Be ye therefore followers of God, as most dear children;  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath delivered himself for us, an oblation and a sacrifice to God for an odour of sweetness.  But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not so much as be named among you, as becometh saints:  Or obscenity, or foolish talking, or scurrility, which is to no purpose; but rather giving of thanks.  For know you this and understand, that no fornicator, or unclean, or covetous person (which is a serving of idols), hath inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
 Let no man deceive you with vain words. For because of these things cometh the anger of God upon the children of unbelief.  Be ye not therefore partakers with them.  For you were heretofore darkness, but now light in the Lord. Walk then as children of the light.  For the fruit of the light is in all goodness, and justice, and truth;  Proving what is well pleasing to God:
 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For the things that are done by them in secret, it is a shame even to speak of.  But all things that are reproved, are made manifest by the light; for all that is made manifest is light. Wherefore he saith: Rise thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead: and Christ shall enlighten thee.  See therefore, brethren, how you walk circumspectly: not as unwise,
 But as wise: redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Wherefore become not unwise, but understanding what is the will of God.  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is luxury; but be ye filled with the holy Spirit,  Speaking to yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual canticles, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord;  Giving thanks always for all things, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to God and the Father:
 Being subject one to another, in the fear of Christ.  Let women be subject to their husbands, as to the Lord:  Because the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the church. He is the saviour of his body.  Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so also let the wives be to their husbands in all things.  Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the church, and delivered himself up for it:
 That he might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life:  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy, and without blemish.  So also ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife, loveth himself.  For no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, as also Christ doth the church:  Because we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall be two in one flesh.  This is a great sacrament; but I speak in Christ and in the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular love his wife as himself: and let the wife fear her husband.
I am going to make some points about this. Please feel free to comment if you disagree. The correct translation here is "subject" in "let women be subject to their husbands". This does not mean that a woman should "fear" her husband as in unholy fear. As the Church has holy fear of God, the Church wishes to fulfil the desires of Christ in her actions, and not just for herself in his name. Don't believe me? What does St. Paul say in this context? St. Paul continues, "He is the savior of his body." And he continues, "...So also ought men to love their wives as their own bodies." This is the true meaning of how a married couple becomes "one flesh" --- it's not distilled down to the marital act, but rather, the marital act is just a very small part to be in context of the whole. This "one flesh" is a command from God to man to treat his wife as his own self. The body has needs, and so as his own body has needs, he should look to the needs of his wife. The body has not only physical needs but spiritual and emotional as well. This is a HUGE command from God to men who wish to marry or who already married.
If a man says to himself, "I want to do xyz, but it means I must forgo food and sleep." Well, if we want something, we may make a sacrifice of some sleep and even fast, but at some point, our bodies cannot keep to our duties according to our state. So, we look to what we first must do in holy prudence, and look humbly at how that is to be accomplished, while keeping to one's duties. The man must do the same for the woman, regarding her as his own body --- not just her body as his own body --- but her whole being as his own flesh. This is what it means for a man to be "the head", for the woman is to be regarded as his own flesh. And this, then, lays the foundation for a woman to subject herself to the man in a way the enables ats nd exhorher to more readily do the holy will of God.
The ability to obtain or pass along information instantly and through multiple, public channels has helped sinful mankind to also more quickly assimilate into a near, homogenized immorality. The bar on morality has been lowered across even to remote cultures, even without much of the culture being self-aware of the situation. And while many of us practicing Catholics would like to believe we are sort of an exception to the norm as far as succumbing to the drift towards license and confusion over true freedom. This slow, melting pot indoctrination occurs even to those who subscribe to an unchanging truth in principle, revealed by a God who is unchanging, begin to forget that since truth is objective, so must then be the standards by which one upholds the truth in their actions. As one acts, one believes, or at least, eventually. This also even applies to the liturgy, for where there is less reverence in the most sacred things (i.e. the Sacraments), there is more certainly to be less reverence for God's creatures of the lesser order. And so the smaller infractions lead to the larger ones. Lex orandi. Lex Credendi. Lex Vivendi ... indeed, but also you can flip those around in their order, for one always gives way to where one's heart is already most largely given.
