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Wednesday 18 September 2013

Look at this-Lynda, and rest who thought this...

The jury is still out on this....

Told to Stand Down !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Elite tactical team designed to defend DC Capitol complex was reportedly ordered to stand down
    2. BBC News - Navy Yard: Swat team 'stood down' at mass shooting scene
    On the Capitol Police story -- if they thought there was a larger attack or more shooters, Cap Police would have wanted everyone present.

  1. We are so screwed as a nation. Quote: "was told to leave the scene by a supervisor". Why? It was too dangerous, a la ?
  2. . Wonder how many died because of that decision?

Persecution Watches

first thing I thought of--prescription drug use which is overlooked

Pray for the families of those lost

Coptic Christians Living Up to The Faith

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Third Repetition of A Post-Who Is Paying Attention?

Saturday, 12 January 2013

A repeated post--a timely warning

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

The Cradle of Modernist Heresies

In 1983, Cardinal Josef Ratzinger, who was prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, now Pope Benedict XVI, issued a document under the name of the Declaration on Masonic Associations.  The link is on the name.

In that document, the long history of the condemnation of Freemasonry by the Church, since 1738, was reiterated and clearly defined. The original condemnation of Clement XII, In eminenti apostolatus specula  was upheld.

Since that time, I have had many Catholics, in the United States and in Europe claim that the Church had removed the automatic excommunication on a Catholic who joined the Masons. This is not and has never been so. One has to understand that the Church's condemnation of Masonry is based not merely on the fact that it is a secret organization, but that it upholds several Modernist heresies. Firstly, Cardinal Ratizinger wrote that:

Therefore the Church’s negative judgment in regard to Masonic association remains unchanged since their principles have always been considered irreconcilable with the doctrine of the Church and therefore membership in them remains forbidden. The faithful who enroll in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion.
He went on to state that no bishop had any right to change this. It is interesting that the SSPX press, Angelus Press, has one of the best books on the evils and pitfalls of Masonry. One can find it ere. However, I want to concentrate on a few of the Modernist heresies found in Freemasonry.
The first is indifferentism. This heresy proclaims that all religions are the same and that religion has no place in the public life of a nation or people.Mirari Vos  On Liberalism and Religious Indifferentism written in 1832 by Gregory XVI is a forgotten document of the Church.
Indifferentism leads to a relativism about religion, stating that all are either the same, or so subjective as to mean only what a person sincerely believes. This pluralism leads to another aspect that because all religions are relative and the same, these beliefs have no role in the public life, cannot affect politics, or governmental decisions. Of course, as the Catholic Church is the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, this heresy is condemned as contrary to both Revelation and Tradition. Indifferentism leads to a denial of the supernatural, as if all beliefs are equal or subjective, there is no hierarchy, no Revelation from God. Also denied in this heresy would be dogma, for the same reasons. It is interesting that in the Catholic Encyclopedia of 1907, itself peppered with some Modernist heresies, that this statement from Newman is quoted in the section on indifferentism
No truth, however sacred, can stand against it (the Catholic Church) in the long run; and hence it is that in the Pagan world, when our Lord came, the last traces of the religious knowledge of former times were all but disappearing from those portions of the world in which the intellect had been active and had a career" (Apologia, chap. v). 

The second heresy of many in Masonry is eirenism.This is what I call the forgotten heresy. 

The condemnation of eirenism is found in Pope Pius XII's encyclical, Humani Generis. This great work condemns existentialism, historicism (Gramsci watch), immanentism and other isms. The point of eirenism is, in the words of the Pope: setting aside the questions which divide men, they aim not only at joining forces to repel the attacks of atheism, but also at reconciling things opposed to one another in the field of dogma. And as in former times some questioned whether the traditional apologetics That branch of the science of theology which explains the reasons for the Church's existence and doctrine of the Church did not constitute an obstacle rather than a help to the winning of souls for Christ, so today some are presumptuous enough to question seriously whether theology and theological methods, such as with the approval of ecclesiastical authority are found in our schools, should not only be perfected, but also completely reformed, in order to promote the more efficacious propagation throughout the world among men of every culture and religious opinion.

