Contraception and the Soul’s Dysfunction

 

God is triune, three Persons in One, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. An understanding of this mystery can be facilitated by looking at who any one of us are. God made man in His image. So there must be a clue in us about God.

Any one of us must be a son or daughter of someone. We can espouse and become a spouse. We can procreate or adopt and become father or mother. So each one of us is, in actuality, three persons in one. Even those that do not marry or do not have children, still have that three-in-one disposition in their very being.  Triune man or woman, has an inherent potential to be faithful, like a spouse, or care for another, like a mother or father would. The Holy Virgin is a triune person: Crowned Daughter, faithful Spouse, and Virgin Mother.  In the capacity or actuality of being three-in-one, there is then mark of the Divine.  Note that this triune state is not contingent on having sexual relations, rather it is a primordial and eternal state of the soul.  The teaching and notion of the Holy Virgin embodies this truth.

Contraception. like an illicit drug,  effectively makes a decision for you, it is replacing your will, a component of the soul, so the will weakens. In the case of contraception, the effect can also weaken the male’s will, who has to interact with the female in everyday life. Contraception produces a subtle distortion in the triune soul, leading to the soul’s dysfunction.  Male and female.

Now man in the image of God is created body and soul. Intimately intertwined. The body then manifests the soul, along the principle that form follows function. The bodily change that results from contraception contradicts the function.  With this understanding, such an alteration of the body might be expected to result in ill- effects on the health of the person. And it does. These effects of contraception have been documented in the medical literature but have been effectively swept under the rug by the main-stream culture.

The analogy of drug use is again appropriate: Illicit drugs block the intellect, will, and memory, components of the soul, and produce adverse health-effects on the body.

Dysfunctional souls are easy prey for predators. Without even mentioning the devil and his goals, the dysfunctional soul becomes fodder for the proponents of population control that deny the freedom, will, and the means available to humans. They believe in animal husbandry. You are a cow in a herd. You have no control over your facilities. They propose contraception while encouraging seduction, the continual hum of the culture. Just like the medical industry  creates pathology for treatment and the war industry, conflict for hardware.

Akathist Hymn to the Most Holy Theotokos

Before the Holy Rosary of the West, there was the Akathist Hymn to the Most Holy Theotokos from the East, composed in the 6th Century in Constantinople by the Syrian St. Romanos the Melodist.

 

PRAISES

Blessed is our God, always, now and forevermore. Amen.

O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, You are everywhere present and fit all things. Treasury of blessings, and giver of life, come and dwell within us, cleanse us of all stain, and save our souls, O Gracious one!

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy and Immortal one, have mercy on us. (Three times)

O most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us! O Lord, cleanse us of our sins! O Master, forgive our transgressions! O holy one, come to us and heal our infirmities for your name’s sake!

Lord, have mercy. (Three times)

Glory be to the father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit , now and ever, and forever, Amen.

Our father who art in heaven , hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and glory, Father+, son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen

Let Us Pray To The Lord.

[Response]: Lord, have mercy!

 

FIRST STASIS

PRELUDE

As soon as the angel had received his command, he hastened to Joseph’s house and said to the ever-virginal one: “Behold, heaven was brought down to earth when the Word Himself was fully contained in you! Now that I see Him in your womb, taking a servant’s form, I cry out to you in wonder: Hail, O Virgin and Bride ever-pure!”

FIRST CHANT

An Archangel was sent from heaven to greet the Mother of God, and as he saw You taking a body, O Lord,  at the sound of his bodiless voice, O Lord, he stood rapt in amazement and cried out to Her in these words:

Hail, O You through whom Joy will shine forth;
Hail, O You through whom the curse will disappear!
Hail, O Restoration of the fallen Adam;
Hail, O Redemption of the tears of Eve!
Hail, O Peak above the reach of human thought;
Hail, O Depth even beyond the sight of angels!
Hail, O You who have become a kingly throne;
Hail, O You who carry Him who carries all!
Hail, O Star who manifest the Sun,
Hail, O Womb of the Divine Incarnation!
Hail, O You through whom creation is renewed;
Hail, O You through whom the Creator becomes a babe!
Hail, O Virgin and Bride ever-pure!

[RESPONSE]: Hail, O Virgin and Bride ever-pure!

