Traditional Catholic Duties 3

Continuation of the duties of all Catholic Christians toward God’s Holy Church as well as the secular society using primarily the writings of St. Peter Julian Eymard.

Keys to the Kingdom_LORENZO VENEZIANOIn order to be a true follower of His Majesty, Jesus The King, with regard to his social obligations, the Christian will practice faithfully and generously the three following virtues:

Justice. – Justice is the virtue by which a man gives every man his due. A Christian practices justice by keeping the law; observing all the laws that are just and fair; seeking no exemption or privilege from the common law but, after the example of the divine Master, fulfilling it to the last jot and tittle. Every law that is made by legitimate authority and that is just of its nature comes from God.

Truth. – Truth is the conformity between thought and thing. The Christian takes truth as the inflexible rule of his personal conduct and as the standard of all his words; he is never ashamed of divine Truth, which is tantamount to being ashamed of God, nor of human truth, which is likewise tantamount to being ashamed of human reason. He defends the truth generously by his works and apostolate, or at least by his respect of the truth and his profession of faith in the truth.

Charity. – Charity is love of friendship, wanting the best for the other. Thus, Christians strive to avoid every word of criticism or of disdain of others; never judging his neighbor’s interior or condemning him unless he has the mission to do so, according to the words of Jesus Christ: “Judge nobody, and you will not be judged; condemn nobody, and you will not be condemned… the measure you award to others is the measure that will be awarded to you” (Luke 6:37-38). Doing good to his neighbor, first according to his obligations to each one, and then according to his means. Wishing well to all, even to his enemies; always ready to forgive the repentant, to make the first move towards the one offended. “That you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven, who maketh His sun to rise upon the good, and bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust” (Matt 5:45).

Last Vision of FatimaAT FATIMA, the angel, depicted in the vision part of the Third Secret, repeated the request of Our Lady of Lourdes: Penance! Penance! Penance! With this penance performed, the heavenly Queen is depicted in the same vision as putting out the flames of God’s wrath coming upon the world!

If faithful Christians do penance according to their duties of state, they will surely be aided by God’s grace in all their endeavors and receive the protection of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts against all dangers, as well as help Our Lady in fulfilling the Fatima promises… “In the end, My Immaculate Heart with triumph.”

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