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Friday, 21 March 2014

Challenge to The Laity

Mediocrity kills education, business, the health systems, the Church...I taught the play Amadeus for years at the college and university level. Some of my students "got it"

Salieri turned his back on God when the composer did not get the fame and fortune he desired. He wanted to be the best, but God gave talents superior to Salieri to someone else. Salieri refused to be purified and scorned God, choosing evil.

Salieri knew that he was mediocre and, therefore, thwarted Mozart's success.

Pure evil...

Remember Salieri calling himself the patron of the mediocre?

Those who are mediocre hate those who are gifted and reaching for perfection.

Such is the ideal of satan-to ruin the road to perfection for all men and women; he encourages mediocrity.,

Whether the play is really "truth" or not does not matter, as the main idea resonants in this day and age.

Those who are superior in any way, daily, are shut down, marginalized, condemned.

This is the message of the Common Core Curriculum. My parents had trigonometry and calculus in high school.  Gone are the days of classical education in this country.

Cooperate with the purification of the Dark Night and allow God to give you the graces of the Illuminative State.

Why? Because the Church needs holy lay people. Quit moaning about poor clerical leadership and become the saint God has called you to be.

We are no longer children past middle-twenties. There are no excuses in wallowing in a long adolescence spiritually.

And, the many, many young saints, I have highlighted on this blog, put us older ones to shame. Mediocrity cripples the Church and may even destroy the presence of the Church in certain areas.

Read this from Garrigou-Lagrange:

When the liturgy recalls these words during Advent and at the beginning of Lent, it addresses not only souls in the state of mortal sin that are in need of conversion from evil to good, but also many Christians already in the state of grace who are still very imperfect and have to be converted from a relatively mediocre to a fervent Christian life. On Ash Wednesday it recalls to them Joel's words: "Now, therefore, saith the Lord: Be converted to Me with all your heart, in fasting and in weeping and in mourning. And rend your hearts, and not your garments, and turn to the Lord your God; for He is gracious and merciful, patient and rich in mercy, and ready to repent of the evil." (7) These words are so much the better understood in proportion as the soul that hears them is more advanced and, although in the state of grace for many years, feels the need of a more profound conversion, the necessity of turning the depths of its will more completely toward God. The laborer who has plowed a furrow goes over it a second time to force the plow deeper and turn over the earth which must nourish the wheat.

Do not turn your back away from suffering or complain about suffering. See this time of purification as the great preparation for the Illuminative State.

How desperately does the Church need saints  now. Do not keep saying, "If only we had holy priests."

If only we had holy lay people.

A repeat of Garrigou-Lagrange quoting Lallemant:

"Such people ordinarily direct their lives by the common feeling of those with whom they live, and as the latter are imperfect, although their lives are not disorderly, they will never reach the sublime ways of the spirit, because the number of the perfect is very small. They live like the ordinary run of people, and their manner of governing others is imperfect.
"The Holy Ghost waits some time for them to enter into their interior and, seeing there the operations of grace and those of nature, to be disposed to follow His direction; but if they misuse the time and favor which He offers them, He finally abandons them to themselves and leaves them in their interior darkness and ignorance, which they preferred and in which they live thereafter amid great dangers for their salvation." (16)

Coming Tomorrow-A Russian's View

A friend of mine was raised and lived in Russia most of her life. She has been talking to me about what is really happening in the Ukraine and in Russia.

Some of you may be surprised, as some of the trads believe in a new Putin. Sorry, there is no new Putin...

Once a KGB man, always a KGB man.

Stay tuned...

St. Paul and His Thorn

Over the last two-thousand years, theologians have tried to decipher what St. Paul meant by this phrase on boldface type below.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10

And lest the greatness of the revelations should exalt me, there was given me a sting of my flesh, an angel of Satan, to buffet me.
For which thing thrice I besought the Lord, that it might depart from me.
And he said to me: My grace is sufficient for thee; for power is made perfect in infirmity. Gladly therefore will I glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
10 For which cause I please myself in my infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ. For when I am weak, then am I powerful.
Some claim it was an opponent, but most Catholic commentators in the past, note that this was a physical disability, or illness, of some sort.
Now, having endured the second worst winter of asthma in my life, and still not free from this keeping me up almost all night, I can identify with the Great Apostle to the Gentiles. One can pray and ask to be delivered from a physical oppression, but God does not always answer these prayers. 
The same has been true of many saints. Padre Pio and John Vianney were allowed by God to be oppressed by many outside enemies, even those in their own dioceses and, in Padre Pio's case, his own order. They also had trouble sleeping as the demons were allowed to keep them awake at night. 
Too many Catholics believe that if one is suffering, it is not God's Will.

Think again. 

Excuses for low output today

Have eye problems-not serious-but keeping me off the computer today.

Prayers please.


A Real Leader -- Yea, Bishop!

Posting an oldie while I am recuperating

Feast of St. Benedict, March 21

St. Benedict, Pray for Us
On this day, in the Tridentine Calendar, the Benedictines celebrate the Feast of St. Benedict. His gifts to Western 
Civilization are enormous, including the Rule, the monastic system we take for granted, and the European-wide establishment of schools. As a Benedictine at heart, I have nothing but admiration and praise for this man, who is 
one of the Patrons of Europe, along with SS. Cyril and Methodius. Pray to him for humility this Lent. He has in his 
rule a list of goals for those who aspire to that virtue. One is considering one's self inferior to all others. For some, 
this is not hard, as one may feel like a failure in life and see one's inadequacies. For others, this is a challenge, to 
see the worth of those around them. I highly suggest reading the Rule for Lenten reading.There is also a daily 
reading from the Rule on this website, for those who do not have the time to sit and read the entire book, although
 it is very short. Here is today's reading:

Chapter 42: That No One Speak After Compline

Monastics ought to be zealous for silence at all times,
but especially during the hours of the night.
For every season, therefore,
whether there be fasting or two meals,
let the program be as follows:
If it be a season when there are two meals,
then as soon as they have risen from supper
they shall all sit together,
and one of them shall read the Conferences
or the Lives of the Fathers
or something else that may edify the hearers;
not the Heptateuch or the Books of Kings, however,
because it will not be expedient for weak minds
to hear those parts of Scripture at that hour;
but they shall be read at other times.
If it be a day of fast,
then having allowed a short interval after Vespers
they shall proceed at once to the reading of the Conferences,
as prescribed above;
four or five pages being read, or as much as time permits,
so that during the delay provided by this reading
all may come together,
including those who may have been occupied
in some work assigned them.
When all, therefore, are gathered together,
let them say Compline;
and when they come out from Compline,
no one shall be allowed to say anything from that time on.
And if anyone should be found evading this rule of silence,
let her undergo severe punishment.
An exception shall be made
if the need of speaking to guests should arise
or if the Abbess should give someone an order.
But even this should be done with the utmost gravity
and the most becoming restraint.