Wednesday, March 29, 2017

CONFUSION IN THE CHURCH

 1. The Church.
      There has been an immense confusion going on now because everybody cannot find the Catholic Church. Although everybody is crying out 'Church, Church......where are you?' No one is answering.
      Everybody is accusing everybody else for being un-Catholic but all accusers themselves cannot prove that they are Catholics. All this. inspite of the fact that the Nicene Creed had described the four visible signs of the True Catholic Church as One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. 

2. This post had challenged many bishops to prove that their diocese is Catholic but they cannot. The same challenge was made to parishes; but they, too, cannot prove that they are Catholics. We have extended the challenge to Religious orders like the Benedictines, Dominicans, Franciscans and Jesuits and they, too, could not demonstrate that they are Catholics.

 3. Just for fun, we threw the challenge to groups like the Opus Dei,  Couples for Christ, charismatics...etc. Likewise, they could not show they had the four visible signs. 
     Then, we went personal and applied the signs to individuals like Pope Francis, Cardinal Kasper, Archbishop Cupich and even to well known very good cardinals and bishops. We applied the signs to many well known brilliant theological writers but still they do not have the signs. We begun to suspect that, probably,  we were not applying the signs correctly. Then, we saw where we went wrong. You see, there is a difference between the perfect Church of the Apostles and the beginning church of the new converts. There is a difference between the Church of the Romans and the Corinthians.

 4. Described briefly, the Catholic Church may be described as grade I in certain places, grade II in other places. And even grade III and IV in the same place. So they will look different one from the other. All these different grades of Churches will, evidently. look different from a place where there is no church. This complicates the process of analysis. 

     St. Bonaventure described the stages of development of the Catholic Church based on the seven days of Creation. And rightly so, because the churches cannot all be born mature. It must begin as a babe, develop into puberty and then mature. 

5.     All must enter the Church as spiritual babes. But all must be mature before they die to go to heaven. Thus all must enter as spiritual babes but all can grow to maturity depending on each one's generosity to God. So St. Basil wrote that it is possible for any soul who start seeking God at birth to reach maturity at 14- 16 years old. And St. Therese of Lisieux seems to have experienced maturity with a described spiritual phenomenon at 14 which made her decide to enter Carmel at that age. 
     
 6. The apostles became the mature Catholic Church at the beginning of Lent and reached perfection on Pentecost. So, for all Catholics we must reach the spirituality of Lent, the sixth day, before we die. On the sixth day, Catholics can show the four visible signs of the true Church enumerated in the Nicene Creed. So the four visible signs and the signs of the sixth day, Good Friday, must be present in a person, in the parish, in the diocese.....and in the Pope, for them to be truly called Catholic. 

  7. The beginnings of the Church anywhere must be within the mature and perfect Apostolic Church of Pentecost; like a foetus within a mother.  And it must grow to maturity and perfection within that Apostolic Church without being part of that Church because it is not yet mature. But it must grow within that mature Apostolic Church of Pentecost. When that baby Church matures than it is incorporated to the perfect Apostolic Church of Pentecost.  
        Here is where the confusion begins. All Churches that are mere beginners within the perfect mature Church think that they are also mature and perfect Catholics. Yet, not being mature they do not have the four visible signs enumerated in the Nicene Creed. So we are faced with the confusion that Pope Francis and practically almost all cardinals, bishops and priests think they are Catholics though they do not have any of the four visible signs of the true Church since they are not mature Catholics incorporated to the true perfect Church. 
         The truth is that not having reached maturity, not having reached the sixth day which is the spirit of Lent, they, really, are not Catholics because they have not fulfilled the requirements for Catholic maturity. They have not reached the sixth day; maybe, they have not yet begun the first day. In which case they will not have the four visible signs of the true Church of Christ as found in the Nicene Creed. Why? Because they are not truly Catholics. They are mere foetuses in the womb of Mother Church probably ectopic pregnancy, i.e. a dead foetus in the womb. 

 8. What can we do? Return to the roots....return to the original primitive Apostolic community. And follow this tradition from the very first step by 'leaving all things, giving these to the poor and following Christ.' Then follow Him through Lent, Easter and Pentecost. But this will be impossible for all because Pope Francis forbade all of these. He forbade seminarians to return to the old practices. He forbade religious orders to return to their primitive charisma. He forbade Catholics to obey the commands of God describing them who do so as hypocrites. He forbad returning to the primitive way of celebrating the Mass. He forbade the return to the Old religion describing those who do so as useless romantics. 

