There is less prayer than ever before, more sin than ever before, even worse, indifference as if sin no longer exists, and so we have given much greater power to “the father of lies”, Satan (Jn 8:44). In particular Satan has more power to “disguise himself as an angel of light” (2Cor 11:14), to offer his very deadly beautiful lies as if they were the “truth that sets us free” (Jn 8:32)!
Thus it is very important in these times of great confusion, when even Catholic bishops are no longer in agreement about the fundamentals of our faith and morals, to not only pray much and to study the Catechism of the Catholic Church for adults, but to keep our eyes open so as not to fall into the beautiful lies of Satan presented as if they were the Truth!
FOR UPDATES on some of these fundamental, hidden, and disguised deceptions of the ancient serpent, visit one of my index web sites to see the more important, latest articles:
(as well as the DOCUMENTS REGARDING ECCLESIAL APPROVAL of the TESTIMONY OF GLORIA POLO):
Father Joseph Dwight
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The Great Difficulty In Overcoming Pharisaism
The Difference Between Schismatic Traditionalism and the False Pope Prophecies
The following was an email (May 13, 2016) that I received from a person with whom I have been in contact for several years, in response to my “Spiritual Food 1605”:
Is the Pope Catholic? - The Greatest Schism in Catholic Church History!
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Dear Father Joseph,
You have written a work of love for the many souls that have been lost and to prevent more being lost. I cannot imagine the strain on you from bishops, priests and laity for trying to pass on Our Lord's Teachings.
I have read all you posted.
Occasionally I have written you but rarely do you reply if I seemingly proffer any controversial explanations.
I hope you will read this and think about it.
First I would like to suggest a book from the 16th century- The Sinner's Guide by Venerable Louis of Grenada. Even St Theresa of Avila, a contemporary suggested the book had saved a million souls.
I probably could have brought more people to your monthly reflections that most anyone in the last 10 years.
I never really told you our connection. I came from Australia in 1999. I had sent both my daughters to US universities on Tennis scholarships. My second daughter Kylie did a semester in Perugia in 2002. When you first contacted me and also told me you completed a degree in Mathematics and I was but a year older. This mirrored my tertiary education- B.Sc. (U.N.S.W.) with a double major in Pure and Applied Mathematics.
While now a citizen of the United States I have designed my own computer programs to successfully trade futures markets for clients as a Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA). The many hours spent on the computers has also allowed me to study the Faith.
I will also tell you. I can still remember as a 3 year old being taken to Mass by my parents and being in awe of the priest at the Altar. This was ofcourse the Mass of All Time. I was an altar boy for 5 years till the changes in liturgy. Eventually I became a lukewarm Catholic after the Sacrament of Matrimony. I made sure my daughters went to Catholic schools but little else for educating in the Faith. I was bored with the Novus Ordo service.
Only 14 years ago I came back to Mass but Our Lord's Mass.
I know from past exchange of emails you equate one Mass with the other.
That is part of the problem that you have had.
Our Lord told the Apostles the essentials of the Mass together with the Words of Consecration. Through the early centuries the Mass was embellished with efficacious prayers. Eventually codified in 1570. The Mass was infallibly promulgated. The Council of Trent in Session 7 infallibly proclaimed there could be no new Liturgies and in Session 22 Latin was the language of the Mass.
A future Pope can only change discipline and not doctrine. I have heard the modernist argument that because a later Pope is the equal of the earlier Pope, the later Pope can change what was earlier infallibly proclaimed in doctrine. That argument can be easily refuted. After Pius 1X infallibly proclaimed the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady could a following Pope change that?
Another disagreement we have is that there is poison in the Vatican 2 Documents. You should read 'I Accuse the Council' by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. Terms such as Ecumenism, Religion Liberty and the description of the Catholic Church was modified which gives the impression of being only one of many churches that can bring the person to grace. This was all the modernists and freemasons doing. They had their Pope in John XX111 and then Paul V1. Note he became a Mason in the 1950s and his mother's grave has only masonic symbols. I can relate many issues with the conciliar popes. you can research Fr. Luigi Villa. They have all lead to Francis.
I might add out of the bishops who signed the documents of Vatican II ( they broke their Oath against Modernism) Paul V1 chose members of a consilium as well as 6 protestant ministers who did not believe in the Real Presence. They designed the Novus Ordo Mass that removed the propitiatory Sacrifice of the Offertory as well as 73 Catholic prayers. I am not going to relate you other problems. Suffice to say it was a new rite as Paul V1 said and this is invalid under the Council of Trent. This liturgy can only be viewed as schismatic or protestant. By canon law there can be no Consecration outside of Mass
Unless priests have been celebrating the Mass that comes from Our Lord there is no Sanctifying Grace flowing to the Faithful.
You do not have amongst your information that Our Lord in 1902 and Our Lady in 1906 warned of an odious liturgy that would be celebrated by most of the priests in the second half of the 20th century. This was conveyed to the stigmatist Marie Julie Jahenny who also lived for sometime on the Eucharist alone and she is approved by the Church.
I would not be surprised at all at what is happening. There have been few courageous clergy like Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre who recognized early the Apostasy in Rome.
I am sure I am only rehashing what you know.
There has been a new religion alongside the much smaller Catholic Church for the last 50 years or so. Call it the new world order church.
The true Catholic Church is but a remnant.
You can watch videos on 40 years of Fidelity to the Church from the SSPX. When you visit one of their churches you know Our Lord is there and the priests that have been persecuted for many years are faithful to Eternal Rome.
You have Confession at least 45 minutes before Mass and after if necessary. The Rosary is also prayed. The Faithful come respectfully dressed with men in suits and ladies wearing longer dresses and veils. You don't have to worry about the abuses and novelties of the novus ordo churches that have really become another protestant sect. I see from recent survey in Sydney almost 78 % of diocesan priests do not believe in the Real Presence
You can watch various videos with Bishop Fellay on the lies told by the Vatican in the last 16 years as they try to get the SSPX under their control to destroy Tradition.
Through your work you keep on quoting the CCC which has 800 references from Vatican 2 - only a pastoral council at best
So the new church needed a new mass, new code of Canon Law and new Catechism. This was the Modernists or Freemason agenda.
The Catholic Church in the future will stand against as a beacon of light to the world. However this will not occur till the new church has been vanquished and people return to Our Lord's Church.
Father I am trying to show you where the problems started in our life time or a little before.
I pray that you will celebrate the Mass of Our Lord.
I will stop now.
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Thank you for you email.
As I detected in your past recent emails and this one, it seems you never overcame the sectarian mentality. It seemed in your first emails a few years ago that you had overcome this mentality; you were communicating with the Norbertines in Orange County, etc. Were you not happy with a few indications of the dangers of leaving the Church on the right side in my last “Spiritual Food 1605”? You seemed to be in agreement with my original article on this topic, “A Common Sense Rebuttal to Schismatic Traditionalists and Sedevacantists” (http://schis-trad.blogspot.it/2008/03/rebuttal-to-schismatic-traditionalists.html). Did you have a hidden motive years ago when we first communicated, hoping to bring me around to becoming a traditional schismatic? If so, why were you not more transparent years ago? Why did you wait until the last few months to reveal your true colors?
I am really amazed at your attitude! I send out in English and Italian almost 1000 emails each month for my Spiritual Food (Cibo Spirituale); visitors to all my web sites combined is well over a million, if not over two million. As you indicated even before your most recent email, that since you believe that you “have brought more people to your monthly reflections that most anyone in the last 10 years” that I must believe and write as you believe and would write. I am amazed at your attitude! God, who knows how to love, respects our free will totally (“The Declaration of Religious Liberty”), even to the point of accepting the choice to not want to be with God in this short life and for all eternity, even though God gave us everything we have, and Jesus suffers immensely due to our choice to not want to be with Him. God is the Truth. The saints encourage people by their example, prayers and sacrifices. Those who are not too holy push or manipulate people without respecting the free will of the other person.
