Sunday, 20 December 2015

Reflection on the Blessed Sacrament

By the tasting of the earthly fruit, man lost himself. By the savouring of the heavenly food, he has saved himself. 

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Reflection on Salvation for the Jews

                     If Christ did not come for the Jews, then Paul did not come for us.

Reflection on the Year of Mercy

The Father's mercy is given unto sanctification and not unto presumption. 

Monday, 7 December 2015

The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

His Blood cries out for justice, His Wounds plead for mercy.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Reflection on the Liturgy

What may be derided as sterile archaism in the West is all too often considered as the most venerable spirituality when found in the East.

Reflection on Charity

While charity may cover a multitude of sins, it is a cloak for neither stupidity nor blindness. 

Reflection on The Left and Multiculturalism

The Leftist's belief in diversity is limited to citizens looking different but believing and acting in ways identical. 

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Reflection on Temperament

A peaceful temperament caused by general indifference is a worse vice than one marked by passionate outbursts. 

Friday, 20 November 2015

Reflection on Being Moderate

The "moderate" path in religion and politics in pursuit of a higher consensus tends by its own force downwards. Pusillanimity of soul and base self interest is commonly disguised by so-called principled toleration. 

Friday, 13 November 2015

Reflection on the Faith in the Modern World

Since the last Council our prelates have very consciously adopted the language of the Revolution. Instead of presenting the clarity and force of the Sacred Deposit, they have been reduced to pleading that the Faith is not as offensive as it seems. Our hierarchy have been even striving for simply a place at the table of dialogue. Scraps from their Master's table (let the reader understand) they will gladly accept. Our Blessed Lord did not request a hearing out of politeness; He demanded obedience to His words. 

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Reflection on the Reign of Christ

To deny the divine Personality of Christ to be snatch His rod of iron and strike Him with a feeble reed. 

Reflection on Attaining Salvation

The Fiat of the generous Catholic soul to God is the ordinary and sufficient path to sanctity. 

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Reflection on Michael Voris and the Popes

The refusal of Voris to criticise a pope while he is so, is like remaining silent when an evil man wrecks havoc, but then digging up his bones and burning them. 

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Reflection on the Feast of Christ the King

Wherever there is an intellect or will, human association or collaboration, solitude or public expression,  may Christ be known and honoured. Through Him, all was created and all was redeemed by the sprinkling of His royal and priestly blood. To Whom else, does man owe his gratitude and worship?

Reflection on Conscience and the Synod

It was once said that the exercise of religion must be restricted to one's private home, yet now they go even further. The internal forum must today be a refuge from even the rudiments of Christian morality.

"Hail King of the Jews!" And they mocked and scourged Him.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Reflection on Decentralisation of the Catholic Church

The Church is most appropriately named "Catholic", signifying her universality. The unity of the Faith is to be held by all who cling to her bosom. The definition of the Faith can therefore never be restricted to historically formed borders of the nation state. A local bishop has a jurisdiction limited to his own diocese, therefore he can not define the Faith of the universal Church. One Faith was delivered to the Apostles, once and for all nations and for all times. It belongs to the solemn function of the Roman Pontiff who has universal and immediate jurisdiction over the Catholic Church to bind the faithful in the orthodox Faith. In addition, a General Council may share in his office when their decrees are approved by Peter. A decentralised Church is one detached from the Apostolic Faith. 

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Reflection on God's Mercy

The twin faults of presuming on God's mercy and despairing of it can be repaired by fruitful meditation on a crucifix. 

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Reflection on the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

In His wounds, we find our refuge, in His blood, our life, in His cross, the trophy of our victory.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Reflection on Neo Catholics and Francis

If one is to defend Francis solely because he occupies the throne of St. Peter, is one not under the same obligation to defend Benedict IX, Stephen VI and the Borgia for the same reason? Catholic sense appears to have gone the way of the red shoes.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Reflection on the Cross and Mercy

The marvellous mercy of the Eternal Father is shown in that He regards the wounds and not the nails. 

