail. Pjm

 

  The Chapel of Reservation: “The diocesan bishop may direct the parish to reserve the Blessed Sacrament in a chapel separate from the nave and sanctuary but “integrally connectedwith the church” and “conspicuous to the  (all of the) faithful. BLS100 (This conforms to the GRIM 2000, no. 314 instruction.) The placement and design of the chapel can foster reverence and can provide the quiet and focus needed for personal prayer, and it should provide kneelers and chairs for those who come to pray. (This Remains the second choice, and then must be with just cause, not on a whim of personal preference. Bishops are under grave moral obligation to maintain Communion with Rome, and to do what is best for the faith of their flock. Giving, rather than limiting the most people possible access to the Supernatural graces available from Christ Himself is indisputability of great spiritual benefit to all Catholics. Pjm)

 

The Tabernacle in the Sanctuary: “A special area can be designed within the sanctuary. (This remains not only a valid option, but also the most preferred option) Careful planning is needed so that the placement chosen does not draw the attention of the faithful away from the Eucharistic celebration and its components (nowhere is this required or even suggested in any Vatican II, or any current, valid and licit Magisterium document). In addition, the placement must allow for a focus on the tabernacle for those periods of quiet prayer outside the celebration of the Eucharist.” BLS 102.

 

“Ordinarily, it is helpful to have a sufficient distance to separate the tabernacle and the altar. When a tabernacle is located directly behind the altar, consideration should be given to using distance, lighting, or some other architectural device that separates the tabernacle and reservation area during Mass, but that allows the tabernacle to be fully visible to the entire worship area when the Eucharistic liturgy is not being celebrated.”  BLS 103 Reference to the mythical “active and static presence.” I have not been able to find Magisterium or Papal mention, direction or support for this supposed phenomenon. Pjm

 

                  ”Active versus Static” – Law or Myth?

              

                  This is a deliberately contrived myth based on the desire to justify the removal of Jesus Christ, present in the reservation tabernacles of His Church’s to places that limit His exposure to only a few pious souls. Christ died for all and desires to be available to all, all of the time. This truth is both evident and logical. First The theory put fourth is that the “static presence” of Christ in the reservation tabernacle, somehow interferes with our being “full and active participants” in the live “active” Eucharistic liturgy. “One can’t have both a active and a static presence because they compete with each other” as our attention is always on the tabernacle, rather than what ever is taking place at the altar of celebration and sacrifice. Do not be seduced by such folly. The theory is ludicrous, as it presumes that Jesus Christ, who is all good, can or would desire to allow His hidden Sacred Presence, be a detriment to the salvation of the very souls He died to save. A detriment because His hidden presence, somehow “competes” with His Transubstantiation, in the reenactment of the very act of salvation. This is absurd! Secondly, Christ reservation is not like a Holiday Inn for sleeping, no He’s is there to benefit us by providing graces, which is an action, not at all static, and this action of distributing graces works in conjunction and complete conformity with the action of Transubstantiation, and Holy Communion. It adds to, rather than take away from being in His Sacred presence. Third, history itself bears witness to this folly, as it was in the period of time that our Church regularly and consistently placed the reservation tabernacle on the high altar, visible to all and available to all, all of the time (A.D. 1300-1960’s) that piety, Catholicism, vocations and use of the Blessed sacraments flourished. It was the unnecessary “modern” updates of Vatican II, wrongly applied that has resulted in a loss of piety, and loss of Catholic souls; perhaps as many as seventy-five percent of living professed Catholics no longer regularly properly and obediently practice their faith, religious orders are but a third of what they were forty years ago, and the number of vocations is so limited that numerous seminaries have been closed, and the laity are (mostly female) being trained (out of contrived necessity) to replace, sub-plant priest. This reality plays right into the plans of those who desire to kill Christ church. Fourth, the human physic is naturally drawn to “action” and sound rather than something that is stationary, like the tabernacle. if, in the improbable case someone is concentrating on the reserved Christ rather than the Transubstantiation taking place, it is likely caused by poor catechetical instruction. That is hardly justification to remove Christ from our midst, and reverse a theology that, more than others, grew Christ Church on a solid foundation. I will offer a rare opinion that there seems to be FAR more effort to train the laity to replace priest, than to build vocations. Pjm

                 

                 “The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.”

 

“The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.”  CCC 1324

 

“In brief, the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith: ‘ Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking.’” CCC 1325

 

As evidenced below, the Holy Eucharist is at One and the Same Time a triune like sacrament that has three fully separate, yet unable to be separated components. Eucharist is

 

A Sacrifice sacrament

A Communion Sacrament

A Worship / Presence Sacrament

          

More current, licit, valid, and binding evidence:

 

These truths were again brought to the front by his Holiness Pope John Paul II, in his April 2003 binding on all Encyclical: Ecclesiada Eucharistie. Our Pope found it necessary to again remind our bishops, priest and ourselves of the single truth about the Eucharist, it’s location and piety.

 

CIC 898 “Christ’s faithful are to hold the blessed Eucharist in the highest honor. They should take an active part in the celebration of the most august Sacrifice of the Mass (Sacrifice sacrament); they should receive the sacrament  (Communion sacrament) with great devotion and frequently, and should reverence it with the greatest adoration. (Worship sacrament)  In explaining the doctrine of this sacrament, pastors (most especially, bishops) of souls are assiduously to instruct the faithful about theirobligation in this regard.” When is the last time you heard a homily on this topic? Why not?

 

            Restating this truth may further clarify. Similar to the Triune Godhead itself, which consist of three separate, yet unable to be separated Deities, the Eucharist has separate, but unable to be separated elements of Sacrifice, Communion and Praise/Worship. Each is truly separate, but each also completes and complements the other two operations. For bishops to randomly abandon this truth in favor of the propagated myth of an active and static presence, by foregoing the Worship/Presence elements is a grave error. “Because Christ himself is present in the sacrament of the altar, he is to be honored with the worship of adoration. ‘To visit the Blessed Sacrament is a proof of gratitude, an expression of love, and a duty of adoration toward Christ our Lord’ (Paul VI, MF 66).” CCC 1418. (This applies to all Catholics, not simply the pious few (very few) who might visit a Eucharistic chapel.) My personal observation at several “new churches” with hidden reservation chapels shows that darn few Sunday Holy Mass attendees, if any, do visit these reservation chapels, but don’t take my word for it; check it out for yourselves! This too is the goal of the reno (recko) vation.

 

What are the common arguments put fourth by those who would, and in fact are perpetuating this fraud on countless uninformed and gullible Catholics?

 

“These changes are mandated by the Second Vatican Council”

 

REPLY: Show me the specific Vatican II documents that are: a. current b. valid

 c. Licit d. binding, that “require” removal of Communion rails, removal of kneelers, require separate reservation chapels, require altars be made portable and to look like tables, that altars be moved ‘into the center of the congregation’, for a Jacuzzi type baptismal pool, and justification for the liturgical emphasis now changed from love of God to love of self.  

 

“We are obeying and following “the spirit of Vatican II”

 

REPLY:  Our Church, like our government rules by laws and ordinances. Their opinion is no more valid than yours! They speak of spirit, as in “Spirit”: when the Holy Spirit, would not advocate the Second Person of the Divine Trinity, be removed from the midst of the very children He came to redeem, so that only a few might visit Him! One Can and need apply common sense to some of these absurd arguments.    

 

“We cannot have an “active and a static presence at the same time”

 

REPLY: This is a myth, a fraud that seeks justification that does not exist. To remove Jesus really present from our midst. What really is taking place are two actions that support and add to each other.

 

The GRIM: General Instruction of The Roman Missile, art. 276 require separate reservation. (1975)

 

                        REPLY: This is no longer valid. For all of the following reasons.     

 

There exist in truth, no justification (except possible sacrilege in certain Churches where the high probability of excessive non-Catholic traffic might exist) for the removal of Christ, who died for all, and desires to be always present to all of His children, all of the time, as is the rule of law in the Roman Catholic Church. The 1975 GRIM has been replaced and supplanted by GRIM 200, no. 314 as is shown below, which corrects this oversight. Em 54, 55, Canon 938~2, and the Catechism 1181, 1380, all clearly articulate the mind of the Magisterium. Separate reservation is the second or third choice, and then only as needed to prevent sacrilege to our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

The Latin Church (Roman) uses a system of “weight of authority” measurements to determine the level of application influence for its rules and laws. Documents rated # 1 have the highest degree of binding authority, and documents rated # 5 have the lowest binding authority.

 

Built of Living Stones” and  ”Environment In Art In Catholic Worship” EACW, are both rated number # 5, the very bottom of the authority list. (Even as approved documents, which has never taken place.) Each and every document quoted will be of greater weight of licit binding authority than either EACW or BLS.

 

“Inaestimabile Donum” Pope John Paul II, 1980: Weight of authority is # 1

 

Article # 24: “The tabernacle in which the Eucharist is kept can be located on an altar

(1st. and top choice), or away from it, in a spot in the church which is very prominent, truly noble,and duly decorated, or in a chapel for private prayer for adoration of the faithful.”(This second option is only applicable to churches that have extreme amounts of none Catholic foot traffic, such as Cathedrals, or churches that house much art or relics that might cause none Catholic foot traffic)

 

Article # 27 reads: “ If anything has been introduced that is at variance with these indications, it is to be corrected”.

 

§ 314.   “In keeping with the architecture of a given church and legitimate local customs, the Most Blessed Sacrament should be reserved in a tabernacle in a part of the church which is distinguished, dignified unobscured, suitably decorated and conducive to prayer.

“Normally there should be but a single, immovable tabernacle, made of materials which are solid, inviolable and not transparent, and locked so that any danger of profanation may indeed be deterred.”

  Two options for such a location follow:  (Only two!)

 

1.   “Either in the sanctuary, celebration apart from the altar of celebration, in the most suitable form and place, not excluding on an old altar, which is no longer, used for celebration of Holy Mass “ (1st. Choice) Speaking here of what in now commonly termed the “rear altar.”

2.   “ Or even in another chapel suitable for adoration and the private prayer of the              faithful, and which is integrally connected with the church and is conspicuous to thefaithful. “  This is always the second choice unless the highprobability of profaning Christ exist.

 

            I am of the mind that money was made available to take CHRIST away from His flock which resulted in thousands of lost souls, thus we are gravely morally required to return CHRIST to His rightful home; visible to all and available to all, in ALL churches in compliance to this mandate! And this as a top priority. We shall be judged on what we do and what we fail to do to save souls. Pjm

 

Meaning: both visible to all, and available to all, all of the time. Will all the Churches turned into gathering spaces be retrofitted to this standard? No! Not without much prayer and our involvement. Why, because it would lead many back to Christ! Satan is real, and really active. (The excuse will be it’s too expensive). It wasn’t too expensive to ruin faith, why should it be an issue in restoring faith? This is why this chapter needed to be written and included in this book.

 

The 1983 Code of Canon Law: Weight of authority is #1

 

CIC 938 §1 “The blessed Eucharist is to be reserved habitually in only one tabernacle of a church or oratory no mention of a “private chapel”. This is extremely important, because words have specific meaning, and as will be shown, “church” and “chapel have different applications and meanings.  §2 The tabernacle in which the blessed Eucharist is reserved should be sited in a distinguished place in the church or oratory a place that is conspicuous, suitably adorned and conducive to prayer. “

 

CIC 1214 “The term church means a sacred building intended for divine worship, to which the faithful have right of access for the exercise especially the public exercise, of divine worship”. (This is specific to all of the faithful, not a limited few).

 

CIC 1223” An oratory means a place which, by permission of the Ordinary, is set aside for divine worship, for the convenience of some community or group of the faithful who assemble there to which however other members of the faithful may with the consent of the competent Superior, have access.”

 

CIC 1226” The term private chapel means a place, which, by permission of the local Ordinary, is set aside for divine worship for the convenience of one or more individuals.”  (But, and this is key, not for all.)

 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church: Weight of authority is # 2

 

1183. “The tabernacle is to be situated ‘in churches in a most worthy place with the greatest honor. [Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei: AAS (1965) 771.] The dignity, placing, and security of the Eucharistic tabernacle should foster adoration before the Lord really Present in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar.”

       

1379. “The tabernacle was first intended for the reservation of the Eucharist in a worthy place so that it could be brought to the sick and those absent outside of Mass. As faith in the real presence of Christ in his Eucharist deepened, the Church became conscious of the meaning of silent adoration of the Lord present under the Eucharistic species. It is for this reason that the tabernacle should be located in an especially worthy place in the church and should be constructed in such a way that it emphasizes and manifests the truth of the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. “

 

             1380. “It is highly fitting that Christ should have wanted to remain present to His Church in this unique way.” “ The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith, and open to making amends for the serious offenses and crimes of the world. Let our adoration never cease.” John Paul II,Dominicae cenae, 3.

 

          Sorry to belabor the point, but I have done so to show the easy access to the truth, and the abundant support for Christ to remain physically, not only spiritually in our midst, and as a reminder that this is the most important issue that binds or separates us. The removal to places unworthy of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ continues to be put fourth as a Vatican II mandate and articulates the intent of removing Christ from our midst by those advocating as a Vatican II ”necessity,” complete renovations when all that is needed is a simple, more humble and far cheaper face- lift.

 

Quotes of Built of Living Stones resumes:

 

“Just as the term Church refers to the living temple, God’s people, the term church also has been used to describe, “The building in which the Christian community gathers to hear the word of God, to pray together, to receive the sacraments, and celebrate the Eucharist.” BLS #13 That building is both the house of God on earth (Domus Dei) and a house fit for the prayers of the saints (Domus Ecclesiae). Such a house of prayer must be expressive of the presence of God (who is Really Present in our reservation tabernacle) and suited for the celebration of the sacrifice of Christ, as well as reflective of the community that celebrates there.” BLS 14. (Seldom are the new “gathering space” reflective of a house worthy of God’s presence, as they are typically sterile of all things holy and reflective of piety. As to being reflective of the community that worships there; this too requires evidence that God’s people are holy, as in “We are One, holy Roman, Catholic Church.”  The Creed , Pjm)

 

      This is a wonderful example of needing to judge actions rather than words. The typical Father Vosco renovation – gathering space (church?) is void of anything that smacks of piety or religion, or God, and especially of Christ Jesus, His Mother, or His sacrifice on Calvary. Why, because all of these take away form our “fellowship” and community emphasis. Missing are all statues, the Stations of The Cross, and often even a Cross with the Corpus of Christ

 

            Built of Living Stones -Liturgical Principles for Building or Renovating Churches

 

“The general plan of the building should be such that “in some way it conveys the image of the gathered assembly “ who too are holy. Foremost it should be a holy, pious place suitable for Divine worship and our active participation. Active participation should mean more active prayer, singing, internal spiritual participation and care in hearing God’s word, and then living lives that put into action these teachings cf. CCC 1066 – 1076

           

The Sanctuary Area: ”The sanctuary is the space where the altar and the ambo stand, and “where the priest, deacon and other ministers (who the church Magisterium intends to be male: see Canon 230, ID –10,18) exercise their offices.” The special character of the sanctuary is emphasized and enhanced by the distinctiveness of its design and furnishings, or by its elevation.” Elevation is the first choice!