9. Returning to the question.
    Where is the Catholic Church?  Nowhere for all to see but reserved to contemplatives to behold as their hope for the 'new' Easter in heaven.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The 'DUBIA'

 1. The 'DUBIA' on the sixth day.
     Keeping in mind that this era is now the sixth day, let us see if the 'Dubia' is in place. Judas, the betrayer, is an apostle and a bishop who betrays Christ, the Mystical Body. Judas is a pre-figure of an anti-pope who we expect on the sixth day. We are not expecting a bad Pope because Popes are seldom bad. What is expected with he figure of Judas as a bishop that will be an anti-pope. 
     Judas was very mildly corrected by Christ in an effort to correct him. The 'dubia' is, indeed, a mild correction headed by the four cardinal bishops. Will this correction work? Did the correction of Judas work? No. So if we are on target, Pope Francis will not respond to the dubia as Judas did not respond favorably to Christ's correction. 

     Even if the respondent does not react to the 'dubia' the cardinals and bishops who signed it still need to make the correction under pain of mortal sin because the issue is serious. If the cardinals does not proceed with the dubia, they will be guilty as accomplishes to the crime of Pope Francis. 

2. Since Christ's correction of Judas did not stop Judas from his treason, the sixth day tells us that the correction of Pope Francis by the four cardinals will not stop Pope Francis from imposing the erroneous 'Amoris laetitia' on the Catholic world. This will be further proof that we are, indeed, on the sixth day and Pope Francis is the expected anti-pope of the prophecies. Even if the 'dubia' is a correction too little and too late, it must still proceed as an obligation of Charity by the four cardinals to Pope Francis. 

3. On the other hand, any act to enhance the status of one pre-figured by Judas will also be sinful. To praise a criminal is to praise his crime. So, for instance, those who will still go to have an audience with the Pope will be encouraging him  to commit his crime.
    Trump and Putin should not have their planned audiences with the Pope. Trump can get better Catholic advices from Bannon and Kellyanne than from Pope Francis since the two are more Catholic than Pope Francis. And Putin will get better Catholic advises from Kiril who  publicly corrected Pope Francis during their ecumenical meeting. The Orthodox are more Catholic than the Vatican. What can one get from a leftist leaning Pope who, in fact, sided with Clinton and Obama in Philladelphia, personally entertained the leftist Sanders in the Vatican and insulted Trump for his wall in Mexico. With the Bishops of Mexico calling it treason for Mexicans to be employed in building the work, the President will only be unnecessarily humiliated. 
    How can building a wall be an act of treason, I cannot imagine. It is a job that can earn one a living. When the Mexicans need job and the bishops cannot provide jobs, but instead prevent those workers from getting a job on the wall and feed their families, then just like the Pharisees they are condemned by Christ for imposing extra burden on the people already finding life difficult. 


Monday, March 27, 2017

PHARISEES, YOU ARE BLINDd, while the BLIND will SEE.

 1. The separation. 
     The fearful sixth day is a day of separation that is why it was a fearful day for all ancient Catholics. They had no idea if they could withstand that day of wrath. It was for this reason that God made this day known from the Old Testament, through the New Testament and up to this century 2000. 
      All Catholics worthy of the name looked forward to this day with great expectation because, for the good, it was going to be a day wherewith their salvation will be confirmed. We repeat this in a prayer after the 'Our Father,' ...'as we wait in joyful hope.' Of course, the bad cannot say the same. 
      The sixth day was no secret to the Church. But today, it seems all doctrines are unknown to many Catholics. We have seen that this sixth day was the basis for the entire monastic movement. The whole Catholic Church was monastic living the sixth day. Though this is forgotten, today,  by the monastic movement in the west, it is very eminent in the Orthodox and Coptic Church. Go to Mount Athos in Greece and Valaam in Russia and the idea of the sixth day will overwhelm you. It seems that all those monks are thinking of nothing but  the sixth day. The very Rule of St. Benedict, popular in the West, but hardly followed there, writes about the whole monastic life consist in living the sixth day all of one's life. 'One's whole  life is a Lenten observance.'
     But what makes it fearful? The separation of people into two groups. Those who see and those who are blind.....both made so by the work of God. This day, it is nearly impossible for those who see to cure their spiritual blindness; while the spiritual blind will be able to see by a pure act of God. 

