Advent Cleaning To Have A Clean Heart Full Of Grace To Welcome Jesus

We need to take advantage of every opportunity that we have to grow in holiness.  There are always ample influences working on us every second to get us away from God and the holy way of life.

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Advent is one of those times that God has put into our Catholic faith to again, give us an opportunity to let go of things that do not please Him and to put into real practice those things that do please Him.

If we could just remind ourselves each day in Advent of the hard hitting truth; MY SINS offends God greatly.  Every one of our actions, that is contrary to God’s loving rules, is very offensive to God.

All of us are rightfully disturbed when someone else offends us with mean actions or words.  But, most of the time, we could care less about offending the AUTHOR of our LIFE, just because we love ourselves and the instantaneous pleasures we get from SIN.

In order to prepare for Christmas, which will be here much quicker than we can imagine, we need to take TIME to reflect on these actions and attitudes that we have accepted as normal in our lives, but yet are loathsome in the eyes God.

IMG_3317Then we need to work on truly admitting how evil these sins are, no matter how much we or the world have justify them.  Then we need to do everything we can do to root them permanently out of our lives.

Advent is that time of GRACE when God gives us an extra shove, and extra light, to help us PERMANENTLY remove these rotting vices from our souls.  But we have to avail ourselves to these graces by praying, being truly sorry and avoiding things, places or persons that tempt us, (avoiding ALL near occasions of sin).

Please, for once, be perfectly honest with yourselves.  Remember, we are not fooling God, ourselves or others when we pretend that sin is alright.  Deep in our souls we know what is good and what is evil.  But we have worked hard over a long period of time to cleverly developed thought patterns that “justify” continuing in sin.  This list that we have concocted, to not mind sinning, is endless;

  1. Everyone is doing it.
  2. I am lonely, depressed, so I need some “pornography”, “sex”, “drugs”, “alcohol”.
  3. There is nothing wrong with this.
  4. Its not that sinful.
  5. My spouse left me, so I am normal and need intimacy and sex.
  6. I can go to confession.  (Grave sin of presumption).
  7. I tried and cannot stop sinning.
  8. I am addicted.
  9. It just happens.
  10. It is what other people do that causes me to sin.
  11. The Bible is old fashion.
  12. The Catholic Church is wrong.
  13. I am human and it is human to sin.

fr-kenneth-walker1Some things which will help us stop sinning are;

  1. Honestly admit you are offending God greatly by every sin.
  2. Honestly admit that these are sins.
  3. Stop fooling yourself by watering down the gravity of ONE mortal sin; Death to your soul and eternal punishment in hell.
  4. Immediately turn to God and Mary for help through prayer.
  5. Keep busy doing good for God and others.
  6. Do everything possible to help others know what is sin and to stop sinning.
  7. Open your eyes to the consequences of sin throughout the whole world.
  8. Reflect on the suffering you have experienced from other people’s sins.
  9. Read the Holy Bible to have the grace of knowing the truth about the gravity of sin.
  10. Remember the effect of sin, that horrible separation from God, the guilt, the depression, the shame, that you experience after sinning.

It takes a great amount of prayer and effort to stop habitually sinning.  But each minute, each hour, each day, each week, each month, it becomes easier and easier, with God’s help and your determination.

st-john-vianney-confessionTake time to go to Confession.  But before you do, be prepared:

  1. Take time to read a good examination of conscience.
  2. Be sure you are extremely sorry for rebelling against God.
  3. Be sure you are extremely sorry for offending God.
  4. Have a period of time you have stopped doing the habitual sin before you go.
  5. Humbly listen to the priest’s admonition.
  6. Do the penance given.
  7. Read over before hand the Act of Contrition and be sure you can really put into practice what you will pray before God and the priest.
  8. Humbly admit you are a weak sinner in need of God’s help to be holy.

How wonderful it will be to have a pure heart full of the light of grace to receive Jesus into this Christmas.