This fairly rapid incultration of the Spirit of the World into mankind increasing its rate due to, at least on the natural level, the availability of information --- much of it garbage from media which has, in its least concerns, the higher spiritual and temporal goods of men, has led to the inevitable promotion of gradualism within the Church's hierarchy. The scoundrels of men who would make a false god and call him "Christ" would rather the Church change to the times, rather than the reverse. Afterall, they will propose, God is merciful. However, they blaspheme when they accuse God of not being merciful unless HE acquieses to us, rather than mankind conform to HIM. We are the ones who are fickle, but not God who is always faithful. They blaspheme God the Holy Ghost by suggesting that this gradualism must occur, or they devise a revolt with her hierarchy against dogma, first by the application of "guidelines" that regard dogma as not being from the Holy Ghost, and rather, suddenly, the Holy Ghost is now also redefined as the Spirit of the World. They take Christ off the Cross, finding the Cross to be an abboration to their intentions. How demon-driven do they show themselves to be in doing so, for it is the demons that are most offended by the Crucifix, which mocks their choice to give their not fiat! When their first attempt of an revolt is thwarted, they get, never-the-less, their bifercated tails in the door by causing division under the pretense of worldly unity.
Never before in the Church's history was there a need for an increase of daily prayer and penances of the faithful. In the time of great martyrdoms, it was merely the secular authority which the faithful had to resist. Today, it is even in its spiritual leaders who are disavowing their vocations to Christ as Truth Incarnate Himself, by perpetuating this gradualism either directly or by their cowardice.
However, God gives us the priests, bishops, cardinals and popes we deserve, so, the question is: how did we get here? Besides the first fact that their is a tremendous lack of due worship, both in the liturgical sense and privately among most Catholics, the "Lex Vivendi" has been contributing to this blind leading the blind. Some of the more significant areas I mean to point out below, as a continuation from the previous post.
The promotion of vice (i.e.: avarice, perversion, immodesty) Well, I;'m not about to list all the vices here, but just for the fact that most Catholics canot even name the 7 Deadly Sins, one could say its frighteningly obvious that there is a resounding lack of consideration for God's rights in most practicing Catholics today. Without this knowledge, how can their be any objective standards within our cutlure? A type of ennui towards prudence in general becomes presented by Modernists as "fundamentalism" because there are so few people who see the connection to even their own faults as contributions to the promotion of vice in the world at large.
Contraception. This causes people to become utilitarianists. No longer is the marital act something that is a participation of two for what is in principle a life-giving act, but rather, it is something that primarily self-oriented, and not self-giving. It erodes a sense of responsibility, actually keeping individuals from habitually growing in the ability to give sacrificial love within the context of marriage, and, like other sexual sins (self-abuse, pornography, etc.) its self-orientation stunts the maturity of those who participate in its use. This also indoctrinates a type of utilitarianistic philosophy which weakens the potential to express love and sacrifice in all other areas of one's life.
Lack of acknowledging the value of life from natural conception to natural death. This also stems from the utilitarianist's outlook on life, as it looks to value another person by his or her viability and/or usefulness. One might, for example, extend this attitude towards not respecting a spouse because, perhaps, they cannot make a certain amount of money to "pull their weight" within a marriage. This attitude breaks down humanity within a person's character. God commands us to "love our neighbor as ourself", but how can we say this of someone who does not value life at all and any stage?
The lack of reverence to the solemn and sacred, recognizing the Transcendent nature of the Divine and divine truths. We are commanded to love our neighbor as ourselves, but firstly, to love God, as this love of neighbor springs from this love of God, all of which comes from Him. When we do not put reverence to the solemn and the sacred as necessary both from the interior and the exterior, then we are saying that the material goods of this life have no purpose. In fact, this is a heresy, because the goods of this life are intended for us to use to give Him glory, each according to our state. As the old saying goes, "Lex orandi. Lex Credendi. Lex Vivendi."