2. The Good Friday of Lent. The separation.
    This sixth day is pre-figured by Good Friday, the sixth day of the week. This day had been happening many time through the history of men to give men a dry run for what is coming in the future. It happened during the trial of St. Joan of Arc, the exile of Pope Pius IX and the persecution of Blessed John Newman by Catholic bishops. But it is going on right now in full blast in the entire world. 
    What happened on Good Friday that is happening today? The entire human race is divided into two groups. First, those who think they see and think they know the solution to all the problems including global warming. This is the entire world who think the UN can solve all the world's problems. Second, those who think they are blind and cannot solved any problem thus they need Christ's help. So they pray and wait for Christ's help all their life. 
     St. Thomas of Aquinas wrote; here is the explanation. 'If you were blind' i.e. ignorant of the judgments of God and of the sacraments of the law, 'you would not sin, i.e. so much. As if to say, as if to say if you were sinning out of ignorance, your sin would not be so serious. But now you say, we see, i.e. arrogate to yourselves an understanding of the law and a knowledge of God, and still sin, then your sin remains, i.e. becomes greater; that servant who knew is master's will, but did not make ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating.'

3. Christ was describing Pope Francis and his admirers, cardinals and bishops. They have studied in the seminary. They know their moral and dogmatic theology. When they say something wrong, they know it is wrong. They are, even, further corrected by cardinals with a 'dubia'. But they insist on their proposals, like in 'Amoris Laetitia.' Well, what does Christ say? Their disobedience to Christ's commands is a mortal sin. It remains in their souls and it is a greater sin than mortal sin because they know what the Lord wants.........they will certainly receive a more severe beating, which in Scriptural parlance is no less than hell. 

     On Good Friday, those who claim they can see were the Romans, the Pharisees, and the Jews. They were described by Christ as those who saw Him curing the blind but still did not believe shown by their repeated interrogation. Let us see how God treated this group. Note nobody preached to them to save them. The apostles did not try to save Judas. Neither did Christ, nor Mary try to dissuade Judas. Christ, Himself, did not preach to the Jews on the cross. In short, nobody was teaching the way of salvation that day. Today, the same thing is happening. Nobody is preaching the Word of God in the entire world. 
     Those who were capable of preaching, the apostles,  were  completely silent. The only one's preaching were the charlatans. 
     Note that the only converts on Good Friday was due to pure Divine intervention, Dimas and the centurion. Similarly, today the conversions will be due to direct Divine intervention and not through missionaries of mercies and evangelists. This was the picture of Good Friday; it will be the same today. How was Dimas and Longinus converted? Through the prayers of Mary and the Apostles. Not from preachings from Pope and cardinals. According to the 'new' evangelization of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, conversions will be achieved through the prayers of contemplative evangelists; not through the ordinary students of missiology and catechesis. 
     Were missionaries needed on Good Friday? No. Today, the time is over to train missionaries, evangelist, catechists, etc. In fact, the people whose job is to evangelize becomes unnecessary because as the previous Gospel states, true worshippers will worship in spirit and in truth. There will be no need for churches where priests, bishops and Pope will worship. Well, Christ said so, isn't it. 'It is better to obey God than to obey men.'
    
     The blindness of the Romans and the Jews is the figure of the blindness of Pope Francis, the entire Church and the entire secular world. These are the men who think they can solve the problems of the world and the Church. Proud blind men. 
     Who are the blind whose sight will be cured? Those who believe they can do nothing by themselves. So they study the commands of Christ leisurely in silence, living in rooms clinging on mountain cliffs, in unceasing prayer for the grace of God, as they bow and kiss the brilliant icons painted in their dark walls. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

4th SUNDAY OF LENT - The BLIND AGE.

 1. The 'days of darkness.'
     The threat of the 'days of darkness' had always hang over our heads. But its threat had been lessen due to the many sources of light the modern age had provided men; from rechargeable batteries to solar panels. 
     But then, these 'days of darkness' might not be referring to illuminations but a darkness of the soul. And this is the better interpretation of these days; a darkened mind and as a consequence, a darkened will. 
     With spiritual blindness no one can find the way to God or the Church. Because of original sin, all men are born blind.
     The Liturgical season of Lent tells us how to cure our spiritual blindness. The Gospel tells us that Christ while passing by on earth found us a man blind from birth. And Christ said; 'I must do the works while it is day; the night comes and no man is able to work.' Meaning to say, Christ can only work the salvation of our souls if by the grace of God, we can see. If we do not have this grace, i.e. if we are blind due to lack of grace, He cannot save us. 

2. Christ cures the blind man.
     He spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle and he spread the clay on his eyes. And said to him; go, wash in the pool of Siloam, which means sent.
     He went therefore and washed, and he came back seeing.
     Christ did several things to the blind before he could see. First, He spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle. St. Augustine gives the mystical and allegorical explanation. The spittle is the saliva that comes from the mouth; this represents the Word of God that comes from the mouth of Christ. This would be the teachings of Christ, especially His commandments as found the New Testament. These commands from the New Testament is the perfection, of course, of the commands of God the Father as found in the Old Testament.
     The spittle is mixed with clay; i.e. the Word of God is taught by God made man.

