Tuesday, 30 December 2014

By their fruits you shall know them

The third part of the sermon on the mount. Mt Ch 7
[1] Judge not, that you may not be judged, [2] For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again. [3] And why seest thou the mote that is in thy brother' s eye; and seest not the beam that is in thy own eye? [4] Or how sayest thou to thy brother: Let me cast the mote out of thy eye; and behold a beam is in thy own eye? [5] Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam in thy own eye, and then shalt thou see to cast out the mote out of thy brother' s eye.
[6] Give not that which is holy to dogs; neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turning upon you, they tear you. [7] Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you. [8] For every one that asketh, receiveth: and he that seeketh, findeth: and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened. [9]Or what man is there among you, of whom if his son shall ask bread, will he reach him a stone?[10] Or if he shall ask him a fish, will he reach him a serpent?
[11] If you then being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children: how much more will your Father who is in heaven, give good things to them that ask him? [12] All things therefore whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you also to them. For this is the law and the prophets. [13] Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat. [14] How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it! [15] Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
[16] By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? [17]Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit. [18] A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit. [19] Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire. [20]Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.
[21] Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. [22]Many will say to me in that day: Lord, Lord, have not we prophesied in thy name, and cast out devils in thy name, and done many miracles in thy name? [23] And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity. [24] Every one therefore that heareth these my words, and doth them, shall be likened to a wise man that built his house upon a rock,[25] And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell not, for it was founded on a rock.
[26] And every one that heareth these my words, and doth them not, shall be like a foolish man that built his house upon the sand, [27] And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell, and great was the fall thereof. [28] And it came to pass when Jesus had fully ended these words, the people were in admiration at his doctrine. [29]For he was teaching them as one having power, and not as the scribes and Pharisees.
Douay-Rheims Bible

The Sins That Come From Being a Busybody – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Gregory

DinahFaults in others I can see, but praise the Lord there’re none in me!
The term “busybody” usually refers to one who is intent on the matters of others but looks little to his own issues. Busybodies also tend to focus especially on the faults, foibles, and troubles of other folks. Seldom are they chattering away about good news related to other people; more often it is the scurrilous and scandalous that occupy their minds.
Merriam-Webster online defines a busybody as  “a person who is too interested in the private lives of other people.” It is a form of sinful curiosity.
Now personally I have never been a busybody, but I have known many of them … :-)  But more seriously, this is a human problem. Many of us are far too interested in things that are really none of our business. That alone is problem enough. But the problem is compounded in that the busybody is almost always too little concerned about his own ”issues” (we used to call them sins). When our attention to, fascination with, or scorn about sin is directed outward, we lose the proper introspection that properly examines our own need for repentance. The pointed index finger too easily ignores the three folded fingers pointing back at oneself, and those three fingers symbolize the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit urging us to look to our own vineyard.
Indeed, Scripture says, They made me keeper of the vineyards; but, my own vineyard I have not kept! (Song 1:6) For we who would be prophets too easily ignore the word of God as directed to our own souls.
Source here continue reading by Mgr Charles Pope

I think this is a common problem with bloggers, especially fairly new bloggers in the first flush of blogdom. It's also a common zeal of the newly converted or zealous mother who is going to raise the perfect Catholic family & put the Bishops right. :) Over time though after 10 years or so of blogging one hopefully learns by ones mistakes & sins.- hopefully!

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Pope Francis' Address to the Italian Association of Large Families

Pope Francis' Address to the Italian Association of Large Families

"In a world often marked by selfishness, the large family is a school of solidarity and sharing; and this attitude then becomes a benefit for the whole society."