Lack of personal accountability. ...and regarding that "Lex Vivendi"... Have you noticed how there is a fast-growing lack of accountability being replaced by entitlement? This prevailing attitude within our society is partly to do the humanism, materialism, and a whole lot of other 'isms', along with significant increases in utilitarianism, agnosticism. People are becoming more and more 'law onto themselves', lacking a holy fear in God, or the desire to grow in gratitude and holy fear (the Bible says that holy fear is the beginning of love of God). The one, true God is the god of Truth and of Justice. By the way, there is no dichotomy between His justice and mercy --- there is a paradox, but NOT a dichotomy. To suggest that there is a dichotomy in God is to say that He contradicts Himself --- which is the basic error of the Modernist, since everything he proposes is based on comparing, what he wrongly perceives, as "dichotomies", and like Hegel, proposes, then, a dialectic to further his gnostic comprehension. Then he attributes his findings to modern science, which is not only an insult to our holy religion, but also to science itself. But I digress, the lack of accountability is due to a lack of humility. We need to make ourselves accountable to our own faults if we wish to please God.
There is asaying that liberals win arguments by first redefininig the terms. Libs do this by redefining terms in order that the conservatives debate with a handicap; already they are forming the argument by these redefined terms which distort reality with an obtuse, left-leaning pardigm.
A Left-Leaning, Obtuse Triangle...lol
So many people, Catholics not excluded, want to idealize economic systems. Catholics even idealize a system to the point of suggesting it is "Catholic". No economic system is perfect, in its employment. Yet, so many of us have bought into the issue being of the "haves and have nots", the "99% vs. the 1%". We already know that man may not commit evil that good may come of it. If one subscribes to the truth of the existence of Divine Providence, and the natural moral law that man has a right to private property, we cannot steal from the rich to give to the poor. Stealing is part of injustice. Charity, however, is the love of God firstly, and the love of neighbor out of love of God. It is the right of the individual to have the FREEDOM to chose the good of giving to others who are in need, out of charity --- not justice. The New Age/Masonic leaders within the visible Church have coined the liberal term, "social justice" to, in effect, promote socialist ideas. However, it is this type of stealing --- being presented and promoted as "justice" --- which has at it's core the malice of keeping covered the true injustices which are at the very cause of the lack of charity, and the suffering of the poor, both naturally and supernaturally speaking.
Now, if a person has an inheritance, it is their right by Providence, just as any natural good as a property. The muslim religion teaches that if a man is caught teaching, his hand is to be cut off. The true God, however, teaches that a man could cut his own hand off if he steals --- not someone else's if he steals. The point is to do mortification and penance as a violence to the self-will --- as means of GREATER GLORY TO GOD by submission, which is at the heart of the evil, not the hand itself. But, we as Christians often times suggest that if someone has "too much", the government should demand that they give to others. This, then, in turn, suggests that the government has the ultimate right to property, rather than the individual, which in turn, removes, to an extent, true freedom --- the right of man to choose the good. It's this freedom of choice to do the good that honors God through use of resources, in the employment of CHARITY.
So where is the injustice? There is another saying, "the art of deception lies in the ability to create a plausible diversion." The liberal media and tail wagging the dog has been in defining the argument in order to create that plausible diversion. It is true that there is a tremendous imbalance of resources, but the evil is not there, but in how these resources are more often than not accumulated.
This most clever deception is probably history's most successful employment of black propaganda, since it is the premise of both the liberals and many conservatives today, who ironically, all fail to ask, "How did we get here?"
And that is PRECISELY what the governments, along with the devil, DO NOT want you to ask.