This heresy clearly seeks after a type of syncretism, a religion of unity, wherein divisions vanish and people come together to worship some sort of agreed upon god. I would venture to say that eirenism leads directly to Worship of the State.

This is the atmosphere of religion and philosophy in the United States at this very moment. The State declares that there is no religious right to conscience, thereby setting up its own standards for so-called moral or ethical behavior. To use an example, abortion is ok because a Supreme Court decision determined it was so, and because further legislation supports it. The State has substituted itself for the Church in matters of conscience. 

Wake up, American Catholics. So, the heresies sleeping in Masonry have awakened and taken over the mind-set of the nation's leaders. Simple and neat.

What is happening and has happened in Catholic education, wherein schools are rebelling against the Teaching Magisterium (look here in California today, this minute) is a direct result of the concepts of eirenism. Schools and other facilities play down differences for the sake of community unity to the detriment of Catholic Teaching. 

It is too late to change this huge momentum, hidden in Masonry by choice, and held in some minds by lethargy and laziness. To take the easiest way out, to placate, to be politically correct is eirenism

The greatest heresy in Masonry is immanentism, which destroys the Revelation of God as Trinity, replacing Him with a vague, abstract presence found in the world. Pope Pius X condemned this in  Pascendi Dominici Gregis.

As Catholics, we do not have much time to read all of these documents, but what is happening today in America, with the attack on the Church from the present administration concerning freedom of religion and freedom on conscience is an attack prophesied by all the documents above. If Church leaders knew their own teaching, they would have seen this coming, or even better, stopped these idealistic heresies from fomenting in the people in the pews. And, as laymen, we only have ourselves to blame if we find ourselves marginalize, persecuted, imprisoned, martyred. See my post below on the stages of persecution and the ideologies which push these heresies. The one I have left for this posting is Freemasonry, which seems to hold many of the Modernist heresies and is able to produce these in the market place as goods.

As one can tell, I taught a history of ideas, history of encyclicals, history of heresies. Nothing has changed in 2012 which was not there in 1732 or earlier. Sadly, the revisionist historians within the Catholic Church look like they have won the day. I honestly feel that we are in the times of Arianism, the greatest heresy which rocked and split the Church. However, the Church prevailed, and will, as Christ promised until the end of time. But, the Lord did not assure us it would be a large, powerful, or influential Church. Perhaps the words of one of the Desert Fathers are applicable. I think, but I am not sure, it was Abba Pambo.

"When asked by a young monk if they were of the greatest generation because they saw and cast out devils, and prayed, fasted, and converted  and healed people, the Abba answered. 'No, we are not the greatest generation. We have obvious power. The next generation will see Christ establish His Kingdom among the Nations, and there will be unity for awhile. But, the greatest generation is the one, which under great persecution, will survive. They are the greatest and the last.'"

Heresy Watch-Well, Remember Ven. Fulton J. Sheen

Just sent to me by a friend.

Check out this link and I recall my teachers telling me that such knowledge was for mature Catholics, not baby Catholics. Pride, pride, pride.

Disobedience to the Catholic Teachings is the first, primordial sin of pride. One cannot be a saint, and may even end up in perdition if one steps away from the safety of the Church. We either go forward or backwards. Remember, there is no way one can start the road, the long journey to perfection with being orthodox first.

