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Dorotheos of Gaza: “There is nothing graver or more deadly”

23 September 2018

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“If one of you sees, sometime, something unedifying and so much as goes on to pass it on and put it into the heart of another brother, in doing so you not only harm yourself but you harm your brother by putting one more little bit of knavery into his heart. Even if that brother has his mind set on prayer or some other noble activity, and the first arrives and furnishes him with something to prate about, he not only impedes what he ought to be doing, but brings a temptation on him. There is nothing graver or more deadly than this doing harm, not only to himself but also to his neighbor.”

Saint Dorotheos of Gaza

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Progressive Democrats cheating and stealing their way to power

22 September 2018

Our country is in deep trouble, but its not because of Donald Trump. Donald Trump is not a man of stellar character, and he often says things that seem foolish, but he is not evil. What he is is the man whom the voters elected to be president.  Trump is not the real problem. There is instead a very serious problem in the network of unelected, but highly ideological, committed, progressive bureaucrats that are diligently working to undermine our elected government and our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms. Having lost the last election, they are willing to cheat and steal their way to power. That IS evil. If you think that there is no truth in what I just wrote, perhaps you may find the video below eyeopening.

The video has a lengthy intro. You may want to jump to the 2 minute mark where the real content begins.

Fr. Frederick Faber: “good men being on the wrong side”

22 September 2018

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“We must remember that if all the manifestly good men were on one side and all the manifestly bad men on the other, there would be no danger of anyone, least of all the elect, being deceived by lying wonders. It is the good men, good once, we must hope good still, who are to do the work of Anti-Christ and so sadly to crucify the Lord afresh…. Bear in mind this feature of the last days, that this deceitfulness arises from good men being on the wrong side.”

Fr. Frederick Faber, Sermon for Pentecost Sunday, 1861; qtd. in Fr. Denis Fahey, The Mystical Body of Christ in the Modern World

Fulton Sheen
: “The Antichrist will not be so called”

21 September 2018

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“The Antichrist will not be so called; otherwise he would have no followers. He will not wear red tights, nor vomit sulphur, nor carry a trident nor wave an arrowed tail as Mephistopheles in Faust. This masquerade has helped the Devil convince men that he does not exist. When no man recognizes, the more power he exercises. God has defined Himself as “I am Who am,” and the Devil as “I am who am not.”

Nowhere in Sacred Scripture do we find warrant for the popular myth of the Devil as a buffoon who is dressed like the first “red.” Rather is he described as an angel fallen from heaven, as “the Prince of this world,” whose business it is to tell us that there is no other world. His logic is simple: if there is no heaven there is no hell; if there is no hell, then there is no sin; if there is no sin, then there is no judge, and if there is no judgment then evil is good and good is evil. But above all these descriptions, Our Lord tells us that he will be so much like Himself that he would deceive even the elect — and certainly no devil ever seen in picture books could deceive even the elect. How will he come in this new age to win followers to his religion?

The pre-Communist Russian belief is that he will come disguised as the Great Humanitarian; he will talk peace, prosperity and plenty not as means to lead us to God, but as ends in themselves. . . .

. . . The third temptation in which Satan asked Christ to adore him and all the kingdoms of the world would be His, will become the temptation to have a new religion without a Cross, a liturgy without a world to come, a religion to destroy a religion, or a politics which is a religion — one that renders unto Caesar even the things that are God’s.

In the midst of all his seeming love for humanity and his glib talk of freedom and equality, he will have one great secret which he will tell to no one: he will not believe in God. Because his religion will be brotherhood without the fatherhood of God, he will deceive even the elect. He will set up a counterchurch which will be the ape of the Church, because he, the Devil, is the ape of God. It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content. It will be a mystical body of the Antichrist that will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ. . . .

. . . But the twentieth century will join the counterchurch because it claims to be infallible when its visible head speaks ex cathedra from Moscow on the subject of economics and politics, and as chief shepherd of world communism.”

Bishop Fulton J. Sheen
, Communism and the Conscience of the West (1948)

Lorenzo Scupoli: “There are wrong feelings deeply hidden in the heart”

20 September 2018

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“Begin and end the examination of your deeds with a diligent prayer, asking the Lord to give you eyes to see the innermost depths of your heart, for ‘the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?’ (Jer. 17:9). No one but God, Who is ‘greater than our heart, and knows all things’ (I Jn. 3:20). ‘For You, even You only, know the hearts of all the children of men’ (I Kgs. 8:39). There are wrong feelings deeply hidden in the heart; at times they slip into a man’s actions, at times they are not even noticed and pollute them with the stench of sin. So pray with David the Prophet: ‘Cleanse me from secret faults’ (Ps. 19:12).”

Lorenzo Scupoli

Leo the Great : “No virtues are worthier”

19 September 2018

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“No virtues are worthier or more excellent than merciful loving-kindness and unblemished chastity, let us more especially equip ourselves with these weapons, so that, raised from the earth, as it were on the two wings of active charity and shining purity, we may win a place in heaven. And whoever, aided by God’s grace, is filled with this desire and glories not in himself, but in the Lord, over his progress, pays due honor to the Easter mystery. His threshold the angel of destruction does not cross, for it is marked with the Lamb’s blood and the sign of the cross (cf. Ex. 12:23). He fears not the plagues of Egypt, and leaves his foes overwhelmed by the same waters by which he himself was saved. And so, dearly-beloved, with minds and bodies purified let us embrace the wondrous mystery of our salvation, and, cleansed from all ‘the leaven of our old wickedness, let us keep’ (I Cor. 5:8) the Lord’s Passover with due observance: so that, the Holy Spirit guiding us, we may be ‘separated’ by no temptations ‘from the love of Christ’ (Rom. 7:35), Who bringing peace by His blood to all things, has returned to the loftiness of the Father’s glory, and yet not forsaken the lowliness of those who serve Him to Whom is the honor and the glory forever and ever. Amen.”

Saint Leo the Great

Archbishop Chaput: “Therein lies our hope”

18 September 2018

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“Despite all the crises in the Church, despite all the failures and sins of her leaders, despite all our distractions and weaknesses and indifference as a people, God guides the world” …“He informs and sustains it with his Love. In seeking that love, and finding it, and living it with all our mind and heart – therein lies our joy. Therein lies our hope”

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput