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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Hello to Readers in Luxembourg

I would love to visit there someday, as half of my ancestors are from this beautiful country.

Getting Help Spiritually

 One way of both feeling re-assured on our way to perfection and being assured of help
 is praying to the saints and asking our guardian angels for help daily.
 Recently, I have developed a devotion to little Blessed Jacinta of Fatima. I think I have pleurisy
 yet again, (I have had this many times), and she had this disease and worse in her dying days. Her acceptance of suffering
 provides us with a great example of love for souls through suffering. 
    Honour, revere and respect the Blessed Virgin Mary with a very special
   love; she is the Mother of our Sovereign Lord, and so we are her
   children. Let us think of her with all the love and confidence of
   affectionate children; let us desire her love, and strive with true
   filial hearts to imitate her graces.

   Seek to be familiar with the Angels; learn to realise that they are
   continually present, although invisible. Specially love and revere the
   Guardian Angel of the Diocese in which you live, those of the friends
   who surround you, and your own. Commune with them frequently, join in
   their songs of praise, and seek their protection and help in all you
   do, spiritual or temporal.

   That pious man Peter Faber, the first companion of Saint Ignatius, and
   the first priest, first preacher and first theological teacher of the
   Company of the Jesuits, who was a native of our Diocese, [43] once
   passing through this country on his way from Germany, (where he had
   been labouring for God's Glory,) told how great comfort he had found as
   he went among places infested with heresy in communing with the
   guardian Angels thereof, whose help had often preserved him from
   danger, and softened hearts to receive the faith. He spoke with such
   earnestness, that a lady who, when quite young, heard him, was so
   impressed, that she repeated his words to me only four years ago, sixty
   years after their utterance, with the utmost feeling. I had the
   happiness only last year of consecrating an altar in the place where it
   pleased God to give that blessed man birth, the little village of
   Villaret, amid the wildest of our mountains.

   You will do well to choose out for yourself some individual Saint,
   whose life specially to study and imitate, and whose prayers may be
   more particularly offered on your behalf. The Saint bearing your own
   baptismal name would seem to be naturally assigned to you.
 One must be reading Scripture daily, as many do, using the various booklets 
 now available. Reading the daily readings for Mass, even if one cannot get to
 Mass is an excellent devotion. I sometimes use Universalis.
 As Catholics, we have a duty to read, study, learn our faith. St. Francis' suggestions
 are superb..... 
  CHAPTER XVII. How to Hear and Read God's Word.

   CULTIVATE a special devotion to God's Word, whether studied privately
   or in public; always listen to it with attention and reverence, strive
   to profit by it, and do not let it fall to the ground, but receive it
   within your heart as a precious balm, thereby imitating the Blessed
   Virgin, who "kept all these sayings in her heart." [44] Remember that
   our Lord receives our words of prayer according to the way in which we
   receive His words in teaching.
You should always have some good devout book at hand, such as the writings of S. Bonaventura, Gerson, Denis the Carthusian, Blosius, Grenada, Stella, Arias, Pinella, Da Ponte, Avila, the Spiritual Combat, the Confessions of S. Augustine, S. Jerome's Epistles, or the like; and daily read some small portion attentively, as though you were reading letters sent by the Saints from Paradise to teach you the way thither, and encourage you to follow them. Read the Lives of the Saints too, which are as a mirror to you of Christian life, and try to imitate their actions according to your circumstances; for although many things which the Saints did may not be practicable for those who live in the world, they may be followed more or less. Thus, in our spiritual retreats we imitate the solitude of the first hermit, S. Paul; in the practice of poverty we imitate S. Francis, and so on. Of course some Lives throw much more light upon our daily course than others, such as the Life of Saint Theresa, which is most admirable, the first Jesuits, Saint Charles Borromeo, Archbishop of Milan, S. Louis, S. Bernard, S. Francis, and such like. Others are more the subjects of our admiring wonder than of imitation, such as S. Mary of Egypt, S. Simeon Stylites, S. Catherine of Genoa, and S. Catherine of Sienna, S. Angela, etc., although these should tend to kindle a great love of God in our hearts.
I have many series on some of these saints and one can use this blog for meditations. 
Today's saints have been highlighted on this blog already. See tag saints and martyrs. 

Moving Farther Away from Christ

Yesterday, I had a talk with a friend of mine about our protestant friends. One thing we noticed was the strong Calvinist streak which is absolutely moving protestants farther and farther from the Gospel. Coupled with this is the opposite tendency, the tendency to be uber-liberal.

Protestants we know cannot get past contraception as a serious sin. They cannot work out that this sin of stopping conception, God's plan, is evil.

They cannot get, at least in America, beyond the confusion of gross nationalism, (my country right or wrong), and religion. They see Catholics are less American, which we are, because we place the laws and customs of Rome above those of America. As members of the one, true, holy, apostolic and Catholic Church, our loyalties are first with her.

Protestants judge people constantly here in the States. If one is poor, one has sinned, which is odd, as we have all sinned, as St. Paul notes, and fallen short of the glory of God. But, here, charity is not real, is not from the heart, but something one does. Sadly, our protestant brethren are becoming less charitable and more judgmental, seeing the poor among them as suspicious, less worthy of care, and non-persons.

How did these changes in attitude happen? Partly, the false idea of "once saved, always saved" creates a clique, a group which identifies only with that one-time grace and forgets about sin.

Sin is not in the vocabulary of most protestants I meet. Their goal has been reached. They are going to heaven according to their false presumption, and, therefore, they do not have to examine their lives.

It is ironic that the strict Calvinists hold hands with the uber-liberals at Sunday worship. Although they refuse to judge themselves, they lack the discernment to see that holding positions on divorce and remarriage, abortion, contraception, hyper-captitalism, nationalism, ssm, and prejudice against Catholics are serious sins.

To protest is to lack an obedient spirit. Pray, as the protestants in America are becoming so secular that they cannot see their own apostasy from even basic Christianity. Disobedience in one area leads to another.

And, they do not accept the concept of the sacraments, which are the ways to sanctifying grace, so most would be in mortal sin.

I am afraid most protestants have moved beyond even their own original ideals taken from the Gospel. One man said to me yesterday, that he wondered if Martin Luther could have foreseen how far away from the Gospel his Lutherans would have fallen, would he have insisted on splitting from Rome?

The Catholic Church is our safety net.

Moving from Mortal Sin Posts to Venial Sin Posts

 Again, apologies for spacing, which is because I cannot change errors easily now.

This past week, I have been concentrating on mortal sin and how deadly it really is.