Without humility there is no virtue; without humility there is blindness. This is fundamentally the same attitude of the liberals who view the existence of religion, the parish, etc. as something that is meant to serve me instead of using religion to serve God, to discover and do the will of God. It is totally reversed. The two extremes meet! The liberals tell me to offer a Christianity without the cross otherwise they will go on strike or call the bishop. Both extremes feel they are OK. The liberals say I’m OK according to their own relativism. But the schismatic traditionalists in some ways are worse because they feel they are OK according to God, putting themselves in the place of God more explicitly, which is a step further in relativism. The Pharisees were worse than the unrepentant sinner. The poison of the Pharisees was more difficult to detect and more dangerous than the sins of the public sinners; this was why Jesus had many heated arguments with them. It is easier to see sin of the prodigal’s son than his older brother who would not even come into the feast for the return of his younger brother. In the end, the incarnate Truth on the cross was abandoned by almost everyone except His Mother and a few others! In this period, the Body of Christ, the true Church, made up of the truly humble in Mary’s army, will be crucified with Christ (“True Devotion To Mary”; http://www.montfort.org/content/uploads/pdf/PDF_EN_26_1.pdf). A great number of people will abandoned the Body of Christ on the right side and on the left side of the Body of Christ, the Church.
Even the Scribes and Pharisees complimented Christ for not being worried about human respect! “Teacher, we know that you are true, and care for no man; for you do not regard the position of men, but truly teach the way of God” (Mk 12:14; Mt 22:16; Lk 20:21).
In the journey of my life, God has given me the grace to persevere in seeking the uncomfortable and the unpopular Truth in a great variety of situations, from being excommunicated by my parents, to a false apparition in Necedah, Wisconsin, to a false mystic in the religious congregation, the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, and many other experiences. Each time that I maintained the truth, the insecure superiors treated my very badly; at the moment of the loss of each human support, it was very painful, undergoing even two strong depressions when I had to take medication. But after the divine trimming, I was very grateful to God for having been separated from these various groups and to be going forward again. There were times when I had to change my mind about certain conclusions when I discovered new information from the teachings of the Church and the Saints.
Regarding the excommunication by my parents, I followed the advice of my parents to leave UCLA and to go with my sister Ann to Necedah, Wisconsin, where there was a supposed Marian apparition. Even though at Necedah I was totally surrounded by the sectarian mentality that the outside world is all bad and we special people at the Shrine were specially chosen by the Mother of God, somehow God gave me the grace to begin to realize the foundation there in the cult at Necedah was not one of humility and trust in God but rather pride and trust in self. When I succeeded in putting this intuition into words in the book “The Catholic Church and Private Revelation” (http://priv-rev.blogspot.com), my parents, in a real sense, excommunicated me from the family and it was a relief for me to go to Italy and enter a religious congregation, the Oblates of the Virgin Mary. For over a year in Italy, I slept very badly due to being thrown out by my parents after being treated up until that time as the favorite son out of six children.
In the book that I wrote at Necedah, “The Catholic Church and Private Revelation” (http://priv-rev.blogspot.com), I believe that at least one of the paragraphs that my father and mother were not too happy with was the following:
“9.5: The Pit of Cynical Self-Deception:
But one of the most self devastating talents of rebellious man is the art of making rationalizations, excuses and exceptions for himself even though he subjectively thinks he is objective. What a deep pit of blind and proud self deception! Who can help such a one or such a group all stampeding in the name of God or Mary or holiness in the same perilous direction ironically away from God and His representatives? …” /Read more at: http://priv-rev.blogspot.it/2008/04/pr-chapter-ix.html; See also: “The Death of My Brother”; http://spir-food.blogspot.it/2012/12/the-death-of-my-brother.html).
Another cut in my life which also resulted in a heavy depression, that I needed medicine to overcome, was with a pastor here in Italy. Visit: “Let Us Love Our Spouse” (http://spir-food.blogspot.com/2008/05/let-us-love-our-spouse.html).
There was a false seer here in Italy, from Rome. While I was observing the situation and her (Barbara) behavior (2013-2015), along with her right hand man (Stefano), at a certain point she gave me an envelope with 50 Euros; she did the same with another priest that I know of. After two years of observing these two, I realized there were many negative indications regarding the validity of this supposed seer (in Italian: “Discernimento – Veggenti Falsi”; http://cibo-spir.blogspot.it/2015/04/discernimento-veggenti-falsi.html). As I wrote in my book that I published in 1983, humility is the first criteria of discernment because it is a fundamental indication that the seer, and her followers, trust in God and not in themselves (“The Catholic Church and Private Revelation”; http://priv-rev.blogspot.com; http://necedah-cult.blogspot.com ; Wikipedia: “My Personal Reasons Why I Left The Shrine At Necedah, Wisconsin”; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necedah_Shrine). A few months ago, about February 2016, Barbara and Stefano came to our monthly prayer day (Cenacle) of the Marian Movement of Priests; at the end of the day Stefano came to me and said: “We want to be reconciled”. I replied to him: “What do you mean that you want to be reconciled. Who decides which seers are true and which seers are false?” Stefano was forced with this question to say “the Church” even though he believes that the messages of Barbara come directly from heaven and are thus infallible and above any authority of the Catholic Church. Since then they have not returned to our monthly Cenacles. It is interesting that in 2013 my bishop treated me rather badly because I had contact with Barbara and Stefano (Cf.: “The Hidden Broad Road to Perdition”; http://spir-food.blogspot.it/2015/05/road-perdition.html). It takes time to discern. It is easy to go to one extreme or the other extreme, that is, all seers are true, or all seers are false, without going through the fatigue of calm observation in order to discern.
"In the" Life "of St. Philip Neri one reads an episode which is entitled: "false holiness." This is what we are dealing with: "In a convent in Rome lived a nun who had the reputation of great sanctity. It was rumored among the people that the religious, enriched with heavenly gifts, knew the future and would operate wonderful miracles. When the Pope learned of this, he sent Father Philip to that convent, so that he might see what there was of it on the miraculous virtues of the religious. On that day it was raining heavily and the streets were all muddy, so Philip came to the monastery with his shoes all muddy. He immediately asked to speak to the holy nun believed to be holy, which, as soon as she stepped into the parlor, with a deep bow, she said: "How may I serve you?" The saint who was sitting comfortably in his chair, without even responding to the greeting, shows her his shoes saying: "First of all, Reverend Mother, would you please take off these muddy shoes and then clean them well." The nun drew back in horror, and in words very resentful, remonstrated against a course of action so rude, saying, "I am surprised that you would dare to make me such a proposal"; Philip was silent and stood quietly, and left the convent to return home. Presenting himself the next day to the Pope, to report on the outcome of his mission, he said: "Most Holy Father, this nun is certainly not a saint and does not do miracles, because she lacks the fundamental virtue." The holy man knew all too well that the best proof of sanctity is humility” (In Italian: Oreste Cerri, S. Filippo Neri, Ed. Il Villaggio del fanciullo, Roma, 1986, pp. 106-107). (http://www.lamadredellachiesa.it/attenzione-ai-falsi-carismatici/; http://cibo-spir.blogspot.it/2015/04/discernimento-veggenti-falsi.html).
You wrote: “I know from past exchange of emails you equate one Mass with the other. That is part of the problem that you have had.” You say I have a “problem”. Is this a closed discussion with no possibility of dialogue?
