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Fraternal charity necessary for salvation July 26, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, reading, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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Want to go to Heaven?  Then love they neighbor. From Divine Intimacy by Fr. Gabriel of Mary Magdalen, day 257 Fraternal Charity:

Jesus has given us as the foundation of all law, not only the precept of the love of God, “the greatest and first commandment,” but also the precept of the love of neighbor, and He expressly said that it is “like” to the first (Mt 22:38-39). That the precept of the love of God should be the basis of all Christian life is easy to understand, but it is not so easy to see that the same holds true of the precept of fraternal charity. However, Jesus bound these two commandments so closely that the one cannot subsist without the other. He did not say that all is based on the first commandment, that of love of God, but “on these two commandments [the love of God and of neighbor] dependeth the whole law and the prophets” (Mt 22:40)……..

……..God is so insistent upon being loved in the neighbor that He makes this love the essential condition of our eternal salvation. When Jesus speaks to us of the last judgment, He gives no other reason for the justification of the good and the comdemnation of the wicked than the doing of, or omission of, the works of mercy toward our neighbor. “Come, ye blessed of My Father, possess the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Why? “For I was hungry, and you gave Me to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me to drink…” (Mt 25:34-35). I was hungry in the poor, I thirsted in your neighbor. If it is very consoling to know that God considers works of charity done to our neighbor as if done to Himself, and rewards them as such, it is a matter of serious reflection to know that He also considers failures in charity toward our neighbor as if done to Himself,  and so will punish them accordingly. Jesus, who is the personification of the goodness and infinite mercy of our heavenly Father, does not hesitate to pronounce the sentence of eternal damnation against those who have not loved, or helped, or consoled their neighbor. Why? Because: “Amen I say to you, as long as you did it not to one of these least, neither did you do it to Me” (Mt 25:45). God requires  the concrete proof of our love for Him to be shown in the way we behave toward our neighbor. We cannot delude ourselves into thinking that we love God if we do not love our fellow men, who, like us, are the living images of our heavenly Father. What difference does it make if this image is sometimes disfigured by faults, by sin, or even by vices? It always remains the image of God which charity ought to make us recognize, venerate, and love in every man, regardless of his condition. We cannot be satisfied with an idealistic love for God. Our love must be realistic and actualized in our dealings with our neighbor: this is the unfailing proof of our love for God.

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This is a virtue I really need to strive to develop more and more.  When people attack us or our interests, the inclination is frequently to attack back.  And while a certain defense may be prudent and necessary in justice, charity must dominate all our interactions with others. In that regard, I fail far too frequently.

I think above also indicates, perhaps, what Pope Francis has been trying to say with regard to the active virtues, but perhaps with less clarity and specificity.  Then again, charity can also be very profoundly – even most profoundly – in the passive or supernatural virtues.

But as always with Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, much to meditate on.

Mortification nullification July 26, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, manhood, North Deanery, scandals, secularism, Society.
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Pope Paul VI reduced the Eucharistic fast – that abstinence from food and most drink prior to reception of the Blessed Sacrament – from three hours to one.  Prior to that, Venerable Pope Pius XII had reduced the fast from midnight until after the reception of the Blessed Sacrament, to three hours. So, over the course of a mer 15 years or so, the great tradition of the Eucharistic fast had been reduced from what was, at times, aMessa-tridentina-Napoli-01 rather arduous fast, to one that was so trifling as to be almost inconsequential. If one takes into account the fact that Catholics should strive to arrive at Mass at least 15 minutes early (if not more), to pray and recollect themselves for the awesome Gift they are to receive, driving time, and then the portions of Mass prior to reception, Pope Paul, in effect, abolished the Eucharistic fast. Short of sneaking food into Church to eat, there is almost no way to break or violate the fast.

