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Friday, 24 October 2014

For My Reader Who Asked This













If you know someone who is called to be a saint, and you have responsibility over that person, (for example, you are a parent forming children, or a husband or wife), you must look at several things.

One, you are also called to holiness and, therefore, you must cooperate with graces. We are all called to be saints.

Two, if you are willing to follow the course to holiness, then, you have a right and duty to work with those, but only those, who God has given you authority over. For example, a teacher or tutor, may have authority over students, given to him by God and parents. 

But, parents are the main and first formators. 

Wives and husbands are called to help each other get to heaven.

Three, one cannot give what what does not have. 

Four, we are not to meddle in the lives of others for whom God has not given us responsibility. That is "out-of-order".

Five, God will call us to account for those souls to whom we have been given reprehensibility, but we are not to assume authority over others. God has called priests and some lay spiritual directors to this task. It is not out business to become spiritual leaders unless God clearly calls us to this.

Which is why, because of this blog, I must be hard on myself and stay very close to God.

St. Paul has much to say on the subjects of holiness and authority.

A few passages:

2 Corinthians 6 Douay-Rheims 

And we helping do exhort you, that you receive not the grace of God in vain.
For he saith: In an accepted time have I heard thee; and in the day of salvation have I helped thee. Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
Giving no offence to any man, that our ministry be not blamed:
But in all things let us exhibit ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in tribulation, in necessities, in distresses,
In stripes, in prisons, in seditions, in labours, in watchings, in fastings,
In chastity, in knowledge, in longsuffering, in sweetness, in the Holy Ghost, in charity unfeigned,
In the word of truth, in the power of God; by the armour of justice on the right hand and on the left;
By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet known;
As dying, and behold we live; as chastised, and not killed;
10 As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as needy, yet enriching many; as having nothing, and possessing all things.
11 Our mouth is open to you, O ye Corinthians, our heart is enlarged.
12 You are not straitened in us, but in your own bowels you are straitened.
13 But having the same recompense, (I speak as to my children,) be you also enlarged.
14 Bear not the yoke with unbelievers. For what participation hath justice with injustice? Or what fellowship hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath the faithful with the unbeliever?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God; as God saith: I will dwell in them, and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore, Go out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing:
18 And I will receive you; and I will be a Father to you; and you shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
And
2 Timothy 4:7Douay-Rheims 
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.
And
Philippians 2:12-14Douay-Rheims 
12 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, (as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but much more now in my absence,) with fear and trembling work out your salvation.
13 For it is God who worketh in you, both to will and to accomplish, according to his good will.
14 And do ye all things without murmurings and hesitations;
And
1 Corinthians 9:27Douay-Rheims 1
27 But I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway.


I predicted this in 2007...

http://www.intellihub.com/hhs-secretary-admits-reality-ebola-u-n-peacekeepers-solicited-occupy-new-york-city/

Those friends of mine and my readers in 2007 should recognize that some of us knew this would happen.

Movements in America will be severely limited.

Friends with whom I discussed this, also heard of the four (or five) levels of persecution, on this blog under the tags "persecution".

Any ostriches left out there?

Seeing Christ in Others

For centuries, the Church has taught us to see Christ in other people. Perhaps more than any other reality, this perspective seems more difficult than other teachings, and almost impossible.

What does it really mean to see Christ in others?

I would like to start from a different place and that is within myself.

One cannot see Christ in other people until one sees Christ within one's own self. We recognize Him.

We become like Christ through purification and suffering. We begin to put on the Mind of Christ at baptism, and if our parents and teachers form us correctly, we begin to think like Catholics, and, therefore, like Christ. This is a process of grace.

Until we see ourselves as in and with Christ, we cannot see Christ in others.


Example: Our Lady at the Annunciation was perplexed at Gabriel's message not because she doubted her call, but because she knew that Joseph could not be the father. And, she had the Mind of God to see that this promised Child could not have a normal human father. So, how could this all come about? Gabriel had the answer. Mary then understood how Christ would come within her womb, through the Holy Spirit.

