So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Catholic Extremism

Are you a Catholic extremist?

What, exactly, is a Catholic extremist?

If you...
  • are baptized and confirmed in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, the Faith of the Catholic Church,
  • are in an intimate loving communion with Jesus Christ in His Church,
  • love God and love your neighbour,
  • love your enemies and forgive and pray for those who persecute you,
  • believe Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, and only through Him is salvation,
  • believe that many elements of sanctification and of truth are also found outside the visible confines of the Catholic Church (the written Word of God; the life of grace; faith, hope, and charity, with the other interior gifts of the Holy Spirit, as well as visible elements,") and you believe that Christ's Spirit uses these Churches and ecclesial communities as means of salvation, whose power derives from the fullness of grace and truth that Christ has entrusted to the Catholic Church(,) and that all these blessings come from Christ and lead to him, and are in themselves calls to "Catholic unity(,) and assert in charity that the Catholic Church is the one true Church founded by Jesus Christ on Saint Peter (CCC819) and that she, the Catholic Church, alone possesses the fullness of the Faith,
  • keep the commandments of Jesus, are loyal to the Magisterium and believe and profess all that the Catholic Church teaches (and teach your children to believe and do the same by your word and example),
  • pray for the conversion of all people to Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church,
  • foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life (in your family),
  • are prepared to defend the Faith and suffer and die for the Faith,
  • attend daily Mass,
  • believe in the Real Presence,
  • believe that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the one and same Sacrifice of Calvary,
  • keep the fast before receiving Holy Communion,
  • observe meatless Fridays and other days of fasting and abstinence,
  • receive Holy Communion on the tongue while kneeling because you are receiving the Lord of the universe, the Saviour sent to redeem us, the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world,
  • believe that ad orientem worship is the proper orientation of the Liturgy because the priest and people should face in the same direction, i.e., in the direction of the Second Coming of the Lord,
  • believe the Mass should be beautiful and celebrated reverently because, hey, Jesus is the principal actor in the Divine Liturgy,
  • attend Mass every Sunday (with your spouse and children) and Holy Days of obligation because you so love the Lord and His Church,
  • attend Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament because Jesus wants us to be with Him in His beautiful, vulnerable and glorious Presence,
  • pray constantly every day because you desire to be closer to Him and draw on His wisdom,
  • prayerfully read the Bible daily (lectio divina) because God speaks His word to us in Holy Scripture,
  • enlist the help of the Saints in heaven to pray for and with you to God because they, with us and the souls in Purgatory, constitute the Communion of Saints,
  • make the Sign of the Cross in public, e.g., pray Grace at lunch, pass by a Catholic church, etc., because the Sign is the sign of our salvation in Christ and a defence against evil,
  • wear a crucifix outside your shirt because you glory in the Cross of Christ and the sacramental reminds you to take up your cross daily,
  • pray the Rosary, e.g., one set of the Mysteries per day because you love Mary, the Mother of God,
  • pray the Angelus at noon complete with genuflection,
  • believe that churches should look like Catholic churches (e.g., cruciform) and should be beautiful in every respect (stained glass windows, beautiful statuary, etc.),
  • promote communion railings in every parish church,
  • know how to venerate an icon,
  • participate in Eucharistic and Marian processions,
  • love Gregorian chant and the sacred polyphony of Palestrina,
  • acknowledge that Latin is the language of the Roman Rite and know from memory the prayers of the Mass in Latin,
  • attend the Mass in Latin (Ordinary Form and/or Extraordinary Form), or attend the Divine Liturgy of any of the languages of the other sister-churches (rites) in communion with Rome, e.g., Ukrainian Greek Catholic, Melkite, Maronite, Chaldean, etc.,
  • believe that all human life is sacred from the moment of conception to natural death,
  • attend pro-life rallies and support pro-life ministries,
  • believe that marriage (Holy Matrimony) is the lifetime covenant between one man and one woman,
  • believe that every act of sexual intercourse in marriage should be open to the conception of a new life (Humanæ Vitæ!),
  • practice the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy,
  • contribute to the financial needs of the Church,
  • are a good steward of the gifts God gives you,
  • a good steward of the earth and the many blessings of God's creation,
  • volunteer as a reader, choir member, sacristan, altar server or as a member of the parish council,
  • vote pro-life,
  • with the Church acknowledge the existence of angels and seek their assistance,
  • ask the help and protection of your guardian angel,
  • keep holy water in your home and bless yourself (and your children) with it,
  • acknowledge the devil is real and you ask the help of Saint Michael to intercede for the Church and to defend her and you in the great spiritual battle for souls,
... then you might just be a Catholic extremist.

Lukewarmness has no place in the Church. Do not give in to tepidity. Be a radical and keep the Faith! Be a saint! Be holy!

A few Catholic extremists:
Pope St. John Paul II (the Great)
Blessed (Mother) Teresa of Calcutta
St. Damian of Molokai
St. Maximilian Kolbe
St. Joan of Arc
St. Mary McKillop
St. Josephine Bakhita
See also

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