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Roadblocks

They must be removed.

June 29, 2018  21 Comments

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Why are heresies something to be completely and utterly destroyed? Because they prevent people from becoming or staying holy, is the simple answer. This is why we here at Church Militant have taken up arms against the prevailing heresy of the day — the homoheresy, and the homoheresy shares a lot in common with all earlier heresies.

First of all, it began among the ordained class, as almost heresies always do. No heresy can take root and begin to flourish unless it finds its origin in the clergy. The laity don’t have sufficient authority to even start, much less maintain an authority.

No, heresy always begins with the ordained and then is spread by the ordained. Ultimately, it is finally disposed of by the ordained, but not without a good deal of blowback by the laity, and that’s why Church Militant is so determined in this regard.

Second point in common with all previous heresies — it contains some truth. If a heresy was so out there, no one would accept it. The really “good ones” always appeal on some level to people’s intellects or emotions on some truthful point that is being exploited.

The truth that is being exploited with the homoheresy is the command to love your neighbor — Christian charity. It’s being exploited in that the virtue of tolerance is being confused with permissiveness. Tolerance refers to temporarily accepting some evil or sinful state as a person struggles to get beyond it.

The sin itself is never excused, and it is called rightly what it is — sin.

But the person’s weakness is tolerated, patience is granted, as God does with all of us, as he struggles to free himself from the sin. Permissiveness is embracing the sin itself and not calling the person to repentance and, in the case of the homoheresy specifically, chastity.

Yet, the homoheresy dresses itself up in terms of acceptance and warmness and embracing the person while sneaking into the equation also embracing the sin and refusing to label it as such. Heresy is a roadblock to holiness because it never calls one to reject the sin.

An analogy might be an alcoholic father who demands that the rest of the family not only love him and accept him, but also his drinking. What loving family member could ever embrace the curse of alcoholism for his or her dad?

Freedom is what a loving family member wants for his dad, not enslavement to an addiction which is then celebrated — likewise for the same-sex attracted man or woman. For priests and bishops in the Church to treat them as though the evil of sexual acts is acceptable is, in itself, evil and, in a certain sense, actually even more evil.

Our sexual powers belong to us first and foremost for procreation. That is what they accomplish — anything and everything else is secondary to that primary end. That is a power given to us, to help create, right alongside God, the future citizens of Heaven. Any misuse of that power — be it homosexual, fornication, adultery, contraception, masturbation, you name it — is a grave evil because it violates the intended end.

So for clergy to give a stamp of approval, or even appear to give a stamp of approval validates the soul in their sin of being unchaste and prevents them from increasing in holiness, or even sadly, ever even approaching it.

It is a scandal of scandalous proportion and has been brought into the Church by wicked clerics and then fostered by cowardly ones — thousands of them — who still, to this very day, with settlement payments increasing into the multi-billions, with tens of millions of souls having deserted the Faith, with a future total meltdown of the Faith clearly within sight, even with all of this, these wicked and cowardly clerics still say and do nothing other than to impermissibly tolerate this evil.

Even among their own ranks, the souls of priests themselves, good priests, are being devastated. Listen to this email we received this week from a priest who shall remain anonymous. It came in response to our story about Cdl. McCarrick’s active homosexual past being revealed:

As a priest of about 20 years, who is a red-blooded heterosexual man, I can tell you that the this doesn’t surprise me at all. Many of us have suffered at the hands of the gay mafia in our dioceses. Chanceries are full of homosexual priests and bishops. Many of them hide behind orthodoxy. But they railroad priests who speak out on homosexual issues (like I have). The biggest surprise to me has been how pervasive the number of homosexual men there are in the priesthood. And once they get elevated to the episcopacy, they tend to group like-minded priests around them who then tend to get promoted. I’m sure this is all very disheartening to the laity. It’s also disheartening to me, who gave my life for our Church and for Christ only to find the rot and corruption. I pray that it all comes to light.

Heresy always costs — a lot. It costs in this life, and it costs in the next.

When the Pulse gay nightclub shooting happened in Orlando in June of 2016, my first thought was, “Dear God, I hope at least some had a chance to ask God for forgiveness before they died” and I immediately said an “Eternal Rest” for them. I’m sure many other faithful Catholics thought and responded exactly the same way.

