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Friday 14 August 2015

Good Grief--Another Bad Catholic

O'Malley voiced his support for a bill considered by the General Assembly to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland. O'Malley, a Catholic, was urged by the Archbishop of Baltimore Edwin O'Brien not to support the bill in a private letter sent two days before O'Malley voiced his support.[60] "I am well aware that the recent events in New York have intensified pressure on you to lend your active support to legislation to redefine marriage," O'Brien wrote. "As advocates for the truths we are compelled to uphold, we speak with equal intensity and urgency in opposition to your promoting a goal that so deeply conflicts with your faith, not to mention the best interests of our society."[60] O'Malley responded, "I do not presume, nor would I ever presume as Governor, to question or infringe upon your freedom to define, to preach about, and to administer the sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church. But on the public issue of granting equal civil marital rights to same-sex couples, you and I disagree."[60]

VIP to me personally--watch this space

A Good Article and A Great Interview on The Synod


We must oppose the Vatican's Instrumentum Laboris for the Family Synod to defend life and our families

As a parent and as a pro-life leader, I thank His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider, O.R.C., for his merciful support for our families currently under merciless social pressure from the homosexual "rights" agenda and its supporters, including within Catholic Church structures.

Bishop Schneider, in an interview with Catholic Voicepublished yesterday, described some Irish clergy - including one bishop - as "false prophets who pervert the Word of God".

The Catholic Voice interview asked Bishop Schneider about some Irish clergy who "used the media to [also] encourage voters to redefine marriage" and one Irish Bishop who "stated that Catholics could in good conscience vote for this proposal and admonished them not to vote against it out of hate".

Bishop Schneider replied:
Those clerics who encouraged the faithful to vote for same sex marriage revealed themselves by this same fact as false prophets, as those who pervert the Word of God. They revealed themselves as public liars, to whom are fully applicable these words of Holy Scripture: "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter" (Is 5:20) ... To such priests and bishops the Apostle Paul without any doubt would say today these words: “Such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ” (2 Cor 11:13). In order to remedy this situation it is firstly necessary that faithful Bishops teach clearly and unambiguously the truth of Christ and correct explicitly the teaching of these false prophets.
Let me explain just one way in which families, including Catholic families, are under merciless pressure from the homosexual "rights" agenda and its supporters.

As I said when I addressed the Rome Life Forum in May:
... a major way in which the so-called “homosexual rights” lobby is actively undermining the family and the culture of life, is through targeting its message at little children in their schools including, in the UK, in Catholic primary schools. I have little doubt that the same pattern is repeated in other countries too.

I am sorry to have to share with you that homosexual militants are being invited into schools in our country, including into Catholic schools with the blessing of the local bishop, to train teachers how to educate little boys as young as four years old that they might grow up to marry a man rather than a woman – and the same with little girls.

Catholic schools in Britain, and around the world, have long been complicit in the culture of death, providing access to abortion and contraception for the under 16s without parental knowledge. This is happening with the co-operation of the Catholic authorities.
The betrayal of families by leading clerics continues apace not least in the form of the truly scandalous Instrumentum Laboris, the working document produced by Vatican authorities for the forthcoming Family Synod. For the extent of the betrayal of our families at the highest levels in the Church see the analysis by Matthew McCusker, my personal assistant, recommended by Professor Roberto de Mattei on Rorate Caeli as "the excellent analysis by Mathew McCusker, on the site Voice of the Family."

Matthew's analysis concludes:
We urge Catholics not to be complacent or give in to a false sense of obedience, in the face of attacks on the fundamental principles of the natural law. Catholics are morally obliged to oppose the course being taken with the Synod.

Click on the link to the interview and here is a snippet.

Excellency, in the ongoing debate over same sex “marriage” some Catholic groups have become open to the notion of recognizing that same sex pairs can have long term loving relationships thus they conclude that it is possible to recognize same sex civil partnerships. It is evident that even a few bishops support this idea but could this ever be an authentic Catholic position?