Vatican City,  (Zenit.org

Here is the translation of the Pope's address to the Italian Association of Large Families this morning at the Paul VI Audience Hall.
* * *
Dear brothers and sisters, Good morning!
Before anything I have a question. Tell me: at what time did you wake up today? At 6? At 5? And you are not sleepy? Well with this address, I will make you fall asleep!
I am happy to meet you on the 10thmeeting of the association that reunites large families in Italy. We see that you love the family and you love life! And it is beautiful to give thanks to the Lord for this day in which we celebrate the Holy Family.
Today's gospels shows us Mary and Joseph who bring the Child Jesus to the Temple, and there they find two elderly people, Simeon and Anna, who prophecy on the Child. It is the image of a "large" family, a bit like your families, where different generations meet and help each other. I thank Archbishop Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, - an expert in doing these things – who has desired this moment and Bishop Beschi, who has strongly collaborated to create and make your Association grow, which blossomed in the city of Blessed Paul VI, Brescia.
You have come with the most beautiful fruits of your love. Motherhood and fatherhood are a gift from God, but to receive the gift, to wonder at its beauty and to make it shine in society, that is your task. Each one of your children is a unique creature that will never be repeated again in the history of humanity. When this is understood, that each one has been willed by God, one is amazed at how a child is a great miracle! A child changes life! All of us – men and women – have seen how life changes when a child arrives, it is another thing. A child is a miracle that changes life. You, boys and girls, are precisely this: each one of you is a unique fruit of love, you come from love and grow in love. You are unique, but not alone! And the fact of having brothers and sisters is good for you: the sons and daughters of a large family are more capable of fellowship from early childhood. In a world often marked by selfishness, the large family is a school of solidarity and sharing; and this attitude then becomes a benefit for the whole society.
You, children and youth, you are the fruits of the tree that is the family: you are good fruits when the tree has good roots – which are the grandparents – and a good trunk –which are the parents. Jesus said that every good tree bears good fruits and every bad tree bears bad fruit (cfr Mt. 7,17). The great human family is like a forest, where the good trees bear solidarity, communion, trust, support, security, happy sobriety, friendship. The presence of large families is a hope for society. And for this reason, the presence of grandparents is very important: a precious presence for both practical help and above all, educational support. Grandparents preserve in themselves the values of a people, of a family, and help parents to transmit them to children. In the last century, in many countries of Europe, the grandparents were those who transmitted the faith: they secretly brought the child to receive Baptism and transmitted the faith to them.
Dear parents, I am grateful to you for the example of love towards life, that you preserve from conception to natural end, despite all the difficulties and burdens of life, and that unfortunately, the public institutions do not always help you. You rightly remembered that article 31 of the Italian Constitution, asks for particular attention to large families; but this is not adequately reflected in the facts. It remains in words. Therefore, I hope, also thinking of the low birth rate that has long been in Italy, for a greater focus on policy and administrators on a public level, in order to give due support to these families. Each family is a cell of society, but large families are a more rich cell, more vibrant, and the State has an interest in investing in it.
Therefore, we welcome the families meeting in this association– like this Italian one and those of other European countries represented here -, and we welcome a network of family associations capable of being present and visible in society and in politics. In this regard, St. John Paul II wrote: "Families should grow in awareness of being 'protagonists' of what is known as 'family politics' and assume responsibility for transforming society; otherwise families will be the first victims of the evils that they have done no more than note with indifference." (Familiaris consortio, 44)
The commitment that the family associations develop in the various national and local "Forums", is precisely that of promoting in society and in the laws of the State the values and needs of the family. We also welcome the ecclesial movements, in which you members of large families are particularly present and active. I always thank the Lord in seeing mothers and fathers of large families, together with their children, engaged in the life of the Church and society. For my part, I am close to you through prayers, and I place you all under the protection of the Holy Family of Jesus, Joseph and Mary. And a beautiful news is that in Nazareth, a house for families is being built for families around the world who go as pilgrims where Jesus grew in age, wisdom and grace (cfr. Lk. 2,40).
I pray in particular for the families who are most tested by the economic crisis, those where the father or mother have lost their job, - and this is hard – where the youth have been unable to find [work]; the families tried by love ones and those tempted to give in to loneliness and division.
Dear friends, dear parents, dear youth, dear children, dear grandparents, happy feast day to all of you. May each one of your families be always rich in the tenderness and consolation of God. I affectionately bless you. And please, continue to pray for me, because in a way I’m like a grandfather for all of you. Pray for me! Thank you.
[Translation by Junno Arocho Esteves] Source here

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Fr William Doyle Christmas Eve 1916

