We Have Seen His Star.

For we have seen His star in the east: and are come to adore him. Matt :2,2.

For this was I born, and for this came I into the world, that I should give testimony to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth heareth my voice. John 18:37-38

We have seen the Epiphany star to the Infant King, His holy mother and the Holy Family.

What more do we need?   

Looking back at the last month in the liturgy of Holy Church,  The Feast of the Nativity, the feast of St. Stephen, St. John the Apostle and the Holy Name and the Epiphany and Holy Family, all of these are the many feasts of this season,  before the taking down of the Nativity scene on February 2nd.  This misguided and unhappy world: it acts as if it has only one day to celebrate Christmas. It has turned its back on the joy of the Lord’s unbounded generosity and the sweet yoke of His law.

If you fix your eyes on the Infant King in the Nativity scene, looking up at His pure mother and Queen of Heaven, as well as St. Joseph, the silence of that moment can fix anything in your life.  For mine, there are many things to fix. Simply meditating on the Nativity scene is all that is needed upon receiving the King of souls at the holy mass.

After the glorious Christmas day, came December 26th, the feast of St. Stephen, who died from rocks thrown upon him. Throwing rocks was perhaps the fit of the demons,  distraught over the foundation stone of holy Church, the rock of Peter.

A rock is a stubborn thing. When broken,  it only makes more rocks. Such was the fruit of the sacrifice of  St. Stephen:  on his stoning,  the Church multiplied in size.

After St. Stephen gives testimony to the Truth, came the feast of St. John the Apostle,  December 27th. He is the Apostle of love. This apostle loved so much that when he drank the poison wine, he did not die.

The wicked one tries to poison our love for God.

What is this poison today? It is the age-old malady: sin and error pining.

What error is pining in the mind of so many today? It is false ideology and heresies.  The poison wine of false religions, modernism and particularly the false belief of indifferentism:  all religions are pleasing to God. 

The one, holy Catholic and apostolic Church propagates the Faith, including the doctrine of the Papacy, the Primacy of Peter. This is one of the elements of Truth for which Christ came into the world.

The True Faith is not optional for Catholics to believe. it is the mouth piece of the Most High. It is the Testimony to the Truth for which Our Infant King came. It is that Truth which the soul’s intellect is required to know and assent to.

If you have any doubts about this, and need a correction of your mind,  see this excellent link here .

There is this pernicious and prevalent error today, by those who strive to be Catholic but deviate seriously on the issue of the papacy. They recognize the papacy as a mere figurehead, a mere title — but resist the one they call the pope.

This is a false theology, and worse because it purports to be Catholic.  To some, the Primacy of Peter is something that is impossible and therefore  optional. Again, see the link above or check out this one here.

But yet, it was for this Truth, He came,  and we have seen His star. We can not accept only a portion of the testimony that Our Lord was born, lived and suffered for us to know. We must accept all. This Truth is taught to us by the Church.

Even an erroneous follower of Martin Luther will tell you this much, assuming they understand their own deviation from the Catholic Church:  to be Catholic is to be devoted to the pope. 

So therefore, was I to be a Catholic, who recognized a pope, but yet “resists” the pope?

Try telling a Jehovah Witness who comes to your door. “We resist our pope.” Usually.  if your story can not hold up in simple terms, as if said to a child, it does not hold up.

Lets admit that there has never before been a large scale “brand” of Catholic religion to be considered Recognize and Resist, with their own seminaries, chapels and schools. True?

There are false religions that are founded on this exact premise: resisting lawful authority of the Church- these religions are called Protestant religions.

There are so many of these factions of false religion deceiving and ruining  souls by starvation from Truth; souls which could otherwise have been, and may still convert before the end of time, to become stellar Catholics.

To any honest outsider to all this madness, a religion which rejects the  doctrine of the Primacy of Peter, but calls itself Catholic, is not Catholic – in spite of laying claim to the illustrious name.    

Those who claim to be friends of Christ and His Church, but are not, they are even the more dangerous to our eternal salvation. The Satanic Temple, for example, is an organization that probably does not have a deceptive name. So-called Catholics in high places, they deceive by their name, committing spiritual theft of identity, and theft of means.

