What did it mean to pray for the Jews to pray for the First Coming of the Messiah? What does it mean for Christians to pray for the Second Coming of the Messiah? Notice that for the former, it was not a matter of despair, but rather of hope, to pray for the first coming of the Christ. This is revealed in the life of St. Anne as seen in a vision by Ven. Mary of Agreda in the Mystical City of God: The most fortunate Anne had a house in Bethlehem and was a most chaste, humble and beautiful maiden. From her childhood she led a most virtuous, holy [...]
I only recently discovered a treasure from St. Thomas Aquinas called the Compendium of Theology. I first wrote a commentary on his book here a month ago. St. Thomas continues the richness of his teaching today on the resurrection of the body in chapters 151-168. I was going to comment on it like last time, but the teaching of the Angelic Doctor will stand alone today. This is what you and I have to look forward to in both body and soul if we make it to heaven: CHAPTER 151 REUNION WITH THE BODY REQUISITE FOR THE SOUL’S PERFECT HAPPINESS We should note that the disquiet of the will cannot be [...]
One of the most heretical things I hear from neo-con non-trads is: "While hell is a real possibility, we do not know if any person has ever gone there." That's as irresponsible as telling teens, "Yes, we know car accidents are a real possibility, but we have no proof anyone actually dies in car wrecks." Of course, the neo-con non-trad would respond to the above paragraph by saying, "Well, I do believe there have been fatal car accidents, but we have no proof in the Magisterium that any humans have ever gone to hell." First of all, Jesus spoke about hell and those who have gone there (including Judas—by name) [...]
My last podcast was what I preached at a Requiem TLM in Holy Week. This podcast is the funeral sermon I preached at my parents' parish at a Mass in English (which I did not offer, but rather sat in choir.) I thank from the bottom of my heart our auxiliary bishop and the twenty priests of my Archdiocese who attended either the Vigil or the funeral Mass for my mother.
My mother, Claire Nix, fell asleep in the Lord on the third of April 2023. I was there with my whole family. This is the sermon I gave two days later. Please say an Our Father for my mother.
To say that an unnatural sin that cries out to heaven for vengeance is no sin at all is tantamount to denying Christ was ever crucified, for He died to save us from our sins. In fact, the notion that mortal sins are not sins at all is essentially asserting that sin does not exist at all. Such is tantamount to apostasy or even atheism. Traditionally, the Catholic Church has taught that for a moral act to be just, the object and intention and circumstances must all be good. If only one of those is missing, the entire act is evil. Heretics of moral theology of the past 70 years [...]
Catholic Church history reveals that during times of strong faith, superstition decreases. Also, during times of weak-faith, superstition increase. I believe modernist Catholics (not Medieval Catholics) are the most superstitious of all Catholics in history. One proof of this how many Catholics took an experimental mRNA injection made from aborted babies just to keep death away. (Even WaPo recently ran a story that those double-and-triple vaxxed were those still struggling with COVID-19, meaning it didn't even keep away the one bogeyman it promised to eschew.) But that is not the topic of today's blog post. Today's blog is in regards to how most modernist Catholics approach the life-and-death sacraments with [...]
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 [...]
And then they shall see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with great power and majesty.—St. Luke chapter 21. Not a God clothed with our weaknesses, hidden in the darkness of a wretched stable, housed in a crib, treated with derision and mockery, bowed to earth by the heavy burden of His Cross, but a God who, clad in the glorious splendor of His great power and majesty, makes known His advent by the most terrifying manifestations, by the darkening of the sun and the moon, by the falling of the stars and by the upheaval of all creation. Not a Redeemer who comes with the meekness of [...]
Except for asking for the intercession of canonized saints, our main contact with those who have gone before us should be praying for the souls in Purgatory. In other words, we're supposed to be praying to God for them, not usually discussing things with them. It is true that we can ask souls in Purgatory for help, but that has to be done in general asking their intercession, not specifically. In fact, it's either St. Alphonsus or St. Bellarmine who teaches that such requests on earth for intercession from the Holy Souls in Purgatory must be addressed to God first to then He asks the Holy Souls to intercede. (It's [...]