Social Kingship Of Christ Vs The United States

This is a great article From Louie Verrecchio about the Social Kingship of Christ. He shows how the United States was set up to fail from the beginning because the founders adopted the “enlightenment approach” to government.

You can read more on his blog “Harvesting the Fruit


 

Fine, “shoot” Anthony Kennedy, but don’t stop there

As reported by LifeSiteNews, Justice Kennedy, a self-described Roman Catholic who is widely credited with casting the “swing vote” in the Court’s recent same sex marriage ruling, responded by saying that while such persons face “difficult moral questions,” they do not have the right to refuse to comply with the law.

“The rule of law is that, as a public official, in performing your legal duties, you are bound to enforce the law,” he said. As such, he concluded, those who have a moral objection to certain laws have a choice to make; to either follow the law or to quit public service.

As an example, he cited those judges who resigned under the Third Reich, saying, “Great respect, it seems to me, has to be given to people who resign rather than do something they view as morally wrong, in order to make a point.”

According to Fr. Mark Hodges (a priest of the schismatic Orthodox Church in America) writing for LifeSiteNews:

Responses from Christian leaders noted the irony of saying that for public employees, the moral thing to do is follow immorality. Kennedy made no mention of religious convictions as actual, universal truths.

There’s a reason Justice Kennedy, in answer to an American legal question, made no mention of “religious conviction as actual, universal truths;” the U.S. Constitution makes no such mention!

Look, I’m not here to defend Anthony Kennedy, but the hue and cry over his comments are a perfect example of shooting the messenger.

The fact of the matter is folks, the United States of America is not, and never was, a Christian nation.

So often ones hears Protestant patriots making claims to the contrary, but who exactly are they – a people who reject the one true Church established by Christ, the authority of His Vicar, the hyperdulia due to His Most Blessed Mother, His Real Presence in the Most Holy Eucharist, and on and on the list could go – to tell anyone what “Christian” actually means?

More troubling still are those Catholic voices raised in pseudo-righteous anger about the opinions of Justice Kennedy while simultaneously expressing veneration for the U.S. Constitution; as if it was engraved in stone by the finger of Almighty God Himself.

What such persons fail to realize is that the United States of America was ever destined to become a moral cesspool thanks to the very principles upon which it was founded.

At this, a brief civics lesson is (once again) apparently in order.

Let us begin with a look at the opening paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

When read by one with sensus Catholicus; that is to say, through the lens of immutable truth, a number of dangers become readily evident; specifically:

To assume among the powers of the earth … a decent respect to the opinions of mankind … deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

And all of this in an effort to secure such rights as:

Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

The problems should be evident. “Just powers” or “Governments” that wield power on earth do not derive their authority from “the consent of the governed,” but rather from God:

No society can hold together unless some one be over all, directing all to strive earnestly for the common good, every body politic must have a ruling authority, and this authority, no less than society itself, has its source in nature, and has, consequently, God for its Author. Hence, it follows that all public power must proceed from God. For God alone is the true and supreme Lord of the world. Everything, without exception, must be subject to Him, and must serve him, so that whosoever holds the right to govern holds it from one sole and single source, namely, God, the sovereign Ruler of all. There is no power but from God. (cf Pope Leo XIII, Immortale Dei – 3)

When a majority of citizens, such as in Maryland where I live, can go to the polls and vote in favor of redefining marriage to include “spouses” of the same sex, the inherent danger posed by a State ordered upon the fallacy of just powers derived from the consent of the governed, should be entirely obvious.

Let’s be honest, an authentic American view of this regrettable situation (as opposed to a Catholic view) is that the one people have simply gone about asserting their collectiveright to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness as defined by the prevailing opinions of mankind.

Those who as yet remain poisoned with an Americanist (aka conciliarist) view, by contrast, will most certainly object:

But the Declaration clearly states that the people’s rights are ‘endowed by their Creator,’ and it even claims recourse to ‘the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.’