Contrast that response with those of various clergy like homoheretics Fr. James Martin and Bp. Robert Lynch, now retired, thank the Lord, of St. Petersburg in Florida. Instead of being concerned for the souls of the gay men killed in the bar, they used the opportunity to publicly advance the homoheresy. Heck, Martin even wrote a book because of it.

By the time a heresy — which is a roadblock to holiness, which is to say a roadblock to salvation — finally rises to this level, it already has deep roots and has caused massive damage. Uprooting such a heresy is always difficult and requires a lifetime of work, but souls are worth the cost.

People knowingly embracing heresy are almost certainly damned despite the stupid and moronic notion that we have a reasonable hope all men are saved. We do not have that hope. Faithful Catholics, out of nothing else other than love of souls, must spend themselves removing and uprooting these roadblocks.

They block people’s access to Heaven and send them hurtling into eternal hellfire. And as Bp. Sheen said, do not look to the priests and bishops to do the dirty work. Too many of them have actually been involved in the real dirty work and will be damned in they don’t repent.

 

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An Invincible Faith in Jesus

 

Dear brothers and sisters, the past two weeks here have been crazy. You read about the storm that hit us. An insurance agent called the damage here “catastrophic,” so we have a long recovery ahead. At the same time, I began inexplicably losing hearing in my left ear, I need a tooth pulled, and our family vehicle just had a major breakdown this past weekend costing thousands. Pretty crazy, eh? But through it all, this writing has been on my heart. The more we suffer, the more we need to surrender; the more we enter darkness, the more we must walk by faith; the more uncertain things become, the more we must turn to the Great Certainty: God the Father, who loves us unconditionally, and who allows suffering in order to purify and discipline us. That purification, in turn, empties us more and more so that we can be filled with Him that much more. 

This week, our third daughter is getting married, which then brings us into hay season. So if my writings are sparse over the next few weeks, that is why. Also, thank you so much to everyone who donated this past week to our family to help with all that’s happened here. It’s hard for me at times, as “the provider” in my home, to rely on Divine Providence (ie. to be a “beggar”), but at the same time, it has helped me see just how much we are in God’s loving hands. Bless you and thank you…. and together, in your trials and mine, let us cultivate an Invincible Faith in Jesus. 

First published May 31st, 2017.

 

HOLLYWOOD has been overrun with a glut of super hero movies. There is practically one in theatres, somewhere, almost constantly now. Perhaps it speaks of something deep within the psyche of this generation, an era in which true heroes are now few and far between; a reflection of a world longing for real greatness, if not, a real Savior…

 

CALL TO HEROIC FAITH

While your faith in Christ and to His teachings, right now, might seem to bother others; while they might dismiss you, for now, as a fundamentalist, a “right-winger”, or fanatic… the day is coming when your faith in God will be an anchor to possibly thousands around you. Hence, Our Lady continually calls you and me to prayer and conversion so that we will become the spiritual “super-heroes” the world so desperately needs. Don’t miss this call!

This is why the Father is permitting so many sufferings within the Church, our families and life situations: He is showing us that we must have an invincible faith in Jesus. He is going to strip the Church of everything so that we will have nothing but Him.[1] There is a Great Shaking coming, and when it does, the world will be searching for true superheroes: men and women who have real answers to hopeless crises. False prophets will be ready for them… but so will Our Lady, who is preparing an army of men and women to gather the prodigal sons and daughters of this generation before the Day of Justice. [2]

If the Lord has not lifted the heavy cross from your shoulders yet; if He has not delivered you from your helpless situation; if you find yourself struggling with the same faults and stumbling into the same sins… it is because you have not learned to fully surrender yet, to truly abandon yourself to Him.

 

LEARNING ABANDONMENT

Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo (d. 1970) is a relatively unknown prophet in our times. Of him, St. Pio once said “The whole of paradise is in your soul.” In fact, in a postcard to Bishop Huilica in 1965, Fr. Dolindo predicted that a new John will rise out of Poland with heroic steps to break the chains beyond the boundaries imposed by the communist tyranny.” That, of course, was fulfilled in Pope John Paul II.

But perhaps Fr. Dolindo’s greatest legacy was the Novena of Abandonment that he left the Church in which Jesus unfolds how to abandon to Him. If St. Faustina’s revelations guide us on how to trust in Divine Mercy, and Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta’s revelations instruct on how to live in the Divine Will, Fr. Dolindo’s revelations teach us how to abandon ourselves to Divine Providence.