Your recent indications are basically the sectarian mentality which I thought you had overcome. Considering your indications, it seems that you are ready to throw out Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict, and you have basically thrown out Vatican Council II, just as my sister and brother-in-law, sedevacantists. The sedevacantists, as just about all the splinter groups, they feel that they are the special group chosen by God and that if the others do not join them there will be no salvation for those who do not join them! You are probably in agreement with my mother who after she was coerced in going with my sister and brother-in-law with their sedevacantist group, she told me that I am not a priest and my Mass is not worth anything! After leaving the Catholic Church, my mother, when she heard my voice on the phone secretary, she no longer would answer my phone calls from Italy. Triumphalism is very strong in these groups as is seen in the history of the Church. There is a great lack of humility and thus blindness and the unwilliness to dialogue or consider another point of view or other possible explanations. Thus they do as the Donatists of old and all of the splinter groups in the history of the Church. The attitude is that they are above the others and they are the salvation of the Church and the world! My brother-in-law told me straight out that only their little group is saved, and all the rest in the Catholic Church or in any other church are not saved. Did the people in China, after the death of Christ, go automatically to hell?
There is a great temptation to believe that we are able to understand according to our human intelligence the full mystery of the Body of Christ, the Church, to put it in our pocket as they say in Italian. Humility seeks to see things from God’s point of view; pride sees things from our point of view. Yes there is one true Church, but all creatures were created by God with the possibility to be able to get to heaven. What a great temptation to feel we are in a special group, better than the others, and to do as even the apostles did at the beginning of their walk with Christ: “And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, "Lord, do you want us to bid fire come down from heaven and consume them?" But he turned and rebuked them. (Lk 9:51-62). Even Joshua, “one of his chosen men”, had the same lack of maturity and humility: “My lord Moses, forbid them." But Moses said to him, "Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the LORD's people were prophets, that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!" (Num 11:25-29)
Who decides salvation, God or man? Who is the author of Truth, God or man? The cults do not accept any information outside of the information within the cult. Visit: “A Psychological Analysis of a Cult at Necedah, Wisconsin” (http://schis-trad.blogspot.it/2008/03/analysis-of-cult.html).
As I wrote in Spiritual Food 1605, as well as in the article that I wrote several years ago, “A Common Sense Rebuttal to Schismatic Traditionalists and Sedevacantists” (http://schis-trad.blogspot.it/2008/03/rebuttal-to-schismatic-traditionalists.html), the Novus Ordo Mass is valid and licit. It was the organized misinterpretation that caused all the problems, as Mother Angelica and many others have explained. Pope Benedict began the reform of the reform; this illustrates clearly that Pope Benedict knows well that the Novus Ordo Mass is valid and licit but that the problem was the lack of obedience. To encourage people to appreciate the guidance of the Church in the liturgical books and to not loose or to rediscover the greatness of the Mass, he allowed in every diocese in the world to be able to celebrate the Tridentine Mass without the permission of the local bishop. Pope Benedict knows full well that most bishops no longer obey the Magisterium of the Church, both on the left side of the spectrum but also on the right side of the spectrum. Pope Benedict in his first homily as pope said: “Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves (April 24 2005; http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/homilies/2005/documents/hf_ben-xvi_hom_20050424_inizio-pontificato_en.html).
When one wants to blame the Pope even though the great majority of bishops today did not obey Pope Benedict nor Pope John Paul II, is this the exercise of the fundamental virtue of humility? Do we think that we are better than the Good Thief on the cross? If we do, we are not capable of realizing how blind we are, and all the words in the world will not help.
Only the essential elements of the Mass are part of doctrine. As I wrote in my last Spiritual Food 1605:
“A Mass of the Roman Rite is NOT invalid: 1) WHEN the celebrant of the Mass is not a validly ordained priest, 2) WHEN the priest does not have the proper intention, 3) WHEN wheat bread or grape wine is not used, 4) or WHEN the words “This is my Body” or “This is … my Blood” are not said by the Priest during the consecration of the Mass. (http://www.cuf.org/faithfacts/details_view.asp?ffID=188).”
These are the only four elements of the Mass that are part of doctrine. The Church is the handmaid of the Truth, not the Author of the Truth. Thus a valid Pope is the handmaid of the Truth, not the Author of the Truth. Only these four parts of the Mass are part of the doctrine which come from God; the rest is not part of doctrine and cannot be made into doctrine. You stated: “A future Pope can only change discipline and not doctrine… After Pius IX infallibly proclaimed the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady could a following Pope change that?” You lump everything together without making the proper distinctions. Saint Thomas Aquinas wrote: “Rarely affirm, seldom deny, always distinguish.” You are proof texting to defend at all costs what you want. Yes, the Immaculate Conception is infallible, but only the four elements of the Mass mentioned above are infallible doctrines, as Trent, the Catechism of the Catholic Church for adults (CCC) and Saint Thomas Aquinas explain clearly. You do not want to distinguish, for your own motives. The schismatic traditionalists who throw out the Second Vatican Council and the Novus Ordo Mass use Pope Pius V to serve their purposes, which is very similar how the liberals now are using “Pope Francis” to promote a fundamental change in the words of Christ explained for 2000 years by the Magisterium of the Church, that it is a mortal sin to have sex outside of marriage. The two extremes meet, because both extremes do not have humility; there is no trust in God but in themselves. Saint Thomas explains, virtue lies between the two extremes. As Saint Augustine and many saints tell us, without humility there is no virtue except in appearance! It come to mind the example of the difficulty of maintaining humility and childlike confidence before God, before the Eucharist. There are the two extremes of taking God in the Eucharist for granted, or to stay away like the Jansenists, because there is no true humility and thus no virtue. The saints wanted to always be before Eucharist, but as a piece of dust, as an atom (St. Therese), as a drop of water before the immense ocean (St. Faustina)!
Talking about the two extremes meeting, I find it rather interesting that very recently Bishop Fellay and “Pope Francis” seem to be coming together!?! Pope Benedict opened up dialogue with the SSPX and even bent over backwards to receive them into the Catholic Church, allowing them to maintain their liturgical rites. But Pope Benedict would not receive them into the Church if they were not willing to accept the documents of the Second Vatican Council. Pope Benedict took this discernment process out of the Congregation for Divine Worship and gave it to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, because the real problem was not so much a liturgical issue but a doctrinal issue.
In the New World Religion, as Archbishop Fulton Sheen (and Cardinal Biffi) pointed out years ago: “The false church will be worldly, ecumenical (false), and global. It will be a loose federation of churches, religions forming some type of global association, a world parliament of churches. It will be emptied of all divine content and will be the mystical body of the antichrist.” Thus we see now that Bishop Fellay is coming together with “Pope Francis” because “Pope Francis” has indicated that the doctrinal issues are not so important!!! Let us put aside the uncomfortable Truth, Who is Jesus Christ, so as to be all together in a worldwide brotherly fraternity of “peace and love”!?! But Christ came for division (Lk 12:49-53), the division between those who accept and embrace the Truth of God (not of the world), and those who accept and embrace the false truth of “the father of lies” (Jn 8:44)!
(“Bergoglio, the General Who Wants to Win without Fighting”; http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/1350737?eng=y).
“SSPX’s Bishop Fellay: Little by Little Rome Is Giving Us All We Need for Reconciliation”
“But the French-Swiss SSPX leader has learned how to communicate with this Pope, by acknowledging that Francis often seems to view doctrine as an obstacle to leading people to Jesus. For the Pope, Bishop Fellay said, “what is important is life, it’s the person, and so he tries to look at the person, and there, if I may say, he’s very human”…
Certainly he doesn’t agree with us on these points on the Council which we are attacking. Definitely he doesn’t. But for him, as the doctrine is not so important — it is man, the people, who are important — there we have given enough proof that we are Catholics.”