     Jesus Christ, by becoming man and having revealed His teachings has come down to earth, spat on the soil and mixed some clay. The wet clay is the list of commands Christ had taught and how those commands are to be executed. This is the 'what' and the 'how' of evangelization described in the Apostolic Commission of Christ. The clay is prepared.

     Secondly, Christ 'spread the clay,' made from spittle and soil, 'on the eyes of the blind man.' Notice that up to this point it is Christ who is doing everything. The blind man has done nothing yet.
     Here Christ teaches His Incarnation to the mind and heart of the blind man. This is the initial act of faith. This is still in the natural level and falls under natural theology. It  consists in knowing the human meaning of Christ's commands. There is no supernatural understanding of Christ's commands at this point. 
     Up to this point, the blind man, still,  cannot see. St. Augustine refers to him as a catechumen who is disposed for Faith but is not yet baptized; therefore, he still does not have the supernatural virtue of Faith. The blind man's intellect had perceived the human definition of the Incarnation of Christ and with his free will had loved this natural truth.
     Note that his whole process is part of Repentance, i.e. the Lenten season. 

     Thirdly, Christ sends him to the pool of Siloam to wash. And he received his sight. 
     After seeing that Christ had done the first two steps, now the blind man does his part. It consist  in an act of obedience to Christ's command. Christ did not command him to make clay nor to apply the clay on his eyes. That was Christ's part. The blind man's part was to go to the pool of Siloam and wash. 
     In the work of Salvation we must clearly know what is Christ's part and what is our part. His part was to go to the pool of Siloam; meaning he must obey the commands he had learned from the saliva and soil. 
     The pool of Siloam is the Sacrament of Baptism wherewith he will receive the grace to be able to fully understand and obey the commands of Christ. Grace will help him understand and obey the supernatural commands of Christ; a gift from God because he has learned with his intellect all the commands of Christ and how to obey them. The consequence of this knowledge and obedience is that he was able to see 
     His ability to see made him see that Christ was not only man but God, also. This is Faith that made him prostrate and worship Christ as God. His Faith is perfected by his worship of God. He had attained salvation. 

3. A big problem.
     The state of darkness in the world today, pre-figured by Good Friday, is because the proper procedure was not followed. Most men are baptized, i.e. they have gone to the pool of Siloam without mud made from Christ's saliva and soil being applied to their blind eyes. Christ's part for the curing of their blindness is absent. Everybody from the Pope to the youngest child underwent this defective procedure. So, they remained blind spiritually. Again, the entire Catholic world omitted the first two steps which is Christ's part,  in that all Catholics were baptized without being instructed in the commands of Christ, which is the application of mud in the eyes. The parish priest, parents and good parents were supposed to do that; but all of them failed to do it. So the whole Catholic world is in darkness, is in compete darkness. This was the prophecy of Mary in Quito, Ecuador in the 16th century. 
     There are many ways to correct this defect. One way is to teach the child after Baptism the commands of Christ. But by whom? ..because all the previous generations committed the same mistake and, therefore, are without Faith. Baptize first, then apply the mud on the eye? Yes! That will, also, work. But the problem is; what if the child loses its Baptismal grace before he can learn the commands. With the lost grace he cannot learn and obey Christ's commands. So it is still a problem. Besides, we cannot repeat Baptism if it does not work the first time. 

4. The Ancient solution.
     God, of course, foresaw this problem and supplied the solution even before the problem existed. The solution; monasticism. If the soul missed the correct procedure of applying mud on the eyes and washing in the pool of Siloam, the monastic life is meant to repeat the procedure of applying mud on the eyes by the mastery of the commands of Christ and, because Baptism cannot be repeated, St. John Chrusostom wrote, the monastic life is considered a substitute for Baptism. Monasticism is a substitute for repentance and Baptism; it is the primitive substitute for the application of the mud on the eyes and the washing in the pool of Siloam. So monasticism can make a man who is spiritually blind, see again. Thus attaining of Faith, Hope and Charity, he can attain everlasting life.

6. The New evangelization.
    Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI realized that this is what happened to the Church that is why she was suddenly in complete darkness. Mary described the darkness and the cause. The cause is the neglect of the Gospel message on 'How Christ cured the blind man.' So John Paul and Benedict initiated the 'new' evangelization which St. Bonaventure and Pope Benedict called the 'new' monasticism. St. John Chrysostom wrote; this is the monasticism that can be lived at home. The proper procedure on how to cure spiritual blindness can be done at home. No one can have an excuse to remain blind.