Jesus begins by saying to him:

Why do you confuse yourselves by worrying? Leave the care of your affairs to Me and everything will be peaceful. I say to you in truth that every act of true, blind, complete surrender to Me produces the effect that you desire and resolves all difficult situations.

So, most of us read this, and then say, “Okay, please fix this situation for me so that…” But as soon as we begin to dictate to the Lord the outcome, we are not truly trusting Him to act in our best interests.

Surrender to Me does not mean to fret, to be upset, or to lose hope, nor does it mean offering to Me a worried prayer asking Me to follow you and change your worry into prayer. It is against this surrender, deeply against it, to worry, to be nervous and to desire to think about the consequences of anything. It is like the confusion that children feel when they ask their mother to see to their needs, and then try to take care of those needs for themselves so that their childlike efforts get in their mother’s way. Surrender means to placidly close the eyes of the soul, to turn away from thoughts of tribulation and to put yourself in My care, so that only I act, saying “You take care of it”.

Jesus then asks us to say a little prayer:

O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything!

How hard this is! The human mind, like metal to a magnet, is powerfully drawn to thinking, reasoning, and obsessing over our problems. But Jesus says, no, let Me take care of it.

In pain you pray for me to act, but that I act in the way you want. You do not turn to Me, instead, you want Me to adapt your ideas. You are not sick people who ask the doctor to cure you, but rather sick people who tell the doctor how to… If you say to me truly: “Thy will be done”, which is the same as saying: “You take care of it”, I will intervene with all my omnipotence, and I will resolve the most difficult situations.

And yet, we hear these words, and then reason that our particular situation is beyond supernatural repair. But Jesus calls us to “fold the wings of the intellect”, as Catherine Doherty would say, and let Him act in the situation. Tell me: if God created the heavens and earth out of nothing, can He not handle your particular trial, even as things appear to go from bad to worse?

You see evil growing instead of weakening? Do not worry. Close your eyes and say to Me with faith: “Thy will be done, You take care of it”…. I say to you that I will take care of it, and that there is no medicine more powerful than My loving intervention. By My love, I promise this to you.

But how hard it is to trust! To not grasp after the solution, to not try in my own humanity to resolve things myself, to not manipulate things to my own outcome. True abandonment means completely and utterly leaving the results to God, who promises to be faithful.

No trial has come to you but what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

But the “way” is not always our way.

And when I must lead you on a path different from the one you see, I will prepare you; I will carry you in My arms; I will let you find yourself, like children who have fallen asleep in their mother’s arms, on the other bank of the river. What troubles you and hurts you immensely are your reason, your thoughts and worry, and your desire at all costs to deal with what afflicts you.

And that is when we begin again to grasp, to lose patience, to feel that God is not doing what He should. We lose our peace… and Satan begins to win the battle.

You are sleepless; you want to judge everything, direct everything and see to everything and you surrender to human strength, or worse—to men themselves, trusting in their intervention—this is what hinders My words and My views. Oh, how much I wish from you this surrender, to help you; and how I suffer when I see you so agitated! Satan tries to do exactly this: to agitate you and to remove you from My protection and to throw you into the jaws of human initiative. So, trust only in Me, rest in Me, surrender to Me in everything.

And so, we must let go again, and cry out from our souls: O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything! And He says…

I perform miracles in proportion to your full surrender to Me and to your not thinking of yourselves. I sow treasure troves of graces when you are in the deepest poverty. No person of reason, no thinker, has ever performed miracles, not even among the saints. He does divine works whosoever surrenders to God. So don’t think about it any more, because your mind is acute and for you it is very hard to see evil and to trust in Me and to not think of yourself. Do this for all your needs, do this all of you and you will see great continual silent miracles. I will take care of things, I promise this to you.

How Jesus? How do I stop thinking about it?

Close your eyes and let yourself be carried away on the flowing current of My grace; close your eyes and do not think of the present, turning your thoughts away from the future just as you would from temptation. Repose in Me, believing in my goodness, and I promise you by My love that if you say, “You take care of it,” I will take care of it all; I will console you, liberate you and guide you.

Yes, it is an act of the will. We have to resist, to fight it, and resist again and again. But we are not alone, nor without Divine help, which comes to us by way of prayer. 

