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Wednesday Exhortation (6):
COME LORD JESUS!
As a follow up to last Wednesday exhortation (http://popeleo13.com/pope/2014/03/23/category-archive-message-board-21/#more-220)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) #2357 states: “Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,141 tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.”
Here again is another problematic section, to be discussed with the Priests and Bishops. What does this sentence mean? “Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained”.
Really what does this statement mean? Is it asserting that homosexuality has biologic origins? Is it speculating about its psychological origins? Is it implying that God makes some people to specifically have homosexual temptations? Is it opening a door to the possibility of scientific advancement in future, that may show that people with homosexual temptations are created that way, and therefore the temptations might not be temptations after all? Is it speculating that if the psychological origins of homosexual temptations are adequately explained, then homosexual feelings, relationships and acts may become legitimate?
This sentence is absolutely problematic. It is speculative. It is unclear. It is easily subjected to erroneous interpretations. It should not be in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Get in touch with your Bishops and priest posthaste.
Meanwhile get your pencils and rule out that sentence from your copy of the Catechism.
We have to continue to pray that somehow good reason will prevail and the Canonizations planned for 27th April 2014 in Rome are abandoned or suspended. These canonizations are not according to the will of our Lord Jesus. It pains us to have to keep repeating this; but we have no choice but to warn the people, so that they may escape the calamity that will befall the participants at this canonizations.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.
St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of hosts:
“In all the squares there shall be wailing;
and in all the streets they shall say, ‘Alas! alas!’
They shall call the farmers to mourning
and to wailing those who are skilled in lamentation,
17 and in all vineyards there shall be wailing,
for I will pass through the midst of you,”
says the Lord.
18 Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord!
Why would you have the day of the Lord?
It is darkness, and not light;
19 as if a man fled from a lion,
and a bear met him;
or went into the house and leaned with his hand against the wall,
and a serpent bit him.
20 Is not the day of the Lord darkness, and not light,
and gloom with no brightness in it?
“I hate, I despise your feasts,
and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
22 Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and cereal offerings,
I will not accept them,
and the peace offerings of your fatted beasts
I will not look upon.
23 Take away from me your noisy songs;
to the melody of your harps I will not listen.
24 But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever flowing stream.
(Amos 5 v 16 – 24)
Wednesday Exhortation (4):
COME LORD JESUS!
Yes, brothers, we cannot deceive you, we are at WAR. It has already been prophesied by our Lord Jesus Christ himself that in the LAST DAYS the Church will be subjected to unprecedented tribulation, hardship, persecution and contradictions both from within and without.
“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation, and put you to death; and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.” (Matthew 24 v 9 – 11)
The enemies of the Church from without are easy enough to identify and confront. However the major task we face in this WAR is to identify the enemies within the Church itself. These are those St. Paul calls, “false brethren” (2 Corinthians 11 v 26). And there are many of them now within the Church at various levels of authority. They are within the Church but are working hand-in-hand with satan and his cohorts. This is a tough WAR to wage for many reasons.
One reason is the risk to simple souls who are loyal and faithful Catholics but who may not be in a position to discern the enemies of the Church operating from within the Church.
Another reason is that in the bruising confrontation to come, there is serious danger of ex-communications and schisms. These instruments the enemies of the Church are willingly to employ, as they try to defend their heresies claiming to defend “orthodoxy”. They are hirelings who want to scatter the sheep and destroy the sheepfold.
Notwithstanding these dangers and many others, this is a WAR we have no choice but to wage. To do otherwise is to acquiesce in error and to kowtow to the satanic forces.
As a rule of the thumb, it is wise to adopt the attitude of being very circumspect about any Church teachings or actions that have no clear precedents in the pre-1960 Roman Catholic Church. This is not a question of liturgical tastes, but rather a way of guarding against falling into the way of the demonic forces, particularly in matters of morals.
Brothers and sisters guard your loins. It is WAR.
