27 March 2016

How to Find Beauty and/or Truth

+JMJ+

AMDG

The Jews rejected Christ because he came and did nothing more than miracles that pointed back to his divinity.  That wasn't enough simply because they wanted a messiah that would bring them have the riches and power over the things of this world.   Some might assert that the Jews were "surprised" to see the Messiah in such a meek state, but no highly devout Jew, well-versed in scripture would have or should have been surprised by this, because of the writings of the prophets.

Jesus Christ's meekness was NOT a political statement that pointed back to himself and vertically to the natural order, but ordered everything to God the Father, even himself being divine.  He began to prove this when he celebrated the first sacrifice, not as the traditional pascal feast of a perfect lamb being sacrificed, but of HIMSELF as the sacrifice.  Here was the turning point for one of his disciples, that was scandalzied by this act of the Institution of the Holy Eucharist.   Judas refused to have a messiah that would allow himself to be a victim.  Judas essentially refused also the Good Friday of Jesus, although, running from it, he never-the-less participated by his refusing Christ's Sacrifice, and denying obedience to him.  Yet, he came back and kissed him on the cheek, and seeing the true divine goodness of Christ in Christ's response, he fell into despair.  Here he refuses also now, the promise of the Resurrection.

Do we forget our supernaturally supplied faith, hope and/or charity?  How often do we take for granted the Cross of Christ; His Passion and death, and his Resurrection?   How often do we take for granted the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass --- the true body and blood of Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist, when we do not regard first and lastly HIS Holy Will?

The remedy:

Pray daily in silence.  If you seek truth (in this world), seek (rather) Christ.  If you seek beauty, seek Christ.  If you seek unity, seek Christ.  If you seek any goodness, seek it in Christ, and you will find the origins of any true goodness firstly in God, for any created goodness pales by comparison to its Creator.  If you seek love, seek Christ, because there is no greater example of love in this world past, future or present, than that of Christ's love for you.  Seek Christ in quiet consideration and prayer, and ask him to bring you more graces to create in you a new will that longs for the things that obey his will, and you will find all truth, all beauty, all peace and goodness in him.


HAVE A BLESSED EASTER.

29 October 2015

REALITY CHECK

+JMJ+

NO MATTER WHO dislikes or even if the entire WORLD hates me,

NO MATTER WHAT happens, regardless of what I may experience,

NO MATTER WHERE I may end up, even alone and lost,

NO MATTER WHEN I may experience suffering of any kind or combination,

NO MATTER THE REASON...

I MATTER because GOD LOVES ME.

I matter because I have life, that I MAY have SUPERNATURAL LIFE to OBEY GOD,

I AM, not because of what I think, but because GOD MADE ME.

HE GAVE HIS SON TO DIE FOR ME, AND THE HOLY GHOST TO TRANSFORM and CONFORM MY HEART AND WILL, that I may ascent to the one, true Faith.

God the Son loves me so much, that He suffered more than I can or will ever suffer in this life, so that no matter what the circumstance, I can remember that HE SUFFERED AND DIED FOR ME because HE LOVES ME.

I only need to concern myself with pleasing Him by avoiding sin and living in holy gratitude for His Creation, born out of His love.  This life I have is to give Him glory, by means of His Grace, which I may receive in the normal means He ordered since His death on the Cross.

Is this not proof also of His love, that I can know that I am loved?

Didn't the Blessed Mother --- a woman I have never seen with my own eyes --- pray for this poor, ungrateful creature, that I may have this Faith, that I may be obedient, as the servant she instructed at the wedding feast, "Do whatever He tells you?"

Yes, this is proof of the Blessed Mother and her power via her intercession.  Yes, this is proof of her Son's love, and that not long ago he suffered and died for me.  Yes, this is proof that there is a Heaven for those who give their wills and hearts to God in holy obedience to all He asks.  Here is proof of my purpose, that HUMAN LIFE IS ALWAYS INHERITANTLY GOOD by the fact that it is created to give HIM GLORY by the means of HIS GRACE, and OBEDIENCE to HIS LAWS.  All rights are His.

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Sin is saying that my rights are separate from God's, and that I am not grateful for His Sacrifice.  Nothing that can happen to me is worse than what I can do against God by sin.  Lord, Make me, therefore, a most faithful servant, always close to your Mother, that she may always continue interceding for me, until I am safely united to You forever in Heaven.  Amen.