The following excerpt from O’Rahilly’s biography of Fr Doyle recalls Christmas Eve and Midnight Mass during the war in 1916…
Christmas itself Fr. Doyle had the good luck of spending in billets. He got permission from General Hickie to have Midnight Mass for his men in the Convent. The chapel was a fine large one, as in pre-war times over three hundred boarders and orphans were resident in the Convent; and by opening folding-doors the refectory was added to the chapel and thus doubled the available room. An hour before Mass every inch of space was filled, even inside the altar rails and in the corridor, while numbers had to remain in the open. Word had in fact gone round about the Mass, and men from other battalions came to hear it, some having walked several miles from another village. Before the Mass there was strenuous Confession-work. “We were kept hard at work hearing confessions all the evening till nine o’clock” writes Fr. Doyle, “the sort of Confessions you would like, the real serious business, no nonsense and no trimmings. As I was leaving the village church, a big soldier stopped me to know, like our Gardiner Street friend, ‘if the Fathers would be sittin’ any more that night.’ He was soon polished off, poor chap, and then insisted on escorting me home. He was one of my old boys, and having had a couple of glasses of beer — ‘It wouldn’t scratch the back of your throat, Father, that French stuff’ — was in the mood to be complimentary. ‘We miss you sorely, Father, in the battalion’, he said, ‘we do be always talking about you’. Then in a tone of great confidence: ‘Look, Father, there isn’t a man who wouldn’t give the whole of the world, if he had it, for your little toe! That’s the truth’. The poor fellow meant well, but ‘the stuff that would not scratch his throat’ certainly helped his imagination and eloquence. I reached the Convent a bit tired, intending to have a rest before Mass, but found a string of the boys awaiting my arrival, determined that they at least would not be left out in the cold. I was kept hard at it hearing Confessions till the stroke of twelve and seldom had a more fruitful or consoling couple of hours’ work, the love of the little Babe of Bethlehem softening hearts which all the terrors of war had failed to touch.”
The Mass itself was a great success and brought consolation and spiritual peace to many a war- weary exile. This is what Fr. Doyle says:
“I sang the Mass, the girls’ choir doing the needful. One of the Tommies, from Dolphin’s Barn, sang the Adeste beautifully with just a touch of the sweet Dublin accent to remind us of home, sweet home, the whole congregation joining in the chorus. It was a curious contrast: the chapel packed with men and officers, almost strangely quiet and reverent (the nuns were particularly struck by this), praying .and singing most devoutly, while the big tears ran down many a rough cheek: outside the cannon boomed and the machine-guns spat out a hail of lead: peace and good will — hatred and bloodshed!
“It was a Midnight Mass none of us will ever forget. A good 500 men came to Holy Communion, so that I was more than rewarded for my work.”

Source here 

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Having a Humble Opinion of Self

Having a Humble Opinion of Self

If you wish to learn and appreciate something worth while, then love to be unknown and
considered as nothing.

EVERY man naturally desires knowledge2
; but what good is knowledge without fear of God?
Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to
study the course of the stars. 3
 He who knows himself well becomes mean in his own eyes and is
not happy when praised by men.
If I knew all things in the world and had not charity, what would it profit me before God Who
will judge me by my deeds?
Shun too great a desire for knowledge, for in it there is much fretting and delusion. Intellectuals
like to appear learned and to be called wise. Yet there are many things the knowledge of which
does little or no good to the soul, and he who concerns himself about other things than those which
lead to salvation is very unwise.
Many words do not satisfy the soul; but a good life eases the mind and a clean conscience
inspires great trust in God.
The more you know and the better you understand, the more severely will you be judged, unless
your life is also the more holy. Do not be proud, therefore, because of your learning or skill. Rather,
fear because of the talent given you. If you think you know many things and understand them well
enough, realize at the same time that there is much you do not know. Hence, do not affect wisdom,
but admit your ignorance. Why prefer yourself to anyone else when many are more learned, more
cultured than you?
If you wish to learn and appreciate something worth while, then love to be unknown and
considered as nothing. Truly to know and despise self is the best and most perfect counsel. To think
of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect
wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider
yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but
you must admit that none is more frail than yourself.

Source Imitation of Christ here

Humility is difficult to acquire because one can think one is humble by writing about humility!

It is a shameful thing for us to wish to appear humble when we are not so. There are certain occasions when in our interior acts we must practice humility; but we must watch over ourselves carefully, so that in thus practicing it we may not desire to be thought humble. And that is why hidden acts of humility are safer than exterior ones. But if there is pride in wishing that the humility we have should be recognized and known, what measure of presumption would there not be in wishing to be thought humble when we have no humility? Let us beware lest the words of Holy Writ be applicable to ourselves: 

"There is one that humbleth himself wickedly, and his interior is full of deceit." [Ecclus xix, 23]  Humility of Heart source here

O Come O Come Emmanuel - CrossPoint Worship

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Roman Catholic ( & proud of it)

Damian Thompson finds it bizarre to be called Roman Catholic

My family go back centuries and were baptised as Roman Catholics so as traditional Catholics we are Roman.