O Lord God keep us away from the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Sins are always sins both in thoughts and in actions. Temptations are not sins in themselves but once we entertain the temptations in our minds we begin to desire them. At the point of desire the temptations become sins.
And when we begin to plan and map out how to fulfill the temptations they become clearly sinful. So even when we do not actually carry out these sinful acts, when we desire them and are willing to apply our intellect, in order to obtain the sinful acts we have already sinned.
It follows that temptations to homosexual acts are not sinful. But thoughts and desire for homosexual acts are sinful. And of course homosexual acts, willfully engaged in, are always sinful.
This point is important because a major front of the WAR we face is the issue of homosexuality. It has already being prophesied by the Angel of Lord that the Mark of the Beast – 666 – represents the sin of Sodomy. Therefore it is important to get this message out there:
Homosexual acts are sinful
Homosexual desires are sinful
Homosexual thoughts are sinful
Homosexual temptations are not sinful, but they are to be robustly resisted by every spiritual and rational means necessary.
For a Catholic to label himself ‘Gay’ or ‘Homosexual’ is to label himself ‘Sodomite’ or ’promoter of Sodomites’ or ‘enhancer of Sodomites’, or ‘Abettor of Sodomy’, etc. It is to label himself or herself with the Mark of the Beast – 666.
Rather Catholics or Christians who are subject to these temptations should call themselves (if they deem it necessary) Christians struggling with Same-Sex-Attractions (or SSA). In this way they demonstrate that they reject the ‘Gay Agenda’ and the ‘Gay lifestyle’ and Homosexual acts which are Abominations before the Most High God.
It is therefore pertinent on this day to ask the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Michael the Archangel to pray with us as we seek the help of our Lord Jesus in resisting the Mark of the Beast and every evil temptation and desire thrown our way by the ancient serpent and those who work for him.
O Lord God put a watch over my forehead (thoughts)
O Lord God put a watch over my heart (desires)
O Lord God put a watch over my hands (acts)
O Lord God put a watch over my mouth (words)
“And what I do I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do.
13 FOR SUCH MEN ARE FALSE APOSTLES, DECEITFUL WORKMEN, DISGUISING THEMSELVES AS APOSTLES OF CHRIST. 14 AND NO WONDER, FOR EVEN SATAN DISGUISES HIMSELF AS AN ANGEL OF LIGHT. 15 So it is not strange if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.”
(2 Corinthians 11 v 12 -15)
Wednesday Exhortation (3):
COME LORD JESUS!
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season, during which Christians strive to bind themselves ever more closely to the Lord Jesus. We walk in his footsteps closely behind him as he prepares for his passion, crucifixion, death and resurrection.
If we want to resurrect like our Lord Jesus in a glorious body, we have to suffer ‘and die’ with him in this present perishable body. Herein lies the major hallmark of Christianity, which is to repent of our sins as often as possible and to do penance for them.
We are all sinners and God’s mercy is always in play because ‘He causes the rain to fall on both the just and the unjust’. However if anyone wants to walk closely with Him, that person must repent of his sins daily and follow our Lord Jesus.
The way of repentance and penance is the way of the Christian; it is the way – narrow as it is – that leads to Glory.
“Beloved, we are God’s children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And every one who thus hopes in Him purifies himself as He is pure.” (1 John 3 v 2 -3)
O Lord God, do not confront us with sudden death,
O Lord, give us time to repent.
O Lord God, give us the spirit of repentance,
O Lord, give us the spirit of penance.
Praise the Lord, my soul!
All my being, praise his holy name!
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
and do not forget how kind he is.
3 He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases.
4 He keeps me from the grave
and blesses me with love and mercy.
5 He fills my life[b] with good things,
so that I stay young and strong like an eagle.
6 The Lord judges in favor of the oppressed
and gives them their rights.
7 He revealed his plans to Moses
and let the people of Israel see his mighty deeds.
8 The Lord is merciful and loving,
slow to become angry and full of constant love.
9 He does not keep on rebuking;
he is not angry forever.
