Progressive Modernist Liberal Catholics Will “Crash And Burn” Someday

In the Gospel from the Latin Mass for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost, Jesus talks about everyone being invited into His wonderful Son’s wedding feast.  I take this as the Holy Catholic Church.  Those in the Catholic Church, but without the proper wedding garment, eventually will “crash and burn”. “Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

hellGod invites everyone to become a member of the Catholic Church and enjoy the wedding feast.  But Jesus also says that “many are called, but few are chosen“.  I take this as that many who have been invited will eventually “crash and burn” and only a few are chosen to stay faithful to the Church’s teachings.

Many who were invited chose not enter the Church because of their love for the world, “their farm and business”.

The Jewish religious leaders would not enter either.  Instead they decided to “lay hands on His servants” the prophets and have them put to death, including Jesus, the King’s Son.  In the year 70, these progressive Jewish church leaders “crashed and burned” when the Romans killed them and burned down their city Jerusalem.

Destruction of Jerusalem by Ercole de' RobertiThe King is still goes on inviting us to the wedding feast.

“At that time, Jesus spoke to the chief priests and the Pharisees in parables, saying: The kingdom of heaven is likened to a king, who made a marriage for his son. And he sent his servants, to call them that were invited to the marriage, and they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying: Tell them that were invited, Behold I have prepared my dinner; my beeves and fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come ye to the marriage. But they neglected: and went their, ways, one to his farm, and another to his mer­chandise: and the rest laid hands on his servants, and having treated them contumeliously, put them to death. But when the king had heard, of it; he was angry: and sending his armies, he destroyed those murderers, and burnt their city. Then he saith to his servants: The marriage indeed is ready; but they, that were invited were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as you shall find, call to the marriage. And his servants going forth into the ways, gathered together, all that they found, both bad and good; and the marriage was filled with guests. And the king went in to fee the guests; and he saw there a man who had not on a wedding garment: and he saith to him: Friend, how camest thou in hither, not having on a wedding garment? But he was silent. Then the king said to the waiters: Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.” St. Matthew 22:1-14

soulI also see the wedding garment as what is in the soul of each Catholic.

The wedding garment in the soul should be:

1) Jesus’ presence in our souls along with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

2) Sanctifying Grace.

3) Love for God and neighbor.

4) Purity of heart.  (Absence of sexual sins and other sins).

5) Humility.  (No pride).

6) Obedience of God and proper authority. (No rebelliousness against God like the devil).

Everyday, we have to decide if we want to stay inside the King’s wedding by staying faithful to Jesus and His Catholic Church.  If we do, we are so blessed because we have a safe place to belong with God as our protector.

Many children, when they be come teenagers, decide to leave the family because they do not want keep on their families wedding garment of obeying their parents rules.  They would rather make their own family of Gang members, or party goers or druggies, or homosexuals.  But these “families” do not last and eventually when things get bad, they eventually “crash and burn”.

Prodigal_Son_CHS_cathedralThe “Prodigal Son” learned this when he finally “crashed and burned” after using all his father’s wealth on sex and partying.  His new “family of partiers” abandoned him once his money was gone.  Now his new family became the pigs he took care of.  He longed to eat pig’s food, but not even that was offered to him.  He finally comes to his senses and returns back home to be a servant in His True Father’s home.  Once again he experiences the love and companionship of his true family.

Many of us traditional Catholics have already been outside the King’s wedding feast.  We have already seen “the exterior darkness”, “the weeping and gnashing of teeth“.  Yes it is hard to be a true Catholic and obey all of God’s rules.  But it sure beats “crashing and burning”.

Liberal Catholicism only leads to sin, which leads to suffering and suffering for those around us.  Let us humble ourselves and again put on the wedding garment of holiness and return back to the Bible and Church.  Then, once again, we will feel the security of Our Father’s loving home.

Finally Cardinal Burke, And Other Brave Bishops, Stood Up To Pope At Synod

Ever since progressive Pope Francis was elected, there has been an deafening silence on the part of orthodox cardinals and bishops.  They would always find a way of explaining away the pope’s comments and actions that were undermining the Catholic faith.  It seemed that no one wanted to break rank or file and look bad by criticizing the super popular pope.

banners-SINODO--ENWe may want to say, that what finally happened Thursday at the Synod, was a miracle.  The pope and his powerful friends have been in charge of manipulating the data gathered by the questionnaires from dioceses all over the world.  They had the power over who was invited to speak and what information was to be let out to the press.  But finally, somehow the orthodox cardinals and bishops spoke up and were heard.