“Since the basic cause of man’s anxiety is the possibility of being either a saint or a sinner, it follows that there are only two alternatives for him. Man can either mount upward to the peak of eternity or else slip backwards to the chasms of despair and frustration. Yet there are many who think there is yet another alternative, namely, that of indifference. They think that, just as bears hibernate for a season in a state of suspended animation, so they, too, can sleep through life without choosing to live for God or against Him. But hibernation is no escape; winter ends, and one is then forced to make a decision—indeed, the very choice of indifference is itself a decision. White fences do not remain white fences by having nothing done to them; they soon become black fences. Since there is a tendency in us that pulls us back to the animal, the mere fact that we do not resist it operates to our own destruction. Just as life is the sum of forces that resist death, so, too, man’s will must be the sum of the forces that resist frustration. A man who has taken poison into his system can ignore the antidote, or he can throw it out the window; it makes no difference which he does, for death is already on the march. St. Paul warns us, “How shall we escape it we neglect so great a salvation” (Heb 2:3). By the mere fact that we do not go forward, we go backward. There are no plains in the spiritual life, we are either going uphill or coming down. Furthermore the pose of indifference is only intellectual. The will must choose. And even though an “indifferent” soul does not positively reject the infinite, the infinite rejects it. The talents that are unused are taken away, and the Scriptures tell us that, “But because though art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth” (Rev. 3:16).”
― Fulton J. SheenPeace of Soul: Timeless Wisdom on Finding Serenity and Joy by the Century's Most Acclaimed Catholic Bishop

Part Three-Tackling The Predominant Fault and False Private Revelations

To often when I begin talking to women about the false seers, I discover that they have other faulty ideas concerning the Church. Most of these women would be between the ages of 40-75, and some, not all, have not studied the CCC or have never read on encyclical. They rely on spiritual directors who are either charismatic lay people or charismatic priests, who encourage them in the following of unapproved visions and seers. In other words, they have chosen a crowd to follow.

The arrogance of ignorance is the first fault noticed. If I point out a huge discrepancy regarding sacramental theology, for example, these ladies switch to another topic and talk about another seer who says the same things against the Teaching Magisterium of the Church.

The greatest fault is pride. Thinking that one knows better than a bishop or that one can judge a liberal bishop as unauthorized to make a statement on a visionary is pride. Period. But, those with a predominant fault of sloth or sensuality or anger can also be attracted to follow things outside the normal teachings of the Church. Disobedience can have several roots.

The main sin of those who chase after visions is pride, the primordial sin of wanting to be holy without the effort and more importantly, without the obedience necessary to Rome or local bishops.

A second step in discerning the predominant fault, is to ask ourselves: "What is generally the cause or source of my sadness and joy? What is the general motive of my actions, the ordinary origin of my sins, especially when it is not a question of an accidental sin, but rather a succession of sins or a state of resistance to grace, notably when this resistance persists for several days and leads me to omit my exercises of piety?" Then we must seek sincerely to know the motive of the soul's refusal to return to the good.

In addition, we must ask ourselves: "What does my director think of this? In his opinion, what is my predominant fault? He is a better judge than I am." No one, in fact, is a good judge in his own case; here self-love deceives us. Often our director has discovered this fault before we have; perhaps he has tried more than once to talk to us about it. Have we not sought to excuse ourselves? Excuses come promptly, for the predominant fault easily excites all our passions: it commands them as a master, and they obey instantly. Thus, wounded self-love immediately excites irony, anger, impatience. Moreover, when the predominant fault has taken root in us, it experiences a particular repugnance to being unmasked and fought, because it wishes to reign in us. This condition sometimes reaches such a point that, when our neighbor accuses us of this fault, we reply that we have many bad habits, but truly not the one mentioned".(4)

It is a tragedy of the largest proportions that lay people cannot find orthodox spiritual directors. Priests who are steeped in charismatic renewal are frequently off in other areas, especially with

The predominant fault may also be recognized by the temptations that our enemy arouses most frequently in us, for he attacks us especially through this weak point in our soul.

Lastly, in moments of true fervor the inspirations of the Holy Ghost ask us for the sacrifice of this particular fault.

We must be humble and ask over and over and over again for the removal of this fault. We must beg God for release, as we have fed and petted this fault for years and years.

But, if we are humble, God will bless us. It is, as the author explains, a prison and holds us back. If someone is talking about being in a high state of holiness, such as the Illuminative state and has not a clue as to their predominant fault, this person is living in deceit.

