21 09, 2023

“Your Commandments Are Weapons.”—St. Augustine

By |2023-09-19T14:56:23+00:00September 21st, 2023|Theology|

We are in a very interesting time in Church history when some Catholics have a great desire to recognize the spiritual warfare into which they have been born. Yet, other Catholics seem interested in legalistic loopholes about how everyone (including themselves) has no responsibility towards their salvation. They hold this because the erroneously believe that either everyone is saved -or- anyone who can prove reduced-culpability or invincible-ignorance is thereby saved. There might even be overlap between these two groups! In other words, there may be Catholics doing binding prayers against demons who are at the same time looking for excuses not to keep the Commandments. But Our Lord Jesus said [...]

29 08, 2023

Who’s Your savior—The State or The Savior?

By |2023-08-28T05:17:59+00:00August 29th, 2023|Theology|

One headline I saw last week read “Biden says new covid shots ‘that work’ may be on the way for all Americans.” This is probably funny to most of my readers but the notion that a new injection “that works” obviously implies the last shot did not work.  At all. Actually, it worked perfectly:  It reduced the world's population as Bill Gates promised it would.  And many of us lost a loved one who didn't listen to us. But why is a certain segment of leftists still blinded to this obvious truth? I think of when Nicodemus came to Jesus at night, trying to figure out the Truth (but still [...]

17 08, 2023

Maximalism and Minimalism

By |2023-08-16T18:35:04+00:00August 17th, 2023|Theology|

Recently, I read about a certain African female saint in the ancient Roman Martyrology:  "At Cyrene, in Lybia, St. Cyrilla, a martyr, in the persecution of Diocletian. For a long while she held on her hand burning coals with incense, lest by shaking off the coals she should seem to offer incense to the idols. She was afterwards cruelly scourged, and went to her spouse adorned with her own blood." Notice that St. Cyrilla not only refrained from putting incense on idols (which certainly would have been enough to win her martyrdom under Diocletian) but many Catholics today might even add that she didn't "know her theology enough" to know [...]

8 08, 2023

On Divine Omnipotence

By |2023-08-08T03:21:03+00:00August 8th, 2023|Theology|

"God is so mighty that after creating man free, He rules and directs him according to His good pleasure, without prejudicing man's liberty in any way."—Divine Intimacy, Day #240 on "Divine Omnipotence." I recently came across the above quote again in Divine Intimacy (DI) but I had never noticed that it may be one of the best short explanations of man's freedom and the world's suffering in light of God's sovereignty.  All of world history and modern man's doubts about God seem to be answered in that stunning quote.  Here's why I think that quote from Fr. Gabriel of DI is so profound: The issue of theodicy is the question [...]

27 07, 2023

The Most Destructive Line in the New Catechism

By |2023-08-09T13:25:24+00:00July 27th, 2023|Theology|

Keep in mind as you read this blog post that the new Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) released in 1992 is not infallible.  There are significant errors in the CCC, including the constant flip-flopping of the death penalty as I discussed in yesterday's video.  In fact, Pope John Paul II never claimed it was infallible upon its release.  He simply said it was a "sure norm."  But he still released a highly-defective catechism. On the other hand, Pope Clement XIII said that the 16th century Roman Catechism of Trent (RCT) contains "that teaching which is the common doctrine of the Church, from which all danger of doctrinal error is absent." [...]

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 [...]

9 02, 2023

Flow Chart of Grace

By |2023-02-09T23:08:07+00:00February 9th, 2023|Theology|

by Randall Grasso The Most Important Thing in Life What is the most important thing in life?  The most important thing in life is to get to Heaven. Why is getting to Heaven the most important thing in life?  Getting to Heaven is the most important thing in life because it the purpose for which God made us. God desires all men to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.  1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Pt. 3:9. God made us to love Him and serve Him in this life and to be happy with Him forever in the next. After death we enter eternity where we will forever [...]

10 01, 2023

The Bridge Given to St. Catherine of Siena

By |2023-01-10T12:36:39+00:00January 10th, 2023|Theology|

Some leftist "Catholics" now call traditional Catholics names like "Pelagians."  Pelagianism is the 4th century heresy that one could be saved by good works alone with no need for grace. It's very ironic that leftists call traditionalists "Pelagians" since we are always confessing our sins to obtain the grace of forgiveness. But the other reason it's ironic that leftists call traditionalists "Pelagian" is because nearly every lefty-Catholic is a Pelagian by virtue of their own theology.  Here's why:  Most lefty-Catholics believe that following one's own conscience is enough to be saved, even if you die a pagan or Jew or Muslim.  That is exactly the same definition as Pelagianism, but [...]

6 01, 2023

“He is to Be Accused by His Subjects.”—St. Isidore

By |2023-09-13T03:35:41+00:00January 6th, 2023|Theology|

I do not want this blog to turn my readers into "heresy hunters" since recognizing heresy is not enough to obtain eternal life. Also, there is so much heresy in current "Catholics" (both lay and clergy) that your "heresy hunting" would become an exhausting effort. But this blog is worth writing because there is an odd gnostic-myth floating around Catholic circles today that a heretic in the hierarchy can only be recognized by either a group of Cardinals or an obsolete battery of canonical trials. While it is true that the saints seem to delineate between "material heresy" (small points) and "manifest heresy" (obvious heresy) the latter is held by [...]

3 01, 2023

Keep the Old Liturgical Books Safe

By |2023-01-03T19:16:10+00:00January 3rd, 2023|Theology|

N.B:  I will be on silent retreat for a week.  Because I usually upload blogs, podcasts and videos a week ahead of time, my production schedule will normalize mid-January.  I hope to re-start myself (by God's grace) and also re-start my education series like VLX and the Sunday Sermon Series in a couple weeks.  I'm sorry for my absence on that, but one reason for the delay is that we had a medical emergency.  By your prayers, everything is good on that front, now.  Please pray for me on retreat. In Victories of the Martyrs as conglomerated by St. Alphonsus Liguori, we read about St. Philip, the bishop of Heraclea: [...]

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