This can never be an authentic Catholic position because it contradicts directly the words of God, which says that homosexual acts and the homosexual lifestyle are a grievous offense of the will of God (cf. Gen 18:20; Lev 18:22; 20:13; Is 3:9; Rom 1:26-27; 1 Cor 6:10; 1 Tim 1:10; Jud 7). Committing evil in a long-term and even loving relationship cannot transform the same evil into good. Only true repentance that includes contrition and the firm intention to avoid the evil cancels with the grace of God the evil. It would be absurd to affirm that alcoholism will gain a positive recognition because of the long-term and loving relationship of two persons who established this relationship on the base of their propensity to alcohol. The same absurdity contains the above-mentioned affirmation about same sex unions.  

Working on New Blog and Forum

...this weekend and waiting for my guest blogger to share his article on the natural law series....late but well worth the wait.

I knew this; I hope you did

Another GOP Candidate Goes on The NO-NO List

Do people not realize that Catholics who depart from the Faith are in a worst spiritual state than those who have never been Catholic?

No words....

Goodbye, Democracy in Hawaii

For A Friend, Two

When Elizabeth of the Trinity had only three months of life to live, she was ordered to write on her retreat towards death. Part of this treatise created in the throes of pain and suffering, was a section for her sister, Guite, who was married and had two children at the time.

Elizabeth wrote that the life of the contemplative formed the call of all Catholics, as I have noted in the long perfection series, using the Doctors of the Church and Garrigou-Lagrange.

But, the key to being open to the graces of both active and passive contemplation, as explained by Elizabeth, in keeping with those great saints who went before her, is the key of death to the self.

Here are some bullet points from one of Elizabeth's treatises.

  • All are called to be in union with Christ.
  • But, this involves a stripping of all things, people, attachments, as well as a withdrawal from all things.
  • Even though one is married with children, one must learn to live in a solitude during the day, to forget the self, even in the midst of the cares of the world.
  • Becoming perfect must accompany this solitude, this yearning for God in love and the yearning for perfection.
  • Finding heaven on earth can only happen through the acceptance of self-forgetfulness.
  • This finding of heaven has nothing to do with consolations, either in prayer or in life.
  • Quoting St. John of the Cross, Elizabeth writes that the Kingdom of God is within one, in a place beyond the temptings of the world and the devil.
  • One's will must be in perfect harmony with the will of God, and as long as one has "fancies" contrary to God's will, one cannot grow in either love or holiness.
  • Purification must be part of prayer and the choices of daily life.
  • To attain union with God, the soul must be "entirely surrendered" and the will"must be calmly lost in God's will."
  • Simplicity of intention means that one seeks God alone, and not anything or anyone else.
  • One must desire the likeness of God. "Without the likeness which comes from grace, eternal damnation awaits us."
  • As we are made in the image and likeness of God, the image of God must be the focus of the imagination, memory and reason, (notice--the emotions do not count, period).

All of these points, and there are more, refer back to the long perfection series as well as to the mini-series on Elizabeth of the Trinity.

Remember this simple chart to union with God:

First step: orthodoxy
Second step: oral prayer; surrendering the will
Third step: meditation, which is the beginning of mental prayer--based on Scripture and life of Christ
Fourth step: dark night of the senses-beginning of purgation
Fifth step: dark night of the soul-continuation of purgation, including demise of the predominant fault
Sixth step: active or acquired contemplation-during purgation and into the illuminative state
Seventh step: illuminative state
Eighth step: infused contemplation
Ninth step: union.

Follow the tags. Go back and read Garrigou-Lagrange again and again and again...definitions are important.