 

The Altar: “At the Eucharist, the liturgical assembly celebrates the ritual sacrificial meal that recalls and makes present Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, proclaiming “the death of the Lord until he comes.” (Above all the main altar should be so placed and constructed as to always be seen as a sign of Christ Himself” EM-24) In new churches there is to be only one altar so that it “signifies to the assembly of the faithful one Christ and the one Eucharist of the Church. The main altar is to be a “fixed” as in none moveable altar. “ Older Churches can and may retain the “rear altar,” rather than destroy it!

 

CIC 1235 §1” The altar or table on which the Eucharistic Sacrifice is celebrated is termed fixed if it is so constructed that it is attached to the floor and therefore cannot be moved; it is termed movable, if it can be removed.”

 

§2” It is proper that in every church there should be a fixed altar. In other places, which are intended for the celebration of sacred functions, the altar may be either fixed or movable.”

CIC 1236 §1 “In accordance with the traditional practice of the Church, the table of a fixed altar is to be of stone, indeed of a single natural stone. However, even some other worthy and solid material may be used, if the Episcopal Conference so judges. The support or the base can be made from any material.”

 

The Ambo: “The central focus of the area in which the word of God is proclaimed during the liturgy is the ambo. The design of the ambo and its prominent placement reflects the dignity and nobility of that saving word and draws the attention of those present to the proclamation of the word.” (Again Cannon 230 gives a clear and specific intent for ‘males.) BLS 80 

   

The Baptistery” The rites of baptism, the first of the sacraments of initiation, require a prominent place for celebration. BLS 89 Initiation into the Church is entrance into a eucharistic community united in Jesus Christ.” Elements of design. The location of the baptismal font, its design, and the method; emersion or pouring of water is a personal preference. Both methods are acceptable, and a Jacuzzi type emersion pool is not a mandate, yet it too is an option.  cf. BLS 4

Seating: “There are no universal norms regarding fixed or flexible seating (as is chairs with no kneelers) but the diocesan bishop may issue further directives in this area.” As evidenced below there is clear mandated direction and preference for kneeling. Space for kneeling is necessary, See GRIM no.43

 

Norms of the Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani [liturgical instructions in the new Roman Missal] (GRIM 2000) concerning the postures of the congregation during the celebration of Mass, and proposed amendments approved by the US bishops June 15, 2001, for submission to the Holy See for necessary recognitio (approval). (As of April 2003, they have been approved.)

 

Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani

43.” The faithful should stand from the beginning of the opening song or when the priest enters until the end of the opening prayer or collect; for the singing of the Alleluia before the gospel reading; while the Gospel itself is proclaimed; during the profession of faith and the general intercessions; from the Invitatory, “Pray that our sacrifice…” before the prayer over the gifts to the end of the Mass, except at the places indicated later in this paragraph. “

 

“They should sit during the readings before the Gospel reading and during the Responsorial Psalm, for the homily and the preparation of the gifts, and, if this seems helpful, during the period of religious silence after Communion.”

 

They should kneel at the Consecration, (note: does not “may”, but “should”) except when prevented by reasons of health, lack of space, the number of people present, or some other good reason. However, those who do not kneel at the Consecration (should be physically unable to do so, as this is the very Son of God) ought to make a profound bow when the priest genuflects after the Consecration.  Churches are to provide space for kneeling, and therefore kneelers. The reasons kneelers are no longer desired by the New Age leaders are: 1. Self- worship rather than Divine worship, thus the desire to remove Christ to parts unknown. 2. They are trying to sell “gathering spaces” (multi purpose) to replace true worship spaces. 3. They are fully desirous of reducing all visible signs that would promote piety, as piety is a learned response and is akin to worship of a Deity, which they deny the existence of. (If we are required to kneel, and we are, then kneelers need be provided.)

                       

The Cross: “The cross with the image of Christ crucified is a reminder of Christ’s paschal mystery. It draws us into the mystery of suffering and makes tangible our belief that our suffering when united with the passion and death of Christ leads to redemption .BLS 113 There should be a crucifix “positioned either on the altar or near it, and . . . clearly visible to the people gathered there.” BLS114

 

This is another example of actions are better than words study case. In many new or remodeled churches there is no permanent crucifix, no stations of the cross, no pious stained glass windows, and no statues of saints. Many of the participates in these actions labor under the limited understanding permitted to them by God in His mysterious ways. We need judge actions, but not motives. Be charitable, and frame always your debate with facts, allowing no room for personal opinion.  I have provided you with the facts, so that you can make up your own mind and be able to defend the deposit of our faith, Christ Church. Always with charity, and always with facts. Pjm

 

Do not allow yourself to grow discouraged by the revelation that our Church has some traitors in Her midst. It has always been so, and it is a prime factor in Her growth. God regularly takes apparently “bad” circumstances and makes something good happen. Martyrs need a cause, (one can be a “white,” that is bloodless martyr) so God gives every age an opportunity to show how much we love Him. Saving our Church from its current crisis is my cause, and I share it eagerly with you. Let us take up our cross and follow Christ, and show by loving and courageous example, that there exist today, Catholics who are informed, obedient, and desire to serve. Amen! Pjm

 

Can Domus Dei (God’s house) be Built of/on Living Stones? (The Bishop’s document.)

 

Perhaps, as we the Church Militant are an integral and essential element of Domus Dei. In great part it will depend on the piety, integrity, humility and fully faithful obedient compliance to the Catholic Magisterium of the “builders,” who must desire serving God, not self. With God as the vine, us as the branches, fertilized by obedient love, God’s house, Domus Dei will prosper. Amen!

 

 

Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spreads out the earth with its crops, Who gives breath to its people and spirit to those who walk on it: I, the Lord, have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations, To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness. “ Isa: 42: 5-7 

 

Please join me in praying daily for vocations and for the special needs of all priest, bishops, religious and deacons. May God have mercy on us. Amen. You now possess the truth, and need make up your own 

booklet #7 A “New Age” is Dawning

 

            Our Catholic Church: Not perfect but still the best.

 

          A New Age is Dawning!

by Patrick Miron

                       

I shouldn’t be, but I am at times stunned at God’s divine providence. I am well aware that God is always with me, so long as I stay in the “state of His grace,” and that everything that happens in my life, is either ordained, that is directly a result of His holy will for me, or permitted by Him, for my spiritual benefit. Still, at times His timing is simply astounding.  

 

I have been researching and writing this book for many months now. Following the original sequence of Chapters and selected topics, I was surprised to be writing on the condition of our world, and our Church, especially here in the United States, at the time of the most serious and evil direct attack in our Country’s recent history.    

 

The story I am about to relate is frightening, true and verifiable with only a little effort. It is about the insidious attack that targets America, and the entire world, with a goal of a “ New, single, universal World Order,” a single government, with vastly different views, no morals, and a “New Age” religion that has no need of a God as “we (ourselves) are gods.” Its reality is as stark and startling as the attack nine days ago, but perhaps not as clearly evident. Like a tree, it has many branches, but a common root, and that root is sinister, evil, and Satanic in origin, led by Satan himself, “the bringer of light and wisdom,” and like a tree, its roots run deep and have been a long time in the making. It is a threat as real as terrorism, with far broader and more serious consequences.