Retired Bishop Rene Gracida has a post up discussing this lamentable state of affairs, and his own plan to return to at least a 3 hour fast.  Noted canonist Ed Peters also has an effort underway to restore the 3 hour fast. I say, brav-o, let us at least get back to a 3 hour fast.  Most days, when I assist at Mass either in the morning or even up until early afternoon, I fast from the night before.  But when I assist at Mass in the evening, I do try to observe at least a 3 hour fast.  The great St. Padre Pio used, as crucifixion-cano.jpgone of his more severe forms of penance, to require those in grave sin to assist at Mass and observe the midnight fast, but he would make them go to the latest Mass possible, to make them fast longer.

Mortification is not about punishment.  It is not even primarily about denial, although that is often part of mortification. Mortification is really about strengthening – making us spiritually, even physically stronger. But since the abolishment of Friday abstinence in this country (even though the faithful are to keep up some kind of Friday penance, how many do?), and the great elimination/reduction overall of penitential seasons, fasting Vigil days, Lenten fasts, Septuagesima, etc., most Catholics today have no conception whatsoever that fasting and other forms of mortification are absolutely vital to their spiritual lives.  How many priests ever even bring these subjects up?  I can tell you, in my experience, not many.

And so we see great scandals, such as that pointed out by commenter ‘Steve’ this week, of parishes having great parties on a Friday.  Steve posted the following:

I felt sad for Holy Mother Church when I read that this Friday at said parish is “Steaks and Games” night.

The Men’s Club at Saint Paul The Apostle has invited “all men of the parish” to bring steaks to the parish to be grilled.

Following the steak dinner, the men will then play poker.

I confirmed that this event is indeed being held on Friday, August 23.  Even with the abolition of Friday abstinence, this event is utterly tone deaf.  We hear so much of the “new evangelization” – is cooking steak on Friday and then gambling part of that?  Sheesh.  Are we Catholic, or not?!

Who cares what the USCCB says, I say, all Catholics should abstain from meat on Fridays!  Hundreds of  years ago, periods of fast and abstinence were much, much more severe than that.  The Eastern Orthodox also fast a great deal more than modern Catholics. The Orthodox have also, it seems, maintained a much, much greater appreciation for the Blessed Sacrament than have Catholics.

But that’s where we’re at as a Church right now.  Instead of men leading the charge to improve the practice of the Faith, including such essential aspects as mortification of  body and spirit, they now feast on steaks and then engage in highly problematic – to say the least – gambling on the weekday commemorating our Lord’s Passion.  I pray Dr. Peters is successful in his effort to have at least a modest 3 hour Eucharistic fast re-instated.  And I pray all of us will take our duties to mortify ourselves much more seriously.  We either get to do it here, where it’s easy, or in Purgatory, where it will be very, very hard.

Purgatory Mass

 

More awesomeness from Cardinal Burke – liturgical abuse ‘strictly correlated’ with moral collapse July 26, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, episcopate, Eucharist, General Catholic, Glory, Latin Mass, Liturgy, manhood, scandals, secularism, Society, Tradition, true leadership.
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We haven’t heard too much from Raymond Cardinal Burke in a while, but he appears to still be staking out his claim as the most orthodox American prelate.  Nice interview via LifeSiteNews, and reader JohnB (I add emphasis and comments):

America’s most senior Vatican prelate says the “moral corruption” of our time is “strictly correlated” with the abuses in the liturgy that came after the Second Vatican Council. [Boy, I agree. Fr. Z is right about one thing: save the Liturgy, save the world.  It would be an enormous step, anyway]

Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Vatican’s Apostolic Signatura, told Zenit’s Edward Pentin that a fitting worship of God is essential to the moral life.