An excellent point; one that invites an obvious question:

Which “Creator God” are we talking about here; is it the “God” of devout Muslims who carry out the command to make jihad in his name, is it the “God” of the Methodists who thank him for abortion providers, or is it perhaps the “God” of the Declaration’s Deist authors who reject Divine Revelation?

The answer, in a sense, is that it is either none, or all, of these; which brings me to the U.S. Constitution, beginning with the Preamble:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

At first blush, this lofty goal of building a nation ordered upon justice and peace may appear quite laudable to the Catholic; that is, until such time as one comes to grip with what follows in the Bill of Rights:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Please allow me to translate:

In these United States, the legitimate civil authority is strictly forbidden by law to officially recognize Christ the King and His Sovereign authority over “all things in Heaven and on earth” (cf Matthew 28:18), which includes the singular authority to define what is just, and what is moral, and what is not.

The government of this nation is likewise forbidden to proclaim the immutable truth that the Holy Catholic Church was established by Christ the King to speak in His name in such way that “He who hears the Church hears Christ, and he who rejects the Church rejects Christ and likewise rejects the ‘Creator God’ who sent Him” (cf Luke 10:16).

The Constitution requires, by contrast, that the legitimate civil authority treat the aforementioned false gods and false religions (Islam, Methodism, Deism), as well as others far too numerous to number, as if all are mere equals; with no one religion, its tenets, and its “god,” to be held above any other.

In other words, the duty to govern according to that which comes from God through His Holy Catholic Church is rejected.

And yet, in spite of this constitutionally mandated rejection of the Just Judge and Prince of Peace, Christ the King, and the Holy Catholic Church that speaks in His name, the collective We the People think it is possible to form a Union of Justice and Tranquility?

The founding documents of the United States of America and the lofty goals articulated therein – again, when viewed by one who possesses even a modicum of sensus Catholicus – is enough to make the aims of those who built the Tower of Babel seem reasonable.

Here, by contrast, is the truth:

christ_kingThe Catholic Church is the kingdom of Christ on earth … she is destined to be spread among all men and all nations … her Author and Founder, Jesus Christ, is King and Lord, and King of Kings. It would be a grave error to say that Christ has no authority whatever in civil affairs … The empire of our Redeemer embraces all men, including not only Catholic nations, not only baptized persons who, though of right belonging to the Church, have been led astray by error, or have been cut off from her by schism, but also all those who are outside the Christian faith; so that truly the whole of mankind is subject to the power of Jesus Christ. There is no difference in this matter between the individual and the family or the State; for all men, whether collectively or individually, are under the dominion of Christ. (cf Pope Pius XI, Quas Primas)

If that’s not uncomfortable enough for the Protestant patriot (and the Americanist Catholic) to ponder, how about this directly related truth:

Any nation that is ordered upon the false notion that all religions have a right to be treated equally in the ordering of its civil affairs, without any distinction whatsoever between truth and error, and even goes so far as to forbid by force of law any official recognition of the Sovereign Rights of Christ the King and the one true religion that He established, is utterly destined to fail.

While it is well in vogue nowadays to argue that a “level playing field,” wherein the Catholic Church is supposedly free to compete in the marketplace of religious ideas for the hearts and minds of individual men, is all that is necessary since the truth will undoubtedly prevail; it simply isn’t true.

One of the reasons that immorality has become the law of the land in the U.S. is due to the fact that “it is easier to do evil than good, it is more in conformity with the disorder in human nature” (Archbishop Lefebvre, Against the Heresies).

As such, presuming to deny the Source of all authority – Christ who is King who reigns “as man in the strict and proper sense” (cf Quas Primas) – by asserting instead that the power to govern comes from the consent of the governed, the U.S. Constitution was always a recipe for precisely the sort of moral degradation that we are witnessing today.

As Justice Kennedy describes it, as reported by The Harvard Law Record:

“We are bound by the Constitution, with both a large C and a small c,” said Kennedy, explaining that the “Constitution” was the governing document of our country, while the “constitution”—in the sense used by Aristotle, Locke, Hobbes, and others—was the mores, customs, behaviors, and values that define a people. Our “duty,” according to Kennedy, is “to make the big C mirror the small c.”