Rose Anne is my paternal grandmother.

John Nugent is my maternal great-grandfather.

1.  What are the liturgical Rites of the Catholic Church?
There are three major groupings of Rites in the Catholic Church, the Roman Rite, the Antiochian Rite (Syria) and the Alexandrian Rite (Egypt). Later on theByzantine Rite derived as a major Rite from the Antiochian, under the influence of St. Basil and St. John Chrysostom. From these four parent rites, two-dozen liturgical Rites (Western and Eastern) have developed which are in union with the Holy See.
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Link here

So my family belong to the Roman (Latin) Rite & have done for centuries. We are blessed to live in a Parish founded by St Patrick & that of my forebears. So much history.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The Meaning of Marriage Irish Catholic Bishops

Source here 

Married love is a unique form of love between a man and
woman which has a special benefit for the whole of society.1
The Catholic Church, with other Christians and those of no
particular religious view, regard the family based on marriage
between a woman and a man as the single most important
institution in any society. To seek to re-define the nature
of marriage would be to undermine it as the fundamental
building block of our society. The Church seeks with others
to reaffirm the rational basis for holding that marriage should
be reserved for the unique and complementary relationship
between a woman and a man from which the generation
and upbringing of children is uniquely possible. This
understanding of marriage is deeply rooted in all cultures: it
is not intended to exclude or disadvantage anyone.

pdf here

Papal Visit - Philippines 2015

Excellent site here

Tuesday, 16 December 2014



This judgment "gives us hope" - Pope Francis assured the faithful - provided, he concludes, that we have the courage to open our hearts to God without reserve, giving Him even the "list" of our sins. And in explanation of these words the Pope recalled the story of the Saint who thought he had given everything to the Lord, with extreme generosity:
"He listened to the Lord, he always followed His will, he gave to the Lord, and the Lord said to him: 'there is still one thing you have not given me’. And the poor man who was good said: 'But, Lord, what is it that I have not given you? I have given you my life, I work for the poor, I work for catechesis, I work here, I work there ... ‘ 'But there is something you have not  given me yet' .- 'What is it Lord? 'Your sins'. When we will be able to say to the Lord: 'Lord, these are my sins – they are not his or hers, they are mine… They are mine. Take them and I will be saved'- when we will be able to do this we will be that people, ‘that meek and humble people', that trusts in the Lord's name. May the Lord grant us this grace. "
Pope Francis Homilies here

Monday, 15 December 2014

Pope Francis: Rigidity is a sign of a weak heart

“Even our life can become like that, even our life. And sometimes, I confess something to you, when I have seen a Christian, a Christian of that kind, with a weak heart, not firm, not fixed on the rock—Jesus – and with such rigidness on the outside, I ask the Lord: ‘But Lord, throw a banana peel in front of them, so that they will take a good fall, and feel shame that they are sinners, and so encounter You, [and realize] that You are the Saviour. Many times a sin will make us feel shame, and make us encounter the Lord, Who pardons us, as the sick who were there and went to the Lord for healing.”

Thanks be to God that I slipped on the banana peel!!

Read more here

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Abbey Roads: Correcting the Pope

Excellent from Terry Nelson:

Abbey Roads: Correcting the Pope: Do not stay in the company of scorners. I never fail to be amazed at how many are willing to correct - even scorn Pope Francis.  The s...

Monday, 8 December 2014

Alcoholic Family Systems

Brown (1985, 1988) proposed that all members of an alcoholic family system develop a behavioral and thinking disorder, being simultaneously controlled by alcoholism while denying this reality.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

A Short Road to Perfection - Blessed John Henry Newman

A Short Road to Perfection

September 27, 1856

{285} IT is the saying of holy men that, if we wish to be perfect, we have nothing more to do than to perform the ordinary duties of the day well. A short road to perfection—short, not because easy, but because pertinent and intelligible. There are no short ways to perfection, but there are sure ones.
I think this is an instruction which may be of great practical use to persons like ourselves. It is easy to have vague ideas what perfection is, which serve well enough to talk about, when we do not intend to aim at it; but as soon as a person really desires and sets about seeking it himself, he is dissatisfied with anything but what is tangible and clear, and constitutes some sort of direction towards the practice of it.