“The doctrine is not so important!”:
"I have never understood the expression 'nonnegotiable values,'” he said in his latest interview. And in a book, his closest collaborator explains why Pope Francis is carefully avoiding a head-on collision with the dominant culture” (ROME, March 10, 2014; http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/1350737?eng=y). For “Pope Francis”, and so many priests and bishops today, there are no more inherently sinful acts, intrinsic evils, contrary to the words of Christ explained by the Catholic Church for 2000 years! Fellay said: “Francis often seems to view doctrine as an obstacle to leading people to Jesus”! This means that “Pope Francis” seems to view Truth as an obstacle to leading people to Jesus, even though Jesus is the Truth!?! The author of this article says, “Pope Francis is carefully avoiding a head-on collision with the dominant culture”, implying that those who hold to nonnegotiable values have a problem, so “Pope Francis” must covertly bring the Church and the world around to discarding nonnegotiable values, the absolute Truth, Who is Jesus Christ!
The two extremes meet! As I wrote in my article, “Letter to fellow Priests” (http://spir-food.blogspot.it/2014/12/letter-to-fellow-priests.html):
“The false prophet, the false pope, will seek to form a One World Religion, by way of false ecumenism, which will result in the REDUCTION TO THE LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR. Pope Francis is seeking to lead many protestant pastors toward Rome, through some type of “ecumenism”, such as Pastor Kenneth Copeland, Pastor Tony Palmer, and many other important protestant pastors.” And now “Pope Francis” is seeking to lead the SSPX toward Rome. As Our Lady of La Salette told us: “Rome will become the seat of the Antichrist”!
The Church has always taught that a Mass is valid even when celebrated by a priest in the state of mortal sin; the priest commits another mortal sin, a sacrilege in celebrating the Mass in mortal sin, but the Eucharist is truly valid and present. If this were not the case, we would have lost the Eucharist centuries ago!
The liturgical documents since the Second Vatican Council give the guidelines to celebrate the Holy Mass in a very reverent way. But a great number of bishops and priests did not obey the liturgical books which were to regulate the celebration of the Mass, because the first priority is no longer to please God and to live the Our Father, “THY will be done”, but to please man in the cult of man, “MY will be done”! Like Fr. Larry Richards says, over the gate of hell is written the title of Frank Sinatra’s song: “I Did It My Way”! To have a very concrete example of this, read how the three founders of the Neocatecumenal Way did not heed the directives of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict, and even wrote a signed letter expressing their non compliance with the directives of Pope Benedict: “THE NEOCATECUMENAL MASS” (http://spir-food.blogspot.it/2015/02/the-neocatecumenal-mass.html). Another example is that Pope Paul VI did not allow Holy Communion in the Hand before or after the Second Vatican Council, but the great majority of bishops sought only to please the people but not God.
I wrote in “An Open Letter To A Fellow Priest” (http://testimony-polo.blogspot.com/2009/11/open-letter-to-fellow-priest.html):
“Bishops and priests who have not obeyed the living Pope will have to answer for all of the souls under their care at the moment of death. A subtle mistake of a jet pilot can kill all the passengers; a passenger changing his seat to the other side of the plane affects the flight very little. On May 29, 1969 the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship issued “MEMORIALE DOMINI”, containing the Instruction on the Manner of Distributing Holy Communion, which is still in vigor and could be summarized as follows: the prohibition of receiving Holy Communion in the hand remains in vigor in the universal mode and the bishops, priests and faithful are heartily exhorted to diligently follow this law newly reasserted. Nonetheless, WHERE THIS USE MAY HAVE BEEN ENTRENCHED AND INTRODUCED IN AN ILLICIT MANNER, there is provided the possibility to concede to those sectors which are NOT DISPOSED TO OBEY THIS EXHORTATION. (http://www.rinascimentosacro.com/2008/11/itinerario-verso-il-fatto-compiuto.html; http://www.ewtn.com/library/curia/cdwmemor.htm).”
You say you “came from Australia in 1999”. Heed the words of one of the bishops of Australia regarding the need to follow the liturgical books of the Church to maintain reverence while celebrating the Novus Ordo Mass:
“The following was the keynote address at “TIME DRAWN INTO ETERNITY: Sacred Time and the Liturgical Calendar”, a conference held by the “Te Deum Institute of Sacred Liturgy”, Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The Titular Bishop of Manaccenser and Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne, Most Rev. Peter J. Elliott, MA Oxon, MA Melb, STD, tells us:
“Our Pope (Benedict) invites us to see the glory of Christ Priest and Victim in the liturgy. He leads us into this glory, above all by his own example of a priest humbly entering the divine mysteries of the altar. By word and demeanor he reminds us that liturgy is a gift to be received in humility, not something we construct for ourselves, not a fabrication. Here he strongly rejects a decadent style of liturgy that set in soon after Vatican II. That style was contrived to be a deliberate break with the past…” Read the rest in my article: “The Neocatecumenal Mass” (http://spir-food.blogspot.it/2015/02/the-neocatecumenal-mass.html).
In many of my articles that you said you read, I cited several examples of this widespread lack of obedience to the Holy Father, not only in the liturgy (Fr. Gabriele Amorth, etc.), but also regarding the encyclical Humanae Vitae, etc. Thus the prophecy of Saint Francis of Assisi:
2. “The power of the demons will be greater than usual, the immaculate purity of our religious community and of others, will wither to the point that very few Christians will want to obey the true Sovereign Pontiff and the Roman Church with a sincere heart and perfect charity. At the decisive moment of this crisis, a personage not canonically elected, raised to the Pontificate, will endeavor to administer shrewdly to many the mortal poison of his error.”
I truly believe that this phrase of Saint Francis is talking about not just the left liberal side, but also the right schismatic traditionalist side who put themselves above the popes at least since Pope Pius XII: “very few Christians will want to obey the true Sovereign Pontiff and the Roman Church with a sincere heart and perfect charity.”
You wrote: “Another disagreement we have is that there is poison in the Vatican 2 Documents”. WHAT IS THE FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE between the schismatic traditionalists who put themselves above the Magisterium of the Church and the protestant reformers 400 years ago? You write: “you can research Fr. Luigi Villa. They have all lead to Francis.” According to you, everything that Fr. Luigi Villa writes must be without error because it serves your desired agenda. No, I do not have time to follow everyone who wants to interpret the words of Christ as they want, picking and choosing from the Magisterium of the Church as they decide. “They have all lead to Francis” is the same mentality as the protestant reformers. Why not break off from the Catholic Church 400 years ago instead of after Pope Pius XII, with your logic? How would you explain to a protestant that what you are doing is somehow fundamentally different than what Martin Luther did and all the rest of the protestant reformers? THERE IS AN ENORMOUS AND FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE between negating an ecumenical council (more than 2000 bishops present) and saying that we have arrived to the prophecies of Saint Francis of Assisi, Blessed Catherine Emmerich, Saint Hildegard (doctor of the Church), Bruno Cornacchiola (Book: Il Veggente, by Saverio Gaeta) and others regarding THE (not many false popes!) false pope!
You really believe that God would allow what you espouse according to Jesus’ words to Peter: “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it” (Mt 16:18)? You make leaps of missing logic, and proof texting, while not making distinctions!
In all the periods of the Church there were those who put themselves above the Magisterium of the Church. We have a very good summary of the Magisterium of the Church in the Catechism of the Catholic Church for adults (CCC). I truly believe we have right now a valid pope: Pope Benedict XVI.