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Reflection on Catholic Spain

The Iberian kingdoms were forged in harmony solely by their Catholicism. Once this sense of divine mission of Faith fails, these disparate lands degenerate to their previous state of corruption and dissension. A condition ripe for exploitation by atheists and socialists. Without the Faith of Rome, Spain does not exist. 

Reflection on Daily Life

The monotony of daily tasks performed with patience and resignation to the will of God is a great workshop in sanctity. The anvil that molds the generous soul into the likeness of our Lord. 

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Reflection on Fraternal Correction

To be remiss regarding the truth is to love little your erring brother and God, not at all. 

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Reflection on the Absence of God

The silence of God may be a terrifying judgement or indulgent patience. 

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Reflection on the Reception of Holy Communion

Since Christ is the source and form of Holiness, if follows that one, single well-received Holy Communion, if He so wills, is sufficient to raise a fervent and suitably disposed soul,  to the heights of sanctity. 

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Reflection on Climate Change

The Earth will burn no sooner than the souls of the neglected faithful. 

Reflection on Correction

Silence has corrupted too many souls in the name of charity. 

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Reflection on Democracy and Voting

The idiocy of democracy is shown in that it assumes that a man has wisdom and common sense simply because he has survived 18 years on earth without being killed. 

Friday, 22 May 2015

Reflection on Equality and Progress

Nothing could be duller or more uninspiring that the notion of "equality". Superiority and excellence were the pillars of civilisation.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Reflection on the Catholic Church

The barque of Peter is constructed from the wood of Christ's Cross.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Reflection on "Divine Mercy Sunday"

In the Wounds of Christ are the roots of justice submerged, and from which mercy sprouts forth. 

Reflection on the Jubilee of Mercy 2

When ignores the reality of sin, one passes over the excellence of sanctity to which all are called. If man is only in need of "education" to be a worthy citizen, what is left of grace and the divine action? 

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

A Synod on Grace

''If anyone says that the grace of God can be conferred because of human prayer, and not rather that it is grace itself that prompts us to pray, one contradicts the prophet Isaiah or the apostle who says the same thing: ''I have been found by those who did not seek me: I have shown Myself to those who did not ask for Me.''

''If anyone contends that God awaits our will before cleansing us from sin, but does not confess that even the desire to be cleansed is aroused in us by the infusion and action of the Holy Spirit, he opposes the Holy Spirit Himself speaking through Solomon: ''The will is prepared by the Lord'' (Prov 8:35) and the apostle's salutary message: ''God is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.''

''If anyone says that mercy is divinely conferred upon us, without God's grace, we believe, will, desire, strive, labour, pray, keep watch, endeavour, request, seek, knock, but does not confess that it is through the infusion and inspiration of the Holy Spirit that we believe, will, or are able to do all these things as is required; or if anyone subordinate the help of grace to humility or human obedience and does not admit that it is the very gift of grace that makes us obedient and humble, one contradicts the apostle, who says, ''What have you that you did not receive?'' (1 Cor 4:7); and also: ''By the grace of God I am what I am''

(Second Council of Orange, approved by Pope Boniface II)

Comment: So many of the errors of the post-Conciliar era have stemmed from the failure to distinguish between the orders of nature (or reason) grace (or the supernatural). It is utterly damning for a cleric charged with defending the Apostolic Doctrine to confound the two orders which results in the nullification of our Redemption and the demands of purity and mortification.When one is incapable of contrasting (not as opposed, but as distinct) the two orders, what is offered by Christian morality other than apparent good manners? This would not be beyond the reach of the Stoic or Epicurean. After all, the requirements of Christian sanctification would appear entirely absurd is we were to omit the supernatural end to which we are called, particularly in light of our fall from original integrity and justice in Adam. If man has a purely natural end, to which his faculties are adequately proportioned and to which is nature lends a claim, what is left for Christ to accomplish?