If we have sincere recourse to these different means of discernment, it will not be too difficult for us to recognize this interior enemy which we bear within ourselves and which enslaves us: "Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin," (5) says our Lord.

It is like an interior prison that we bear about with us wherever we go. We must earnestly aspire to deliverance.

To be continued....more tomorrow

Following False Visions And The Predominant Fault part two

This section of Garrigou-Lagrange is very similar to what St. Ignatius wrote and what I highlighted earlier today. That is that Satan watches us and plays on our weaknesses. There will be more posts on these in the next two days.

These sections should be part of prayer, 101. For without dealing with our predominant fault, there is no moving on into the Dark Night, Illumnative and Unitive states. Later on, I can show how the predominant fault, unless dealt with in this life, is the reason we go to purgatory-not for one number of sins, but for not dealing with the main fault.

Evidently it is of primary importance that we recognize our predominant fault and have no illusions about it. This is so much the more necessary as our adversary, the enemy of our soul, knows it quite well and makes use of it to stir up trouble in and about us. In the citadel of our interior life, which is defended by the different virtues, the predominant fault is the weak spot, undefended by the theological and moral virtues. The enemy of souls seeks exactly this easily vulnerable point in each one, and he finds it without difficulty. Therefore, we must recognize it also.
But how can we discern it? For beginners who are sincere, this is quite easy. But later the predominant fault is less apparent, for it tries to hide itself and to put on the appearances of a virtue: pride clothes itself in the outward appearances of magnanimity, and pusillanimity seeks to cover itself with those of humility. Yet we must succeed in discerning the predominant fault, for if we do not know it, we cannot fight it; and if we do not fight it, we have no true interior life.

One must pray to see it and then to have the courage and strength to deal with it. One cannot work fully in the Church with the problem of the predominant fault creeping up over and over in our dealings with others and the truth. This should be obvious.

That we may discern it, we must first of all ask God for light: "Lord, make me know the obstacles I more or less consciously place in the way of the working of Thy grace in me. Then give me the strength to rid myself of them, and, if I am negligent in doing so, do Thou deign to free me from them, though I should suffer greatly."

This next part is KEY. Like Ignatius of Loyola, Garrigou-Lagrange sees the absolute necessity of a daily examination of conscience. After a while, this happens automatically, after a sin or imperfection, God shows it to one immediately.

After thus asking sincerely for light, we must make a serious examination. How? By asking ourselves: "Toward what do my most ordinary preoccupations tend, in the morning when I awake, or when I am alone? Where do my thoughts and desires go spontaneously?" We should keep in mind that the predominant fault, which easily commands all our passions, takes on the appearance of a virtue and, if it is not opposed, it may lead to impenitence. Judas fell into impenitence through avarice, which he did not will to dominate; it led him to impenitence like a violent wind that hurls a ship on the rocks.

To be continued....

Why People Follow False Seers-Their Predominant Fault first part

My world of friends has shrunken because of those women who refuse to believe my doctrinal criticisms and the condemnation of bishops on two warnings. I am ostracized by the fanatics who follow false teaching, and tragically are encouraged by some priests. In addition, some chase after other apparitions about which I have written. Six good women in my very small circle of regular acquaintances no longer see me as either Catholic or good because I have pointed out the errors in The Warning, Vassula Ryden, Maria Valtorta, Bayside, and others. It is so sad, as none of these things are true and we do not even need to follow private revelations anyway.

So why do people chase after apparitions, follow seers and believe in false visionaries' words? Sometimes it is just for camaraderie.

On this blog, I had noted that Gnosticism has reared its ugly head in the New Age movements and in Charismatic Renewal within the Church.

I have also written this tendency to be a seer finder on anti-intellectualism.

In addition, I have alluded to the dangerous and self-deceiving need to seek consolations and cookies.

This drive is so prevalent in England and Ireland that many priests and monks are caught up with apparitions and not studying doctrine or dogmas.

But, sadly, I have come to another conclusion as to why these supposedly good people run after such phenomenon and cling to the false words day after day, week after week.