We must bear in mind what is meant by perfection. It does not mean any extraordinary service, anything out of the way, or especially heroic—not all have the opportunity of heroic acts, of sufferings—but it means what the word perfection ordinarily means. By perfect we mean that which has no flaw in it, that which is complete, that which is consistent, that which is sound—we mean the opposite to imperfect. As we know well what imperfection in {286} religious service means, we know by the contrast what is meant by perfection.

He, then, is perfect who does the work of the day perfectly, and we need not go beyond this to seek for perfection. You need not go out of the round of the day.
I insist on this because I think it will simplify our views, and fix our exertions on a definite aim. If you ask me what you are to do in order to be perfect, I say, first—Do not lie in bed beyond the due time of rising; give your first thoughts to God; make a good visit to the Blessed Sacrament; say the Angelus devoutly; eat and drink to God’s glory; say the Rosary well; be recollected; keep out bad thoughts; make your evening meditation well; examine yourself daily; go to bed in good time, and you are already perfect.

Newman Reader here

Saturday, 6 December 2014

All from God

You know well that even the smallest cross and happening of your life is part of our Blessed Lord's plan for your sanctification. It is not easy, I know, to look at things in this light. But one can train the will to look upon the act of others, even their sinful acts in as much as they concern ourselves, as coming from the hand of God. There is so much real holiness and so very much solid happiness and peace and contentment in this little principle, that I am very anxious you should try and acquire it, so that nothing may really ruffle the peace of your soul. Don't think this is easy, it is not: and you will fail time after time in your efforts, but with perseverance, steady progress will be made.
" A Year's Thoughts" Collected from the writings of William Doyle (by William Joseph Gabriel Doyle Forgotten Books Publishers.)

Sex, marriage and the Catholic church

Tina Beattie writes here

I write :

The Catholic Church can never ordain women as priests. It may decide to have married priests which we have to some extent anyway. It will never permit same sex marriage. Contraception is not permissable because we know it can lead to abortion & is abortificient in some cases.

The Family Synod is important for discussing these issues. Parents need help to be able to nurture & respect their same sex attracted children. I appreciate Cardinal Nichols approach & that of Pope Francis. I don't relate to Cardinal Burke's approach.

Friday, 5 December 2014

More Catholic Than the Pope: An Inside Look at Extreme Traditionalism

"More Catholic Than the Pope is the only book that examines and critiques the claims of seven aggressive, aberrant Traditionalist groups that have proven so effective in luring Catholics from the Church. These are the sects that relentlessly argue the pope has "lost the Faith" and "abandoned Tradition." The ones that boldly claim or strongly imply they are "more Catholic" than the current Vicar of Christ on earth because they - and not he - have remained faithful to Traditional Catholicism. It can be difficult to distinguish defenders from defectors. Many traditionalist schisms that have sprung up since the Second Vatican Council are filled with devotion to the Blessed Mother; they remain extremely conservative with regard to most moral issues afflicting the western world today; and they practice a strict reverence before the Blessed Sacrament during their traditional Latin liturgies. It can be easy to sympathize with such seemingly devout but truly disaffected Catholics. Now More Catholic Than the Pope examines one such group - the Society of St. Pius X - and explains how its prime architect and figurehead, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, and his followers chose to cut themselves off from the Church. Here is the history of the Society, from its beginning in France, to its rise and fall within the Catholic Church, to Pope John Paul Il's fraternal but ultimately fruitless efforts at reconciliation. Here, too, carefully laid out, are the clear, concise, canonical answers to the issues the Society's members continue to raise and the arguments they still offer." Amazon review

I wish I'd read this years ago! They can be dangerous at luring young people & others in under the guise of orthodoxy.I had a narrow escape.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Pope: Knowledge alone doesn't reveal God; humble prayer does :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

.- In his homily on Tuesday, Pope Francis said that no matter how much we study, we will never know anything about God unless we speak to him humbly like children.

“Many may know science (and) theology well, so many! But if they do not do this theology on their knees, humbly, like children, they will not understand anything,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse for his Dec. 2 daily Mass.

Although studying “will tell them many things, they will not understand anything,” he said.

Pope Francis centered his reflections on the day’s Gospel, taken from Luke Chapter 10, in which Jesus prays to the Father, praising him for hiding the mysteries of faith from the wise and instead revealing them to the humble and childlike.

Jesus “makes us know the Father, introduces us to this inner life that He has,” reveals him to us and gives us the grace to understand him, the Pope said, explaining that only those who are poor in spirit will be able to receive God’s revelation.

