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 26, 2016

These are a few of our "favourite" things: charity; prayer; a sense of humour.

Hope in Christ, relentless charity toward each other, forthright and considerate speech, a holy sense of humour that enables conversion—not just a list, but a prayer and discipline of heart and head to which we as Catholics must practice if we love Lord and neighbour.

If we understand that the devil prowls the earth like a roaring lion devouring souls, we must avoid hateful thought and speech. We may speak compellingly, even bluntly at times to wake the slumbering soul and provoke him to conversion, but our witness must begin and end with charity while trusting in the Lord to perfect and complete our prayers and witness according to His will.

Recent months have witnessed the need for a sustained fraternal correction of our hierarchs, especially our chief hierarch and father Pope Francis who, answerable to the living God, must care for the flock of the Lord. Francis needs our prayers, and we must use both words and actions, offered in humility for the good of his soul and the life of the Church, to build up each other in love.
And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the equipment of the saints, for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ; so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the cunning of men, by their craftiness in deceitful wiles. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every joint with which it is supplied, when each part is working properly, makes bodily growth and upbuilds itself in love.—Ephesians 4:11-16
No layman, too, is exempt from the responsibility to preserve and embrace the fullness of the Catholic Faith that we have received from the Lord and His Apostles. The Apostolic Faith requires that we must be ready, willing and able to give a defence (without being defensive) for the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:15). We must rely on the Holy Spirit to fuel our confidence and guide our witness to the Risen Saviour.

We need the Sacrament of Penance to purify our hearts and to permit grace to shape our minds so that we may avoid self righteousness and condescension toward others as we strive to live the Holy Gospel without compromise. That Sacrament, and the Most Holy Eucharist, are given so that we may decrease and Jesus may increase for the health and salvation of souls.

And so, pray (and fast) we must.

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