 Since the substance of a act is determined by its object, it follows that if our object is supernatural, our acts of faith, hope and charity must exceed the province of nature and reason. As man has fallen from his supernatural integrity in Adam, it is necessary for man to be elevated and directed to this end solely by God's vital assistance. Man's natural capacities have been vitiated which make his adherence to the natural law and with more reason, he is completely unable to raise himself by his own powers to the supernatural. It is for reason that we state that the beginning of faith proceeds from divine operating grace. It is not as a result of our faith (supernatural in substance due to its supernatural end) that God confers grace as though we are to be rewarded for our efforts. Accordingly it is due to His conferring of grace that we are able to exert any effort in the supernatural sphere. From his grace, we will, desire, strive, seek and ultimately accomplish due to His good pleasure.

 If we fail to acknowledge this truth, it would follow that there is no necessity of belonging to the Catholic Church for our salvation. What would the Church provide other than ''moral guidance'', which man can profit from without entering her formally? We can see the disaster in this when we witness the canonization of someone at their funeral, by a well meaning but evidently oblivious priest. Regardless of someone's striving for Christian perfection (that is, in the supernatural order), independently of their adherence to the basis demands of purity, we are told that their ''good heart' suffices for salvation. Are we to hold that God owes it to us to allow us entry to the Beatific Vision (if this is even admitted)? Is God under obligation to us? What is the use of baptism, of the Eucharist, of Penance? The Crucifixion is therefore superfluous and unfitting.

 Let us not fail to admit our utter dependence on God in the natural sphere (Who moves our intellects and wills according to a natural concurrence), and even more in the supernatural realm.What do we have that we have not received? What could we desire that God has not moved us to desire? Who will bring us to that end unfailingly, other than the Author of Grace?

Friday, 3 April 2015

The Pope Speaks

Pope Leo XIII on the New Church, ''Testem Benevolentiae''

''The basis of the new opinions that We have mentioned is established is essentially this: In order that those who dissent may more easily be brought over to Catholic wisdom, the Church should come closer to the humanity of a more mature age and, relaxing her old severity, manifest indulgence towards the beliefs and the opinions of the people that have recently been introduced. Moreover, many think that this should be understood not only with regard to the standard of living, but even with regard to the doctrines in which the deposit of faith is contained. For, they contend that it is opportune, to win over those who are in agreement, if certain topics of doctrine are passed over as of lesser importance or are so softened that they do not retain the same sense as the Church has always held.
 Now the history of all past ages is witness that this Apostolic See, to which not only the office of teaching but also the supreme government of the whole Church were assigned, has indeed continually adhered ''to the same doctrine, in the same sense, and in the same mind'', but, on the other hand, that it always been accustomed to regulate the rule of life so as to never overlook the manners and customs of the various peoples it embraces, while keeping the divine law unimpaired. If the safety of souls demands this, who will doubt that it will do so now?

Comment: The glory of the Apostolic See is the Apostolic Doctrine. The net of Peter has been cast over the whole world to bind all lands in the one faith of the one Lord. The zealous guarding of the Deposit of Faith, wherein is contained fidelity to the revelation of Our Lord and the Holy Ghost, is the chief duty of Eternal Rome. May the current occupant of the Throne of Peter not be ashamed before his predecessors! What benefit may a soul accrue by coming to possess the name of Catholic if not the faith and grace of one? 

Saturday, 28 March 2015

On Opposition to the Death Penalty, Pope Francis and Catholic Tradition

The recent pronouncements by Pope Francis and certain bishops of the Catholic Church on ending capital punishment have far more reaching consequences than a particular condemnation of a singular practice. I would argue that their words, fully of fallacy and intellectually devoid, touch on the very interpretation of the fundamentals of revelation.