Pray always in readiness to surrender, and you will receive from it great peace and great rewards, even when I confer on you the grace of immolation, of repentance and of love. Then what does suffering matter? It seems impossible to you? Close your eyes and say with all your soul, “Jesus, you take care of it”. Do not be afraid, I will take care of things and you will bless My name by humbling yourself. A thousand prayers cannot equal one single act of surrender, remember this well. There is no novena more effective than this.

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AN INVINCIBLE FAITH

Learn, my brothers and sisters, the “art of abandonment,” demonstrated most especially in Our Lady. She reveals to us how to surrender to the Father’s Will, in every situation, even the impossible. [3]  Paradoxically, her abandonment to God, which annihilates her own self-will, does not lead to sadness or a loss of dignity, but to joy, peace, and a deeper awareness of her true self, made in God’s image.

My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior… (Luke 1:46-47)

Indeed, is her Magnificat not a praise of God’s mercy toward the humble—and how He humbles those who wish to be rulers of their own destinies, who out of arrogance of mind and pride in the heart, refuse to trust in Him?

His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him. He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart. He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away. (Luke 1:50-53)

That is, He lifts up those with an invincible faith in Jesus. 

Oh, how pleasing to God is the soul that follows faithfully the inspirations of His grace!… Fear nothing. Be faithful to the end.Our Lady to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 635

 

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Surpassing the Pharisees

 

WE hear these words from the Gospel several times a year, and yet, do we really let them sink in?

I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven. (Today’s Gospel; readings here)

The outstanding feature of the Pharisees in Christ’s time was that they spoke the truth, but did not live it. “Therefore,” Jesus said…

…do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. (Matthew 23:3)

The warning of Jesus to you and me today is a stark one: if we are like the Pharisees, we will “not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.” The question we must carefully ask ourselves is “Am I obedient to the Lord?” Jesus gives a bit of an examination of conscience in His following remarks where He points particularly to our love of neighbour. Do you hold grudges, bitterness, and unforgiveness toward others, or do you let your anger win the day? If so, Jesus warns, you “will be liable to judgment” and  to “fiery Gehenna.”

Moreover, what do we do in private when no one is watching? Are we still faithful to the Lord “who sees in secret”?[1] Do we put on a kind and warm face when in public, but at home, are cold and selfish with our family? Do we speak pleasantly to one group of people, but unleash foul language and humour with another? Do we put on appearances or make arguments for the “Catholic crowd,” and yet, do not live what we preach?

If so, then we must soberly admit that our righteousness really does not surpass that of the Pharisees. In fact, it may not even surpass the pagan philanthropist next door.

What the Father asks of us today is actually no different than what He asked of Jesus: “the obedience of faith.” [2]

Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered… (Hebrews 5:8)

God sends trials, not to harm us, but to purify and shake us from the clasp of sin and its destructive powers.

My child, when you come to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for trials. Be sincere of heart and steadfast, and do not be impetuous in time of adversity. Cling to him, do not leave him, that you may prosper in your last days. Accept whatever happens to you; in periods of humiliation be patient. For in fire gold is tested, and the chosen, in the crucible of humiliation. Trust in God, and he will help you; make your ways straight and hope in him. (Sirach 2:1-6)

If we have not been sincere of heart and steadfast; if we have been impetuous and rebellious; if we have not clung to Him or accepted our trials; if we have not been patient or humble; if we have not straightened our old ways and habits…. thanks be to God, we still can. Even if grey hair crowns your head, with God, we can always begin anew.

Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet… the greater the misery of a soul, the greater its right to My mercy… I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy… The flames of mercy are burning Me—clamoring to be spent; I want to keep pouring them out upon souls; souls just don’t want to believe in My goodness… A soul’s greatest wretchedness does not enkindle Me with wrath; but rather, My Heart is moved towards it with great mercy. —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 699, 1182, 1146, 177, 1739

That is why Jesus gave us the Sacrament of Reconciliation—that He may restore us even when we have gone terribly astray.

Were a soul like a decaying corpse so that from a human standpoint, there would be no [hope of] restoration and everything would already be lost, it is not so with God. The miracle of Divine Mercy restores that soul in full. Oh, how miserable are those who do not take advantage of the miracle of God’s mercy! —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 1448

But then, we must also leave the confessional with a sincere heart and steadfast resolution: that our righteousness will, at last, surpass the Pharisees.

 

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