An example of what happened is what Cardinal Burke said in an interview, (who has been ousted from the Supreme Tribunal by the pope).   In this statement, he is playing it safe by not naming Pope Francis, but is clearly referring to him.

BurkeTreviso4Cardinal Burke Offering The Traditional Latin Mass

The pope, more than anyone else as the pastor of the universal church, is bound to serve the truth, “The pope is not free to change the church’s teachings with regard to the immorality of homosexual acts or the insolubility of marriage or any other doctrine of the faith.”

Why are the cardinals and bishops so afraid to say such an obvious truth that has been know by Catholics from the beginning.  But it just shows the toxic environment in the Vatican that we are living under.

2010-burke-cardinalHere is what Cardinal Burke said about his demotion: “I very much have enjoyed and have been happy to give this service, so it is a disappointment to leave it.  On the other hand, in the church as priests, we always have to be ready to accept whatever assignment we’re given. And so I trust, by accepting this assignment, I trust that God will bless me, and that’s what’s in the end most important.”

Our prayers must be for those orthodox cardinals and bishops to stick together and to stop the purging of them by the current administration under the support of the pope.  But, as we see in the case of Cardinal Burke, he is out.  What can be done, nothing.  But the power of God is still operative and we may be in for some surprises.

As a liberal Catholic, before my conversion, I was privy to much of the manipulation behind the scenes in dioceses to get rid of or silence orthodox priests and religious.  I have seen it first hand ever since.  The progressives do have almost all the power at every level in the Catholic Church (parishes, dioceses and bishops conferences).

They have their power here and now, in this world.  They get their way for a short time, (in comparison to eternity).  But after death, God has His way.  There is no manipulation of God.

 

St. Peter Of Alcantara Oct. 19

Peter of AlcantaraSt. Peter of Alcantara was born at Alcántara, Spain, 1499; died 18 Oct., 1562. His father, Peter Garavita, was the governor of the place, and his mother was of the noble family of Sanabia. After a course of grammar and philosophy in his native town, he was sent, at the age of fourteen, to the University of Salamanca. Returning home, at the age of 16 he became a Franciscan in the convent of the Stricter Observance at Manxaretes in 1515. At the age of twenty-two he was sent to found a new community of the Stricter Observance at Badajoz. He was ordained priest in 1524, and the following year made guardian of the convent of St. Mary of the Angels at Robredillo.

431px-Saint_John_of_ÁvilaA few years later he began preaching with much success. He preferred to preach to the poor; and his sermons, taken largely from the Prophets and Sapiential Books, breathe the tenderest human sympathy. The reform of the “Discalced Friars” had, at the time when St. Peter entered the order, besides the convents in Spain, the Custody of Sta. Maria Pietatis in Portugal, subject to the General of the Observants.

218px-Giovanni_da_milano_san_francesco_louvreHaving been elected minister of St. Gabriel’s province in 1538, St. Peter set to work at once. At the chapter of Plasencia in 1540 he drew up the Constitutions of the Stricter Observants, but his severe ideas met with such opposition that he renounced the office of provincial and retired with John of Avila into the mountains of Arabida, Portugal, where he joined Father Martin a Santa Maria in his life of eremitical solitude. Soon, however, other friars came to join him, and several little communities were established. Peter being chosen guardian and master of novices at the convent of Pallais. In 1560 these communities were erected into the Province of Arabida. Returning to Spain in 1553 he spent two more years in solitude, and then journeyed barefoot to Rome, and obtained permission of Julius III to found some poor convents in Spain under the jurisdiction of the general of the Conventuals. Convents were established at Pedrosa, Plasencia, and elsewhere; in 1556 they were made a commissariat, with St. Peter as superior, and in 1561, a province under the title of St. Joseph.

800px-Chiesa_dei_Santi_Quirico_Lucia_e_Pietro_dAlcantara_-_San_Pietro_AlcantaraNot discouraged by the opposition and ill-success his efforts at reform had met with in St. Gabriel’s province, Peter drew up the constitutions of the new province with even greater severity. The reform spread rapidly into other provinces of Spain and Portugal.

st-peter-of-alcantara 2In 1562 the province of St. Joseph was put under the jurisdiction of the general of the Observants, and two new custodies were formed: St. John Baptist’s in Valencia, and St. Simon’s in Galicia (see Friars Minor). Besides the above-named associates of St. Peter may be mentioned St. Francis Borgia, John of Avila, and Ven. Louis of Granada.

