2 05, 2023

When Can You Judge Another?

By |2023-05-03T01:59:03+00:00May 2nd, 2023|Theology|

When can you judge another?  The short answer is that you can never judge another's intention, but you are required to judge the object of another's deeds when he interacts with you or tries to teach you.  You are especially required to judge the object of another's deeds when his attempts at influencing you will affect your salvation or the salvation of those who are entrusted to you. Consider some quotes from Our Lord and the saints: Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.—Mt 7:1-6 When some monks [...]

27 04, 2023

Why “Apostolic Catholicism”?

By |2023-04-23T01:53:02+00:00April 27th, 2023|Theology|

Why do I always reference "Apostolic Catholicism" in my blogs and podcasts?  Because I am convinced that what "normy-Catholics" label as "traditional Catholicism" is really nothing more than "Apostolic Catholicism."  That is, our true faith and true liturgy goes back to what Christ gave to the Apostles. Granted, it's very easy for normy Catholics to mock traditionalists as being stuck in a time-warp to the 1950s.  But our beef with modernism touches not on the level of wax in mustaches or which whiskey goes with a certain cigar.  Rather, it has to do with the salvation of souls all across the world.  You see, if the Catholic clergy of the [...]

25 04, 2023

“Let Nothing Disturb You” (Full Prayer)

By |2023-04-21T14:20:00+00:00April 25th, 2023|Theology|

Below is my own English translation of Let Nothing Disturb You, originally in the Spanish as Nada Te Turbe (far below) by the 16th century nun, St. Teresa of Avila. Let Nothing Disturb You Let nothing disturb you, nothing shake you. Everything passes, God does not change. Patience obtains everything. Whoever has God lacks nothing. Only God suffices. Elevate your thoughts to the heavens above. Let nothing distress you, nothing disturb you. Follow Jesus Christ with a big-heart, and come what may let nothing disturb you. Do you see the glory of the world? It's vain-glory. Nothing is stable, everything passes. Aspire unto the heavens which last forever. Faithful and [...]

22 04, 2023

The Feast Day for Two Early Papal-Martyrs

By |2023-04-22T15:09:42+00:00April 22nd, 2023|Theology|

One of the most interesting arguments I hear against traditionalists these days goes something like this: "The lifestyle and liturgy of the early Christians was much more like that of modern charismatics than that of modern traditionalists." I too believed such silly arguments for a long time in my Catholic formation. Of course, there's mountains of evidence against such an assertion. The Roman Breviary for today's saints is just one such piece of evidence.  Pope Saint Soter was martyred around AD 174 or 177. Pope St. Pope Caius (aka Gaius) was martyred in AD 296. Notice what the old Roman Breviary says about today's saints, but also notice what it also [...]

20 04, 2023

Avoiding Decisions in Desolation, Part 2: Specifics

By |2023-04-20T04:36:04+00:00April 20th, 2023|Theology|

p/c Daily Wire. In early 2023, Jordan Peterson (above left) interviewed Chloe Cole (above right) with probably well over 10 million listens across all forums.  Chloe is an 18 year old woman who suffered gender-dysphoria and began to chemically "transition" at the age of 12.  At the age of 15, she had a double-mastectomy that she described on this interview as "barbaric."  She is now suing her surgeons and Kaiser Permanente of California as they proceeded into mutilating surgeries when she was not able to give informed-consent.  Obviously, she could not give informed-consent to a mutilating reproductive surgery firstly because it was a mutilating sexual surgery and secondly due to her [...]

18 04, 2023

Avoiding Decisions in Desolation, Part 1: Generalities

By |2023-04-18T17:04:55+00:00April 18th, 2023|Theology|

Five years ago, Sensus Fidelium produced a talk I gave called Making Decisions Without Fear based on the teaching of St. Ignatius of Loyola.  Today we're going to delve much deeper into that oft-quoted parable of St. Ignatius "Don't make decisions in desolation."  That is correct. But the original version from the saint goes like this: In time of desolation, we should never make any change, but remain firm and constant in the resolution and decision which guided us the day before the desolation, or in the decision to which we adhered in the preceding consolation.  For just as in consolation the good spirit guides and counsels us, so in [...]

13 04, 2023

The Resurrection, Truth and Compromise

By |2023-04-13T15:02:20+00:00April 13th, 2023|Theology|

In Christ's Passion, we see what we ought to suffer for the truth, and in His resurrection, what we ought to hope for in eternity.—St. Thomas Aquinas. Jesus Christ died for love of every man and woman and child who would ever live, and this was done on occasion of our many sins throughout time. But if you look at the above quote from St. Thomas Aquinas, you see that the more immediate and historical cause of Christ's death was His defense of "the truth."  That is, Christ would not compromise on the truth of His Father's religion or liturgy. The Sanhedrein had been targeting Christ for at least two [...]

11 04, 2023

O Crux Ave, Spes Unica!

By |2023-04-11T10:29:24+00:00April 11th, 2023|Theology|

With the death of my mother, and amidst praising God for what seemed like a very good death graced to her, I have done a lot of thinking about the Cross and the Resurrection.  While it is true that many saints indicate that those closest to Jesus seem to suffer the most on earth, we also must remember that everyone (regardless of religion) will face much pain and suffering and death on this planet. If everyone suffers, then why is Christianity so unique?  It is unique because it is the only world-religion that allows us to praise God in the fiery-furnace, in the storm, even from the cross.  That might [...]

5 04, 2023

Divine Providence Acting Upon Two Births

By |2023-05-05T17:56:25+00:00April 5th, 2023|Theology|

My mother got sick just before Christmas 2022.  Before offering my own low-Mass on Christmas day, I remember attending a sung midnight Mass at another traditional Church near me.  Before Mass, I was kneeling on the prie-Dieu in the sanctuary as I listened to a Christmas carol called Lully, Lulla, Lullay.  It's a silly name, but it was one of the most beautiful carols.  I had never heard it before.  Although dark before that midnight Mass, I hid my face because I was crying.  Deep inside, I knew my mother would not beat this illness, even though she was admitted to the hospital with rather mild symptoms.  She then went [...]

30 03, 2023

Commandments and Traditions

By |2023-03-27T02:18:09+00:00March 30th, 2023|Theology|

The Gospel found in the Traditional Latin Mass for the Wednesday of the third week of Lent includes this excoriation from Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Pharisees: Then came to Him from Jerusalem scribes and Pharisees, saying: "Why do Thy disciples transgress the tradition of the ancients? For they wash not their hands when they eat bread."  But He answering, said to them: "Why do you also transgress the commandment of God for your tradition? For God said: 'Honour thy father and mother: And: He that shall curse father or mother, let him die the death.' But you say: 'Whosoever shall say to father or mother, The gift whatsoever proceedeth [...]

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