15 September 2015

+++IN COMMEMORATION OF JARED CHEEK AND MATTY MOLNAR++++

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Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 2015 A.D.
Adorolata


A dear friend used to say while he was in seminary:
"Don't sin, and do what you will."

This is bad theology.  If we do what WE will for ourselves, our imperfections will turn to sins, inevitably, if even first by small sins as concessions, and little by little into larger sins.  However, it's even more dangerous than being just plain "cold" of the faith, but it espouses lukewarmness as the idea.  

It's not.  Our Lord made that clear: "But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, not hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth. "  Revelation 3:15



It doesn't matter if one gives his entire time, energy, and goods over to God.  God wants our hearts, and not just in a sentimental way.  He wants our WILL.  We are here to do GOD'S WILL, not our own.  Even Jesus Christ said that he "came to do the will of (his) Father," to humiliate his own --- in a good way, out of TRUE CHARITY --- which IS love of God, and secondly, love of neighbor out of that FIRST love: love of God.   

We need to remind ourselves and be reminded by others that because we are imperfect, we each also have an imperfect knowledge of God.  Therefore, we must not presume that we rely on our own understanding by doing the bare minimum, and simply obeying the Commandments.  We must have our actions out of love, that we conform our wills to God's, and then we can begin the path of spiritual progress.  The very last stage of the spiritual life (after the Purgative stages and Illuminative), is the Unitive stage, which is ultimately has in it's final part union with God's will.  This is what the saints in Heaven have, but one cannot enter Heaven without such union, if achieved in this life first, or later by purification in fire.  However, there are many in Hell who suffer eternal fire because they were lukewarm in this life, and died, as most of us will die, in an unplanned hour. 


LET US BE GRATEFUL FOR THE SACRAMENTS THAT LEAD US TO CONFORMITY and eventually to unity, if we truly love Christ and seek to obey God and HIS HOLY WILL in ALL THINGS.  

Not my will but GOD'S WILL BE DONE.



In loving memory of JARED CHEEK and MATTY MOLNAR.



REQUIEM aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Requiescant in pace.  Amen.







Angel in Chapelle Royale
Dreux, France
Jean Marie Bienaimé Bonnassieux
(1839-1848)

Karl Keating's Comments on Michael Voris's False Allegations re.: SSPX

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Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows


Karl Keating:

"NOT A GOOD WAY TO START A SERIES ABOUT THE SSPX"

"Today’s episode of Michael Voris’s “The Vortex” is titled “SSPX Sadness.” It’s about the Society of St. Pius X, the religious group established by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. Apparently this episode is the first of several that will air this week, with a more in-depth program to be devoted to the SSPX on Friday.
While much of what Voris said is accurate, much is not. I don’t know if he has time to rectify his errors before later episodes air, but it would be good if he could do so. His basic error—and the only one I’ll mention in this post—is to state that the SSPX, as an organization, is in schism. It isn’t, and the Vatican hasn’t claimed it is.
In 1988 Lefebvre (1905-1991) and Antonio de Castro Mayer (1904-1991), the retired bishop of Campos, Brazil, ordained four SSPX priests as bishops. This was done without papal approval and in contravention of canon law. All six men were excommunicated latae sententiae—that is, automatically.
Their excommunications were confirmed immediately by John Paul II, who noted that the illicit ordinations displayed a schismatic attitude on the part of the six. (The excommunications were lifted by Benedict XVI in 2009; this lifting in no way implied that the excommunications had been unjust or unwarranted.)
To the extent there was a schism, it was personal and on the part of the six bishops. The effects of their act did not automatically transfer to their followers, whether the priests and seminarians who are the formal members of the SSPX or the society’s lay followers, or to the SSPX as an organization. The SSPX is said by Rome to be in an irregular status within the Church, but it is not said to be in schism. It thus is incorrect to assert that the organization, its priests, or its followers are in schism.
Michael Voris should amend his comments to make this clear. There is plenty of reason to criticize the SSPX, its current leaders, its founder, and some of its vocal advocates, but that criticism should be in the context of an accurate representation of the status of the organization.
(There are other errors in today’s “Vortex,” but I don’t have time to dissect the whole episode.)"