For A Friend Today

30 Jan 2014
Continuing the series on perfection, I have switched temporarily from Garrigou-Lagrange to the Interior Castle of St. Teresa of Avila. In this book, St. Teresa refers to the enlargement of the heart. Quoting Prime, Teresa writes, ...
22 Aug 2014
What falsity to wish to talk in a glowing style as if one were already in the seventh mansion of the interior castle, when one has not yet entered the fourth! How far superior is the simplicity of the Gospel! We say that a child's ...
07 May 2015
St. Teresa of Avila writes clearly on the Indwelling of the Trinity. Here is a selection from The Interior Castle or The Mansions. I have many more posts on this from the past, but this week, I am re-examining this truth.

10 May 2015
from the Stanbrook Edition of Interior Castle.... .... dealing with the purgation of the soul by mortification and the enlightenment of the mind by meditation. There, too, appears the first idea of the Mansions, [25] and Fuente ...
09 May 2015
A brief description of the unitive state from the Interior Castle. Here one sees the great revelation of the Indwelling. of the Holy Trinity which God desires us all to experience, to know...even while on earth. This is a repeat post, ...
13 Jun 2015
The Interior Castle, First Manson, Chapter ii. The Maritains, who were both Benedictine Oblates, wrote this as well: "The study of the Sacred Doctrine and of Holy Scripture is also a normally necessary means of the attainment ...
09 May 2015
Very brief description of the illuminative state. Posted by Supertradmum. A mini-description of the illuminative state...leading to the unitive state. From a footnote, 418, in the online copy of the Interior Castle. Follow the tags for ...

10 Jul 2013
Catherine's Dialog and Teresa's Interior Castle give me comfort, as well as the knowledge that truth prevails despite so much spiritual warfare. But, as I am wedded to Truth, my way is not as hard as those who remain in ...
04 Aug 2013
In The Interior Castle she writes: O my God, how many troubles both interior and exterior must one suffer before entering the seventh mansion! Sometimes, while pondering over this I fear that, were they known beforehand, ...

16 Oct 2013
St. Teresa speaks of the passive purification of the spirit in the first chapter of the sixth mansion of The Interior Castle. We read also in the life of St. Vincent de Paul that for four years he endured a trial of this type, which was ...
24 Sep 2014
God rarely speaks in an audible voice, but He does speak through the interior movements of the Holy Spirit. Again, the teachings of the Church and common sense dictate what is good and true. The problem is usually not that ...
29 May 2013
Tauler declares: "There is only one way to triumph over these obstacles: God would have to take complete possession of the interior of the soul and occupy it, which happens only to His true friends. He sent us His only Son in order that the holy life of the God-Man, His great and perfect ... This little citadel, wherein lies the self-will, must be stormed by God. If one keeps running back into the castle of the self, God cannot speak to the heart and mind and will. And, as John ...

Check out the tags and remember, no one is even on the ladder of holiness unless he or she is orthodox, accepting the teachings of the Church. Check out the tags at the bottom here.

Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk

Recently, it has occurred to me, that the gross narcissism of the cultures of the West, has infiltrated the way Catholics think. Of course, for years, I have had the tag "thinking like Catholics" in order to bring people to a reality that one thinks certain things before one acts.

Many parishes and dioceses have initiated excellent sounding programs on "adult formation" and "evangelization" involving programs and courses on how to go out and bring people into the Catholic Faith.

Except for a few exceptions. all these programs concentrate on ACTION instead of on prayer and the levels of prayer.

No one, as I have noted many times on this blog, can be effective in the spiritual life of others unless one is willing to go through the tedious, hard, and sufferings times of purgation. No one.

There is only one Blessed Virgin Mary and one St. John the Baptist, who came into this world without sin, one from conception and one from a particular grace in the womb.

The rest of us, including Dear St. Joseph, had and have to work out our righteousness by cooperating with grace.

Narcissism stops grace dead.

More and more Catholics think they can evangelize without dealing with their predominant fault(s) and even venial sins.

The saint has dealt the death-blow to sin and can merit graces which are then efficacious in the lives of others.

If I pray for someone, and nothing happens, I do not say, "Oh, it is God's Will that so and so is not healed" or freed, or converted.