I wrote in my article, “Constructive Or Destructive Criticism” (http://god-politics.blogspot.it/2012/09/constructive-or-destructive-criticism.html):
“FIVE HUNDRED YEARS AGO THERE WERE MANY SINNERS IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH which caused the Protestant Reformation; today there are many sinners in the Church which cause many to leave the Church. A good husband does not abandon his wife when she becomes old and not pretty. If Satan cannot get you on the extreme side of the liberals, he will try to get you on the other extreme which is even worse. As said above, one can jump out of the Divine Ship, the Church, either on the left side with the liberals or on the right side with the schismatic traditionalists. My father used to say to Protestants: “I’d rather have an ugly box with a diamond inside than a beautiful box that is empty inside.” He was referring to the fact that the Catholic Church has all seven sacraments. Schismatic traditionalists try to find a group that is “as holy” as they believe they are!?! It is Jesus, the Son of God, Who decided to found His Church on 12 sinners instead of 12 perfect angels from heaven! Who is more intelligent and full of wisdom, God or us? Many follow the mass media today in criticizing the Church and the priests and the bishops. I asked one of these puppets of the propaganda of the mass media who continually criticizes Catholic clergy instead of praying for them: “Would it have been better if Jesus Christ had founded the Church on 12 perfect men as yourself, Sir?”
I do believe that before the centenary of the great miracle of the Sun at Fatima, Portugal, October 13, 1917, we will loose the Mass in all the public churches under the jurisdiction of the false prophet. With great astuteness and shrewdness the false prophet will bring about a truly invalid mass. As I told my brother-in-law, Russ, I truly believe you have jumped the gun, similar to all those who have left Christ 2000 years ago and the Church during the centuries due to the scandal of Christ crucified and due to the many scandals in the Church. It is such a great human tendency to find a scapegoat to blame the major problems in the Church on an ecumenical council, etc., instead of reacting like the Good Thief on the cross and all the true saints who had true humility. The Mother (at the foot of the cross) does not abandon her son (the Body of Christ, the Church) even when he is covered with blood (scandals of all kinds) and dying on the cross!
THE CHURCH ON EARTH, THE “CHURCH MILITANT”, IS MADE UP OF SAINTS AND SINNERS AND EVERYTHING ELSE IN BETWEEN (Mt 13:36-40, 47-50). In the early Church the heretical cult, the DONATISTS, explained these two parables of the fish and of the weeds in a rather simplistic way: the Church was made up of only the good people and the world was made up of all the evil people without hope of salvation. The Church would be in the world as a “closed garden” or better, the Ark of Noah in which only for the very few there is salvation from the general flood. St. Augustine’s thought won out which was that of the universal Church. The Church herself is a field in which grow weeds and good seed, bad and good together . St. Augustine even exclaimed: “How many sheep there are outside the Church and how many wolves are inside!” The world is not divided into children of darkness and children of light; but rather we are all children of darkness, we are all weeds, but destined, if we desire it, to become children of the light and good grain, receiving the Kingdom and converting ourselves. Nothing is fixed or fatal, no castes of the elect or of the damned. The field is, yes, the world, but it is also the Church: the place in which there is room to grow, to convert oneself and above all to imitate the patience of God. “The bad exist in this world either so that they might convert themselves, or that by way of them the good exercise patience” (St. Augustine).” At the end of the world will be the separation between the saved and the damned, not now as many in the SSPX believe, or as Calvin believed!
Pride destroys on both sides of the spectrum; God is only with the truly humble.
St. Augustine tells us:
“It was pride that changes angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues. The soul in which this virtue does not exist, there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance. There is something in humility that strangely exalts the heart. This is the very perfection of man, to find out about his own imperfections. You must be emptied of that which you are full that you may be filled with that which you are empty. How can we do great things for God? Begin with the least. First think of the foundation of humility. The greater the building is to be, the deeper you dig the foundation. For once your foundation is set, the height to which you can build has been determined. You want a tower that will pierce the clouds, lay first the foundation of humility. Humility must accompany all of our actions. For as soon as we glory in our good works, they are of no further value for our advancement in virtue.”
I am not seeking followers and I hope to follow Christ all to way to the cross abandoned and accused of every crime and heresy by the religious leaders. If I do not overcome the spirit of “Triumphalism, Clericalism and Juridicalism” (“Evangelization VS the Trilogy of Devils”; http://trueevangelization.blogspot.com), how can I possibly follow Christ in this period when the Body of Christ will be crucified?!?
This is exactly what St. Francis has prophesied for the true followers of Christ in this period of the “great tribulation” (Mt 24:21):
6. “Those who in spiritual fervor will embrace piety with charity and zeal for the truth, will suffer persecutions and insults as if they were schismatics and disobedient. Because their persecutors, urged on by the evil spirits, will say that in this way they render a great honor to God in killing and removing from the face of the earth such pestilent men. But the Lord will be the refuge of the afflicted and He will save them, because they hoped in Him. And then in order to respect their Head, they will act according to the Faith and they will chose to obey God rather than men, gaining for themselves eternal life; they will fear nothing, and they will prefer to die rather than consent to error and perfidy.” (http://spir-food.blogspot.it/2013/11/prophecy-st-francis.html).
When Saint Francis of Assisi saw one of the greatest sinners of Assisi, he said: “If it were not for the grace of God, there goes Francis!”
Even though Christ did not offer compromises the Pharisees greatly criticized Him because He ate with sinners. “Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:5-8).
You wrote: “You should read 'I Accuse the Council' by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. Terms such as Ecumenism, Religion Liberty and the description of the Catholic Church was modified which gives the impression of being only one of many churches that can bring the person to grace. This was all the modernists and freemasons doing. They had their Pope in John XX111 and then Paul V1. Note he became a Mason in the 1950s and his mother's grave has only masonic symbols. I can relate many issues with the conciliar popes. you can research Fr. Luigi Villa. They have all lead to Francis.”
As I have quoted in some of my blogs, the Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us (CCC 675) that there will be ONE Antichrist in particular, as well as 1Jn 2:18,22. By now there are a great number of indications that Bergoglio is the false prophet, the second beast, who will head the One World Religion so as to lead as many as possible to adore the first beast, the Antichrist (Rev. chapter 13, etc.).
In my blog (http://schis-trad.blogspot.com), I have already explained “Ecumenism, Religion Liberty and the description of the Catholic Church”:
“A Common Sense Rebuttal to Schismatic Traditionalists and Sedevacantists” (http://schis-trad.blogspot.it/2008/03/rebuttal-to-schismatic-traditionalists.html),
“Ecclesiology of the Catholic Church” (http://schis-trad.blogspot.it/2008/03/ecclesiology-of-vcii.html),
“The Declaration of Religious Liberty” (http://schis-trad.blogspot.it/2008/03/religious-liberty-of-vcii.html),
“The Impact and Interpretation of 'Subsists In' (Vatican II)” (http://schis-trad.blogspot.it/2008/03/subsists-in.html).
Forgive me if I cannot respond to every email you send, but there are many people that I must serve. My priority is for those who have the humility to seek to discover the Truth in dialogue with the Catechism of the Catholic Church for adults (published 1992) on the table as the bases of discussion, those who do not presume to PUT THEMSELVES ABOVE AN ECUMENICAL COUNCIL WITH OVER 2000 BISHOPS PRESENT! I do not have time, and it would not be prudent, to seek to put straight all the divergent beliefs, which are not based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church for adults (CCC), especially when there is no indication that the person is willing to learn from the CCC, and puts himself above the Magisterium of the Church.
I repeat, I am not seeking followers for myself or for some group of mine! Are you seeking followers? I am seeking to follow Jesus Christ! Those who truly are seeking to follow Christ, put Christ before them as their model, and seek to follow Him; they realize how much there is to do in their lives to imitate Christ. These people take their eyes off of self and look at Christ and do not compare themselves with others. They offer the truth freely without making the others feel forced or manipulated to accept the truths that they have discovered because they realize they are not the owners or authors of the Truth and thus they imitate the Author of the Truth, that is, they offer the truth freely as a free gift, respecting the gift of free will that God has given to each human creature. This lack of respecting the dignity and the free will of others is at the base of the rejection of the documents of the Second Vatican Council on Religious Liberty and Lumen Gentium in that the council Fathers, opted for "the Church of Christ ... subsists in the Catholic Church" rather than "is the Catholic Church”. So many who did not want to loose this sense of being better than others, of being above the others, rebelled against this guidance of the Holy Spirit to return to the example of Christ Who “came not to be served but to serve” (Mt 20:28). Visit “Evangelization VS the Trilogy of Devils” (http://trueevangelization.blogspot.com).