Now, for the next few days, I shall concentrate on venial sins.

Some of my sources and my ideas have already been shared in the perfection series, but more emphasis is needed. This could be called an addendum to the perfection series.

If one is not working on venial sins, one is not on the road to perfection. Remember, only the perfect go to heaven when they die, and purgatory purges both venial sin and imperfections. Such imperfections as anxiety need to purged, as this and other weaknesses lead to sin.

Let me start with St. Francis de Sales, from his Introduction to The Devout Life. My comments are in blue.

CHAPTER XXII. The Necessity of Purging away all tendency to Venial Sins.

   AS daylight waxes, we, gazing into a mirror, see more plainly the soils
   and stains upon our face; and even so as the interior light of the Holy
   Spirit enlightens our conscience, we see more distinctly the sins,
   inclinations and imperfections which hinder our progress towards real
   devotion. And the selfsame light which shows us these blots and stains,
   kindles in us the desire to be cleansed and purged therefrom. You will
   find then, my child, that besides the mortal sins and their affections
   from which your soul has already been purged, you are beset by sundry
   inclinations and tendencies to venial sin; mind, I do not say you will
   find venial sins, but the inclination and tendency to them. Now, one is
   quite different from the other. We can never be altogether free from
   venial sin,--at least not until after a very long persistence in this
   purity; but we can be without any affection for venial sin. It is
   altogether one thing to have said something unimportant not strictly
   true, out of carelessness or liveliness, and quite a different matter
   to take pleasure in lying, and in the habitual practice thereof. But I
   tell you that you must purify your soul from all inclination to venial
   sin;--that is to say, you must not voluntarily retain any deliberate
   intention of permitting yourself to commit any venial sin whatever. It
   would be most unworthy consciously to admit anything so displeasing to
   God, as the will to offend Him in anywise. Venial sin, however small,
   is displeasing to God, although it be not so displeasing as the greater
   sins which involve eternal condemnation; and if venial sin is
   displeasing to Him, any clinging which we tolerate to mortal sin is
   nothing less than a resolution to offend His Divine Majesty. Is it
   really possible that a rightly disposed soul can not only offend God,
   but take pleasure therein?
    I write this as dawn breaks, and when one first wakes up one's thoughts
    should be on God, giving Him the new day. Venial sins weaken the will,
    allow bad habits to fester, and usually come from the predominant fault,
    which must be destroyed. 
   These inclinations, my daughter, are in direct opposition to devotion,
   as inclinations to mortal sin are to love:--they weaken the mental
   power, hinder Divine consolations, and open the door to
   temptations;--and although they may not destroy the soul, at least they
   bring on very serious disease. "Dead flies cause the ointment to send
   forth a stinking savour," says the Wise Man. [23] He means that the
   flies which settle upon and taste of the ointment only damage it
   temporarily, leaving the mass intact, but if they fall into it, and die
   there, they spoil and corrupt it. Even so venial sins which pass over a
   devout soul without being harboured, do not permanently injure it, but
   if such sins are fostered and cherished, they destroy the sweet savour
   of that soul--that is to say, its devotion. The spider cannot kill
   bees, but it can spoil their honey, and so encumber their combs with
   its webs in course of time, as to hinder the bees materially. Just so,
   though venial sins may not lose the soul, they will spoil its devotion,
   and so cumber its faculties with bad habits and evil inclinations, as
   to deprive it of all that cheerful readiness which is the very essence
   of true devotion; that is to say, if they are harboured in the
   conscience by delight taken therein. A trifling inaccuracy, a little
   hastiness in word or action, some small excess in mirth, in dress, in
   gaiety, may not be very important, if these are forthwith heeded and
   swept out as spiritual cobwebs;--but if they are permitted to linger in
   the heart, or, worse still, if we take pleasure in them and indulge
   them, our honey will soon be spoilt, and the hive of our conscience
   will be cumbered and damaged. But I ask again, how can a generous heart
   take delight in anything it knows to be displeasing to its God, or wish
   to do what offends Him?
  Talking too much, eating snacks which are not necessary, too much entertainment,
  which should not be daily, wasting time, buying unnecessary items, buying lottery tickets,
  and so on are imperfections and could be venial sins. So-called "white lies", disobedience 
  which is hidden, not saying daily prayers, not reading Scripture daily, harboring offenses, 
  these are all venial sins.  
 CHAPTER XXIII. It is needful to put away all Inclination for Useless and
 Dangerous Things.

   SPORTS, balls, plays, festivities, pomps, are not in themselves evil,
   but rather indifferent matters, capable of being used for good or ill;
   but nevertheless they are dangerous, and it is still more dangerous to
   take great delight in them. Therefore, my daughter, I say that although
   it is lawful to amuse yourself, to dance, dress, feast, and see seemly
   plays,--at the same time, if you are much addicted to these things,
   they will hinder your devotion,  (shopping, computer games, tv, 
   curiosity, talking about other people, interior critical spirit, not 
   order in the house, snacking, too much make-up or any, immodesty,
   even in a small way, not dressing for Mass, and so on....)
   and become extremely hurtful and
   dangerous to you. The harm lies, not in doing them, but in the degree
   to which you care for them. It is a pity to sow the seed of vain and
   foolish tastes in the soil of your heart, taking up the place of better
   things, and hindering the soul from cultivating good dispositions. It
   was thus that the Nazarites of old abstained not merely from all
   intoxicating liquors, but from grapes fresh or dried, and from vinegar,
   not because these were intoxicating, but because they might excite the
   desire for fermented liquors. Just so, while I do not forbid the use of
   these dangerous pleasures, I say that you cannot take an excessive
   delight in them without their telling upon your devotion. When the stag
   has waxed fat he hides himself amid the thicket, conscious that his
   fleetness is impaired should he be in need to fly: and so the human
   heart which is cumbered with useless, superfluous, dangerous clingings
   becomes incapacitated for that earnest following after God which is the
   true life of devotion. No one blames children for running after
   butterflies, because they are children, but is it not ridiculous and
   pitiful to see full-grown men eager about such worthless trifles as the
   worldly amusements before named, which are likely to throw them off
   their balance and disturb their spiritual life? Therefore, dear child,
   I would have you cleanse your heart from all such tastes, remembering
   that while the acts themselves are not necessarily incompatible with a
   devout life, all delight in them must be harmful.
   Too many peter pans and peter pams will never become holy because they are
   obsessed with trivialities.
  CHAPTER XXIV. All Evil Inclinations must be purged away.