 It is not for a pope to ascertain whether a teaching, held always and everywhere, to be in conformity with his understanding of some more ''fundamental Christian approach'' to human life. A I have stated before, the Supreme Pontiff is the most bound of the servants of God. He is to present the Faith of Peter, the Faith of the ages to the Christian body, whole and entire, without wavering. His salvation ultimately depends on his obedience to the Apostolic doctrine, always and everywhere the same, as revealed by our Lord and the Holy Ghost. It is a given from heaven. Where the pope attempts to put his own stamp on the Faith, creating a legacy for himself, he errs far from his predecessors. How few times has Francis quoted the Fathers, the Doctors, the General Councils and the popes before 1962 in his neutered evangelisation? All appears new and yet already cliched, His disregard for the sacred liturgy demands that we ask whether the Church was a creation of a human mind or formed from the open wound of Christ? His conjuring up of a Christianity embarrassed by the past undermines his own authority. What is the Petrine office other than the fidelity of the successor of the Prince of the Apostles to the revelation of the uniqueness and necessity of Christ and His sacrifice?

 The Faith is essentially objective and need not be interpreted anew by the current occupant of the throne of Peter according to the ''demands'' of an age so transient even to be remembered by its own generation. It is faithful adherence to the revelation granted to the apostles that gives the Supreme Pontiff his glory. May Constantinople flee, may Antioch crumble, may Alexandria whither! May Old Rome remain steady in its course to eternity.  May the pope wear what he is meant to wear, say what he is meant to say. May he live and may he die. May another take his place. Viva il Papa! The continuity of the papacy is guaranteed by the promise of Christ and not due to the adapting of the Body of Christ to the whims and dictates of the many mediocre men who have been permitted by our Lord to bear the name of pope.

 How dangerous is it for a Catholic to be held in the obedience of faith to the opinion of a man who will soon disintegrate in the ground? On the issue of the death penalty is the faithful Catholic to regard the Catechism of Trent to be polluted with the promotion of institutionalised murder? Is he to hold that Pope St Pius V was less of a pontiff than Francis? This amnesia of the past, particularly when it is welded blindly to the notion of the unquestionable obedience to the magisterium, undermines itself fatally. Are we to blast the Doctor of the Gentiles, St Paul, was writing that the state has the power to punish with the sword evil doers, as God's ministers? Are we to deride Innocent I? Or Innocent III? Perhaps more recently, denounce Pius XII? Not to mention, Ss Augustine and Thomas? In effect, is the ordinary and universal (that is, the infallible) magisterium in error? If so, any teaching of it on submission to the bishop of Rome may be in error too.

 In summation, Francis has no more authority to condemn the death penalty in principle than he has to regurgitate monothelitism. Far from the Christian mind be the love of novelty, the love of the crowd, the praise of the various sort of Guardianistas. Francis may be popular but are we to forget the acclaim in the presence of our Lord was simply ''Crucify him!''?

 This senseless experiment in reinventing Catholicism since the 1962s has cost the Church the perennial understanding of herself, and still in many ways, the sneer of the princes of this age. All updating has been in vain and even the most third rate sociologist considering the objective data can conclude that the human element of the Church has committed suicide.

 The solution is fidelity to Tradition. A love of the Faith of the ages and the Mass of the ages. 

Friday, 27 March 2015

Reflection on Discrimination

Discrimination is the mark of the man of intellect, in effect, of the man of civilisation. 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Reflection on Beauty

                                           Equality is the greatest destroyer of beauty. 

Monday, 16 March 2015

Reblog: Reflection on the Duties of a Bishop

The bishop must steadily move between altar, pulpit and confessional in order to be a true pastor of souls. May the devil take the conferences and committees.

Reflection on the Jubilee of Mercy

 A call to mercy that is not focused on the stripes of the Sacred Humanity is a call to moral indifference. 

Reflection on Families

Family life is generally the greatest school of mortification. 

Reblog: On The Papal Canonisations. Neo Catholic Triumphalism.