These people are not thinking like Catholics, nor are they following the great spiritual leaders of our tradition, such as St. Ignatius and St. John of the Cross, as well as others who teach us how to pray.

I am sorry to say that in all cases of lost friendships over these false apparitions, there is a sin. When we do not allow God to attack our predominant fault, we keep habitually falling into that one great weakness which underlines all the other sins.

This is a review from the perfection series, but as all good teachers, I present review in several different views so that all can understand. This is from Garrigou-Lagrange.

The predominant fault is the defect in us that tends to prevail over the others, and thereby over our manner of feeling, judging, sympathizing, willing, and acting. It is a defect that has in each of us an intimate relation to our individual temperament.(1) There are temperaments inclined to effeminacy, indolence, sloth, gluttony, and sensuality. 

Others are inclined especially to anger and pride. We do not all climb the same slope toward the summit of perfection: those who are effeminate by temperament must by prayer, grace, and virtue become strong; and those who are naturally strong, to the point of easily becoming severe, must, by working at themselves and by grace, become gentle.

Before this progressive transformation of our temperament, the predominant defect in the soul often makes itself felt. It is our domestic enemy, dwelling in our interior; for, if it develops, it may succeed in completely ruining the work of grace or the interior life. At times it is like a crack in a wall that seems to be solid but is not so; like a crevice, imperceptible at times but deep, in the beautiful facade of a building, which a vigorous jolt may shake to the foundations. For example, an antipathy, an instinctive aversion to someone, may, if it is not watched over and corrected by right reason, the spirit of faith, and charity, produce disasters in the soul and lead it to grave injustice. By yielding to such an antipathy, it does itself far more harm than it does its neighbor, for it is much more harmful to commit injustice than to be the object of it.

The predominant fault is so much the more dangerous as it often compromises our principal good point, which is a happy inclination of our nature that ought to develop and to be increased by grace. For example, a man is naturally inclined to gentleness; but if by reason of his predominant fault, which may be effeminacy, his gentleness degenerates into weakness, into excessive indulgence, he may even reach the complete loss of energy. Another, on the contrary, is naturally inclined to fortitude, but if he gives free rein to his irascible temperament, fortitude in him degenerates into unreasonable violence, the cause of every type of disorder.

In every man there is a mixture of good and bad inclinations; there is a predominant fault and also a natural quality. If we are in the state of grace, we have a special attraction of grace, which generally perfects first of all what is best in our nature, and then radiates over that which is less good. Some are thus more inclined toward contemplation, others toward action. Particular care must be taken that the predominant fault does not snuff out our principal natural quality or our special attraction of grace. Otherwise our soul would resemble a field of wheat invaded by tares or cockle, of which the Gospel speaks. And we have an adversary, the devil, who seeks to foster the growth of our predominant fault that he may place us in conflict with those who work with us in the Lord's field. Christ Himself tells us: "The kingdom of heaven is likened to a man that sowed good seed in his field. But while men were asleep, his enemy came and oversowed cockle among the wheat and went his way." (2)

Let me stop here and unpack this a bit. I can use some examples. If the predominant fault is sloth, one will not study the Catholic teachings, but want others, like seers, to tell them truths. Of course, this is a laziness. Garrigou-Lagrange states that sloth is the hardest fault of all to destroy as a predominant fault.

If the predominant fault is pride, a person following false apparitions wants to be first in the know if God or Mary are saying something to a certain person. If they are "in the know" such a person is desiring to feel superior and better than others. Pride gives a false sense of salvation.

If the predominant fault is anger, the person may be angry with the Church and seek consolation is such seers.

I am splitting up this discussion it is packed with thought. Dante puts false seers in hell, in  Inferno XX. 

To be continued next postings....

St. Joseph Cupertino

Pray for us....he is one of my personal patrons. Students, pray for him to help in exams. He will do so.

O Great St. Joseph of Cupertino who while on earth did obtain from God the grace to be asked at your examination only the questions you knew, obtain for me a like favour in the examinations for which I am now preparing. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked.
Through Christ our Lord.
St. Joseph of Cupertino, Pray for us.