So, on December 27th when the Feast of St. John the Apostle came, who loved so much that poison wine did not end his life, I got to thinking.

The false religions, the anti-Catholic “brands” of Catholicism, these are the poison wine.

I drank three of them.  I could have died.  I did not die, but things in my life did. The unity of my marriage on a natural level broke and disorder ensued, and yet with the Truth and divine grace, there is always resurrection on the horizon.

These false religions which mimic Catholicism are the worst spiritual poison. They fool those seeking the True Faith, whose eyes are set on heaven if they receive the good wine.

The three most prevalent poison wines I drank were:.

    1. Novus Ordite as a child. Modern church with tabernacle on the side. “Mom, what is that little box way over there?”
    2. Recognize and Resist, (SSPX).   
    3. Traditionalist Novus Ordite to be “in union” with the Roman betrayers and crucifying soldiers: aka  “Fraternity of Peter”.

A few things happened that are beyond the scope of this blog that led me to the True Church. One of them is that a true priest used the word Truth.

I am serious.  No priest had ever used that word before, and I thought I was a daily communicant for years.

In my experience, nobody in the R&R, Fraternity, or Novus used the word Truth.

And at that time it was not a coincidence that I read and discovered my favorite passage from Sacred Scripture and have been repeating it ever since:

   For this was I born. For this come I into the world. To give testimony to the truth. Those who are of the truth hear my voice. John 18:37-38

Knowing Our Lord died to give us Truth, that He was King and the Son of God, I realized Truth was important.  At 55, I decided to look for it.

I had been a serious Catholic 15 years prior, often praying all decades of the rosary, the Stations and almost daily mass. I thought I was Catholic just attending different places where the Latin Mass was offered, and I had never really thought I needed to explore Truth because I thought I was getting it just to be baptized Catholic and do things Catholics do, or not do things Catholics are not supposed to do. However, praying and rereading Baltimore Catechism helped me discover Truth, along with Denzinger: Sources of Catholic Dogma. I went back to the basics, while I was homeschooling.

In my search, someone peaked my interest more, when they said ” I am not a theologian, I only know love.”

Is that so? Can I love, that which I do not know?

I can use what I don’t know. If it makes me feel good, I may use many things.  In this harried and intensified world of information, Gregorian Chant, incense and quiet, are appealing at times, for anyone over 40 at least. So I realized, that my well-meaning friend was actually saying,  I don’t need to really know the truth, I just want to “love” or be loved.  It sounded very… shallow. But I was just as culpable, never even thinking about the notion of divine truth in this world of man-made diversity of beliefs, making false claim to the name Catholic.

I have since affirmed in my intellect, there is only one Truth. The star in the east led to the Truth, and the True Testimony came into the world for us to hear His voice.

So, fast forward about one year, here I am below, having found Truth and  survived poison wine. There are three bottles of wine to my left. I realized then and there that these bottles represented Novus Ordo, SSPX and FSP, while getting wine blessed on the Feast of St. John to Apostle, December 27th. 

Before finding the Truth, I drank these poison drinks with fairly good intentions. Like Jonestown, the wine was sweet, cool, colorful. But each had the drop of poison: error. 

All sin begins in the mind. An error of the mind can work like poison. It can end your mortal and immortal life if not cured in time. Build a highway overpass and be off by a few centimeters and things could go badly. Errors in medication dosage, or chemical compounds, off by a letter can truly impact the outcome. Be it engineering or science, or even literature, errors have consequences and not all of them can be solved by spell-check. A response to a marriage proposal that is only one word off “yes versus no” can change a life. Errors, in religion are no different and have eternal consequences.  

Admittedly, this is a scary thought. Eve decided in her mind, to try the apple. Just one error. just one bite. 

It is frightfully hard to leave a cult – which is what a false religions is.

When you break from a false religion, if it is not the Church no matter what it calls itself, are you in schism from the Catholic Church, or then in the Church? What makes the Church the Church is not the assembly of individuals, but the holy Truth for which Our Lord came into this dark world and left us a teaching, ruling and sanctifying Church to save our souls. One Church, not many. 

Again, if you break from union with false Catholicism to assent to true Catholicism, isn’t that something good? Or. do you need to be seated in the buildings owned and operated by the false religion claiming to be Catholic, in order to be Catholic?