We got to this imbalance of resources by true evils. Just to name a few:
Utilitarianism/Exploitation of Labor
Patronising of Communist nations
The promotion of vice (i.e.: avarice, perversion, immodesty)
Lack of acknowledging the value of life from natural conception to natural death
The lack of reverence to the solemn and sacred, recognizing the Transcendent nature of the Divine and divine truths.
Lack of personal accountability
So there are a lot of things to rant about here, but I will only touch upon each very briefly.
Usuary: To many people are committing usury in order to live higher than their state. Keeping up with the Jones is not a cardinal virtue. It is not a virtue at all. If one must borrow on interest, let it be out of necessity according to his state, that he can pay it off in a timely fashion. Outside of that, it is cooperating with an evil and thus gravely sinful. By the way, the "1%" becomes rich out of the greed of the lower and middle classes who allow themselves to be charged for things needlessly.
Fraud: Hedge funds, I don't care how the nitwits on Wall Street, or in the gigantic financial firms across the globe, or the university professors of modern finance spin them, are nothing but a legal form of high profile FRAUD. Maybe the argument that they are, in fact, fraudulent obviously lessens when it comes to the first degree, the investors, however, there is a lot of shell game tactics involved even in their presentation to the point where it is fraud through and through. Not only that, but it promotes greed and avarice, not to mention that on the natural level, it causes for economic stability long-term.
Utilitarianism/Exploitation of Labor: This is a BIG one. The Catholic Church teaches that if any company requires, in order to be competitive within its market, that its lowest paid workers receive less than a living wage* (*generally determined by a wage that permits a man to support a wife and children by full-time hours, usually 40 hours per week on average), then that company has no business being in business. Please refer to Rerum Novarum and Quadragesimo Anno.
Which brings me to...
The Patronising of Communist nations: Oh, hey, here's a suggestion ---- Rather than taxing the rich disproportionately for being rich, why not PENALIZE THEM for sending American jobs overseas to countries who commit moral slave, labor attrocities? And, while your at it, tax goods that are made by countries who exploit their labor by not providing a living wage and/or who employ children? Hmmm??? Oh no, some of you would rather take away the wealthy all together of those who were able to make in the first place. Well, honestly, if we are so more worthy then let us do justice to God according to our state, and be examples of integrity. Force the hand of the wealthy to use their ingenuity to create wealth for this country, by penalizing not those with wealth non-discerningly --- which should not by the government's role but GOD's, but by penalizing the patronizing of Communistic fueled economies. Also, having less availability of cheaper goods would create a demand for more American goods, and in turn, give us back our options of goods with value, along with job creation.
I think I'm going to make a Part II for these next issues...
My posts are usually not personal, but with occasionally I will make an exception.
I am having to face the fact that I can hardly "share" most articles from secular sites, or YouTube videos, without the risk of also inadvertantly sharing a side thumbnail image and/or article which happens to be pornographic.
Let's face it: What we call innocuous today is, in fact, objectively PORNOGRAPHIC. Our society has just become accustomed to the perverse and profane. Now, what is considered "obscene" is the worse of the worse, as if there is such a thing as some porn that is not so bad --- even rated watchable. Even PG-13 animations targeting children is ridiculously graphic and advertising exaggerated female sexual parts (namely the chest). Why is this even necessary? It's not!
When society lowers the bar on what is acceptable, it lowers the bar on all values, starting from the top: charity. It cuts away charity because it lowers man to an object --- as his sexuality is separated from his entire being. Man is also of spirit, and has a soul.
Perversion also is a sin against truth in this same manner, and therefore, against justice since truth belongs to justice. It lies by saying something is separate from it's whole, and/or that it can or ought to be separated from its integrity. It accomplishes this by taking away the integrity that rightly belongs to a person. Whether a person is offering scandal through perversion, or whether a person is willingly receiving scandal, in BOTH instances, there is a lack of regard for the whole person, and even to the point where the effect is that it reduces the person's integrity by scandal. That is a type of stealing via accepting a lie.
