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Monday 4 November 2013

Prayers Needed

Dear Readers,

No details yet, but please pray for me. My foot is very bad and it is painful to walk at all. I have been taking paracetamol. I may have a small broken bone or something. The swelling has increased. I did twist it originally at the beginning of travelling and it has just gotten worse over the weeks.

In my next stop, I shall have to have it looked at for sure.

Also, as some of you know, I have fast growing cataracts. Please pray for that intention as well.

The third intention is much more serious. I am refraining from details, but ask your intense prayers.

I shall get back to you on details by Saturday of this week.

Pax vobiscum.

By the way, remember that St. John of the Cross was imprisoned in a tiny cell, tortured, given only bread and water, and more or less abandoned by good people for nine months. Those who imprisoned him were of his own order.

Think of him and his own Dark Night. Also, read this passage. This is not poetry, but reality. Romans 12:5-16.

On God Disciplining His People

St Oliver Plunkett

A reader wrote this and it deserves a post.

I am deep into reading Pascendi right now and am astounded. That encyclical plus this post of yours calls to mind a question. I wonder if you could instruct a little on God's punishing/chastising His children. I seem to be having difficulty understanding how this works. There is certainly every indication that this is now happening (and will be increasing). I'm having trouble understanding how this works if the majority of Catholics do not even recognize the punishment and even enjoy and encourage the circumstances they're in. How will they learn or benefit from this? How will this be a curative?

We only have to look both at Old Testament history and even recent history to see how God allows evil to chastise those who have become mediocre.

The entire history of the Old Testament, including that of the Maccabees, some of which is on this blog, reveals an awareness by the prophets and some of the leaders, that when very hard times occurred, such as the desecration of the Temple, that God was permitting evil for a reason.

The Hebrews, being easily influenced by the neighboring countries and nations regarding idolatry, were disciplined by God over and over.

One only has to read the eloquent speech of the first martyr, St. Stephen, to see how aware some Hebrews were of their own discipline. Obviously, the forty years in the Wilderness provided ample proof that God needed to purified His People so that they could take over the Promised Land, which was full of child-murder and other horrible sins.

In recent times, Our Lady of Fatima warned us and asked us to pray for Russia. She meant, of course, the great lies of communism and atheism. Sadly, the warnings went unheeded by the majority of Catholics and Russia's errors spread over the Europe, so that, to this day, Marxism is alive and well in the continent.

The tremendous sufferings of the Ukrainians for their faith is only one example of persecution in modern times.

That God gives humans free will indicates that evil will be chosen by some and good by others.

When the real persecutions begin, and I believe we are on the edge of the last stage, (see persecution posts), Catholics will have lost many civil rights. This is already happening regarding those Catholics who do not want to sell bridal dresses for ssm, or cakes, or takes photos of such.

That some Catholics have always gone along with the powers that be will happen again and some of our persecutors will be Catholics. This happened in England under Henry VIII and Elizabeth and even later, up to the killing of St. Oliver Plunkett in 1681.

Catholics were outlawed from certain things in England up until the 19th century. Sadly, the younger generations in the States have not been made to study history in school and so have no clue as to these once commonly known facts, at least among Catholics.

Hard times should cause people to stop and pray and ponder their own sins.

When one is being disciplined, one takes a hard look at one's life and repents. This is the purpose of discipline.

If one does not reflect, one cannot move forward into being purified, which is all explained in the Dark Night series.

So, when God allows evil, Catholics can make heroic choices against such evil. This is happening. Real Catholics do not dispense aboritifacients as pharmacists and lose their jobs. Real Catholics do not teach that ssm is ok, and move out of teaching grade school in some states. Real Catholics do not sing for ssms and, therefore, may get sued or taken to court and so on.

St. John Houghton, thanks to Wiki

That the governments of most nations, if not all, now follow laws against God's natural law, one can expect hard times. 

There are other laws now in place which keep Catholics from living what was the old way of moving between countries freely, as we are members of a universal Church. Movements of peoples are becoming greatly restricted in Europe, to the point where in some countries, seminaries who apply from other countries to study for the priesthood cannot be accepted.