In St. Teresa of Avila, St. Peter perceived a soul chosen of God for a great work, and her success in the reform of Carmel was in great measure due to his counsel, encouragement, and defence.  It was a letter from St. Peter (14 April, 1562) that encouraged her to found her first monastery at Avila, 24 Aug. of that year. St. Teresa’s autobiography is the source of much of our information regarding Peter’s life, work, and gifts of miracles and prophecy.

254px-Washington_DC-Sepulchre_Franciscan_Monastery_st_PeterPerhaps the most remarkable of St. Peter’s graces were his gift of contemplation and the virtue of penance. Hardly less remarkable was his love of God, which was at times so ardent as to cause him, as it did St. Philip Neri, sensible pain, and frequently rapt him into ecstasy. The poverty he practised and enforced was as cheerful as it was real, and often let the want of even the necessaries of life be felt. In confirmation of his virtues and mission of reformation God worked numerous miracles through his intercession and by his very presence. He was beatified by Gregory XV in 1622, and canonized by Clement IX in 1669. Besides the Constitutions of the Stricter Observants and many letters on spiritual subjects, especially to St. Teresa, he composed a short treatise on prayer, which has been translated into all the languages of Europe. His feast is 19 Oct.

10 Things The Pope and Bishops Should Study About Traditional Catholic Families

Pope Francis, the cardinals and bishops are suppose to be studying the Catholic family at this extraordinary Synod on the Family.  I have yet to hear about studying why traditional Catholic families are so successful.  I want to propose 10 good reasons why traditional Catholic families do so well and have such happy adjusted children.  In the long run they are going to be the only families that will survive because they are having many children.

holy_family_father_and_son_corbertgauthierI also want to compare that with 10 bad reasons to have children live in broken homes.

TRADITIONAL FAMILIES

1) They have the grace to live a holy and happy marriage from having received the Sacrament of Marriage.

2) They believe and keep the wedding vows they pronounced before God on the day they were married to be together: “in good times and in bad times, in sickness and health, all the days of our lives” or “till death do us part”.

catholic-family3) These families use their sexuality correctly, (biologically too), by having as many children as God so wishes to give them.  They understand that a child is the greatest natural gift God could ever give to a family.  They understand that they are not a commodity.

4) They practice their faith by going to the Holy Latin Mass and living their Catholicism all week long.  They educate their children well in the Catholic Faith, especially by the parents example.

5) They make sure that their children souls are not destroyed by educating them at good orthodox schools or homeschooling them.

Toribio Romo Family040-16) The fathers sacrifice to work and support their wives and family.

7) The wives sacrifice to stay at home and take care of the husband and children.

8) The husband and children feel loved by having the loving presence of their mother at home.  The mother is the warm sun of the house.  Mother working, no light or love.

vargas gonzales family 025-19) The children are so much better adjusted because they have both parents together.

10) Financially they are so much better off because a) they do not have vices that cause wasting money (DUI’s, gambling, shopping for things they do not need, drug use); b) live in one house with one payment and utility bill; c) do not have to be paying lawyers and other fees to fight for child support, alimony and visitation rights.

Martin-FamilyBROKEN FAMILIES

Here are 10 reasons why broken families are not good for children.

1) Children from divorced and homosexual homes are not well adjusted.  They are depressed and act out at school.  Ask any honest teacher.

2) These people do not have God’s graces to help them to overcome lust and selfishness.  There is a very high rate of sexual abuse by stepfathers of their adolescent stepdaughters.   There is also a disproportionate amount of fighting, domestic violence and law suits.

3) Because they are living in sin, (even if they say it is not sin, it is still sin in God’s eyes) they give a very bad example to their children.  Children have to see their parents sleeping with other partners.

4) Many times they do not practice their Catholic faith by going to Holy Mass every Sunday.   They may put their children in Catechism, but it is not re-enforce at home.

5) Sex is mainly for lust, sexual gratification, so they have few children and see them more as what they had when they wanted to have them.  Other children are killed in the womb or are seen an added burden.

6) Most mothers work and are tired and do not have the energy to listen, love and be with the children when they get home from school.  They are unable to homeschool because of work.  The children get away with a lot (do what ever they want, listen to any music they want, see what every they want on youtube, TV, Computer), while dad and mom are working.

7) Fathers who have children from a previous relationship and who are not living with him, have to work more to pay child support.  Sometimes they are also paying alimony on top of that.  They also have less money because of the law suits and other self destructive activities that come from living a life of sin.

8) Most step children resent having an other person in their biological parents life.  They also do not like having a step parent telling them what to do or who may discipline them.

9) Children from divorced and single parent homes have a low rate of success in their own marriages.  Many do not want to every make a commitment because of what they have gone through.

10) Children from single, divorce and homosexual homes have higher rate of substance abuse and gang evolvement.