SECOND CHANT

Knowing that she was a virgin, the blessed one courageously answered the angel: “Your surprising expression seem hard for my mind to accept. How can you speak of a birth that is to come from a conception without seed? And why do you cry: Alleluia?”

[RESPONSE]: Alleluia!

THIRD CHANT

Trying to grasp the meaning of this mystery, the Virgin asked the holy messenger: “How is it possible that a son be born from a virginal womb? Tell me.” And he answered her with awe, crying out in these words:

Hail, O hidden Sense of the Ineffable Plan!
Hail, O Belief in silence that must be!
Hail, O Forecast of the marvels of Christ!
Hail, O Fountainhead of truths concerning Him!
Hail, Celestial Ladder, by whom God came down;
Hail, O Bridge leading earthly ones to heaven!
Hail, O Wonder, ever-thrilling to the angels;
Hail, O Wound, ever-hurting to the demons!
Hail, O You who gave birth to Light ineffably;
Hail, O You who told no one how it was done!
Hail, O You who surpass the wisdom of the wise;
Hail, O You who enlighten faithful minds!
Hail, O Virgin and Bride ever-pure!

[RESPONSE]: Hail, O Virgin and Bride ever-pure!

FOURTH CHANT

When the power of the Most High overshadowed the one who had never known the nuptial bed, her fruitful womb conceived, and she became for all a delicious field: for those who wished to reap salvation by singing “ALLELUIA!”

[RESPONSE]: Alleluia!

FIFTH CHANT

Pregnant with God, the Virgin hastened to Elizabeth and her unborn child rejoiced, immediately knowing her embrace. Bouncing and singing, he cried out to the Mother of God:

Hail, O Tendril whose Bud shall not wilt;
Hail, O Soil whose Fruit shall not perish!
Hail, O Tender of mankind’s loving Tender;
Hail, O Gardener of the Gardener of Life!
Hail, O Earth who yielded abundant mercies;
Hail, O Table full-laden with appeasement.
Hail, for You have greened anew the pastures of delight;
Hail, for You have prepared a haven for the souls!
Hail, acceptable Incense of Prayer;
Hail, Expiation of the whole universe!
Hail, O You favor of God to mortal man;
Hail, O You trust of mortals before God!
Hail, O Virgin and Bride ever-pure!

[RESPONSE]: Hail, O Virgin and Bride ever-pure!

SIXTH CHANT

Filled with a storm of contradictory thoughts, the wise Joseph was greatly disturbed: until then, he had seen You a virgin, and now he suspected You of secret guilt, All-blameless One! Learning that Your Conception was of the Holy Spirit he cried out: “Alleluia!”

[RESPONSE]: Alleluia!

 

SECOND STASIS

SEVENTH CHANT

PRELUDE:

As soon as the angel received his command, he hastened to Joseph’s house and said to the ever-virginal one: “Behold, Heaven was brought down to earth when the Word Himself was fully contained in You! Now that I seen Him in Your womb, taking a servant’s form, I cry out to You in wonder: “Hail, O Virgin and Bride ever-pure!”

The Shepherds heard the angels singing hymns of praise to the coming of Christ in the Flesh. And running to Him as to a shepherd, they saw Him as a spotless lamb, grazing at Mary’s breast. They sang a hymn to Her and said:

Hail, O Mother of Lamb and Shepherd;
Hail, O Fold of rational sheep!
Hail, O Protection against unseen foes;
Hail, O Key to the doors of Paradise!
Hail, for the heavenly rejoice with the earthly;
Hail, for the earthly meet the heavens in song!
Hail, the unsilenced Voice of the Apostles;
Hail, the undaunted Might of Martyrs!
Hail, O steadfast Foundation of Faith;
Hail, O shining Emblem of Grace!
Hail, O You through whom Hades was despoiled;
Hail, O You through whom we were clothed with glory!
Hail, O Virgin and Bride ever-pure!

[RESPONSE]: Hail, O Virgin and Bride ever-pure!

EIGHTH CHANT

When they saw the Star, moved by God, the Magi followed its glittering light. Using it as a beacon, they found through it the Mighty King, and reaching the One beyond all reach, they rejoiced and cried out to Him: “Alleluia!”

[RESPONSE]: Alleluia!