The Pope Emeritus writes something similar in the last book on Jesus of Nazareth. He states that Mary understood that God had power over matter, that God could intervene. This comment of Benedict's made me think more on this event. This meditation is an extrapolation from Benedict's insight.

from Luke 1:
26 And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth,
27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
28 And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
29 Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be.
30 And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.
31 Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever.
33 And of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34 And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man?
35 And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.


Mary's question reveals that she was seeing things from God's perspective because she knew God so intimately that she could think in terms of miracles. God's love in her already responded to God's call to be the Theotokos. The Messiah had to be Divine. Mary knew not man, but she knew God, in the normal, as well as Biblical use of the term knowledge.

Her Immaculate Conception means that she was formed in the womb to think in terms of God's laws, God's ways.

She walked with God her entire life. She saw the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit in herself and could say "yes" to God rather quickly in obedience and humility. God came to her, but she also reached out to God in her yes.

She could envision Christ the Messiah, God's Own Son, within her. Her "fiat" was a "yes" to a reality she could understand as she knew already she was in and with God. This is why she is, absolutely, the Co-Redemptorix.


If we see Christ's grace in us and His love, we then can see Him in others. Mary' "yes" is an "of course".

No problem--as Mary saw God in herself, she could see Christ in the womb, in the world.

This perspective comes with the formation of the mind, memory, understanding and will.

If I know Christ dwells in me, I know He dwells in others.

The love which Christ gives to us spills out to others and we see Him in others.

How?

Mostly we see the suffering Christ in others. Today, I saw a beggar in a wheelchair. Now, Malta takes good care of the poor, the homeless, the suffering. To see a beggar is a rare phenomenon.

I did not "see" a human being who had fallen outside the normal means of care here. I saw a human being struggling with his own status as a child of God. He was not merely abandoned by the system, but by himself, by his parents. He was, at least at that moment, "God-less".

Christ on the Cross cried out, as we read in Matthew 27, 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying: Eli, Eli, lamma sabacthani? that is, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

That is the Christ I saw in the wheelchair today.  I could also experience Christ suffering in me, as I could not help this person, barely having enough money for lunch today myself. I had to suffer not being able to help, seeing someone suffering and me not being able to "fix" the situation is also experiencing Christ in that very young man. 

I cannot stop Christ's suffering. 

I can pray and join my suffering with that person. So, Christ joined Himself to all the suffering and sin of all men and women of all time.

I saw the abandoned Christ, and I felt Christ's pain as He suffered in Gethsemane, knowing some would not love Him, ever. In Europe, one sees children who have been purposely deformed by their parents in order to beg. I have seen this in Ireland and in Malta. I have seen the suffering Christ in these young beggars. This beggar was so deformed.  He is the Christ of the Passion.

But, I can only love others and see Christ in others if I see Christ in myself.  If I see Christ suffering in and with me, I can see Him in others.

Putting on the Mind of Christ means thinking and responding as Christ would. But, it also means putting one's self in and with Christ in and with another person.

In other words, when we identify with the other person, we see Christ. If we cannot love, we cannot see Christ.

We are all one in Christ. 

Those who reject Christ reject themselves. If one cannot see Christ in others, one must go back to prayer and beg God for love. He will answer that prayer. To see Christ in others is to recognize Him within one's own self through grace.







From A Talented, Intelligent Reader........Screwtape Again.