 

Before proceeding further, I would like to caution you, and remind myself that the people that we shall be speaking of fall into one of four categories. 1. The wealthy elite, Aryan, precipitous – instigating leaders, spread loosely throughout the world, head quartered in Germany, and centered in NATO, and the Church Modernist, serving themselves not our Pontiff, centered in the Vatican. 2. The idealist, trend setting, robotic, mindless followers, culpably ignorant, willing, but unwittingly foot soldiers, who do the work, take the blame, and seldom share in the glory. Largely unaware that they are being used more than utilized and that they are essential elements of the take over and make over of the world’s societies. This includes clerics, religious and prelates who are too close to the forest to see the trees. 3. The lazy, not wholly –unholy, masses that don’t know, don’t care, don’t wish to be involved, who float with the current because to swim would require effort; and they too are culpably ignorant. Much of what they do is habit and routine, and seldom do they think for themselves. They are people who appear to practice their religion without knowing it, or really knowing why, who vote party affiliation, not moral consideration. This sadly applies to most folks who today call themselves Catholic, “talk the talk,” but don’t “walk the walk,” or carry their cross. 4. Those operating under Grace, walking with God, and working for God, not simply doing God’s work, but really working for God. These few, chosen by God, know, live and share The Faith, and work to preserve the Church that He founded. Included also, by God’s unfathomable will and might, are those Christians, who while not a part of the only Church that Christ founded, fight the good fight, and hear and obey to the best of their understanding and ability. While this fourth group is the smallest group, it remains the group of greatest significance, greatest resolve, and the group most ardent to increase its ranks, not for personal, but for eternal gain. Thus we are, hated, despised, and targeted; we are the enemy who must be eliminated, not simply defeated, if they are to succeed.  God help us! Your reading of this book is a good indication that you too, are in the fourth class of people.

 

 I find this, highly successful attempt for world domination to be even more frightful than the terrorist attacks. It is insidious, well financed, finical, and it’s power base is centered in NATO who’s emergence as the singular Savior of all – for all, has to be, and is being manipulated, directed and intended as the NWO (New World Order), juggernaut, with full support of nearly all key world leaders, including the US president, who may or may not be a knowing party and participant. (If he is, the proposed Missile Defense shield proposal does not seem to make sense.)

 

In case you haven’t noticed, our Church, our families and our Country have experienced accelerated, significant change for the worse in the past forty years. The number of baptized Catholics who still practice their faith has dropped by a reported fifty percent and reception of the sacraments needed for enlightenment, strength and protection, the sacrament of Confession and Christ Himself in the Holy Eucharist, are seldom advantaged. Priestly and Religious vocations too are off by as much as seventy-five percent. Parish after parish are being closed, others are being destroyed as their very purpose and Catholic identity are being taken from them in the name Vatican II, but not the Law of Vatican II, oh no, only the “mystical spirit” of Vatican II.  Have no doubts the war is real. Do I exaggerate? Why, and who are we at war with? When did it start? What should a practicing Catholic do?

 

          We are at war saving souls, first our own and then others that God places in our lives path. 

 

Consider for a moment, what is going on around us that affects Eternal Salvation. Incredibly much recent evil, certainly “The Culture of Death,” led by abortion, the liberal attack on school and public prayer, “World / Global” this and “World / Global” that organizations that seek to control everything from “peace” to the air we breath, from a universal no-god religion, to socialized health care that will determine who lives and who dies, are directed through ” New Age” theology and philosophy, for the ultimate purpose of a “New World Order,” single Socialized dictatorship, that they advertise falsely as a “New World democracy.” The Age of Aquarius, the age of Satanic influence with its unheralded success is more than a myth, its here right now, and its growth rate is phenomenal!

 

o  It has been reported that there are one million three hundred thousand “legal” abortions of  “the holy innocents,” babies in the womb, murdered each year. Many of these are “late term,” fully formed, healthy ready to be born infants.

 

The United States Senate, who sadly does “represent us,” supported by the then American President and Vice President (Clinton-Gore) actively supported and even promoted these murders! Where are the Catholic and Christian Moral Outrage? The question is moral, not political.

 

o  In the 2000 election it was reported that nearly half of all “Catholics” voted for Gore despite his known strong, clear advocacy of abortion. The fifth Commandment is; “You shall not kill.” Don’t we care? (Yes but! Sin darkens the mind not providing sufficient grace to understand.)

o  Nearly half of all marriages now end in divorce, and this number is similar for married

Catholics. A valid, licit, consummated, covenant marriage between two baptized persons (male and female) is for life, and even the Church lacks the power to set it aside.

 

o  Children are killing Children and parents are killing their own kids with unprecedented frequency, and in bizarre and hideous ways. Our sense of value for any life seems to have dissipated

 

o  New Age, “fundamental option heresy,” If it feels good do it, and it’s only a sin if I say it’s a sin mentality desires to remove all absolutes. If nothing can be either absolutely right or wrong, there can be no sin.  (So 2+2 doesn’t equal 4 anymore?) Creating a let’s just “get along,” personal choice values system that denies the Supremacy of God. It attacks truth and is based on a lie; it’s easy and none-judgmental, so it is widely accepted.

 

o  Assisted suicide (murder) is now law in some states and many support “our right” to choose to take a life, a right that can only be God’s decision, as He is our Creator.

 

o  Same sex marriage may soon be law, and married benefits to same sex unions are already a reality. The US Congress, in the mist of legislation aimed at “fighting the terrorist” and saving our Economy, passed by a vote of 226 –194, a bill authorizing health benefits of ”the unmarried.” This seemingly innocuous bill, was opposed by Congressman Dave Weldon of Florida, who correctly points out: ”lifting this ban will place heterosexual and homosexual cohabiting relationships on an equal footing as traditional marriages.” Proponents said that 113 cites already have similar programs, as do about one third of the Fortune 500 companies. New Age no- moral values strike again!

 

o  Kids have more “rights” than their parents. Corporal punishment is frequently outlawed. “Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.” Prov:  22: 15

o  All references to God have been removed in our schools, and prayer, even silent prayer is not permitted. Yet America was founded for  (not from) Religious independence. “In God We trust?”

 

o  Teenage pregnancy is at an all time high. It has been reported that as perhaps many as half of all high school students have experimented with oral (“its not sex”, thanks President Bill) sex.

 

o  Drug and alcohol use among teenagers is a greater threat to our children than ever before.

 

o  The “stay at home mom” is near extinct, which has lead to unnatural role reversals, identity crisis and is a key factor in the high rate of divorce. The family unit, like the dinosaur, is headed for extinction. Mothers work outside the home, sometimes out of necessity, but as often out of greed and pride. “We have to keep up, don’t we?”  If they can destroy the family, they will destroy and control the world!

 

o  Nearly one fourth of all family homes, are now single-parent homes, and our kids are paying the price of our lack of commitment, uncontrolled lust, and selfish, “me first – I’m entitled” priorities.

 

o  Pornography is openly flaunted on TV, in movies and on the Net, negatively effecting family moral values. And we don’t understand why are kids are so into, and casual about pre-martial sex, accept divorce as a natural way of life, and don’t question “alternative gay and lesbian” life styles.

 

o  Stem cell research and Test Tube babies that will, if permitted, lead to a “Master Aryan Race”, which is a key foundational goal of the New World Order. Their inclusion is truthfully exclusion. “Everyone,” really means only Caucasian.

 

o  God’s creation of earth, the planets and the universe has become a cult Global Warming, “Green Leaf” religion that supplants the Creator, for what He created. We are told that the created now exceeds the value of the Creator.