There’s no question in my mind that the abuses in the sacred liturgy, reduction of the sacred liturgy to some kind of human activity,” he said, “is strictly correlated with a lot of moral corruption and with a levity in catechesis that has been shocking and has left generations of Catholics ill prepared to deal with the challenges of our time by addressing the Catholic faith to those challenges. [Well, of course. The Liturgy is the Source and Summit of Our Faith. If you undermine that through radical changes – even with the best of intentions – there is going to be an enormous impact not just in the Mass, but in all aspects of the Faith, because the Faith is an interconnected whole. Leaving aside the enormous changes made after Vatican II, abuses of the Mass have led to an enormous undermining of the Faith of millions.  But some in the Church wanted the “bastions” of our Faith – that being, Tradition – razed.   Well, I hope they’re satisfied, they are certainly razed now, along with most of the Church.]

…..“It’s in the sacred liturgy above all, and particularly in the Holy Eucharist, that we look upon the love which God has for every human life without exception, without boundary, beginning from the very first moment of conception, because Christ poured out his life as he said for all men,” the Cardinal said. “He identifies himself in the Eucharistic sacrifice with every human life. So on the one hand, the Eucharist inspires a great reverence for human life, respect and care for human life, and at the same time it inspires a joy among those who are married to procreate, to cooperate with God in bringing new human life into this world.” [And since the changes implemented after VII, and all the abuses that have come along with that, belief and right understanding of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist has collapsed. The vast majority of even practicing Catholics now believe the Eucharist is naught be a symbol.  So, that connection between the uncreated, the eternal, with the created and the earthly, has been severed in people’s minds – they no longer know they are literally receiving Jesus Christ Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity into themselves. Not only is their understanding of the Eucharist impoverished, but so is their understanding of man. So impoverished, that they will even, under the influence of liberal-englightenment materialism, say it’s OK to murder another human being for convenience. Or “choice.”]

The prelate also stressed that a proper grasp of liturgy is “fundamental” to evangelization.

“It’s the most important area of catechesis: to understand the worship accorded to God,” he explained. “It’s only when we understand our relationship with God in offering worship that we also understand the right order of all the other relationships we have. As Pope Benedict XVI said in his wonderful magisterium on the sacred liturgy, and which he expressed so often, [it consists of] this connection between worship and right conduct, worship and law, worship and discipline.”

Cardinal Burke said it’s a “Communist conception” to say that liturgy is less important than charitable works.  [Booyah!  That’s the million dollar quote.  That’s exactly right]The liturgy “is the source of any truly charitable works we do, any good works we do,” he explained. “So the person whose heart is filled with charity wants to do good works will, like Mother Teresa, give his first intention to the worship of God so that when he goes to offer charity to a poor person or someone in need, it would be at the level of God Himself, and not some human level.” [That is profound, and true.  The Eucharist, Source and Summit of our Faith, powers ALL the good works we do.  It is the constant, massive Source of Grace for the entire Church.  We, of our selves, never do anything “good.”  All the good we do is cooperation with Grace.  St. Alphonsus makes this point all the time.]

Thank God for Cardinal Burke!  I’m sure he has his flaws, we all do, but he consistently points out, in great clarity, the massive problems afflicting the Faith.

I still pray he may be elected Pope one day.  He is the best friend of Tradition in the entire College of Cardinals.

Funny, sick, and sad: college students sign fake petition for post-birth “abortion” July 26, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
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Previously known as murder, which, of course, pre-birth abortion is, as well.  Via CMR, a video that is parts funny, sad, and definitely sick, getting college students to sign a petition that clearly states it seeks to enact “post-birth abortion.”  One even asks if it will hurt the child, and then eagerly signs anyway, after being told the child will be dead!  Then there is the chilling part, where a mom who just had a baby three months ago, and therefore in the “fourth trimester,” signing the petition.  Wow.

What is particularly telling is how it is frequently the leftist “code language” of woman’s control over their body (apparently, even after the baby has left it), and attacking those who want to tell women “what to do with their bodies,” that gets the most to sign.  That code language, so utterly filled with hateful, murderous lies, is also so very, very effective. We have to change that.

How thoughtless so many were!  Thus, the “educated.”