My Dear Wormwood,
I've been meaning to write to you for some time about the dangers and opportunities presented to us by the Internet. The recent events at the Synod have given me a marvelous and delightful opportunity to talk about the opportunities. The dangers I will discuss another time.
You will see how much success we've had recently in sowing confusion, fear, doubt and despair among the humans. This is, of course, nothing new in itself. But the Internet allows us to magnify these effects in two important ways. Firstly, each and every public utterance of the leaders of the Enemy’s Church is now disseminated around the world in a matter of seconds. This was not always so: in fact, quite the opposite. For much of human history since that Great and Wretched Disaster, only the most serious, the most considered and the most thoughtful of the chief bishop’s utterances reached the ears of the ordinary Catholic. Many of them would go decades or even a lifetime without hearing a word from him. Even during the latter twentieth century, the age of radio and television, it was typically still through the written word that he communicated with the Enemy’s followers, and it was through this medium that they heard from him. This has now changed: every public utterance of his is now not only disseminated, but also analysed, commented on, digested and commented on again.
The second way that the Internet helps us is that, through articles and comments, we can magnify our efforts at creating despair by making one human’s worry affect thousands.
You’ll see here that I’m talking of those humans – happily, now a small minority – who are  not only baptized, but also making a serious effort to follow the Enemy, obey His commands and remain in what they call a ‘state of grace’. I am not concerned in this letter with the broad masses of men who by and large ignore the Enemy. And nor should you be, Wormwood. Your target is your man, and nobody else. We make war on the enemy to get hold of individuals. With all the excitement recently over heretic bishops and papal silence, I’m worried you’re making their mistake, and forgetting that it’s individuals we war over. What goes on in the Vatican is the concern of spirits far below us in the Lowerarchy, and you should not concern yourself with it. Your man is your concern, and his eternal soul is your goal. Never forget this.
But Wormwood – my first piece of wisdom is coming up, get ready – make sure he forgets this! You want him to be so concerned by ecclesial politics that it absorbs all his attention. This is good not only because of the effects it produces – anger, rancor, worry, neglect of duty, and so on – but also because all the time he’s brooding over these things, he is neglecting to think about his own soul. You want to exploit this. You want, above all, to wrench his gaze away from his own soul and his own salvation, over which he has complete control, and towards that which he has no control: the Church’s place in the world, or what the chief bishop really thinks about some question or other, or who’s really in control of the Vatican. Or something similar. The point isn’t what you direct it towards: the point is to get it away from himself and his soul.
You need to empathize with him, Wormwood. I know it’s hard to put yourself in the position of this filthy animal, but try anyway. You, being pure intelligence, can focus yourself all the time on your goal with relative ease. (Sometimes, of course, when I think of Him or Her and their perfections, I’m filled with such terror and despair and confusion that I can’t focus at all for a while – but what I say is generally true.) The human, on the other hand, since he inhabits the world of the senses, can be quite easily distracted by them. He can be easily induced to forget about his soul, simply because (in one sense) he can’t see it. In fact, even without your efforts, the concupiscence that blinds him means it’s a struggle for him to remember it. So exploit this animal nature. Make him think that Vatican politics is something more than the world of flesh which is passing away: inflate the immediate and the temporary in his mind, such that there is no room for the spiritual and the eternal. Make him forget that his salvation isn’t assured, that time spent thinking about politics is time not praying, or going about his duties, or working out his salvation in some other way. Don’t let him realize that your distractions not only keep him from prayer, but retard his disposition towards it.
Stop him from praying, Wormwood. That’s my second priceless pearl of wisdom. You won’t be able to do this immediately, of course. It may take years. But you can begin eroding his faith and confidence in the Enemy now, this very day, and in so doing build habits that are favorable to us. Make sure you remind him about ecclesial politics when he sits down for his prayers. And keep reminding him throughout. In so doing, you will not only (all things being equal) reduce the efficacy of the prayers and the graces he receives, but you’ll even over time be able to increase the unpleasantness he feels about prayer itself.
This is a long term thing (though far shorter than eternity), and you’ll have to be patient. Make his prayers vain, mindless and dead. Fill them with bitterness and rancour towards his superiors. You will, of course, find it much easier if he hasn’t developed the terrible habit of making a deliberate effort to turn his mind towards the Enemy before he prays. And for crying out loud, be subtle about it. If he realises what you’re up to, he’ll ask the Enemy or his Guardian protector for help, and then your efforts will be in vain.
The third point, and it’s so obvious that I don’t know why I’m mentioning it, is to keep him from the sacraments. Especially confession. Every single time he worthily confesses, all our work that we’ve built up to that point is destroyed. Not only that, but the Enemy’s grace is renewed in him, and he receives encouragement, peace and all kinds of other vile things. It is the most terrible thing, Wormwood – our destroyer and our dread. Keep him from confession! Again, if he’s the kind of Catholic I take him to be, you won’t be able to do this all at once. But make his confessions lazy, and bad and hurried. Work towards it. Take the long view. However long it takes, it’s much shorter than eternity.
So, keep him from thinking about his individual soul, keep him from prayer, and keep him from the sacraments. The same methods we’ve always used, just with a different hook: the Internet. But I think that for your man, the first point is most important. Make him forget his soul while keeping it constantly in mind yourself, and the rest will follow.
The individual is what matters, Wormwood! It is miserable and despairing and lost individuals that we seek to populate Hell with. And our means of doing this involve similarly individual methods. Think back to the last great human war of 1939-45. Think of how men at Stalingrad fought street to street, house to house, wall to wall, in their battle to take the city. So it is with us. We want to take every thought, every emotion, every occasion and make sin of it, in our battle to take the soul. But the Enemy acts in the same way, and if you’re not careful, your man will too. Just when you think you’ve beaten him, then like a starving soldier of the Red Army, ammunition gone, he’ll fly at you out of nowhere, lunging at you with fists, teeth and rocks, pummeling and bruising you and leaving you lying in the dust. So keep him from thinking about this, or acting on it. A soldier who constantly questions his generals’ strategy is useless, so keep him constantly questioning the Enemy’s strategy. Keep him concerned with matters of the war that don’t concern him, and that he can do nothing about. (Besides pray – don’t let him do that, of course. The usual tactic is to make them think that one prayer is useless in the grand scheme of things.)
Make him think his own salvation is assured, and that somehow he needs to act to save Christ’s Body as a whole. And then you will have him.
Your affectionate uncle,
Screwtape.
Now go and do the opposite. Concern yourself with your own soul. Pray, fervently and thoughtfully. And make a good confession and communion. Become holy. That’s the way to beat him.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Voris is superb today