 

o  New Age, “We are the Church” theology is perniciously and successfully advocating replacing God with us, and is both widely promoted and accepted within the Roman Catholic Church.  Thus the “mandate” to remove our tabernacles, often places Jesus in locations smaller and harder to find than the toilets in the same churches.

 

o  Attempts to Socialize America through our pocketbooks by creating a National Health Care System are getting very close to succeeding. This is an insidious attempt to control whom lives and who dies, with an ever-increasing dependency on government at the expense of dignity and self worth. It is a system that has failed in every socialized country that has tried it and is a major attack at the very core of democracy.

 

o  Most frightening of all is the desire to make you and me gods unto ourselves, dependent on only what we like, what we do with no recognition of or Supreme Creator God, and no Savior Jesus Christ. No Savior = No salvation. The desire is to have one godless religion, and to be responsible to only our conscience, the will of our fellow clones, and “Big Brother.”

 

Much of this has been advanced and implemented within the past forty years, and we still don’t know that we are at war! Wake up Catholics! This really is an organized effort, with the destruction and elimination of all Christian, not only Catholic and Judeo values and theology at stake. All, not just some.  Do you hear me? The goal is total elimination and destruction, not alteration.

  

Who are Catholics at war with? New Age led competing “Christian” denominations, Jehovah Whiteness,’ Free Masons, the world’s avocation and preoccupation of  “I want and I want it now,“ excessive wealth, self love, pride, greed, and Liberal (currently, mostly Democrat, with a few notable exceptions) politicians, bought and paid for by the “special interest” groups. Pay attention to what they advocate and support; it’s usually socialistic and designed to build greater dependence on “Big Brother” government programs. By intent expansion of government is Socialistic in effect.

 

Within Our Church we are at war with the Modernist, who insidiously and perniciously, attack the roots to kill the tree of faith, hope and love, Christ Catholic Church. Pope St. Pious X, wrote a clear warning of this danger in his 1907 Encyclical letter Pascendi Dominici Gregis: Syllabus Condemning The errors of the Modernist, Pope Pious XII continued the process of correction with his 1950 Encyclical Humani Gerneris, Some False Opinions That Threaten To Undermine Catholic Doctrine, and Pope John Paul II, issued numerous specific topic encyclicals on current errors and problems. Included are: Apostolos Suos, On Theology, Ad Tuendaam Fidem, On Errors regarding Faith, Christifideles Laici, on the proper role of the laity, Dominicae Cenae, On proper worship of the Holy Eucharist, Evangelium Vitae, on matters of life and birth control, and Fides et Ratio, on the relationship of Faith and reason, to name only a few.

  

Who are the ‘New Age” leaders?  They are the organizers, planners and controllers of what has come to be known as “The New World Order.” They have accomplished more in recent years than any government, except the United States. The exact number is unknown as they are deeply imbedded, and perniciously active in America’s “great society.” They have proudly “come out of the closet”, which gives credence to there success, confidence and resolve. As the base and root of world democracy, America, and Christianity, lead by Catholicism, must be eliminated. Included are the pernicious leaders of our Church who have recently been so effective in advocating mythical mandates of Vatican II that have sent, and continue to send countless thousands of souls towards hell. New Age ideology must be exposed in order to be defeated.

 

Mother of this devilish creation is Russian occultist Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, who started the still active today, Theosophical society in New York in 1875. She passed the torch to Annie Besant, and in the 1920’s Alice and Foster Bailey assumed control, and it is they who founded today’s “Lucis Trust,” which received it’s name from Blavatsky’s magazine called, The Lucifer.

 

           [The] “Lucis Trust” web site quotes:

 

“The world wide activities of the Lucis Trust, founded by Alice and Foster Bailey, are dedicated to establishing right human relations (not to be confused with human rights). The motivating impulse is the love of God (that is self, as “we are God’s”) expressed through love of humanity and the service of the human race.” (Meaning total control of).

 

The NWO desire only a single perfect human Aryan Race also called the Fifth Race, as explained and promoted in Blavatsky’s manifesto, The Secret Doctrine. It was this very book that Alice Bailey was reading for a review, when she accepted fully and completely its satanic goals as her own. The Lucis Trust actually has office space in the UN building, which also houses several metaphysical organizations, and is a regular and major advisor to the UN on many matters and subjects.

 

“The activities of the Lucis Trust” promote the education of the human mind towards the recognition and practice of the spiritual principles and values upon which a stable and independent world society may be (will be) based.”  (Don’t judge me).

 

            The Lucis Trust quote of the month for June 2001 reads as follows:

 

The definition of religion which will in the future prove of greater accuracy than any yet formulated by the theologians might be expressed as follows:

 

“Religion is the name given to the invocative appeal of humanity and the evocative response of the greater Life to that cry.” May God help us, let us pray.

 Carl Marx and his socialistic, Communistic theology are the culprit- authors of the current rise and success of the NWO, and its delicious lie of “equality” and dispersed wealth. (Consider for a moment if people like Rockerfeller are truly interested in “dispersed wealth and complete equality;” why do they continue to amass millions of dollars, and NOT share their own wealth? Why indeed!) 

 

Before getting to the New Age influence on and in our Catholic Church, I wish to share a few quotes from people who have insider-intimate knowledge of the New Age culture.

 

“The effort of the Rockerfeller’s and their allies is to create a one-world government combining super capitalism and Communism under the same tent, all under their control… Do I mean conspiracy? Yes I do. I am convinced there is such a plot, international in scope, generations old in planning, and evil in intent.”  Congressman Larry P. McDonald, 1976, killed in the Korean Airlines The Konfonnist web site: Pg.2

 

“We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But the work is now so much more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a (single) world’s government. The super national sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto determination practiced in past centuries.” David Rockefeller, founder of the Trilateral Commission, in an address to a meeting of the TC, June 1991.” The Konformist web site: Pg.2

 

“No one will enter the New World Order unless he or she will make a pledge to worship Lucifer. No one will enter the New Age unless he or she will take a Luciferian Initiation.” David Spangler, Director of Planetary Initiative, United Nations. ” Pg. 3

 

“The world can therefore seize the opportunity (Persian Gulf crisis) to fulfill the long- held promise of a New World Order where diverse nations are drawn together in common cause to achieve the universal aspirations of mankind.” President George Walker Bush The Konformist web site.” Pg.3

 

It seems certain that the stories (now conveniently buried) about Ex- US President; William Jefferson Clinton selling nuclear secrets to China is based in fact. “Liberals” are of the mind that the best chance for world peace is if everyone is of equal military strength. Thousands and thousands of years of human history, greed and pride have consistently proven the absolute folly of this philosophy. Thus the effort to legislate away our first Amendment right to Bear Arms is forwarded and aimed at controlling the masses, making our takeover much easier. The original amendment was to allow “we the people” to protect ourselves from the government, the very people who are today, trying to legislate away our basic rights to bear arms.

 

The recent terrorist attack on the Sovereignty and Freedom of American Democracy certainly makes the NWO goals easier to accomplish. It weakens our democracy by seemly requiring additional restraints on our freedoms, (I would certainly agree that some areas, especially as they relate to illegal immigration do need tightening), but this is an ideal situation to impose “Big Brother” is watching measures, not truly essential to National security, and highly beneficial to monitoring NWO opponents. It also has a huge negative impact on our economy, at least in the short run. And more significantly, it would tend to support the “absolute need” for a World Wide coalition that is far more a political nicety, than a practical reality, and this “need” is foreseen to last for “sometime,” easily leading to permanence in the future.