NINTH CHANT

The Sons of Chaldaea saw in the Virgin’s hands the One whose hands had fashioned men: and acknowledging Him as the Master, although He had taken the form of a servant, they hastened to honor Him with their gifts, and cried out to the Blessed One:

Hail, O Mother of the Star Without Setting;
Hail, O Radiance of the mystical Day!
Hail, O you who quenched the flame of error;
Hail, O Light of those who search the Trinity!
Hail, O you who unthroned the enemy of men;
Hail, O you who showed forth Christ the Lord, Lover of mankind!
Hail, O you who cleansed us from the stain of pagan worship;
Hail, O you who saved us from the mire of evil deeds!
Hail, O you who made cease the cult of fire;
Hail, O You who made cease the cult of fire!
Hail, O you who dispelled the flames of passion!
Hail O You who guide the faithful towards wisdom;
Hail, O you, Delight of all the nations!
Hail, O Virgin and Bride ever-pure!

[RESPONSE]: Hail, O Virgin and Bride ever-pure!

TENTH CHANT

The Magi, become God-bearing heralds, returned to Babylon conforming to Your command, announcing You, the Christ, to all, and leaving Herod as a fool who did not know how to sing: “Alleluia!”

[RESPONSE]: Alleluia!

ELEVENTH CHANT

Illuminating Egypt with the Light of Truth, You cast away the darkness of error. For the idols, unable to stand your might, fell down, and those who had been delivered from them cried out to the Mother of God:

Hail, O resurrection of mankind;
Hail, O Downfall of the demons!
Hail, O You who crushed the error of deceit;
Hail, O You who exposed the fraud of idols!
Hail, O Sea who drowned the symbolic Pharaoh;
Hail, O Rock who quenched those who thirst for life!
Hail, O Pillar of Fire who guided those in darkness;
Hail, O Shelter of the world, wider than the clouds!
Hail, O Food ,who took the place of manna;
Hail, O Handmaid of holy Delight!
Hail, O Land of the promised Good;
Hail, O You who flow with milk and honey!
Hail, O Virgin and Bride ever-pure!

[RESPONSE]: Hail, O Virgin and Bride ever-pure!

 

THIRD STASIS

PRELUDE

As Simeon was about to leave the present deceitful world, You were entrusted to him as an infant, but You made Yourself known to him as the perfect God. Wherefore he marveled at your wisdom beyond words, and cried out: “Alleluia!”

[RESPONSE]: Alleluia!

THIRTEENTH CHANT

The Creator displayed a new creation to us who had come from Him: He came forth from a womb that had received no seed, and He left it intact as it had been, so that at the sight of this marvel, we would sing to her and cry out:

Hail, O Blossom of incorruption;
Hail, O Crown of self-mastery!
Hail, O You who shone forth as a sign of Resurrection;
Hail, O You who displayed the life of Angels!
Hail, Fruitful Tree from whom believers feed;
Hail, Shady Glen where any are sheltered!
Hail, O You who have born the Guide of the lost;
Hail, O You who have birth to the captives’ release!
Hail, O You who unsettled the Just Judge;
Hail, Indulgence of many who have fallen!
Hail, O Stole for those who lack freedom to speak;
Hail, O Tenderness who exceed all desire!
Hail, O Virgin and Bride ever-pure!

[RESPONSE]: Hail, O Virgin and Bride ever-pure!

 

FOURTEENTH CHANT

Now that we have seen this strange birth, let us estrange ourselves from the world and turn our minds to Heaven. Indeed, it is for this that the God Most High appeared on earth as a lowly man, desiring to draw up to Heaven those who cry out to Him: “Alleluia!”

[RESPONSE]: Alleluia!

FIFTEENTH CHANT

While fully present amid those below, the uncircumscribed Word was in no way absent from those above: for what happened was a divine condescension, and not a moving from one place to another: and it was a birth from a Virgin inspired by God, who heard these words:

Hail, O Space of the spaceless God;
Hail, O Gate of the sublime Mystery!
Hail, O Message unsure to men without faith;
Hail, O Glory most certain to those who believe!
Hail, O Sacred Chariot of the One above the Cherubim;
Hail, Perfect Dwelling of the One above the Seraphim!
Hail, O You who reconciled opposites;
Hail, O You who combined maidenhood and motherhood!
Hail, O You through whom transgression was erased!
Hail, O Key to the Kingdom of Christ;
Hail, O Hope for the ages of bliss!
Hail, O Virgin and Bride ever-pure!

[RESPONSE]:  Hail, O Virgin and Bride ever-pure!