You see, the U.S. in our day looks depraved for the simple reason that it mirrors, not Almighty God in whom we supposedly trust, but the people and their deplorable mores, customs, behaviors, and values.

So why, one might ask, was the United States so much more virtuous, relatively speaking, in previous generations?

The answer, in part, has to do with the fact that up until the time of the Second Vatican Council, the popes and the bishops in union with him were not afraid to proclaim the Social Kingship of Jesus Christ and the duty of all men, societies and States to honor and reverence Him.

As it is, the Council effectively adopted the religious pluralism enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. In so doing, the voice of immutable truth that once rang out above the din of fallen men who espouse a false notion of liberty in service to their disordered desires was made to appear as but one opinion among many.

Under such conditions as this, the choice, as Archbishop Lefebvre so rightly pointed out, was easy for the people.

All of this being the case, go ahead and shoot the messenger, Anthony Kennedy, if you must, but for the love of God, don’t stop there; rather, take aim at those things that made the current state of affairs nothing short of inevitable.

Catholic Christendom Charlemagne # 16

While Charlemagne was in Rome, on Christmas day 800, at the pontifical Mass, Pope Leo III surprised him by anointing him and placing upon his head the imperial crown.  He proclaimed him Emperor and Augustus, while the Romans shouted out three times; ‘Carolo, piisimo Augusto a Deo coronato, magno et pacificio Imperatori, vita et vicotria’; (To Carolus Augustus crowned by God, mighty and pacific emperor, be life and victory).Charlemagne-coronation-1024x683Spot in St. Peter’s Basilica where Charlemagne was coronated by Pope Leo III.

Charlemagne humbly recongnized that he had received this great power from the hands of God through the Pope who exercised the moral supremacy of Western Christendom.  And Charles constantly attributed his imperial dignity to this act of God through his agent, the Vicar of Christ.  His son Charles was anointed on the same day too.

On this great day, Charles was also lifted to the dignity of supreme temporal protector of Western Christendom.  He passed this on to his son Charles, and the two others, with the obligation to defend and protect the Roman Church.  Not only was he the protector of the welfare of the papacy and the Patrimony of Peter, but he also understood that it meant a religious responsibility too and showed it by:

  • protecting and encouraging missionary work,
  • advancing Catholic culture,
  • working to reform the clergy, both secular and monastic,
  • enforcing Catholic discipline on the life of the average person,
  • introducing Catholic canon laws into government, (Collectio Dionysian-Hadriana),
  • shared governmental power with popes and local bishops, (civil and ecclesiastical),
  • took advice from the pope and bishops on how to rule,
  • and worked for the earthly glory of God.

From that day on, and through the middle ages, no Western Emperor was considered legitimate unless he had been anointed and crowned by the successor of St. Peter in Rome.

450px-Charlemagne_Agostino_Cornacchini_VaticanHis statue at St. Peter’s Basilica In Rome.

Charles had a personal devotion to the Apostolic See and a special love for the Basilica of St. Peter’s.  He enriched it above all other churches and wanted to see Rome regain its ancient splendor and authority.  Again he called himself the ‘devoted defender and humble helper of Holy Church’.

He was also very concerned with liturgical rites and ceremonies of the Church.  Taxes were levied to support the dignity of public worship.  He introduced the ‘Gregorian Sacramentally’ of Rome into the Frankish church.  Gregorian Chant was also instituted and he even chanted with the choir, but in a ‘subdued voice’.   He started schools to improve church music and to educate seminarians.

The Patriarch of Jerusalem gave him the keys to the Holy Sepulchre and asked for his protection of the holiest place in Christendom.  He built a monastery and hospital in Jerusalem.

But in the rest of the new Byzantine Eastern Rome, things were very different.  They were jealous of him and did not support him because they felt that the authority of the Roman Empire rested with them.  Throughout his reign there were many attempts by them to sabotage his plans.