I go back to Our Lord and BEG Him to show me the blockages of my own sins which stop the efficacy of prayer.

Lord, show me my sins, my failings, my predominant fault for the sake of the Church...and so on.

The entire perfection series was written now several years ago not merely for the selfish to think that only they should get to heaven, but for the Church.

We cannot pretend to be saints. One either is or isn't. One is either in sanctifying grace and allowing God to purged one of all sin and even concupiscence, or one remains ineffective.

Recently, God called me to more penance. Now, those who know me or have followed this blog know how I live, but I have been called to more penance for the sake of souls. Daily, people die who have had no one to pray for them.

The majority of people go to hell. Sorry this is not my idea, but those of the saints, including the great Augustine.

God has given me two diets through my excellent, Catholic and holy doctor--of a rare breed.

Red meat once a week, no fatty meat, (I was invited out for pork ribs this evening and had to say no), no Ramen noodles, or mac and cheese or other poor food. I had already given up deserts over a year ago, so that is not an issue. Now, I have to somehow give up poor food.

Now, I can add some physical power to prayer.

Yet, some of my prayers are not answered. I ask God why....and here is the answer.

Mark 9:27-29 Douay-Rheims

27 And when he was come into the house, his disciples secretly asked him: Why could not we cast him out?

28 And he said to them: This kind can go out by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

29 And departing from thence, they passed through Galilee, and he would not that any man should know it.

Souls are at stake. I love many people. I never stop loving someone whom I have loved. I love my ex, my old boyfriends, my family members who I do not see because of circumstances. I love new friends and old friends. I love students I have taught-special ones, and many priests who have brought me closer to God.

Love is the impetus for intercessory prayer, but fasting and purgation must accompany such prayer.

Have you been praying for someone for a long time?

Maybe God is asking you to do more, to be more severe with yourself in order to join in the merit of Christ on the Cross.

1 Thessalonians 2Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)

2 For yourselves know, brethren, our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain:

2 But having suffered many things before, and been shamefully treated (as you know) at Philippi, we had confidence in our God, to speak unto you the gospel of God in much carefulness.

3 For our exhortation was not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in deceit:

4 But as we were approved by God that the gospel should be committed to us: even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God, who proveth our hearts.

5 For neither have we used, at any time, the speech of flattery, as you know; nor taken an occasion of covetousness, God is witness:

6 Nor sought we glory of men, neither of you, nor of others.

7 Whereas we might have been burdensome to you, as the apostles of Christ: but we became little ones in the midst of you, as if a nurse should cherish her children:

8 So desirous of you, we would gladly impart unto you not only the gospel of God, but also our own souls: because you were become most dear unto us.

9 For you remember, brethren, our labour and toil: working night and day, lest we should be chargeable to any of you, we preached among you the gospel of God.

10 You are witnesses, and God also, how holily, and justly, and without blame, we have been to you that have believed:

11 As you know in what manner, entreating and comforting you, (as a father doth his children,)

12 We testified to every one of you, that you would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

13 Therefore, we also give thanks to God without ceasing: because, that when you had received of us the word of the hearing of God, you received it not as the word of men, but (as it is indeed) the word of God, who worketh in you that have believed.

14 For you, brethren, are become followers of the churches of God which are in Judea, in Christ Jesus: for you also have suffered the same things from your own coutrymen, even as they have from the Jews,

15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and the prophets, and have persecuted us, and please not God, and are adversaries to all men;

16 Prohibiting us to speak to the Gentiles, that they may be saved, to fill up their sins always: for the wrath of God is come upon them to the end.

17 But we, brethren, being taken away from you for a short time, in sight, not in heart, have hastened the more abundantly to see your face with great desire.

18 For we would have come unto you, I Paul indeed, once and again: but Satan hath hindered us.

19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of glory? Are not you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?

20 For you are our glory and joy.

Here is a good prayer...I hope you can read it.