A little exhortation that I think will lift your soul July 16, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Liturgical Year, priests, religious, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
Lord knows, pious souls are facing some dark times. But they are hardly the first trying times Christians have faced. No, there have been many periods even darker than ours is – at present. That may change, the storm clouds look frighteningly ominous, but the storm has not yet broken in all its fury. We are only experiencing some of the first winds and scattered large drops of the tempest to come. Nevertheless, given the chaos ranging in the Church, even these still mild events are profoundly unsettling to souls who have few places to turn for reassurance.
One thing I have found, is that the past is a wonderful place for finding that spiritual support we crave and need. Yes, one has to be selective, there have always been errors and heresies promoted in the Church, but in the past, at least, nothing can change that we do not allow to change (historical revisionism). We can turn to past Saints and holy men and women for the guidance so vital to maintaining a strong spiritual life amidst so many threats and errors. One of my favorites in that regard is Dom Prosper Gueranger, who today reminds us (me!) that God’s infinite goodness and all His promises to His faithful remain. As Saint Paul says, no one, not any power, not even evil principalities, thrones, and dominions can take God’s love from us. All will occur in our lives according to His Will and for our ultimate good. That promise, however, is predicated on our remaining faithful. For those who are not faithful, for those who fall to the wiles of the world, the flesh, and the devil….well, Our Lord assures us they will come to a very bad end. We must thus pray for those who manifestly act counter to the Truth our blessed Lord has revealed to us, that they may meet this end.
From the meditation on the 8th Sunday after Pentecost, The Liturgical Year Vol. 11, pp. 198-200:
Has God forgotten His promises of infinite goodness? No: but let us think upon the terrible and just warning, which He added to the promise He made to Solomon, when he had finished building the temple: “but if ye and your children, revolting, shall turn away from following Me, and will not keep My commandments and My ceremonies which I have set before you, I will take away Israel from the face of the land, which I have given them; and the temple which I hae sanctified to My name, I will cast out of My sight; and Israel shall be a proverb, and a by-word among all people. And this house shall be made an example of; everyone that shall pass by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss, and say: “Why hath the Lord done thus to this land, and to this house?” (III Kings ix:6-8).
O Christian soul! Thou that, by the Grace of God, art become a temple (I Cor iii:16-17) more magnificent, more beloved in His eyes than that of Jerusalem, take a lesson from these divine chastisements; and reflect on the words of the Most High, s recorded by Ezechiel: “The justice of the just shall not deliver him, in what day soever he shall sin……..Yeah, if I shall say to the just, that he shall surely live, and he, trusting in his justice, commit iniquity – all his justices shall be forgotten, and, in his iniquity, which he hath committed, in the same shall he die” (Ezech:xxxiii:12-13)…….
[Changing subjects a bit]…….Not only are we incapable, of ourselves, of doing any good work, but, without the help of Grace, we cannot even have a thought of a supernatural good. Now, the surest means for obtaining the help that is so needed by us is to acknowledge humbly before God that we depend entirely upon Him…….such as in the Collect for the 8th Sunday after Pentecost:
Grant us, O Lord, we beseech Thee, the spirit of always thinking what is right; and grant us mercifully the spirit of doing it: that we, who cannot subsist without thee, may live according to Thee.
I come away from every reading of Gueranger edified. He may not have been a theologian but he sure knew a heckuva lot. I would wager he could absolutely trounce the vast majority of STL theologians today. Solid Catholics have always been able to trounce gnostics, of course.
While looking around, I found this awesome pic:
Lord, what we could do with 500 priests like Don Camillo!