   FURTHERMORE, my daughter, we have certain natural inclinations, which
   are not strictly speaking either mortal or venial sins, but rather
   imperfections; and the acts in which they take shape, failings and
   deficiencies. Thus S. Jerome says that S. Paula had so strong a
   tendency to excessive sorrow, that when she lost her husband and
   children she nearly died of grief: that was not a sin, but an
   imperfection, since it did not depend upon her wish and will. Some
   people are naturally easy, some oppositions; some are indisposed to
   accept other men's opinions, some naturally disposed to be cross, some
   to be affectionate--in short, there is hardly any one in whom some such
   imperfections do not exist. Now, although they be natural and
   instinctive in each person, they may be remedied and corrected, or even
   eradicated, by cultivating the reverse disposition. And this, my child,
   must be done. Gardeners have found how to make the bitter almond tree
   bear sweet fruit, by grafting the juice of the latter upon it, why
   should we not purge out our perverse dispositions and infuse such as
   are good? There is no disposition so good but it may be made bad by
   dint of vicious habits, and neither is there any natural disposition so
   perverse but that it may be conquered and overcome by God's Grace
   primarily, and then by our earnest diligent endeavour. I shall
   therefore now proceed to give you counsels and suggest practices by
   which you may purify your soul from all dangerous affections and
   imperfections, and from all tendencies to venial sin, thereby
   strengthening yourself more and more against mortal sin. May God give
   you grace to use them.
   Purification cannot be ignored. Using the stress and daily activities for purification is
   one way of changing. Not complaining about anything is one way of purification, as 
   is gratitude-being thankful for water, food, work and so on.
   We live in the West in an entitlement society which affects even the best people, who think
   they deserve the best or this or that. Look at your tendencies and you will find your
  to be continued....  

Any Comments?

From Whispers...

All in all, the choice serves to reflect of one of Francis' key emphases over his 18-month pontificate: that of a church geared toward the "periphery" as opposed to being locked in its "sacristies." Put another way, Cupich's experience before landing in the nation's third-largest diocese speak to another of the Pope's lead threads – a premium on missionary pastors for a missionary church.

More Later from St. Francis de Sales

Later today, I shall add more posts, but I am afraid I am coming down with something and am too tired to fight the Net.

Prayers, please

Again, on Obedience

CHAPTER XI. On Obedience. My comments in red...

   LOVE alone leads to perfection, but the three chief means for acquiring
   it are obedience, chastity, and poverty. Obedience is a consecration of
   the heart, chastity of the body, and poverty of all worldly goods to
   the Love and Service of God. These are the three members of the
   Spiritual Cross, and all three must be raised upon the fourth, which is
   humility. I am not going here to speak of these three virtues as solemn
   vows, which only concern religious, nor even as ordinary vows, although
   when sought under the shelter of a vow all virtues receive an enhanced
   grace and merit; but it is not necessary for perfection that they
   should be undertaken as vows, so long as they are practised diligently.
   The three vows solemnly taken put a man into the state of perfection,
   whereas a diligent observance thereof brings him to perfection. For,
   observe, there is a great difference between the state of perfection
   and perfection itself, inasmuch as all prelates and religious are in
   the former, although unfortunately it is too obvious that by no means
   all attain to the latter. Let us then endeavour to practise these three
   virtues, according to our several vocations, for although we are not
   thereby called to a state of perfection, we may attain through them to
   perfection itself, and of a truth we are all bound to practise them,
   although not all after the same manner.
I wrote about this before several times. The life of the monk and nun is one of perfection,
as the lifestyle is set up to be a shortcut for perfection.  But, as we are all called to be saints, our
way is not the same, and yet, we should strive to impose chastity, obedience, and poverty on ourselves.  
 There are two kinds of obedience, one necessary, the other voluntary.
   The first includes a humble obedience to your ecclesiastical superiors,
   whether Pope, Bishop, Curate, or those commissioned by them. You are
   likewise bound to obey your civil superiors, king and magistrates; as
   also your domestic superiors, father, mother, master or mistress. Such
   obedience is called necessary, because no one can free himself from the
   duty of obeying these superiors, God having appointed them severally to
   bear rule over us. Therefore do you obey their commands as of right,
   but if you would be perfect, follow their counsels, and even their
   wishes as far as charity and prudence will allow: obey as to things
   acceptable; as when they bid you eat, or take recreation, for although
   there may be no great virtue in obedience in such a case, there is
   great harm in disobedience. Obey in things indifferent, as concerning
   questions of dress, coming and going, singing or keeping silence, for
   herein is a very laudable obedience. Obey in things hard, disagreeable
   and inconvenient, and therein lies a very perfect obedience. Moreover,
   obey quietly, without answering again, promptly, without delay,
   cheerfully, without reluctance; and, above all, render a loving
   obedience for His Sake Who became obedient even to the death of the
   Cross for our sake; Who, as Saint Bernard says, chose rather to resign
   His Life than His Obedience.
So, wives, obey your husbands and children obey your parents in all things but sin. 

   If you would acquire a ready obedience to superiors, accustom yourself
   to yield to your equals, giving way to their opinions where nothing
   wrong is involved, without arguing or peevishness; and adapt yourself
   easily to the wishes of your inferiors as far as you reasonably can,
   and forbear the exercise of stern authority so long as they do well.

   It is a mistake for those who find it hard to pay a willing obedience
   to their natural superiors to suppose that if they were professed
   religious they would find it easy to obey.

   Voluntary obedience is such as we undertake by our own choice, and
   which is not imposed by others. Persons do not choose their own King or
   Bishop, or parents--often not even their husband; but most people
   choose their confessor or director. And whether a person takes a vow of
   obedience to him (as Saint Theresa, beyond her formal vow to the
   Superior of her Order, bound herself by a simple vow to obey Father
   Gratian), or without any vow they resolve to obey their chosen
   spiritual guide, all such obedience is voluntary, because it depends
   upon our own will.
This is why it is hard for singles to become holy-to whom are they obedient? To whom
do they daily defer and give up their wills? All singles need a spiritual director.
 Obedience to lawful superiors is regulated by their official claims.
   Thus, in all public and legal matters, we are bound to obey our King;
   in ecclesiastical matters, our Bishop; in domestic matters, our father,
   master or husband; and in personal matters which concern the soul, our
   confessor or spiritual guide.

   Seek to be directed in your religious exercises by your spiritual
   father, because thereby they will have double grace and virtue;--that
   which is inherent in that they are devout, and that which comes by
   reason of the spirit of obedience in which they are performed. Blessed
   indeed are the obedient, for God will never permit them to go astray.