SIXTEENTH CHANT

The whole order of the Angels marveled at the great work of Your becoming a man: for they saw the One inaccessible as God become a Man accessible to all, living with us and hearing us cry out: “Alleluia!”

[RESPONSE]: Alleluia!

SEVENTEENTH CHANT

O Mother of God, we see the most eloquent of orators become as mute as fish in Your regard, for they could not explain how You could give birth while remaining a virgin. As for us,  marveling at the mystery, we cry out to You with faith:

Hail, O Container of God’s Wisdom;
Hail, O Treasury of His Providence!
Hail, O You who prove philosophers fools;
Hail, O You who prove logicians illogical!
Hail, for You perplexed the inquisitive minds;
Hail, for You dried up the inventors of myths!
Hail, for You ripped the Athenians’ webs;
Hail, for You filled the fishermen’s nets!
Hail, O Retriever from the abyss of ignorance;
Hail, O Lamplight of Knowledge to many!
Hail, O Ship for those who seek salvation;
Hail, O Harbor for the sailors of Life!
Hail, O Virgin and Bride ever-pure!

[RESPONSE]: Hail, O Virgin and Bride ever-pure!

EIGHTEENTH CHANT

Desiring to save the world, the Creator of All came down to it of His own will. Being at the same time our Shepherd and our God, He appeared among us. And so the like called upon the like, and as God He heard: “Alleluia!”

[RESPONSE]: Alleluia!

 

FOURTH STASIS

PRELUDE

As soon as the angel received his command, he hastened to Joseph’s house and said to the ever-virginal one: “Behold, Heaven was brought down to earth when the Word Himself was fully contained in You! Now that I seen Him in Your womb, taking a servant’s form, I cry out to You in wonder: “Hail, O Virgin and Bride ever-pure!”

NINETEENTH CHANT

O Virgin Mother of God, you are the bastion of virgins and of all those who have recourse to You. For the Maker of Heaven and earth covered You with His shadow, O Pure One, and came to dwell in Your Womb, and taught us all to cry out to You:

Hail, O Pillar of Virginity;
Hail, O Gateway of Salvation!
Hail, O Principle of the new creation;
Hail, O Dispenser of God’s bounties!
Hail, for You restored those born in shame;
Hail, for You gave sense to those who had lost it!
Hail, O You who stopped the corruptor of minds;
Hail, O You who bore the Sower of Chastity!
Hail, Holy Chamber of virginal wedlock;
Hail, O you who join the faithful with God!
Hail, O gracious Foster-Mother of virgins;
Hail, O Bridesmaid of holy souls!
Hail, O Virgin and Bride ever-pure!

[RESPONSE]: Hail, O Virgin and Bride ever-pure!

TWENTIETH CHANT

Every hymn falls short when it attempts to sing the multitude of Your mercies; we could sing to You as many songs are there are grains of sand, O Holy King, without ever doing anything worthy of what You have given to those who cry out to You:  Alleluia!

TWENTY-FIRST CHANT

We see the Holy Virgin as a brilliant luminary enlightening those who live in darkness, for having kindled the Immaterial Light, She leans men to the knowledge of God and fills their minds with radiance, so that She is worthily praised in these words:

Hail O Beam of the Mystical Sun;
Hail, O Radiance of the Light Without Setting!
Hail, O Lightning-Flash that brightens the souls;
Hail, Thunderclap that strikes down the foes!
Hail, for You have raised the many-lighted star;
Hail, for You have opened the many-coursed stream!
Hail, O You who traced the living Model of the pool;
Hail, O You who erased the stain of sin!
Hail, Flowing Water that cleanses the conscience;
Hail, Holy Vessel overflowing with joy!
Hail, O Fragrance of the sweetness of Christ;
Hail, O Life of the mystical banquet!
Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure!

[RESPONSE]: Hail, O Virgin and Bride ever-pure!

TWENTY-SECOND CHANT

 

Because He wished to grant release from all the ancient debts, the One who pays men’s dues came down Himself to those who had spurned His grace; He tore up their obligations, and heard from all of them this cry: “Alleluia!”

[RESPONSE]: Alleluia!

