Monday, September 24, 2018

Holiness, Asceticism and Taking Back the Church

Are we taking the spiritual life seriously and are we willing to make the spiritual sacrifices necessary to take back the Church? Let's talk about it. 


Do not forsake prayer, for just as the body becomes weak when it is deprived of food, so also the soul when it is deprived of prayer draws nigh to weakness and noetic death.
(St. Gennadius of Constantinople, The Golden Chain, 44)

Whoever hates his sins will stop sinning; and whoever confesses them will receive remission. A man can not abandon the habit of sin if he does not first gain enmity toward sin, nor can he receive remission of sin without confession of sin. For the confession of sin is the cause of true humility.
(St. Isaac the Syrian, Homilies, 71)

Do not disdain the commandment to love, for through it you become a son of God, and when you break it, you become a son of Gehenna. 
(St. Maximus the Confessor, Chapters on Love, 4:20)

The passions are uprooted and turned to flight by constant occupation of the mind with God. This is a sword that puts them to death... Whoever always thinks about God drives the demons away from himself and pulls up the seeds of their malice. 
(St. Isaac the Syrian, Homilies, 8)

The Church Militant: No Battle No Crown!

When there is no battle, there is no Christendom. When there is no battle, there is no true Church of God, no true Catholic Church.

I thought this talk given by Bishop Athanasius Schneider was very good and should be watched by all faithful Catholics.  I believe these trying times are being used by God to weed out the lukewarm in the Church. This is a war, you are either on the side of Christ the King or you are on the side of Satan. There is no more sitting on the fence. Pick a side! The text can be found on this link, or the video is below. God bless Bishop Schneider! May God send more like him.


“To refrain from doing battle for Jesus Christ amounts to fighting against Him; He Himself assures us “He will deny before His Father in heaven those who shall have refused to confess Him on earth” (Luke 9:26)” (Leo XIII, Encyclical Sapientiae christianae, 43).

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Letters to Pope Gregory XI: St Catherine of Siena

Read these two letters that St Catherine of Siena wrote to Pope Gregory XI carefully and see how they may apply today in the Church. The Church in her time also had a serious problem with the hierarchy, including the pope. Food for thought.



In the Name of Jesus Christ crucified and of sweet Mary:

To you, most reverend and beloved father in Christ Jesus, your unworthy, poor, miserable daughter Catherine, servant and slave of the servants of Jesus Christ, writes in His precious Blood; with desire to see you a fruitful tree, full of sweet and mellow fruits, and planted in fruitful earth--for if it were out of the earth the tree would dry up and bear no fruit--that is, in the earth of true knowledge of yourself. For the soul that knows itself humbles itself, because it sees nothing to be proud of; and ripens the sweet fruit of very ardent charity, recognizing in itself the unmeasured goodness of God; and aware that it is not, it attributes all its being to Him who Is. Whence, then, it seems that the soul is constrained to love what God loves and to hate what He hates.

Oh, sweet and true knowledge, which dost carry with thee the knife of hate, and dost stretch out the hand of holy desire, to draw forth and kill with this hate the worm of self-love--a worm that spoils and gnaws the root of our tree so that it cannot bear any fruit of life, but dries up, and its verdure lasts not! For if a man loves himself, perverse pride, head and source of every ill, lives in him, whatever his rank may be, prelate or subject. If he is lover of himself alone--that is, if he loves himself for his own sake and not for God--he cannot do other than ill, and all virtue is dead in him. Such a one is like a woman who brings forth her sons dead. And so it really is; for he has not had the life of charity in himself, and has cared only for praise and self-glory, and not for the name of God. I say, then: if he is a prelate, he does ill, because to avoid falling into disfavour with his fellow-creatures--that is, through self-love--in which he is bound by self-indulgence--holy justice dies in him. For he sees his subjects commit faults and sins, and pretends not to see them and fails to correct them; or if he does correct them, he does it with such coldness and lukewarmness that he does not accomplish anything, but plasters vice over; and he is always afraid of giving displeasure or of getting into a quarrel. All this is because he loves himself. Sometimes men like this want to get along with purely peaceful means. I say that this is the very worst cruelty which can be shown. If a wound when necessary is not cauterized or cut out with steel, but simply covered with ointment, not only does it fail to heal, but it infects everything, and many a time death follows from it.