Reality Time

If you have not watched this, please do.

Good for teen home schoolers.

Start of Worldwide Fast

Hope you use some of my recipes....

Start today.

Use the motto of the one army unit for your fast and your road to perfection. "Climb to Glory".

thanks to wiki

Need help

Since I have received the new computer, I have had to do all the writing on the Net, as I do not have Office or any way to type and save.

Can someone get me Office, please?

This is one reason why there have been so many errors in spacing and type size, as I cannot always correct these, as the Net does go on and off and my changes are not saved.

I apologize for the small type. I can only wait for another day when I can get to a coffee shop and correct these things on steady wifi.

Sorry....and the only coffee shop in the nearby town does not have wifi...only you know who...

I cannot watch videos now, but I can this...

Now for something completely different

The Mink River Estuary and other areas around it have to be some of the most beautiful nature reserves in America. Wisconsin is a great state.

The Green-Eyed or Emerald Dragonfly lives in this area and has made a bit of a "comeback".

However, this post is not merely to point out some gorgeous creations of God, but to share an insight into obedience.

When I was in my twenties, living in Minnesota and camping in Wisconsin now and then, I was praying one day and saw a dragonfly in my imagination. One of the times I heard God had to do with the dragonfly. It is an insect, if you do not know, which can move up and down and sideways, as well as forward quickly. Imagine a natural helicopter.

One day I heard the voice of God saying quietly, "I love you because you are like the dragonfly. You change directions and move quickly when I tell you to do something. You respond."

Now, as you know, I have written on obedience ad nauseam for some, on this blog. Obedience is a key virtue in times of chaos, in times of the destruction of civilizations.

One cannot hem and haw about inspirations.

I told this story to some of you who know me. I had an old friend, who is now dead, who escaped from Czechoslovakia just before the Nazi army took over her village in 1939. The armies invaded and had set up camps near their village. She and her sister, both in their teens at the time, were quickly taken aside by their old father. He told them to get on bicycles and ride to Austria, and then to Switzerland. Quite a bike ride.

He said their lives were in danger and he could not escape.

Frantiska laughed and said she intended to bicycle over to the German army camp and see some of the soldiers.

Marketa listened carefully and went into the house immediately. She packed a small rucksack with food and some other things, kissed her father and left.

Frantiska got on her bike and waved, saying she was going to have a good time. No one ever saw her again.

Marketa made it to Switzerland with some help. She ended up in England, where she met her future husband. Eventually, the two immigrated to Canada, where they raised a family and are now both buried.

Marketa responded quickly. War changes situations daily. War causes one place to be safe one day and dangerous the next.

Learn to listen to God and be like the dragonfly, able to switch directions in an instant.

Be a Marketa, not a Frantiska, who was lost to history.

Here is St. Francis de Sales, from his Introduction to the Devout Life, on inspirations.

   In contracting a
marriage, the bride must be a party to three separate acts: first, the bridegroom is proposed to her; secondly, she entertains the proposal; and thirdly, she gives her consent. Just so when God intends to perform some act of love in us, by us, and with us; He first suggests it by His inspiration; secondly, we receive that inspiration; and thirdly, we consent to it: for, like as we fall into sin by three steps, temptation, delectation, and consent, so there are three steps whereby we ascend to virtue; inspiration, as opposed to temptation; delectation in God's inspiration, as opposed to that of temptation; and consent to the one instead of to the other. Were God's inspirations to last all our lives, we should be nowise more acceptable to Him, unless we took pleasure therein; on the contrary, we should rather offend Him as did the Israelites, of whom He says that they "grieved Him for forty years long, refusing to hear His pleadings, so that at last" I "sware in My wrath that they should not enter into My rest." [46] And (to recur to my first illustration) one who has long been devoted to his lady-love, would feel greatly injured if, after all, she would not consent to the alliance he seeks. The delight we take in God's inspirations is an important step gained towards His Glory, and we begin at once to please Him thereby; for although such delectation is not the same thing as a full consent, it shows a strong tendency thereto; and if it is a good and profitable sign when we take pleasure in hearing God's Word, which is, so to say, an external inspiration, still more is it good and acceptable in His Sight when we take delight in His interior inspirations. Such is the delight of which the Bride says, "My soul melted within me when my Beloved spake." [47] And so, too, the earthly lover is well satisfied when he sees that his lady-love finds pleasure in his attentions. But, after all, consent only perfects the good action; for if we are inspired of God, and take pleasure in that inspiration, and yet, nevertheless, refuse our consent to His inspiration, we are acting a very contemptuous, offensive part towards Him. We read of the Bride, that although the voice of her Beloved touched her heart, she made trivial excuses, and delayed opening the door to Him, and so He withdrew Himself and "was gone." [48] And the earthly lover, who had long sought a lady, and seemed acceptable to her, would have the more ground for complaint if at last he was spurned and dismissed, than if he had never been favourably received.
   Do you, my daughter, resolve to accept whatever inspirations God may
   vouchsafe you, heartily; and when they offer themselves, receive them
   as the ambassadors of your Heavenly King, seeking alliance with you.
   Hearken gently to their propositions, foster the love with which you
   are inspired, and cherish the holy Guest. Give your consent, and let it
   be a full, loving, stedfast consent to His holy inspirations; for, so
   doing, God will reckon your affection as a favour, although truly we
   can confer none upon Him. But, before consenting to inspirations which
   have respect to important or extraordinary things, guard against
   self-deception, by consulting your spiritual guide, and let him examine
   whether the inspiration be real or no; and that the rather, because
   when the enemy sees a soul ready to hearken to inspirations, he is wont
   to set false delusions in the way to deceive it,--a snare you will not
   fall into so long as you humbly obey your guide.

   Consent once given, you must carefully seek to produce the intended
   results, and carry out the inspiration, the crown of true virtue; for
   to give consent, without producing the result thereof, were like
   planting a vine without meaning it to bear fruit. All this will be
   greatly promoted by careful attention to your morning exercises, and
   the spiritual retirement already mentioned, because therein you learn
   to carry general principles to a special application.

Friday, 19 September 2014

For The Proficients

thanks to wiki
For those who have achieved the Illuminative State, here is some advice from St. Francis de Sales on virtue.

I think that choosing a virtue will come naturally. Some people have one virtue which stands out above all the rest.

My comments in red....

First, the saint's comments.