 

St. Luke The Evangelist Oct. 18th

Luke_painting the Virgin_GOSSAERT, Jan (Mabuse)“St. Luke was a physician of Antioch, who, as appeareth from his writings, knew the Greek language. He was a follower of the Apostle Paul, and his fellow traveller in all his wanderings. He wrote a Gospel, whereof the same Paul saith We have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the Gospel throughout all the Churches 2 Cor. viii. 18. Of him, he writeth unto the Colossians, iv. 14: Luke, the beloved physician, greeteth you. And again, unto Timothy, II. iv. 11: Only Luke is with me. He also published another excellent book entitled The Acts of the Apostles, wherein the history is brought down to Paul’s two years sojourn at Rome, that is to say, until the fourth year of Nero, from which we gather that it was at Rome that the said book was composed.

The silence of Luke is one of the reasons why we reckon among Apocryphal books The Acts of Paul and Thecla, and the whole story about the baptism of Leo. For why should the fellow traveller of the Apostle, who knew other things, be ignorant only of this? At the same time there is against these documents the statement of Tertullian, almost a contemporary writer, that the Apostle John convicted a certain Priest in Asia, who was a great admirer of the Apostle Paul, of having written them, and that the said Priest owned that he had been induced to compose them through his admiration for Paul, and that he was deposed in consequence. There are some persons who suspect that when Paul in his Epistles useth the phrase, According to my Gospel Rom. ii. 16, Tim. ii. 8, he meaneth the Gospel written by Luke.

However, Luke learned his Gospel not from the Apostle Paul only, who had not companied with the Lord in the flesh, but also from other Apostles, as himself declareth at the beginning of his work, where he saith They delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word, i. 2. According to what he had heard, therefore, did he write his Gospel. As to the Acts of the Apostles, he composed them from his own personal knowledge. He was never married. He lived eighty-four years. He is buried at Constantinople, whither his bones were brought from Achaia in the twentieth year of Constantine, together with the relics of the Apostle Andrew.”  1960 Roman Breviary

Popularity Comes With Progressive Catholicism

As the Church officials try to make morality based on popular opinion as we see right now at the bishop’s Synod in Rome, they become very popular.

banners-SINODO--ENAlmost every Catholic today has chosen their own particular brand of Catholicism, with their own set of rules of what is right or wrong.  Since these Catholics are the majority and go along with the cultural trend they believe exactly the same as what most people in the world believe in.   The Church officials who go along with the ‘pick and chose’ Catholics, they are very much liked.

They are so happy to find the pope, cardinals, bishops and priests who go along with and support them in what every is their own personal beliefs.  Since pope, and most of the cardinals, bishops and priests are liberal, this great majority of Catholics are very very happy.  These Church officials have become very popular and get along with everyone.

1_0_735390If on the other hand, if the pope, cardinals, bishops and priests were to speak the truth about the Church’s teaching on what is moral, they are labeled “extremest” and “un-merciful”.  They will also be extremely un-popular.  Thank God there are still a few cardinals, bishops and priests who are willing to speak the Catholic truth in spite of being ostracized and persecuted.

030triniLet us keep on praying for the bishop’s synod and for the cardinals and bishops who are staying loyal to Jesus no matter what the price.

We also need to pray for the continuation of the Extraordiary Synod that has been announced for Oct. 2015.

“(Vatican Radio) As discussion at the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family got underway Monday morning, it was announced that the second phase of this process – next year’s Ordinary Synod – will be held October 4-25, 2015, and will have theme: The vocation and mission of the family in the church and the modern world.” News.Va

Comment Frome Uganda On St. Charles Lwanga

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“Thank you Father for all the postings that I receive, read religiously, treasure and meditate upon. Thank you for zealously upholding the beauty of our Catholic Faith and reminding us of the importance of memory. As a Ugandan Catholic, the witness of the Ugandan martyrs remains a challenge to me and my fellow Catholics to respond unreservedly to the Gospel of Christ in our own situation. Saint John Paul II said the following in his homily at the Uganda Martyrs Shrine at Namugongo during his Apostolic visit in February 1993:
“All that is truly African, all that is true and good and noble in Africa’s traditions and cultures, is meant to find its fulfilment in Christ. The Uganda Martyrs show this clearly: they were the truest of Africans, worthy heirs of the virtues of their
ancestors.”
charles-lwanga-50-148x350We, Catholics in Uganda, also share many of the challenges that currently plague fellow Catholics in sister local churches in the West, i.e. poor catechesis, anthropocentric liturgies, broken families, gender ideologies propagated in the name of modernity, materialism, among others.
Personally, I came to love Traditional Catholicism from the stories told by my mother who was educated by the Bernadine sisters in Uganda and the United Kingdom, the photos she has of Catholic religious and liturgical life before V2, and then my own experience of the TLM in the UK as a Ph.D student as well as lots of reading. I sorely miss the TLM here in Uganda but find solace in your postings.
God bless you Father.”