Monday, September 10, 2018

The Church's Members Need To Decide Why They Are Here

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire!” St. Catherine of Siena

Why did many of the Jews reject Christ while He walked this earth? They expected a politician that would free them from the Romans. They were focused on worldly affairs and not divine affairs. They did not want a savior, they wanted Jesus to adhere to their political ideology. Fast forward to our time. The Catholic Church as a body is in serious crisis at this moment. There is no need to compare our crisis with any of the past crises in the Church, we have ours now and it is a real one. It is this one that we must bear. The question we must ask ourselves is why we are here as the Body of Christ. As both laity and the hierarchy this is a question that needs answering.

First, we are not here as the Body of Christ to promote political ideologies which are now so popular. We hear ad nauseam about immigration, capital punishment, healthcare, and the environment for example. We are not here to promote a unified world saving ideology that seeks to align all religions as if they are all equal in nature and all leading to the same end, world harmony. The world has become the focus. We are trying to create our own heaven on earth using worldly means! This can only end in disaster. The bishops and the laity have largely been consumed with political and worldly ideologies.

Why are we really here as the Body of Christ?

I can sum this answer up in one paragraph. We are here for the salvation of souls, nothing less. This is the first and primary goal of all the members of the Church. Does this desired end have an effect on the world? Yes, but only in so far as we are holy men and women living the gospel and evangelizing. There is no need to focus on political ideologies when God will move men according to the Holy Spirit when they are in the state of grace. This also means politicians. We don't need worldly politicians, we need converted politicians that are in the state of grace and only then can effect society in a truly positive manner. Each and every person in their state of life is called to evangelize and live a life of virtue in a state of grace. This is made possible in the one true Church, the Catholic Church. It is made possible by the grace provided by God in His Sacraments, fortified by prayer and penance. The world can be no better place than if it is filled with grace filled men and women. There is no other possible answer than the conversion of souls. Everyone in the Church needs to decide if they are here for God or the world. If they truly want the world to a better place that first fosters a grace filled life with God, then they will choose God. If they want the world, then they can have what they have now, disorder, sin and chaos.

Eating and drinking don't make friendships - such friendship even robbers and murderers have. But if we are friends, if we truly care for one another, let us help one another spiritually. . . Let us hinder those things that lead our friends away to hell. - St. John Chrysostom


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Pascendi Gregis: Saint Pius X

This encyclical is extremely important for our time. It is critical now that Catholics be familiar with this document. You can listen by the video below, or click here to read.

Dogma is not only able, but ought to evolve and to be changed. This is strongly affirmed by the Modernists, and clearly flows from their principles. For among the chief points of their teaching is the following, which they deduce from the principle of vital immanence, namely, that religious formulas if they are to be really religious and not merely intellectual speculations, ought to be living and to live the life of the religious sense. This is not to be understood to mean that these formulas, especially if merely imaginative, were to be invented for the religious sense. Their origin matters nothing, any more than their number or quality. What is necessary is that the religious sense — with some modification when needful — should vitally assimilate them. In other words, it is necessary that the primitive formula be accepted and sanctioned by the heart; and similarly the subsequent work from which are brought forth the .secondary formulas must proceed under the guidance of the heart. Hence it comes that these formulas, in order to be living, should be, and should remain, adapted to the faith and to him who believes. Wherefore, if for any reason this adaptation should cease to exist, they lose their first meaning and accordingly need to be changed. In view of the fact that the character and lot of dogmatic formulas are so unstable, it is no wonder that Modernists should regard them so lightly and in such open disrespect, and have no consideration or praise for anything but the religious sense and for the religious life.