The “Game called Truth”   A Reflection by Patrick Miron

The “Game called Truth”

 A Reflection by Patrick Miron

 John 1:17 “because while the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ”

This books final lesson aims to alert us Catholics to what lies surround us. I wish to make us aware of the challenges that faces us; which will require Supernatural and Sacramental graces to overcome. Each of us, in the manner called by our God, is commanded and in some fashion determined by the Holy Spirit [1st. Corinthians Chapter 12], equipped to have a role in the “New Evangelization.” Each of us is called to come to the aid, of the, at present sick body of Christ. Our gifts and our talents are from God; on loan, not our very own possessions, to build up, and to restore Christ Church to its potential glory and prominence.

What I share below is a candid overview of the crisis that we are in the midst of. Prayer, sacrifices and being actively involved, in the midst of the today’s amoral society are Christ expectations for each and every one of us. Let us not dear friends, not sin by omission. The Body of Christ needs us now. Right now!

Matthew 28: 16-20 “Now the eleven disciples [remaining apostles after Judas hung himself] went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him; but some doubted. [This was before Pentecost] And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. [And I now pass it on to you: see also John 17: 18 & 20:21] YOU Go therefore and make disciples of a ll nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded YOU![meaning both taught and commanded] ; and lo, I am with YOU always, to the close of the age.”

There was a time, when logic ruled; or was at least considered more relevant. When commonsense, regularly made sense. When right WAS right; and when wrong WAS wrong. Those times dear friends were “The good old days.” The title I choose for this Lesson sadly reflects today’s “new reality.”

Pope Francis: [There can be] “No peace without truth”

Pope Benedict XVI: Upon being elected as our Pontiff shared this thought in his first public address as our then; “New Pope” … “There cannot be your truth and my truth or there would be no truth.”

“Truth is not determined by a majority vote.”
― Pope Benedict XVI

“In this way it became clear to me how important it is that we don’t lose the concept of truth, in spite of the menaces and perils that it doubtless carries with it. It has to remain as a central category. As a demand on us that doesn’t give us rights but requires, on the contrary, our humility and our obedience and can lead us to the common path.”
― Pope Benedict XVI

“The human person finds his perfection “in seeking and loving what is true and good.”
― Pope Benedict XVI

So what’s happened to change the once bright light of truth? Today’s benchmark for “truth,” much like the setting sun at day’s end just keeps getting lower. Why and how this happened is an important heads-up to those of us, now in the minority, who remain concerned about the fate of truth, and its consequences upon humanity. We who understand that salvation cannot rest on the foundation of man-made; human engineered [which is a precise term] faith-beliefs which are accepted because they call for a more simple; a less taxing; a far easier, make me feel good path to salvation, based on half- truths, lies and misunderstandings.  … The “narrow gate” [Mt. 7:123-15] is hidden, bypassed, overlooked, or not even sought, and even at times unknown.

What some might find surprising are the large numbers who “buy into,” what ought to clearly be, and obviously are false philosophies and religious teachings, on which rest the outcome of their eternal Soul. God is One; so how can One God hold more than just one set of faith beliefs on long defined issues? And could our Perfect God actually have waited for King Henry VIII; Wycliffe, Luther, Calvin or Smith; and a time-lapse of more than a thousand years after Christ earthly visitation to introduce His truth? How absurd, illogical and presumptions these human-engineered upstart faiths are.

Their exist a myriad of differing sets of faith-beliefs which compete, contradict, and redefine God’s necessarily, and completely logical, singular truths; His one true Catholic faith [Eph. 4:5].

 Jesus gave an unchangeable, exclusive command to the Apostles, [Mt. 28:18-19] cf. “You Go! teach the world, all that I personally taught to YOU”… The Apostles and their successors alone are fully guided and guarded by both Jesus [Mt. 28:20] and the Holy Spirit. [Jn. 14:26]; in doing so. Christ, when issuing this command, used clear and precisely chosen words, so as not to be easily misunderstood, and yet many obviously are unaware of the existence of Satan’s mighty influence on their chosen beliefs.