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque And Jesus Treasure Of Love

“St. Margaret Mary Alacoque was a religious of the Visitation Order. Apostle of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, born at Lhautecour, France, 22 July, 1647; died at Paray-le-Monial, 17 October, 1690.

stmargaretmaryalacoque Her parents, Claude Alacoque and Philiberte Lamyn, were distinguished less for temporal possessions than for their virtue, which gave them an honourable position. From early childhood Margaret showed intense love for the Blessed Sacrament, and preferred silence and prayer to childish amusements. After her first communion at the age of nine, she practised in secret severe corporal mortifications, until paralysis confined her to bed for four years. At the end of this period, having made a vow to the Blessed Virgin to consecrate herself to religious life, she was instantly restored to perfect health.

Margaret Mary Alacoque_stained glassThe death of her father and the injustice of a relative plunged the family in poverty and humiliation, after which more than ever Margaret found consolation in the Blessed Sacrament, and Christ made her sensible of His presence and protection. He usually appeared to her as the Crucified or the Ecce Homo, and this did not surprise her, as she thought others had the same Divine assistance.

When Margaret was seventeen, the family property was recovered, and her mother besought her to establish herself in the world. Her filial tenderness made her believe that the vow of childhood was not binding, and that she could serve God at home by penance and charity to the poor.Then, still bleeding from her self-imposed austerities, she began to take part in the pleasures of the world.

Sacred Heart St Margaret Mary_stained glassOne night upon her return from a ball, she had a vision of Christ as He was during the scourging, reproaching her for infidelity after He had given her so many proofs of His love. During her entire life Margaret mourned over two faults committed at this time–the wearing of some superfluous ornaments and a mask at the carnival to please her brothers.

On 25 May, 1671, she entered the Visitation Convent at Paray, where she was subjected to many trials to prove her vocation, and in November, 1672, pronounced her final vows. She had a delicate constitution, but was gifted with intelligence and good judgement, and in the cloister she chose for herself what was most repugnant to her nature, making her life one of inconceivable sufferings, which were often relieved or instantly cured by our Lord, Who acted as her Director, appeared to her frequently and conversed with her, confiding to her the mission to establish the devotion to His Sacred Heart.

Margaret Mary Alacoque_holy cardThese extraordinary occurrences drew upon her the adverse criticism of the community, who treated her as a visionary, and her superior commanded her to live the common life. But her obedience, her humility, and invariable charity towards those who persecuted her, finally prevailed, and her mission, accomplished in the crucible of suffering, was recognized even by those who had shown her the most bitter opposition.

Margaret Mary was inspired by Christ to establish the Holy Hour and to pray lying prostrate with her face to the ground from eleven till midnight on the eve of the first Friday of each month, to share in the mortal sadness He endured when abandoned by His Apostles in His Agony, and to receive holy Communion on the first Friday of every month.

sacredheartIn the first great revelation, He made known to her His ardent desire to be loved by men and His design of manifesting His Heart with all Its treasures of love and mercy, of sanctification and salvation. He appointed the Friday after the octave of the feast of Corpus Christi as the feast of the Sacred Heart; He called her “the Beloved Disciple of the Sacred Heart“, and the heiress of all Its treasures. The love of the Sacred Heart was the fire which consumed her, and devotion to the Sacred Heart is the refrain of all her writings. In her last illness she refused all alleviation, repeating frequently: “What have I in heaven and what do I desire on earth, but Thee alone, O my God”, and died pronouncing the Holy Name of Jesus.

The discussion of the mission and virtues of Margaret Mary continued for years. All her actions, her revelations, her spiritual maxims, her teachings regarding the devotion to the Sacred Heart, of which she was the chief exponent as well as the apostle, were subjected to the most severe and minute examination, and finally the Sacred Congregation of rites passed a favourable vote on the heroic virtues of this servant of God. In March, 1824, Leo XII pronounced her Venerable, and on 18 September, 1864, Pius IX declared her Blessed. When her tomb was canonically opened in July, 1830, two instantaneous cures took place. Her body rests under the altar in the chapel at Paray, and many striking favours have been obtained by pilgrims attracted thither from all parts of the world. Her feast is celebrated on 17 October.”  1914 Catholic Encyclopedia