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Ligouri on the Necessity of Humility and Suffering Humiliation As Means of Attaining Sanctity September 28, 2017

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Some additional excerpts from The True Spouse of Jesus Christ by the great Moral Doctor St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori on the vital role humility, especially in the form of patiently and joyfully bearing humiliations, plays in the process of sanctification/growth in the interior life.

I cut and paste various exerpts from pp. 335-341 below:

Some, says St. Francis of Assisi, imagine that sanctity consists in the recital of many prayers or in the performance of works of penance: but, not understanding the great merit of patience under insult, they cannot bear an injurious word.  You will acquire more merit by meekly receiving an affront than by fasting ten days on bread and water.  It will sometimes happen that a privilege that is refused to you will be conceded to others; that what you say will be treated with contempt, while the words of others are heard with respectful attention; that while the actions of others are the theme of general praise, and they are heaped with honors, you are passed by unnoticed and your whole conduct is made a subject of derision.  If you accept in peace all these humiliations, and if, with a sincere affection, you recommend to God those from whom you receive the least respect, then indeed, as St. Dorotheus says, it will be manifest that you are truly humble. To them you are particularly indebted, since by their reproaches they cure your pride – the most malignant of all diseases that lead to spiritual death.  Because they deem themselves worthy of all honors, the proud convert their humiliations into an occasion of pride.  But because the humble consider themselves deserving only of opprobrium, their humiliations serve to increase their humility.  “That man,” says St. Bernard, ” is truly humble who converts humiliation into humility.”

Voluntary humiliations, such as to serve the sick, to kiss the feet of those who imagine, even unjustly, that we have offended them, and similar acts of humility, are very profitable; but, to embrace with cheerfulness, for the love of Jesus Christ, the humiliations that come from others, such as reproofs, accusations, insults, and derisions, is still more meritorious……..As gold is tried in the fire, so a man’s perfection is proved by humiliation.  St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi used to say that “untried virtue is not virtue.” He who does not suffer contempt with a tranquil mind shall never attain the spirit of perfection…….[Working out our salvation is not easy.  Contrary to American protestant claims of “one and done” conversions, which are so typical of the modern American drive-through convenience mentality, God desires of us a total conversion from our fallen human nature, our endless pride and selfishness, to a being dead to self and living only for God and through His Grace.  This is terribly hard, but God has given us great guides in the Saints to show that it is possible, and, even more, how to do it.  It’s simply a matter of dying to ourselves and living for God through good works done to others. Suffering humiliations tranquilly is a powerful means of dying to self.]

………St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi used to say that crosses and ignominies are the greatest favors that God is accustomed to bestow on his beloved spouses[Once again, contrary to protestant, especially modern American protestantism, which preaches that God just wants to shower ease and wealth and comfort on His chosen ones…….is that what He did to His son?  Is His Son and Our Lady the exemplars par excellence God has given us on both how to live our lives, and what to expect from the world when we live in accord with His Will?  I know even some Catholics who equate being pious with being blessed with happiness, comfort, ease, freedom from illness or financial difficulty, but this is very, very wrong.]

……….The Saints have not been made Saints by applause and honor, but by injuries and insults.  St. Ignatius Martyr, a bishop, and an object of universal esteem and veneration, was sent to Rome as a criminal, and on his way experienced from the soldiers who conducted him nothing but the most barbarous insolence.  In the midst of his suffering and humiliations he joyfully exclaimed: “I now begin to be a disciple of Christ.” I now begin to be a true disciple of my Jesus, who endured so m any ignominies for my sake……

.Let us then be persuaded that to be persecuted in this life confers the highest excellence on the Saints. “And,” says the Apostle, “all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (II Tim iii:12). The Redeemer says, “If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you” (Jn xv:20).