14 September 2015

The Upcoming Schism


+JMJ+

Feast of the Precious Blood of Jesus, 2015 A.D.
Jesu, Salvator mundi,
tuis famulis subveni,
quos pretioso sanguine,
quos pretioso sanguine redemisti.

The tone of this post will be much different that the previous posts.  
I haven't been posting in quite a while.  The main reason I started this blog was because I wanted some place to virtually 'store' my favorite digital, religious images, prayers, considerations, etc., while practicing my HTML.  It was during a time when my health was in crisis, and things were not looking too good for me in the longevity department.  The good Lord deemed that He still would work on me longer, and I am happy to say I am still here (to further work out my salvation, for my hope is to be in Heaven).

Today, however, there are a few things I would like to say to a lot of well-intended, but very confused Catholics.  

First, I would like you to paint an image in your mind of a well-dressed man whose arms are on strings like a puppet, wearing a thorny crown for show that he has suffered, with his arms somewhat extended by the ropes, and his nose growing like Pinocchio.  Then imagine a faceless man pulling the strings, dressed in an expensive polo shirt and jeans, and behind him are men holding masonic images.
Pinocchio had good intentions.  

What I described is what I see when I hear Michael Voris talk about the SSPX.  

I am NOT a fan of the SSPX, but for reasons far removed from what has ever come out of Michael Voris's mouth.  I do have respect for the late Archbishop Lefebvre but not for signing Nostrae Aetate (an action which he immediately regretted).  However, I am also not a fan of  a lie being presented as truth, and then making an argument based on that false premise.  For instance, it is a LIE that the SSPX is in schism.  Yes, Pope John Paul II had said that they were in schism, but even then, it was for reasons that were very odd.  Never-the-less, since then, the current pontiff in the visible hierarchy permitted by God (who is obviously visiting a vengence on His people for their spiritual laziness) has declared that they (the SSPX) are NOT in schism.   This is clearly why Michael Voris conveniently did not even mention the current Pope's declaration, and went straight to Pope John Paul II (because, hey, he's like a ROCK STAR, in pop culture!).  So, let's start from there, and "uncover the LIES and FALSEHOODS" of the online network known as "Church Militant"...

Let me start by saying that Voris has made a lot of GOOD shows.  I am very confused by his flip-floppiness in his own philosophies, though, and it makes me wonder if his boss, Terry Carroll, has anything (*cough*) to do with it.  I want to believe that Mr. Voris is well-intended, and just maybe he was hypnotized by the man who gives him his bi-weekly check adding up to only "$40K"  per annum.  God bless him and that work he has done that is good, and there is a lot of it!  He and his Ivy League friend, Christine Niles (who also used to have her own podcast produced by Terry, and had a repeated guest who was a heretic prelate, mixed, of course, with some orthodoxy on other occasions) may both mean well, but their passion for the faith sometimes gets eclipsed by their passion for affiliation, and their pride seems to cloud their judgment.

But "Who is TERRY CARROLL?" you ask.   Check this article out by Christopher A. Ferrara: Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Vortex

Now, let me also share with you what I PERSONALLY know about the man that ought to be, BY JUSTICE, PUBLIC, as although the man wants to be hidden from the public, his WORKS are NOT HIDDEN, and are PUBLIC, but he carefully orchestrates them from behind the scenes.  (That's what a producer does, but misleading the public, more specifically, traditional and semi-traditional Catholics on the internet, is another thing.)  



OK, let me just cut to the chase:  I know Terry has funded other shows on the internet which support people like Dr. Phil Mango, John Eldgredge, Gregory Popcak, etc.   I saw the connection, not knowing a thng about the producer of one show, and called in one night when Dr. Mango said some blasphemy against the Blessed Mother.  He went BALLISTIC, but these guys who host the show... the main host living at his mother's home, could somehow afford VERY SOPHISTICATED ON THE AIR EDITING equipment, and edited out his screaming tyrade (did I smoke someone's serpants???) on the airing delay.  

