We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, he draws us to himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.—St. Francis of Assisi.

Monday, September 5, 2016

War of Words

Progressives of the socialistic kind use slick but sick slogans to advance their agendas. They reassure those who have concerns about a given agenda that said agenda is righteous and beneficial by alluding to the legitimate idea that 'doctrine remains the same, only its mode of expression is being updated'. Like a past-due-date apple pie that, according to the label, promises to be one thing but delivers quite another, heresy is the fiction that lies beneath the crust of fact. Anyone who has tasted mom's apple pie—Holy Mother Church's delectable dogmas—knows a forgery, especially when it's served up with a whole lotta fake whip cream.

Doctrine does, indeed, develop. Blessed (soon-to-be? Saint) John Henry Newman wrote eloquently about the development of doctrine. Cardinal Newman would never admit into the Church's thinking that the revised packaging of a doctrine allows for the distortion of the Church's unchanging and unchangeable teaching.

The so-called progressive elements within the Church are trying to do what Episcopalians/Anglicans, the United Church of Canada and many other Protestant ecclesial communities have done within their own groups. I.e., slip in fundamental change under the guise of development of doctrine, arguing that Scripture doesn't really mean what it says or, worse, arguing that the Magisterium is whatever we make of it. The rotten fruit of the Kaspers, the (Victor Manuel) Fernándezes and the similarly behaved would never succeed if said fruit were presented in packaging that accurately depicts the heretical filth contained therein.

Saint Paul has determined that listening to progressive (c)atholic ideology is dangerous to your spiritual health and well being.
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings.—2 Timothy 4:3
So then,
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.—St. Matthew 7:15 
The leaders of the same ecclesial communities mentioned above, having emptied Christianity of its substance, should hardly be surprised that they have emptied the pews of their churches.

Sadly, many well intentioned Catholics have bought into the sophistry and gerrymandering of doctrine by wolves in bishops' and priests' vestments, especially with regards to liturgical theology. If you'll pardon the metaphor, the Mass is the canary in the coal mine (i.e., the Church). The Mass obscured by abuse is symptomatic of a great threat to souls. That threat is also exposed by the iconoclasm which has infected the Church for the past 50+ years. What is that threat? Idolatry; man's (temptation to) worship of himself. Man's struggle to overcome the worship of anything less than God has been further complicated by the loss of faith, which points to a loss of authentic formation in the Faith and the Sacred Liturgy. Liturgical theology and spirituality is at an all time low. Most priests, it can fairly safely said, have little idea how to celebrate the Sacraments. Most priests lack any real formation in the reverent, God-ward celebration of the Mass.

Our shepherds who lack the Faith, the stewards of the sacraments, have failed to offer the people the Truth of the Gospel and the Gospel's home—the Mass. And so, the people have wandered, often into strange cul-de-sacs that give host to cult-like devotion to celebrity ministers who preach a prosperity gospel.

The Catholic faithful have wandered for forty years, in most cases unable to enter the promised land. And that land promised by the Second Vatican Council? In most locales it, too, has been poisoned by false teaching, teaching that hinders true worship of God. In the Liturgy as it is typically celebrated, i.e., versus populum, the congregation is turned in on itself. That is, the congregation is turned away from God, usually toward some narcissistic priest who uses his homilies to practically demand the adoration of his flock.

Left with nothing but himself to adore, man lies prostrate before his own image. To further complicate his predicament, modern man has believed the lie that not only is there not a good and gracious God, there is no devil. The last word goes to Baudelaire:
La plus belle des ruses du diable est de vous persuader qu'il n'existe pas.—Charles Baudelaire
The devil's finest trick is to persuade you that he does not exist.
Satan's next trick will be to try to persuade you that you do not exist or should not exist. Do not listen. Trust in Jesus!

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