Don Pietro Leone Monselice from Italy wrote an excellent paper on exactly what is the problem we are facing in the Church today. You can read it on Rorate Ceali. I would advise printing it up and sharing it with anyone who can see that we need God’s help for Holy Church today. My brother is a doctor. First step to help healing start is the correct diagnosis of the illness, then a plan of medical treatment. Things then can start to get better. Diagnosing the problem is not easy.
In a brief summary what he is saying is that we have double talk in the Church. Vatican II states that Latin is to maintained and held in highest esteem and then there are many documents directing to implement use of the vernacular when ever it is pastorally needed. The Holy Mass is called a commemoration of the last supper as Luther believed, but also referred to as a sacrifice. Jesus is the savior of the world but He works in mysterious ways without need of knowing him. Jesus works through the Holy Sacraments, the Church is the sacrament to the world, but all who try to do God’s will are saved. These are true to a certain sense but totally confusing and contradictory. We need clear definitions and explanations. We need to be those who help the Church articulate clear teaching that do not water down the Deposit of Faith handed on from the Apostles. And this is where the sacrifices come in. We will be persecuted for asking for purer definitions and teaching.
Another thing he brings up is that most Catholic doctrines are just ignored, like Hell, Purgatory, and Sin. In all love we need to share all our Catholic teachings, not just the social justice issues. As said before, all poverty and suffering come from one root, SIN. We get rid of the sins like greed, divorce, drug and alcohol abuse, and wars, we get rid of the majority of our social problems. Christ came into a cold world. Most hearts have grown cold. We need to start in the Soul. Let His healing love enter our hearts by repenting and welcoming Him to take possession of our hearts. Then let us be prophets that are willing to tell the truth and not be politically correct in a sick world. Let us diagnose the problems and get on with the medical plan to health again.
No matter what, we have reason for GREAT JOY this Christmas. Why do we love God and His Holy Catholic Church so much? It is because we believe that Jesus is God and came and dwelt among us. Today, just as much, as Christmas 2012 years ago. HE is truly present in the Holy Eucharist as much so as when He was present in the stable. So we do believe and that is why we defend Jesus and His Holy Church and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We tend to get discouraged with the condition of the Church and the world. But again we need to do a reality check and see we CARE because we BELIEVE. But again who do we believe in? In our God who is active and present in our lives. He is even more so working for us who deeply love Him.
May each of us cleanse our souls so as to prepare a holy dwelling place for Jesus to be welcomed into. Jesus has very few pure, love filled and holy souls where He can come and be loved. My our souls be one of those places this Holy Christmas.
Celebrated the Holy Latin Mass here at the Abbey of Christ the King. What a beautiful feast day of St. Thomas. He is great for us who do not have perfect faith. St Thomas lived with Jesus, but still doubted the resurrection. So let us ask St. Thomas to help us believe. But at the same time Jesus helped him believe by appearing to him. So it is not bad that we too need some miracles or signs that build up our faith. Lord I believe, but increase my faith. As we approach Christmas, we need to ask Mary too to help us believe. Mary had to accept her great mission as Mother of God with FAITH.
Arrived here after driving 11hrs from Clear Creek Abbey in Tulsa Oklahoma. We were just in time for dinner (food is very important) with the Knights of the Holy Eucharist. Also the Franciscan Friars of the Eternal Network were there too. They greeted us with so much love and warmth. I feel strongly that we need to show more love and kindness.
Yesterday went to visit Christ the King Abbey. Br. Sebastian gave me some good advice on how to work in the traditional Catholic world. Again I was reminded of the need to go deep into the Heart of Jesus. Above all, we need to be people of prayer. God is real, God is Love, God is helping us right now. How do we go deep into the Heart of Jesus? Through prayer. A deep friendship with quiet time spent before the Blessed Sacrament. Br. Sebastian also reminded us that it is not the number of prayers or which prayer, but the level of faith and love we pray the prayers with. We can not say all the prayers that have been printed in books or on Holy Cards. No we pray the ones that pertain to how God is working in our lives in our individual charism. Pray and have Faith.
Christ is King. Our government will never work until we totally submit to Jesus social kingdom. Laws have been divinely revealed to us through out history in the Old and New Testament in the Bible. So Laws come from above for our good. Human laws can be good or bad. People, both by voting or judges, can pass laws that are against the laws of God. It is not working. Crimes are getting worse and worse, and we pass more and more laws. Prisons are getting fuller and fuller. Under Christendom, there never was so many people in prisons. That is the proof that Catholicism over temporal government is superior to our present government system.
Traveling along in Kansas I saw this sign. I am so thankful to my parents for giving me life. If we are not conceived, we never have the chance to go to Heaven. We need to meditate on how totally beyond imagination is Heaven. All a gift of love from our Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ. That is one reason birth control is intrinsically evil because it does not allow God to bring the greatest gift we could ever have of many children who have the possibility of going to the Beatific Vision. I met a family in Kansas with 17 children. The mother didn’t look a day older than 30. God bless all you good families who have a lot of children. Life is not easy for you but it is worth it in the long run because you will, most likely, not spend your old age in a convalescent hospital in total loneliness.