More from The Great Ignatius

St. Ignatius writes about the giving of alms. In doing so, he gives a charming story of SS. Joachim and Anne regarding alms. Ignatius tells us that this holy couple divided their goods into threes. Now, a disclaimer-this is a sweet story and not at all formal teaching. But, the story which Ignatius shares is this. The couple took their wealth and divided into threes One third went to the poor, one to the upkeep of the Temple, and one for their personal needs.

Ignatius writes that all people should use less than they might think they need in order to give alms. and giving more to the poor. Ignatius notes that at our particular judgement, God will judge us primarily as to fulfilling our duties as to our state in life. But, we shall also be judged on alms-giving.

Alms giving is not tithing, which is one of the laws of the Church. We must give something to the upkeep of the Church according the our ability. Some give five percent, some ten. Alms giving is over and above tithing.

SS. Joachim and Anne can be our models in generosity. And, remember, no one has ever outdone God in generosity.

On Temptations

One of two parts....

Re-reading St. Ignatius cleans the cobwebs out of the mind. One point I want to emphasize today is how to overcome temptations. As Father Chad Ripperger and St. Ignatius remind us, the demons watch our every move and listen to us, finding out our weaknesses in order to destroy us.

They cannot read our minds, but they can put ideas into our minds through evil suggestions.

St. Ignatius helps us by reminding us that there are patterns to our temptations. If we pause and reflect on these patterns, we can avoid sin. How can we do this?

When we are being tempted, we should be alert and pay attention to how this temptation proceeds. Even if we do not, gratefully, fall into sin, we should follow the pattern of the temptation. Each one of us is capable of falling away even at the end of our lives.

Let me give some keen and some subtle examples.

An obvious example would be if one is tempted to sin against chastity. If one notices that every time one is with a certain group of friends who talk about their unchaste lives, one is tempted, one must avoid those people and conversations. Or, if one is tempted to impatience and anger, one can avoid being on the Internet and getting into scrapes on line. One can see a pattern.

I was getting impatience at Mass and now I immediately have to check my critical tendencies. Here is what happens.

Two things-first, the Irish do not know how to queue up for Communion, so daily, someone cuts in front of one and so on. Secondly, daily, and I have watched this in several parishes, people do not go back to their same places in the pew after Communion. One goes back to one's place and someone is there. Very odd custom.

So, now, as I saw a pattern of irritation and impatience, I say a little prayer immediately and bless the persons cutting in front and taking my place in the pew. I now know, after so many months, I cannot expect anything different and therefore, just pray a little prayer.

Also, I do not judge the people, but assume they have some sort of feeling which pushes them to act rudely. Maybe they have arthritis or pains or troubles which would make them not go back to their places.

So, I now see a pattern and attack the bad tendencies replacing irritation with understanding, prayer and even resignation.

Subtle temptations are much harder to pinpoint and understand. Subtle temptations are connected to our predominant fault, about which I have written many times. If we know what are main fault is, we can catch the temptations and stop the process which leads to sin.

Satan, as St. Ignatius notes, sometimes tempts us in noisy and violent ways, when one is seriously sinning. But, when one is working on venial sins and imperfections, the temptations become more subtle and quieter.

Again, two examples might help. If one has pride for a predominant fault, one will see a pattern of temptation to interrupt people in discussions or to want to talk about one's self.

If one has vainglory for a predominant fault, one may want to always have new clothes, and follow fashions too much, or shop too much.

Again, the remedies for sin lie is paying attention to the patterns of the temptations.

If one is tempted to pride, let the other people speak more. Be quieter. Wait on others.

As to vainglory, avoid shopping unless absolutely necessary. Avoid malls; do not look at catalogs or websites and so on. If you have friends who shop until they drop, start suggesting other things to do.

The predominant fault is the hardest habitual imperfection one has and the demons know what it is.

All this reflection takes a bit of time and one cannot just be running around doing things all the time. An examination of conscience helps.

To be continued...