“Am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? IF I WERE STILL PLEASING MEN, I SHOULD NOT BE A SERVANT OF CHRIST” (Gal 1:7-10; 1Cor 15:1-2)!
The Second Vatican Council exposed many of the hidden motives of pride in the Church. After the council many of those who were attached to this hidden motive lost their zeal for what they were doing in the Church. This led to the other swing of the pendulum to not evangelize others, especially when the Council explained that one could be saved outside the visible confines of the Church (“Ecclesiology of the Catholic Church”; http://schis-trad.blogspot.it/2008/03/ecclesiology-of-vcii.html). But where is the genuine pure motive of love of God and neighbor?!? If one realizes the great dangers in the world and at the same time if one realizes the infallible guidance of the Magisterium of the Church to identify the beautiful lies of “the father of lies” and that there are very powerful means of sanctification within the one true Church, especially “the source and summit of the Christian life” (Vat. II: LG 11; CCC 1324), the Eucharist, and one truly loves God and neighbor, and not for other personal self-gratifying motives, then there will be real zeal to offer freely, especially by our example, these treasures to others!
Before the Second Vatican Council, people stayed away from topics that could lead to the slippery slope. When children are young, parents say, “Do as I tell you!” But when their children are older the parents explain more and more fully the motives of their rules for their children, which opens up the opportunity for the children to accept or reject the motives of the rules of their parents. Many children, who trust more in themselves instead of in their parents, are looking for an excuse to take the easier way. In a certain sense, God further explained the rules of the Church at the Second Vatican Council; the Holy Spirit brought the Church to a higher level of maturity, But many Catholics did as do irresponsible children who were LOOKING FOR THE EASIEST WAY INSTEAD OF LOOKING TO PLEASE GOD IN CHILDLIKE TRUST. So many immature Catholics were seeking to use religion for their own benefit on this earth, to find approval for their egotistical desires and their definition of truth as did Adam and Eve (Gen 3:4-5), instead of using religion to discover and do the holy will of God. Thus God has now given these spoiled arrogant children in the Church, and in the world, what they wanted as St. Francis prophesied:
2. The power of the demons will be greater than usual, the immaculate purity of our religious community and of others, will wither to the point that very few Christians will want to obey the true Sovereign Pontiff and the Roman Church with a sincere heart and perfect charity. At the decisive moment of this crisis, a personage not canonically elected, raised to the Pontificate, will endeavor to administer shrewdly to many the mortal poison of his error.
Professor Ralph Martin, in the Seminary of the Sacred Heart (Detroit, MI, USA), clarified this very important teaching of the Second Vatican Council in his book “Will Many Be Saved?”, with the subtitle “What Vatican II actually teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization”. (“Letter to fellow Priests”; http://spir-food.blogspot.it/2014/12/letter-to-fellow-priests.html).
I tried to identify some of this FALSE HOLINESS among religious leaders, in particular in the period after the Second Vatican Council, in my article: “The Great Responsibility of Religious Leaders” (http://josephdwight.wordpress.com/2014/08/07/great-responsibility/).
Those who are not really following Christ end up putting themselves up as the model and seek to put straight everyone else according to themselves as models, and thus do not offer the truth freely to others. Certainly holy people are “thorns in the side” to others, as Mother Angelica (of EWTN) put it; but Mother Angelica always respected the dignity and the free will of others without manipulating or commanding or giving ultimatums to others. Those who follow Christ freely offer Christ to others by planting the seed, as a free gift, and then they respect the free will of the person and the workings of the Holy Spirit. Christ offered Himself as a model of the Truth, and then explained His life to others in words. Unfortunately there have always been plenty of people in the Church who offer the truths of the Church without offering an example to follow, as if the truth is their personal possession. This way of doing things turns off many people from pursuing the Truth Who is Christ. St. Francis told his followers to always evangelize, and when necessary use words!
I have an aunt, who founded a Carmelite monastery. There lived also in this city her sister and brother-in-law, who was a renowned doctor with even a High School named after him; he invented the first heart valve. While often talking with my father, the brother of my aunt, the Carmelite Sister, when I was younger, I realized that all three of these aunts and uncles, even though they were “very Catholic”, had a very strong attachment to being recognized before men in the Church. When I went to visit this Carmelite monastery after my ordination to the priesthood, one of my cousins who lived in the region explained to me how much my aunt was very attached to remaining superior of the religious community. After my aunt, the Carmelite Sister, died, I maintained contact with the superior of the convent, who obviously was influenced by the foundress of the convent, my aunt, and the other aunt and uncle. Recently, my “Spiritual Food 1605” returned “failed”, that is it was blocked, by both the superior and the other aunt in the same city.
The mother of my aunts, MY GRANDMOTHER, was very active in politics, and had president Lyndon Johnson at least one time in her house. She pushed everyone to be the best in something. When she was older and came out to California and stayed a week at our house, my Dad had to even gently tell her to get off my back in pushing me to do what she felt would be important before people. My grandmother also visited very often my aunt, the Carmelite nun. One of my uncles told my Dad that while my grandmother was in her last dying years, she found peace several months before dying; apparently she finally put her trust in God and not in her ability to push people. Her husband, my grandfather, showed many signs of holiness (died 1960); he was a dentist and offered his skills freely to many during the great depression. My father was the youngest of nine children; the nine children of my grandparents on my father’s side gave birth to about 60 grandchildren. (To see the list of uncles and cousins, visit: http://picasaweb.google.it/josephdwight57/TheLifeOfJosephDwight).
“Woe to you, when all men speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets” (Lk 6:26). “For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God” (Jn 12:43). “How can you believe, who receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?” (Jn 5:44; Gal 1:10).
I do not like it when people want to use me, as the pastor in a parish, to feel important in the Church. When there is no more human glory to be had around me, they abandon me, since their motive was not for the glory of God in humility. It is no secret that the main motive of people in youth gangs, in the mafia, under dictatorships such as that of Hitler, is human recognition and power.
Sister Mary Gabriel (in purgatory) communicated to Sister Mary of the Cross:
“December 8th - 2:00 o'clock - The Immaculate Conception - Alas, how many lives seem to be filled with good works and at the death are found empty. This is because all those actions that appeared to be good, all those showy works, all that conduct that seemed irreproachable - all these were not done for Jesus alone. Some will have their eyes opened when they come here to this life (in Purgatory). On earth they wanted to be made much of, to shine, to be thought very exact in religious observances, to be esteemed as perfect religious. This is the mainspring of so many lives. If you only knew how few people work for God and act for Him alone. Alas, at death, when they are no longer blinded, what regrets they will have. If only sometimes they would think of eternity. What is life compared to that day which will have no evening for the elect, or to that night which will have no dawning for the damned? On earth, people attach themselves to everything and everyone except to Him, who alone ought to have our love and to whom we refuse it. Jesus in the Tabernacle waits for souls to love Him and He finds none. Hardly one soul in a thousand loves Him as it should. You love Him and make up to Him for this guilty indifference which exists all over this world.”
(“A Manuscript On Purgatory”; http://purgatory-manu.blogspot.com).
In the Diary of Saint Faustina, one finds numerous admonitions regarding seeking glory before people and the absolute need of true humility:
“On several occasions, I have learned how some religious defend their own glory under the pretext of being concerned for the glory of God, whereas it is not a question of the glory of God, but of glory of self. O Jesus, how painful this has been for me! What secrets the day of Your judgment will bring to light! How can one steal God's gifts?” (Diary, 1149).
“More favor is granted to a humble soul…” (Diary, 1361).