At the same time, there are virtues of universal account, which must
   not only be called into occasional action, but ought to spread their
   influence over everything. We do not very often come across
   opportunities for exercising strength, magnanimity, or magnificence;
   but gentleness, temperance, modesty, and humility, are graces which
   ought to colour everything we do. There may be virtues of a more
   exalted mould, but at all events these are the most continually called
   for in daily life. Sugar is better than salt, but we use salt more
   generally and oftener. Consequently, it is well to have a good and
   ready stock in hand of those general virtues of which we stand in so
   perpetual a need.
Most modern day priests have told people to be like sugar. No
This is not the call of God in the world. 

 In practising any virtue, it is well to choose that which is most
   according to our duty, rather than most according to our taste. It was
   Saint Paula's liking to practise bodily mortifications with a view to
   the keener enjoyment of spiritual sweetness, but obedience to her
   superiors was a higher duty; and therefore Saint Jerome acknowledges
   that she was wrong in practising excessive abstinence contrary to the
   advice of her Bishop. And the Apostles, whose mission it was to preach
   the Gospel, and feed souls with the Bread of Life, judged well that it
   was not right for them to hinder this holy work in order to minister to
   the material wants of the poor, weighty as that work was also. [52]
   Every calling stands in special need of some special virtue; tDeahose
   required of a prelate, a prince, or a soldier, are quite different; so
   are those beseeming a wife or a widow, and although all should possess
   every virtue, yet all are not called upon to exercise them equally, but
   each should cultivate chiefly those which are important to the manner
   of life to which he is called.
 Deacons do not have the same role in the Church as priests. 
The corporal works of mercy are their primary duty. And
those who are working will not be effective if they have not
dealt with their own predominant faults and are free of egotism. 
   Among such virtues as have no special adaptation to our own calling,
   choose the most excellent, not the most showy. A comet generally looks
   larger than the stars, and fills the eye more; but all the while comets
   are not nearly so important as the stars, and only seem so large to us
   because they are nearer to us than stars, and are of a grosser kind. So
   there are certain virtues which touch us very sensibly and are very
   material, so to say, and therefore ordinary people give them the
   preference. Thus the common run of men ordinarily value temporal
   almsgiving more than spiritual; and think more of fasting, exterior
   discipline and bodily mortification than of meekness, cheerfulness,
   modesty, and other interior mortifications, which nevertheless are far
   better. Do you then, my daughter, choose the best virtues, not those
   which are most highly esteemed; the most excellent, not the most
   visible; the truest, not the most conspicuous.
 I know a saint by her cheerfulness.
   It is well for everybody to select some special virtue at which to aim,
   not as neglecting any others, but as an object and pursuit to the mind.
   Saint John, Bishop of Alexandria, saw a vision of a lovely maiden,
   brighter than the sun, in shining garments, and wearing an olive crown,
   who said to him, "I am the King's eldest daughter, and if thou wilt
   have me for thy friend, I will bring thee to see His Face." Then he
   knew that it was pity for the poor which God thus commended to him, and
   from that time he gave himself so heartily to practise it, that he is
   universally known as Saint John the Almoner. Eulogius Alexandrinus
   desired to devote himself wholly to God, but he had not courage either
   to adopt the solitary life, or to put himself under obedience, and
   therefore he took a miserable beggar, seething in dirt and leprosy, to
   live with him; and to do this more thoroughly, he vowed to honour and
   serve him as a servant does his lord and master. After a while, both
   feeling greatly tempted to part company, they referred to the great
   Saint Anthony, who said, "Beware of separating, my sons, for you are
   both near your end, and if the Angel find you not together, you will be
   in danger of losing your crowns."
  We are so afraid of suffering in our culture, that we cannot serve others as we should.
  The proficient, the ones who have been purified, know how to do this.
   Saint Louis counted it a privilege to visit the hospitals, where he
   used to tend the sick with his own royal hands. Saint Francis loved
   poverty above all things, and called her his lady-love. Saint Dominic
   gave himself up to preaching, whence his Order takes its name. [53]
   Saint Gregory the Great specially delighted to receive pilgrims after
   the manner of faithful Abraham, and like him entertained the King of
   Glory under a pilgrim's garb. Tobit devoted himself to the charitable
   work of burying the dead. Saint Elizabeth, albeit a mighty princess,
   loved above all things to humble herself. When Saint Catherine of Genoa
   became a widow, she gave herself up to work in an hospital. Cassian
   relates how a certain devout maiden once besought Saint Athanasius to
   help her in cultivating the grace of patience; and he gave her a poor
   widow as companion, who was cross, irritable, and altogether
   intolerable, and whose perpetual fretfulness gave the pious lady
   abundant opportunity of practising gentleness and patience. And so some
   of God's servants devote themselves to nursing the sick, helping the
   poor, teaching little children in the faith, reclaiming the fallen,
   building churches, and adorning the altar, making peace among men.
   Therein they resemble embroidresses who work all manner of silks, gold
   and silver on various grounds, so producing beautiful flowers. Just so
   the pious souls who undertake some special devout practice use it as
   the ground of their spiritual embroidery, and frame all manner of other
   graces upon it, ordering their actions and affections better by means
   of this their chief thread which runs through all.
 "Upon Thy Right Hand did stand the Queen in a vesture of gold wrought
   about with divers colours." [54]
The proficients, unlike those full of egotism, know that work in the Kingdom of God is NOT
merely being seen on the altar. The hidden gifts are lay gifts of those who have come into the light. 
   When we are beset by any particular vice, it is well as far as possible
   to make the opposite virtue our special aim, and turn everything to
   that account; so doing, we shall overcome our enemy, and meanwhile make
   progress in all virtue. Thus, if I am beset with pride or anger, I must
   above all else strive to cultivate humility and gentleness, and I must
   turn all my religious exercises,--prayer, sacraments, prudence,
   constancy, moderation, to the same object. The wild boar sharpens its
   tusks by grinding them against its other teeth, which by the same
   process are sharpened and pointed; and so when a good man endeavours to
   perfect himself in some virtue which he is conscious of specially
   needing, he ought to give it edge and point by the aid of other
   virtues, which will themselves be confirmed and strengthened as he uses
   them with that object. It was so with Job, who, while specially
   exercising the virtue of patience amid the numberless temptations which
   beset him, was confirmed in all manner of holiness and godly virtues.
   And Saint Gregory Nazianzen says, that sometimes a person has attained
   the height of goodness by one single act of virtue, performed with the
   greatest perfection; instancing Rahab as an example, who, having
   practised the virtue of hospitality very excellently, reached a high
   point of glory. [55] Of course, any such action must needs be performed
   with a very exceeding degree of fervour and charity.

CHAPTER II. The same Subject continued.