It has been announced that Pope Paul VI, of unhappy memory, is to be beatified at the close of the Synod of the Family in October. One may ask why the rush to canonize three recent popes, is it the case that their value of models of holiness will diminish with the passing of the ages? Or is it that with the sober judgement of time these men will appear to be no more than adequate as Roman Pontiffs and more probably, less than suitable for the heroic task of the papacy?

I will say rather clearly that this set of ill-thought out and rushed canonizations has nothing at all to do with the men themselves. Apart from the case of Pope John Paul II, there has been little attempt to highlight and proclaim the great holiness of either John XXIII or Paul VI. Who has relate their heroic virtues? Are they worthy models of imitation for Christians? Who could possibly know as even the proponents of their raising to the altars are at a loss to explain exactly why they are deserving of this great honour. I set aside consideration of John Paul II as at least his firm faith and hope during tremendous suffering could be imputed to him as great virtue combined with his lively sense of piety.

These canonizations have nothing to do with the men themselves. They are pawns in the defense of a crumbling council. The council needs defenders. It needs canonization. What fruit of the Council can be detected? A vernacular liturgy that few attends? A new priesthood that men shy away from? A theology that is no more than sentimental mush that ill prepares even the keenest of intellect to defend the Faith against even the dullest of detractors? Point out to me a fruit of the Council and I will reply that it is laced with poison. The Roman Rite? Trivialised. Theology? Sentimentalised and no more than sentimental anthropology. Vocations? Few. Catholic nations? Just as atheistic and socialist as any other land. The popes travel, the popes wave, the crowd cheers...the crowd return home and live etsi Deus non daretur.

Would not one expect the Church to have canonized the various popes that were involved in the Council of Trent and those who strove to implement it? Frankly speaking, few of them were worth it. If we are to ascribe to the Bishop of Rome, supreme, universal and immediate jurisdiction over the whole Bride of Christ are we not to demand great holiness, wisdom and fortitude in exercising the petrine ministry? The faithful of those ages should have been even more triumphalistic about their Pontiffs considering the danger of the Reformation and the Protestants attack on the institution of the papacy. Yet, they wisely avoided this further danger. The vast majority of Roman Pontiffs have been no more than adequate. Plenty have been utter scoundrels and rascals who divided the garments of Christ among them for their own personal good. The traditionalist is not embarrassed by these scandals. Our Blessed Lord did not promise that Peter himself would never fall. All too often the popes have occupied the throne of Satan instead. On the other hand, great men have been chosen to succeed Peter and have dutifully carried out their mission with rectitude and courage. Where is the clamouring for the canonization of the superb Leo XIII? Or the much forgotten Benedict XV? The fate of souls was too pressing a matter for those involved in the Counter Reformation to divinize the Council of Trent and avert their eyes to the misery of heresy and schism. At least this sixteenth century Council produced great art and architecture? The Second Vatican Council? No more than the modernistic Scandinavian ''spaceship'' that is my local parish.

We are to raise three men to the altars, yet where have the men gone? The Faith proclaimed by these men has proven so ineffective to the evangelization and retention of young Catholic men who have therefore found solace in practical agnosticism at best. Where are the young men who will offer the Holy Sacrifice, who will raise families in the face of hostile secularism, who will teach boys to be men? These three pontiffs were more than negligent in presenting the Catholic Faith of the ages to these souls. The militancy of the baptised soul was to be purged in favour of a spirit of vain dialogue that has only created indifferentism and has made secular humanism the pinacle of moral consciousness. The Church seeks only a place at the table of discussion. She seeks fairest and an opportunity to speak in her turn. What a pathetic institution that these men have presided over! The bishops may be criticised but the popes? The popes who are of the same mould as their brother bishops are to be immune from criticism even when the same guilt belongs to them for the same acts and omissions!

Paul VI, a wretched, indecisive figure, divested himself of the papal tiara and in turn abrogated the kingship of Christ. Where in our Lord acknowledged? In the inter religious meetings? At Assisi? Certainly not before journalists where Francis refused to bless them in the Name of the Trinity, 'respectando la conciencia de cada uno''. Even a third rate sociologist appraising the numbers of the faithful who attend Mass, who can articulate a modicum of the Faith, the size and health of families and the state of such Catholic nations as Spain, Italy, Portugal and Brazil, can see that the Council failed in almost every aspect. 