“I desire, My dearly beloved daughter, that you practice the three virtues that are dearest to Me-and most pleasing to God. The first is humility, humility, and once again humility; the second virtue, purity; the third virtue, love of God. As My daughter, you must especially radiate with these virtues. When the conversation ended, She pressed me to Her Heart and disappeared. When I regained the use of my senses, my heart became so wonderfully attracted to these virtues; and I practice them faithfully. They are as though engraved in my heart” (Diary, 1415).
“If their trust is great, there is no limit to My generosity. The torrents of grace inundate humble souls. The proud remain always in poverty and misery, because My grace turns away from them to humble souls” (Diary, 1602).
“My bride, you always please Me by your humility. The greatest misery does not stop Me from uniting Myself to a soul, but where there is pride, I am not there” (Diary, 1563).
“At that moment I saw Jesus, and from His Heart there issued those same two rays, which enveloped me, whole and entire. At the same moment, all my torments vanished. My daughter, the Lord said, know that of yourself you are just what you have gone through, and it is only by My grace that you are a participant of eternal life and all the gifts I lavish on you. And with these words of the Lord, there came to me a true knowledge of myself. Jesus is giving me a lesson in deep humility and, at the same time, one of total trust in Him. My heart is reduced to dust and ashes, and even if all people were to trample me under their feet, I would still consider that a favor. I feel and am, in fact, very deeply permeated with the knowledge that I am nothing, so that real humiliations will be a refreshment for me” (Diary, 1559).
“I will thank the Lord Jesus for every humiliation and will pray specially for the person who has given me the chance to be humiliated. I will immolate myself for the benefit of souls. I will not count the cost of any sacrifice. I will cast myself beneath the feet of the sisters, like a carpet on which they can not only tread, but also wipe their feet. My place is under the feet of the sisters. I will make every effort to obtain that place unnoticed by others. It is enough that God sees this” (Diary, 243).
“Satan defeats only the proud and the cowardly, because the humble are strong. Nothing will confuse or frighten a humble soul. I have directed my flight at the very center of the sun's heat, and nothing can lower its course. Love will not allow itself to be taken prisoner; it is free like a queen. Love attains God” (Diary, 450).
I wrote in an article, “The Infinite God Among Us” (“Il Dio Infinito Fra Noi”; http://cibo-spir.blogspot.it/2014/01/il-dio-infinito-fra-noi.html), regarding in part the lack of humility among many members of the Neocatecumenal Way:
“When one reads the diary of Saint Faustina, one sees that while she progressed in union with Jesus, she was more and more conscious of her misery, and at the same time more trustful in the mercy of God with much gratitude toward God for this inestimable gift of His mercy! Instead so often, the more we go forward in an ecclesial movement or in or priestly ministry, we believe to be less in misery and more worthy to stand before God and before men…” Saint Faustina, as all of the saints, trusted and looked more and more toward God and less and less toward herself for guidance and help.
We human beings are very good at deceiving ourselves for seemingly good reason and causes. To be able to confront martyrdom, one has to form the habit of looking only at Jesus, not at self or any other seemingly good motive or virtue that we think we have. Saint Faustina and all the saints had no pretentions of being worthy before God and to be saved on their own merits but they had a great hope in the mercy of God. The saints learned to see all from the point of view of God, not from their own point of view so clouded by the blindness of hidden egoisms. We want so badly to have the satisfaction to be OK and saved and better than other according to our own criteria. When we learn to see all from the point of view of God, we do as the saints and consider ourselves the first sinner before all others, as I wrote in my last Spiritual Food 1605 from the diary of Saint Veronica Giuliani. In life we go toward seeing things from our point of view, toward relativism, or from God’s point of view, humility and true holiness. For many this may seem incomprehensible and even a contradiction to our unenlightened human mind. We must loose all, our hidden agendas, even our own self assessment of holiness or merits as did all the saints, otherwise we will spend much time in purgatory or in hell. God is infinite; we are dust! What can we claim to be before God? “But by the grace of god I am what I am” (1Cor 15:10). “For who sees anything different in you? What have you that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if it were not a gift?” (1Cor 4:7). The saints came to realize that the only thing that really belongs to us is our free will and our sins! Not the virtues that we think we have or our titles or the special groups that we are a part of! Both the right extreme and the left extreme use religion for their own agendas and hidden motives, so that religion and even God exist to serve themselves instead of serving God and to be ready to loose everything for the hidden pearl (Mt 13:44-46), God and His kingdom!
St. Therese of Lisieux writes: “I am just a speck of dust, but I want to make my dwelling in the shadow of the sanctuary with the prisoner of love. My soul longs for the host; I love Him and want nothing more. It is a hidden God who attracts me. I am the atom of Jesus Christ.”
After Holy Communion, Saint Faustina writes: “I know that I am united with Him as closely as a drop of water is united with the bottomless ocean” (Diary, no. 411).
“I, this chasm of misery, this abyss of misery; and You, O God, who are the incomprehensible abyss of mercy, swallow me up as the heat of the sun swallows up a drop of dew!” (Diary, 334).
There is a fundamental difference, even if well hidden, between a person who is seeking reality and the Truth outside of his own head and a person who invents reality and the truth inside his own head. The one is willing to dialogue with another while being willing to make reference to Divine Revelation and to information outside of his head, while the other is not. About seven years ago, right after I had written my article, “A Common Sense Rebuttal to Schismatic Traditionalists and Sedevacantists”, my brother-in-law, Russ, who lead his whole family into a Sedevacantists group in southern California, communicated to me, by way of another person in his sedevacantist group, that my article offended my mother!?! My mother is too old to have a computer. A few months afterwards, I came into contact with two seminarians (CMRI, Omaha, Nebraska) in the same seminary where Russ had sent his oldest son to become a priest in this sedevacantist group. Both of these two seminarians left this seminary and explained in some detail to me by email that several of the priests and professors at that seminary were homosexuals. When I communicated this to Russ, he did not want to hear about it, although he called, by phone to this seminary, to ask questions. Russ has given much money to this group. Russ told me that the SSPX did not go far enough in totally rejecting the Catholic Church after Pius XII. His wife, my sister Ann, years ago told me that when Russ left the Catholic Church and went with the CMRI, she did not go with Russ 200 miles to a Mass in LA, California, for several months; she said she thought about it, according to how she felt about it, and finally left the Catholic Church to go with her husband. Ann had already habituated herself in seeking the truth inside her own head, according to her feelings and sentiments and subjectivism, without seeking the objective Truth outside of her head in Divine Revelation and other documents.
When we have deceived ourselves and formed hidden personal motives over the years, that are not truly for the glory of God, and thus we do not want to hear other information that indicates that we might have slid into a big mistake, we cut off this information to maintain that which we have become very attached to; unless there is a spark of humility and good will to take the rather great risk of considering the possibility that we have made a mistake with the possible consequences of loosing esteem of others and radically changing our lives, we do not even consider this information. When I went to California in April 2007 to see my Dad just before he died, I went to visit Russ with my mother, without calling beforehand; Russ was really upset because Russ holds a very tight control on all input into his family, just as a strong cult. Years ago, Russ stopped answering my phone calls to his house when he heard my voice on his phone secretary. What is Russ really afraid to loose?!?
I realize more and more how much God loves me. If I were the only human being on earth, Christ would have come down and suffered His whole passion just for me; my sins are that great and God’s love and mercy for me are even greater!
“If I sought to please men I should not be the servant of Christ” (St. Augustine; Week 13, OT, Tuesday).
As I have written before, when people in my parishes tell me to preach the way they want, that is a Christianity without the cross, to help them confront their lives with the Catechism of the Catholic Church and not the TV, I tell them: “If I do not preach according to the CCC, Father Joseph will go to hell and I will not go to hell for anyone!” When they continue to bagger me, I tell them to tell these things to God after their death, and best wishes for all eternity ladies and gentlemen! The other day when a woman continued to try to manipulate me to offer a Christianity without the cross, a Christianity that pleases the people, I interrupted her and said: “I follow God not men”. It seems she finally understood a little and even asked me where she could get a copy of the CCC, since I had so often encouraged this.
