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The Doctrine of Jesus is the Doctrine of the Church January 21, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Ecumenism, error, General Catholic, Interior Life, Tradition, Virtue.
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From Divine Intimacy by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen OCD, Chapter 51:

The Truth Jesus taught is so important and essential that, to know it or not, to believe it or not, is a matter of life or of death.  His Doctrine is not optional; rather, it is so essential that we cannot attain to eternal life without it. [And since the Church alone contains ALL Truth revealed by Christ, and even the level of Truth normally necessary for salvation, Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus].  “Whosoever believeth in Him….may have life everlasting…….but he that doth not believe is already judged: because he believeth not in the Name of the only begotten Son of God.” (Jn 3:16,18)  Compared to the Truth taught by Jesus, all others are insufficient.

Because the Doctrine of Jesus is absolutely indispensable, He proved it’s truth by miracles in order to help our weak faith to adhere to it.  To the blindly obstinate Jews who refused to believe in Him, he said, “The works which the Father hath given Me to perfect’ the workds themselves which I do, give testimony of Me” (Jn 5:36)………..The Gospel almost always concludes a recital of the wonders performed by Jesus with such words as: “and His disciples believed in Him” (Jn 2:11); “All wondered and glorified God” (Mk 2:12).  Jesus is the only Teacher who can guaranteee with miracles the Truth of His Doctrine.  [Jesus’ miracles attest to His Divinity.  In the case of islam, Mohammad performed no miracles, except for one nobody saw, a supposed night flight to Jerusalem with the angel Gabriel.  But Jesus miracles were manifest to tens of thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands.  Thus, there were very many who were ready to believe in His Resurrection.  If He had just been a man, even a man who said many wonderful things, would so many have believed that He rose from the dead?  The miracles all confirmed belief in that Divinity, laying the groundwork for the greatest miracle of all, the God-man conquering death and rising to Heaven.]

Jesus wants everyone, even the simple and ignorant, to understand His Doctrine; He often said that He came especially to evangelize the poor.  Jesus is not another teacher seeking glory and praise; He seeks only the good of His disciples. He uses simple language which can be understood by all, and He illustrates the most sublime truths with very ordinary things…..Jesus explains His Doctrine in a manner which is adapted, not only to the mentality and needs of the people of 1st century Palestine, but also to that of all future generations.  His words are always living and timely, suited to the needs of every age and every people.  [For instance, when Jesus said to St. Peter in Matt 16: 16-18, that He would build His Church upon the Rock that was Peter…..He meant it!] 

“O Lord, my God, Thou hast indeed the words of life, wherein, if we will seek it, we mortals shall all find what we desire. But what wonder is it, my God, that we should forget Thy words, when our evil deeds have made us so inform and foolish?  What is this, Lord?  How blind of us to seek repose where it cannot possibly be found!  Reflect that we do not understand ourselves, or know what we desire, nor are we able to ask as we should. Give us light, Lord. Behold, we need it more than the man who was blind from his birth, for he wished to see the light and could not, whereas nowadays, Lord, no one wished to see it.

“You alone, O Lord, teach us truth and show us the way of salvation. O unhappy are we, for well do we know and believe these truths, yet our inveterate habit of not reflecting upon them makes them so strange to our souls that we neither know them nor seek to know them.

“Grant, then, O Lord, that Your words may never be absent from my thoughts.” (St. Teresa of Avila, Exclamations of the Soul to God, 8-13).

O Jesus, do not permit me to allow myself to be attracted by maxims and doctrines that do not come from You.

———–End Quote———–

Readers have lamented of late that they have experienced, in their parishes, error being taught instead the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church.  They have related that the Truth which the Church possesses, whole and entire and far above what is necessary for salvation, is rejected for a nebulous “searching” for God or Jesus.  Of course, we know where the Christ resides, in our Catholic tabernacles (if we are blessed enough to have one).  But so many in the Church today, including far too many leaders in the Faith, posit these notions of searching, and, even worse, imply or directly state that the Church has much to learn from other false religions, heretical sects, or even the pagan, godless secular world.  This kind of thinking was part and parcel of the revolution unleashed on the Church in the 1960s.

It is all false.  No matter what worldly ecumenists may say, the Church  is THE Body instituted by Christ to be His repository of Truth on earth and the prime, normal means of salvation.  Yes, it is theoretically possible for souls outside the Church to be saved, but the vast majority of the Tradition and thinking of great Saints and theologians says this possibility is quite remote.  We do souls outside the Church no favors by pretending that their false religions contain great wisdom, truth, and even saving Grace.  This might make them feel better, but actually works against conversion and has dramatically undermined the Church’s prime goal of converting and saving as many souls as possible.

No matter how bad things get, however, we must cling to Holy Mother Church, as She is our sole barque of salvation, even if the captain seems unsteady and the ship has sprung a hundred leaks.  It’s still far, far better than being alone in the tempestuous sea of the world and all its errors.  Yes, our faith is sorely tried by all the scandal we are forced to see and experience.  But that means our perseverance in the Faith will be all that much more rewarded if we do remain within the bosom of our Holy Mother, the Church.

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Comments

1. skeinster - January 22, 2014

What a lovely holy card!
The Google translator says, roughly:

Here is the Royal Road
Faith enlightens us, Hope supports us and Charity attracts us.

Personally, it was the calm and matter-of-fact repetitions that the Catholic Church was the True Church from various sources over a period of years that resulted in my conversion.
That was nearly thirty years ago, and almost all those sources were pre-Vat II. It can’t be said often enough.

Lynne - January 22, 2014

“Here is the Royal Road of the Cross”

Yes, it *is* lovely…

2. Lorra - January 22, 2014

I’d love a copy of that Holy Card myself. It is beautiful!

And, Tantam, I get the message.

3. Lynne - January 22, 2014

Lorra, if you have a PC, you should just be able to right-click on the image and select Save as… on the pop-up that appears. If you have a Mac, I’m not sure but it’s also simple to do.

Lorra - January 22, 2014

Thanks, Lynne! Done!! Now all I need is a printer. 🙂


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