The Neo-Catholic can only demand fidelity and ''obedience''. He is entirely incapable of defending the Faith in the light of tradition. It is contrary to the spirit and greatness of the Fathers and Doctors to angrily assert ''The magisterium holds such and such, believe it or you're disobedient!'' Did not these great men of old labour earnestly to explain the Faith suitably so that the doubters and deniers could reach an understanding of the mysteries of faith or the philosophical underpinnings of it? No such effort is considered by these apologists. Threats of suspension, excommunication and of being ''uncharitable'' are their stock in trade.

I await eagerly a true explanation of the the continuity of the Council with immemorial tradition, especially in the areas of religious liberty and ecumenism. There is nothing to be triumphalistic about in these matters. Millions of souls have perished due to the effects of the Council, whether the 'real' one or the virtual Council that Benedict XVI recently spoke about.

When facts are of little use, cries of ''disobedience!'' resound. Let the Neo-Catholic consider why we need a New Evangelization if the Council were not a complete failure? To them, it appears the New Evangelization is nothing more than a new buzz phrase which allows them to consider themselves faithful to the latest pontiff.

It is urgent that we realise the damage of the Council. Even if we are to hold that the Council has not been implemented correctly, are we to state that the Pontiffs were not involved in this ''bastardization'' of the Council? Were they not the ones who promoted and tolerated every novelty, heresy and extravagance? It is their Council and their implementation, their souls must mirror it.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Reblog: On Criticism of Pope Francis

I wade into this apparently dangerous territory to take sides and offer a brief set of thoughts. As our Lord informs us to whom much is given, much is demanded (not requested) in return. To the one who receives universal and immediate jurisdiction, that same one must render an account for all under his care. In such an instance, the Holy Father should dread to hear the pronouncement of Christ on His Throne of Judgement. To Peter was given the whole world and all that is contained within. Such an immense responsibility lies heavy on the shoulders of the bishop of Rome, successor of that poor Galilean. We must admit that a great grace of state is, without doubt, conferred upon this fisher of men, but a greater degree of holiness is demanded without any possibility of appeal.

 It will not do to confer universal dominion on the Vicar of Christ and deny him responsibility for anything. The episcopal order is of divine origin and must not be considered to be mere delegates of a neglectful pope. He can not dispense with them, in justice, at his leisure, be vindictive in suppressing them, nor can he shelter himself from criticism at their expense. This latter point appears to be the methodology of Michael Voris, where he is conscious of it or not. Our Church Militant TV friend may rightly blast the bishops of being faithless, effeminate, cowardly, enamoured of the media spotlight, but they are merely in the mould of the former Jorge Mario Bergoglio. I would certainly like to discover Voris' opinion of that former cardinal archbishop of Buenos Aires and the sham of a Catholic territory he left behind.

With such visibility that modern technology provides, foolish, unguarded words by a pope can cause immense damage and confusion, particularly when they are recklessly uttered by a man who appears to have arrived in the Eternal City unscathed by any notion of sound theology. Doesn't Voris ridicule Cardinal Dolan, who plays the buffoon before Meet the Press? Yet, who has greater popularity among the media and metropolitan elite than the pope himself? Who has prostituted themselves more to opinion formers and hack activist journalists? It is an act of great injustice to bypass the pope and lay blistering blame on the Cardinal Archbishop of New York for doing what would please the soul of Francis. He will no judged no more harshly than Bergoglio.

Let the Faith be upheld, preserved and handed on. Let God be glorified and the pope will save his soul and a multitude of his children.

 Perhaps it was better when technology was as limited as the lifespan of the pontiffs? Perhaps we were more fortunate when the popes wouldn't travel much further than St Paul Outside the Walls? 

Let the pope be the pope. Let him speak like the pope, dress like the pope, teach like the pope, sanctify and govern like the pope. His personality is no more than straw.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Reflection on Prayer

                                                         (St. John of the Cross)

In prayer, it is not that we persuade God to act but rather He swiftly moves our will to His. 

Reflection on Interior Humility

                                                   (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI)

The truly humble man is oblivious to his wearing of red shoes. 

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Reflection on Spiritual Progress

Advancement in the spiritual life will come when the soul learns to love God Himself more than the consolations He supplies. 

Friday, 6 March 2015

Reflection on Charity

                                                          (St. Thomas Aquinas)

Charity, the bond of perfection, quickens us to the One we already possess. Such is the beginning of eternal life.

Theological note: Properly speaking, sanctifying grace as the formal and actual participation in the divine nature is the possession of eternal life. It is for this reason that it is known as the semen gloriae. We must be careful not to confound charity with sanctifying grace as the former resides in the faculty of the will while the former is a habitual quality that permeates the essence of the soul. This actualises the obediential capacity of the soul for the supernatural. Nevertheless, no man can attain to God who has fallen away from charity which unites man to his proper end, namely God. Sinning against charity ipso facto, destroys habitual grace. Conversely the man who loves God above all, possesses this incalculable treasure within him. 

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Reflection on Godless Morality

Behaving well without reference to God may suffice to keep one out of trouble but it will hardly lead one to moral perfection.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Latin Doctor Quote of the Day - St. Robert Bellarmine on Prayer

                                                       (St Robert Bellarmine)

First prayer enlightens the mind. For man cannot intently fix the eye of the mind upon God who is light and not be enlightened by Him. ''Come to Him,'' says David, ''and be enlightened'' (Ps 33:6). Second, prayer nourishes faith and trust. For the more frequently one converses with another, the more confidently he approaches him. Third, prayer kindles love and prepares the mind to receive greater gifts, as St. Augustine says. Fourth, prayer increases humility and holy fear. For one coming to prayer realises he is a beggar before God and, as a result, usually stands more humbly before Him. And one who needs God's help in all things is most careful to avoid offending Him. Fifth, frequent prayer leads to a contempt for all temporal things in the heart of one who prays. For all earthly things inevitably become cheap and soiled for one who steadily gazes upon things heavenly and eternal, as St. Augustine shows in book nine of the Confessions. Sixth, prayer brings forth an incredible delight since by its mean a man begins to taste the sweetness of the Lord. The greatness of his sweetness can be grasped from the fact that we know that some have not only spent whole nights, but were even able to spend whole days and whole nights without effort. Finally, besides its usefulness and pleasure prayer also confers upon one who prays no small dignity and honour. Even the angels honour the soul they see so readily and so frequently admitted to converse with the divine Majesty'' - The Art of Dying Well

Comment: The prayer of the just man is in some sense the continuation of his adoration at the Altar. The acceptable oblation is one made in humility before the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ as the Latter offered on the Cross. If we so define the Christian life as the configuration of the justified man to the likeness of His Saviour, should we not imitate the virtues and example of Jesus in every instant? He who spent whole nights in prayer and in the most intimate union of love with His Heavenly Father. How are we to be moulded into the likeness of the Word made flesh, unto the renewal of our minds, if the Archetype is completely absent from our desires? How are we to come to know Him? Through prayer. Through simplicity and humility before God. Through asking for His continual pardon and conferring of grace. All this and more shall not be denied to the man who approaches God. After all, who could deny that such a holy work could be performed without the sweet motion of efficient grace? 

 His Divine Majesty does not tire in blessing and showing mercy to the ones He calls to seek His face. Who can be saved? The man who prays. A slothful and negligent soul who tires of prayer is a sure sign of reprobation. 

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Reflection on the Action of the Holy Spirit

Docility to the inspirations of the Holy Ghost confers the greatest of activity. 

Reflection on Moral Dissent

They want to be absolved but not forgiven. 