10 He does not punish us as we deserve
or repay us according to our sins and wrongs.
11 As high as the sky is above the earth,
so great is his love for those who honor him.
12 As far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our sins from us.
13 As a father is kind to his children,
so the Lord is kind to those who honor him.
14 He knows what we are made of;
he remembers that we are dust.
15 As for us, our life is like grass.
We grow and flourish like a wild flower;
16 then the wind blows on it, and it is gone—
no one sees it again.
17 But for those who honor the Lord, his love lasts forever,
and his goodness endures for all generations
18 of those who are true to his covenant
and who faithfully obey his commands.
19 The Lord placed his throne in heaven;
he is king over all.
20 Praise the Lord, you strong and mighty angels,
who obey his commands,
who listen to what he says.
21 Praise the Lord, all you heavenly powers,
you servants of his, who do his will!
22 Praise the Lord, all his creatures
in all the places he rules.
Praise the Lord, my soul!
COME LORD JESUS!
Jesus said to his disciples:
“No one can serve two masters.
He will either hate one and love the other,
or be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and mammon…” (Matthew 6 v 24)
Why is it that as Catholics (and Christians) we often find it so difficult to implement this passage of Sacred Scriptures? You cannot serve God and mammon. Why would we want to serve mammon? Because we have so much concern for our bodies. Our bodies represent the here and now. For most of us the body doing well means that we are doing well. In a way this assumption is right but what we must never forget is that this body as we know it has an ‘expiry date’. The psalmist tells us, ‘70 years is all that we have; 8oyears if we are strong.’ (Psalm 90 v 10)
Contrast this perishable body with our spiritual souls which can live forever (for eons). Is it therefore surprising that our Lord Jesus elsewhere in Scriptures tells us, ‘’It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” (John 6 v 63)
The body has something to offer but not very much. It is our spiritual souls that matter and the glorious body that will accompany it when we come into the glory of the kingly reign of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It is in this context that we are admonished:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink,
or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”
“So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’
or ‘What are we to drink?’or ‘What are we to wear?’
All these things the pagans seek. (Matthew 6)
God will readily take care of our physical needs, as he did with the children of Israel in the Wilderness feeding them with manna and quail birds. (Exodus 16)
God will readily take care of our physical needs as he took care of Prophet Daniel and his companions, even though they were on a poor diet yet they were stronger, healthier and more handsome than those on better diets ( Daniel 1 v 8 -16)
God will readily take of our physical needs as he did with Peter, Andrew, James and John after they had toiled all night-long catching no fish only to obey the Lord and have such a large catch of fish that their boats were almost overwhelmed. (Luke 5 v 5 – 10)
In other words our main concern should be the state of our souls. Are we doing well in our spiritual souls?
“Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.
Sufficient for a day is its own evil.” (Matthew 6)
Is it not enough for a man to fight, daily, the spiritual battle with those who want to drag his soul to where it should not be? A battle to be fought with prayer, fasting and penance.
“… seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,” (Matthew 6)
And everything else will be added unto us. Let us have faith.
Petition of the Week:
Almighty and Everlasting God, who by a prodigy of goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all men have appointed the most glorious Archangel, St. Michael, prince of your Church, make us worthy we beseech you to be delivered by his powerful protection from all our enemies, that none of them may harass us at the hour of our death, but that we may be conducted by St. Michael the Archangel into the august presence of your Divine Majesty. This we beg through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.*
[*quoted from St. Michael Prayer Book]
Psalm of the week:
Psalm 18 – here King David is in a joyous, almost euphoric mood. The Lord God has at last delivered him from all his enemies. His life as an outlaw, fugitive and reluctant rebel is over. He can now enter into the rest promised him by God.
Yet not once in his delightful song does he attribute his resounding victory to his own prowess; instead he gives all the glory to God who protects him like a shield and trains him for battle.
What humility! May we imbibe the same humility that realizes that our strength, as Christians, comes from the Lord our God who made Heaven and Earth.
COME LORD JESUS!
March 2nd, 2014