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We live in an especially difficult time to acquire the virtue of humility.  More than in any past period, today we have paraded before our eyes constantly, especially if we have not yet destroyed our TVs, powerful images extolling pride and denigrating almost all virtue, but especially humility.  True humility is an almost unknown quantity in our mass media culture, and tranquil acceptance of humiliations is utterly baffling, especially for Americans, who have been taught for decades that having everything the way they want it this instant is a practical constitutional right. Vast numbers of the younger generations coming of age literally have zero conception of what life is like for the vast majority of humanity today, and, even more, the sufferings and privations involved in existence even a few short decades ago in anyplace but America.  Heck, my dad grew up without running water and electricity, and I was born in the 70s!  That just one tiny example.  Wealth, ease, and comfort are in many ways inimical to growth in virtue: and, of course, our task is made even harder still by the crisis in the Church.  It’s a terrible triple whammy.

But God is infinitely greater in his rewards, than what He asks of us in sacrifice.  Those who are able to cooperate with Grace in these increasingly dark times, what great Saints they will be, and what inspirations to future generations!

I pray such Saints may be found from among the readership of this blog.  As for the author, it is best to do as I say, not as I do…….

Vatican Responds to Correctio Filialis With Offer of “Dialogue”……. September 28, 2017

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……..which is rather how they treat they encounter different from their own, isn’t it?  The “they,” being the current – and, it must be said in fairness, significant elements of the past several – papal administration in Rome.

At any rate, at least the silence has ended?  Is this just a delaying tactic?  After all, dialogues with the “separated brethren” and others have been as numerous and endless as they have been ineffectual at winning anyone to the Faith (by design).  Look at the Vatican-SSPX “dialogue.”  Years spent talking past each other, adherents to frankly different and irreconcilable faiths trying to find a non-existent common ground?  Nevertheless, perhaps the tactic of mokusatsu, to kill with silence, attempting to ignore the problem of a growing rebellion against this papal administration from an increasing number of the most dedicated Catholics, has been recognized as a failure?

By the way, the number of signatories to the Correctio Filialis, as of late Tuesday, had nearly doubled.  No updates since then:

Rome, September 28 – Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin said on Thursday that “it’s important to dialogue even within the Church”, in response to a letter from a group of conservative Catholics accusing Pope Francis of heresy. “People who disagree express their dissent, but on these things we have to reason, to try to understand one another,” he said, speaking on the sidelines of a conference on Iraqi Christians held by ACS, a Vatican-based international non-profit that aids persecuted Christians worldwide. The letter accused Pope Francis of heresy in his 2016 document Amoris Laetitia – The Joy of Love The conservatives Catholics delivered to the pope in August issuing him a “filial correction” – a measure they said was being using for the first time since the 14th century – over the document, which opens up the possibility of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics receiving communion……….

……..The letter accuses the pope of seven “heretical positions about marriage, the moral life, and the reception of the sacraments, and has caused these heretical opinions to spread in the Catholic Church”.

The signatories said their initiative does not conflict with the Catholic dogma of papal infallibility “since the Church teaches that a pope must meet strict criteria before his utterances can be considered infallible.

“Pope Francis has not met these criteria,” it added.

The conservatives also accused the pope of having Modernist leanings and of being influenced by the ideas of Martin Luther.

Did the letter merely accuse Francis of heresy, or did it, through the ministrations of several notable theologians among the original signatories, substantially prove both direct heretical statements/acts/policies AND a significant penchant towards embrace of both the Lutheran and modernist heresies on the part of Francis?

Put another way, did the signatories not quite irrefutably establish the fact that Francis is, indeed, a Jesuit?

At this point, has anyone seen any substantive attempts to rebut or refute the conclusions reached by the Correctio Filialis?  I have not, all I’ve seen is endless ad hominems directed at the authors, but then again, I’ve only checked out a few likely sources (Pray Tell, America, US “Catholic,”, etc).

From my standpoint, the Correctio contains not allegations or accusations, but solidly established proofs. Of course, those proofs are limited in their influence pending their adoption by those endowed by God with the authority to hold a sovereign pontiff accountable – the College of Cardinals.  No wonder Francis has hinted at abolishing that body?

Better act quick, Cardinal Burke.