 

China has just recently been recommended for membership in the WTO, and is already a member of NATO. Both, NATO and WTO are key components of the NWO. Russia’s current U.S. military cooperation will very likely gain them access to NATO membership, and they are already a member of the WTO. America is the world’s current single superpower, and has the muscle to act alone in defense of our freedom, so why the emphasis on world cooperation?

 

I’m not prone to speculation, but my investigation of the WTO, and NATO, for the New World Order, gives evidence that they are as closely joined as Siamese- twins. They clearly have the will, the financial resources, and being a-moral; they place no value on human life. The downfall of democracy, especially the origin and root of democracy, America, plays right into their plans for world domination. Dear God, please let me be wrong! Like in a domino game, with America as the first domino, when we fall, the game is over. With the same certitude, I predict that if the Catholic Church in America falls, so too will worldwide democracy. 

 

              The Lucis Trust is aggressively involved in promoting a globalist ideology, which it refers to as “goodwill.” Its “World Goodwill” organization is closely connected to international elitist circles. The Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities, declaration issued in April 1998, was signed by such notables as: Helmut Schmidt, former chancellor of West Germany; Malcolm Fraser former Australian prime minister; Oscar Sanchez, former prime minister of Costa Rica; and Simon Peres, Robert McNamara: Paul Volcker: and President Jimmy Carter of the USA

 

Another NWO fraction led by former Russian President Mecale Gorbachev, The San- Francisco-based State of The World Forum, listed on its board of directors in 1998 such power brokers as; George Berthoin, President of the Trilateral Commission, James Michel, chairman of the Organization for Economic Development, Anglican Archbishop Desmond TuTu, Ted Turner, and Ferderico Mayor, Director General of the UN’s INESCO Organization (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.) This is the UN’s propaganda arm.

 

The New Age movement, and world politics, especially through the United Nations, led by global environmentalism issues, which seem to universally tug at the heartstrings of all peoples led to a declaration by Samuel Insanley, past president of the UN General Assembly, during (1994 UN briefing of NGO’s (non-governmental organizations) affiliated with the “UN” that gives clear insight for the creation, avocation and promotion of New Age Religion:

“Old policies and strategies: which we have promoted in the past at the United Nations, have led us nowhere. Although I am not a “religious” person … I do believe that the construction of a New World Order requires a sense of moral obligation on the part of all nations… which will give flesh to the concept of interdependence. We need in effect a spiritual catalyst to bring about change. The ethic of national self-interest must yield to the ethic of cooperation within the larger family of nations. ” Samuel Insanely 1994 UN briefing of NGO’s

What Insanely said is that religion and a god, are so embedded in the human physic (its called a conscience, placed there by Almighty God) that it is the most efficient means to control “the masses,” therefore New Age religion fits the need precisely because it is a Godless religion. Its only idol is self, which is why, with Satan’s enthusiastic direction; it has caught on so quickly and is so widely accepted. Led and influenced by satanic greed and prideful “superior” intellects, we easily make ourselves into gods that we think are only answerable to ourselves. It’s easy, none- judgmental, permissive “religion (ideology) that has and continues to damn countless souls.

 

From the start of World War II, Bailey wrote, “War was necessary for the New Age to come.” She believed that the New Age would be preceded by a “destructive cycle, wherein the old order passes away.” Beware! The New Age Movement Is More Than Self-Indulgent Silliness by Lee Penn, New Oxford Review, July-August 2000. It has been a long held belief and doctrine of the New Age philosophy that the wur1d is over populated and those steps; even drastic steps must be taken to get the world population to about three billion people. Currently there are about seven billion souls on earth; so four billion need to be eliminated. Thus the avocation and NATO mandate for internationally accepted abortion and birth control measures as part of all “humanitarian aid” are but a single step required in order to be supported and are aggressively promoted as such.

 

Do not be surprised if we do not find a cure for Aids, It is a scourge God, but more importantly to them, it is killing millions of souls. For several decades Barbara Max Hubbard, a New Age Guru, has predicted “personal extinction” for all that do not embrace the New Age religion. Nick Bunick, who is the self-proclaimed reincarnation of the Apostle Saint Paul, expects this purification process (the Aryan Race, also termed “The Fifth Race) to be in place and completed between 2000 and 2010. Those people not living according to god (their god!) wi11 no longer be participating (living) in our world.”

 

In a 1991 interview with The UNESCO Courier-Jacques Cousteau, said: “World population must be stabilized and to do that we must eliminate 350,000 people per day.” Feminist Rosemary Radford Ruether told those who attended a 1998 ecological conference: “We need to seek the most compassionate way to weed out people.” Later at a Call To Action conference (which by the way proudly calls itself a Catholic organization), she detailed the desired level of human beings at the 1930 level of about three billion, without detailing the fate of the other existing four billion currently in residence on earth.

 

They are of the mind that the environment supersedes human life in value. In this chapter are many quotes that might be taken as isolated? They are not, and the message is easily verifiable by doing a bit of research of the subject yourself. I am in fact just hitting a few of the radical, diabolical ideas that they fervently believe and desire to put into worldwide practice. Quoted from: Beware! The New Age Movement Is More Than Self-Indulgent Silliness by Lee Penn, New Oxford Review, July-August 2000

You too may be puzzled by the New Age frequent reference to “god”, therefore I will give you there understanding and definition of ” God.” The immortal (a term I use advisedly) Barbara Marx Hubbard informs us, “We can create new life forms and new worlds, “We are gods!” New Ager’s do not believe in death, rather they believe in reincarnation, and do not accept at all, the concept of a heaven and a hell afterlife. This is both convenient and necessary to there permissive, anything (and they do mean anything!) goes idea of self-monitored, judge-me-not, morality, and ethic -less, religion. Best selling author, Neale Donald Walsh, in his recent bestseller book, “Trust God. Or if you wish, trust yourself; for Thou Art God,” makes clear time and again the idea that we are indeed gods unto ourselves. Bailey herself also said, “we are all Gods.” So “God” is synonymous with Self. Key to the New Age religion is worship of Satan, who is “bringer of all light.” New Oxford Review, July -August 2000

 

Quoted from: “The (UN) Peoples Millennium Forum Declaration, May 2000

“The Agenda for action strengthening the United Nations for the 21st. Century” 

“We 1,350 representatives of over 1,000 non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and other civil society organizations from more than 100 countries, have gathered at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York from 22 – 26 May 2000 to build upon a common vision and the work begun at civil society conferences and the UN world conferences of the 1990’s, to draw the attention of governments to the urgency of implementing the commitments they have made, and to channel our collective energies by reclaiming  globalazation for and by the people.” (Without a God, without a Savior!)

 

Our vision (Our mandate!) is of a world that is human-centered (in direct opposition to God centered morality) and genuinely democratic, where all human beings are full participants  determine their own destinies  ( meaning something is wrong ONLY if you say it’s wrong- nothing is a  sin) In our vision we are one  human family, in all our diversity, living on one common homeland and sharing a just, sustainable and peaceful world, guided by (our) universal principles of democracy, equality, inclusion, voluntarism, non-discrimination and participation by all persons, men and women, young and old, regardless of race, faith, disability, sexual orientation, (homosexual activity welcome… NO Off spring!) ethnicity or nationality.” (A Communistic, Socialistic, Sadistic Dictatorship) Some of you may be surprised to know that this is exactly what is already being taught in nearly every public school in America right now and has been “the program” for many years!

There exist much evidence of the power and influence of the NWO in what has taken place in recent times.

o  Europe now has a federation of forty-three countries, called The Council of Europe, with Lord Russell Johnson as president. Lord Johnson also holds a key position in NATO’s governance board.

o  The European Union of fifteen countries recently agreed on a common currency, leading to a common economy, which just went into effect in January of 2002.

o  The US Government, after the events of 9/11, authorized payment to the UN of in excess of  five hundred and fifty MILLION dollars. Was this “back dues or a bribe?

o  UN General Secretary Kafi Annan just pronounced that “ The United States has ‘the right’ to use military force (in Afghanistan) without specific authorization of the UN. It doubtful that the United States would take any action without such tacit approval.

o  Russia is actually cooperating militarily with the United States, even permitting a military airbase on their territory. (What’s the pay-back?)

o  Our President recently affirmed the right of a Palestinian State; which is governed by Arafat, who Himself is known (by all) as a terrorist, and a supporter of worldwide terrorism. (We Christians need be ever mindful of our connection with the Holy Land, and God’s chosen people as our brothers and sisters, in a very real historical sense.)

 

Like a giant Hi-rise building, our Catholic Church is being readied to implode.

 

There is a bent, a God given trait common to many of The Church’s prelates, clerics and religious towards what might be described as “pious gullibility.” By their very call to holiness some of our Church’s leadership, in always seeking “the greater good,” seem unable to discern God’s call to see the spiritual greater good, but not the perceived secular “greater good” that attempts to, and at times does leach unto it. Some are prone to overlook possible, even evident fault and flaws in our brothers and sisters spiritual make up. “My Bishop wouldn’t do that,” “Father wouldn’t do that,” “Judge not, that you be not judged” Mt: 7:1, is given greater weight than “Take heed to yourselves; if your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him” Lk: 17: 3. In the post-Vatican II era, as in every age this desire to not be rightly and justly judgmental is to be recognized for what it is, cowardice, and a failure in charity, to correct and redirect unto possible salvation, those in error. Sadly, I advise you to judge the religious leaders you encounter by the fruits of their works, and not simply their words. cf. Mt: 7: 16-20 Pray daily for all of those who have committed their life to working in the vineyard. They are Satan’s primary targets!

 

Our Church has always had some traitors in high leadership positions. Jesus: “It would have been better for that man if he had not been born. “Judas, who betrayed him, said,’ Is it I, Master?’ He said to him, ‘You have said so’ ” Mt: 26: 24-25

 

Nearly all of the Church Councils through out history have been called specifically to correct and dispute current heresies, or at least to address and correct them as a part of their venue. In more recent times our Supreme Pontiff’s have tried to use the power of the inspired and binding words of his exalted office, through Encyclical letters with about the same effects as our Government’s attempts to legislate a ban on all citizen firearms. The lawful obey, the criminals won’t and don’t!

 

“There has never been a time when this watchfulness of the supreme pastor (the Pope) was not necessary to the Catholic body, for owing to the efforts of the enemy of the human race; there have never been lacking “men speaking perverse things,” “vain talkers and seducers,” and driving them into error.” It must, however, be confessed that these latter days have witnessed a notable increase in the number of the enemies of the Cross of Christ, who, by arts entirely new, full of deceit, are striving to destroy the vital energy of the Church, and, as far as in them lies (the ability) to subvert the very Kingdom of Christ.” On the Doctrine of the Modernist, Pope Saint. Pius X, September 8, 1907, Pascendi Dominici Gregis. This remains true today!

 

Advances in media distribution and wide spread excessive wealth make it even worse today. Many in the know understand today’s Church and what little remains of a moral society is at greater risk of extinction than anytime in history. Jesus said: “And the gates of hell shall not prevail against it,” and this is true; but Jesus gave no similar promise for the Catholic Church America. Look at France and England; and the Holy Land if you think this is impossible, or even unlikely.

 

As Helena Petrovna Blavatsky is the mother, similarly C.G. Jung is the father of “New Age theology.”

C.G. Jung is today of greater influence within the liberal, unorthodox, disobedient faction of our church, than is our Supreme Pontiff.  Jung’s is the origin and foundational theology of the pernicious leadership that is so vehemently and skillfully at work killing Christ’s Catholic Church. Who is this man Jung, and what is his philosophy?   

“Reading the words of Jung available in the forties in India, I felt that Jung’s psychology had language common to both neurotic and normal. He came from the realm of spirit through psychology. It came evident while reading the first chapter of Psychology and Alchemy (medieval chemical philosophy whose base claim was the conversion of mere metal into gold: magic, occult). He talks about man’s spiritual dissatisfaction and his search for total man. Further, in the same chapter he mentions how his psychology brought a Parse back to the Fire temple (The Occult). This told me clearly that Jung’s psychology leads man to the truly religious goal beyond “isms” (as in particular, Catholicism). This is exactly what a guru does.” Arwind Vasavanda: Parallels between Hindu Thought by Alld Lung.

 

From the mind of Jung: his philosophy

“The ultimate pattern is the SELF, for Jung this is the God image. Human self and divine self are incapable of distinction.” It is clear that the Master Elite creators of the New Age Godless religion of SELF, (New Age), “we are gods”) have taken Jung’s philosophy as their own. So have countless Catholics, led by many Satan controlled prelates, clerics and religious. Lord have mercy on us!

 

Quotations From just one of 22,189 Web accessible sites on “C.G. Jung.”

“I cannot prove to you that God exists, but my work has proved empirically that the pattern of God exists in every man and that this pattern in the individual has at its disposal the greatest transforming energies of which life is capable. Find this pattern in your own individual self and life is transformed. “

“Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses, and so acceptance of one’s self is the acid test of one’s whole outlook on life. The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely. “

 

Jung says religion is a defense against the experience of God ” The eyes should be open to something of more cosmic import than simply the vicissitudes and excitements of your own petty life. ” – Joseph Campbell

 

Swiss psychoanalyst, Carl Gustav Jung, Jung (1875-1961) was reared a Lutheran, abandoned the Christianity of his parents for the occult. Jung’s life was motivated by hatred of the Catholic Church, and its teachings and beliefs, which he considered to be the singular cause of all the neuroses, which afi1icted Western man. In effect he was saying the moral order mandated by God and expressed through His Church, caused incredible frustration unto neuroses in the physic of man, as it requires restraint, and self- control in all matters sexual.

           

In Jung’s mind, man was no different than the other animals in the kingdom. relating to sexual appetites and the absolute right to act on these natural instincts. (After all, they are natural.) Many today agree with him. including many in the Church. In his 1912 book, New Paths in Psychology, Jung surmises that the only cure is through the creation of a new religion; and that is where the connection to New Age religion is established. Jung’s new religion of psychoanalysis seems to have been transformed and usurped by the New Age Guru’s.

(Many current Catholics have been seductively taken in by the “feel good” writings of Father DeMello, a priest’ from India, who has been censured by Rome. (Official warning of moral danger.) De Mello’s theology is based on Eastern religious meditation practices, foundational to Hinduism that stress Self, and if read carefully, one can discern a “self-god” entity in his works similar to Jung’s. Stay away from anything authored by him.)

The Godless religion and perverted importance and significance of SELF, has become the focus of the “We are The Church” crowd. “We don’t need the Real Presence of Jesus in our mist, because by our own power, we make god present.” “For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 1 Cor: II: 23-24, is forced to compete with the also true, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them. ” Mt: 18: 20. Jesus neither said nor implied that man was of greater importance than God was; yet this was precisely the motive behind the relocation of Jesus from His sanctuaries. Why? Man is controllable a Divine God is not.