   SAINT AUGUSTINE says very admirably, that beginners in devotion are
   wont to commit certain faults which, while they are blameable according
   to the strict laws of perfection, are yet praiseworthy by reason of the
   promise they hold forth of a future excellent goodness, to which they
   actually tend. For instance, that common shrinking fear which gives
   rise to an excessive scrupulosity in the souls of some who are but just
   set free from a course of sin, is commendable at that early stage, and
   is the almost certain forerunner of future purity of conscience. But
   this same fear would be blameable in those who are farther advanced,
   because love should reign in their hearts, and love is sure to drive
   away all such servile fear by degrees.

   In his early days, Saint Bernard was very severe and harsh towards
   those whom he directed, telling them, to begin with, that they must put
   aside the body, and come to him with their minds only. In confession,
   he treated all faults, however small, with extreme severity, and his
   poor apprentices in the study of perfection were so urged onwards, that
   by dint of pressing he kept them back, for they lost heart and breath
   when they found themselves thus driven up so steep and high an ascent.
   Therein, my daughter, you can see that, although it was his ardent zeal
   for the most perfect purity which led that great Saint so to act, and
   although such zeal is a great virtue, still it was a virtue which
   required checking. And so God Himself checked it in a vision, by which
   He filled S. Bernard with so gentle, tender, and loving a spirit, that
   he was altogether changed, blaming himself heavily for having been so
   strict and so severe, and becoming so kindly and indulgent, that he
   made himself all things to all men in order to win all.

   S. Jerome tells us that his beloved daughter, S. Paula, was not only
   extreme, but obstinate in practising bodily mortifications, and
   refusing to yield to the advice given her upon that head by her Bishop,
   S. Epiphanius; and furthermore, she gave way so excessively to her
   grief at the death of those she loved as to peril her own life.
   Whereupon S. Jerome says: "It will be said that I am accusing this
   saintly woman rather than praising her, but I affirm before Jesus, Whom
   she served, and Whom I seek to serve, that I am not saying what is
   untrue on one side or the other, but simply describing her as one
   Christian another; that is to say, I am writing her history, not her
   panegyric, and her faults are the virtues of others." He means to say
   that the defects and faults of S. Paula would have been looked upon as
   virtues in a less perfect soul; and indeed there are actions which we
   must count as imperfections in the perfect, which yet would be highly
   esteemed in the imperfect. When at the end of a sickness the invalid's
   legs swell, it is a good sign, indicating that natural strength is
   returning, and throwing off foul humours; but it would be a bad sign in
   one not avowedly sick, as showing that nature was too feeble to
   disperse or absorb those humours. 
Obedience is All.
Too often, people want to do something other than to what God is calling them. This is pride.
   So, my child, we must think well of those whom we see practising
   virtues, although imperfectly, since the Saints have done the like; but
   as to ourselves we must give heed to practise them, not only
   diligently, but discreetly, and to this end we shall do well strictly
   to follow the Wise Man's counsel, [56] and not trust in our own wisdom,
   but lean on those whom God has given as our guides. And here I must say
   a few words concerning certain things which some reckon as virtues,
   although they are nothing of the sort--I mean ecstasies, trances,
   rhapsodies, extraordinary transformations, and the like, which are
   dwelt on in some books, and which promise to raise the soul to a purely
   intellectual contemplation, an altogether supernatural mental altitude,
   and a life of pre-eminent excellence. But I would have you see, my
   child, that these perfections are not virtues, they are rather rewards
   which God gives to virtues, or perhaps, more correctly speaking, tokens
   of the joys of everlasting life, occasionally granted to men in order
   to kindle in them a desire for the fulness of joy which is only to be
   found in Paradise. But we must not aspire to such graces, which are in
   nowise necessary to us in order to love and serve God, our only lawful
   ambition. Indeed, for the most part, these graces are not to be
   acquired by labour or industry, and that because they are rather
   passions than actions, which we may receive, but cannot create.
The proficient does not seek after consolations. He knows that humility and suffering are the way to light.
   Moreover, our business only is to become good, devout people, pious men
   and women; and all our efforts must be to that end. If it should please
   God further to endow us with angelic perfection, we should then be
   prepared to become good angels; but meanwhile let us practise, in all
   simplicity, humility and devotion, those lowly virtues to the
   attainment of which our Lord has bidden us labour,--I mean patience,
   cheerfulness, self-mortification, humility, obedience, poverty,
   chastity, kindness to our neighbour, forbearance towards his failings,
   diligence, and a holy fervour. Let us willingly resign the higher
   eminences to lofty souls. We are not worthy to take so high a rank in
   God's service; let us be content to be as scullions, porters,
   insignificant attendants in His household, leaving it to Him if He
   should hereafter see fit to call us to His own council chamber. Of a
   truth, my child, the King of Glory does not reward His servants
   according to the dignity of their office, but according to the humility
   and love with which they have exercised it. While Saul was seeking his
   father's asses, he found the kingdom of Israel: [57] Rebecca watering
   Abraham's camels, became his son's wife: [58] Ruth gleaning after Boaz'
   reapers, and lying down at his feet, was raised up to become his bride.
Mums' jobs, and bloggers, those who encourage others to be holy, none of these things are great. 
   [59] Those who pretend to such great and extraordinary graces are very
   liable to delusions and mistakes, so that sometimes it turns out that
   people who aspire to be angels are not ordinarily good men, and that
   their goodness lies more in high-flown words than in heart and deed.
   But we must beware of despising or presumptuously condemning anything.
   Only, while thanking God for the pre-eminence of others, let us abide
   contentedly in our own lower but safer path,--a path of less
   distinction, but more suitable to our lowliness, resting satisfied that
   if we walk steadily and faithfully therein, God will lift us up to
   greater things.
I think the proficients discover in humility their real call. 

From LifeSiteNews

From LifeSiteNews...........

I have some bombshell news to share with you.
You see, four years ago we began implementing a groundbreaking social media strategy for LifeSite.

The goal was to get the life-saving message of the Culture of Life out to millions more people, right where they are – on sites like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

To say this strategy was a success would be a massive understatement. It was revolutionary!

Thanks largely to our rapidly growing presence on social media, traffic to LifeSite grew by over 400% in those four years, to over 20 million unique visitors last year - with many of those new visitors coming directly from social media sites like Facebook!

Those staggering numbers translated into
  • MORE lives saved from abortion
  • MORE people converting from the Culture of Death to the Culture of Life
  • MORE activists like you armed with the facts you need to be more effective culture warriors.
But by now you’re probably thinking: So where’s the bombshell?