TWENTY-THIRD CHANT

By singing praise to Your Maternity, we all exalt You as a spiritual temple, Mother of God! For the One who dwelt within Your womb, the Lord who holds all things in His hands, sanctified You, glorified You, and taught all men to sing to You:

Hail, O Tabernacle of God the Word;
Hail, O Holy One, more holy than the saints!
Hail, O Ark that the Spirit has gilded;
Hail, inexhaustible Treasure of Life!
Hail, Precious Crown of godly kings;
Hail, Sacred Glory of reverent priests!
Hail, Unshakable Tower of the Church;
Hail, Unbreachable Wall of the Kingdom!
Hail, O You through whom the trophies are raised;
Hail, O You through whome the enemies are routed;
Hail, O Healing of my body!
Hail, O Salvation of my soul!
Hail, O Virgin and Bride ever-pure!

[RESPONSE]: Hail, O Virgin and Bride ever-pure!

TWENTY-FOURTH CHANT

O Mother worthy of all praise, You who have given birth to the Word, the Holiest of the Holy, accept this present offering, deliver all men from every affliction, and save from the future punishment those who cry out to You: “Alleluia!”

We Your servants, ascribe to You, O Mother of God, thank-offerings of victory, O Champion Leader, for we have been liberated from terror; but as you have that invincible power do You free us from every kind of danger, so that we may cry out to You: Hail, O Virgin and Bride ever-pure!

At the magnificence of Your virginity and Your exceedingly splendorous purity, Gabriel stood amazed and cried out to You, O Theotokos: “What praise may I offer You, that is worthy of Your beauty! But I shall greet You as I was commanded: Hail, hail, O Full of Grace.

Female Priests are Impossible

The lack of teaching the truth of the Faith is coming to fruition and taking leadership positions. Ordaining a female priest is as impossible as a male delivering a baby. Know what you are getting into. When you enter the Faith, you consume the flesh of the Lord Jesus Christ, God Incarnate in a male. This is not a symbol or the imagination. So having a female say the words of consecration “This is my Body” is to tell a lie in public. God cannot change the sex of a human once conceived. That is the realm of a myriad of religions and philosophies available to hide your conscience, that believe in reincarnation. Because we are conceived male OR female in love; and God cannot undo His work of Love. We can only reject His work. The Divine Liturgy is a Divine Opera that enacts God’s redemptive work and presents His Incarnate Divine Son in the flesh for consumption. So a male only can act as Priest, just as a woman only can carry and delivery a baby. Any other other way will not produce consumable mysteries. Consider this a nutrition label.

Institutional and Private Mercy (Part 3)

The last two posts on Divine Mercy have as a central theme the Institution of Mercy. Mercy sanctifies the soul and protects from hell but this a physical and institutional Mercy, not just a private confession of sins like what the Bible-only proponents preach. It is both. A Church that includes the gamut of relationships we can have with God, secret, private, communal, AND public, cannot be beyond the reach of an Omnipotent God. The sins are forgiven privately in the Sacrament of course but with more protection than just a private plea for mercy. To omit the institutional component of Holy Repentance leaves us more susceptible to worldly institutions.  When Jesus forgave the paralytic, the world attacked Him for saying he was forgiven.  So Jesus gave them a physical sign. He healed the paralytic which silenced His critics.

In case you have not noticed, the powers of this world live off the attacks and defamation of character of people. Take a politician running for office as an example. A political career can be completely destroyed by media defamation. Never mind that the attacks are always selective and for political purposes. No one of us is innocent. A Sacramental  confession affords us additional public  protection while protecting our privacy.  Jesus offered His physical Nature for this: Body and Blood. If a Sacramental confessional will not save a political career it will at least manifest in some other physical way.  As a witness to God’s Glory. Thy Kingdom Come. And phony institutions slowly go away.

Paralleling the private and Institutional component of Divine Mercy is the Church’s endorsement of private and Institutional prayers for Mercy. We privately pray to God in His Mercy. We also have prayers offered to us by the Church, said with the communion of faithful (physically present or not) to give our conversion a public dimension. An example is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy from the Roman rite and the Trisagion Prayers from the Orthodox tradition. Both have the following words in common, a witness to the work of the Holy Spirit:

Holy God! Holy Mighty One! Holy Immortal One! Have Mercy on us (and on the whole world). (said three times).