7. The Pharisees and the blind man.
     Christ describe the two kinds of people during this sixth day, the Lenten season, this era, year 2017. First, those who will not obey God's command 'to wash', even after an entire theological course in the seminary. These are personified by the Pharisees, who saw Christ performed a miracle but still did not believe, and, therefore,were condemned. Second, those who obeyed 'to wash', personified by the blind man who could not even see Christ and yet believed in Him. Strange, it was the Pharisee who claimed they can see. And he who was blind who could not see was the one who was able to see....and was saved. Pope Francis and some cardinals and bishops today are personified by the Pharisee because they think they know so much that they can run the Church by themselves, without God's help....these are the blind, Christ said. And who are those who can really see? The one's who think they cannot run the church. So they will leave it up to God to run it and simply conform themselves to the Divine Will through a life of perfect obedience to God's commands as found in the 'saliva mixed with soil.'
      

Thursday, March 23, 2017

POPE BENEDICT AND THE SIXTH DAY that is LENT.

 1. The monster picture of the two Popes. 
      A picture had been appearing in the news showing the body of Pope Francis with two heads; the head of Francis and the head of Benedict XVI. A monstrosity, indeed, but with a sense of humor. Beside it is the picture of Archbishop Ganswain, secretary of Pope Benedict who introduced the idea of a diarchy, i.e. the idea of two Popes, one a contemplative and the other an active. 
     Under it is an article of an archbishop casting doubt on Benedict's resignation. Everything seems to surround the question on what is going on in the Vatican, specifically, and in the Catholic Church in general.
     On our part we will try to clarify what is going on from the context of LENT, the sixth day, or specifically Good Friday. This is the sixth stage in the history of the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church looks like the early church of the apostles as it looked like on Good Friday.  

  2. Doing the 'Will of God. 
     When God expresses His Will it must be done till death. When God says 'be holy as your heavenly Father is holy,' we have to be holy until we die. We cannot stop in the middle and retire from being Holy. When God wills a person to be a bishop, that is until death. He cannot retire at 75 from doing God's will of being a bishop. Who allowed him to retire from doing God's will at 75? Canon Law? Canon Law has no authority to allow any bishop to retire from doing God's Will at 75 no matter what they say. God had expressed His Will at the consecration of the bishop and the bishop must do God's Will expressed during his consecration  up to the end of his life. God's Will has no retirement provision. 
     Imagine if married couples can retire from their marriage at 50 or religious can retire from their vows at 45. Or when trying to save our souls we can retire at 80. Aren't we sounding ridiculous?
     All the more the Pope. To be a Pope is the Will of God and no Pope can say he may retire from doing God's Will at 75 or 80. Pope Benedict with all his credentials know that very well. And there is the example of all the previous Popes; from Pius XII, John XXIII, John Paul l, Paul VI, and John Paul II.....all of them did the Will of God up to the end. And Pope Benedict who clearly knew this will resign? It is unbelievable! He who does not do the Will of God until death  is not a saint and does not know his theology....which cannot be said of Pope Benedict. 
     Knowing his credentials, it is even impossible to cross the mind of man to think that he would give up doing God's Will by resigning. As the Archbishop in the news hinted; it is because of the gay lobby in the Vatican. The gays are as harmless as the adulterers and divorcees. You convert them; not fear them. 
     Because of the mess in the Vatican bank? Well, just close it down. He has become physically unable to do his job? His job needs acts of the mind, not physical strength. His mind remains very sharp. There is no problem mentioned for the resignation of Benedict that he could not solve with one hand tied behind him. 
All problems attributed to his resignation are so trifle that it appears he is a weakling and a coward, both of which he is not. 
     So we have to look for reasons somewhere else. We have to return to Good Friday....it is his obedience to God's Will. Knowing Benedict, he would never resign. What he did was in obedience to God's Will. But what was that Will specifically.
      Let us look at Pope Benedict's body language when he was reading his announcement. First,  he was very excited to make the announcement; as if he was going to announce a good, happy news. One does not get excited in announcing a retirement. Secondly, he showed urgency in his announcement; as if he could not wait to make the announcement. Thirdly, he did not inform anybody else of his decision. Such a grievous decision as resigning from the papacy needs much consultation which Benedict did not do. He decided on his own alone which is so unlike him since he believed in consultations like with his group the ITC. Fourthly, nobody could stop him though everyone showed dismay at his announcement. 

