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).

Monday, February 15, 2016

In Hoc Signo Vinces

Lest there be any doubt that we have entered yet another era of persecution, the blood of martyrs provides ample proof. Do we recline as cafeteria Catholics and retreat as victims, or do we hoist the banner of Christ and declare our allegiance to Him in all that we do? The answer to that question should be obvious.

So, keep in mind the following truths... which we Catholics hold to be self evident.

The Catholic Church is True

The Catholic Church, which proposes the Catholic Faith, was founded by Jesus Christ, that is, God the Son, on Saint Peter the Apostle. According to Jesus' promise, she alone, i.e., the Catholic Church, is protected by the Holy Spirit from teaching error.
Point to Ponder | A misappropriation of authority by certain groups past and present has led to private interpretation of Scripture and, consequently, doctrinal anarchy.
Truth & Consequences
  1. A departure from the Christian prohibition of artificial contraception was initiated at the Lambeth Conference of 1930, the meeting at which Anglicans abandoned the Christian continuous prohibition of contraception.
  2. What led to that seismic shift away from the constant teaching of the Church? It was a misappropriation of authority begun by Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, et al. The authority, that is, which belongs to the Successor of St. Peter and those bishops in communion with him. Christ established the office of Peter and to the person occupying that office alone Christ gives the keys to heaven and the power to bind and loose. St. Matthew 16:13-19
  3. The subversive action taken by the so-called Reformers has resulted in deformed consciences that refer to themselves rather than the moral authority that God entrusts to His Church. With relativism unleashed, all non-Catholic sects have little defence against the spirit of the times.
  4. The disintegration of protestantism, then, confirms their rejection of God's Law and has verified the wisdom of Blessed Paul VI's Humanae Vitae (HV). Opponents of the teaching contained in HV are simply incapable of appreciating the profound insight of Pope Paul's prophetic document. Those who have rejected the teaching contained therein are blinded by a false sense of autonomy much like petulant children who, whining that their demands be indulged and stamping their feet in protest when their demands aren't met, are unwilling to abide by life saving and life giving guidance. See also: The Vindication of Humanæ Vitæ, by Mary Eberstadt, First Things.
Point to Ponder | Non-Catholic communities have embraced divorce contrary to the express will of Jesus Christ. Refer to: Mt. 5:31-32; 19:3-9; Mk. 10:9; Lk. 16:18; 1 Cor 7:10-11.
CCC2382 The Lord Jesus insisted on the original intention of the Creator who willed that marriage be indissoluble. He abrogates the accommodations that had slipped into the old Law.
Between the baptized, "a ratified and consummated marriage cannot be dissolved by any human power or for any reason other than death."
Once a fundamental law of God is broken, e.g., by contraception, the same act of disobedience unleashes a spirit of rebellion resulting in the destruction of marriage and the family. The fruit of the disobedience of the so-called Protestant Reformers and their spiritual children and grandchildren, defined as they are by rebellion and protest, is disintegration of the family and community, doctrinal incoherence, fragmentation of ecclesial communities and the destruction of nations.