http://www.churchmilitant.tv/platform/?today=2014-10-23

...if this is not a working link, check out the date on YouTube.

Changing Times

Last week, a Catholic man in Malta, told me that he foresees the day in the near-ish future, when churches will be closing here.

The average age of those attending daily Mass is older than I am. Sadly, and there are Masses almost every hour up until 1:00 in the afternoon.

But, the problem has been caused by the Maltese themselves--contraception.

Immigrants flooding in are mostly non-Catholics. This is obvious.

That immigration has undone what the Siege of Malta succeeded in doing is too sad for words.

Catholics have only themselves to blame for closing churches.

It will happen here, as in other places across the West.

From SPUC

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Please join us in a minute's silence on Monday for unborn children

Rhoslyn Thomas, SPUC's youth officer, has initiated a call for people to hold a one minute silence on Monday for unborn children. Here are the details, courtesy of Rhoslyn:
On Monday 27 October, we commemorate the 47th anniversary of Royal Assent given to the Abortion Act by Queen Elizabeth II. Royal Assent is approval of a law passed by a nation’s parliament, given by the constitutional monarch.

We will be holding a minute’s silence on Monday, 27 October 2014 (this Monday) at 11.04am (the time when Royal Assent was given) to remember the (over) 8 million unborn babies (including those aborted in Scotland), who have been killed in the womb since the passing of the Abortion Act.

In 2013, 190,800 unborn babies were aborted in England and Wales under the Abortion Act – at least 550 a day, including non-residents. The highest rate of abortion was among women aged 22 years old. 773 abortions was carried out on mothers under the age of 15 and 81% of abortions were carried out on mothers who described themselves as single. 98% of abortions were funded by the NHS including those in private abortion centres such as the BPAS.

These figures demonstrate why the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children exists and why we need to continue to fight for the unborn and for the family, as a whole. More than ever, we see attacks on all sides to destroy the family as it has always been known: one man and one woman, joined together in matrimony in order to raise the children given to them. Absolute respect for all human life from the moment of conception to the last moment before natural death is the overall objective of SPUC.