Tell any man (or woman, for that matter) who is in some manner using perversion, that they ought to imagine the person(s) they are looking at with a millstone tied to a rope, and the rope tied to their neck(s), and he or she or they thrown into a deep sea ...
to drown in the depths. What suffering that would be! It would be so much, that even this would not be restitution for their scandal, that our Lord says it would be BETTER that they never have been born. (Matthew 18:6 and Luke 17:2)
Whenever anyone comes upon perverse material, one must say the simple, one-word prayer within himself, "MERCY!" Jesus, have mercy on the scandal mongers of this nature, for they know not what they do to others, let alone themselves!
But even for those that accept and even seek out such scandal:
You say you "love God", yet you would willingly and violently rip His supernatural Life of grace from your heart and mind.
I realize this is hard to hear, but this is the spiritual reality of the affect of pornography on a soul who is a practicing Catholic, isn't it?
But you also destroy your ability to relate, and your self-esteem. And you perpetuate the hurt that this brings to the culture, by the victims of this societal monster by proxy --- as even those who do not 'use' this are hurting from being reduced by culture to more of an object that a human --- judged by things such as "sexual appeal" and "viability" within a society --- even "PAWNS" that are no more of use that that which they contribute in the material sense. Yes, all this utilitarianism is fostered at its very root by a lack of charity that often has as its direct relative --- the lack of chastity and the abuse of God's graces.
This is one of the reasons our society now is succumbing to Socialism and eventually Communism.
More and more as the natural moral virtues of charity are confused as "justice", people are growing in avarice and away from full compassion. Envy, fear, anger and greed are taking over ... all introduced with lust by a broken society. This is occuring as even those who would be fighting against these social evils are mixing the practice of the one, true faith with sins against purity. This, in turn, causes the soul to separate in his mind and heart the RIGHTS OF GOD firstly, and secondly, the rights of others. If you flip the priority of those two, as humanists tend to do, then your religion is in VAIN. Purity is the essential element to recognizing God's rights firstly, and secondly, the AWARENESS of one's obligation and the STRENGTH OF WILL (fortitude) to execute the difficult, but right effort to choose and execute. Man thereby becomes a person of both weak understanding and weak will, reducing both his understanding of his own dignity and that intrinsically of others. Man's dignity is firstly in God the Father, who created him in His image, and secondly, in God the Son, who sacrificed his Life that man may have supernatural life, that thirdly, God the Holy Ghost gives through the means of supernatural life of sanctifying grace (ex.: as in Baptism). Yes, it can be restored through Holy Confession, but it weakens the will, and restitution is still wanting for each mortal sin ever committed.
A man whose will is thus broken, loses his understanding of justice and value of truth, not just from the weakening of holy, filial fear of God (who is Truth Itself), but also of justice. Even when he has good intentions, since the supernatural Gift of the Holy Ghost, namely, to this point, that of understanding, is subverted by mortal sin, he will fail to perceive the natural rights belonging to him or to others. This indoctrination always occurs by sins against chastity, namely with the use or pornography, because these abhorrations are based on the premise that a human (man or woman --- usually a woman) can and even should be reduced to a perverse function --- a function for utilitarian purposes, and a person reduced to a mere object, whose sexual being is separate from their humanity and likeness of God. Does it matter that there are some poor depraved souls that actually will, for one reason or another, to be reduced to such a perverse function? No, not at all. I dare to say that if anyone is in Hell, before even Judas Iscariot, Immanuel Kant is most likely there --- because it was he who proposed and promoted the demonic concept that if a person consents to an immoral act with another, that the other is not guilty of the sin of scandal. This is AGAINST the teachings of the Church, both Divine and natural moral laws, since each of us is culpable for our own choices by the gift of free will. But such scounderals affected by having drowned their consciences in perversion cannot even allow themselves to ascend to accountability, as any person above the age of reason ought to; they even go so far as to excuse others' accountability due to broken consciences. But remember, they are broken because they first willed it.