“Only those whose hearts are like the young are capable of receiving this revelation; the humble of heart, the meek, who feel the need to pray, to open up to God, who feel poor – only he who goes forward with the first Beatitude: the poor in spirit.”

Poverty is a special gift which opens the door to the mystery of God, he continued, adding that it is a gift that can sometimes be lacking in those who have dedicated themselves to a life of study.

While those who study theology, philosophy and the sciences might know those topics well, they will never truly understand the mystery of God without becoming humble in prayer, the Roman Pontiff observed.

“Only with this poverty is one capable of receiving the revelation that the Father gives through Jesus,” he noted.

In reference to the day’s first reading from Isaiah in which the prophet says that “on that day a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,” the Bishop of Rome said that Jesus is that humble and mild bud who came to bring salvation to the meek, poor, sick and oppressed.

The mystery of Jesus is that of humbling oneself, he continued, adding that it is a mystery which brings salvation to the poor and comfort to those afflicted by various diseases, sins and difficult situations.

It is not possible to find Jesus outside of this context, the Pope explained, praying that the Lord would use the Advent season to bring each of us closer to his mystery and help us to do what he wants of us.

And what the Lord asks, he said, is for all to practice “the way of humility, the way of meekness, the way of poverty, the road where we feel sin, so that he can come to save us, to free us. May the Lord give us this grace.”

Pope: Knowledge alone doesn't reveal God; humble prayer does :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Monday, 1 December 2014

The Paradox of the Neo-Catholic Traditionalist

Mark Shea astutely writes here & below; (I soo wish I'd read it when he first wrote it - but then with experience it makes even more sense!)

  1. I find it odd that the odor of guilt is attached to thinking a Council of Holy Church to be a good thing. That guilt and even contemptible guilt is indeed being attached is, I think, beyond question, as, for instance, the chatter in this hothouse of divine charity attests. Or as a reader at Inside Catholic summed it up:
Neo Catholic is a term of convenience. It came about because Traditionalists did not know what to call Catholics who accept communion in the hand, communion while standing, altar girls, girls and women in the sanctuary, women not covering their heads, Catholics making lame excuses for Koran kissing and taking part in prayers with demon worshipers at Assisi. It is tempting to call them "liberals", but that term already means "heretics" who support gay priests, married priests, divorce, contraception, etc...
So we came up with the term Neo-Catholic. They are the "new" Catholics that have sprung up after the disaster of Vatican II and the novus ordo. They are new in that if they were transferred back in time and presented their "new" beliefs to Pope St. Pius X (or any Pope, for that matter) they would be condemned as heretics.
Continue reading here 

Sunday, 30 November 2014



1. The restoration of unity among all Christians is one of the principal concerns of the Second Vatican Council. Christ the Lord founded one Church and one Church only. However, many Christian communions present themselves to men as the true inheritors of Jesus Christ; all indeed profess to be followers of the Lord but differ in mind and go their different ways, as if Christ Himself were divided.(1) Such division openly contradicts the will of Christ, scandalizes the world, and damages the holy cause of preaching the Gospel to every creature.
But the Lord of Ages wisely and patiently follows out the plan of grace on our behalf, sinners that we are. In recent times more than ever before, He has been rousing divided Christians to remorse over their divisions and to a longing for unity. Everywhere large numbers have felt the impulse of this grace, and among our separated brethren also there increases from day to day the movement, fostered by the grace of the Holy Spirit, for the restoration of unity among all Christians. This movement toward unity is called "ecumenical." Those belong to it who invoke the Triune God and confess Jesus as Lord and Savior, doing this not merely as individuals but also as corporate bodies. For almost everyone regards the body in which he has heard the Gospel as his Church and indeed, God's Church. All however, though in different ways, long for the one visible Church of God, a Church truly universal and set forth into the world that the world may be converted to the Gospel and so be saved, to the glory of God.

The Sacred Council gladly notes all this. It has already declared its teaching on the Church, and now, moved by a desire for the restoration of unity among all the followers of Christ, it wishes to set before all Catholics the ways and means by which they too can respond to this grace and to this divine call.