In a manner of purely practical things he also accomplished the;

  • developed Agriculture,
  • the growth of trade,
  • organized and codified Frankish laws,
  • protected the liberty and life of free men.

Throne-of-Charlemagne-in-Aachen-GermanyOne of the thrones of Charlemagne

In spite of his irregular marriages, he was a loving father to his children.  He joined them in their sports, swimming and relaxations.  Like his father, in his will of 806, he divided his kingdom amongst his three sons.

  • France went to go to his son Louis the Pious,
  • Frisia, Saxony, Hesse, and Franconia were to go to Charles the Young,
  • and Pepin was to to have Italy, Bavaria and Southern Alemannia, (but he died before his dad did).

After 47 years of reigning and in his 72nd year, he died.  He was buried at Aachen in an octagonal Byzantine-Romanesque church.  In 1000, Otto III opened his tomb and found his body seated on a marble throne, robed, crowned and with the book of the Gospels opened on his knees.

We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to know about what God has done in the past for his glory in heaven, but also on earth.  May we continue to do what we can to extend His Kingdom and Christendom today.

Catholic Christendom, Charlemagne #15

After conquering Lombardy, Charlemagne went south to Rome.  Here he was welcomed with great pomp and ceremony and proclaimed their Imperator, (Emperor).  With great humility he prostrated and kissed the ground where the Apostles and the many martyrs had shed their blood for Jesus Christ.

The Frankish king Charlemagne was a devout Catholic who maintained a close relationship with the papacy throughout his life. In 772, when Pope Adrian I was threatened by invaders, the king rushed to Rome to provide assistance. Shown here, the pope asks Charlemagne for help at a meeting near Rome.
The Frankish king Charlemagne was a devout Catholic who maintained a close relationship with the papacy throughout his life. In 772, when Pope Adrian I was threatened by invaders, the king rushed to Rome to provide assistance. Shown here, the pope asks Charlemagne for help at a meeting near Rome.

It was in this Eternal City, after conversing with Pope Adrian I for a whole week, that he was inspired to use his power and wealth for the Glory of God and the exaltation of Holy Mother the Church.  In spite of his human weaknesses and ignorance, on Easter 774, he was consecrated the first champion of the Catholic Church.  Shortly after this, Charles put his desires into practice by assuming the crown of Lombardy and returning to Pope Adrian I all that his father Pepin had given to the Church in 752.

Pope Adrian I was his confidant who guided him to grow in moral statue.  His natural physical and mental superiority, now combined with his new moral growth, helped him be successful in all his endeavors.

For the next twenty years, Charles was constantly battling for God, justice and trying to stomping out pagan satan worshippers.  He endeavored to do this especially in Saxon where he tried his best to convert them to Catholicism, beginning with the kings, every time he would subdue their rebellions.  Some did, some did not.  He divided Saxon into missionary territories.  But the Saxons continued to rebel and cause great problems for Charles.  Finally after a victory, the main king leader of these rebellions, Wittekind, acknowledged that Charles’ God was stronger than his god Odin and received baptism.  Charles was his godfather.

CharlemagneIn 778, Charles led an unsuccessful crusade against the muslims into northern Spain.

In 783, his mother Bertha and third wife Hildegarde died unexpectedly.  They both had been a great moral influence on him and it is said that he went a little down hill from here.  He soon married for a fourth time, Fastrada.  She died and then he married Liutgarde who also died not to long afterward.

Like Constantine, Charles also meddled in the deliberations of synods and questions of dogma.  He went against the sanction of the Holy See who condemned the East on Iconoclasm, (condemning veneration of holy images).

Upon the death of his dear friend, Pope Adrian I, Pope Leo III was elected.  He welcomed him with presents and a strong reminder to the new pope of his grave spiritual obligations. The Romans did not like the new pope and spread false rumors of immoral behavior before being elected.  They banished him from Rome.  But Charles returned the pope to Rome.