So MERCY! We implore MERCY on such people, in part, yes, still victims of not merely concupiscence, but the Spirit of the World and the devil --- who is a cowardly but highly intelligent and resourceful opportunity. "Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do!" Those of us who do know better have an obligation to show love in this mercy, by not mistaking that there is SIN, otherwise, there would be no NEED for MERCY. Chosing to acquiese to the spirit of the world in our wording or approach is acuqiessing to the lies. If one is sick and needs medicine, how would they accept medicine if they do not know to approach the Doctor in the first place? They must acknowledge they are sick first. We have an obligation to tell those we love, in a loving manner, that they are sick --- when the sickness if mortal.
Now, I wonder to myself, since I have often shared YouTube videos and articles from secular news sources, how many people I have unwittingly scandalized by cooperation with these media outlets. How often I have seen an obscene thumbnail from a video or article on a page or at the end of a video that is completely innocuous --- but these scandal monger sites are increasingly barraging us with this poison. So, while it is not (thanks be to God) an occasion of sin for me --- am I forgetting about my brothers in Christ? Those images might not even be there at the time I share an article or video, but may later appear, or I might not have noticed it.
There is too much expedience and less discerning in all this social media. It is too easy for a grave mistake to occur. I am thinking of no longer using secular media. It's just not really necessary, not compared to saving souls.
But back to how perversion/porn promotes Socialism and Communism: These are economic concepts based on materialism, they looks to promote a social good by employing a utilitarianistic view and egalitarianistic view. It accomplishes this by saying that charity is justice, that it is right for the government to take what property is one person's out of justice, to give to those who need it more. In fact, it does this by putting man's view of his 'rights' over God's, as God is the Creator and decides upon Providence. This is NOT suggesting that it is good to hoard, or to not share, but this is a matter of CHARITY, NOT of JUSTICE.
So to tie in perversion: pornography, the spirit of licenese over liberty and freedom* (*the ability to chose the good), are all promoters of stealing from others, and overall utilitarianism, to one degree or another.
Now, this is not meant to be a political blog, but, I have something to say in terms of what Holy Mother Church teaches on this subject, in my next post...
Christ Cleansing the Temple, Bernardino Mei, circa 1655
This wonderful depiction by Bernardino Mei (an Sienese / Italian painter from circa 1655) depicts our Lord cleaning the temple. The forefront shows an older person justifying herself for selling the doves, which were needed for the poor or at even average person to make an offering at the temple. But this person was she not doing this for the convenience of travelers from out of town who did not carry with them animals for an offering. But our Lord saw through this, that the convenience was a worldly excuse, and not for the sake of true devotion to God, for our Lord was also pointing to the destruction of the Jerusalem temple, and the 'temple' to be created, in place of the Jerusalem Temple, in every man who receives the supernatural grace of the Sacraments via his (Jesus's) own Passion, Death and Resurrection in the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Altar. As Jesus cleanses the temple, he quotes Jeremiah the prophet, "Behold you put your trust in lying words, which shall not profit you: to steal, to murder, to commit adultery, to swear falsely, to offer to Baalim, and to go after strange gods whom you know not. And you have come, and stood before me in this house, in which my name is called upon, and have said: you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear false, burn incenses to Baal, and.and stand before Me in this house, which is called by My Name, and say, 'We are delivered, because we have done all these abominations."
Our Lord wasn't saying that God's people were simply doing business where they shouldn't have, but that they were tremendous hypocrites for presuming upon God's grace and mercy, that, like the Pharisee in the parable of the Pharisee and the sinner, they believed that by simply keeping the temple rituals, they would be delivered from their enemies, even though they were unfaithful, and not truly repentant. They were doing what they were supposed to do in the formal sense of worship while their hearts were far from Him.
I kind of think that the smaller 'vice' or newer vice, is represented by the small child who has true remorse on his face, and clings to the mantle of our Lord in desperation. This, I think, is meant to represent the truly contrite.