The Institution and Mystery of Holy Repentance (part 2)

In the last post, the link is made between the the Sacrament of Holy Repentance and the re-institution of the Kingdom of God on earth. Mercy sanctifies the soul and protects from hell but Mercy is also the institutional foundation of the Church. Mathew 16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. Peter’s sin was at the very least denial of the kingdom during the trial of the our Lord by earthly authorities. The crucifixion and resurrection is all about the rebuilding of the temple in three days as prophesied by Jesus in John 2:13-25.  When Peter realized his sin, he repented with a spirit of contrition and remorse. Later, after the resurrection, Jesus asks him to respond to His question “Do you love Me?” three times (John 21). Notice that this approach parallels the repetitive nature of the prescribed penance by the priest in the Sacrament , a practice often ridiculed by those inside and outside the Church. The prescribed penance is not a punishment for the sin, but a medicine to heal the soul.

Between the resurrection and the ascension, Jesus appeared to His disciples primarily on the first day of the week (Sunday, See Matthew 28:1). After the ascension, Jesus appears through Sacrament, also primarily on the first day of the week meetings (Acts 20:7, 1 Corinthians 16:2) which is Sunday Liturgy. This was enacted during and after the multiplication of the loaves, when after the blessing, Jesus asks the apostles to distribute the bread (Matthew 14:13-18). He visits the assembly, then appears like a “Ghost” to the apostles (Mathew 14:25). This enacts the appearance of Christ Himself to the people (His physical Presence in the meal) and the power of Holy Ghost to the apostles. Similarly, the power to forgive sins is given to His apostles (John 20:22). So since the ascension, the instrument of confession is primarily the priest. Just as David received mercy through the prophet Nathan.

This “engine” that defines the Church cannot operate by denying or changing the definitions of sin. There are shepherds in the Church who believe that ignoring and denying sin is the way to  proclaim God’s Mercy. This is like proposing a new solution for disease by denying treatment and amounts to exactly the diminution of the Church and the amplification of evil.

Hence we have some background behind the messages from Fatima, the practices of Lent, and the general benefits of frequent visits to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  The Institution of God is established. Thy Kingdom Come. Counterfeit institutions slowly go away.

“Enter into the Church and wash away your sins. For this is a hospital for sinners and not a court  of law”

Saint John Chrysostom

How to Help Korea (updated) or Institutional Divine Mercy Part 1

Saint John Paul II consecrated Russia to the Immaculate Heart of the Theotokos decades ago, as instructed by Our Lady of Fatima. The consecration included the Orthodox Bishops. As instructed. The Soviet Union turned away from communism, ending the cold war. So what gives in the revival of the threat of nuclear war between the tiny North Korea and the former leader of the free world?

The warnings of Fatima included the spread of atheism through out the whole world. With the historical rise of communism, this occurred. These errors, like demons, found a home  throughout the whole world. They established themselves in people and in institutions. They are around us and in us.

The defeat of communism had the moral side of history, but also made many institutions and governments very wealthy. So established, entities and institutions can solidify these errors through payment schemes, where money is circulated in a closed loop, effectively living in the past, in a perpetual sense of entitlement. They live off the revival of conflict, effectively blocking out Mercy.

To combat this, the second message of Fatima is that of personal conversion to sanctity. To paraphrase the Theotokos message, one could say it is the likes of Francisco and Jacinta Marto that will guide history in their conversion. Or one could say that the evil powers of this world, including the main stream media, have your personal sin as their greatest asset.

This can be defeated with the sacrament of Holy Repentence. While many in the Church pay little respect to her teachings and sacraments, and many outside the Church believe God is so impotent as to be incapable of creating a formal Church, believing in personal religion or Bible-only philosophies instead, the fact remains that Jesus Christ established an institution. This institution is immune even to the personal errors of her administrators. Confession establishes the Kingdom of God on earth, begun with the first confession after the crucifixion, namely that of Peter. The sacraments recognize the institution God created as well as sanctifing us, making God’s kingdom manifest. Thy Kingdom Come. This sacrament also imports an immunity into the recipient. Mercy sanctifies the soul and protects from hell, freeing captive souls. But Sacramental Mercy has also has an enormous ripple effect in time and in culture.

Maybe God has already decided nuclear war will never happen again because of the prayers of these souls:

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now in Heaven. Or maybe we can help by praying with them or in their eternal memory, in our conversion.

 

Update 6/14/2018: Keeping the above in mind and that the Alpha and Omega is the real recorder of history, if the mainstream media is touting a victory, you may be being set up. When the media admits to the sanctity of life and the truth of 9/11/2001, they would then be on a path of renewing trust.