Well, out of the blue, Facebook has announced that they are dramatically changing the way businesses and organizations - including limited-income non-profits like ours - communicate with our Facebook fans who chose to follow us, and who RELY on our daily posts!

Until last December, a large percentage of our over 500,000 Facebook fans would see the many articles that we posted, which they in turn shared with their friends.
Now, Facebook forces us, and hundreds of thousands of similar organizations, to fork out tens of thousands of dollars to reach our fans (fans we spent YEARS accumulating)!
We simply do not have the funds to do that!
Therefore, our fans have seen a massive drop in LifeSite stories on their Facebook feed since then.
If you are a Facebook user and have been wondering why LifeSite seems to have almost disappeared from your feed, even though you have friended us, now you know the reason…’s Facebook, not us! 
Obviously this was a smart business move for Facebook. But right now, it is hurting LifeSite's mission!
Tens of thousands of people who have indicated they want to read our reports are being blocked from this information, unless we pay big dollars for the right to share with our Facebook friends - for every post!
Unlike many for-profit corporations and media organizations, we simply don’t have the funds to suddenly start spending that kind of money on Facebook marketing.
And sadly, thanks to Facebook’s changes, for the first time in five years, traffic to our site is no longer growing.
But fortunately, all is not lost. Far from it.
In fact, for the past six months we have been working on a number of tools that will enable us to reach more people than ever before with the good news of the Culture of Life!
Our new website was just the first step in this process. 
But in order for us to make the best use of these tools, the blunt fact is that we actually need to far surpass our minimum $150,000 campaign goal.
And yet, thanks to Facebook’s changes, it is now harder than ever for us to reach many of our core readers to even ask for a donation!
So not only do we need to add a new category of marketing expenses to our budget, it’s even harder for us to raise the minimum funds necessary for our basic operating expenses!
That’s why I need you to make the most generous gift you possibly can, today!
I can’t tell you how excited I am about some of the things LifeSite is developing to help spread the message of the Culture of Life.
A year from now, I firmly believe we will be reaching far more people than in our entire history.
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Please, make a donation today, and consider asking your friends and family to do the same.
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My World Again

I knew about this when a friend of mine who has lived for job reasons for many, many years, half the year in EU and half in USA got letters from his Swiss banks.


More FYI My World--New World Order Sneaking Up

Leading the charge to create the new global tax regime is the Group of 20 (G-20), a coalition of governments and brutal dictatorships that are in the process of building what virtually every major media outlet recently described as a “New World Order.” Top officials in the outfit, which includes the ruthless Communist regime ruling mainland China, among other barbaric autocracies, publicly announced a plot in recent years to share financial data and more on all citizens with each other. The goal, for now: extract as much wealth as possible.


To implement what critics call their nightmarish vision of a “World Tax Organization” — supposedly aimed at stopping tax evasion — the G-20 asked the United Nations-linked Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to take the lead. The widely criticized “cartel” of tax-hungry politicians, infamous primarily for fanatical efforts to crush national sovereignty and for bullying jurisdictions with relatively low taxes into surrendering their competitive advantage, is now working to develop the taxation regime and prod its member governments into adopting it.

Meanwhile, the inspiration and model for the global information-sharing scheme, OECD bosses admit, is FATCA. “A key catalyst for automatic exchange of information and the on-going OECD work has been the FATCA legislation enacted by the United States in 2010,” the international outfit said last year in a brief, adding that the plot also has the ardent support of central bankers and G-20 regimes. In fact, the brief explains, FATCA pseudo-treaties between the Obama administration and foreign governments — unconstitutional under the U.S. Constitution, critics say — will even serve as the “model” and “template” for the global regime.

According to a brief by the OECD, among the data that governments would share with each other as part of the “automatic exchange of information” (AEOI) regime are various categories of income, changes of address, purchase or sale of property, and more. Of course, the scheme turns American traditions and constitutional protections upside down. Instead of being secure in one’s house, papers, and effects without a warrant and probable cause, governments and autocrats around the world will be free to rifle through citizens’ most sensitive information at will. Hackers, criminals, and identity thieves, among others, might also be able to access the data, opponents warn. 

The plot to abolish financial privacy and national independence in tax policy will also be expensive, although the taxpayer-funded bureaucrats at the OECD — whose salaries are not taxed — do not seem to care. “What we are doing is to develop a single standard that will be compatible with national and regional systems — there will be only one way of collecting and exchanging information,” continued Saint-Amans. “That will cost something, but it is the price to pay to be free from suspicion of complicity in fiscal fraud.”

More on the website

FYI My World

Indeed, aside from Uncle Sam, virtually every national government in the world uses a residence-based tax system. The only other exception is the ruthless gangster regime ruling the tiny African nation of Eritrea, which, though less successful at collecting, also demands tribute from citizens everywhere on Earth. In 2011, the United Nations Security Council, with support from the Obama administration, blasted the Eritrean dictatorship, saying it “condemns the use of the ‘Diaspora tax’ on Eritrean diaspora by the Eritrean Government … and decides that Eritrea shall cease these practices.” The African dictator, however, demands only a tiny fraction of what Uncle Sam seeks to extract from U.S. citizens abroad.


Ironically, joining the rest of the civilized world by ending taxation of citizens abroad would almost certainly provide huge benefits to the federal government, too. “History reveals that replacing Citizenship-Based Taxation with Residence-Based Taxation will raise net Federal tax revenue because of increased economic growth,” the RNC said, echoing numerous studies and analyses spotlighting the drag imposed on the U.S. economy by the arcane taxation policies. Residence-based taxes would also “significantly reduce IRS administrative expenses,” the resolution explained.


Another one of the myriad benefits of adopting residence-based taxation, sometimes abbreviated as RBT, would be the elimination of “complex requirements and tax forms, such as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (‘FATCA’) and the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (‘FBAR’),” the RNC resolution states. As The New American reported in April as part of an in-depth investigation, the FATCA regime — hidden inside a Democrat “jobs bill” and signed by Obama — has made life overseas nearly impossible for countless Americans, now widely regarded as “pariahs” by foreign banks and companies.
Among other focal points of the growing outrage, FATCA seeks to turn every financial institution in the world into an unpaid agent of the IRS — all in a supposed bid to collect less than $1 billion in additional tax revenue each year (enough to run the federal government for a few hours). If the institutions refuse, gigantic “withholding taxes” or outright exclusion from U.S. markets would be applied, crippling any business. So far, the roll-out of the new taxation regime has been an unmitigated disaster, as even compliance mongers admit. Numerous banks, for example, responded to the scheme by simply refusing to serve anyone who holds U.S. citizenship or has permanent residence.
“The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), implemented as a result of CBT, has caused banks, both U.S. and foreign, to deny access to banking and other financial services to the 7.6 million Americans overseas, thus denying employment and investment opportunities and forcing them to choose between U.S. citizenship and their livelihood,” the RNC said. Separately, the resolution noted, “the implementation of FATCA to enforce CBT promotes the abandonment of the U.S. Dollar as the global reserve currency and hurts the U.S. economy.”