This is the handiwork of Satan who used prideful; pride-filled men to attempt to destroy that which is indestructible: cf. and the gates [plural] of hell shall not prevail against “it” [singular].

We must be aware however, that the further one gets from their “founding-fathers”; the less culpable they are. Now they are “only” being taught errors; then they were inventing lies and falsehoods. It is God who permits their hardened hearts and minds. Until one makes an attempt to seek God and His truths; God seems uninclined to grant them the necessary and essential graces to break the bond that is holding them back.

Saint John Paul II and Benedict XVI spoke of the critical importance of “truth” if society is to exist as a free and healthy society.

“Truth must be the foundation stone, the cement to solidify the entire social edifice.”
& … “Truth Cannot Contradict Truth” ― Saint John Paul II

“The truth is not always the same as the majority decision.”  ― Saint John Paul II

“Life is entrusted to man as a treasure which must not be squandered, as a talent which must be used well.”  ― Saint John Paul II

“Faith and Reason are like two wings of the human spirit by which is soars to the truth.”
― Saint John Paul II

“True freedom is not advanced in the permissive society, which confuses freedom with license to do anything whatever and which in the name of freedom proclaims a kind of general amorality. It is a caricature of freedom to claim that people are free to organize their lives with no reference to moral values, and to say that society does not have to ensure the protection and advancement of ethical values. Such an attitude is destructive of freedom and peace.” ― Saint John Paul II

“Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn’t misuse it” ― John Paul II

Awhile back my life-long mentor and friend; Al purchased for me a subscription to “The Wanderer;” a weekly “Very Traditional” [real] Catholic newspaper. In Volume 146 NO.18; may 2, 2013 there is an article by Donald De Marco entitled: “The Holy Spirit Interpreter of Scripture” The title really got my attention because while it’s true; its reality seems to me, to be largely unrecognized by a large segment of the “Christian” population, worldwide.

Here’s some of what he wrote.

“Saint Augustine observed that although he has met people who have been deceived, he never met anyone who wanted to be deceived.”

“The natural inclination toward truth {and away from deception} is fundamental. In fact, one can say that the human being is the one who seeks the truth. Why then is deception so wide spread and such a common occurrence? We may begin to understand this curious phenomenon from the standpoint of human weakness and the immensity of truth.

Human Weakness: Although man is naturally inclined to seek the truth, his search will be in vain if he is not equipped with a number of virtues. The first and most important of these is humility. The humble person recognizes that truth is not of his own making, but something that exist prior to and apart from him. God’s created order stands against man’s subjective preferences. “The Fall” was preceded by deception. Our primal parents’ original sin was the pride that obscured the fact that the serpent had deceived them. Humility then is needed to avoid the blindness of pride.

[The second needed virtue is] Docility:  It is the virtue that allows us to be teachable. ….

The Immensity of truth: According to Socrates, the Father of Moral Philosophy, and a person of firm integrity, ‘when people are deceived and form opinions wide of the truth, it is clear that error has slid into their minds through the medium of certain resemblances to that truth.’ It is easy consequently, for human beings not to distinguish between a whole truth and a partial truth that resembles truth but does not fully coincide with it.

When the great Russian novelist, Fyodor Dostoyevsky , submitted his manual script, “Crime and Punishment,” to the publisher, he appended a succinct and accurate description of his masterpiece. It was according to the author, a story of a university student whose mind is infected with incomplete ideas that float on the wind. Ideas may seem true because they partake of a wider truth, though they do not represent it fully.

“Faith and Reason:” [ADDED by PJM… here’s the entire document for anyone interested http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_15101998_fides-et-ratio_en.html%5D

In his encyclical letter, “Fides et Ratio” [Faith & Reason] now Saint John Paul II states that it is becoming increasingly commonplace in today’s world for people to ”rest content with partial and provisional truths, no longer seeking to ask radical questions about the meaning and ultimate foundation of human personal and social existence.” ….

