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Saturday 18 July 2015

Make Sure You Do Not Become Hateful-Full of Malice

I am reposting this because of two parishes which are being torn apart by a lack of charity and lies. One is in England. We cannot judge a situation from gossip, either gossip in the press or gossip in the pew before Mass. One SHOULD not be spreading even true stories of other people's sins. No, one goes to the person's involved themselves, and not spread calumny or cause a second scandal on top of a first. The two sins of calumny and scandal involve not only those who are public sinners, but those who talk about public sin. There is too much of this and not enough prayer and sacrifice.

MYOB was the great motto of the Midwest in years past. If the business was not your very own, you were trained not to speak of it. We are responsible to speak truth in love in our families and in the world. but not to spread stories of another person's sins.

No, no, no...there is no reason for this.

Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour 1 Peter 5:8 DR
Pointing out error is a good, but being caught up constantly in an adversarial spirit is not a good.
Who is called the Adversary? Satan.
More and more frequently in the Church, I am seeing traditional Catholics who are laymen stepping out of their worlds, their own spheres of influence and condemning things over which they have no authority.
Our lay world provides enough grist for the mill-we are supposed to be evangelizing our families, our friends, our workplace.
To try and pretend we have the right and duty to continually criticize the clergy, including bishops, cardinals and popes reveals hubris and the adversarial spirit.
If one is continually looking for faults and not giving real answers on how to deal with these faults, in other words, giving remedies. one has fallen into the spirit of the adversary.
The adversarial spirit is not kind, charitable nor fair. It judges and does not bear with the burdens of others. There are few who are pure enough in heart, mind and soul to be real critics.
The adversarial spirit causes hatred, dissension, and eventually, schisms and splits in the Church.
If you are finding that you argue too much and are always finding fault, look towards your own sins and failings first.
Those who want to change priests and bishops only have to raise holy boys to become holy men to go out and change the Church as holy priests and bishops.
It is not only naive but wrong to think the crusader spirit must be aimed at the Church first. No. Our enemies are those of the devil and the world, as well as the flesh. If such enemies have inflitrated the Church, even at high levels, we can pray, but our words mean nothing.
Tearing down is not building up.
A person caught up in the adversarial spirit will not find peace in God, but fall into rancor,anger and depression. If you are merely tearing down, you have let satan use you. Eventually, the person with the adversarial spirit becomes a heresiarch. Those people most likely will find themselves judged as they have judged-severely and without mercy.
We are here for the building up of the Church.
In a grown man, the adversarial spirit could be connected to a male being caught up in teen-age rebellion-a sign of the peter pan. The teen thinks he knows better than the parent and rebels against imperfections, not understanding that he himself is a sinner. It is too easy to point out the evils of another, rather than looking at one's own sin.

Ask yourself if you are constantly arguing.

Ask yourself if you are playing into the hands of the great Adversary of the Church.

He has been defeated but is still looking maliciously for souls to bring down with him in defeat.
29 Let no evil speech proceed from your mouth; but that which is good, to the edification of faith, that it may administer grace to the hearers.
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God: whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and anger, and indignation, and clamour, and blasphemy, be put away from you, with all malice.
32 And be ye kind one to another; merciful, forgiving one another, even as God hath forgiven you in Christ. Ephesians 4:17-32 DR

2012 repost mark two

2012 Repost

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Do you want to know what subversion is? This is brilliant.

If you have time, a prophetic video by ex-KGB Yuri Bezmenov. Gramscian....from a friend. American freedom is gone. Here is why. By the way, he states the going back to religion is the only way to change the fast route to tyranny.

Brezmenov states there are three stages to tyranny, which should look all too familiar to us today.

First stage is demoralization. It takes between 15-20 years to do this-one generation of students. There are tendencies in every country against the moral principles of the nation and the infiltrators take advantage of all of these. As to religion, he said ridicule it. Undermine it. The accepted religious dogma is eroded. Listen carefully to what he says. Friendship is replaced by social workers, etc. Fascinating. His take on the media being successful because mediocre is great. There is more, much more on this point. Why did no one pay attention? He states that the action of unions is only for the furtherance of ideology. Yes, I have thought this for a while as well. He said it in 1983. He description of  relativism is brilliant.

President Elect Obama stated this after his first election: "We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America."