“The Catholic Church in the future will stand against as a beacon of light to the world. However this will not occur till the new church has been vanquished and people return to Our Lord's Church.”
A friend of mine, Kelly, after he read this email to Gerard, wrote:
“Does he (Gerard) realize that "until the new church has been vanquished" refers to all those churches who have left the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church? Those are the ones that are the "new" churches (& must return to Our Lords Church they divided). The one Christ founded & whose linage goes right back to the first Pope Peter is the "old original." It's not the new Church. Those pop up daily.”
How many groups in the last 2000 years have rejected the Catholic Church and formed their own group? Christ was covered with blood, He took on our sins, and seeing the suffering and humiliation of Christ, many people left Christ. Today the Body of Christ, the Church, is undergoing a very similar suffering and humiliation as her head, Christ, 2000 years ago on the cross, covered with the blood of the sins of those within the Church and without, and many are leaving the Body of Christ on the left side as liberals in that they do not obey the Magisterium of the Church, and on the right side, the schismatic traditionalists, forming their “holy” group, claiming to be the only true Church in this period of world crisis. But just as Christ remained Christ, crucified or risen, with the same soul, the Holy Spirit, so too the Body of Christ, the Church, remains the Church during her passion and after her passion when she will be purified, always having the same soul, the Holy Spirit. The real Christ was not outside of Christ during the crucifixion, so to the real Church is not outside the Church in this period of the passion and crucifixion of the Church. The Church exists even when she seems dead and buried. In the history of the Church, there were many groups who claimed to be the only remnant church especially in periods of great trial for the Church, both externally and internally, such as the Donatists, etc.
As Saint Augustine explained to the Donatists, the Church herself is a field in which grow weeds and good seed, bad and good together . The world is not divided into children of darkness and children of light; but rather we are all children of darkness, we are all weeds, but destined, if we desire it, to become children of the light and good grain, receiving the Kingdom and converting ourselves. Nothing is fixed or fatal, no castes of the elect or of the damned. The field is, yes, the world, but it is also the Church: the place in which there is room to grow, to convert oneself and above all to imitate the patience of God. “The bad exist in this world either so that they might convert themselves, or that by way of them the good exercise patience” (St. Augustine). Christ told us that this separation of the “new church” and the true followers of Christ, this “harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels” (Mt 13:39,49). In the mean time the good and bad fish, the weeds and the good grain, are all together until judgment day. What a great temptation it is to want to be in a special group, to feel better than the others, to not want to put up with these great sufferings in this period of anxiety and confusion and scandal. Christ allowed Himself to be put under trial of the Sanhedrin and of Pontius Pilot, the Creator subject to the creatures! The people in special groups above the others will not imitate the humility of “Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:5-8)!
Yes, the Church will be vanquished but in the sense of being crucified, but not destroyed, just as Christ was crucified and buried but not destroyed 2000 years ago. The Church is not outside the Church, in such groups as the Christians who believe in the Rapture or the Donatists, or the SSPX or the CMRI, etc., so as to save all in triumphalism after the “great tribulation”, to be able to tell everyone afterwards: “See, I told you so”!
“The Church will enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover, when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection. The kingdom will be fulfilled, then, not by a historic trimph of the Chruch through a progressive ascendancy, but only by God’s victory over the final unleashing of evil, which will cause his Bride to come down from heaven. God’s trimph over the revolt of evil will take the form of the Last Judgment after the final cosmic upheaval of this passing world” (CCC 677).
You (Gerard) wrote: “The Catholic Church in the future will stand against as a beacon of light to the world. However this will not occur till the new church has been vanquished and people return to Our Lord's Church.”
But this “new church” is the true Church in her passion, with the Pharisees and unrepentant sinners in control as during the crucifixion of Christ.
Yes “the Catholic Church in the future will stand against as a beacon of light to the world”, but after her purification, after her crucifixion, remaining always the same Body of Christ. Many protestants have a similar idea as the idea of the SSPX in that the true Church will be raptured during the tribulation period and then come back again for a 1000 years with Christ.
As I wrote as a conclusion in, “PART I: Catholic Parameters For Biblical Prophecy”, of my article, “Catholic Prophecy Today” (http://markbeast.blogspot.com):
“16. Parameters of the Catholic Church
The Catholic Church says relatively little about future events leading up to Christ's Second Coming. Many of her teachings are rejections (either implicit or explicit), not affirmations, of particular beliefs such as the dispensational dichotomy between the Church and Israel, the "secret" Rapture, and the earthly millennial kingdom. What she does teach is quite clear, as well as succinct: there will be a Second Coming, a time of trial which the Church must endure, an Antichrist, a conversion of Israel to Christ, a definitive judgment of all people, and the fulfillment of the Kingdom that has already begun in the Church. WITHIN THOSE PARAMETERS, Catholics may freely roam, search the Scriptures, and seek to better understand the Word of God.”
Our Lady revealed to Don Stefano Gobbi:
“The black beast like a leopard indicates Freemasonry; the beast with the two horns like a lamb indicates Freemasonry infiltrated into the interior of the Church, that is to say, ecclesiastical Masonry, which has spread especially among the members of the hierarchy. This Masonic infiltration, in the interior of the Church, was already foretold to you by me at Fatima, when I announced to you that Satan would enter in even to the summit of the Church. If the task of Masonry is to lead souls to perdition, bringing them to the worship of false divinities, the task of ecclesiastical Masonry on the other hand is that of destroying Christ and his Church, building a new idol, namely a false christ and a false church.” (June 13, 1989; see also: January 1, 1979; September 6, 1986; August 15, 1988).
“In fact at the very moment when Satan will be enthroned as lord of the world and will think himself now the sure victor, I myself will snatch the prey from his hands. In a trice he will find himself empty-handed, and in the end the victory will be exclusively my Son’s and mine. This will be THE TRIUMPH OF MY IMMACULATE HEART IN THE WORLD… I have need of you (priests) and of your prayer to realize the great plan of the triumph of my Immaculate Heart” (December 19, 1973).
“Behold: when everything will have come tumbling down, all that will remain will be the strength of their tears that will compel me to intervene in an amazing and terrible way. AND MY TRIUMPH WILL BEGIN WITH THESE BELOVED SONS, MY PRIESTS” (February 23, 1974).
It is true that we are living in the most confusing times in the history of the Church and of the world. But if we have true humility, explained well by St. Louis de Montfort, Mary will not let us slide away into false humility and blindness in this climatic period of the world and of the Church.
If you can so easily disregard and not read the wisdom of the encyclicals of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, who am I to offer greater wisdom? Like Mother Angelica said: “As Catholics we have been terribly quiet all these years. After Vatican Council, those beautiful documents, inspired by the Holy Spirit, they’re so beautiful when you read those documents, it’s like reading Scripture. But they were misrepresented and mis-portrayed and misinterpreted all these years…” (http://spir-food.blogspot.it/2016/05/is-pope-catholic.html).
What we choose to read will greatly influence us. The choice is ours and God will respect that choice for all eternity. It is not a matter of words, but words can help only if the person is sincere with purity of intention before God, ready to loose everything for the glory of God, and not hidden self glory or any other hidden motives. We cannot hide anything from God. If we are truly sincere, we will find God Who is the Truth, even in a very confusing world and Church! I sincerely hope we spend eternity together in heaven. But we must be ready to loose everything, to be ready to be humiliated, persecuted and considered as the worst enemies of the human fraternity, with Christ crucified, in this, the period of the “great tribulation” (Mt 24:21)!
Father Joseph Dwight