Scripture provides a reliable test where by the truth of Christ can be distinguished from the deceptions of false messiahs. This involves recognizing the different effects of fruits that proceed from the people of God and those who have been deceived. In Gal.6:7-8 we read: “Be not deceived, God is not mocked. For what things a man shall sow, those also shall he reap. For he that soweth in his flesh, of the flesh also shall reap corruption. But he that soweth in the spirit, of the spirit shall reap life everlasting.” And in Matthew 7:15-20 we find: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.”

The Need for the Holy Spirit: Saint Thomas Aquinas in his “Suma Theologica” …”On the necessity for Grace”

“Every truth from whomever spoke it is from the Holy Ghost . As bestowing natural light and moving us to understand and speak the truth. ….

The Holy Spirit safeguards the coherence of faith and reason, knowledge in this world and the entire plan of Revelation. By their Faults: The action of the Holy Spirit and the operation of the Catholic Church offer invaluable aids in protecting man from deceptions. END OF QUOTED Article

 

It is because truth is; must be and shall always be “singular” that we Informed and fully practicing Catholics need to recognize the exalted gift of God’s Mercy in our lives; as we alone, have God’s chosen Leader and the holder of the very key’s to heaven access Matthew 16:15-19; we alone have the fullness of God’s truth Matthew 28: 16-20; and we are exceeding blessed with the seven Sacraments Instituted by Our God.

 

Searching for “the truth” can be challenging; even a daunting task. It remains a massive effort to find “suitable passages” than can be skewed to prove that they [we Catholics] are wrong and I’m right. … Protestants founders, theologians and pastors have already decided; having determined that I do know more, and that I do know better, than God, His Bible and of course the Catholic Church, and seem unaware that what they hold is “my”, not “the” truth,” which requires ignoring what else the Bible has to say on this or that particular teaching. 2nd. Timothy 3:16-17 and Matthew 4:4, which articulate that the entire bible is to be utilized.

 

It’s not really a game. The second aspect of “the contest” revolves around “one-up-man-ship.” the constant struggle to be different; to be “better than,” more appealing; easier than that other church, the other faith or the other flock. It’s a constant fight for bodies. What begin as a fight with those “damned catholics,” has evolved to a fight with everyone “Christian” who is teaching anything I don’t agree with. It’s all about what “I believe.” AND it doesn’t often leave room for “truth.” Like Pilot exclaimed ”WHAT IS TRUTH?” John 18: 38.

 

Plenty of clear, concise warnings are regularly by passed and ignored; presumed to be not applicable to themselves and their flocks.

 

2nd. Peter 1: 16-21 “You will do well to pay attention to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”

 

Matthew 4:4 “Who answered and said: It is written, not in bread alone doth man live, but in every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God“.

 

2nd. Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture, [is] inspired of God, is profitable to teach, to reprove, to correct, to instruct in justice, That the man of God may be perfect, furnished to every good work”

 

In closing this Lesson I will quote Archbishop Fulton Sheen: “Truth remains “the truth” even if no one believes it; while “a lie” remains a lie even if everyone beliefs it.”

 

The lesson for US, is to not become discouraged. Truth is singular; and we Catholics have it in its Fullness on ALL matters of Faith-beliefs, and or Moral Teachings. When God grants the opportunity; share it clearly; factually and always with charity. Look for God’s Truth where it can be found. In His Catholic Church. Know my friends that a “partial truth” is much closer to being “a lie” than it is to being “The Truth.”

 

While some of my comments may seem perhaps uncharitable; that is not my intent. I feel it is essential to the lesson to point out with clarity; the quicksand foundation many choose to build upon, and what we are up against. Keep in mind that only God can cause a conversion; and while He permits us to assist Him; He is to get the gratitude and Glory; never us. Much of this lessons apply also to lapsed and apostate catholics as well as our non-Catholic-Christian friends.

 

God will, because God must, make Judgment not on our personal beliefs; but on what He makes possible for us to Know and Believe. We must pray for the Mercy of God for all of these endangered Souls. May God grant His Wisdom and Understanding to both them and us.  Amen!

 

God Bless you,

Pat Miron

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