That Nigeria has over 700 seminarians, I am told, will no longer help Europe, as the EU decides who comes in and who does not and missionaries of all denominations are being stopped. I know this. A preacher was stopped two weeks ago and detained by immigration in an EU country just because he was coming to give a series of sermons.

This will happen more and more. The Catholic Church is the only institution in the world which transcends national boundaries and the free movement of Catholics will be more and more circumscribed.

Those Catholics who are paying attention see that they will be marginalized and then fined, and then imprisoned for being Catholics.
St. Philip Howard

When one is under lock and key, one must give one's self totally to Christ. One is in a passive state, without freedoms. St. John of the Cross was imprisoned by his own order. He learned about the Dark Night there. St. Thomas More remarked that he learned lessons in prison he should have learned outside. His remarks on the Carthusians, who went to their deaths singing, show us that the monks were ready because of their chosen lifestyle of the denial of comfort and their discipline of prayer.

We should and can be doing these things now-denial of comforts and deep prayer.

That is what we learn in hard times--to trust in God completely, to become like little children, meek and mild, forgiving those who hate us and moving on into sharing the Passion of Christ.

Will all respond? No, of course not. Will some? Yes. Remember, all the saints were people like you and me. So, too, all the martyrs were just Catholics not willing to compromise the Faith for life.

The Pope Emeritus Benedict told us years ago the Church would be smaller and stronger. Such is the result of hard times. 

Read my play here--it might help.

God bless you.

Feast of St. Charles Borromeo

Today's saint is important to me as we have generations of men named Charles in our family. This custom comes from the Czech side. St. Charles Borromeo was a hero saint, devoting his time and talents to the great teachings and seminary reforms coming out of the Council of Trent, and, also, to the plague-sticken people of Milan. Apparently, another saint connected to our family, St. Edmund Campion, visited St. Charles in Milan. How wonderful to think of them meeting and spending time together.

St. Charles is a role model for priests, bishops, cardinals.

Pray to him today for all men and women named Charles, Karl, Carl, Charlotte, Charlene, or Carola. Pray to him for seminarians, catechists and catechumens.

One of my favorite churches is the Karlskirche in Vienna. I have not been there for a very long time.

Here are some smashing photos of this great Baroque beauty.

Thanks to wiki for the following photo.

Mercy and Justice Misunderstood

People, even Catholics, do not understand mercy or justice.

Most people think that mercy is overlooking faults or even brushing these away.

No. Mercy is staring sin in the face and forgiving it. Mercy is not a weak virtue. On the contrary, only very strongly spiritual people can be merciful. Mercy is usually given to those who are guilty. However, mercy must be given to the innocent as well.

Those who are innocent many times are treated as if they are guilty. This is done for many reasons, but mostly because men and women choose to live by the law rather than by the spirit.

Christ warned us all of this.

Justice is different. Justice for the Catholic is based on natural law. This means that those who fall and sin against natural law must be judged according to their actions. All of us sin but some sin against the most serious of natural laws, including those sins which cry out to God for vengeance.

In today's world, justice has become a numbers game and a game of false equity. Justice no longer is based on natural law, but on whatever a particular government decides is law.

We are living in dangerously relativistic times, when people can decide what is just without the basis of God's natural law, or the Ten Commandments, which are based on natural law.

Mercy and justice are purposefully being twisted into complete moral relativism.

Be aware that Catholics may well suffer the consequences of these false, new definitions of mercy and justice.

Without recourse to Revelation and without the wisdom of the Tradition of the Catholic Church, men and women will determine themselves what mercy and justice are.

God is Justice and Mercy and without Him as the basis of laws, without reference to God, law becomes a tool in the hands of those who desire power.

From today's Mass.

Romans 11: 29 - 36
29For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.
30Just as you were once disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience,
31so they have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may receive mercy.
32For God has consigned all men to disobedience, that he may have mercy upon all.
33O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
34"For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?"
35"Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?"
36For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory for ever. Amen.