Catholics are right on social and sexual issues.
Example #1: sexual expression belongs within the faithful marriage of a husband and wife. Contraception is a lie which permits spouses to exploit each other, to hold back that which is most precious—life giving love. Contraception is a lie that allows couples to pretend at love. That lie easily expands into a myth, a pseudo-intimacy behind which spouses, egged on by a culture of entitlement and hedonism, attempt to hide a lack of trust in God and the ability to exercise self control for the good of a spouse.
Denial of a fundamental sign of love will only foster discord between spouses and God. Consequently, if there is no peace in the home, there will be no peace in society.
Example #2: a unique human life comes into being from the moment of conception.
Point to Ponder | From the moment of conception, a unique human life is created. That is an established scientific fact. To deny that fact is irrational. To deny the life of a newly created human life is diabolical and subjects people to slavery imposed, once again, by power hungry men.
Just because a human embryo is more dependent on his mother for survival does not lessen the fact that the human life growing within a mother's womb is any less a human being. We may like to think we are completely autonomous. For a time, we may even buy into the myth that we are entitled to a separate, independent existence that we alone control. Throughout our lives we are dependent on others for our existence: our parents whose physical embrace loved us into existence; the farmers who produce the food that sustains us; the doctors and nurses who care for us when we are ill; police officers and soldiers who protect us from badly behaving people; etc.
Ultimately and absolutely, we are dependent on God Who sustains us in being. We mere mortals are not as 'in control' as we would like to think. The destruction of the innocent unborn is an attack on the weak by the powerful who seek to maintain control of their lives by exerting control over others. What makes people think that anyone who believes that the destruction of the unborn is permissible will stop at the killing of the unborn? The 20th Century is proof enough that dehumanizing philosophies such as eugenics grow like a cancer in a society if unopposed. A culture of indifference permits cancerous philosophies to go unopposed. The society which ignores the warning signs will soon be consumed and killed by the cancer.
Point to Ponder | The Gospel is the cure for the infection of sin.
Jesus' sacrifice, which saves those who embrace Him, is the cure for the disease that permeates people's lives and infects entire societies. People have been led to believe that a diet of entitlement, relativistic philosophy and hedonism is preferable to the Christian message of repentance, absolute truth and self denial. Little do the prevaricators of vice realize they are culling themselves. Unlike the saving message of the Gospel that rises like yeast among the pure of heart and those who suffer in the name of Christ, deadly ideas die with those who deal in death. Robbed of children who might perpetuate their parents' diabolical legacy, those who promote abortion on demand are aborting (and contracepting) their ideas and their kind out of existence.

Life will ultimately triumph because the author of life triumphed over the grave—Jesus rose from the dead. All those who trust in Him and receive His mercy will rise again. All those who choose life are contributing to a legacy of life that will restore sanity to societies currently overshadowed by death.

Jesus is God.

Eternal life is only possible through faith in Jesus Christ and keeping His commandments. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and life."
If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
The Bishop of Rome is the universal shepherd of the Church. The Bishop of Rome is the successor to the Apostle Peter who was established as head of the visible Church on earth by Jesus Himself.
Ubi Petrus ibi ecclesia, et ibi ecclesia vita eterna.
Where there is Peter there is the Church,
where there is the Church there is life eternal!
—St. Ambrose of Milan
Sin is real.

If you die without having repented of all mortal sin, you will go to hell. To say so is not scaremongering, it is responsible reporting. If you are told by a physician that your behaviour is putting your health at risk, and you persist in that unhealthy behaviour, then you should not be surprised when you succumb to disease and die as a result of your unhealthy behaviour. As Saint Paul teaches us in his letter to the Romans, "the wages of sin is death." Jesus gave to His Apostles the power to forgive sins in His name.
Now when it was late that same day, the first of the week, and the doors were shut, where the disciples were gathered together, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them: Peace be to you.
And when he had said this, he shewed them his hands and his side. The disciples therefore were glad, when they saw the Lord.
He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you.
When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost.
Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.—St. John 20:19-23.
Catholics are configured to Jesus Christ in baptism and confirmed in the Holy Spirit. We are cells in a living Body, the Church. We may be killed in the struggle against the disease from which all men suffer, namely sin (war, famine, terrorism, religious persecution, abortion, injustice of every kind), but we live in the Body of Christ, and in that Body—the glorious Communion of the Saints—is life eternal because the Lord Jesus lives in us and we in Him.

So then, arm up with spiritual weapons!

(For the uninformed and uninitiated, spiritual weapons are not guns, bombs nor bullets.)

The Christian warrior is not afraid of physical death. Are we prepared to protect our families from the tyranny of fanatics and godless relativist aggressors who are bent on destroying civilization and eliminating 2000 years of Christian history and societal progress?

Syria, Africa, Iraq—these are front lines in the militant islamist jihad against faith and reason. North America, Europe—these too are front lines in the relativist jihad against faith and reason. Arm up, folks, with the spiritual swords of truth:
  • the Holy Gospel;
  • communion with the Bishop of Rome, the See of St. Peter;
  • prayer and the spiritual disciplines of fasting, abstinence and almsgiving;
  • and, most powerfully, Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist!

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