Reflection on Populism

The populist is like the man who has read a thousand books and has not understood a single line of them. A concatenation of phrases does not confer eloquence nor insight. 

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Reflection on the Spiritual Life

By the theological virtues we are raised, rooted and directed to our end. By the infused virtues we are quickened and guarded towards It. The Beatific Vision is the culmination and flourishing of the seed of glory granted by our baptism. 

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Reflection on War and Peace

Pacifism proceeds from no stronger felt principle than contented indifference. 

Reflection on Altar Girls

The right to serve at the altar is curtailed not so much by one's sex but rather as the co-essential condition of being created. Mankind has no right of its own order to approach the sanctuary due to
the fundamental distinction between nature and grace. If our Lord elects only males upon whom to bestow certain favours, who is a creature to clamour over "discrimination"? He can dispense with his own gifts at His good pleasure. 

Monday, 2 February 2015

On Neo Conservatism

A self-described conservative who accepts the principles of the Revolution is no more than a dim-witted liberal. He has ushered in the Turk at the gates. 

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Reflection on the Passion of Christ

While His blood cries out to heaven for vengeance, His wounds plead to the Father for mercy.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Reflection on the Far Right

When the radical left proclaims itself as moderate, the man of common sense can only be considered as an extremist. 

Friday, 16 January 2015

Reflection on "Corporate Greed"

It should be openly noted that liberal condemnation of "corporate greed" does not extend its reach to the self-promoting oligarchy of Hollywood. Mutual mores must militate against many morals.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Reflection on Animal Rights

The animal rights movement does not derive from some long overdue estimation of the true nature of brute beasts but rather from a depreciation in the understanding of humanity. When all is attributable to matter, specification gives way to degree.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

''On the Amorality of Atheism/Agnosticism''

Such is the logical consequences of agnosticism as regards the duties more properly called religious. Its logical effects on the observance of the moral law are also fatal. We maintain that in the great mass of mankind, were agnosticism ever universally accepted, its effect, moral and social, would be most pernicious. Individuals of the average human type canna machine madof matterot lose the belief in an all-seeing and infinitely holy and just God without being exposed to commit many crimes which they would not have committed if they had not persevered in that belief. If God does not exist, no one is able to point out any sufficient principle of morality, which he can prove that man is absolutely bound to abide by. Of course certain actions will be more becoming than others, because more suited to rational nature. If a man is a man of good taste he will so far forth abide by these actions and abstain from their opposites. But suppose he does not care to be a man of taste, what is to oblige him to it? On that supposition, no one has a right to blame his fellow-man for enjoying life as he sees fit. What is man, if you take God away? What else but a machine made of matter, held together by material forces? What shall oblige me to have more respect for that machine called man, than for another called ox or sheep or monkey, which anatomy proves to be constructed on quite a similar plan and to be made of the same organic elements? Why is it a greater crime to destroy a man-machine than to destroy a monkey-machine? Unless there is an immaterial Divine Spirit, there cannot possibly be an immaterial human soul, and if there is not an immaterial human soul, our so-called freedom of will is an illusion. But if our freedom is an illusion, moral responsibility is an empty name, and if that is an empty name, nobody is to be blamed, however erroneous may be the misdeeds by which, in the opinion of men, he sins against the dignity, as it is called, of man. These and the like are the practical lessons which logically follow from agnosticism. How can they be put into practice without giving free rein to the most revolting vices in the mass of men? - Natural Theology, Bernard Boedder S.J.

Reflection on Political Correctness

The most deleterious aspect of political correctness is that every degenerate and any kook may claim moral superiority over the honest man. 

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Reflection on the Intellectual Life

                                                  (Fr Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange)

The study should be the soul's portal to eternity. The mind should neither be listless nor harried. Alive but never busy. The flight into solitude should never be the refuge of the irritable and sullen soul. Communion is to be its sole aim, communion of the mind with truth and reality.  The study is the home of the ages.