That night I heard from someone I knew affiliated with the hosts, and he worked as a (get this) go between on behalf of the show's producer, Terry Carroll.  I was asked to not give out his name to ANYONE.  Well, I've renegged on this because of the gravity of the danger he is posing* (&double-meaning to that word there).  Mr. Carroll wanted to know who I was, who I was "with" --- as apparently he believed I was "working with someone".  Well, I certainly hope I was and still am!  The pay, however, is not in money but in merit, may it please God.  LESS THAN AN HOUR of hearing from Terry, I started getting attempts of hacking on my computer over, and over, and over again that very same night.  I asked our 'go between' contact if there might be a connection, and he asked Terry, and the word back was that it happens to him, too, and that the "government" was probably spying on him, so I have to be careful not to tell anyone about my "associating" with Terry.  And I am very gullible and wanting to believe the best in people, so (don't laugh), I actually believed that Mr. Carroll had nothing to do with the attempted break ins to my pc.  (I happen to work in IT, so I knew what was happening and was pretty impressed with the attempts, although, they were unsuccessful.)

Umm... sorry, it's more dangerous not to mention this, as I have come to learn it's time to spill the beans.

Now, let's cut over to Michael Voris's recent revisting his hatred for the SSPX.  This is a smoking gun of the element behind Voris and even all the good works.  

Let me first lay out a concept regarding black propoganda, as I've repeatedly mentioned over the last several years in previous posts:   it's simply the single, most effective means of selling unpopular ideas or ideals to the very groups that are most against them.  Simply it's a type of magic by delivering something that appears one way, when it is really another in hidden aspects, by concealing what you are not meant to see with a plausible diversion.

Plausible diversion:  No devout Catholic wants to be in schism.  Yet, we know that the SSPX IS NOT in schism, so much that even Pope Francis declared that they are not in schism.  So, what's happening?   Voris only goes with the Pope when it suits his/Terry's interests?  But why NOW?

In "Church Militant's recent video released today, he made a conclusion based on a false premise:  the conclusion that the faithful will not receive valid Sacraments if they are celebrated by any SSPX priest, and bases it on the (FALSE) premise that they are in schism.  Even if you believed that the reason they were in schism was because of Pope John Paul II having said so (if even for strange reasons), then you would be obliged to believe that they are no longer in schism because of what the current pontiff has declared.   (Note:  if a priest can hear confessions, he most certainly can provide the other Sacraments. Remember two words:  supplied jurisdiction.   Now, Fr. Z.,  and his fans will have a problem with that, but that's with them.  The fact is, the faithful are not obliged to go to priests who do not celebrate the traditional Mass, or who even celebrate both as if they are equivalent rites.  I don't want to go on too much of a tangent here, but any liturgy that has at it's inception the premise of becoming more "relevant" to popular culture and its errant, predominating philosophies --- not even compatible with traditional doctrine --- has major issues, no matter how much of it is said in Latin.  Fr. Z. talks about "Modernism 2.0", but he represents Modernism 2.8.3.)

But getting back to my point:  WHY NOW?  Why does Voris and his puppeteer/(main)producer want to make THIS WEEK the veritable, "SLAM-THE-SSPX-AS-SCHISMATICS-AT-ALL-COSTS WEEK"?    Now, mind you, I do not attend there, but I do ironically attend an "approved" Mass.  (That sounds so odd, since when does the traditional Mass that has been given to us via tradition and has never been abbrogated need to be approved??  Oh right, since Vatican II, the "New (World) Order" minstries!)  Why THIS week, sandwiched between the Pope's recent defending, not the Sacrament of Marriage, but making another 'sacrament' of people's feelings, and the upcoming Synod?    (For those of you who do not know this, Pope Francis, who requested bishops and cardinals be more supportive of collegiality and discussion, BYPASSED the usual process for approving the two documents.  He did this because the heretical German bishops were pressing for it, among them Kasper the Friendly Heretic, no doubt.)   Maybe the Pope honestly means well, but even the path to Hell is paved with 'good' intentions, and this is no exception. The Sacraments and Commandments were not to be watered down so that we could have it easier and throw off the cross.  We are to come to Christ, not bring him down to be crucified by our lack of obedience and tepidity --- even in times of trouble, hardship and even emotional pain.  You don't believe me?  This was clear to St. Thomas More, and his enemies were all about finding a way to make an annulment easier.  (Watch, "A Man for All Seasons, and note how Cromwell proposes that they help King Henry marry in the Church with his 'new wife', "And our job as administrators is to make it as convenient as we can.")

Remember the reason Pope Francis said he was pushed to deliver these documents ahead of the October Synod?    The hierarchy that is for building the perception that dogma can change will declare that those prelates who are against the new proposals will be the ones in schism.  Mark my words.  Meanwhile, Bishops who will be defending the truth, will be marginalized by other Cardinals and Bishops.  


Now Michael Voris will have it that it is better to go with the flow of the formal obstinant heretics and materially confused than to obey the true teachings of Christ.  Consider, however, that once a prelate refuses dogmatic truths, he is not teaching in Christ.  We are to confirm to HIM, not Christ to the world.  



Watch Michael Voris flip-flop after the Synod about the very same bishops he defends today.  He will say that we must obey whatever is fed to us from this Synod.  He's setting you up for this if you are buying what he's selling this week.  He knows what he's doing, and he's already decided.  Voris believes he will be outside the Barque of Peter if he doesn't take everything that comes out of the October synod hook, line and sinker.  

That doesn't surprise me, and it shouldn't surprise you.  Afterall, Michael Voris's spiritual director is none other than Fr. Paul Nicholson.  Fr. Nicholson, who a posted mean-spirited "tweet" on the death of Fr. Gruner (may he rest in peace+)  immediately upon hearing of Fr. Gruner's death, and who has MANY TIMES posted lewd, immodest images (would you believe, even one of Miley Cyrus twerking?) and makes crude jokes even about sacramentals... this is the Fr. Nicholson who is Voris's spiritual director.  This is a priest who celebrates the New Order Mass, and is a member of the Opus Dei, who was started by a priest who flaunted a cross with a rose in the middle, the symbol of the rosicrucians* (*a demonic order well above the rank of the Freemasons).
Fr. Nicholson schmoozing with Bishop Schneider

So why do it?   Why preach some good things, and Voris make a lot of legitimately GOOD videos?  Again, it's because the target audience are the faithful Catholics.  Who else and how else to get them to come on board with swallowing the poison to be presented to us at the synod, the same poison we are already seeing coming from the misguided, (hopefully) well-intended Pope, who, by his own closest associates when he was Cardinal Bergoglio, said of him that he was more political than 'religious'?   (Don't forget; mind the Pope's "friends" who are big players in the UN, as well as the Marxist Jesuits of Brazil.)

Fasten your seatbelts, because this will be a bumpy ride.  Faithful Catholics will be thrown under the bus.  Do you think things are bad now by our respective governments telling us that it is illegal to stand for marriage as defined by God?   Wait 'till you can't even claim that you are truly Catholic!

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Pray for the Pope.
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07 November 2014

Signal Graces: What Are They?

St. Augustine de Hippo, by Phillippe de Champaigne
What are "signal graces"?  

First of all, let's talk about what they are not.   Signal graces are not a "sign" in the sense of when a prayer is answered, well, not necessarily.  Strictly speaking, that is not what they are and especially they are not something created, but actually grace.  Grace is the indwelling of God moving the soul. We know about actual graces and sanctifying grace, for example.  They are not in the natural order, so simply an answered prayer is usually not a signal grace.

Signal graces are extraordinary graces that move the soul by the intellect and will in such a way that the reception of the grace --- to a certain degree --- can even be detected by others -- or less commonly, even in ourselves.

So I guess they can be a "sign" of God's mercy, but we should know that all grace is God's mercy whether or not it is detectable.  Most grace, afterall, is not able to be detected.

A lot of times, God grants signal graces when He desires not just the conversion of a soul, but a conversion that will take the soul to a whole different level of faithfulness, preparing them for the person's new phase in life.  The best examples of these are in "conversions" that are very noticeable and abruptly life changing. The conversions of saints like St. Augustine of Hippo and St. Mary Magdalene are great examples of persons who have received signal graces.  They received extraordinary graces that changed their hearts and minds to such a degree that they changed their lives entirely to live only for Jesus Christ.   Other times, God is preparing the soul for death, but really, in call cases, that is always one of "4 Last Things".  