While the taxation and FATCA resolutions are primarily addressed to congressional lawmakers with the power to undo the damage, Republicans are pursuing other options as well. Among the tactics: Republicans and Americans living overseas are working to challenge the constitutionality of FATCA through the courts. Outraged U.S. citizens and others in Canada are also pursuing a judicial challenge there. The Obama administration, however, continues to bully foreign governments into signing unconstitutional pseudo-treaties to advance the scheme.
More than a few experts predict that FATCA will eventually be relegated to the ash heap of history. In the meantime, though, foreign governments and international institutions, seizing on FATCA, are working to create a truly global version of the scheme, which critics say could be more nightmarish than the original. Americans concerned about jobs, privacy, the economy, overseas U.S. citizens, the trade deficit, national sovereignty, the Constitution, the separation of powers, the U.S. dollar, and economic competitiveness should get involved.


Read the whole thing at the website....see how awful this is for Americans. There is, increasingly, no advantage to being a US citizen financially.  And here is another link from an earlier article...

Interesting Article

There Is Punishment, Now or Later

Amazing! I have been talking to people lately who do not understand that there is a purgatory and that it is a horrible place of suffering.For some reason, most Catholics I have been talking to think they will go to heaven when they die. They have not even thought of purgatory, purgation, the entire point of my perfection series of now over 700 posts.

Some see purgatory as a sad place of healing. NO. Some see purgatory as merely the absence of the God they just saw for the first time. NO.

Many simply do not believe in purgatory. Lately, I have read stupid articles in Catholic media of all types which state that saints were not perfect. Yes, they were, which is the entire point of canonization. A saint is a person who skips purgatory and goes right to heaven after death for two reasons. One, they were purified on earth. Two, they reached the highest level of perfection they could while on earth.

Most people go to hell. Many people go to purgatory. A few people go straight to heaven when they die.

That is the truth. Sorry, it is not a nice idea, but it is the teaching of the Catholic Church.

The whole point of purgatory is that it is purification not faced on earth and the paying back of punishment due to sin.

One sins, one goes to confession, one gets a penance. But, one still has to pay back for the sins in a temporal manner. And, this why we have purgatory-penance and purgation.

I do not know what will happen to those many people I have met who honestly think they will go straight to heaven when they die and who are far from being saints. Read my perfection series, including the Doctor of the Church series. What else can I do to help those who deny punishment due to sin to realize the reality and the need for purgatory? Atonement, expiation and NO merit is what one experiences in purgatory......

(Apologies for spacing errors- The Net is acting up and I do not have Office or anyway to compose except on the blog online.) 

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Confusion as to Purgatory and Sin--More Magical Thinking

Purgatory is not nice, but necessary.

I have written about this many times, but one more time will not fact, this post  is another contradiction of more magical thinking

Only the perfect see God. Confession and the Last Anointing, according to the CCC,  takes away sin, as Christ forgives us of our sins. But, these do not take away the punishment due to sin, or the time of purification necessary for those who die with imperfections and even venial sins. There are many references in the CCC, so look under sections 1499 on and 1020 on.

Remember, that the souls in purgatory are fixed in their sanctifying grace and cannot gain merit for themselves or others. Here is a statement from the Second Council of Lyons:

If those who are truly repentant die in charity before they have done sufficient penance for their sins of omission and commission, their souls are cleansed after death in purgatorial or cleansing punishments . . . The suffrages of the faithful on earth can be of great help in relieving these punishments, as, for instance, the Sacrifice of the Mass, prayers, almsgiving, and other religious deeds which, in the manner of the Church, the faithful are accustomed to offer for others of the faithful.

And from Trent:
If anyone says that, after receiving the grace of justification the guilt of any repentant sinner is remitted and the debt of eternal punishment is blotted out in such a way that no debt of temporal punishment remains to be paid, either in this life or in purgatory, before the gate to the kingdom of heaven can be opened: let him be anathema (DB 840).
The Catholic Church, by the teaching of the Holy Spirit, in accordance with Sacred Scripture and the ancient tradition of the Fathers, has taught in the holy councils, and most recently in this ecumenical council, that there is a purgatory, and that the souls detained there are helped by the prayers of the faithful, and especially by the acceptable Sacrifice of the Altar.
Therefore, this holy council commands the bishops to be diligently on guard that the true doctrine about purgatory, the doctrine handed down from the holy Fathers and the sacred councils, be preached everywhere, and that Christians be instructed in it, believe it, and adhere to it.
But let the more difficult and subtle controversies, which neither edify nor generally cause any increase of piety, be omitted from the ordinary sermons to the poorly instructed. Likewise, they should not permit anything that is uncertain or anything that appears to be false to be treated in popular or learned publications. And should forbid as scandalous and injurious to the faithful whatever is characterized by a kind of curiosity and superstition, or is prompted by motives of dishonorable gain (DB 983). more here

Some priests do not teach the Church's teaching on purgatory and assume all people go to heaven after the Last Rites. Such a thing was said today.

The apostolic blessing is plenary indulgence. A plenary indulgence takes away the temporal punishment due to sin, but not the sin, and therefore follows the Last Rites.

Here is the section from The Enchiridion of Indulgences:

The Moment of Death (In articulo mortis).  PLENARY INDULGENCE. EXCEPTION TO THE THREE CONSTANTS. (Verbatim recitation of the grant follows:) "To the faithful in danger of death, who cannot be assisted by a priest to bring them the sacraments and impart the Apostolic Blessing with its plenary indulgence (see can. 468, Sec.2 of Code of Canon Law), Holy Mother Church nevertheless grants a plenary indulgence to be acquired at the point of death, provided they are properly disposed and have been in the habit of reciting some prayers during their lifetime.  The use of a crucifix or a cross to gain this indulgence is praiseworthy." The condition: 'provided they have been in the habit of reciting some prayers during their lifetime' supplies in such cases for the three usual conditions required for the gaining of a plenary indulgence." The plenary indulgence at the point of death can be acquired by the faithful, even if they have already obtained another plenary indulgence on the same day."