We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to know TRUTH.  May we be willing to do what we can to spread Christendom, starting with our own hearts and conquering the world from there.

Catholic Christendom, Charlemagne # 14

All of us who admire Christendom, (where God’s divine rules of love are enforced by the Catholic Church’s authorities in conjunction with Government leaders), hold up Charlemagne as one of the most exceptional examples of this.

Charlemagne is French for the Latin name; Carlus Magnus or in English; Charles the Great.  He was given this name by later generations who admired his great accomplishments that still remain up to today.  His real title is Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.map-carolingian

Charles was the son of Pepin the Short, Mayor of the Palace for the ‘theoretically King’, Childeric III, the last of the Merovingian Kings of the Franks.  He was bon 742 and died January 28, 814.  His mother was Bertrada, daughter of the Count of Laon, Charibert.

Charlemagne was acknowledged by the Holy See as its chief protector and coadjutor in temporal affairs as well.  He consolidated Catholic Europe and worked to reform the Church as well.

Charlemagne’s career began at ten years old, (752), when Pope Stephen III traveled over the Alps from Rome to anoint his father Pepin with the oil of kingship.  But, at this time,  Pope Stephen III also anointed Charles and his younger brother Carloman.  The pope declared that the Frankish Catholics were to never ‘to choose their kings from any other family’.   At St. Denis, on July 28th 754, in the Kingdom of Neustria, by a solemn act of the supreme pontiff, the Frankish throne was established in the Arnulf house.  This is the new beginnings of the Carolingian dynasty named after Charles, (Carol, Karl).Frankish kings and queens of the Carolingian dynasty

As a child, his father King Pepin would take Charles to war with him.  He learned the important rudiments of war and the discipline it took to be a warrior.  As he grew into a man of extraordinary physical strength, he became a popular hero to the Franks long before he became king.   Before Pepin’s death, (768), he divided his dominion between his two anointed sons.

The division was made in respect to different clans and laws that made up the complex Frankish dominion.  There was some strife between these brothers because Carloman did not like or support his older brother.  But this ended when his brother died in 771 and gave Charlemagne the unity he would need to make his kingdom great.

From his father, Charles had also inherited the role of ‘Patricius Romans’, which entailed the obligation to protect the temporal rights of the Holy See, (St. Peter’s Patrimony).  At this time, the greatest threat to the See was Desiderius, King of the Lombards.coa_of_the_carolingian_empire_by_tiltschmaster-d7obgf6

Charles had married Himiltrude, but then went on to marry the daughter of Desiderius, Desiderata.  The pope objected to this.  He then left her for Hildegarde which caused Desiderius to fight against Rome and the Holy See.  Pope Stephen died in 772.  Adrian I, an opponent of Desiderius, and was elected.  Immediately, Desiderius, advanced against Rome, seized some of the Pope’s cities.   Meanwhile, Charlemagne was dealing north with the Saxons were still pagan barbarians killing many of the Catholic missionaries and invading his territory.

In 773, Charles tried to negotiate with Desiderius, but when that failed, he sided with Pope Adrian I and traveled over the alps to fight the Lombards.  Easily he overcame Desiderius and headed to visit Rome.

IND113006 Charlemagne crossing the Alps in 773, detail of the Emperor and his retinue (oil on canvas) by Roger, Eugene (1807-40) oil on canvas Chateau de Versailles, France Index French, out of copyright
IND113006 Charlemagne crossing the Alps in 773, detail of the Emperor and his retinue (oil on canvas) by Roger, Eugene (1807-40)
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Chateau de Versailles, France
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French, out of copyright

Charlemagne, whether he really realized it or not, received his temporal power from God, through the pope, when he was anointed by Pope Stephen III.  This is Christendom.  We can also see that he was not a saint, (Three women), but, nevertheless, God used him.  Will continue with Charlemagne…….

We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to see God work throughout time.  We know that we are in a very bad period right now, but we know who is behind the chess player and who wins in the end.