Many countries, not least those countries which are part of the Commonwealth, look to Britain for leadership on issues concerning the family. Both David Cameron and Ed Miliband have publicly stated that they intend to export same-sex marriage to other countries and Cameron has even said, “British aid should have more strings attached”. What is passed or rejected in Britain concerning the family has international repercussions.

SPUC invites everyone to hold a minute’s silence in honour of the children who will never be born and who will never know what it is to be loved in this life. We also remember the mothers and fathers who have made this tragic mistake which has also damaged them. We honour as well all those mothers and fathers who have withstood enormous pressures and have given their babies the best chance of life by respecting their right to be born.
Comments on this blog? Email them to johnsmeaton@spuc.org.uk 

Final Judgment Part Four

We are, as Catholic, to think about the Four Last Things. These are, as some of you know, Death, the Last Judgment, Hell and Heaven.

These things are rarely spoken of from the pulpits of either America or Europe, to the detriment of immortal souls.

One should think of death, and the way of perfection forces us to die to self before death, making that final day of giving all to God easier. In fact, daily dying to self is the only way to be purified.  And, the only thing which helps one die to self is love, the love of God which destroys self-love.

One can then face both the particular judgement and the last judgement. The vast majority of people in this world do not believe we all shall be judged. The vast majority of people have squashed the natural law in their hearts, ignoring grace and the small Voice of God, preferring the noise of the world.

Contemplating hell must be part of our prayer lives. By looking at the Cross, by meditating on the sufferings of Christ, one can learn the great love of Christ for us, His sacrificial love which moves us to desire Him and heaven.

The Final Judgment can be part of our meditations in the upcoming month of November, the month dedicated to the poor souls in purgatory.

In the journey to heaven, the deciding factor at our particular and last judgment is love, love for God and love for neighbor.



I wrote about this before

http://southernorderspage.blogspot.com/2014/10/is-it-time-for-bishops-priests-and.html

see my comment on this blog...and previous posts on marriage, the state, and persecution....

Ah, Yes, The Socialist Republic of Illinois

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/10/22/calibration-error-changes-gop-votes-to-dem-in-illinois-county/

The Final Judgment Part Three


from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:


V. THE LAST JUDGMENT

1038 The resurrection of all the dead, "of both the just and the unjust,"623 will precede the Last Judgment. This will be "the hour when all who are in the tombs will hear [the Son of man's] voice and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment."624 Then Christ will come "in his glory, and all the angels with him. . . . Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. . . . And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."625

1039  In the presence of Christ, who is Truth itself, the truth of each man's relationship with God will be laid bare.626 The Last Judgment will reveal even to its furthest consequences the good each person has done or failed to do during his earthly life:

All that the wicked do is recorded, and they do not know. When "our God comes, he does not keep silence.". . . he will turn towards those at his left hand: . . . "I placed my poor little ones on earth for you. I as their head was seated in heaven at the right hand of my Father - but on earth my members were suffering, my members on earth were in need. If you gave anything to my members, what you gave would reach their Head. Would that you had known that my little ones were in need when I placed them on earth for you and appointed them your stewards to bring your good works into my treasury. But you have placed nothing in their hands; therefore you have found nothing in my presence."627
1040 The Last Judgment will come when Christ returns in glory. Only the Father knows the day and the hour; only he determines the moment of its coming. Then through his Son Jesus Christ he will pronounce the final word on all history. We shall know the ultimate meaning of the whole work of creation and of the entire economy of salvation and understand the marvelous ways by which his Providence led everything towards its final end. The Last Judgment will reveal that God's justice triumphs over all the injustices committed by his creatures and that God's love is stronger than death.628

1041 The message of the Last Judgment calls men to conversion while God is still giving them "the acceptable time, . . . the day of salvation."629 It inspires a holy fear of God and commits them to the justice of the Kingdom of God. It proclaims the "blessed hope" of the Lord's return, when he will come "to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at in all who have believed."630

*VI. THE HOPE OF THE NEW HEAVEN AND THE NEW EARTH
1042 At the end of time, the Kingdom of God will come in its fullness. After the universal judgment, the righteous will reign for ever with Christ, glorified in body and soul. The universe itself will be renewed:

The Church . . . will receive her perfection only in the glory of heaven, when will come the time of the renewal of all things. At that time, together with the human race, the universe itself, which is so closely related to man and which attains its destiny through him, will be perfectly re-established in Christ.631
1043 Sacred Scripture calls this mysterious renewal, which will transform humanity and the world, "new heavens and a new earth."632 It will be the definitive realization of God's plan to bring under a single head "all things in [Christ], things in heaven and things on earth."633
1044 In this new universe, the heavenly Jerusalem, God will have his dwelling among men.634 "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away."635

1045 For man, this consummation will be the final realization of the unity of the human race, which God willed from creation and of which the pilgrim Church has been "in the nature of sacrament."636 Those who are united with Christ will form the community of the redeemed, "the holy city" of God, "the Bride, the wife of the Lamb."637 She will not be wounded any longer by sin, stains, self-love, that destroy or wound the earthly community.638 The beatific vision, in which God opens himself in an inexhaustible way to the elect, will be the ever-flowing well-spring of happiness, peace, and mutual communion.



1046 For the cosmos, Revelation affirms the profound common destiny of the material world and man:

For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God . . . in hope because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay. . . . We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.639
1047 The visible universe, then, is itself destined to be transformed, "so that the world itself, restored to its original state, facing no further obstacles, should be at the service of the just," sharing their glorification in the risen Jesus Christ.640

1048 "We know neither the moment of the consummation of the earth and of man, nor the way in which the universe will be transformed. The form of this world, distorted by sin, is passing away, and we are taught that God is preparing a new dwelling and a new earth in which righteousness dwells, in which happiness will fill and surpass all the desires of peace arising in the hearts of men."641

1049 "Far from diminishing our concern to develop this earth, the expectancy of a new earth should spur us on, for it is here that the body of a new human family grows, foreshadowing in some way the age which is to come. That is why, although we must be careful to distinguish earthly progress clearly from the increase of the kingdom of Christ, such progress is of vital concern to the kingdom of God, insofar as it can contribute to the better ordering of human society."642



1050 "When we have spread on earth the fruits of our nature and our enterprise . . . according to the command of the Lord and in his Spirit, we will find them once again, cleansed this time from the stain of sin, illuminated and transfigured, when Christ presents to his Father an eternal and universal kingdom."643 God will then be "all in all" in eternal life:644

True and subsistent life consists in this: the Father, through the Son and in the Holy Spirit, pouring out his heavenly gifts on all things without exception. Thanks to his mercy, we too, men that we are, have received the inalienable promise of eternal life.645

Final Judgment Part Two

thnaks to wiki

Those who are universalists, believing that all men are saved, ignore the long history of teaching in t the Church regarding the Final Judgment.

How ridiculous for the Church to teach of Christ coming as Judge is all are saved anyway.

No, the good will be rewarded and the bad punished as natural and supernatural consequences for sins.

From Christ's Own words down to the present time, Catholics have held the Final Judgment as part of our basic belief. We cannot pick and choose what is in the Creed.



It is give to Christ, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity to judge the living and the dead, (seen here rising from the dead as the last trumpet), because He is Victor over death and sin.

The Resurrection is not only a sign of our own resurrection but that of the Final Judgment.

To be continued...

The Final Judgment Part One


A reader asked me to share Catholic teaching on the Final Judgment.

I have written many, many times on the particular judgment, but not on the General or Final Judgment.

Having sand in my eyes reminds me that we are dust and to dust we shall return. But, on the Last Day, when Christ returns as King in victory over the world and satan, we shall be raised up in our bodies. Our bodies join us forever in heaven or hell.

The General, Last, or Final Judgment  is in the Creed, which we say weekly at Mass and daily in the rosary.

Christ will come and judge all of us personally publicly, in our second judgment. As explained here on this blog before, our particular judgment happens at death, immediately.

Let me start with the Catholic Encyclopedia.

