We traditional Catholics know so much and see everything falling down. We love our God and His Church and really care about what is happening. We love everyone and see how sin is destroying our families, our society and our youth.
How blessed we are to know, to love and to care. But, if we are not careful, it can get us down. Especially when all we see everything getting spiritually worse by the minute.
But what we are forgetting is that Jesus is “The Good Shepherd” who has laid down His life for us to protect us from the devil and bad shepherds in the Church. He is risen and active right by our sides. Why else would He have said over and over again that He is our Good Shepherd.
Maybe we need to revisit what a Good Shepherd does. The Bible says the Good Shepherd:
1) Leads His flock. This means that when ever we follow Jesus’ Words in the Bible and the 1980 years of Catholic teaching, we are safely following Him. Jesus also continues to lead us His flock by means of the Holy Spirit. We do not follow Church officials if they are leading us in the wrong direction. Jesus leads by truth, tradition and sacredness.
2) Feeds us in good pasture. Jesus continues to give us Holy Communion and His Word the Bible. Why starve ourselves by not going to Holy Latin Mass everyday and reading the Bible everyday.
3) Gives us pure, fresh and cool water. In our prayer life we drink from the fountain of God the Holy Spirit. When we take time to pray and God pours into our hearts the pure water of the Holy Spirit.
4) Heals the wounded. Jesus has given us the Holy Sacrament of Confession to heal us after we have strayed and let the devil beat us up and wound us by sinning.
5) Keeps the whole flock together. We are part of the One Holy Apostolic Catholic Church and we will alway stay in the Catholic Church no matter what. That does not mean we blindly agree with and follow all the new teachings that have been invented in the last 50 years. Jesus said to let the weeds grow along with the wheat.
6) Keeps the flock safe. As long as we pray and believe in the 1980 years of Catholic teaching, we will be safe. The devil, all the evil spirits, bad bishops and priests and catholics, can never hurt us. Jesus promised to be our good shepherd, He will protect us.
All you bishops, priests, religious and laity that are staying faithful to the God Shepherd, Thank You for being there for Jesus and each one of us. It seems we are alone and going down with a sinking ship. But that is an illusion. Jesus would never let that happen. He promised that the Gates of Hell will never ever prevail.
Thank you to you parents that are trying your best to be good shepherds to your children. They will hate you. They will make you doubt whether it is worth while or not. You will want to throw in the towel. No. Be like Jesus who sacrificed to save us from the devil and the world. It will all turn around some day and you will be glad you stayed strong leading your children to Heaven and not giving them over to the dogs to be destroyed.
Today let us meditate a short time on the beautiful passage from the Bible about our wonderful Pastor and Leader, Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd.
“The Lord is my shepherd: and I shall want nothing. He hath set me in a place of pasture. He hath brought me up, on the water of refreshment: He hath converted my soul. He hath led me on the paths of justice, for his own name’ s sake. For though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I will fear no evils, for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff, they have comforted me. Thou hast prepared a table before me against them that afflict me. Thou hast anointed my head with oil; and my chalice which inebriateth me, how goodly is it!” Psalm 22
 Amen, amen I say to you: He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up another way, the same is a thief and a robber.  But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.  To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.  And when he hath let out his own sheep, he goeth before them: and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice.  But a stranger they follow not, but fly from him, because they know not the voice of strangers.
 This proverb Jesus spoke to them. But they understood not what he spoke to them.  Jesus therefore said to them again: Amen, amen I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.  All others, as many as have come, are thieves and robbers: and the sheep heard them not.  I am the door. By me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved: and he shall go in, and go out, and shall find pastures.  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I am come that they may have life, and may have it more abundantly.
 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep.  But the hireling, and he that is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and flieth: and the wolf catcheth, and scattereth the sheep:  And the hireling flieth, because he is a hireling: and he hath no care for the sheep.  I am the good shepherd; and I know mine, and mine know me.  As the Father knoweth me, and I know the Father: and I lay down my life for my sheep.
 And other sheep I have, that are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.  Therefore doth the Father love me: because I lay down my life, that I may take it again.  No man taketh it away from me: but I lay it down of myself, and I have power to lay it down: and I have power to take it up again. This commandment have I received of my Father.  A dissension rose again among the Jews for these words.  And many of them said: He hath a devil, and is mad: why hear you him?
 Others said: These are not the words of one that hath a devil: Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?  And it was the feast of the dedication at Jerusalem: and it was winter.  And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’ s porch.  The Jews therefore came round about him, and said to him: How long dost thou hold our souls in suspense? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. Jesus answered them: I speak to you, and you believe not: the works that I do in the name of my Father, they give testimony of me.
 But you do not believe, because you are not of my sheep.  My sheep hear my voice: and I know them, and they follow me.  And I give them life everlasting; and they shall not perish for ever, and no man shall pluck them out of my hand.  That which my Father hath given me, is greater than all: and no one can snatch them out of the hand of my Father.  I and the Father are one. John 10.
Trust, have faith, be not afraid, Jesus is your personal shepherd watching you and His Church.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.