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What Jesus Demands January 30, 2014

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Given all the error abounding in the Church and world today, perhaps it would be beneficial to have a reminder of what Jesus demands of us, as opposed to the new age hippy visions of Jesus as a mild stoner who just doesn’t want his mellow harshed.  Christ was the most demanding of all the great priest-prophets.  No one in the entire Bible spoke nearly so much of hell and damnation.  No one spoke of what it means to be faithful – to accept and practice the Truth He, Himself, revealed – as Our Blessed Lord did.

Therefore, from chapter 54 of Divine Intimacy by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, What Jesus Teaching Exacts:

In calling us to imitate the holiness of His Heavenly Father, Jesus summons us to an unrelenting war against sin, which is in direct opposition to God’s infinite perfection and is the greatest offense against Him. In all His teachings He tries toAt the foot fo the cross_statue inculcate in us a deep hatred of sin, especially of pride, hypocrisy, and obstinate willful malice, all of which constitutes a sate of complete opposition to God. Jesus, who shows such great mercy towards sinners…….He describes the ugliness of sin and its disastrous effect on man, lowering him to a state of complete moral degradation, such as that of the prodigal son who, because he had left his father’s house, was reduced to “feeding swine” (Lk 15:15).

“Whosoever committeth sin, is the servant of sin” (Jn 8:34): a slave of sin cannot be a servant of God; hence, the words of the Master: “No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other” (Mt 6:24).

Jesus, our Savior, came to destroy sin by His death; it is precisely by His death that He shows us most clearly the terrible malice of sin. Sin is such a great enemy of God and has such a destructive The path that leads to life is narrow and difficult, but whatever it costs me there will I go.Turgis copypower that it brought about the death of the divine Master.

Only mortal sin is completely opposed to God; this opposition is so great that it separates the soul from God. however, every sin, even venial sin, and every fault and imperfection, is in opposition to God’s infinite holiness.

Our nature, wounded as a consequence of original sin, bears within itself the seed of sin, in the forms of evil tendencies or habits. If we desire to follow Jesus, who offers us the perfection of His heavenly Father as a norm for our life, we must engage in an intense struggle against sin in order to destroy its deepest roots and even its slightest traces in us. This is just what Jesus teaches us with the brief words: “Deny thyself.” We must deny “self” with all its imperfect habits and inclinations; and we must do so continually. Such a task is fatiguing and painful, but it is indispensable if we wish to attain sanctity. Jesus says: “How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life, and My Good Angel teach me to pray to Jesus my Saviourfew there are that find it!” (Mt 7:14). We approach the infinite perfection of God only in the measure in which  we take upon ourselves the work of complete self-denial. Hence, all the masters of the spiritual life insist so strongly on detachment and self-renunciation as the indispensable foundation of the spiritual life. St. John of the Cross offers a soul who is desirous of attaining union with God the harsh way of the “nothing.”

But, first and foremost, Jesus, the Divine Teacher, has pointed out to us the absolute necessity of passing through this way: “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself” (Mt 16:24).

[Now from St. Teresa of Jesus and The Way of Perfection]….From any sin, however slight, committed with full knowledge, may God deliver us, especially since we are sinning against so great a Sovereign and realizing that He is watching us! That seems to me a sin committed of malice aforethought: it Although it is costing me I shall succeed Letaille croppedis as though one were to say: ‘Lord, although this displeases You, I shall do it. I know that You see it and I know that You would not have me to do it; but, though I understand this, I would rather follow my own whim and desire than Your Will!”

With your help, O Jesus, I want to fight more strongly against sin and try to overcome all my evil tendencies, inclinations, and habits. This exacts constant self-denial, but with Your help, I am ready to begin. Of course, I shall have to give up my own desires, but I shall do so in order to please God; I shall have to say “No” to my evil nature, and prefer our heavenly Father’s will, His inspirations, and wishes. It will mean dying to myself in order to live by You, O Jesus!  Grant that I too may say with st. Paul, “I count all things but loss….and count them as dung, that I may gain Christ and may live in Him!” (Phil 3: 7-9).


I know we’re past Lent…… April 2, 2013

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…….but we Catholics must always be carrying our cross in imitation of Our Blessed Lord, shouldn’t we?  Here is an exhortation I found to do so from the nifty Imitation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Fr. Peter J. Arnoudt (here to buy the book  – don’t know if other versions are as good), the edition published by the SSPX-affiliated Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery in Silver City, New Mexico.  I have been reading about Tielhard de Chardin and his devout apprentice, Karl Rahner.  What this book says is a repudiation of everything de Chardin and Rahner believed. I pray, God willing, I may start a series of posts on the beliefs of those who most informed the sentiments that predominated at the last ecumenical council.  Every seminarian, every priest should have to read this book, precious-blood.jpgespecially this excerpt from pp. 453-454, Chapter XVIII of Book III:

[Christ speaks to the reader] Listen to none, neither to flesh, nor blood, nor spirit, that advises thee to forsake the cross. [as de Chardin most assuredly did.  It is a tragedy of incalculable proportions that his evolution-inspired, Original Sin-rejecting immanentist indifferentism became so wildly popular in the last century. But, that speaks to our fallen nature – we are so prone to want to sluff off the cross and pursue the “pleasures” of this weary world. St. Alphonsus de Liguori said that one bad book can ruin a monastery.  And de Chardin wrote many bad books]

Where, Child, where can it be better than under the cross? The cross is the guide to the everlasting kingdom: the cross is the wisdom of the Apostles, the trophy of the Martyrs, the glory of the Confessors, the security of the Virgins, the sanctification of old age, the preservation of youth, the condemnation of worldlings, [how many times did our Lord in the Gospels condemn the world? I haven’t counted, but many, many times] the mirror of religious, in fine, the refuge and comfort of all the afflicted.

If thou fleest from the cross, wither wilt thou go? Behold! thou shalt fall into the camp of the enemies; where thou shalt have not one cross, but where manifold torments will mee thee from every side, will destroy thee……

ladder of the cross…..Here, under the cross, Child, thou art with Me, thou hast Me to lead, to guard, to crown thee; here thou art in the midst of all the good, the brave, the generous; here thou art in communion with the Elect and the Saints, who have preceded thee, and who, whilst living, fought, and when dying, triumphed under the cross: here, in fine, thou formest one fellowship, one army with the Angels themselves, who, thronging to thy side, protect thee, fight along with thee, strive to extend same kingdom.

Foolishly, therefore, and fatally wouldst thou act, shouldst thou think of forsaking the cross, or imagine that it can anywhere be better for thee, than beneath the cross.

However, since the prince of the wicked world and his emissaries are thy enemies, do not wonder if they allure thee frequently by imaginary advantages; and endeavour, by showy reasons, to induce thee to desert the cross, and to pass over to them. [today in the Church, we are frequently told that the world is good, that God could not create anything wicked. And this is true of non-human creation, but men are fallen, and the culture we live in, the “world” spoken of here, is profoundly and increasingly evil.  For most of the history of the Church, souls were taught to keep themselves aloof from the ways of the world, to immerse themselves in faith and the other virtues, and to reject the siren song of worldly “wisdom.”  Today, such admonitions are exceedingly rare, although the world has become more perverse and evil than perhaps any time in its history]

My child, do not even cast a glance at their false advantages, nor hearken thou to their wily subtleties: but lift thy heart and eyes to Mee, who carry My banner Mary's sheep. Living waters. Mary's sheep shall only slake her thirst at the Saviour's living fountains. Boumard.jpgbefore thee, and protest that it is thy determined will to follow Me to every fortune, even to death itself.

Hence, it will come to pass that the assaults and wiles of all thy foes will awaken in thy heart a greater abhorrrence of them, and a more firm adherence to Me!

But it is not enough for thee, My Child, not to flee from the cross; thou must embrace, thou must carry the cross. [Lord, have mercy on me, I flee from the cross so much!  I am so weak!  I crave comfort and pleasure at every moment! Transform my wicked will by your Grace so that I may willingly, joyfully, lovingly accept the cross You extend to me!]

Give heed to this, mark this carefully: do not all the faults which thou committest arise from this, that thou refusest to carry and embrace the cross, which is offered to thee?

When thou woundest charity, what else is the true cause thereof, except that thou declinest to undergo the present cross, some humiliation, the sacrifice of thy own opinion or natural inclination?

Why dost thou offend against holy poverty? Is it not because thou takest not the cross to thyself? File_PassionMovie_Cross

Why dost thou trespass against modesty? Is it not because thou neglectest mortification; because thou dost not embrace this cross?

Why failest thou in obedience? Is it not because thou lovest not the cross, because thou dost not make the entire sacrifice of thy will and judgment?

Yea, Child, against what virtue soever thou sinnest or offendest, if thou lookest well into it, thou wilt find this to be the cause, that thou dost not take upon thee nor embrace the cross with a willing heart.

Nevertheless, a cross of this kind is small and light: if thou dost not receive lovingly such a one, how wilt thou take up one which is greater and heavier?

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I am terrible when it comes to joyfully accepting the crosses our Lord sends me.  Pray that I may learn to love the cross – we shall either learn to love it in this life, or suffer to learn it in the next, if we are even that blessed!