Few truths are more often or more clearly proclaimed in Scripture than that of the general judgment. To it theprophets of the Old Testament refer when they speak of the "Day of the Lord" (Joel 3:4; Ezekiel 13:5; Isaiah 2:12), in which the nations will be summoned to judgment. In the New Testament the second Parusia, or coming of Christ as Judge of the world, is an oft-repeated doctrine. The Saviour Himself not only foretells the event but graphically portrays its circumstances (Matthew 24:27 sqq.; 25:31 sqq.). The Apostles give a most prominent place to this doctrine in their preaching (Acts 10:42; 17:31) and writings (Romans 2:5-16; 14:10; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 2 Timothy 4:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:5; James 5:7). Besides the name Parusia (parousia), or Advent (1 Corinthians 15:23; 2 Thessalonians 2:19), the Second Coming is also called Epiphany, epiphaneia, or Appearance (2 Thessalonians 2:8; 1 Timothy 6:14; 2 Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13), and Apocalypse (apokalypsis), or Revelation (2 Thessalonians 2:7; 1 Peter 4:13). The time of the Second Coming is spoken of as "that Day" (2 Timothy 4:8), "the day of the Lord" (1 Thessalonians 5:2), "the day of Christ" (Philippians 1:6 and 2:16), "the day of the Son of Man" (Luke 17:30), "the last day" (John 6:39-40).

This Scripture is explained by the Fathers of the Church and Doctors of Church clearly.

The belief in the general judgment has prevailed at all times and in all places within the Church. It is contained as an article of faith in all the ancient creeds: "He ascended into heaven. From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead" (Apostles' Creed). He shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead" (Nicene Creed). "From thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead, at whose coming all men must rise with their bodies and are to render an account of their deeds" (Athanasian Creed)......Patristic testimony to this dogma is clear and unanimous.

We are judged publicly as we sinned against God, His Church and all people.

But there are some signs which will come before the General or Final Judgment according to the Church Fathers.

One, the Jews on earth will be converted to Christ. This is stated by St. Paul in his Epistle to the Romans 11:25-26.

Two, the return of two men who never died, Enoch and Elijah as also seen in the oldest tradition of the ChurchMalachi 4:5-6Sirach 48:10Matthew 17:11.

Three, the vast majority of Christians leaving in apostasy leaving a remnant Church.

Four, a time of horrible, physical tribulation, such as world-wide calamities, including a miraculous one of God's doing.

Five, a reign of the Anti-Christ,

Six, the returning in Glory of Christ and, seven, the resurrection of all from the dead.

These are all part of the Teaching Magisterium of the Church. What we cannot do is pretend we know the exact time, as Christ Himself said that even the Son of Man was not told this by the Father. False prophets give specific times, but we can read some signs. We are only coming into the last stage of persecution now.

When the Disciples asked the Saviour: "Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again thekingdom to Israel?" He answered: "It is not for you to know the times or moments, which the Father hath put in his own power" (Acts 1:6-7). The uncertainty of the day of judgment is continually urged by Christ and theApostles as an incentive to vigilance. The day of the Lord will come "as a thief" (Matthew 24:42-43), like lightning suddenly appearing (Matthew 24:27), like a snare (Luke 21:34), as the Deluge (Matthew 24:37). CE

Christ will come as judge. Here is the CE again:

(John 5:26-27). At the Second Coming Christ will appear in the heavens, seated on a cloud and surrounded by the angelic hosts (Matthew 16:2724:3025:31). The angels will minister to the Judge by bringing all before Him (Matthew 24:31). The elect will aid Christ in a judicial capacity (1 Corinthians 6:2). The lives of the just will in themselves be a condemnation of the wicked (Matthew 21:41), whose punishment theywill publicly approve. But the Apostles will be judges of the world in a sense yet more exact, for the promise that they shall sit upon twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel (Matthew 19:28) seems to imply a real participation in judicial authority. According to a very probable opinion, this prerogative is extended to all who have faithfully fulfilled the counsels of the Gospel (Matthew 19:27-28). Nothing certain is known as to the manner in which this delegated authority will be exercised. St. Thomas conjectures that the greater saints will make known the sentence of Christ to others (Supplement 88:2)

One translation of the Athanasian Creed reads thus:

At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies, and shall give account for their own works. And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting, and they that have done evil into everlasting fire. This is the Catholic Faith, which except a man believe faithfully and firmly, he cannot be saved.