3. Only one explanation.
     His body language clearly showed that he had received a direct command from God that even surprised Benedict himself. He did not expect it. It was not a vision but probably a revelation.The probability is that he suddenly saw the fulfillment of a prophecy he was awaiting for. 
     He had been studying St. Hildegard of Bingen when suddenly he raised this medieval saint up as a doctor of the Church. He did not say what was special with her. But upon reading her visions, Benedict must have read that an anti-pope would rise in the Catholic Church sometime after an attempt at the life of a pope. It did not say exactly which Pope after the assassination attempt. 
     Benedict begun to study Blessed John Newman where he found John describing the 'future apostasy' coming within the Church. In fact John noticed its beginnings during his lifetime when he saw cardinals and bishops of the Catholic church ganging on him an Anglican convert.
     Putting together all his readings Benedict realized that we have reached the sixth day or Good Friday in the historical stage of the Catholic Church which means that there will be complete darkness of the Faith. Nobody will be able to find the Catholic Church and the true Faith. And the few who can teach are quiet and in hiding. All the priests and bishops are ignorant of the Faith...up to the top, While the rest of the world will be possessed by Lucifer. 
     Benedict saw that that the day had arrived where true worshipper will worship in spirit and in truth. In Good Friday, the visible signs of the true Church will disappear together with the Eucharist and the Mass as prophesied, as the entire world turns against the true religion and Lucifer reigns. Benedict saw that the Vatican and the people around him  are no longer the Church of Christ. So he retreated to St. Bonaventure's sixth day Church, the contemplative community, the new monasticism, with a new evangelization.
       In such a situation, Benedict realized that the Church will be so diabolically corrupt that that corruption had to be exposed so it can be cut of. His first step is to expose that corruption by pretending to resign; he had to pretend to step down and sure enough the stench of corruption exploded in most parishes and dioceses......and up to the highest offices in the Vatican. In such state only prayers to God will spare the predestined souls. Nothing else will work. He knows the diseased limbs cannot be saved. Today, the cutting off of the diseased hands and legs and eyes and ears are going with such speed that it seems that soon no Catholic would be left, unless God does something drastic.  
    

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ST. BENEDICT AND THE CHURCH on the sixth day.

1. The Lenten Season and the Sixth day.
     We have seen how the Fathers of the Church described the seven days of creation from Genesis as the seven stages in the spiritual development of the Catholic Church from the beginning up to its perfection before the General Judgment by God. 
     We have, also, seen how the Fathers concentrated their writings on describing the sixth day because it explains what a soul must do before he dies or before he faces God in the General Judgment to be able to receive a favorable judgment from God. The sixth day teaches us how to receive the reward of everlasting life from God. 

2. The Sixth day in Christianity.
It is for this reason that the sixth day became of primary importance in theology specially in ascetical theology. The works of St. Alphonsus Liguori and St. Robert Bellarmine on how to prepare for death are two Catholic treatises that supplies, in detail, the need for such a knowledge. 

3. The Sixth day develops into Monasticism.
     This sixth day is so important to Christianity that a whole movement develop to satisfy the need to put it into practice. The very purpose of preaching or evangelization is, precisely, to teach what is needed to be done. But preaching and evangelization is just babbling of words. The words had to be put into practice; thus monasticism begun as early as the birth of Christianity. What was taught by Christ, which essentially was the sixth day, had to be put into practice immediately. The Apostles put it into practice by living as a monastic community. St. John the Evangelist established immediately the first monastic community. Then St. Paul and St. Anthony followed; with hundred others following, like Pachomius and John Climacus.....all early lay Christians trying to live the teachings of Christ as found in Divine Revelation. 
     This is the basis of monasticism; it is based on Divine Revelation and the movement of the Holy Spirit when Christ promised 'He will teach you all things.'

4. The monasticism of St. Benedict. A life of repentance.
     The sixth day is the life of repentance lived perfectly. Perfectly, because otherwise some sins will not be forgiven. And this is not easy. Christ, Himself, showed us by His example, that this life of repentance will ordinarily take an adult 30 years, as He showed in His hidden life. Christ showed us in his hidden life that that is how long it will, ordinarily, take for an adult to repent if the adult is like Christ. If not, it might probably take him most a life time. In which case he might need a more permanent place to stay in like a monastery. Thus the birth of monasticism. 
     Some are great sinners and need St. Climacus' stern monasticism. The ordinary Christian family will not need such sternest due to the different members of their families in which case the monasticism of St. Basil is just right. But in the case that most of the members of the family does not care if they went to hell and there is only one person interested to save his soul, then St. Benedict's monasticism is just right. St. John Chrysostome stated that this monastic life, whether stern or just right, can be lived privately at home. But for most, it will impossible to live this way of life without the many provisions present in a formal monastic life.
     