We need understand that it is not anything we do, or our collective actions that makes the Holy Spirit, God present in our mist. It is God’s merciful and loving benevolence alone, motivated by His Holy will that makes Him present. Beyond desire, we have no active part in this happening.

Similar to grace, the presence of the Holy Spirit in our mist is the will of and a free gift from God. Not all truth is of equal weight and authority. We are told many times, in each of the four Gospels, and by the Church Fathers that “The Eucharist is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life.’ “The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself. our Pasch.” CCC 1324

 

In brief, the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith: ‘Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking.’ CCC 1327. The Eucharist is similar to the Trinity itself, as it consist of three separate yet unable to be separated, elements; At one and the same time, the Holy Eucharist is a Sacrifice sacrament, A Communion Sacrament and a Presence-Worship sacrament. (cf. CCC 1358, CIC 898, GRIM 2000, and No.314.)

All three operations are required, and the current fad, professed as a Vatican mandate, which is a lie, claiming a mythical “active and static” (bishops committee term) presence of Almighty God, requiring the worship element, Jesus Himself, in the Eucharist to be separated (as in hidden) from the Sacrifice and Communion operations, is a conspiracy to weaken, even destroy the faith of millions. This lie has been used to convert at enormous expense, many hundreds of once Catholic Churches, into mere multi-purpose gathering spaces. Hard philosophical evidence of; we have no need of God, because “we ourselves are God’s.” (Thus Christ is removed from our midst to encourage many others to a like belief that “we our self are gods.”)

The Church Council of Trent, 1545 -1563, clearly articulates the binding theology that “such things as sacred blessings, candles, vestments, and other things of like nature have come down from apostolic teaching and tradition. All of these things are used to point up to the majesty of this great sacrifice and to raise the minds of the faithful through these visible signs of religion and piety to the very exalted things hidden in this sacrifice.” Ch. Five. Trent also says: “If anyone says that Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is not to be adored in the sacrament of the Eucharist with the worship of Latria (the worship due only to God), including external worship; or that the Sacrament is not to be publicly exposed for peoples adoration: let him be anathema. (Denounced as a true Catholic) Ch. Six.

The lie (that we do not need the Real Presence of Christ; our most important and significant source of Supernatural grace) has been successfully propagated, and the removal of Christ real Presence from our mist, is the single most significant contributing factor to the

unparalleled reduction in obligatory Holy Mass attendance, reduction in vocations, the closing of parish after parish, ignorance of the faith and active participation in the sacraments that lead to eternal life. If you are in a parish that has removed Jesus to a location that is not visible to all and available to all, (except Cathedrals and Basilica’s) or in a parish planning to participate in this travesty of Divine justice, you may know a bishop or a priest who has fallen away from orthodox Catholic teaching. With charity, work and pray to correct the error.

 

This book is not intended as an exhaustive vehicle to refute this heresy, but for those of you who desire more information, and wish to prove or disprove the truth of these statements, I recommend reading the following books. Ceremonies of The Modem Roman Rite, authored by Peter Elliott, issued under the binding authority of the Roman Curia Pontifical Council for The Family, and thus with the authority of our Pope. I suggest you began with chapter nine. The second book is, Mass Confusion, by James Akin, and the third and most recent book is Michael Rose’s book, The Renovation Manipulation.

 

            With great influence Jung’s theology of  unwarranted “Self importance, and Self significance” is steeped through and through our Catholic Church circles. ”Shouts and acclamations of “we are church, we are church, we are The Church,” mislead and wrongly apply the truth that indeed we, the Church Militant do make up the church. However, we are only the vines, and God is, God does, and God must remain the branch, the tree and the roots system without who we die and are nothing but dust.

 

 As further evidence of Jung’s influence within the Roman Catholic Church, I share the following information. Sister Pat Brockman, O.S.U., is  both a disciple and a teacher of Jung’s philosophy and theology. In the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Sr. Brockman has offered dream analysis workshops based on Jungian thought. She has also held workshops at the Franciscan Holistic Center, at the Jesuits Milford (Ohio) Retreat Center, at the Athenaeum of Ohio, which is home of the Cincinnati archdiocesan seminary, and the Diocese of Cleveland’s St. Joseph Christian Life Center. Credence Cassettes, a division of The National Catholic Register (poses as a Catholic paper), has sold a five-hour cassette tape series by Sr. Brockman entitled: “Our Dreams Transform our Lives,” promoted as “Jungian personalist approach”. The titles are: Discovering the god within,” “phychodrama,” “journaling” (an Occult term) and “mandala making” (a Hindu religious symbol used in Buddhism and Hinduism meditation, also a Jungian physiology symbol for Self).  This from a supposedly Catholic author, and offered by a supposedly Catholic Periodical. Be careful, not to fall into a similar honey coated trap. The Wanderer, author Michael Rose, June 11, 1998. Nun Tells How Dreams Free the Church From Its “Dead Bones.”

           

             The emphasis on self is essential because it never judges another’s actions and the only absolute is that everything, every action, every personal decision is rationalized as OK and its Wrong, wrong, wrong!” New Ager’s” need not worry about getting to heaven, or going to hell, because according to them, neither exists, but Satan worship does.

 

            So what is a Catholic to do?

 

             “But as for you, man of God, shun all this; aim at righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the presence of God who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ; and this will be made manifest at the proper time by the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” 1st. Tim. 6” 11- 16

 

o  This is a Spiritual War that only our Triune Godhead can win. The war is between Lucifer and God, and our souls are the prize.  Pray and fast more than you ever have before.

 

o  If you do not have a strong Spiritual life, now is the time to get moving in that direction. Frequent, even daily Holy Mass, and reception of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist (which is our single greatest source of grace), regular Confession, a disciplined regular prayer life, read the Holy Bible and take responsibility not only for yourselves, but also, our families and parish communities

 

o  Get informed. Read the recent Catholic Catechism and other Church documents, especially the Encyclical letters of our Holy Father. Learn how to defend your faith. Read carefully the chapter on resources found in this book.

 

o  Nothing happens by accident. God’s divine providence put you here at this time for a reason. We are to know, love and serve God in this world so that we may be happy with Him in the next.

 

o  It is not supposed to be easy. We have been part of the problem and now must become part of the remedy.  Christ carried His cross and fully expects us to carry ours. If we ask, He will assist us.

 

o  Pray, pray, pray. Amen! May God trough the intercession of Holy Mary, our Mother, save us.  God, Please Bless America!

 

            A personal note:

 

            This chapter and the following one were extremely difficult to write. I take no joy in their message or their reality. It is my heartfelt belief that ignoring a problem in no way assist in resolving the challenges they detail. Pope John Paul II, in his General Directory for Catechist, August 15, 1997,  writes: “It is critical that the popular view of the world be confronted with the Church’s view in order that the Word of God be effectively communicated. The Church searches out what is good in contemporary culture, what will assist the handing-on and the receiving of God’s Word. At the same time, she must identify honestly the aspects of our culture which work against the teaching and hearing of God’s Word.” Pg. 6

 

It is from this perspective that these two chapters are submitted for your enlightenment. Ours is not a perfect world, or a perfect Church. Our mission from Christ is to leave both the world and the Church He created better than we found them. This is not a request, it’s not even a mandate, and it is the very purpose of our creation. I have tried to limit personal opinion in these chapters. Even where they creep in, they are founded on research data. The facts are clear, and clearly frightening, but they are the facts, presented as charitably as many rewrites could make them. They give ample room for expanded research, if one so desires, and they detail the tremendous opportunity and urgent need for Catholic catechesis.