I have often mentioned that the new false god is “man”. In other words, “me”. Now is the time to respect God again and put God back in His proper place and “me” back in my place. I am only a creature who was created by God, period.
In the Holy Latin Mass we are reminded of our position in the hierarchy of creation. As we enter church, we genuflect to show that God is more important than “I” am (God does not genuflect to “me”). We do this because we know and believe that God is present in the Holy Tabernacle on the High Altar in the sanctuary.
Most Catholics no longer know the meaning of the word Sanctuary. They probably have never even heard that word before. In the dictionary it means: A sacred place in a church, a consecrated place, a holy and inviolable site, the most sacred part of the church where the altar is placed, the Holy of Holies like in the Jewish Temple. We are reminding of this when only the consecrated priest (and by special graces, his helpers the Altar Servers), are allowed into the Sanctuary.
So just to remind us about the sacredness of the Tabernacle or the Ark of the Covenant, I want to relate the story from 1 Kings (1 Samuel). The Israelites were battling against the Philistines and lost. The Ark of the Covenant was captured the Philistines.
“And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it into the temple of Dagon (one of their false gods), and set it by Dagon. And when the Azotians arose early the next day, behold Dagon lay upon his face on the ground before the ark of the Lord: and they took Dagon, and set him again in his place. And the next day again, when they rose in the morning, they found Dagon lying upon his face on the earth before the ark of the Lord: and the head of Dagon, and both of the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold: And only the stump of Dagon remained in its place. For this cause neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that go into the temple tread on the threshold of Dagon in Azotus unto this day. And the hand of the Lord was heavy upon the Azotians, and he destroyed them, and afflicted Azotus and the coasts thereof with emerods. And in the villages and fields in the midst of that country, there came forth a multitude of mice, and there was the confusion of a great mortality in the city. And the men of Azotus seeing this kind of plague, said: The ark of the god of Israel shall not stay with us: for his hand is heavy upon us, and upon Dagon our god.” I Kings 5: 2-7
Is it not interesting that an inanimate idol would prostrate before the Ark and we, supposedly baptized Catholics, will not kneel down and receive God in adoration. Something is wrong with the picture here. And that is us.This is the respect God has for just the ark of the covenant. In the ark was only the two tablets of the 10 Commandments. Imagine the respect we should have for the Tabernacle that truly contains God in it. Then to think of the respect we need to have for the Holy Eucharist that makes the tabernacle and the sanctuary holy.
Woe to us who receive Jesus unworthily (in the state of mortal sin) and in our hands.
“For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgement to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord. Therefore there are many infirm and weak among you, and many sleep.” I Corinthians 11 :29-30.
One of the greatest sacrilege we can commit is to receive Jesus’ Body in Holy Communion in mortal sin. St. Theresa of Avila says that when the soul has one mortal sin, it becomes dark and filled with all sorts of evil creatures. Then when we receive Holy Communion in this state, we force Jesus to be subjected to this evil environment. I ask you, would any of you forgive me if I were to dunk you repeatedly into a septic tank full of poop? No none of you would every forgive me for subjecting you to this horrible treatment. Yet we do a much greater offense to God by subjecting Him to our demon fill soul just because we think I am fine, I said I was sorry.
If you have ever done this, confess it, never do it again and tell everyone you know that it is a sacrilege that offends God greatly. Again people say; “I wanted to go to Holy Communion”. They make themselves god and force God to come into their horribly contaminated soul without even caring about what they are doing to God.
Let us remind ourselves: “We are not God”. We were created by Him and will die and our bodies will rot away in the coffin like every other person who has died so far. We are not God, we are adopted sons and daughters of His. We are so fortunate to know this and to be traditional Catholics. Let us make up for the lack of adoration God receives today in most Catholic Churches of the world.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.