 

The No Homily Liturgy

 

Ever been to a liturgy where the priest skipped the homily due to time constraints or other unknown reason. No worries I say. Some homilies are bad anyway. Here is the Psalm passage I think about whenever this happens:

Psalm 19. The heavens declare the glory of God, the vault of heaven proclaims His handiwork,

2 day discourses of it to day, night to night hands on the knowledge.

3 No utterance at all, no speech, not a sound to be heard,

4 but from the entire earth the design stands out, this message reaches the whole world. High above, he pitched a tent for the sun,

5 who comes forth from his pavilion like a bridegroom, delights like a champion in the course to be run.

6 Rising on the one horizon He runs his circuit to the other, and nothing can escape his heat.

 

No worries. In Christ.

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The Divine and Preservation of Identity

We have an innate tendency to want to trust and give ourselves to an entity, a person, a group, or idea. Many of us know the feeling, after having submerged ourselves to another or another thing, of being used or forgotten, let down or taken advantage of. Our sense of identify is lost in these predicaments. Our sense of freedom diminishes. This is what cults do to people, the mainstream media also, political parties and the like. Personal relationships can do that. Jobs also. It behooves to be cautious. To hold back. Be prudent.

But the innate lives on in us. Who can we ever give ourselves to in abandon where we would feel and know we are finally “home”, a part of a whole without losing our sense of identity?  God, the creator of our identity, can do that. It is a miraculous “mark” of God that He makes you part of Him while actually gaining your sense of identity.  Isn’t this the mark of true love? Where the lover gives him or herself over to the other without self-consideration only to find themselves the better for it?

 

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The Evangelization of Celibacy

We are created in the image of God  with sexual identity. What does this mean? This has infinite meaning in God’s plan for us but for the sake of this discussion let us talk about the meaning of celibacy in the realm of evangelization. So ordered with sexual identity, we are endowed with the ability to procreate through marriage. This is part of the Creative Nature of God manifest in His image, His creatures. It is part of His identifying mark on us. This identity cannot leave us. It is part of us.

Obvious in marriage and obviously compromised in sexual activity out of marriage, what then happens to this identity in a celibate person. The identity remains obviously, but does it become dormant? A review of the incessant temptations of the celibate person can easily remind us that it is still present and wanting. The celibate person however gives over his sexuality to God and so consecrated, it has the potential to become even more procreative than we can imagine. When a priest , religious, or even nonreligious does this, he or she in fact enacts the dual nature God bestows on us in the sacraments, divine and human, in a procreative capacity.

Note the proliferation of homosexuality “advocates” in the church is a sinister imitation of  this plan that undermines the Church. The devil always presents a fraud. A Roman Catholic priest with homosexual inclination has to be celibate as one with heterosexual attraction. But who is sacrificing the more for God? The one who is giving up illicit sexuality or the one who is giving up illicit sexuality and progeny? In recent times there has been the proposal of the theory that the apostle Paul’s thorn in the flesh (Corinthians 2: 12:7-10) was homosexual inclination. As if heterosexuality is not vulnerable to temptation. A funny proposal.  A faithful priest generates a much larger family than he could ever physically, in his parish or other. Similarly with a consecrated religious female. Or consecrated nonreligious. God’s Nature does not sleep.

Mark 1029 “Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the gospel 30who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come. ”

This is why the Roman Catholic has proliferated so much more than the Eastern Rite, the latter not requiring celibacy except for bishops.  A matter of historical record. It is why the Eastern Rite churches are often tempted to nationalistic identities. It is how the Church can stay united across national borders, which are the extended physical families of man. It is a Trinitarian Unity. It is in fact the only “familial” unity that can exist across borders, despite what the proponents of borderless humanity preach.

In God’s grace the eastern churches, the other lung of the Church, those with married priests, serve as a a reminder for us against globalization that is the fraudulent version of the Universal Church. A reminder of the fractal organization of family, community, and country.

 

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Mary the Victorious

 

No matter how you view the refugee crisis in Europe, a deliberate Trojan horse set up by financiers, or a sincere Moslem resettlement for a better life, or something in between, there are solutions. For protection or for conversion (or both).

Consider this image

 

Dom

 

You can read more about it from the scan of the Church of Mary the Victorious in Vienna brochure:

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Have a Blessed Easter!