Justice will be seen and done. Demons, including satan, are already judged, making the Final Judgment specifically a time for the judgment of the entire human race. By Divine Illumination, something we can experience now is the purification stages, in order to get rid of all sin and imperfections, we shall see our failings, secret sins, and join with Christ and the Apostles in judging ourselves.

Here is the entirety of Chapter Two of Romans:

[1] Wherefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest. For wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself. For thou dost the same things which thou judgest. [2]For we know that the judgment of God is, according to truth, against them that do such things.[3] And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them who do such things, and dost the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? [4] Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness, and patience, and longsuffering? Knowest thou not, that the benignity of God leadeth thee to penance? [5] But according to thy hardness and impenitent heart, thou treasurest up to thyself wrath, against the day of wrath, and revelation of the just judgment of God.
[6] Who will render to every man according to his works. [7] To them indeed, who according to patience in good work, seek glory and honour and incorruption, eternal life: [8] But to them that are contentious, and who obey not the truth, but give credit to iniquity, wrath and indignation. [9]Tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man that worketh evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Greek. [10] But glory, and honour, and peace to every one that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
[11] For there is no respect of persons with God. [12] For whosoever have sinned without the law, shall perish without the law; and whosoever have sinned in the law, shall be judged by the law. [13] For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. [14] For when the Gentiles, who have not the law, do by nature those things that are of the law; these having not the law are a law to themselves: [15] Who shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness to them, and their thoughts between themselves accusing, or also defending one another,
[16] In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.[17] But if thou art called a Jew and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God, [18] And knowest his will, and approvest the more profitable things, being instructed by the law, [19] Art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them that are in darkness, [20] An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, having the form of knowledge and of truth in the law.
[21] Thou therefore that teachest another, teachest not thyself: thou that preachest that men should not steal, stealest: [22] Thou that sayest, men should not commit adultery, committest adultery: thou that abhorrest idols, committest sacrilege: [23] Thou that makest thy boast of the law, by transgression of the law dishonourest God. [24] (For the name of God through you is blasphemed among the Gentiles, as it is written.) [25] Circumcision profiteth indeed, if thou keep the law; but if thou be a transgressor of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.
[26] If, then, the uncircumcised keep the justices of the law, shall not this uncircumcision be counted for circumcision? [27] And shall not that which by nature is uncircumcision, if it fulfill the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision art a transgressor of the law? [28] For it is not he is a Jew, who is so outwardly; nor is that circumcision which is outwardly in the flesh:[29] But he is a Jew, that is one inwardly; and the circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

to be continued....

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Again, I am responding to a reader who has not read the over 700 postings on this blog on perfection. As seen in the comments, one said one is not a saint until death.

This is absolutely wrong.

A canonized saint is someone who the Church publicly recognizes as having been a saint during their life on earth.

Reasons for becoming perfect to the level to which one is called is to build up the Body of Christ, give glory to God and become the person God has called one to be.

This happens now, not after death. Those who die imperfect are not saints, but go to purgatory.

Purgation on earth has been seen in the lives of the saints, such as St. John Paul II, whose public suffering of infirmity in old age obviously was his purgation. For such a strong and virile man to experience long years of physical suffering was definitely his time of purification.

His closest companions saw this in him-the glory of God waxing as his strength waned.

This false idea that we cannot find perfection on earth has undermined the Church's role in the world.

This is one reason why we have a spiritual leadership crisis. Too many priests, bishops and cardinals have not pursued personal holiness.

They have not cooperated with grace. And, so the Church is weaker for this lack of holiness.

I suggest readers who are making comments on sainthood go back and read the six perfection series or just buy Garrigou-Lagrange's books on providence, predestination and the spiritual ages.

We have all the knowledge we need in order to become saints, and to be honest, the saints will be the remnant, as others will fall away. Being a faithful Catholic will get harder and harder.

Thus, the reason for my long series on perfection posts.....