Source here

Peter & Andrew


1. Ut unum sint! The call for Christian unity made by the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council with such impassioned commitment is finding an ever greater echo in the hearts of believers, especially as the Year 2000 approaches, a year which Christians will celebrate as a sacred Jubilee, the commemoration of the Incarnation of the Son of God, who became man in order to save humanity.
The courageous witness of so many martyrs of our century, including members of Churches and Ecclesial Communities not in full communion with the Catholic Church, gives new vigour to the Council's call and reminds us of our duty to listen to and put into practice its exhortation. These brothers and sisters of ours, united in the selfless offering of their lives for the Kingdom of God, are the most powerful proof that every factor of division can be transcended and overcome in the total gift of self for the sake of the Gospel.
Christ calls all his disciples to unity. My earnest desire is to renew this call today, to propose it once more with determination, repeating what I said at the Roman Colosseum on Good Friday 1994, at the end of the meditation on the Via Crucis prepared by my Venerable Brother Bartholomew, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. There I stated that believers in Christ, united in following in the footsteps of the martyrs, cannot remain divided. If they wish truly and effectively to oppose the world's tendency to reduce to powerlessness the Mystery of Redemption, they must profess together the same truth about the Cross.1 The Cross! An anti-Christian outlook seeks to minimize the Cross, to empty it of its meaning, and to deny that in it man has the source of his new life. It claims that the Cross is unable to provide either vision or hope. Man, it says, is nothing but an earthly being, who must live as if God did not exist.
2. No one is unaware of the challenge which all this poses to believers. They cannot fail to meet this challenge. Indeed, how could they refuse to do everything possible, with God's help, to break down the walls of division and distrust, to overcome obstacles and prejudices which thwart the proclamation of the Gospel of salvation in the Cross of Jesus, the one Redeemer of man, of every individual? Source here

God's folly is wiser than human wisdom

1 Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and Sosthenes, our brother,
2 to the church of God in Corinth, to those who have been consecrated in Christ Jesus and called to be God's holy people, with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord as well as ours.
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I am continually thanking God about you, for the grace of God which you have been given in ChristJesus;
5 in him you have been richly endowed in every kind of utterance and knowledge;
6 so firmly has witness to Christ taken root in you.
7 And so you are not lacking in any gift as you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed;
8 he will continue to give you strength till the very end, so that you will be irreproachable on the Day of ourLord Jesus Christ.
9 You can rely on God, who has called you to be partners with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
10 Brothers, I urge you, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, not to have factions among yourselves but all to be in agreement in what you profess; so that you are perfectly united in your beliefs and judgements.
11 From what Chloe's people have been telling me about you, brothers, it is clear that there are serious differences among you.
12 What I mean is this: every one of you is declaring, 'I belong to Paul,' or 'I belong to Apollos,' or 'I belong to Cephas,' or 'I belong to Christ.'
13 Has Christ been split up? Was it Paul that was crucified for you, or was it in Paul's name that you were baptised?
14 I am thankful I did not baptise any of you, except Crispus and Gaius,
15 so that no one can say that you were baptised in my name.
16 Yes, I did baptise the family of Stephanas, too; but besides these I do not think I baptised anyone.
17 After all, Christ sent me not to baptise, but to preach the gospel; and not by means of wisdom of language, wise words which would make the cross of Christ pointless.
18 The message of the cross is folly for those who are on the way to ruin, but for those of us who are on the road to salvation it is the power of God.
19 As scripture says: I am going to destroy the wisdom of the wise and bring to nothing the understanding of any who understand.
20 Where are the philosophers? Where are the experts? And where are the debaters of this age? Do you not see how God has shown up human wisdom as folly?
21 Since in the wisdom of God the world was unable to recognise God through wisdom, it was God's own pleasure to save believers through the folly of the gospel.
22 While the Jews demand miracles and the Greeks look for wisdom,
23 we are preaching a crucified Christ: to the Jews an obstacle they cannot get over, to the gentilesfoolishness,
24 but to those who have been called, whether they are Jews or Greeks, a Christ who is both the power ofGod and the wisdom of God.
25 God's folly is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength.
26 Consider, brothers, how you were called; not many of you are wise by human standards, not many influential, not many from noble families.
27 No, God chose those who by human standards are fools to shame the wise; he chose those who by human standards are weak to shame the strong,
28 those who by human standards are common and contemptible -- indeed those who count for nothing -- to reduce to nothing all those that do count for something,
29 so that no human being might feel boastful before God.
30 It is by him that you exist in Christ Jesus, who for us was made wisdom from God, and saving justiceand holiness and redemption.
31 As scripture says: If anyone wants to boast, let him boast of the Lord.