5. Monasticism started with Christianity; because monasticism is Christianity lived. However,  It deteriorated through the centuries; proof of which are the number of unsuccessful attempts at reforms. As a Benedictine monk, our  Abbot General, a well known Liturgist with several books in his name, threatened to close our monastery for not being Benedictine enough. Fortunately, he died of cancer and the next General forgot the threat. 
     But anyone who takes the Rule of St. Benedict and live in a Benedictine monastery can clearly check the rules it follows and cross the rules it does not follow. There will be more crosses. 

      Monasticism as practiced in early Christianity is meant to return to the Church. St. Bonaventure, in his 'Theology of history' calls it 'new' monasticism; not because it is new but because it is 'new' today but very old in reality. John Paul II and Benedict XVI described inviting souls to the Catholic church or the monastic life as 'new' evangelization. And Benedict adds; 'it is not 'new.' It is the traditional way of entering the monastic life. But he called it 'new' because its image is 'new,' in that it looks like the way Christ described it to the Samaritan Woman, taught to us during Lent because that is the image of the Church in the sixth day, pre-figured by Good Friday. 

     Evangelization in Christianity begins with preaching the monastic life; evangelization is essentially inviting Christians to work out their salvation within monasteries.  By the end of history, the sixth day,  God will show the world that it would had been a better place if it were Catholic or a monastic world. At judgment day God will show that those who did not believe in this will be punish with eternal fire. 
     Can't we attain this same goal within the family? The pagans philosophers whose goal was the attainment of happiness had thought this out thoroughly. Epicurius, specifically, was convinced the family, in itself, cannot attain natural happiness in the natural philosophical level. There are too many factors that militate against it. The family, at least, needs the foundational natural basis of monastic life to be happy.
     But Epicurius never tried it. In truth it would not work because he depended on natural philosophical foundations. The monastic life is essentially supernatural in nature and this is unattainable for Epicurius in his time and place. 
     This is the same defect of Pope Francis. All his  teachings are not only in the natural level. It is not even philosophical, therefore, below the natural level. Note his solutions for the remarried;  annul previous marriage, remarry and then receive Holy Communion. This is not even natural; it is sinful. 

6. The Church is going towards the sixth day. Nobody can stop it. It is part of Divine Providence. John Paul II and Benedict XVI's invitation is for all Catholics to re-evangelize themselves but using the 'new' evangelization, meant to be discussed during the 2012 Bishop's Synod but which they were not able to do because no one knew what the 'new' evangelization was all about. Well, to make it easier, just study the Rule of St. Benedict whose feast we just celebrated; that rule contains all the things we must do to enter the Catholic Church as described by Christ to the Samaritan Woman. Because this day is 'that day' referred to by Christ.

Monday, March 20, 2017

'NEW' Image of the Catholic Church.

 1. 'New' Image of the Catholic Church.
     It is still essentially the same One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ. 
     The Catholic Church was perfect with Christ and the apostles  at Pentecost. At Pentecost,  they  worshipped 'in spirit and in truth.' Afterwards, they begun to preach and attracted new members. With the 'new' members, the Catholic Church begun again as a baby; as when Christ called the first apostles. 
     The 'new' members had to begin, from the beginning,  learning the truths of Christ and gradually grow in spirituality as a child grows slowly towards maturity. During this process, the Church could not look like the apostolic Church at Pentecost. The Church at Pentecost looked mature, grown up and perfect. The Church after Pentecost would looked like a babe, immature and imperfect. 
     When the baby Church matures, it will be absorbed into the Apostolic Church. But if all the members of the Apostolic Church dies when the baby Church has not yet matured, then the Apostolic Church may be said to be gone and the Church had begun with the baby Church.

      This baby Church had to grow up just like the first apostolic Church. But instead of growing up in three years and a half, she will grow up in 2000 years. So when Christ told the Samaritan Woman, 'the day will come' He was referring to the Catholic Church becoming like the Church on Pentecost in the year 2000 A.D.
     In the year 2000 A.D. The Catholic Church will look different from the Church of Constantine the Great, the Church of St. Thomas of Aquinas and the Church of St. Robert Bellarmine, which looks more like a growing baby Church.  The Church at year 2000 will look more like the apostolic Church at Pentecost 'in spirit and in truth.'
     And Holy Mother the Church wants to remind all Catholics of this fact because when this happens, the Church would have reached its perfection and ready for her wedding with Christ. All Catholics worthy of the name know this; from Iraeneus to John Newman. They all wrote about it that's why we know it today. 