Those who are in a dead religion will tell you, you have left us, and will do anything to frighten you into believing, that if you leave this place, you will surely die. This is what a cult does, it scares you into thinking, if you leave, you will die. If you stay, you will have life eternal. But only One Church can accurately make this claim. 

Some do not care what false dogmas they are nestled among or tacitly approving by silence. Those are not of concern, what matters is, you belong. You belong to this natural assembly, and maybe it is even an assembly that enjoys exterior beauty, with incense, chant and vestments, regardless of the error that it propagates. No matter that the foundation is cracked, the walls and paint are holding up.      

When I was leaving the false religion,  I had a priest offer my child candy when he knew we considering leaving. Not a talk on religion with his mother or father present, but a Snickers bar. Stay with us, we have Snickers.

What Luther did to attempt to respond to the moral corruption of his mind and in his day, was to turn from sin to mental error.  He went from spoiled bread to spoiled meat. You can pick off mold and live, but poison meat can end your life.

This is what turning away from the true doctrine of the papacy does, for example.  It creates a new false religion. But error does not solve error.

False religions are poison meat and wine.  So many want to be in union with the partakers of the poison meat and wine; to be in union, union, union! But I eventually and finally asked myself, union with what? 

This unity includes – indeed relies upon-  assent to a plurality of beliefs, and therefore accepts no mandatory doctrine to be in union. This union includes influential people that love their supposed “pope” because they get to lay false claim to being “Catholic” and support error and sin, such as abortion up to birth. It also includes those who deny and defy the primacy of their pope, and the Primacy of Peter.

The right to life, to natural life, is a vital cause to fight. But what about the right to supernatural life? Why don’t we march for that? Spiritual abortion is even more grave.   

Did I want to be in spiritual union with those who commit infanticide, or deny the Primacy of Peter?   

If you know your Faith, and choose to be in spiritual union, through ceremonies and false doctrines which are condemned by the Church, accept Vatican II, or you believe all things to the letter, except deviate from the Primacy of Peter, (just that one bite)  how is that you will not then retire this mortal life in union with them, and the son of perdition?

In this man-made confusion, one might ask themselves this one question, am I responding to this mayhem out of fear, or out of love? The tears of Our Sorrowful Mother can wash away the errors in our minds. Praying in honor of her Seven Sorrows can bring lights of wisdom to the truly humble of heart, her lost children.

Or, do I love God more than man, and more than my own emotional comfort? Am I willing to chance my soul on the Truth and the One who gave it to us,  died and resurrected, in order to prove His Testimony was true? Do I avoid researching the doctrine of the Primacy of Peter? Do I refuse my intellect to inquire seriously into whether the correct response to this apostasy is sede vacantism?  Could we be in the time of the abomination of desolation? Do I act out of habit, sloth or fear of my brother’s threat of going to hell – so instead, I don’t even look at the possibility that I have missed something? Have I done all that much research, in prayer and tears?

These wise kings bent their minds to accept that the world’s King was a baby laying in a bed of hay. What do I have in the way of intellect, over them? Their piety and humility gave them a nimble mind, capable of following the star in the east and grasping the holy mystery of the Infant King. 

Or, do I park my car in the usual parking lot on Sunday, when I know this assembly declares itself unified with spiritual perpetrators, conspiring that the Truth be bound, twisted, shackled? 

Membership in these unholy unions having been established throughout life, it could be too late to renounce this unity after death. Unity with man, or unity with God. Which do you choose? There is unity in the criminal street gang and in a pack of wild dogs.  Not all unity is holy. 

Holy Mary and St. John the Apostle, stood almost alone at the foot of the cross. They were a true “minority” not in union with the temple priests and majority who shouted “crucify Him!” Mary’s Son was (wrongly) convicted of blasphemy, and looked upon as a heretical malefactor by the temple leaders and the majority assembled at the Passion. The majority and their leaders did not use their intellects humbly and wisely, and they were wrong. They did not turn to holy Mary, seeking Truth in humility, as did the wise kings. 

May you choose your union, through and with, the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Holy Mary. 

Pray for us, Oh Holy Mother, that we may be made worthy to dry your tears, see the star in the east, and hear the Truth for which your Son came into the world.