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Saturday, October 31, 2015
Friday, October 30, 2015
At morning Mass in the Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican, Pope Francis reflected on a gospel reading in which Jesus speaks forcefully on the influence of Beelzebul, the “prince of demons” (Luke 11:15-26), and urged diligent care and discernment for Christians in the face of eternal conflict: “temptations always return,” said the Pontiff, because “the Evil Spirit never tires.”
In the gospel reading, Jesus delivers a man from the clutches of a demon, and among the crowd some see his good action as a sign that he, himself is a servant of evil. “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste, and house will fall against house,” Jesus tells them, before warning about the necessity of diligent awareness of the evil all around.
Said Pope Francis, of the scene, “[some] did not appreciate him and sought to interpret Jesus’ words and actions in a different way, against Jesus. Some, for envy, others for doctrinal rigidity, others because they were afraid that the Romans would come and massacre them; for many reasons they sought to distance Jesus’ authority from the people, even with slander as in this case.”
Emphasizing Jesus’ words on discernment, the pope spoke plainly, noting that pride and a sense of superiority is often the means by which we give access to pernicious spiritual influences: “The Evil One is hidden; he comes with his very educated friends, knocks at the door, asks for permission, comes in, and lives with that person. Drop by drop, he gives him instructions” leading us to “do things with relativism”.
The pope said once such access is given, such relativism is embraced, the loss of a sense of sin is a great surrender to evil: “Anesthetize the conscience. This is a great evil. When the Evil Spirit succeeds in anesthetizing the conscience, it is then he can claim a true victory, for he has become the master of that conscience.”
Like Jesus, the Holy Father counsels, “Watchfulness. The Church counsels us to always make an examination of conscience: what happened today in my heart because of this?”
“Discernment”, he concluded, “From where do these comments, words, teachings come? Who says this? Let us ask the Lord for this grace: the grace of discernment and of watchfulness.”
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Cardinal Sarah’s warning of “demonic” “apocalyptic beasts” of “the idolatry of Western freedom” verified in Argentina
There is indeed a great battle being played out in that three-week meeting that is rightfully being followed and reported on by all the world’s media. Society is reaching a climax in the war against the family.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Catholic World News - October 23, 2015
The Synod of Bishops spent Friday, October 23, discussing a proposed final statement, which will come up for a vote, paragraph by paragraph, on Saturday.
The statement was presented to the bishops on Thursday evening, with Cardinal Peter Erdo, the relator general of the Synod, introducing the text. Because the statement was available only in Italian, some Synod participant were unable to read it, and there was an angry outcry when they were told-- by Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the secretary-general of the Synod-- that no copies of the sensitive document could be taken out of the Synod Hall. Eventually Cardinal Baldiserri relented, and allowed bishops to take the text home, but insisted that they could not show the document to outside translators. For a summary:
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Friday, October 9, 2015
Fr. Longenecker writes of Marcellino D’Ambrosio’s new book
….an excellent introduction to the lives and teachings of the Fathers of the Church. His section on the Arian controversy is especially good—dealing with fascinating characters, a complex plot line and abstruse theological arguments in a down to earth and compelling way. In reading it, I was reminded of how relevant the events of the first millennium of the church are to this new millennium.
Fr. Goes on to say:
Today Arianism takes a different form, and comes to us in the guise of humanism. By “humanism” I mean that belief system that takes man as the measure of all things. This humanism is a conglomeration of different modernistic beliefs, but the summary of it all is materialism—that this physical world is all there is. There is no spiritual realm, no heaven or hell, and therefore the advancement of the human race in this physical realm is the only thing fighting for.
Ross Douthat of the Times on this same topic:
What secularism really teaches people, in this interpretation, isn’t that spiritual realities don’t exist or that spiritual experiences are unreal. It just privatizes the spiritual, in a kind of theological/sociological extension of church-state separation, and discourages people from organizing either intellectual systems (those are for scientists) or communities of purpose (that’s what politics is for) around their sense, or direct experience, that Something More exists.
I would add:
- In noting that humanism is a conglomeration of modernist thinking, within the conglomerate are beliefs that, being pantheistic, ("privatizing the spiritual")") do acknowledge a spiritual realm of sorts, just not of the true realm of the spirit.
- If one is at all interested in what is at work here, I have penned a comprehensive analysis here.
Monday, October 5, 2015
Jimmy Akin: “Remarks made by a key official at the opening of the current Synod of Bishops seem cool to the idea that there will be a change in the Church’s doctrine and practice regarding the divorced and civilly remarried. This comes as heartening news to supporters of the Church’s historic doctrine and discipline.” Read More.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
"And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell."
Ten people were killed and nine were injured Thursday, after a 26-year old gunman went on a shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.
I see where the father of one of the wounded told CNN, that the gunman singled out Christians.
Before going into spinal surgery, Anastasia Boylan told her father the gunman entered her classroom firing.“I’ve been waiting to do this for years,” the gunman told the professor teaching the class. He shot him point blank.
Apparently, everyone in the classroom dropped to the ground.
The gunman, while reloading his handgun, ordered the students to stand up and asked if they were Christians.
“And they would stand up and he said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second,'” Boylan’s father, Stacy, told CNN, relaying her account.
“And then he shot and killed them.”
One law enforcement official told the New York Times, “He appears to be an angry young man who was very filled with hate.”
The gunman died in an exchange of gunfire with police officers. It is not clear whether he was shot or whether he shot himself.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Exposed for garnering the organs of aborted fetuses for profit – often in the most grotesque and inhumane ways conceivable — Planned Parenthood has recently been trying to garner support on social media with a new hashtag stunt called #shoutyourabortion.
The point is to encourage women to talk about their abortions, preferably in positive ways.
#Shoutyourabortion proponents want to downplay abortion by defiantly celebrating it.
Perhaps we should should #shouttheirabortion —because the life of an unborn child is worth proclaiming. If parenthood is refused in abortion, its reality is no less true: an unborn child has parents. Proclaiming the child brings the child’s life forth as a human reality, beloved of God. Let us pray that this realization may be an unforseen consequence of Planned Parenthood’s #shoutyourabortion campaign.