Second stage is distablization. Here Yuri states that the same functions of society, such as law and order, the economy and the military are involved here. No compromise is possible at this point. This is where America is with abortion, contraception, homosexuality, and even states' rights. This is the radicalization of human relations--student and teachers, husband and wife, employers and employees, police and people, army and civilians and so on. Society becomes more antagonistic and the media takes the side against the society at large. He talks of the sleepers who all of the sudden become leaders--does this sound familiar--a president who came out of nowhere. Here he refers to human rights, civil rights groups involved in crisis. When the legitimate hierarchy cannot function any more, these artificial bodies or groups step in and rule the society-social workers, media, etc. He refers to Iran and the revolutionary committees which toppled the government. The population at large looks for a saviour, a messiah to get out of the crisis. Watch this! VIP.

There are two alternatives: civil war or invasion. He gives Lebanon as an example, if you know your history.

Third Stage is normalization. This is ironic. Yuri refers to the Czech take-over after the Czech Spring by the Soviets and all those who helped with the revolution were killed. No revolution is necessary. This sounds like Egypt today. This is also brilliant. This is KGB teaching. Yuri also refers to Afghanistan and the killing of a series of people who took the country to these stages and then killed and were killed-Marxists killing the leaders. No  democracy is possible any more, but tyranny at this point takes over. Remember Granada, which became a Soviet base? Liberals get upset at these actions. This is coming all too soon, folks. We shall watch this or fight it.  For Catholics, there is only evangelizing and now, plus working on our own perfection.

This is one of the greatest finds online. Thanks to my friend from Poland for these! You know who you are!

Well, it has begun

Several families I know have been torn apart by the choices people in them, have made, are making, and talk about in groups...since the ssm ruling.

Some of these breaks began at parties on July 4th. I did not go to a party. I prayed and did mortification that day, as did some other readers and friends of mine.

For some who went to July 4th parties, the subject of ssm and marriage in general was raised by those who support the new amendment to the Constitution.

Some comments shared with me show how the attitude which will lead to persecution is ramping up.

"The Catholic Church is wrong."

"How can you be against the Constitution?"

"How can you be so unloving against couples who love each other?"

"We need more love in the world, not less." (Referring to ssm.)

"You are pushing your morality on us." (Ironic--it is the other way around.)

"How can you be so judgmental?"

"The Catholic Church is wicked." (The good Catholic who heard this could not believe what he had heard.)

And so on...

All these things were spoken to various family members across the United States, reported to me by friends, who are completely isolated now in their own families, and are experiencing real persecution and isolation in their families. This was inevitable. Constitution vs. the Church. Idolatry of the State vs. Faithfulness to Rome. We only have to think of SS. John Fisher and Thomas More.

One man told me recently that he is grateful for the opportunity to speak clearly the Truth. He said it makes him stronger. Interesting.

Matthew 10:34-42

34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.

35 For I have come to set a man against his father,
and a daughter against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
36 and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household.
37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38 and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.

40 “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41 Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; 42 and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”

Framing Prayer-Benedictines One Number 27 in Series

The Benedictines flourished in a time of the destruction of the governmental structures left over by the great empire of Rome. Rome fell in 476 and Benedict was born in 480. God raised up a prayer warrior and a founder of one of the greatest orders in the world just as the West was sliding into chaos.

Although I have written many times on the Benedictines on the genius of Benedict for our times as well as in the past, today I want to start the last section of this mini-series on how the method of Benedictine prayer can help the laity focus on God.

One of the main strengths of Benedictine prayer remains the breaking up of the day into work and prayer. The motto of the Benedictines is "Ora et labora".  This phrase does not mean that prayer is work and work is prayer, although I shall return to that later. The motto means that prayer and work create a balance in the day. Joined together in the day of the laity, this means that the day begins with prayer and one can stop during the day to pray and. also, end the day with prayer, working in between.

The work of the Benedictines has included farm work, carpentry, teaching, copying manuscripts, art, architecture, music, and other marks of Western civilization.

Most of the great abbeys and cathedrals which were created in Europe came out of the prayer of the day in the Benedictine order. 

How can a lay person mark the day with prayer? This approach does take a schedule, and as I have written before here, if one wants to be holy, one needs to have a schedule. Even in a family where the mom is a stay-at-home mom and where the children are home schooled, the parents must schedule in prayer.

For a family, morning and evening prayer are not hard to establish. I know many families which have incorporated these two prayer times and include all the children, who can learn to pray by listening.

Some families also have time for the Lectio Divina and parents can train their children to be involved. Reading, meditating,  praying and contemplating, the key elements in the Lectio Divina, may be spread out during the day. Both Blessed Paul VI and the Pope Emeritus Benedict have encouraged the laity to engage in the Lectio Divina.

to be continued....

A Fantastic Paper on Parental Roles by Father Chad Ripperger

Say a decade of the rosary for him after you read this.

I cannot emphasize the reading of this paper enough.