  2. Joseph Ratzinger studied this in the Theology of Philosophy according to St. Bonaventure and from the works of St. Augustine where the first Christian community established by St. John the Evangelist was described. That community was like a 'baby' Church unlike the mature apostolic Church on Pentecost. So Ratzinger saw that the Church in her early development looks different from the mature Church. 
      Joseph Ratzinger saw that the Church of pre-Vatican II didn't look like the early Christian community of St. John the Evangelist. It looked more like the church of the Jewish Synagogue; and after Vatican II, it looked more like the Samaritan church in Gerizim. 

  3. Since the pre-Vatican II church was more Jewish and the post-Vatican II was more Samaritan or pagan....he wondered whether the baby Church that begun with St. John the Evangelist, had grown up to maturity 'in spirit and in truth.' Christ, Himself, said that this Church will exist at a time to come, that is in the future. And He adds 'and is already here' referring to the apostolic church. So Ratzinger asked himself, have we reached 'the day will come' when the perfect and mature apostolic church will exist again. 

   4. Well versed in the works of St. John Chrysostom, who described the first Christian community established by St. John the Evangelist and studying the work of St. Bonaventure who described how this apostolic church will look today, the year 2000, Ratzinger asked whether that Church exist today. It should, because Christ prophesied it to the Samaritan Woman. From the description of the first Catholic apostolic Church on Pentecost, Ratzinger knew how the Catholic church should look like today. The Fathers of the Church, especially St. Augustine and St. Bonaventure confirmed it.
     Remember that the Catholic Church today is not a continuation of the Catholic apostolic Church of Pentecost. It is not. The Church today is a continuation of the baby Church born after Pentecost, established by John the Evangelist, which must still grow up to maturity. This baby Church have not yet reached its own Pentecost. It cannot share with the Pentecost of the Apostolic Church. 
     So all this charismatic exhibitionism which is one of Pope Francis favorites is pure Montanism. Montanus was a pagan priest who converted to Catholicism and brought his pagan practices with him into the Catholic Church. His pagan practices within the Church  is what became the Catholic Charismatic Movement; just like Pope Francis who brought his pagan practices from Argentina into the Catholic Church that made him very charismatic to many.

  5. When Pope John Paul and Benedict XVI initiated the 'new' evangelization, they worked on the assumption that the Church had reached its perfection, the sixth day as described by St. Bonaventure and upon which Joseph Ratzinger's thesis was based. 
     This sixth day is Lent, in general, and Good Friday, in particular.
Thus Pope Benedict had declared that the Church today is a contemplative Church like Mary and not an active Church like Martha. We do not preach to contemplatives; they know more than most teachers, thus Christ described them thus; 'and I will teach you all things. There is absolutely no need to teach them or send missionaries to them. Such a church will just be quiet among themselves and directly learn from God, just like the apostles on Good Friday. The Vatican can disband the missionaries of mercy. 

  6. Christ had divided the Church into three; the first is the Samaritan worship that represents paganism. The second is the Jewish worship that represents the Jewish church of the Old Testament and, thirdly,  the Catholic Church which Christ mentioned referring to Himself, the Church worshipping in spirit and in truth.  Pope Francis and most cardinals, bishops and priests are still in the pagan or Jewish era, and definitely non-catholic in that they do not worship in spirit and in truth. They have too many errors; they believe that marriage can be dissolved,  that unbelievers can go to heaven, that Protestants have the Holy Spirit. These are errors that show Pope Francis cannot claim he is worshipping in truth. Without truth, Pope Francis is not using his spirit, the intellect. 
      Nobody can find the Church, today, because it is no longer visible as clearly described by Christ, Himself. 'Spirit' and 'truth'. The spirit is non-visible; the truths of Christ are supernatural and, also, non-visible. 

   7. Immediately after Pentecost, St. John Chrysostom narrated that St. John the Evangelist formed the first laymen's Christian Catholic community. That was a very young Church attached to the Apostolic Church. But when the apostles passed away, John's community was separated from the Apostolic Church, 
     John continued to instruct and lead the Johanine Church. Many eventually left the Church that caused John much tears. Some of his members persevered in the Catholic life but others left the way of life. So where do we belong; with those who are faithful or with those who have left the life? Our Church, where do we belong ; with the faithful who remained or the unfaithful who left. We have to resolve this issue so we can know whether we belong to the Samaritan church, the Jewish Church  or the Vatican Church.