St. Mary Magdalene, by Carlo Dolci

One personal account of signal graces was of a situation with a little girl that I knew.  This little girl was blind, and never really dealt well with her situation.  She was "high-maintenance" and often complained about many things.  This made her a challenge to help socialize with other children.   After several months, of working with her, abruptly, she stopped complaining, except for one thing she finally admitted to having recently been bearing:  she had just started suffering from a stomach ailment.  Meanwhile, she was having no problem putting every other child ahead of her needs and wants, and looked to encourage others around her as if she forgot herself completely.   There was only one person she started mentioning quite frequently:  the Blessed Virgin Mother.  This young girl of 15 years began asking all sorts of questions regarding devotions to this Blessed Mother and especially questions regarding the Brown Scapular.   It was arranged by a woman who had been volunteering to assist this young girl along with other blind children, that this child be invested in the Brown Scapular.   The child began to wear the Scapular with great devotion.  Soon after, there was a woman who witnessed that this child had a literal glow to her and a peace of heart that was not of this world.  There was one concern:  she kept her forearm over her belly, as if to be in some pain.  While she had been preparing for a trip with her friends, one of the volunteers asked the girl if she was ok, and the girl only gently then mentioned that she had a stomach ache.  

The volunteer was a practicing Catholic, and had been noticing that all these changes that happened with this girl were sudden and very much "signal graces" --- where they were given in an extraordinary degree all at once.  So the question was, "What big phase was the child about to undergo?"   The mysterious stomach ache suddenly took on an extra, spiritual dimension.   It was obvious then to that woman that this child was being prepared for a holy death.  Perhaps this understanding was also a signal grace within the woman who noted these graces in such abundance, but it was said that the stomach problem was not deadly.  However, only a few months later, the child succumbed to a cancer that had not been disclosed to anyone outside of the family.  

Just before this little girl of only 15 years' had passed, there was an interesting battle among certain family members over the wearing of the Brown Scapular.  Those closest to her in her family were against her wearing the scapular.  The young girl insisted she wear it in the hospital, until her final rest.  +
The battle had been won, by the grace of God.

May He be praised in all things.

+A.M.D.G.+



For more information, please also read about "The Four Last Things" and "The 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost".

05 November 2014

Simply Prayer of St. Mary Euphrasia


This is dedicated to my friend, Armin, who has given me a good example of this prayer. +

26 October 2014

Wives, Submit Yourselves to Your Husbands



Epistle Of Saint Paul To The Ephesians
[1] Be ye therefore followers of God, as most dear children; [2] 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. [3] But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not so much as be named among you, as becometh saints: [4] Or obscenity, or foolish talking, or scurrility, which is to no purpose; but rather giving of thanks. [5] 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.
[6] Let no man deceive you with vain words. For because of these things cometh the anger of God upon the children of unbelief. [7] Be ye not therefore partakers with them. [8] For you were heretofore darkness, but now light in the Lord. Walk then as children of the light. [9] For the fruit of the light is in all goodness, and justice, and truth; [10] Proving what is well pleasing to God:
[11] And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. [12]For the things that are done by them in secret, it is a shame even to speak of. [13] But all things that are reproved, are made manifest by the light; for all that is made manifest is light. [14]Wherefore he saith: Rise thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead: and Christ shall enlighten thee. [15] See therefore, brethren, how you walk circumspectly: not as unwise,
[16] But as wise: redeeming the time, because the days are evil. [17] Wherefore become not unwise, but understanding what is the will of God. [18] And be not drunk with wine, wherein is luxury; but be ye filled with the holy Spirit, [19] Speaking to yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual canticles, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord; [20] Giving thanks always for all things, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to God and the Father:
[21] Being subject one to another, in the fear of Christ. [22] Let women be subject to their husbands, as to the Lord: [23] Because the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the church. He is the saviour of his body. [24] Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so also let the wives be to their husbands in all things. [25] Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the church, and delivered himself up for it:
[26] That he might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life: [27] 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. [28] So also ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife, loveth himself. [29] For no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, as also Christ doth the church: [30] Because we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
[31] 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. [32] This is a great sacrament; but I speak in Christ and in the church.[33] Nevertheless let every one of you in particular love his wife as himself: and let the wife fear her husband.
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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.

When Conservatives Are Confused By Liberals - Part II

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.